The idea of an upscale, food and cocktail-oriented sports bar seems like a contradiction of terms, yet the Ainsworth Park makes it feel obvious. With an eclectic mix of top 40, dance, and retro music piping through the room, flatscreens lining the wall behind the bar, and a menu of elevated pub food, the Ainsworth feels like nowhere else: the stylish gastropub cross-pollinated with the after-work hangout bar. The careful balancing act is also applied to the décor, which has made overtures to sophistication in its chandeliers dotting the room, hipster trendiness with its exposed brick walls, and sports bar cheesiness with decorative pillars lined with fake grass.
Have you ever heard of a NYC restaurant that doesn’t have a website or even a way to preview the menu beforehand?
Enter Chalk Point Kitchen, a new Soho restaurant from Executive Chef Joe Isidori and restaurateur Matt Levine. Isidori, from the late Carroll Gardens spot, Arthur on Smith, has described the new restaurant's menu as having a strong focus on “organic vegetables, seafood, and local produce.” Too bad that is the only information you’ll get about the menu--that is, unless you check it out in person. And as Beyonce learned with the massive success of her surprise album last December, people love a well-kept secret.
Au Za’atar is a unique French Lebanese restaurant on the corner of Avenue A and 13th Street in the East Village. The fusion of these two countries’ delicious cuisines was enough to peak our interest, and their extensive menu really sealed the deal. A true family-run restaurant on a busy East Village street, we opted for outdoor seating to enjoy people watching and the great weather, but the inside was divine too. Covered in wood, with romantic lighting and a sizable bar, in the colder months we would certainly enjoy dining indoors. We would also recommend this spot for large parties, as there is space to push tables together, and this would truly be the best way to experience all the appetizers on Au Za’atars menu.
With twenty to forty different available botanicals, vermouth is not just some simple martini ingredient - especially if it's vermouth from the Channing Daughters Winery in Long Island. In its debut first year, each of the five variations of Channing Daughters' vermouth were unique to the seasons from which the included botanicals were harvested. The VerVino Vermouth's ability to woo the palate is attributed to its complex set of flavors that expand on an already intricate palate of wine-based flavors.
Reincarnation may not be limited to people and animals; it seems that the late West Village Indian restaurant and bar, Surya, has come to new life in the Upper West Side as Savoury. Chef and owner Lala Sharma (New Dehli's Bukhara, Mughlai, New York’s Surya, and Swagat) opened the doors to Savory at the beginning of April, offering delicately balanced sauces and well-planned ingredient preparation.
Portions are filling and prices affordable with entrees from $16-19. In a neighborhood offering a good amount of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Savoury includes vegetarian, vegan, and carnivorous options.
General Assembly, the Flatiron restaurant that recently took the place of Hurricane Club, quickly earned some buzz over its inventive cocktails with jalapeno ice cubes and its wide selection of crudité and dip. Well, they're finally expanding their upscale-hearty French-American dining into your lunch hour.
The expanded menu will include a juice selection just as inventive as their cocktails, including a Jalapeno Limeade and a Tom Palmer with black tea and lemon foam. And for those trying to squeeze in some high-end dining on their lunch hour, take a look at the Assembly Lunch, a three-course selection for $32, which includes a crudité and dip or salad, an entrée, and an ice cream or éclair to go.
Spring fever has quickly taken over Beantown, and Red Sox season is chief of this amazing craze. Not only are Bostonians patriotically sporting their Sox caps and fitting apparel, urbanites all around are excited to get back into this town’s beloved ball season…with all of the bars around Fenway Park most certainly included!
Although Fenway staple bar and restaurant, Audubon Circle, has closed, the 2014 ball season welcomes a newcomer into its plays to spice things up. Each season is always the right time for a game changer to keep things lively around the Park. Newly opened Audubon came just at the perfect time for the Red Sox’ opening day, replacing the Audubon Circle restaurant, and making fans go crazy with anticipation and excitement. Although Audubon Circle will be missed, Audubon will most certainly make its mark with delicious delights…pleasing the palate of each and every lively Sox fan, Bostonian and visitor.
The resources to create authentic southern barbecue are officially available to New Yorkers! Virgil’s Real Barbecue, established in 1994 and located in Times Square at 152 W. 44th Street, has just released its official guide to southern cuisine, “Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook”. Available for $29.95, this publication is described as containing “The Best Barbecue from Around the Country Without Ever Leaving Your Backyard,” drawing inspiration from 14 different states here in the USA, specifically Tennessee (Memphis), the Carolinas, Missouri (Kansas City), and Texas. Inside, you’ll find everything from rubs and sides to drinks and sweets, all brought together by the ever important chapters on meat, poultry, and fish.
YOTEL New York’s China Grill Management has recently opened up its newest dining and lounge concept, East & West. The versatile space, available for eating, drinking, meeting, working, and watching, opened this Wednesday, April 9th in Times Square West.
The new location combines traditional Eastern and Western cuisines, paying homage to the unique flavors both bring to the table, while fusing their likenesses as jumping-off points. East & West’s menu was created by Executive Chef Bradley Day and offers an array of tastes and sizes for customers, whether they be dining alone or in large groups. Notable dishes include Chicken Liver Crostini and Kimchee Fried Rice. Chef Day also boasts a solid NY Strip steak, topped with soy and papaya marinated, served with wasabi mashed. Other options include sushi rolls, sandwiches and house-made parfaits, all which are affordable lunch options for quick stop-in.
A few short months back, Joonbug.com had the pleasure of dining at All’onda, a new Italian restaurant located in Greenwich Village. It is now our pleasure to announce that the restaurant will launch its lunch menu tomorrow, April 9th, and based off the success of their diner menu, we are certain their lunch offerings are entirely delightful.
Some of the dishes offered are:
Beef- carpaccio, pecorino, rucola, beets ($14)