Not Too Cool for School

  By Lisa Loverro Don’t be surprised if you think you have the wrong address when your taxi arrives at 146 Essex Street. The street level mock pawnshop adorned with vintage guitars and other musical nostalgia is merely a gimmicky entrance for the surprising opulence that awaits you beyond the storefront’s back door. ADDITIONAL RELATED…

Bringing The Middle East to NYC

By Spencer Bistricer There are plenty of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants in the city, and to be honest, the food they serve is often pretty bland: dull hummus, limp tabbouleh, and flatbread that tastes like it came off a supermarket shelf sometime last week. Ilili, in contrast, specializes in Lebanese cuisine and offers the…

A Downtown Homerun

By W.A. Muller Tao Downtown is all about spectacle, located beneath the Maritime Hotel. Spanning an entire city block (approximately 22,000 square feet), TAO Downtown is the latest import to bring a touch of Las Vegas spectacle to New York City from its owners including Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Teppenberg. ADDITIONAL…

What a Catch!

  By Lisa Loverro The BLT restaurant group has long been a favorite with New Yorkers and all their brands, BLT Steak, BLT Prime and BLT Fish, have enjoyed a huge success. We recently visited BLT Fish on West 17th street to see what’s new and happening in this long-standing establishment. ADDITIONAL RELATED POSTS:THE QUINTESSENTIAL…Rocco…

The Siren Song of French Cuisine

By Lisa Loverro It’s hard to stay abreast of all the restaurant openings (and closings) in New York City but when a former chef from Le Cirque, Craig Hopson, opens a new establishment you can’t help but sit up and take notice. He’s teamed up with Frank Roberts, the former manager from the Rose Bar…

Vive La France (Quelle Horreur!)

By Christopher A. Pape As much as it pains me to admit, French cuisine sits at the summit of dining; so beloved a food culture the French have, that most countries emulate their technique, and flavors – even their raison d’être is influenced by the French (I’m happy to report that as an Italian we…

A Downtown Homerun

By W. A. Muller Tao Downtown is all about spectacle, located beneath the Maritime Hotel.  Spanning an entire city black (approximately 22,000 square feet), TAO Downtown is the latest import to bring a touch of Las Vegas spectacle to New York City from its owners including Rich Wolf, Marc Packer, Jason Strauss and Noah Teppenberg. …

The Alter of Beef

By Spencer Bistricer Some restaurants sit in my imagination. Though I haven’t dined at it, it isn’t the most luxurious or it isn’t even my favorite cuisine, I still imagine I will love it. Takashi, a celebrated Japanese-Korean barbecue establishment in the West Village, is one of those places. I’ve been dreaming about coming here…

French in the Heart of Brooklyn

By Spencer Bisticer While it may be difficult to select a restaurant in Brooklyn, one of the most densely populated areas for fine cuisine, if you are as much a fan of French food like myself, French Louie is an easy choice. The decor alone seems to transport its customers; it was no surprise that…

A Culinary Gift to Gownaus

By Jane Meyer Most peoples’ ideas of Gowanus in Brooklyn are not ones usually associated with great food and culinary artistry. The Pines is leading the charge to change people’s perceptions of Gownaus. A challenge for any restaurant is to satisfy multiple taste buds in multiple ways and The Pines in Gowanus, Brooklyn does just…