DELICIOUS-DEBUTS

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Why District Tap House is About to Become Your New Favorite Craft Beer Bar & Restaurant

When we first heard about the District Tap House's new cocktail program, we couldn't wait to have a taste. Little did we know that we would be walking into something far more amazing than that. And it's no wonder- with the dynamic head bartender Noble Harris who has worked at the likes ofDylan Prime Steak House in Tribeca and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Grand Café heading up the list of cocktails for every pallet.

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Lot 45 Debuts New Fall Food and Beverage Menus


As we walked up to Lot 45 on Troutman Street in Bushwick, we were overwhelmed with a sense of mystery—what would we encounter on the inside? The glowing Lot 45 sign was beaming outside, and we heard jazz music and the chattering of guests inside. The welcoming outdoor space was both enticing and homey, covered in old plush mismatched couches and beautiful oriental rugs. Djenna, the food truck that has taken a permanent residence inside Lot 45, was cranking out Algerian inspired appetizers that were being passed around by hosts. Some of the fare included Oysters and roasted veggies. After sampling the delicious bites we made our way to the bar.

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Spiegel: The East Village's Own Taste Of The Mediterranean


The East Village’s latest addition, Spiegel (26 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009), puts its own twist on dining by creating a restaurant which is perfect for a quick bite at breakfast or dinner and a drink in the evening. In an open spot with attractive decor, guests will feel at home as soon as they sit down, but one glance at the menu reveals that the dining experience will bring them on a trip across the globe.

Serving up continental cuisine with a focus on Mediterranean, Israeli, and Moroccan influences, the dishes host familiar ingredients which are brought to life by unique seasonings and spices. Along these lines, the majority of the options are vegetable based, but regardless of what is ordered, guests will receive huge portions, so sharing is definitely recommended.

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A Little Bit of Greece in NYC

Get ready New York, the uber trendy restaurant scene just got even trendier. The Greek restaurant/party spot Nammos-Mykonos is opening up in NYC in 2015. The new NY venue will go by the name Nammos by the Sea, will be found atop the Maritime Building. The Greek restaurant will feature Ibrahim Sammy as head chef of the new spot. With the success of the original Mykonos, this will surely prove to be a smart business move.

The restaurant is known for its authentic Greek dishes accompanied by a lively atmosphere unlike any other. The NYC location is sure to attract both tourists and natives alike as the food is delicious and the vibes are unmatched. The owner plans to import Greek fish and ingredients to increase the authenticity of the restaurant.

The date for the official opening of the restaurant has not been released, so stay tuned. We are sure the grand opening will be a lavish event for the books.

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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).