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10 Things to Look Forward to at the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

We have previously mentioned the upcoming Fourth Annual "Brooklyn Pour" Craft Beer Festival happening on September 27th, and as die-hard beer lovers, we could not be more excited. On the edge of our seat with anticipation, we've been stalking the event's page, eager to learn what to expect and prepare accordingly. Insomuch, we also want you to know such information as well, and so we present a list of our favorite beers that you'll be able to find and try at the festival. At the moment there are 39 breweries signed up (with more coming) for this day, so it will be easy enough to find your perfect brew! be easy enough to find your perfect brew!

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Your Favorite Friends Pick Their Favorite NYC Restaurants

While the hit show Friends was cancelled quite some time ago, we thought we would try to revive the 6 vivacious characters just for the time being. So we asked ourselves, "If the Friends cast was still up and running today, “What would their favorite restaurants in NYC be?" A lot has changed since Monica and Chandler moved out of their Grove St. apartment above Central Perk, how would legendary group of pals react to the new wave of trendy eateries in the city?


1. Ross – Everybody knows Ross has a passion for academic brilliance and a soft spot for museums. What better place for him to enjoy his lunch then in a museum of modern art? A public school-turned-museum, MoMA PS1 Museum in Long Island City houses the M. Wells Dinette.(22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) Perfect for families, this restaurant creates a unique menu daily, so proceed with an open mind. The layout of the eatery pays tribute to the fact that the building was once a school with a chalkboard and desk-inspired seating. After indulging in the creative menu, take the short walk to the large-scale museum exhibits. Ideal for both of Ross’s children, we aren’t sure
who will enjoy a trip here more, him or the kids.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
August Presents: The Greatest Restaurant Openings Ever

As summer slowly winds down, and you’ve almost exhausted your list of restaurants to check out, remember you live in New York and new restaurants are opening each month. So while summer is still here, check out this roundup of several fun and delicious restaurants opening this August that are must try places for all food lovers and anyone looking for something new!


1. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel (145 E 50th St.)-
Murray Hill’s popular Italian restaurant will be opening its third location on August 20th in the lobby of the Kimberly Hotel. Bistango has been around since 1988, and has become widely known for its popular Italian cuisine, specifically: Bistango Salad (Tuscan kale, arugula, shaved red onion, endive, avocado, drunken goat cheese, and lemon olive oil); Homemade Flatbreads with Imported Italian Gluten-Free Flour (prosciutto, arugula, chive blossoms, fresh ricotta); Stuffed Spinach Ravioli (with roasted garlic and crushed amoretti); and more since Bistango’s menus are updated seasonally. If you’re craving an intimate dining experience, or just delicious food, then Bistango is your place this August.

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The Med Trend Heats Up with Simit and Smith

It is not hard to fulfill a craving in NYC. From the classic and popular, to the obscure and bizarre, there is the perfect edible concoction to satisfy your hunger at any given point, and the chances are it will also be really really good. Insomuch, it almost seems merely impossible to find something new and original in a city that has just about everything already; however, something different has recently come into the NYC food scene in the form of Simit and Smith.

A collection of cafes in the New York area that feature handmade Mediterranean Simit bread for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, Joonbug.com recently had the chance to sit down with the District Manager of Simit and Smith, Oz Aksar, and we sampled some of the best they had to offer.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: Blues BBQ at Hudson River Park

This Saturday, August 23rd, Hudson River Park will be hosting an event with good food and good music. While that should be more than enough of a reason to be present at this shindig, the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ will include some of your favorite blues artists and premium BBQ. With names like Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que serving some of the best BBQ NYC has to offer, where else would you want to be?

Come out this Saturday and get a taste of some good food while listening to artists like The Slide Brothers, Samantha Fish and more. Not to mention, it’s completely free to attend! We can’t think of any other reasons to convince you to show your face at the 15th anniversary of this festival. For years, it has dominated part of New York and this year will be no different.

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Weekend Pick: Lobster Boils at Hearth Restaurant

Looking for an intimate dining experience? Well we have a unique weekly event that is sure to pacify this craving. With the motivation of Chef Marco Canora's family lobster boils on Martha's Vineyard, guests get an experience that one may not expect in the city of New York.

These lobster boils offer an exclusive dining adventure for anybody searching for a differently styled eatery. This three course meal begins with an intricate tomato and watermelon salad, shared among the table. This is immediately followed by a lobster pot containing 1.25 lb lobsters. Finally, if you have room for more, there is peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

LIQUID COURAGE
Korean Grain Coffee is All the Rage

Let’s be honest, for most New Yorkers, the only proper way to start the day is with a good cup of overpriced coffee. A magic stimulant which gives us the energy to survive and function, caffeine is more than just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. This doesn’t mean, however, that the human race is content with enjoying coffee in its most simple forms; rather, we are constantly concocting new ways to enjoy the drink and all its attributes.

Welcome in misugaru, a Korean grain-coffee, a healthier choice that doesn’t leave you with a caffeine-headache — and it’s next big thing here in NYC!

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Rose the Night Away at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels




We are already a week into August, and while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Labor Day and the crisp fall chill will be here before you know it.

Bask in the glory of the remaining 80 degree, sun-filled days as they are fleeting, and head downtown to La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels to enjoy a fabulous Rose flight for $40. This fledgling wine bar, an offshoot of the Parisian flagship of the same name, has been open in New York since April, and is part of a broader restaurant group under the heading of Experimental Cocktail Club.

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Enjoy an Authentic Turkish Brunch at Entwine

Story and photos by Shiri Lara

Tucked away in the West Village amongst boisterous neighbors like tortilla flats, you’ll find the quaint and charming Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, Entwine. As of one month ago, Entwine ventured out of their usual expertise of specialty craft cocktails, elaborate wines, and small plates to make room for a weekend brunch menu. Specializing in Turkish Brunch, Entwine is the perfect option for crowds eager to have a fresh Mediterranean brunch in a cozy backyard space on a warm summer day.

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Bite Into NYC's Most Bizarre Sushi Offerings

It wasn't too long ago when sushi was a strange foreign food most Americans were reluctant to try. Now raw tuna and salmon is positively banal, and sushi chefs are constantly exploring newer and weirder ways to lure bored gourmands into their restaurants.

1. Bacon Sushi at Cherry Izakaya (138 N 8th St., Williamsburg, NY)

The brand new sushi spot Cherry Izakaya has quickly made a splash with its unusual French-Japanese offerings, including foie gras gyoza and bourbon-Sapporo cocktails. But its crown jewel of strange sushi is its offer of bacon sushi, which pairs rice, greens, sauce, and a dollop of everyone's favorite cut of pork.

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All the Bacon You Could Ever Want/Need

Zeppelin Hall has held mouthwatering events all summer long, and they’re doing it again with their Summer Bacon Festival starting August 14th and ending August 24th. A festival dedicated to one of America’s favorites eats, and it’s not too good to be true.

The festival will allow attendees to sample bacon thirteen different ways. Options include Bacon Lobster Taco Thermidor (taco shell made of bacon stuffed with green cabbage and sautéed lobster with apple wood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese), Bacon Sausages Trio (three types of bacon sausage-cracked black pepper bacon sausage, hickory apple wood bacon sausage, and aged cheddar bacon sausage served with arugula salad and bacon potato salad or bacon French fries), Bacon Encrusted Pork Rib Eye Steak, Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Frankfurter, and more. And the best part? They are all for under $17!