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Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie
Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

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Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado
Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy and Drew’s in Boulder, CO, is the place to go the next time you find yourself kvetching for a delicious deli sandwich. 960 1280

  

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

Jimmy & Drew's, Boulder, Colorado

The latkes at Jimmy and Drew’s are made from scratch using shredded (then pureed) potatoes, pureed onions, eggs, seasoning and matzo meal. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, NY: home of modern American marvels such as the first commercially produced lightbulb, the theater that hosted the first TV demonstration -- and the king-size steak sandwich from Morrette’s. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

One of the best things about Morrette's is that all its sandwiches are made to order. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Philadelphia may be home of the cheesesteak, but believe it or not, the finest Philly cheesesteak just might be served in upstate New York -- at Morrette’s! 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Don't want your sauce on top? No problem! At Morrette's, sandwiches come with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. 960 1280

  

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

Morrette's, Schenectady, New York

For customers who simply cannot handle the king-size steak sandwich, have no fear: Morrette's offers a queen-size version of this scrumptious sandwich. 960 1280

  

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Located just a few blocks off the Jersey Shore, amid Atlantic City’s many casinos lies a true American sandwich landmark -- the White House Sub Shop. 960 1280

  

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Customers have been known to drive from as far away as North Carolina to get their hands on a White House Sub in Atlantic City. 960 1280

  

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Bentley at The Carving Board in Tarzana, CA, is not your typical steak sandwich. It's a filet mignon on ciabatta bread, with bacon mayonnaise, blue cheese, grilled onions and fresh spinach. 960 1280

  

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board, Tarzana, CA

The Carving Board’s mega sandwich, the Appetizer, is a BLT with 2 hamburger patties, 2 fried eggs and 2 grilled cheeses. 960 1280

  

Cozy Corner, Memphis, Tennessee

Cozy Corner, Memphis, Tennessee

The late great pit master Raymond Robinson opened Cozy Corner in Memphis, TN, in 1977 along with his wife, Desiree. This first lady of smoked sandwiches now runs the bologna business herself. 960 1280

  

Mother's, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mother's, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mother’s in New Orleans is a low-key, comfy, down-home restaurant that is totally vintage and utterly New Orleans. And while there’s almost always a line, everybody says it’s well worth the wait. 960 1280

  

Juan Mon's, Houston, Texas

Juan Mon's, Houston, Texas

At Juan Mon’s in Houston, these fresh, uniquely flavorful creations aren’t sandwiches -- they’re “Juanwiches.” 960 1280

  

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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings.  960 1280

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Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

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Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night.   960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch.  960 1280

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Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

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Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

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Anella

Anella

Anella is well worth the hike from Manhattan into Brooklyn. This Greenpoint gem doesn’t try too hard with its relaxed vibe and no-frills decor, but it still meets perfection with dishes like ricotta gnocchi, pan-seared pork chops and steamed mussels. 960 1280

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Lexington Brass

Lexington Brass

A popular lunch and brunch spot in Midtown, Lexington Brass serves American bistro favorites with a twist of sophistication. You’ll feel right at home here with comfort foods like roasted chicken served in cast-iron pans. 960 1280

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Olives

Olives

Located in Union Square’s W Hotel, Olives is a swanky spot for a meal or a meetup, with an extensive small-plates menu and creative cocktails such as the Heart Beet -- vodka-infused beet lemonade. 960 1280

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Café de la Esquina

Café de la Esquina

Where else can you find a retro Mexico dinner that takes menu suggestions from neighborhood locals? Williamsburg, of course. The hip Brooklyn hood’s Café de La Esquina dishes are a spicy spin on the classics, such as the hamburguesa, a burger topped with jalapenos, avocado and chipotle mayo. 960 1280

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Macelleria

Macelleria

This Italian steakhouse in the Meatpacking District is a carnivore’s dream, with dry-aged porterhouse, Tuscan sausage and chicken alla diavola. But fear not, vegetarians: There are plenty of meat-free pasta dishes, too. And tiramisu doesn’t always have to wait until dessert. 960 1280

