Oktoberfest 2018 in NYC

Oktoberfest 2018 in NYC

Your guide to the best activities and beers New York’s Oktoberfest has to offer.

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September 24, 2018 – Gabrielle Christensen

 

The weather is changing and the leaves are falling; Autumn is finally here. And with it brings the annual Oktoberfest. Originally a German tradition, Oktoberfest is fall festival honoring German favorites like Hofbrau beer, brats, pretzels, and Weihenstephan. Now we might not be Munich, but NYC still throws one heck of a party. Between the food, the festivities, and most importantly the beer, Oktoberfest is sure to hold a special place in any fall-lover’s heart. So get your sweaters ready and your pint glasses washed because these are the top places to be during NYC’s Oktoberfest 2018.

 

Five Boroughs Brewing Co. – The Five Boroughs Festbier

215 47th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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As bars go, Five Boroughs is a strong contender for New York’s best. With a classy rustic feel, plenty of space, and board games galore, the bar itself is a fun place to be on a night out. But imagine this beautiful space combined with Oktoberfest activities. You get something amazing. Their current Oktoberfest brew is their Festbier – a combination of German pilsner, Munich malts, and Hallertau. It’s the perfect light Oktoberfest beer.

 

Bierhaus NYC – The Shotski

712 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

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Located in Midtown East, this German bar knows how to handle Oktoberfest. Serving traditional German food and a variety of Hofbrau beers from Munich – all of which is to die for. However, the real highlight of Bierhaus NYC is its Shotskis. This is literally a round of shots served on a giant wooden ski. Be ready to blush because when they ring their cowbell you and your friends have to take the shots while the bar cheers you on – perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest.

Munich on the East river – The Oktoberfest Tent

24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, New York, NY, 10010

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If your looking for authenticity in an Oktoberfest, look no further. Munich of the East river is celebrating its fifth year and is the place to be. With a traditional German Oktoberfest tent decorated to the nines and original tapped beers served in Masskrugens, this tent is as close to the real deal as you’re going to get. Based on the Munchen Oktoberfest experience, this tent follows all of the classic celebrations of Munich including live Oompah music, authentic German food, and German fluent staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen.

 

Lower East Side Oktoberfest – The Pub Crawl

137 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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Wanting something a little more intense this Oktoberfest? Well strap in and get your drink on at the annual NYC Oktoberfest Pub Crawl. Starting at 12 PM you have exactly 10 hours to drink until your heart’s content with a free beer at every bar visited, giving you an opportunity to try all different kinds of German beer. There’s no messing around at this Oktoberfest celebration, it’s all about endurance. Are you up for the challenge?

OktoberFest NYC – The Family Friendly Oktoberfest

78 South Street, New York, NY

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Located at Watermark (Pier 15) this waterside party is sure to be a blast for the whole family. Equipped with traditional Munich decorations, giant pretzels, and cute carnival games, the kiddos will have the time of their lives while you’re sipping on a stein of your choice. Be sure to check out the spectacular view of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges while you’re there! This particular Oktoberfest will be held on September 21st – 23rd, September 27th – 30th, October 4th – 7th, October 11th – 14th from 12 PM to 12 AM.

The Top Eats in Hell’s Kitchen

The Top Eats in Hell’s Kitchen

The Top Eats in Hell’s Kitchen

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Located on the West Side, Hell’s Kitchen is an upcoming neighborhood in Manhattan. Now home to Hudson Terrace and Annie’s Tap Room, Hell’s Kitchen has become a gentrified area full of eclectic little spots – perfect for hanging, drinking, and eating. Without further adieu, HungerPass is happy to bring you the top spots for eating in Hell’s Kitchen.

