Handmade Excellence

By Peizhao Sun

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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 it’s definitely the delectable pasta, along with the other alluring dishes, that sets Rana apart. The restaurant not only brings Italy to New York with its authentic taste, but also with the many Italian artifacts that add to the charming atmosphere as well. Producing hearty yet elegant, handmade pasta, as well as providing welcoming and dedicated service, Rana by Giovanni Rana is a spot worthy of a visit.

La Bella Cucina

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 restaurant’s décor, renovated by hospitality interior designer Adam Tihany, was inspired by Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita of Italy in the 1950s and 1960s. This Fellini-esque décor uses warm tones with black and white images of Italy adorning its walls. Along with the impeccable service and some of the best selection of Italian wines in New York, Sirio Ristorante is a throwback to old-world Italy in a glamorous setting.82

The Latest Tessa on the Block

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 name. The fresh and delicately prepared Mediterranean cuisine is only matched by the stunning décor.80

Dobkin’s Rainbow

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

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

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. Whatever flavors you’re craving, New York has it all.

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.

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 air, fertile farm lands and shining happy people.

Sticky Like Rice

By Peizhao Sun

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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 the front of the line. Its modern take on some of the coziest Laotian recipes has earned itself a place in adventurous New Yorkers’ hearts. From its now famous sticky rice to the savory and earthy Chili Prawn, Khe Yo draws inspiration from Laotian cuisine and creates mouthwatering Southeast Asian delicacies, making Khe Yo this summer’s it spot for a gastronomical adventure.

Trip Down Willow Road

By Peizhao Sun

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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 and sunshine dances between sharp silhouettes of nearby buildings. In comparison to neighboring gastronomical meccas such as Del Posto and Colicchio & Sons, Willow Road surrounds itself with such charming informality that you wonder if you are in Williamsburg. Confusion on your whereabouts aside, one thing will be clear: you’re here at Willow Road to have a good time.