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Our Best Bites from New York

Daily Provisions Breakfast Sandwich, Gramercy, NYC

One of my foodie friends raved about the breakfast sandwich at Daily Provisions, Danny Meyer's place for breakfast items, sandwiches & late-afternoon rotisserie chicken, around the corner from the new Union Square Cafe location. Walking by one morning that I hadn't had breakfast, I decided to stop in and order one. The place is small and always packed with hungry people, but the line goes quickly. There are a couple of benches outside and some seating in. I ordered the bacon egg sandwich ($7.62) with a fried egg on a soft roll with crispy Berkshire bacon and American cheese. Glad I did. If you're out and about the area at [...]

By | November 23rd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

The Portuguese Kid: Theater Pizzazz

It’s a battle of the sexes in John Patrick Shanley’s (Pulitzer Prize Doubt/Oscar Moonstruck) latest comedy about love, which he also directed at Manhattan Theater Club. The comedy is based somewhere on the Greek story of the Princess Atalanta who promises she’ll marry anyone who can outrun her, but no one can until goddess Aphrodite plays a trick on her. What makes it most intriguing is the line up of star power on that small stage. It’s silly, wacky but you gotta laugh even if you don’t want to! This is really far reaching for the likes of Shanley. The play takes place in Providence, R.I. as the spicy, larger than life [...]

By | November 22nd, 2017|Theatre|0 Comments

Gotham Bar and Grill, Greenwich Village, NYC

I should head to Gotham Bar & Grill more often, as it had consistently good food and service.  This time we decided on the greenmarket prix fixe lunch for $38, sharing each course. Gotta love a restaurant that knowing that, divides each of our dishes (other than the single soft shelled crab!). The refreshingly smooth heirloom tomato gazpacho contained chunks of compressed melon, cucumber and chopped Marcona almonds seasoned the Thai basil. The least spectacular was the summer veggie salad with beans, stone fruit and gold tomatoes all in a dill yogurt dressing. For our main course, we split the perfectly cooked pan-roasted branzino over quinoa with diced squash, smoked [...]

By | November 19th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Periyali, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC + Stuffed

Earlier this fall, I had met my friend Joan at Periyali on 20th Street for a drink (the yummy Mediterranean Sunset AKA an Aperol spritzer) as it was almost next door to her amazing chocolate factory. This 35-year-old Greek restaurant was so welcoming that I decided to go back before heading to see the off-Broadway play Stuffed a funny play written by and starring comedian Lisa Lampanelli about women's food and body-image issue. (Click here for review on Theater Pizzazz.) We started with a white wine  — Assyrtiko Santorini, Koutsoyannopoulos ($64) — suggested by that the manager Dimitri said he served at his wedding in Santorini. I'd return just for their charcoal [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Porsena, East Village, NYC

We headed to Sara Jenkin’s sit-down restaurant on East 7th for dinner. Our voices bounced off the brick walls, making conversation a bit of a strain in the noisy room. With three of us, we decided to order one restaurant week menu with an app, entrée and dessert and supplement that with two pasta dishes, which was more than enough food for us.  We washed it down with a nice Verdejo, the Los Navales de Martúe, 2015, ($42). We appreciated our waiter offering to serve the food in courses, starting with the refreshing salad of slivered onions and fennel with black olives and icicle radishes in a mustard dressing ($42 [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Junk: Theater Pizzazz

“This is a story of kings, or what passes for kings these days…” So goes the opening line of Junk, Ayad Akhtar’s riveting morality tale of money and greed and American values in the 1980s. And who might these royals be, you ask? Why, none other than kings of finance, of course. It’s a troubling sign to see so many of these questionable kings on stage and screen today (not to mention in the White House).  Madoff and his family have shown up in a number of recent plays and films (Richard Dreyfuss and Robert De Niro both have played him).   You’ll find Rupert Murdoch (played by Bertie Carvel) today on the [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|Theatre|0 Comments

The Leopard at des Artistes, Upper West Side, NYC + Time and The Conways

After seeing J. B. Priestley's Time and the Conways, with Elizabeth McGovern about a well-to-do family and their fluctuating fortunes that offers food for thought (Click here for a review on Theater Pizzazz.), we headed to The Leopard at des Artistes on the Upper West Side. As their guests, we sampled lots of wonderfully prepared and expertly served food, sharing each dish. Their amuse was an arancini, a fried rice ball filled with mozzarella, veal and peas. We asked that our skilled server paired wines with our food. With our appetizers — the antipasti — we sipped the Pinot Bianco "Plotzner" 2015, St. Pauls ($13). We began with an artichoke salad [...]

