NYC’s Most Undeniably Delicious Fall Desserts

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Pumpkin spice cake & cupcakes // Magnolia Bakery

Though most of us are probably still wondering where summer went, fall is a greatly anticipated season. Who doesn’t love the crisp air, leaf peeping, sweaters, Halloween and, of course, all the wonderful, warming flavors that come along with this change in season?

That’s right, I’m talking about pumpkin spice and everything nice.

So for all you dessert lovers, here’s a round-up the best fall desserts being offered throughout the city. Make sure to get your fill—peppermint season (winter!) will be here before you know it.

Magnolia Bakery

As one of NYC’s most iconic bakeries, Magnolia Bakery goes all out in showcasing the sweetest seasonal flavors of fall.

This cozy bakery will be offering its traditional pies that include an apple crumb, pumpkin praline pie or black bottom pecan, as well as its seasonal cupcakes in flavors that include harvest apple with cranberries, raisins and pecans, topped with a caramel meringue buttercream.

Moreover, there will be a whole slew of pumpkin desserts offered such as pumpkin spice cake and cupcakes with dried cranberries and spices, topped with caramel cream cheese icing, pumpkin cheesecake made with a gingersnap pecan crust and a pumpkin pecan bar with a spiced pumpkin pecan filling on a brown sugar shortbread crust.

Ring Ding Bar

Ring Dings are a modern spin of the classic 1960s snack cakes. Initially launched at TriBeCa’s, Duane Park Patisserie in the summer of 2016, these heavenly handheld cakes are made from scratch by acclaimed chef, Madeline Lanciani.

Using all natural ingredients, they come in flavors that range from dulce de leche and French toast to pistachio raspberry and lemon crème.

Fall seasonal flavors will include pumpkin pie with pumpkin pie spice cream filling and pumpkin colored white chocolate for the month of October as well as ginger spice with old-fashioned Ginger molasses cake, vanilla cream filling and dark chocolate icing for November.

Momofuku Milk Bar

From the masterminds behind cereal milk soft serve and the appropriately named crack pie, comes fall favorites pumpkin pie cake truffles and pumpkin pie cake.

Take a bite out of a pumpkin pie cake truffle and there’s a high chance you won’t be satisfied with any regular ol’ pumpkin pie ever again. Enjoy the flavors of crumbled spiced pumpkin cake mixed with pumpkin milk, which is then coated with white chocolate and rolled in spiced pie and graham cracker crumbs.

If you need larger scale pumpkin pie cake deliciousness, order the pumpkin pie cake which is a spiced pumpkin cake layered with graham cracker cheesecake and rich pumpkin ganache, topped with candied pumpkin seeds and pie crumbs!

Gotham Bar and Grill

Every first day of fall, Pastry chef Ron Paprocki brings back his famed apple tarte tatin. With each tart baked to order, the beautiful creation is a flawless dessert that incorporates caramelized Braeburn apples within a buttery, flaky puff pastry.

Topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and there you have the quintessential fall indulgence. Look forward to plump bites of apple and an unparalleled flavor combination of burnt brown sugar and butter.

Loews Regency New York Hotel

This luxurious mid-town hotel recently launched Flavors NYC, an experience that allows guests to taste hyper-local culinary flavors without ever needing to leave the property. Featured on its fall menu is West Village bakery, Mah Ze Dahr’s brown butter apple tart made with honey crisp apples.

These seasonal apples are enveloped in brown butter and then dressed with an oat pecan streusel. Be sure to top it with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Not into fruit desserts? Order a cookie plate that include maple pecan and ginger snap cookies.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Despite possibly being dangerously stuffed by the end of your meal, insist on leaving room for dessert. Maestro’s dessert offerings include a sweet, slightly tart cherry crisp with Bing cherries cooked with sugar and almond extract, topped with a buttery pecan streusel and served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.

Another decadent option? Its signature warm butter cake.

In addition to a ton of butter within the traditional yellow cake, a cream cheese cheesecake mixture is placed on top before getting baked off all at once. Just prior to arrival at your table, sugar is poured on top of the cake, caramelized with a torch and finally, topped with ice cream.

Gristmill Farm

Situated in the center of Brooklyn’s Park Slope, head to the seasonal eatery Gristmill Farm for its freshly churned sweet corn ice cream. This farm-to-table focused restaurant frequently changes its menu based on what locally sourced ingredients are available.

That said, you can count on corn ice cream to be incorporated throughout dessert menu with items like the corn and nectarine sundae with blueberry jam, pie crust and black pepper honey whipped cream in rotation.


Located within Williamsburg, Rider is a trendy, bi-level American bistro that serves an eclectic range of cuisine. Its dessert menu is no exception. If you’re in the mood for a fall-ish sweet treat that isn’t your average pumpkin spice dessert, head here.

Rider features a peas + carrots dessert with carrot cake Swiss roll, cinnamon toasted spelt and pea ice cream and a tahini semifreddo with miso caramel, ginger snap, honey crisp apple and sesame seeds.

Bistro Chat Noir

Upper East Side’s Bistro Chat Noir is an NYC landmark townhouse turned French bistro conveniently located nearby Central Park. Anyone that’s been in NYC during the fall knows that few things are more perfect than strolling through the park while the leaves are all shades of red, orange and yellow.

Pop in post-park stroll and warm up with a harvest crepe dessert trio. Enjoy three total crepes filled with Nutella, caramel sauce and orange zest; sweet potato puree, cinnamon and crème fraiche; and lastly pumpkin maple puree and caramelized apples.

Gallow Green 

Unlike other rooftop bars in NYC, Gallow Green, located in the McKittrick Hotel, (the home of the immersive theater piece “Sleep No More,”) is a magical getaway year-round. During spring and summer, Gallow Green is a secret garden set in an abandoned train station in Scotland.

In the fall and winter, it transforms into The Lodge at Gallow Green, a cozy winter wonderland complete with ski chalet vibe and mountainous cabin-themed décor.

New to Gallow Green’s menu this month is the classic apple strudel made with Gala apples baked in puff pastry with butter, sugar and cinnamon.


On the street level of Viceroy Central Park New York resides Kingside, a dynamic seasonally driven restaurant that serves New American classics. This fall, the dessert menu features a caramel pudding with Bourbon whipped cream, popcorn, ice cream and pretzel crumble.

Healthy At-Home Alternatives

Luckily for those attempting to stay healthy this fall, there are a few sweet, yet wholesome treats to satisfy your cravings. For those that love snacking, try out Blue Diamond‘s seasonal Pumpkin Spice almonds which are packed with everyone’s favorite fall flavors.

If you’re a fan of creamy yogurt, noosa yoghurt recently launched an array of favorite autumn flavors including the maple ginger, with crunchy granola, gingersnap streusel and candied ginger, pumpkin, with real pumpkin puree and a touch of clover wildflower honey, along with the all-American apple, which is basically apple pie without the crust.

