Time for a delicious drink from my favorite little cocktail den Pravda.
The Gogol is comprised of Horseradish Vodka, Dill and a Pickled Quail Egg. If your a horseradish lover as I am this drinks for you...
The tree has been lit in Rockefeller Center so it's time for my holiday guide to go back up. I added it to the pages up top so if your planning a trip in to see the tree, please feel free to use this as your handy guide to some good eats.
NYC is a wonderful and magical place to visit around the holiday season. The Rockefeller Center tree is gorgeous, all the hotels are decked out in red and gold, holiday pop-up shops fill the parks- what could be better?
Unfortunately you have to be prepared for what I can only describe as controlled chaos. You will be wrangled like cattle to see the tree, stand in line at a Starbucks for 30 minutes, not for a caffeine fix but to use the single smelly bathroom and you’ll probably be so pooped out from all of your shopping and touring that you’ll see a TGI Friday’s or Olive Garden and think it’s an oasis in the storm. Two hours later (because you’ll have to wait for a table like all of the other tourists who thought the line at McDonald’s and Subway were too long) you’ll wonder why the food and service were so crappy and suddenly your wallet is empty as well.
It’s the holidays in NYC folks and one must be prepared to weather the season. If you’re from the city you should know this and already be prepared but for you out of towners here’s a few holiday food recommendations to make your stay a little more jolly.
Rockefeller Center/ Times Square
Family Meal - Bills Bar and Burger
The location only a block from the tree can’t be beat and the laid back friendly service, reasonable prices and awesome burgers pretty much seal the deal. They have a separate kids menu with tater tots and chicken fingers as well as vegetarian friendly options like fish taco’s and one of the city’s best veggie burgers. They also have cocktails, wine and an extensive beer list. Believe you’ll need a drink after braving the tree crowds with the family. Oh and they take reservations- Bam!
Bills Burger Bar Review
Cheap Adventurous Meal- Sake Bar Hagi
Hidden down some stairs right outside the madness of Rockefeller Center and Times Square is this cute little Izakaya. Don’t expect a quiet relaxed meal however- it’s loud, noisy and fun. Order some skewers of meat, yellowtail collar and a couple Sapporo’s and enjoy the experience. It’s good for groups as well but the space is tiny so if you have more than 2 people go right when they open or expect a long wait. However they will take your phone number and call when a table is available. Walk over to Jimmy’s Corner and have a couple drinks while you wait.
Sake Bar Hagi Review
Upscale Fancy Meal- The Modern
Located inside the Modern Museum of Art this restaurant exudes both the arts and fine dining. Expect flawless French cuisine, an extensive wine and cocktail list and the impeccable service expected of all of Danny Meyers restaurants. Don’t skip the desserts which are just as delicious as they are beautiful.
The Modern Bar Room Review
Classic Steakhouse with a Twist- Quality Meats
Right around the corner from the Plaza Hotel this steakhouse creates the most delicious Steak Tartare I’ve had to date. Not that you need to have tartare, all the classic cuts of meat are there as well with delicious sides and whimsical desserts. The Twist? Although it’s certainly a steakhouse the ambiance is much softer and more refined than the old school guys. Imagine powering through a Porterhouse and still feeling elegant as you’re doing so- that’s Quality Meats for sure.
Quality Meats review
Chocolate Treats- Cause you're Gonna Need Something Sweet
Good- Lindt Chocolate
Lindt Chocolate is sold everywhere now and it’s for good reason. The smooth, creamy truffles are wonderful and at the shop on 5th Avenue you can always find a new flavor and usually score a free sample at the door.
Better- Teuscher Chocolate
Right in Rockefeller Center this little shop explodes with bright colors and little figurines all about Switzerland, but don’t forget about the chocolates. The truffles and pralines have the same creaminess as the Lindt but with a richer, more authentic flavor.
Best- La Maison du Chocolat
Just walking into La Maison you will know at once that it’s a different level of chocolate shop. The well suited staff and trays of perfectly shaped ganaches and pralines almost make me feel like I’ve been transported to a fancy Parisian boutique. The Figaro is one of my favorite but don’t leave without trying out a pastry as well. The Romeo, a Coffee Chocolate Macaron, is the perfect pick me up after a long day of shopping.
La Maison du Chocolat
Teuscher Fifth Avenue
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If there's ever been a time to swing by Shake Shack now is the time to go. Take a look...
I can't tell you how many times I've walked past this restaurant before finally stopping in. The space is absolutely stunning with bright canopy's, gorgeous Indian pillows and an open kitchen. I was seated in the main area and ordered off the 3 course prix fix lunch menu. To begin the Paneer Pakoras.
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Just a little holiday post wishing everyone well! I had such a lovely time up at Mr. T's parents house filled with luscious Jacques Torres Chocolates...
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Wow this review is a long time coming! Please forgive the lateness but this happened almost a month ago. We were lucky enough to get tickets for Louie C. K. and after the early show ended we were immediately en route to Dona Antonio. I will start by saying the best pizza in my opinion was the specialty Montanara Starita.
There's nothing better than spending a relaxing afternoon over food and Ilili is a perfect place for unwinding. The gorgeous room and soothing Mediterranean music make me feel like I've been transported to some exotic far off land. The food is quite wonderful as well. The last visit we started with the Manti- lamb dumplings with yogurt foam, tomato and pine nuts.
Sunday before the storm Mr. T's sister was heading back to Florida so we all met up for a brunch. This was actually my pre-hurricane preparation meal so I went all out starting with a hearty bowl of mac and cheese.
I love Doughnut Plant. There's nothing better than walking into the bakery and smelling that yeasty warm aroma of rising dough.
We went out with Mr. T's entire family a few weeks back to celebrate his sister's birthday at Colicchio & Sons. The large open space was ideal for big groups and all seven of us fit comfortably around a round table perfect for conversation. To begin two amuse bouche- Parsnip Soup and a Liverwurst Gruyere Gougere
When Mr. T worked in Midtown, his favorite place to grab an extended lunch was the Italian restaurant Bice. I was never a part of those lunches, so when I saw they were celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a special four course meal of signature dishes I jumped on a reservation. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and given a cozy table in the back. To begin an Antipasti- Chilled Maine Lobster on a bed of mixed greens.
Usually when I walk into The Breslin there's one thing on my mind...Thrice Cooked Chips! But I was actually having a different food craving the other day for a big delicious Cesar Salad.