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LAURA RUBIN ON….TRIBECA

TriBeCa is my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan.  If you decide to become a regular follower of my blog (as you should)  Tribeca will come up often about places to be seen and to live.  Why do I love Tribeca so much ?  Tribeca has many landmarked buildings which aren’t very tall giving the neighborhood an open and airy feel that you are not used to in most Manhattan neighborhoods.  It is also not over commercialized and many of the store and restaurants are owned by local Manhattan residents.  The other thing I love about this nabe are the restaurants.  Not only because of how good the food is (arguably best in the world) but because of the many different ambiances and how many of the best spots, don’t even have a sign on the front of the restaurant. 

Here are two of my favorites that you have to try as soon as possible, enjoy!

Girello

11 Varick/North Moore

If  the warm, candlelit ambiance doesn’t make you feel at home, the friendly service will.  Girello is nestled next to its sister restaurant and 30 year Tribeca staple, Walker’s.  Girello provides tasty comfort food and sizable portions at a reasonable price.  They also offer a too good to be true happy hour special.  Their homemade Neapolitan style thin crust pizza comes is complimentary at the bar between 4pm-7pm M-F. 

Laura’s Must Haves:

* Meatball Pomodoro

* Neapolitan style thin crust pizza

Smith and Mills

If you’re not paying attention you may miss this hidden treasure disguised as what looks like a rusty old garage.  Once inside, you’ll feel the rustic charm that is, Smith and Mills.  This unique and cozy space is great to catch up with friends or even for a first (or second!) date.  The bartenders will be happy to serve you a signature cocktail or one of your old favorites.  The food is light and delicious.  Oh, and be sure to check out the most interesting bathroom you have ever been in … J

Laura’s Must Haves:

* Warm Lentil and Squash Salad

* Mussels

Connect with Laura on twitter or on your agent website.

LEEDES THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Julie Leedes’ Interview with Natalie Decleve:

Part II - Where to eat and shop in the West Village!

I recently helped Fashion Stylist, Natalie Decleve,find her new apartment and make the move from Brooklyn Heights to the West Village. I was thrilled when she agreed to sit down with me to discuss her love of the neighborhood, her initiation into the “Co-op board” experience, her favorite West Village spots, and of course about her brand, “Natty Style.” We had so much to discuss that the interview has been divided into three parts.

For our interview I requested she pick a favorite neighborhood haunt for a glass of wine and a light bite. She hit a home run picking the “oh so charming,” Buvette! It was a gorgeous night so we sat in the lovely back garden, but there is no bad seat in this place.

JL: There are so many restaurants in the West Village. Help us! I know from spending time with you and meeting some of your friends that you are a brunch person. Where should we brunch in the West Village?

ND: One of the oldest ones that has been around forever - which is still one of my favorites is Extra Virgin because they have outdoor seating, my favorite pancakes in the neighborhood and it’s such good people watching. I love Tartine also which is right around the corner - good for dinner too because it’s BYOB.

JL: Where would you stop just for a drink?

ND: Greenwich Project just opened recently and they are awesome for cocktails. They have a really nice open airy space. For a wine bar, Gottino. And there’s an adorable little French Jazz place that I love called L’amant, so cute. I’m obviously a Francophile. I love all things French.

JL: Dinner?

ND: My favorite Italian - and one of my favorite restaurants in the city - is Dell’Anima, same owners as L’artusi. Dell’Anima is a great date spot. It’s very intimate and cute. L’Artusi feels a little more upscale where as Dell’anima is a bit more relaxed. Both are just the most delicious Italian in the world. I mean eating is my favorite thing … well, one of my top three favorite things to do in the world.

JL: What are the other two?

ND: Ahhh. No comment (laughs).

JL: I have to ask because you’re a stylist. What’s your favorite store in the West Village? Where should we shop?

ND: Albertine is one of my favorites. Actually a lot of the boutiques on Christopher between Greenwich and 7th are adorable and very unique. I love the Housing Works. I’m always popping over there. They have great home stuff, jewelry of all kinds… fun little vintage finds. It can be hit or miss but I’m all about the thrill of the hunt. Otte is another one, there are so many. 

Above on the left is a picture of Natalie in her new West Village home.