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NYC’s Most Festive Fall-Inspired Cocktails

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The Harvest Sour // Bar Moga

As New York City says goodbye to the sweltering heat of summer, restaurants and bars throughout the city launch their autumn-inspired menus, which are always accompanied by seasonal libations.

From apple and cranberry to ginger and coffee, the flavors of the season meet their match with wines, ciders, bourbons and more.

So when you decide you’re over the classic pumpkin spice latte, here’s a roundup to help you find the perfectly spiced, warming drink substitution.

The Campbell

Situated within Grand Central Terminal, The Campbell is a masterfully restored New York institution with a luxe, swanky atmosphere. Warm up with a coffee old fashioned with Suntori Toki Japanese whisky, coffee syrup and coffee bitters, garnished with a citrus twist.

The Flying Cock

A Murray Hill gastropub, The Flying Cock is a popular hotspot that offers a pretty epic boozy brunch. However, if you want to swing by for just the boozy part, you won’t be disappointed. Order the seasonally appropriate Pants On Fire, which is a mix of bourbon, root beer liqueur, cinnamon, angostura bitters and ginger beer.

Mr. Purple

On the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side is Mr. Purple, an ultra-chic rooftop bar and restaurant. Enjoy panoramic views of the city as you sip on The Blood and Sand, a stiff libation with Macallan 12 year scotch, vermouth, Cherry Heering and orange juice.

Loews Regency New York Hotel

Upscale, art deco inspired Loews Regency New York Hotel is featuring two fall cocktails that highlight favorite autumn flavors.

For a strong cocktail, check out the Autumn Old Fashion which incorporates orange, cranberry nectar, bourbon and Angostura bitters in a glass, then garnished with an orange peel and finished with a cinnamon sugar rim.

Interested in a sweet treat? Order the Baked Apple Pie cocktail. With muddled apple, cinnamon sugar syrup, mezcal, bourbon and cider, this cocktail is the ideal dessert substitution for a slice of apple pie.

If these two drinks don’t do it for you, take advantage of Flavor by Loews Hotels, a newly launched experience giving guests the chance to try out local flavors, by tasting one of the many Brooklyn Gin cocktails offered.

Dullboy Bar

If you’re looking for something that feels seasonal without the usual coffee and pumpkin spice flavors that dominate October, check out The Bold & Smokey by Gabriel Rieben of Dullboy Bar in Jersey City.

With Paul John Bold Whisky, Stolen Smoked Rum, Gran Classico bitter liqueur and St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, it’s a fun twist on the typical brown spirit cocktail.

The Stanton Social

Known for chef-owner Chris Santos’ menu of eclectic tapas, The Stanton Social is offering the Fall to Pieces this autumn season. This libation has a nice tropical twist thanks to its splash of Coconut Oil Washed Monkey Spiced Rum and is accompanied by lime and cinnamon flavors.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill Brooklyn

Old Havana-inspired SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Brooklyn is offering a Tobacco Rum Old Fashioned with Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, maple syrup, Angostura bitters and homemade cigar bitters. Between the maple syrup and the tobacco-infused flavors, it’s akin to sitting next to a fireplace in Vermont.

Hudson’s at Pier 81

Want to cozy up with a warm drink while admiring views of the Manhattan skyline? Take a seat aboard Hudson’s at Pier 81, a lounge and rooftop situated on a 3-story, 160 ft. yacht.

While cruising on the river, why not take in the unobstructed views of the city with a hot Hull of a Mulled Wine in hand? With spices, a hint of lemon and red wine, this beverage is all sorts of comforting.

Bar Moga

Bar Moga is a hip, newly opened “1920s Japanese cocktail bar,” that features Japanese-influenced libations in a retro, glam setting.

A fall specialty that can’t be missed? The Harvest Sour which is a potent concoction of lemon, applejack, rye whiskey, egg white and Angostura and Peychaud bitters.

Runner & Stone

Local favorite Runner & Stone is a neighborhood restaurant, bakery and bar in Brooklyn. If you find yourself in the Gowanus area, pop in and order the inventive Build Me Up Butternut with Old Overholt Rye, butternut squash syrup and allspice dram.

Saxon + Parole

The East Village’s Saxon + Parole is an equestrian-themed American eatery offering a menu full of meat-centric dishes in a lively atmosphere.

For a caffeinated cocktail to get your evening started, order the Take That, Dark & Storm. With espresso-infused rum, ginger beer, lime juice and candied ginger, it’s a sweet zinger of a cocktail.

P.S. Kitchen

Whisky and hearty autumn vegetables go hand in hand. Curious about how roots complement the spirit’s peaty notes? Then head to P.S. Kitchen, a vegan restaurant where 100 percent of profits go to charity, to try The XO. This libation is made with smoked single malt whisky, fresh beet juice, orange juice, muddled raspberries and maple syrup.


This Hell’s Kitchen locale is a cozy, contemporary restaurant dedicated to sustainable seafood plates. For a cocktail that showcases the herbal earthiness of a good gin, pair your meal with the Featherbottom. This libation combines gin, cardamaro, bonal and spruce, creating a minimally sweet, crisp drink.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

In the mood for creamy, indulgent after dinner cocktails? Mastro’s Steakhouse is your best pick with two dessert-like cocktails to choose from.

The salted caramel martini features vodka, Gabriel Boudier liqueur de caramel and whipped cream served up with a sea salt rim. The espresso martini consists of Patron XO Café, Svedka vanilla vodka and fresh espresso shaken cold and served up.

Ai Fiori 

Altamarea Group’s Ai Fiori is rolling out “Fall Fridays” this season. Every Friday, after 3 p.m., guests can come in and enjoy a NY Whisky Flight and select ciders and fall cocktails.

In addition, it’s offering Apple Cider Madeleines paired with Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Ten66 Red Label Pommeau.

The Late Late

Located in the Lower East Side, The Late Late is a retro, Irish-inspired pub that prides itself on being a “local” establishment. Start your night with an almost traditional Irish coffee with Irish whiskey, mezcal, espresso liqueur, whipped cream and Cadbury chocolate dust.

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The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve 2017 Parties in NYC

IMG_7572.jpgNew York City never sleeps, and definitely not on New Year’s Eve!

New York City is known for throwing over-the-top celebrations on New Year’s Eve, so don’t miss out on all the excitement! Grab your crew and welcome 2017 with a night you won’t soon forget (hopefully!). Here’s everything you need to know about parties, dining and drinking on New Year’s Eve in New York City.

Troy Liquor Bar
675 Hudson Street, New York City
Ring in the New Year in style at Troy Liquor Bar, a high-energy lounge and an ideal venue to party without the bougieness of a lot of nightlife spots. Troy has top-notch cocktails as well as billiards, arcade games, and a photo booth to capture your memories. This event features a two hour premium open bar and a Champagne toast at midnight. With DJs, dancing, VIP tables and caves, a New Year’s Eve countdown and more, this is the spot to be.

