DELICIOUS-DEBUTS

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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.

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Weekend Pick: Lobster Boils at Hearth Restaurant

Looking for an intimate dining experience? Well we have a unique weekly event that is sure to pacify this craving. With the motivation of Chef Marco Canora's family lobster boils on Martha's Vineyard, guests get an experience that one may not expect in the city of New York.

These lobster boils offer an exclusive dining adventure for anybody searching for a differently styled eatery. This three course meal begins with an intricate tomato and watermelon salad, shared among the table. This is immediately followed by a lobster pot containing 1.25 lb lobsters. Finally, if you have room for more, there is peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

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Enjoy an Authentic Turkish Brunch at Entwine

Story and photos by Shiri Lara

Tucked away in the West Village amongst boisterous neighbors like tortilla flats, you’ll find the quaint and charming Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, Entwine. As of one month ago, Entwine ventured out of their usual expertise of specialty craft cocktails, elaborate wines, and small plates to make room for a weekend brunch menu. Specializing in Turkish Brunch, Entwine is the perfect option for crowds eager to have a fresh Mediterranean brunch in a cozy backyard space on a warm summer day.

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Get Cooking with Fresh Food Vinegar

Hey food fans! Have you been searching around for a new “special ingredient” to add to your kitchen’s arsenal? Well, how does the idea of “fresh fruit vinegar” sound?

Mangé Fresh Fruit Vinegar has created a new product which utilizes fruit purée and vinegar, resulting in a sweet and tangy solution which is perfect for marinades, dressings, and even cocktail mixers. Thanks to the natural pectin in each purée, the final liquids are slightly thicker than normal vinegars, providing not only sweet, natural flavors, but also additional texture and body. With eleven flavors available, from red pepper to fig, the diverse culinary possibilities are endless. In order to take advantage of this, we opened up the Joonbug test kitchen and created two recipes to highlight these delicious products.

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Instant Cupcakes…From a Spray Can


We’ve all heard of the sinfully delicious ‘Microwave Mug Cake,’ or ‘5-minute cake’…but what about Spray Cake? This cake-batter-in-a-can fad is taking instant cake to an entire new level. When you’re in the mood for a freshly baked cupcake…expect it ASAP. An innovative way to prepare cupcakes and cakes by simply adding heat, Spray Cake utilizes ‘on-demand organic’ batter in an aerosolized can.

When using Spray Cake, your cupcakes will be popping out of the oven in less than a minute. And as far as freshness goes, this instant batter stays fresh for weeks (so you can splurge whenever you'd like)!

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5 Stars for Dopo East's Newly Launched Brunch

We recently told you about Dopo East’s new addition to their menu- a gourmet brunch offered every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. While the restaurant has been around for over a year, this Upper East Side Italian restaurant was eager to expand their menu.

Thankfully, Joonbug.com had a chance to sample this new brunch on Sunday, and it was without a doubt one of our favorites. Dopo East has managed to bring their authentic Italian cuisines to their brunch offering guests something new and unique. Plus, we promise when you finish you’ll be so stuffed, you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day.