NYC MUST DO: Wine and Cheese Spots in the Spring

Spring is here and the time for wining and dining outdoors is too. If you love trying new wine and cheese, NYC is one of the best places in the world for it.  Although there are hundreds of spots to check out, here are five spots that resonate with our local expert agents that we feel are a MUST TRY. 

Birreria-   Located on the 14th floor of lovely Eataly in the Flatiron district, Birreria offers a great view, atmosphere, wine, cheese, snacks and beer. Although the restaurant is known to be the “brewery” section of Eataly, don’t be fooled because you can purchase any of the delightful wines as well. Don’t forget to try the Gorgonzola Dolce cheese made of cow’s milk, which is semi-firm and peppery.

200 5th Avenue - www.eataly.com

Inoteca- If you are looking for a more casual spot on the Lower East Side, stop by Inoteca and sip wine while watching the crowds walk by.Make sure to ask about the Formaggi menu, which includes artisanal Italian cheeses to pair with your favorite white or red wine.

98 Rivington Street at Ludlow - www.inotecanyc.com

Vino Vino- This chic wine bar is located in Tribeca and offers an extensive wine list and world cheese menu. Try the French camembert or the Swiss tete de moine. Also, if you like what you are sipping on, stop by the wine store and purchase a bottle to take home.

211 West Broadway - www.vinovino.net

Casellula Cheese & Wine Café - Offering more than 40 types of cheeses, this charming Hell’s Kitchen restaurant is truly a cheese lover’s heaven. Ranging from mild to extremely rich cheeses there is something for every palate. The wine list is a perfect complement with everything from Savignon Blanc to port wine.

401 West 52nd Street - www.casellula.com

Uncorcked Wine and Tapas- This wine and tapas bar is a great spot for a date. Be sure to try the truffle cheese, or the merlot. Or if you are celebrating, go all out and buy a bottle of Dom Perignon, why not?

59th and 1st - www.uncorckednyc.com

Indulge in New York’s Best Raviolis for National Ravioli Day

In honor of Nation Ravioli Day, which happens to be today March 20th, we polled our agents and neighborhood experts who are always out discovering the best of the city to share with their clients, what their favorite ravioli dish in New York City is. From pumpkin, to decadent duck and porcini fillings –menu’s throughout the city aren’t shy to impress us with their spin on this classic Italian staple. 

Mario Batali’s Otto not-so-surprisingly has a stellar ravioli entrée which has only been on the menu for a year. The Ravioli di Brasato is made fresh, and is filled with braised pork, veal, beef and duck –all covered in his famous, signature pomodoro sauce. Admittedly not for anyone meat averse, but they’re stuffed with the perfect proportion of flavorful and sweet ingredients. While you’re there the olive oil gelato is a must try. Be sure to follow them on Foursquare for great specials.   

Celebrity and foodie favorite The Dutch is Andrew Carmellini’s immensely successful American eatery which offers a ravioli comparable, if not better, than the ones he made famous at Locanda Verde. They are filled with short rib, porcini and black trumpets with a thin coating of silky and rich Robiola sauce. It sounds like a hearty, heavy dish but the filling is just enough to give you a taste without feeling like you’ve gone overboard. 

The aforementioned “My Grandmother’s Ravioli’s” at Locanda Verde never disappoint. If your grandmother is an authentic, incredibly talented little Italian lady then these will taste just like home. If your palette is more on the adventurous side, try the shrimp scampi raviolis or the pumpkin and sage renditions. The toasted garlic and bread crumbs in the scampi version add satisfying texture, and pumpkin and sage are a match made in heaven. 

Marea is the flagship restaurant of the undisputed “King of Pasta,” Michael White. With crowd favorites like Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori under his direction, Marea is White’s star venture. Ravioli’s get a reoccurring role on the menu here, with fillings such as braised short rib and a red wine sugo, or lobster with mushrooms and zucchini. But our favorite is the baccala ravioli with black trumpet mushroom, leeks, and shaved black truffles. It’s a sophisticated entrée with an almost scientific blend of flavors. 

You wouldn’t expect a place known for American Traditional and French fare (albeit outstanding, none the least), to appear on any “Best of” Italian cuisine short list; However, the Upper West Side gem Ouest has a goat cheese ravioli that actually melts in your mouth. Ravioli pasta filled with goat cheese, tomato, basil and can be served with or without pancetta rivals any homemade traditional ravioli found in Italy. Best of all, although it’s an appetizer item you still can opt for a dinner-sized portion if the teaser wasn’t satiating enough. 

