Dine

Last night, I went to an event at Little King Jewelry, which was catered by Café Español. During the event, the space was filled with the heavenly smell of the Spanish rice dish paella. Guests were able to choose from a vibrant seafood or chicken and sausage version, and I opted for the latter.

The best thing about living in New York City is anything and everything you could imagine is only one quick Google search away. On a warm Saturday night a few weeks ago, a friend and I found ourselves in the mood for a good margarita to go along with the nice weather.

After seven years of living in this metropolis, I am still surprised by the sheer amount of creativity bar and restaurant owners put into their establishments—from high-tech gadgetry, like menus on iPads, to booze served in teacups and era-themed watering holes.

Food festivals are a thing to be celebrated. I mean, delicious food all in one place—who can argue with that? During my time in New York, I’ve been to a few, including Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side. When I went last year, the festive event was held under a large tent—complete with appetizing smells and eager attendees waiting to dig in to a number of dishes, from ribs and sliders to bacon cookies and corn dogs.

Most movie theaters offer overly buttered popcorn and fountain drinks at the concession stands; however, at Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, moviegoers can enjoy a full meal with beer and cocktails from the lobby bar.

Last week, I went to an event at MEGU—a chic Japanese restaurant in Tribeca. The large, two-floor space is beautifully designed—bathed in a sea of beige, cool concrete and accents of red. The dining room boasts a large ice sculpture at its center—a feature brought in from Brooklyn each night—and an enormous spherical iron chandelier hovering above.

Love great food, drinks and music? Then head to Brooklyn this weekend for Great GoogaMooga. This three-day festival, held May 17-19 in Prospect Park, will welcome 85 of the city’s top restaurants, selling delicious bites in hand-painted booths—reminiscent of old New York storefronts.

Taste of Tribeca is a culinary festival that celebrates downtown, local cuisine. Stop by this Saturday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and taste some of the best cuisine from the area’s top chefs and restaurants, including Tribeca Grill, Landmarc, Kutsher’s Tribeca, Bubby’s, The Palm, Blaue Gans, Duane Park Patisserie and newcomers, such as Dirty Bird To Go and Aamanns-Copenhagen.

Last night, I got to try a few appetizers at Pera Soho, a gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant on Thompson Street. The restaurant occupies a large space with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, including a roof deck with views of midtown and the Empire State Building.

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