With the daily conquer of the hustle and bustle on the city streets, hectic schedules to fulfill and squeezing in quick coffee pick-ups; city-dwellers have an official relationship with the word “busy.” Every trendy urbanite deserves a sweet haven to retreat to on weekend afternoons, no schedules or agendas allowed.
Filled with absolute luxurious serenity, New York’s finest tea rooms provide just this—a sweet city escape. For those of you who are unacquainted with the afternoon tea culture, prepare to be amazed and delighted. This tranquil seduction must incorporate a few critical facets: tea sandwiches—both dainty and scrumptious, soft scones accompanied with the tastiest fruit jams, a pleasing variety of teas, an endless amount of sugary cakes and tarts, and of course, pretty tea cups topped to the brim. The delicate tea sandwiches and tiny delights are typically served on an elegant three tier tray, showcasing different levels of sugary enjoyment. Now...a spot of afternoon tea, anyone?
At first encounter, Raymi can be a little complicated. The Flatiron District restaurant serves upscale Peruvian food, but it's also fused with Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese influences. One bar offers ceviche and the other offers piscos, the Peruvian national drink, in flavors ranging from purple corn to coffee cinnamon. High ceilings make the 150-seat dining area seem larger than it really is, and somewhere behind most of the tables, a band plays rhythmic music.
It’s not an intimate space, but the food itself is prepared with attention and an eye for detail. Raymi’s dinner menu, revamped in time for summer, is composed mostly of small plates and a few slightly larger selections. A meal there is best shared, and not only because of the tapas-style presentation—once the food comes, you’ll probably want a bite of everything.
After celebrating five prosperous anniversaries, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is at it again, for their sixth year. And the guest of honor? One of the best cuisine cities in the entire world—the Big Apple.
Come join the celebratory festivities with savory food and deliciously tasty wine. The Wine & Food Festival takes place Thursday, October 17th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013. Presented by Food & Wine Magazine, this amazing culinary event should not be missed. Palates will be pleased and foodie minds will be cultivated with delicious tastes to relish. Broaden your education with the world’s best winemakers, spirits producers, and chefs. What's not to love about this innovative event?
In a world full of healthy alternatives it is refreshing to know that you can still indulge in a creamy, sweet summer treat, such as decadent Italian gelato, without the guilt associated with binge eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. For the health-conscious, gelato contains 60 percent less fat and fewer calories than traditional American-style ice cream giving gelato some Italian sex-appeal! What’s even better is gelato prepared by a master with over twenty years of experience in gelato mixology who creates authentic Italian flavors using imported Italian ingredients as well as farm fresh, local organic ingredients.
Leading into the weekend is a day full of lobster madness, restaurants have much preparation to do for the annual National Lobster Day. On Saturday, June 15th, the city will be gossiping about the latest, most creative dishes featuring a celebrated food: lobster.
Once considered a food for peasants in the 1800’s, oh how the world has drastically evolved! Today, lobster is seen as a delicious luxury in the culinary world. In fine restaurants, lobster dinners usually start pricing at $18 or more. From creamy lobster ravioli to a whole lobster providing its juicy meat to dip into steamy butter, this amazing sea creature is quite versatile and delectable when it comes to tasty cuisine.
Having reopened with a new chef working his culinary magic in the kitchen and a fresh state-of-the-art menu, restaurant 83 ½ is taking its cuisine to the latest level of perfection. The talented Chef Will Foden provides each guest with a marvelous, cosmopolitan taste of Southern Italy with each prepared dish.
An amazing mixture of owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda’s Sicilian cultural roots and Chef Will Foden’s inspiring culinary talent, 83 ½ is a product of love, tradition, and simply delightful farm-to-table cuisine. The warm and convivial aura portrayed by 83 ½‘s deep love for food is natural and everlasting.
The sheer number of dinner options is one of the best and worst things about living in New York. If you're hunting for a restaurant for Father's Day, here are our selections to get you started!
Brick Lane Curry House
(306-308 East 6th Street and other locations)
The Indian restaurant offers two perks this weekend that aren’t necessarily compatible: a bottomless booze brunch for $15, and free meals for kids under 10 years old who come with their dads. Diners of any age can settle on Spinach and Cheese Dumplings, or Fish Goan spiced with green chilies, coconut, and mint.
It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, we were living in the bleakness of a world without cronuts. Since then, Dominique Ansel’s croissant-donut hybrid has rocketed to fame, leaving a trail of newspaper articles, questionable imitations, and Craigslist deals in its flaky wake. There is no question—the cronut is America’s Most Wanted.
But Ansel, the French pastry chef behind The Only Legitimate Reason To Be Up Before 6AM & Be Happy About It, is also debuting another line of desserts. Each of the six new sweets in the Pastry Chef Series is the product of a collaboration between Ansel and another French or American chef. The desserts are intricate and stunningly pretty. And if the reputation of their makers is anything to go by, they’re probably very, very good.
A coalition of forty Bronx restaurants filed a $150 million lawsuit against the city of New York on Tuesday, arguing that fines issued by the Department of Health were inconsistent and unfair.
In the suit, the restaurant owners called enforcement of DOH health codes “arbitrary, capricious, and malicious.” The complaint slammed the current system of restaurant inspections as a “revenue scheme” for the city, targeting small businesses that often don’t survive DOH fines.
Under-trained health inspectors are also a source of inconsistency, the owners said. They argued that DOH officials give contradictory instructions to restaurants and have inconsistent interpretations of health code guidelines. In addition to the lack of clear standards for health inspections, restaurant owners claimed that DOH procedures were deliberately confusing.
The most alcoholic patriotic holiday has arrived, and bourbon distilleries have a good deal to celebrate this Friday, June 14th. In recent years, the market for bourbon has surged, and the emergence of single-barrel and small batch bourbon isn't the only reason for its jump in popularity. Pop culture has also played its part, with the old-fashioned liquor-swilling appeal of Mad Men leading the way.
Bourbon is a type of whiskey, though not all whiskey can be called bourbon. To meet the criteria, the whiskey must be made in America and aged for at least two years in new charred oak barrels. The charred oak flavors the whiskey with caramelized sugars, and gives it an amber color that develops during the aging process. Additionally, bourbon must be made from a mash of fermented grains that includes at least 51 percent corn. The other grains in the mash are any combination of rye, wheat, and barley malt—the proportions can be adjusted to play with the bourbon’s flavor.
Is your dad an avid cook or a passionate baker? Does he have an undying love for culinary art? Make his Father’s Day an unforgettable one with any of these awesome foodie gift ideas. This Sunday is all about celebration—celebrating the main man in your life: dad. So treat him like the king he is and spoil him with the most delectable delights!
A Tool Kit Filled with Sugary Surprises
Magnolia Bakery has the perfect way to sweetly show dad how much you love him—incorporating a fun twist. The bakery’s unique idea of a “Tool Kit” is designed specifically for dad, commending him for all of his hard work. The Tool Kit is filled with delicious bakery items, including an assortment of classic cupcakes decorated with golf, sports, tie, and tool kit embellishments. What better tool is there than a cupcake? Buy dad a new tool kit for his day—his stomach will surely be pleased!