DELICIOUS-DEBUTS

FIRST COURSE
Freddo: the Best Ice Cream on the Beach

Throughout South America, the name 'Freddo' is synonymous with 'heaven' - at least when ice cream lovers are concerned. The company has been the Argentinean leader in premium helado since 1969. Made from fresh hormone-free milk, pure cane sugar and raw fruits in Buenos Aires, Freddo's helados cover a wide flavor spectrum, from Zabaione (an Italian light custard) to Banana Split to Passion Fruit sorbet. Each day, one of Freddo's original employees (dubbed the 'maestro heladero'), develops and tastes each flavor to make sure it's up to par with the Freddo standard.

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Espoleta Makes Its Debut on The Bowery

Last week we had the chance to check out the official opening party for Espoleta, a tapas and wine bar in the Bowery created by restaurateur Giulio Adriani. Chef Sue Torres is the consulting chef for the restaurant and given her experience cooking traditional Mexican cuisine, you can expect a menu full of authenticity. Additionally, a large majority of the ingredients used at Espoleta are gathered fresh and daily from the Union Square Market and their menu will change seasonally to match their day.

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The Gansevoort Market is Now Open and It is Glorious

The abundance of food halls emerging all over New York City allows for any craving we might have to be satisfied, thanks to the diverse options right at our fingertips. Gansevoort Market is an impressive 8,000 square foot addition to the Meatpacking district, with over 20 of NYC’s top emerging new eateries. All of the vendors work in harmony, each selling their own unique and inventive concepts and providing a calm and inviting atmosphere.


Right as you enter Gansevoort Market you are greeted with the authentic smell of Luzzo’s fresh Neapolitan Style pizza baking in the oven, as the colorful tomatoes, fresh aroma of basil and mouthwatering Mozzarella di Bufala draws you in.

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Famed Hamptons Beijing-Style Restaurant RedStixs Expands to Manhattan

Midtown East, NY -- Filling the extra large shoes of the much-lauded Chin Chin at 216 East 49th Street, Red Stixs officially opens on December 11th and features Executive Chef James “Skinny” Mei's interpretation of classic Beijing-style Chinese. With the resume of seasoned restaurateurs Michael Reda and David Lee (Philippe), Chef Mei brings his accolades from the Forbidden City of Beijing to treat guests to a menu of tantalizing eats in a space forever famous for haute Chinese.

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How-to Make a Week of Lunches with One Trip to the Farmers Market


















If you only had to shop once a week for 7 days worth of lunches, would you do it? All it took was $25 and a trip to the farmers market in Union Square to produce these five simple recipes that celebrate seasonal ingredients. Now you can use the money you saved on lunch for a much deserved happy hour!

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Zha's Soft Opening Pop Up Shop

Last weekend, Joonbug.com had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Soft-Opening of Zha of a new pop-up restaurant in Midtown East. The guys behind the concept of Zha are owners Steve and Heezy, who are also the creators of the AsianCini, their signature and most popular dish.

Before talking about how great the entire night was there are a few things you should know about the AsianCini. The AsianCini are fried rice balls stuffed with traditional Asian flavors like Chinese BBQ Pork AND they are so delicious they won the 2014 Vendy “Best of Market” Award; so if you wanted a second opinion, experts agree it’s delicious.

This Year Be Thankful for Free Whiskey

From December 1st-7th, The Shanty (the New York Distilling Company's associated bar) is going to set guests up with complimentary samples that demonstrate what happens when the house whiskey, rock candy sugar, dried Bing cherries, cinnamon, and orange peel are combined -- allow us to introduce you to Mr. Katz's.

With its festive flavors, the rockin' combo launches at an opportune moment: the start of the holiday season. During the first week of the month, the establishment is welcoming walk-ins to try Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye. Other than free glasses of the original recipe, a menu of creative cocktails, including the Cave Creek (a Mr. Katz's, scotch, Campari, grenadine, and lemon juice mixture) or the Harpers Ferry (which pairs Mr. Katz's with cognac, rum, and lemon juice).

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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 Center 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.