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What Happens When, NYC

What Happens When Executive Chef: John Fraser Cuisine: Global, Fusion Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $58 prix fixe dinner, no alcohol is served pending a liquor license Address: 25 Cleveland Place, NY, NY 10012 Phone: 212-925-8310 Hours: CLOSED The dining scene in New York City, much like its residents, is capricious, competitive, and ever-evolving. It seems sometimes … Continue reading

City Hall, NYC

City Hall Executive Chef: Henry Archer Meer Cuisine: American Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $20-25 entrées, sub $20 appetizers Address: 131 Duane Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-227-7777 Hours: Dinner Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 5pm-11pm Brunch Saturday 10am-3pm Lunch Monday – Friday 10am-4pm Like most pre-war buildings in Tribeca, City Hall restaurant used to be a … Continue reading

Torrisi Italian Specialties, NYC

Torrisi Italian Specialties Chef: Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone Cuisine: Italian, American Traditional Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $50pp prix fixe + drinks Address: 250 Mulberry St., NYC 10012 Phone: 212-965-0955 Hours: Lunch 11am-4pm / Dinner 6pm-11pm (Closed Mondays) It’s only in Manhattan that one would find an Italian deli that moonlights as a chic restaurant. By … Continue reading

Yakisoba

Yakisoba is normally in Japanese cuisine and translates to “fried noodles.” The noodles are made from wheat flour, similar to ramen noodles. To make this dish, I would compare this closely with fried rice, as both dishes are stir fried and can use similar ingredients. Feel free to add different meats and veggies in your … Continue reading

Portobello Pizza

My friend’s mom (Mama G!) whips up these tasty Portobello Pizzas in just 30 minutes, and they are so simple and flavorful.  Plus, the no-carb vegetarian pizza idea is quite ideal for those looking for a healthy appetizer or snack.  I didn’t list the actual ingredient measurements as they will vary based on the size … Continue reading

Bistro Gambrinus, CA

Bistro Gambrinus Cuisine: European Bistro, Gastro Pub, Russian Neighborhood: NoPa Price: $10-15 appetizers, sub $20 entrées Phone: 415.221.7777 Address: 1813 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-11pm Bistro Gambrinus, aptly named after the legendary King Gambrinus, patron of beer, serves 30 different draft beers, 42 bottle beers, and even 2 non-alcoholic … Continue reading

Russian Bath Sports Bar, NYC

Russian Bath Sports Bar Cuisine: Russian Neighborhood: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Price: don’t remember prices, but definitely cheaper than most Russian places in Brighton Phone: 718-332-1676 Address: 1200 Gravesend Neck Road, Brooklyn, NY11229 I don’t know if this technically qualifies as a standalone restaurant, but the food here is so authentically Russian and so delicious that … Continue reading

Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns

I had never actually heard of fiddllehead ferns, also known as fiddlehead greens, until I had dinner at Brushstroke a few weeks ago. The vegetable was served tempura style with asparagus as a complement to smoked duck. I instantly loved the slightly bitter fern and especially liked how pretty it was. So when I saw … Continue reading

Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Shallot and Thyme Crust

When I was brainstorming dinner ideas last week, I was not really inspired by anything in particular, except the need to “cultivate” the crops of our Aerogarden. We’ve been using the basil to make Insalata Caprese, but the thyme and oregano have been growing like crazy and needed to be used. So I consulted one … Continue reading

Candied Walnuts

There are various ways to make candied walnuts, ranging from stove top, roasting, or deep frying.  I first started making these yummy little morsels to top one of my favorite salads with Roasted Beets, arugula, goat cheese, red onion, and tomatoes.  These are great for salad toppers or just to munch on by themselves.  I … Continue reading