Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jan 05 2011

The bright and vivacious South American, Nuevo Latino resto is great for groups. It has a loft-like, clubby feel…and as you can see from the picture below, very fiery!

The eclectic, broad menu (primarily designed for sharing) offers great Modern Latin dishes that range from ceviche, to skewers, to empanadas, arepas, poached lobster, and a paella-type dish with duck. The portions are on the small side so order accordingly.


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Jan 03 2011

This West Village locavore restaurant gets food from their roof- it makes up 60% of their ingredients. Everything else comes from regional farms and producers.

I’m really digging the concept, decor, and menu.

Get a glimpse of the American/Gastropub menu below:


Grilled Sausage Of The Day milk stout mustard, pickles, flatbread 9.00
Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake old bay creole mustard sauce 16.00
Grilled Lamb Chops lemon, oregano, olive oil 18.00
Grass-Fed Steak Tartare heirloom potato crisps 15.00
Grilled Sardines rosemary, preserved lemon, fennel 12.00

Soups $8

Irish American Onion Soup knockanore irish cheddar
Roasted Heirloom Pumpkin Soup crumbled walnuts, sage oil
Venison & Black Bean Chili sour cream, vintage cheddar

Living Leaf Salads

Pear Salad pecans, point reyes blue, currants, mixed leaves 9.00
Roasted Beets & Efren’s House-Made Burrata mint & pistachio pesto 12.00
Frisee & Fennel Salad warm pork belly, new york apple 10.00
Rooftop Mixed Greens old-school thousand island 6.00


Grilled & Roasted Seasonal Vegetables romesco sauce 17.00
Amish Roasted Half Chicken yukon mashed potatoes, heirloom beans, wild mushrooms, pan gravy 23.00
Braised Beef Short Ribs yukon mashed potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts 26.00
Roasted Monkfish oyster & chorizo corn bread stuffing 26.00
Grilled Hanger Steak blue cheese, onion marmalade, steak sauce, organic fries 22.00
BBC Burger “patty melt,” grilled onions, vintage cheddar, rooftop pickle 12.00
“Gin & Tonic” Wild Salmon caramelized cauliflower, lime emulsion 28.00

Bites & Sides

Oysters 2.50
Crispy Fried Oysters green chile buttermilk dressing 9.00
Laughing Bird Shrimp baked with garlic 12.00
Lobster Taco tomatillo & avocado salsa 9.00
Marinated Cypress Grove Goat Cheese 9.00
Drunken Bean Dip cypress grove goat cheese, marinated tomatoes 8.00
Add Chorizo 2.00
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts smoked bacon 6.00
Warm Pretzels milk stout mustard 5.00
Roasted Eggplant Puree grilled flatbread 6.00
Organic Fries 5.00
Buttermilk Onion Rings 6.00

Bell Book & Candle- 141 West 10th Street / (212) 414-2355

Jan 02 2011

Walls done, food done, everything did! (A la Drake)

It was a night with a bevy of beauties- we all came together to celebrate our girl, Jen Yu’s Bday! We dubbed the night the NEW- New Year’s Eve-12/30/10…partied till 6a!

The Stanton Social crew brings us a swank LES resto with multiple dining rooms, bar, lounge, and a highly curated pawn shop. The name is Beauty & Essex- and oh, what a beauty it is.

As I walked through the pawn shop into the main area, I was taken by the sleek, glitzy, and posh “Downtown meets Madison ave” temple of glam. I could live in this place! The bi-level space houses gorgeous wall treatments, stunning chandeliers, elegant light fixtures, and jeweled goodies.

The 2nd floor had a glam-rock vibe. The Pearl Lounge was magnificent- pearls draped across the ceiling creating a plunging chandelier.

Vintage perfume bottles, a champagne mini bar, and stylish mirrors adorned the whimsical bathroom.

The first rate menu features small plates with global influences. I was impressed with the myriad of choices and unique pairings.


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Jan 02 2011

Sparks is an old-world NY masculine, pricey, Italian-style steakhouse. It’s part of NYC’s mobster history (mob boss Paul Castellanos was gunned down here by Gotti’s henchmen back in 1985) which gives it cachet.

This wise guy of a steakhouse was good but I prefer the “All Stars”- Del Frisco’s, Dylan Prime, Strip House, Wolfgang’s, Keens, etc. You should definitely give it a try though, if you love steak!

Sparks offers top quality steaks, descent sides, and mediocre service.


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