Category Archives: Dining

Perrine NYC: Restaurant Week must visit July 23rd – August 17th.

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Perrine is a chic eatery in the legendary Pierre Hotel on the upper east side. During Restaurant week, actually a full three weeks, July 23rd through August 17th, guests can try out Chef Ashfer Biju’s culinary creations for a fraction of the cost. Lunch is $26 and Dinner is $42 monday through friday and sundays, beverages, taxes, and gratuitous not included.

Chef Biju carefully sources ingredients locally from upstate farms and lamb from New Jersey delivering a farm to table experience using only the freshest in season ingredients. The restaurant week menu constantly changes but typically can include what we tasted during the preview dinner a couple weeks back. As a serious seafood lover the tuna tartare was fresh and tasty as was the black sea bass, simply prepared in a seafood broth served on a bed of fava beans. Chef Biju also brought out his famous crab flatbread which quickly became a table favorite.

The chef also brought out the Coronation salad, a true house favorite, and yes it was created for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in the 1950’s. A perfect summer salad made with curry chicken and golden raisins. The meat lovers at the table praised the short ribs, not pictured, and the lamb chops, locally sourced from a farm in New Jersey.

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Desserts at Perrine are created by Michael Mignano, a legendary pastry chef who creates unique dishes that are visibly appealing and delicious. Our favorite was the Molten Chocolate cake served with Pistachio ice cream. For a lighter dessert option try the strawberry peach sorbet or ask the staff for the sorbet flavors of the day as they constantly change them. You won’t be dissapointed!

Perrine is located at 2 East 61st New York, NY inside the Pierre Hotel. To make a reservation call ( 212) 940-8195 or perrinenyc.com

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Oscar Wilde, The Bar has opened in NYC @OscarWildeNYC #OscarWildeNYC

 

Fans of Oscar Wilde rejoice, as a bar with his namesake and two bronze status of him has opened in NYC. The Nomad area bar pays homage to the Irish novelist and playwright with opulent decor, imported murano glass, mirrors, and loads of unique antiques.

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Cocktails Photo by Simmer Group

An interesting piece of history is that, ironically the building housing the bar was once home to the city’s Prohibition Enforcement Headquarters during the 1920’s. The cocktail menu reflects both the Victorian and Prohibition era with one cocktail aptly named “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir”. It is made with cognac, guinness, gin, cassis, lavender, champagne, and orange zest. And yes it is quite potent!

 

On the menu at Oscar Wilde is classic bar fare with a twist. Our favorites included the buffalo cauliflower, The chicken wings with a curry dry rub, The kale caesar salad, the oscar wilde burger, and the dessert trio.

The bar is quite popular with an after work crowd and tourists alike. Loud music, lots of drinking, good food, so fun is sure to be had with a visit to Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde 45 west 27th street New York, NY 10001 (212) 213-3066 Open Mon-Sun 11:30-2am

Morimoto Sushi and Sake Sunset Sail on The America 2.0 Schooner @ClassicHarbor #ClassicHarbor

 

Classic Harbor Line , based out of Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, offers a multitude of cruises along New York City’s waterways on five distinctively different classic sailing yachts. There are cruises to the Statue of Liberty, sunset sails, brunch cruises as well as specialty themed cruises.

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of sailing on the inaugural 2018 Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sunset Sail on the America 2.0 sail boat, the top schooner in the fleet. 

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 Iron Chef Morimoto, one of the most revered sushi chefs in the country offers guests a light dinner of 2 platings of the freshest sushi paired with 4 expertly paired sake flights. The sushi is prepared just minutes before boarding to ensure maximum freshness. We had nine pieces of sushi and a roll, all choices created by the chef himself and meant to complement the sakes offered. There is also an open bar with a choice of wines, beers, and sodas onboard.

The 2 hour sunset sail offers specatular views of the downtown Manhattan skyline and The Statue of Liberty while enjoying delicious fare on an elegant sailboat. This cruise is highly recommended for visitors and locals alike. The cruise sails every monday evening at 7 during summer months.

For more info and to book your cruise please visit: Sail-NYC.com

 

Mother’s Day Brunch at Trattoria Italienne @italiennenyc

 

Mother’s Day was a family affair at the richly decorated and cozy Flatiron eatery Trattoria Italienne.  Opened in 2016 by Chef Jared Sippel and General Manager James King, the cuisine is a mix of Northern Italian and Southern French and changes seasonally. 

