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Amazing Day Trip to the Hudson Valley with Buick (Part 1) – Montgomery Place Orchards & Hillrock Estate Distillery

[Translate] Yesterday was arguably the most fantastic day trip I have been in a long time. The perfect summer day when it’s not so humid and hot, mixed with a gentle breeze, and puffy, friendly white clouds in the blue sky. Heading up to the historic and very charming Hudson Valley that’s about 2 hours from Manhattan in a shiny black Buick LaCrosse with our driver of the day, Eddie. Many thanks to the generous people of Buick/Drive the District and our hosts of the day, Montgomery Place Orchards, Hillrock Distillery, and dinner at Fish & Game. The dinner will..

Brunch at Russ & Daughter’s Cafe & Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

[Translate] Menu; At the counter bar; The open kitchen; Our soda and shrub Most New Yorkers know Russ & Daughters, amongst a couple of more restaurants/food establishments, are a New York institution. The original store on East Houston Street, is essentially a take-out shop where their patrons of many stripes come mainly for their famous smoked fish (most order the mind blowing, bagel with cream cheese and lox but there’s numerous smoked fish sandwiches they offer). When the owners started talking a few years ago about the possibility of opening an actual sit-down restaurant, many rejoiced and waited until the..

Pig Feast at North River

[Translate] Exterior of North River; Summer Milk Punch; Questions Later This weekend my dining companion and I went to dinner at North River for their Pig Feast ($55 per person, not including drinks). The Pig Feast is a set group menu and you would need reserve the pig at least three days in advance. It includes a seasonal salad, a variation of crispy potatoes and another vegetable side dish to balance your pork-centric dinner. Chef Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko and Hearth alum, cooks seasonal and crowd-pleasing dishes that appeal to both the veggie lovers and the meat eaters. We..

Solid Korean BBQ at Madangsui

[Translate] Interior of dining room and most of our banchan Madangsui is one of the few better restaurants in Manhattan’s Koreatown. The large, single floor space is comfortable to sit in for a meal quite quickly. Madangsui serves a large assortment of banchan, small appetizer-like plates, that runs that gamut from cold dishes like mildly spicy kimchi, shaved pickled daikon radishes to the small, hot cast iron pots filled with a spicy vegetable stew, and a Korean style steamed egg dish called gaeran jim. The latter was very good — fluffy and light savory eggs topped with fresh scallions —..

Sud de France Festival 2014: Dinner at Contra

[Translate] Sud de France Festival is an annual, three-week celebration of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, notably for their wines. Events involved in sommelier competitions (those in the wine profession) or for the non-wine professionals like us, attend fun things like the launch party, wine tasting classes, and their series of “Tasting Tables” and typically features a French jazz band to entertain the crowds. This year, one of the participating restaurants that are collaborating with Sud de France was Contra ($90 per person for this particular dinner). Contra cooks seasonal, beautiful and naturalistic dishes (à la Noma) and it seems..

The Clove Club (London, UK)

[Translate] Of all my snacking and meals I have had in London, The Clove Club is definitely one of my favorite meals that really stuck with me even months after eating there. The food is very different and exciting compared to the U.S. or New York City are having these days (see Adam Platt of New York Magazine’s interview.). The Clove Club is sort of out of the way for those who are residing on the west part of London but certainly worth the trek. When you enter the light blue doors of The Clove Club, the first thing you..

Fantastic Lunch at Gramercy Tavern & Excellent Desserts from Chef Miroslav Uskokovic

[Translate] Gramercy Tavern is one of my perennial favorite restaurants in New York City. The restaurant looks pretty with the many colorful flowers on display (as it is spring) at the Tavern Room and the splaying tree on the bar. It feels cozy and home-y in the best way possible but in an upscale manner. We chose to stick with the Dining Room for a calmer atmosphere. The waiters are very astute, professional, and friendly. And of course, the food is fantastic. It reflects the seasonal changes of what the restaurant receives from the local farmers and suppliers with flavors..

Solid Brunch at Ted Montana’s Grill (NYC)

[Translate] Photos from top to bottom: Exterior; Interior; brunch menus; mugs of coffee and the Shindig cocktail A few weeks ago, a friend and I had brunch at Ted Montana’s Grill not too far from Rockefeller Plaza. Brunch in Midtown is mostly mediocre that no one really searches for it around this neighborhood however, after eating a couple of dishes at Ted’s, this might make me reconsider, especially when I have out of town visitors who want to stick around here for brunch. Ted Montana’s is a restaurant franchise that started in Columbus, Ohio by Ted Turner and George McKerrow..

Dinner at Alobar

[Translate] Alobar is a unique American restaurant that has the warm, wooden, masculine, rustic look that feels welcoming and the kind of place you want to hang out over drinks at the bar (in nice evenings like when I visited, the entire front wall of the restaurant opens to the street) or have dinner at the dining area. Chef Greg Profeta is running a pretty tight ship with his crew to cook very delicious food that even has a dish inspired by a Queens neighborhood, Flushing. We started with drinks Nice Pear ($13) made of a sweet and fruity cocktail..