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What We LIKE For Summer Restaurant Week

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New York Restaurant Week is in full swing with many of the City’s premiere restaurants participating in what has become one of the best (and cheapest) ways to try some of the City’s yummiest eateries. With over 300 restaurant’s taking part, all offering a set 3 course menu at lunch for $25 and dinner at $38, it’s super hard to decide where to eat, so we’ve made it easy for you, here are our top 10 picks on where to eat.

 

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 Our Top 10 Picks For Summer Restaurant Week

 

  1. Boulud Sud. This swank Upper West Side eaterie is the home to star chef Daniel Boulud.  Serving a divine Mediterranean inspired menu with a French North African twist, the food here is exceptional. The service is amazing and the restaurant space so elegant, you feel like you’ve really spoilt yourself after a meal here.

 

  • Bodegra Negra at Dream Hotel. This swinging Mexican restaurant in the Dream Hotel serves truly delicious Mexican food.  The restaurant has a bit of a clubby atmosphere, which always makes for a festive night out.  However, eating here midweek is considerably more low-key and gives you a chance to realize how great the food really is without the distraction of the weekend crowds.

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  • Gotham Bar & Grill. As its name strongly suggests, this restaurant is one New York’s finest.  It’s been serving flawless modern American cuisine since the 1980s, with the same impeccable service, fabulous food and exceptional staff today that made it the infamous when it first opened it’s doors.

 

  • Indochine. Arguably one of New York’s coolest restaurants, the super chic crowd always makes you feel like you are eating at some wildly hip private club.  The Vietnamese inspired set menu includes one of our favorite salads of all time, their to-die-for Asian Kale Salad.

 

  • Lincoln Restaurant. Modern Italian Cuisine served in an exceptional architectural space in the cultural heart of NYC, Lincoln Centre.  The restaurant to eat at before or after any performance, the food and space are a cultural phenomena. Open for lunch during Restaurant Week, a perfect excuse for an elegant mid-week lunch with friends.

 

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  • Nougatine at Jean Georges – One of our all-time favorite Uptown restaurants, situated on the West Side corner of Central Park, this is fabulous New York at it’s finest. Exceptional service, a wine list to die for and the kind of food from infamous chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, that reminds you of what a great restaurant experience should be.

 

  • Perry Street – One of the best kept secrets in the West Village, Perry Street is the Downtown outpost of chef Jean Georges Vongerichten.  Incredible modern French cuisine served in the beautifully designed space of the Richard Meier towers on the West Side Highway.

 

  • The Americano. Housed in far West Chelsea’s Hotel Americano, this light and airy restaurant is one of the best spaces to eat in summer.  The menu for restaurant week is full of sophisticated Mexican dishes including their signature Fish Tacos and their light and delicious Watermelon salad.

 

  • The Leopard at de Artistes. This elegant Upper West Side restaurant serves traditional Italian food to a fancy Uptown crowd.  Housed just off of Central Park in the legendary Café de Artistes space, it is so classically New York, that you feel like you are living in a Woody Allen movie and for good reason too, Woody himself is a regular, along with many other well-heeled celebs.
    New York Summer Restaurant Week. Runs until August 15th, 2014 
     
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Champagne Charlie Pops Up In Chelsea

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.12.36 AMChampagne Charlie is a wildly glamorous pop up restaurant that quietly opened in Chelsea last week. Situated in the very European looking front garden of the Highline Hotel on Tenth Avenue, the restaurant is the creation of Australian restaurateur Lincoln Pilcher.  From Moby Dick’s in Montauk to Gilligan’s at the Soho Grand, Pilcher’s pop-up restaurants bring a sense that you’ve been transported somewhere beachy (in this case the South of France) and an instant fabulous crowd.

As the name implies, Champagne Charlie has buckets of Veuve Clicquot on ice and serves light fare like oysters, pasta dishes, burgers and salads.  Seating is all al fresco in the hotel’s front garden and for those of us stuck in the City in the soaring heat, a night at Champagne Charlie’s will at least give the feeling that we’ve escaped somewhere, albeit just to Chelsea, for a glamorous night under the stars.

Champagne Charlies at the Highline Hotel. Open 5pm-10pm.  No Reservations. 180 10th Avenue. New York. 10011
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Alasdair’s April Johnson Shows Us The Gowanus

AP-April5April Johnson is the founder of super cool New York line Alasdair NY.  A former stylist, April’s Alasdair line captures that perfect balance of being the kind of wardrobe staples you can’t live without while being super fashion at the same time.  It’s fitting that April lives in one of New York’s coolest neighborhoods, the Gowanus, a part of Brooklyn that has fast become the stomping ground for many of New York’s most design savvy creative types.

We love the photo above of April strolling along Caroll Street on the Gowanus. It perfectly sums up how effortlessly cool Alasdair is and the neighborhood all in one shot.