Mother’s Day brunch offered a menu of house favorites with an option to add optional traditional bar snacks and beverages to the meal.

We started our meal with Bloody Mary’s accompanied with an IPA beer chaser. It is a holiday after all. Mom received a complimentary glass of Rose to toast the day.

We were brought a selection of fresh breads, scones and pastries for the table with Jam to share, followed by a selection of bar snacks. The Potato Croquettes were favorites, made with yukon potato, arugula and black truffle vinaigrette. The thinly sliced prosciutto was fresh accompanied with cheeses and breadsticks.

For the next course we chose to share the Polpettini, pork meatballs with soft polenta and the tortilla carbonara. My son said the meatballs were the best he ever had!

We followed up with soft shell crab and the ocean trout since I am a seafood lover. The crab was crispy and a good portion, and the trout was flaky and cooked just right. 

For a special meal or a few cocktails stop by Trattoria Italienne. Open daily from 5:30pm to 11pm ( tuesday -thursday) and till midnight on friday & saturdays. Closes 9pm on sundays.  Brunch is served 11:30 am to 2:30pm on saturdays and sundays.

Located at 19 west 24th street New York, NY. Call (212) 600-5139 for more info and reservations. https://www.italiennenyc.com

 

Delmonico’s 150th Anniversary Ladies Luncheon @DelmonicosNYC

20180427_135940-1.jpgOn Friday April 20th Delmonico’s Restaurant in downtown Manhattan celebrated 150 years of hosting a ladies only luncheon, comprised of 150 female leaders in business, media, food, and the arts. Delmonico’s was the first restaurant in the United States to serve women independently of men.

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of PRUNE , a three time James Beard award winner headlined the luncheon exactly 150 years to the date in 1868, that celebrated this victory.

 

The original menu has similarities to the current one offered last week at the luncheon and can be seen here: original luncheon menu.  Our luncheon menu which is still available for lunch & dinner until the 28th started with Trout Roe and Shaved Radish, followed by Malakoff. Entree choices were Colorado Lamb Loin Chop or Cold Poached Mackerel. Dessert was a creamy bruleed rice pudding with strawberry merengue. 

Delmonico’s is an iconic New York institution that helped pave the way and remains diligent in maintaining this tradition. A must visit for a special dining experience.

Amparo, The Story of Havana Club Rum @RealHavanaClub #TheAmparoExperience #forevercuban

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: The guava daqueri on display at an immersive theatrical experience “Amparo” presented by HAVANA CLUB Rum on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Havana Club)

A decades long battle over ownership rights to rum brand Havana Club has been recreated in Theatrical form and titled “Amparo”. A combination of storytelling, song, dance and live music. Bacardi goes the distance to explain why they are the true owners of the brand.

An immersive and interactive experience at Bill’s Townhouse in New York City, created by liquor giant Bacardi, takes the crowd through 1950’s pre-revolutionary Cuba, telling the story of the Arechabala’s family to the United States after the communist Cuban government took control of their company.

Roberto Ramirez, marketing director at Bacardi, believes the best way to convince consumers that they are in fact the authentic Havana Club, is through characters who showcase the journey.

Bacardi purchased the original recipe for the rum from the Arechabala family in 1994, However, Pernod Ricard too sells Havana Club and claims they are in fact the authentic version as it is distilled in Cuba and owns the company’s trademark. This marketing campaign by Bacardi began in Miami, came to New York, and will continue to other cities nationwide later this year.

The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring cocktails made with dark and light rums.

We were all given different color keys and divided into groups. These keys led us to veiled spirits meant to be unveiled with shots of Havana Club rum. Every group explored a different facet of the Arechabala family’s journey and struggle in communist cuba and their eventual exile to the United States. 

  • Havana Club Anejo Blanco is distilled and aged for 1 year in oak barrels in Puerto Rico, blended then aged for a few more months. It is a medium bodied rum perfect for cocktail making.
  • Havana Club Anejo Clásico is distilled and aged for 1 to 3 years then blended and aged some more. Can be mixed in cocktails yet smooth enough to drink neat or on the rocks.

    therealhavanaclub.com

Come Celebrate a Night of Great Food and Drink to Benefit No Kid Hungry: Taste of The Nation Wednesday April 18th @NoKidHungryNY @NoKidHungry #NoKidHungry

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On Wednesday April 18th New York City’s Culinary Community will once again come together for a great cause: Taste of the Nation, for The No Kid Hungry Campaign from Share Our Strength.

