Dining

New York Chocolatier Jacques Torres and Executive Chef Alex Reyes Offering a Four-Course Chocolate Dinner Halloween Eve at Saks Fifth Avenue

  WHO:             Jacques Torres, founder of Jacques Torres Chocolate (www.mrchocolate.com) and Alex Reyes, Executive Chef, Café SFA, Saks Fifth Avenue   WHAT:           A rare collaboration of chocolate and savory for which Jacques Torres and Alex Reyes will man the kitchen on the 8th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue. There, the chefs will present a magnificent […]


The Proper French Brasseries

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By Hillary Latos While the world often looks to the Parisians as barometers of style, one import that has stood the test of time is the classic French brasserie, which hasn’t changed since its inception in the late 1800s when these locales rose to prominence. Step back in time to the Paris at the turn […]


Quality over Quantity

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By Peizhao Sun Ben & Jack’s is no strange name to steak connoisseurs around town. The masculine establishment situates in the heart of Flatiron District on 5th avenue, only seconds away from Empire State building. While tourists may pass and gawk, true steakhouse enthusiasts recognize Ben & Jack’s instantly for its signature Porterhouse steak, the […]


A Worthy Addition to the East Village

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By Peizhao Sun Budding love, curiosity, discourse and a night of fine dining have gone hand in hand for ages. Whether it’s the warm candle against a dimly lit background, or the precisely spaced seats that bring the pair closer, these details are what diners look for in a romantic dinner for two. At Tuome, […]


SD26 Turns 5

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By Hillary Latos Before the days of Top Chef and celebrity chef TV fame, there were the legendary restaurateurs like Tony May who was instrumental in shaping the landscape and direction of New York’s culinary scene. Starting with operating the Rainbow Room in 1968 to creating the first fine Italian dining establishments, Palio and San […]


Straight from the Market

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By Peizhao Sun The much-anticipated Washington Market Tavern, opened this June, has something traditional, something nostalgic, but definitely a whole lot of the new. Restaurateur Eric Schwimmer delivered Mudville 9, and has set out to create a detail-oriented restaurant serving dishes honoring meticulously selected ingredients; and the result – the entirely renovated, beautifully ornate Washington […]


The Art of Slow Cooking

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By Hillary Latos While most Americans cannot distinguish between the different regional nuances in Indian cuisine, Awadhi cuisine represents the Uttar Pradesh and is influenced by Mughal slow cooking techniques with rich and full bodied dishes stemming from the Nawabi region. As a celebrated chef of Indian cuisine, chef and restaurateur Anand started with the […]


Dining Extra Fancy

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By Peizhao Sun Williamsburg has witnessed many changes. The artsy crowd’s arrival and their eventual Bushwick-bound journey, along with new, shinny condo-developments in the neighborhood, breathed life into the hipster-mecca and shaped it into what it is today — a mixture of the high and the low. What comes with the mixing of both cultures […]


Pazzo Di Coco Pazzo

By W. A. Muller Jack Weiss opened Coco Pazzo in 1992 which has since established itself as a classy and sophisticated Italian restaurant in Chicago. The beautiful loft setting is the perfect environment for friends or business associates and the impeccable seasonal menu has earned notoriety from the Italian government and Chicago critics alike. Coco […]


Sharing The Flavors of Peru With Chicago

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By W. A. Muller Get ready to embark on a culinary journey through Peru at Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave) in Chicago. Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with the people of Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, casual and colorful downtown setting. A collaboration between […]


New Spice To Curry Hill

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By W. A. Muller Acclaimed restaurateur Shiva Natarajan, who is behind many of New York’s most-coveted Indian restaurants, has opened Haldi, a brilliant restaurant in ‘Curry Hill’ offering a notable variety of fresh and flavorful Indian fare. Natarajan transformed the city’s Indian fine dining landscape with his string of restaurants, including Chola in Mid-town; the […]


Rooftop Roundup

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By Hillary Latos While summer is preparing for its big finale and head on its way out, New Yorkers can still catch the sizzling summer heat and passionate sunshine before fall makes its return! Whether it is to tend to some sexy summer flings, or to simply gawk the Empire State’s sun-lit beauty, lounging on landscaped […]


