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Thor restaurant at The Hotel on Rivington in NY will be the temporary home to The Feast pop-up restaurant from Guerilla Culinary Brigade

by Meryl Pearlstein

We’ve seen pop-up shops, pop-up fashion shows, and most recently pop-up markets with pop-up food stands, and now NYC foodies can enjoy a sit-down, pop-up restaurant. Tonight marks the first night of The Feast, the pop-up restaurant concept by the production company Guerilla Culinary Brigade featuring celebrity guest chefs and mixologists in different culinary destinations nationwide.

The Feast’s first theme will be “Roaring ‘20s: Speakeasy & Steakhouse” and will represent a “Jazz Age” dinner party held in a 1920’s chophouse. The event opens October 21 and closes October 23, with dinner at 7 pm at The Hotel on Rivington.

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The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

by Michelle Kwan  

Attendees raised their glasses, not to mention their forks, spoons and chopsticks, in support of healthcare and social services to the Asian community at the Project By Project annual Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit held October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The Tasting Benefit featured over 40 participants from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and bakeries coming together to showcase their culinary skills with samplings of their signature creations, along with a host of wine and spirit purveyors, brewers, tea and coffee companies, all ready to do their part to keep the evening festive for the approximately 650 guests in attendance.

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Eataly Food Hall in the Flatiron District of NYC

by Meryl Pearlstein
Yesterday we profiled The Plaza Food Hall in NYC. Another food hall, Eataly (get it?), opened last month in the Flatiron District, offering culinary classes and fine foods and drinks from throughout Italy all under one enormous roof. Owned by Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti, Eataly adheres to a philosophy of creating a bona fide Italian experience for each guest, whether they consume the food presented by the resident chefs or buy the ingredients to create a feast themselves.

Introducing Food Halls

on September 27th, 2010
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The expansive bakery at the Plaza Food Hall

by Meryl Pearlstein

While food trucks continue to proliferate across the country, New Yorkers are already enjoying the latest culinary trend: food halls. At these new culinary destinations, foodies can eat, buy ingredients, and learn how to prepare and cook them all in one place.

Conceived by Todd English, The Plaza Food Hall features a European-style market inside The Plaza Hotel offering an extensive array of dishes. The 5,400 square-foot, 80-seat space offers dine-in and take-away options from more than eight culinary stations, as well as fresh flowers, a range of international specialty foods, cookware and home goods like coffee, tea, jams, spices and sauces. The open kitchens throughout the space allow for interactive events including cooking demonstrations with the star of PBS’s Food Trip with Todd English and other visiting chefs as well as wine tastings.

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Aquavit restaurant in New York City

by Jeff Hoyt

People in NYC, rejoice! You’ll still be able to enjoy inexpensive lunch and dinners at more than 170 restaurants until Labor Day. NY Restaurant Week has been extended through the end of July, and the entire month of August! In fact, this money-saving “week” won’t end until September 6.

That means residents and visitors can enjoy inexpensive summer meals at top restaurants. The prices—$24.07 for three-course prix-fixe lunches and $35 for three-course prix-fixe dinners—haven’t increased in the past five years.

Visit on Monday, July 26, to view the complete list of NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2010 extension participants and make a reservation online. And keep coming back to for the latest NYC restaurant reviews!

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The River Café in Brooklyn, NY

by Meryl Pearlstein 

Diners in NYC and Charlotte are currently enjoying Restaurant Week, when many top spots offer meals at a discount. Like a baker’s dozen is actually 13, not 12, a Restaurant Week often consists of more than seven days.

New York City
: The second week of NYC Restaurant Week is here! Partake in fine dining at more than 275 restaurants throughout the city until July 25. Check out Nobu, Blue Water Grill, and The River Café. Choose either a 3-course prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35 (drinks, tax and tip excluded, as well as Saturdays). As a bonus, American Express is offering a $15 statement credit when you use your eligible, registered American Express card at three or more participating restaurants. For more information, visit Keep up with the NY dining scene with New York Restaurant News, Culinary Events and Wine Dinners. Continue reading “Celebrate Restaurant Week in NYC and Charlotte” »

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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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