Restaurant Week is the time of the year when fancy eateries across Gotham City unleash three-course menus at affordable prices, so in case you’ve been dying to go to one — do it fast!
If you’re looking for a good dinner spot to splurge your $38 on, check out Fig & Olive. With locations in the Meatpacking District and Fifth Ave, this upscale restaurant entices you from the get-go — a tall display of extra virgin oils greet you at the front, and the rest of the space is beautifully furnished with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling and gleaming candles fixed onto black olive branches designed from wrought iron. The center boasts a white marble bar, perfect for sipping wine while waiting to be seated... or for making small talk with that cute stranger two seats to your left.
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and settling for less-than-spectacular in terms of gift giving is unacceptable! Luckily, Epicerie Boulud, located at 1900 Broadway at 64th Street, has turned its production up a notch to provide you with the perfect tasty treat for you to give to your special someone.
If you're a fan of chocolate like we are, then you'd probably be willing to try anything covered in chocolate. Well today is the day for you. December 16 has been acclaimed as National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Yes, we said ANYTHING. So enjoy our list of some of the most unique items that have been covered in chocolate. And remember, anything is better dipped in chocolate.
Eating raw onions is an already daring act. One crunchy bite and your eyes will water up. But how about addng chocolate to the equation? The tangy taste of the onion mixed with chocolate makes for a surprisingly interesting mix. These unique delicasies have become a big hit in Philadelphia and can be found covered with sprinkles and more.
The Grand Hyatt New York has just launched its very own, first-ever artisanal chocolate line. The mastermind behind these delicately handcrafted truffles and chocolate bars is Executive Pastry Chef Gonzalo Jimenez, who is internationally acclaimed for his meticulous technique and excellent chocolatier knowledge. The Argentinian born chef developed a passion for cooking and creating culinary masterpieces at the ripe age of 19, when he began pursuing a degree in Pastry Arts. In 2009, he took his talents to the states and served as a pastry chef in several hotels before finally making his way to the Big Apple. Now he works tirelessly to deliver the best of the best in artisan chocolates in the city that never sleeps.
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: MarieBelle Chocolate Store, 484 Broome Street, between West Broadway and Wooster Street (Subway: A, C, E, 4, 6 to Spring Street; N, R to Canal or Prince Street; or 1, 2 to Canal Street) Cost: $45
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
Price: $12 per container
These petite cubed bonbons make a perfect holiday gift- already wrapped in ribbon. These delectable morsels, stuffed with ganache and praline filling, will keep any chocolate lover smiling.
Need an excuse to gobble down a whole box of chocolates by yourself? No you don't have to wait until Valentine's day for this guilty pleasure- celebrate National Chocolate Day by indulging in your favorites. White, dark, milk, with caramel, with nuts, even paired with bacon- chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes. So much chocolate, so little time. But we're here to help with that sweet fix. Take a look at our list of the coolest and most unique chocolate treats we could find in NYC. Your sweet tooth will thank us.
The geniuses behind Max Brenner bring you the most delicious and creative in chocolate delights. From dripping fondues, to decadently covered waffles, to chocolate pizzas- this place is where chocoholics go to die. But what caught our eye on their menu is their very unique "chocolate burger." This decadent burger consists of a brioche bun, a pure milk chocolate ganache "patty" covered in melted marshmallow and is accompanied with melted strawberry sauce and melted white chocolate sauce to serve as the mayo and ketchup. It's a chocolate lover's dream burger.
At Joonbug, our sweet tooth constantly keeps us on the hunt for good dessert. Spot Dessert Bar draws its inspiration from the East, and its dessert features unique flavors that will heighten your taste buds. It’s a clever twist on the classic sweets.
When was the last time you had toast for dessert? Exactly. The Golden Toast comprises warm honey-buttered toast served with fresh strawberries and condensed milk ice cream. The ice cream tastes pretty much like vanilla, just sweeter.
The green tearamisu (love their wordplay) is another delight. Caged in a small wooden box, the green tea mascarpone cream contains green tea-soaked ladyfinger and is topped with white chocolate shavings and matcha powder dust. Lovers of green tea can’t get enough of this. Green tea is a unique flavor that leaves a lasting taste in your mouth. It has an earthy taste to it that makes it rather distinct.
With descriptions more often found on the back of a wine bottle than a bar of chocolate, Mast Brothers gourmet chocolate is no average candy bar. Available in 19 flavors and split into two categories, Single Estates Origins and Blends & Pairings, expect to taste the unexpected. From Vanilla and Smoke to Black Truffle and Moho River, no bar comes in with under 70% of organic cocao harvested from small farm cooperatives dotted around South America, and no, none of the bars come with a milk or white chocolate option as, to the gourmet chocolatier, either would be cocao sacrilege.