Buon Appetito!

NYC MUST DO: Eataly

This week you deserve a special treat, right? If you love Italian food you may have just found your heaven. Eataly is in the heart of the Flatiron District, is just a little over 50,000 square feet and contains 12 different restaurants filled with meats, cheeses, seafood, pasta, pizza, fresh produce, coffee, tea, and don’t forget the gelato! Not only does this Italian heaven provide 12 different scrumptious restaurants (including La Birreria, the rooftop restaurant and brewery pictured above), but they are all surrounded by 20 individual markets where you can purchase anything you are served. After all, their motto is: “We cook what we sell and we sell what we cook.”

If 12 different restaurants and 20 unique markets wasn’t enough, Eataly also offers cooking classes taught by their famous chef, Lidia Bastianich, for all food and wine lovers who want to improve their cooking and wine tasting skills. This Wednesday, March 6th, you can join the “Italian Pantry” class to learn about the essentials you need to have in your kitchen to cook like a true Italian chef. Not only will you learn how to cook, you will also learn how to pair the correct wine with your meal - so the next time you have a dinner party all of your guests will be amazed! Here’s a sneak peek of the menu; Stacciatella alla Romana (Roman egg-drop soup), Pasta alla Puttanesca (pasta with tomato, olive and caper sauce and almond pine nut cookies). You will also be able to try a perfectly paired white and red wine, so prepare your taste buds for true bliss!

If you can’t make it to the class this Wednesday, don’t sweat it. Eataly offers classes every week. Take a look at their events calendar for more details. After your class is over be sure to head to the fresh pasta market and pick up some delicious fresh-made pasta to bring home. The chefs make the pasta daily and they have everything from thick raviolis to thin linguini. Also don’t forget to take the elevator to the beer garden upstairs where you can munch on appetizers and sip tasty Italian beers. Be sure to order the Portebello mushrooms! They come with pear and teleggio fonduta and are amazing!

After you are done indulging you can walk around the historical Flatiron area and check out the art galleries, shops and Madison Square Park to complete the night in style.

Fun Fact: Although the country known as Italy did not unite until the 19th century, the cuisine can claim traceable roots as far back as the 4th century BCE!

Indulge at Eataly this week, you deserve it.

Buon Appetito!

(Image Courtesy: Guest of a Guest)

CT MUST DO: Darien Restaurant Week

Do you love food, trying new restaurants and the rush you get after finding a great bargain? Well, you’re in luck because starting this Sunday February 24th- March 1st its restaurant week in Darien, CT. This year is a year you won’t want to miss because there will be some great restaurants participating! The restaurants will offer a special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menu during the entire week, so brace yourself.

Whether you like Italian, Japanese, Sea Food or American, CT Restaurant week will have it all. Some of the participating restaurants include: The Melting Pot, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Bodega Taco Bar, and Darien Social. You can see the full list and more information on the restaurant week’s website.

If you eat yourself into a food coma and need some brisk exercise check out the nearby shops or dance the night away at some of Darien’s best nightlife spots.

Also, be sure to follow CT’s Restaurant week on Twitter and Facebook to get last minute juicy details. 

Get Ready for NYC Restaurant Week 2013

It’s that time of year again –the time to forget you recently vowed to eliminate carbs and saturated fats from your diet for the new year and indulge in every true foodie’s favorite past time, NYC Restaurant Week. Twice a year hundreds of eateries throughout the city open their doors to New Yorker’s with an insatiable appetite for fine food and wine to offer a week’s worth of deals and steals on prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. This winter’s restaurant week festivities kick off on January 14th and are offered until February 8th (ok, so it’s more than a bona fide week long but who’s complaining?) and the reservation lines for all participating restaurants are officially open.  You can approach this time as the opportunity to try some of the new “buzz” restaurants you’ve been hearing about, or use it to score a reservation at age old classics.

With so many of our favorite places participating, our agent’s recommend the select few below as just their first-round picks, so stay tuned for our second-round draft picks coming soon.

