Distilled Opens In Tribeca

Executive chef Shane Lyons and partner Nick Iovacchini have opened Distilled in Tribeca .  Embodying the spirit of a historic American public house, the 110-seat restaurant serves a menu of regional favorites elevated with modern techniques and global flavors in a welcoming, communal setting. Lyons, formerly of Momofuku Noodle Bar, showcases a creative menu that…

Father’s Day Gifting Ideas

It’s that time of the year again..Father’s Day. It’s the one day a year we can show the men in our life how thankful we are that they played a part in making us the people we are today. It’s also the one day a year the pressure is on to be the favorite child.…

Gracie Cavnar’s “Eat it! Food Adventures with Marco Polo”

Gracie Cavnar, recently released her first book, Eat it! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, a children’s cookbook meets adventure tale, and it’s been picking up all kinds of awards. The book attracts young readers to the fun of cooking and eating more fruits and veggies through an adventure story. Gracie Cavnar’s book follows Ottavio Fornero, a pint-sized member of…

Tribeca’s Best Restaurants

The TriBeCa “scene” may be relatively new compared to other parts of the city, but it has boomed in the last two decades, transforming itself into one of the most modern centers of luxury shopping, new condos and culinary creativity in all of New York. Here are our choices for must-dine experiences in this increasingly…

Hell’s Kitchen: NYC’s Gentrified, Yet Homey Neighborhood

Some know it as Clinton; others call it Midtown West. The most evocative name of this NYC neighborhood, however, is Hell’s Kitchen. The foreboding moniker is variously claimed to have derived from different sources. Perhaps the most credible is from a New York Times reporter, who came here in 1881 to report on a multiple murder. Like much of NYC, the grittiness of Hell’s Kitchen has long since been sanded down. It is now a…

Leti’s Catering Features Cooking Classes

On a Monday night, I headed to the Old Bowery Station with Leti Salama from Leti’s Catering to learn how to make paella. “Paella” is a Spanish Rice Dish, that is cooked with vegetables and meat/seafood. Key ingredients always include saffron to give the dish its rich yellow color, and olive oil. Upon entering the…

West Village’s New Restaurants

The West Village is a vibrant and ever-changing neighborhood, full of young renters and only slightly older condo owners who are constantly seeking the new, the cutting edge and the finest in culinary creations. In the last six months, the West Village has had yet another injection of new restaurants. Here’s a selection of the…

Bembe: Keep it a secret

It’s a Thursday – no Friday, Saturday night and even though for whatever reason agreeing to a conclusion to the final destination in the Mecca of NYC remains stagnant. So, if that’s the case, why not throw all cards on the table, escape the 212 area code and head on down to Williamsburg – not…

Sevendust Still Rocking

Last weekend I saw Sevendust with a few other bands in New Jersey at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony. Don’t let the time lapse fool you, that shit was awesome. I’m just now recovering! I actually saw Sevendust earlier in the week at Manhattan’s Best Buy Theater as well, but The Stone Pony was a…

Kingswood Treats You Like Royalty

On a cold and rainy Spring evening I ventured out to Kingswood, the West Village’s quaint styled bar. Located on quiet W 10th street, upon immediately entering the restaurant I noticed the warm ambiance. Dimly lit, welcoming wooden tables, and an array of foliage (included a peacock in the back) immediately gave the welcoming, trendy…

Recap: 1st Annual NYC Hot Sauce Festival

Hey southern folk, what if I told you there is one day a year when Brooklynites and other New Yorkers come together to eat the stuff our dreams are made of? Need more detail? Numerous wing sauces, jalapeno popcorn, fiery flavored jerkies, grilled cheese sandwiches and absolutely not least, biscuits and gravy. If you’re not…

Old Bowery Station Offers Cooking Class/Restaurant Pop Up

Huertas Pop Up Shop April 18-20, Chef Jonah Miller brings Spanish pinxtos to The Old Bowery Station for his three-day Huertas Pop Up. The future restaurant Huertas will be “popping up” at the Old Bowery Station offering guests an impressive preview of the bar offerings at Huertas.   Instead guests will help themselves to a variety of pintxos–finger-foods typical of northeast Spain–that will…

My Ode to Coffeeshop Bar’s “Jus”

After an extra hard sweat spinning session, I was in need of a refresher. Not wanting to throw myself into a long night of highly wired ADD a la Starbucks, I Yelp-ed “juice bars” near Union Square. Feeling like no rock hasn’t been turned in my knowledge of Union Square, I immediately expected to get University Place’s…