The Ainsworth Park's New Menu Continues to Impress

The idea of an upscale, food and cocktail-oriented sports bar seems like a contradiction of terms, yet the Ainsworth Park makes it feel obvious. With an eclectic mix of top 40, dance, and retro music piping through the room, flatscreens lining the wall behind the bar, and a menu of elevated pub food, the Ainsworth feels like nowhere else: the stylish gastropub cross-pollinated with the after-work hangout bar. The careful balancing act is also applied to the décor, which has made overtures to sophistication in its chandeliers dotting the room, hipster trendiness with its exposed brick walls, and sports bar cheesiness with decorative pillars lined with fake grass.

Weekend Pick: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

What: Brunch at Hotel Chantelle

When: Sunday, April 13th, 11:30am-5pm

Where: Hotel Chantelle, 19 Ludlow St., New York, NY

Weekend Pick: Brunch at 1905

Head down to 1905 for an intimate, stylish brunch this Sunday.

The bistro’s brunch menu is full of modern take on breakfast staples, such as salt roasted beets with sherry-honey emulsion, truffled grits and pork belly, and chicken and waffle with cayenne honey. $15 will also get you bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.

The service and aesthetic of 1905 is all class, and it is in every sense a handsome restaurant from another era. You can make a reservation through CityEats here.

What: Brunch at 1905

When: Sunday, April 12th, from 11am

Where: 1905, 1905 9th St. 2nd Fl., Washington DC

The Buzz Around Toro

The word count on the menu at Toro reads more like a short story than a group of small plates. Extensive and potentially overwhelming, the choices at the new tapas local span from Spanish bites like pan con tomate and larger paellas, to the twists on tapas that makes Toro a coveted dinner spot. Options like miso butter in an otherwise traditional sea urchin sandwich are the ones that make Toro slightly different.

The New York outpost of Boston chefs Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni) and Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa – both with Oringer) has been consistently mentioned with intrigue since its open in September of last year. As a former Nabisco factory along the Westside highway, it provides lofty ceilings and ample natural light, something coveted in New York spaces. It holds 120 seats and with a consistent waitlist, the buzz of voices is nothing short of a crowded nightclub. Masquerading as a dining experience, the loud music and crowded nature offer a club for people who would rather taste than dance. Even two-tops are clustered together in one long table, meshing an intimate dining experience with close proximity to a social atmosphere.

Five Stars for Fung Tu

For those brave enough to journey into the frigid temps that have graced us this winter, a great reward awaits you deep in the trenches of Chinatown, and its name is Fung Tu. As huge fans of Mission Chinese (RIP), dining at another trendy, upscale Asian restaurant felt almost like cheating, but if that is the case, our meal at Fung Tu made stepping out on our significant other totally worth it.

The menu is straight forward, the service is so polite it borders on creepy, and the end results makes you glad you left your apartment, even if you did almost get hit by a biker and feared your ears would fall off from frostbite.

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Local Classic, The Hill Tavern

This awesome joint brings the Beantown community together with its variety of loyal customers, ranging from college students to businessmen and residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

When warm spring weather begins to peek around the corner, it is truly exciting and delightful to see The Hill Tavern set up their outdoor patio. Colorful flower baskets hanging from the awning certainly portray a bright sign that spring has sprung upon the Hill. The next time you’re out and about in Beantown, walk down the bustling cobblestone sidewalks to this traditional pub for a relaxing, fun and casual outing with friends and tasty craft beer to accompany.

Paige Hospitality Group Will Launch New Menus!

Paige Hospitality Group's classic American restaurants Ainsworth and Ainsworth Park are revamping their food programs! Starting next week, innovative dishes including gourmet burgers, steaks, and handcrafted salads will grace new and upscale menus.

The new food items are created by Corporate Executive Chef Stephen Yen, whose notable culinary background includes working alongside Iron Chef Morimoto and Top Chef winner Hung Hyunh, and competing on Food Network's Chopped.

Event Review: Caffè Storico and the New York Historical Society

Caffè Storico, located in the beautiful building of the New York Historical Society (170 Central Park West), opened its doors to us here at Joonbug.com this past Monday, March 3rd, to provide us with a delicious tasting menu of Italian cuisine, as well as exciting information about all of the events which are scheduled to occur this coming year!