More than 30 top chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists will descend upon the Brooklyn Expo Center( 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY) for a night of great food and drink.

Taste of The Nation, now in it’s 29th year is focused on ensuring that all children in America have access to healthy food every day of the year. 100 percent of all proceeds raised from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

General Admission Tickets are $250, guests can enter at 7pm, $400 VIP tickets allow early access at 6pm. Cabanas are available for purchase and can seat 10, for $10,000. Visit: www.nokidhungry.org/newyork to purchase tickets now.

Participating Restaurants include: American Cut, Baar Baar, Bessou, BKLN Larder, Blue Smoke, Claro, Colonie, CUT, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Kung Fu Tea, Dough Nation, Pizza Loves Emily, Fausto, Ferris, High Street on Hudson, La Newyorkina, Little Tong Noodle Shop, Mokbar, Restaurant Marc Forgione, Restaurant Norman, Samesa, Shuka, Sunday in Brooklyn, Talde Temple Court, The Doughnut Project, Underwest Donuts, Vic’s and Walter’s Hot Dogs.

Full Coverage of the event will follow! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

 

P J Bernstein Serving Up Classic Jewish Delicacies with a Modern Twist @pjbernsteindeli

 

With 53 years in the business and counting, P J Bernstein has been serving up Jewish deli and diner classics to loyal customers on the Upper East Side. The food is homemade and the quality of ingredient freshness and expert preparation is of utmost importance.

Founded in 1965 by P J Bernstein, who wanted to offer up meals that were truly homemade to his guests. In 1986 one of his most loyal customers Alex Slobodski bought the restaurant and it has remained a family affair over over 30 years now. 

The loyal clientele has included a variety of celebs who made the trip to the 71st and 3rd ave location for a meal. Celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Simon Cowell, and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have visited the eatery. 

During our dinner we experienced some favorites including our favorite, the Triple Delight Soup. It’s a takeoff of on a traditional matzoh ball soup, but with homemade kreplach, choice of chicken or pastrami, a Bernstein original, with noodles and of course matzoh balls with just the right texture.

The smoked nova scotia salmon was beyond fresh, it was served thinly sliced with with a NY Bagel and garnish.

For meat lovers the home- cooked pastrami sandwiches on rye bread are favorites. Huge portions served with coleslaw and pickles these sandwiches can be shared. Corned Beef and Brisket options are also available and my dining companion gave them a rave review. 

For dessert the fresh apple strudel is a house favorite, but me being a chocolate lover, I went with the 7 layer chocolate cake and I’m glad I did, even though I had to take half of it to go! 

P J Bernstein is located at 1215 3rd ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 879- 0914  pjbernsteindeli.com

 

Elio Filippino Winery celebrates their 50th anniversary at San Carlo Osteria Piemonte @SanCarloNYC #ElioFilippino

Piedmont, A region of Italy that borders France and Switzerland, sits at the foot of the Alps. Turin, the capital is known for sophisticated architecture, cuisine and wine, particularly Barolo and Barbaresco. The Piemonte wine region produces arguably the best wines in all of Italy.

A few nights ago a group of wine and food writers were invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Elio Filippino winery with a paired dinner at San Carlo Osterio Piemonte, one of the few NYC eateries specializing in Piemonte cuisine.

The chef creates dishes that symbolize the area. Piemonte cuisine is quiet different than other Italian fare. A very strong focus on antipasto, with tarte vegetables and rolled meats served with fresh tuna mayonnaise. The second coarse was the buckwheat gnocchi served in a light cheese sauce with locally sourced herbs and the ravioli, filled with beef, pork, and veal. The main course choices were the Arctic char, light, flaky, and very healthy and for meat eaters The beef cheeks with chickpeas.

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The wine flowed throughout the evening. Some of the wines we tasted included the 2012 Barolo, the 2012 Barbaresco, The 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo and the 2016 Dolcetto.

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Our favorite pairing came at the end of the evening with The pairing of The Moscato d’ Asti 2015. The dessert wine is sweet enough, but not too sweet and was paired with the traditional Piedmontese flan. Chocolate flavor, caramel, and cookie crumbs create the perfect texture and taste. A light and creamy Tiramisu was also a big hit with the guests.

For more info on the Elio Filippino winery visit ElioFilippino.com and to make a reservation at San Carlo Osterio Piemonte (90 Thompson Street) visit SanCarloNYC.com

Cafe Bilboquet: Authentic  Casual French Fare on the Upper East Side #cafebilboquet

Le Bilboquet, one of the most coveted and fanciest eateries in New York City, make that anywhere, just opened a casual french eatery next door. Cafe Bilboquet opened last August with plenty of much deserved hype. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch as well as snacks and desserts and a newly opened nightly wine bar. 

On the menu is Lobster Bisque, Creamy and flavorful and seemed like a favorite as almost every guest was enjoying a bowl. The salads are farm to table with generous portions with a reasonable price range of $9 to $14 dollars. We tasted the Nicoise salad, the Chicken cobb, and the Spinach salad and were impressed with the ingredients and the homemade dressings. 

There is a wide selection of sandwiches and mini brioches. The Smoked Salmon and The Caprese were favorites along with the house favorite Croque Monsieur. Thick white bread, fresh ham and gruyere pressed to order, also available on a croissant.

Saving room for dessert is a must with so many authentic french desserts including the very french “Paris Brest. Choices include opera cake, chocolate eclairs, apple tart tartin, various flavors of macarons, and much much more.

Beverages choices range from American and European teas, coffees, unique soft drinks, Beloit lemonade and Alain Milliat juices. 

Cafe Bilboquet is located at 26 east 60th street New York, NY 10022   Phone: (646) 869-8660

Benares: Modern Indian Cuisine In The Heart of Tribeca #BenaresNYC

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Benares is a modern Indian restaurant with banquet seating, dark hardwood floors, and a bar/lounge area. The eatery celebrates the cuisine of Northern India with a western twist. 

During our meal the Chef brought out some of the restaurants most popular dishes tweaked with a few requests from us of classic Indian dishes. 

We started out with the Bhel Puri, puffed rice crisps with chopped onions, potatoes, avocado & corn kennels served a trio of chutneys. The chutneys were flavorful yet not overly spicy.

Next came the Chicken Tikka, an indian classic, grilled Tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt & spices. A delicious vegetarian option, the Khasta Gobhi, lightly battered cauliflower cooked with garlic and crushed pepper in a tangy sauce. The final appetizer was the Konkani Shrimp, tossed in a spicy tomato sauce with cumin, cinnamon, and black pepper.

The entree list is extensive with a dedicated Tandoori menu. We highly recommend the Cheem Thenga, jumbo prawns grilled and simmered in coconut curry. The grilled fish marinated in spices, served with lemon sauce was also quite good. We did mention to the chef that we are seafood lovers and don’t eat much red meat so he brought out a seafood/chicken centric menu.

 For meat lovers the “Barrah Masaledar”,lamb chops,  and the “Raan E Akbari”, rack of lamb in a rum flavored sauce, served oven roasted with a vegetable medley have gotten winning reviews.

Indian restaurants have notoriously not been known for their desserts but the Atom Bomb changed our mind. Super moist chocolate lava cake served with rose petal cream is a must try!

There is an ample wine and beer list along with specialty cocktails. There are many classics like the Dark & Stormy and The Moscow Mule along with house specialties like the Benares Martini made with Bulldog Gin, Lillet, Grapefruit and Orange Peels Soaked in Housemade Bitters.

Benares is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Take out and delivery options are available as well as a lunch menu.

Benares- Tribeca 45 Murray Street New York, NY 10007 (212) 766-4900 benaresnyc.com

Mozzarella E Vino: Italian Mozzarella & Wine Bar in the heart of midtown @mozzarellaevino

 

Located on one of the most elegant blocks with luxe boutiques, hotels, and The Museum of Modern Art around the corner this chic eatery is heaven for mozzarella & wine lovers.  Tourists and locals alike can stop by for a glass of wine and a “Affettati & Formaggi” sampling or a full meal of homemade pastas, lasagnas and meat dishes.

Mozzarella & Vino (Courtesy Jim Taylor)

We started our meal with the classic tasting of Buffalo Mozzarella, Buffalo Provola, and the freshest Burrata served with cherry tomatoes. The mozzarella is made in Campagna and shipped to New York every few days. You can mix and match the cheeses and meats to your liking. The waitstaff will advise on wine pairing suggestions depending on your selection.

We also tried the fried zucchini sticks which were crispy and golden and not greasy. The homemade pastas were next and are a must try. The ravioli is homemade and filled with fresh ricotta, also shipped in from Campagna. The lasagna is delicious, tender layers filled with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and sausage. The sauce is classic Marinara perfectly spiced. Gluten free pasta is available and is possibly the best we ever tried.

For the main course I opted for the Scottish salmon. Flaky and tender it is served on a bed of organic greens. A tasty and healthy option. My companion went for the chicken medallions flavored with black summer truffles served with fingerling potatoes, french beans and organic cherry tomatoes. For veal lovers we hear the “Vitello Tonato” is a must.

For dessert we chose to split the Torta de Mascarpone “tiramisu style” and the chocolate cake filled with Sicilian orange compote. The tiramisu was creamy but not too heavy and is a staple in classic southern Italian cuisine.

Mozzarella & Vino is located at 33 west 54th street between 5th and 6th ave. New York, NY 10019 (646) 692-8849 mozzarellaevino.com connect@mozzarellaevino.com

Sister restaurant Il Gattopardo located along the same block at 13-15 west 54th street is another option for the freshest Southern Italian comfort food located in an intimate and elegant townhouse setting.

 

 

Tapa Lounge and Hookah Bar Murray Hill NYC 

 

The newest addition to an area that is filled with Indian eateries is Tapa. Led by restaurateur Abishek Sharma (Swagat, Surya, and Badshah), this colorful cocktail and hookah lounge serves Indian Tapas and cocktails in a relaxed laid back environment. 

 

Setting Tapa apart is the menu focused on an extensive bread bar with eight varieties of the classic Indian naan bread. Our favorite was the Prime Time, sliced prime cut rib-eye steak, cheddar, monterey jack and mozzarella, served with a smoky chipotle dipping sauce. A nice vegetarian option is the Eat Your Veggies lay with mushrooms, olives, and truffle oil, topped with marinara or mint sauce.

Our favorites from the Tapas menu include the Badass Chicken Tikka marinated in a houseblend of spices, yogurt and jalapeños, Agni “Fire Wings” prepared spicy or “want to cry” extra spicy, or for none spice enthusiasts, butter-chicken style, and the Masala Calamari tossed in Indian Masala sauce.

Mixologist Warren Bayami (Summit Bar, Badshah) created signature cocktails like the Sari Not Sari (tequila, lime, cucumber, mint, with a salted rim), Flight to Mumbai (gin, lime juice, cardamom), and Sassy Lassi, our favorite, made with housemate mango lassi and rum.

Over 40 flavors of Hookah are available to enjoy divided into three sections in different price ranges from the House Hookah, Exotic Hookah, and the Exclusive Hookah.

Tapa is located at 102 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016. (646) 657- 0512. tapaloungenyc.com

Imli: Urban Indian Food Restaurant on the Upper East Side, NYC @ImliRestaurant

Indian Food is very common in NYC so it’s nice to see a restaurant that tries to set it’s self apart from the masses. If anyone has ever travelled to India one thing they will notice is how good the street food is. There are so many flavors and spices fused together to create dishes that are tasty and very inexpensive. 

Chef Manuel Butler created a menu that comprises of classic Indian cuisine mixed with street food from all over India with many options offered in the form of Tapas, meant to be shared so guests can try a greater variety of dishes.

We started our meal with a selection of tapas the chef prepared. The crispy okra topped with fennel and herbs was crunchy and flavorful. The tandoori wings were moist and not too spicy but yet had a nice texture and flavor. 

For the main courses we opted for a couple the seafood dishes with the lamb chops thrown in the mix. The ginger salmon was flaky sauted with ginger and garlic in a turmeric sauce. Not having eaten salmon very often at an Indian restaurant we were pleasantly surprised by the dish. The coconut shrimp was a favorite prepared with coconut milk, turmeric, spices and garam masala. The lamb chops were tender and cooked just right.

We paired the dishes with two sides of lemon and coconut rice along with delicious garlic naan, so good we ordered a second round.

My cocktail choice for the evening was the Mumbai Mule, me being a rum drinker was a no brainer. Dark rum, pomegranate juice, ginger mint and beer. It’s not to sweet and pretty strong, perfect for a saturday night. A very nice wine menu is available with a master wine expert curating the list to highlight the various flavors of the dishes when paired together.

Imli Restaurant 1136 First Avenue New York, NY 10065 (212) 256-0073 contact@imlirestaurant.com website: ImliRestaurant.com

Alice’s Arbor- Farm to Table Eats in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 

 

Located between Clinton Hill and Bed- Stuy in Brooklyn this richly wooded rustic eatery with a homey feel features farm to table fare sourced by local purveyors with the menu rotating seasonally.

The crafted cocktail menu features cocktails like the “Bad Hombre”, our favorite: Hornitos tequila, Jalapeño & Cilantro infused syrup and fresh lime juice. The beer menu is plentiful with rotating IPA’s on tap.

During our dinner we were encouraged to try the specials. The red snapper was light and flaky while the Sullivan country farms trout was full of flavor in a rich brown butter sauce served with fingerling potatoes and green beens. The Pork Chop was a thick cut served with roasted carrots and apricot chutney. The baby back ribs are a must try and can be shared as the serving is plentiful. The meat is tender and practically falls off the bone. Also highly recommended are the brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup. For dessert Chef Mike’s favorite grandmother cheesecake is a perfect way to end the meal.

Alice’s Arbor is equally perfect for a romantic date night, weekend brunch with the kids, or a night out with friends.

Alice’s Arbor is open 7 days a week. Breakfast is served all day from 9am until 4:30pm on weekdays and brunch on the weekends. Dinner is served nightly 5:30pm – 11pm Mon-Thur. 5:30 to Midnight on fridays and saturdays and 5:30 to 10pm on sunday evenings.

Location: 549 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 alicesarbor@gmail.com (718) 399-3003  Alicesarborbk.com

Craven- Midtown’s latest Restaurant and Lounge makes a splash at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week ended a couple weeks ago and as much as we all enjoy it, the craziness can get to the best of us. We are always on the lookout for the newest gathering spot for fashionistas and model types to unwind and munch in-between shows, presentations and after parties. 

Craven NYC located on the border of Hudson Yards and Hell’s Kitchen upped the ante and actually held fashion shows at the venue itself. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect the 6000 square foot space is decorated in white brick, rich wood and polished brass. An outdoor patio is open during summer months for outdoor dining and cocktails.

The menu is mostly American Classic with a couple Asian delicacies thrown in like Big Eye Tuna Poke and Korean Beef Bulgogi Kebab Kebabs. Our favorite was the Backyard BBQ Spareribs, made southern style with Kentucky Style BBQ Sauce served with corn on the cob.

A long list of cocktails and wines are available to enjoy. We foresee Craven to be a hotspot in the future, considering Fashion Week is rumored to be working on locking down a permanent home at Hudson Yards once the space is ready to open.

Craven 346 west 40th street New York, NY 10018 (212) 956-7020 CravenNYC.com

The Black Derby: New Bistro in The Heart of the West Village NYC

The Black Derby is the kind of eatery that reminds of why the west village restaurant scene is so important to New York. Set in a 130 year old landmarked building on a quaint block, the name derived from one of the founder’s fathers, Jack Brady. a long time west village resident, who wore his black derby daily, his original black derby still sits in the bar next to his favorite whiskey.

The cuisine is “New York at Heart” ,a blend of American and French fare using the highest quality ingredients. Recommended dishes include the The Black Derby Goat Cheese Sliders, a Pat LaFRieda Hanger Steak Frites, Max’s Famous burger new for 2017 and our favorite The Daily Market Fish. The must have dessert is The Black Derby made with homemade molasses and grapefruit zest doughnut, creamy bourbon ice cream, dark chocolate ganache and branded cherries. 

The bar scene is an important part of The Black Derby experience. An extensive wine and beer menu is available with many classic specialty cocktails like The Mermaid Avenue, made with Brooklyn Gin, Lime, and St. Germain liqueur.

A neighborhood draw for regulars who gather for after work drinks, a cozy meal, or date night along with visitors from other neighborhoods and tourists alike the Black Derby offers a much needed respite with a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe. 

