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Celebrate Ravioli Day with Cafe Prima Pasta

Get ready to put the beer down and grab a plate cause Café Prima Pasta Celebrates National Ravioli Day this Thursday, March 20th! Take a load of the tastiest pasta in Miami with complimentary pasta bites throughout the night.

The critically acclaimed Italian spot is celebrating with free home made ravioli bites on Pasta's biggest night! Cafe Prima Pasta is definitely going big this year. On arrival, guests will receive a tasty cocktail concoction of Bellini made with fresh peach puree and authentic Italian champagne. Every patron will also receive an individual Fiocchi Rapera, a homemade pasta purse stuffed with Asian pear and an array of gourmet cheeses tossed in a truffle sauce with crispy prosciutto.

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Carroll Place Opens Tomorrow Night

If you’re familiar with the downtown scene, you might still be mourning the loss of Kenny’s Castaways. However, when one door closes another opens, and tomorrow, March 20th, a new eatery will be opening up in the 6,700 sq. foot spot where Kenny’s used to be, and it aims to add as its own flavor to the neighborhood (albeit in different ways).

Carroll Place is brought to the West Village by Sergio Riva and AJ Bontempo, the team behind Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side, and it aims to cultivate the same gastropub/wine bar scene downtown as it does uptown, all the while paying homage to the unique qualities of the neighborhood. This is especially evident when it comes to Carroll Place’s design aesthetic, which re-purposes original wall paneling, shelving, and wood beams from Kenny’s to build communal and individual tables, wall decorations, and a rustic 20-seat bar. Meanwhile, upstairs boasts a more “living room”-esque space that defines an intimate dining room, which will feature velvet, candle-light, area rugs, and vintage furniture for a very Village-y salon feel.

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New York, Meet Streetwater Social

When we heard that veteran Mixologists, Tim Cooper and Justin Noel, of the newly opened Bleecker Kitchen & Co, were about to open a secretive subterranean lounge cozily nestled beneath the restaurant, we were quite exited. Having already having had a great experience at Bleecker Kitchen & Co just a few months ago, we couldn’t wait to visit this brand new downtown destination that was sure to deliver nothing but the best.

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Terri Restaurant Offers a Free Lunch to Vegan-Curious Eaters

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, apparently no one ever told Terri Restaurant. This Thursday, anyone and everyone can go to the Financial District outpost of Terri’s and get $10 worth of food, absolutely free.

Terri is NYC’s delicious vegan answer to lunch break sandwich shops like Pret a Manger, delivering vegan food in accessible forms such as saucy sandwiches doused in BBQ, pesto, balsamic or buffalo sauce.

For those who just want to dip their toe in veganism, or who are equally concerned with environmental footprints and calorie counts, Terri also has a variety of scrumptious smoothies and juices. Some particularly tasty options are Summer’s Day with mango, banana, pear, raspberries and orange juice, and Green Power, which blends up kale, pear, banana, almond butter and soymilk.

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Manon Launches New Bar Menu

Manon Restaurant, located in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, already boasts exquisite fare, superb service, and a sexy atmosphere, and now they are about to launch an equally superb bar menu.

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 20th, the main bar of Manon with offer a wide assortment of small bites such as bar crudité, smoke duck on buckwheat, bleu cheese and white chocolate, crab cakes, and more!

Available between the hours of 5pm to 11p Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 5pm to 12am Thursdays through Saturdays, the scrumptious menu offerings are the perfect pairing to your cocktail of choice. Or, you could chose to implement the delights as appetizers before your meal off their seasonal, locally sourced American fare, prepared by Chef Tae Strain.

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92Y Presents: More Than Just Matzah Balls: Food and Cooking in Jewish Culture

The 92nd Street Y might have started as a Jewish community center, but over the course of its history it has distinguished itself as a cultural landmark. Hosting the top minds of our time, their talks, seminars, and fascinating classes engage every field of cultural interest in many exciting ways. This includes the culinary world, and their growing Food & Wine program has offered talks on Jewish and non-Jewish topics alike.

One talk, however, goes back to the Y's roots, but in a characteristically innovative and re-invigorating way. On March 25th, they will be hosting More Than Just Matzah Balls: Food and Cooking in Jewish Culture for all you members of the tribe (and fans of their food). The talk is all about going beyond the boundaries of conventional “Jewish food” to expand and explore the true depth of the cuisine. Traditional Jewish dishes will be getting interpretive makeovers: Matzah Balls made with chickpea flour, ground chicken, turmeric and cardamom, a bread-and-French-pear-based Kugel with cinnamon and dried plum compote, and a Brisket that gets the Southern-style day-long smoke treatment--you name it. Speakers include cooking teacher and chef Pati Jinich (host of the TV series “Pati’s Mexican Table”), Joan Nathan (New York Times-published food critic and cookbook writer), Louisa Shafia (Veteran of Aquavit, Pure Food and Wine, and Gobo and author of The New Persian Kitchen), and Ari White, Texas native and founder of pop up kosher food truck The Wandering Que. In short, this ain’t your Bubbe’s cookbook, and that’s more than okay. Tickets from $29.

When; Tuesday, March 25th, 8:15pm

Where: 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

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Weekend Pick: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

Admission is $40, and tickets are only available online. If you plan on eating, drinking, and playing at the festival until you're just drunk enough, the Chicago Beer Festival has partnered with Uber to get you there or back home for free. Just use the code CHIBEERFEST14 to get up to $25 off your first ride.

What: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 1pm

Where: Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL

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Weekend Pick: Extreme Beer Fest 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day behind us, beer enthusiasts across the nation may feel a bit downhearted. Well, we have good news for all lovers of the craft beverage (and residents of Boston). This weekend, BeerAdvocate, “a global grassroots, powered by an independent community of beer enthusiasts and industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting and promoting beer,” will host Extreme Beerfest 2014 in Boston, kicking off on Friday, March 21st.

Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, this fiesta is the ultimate beer lovers dream, celebrating everything from the history of the drink to crafting process. Attendees will partake in the “throwdown of craft beer creativity,” as they embark on a journey of tasting and judging a wide variety of different beers.

When: Friday, March 21st, 6pm

Where: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA

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92Y Presents Chocolate Fest 2014!

92Y is now selling tickets for the Chocolate Fest New York 2014: A Walk-Around Tasting. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 6th, at 7:30pm, and for a mere $35, you can experience all things chocolate, overindulging as your chocolate fantasies come to life! A variety of chocolate taste masters from around the world are scheduled for this decadent occasion. Such masters include Italy's Stefano De Martini, of Torino’s De Martini Cioccolato fame, International Chocolate Awards 2013 Gold Medal Winner Hakan Martensson of Fika Choklad, Joan Coukos of Chocolat Moderne (joining Murray's Cheese to create some phenomenal pairings), and returning by popular demand, Brooklyn's own Liz and Jen of Liddabit Sweets.