Rambling

Random musings on Life in the Big Apple

Novita, Flatiron, NYC

A man on a train recommended Novita. We started talking on the Amagansett platform and continued until we arrived at Jamaica Station. When we talked food, he recommended his favorite Italian restaurant in my hood that I had somehow missed. I had to try it. It's a dimly lit, white-tablecloth restaurant with a professional (from what I observed) male waitstaff, sporting the white apron and a smile. We started by splitting what the menu called salmon salad. This dish included chunks of grilled salmon tossed with fingerling potatoes, olives and haricot vert ($14); it's almost a meal in itself. Knowing we were sharing, our waiter had offered to have the [...]

By |2017-11-14T16:50:07-04:00November 13th, 2017|Rambling|0 Comments

33 Greenwich, West Village, NYC + FIT Museum

After moving to the big apple, I created a Google map with restaurants that I want to try so that when someone says, "Where shall we eat?" I look at the map and locate a place somewhat nearby where we are going. In this walking city, that restaurant could be a mile or so away! That's how we ended up at 33 Greenwich restaurant after seeing the Force of Nature, the current exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. The exhibit examines how the beauty of the natural world has inspired fashion designers for centuries. This one runs through November 18; [...]

By |2017-11-24T08:52:51-04:00November 1st, 2017|Big Apple Life, Rambling|1 Comment

Factory Tamal, Lower East Side, NYC

One friend and I always find a new cheap eats to use as our destination. We then meet and walk there... how we ended up at the Factory Tamal on Ludlow Street. It's a tiny restaurant and I use that word loosely. It's gigantic compared to their former storefront around the corner. The person taking our orders had a smile from ear to ear. Factory Tamal certainly has something to smile about as they were recently and so very interestingly described by Lagaya Mishan in the Times. With one tamale breaking the bank at $2.50 (up a bit from the $2 price in the story), we ordered one of each of the [...]

By |2017-12-24T09:08:47-04:00October 28th, 2017|Rambling|Comments Off on Factory Tamal, Lower East Side, NYC

NYC’s 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmands

This week announced the 2018 Bib Gourmands, a collection of venues where patrons can enjoy two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Any restaurant that receives a Bib is ineligible for a star. The over 120 restaurants who have earned this recognition across the city's neighborhoods are listed below. A Bib Gourmand designation, reserved for a select number of restaurants rated by Michelin’s team of anonymous food inspectors, denotes establishments where diners can enjoy a great meal for a good value. In New York, these restaurants are as diverse as the neighborhoods in which they are found. Here are the New York City 2018 [...]

By |2017-10-24T09:55:00-04:00October 25th, 2017|Big Apple Life, Rambling|0 Comments

Lotus Blue, Union Square, NYC

I had watched the progress of a restaurant being build in the space where Pizza Vinoteca was located just off Union Square on the south side of 15th Street. Lotus Blue opened in September while I was in France. I stopped by recently to meet a colleague for a drink. She ordered a Tito's and fresh orange juice ($12). The friendly bartender has just made a batch with mostly oranges plus one grapefruit.  I ordered the same but made with their chili-infused tequila as I wanted my drink a bit spicier. With the fresh juice, both were refreshingly delicious! I will for sure return as the menu looked good, and this [...]

By |2017-12-26T09:00:19-04:00October 15th, 2017|Rambling|0 Comments

A Baker’s Dozen Cheap Pre-Theatre Eats: Theatre District

"Where should I eat?" I'm always asked, especially when friends are heading to theatre. To help respond to that query,  I've decided to create a few posts listing suggested places to grab a bite, divided by cost and time. This first post contains a baker's dozen offerings where you can get a quick meal — of course, depending on what you order — for about $25 (not including tax, tip and drinks!) located not far from the theatre district.   Bareburger 366 W 46th St, (212) 673-2273. For a quick burger and fries. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 1501 Broadway (at 43rd) (212) 391-7100 A down-home atmosphere reminiscent of the “Forrest [...]

