The New Trending Dishes of Smorgasburg 2018

The New Trending Dishes of Smorgasburg 2018

Your guide to the new best tasting and looking eats of Brooklyn’s 2018 Smorgasburg

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Summer is flying by and fall is right around the corner, which means beautiful New York days and perfect weather. Now is the time to get outside and enjoy the sunny days while they last. And there is no better way to do that than by visiting the 2018 Smorgasburg.

Bringing in more than 20,000 visitors a weekend, Smorgasburg is the largest outdoor food market in the U.S. Each weekend, people from all over travel to Brooklyn to try one of a hundred food vendors. Each one offering something completely different from the rest. Banana bread, tacos, waffles, you name it and Smorgasburg has it. Every Saturday you can find Smorgasburg on the waterfront in Williamsburg and on Sundays – Prospect Park.

 

504 HN Market – Baleadas

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504 Market specializes in bringing you traditional Honduran food, which is scarce around the streets of New York. Their big dishes are catrachas and baleadas. Baleadas are composed of a flour tortilla grilled and filled with mashed beans and other contents of your choosing. They also have deserts! Try their specials such as the Nutella and Cookies N’ Cream ice cream roll ups. It is a popular spot, so be sure to get there early to avoid the lines.

 

Bonsai Kakigori – Kakigori

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Bringing back a classic from the Heian Period, Bonsai Kakigori offers a Japanese dessert made from shaved ice – Kakigori. The shaved ice is textured in a unique way, almost fluffy, so it melts instantly in your mouth. They value quality, so the flavors offered change frequently, as to provide the best fruit flavors of the season. But no need to worry, they always offer a variety flavors and homemade toppings, so you’re are guaranteed to get your perfect afternoon treat no matter what the season.

 

Rutte’s Dutch Waffles – Dutch Stroopwafles

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Originating in the Netherlands, Rutte’s is a family owned business that is over 100 years old. That is 100 years of perfecting the Dutch Waffle recipe. All the waffles – or rather cookies – are baked fresh, served warm, and made with custom Dutch equipment, just as they were back in the Netherlands. They have waffle making down to an art. So you can bet at Smorgasburg you’ll be getting a warm, toasty, one-of-a-kind dessert.

 

Ya Ya Noodz – Cheong Fun

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Ya Ya Noodz is one of the new, upcoming vendors of the 2018 Smorgasburg. Here, their specialty is rolled Szechuan rice noodles, steamed and then stuffed with a meat or veggie fillings including shrimp, pork, or butternut squash. These noodle rolls are deliciously fresh and are sure to be a hit when it comes to lunch. Stop on by and make these rice noodles your own with your choice of sauce, toppings, and garlic chips!

 

Wowfulls – The Waffle Ice Cream Cone

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Waffle themed desserts seem to be the trend this year at the 2018 Smorgasburg. Along with Rutte’s Dutch Waffles, you can be sure to see Wowfull’s infamous waffle cones all around the market. These 1950’s style egg waffles from Hong Kong are blowing up social media with their ornate, colorful nature. An egg waffle is made then rolled up into a cone. Then your choice of ice cream and toppings are added on top – giving you the best of breakfast and dessert.

 

Additional Vendors Include:

Big Mozz x DODeep Fried Cookie Dough

Boutros Shwarma Tacos

Bread & MonkeyBanana Bread

Btarts Butter and Maple Syrup Tarts

Dashi Fried ChickenKorean Fried Chicken

Frico ItaliaSavory Italian Potato Pie

Himalayan HorizonShabaley

King St. KitchenBaked Goods

LobsterdamusWhole Grilled Lobsters

PopdUpCold Brew Tea

Yoshimoto Fish CompanyDonburi Bowls

The Top Five Trending Pasta Dishes of 2018

The Top Five Trending Pasta Dishes of 2018

Longing for a night out on the town? There is no better place than a classic New York Italian restaurant. They’re always in the perfect location with beautiful views and the absolute best food. However, traditional Italian can get boring after a while. The romantic atmosphere, the nice glass of merlot, the classic gnocchi. We all get into the restaurant routines – you’re not alone. But why not freshen things up with something new? Try some of the 2018 Instagram Pasta Trends. You’ll be sure to spice up your night and your Instagram profile.

