The Flat to open this February

It appears as if the new hotspot for foodies on Miami Beach is the South of Fifth neighborhood. Once known for being a quieter, more residential area with only a few venerated classics like Smith & Wollensky and Joe’s, it seems as if more and more restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and bars are forgoing the more popular - and populated - Lincoln Road, Washington, Collins, and Ocean for the southernmost tip of South Beach. To add to the increasing roster of drinking and dining destinations in the neighborhood is The Flat, deemed a “before experience”, slated to open mid February.

Pink Elephant Makes its Much Anticipated Return

Saturday night, NYC saw the return rebirth of Pink Elephant, originally perched on w 27th st., now relocated to the West Village.

The reinvented night club dangles some clear changes from its original design such as a larger dance floor and a focus more so on cocktails rather than bottle service.

Pink Elephant version 2012 includes the "infinity room," a maze-like mixology bar, and cabaret lounge that’ll function as an event space while the smaller 200 person capacity allows owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaid to be more selective of their guests.

Quattro Heads South of the Border

Miami Beach’s prestigious AAA Five Star awarded Italian restaurant, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, has headed south of the border. Quattro will be bringing northern Italian flavors to Mexico City with the opening of the brand new J. W. Marriott hotel in the Santa Fe district starting this month. Quattro, and the group behind its success in Maimi Beach, KNR Group, are committed to brining Mexico City “a magnificent ambiance that honors the essence of Italian gastronomy.”

Exhibit Opening: MonoVisioN

Who doesn't like looking at gorgeous design and glamorous celebrity homes?

Scott Frances has beautifully captured both. For a limited time, 68 large-scale pieces of his work will be displayed at the Design Center of the Americas in South Florida. This Wednesday, November 15th marks the exhibit opening from 7:30 - 9:30 PM complete with a Grey Goose-sponsored cocktail reception. In addition to exhibits of elite photos of architecture and design, guests will get a peek inside the homes of celebrities like Estee Lauder and Jennifer Aniston.

Grand Opening Of Muse At Sagamore, The Art Hotel

The Sagamore is in the midst of making of a comeback. The eclectic establishment had little in the way of spa and salon services compared to most of its neighbors and competitors on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Enter Sabrina Badeaux, the already successful spa/salon owner of Chez Badeaux, consulted to create a sleek new space for the artsy hotel. Joonbug attended an exclusive soft opening party and chatted with Sabrina about her latest masterpiece, Muse.

Is there a story behind "Muse" being selected as the name for the spa/salon?
Sagamore is known as the Art Hotel, and since most artists have a 'Muse' that inspires them to create, we wanted to name the spa Muse... Guests will be inspired to relax and further enjoy their stay at the hotel.

The Juice Press Comes to the UES

Just when you were concerned that you’d find yourself on the Upper East Side without an organic smoothie to call your own, The Juice Press comes to the rescue!

The East Village fruity beverage mavens, who recently opened up a second location on East 10th Street and are also available at FoodParc, have announced plans for their next storefront on 62nd Street and Third Avenue. The tony address will be larger than their original 1st street home, but will still offer the same Super-Food Smoothies, Raw Food and fresh Coconut Water as the other locales.

A Fountain Spilling Absinthe Comes to Williamsburg

Now that Valentine's Day is past and the warmer spring months are finally just around the corner, Le Barricou's owner, Josh Boissy, has opened up his long-awaited, New Orleans-inspired oyster-and-Absinthe bar in Williamsburg. Boissy told the New York Times' Diner's Journal in a recent interview that he expects to have more variety of Absinthe than any other venue in the country. Sounds appropriate, since he had the featured Absinthe fountain hand-carved from the mossy green marble for nearly 4 months, intending to turn the Williamsburg spot into something like the Olde Absinthe House in New Orleans (it features a fountain that is made of a similar shade of marble and with a similar statue on top). Boissy toured the Olde House and knew he needed a fountain just like it for his own venue, so he worked in conjunction with Krystof Zizka (his partner), John and Kevin McCormick (designers), and Maxwell Britton (mixologist) to make his vision come to life.

All Along the Water Tower

Sip cocktails on the outdoor rooftop terrace, munch on sushi from Bond Street, and watch the sun set behind the waves. Just another night at the reopening of Townhouse Hotel's rooftop lounge, the Water Tower. Kick back on king-size waterbeds with giant umbrellas for the sun-shy then transition with the night as the Water Tower turns into one of Miami's hottest lounges. The Water Tower is perfect for private events, parties, photo shoots, or just a night out with the crew. (Special Preview: Saturday, August 28, 8pm-2am, reservations call 305.398.1806)

Plein Sud: Exploring Southern France's Culinary Roots

Plein Sud

at the Smyth Hotel

85 West Broadway

New York, NY 10007

(212) 204-5555

Sophisticated culinary selections saddles up next to rustic décor in this new Soho French brasserie, Plein Sud (or "full south"), kick-started by nightlife mogul and restaurateur, Frederick Lesort. Cooking up authentic dishes from the south of France - an arguably under-represented region in New York dining - is former BLT Market chef, Ed Cotton. These two, combined, have birthed a casual, yet elegant culinary experience that moves Marseille to Manhattan.

Ward III and Pod Café Open

Word on the street is that Michael Neff of Macao Trading Co. will open his cocktail lounge, Ward III, on Thursday night. What’s so special about this bar opening? Well aside from serving standard cocktails, Ward III will also have mixologists on hand-sort of like a chef, but for alcoholics. This means you can refer to an assortment of your favorite spirits, fruits, mixers, and anything else you can think of, and the bartenders will mix up a custom cocktail to fit your needs.