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Where to Reserve a Seat for Christmas Day Dinner

















If clanging pots, dirty pans and sweating over a stove in a hot kitchen do not sound appealing as Christmas activities, then check out one of these New York City restaurants that providing Christmas Day dinner without the toil. Choose from a selection of restaurants that will be serving everything from the traditional Christmas goose to a refined tasting of Korean delicacies. With the cooking left up to someone else, family and friends can celebrate without the lingering doom of dirty dishes.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit With These Themed Cocktails Being Served in NYC


New York City is world known for its distinct holiday charm this time of year. From the colorful lights, to the cheery disposition of tourists and pedestrians on the streets, the joyous ambience echoes all that the holiday season stands for.

Luckily, we’re not the only ones to feel this way. Some of the city’s hippest watering holes are serving up special seasonal drinks to lift guests’ “spirits.” Have a look below at what some of these places have slated on the menu:

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NYC's Hottest New Bars

The only thing that will help cheer you up and keep you warm this fall/winter season are some savory cocktails. These speciality cocktails are unique, not just because of their fun names, but because all of these drinks come from brand new bars in the NYC area!


1. Arthur (18 9th Ave.)-
Several weeks ago we had the opportunity to sip on delicious drinks and eat hors d’oeuvres at Arthur, the Gansevoort’s newest bar. At this private event, we were able to try the newest cuisines from The Chester and sample several drinks all within this intimate bar. All of the hors d’oeuvres were from The Chester’s fall/winter menu, so throughout the night we dined on: Fried Chicken, Eggplant Toast, Mushroom Apple Artisanal Pizza, Pesto Pappardelle, and our personal favorite, Pork Belly. Obviously, being at Arthur means you must try their specialty cocktails all curated by famous mixologist, Esteban Ordonez. While they have plenty of drinks that will satisfy all hard alcohol lovers, we tried the Red Rum and LLC, and both drinks are refreshing and boozy so you won’t be disappointed at Arthur.

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100 Montaditos Is Giving $1 Pizza a Run for Its Money

To celebrate their one year anniversary, the US flagship of 100 Montaditos (located at 176 Bleecker Street) are welcoming back very popular “Dollarmania” promotion. Starting this Wednesday, November 17th and running until mid-December, you can enjoy 1 Montaditos, $1 Fries and $1 Soda, $2 Cheese Fries, $2 Patatas Bravas, $2 Wines, Sangria and Local Beer on Wednesdays all day.

Trust us, there isn’t a better deal in town.

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Savor Thanksgiving in Boston

Per usual, Joonbug has you covered with the tastiest bites in town for every occasion…especially when splurging on a savory Thanksgiving feast! We have prepared the ultimate list for every urbanite and tourist to fathom over: a scrumptious roundup of Boston-area restaurants serving Thanksgiving fare.

Take a year off free of laboring for hours in the kitchen for hungry guests. Treat yourself and your family this year, because Boston is certainly ready to pamper all palates with top-notch dining options!


* Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental Boston

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Soho Brunch Gem, Jack’s Wife Freda

Who doesn’t love brunch? Whether you're a local or just visiting, finding that go-to brunch spot is always a must. No, Jack’s Wife Freda , a cozy boutique restaurant located right in the heart of Soho near the intersection of Spring St. and Lafayette, is the perfect intimate brunch spot. Open for lunch and dinner as well, they serve an eclectic combination of Mediterranean comfort food and unique cocktails. Husband and wife owners, Dean and Maya Jankelowitz have combined their two cultures, hers Israeli and his South African to create a unique cuisine representative of both worlds. Together, Dean and Maya, naming the restaurant after Dean’s grandparents, have created a home, always hugging guests and treating everyone like family and have quickly turned Jack’s Wife Freda into a neighborhood treasure.

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It's a Guac City Out There

1) Todd English Food Hall (1 W 59th St.)

Located at the foot of Central Park in The Plaza Hotel, Chef Todd English branches out from his authentic Mediterranean style and features the Lobster Guacamole, a traditional guacamole topped with lobster Pico de Gallo and is served with crispy corn tortilla chips. Yeah, lobster in guac does sound different but we're pretty sure ANYTHING in guac would taste divine!

FIRST COURSE Lamb dish at Fork
Philly's Top 5 Best Recent Restaurant Openings

1.) Fork (306 Market St.)

The finest new restaurant of fall 2014, this Olde City gem features mouth-watering entrees like roasted cauliflower-black trumpet mushroom swordfish, grilled polenta-dandelion lobster, eggplant-olive-hibiscus lamb, and many more savory, scintillating dishes. They also have impressive beer, wine, and cocktail lists to please the couple out on an intimate date, or the party on a pricy night out on the town. At Fork, Chef Eli Kulp overwhelms your palate with outstanding presentations.

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Brooklyn's Sweetest Dessert Shops

Last month’s New York City Food and Wine Festival brought together some of Brooklyn's best dessert makers, who showcased tasty treats currently available at their store front. The desserts where so good we had to share with you the information on where to get them. However, if you don't want to go all the way to Brooklyn, you do have the option of having them delivered to you by placing an order online. Some of the bakers from these places have also written a cookbook so that people can learn how to make their desserts.

Ample Hills Creamery (623 Vanderbuilt Ave. Brooklyn)

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Buffalo wings are cooked to crispy, juicy perfection, pints are a-flowing with the best brews in town and everyone proudly shows off their prized jersey. IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!

Boston area restaurants are on their serious A-game, prepared to kick off football season with tailgating specialties. Every football fan can get hooked on this season’s exciting mojo in Beantown…because this city seriously knows what’s up when it comes to tailgating and football. Check out our roundup of fun tailgating ideas, and get ready to kick off this season with a bang in Boston!