Dining

A Chinese Delight

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By Janis Turk The ancient Chinese poet Tao Yuanming describes a utopian land set in the northeast Yunnan Province of China, an area folded quietly into the southwest corner of China bordering Tibet, Vietnam, and Myanmar (Burma). James Hilton also wrote about this idyllic Shangri-La in Lost Horizon—a magical hidden mountain valley, home to fresh […]


Sticky Like Rice

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By Peizhao Sun It seems as if everyone from TriBeCa to the Upper West Side has been completely disinterested by Pad Thai these days. So-called ethnic foods, regardless where you go – be it Flushing, KTown or Ninth Ave., reiterates the same old slogan – “best Bulgogi” or “freshest Phó,” which brings Khe Yo to […]


Trip Down Willow Road

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By Peizhao Sun Willow Road stands on the long stretch of Tenth Avenue, backed by the Hudson River and looks onto the quiet shadows of High Line Park in the chaotic backdrop of Chelsea. Such location brings around an element of sexiness to the already edgy restaurant, as tourists freely float around the High Line […]


The French Have It

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By Peizhao Sun Daniel Boulud isn’t a new name to fine dinning, especially French cuisine enthusiasts from Manhattan. The now famous and award-winning brand of excellent French fine dining establishments, consisting of gems like Daniel, Café Boulud and his casual masterpiece, db Bistro Moderne. The restaurant holds a spot on the must-list of New York […]


75 Main Bringing New York City Flare to Southampton

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  By W. A. Muller Recognized as one of Long Island’s best brunch spots by USA Today Travel’s 10best.com, Southampton eatery 75 Main has been a favorite among locals, visitors and celebrities alike for more than 30 years. Owner Zach Erdem, a rising restaurateur, has transformed the Hamptons summer dining staple into a year-round restaurant […]


The Midtown Bar & Grill Trio On 8th Avenue

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By W. A. Muller Ivy Bar & Grill Ivy Bar & Grill is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary! Located on Eighth Avenue between 55th and 56th street Ivy offers guests an array of options, from our specially designed cocktail menu, to our selection of craft and refreshing artisanal beers. All of this compliments Ivy’s stellar lunch, […]


Heavenly Italian

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By Josephine Zohny When Dino Redzic decided to open Uncle Paul’s in 2012 with his partners, many questioned why the critically acclaimed restaurateur would make the foray into the pizza business. Now, less than two years later, the answer is simple – he’s never done better business.


Greek Gold

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By Lisa Loverro An authentic Greek restaurant, Periyali, has become one of the most famous spots for Greek cuisine in Manhattan. They opened their doors 27 years ago in 1987 in response to a need for a classic Greek restaurant in a city that was filled with a multitude of other ethnic options. The history […]


Olympus to Onassis, an Odyssey

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By Rory Winston Jackie O – story upon story. We grew up on them. My mom and her generation gossiping about the former first lady’s marriage to Onassis long after the shipping magnate had died. It was America’s first paparazzi-induced excursion overseas since Grace Kelly’s marriage; the renowned pictures of the super yacht, Christina O, […]


A Russian Standard

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By Mary Pfeifer ARIANA is a contemporary interpretation on Russian cuisine. It opened in New York City in February 2014. Named after owner Ariana Grinblat, a Russian-American recording artist, the menu has some very unique dishes and signature cocktails.


A Royal Feast at Decoy

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By Hillary Latos Peking duck has been around since the Imperial era of China. It was served on special occasions to notables and royalty, and throughout the years little has changed to China’s national dish revered for its delicate preparation to achieve a thin crispy skin seasoned to perfection with thin slices of meat served […]


Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos Summer is in the air finally, and we’ve uncovered some of NYC’s hidden gems from a floating lobster shack to a romantic Italian hideaway in the West Village as well as revisiting a NYC icon that’s about to turn five, this month it’s all about experiencing and exploring the city’s venerable foodie […]


Sotto Sopra Brings A Taste Of Northern Italy To The Hamptons

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By W. A. Muller Northern Italian eatery Sotto Sopra in Amagansett has re-opened its doors for the 2014 summer season, inviting guests on a culinary journey that highlights the region’s traditional flavors and cooking methods. Under the direction of Managing Partner Rose Evangelista, Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on […]


Villagio on the Park A Taste Of Italy At Central Park

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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 […]


Feast between the Lines

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By Rory Winston “I had not understood Parisians until crossing the Pont-Neuf’, wrote Benjamin Franklin. Of course, he failed to mention that to really understand Pont-Neuf would demand an understanding of four hundred years of cultural history. As for trying to understand Les Bouquinistes, the little French restaurant draped alongside the Pont Neuf, well, I […]


A Tale of Two Restaurants

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By Lisa Loverro When you think classic New York City Steakhouse, you think Peter Lugers. But when the owners of Benjamin Steakhouse left the iconic steakhouse for midtown Manhattan they had big plans to create a truly memorable dining experience in the heart of the Big Apple.


Salinas’ Sublime Spanish

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By John Meyer Salinas is fast becoming the go to place for an intimate date and delicious tapas. With its dimly lit interior, tables that are tucked away and a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly, it’s a tough seat to snag. It is no wonder then, that my guests and I thoroughly enjoyed our […]


Not Too Cool for School

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By Lisa Loverro Don’t be surprised if you think you have the wrong address when your taxi arrives at 146 Essex Street. The street level mock pawnshop adorned with vintage guitars and other musical nostalgia is merely a gimmicky entrance for the surprising opulence that awaits you beyond the storefront’s back door.


Bringing The Middle East to NYC

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By Spencer Bistricer There are plenty of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants in the city, and to be honest, the food they serve is often pretty bland: dull hummus, limp tabbouleh, and flatbread that tastes like it came off a supermarket shelf sometime last week. Ilili, in contrast, specializes in Lebanese cuisine and offers the […]


A Downtown Homerun

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By W.A. Muller Tao Downtown is all about spectacle, located beneath the Maritime Hotel. Spanning an entire city block (approximately 22,000 square feet), TAO Downtown is the latest import to bring a touch of Las Vegas spectacle to New York City from its owners including Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Teppenberg.


What a Catch!

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By Lisa Loverro The BLT restaurant group has long been a favorite with New Yorkers and all their brands, BLT Steak, BLT Prime and BLT Fish, have enjoyed a huge success. We recently visited BLT Fish on West 17th street to see what’s new and happening in this long-standing establishment.


The Siren Song of French Cuisine

By Lisa Loverro It’s hard to stay abreast of all the restaurant openings (and closings) in New York City but when a former chef from Le Cirque, Craig Hopson, opens a new establishment you can’t help but sit up and take notice. He’s teamed up with Frank Roberts, the former manager from the Rose Bar […]


Vive La France (Quelle Horreur!)

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By Christopher A. Pape As much as it pains me to admit, French cuisine sits at the summit of dining; so beloved a food culture the French have, that most countries emulate their technique, and flavors – even their raison d’être is influenced by the French (I’m happy to report that as an Italian we […]


A Downtown Homerun

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By W. A. Muller Tao Downtown is all about spectacle, located beneath the Maritime Hotel.  Spanning an entire city black (approximately 22,000 square feet), TAO Downtown is the latest import to bring a touch of Las Vegas spectacle to New York City from its owners including Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Teppenberg.  […]


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