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New Weekend Brunch Option at Bustan

If there is one thing New Yorkers love it is definitely weekend brunch. With so many brunch restaurants to choose from it is important to check out one with a lot of options and decently priced menu. Thankfully, the recently opened Bustan situated in the UWS offers both for guests.

On Saturday, April 26th they will launch their brunch menu to coincide with the opening of their umbrella and olive tree festooned garden. Brunch at Bustan will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, and will feature a pan-Mediterranean flavor with 51 choices all priced within $4.95-$16.50, and basically...that is what you call a great deal!

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City Lunch Club Changes the New York Lunch Scene

If you are part of the 40% of Americans who do not take lunch breaks (how do you survive?), then you will want to check out City Lunch Club, a new service that allows New Yorkers to eat at different restaurants without leaving their desks!

Officially launched on April 22nd, City Lunch Club has over 40 restaurants as clients including: Nicoletta, Kutsher's TriBeCa, Bocca, Kokum, Amber, Taqueria Diana, and many more!

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Delcious and Healthy Options Available at El Rey

The King has good things for you.

El Rey's small space at 100 Stanton Street began as a coffee shop and has branched to simple, healthy food prepared in an ultra-open kitchen - the chef stands with a counter in front and a counter behind. This leaves a few seats at the chef's counter, some high top tables along the wall and a window counter. With such limited space the menu is ambitious in its flavor.

Nicholas Morgenstern (Goat Town, the General Green) opened the coffee spot and luncheonette with Chef Gerardo Gonzalez to cater to the neighborhood's interest in healthy, vegan, and/or gluten free options. That said, dishes like cashew grits with 18 hour braised pork and smoked duck and cherry pie should appeal to the carnivores as well.

The liquids counter features classic espresso beverages using Counter Culture Coffee, as well as Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, cold brew and 5 tap beers, 3 wines, a shandy, and a gin-less fizz with housemade cucumber limeade and juniper seltzer. The baristas can make a quality cortado as well as the delicious Vietnamese iced coffee, addictively sweet but well balanced. El Rey is another coffee shop boding food right - beyond the bagel and muffin.

The lunch menu is available from 11am-4:30pm and salads and pastries available 11am-close. Liquids are available 7am-11pm, Monday-Friday and 8am-11pm Saturday-Sunday.

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Tuesday's at SushiSamba Just Got Better


With the amount of sushi restaurants all over NYC, you could probably try a new one every week and still never manage to visit all of them. However, imagine enjoying your meal in an upscale, colorful environment - that is what you will get at SushiSamba. This is only a small reason why you will want to bypass the other restaurants. Not to mention, when you find a sushi restaurant offering a great deal like SushiSamba it is almost impossible to pass up!

SushiSamba, located in both Gramercy and the West Village, is offering a delicious “Ishiyaki Tuesdays for Two” special for $100. For this limited time only special, you will be able to pair premium Japanese Wagyu beef (which will be served on a hot stone) with sauces, fresh veggies, and a free bottle of select sake or red wine. Honestly, if the food does not convince you to go check out the Ishiyaki Tuesdays for Two, hopefully that complimentary bottle of sake or wine will help put the icing on the cake for you. Luckily, there is still more with this special deal- at the end of the meal guests will be treated to a bowl of sweet green tea ice cream.

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Bea Launches an Exquisite New Brunch Menu

This weekend we had the pleasure of checking out the new brunch menu at Bea, the brainchild of Sotir Zonea. This delightful bar and restaurant is adjacent to the theater district and is thus a perfect option if you're looking for a bite to eat before or after a show. Warmly greeted by the big smiles of several staff members as we walked in, the environment was instantly inviting, with lots of natural greenery and flowers as well. There's also a lovely adjacent sky lit courtyard with a 37-year-old tree and flowing fountain. Adding to the delightful environment, there are a couple of old black and white movies playing on the walls.

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Bostonians Take Pride In Their ‘Anthem’


Located in the heart and soul of Beantown’s Faneuil Hall, Anthem is a popular and strictly delicious gem. Bostonians stay true to the Anthem of their city, and in this particular culinary case, it’s an awesome venue serving up mouthwatering American cuisine.

The chic interior of the restaurant presents a trendy bar scene, surrounded by tall glass walls so eaters can gaze out into the bustling cobblestone marketplace. Sit atop chic bar stools or in a comfy booth next to Anthem’s bar while savoring a luscious cocktail. Or maybe it’s the refreshing lobster cobb salad with juicy pieces of lobster you’re craving. Whatever your palate desires, Anthem’s inventive menu includes everything a hungry city-goer craves: a true taste of what Beantown has to offer. The award winner of Boston Chowderfest 2010 and 2012, Anthem is home to the “Best Chowder in Boston!”

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The Ainsworth Park's New Menu Continues to Impress

The idea of an upscale, food and cocktail-oriented sports bar seems like a contradiction of terms, yet the Ainsworth Park makes it feel obvious. With an eclectic mix of top 40, dance, and retro music piping through the room, flatscreens lining the wall behind the bar, and a menu of elevated pub food, the Ainsworth feels like nowhere else: the stylish gastropub cross-pollinated with the after-work hangout bar. The careful balancing act is also applied to the décor, which has made overtures to sophistication in its chandeliers dotting the room, hipster trendiness with its exposed brick walls, and sports bar cheesiness with decorative pillars lined with fake grass.

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Weekend Pick: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

This Sunday, enjoy an elegant rooftop brunch straight out of Paris at Hotel Chantelle. Live music from Martina and the Ladybugs, a local jazz band, accompanies a delicious brunch menu which includes a $28 three course prix-fixe including stuffed French toast, banana foster waffles, and a lobster roll. Also on offer are your standard brunch cocktails for $4 and two special cocktails for less than $1.

The rooftop itself is beautiful, decorated with lampposts and greenery to mimic a Parisian garden. With good food and live jazz, this charming spot is perfect to impress anyone from a colleague to a new date.

What: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

When: Sunday, April 13th, 11:30am-5pm

Where: Hotel Chantelle, 19 Ludlow St., New York, NY

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Weekend Pick: Brunch at 1905

Head down to 1905 for an intimate, stylish brunch this Sunday.

The bistro’s brunch menu is full of modern take on breakfast staples, such as salt roasted beets with sherry-honey emulsion, truffled grits and pork belly, and chicken and waffle with cayenne honey. $15 will also get you bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.

The service and aesthetic of 1905 is all class, and it is in every sense a handsome restaurant from another era. You can make a reservation through CityEats here.

What: Brunch at 1905

When: Sunday, April 12th, from 11am

Where: 1905, 1905 9th St. 2nd Fl., Washington DC

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The Buzz Around Toro

The word count on the menu at Toro reads more like a short story than a group of small plates. Extensive and potentially overwhelming, the choices at the new tapas local span from Spanish bites like pan con tomate and larger paellas, to the twists on tapas that makes Toro a coveted dinner spot. Options like miso butter in an otherwise traditional sea urchin sandwich are the ones that make Toro slightly different.

The New York outpost of Boston chefs Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni) and Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa – both with Oringer) has been consistently mentioned with intrigue since its open in September of last year. As a former Nabisco factory along the Westside highway, it provides lofty ceilings and ample natural light, something coveted in New York spaces. It holds 120 seats and with a consistent waitlist, the buzz of voices is nothing short of a crowded nightclub. Masquerading as a dining experience, the loud music and crowded nature offer a club for people who would rather taste than dance. Even two-tops are clustered together in one long table, meshing an intimate dining experience with close proximity to a social atmosphere.