Food & Drinks You Must Have In August

Food & Drinks You Must Have In August

Food & Drinks You Must Have In August 

New Restaurants, This Month's Cocktail, Your Next Getaway  

NYC is constantly surprising us with hidden gems, authenticity, and it’s innovative restaurants. Tavola nails it with Italian authenticity. Hidden gems such as BEA, shaking up some incredible, life-changing cocktails. The unique spin on classic such as cookies at Schmackary's and turnovers at BEA, and make you second guess if you can ever go back to the old fashioned way of enjoying such things. we also discovered a rooftop for the ideal summer evening for bites and dranks. 

Just discovered...

 

TAVOLA


Our pizza craving was real prior to seeing War Paint on Broadway. Way too conveniently located to the Netherlander Theatre, is this authentic Italian restaurant. Neopolitan style pizza as classic as Margherita, and as unique as clam pie. We started with a Wood Fired Artichoke Arugula Salad finished off with fresh shaved Parmesan. Shortly following a glass of Chianti and a Peroni on draft, the pizza was incredible. Sausage, mushrooms and hints of basil made for the perfect bite every time.


HAVEN ROOFTOP

As soon as 5 o'clock hits, what better setting than a Rooftop off of 6th Avenue with a drink in hand. When you want some healthful munchies to pair with your drinks, the guacamole and Ahi Tuna Crisps were winning selections. The guacamole was super fresh, and too good to resist. We also went for the Ahi Tuna Crisps. Those were one bite, delightfully refreshing.

 

BEA

BEA is a contemporary take on the American bar scene. The best $15 you will ever spend in your life is on the Duck Turnover. Inside you have Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, Corn & Red Onion, Topped with Jalepeño and Pineapple Pico and Avocado Creme Sauce. All of these flavors come together to make a killer bite every time. It is big enough to share yet also big enough to devour on your own. It's spicy, sweet, and a not so typical side kicker for your cocktails! Their menu is super unique, and certainly the place you go to when you are looking for something "different". They have brunch, dinner, and cocktails for the start, the highlight or the afterparty to your NYC night!  

 

SCHMACKARY'S 

Zachary “Schmackary” Schmahl is the ultimate cookie expert, was “born a cookie monster.” He is constantly making the coolest cookies, beyond mama’s classic chocolate chip cookies. Zachary’s cookies are constantly surprising everyone. Each one is lip schmackin’ good! The latest we have discovered is his Hummingbird, and it just screams summer in taste! Pineapple-ful, tropical coconut, salty sweet perfection, finished off with a rich creamy cream cheese frosting. The hummingbird is offered in store on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays! How do we know what cookie is available when? Zachary’s Cookie Calendar

 

This Month's Cocktail...

Spring Pong at BEA

Spring Pong at BEA. Photo by Megan Peterson 

Spring Pong at BEA. Photo by Megan Peterson 


Gin, grapefruit Juice, Lime & Fresh Basil all come together to create the Spring Pong at BEA. There are sweet cocktails, and then there are cool concoctions that come with nice strength without sacrificing any of the flavors promised in the description. Located right off of 43rd Street, in the center hustle bustle midtown sits this little hidden gem with a killer menu of bar fare. Upscale, and pricey...in our eyes nothing good is “cheap.” The Spring Pong is the start to your night, the edge remover, and the icebreaker. Mmmm!

 

Your next getaway... 

 

OGUNQUIT, MAINE

Ogunquit is a foodie-cation destination spot for your hit list. The town smells like fresh lobster at all hours of the day. To no surprise, lobster is their specialty, however they know how to do Thai and doughnuts just as well as their normal roots. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post featuring all the best Ogunquit has to offer!  

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Food & Drinks You Must Have in July

Food & Drinks You Must Have in July

July has been full of new discoveries of seriously awesome eats. The Jersey Shore has definitely stepped up its game as far as foodie destination spots, which are far from ordinary. Playa Bowls has arrived to the Seaside boardwalk, and farm to table has set up shop in Seaside Heights. In the NYC area, Broadway bites has been in full swing, and there's a margarita on the block and it is calling your name during this hot month! 

Foods That Will Boost Your Mood While You Commute

 

We’ve all been there before when we are sitting on a slow moving train, our stomach is growling and we say “I should have grabbed something to eat for the trip!” Dr. Oz has shared on one of his shows that food served on airplanes has a bland taste due to the high altitude, food loses its flavor no matter what it is. Why not be in control and eat before the trip, or bring the opposite of bland food aboard? Sure…we don’t always want to be that obnoxious traveler who brings aboard something the requires a fork and knife, only to make those sitting near us jealous or make the entire cabin smell like a cheeseburger and fries. Nobody has set any rules regarding eating on moving transit yet, so while thats a thing, take advantage of all the amazing food you can enjoy just when your temper starts to fume in the slightest from delays throughout your travels.

Many of us commute to and from Manahttan daily. Dreadfully long train rides call for amazing meals to enjoy as transit decides to take its sweet time! Some things such as NJ Transit's poor service and LIRR's failures are not going to change, so lets make peace with that and just fuel our selves properly. Train stations, bus stations and now airports are certainly stepping up the restaurant game for you, to ease your experience. Penn station in New York City has brought to you a Magnolia Bakery, Shake Shack, bigger than ever Starbucks, and now a Sprinkles. Whoever approved of these recent additions clearly does not want you traveling hungry, and understands the inconvenience of spending nearly $3 for KIND bar at Hudson News.

PAT LA FREIDA

Black Angus Steak Sandwich from Pat La Freida: Photo by Megan Peterson

Black Angus Steak Sandwich from Pat La Freida: Photo by Megan Peterson

With 10 minutes to board the train to NJ, somehow Megan managed to order a sandwich, with substitutions, take some photos of this beautiful steak sandwich, take a ginormous bite of this glorious-ness…and race through the hassle and bustle of NY Penn Station and make it on the train. Pat La Freida is a famous butcher, and at "The Pensy" attached to New York Penn Station, you can experience what might be the best sandwich you ever have in your life. Everything is prime quality, from the Chibatta Bread, the cheese pairing with each of Pat La Freida’s tender meat options (Black Angus Steak and Pepper Jack, Meatballs & Mozzarella, Roasted Chicken & Provolone, Roasted Turkey, Roasted Pork.) They have specialty sandwiches, which they serve hot and toasted, and they are just everything you need for your lunch hour… Megan went with what looked to be the #1 claim to fame the Black Angus Steak Sandwich, with provolone cheese and arugula. The Black Angus Steak Sandwich is normally served with Pepper Jack Cheese and Caramelized Onions. The Roasted Chicken was a second favorite among the lunch crowd ordering, and recommended by the team behind the counter was the Meatball. Surrounding the counter are Kettle chips that look too delicious and crisp to not have, though behind the counter tots and roasted brussels sprouts are other recommended pairings. 

 

SHAKE SHACK

Double Shack Burger. Photo by Kelly Peterson. 

Double Shack Burger. Photo by Kelly Peterson. 

Shake Shack just recently opened a location in New York Penn Station. We always assume in places of public transportation that we aren’t getting “as good” of an experience. I kid you not, Shake Shack does not disappoint as far as quality is concerned in first bite of their greasy to perfection cheeseburgers. Megan ranks this location better than their location near Port Authority Bus Terminal. They also have a breakfast menu, and serve up the newcomer to the menu the Chicken Shack. I live by the motto that a Double Shack Burger minimum is the way to go. One is the loneliest number. The Shake Shack to-go bag is super convenient to travel with, its got handles and holds the food so that nothing slides and makes a mess.

 

GREGORYS COFFEE

Gregory’s Coffee not only has the best coffee in the city in our opinion, but their pastries and baked goodies just kick ass! A Whole Wheat Doughnut will rid all sadness of train delays, as well as just blow your mind. How could something with the words whole wheat in front of it really be that good? The Whole Wheat Doughnut is comparable to an old-fashioned doughnut, with an after taste of a funnel cake and glazed doughnut mashup. You cannot go wrong with any of their muffins (really though) no matter what your muffin preference you will love their blueberry, corn, even the bran muffin!  The Carrot Zucchini Loaf is out of this world. It is best described as a savory carrot cake, that is full of actual shaved carrots, zucchini, raisins, and nuts. It is incredibly moi*t and holds extremely well if you are looking to save some of it for breakfast the next day! Coffeee-holics will love their cold brew, house hot drip coffee, and espresso lovers will find their espresso absolutely divine. You will feel as though you can take over the world after one sip of their coffee!  

 

PRET A MANGER

“Pret" is a grab and go situation, but you gotta get one of their chocolate chip cookies! Never underestimate the deliciousness of those baked goods that sit out on the counter. These Chocolate Chip Cookies will perk you up for your commute! They have many locations throughout the city, it could possibly be one of your first discoveries once you arrive. Megan gets a kick out of watching families sit at a table at Pret and observe everyone enjoying something different. Kids always devour the Chocolate Croissant!

 

MAGNOLIA BAKERY

 

Chocolate Banana Pudding at Magnolia Bakery. Photo by Kelly Peterson  

Chocolate Banana Pudding at Magnolia Bakery. Photo by Kelly Peterson  

Magnolia Bakery is often the solution to all of your problems, no matter what they are. There are very few problems that their homemade banana pudding cannot fix. It makes you feel better when your sad, it rids your worries, its well deserved after a successful doctor’s visit, and doesn’t say I love you better than anything else. Magnolia Bakery has locations in New York Penn Station, and Grand Central. Favorites of ours are their Pumpkin Muffins (during the fall), Banana Pudding, Red Velvet Cupcake, Cheesecakes, and Devils Food Chocolate Cake. They serve incredible Peets coffee, which is super strong and will perk you up wherever you are commuting to. Treats from Magnolia Bakery also travel very well with you; if your visiting loved ones, bring something for them, a treat for them will make them extra happy to see you! 

 

SCHMACKARYS

We had to include Schmackary’s, as they are located way too close to Port Authority Bus Terminal, and a doable power walk to Penn Station. If you are commuting during the evening hours, Schmackary’s sweet and salty cookies are the ultimate travel buddy. Travel companions of ours are the classic chocolate chip cookie, Funfetti, Schmores, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. They have a cookie calendar that reveals the schedule of the cookies of the day on their website

 

EPICRERIE BOULUD

Almond Croissant at Epicrerie Bouloud at Oculous. Photo by Kelly Peterson  

Almond Croissant at Epicrerie Bouloud at Oculous. Photo by Kelly Peterson  

Just opened in the Oculous at World Trade Center. Epicrerie Boulud is home to high quality prepared food! Kelly calls it gourmet on the go, and never fails to come here weekly! Excellent for breakfast and lunch. The Almond Croissant is a must-try: crunchy and buttery on the outside and a chewy, scrumptious inside oozing with sweet marzipan. Superb coffee and espresso drinks. 

CITY KITCHEN

City Kitchen's offerings; Photo by Megan Peterson. 

City Kitchen's offerings; Photo by Megan Peterson. 

City Kitchen is a gem of a food court conveniently located near Times Square and Port Authority Bus Terminal. In the event that you need breakfast, they are open at 6AM serving it right up, you can get an insta-famous Dough Doughnut and a killer coffee from DOUGH, or Whitmans and Gabrielle’s Taqueria have omlets, potatoes, and pancakes if that is more to your liking. Whitman's during lunch hour is a perfect stop for a buyer or a cheesesteak. Luke's Lobster has their rich, meaty, buttery lobster rolls, and Kuro Obki is the sister pop up to Ippudo NY if you are a ramen fan! Other vendors at City Kitchen are Azuki Sushi, Gabrielle’s Taqueria, and Illi Box. All restaurants will pack up your meal to go, if you're in a hurry, but certainly if you don’t quite know what you're craving, you will satisfy it fast with the options that City Kitchen has to offer. 

 

11 Restaurants That You Must Check Out in The East Village

11 Restaurants That You Must Check Out in The East Village

New York City's East Village is a hero to, not only the new 2nd Avenue Subway, but some of the city's best food. You name it, it's in the east village. 2nd Avenue will satisfy just about any craving! It is quite a romantic stroll, whether you be with your sweetheart, or you yourself and you. A typical significant other may not impact your life as much as Professor Thom's nachos or Mighty Quinn's Sweet Potato Casserole. Scroll down, and you will see that your stomach all of a sudden creates some room. Get ready to hop on that 4,5,6 subway train as these restaurants will satisfy that appetite right, and have you far from intimidated to tackle the East Village restaurant scene.