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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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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 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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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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Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

Saul, Boerum Hill, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: The Tasting Menu

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Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Smoked Trout Salad, Chicken Hash

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Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Prix – Fixe, Mushroom Lasagna

 

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Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

Tableau might be one of the best-kept secrets at the Wynn.

This elegantly whimsical restaurant is tucked away in a serene corner of the Wynn Hotel. Overlooking a pool and garden, Tableau offers a luxurious breakfast and lunch menu. The food here is top-notch as is the service and the prices.

Known for its Saturday and Sunday brunch – Tableau really offers a wonderful respite from the brisk pulse of the Vegas beat.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Ahi Tuna Tartare

 

Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

 

Grilled Vegetable Salad

 

Chocolate Dessert

 

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* Restaurant Name
Tableau
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New
* Street Address
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd , Las Vegas, NV 89109
* Phone
(702) 770-3330

DE Santos, West Village, NYC

DE Santos, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Truffled Mac & Cheese

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Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Roasted Hudson valley Duck Confit

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Park Avenue Winter, Upper East Side, NYC

Park Avenue Winter, Upper East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Seared Scallop “Sandwich”, Smoked Salmon & Beet Salad

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Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL


 
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Food: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Dishes not to miss: Pan Onion fried chips, Heirloom tomato salad with burrata, Tangerine creamsicle pot de creme
 

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is possibly one of the best food experiences Miami has to offer. Set in the funky Design District, Chef/Owner Michael Schwartz has created a casual bistro, which is an ode to “Genuine Food & Drink”.

Michael Schwartz is a leader in the farm to table movement and was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South.

Schwartz’s passion for the freshest, finest ingredients is evident in the truly superb fare he has to offer. Each dish is composed in honor of every component that has been utilized. The results are just divine.

I love that there are no pretensions here. People come here to enjoy simple New American, ingredient-driven cuisine at really affordable prices and I’m all about that!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

THICK CUT POTATO CHIPS WITH PAN FRIED ONION DIP

 

LOCAL HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD WITH BURRATA

 

SHITAKE MUSHROOM WITH CAVE AGED GRUYERE PIZZA

 

PAN ROASTED POULET ROUGE CHICKEN WITH WOOD ROASTED ASPARAGUS

 

FRESH CHOPPED SALAD WITH GRILLED SWORDFISH

 

CHOCOLATE CREMOSO

 

TANGERINE CREAMSICLE POT de CRÈME

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* Restaurant Name
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New / American Traditional
* Street Address
130 Northeast 40th Street , Miami, FL 33137
* Phone
(305) 573-5550

The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, NYC

The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

 Dishes not to miss: Roasted Chicken

 

The Wright (named after Frank Lloyd) opened to the public at the Guggenheim Museum on December 11, 2009, where the Guggenheim Café used to be. This sleek, modern space was awarded the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for outstanding restaurant design. The striking feature of this bright room is the multicolored installation titled The Horizon by artist Liam Gillick. Read the rest of this entry

ABC Kitchen, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

ABC Kitchen, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

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David Burke Townhouse, Upper East Side, NYC

David Burke Townhouse, Upper East Side, NYC
 

 

 

 
Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Dishes not to miss: Pretzel Crusted Crab cakes, Parfait of Big Eye Tuna and Salmon Tartare, Tuna Burger, Butterscotch Pannacotta, Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

Special notes: They have great lunch and weekend brunch specials. Their crab cakes and Tuna burger are the best I’ve ever had.


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The Bar Room at The Modern, Midtown West, NYC

The Bar Room at The Modern, Midtown West, NYC


Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

I recommend: Wild Mushroom Soup, Grilled Monkfish Medallions, Dark Chocolate Tart

 

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Blue Ribbon Bakery, West Village, NYC

Blue Ribbon Bakery, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

I recommend: Foie Gras, Fried Chicken, and Bread Pudding


The brothers Bromberg have created quite an empire with their brand of restaurants in New York City. It all began with Blue Ribbon in 1992.

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