By |2018-04-07T08:21:10-04:00September 9th, 2017|NYC Best Bites, Rambling, Theatre|2 Comments

The Next Big Bite: The Media’s Influence on What We Consume

The Next Big Bite:  highlighted key trends in a discussion about the media’s impact on food and drink decisions. This second annual event was held last month at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Brookfield Place, New York City. It was sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), the preeminent organization of women who are leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The New York chapter (LDNY) is the founding and largest of the 37 chapters in the United States and abroad. The centerpiece of the evening was a panel discussion moderated by Martha Teichner, correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, featuring Carla Hall, Co-host [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:09:36-04:00November 23rd, 2016|Other happenings, Rambling|0 Comments

Dan’s Taste of Summer, Hamptons, NY

Dan's Taste of Summer annual food & wine festival takes in the Hamptons beginning on Friday July 17th with GrillHampton, a competition pitting 8 NYC chefs vs 8 Hamptons chefs in the ultimate grill off. Located at Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Tickets available for $125 (inclusive of all food & beverage). Saturday July 18th is the fifth annual Taste of Two Forks, the biggest celebration of East End restaurants bringing together more than 40 spots under one roof, hosted by The Chew's Michael Symon and Hamptonite Katie Lee (also co-host of Food Network's The Kitchen). Also located at Sayre Park, with tickets from $170 for general admission, [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:11:01-04:00July 10th, 2015|Rambling, USA Restaurants|0 Comments

Practice Makes Perfect Spring Fling

Practice Makes Perfect Spring Fling will be held May 6, at Midtown Loft & Terrace (267 Fifth Avenue, New York City) from 7-10 pm. The event will have dancing, food, an open bar and an auction that includes Yankees tickets, a 2-night stay at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan  Delta Voucher, Knicks tickets and a private dinner provided by Celebrity Chef Gabe Kennedy, winner of ABC’s The Taste. Guests will enjoy beverages from Gunhill Brewery, Banfi Winery, Lagunitas Brewery, and food from Kitchen Provance, Shake Shack, and Joanne’s Restaurant. A 100% of the proceeds go to Practice Makes Perfect to allow them to provide summer educational programming in low-income neighborhoods. Practice [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00April 22nd, 2015|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Carnevale at Tommaso’s, Bay Ridge, Brookyn

The celebration of Carnevale at Tommaso’s (1464 86th Street) in Brooklyn continues it's 42nd year of tradition. The festival celebration — from Friday, February 6th through Fat Tuesday February 17 —  features a  food, wine and music from a troupe of classically trained singers, who perform Italian arias, folk songs and Broadway standards. The feast begins with a parade of 15 hot and cold antipasti — many prepared only for Carnevale — and continues with a choice of pasta and entrée, followed by coffee and dessert. The fee is $45 to $60, depending upon the day. For information visit their website or call for reservations call 718-236-9883. - Guest submission [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00January 22nd, 2015|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Long Island (NY) Restaurant Week November 2014

Long Island Restaurant Week runs Sunday, November 2 through Sunday, November 9, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and prix-fixe three-course menus for $27.95. For additional information or list of participating restaurants, click here.

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00October 29th, 2014|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Taste of the Upper West Side in May

The 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side  begins in Theodore Roosevelt Park on Tuesday, May 27th (with a rain date on Thursday, May 29th) at 7 pm with a cocktail event under the stars to celebrate and raise funds for New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt Park ($150/person) Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and  Food Network star and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter Restaurant) will host Friday, May 30th's Comfort Classic from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, at the Grand White Tent on Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets. The duo will oversee 40 restaurants from the Upper West Side showcasing their comfort dishes and competing to win [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00April 17th, 2014|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

A Taste of Excellence, Time Warner Center, NYC

Attend the  epicurean event on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm on the second floor of the Time Warner Center, NYC. The Restaurant and Bar Collection at Time Warner Center offers an evening of fine dining, wine and entertainment. Enjoy canapés served by Union Square Events and sip specially crafted cocktails from Center Bar and Stone Rose Lounge during an open-bar cocktail hour. Dine on dishes from A Voce, Landmarc, Porter House New York and Masa. End the evening on a sweet note with desserts and cordials, accompanied by live jazz from Jazz at Lincoln Center. To purchase tickets ($95/person), click here.  

