Thanksgiving has come and gone, the days are getting shorter and colder, and Christmas jingles have officially infiltrated every CVS and Duane Reade in the city. That’s right: it’s winter time. While some of you warm-weather people might be getting ready to hibernate, anybody who’s spent winter in NYC knows there are lots of winter reasons to leave your cave during the holiday season. One of those reasons is the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the annual festive pop up market surrounding an amazing seasonal ice skating rink just down the street from Times Square. The rink will be open all day and into the night until March 2nd, so skaters, you can come down with a date, with friends, or just on your own to enjoy laps around the open-air track for free.
Not many people would brave a heavy duty barbeque joint the day after Thanksgiving, the holiday most synonymous with that favorite of American pastimes--gluttony. Lucky for our faithful readers, we are not most people. On a frigid Friday night, we speed walked to Dinosaur BBQ’s Brooklyn location, open for five months and predominantly constructed from wood salvaged from the Brooklyn waterfront post Hurricane Sandy.
Despite the amount of calories consumed the day before, we were not alone in Dino BBQ. The place was packed, and it looked like everyone was starving, including us. While we perused the menu, we snacked on the Dino Poutine, a light snack of French fries doused in beef gravy and accented with pimento cheese and Dinosaur’s signature pulled pork. This was just the warm up, ladies and gentlemen, for what was about to go down. With a pitcher of Rolling Rock (for $14!) in hand, we decided on the Family Stylin’ BBQ Combination Platter.
Co-owners Jon Agnello and Vincent Dardanello have been pals for years, and back in 2009 decided to give New York something it never had before: an unforgettable burger experience. Instead of the powers from on high making a burger in the back and allowing the customer to passively choose it from the menu, Jon and Vincent decided to let the patron take the wheel and design their own burger from start to finish. Forget the standard pickles, mayo, and cheddar cheese--you can get ten types of cheeses, including fried mozzarella, and ten toppings including pickles jalapenos or frizzled onions. With the choice of your own meat (lamb, shrimp, veggie, beef, turkey or chicken) bun (ranging from brioce to lettuce wrap), cheese and topping, there are literally two million varieties you can try, making the possibilities as endless as they are delicious. No wonder Burger Bistro was rated #2 burger in the city by Zagat.
The phrase “authentic Italian” gets thrown around the NYC restaurant scene much more often than it should. However, at Hell’s Kitchen gem Tavola, located at 488 9th Avenue, authentic Italian only begins to scratch the surface of the gustatory delights to be found there. Restaurateur, owner, and Italian mastermind Nick Accardi opened Tavola about a year and a half ago in what was once a New York City landmark, Italian grocer, Manganaro’s. Originally opened in 1893, the grocery was family owned and operated until Accardi created the cozy yet innovative eatery that shares the same passion for Italian flavors. Accardi did a beautiful job of paying tribute to the building’s roots, maintaining many of Manganaro’s original features; the shelves and tile work were all original to the store.
Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer.
You can expect no less from Han Dynasty, which was voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America and also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant smells like fresh wood and spices. The interior boasts dark wooden furniture and yellow walls lined with Asian oil paintings.
The dim, intimate space features comfy red velvet boothes and trendy decor, making the basement space feel like an enchanted speakeasy, perfectly cozy for cold winter nights,
You don't have to eat at Tiny Fork to visit The Cellar- just descend the stairs by the restaurant's front entrance at 167 Orchard St and immerse yourself in an underground- both figurately and literally- space that offers the perfect escape from bustling New York.
Miami is known for its exoticism. It's a melting pot of culture that everyone wants to stir. But one of the really tasty treats down here just opened up and its located in the aventura plaza- Novecento is here!
Originally opened in New York by Hector Rolotti in 1991, Novecento was originally a cafe that later garnered attention for its inspiring food. Spreading the wealth of yummy deliciousness has been their business for two decades and now, Rolotti has expanded into the Miami market with its eleventh location- fourth one in Miami.
Tucked a stone’s throw away from Madison Square Park at 27 W 24th Street, behind an inviting black patterned exterior is Junoon, the Michelin Star rated Indian restaurant that has been creating a New York City buzz since 2011.Junoon has very recently launched a provocative brunch menu full of fusion flavors that combine traditional brunch items with Indian flair. Furthermore, the bottomless brunch comes with endless mimosas and bellinis and a fabulous party atmosphere! Just entering the restaurant, you are enveloped in the vibrant smell of spices that make your mouth water with the promise of what is to come. The stunning atmosphere of billowing orange curtains and a fifty foot walkway with Indian sandstone sculptures carved to represent the Tree of Life cast shadows in candle light against the walls.