 

Color Your Plate – Rainbow Pasta

Photo: Courtesy of Salty Seattle

This colorful pasta has started to become a popular trend due to Salty Seattle’s opening in Washington. Linda Miller Nicholson hand-makes all of her pasta, dying them with plant extracts. Not only does this add nutritional value to the dishes, but makes them vibrant and wonderfully colored. Although Nicholson’s shop is for special events only, you can bet that the trend is on its way to an Italian restaurant near you. Nicholson also has a book coming out which will show you how to create and dye your own pasta.

 

Get Your Booze On – Red Wine Pasta

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You’re going to have a glass of wine with Italian anyway, so why not combine the two? Ever since a cooking video went viral on Facebook, red wine pasta has become the next big thing. It is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Simply bring 4 cups of water and a bottle of cabernet sauvignon to a boil and add in your choice of pasta until cooked. For the sauce simmer a ¼ cup of the same wine with olive oil, garlic, red peeper, and butter. Mix the pasta and sauce together and add in parmesan and parsley to your taste. And there you go – red wine pasta!

 

Be Classic – Vodka Pasta

How can you go wrong with creamy vodka sauce? Yes, we know Vodka Pasta isn’t anything new, but it is so delicious (not to mention extremely popular) it has to be included on this list. The sauce itself is made from all the best ingredients; cream, tomato sauce, vodka, garlic, basil, and torn, however, the pasta combinations are endless. Try it with penne, gnocchi, or check out Caffé Buon Gusto’s homemade Spinach and Cheese Ravioli á la Vodka.

 

Spiralize it Up – Veggie Pasta

If you’re looking to ditch the carbs on your date night, look no further than spiral veggie pasta. Not only is it a healthy alternative, but these new vegetable dishes are vegetarian and vegan friendly. The pasta can be made with zucchini, carrots, squash, beets…any vegetable you can spiralize! You can easily do this at home with your own spiralizer or go out and try someone’s creation. We recommend Wild Park Slope, located in Brooklyn. Their Fresh Zucchini Noodles with mushroom and marinara sauce are to die for.

 

Go Dramatic – Squid Ink Pasta

It sounds strange right? But black pasta is quickly becoming a popular dish. When the pasta is being prepared, squid ink is added to the mixture. It gives the dish an extremely dramatic look and a rich, calamari-esc flavor giving you a true ‘sea’ like taste. In New York the place to get this is definitely midtown Manhattan’s Da Noi. Their Black Linguine Fatta in Casa is made with squid ink, garlic and olive oil and topped with shrimp, salmon, and calamari – bringing out the ‘sea’ undertones of the noodles.

Nobody is Perfect

Nobody is Perfect

By Gavy Contreras

The East Village is filled with an exuberant energy and makes for a great adventure area. It’s trendy and modern and has some great quality food spots. One of these spots includes Mario Carta’s, Nobody Is Perfect. This Italian restaurant joins Carta’s 2 other successful businesses: the Moroccan eatery, ChouChou and the French eatery, Pardon My French. Carta, recently opened this new restaurant in the Lower East Side. “I think it’s an authentic part of New York, with a very good vibe,” Carta said. The great vibes in the East Village are just getting stronger with this new Italian addition.

 

One of the restaurants signature dishes is the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. This dish comes with imported pancetta and organic eggs. What really tops this selection off and makes it so special, is the fact that they stir it in a wheel of pecorino romano cheese right at the side of your table. It really makes for some cheesy goodness! Carta’s latest establishment also has its own wood burning oven, which is what makes pizza another one of their signature dishes. They carry 18 different types of pizza, so you have plenty to choose from. Along with a tasty meal, you could also enjoy one of the wines from their large wine collection. Every one of their bottles is just $29.

 

 

Not only are the food and drinks captivating, but the decor does a great job with catching the eye. The walls are brick filled with the color almost faded and makes for a wonderful rustic scheme. “Our furniture and all our ways are not perfect either,” he said.  “We try to be humble. By the name we mean like ‘Forgive us, we are not perfect, we just try to be.’”

 

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Upper East Side Eats

Upper East Side Eats

All your favorite cuisines on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Classic architecture, Central Park, the Met. The Upper East Side is one of the most beautiful parts of Manhattan. Everywhere you walk, you are sure to spot some hidden garden or an antique brownstone apartment. Aside from its charm, the Upper East Side is also a great area for eating. It is filled to the brim with amazing restaurants and a huge variety of cuisines. These are some of the top spots for Upper East Side eats.

 

Vella Wine Bar + Kitchen – Italian and Wine

1480 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075

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This chic bar and restaurant specializes in bringing you the best tapas, Italian specialties, and an expansive wine selection. The Tuna Tartare and Truffle Mac and Cheese are by far the favorites of the restaurant, but they also have cheese platters if you’re looking to pair something with a delicious bottle of their Barolo Pertinance. The ambience is very relaxing – darker colors, low light, and attentive staff are sure to bring a calmness to your night.

 

Hummus Kitchen – Mediterranean

1613 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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Hummus Kitchen draws from traditional Mediterranean cuisine – focusing on simplicity and raw, natural ingredients. Their pride and joy, if you can guess it, is their hummus. Full of vitamin b6, vitamin c, protein, and tons of of flavor, their hummus is prepared fresh everyday and served with warm pita bread. Right around the corner from Central Park, this is the perfect spot to go to after a nice run or a trip to the Met!

 

Caffe Buon Gusto – Brunch

236 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075

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This cozy little gem, complete with a floral outdoor seating area, is the perfect place to be for a NYC weekend brunch. The restaurant itself specializes in Italian, but the brunch is so good, it deserves to be in a category of its own. Caffe Buon Gusto has everything from French Toast, to Paninis, to Eggs Pomodoro (and traditional Italian if you’re feeling dinner). So come on by and relax on their patio with a mimosa and one of their fantastic brunch options.

 

Persepolis – Persian

1407 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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Named after Persia’s beloved capital, you can bet Persepolis is serving up the works when it comes to traditional Persian food. This restaurant is known for its incredible service and savory meals. The ambience is very relaxed with a romantic yet casual feel. The dishes to get here are the Sour Cherry Rice, Eggplant Mirza, and the Saffron Chicken marinated in saffron, lemon, and onion. But don’t forget to order their classic Baklava for dessert!

 

Sushi Para NYC – Sushi

1461 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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This sushi joint is a hit in the Upper East Side with their chic, modern décor and Zen ambience. Sushi Para is known for their delicious variety of rolls, sashimi, and nigiri. There is really no wrong answer when it comes to ordering, but their favorites include the Pork Gyoza, Spicy Tuna roll, and Sapporo roll. The best part is, it all comes served on a sushi boat. It’s definitely a fun time, great for a night out on the town. Be sure to finish off your night fresh with their Green Tea Ice Cream.

Summer Salads

Summer Salads

The Best Salads and Their Health Benefits

9 July 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

With sun high at its peak in the city, nothing is more refreshing than a cool glass of water and some crisp greens. Salads are a great way to bring both fruits and vegetables to your daily food routine. The more color, the more nutritional value. They are an absolute essential in the summer, and really, should be year round. These affordable dishes are chocked full of nutrients and have a plethora of health benefits.

 

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SALAD

Fiber

First of all, salads are a fantastic natural source of fiber. Anytime you add in raw veggies to your diet, you are guaranteed to up your fiber game. This fiber not only helps bring down ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), but helps keep your blood sugar in check too. Fiber also aids in weight reduction, as it gives your body the feeling of being full, which, in turn, helps you eat less. Voilá, weight loss.

 

Muscle and Bone Improvement

A key ingredient in most salads is spinach. Whether you mix it with kale, spring mix, or just eat it by itself, kale is amazing in helping improving your bones and muscles. Due to its levels of vitamin K, kale helps promote bone growth, while its other nutrients help our cells produce more energy. This energy is used by the muscles and helps give them the power to grow stronger.

 

Antioxidants

In addition to all the antioxidants found in vegetables and fruit, your salad dressing can also help with your health. By combining your dressing with different herbs such as cilantro, rosemary, or oregano, you can help up your antioxidant intake.

 

Skin Tone

Yes. Skin tone. All those leafy greens are not only packed with nutrients, but with water. The best thing for your skin is hydration, so by hydrating your body (in and out), you are guaranteed a fresh, dewy glow.

Although salads are great for your health, many of us still struggle to incorporate them into our diets. And it’s for a simple reason; some salads are awful! They can be bitter with little to no taste. However, with a touch of seasoning and some different oils, your salad can be transformed into something you’ll truly enjoy. Try adding spices and herbs like pepper and oregano at home. Or if your out, check out these great tasting salads around New York!

THE TOP NEW YORK SALADS

Loving Hut – Mango Spinach Salad

A spinach base with chopped mango, battered onions, and walnuts.

 

PMF Pardon My French – Goat Cheese Salad

A mixed green salad topped with crostini and goat cheese.

 

Nautilus Café – Sesame Tuna Salad

A seaweed salad topping with sesame crusted rare tuna.

