The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2019

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. This year’s trends will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of 2019’s front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Tropical Fruits

Add something sweet to your meal with island fruits like guava, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and monk fruit that hail from the Pacific Rim region. You’ll also start to see jackfruit embraced as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian meals.

 

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Hemp & CBD

CBD made a splash onto the scene in the past few years making its way into a number of food, drinks and skin care products. That trend will continue to boom in the upcoming year by way of items like sparkling water, infusions, and coffee.

 

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Oat Milk

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Orange Wine

While the name might suggest it would be made from oranges, orange wine is actually made from the same grapes used to make white wine. Keeping the skin on during fermentation gives the wine an attractive, orange coloring. The refreshing drink is expected to show up on drink menus soon.

 

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Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

Photo: Yogurt with Granola

African Spices

Cuisine from a variety of African countries will be more popular in the upcoming year. From harissa, a spicy red pepper paste, to spice-filled dishes like the Tunisian shakshouka, African tastes will be integrated into menus bringing a burst of flavor to your diet.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2019. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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Brunch Like a Champion in New York City

New York City is one of the best destinations in the world for foodies looking to dig into the scene of delicious, multi-cultural options. Brunch is a staple as the social element of catching up with friends encourages patrons to get out and about for a midday feast. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, these brunch spots are sure to impress during your next visit to the Big Apple.

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Cookshop

This simplistic American eatery in Chelsea serves up delicious plates you can count on to satisfy your brunch cravings. The busy space will be worth the wait as you dine from their seasonal menu of eggs, sandwiches and other mouth-watering bites.

 

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Atla

This contemporary Mexican destination mixes a simple aesthetic with flavorful favorites. You can chow down on enchiladas and chilaquiles or try something new with duck wings and cauliflower tacos to round out your meal.

 

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Red Rooster

Travel to the heart of Harlem to experience this American-inspired neighborhood hot spot. The rich culture of the community inspires the food with weekend brunch offering up biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and apple pie that will make you feel right at home.

 

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Dimes

This Lower East Side hot spot is well known for its brand that extends further than being just a restaurant. Outside of grabbing a bite at the Dimes Market or deli nearby, the Dimes restaurant dishes up tasty brunch dishes that are both savory and sweet.

 

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Fairfax

You’ll have no problem relaxing with Fairfax’s welcoming, neighborhood vibe of homey décor and all-day café hours. The Mediterranean brunch menu of small plates pairs well with the quality wine list, giving the West Village space its wine bar label.

 

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Jacobs Pickles

A touch of Southern comfort is brought to your plate at Jacob’s Pickles in the Upper West Side. The charming environment of rustic wooden accents gives a nostalgic feel while the “beer, biscuits and pickles” will take your tastebuds on an American journey.

 

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Upland

With attention to seasonal ingredients, your brunch experience is sure to be fresh with Upland’s philosophy of global dining. The California-inspired cuisine of eggs, sandwiches and pastas take rural elements of the great outdoors to combine with NYC’s urban landscape.

 

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Jacks Wife Freda

This NYC staple has two locations that both deliver flavor-filled cuisine influenced from the multi-cultural beginnings of the restaurants’ owners. The bustling crowds of stylish brunch-lovers keep things busy as hungry patrons feast on the one-of-a-kind culinary mix of South African and Israeli cuisine.

 

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Café Mogador

Head to one of Café Mogador’s locations to eat, drink and be merry thanks to their mouth-watering menu of Moroccan-inspired cuisine. This award-winning brunch destination will add some spice to your life along with house-made breads and savory roasted tomatoes and potatoes.

 

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abcV

If you’re in the market for a meat-free brunch, abcV serves up dishes that are sure to surpass expectations. Whether you’re in the mood for fruits, grains or pancakes, their unassumingly plant-based menu will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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Agave

If you’re in the mood for a margarita brunch, head to Agave for an Arizona-inspired space with whimsical Mexican dishes. This West Village hot spot also provides you with an extensive tequila selection that makes for a boozy way to start your day.

 

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The 12 Best Restaurants for Dessert in LA

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Los Angeles is the perfect place to satisfy your craving as restaurants all across the city offer up quality treats to round out your dining experience.  Many restaurants love to have a signature dessert to make sure guests end their meal with something creative and sweet. These dining destinations are sure to do the trick when you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat in Los Angeles.

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Pizzeria Mozza

You may think of Pizzeria Mozza as a go-to for a good pie, but pizza pies aren’t your only option. Don’t overlook the quality dessert menu stocked with Italian confections like their signature Butterscotch Budino that’s sure to hit the spot.

 

Pizzeria Mozza Butterscotch Budino

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Your mouth is sure to water the second you take a bite of CUT’s classic Chocolate Souffle. The popular dessert has reached perfection with molten chocolate and ice cream mixing to create a delectable taste.

 

Photo: CUT Chocolate Souffle

Odys + Penelope

It’s a cake lover’s dream at this La Brea restaurant with delicious options for you to choose from. Their signature Rye Pie is known for its perfect fusion of chocolate and peanuts to put the finishing touch on your meal.

 

Odys + Penelope Rye Pie

Republique

There’s a little bit of everything on Republique’s dessert list, but the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake will be the dish you talk about long after it’s gone. The sweet flavors mix to create a taste like no other at this La Brea destination.

 

Photo: Republique Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

This West Hollywood staple is known for its Patisserie that serves up quirky desserts that are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised if your dessert pops, smokes or splatters with unique items to activate your senses.

 

Photo: The Bazaar by Jose Andrés Patisserie

The Rose Café

Doubling as a bakery, you’re sure to find something good at The Rose Café with fresh ingredients integrated into each of their dishes. Their puddings and pies will have you feeling right at home in this open-air Venice locale.

 

Photo: The Rose Café Bread Pudding

Bottega Louie

While dining at Bottega Louie, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their patisserie packed with a rainbow assortment of desserts including macarons. Choose from fourteen flavors of the trendy, pastel treat to brighten your day.

 

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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

You won’t go wrong if you’re looking for something sweet from Nighthawk. The sugary pastries mixed with alcohol cereal drinks make for a one-of-a-kind menu that’s sure to be a memorable treat.

 

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Catch

This trendy rooftop serves up a quality fine dining experience in its West Hollywood location, including their signature Instagram-worthy “Hit Me” Cake, which involves a quick tap with a spoon to break open the fun.

 

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Bestia

Known for their impressive list of desserts, you’ll have to test out this contemporary Italian spot for a taste of something sweet. From tortes to tarts, there’s something for everyone to nibble as you enjoy the sophisticated space.

 

Photo: Bestia Chocolate Budino Tart

Black Market Liquor Bar

You won’t find a dessert quite like those at this Studio City destination. The Fluffernutter, a sweet treat with marshmallow fluff, puts on quite the show as you slice into it. Also taste their Housemade Ice Cream for a quality refresher.

 

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Jones Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for apple pie, Jones is the place to go for a late night comfort dessert. This classic Hollywood destination will have your mouth watering for a sweet treat.

 

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

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Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

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Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

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Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

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Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

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Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

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Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

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Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

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Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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15 of the Best Brunch Spots in LA

The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch hot spots are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.

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Pearls Liquor Bar

Climb the stairs to Pearl’s for a seat overlooking the busy Sunset Boulevard below as you create your own sparkling concoction with their DIY mimosa kit.

 

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar Mimosa Kit

Photo: Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Rossoblu

This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.

 

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Photo: Rossoblu

State Social House

State Social House’s prime West Hollywood location will give you the best American eats along with bottomless mimosas and build-your-own Blood Marys.

 

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Photo: State Social House

Gjusta

This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

 

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Photo: Gjusta Venice

Cliff’s Edge

This nature-inspired destination has plenty of greenery to surround your day with good vibes. The intimate seating puts the cherry on top of a delicious menu and makes for a great brunch date spot.

 

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Photo: Cliff’s Edge

Eveleigh

This rustic West Hollywood location has a bright outdoor space to make sure you take in Los Angeles’ envious weather. Their seasonally-shifting menu ensures that only the best ingredients are a part of their dishes, and mimosa pitchers promise a buzz with your meal.

 

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Photo: Eveleigh

Republique

This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

 

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Photo: Republique

E.P. & L.P.

Dine from EP’s unique Asian-fusion Sunday brunch menu and enjoy their bottomless mimosas before heading to the LP rooftop patio to take in the Los Angeles sun.

 

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Photo: EP & LP

Little Doms

Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

 

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Photo: Little Dom’s

Kismet

For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

 

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Photo: Kismet

Sqirl

This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

 

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Photo: Sqirl

Neighbor

This hidden Abbott Kinney newcomer boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

 

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Photo: Neighbor Venice

Salts Cure

The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

 

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Photo: Salt’s Cure

Sunny Spot

Make a reservation at Venice’s Sunny Spot for a lively Caribbean-inspired brunch in their indoor/outdoor space. Choose from bottomless mimosas or rum punch to give a kick to your daytime outing.

 

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Photo: Sunny Spot Venice

Huckleberry

Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

 

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Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

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The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on a luxury Vegas dining experience. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.

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Joël Robuchon

This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.

 

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Photo: Joël Robuchon Vegas

SW Steakhouse

The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.

 

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Photo: SW Steakhouse

Yui Adomae

For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

 

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Photo: Yui Edomae

Picasso

Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

 

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Photo: Picasso

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

 

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Twist

Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

 

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Photo: Twist Vegas

é by José Andrés

This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

 

Photo: é by José Andrés

Photo: é by José Andrés

Restaurant Guy Savoy

A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

 

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Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

 

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Le Cirque

Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

 

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Photo: Le Cirque

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The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.

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Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.

 

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Photo: Olmsted NYC

Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.

 

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Photo: Alta NYC

Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

 

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Photo: Llama Inn NYC

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

 

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Photo: I Sodi NYC

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

 

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Photo: Oxomoco NYC

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

 

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Photo: The Grill NYC

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

 

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Photo: Lilia NYC

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

 

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Photo: Wildair NYC

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

 

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Photo: La Vara NYC

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

 

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Photo: Flora Bar NYC

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

 

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Photo: Win Son NYC

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

 

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Photo: Le Coucou NYC

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

 

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Photo: Aldea NYC

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

 

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Photo: Uncle Boons NYC

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

 

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Photo: The Pool

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The Best Vegan Eats in LA

Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections.

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Mohawk Bend

This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

 

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Café Gratitude

A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

 

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Zinc Café

This vegetarian and vegan garden escape sits in the middle of Downtown LA’s arts district. The veggie dining and adjoining market provide everything you need for a healthy, meatless meal.

 

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Beelman’s

Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

 

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Real Food Daily

This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

 

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The Butcher’s Daughter

The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

 

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Gracias Madre

One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

 

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Bluebird Brasserie

This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

 

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Wild Living Foods

Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

 

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The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

 

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Serving up Culture at the Taste of Chicago Festival

Foodies from all over the world unite each year at the variety of Taste Festivals held in celebration of dining at some of the world’s most popular destinations. From Sydney to Hong Kong, these festivals highlight restaurants who serve up delicious bites that represent the best of their culture. Taste of Chicago is one of the largest in the world, and is set to dish out a good time for those attending the event this July.

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The History

When traveling to a new city, getting a grasp on the local food and culture can involve weeks or even months worth of sampling the variety of local restaurants. At Taste Festivals, attendees can dig in by trying out the diversity of food options in one fun-filled week. The original Taste of London in 2004 helped ignite the now world-renowned Taste Festival series. Spreading to the rest of the UK and eventually to fifteen different cities worldwide, the Taste of Chicago event stands out as one of the favorites, and has grown to be the world’s largest food festival.

 

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Taste of Chicago

The five-day event taking place in Grant Park from July 11th-15th boasts free admission for guests to indulge in Chicago favorites, specialty diverse dishes and creative plates from local chefs. Experts in the culinary field also host cooking demos to enlighten crowds about their tips and tricks of the trade. Attendees are welcome to try out each booth as they dish out unique flavors for crowds to enjoy. Drinks are also a highlight of the event with tents for Anheuser-Busch beer, signature drinks and wine to add a buzz to the excitement.

 

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Performances & Activities

Taste of Chicago visitors are sure to be impressed by Lake Michigan’s picturesque scenery during the week of food and activities. The lakefront location makes for a pleasant skyline view to complement the warm July weather as attendees also get to experience Taste of Chicago’s many performances and exhibits. The Street Art & Graffiti Alley will feature artists producing live paintings. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will be dedicated to dance performances featuring acts by local companies. With music performers like The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Brandi Carlile, crowds are sure to jam out to this quintessential summertime event.

 

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LA’s Most Satisfying Late Night Bites

After a night out on the town indulging in Los Angeles’ plentiful nightlife scene, grabbing a bite to eat quickly becomes a top priority. Finding a spot that’s open late with quality grub can be a difficult task, especially with the exhaustion of the night’s activities adding to the obstacle. But if you know where to look, LA’s late-night food offerings can give your nightlife excursion a satisfying end.

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Luchini Pizzeria & Bar

You’ll have no problem getting into this Hollywood hot spot with a variety of pizzas to end your cravings once and for all. The trendy Avenue nightclub next door exits directly into the restaurant for easy access to an evening feast.

 

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Window 44

This newcomer in the heart of Hollywood may be your new favorite destination with its eclectic menu of quality comfort food. Try out the hookah on the welcoming outdoor patio as you dish on their tacos, salads, ceviche and everything in between.

 

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Berri’s

A veteran in the late night dining scene, Berri’s offers everything you’re craving with an extensive menu of mouth-watering options. Try out their classic lobster pizza as live DJs keep the vibe going for energetic patrons who aren’t ready for bed just yet.

 

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Bossa Nova

The delicious Brazilian cuisine keeps locals coming back to the Hollywood, West Hollywood and West LA locations of Bossa Nova. Their delectable menu will hit the spot after a night of fun as you dig in to their authentic South American dishes.

 

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BCD Tofu House

The perfect place to end your night after sipping drinks, you’ll get an authentic taste of Korean flavors with entrees far healthier than a fast food run. Their variety of soups and sides include vegan and non-vegan friendly plates that are sure to fulfill your foodie dreams.

 

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Two Boots Pizza

With only two California locations of this East Coast favorite, Two Boots is a destination worth tasting. Dig into their quality pies while enjoying the quirky design at their Echo Park venue, or head to the walk-up order window Downtown for a slice on the go.

 

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101 Coffee Shop

Stop into this ‘60s-inspired Hollywood landmark for a dining experience just East of the iconic freeway. The retro design of stone walls and wooden accents makes you feel right at home as you choose from their menu of homestyle favorites.

 

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Crave Café

Anyone drinking their way through the Valley knows to head to Studio City’s Crave post-party to indulge in their breakfast-for-dinner eats. Crepes and waffles solve all the night’s problems at either of their two Ventura Boulevard locales.

 

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Swingers

A modern LA classic, Swingers diner acts as the perfect place to convene with friends and recap the best moments of the night. Whether you stop in to their Beverly Hills or Santa Monica locations, you’ll be able to enjoy their menu of Americana eats.

 

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Tatsu

Ramen lovers know where to end their night as Tatsu offers enticing bowls of Tokyo-inspired flavors. Order from a touch-screen and have food sent right to your table at their West Hollywood and Westwood destinations.

 

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