The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and the weather's cooling down. As much as we hate to see it go, summer is officially out the door, and fall has arrived. The good news is that fall means pumpkin season, and ample opportunity to get stoked about creative, delicious pumpkin food and drink.
Pumpkin is one of America's favorite fall foods and U.S. farmers grow 1.5 billion pounds of it a year. There's good reason for the pumpkin's popularity: pumpkins are super versatile, and can be prepared pretty much any way you can think of. Whether baked into a pie, tossed into a stir fry, or brewed into beer, pumpkin is a champion of tasting good. It's also good for you: low in calories, fat, and sodium, but high in fiber and protein, pumpkins are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, and iron. So now that you've got proof of how awesome pumpkins are (as if you needed it), check out some of the best places to go pumpkin crazy in the city this fall.
When Pampano invited us to sample its new Sea to Table tasting menu for the fall season, we were beyond thrilled. The celebrated midtown restaurant from opera singer Placido Domingo and Chef Richard Sandoval serves Mexican coastal cuisine in its chic Turtle Bay duplex, formerly recognized as Domingo.
Valentine's Day. You either love it or hate it. Whether you are spending the day with a lover or wincing at all things pink with a friend, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. We've got the best of the best activities going on in New York City for this romantic holiday. From the best prix fixe menus in town to fun ways to sultry cruises on the Hudson, we've got you covered.
Fall in Love Again at The Sanctuary Hotel: What better way to spend lovers' day than with a romantic getaway at this luxuury boutique hotel? The hotel's Fall in Love Again Package includes romantic dinner for two at Haven Rooftop, rose petals where it matters most (wink), melt in your mouth chocolate truffles, Mile High Tease Intimacy Kit, and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Rates begin at $329 and the package is valid from February 10th- 17th.
Restaurant Week. It's here and the foodies of NYC will be having a ball until February 8th. It's a great time to explore the various options that our city has to offer and obtain and new appreciation for food. What's better than enjoying a 3-course prix fix lunch for $25 or dinner for $38 (gratuity and drinks not included) at some of the finest dining establishments throughout NYC? We've rounded up a few hotspots so check them out below!
Ilili Restaurant: In addition to Ilili's special three course prix fixe menus for lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) that will be offered, all guests who visit for dinner during Restaurant Week will also be treated to a complimentary sampling pour from one of five exclusive Lebanese wineries. Each week will feature a different vineyeard.
Latin cuisine is all the rage these days and there's no better place to enjoy it than at Pampano Botaneria. The small downstairs brother to Richard Sandoval's Pampano, this smaller, more casual half of the restaurant is the way to go. This dimly lit, romantic setting makes anyone want to hunker down for a feast. The best part of this place is that all menu items are served tapas-style...which means you don't have to pick and choose what you want, you can try everything!
In honor of National Daiquiri Day, we've rounded up some of the best rum-soaked 'tails for you to try out around good ol' NYC. From mojitos to martinis, we've got a list sure to get your whistle wet, so get ready to start drinking after work today!
Barrio 47’s Barrio Especial $14
Signature Daiquiri: Mount Gay Barbados rum infused with Lemongrass & Vanilla Bean, Passion Fruit puree & Lemon sugar
Mojito 47 $14
Santa Teresa rum, muddled cucumber, mint, lime, topped with Prosecco
Just in time for summer entertaining and for the third year in a row, June 28th is honored as National Ceviche Day! Ceviche has existed for over 500 years, bringing a sense of freshness and purity to the palate. Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in the coastal regions of the Americas, particularly in Central and South America. The dish is typically made from fresh fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers. Experience some of NYC's best chefs' creative interpretations of Ceviche at the below venues:
Chef/Owner Cosme Aguilar/Luis Aguilar
Richard Sandoval fans are in for a treat with the new tricks and treats going on at Pampano this summer. Along with the new season, Pampano is introducing quite a few enticing changes. They're now featuring a new tasting menu serving up fresh Mexican seasonal ingredients until June 30th. The five course tasting is only $50 per guest or $75 with the addition of Los Nahuales Mezcal or Latin wine pairing.
Pampano is also introducing fun Taco Tuesdays! Every Tuesday from 5pm until closing, the restaurant will be serving up $2 tacos, with new specialty tacos each week. But that's not all that's new. There will also be special summer Fridays at Pampano Botaneria all the way until Labor Day, where you can come start your weekend early with Happy Hour starting at 3pm. All Latin cocktails and sangrias will be $6 a piece and Mexican-style tapas are only $5.
Still don't know where you'll be grubbing this Sunday? Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, there are some killer food specials to celebrate EATING. Catch our drift?
Wall & Water is hosting an Easter Sunday brunch and feel free to bring the kiddies! The resto will convert their private dining room into a Children's Lounge, where kids can participate in coloring, egg painting , holiday cartoons, and other fun activities.
From 11:30am-2:30pm, Wall & Water will be offering their special brunch menu for $50 a person (1/2 price for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under 6). The farm to table brunch includes:
- "The Larder"- oysters, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, cheese and charcuterie, caesar and green salad, grilled veggies, croissants, pain au chocolat, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
- "The Open Kitchen"- leek and potato soup, truffle croutons, mustard crusted boneless leg of lamb, boulangere potatoes, rosemary lamb jus, Long Island duckling seared breast, leg confit, sauteed curly kale, sour cherries, walnuts, sweet onion and gruyere quiche.
- "The Sweet Extravaganza"- selection of sweets and cakes.