Not Just For Employees Only


By Lisa Loverro Whether you go for the drinks, the food or the people watching, Employees Only will never disappoint. As one of the pioneers of the NYC speakeasy craze, the restaurant can be quite crowded all night long, on any given night. But then again, when a restaurant serves dinner from 6:00pm to Midnight […]

International Excellence


By Peizhao Sun Delicatessen first appeared in the English language almost a century ago. The German loanword, spelled delikatessen originally, signifies rather a more sophisticated store for fine, prepared food; though it could be argued that the deli’s of New York, in essence, provides the same delicatessen service, but the significance is in the quality […]

A New American Tavern


By Hillary Latos Step back in time to the turn of the century at the historic Church Street Tavern where Old World ambience meets the modern flair of Tribeca. With a nod to the past, the space features exposed brick, black subway tiles, plush leather banquettes, exposed brass piping and hanging pendant lamps that set […]

Satiate the Senses at Asiate

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By Hillary Latos Perched in the sky above Columbus Circle with a 180-degree view of Billionaires Row, Central Park and Fifth Avenue, Asiate is one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets on the 35th floor of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Though the million dollar views in a breathtaking setting are enough of a reason to dine here, […]

Williamsburg’s Dolce Vita


By Hillary Latos As Williamsburg is becoming a foodie destination luring Manhattanites across the bridge, one place that put the scene on the map is Roman import Antica Pesa . The restaurant has already gained a loyal following of celebrities, A listers and moguls. Just like its sister property in Italy, this Brooklyn outpost pays […]

From the Mediterranean to Madison Avenue

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By W. A. Muller Iconic Upper East Side restaurant Amaranth continues to thrive – even after 15 years in the business. Owners Paola Pedrignani and Francois Marchand, who recently marked the Mediterranean Bistro’s Anniversary with a glamorous celebration for over 500 of their most loyal customers, attribute its long-running success to “staying true to their Mediterranean roots and never compromising on quality.” Located just […]

Tre Soldi Brings Rome To Chicago

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By W. A. Muller Jack Weiss solidified his love affair with Italian cuisine and established his business further by opening Tre Soldi in the summer of 2013. Tre Soldi is also located in Streeterville, but distinguishes itself as a pizzeria and trattoria, focused on the Lazio region of Italy.

FruVe': Not Just Another Juice Bar

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By W. A. Muller FruVe’ xPress Juicery, the “World’s Most Complete Juice Bar”, is now open in Chicago’s vibrant South Loop neighborhood. FruVe’ is making health and balance accessible to Chicagoans on the go. The juicery creates nutrient rich organic, fresh cold press juices, smoothies, cleanses, salads, soups, paninis and acai bowls for those looking […]

Restaurant Roundup


By Hillary Latos For November we wanted to celebrate the vast culinary scene New York has to offer.  From iconic spots that have shaped the restaurant scene to perfect weekend brunch spots and modern interpretations of our favorite fare to haute vegan and Asian cuisine to cozy comfort and healthy fare, it’s all about the […]

The Impressive Arlington Club


By W. A. Muller Drew Barrymore, Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, and Bethenny Frankel are among the celebrities that love the fresh sushi and hearty steaks served up by celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel at Arlington Club. This two-floor restaurant on New York City’s Upper East Side is reminiscent of the old Penn Station, with a dramatic vaulted ceiling and exposed brick. Guests can […]

Contemporary Dining with a Twist


By W. A. Muller T-Bar Steak and Lounge is not your average New York City Steakhouse. Located in the comfortable Upper East Side neighborhood filled with small quiet restaurants, T-Bar is a fun and vibrant atmosphere with a modern twist on great traditional American steakhouse. Established in October 2007, this restaurant brings a whole new crowd of people rushing up to the Upper East […]

The New American Bistro


By Hillary Latos One of the great NYC weekend pastimes is the lingering boozy brunch where carbs and calories don’t seem to matter. The airy midtown eatery Lexington Brass is the quintessential bistro that combines European casual elegance with a contemporary American menu created by the dynamic NYC hospitality group EMM. Conveniently located near Grand […]

Feasting on Kobe


By Peizhao Sun Kobe beef is no joke. Known for its flavor, tenderness and fatty, well-marbled texture, the Japanese delicacy is marveled at also for its incredible rarity, as Kobe beef’s annual production is as low as some 4,000 heads. For its very rarity, Kobe beef hasn’t been exported at all, until recently in 2012. […]

Relax Manhattan


By Peizhao Sun We’ve come to an age of mass produced, pseudo-authentic laid-backness. The bustling Bedford Avenue restaurants, though quirky, “vintage” and well designed, somehow still miss that coziness, as well as the familiar and friendly, non-pretentious atmosphere. Is there such thing as trying too hard to not try hard? At least, when all else […]

From Television to Reality


By Peizhao Sun Returning from winning a hit reality show, for some, is almost always followed by some unnecessary flashy, and public stuntthat tries to prolong the fame. Though true with America’s many small screen favorites, Chef Harold Dieterle, went with the road less travelled. His first restaurant, Perilla, in the West Village, is everything you love and […]

Kudos to Crudos


By Peizhao Sun Dining is quite like fashion. While designers map out the season’s new black, chefs dig through markets for the“it”ingredients; however, regardless of how many shades of lime or sapphire later, black still holds its supreme throne for elegance and poise. Though it may not return every season, it’s never out of style; […]

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

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