Stuzzicheria, NYC

Stuzzicheria Executive Chef: Paul Di Bari Chef: Mike Franzetti Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: TriBeCa Price: $25-30 per person for food + wine Phone: (212) 219-4037 Address: 305 Church St, NYC 10013 Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm – 4 pm / Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 11 pm / Sun 5 pm – 11 pm Happy Hour daily 5 … Continue reading

Chinese Corn Soup

I received this super simple recipe from my friend Susie (who had also introduced me to Shrimp Scampi pasta).  Whenever I was at her house and we wanted something quick, she would whip up this delicious corn soup.  I had never actually known this soup was considered “Chinese” as I had never tried it in … Continue reading

Insalata Caprese

Simple and refreshing salad!  We also like to make mini caprese salads using cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (the smaller fresh mozzarella balls).  You can stick them together with toothpicks and it is a great appetizer to bring to parties! Insalata Caprese Ingredients: 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 lb fresh mozarella, sliced 1/4 … Continue reading

Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, NYC

Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House Cuisine: Jewish, Steakhouse Neighborhood: Lower East Side Price: $45 fixe prix dinner (family style) +$3.95 cover charge for Friday and Saturday nights + the necessary bottles of vodka encased in blocks of ice ($99.95 Ketel One, $129.95 Grey Goose) = $125 per person if you are going all out “Sammy’s Way” … Continue reading

Beignets from Cafe Du Monde

When I visited New Orleans for the first time, I brought back a delicious souvenir — beignet mix from Cafe Du Monde! The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When my friends and I … Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast

If you’re looking for a little bit more than just plain french toast, try it with peanut butter and banana! This simple dish is delicious and so easy that children can pitch in to help make breakfast. Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast Yields: 1 sandwich Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 dash vanilla extract 1 dash … Continue reading

Gyro King, CA

Before my parents and I went to see the musical, Wicked, we stopped by this small little restaurant for a quick bite. The long line spilling out into the sidewalk on a Saturday afternoon caught our attention so we decided to try it out. View Gyro King’s full menu and prices Location: 25 Grove St … Continue reading

Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC

Momofuku Noodle Chef: David Chang Cuisine: Asian Fusion Neighborhood: East Village Price: $100 for the Fried Chicken Dinner for your entire party  (4-8 people) For my party of 8 people: fried chicken dinner + sides + drinks + tax + tip  = $30-35 per person Phone: 212-777-7773 Address: 171 1st Ave, NYC 10003 After a … Continue reading

Spaghetti and Meatballs

On top of spaghetti, All covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball, When somebody sneezed… – Tom Glazer (1963) Oh what an epic tale of a lost meatball in the form of a ballad…  there was no point to that, I just had the song in my head. Anywho, classic Italian-American dish: spaghetti and … Continue reading

Le Bernardin, NYC

Le Bernardin Owner: Maguy Le Coze Chef de Cuisine: Eric Ripert Cuisine: Seafood, French Neighborhood: Theater District Price: Dinner Menu – $112 with optional supplements; Tasting Menu – $138 ($224 with wine pairing, or $184 with Poached Egg course added à la carte); Chef’s Tasting Menu – $185 ($325 with wine pairing) Attire: Formal, jacket … Continue reading