Estela, Nolita, NYC

Estela, Nolita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Everything

 

Ignacio Mattos is the brilliant chef behind Estela on Houston Street.

Raised in Uruguay, Mattos veers his cuisine towards a Mediterranean bent.

Sharing is strongly encouraged at this small plate spot, which has a menu that changes often and is limited to about fifteen items.

Mattos’s training at the kitchens of Chez Panisse, Il Bucco and Isa shine through in his modernist offerings. His combinations are really quite spectacular.

Take for example the burrata with salsa verde and charred bread. Every bite of this stunner is filled with complimentary yet contrasting flavors. I also thought the Bialy with smoked salmon was superb.

Estela offers a brilliant wine list along with some really delicious cocktails. Co-owner Thomas Carter showcases his talent here just as Mattos does in the kitchen. The menu at Estela is really perfectly designed to compliment its beverage offerings.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Spiced Almonds 

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Burrata with salsa verde and charred bread

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Bialy with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and horseradish

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Cod with romesco, aioli, and potatoes

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Avocado pancetta, and egg on danish pastry (tebirke)

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Pure Thai Cookhouse, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

Pure Thai Cookhouse, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Nakorn-Patom Duck Noodles Soup, Egg Omelette, Wok Chili Turmeric With Beef

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Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

Corkbuzz Wine Bar recently invited me to a power lunch with a wonderful group of women from the world of food media.

 

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Master Sommelier Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square has curated an ideal meeting place for spectacular wines and outstanding eats at Corkbuzz Wine Bar Chelsea Market.

Teaming up with two-time Michelin star Chef Missy Robbins, this intimate wine bar is inspired by a European style outdoor market vibe where people gather together for a casual glass of wine and some light bites.

At Corkbuzz, women really pave the way both behind the scenes and at the front end. Aside from Laura and Missy leading the charge – the team that helped put this together from design (Stephanie Goto) to construction, were women. A HUGE shoutout to our wonderful hostess Rachael Wilson, the Communications Director, who guided us through our afternoon of indulgence.

 

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Corkbuzz Wine Bar aims to provide that ultimate space where all kinds of people with an interest in wine (from novice to expert) can come together to share this passion whilst sampling a glass or a bottle or two! The wine menu offers about 150 bottles of some of Maniec’s favorites as well as signature picks from top sommeliers.

 

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The menu at Corkbuzz comprises of Italian-accented small plates where each dish has been inspired by an experience from Missy’s extensive travels. These narratives compelled her to recreate the flavors and emotions behind each story on a platter.

The food was nothing short of stellar. I did have my favorites and they were unusual and “to die for”. Don’t miss the “Potato Chips with Fennel and Chili, the “Gougeres”, the “Anchovies with Salsa Verde”, the “Tomato Braised Calamari”, the “Panzarotti” and the “Sopressata”. Each dish was artfully paired with a wonderful pours of wines and champagne.

 

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Make sure to avoid the crowds of Chelsea Market and access Corkbuzz from its backdoor on 15th Street. There’s no sign yet but just look for neon pink lights and cryptic messages – they will light up the way for you.

 

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Lunch at Corkbuzz begins at 11:30 am and goes straight through to 11 pm. The bar is open from 11:30am -12pm Sunday -Tuesday & 11:30am-2am on Wednesday-Saturday.

The best deal of all though is their “Champagne Campaign” where bottles of champagne are available at half off from 10pm to close every day!!

Chelsea Market now has a perfect spot for grownups to play in – if I were you – I’d be heading over right about now!

