[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..
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[Translate] The Palm Court at The Plaza is arguably one of the best hotel afternoon teas in New York City I’ve had in the longest time. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian re-launched the iconic Palm Court at The Plaza hotel with a renovation by Master Architect Thierry Despont almost a year ago. The renovation does result in bringing natural, floral elements inspired by Central Park (and it has the classic English elements that reminds me of another landmark, The Ritz in London, UK). Despite the fact it sounds quite touristy but you should go there once just to check out the scene...
[Translate] Summertime calls for outdoor drinking and since we are in the city of skyscrapers, you’d have rooftops to drink in the views and your cocktail. Up on 20 at Hyatt Herald Square is a rooftop bar in Midtown, Manhattan that has the Empire State Building almost up close and you can see glimpses of the World Trade Center and the New Jersey skyline when you are looking at their south terrace. We started our evening with a glass of refreshing glass of Prosecco ($12) and Sunny Honey ($18 – for all cocktails on the menu) cocktail and took the..
[Translate] Celebrity chefs on deck – Paul Qui of Qui (Austin, TX); Seamus Mullen of Tertulia & El Comado (NYC); Jamie Bissonnette of Toro NYC; Matt Lightner of Atera (NYC) NYC Wine & Food Festival wrapped up its 4-day food extravaganza with Meatopia X. This event is not for the faint of heart, especially if you are a vegetarian. This is a truly a meat festival, celebrating the carnivore in most of us and the animals that we’re consuming expertly grilled, smoked, and/or barbecued by the celebrity chefs locally and one from the United Kingdom (Chef Richard Turner of Hawksmoor)...
[Translate] View of the bar (taken with my iPhone); The view of the bar looking down The NoMad Bar, a freestanding extension of the handsome, sophisticated Elephant Bar within The NoMad Hotel opened several months ago by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. One of my friends visiting from London wanted to eat something new so I thought we should head here since I’ve been hearing good things about the food, and of course the cocktails. While I was waiting for her arrival, the first thing I noticed was the boisterous conviviality of the happy hour crowd of mostly young professionals..
[Translate] 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...
[Translate] Interior of Astor Court and its lounge; our full spread of afternoon tea Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis New York Hotel, an historic Manhattan landmark at 55th and 5th Avenue, serves as the perfect oasis from the frenzy of New York City to the calm of a centuries-old British tradition – for Mother’s Day. As my mother and I sat in the luxurious Petit Salon sipping various blends of teas and enjoying an assortment of pastries and desserts, it seemed like the chaos of the city just outside the hotel’s doors was hundreds of miles away. In fact,..
[Translate] I recently stopped by Pie Face for a brief pre-dinner snack of their Thanksgiving “stack” ($7.90; seen on my tweet). An individual-sized turkey & stuffing pie, topped with mashed sweet potatoes and jellied cranberry sauce. For someone who doesn’t really mash all of these items in a relative bite on my Thanksgiving plate, it actually works and I liked it. I also picked up a Family-sized coconut custard pie ($24.95; they do have apple, sweet potato and pecan pies available as well). A sturdy-crusted pie that has a dense, rich coconut custard topped with sweetened toasted coconut flakes. For..
[Translate] Interior, upstairs and table setting Pampano is a contemporary Mexican restaurant found in Midtown East. The decor and the menu vaguely reminds me of my recent press trip to Los Cabos, Mexico – and the food primarily focused on seafood. Entering this restaurant on a humid, drizzling evening, we’re greeted by two friendly hostesses and a civil happy hour crowd several yards away at the bar, whose conversations weren’t too convivial. We’re eventually escorted upstairs to the dining room, where the beige walls with white palm trees carved onto them felt vaguely tropical and the large mirror made it..