Tag Archives: Upper East Side

Bareburger (Upper East Side)

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 beef, chicken, turkey and lamb; exotic options such as elk, bison, ostrich and boar; and mushroom, veggie and black bean burgers for our vegetarian and vegan diners. I went for Sunday brunch with a friend at their Upper East Side location when it was one of those rare..

Japanese Sake Tasting Event at the Ambassador of Japan’s Home

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 by Dr. Masaki Okuda, as to how sake is made, the process, grading and what differentiates sake from wine and beer. (more…)

Japanese Sake Tasting Event at the Ambassador of Japan's Home

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 by Dr. Masaki Okuda, as to how sake is made, the process, grading and what differentiates sake from wine and beer. (more…)

Christmas Day Dinner at Tori Shin, 1* Michelin Yakatori Restaurant

Exterior; Skewers of meat, looking over the bar; Condiments on the counter bar; Yakatori chefs prepping and cooking behind the counter During Christmas Day, my family and I wanted to do something a bit unusual – dine out. Craving Japanese fare, I figured we should go to Tori Shin, the only yakatori that is Michelin-starred (it earned a 1* since 2012) located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This small, minimalist restaurant is centered around a large U-shaped, blonde wooden counter table that essentially has charcoal grills working on two sides, the center has the yakatori cold case and..

Ladurée Holiday Party in NYC 2012

At Ladurée’s Holiday Party On Thursday night, I was invited to Ladurée‘s New York City flagship location for their first holiday party. Their windows were decked out in ornate holiday attire of gold and rich forest green. Attendees were chic Upper East Siders and fashionable people (I saw Frederic Fekkai, the famous hair stylist to the celebrities and Reed Krakoff, the handbag and clothing designer, and Mr. Krakoff’s wife) while I was there. (more…)

Francois Payard's Newest Flagship FP Patisserie in Upper East Side

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 ridiculous rate. We were shocked about the loss and disheartened that Chef Payard would return back to the neighborhood over the years as the many rumors were false that he’s opening there. But within a couple of weeks ago, he did do a opening preview of this flagship..

Francois Payard’s Newest Flagship FP Patisserie in Upper East Side

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 ridiculous rate. We were shocked about the loss and disheartened that Chef Payard would return back to the neighborhood over the years as the many rumors were false that he’s opening there. But within a couple of weeks ago, he did do a opening preview of this flagship..

StarChefs ICC 2012 and StarChefs/PromPeru’s Dinner at Raymi

Chef Hooni Kim of Danji and his dish Yook Hwe This year’s StarChefs ICC 2012 was a short one for me personally, as I was only able to attend to the first day of this fun food symposium. That said, I still learned quite a bit from the several hours watching prominent chefs lecturing and demonstrating their ideas and techniques and it’s still an honor to cover their event. Chef Hooni Kim of Danji demonstrated his dish Yook Hwe, essentially a Korean-style beef tartare except made with exceptionally silky Australian wagyu beef instead of locally raised beef he normally uses..

Dinner at Papadam

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 cuisine but I am fascinated by the complexity of flavors and spices used in their food and I think this restaurant is a good stepping stone. This narrow restaurant that has an exposed brick wall with a long leather banquette looks pleasant and relaxing to be in. We’re..


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