18Oct

My New Culinary Find: LEYLA on the Upper West Side

I was so happy to discover a wildly new delicious Upper West Side restaurant that serves Turkish cuisine last week called LEYLA. My guest and I were intrigued by each and every dish and were really impressed by the level of detail in taste, originality, and authenticity, as well. We are both in love with Mediterranean food, so LEYLA spoke to both of us on a very deep and genuine level. The restaurant itself is small and intimate, with a definite sense of Turkish influence in style and design with beautiful textiles. It's colorful, comfortable, and Read More

27Sep

My Latest Upper West Side Discovery: Roasted Masala

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Last week I experienced a new Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side called Roasted Masala. As a former resident of the neighborhood, I was quite eager to return to my old stomping grounds for what I felt would be a unique culinary experience. I had read that the restaurant is helmed by Chef Jawad Rehman, who uses Northen India recipes passed down from his grandfather. He used to watch as his grandfather created cuisine for large and lavish Indian weddings.  Those storied recipes are now brought to life at Roasted Masala for diners to Read More

12Aug

Lunch at Toriko in Greenwich Village, a Culinary Find

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Yesterday my son went into NYC to for lunch at Toriko NY, a restaurant that has recently launched new lunch menu items. It was an opportunity for us to head to Greenwich Village on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and I used my time well, heading to the Guggenheim after lunch for a dose of modern art. Toriko is known as one of the top Japanese yakitori and wine concepts from Tokyo Restaurants Factory, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Manabu Asanuma previously of MIFUNE New York.  As Japanese food lovers, we welcomed the opportunity to try Read More

29Jun

A Greek Taste of Astoria at Amylos Taverna

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NYC continues to excite my culinary senses. Last week I ventured out to Astoria for a Greek meal at Amylos Taverna. Other than a passion for Greek food and knowledge that the best Greek in NYC is found in this particular part of Queens, I knew very little and had low expectations. And, yes, the experience threw me quite a bit, in a good way. Owned and operated by the Arvanitis family (known for their involvement in the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - the patriarch, John Arvanitis, also owns Omonia Cafe, which he opened in 1974. As a result, the Read More

26Jun

A Simply Sublime Israeli Meal at NYC’s BUSTAN

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If you're looking for an exquisite meal and you love Israeli food, you simply must visit BUSTAN. I was invited for a tasting recently, which I went in for with zero expectations, and I came out with a new favorite NYC restaurant. For one thing, I adore Israeli food. For another, I'm a vegetarian, and I love Israeli ingredients - the fresh vegetables, spices, and flavors. BUSTAN nailed all of my passions and desires. I am not necessarily a foodie, but after a visit there, I may be converted to one. I knew I was in for a treat from the moment I stepped Read More

08Oct

Wokuni: An Unexpected Culinary Treasure Trove for Kids (and Adults) in Midtown Manhattan

If you're looking for an unusual and delicious kid's menu entree for kids in Manhattan, you have to head to Wokuni, an upscale Japanese seafood restaurant in midtown. It's their first-ever kid's menu and it's called Captain Kuni's Treasure Ship. Plus, it's at an incredible value - $10 for kids under 12 years old, served at both lunch and dinner. My son and I were eager to try it, and other things on the menu, so we set a date and tried it last week. The restaurant is very modern and trendy, yet inviting and comfortable. We slid into a private table Read More

16Sep

An Unexpected Culinary Delight at The Bowery Bar & Fare in Rockville Centre, Long Island

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Last weekend my teenage daughter and I took a trip to Rockville, Long Island. Our destination: The Bowery Bar & Fare. Just recently opened in July of this year, the restaurant is a trendy restaurant where families are particularly welcome, with its carnival-inspired global street food (I'll expand on that in a bit) from Executive Chef Dan DeSalvo (Mastro’s Steakhouse, Morton’s Steakhouse) and delicious cocktails from Nic Richards (The Standard Hotel), served in a warm environment with an outdoor patio and beer garden.  There's cool music running and Read More

21Jul

A Night Out at Vatan in NYC and Experiencing Food From Gujurat

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Photo courtesy of Vatan.Last week I ventured to Murray Hill to an Indian restaurant I've never been to called Vatan. The experience ended up being an absolute delight and one that I recommend to all of you. Vatan is a traditional Indian restaurant, only it is very unique. They only offer a prix fixe thali style menu ($34 per person), which if you have never had this type of meal, it's a series of small dishes and whatever more you like of each dish, as you can order as much as you like. The cuisine is distinct as it features only vegetarian dishes of Read More

07Feb

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice's Arbor. It had been years since I'd been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, so I was eager to make this particular trip from our home in Westchester. As a vegetarian, I can tell you that the menu, which is inspired by Chef Mike Franzetti, is diverse and wide ranging. Carnivores can have their share of meat, from chicken to ribs for Read More

22Jun

Restaurant Review: Kurry Qulture in Astoria, Queens, a Kid-Friendly Culinary Adventure

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When I think of eating out in Astoria, I think mainly of Greek food. My family loves taking trips to Telly Taverna for huge portions of spicy feta, salmon steak and moussaka. It's one of our favorite places in the city for food, and certainly one of the most accessible. It's easy to park and makes for a great evening out, strolling the streets and avenues, with every ethnicity represented by its restaurants and shops. So, when I was invited to dine at a fairly new to the scene (since 2015) Indian restaurant called Kurry Qulture, I jumped at the Read More