Enjoy Astoria’s most appetizing and authentic contemporary Italian dishes and wine selections at this chic spot brought to you by chef and owner Antonio Morichini. Dig into delectable dishes, including handmade Roman-style pizza and pasta made with the season’s freshest ingredients. Their wine cellar features their great selections which pair perfectly with their palatable plates. Born and raised in Italy, Chef Morichini, who has worked in some of the world’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, uses unique flavors which are reminiscent of his traditions and culture. He also completed his culinary training in the Piedmont Region of northern Italy. This warm and cozy restaurant is ideal for a romantic night out – any night becomes a celebration when you try the various dishes at Via Vai! Chef Morichini’s cuisine, made with an innovative twist, include I Salumi, a selection of Italian cold cuts, Fried Calamari with herbs and citrus zest, traditional Roman pasta dishes including Spaghetti Carbonara, house-made tagliolini with pancetta eggs, black pepper parmigiano and pecorino romano. Their Costolette, mildly spicy braised beef short ribs with creamy gorgonzola polenta and Gamberoni, pan seared shrimp in kataifi crust are some other mouthwatering mains. Just don’t leave without trying the Panna Cotta with caramel sauce and tasty Tiramisu on this culinary journey through Italy!
31-09 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
For the tastiest tapas in town, you’ll want to try Boqueria on the Upper East Side. While they have become a fan favorite with multiple locations throughout the city, their uptown location is a popular spot for ladies who lunch and is always buzzing at dinner. With authentic tapas and Spanish fare inspired by the Barcelona “Kioskos” that surround the famed “El Mercadeo de la food market,” you will be able to indulge in both classic and innovative dishes made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. With a lively scene and open kitchen concept, run by Executive Chef Marc Vidal, Boqueria will help you find your foodie bliss with every bite! Their plates are ideal for sharing, so you can taste a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian options for lunch, brunch or dinner. Some favorites include Spanish Charcuterie and Cheese options, such as Tabla De Queso, Manchego, Caña de Cabra and Aged Mahón, served with olives, pan con tomate and raisin walnut bread, and Tabla De Embutidos, Jamón Serrano, Salchichón Ibérico, and Chorizo Ibérico, served with olives and pan con tomate. Succulent seafood options include Gambas Al Ajillo, shrimp, garlic, brandy, lobster reduction and Guindilla pepper in olive oil, Pulpo A La Plancha, Grilled octopus, fennel, smoked pimentón, Picual olive oil mashed potatoes and the palatable Paella De Mariscos that comes in medium or large sizes and includes bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron and salsa verde. Enjoy Verduras, or vegetables, including Aceitunas, a selection of marinated olives from Spain and Pimientos De Padron, Blistered Shishito peppers and coarse sea salt. Meat eaters will definitely want to sample the mouthwatering carne choices, especially the Datiles Con Beicon, dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeón blue cheese and wrapped in bacon and the full-size Carna A La Plancha plate, grilled 12oz hanger steak served with confit piquillo peppers and pimentón butter. Wash down each course with a pineapple or classic sangria or Shishito Margarita, Shishito Pepper with infused tequila and fresh lime – and don’t forget to try their selection of classic fried dough Churros!
1460 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10075
Masti Indian Grill and Chaat Bar
Enter the lavish surroundings of this Brooklyn spot and be instantly transported to the middle of India with their authentic and homemade cuisine. Start with Lasoni Gobi, tangy cauliflower with garlic and onions, Luchi Jhinga, tangy creamy shrimp and fried bread or a Samosa, traditional spiced potato pastries. Enjoy kebabs such as the Aamwali Jhinga Tikka, grilled shrimp, spiced mango and green chutney, Kalmi Kebab, chicken wings desi way and Paneer Haryali Tikka, skewered cheese and green chutney. From Chaatwali Galli specialties, such as Samosa Chaat, pastries with chickpeas, yogurt and chutneys to a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including Mutter Paneer, creamy green peas, cheese, fenugreek and cumin and Kolkata Alu Dum, spiced potato curry, tamarind, bay leaf and chaat masala, there is a flavorful find for every palate. Their spices are splendidly showcased with their famous curry selections, where you can choose to have chicken, lamb, bone-in goat, shrimp, vegetables or paneer options in your Makhni, a buttery tomato sauce with onions, bell pepper and green chilis or Karahi, wok tossed with onions, bell pepper and fenugreek, as well as 14 other choices – get ready to become a fan of their curry club! Other favorites include the Tandoor, Nizami Biryani, a Basmati Rice preparation with yogurt, saffron, onions and whole masala and a selection of breads, such as Luchi, deep-fried bread, Paratha, a multi-layered flat bread, and a variety of Naan.
184 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Asian-inspired cult favorite which has had fans wagging their tongues for over two decades since originally launching in London, has just opened a new location in Midtown Manhattan. This beloved chain’s “Bowl to Soul” philosophy is based on the belief that what we eat, who we are and how we feel are inseparable. Let’s just say that you will feel very happy – and full – the next time you dine here! From noodle dishes to sticky rice bowls, this uplifting and conveniently located new spot is sure to be your favorite new go-to! Global Executive Head Chef Steve Mangleshot has been the creative director of wagamama’s culinary creations for the past 12 years. While there were just five locations in the brand’s portfolio when he started with them, wagamama has grown to include over 200 locations in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East.
“wagamama is creating extraordinary friends one dish at a time by allowing the best chefs to noodle around in Midtown Manhattan,” explained Chef Mangleshot. I’m excited to introduce our fresh innovative food and amazing service to the area.”
100 W 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
After much anticipation, fervent fans of Chef Michael and Caitlin Toscano can rejoice with the recent opening of Da Toscano, a hidden West Village gem and former home of Perla, where Michael ran the kitchen as Executive Chef beginning in 2012. After working in some of New York’s most popular and posh spots, Michael now brings his innovative twist on classic Italian cuisine. Michael is also a James Beard Rising Star Chef and Semi-Finalist and winner of the StarChefs New York Rising Stars Award. Sit back and relax in this intimate and upscale yet cozy atmosphere with brick walls and dim lighting. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance as they book up quickly! Their informative and hands-on beverage director, Madeline Maldonado, is more than happy to assist in your selection of cocktails, wine and beer – We highly recommend the Sunset in Sicily, made with Lambrusco, Cocchi Americano, Apricot, Dehydrated Orange. Start with Polpette, Pork Meatballs, Tomato Sugo, Pecorino Romano, Roasted Oysters, made with Crab Fat, Chili Vinegar, Lemon and the Octopus Carpaccio, Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Eggplant, and Fett’unta. Next up, dig into the Grilled Beef Tongue Panino, White Bean Puree, Mozzarella, Escarole, Pickled Cherry Peppers and Chicken Liver Rossini, Pâté, Beef Cheek Marmellata, Black Truffle and Madeira. The Chicken alla Palermitana, Roulade, Sweet & Sour Eggplant, Celery, Olives, Capers, Basil and Veal Head Parmigiania, Mozzarella di Bufala, Tomato Sauce, Basil are other delectable delicacies. The homemade Carrot Cake is a recipe from Chef Michael’s wife’s family – after all, everyone is family at this gourmet spot featuring fine fare!
24 Minetta Ln.
New York, NY 10012