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If You Love Coffee and Dogs, Black Lab Café is the Place for You

Black Lab Café will have two sections — play space for dogs where they can roam off-leash similar to a dog park, and a hangout area for humans where they can drink coffee and eat sandwiches. This family-owned business is run by Kris Powers, Nik Powers, and their mom Lise Evans, who owns two black labs, Daisy and Lola. According to an interview Lise gave to West Side Rag, the family plans to hold special events such as a “grooming event for poodles.” The 500-square foot space will also be available to rent for dog birthdays. Enough said. Host your poodle’s party at 80th and Amsterdam, starting in March 2022.

Exterior of Irish Arts Center building
Exterior of Irish Arts Center building

The Café at Irish Arts Center Brings you All-Irish Cuisine in the Heart of Hells Kitchen

The Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen has a new cafe on the ground level that features all things Irish to the surprise of no one. Dishes like Irish cocktail sausages, potato and leek soup with black pudding, and traditional Irish brown bread scones are available and authentoc, as well as an extensive list of Irish whiskey. The rest of the building is home to an Irish cultural center with a 199-seat theater and an expansive gallery space. Stop by for a show or a traditional Irish coffee at 726 11th Ave on W 51st street.

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Inside Nina's X Liquid Lab
Inside Nina's X Liquid Lab

Add Some Art to Your Nightlife at Nina’s X Liquid Lab at the NoMo SoHo

Nina’s x Liquid Lab. a cocktail lounge located inside the stylish NoMo SoHo Hotel (9 Crosby Street), has opened its doors. Experience a “living gallery” featuring the craft of art-inspired cocktails, combined with live DJ sets and eye-catching art from graduates of The New York Academy of Art. The lounge will sport a rotating seasonal menu of cocktails which will coincide with the artwork in the space. A highly requested drink seems to be Frieda’s Flowers, made with blanco tequila, cucumber, guava, lime, and chamomile syrup served on the rocks with edible pansies inside. A dedicated food menu is coming soon, but for now, enjoy a few drinks and immerse yourself in the art.

Storefront of Prohibition
Storefront of Prohibition

Prohibition Reopens with Live Music and Great Food After 20 Months

Another local favorite that was forced to close during the pandemic has reopened. Prohibition, which has been around since 1996 on the Upper West Side, gives off a 1940’s jazz age vibe. Prohibition still offers plenty of live music, so you can sit back, grab a cocktail and enjoy a few sets.  Bringing a date? This is an ideal spot. You can order food like cheesesteak egg rolls, bourbon baby back ribs, and wild mushroom risotto while you enjoy a guitarist crooning the night away. Find Prohibition at 503 Columbus Ave between 84th and 85th Streets.

Storefront inside Manhattan West
Storefront inside Manhattan West

Experience Mediterranean Dining with a Spanish Flair at Casa Dani

Casa Dani is a Spanish and Mediterranean spot from chef Dani García. In 2014, he launched the short-lived but well-reviewed Manzanilla in the Flatiron District, but he’s back with a new menu focused on Spain's Mediterranean south. Patrons can expect an extensive menu ranging from tapas like chorizo brioche and la tortilla to family-size meals like the whole Spanish turbot served with roasted pepper salad, fingerling potato, or frisée salad. The tuna, however, is Casa Dani’s specialty and is a big reason why locals are flocking to this spot. Despite several tuna dishes, the tuna belly is a big standout, accompanied by a gently seasoned avocado, cilantro, and pine nuts. You can find Casa Dani at 448 W 33rd St, between Dyer Ave and 9th, in the heart of Chelsea.

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Entrance to Sally Can Wait
Entrance to Sally Can Wait

Cubano with latkes? Sally Can Wait brings Jewish-Latino Fusion to the LES

Where else can you get a cubano with a side of latkes? Or a chicken liver sandwich with yucca fries? In all of its purple neon glory, Sally Can Wait is taking the Lower East Side by storm. In addition to their fusion menu, patrons can expect a bevy of craft cocktails. We particularly enjoyed the “Miami Vice” drink, half-frozen piña colada, and half strawberry daiquiri. Thanks to the stellar service and great music, this would make a great date spot or a birthday celebration. Sally Can Wait is located at 252 Broome street, between Orchard street and Ludlow, just steps away from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.


