LIFESTYLE
Decision Making Gets a Whole Lot Easier with Dyce


It’s Friday night and you find yourself facing the same problem you face every weekend—where shall you go for dinner and drinks? Everyone has suggestions, but no one make a decision. What you need is a third-party decision maker that guarantees an exciting night. Dyce can help you!

Dyce is a smartphone app that randomizes the process of selecting a restaurant or bar. It works like this: Dyce finds six of the best bars or restaurants close to your location, and with a random roll of the “Dyce” it decides where you and your friends should go. In order to make these choices, Dyce utilizes a dynamic selection algorithm that uses Foursquare ratings to find six of the best restaurants or bars in your area. It then filters these to select the range you want to search in (i.e. 1 mile, 5 miles), but it doesn’t stop there. Dyce also filters the results based on the type of restaurant or bar you and your friends are in the mood for (i.e. Dive Bars, Lounges, Cocktail Bars, Sports Bars etc.), and provides you with instant directions on how to get there using Google Maps and Apple Maps.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The Restaurants You Love And How They Came To Be

"There are 18,000 restaurants in New York City.

Every year more than 1,000 new restaurants open.”

You’ve heard of Café Moto, right? Maybe you haven’t, but you’ve definitely heard of Le Cirque, Daniel, and Union Square Café. Well, could you imagine opening up a restaurant in New York City and having to go up against these culinary legends?

DAILY BITES
Restaurants Offering Take-Out On Christmas Day

Baby, it’s cold outside… so why not stay in?

In case you’re planning on having a simple, quiet Christmas at home with your loved ones or just with the cats… we’ve got you covered. We found a list of restaurants that will deliver to your doorstep so you won’t have to trudge through the snow to get dinner. Just remember to leave a good tip!

Moti Mahal Delux
Hello, Upper East Siders! Moti Mahal Delux will deliver authentic Indian cuisine to your door this Christmas. Spicy butter chicken, chewy naans, fresh and crunchy samosas packed with spices and soft potatoes are just some of the specialties. Be sure to try something fresh from the clay oven, like the Cream Murgh Tikka that contains cream cheese marinade and cardamom, a famous Indian spice that generates a strong, sharp flavor, or the house classic Original Tandoori Grilled Chicken. The chicken is succulent and generously seasoned in aromatic spices and lemon juice.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Restaurant News Round-Up

One thing about NYC that always stays the same: when it comes to restaurants, it's out with the old and in with the new and they don't waste time! Check out some of the exciting new restaurant openings, as well as some big changes for places that have already won our hearts!

Benares Downtown: Famed Indian spot in Midtown is catering to the crowds and opening up a second shop in Tribeca. Although that devilish Sandy delayed construction, the new restaurant was able to open up on November 21st. The new Benares location will feature a bar with specialty cocktails, as well as an elegant dining room overseen by Executive Chef Peter Beck.

BEST OF
Best Restaurants for Celebrating Thanksgiving

It might not be the same for everyone, but in my experience, Thanksgiving is that very special holiday when some of the worst cooks consider themselves to be award-winning chefs. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been a victim of such atrocities as a coleslaw-ambrosia salad combination, an unnaturally colored cool whip and graham cracker crumb dessert, or a casserole so replete with cream, butter, cheese, and bacon that it constitutes one’s allowable fat intake for the entire year. Trying to dissuade these mad scientists turned amateur cooks from contributing to your Thanksgiving feast can quickly become an ugly scene with all the crying, fighting, and emotion of a 90’s talk show. Trying to trick yourself into making your relative’s multicolored congealed salad into a suitable side dish for your chestnut and morel stuffed bird has proven futile...and quite ridiculous. The only solution to make everyone happy is to leave the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving and going to a restaurant. If your ideal Turkey Day is one in which there are no dishes to wash and you’re not stuck with a week’s worth of leftovers, then you should definitely check out Joonbug’s recommendations for restaurants offering some of the best Thanksgiving dinners in South Florida this year.

RESTAURANT 101
7 Restaurants to Satiate Your Olympic Appetite

If you happen to be heading to London to catch a glimpse of the 2012 Olympics, you'll surely be looking for tasty local bites. And like all worthy travelers, it's best to be well equipped with the knowledge of where to eat. Whether you're on a budget or looking to drop the big bucks, we have several recommendations in all price ranges. Watching all those athletes can really work up an appetite, afterall! Luckily for you, we've done the research so you don't have to. Check out these three hot new restaurants in between the games!

Duck & Waffle: This place opens in August right in time for the Olympics. From the creators of Sushisamba, this new restaurant will amazingly be open 24/7, just to make sure all you travelers pack in the fun every minute of your trip. Chef Daniel Doherty offers an array of dishes designer for sampling and sharing that emphasizes a modern take on European cuisine. The menu items include rustic, local, seasonal, and sustainable (say that 5 times fast) ingredients. So stop by between the discus throw and javelin to have a great meal.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
New Eateries to Hit Miami

Salumeria 104
New to Midtown Miami is Salumeria 104 an Italian deli and restaurant crossover. This eatery offers an assortment of Italian charcuterie foods such as cheeses, salamis and other Italian cold cuts. Salumeria 104 is inviting and casual, the perfect place for a snack and drink. Besides deli items, Salumeria 104 serves antipasti/salads, fresh pasta dishes, and regional Italian dishes along with an affordable array of wines.

3451 NE First Avenue #104, Miami

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
5 New Places to Get Your Drink On in the L.E.S

According to The Lodown, after Monday night's CB3 liquor licensing meeting, the committee has approved five new restaurants. Forsyth Street's Grotto team was given the go ahead with their 303 Broome Street restaurant and lounge venture, "La Gente." The lounge aspect will be located below street level with DJs spinning no more than three times a month. The team also agreed to soundproof the venue in order to avoid noise violations and complaints.

161 East Houston, formerly Spanish tapas "Oliva" is becoming a Mediterranean restaurant. Unfortunately, the CB3 comittee denied the restaurant a request to extend their hours of operation. Due to the denied request and a noise complaint filed by a neighbor this new spot will only be a day eatery.

THE NAKED APPLE
The Naked Apple: Food Bloggers Dinner at Ristorante Aglio

With so many restaurants opening everyday in NYC, I've decided to regularly share the ones I venture to and can recommend to you, my fellow New Yorkers. Last Monday I went to this great food bloggers event at a new Italian restaurant, Ristorante Aglio in Tribeca. Some great people from Foodspotting NYC were there, amongst many other food blogs and websites. Although I'm technically not a food blogger, I am a blogger with an obsession with food and a hungry tapeworm. People who know me can vouch I eat more than a football linebacker. Before I finish with one meal, I'm already thinking about my next. I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world so you can trust my taste buds.

RESTAURANT 101
Where to eat on New Year's Eve
It’s never too early to start planning your New Years Eve celebration. Sure, you’re probably thinking “God, let me get through Christmas/Hannukkah first!” But with only less than a month to go, NYE will be here sooner than you think. Not sure what to do? Here at Joonbug, we say there’s no better way to end the year on a good note than with an extraordinary meal. It’s been a tough year, so relax and leave the research to us. Here’s our guide to a few restaurants that have already planned a festive night of food and drinks. The work is already done, all you have to do is show up. Oh, and pay, of course.