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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

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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.

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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

 

Restaurant Review: Sushi Seki Times Square @SushiSeki #SushiSeki

 

Sushi Seki is a mini-chain of high end Sushi restaurants that cater to a crowd of sushi devotees that know the quality of their food and are not a afraid to spend a few bucks on it.

The Times Square location is a abuzz with the theatre crowd and guests looking for a late lounge experience as well as weekly saki tastings. “Omakase” a term used when the Chef is given a free pass to pick and choose the tasting menu starting with the lightest appetizers and sushi all the way to the cooked and grilled portion of the menu.

Our tasting menu began with a selection of the freshest salmon, tuna, eel, and yellowtail sushi and sashimi. Followed by mixed shrimp and vegetable tempura, a handful of rolls, ahi tartare, and topped off with tender and perfectly seasoned miso cod. All the selections were paired with appropriate sakis, wines, the Rose was a favorite, and specialty cocktails.

Decorated with a sleek minimalism vibe, with private party dining areas in a 2 floor setting, Sushi Seki is a must try for any sushi fan who wants to mix in quality cuisine and a good time.

Sushi Seki 365 west 46th street New York, NY (212) 262 – 8880 sushiseki.com

 

10th Annual Taste of The Upper West Side Coming to NYC on May 19th and 20th @NewTasteUWS

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of The Taste of The Upper West Side. Two nights of celebrations starting with Surf & Turf on the 19th hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli ( Butter owner/chef) & Adam Richman and “Best of The West” hosted by Jesse Palmer on the 20th. Both nights will feature celebrity chefs and award winning food authors.

Over 85 restaurants will serve signature bite size fare, cocktails and desserts while guests mix and mingle with celebrity chefs and DJ El Media will provide the music for the event.

To purchase tickets and to find out more details on participating restaurants please visit: tasteuws

 

Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry is coming back to NYC on April 24th. Buy your tickets now! @NoKidHungry #TasteoftheNation @180MaidenLaneNYC

On April 24th the 28th annual Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry will be back in NYC on the East River Waterfront at the stunning Maiden Lane NYC. Hosted by Danny Meyer, featuring over 40 top eateries offering delicious bite size fare, cocktails, and desserts. Live music from the rock band The Strumbellas, who just performed on the TBS Conan show, will headline the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets start at $250 and are still available. Please come out for a great night to support a fantastic cause! Ticket info below. Full recap after the event will follow.

Taste of The Nation-Tickets

 

Restaurant Review: Il Gattopardo NYC @IlGattopardoNYC

Il Gattopardo is set in a renovated townhouse with a garden on a museum block surrounded by the cities best shops. Known for upscale Southern Italian cuisine with a true homemade feel the restaurant enjoys a loyal following of business leaders, celebs, media vip’s and museum goers.

Chef Vito Gnazzo creates dishes from Naples and surrounding areas with pastas being the specialty. The Dover Sole was flaky, tender and flavored just right. The lamb chops were favorites! The formal dining environment combined with an extremely experienced serving stuff, the old school kind that have been with the restaurant for years make for a special experience. The wine list complements the rich Sicilian menu to a tee. 

Open for lunch daily and weekend brunch plus a very special Easter brunch on April 16th.

The restaurant group also has The Leopard and Mozzarella & Vino and they are all worth a visit.

Il Gattopardo 13-15 West 54th street. New York NY 10019  (212) 246-0412 IlGattapardonyc.com

ROKI Le Izakaya: Modern new Japanese Brasserie In The Flatiron District NYC #RokiLeIzakaya

Last weekend we were invited to dinner at the brand new hotspot in the Flatiron District Roki Le Izakaya. A modern take on a traditional Japanese restaurant that fuses typical fare like sushi and sashimi with a Ramen menu and tapas dishes meant to be shared. Using the freshest ingredients the dishes are created with a healthy flair.

Owned and operated by Keiko Ono Aoki and Executive Chef Koji Hagihara. Keiko is the wife of the late Rocky Aoki, owner and founder of the world famous Benihana chain.

The decor is modern and sleek, yet casual with murals and a communal table along with traditional banquettes and a seating area by the bar if you choose to watch the chef at work.

Our tasting menu consisted of Kanpachi Carpacchio, our favorite! Amberjack fish with onion, radish sprouts, wasabi, garlic and ponzu sauce. We then moved on to the Japanese canapés. The menu offers 9 options so we choose the Kani (snow crab & avocado), Amaebi (sweet shrimp) & the Ahi Poke (Tuna). They are served over crispy sushi rice which adds great texture to the dish. The Spicy shrimp tempura roll was crunchy and delicious served with spicy mayo.

Now it was time to try some hot appetizers. We went for the ROKI Shrimp steamed Gyoza. Tender shrimp, pork belly, water chestnut and bamboo wrapped in a gyoza wrapper. My companions favorite dish was the Wagyu shortribs. The meat was cooked just right served with seasonal vegetables.

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Ramen is one of the most popular dishes at the brasserie. The ROKI ROKI Ramen Nabe is a hotpot for 2, although it’s enormous and can be shared amongst a larger party. The choices are seafood, original dan dan ramen, the most popular, and the beef & vegetable ramen. Individual ramen choices are the classic chashu shoyu( sliced pork belly, veggies in a soy sauce broth), chashu tonkutso premium ramen(chicken & pork broth, pork belly, sliced pork & veggies), and organic vegetable ramen(soy milk broth, miso, seasonal vegetables, kale noodles & seaweed).

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For dessert we highly recommend the Earl Grey Creme Brûlée. Perfectly fluffy with a hint of Earl Grey and not too sweet.

As of last week ROKI is still working on a liquor license so guests are welcomed and encouraged to BYOB.

Beginning March 14th Roki Le Izakaya will be open for lunch with a special lunch menu served Mon- Fri noon till 2:30.

ROKI Le Izakaya 12 west 21st. New York, NY 10010 (646) 383- 7654  website: rokieleizakaya.com

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