RESTAURANT 101
Crave Fishbar Reemerges in Midtown

Newly opened seafood destination, Crave Fishbar, appeals to the Midtown masses. Brian Owens and chef Todd Mitgang are the faces behind the new restaurant, offering up to 60 seats to patrons. The original Crave Ceviche bar, which was located across the street from the new space, was sadly destroyed in a crane accident in '08, but that didn't deter the owners. The new space is located within a 19th century townhouse and offers up some favorite dishes off the old menu, including plancha grilled yucca with lime butter and toasted nori, along with a brand new menu of edible delights.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
CB3 Approves 221 East Broadway Bar Proposal

Community members of the surrounding area have finally made a decision regarding the controversial proposal for a bar at 221 East Broadway. After a 26-11 vote in favor of the bar, The Lo-Down has reported that obtaining a liquor license for the space will now be pursued.

The bar will feature open windows, which are only permitted to remain open until 9pm. This stipulation was added due to the bar’s location in a fairly residential area. There will also be a full menu offered until its closing at 4am.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Yeah Mon: New Jamaican Themed Bar Hits the East Village

The men behind Ninth Ward, Nic Ratner and Robert Morgan, are slated to open a new spot this Friday. Kingston Hall. Located in the former Holy Basil space in the East Village, it's said to resemble a Jamaican mansion taken over by '60s hipsters...no joke.

The theme is obviously Jamaica in 1962, complete with two fireplaces, and a pool table (do they need fireplaces in Jamaica?).

The new spot will be serving up cocktails in coconuts (we expect nothing less), as well as pub grub with a Jamaican flair, such as beef patties.

We look forward to checking out this new and unusual bar!

CULTURE CLUB
NYC's Best New Hotspots

In a city where nightlife is in abundance, and you can find absolutely anything with the touch of a button, it may be easier to stick to the same old places we know and love. We all know that good service and atmosphere are a 50/50 chance, so trying something different can be hard. Well, if you're craving something, or some place new, then feel free to break out of those old-habit chains, NYC and welcome these hot new bars and lounges.

Living Room Bar and Terrace, 123 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

Starwood has read our minds recently, and given FiDi this eclectic nouveau lounge, the Living Room Bar and Terrace. This chic downtown desire opened August 18th 2011, just in time for the end of summer. Like a billowy ocean wave, the LED lighting installation by Lamella, drapes across the ceiling to give a fun, open vibe unlike most of the usual modern bars of Wall Street. The lights reflect the black granite floors to create a vortex-like (think Tron:Legacy) atmosphere. But don’t worry, you won't get stuck in Tron world for too long; the neutral tan leather and purple accents warm the space to give a homier feel. And how could we forget the floor to ceiling windows, the chic wraparound terrace and most incredibly, the view of downtown Manhattan. If you’re bored with the view (or hungry) there are specially designed board games, light bites and an exciting cocktail list created by Charlotte Voisey of Rose Bar. Prices start at $15 with specialty options like the Lychee Blossom- Belvedere orange blossom with lychee juice, lemon, and peychaud bitters or the Bond Street Sparkler- Champagne with elderflower liquor with blackberries, and fresh mint.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS
CANA You Believe This Sushi Place?

I almost have no words. Well, almost...

During my lunch break I took a walk...three steps to the left of our building and finally wandered into the sophisticated sushi place that stared me down every time I came to work. I have a weakness for Sushi but no weakness for the prices (a roll can take my lunch money for the week. Ouch!) so I ignored the subtle wafting of succulent scents whenever I passed my neighbor's door.

Today, however, I gave in to my weakness and sidled up to the nice woman who greeted me at the door and said, "I'm in love with Sushi, what do you got?" She pointed me in the direction of their $15 lunch special (a bento box with soup and a salad) that she said would fill me up nicely.