Locanda Verde

Andrew Carmellini’s neighborhood mainstay, located inside the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca is a welcomed participant to Winter Restaurant Week for more reasons than we can verbalize. For $25 a person, you get a full 3 course meal showcasing the best of Carmellini’s skills. Choose the Lamb Sausage Grinder from the second course offerings with spicy peperonate, broccoli rabe and the infamously delicious sheep’s milk ricotta. 

379 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013 (212-925-3797)

Tamarind 

Forget curry row in the East Village, true flavor and heat connoisseurs know the best Indian food is found at this elegant Flatiron eatery. During restaurant week you have your choice of not one, but two entrees as part of your 3 course meal. Everyone lusts over their lamb sholley so we suggest the Hyderabadi Nizami Ghost, boneless lamb with coconut, yogurt, cashews and awakening spices.  

41-43 E. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010  (212-674-7400 )

Red Rooster

If you haven’t made it to this Harlem hot spot yet, now is your chance to experience firsthand why Marcus Samuelsson struck gold with the opening of this eatery. Offering a lunch time restaurant week menu only, their Hoagie Svenska offers a twist to everyday Swedish meatballs with “quick pickles” and lignonberry mayonnaise.

310 Lenox Ave., Harlem, NY 10027 (212-792-9001)

Maialino

Brainchild of Danny Meyer, it’s one of his select few restaurants participating in the promotions this week. Offering a $35 3-course lunch menu, any item is a worthy candidate and presents authentic Roman Italian cuisine. We recommend the Collo d’Angello - Braised lamb, spinach and potato puree cooked to perfection and not smothered in sauces like too many chefs tend to do.

Located inside the Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010 (212-777-2410)

Empellon Taqueria

Alex Stupak’s West Village taqueria has arguably the best Mexican food in the city. The critically acclaimed dessert king of the land knows a thing or two about how to cook a delicious soft-shell flour tortilla taco that is delicate yet robust with flavor. Try the mushroom bolognese, achiote, and crispy tamal taco from the special restaurant week menu.

30 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014 (212-367-0999)

The Lambs Club Bar

You’re immediately transported to old Hollywood in this Times Square gem. Despite the location, the ambiance and menu will make you feel royal, and they’re offering two restaurant week promotions so you can experience it all at a less than royal cost. There’s a normal pre-theater 3-course menu for $49 as well as a three-course tasting menu offered in the dining room for $72. Our top menu pick is the crispy skin duck rillette with caramelized endive, sesame, orange, broccolini, and ginger root.  

Located inside the Chatwal Hotel, 132 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036 (212-997-5262 )

Be sure to check back for our next round or recommendations! 

YOUR NEWLY OPENED RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

The New York City restaurant scene is constantly expanding with brand new dining establishments opening every week. From home-style New Orleans soul food to an old public theater converted into an Astor-era cocktail lounge, there is always a new eatery that the critics are praising and New Yorkers are dying to try. Nobody is more tapped in to the restaurant scene than our local expert agents. They’re constantly keeping up with their respective neighborhoods and filling us in on the great things that are happening. 

Here are a few of the notable new restaurants our agents have spotted over the past week. Try one out and let us know what you think!

Exchange Alley, located in the East Village, is helmed by chef Paul Gerard, a Brooklyn native who just returned from several years spent cooking in New Orleans. He returned to NYC in order to open up his own restaurant and he brought back with him everything he’s learned in the Big Easy, including the vibe. Exchange Alley is a lively little venue that serves up spirited takes on New Orleans’ comfort food. The offerings include jambalaya balls with dirty gravy, fried pickled okra with remoulade, and boneless chicken wings with cayenne vinegar and celery salt. The décor features burlesque art and the cocktail menu is creatively delicious. This is an excellent spot for a romantic date or to gather with a group of friends.

The Library at the Public, located in the East Village at the newly renovated Public Theater, is more than just a place to just stop in during intermission. This handsome space, made up of leather and wood, possesses a lounge vibe and presents itself as an Astor-era cocktail lounge. The new American menu features both bar snacks (cone of French fries, mini crab rolls, cheese platter) and full three course offerings. Highlights include kale salad with Marcona almonds and Vermont cheddar cheese, short rib goulash with caraway sour cream, and grilled lamb chops with cous cous salad, harissa and mint. The theater-themed cocktails are innovative and expertly stirred.

