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Monarch Rooftop Lounge (NYC)

[Translate] Monarch Rooftop Lounge is arguably the rooftop with the up-close-and-personal feel to the Empire State Building. When we arrived there by sunset and see the light transitions from golden hour to the silver-white moonlight, we see the lovely details that makes the Empire State Building one of the most beloved landmarks in New York City. Getting to the Monarch is an interesting experience. There were at least two bouncers with lists containing the day’s guests with reservations to check your name and communicate upstairs if there are any seats available for those who are coming in without one. Once..

US Open 2016 #FlavorOfTheOpen

[Translate] Thus year’s food program US Open is arguably the best one this year since the US Open have invited Chefs David Chang and Ken Oringer to add some fun and a different kind of creativity to the veteran chefs who have been creating and feeding the attendees and tennis players for the past few years (and a very select few, decades). During the panel discussion (the photos of the chefs you see above), the highlight was Chef Morimoto belting out a Japanese fisherman song since he claimed he can sing than play tennis well. (more…)

Dinner with a View on North River Fish Bar (NYC)

[Translate] North River Fish Bar is a cool restaurant/bar dining on a boat. The interior of the bi-level space of the boat is pretty swanky. A cool lounge downstairs outfitted with a handsome wine cellar toward the back of the boat. Upstairs is the main dining room that gives you views of the west and southern Manhattan and eastern part of New Jersey. And the perk of this boat ride is the fact it’s included on the price of your food and drinks. (more…)

Flavorful, Healthy Fare at Springbone Kitchen (NYC)

[Translate] Under most circumstances, I am not the person who seeks out healthy food unless I feel the need to eat cleaner after an intense week of indulging at parties, events or even vacation. Springbone Kitchen is a new fast-casual place that is based on the bone broth (if you’ve been following the food news in NYC, it’s a big trend for the past year) in Greenwich Village. It’s founded by two young co-owners Jordan Feldman and Sam Eckstein who wanted healthier food options beyond the typical salad bowl and even one of them replaced his morning cup of coffee..

Ample Hills Creamery at Bubby’s Meatpacking (NYC)

[Translate] Ample Hills Creamery Meatpacking location on Gansevoort Street is a small 400-square-foot shop will be inside Bubby’s but have its own entrance, and has booth seating to accommodate eight to ten people. Ample Hills is known for its over-the-top, cheeky named New York-inspired ice cream flavors along with familiar nostalgic flavors like Strawberries & Cream from their flagship location at Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. What really makes this particular location unique to their other three permanent locations is their collaboration with Bubby’s utilizing their pies in their sundaes and shakes — and that’s what we were here for this past..

Excellent Dinner at Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Beasts & Bottles is a newcomer to Brooklyn Heights. This place is equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with master sommelier Alexander LaPratt. The wine list spotlights smaller French producers and biodynamic (or environmentally responsible) wines. For the restaurant’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley birds from Indiana, served Provençal style; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New..

The Burgary and Garfunkel’s (NYC)

[Translate] The Burgary and Garfunkel’s are two separate venues under the same ownership of Tim Gashi and Valentino Gjekaj. The Burgary (located downstairs within Garfunkel’s), is a casual, creative burger restaurant featuring a proprietary blend of dry aged beef from Pat La Frieda, along with a few salads, tater tots, fries and bedecked milk shakes. We have started off with the daily special milkshake – the coconut chocolate. This thick shake was good. Not too thick and it does taste coconutty and a touch of chocolate. The large mound of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, coconut flakes and maraschino cherry..

Dinner at Rider (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Rider is a new restaurant from chef Patrick Connolly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust. Chef Connoly won a James Beard Award while at Radius in Boston before decamping for Bobo here in New York City several years ago. The restaurant is named after the hospitality contract musicians have with performance venues that covers food and beverage. Roughly 65 seats are divided between two floors, with a marble bar downstairs, a wall of windows above, and a bench made of timber salvaged from the building’s former life as an actual sawdust factory. This restaurant is the sharing, small..

Summer Food Events: LUCKYRICE New York Feast 2016 & New Taste of Upper West Side

[Translate] It’s summertime and that time of the year when everyone’s calendars will be filled up with events (food, music festivals, weddings, etc.). This week were back-to-back events of LUCKYRICE and New Taste of Upper West Side. Two very different types of food events and both had their best dishes/bites of the evening. LUCKYRICE LUCKYRICE returns this year throwing a huge party at Industry City in Sunset Park. This year’s various restaurants (from fancy, tablecloth restaurants like Perry Street to local mom and pop style shops) showcasing the variety of Asian cuisines and some of them are fusion (but done..