#SCBDEventRecap The Village Voice Choice Eats Event 2014

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So, I’m not a foodie. In fact, if I could choose between eating and not, I’d take the latter. That’s just me though. But, when our editor-in-chief sent out an email stating she was ill and needed someone to attend The Village Voice “Choice Eats” Seventh Annual Tasting Event, I decided to dive in to help her out. It’s not like it was a burden because I was already in the city that night.

Getting there was a doozey because I hadn’t a clue where Basketball City was. But after I hopped onto the M line, got lost and hailed a cab, I was there. I forgot about everything else and focused on the event.

After checking in with the press table, how special I felt, it was time to mosey around. I had no clue where to start and I felt extremely disorganized. I’d never attended an event and I wanted to present myself as professional and organized as possible. My hope is that it showed.

The VIP area was upstairs and I made my way to check out the selections. Before my eyes were desserts, burgers, barbecued items, chicken, alcohol, you name it. Wherever food you were in the mood for, it was present. But, you must remember a fact about me, I’m all about health & fitness and even still, at an event such as this, I wanted to try to keep my cals in check.

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When I inquired about the amount of calories in one of my favorite desserts, the Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam from Doughnut Plant, one of the women laughed at me and said, “Oh, honey, you can’t worry about calories at this event.” I mean, I totally wanted to be conscious of what I ate, but at the same time, I had to sample these delectable foods. Between you & I, some of the time, I bit half of it and then threw the rest away because that is the protocol at events like this, because there is food for days. I bet you’re thinking, “how dumb of you,” but, hey, I couldn’t enjoy it too much. I’m sort of trying to lose a couple of pounds.

Primarily, I was hooked to the back, where the desserts sat. I tried pastries, brownies, ice cream, butterscotch popcorn, Bubble tea and strawberry shortcake. Then, I made my rounds to the real food. I tried chicken burgers, a sandwich at Pickle Shack, Clarke’s famous cheeseburger, pork tacos and a vegan apple sage sausage sandwich. After that, I tried not to worry as much about calories. Oh well. I would just work out tomorrow harder.

I made my rounds. I couldn’t help but circle round and round. I told myself to stop, quit it, cut it out, but I couldn’t help myself.

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I would say my favorite was definitely the Chocolate chip cookie bar with chocolate ganache and pretzels from Robicelli’s in Brooklyn, NYC. The chocolate and pretzels went together well and I fell in love! I can’t hide it.

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My second was probably the OddFellows Ice Cream Company’s Cedar Creamiscle orange infused foam, graham cracker ice cream. It tasted so creamy and the graham cracker bits added to the taste.

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And, my third was from Fayda Bakery in Chinatown served their Strawberry Shortcake, which was out of this world! It was served with a strawberry and whipped cream on the top. Yummy much?

I was filled to capacity and needed to leave before I made another round. All in all, I believe this event allowed foodies to get a taste of popular desserts and foods of all kind. I was happy to attend and try everything from vegan, vegetarian to the not so healthy foods.

Happy eating!

#SCBDGiveaway – Happy Woman Happy World Contest

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*Please advise  this contest has ended*

Small Chick Big Deals is having a new contest!

The winner of the contest will receive a signed copy of Beate Chelette’s novel Happy Woman Happy World – a book that shows how any woman can go from “overwhelmed to awesome” using her innovative ego-RHYTHM®concept.

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Multiple Ways to Enter the Happy Woman Happy World Contest (choose one of the following):

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#SCBDEvent: .@TheDoeFund Hosts 3rd Annual sweet: New York Tasting Event

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On Thursday, March 13th, The Doe Fund will be hosting it’s 3rd annual sweet: New York to support homeless people in NYC. Students from the Doe Fund’s culinary employment program will work alongside chefs from the top NYC restaurants to treat guests to sweet and savory dishes. All proceeds will go to the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able Program, which helps formerly homeless men and women get back on their feet through career development and educational tools.

Guests will be given the VIP treatment and served dishes from some of New York’s most famous restaurants, including Dinosaur BBQ, Magnolia Bakery, Tao, and Capital Grille. Patrons can also enjoy specialty cocktails crafted by expert mixologists, along with wine from award-winning vineyards and craft beers and spirits. Along with dinner and drinks, there will be a not-so-silent auction and the musical stylings of celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland.

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VIP Tickets cost $150, and tickets to the main event cost $100. You can purchase tickets online and find out more information about the event. Join the Doe Fund on March 13th at 6 PM at the Bowery Hotel for dinner, drinks, and dancing for a good cause!

#SCBDEvent: Mardi Gras Celebration @WHotelsNYC

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Tonight The W New York – Downtown will be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration featuring complementary cupcakes, signature cocktails straight from the French Quarter, and the chance to win a trip to New Orleans! 

Join them this evening at 5 PM for a taste of the Big Easy without having to leave the Big Apple. Kick off the celebration with the Taylor Bird Sazerac, a $9 cocktail that hails from the W French Quarter’s SoBou restaurant. If you’re curious to see what you’re getting yourself into, check out the recipe before you take the dive:

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Taylor Bird Sazerac Cocktail $9

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Rye whiskey

1 barspoon Steen’s cane syrup (or extra-rich 3:1 demerara syrup)

2 dashes orange bitters

4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Absinthe rinse

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: rocks

Garnish: lemon twist

Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe to coat. Stir the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice and strain into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist after expressing its oils over the drink.

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With the purchase of the Taylor Bird Sazerac, you’ll receive a complementary King Cake cupcake from Billy’s Bakery. One of these delicious cupcakes contains a surprise ingredient: a baby! Whoever finds the baby hiding underneath their creamy purple and green frosting will win a two-night stay for two in New Orleans.

For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to find the baby and win the trip, the W New Orleans is offering several specialty packages in honor of Mardi Gras. Check out their website to snag a five night stay at the W New Orleans and get a chance to march in the Krewe of Orpheus parade or grab some daily “to-go” cocktails from SoBou.

If you’re looking for an authentic Mardi Gras celebration with some New York flair, then the W – Downtown is the spot for you! The celebration starts at 5 PM tonight on 123 Washington Street. As they say in the Big Easy, laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

#SCBDEvent: 2014 .@ChoiceEats takes place March 25th in #NYC

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The Village Voice’s seventh annual tasting event, “Choice Eats,” announces a fourth round of participating restaurants today, bringing the total up to 75 participants. The 18 newly added restaurants are: Black Tree, Buka, Chandni, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Doughnut Plant, Grandaisy Bakery, Jones Wood Foundry, Juliette Restaurant, Khe Yo, Kuma Inn, Liddabit Sweets, Mexico Lindo, Mooncake Foods, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, Ovenly, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, Rosamunde Sausage Grill and Rubirosa.

Today’s newly announced restaurants will join previously announced restaurants: 606 R&D, Alobar, Ample Hills Creamery, Anella, Bear, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bhatti Indian Grill, Bien Cuit, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Bunker, Butter & Scotch, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Devi, Dirt Candy, Edi and the Wolf, Egg, El Almacen, Fay Da Bakery, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Indian Clove, Jimmy’s No. 43, John Brown Smokehouse, Kaia Wine Bar, La Newyorkina, Larb Ubol, Little Prince, Littleneck, Louro, Luke’s Lobster, Mables Smokehouse, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Martha, Max, No. 7, Oda House, OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Ovelia Psistaria, Pete Zaaz, Queens Comfort, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Sheep Station, Spicy Bampa, Swine, Tabata Noodle Restaurant, Telepan Local, The Kati Roll Company, The Meatball Shop, The Pines, Thistle Hill Tavern, Xe May Sandwich Shop, Yunnan Kitchen and Zenon Taverna.

“Choice Eats” will be accepting volunteer applications until March 7th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice‘s Third annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event to be held in May 2014 (specific date TBA). To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here: http://bit.ly/CEvolunteer.

VIP tickets for “Choice Eats” 2014 officially sold out in minutes since going on sale on January 29th and only a limited number of General Admission tickets are still available. Purchase tickets, here: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 25th at Basketball City at Pier 36 located in Lower Manhattan from 7:00PM-10:00PM with a VIP-only hour from 6:00PM-7:00PM.

Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV will DJ this year’s “Choice Eats” event. DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new four-piece. The band is signed to Captured Tracks and has been hailed by Pitchfork, Stereogum and their likes for their dreamy, psychedelic style. DIIV have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and at major music festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more.

“Choice Eats” is one of New York City’s most unique food events where 3,000 attendees sample food from over 60 of the most sought after restaurants across all the city’s boroughs from over 35 countries, all handpicked by The Village Voice’s food critics and previously featured in theFork In The Road blog.

Back by popular demand, “Choice Eats” will offer all ticketholders an array of dessert offerings in the “Choice Sweets” section of the event. Choice Sweets participants will be featured on the main floor, with a select few exclusive to the VIP lounge.

Typically held at the 69th Armory, this year’s “Choice Eats” will move to a new downtown location, Pier 36 @ Basketball City, the state of the art Lower Manhattan venue that will enable the event to grow its footprint plus expand the number of attendees, participating restaurants, demos and more. The venue regularly transforms its seven side-by-side basketball courts to an elegant event space for expos, corporate events and now for the Village Voice’s Seventh Annual “Choice Eats.”

Sponsors confirmed for Choice Eats 2014 include: Stella Artois, Great Brewers, Southern Wine & Spirits, Whole Foods Market, Disney NEWSIES on Broadway, Diamond Vision, Asahi Beer USA, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blueprint Brands, Asahi Beer, Verizon FIOS, New York Health & Racquet Club, Pisco Portón, Abita Brewing Company, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brewery

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Ommegang, Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Lagunitas Brewing Company, MOA Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Singha Beer, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Black Dirt Distillery, Catoctin Creek, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, New Holland Brewing, Rogue Spirits, Suerte Tequila, Virginia Distillery Company, Woody Creek Distillers, SingleCut Beer, Four Roses Bourbon, Cabot Creamery and Hot 97.

 

For more information on “Choice Eats” please have a bite here:

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Event Details:

Choice Eats 7th Annual Tasting Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TICKETS: On Sale Now: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats

VENUE: Basketball City | 299 South St. | New York, NY 10002

COST: $85 – VIP (SOLD OUT)

$60 – General Admission (STILL AVAILABLE)

6:00-7:00pm – VIP HOUR

7:00-10:00pm – EVENT

 

Getting There:

The event’s new venue, Basketball City, is conveniently located just north of the Manhattan bridge and steps away from F Train on the East Broadway Stop. It is also accessible by buses and the J, M line at Essex Street.

#SCBDEvent: .@KENandCOOK Oscar Screening Party

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The Academy Awards are the hottest event in Hollywood. It’s a night of glitz, glam, and all the fabulous celebrities you could ever imagine. Unfortunately, most of us commoners will never get to hit the red carpet and join in these festivities. Luck for you, there are other options for you to feel just a fabulous as the Oscar nominees themselves!

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This Sunday, Ken & Cook Restaurant and Bar will be holding an Oscars viewing party for all of you movie-buffs and Hollywood wanna-be’s. Guests are asked to dress in their best black tie attire to walk the red carpet and view the show from a giant projector behind the bar. While you’re viewing, treat yourself to some Oscar-inspired cocktails along with Ken & Cook’s delicious dinner menu and get the VIP treatment! The party starts at 6 PM sharp, just in time for the Red Carpet Pre-Show. Space is limited, so if you want to RSVP, call the restaurant at 212-966-3058 or e-mail them at reservations@kenandcook.com

#SCBDEvent: .@NYCraftBeerFest — Spring Seasonal

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THE NYC CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – SPRING SEASONAL!

You know exactly what I am about to say.

…I’M SO EXCITED.

150 craft beers from all over the country, unlimited 2 oz tastings, and the most amazing, exciting energy in New York City!

Uhm hello, best weekend ever? YES.

There’s also delicious food – a tantalizing spread, that never fails to pair perfectly with my beer tastings!

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Here’s the event information — but hurry! Tickets are selling out!

Click here to get your tickets!

Friday, Feb. 28th (One Session)

SESSION 1: Gen. Admission 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Saturday, March. 1st (Two Sessions)

SESSION 1: VIP & Connoisseur 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM / General Admission 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SESSION 2: VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM / General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM /

*** There is NO Afternoon Session on Friday***

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#SCBDRecipe: Score Big With These Super Bowl Snacks

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How many of you are hosting a Super Bowl party? Or, going to watch the game at a friend or family member’s home?

Either way, you will probably be whipping up some snacks for you and your fellow party-goers to munch on while watching the game, commercials (probably my favorite part) and Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers during the halftime show.

Not sure what you are going to make yet? Don’t just go to the store and pick up a generic, run-of-the-mill veggie or meat and cheese tray – try these ideas to help make this the tastiest Super Bowl party your friends will attend.

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Bacon Wrapper Jalapeno Poppers | Grilled Portobello Sliders | Rice Krispie Footballs | Loaded Baked Potato Dip | Chicken Parm Sandwiches | Grilled Cheese

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There are many other great, and easy, ideas on my Pinterest board of Super Bowl Munchies. What other great ideas do you have for snack for football parties – or any other gathering in general? Share your thoughts and ideas!

 

#SCBDEventRecap: Grand Opening of .@Thefreshmarket

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I had the opportunity to attend the opening ‘cutting of the cheese’ ceremony of the Fresh Market grocery store in Bedminster, NJ. They had a ceremonial crack of the wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese.

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I was very excited when I found out I had the chance to attend this occasion, I had breakfast made fresh in the store and got to see this uncommon ceremony. For those of you that do not know what the Fresh Market is about or what it even is, it is a Market or Grocery store. This market started in Greensborough, NC in 1982. They go with the concept of having everything fresh, have the experience of the customer be more than a chore and to be an experience of relaxation and enjoyment. To share the smells of the fresh made breads and food, and hear classical music surrounded by a warm and friendly environment. The products are all high quality, and not high price like some other markets. You can find a variety of items, common and uncommon all under one roof. This market is the second in New Jersey, and the 151st store in the United States.

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Pulling up to the store, I was so excited! The outside is beautiful and so welcoming; I walked right in and walked to the welcome table. They handed us our complimentary reusable shopping bag, jelly beans, and a bag of their coffee. The bags are really nice, thick and durable and the coffee was delicious! The breakfast that we went to included fresh made products from the store. We had some fruit and breads, the breads included pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, and date nut type bread. They were absolutely delicious and tasted homemade. On the same table there was Orange Juice, it also tasted so fresh.

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There was a hot food station with two chefs. They were cooking bacon and French toast with maple syrup. This was also so good; they gave us little slices of the French toast so we could dip it in the syrup. Finally, they had a few coffee samples to try, I tried the one and it was pretty good, especially since I do not drink coffee.

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I walked around the store a bit and was shocked to see all that they offer. They have a candy bar, fresh nuts and dried fruits and vegetables that you can serve yourself, and coffee section. You can grind your own peanuts and almonds, and get fresh made sushi. There is fresh made breads, and fresh packaged spices.  The desert section was also great, with tons of choices.

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We got to sample the Apple Pie; this pie tasted homemade and was outstanding.

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There is also a whole cheese counter with every type of cheese I know of, over 200 to be exact. They had a meat and seafood as well as cold cut counters. We also got to taste some samples and walk around and get to know the store

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One of the things I really liked about this health market is that it included products of organic and ‘healthy’ companies as well as the companies your find at your local grocery store. It is a one stop shopping place with a really warm and elegant feeling. There were wood floors and beautiful signs, and the workers were outstanding. All the workers were willing to help and very knowledgeable of everything in the store.

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I found out that all the meat is also fresh, whatever is not sold that day is froze and then either sold to restaurants or donated to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

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The cutting of the crack of the wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese started with the Regional director of operations in the North east, Sandy Glatter, speaking.  She explained about the store and how they have great customer service and dedicated workers to help your experience. They also have samples for the opening so the customers can try some of what they offer. She introduced Ben Burton, the store Manager. Everyone was fabulous there!

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This was an awesome thing to witness, Sandy Glatter explained how it is a time honored tradition and it is ‘cracked’ using five tools. This specific wheel of cheese weighed about 86 pounds. She also said how it can take up to 24 months to be made and for it to be ready to sell. It starts with 150 gallons of milk and they age it around 12 months, check it if it is the right cheese. Then they let it sit again until it gets the seal of approval. We got to sample and take part in eating a slice of this tradition, and the cheese was delicious!

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I am so happy I could experience this, and now I have a new store to go to. It is a bit of a distance away from my home, but it is worth it to drive there for all the selections and good tasting food. I am so excited to incorporate my holiday cooking with this store, it gives me so many more fresh options and help from the staff!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjKCk5IMZ7E&feature=youtu.be (my video- sound is not the best)

 

#SCBDExclusive: Last Minute Guide to New Years Eve/Day!

There are a bunch of great New Years deals just waiting for you to bring in 2014 the right way. Start your year off by grabbing a friend and checking out a few of these New York hot spots.

New Year’s Eve

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- Overlook, Picture Courtesy of overlooknyc.com

Overlook

225 E 44th st. New York, NY

212.682.7266

NYE Special: Bring in 2014 with your friends at Overlook, the party is one of the biggest in Midtown and will feature a $60 open bar from 9pm-1am. DJ Dom on the decks, and appetizers! Buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nye-celebration-at-overlook-nyc-tickets-9326284167

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- Raymi, Picture Courtesy of rayminyc.com

Raymi Peruvian Kitchen 

43 West 24th street, New York, NY

212.929.1200

Beginning at 10PM, guests at Raymi’s New Years Eve celebration will enjoy passed hors d’ oeuvres, open bar, champagne toast, live performances, music and dancing, along with the usual signature party favors for $120 per person, but will receive a $20 gift card back for future use at Raymi!  For those that want the VIP treatment, a second option includes bottle service in the VIP room, reserved seating, expedited entry, plated appetizers for the table, champagne toast and party for $175 per person!

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- Picture Courtesy of richardsandoval.com

Richard Sandoval’s Maya Modern Mexican Tequileria

1191 First Avenue, New York, NY

212.585.1818

Richard Sandoval’s Maya Modern Mexican Tequileria is offering a special New Years Eve menu with two seatings. Enjoy a prix fixe menu including: Chile Relleno,stuffed poblano chile, shrimp, calamari, scallop, chile dearbol sauce, black bean puree, crema fresca, Chicken Breast Adobada, adobo marinade, huitacoche dumpling, warm pico de gallo, cilantro pesto, and Abuelita Double Chocolate Cake,devil’s chocolate cake, chocolate abuelita mousse, and salted caramel sauce. The first seating will be from 5-6:30PM for $69. The second seating will be from 9PM-on with the addition of the ball drop, Mariachi band, & champagne toast for $99.

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- Photo Courtesy of Event Brite

Pounds and Ounces

160 8th Avenue at 18th Street (Chelsea), New York, NY

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. $125 from 9pm-2am, open bar and passed Hors D’ouvres with complementary party favors, masquerade mask and midnight toast.  To buy tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-masquerade-ball-with-dj-patrick-kuzara-tickets-9751140925

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Jacob’s Pickles

509 Amsterdam (between 84th & 85th Streets), New York, NY

Jacob’s Pickles will be offering their regular menu and is offering a festive lobster boil for groups and bubbly cocktails.  A fun and different way to bring in the new year.

New Year’s Day

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- Photo Courtesy of drinkingat.blogspot.com

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

Locations:

  • Lexington 181 Lexington Ave @ 31st St

P: 212-779-7427

  • Union Square 116 East 16th St, Park Ave S/Irving Place

P: 212-673-6465

  • The Original 1485 2nd Ave, 78th/79th St

P: 212-288-0999

  • West Side 428 Amsterdam Ave, 80th/81st St

P: 212-501-7515

  • Midtown 416 8th Ave @ 31st St

P: 212-967-7603

No better way to recover from New Year’s Eve festivities than with some College Bowl games and an All-You-Can-Drink Brunch special at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. Their regular brunch menu will run from 11AM-4PM and include menu items such as BJ’s Egg Sandwich, Omelets, Chicken n Waffles and Grilled Cheese. In addition, for $30 customers can enjoy and All-You-Can Drink Special including Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers, Mimosas and Draft Beer (2 hour maximum and only at tables).

 

 

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