June 30th is National Ice Cream Soda Day, and it certainly is timed perfectly with the hot weather we've been experiencing lately. So chill out at these NYC locations for some delicious, refreshing treats!
GO Burger on the Upper East Side makes a boozy take on this frosty, soda fountain staple: They blend three scoops of silky vanilla ice cream into a Cuba Libre ($12), a traditional highball that GO Burger makes with Bacardi Silver Rum, Boylan’s Cane Cola – made with pure cane sugar -- and lime.
Virgil's Real Barbecue makes a root beer float ($6.50) with Stewarts Root Beer and vanilla ice cream, along with beer-based floats such as the Vanilla Porter Float ($9) with Breckenridge Porter, Cointreau and vanilla Ice Cream, and the Blueberry Wheat Float ($9) with Shipyard Blueberry Wheat Beer and vanilla Ice Cream.
Fourth of July is right around the corner and there's no better way to treat yourself than with a fun getaway to NYC...or a staycation if you're already here! Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Avenue are offering up a couple of exclusive Independence Day specials that are sure to get you into the USA-spirit.
Get Lit on the Park Package - offered at Gansevoort Park Avenue, starting at $536 per night - Includes a NYC map, continental breakfast for two at Asellina, $20 Metro pass, two Gansevoort baseball caps, BBQ lunch for two served on the rooftop, half price parking, 30-minute fusion massage at Exhale Spa, 30-minute facial at Exhale Spa, and Exhale gift bag with suncreen and SPF lip balm.
Just in time for summer entertaining and for the third year in a row, June 28th is honored as National Ceviche Day! Ceviche has existed for over 500 years, bringing a sense of freshness and purity to the palate. Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of the Americas, particularly in Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers. Experience some of NYC's best chefs' creative interpretations of Ceviche at the below venues:
Chef/Owner Cosme Aguilar/Luis Aguilar
Andaz Wall Street is airing the Semis and Finals of UEFE EURO 2012 this week in their newly launched Biergarten. Patrons can root for their favorite team as they watch on a huge plasma TV located in the hotel's outdoor courtyard. They'll be serving up a delicious selection of food, sangria and German & local beers.
See full menu/pricing and soccer match schedule below!
Beer -- Beer specials during the game, half off all drafts.
Regular pricing -- 14 oz. @ $7, 1/2 Liter @ $11, 1 Liter @ $16.
German Brews -- Franziskaner and Spaten Lager
Local Brews -- Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island and Capt. Lawrence Liquid Gold from Cooperstown.
Sangria -- $5
Pretzels, Sausages & Empanadas -- $5
The men behind Ninth Ward, Nic Ratner and Robert Morgan, are slated to open a new spot this Friday. Kingston Hall. Located in the former Holy Basil space in the East Village, it's said to resemble a Jamaican mansion taken over by '60s hipsters...no joke.
The theme is obviously Jamaica in 1962, complete with two fireplaces, and a pool table (do they need fireplaces in Jamaica?).
The new spot will be serving up cocktails in coconuts (we expect nothing less), as well as pub grub with a Jamaican flair, such as beef patties.
We look forward to checking out this new and unusual bar!
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Prison Dancer Live, LLC. are bringing the show Prison Dancer to a theater near you! The show, written by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus and directed by Jenn Rapp, will be showing at St. Clement's from July 20th until July 28th. The show follows the lives of eight Filipino maximum-security prisoners, whose lives are changed when a video of their dance-based rehab program goes viral on YouTube. The dark prison suddenly finds itself in the spotlight and these hardcore criminals are given a second chance. Furthermore, the show is inspired by a true story! Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here. Check out the performance schedule below:
The Fourth of July is going to be hopping at the Waterfront at Pier 92 this year. The 12-hour rooftop beach party will be hosted by Arrival and will feature performances by hip hop artists Lil' Jon and Wyclef Jean. Top electronica DJs will also take the stage, such as Hook N Sling, Ken Loi, Serge Devant, and The EC Twins.
Virgil's Real Barbecue will be serving food along with almost a dozen of the city's best food trucks, including Phil's Steaks and Valducci's Pizza. There will also be tanning decks for those looking to get Snooki-fied, a sand pit for those who wanna get down 'n' dirty, air conditioned cabanas to beat the heat, and an outstanding view of the Macy's fireworks on the Hudson.
VIP terraces are also available to those who wanna do it right. A portion of the proceeds from the events will benefit the Hudson River Park Trust.
Meet Lauren Schmitt, is a nutritionist and certified personal trainer, who owns her own company, Healthy Eating & Living, Inc. She has worked with individuals to achieve a healthier lifestyle and has also created numerous corporate wellness programs. In her business, she coaches people to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle through eating right and exercising. She is currently the on-site nutritionist at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation. She has ongoing projects with the WB and is a part of many disordered outpatient teams in Los Angeles. Joonbug had the chance to chat with this health guru and got some helpful tips and advice to looking your best during this sweltering summer.
This past Wednesday City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, held its eleventh annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. During the event, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring numerous goodies, both food and non-food related, as well as sample eats and libations from some of New York's best restaurants and bars. This year's event had over 650 attendees and raised over $230,000 to support City Harvest's mission of feeding NYC's hungry.