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

08Jun

An Extraordinary Culinary Experience at the Upper West Side’s Machiavelli

Last night I had the opportunity to experience a meal at Machiavelli, located on the Upper West Side on the corner of 85th Street. This restaurant is the passion product of restauranteur Nathalie de la Fontaine, who spent nearly 20 years as the owner of the West Village’s La Focaccia prior to opening  this establishment, which is about five or six years old. To say that Machiavelli is one of the Upper West Side's best kept secrets is an understatement. I was moved by the restaurant's ambiance, its passion for the arts (there are fine paintings on the Read More

15Dec

Dining at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague’s Spices Restaurant

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On my recent visit to Prague, I had the opportunity to dine at Spices Restaurant & Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Prague. My mom and I strolled out of our hotel, through Old Town Square and across the Charles Bridge, past Prague Castle, to the beautiful hotel in the historic Malá Strana district. It was clear upon arrival we were in for a treat. The hotel is a gorgeous, modern and chic Renaissance and Baroque property that was once a monastery and dates to the fourteenth century. I'm sure that the rooms are beautiful, and if you have a weekend in Read More

21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More

23Jul

Review: Root & Bone in Alphabet City

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Last weekend I experienced an unexpected culinary delight at a restaurant down in NYC's Alphabet City called Root & Bone. I knew I was in for an adventure when I found out that it's owned by Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, and also because I'm a born & bred Southerner. Yep, born in Atlanta, Georgia. I know a good piece of fried chicken, cheese grits, meatloaf, biscuits and fried green tomatoes when I see them, and for NYC, I can honestly say that Root & Bone not only knows their Southern recipes but their unusual ways of Read More

28Jun

A Night Out in Williamsburg at Pearl’s Bake & Shark

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Last week my 11 year-old son and I ventured to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a night out of the suburbs. Our destination: Pearl's Bake & Shark, a Caribbean restaurant that specializes in jerk and other Caribbean dishes. It was a weeknight, and with school still in session, I'd say it was a little out of the ordinary for us to venture to Brooklyn, but I was excited....and hungry. My son was, too, so together we braved the traffic and drove to Brooklyn. Were we happy we went? You can say that again. Pearl's is exceptional, both in its quality of Read More