La Vie en Rose

By Hillary Latos Even if you can’t make it to St. Tropez this summer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live like the Tropeziennes. Nothing resonates with summer more than a chilled bottle of dry Rose. While the different shades of blush tones are determined by the grape, climate, vinification temperature control and grape skin…

Turf to Surf

By Rory Winston It seems almost sacrilegious to settle for terms like ‘surf and turf’ when referring to the non-plus ultra in steak and seafood fare. Distinguished establishments like Benjamin Steakhouse and its illustrious spinoff, The Sea Fire Grill, have earned culinary reputations the likes of which are usually reserved for haut cuisine. This is…

BLT’s Newest Venture

By Lisa Loverro Las Vegas is filled with glitz, glamour, gambling and lots of good food. While there are a multitude of restaurants from which to choose, the new BLT Steak located in Bally’s Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip is one of the best bets in town. BLT Steak, which first opened in…

Restaurant Roundup

By Hillary Latos From the quaint cobblestone lined streets of the West Village to the Upper West Side, this month we focus on the thriving restaurant scene of the West Side of Manhattan. Heading into fall there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the great outdoors, the Indian summer weather, glorious fall foliage of Central…

Brazilian Indulgence

By Peizhao Sun America’s fervent pursuit of juicy, thick-cut and grilled meat is a long-established tradition – a celebration of the carnivorous. Whether it’s a get-together barbecue, a college graduation or a wedding, the insatiable urge to bite into perfectly seared ribs and Italian sausages do not discriminate; forget about the occasion, as long as…

Handmade Excellence

By Peizhao Sun The idea of food product brands opening flagship restaurant isn’t new; however, when Italian pasta giant Giovanni Rana opened its first restaurant in the bustling Chelsea Market amid the delightful chaos that is lower Manhattan, something was noticeably different. Maybe it’s the quaint interior design, maybe it’s the glass-encased open kitchen; but…

La Bella Cucina

The latest restaurant to grace the iconic Pierre Hotel, part of the Taj Hotel Group, is Sirio, from legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, best known for Le Cirque. But unlike Le Cirque, Sirio Ristorante is a casual, yet sophisticated eatery with to-die-for cheeseburgers (with Fontina cheese) on the lunch menu and Tuscan-inspired dishes for dinner. The…

The Latest Tessa on the Block

By Hillary Latos Though the ancient Greek definition of Tessa is “harvester” or reaper, over the years the urban dictionary slang for tessa is asset spelled backwards meaning the beautiful and perfect female embodiment that everyone loves and cherishes. Judging by the scene at this latest UWS hotspot we couldn’t think of a more perfect…

Dobkin’s Rainbow

By Rory Winston “My life like a rocket makes a parabola,” wrote Andre Voznesensky in an early ballad that describes how artists often get to their intended destination but not in the way they imagined. At a symposium, the renowned poet admitted to his own life’s unique trajectory: As a student of architecture, he created…

Mirch Masala Spices Up Greenwich Village

By W. A. Muller The trendy neighborhood of Greenwich Village in Manhattan recently welcomed their newest neighbor, Indian restaurant Mirch Masala. Mirch, which means chillies, and masala, meaning mixed spices are combined to serve a flavorsome ‘Mirch Masala’. The restaurant specializes in serving popular Indian food as well as a large array of traditional and…