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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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