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Olympic-gold-medal snowboarder Shaun White with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot
We know we cannot see Olympic-gold-medal snowboarder Shaun White when he practices his routines. I can watch him while he competes, but with my job, the easiest way to see him live is to run into him at a restaurant. This happened at the famous steakhouse Mastro’s in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. I am happy to report that he is as charming and nice as he comes across on camera.

But the next day, when I called the restaurant to ask what the champion had chosen from their menu, they refused to give me any information. Of course, the restaurant protects its celebrity clientele.

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The Oak Room will be offering a special three-course brunch menu

by Meryl Pearlstein



While everyone can take advantage of our Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants Near You, we’ve got some Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner specials in New York City.  Don’t forget to check out our list of the Top 10 Restaurants for Mother’s Day Brunch in the U.S.




Marea: Chef Michael White, one of our personal favorites, takes Italian-style seafood to a whole new level at Marea on Central Park South. The restaurant will be serving brunch from 11:30am–2:30pm, and moms can enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Try any of the wonderful crudo choices.


Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London: Gordon Ramsay’s New York location offers French-based cuisine with Asian influences and a special Mother’s Day brunch menu. Enjoy classic fish and chips or something more inventive such as the pressed octopus terrine. Mothers will receive a rose with their meal.


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The Harrison will be offering a special prix fixe menu

by Meryl Pearlstein 



No matter where you live, we offer recommendations for Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants Near You, and Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunch Restaurants in the U.S. Here are restaurants where you can celebrate with Mom in New York:




Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York: Executive Chef Joel Dennis will create a memorable three-course French brunch inside this elegant restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel. The prix fixe menu is $95 with such specialties as lobster benedict.

Anthos: Just because you can’t take Mom to the Greek islands doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fabulous Greek cuisine. Anthos means “blossoming” in Greek, and you will love the cherry blossoms featured throughout the restaurant while partaking of a three-course special menu for $60/person and $25/child.

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Restaurant impresario Pat Kuleto arrives on the red carpet

Monday night’s James Beard Foundation Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center brought a lot of glory to a lot of very deserving chefs, restaurateurs and restaurants. 


Our newest favorite restaurant in Manhattan (overseen by one of our favorite chefs), Marea, took home the glory as Best New Restaurant. Congratulations, Michael White, you and your team definitely deserve kudos for opening a high-end seafood emporium during a recession and maintaining the highest level of service and cuisine in a consistently welcoming environment. We also love Marea’s sommelier Sophie Leibowitz, who introduced us to a fabulous wine, the 2005 Argiolas
Korem from Sardegna.


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Marea restaurant in New York

by Meryl Pearlstein


I loved my meal at Marea, Chef Michael White’s stellar vision of Italian seafood on Central Park South in the old San Domenico space now sleekly done with clubby touches and a crudo bar. No misses here — from the ricci starter of sea urchin spread with lardo to the pastas, lobster with burrata, Hawaiian swordfish with fruit and the sublime affogato dessert drink.



Can’t wait to go back to try Marea’s Le Collezione menu at the Crudo Bar, offering six crudi, five small portions of pasta, and dessert for $125. No wonder it was named to Gayot’s list of Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.


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  • pinitbutton Dijon Must’ Art in the US, The Capital of Burgundy Arrives with Flair in NYC
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The Mourners medieval tomb sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

by Meryl Pearlstein


Playing off the region’s rich mustard heritage, the people of Dijon have brought a two-year tour with art, music, food, and drink to the U.S. Starting with a one-week visit to New York, Dijon Must’ Art’s introductory events included a showing of the Mourners at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a reception at the Cultural Services, French Embassy where eight of the finest chefs from Michelin-starred Dijon restaurants (Le Pré aux Clercs, Derbord Restaurant, Chapeau Rouge, Sofitel Les Jardins de la Cloche, and Chez Guy) dazzled guests who toasted their talents with the area’s Burgundy wines, Crème de Cassis, and Framboise. Francois Rebsamen, Senator and Mayor of Dijon, presided.


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Enjoy a three-course Valentine's Day dinner at Benoit restaurant in New York

By Meryl Pearlstein


If you’re planning to be in New York City for Valentine’s Day, you still have time to book a special dinner filled with romance, chocolate, and wine.


Pampano: Make your evening sizzle at Placido Domingo’s midtown modern Mexican restaurant with a six-course tasting menu for $70 featuring signature ceviches, tempura shrimp with Hawaiian papaya and mango, lobster tacos, seared scallops with flan, seared striped bass, grilled duck breast, and caramelized banana empanadas.


Gus & Gabriel: Chef Michael Psilakis’s G&G lets couples try the best of his Upper West Side gastropub menu with a Lonely Hearts Pub Valentine’s tasting for $34.95. This menu has all of my favorites, from the bone marrow and riblet starters to hearty pork shank or steak frites, and chocolate cake. For an additional $14.95, you can add beer pairings to stoke the Valentine’s warmth.

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