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.  “We’ve spent over ten years perfecting what TAO represents,” says Partner Rich Wolf. “This isn’t just a ‘second location’ of TAO in New York City; it is the next iteration of our brand. Devoted fans will still feel at home, but there are many elements that distinguish the restaurant from its sister locations. This is what guests can expect from us moving forward.”

The Alter of Beef

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By Spencer Bistricer

Some restaurants sit in my imagination. Though I haven’t dined at it, it isn’t the most luxurious or it isn’t even my favorite cuisine, I still imagine I will love it. Takashi, a celebrated Japanese-Korean barbecue establishment in the West Village, is one of those places. I’ve been dreaming about coming here for years and glad to report that I’ve finally made it happen!

French in the Heart of Brooklyn

By Spencer Bisticer While it may be difficult to select a restaurant in Brooklyn, one of the most densely populated areas for fine cuisine, if you are as much a fan of French food like myself, French Louie is an easy choice. The decor alone seems to transport its customers; it was no surprise that…

A Culinary Gift to Gownaus

By Jane Meyer Most peoples’ ideas of Gowanus in Brooklyn are not ones usually associated with great food and culinary artistry. The Pines is leading the charge to change people’s perceptions of Gownaus. A challenge for any restaurant is to satisfy multiple taste buds in multiple ways and The Pines in Gowanus, Brooklyn does just…

An Italian Aria

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By Jane Meyer

Do the city and more specifically The Village need another Italian restaurant? If you are referring to Pagani, the new restaurant in the heart of the West Village, the answer is an enthusiastic yes! Pagani is an elegant yet casual Italian restaurant. And from day one it has been a resounding success.

RedFarm: Twice the Fun

  By Christopher A. Pape If you remember my recent story on RedFarm, you’ll know how I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner there at their West Village location. So when the call came to taste the menu at their second location on the Upper West Side, I was stoked. For there are few places in the…

A French Opera in 4 Acts

By Rory Winston Lincoln Center may have lost the New York City Opera by late 2013, but luckily, it managed to keep the prestigious Franco-Mediterranean repertory, Picholine. With six consecutive shows a week, Picholine is the longest running opera in the area – one composed and orchestrated by the grand maestro, Chef Terrance Brennan. Like…

Reinventing French

By Spencer Bistricer I’ve always loved French food, but I sometimes get the feeling that while the cuisines of other cultures have evolved and adapted to our changing world, most French restaurants are still running along the lines of Disney’s Ratatouille. The Elm in Brooklyn changes all that. A collaboration between the famed Paul Liebrant-you…

Restaurant Roundup

By Hillary Latos As spring is beginning to emerge ending one of the longest winters in the history of NYC, it’s time to shake the blues and come out of hibernation to experience the myriad of flavors that NYC has to offer.  From American comfort food to the elegant and classic Mediterranean cuisine, to the…

The Newest LES Hotspot

By W.A. Muller Brannon’s brings new life and new beginnings to the heart of the lower east side. Restaurateur and visionary owner Ron Brannon, creates a warm and welcoming ambience that beautifully encompasses all the essentials necessary to bring you back home. His American eatery serves new, savory comfort dishes carefully designed to please the…