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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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Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

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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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Bloggers Night at the Cook & Go Culinary Studio, Chelsea, NYC

Bloggers Night at the Cook & Go Culinary Studio, Chelsea, NYC

 

I was invited to a Bloggers Night at the new Cook & Go Culinary Studio in Chelsea.

 

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Aldea, Chelsea, NYC

Aldea, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Foie Gras, Shrimp Alhinho, Knoll Krest Farm Egg

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Jeanne & Gaston, Chelsea, NYC

Jeanne & Gaston, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Pike Mousseline, Chocolate Napoleon with Rasberry Soufflé

 

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Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Chelsea, NYC

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Mihoko Kiyokawa has made her debut into the New York City fine dining scene with her high-end Franco-Japanese restaurant named Mihoko’s 21 Grams.

I was invited to a cocktail party to preview the place where I spent an evening noshing on little bites made for the elite of the New York scene.

At 21 Grams (which refers to the alleged weight of a person’s soul) Mihoko’s tries to blend the essence of French cuisine with the subtlety of Japanese cuisine.

 

 

The digs are elegant, designed by Bruno Borrione and leans more towards the French aesthetics. This richly decorated space boasts of etched-glass murals from the Cartier mansion and rare tableware and other artifacts collected by Mihoko during her world travels. There is a really cool French Lounge in the basement, which showcases unique and artfully created cocktails.

The menu is still a work in progress. I thought the food lacked clarity and definition but was told that they are still in the process of fine-tuning many of their dishes. The restaurant has had a soft opening and will officially launch in the fall.

 

Here is some of what we ate & drank:

 

Mixed Cocktails

 

Wildflower and Herb Salad Sushi


 

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

 

Chickpea Panisse

 

Alaskan King Crab with Avocado

 

Chawan Mushi

 

Maine Lobster Tempura

 

Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

 

Asparagus and with Black Truffle 

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

Beef Ragu

 

Duck with Potato

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MORIMOTOS, CHELSEA, NYC

MORIMOTOS, CHELSEA, NYC

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: People Watching, Bar Scene, Notable Chef

Dishes not to miss: Creamy Crab Croquette,  Tuna Sashimi Salad, Sushi, White Chocolate Panacotta

 

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Masahru Morimoto’s imposing iron chef personality sure does translate into his restaurant.

His sprawling, modern, cavernous restaurant is quite magnificent. One of the most striking elements is the wall made of bottles filled with clear liquid, which has an interesting play of lights on it. There is a very funky bar area downstairs alongside some really cool bathrooms. Read the rest of this entry

Crema, Chelsea, NYC

Crema, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Lunch Spot, Brunch, Dine At The Bar, Outdoor Dining

Dishes not to miss: Salsas de la casa, Quesos Flameados, Burrito de Atún

 

Chef Julieta Ballesteros, of Mexicana Mama fame, has traded up to Crema in Chelsea, where she serves upscale, refined Mexican cuisine.

This eatery is a place to try delightful combinations of carefully composed plates. Ballesteros has put a lot of thought into the creation of each dish. At Crema, one experiences combinations of Mexican flavors that are rare and very pleasing to the palate. Read the rest of this entry

Fat Witch Bakery, Chelsea , NYC

Fat Witch Bakery, Chelsea , NYC


 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good Brownie?

In New York City’s Chelsea market, the Fat Witch Bakery has built an entire business on selling just brownies. Their brownies area called “witches” and you can get them in all kinds of bewitching flavors and sizes. What a marvelous concept! Read the rest of this entry