Must try: Sushi and Sashimi combinations
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.
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.
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.
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
PROSCIUTTO FIG FLATBREADS
SHRIMP & CATFISH PO’ BOYS
Must try: Carrot Cake
Must try: Thali Meal, Kottu paratha, Katrikai Kozambhu
Must try: Musakka, Chicken Adana,
Food: ☆☆☆ ½
Must try: White Chocolate Ganache, Strawberry Rhubarb, Dark Chocolate
Ambiance: ☆☆ ½
Must try: Chicken Malai Kabab , Chilly Fish, Lamb Shahi Pasanda, Garlic Naan
Service: ☆☆☆ ½
I recommend: Hot Wings, Burgers
I was invited to attend the first ever Blogger’s Ball at Gregorys Coffee on Tuesday, March 27th at their 46th Street Location.
Gregory Zamfotis is the daper owner of a unique chain of coffee shops in New York City called Gregory’s Coffee. At this coffee house, Gregory “sees coffee differently”.
At the Blogger’s Ball we were treated to a sampling of how owner, Gregory Zamfois, “sees coffee differently” among his digital technorati guests. Gregory wanted to honor the tremendous online community who, let’s face it, got their start among many of the numerous coffee shops, with a specialized event tailored for them.
Guests were also treated to some signature cocktails including the Irish Greg, which was a delicious blend of iced coffee, a shot of espresso and Bailey’s.
They were taught about Gregory’s philosophy as he plans to compete with powerhouses like Starbucks and Think Coffee by offering great customer service. “It’s less about putting them out of business and more about putting something new out into the marketplace. I wanted to bring the third wave to midtown,” he says.
Of his first Bloggers Ball, he says, “the support from the blogger community has been tremendous at our 4 NYC locations. We continue to strive in providing them with free Wi-Fi and a place they can call ‘their office’. ”
Join Gregory and his team everyday for a quick cup as we’ll sure they’ll be having you become a #Gregular in no time.
Be sure to like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter and check-in with them at any of their four locations on Foursquare where they feature a Loyalty Program to which you receive a complimentary cookie on your 3rd check-in within 7 days.
Fit for: Sushi purists
Dishes not to miss: Flash fried blowfish, White king salmon
Special notes: As of January 2011, Chef Yasuda has moved to Tokyo to open a restaurant there. However the quality of Sushu Yasuda seems to have been unaffected by this move.
Service: ☆ ½
Fit for: Tourists
Dishes not to miss: It’s all really bad
Special notes: Afternoon Tea is served daily in The Palm Court from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
We couldn’t have been more disappointed!
I recommend: Salmon Tartar and Smoked Salmon
with Lavash Rye Crackers and Dill, Daurade Fillet
, Peppered Berkshire Pork Steak, “Le Cirque” Crème Brulee
At Naya, traditional Lebanese cuisine meets designer chic!
The sleek, modern space consists of a narrow passageway lined with cool glass and white leather cubicles. It opens up to a bright back room which is suitable for group seating.
The food at Naya is outstanding and so well priced. You could just eat their Mezze and be full! Read the rest of this entry
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL Food: ☆ ☆ Service: ☆☆☆1/2 Ambiance: ☆ Cost:$$ Overall:☆☆ I recommend: Brick Lane Kebab Rolls, Bombay Aloo
“Tired” is the word that comes to mind when I think about my evening spent at Le Perigord, which is nestled in the heart of Sutton Place. Every thing about the evening was just so pathetically dreary and tiring.
There was no real “welcome” when we entered the restaurant. We were ushered to our table and just kind of left there for quite some time with the menus till we asked for someone to come and take our order. The general air of all the servers was brusque. And even the little charm that I thought the place had in its simple table setting wore off by the time the appetizers were done. For the rest of the meal – I just kept hearing the “tick-tock” of a clock….when will this be done? Read the rest of this entry