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Chef Alessandro (Alex) Stratta brings a little Vegas to NYC by way of his new rustic Italian resto in the West Village, Bigoli. The food and service were on point, and I fell in love with the skylight that’s in the middle of the dining room.
Our senses were piqued as soon as we sat down because of the wood-burning oven. We sampled a wide range of items from Stratta’s inventive Italian menu that left us wanting more…especially the pesto dipping sauce.
My twin sister Antoinette and I hosted a chic dinner party for our friend Jen Yu’s birthday…and we did it in true Glam Foodie fashion!
The Theme: Toast To Jen Yu
The Invitations: We designed custom branded bottles of prosecco that were hand delivered to each guest
The Venue: Private room at Griffou- great food and a cool vibe
The Decor: We created a unique tablescape for the evening
The Guests: A lively bunch
Kim Kardashian, Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson and Penélope Cruz are just a few ladies who have adorned red carpets and concrete catwalks with the esquisite designs of Rachel Roy. Rachel’s style, charm and drive are infectious! She’s more than a pretty face with gorgeous designs, her charity work has impacted the lives of many and she continues to give back. And it doesn’t end here, Rachel is raising her 2 amazing daughters that will undoubtedly run the world, just like mom!
I was so excited about getting Rachel’s Sip, Chat, Chow because I knew there would be spots on her list that transcended food, and would have a focus on the entire experience, especially the aesthetic. As you’ll see from the below, Rachel is going back to her ABC’s.
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The UES just got a bit hipper now that Chef and Restauranteur John DeLucie is in the hood. Crown is housed in a plush townhouse that exudes sexy. As soon as you arrive, you’re drawn in by the long zinc-topped bar, perfectly dim lighting, and well mixed cocktails. And this is just the beginning! The elegant and well dressed dining room has a clubby-lounge feel where distinct, stylish accents like crown molding, leather banquettes and wood-paneled walls really round things out. There’s a level of sophistication that’s apparent and it goes beyond the mature crowd. It’s definitely worth the schlep uptown especially to catch a glimpse of the private dining room tucked away behind a swinging bookcase on the lower level.
Chef John DeLucie delivers a well balanced menu of American classics- oysters, caviar, seafood, pasta dishes and meat favorites. We sampled a broad selection of items and were quite satisfied.
The Lower East Side has a new resident “hot spot” and it goes by the name of Sons of Essex. Don’t be confused when you approach the resto and a doorman in a fully functional deli greets you. Once you enter, all roads lead to a swanky, rustic, saloon-like speakeasy resto, lounge and bar. The decor is very reminiscent of a scene from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”. The wooden pillars, old photos, and bookshelves stocked with knick-knacks, books and canisters generates a retro-den feel.
The vibe is amazing, and much of that can be attributed to the dope soundtrack. Hip Hop classics keeps the crowd grooving while noshing and sipping. They kick things up a notch Thursday through Saturday with a live DJ rocking from the pit (sunken lounge area).
The menu is filled with American comfort food classics such as grilled cheese, ribs, lobster pot pie and mac & cheese laced with global seasonings and a creative twist.