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Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street, New York City
Ten fully stocked bars. Over thirty bartenders. Multiple DJs. Head over to The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate the New Year with a five hour premium open bar and a night of dancing to the most poppin’ music spun by NYC’s top DJs. Countdown to midnight as you watch the ball drop live from projection screens and cheers at midnight with bottles of Champagne.

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9 Doyers Street New York City
Apotheke is hosting a black and white masquerade ball, inspired by Truman Capote’s notorious masquerade ball that he threw in the Plaza Hotel (which incidentally just celebrated its 50th anniversary). Get festive in black and white attire and bring an animal mask — it’s going to be a crazy night. Ticket includes open bar all night, Champagne toast, live music from our house band Broadway Brassy and the Brass Knuckles, burlesque and a DJ.

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The Roof
120 W 57th St. New York City
Guests of The Roof will get spectacular views of the fireworks over Central Park this New Year’s Eve. DJ Tim Martell will be spinning throughout the night. Look forward to dancing, bites and a Champagne toast at midnight.

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21 9th Ave. New York City
Dine like a star at CATCH NY by reserving a table as part of an early seating or a late seating this New Year’s Eve. With an a la carte menu and a few tasty specials (think: five pound Maine lobster with Champagne brown butter), guests can watch the ball drop while eating in style! Who knows — you may even be dining next Mariah Carey or Kate Hudson — just a couple celebs who’ve been spotted there.

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Best New Year’s Eve Parties in NYC
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240 Central Park South New York City
Go all out with an elegant seven-course grand tasting menu. Get the night started with a live band and hors d’oeuvres on the dance floor before and after dinner.

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199 Bowery New York City
After 10 p.m. enjoy a family style dinner including items from the regular VANDAL dinner menu along with New Year’s Eve specials. Guests will also enjoy party favors, a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. Or step in to the trendy lounge where the party starts at 9 p.m. and includes passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

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Best New Year’s Eve Parties in NYC
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Blue Fin & Dos Caminos
1567 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York City
Blue Fin and Dos Caminos Times Square restaurants are hosting a multi-floor New Year’s Eve party inside the W Times Square Hotel just steps away from the world-famous Ball Drop countdown. The event will feature open bar, passed canapés and custom food stations including a Carving station, Guacamole station, Mexican Candy station and more by Executive Chefs Sam Hazen, Juan Carlos Ortega, Boo Lim, Reed Osterhold and Ivy Stark.

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The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery New York City
Head over to the Bowery Hotel for a premium open bar, live performances, a DJ, a Champagne lounge, whiskey bar, and an outdoor terrace cigar lounge. Into the night, enjoy special after midnight snacks “NYC” style (think: pizza and pretzels) and infused premium chocolate treats.

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Ascent Lounge
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor, New York City
The super glamorous Ascent Lounge will host a Va Va Voom New Year’s Eve Celebration overlooking Central Park from the fourth floor of New York’s Time Warner Center. Featuring entertainment from Lady Alcehmy, Christina Everett and DJ Tom Macari, the evening also includes a live a projection of the Times Square Ball Drop and a Champagne toast at midnight.

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Haven Rooftop
132 West 47th Street New York City
This party is near all the excitement of Times Square without being a part of the stress. Just steps away from the ball drop, guests can see the confetti canons go off at midnight, but unlike standing in Times Square, Haven offers two bars and delicious food! Opt for a table with bottle service for the night and get your drink on at the four-hour top shelf open bar and munch on passed hors d’oeuvres.

For a classy, sit-down dinner to celebrate 2017, Tender Steak & Sushi will be serving a prix-fixe dinner with two seatings for the night. The menu includes an amuse bouche, three courses, and one glass of champagne. Dinner guests are invited to join the celebrations on the rooftop, as well!

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The Cannibal
113 East 29th Street New York City
Kick it old school this New Year’s Eve with the first ever The Cannibal Award Tour at The Cannibal Beer & Butcher and Liquor House. A tribute to 80’s and 90’s old school hip hop music, this event will include bites from chef Francis Derby’s menu, a whiskey bone luge and an open bar or draft beer, draft cocktails, wine and a Champagne toast. Tour around Beer & Butcher and Liquor House to explore six separate food stations.

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Mastros Steakhouse
1285 Avenue of the Americas New York City
Mastro’s is a lively, high-end steakhouse and seafood restaurant in midtown. So, if you’re looking to go all out this New Year’s Eve, reserve a seat at this fine dining establishment, eat like royalty, and cheers to 2017 with a Champagne toast at midnight.

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Supercinema: The King’s Winter Masquerade at The McKittrick Hotel
The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th Street, New York City
Supercinema: The King’s Winter Masquerade at The McKittrick Hotel — home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More — is a bohemian-inspired soirée complete with live pop-up theatrical performances, scenic installations and open bar all night long. Each Supercinema party requires guests arrive in costumes inspired by iconic films — all gold, black, white, or red for The King’s Winter Masquerade. A decadent dinner option is available at the venue’s restaurant The Heath, with items like foie gras torchon, Maine lobster and NY strip steak, plus free flowing libations and entertainment from the Paisley Players and special guests. Revelers can also attend a Sleep No More performance as part of the night.

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Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St. New York City
Head over to Beauty & Essex after 10 p.m. for a prix fixe dinner featuring a family styled dinner with a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests will also leave with VIP party favors to start your 2017 off on the right foot.

Beauty & Essex is also offering a Rat Pack-themed ball that will take place in our Grand Dining Room that will include passed canapés, a five hour open bar and a Champagne toast at Midnight.

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Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette Street New York City
Get your tickets to Osteria Morini’s roaring 20s themed NYE event featuring a worldwide-inspired cocktail list. Get your Gatsby on with live music by Andrew’s Wild Tiger, an acoustic prohibition era jazz and blues trio drinks and dancing.

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360 Park Ave S. New York City
Head to the recently opened hotspot, Squares for an open bar, music from DJ George Garcia and a live performance from Zak Downtown. Party in a stylish, sleek setting while you ring in the new year like a celeb.

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White Street: Winter Vibes 2017
221 West Broadway New York City
This New Year’s Eve, we invite you to the glamorous White Street in the heart of Tribeca. Soaring ceilings are adorned with crystal chandeliers which are sure to reflect off clinking champagne glasses and smiles the night of New Year’s Eve. Enjoy cocktails during the five+ hour premium open bar, classic hors d’oeuvres offerings, VIP table service available for small & large groups, Champagne toast at midnight, state of the art sound & light system and more.

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Fogo de Chão
40 W 53rd St. New York City
Before you go dancing, treat yourself to a fabulous Brazilian steakhouse experience at Fogo de Chão. This all-you-can-eat feast of 16 fire-roasted meats and full Market Table is a perfect way to start the night. In addition, new holiday menu includes include: seasonal beef roast, sweet potato casserole, and roasted butternut squash and pear and endive salads.

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The Jane Ballroom
113 Jane Street New York City
Head over to the West Village favorite, The Jane Ballroom to celebrate the New Year. Highlights of this trendy event include a four hour open bar, midnight balloon drop, music by world-renowned DJs and New Year’s Eve Party Favors. VIP and table packages available as well.

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We the People Presents: New Year’s Eve 2017 Party at The Time New York
224 West 49th Street, New York City
Celebrate the New Year’s Eve inside The Time New York Hotel in Times Square. LeGrande boasts an exquisite multi-room collection of chic décor, illuminating a range of sleek, ultra-modern, and glamorous interiors. The best of the New York’s DJ scene will be spinning today’s hottest tunes into the wee hours as you ring in 2017 in style.

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Little Frog NYC
322 East 86th Street, New York City
Take in a New Year’s Eve Special pre-fix menu at Little Frog NYC, with or without wine pairings. Bubbly champagne midnight toast, fabulous food and good company. What else do you need to ring in 2017?

We all know a good amount of us will be hung over New Year’s Day. So if you didn’t do dinner the night before, head over to Little Frog NYC the day after all the celebrations. This French bistro is offering a New Year’s Day Brunch special item, the Little Frog Hangover Platter with rosti egg benedict, boudin sausage, grilled steak, breakfast sausage, Vermont bacon, truffle egg en cocotte, jalapeño grilled cheese sandwich, and side of papas bravas.

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Rainbow Room’s New Year’s Eve Black Tie Event
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York City
Guests are invited to enjoy a premium open bar, passed canapés and magnificent views in The Gallery to start the night off right. This upscale event includes: cocktail hour with premium open bar, elegant four-course tasting menu, premium live entertainment and dancing, and of course a Champagne toast at midnight.

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Bar Sixtyfive at Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York City
Get festive with a Champagne and caviar bar, complimentary passed canapés, live DJ performance and dancing, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

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Mitchells Fish Market
541 River Rd, Edgewater, New Jersey
Although not located in the heart of NYC, Mitchell’s Fish Market in Edgewater has the best view of Manhattan. From the George Washington Bridge all the way to the Freedom Tower, you won’t want to miss on this view, not to mention the freshest selections of seafood around.

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Refinery Rooftop
63 W 38th Street New York City
This New Year’s Eve enjoy insane rooftop views at Refinery Rooftop. Highlights of this New Year’s event include a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and a midnight champagne toast.

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The Roxy Hotel
2nd Avenue of the Americas New York City
Get into character at the Roxy Hotel’s The Surrealist Art Ball (Inspired by Rothchild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball) featuring live performances by the legendary Buster Poindexter, premium open bar and food service from 9:00pm – 11:00pm. Themed attire is a must.

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Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street New York City
Enjoy this luxe midtown hotspot this New Year’s Eve. This penthouse level lounge sits 30 stories high atop the Kimberly Hotel setting the mood for a great night. This event includes four hour premium open bar, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, assorted passed desserts and cocktails, DJ Greg Hansen spinning, and a celebratory Champagne toast at midnight

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5 Under-the-Radar New Yorker Fall Getaways

img_3121It’s that magical time of the year when it’s no longer sweltering but not yet freezing. It’s perfect for Fall getaways, so take advantage! Though most New Yorkers are well aware of the commonly crowded, much-hyped, and occasionally pretentious vacation spots like the Hamptons, Montauk, or Martha’s Vineyard, here are five destinations that are equally — if not more so — gorgeous, quaint, and relaxing for the perfect Fall weekend getaway.

1.) Cold Springs, New York
img_3609Want to get out of the city but don’t want to drive? Go by boat! Venture on a catamaran Fall Foliage Cruise before it gets too cold and jet up the gorgeous tree-lined Hudson River to the adorable and historical small town of Cold Spring, New York. Guests will enjoy fantastic views of New York City on the way to the destination and can look forward to insanely vibrant foliage while on the water. Fiery reds, bright oranges and golden yellows — the colors are literally glowing this time of year!

While on the cruise, guests can listen to their enthusiastic tour guide point out all the noteworthy places that include the Cloisters, George Washington Bridge, huge castle-like mansions, West Point, Bear Mountain, as well as the delightful towns on the shore of the Hudson. Arriving at Cold Spring, established 1846, feels like taking a step into the past. The streets are lined with grand Victorian homes. Strolling along the 19th century waterfront main street will be a huge contrast to walking anywhere in New York City — you’ll love it.
img_3563Activity options include boutique shopping, pursuing through local artisans’ shops, and dining at farm-to-table restaurants. In addition to a variety of packed antique shops, other locales include a trendy apothecary, general store, and some great places to get unique gifts. Get some brick oven roasted pizzas at the restaurant, Riverside, while taking in views of the Hudson.

Stay the weekend at the three-story Pig Hill Inn and unwind in one of its nine individually decorated rooms or outside on its garden terrace. Built in 1895, the Inn is filled with antiques, romantic allure, and offers a full country breakfast every morning. Cold Springs is just the place to unwind and enjoy small town living in a beautiful setting.

2.) Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires is home to beautiful scenery, lots of great hiking and outdoor activity, culture and art museums, and all the charm of a small town. Check out the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art which houses larger-than-life installations and boasts over 100,000 square feet of open and naturally lit space for art lovers to explore. MASS MoCA is also home to over 75 performances year-round. Or there’s the Clark Art Institute which features a range of masterpieces that include paintings, sculpture and drawings.

img_5165Just want to be outside? Take a walk on its 140-acre oasis filled with looming trees, meadows, landscaped walking trails, and experience the vibrant colors of fall foliage. Swing by Hilltop Orchards for some old fashioned apple picking, fresh cider doughnuts, wine tastings, and hikes on its 200 acres of land. Feeling adventurous? Take a hike on one of the Berks’ many trails. Climb up Bash Bish Mountain for an unbelievable views of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem Valley, and the distant Catskill Mountains; or hike the Jug End Loop Trail for a more peaceful, chill excursion.

Stay at one of the many lovely bed and breakfasts or inns around. A few recommendations are: Devonfield, a Colonial style inn that sits atop a hillside that overlooks 32 acres of meadows; the Gateways Inn, originally the Procter (of Procter & Gamble) mansion converted into a charming, 11 room B&B; or the Whistler’s Inn, a fairytale 1870 English Tudor mansion.

3.) Adirondacks, New York
img_3122-jpgAnyone who loves Fall needs to visit the Adirondacks now when the foliage is at its peak for the season. Mountain lovers, and anyone seeking the opposite feeling of being in Times Square, won’t want to leave this outdoor wonderland. Rent a boat or kayaks at Mirror Lake and explore; venture through High Falls Gorge, a 22-acre nature park, complete with four scenic Adirondack waterfalls cascading over boulders; or get your boots on and hike through the trails of Adirondack Park and savor its panoramic mountain views. You can also go fishing, hunting, or rock climbing… this is truly the destination to-be for any outdoorsy person.

Stay at an upscale lodge such as the Lake Placid Lodge, with luxury comforts, a view of the lake, rustic hand-crafted furniture, fireplaces, deep tubs and cushy beds; or the Mirror Lake Inn which offers a spa and salon, indoor and outdoor pools, and Colonial-style rooms with views of Whiteface Mountain. Looking for more of a nature-filled campground? Stop by the Adirondack LOJ, a 1920’s lodge on the shore of Heart Lake where you’ll sleep in classic log beds stacked four or six to a room.

4.) Portsmouth, New Hampshire
img_4749Fans of Gilmore Girls will be thrilled to know that the picturesque town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is basically a real-life version of Stars Hallow. For those of you not familiar with TV’s most beloved mother/ daughter duo, Portsmouth is a peaceful, friendly New Hampshire town, filled with museums, history, wide sandy beaches, and good food. Did we mention that it’s also home to Lindt Chocolate USA headquarters and a glorious Lindt outlet shop? Because it is must-see.
As the nation’s third-oldest city, it’s filled with historic sites such as the Strawberry Banke Museum, a historic waterfront museum featuring homes and exhibits from three centuries; landmarks that include Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a 48-foot tower of Portsmouth Harbor Light; and Moran Towing Tugboats. Day trip locations such as the Isles of Shoals, which was discovered by Capt. John Smith, of Pocahontas fame are also nearby. Take one of numerous Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Sankofa Tours if you want an afternoon of educational information and a bit of exercise. In addition, stroll through Market Square for an eclectic range of small shops, cafes, restaurants, and waterfront attractions.
Stay downtown at the historic mansion, The Hotel Portsmouth, a 135-year-old historic hotel that is a classic example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture. Each room in this boutique hotel is individually decorated and designed with a mix of both retro and modern touches. Or spend a night at the Inn at Strawberry Banke, a unique seven-room colonial bed and breakfast.

5.) The Farm at Woods Hill
img_3216The Farm at Woods Hill is the ideal getaway for lovers of fresh air, animals, wide open spaces, excellent farm-to-table fare and those interested in sustainable farming. Owned by Kristin Canty, filmmaker of Farmageddon and proprietor of Woods Hill Table, The Farm at Woods Hill was built to supply pasture raised meats and produce to her restaurant. The farm has a variety of animals from cows and pigs to chickens and lambs, as well as tons of fresh seasonal produce growing out of its flourishing edible gardens.
If you’ve never spent time on a farm, a stay here will be quite an experience — both tranquil and fascinating at the same time. Guests have the option of staying at the Lodge, a gorgeous 3200-square-foot log cabin overlooking a swimming pond in the peaceful hills of western New Hampshire, or the charming, sky blue Farm House around the corner which houses an extra 20 people. The Lodge has a Jacuzzi tub and shower, a loft with a queen-sized bed and sitting room, a large fireplace for chilly nights, and even an amazing library — reminiscent of the one in the Beauty and the Beast — stocked with unique reads.
With a fully outfitted kitchen, a huge screened in porch, and a fire pit, you’ll be able to fully take in the nature around you. If you want to explore, the property is surrounded by miles of hiking trails. It is 28 miles to Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain Ski Resorts, 39 miles to Mt. Washington, and 15 miles to the Appalachian Trail. Plus, you can opt for a stay package, which includes a farm stay with tours; a spa stay including yoga classes, facials, manicures, and pedicures; and a maple stay which offers a taste of real New Hampshire maple syrup!

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Cocktails | Lemon-Aid Your Libations to Perfection

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All you need is a little citrus to boost the flavor of any drink, whether boozy or not. {Credit: Four Pillars}

When life gives you lemons, say thank you, because from those lemons come these sweet and (slightly) sour, thirst-quenching, and oh-so-summertime-perfect libations! Boozy, caffeinated, fruity, tart, or simply refreshing, here are five beverages that take plain old lemonade to new levels of delicious (both alcoholic and not)!

Oiji NYC’s The Flying Nun
Tea fans will love this calming, tart, bubbly refreshment. The innovative use of fragrant chamomile will sooth your taste buds and — lucky for you — this libation is non-alcoholic, so have as many as you want!

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Angry Orchard’s Angry Honey Bee

Cider lovers rejoice! This beverage is perfect for when you want to change up your normal cider consumption by mixing the crisp drink with some fruity flavors and tartness from the lemon juice.

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Is Lemonade Coffee a Trend to Jump On?
Yes, it sounds bizarre, but one of the newest trends in iced coffee is, the coffee lemonade. Similar to an Arnold Palmer, except without the iced tea, this unusual drink combines citrus and caffeine, for a bold and refreshing taste.

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Four Pillars’ Sub Continental
The intense fragrance of curry leaf combined with fresh lemon juice and the full-bodied spice from the gin makes for a unique, revitalizing summer cocktail.

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Sparkling Ice’s Lemon Lavender Cocktail
Instead of gulping down cocktails loaded with sugar, treat yourself to a bubbly, fresh, and healthier sip. With floral lavender notes and a tart sweetness from the lemon, this beverage is perfect for a hot day.

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It’s Picnic Time in the {New York} City!

If I was in San Francisco, this is where I’d picnic! Dolores Park.

Picnic season is in full force, and just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn’t mean we can’t savor the beautiful summer weather. Manhattan has Riverside Park, Washington Square Park, High Line, Fort Tyron Park, and Central Park (obviously) — and these are just a few of the lush, green picnic spots off the top of my head.

Here’s your how-to on enjoying a fabulous picnic wherever you may be. Easy to transport, delicious, easy to eat, and refreshing to drink, here’s a curated list of some of the awesome items and services to make your next picnic the best one ever!

On-the-Go Gourmet Bites

  • Uma Temakeria
    A hand roll filled with fish, tofu, or/and crisp vegetables is as refreshing and light as picnic items get. With choices that range from tuna to salmon to Uma’s summer collaboration with Luke’s Lobster incorporating its fresh, Maine lobster into a temaki roll, these temaki are portable, nutritious, and great for a summer afternoon outside.
  • Luke’s Lobster
    Summer just isn’t complete without fresh lobster rolls. Head over to Luke’s Lobster for fresh wild blue salad topped with meaty lobster tails, traditional lobster rolls, or even a crab or shrimp roll. Step up your lobster game even further by stopping by Luke’s Lobster Tail Cart in the new Whole Foods in Williamsburg and picking up some freshly grilled lobster tails and butter for a picnic fit for royalty.
  • Urbanspace Vanderbilt
    Picnics need dessert! Stop by Ovenly at Urbanspace Vanderbilt and pick up an assortment of baked goods including salted chocolate chip cookies, chocolate truffle cookies, gooey honey chocolate blondie bars, and more.
  • Union Fare
    Grab yourself one of those poke bowls that has everyone going crazy. Savor cube-sized bites of raw fish mixed with heathy, fresh ingredients. Yellowtail, salmon, tuna… whatever you fancy, get it here with greens and toppings that include garlic chips, avocado, and a variety of light dressings.
  • Batter & Cream
    Check out the new Batter & Cream location at TurnStyle, Columbus Circle’s underground mall. This dessert heaven bakes indulgent, hand-made whoopies that are a no-brainer picnic dessert everyone will love. The decadent flavors range from the chocolatey (cookie dough, chocolate peanut butter pretzel, cookies and cream) to fresh-fruit flavors (lemon sage, raspberry green tea, and strawberry basil).

