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The Maison Kayser’s Marathon Menu, NYC

The Maison Kayser’s Marathon Menu, NYC
Photo courtsey Maison Kayser

Photo courtsey Maison Kayser

Photo courtsey Maison Kayser

Photo courtsey Maison Kayser

Photo courtsey Maison Kayser

Famed baker Eric Kayser is coming to town from Paris to run the NYC Marathon on Nov 2 and has worked with New York Times best selling author and professional sports nutritionist, Cynthia Sass to create a healthy “Marathon Menu”.

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

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Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

Brunch at Lafayette, Greenwich Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Soft Scrambled Eggs Vol-Au-Vent

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Spot Dessert Bar, East Village, NYC

Spot Dessert Bar, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, The Harvest 

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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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Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

Juliette, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Eggs Forestière

Juliette is an ultra charming brassiere in Williamsburg located right next to the famed Egg.

Nested in an area where trendy restaurants open ever so often, Juliette has managed to hold its own. Offering a locally sourced, French inspired menu classic favorites with a twist rule here. The meal we had here was very solid.

The interiors at Juliette are French country whimsy. The space offers locales to suit every mood. There is a vintage barroom up front, a main dining room, a solarium adorned with vines and an extremely popular rooftop bar that is packed during warmer weather. 

For those who care, Juliette was recently featured on Project Runway in Episode 9 (Let’s do Brunch)! That is definitely one way you can spend your time here by checking out the scene but for others like me…..the food will occupy you just fine too.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

BAKED FARM EGGS

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SMOKED SALMON BENEDICT 


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EGGS FORESTIERE

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* Restaurant Name
Juliette
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Williamsburg / French
* Street Address
135 North 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
* Phone
(718) 388-9222
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Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

 

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

I was recently invited to review Mozzarella & Vino, a brand new spot opened by veteran restaurateurs Gianfranco & Paula Sorrentino of Il Gattopardo and Leopard at des Artistes fame.

Located in the old Il Gattopardo space, right opposite the MOMA, Mozzarella & Vino is housed in a chic, inviting space that is filled with warmth and authenticity.

 

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Mozzarella & Vino distinguishes itself from it sibling restaurants by offering a seasonally inspired small plate menu with an emphasis on  Mozzarella di Bufala Campania DOP, Italian cheeses and affettati.

This affordable enoteca style restaurant also offers a full bar and an extensive wines list. This is one of the first spots in New York City to use an Enomatic wine serving system, which allows them to store unique high-end wines.

The kitchen is supervised by Chef Vito Gnazzo of Il Gattopardo and The Leopard and helmed by Antonio Savino. The menu at Mozzarella & Vino is quite simple but the flavors are truly authentic and the quality of food really shines. The best of ingredients are flown in twice a week from small artisanal farms in Italy. One can tell that in this kitchen there are no short cuts – everything is made fresh from scratch and is all really delicious.

Mozzarella & Vino is open everyday from 11:00 AM to 10 PM. The genuine affection and care taken of anyone who walks through the doors of Mozzarella & Vino is palpable. Its almost like you are welcomed home when you set foot in here and are pampered the whole way through with great food and wine.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Bread Basket

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Zucchini and Calamari fritti with spicy tomato sauce

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Affettati & Fromagi

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Smoked Mozzarella with Cherry Tomato Suace

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Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Riccotta

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Meatballs

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Apple crostata with smoked mozzarella gelato

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Mascarpone chocolate mousse cake

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* Restaurant Name
Mozzarella & Vino
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Midtown West / Italian
* Street Address
33 West 54th Street (b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Midtown West), New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(646) 692-8849
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MarieBelle Chocolate, Soho, NYC

MarieBelle Chocolate, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Hot Chocolate

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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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Moustache, West Village, NYC

Moustache, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Baba ghannouj, Pita bread

 

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The Village Restaurant, Litchfield, CT

The Village Restaurant, Litchfield, CT

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Village Wings

The Village Restaurant is a classic, pub style restaurant located in the heart of Litchfield, CT.

