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Dinner at Virginia’s (NYC)

[Translate] Virginia’s is located in the far east side of East Village that serves a tightly edited menu that showcases eclectic American cuisine and their cocktail program is strong. The look is old-world bistro (marble bar, smoked mirrors, tan banquettes, vintage restaurant menus) and it feels like an elegantly easygoing neighborhood restaurant. We started out with a Maplebrook Farms Burrata that’s set on a pistachio, salsa verde spiked with yuzu kosho and a glass of Henry Varnay Ugni Blanc Brut, Loire NV. The burrata was fresh and it had good flavors but it lacked the unctuous creamy center that’s expected..

Brunch at Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera (NYC)

[Translate] On Sunday, a friend and I had plans to see the Chinese Philharmonic performing at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Since it’s a few minutes away, we had brunch at Grand Tier at the Metropolitan Opera. (The Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier started on December 4th.) A video posted by Tina Wong | Food & Travel (@wanderingeater) on Dec 12, 2016 at 6:40am PST Walking up to the second floor where the Grand Tier is located in the Met Opera house, it’s a beautiful restaurant with the stunning drop chandeliers and natural light from the large windows..

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate (NYC)

[Translate] Chef Gabriel Kreuther and his pastry chef Marc Aumont recently opened a luxury chocolate shop, Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate, located next door to Chef Kreuther’s proper restaurant. It’s a great place to duck away from the crowds of Bryant Park or a holiday shopping break from Fifth Avenue. The moment I stepped into ths beautiful shop, I see the glass encased chocolate workshop and the large display cases toward the back showcasing the jewel-like chocolate bonbons and bars and a separate pastry case filled with trays of cheesecake macarons, eye-catching colorful pastries, and uniquely shaped travel cakes that are essentially..

Christmas Pastries from Maison Kayser USA

[Translate] This year for Maison Kayser USA‘s holiday pastries, there’s going to be Bûches de Noël – Bûche Kayser, Bûche Fruit Rouges, Bûche Châtaigne, and Bûche Noisettes & Yuzu. Bûche de Noël is a yule log but the Kayser team takes it to a modern French way. (more…)

Dinner for the Carnivores at The Beatrice Inn (NYC)

[Translate] When my friend planned my birthday dinner The Beatrice Inn came to the fore when we read the 2* review from Pete Wells of NYT and was intrigued, to say the least to dine there. After that mutual consensus, we ended up having a reservation shortly. On a rainy evening, The Beatrice Inn wasn’t too crowded and we saw Chef-Owner Angie Mar observing the front of the house and visiting a couple of tables at the end of their meals. This restaurant feels like a modern chophouse — dimly lit and handsome — but had nods to the past...


Luxurious Dim Sum Afternoon Tea at La Chine at Waldorf Astoria (NYC)

[Translate] La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria is a grand, luxurious haute Chinese restaurant. Renovated in colors of black, gleaming gold and silver, fuzzy banquettes and a black marble bar. The layout is like an old-school power room surrounded by orchids and dim lighting. I’ve been in the search for solidly good high-end Chinese food in New York City (I’m speaking of the ones I’ve eaten Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong) and based on this dim sum afternoon tea experience, I think this is a good bet. The service was professional and friendly. The plush atmosphere feels comfortable. The food..

Brunch at Upstairs at The Kimberly (NYC)

[Translate] Despite fact the temperature is dropping a bit that one should wear a jacket or a sweater to walk around New York City, it’s still lovely enough to dine outdoors on a rooftop — like brunch at Upstairs at The Kimberly in Midtown East. (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…)