Fancy Charcuterie, Anyone?
I love a good charcuterie board; I mean who doesn’t? Head over to the charcuterie shop, Les Trois Petits Cochons, for a variety of handcrafted pâtés, mousses, terrines, sausage, smoked meats, and other French specialties. Les Trois Petits Cochons (French for “The Three Little Pigs”) has been around for more than 40 years and has stuck to its authentic, artisanal charcuteries beginnings. So, bump up the classiness of your picnic with these gourmet goodies.
No Rush, Fuss, or Work
This is one of the most brilliant ideas ever: It’s called Upicnic, the first tech startup to create an online one-stop shop and drop-off service for everything picnic. The menu consists of organic and locally produced ingredients cooked by chef Antonelli. Upicnic offers drop-off service throughout New York City.

All you need to do is head to, fill up your basket with tasty food that’s made to order, fun sports gear, and classic lawn games to keep your weekends interesting, as well as all the picnic essentials you might need (Sunscreen? Bluetooth speakers? Check!) and simply select when and where you want Upicnic to come meet you with the goods. Check out the baskets offered here.

Stay Caffeinated Anywhere
Get your coffee fix anywhere with this reusable, portable, and disposable cold brew kit that relies on a plastic pouch to steep, store, and serve cold brew coffee in any setting. This kit comes with two pre-portioned filters that are filled and sealed with single-origin Brazilian coffee grounds; a durable, food-grade brew bag that zips at the top to create an airtight seal; and brewing instructions. Boom. Caffeine on!

Pre-made Picnic Baskets
For a well-curated picnic in the park, rooftop, or backyard (really wherever), some New York City luxury hotels, including 1 Hotel Central Park, Loews Regency New York, and Lotte New York Palace, are offering pre-made picnic baskets by professional chefs. Impress your guests with these top-notch baskets for the ultimate summer picnicking fare.

For example, 1 Hotel Central Park and Jams, the hotel’s signature restaurant led by James Beard-winning chef Jonathan Waxman, created the “Picnic in the Park” basket designed for a group of two to three to enjoy while taking in Shakespeare in the Park. This includes freshly baked baguette from Jams; selection of three local cheeses; a bottle of Vrac Rosé; and an ethically made picnic blanket and tote to borrow for the day.

For more information on these picnic baskets, please contact the appropriate hotel.

Refreshments for Under $25
A picnic just isn’t right without some chilled wines and rosés!

Maison Marcel is a unique take on French rosé. Litchi, peach, strawberry jam, and rose notes add a sweet touch to this gorgeous pink bottle. Fresh, floral, and light bodied, this bottle will turn any average picnic into a sophisticated soirée. Try it the piscine way by adding a handful of ice to a massive glass of this rosé.

Josh Cellars Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruits and citrus, married with notes of oak. A delightful harmony of bright yellow and white stone fruit lingers on the palate and finishes with fresh and clean acidity.

For some bubbly, try Santa Margherita’s Prosecco Superiore. This well-balanced, sparkling wine has a clean, pleasantly fruity bouquet that is reminiscent of Reinette apples and peach blossoms.

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NYC Spotlight | Memorial Day Weekend 2016

What makes a bacon, egg, & cheese combo even better? When its sandwiched between two red, white, & blue waffles! {Atwood Kitchen + Bar}

Memorial Day weekend is coming up! Whether you’re looking to dine and drink al fresco, in the mood for tacos, or are vegetarian, this round up has your weekend plans covered.

Atwood Kitchen + Bar
For classic American fare and local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails, head to Atwood Kitchen + Bar in Midtown. Stay pumped for America this summer with specials that begin on Memorial Day and continue throughout 4th of July. Specials include a boneless bbq pork spare rib with xo bourbon bbq, which comes with house baked beans, cooked in Atwood’s pork jus, peppers, onions, and scallions, served with chile corn bread waffles; and the freedom waffle sandwich, the most spirited way to start any day! This all American creation is a red, white, and blue bacon, egg, and cheese waffle sandwich.

In the mood for more of a party setting this Memorial Day weekend? Then Añejo in the Tribeca area is your best bet. With large tables, outdoor seating where you can lay back and soak up the sun, a Mexican inspired menu, and plenty of tequilas, mezcals, and Mexican distillations, you better be ready to get your fiesta on.

The Daisy
This Upper East Side agave-themed gastropub will be offering a bottomless brunch on Memorial Day from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Enjoy all the bottomless margaritas, mimosas, bloody Marys, and red and white wine you can drink.

Michelin-starred NYC restaurant Dovetail will be open the holiday weekend offering top-notch, upscale vegetarian cuisine. On Monday, Dovetail will feature its special vegetarian and vegetable focused four-course prix fixe for $58. Menu items include Dovetail favorites like baby beets with cured salmon and rose water cream, and butter poached king trumpet mushrooms with polenta, spinach, and green strawberries and more.

Find yourself in the West Village? Then check out Dante for a relaxing, casual Italian meal. With outdoor seating and plenty of of dishes and cocktails to choose from, dining here this holiday weekend will be a nice break from the stresses of the city. Drinks like Apertivo #1 with milagro blanco, aperol, lillet blanc, passionfruit, mango, and prosecco, will keep you going all day (and night) long.

While ‘merica does love it’s BBQ and steaks, vegetarian eateries should not be overlooked. NIX, a recently opened seasonal vegetarian restaurant near Union Square, prides itself on inventive vegetarian fare. With items like Yukon potato fry bread, cauliflower tempura with steamed buns, and shiitake “cacio e pepe,” Chef John Fraser’s cooking won’t have you missing meat at all. Open for dinner on Memorial day.

Agave Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Named “Best Margarita” by The Food Network, this festive spot is offering a bottomless brunch this Memorial Day. Choose any egg item with a two-hour bottomless with your choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita.

Bonnie Vee
This Lower East Side gem has a delightfully charming back garden waiting to be enjoyed by the Memorial Day weekend crowd. With craft cocktails and icy slushies, such as the Jessica Rabbit with thai chili-infused Sentera tequila, strawberry, and lime, and the Kid Frost with vida mezcal, lime, coco lopez, and ‘elemakule tiki, Bonnie Vee has enough refreshing libations, bar bites, and sharable plates to last you and your friends from the time you arrive ’till night.

SushiSamba has a beautiful open air rooftop adorn with greenery, chic chandeliers, glowing lanterns, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. It’s literally an oasis in the bustling West Village neighborhood. With an upscale, innovative bar serving signature, culinary, and a new virgin cocktails from award-winning bartender Richard Woods, you’ll want to spend all weekend sipping drinks, people-watching, chilling and soaking up the holiday weekend bliss.

