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Maialino

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I have high expectations when Danny Meyer opens a restaurant. Union Square Hospitality Group is responsible for some of my favorite establishments, Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Cafe, Shake Shack, and more. He is known for bringing great food to the table with spectacular service.
I met with two girlfriends for lunch, all three of us […]

Insieme

Sunday, November 14, 2010

When
Insieme 777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, part of The Michelangelo Hotel, went on a search for a new chef, they found Chef Andres Julian Grundy. The Queens native (woot!) who got his start in the business at a young age as part of an outreach program for under-privileged teens […]

Sandro’s

Monday, November 1, 2010

Most of the time, we choose a restaurant of my long wish list. This time, we didn’t want to wait for a seat at plan A, so we chose chose one near by. We lucked out having spotted the little yellow awning of
Sandro’s 306 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028 […]

Sapori D’Ischia

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sapori D’Ischia 55-15 37th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377 is an Italian retail store by day, stocked with olive oils, balsamic vinegars, cheeses, cured meats, and more. I would go to re-stock on Italian pantry and they seem to age their own steaks. For those who don’t cook, the space fills with tables […]

Faustina

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Having been to Scarpetta, we had certain expectations for
Faustina 25 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003, Chef Scott Conant’s new restaurant in the Cooper Square Hotel. It’s a beautifully designed hotel, very upscale Miami, including an outdoor lounge. I suggest starting with a drink there. Then, head down to the dining […]

Pepolino

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pepolino 281 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 feels like an Italian guy’s home. All the waiters are Italian men and probably 75% of diners are too. Everyone is nice. It’s pretty big (2 floors + outside) but cozy, moderately disorganized, and as loud as a frat house. They seated us with […]

Motorino

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I was never the type to get excited over movie stars. I don’t follow Perez (is that his name?). I didn’t recognize Susan Sarandon, Katy Perry, or Gary Sinise when they were right in front of me. So, it follows that I don’t buy clothing or shoes made popular by a star, or sun glasses […]

Alto

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alto 11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 is a modern space with a corporate, midtown feel and Italian menu. There are two floors: the lower dining room, where we were seated, has lower ceilings which I wasn’t too happy about. Our waiter was super jolly at first; Lon likened him […]

A Voce (Time Warner Center)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Voce 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 opened a second location in the Time Warner Center. Same name but a different menu. The space is open, modern, with nice views. The bar is spacious and the kitchen is visible through glass walls. Service is as expected, polite and clean. It’s […]

Sorella

Friday, October 23, 2009

One of my major peeves is how dark restaurants are. It seems the average has gotten darker and darker in the last 10 years. They all claim it’s ambiance and while there is a little bit of validity to that, I’ll only accept that excuse up to a certain point. I understand that people don’t […]