Ruumy’s Tavern, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Ruumy’s Tavern is restaurateur Mike Kocak’s newest venture located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Located steps away from the Theatre district, Ruumy’s offers theatergoers and New Yorkers a haven away from the milieu of tourist traps that one might get suckered into.

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The $55 Mini Omakase at Sushi Seki Times Square, NYC

Chef Seki Shi has established his brand as one of the premium sushi houses in New York City since the inception of Sushi Seki in 2002.   The resounding success of Chef’s endeavors has since led to a Chelsea branch and his flagship location in Times Square.

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Danji, Midtown West, NYC

I recently attended a remarkable cooking class with Chef Hooni Kim at the De Gustibus Cooking School where I got totally hooked onto his food. That’s what led me to try Danji – his modern, small plate Korean spot in midtown west.

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Petrossian, Theatre District, 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

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Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC


Sushi Seki Bar & Oysters

Sushi Seki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

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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.





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



Zucchini and Calamari fritti with spicy tomato sauce

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Affettati & Fromagi

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Smoked Mozzarella with Cherry Tomato Suace



Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Riccotta




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Apple crostata with smoked mozzarella gelato



Mascarpone chocolate mousse cake

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Restaurant Information

* 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

Ça Va Todd English, Times Square, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Ça Va Todd English is a French Brasserie with a Mediterranean twist. Ça Va is located in the heart of the Times Square/ Theater district in the contemporary Intercontinental Hotel. The space is crisply modern. The food is enticing enough but the service….oh the service….was friendly but grossly inept. I’m not sure if the kitchen was running slow or the servers but we never received our bread basket, it took so long just to flag someone down to refill our water or make special requests … and it took eons to get our dessert.

Ça Va has a nice enough menu with decent fare. It offers a nice break from the cacophony of the busyness that exists outside its doors. However I’m not sure I would go back as once I was on the inside, I found it wasn’t exactly the sort of relaxing retreat I had hoped for.


Here is some of what we ate: