Tag Archives: Lower East Side

La Vie Lounge – VIP Bloggers Night

6 May

La Vie is an exotic space nestled in the East Village that offers a French-Moroccan aesthetic with a full dinner menu created by Executive Chef, Momo Terien.  With its beautifully intricate hanging lanterns and intoxicating ambiance, La Vie offers an escape for the après work and late night crowds alike.

Live entertainment including international music nights and belly dancers are featured throughout the week and the new dinner menu is now available for late night dining, offered until 3am, 7 days a week.  La Vie also offers one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, including $4 sangria, $3 select beer, $6 well drinks, and $15 hookah that goes from 6pm-10pm, 7 days a week.

As a guest of the Grand Opening event, I was treated to an evening of open bar, hookah, select hors d’oeuvres based off of the new dinner menu and an impromptu belly dancing performance that stole the show.

The event was a lot of fun, and if I find myself in the Lower East Side, needing a little Middle-Eastern flare, I’ll definitely keep La Vie Lounge in mind.

Rhong-Tiam — Always the Right Time for Thai

26 May

When you think of Michelin Star restaurants, establishments like Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, and Per Se come to mind. Unless you want to shell out the Benjamins hiding in your sock drawer in exchange for a fine high-dining experience, most Michelin Star restaurants will not make it to your “to-eat” list. However, Rhong-Tiam, a thai restaurant located on the Lower East Side, is surprisingly a former Michelin Star restaurant for a very un-Michelin Star price.

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Luke’s Lobster – The Maine Event: Lobster Rolls

15 May

Simply put, lobster is expensive. It’s the type of food you really only get to eat on very, very special occasions–if even that. While lobster–and lobster rolls in particular–are abundant in Maine, it’s hardly the case in New York City. A New Yorker’s best bet for a good lobster is paying market price for a broiled crustacean at The Palm–but you might have trouble paying your rent as a result. Insert Luke’s Lobster to solve the problem. Luke’s Lobster presents, if anything, an opportunity for the average eater to enjoy Maine lobster without taking out a loan.

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Caracas Arepa Bar — A Peek into Venezuelan Cuisine

29 Apr

New York City is certainly known for its great food, but from time to time, even New York can produce its fair share of mediocre eats. Over the course of the year, there are many generic food fairs that occur in Mid-Town West and the Upper West Side that put perfectly good cuisines and foods to shame. You’ll find burnt, out-of-season corn on the cob, bland crepes, and mealy fruit cups. Another good example of this eater’s horror is Venezuala’s prized arepa. The arepa tends to get a bad rep since it’s often present in those mediocre food fairs I’m talking about. However, once you’ve eaten an arepa from Caracas Arepa Bar, I guarantee you will not only respect the arepa, but even start to picket those shameless street fairs.

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Community Food & Juice—A Brunch of Blueberry Pancakes

8 Apr

The weekend brunch is one of the principal highlights of the week for a foodie trapped in work clothes. After a week’s worth of expense reports, meetings, and rushed breakfasts, there is nothing better than throwing on a t-shirt and jeans, and heading to one of your favorite brunch spots for pancakes, Eggs Benedict, or another special meal that you otherwise wouldn’t have time for before work. And if pancakes is your game, then Community Food & Juice should be your only field of play.

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Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (Sneak Picture Preview)

9 Mar

I’m still writing my review for Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, but I thought in the meantime, I’d share some of the wonderful pictures I took of Essex St. Market and of course, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates. I can’t express enough how wonderful it was to spend the morning with Rhonda Kave–her expertise, modesty, and hospitality are truly unparalleled.

Without further ado, here are my favorite pictures:

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