Serving better than average pub style food, this neighborhood gem seems to be a local favorite. Be sure to make reservations on weekends at it is always crowded with locals and tourists alike.

The wait staff is super friendly and the surroundings are always lively making The Village, a great dining pick.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Village Tomato Basil Soup

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Village Wings

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Village Potato Skins

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Village Chopped Salad

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Black Bean Burger

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Classic Village Burger

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Handmade Cheese Ravioli

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Warm Apple Crisp

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The Village Brownie Sundae

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* Restaurant Name
Village Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New
* Street Address
25 West St Litchfield, Litchfield, CT 06759
* Phone
(860) 567-8307
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The Brooklyn Blackout at Two Little Red Hens, Yorkville, NYC

The Brooklyn Blackout at Two Little Red Hens, Yorkville, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆ ( for the Brooklyn Blackout)

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: The Brooklyn Blackout ONLY!

 

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Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Lady M Mille Crêpes, Gateau au Chocolat, Strawberry Mille Feuille, Gateau aux Marrons

 

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Molly’s Cupcakes, West Village, NYC

Molly’s Cupcakes, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Peach Cobbler, Salted Caramel Butterscotch, Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Eclair

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Table Verte, East Village, NYC

Table Verte, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$ ½

Must try: Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Yam Cake

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

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Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Almond Croissant , Dka “dominique’s kouign amann”

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Arepas Cafe, Astoria, NYC

Arepas Cafe, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾ 

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Reina Arepas

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Turkish Grill, Sunnyside, NYC

Turkish Grill, Sunnyside, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

 

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Biang! Flushing, NYC

Biang! Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any lamb and noodle dish

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Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

Miss Lily’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village/ West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips , Jerk Chicken

 

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Miss Lily’s is my new Mecca for Caribbean food in New York City.

The menu offers modern Jamaican food, which maintains its authentic roots. Chef Bradford Thompson is French trained and has racked up accolades from Food and Wine and James Beard for best chef. All his skills are evident in just one dish – the Jerk chicken! I have never had a bird more tender yet spiced and grilled to perfect crispness.

I really enjoyed everything I tried there. The plantain chips with Akki dip was fabulous and the curried goat with roti was yummy too, albeit a bit watery for my taste. The hot sauces were really spicy and added all the more to the fun and flavor of this wonderful Caribbean oasis!

Multifaceted in its structure – Miss Lily’s weaves in and out of avatars in its Houston Street location. There are three facets to this spot that you can enjoy.

 

 

One is the Miss Lily’s bar/ restaurant part. Then there Miss Lily’s Variety & Bake Shop and Melvin’s Juice Box. This is a West Indian Boutique, record store, casual café, bakery and juice bar all rolled into one. The variety store is home to Radio Lily which is Miss Lily’s Internet radio station where a DJ is live streaming Reggae beats. This creates what they refer to as a “cultural social club”.

Basically what is – is a really cool space to hang out at with great eats at arms reach!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

  

Ginger Beer

 

 

Jaquitos

 

 

Ackee Dip And Plantain Chips

 

 

Jerk Chicken

 

Curried Goat

 

 

Roti and Rice and Beans

 

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* Restaurant Name
Miss Lily’s
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Village / Jamaican
* Street Address
132 West Houston St., New York, NY 10012
* Phone
(646) 588-5375
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Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Croissants,

 

Cannelle Patisserie is perhaps one of the most unusual finds in its location at a strip mall in East Elmhurst.

This venture was brought to fruition by Jean Claude Perennou and Gnanasampanthan Sabaratratnam – both Ex- Waldorf Astoria pastry chefs.

