NYC what is your Grade?

It’s kind as if your writer was missing in action for a brief moment in time -but seriously don’t let that small amount of time off fool you. As a defense this never-ending damn Polar Vortex perhaps has played a major part in supplying an infinite amount of brain freeze -literally.  However, that’s not the…

“Eat Like a Man” Competition 11/19 Celebrates Movember at NIOS Restaurant

NIOS restaurant at Kimpton’s The Muse hotel will be hosting the second annual “Eat Like a Man” Competition on Tuesday, November 19 starting at 5:30pm, being held to coincide with Movember to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues (www.niosrestaurant.com; 130 West 46th Street). The night will kick off with a reception hour where guests can enjoy signature cocktails such as the Mo’Hattan and Old Fashioned…

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…

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…

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…

Acqua Santa

I wish I lived in Brooklyn equipped with a lump sum of loot and sufficient time to test out every hidden nook and cranny downtown. However, until then this time around it was a pleasure to meet with my mom and a few other friends at Acqua Santa, translated in Italian it means “Holy Water.”…

UES Móle Leaves Us Unimpressed

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Móle is a newer Mexican restaurant. After owning the restaurant Taco Taco across the street, management felt the need to stretch its legs and open  Móle in a bigger space. Decorated in brightly colored table clothes, brick walls, and décor,  Móle brings a warm ambiance to the crowded…

Review: The Palm Restaurant In New York City

The Palm Restaurant is one of those famous NYC restaurants you know you have to check out, not just for the food, but for the history. On a Friday night I headed to the flagship location on Second Avenue. Still in its original 1926 location, The Palm provides a dining experience you won’t soon forget.…

Review: La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Restaurant

After owning multiple restaurants in twelve countries, globally-renowned Chef Gastòn Acurio opened his first New York City restaurant, La Mar Cebicheria, in September 2011. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana overlooks historic Madison Square Park. La Mar’s Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez has been Gaston’s right-hand man for years, and his menu features bright, clean, and beautiful cebiches…

Pig Island 2012

Close out summer with the return of Pig Island on Saturday, September 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, this annual event focuses on local farmers, chefs, brewers and vintners, bringing the best of New York State to New York City. This year’s Pig Island benefits Food Systems Network NYC and City Harvest. Come out…

Kurio on the Upper East Side

When Kurio opened on the Upper East Side on the quiet street of east 92nd, I instantly knew I had to check it out. Upon walking by, it was quaint, welcoming, and located on one of my favorite streets in New York. Trees decorated on the outside suggested an intimate atmosphere. Upon arriving, we went…

Pizza Pub In New York’s Gramercy Neighborhood

If you’re looking for a good happy hour spot central to Manhattan, the Pizza Pub is your spot. I first went to the Pizza Pub on a cold winter’s night last year. I was ready to eat my arm off, was seeking shelter from the frigid temperatures, and a long day at work made me want a…