M Wells Dinette, located in Long Island City, Queens, is another very interesting conversion project. The ambitious restaurant was the former school cafeteria at MoMa PS1, and the décor follows suit with long communal schoolroom tables, vintage photos of school kids, and a menu written on a chalkboard. The menu changes frequently, such is the benefits of having menu items on a chalkboard, ready to be added or erased in a moments notice. Arrive their for breakfast and enjoy the Russian Breakfast: a blini crêpes with hard-boiled eggs, smoked sturgeon, pickled vegetables, crème fraîche, and chive oil.  Ultimately, the dish that has everyone raving is the beef tongue drizzled with aioli, but if that’s not your thing, the rest of the menu offerings are tasty and innovative. There’s the French onion soup, French toast, and other more bold options, including escargot and bone marrow, and a cube of blood pudding seasoned with spices over bacon-cabbage stew. The restaurant is currently keeping the museum’s hours (closes at 6pm), but museum admission is not required to eat there.

For more restaurant tips, head to our Foursquare Company Brand Page.

YOUR NEWLY OPENED RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

The New York City restaurant scene is constantly expanding with brand new dining establishments opening every week. From concept shops focused on one single ingredient to innovative takes on fusion menus, there is always a new eatery that the critics are praising and New Yorkers are dying to try. Nobody is more tapped in to the restaurant scene than our local expert agents. They’re constantly keeping up with their respective neighborhoods and filling us in on the great things that are happening. 

Here are a few of the notable new restaurants our agents have spotted over the past week. Try one out and let us know what you think! 

Murray’s Cheese Bar, located in Greenwich Village, is a cheese-lovers paradise. When you take a seat at the bar, you will be face-to-face with wedges upon wedges of gourmet cheeses. The selection has been carefully handpicked by the shop owner, Rob Kaufelt, and the chef fromager, Tia Keenen, and these two know their cheese. The cheese list might be overwhelming at first, but almost every choice is a winner and is available to be paired with a vast array of wine, craft beer and cider. On top of individual cheese selections, the menu covers all the bases; pimento cheese spread, fondue, mac and cheese, cheeseburger, roasted beet salad with goat cheese, and, of course, grilled cheese. There’s also a very interesting special beer float, which is Jeni’s salty caramel ice cream in a foamy Schlenkerla oak-smoked dopplebock. At this restaurant, you’ll be proud to be cheesy.

Pork Slope, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is far more than just a clever name. This roadhouse-inspired bar and restaurant, brought to you by reality star and chef, Dale Talde, has a lively atmosphere, a casual vibe, and a gritty décor, highlighted by the  scuffed wooden floors, loud music, pictures on the wall of Woody Allen, Patrick Swayze, Mel Brooks, and Porky Pig, and a coin-operated pool table. The menu features some excellent spins on bar food, with a focus on, you guessed it, pork. Our favorite items include the porky melt sandwich (a sausage patty covered in cheddar cheese, mustard and grilled onions on two slices of marble rye), the savory St. Louis-style ribs, and the tater tots. The kitchen is open until 2am, so you can eat late and fuel up for the rest of the night, which might be necessary since the bar stays open until 4am.

Silk Rd Tavern, located in the Flatiron District, is an alluring Asian/American bistro that is becoming well-known for the hospitality of its staff and a distinctive and ambitious menu. The offerings re-imagine Asian and American comfort foods with cross-cultural tastes and techniques. One dish that has locals raving is the everything duck egg roll, laced with foie gras and a touch of apricot mustard, a must try. Other dishes that caught our attention include the Veal breast man tao pictured above, the Senat Farms fried chicken with Yuzu caramel, spicy biscuit and scallions, the Dungeness chili crab with salted beans and puffed rice, and the curry coconut mussels with bacon, roasted pineapple and herbs. We also recommend trying one of the house signature cocktails or a cup of the handpicked loose leaf tea to pair with your meal. In addition to the regular menu, there’s a daily brunch menu that starts at 10am and features shrimp and miso grits, a Korean BBQ burger, and poached eggs with a coriander crab cake and Sriracha hollandaise.

