DELICIOUS-DEBUTS

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Greek Seafood Restaurant Limani Proves to Be the Greatest Opening of Fall


Story by Danielle Jones

Photos by Shiri Lara

Limani, Rockefeller Plaza's newest upscale Greek seafood-centric hot spot is the one of the best new restaurants we've been to this Fall. With it's original location in Roslyn, Long Island, this much anticipated Manhattan location, headed by Chef Alam, (formerly of Estiatorio Milos,) exceeds absolutely every expectation. The cuisine, the precise yet unpretentious and warm service, and the gorgeous decor transported us from a rainy November evening in midtown to a Summer night in Santorini.

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Bavaria Bierhaus Brings New-School Charm to Historic Stone Street's Restaurant Row

Financial District, NY – You might call the owners at Bavaria Bierhaus kreɪzɪ, but obsession to detail is the name of the game at this Fidi hotspot, located at 19 S William Street, that may as well have been built in Germany. "All the wood [in the bar] was shipped from Germany," Dave Massey, one of the owners tells us. It was painstakingly reassembled, to bring customers a sense of authenticity and an ambiance more apt for enjoying their impressive list of 100% wheat beers.

The picture proudly gracing the wall of the second floor is an original picture of Erdinger, the world's largest wheat beer brewery founded in 1886, and Bavaria Bierhaus hopes to showcase the pairing of new and old via their decor and new modern menu, designed by Chef Leandro Galindo. And it works. Combined with servers donning Dirndls, the experience was whimsically traditional, yet the pairing of eats, like the Pork Belly Waffle Slider with smoked cheddar, spicy maple, and krautsalat, and Rainbow Trout 'a la plancha' with grüne sosse, cider-braised sauerkraut & smoked bacon had us all agree that this was not your typical beerhall fare.

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Thirst Juice Co. Opens TODAY


Awesome juice bar, Thirst Juice Co. paves its way into the heart and soul of downtown Boston. Opening its doors today in Downtown Crossing, this trendy new hot spot will certainly cause a welcomed frenzy in such a health-conscious city. I don’t know about you…but we cannot wait to get our juice and smoothie on!

Thirst Juice Co. offers ‘made-to-order’ acai bowls, juices and smoothies, in addition to bottled cold-pressed juices and delicious artisanal soups. Introducing a friendly alternative to Downtown Crossing’s fast-food norm, Thirst Juice Co. places a major emphasis on delicious and healthy choices, comprising of their menu. For those who are skeptical of trying a green juice…do not fret! Thirst Juice Co.’s fusion of fresh fruits and vegetables is living proof to your taste buds that green juices certainly should and can taste delectable and rejuvenating.

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Brunch at Randolph Brooklyn: Where Pants are Optional But a Great Meal is Not

The roll out of Randolph Brooklyn’s brunch menu, in all its chic glory, went down this weekend, and we were some of the lucky few to partake in this momentous occasion. Like most spaces in Williamsburg, Randolph looks like it was recently converted from a former parking garage or sweatshop or distillery into a highly functioning, too hip for words restaurant/bar. Here are some of our stand out recommendations for your next Girl’s Brunch in Brooklyn.




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Holiday Joy Comes Early with These Great Restaurant Openings

1. Zuma (261 Madison Ave.)-
Zuma comes from the mind of creator Rainer Becker, and he’s bringing its internationally style of modern Japanese cuisine to midtown late November. All of the dishes from Zuma are designed to share and inspired by izakaya dining style. Popular in London and around globe, it can be expected that this new NYC location will be a hot spot in the area.

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Belgian Beer Cafe Opens For Bites and Brews

If you're looking for a place to “grab a beer,” the Belgian Beer Cafe means business. Take our word for it, the new kid on the block is nothing like other pint-pouring establishments. Don’t even bother if it’s a dingy dive bar you’re seeking, we’re talking about a “café” after all, where cold draughts are served in sophisticated glassware, rather than straight out of the can.

Bougie beer buffs won’t believe the extensive menu of ales, lagers, lambics, stouts, while oenophiles will be happy with the well-catered wine list. Classic boozy libations and bite-sized “Hoppetizers” such as Abbey Cheese Croquettes and the expected Hand-cut Belgian Frites, are other options one can enjoy for “aperitif.”

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How Paw-Some is this New Cat Cafe?

Cat-lovers, mark your calendars for the 15th of December. Macaron Parlour's co-owner, Christina Ha and her employee Emilie Legrand join KittyKind to give New York its first permanent cat cafe! Meow Parlour is all set to launch on 46 Hester street, bringing in the perfect mixture of coffee, sweets and cats.

Here's how it works: cat lovers can bring their cat(s) to the cafe, or just visit to pet the cats that are already chilling there! If you're bringing your cat, it's $4/half hour or $12/hr with a maximum of five hours kitty time. You can also bring in food or drink and chill in the kitty room while enjoying free Wi-Fi as a feline sleeping in your lap. If you do end up falling in love with one or more cats, you can adopt them as well! The cats are offered by KittyKind, an NYC-based, an all volunteer, no kill rescue group.

So, get your cat the best thing you can this Christmas - an occasional friend they can love and ignore at the same time!



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Bistango Expands Into The Kimberly Hotel


Bistango
is already a Murray Hill staple, but now with their new space open at the bottom of The Kimberly Hotel, this Italian eatery is shaping up to be an East Midtown hot spot. Perfect for either a date night or a family dinner, Bistango mixes great food with the perfect atmosphere

From flatbreads made in their wood burning stove to the fresh pastas and entrees from local shops, such as Pat LaFrieda meats, theres a little something for everyone. Bistango can also accommodate any gluten allergies by modifying their menu to meet your needs.

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Experience The Lap Of Luxury At Ariana's Classical Music Nights


Dining in Soho just got a lot more interesting!

We’ve all heard of “dinner and a show," but at Ariana (138-140 W Houston St.), guests can experience this in a whole new way. The new installment of “Classical Nights” features a pairing unlike any other in New York City — intimate performances by professional pianists followed by a 5-course dinner of the restaurant’s signature Russian dishes. And, of course, two cocktails and a shot of vodka will be included.

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Hyatt Times Square Releases Its Fall/Winter Menu for T-45

Mere steps from Times Square, T-45 retro diner combines the energy of Broadway with the playfulness of modern art. As we head into the colder months, Hyatt Times Square’s T-45 Diner has released its new menu for the fall/winter season which offers soul-satisfying, stick-to-your ribs comfort food for the colder months.

Executive Chef Nick Pelliccione offers a creative take on classic diner food in a vibrant setting. As a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Pelliccione’s vast culinary experience has seen him work in five-star hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria, New York Palace and Peninsula.