Chef Emilio Barbieri & Chef Cesare Casella; the menu and the bar/dining room area
A few nights ago, Chef Cesare Casella and Chef Emilio Barbieri cooked together at Chef Casella’s latest restaurant Il Ristorante in the Upper East Side. (This special one-night dinner is $110 per person.) Chef Barbieri is the executive [...]
Interior; Banana raspberry shake & Sweet Potato Croqs
The idea of Bareburger started in 2009 and is currently a micro-chain of organic burger restaurants. As of today, they have ten locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. The restaurants are environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. The menu features a variety of meats, including traditional [...]
On Wednesday night, I was one of the limited number of honored guests who were invited by Japan Sake Association and Ambassador and Consul of Japan into the stately home of Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We were treated to an informal sake seminar, led [...]
Exterior & Macaron towers by the window
To those of you who are native New Yorkers like myself or lived here for almost a decade, you would be aware of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, an Upper East Side institution that closed on June 2009 because his landlord raised the rent by a [...]
Interior, Menu, Papadam with chutneys, Indian inspired cocktails
Papadam located in the Upper East Side is one of the fewest neighborhoods I would imagine having very good traditional Indian food at a very reasonable price that we went on a recent Saturday night.
Admittedly, I’m a novice to the realm of Indian [...]
Interior of Maison Kayser and pastries in the display case
Maison Kayser opened its first New York City bakery/café back in early last month. This international artisanal bakery was prevalent in Paris when I vacationed at that amazing city back in 2010 (here’s my photo set of just that bakery’s visit in [...]
I’ve been a long time fan of La Maison du Chocolat‘s sublime French chocolates and pastries, founded by chocolatier Robert Linxe in 1977. I even had the privilege to have a tour of their factory in Paris two years ago because they were aware of my fanaticism.
Even though their name does mean (when [...]