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Making the Most of Your Brunch in New York City

The very nature of eating brunch means sitting back and relaxing because the available food encompasses two specific meals. Restaurants understand the concept, with many making the appropriate accommodations to make sure that everything is just right. A number of different places do it better than anyone else in the New York area, which means that knowing where to go can make life so much simpler.

 

One of the best places to enjoy such relaxation might be Upland at 345 Park Avenue South, with food that some might consider basic. However, those that taste things like spinach-infused omelettes with Bulgarian feta or Cloumage cheese on top of pizza would likely beg to differ with such an assessment.

 

More hectic surroundings can be found at Prune on E. 1st Street, which opened nearly two decades ago. There’s not much room to go around, with roughly 20 or so tables fitting into the surroundings. Yet despite such coziness, the staff remains attentive to orders like Monte Cristo sandwiches, blueberries on top of Dutch pancakes and any number of potential Bloody Mary options.

 

In the Williamsburg area, Sunday in Brooklyn could operate just as well on any other day. That helps explain why crowds flock there, drawn by such concoctions as an innovative take on the standard sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. Here, that sausage has just a hint of maple syrup and sage, while things like malted pancakes also find a way to garner attention.

 

International bruch options can be found in places like Paowalla, which focuses on Indian dishes like Egg Kejirwal from its Spring Street location. Not to be outdone, the Australian-based Two Hands Restaurant & Bar in the Tribeca area on Church Street offers items like Brassicas and ricotta pancakes to hungry diners looking for a unique experience.

Empellon Comes to Midtown

Finding Mexican food in Midtown isn’t necessarily a tough task, though finding a place that’s put so much thought into the entire concept may be difficult to find. That belief may start shifting now that Empellon has found its way to this area, the latest evolution in chef Alex Stupak’s rise in the New York restaurant community.

 

Stupak is, by training, a pastry chef, yet the wonders that he’s created since the first incarnation of Empellon came to the West Village in 2011 have seemingly zeroed in on his capabilities when it comes to Mexican cuisine. The standard corn tortilla and taco hardly resonate with more refined palates, but when that tortilla is filled with pastrami and short ribs, the focus sharpens.

 

This newest version of Empellon, located at 510 Madison Avenue, expands the notion of just opening up a standard restaurant and letting people flock in to enjoy the food. Instead, Stupak has created a glossier impression by having two levels of eating areas and a room to hold any sort of party or celebration.

 

Such visual delights and the upscale food involved means that prices aren’t of the mom-and-pop variety. Of course, your friendly neighborhood taco shop won’t offer a Japanese Wagyu-infused fajita that will cost $125 or house tacos that set you back $30. Tamales with shredded duck inside and gourmet tacos, the latter of which has nine menu items, offer a clear message that this is anything but traditional Mexican food.

 

If that food isn’t filling enough Empellon also has desserts to tempt those whose sweet tooth can never be satisfied. Avocado parfait is one of the more exotic, yet the available drinking options may be seen as more tempting to those that want to sit back and relax.

 

 

“Breaking Bad” Pop-Up Bar Coming to NYC

Even though the show ended four years ago, people are still obsessed with AMC’s hit “Breaking Bad.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, the show follows Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned meth lord and his lab partner Jesse. Now NYC customer can drink their cares away in a “Breaking Bad” themed pop-up bar this summer. The bar, which has been serving Londoners for the past two years, has finally made its way stateside.

 

Conceived by UK-based company Lollipop, ABQ is a mobile cocktail bar set in a replica of Walter White’s RV meth lab. Groups of 30 guests can enter at a time and will be served clever concoctions that incorporate molecular mixology techniques like nitrogen cavitation. Other touches from the show include bartenders dressed in protective yellow jumpsuits and White’s alias “Heisenberg” written on a wall.

 

Though the exact location of the pop-up has not been decided on yet, several locations across Brooklyn are being considered. ABQ will open sometime in July and operate for a few months after. Over 1500 people have already secured their tickets for the experience, which cost $45 for three cocktails and two hours spent in the bar. Lollipop, the company behind the bar, is known for its over-the-top dining ideas including one restaurant where both staff and diners were nude.

 

Can’t wait until summer to get your “Breaking Bad” fix? Check out Walter’s Coffee Roastery in Bushwick. This cafe features more subtle nods to the show like a menu laid out like the periodic table, coffee served in laboratory beakers, and hints of HazMat suit yellow everywhere.

 

The Best NYC Dine-In Movie Theaters

In a recent article, Grubstreet listed the best places to go for dinner and a movie. Dine-in movie theaters are becoming more and more popular as a one-stop date destination. It’s the same entertainment factor as the old-timey dinner and a show but with today’s newest blockbusters.

 

Their number one pick is Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. Nitehawk is actually the theater responsible for overturning the New York law against alcohol in movie theaters and remains one of the country’s best destinations. Unlike many dine-in theaters that feature the same old menu at every showing, Nitehawk coordinates their food and drink selections to the film. They also offer seasonal non-themed food items including tacos and charcuterie boards as well as brunch and dessert selections.