 

City SandwichSandwiches

649 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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City Sandwich is a local sub shop specializing in clean eating. They use only the freshest of ingredients and herbs, making every bite crisp and delectable. City Sandwich also uses alternatives to fattening foods – bringing you a truly healthy meal. Instead of mayonnaise they use their homemade yogurt basil paste, or their Panna Cotta – a cooked wine cream without egg. Every sandwich here is unique in its own way, but we recommend trying one made with their infamous Broccoli Rabe.

 

Hummus KitchenMiddle Eastern

768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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With its two fantastic locations and amazing food, Hummus Kitchen is a popular spot among New Yorkers. Their focus is in balancing simplicity and flavor with all of their dishes. You’ll be sure to receive the authenticity of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine all packed with a flavorful punch. The hummus here is made fresh everyday, filled with protein, potassium, and vitamin c, and served with warm pita bread. It’s simple, yet incredibly delicious. Be sure to try their fan favorite, Chicken Hummus.

 

VIVThai

717 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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With great food, a chic, hip vibe, and excellent music, this Thai restaurant is bringing the party to Hell’s Kitchen. VIV acts as not only a Thai restaurant, but also serves Asian fusion and has a full functioning bar. So whether you’re looking for some authentic Asian cuisine or a bar night with friends – VIV is the place to be. Check out their Pineapple Fried Rice and Spring Rolls for an appetizer and if you’re feeling festive, be sure to try their potent good old fashioned martini.

 

Rice N BeansBrazilian

744 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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If you’re looking to spice up your night, head on over to Rice N Beans for some authentic Brazilian food. For over 25 years Rice N Beans has been serving up the works when it comes to Latin American and Brazilian cuisine. Differing from other restaurants, Rice N Bean uses fresh ingredients and marinades all of their meat overnight, creating refreshing, delicious flavors. The favorite dishes here are the Amazonas Fish Stew and the Bolinho de Queijo.

 

Written by Gabrielle Christensen

The Top Diner Eats in NYC

The Top Diner Eats in NYC

The Top Diner Eats in NYC

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Missing that feeling of being home? Get a taste of that familiarity with some comfort food! New York City is known for being a little too big at times, but it’s also known for its amazing diners. So beat your homesickness with a heaping pile of pancakes or maybe some crispy fried chicken – whatever home food you want, you can bet a diner in NYC will have it. Hungerpass is happy to bring you the top diner eats in the city!

 

Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner

548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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If you’re looking for your special late night place, look no further than Sarge’s. Open 24 hours a day, Sarge’s is a true New York deli and diner specializing in cold cut sandwiches. Not only has their corned beef and pastrami sandwich earned them the title of New York’s #1 Pastrami, but their generous portions are sure to leave you in a food coma. Come on in and be treated to complimentary coleslaw and a seat in their historically preserved décor-classic diner booths – It’s as real as a New York diner gets!

 

York Avenue Kitchen

1453 York Ave, New York, NY 10075

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This cozy diner is sure to make you feel right at home with its beautiful interior accented with bright whites and natural shiplap throughout the restaurant. It’s spacious, yet feels like a newly renovated home. So come on in and relax! York Avenue Kitchen strives to offer a diverse menu – providing something for everyone. Order online or come in for one of their contemporary twists to a traditional classic, like their banana walnut pancakes!

 

Moonstruck Eatery

250 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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Located in Midtown East, this gem of a diner is bringing class back to the dining scene. Unlike a traditional diner, Moonstruck’s atmosphere is more like that of a coffee shop with sleek décor and a very clean line, modern look to it. Though this diner is open until 11:30pm – it’s the breakfast that is the favorite here. Be sure to try the breakfast burrito made with chili, egg, and cheese or their Nutella s’mores waffle. However, if you’re cruising for some dining food in the evening hours, you can bet Moonstruck also serves a variety of specialty wines and beer.

 

Sunflower Diner

359 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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Located in Kips Bay this colorful little diner is sure to brighten up your day! Paired with warm yellow hues and full length glass windows overlooking the streets of New York, the atmosphere of Sunflower diner is very pleasant. Though they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the breakfast menu here is truly the way to go. Take your pick from breakfast quesadillas, custom omelets, blueberry banana pancakes, or berry French toast! The options here are endless and the griddle cakes could not be fluffier.

