First Course

Terroir Tribeca: The New Outpost Hitting Downtown

Terroir Tribeca
24 Harrison St., nr. Greenwich St.
New York, New York

Another wine bar is on the horizon, and this time is it popping up in Tribeca. Terroir Tribeca might ring a bell because its first location, Terroir, resides in the East Village.

This time around the vino spot is changing up a few details. The space is double the size, with more counter space and a dining room consisting of four communal tables. A full kitchen prepares more than just meat and cheese plats. Dishes like bone marrow bruscetta with garlic chives and sandwiches- veal, meatball and a homemade Reuben, duck prosciutto, and lamb sausage will be available.

Just in Time for 4/20: The Buffet of Buffets

Harrah's has announced truly incredible news. Starting Monday, April 12, all of the Las Vegas Harrah's casinos will come together for a citywide "Buffet of Buffets" coalition. That means for just $29.99 you can visit any (or all) of Harrah's seven buffets throughout the city as often as desired within a 24-hour period. For that day, you will have unlimited access to the breakfast, lunch, dinner and (most importantly) dessert stations at:

West 3rd Common: A Gastropub that Ain't So Common

West 3rd Common
1 W. 3rd St. (btwn Broadway and Mercer)
New York, NY 10012

Here is the dilemma I often face with popular bars, gastro pubs and wine bars; too many people in too little a space. I get the allure of the whole cozy vibe of a neighborhood hotspot, but I like to be able to drink a beer with the comfort of some, albeit it minimal, (I'm aware this is still New York) personal space. If I wanted to rub elbows with my other drinking cohorts I would invite 3 people to my "cozy, neighborhood apartment" living room.

Finding Sweet Solace From the Summer Sizzle

Il Laboratorio set the bar for really damn good gelato in New York. It is known for a few defining features- the space is small (with nowhere to sit inside) and they have an array of inventive flavors. So if we could change one of those features to make the experience even better, I think we'd all go with the former. And soon it will be a reality.

Il Lab will be opening a second location, still on the Lower East Side, still doing what they do best, but in a space that's five times the size, with later hours and some seating inside. It's coming to 188 Ludlow in June, just in time for the hot months when body temperatures, and therefore gelato consumption, rise. The new location will also feature longer operating hours, meaning it will stay open late enough for you to enjoy a gelato post-dinner (the original Il Lab location closes at 6 pm).

Of Italian Sophistication

Tonino Lamborghini Caffe Corsa
600 Silks Run Road
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Lamborghini is not just about cars anymore. The name synonymous with luxury sport automobiles has moved into the realm of luggage, watches, perfumes, and now food, thanks to Tonino Lamborghini. As of February 11, the South Florida area has received a taste of what the Tonino Lamborghini Caffe Corsa has to offer by way of head chef Paolo del Papa's creative and inventive menu.

Quattro: Trump Franchise Does Italian

Cuisine: Northern-Italian
Price: Expensive

Upon first hearing the name of this April 9th opener, you might mistake it for some sort of intestinal disorder, or perhaps the latest member to join the Jersey Shore cast. Neither is the case, thankfully, for this decadent dining addition to Manhattan. The Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, an authentic Northern-Italian restaurant, is one of the many nightlife options that the Trump Soho Hotel is set to deliver this spring to the downtown area.

The Greenpoint Food Market returns with its "Spring Awakening" event.

The Greenpoint Food Market
Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
(Btw. Nassau & Driggs Aves)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
**Saturday, April 10, 2010; Noon-5pm**

Spring. A time for spring cleaning and spring eating. I usually lean towards the latter. The Greenpoint Food Market will return to us Saturday, April 10, with its "Spring Awakening" event. Housing The Greenpoint Food Market, the Church of the Messiah will be filled to the brim with food vendors-45 to be exact-and the sweet and savory aromas of the goodies that line their booths.

Crepe Du Nord: Warm Pockets of Ecstasy

Crêpes Du Nord
17 South William Street
New York, New York 10004
(212) 422-9500

Cuisine: French/Scandinavian
Price: Very reasonable

Hello, my culinary cherubs. What do we have today? Ah, yes: a nice little frolic in taste heaven with the crêpe gods! Affectionately bestowed upon us mortals from the owners and creators of Smorgas Chef, comes Crêpes Du Nord, a French-Scandinavian crêperie and wine bar, that's recently been charming the fancies of diners in the Financial District.

50 and Frugal

50 years is not something to be taken lightly. It is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, and certainly not in a minimal manner. London Lennie's is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, and the colossal celebration starts Monday, April 12th.

We all love a bargain and London Lennie's is offering up one mother of a sizeable bargain. From April 10th until April 15th, receive 20 percent off all dishes on their menu during dinner. London Lennie's notable dishes include their Down East Lobster Roll, Fried Seafood Platter of fluke, shrimp, and scallops, New Bedford Sea Scallops, and New England Clam Chowder.

The Sunburnt Calf: From Down Under to the Upper West Side

Sunburnt Calf
226 West 79th Street
(between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 529-0005

Calling all lushes and carnivores! Step right up! Heathe St. Clair, owner of The Sunburnt Cow and Bondi Road, brings you the newest (and drunkest!) sibling to his Australian family of down under restaurants: The Sunburnt Calf.