 

For those on a budget, GrubStreet recommends Syndicated in Bushwick. To cut costs, this theater shows movies that aren’t first-run including everything from old Hollywood classics to months-old blockbusters. Serving up unique versions of movie snacks like loaded tater tots, bacon-topped nachos, and five flavors of popcorn, this place feels a bit cooler than a night out at a chain movie theater. Wash it down with a spiked milkshake or a movie-themed cocktail. They only have one 60-seat theater, though, so order your tickets ahead of time!

 

Want a less hipster dine-in experience? Check out iPic in the South Street Seaport. This is the coziest way to watch a movie with your boo since the living room couch. Kick back on a chaise longue or recliner or go all-out and reserve a cozy pod for two. For $60 you and your partner can cuddle up with a blanket, pillow, and table service as you enjoy swanky selections like filet mignon sliders and ratatouille pizza.

 

Hot Pot Favorites for NYC Diners

Coming together for a meal is something that’s at the heart of the idea of eating hot pot. The Asian favorite offers the combination of meat, mushroom and other considerations with a dizzying array of other options for dipping purposes. Given the melting pot that is New York City, it seems obvious that a number of places around this vast city know how to do it right in this particular area,

 

One of those is Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, located near Hester Street. This brand actually has a chain of restaurants in China, yet there’s much more than assembly line methods that mirror McDonald’s. Instead, you have your choice of spicy, mild or sour pickled-cabbage broth, which can be used for the garlic beef, lamb shoulder or beef meatballs that make up the menu.

 

Right on Hester Street, as well as Second Avenue is Hou Yi Hot Pot, which likely offers one of the best values around. That’s because it’s essentially all-you-can-eat, with plenty of broths that have concepts like a Vietnamese taste to them as well as the non-Asian country of Italy’s own version.

 

On 37th Avenue sits Lao Cheng Yi Guo, which has some of the finest beef in this segment of the restaurant business. More creative ideas like egg-crepe dumplings and fried clay-oven rolls are options along with more traditional concerns like Sichuan peppercorn.

 

Variety is considered the spice of life and at one of its two restaurants, Little Lamb Mongolian Hot Pot BBQ, diners can choose between five broths and three types of sauces that can be further broken down by whether you prefer red or white. That’s microscopic compared to the 100-plus different cooking options. Those two establishments are located near 53rd Street along with one in Flushing.

 

 

Emily Set to Open in West Village on June 7

Having made quite an impact in the Clinton Hill area of rooklyn with their assortment of pizza, sandwiches and burgers, the owners of the place known simply as Emily are headed to Manhattan. When they open up their establishment at 35 Downing Street on June 7, Emily and Matt Hyland will look to garner the same level of popularity as its first two restaurants.

 

Moving into what used to be the Blue Ribbon Bakery, Emily will fully exploit the availability of an in-store oven that’s roughly 150 years old. Despite that ancient status, it’s still in fine working order and is expected to crank out the signature pizzas that the original and its sequel, Emily Squared, have been producing over the course of the last three years.

 

That oven is 14 by 18 feet and will play a key role in the wood-fired cooking process, which has offered diners 13 different options when it came to pizza. Whether white or red is your favorite color of pizza, Emily has the capability to handle both. For those who really want to fill up, the RM3 brings together sausage, pepperoni and prosciutto, while The Q overwhelms you with Pecorino, Fontina, ricotta and mozzarella.

 

Yet to simply call Emily a pizza place is undercutting just how popular and delicious the burgers and sandwich options are to the customers who crowd the restaurant. In addition, things like pig ears are adorned with winter greens, while diners can choose either frizzled or fried Brussels sprouts that are mixed with things like chili and green apple dicings, with Worcestershire sauce prominent in the taste.

 

While no final decision has yet to be made, the belief by many is that the West Village restaurant will introduce curly fries to the menu, which remains a work-in-progress.

Movie Buffs Sitting Down to Dine While They Watch

Going out for a meal either before or after a movie has been standard practice for ages all across the world. The idea of eating dinner DURING the movie is something that was once ridiculed on Seinfeld, giving a hint to how such an idea was perceived just a generation ago.

 

However, the concept has become much more mainstream, with a number of New York City movie theaters offers cinema fans the chance to eat more than warmed-over popcorn and hot dogs that have been re-cooked more than a few times. Prior to 2011, a New York state law barred serving alcohol in any movie theatres.

 

That changed due to the originator of this idea, Nitehawk, which offers a number of exotic items on its menu that are sometimes thematically in tune with the film being shown. Yet there are other standard offerings like Turkish lamb sliders, truffle popcorn and Korean chicken tacos.

 

Other places like Metrograph attempt to recall film studio commissaries, though their main offerings run the gamut from chicken fra diavolo to steak tartare. At iPic, the pricy Premium Plus seats allow a couple to enjoy a film and receive table service while sitting in push-button recliners, with a blanket and pillow also available. Not surprisingly, the cost per couple is $60.

