The Eater, "Epic Last Meals in NY" is a master list that every food can appreciate.  For me, Eater has been the foremost food blog in NY and one that I often times reference for new ideas or to remember some of the great meals I've eaten.  What I like about this list specifically is that someone last epic meal doesn't necessarily have to be a 3 Michelin Starred meal...it can be as simple as a … [Read more...]


This years BEST OF from NYMAG proved to be a wealth of great ideas and insights from the people who know NY best.  In the essence of getting the most out of the city you live in, this is a great place to start exploring.  View this as a trail map for those who are overwhelmed with the plethora of option, on every block, in every neighborhood.  We all have our opinions and favorites and that's the … [Read more...]


  Torrisi is a special place. One-of-a-kind. Authentic Italian food. Originally a sandwich joint, Torrisi now focuses on serving a delicious prefixe dinner menu. The off-shoot restaurant, Parm, now serves the lunch/sandwich menu that Torrisi was made famous for (they're conveniently located right next door to one another.) Back to Torrisi. They serve a different menu every night, with … [Read more...]

8th Street Wine Cellar

This inviting, unpretentious wine bar is a welcome retreat off of a busy Greenwich Village street. Located below street level, the ambiance of 8th Street Wine Cellar is warm and cozy. This wine bar not only serves a stellar affordable wine selection, but also a delicious menu of shareable small plates. I personally recommend the bacon and figs - delicious. Source: 8thStWineCellar.com … [Read more...]

Mari Vanna

Mari Vanna is the real deal. With locations already  in Moscow and St. Petersberg, this Flatiron outpost was opened about three years ago. The menu offers time honored Russian classics, and the traditional interiors are beautifully authentic. KEY MONDAYS are brand new. From now on every Monday after 9pm in order to get in to Mari Vanna you need to open the door with your own Mari Vanna key. … [Read more...]

Onegin – An Upscale Russian Madhouse of a Restaurant

Onegin (pronounced on-again) is part of a recent wave of Russian hot spots opening in Manhattan. This upscale restaurant brings a new flavor to the West Village - that of authentic Russian fare and ambiance. Much of the menu is devoted to traditional dishes like beef Stroganoff, caviar and blini, and chicken Kiev, many of which are prepared using a wood-burning stove. The space features plush … [Read more...]

New York’s Best Late Night Specials

A lot of restaurants serve food late at night, but only a select few offer dishes that are not on the dinner menu, or that are only available after midnight. Here's a guide to 12 of New York's best late night specials... Source: Eater.com … [Read more...]

Ai Fiori, a star is born at Setai Fifth Ave

I had the pleasure of dining at Michael White's newbie hotspot creation, Ai Fiori, on Saturday night, February 26th.  The occasion was for my wife and I to celebrate my 31st Birthday.  The dishes we ate were innovative, well balanced, beautifully presented and all around delish!  For $79 we were offered a 4 course meal, which quickly turned into a 6 course after they're done spoiling you with … [Read more...]

The Master Lunch List

Eating a good meal on the run can be the turning point in your day, it can really make or break you.  I can't help but associate neighborhoods with with the restaurants that adorn them.  Since my job has me hopping around the city all day, I'm constantly exploring new lunch spots and have came up with what I call the Master Lunch List. Here's a list of places that I must visit if I'm in the … [Read more...]


Tonight I paid a visit to Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea.  I wanted to give it a shout out because good Tapas and Paella are hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic.  They have an excellent tapas menu with all the staple Catalan dishes and a great selection of Paella.  Try the Paella Socarrat as a good introduction if you're a first timer and if you're up for trying something new go with the … [Read more...]

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