From Michelin to Michelin

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By Rory Winston

Roadside clam shacks crossed with culinary aspiration? You’ve seen the likes of the former in films celebrating the 50’s by the coast: Gas stations with Coca Cola signs dangling precariously in the wind, Ice cubes advertised in handwritten cutouts off some seaside interstate, a badly drawn lobster with the words Open till Sunset, and always the phrase Extra Fancy grotesquely stuck like a label on something as innocuous as canned soup.

B & Co: A Fusion of Fashion and Food

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By W. A. Muller

Rarely do the stars align as they have for B & Co., a new three-floor southern Mediterranean restaurant, lounge and social club in the coveted Plaza Square area of New York City, uniting hospitality impresario Max Burgio’s sophisticated European-style of entertaining, manager Anthony Guinehut’s restaurant industry experience & Italian architect and designer Marcello Pozzi’s elegant modern aesthetic.

A Taste of Japan

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By John Friia

Nestled in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is a hidden gem for visitors to escape the chaos of city life and become one with nature. The tranquil garden is the home Taiko-en, which encompasses five restaurants and twelve banquet halls. It is owned and operated by the leading Japanese hospitality company, Fujita Kanko Inc., which operates 60 other iconic properties.

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.

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

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.