Written by: Gabrielle Christensen

The Top Five Drinks of the 2018 New York State Fair

The Top Five Drinks of the 2018 New York State Fair

Your guide to the best refreshments of Syracuse’s New York State Fair.

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Breaking its all time record this weekend, the 2018 New York State Fair brought in 127,394 people on August 25th, 2018 – over 30,000 more than last year’s fair on that day. This year’s New York State Fair is being held in Syracuse, New York, where they will host events such as livestock competitions, antique displays, art exhibitions, a circus, along with a milking parlor where kids can learn about how milk is made. The New York State fair is also hosting an array of musical guests including, Big & Rich, The Temptations, and Counting Crows.

 

Aside from the activities, the real highlight of the State Fair is all of the vendors. Local food and drink vendors from Syracuse gather to share tastes of their companies with thousands of visitors. They have everything from Fried Olives on a stick to Cheesecake Chimichangas. However, this year the drink game has definitely stepped it up a notch. These are the top five drinks of the 2018 New York State Fair.

 

Mint Matcha3 Leaf Tea

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In recent years, Matcha has become a huge hit when it comes to food trends. It’s made from ground up green tea leaves that are left in the water so the leafs themselves are actually consumed. It not only contains 70mg of caffeine, but is also high in antioxidants. So if you’re new to Matcha, or a returning user, make your way to 3 Leaf. Find your flavor of Matcha, from their array of lavender, cinnamon, blueberry, and mint! This New York State Fair newcomer will have its stand up on Sunday, August 26th, Monday, August 27th, Sunday, September 2nd, and Monday, September 3rd – so be sure to check it out!

 

The Sundae DasherCarvel Ice Cream

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Though famous for their amazing homemade ice cream, if there is one thing Carvel Ice Cream does with perfection, it’s their Sundae Dashers. Similar to a shake, the Sundae Dasher is filled to the brim with cookies and whipped cream, but instead of being blended, there are visible layers of fudge, cookies, ice cream, and whipped cream throughout the whole thing. It’s beautiful to look at and eat! Be sure to check out their Oreo Cookie and Lotus Biscoff Sundae Dashers!

 

Lavender LemonadeBirdsong Café

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This café on wheels is sure to brighten up your day with its collection of sweet treats and refreshing drinks. They have everything from tea, coffee, fruit smoothies, and Liége-style Belgian waffles. However, the real menu winner is their infamous lavender lemonade. On a hot August day, there is no better way to stay cool than with a tall glass of lemonade, flavored with hints of flowery lavender and tapioca.

 

The Wine SlushyThousand Islands Winery

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To all you parents out there, prepare yourself. Thousand Islands Winery has created possibly one of the best innovations of all time. While your kids are sipping on their strawberry smoothies, get yourself over to Thousand Islands Winery for a Wine Slushy. Yes, a Wine slushy. You get the satisfaction of a glass of wine, but the refreshing nature of a slushy. It’s the perfect combination. So treat yourself! And make your way over to these delicious delicacies.

 

The Tipsy Cow1911 Brewery

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Created in 1911, 1911 Brewery was founded on an apple orchard in Lafayette, New York. For over 100 years they have been handcrafting ciders, beers, and spirits to bring you a quality drinking experience. Pop on over to their tent to check out their variety of premium ciders, wine, gin, and vodka. However, if you are feeling daring, their Tipsy Cow drink is a must have. Made with locally sourced dairy, whipped cream, roasted coffee, and their 1911 vodka, The Tipsy Cow is known as one of the best cocktails of the New York State Fair.

Written by: Gabrielle Christensen

The Top Middle Eastern Restaurants in NYC

The Top Middle Eastern Restaurants in NYC

Where to find the best Middle Eastern Restaurants in the city.