Entrance to Cafe China
Entrance to Cafe China

Cafe China is Serving Some of the Best Szechuan Food in Manhattan

Come for the dimly lit yet intimate interior and stay for the authentic, fresh Szechuan food. Cafe China is rapidly climbing the list of many locals’ top spots for a night out, and we hear dishes like their mapo tofu and double-cooked pork are big reasons why. The menu is long, and the portions are large, so bring some company. They only take reservations for groups of seven or more at dinner and four or more at lunch, but it is definitely worth the wait if you’re riding solo at the bar. Be sure to try the pickled vegetables doused with chili oil and the shrimp dumplings. Cafe China offers bento boxes as well for takeout and delivery. In the soft opening phase until January 2022, find this gem at 59 W 37th street between 5th Ave and Madison.

Interior of The Parlour Room
Interior of The Parlour Room

The Parlour Room is One Swanky Whiskey Bar You Won’t Want to Miss

The Parlour Room is Midtown’s latest and possibly, swankiest whiskey bar. This new spot looks the part from velvet booths to a wood-burning fireplace. With over 400 craft whiskeys and a dozen different tastings, you’ll feel like you’re back in 1920 rubbing shoulders with Ernest Hemmingway. The Parlour Room is a sight to behold, and we couldn’t stop admiring the grand chandelier that hangs over the bar. If you fancy a bite, this place can whip up some lobster and shrimp wontons or a vegetarian lasagna for two. You can find The Parlour Room at 70 W 36th street on 6th Avenue.

Outdoor patio
Outdoor patio

Need a Break from Ice Skating? Osteria La Baia is the Latest Italian Spot to Hit Rockefeller Center

Osteria La Baia’s beautiful exterior is hard to miss. The restaurant’s website claims it is inspired by the ‘glittering coast of Italy and its discreet seaside towns,’ and they’ve nailed it. Enjoy a warm and welcoming plate of mushroom truffle risotto as you take in the beautifully curated aesthetics around you. The dining room is sectioned into two areas with sea blue banquettes, while gorgeously appointed tables draped in linen are accompanied by custom-made club chairs. Flowers and large plants adorn nearly every corner. The menu has sections dedicated to crudos, pastas, pizzas, and mains like Long Island duck and Dover sole. We’ve heard that the service is also top-notch here, so be sure to check them out next time you’re in Rockefeller Center. Osteria La Baia is at 129 W 52nd Street, on 7th Ave and Avenue of the Americas.

Chefs and counter space
Chefs and counter space

Enjoy Hand-crafted Sushi, Omakase Style at Sushi W in the Upper West Side

Have an hour to spare? Sushi W has three omakase options that range from $33 (only available at lunch) to $63 (15 pieces of nigiri and two hand rolls), and all of these meals are served within a 60-minute time frame. You can also order from a full à la carte menu if you wish. Omakase is a traditional tasting menu, but it is also a Japanese phrase, meaning “I leave it up to you.” Sushi W’s website says, “Each piece of sushi is handcrafted in front of the diner one-by-one, allowing diners to eat each piece at its freshest point while witnessing the art of sushi-making firsthand.” Expect fast service as well, with three chefs working in tandem, you won’t have to wait long between pieces. You can grab a seat at 2673 Broadway on W 102nd Street and Broadway.

Exterior of The Commerce Inn
Exterior of The Commerce Inn

Take a Trip to Early America at The Commerce Inn

The Commerce Inn is a Shaker Inspired West Village tavern and cookery from highly-regarded West Village chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi. The Shaker influence permeates throughout this newly opened establishment. Jody Williams says, “we celebrate Shaker sensibilities of utility, craftsmanship, community and material honesty. Our kitchen focuses on fresh and straight-forward fare inspired by heirloom recipes and local traditions.” The tavern is open now and features an expansive selection of wine and spirits. Dining isn’t open yet but The Commerce Inn will eventually offer piquant pickled oysters in bread and butter brine, fortifying pot pies, and more 18th-century early American fare. You can find The Commerce Inn at 50 Commerce Street on the corner of Commerce and Barrow.

Entrance to Beer Run
Entrance to Beer Run

Beer Run is Barreling through Harlem, More than 250 Beers on Tap

Beer lovers in Harlem are excited about Beer Run’s opening in Hamilton Heights. This is a craft beer spot armed with 16 tap lines (including wine) and 11 fridges containing a staggering amount of beers and ciders.  It will be tricky to decide which brew is right for you out of 250 choices, but Beer Run has you covered at 36094 Broadway between W 148th and W 149th Streets. You can try a traditional Belgium lambic beer with 400g of cherries per liter aged in year-old oak casks or a couple of IPAs from local breweries like Kings County Brewers Collective.