Photo Credit: Caroline Voagen Nelson

EXPERIENCE HARVEST IN THE SQUARE

The 17th annual Harvest in the Square will be held this Thursday, September 20th in Union Square. Recognized as one of New York’s premier local food and wine tasting events with food from over 50 established area restaurants and 40 wineries and breweries on hand. An estimated 1,200 guests are anticipated to fill the west plaza of Union Square where proceeds benefit the beautification and maintenance of Union Square Park.  Veteran participants include Gramercy Tavern, Blue Water Grill, and Union Square Café.  Dishes will be prepared using nothing but the best and freshest ingredients directly from the famous Union Square Greenmarket. Participating wineries include Brotherhood America’s Oldest Winery whose cellars are the oldest and largest to date in America. If a delectable Riesling is your wine of choice, you’ll want to be there as the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance brings a selection of their acclaimed fall Rieslings to celebrate the month long 2011 Vintage Riesling Launch which kicked off September 4th.  This is a ticketed event, and General Admission as well as VIP tickets can be purchased through the official website or at the door. The festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. 

YOUR NEWLY OPENED RESTAURANT ROUNDUP

The New York City restaurant scene is constantly expanding with brand new dining establishments opening every week. From unique spins on traditional ethnic cuisines to celebrated chefs using local farm fresh ingredients, there is always a new eatery that New Yorkers are dying to try and the critics are praising. Nobody is more tapped in to the restaurant scene than our local expert agents. They’re constantly keeping up with their respective neighborhoods and filling us in on the great things that are happening. 

Here are a few of the notable new restaurants our agents have spotted over the past week. Try one out and let us know what you think! 

Calliope, located in the East Village, is a enchanting neighborhood bistro that serves up authentic European farmhouse food. The team of chefs includes Ginevra Iverson, Eric Korsh, Pino Cinquemani, and pastry chef Shuna Lydon, all of whom had been celebrated at their previous restaurants. They are committed to serving seasonal dishes made up of responsibly sourced ingredients, meaning local farmers and fisherman supply the goods. The ambiance is very warm and European, think rustic French. There is a large sidewalk café which is perfect for people watching, and a main dining room that is perfect for a large party. The menu is exciting, with offerings such as warm octopus salad with fingerling potatoes and white anchovy, slow-cooked rabbit pappardelle with English peas and Thumbelina carrots, and halibut with a saffron mussel broth, leeks and romesco toast.

Jezebel, located in SoHo, is a glamorous bi-level space housed in an 1887 townhouse across the street from the SoHo Grand. The goal of this vibrant restaurant is to dismiss any preconceived notions you may have about kosher dining. The entire menu, right through the wine list, is kosher and it’s all done in a stylish, innovative and extraordinary manner. Several must-try dishes include the Jewish Italian wedding soup, the orange duck breast and confit leg with roasted fennel, cipploini, and walnuts, the grilled arctic char with pea ragout and almond vichyssoise, and the roasted rack of lamb. The cocktail menu is as unique and delicious as the cuisine. If you jump into dessert our choice is photographed above which is the Olive Oil Cake. It is served with stone fruit and lavender and non-dairy ice cream. The décor is chic, with one-of-a-kind artwork and custom-made light fixtures.

Extra Fancy, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is being praised by locals as the coolest new restaurant in the neighborhood, no easy feat considering the excellent eateries that have cropped up in the area over the past couple of years. The restaurant itself is not fancy at all and the prices are moderate, can you sense the irony? The venue has an old-school design, as to evoke the feel of a vintage clam shack and bar, it is laid back with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe, an excellent playlist is always providing an extensive variety of great music. The menu ventures into interesting territory with offerings such as fried oyster crackers, hake fish and chips, and sea hens, which are halved hard-boiled eggs topped with lumpfish roe and potato crisps fanned out like flower petals, it’s one of the most creative deviled eggs we’ve ever seen. Everything is fresh and delicious, the chef grows his own herbs in the back and the staff plucks them right from garden for each dish. The cocktail list is a major draw, it is serious and bartenders are knowledgeable and professional. Oh, and make sure you don’t leave before trying the salted caramel ice cream sandwich, wow.

Where to Wine and Dine along the High Line

The crown jewel of Chelsea, the High Line Park has so much to see and do while strolling the path up to West 30th Street. While you’re there, why not take a break at one of these culinary hot spots in the area picked by our local neighborhood experts, our downtown agents.