 

Pokéworks – The Poké Salad

Two selections of protein combined with romaine lettuce and a spring mixture.

Healthy Baked Goods for Your Summer Figure

Healthy Baked Goods for Your Summer Figure

The best wholesome baked “fruit snacks”.

With swimsuit season at its peak, we all start to look for some healthy alternatives wherever we can. However, with summer desserts and snacks lining the tables at outdoor parties it can be hard to resist the temptations – especially when there are homemade goodies. So, from one struggling snacker to another, these are some healthy baked goods (All under 170 calories!) to help you through the summer.

 

Skinny Banana Bread

This Banana Bread recipe is from Tastes Better From Scratch, and is not only one of the best healthy options for a loaf, but is one of the moist delicious. It is subtly sweet and incredibly moist with a touch of cinnamon. It’s a great selection for breakfast or dessert. This recipe makes one loaf, which when you size it out will be about 12 slices – each at 137 calories.

Photo: Courtesy of Tastes Better From Scratch

The Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 35 Minutes Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

4 mashed bananas

1 egg

1 Tbsp. vanilla

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. granulate sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ cups of flour

2 Tbsp. unsalted melted butter

 

Instructions:

  1. Begin by heating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan (a disposable tin works too) with Pam or non stick grease.
  3. Mix the bananas, egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Then mix the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the bananas.
  6. Add in the melted butter and stir.
  7. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 35-45 minutes and allow to cool.

 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

This recipe by Living Loving Paleo is a great to-go snack and the perfect breakfast. These Apple Cinnamon Muffins are the perfect balance of sweetness and crisp apple taste. They are entirely paleo – which means they exclude dairy, grains, starch, and processed sugar. Basically you can feel really good about eating them and not splurging. These guys come in at 160 calories each with only 4 grams of sugar.

Photo: Courtesy of Living Loving Paleo

The Recipe:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup of coconut flour

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. sea salt

4 eggs

¼ cup of melted and cooled ghee

½ cup full fat coconut milk

¼ cup honey

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 cup of peeled and diced apples (1 large apple)

 

Instructions:

  1. Begin by heating your oven to 350 degrees and lining a muffin pan with parchment paper.
  2. Dice up 1 cup of peeled apples – using apple types according to your sweetness needs.
  3. Mix the eggs, ghee, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar into a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and seas salt.
  5. Then gradually mix the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients.
  6. Add in the apples and stir.
  7. Pour mixture into the muffin pan and bake for 25-30 minutes and allow to cool.

 

Gluten Free Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars with only 7 grams of sugar? Sign me up! This Lemon Bar recipe is by Veggie Balance and is the bee’s knees when it comes to healthy treats. These bars are gluten free – meaning they are perfect for a kid class snack or a poolside dessert. The sugar and butter are slimmed down to create a more appropriate calorie count. Coming in at just 132 calories, these bars are the bomb!

Photo: Courtesy of Veggie Balance

The Recipe:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 45 Minutes Total Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

Almond Crust:

1 ½ cup almond flour

¾ cup gluten free baking flour

¼ cup powdered sugar

½ cup melted butter

 

Lemon Filling:

4 eggs

¾ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)

½ tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup gluten free baking flour


Instructions:

  1. Begin by heating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×13 pan with Pam or non stick grease.
  3. Mix the almond flour, baking flour, powdered sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl with your hands.
  4. Spread the dough onto the pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, baking powder, and baking flour.
  6. Pour mixture over the crust.
  7. Sprinkle on powdered sugar for cosmetic purposes.
  8. Let cool 10-15 minutes.

 

The Top New York Italian Restaurants and Their Best Wines

The Top New York Italian Restaurants and Their Best Wines

6 July 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

With locations in Little Italy, Midtown, and the Upper East Side, it is not hard to find Italian food in New York. However, it can be difficult to pick a single restaurant. You have to consider the price, food quality, location, and most importantly: the wine selection. Because, really, what is fantastic Italian cuisine without an excellent bottle of wine? HungerPass is pleased to share New York’s Top Italian Restaurants with the Best Wine Selections.

 

Allora Ristorante

145 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Photo: Courtesy of Allora Ristorante

Located in Midtown, Allora Ristorante is considered to be one of the top tier Italian restaurants of NYC. Not only does it have an extensive menu, but fabulous views overlooking the city. They also have a separate bar and lounge with rooftop access. Whether your sitting inside or out, the wine selections here are to die for.

The Wine Winner: Planeta Merlot

An Italian red with a blackcurrant, plum, and espresso aroma. Very flavorful with tastes of cherry, blackberry, and mint with a finish of smooth tannins.

