Eleven Madison

Eleven Madison - an elegant experience

Sometimes it's nice to have an elegant dinner. What better place to do it than at Eleven Madison Park.This elegant French restaurant is fit perhaps not for a king but certainly for a duke! Be sure to make reservations or you may find yourself out in the cold. 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, at 24th Street;

Midtown / elevenmadisonpark.com

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Celebrate Summer Solstice

A day of celebration and BIER!

Head over to the Bierhaus in Midtown to celebrate the arrival of summer with a pint of beer or two or three. You never need an excuse to celebrate with a good brew but if you did this is a perfect excuse. There will be live music and free snow cones! How cool is that?

JUN 24 / Midtown / http://www.bierhausnyc.com

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Cafe Lalo

Cafe Lalo (desserts & sandwiches)

Located on the Upper West side, Cafe Lalo is best known as the restaurant frequented by Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks in the movie "You've Got Mail". Cafe Lalo, is actually a great restaurant without the notoriety of the movie! Situated just down the street from the NY Children's Museum. It's a great pit stop for it's generous sandwiches or amazing desserts!

201 West 83rd St. NY, NY 10024 / cafelalo.com

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Halo Berlin (German Sausage)

Halo Berlin (German Sausage)

Have you ever been to Germany? If so then you have probably had a wurst on the street. It's as traditional as having a hot dog on the streets of New York. If you want the most authentic German Wurst you can find in NYC then say hello to Halo Berlin. Although Halo Berlin has two restaurants (only one of which is in New York City), we prefer their street car. It just feels more like the real deal. Their street cart is located at 54th and 5th Ave on the NW corner, but if this is your destination plan well because the cart is only there during the weekday from 12-3 pm. If you miss it then you'll need to head to their store.

54th @ 5th Ave (NW corner) / halloberlinrestaurant.com

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McSorley's Bar

McSorley's Old Ale House

It's St. Patrick's this week and a great time to be recommending McSorely's, the OLDEST Irish tavern in Manhattan. The atmosphere here can't be beat as it doesn't get more original than this. Try to avoid it on St. Patrick's day as it will be crushed with... drunks. But none the less if you must you'll still have a great time. (They don't seem to have a website or any socail media. Looks like they don't need it!)

/ 15 East 7th Street NY, NY 10003 @ 3rd Ave

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5 Napkin Burger

5 Napkin Burger (Hamburger)

Some of the best burgers in Manhattan. This down to earth burger joint definitely delivers a burger that is finger licking good. Located on the Upper Westside, it's definitely a destination restaurant.

2315 Broadway NY, NY, 10024 (bet 83rd & 85th St) 5napkinburger.com

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Hangawi - Korean Vegetarian

Hangawi (vegetarian)

This week try something different - Korean! Often people are afraid to try new foods because they are not quite sure what the mystery meat is. So why not try Korean Vegetarian? No mystery meat. No meat at all. Hangawi serves traditional Korean food without dumbing down the flavors but with a modern take. It's sophisticated, modern and traditional all on one plate.

12E 32nd Street (btwn 5th & Madison) NY, NY 10016 / hangawirestaurant.com

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Jacque Torres - Great Chocolate

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Chef Torres has established himself as Mr. Chocolate and no one disputes the title. Having established his chocolate credentials in NYC for over 3 decades, his shops offer some of the most delectable chocolate treats all year round. But if it's cold out be sure to try the hot chocolate! It will warm your heart and your sole! Worth every calorie.

With nearly a 10 locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. eck their website. mrchocolate.com/locations/

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The Dish - Great Pancakes

The Dish Restaurant

It's cold out and what a better way to spend a morning than to indulge in the biggest fluffiest pancake ever. Ok, maybe not that big and not that fluffy. But they are big and they are fluffy and more importantly delicious. These are worth every calorie! Where are we talking about? The Dish restaurant where they serve breakfast all day! If you are not up for pancakes, their other menu items are fantastic as well. Everything is made fresh on demand. Located in the heart of Chelsea.

201 8th Ave btwn 20th & 21st. / thedishchelsea.com

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Chinese food in Chinatown?

Shanghai Asian Manor

This weeks marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year (AKA Chinese New Year). While in Chinatown check out the Shanghai Asian Manor. You won't get much fresher or more amazing Chinese cuisine anywhere in Chinatown. Although it's a small restaurant it's not really a hole in the wall. By Chinatown standards this is a modern restaurant. While there be sure sample their steamed port dumplingss their signature dish.

21 Mott St @ Mosco / shanghaiasianmanor.com

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Churrascaria Plataforma - all you can eat Brazillian

Churrascaria Plataforma (Brazillian)

"The authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria” Churrascaria (choo-rah-scah-ree-ah) is the name used to describe a restaurant that serves meat, mostly grilled, and a Rodizio style restaurant uses the method of serving different cuts of meat that originated in the south of Brazil in the early 1800s." Plataforma claims to be the best Brazilian restaurant in the country, we're not sure about that but we do think it's the best in NYC. This is an all you can eat restaurant. Please note that drinks and dessert are not included in the price. If you are meat lover then this is heaven, however their salad bar is second to none and any vegetarian will happy to eat at this restaurant too.

316 W 49th St. New York, NY 10019 (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.) / plataformaonline.com

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Amazing Fried Chicken at Amy Ruth’s

Amy Ruth’s (fried chicken)

If you are looking for great fried chicken then look no further. Head uptown to Amy Ruth's where chicken is their specialty. If you don't want all the calories of fried, you can also have your chicken baked or bbq'd. And since they're open 24 hours a day, your midnight cravings won't go unanswered. And don't over look their breakfast menu either!

113 West 116th Street Harlem,New York / amyruths.com

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Chickalicious - great desserts

Chickalicious (Dessert Bar)

"Fresh, fun and innovative individual desserts, as served in NYC’s top restaurants. This 20-seat eatery is built around an open kitchen where the chefs and sommelier work and serve customers directly." If you are passionate about food, here's your chance to enjoy fabulous desserts while watching both their preparation and plating." be sure to try their Dossants, it will definitely add to your waistline but it's worth every calorie!

203 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003 btwn 2nd & 1st Ave / chikalicious.com

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Rai Rai Ken - Ramen

Rai Rai Ken (Japanese Ramen)

This week's not for tourist food recommendation? Ramen - a Japanese noodle soup. It's cold out and there's no better time than to have a big bowl of soup. Why not try some RAMEN! One of the oldest and best traditional Ramen shops in Manhattan is Rai Rai Ken. Located in the east village Rai Rai Ken has now expanded it's menu to include sushi, but it is known for it's Ramen. And when you do try the Ramen, be sure to slurp LOUDLY, it's a tradition!

218 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003 / eatrairaikennyc.com

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Great Puerto Rican Food in NYC!

La Fonda Boricua (Puerto Rican)

With the Three King's Day parade fresh on our minds we're recommending Puerto Rican food of course. Head back to the Upper East side to La Fonda Boricua's. Here you'll find traditional Puerto Rican cuisine at it's best, be sure to sample their signature dish, Arroz Con Pollo (chicken with rice). The restaurant often has live music so check out their website or call before you head over.

169 E 106th St, New York, NY 10029 between Third and Lexington Ave.; / fondaboricua.com

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