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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Midtown’s modern American restaurant Má Pêche's menu changes daily, but the extensive raw bar is always a perfect starter. On the way out pick up dessert -- an addictive slice of Crack Pie or Compost Cookie -- at the sister bakery, Momofuku’s Milk Bar. 960 1280

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Amali

Amali

Amali, a Mediteranean eatery on the Upper East Side, adheres to a strict farm-to-table dining experience -- using local vegetables, grains and dairy products -- and only buying whole animals. Greek-infused specialities like the lamb porterhouse and Kataifi cannoli are not to be missed. 960 1280

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Masak

Masak

Sweet and spicy street foods from Singapore are given a sophisticated touch at East Village’s Masak. Start off dinner with the signature dish Quih Pie Tee (pictured), fried rice cracker cups filled with seasonal flavors like foie gras, sweetcorn and strawberries. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen and Winebar

Aroma Kitchen and Winebar

Aroma, an East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar, focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties, such as the risotto del giorno. And you’ll feel like royalty with the service; Chef Vito is known to personally deliver his signature dishes to your table. 960 1280

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‘Cesca Enoteca and Trattoria

‘Cesca Enoteca and Trattoria

Friendly and rustic, this southern Italian spot is a welcome culinary spot on the Upper West Side. Authentic Italian dishes like linguine alla vongole, are best paired with an Italian varietal on the extensive award-wining wine list. 960 1280

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Graffiato

Graffiato

Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella opened Graffiato, an Italian-inspired restaurant in DC's Chinatown in 2011. Make sure you check out the second floor's ham bar -- 6 seats that face the kitchen where you can watch prosciutto being prepared to perfection. 960 1280

  

Rogue 24

Rogue 24

Enjoy Rogue 24's theater-in-the-round style restaurant, where tables surround an open kitchen. The menu is delivered after the meal to maintain the suspense and drama, while keeping dishes like “liquid chicken” a surprise. 960 1280

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Restaurant Eve

Restaurant Eve

Chef-owner Cathal Armstrong grows his own organic vegetables in a garden behind Restaurant Eve. At this "very unstuffy fine dining eatery," you can choose from among tasting menus with 5, 7 or 9 courses. 960 1280

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Maple Ave Restaurant

Maple Ave Restaurant

Maple Ave is a tiny gem in the suburb of Vienna, VA, with big flavors, blending Asian, Latin American and French cuisines. 960 1280

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Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place

Adams Morgan's Mintwood Place blends French and local cuisines with dishes like escargot hush puppies and pickled deviled eggs. Or try a creative cocktail not meant for sharing, such as The Scrooge: a refreshing black rum, spicy ginger ale and molasses elixir. 960 1280

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Toki Underground

Toki Underground

Chef Erik Yang reinvents the traditional Taiwanese noodle at Toki Underground, an artsy new H Street hotspot. Save room for the dessert bento box. 960 1280

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Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Penn Quarter’s Oya offers innovative dishes such as the hamachi jalapeno sushi roll and the lobster mac 'n' cheese in a sleek and sophisticated lounge space. 960 1280

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Asia Nine

Asia Nine

Asia Nine puts a modern and playful spin on Pan-Asian cuisine with favorites such as Biden Vice Presidential Roll -- crab meat, cucumber, pickled ginger and chili bean sauce. 960 1280

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Rose's Luxury

Rose's Luxury

Ranked as one of the best restaurants in the United States, and a popular favorite of president Barack Obama, Rose’s Luxury on Capital Hill serves up the tastiest of American tapas. However, this local hot spot is so in demand, you may wanna get in line for a table now. 960 1280
Granville Moore's

Granville Moore's

Chef Teddy Folkman stands behind Granville Moore's bar, which has the largest selection of Belgian beers in the Mid-Atlantic (over 50 Belgian brews in bottles and 11 on tap). What goes best with a Belgian brew? Mussels, of course -- and here they’re soaked in blue cheese, pork belly, coconut milk … the list goes on. 960 1280

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