Great news, New Yorkers! The Big Apple just scored itself another amazing Asian eatery: Han Dynasty. The famous Chinese restaurant recently branched out from Philadelphia and snagged a sweet spot in the East Village, catering the same delicious Szechuan cuisine as its Philly pioneer.
You can expect no less from Han Dynasty, which was voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America and also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant smells like fresh wood and spices. The interior boasts dark wooden furniture and yellow walls lined with Asian oil paintings.
If you've ever dined at Tiny Fork, the chic seafood restaurant on the corner of Orchard and Stanton on the Lower East Side, you've probably become acquinated with some of the bars in the neighborhood, perhaps including The Slipper Room next door.
But after dinner (or before dinner, who are we kidding?) drinks are more convenient than ever at The Cellar, the recently-opened lounge beneath Tiny Fork. This word-of-mouth (er, blog) space is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 10pm, and features a full-service bar in its nautical themed decor.
The abundance of craft breweries in attendance at this years NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest demonstrated how popular craft beer is to beer lovers. This weekend at the Lexington Armory, beer coinossuers beat their cold weather blues and warmed up to some delicious winter style craft beers at this year's festival.
When we first walked into the massive armory, we didn't know where to start. With over 150 breweries in attendance the journey to finding our favorite craft beer began. With our 2 oz. shot glass in hand we started on the left side of the armory with some hard ciders and IPA's at breweries like Ace Cider, River Horse, St. Lawrence and McKenzies.
Cooking large, elaborate meals on Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition, but let's face it: it takes a lot of time, energy, and a bigger kitchen than most New Yorkers actually have. The holiday is meant to be cheerful, but it can end up being stressful for any number of reasons. Perhaps you agreed to host Thanskgiving this year and insinuated that you had Gordon Ramsey-level cooking abilities that you do not, in fact, possess. Or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to wield a carving knife or get into a fight with your cousin about the appropriate amount of ginger to put in the pumpkin pie. Whatever your reasons for opting out of the cooking madness Thanksgiving inspires, there’s no need to worry.
Green bell pepper. This is all we can taste on our first sip of Beaujolais Nouveau. Green bell pepper, freshly cut grass, celery…this glass of wine was starting to taste like one of those juices that always cost too much money and leave you even hungrier then you were before you started.
The atmosphere at Murray Hill’s Terroir on Thursday night was warm, bustling, and very French. With fast paced servers sporting berets and Edith Piaf crooning in the background, it was a lovely night for sipping wine and chatting about your Thursday. The first glass we had was the cause for celebration that evening, the 2013 L’Acien Beaujolais Nouveau. Making its debut on the third Thursday of every November, wineries across the city rolled out this year’s yield. Because Nouveau is meant to be drunk young, it hasn’t had the opportunity to develop any complexity, and that coupled with the extreme vegetative properties of this particular glass of wine left much to be desired for certain palettes. Others disagreed, and went as far as ordering a second glass of wine.
Tucked a stone’s throw away from Madison Square Park at 27 W 24th Street, behind an inviting black patterned exterior is Junoon, the Michelin Star rated Indian restaurant that has been creating a New York City buzz since 2011.Junoon has very recently launched a provocative brunch menu full of fusion flavors that combine traditional brunch items with Indian flair. Furthermore, the bottomless brunch comes with endless mimosas and bellinis and a fabulous party atmosphere! Just entering the restaurant, you are enveloped in the vibrant smell of spices that make your mouth water with the promise of what is to come. The stunning atmosphere of billowing orange curtains and a fifty foot walkway with Indian sandstone sculptures carved to represent the Tree of Life cast shadows in candle light against the walls.
In the past few years--specifically, since Hurricane Sandy--the food and drink scene around the Financial District has seen some drastic changes, and a number of excellent bars and restaurants have opened up and thrived. Recently, we had a chance to check out neighborhood newcomer Route 66 Smokehouse, and we were definitely excited about what we saw.
Walking into the restaurant, you’re hit immediately with the rustic aesthetic of a down-home tavern. On both floors, there are old highway and drug store Coca-Cola signs, ropes and pulleys on the wall, and a bar made from reclaimed Wisconsin wood beams, all cast in a warm glow from exposed bulb light fixtures hanging overhead. The decor had all of the warm, cozy nostalgia of familiar American tropes, while also looking polished and well put together. The food reflects that same motif: Route 66 explores and embraces regional American cuisine, serving up refined interpretations of traditional comfort dishes. The menu reads like a tour of classic epicurian Americana, re-visited by Executive Chef Billy Kooper, a former Blue Smoke sous chef. Chef Kooper also brings his unique food philosophy to his ingredients, hand-selecting local, seasonal items from artisanal vendors and small family farms. In this way, he says, he is able to showcase the people and products “who truly comprise the foundations of regionally localized American cuisine.”
Looking for a swanky new place to have dinner? Coles, a cozy, recently-opened restaurant in Greenwich Village, is definitely worth a visit for people seeking good food and a trendy atmosphere.The space has three rooms: The Cafe, the Dining Room, and The Bottle Room. The Dining Room is cramped, so unless you and all your friends love literally rubbing shoulders with Greenwich Village's finest, this is probably not place to bring a large group. The one exception would be if, as Prince recently did, you plan to rent out the entire space for an evening. That said, it's a great place to bring a date for an intimate dinner. Though Cole's is in plain view on Greenwich Avenue, and has a wide window facing the street, it somehow manages to maintain a tucked away, clandestine atmosphere. Most importantly, the food is good and there's no skimping on portions. There are few things more irritating and perplexing than shelling out a pretty penny for a fancy dinner and being served portions that would only be satisfactory for a small garden gnome.
Cole's, though not prohibitively expensive, certainly falls under the upscale label, though with a more youthful vibe than many other restaurants in the same category. The difference is that when you order a burger and fries at Cole's, you're going to get an actual, no-frills burger that you need two hands--not two fingers--to pick up, and you're going to get more than seven fries. Be sure to try the tender duck breast with mushroom, lentil, and mache ($28) or the aforementioned House Burger ($18) served with grafton cheddar. The restaurant also offers pre-fixe and brunch menus, as well as a selection of wines and signature cocktails.
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Masq weaves a distinct New Orleans flavor into New American food at its Midtown location, which functions as both a restaurant and lounge. Founded by husband and wife George and Nora Chaprastian, the cozy townhouse is graced with a distinct New Orleans flair — the walls are lined with Mardi Gras masks from Italy and the restaurant is furnished with vintage furniture.
There are a number of restaurants in New York that try to replicate Cajun cooking, but sadly not all these restaurants nail the authenticity in taste and texture. Fortunately, Masq proves that this restaurant triumphs in serving quality New American food with a distinct Cajun flair.
On November 18th, 2013, guests were invited to meet Andaz 5th Avenue's new executive chef, the charming and tattooed Chad Minton. The mellow and intimate event was held at Apartment 2E of the swanky midtown Manhattan Hotel where guests sipped on drinks at the open bar while tasting Minton's new Fall/Winter menu.
It was all Beer and bite size delectables made to arouse the taste buds last night at Paulaner Bräuhaus' first Microbrewery and Restaurant in the Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Home to an elite crowd of artists, bohemians and immigrants. The new restaurant was celebrating their debut with a fun crowd of appreciative New York media who know good beer when they taste it, and Joonbug was one of them.Paulaner Bräuhaus features locally hand-crafted in-house Paulaner beer as well as an array of Modern Bavarian Cuisine which did a great job gratifying event goers. Some favorites include Pretzels served with Bavarian mustard, a cheese platter to die for, and plenty more to fill you up, including traditional main courses and desserts comprised of the best in Bavarian Cuisine. The beer itself is manufactured inside the restaurant through a unique in-house system designed to extract the best tasting beer. The intricate workings of the beer paired with a great staff, make for an exciting dininng experoence.
Paulaner Bräuhaus NYC is a distinguished New York restaurant and bar with a certain style of "sweet home" flare that will keep you coming back for more. With custom brewed beers and a menu that satisfies, this restaurant is sure to wet any appetite!