La Dolce Vita in Wildwood N.J.

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By W. A. Muller

Give the La Dolce Vita lifestyle at Little Italy in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.  If you’re ever in the mood for mouthwatering Italian delicacies then look no further than this beloved establishment. Owned and operated by Chef Giovanni Sanzone and his wife Sandy, the restaurant has been serving customers for over two decades. Little Italy is the next best thing to actually being in Italia.

Gradisca Ristorante: An Italian Delight

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By Jeanine Zelkas

Evidence of a former incarnation is written all over the walls of Gradisca, with old framed posters advertising the various jazz and cabaret acts that once performed at the 70‘s nightclub known as Reno Sweeney.  Soft jazz music playing in the background, rustic highlights, candlelit tables, low ceilings, and a combination of warm red-painted and brick walls additionally lend themselves to the jazzy ambiance of what is now a fabulous refined Italian restaurant.  Entering its thirteenth year in business, Gradisca’s menu maintains high standards for quality cuisine that is largely inspired by the owner’s beloved “Mamma” who regularly handcrafts much of the pasta on-site.

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

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By Anna Ryan

With restaurants open at various locations throughout New York City, meat lovers can have a fine dining experience with the food they love at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse. These various locations include Park Avenue, East 54th Street, West 50th Street, 25 Broad Street and Times Square.

Anassa Taverna

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

Located in the heart of Midtown East, Anassa Taverna gives guests a truly unique and cultural experience. This Greek restaurant strives to give diners a fresh experience and with the name Anassa, meaning ‘breath of fresh air,’ they are already on their way. Diners feel like they are on the cobblestone roads that pave the ancient, historical neighborhood of Plaka with Anassa Taverna’s traditional Greek dishes. Upon entering the restaurant, guests will be able to see worry beads and evil eyes on display. As guests delve further into the restaurant, they will be entranced by the marble covered bar, white curtains, exposed brick walls and wood.

75 Main: A Hamptons Hotspot

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By Nalini Leilani

75 Main is a Southampton staple—offering patrons the opportunity to taste simple yet delicious cuisine just minutes from the beach or to bask in a sliver of Southampton nightlife. The location is central: right in the middle of Southampton’s Main Street. The classy yet beachy vibe is perfect for a summer evening after a leisurely day in the Hamptons. We opted to sit outside and were pleased to encounter a comfortable, bustling setting plum for people-watching and absorbing the light summer breeze. At around 5 PM, the restaurant’s evening rush was just trickling in—sunburned Hamptonites made their way in to cap off the evening. We opted for smooth and light glasses of Pinot Grigio: the perfect companions to a summer night and the meal ahead.

83 1/2

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By Nalini Leilani

Chef Will Foden and Wine Director Jean-Luc Le Du recently re-crafted the menu at 83 ½, the farm-to-table Italian gem on the Upper East Side. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda’s previous culinary treasure served as the muse for his newest. The idea behind 83 ½ began to ferment in his mind while developing Gino’s Pizzeria, a 20-year-old beloved neighborhood spot, and in between trips to the family farm in Caccamo, Sicily. 83 1/2 restaurant

George Hirsch’s Inside Tips on Hosting a Fabulous Hamptons Party

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By George Hirsch

Summer in the Hamptons is all about outdoor entertaining. Hamptons Chef and TV Personality George Hirsch offers great tips on how to create the best outdoor party Hamptons Style!  Hirsch, a certified Executive Chef, has authored five cookbooks in addition to producing and hosting his own TV series, George Hirsch Living it UP!, which was nationally syndicated for 12 years. Hirsch will unveil his newest TV series this fall on PBS titled George Hirsch Lifestyle.

Guilt-Free Comfort Food?

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By Gunjan J. Sewhani

Evidence of the health food revolution in New York City is apparent on every block. Organic, vegan, and raw food restaurants are popping up around Manhattan to cater to svelte females clad in Lululemon and male fitness warriors alike. The restaurants boast an alternative lifestyle dedicated to cruelty-free, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free diets; the list of toxins eliminated is endless.  Raw food devotees consume their vegetable and lentil concoctions (not consumed a degree above 118 Fahrenheit) in zen-like atmospheres throughout Manhattan.

Giovanni Rana: A True Taste of Italy

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By Anna Ryan

Italy, best known for its impeccable pasta dishes, has made its way to New York City.  With fresh, hand-made pasta, Giovanni Rana gives you a true taste of Italy. Not only does the menu capture the essence of Italy, the hand-picked artifacts transported from Italy enhance the Italian experience.  Among these artifacts are Giovanni’s first tools for making his hand-made pasta, 200 graters from Italian flea markets, and Giovanni’s red motorbike, on which he delivered his hand-made pastas, hangs next to an exposed brick wall by the bar.