DELICIOUS DEBUTS
100 Montaditos Expands Their Menu!

If you didn't already know, a montadito is a bite-sized sandwich with origins in Spain that date back to the 15th century. The name, which translates simply to "mount", was chosen for the finger food because of how certain ingredients are "mounted" atop the bread. And since its opening this past November, 100 Montaditos, located in Greenwich Village, has been bringing this taste of Spain to NYC. At 100 Montaditos, these sandwich treats are scrumptious and outrageously affordable. And with varieties such as chapati bread montaditos, reminiscent of the exalted Caracas across town, or philly cheese steaks re-created in the world's teeniest baguette, there is a flavor for every taste bud!

CHEAP EATS
Nobody Serves Peruvian Chicken Like Pio Pio
CULINARY OCCASIONS
National Sangria Day!
The Holiday Season is here, but don't forget that this Today (December 20th) is it's own special holiday: National Sangria Day! Sangria is traditionally enjoyed in Spain and Portugal during the summer, but that doesn't mean you can't warm up a winter night with some sangria just the same. It comes in all sorts of varieties, allowing for ample creative flair, and since it's traditionally served in punch bowls, sangria makes a festive party punch that's as fun to look at as it is to drink. We've round up some of the best and most exciting Sangria recipes to enjoy once National Sangria Day comes around. 1) You Must Remember This
Mixologist Lindsay Matteson serves up this cirtusy, bitters-focused sangria at East Village bitter's tasting room Amor y Amargo. This recipe makes a single serving, but you can easily multiply measurements for a party-sized libation.
  • 1.5 oz Pavan Liqueur
  • 4 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz tangerine juice
  • 1oz Vinho Verde
  • 3oz Cava
  • 1 wedge Tangerine
BEST OF
Football Food & Drink

1) Outlaw Lemonade

This spiked drink is perfect to round out the end of the summer.

Recipe:

5-6 Lemons

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Sugar

1 1/2 Cups Jack Daniels

Ice and Water

1. Juice all the lemons and set aside.

2. Cut up the lemon rind. Place in medium saucepan with 1 Cup water and 1 Cup sugar over medium heat. After the sugar dissolves, turn of the heat, strain, and let cool.

3. In a quart pitcher, combine lemon simple syrup, lemon juice, and Jack Daniels. Fill pitcher with ice and water. Stir well to combine.

LIQUID COURAGE
Drinking To Your Health

Drinking. Ah, drinking. All day. All night. You know what it does to you; how it makes you feel and act, however different from the recap your friends give. Conversations are better, and food is absolutely better. Health conscious drinkers may end the night with a series of drunken crunches, but why not take note of what you’re putting into your body instead of trying to make up for it with 3 or 4 lousy minutes of a painfully sobering workout?

Gizmodo’s certified nutritionist Maren Robinson took a look at the best and worse drinks for your health, while keeping in mind that any amount of alcohol consumption will have more or less the same effect on your night.

SWEET TOOTH
Cool Off with Cool Treats

Sweltering heat us upon us New Yorker's and there's only one way to cool off -- and it doesn't involve jumping in the Hudson River. Restaurants and bars are now offering up cooling treats that are perfect for a hot summer's day. Starting June 4th, Spice Market is kicking off the outdoor drinking season with Patio Pitchers. Pitchers of their signature Ginger Margarita of Passion Fruit Sangria, which are normally $48, will be a steal for $24 4-7pm during the week when you sit on the outdooor patio. Highpoint Bar & Bistro will be serving up two very different watermelon-themed treats.

DAILY BITES
Halloween Restaurant Events

And finally, a scrumptious four-course prix fixe menu awaits you at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana just a short walk away. After an amuse-bouche of mini arancini with ham and porcini served with marinara, fresh wild mushrooms and truffle Robiola cheese crostini, sample antipasti like carpaccio di manzo with mustard dressing, lemon dressed mache, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan flakes. Do not fear, little monsters, for Quattro would never forget dessert! Guests can enjoy an assortment of seasonal inspired treats like pumpkin and pecan pies or their famous homemade classic tiramisu to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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La Espanola Tapas Bar Inc.
RESTAURANT 101
Habana Tapas is a True Taste of Cuba in Brooklyn

Any Miami native is familiar with the ubiquity of Cuban cuisine. It is not treated as a special “ethnic” food as it often is here in the big NY; it is simply the sustenance of the land. It is no surprise to find pastelitos de carne at the gas station or a supermarket stand doling out shots of rich Bustelo while you grocery shop. Spoiled with this kind of accessibility, this Miami Cuban finds it uber frustrating when she cannot find a decent croqueta or ropa vieja without an exorbitant price tag in New York City. Well all of my angst was put to ease when I discovered Habana Tapas, newly opened in the southern “Slope” of Brooklyn.

RESTAURANT 101
Peruvian Cuisine Heats Up in Hell's Kitchen

Last night I checked out the Pio Pio on 10th avenue for some quality Peruvian fare. This was my first time at this location, and my lack of prior research caused me to be quite surprised by the stylish and trendy décor since the Pio Pios that I know and love are pretty dive-y. The atmosphere was young and suitable for a large group, much like the one that I went out with last night. The acoustics in the main dining room however leave much to be desired as I was practically yelling in the ear of the person next to me in order to be heard. Although it might have been the fact that I was with a group of 15 reunited sorority girls, which is slightly reminiscent of a pack of hyenas on speed.