Rock Center’s Winter Escape

By Hillary Latos Escape the cold and enjoy the winter merriment of Rockefeller Center at the Rock Center Café. With an unparalleled vantage on the infamous skating rink, spend the day watching skaters whisk by to top 40 tunes while enjoying classic American fare in a casual and airy setting or warm up with a…

The Greek Connection

By Lisa Loverro NERAI is a contemporary take on fine Greek dining, inviting their guests to sample from an inventive Greek menu. Occupying the old Oceana space in midtown on East 54th street, the owners set out to create a relaxed yet elegant dining experience with comfortable seating and soaring expansive ceilings. The restaurant, two…

An Asian Italian

By Hillary Latos By creating a turn of the century tale of friendship and a shared lifelong passion of individual pursuits to a better life, Louis and Chan evokes the many facets of its locale from the gritty history of the Lower East side coupled with the cultural intersection of Little Italy and Chinatown. One…

Brooklyn’s Best

By Lisa Loverro Located in Brooklyn on a beautiful tree-linked street on Atlantic Avenue, Colonie draws its inspiration from its surrounding neighborhoods always supporting local purveyors as much as possible. Since opening in February 2011, this Brooklyn Heights restaurant has not shown signs of slowing down both with their service and cuisine, and will probably…

A TASTE OF ITALY AT CENTRAL PARK

By W. A. Muller Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante, owners of a profusion of restaurants in Miami as well as Chicago, have transformed the space that was once home to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant & Bar (40 Central Park South) and opened the new Villagio On the Park, a refined Italian restaurant that allows al fresco dining with views of Central Park. According…

SUSHISAMBA joins London’s Dynamic Culinary Scene

By W. A. Muller Internationally renowned SUSHISAMBA Restaurant has debuted its latest location, and its first in Europe, in London’s stunning Heron Tower. Delivering a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, SUSHISAMBA’s London menu is a thrilling mix of new and signature dishes with an emphasis on piquant flavours, the finest ingredients and artful presentations, under direction of Executive Chef Claudio Cardoso. “We…

Restaurant Roundup

By Hillary Latos In the dead of winter New Yorkers tend to hibernate, however classic French or Japanese inspired Mexican is enough of a reason to beat the cold for a soul warming meal which is the perfect cure for cabin fever. What happens when you take the best of Mexican and Japanese street food?…

Philippe by Philippe Chow: A-list Hotspot

By W. A. Muller An ever-strong whirlwind since opening its doors in December 2005, Philippe by Philippe Chow in New York remains a hotspot and staple for a virtual “who’s who” of the music, film and sports industries, not to mention politicos, CEOs and an array of additional New York influencers. Diners have included A-List celebrities like Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, Troy Aikman, Carmel Anthony,…

Dhaba Brings London’s Fine-Indian Cuisine to New York

By W. A. Muller Located in New York’s celebrated “Curry Hill”, world-class chef and tandoor master Hemant Mathur’s restaurant Dhaba brings a fresh take on Indian fare by showcasing regional cuisine in a sophisticated environment, reminiscent of the new generation of modern Indian restaurants prolific in London, England. In recent years, modern Indian cuisine in London has left behind the traditional Curry House and…

Spicing Up Murray Hill With Chote Nawab Kababs

By W. A. Muller Chote Nawab, meaning “Little Prince”, is among the hottest culinary additions to the Murray Hill restaurant scene. Inspired by the varying tastes of the Nawabs (princes) of different states within India, the restaurant is led by celebrated worldclass chef, Hemant Mathur, and showcases regional Awadhi cuisine most notably from the city of Lucknow in Northern India. The Nawabs…