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Craving some Middle Eastern food? Who wouldn’t. With ingredients like olives, chickpeas, pita, mint, and parsley, who could possibly resist? It is one of the cleanest cuisines for healthy eating and avoiding food allergens. Get a dish with meat, veggies, or any kind of spice you can think of – there is something for everyone in Middle Eastern cuisine. So prepare your stomach, because these are the best Middle Eastern Restaurant in New York City (all of which come with HungerPass discounts).

 

Hummus Kitchen

768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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This Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant focuses on two things; simplicity and hummus. Their hummus is prepared fresh every morning, filled with key nutrients like vitamin c and potassium, and served with delicious, hot pita. Their menu is simple, but draws from traditional Mediterranean dishes and made with all natural ingredients like a variety of vegetables, whole grains, and beans. And with locations in the Upper East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, and Murray Hill, Hummus Kitchen is situated conveniently all around New York, perfect for anyone craving some hummus.

 

Gyro 96

141 E 96th St, New York, NY 10128

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Located on Carnegie Hill, Gyro 96 is a Middle Eastern restaurant serving up the best of falafel, halal and sandwiches. Not only can you grab one of their amazing wraps at their location on the Upper East side, but they are also on Seamless, Eat24, and UberEats! Though the menu is filled to the brim with incredible eats, the favorites here are the rocket wrap, chicken kabobs, and spicy rice. Gyro 96 also specializes in a drink called Karkadé. This hibiscus iced tea was thought to be the drink of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and used at wedding celebrations. Be sure to check it out!

 

Manousheh

193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

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Manousheh is a Lebanese bakery in the West Village that specializes in the street foods of the capital of Lebanon, Beirut. Their goal is to create an atmosphere via décor and food that represents Lebanon as a whole – bringing a truly authentic experience to those who have never been to Lebanon. Manousheh bakes every kind of Lebanese flatbread you can think of – savory and sweet. The breads to get here are the Zaatar with thyme and the Labneh. They also serve traditional drinks such as Arabic coffee and Ayran – a savory, yogurt based drink.

 

Pierre Loti

300 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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This Turkish wine bar not only has some of the best wine selections from countries like Germany, France, Turkey, and Italy, but also serves amazing platters and appetizers. The top picks for appetizers are definitely the Phyllo cheese rolls, Risotto balls, and the Turkish Beef Dumplings, tiny dumplings served in a mild yogurt sauce. Pierre Loti also partners with Jacques Torres to bring you specialty chocolates to pair with your choice of wine. It is the perfect cozy spot for date night or a night to yourself – bring a book and sit back and relax.

 

Da Falafel Guys

127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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If you are on the lookout for some amazing falafel, Da Falafel Guys should be on the top of your list. With sandwich, plate, salad, and gluten-free options, this is the place for Middle Eastern food. It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser with food options for everyone, not to mention the fact that they have a full functioning juice bar as well. Be sure to try the ABC juice (made from freshly squeezed apples, beets, and carrots) and the Shawarma sandwich (purple cabbage, cucumber, and marinated roasted chicken) with Yuka fries.

Written by: Gabrielle Christensen

Pasta in Park Slope

Pasta in Park Slope

The Best Italian Restaurants in Park Slope, New York

August 8, 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

Looking for the perfect place to eat after a long day in Brooklyn? Well head over to Park Slope to enjoy the Bella Notte! Park Slope is known for their wonderful selections of restaurants and different cuisines, but it’s their array of Italian restaurants that is truly impeccable. The following restaurants are sure to put stars in your eyes and a happy feeling in your stomach. These are the Best Italian Restaurants in Park Slope.

 

 

Scottadito Osteria Toscana

788A Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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This Italian restaurant not only serves an amazing pasta filled dinner, but has an incredible breakfast menu as well. Come in for their weekend brunch specials equipped with French toast and champagne, prepared and served to the nines. The rustic ambience and darker décor provides a beautifully romantic atmosphere, perfect for any couple going out for a night on the town. Be sure to stop in for their happy hour and grab a $5 glass of wine!

