New York is a powerhouse, constantly brimming with energy that cannot be quelled. There’s always a train to catch and a dozen deadlines to meet. And New Yorkers are a rare breed. We need coffee. We crave coffee, breathe coffee, and live coffee. Caffeine fuels us. In a city that never sleeps, a good cup of coffee is essential to keep up with the daily grind.
This installment was dreamt up by Etienne Wiik.As we chatted over croissants and coffee beneath the subtle glow of warm yellow lights, we learned that this young Frenchman was incredibly humble, personable and passionate about catering the best pastries and coffees in New York City.
If you've been familiar with the Midtown dining scene at any point in the last 20 years, you probably already know about China Grill, restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's crown jewel establishment. Situated right near the MoMa, China Grill is classy but unpretentious, and their high-quality yet approachable Asian-inspired fare has been delighting diners for twenty-six years. The fact that it's been around for so long, however, doesn't mean they've gone stale. This past Saturday, we stopped by for the first service of their newly introduced Dragon Brunch, and we were pleased to see that China Grill is continuing to innovate and mix it up while staying true to the heart of their culinary style.
Masq weaves a distinct New Orleans flavor into New American food at its Midtown location, which functions as both a restaurant and lounge. Founded by husband and wife George and Nora Chaprastian, the cozy townhouse is graced with a distinct New Orleans flair — the walls are lined with Mardi Gras masks from Italy and the restaurant is furnished with vintage furniture.
There are a number of restaurants in New York that try to replicate Cajun cooking, but sadly not all these restaurants nail the authenticity in taste and texture. Fortunately, Masq proves that this restaurant triumphs in serving quality New American food with a distinct Cajun flair.
Greek restaurants aren't often described as elegant. Perhaps Greek dining evokes images of hand-painted scenes of Athens, scents of meat roasting on a spit, and a rowdy family reminiscent of Dancing Zorba's in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Of course, these stereotypes can't be applied to all Greek eateries, but there are plenty in NYC that match the former description.
Enter Nerai: a spacious, chic Greek restaurant that defies any and all presumptions about regional dining (Midtown included). Walk between the sheer white curtains, dancing from the high ceilings like low-hanging clouds on a beach, and sit at a table with soft cushions roped to benches, as if you're about to relax on a luxurious yacht. And it's pretty smooth sailing from here.
Nestled between two sprightly green bushes at 14 East 58th Street sits the new restaurant and bar B&Co. Max Burgio, the private club owner, set out to establish a venue concept with a European style ultrachic-haven in mind. B & Co includes an 85-seat capacity on the first floor, a lounge area where customers can order off small-plate menu on the second with capacity of 100 seats and 250 stand, and a private club on the third with capacity of 50 seats and 100 standing.
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When Pampano invited us to sample its new Sea to Table tasting menu for the fall season, we were beyond thrilled. The celebrated midtown restaurant from opera singer Placido Domingo and Chef Richard Sandoval serves Mexican coastal cuisine in its chic Turtle Bay duplex, formerly recognized as Domingo.
Go BIG Productions, , the team responsible for putting together Swedish House Mafia’s notorious Masquerade Motel parties and the newest addition to the festival roster UR1 Festival, has gotten together to bring us Back In Black, Miami’s largest costume dance music party.
For the third annual fest, EDM fans will get to don their dance friendly duds and lash out to some of the top names in the world of electronic music including Dirty South, Paul van Dyk, Funkagenda, The Crystal Method, LA Riots and Electrik Dread. Hosted in a 100,000 square foot tent in Miami’s Midtown, this year’s Back in Black promises to be the largest one yet with even more surprise artists, yet to be named.
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Sofia’s Wine Bar & Café may have only opened in 2009 but what this rustic midtown wine bar offers extends beyond its short time of operation. This quaint and old-world inspired Italian eatery has a rich history within its dishes and within the Italian dining scene. Chef and restaurateur Tommaso DeGrezia (His father opened one of the oldest pizzerias in Brooklyn and is credited for being the first to offer pizza lovers slices.) along with his wife, a former curator of an art gallery, Toni DeGrezia prepare organic, home-style dishes celebrating their Neapolitan and Sicilian cultures. Many of their dishes are original family recipes that have been handed down generation after generation only increasing Sofia’s (Tommaso’s great-grandmother’s name) deep connection to their family’s history.
After emabarking on his jam packed Freaks Of Nature Tour this summer, Kaskade is coming back to the Big Apple to bring out the "freak" in everyone at the lavish, midtown nightclub, Lavo.
The Chicago native is a house hold name and has been producing for more than a decade. He has hit the decks of Vegas superclubs, major festivals and is no stranger to LAVO NYC. He got behind the booth last year for co-owner Noah Tepperberg's birthday and is sure to attract a solid crowd to the club this Thursday.
His signature tunes produce flowy melodies infused with pleasant female vocals seen in "Eyes" and "Angel On My Shoulder." Kaskade and Lavo couldn't be a more perfect combination for it's consistent star studded talent appreciated by the music lover in every New Yorker.