Need an excuse to gobble down a whole box of chocolates by yourself? No you don't have to wait until Valentine's day for this guilty pleasure- celebrate National Chocolate Day by indulging in your favorites. White, dark, milk, with caramel, with nuts, even paired with bacon- chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes. So much chocolate, so little time. But we're here to help with that sweet fix. Take a look at our list of the coolest and most unique chocolate treats we could find in NYC. Your sweet tooth will thank us.
The geniuses behind Max Brenner bring you the most delicious and creative in chocolate delights. From dripping fondues, to decadently covered waffles, to chocolate pizzas- this place is where chocoholics go to die. But what caught our eye on their menu is their very unique "chocolate burger." This decadent burger consists of a brioche bun, a pure milk chocolate ganache "patty" covered in melted marshmallow and is accompanied with melted strawberry sauce and melted white chocolate sauce to serve as the mayo and ketchup. It's a chocolate lover's dream burger.
Almonds give you a boost of magnesium, calcium and antioxidants. Their high fiber content also plays a role in preventing colon cancer.
Walnuts are some of the best nuts for a healthy heart. They reduce inflammation and oxidation in the arteries, they support brain function, and they taste delicious. What's a better snack than that?
Pistachios lower cholesterol and carry more potassium than normal nuts. Just be sure to stay away from the salted ones!
4. Brazil Nuts
Brazilians sure know how to stay lean, so why not take a few pointers from them. These nuts are packed with a bunch of nutrients and minerals like vitamin E, magnesium and fiber. And studies show that they may also aid in the prevention of breast cancer.
Taking after its neighborhood, Williamsburg, this candy store craftily combines vintage candies with unique, somewhat avant-garde confectionery selections. Handsome Dan’s serves up homemade, all-natural snocones and old-school sodas like Moxie, Nesbitt’s and Dad’s Root Beer.
In old-fashioned glass jars (so hipster!) you’ll find gummies, salt water taffy, Pop Rocks, jawbreakers, sour yummies, delectable chocolates and much, much more. If you want to go all-out-original with your candy selection, Dan’s offers Japanese Candy kits, local Brooklyn Sweets, and crazy cotton candy flavors like Earl Grey, Chocolate, Cherry and Peppermint. Don't worry, though, they wouldn't dream of leaving out classic Original Pink.
Fashion Week is still upon us, and as designers show off their latest and greatest, fashionistas will be watching with bated breath to get ahead of Spring 2014’s hottest trends. If you’re determined to step up your fashion game this Fall, why stop at your attire? These fabulous New York restaurants are stylish, deliciously on-trend, and a great way to celebrate all that is current and chic in Manhattan.
What better way to earn style points than by dining in a restaurant that’s a work of art in and of itself? Aquavit is a unique upscale Scandanavian restaurant, bar and lounge with modern Nordic cuisine, fabulous drinks, and a truly innovative design courtesy of renowned Scandanavian designer Arne Jacobsen. Let’s face it: nowhere else in New York could you find yourself lounging on a Swan Sofa, snacking on smoked quail eggs and radish, and sipping on a spicy mango margarita.
There are few things in life more satisfying than the first bite of something truly delicious. There are few things in life more comforting than when that first bite is full of cheese. Be it cow, sheep, goat, or a mixture of all three, cheese comes in many shapes and sizes, tastes and textures, and makes an appearance on more than its fair share of menus in some form.
National Grilled Cheese Day is Friday, April 12th, and to celebrate, here are our Top Five best cheese picks from around the city.
Marlow & Sons (81 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Whether elbows, shells, rotini, cavatappi, or peace signs—cover any style of pasta with some type of cheesy deliciousness and we won’t say no. Mac’ n cheese is the ultimate, classic American comfort food that has undergone some of the biggest variations and transformations possible. Whether made with gorgonzola and lobster or simply from the blue box, grab a big bowl and get ready to dig in to a winter staple for everyone’s cabinet or check out a few favorite cheesy spots below.
So you were looking for a large plate of mac’ n cheese Queens-style? Look no further, The Queens Kickshaw makes the classic dish with gruyere, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, French green beans, caramelized onions and topped off with tomato cream. It is nicely paired with their Foggy Ridge Serious Cider, giving a new spin on the classic cheddar cheese and sliced apples snack.
So, you've made it through another year and you've made it through an exciting evening of New Years celebrations. It's the perfect time to start the New Year off with a nourishing meal and perhaps a celebratory toast. Here are some brunch spots that you don't want to miss!
Friend of a Farmer in the Gramercy area of Manhattan is a great place for brunch and comfort food. The ambiance is welcoming and cozy with a glittering Christmas tree which almost makes you feel like you're somewhere out of the city. This is a great spot if you just want to relax with your friends or family and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, hearty breakfast and attentive service. Try their fluffy pumpkin pancakes for brunch and homemade chicken pot pie if you decide on lunch! The cornbread they put on every table is a delicious touch.
www.friendofafarmerny.com 77 Irving Place, New York, NY
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.
Looking for a reprieve from the cold and blustery city streets? Nix the haul of traveling to ski resorts and cozy up right in your hometown hub. With spectacular views, amazing decor, and warming drinks, we've rounded up the best winter-friendly rooftops in New York City to keep your winter spirits high and your bellies full.
Haven Rooftop: Recently, the Haven Rooftop turned into a Ski Chalet for the winter. Scurrying through the crowds are sexy ski bunnies, better known as waitresses, serving the perfect cocktails to battle the winter doldrums. Warm up with the Ultimate Irish Coffee, a Candy Cane Martini, and Yule Mule n Shot Ski's with Russian Standard Platinum. To top it off, the place actually looks like a legit ski lodge, complete with snow, Christmas trees, and even skis.
Thai Market: Step into the extraordinary Thai Market and you’ll easily feel as if you’ve been transported to the streets of Bangkok. Have a seat in the golden “Thai Temple,” where you’ll be surrounded by actual imagery taken on the streets of Thailand and upside-down umbrellas that adorn the tin ceiling. The market serves up an eclectic mix of foods, but one of the best is the Tom Yum Goong soup (a mix of lemongrass, tamarind tendril, shrimp, and mushroom).
Thai Market is located at 960 Amsterdam Avenue, New York www.thaimarketny.com
Kuma Inn is located at 113 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, New York www.kumainn.com
Pad Thai Noodle Lounge is located at 114 8th Avenue and 16th Street, New York www.padthainoodlelounge.com
Rain Thai is located at 220 East 53rd Street, New York www.rainthainyc.comt