Frying Pan 

A fan favorite, this restaurant and outdoor lounge located on Pier 66 is more than meets the eye. A repurposed light-house ship right on the Hudson offers relaxing views of boats cruising up and down the river. The historic ship built in 1929 is rumored to have spent a few years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before being turned into an edgy, nautical themed bar and restaurant. Order an ice cold beer and some delectable little neck clams, and you’ll be a regular. 

Frying Panis located at Pier 66 at 26th Street and the West Side Highway. 

THE PARK 

Fitting for a restaurant along a public park to house a rainforest like lush garden setting. The Park is notoriously spacious, making it a great spot if you’re travelling with an entourage. The menu offers variety which includes delicious wood-oven pizza to artisan burgers to gnocchi with arugula and pancetta.

 The Park is located at 118 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011 (near W.17th St) 

 Biergarten at The Standard Hotel

 This authentic German biergarten in André Balazs’s Standard Hotel  offers a fun and boisterous experience as you step off the High Line. Designed to offer communal seating for 200 people, the line on a sunny weekend afternoon wraps around the corner. 3 full flavored beers are offered, in addition to a full bar. Snack on bratwurst and pretzels while you take it all in.

 The Standard Biergarten is located at 848 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 (near W.13th St)

Trestle on Tenth

Swiss food done impeccably is what you’ll find here. Nestled in a ideal location, the menu is a variety of pork, meat and cheese centric dishes and is very reasonably priced. The décor is charming and you’re surrounded by charming exposed brick walls. It’s more than a place to take a break from your stroll along the high line, it’s a true foodie destination. The open-faced pork sandwich, dripping with sauerkraut and melted Fontina cheese is a fan favorite.

 Trestle on Tenth is located at 242 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10001 (at W.24th St)

(Image: Highline)

BON APETIT MAGAZINE CHOOSES TWO BROOKLYN RESTAURANTS IN IT’S TOP 10 US RESTAURANTS

The New York Post released an article today covering Bon Apetit Magazine’s selection of two Brooklyn restaurants in their annual list of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America.” The two selected restaurants that have critics raving are Blanca in Bushwick and Battersby in Carroll GardensConsider it a Brook-WIN-WIN situation…(sorry with Jeremy Lin gone all we have left is to play with the second syllable of one of our NYC boroughs).  This honorable distinction reaffirms the notion that Brooklyn is quickly solidifying itself as one of the premier restaurant destinations, not only the five boroughs, but in all of the United States. This borough’s food revolution has even inspired it’s own genre of cuisine that people are calling “New Brooklyn.”

The Halstead Blog was eager to talk to our local Brooklyn expert agents and get the lowdown on these two popular establishments.  Here is what they had to say…

Battersby

255 Smith Street (between Douglass Street and Degraw Street)

This intimate space, tucked away on Smith Street, does not stand out for its décor or ambiance or novelty, only for it’s delicious, master-crafted cuisine. The two chefs are Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, who worked together at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, are as talented as they are hard-working. They don’t take reservations, the menu changes daily and is constantly evolving, and a spontaneous tasting menu is available upon request. Offerings such as fettuccine with short rib ragu, parmesan, and tomato, the black bass with marinated cucumber, cilantro, and Greek yogurt, and the hake with piperade, mangalica ham, and espelette are all distinctive and divine. But, the item that has all the critics going crazy is the crisp kale salad, served with green papaya, radish and peanuts, which is being lauded as the dish of the year.

Blanca

261 Moore Street (between White Street and Bogart Street)

The little sister of Roberta’s, this gem of a restaurant takes dinner theater to new heights. Seats are available by reservation only and the price is steep ($180 per person, not including beverage, tax, or tip), but that hasn’t stopped a steady wave of foodies from waiting their turn to experience Blanca’s tasting menu. Chef Carlo Mirarchi crafts a 28-course tasting menu that has critics heaping on the praise. The experience can last up to four hours, and each dish is just a couple of bites, but the flavor and plating of every single offering lingers and leaves you excited. Some of the dishes you may or may not see include glass shrimp with celery flower, celery juice, and poppy seed, ravioli stuffed with fiery nduja sausage, and 85 day dry aged Wagyu beef with hearts of palm, ramps, scapes and vin cotto.