Best Bang for Your Buck: Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon

This affordable Northern California cab is full of juicy flavor with hints of dark fruit and licorice. It has classical cab tannins with medium acidity.

 

 

Tufino Pizzeria

36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

Photo: Courtesy of Tufino Pizzeria

This Astoria based Italian restaurant serves unique specialty pizzas as well as traditional Italian dishes. Inside, the atmosphere is low lit and cozy, complete with wooden décor to give you a rustic cabin feel while enjoying your meal. It also has an amazing wine menu with everything from Tierra Fausta to Tiburzi Colle Scanc Ellato.

The Wine Winner: Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This cab has a vanilla fragrance and is full of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry flavors. With hints of oak and a little bit of a spicy note, it has a long finish with polished tannins.

Best Bang for Your Buck: Tufino’s Homemade Sangria

Although this isn’t a classic bottle of red, the homemade sangria at Tufino’s is packed with delicious fruity tastes and the right choice if your looking for something on the sweeter side.

 

 

Antoninos

997 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030

Photo: Courtesy of Antoninos

Antoninos is a charming little Italian restaurant with a very homey, cozy ambience. With the best chicken francese in town and a great location in Long Island, this restaurant is definitely a winner. Along with traditional seating they also offer take out services for those in a rush. However, if you chose to stay in – their wine list is worth it.

The Wine Winner: Ciuseppe Cortese Barabaresco Rabaja’

If you’re looking to splurge, this bottle is the way to go. It has a floral intensity with a spicy cherry and berry essence. High acidity and powerful tannins.

The Best Bang for Your Buck:  Falesco Montiano Merlot

Scoring a 90 on Wine Enthusiast, this Central Italian wine is full bodied with hints of cherry, blueberry, and just a bit of cocoa. It is dense with a bracing acidity at the finish.

The Chocolate Craze

The Health Benefits and Upcoming Trends of Dark Chocolate

Chocolate. Sweet, heavenly chocolate. It’s everybody’s weakness. But did you know this delightful treat might not be as big of a weakness as you thought?

Originating from the Mayan word xocolatl, thousands of years ago cocoa or cacao was consumed for not only its taste, but for its medicinal properties. Ancient Mayans would use cacao in all their religious ceremonies, believing the bean had magical qualities. They would split open cacao pods and remove the beans. The beans were then crushed, roasted, and ground into a paste which was mixed with chili and water. This became what we now know today as Hot Chocolate.

Now, obviously, chocolate won’t give you magical superpowers, but it is a superfood.

 

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

 

Lower Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk

Dark chocolate is full of phytochemicals, which are basically chemical compounds found in plants that aid in the prevention of different diseases. One of these chemicals includes flavanol, which is a phytochemical proven to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and helps your blood pressure. Dark chocolate is so filled with flavanols, that it beats nearly every super fruit powder in its flavanol content. Yes, even acai!

 

Improved Brain Function and Skin

Flavanol has also been shown to help with the brain activity. Flavanol dilates blood vessels which also more oxygen and blood flow to your brain. This means that eating dark chocolate will not only improve your cognitive ability, but lower fatigue. Additionally, this phytochemical will help reduce signs of aging and protect your skin against UV radiation.

Dark chocolate is antioxidant rich too, so be sure to incorporate this treat into your diet! But, as always, remember to use portion control.

 

The Top Three Upcoming Chocolate Trends

Matcha + Dark Chocolate

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nutrition Nut on the Run

Boost your metabolism with matcha and protect your skin with dark chocolate! Try Hillary Parker’s Matcha Dark Chocolate Truffles recipe for a mix of bitter and sweet.

Make It Here.

 

Chocolate Spoons

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Opeeqo

Stir up some flavor with dark chocolate spoons! Simply dip your favorite spoon in melted chocolate and refrigerate. With fun decorations and a taste too delicious to miss, make sure to add these to your coffee routine.

 

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Get your spice on with Mayan hot chocolate! This ancient recipe is made with a little less sugar and little more chili to brighten your palette. Check out Minimalist Baker’s vegan recipe.

Make It Here.

The Best French Eats in New York

The Best French Eats in New York

Your Guide to a French Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

27 June 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

 

The French cuisine is one that is widely respected around the globe for always being incredibly flavorful and presented in an elegant, artful, manner. It is the perfect food for a romantic night out – especially in New York on a warm summer evening. So, in honor of France’s current success within the 2018 FIFA World cup, HungerPass is happy to bring you the top French Eats in New York.

