Delicious Debut: Tre Stelle

New York always has Italian restaurants popping up, one more average than the next. That's why it's a breath of fresh air to dine at Tre Stelle, the new Italian restaurant located in the Flatiron District. This resto takes a departure from the norm with a classic, rich design, featuring Italian artwork by Andrea Rusin, modern oversized hanging lamps, and a unique slotted wooden garage door that separates the bar from the dining area and can be used to create a private event space. There is even outdoor dining available.

Corvo Bianco To Debut On UWS This Fall

Manga bene!

Acclaimed European chef Andrea Cobbe is making his US debut on the UWS of Manhattan. His new restaurant, Corvo Bianco, will feature contemporary Northern Italian eats, international spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and an elaborate wine and beer program.

There will be two bars at the restaurant, perfect for trying out tasty tipples and a skylight overhead so guests can get the feeling that they are dining under the stars.

The highly anticipated restaurant is slated to open in September for brunch, lunch, and dinner, along with a happy hour and late night lounge.

We can't wait to check it out!

Lush Brunch: 5 All-You-Can-Drink Spots You'll Love

The best way to avoid a hangover is simply to drink earlier in the day. You’ll get a great buzz going and can be sober before bedtime. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in New York City where you can have your brunch and drink too! A trip to any of these places will provide not only higher spirits, but a bit of a cultural experience as well.

Enjoy eggs benedict topped with a jalapeno hollandaise sauce with your choice of unlimited Sangria, Mimosa and Bloody Marys at this tapas spot on Hudson Street in Manhattan. At $25 you can pair you unlimited indulgence with anything on the menu.

Rosemary's Debuts in the West Village

Carlos Suarez of BOBO opened up Rosemary's in the West Village last Friday with executive chef Wade Moses (Eataly, Babbo). The restaurant, named for Suarez's mama, is inspired by her home in Lucca, Italy. The menu will feature produce from the rooftop farm, which was designed by Dekar to evoke an elegant Tuscan home. Seasonal Italian dishes from the menu include fresh pastas and a selection of focacce. Rosemary's will also offer take-out in the form of focacce, salads, panini, charcuterie, cheese, and roasted meats and the venue will be open for dinner, with breakfast, lunch, and take-out coming soon. The new joint features an impressive Italian wine list with 40 bottles, all priced at $40, as well as a reserve wine list and a broad selection of wines by the glass, including Prosecco on tap (awesome!).

Now Open: A Look Inside Contorno

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Koreatown lies a hidden Italian gem tucked away inside of the new boutique Holiday Inn on West 31st St. This hidden gem is called Contorno and it boasts an amazing wine selection straight from Italy (and other international selections). First time owner and restauranteur, Andrew Impagliazzo, opened up this joint to mimic his Italian style family dinners with Italian tapas style dishes paired with fine wine. Enjoy treats from Chef David Buico, who was brought on board the Impagliazzo family train to create dishes on par with the family's vision. He uses ingredients only from small local purveyors and avoids heavy sauces and cheeses. Also working at this sure-to-be new hotspot is veteran sommelier and general manager Marta Cisneros, who has trained the staff on how to pair wines with the chef's dishes.

Ristorante Quartino: Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Ristorante Quartino is big on toppings and delicious crust. Our pizza was covered, literally, with arugula, squash, fresh mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, and onion. I have had better sauce, (not enough flavor for me), but with so many nutrients and a nice chewy crust, I choose not to complain.

Moving on to the prize-winning salad. My eyes followed an enormous array of leafy greens chock full of crisp, exotic, and vibrantly colored vegetables in a delightfully enormous portion as the dish was placed in front of me. Music to my mouth!

PizzArte Serves Up Italian Like No Other

Most New Yorkers claim they know the best pizza joint in town. But tell your fave hub to move on over because recently opened PizzArte will surely give it a run for its money.

Step into this modern Italian resto unlike any other. Forget the red checkered table cloths, forget the dim lighting and noisy children -- this hot new spot is not clinging on to the same ol' Italian restaurant theme. Instead, owners Bruno Cilio and Dario Cipollaro de l'Ero (first time restaraunteurs) opted to decorate with mod tables and lights and walls covered in great Italian artwork (perfect, since it's situated just footsteps away from the MoMA). The artists that are currently being displayed there are Lello Esposito, Luciano Scateni, Giuseppe Falconi and Francesco Manes, all of whom are from Naples. The artwork will rotate every four to six months.

Frank Says Relax

Cusine: Italian
Price Range: $30 to $100 per head

East Village
88 Second Avenue
(between 5th and 6th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-0202

Since my recent move to New York, I have become obsessed with Top Chef. We have cooking shows at home, some classics include ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’, 'Ready, Steady, Cook!' and the briefly famous (before one died) ‘Two Fat Ladies Ride Again’. Somehow they don’t quite live up to Tom Colicchio, dressed in Italian finest regalia, giving a verbal beat-down to some poor, quivering, sweating mess who tries to argue that their vegetables were blanched properly. I feel that, given the time and proper training, Colicchio could become the most powerful Jedi of all time. Imagine what the elimination process would be like then…!?