Credit: Scott Lynch, Gothamist
Credit: Scott Lynch, Gothamist

Looking for Chicago-style Pizza? Emmett’s On Grove has you Covered in Greenwich Village

Emmett Burke has been known for his Chicago-style deep dish spot (Emmett’s) on MacDougal Street since 2013 but he’s ready to expand with newly opened Emmett’s On Grove. The new pizza joint will feature Chicago’s thin, tavern-style pies in plain cheese, a make-your-own version, or the aptly named ‘Hot Poppy’ (pepperoni, red onions, and jalapeños topped with a paprika ranch dressing). For the uninitiated, Chicago’s tavern-style pizza actually predates the deep dish style and features a cracker-thin crust that's usually square-cut and often loaded with fennel-heavy sausage. Guests can also expect to find meatballs, chicken parm, shrimp cocktail, pappardelle bolognese, and twice-baked potatoes with bacon and sour cream, among other dishes. You can find Emmett’s On Grove at 39 Grove Street near Bleeker Street.   

Exterior of Marian's
Exterior of Marian's

Welcome to Marian’s, The Latest American-Style Restaurant to Hit the West Village

Marian’s is a new American-style restaurant in the West Village managed by chef Christian Rowan, who formerly worked at lauded restaurants such as Le Bernardin (Hells Kitchen) and Eleven Madison Park (Flatiron District). The restaurant gets its name from Rowan’s grandmother, “as a tribute to her impact on his life.” He didn’t name it after her for her cooking prowess per se, but instead because “she was his biggest fan and told him to just do whatever it was that made him happy.”. Guests can expect dishes like clam chowder pot pie, short rib pappardelle, and an exciting twist on Pop-Tarts with seasonal fillings. Sign us up, please. Find Marian’s at 24 Greenwich Ave, between Charles Street and 10th.

Interior of Bird Dog
Interior of Bird Dog

Italian with a Southern Drawl? Bird Dog Invites You for a Taste in the West Village

Chef Brian Cartenuto loves dogs. His own pup has a pretty active Instagram page, so it is to the surprise of no one that his newly opened restaurant in the West Village is called Bird Dog and features wall-to-wall portraits of dogs. This Italian spot is unique, deploying southern notes to various dishes. The menu includes mafaldine with pumpkin puree, catfish black-eyed pea gumbo, and meatloaf with broccoli and a cranberry mostarda. One of their hot items seems to be what they call “Iceberg Lettuce,” a bacon-infused salad with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, and radish generously seasoned (as one would expect from a hearty southern meal). Find Bird Dog at 525 Hudson Street, near Charles Street.

Lexington Ave. Storefront under construction.
Lexington Ave. Storefront under construction.

Krispy Kreme Set to Take a Bite out of the Upper East Side

Doughnut lovers rejoice. Krispy Kreme’s iconic mouthwatering glazed doughnuts are making their flavorful way into the Upper East Side later this October. Scheduled to open its doors at 7 am, Tuesday, October 12, Krispy Kreme will set up shop on Lexington Ave near East 86th Street. Too early in the morning for you? Have no fear; Krispy Kreme will have its doors open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Crisp and buttery experience with a caramelized flaky thin crust. Credit: @lacabra.nyc on Instagram
Crisp and buttery experience with a caramelized flaky thin crust. Credit: @lacabra.nyc on Instagram

Famed Scandinavian Coffee Company La Cabra is Bringing their Signature Brews to the East Village

Coffee fans have reason to celebrate with the North American debut of the renowned Nordic coffee company La Cabra brewing its way into town this week. Enjoy a crisp cold brew or a sweet and savory croissant at 152 2nd Ave in the heart of the East Village.

“Pad prik khing” with long green bean, cured egg yolk and lots of “Makrut” lime leaves. Credit: Chef @hongthaimee from @thaimeelove Instagram
“Pad prik khing” with long green bean, cured egg yolk and lots of “Makrut” lime leaves. Credit: Chef @hongthaimee from @thaimeelove Instagram

Homestyle Thai Restaurant Thaimee Love is Making Greenwich Village its New Home

After a stirring run as a pandemic pop-up earlier this year, Thaimee Love is ready to settle down and make a permanent home in Greenwich Village at 116 West Houston Street. You can expect an expanded menu focused on family-style courses and the magic touch from celebrated chef Hong Thaimee who plans to give “the best to my people.” From crispy Chiang Mai fries to a decadent crab salad, we can’t wait to grab a seat this October. Join us.

