LIQUID COURAGE
Become Aquianted with the Channing Daughters' Nuanced Flavors
DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Delicous Debut: Savoury

Reincarnation may not be limited to people and animals; it seems that the late West Village Indian restaurant and bar, Surya, has come to new life in the Upper West Side as Savoury. Chef and owner Lala Sharma (New Dehli's Bukhara, Mughlai, New York’s Surya, and Swagat) opened the doors to Savory at the beginning of April, offering delicately balanced sauces and well-planned ingredient preparation.

Portions are filling and prices affordable with entrees from $16-19. In a neighborhood offering a good amount of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Savoury includes vegetarian, vegan, and carnivorous options.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
General Assembly Begins Lunch Service

General Assembly, the Flatiron restaurant that recently took the place of Hurricane Club, quickly earned some buzz over its inventive cocktails with jalapeno ice cubes and its wide selection of crudité and dip. Well, they're finally expanding their upscale-hearty French-American dining into your lunch hour.

The expanded menu will include a juice selection just as inventive as their cocktails, including a Jalapeno Limeade and a Tom Palmer with black tea and lemon foam. And for those trying to squeeze in some high-end dining on their lunch hour, take a look at the Assembly Lunch, a three-course selection for $32, which includes a crudité and dip or salad, an entrée, and an ice cream or éclair to go.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Fenway Classic Makes Epic Comeback, The Audubon Way


Spring fever has quickly taken over Beantown, and Red Sox season is chief of this amazing craze. Not only are Bostonians patriotically sporting their Sox caps and fitting apparel, urbanites all around are excited to get back into this town’s beloved ball season…with all of the bars around Fenway Park most certainly included!

Although Fenway staple bar and restaurant, Audubon Circle, has closed, the 2014 ball season welcomes a newcomer into its plays to spice things up. Each season is always the right time for a game changer to keep things lively around the Park. Newly opened Audubon came just at the perfect time for the Red Sox’ opening day, replacing the Audubon Circle restaurant, and making fans go crazy with anticipation and excitement. Although Audubon Circle will be missed, Audubon will most certainly make its mark with delicious delights…pleasing the palate of each and every lively Sox fan, Bostonian and visitor.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The Official Release: Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook

-Boston Butt, the Virgil’s Way - This rendition of pulled pork was even more tender and juicier than expected. While most pulled porks dry out quickly, this one was moist and packed with flavor, each shred of meat seeming to melt away as we ate.

-True Texas Brisket - Smoked for 13-15 hours and complete with a thick crust of aromatic spice rub, layers upon layers of flavor run throughout this perfectly delicate meat. It was suggested that we pair the brisket with Virgil’s Mild BBQ Sauce, which was a great suggestion indeed. The sauce clearly features a medley of pungent, spicy, and smoky ingredients, and when combined with the flavors of the rub, each and every one of those elements steps out to be enjoyed.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
All'onda Launches Lunch Menu

A few short months back, Joonbug.com had the pleasure of dining at All’onda, a new Italian restaurant located in Greenwich Village. It is now our pleasure to announce that the restaurant will launch its lunch menu tomorrow, April 9th, and based off the success of their diner menu, we are certain their lunch offerings are entirely delightful.

Some of the dishes offered are:

Beef- carpaccio, pecorino, rucola, beets ($14)

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Box Kite Finds a Home on St. Marks Place

The Lower East Side has more than its share of coffee shops and bars, yet Box Kite joined its line-up on St. Marks Place between 1st and A. The small counter space offers more than espresso and milk – it includes an innovative, eclectic, and unusual tasting menu.

Shop owners Cora Lambert and Erik Becker started out at the respected cafe RBC NYC. After that shop closed, they opened Box Kite as a pop up within Maslow 6, a Tribeca wine bar. Lambert and Becker took great care designing and setting up the brick and mortar location that will be Box Kite Coffee's permanent residence.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tessa to Open Tomorrow Night + More Spring Openings


For foodies, this spring is bound to bear more than just warm weather.

Tessa, a well-designed Mediterranean joint, will be moving into a prime 1,750-square-foot space on the Upper West Side that has seen restaurants come and go over the years. Named after one of the owner’s daughters, it is to feature world class French and Italian flavors. The spot will be headed by Chef Cedric Tovar, who has spent time at both Bobo and Rosemary’s, both gems in the downtown culinary scene. Similar to other up-and-coming restaurants north of Lincoln Center, Tessa features modern design with equal attention to both form and function. The design showcases a ground level bar area and an upstairs dining room. Tessa opens this Thursday. It is located at 349 Amsterdam Avenue.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tavern on the Green to Reopen in May

The New York City icon, Tavern on the Green, is finally set to reopen.

The restaurant, in the middle of Central Park, was originally built in 1934, and quickly became a landmark tourist destination renowned for its beautiful location and over-the-top décor. In 2007, it was the second highest-grossing independent restaurant in America. Unfortunately, Tavern on the Green’s rapid growth led to problems, as the restaurant owned a reputation for low-quality food and filed a $2.2 million employee discrimination settlement. The Tavern could not survive the financial crisis, and shuttered in 2009.