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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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Where to Brunch Labor Day Weekend

The official last weekend of summer is upon us and this means you need to take advantage of some of the best brunch and food options NYC has to offer before they’re gone. This Labor Day weekend gather all of your friends and family and get your brunch on while you can still bask in the hot sun!


1. Labor Day Brunch Cruise (2430 FDR Dr)-
Enjoy a brunch cruise from Above All Cruises on August 31st. If you aren’t a huge water fan, at least check it out for the impressive food line-up. You will have access to a Pancake Station, Waffle Station, Egg Station, Fresh Fruit Salad Station, and a Muffin Station. That’s a lot of food AND you still get 1 free mimosa on top of that. Thankfully, there is still more to this Labor Day Brunch Cruise, including a live DJ performing while you eat during these three great hours on the water.

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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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Bite Into NYC's Most Bizarre Sushi Offerings

It wasn't too long ago when sushi was a strange foreign food most Americans were reluctant to try. Now raw tuna and salmon is positively banal, and sushi chefs are constantly exploring newer and weirder ways to lure bored gourmands into their restaurants.

1. Bacon Sushi at Cherry Izakaya (138 N 8th St., Williamsburg, NY)

The brand new sushi spot Cherry Izakaya has quickly made a splash with its unusual French-Japanese offerings, including foie gras gyoza and bourbon-Sapporo cocktails. But its crown jewel of strange sushi is its offer of bacon sushi, which pairs rice, greens, sauce, and a dollop of everyone's favorite cut of pork.

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NYC Restaurant Week 2014, A User's Manual

From Monday, July 21st to Friday, August 15th a grand total of 314 restaurants will offer NYC their best prix fixe menus at $25 for lunch or $38 for dinner. With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down your search by selecting a few favorites, old and new, which are sure to give you a great dining experience worth remembering.

Returning Spots

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Been Spendin' Most Our Lives Living in Panini Paradise

Everybody loves a food holiday, and why not? An excuse to eat something delicious all day long--sign us up. That being said, what’s better than a holiday that lasts for an entire month? Add to the list of greatness National Panini Month, which last all August long. This favorite Italian sandwich has taken the U.S. by storm, and in New York City, Panini restaurants battle it out to see who can be the best of the best. While more and more places are popping up everyday, we’ve created our personal Top 5 Best Panini Places in NYC to help you celebrate this holiday in the most delicious ways.

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All for Beef Jerky, and Beef Jerky for All

There's nothing quite like a chewy, flavorful slice of beef to get you through the day. This tasty, portable and eminently snackable treat has been praised all around the world, resulting in a bevy of delicious, unique variations on the theme. Here are some of the greatest things humans have ever done with a cow.

1. Italian Bresaola

Bresaola is the iconic Italian beef cut. It's cured and beefy but more likely to be found in a charcuterie platter than a hiker's backpack. Still, why not add some class to your next snack bag?

Where to grab it: There are plenty of great Italian cold cut places around, most of which are mobbed with tourists and not exactly cheap. You don't have to fight your way through Eataly -- anywhere serving Salumeria Biellese is good people.

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Yes, We Know that the Guacamole is Extra

Avocados are practically the fruit of today’s generation, so it’s not surprising the things that have been created with it including the popular guacamole!
Guacamole has become so popular you can eat it on everything (salads, dips, condiments), seriously everything. This avocado based dip isn’t only popular in America, but around the world as well, so if you’re ever looking to change up your usual guacamole, checks out Joonbug.com’s list below!

1. Mexico
Since guacamole originated here way back in the day, if makes sense you would want to try their recipe! This particular guacamole is what many would call traditional and extra spicy.

2 peeled and pitted avocados
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced

Mash avocados in a bowl until creamy. Then mix in tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lemon juice, and jalapeno until well combined.






2. Germany
This dip adds in a true German flavor by dropping a beer- battered bratwurst into the recipe, which makes it delicious and different! They suggest serving with bread crostini and sauerkraut instead of standard tortilla chips.

2 large Haas avocados, diced (about 2 cups)
1 bratwurst, halved and sliced
juice from six key limes
1⁄2 cup red and orange bell pepper, diced
1⁄4 cup red onion, diced
1⁄4 cup white onion, diced
1 medium Serrano pepper, diced
1⁄4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 12 oz. can German lager
1 16 oz. jar sauerkraut

Create the guacamole base: In a medium bowl, add the red onion, bell peppers, Serrano chili, cilantro and lime juice. Add the avocado and mash with a fork, keeping the mixture chunky.
In a separate bowl, combine the white onion, chopped bratwurst and beer. Let sit at least one hour, then drain the beer and remove the onion. In a medium pan, grill the bratwurst until fully cooked, let cool, then add to the guacamole.



3. Greece
It’s guacamole with a Mediterranean twist! The basil, olives, and of course sundried tomatoes help turn regular guacamole into something fun and fresh from Greece.

3 small avocados, very ripe
1/2 small shallot, finely diced
2 tablespoons roasted red peppers OR sundried tomatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons kalamata olives, finely chopped
1 lemon, squeezed

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Five Must Try Food Tours in NYC

These days, tours in New York aren’t only for tourists. In fact, there are several that are perfectly enjoyable, and enlightening, for locals as well. We’ve done the searching and review for you, so put on your most comfortable shoes and getting ready to tour some of NYC’s best food.


1. The Cupcake Tour
Rain or shine, the cupcake tour happens every Thursday-Sunday. A sweet tooth lover’s wet dream, you'll have a chance to check out some of the best New York has to offer in the cupcake department, Magnolia’s, Molly’s, and Milk & Cookies just to name a few. Like any standard tour, there is a tour guide available to answer any and all cupcake related questions during your six stops on this tasty tour.

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Root Beer Floating

In honor of a dessert that everyone loved during childhood (and still a favorite today), get ready to celebrate national root beer float day on Wednesday, August 6th! Although the best way to truly celebrate is by gorging yourself on a nice big root beer float, but here are several other ways to celebrate this special day with a unique touch!


1. Root Beer Float Cookies-
This doesn’t have root beer in it, but the cookie itself tastes like root beer, and the white chocolate chips add a hint of ice cream flavor. All around it’s a pretty good root beer float creation!