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  • pinitbutton The 2011 French Open on Tennis Channel

by Sophie Gayot

Like last year, we have partnered with Tennis Channel to offer a taste of France to American fans of Roland Garros who can not make it to Paris. In New YorkWashington D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Los Angeles, we have selected the top ten French bistros/brasseries/restaurants to help celebrate Tennis Channel‘s round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open. Their high definition programming will let you follow the matches of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition live starting at 5 a.m. EST. A nightly recap will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

 Here is where to find the Top 10 French Restaurant Guide for these markets:
- Los Angeles
- Miami
New York
- Phoenix
- Washington D.C.

 For more info about the coverage of Roland Garros 2011, go to

  • pinitbutton A Night at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards
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The brand-new Boulud Sud was one of many NYC restaurants that hosted after-parties for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards

by Meryl Pearlstein

The theme of this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, which took place Monday night at Lincoln Center’s Fisher Hall in New York City, was “Melting Pot,” paying homage to the expansion of international street food and cuisine. Kicking off the evening with a “green carpet” parade of nominees, the 21st annual awards ceremony was hosted by James Beard Award winners Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Traci Des Jardins, who introduced the presenters of this year’s awards. The multicultural mood ran through the entire night, with nominees and winners representing a diverse background, and was also showcased in the gala tasting that followed the ceremony.

“Melting Pot” was also evident in this year’s choice of America’s Classics restaurants, commended for their lasting contribution to the restaurant scene and including Chef Vola’s (Italian) in Atlantic City, Le Veau d’Or (French) in New York City, and Noriega Restaurant (Basque) in Bakersfield, California.

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  • pinitbutton Buying Crack (Pie) in the East Village
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Soft serve ice cream and Crack Pie at Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar in the East Village

by Meryl Pearlstein

New York City’s East Village has a large college student population, many of whom enjoy cheap eats and sweets. The local dessert bars that they frequent are open to all. Streets like St. Mark’s, a holdover from punk days and still going strong, are lined with restaurants where one can have a complete, belly-patting meal for ten dollars (give or take a little). After a nice savory meal, comes the best part: dessert. The dessert bars of the East Village are the hidden secrets of the area.

Just behind Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Milk Bar East is the dessert shop of the famous Momofuku chain (there’s also one midtown west). The Milk Bar’s trademark dessert, the Cereal Milk soft serve ice cream, offers a new twist to an old favorite — cereal in milk. The soft serve is sweet and a little salty, but completely true to its name; it tastes like Frosted Flakes and milk. In addition, Momofuku Milk Bar serves sugar-saturated treats like the Compost Cookie (my personal favorite), which is a conglomeration of ingredients such as potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, and more savory and sweet “things.” The Crack Pie is a sugar-coma-inducing, melt-in-your-mouth pie. If you crave sugar and sweets, this is your nirvana.

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  • pinitbutton When Democracy Rises from the Kitchen
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Beet Comte cheese carpaccio by chef Christophe Bellanca of Aureole NY

by André Gayot

Traveling in Germany recently, I was impressed when at the Porsche plant in Leipzig, along with 600 American guests, I was served a high quality dinner. The duck was cooked just right, the plates were warm, the service was precise to the millimeter and the meal unwound in no time. The only lengthy part was due to the speeches of my fellow diners. For this gastronomical tour de force I credit the much heralded German engineering that also produces those sturdy vacuum cleaners and dishwashers, as well as prestigious limousines and coupés. Expensive, but they last a lifetime. The hip-hop generation may not be sensitive to hardware longevity, considering that progress moves faster than life.

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Rouge Tomate is one of several New York establishments participating in A Taste of Belgium Restaurant Week

by Meryl Pearlstein 

The Irish have had their turn to celebrate this month, and now it’s time for the Belgians. Celebrate the new A Taste of Belgium Restaurant Week with Belgian goodies and beer and a chance for a free vacation. From March 23-30, authentic Belgian dishes and specials will be offered at the following restaurants:

B. Café East

An authentic Belgian café, B. Café East serves up favorites like moules frites, cooked six different ways, and an exceptional variety of cocktails and brews. During this special week they will feature boulets liégeoise with sauce chasseur with Belgian fries, salad and applesauce. In addition, diners will have a choice of Palm or Stella Artois, perfectly poured, to accent the distinct flavors sampled in this menu.