Storefront of Lolo's Seafood Shack in Harlem. Lolo's team is opening new location in the Upper West Side. Credit: lolosseafoodshack.com
Storefront of Lolo's Seafood Shack in Harlem. Lolo's team is opening new location in the Upper West Side. Credit: lolosseafoodshack.com

Excitement Grows as Lolo’s Tacos Opens their Second Location

Mexican and Belizean street food collide when Lolo’s Tacos opens its doors later this month in the Upper West Side. Expect a dynamic mix of fried fish, pork tacos, and a variety of snacks commonly sold on the streets of Belize. Broaden your taste buds with some plantain-wrapped tamales and a couple of fried salbutes for good measure. Lolo’s Tacos second location is slated to be on 2799 Broadway, at West 108th Street.

Pastries from Salon Sucre which has opened in the Market Line. Credit: Salon Sucre
Pastries from Salon Sucre which has opened in the Market Line. Credit: Salon Sucre

French patisserie Salon Sucré Set to Sweeten the Lower East Side

The newest vendor to open inside The Market Line in Essex Market, Salon Sucré, will be your one-stop shop for all things French desserts. From irresistible macarons to pumpkin tarts to get you in the mood for Fall, there’s always something sweet waiting for you at Salon Sucré. This tasty pastry shop is open now for dine-in and takeout.

JW Chicken with Salsa Verde. Credit: Barbuto
JW Chicken with Salsa Verde. Credit: Barbuto

Hotly Anticipated Italian Spot Barbuto Returns With a Bang

Something delicious is happening in the West Village, and we’ve got the scoop. After temporarily shuttering its doors last year, Barbuto is ready to strike again in an all-new location, and it’s bringing its signature roast chicken with salsa verde alongside it. Experience it when it all comes together this October at 113 Horatio Street in the West Village.

Credit: Electric Burrito
Credit: Electric Burrito

Electric Burrito is Turning Heads This Week in New York

Feel the jolt. Electric Burrito storms into the East Village with California-style Burritos, and we can’t get enough. Try their irresistible burritos and tacos stuffed with french fries and a side of pico de gallo to get your day rolling. You can also choose surf-and-turf burritos and quesadillas, among other California-inspired favorites. Get it while it's hot at 81 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003.

Serafina Upper West Side
Serafina Upper West Side

Serafina To Go is Bringing Italian Favorites to Greenwich Village

Serafina To Go is promising authentic, “100% Italian cuisine” and they’re making sure you can get it when you’re on the go. Sister eatery to the well-known Serafina line of Italian establishments, Serafina To Go is a quick and convenient way to get your Italian fix. From  pizza, pasta, and salads to an expansive selection of wine and beer, Serafina To Go is looking to shake up Lower Manhattan. Pick-up, Delivery, and Catering will be available when Serafina To Go launches sometime later this Fall at 402 6th Ave by West 8th St.

Cauli-Fried-Rice Bowl
Cauli-Fried-Rice Bowl

Healthy Fast-Casual Bowls Take the Spotlight in OneSeed

Tribeca’s latest healthy bowl spot, OneSeed, promises a spin on feel-good favorites where veggies serve as the foundation for each dish. Newly opened, One Seed offers a filling Cauli-Fried-Rice with lemon poached shrimp that’ll leave you wanting more. You can also mix things up with their Shakshuka Shakeup, which consists of brown rice, marinated chicken breast, and oven-roasted basil tomatoes. All menu items are Dairy Free, Soy Free, and Gluten Free. Be sure to grab your bowl before this Tribeca secret is out. 

Entrance
Entrance

Grand Central Oyster is Back, Folks

One of the best seafood deals in all of New York City could be found at Grand Central Oyster, intimately tucked away in the lower level of Grand Central Terminal. It wasn’t an easy comeback trail for the Oyster spot after a 17-month closure, but patrons can expect their signature seafood offerings like their broiled flounder and clam chowders that rank among the best in town. Dine-in and take-out are available now, with delivery coming soon. Take a peek at their extensive, award-winning wine list while you’re at it; you won’t be disappointed.