If you've been familiar with the Midtown dining scene at any point in the last 20 years, you probably already know about China Grill, restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's crown jewel establishment. Situated right near the MoMa, China Grill is classy but unpretentious, and their high-quality yet approachable Asian-inspired fare has been delighting diners for twenty-six years. The fact that it's been around for so long, however, doesn't mean they've gone stale. This past Saturday, we stopped by for the first service of their newly introduced Dragon Brunch, and we were pleased to see that China Grill is continuing to innovate and mix it up while staying true to the heart of their culinary style.
Jersey inspired and based restaurant Little Town will be having their Food & Beer Pairing Dinner on Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm. The handsome Manzo brothers, Albie and Chris, have selected Executive Chef and Food Network's Chopped alum Jordan Andino as the creator of the Hoboken restaurant's menu. The Food & Beer Pairing Dinner will feature beers from the Bolero Snort Brewery and meatballs by momma Caroline Manzo. Beer and a hearty prix-fixe dinner, how could you say no? Tickets for the event are $45 and can be purchased here.
Little Town 310 Sinatra Drive Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
In 2013, you can no longer obtain a room key to the legendary Chelsea Hotel. And let's face it, if you did, it wouldn't be very useful. But a new nonfiction book, Inside The Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins is almost as good as holding a brass key in your hand to one of the largest and longest-lived artists’ communities established during the famous decades of the Chelsea Hotel's operation. Gossip, intrigue, passion, and creativity lie in the lines of Tippins' catchy prose, and chapters read like a literary Page Six rather than any type of dry history.
Murray Hill, NY – Jackson Heights native Steven Cruz joins Teqa as its newest Executive Chef. Formerly of Rayuela, Cavo, and The Orchard House, Chef Cruz brings with him a melding of old school technique (honed from his Argentenia grandmother) with a uniquely modern twist. Situated in the heart of Murray Hill’s vibrant bar scene, Teqa’s new dinner menu (beginning December) is matched only by its creative (and outrageously delicious) cocktail list.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, the days are getting shorter and colder, and Christmas jingles have officially infiltrated every CVS and Duane Reade in the city. That’s right: it’s winter time. While some of you warm-weather people might be getting ready to hibernate, anybody who’s spent winter in NYC knows there are lots of winter reasons to leave your cave during the holiday season. One of those reasons is the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the annual festive pop up market surrounding an amazing seasonal ice skating rink just down the street from Times Square. The rink will be open all day and into the night until March 2nd, so skaters, you can come down with a date, with friends, or just on your own to enjoy laps around the open-air track for free.
Not many people would brave a heavy duty barbeque joint the day after Thanksgiving, the holiday most synonymous with that favorite of American pastimes--gluttony. Lucky for our faithful readers, we are not most people. On a frigid Friday night, we speed walked to Dinosaur BBQ’s Brooklyn location, open for five months and predominantly constructed from wood salvaged from the Brooklyn waterfront post Hurricane Sandy.
Despite the amount of calories consumed the day before, we were not alone in Dino BBQ. The place was packed, and it looked like everyone was starving, including us. While we perused the menu, we snacked on the Dino Poutine, a light snack of French fries doused in beef gravy and accented with pimento cheese and Dinosaur’s signature pulled pork. This was just the warm up, ladies and gentlemen, for what was about to go down. With a pitcher of Rolling Rock (for $14!) in hand, we decided on the Family Stylin’ BBQ Combination Platter.
Co-owners Jon Agnello and Vincent Dardanello have been pals for years, and back in 2009 decided to give New York something it never had before: an unforgettable burger experience. Instead of the powers from on high making a burger in the back and allowing the customer to passively choose it from the menu, Jon and Vincent decided to let the patron take the wheel and design their own burger from start to finish. Forget the standard pickles, mayo, and cheddar cheese--you can get ten types of cheeses, including fried mozzarella, and ten toppings including pickles jalapenos or frizzled onions. With the choice of your own meat (lamb, shrimp, veggie, beef, turkey or chicken) bun (ranging from brioce to lettuce wrap), cheese and topping, there are literally two million varieties you can try, making the possibilities as endless as they are delicious. No wonder Burger Bistro was rated #2 burger in the city by Zagat.
The phrase “authentic Italian” gets thrown around the NYC restaurant scene much more often than it should. However, at Hell’s Kitchen gem Tavola, located at 488 9th Avenue, authentic Italian only begins to scratch the surface of the gustatory delights to be found there. Restaurateur, owner, and Italian mastermind Nick Accardi opened Tavola about a year and a half ago in what was once a New York City landmark, Italian grocer, Manganaro’s. Originally opened in 1893, the grocery was family owned and operated until Accardi created the cozy yet innovative eatery that shares the same passion for Italian flavors. Accardi did a beautiful job of paying tribute to the building’s roots, maintaining many of Manganaro’s original features; the shelves and tile work were all original to the store.
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.