Dining

Salinas’ Sublime Spanish

IMG_4450

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

Beauty-&-Essex-1

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

ilili-Evening-Interior-Populated

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

TAO918buddha_lounge

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!

BLT-Fish-Interior-1

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!)

LeCirque-306

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

TAO923lounge_overall2_web

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.  […]


The Alter of Beef

05052014(10)

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 […]


French in the Heart of Brooklyn

05052014(75)

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

05052014(64)

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

05052014(144)

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

05052014(20)

  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.


A French Opera in 4 Acts

22222

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

222(51)

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

222(63)

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

IMG_9057

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 […]


The Counting Room

counting-room

By Hillary Latos In a neighborhood characterized by perennially ironic hipsters, The Counting Room is like an unpretentious breath of fresh air that has quickly become a neighborhood favorite.  Reclaimed wood benches and tables, exposed brick walls and vintage glass pendant lamps, create a stylish ambiance with plenty of shared seating and communal tables that […]


Tarallucci e Vino

7A6A1758

A true Italian in the Flatiron The literal translation of Tarallucci e vino is savory biscuits and wine, but as Italians love to associate proverbial meanings with food – it refers to resolving a dispute by pretending there was no dispute to begin with- or the more familiar American expression- we agree to disagree so […]


Veritable Veritas at In Vino

IMG_9506

By Rory Winston “All due respect professor, but if you’re telling me it’s impossible to explain a layman the area of physics you’re specialized in then you obviously have a very poor understanding of your field.”  The older professor gaped, tuned a bit crimson and walked off, while my friend who made the comment, shrugged […]


Dessert in a glass – the superb Passito wines of the Aeolian Islands

Malv0dpi

Story and photography by Manos Angelakis In Italy, the volcanic Aeolian Islands are planted, almost exclusively, with Malvasia grapes; a grape that has its roots in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean.


A Culinary Bio-Pic

FamilyRecipe_MAR14

By Rory Winston They’re different,” said a film-reviewer colleague, “in Japanese movies about food, the main star is the food. Check Tampopo or Doing Time or Chef of the South Polar or even Flavor of Happiness, the recipe is the same: the cooking process tells all.” My friend was right. The love interest, the nemesis… […]


Dining Like Royalty

BlueDoorBistro_MAR14

By Christopher A. Pape What’s in a name; a rose by any other name smells just as sweet. And so it is with The Montague, on the Garden a four-star hotel, which seems to inhabit two worlds. With its ideal location – directly in front of it is the British Museum and the hustle and […]


A Prime Fascination

DylanPrime_MAR14

By Christopher A. Pape Though Dylan Prime has survived through downtown NY’s biggest catastrophes since its opening in 2000, this renowned Tribeca foodie institution has recently reopened after transforming the interior and revamping the menu, much to the joy of its loyal following. Housed in a historic landmark building constructed in the 1800s, Dylan Prime […]


WP-Backgrounds Lite by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann 1010 Wien