Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 27 2011

Summer has arrived and NYC rooftops are in full effect. Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel offers 360 views laced with beautiful foliage. It delivers outdoor elegance with a cool vibe perfect for brunch, noshing or sipping on cocktails.

We headed to Gramercy Terrace following a Sunday afternoon at the Met where we checked out McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’. It was a brilliant and inspiring exhibit! We worked up quite an appetite standing in line (for over 1 hour), gasping, and being in awe of McQueen’s genius.

 

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May 26 2011

This is what you expect when you walk into the Plaza Hotel for brunch at the Oak Room on a Saturday afternoon.

But instead, it’s more like this……

The classy and elegant atmosphere is certainly in tact throughout the Plaza Hotel while the raucous crowd is tucked away in the Oak Room. It’s a DeBRUNCHERY!

The Day & Night Brunch at the Oak Room is a non-stop party! Things get going at about 2:30 when the food arrives, and once 4p hits- it’s all about Sipping, Spraying and Dancing till about 6:30p when you roll out with your buzz on! The brunch left me needing to recuperate instead of prepping for a night out – but that’s fine by me considering Saturday night in NYC is pretty lame. Even though brunch at the Oak Room is about poppin’ bottles and groovin’ to beats, the food is pretty good.

I must caution you though, this isn’t a prix-fixe kinda brunch- come ready to drop some paper ….right, Jen Yu?!

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May 16 2011

This cute West Village resto is full of charm and character. All elements are achieved at the lively yet low-key spot: unique vibe, cool atmosphere, good food, yummy cocktails and solid service. It’s about the whole experience here. The obscure entrance added a nice touch- behind the secret green door lives a gem! Upon entering, you have to walk through the garden patio (it will be huge this summer) to get to the split level rustic resto.

It felt like we were having dinner a friend’s apartment- a Really Cool Friend! We dined at the marble counter that is basically like a chef’s table. It was a delight to witness such precision, flare and flow in the kitchen.

The New American Locavore menu has a seasonal focus with a good blend of upscale and delicious dishes- fish, meat, poultry and outstanding veggie options! Our waitress was a bit of a foodie so she was very helpful and descriptive when going through the affordable menu- every entree was under $20- SCORE!

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May 14 2011

Mario Batali’s cozy, high energy tapas joint always hits the spot! The collection of small plates are broad and inventive- delivering solid ingredients and robust flavors. Sitting at the counter overlooking the kitchen is always fun but don’t take it for granted- scoring a table is pretty tough. I highly recommend making a res!  If there’s a bit of a wait, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono’s sister restaurant is right around the corner, it’s a great place to grab a cocktail and an appetizer or two.

Mario Batali does a great job of transporting you to a cafe in Spain- allowing you to sample tasty tapas and great wine.

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May 07 2011

I was excited to check out David Bouley’s new seasonal Kyoto-style Japanese resto housed in the old Danube space. Dinner at Brushstroke was amazing- Chef Yamada definitely delivers! Creativity was in full effect- it was present in the food, cocktails and decor. The bar/lounge area houses a sick wall design- it’s made of 20,000 books! The clean lines and raw materials created an upscale zen-like atmosphere.

Brushstroke offers a 6 course tasting for $85 and a 10 course for $135 (both menus will change often)- we opted for the 10 course. Every course was on point, and some dishes were pretty terrific. The ingredients, execution, presentation and service were flawless. It was authentic with serious attention to detail, and a meticulous flow from course to course. Everything was well orchestrated, from the rotation of china to the actual distribution of dishes.

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