By | November 11th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews, Theatre|0 Comments

Jesus Hoped the A Train: Theater Pizzazz

Stephen Adly Guirgis, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright in 2000 – Between Riverside and Crazy, writes with guts and blood and not for the faint of heart. If you saw that or The Motherf…ker with the Hat, you know just what I mean. If you’re a little uncertain about hearing the on-going profanity of the imprisoned at Rikers Island, you might reconsider as well. The play is awash with minor and major monologues like pop ups that arise in empty spaces with it’s own humor and one-liners and a symphony of themes that encompass social justice, imprisonment, religious belief as the inmates and the guards battle their own ... From Theater [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|Theatre|0 Comments

E.A.K. Ramen (NY)  

We headed to E.A.K. Ramen, a branch of a Japan-based chain specializing in ramen prepared with a pork and chicken broth, as we were in the mood for a sizzling bowlful. While waiting for our ramen, we started with a bao (bun), their juicy shrimp cutlet one ($8) with sweet chili sauce topped with housemade tartar sauce. I'd go back for that alone.     I  had the spicy oh, so hot version the iekei (house) style ramen with pork and chicken broth, pork chashu (marinated braised pork belly), a hard-cooked egg, seaweed, cabbage, spinach, and spicy miso with ground chicken ($17). My dining partner had the original with the pork, [...]

By | November 7th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

M. Butterfly: Theater Pizzazz

Almost thirty years since it first fluttered onto the stage, M. Butterfly is back on Broadway, in a stunning production directed by Julie Taymor. Playwright David Henry Hwang has made some minor revisions, but the play still packs the dramatic wallop it did in 1988, when it won the Tony Award for Best Play. Loosely based on a true story, Butterfly spans twenty-odd years as French diplomat Rene Gallimard (Clive Owen) looks back from his Parisian prison cell in 1986 to the time he was stationed in China. His memories are dominated by his affair with Peking Opera star Song Liling (Jin Ha), also known ... From Theater Pizzazz review by Michael Bracken. Click [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Theatre|0 Comments

Cooks & Captains, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

After being invited by the publicist for Cooks & Captains, I headed to Park Slope, Brooklyn to sample the cooking of chef Tristen Epps. We wanted to sample many dishes, so the chef offered us smaller than normal portion sizes — other than his crudo, already tiny. We started with the thinly sliced Hamachi poke ($12) with artichokes, eggplant and nasturtium leaves ($14) and the thicker black bass tirade with chilled sweet potato-pasilla broth, dukkah crumble and fresh mint created by chef Tristen Epps, formerly he as a sous chef for Marcus Samuelsson Group. The Hamachi earned him a finalist on the third season of ABC’s "The Taste.” We then [...]

By | November 5th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Bagatelle, Chelsea, and Bryant Park Tour

One drizzly weekday morning before lunch at Bagatelle, we sat by the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain at 41st and 6th Avenue waiting for the free tour of Bryant Park. With no one else braving the weather, we ended up with a private tour as we were the only two participants. This free tour provides oh, so much information that I (now a real New Yorker) had no idea about. For one, that fountain from 1912 was the first NYC monument dedicated to a woman! Also in the park is a statue of Gertrude Stein, an attendant and fresh flower bedecked bathroom, books to read and many games to play. [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Torch Song: Theater Pizzazz

Who’da thunk it? A relic from a time when AIDS meant HELPS and nostalgic even then, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy in revival would surely reek of reminiscence and easy sentiment. How could it not? Yet Moisés Kaufman’s breezy production of Torch Song – the three plays have been slimmed down to one – at Second Stage Tony Kiser Theater, plays as if it were written yesterday (all right, the day before yesterday). It pulses with the vitality of Fierstein’s script and a virtuoso performance by Michael Urie as Arnold, bolstered by the rest of the excellent cast, especially Mercedes Ruehl in a brief but unforgettable ... From Theater Pizzazz [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|Theatre|0 Comments