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NYC Spotlight | Nat’l Burger Month

FullSizeRender 76It’s National Burger Month, so if you haven’t indulged in a burger or two this May, now is the time to do it! Whether a double or triple decker, stuffed with cheese, doused in sauce, or pilled with bacon, these eateries have all your carnivorous burger desires covered.

Ai Fiori in the Langham Place Hotel on Fifth Avenue, is known for its “modern interpretations of cuisine from the French and Italian Rivieras.” That said, chef Michael White makes a darn good burger! The White Label Burger features a custom dry aged blend from Pat LaFrieda and comes topped with Nueske’s bacon, white American cheese, pickles, and pommes dauphines.

One of my personal favorite burgers is from the newly opened rooftop gastrobar and restaurant, Rock & Reilly’s, located at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel. Come hungry because chef Maximillian Nazabal offers specialty burger options that aren’t for the lighthearted. For those of you who know about In-n-Out and love its burgers, will be literally blown away by the all American “Gorilla Style” burger. Meat lovers will enjoy the four layers of dry-aged handmade beef patties stacked with cheese, pickles, bacon, egg, and topped with a special sauce ─ served with a side of truffle fries. Unless you’re a giant, you can definitely share this one among friends. Not sure about downing that? Order the Cheeseburger Spring Rolls ─ two delicious things in one.

Rock & Reilly’s also offers a vegan burger, layered with spinach, tomatoes, grilled onions, and guacamole or the Turkey Burger with melted pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, and Aïoli spread over a handcrafted turkey patty.

Looking for a trendy, glam, and popular spot to get your juicy burger from? Get familiar with the Lower East Side’s Beauty & Essex, a multi-level restaurant-bar-club-lounge known for luxury, celebrity-spotting, and a functioning pawn shop entrance. Don’t miss out on the Beauty & Essex Burger, which comes stacked with roasted garlic aioli, beefsteak tomato, goat feta, and a side of addictive crispy bbq fries. This burger beauty is also available at its recently opened outpost at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan.

If you want to escape the stress of the city, take a load off, sip a cocktail, and chow down on small plates, Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square, will take you there. The 54-story indoor and outdoor rooftop lounge provides a gorgeous backdrop that includes river views, the Chrysler Building, Lower Manhattan, and Times Square. New to the bar is the light bites (and cocktail) menus which offers a decadent “Bar 54 burger,” which comes with a truffle relish and provolone cheese.

Check out the hearty classic sirloin burger at Rocco Steakhouse if you’re looking for a simple, yet delicious take on the American hamburger. From chef Johnny Jevric, this Sirloin Burger is composed of a 100% certified prime black Angus beef patty and American cheese (or cheddar), on a toasted sesame seed bun made fresh daily. On the side, your presented with lettuce, a field-grown juicy beefsteak tomato, onion, homemade steak fries or onion rings, and of course some ketchup or Rocco’s signature steak sauce. Those extra hungry patrons have the option of adding thick cut steakhouse bacon to it.

Hungry and near Grand Central Terminal? Head to recently opened Bedford & Co. where chef John DeLucie, has created the Bedford Burger. Featuring bloomsday cheddar, caramelized onion, pork belly (yes!), martin’s potato bun, and house made pickles, this burger is made to impress.

If your in the Upper West Side, don’t miss out on the iconic Harlem Shake’s griddled burgers (or even its classic NY hot dogs and hand-spun shakes). Try out the Hot Mess, a lean sirloin patty with pickled cherry pepper-bacon relish, American cheese, and a smoky chipotle mayo; the Harlem Jerk, a sirloin patty topped with Jerk fries and Jerk sauce; or a classic barbecue onion burger, grilled with an onion slice pressed into it, cheese, pickles, and homemade BBQ sauce.

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NYC Spotlight | Mother’s Day 2016

My Mommy ❤

On May 8th (but really everyday, of course), treat Mom like the smart, strong, and awesome woman she is! These New York City restaurants will help you make this Mother’s Day the best one yet.

Ai Fiori
It’s all about Mom today, so why not surprise her with a three-course meal and a delightful activity too? Ai Fiori is putting on a unique floral arrangement art class with L’Atellier Rouge alongside a special Mother’s Day brunch. Reserve a one hour spot at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., or 1:45 p.m. And if you really want to spoil Mom (she deserves it!) check out this special retreat retreat package being offered. As for the main event (food!), starters range from a chilled pea soup with whipped ricotta; a red snapper crudo; and a Nova Scotia lobster with pea tendrils. Featured entrées from the sea are pan-seared sea scallops with smoked eggplant; Atlantic halibut; a smoked salmon Benedict; and more. Hearty dishes offered include a prime dry aged strip loin with a potato terrine and a duck hash with poached egg. As for desserts, they all sound amazing, especially the torta di cioccolato, which is a walnut cake, dark chocolate cremeux, and a salted caramel gelato.

Tavern on the Green
This iconic brunch spot, which was recently named among the top 100 brunch restaurants in the U.S., will be celebrating Mom with a prix fixe menu and gift giveaway. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a family portrait in Tavern’s Spring Courtyard. Mothers will be treated with special gifts from Soul Cycle, apothecary products from Fresh, and a lovely flower bouquet from DeLucia Family Farm. Items on the menu include a variety of dishes from Maine lobster eggs Benedict to Classic French Toast. Bittersweet chocolate mousse and croissant bread & butter pudding, are just a few of the desserts being offered.Tavern on the Green’s brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bell, Book, and Candle
This unique West Village gem is debuting its new Southern brunch menu just in time for Mom’s big day. Officially dubbed Sunday Soul Brunch, this Mother’s Day will be particularly special with a performance by the talented LaFredrick Soul Band. Bell, Book, and Candle’s new selection will include indulgent dishes such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy; a pressed Muffaletta sandwich with cured meats, provolone, and olive giardiniera; Andouille house-made sausage gumbo, and a cast-iron mac and cheese. The menu cycles seasonally depending on what is ripe in the rooftop garden, which produces items year-round like herbs, tomatoes, and eggplant. Mom will also enjoy the extensive list of refreshing cocktails, such as the seasonal fruit bellini to accompany this farm-to-table meal.

Rainbow Room
The Rainbow Room 
is going big for Mom this year, unveiling a new cocktail called the Black Orchid just for Mother’s Day. This pretty cocktail features unique ingredients such as Allaire Vodka and Cream De Violette, which is made from a base of nine violets. In addition, there will be a bacon bar (yes!), a variety of crepes, fresh-pressed juices, and desserts. À la carte specials include items like a crab and lobster cocktail; strawberry shortcake pancakes; lobster Benedict; and a springtime leg of lamb served with honey, lavender, and fennel pollen. Plus, there will be live music will be performed by the Nightingale Jazz Band. Brunch reservations are available 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Located by the currently blossoming Central Park on the Upper West Side, Dovetail is offering a special Mother’s Day prix fixe menu complete with canapés for table that include tasty bites such as strawberry-yogurt tartlets and foie gras gougère. A range of indulgent entrées moms will love are on the menu, including a taleggio fondue lobster omelet; crab egg Benedict; citrus French toast with huckleberry maple and house bacon; and maitake mushroom lamb shank. And of course no proper brunch (or meal for that matter) is complete without dessert! Sweets offered will be pistachio rice pudding; yogurt panna cotta; and rhubarb Mexican chocolate entremet.

