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Wine Lovers, Rejoice! Immerse yourself in the World of Wine at Parcelle

Online wine retailer Parcelle now has a new home on the Lower East Side, and the excitement is palpable. Guests can grab a bottle of wine, learn a thing or two from experts, and enjoy a few bites. Overlooking the bustling intersection at Canal and Ludlow, Parcelle’s downtown outpost bridges its online business with an intimate in-person experience. Parcelle offers bar and restaurant service with a wine list of over 500 selections, including rare finds. Chef Ron Yan offers select bar snacks to munch on alongside wine Mondays and Fridays with à la carte dishes (and a prix fixe dinner set) Tuesday through Thursday. Whether you need to brush up on your wine knowledge or wish to explore new palates, Parcelle should be on your hit list this week. Save us a seat when you visit Parcelle at 135 Division St.

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Chicken & The Egg is a Chicken Sandwich Paradise

From the former Executive Chef of Quality Eats Nomad, Chicken & The Egg is American fast casual cuisine with a fine dining backbone. Nestled in the East Village, this chicken sandwich spot is already a go-to spot for late-night bites. Chicken & The Egg offers a variety of chicken sandwiches, salads, sides, and a delicious veggie and vegan sandwich. All sandwiches cost $15 and come with fries. We recommend asking for the Pretty Boy, made with pickled red onion, cole slaw, pickles, and an oversized piece of fried chicken on a Martin's potato roll. Perfect for a mid-afternoon bite or something to eat after a long night out, Chicken & The Egg should be on your radar this week. You can find Chicken & The Egg at 221 2nd Ave between 14th St. and 13th St.

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Dude, Where’s My Mudslide cocktail
Dude, Where’s My Mudslide cocktail

Get Back to the 80s with Nat’s on Bleeker

Nat’s on Bleeker is a new spot serving French and American food in the heart of Greenwich Village. Guests love the flashy 1980s decor, which includes a gumball machine and non-stop tunes from Hall & Oates and others. Expect chilled watercress soup, fried asparagus with beurre blanc, and other spins on French classics.. With the hot weather, be sure to ask for the tasty ‘Dude, Where’s My Mudslide,’ a frozen delight made with vodka, coffee liqueur, chocolate, spiced rum, oat milk, and chocolate swirls. Save us a seat when you visit Nat’s on Bleecker at 170 Bleecker St. between Sullivan St. and MacDougal.

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Cocktail

Make it a Cocktail Night at Bosco in the West Village

Owner Kevin Doherty wants you to know how much he loves cocktails. From the moment you step into Bosco and take in the chic cocktail bar, which includes a seemingly endless drink menu, you can almost see the love radiate from the glasses. Signature drinks include "Mo Chara" (Gaelic for "My Friend"), made with Lost Irish whiskey, ginger, lime sherbet, falernum, and bitters; and the "Sodi Sour Mezcal'' made from vanilla orgeat, lime, and egg whites. Locals can’t get enough of their must-try drink, “The Diversity Tequila,” a clever take on the classic Paper Plane cocktail made from Aperol, yellow chartreuse, lime, orange, and marmalade. Are you feeling thirsty yet? For those looking for bites, Bosco also offers a selection of shared plates like tempura fried tacos and flank steak with guacamole and salsa de Arbol. Bring a few friends and enjoy live DJ sets four nights a week. Check out Bosco at 169 Bleecker St and get your party on.

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Make a Night of it at Hidden Leaf in Chelsea

Hidden Leaf is a gorgeous and festive standalone restaurant tucked inside the new entertainment venue Midnight Theatre, which will launch with a variety of talent later this Summer. Chef Chai Trivedi draws inspiration from southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and  Vietnam to create a shareable pan-Asian dining experience. Internationally renowned bartender Iain Griffiths is making his first foray into the NYC bar scene with the opening of Hidden Leaf’s cocktail bar and its street-level companion, Midnight Cafe. 

Hidden Leaf is ideal for large gatherings like birthday parties and get-togethers. Enjoy a vast menu consisting of standout dishes such as their Black Pepper and Salt Jade Tofu and local-favorite Tom Yum Fried Rice. We also recommend ordering the Stuff Pork Skewers for a tasty South Asian spicy kick. From dim sum to rice noodles and a bevy of expertly crafted cocktails, make tonight a Hidden Leaf night. Check out Hidden Leaf at 75 Manhattan West Plaza in Chelsea.

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Bagel lovers rejoice! Kossar's Bagels & Bialys comes to Chelsea

Historic bagel spot Kossar’s welcomes you to just their second location in nearly 100 years. If you work or live near the area, make this your next breakfast spot, you won’t be disappointed. Ask for a bagel with lox or a toasted onion bialy with whitefish spread. We recommend their rich chocolate babka and rugelach. If you’re still wondering what a bialy is, consider it a Yiddish version of the classic bagel without the hole in the middle. The more you know, right? You can find Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys at 536 W 30th St.

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Stay cool all Summer with soft-serve at Hanoi Dessert Shop

Popular Vietnamese restaurant Hanoi House is inviting guests to their pop-up window dessert shop right next door. For the next four months, guests can enjoy tasty sundaes while perusing the East Village. The sundaes — inspired by the layered desserts of Hanoi, according to their website — are made with vegan soft-serve and come with ingredients like hot fudge, lychee, and caramelized pineapple. Be sure to ask for the ‘Showstopper,’ an epic Vietnamese coffee layer cake prepared with mascarpone cheesecake, chocolate buttercream, and topped with chocolate chips. How can you resist? The window is only open Friday through Sunday, so get here while you can. Find Hanoi Dessert Shop at 119 Saint Marks Pl.

