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It’s about time Chef David Burke headed downtown. His new subterranean resto in The James Hotel is rustic-chic with a menu influenced by local ingredients and eccentric touches.
David Burke is one of my faves- he puts a kitschy spin on upscale dishes. The inventive and playful menu presented at David Burke Kitchen didn’t disappoint. We had brunch there last Sunday and it was delicious. There’s something for everyone- eggs, salads, steak, fish, and a host of other treats.
When you walk into The Darby, you’re greeted with a lively, swanky, opulent and sophisticated scene. I could totally see Don Draper (from Mad Men) sipping on a cocktail, feasting on oysters while leaning back in one of the posh red banquettes.
The live music is reason enough to go. The band was terrific. All throughout dinner we grooved to classic soul hits like Outstanding, Respect and All I Do. They even threw in a reggae set.
The retro-inspired supper club/speakeasy is about an all encompassing experience- live music, american fare and old-school glamour.
The new American menu focuses on the classics- Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters Rockefeller, Steak Tartare, Lamb and an extensive raw bar. The food was pretty good. I wouldn’t go back just for the food but like I said, it’s about the entire experience. And I would definitely go back for that!
Los Angeles during NBA All Star Weekend 2011 was a madhouse- in a good way. Lots of meetings, dinners, games and parties!
A few nights ago we were hanging out with Baron Davis- the dynamic, athletic, explosive point guard from the LA Clippers. Since he’s from LA, I wanted to get the foodie 411 on his favorite LA spots!
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I usually don’t go too far uptown (don’t want to risk a noise bleed) but for Marcus Samuelsson, I thought it was worth the trip. I headed up to Harlem on Friday afternoon for a power lunch at Red Rooster with an extraordinary group of people.
As you walk into Red Rooster, you’re greeted by a bustling bar (with a communal table), vibrant colors and walnut-wood molding. A line of shelves stacked with jars, books, candles and antiques separates the bar area from the dining room. A great energy fills the beautifully designed resto.
Once seated, I continued to explore the intricacies of the design that included wonderful pieces of art (some from the Studio Museum), interesting wallpaper and an open kitchen. And guess who was busy at work in that open kitchen?! Yes, it was Marcus!
The affordable menu at Red Rooster is based on Marcus’ innovative take on American comfort food classics. The dishes are filled with robust flavors, global influences, unique pairings and a few surprises.
The dimly lit resto has a divey, cavernous feel- very different from a traditional Japanese restaurant.
It’s one part dive, one part resto, and one part lounge with a DJ (on the weekends). I love spots with unique vibes that are unexpected. Oh, and did I forget to mention that this hipster hangout is open till 2am!
Ryoko has delicious and fresh sushi with a good variety of options. If you’re feeling daring, you can try the volcano roll- it has peanut butter in it. :/
Yellowtail Scallion Roll, Crunchy Crab Roll, Alaska A, Spicy Tuna, Sashimi, Sushi
CHAT: I’ll definitely go back the next time I’m in San Fran! I love the fact that it’s a late night spot….so instead of noshing on pizza or fries after a night out- you can stop in for a spicy tuna roll!
Ryoko- 619 Taylor St / 415-775-1028