A staple of Gramercy's dining scene, Parea Bistro, recently re-branded and now presents Parea Prime, a fusion of Greek cuisine and traditional steakhouse. The first of its kind, the restaurant features a sophisticated Mediterranean dining experience, as well as the conventions of an American steakhouse. General manager Jean Christophe Villard says, "I wanted to create a unique restaurant concept, to provide fine diners with meat and more exciting European items." And that he did.
The menu features hand-selected USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks and chops from Pat LaFrieda & Sons, each aged at least 28 days in the LaFrieda Himalayan Salt room. In addition to their meats, Parea Prime also offers a fine selection of classic Greek dishes like tender lamb riblets and hearty vegetable moussaka, as well as a raw bar. Joonbug had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting at the recently re-branded restaurant and we were happily scarfing down all they had to offer. From the meatballs and the flavorful spanakopita to the expertly selected wine, we enjoyed everything that came across our plate (and glass). The restaurant has an in-house sommelier to help you with any pairings, as well as an expert mixologist ready to serve you cocktails. Additionally, every Friday evening from 8-11pm, the restaurant features live Greek music as the perfect backdrop to your meal.
Parea Prime is located at 36 E. 20th St.
As you walk down the stairs from the N train platform that runs above 31st Street in Astoria, you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy Manhattan streets. Everywhere you turn there are people running errands, returning from work, or meeting friends for coffee sitting at an outdoor section of a Greek café to better enjoy the summer weather. Off the beaten path, on a mainly residential section of 23rd Avenue is Christos Steakhouse. Ideal for special occasions, or whenever your inner carnivore needs a fix, Christos is the perfect blend of high-end steak house with a Mediterranean Greek flare not found in other steakhouses on the opposite of the East River.
And then sometimes you want something completely different.
If you're in the mood for a rib-sticking meal but still want to be surrounded by NYC's most beautiful people, you're in luck. Trendy steakhouses (or red meat-friendly restos) are having a moment right now and you don't have to look far to find a solid meal and a good party. So whether you're looking to feel like a piece of meat or eat one, check out Joonbug's picks for Sceney Steakhouses.
85 year-olds aren't sexy.
But let's not underestimate the benefits of having a little work done (we know we'll want some at that age).
This month marks the 85th anniversary of The Palm Restaurant and, yesterday, they invited Joonbug over to check out their new look and updated menu. And, while we don't usually say this about those of such a distinguished age, they were looking fine.
The restaurant's revamp began a few months back and examined each of the brand's 28 spaces from every angle. "We looked at everything down to the bread and butter," said Palm's executive vice president and great grandson of one of the founders, Bruce Bozzi Jr. "We literally looked at the way we served the butter and wanted to make it better...to go back to our history." And that history is now playing a starring role in each space. The menu, the logo and the server's uniforms have all taken a step back in time to more closely resemble or reflect the fact the the brand has been steadily serving excellent meals since 1926. They've also started playing background music- modern crooners with old school attitudes like Buble and Connick Jr.- which lends a more celebratory aspect to dining at the restaurant.
Every time I talk to people about Meat Market, they always say that it’s their favorite place for drinks on Lincoln Road. The bar there is spectacular and it’s so popular that even if you enter Meat Market alone, you’re bound to meet new people at their ever-full bar. I, too, have visited Meat Market a few times to just hung out at the bar and order a couple of appetizers. It’s only natural since the beautiful restaurant décor calls you in from Lincoln Road. But last week I had the pleasure of dining at Meat Market Miami Beach on a dinner date with a good family friend. It was a while since we met up and we had a lot to catch up on; thankfully, Meat Market’s calm and classy atmosphere was the perfect setting for our steakhouse date.
Open since 1949, House of Prime Rib's delicious prime rib makes it one of San Francisco's culinary landmarks. The owners take pride in selecting and preparing the best possible cuts of beef.
Your own personal cut is carved tableside from the iconic stainless steel serving cart. They offer four different types of cuts: The City Cut, the smallest slice; House of Prime Rib Cut, a rather large portion of beef; The English Cut, a thinner slice but still rather hearty; and the King Henry VIII Cut, the biggest and thickest slice for those in need of a lot of beef. A children’s dinner is also available for guests under eight. If you're not a meat-lover, a fresh fish option is available daily.
Miami is all about living the luxurious lifestyle and what better way to be treated like a King or Queen in the city of sunshine and splendor than by being served a thick juicy steak by a celeb himself? On November 8, Morton’s Miami Beach makes this all possible when it is set to host Celebrity Waiter Night where Miami Dolphins runningback Ronnie Brown, linebacker Karlos Dansby, and other Dolphins players, will be exchanging aqua and orange mesh for white cotton aprons and serving the locals in high class style. Proceeds will benefit the Pros for Africa Foundation. For $250 you can be served a four-course meal featuring menu items such as crab cakes, filet mignon, and double chocolate mousse.
Sharpen your steak knives Chicago, Mastro’s is coming to town. Originally founded just over ten years ago in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Mastro’s empire has made a name for itself for delivering premium steaks and seafood, creative cocktails, high-end service, and an atmosphere that can be described as nothing but classic cool.
Mastro’s Chicago, located at 520 North Dearborn, will be the ninth collaboration between the Mastro family and Scott Troilo and the first restaurant east of Scottsdale. Co-owners of this Chicago restaurant, former Chicagoans Mark Levy and Tom Heymann, are proud to bring Mastro’s to Illinois and believe Chicago is ready for a taste of the best steaks the west coast has to offer.