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Blogger Bonnie Tandy Leblang has been covering food since before it was hip to do so! She’s penned magazine, newspaper and syndicated food columns in addition to cookbooks. Follow her on twitter @BonnieBOTB and on Instagram@BiteoftheBest and at @BonnieBOTB "I eat for a living!” is her mantra, sharing what she’s sampled so you’ll know where (or where not) to go, plus what food products and gadgets to try. For her full bio go to the about us page.

COVID19 Phase 2 Brunch at ilili Restaurant, Gramercy/Flatiron,

The Lebanese restaurant ilili on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street was halfway, so we decided to meet there one Sunday afternoon for brunch. We'd all been before and so enjoyed it. The restaurant used part of Fifth Avenue for their tables that we nicely spaced about 6 feet apart; service was as attentive as usual.  We each selected the $31 prix fixe menu that included orange juice, a cocktail (I had the mimosa, the others bellinis) an entree plus a side that included options — if ordered separately  — that cost up to $17! What a bargain!  This menu, which I highly recommend) is offered both Saturday (12:00 pm - [...]

By |2020-09-06T12:46:08-04:00September 21st, 2020|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Covid Phase 2 Alfresco Dining: St. Tropez, West Village, NYC

Before we met at St. Tropez for an alfresco meal, I pre-selected what I might order from this Provençal restaurant in the West Village. I was slightly bummed that not one of what I had chosen was described on their one-use paper menus as on their website. That's something I'm getting used to during COVID dining. We sipped a Kir Royal ($14) made with Paul de Coste Blanc de Blanc NV with Creme de Cassis while deciding what to order. My friend began with PEI mussels Marinières with cream, chives, shallots and white wine ($12) while I had their artisanal chicken and duck pâté en croûte ($12) with two very [...]

By |2020-08-24T21:35:11-04:00September 18th, 2020|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

COVID19 Phase 2, Casa Mono, Gramercy, NYC

Like many other New Yorkers, when all the press about the previous owner of Casa Mono hit, I stopped going to all Batali's restaurants. Sad, as they were some of my favorites. Now that the dust has settled, I gladly returned. Casa Mono was as good as ever. Anna, our fabulous server, helped make the alfresco experience even more special. We sipped the Spanish Bodegas Frontonio, 2016 ($58), a white Garnacha, while nibbled the olives that had been set on our table.  Our first two courses arrived together. The scallop dish with three large ones came in a serrano pepper spiced green curry with minted cashews ($19); the lightly fried [...]

By |2020-08-24T21:35:01-04:00September 15th, 2020|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Island Oyster on Governors Island, NYC

Once a year, I would find a friend who wanted to join me on a trip to Governors Island to dine at Kerry Herffernan's Island Oyster, a seafood restaurant located right off the dock serving sustainable seafood in an upscale high-end waterfront establishment that felt like dining at a resort. We'd sit at the tables, sipping the on-tap Rosésoaking in the amazing views of lower Manhattan. Wanted to support the restaurant, I took my annual trip thinking that it wouldn't be much different — other than socially distancing — as it was always an outdoor restaurant. I was so wrong. The trip over was still a lovely short — 5-minute [...]

By |2020-09-12T11:56:31-04:00September 12th, 2020|Big Apple Life, Rambling|0 Comments