CHEAP EATS
Green Curry Chicken at Amaze
SWEET TOOTH
Sweets For The Sweet At Epicerie Boulud


Forget generic, let's go for the good stuff. Pink champagne and chocolate truffles in a heart-shaped box made completely out of chocolate.

...Need we say more?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and settling for less-than-spectacular in terms of gift giving is unacceptable! Luckily, Epicerie Boulud, located at 1900 Broadway at 64th Street, has turned its production up a notch to provide you with the perfect tasty treat for you to give to your special someone.

DAILY BITES
Casa Pomona: Sunday Siestas

Columbus Avenue hosts a fair share of upscale eateries. So how do you know which is the best of the best? Well, if you're looking for traditional Spanish cusine without having to pay airfare, you need to check out Casa Pomona.

Nestled between W 84th and W 85th streets on Columbus ave, Casa Pomona is a tapas bar serving traditional spanish dishes and drinks like paella and sangria. With wonderful spanish artwork, low lighting, and plenty of seating, Casa Pomona's ambiance feels just like a hip tapas bar in downtown Barcelona.

DAILY BITES
A Cosmopolitan UWS Retreat

For those of you New Yorkers who are all about the downtown nightlife scene, it might be time to rethink your location. The Upper West Side welcomed the French bistro and lounge, Cafe Tallulah, in January and it is one spot you need to check out. The main floor is comprised of a fine dining area and the UWS's longest bar made of zinc, which plays homage to old Penn Station. Additionally, during the summer the windowed walls open up to create outside sidewalk seating.

After sufficiently stuffing your belly, head to the sophisticated lounge downstairs, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 8pm-2am. Award winning mixologist, Dushan Zaric, of Employees Only and Macao Trading Company, created the the innovative cocktail menu, while Tom Gannon serves as the wine director for the venue. Between the pair, you can sip on the drink of your dreams whether you're at the bar upstairs, pairing libations with your dinner, or downstairs in the lounge. The lounge can be best described as cosmopolitan, with vintage seating, exposed brick, and even a pool table.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Sugar and Plumm Sweetens Up the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side has officially welcomed Sugar and Plumm. The tasty new sweet spot offers up some devilishly delectable treats; such as pulled pork and waffles, house smoked 72-hour pork stacked in between waffles topped with a pickeled onion slaw, and the waffle & bacon shake. And yes, it is served exactly how it sounds; with candied bacon and a cinnamon waffle bite!

If you're looking for lighter fare, their salad menu offers options from hummus to beet to whole grain. They also have blended fruit smooothies available and the sides menu included fresh fruit and berries as well as lemon spinach and green beans.

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Sasa's Lounge Hosts 2 Year Anniversary Soiree

There's no better way to escape the summer heat than with a refreshing drink at a place you know you’re going to love --and Sasa’s Lounge is the perfect spot! The lounge is a tucked away gem on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; the rustic red brick walls display local art that set the stage for earthly dressed Tapas and the Aperivito Lounge. We can personally attest that their Italian tapas are amazing! The lounge also features live music to lift your spirits and the relaxed vibe is a major plus after a long work day. Sasa (the owner) is ever present and will be certain to make you the 'perfect’ mojito as you relax in the VIP section with your friends.

DAILY BITES
Rediscover NYC with Walking Food Tours

Walking food tours are a great option for those visiting New York City or have recently moved to a new neighborhood where they aren’t quite sure where the best places to eat are. There are quite a few companies that offer walking tours that are neighborhood specific and dedicated to the diverse dishes found in those neighborhoods. From Chinatown to the Upper West Side there’s a walking tour that will fit anyone's taste buds, all for a relatively cheap price tag.

Joonbug found five interesting walking food tours that we cannot wait to try out the next time a friend comes to town or have day to ourselves to go on an adventure.

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Recession Approved: Cheapest Happy Hours in NYC

Being a young barhopper in New York can be tough. Your friends who moved to Nashville call to tell you about their wild night, and here you are, plopping down your last 7 dollars on a pint of Rolling Rock. But fear not, draft hounds: justice comes to all in the form of happy hour. We've scoured the city for the best deals this side of South Dakota, and while the drinks may not be top shelf, at least your wallet won't be hung over the next morning.

Bourbon Street (407 Amsterdam Avenue)

CULTURE CLUB
Inside the American Museum of Natural History

When most people in their 20s come to New York City, they usually have a long list of things to do. Mostly involving restaurants, clubs, dancing, a lot of liquor, and maybe some tourist spots here and there --Empire State Building, Times Square etc. However, if you want to delve into the more cultural side of NYC, the American Museum of Natural History should be on your list of must-see sites. Sure, I'm admittedly on the nerdy side, and I may be more interested in watching the Zapruder film and ant colony documentaries rather than Jersey Shore, but even for those who are not usually into museums/history, AMNH is nothing short of entertaining and extraordinary. Just put it this way, you won't be tilting your head to Louis VXI portraits all day.