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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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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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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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Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

Friday Night Dinners at the Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC

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Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

Sage General Store, LIC, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Brownies

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Umami Burger, Greenwich Village, NYC

Umami Burger, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Hatch Burger, Thin Fries

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LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Frittata, Soups, Brownie

 

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Dovetail, Upper West Side, NYC

Dovetail, Upper West Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try: Potato Gnocchi, Hamachi, Cured Carrots, Chocolate soufflé

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The Butcher Bar, Astoria, NYC

The Butcher Bar, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Pulled Pork, Marinated Chicken

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Masq, Midtown East, NYC

Masq, Midtown East, NYC

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

I was recently invited to a press dinner at Masq which is Midtown’s little gem offering innovative American Cuisine with a New Orleans flair.

The space occupies the first floor of a townhouse and is spread over four distinctive areas that flow one into the other. There is a full-service sit-down bar located in the front of the restaurant, which has a really cool horseshoe-shaped white oak bar. Here one can choose from a variety of New Orleans inspired specialty cocktails, an impressive selection of global wines and other premium liquors.

 

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The restaurant then continues into a Lounge area decorated with eclectic vintage furniture and masks which leads into the main dining room. There is also private party area called “The Red Room” located in the back, which makes for a perfect space to host an intimate gathering of up to 45 people.

 

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Co-owners George Chaprastian and Executive Chef Marc Getzelman make for a dynamic duo who truly have a passion for what they have created here at Masq. The place exudes warmth and hospitality from the minute you step in.

 

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Chef Getzelman offers some really innovative fare with his New Orleans-inspired menu. You feast on delicious Mac ‘n Cheese croquettes, Crawfish Étouffée, Po’ Boys and their signature Jambalaya tempered with goat cheese amongst other wonderful eats. Do NOT miss dessert – their Sabayon was really refreshing and delicious.

With a spot like Masq in our midst, one doesn’t have to travel far to celebrate Mardi Gras coz here “It’s Always Fat Tuesday!”

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

MAC ‘N CHEESE CROQUETTES

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PROSCIUTTO FIG FLATBREADS

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SHRIMP & CATFISH PO’ BOYS

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CRAWFISH ETOUFFEE

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JAMBALAYA

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SABAYON

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
MASQ Restaurant & Lounge
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Midtown East / American New
* Street Address
306 East 49th St. (Between 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10017
* Phone
(212) 644-8294
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Shopsin’s General Store, Lower East Side, NYC

Shopsin’s General Store, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Poutine, Mac and Cheese Pancake

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The Little Owl, West Village, NYC

The Little Owl, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Gravy Meatball Sliders , Spring Asparagus Soup, Pork Chop & Butter Beans

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Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, Murray Hill, NYC

Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, Murray Hill, NYC

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(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions in this review are my own.) 

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The NoMad, Chelsea, NYC

The NoMad, Chelsea, NYC

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 Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Corn roasted with tomato, basil & corn cream, Tagliatelle, Milk and Honey 

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Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

Pommes Frites, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

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Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Black-eyed Pea Cake

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Luke’s Lobster, Upper East Side, NYC

Luke’s Lobster, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Lobster and Shrimp rolls

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Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Steamed Shrimp Salad, Pizza with Roasted Eggplant

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North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Grilled Clam Pizza, Upma Polenta, Thrice-Fried Spiced Fries, Rice Flaked Halibut, Butterscotch Pot de Crème

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David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

David Burke Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Burrata and Prosciuitto

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The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: prix fixe

 

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Motorino, East Village, NYC

Motorino, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Brussel Sprouts Pizza

 

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