Mussel sausage
Mussel sausage

Immerse yourself in authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Mắm

Mắm started as a pandemic pop-up focusing on the northern Vietnamese street food bún đậu mắm tôm by husband and wife team, Jerald and Nhung Dao Head. The duo now brings their delightful bamboo trays of tofu, rice noodles, and fermented fish sauce to an outpost on the Lower East Side. Customers can add anything from pork belly to blood sausage to their bún đậu mắm tôm dish. Wash it down with their house made soymilk or refreshing Tamarind and Pineapple juice. Currently, Mắm is only open Friday (6 pm - 9 pm), Saturday, and Sunday (12pm - 4 pm). Find Mắm at 70 Forsyth St. between Hester St. and Canal St.

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Mini golf course

There’s something crazy going on at Swingers in NoMad

If you love mini-golf and a party atmosphere, check out Swingers in Nomad. This London import began as a pop-up in 2014, and now you can tee off to your heart’s content just a block away from the R train stop on 28th Street. Guests can enjoy food from vendors like Miznon and Sauce Pizzeria, and Swingers keeps the drinks flowing with a full premium drink menu. Try the Manhattan Swing made with Bulleit Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula, and Angostura bitters. We’re hearing great things about their Frozen Paloma Prima cocktail, perfectly suited for the hot weather and the sweat you may work up trying to get a hole in one. If you’re game for some mini-golf, there are three wild courses: Waterwheel, Clocktower, and Windmill courses. Each comes with delightful yet tricky scenarios, so be ready to show off your skills when you visit Swingers at 35 W 29th St.

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Is it hard to explain or is it a trendy Japanese cafe and bar in the East Village?

By day, this East Village spot is a quaint Japanese cafe that serves coffee, tea, and a few baked goods like macarons and banana bread. The owners allow guests to bring their vinyl records to play. By night (and we mean 5 pm), the back area becomes a bar that serves local beers, natural wines, and sake. Ladies and gentlemen, this is hard to explain, and we love it. Most of the beers are in the $8 range, and you can choose from a variety of single IPA, hazy IPA, sour, and rice lager. They have a Shizuku sake which is quite limited and goes for $23. The space is relatively small and intimate, but this would be an excellent first-date spot. You can find hard to explain at 224 E 10th St in the East Village.

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Uni

Looking for an Omakase in Alphabet City? Say Hello to Thirteen Water

Locals love Thirteen Water, and it’s only been a few weeks since the grand opening. What do they love about it? The quality of the sushi is at the top of everyone’s list. At $75 per person and thirteen courses (get it?), guests can look forward to exquisitely fresh pieces like their toro caviar toast and salmon with torched tomato. A frequent diner told us to look out for their “delicious truffle tuna piece.” Be sure to ask for their yuzu beer, a perfect way to finish your feast. Not bad for an Omakase in the East Village under $100. Grab a seat at 208 E 7th St. in Alphabet City.

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Interior

A Singaporean Cocktail Bar awaits you at Singlish

Tucked away on the second floor, above the recently opened Chard restaurant, is Singlish. Singlish pays homage to the world-class Singapore craft cocktail culture in a tongue-in-cheek fashion with the help of Beverage Director Colin Stevens. Guests can look forward to a Singaporean twist on the classic martini with ingredients like black powder gin, salted egg vermouth, and a salted egg stuffed olive garnish. Looking for a more fiery drink? Ask for their Steven Hawker’s Highball made with cazadores blanco tequila, ancho reyes, pineapple, orange, lime, and a splash of fish sauce. Like Chard, Singlish also sports a tasty Southeast Asian menu and features standout dishes like their soy seasoned jellyfish and duck tongue braised ginger scallion. Oh, and of course, as we recommended for Chard, don’t forget to ask for their signature Singlish fries. You can find Singlish at 17 E 13th St between 5th Ave and University Pl.

A door disguised as a chocolate shelf
A door disguised as a chocolate shelf

Look for the Chocolate…One Bar will Lead you to Another at PS

Sometimes, a door is just a door. At PS, a chocolate shelf is a passageway to one of New York’s best-hidden speakeasies. Located inside the retail shop Pine & Polk in SoHo, guests can access an intimate space with a deep, jewel-toned palette of purple, navy, and green, punctuated by polished finishes of brass and gold. The cocktail menu features six reimagined classics, like the High Tea Negroni with gin, Aquavit, sweet vermouth, and an amaro marmalade cracker. The wine program spotlights wines from California with an emphasis on female and minority vintners, a nice nod to the co-owners of the space, Lindsay Weiss and Alyssa Golub. There are about a dozen by-the-glass offerings and thirty by the bottle. Craft beers are available. Ready to impress your friends? Swing by PS at 300 Spring St. between Renwick St. and Hudson.

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Outdoor seating

There’s Something Beautiful about Bella Dea in the West Village

Bella Dea is a sustainable seafood restaurant and wine bar in the heart of West Village by Chef Brian Bornemann and artist Leena Culhane. Born from the success of their California-based Crudo e Nudo, Bella Dea continues their tradition of fresh food and homey vibes. From local, line-caught fish to their female-forward wine list, Bella Dea is one place you will want to brag to your friends. The restaurant shares the space with another LA import, Breakfast By Salt’s Cure, taking over operations in the evenings. We recommend visiting both. The seafood is sensational, and the sauces they’re paired with are lovely additions. The oysters come with pink-peppercorn limoncello mignonette, and the mackerel crudo comes with yuzu oil and calamansi vinegar. Bella Dea is a cozy spot and offers an understated appeal, be sure to bring a date. Find this gem at 27 ½ Morton St. in the West Village.