Introducing Sandi Durell’s Theater Pizzazz

About two years ago when my theatre buddy Tom met Sandi Durell at a holiday party, he decided to introduce us as he had a feeling we'd become friends. He was right. Sandi Durell is Publisher/Editor of the fabulous — an entertainment website covering theater and cabaret, with a staff of over 15 contributing writers.  Her site offers interviews, openings and reviews of both on and off broadway shows and music.  Sandi's been writing, reviewing, producing, with a voice in theater, cabaret and entertainment for over 25+ years. We decided to sort of cross-pollinate — me sharing her contributors' theatre reviews here on Bite of the Best, she sharing my [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Big Apple Life, Theatre|0 Comments

Architectural Cruise Around Manhattan & Wichcraft, Chelsea, NYC

Too late for this year, but next year for sure don't miss an architectural cruise around Manhattan. I took a couple and liked them so much I go back for more. My first was with some CT friends around the time I moved to the city; this time as a real New Yorker. The cruise director, an American Institute of Architects (AIA) architect, rattled off information about the buildings faster than my mind could absorb them. I did take-in more this time than last. There's so much to know, and with the ever changing skyline, there'll always be something to learn. (Click here or here to find out more about [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Bar Bolonot, West Village, NYC

I had been to Chef/Owner Einat Admony, Balaboosta, and loved it, and so I suggested to a friend that we try her newest Bar Bolonot, a three-year-old place that  won't be newest for long. According to our server, Einat is opening a couscous restaurant a bit further downtown Hudson in November. As with Balaboosta, we were told that all items are meant to be shared and will come from the kitchen when they are ready. In no particular order. The cauliflower a peanut tahini ($16) was the first to arrive. It's  rice-flour dipped then flash-fried to give it an amazing crackly crunch with some bamba (peanut butter-flavored Israeli snack). Really [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

La Fonda del Sol, Midtown, NYC

A Connecticut friend was in the city and wanted to get together before jumping the train home so I heading up to Grand Central for conversation and to grab something to eat. We sat outside at La Fonda del Sol as the weather was conducive to alfresco dining.My dining partner had the fried calamari with a chile aïli ($10). I'd recommend as the pieces were tender, not overcooked and didn't have too much breadcrumb coating. Looking for a breakfast item, I had the huevos rotos, a sunny side egg over fried yucca and chorizo pieces ($15). Small but tasty. We both had drinks with prices typical for NYC, especially near [...]

By | October 22nd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Bombay Sandwich Co., Hell’s Kitchen, NYC (“F**king A”)

On my way to Signature Theatre to see one of Suzan-Lori Parks' play "F**king A," that is her sort of take on The Scarlet Letter, I stopped in at a press tasting at the 35th Street location of Bombay Sandwich Co. The play is about a local abortionist (Christine Lahti), branded with an "A", trying to buy her jailed son’s freedom. (Click here for review on Theater Pizzazz ) I learned that Bombay Sandwich Co. started as a booth at NYC's Smorgasburg where the success of its kale & sweet potato wrap ($8.27) led to the opening of the Manhattan stores. The first one opened in 2014 at 48 East 27th [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews, Theatre|1 Comment

Citrico, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NYC

Citrico's a petite restaurant with about 20 sears located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn serving freshly made southern Mexicanfood from Noor Shikari and her husband, chef Luis Davila. I was invited to sample their fare.     After reading about sal de chapulin rim of the Mezcalrita ($13) made with espadin mezcal, triple sec, and lime juice, curiosity got me and I had to try it. That rim consists of dried and toasted adult red grasshoppers ground with Oaxacan chilies and sea foam salt. Interesting for sure. After that, the food kept coming, as they wanted us to sample a number of their specialties. Our favorites were the pescado taco, battered fried [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

