DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tessa to Open Tomorrow Night + More Spring Openings


For foodies, this spring is bound to bear more than just warm weather.

Tessa, a well-designed Mediterranean joint, will be moving into a prime 1,750-square-foot space on the Upper West Side that has seen restaurants come and go over the years. Named after one of the owner’s daughters, it is to feature world class French and Italian flavors. The spot will be headed by Chef Cedric Tovar, who has spent time at both Bobo and Rosemary’s, both gems in the downtown culinary scene. Similar to other up-and-coming restaurants north of Lincoln Center, Tessa features modern design with equal attention to both form and function. The design showcases a ground level bar area and an upstairs dining room. Tessa opens this Thursday. It is located at 349 Amsterdam Avenue.

DAILY BITES
Super Weird Food Combinations You'll Probably Want to Try in NYC

New York's restaurant scene leaves most foodies wanting for nothing. Thus, it's no surprise eateries are coming up with bizarre combinations to fulfill our tastebud's deepest, darkest desires. While some of the most satisfying-yet-strange snack pairings are best invented at 3am with munchies and a refrigerator that says "work with me here," these chefs have real culinary experience and provide dishes you won't be as embarassed about eating later.

Shopsin's menu may be busy enough to tweak you out before you're halfway done reading it, but it does feature some awesome options for their sliders. The classic bite-sized cheeseburgers come with caramelized onions and the beauty of the dish comes in the "bread" choices. You can order up your fun-sized patty on buns of mini mac 'n' cheese pancakes, waffle fries, potato latkes, or glazed donuts (in maple, chocolate, or vanilla). Sound delicious? We think: yes.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Happy Hour at Kipsey's
LIQUID COURAGE
Fishbowl Cocktails: Classing Up the Kitsch



When you think of fishbowl cocktails, the things that come to mind might be plastic leis, electric-light torches, and middle-aged Jimmy Buffet fans. However, there is a new wave of these massive, four-straw libations that don't immediately lodge Margaritaville in your head.

Just in time for the end of summer, you can enjoy king-size cocktails that take traditionally syrupy, over-sweetened drink recipes and make them fresh and dynamic. Bleeker Street burger haven, Slide, has just added The Bitter Blossom to their already stellar cocktail program.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
SLIDE

If you’re sick and tired of run-of-the-mill burger and fries head no further than Bleecker Street to experience the newly opened SLIDE. With a menu designed by Chopped and Iron Chef champion Chef Madison Cowan, SLIDE brings diners a wildly eclectic, elevated selection of gourmet sliders in a fine dining setting. Decorated with a rotating selection of West Village artists, SLIDE is above and beyond your average burger joint, specializing in three irresistible items: sliders, boozy shakes, and cannoli.

TOP 5
Midnight Munchies: Top 5 Late Night Eats in Miami

Anyone who lives in Miami knows that we are no strangers to the night owl lifestyle. In a city where one meets for dinner with friends at 9:00 PM (which really means 10:00 PM) and people don’t arrive at the club until well after midnight, it should come as no surprise that Miami has its fair share of late night eats. Nothing works up an appetite quite like a night of drinking and dancing, and with Miami’s unmistakable Latin flavor, post-party dining options include a wide array of not only typical pizza and burger joints, but favorites from throughout Latin America.

DAILY BITES
Sliding to First

With baseball season sliding underway, it's no surprise that this summer has great sizzlin' sliders for your enjoyment.

Head to Highpoint Bistro & Bar for cheeseburger sliders with brioche and cherry tomatoes.

Check out DohYo for halibut sliders with crispy tomatoes and reĢmoulade sauce or house ground beef sliders with yuzu, pickle, red chile, mixed greens on a toasted bun.

Don't miss out on Danji's bulgogi beef sliders with spicy pickled cucumber and scallion salsa or spicy pork belly sliders with scallions and kochujang.

CHEAP EATS
$1 Burgers in New York?

For those of you who are tired of spending $20+ dollars on a gourmet burger, “Pop’s Dollar Food Shop” may have a solution for you. This low-key Midtown spot lies in the back of a pizza and gyro restaurant and is offering $1, we repeat, $1, burgers. It was opened by Fox Goodman on the belief that people should be able to have access to quality food at low prices. The most expensive item on the menu? A bacon double cheeseburger for a meager $3. Every burger is complete with cooked onions, ketchup, pickles, and cheese that will only cost you an extra 25 cents. The rolls are freshly baked every day, and the taste (they claim) is better than that of traditional fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King. The eatery also offers hot dogs and fries at the same competitive prices. The major gripe of the patrons was portion size, but each complaint was quickly justified by the joint's low prices. And hey, if you’re still hungry, another burger is only a buck away.

Pop's Dollar Food Shop is located at 7th Ave between 33rd and 34th Street.

CHEF LORENZO BAIN
miniBAR Opens Location In Design District

The lively music and simple ambiance is drawing an ever-growing crowd at Miami’s newly opened miniBAR in the heart of the Design District. Paralleling the vibe of the neighborhood,miniBAR targets those in search of “good foods, different beers and fine wines,” according to restaurant staff. Still in its infancy, the restaurant and bar attracts patrons who seek an atmosphere of “peace and love,” apropos to the eclectic feel of the poppin’ nightlife in Midtown Miami. Favorite fares include world famous sliders as well non-traditional pasta and pizza.

AMERICAN FOOD
Gingerman - A Culinary Jekyll and Hyde

The Gingerman
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Price Range: $5-$15

Just for a little background - I've been called a beer snob before, but I prefer to think of myself in a more endearing way, as a beer geek. Yes, there's a difference. So when I heard about The Gingerman, I could hardly contain my excitement. Featuring 70 beers on tap and about 160 bottles, this place is a veritable wonderland for beer enthusiasts. The food, however, is another story.