CULINARY OCCASIONS
Thanksgiving in the City!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.

BEST OF
Valentine's Day and the City

It's about that time again! Quicker that you can utter the words, "he loves me, he loves me not" Valentine's Day 2013 will be here in a flash. Whether you're looking for a romantic dining experience, a more laid back spot, or going to spend the evening having some fun with your friends -- Joonbug breaks down the festivities in our handy little list. Je t'aime ( I love you in French).

David Burke's Townhouse: The decor alone at David Burke's Townhouse on the Upper East Side exudes a Valentine's Day vibe with crimson red leather seating done in an ultra-chic way. Renowned Chef David Burke has created an amazing Valentine's Day menu that most definitely sets the backdrop for the perfect Vday experience. Their three-course menu features delicious and exquisite cuisine, such as green garlic soup, tuna parfait, foie gras terrine, whole roasted red snapper, veal chateaubriand, and lobster stuffed filet wellington. Chef Burke will make your evening even sweeter with dessert selections such as; chocolate nougat glace, coconut cake, warm drunken donuts, and their signature cheesecake lollipops.

LIQUID COURAGE
We Like It Hot

The best way to warm up this time of year is by heating up your insides with a delicious hot spiked bevy. We've rounded up the tastiest, most unique hot cocktails around the city for you to try out at home or at the bar, from hot ciders to teas to everything inbetween! Cheers!

Bourbon Cream (Served at KTCHN)

2 ½ oz. Old Forester bourbon

1 oz. heavy cream

½ oz. cinnamon syrup

Steamed hot and sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and raw sugar.

RESTAURANT 101
The Delectable Dishes of David Burke

All NYCers know the famous chef David Burke, who climbed to notoriety with his slew of restaurants and Food Network appearances. The CIA graduate has a plethora of restos to choose from in New York City, so whether you're uptown or downtown, there's a place for you to stop and eat.

David Burke at Bloomingdales is the perfect spot for shoppers to plop down and relax amidst their bag-carrying day, whether it's at their 50-seater dine-in, or at Burke in the Box, the 35-seater casual side of the resto with an open kitchen.

FOOD + DRINK
October Is The Time To Wine


Burkehouse is the name and wine is its game.

David Burke is at it again for Winefest but this time with his own brand of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc made with California grapes. Now for the launch of his fabulous wine, David Burke (and executive chef Sylvain Delpique) have created a menu of intriguing dishes that complement the wines for your fine palate.

This four-course treat is only being offered from October 25th through October 29th so grab your reservations now! (212.813.2121) The cost is $95, sans tax and gratuity, and the wines are expertly paired with each dish. Below is the menu to get your taste buds worked up in the meantime.

FOOD + DRINK
You're Never Too Old To Play Spin The Bottle

For the entire month of October you can enjoy a new kind of Spin the Bottle at David Burke's Townhouse, Fishtail and David Burke at Bloomingdale's. This is not the normal Spin the Bottle you might remember from the good 'ol days in your parent's basement, this one has an alcoholic twist. What you spin is actually a "Wine Wheel" full of awesome prizes ranging from a glass of champagne to a $50 gift card to one of Burke's restaurants.

The next wino treat is "Special Sommelier Selects", which is a specially priced list of 25 wines that are 25% off. The knowledgeable staff will take you through everything you need to know about your wines (taste, vintage etc.). On top of that, every Monday night is a "What are You Saving it for?" special where patrons are allowed to bring their own wines with no corkage fee!

STAFF FAVORITES
Your Dream House

Want to talk about great taste for your buck? Then you definitely need to hear about David Burke Townhouse, the newest addition to the Burke restaurant family. This incredibly suave place serves a $24 prix fixe lunch menu that offers up options like Short Rib Dumplings, Cornflake Crusted Salmon and Handmade Cavatelli.

Damn he's good.

Not only do the entrees look and sound incredible but the desserts will blow your mind. The lunch menu varies from a classic Chocolate Layer Cake to a Butterscotch Panna cotta and a very interesting Cheesecake Lollipop Tree!

On top of all this daring and divine culinary skill is a modern-day decor to make your eyes pop. Crimson seats and focus walls accent a white and black themed townhouse bar dream. There is no doubt that you'd want to set up camp here. It's just a shame you can't sleep where you eat.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Lunch with David Burke



David Burke Townhouse
133 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 813-2121

Enjoy New York’s restaurant week at David Burke Townhouse. This American cuisine establishment located in the Upper East Side will not disappoint! Offering a $24.07 prix fix lunch and $35 dinner, this set price is only here for a limited time.

Last week, my co-worker and I had the chance to eat at David Burke Townhouse. Fortunately, we were able to sit down and ask him a couple of questions while tasting some of his appetizing dishes.