 

At the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, cushy armchairs are also available for what resembles more of a bar. Snacks, slong with salads and sandwiches are available, or those with a sweet tooth can take advantage of the 16 different floats and shakes available.

 

Some of that latter group may have some alcohol in them, though cinema buffs can also choose from plenty of different wines, cocktails or any of the different beers that now total more than three dozen. At Syndicated, snacks and booze are plentiful.

No Shortage of Options When It Comes to Soccer-Based Sports Bars in NYC

Given the multicultural aspects of New York City, finding a way to merge those cultures with the world’s most popular sport should be the ticket to success. That appears to be the case with a number of different sports bars that cater to those who consider soccer to be that sport, even if the rest of the world refers to it as football.

 

Each of these places is open virtually around the clock in order to accommodate the time differences that have soccer matches starting before most people have awakened or ending long after they’ve gone to bed. The differences in food offered is something that may not be as important to the clientele as the number of different types of alcohol available.

 

Much of the food in places like Smithfield Hall NYC, Banter or Football Factory at Legends is basic, with a nod toward focusing on the specific demographic or culture. For example, at the Paulaner Brauhaus, German fare is the big lure. While one of the big sellers is the bratwurst burger, there’s also five on-site beers brewed here to choose from for avid fans, who can also chew on pretzels as they watch.

 

Banter is so focused on delivering a soccer vibe that even the urinals are decorated in the spirit of a soccer goal. While that may be a tad extreme for some, the rustic approach the bar takes gets things back to basics. That is until someone who walks through the doors gets a look at all of the different draft beers and hard liquor options that are ready to be served.

 

Soccer brawls may be common across the pond, but Football Factory at Legends manages to accommodate an estimated 40 different groups of fans that are there to watch their teams.

 

 

The East Village Is Now Home To A New Seafood-Focused Restaurant

One of the great things about the food and restaurant scene in NYC is the frequent openings of new dining spots throughout the five boroughs.

 

A few minutes ago, I read a current online article that tells about the opening of a brand new restaurant in the East Village neighborhood. The restaurant is named Out East, and it’s located at 509 E. 6th Street, at Avenue A.

 

Out East features an inventive menu that contains a large assortment of seafood dishes, as well as a nice selection of vegetarian, meat and poultry offerings. The restaurant offers two floors of dining and drinking space, with two bars on the premises.

 

Starters on the opening menu at Out East include Mediterranean mixed olives, beer battered baby octopus, and a charming tomato gratin, made with preserved tomatoes.

 

The article that I read about Out East mentions how the restaurant is one of several NYC eateries that are including tuna tartare on their menus. The version of this raw tuna dish that Out East provides is made with yellowfin tuna, basil, and sunflower.

 

A range of other raw seafood items, such as marinated mackerel, bay scallops, chilled lobster, and black bass carpaccio are also listed on the menu at Out East.

 

Duck breast with mushrooms and hazelnuts, hot-smoked trout, seared culotte steak, and an incredibly delicious-sounding charred sausage-stuffed leeks, are some of the entree options that Out East is offering.

 

It’s nice to see a restaurant featuring an appealing main dish that uses leeks as a primary ingredient. In my humble opinion, leeks are delicios vegetables that are way under-utilized.

 

At any rate, it’s good to see a high quality new restaurant such as Out East opening in the city.

 

Delicious New Restaurants in NYC

New York is always an exciting trip. Whether you are going shopping or simply sightseeing, you are in for a treat! However, the New York City food scene is particularly amazing – and, well – it’s expanding. If you find yourself in New York City without knowing where to order from, you’re bound to need some fuel in order to get through the busy day. Here is a list of go-to places in New York City.

 

 

One of the latest and most happening restaurants in New York City is based on a popular director many of us have come to love. In fact, a Tim Burton–themed bar is coming to New York City. The bar will also serve dishes such as Edward Burger Hands, Cheshire Mac and Victor Van Pork. Their drinks are served based off of Tim Burton’s movies, such as the Chocolate Factory martini and a pumpkin-infused “This Is Halloween” drink from the popular movie A Nightmare Before Christmas. Let’s just say this is a perfect place for Halloween!

 

 

However, not many people feel the need for a scary or creepy bar, despite how intriguing it is. There are a ton of die-hard Tim Burton fans out there, so it’s most likely going to be a success. Here is another upcoming New York City restaurant you will enjoy: Made Nice.

 

 

This restaurant opened simply days ago (April 24th, 2017, to be precise) and it is a more traditional way of eating in New York City. This new and trendy place is known as a fast-casual version of EMP food. The images of the food on their website look absolutely captivating, with dinner menus such as chicken avocado, quinoa falafel and even curry cauliflower. This is one of the restaurants you need to try out due to its large menu and comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

These are only two new up-and-coming restaurants you will see in New York soon, so don’t miss out! Go to the Tim Burton restaurant during Halloween and Made Nice for whenever you are sightseeing or touring the wonderful streets of New York.

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