[Translate] Villanelle refers to a 16th-century Neapolitan style of melodic poetry consisting of 19 lines. The space has a subdued, earthy look with pine beams running along the bar area, and white brick walls and gray banquettes in the dining room. We stopped by one frigid evening to have dinner and started off with cocktails that run the spectrum from creative takes on classics like the Paul Revere – a nod to the period and it’s a fantastic, smoked version of the Old Fashioned. The Merciless Beauty, as we were informed by the wait staff, a take on the martini...
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[Translate] Union Restaurant is located within the Press Hotel, just across the street from Portland’s City Hall. It’s a beautiful and inviting, contemporary American farm-to-table restaurant led by Maine native Chef Josh Berry. The menu is thoughtfully designed and divided into broad categories of small plates, large plates, sides and on the bottom of the menu, must haves. We were informed by our waitress that all of the dishes err on the generously portioned. (more…)
[Translate] Entering the sleek and modern lobby of Park Hyatt, we were whisked by the hotel staff to the seventh floor where NoMI Kitchen resides. It’s a beautiful restaurant that has a large bar/lounge area that opens up to NoMI’s sushi area that shares the semi-open space with the Western style kitchen and the dining room. If you are fortunate to have a table near the windows looking out to the stunning, open view of the Water Tower and parts of Millennium Mile. (more…)
[Translate] Papadum with Prune’s menus & Interior Last night, I figured to have dinner with a my friends last night at Prune. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to this excellent restaurant for dinner (I’m a long time fan for brunch) so I came armed with my camera and the Weryoo app to share my photos. Weryoo is a new photo sharing community that allows you to pin/locate where you’ve taken your photos, given the fact you’ve allowed your camera or any photo taking app (if you’re not using Weryoo’s camera directly) with the locate function on. It’s..
[Translate] Interiors of Distilled NY; Table setting We recently ate at Distilled NY, helmed by Momofuku Noodle Bar veteran Shane Lyons, a new-ish restaurant in TriBeCa that opened back in early June. It is a large space; a sprawling, 110-seat restaurant styled after a classic American public house. The menu contains the dishes are familiar, approachable, and hearty but each gets a twist on the flavors. Our cocktails: Smuggle n’ Rum and Franklin Fizz; Tasting of Meads & Bowl of fresh popped popcorn We started with cocktails of Smuggle n’ Rum made of lavender, banana rum, Angostura bitters, lemon oil..
[Translate] Exterior of Nectar; Looking down the dining room; Tall ceilings with dramatic orange lampshades; Executive Chef/Partner Patrick Feury and interior of main dining room Nectar is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Philly, where we eventually end up in a town that sort of feels like the Hamptons in New York. Dotted with small strip malls along the road and some, like this restaurant, are large freestanding places. When you enter the heavy doors of Nectar, you would encounter a soaring, dramatic space designed by David Rockwell that is centered by a huge Buddha tapestry and a U-shaped sushi..
[Translate] This dinner dates back on January 16, 2009. Yes, it’s a bit dated but it’s still valid when you look at their current menu. About a month or so, in December, Patrick (if you look back at the Alta post, that’s when I knew him) and I chatted online like we usually do on a workday. The surprising thing he told me was he’s coming to visit New York City for the weekend. I was happy since I haven’t seen him for nearly a year or so and he wanted to eat dinner. Somewhere. I scratched my head a..
[Translate] The past Saturday Ariel and I went out to brunch at DavidBurke & Donatella. Why in the world would I go to the Upper East Side for brunch? Well, he’s been bugging me about eating there ever since the Momofuku dinner back several weeks ago. I know if his food lovin’ heart is set on something, I have no choice but to tag along and be his dining companion. But then I found out the day before our brunch, he got a cold. And he still wanted to go there! Now, that’s dedication. Brunch menu cover (more…)
[Translate] After reading about Craft for years, I’ve always thought about eating here but hating the fact that they don’t serve lunch, except at its sister branch Craftbar. That’s until I read from the NY Times’ blog, The Diner’s Journal that Craft started to serve lunch again. Interior photos (more…)