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Where To Eat And Drink With The Infatuation On Small Business Saturday

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Here at The Infatuation, we’ve put years of work into building a platform to help people discover great restaurants. Not surprisingly, many of the restaurants we cover are small businesses. There’s something special about those local restaurants, bars, cafes, and bakeries run by passionate and talented small business owners. They're the spots that make up the fabric of a great neighborhood. So getting involved in Small Business Saturday® to celebrate these restaurants was a no brainer. Promoting great small businesses that feed hungry humans every day is why we exist.

That’s why we are proud to have teamed up with American Express on this year's celebration of Small Business Saturday, happening on November 26th. Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate small businesses across the country. This year, we’re working with restaurants we love across the country to create unique experiences and get you, our readers, checking out the spots that are Infatuation-approved.

We urge all restaurants to get involved in Small Business Saturday. What can you do to participate? Have a little party at your restaurant. Create a signature menu item or exclusive promotion and then take to social media to help draw people in before the dinner rush. American Express makes it easy to create free custom downloadable marketing materials for your social networks, website, storefront... in two minutes by using the Shop Small Studio.

On November 26th between 3-6pm, we'll be hosting Dine Small events at awesome local restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Diego. We’ve worked closely with each of the participating restaurants to create exclusive Small Business Saturday menu items, all of which will be served for purchase at the events. See below for more details, and here for a more simplified list of events.

To learn more about our involvement with Small Business Saturday, watch the video below and visit ShopSmall.com.

American Express Card Members can earn 2X Rewards when they Dine Small and Shop Small on Small Business Saturday — and through the rest of the year. Learn more.

new york city

Emmy Squared 364 Grand St

Do you know what Detroit-style pizza is? All you need to know is it's thick, cheesy and something you want to eat. This Williamsburg spot also makes an excellent burger. And you'll get to try all of that. Matt Hyland (owner & chef) will also be available all afternoon to chat about creating Emily & Emmy Squared, and there will be a beer-tasting station provided by restaurant partner The Other Half Brewery.

  • What are they serving? Double stacked Emmy Burgers & Emmy Burger Pizza.
  • Prices: $24 each.

Pasquale Jones 187 Mulberry St

Pasquale Jones, run by the team behind Charlie Bird, is known for its incredible pizza and wine. It's also one of New York's best new restaurants of the year, and everyone including probably your fourth grade science teacher knows it. Plan it right, and Small Business Saturday is your chance to get in - and yes, both pizza and wine are going to be involved.

  • What are they serving? They will be hosting 2-3 exclusive 45-min intimate tasting experiences featuring pizza and 3 wines to taste. Infatuation co-founder Andrew Steinthal will be around, as will Pasquale Jones staff, who will provide an awesome wine education experience in addition to the #EEEEEATS. Reservations can be made through Resy two weeks in advance, walk-ins also welcome. Reserve your spot here.
  • Prices: $65 per person, including gratuity.

Olmsted 659 Vanderbilt Ave

Olmsted is a fantastic new farm-to-table type of restaurant, with an equally fantastic outdoor garden in the back. If you're going to be anywhere near Prospect Heights, during Small Business Saturday, head over to Olmsted for drinks and snacks in said garden.

From 5:30pm - 8pm: - What are they serving? Exclusive hot cocktail served out back in garden, and brown butter popcorn with white truffle. - Prices: Cocktail will cost $10, popcorn will cost $6.

Mimi Cheng's 380 Broome St

Mimi Cheng's brought organic, locally-sourced Taiwanese dumplings to the East Village, and now they've brought them to a new location in Nolita. At this location, they also have some new items, like pork buns, a special version of which will be served on Small Business Saturday. Marian & Hannah Cheng (co-founders) will also be around.

  • What are they serving? Exclusive Taiwanese Gua Bao, filled with pulled pasture-raised pork, purple cabbage coleslaw, and barbecue sauce.
  • Prices: $15 for 3 buns.

The Happiest Hour 121 W. 10th St.

The Happiest Hour is a bar/restaurant in West Village with palm tree wallpaper, surprisingly good food, a lot of cocktails, and overall somewhat tropical vibes - everything you need to forget it's about to be winter for the next three months.