 

Breakfast – PMF Pardon My French

103 Ave B, New York, NY 10009; (212) 358-9683

Photo: Courtesy of PMF Pardon My French

If there is anywhere to be for the famous New York weekend brunch, it’s PMF. With an amazing bottomless brunch menu – complete with traditional French classics, endless mimosas, and a fantastic atmosphere, it is a breakfast win. Escape the crowd and head back to their backyard patio retreat, decorated with twinkle lights galore and greenery that will allow you to escape the city while you eat. The dish here to get is definitely their French Toast. Layered with a hazelnut sauce, powdered sugar, and array of fruit, the warm richness will melt your taste buds.

 

Lunch – Pinky’s Space

70 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003; (212) 473-2042

Photo: Courtesy of Pinky’s Space

Not everyone has time for a sit down lunch, so head over to Pinky’s Space! This quirky little take away restaurant serves a unique blend of Southern and French food – drawing inspiration from both cuisines. A smile is sure to cross your face when you enter this funky 80s themed joint and receive your pink box full of wonderful food. The hot dish here is Banjo’s Braised Brisket, served with au jus and orange shallot marmalade. As a side, be sure to try their Spiral Salad – a colorful mix of beets, carrots, artichoke, and cucumber.

 

Dinner – Deux Amis

356 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022; (212) 230-1117

Photo: Courtesy of Deux Amis

Deux Amis is the place to be for a dinner. With a low lit, romantic atmosphere, beautiful outdoor seating options, and its location in Midtown East, it is the prime spot for a night out. We recommend starting off the night with their Escargot – classically prepared with olive oil, parsley, and garlic. For dinner; the Vol Au Vent – a shrimp puff pastry served with mushrooms and a cream sauce. And if you are feeling lavish, finish off the night with a glass of their Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne.

 

Dessert & Cocktails – Excuse My French

96 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002; (212) 780-9600

Photo: Courtesy of Excuse My French

For an intimate space to relax and enjoy a cocktail, look no further than Excuse My French. This charming French bar is located in the Lower East Side, conveniently, right around the corner from the F subway line. The elegant atmosphere and décor is sure to make your drink night all the more enjoyable. Here, we suggest trying one of their signature cocktails such as the lighter Royale Family or the Champagne with lavender and orange blossom. Be sure to pair these creative cocktails with their delectable Chocolate Coulant.

 

The Top Three New York Mexican Restaurants

The Top Three New York Mexican Restaurants

Celebrate Mexico’s Victory Over Germany with HungerPass

With a total of four World Cup wins, and having made it to round two every single tournament for nearly 50 years, Germany was looking to be a major contender in FIFA’s 2018 World Cup. That all changed on Sunday when Germany lost to Mexico in a 0 – 1 match. It was a complete crowd uproar as Mexico defeated the champions in the opening round. So join HungerPass and Mexico as we celebrate their victory, with the Top Three Mexican Restaurants in New York.

 

Casa Mexicana

894 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Photo: Courtesy of Casa Mexicana

With a colorful atmosphere and killer guacamole, it’s hard to go wrong with Casa Mexicana. This little hidden gem is located in the upper west side, and offers a variety of excellent dishes from a fajita platter to the enchiladas suizas. Be sure to stop in on the weekends to enjoy dinner and a show as they have a live Mariachi Band come in to play. Don’t forget to show your HungerPass app for a 10% discount!

 

Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar

1838 7th Ave, New York, NY 10026

Photo: Courtesy of Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar

Ready to get your drink on after the big Mexico win? Look no further than Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar. Offering tequila galore and countless flavored frozen drinks, this bar is sure to hit the spot. Come in for Taco Tuesday and Ladies Night Wednesday for discounted tacos and drinks – the mango jerk chicken comes highly recommended.  With bottomless brunch, happy hour, and oh – a 15% HungerPass discount, Cantina is great for your cravings and for your wallet.

 

El Nopal Restaurant and Juice Bar

631 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Photo: Courtesy of El Nopal Restaurant and Juice Bar

Cater to your health needs with El Nopal Restaurant and Juice Bar! Differing from traditional Mexican restaurants, this joint not only has deliciously fresh food, but juices as well. Stop on in to try their endless selection of health juices and smoothies like their Green Iguana Juice (made with spinach, kale, honeydew, kiwi, green apple, and pineapple). Or if your feeling more celebratory – pick up one of their famous margaritas.