La Vie en Rose

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By Hillary Latos Even if you can’t make it to St. Tropez this summer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live like the Tropeziennes. Nothing resonates with summer more than a chilled bottle of dry Rose. While the different shades of blush tones are determined by the grape, climate, vinification temperature control and grape skin […]


Turf to Surf

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By Rory Winston It seems almost sacrilegious to settle for terms like ‘surf and turf’ when referring to the non-plus ultra in steak and seafood fare. Distinguished establishments like Benjamin Steakhouse and its illustrious spinoff, The Sea Fire Grill, have earned culinary reputations the likes of which are usually reserved for haut cuisine. This is […]


BLT’s Newest Venture

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By Lisa Loverro Las Vegas is filled with glitz, glamour, gambling and lots of good food. While there are a multitude of restaurants from which to choose, the new BLT Steak located in Bally’s Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip is one of the best bets in town. BLT Steak, which first opened in […]


Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos From the quaint cobblestone lined streets of the West Village to the Upper West Side, this month we focus on the thriving restaurant scene of the West Side of Manhattan. Heading into fall there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the great outdoors, the Indian summer weather, glorious fall foliage of Central […]


Brazilian Indulgence

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By Peizhao Sun merica’s fervent pursuit of juicy, thick-cut and grilled meat is a long-established tradition – a celebration of the carnivorous. Whether it’s a get-together barbecue, a college graduation or a wedding, the insatiable urge to bite into perfectly seared ribs and Italian sausages do not discriminate; forget about the occasion, as long as […]


Handmade Excellence

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By Peizhao Sun The idea of food product brands opening flagship restaurant isn’t new; however, when Italian pasta giant Giovanni Rana opened its first restaurant in the bustling Chelsea Market amid the delightful chaos that is lower Manhattan, something was noticeably different. Maybe it’s the quaint interior design, maybe it’s the glass-encased open kitchen; but […]


La Bella Cucina

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The latest restaurant to grace the iconic Pierre Hotel, part of the Taj Hotel Group, is Sirio, from legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, best known for Le Cirque. But unlike Le Cirque, Sirio Ristorante is a casual, yet sophisticated eatery with to-die-for cheeseburgers (with Fontina cheese) on the lunch menu and Tuscan-inspired dishes for dinner. The […]


The Latest Tessa on the Block

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By Hillary Latos Though the ancient Greek definition of Tessa is “harvester” or reaper, over the years the urban dictionary slang for tessa is asset spelled backwards meaning the beautiful and perfect female embodiment that everyone loves and cherishes. Judging by the scene at this latest UWS hotspot we couldn’t think of a more perfect […]


Dobkin’s Rainbow

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By Rory Winston “My life like a rocket makes a parabola,” wrote Andre Voznesensky in an early ballad that describes how artists often get to their intended destination but not in the way they imagined. At a symposium, the renowned poet admitted to his own life’s unique trajectory: As a student of architecture, he created […]


Mirch Masala Spices Up Greenwich Village

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By W. A. Muller The trendy neighborhood of Greenwich Village in Manhattan recently welcomed their newest neighbor, Indian restaurant Mirch Masala. Mirch, which means chillies, and masala, meaning mixed spices are combined to serve a flavorsome ‘Mirch Masala’. The restaurant specializes in serving popular Indian food as well as a large array of traditional and […]


Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos This month we wanted to celebrate the ethnic diversity and home cooked cuisine of the Big Apple’s melting pot. From home cooked Lebanese dishes to the flavorful Japanese Izakaya bites to contemporary Mexican to Portugese and Contemporary American, we are fortunate enough to have the flavors of the world at our doorstep. […]


A New York Mainstay

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By Lisa Loverro The Oyster Bar Grand Central can be many things to many people. It’s a great place for a quick stop before catching the train to the suburbs, it’s a meeting place for friends for some fantastic seafood and it’s a romantic New York City dinner spot for both tourists and locals.


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