Daniel Delaney – master of brisket in Brooklyn, has now devised a darned good fried chicken sandwich at his bird shop at Urban Space Vanderbilt food hall.
Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½
Must try: Everything
Must try: Dim Sum, pumpkin-duck puffs, Chicken Sanpei
(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions expresses in this review are my own.)
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.
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:
Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½
Must try: Tasting Menu
Must try: prix fixe
Must try: Crudo, Granchio peekytoe crab, Astice nova scotia lobster
Must try: Kurobata Pork Katsu
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.
Food: ☆☆☆ ½
Must try: Grapefruit coupe
Must try: Tagliatelle, Razza
Service: ☆☆☆☆ ½
Fit for: Romantic meal, Special occasion, Pre/Post Theater
Dishes not to miss: Fluke, Broiled Mayan Prawns, and Triple Chocolate Napoleon.
Special notes: Eat at the bar room for a more casual atmosphere and cheaper tabs.
Charlie Palmer’s newly re launched, flagship restaurant, Aureole is housed near bustling Times Square, between the Bank of America and Condé Nast buildings.
Aureole’s most recent avatar is quite a ways away from the cozy townhouse setting of its yesteryear’s. This high ceiling, glass encased, modern setting; dedicates more of its space to the informal Bar Room, than the much smaller dinning room at the back….
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
“The Best Halal. Delicious Chicken and Gyro – We are different!” scream the yellow shirts worn by “The Gyros Guys” on 53rd and 6th avenue.
They have no official name and are known as anything from the Halal Cart to Chicken and Rice to Platter!
There are many Halal Carts around that block but this one in particular is in a class by itself. They are known by their distinctive yellow sweatshirts and plastic bags that read ” The Best Halal……….”
They are only open at night from 7:30 PM to 4:00 AM. It doesn’t matter what time of night you go – they always have a long line of eager night owls waiting to get their fix.
This was the line we found when we got there at 2:30 AM on a Saturday night!!
But here’s the BIG secret. They usually charge $6 for a chicken rice platter but for $10 – you get to cut the line!!!
So, if you dont want to wait and are willing to pull out the big bucks……. all you have to do is go up to the guys directly and tell them that you want the ten dollar deal!!
Needless to say their food is fabulous. There is no better way to wind down the New York night scene.
They have two options on their menu – the chicken and rice platter or the chicken gyro sandwich. Their sauces are to die for!
Apparently the recipe for their white sauce is top secret – that’s where all the flavor is and they have a kick-ass hot sauce. I’m a spice hound but you really have to take it easy on this one – its is SMOKING hot!
So if you ever get those late night munchies and need a hit of something cheap and fabulous……53rd and 6th is the place to go!
Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Modernein mid-town, is a perfect lunch spot where French cuisine meets the American palate to create delightfully flavored food. Chef Oliver Muller, has created a seasonal menu that is really marvelous. The interiors are modern with very clean lines though quarters can get very cramped, especially in the back room. The service is very warm and friendly (very cute waiters with charming smiles!). I recommend going for the pre-fix lunch as food here can get pretty pricey.
I went to db Bistro Moderne during the NYC winter restaurant week and got a great deal on lunch. Though we didn’t try the Original db Burger, it’s meant to be the dish to eat here. Perhaps next time……..…