Photo Credit: Robert Wright (The New York Times) of a dessert from Blanca of passion fruit, orange guava ice, house yogurt, hemp coffee crumble and passion fruit meringue.

WHERE TO EXPERIENCE THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN NEW YORK CITY

Just because we aren’t hosting doesn’t mean many area establishments won’t be partying like we are. Bars and restaurants across all 5 boroughs of NYC have the Olympics covered.  Here are our picks for where to watch Team USA take home the Gold, handpicked by our local neighborhood experts:

Big Screen Plaza 

There’s no better place to usher in the summer games and watch a live stream of the opening ceremony than in picturesque Chelsea in front of a 35-foot wide screen outdoor television at Eventi Hotel’s Big Screen Plaza. Show off your strength and participate in your own Summer Olympics of sorts during organized games of Tug-of-war, arm wrestling and horseshoes. Best of all, the screening is free and open to the public. Food from the celebrated Hester Street Fair will also be offered, in addition to what can be compared to as Beer Olympics.

Big Screen Plaza is located at 851 6th Avenue at West 30th Street. More information can be found on the events Facebook page as well. 

Blondies

For a truly unique viewing experience, head over to Blondie’s on the Upper West side for a live 3-D experience. Touted as the only public spot in the country that will be live streaming the action in 3-D with cool new technology – Stream TV Networks 42-inch Ultra-D prototype which allows for a 3-D experience sans everyone’s favorite 3-d glasses. This is arguably the next best place to be if you can’t physically be at the games. 

Blondie’s is located at 212 West 79th St between Broadway and Amsterdam. 

The Churchill

If it’s good English brew and traditional fare you’re after, head to The Churchill where they’ll be serving original cocktails like their “surprise treat” each time England wins a gold medal. You can also catch any of the games on one of their 8 HDTVs located throughout the venue.

The Churchill is located at 45 East 28th Street (between Madison and Park).

Go Team USA! 

Your Newly Opened Restaurant Roundup 

The New York City restaurant scene is constantly expanding with brand new dining establishments opening every week. From unique spins on traditional ethnic cuisines to celebrated chef’s taking the pizzeria to new heights, there is always a new eatery that New Yorkers are dying to try and the critics are praising.  Nobody is more tapped in to the restaurant scene than our local expert agents. They’re constantly keeping up with their respective neighborhoods and filling us in on the great things that are happening. 

Here are a few of the notable new restaurants our agents have spotted over the past week. Try one out and let us know what you think! 

Mission Chinese Food, located on the Lower East Side, serves up flavorful and intense Chinese cuisine that will have your taste buds soaring. This restaurant has an extremely popular flagship in San Francisco and the location on the LES is the owner’s first venture outside of California. The location is small and colorfully decorated, chairs and inflated dragons are suspended from the ceiling, creating a lively hangout where loud conversation with friends or family is encouraged. The dishes are interesting as well, the kung pao pastrami is deliciously spicy, the thrice-cooked bacon is crunchy and smoky, and the Westlake rice porridge has sweet shrimp and ribeye for a perfect balance. The owner also supplies free beer while you wait for a table. 

Nicoletta, the brand new pizzeria in the East Village, is the brainchild of celebrated chef Michael White. This summer blockbuster serves up artisan pizza offerings that are varied and innovative. The sauces are outrageous and the crust is firm, a result of the state-of-the-art ovens and White’s craftsmanship. There are 10 expertly designed specialty pizzas that all make our mouths water. Three standouts are the zucchini blossoms, fior di latte, grated yellow squash, pomodorini, and basil pesto, the tartufata, which has mozzarella, crema di tartufo, prosciutto cotto, and roasted wild mushrooms, and the carbonara, which boasts porchetta, crushed tomatoes, wild arugala, and rosemary-salted pork cracklings. 

Potlikker, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, takes it name from the Southern term that describes the broth left over from cooking collard greens. The restaurant lives up to its name, serving dishes with Southern accents, such as green tomatoes in tempura batter, a special “mock BBQ” flank steak with hoecakes and seasonal vegetables in a buttermilk dressing, diver scallops in a lobster broth, St. Louis-style pork ribs, cornbread upside down cake, and the chef’s acclaimed Dutch pancakes. The menu changes daily and reflects the outstanding creative mind in the kitchen.

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