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Mas (farmhouse), NYC

Mas (farmhouse) Chef: Galen Zamarra Cuisine: New American Neighborhood: West Village Price:$78 four-course menu, $115 Chef’s six-course tasting, à la carte dishes ranging from $15-35 Phone: 212-255-1790 Address: 39 Downing Street, NY NY 10014 Hours: Nightly 6-11:30pm Like many New York restaurants, Mas (farmhouse) focuses on locally sourced fresh produce and ingredients. The word mas … Continue reading

Blue Hill, NYC

Blue Hill Chef: Dan Barber Cuisine: American Nouveau Price: Appetizers $15-20, Mains $30-40, tasting menu also available Phone: 212-539-1776 Address: 75 Washington Place, NY, NY 10011 Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm I already wrote extensively about Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, so I will not repeat myself here. The New York … Continue reading

Apiary, NYC

Apiary Chef: Scott Bryan Cuisine: American Neighborhood: East Village Price: $50-80 a person depending on drinks; $35 prix fixe available as well as a $65 5-course tasting menu or $80 7-course; no corkage fees Mondays Phone: 212-254-0888 Address: 60 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10003 Hours: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-10pm; Frid-Sun 5:30pm-11pm One of my friends started raving … Continue reading

Bouley – Lunch, NYC

I love walking into Bouley and being greeted by the aroma emanating from the wall of shelves stacked with fresh apples. That is just a precursor to the greeting from the warm and affable maitre d’ and servers who welcome you inside the gorgeous restaurant. I’ve already written about Bouley after we celebrated Jen’s birthday there … Continue reading

Locanda Verde, NYC

Locanda Verde Executive Chef: Andrew Carmellini Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $20-30 mains Address: 377 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-925-3797 Hours: Breakfast: Mon – Fri 8am-11am, Sat-Sun 8am-10am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm; Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-11pm Locanda Verde, our neighborhood Italian inspired taverna sits on a quaint cobblestone Tribeca corner attached to … Continue reading

La Silhouette, NYC

La Silhouette Chef: Matthew Tropeano Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Midtown West Price: $15 appetizers, $20-30 mains Phone: 212-581-2400 Address: 362 West 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Sun-Mon 5pm-10pm, Tue-Thur 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am; Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm I don’t venture up to Midtown to eat very often — generally I prefer to avoid … Continue reading

apt4 food & wine, NYC

apt4 food & wine I had heard about apt4 initially from Tribeca Citizen, when the guys behind apt4 hosted an hors d’oeuvres and drinks event at a Tribeca loft. I was instantly intrigued by the concept — people go to an apartment, meet strangers who love food, and get served a full dinner with wine … Continue reading

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

Izaka-ya, CA

Izaka-ya Cuisine: Japanese http://izakayasj.com/ Address: 1335 Nourth First street, San Jose, CA 95112 Phone: (408) 452-8751 Izakaya is kind of like a Japanese pub. The term izakaya originates from sake shops that allowed customers to sit and drink. “i” = to sit, sakaya = sake shop. This place is very tiny– it shares a door with … Continue reading

Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Gramercy Tavern Chef: Michael Anthony Cuisine: American Traditional Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: Dinner Prix Fixe – $88; Chef’s Tasting – $116; Vegetable Tasting – $98; Cocktails – $13, comprehensive wine list with affordable choices Phone: (212) 477-0777 Address:  42 E 20th St., New York, NY 10003 January brought with it truckloads of snow and my birthday. … Continue reading