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“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.

GQ Chooses NYC Restaurant as One of the Best in the U.S.

Nordic cuisine does not normally make Top Ten lists in lifestyle magazines; however, 2017 seems to be a pleasant exception. Aska, a New York City restaurant that specialized in Scandinavian food, recently topped the list of GQ Magazine’s best American eateries.

 

Aska is adequately located in the trendy Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, a neighborhood often labeled as the “hipster capital of the world.” Nordic cuisine can certainly be considered exotic for most American restaurant goers, and thus it fits perfectly in Williamsburg since diners in this part of town are not afraid to try something different.

 

According to foodie website Eater NYC, Aska gets four stars overall, although it could easily merit five stars in terms of menu innovation. One of the most interesting delicacies is a ramekin of ashes burnt from the heart of a lamb. Traditional ramekin dishes are served in fireproof dishes and typically feature eggs and breadcrumbs; the ashes of a young sheep’s heart are certainly unusual, but the Eater NYC reviewer found the experience delicious.

 

Aside from being a place where diners can discover Scandinavian gastronomy, Aska also offers organic ingredients and naturalistic touches. As can be expected from a Nordic restaurant, the menu is heavy on seafood caught in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Aside from shellfish, Aska also offers a few variations on congealed pig’s blood, which is served pâté style on crackers or as a truffle snack. This is not a budget bistro; a full dinner for two with the requisite wine pairings can run more than $700.

 

As of 2017, the NYC restaurant scene boasts five places where diners can enjoy Nordic cuisine; in 2017, however, Aska is taking the lead and will certainly appeal to those who are curious about traditional Icelandic, Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish meals.

 

Delicious Meals In The Spring

Some of the top restaurants in New York offer ways to make spring weeknight dinners appealing, appetizing and healthy. A roasted chicken with fresh herbs and vegetables is a delicious way to celebrate the new bounties that spring has to offer. The best thing about this dish is that you only need one pan or dish to prepare the meal. You want to let the chicken roast for about 20 minutes before adding the vegetables to give the chicken time to cook.

 

Any kind of pasta can be made into a spring meal. All you have to do is add a light dressing of honey, vinegar or other ingredients that you enjoy. Slice a few cucumbers, small tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables to give color to the dish. Another way to make a pasta dish fresh and appealing is to add shrimp or small pieces of crab or lobster. Squeeze a fresh lemon over the pasta and meat for a delicious meal.

 

Tilapia and other types of fish that are a bit lighter in texture and seasoned with lemon pepper are ideal for a spring meal during the week. Add green beans, asparagus, squash or peppers to complete the meal. Spring is a time when you can begin grilling foods outside. Everything from pork chops to salmon can be grilled, giving more flavor to the dish. Pair your meats with side dishes that complement the smoky flavors from the grill, such as roasted potatoes, grilled corn or other vegetables that you put on the grill alongside your main dish.

 

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