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brushstroke, NYC

brushstroke Chef: David Bouley, Isao Yamada, Hiroki Murashima Cuisine: Japanese Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $85 tasting menu (8 courses) is the only option for dinner currently with a $135 tasting menu option to come shortly Phone: 212.791.3771 Address: 30 Hudson St., NYC 10013 Hours: Mon – Sat: 5:30pm – 12am Natalya and I have been proud … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a super easy pasta salad that I love to make at any time of the year.  The pasta is full of rich Mediterranean flavors, and includes as medley of tomatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and bacon.  I have used feta cheese before although I think the milder mozzarella is a much better complement to the rest of the … Continue reading

Sushi Azabu, NYC

Sushi Azabu Chef: Mikio Yoshida Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $65 per person Azabu course (cheaper options available as well as an à la carte menu) Phone: (212) 274-0428 Address: 428 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 Sushi Azabu has been on my to-try list for a while. Not only is it another neighborhood Tribeca restaurant, … Continue reading

Provençal Roast Tomatoes

This is another recipe from The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook. Jen was making her Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Honey Mustard Glaze and we wanted to have a lighter, but still delicious side dish to serve it with and roasted tomatoes provençal were one of the suggestions. This dish is super easy to make and I … Continue reading

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Honey Mustard Glaze

The first time I had ever cooked lamb, it was almost 1 year ago for the first ever blog post for Food Comas: Baby Lamb Chops with Cucumber-Mint Relish.  Ahh the memories!  I found this recipe from my trusty Ad Hoc at Home cookbook.  Thomas Keller coats the rack of lamb with buttered bread crumbs … Continue reading

Marc Forgione – Dinner, NYC

Marc Forgione Chef: Marc Forgione Cuisine: American Nouveau Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $50 and up per person, depending on wine and cocktails selection Phone: 212-941-9401 Address: 134 Reade Street, NY, NY 10013 To many foodies, Marc Forgione is a name synonymous with Michelin star chef and winner of the 2010 Iron Chef challenge. To me, the … Continue reading

Pan-Roasted Halibut

Halibut is a fairly dense fish with a firm texture, which allows it to stand up well to the heat.  Thus, halibut is an ideal fish for pan-roasting, grilling, broiling, or deep frying.  This white fish has a very clean taste and requires very little seasoning.  Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home recipe for Pan-Roasted Halibut … Continue reading

Rainbow Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Serrano Ham

I was shopping at my neighborhood grocery store and noticed a stack of brilliantly colored Rainbow Chard in the produce department.  I recalled seeing a recipe for Rainbow Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Serrano Jam in Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home that have intrigued me and I decided it was go time.  I … Continue reading

Wine-Steeped Golden Raisins

Raisins are a fantastic addition to any salad, and they seem to be particularly popular with leafy vegetables of the beetroot family.  The first time I had used golden raisins in cooking was to make Roasted Beets with a Curry Vinaigrette, and later I used them in my sauteéd Rainbow Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, … Continue reading

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe, NYC

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe Cuisine: Chinese, Shanghainese Neighborhood: Chinatown Price: $20 per person Phone: (212) 966-3988 Address: 100 Mott Street, NYC 10013 In an atypical fashion for this blog, I’m actually writing about two Chinese restaurants, instead of Jen. Hopefully I will do them justice. Shanghai Cafe has been a Chinatown favorite for many years, and … Continue reading