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Jazzing Up the Common Brunch

Obviously every New Yorker’s favorite meal of the weekend is brunch. Well, brunch just got better. Imagine a chance to enjoy this meal while being serenaded by a jazz band? Lucky for you this is a real thing you can enjoy every weekend.


1. Stanton Social (99 Stanton St.)-
Stanton Social is hosting a unique brunch to celebrate their 10 year anniversary! Chef Chris Santos’ designed a share plate menu to allow guests to experience multiple dishes and flavors from multiple dishes such as Oreo Cookie Pancakes, Creamy Smoked Bacon Polenta, Huevos Racheros Soft Tacos, and French Toast Sticks. Now their recently implemented jazz brunch program will allow you to experience the great food with live music from Lateef Beats Trio featuring Vuyo Sotashe.

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Philly's Top 5 Best Recent Restaurant Openings

1.) Fork (306 Market St.)

The finest new restaurant of fall 2014, this Olde City gem features mouth-watering entrees like roasted cauliflower-black trumpet mushroom swordfish, grilled polenta-dandelion lobster, eggplant-olive-hibiscus lamb, and many more savory, scintillating dishes. They also have impressive beer, wine, and cocktail lists to please the couple out on an intimate date, or the party on a pricy night out on the town. At Fork, Chef Eli Kulp overwhelms your palate with outstanding presentations.

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Nachos: The Perfect Cure for Post Halloween Depression

Nachos are every sober and drunk person dream food. Well good thing next Thursday, Nov. 6th is officially National Nachos Day; so grab your friends and get ready to stuff your face with some of the cheesiest and loaded nachos that can be found in New York City.


1. Shadow Boxers Bar (215 W. 40th)-
Rob’s Favorite Nachos will soon become your favorite after you visit Shadow Boxers Bar! Their tortilla chips are homemade and then piled with shredded chicken or beef, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, smother in cheddar cheese, and topped with scallions and jalapenos. While you’re there make sure to take part in their great happy hour specials as well!

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America's Greatest Sandwiches

National Sandwich Day is finally here! Throw away those PB&J sandwiches and instead go find the largest and most delicious sandwich you can find in your hometown. If you need help finding a place to celebrate in style this Monday, be sure to check out to any of our favorite sandwich places across America!


1. The Chester (18 9th Ave. New York, NY)-
If you’re looking for a great sandwich on National Sandwich day then drop by The Chester and try their Caprese Panini (served on ciabatta bread, mozzarella, basil, tomato, lemon and balsamic). Another great option is the Grilled Chicken Panini (served on ciabatta bread stacked with grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle aioli).

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Run To These Places For Brunch After The NYC Marathon

The racers have lined up at the starting line, and while the excitement of the day gets their adrenaline pumping, we have something else running through our minds: food!

This Sunday, November 2nd is the annual New York City Marathon, and while runners from across the country are gearing up to complete their 26.2 mile race, the spectators have their own plans to make. To help you choose the best spots to dine during the race, we’ve paired the NYC Marathon with a piece of Big Apple Culture that every local loves: brunch.

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For People Who Love Television So Much, They Want to Eat It

Turn off your Netflix and look over here! It’s no secret that TV junkies can purchase merchandise from their favorite shows, and for every program which features food, we can expect a specialty cookbook to come out for your purchasing pleasure. So, for all you foodies out there who love nothing more than dining in front of your TV screens, we’ve got the cookbook rundown that places you right inside of the box and at dinner with your favorite characters.


1. Orange Is The New Black - Yum, prison food! The book is designed to feature better versions of the meals in the show, even though we all know that nothing could beat Red’s cooking. Not only does this include recipes approved by the show’s producers, but it also features power charts from Red’s vs. Gloria’s kitchen, Daya’s pregnancy journal, and Lorna’s prison glossary. If you saw something you liked on the show, then you can expect to find it here, as every dish in the book was referenced at some point in Seasons 1 and 2. Don’t worry about needing to smuggle in any ingredients though. Leave that to your favorite inmates.

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Read This If The Words 'Hocus Pocus Drinking Game' Intrigue You

What better way to start the Halloween festivities off right than to go dine at some of the best and most fun Halloween themed dinners in city! Thankfully, these dinners are happening throughout the week and until Halloween night, so get ready for a fantastic and spooky night!


1. Louro (142 W, 10th St.)-
If you can go to a nine course dinner called “Dante’s Inferno: 9 Circles of Hell” why wouldn’t you check it out? Besides a great title, Louro is offering great food as well on Monday, October 27th. For only $65 your Dante’s inspired dinner will include Silence of the Lamb-Lamb Salad (with fava beans and a chianti reduction), Dracula- Housemade Orecchiette (roasted garlic cream and broccoli rabe), Lord of the Flies- Pig Head Smoked Tomato Soup (with tete grilled cheese), and more.

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Welcome to Meat Heaven, Your Table Awaits

Additional reporting by Shiri Lara



1. 212 Steakhouse ( 316 E 53rd St.)

212 Steakhouse is the first restaurant on the east coast certified by the Kobe Beef Distribution and Promotion Council to serve authentic Kobe Beef. If that didn't sell you, don't worry there is more. Located midtown east, 212 Steakhouse is a meat eaters dream. They serve several different cuts of Australian, Japanese and American Wagyu. Authentic Kobe Beef is sold by each delicate ounce and incredibly tender and delectable that we were not all that surprised when the couple next to us ordered four steaks. We would roll around in the steak if given the chance.

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You Will Completely 'Fall' In Love With These Cocktail Menus

With fall officially here in NYC, this means some of your favorite restaurants will be changing out some of their popular summer items for the new season. Specifically, the most important part of any meal, cocktails, are getting makeovers for this fall. Be sure to check out these new fall cocktail menus at some of our favorite spots.


1. Experimental Cocktail Club (191 Chrystie St.)-
ECC is the first opening in America for the Experimental Group, who have locations throughout Europe. So you can definitely expect a European fall twist with many of their drinks. Their new fall cocktail menu has fall-like drinks, large punches, and vintage cocktails. Guests will be able to try the Brazilian Magic Punch (Yaguara Cachaca, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Pineapple, Verjus, Agave Syrup, Black and White Peppers, Chilean Peppers, Nutmeg, Cocoa Beans, Vanilla, Rose Buds) or Midnight Snack (Bulleit Bourbon, Bittermen’s New Orleans Coffee, Tawny Port, Orgeat Syrup, Whole Egg, Butter Cookie), and many more!

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Forget Everything Else And Eat A Chocolate Cupcake

The good news just keeps on coming! Not only has Crumbs bakeshop officially reopened after closing in July, but National Chocolate Cupcake Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, October 18th, cupcake fans across the nation can pay tribute to this chocolatey goodness by indulging in a celebratory pastry. So, out of all of the bakeries in the USA, where will you be dining this year? One of the best, featured below, we hope. ________________________________________________________________________________________