 

Here is some of what we ate and drank:

 

Potato Chips fennel, chili, sea salt (Aubry Premier Cru Brut)

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Gougeres fontina, speck (Aubry Premier Cru Brut)

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Roasted Eggplant, pine nuts, golden raisins (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Cucumbers, coriander, cumin, chile, yogurt (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Whole Artichoke, Italian dressing (Chateau du Coing ’00 Muscadet)

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Anchovies Salsa Verde, bread, butter (Kiralyudvar ’11 Furmint)

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Tomato Braised Calamari, fennel pollen (Domain Labet Fleurs ’09 Chardonnay)

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Cured Swordfish, giardiniera, taggiasca olives (Kiralyudvar ’11 Furmint)

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Tuna Conserva, zucchini, dill (Domain Labet Fleurs ’09 Chardonnay)

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Sopressata, gnocco fritto (La Provostura ’10 Nebbiolo)

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Panzarotti, ricotta and mozzeralla filled (La Provostura ’10 Nebbiolo)

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Cotechino Sausage Sandwich (Señorio de P. Pecina Reserva ’05 Tempranillo)

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Burrata Sandwich (Señorio de P. Pecina Reserva ’05 Tempranillo)

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Popped Corn (Madeira)

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Cannoli Cream Filled Éclair (Madeira)

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Pietro’s Co-Op, Westbury, Long Island

Pietro’s Co-Op, Westbury, Long Island

 

Let me share with you of the best kept food secrets that is about to go viral…..

Pietro’s Co-Op in Westbury, Long Island might just be one of the best places for organic vegetables and eggs in the Tri-state area.

 

Peter Paniccia's Farm in Long Island

Peter Paniccia’s Farm in Long Island

Peter Paniccia's Farm in Long Island

Peter Paniccia’s Farm in Long Island

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Farzi Café, Gurgaon, India

Farzi Café, Gurgaon, India

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Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

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The Flying Elephant at The Park Hyatt, Chennai, India

The Flying Elephant at The Park Hyatt, Chennai, India

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Mathsya, Chennai, India

Mathsya, Chennai, India

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For over two decades, Mathsya located near the Egmore railway station, has been serving up authentic Udidpi cuisine to loyal customers who keep coming back for more.

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Kudumbam, Chennai, India

Kudumbam, Chennai, India

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If you are looking to explore some Kerala cuisine whist in Chennai then Kudumbam offers a really nice alterative to the now jaded Ente Kerelam. Housed in a quaint bungalow with touches of a traditional Kerala home, Kudumbam is a restaurant cum boutique all wrapped in one.

 

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Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

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China Club, Gurgaon, India

China Club, Gurgaon, India

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China Club is a popular destination for authentic Chinese food in Gurgaon. Housed in the bustling Global Business Park, this restaurant has a glassed enclosed kitchen where one can watch the Sichuan chefs churning out their fiery delights.

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Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

Ivan Ramen, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Spicy Red Chili Ramen, Lancaster Okonomiyaki

 

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Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

Sweet Buttons, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆½

Cost: $

Must try: Chocolate Cupcake, Caramel Tart

 

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Sweet Buttons on the Lower East Side is as cute a place as it sounds. Home to bite sized desserts, these tiny treats offer customers the opportunity to indulge more than just one dessert.

Housed in a fun space adorned with purple polka dots and sparkles, even the cupcakes shine with edible glitter. Offering everything from cupcakes, tarts, puddings and so on, one can really experiment with flavors and textures here.

 

The price point is great and the goods are really tasty, I think Sweet Buttons is definitely worth being checked out.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

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Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab Monsieur, Baby Spinach Salad

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The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO, NYC

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, DUMBO, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Strawberry, Peaches and Cream

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Captain Morgan Media Event w/ Top Chef Judge Hugh Acheson

Captain Morgan Media Event w/ Top Chef Judge Hugh Acheson

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this event for a complimentary tasting. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

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A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

A Tasting Event at La Maison Du Chocolat, UES, NYC

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M. Wells Steakhouse, Long Island City, NYC

M. Wells Steakhouse, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance:☆☆☆½ 

Cost: $$$ 

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Café Triskell, Astoria,NYC

Café Triskell, Astoria,NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try:  French Onion Soup
, Croque Madame

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Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

Desnuda, Williamsburg, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

 

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Jade Asian, Flushing, NYC

Jade Asian, Flushing, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Dimsum, special tasting menus 

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Laut, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

Laut, Union Square/ Flatiron, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Salt and Pepper Squid, Mee Goreng

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The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Restaurant, Flushing, NYC

The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Restaurant, Flushing, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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