Stop for a moment and look at the world around you. Have you ever considered just how quickly time passes? Already, we are three months into 2014 and the change of seasons is right around the corner. Thankfully, New Yorkers are graced with the luxury of being able to step back for a moment and walk into the world of past, all while enjoying delicious food at the same time!
Caffè Storico, located in the beautiful building of the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West), opened its doors to us here at Joonbug.com this past Monday, March 3rd, to provide us with a delicious tasting menu of Italian cuisine, as well as exciting information about all of the events which are scheduled to occur this coming year!
If the name hasn’t already captured your heart, have no fear, there’s a lot more where that came from.
First of all, it’s not a restaurant. Sex On The Table, located at 49 E. 1st Street, is an exclusive supper club which offers 20 events per year for members (plus one guest) to meet, socialize, and feast on a multi-course meal which is a little bit out of the ordinary. What’s so unique about it? Why, sex, of course! This business focuses on meals which mainly feature organic aphrodisiacs, so choose your “plus one” wisely, as no one really knows what could happen by the end of the night!
We’ve already talked about the awesome Brunch at Trattoria Il Mulino, but now the casual-hip outpost of the famous Il Mulino franchize is about to bring their signature game to Flatiron’s late lunch and happy hour scene.
Every day, from 3-6:30 PM,Trattoria Il Mulino will feature a $14 deal, including a personal pizza (margherita, funghi, or pepperoni) and a drink. This isn’t your average throwaway bar combo. Pizzas are cooked barside in a wood-fired pizza oven, and are crafted with the care and quality you’d expect from an entree. They’re substantial, too--one is a meal, but it can also easily be shared with a friend for a snack. We suggest the funghi: though many funghi pizzas suffer a certain withered dryness, the mushrooms on this one come out meaty and tender.
Located just a few blocks away from Wall Street, it seems that Tres Carnes is the new wolf in town. With the opening of their third location in the Financial District, Tres Carnes has given the Chipotle across the street some serious competition. The Texican restaurant has only been open for a few weeks and business has been flowing since. The great part about Tres Carnes is that the meat is made fresh daily and you can absolutely taste the freshness in every bite. The brisket and pork slowly smokes for about 16 hours, whereas the chicken smokes for 1-5 hours.
Yep, that's right: Taco Bell has officially announced that they're doing breakfast in a way only Taco Bell can. Items gracing the menu include the AM Crunchwrap (filled with eggs, cheese, a hashbrown, and meat), the well-publicized Waffle Taco (meat, egg, and cheese in a waffle shell), and AM Grilled Taco (a quesdilla-like item with eggs, cheese, and meat). Additionally, America's favorite fast food Mexican joint is now offering their Cinnabon Delights (bite-size pastries filled with Cinnabon frosting) with your morning coffee or orange juice.
Served from 7am to 11am, the breakfast items will be available starting March 27.
When you think of restaurants in New Jersey with sensational views, Edgewater or Hoboken most likely come to mind. Jersey City is home to Maritime Parc, a restaurant with a calm atmosphere, pleasant walkway, and an incredible view of New York City. We met the owner/chef of Maritime Parc, Christopher Siversen, who was very welcoming and down to earth. The French Culinary graduate and father of two did an impeccable job with his delicatable menu and it was an honor to have him cook for us.
New York's restaurant scene leaves most foodies wanting for nothing. Thus, it's no surprise eateries are coming up with bizarre combinations to fulfill our tastebud's deepest, darkest desires. While some of the most satisfying-yet-strange snack pairings are best invented at 3am with munchies and a refrigerator that says "work with me here," these chefs have real culinary experience and provide dishes you won't be as embarassed about eating later.
Shopsin's menu may be busy enough to tweak you out before you're halfway done reading it, but it does feature some awesome options for their sliders. The classic bite-sized cheeseburgers come with caramelized onions and the beauty of the dish comes in the "bread" choices. You can order up your fun-sized patty on buns of mini mac 'n' cheese pancakes, waffle fries, potato latkes, or glazed donuts (in maple, chocolate, or vanilla). Sound delicious? We think: yes.
Think about Midtown: the epicenter of the rat race, populated by chains and stuffy business lunch joints. It’s not exactly the place you’d go if you wanted a creative coffeehouse environment. To the delight of many who regularly find themselves in midtown, however, one newcomer is looking to change that, or at least to serve as an oasis in the corporate coffeehouse dessert.
Ground Central Coffee Company (located one stop away from Grand Central station) offers downtown coffeehouse culture in midtown. It’s the brainchild of Etienne Wiilk and Oleg Fabrikant, who bring their extensive knowledge and experience about coffee to the table, with fabulous results. Wiilk, who is originally from France, has spent his whole life with coffee: he’s done everything from coffee machine manufacturing to roasting and distributing his own coffee to opening Urban Coffee at the Palais des Congres in Paris. This is his first American venture, and he’s decided to bring his passion and his vision of what a coffeehouse should be to an otherwise coffeehouse-barren hood.
Located in the heart of Boston’s charming North End neighborhood, this lively dessert joint is notorious for being “the first Italian cafe in Boston.” And ever since 1929 its beautiful tradition continues to flourish and brighten up Hanover Street today.
Caffe Vittoria’s exterior is surrounded by a hearty bunch of native Italians sitting on lounge chairs smoking cigars, gossiping. Two classic accordion players will set up shop out in the street, playing a cheerful harmony for diners to relish under a blanket of starry sky and brisk evening air. Gray puffs of cigar smoke and the tempting aroma of freshly battered cannoli cream waft down the unparalleled street. Welcome to a weekend in Beantown’s beloved Little Italy, my friends.
No questions asked, the Upper East Side is definitely known for catering to a specific category of clientele. It’s nice, then, to know that some restaurants still exist in this area which can make you feel right at home, regardless of who you are or how much you’re spending. Sel et Poivre, located at 853 Lexington Ave., is without a doubt one of these locations. Recently, this family-owned establishment held a tasting featuring some of the classic, popular dishes from its menu which is designed to welcome you into the world of French cuisine.