Junoon Launches New Lounge Menu

Celebrated Indian eatery Junoon is now launching their new lounge menu, which will be available during lunch (Mon-Fri 12-3pm) and dinner (Sun-Thurs 5:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm). Skip to the Flatiron district and pass on regular bites from neighborhood pubs and do something different with your day. Delicious dishes featured on the new menu include spiced naan stuffed with mozzarella and gruyere, topped with roasted garlic and homemade spice blend, eggplant chaat (crispy eggplant dusted with flour and yogurt, tamarind and red onion), and duck gushtaba (freshly ground duck meatballs with green chilies and mint simmered in a saffron, almond and cashew sauce), just to name a few.

Gastronomie 491 Debuts on the UWS

Gastronomie 491, a new gourmet specialty market and cafe opened yesterday to the public. The market features a cafe, open kitchen, prepared foods, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates and baked goods, as well as gluten-free items. Every product has been personally chosen by owner Nicole Ahronee, with a focus on artisanal products from small producers made with all natural ingredients-- both locally and around the world.

Enjoy shopping for seasonal fruits and veggies, pick up items for a picnic in Central Park, or dine at the cafe. Food is prepared by executive chef Steve Gutterman and sample goods with Martin Johnson, the cheese, charcuterie, and beer expert.

Danilo Gabrielli Hosts Launch Party at Yotel

Up and coming designer Danilo Gabrielli hosted his launch party on March 15th at Yotel in celebration of his Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. Among the party goers were friends, editors, models, and journalists, all there to congratulate the talented designer. Two of his models were in attendance, showcasing his exquisite designs, inspired by 1940's Old Hollywood glam.

The event was sponsored by American Airlines, who was there raffling off free flights. DJ Phoecus provided beats while artists painted fashion portraits for guests. But the real highlight of the night was getting to chat it up with the man of the hour himself!

Foodie Alert: The 2nd Annual Tasting Brooklyn Fest

Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Tasting Brooklyn, an event bringing together foodies from, you guessed it, Brooklyn! On April 3rd from 5:30-9pm at the Dumbo Loft, the hottest restaurants in the borough will gather round and serve up some of their specialties including top-notch restos like Maison Premiere, The Meatball Shop, Littleneck, The Saint Austere, Kiwiana, Fort Reno,

The Chocolate Room, and more. Drinks will be poured by Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn Winery, Sixpoint Beer, Bulldog Gin, Honeydrop Beverages and Brooklyn Soda works and the proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition, which promotes healthy eating practices to Brooklynites.

Nothin' Wrong with a Little Theater: 4 Must-See Shows

April 7th, 8pm & 10:30pm

Gotham Burlesque is celebrating their one year anniversary at The Triad Theater, offering two shows in one night! Mr. Exotic World TIGGER! will headline the celebration and he will be joined by the world's fastest and most accurate knife thrower, The Great Throwdini, the Tapping Tornado, Helen Pontani, Minnie Tonka, Justina Flash, Boobess, Shelly Watson, just to name a few. The show will be hosted by Sweetie . Tickets are $45 for premium seating for $35 for general seating and can be purchased here.

Cafe China Goes Greener

Good news for all you Chinese food snobs: Cafe China is revamping their menu this spring and we know what's coming! Inspired by the markets back in Shanghai, Cafe China sought out produce at the Union Square Green Market. The restaurant has decided to include organic veggies on their specials menu and for the month of March, there will be in-season Chinese broccoli, bok choi, and spinach.

But this new menu isn't all about your greens. Flounder (caught off Long Island) will now be offered for any dish with fish filets. The popular dish, tea smoked duck, which is lightly browned with a smoky flavor (delicious paired with red wine), is now going to be organic free-range, making the dish even better.

New $6 Happy Hour at The 40/40 Club

The newly re-opened 40/40 Club is now introducing a weeknight happy hour from 5-7pm. Executive chef Mike Shand (formerly Jay-Z's private chef) is generously offering up cheap bites from their menu, including wings, nachos, empenadas, and much more for only $6. But food isn't the only thing that's being discounted...you can also score beer, house wine, or well liquor for $6! But since this is no ordinary sports club, reservations are strongly encouraged.

Awesome Aperitivo at Ovest Pizzoteca

It may not be your traditional happy hour with ridiculously low-priced drinks, but if you like filling your stomach with delicious food like I do, then it's even better.

Slurp down a regular priced cocktail (well worth the $$) from 5-8pm weeknights at Ovest, but don't think you aren't getting a bargain for your buck. These are some of the tastiest cocktails around, and ranging from $11-$13 for their pre-dinner and specialty cocktails, they really aren't something to skip.

Happy Hour Goes Late Night

During the month of March, Sushisamba will be hosting a Brazilian inspired happy hour from 4-7pm from Sunday-Thursday at both of their locations. The restaurant will feature Brazilian entertainment and workshops, including cocktail classes and offer special Brazilian apps, beer, and cocktails.

But wait! That's not all! They are also introducing their reverse happy hour (aka Sambahour), which will take place from 11pm until closing time and will feature all the same food and cocktail specials.

Kick Back Like a Mad Man at The Carnegie Club

Killing two birds with one stone, The Carnegie Club will be unveiling its extensive renovation in conjunction with a view party for the season premiere of everyone's favorite period TV show, Mad Men on March 25th. The perfect location to don your 1960's attire (optional) and pretend you've gone back in time to work on ad sales a la Don Draper, The Carnegie Club was the first place in New York where you could enjoy a cigar while sipping a cocktail...and luckily for you, this leisure still exists at this swanky lounge.