Food Reviews

Legends from Europe Dinner at SD26

[Translate] Photos from top to bottom: Looking down at the main dining room; 30-month Prosciutto di Parma; Chef slicing the leg of Prosciutto di Parma; Cheeses served Grana Padano & Montasio; Prosciutto San Daniele Last night I was invited to the Legends from Europe dinner at the beautiful, historical SD26 at one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Despite SD26 would be about 5 years old, mind you they have a long legacy with restaurant scene in NYC. Tony May (the co-owner with his daughter, Marisa May) started and owned the Rainbow Room in the late 60s to the 80s...

Patisserie Tomoko (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

[Translate] Patisserie Tomoko is a relatively new bakery and dessert bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The proprietor Chef Tomoko Kato, who helped open a favorite Japanese tea and dessert house (at least for me) in East Village, Cha-An, who bridges the Japanese and French influences into pastries. The space itself feels futuristic with the large U-shaped bar yet cozy from the warm blonde wood. One half of the bar is the bakery take-out section while the other half is for the dessert bar, where there are mid-back stools that line up lets you peer at the chef plating and creating the..

Ladurée SoHo – Second U.S. Location & Its Largest

[Translate] Ladurée opened its second U.S. location and finally, it has their legendary dining-in café and tea room beyond their takeout baked goods section. The entire venue is gorgeous and definitely reminded me of their Parisian location I visited and ate at. There are two themed salons, one inspired by Madame de Pompadour (the pastel green room with the gorgeous vintage chandelier, fireplace, custom marble floors and opens to an outdoor garden), the other by Madeleine Castaing, can also be reserved for private events. Ladurée SoHo’s salon inspired by French antique dealer and interior designer, Madeleine Castaing contains a plush..

Dinner at North End Grill – Good Savory Food, Amazing Desserts

[Translate] For my family’s dinner on the second day of the (Chinese) year (we cooked a feast on the day of Chinese New Year), we headed out to North End Grill. I was curious of Chef Floyd Cardoz’s food since his days at Tabla, where he cooked robust, vibrant Indian dishes and I’ve been following Pastry Chef Tracy Obolsky since she was at Esca. North End Grill is an update of the American bar and grill in Battery Park City. When you enter the restaurant, your eyes would fall on the modern, sleek black and white checkered tile floors, clusters..

New Savory Croissants at Financier Patisserie

[Translate] Financier Patisserie will be offering limited edition savory croissants starting on National Croissant Day, Friday, January 30th. This makes it an apt time for Chef Eric Bedoucha to launch savory croissants to the bakery’s already excellent line-up of delectable French pastries. This Florentine wheel, Chicken, Mushroom bechamel triangle – and glazed pecan croissants This past weekend, I had the opportunity to have a preview of Financier Patisserie‘s upcoming release of their three limited edition, so to speak, croissants in the honor of National Croissant Day, Thursday, January 30, 2014. The three croissant creations that Chef Eric Bedoucha and his..