DELICIOUS-DEBUTS

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Earls Kitchen + Bar Opens Doors at Assembly Row

In the year 1982, Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller and his son Stanley Earl Fuller came up with an idea. Little did they know that their brainstorming of a casual burger & beer venue would evolve into something incredible…incredibly delicious, that is: Earls Kitchen + Bar. Stanley Earl Fuller has carried on the restaurant’s name today, as the current owner and operator of this beloved family business; gracing its presence to hungry customers.

On Friday, September 12th, this upscale staple will open its doors at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA. Gear up Bostonians, because Earls Kitchen + Bar has scrumptiously savory fare waiting to delight all on this exciting debut.

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NEWLY-OPENED CALLE DÃO NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH

Yesterday we had the pleasure of dining at the Chinese/Cuban fusion Calle Dão for lunch, and it's not a meal we will soon forget. The decor transported us right into a Cuban hacienda. This ambiance of laid-back Latin elegance with big beautiful ceiling fans was a lovely oasis to come into from the hot New York heat.


We started off with a couple of the specialty cocktails: the
Opium (Michter’s Bourbon, tamarind, ruby red grapefruit, lemon and poppy seed tincture) and the MaxVer (Aviation Gin, St. Germain, white peaches, agave, lime, shiso leaf). These drinks were the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness.

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Where Pop-Up Restaurant Meets Social Experiment: Project Sara

Over the years, the concept of the pop-up restaurant has become more and more popular in the food-scene. In fact, a large handful of celebrity chefs have made names for themselves simply by touring the country and providing diners with a taste of a their culinary creations and philosophies. While New York City is already home to many of these establishments, the latest arrival is standing out through its own unique fashion.

Project Sara is a pop-up restaurant series and “social experiment” which provides guests chefs with the ingredients, staffing, and resources to showcase their passion to the general public. On Sunday, September 7th, this concept will make its debut in the Lower East Side at Studio Kitchen Café (115 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002) for 36 lucky diners. The evening will host guest chef Samuel Diaz’s own menu of continental cuisine as the inaugural dinner gives NYC a taste of the “anti-restaurant’s” future. While founders Viraj Borkar and Mangesh Elag work to push this new idea into the spotlight, they will also be achieving their goal of “projecting a chef’s essence”, if even for only one night.

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September Restaurant Openings Prove the Best is Yet to Come

August was exciting, but as far as the NYC food scene is concerned, September is the month to anticipate! Almost as though it knew what was coming, summer flew by and made way for the early fall season, which will be hosting dozens of new restaurant openings. In order to keep you posted on where to go in the next coming month, we offer our list of the best restaurant openings for September 2014.

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1. Birds & Bubbles (100 Forsyth St.) - For months, the opening of this restaurant has been all the rage in the foodie news world. Finally, the time has come for Chef Sarah Simmons to open the doors to her new eatery. City Grit’s popular chef is releasing a menu which headlights an option not seen in other restaurants: fried chicken and champagne. Aside from this genius combination, the focus will be on “elevated southern cuisine” in their newly renovated space. Even some seasonal favorites from the City Grit tasting menu are set to be featured, which will leave customers, both new and loyal, full and satisfied at the end of their meals. For right now, no opening date has been released, but at least we know we'll be dining there soon!

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Central Perk is Coming to NYC in Real Life

We all know, whether you live in NYC or not, it has always secretly been your dream to sit down in a cafe with your best friends and live life just like the cast of Friends did for those ten incredible years. Well, thanks to Warner Bros. Television Group and Eight O’Clock Coffee, all those unfulfilled wishes and desires can finally come true starting this September!

For one month only, Friends fanatics can head to downtown NYC to enjoy free coffee, iconic photo-ops on the signature orange couch, or with the various props, and even some weekly musical performances, which will be sure to include a couple of Phoebe Buffet originals.

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Doctor Who, The Restaurant

British television show “Doctor Who” is stepping out of the screen and into the scene — the restaurant scene, that is. While fans are going crazy for the introduction of the 12th Doctor, New Yorkers are exploring the new Doctor Who themed eatery of Beacon, NY, The Pandorica (165 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508).

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Support a Good Cause and Enjoy Delicious Eats with BBQ to BRAAI

For those forced to live your daily lives in the confines of New York City, we have a treat for you. Wines of South Africa is bringing their culture to the city. Their fall tour, From BBQ to Braai, is showcasing their finale night in the heart of NYC. WOSA and Chef Hugo, as seen on Good Day NY, have come together to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Featuring over 100 South African wines, paired with a 10 course specialty Braai, you will certainly leave fulfilled. The South African delicacy compares to BBQ and is delicious. On September 4th, from 7-9:30pm, come out to Studio 450 ( 450 W 31st St.) and enjoy the delectable tastings prepared by Chef Hugo. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC.

Come out, eat, drink, and be merry while also supporting a good cause.

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Williamsburg's Starbucks is Now a Wine and Beer Bar too, Because Obviously

Hipsters, beware! Another Starbucks is coming to Brooklyn — and this one will leave an even bigger mark than the last.

Remember when Starbucks moved into Williamsburg and was met with adversity from the local residents? Well, all of that has died down, but the neighborhood’s second location is planning to appeal to customers in a whole new way. The company has officially confirmed that they are seeking out a liquor license for their N Seventh Street location, opening between Bedford Ave. and Berry St.

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August Presents: The Greatest Restaurant Openings Ever

As summer slowly winds down, and you’ve almost exhausted your list of restaurants to check out, remember you live in New York and new restaurants are opening each month. So while summer is still here, check out this roundup of several fun and delicious restaurants opening this August that are must try places for all food lovers and anyone looking for something new!


1. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel (145 E 50th St.)-
Murray Hill’s popular Italian restaurant will be opening its third location on August 20th in the lobby of the Kimberly Hotel. Bistango has been around since 1988, and has become widely known for its popular Italian cuisine, specifically: Bistango Salad (Tuscan kale, arugula, shaved red onion, endive, avocado, drunken goat cheese, and lemon olive oil); Homemade Flatbreads with Imported Italian Gluten-Free Flour (prosciutto, arugula, chive blossoms, fresh ricotta); Stuffed Spinach Ravioli (with roasted garlic and crushed amoretti); and more since Bistango’s menus are updated seasonally. If you’re craving an intimate dining experience, or just delicious food, then Bistango is your place this August.

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The Med Trend Heats Up with Simit and Smith

It is not hard to fulfill a craving in NYC. From the classic and popular, to the obscure and bizarre, there is the perfect edible concoction to satisfy your hunger at any given point, and the chances are it will also be really really good. Insomuch, it almost seems merely impossible to find something new and original in a city that has just about everything already; however, something different has recently come into the NYC food scene in the form of Simit and Smith.

A collection of cafes in the New York area that feature handmade Mediterranean Simit bread for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, Joonbug.com recently had the chance to sit down with the District Manager of Simit and Smith, Oz Aksar, and we sampled some of the best they had to offer.