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00April 16th, 2014|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

NoLA’s Michael Stoltzfus at City Grit, NYC

Led by Executive Chef and Owner, Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette’s culinary team will be prepare a “Fall in New Orleans” themed dinner on November 14th at City Grit (38 Prince, between Mott and Mulberry, New York City) Chef Stoltzfus — who was nominated for a 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South as well as Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best Chef in both 2012 and 2013— will create a multi-course experience that includes: a New Orleans root vegetable salad with cashew butter, satsuma vinaigrette and olive praline; butternut squash cavatelli with fried chicken and maple syrup; suckling pig and for dessert apple cardamom snowball and sweet potato [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00November 6th, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Sancerre… yes, Rouge

"A red Sancerre?" I said somewhat bewildered. Until that moment, Sancerre was Sauvignon Blanc, I hadn't a clue that Sancerre Rouge even existed! I learned about the Loire Valley red through a chilled bottle of Lucien Crochet: La Croix du Roy, an elegant light-bodied, bright but earthy, Pinot Noir at dinner at Montmartre. The sommelier had kept the wine at 50 F, making it much more drinkable with the French foods. Interestingly, I also drank Pinot Noir chilled while dining with master sommelier Fred Dexheimer early this summer. "Chill ... and the natural beauty comes out," Fred explained. We were at Artisinal, where Fred — spokesperson for Pays d'Oc IGP [...]

By |2017-09-02T16:06:21-04:00August 18th, 2013|Food & Drinks, Rambling|0 Comments

Floor Mats Comparison: to Bite or Not to Bite?

I waited until I got my book club friends settled in before I sat down on one chair and put my feet up on another. Every bone and muscle in my body hurt. “Are you okay?” “The tile floor did me in!”  I responded, having been standing for a couple hours prepping for the gathering. Before discussing the book, advice immediately turned to soft floor mats to cushion the hard floor and reduce achy joints. After that discussion, I decided to compare some of what’s available. I contacted a couple companies for samples to find out whether floor mats are worth the cost. Or as we ask at BiteoftheBest.com, to [...]

Flea & Food Market in Long Island City

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in NYC:  LIC Flea & Food, which will operate every Saturday and Sunday this summer.  and that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. The food and festivities are conveniently located in a 24,000-square-foot lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue in the heart of LIC with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It's easy to get to as it's just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street.  Buses will run to and from the ferry to the parking lot. Community partners include TF [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:10:59-04:00June 21st, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place at Madison Square Park and its surrounding streets on June 8 - 9 with food, music and grilling classes hosted by Kevin Kolman.  Cue experts including Kenny Callaghan, Joe Duncan and fifteen others will be participating. Admission is free to the event, cooking demos, culinary discussions and music performances unless noted otherwise. Food starts at  $9 per plate. For more information, click here.

By |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00May 31st, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Taste of Tribeca, NYC

The Taste of Tribeca is  an outdoor culinary festival that celebrates downtown local flavor. Now in its 19th year, this annual event will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 11:30am to 3pm, on Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Street) in Tribeca. All proceeds from the event will ensure the continuation of arts and enrichment programs at local public schools, PS 150 and PS 234. The festival will bring together Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants, including Tribeca Grill, Landmarc, Kutsher’s Tribeca, Bubby’s, The Palm, Blaue Gans, Duane Park Patisserie and newcomers, such as Dirty Bird To Go and Aamanns-Copenhagen. In addition to restaurant tastings, there will be a special [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:11:40-04:00April 26th, 2013|Rambling|0 Comments

Flavors from Spain: Two Pop Ups at Openhouse Gallery

Openhouse Gallery is a food-loving event space specializing in pop ups. This month they are hosting two Spanish dining pop ups at its location off the Bowery. The first — happening from April 18-20 — celebrates the opening of Chef Jonah Miller’s restaurant Huertas. Miller will be serving a bevy of pintxos,  finger-food from northeast Spain. Pulpo gallego, jamón and peas, and white anchovy with green olive and pickled peppers are just three examples of the traditional Spanish snacks on the menu. Anthony Belliveau-Flores of Rowan Imports will be serving two Spanish ciders from the Asturias region along with the pintxos. Traditionally, these ciders are poured from a height with [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00April 15th, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments