The trattoria has a reputation for excellence, and it's about to get even better. The Brunch and Lunch programs are receiving a full re-vamping: everything from the menus to the experience are being tweaked and touched up for optimal daytime dining.
Brunch will be offered on Sundays from 11:30am to 4pm, accompanied by a live jazz band. The Brunch Menu has been expanded to include traditional Italian dishes alongside brunch classics like Uova in Camica (Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Caviar) and Uova Purgatorio (Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce). Exciting additions include the Lamb Taglia (Thinly Sliced Lamb with Sauteed Broccolini) and the Sausage Ossobucco with Spicy Tomato Sauce.
For all of those craving a taste of Italy that don't have the means to get there, look no further than Pizzetteria Brunetti. Located right in the West Village, this pizza spot has all of the flavor of Italy, without the need of any flights booked.
Until recently, this exclusive pizzeria was only to be found in Westhampton Beach. However, owners owners Michael and Jaso n Brunetti, along with their new partner, Anthony Abenante, decided to take their talents over to the Big Apple, and, oh boy, are our stomachs greatful!
The Lower East Side is amazing for its never-ending plethora of cheap, tasty dishes. When we discovered Pok Pok Phat Thai over the weekend, we couldn’t keep this to ourselves. We just had to share the goodness! Located on 137 Rivington St, this tiny outlet offers authentic Thai food, with marble counters protruding from the walls to serve as tables. Photos of Thai artists from decades ago consumed the walls, dating the restaurant back to an older period. It was a clean, cozy setting, nothing too overwhelming.
Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes. It is also one of Pok Pok’s best-sellers. It would be a pity to go all the way to one of the city’s favorite pad thai spots and not try the signature dish. That would be like jetsetting to Asia and settling on McDonald’s. The pad thai arrived in all its steaming glory, garnished with chives, eggs, dried shrimps, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili powder and lime halves on a layer of banana leaf. Asian dishes are usually colorful, and the pad thai did not lack in visual appeal.
Our cookie pick: Peanut Butter Banana Crunch
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The cookies here are as cool as their name. Divulge your sweet tooth at Momofuku with one of their many amazingly delcious desserts.
Our cookie pick: Compost Cookie
This artisan bakeshop has received incredible rankings on the ZAGAT guide and was even featured in Everyday with Rachael Ray. Besides their popularity, they offer scrumptious pastries and bites that will have you begging for more.
Our cookie pick: Lemon Ginger Cookie
Restuarants open and close every day in New York City, but we at Joonbug have a feeling that the recently opened La Cenita in Manhattan's Meatpacking District will become a local haunt in no time. A combination of lounge, ceviche bar, and restaurant, anyone who likes Latin food is sure to find something delicious and exciting while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere. Executive chef Akhtar Nawab, who trained under James Beard winner and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, has stepped up his game with a Mexcian-inspired menu. Growing up, Nawab learned to appreciate the virtues of Indian cuisine, and his chef's training give thim the expertise needed to combine spices to acheive optimal flavors.
In an exhibition that went above and beyond the stereotypes of France, Taste of France took over Bryant Park this weekend with the best of French food, wine, tourism, and beauty. Taste of France’s second year in New York was full of fascinating booths from some of the country’s most popular companies and vendors.
This year’s event was a foodie’s paradise, with fine French cuisine prepared and served by the International Culinary Center. As attendees perused the exhibition’s many booths, they enjoyed delectable regional dishes. Particularly popular were the short ribs with potatoes au gratin and the succulent chicken with morel sauce.
The restaurant undoubtedly draws patrons in with their incredible homemade pasta dishes, but they can wow you with more than just pasta. Giano boasts creative appetizers, such as Crocchette di Ricotta e Tonno (tuna and riccotta corquettes), outstanding PolPette al Pomodoro gratinate (meatballs), and Asparagi Gratinati (asparagus with fontina cheese). Each dish stood out on its own and made us excited to try what was next.
As mentioned, Giano is quite well known for their delicious pastas. With eight different selections to choose from it can be quite a difficult choice. Stand outs include Gnocchi ai 4 Formaggi (four cheese potato gnocchi), Ravioli di Spinaci e ricotta (spinach and ricotta ravioli) and Bigoli al ragu d’agnello e noci tostate (thick spaghetti with lamb ragout). The gnocchi was so good it melted in your mouth and had the perfect consistency. The bigoli was so unique and fun, while the ravioli was a real winner. You can't go wrong with whatever dish you choose.
Tomorrow, October 1st, Celebrate World Vegetarian day with some of NYC's most unexpected Veggie Dishes.
Bareburger is a super vegetarian-friendly burger joint, with several options of veggie burgers to put in their tasty sandwiches. The California burger loads on the avocado, cheddar, on delicious salsa verde, and is fantastic with their flavorful mushroom patty or a grilled portabella. Quinoa patties and black bean burgers are other outstanding veggie options.
Sheepshead Bay trattoria Michael's of Brooklyn has released a line of authentic Italian sauces for retail sale. The sauces make a strong argument that store-bought sauce doesn't all have to be Progresso or Ragu, mass-produced anonymously and shipped out by the hundreds of thousands all over the world.
Michael's sticks to it's firmly-established roots, bringing the traditions that define their restaurant to their bottled sauces. Half a century ago, Michael's of Brooklyn was a four-table pizzeria that had just been opened by Michael Cacace, an immigrant fisherman from Puglia. Using skills he'd learned through apprenticeships and life experience, Cacace built his namesake restaurant from the ground up. Today, Michael's of Brooklyn is an expansive eatery and bakery, offering a traditional fine dining take on Southern Italian cuisine. Importantly, it's very much still in the Cacace family: John and Fred Cacace, two of Michael's sons, run the kitchen and the front of the house, respectively.
This week marks the begining of October, and October marks the begining of the holiday season. But alas, one of the 'hopiest' holidays of all falls just before, with September 28th being National Drink Beer Day. So gather your of-age family members and closest friends and indulge in the beverage that is said, not only to lower your risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and cardivascular disease, but also, make you quite happy.
To commemorate this joyous occasion, we have a compiled a list of delicous fall beers that truly celebrate the art the brew. Of course, these are just a few of the greats--there is a mass conglomeration of brews and ales, all of which are believed to have a singular ancestor dating back to the Neolithic Era. And with the oldest operating brewery-- located in the Bavaria region of Germany-- having been around since 1040, there's no doubting why this cultural phenom of a liquid is the third most consumed beverage in the world.