Tag Archives: cocktails

Prestigious Luxury at The New York Palace Hotel

I had the good fortune to visit the New York Palace Hotel recently. Granted, I’ve eaten the wonderful, whimsical, and delicious confections of Chef Michel Richard’s at Pomme Palais during the holiday season. But that evening of potently good cocktails, dining at Villard Michel Richard, and go up to one of the hotel’s signature Tower suite, the Jewel Suite, it’s incomparable. The New York Palace is an historical landmark that is a combination of the Villard Houses and the Helmsley Tower. The Villard House was built in 1882 and was originally owned by Henry Villard, a well-known railroad financier. This..

M Bar & Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Boston

Mandarin Oriental’s art book; cover and inside During my stay at Mandarin Oriental Boston, I had received a copy of the hotel’s beautiful (albeit heavy), hardcover art book. Flipping through the pages of the gorgeous photographs of the brand’s various locations, I can’t help but be inspired and hope to travel to their international locations, especially in Hong Kong. Toward the middle-end portion of this book, when I came across the photos of the colorful cocktails (seen above) and made me wanted to have a drink downstairs for my nightcap for the evening. We took the elevators down to the..

Afternoon Holiday Tea at Fairmont Battery Wharf – Not Your Grandmother’s Tea

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Battery Wharf is what I would consider, a modern take of what the age-old version of afternoon tea. Their dining room is streamlined and modern, evoking a luxury yacht with cozy touches like comfortable leather sofas and chairs, a fireplace toward the back, and floor to ceiling windows looking out to the majestic wharf. It’s more of a handsome place rather than a feminine or frilly dining room. The food has a modern take to it and service is friendly and not uptight. The diners there were a mix of tourists and locals who were..

Brunch at The Butterfly

The Butterfly – Exterior, Interior and Our drinks & brunch menu Chef Michael White’s newest venture opened in late June of this year called The Butterfly. This is place is meant to be a place for well made cocktails (the drinks menu is collaborated with one of the most respected bartenders in the industry, Eben Freeman (if you could recall the olden days of Tailor with the solid cocktails)) that serves very good retro American food. The retro theme of the 1950s are nuanced throughout the restaurant from the font on the menus, the classic cocktails like Mai Tai and..

Mihoko’s 21 Grams – Japanese-French Fare in an Elegant French Setting

I recently ate at Mihoko 21 Grams last week for an event. Exterior, interior, one of the tables, shelf of top-shelf liquor, the beautiful crowd This restaurant is founded by a former Japanese ballerina, Mihoko. She collected most of the items from her travels and used them to decorate and/or be sold at this restaurant such as these rare, utilitarian teapots I photograped. The dining room space is gorgeous, it feels and looks like I’m eating at a Baroque dining room. It’s opulent but it’s not overdone. The name of this restaurant is refers to the purported weight of a..

Tasting the Summer Menu at Bar Basque

Bar Basque sign at the window, Interiors, Bar portion of the patio, looking out at FoodParc, Covered patio dining space Bar Basque located at the second floor of the Eventi Hotel opened the past fall. Many newspapers and bloggers noted of it’s futuristic, Tron-like space, as it was designed by Blade Runner‘s Syd Mead. Everything is basically red with touches of black, white, and chrome. Streamlined space that has a bar, an outdoor patio for the people who want a drink, a covered terrace for al freso dining, and an open kitchen in the back. I came here, with a..

Jo’s Restaurant (Closed)

This will be my last post until I come back from my vacation to Paris in early June, as I’m leaving New York City on Monday. Over the extent of that time, please look at my Flickr just to see touristy photos as well as food porn. Jo’s exterior and window My family and I wanted to celebrate my brother’s graduation from graduate school (he earned a MBA in Accounting and now a newly minted, qualified CPA, as he told me this morning) and ended up going to Jo’s in Nolita. We desired to have a casual dinner amongst us..

Lucky Rice Festival’s Opening Night Cocktail Party

Back on Thursday, April 29th, I attended Lucky Rice Festival’s Opening Night Cocktail Party at the Bowery Hotel hosted by Kelly Choi. Being that this was my first time to visit this hotel’s bar, I’m pretty excited as I read it’s spacious and gorgeous venue. (Thanks to Lucky Rice for inviting me to this event.) By chance, I have met three lovely women, who happened to be food bloggers, Julie of Peek & Eat and Amy of Amy Blogs Chow, and Jessica of Food Mayhem, as we’re all waited on-line and gotten a chance to hang out with them for..

Drinks at Apothéke, the Finale to Helen’s Birthday Celebration (Part 2)

[This is the continuation of Helen's birthday fooding. Here's Part 1, if you haven't read it yet. This was taken place on: October 20, 2008.] As Helen and I waddled ourselves to Chinatown, after our gluttonous feast of desserts and ramen to burn some calories, I wanted to show her my family’s favorite place for baked pork buns and dai bao (literally translated as “big bun” because eating one will hold you down for a meal or two!). Alas, it was 8 PM and as expected, the buns were sold out for the day and we’re left broken-hearted. But we..