The Black Derby is located at 310 west 4th street New York, NY 10014. (212) 912-9061 theblackderby.com

Badshah The “Inauthentic Indian Restaurant” in Hell’s Kitchen NYC

Hell’s Kitchen newest Indian restaurant owned by Abishek Sharma is Badshah. Abishek also owns Swagat on the Upper West Side and Surya on Bleeker street. Executive chef Charles Mani describes his cuisine as inauthentic Indian playing with textures and infusing unusual spices to classic Indian dishes.  

The Hell’s Kitchen space is lively with murals adorning the walls and a retractable front window that opens up to bustling ninth avenue.

Our dinner was a an assortment of Badshah favorites along with the most popular Chef’s Tasting Menu. Favorites included the butter chicken which is a different take on the traditional Chicken “Tikka” Masala made with no butter, ghee, or yogurt for a lighter creamier texture that won’t weigh you down. The Badshah cauliflower is a vegetarian version of chinese general tso’s chicken and Chef Charles is the true originator of this dish. The salmon was cooked just right complemented with a delicious coconut curry.

The Chef’s Tasting Menu ($49) is the most popular item on the menu with a variety of favorite appetizers, curries, rice, naan bread and dessert.

The cocktail menu was very creative with a slew of craft cocktails focusing on rum, which is our team’s alcohol of choice.

Badshah 788 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (646) 649-2407   Badshahny.com

 

Restaurant Review: Almayass NYC Lebanese and Armenian Cuisine @AlmayassNYC

 

Almayass NYC  is a a blend of modern Lebanese & Armenian cuisine owned and operated by the Alexandrian family. Rooted in Lebanon with locations in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Doha at The Pearl and Dubai. Almayass first arrived on the New York restaurant scene in 2012 and immediately was a hit and gained a loyal following for it’s upscale food and wines, yet fun casual family vibe with terrific service. In 2017 it continues to impress with new menu options focusing on sharing of small plates, authentic Armenian dishes and Armenian artwork displayed through the entire restaurant.

Our meal began with a variety of salads and their famous hummus dishes including our highly recommended favorite Hummus with cauliflower. Followed by the freshly made hot feta with oven baked feta cheese, vine tomato, oregano & spicy red peppers. The spicy potatoes were seasons with fresh garlic & cilantro. Another house favorite and a must try was the Mantee Traditional with meat, spinach option available. The Chef’s special is marinated diced filet mignon with the chef’s special sauce, and is a tasty option for any meat lover.

For the main course we recommend the Bronzini fillet with a sesame based sauce cooked with onion, cilantro and garnished with Almond. The Alaskan Sablefish (Black Cod) is tender and flaky served with baby spinach. The lamb chops were cooked just right served with brussel sprouts and cauliflower puree.

Our meal was accompanied wines, specialty cocktails, and authentic Armenian Cognac.

Almayass NYC is open 7 days a days for lunch & dinner. 24 East 21st New York, NY 10010 (212) 473-3100 

 

Capital Grille’s 9th Annual “The Generous Pour” Wine Event is back from July 10th through September 3rd @CapitalGrille

 

Wine pairing with delicious cuisine is a truly enjoyable experience for foodies and wine lovers alike. However, this can be a costly venture. For the 9th straight year The Capital Grille  is rolling out it’s summer time “The Generous Pour” wine event with a tasting experience of seven acclaimed wines from California and Oregon.

The wines are selected to pair with the restaurant’s signature menu items. The Generous Pour wine experience is available for $28, for 7 wine tastings, yes that’s $4 a glass, an unheard of price for a fine dining establishment. Price is $38 in the Pennsylvania market.

At the helm of The Generous Pour event is Advanced Sommelier Brian Philipps. With over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry Brian joined The Capital Grille in 2013 through another luxury restaurant Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.

As Advanced Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Wine Educator from The Society of Wine Educators, he is currently pursuing the final Master Sommelier certification.

The theme of this year’s event – The Critics’ Darlings: 90+ Point Finds- brings together wines that have been rated 90 points or higher by respected wine critics.  The lineup this year includes wines from California’s Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara regions, as well as Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

The wines offered are: Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (92 Points), Arrowood “Sonoma Estates” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 (90 Points), Siduri Pinot Noir, 2015 (90 Points), Edmeades Zinfandel, 2013 (91 Points), Matanzes Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 (92 Points). Cambria Clone 4 Chardonnay, 2015 (91 Points) and The Willakenzie Pinot Gris, 2016 (90 Points). 

For more info and locations please visit: www.thecapitalgrille.com

 

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