DELICIOUS DEBUTS
ABC Cocina

When discussing the New York fine dining scene, it is more or less inevitable that the name Jean-Georges will come up. With his expansive restaurant empire, Michelin starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is responsible for some of New York’s most coveted tables. This summer he opened up a new venture with a focus on Spanish and Latin American foods made with local, seasonal ingredients, and business is already booming.

A lot of restaurants who boast prestigious chefs may experience initial success primarily because the customers are attracted to the name brand, and sometimes the quality of the food doesn’t quite live up to the hype. So far ABC Cocina seems to be bucking that trend by serving high-quality dishes, modern takes on cocktails, and by creating a unique atmosphere, but aesthetically and experientially.

TASTE OF FRANCE
Taste of France

What could be more wonderful this Fall than a relaxing weekend trip to France? Fortunately for New York’s many Francophiles, France is coming to Bryant Park for its second year on Saturday September 28th and Sunday, September 29th. Brought to you by New York-based nonprofit Taste of France, this extraordinary showcase, open to the public, goes far beyond a few crepes and a bottle of Bordeaux. This is the full French experience, with over 120 booths and featuring live French music, master chefs, beauty treatments, and wine tastings, among many other exciting features.

THE HOT SPOT
Five Things to Do Right Now in NYC

With so many options for drinks, dining and entertainment, it can be hard to narrow things down. So we've done the leg work for you. Here are five more cool ideas for a sweet night out!

Wine

Corkbuzz Wine Studio has finally opened! Laura Maniec opens up the space, which includes a wine bar, a wine school, as well as event space, conveniently located in Union Square. Classes begin in January and registration is already open, so register here today!

CUPCAKES
The Village Tart: a Nolita Sweet Spot

The Village Tart
Cuisine: Dessert and Drinks
Price:Reasonable

Nolita
86 Kenmare Street at (Mulberry Street)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 266-4980
www.villagetart.com

Part restaurant, part dessert bar, part lounge, but 100% delicious, The Village Tart does breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night right. Antique mirrors fit into jigsaw patterns across the walls, while the comfy booths and pressed ceiling instantly set the mood for a relaxing, romantic evening.

ABC CARPET & HOME
New Level of Organic at ABC Kitchen

Jean-Georges Vongerichten finally jumped on the organic bandwagon when he opened his organic, locally-sourced themed restaurant ABC Kitchen, inside the ABC Carpet & Home store. ABC Kitchen is a "farm-to-table" restaurant, using only sustainable and organic seasonal produce and pasture-fed animals to produce only the finest quality dishes, not to mention incredibly flavored.

ARIA
James Beard Loves Vegas

The James Beard Foundation just announced the 2010 list of restaurant and chef awards semifinalists. The lucky honorees include chefs who have influenced the Vegas fine-dining scene and high-quality local establishments such as Shawn McClain's Sage at Aria. Here's how Vegas figures in to this years awards:

Outstanding Restaurateur nominee:

Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Chicago)

2 CHICKS WITH CHOCOLATE
Gotta Sweet Tooth?
ANGELO SOSA
Xie Xie Sandwich Shop

Xie Xie sandwich shop opened this summer, and if you haven't checked it out yet, now is a better time than ever. The new daily special offers up an Asian inspired sandwich and beer for only $5 between 3pm and 7pm. Choose from sweet glazed pork, Vietnamese bbq beef, and shredded braised chicken. The sandwiches usually cost about $9, so not only are you saving money on the tasty buns, you get a beer too! The tiny shop also has a big name behind it- Chef Angelo Sosa (protégé of Jean-Georges) is heading the project, so it's definitely worth stopping by.