CULINARY-OCCASIONS

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Weekend Pick: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle
If sipping mimosas at noon is your thing, prepare for an exquisite brunch at the 1940’s Parisian-inspired Hotel Chantelle. You can quit daydreaming about Paris now, and satiate your wanderlust in brunch items like “Grapefruit Brulee” and “Croque-Monsieur Spring Rolls” right around the corner on Ludlow St. Not into the fancy-shmancy menu? Try the fool-proof liquid diet instead, and sip on their featured 92 cent cocktails to the sounds of live jazz. Dandy Wellington and his Band will be returning for another dapper afternoon of smart-looking people in tailored suits and top hats; an affair reminiscent of Gatsby meets Holly Golightly. For an elegant afternoon of French cuisine and penny-pinching cocktails, you can make your reservation here. Brunch seating will be available this Saturday from 11:30am – 5pm, but feel free to stay longer if you’re here only for the band (or just feeling a little too boozy after one too many Strawberry Lime Rickeys). Bon appetit! What: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle When: Saturday, April 18th, 11:30am Where: Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St, NYC
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Dinner at Avenue Le Club

On the boardwalk in Pier Village sits the lavish restaurant Avenue Le Club. With beautiful decor and sophisticated ambiance, the French brasserie offers an upscale dining experience that has guests feeling as if they were in St. Tropez - anywhere but the Jersey Shore. The latest addition to Avenue is their newly appointed executive, Chef John Johnson. A native of the Garden State, Johnson revamped the menu and had our mouths salivating with his creations.

We started with a Baked Heirloom Beet Salad made with cylinder-shaped beets, clementines, pecans, and a walnut vinaigrette. Topped with goat cheese, the salad was delightful and looked like a colorful piece of art. Next we enjoyed the Spring Garlic Soup made with smoked oysters and leek shallots. The crispy garlic slices tasted outstanding with the bits of croutons in this great warm dish. For the first course, the Asperges du Ventoux en Vinaigrette consisted of a tender piece of white asparagus, which is only available this time of year from France, sliced in half and drizzled with an egg yolk and mustard seed vinaigrette. The chilled dish was light and full of nuance, the very epitome of spring flavor.

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Eighth Annual Village Voice Choice Eats


The Metropolitan Pavilion hosted the Eighth Annual Village Voice Choice Eats on March 13th for a Siesta-inducing fiesta of drinks, eats, and sweets from 68 handpicked local restaurants. The All-Star roster included savory favorites from Bobwhite, Casa Mono, John Brown Smokehouse, Kickshaw, Veselka and more. Booze was flowing freely from Crabbie’s, Sixpoint, Catskill Distilling, and over a dozen others, while our sweet-tooth was quenched by Carlo’s Bakery, Butter Lane, Doughnut Plant, and our favorite of the night, Ample Hills Creamery.

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Eat Away the Winter with Dine Out Boston

Show your support for Boston’s lively and trendy restaurant community with Dine Out Boston. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau partners with American Express to sponsor this awesome two-week celebration that spotlights one of America’s leading culinary havens. Dine Out Boston will take place March 1-6 and March 8-13, bringing much needed early-Spring boon to Boston's foodies.

With a pricing structure that's awesome for both guests and restaurant owners, Dine Out Boston provides restaurants with the opportunity to tailor their lunch and dinner menus for a choice of $15, $20 or $25 for lunch and either $28, $33, or $38 for dinner. Restaurants can choose as many courses as they would like to offer guests at their chosen price.

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Chapter One’s Five Borough Beer Tasting & Dinner

Fellow urbanites: ready your schedule and belly for a dinner-plus-beer event of epic proportions. West Village’s Chapter One American Tavern will be hosting a Five Borough Beer Tasting & Dinner on Monday, February 23, from 6-9:30 p.m., celebrating New York City Beer Week.

Prepare your palates for a delectable five-course pairing menu, spotlighting regionally made beers from NYC’s five boroughs. New General Manager Katie O’Donnell (of Esca, where she pursued the role of chef de cuisine) and Executive Chef Warren Baird (also of Esca) have worked together to create an incredible menu that will seduce every palate.

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Last Minute Valentine's Day Reservations

Need last minute Valentine’s Day reservations? Maybe you just met the he/she of your dreams, you mis-read your S.O.’s Valentine’s Day protests or you're just a typical procrastinator (we're with you on that one)— no matter what has made you wait until the last minute, don't despair, there is still a modicum of hope for you. Check out some reservations that we can’t believe are still up for grabs for Valentine’s Day. Hurry before these are snatched up too.

Acme (9 Great Jones)

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Where to Take Your Valentine for Dinner

If you are still struggling to find Valentine’s Day inspiration, don’t despair. A number of New York restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus perfectly curated for a special night out, and these are six of our favorites. Offering everything from ambiance to beautifully crafted menus, these options take the guesswork out of the event. Just bring your date, sip some bubbly and enjoy the night.

  1. Limani (45 Rockefeller Plaza)
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Kick off Game Weekend with Chef Poe’s “Burrito Bowl IV”


What: Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake will be hosting “Burrito Bowl IV” on Saturday, January 31st. Some of Beantown’s most elite chefs will be at this savory competition. The question is, whose burrito creation will surpass all? Each notorious chef will design a signature burrito, prepared “bowl-style,” in honor of his or her favorite NFL team’s city. The delectable burrito concoctions will be ranked by guests, in addition to special “referees,” including @BostonTweet Tom O’Keefe and Zagat Boston Editor Scott Kearnan.

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Weekend Picks: Hot Chocolate Walking Tour at South End Buttery

Calling all cocoa addicts, prepare to tone up those leg muscles and satisfy your sweet tooth AT THE SAME TIME on the Hot Chocolate Walking Tour this Saturday.

Led by Boston's expert guides, you will taste test a variety of warm and happiness-inducing - #science - hot chocolates from a myriad of boutiques throughout America's walking city.

Be sure to pack a pen and a pad in your fanny pack to take notes as you receive tips on sampling and purchasing gourmet drinks as well as some history on drinking chocolate.

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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)