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A ‘Beyond Sausage’ Egg and Cheese Is Dunkin’s Latest Addition to Their Revitalized Menu

The plant-based protein takeover continues. 

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. announced this morning that, starting today, July 24th, a breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat Inc.’s plant-based protein will be available in all of their Manhattan locations.

The new item is a version of the classic sausage, egg, and cheese with a plant-based sausage patty. They throw their hat into the ring of fast food joints using Beyond’s plant-based protein, along with Tim Horton’s, Del Taco, and Carl’s Jr.

It’ll be sold for $4.29, about the running price of a normal breakfast sandwich at Dunkin’. Each franchise can set their own price, but if that’s the price of it in one of the most expensive places to live on Earth then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem when the sandwich goes nationwide. 

When that will actually be is a mystery, though. Dunkin’s representative said that the company plans to bring the sandwich to every location soon, but they’re not sure exactly when. 

The question is, as it is with all plant-based products, does it taste like the real thing? Luckily, fellow Foodbeast Reach Guinto got an early taste.

“I would take it over any other sausage sandwich.” he said. “It tastes exactly like the real deal, except it won’t give me a heart attack.”

If you ask me, that’s about as good as it gets — all the health, none of the heart attack. The meat industry is shaking in its boots.

 

Hopefully, soon all health-conscious Foodbeasts (if I eat plant-based the next morning, it evens out the carne asada fries I had last night, right?) will have a chance to try this plant-based breakfast. Until then, live it up Manhattan.

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A Roundup of The Best Pop-Up Bars In New York City This Holiday Season

If Santacon isn’t for you but you still like to deck the halls with a good spirited beverage that’s #FestiveAF, then this is the article for you.

Holiday pop-up bars have become all the rage from coast to coast, but New York City seems to be the most festive. Below are just a few of the bars you should check out after Rockefeller Centre (because that place can be a madhouse).

The Holiday Cocktail Factory

As Willy Wonka said, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, LOCL Bar at NYLO Hotel has launched The Cocktail Factory. The space’s decor will be redesigned to reflect Roald Dahl’s whimsical style and guests can sip from a menu of colorful, seasonal drinks created by Muddling Memories’ Cody Goldstein.

The Violette, You’re Turning Violette  is a combination of tequila, pineapple and Creme de Violette. The Golden Goose is spiked with edible gold, glitter, and pop rocks, but my favorite though had to be The Goodie Goodie Gumballs (seen above) — tequila, St. Germain, cranberry served in a gumball machine.Guests can also have an adult version of the Fizzy Lifting drink in the Champagne Bubble Room or satisfy their sweet tooth at NYLO’s library, which will be converted to a sweets shop for the duration of the pop-up. In the spirit of giving, $1 from every cocktail will be donated to charity partner, Save the Children.

The Cocktail Factory at 2178 Broadway will be open through January 31, 2018.

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack

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Sure, Santa Claus is pretty busy this time of year. But, in his off-time, the big guy loves shredding swells and sipping on tiki drinks. That’s the premise behind Boilermaker’s SOHO pop-up bar. Surf’s up.

The Son of a Nutcracker features a blend of rums, Campari, coconut, passion fruit and fresh lemon while the Little Drummer Boy is their housemade hot cocoa, spiced rum, Amarula cream liqueur, and marshmallows. Not one to ignore the Jewish community, they also have the Hanukka-vana which includes rye whiskey, dill aquavit, coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime. Since the bar is named after the classic beer and shot combination, you have to try one of their xx boilermakers, which are all named after classic holiday characters like Kris Kringle (the classic seen above), Jack Skellington, and Ralphie Parker (the Hawaiian take).

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack at 13 1st Ave will be open through Jan. 1.

Sleyenda

A Christmas tree is lit in Brooklyn and is adorned with all the divas you can imagine — Mariah, Gaga, Britney, J.Lo, and Janet. And atop the tree is the queen herself, Beyonce. It, much like the rest of the decor at Brooklyn’s Leyenda, simply slays (or is it sleighs).

Either way, owners Ivy Mix and Julie Reiner have taken holiday pop-ups beyond Manhattan with their Latin​ ​holiday​ ​pop-up​ ​that​ ​pays homage​ ​to​ ​all​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​​Mexican​ ​Hot​ ​Chocolate​ ​is​ ​spiked​ ​with​ ​mezcal,​ ​a​ ​drink​ ​called​ ​The​ ​Sleigh Pilot (shown above) pairs​ ​Appleton​ ​and​ ​Wild​ ​Turkey​ ​Rare Bread Bourbon​ ​with lime, grapefruit, falernum, cinnamon, absinthe, and aromatic bitters served in an ornament​,​ ​and the classic​ ​coquito​ ​(Puerto​ ​Rico’s ​take on​ ​eggnog). The​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​was also​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​private​ ​winter chalet. A​ ​fireplace​ ​will​ ​warm​ ​the​ ​hideaway,​ ​which​ ​is perfect​ ​for​ ​last​ ​minute​ ​holiday​ ​parties​ ​and​ ​gatherings​ ​with​ ​friends.

Sleyenda ​at​ ​221​ ​Smith​ ​Street​ ​will​ be open​ ​through​ ​December​ ​24th.

Miracle on 9th Street

Photo Credit: Melissa Hom for Miracle

The one that started it all — at least as far as we’re concerned. Miracle on 9th Street at MACE has become a holiday tradition for many (including myself). The Lower East Side bar, known for its unique craft cocktails, gives its creations a seasonal turn.

Try the Christmapolitan, which includes fig leaf-infused vodka, cranberry, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, coconut water, spices, whey — lactose clarification while the Die Hard-inspired Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! features Plantation Barbados Rum, Yaguara Ouro Cachaça, Plantation OFTD Rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat and pineapple acid. Like sibling bar Boilermaker, Miracle also has a Channukah-inspired drink called the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, which is made of chocolate gelt-infused Reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, maple syrup, and black walnut bitters. There really isn’t a bad choice on their menu.

Miracle on 9th Street at 649 E 9th Street will be open through Jan. 1.

The Winter Room

Hanging out at a rooftop bar in Manhattan in December might sound crazy, but the eponymous named The Roof has turned its beautiful views of Midtown into a veritable winter wonderland — it’s also fairly close to all the classic NYC Christmas sites, so that helps.

In addition to its traditional cocktail and light bites menu, the bar also serves “Winter Warmers” like the Rooftop Toddy with spiced rum, hot apple cider, and a cinnamon stick; Central Park Sleigh Ride with Belvedere Vodka, hot chocolate, and vanilla; and The Snowday with Hennessy VSOP, fresh lemon juice, and honey. They also serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider, in case you’re hanging with kids or teetotalers.

The Winter Room at 124 West 57th Street is open through March 2018.

Rolf’s

Imagine a restaurant that thinks it should be Christmas all year around… just like that one aunt you have. Now imagine, it as a New York institution that serves great, traditional German food. Well, that’s Rolf’s.

The restaurant starts decorating in September and they stay up till spring. Their food stays the same, focusing on German classics like schnitzel and bratwurst, but they do serve festive drinks like mulled wine and spiced eggnog. They also have a really hardy schnapps menu, if you’re into that sort of thing. Good luck getting in though, as it’s one of the hottest restaurants to get into at this time of year for this very reason.

Rolf’s is located at 281 Third Avenue.

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These Cocktail-Inspired Gummy Bears Are The Perfect Gift For The Holidays

We all know there’s no shortage of candy during the holiday season. This year, as the store shelves become packed with candy canes and popcorn tins, find something sweet to take you away from the repetitive holiday season routine.

While there will always be room for tradition, Project 7 has created some must-have holiday treats that are perfect for gifting — or just keeping to yourself.

Project 7 has introduced a brand new line of non-alcoholic, cocktail-inspired gummy bears featuring flavors like Old Fashioned, champagne and Moscow Mule. But just because these one-of-a-kind gummies are non-alcoholic, doesn’t mean they won’t get a party started.

Just think, these craft cocktail inspired gummies will surely be a hit at the company work party, or as a gift for the boss that’s the total opposite of NSFW.

It gets even better – these gummies are made with organic sweeteners, they’re non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavors colors OR preservatives.

So, if you’re still trying to pick out the perfect gift, or just need some legit stocking stuffers for the family, get your Project 7 gourmet gummy bear fix at any Target store.

Don’t wait, though – these treats are only available during the holiday season, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! You can find them in the holiday section at your local Target, or on Target.com.

Photos by Pete Pham


Created in partnership with Project 7

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Whiskey Pancakes: The Tastiest Hangover Remedy To Date [WATCH]

A lot of people think that the best way to get rid of a hangover is to continue drinking the next day, a notion called “hair of the dog.” Unfortunately, drinking a Manhattan at 7 a.m. isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so Food Network’s Justin Warner and Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskeyhave teamed up to create the best version of “hair of the dog” we’ve seen yet: whiskey pancakes.

Reid explains how whiskey is made and where it gets its flavor and color from, but only after he and Jason enjoy a few sips here and there of some good ol’ fashioned Bourbon, the American name for whiskey. Jason returns the favor by showing Reid (and viewers) how to make the perfect Manhattan pancakes using vermouth and Maraschino cherries in the butter, then adding bourbon to both the pancake batter and the tangy orange sauce.

Check out the video below to get full details on how to make these amazeballs pancakes.

 

 

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This Dumpster Diver Found So Much Delicious Food In Manhattan Trash [WATCH]

The idea of dumpster diving has always made me cringe, frankly because I feel fortunate that things haven’t come push-to-shove for me when it comes to food insecurity. Not to say I can’t see comedian Jeff Seal’s point in his latest mini doc about dumpster diving in Manhattan, which essentially leads to an overall discussion of high cost of living and food waste.

In his quick video, he spends four nights digging through trash in NYC that has been left outside of major supermarkets and restaurants. Through the process, we get enlightened on the etiquette of dumpster diving while he scores package-after-package of totally edible and often delicious looking food that others have thrown away.

At one point particularly hilarious point, he stumbles on a bag of Sabra hummus only to mention that he doesn’t normally support the brand…but since it’s free, he’s not really supporting anything:

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For The First Time Ever, Katz’s Deli Is Taking Its Pastrami To A New Location

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Katz’s Deli is a classic pastrami shop in Manhattan that has stolen the hearts of New Yorkers and tourists alike, and for the first time in its 127-year existence, the deli will be slicing up its corned beef and pastrami at a new location.

The DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn will be the new spot, and along with Katz’s, will be bringing up to 55 vendors to the massive food hall.

The DeKalb Market existed before, but was forced to move out. So instead of giving up, they’re opening a new, bigger location in City Point, so the Katz’s will be in the heart of Brooklyn,  approximately around here:

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The DeKalb Market Hall is slated to open in fall of 2016, so in about a year from now, New Yorkers will have a new option to grab their favorite pastrami on rye bread.

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Inside America’s Most Expensive Sushi Restaurant Where Meals Start at $450

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For those who love sushi and also for whom money is no object, Masa is a restaurant to experience at least once.

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Masa is a sushi and Japanese food restaurant located in Manhattan and is the most expensive restaurant in New York City and the most expensive sushi restaurant in the United States.

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Masa is omakase-only (chef’s choice) and has no menu. An omakase dinner for one costs $450, not including tax, tips or drinks. Kobe beef costs an additional $150.

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The chef behind Masa is Masayoshi Takayama, who opened the restaurant in 2004.

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Masa is only one of four New York restaurants with three Michelin stars and the first Japanese restaurant in the country to have received as many.

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The restaurant’s fish is imported fresh from Japan and is rarely ever frozen. “Just, the thing is my ingredients. I don’t think they have equals.” Takayama told Eater.

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According to the restaurant’s website, “The food is prepared quickly, and plated for guests as soon as ready to preserve the idea that each dish is still in a living, being state.”

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The restaurant is minimally and elegantly designed, with a $60,000 hinoki wood sushi counter that is sanded daily to ensure smoothness.

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“Refined beauty that isn’t affected by time or social changes. Shibui is never complicated or contrived. Purity of being, of living, of sensing is inherent in all elements of the Masa experience.” the restaurant states.

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The restaurant’s food isn’t the only thing that’s expensive. Reservations must be made with a credit card, and cancellations — even for one person in a party of diners — not made within 48 hours of the reservation time will mean a $200-per-person fee.

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Written by Editorial Staff, Next Shark | Haute Living

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For One Week, This Single Denny’s Will Be Offering $1 Pancake Stacks

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About a year ago, Denny’s opened its first New York City location. Like most one-year-olds, the American diner chain will be celebrating its birthday with cake.

Pancakes to be exact.

On Aug. 31, Denny’s in Manhattan will be offering patrons a stack of buttermilk pancakes for $1. Customers can also win prizes like Denny’s swag, discounts on meals and even free dinners.

New York’s single Denny’s location is best known for its upscale design and craft cocktail bar, setting it apart from the most of the other locations across the US.

The $1 deal will take place exclusively at Denny’s Manhattan. Patrons can get their $1 stack of pancakes starting Monday Aug. 1 through Saturday, Sept. 5.

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