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  • pinitbutton Super Sunday for New Yorkers
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The dining room at Perilla restaurant

by Jeff Hoyt

Last month, the Jets were eliminated from the NFL playoffs. The Giants didn’t even make it to the playoffs. But New Yorkers can still make it a Super Sunday by dining at one of the many restaurants participating in New York Restaurant Week. It’s not too late to enjoy super meals for less at restaurants such as David Burke Townhouse, Aquavit and Perilla. A three-course lunch costs just $24.07 and dinner $35, but it all ends this weekend. For more information, visit

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Christmas Dining in NYC

on December 20th, 2010
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The Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

by Meryl Pearlstein

The holidays are stressful enough without kitchen duty. In between last minute holiday shopping, hosting guests and crazy weather, the solution to your Christmas feast is only a phone call away. For those spending the holidays in New York City, there’s still plenty of time to make reservations at a top-notch restaurant that will help your Christmas dinner go off without a hitch.

Make this Christmas a memorable one amidst the storied glamour of The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel. Open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the famed New York institution is serving up a special $100 four-course prix-fixe menu. Entrées include the Christmas turkey and the miso-glazed Virginia ham, but of course no meal at The Oak Room would be complete without their foie gras PB & J. Save room for dessert because you wouldn’t want to miss their signature chocolate-praline Oak Bar.

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Avec Eric (Ripert)

on December 10th, 2010
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by: Sophie Gayot

I was “Avec Eric” in Los Angeles yesterday. For those who don’t know, ‘avec’ is French for ‘with,’ and Eric is chef Eric Ripert. He had left his stoves at Le Bernardin restaurant in New York, a Top 40 US Restaurants continuously since 2004, so the West Coast could discover his new cookbook Avec Eric, based on his TV show Avec Eric.

Besides 100 easy-to-make-at-home recipes, the cookbook is filled with stories taking place in different parts of the US and countries around the globe. To read the full review of the book, go to the cookbook section. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Ripert to learn more about him. And, yes, ladies, he is as charming as he is good-looking.

Put on your apron and start cooking Avec Eric!

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Last-Minute Turkey

on November 24th, 2010
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The elegant dining room at The Harrison in New York City

by Meryl Pearlstein

Do you know how long it takes to safely defrost a twenty-pound turkey? Don’t try to stuff it in your microwave. Instead, make a reservation at one of our top Thanksgiving restaurants near you. And don’t forget to pick up one of our recommended Thanksgiving wines.
For our friends in New York, we offer a top 10 Thanksgiving restaurant list and more of the best places to chow down tomorrow. Here are even more details of some of our picks. Enjoy your holiday. We hope you have lots to be thankful for.

Wall & Water: At the new Andaz Wall Street hotel, Chef Maximo Lopez May prepares a farm-to-table Thanksgiving culinary adventure between 1pm and 7pm. The menu will be offered for $65 per person or $32 for children 5-12. Start with “The Larder” (raw bar) with handpicked Fishers Island oysters, smoked salmon and trout, poached shrimp, red and white anchovy salad, and Hudson Valley cheese and charcuteries. Next, move to “The Family Table” where you will create your own salad before heading to “The Kitchen,” where you will be presented with oven roasted turkey, grilled swordfish, braised veal leg, vegetable soup, roasted root vegetables, creamy parmesan grits, mashed new potatoes, and steamed green vegetables. Finish your meal at “The Chef’s Table” with home style apple pie, berry crumble, chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, or make your own sundae.

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Talking Turkey

on November 23rd, 2010
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The dining room at Tocqueville, one of our Top 10 Thanksgiving Restaurants in New York

by Meryl Pearlstein


Did that last-minute Thanksgiving invitation you were expecting not come through? Does the thought of making your own turkey and all of the trimmings scare you?


Fear not. There is still plenty of time to make a reservation at a restaurant that will take care of your Thanksgiving needs. For New York, as well as other major metropolitan areas, we even offer a Top 10 Thanksgiving restaurant list. Here are more details of what some of these top NYC Thanksgiving restaurants have to offer, and you won’t even have to clean up afterwards!

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