DELICIOUS DEBUTS
STK to Open DC Location
BEST OF
Saturday Brunch at Bagatelle LA

LA is a city built for food, we don’t care what anyone else tells you. Every year, culinary masters from all over the globe follow their dreams and find themselves in this smoggy metropolis, ready to tease and tantalize our pallets with their wares. This relentless cycle of new talent presents dazzling new trends, and we're not just talking about beet salad and the rise of the Brussel’s sprout (be warned: celery will be back). We're talking about trends in service, economics, and culture. And in keeping up with the Joneses, many of LA’s elder statesmen have lost their way, which is why we were so refreshed to learn that Bagatelle LA is bringing back brunch in a big way. A back-to-basics big way.

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NYC: Celebrate Freedom at This Week's Parties

When: 5pm - 10pm

Where: Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Ave

When: 10pm - close

Where: Avenue, 116 10th Avenue

When: 12pm - 4am

Where: STK Rooftop, 26 Little W 12th Street

When: 3pm - 9pm

Where: Dekalb Market, 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn.

When: 6pm - Midnight

Where: Hudson Terrace, 621 west 46th St.

When: 12pm - Midnight

Where: Pier 92, 711 12th Ave

When: Noon - 5pm

Where: Manhattan and Brooklyn

When: 10pm - close

Where: The Room Mate Grace Hotel Lounge

When: 9pm - close

Where: Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 W. 63rd St.

When: 7pm - 9pm

Where: Museum of Modern Art

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NYC: Your Week in Revelry

When: 7-11:55pm

Where: STK Midtown, 1114 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street

When: 6-11pm

Where: Thompson LES, 190 Allen Street.

When: 9pm-3am

Where: Highland Park, 206 East 34th Street.

When: 5pm

Where: XVI Rooftop 251 West 48th Street

When: 6-9pm

Where: Wixlounge, 10 West 18th st.

When: 11am-6pm

Where: Madison Sq. Park, Madison Ave btwn 23rd-26th Streets.

When: Every Sunday Noon-4pm

Where: Highland Park, 206 East 34th Street.

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NYC: Where to Party this Memorial Day Weekend

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend! The fleeting whiff of barbecue, the sounds of playing children, and the swell of sightseers that flock to New York City to celebrate the coming summer! Packed to the brim with events, parties, and festivals, this city is going to be swarming. The temperatures will be high, and the sun will be out, so check out these party suggestions to help observe the holiday weekend.

Feel the cool city air while some “evil animation” at Open Road Rooftop in LES. The 2012 summer series kicks off this weekend with a few short films and an all night after party. The evening kicks off with live music from Softspot.

DAILY BITES
Sceney Steakhouses

Sometimes you just want to ease back in the cushy chair of your favorite old-school steakhouse, quietly savoring each hearty bite as you cast casual nods towards the octogenarians to your left.

And then sometimes you want something completely different.

If you're in the mood for a rib-sticking meal but still want to be surrounded by NYC's most beautiful people, you're in luck. Trendy steakhouses (or red meat-friendly restos) are having a moment right now and you don't have to look far to find a solid meal and a good party. So whether you're looking to feel like a piece of meat or eat one, check out Joonbug's picks for Sceney Steakhouses.

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
The Central Park Conservancy's 16th Annual Taste Of Summer

Last Wednesday marked the 16th annual benefit for the Central Park Conservancy, Taste of Summer. The event was a tremendous success, with restaurants from all around New York City showcasing their culinary talents to the sounds of DJ Tom Finn playing crowd favorites. A large white tent complete with décor designed by Ed Libby & Company was set up at Naumberg Bandshell and entertained 1000 of New York’s elite with both an open bar and the chance to sample every dish imaginable. In total, the event raised $650,000 with the help of a silent auction that featured items such as a Tiffany & Co Bridget satchel, a reservation for eight at Rao’s, and a private tour of Isaac Mizrahi’s Studio and a private lunch for the lucky winner and a guest with the man himself. A variety of wines were provided by George Duboeuf and Hob Nob.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Heaven Sent Hands

It's Friday night and you're ready to unwind with a few friends: a savory meal at STK, an evening out at Tantra Lounge or a high energy party at Set. The stress from the work week is weighing on your shoulders and rounds of your favorite spirits aren't doing the job… Then a beautiful woman comes up and asks you if you'd be interested in a massage and you think, "She must have been sent from heaven": Heaven or Angel Squads!

Angel Squads employs teams of beautiful ladies to work the hottest, most exclusive venues in Miami Beach. Not only are they beautiful, but they provide top-quality massage services designed for optimal relaxation. Look for them in their modish white corsets and dainty white wings on any night of the week at places like The Wall, Mynt, Coco De Ville, The Mondrian, Philippe, Vita and Rok Bar. Enjoy a 10 minute massage featuring their signature Indian head massage and acupressure massage. Approach them or let them make their way to you and experience a piece of heaven on earth as they work their magic. What a way to unwind! Your average Friday night just got better.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dive into Art at MOCA BASH SURF'S UP

Get out your favorite eye-catching beach cover up or take this as a reason to splurge on some chic surf attire for MOCA BASH Surf’s Up. North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting their annual cocktail and dance party, MOCA BASH Surf’s Up, on February 19th. The theme of this year’s fundraiser celebrates the thrill of surfing and will encompass all aspects of the surfing lifestyle. From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. guests will dance the night away among beach bunnies and bonfires under colorful surfboards and fabrics evoking ocean waves.

Cocktails will be provided from GREY GOOSE Vodka, with Samuel Adams Beer and wines from Touch Catering. Guests will indulge in delicious items from Miami’s top restaurants, including China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Blue Door Delano, Adriana Restaurant, Meat Market, Sushi Samba and Shiraz Events Catering.

RESTAURANT 101
Where to Eat Next in Sin City

The recession is still humming along but apparently that doesn't prevent Las Vegas' need to delight and wow us with new designs and ideas especially in the culinary world. Celebrity chefs are coming by the car load and most have recently landed on the third floor of the dazzling newly appointed Cosmopolitan Hotel. With one floor dedicated to a diverse assortment of culinary traditions and a compelling roster of high-profile chefs each bringing his own signature dishes and experience to The Cosmopolitan Hotel, the third floor promises to be the place to enjoy a blow-out meal.