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Don't Miss TomatoFest 2014 Happening this Weekend Only

Alobar’s annual TomatoFest happening today through Saturday, September 13th and it's something that you should definitely hop on immediately!

Last night we had the pleasure of enjoying their 5 course dinner tasting menu featuring ripe and red and ready tomatoes prepared in a variety of decadent pairings. We started off with a Classic Tomato Gazpacho Amuse which included a cilantro crema. This was so light, refreshing and the perfect start to a wonderful meal. The next course was an Heirloom Tomato Salad with tomatoes, avocado, basil, goat feta, charred onion vinaigrette and balsamic reduction.

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Mad. Sq. Eats Returns to NYC


Last week we had the pleasure of attending opening day of Mad. Sq. Eats. It's open daily from 11am-9pm and features amazing items such as agave wine margaritas, local craft beer and wine, braised pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs with kimchi and seaweed flakes, and fresh coconut water, and macaron ice cream sandwiches. Curated by UrbanSpace, and featuring 30 of New York's most enterprising chefs this is definitely not something you're going to want to miss!

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10 Amazing Places to Take Your Tinder Date

Congratulations! After checking app after app, Tindering through your OkCupids, you’ve finally found a decently attractive person who didn’t make you want to swipe right. You’ve exchanged romantically witty messages for a whole two days and it’s finally time that you made plans to meet in person. Wondering where to take them? Well, we’ve got you covered with our guide for the best spots in NYC to bring your internet date! Now, all you have to do is think up ways to fill the horribly inevitable awkward-silences you two will have. The weather really is lovely, isn’t it?

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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.

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NYC Restaurant Week 2014, A User's Manual

From Monday, July 21st to Friday, August 15th a grand total of 314 restaurants will offer NYC their best prix fixe menus at $25 for lunch or $38 for dinner. With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down your search by selecting a few favorites, old and new, which are sure to give you a great dining experience worth remembering.

Returning Spots

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Where to Find New York's Best Gelato this Summer Season

MarieBelle (484 Broome St.):

This adorable little shop located in SoHo is already well known for its individually-handcrafted chocolate ganaches and hot and iced chocolates, even called "divinely decadent" by Oprah! But the chocolatier Maribel Lieberman has expanded her cafe and just introduced gelato to the summer menu, which is already proving very popular thanks to its unique flavors. The rose petal, which is made by infusing real rose petals, tastes just like a rose freshly plucked from a bush, and the lavender somehow tastes just as the flower smells. More interesting flavors of the perfectly-thick gelato include the matcha green tea and espresso, as well as pistachio, mint chocolate chip, hazelnut and vanilla. Their espresso (both gelato and brewed drinks) use an exclusive brand of coffee; MarieBelle was handpicked by the marketer. MarieBelle also introduced a line of sorbet with the gelato, including powerfully strong flavors of fruits of the season such as passion fruit, lychee, mango and coconut.

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The Best NYC Eateries for a Birthday Bash

Birthday celebrations can certainly get redundant, how much cake and ice cream can a person indulge in before enough is enough? Every year you live is a unique occasion you'll never experience again -- and shouldn't your parties be equally unique? Well we have compiled a list of the 10 best restaurants to spend your birthday, for those who want to put an end to the traditional B-Day once and for all!

1. Lips (227 E 56th St., Brooklyn, NY)

With a location in Las Vegas as well, Lips is a very popular restaurant that grants its attendees the chance to enjoy a full-blown drag show during their meal. With a reservation, the guest of honor can sit alongside the stage or become the star of the show for their own 15 minutes of fame. Performers treat their guest with grand hospitality, and the birthday girl (or boy) gets the star treatment. With a souvenir photo and enough memories for a lifetime, this birthday will provide laughs and entertainment that can’t be found at any other establishment.

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Dopo East's New Italian Brunch

Brunch is by far the best meal of the day, so it's always exciting when a yummy restaurant comes out with a new brunch menu.

Dopo East, an Upper East Side Italian Restaurant has recently introduced an Italian brunch menu available on Saturday's and Sunday's. Choose from an assortment of salami and cheese, silky spaghetti carbonara, or a traditional frittata di cipolle with beautiful cooked onions. Dopo East even bakes their own bread in the restaurant, making it the freshest bread you could possibly get!

With brunch, comes mimosa's, obviously. Dopo East offers an array of tasty mimosa's with flavors like blood orange, passion fruit, mango, and kiwi. If these sound good enough to drink all day (or morning), Dopo East offers the option of bottomless mimosa's!

Enjoy your mimosa(s) and brunch on the pretty private, outdoor patio.

Brunch from 12pm-4pm on Saturday's and Sunday's!

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10 Reasons/Restaurants to Leave Manhattan For

Everyone knows that Manhattan is the mecca for all things food related. Anything you can think or dream of you can undoubtedly find it in right here within the city. However, when you’re in the mood for something exploration, and want to try your hand at tasting something that can’t be found in Manhattan, then you will want to check out our 10 picks on the other side of the city walls. Or bridges and tunnels, rather.


1. Mother Kelly's (490 Chestnut St., Cedarhurst)-

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Summer Staple: Olive Oil


Olive oil is a staple ingredient for a variety of summertime recipes, so let Cobram Estate help you make this season a strictly savory one.

  • Cobram Estate’s Premiere Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cobram Estate introduces a zesty flair to the term Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Not only does Cobram Estate's Premiere taste sensational with many different pairings, it is completely delicate and smooth…with a delicious fruity hint. Olive oil comes in a plethora of unique textures, aromas, flavors and shades. This ‘medium style blend’ and versatile oil has a distinct aroma of fresh green grass. It brings together delicious hints of green apples with medium bitterness and ‘late pungency.’ This Extra Virgin Olive Oil is notorious for deliciously improving herb and tomato based sauces used in authentic pasta dishes. It also pairs great when drizzled over a refreshing salad or on a summer mix of roasted veggies.