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Eat All the Lobster

Claws Hands down, lobster has been the crustacean of the summer. Unfortunately, since the season is almost over, there isn’t much time left to enjoy this favorite warm-weather meal! If possible, be sure to indulge in as much lobster as possible (while you still can). If you need a claw hand (sorry, we couldn't resist!) finding the best spots to accomplish this feat before summer’s end, check out these great local restaurants!


1. NYY Steak Manhattan (7 W 51st St.)-
A notable item on NYY Steak Manhattan's menu is its mixed-in Mac N Cheese. Deciding between mac & cheese and lobster could prove to be a difficult choice. Luckily, when you order this delectable double-whammy of a dish, it's one you won't even need to think twice about! The decadent specialty contains large pieces of fresh, buttery lobster tossed with orecchiette pasta, all covered in a rich, cheesy sauce! The whole makes for a great standalone dish, though, when paired with a nice porterhouse, it's simply divine!

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Feel Food's Prix Fixe Menu is Total Model Material

Rev up for Fashion Week, because the designers have arrived, and they're serving full-glamour realness. That being said, the creators of America’s hottest designs aren’t the only ones dishing out something special for 2014. Keeping you full and slim for every event, Feel Food (496 6th Ave., New York, NY 10011) has created its own “Fashion Week Ready Menu”, an $18 prix fixe of nutritious options that guests won’t feel guilty about eating.

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Andanada: NYC's Answer for the Perfect Wine Dinner

Story by Astrid Finch

Photos by Shiri Lara

VIVA RIOJA! We just experienced an amazing wine dinner in the chic and intimate atmosphere of Andanada--a fantastically innovative, yet ever-authentic family owned Spanish restaurant on the Upper West Side. (Fun fact: ‘Andanada’ refers to the highest seating area of a traditional bullfighting arena, which is known for attracting the most lively and enthusiastic fans.)

We indeed had the best seat in the house, as we were served Chef Manuel Berganza’s 5 course tasting menu. This was a special evening, because carefully paired with each course was a wine from Tobelos Winery, from within the heart of the Rioja wine region--one of Spain’s very best. Andanada and Tobelos have a strong connection because the owner of Andanada, Álvaro Reinoso’s father, Ricardo is the director at the winery. Both gentlemen were gracious hosts, and Chef Berganza’s cuisine complemented the wines perfectly--and vice versa.

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Haru: A Term for the Sushi Connoisseurs


Haru Sushi offers the very best of modern Japanese fare, luscious cocktails, a welcoming ambiance and cordial service for all to enjoy. When your palate is craving deliciously crafted sushi and innovative drinks, Haru is the ultimate place to sip and savor.

Joonbug had the pleasure of visiting Haru’s Times Square location for dinner…and boy was it a delicious treat! We arrived just in time for Happy Hour. Of course, that meant refreshing Green Tea Margaritas to start the meal off on a spectacular note. This cocktail is completely rejuvenating to sip on a hot summer evening, and it is the perfect complement to your sushi or entrée. If you want to head over to Haru for Happy Hour, your palate will be pleasantly taken care of. Some of the featured appetizers are String Bean Tempura ($4), Fish Tacos ($7) and Short Rib Buns ($8). A taste of Haru’s Happy Hour specialty cocktails include the Elderflower-Cucumber Crush ($8) and Saketini ($8).

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Cuba Brings Old Havana to the West Village

Story by Rachel Montella

Photography by Shiri Lara

It’s summertime in the city, and let’s be honest…we’re all secretly longing for an escape to some faraway paradise where we can relax with a mojito in our hand. And while we may not be able to jet down to Havana for the weekend, we can definitely experience its cuisine, culture, and music at Cuba in the heart of the West Village.

From the moment we stepped through the door, we were instantly amazed by the vibrant atmosphere. The rhythmic beats of salsa music filled the air, and at a small table in the front, there was a man hand-rolling cigars. The aromas of traditional Cuban cuisine wafted through the dining room. It felt like we had been transported, and Thompson Street had somehow become a street in Old Havana.

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LA's "Egg-citing" Lunch Spot: Eggslut


Ready for something “egg-celent”?

Traveling into downtown Los Angeles might be a hassle, but once there, you’ll find an astonishing restaurant that’s worth sitting in traffic for. We’re talking about Eggslut (317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013), the superstar breakfast and lunch spot of Grand Central Market where the food is just as fantastic as the name.

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NYC's Trendiest Go-To Cafe


Located within the quaintness and charm of the West Village, Presstea™ is a staple to this trendy neighborhood. Not only do coffee lovers willingly convert to tea fanatics at this café; Presstea™ completely revitalizes and changes the way we look, taste and think about tea. The unique signature tea drinks are made with a creative modern technique, comparable to an espresso machine: “it presses the tea leaves to release concentrated shots, extracting more of the tea’s flavor than traditional methods.” Say goodbye to bland teas and sugary coffee drinks from chain cafes…because once your taste buds meet Presstea™, you will never want to go back!

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Cooling Down At Eight Turn Crepe

Has the summer sun got you beat, yet? July is officially in full swing, and as the temperature keeps rising, people all around Manhattan are looking for ways to cool off and chill out while still enjoying the city’s sights. Well, if you have a big sweet tooth, Eight Turn Crêpe (55 Spring St., New York, NY 10012) is serving up some perfect desserts decked out in rich, creamy gelato.

When we say “gelato and a crêpe," the first thing that might come to mind is “gelato inside of a crêpe?" Quite the contrary, this business has created a new style of ice cream cone without changing a single thing on their menu. By stuffing one of their freshly made crêpes full of fixings and rolling it into a tube, the scoop of Il Laboratorio del Gelato ice cream sits comfortably on top, ready to be enjoyed! Originally from Japan, their Asian-inspired ingredients put a new twist on this French dessert, bringing the dessert scene into a whole new light with their fresh, housemade ingredients.

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A Modern Makeover at Caffe Dante

Move over, old-timer — we’ve got some sprucing up to do!

New York City is home to some of the most well-known, historical restaurants in the country. In order to make it in Manhattan, restaurants are constantly battling rent increases, stiff competition, and, of course, the clientele. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many businesses struggle to make it through just one year of service. This year, Greenwich Village’s own Caffe Dante (79-81 Macdougal St., New York, NY 10012) is celebrating its 99th birthday! For decades, customers have flocked through the doors in search of a strong cup of espresso or freshly made gelato, as this Italian-style eatery has built up an incredibly loyal fan-base. It’s no surprise, then, that eyebrows were raised when the restaurant shut down for renovations earlier this year.

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Millie's Old World Meatballs & Pizza!

Located 30 miles northwest of the Big Apple, Morristown is well-known in New Jersey for their restaurant and bar scene. The town's most prized restaurant is Millie's Old World Meatballs & Pizza, a gourmet pizza experience you will never forget. Millie's philosophy is all about tradition Italian food made with passion. All their pizza selections are exciting, mouth-watering, and handmade with fresh and homemade ingredients. You can easily see what the cooks are up to since the kitchen is open and part of the modern decor of the restaurant. The kitchen is super hot thanks to the coal oven and the impressive Neopolitan wood oven imported from Naples.