  • What are they serving? Fleur de Lis (Off The Menu exclusive cocktail): Dorothy Parker Gin, St Germain, Cava, Orange Bitters, Lemon, Served in a coupe with a lemon twist, and an off-the-menu Fried Shrimp Po Boy.
  • Prices: The cocktail and the Po Boy will both cost $13.

los angeles

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse 111 South Avenue 59

One of the most notorious bakeries in the world just opened in LA, and they’re going to be serving up some crazy baked goods for Small Business Saturday. Whether or not you’ve actually eaten them before, you’ve certainly seen the Mr. Holmes “We Got Baked in SF” neon sign and overflowing pastries all over Instagram.

  • What are they serving? There's a bunch going on here. First, Mr. Holmes is collaborating with Jeremy Fall, owner of the bar Nighthawk, to create a trio of custom booze-infused donuts. Spiked by Jeremy Fall flavors include: Spiked Coco Puffs, Spiked Honey Nut Cheerios, and Spiked Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They're also collaborating with Intelligentsia to create Black Cat Espresso cookies, and a Jeni’s Ice Creams truck will be on-site.
  • Prices: Donuts: $3.50 each, cookies $3 each.

Sweetfin Poke 829 Broadway

Poke bowls have quickly taken over Los Angeles. Sweetfin is the king of the poke land on the Westside, and is essential in any kind-of-healthy EEEEEATS rotation. This Small Business Saturday they've created a specialty poke bowl.

  • What are they serving? The exclusive SBS bowl contains albacore with a black honey-chamomile ponzu, preserved meyer lemon, cucumber, daikon radish, edamame, habanero, tempura flakes and red shiso. They're also serving a special popcorn with white chocolate, yuzu, and black lava salt.
  • Prices: Large bowl is $14.95, Popcorn is $4.95.

washington, d.c.

Bindaas 3309 Connecticut Ave NW

If your knowledge of Indian food is limited to curry, Bindaas has arrived to broaden your horizons. The small-plates restaurant is from the same team behind Rasika and Ardeo + Bardeo, but there are few menu overlaps. Instead, you can expect Indian street food like kahti rolls, puffed biscuits with avocado, and lots of kebabs.

  • What are they serving? Bindaas will be serving a Tawa Kheema Baingan, sliced marinated eggplant grilled on the tawa, interlayered with ground lamb cooked with onion, ginger, green chili and garam masala. They’ll also be featuring the Imalee cocktail, made from a combination of bourbon, brown sugar, lime, tamarind and maraschino liquor.
  • Prices: Tawa Kheema Baingan priced at $14, Cocktail priced at $12.

Perfecting a doughnut sandwich is hard. There’s a roughly 90 percent chance you’ll end up with something resembling a regrettable state-fair purchase. Luckily, Astro Doughnuts has its formula down - and during Small Business Saturday, they'll be serving a very special one at their G Street NW location.

  • What are they serving? Astro will do an exclusive early release of their holiday doughnuts: Chocolate peppermint bark doughnut, an Eggnog doughnut, and Gingerbread pear doughnut. They’ll also be serving an exclusive doughnut sandwich in collaboration with fellow small-business-owner Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, another Infatuation favorite in DC.
  • Prices: Donuts will cost $3.10 each, Sandwich will cost $9.50.

San diego

The Crack Shack 2266 Kettner Blvd

No better way to spend your Small Business Saturday recovering from Black Friday than an afternoon at Crack Shack. The cocktails are excellent, and the chicken makes this place worth a visit. It has tons of outdoor seating and a backdrop of the skyline and harbor.

  • What are they serving? Crack Shack will be serving an exclusive chicken cubano and a modified Caipirinha.
  • Prices: $12 for the sandwich, $10 for the cocktail.

Bracero Cocina 1490 Kettner Blvd

This restaurant is the kind of place that makes out-of-towners wish they lived in San Diego. Bracero’s partially out-door set-up is ideal, and the food is excellent as well. They have a particularly great cocktail selection, and on Small Business Saturday, the restaurant’s bar staff and Chef Javier Plascencia will be around the bar area doing some demos and chatting with guests about all things #EEEEEATS.

  • What are they serving? “Tour of TJ” - This includes a mini TJ Style Fish Tostada, Street Corn, Carnitas Street Taco, Mini Agua Chile, Mini Guac.
  • Prices: Tour of TJ will cost $20 per person. Bracero will also offer $2 off all wine by the glass, $1 off all beer, $2 off all cocktails.

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