Category NYC

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, NYC – Rustic Italian fare in a casual setting

It’s often tough to get a reservation at a reasonable time at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria in NoHo, NYC.  On a night that we were looking to have a late dinner, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria had availability and so we went.  The restaurant serves rustic Italian fare in a casual, relaxed atmosphere and […]

Navy NYC: Seafood at its best

Navy in NYC opened in April 2014 when there was precious little on the website.  There’s more about the restaurant (owners / founders -Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein and Chef Camille Becerra) on its website now.  Navy deserves to be among the top seafood restaurants in NYC – it offers excellent choices in a very […]

Brunch at Hecho en Dumbo, NYC

Hecho en Dumbo, started as a pop-up in 2007 in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  The popular Manhattan location of Hecho en Dumbo opened in 2010.  Chef Danny Mena successfully creates contemporary takes on traditional dishes from Mexico City.  This post is about a weekend brunch (with very few vegetarian options) at Hecho en Dumbo in Manhattan. The […]

Casa Mono in NYC

Casa Mono in NYC is a small Spanish cuisine inspired restaurant  which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary!  Casa Mono is owned by Mario Batali , Joe Bastianich and Andy Nusser; Chef de cuisine is Anthony Sasso and Sommerlier is Nancy Selzer.  I loved the food at Casa Mono and am glad I went there for lunch. […]

Jack’s Wife Freda: Brunch in SoHo, NYC

Jack’s Wife Freda is the name of a restaurant in SoHo, NYC.  Jack and Freda are the names of the grandparents of South African Jewish owner Dean Jankelowitz  (co-owner is Dean’s wife Maya).  Jack’s Wife Freda is a small, cozy restaurant that does not take reservations (except for parties of 6 or more), so any […]

Beauty and Essex, NYC

Beauty & Essex is a huge (300 seater) dining space with an entrance that looks like a pawn shop. Although it opened in NYC in late 2010 it is still very popular with large groups and late night diners.  I have had great food and service there every time I have gone with a large […]

Grano Trattoria: Brunch in the West Village, NYC

Grano Trattoria is a small, warm, extremely cozy trattoria that serves delicious food that always wants you to go back there for more.  The cooking of Owner and Chef Maurizio Crescenzo, always feels as though you were eating in someone’s home.  The pizza from the wood burning oven is among the best pizzas in NYC. […]