 

Da Nonna Rosa

140 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Da Nonna Rosa takes a twist on authentic Italian and serves up a more southern version of their dishes. The ambience is very casual, yet incredibly cozy – making it a great option for any of those looking for a more relaxed restaurant. Their menu is extensive, with options varying from pizza to seafood to gluten-free selections. However, the favorites here are the shrimp part hero, the baked ziti with meatballs, and their infamous cannoli.

 

Bella Gioia

209 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Bella Gioia is a more traditional Italian restaurant which offers handcrafted Sicilian comfort food. Their big hits are their delicious, mouth watering pizzas and their arancini (a mozzarella stuffed rice ball). Whatever dish you chose, you are sure to receive an artistic masterpiece on a plate. Immaculate presentation is one of their many defining qualities. Bella Gioia’s convenient location in Park Slope and its rustic ambience are a sure win for anyone in the Brooklyn area.

 

Where to Eat on Ditmars Boulevard

Where to Eat on Ditmars Boulevard

August 1, 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

With only a 20-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, the Astoria-Ditmars area is a must see. Home to Astoria park, Silver Age Comics, and Locked, the Ditmars neighborhood is chocked full of things to do. Take a stroll through the park with a cup of tea or adventure through the Brass Owl thrift shop. But you have to make sure to stop by some of Ditmars famed eateries. These are top places to eat on Ditmars Boulevard.

 

 

Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana

36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

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Hands down, if you are looking for Neapolitan pizza, Tufino is the place to go. This family owned pizzeria specializes in truly traditional Neapolitan pizza. So much so that their wood-fire oven was custom designed and handmade in Naples. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Not only do they offer gluten free and vegan options, but they have some of the best brick oven pizza in Astoria.  With an extensive menu, attentive staff, and a killer San Gennaro Pizza, Tufino is where you should be headed after a day in Ditmars.

 

Queen’s Room

36-02 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

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This little gem is a Mediterranean bistro-bar located right on Ditmars Boulevard. During the day the Queen’s Room acts as a Café – serving local coffee and brunch with free wifi. But by night it transforms into a full service bar and restaurant. Be sure to try their fan favorites – artichoke dip and mussels. Full of elegant décor, natural light, and charm, the Queen’s room is a perfect spot for a cup of coffee or a romantic setting for a night out on the town.

 

Tru Astoria

35-19 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

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Tru Astoria serves up a modern twist on traditional Mediterranean and New European food. They have a variety of dishes – all of which change by the hour. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, meze, as well as coffee and dessert. There’s no doubt about it – you will definitely find something you like here. However, it’s their bottomless brunch that is famous around Astoria. Come in for their Nutella French Toast or enjoy a cappuccino on their outdoor patio.

The French Rendezvouz

The French Rendezvouz

The French Rendezvouz

Excuse My French 

96 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

On the Lower East Side, along Delancey and Orchard St., lies the quaint and sophisticated hallway-esque restaurant, Excuse My French. This French restaurant with the tagline “Bar, Tapas, Atmosphere,” classifies itself as a more sophisticated French bistro. With its gold and green wallpaper and alluring paintings with gold frames, Excuse My French transports you to a chic French apartment. The jaunty owner, Ricardo Valdez, says his inspiration for the decor drew from a family member of his. “The idea is that you’re in an old lady’s apartment in Paris. That reminds me of my grandmother with the paintings and everything,” Valdez said. His business partner and executive chef Johann Giraud, says everything you see in the restaurant is all thanks to Valdez and his creative eye. “I had nothing to do with it. Everything here, the lighting, the paintings, the color, that’s all Ricardo. The food and the menu is my creation,” Giraud said.

