A Royal Feast at Decoy

By Hillary Latos

Peking duck has been around since the Imperial era of China. It was served on special occasions to notables and royalty, and throughout the years little has changed to China’s national dish revered for its delicate preparation to achieve a thin crispy skin seasoned to perfection with thin slices of meat served in buns with scallions and hoisin sauce.

Restaurant Roundup

By Hillary Latos

Summer is in the air finally, and we’ve uncovered some of NYC’s hidden gems from a floating lobster shack to a romantic Italian hideaway in the West Village as well as revisiting a NYC icon that’s about to turn five, this month it’s all about experiencing and exploring the city’s venerable foodie scene that we are fortunate enough to call home.

Sotto Sopra Brings A Taste Of Northern Italy To The Hamptons

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By W. A. Muller

Northern Italian eatery Sotto Sopra in Amagansett has re-opened its doors for the 2014 summer season, inviting guests on a culinary journey that highlights the region’s traditional flavors and cooking methods. Under the direction of Managing Partner Rose Evangelista, Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on the East End, known for its frequent celebrity guests, relaxing atmosphere, exceptional service, and fresh, flavorful fare.

Feast between the Lines

By Rory Winston “I had not understood Parisians until crossing the Pont-Neuf’, wrote Benjamin Franklin. Of course, he failed to mention that to really understand Pont-Neuf would demand an understanding of four hundred years of cultural history. As for trying to understand Les Bouquinistes, the little French restaurant draped alongside the Pont Neuf, well, I…

Salinas’ Sublime Spanish

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 meal there recently.

Not Too Cool for School

 

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

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 kind of food any Beirut masterchef – or grandmother, for that matter – would be proud to serve.