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April Johnson’s Guide To The Gowanus

 

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Cafe Martin
My neighbor asked me if I had ever gone to Cafe Martin to get a coffee and I had not so I made my way there finally and now I’m a regular.  Martin doesn’t say much but he makes the best cappuccino in Brooklyn.  It’s a quiet little spot always full of characters.

Cafe Martin. 355 5th Avenue. Brooklyn, NY. 11215. Tel:

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What can I say about BIRD?  Well I have always loved this store for it’s eclectic mix of my favorite designers.  We have been selling Alasdair there since the first season.  Jen is special.  You can really feel the hand picked pieces are so carefully gathered to tell the story of the season.
Bird. 316 5th Avenue (between 2nd & 3rd Streets). Brooklyn. NY. Tel: 718 768 4940
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I am a huge fan of Vietnamese and when Kerry Diamond and her boyfriend Rob opened this spot I couldn’t have been more delighted.  The pho is some of the best I’ve ever eaten.  The salads are the perfect lunch.  It’s making me hungry just writing about it.  Let’s go now!
Nightingale 9. 345 Smith Street. Brooklyn, New York. 11231. Tel: 347 689 4699
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Photo credit – Annelise Phillips

Maison O Brings NYC Yakatori And Karaoke

DSC_0111Maison O, despite its French sounding name, is a hot new Japanese restaurant with a jumping Karaoke Bar downstairs. It’s upbeat vibe, with food made for sharing, has made it a quick favorite for the New York fashion crowd.

The food is straight up yummy with crowd pleasers you’d expect like sushi and sashimi, but the restaurant’s focal point is the Yakatori Grill.  Here you’ll find hot fired vegetable, fish and meat dishes that will make your mouth water as you see each dish produced.  It’s no surprise that the food is so good with chef Tadashi Ono at the helm, who until it shuttered, was the chef at former Japanese hotspot, Matsuri.

With well curated music blasting (though not so loud that you can’t speak) this is one of those spaces that makes you feel like you’re part of a giant cool party just by eating here. There’s also a 25 seat cocktail bar in the restaurant  or if the mood takes you, you can head downstairs to the Stardust lounge to test out your vocal talents at the Karaoke Bar.

Maison O. 98 Kenmare Street (at Cleveland Place). New York. 10012. Tel: 212 274 9898

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The Cult of The Cronut

cronut copyIf you find yourself walking along Spring Street in Soho you’ll find a line that twists along the block each and every morning.  It is here that devotees of the cronut wait patiently every morning for the chance to buy up to two cronuts (yes that’s all you are allowed).

The cronut is the creation of chef Dominique Ansel and was launched on to the New York food scene in May of this year.  He has created a hybrid that people liken to having the texture of a perfect croissant coupled with the delicious fried texture of a donut.  Cronut’s are baked fresh every morning in small batches and when they run out, they are done for the day.  The bakery opens every morning at 9am and people begin lining up as early as 6.30am each morning in order to be sure that they can get their hands on the delectable treat.

The cronut’s do not keep, to get the true cronut experience you need to eat them immediately.  They retail at $5 per cronut and if you need more than two, you can make it happen as long as you make your order at least a month ahead.

Dominique Ansel Bakery. 189 Spring Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets). Soho. New York. 10012. Tel: 212 219 2773

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Chez Delicious

mr miyageWe’ve been trying for months to get a table at the tiny West Village restaurant Chez Sardine.  Last night the stars aligned and we managed to walk in and grab a table for two at 7.30pm.  As we took our seat at the tiny yet perfectly designed wooden bar, we realized immediately why this place is a big hit.  A corner restaurant with huge glass windows, the tiny interior is impeccably designed with sleek dark wood finishings but at the same time manages not to take itself too seriously. Little pieces of “flair” are elegantly placed throughout like the photo of the legendary Mr Miyagi (that’s the guy from Karate Kid) leaning behind the bar, or the figurine of Bruce Lee discreetly placed in front of the kitchen.

The food here is really special.  It’s not a run of the mill sushi joint, but rather a mouth-watering yummy take of the finest Japanese food.  We inhaled the cod fritters, so good we had to order a second helping, a classic iceberg lettuce wedge with a creamy Japanese dressing and lashings of delicately made, melt in your mouth sushi. There’s no desert here, but they give you a little bowl of maple flavored custard which was out of this world.  The staff, are so well in informed and caring about the food, it felt like they honestly cared about what you thought about each mouthful.

The music rocked in a really good way and the place was packed with a lively chatty crowd. Those waiting in the tiny waiting area for a table sipped on wine and were constantly bought little snacks by the lovely staff.

Chez Sardine. 183 West 10th Street. New York. 10014. Tel: 646 360 3701. Open every night for dinner. Brunch is served on Saturday & Sunday.1-chez-sardine
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