 

The Mexican owner and French chef first met while working together at a previous restaurant. Giraud takes the culinary art very seriously and is always on focus mode to satisfy the customers with his dishes. “I like to serve French food with a smile on the face of the customers. When they leave, they’re happy and they want to come back,” Giraud said. Although the two owners have opposing personalities, Valdez’s eye for decor and Giraud love of French cooking has allowed for this pair to successfully run a restaurant in one of the busiest New York boroughs.

Its tapas menu means everything coming to your table will be shareable. Some of its menu choices include Foie Gras, Duck Confeit Parmentier, Escargot and one of the popular options sauteed Brussel Sprouts. How can brussel sprouts be popular you ask? The chef put a French spin on it and made it extremely flavorful, topping it off with almonds, balsamic and cranberries. However according to the chef, what really makes it whole is adding the secret ingredient of Piment d’Espelette. The reddish pepper powder comes from the south of France and is what gives the dish its intriguing flavor.  

Along with the French inspired menu, is a hefty cocktail list. One of the more popular drinks is L’Antonieta. This cocktail is a mezcal, cointreau, lime and butterfly pea syrup mixture. The butterfly pea causes the drink to change color when it interacts with the lime. With this drink comes a description, “This drink is in honor of Antonieta Rivas de Marcado, who killed herself on the altar of Notre Dame in Paris. She was a Mexican intellectual, writer, feminist and helped finance literary lounges and the Orquestra Sinfonica of Mexico City.”  The purple color of the drink represents her sadness. Once the citrus is added, the drink changes to a purple-pinkish color, representing her bleeding heart for love.

The kitchen, the bar and the seating area are all within a few feet from each other. While the space is rather compact, it allows for a more intimate setting. The fact that everyone is near each other adds to its essence. A great spot for romance or even for a casual solo meal, Excuse My French will leave a lasting impression on you. If you ever want to experience a stylish French bistro, make your way to the LES and try one of their delicious cocktails or meals and soak in the fascinating atmosphere.

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The Top Spots for a Healthy Lunch in New York

The Top Spots for a Healthy Lunch in New York

July 27, 2018  – Gabrielle Christensen

Feeling a little greased out? Who wouldn’t? With only a small window for lunch, many of us head straight for the nearest convenience store. And with dollar pizza and desserts around every corner, it’s easy to fall into a routine full of junk food. So if you’re wanting a fresh start, try switching things up! Throughout New York there are tons of hidden healthy alternatives – you just have to know where to look. HungerPass is happy to bring you some of our top healthy lunch picks.

 

 

Local Leaf Café

440 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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If you’re going healthy, Local Leaf Café needs to be on your restaurant roster. Their mission is to bring New Yorker’s fresh, responsibly sourced, ingredients and turn them into something delicious. They have it all – from crepes to lettuce wraps to falafel. However, the customer favorites are definitely the Swiss Chard Wrap, Hudson Yards, and the Sweet Potato Falafel. Come in and relax in their open, natural, café layout.

 

Mezze Café and Bar

210 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

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Whether you’re looking for a relaxing sit down lunch or need something on the go, Mezze Café and Bar is the place to be. Using only freshest of local and organic ingredients, this café brings you a large variety of fantastic healthy options. Their large menu features breakfast, bakery, and lunch items along with an espresso bar and custom salad bar. Come on in or order online for your on the go lifestyle.

 

Pokéworks

63 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

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If you are wanting a filling and healthy meal, Pokéworks is where you need to go. Specializing in Hawaiian and seafood, Pokéworks brings you some of the best extravagant fish dishes. You can get their signature selections or make your own poke creation in either a bowl, salad, or burrito! The must-haves here are the Salmon Shiso Bowl (salmon, green onion, edamame, cucumber, shiso, and yuzu ponzu) and the Spicy Ahi Tuna Burrito (ahi tuna, green onion, cucumber, masago, sriracha aioli, and sesame seeds).

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