First Course

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.

American Craft Moves Into The Old Roadhouse Location

As of late February, the owners of the Publick House have reopened the former Roadhouse as American Craft, a Belgian craft beer spot dedicated to beer, wine, and cuisine-all American born and raised. Along with a significant change in concept, the owners have also renovated the space. Careful additions of exposed brick, bright chandeliers, and large chalkboards along the walls add character to the establishment.

Seconds, Por Favor, at Cantina Dos Segundos

On the brink of Cinco de Mayo, Cantina Dos Segundos will have you coming back for seconds. Sister restaurant to Los Caballitos Cantina on East Passyunk, Dos Secundos has been open for about two years now on North 2nd Street. It's the perfect spot for a late lunch on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. With the choice of sidewalk seating outside, or a cool and cozy table indoors, the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The space is peopled by staff and patrons with the hipster vibe that's de rigueur in Northern Liberties.

il Buco's Third Annual Earth Day Fund-Raiser

April 22nd, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and il Buco will be holding a fundraiser to protect the Amazon Rainforest.

From Monday April 19th to Saturday April 24th, il Buco will be serving a new Late-Afternoon lunch menu and will be offering discounted prices.

Here's what you need to know:

Lunch Monday - Saturday 12-4pm; Late-Afternoon Menu Monday - Saturday 4-6pm

How it works:

1. il Buco will reduce its customers total Lunch bill by 15% for one week (12-4pm).
2. il Buco will also reduce its customers Late-Lunch bill by 20% for one week (4-6pm).
3. In turn, il Buco will donate, out of its pocket, the 15% or 20% saved by its guests.

The Parlour Opens Its Doors (and Your Mind) To Irish-Style Gastro Dining

This past Tuesday night, John Kelly's The Parlour opened its doors to a very exclusive crowd of media affiliates for a sneak-peek at the restaurant that's soon to be blessing the Midtown-West area with its Irish-style gastro-pub. My editor and I were two of the lucky ones whose eyes got to grace this sophisticated space before its public opening (Wednesday night), gingerly sipping drinks from the open bar whilst enjoying music and tasty samplers from the menu. Oh! And we saw Robert Verdi. What did you do Tuesday night? It's not a contest...but we win.

Beer: Unplugged

Benjamin Franklin had a pretty accurate theory going when he said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." The more you think about beer and the good times spent together, the more you see the truth in this quote. So, if you value beer as much as Mr. Franklin seemed to, a heady beer festival awaits you.

Hudson Terrace will host a Craft Beer Festival Thursday, April 8th. With a selection of over 50 beers to taste, this is no event for light beer drinkers or "beer-likers." At the festival, spot brands such as Sam Adams, Ommegang, Peak Organic, Duvel, Redhook Brewery, Goose Island, Kona, and countless more. An assortment of cheeses will be served to not only complement the beers, but to make sure this remains a sophisticated beer tasting.

Social House to be Revived at Crystals

"I'm still crying over Social House being closed, but I may be able to dry those tears soon."

That's the beginning Stephanie L.'s five star review on Yelp of the currently defunct Social House, which closed its doors in Treasure Island almost a year ago. Luckily for Stephanie and all the other diners who haven't forgotten the innovative sushi restaurant, PURE Management Group shares their dedication.

'Cupcake' Book, Signed and Iced

The Icing on the Cupcake Book Signing & CupcakeCamp NYC Party
Friday, April 9th, 2010
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome Street
(Btw. Forsythe & Eldridge Sts)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 334-9676

Summer is right around the corner and for me that means finding books with heady plots to devour, one after the other, while lying on the beach or next to a pool. If every summer, you have the same goal, look no further; a fun, new summer read has landed, with cupcakes in tow.