Murray Hill, NY – Jackson Heights native Steven Cruz joins Teqa as its newest Executive Chef. Formerly of Rayuela, Cavo, and The Orchard House, Chef Cruz brings with him a melding of old school technique (honed from his Argentenia grandmother) with a uniquely modern twist. Situated in the heart of Murray Hill’s vibrant bar scene, Teqa’s new dinner menu (beginning December) is matched only by its creative (and outrageously delicious) cocktail list.
Greenwich Village, NY – On a one-way ticket from Spain, 100 Montaditos brings the montadito (tapa-sized sandwich) across the Atlantic and makes its official debut this Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 176 Bleecker Street. Replacing the 56-year old Pizza Box, the space is modern yet classic, with a large granite bar, cherry red walls, and décor unique to Cadiz, a city from the South of Spain. With 100 traditional sandwich fillings such as Serrano ham, Spanish Tortilla and Queso Manchego, and an average price of $1.00-2.50, the menu here is big on variety but small in price.
Soho, NY – The molto perfetto pairing of Ripiena (stuffed pizza) and a chilled bottle of Peroni transported us instantly to the town of Sorrento in the south of Naples. Adjacent to sister restaurant Forcella at 334 Bowery, A Slice of Naples is the latest creation of certified Neapolitan Pizza Master Chef Giulio Adriani, whose 30 years of cooking experience all started with his Neapolitan grandmother, “Nonna Maria”, and whose claim to fame came from his Montanara, a pie where the dough is flash-fried, topped, then finished in a 1,000°F wood-burning oven.
Yorkville, NY – Part of the Tour De France group of French-Mediterranean restaurants, Café D’Alsace is decidedly more brasserie than bistro. With a selection of beers 100 strong (and growing), it pays homage to Alsace, France’s most prolific beer-producing region, with a plethora of breweries all along Strasbourg. Home to one of New York City’s handful of Beer Sommeliers, its pairings of food from Executive Chef Philippe Roussel and beer from sommelier Gianni Cavicchi are spot on, leaving us both satiated, yet craving for more.
Hamilton Heights, NY – The historic West Harlem district stretches some twenty blocks along the very picturesque Hudson River. Home to the Japanese-inspired Riverbank State Park, a plethora of new restaurants, cafès, and bars has joined the landscape of emerging culinary talent. At the forefront of this delicious boom is Riverbank Grill, a new beer garden featuring traditional American fare paired with over 30 locally and internationally brewed beers; all served by some of the best people in the business.
Brooklyn, NY – On September 22nd, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint will offer a one day crash course in the delicious local fare that makes up over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars and breweries. This 4th annual event will grace the streets, rain or shine, with sample tastes of your choice ($25 for 4 food tastes, and 2 drink tastes, $45 for 8 food tastes and 4 drink tastes), including special performances by New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin and DJ Queen Majesty.
Hell's Kitchen, NY -- short of visiting a Dhaba in India for authentic Punjabi fare, simply hop aboard a train to Penn Station for a trip to Patiala. Nestled comfortably along the hustle and bustle of 34th Street and 9th Avenue, Patiala is Hell's Kitchen's newest takeout restaurant offering home-style Punjabi cuisine that's big on flavor but small on price. Slow-cooked is the name of the game, but convenience reigns supreme -- the lightning quick service here ensures that little time is wasted not enjoying your food. But don’t let the fast lines fool you; the attention to quality and emphasis on both freshness and flavor is evident from the moment you walk in.
Midtown, NY -- Flights measured in days are little to no fun, so the baristas at Bluestone Lane brought a cup of Melbourne straight to New York City. Tucked away in the sunlit atrium at 805 3rd Avenue, the footprint may be small, but the experience here is anything but.
“Coffee’s a very social thing,” says Aaron Cook, Bluestone Lane’s Director of Operations. “We need to strike a fine balance between that and the grab-and-go you find in New York.” It’s about the coffee here, but it’s not all about the coffee. The baristas are well-versed and intuitive in their craft, and are artful in not only how they make their coffee, but in the way they engage the customer, whether through conversation or via the actual space.
Soho, NY-- we walked out of Los Perros Locos feeling dirty. Perhaps it was from the bright neon sign spewing an obscenity of pink all about, or maybe it was the strangely aphrodisiastic Mas Perfecto we tried--a hot dog blending NYC, Colombia, and just enough old school Miami. Whatever it was, we found ourselves wanting to watch, on VHS, the younger and more svelte Al Pacino introducing us all to his little friend. Yeah, that good kind of dirty.