Cannelle Patisserie offers Manhattan quality baked goods at super affordable prices. The display cases are a riot of colors, textures and artful creations such as, napoleons, éclairs, profiteroles, all kinds of baked pastries and cookies. They also offer a range of fresh baked breads, quiches, tarts and so on. Their crowning glory is their super flaky croissants, gâteau Breton, Saint Honoré and Paris-Brest

The most wonderful thing about this Cannelle – other than its ethereal offerings is how it reflects the diversity of its surrounding in both its clientele and its staff. At Cannelle, people from all ethnicities, across all ages have found a great homey neighborhood spot to stop by and linger at over fabulous eats.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Restaurant Name
Cannelle Patisserie
* Overall
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Jackson Heights / American New
* Street Address
75-59 31st Ave, East Elmhurst, NY 11370
* Phone
(718) 565-6200
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Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

“Mitsitam” means “ Let’s Eat” in the language of the Delaware and Piscataway people. This is an apt name for the wonderful Native Foods Cafe
 at The National Museum of the American Indian

This museum café serves food with a difference. Featuring Native American cuisines from the Americas, this café has several food stations showcasing food from five different regions – Northern Woodlands, Mesoamerica, South America, Northwest Coast and the Great Plains.

 Executive Chef Richard Hetzler 
is constantly tweaking the menu as the seasons change. You can sample dishes such as Maple Brined turkey, Purple Potato soup or buffalo chili as entrees. Desserts offer Mayan Chocolate cake, Tres Leches and Blueberry Wajapias.

 The Mitsitam Café is a wonderful spot to take a break from all that sightseeing and sample cuisine with a difference.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Restaurant Name
Mitsitam Cafe
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American Traditional
* Street Address
4th St & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
* Phone
(202) 633-1000
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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington D.C.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington D.C.

 

 

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Food: ☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Kramerbooks & Afterword’s Cafe is a Washington D.C institution. Conveniently located right by the DuPont Circle train station, this independent Bookstore/Cafe begins buzzing from early morning until the wee hours of the morning.

They are open 7 days a week featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner menus with a full service bar. On weekends they feature a brunch menu are open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights. They have live entertainment Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8 Pm onwards.

The brunch at Afterword’s Café was ordinary – nothing stellar. The plate of bread/ pastry was stale. The service was unexpectedly gruff and indifferent. Nothing would take me back here.

It seems to me that a place like Kramerbooks & Afterword’s Café does well regardless of quality just because of its great location and reputation. Perhaps hanging here with the hipsters in the evenings would provide for a better experience…

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Pastries

 

Bay Bridge Crab Omelette

 

 

Organic Mushroom Omelette

 

 

The Café Benedicts with Crab Cake

 

 

Pancakes

 

Homefries


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* Restaurant Name
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill
* Overall
★★☆☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New / American Traditional
* Street Address
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
* Phone
(202) 387-1400
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Busboys and Poets, Washington D.C.

Busboys and Poets, Washington D.C.

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab cake Sandwiches and home home-fries

 

 Busboys and Poets is an inspired, bohemian bookstore/Cafe/ Lounge, which propounds progressive political ideologies. 

 This cheery cafe has been brilliantly decorated by carving out comfortable spaces with lounge chairs and sofas amongst walls that are adorned with multi-ethnic art and photographs. Everything here murmurs towards creativity and activism.

 

 

There are regularly scheduled poetry jams, film screenings and other shows in the Langston Room, which is a performance space. Here, one can sip on a variety of coffees or nibble on sizable portions of affordable, tasty platters of food

 

 

Busboys and Poets was named in honour of Langston Hughes (one of my favourite poets), who worked as a busboy in the 1920s whilst writing poems on the side.

 

 

 Busboys and Poets is a perfect spot for its diverse clientele to gather together to eat great food whilst being inspired to act.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 Classic Benedict

 

 

Neptune Benedict with Cheese Grits

 

 

Mekhleme

 

 

Oaxaca Omelette

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 

 

Falafel Sandwich

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* Restaurant Name
Busboys and Poets
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American Traditional
* Street Address
2021 14th St NW ((between N V St & N U St) ), Washington, DC 20009
* Phone
(202) 387-7638
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M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Ham and Cheese Croissant, Squash Soup

 

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