City Vineyard & Wine Garden at Pier 26, Tribeca, NYC

We'd walked past City Vineyard & Wine Garden at Pier 26 many times while going for a long Sunday walk. This time we made a reservation for brunch. My friend ordered a sparkling rose ($16), I tried the Mezcalarita -- a blend of mezcal, Aperol and Luxardo Liqueur in a salt and chili pepper rim ($15). The bar was awfully slow at filling our order. The restaurant is right on the Hudson, with a rooftop and regular outdoor seating, plus a dining room where the full-length windows were wide open making indoor outdoor. We had had a reservation, yet there was no seating for us outside, where we would have been [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Island Oyster, Governors Island, NYC

I read about Island Oyster, the only stand-alone mostly outdoor restaurant on Governors Island that opened mid-summer, and had to try it before it closed at the end of October. The restaurant's chef is Kerry Heffernan, also the chef at another seasonal operation, Grand Banks, a restaurant on a schooner moored at Pier 25 in the Hudson River.     I took the ferry ($1 to $2 round trip, depending on your age) and followed the signs to the restaurant right at the pier. We arrived early enough to luck out and get one of the tables at water's edge. We started with a bottle of the rosè, a Sabine, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence 2016 [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

I Ravioli, Eataly Downtown, NYC

Curiosity got me to head to Eataly downtown to what was billed as the fastest press event ever. Only thirty minutes to celebrate the launch of their new fast service ravioli bar. I was the first to arrive, getting a tour of the pasta making facility before ordering the ravioli of my choice. They offer three pasta options each with a sauce ($11.80 - $13.80). The Classico(ricotta and organic spinach with fresh tomato and basil sauce) Piselli (peas, mint and Pecorino Romano with an asparagus and Parmigiano Reggiano sauce) and the Prosciutto con Sugo del Giorno (prosciutto di Parma ravioli with the sauce of the day. I chose the latter one [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Narcbar, Standard Hotel, East Village, NYC

Narcbar is a spinoff from Narcissa restaurant at the Standard Hotel in Cooper Square. The tequila-based Souvenir is the drink we tried. It was was okay, albeit a bit watery, made with fresh watermelon juice, Campari and lime juice ($12). With that, we ordered a few items from their limited menu. The chunks of watermelon in fish sauce with peanuts and Thai chilis ($8) needed more heat, so we asked for additional chilies that never came. The rude boy ceviche of snapper served with tortilla chips ($14) was fine, as were the overpriced “green pea tostada,” which contained three round tortilla chips topped with a schmear of avocado spread with [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Route 66 Smokehouse, Lower Manhattan, NYC

Route 66 Smokehouse is located on the historic Stone Street, a narrow cobblestone street in the heart of the NYC's Financial District . The menu from Executive Chef Billy Kooper, formerly a sous chef at Blue Smoke, offers modernized versions of classic dishes. I started with their Frozé, a frozen rosé cocktail ($10) made with vodka and a blend of strawberry, cherry and grape juices, topped with two blueberries. Refreshingly delish... Having been invited as their guest to sample their fare, we ordered a variety of apps. Do not miss the brisket sliders with thousand island dressing, cole slaw, pickled jalapeños on small egg buns ($13 for 3), my favorite starter [...]

By | October 8th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Buvette, West Village, NYC

Nestled on Grove Street in the West Village is Buvette, a gem of a tiny bistro with chef Jody Williams. Since they take no reservations, we walked over for a very early dinner and got right in. We opted for outside seating as it was a beautiful night, being seated on one of the tiniest restaurant porches I've ever seen. We were seated at small round red tables so close to each other that our chairs clinked if we moved, adorned with small plates, forks and knifes corresponding to the table size. Cute. The portions were also appetizer-size small (I liked that!) and priced accordingly. The most expensive menu item [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Tanoreen, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

It was a New York adventure getting to Tanoreen for lunch to try the food of the Palestinian-American chef-owner Rawia Bishara, who was a James Beard Foundation nominee for Best Chef NYC this year.  My friend had read raves about the place so we made the trek. We met at the Pier 11 ferry (same pier that has the IKEA ferry), sat on the upper deck while we sailed the East River to Bay Ridge then walked the mile to the restaurant on the corner of 76th and Third Avenue. We were the first in the restaurant, having time to peruse the menu before ordering. We started with a combo meze [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

The Red Cat, Chelsea, NYC

A friend suggested meeting at The Red Cat, and I smiled in anticipation! I looked forward to my return to The Red Cat and seeing owner Jimmy Bradley. We started with the not-to-be missed tempura green beans with sweet hot mustard ($14), eating way too many of them as they are irresistible.. Then we shared two sandwiches, the heavenly egg, falafel and caramelized onions on a brioche roll with chili aioli ( $15) and one from their El Gato Rojo (the red cat) menu listing those items they often serve the staff. This was a pressed panko-coated chicken sandwich, spread with a cannellini bean puree, avocado, queso Oaxaca and a [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Benares TriBeCa, Tribeca, NYC

Headed to Tribeca recently to sample a medley of diverse regional Indian dishes at Benares, the second outpost of the restaurant. You'll find the first in Hell's Kitchen. I began with a tasty cocktail, the Varanasi with Hornitos Blanco tequila, roasted pineapple, and housemade orange liqueur and chili laced grenadine ($10). My friend had a tasty blend of vodka, Pavan, orange juice and cranberry juice. That one was so refreshing that I ended up making this one at home with the leftover Pavan from when we tested it. I used equal parts of each, resulting in a delicious cocktail! With those libations,  we nibbled the colorful lotus-leaf looking rice crackers [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Atla, NoHo, NYC

Alta had been on my radar for quite some time. My friend and I decided to head to this modern neighborhood Mexican restaurant from chef Enrique Olvera (Cosme) for brunch one Sunday recently. They have an all-day menu served breakfast daily until 4 pm. I chose the breakfast ranchero eggs ($13) a dish that's usually a hearty breakfast dish. Alta's version is quite deliciously light with two poached eggs and a smidgen of beans on a tortilla covered in a slightly piquant ranchero sauce, not smothered in cheese! I added a side of avocado ($4). My friend ordered the fresh onion topped chicken enchiladas ($16) from the all day section, asking for [...]

By | October 1st, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Barn Joo, Union Square, NYC

I stopped into the new location of Barn Joo, now at Union Square West, for lunch recently and recommend you to too. I learned that in Korean the name means musical accompaniment or drinks accompanied with your meal! I started with what the restaurant calls their grumpy hour special of a French Rosè (Domaine Montrose, Penzenas) for $7. The grumpy hour from 11:30 am to 4 pm precedes most happy hours! My friend indulged in the tacos (2 per serving, $17) with bulgogi beef, the marinated and grilled Korean meat. That came with some guac on them and a side of lime salsa. I had a yummy bibimbap ($18) also [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Rose Hill, Midtown South, NYC

After discovering over an hour wait for the rooftop bar at Salvation Taco, we hit the road looking for another place for an alfresco drink. I opened our restaurant map as it also shows rooftop bars around town and noticed a cluster of them close by. We headed toward the Empire State building where there are many each with a view when we noticed a sign for Rose Hill that invited us in. Service at this rooftop was is oh, so gracious, with each staff member oozing with hospitality. We started with one of their special cocktails after seeing the creamsicle-orange colored drink served nearby. The Midsummer Night's Dream ($14) [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Nice Matin, Upper West Side, NYC

Some Connecticut friends and I only stopped in for a light bite at Nice Matin inside the Lucerne Hotel before wandering around shops on the upper west side. We needed something to curb our appetites, as we had a big dinner planned that evening. Two of us had the simple arugula salad with olives, tiny tomatoes, lots of sliced fennel and lots of parmesan ($8); my other friend savored a lemony bowl of diced beets and whipped chèvre ($7). We — of course — washed those down with Bellini's ($11) and a Tanteo jalapeño bloody Maria ($12). I'd only recommend the Bellini. I'd suggest stopping by when on the UWS, [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Meadowsweet, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC

After a day of celebrating my friend's 29th birthday, we headed out to get a bite to eat. They wanted me to try Meadowsweet, a one star Michelin restaurant and one of their favorite places in Williamsburg, that opened in 2014. We lucked out, getting the chef's table right in front of the kitchen, watching the James Beard nominated Polo Dobkin in the kitchen. Stephanie Lempert, his wife, stopped by the table to welcome us. My friend happened to mention that I was a food writer and that we were celebrating his birthday. I mention that as after we ordered the four pastas from their ever-changing menu as that was [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Fred’s Downtown, Chelsea, NYC

