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St. Patrick's Day Across the Country

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but you do have to wear green. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’ve been brewing your own green beer for months or just now dusting off your “kiss me, I’m Irish shirt” (maybe leave that one in the closet this year), we have some ideas on how you should spend your St. Patrick’s Day in cities across the country.

(And for you brave lads and lasses, after checking out the fun events below, join the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl that's happening in cities across the country and taking place on both Saturday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 17th. You'll hit up all the best beer'ing-and-boozing spots in town and there are even brunch and after party options so you can do it all the way up. St. Patrick would be proud.)

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Late Night Eats

Whoever said nothing good happens past midnight has never dined at these late night eateries. Whether your cravings includes pizza, shwarma, tacos or dumplings this list of our ten favorite stops in the wee hours will vanquish your hunger (and hopefully curb the unwanted effects of the extended happy hour you just left).

Mamouns (119 MacDougal St and 22 St. Marks Place)

Open until 5am

As the oldest falafel restaurant in NYC, Mamoun’s has all the street cred it needs to claim our hearts as the best falafel in NYC. Whether you are looking for Lamb Shwarma ($6-11.50), Chicken Kebab ($6-11.50) or Falafel ($3.50 - 6) hot out of the fryer, Mamouns is the best stop for Middle-Eastern cuisine after midnight.

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Bar Bites at Avenue

There is only one place to dine while visiting the Jersey Shore and it's Le Club Avenue. Located on the boardwalk in Pier Village, the restaurant is known for its waterfront seating and delicious menu options. Manager Thierry Carrier has played a key role in the company since the very beginning, (literally) building it from the ground up back in 2005. Yes, he even admits to having rocked a construction hat leading up to the restaurant’s opening.

Today, Le Club Avenue embodies French chicness and cool style through their upscale fare from bar bites like Escargot and Crispy Duck Paillettes, to staples such as Beef Tacos and Kobe Beef Sliders. Even if you don't have any room for a full meal or are simply in pursuit of a quick bite, dare to indulge because their bar menu will satisfy any appetite. There’s also a great selection of drinks, specifically their wide range of fruity mixed cocktails. We started with a round of Valentinos which tasted as good as they look (and sound). A blend of champagne, Fris Vodka, Fragoli liqueur and passion fruit, the Valentinos were served with a strawberry garnish and felt like summertime, never mind the snow-covered beach beyond the large windows.

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Valentine's Day Cocktails

Whether you’re happily shackled, newly single, or reveling in that hazy period before one of you ventures the “so, what are we” conversation, you can’t deny it: Valentine’s Day is here. Loving or cloying, for most of us, Valentine’s Day means we’re gonna need extra liquid courage to get through the day and to marathon Netflix alone in drunken dignity celebrate with a little more zing.

We’re here to help you with that. Below are some of the best Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails that restaurants and bars across New York City have thought up to set the mood for you lovebirds/make you hate your single life. If you’re one of the former, then go forth and sample these love potions at their respective establishments or make them with your darling for some hands-on fun (if you know what we're saying). If you’re one of the latter, don’t be jellz, you should still make these delicious concoctions so you can drown your sorrow/notGAF. But with class (see: rose smoke).

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Hungry for Apps?

1) Delectable

This app is for all the wine lovers dreaming of becoming wine connoisseurs. Simply snap a photo of a wine label and get ratings and other information instantaneously (#fakeittillyoumakeit). This easy to use app lets you keep track of your favorite wines and share recommendations with your friends. App users are able to see what is trending and new wines on the market. The best part of this app is users are able to buy wine right from their phones and have wine delivered anywhere you want! This app is free and is available for iPhone users.

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The Greatest Soups You'll Ever Try

With the cold and snowy weather finally making it’s debut in New York City, you’re probably looking for something to keep you warm. Lucky for you, January is also National Soup month, so let's check out some of our favorite soup-happy spots in the city.

1. The Milling Room (446 Columbus Ave.)
This brand new restaurant in the Upper West Side serves a Tuscan White Bean Soup with cabbage, tomato, and parmesan. The hearty combination comes from Chef Scott Bryan, and it is a must try for any soup lover trying to brave the chill.

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We've Rounded Up NYC's Best Pizza Spots for National Pizza Week

National pizza week runs January 5-11th, so to honor this delightful holiday we are delivering you a list of our favorite pizza spots in the city. As any New Yorker knows, you never need an excuse to grab a slice from the plethora of pizza spots that dot our streets, but with National Pizza Week you have an excuse to break those New Year’s resolutions to eat out less, and taste some pie that has made New York a legendary pizza destination.

1. Julianna’s (19 Old Fulton St., BK)

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2015 is Bringing in a Rush of Great New Restaurants

2015 is here, so as you are coming back down from all the New Year’s festivities, you probably want to know about the best and new restaurants to check out in the New Year. We’ve put together some of favorites that we can’t wait to check out this month or early next year.

1. Espoleta (334 Bowery)-
This brand new restaurant, from restauranteur Giulio Adriani , opened on December 4th, but if you haven’t been yet then get ready to try some of the best Mexican-influenced Spanish cuisines and tapas in the area! Highlights from the menu include: Parsnip Croquettes with Mahon cheese, smoked paprika, and panko; Chimichurri Organic Chicken with avocado and pimiento; Kabocha Squash with mascarpone, and more! Espoleta also has an extensive wine program (including sangria and Spanish vintages).

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The Best New Year’s Day 2015 Brunch Spots in NYC

As 2014 comes to an end and 2015 is so close we can taste it, it’s time to think about where you’ll be recovering from your New Year’s Eve festivities this year. Whether the past year has been a series of unfortunate events for you or one of the luckiest years of your life, January 1st will be the start of a new chapter. New Year’s Day is one of the most popular days for brunch in NYC. For those of you celebrating with family or friends and looking for the ideal brunch spot to reminisce and share new year’s resolutions, we have put together a list of cozy New Year’s Day brunch spots with creative menu options and all of the cocktails your hungover heart may desire.

New Year’s Day Calls for Brunching it

Coinciding with delicious holiday favorites, Boston-area venues are prepared to ring in the New Year on a scrumptious note. Urbanites and suburbanites alike love to brunch…and New Year’s Day calls for nothing less of mouthwatering!

Toast to 2015 with a fresh, exciting outlook: Joobug’s roundup of brunch picks to continue the celebration on January 1st will certainly entice your palate to a savory frenzy.

* Earls Kitchen + Bar

(#102 – 698 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA)