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5 Napkin Burger Beer Dinners

5 Napkin Burger and Captain Lawrence are joining forces to help you shake those winter blues with a three course food and beer paring. 5 Napkin Burger classics will be paired with Captain Lawrence brews – 3 courses, 3 beers. The events will be held on February 9th at the Union Square location and on February 11th at the Yonkers location. Purchase tickets before they sell out!

5 Napkin Burger and Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner


Donut Fest

Get ready, New York City. This Saturday is the inaugural Donut Fest. Some of New York City’s best restaurants and bakeries will compete to take the title of the best donut in the city. Participating establishments include, Dun-Well Doughnuts, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Du Jour Bakery, Mike’s Donuts, The Doughnut Project, Clementine Bakery, Glaze Donuts, Carpe Donuts, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Cafe Grumpy, Brooklyn Roasting Company and D’Amico Coffee Roasters.

The event will take place at Verboten in Brooklyn. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry plus three coffee tickets.


50 Best Steakhouses in America

The Daily Meal has announced its third annual list of the 50 best steakhouses throughout the U.S. New York City has more than its fair share of spots in the list – Keen’s, Peter Luger, Sparks, Porter House, Gallagher’s and Old Homestead.

Did your favorite steakhouse make the cut?

Rank Steakhouse Location
1 Cut Beverly Hills
2 Keens New York City
3 Bern’s Tampa
4 Peter Luger New York City
5 Barclay Prime Philadelphia
6 CarneVino Las Vegas
7 Craftsteak Las Vegas
8 Red Miami
9 Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas and Houston
10 Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Oklahoma City
11 Bazaar Meat Las Vegas
12 Cattleman’s Steakhouse Fabens, TX
13 Killen’s Steakhouse Pearland, TX
14 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
15 Perini Ranch Buffalo Gap, TX
16 Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf Chicago
17 Harris’ San Francisco
18 Metropolitan Grill Seattle
19 Pacific Dining Car Los Angeles
20 Murray’s Minneapolis
21 Plaza III Kansas City
22 John Howie Steak Seattle
23 BOA Los Angeles
24 Stripsteak Las Vegas
25 Sparks New York City
26 Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse New Orleans
27 Porter House New York City
28 Gorat’s Omaha
29 St. Elmo Steak House Indianapolis
30 Gallaghers New York City
31 Osso Steakhouse San Francisco
32 Mr. B’s Milwaukee
33 Duane’s Prime Riverside, CA
34 Jar Los Angeles
35 Gene & Georgetti Chicago
36 Prime Las Vegas
37 Golden Steer Las Vegas
38 The Hitching Post II Buellton, CA
39 Kevin Rathbun Steak Atlanta
40 Oak Steakhouse Charleston
41 Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
42 Al Biernat’s Dallas
43 Brother Sebastian’s Omaha
44 Old Homestead New York City
45 Jess & Jim’s Kansas City, MO
46 Red Prime Oklahoma City
47 Chamberlain’s Dallas
48 Oliver’s Prime Los Angeles
49 The Buckhorn Exchange Denver
50 Taste of Texas Houston, TX



Now You Can Order Lunch by Text

This is pretty cool so check it out. No longer will you have to wait on long, 15-25 minute lines for places like Chipotle, sweetgreen, indikitch, etc. Arcade has simplified the lunch experience down to a single text message exchange. People can order lunch by simply texting “Yes”, taking all of 30 seconds of their day.

Each work day, Arcade offers users a single meal option from more than 150 New York restaurants. At 10 a.m., Arcade sends users a text with a description of the “dish of the day.” Users simply text “Yes” before 11 a.m. if they want to place an order, and Arcade guarantees delivery by 1 p.m. Arcade delivers made-to-order meals south of 59th Street. To sign up for the service, users simply text ARCADE to 22105.

As an added incentive to try them out, you can get 50% off your first order with promo code BARTONSBITES. 

Arcade lunch texting

Today, Arcade is launching their first in-person pick-up location and all orders are only $3. Users can text MENU to 22105 for the daily menu and they will be able to place their order right there, through SMS. Lunch will be ready for pickup between 12-2pm in NYC’s Flatiron District (13 E. 27th Street).

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

If you’re craving some key lime pie and don’t feel like hopping on a three hour flight down to Key West, jet over to Red Hook, Brooklyn, follow the signs and end up at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.

This Brooklyn outpost is mainly a commercial bakery but they’ve opened their doors to serve visitors craving some lime goodness.

The shop is modest and eccentric. Scattered among tons of knick-knacks and a lovable shop dog, there are a few signs detailing your order options. There are only a handful of choices, and they’re all mainly variations of one thing – key lime pie – you’re not getting anything else here so don’t try to ask. Be prepared to grab your pie and take a walk too. There aren’t any tables or chairs, but there is a scenic pier nearby that is the perfect eating spot.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie Brooklyn, Red Hook, NY

In general, key lime pie doesn’t rank high on my list of favorite types of pie (hello apple and pecan). Steve’s may have me changing my tune though. It had just the right amount of tartness and sweetness, with a buttery graham cracker crust. These key lime pies are made from real limes and they’re the real deal.


Chick-Fil-A in NYC Closes

Sorry Chick-Fil-A lovers, New York City’s first fast food fried chicken joint closed over the holidays due to 59 Department of Health violations. We’re talking things like flies buzzing around the food, improper refrigeration, etc. In other words, a ‘C’ health grade.

Don’t worry though fried chicken fans, the store should reopen for breakfast tomorrow, January 4th with hopefully some new health checks put in place.

Chick-fil-A New York City

The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was another food-filled year. Below are three of the best and worst of 2015. If you’re looking for that place to try in 2016 or more importantly, that place to avoid, this is a good starting point to help point you in the right direction.

The Best

The Worst

  • Marleey’s – OK food, terrible lighting, incorrect spelling on their menu and waiters that didn’t understand what they were serving.
  • Treat House – Innovative Rice Crispies treats, but lacking flavor and leaving a bland taste in your mouth.
  • Joe’s Bar – Nothing overly wrong with Joe’s except they tried to outdo themselves at their grand opening. Think step and repeat and inviting D-List celebrities.

Jimmy G’s Steaks

When you go to Philadelphia you get a cheesesteak. On a recent trip, I opted to skip the popular Pat’s, Gino’s and Tony Luke’s cheesesteak institutions and try Jimmy G’s Steaks.

One of the newest cheesesteak spots to hit the Philly scene, Jimmy G’s is only a few years old. It’s located in the Spring Garden area of Philly and has a sleek shiny steel interior and outdoor seating area. This place has also fully embraced social media, with TV screens and billboards showcasing recent Yelp reviews and photos.

After devouring a cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and onions and some fries, I have to say Jimmy G’s can compete with the best of them. The bread was extremely fresh, the meat well-seasoned and nothing beats Cheez Whiz. Check them out next time you’re looking for something that’s a little less crowded than the usual spots.

Jimmy G's Steaks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

An Italian Feast: Patrizia’s of Brooklyn

Want to have an Italian feast with a few hundred of your closest friends? Head to Patrizia’s of Brooklyn and you too can experience the party that takes place in Williamsburg.

This place is amazing and ideal for large groups. It’s a celebration all night with diners waving their napkins in the air as table after table celebrates a birthday, anniversary or just a fun night out on the town.

Come hungry. A family-style menu is available for around $55 per person that includes an all-you-can-drink feast with multiple courses of cheeses, veggies, pizzas, pastas, seafood, meats and desserts. There’s so much food that it never seems to stop – course after course after course comes out. Luckily, you have endless amounts of wine and beer to wash it all down.

I highly recommend Patrizia’s of Brooklyn. I definitely will be going back and encourage you to check them out for your next celebration!

Patrizia's Pizza and Pasta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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