After having attended a Joyce Theatre opening party at Fred’s Downtown with good food, I wanted to try the regular menu.  We did so one night after a visit to the nearby Rubin Museum of Art, dedicated to art and cultures of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions. We started with their sautéed octopus ($24 that came with over-cooked, chewy baby cuttlefish in a garlic lemon sauce. That night it came with crunchy couscous (it was over-toasted) with finely diced sautéed red pepper and squash and blackened shishito peppers.  The roasted salmon ($32) was fine sitting a top four asparagus and topped with a tomato scallion salsa. Would I recommend Fred’s [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Fusco, Gramercy, NYC

Although we had made a reservation exactly a month in advance, our "table" at Fusco, Scott Conants first sole NYC restaurant in about a decade, was along the front window counter sitting side by side looking out at the passerbyers on 20th street diagonally across from Gramercy Tavern. That would have been fine, other than the table of five screaming women at the only other table in the front. They were so loud, we couldn't hear each other. I always wonder why I order anything but apps as they are generally better than the entrees. At Fusco that was true. We sampled the soft shell crab ($24), heirloom tomatoes with [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Temple Court , Financial District, NYC

Nestled inside the Beekman Hotel, you’ll find Tom Colicchio’s year old Temple Court (that recently changed its name from Fowler and Wells). I stopped in for lunch during restaurant week with a friend. We shared everything, beginning with two pasta dishes. The ricotta gnudi with a basil pesto was delicious but a bit too rich to finish. We also had the cavatelli pasta with braised rabbit, lots of crunchy fresh corn and some sour lovage. I highly recommend. Our entrees included a perfectly cooked branzino fillet over ratatouille and a hearty duck and garlic confit with cherry tomatoes and farro. That one left in a doggy bag. Each of these [...]

By | September 22nd, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Crave Fishbar, Upper West Side, NYC

The friend I was dining with and I always thirstThe friend I was dining with and I always thirst for some spicy drink to commence our night. The Good Life at Crave Fishbar a modern rustic space on the Upper West Side did the trick this time. It contains spicy tequila, ancho reyes, passion fruit and lime juice in a glass with a salty rim ($14). That drink satisfied as we looked over the menu. While we were doing so the waiter brought us some of their fresh baked (oh, so good) part whole-wheat sourdough bread to nibble. We opted for the Italian burrata ($16) with lots of fresh corn, large [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Emily, West Village, NYC

I read and heard raves about Emily's pizza. When she finally opened an outpost in the West Village on Downing Street that took reservations, we headed there for lunch to see what all the fuss was about. I'm here to tell you not to go for the pizza, but instead, order the soul satisfying burger topped with — of all things — American cheese on a Tom Cat Pretzel bun along with curly fries ($26). This is not your ordinary burger, instead, it's two patties of LaFrieda dry-aged beef, topped with caramelized onions, pickle slices and Emily's secret sauce. You'll be licking your fingers – and downing liquid all day [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|1 Comment

Vinateria, Harlem, NYC

One of the best things about being invited to a restaurant like Vinateria as their guest is the ability to try more menu items than I could normally eat. We had small — not regular — portions, except for the branzino! Our fabulous Somm selected wines from their unusual wine list that would go well with the variety of dishes that were to come. The Venetian Contra Soarda (2016) as our white; the Sicilian Masseria Setteporte (2013) as our red. We started with the tender grilled octopus tentacle accompanied by small potatoes all drizzled with a pimentón aioli ($17), torn Tuscan kale with brown anchovies in the Caesar dressing and [...]

By | September 17th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Taqueria Diana, East Village, NYC

Last time I was in the mood for nachos, we had found ravings about Taqueria Diana's on the web. We ended up down the street (not a place I'd recommend) as we wanted to sit, yak and enjoy some libations and Taqueria Diana is not for that. It's a very tiny storefront Mexican restaurant on Second Avenue that serves mainly take out with a couple of tall stools and teeny counter top nestled in the back between the kitchen and the service area. This time, I opted for one of those stools, ordering the al pastor nachos with it spit roasted pork, cheese, black beans and fresh chips ($9.87) with [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments