There's a new KFC in town; forget Kentucky Fried Chicken, it's Korean Fried Chicken now. Kyochon Chicken has opened a new location in Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and West 32nd Street. With over 1,000 locations around the global, including two in Queens, it is about time New York City got a little piece of the action, or the chicken.
Kyochon Chicken specializes in and pretty much serves only Korean Fried Chicken. The Chairman of Kyochon Chicken, Won-Kang Kwon, invented a double-frying technique that renders out the chicken fat, but leaves it exceptionally crispy. Each is made-to-order and brushed with the sauce of your choice; the Soy Garlic and Hot & Sweet sauces are their signatures. The fresh, never frozen chicken wings and drumsticks can be either fried or grilled, but the result is always savory, tender, and juicy.
This hipster-esque Studio City coffee house is as refreshingly uplifting as the tree squirrel that unabashedly greeted me outside its door. Now I don't generally rate my cafés by their resident wildlife, but if there were ever a symbol for the ambient friendliness here that seems to elude most non-chain coffee joints, this was it.
Just a few blocks off the well-trodden Ventura Boulevard, M Street offers
better customer service in a more pleasant atmosphere than your average café/gallery
establishment. You can go anywhere to sip an Americano and listen to Modest
Mouse, but when was the last time your barista at such a place was not pissed
off at the world? M Street, with its friendly staff, free wifi, and community
of kindly regulars, maintains an ambiance that sets it apart from the rest.
"On any given day you'll see customers sharing tables when we get crowded or lending a hand to someone in need," says owner Andrea McClain. "M Street has become a true neighborhood coffee shop."
Destined to become the next hip restaurant of New York City, Scott Conant's Faustina opened February 2010 in The Cooper Square Hotel. Serving up Italian-style food in a romantic and elegant dining room, Faustina has so far proven itself worthy.
Stromboli, dough rolled with salty prosciutto and smoked mozzarella cheese, and grilled olive oil toasted ciabatta served with a poached duck egg covered in Fontina fondue are both incredibly rich and flavorful and a perfect start to your Faustina dining experience.
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
First being declared one of Las Vegas Weekly's "6 new Las Vegas restaurants to know in the New Year" and now a James Beard nominee, Sage in Aria is making quite a name for itself in the few months its been open.
Since most of us are not walking down the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony or attending a glamorous Hollywood Oscars party, let's walk down the red carpet of the Clover Club to Brooklyn's hottest Oscars party.
Cobble Hill's Clover Club will be hosting an Oscars party on March 7th. Arrive at 6pm for the red carpet arrivals or 8pm, just into time for the awards.
Clover Club will be serving fancy hors d'oeuvres, such as duck confit on a rosemary flatbread or caviar on ricotta blini topped with crème fraîche, and of course, one-of-a-kind specialty cocktails. Owner Julie Reiner is also a notable mixologist, so you know she mixed up some ingenious cocktails just for this special occasion. While planted at Clover Club's mahogany bar on Oscar night, sip on La Rosa, a cocktail made of Moet Rose Champagne, Silver Tequila, Ramazotti Amaro, strawberry syrup, and fresh lemon juice, or try the Marquis #2, a combination of Moet Rose Champagne, pisco, lemon, and raspberry. After these fabulous cocktails, you will forget you're sitting in Brooklyn, and instead at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Hill Country BBQ Market provides the atmosphere of its founding Texas BBQ establishment while attracting a wide range of guests into it's sumptuous meat-smoking room alongside two full service bars serving up oversized drinks with the aroma of dry rub and slow-roasted marinades. Served in butcher paper, to the cut, and by the pound, traditional pork sausages, chops, brisket and sirloin steaks are prepared to order by culinary craftsmen of the trade. To entice guests, Hill Country serves up a week-long recession proof celebration, offerring a discounted, yet fully loaded menu.
Enjoy the West Texas atmosphere on the cheap while sipping on your favorite cocktails and savoring the sounds of some of New York's hottest bands every night!
Los Angeles is home of the new phenomenon of following favorite food trucks via Twitter to munch on the cheap and tasty fare prepared inside the roaming kitchens, serving food curbside out of the windows of chicly painted trucks. The trucks change locations daily and park for only a few hours on any given day or night. The kitchens inside the trucks are compact, so when the food is gone, they're gone--until the next day--or later that night --at a new location disclosed; sometimes last minute; to their Twitter and Facebook following.
Such was the case with owner, Alex Chu's new Dim Sum Truck being added to the latest fleet of movable eateries. The official launch party was set for February 28 at 7 p.m. in Venice. Chu made several street appearances beforehand where he prepared traditional Chinese dim sum menu items and his own fusion creations that were received with great enthusiasm.
Looking to support some of Brooklyn's restaurants and even your favorite local hidden treasures? Well starting March 15th, you can! Dine In Brooklyn, brought to us by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, starts March 15th and goes on until March 25th, and you will not believe the deals they are giving us.
Brunch and lunch are $20.10 and dinner is $25, all prices include three courses. Neighborhoods all around Brooklyn are participating, from Sheepshead Bay, to Bay Ridge, to DUMBO, to Williamsburg, and everything in between. Participating restaurants include The River Café, Petit Oven, Bacchus, al di la Trattoria, Blue Ribbon and Blue Ribbon Sushi, baci & abbracci, Giando on the Water, Waterfront Ale House, and dozens others.
Newest addition to Somerville's restaurant arsenal, Trina's Starlite Lounge, isn't your run-of-the-mill gastropub. Nothing about the restaurant is average. Conversely, you may drive by it without even noticing. But that's okay, because once you step inside, you will be taken in a time machine to the '50s.
The restaurant itself appears as many barrooms do with small, high set windows and a large metal door that leads into a dark lit bar. Beer memorabilia, from companies like Ballantine's and Miller, are scattered about in the black walled dining room. A large, very ancient refrigerator stands at the end of the bar with little letter magnets on it which our waitress says usually spells out the pie of the day, but it seems someone has mushed them around to make some nonsense. There is no pretention here.
Have you ever taken a food tour? A lot of people don't know about or have never heard of them. In New York, we are constantly bombarded with other tour options like bus tours, boat tours or walking tours-try going through Times Square without being approached by a tour guide-so going on a food-centric tour was not on the top of list. However, in my opinion one of the best ways to understand a city is through tasting and learning about its food. You get a true sense of the city: peoples' daily lives, important historical contexts and sites, and cultural communities.
I recently went on the East Village Food Tour with New York Food Tours. New York Food Tours believes that the best way to explore New York City is by eating food, walking around a neighborhood, and learning about its history and culture with a guide. They have several different themed tours that range from dessert to South East Asian to Vegetarian cuisines. With tickets ranging from $39.99 to $75, NY Food Tours makes it hard to resist - you get to eat and get a tour. Pretty sweet!