Boulud Sud
For a brunch that won’t be forgotten any time soon, reserve a table at chef Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Boulud Sud. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a three-course meal is offered along with a kids’ menu option. For fresh, light appetizers you can chose from a Greek yogurt parfait with fruit and date honey; a Spring potato and leek soup; octopus with arugula, among other starters. Delectable main courses range from a sweet pistachio French toast with rose chantily to dishes like a Tuscan egg frittata or a harissa lamb burger with Saganaki and eggs. Don’t forget dessert! From a strawberry-ricotta mousse to house-made ice creams, you can’t go wrong.

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NYC Spotlight | Cinco de Mayo Specials

spongebobCinco de Mayo is just around the corner and is conveniently on a (thirsty) Thursday — a great excuse to have one or two more drinks than usual. For those of you that don’t know, this holiday, “commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867),” according to That said, you don’t have to travel far to get your fiesta on, so, what are your plans to celebrate? Find out where to go this 5th of May for the best drinks, food, and atmosphere New York City has to offer.

Beauty and Essex & Stanton Social
These two popular Lower East Side spots will be offering Mexican themed cocktails that are sure to be both delicious and strong. Beauty and Essex will be featuring a melon mojito with rum, melon nectar, mint, lime and cava; as well as a spicy twist on an old fashioned with mezcal, tequila, chile liqueur, a hint of orange, and Angostura and chocolate bitters. Stanton Social is also getting in on the fun with its drink, Lost in Polanco, which uses a jalapeño-infused tequila, blood orange juice, lime, and triple sec.

Bonnie Vee
Still a relatively new spot, Bonnie Vee has an old school 1930s and 1940s. If you find yourself wanting to go out, but not get too rowdy, swing by and try its Cinco de Mayo special, which features Santera blanco tequila, muddled cilantro, honey, along with lime and grapefruit flavors.

For top-notch cocktails in a beautiful bar setting, head to Hardings where head bartender an one of Time Out New York’s top bartender finalists, Derrick Turner, will be mixing classic and original cocktails and more all night long. Be sure to order the night’s spicy Cinco de Mayo special, the Mula de Mexico, which is comes with 1800 Silver tequila, chipotle peppers, ginger beer, sweet cane sugar, and lime.

Agave Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this May 5th, but continue the party Friday and Saturday nights too, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Agave Restaurant & Tequila Bar. It will be offering patrons at the bar free and unlimited chips and guacamole, $5 classic “House” margaritas, and $5 chicken quesadillas.

Both TAO Uptown and Downtown will be adding special drinks to their menus for this holiday. TAO Uptown will be serving its own twist on the classic mojito with a lemon-infused rum; a refreshing Pama Sutra which comes with tequila, a pomegranate liqueur, and lime; and a TAO-tini shaken with a mango passion fruit vodka, rum, and cranberry. TAO Downtown will be kicking up the spice with its mango chile martini that has tequila, house-spiced mango purée, and chile oil, as well as its TAO-garita which is created with tequila, TAO sour, and wasabi salt.

Pod 39 Rooftop
Another rooftop favorite is Pod 39 Rooftop, which will have both tequila-infused cocktails and live entertainment. April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco will be serving special food and drink pairings for the event that include the carnitas duo, chicken tinga duo, and chorizo tacos with all of the fixings, and a draft Negra Modelo for a perfect $10. If you are looking for bar snacks, you can’t go wrong with the homemade Chicharron for $5. Dance to the Mariachi Tapatio De Alvaro Paulino all night while drinking in a beautiful sky-high setting. Drink specials will also include a $10 Frozen Hibiscus Ginger Margarita and a $14 Mezcal Mule.

The Daisy
Begin Cinco de Mayo (and continue the fiesta through Saturday) by enjoying $5 braised short rib tostadas and $5.00 “The Daisy” margaritas, featuring tromba blanco tequila, st. Germaine black pepper, egg white, and lime marmalade.The Daisy will also be serving free and unlimited chips and guacamole to all those at the bar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

The Cinco de Mayo party at this lounge starts at 6p.m. featuring tequila cocktail specials (obviously) including the house special of the night, the Cadillac Margarita, with Santera Reposado, grand marnier, and lime. There will be DJs and dancing all night, so get ready!

For the beginning of what is most assuredly to be a crazy night at LAVO, start the evening with its Mexican themed special, the pompelmo, a libation that mixes jalapeño tequila, grapefruit, and fresh lime.

For a festive night filled with art and flare, check out the recently opened Lower East Side’s Vandal. For Cinco de Mayo, it will be offering a spicy, refreshing Las Palmitas which comes with a Thai spiced illegal mezcal, Thai basil leaves, grapefruit bitters, and grapefruit beer; and a cocktail called the Pushcart Wars, with a jalapeño-habanero tequila, currant tea, rosemary, and lime.

Gansevoort Park Avenue
In the mood for Mexican fare, in addition to cocktails? Head to Gansevoort Park Avenue which has a lovely rooftop 20 stories high for views of the Empire State building. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Gansevoort Park will be offering both drink and cocktail specials that include $15 for your choice of 3 tacos, $10 margaritas, and $6 draft Coronas. Tacos offered include the carne asada served with charred shishito peppers, salsa verde, and cipollini onion; and the rock shrimp taco with spicy aïoli, smashed avocado, and radish.

Ward III
With an extensive libations menu, this more casual watering hole will be commemorating the holiday with a drink called the Cuchi Cuchi Baby, which is a spicy mix of Santera blanco  tequila, serrano pepper cordial, cucumber, as well as basil and lime.

And for those of you that don’t feel like getting too wild on a weeknight, have your own fiesta in the comfort of your home. Just don’t forget the tequila. For ridiculously easy-to-make margaritas check out Jose Cuervo’s ready-to-drink margarita jugs which come in a slew of yummy flavors. Just take your Jose Cuervo margarita (flavors include classic, white peach, pink lemonade, watermelon, strawberry lime, and coconut pineapple) and blend with ice. Boom. Instant party.

Lastly, I know there are some people (not me) who really dislike tequila. Totally fine. For a cocktail that’s less liquor, but still delicious and alcoholic, grab some fruity beers like Traveler Beer Co.’s Grapefruit Traveler and shake it with ice, a splash of tequila, grapefruit juice, pinch of salt, and a bit of simple syrup. For the adventurous, add some hot sauce. Time to party.

Cinco de Mayo turns NYC into a fiesta one day a year — don’t miss out!

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