NYC Restaurant week 2017 summer

Since its inception in 1992, NYC Restaurant Week has now expanded to four weeks of a financially friendly opportunity to explore and try restaurants you may otherwise feel out of your reach. With 390 restaurants participating, the options can seem a bit overwhelming. If you have no idea where to go, we want to help you make your choice during these last days. Note: NYC Restaurant Week ends tomorrow, Friday, August 18th. So make your reservations now!

So “how does this work?” you may be askingDuring NYC Restaurant Week, you can indulge in a 3-course prix-fixe meal, which will cost you $29 for lunch and $42 dinner (plus the cost of beverages, tax and gratuity). This menu is offered Monday – Friday and on Sundays at some locations. You can find out which restaurants are participating and explore the menus they are offering here.

NYC Restaurant week 2017 summer

To give you a taste of what to expect and to help you narrow your options, here is what a few of our hungry friends had to say:

Danielle, @DaniDares (Food Before Love Insider)

Where to go:

The Clocktower (Flatiron) (lunch)

What to order:

Appetizer: Shellfish linguini, lemongrass, king crab, lobster bisque

Entree: 36 Hour braised Pork Belly, crispy polenta, roasted apricots, golden thyme

Dessert: Peach Eton mess, almond whipped cream, vanilla meringue

Beverage: Gruner Ventliner

Favorite details of the experience: The entire experience was decadent. The walls are adorned with images of classic icons. It felt as if we were in someone’s home that was hosting us for lunch or the perfect setting for a game of clue. The bisque was fulfilling yet not heavy, and the pork belly melted in my mouth with such a succulent flavor.

Branzino

Name: Jessica, @Jessbcause721

Where to go:

Schilling Restaurant and Bar (FiDi) (lunch)

What to order:

Appetizer: Chicken liver crostini with shallot marmalade, house pickles and dijon

Entree: Branzino w/ a black garlic broth, root vegetable fricasse and charred broccoli florets

Dessert: Tiramisu

Beverage: Traditional Austrian beer Hefeweizen

Favorite details of the experience:

I absolutely loved the chicken liver crostini! It was super rich and the sweetness of the shallot marmalade just literally melted in your mouth. I would go back just to have that. I also loved that the broth with the branzino was spicy. The branzino was tender and flaky, there is so much you can do with fish so I enjoyed that they kept the broth light and flavorful and kept the branzino as the star.I would give the food a 4, that tiramisu was heaven in a shot glass.

Ambiance of the restaurant is very farm to table as the location is an industrial converted garage with wooded accents, glowing string lights and plush pillow lined benches.  The door was pulled all the way up so we had a nice floating breeze. I adore restaurants like this that kind of invite the hum of the city in while you dine. You can always feel connected to the world around you..

Great for dates or just catching up with friends. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and were more than accommodating when my boyfriend and I wanted to sample a few of the beers before deciding. Service is definitely a 5. All in all I would love to go back, as I said before its cozy, I had a great time and the food was AMAZING!

Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Haley & Sarah, @twotastebuds_nyc

Where to go:

Sant Ambroeus (West Village)

What to order:

Appetizer: Battuta Di Manzo (Steak tartare)

Entree: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Dessert: Gelato & Sorbet

Beverage(s): Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon “La Contessa” 2015

Favorite details of the experience: The tagliatelle alla Bolognese was one of the best pasta dishes I have had in NYC and our waitress let us have a wine tasting while deciding which we wanted!

Where have you gone for NYC Restaurant Week? Let us know all about it in the comments below or tag us @FoodBeforeLove on instagram!

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Cup Tap + Cork

Calling all beer and wine lovers! The 5th annual Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest hosted by Arts+Crafts is returning to Restoration Plaza on Saturday August 12, and you do not want to miss it. Described as the experience of grand tastings with a block party atmosphere, this day long even features over 60 craft beers and wines to taste, delicious food pairings from local vendors, and live music and entertainment. More than one thousand beer and wine lovers have come out to this event in the past, and they are doing it even bigger this year with added events throughout the weekend to cater to everyone’s needs.

Tap + Cork Flyer

This tasty fest will contain a multitude of curated craft beer and artisanal wine selections from known breweries and wineries such as Harlem Brew, Five Boroughs Brewing, Veltins’ Grebensteiner, Dyckman Brewery, Owls Brew, Brooklyn Oenology, Cherulin Thomas and Mouton Noir. Patrons will be given a commemorative sampling cup to try out the selections offered from different vendors. While sampling the delicious libations, you’ll be able to indulge in some equally delicious treats and eats from some local food vendors, and DJ CEO and DJ Christopher Sealey will be playing all the tunes in case beer and wine makes you want to dance a little.

Tap + Cork Group
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

In its fifth year, some other perks have been added to the fest such as TapNight Out on August 11, and the very first Tap+Cork Champagne Brunch on August 12, the day after the fest. The Saturday festival will also feature a #DrinkBetter VIP lounge, which has a special 3-hour tasting session with unlimited tastes of top-shelf curated selections, food, and beverage.

Sounds like something you’re interested in? Well, General Admissions tickets are only $25, and allow for 15 tastings (Yes, FIFTEEN!), and you can also buy additional sets of tastings at the event if fifteen is not enough to satisfy your craving, because with over 60 vendors, you may wanna try out more. VIP ticket start at $60 and includes access to the #DrinkBetter lounge.

Tap + Cork NYC
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

So, what are you waiting for beer and wine aficionado? Visit www.tapcorknyc.com for more information and to purchase those tickets.  And remember, Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest is going down Saturday August 12, from 2-8 at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street).

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Secret Summer NYC Cocktail Glass

Pssst…can you keep a secret?

Well some secrets aren’t meant to keep!

Secret Summer NYC is back for another exciting installment as the first and only farm-to-bar immersive food and cocktail festival combined with music, fashion, art and performance.

Only days away, this one-of-a-kind event takes place on Sunday, August 6th, from 4pm – 10pm at the The Foundry, an event space located in Long Island City, Queens that will be transformed into a lush, garden-like setting befitting for this summer time soirée that attracts NYC’s hottest crowd. What better way to spend your Sunday Funday than sipping on creative cocktails and noshing on gourmet bites in a beautiful urban oasis!

Secret Summer NYC Bartender
Shot by Dee Williams

The MVP of the day – the drinks – will be curated by bespoke catering and hospitality company, RAPT New York, who specializes in farm-to-bar mixology sourcing the best ingredients from locally owned farms and urban hydroponic gardens. A glimpse into the cocktail menu showcases intriguing creations with clever names, such as the “Resting Birch Face”, with Woodford Reserve bourbon, foraged black birch, Wilklow Orchard cherries and Farm One mints and the “Figgedaboudit”, a concoction of Zacapa 23 rum, mission figs from Murray Farm, Harmless Harvest coconut water, honey and thyme.

Secret Summer NYC Cocktail Menu
Shot by Dee Williams

After getting your drinks on, you’ll definitely want to sample some food to accompany them. This year’s featured food trucks include Luke’s Lobster, La Pulperia, Big D’s Grub Truck and Wafels & Dinges. Offering a variety of flavors and cuisines to satisfy multiple palates, from savory to sweet – these trucks will have you covered whether you want a light bite or something heartier.

Secret Summer NYC Cocktail
Shot by Dee Williams

What’s a good summer party without entertainment? Secret Summer will present a live band, drumming performance group and a DJ to set the musical mood. Plus, for extra fun factor, a photo booth, gold flash tattoo stations, nail art stations and face painting and mehdni body art will all be featured.

Secret Summer NYC Cocktail Glass
Shot by Dee Williams

General Admission tickets include complimentary cocktails and drinks; food is for purchase. And luckily, tickets are still available here. Be sure to use the promo code ‘SecretFoodies‘ to receive 20% off.

If indicative of summers’ past, this year will sure to be an experience like no other. Hope to see you there!

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Food Before Love Crowd Funding Campaign

passion
[pash-uh n]
noun

1. a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.

2. strong amorous feeling or desire; an intense emotion.

Food. Food is our passion and it shows in everything we do here at Food Before Love – the services we provide, the information we share, the food related experiences we create, and the relationships we foster.

It’s been 5 years since Food Before Love was created and as I reflect back on our beginnings and on all the awesome moments and things we’ve accomplished, I want to give a huge shout out to you all. Thank you for making us great, we truly appreciate you!

We have the PASSION…and now we need your SUPPORT – more than ever.

“Support people who are creative in public.” ~Someone Smart

So, I’ve been wearing many hats and handling all the daily tasks needed to run this business and you know what – it’s a lot for one person.

Through the years we’ve partnered with some amazing interns, writers and foodies and we couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity. Our current team of Food Before Love Insiders are the bomb and have been instrumental in getting our name out there. But, it’s still not enough and we’re pushing the envelope for more.

“To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.”  ~Anita Roddick

We are ready for this change, but there are some financial restraints to consider. Stay tuned because coming up within the next few weeks, we will be filling you in on our Fall crowdfunding campaign launch.

Here’s what our short check list looks like:

– Revamping our site to make it more functional

– Bringing aboard an ‘in the know’ Social Media Manager

– Growing our sponsorship and partner base for major projects like the food festival

We can’t wait until this team is in place, so Food Before Love can provide even more to the food community. The team we build must maintain Food Before Love’s creativity and ability to stay on top of all the latest food trends and happenings. Don’t you agree?

Next steps? Well – do you have the skill set to move Food Before Love forward? Contact us then!

Spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign coming soon and our exciting endeavors to your network of those that share the same mind set and passion that we do. You can also follow us on @FoodBeforeLove. Tell what you love about us and what you would like to see more of!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” ~Maya Angelou

We need individuals that support our vision and can work independently to achieve it. For direct crowdfunding specific updates and donation information, sign up here.

Seriously though, are you in?

I’m looking forward to seeing you alongside us on this campaign and I’ll be in touch!

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GRACE JAMAICA JERK NEW YORK 2016-558

Delicious food hailing from the Caribbean, musical performances, cooking exhibitions and demos, giveaways, contests and more. Did we get your attention? The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is back for its 7th year and we want you there! It’s touted as being “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival” and rightfully so. This annual fête held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Sunday, July 23rd from noon – 8pm, attracts a mix of over 20,000 foodies, reggae and soca music lovers and cultural enthusiasts from all over the city.

NYC Jerk Fest Logo

Imagine being surrounded by all your favorite Caribbean dishes cooked up in flavorful jerk spice, of course. This jerk themed festival gives you a chance to sample and indulge in it all with several food vendors present! Patrons will also be able to witness and cheer on their favorite chefs competing and showcasing their talents in the Jerk Cook-Off where one deserving chef will be declared the festival’s Jerk Champion.

GRACE JAMAICA JERK NEW YORK 2016-558

Plus, this year special guests such as Morgan Heritage, Alison Hinds, Konshens and Barrington Levy will be hitting the Main Stage with exciting, explosive performances that are sure to please and get you winding your waist!

Visit the Cultural Stage and connect with Caribbean heritage while enjoying dance performances, poetry, story telling and comedy.It really is a win, win situation so round up your crew of friends and family and spend the day enjoying the cool vibes and celebrating the Caribbean’s vibrant culture and distinctive cuisine.

GRACE JAMAICA JERK FEST 2015

Wait, did you get your tickets yet? If not, don’t worry, go to Jerk Festival NY  to purchase yours and check out the full itinerary of fun-filled festival events and happenings.

Don’t wait too long though, ’cause the countdown is on and Sunday is almost here!

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Soco Macaroni and Cheese
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National Macaroni and Cheese day is something we try to celebrate often, but it’s official now because you’ve decided to join us.

If you’re like me, you love the creamy, cheesy, deliciousness that is Macaroni and Cheese. A perfect day for you is settling down to a bowl of this comfort meal. Looking to celebrate in New York City the right way? Check out this list of restaurants in that will support your Macaroni and Cheese addiction and help you celebrate National Macaroni and Cheese day correctly

Mangoseed

Mangoseed is a modern Caribbean restaurant located in the heart of Flatbush with new and old island favorites.  One of which is their 4 cheese Macaroni & Cheese dish. It is wonderful on its own but it also pairs deliciously with oxtail gravy. Show up before 7pm to try out their tropical cocktails during happy hour on National Macaroni and Cheese day.

757 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Soco

Soco is another Brooklyn favorite located in Clinton Hills, very well known for their red velvet waffles and their fabulously massive Aunt Cruz macaroni and cheese. Their mac can be perfectly washed down with Soco’s New Orleans inspired cocktail the Mardi Gras. Show up before 7pm for discounted Macaroni and cheese plus, half priced drinks.

509 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Soco Macaroni and Cheese

Bobwhite Counter

Bobwhite Counter is a small, quaint, southern comfort spot located in the East Village. Not only do they give you life with their fried chicken, but their mac & cheese tastes like someone’s Southern grandma put their foot in it. Their macaroni & cheese is only $6 but gives you all the cheesy greatness you are looking for.

94 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Miss Lily’s 7A

Miss Lily’s brings authentic Caribbean fare to the east village. With traditional reggae & soca blasting from their speakers, you can have your favorite curried edible with a side of their flavorful mac. Baked like a pie, it brings me back to the islands (Trinidad & Tobago to be exact) where my grandmother whipped up a similar treat.

109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Harlem Public 

Harlem Public is a cozy neighborhood bar that serves up pub inspired cuisine, including awesome macaroni & cheese (or Mac & Steez, as they call it). If you want to be extra fancy, they throw can throw in bacon, pulled pork, or chicken.

3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Harlem Public Macaroni and Cheese
Photo Courtesy of Rafael H. (yelp)

Mac Shack

Mac Shack is a well known Brooklyn eatery that churns out every style macaroni & cheese you can think of. Feeling like you want to sample them all? They offer daily specials to try out mini portions of any Mac you’re in the mood for.

901 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Enjoy National Macaroni and Cheese Day!

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