Tag Archives: New York Food

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.

Mother’s Day at Greensquare Tavern

29 Apr

(press release)

A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION INSPIRED BY…MOM.

Chef John Marsh and his partners at Greensquare Tavern, the new farm-to-table restaurant at 5 West 21st Street, are offering Mother’s Day specials inspired by their own moms.

“My mother was an amazing gardener and a terrific home cook,” Chef John Marsh recalls.  “Local ingredients meant our back yard.”

Partners Larry McIntyre and Leon Bell also credit their mothers with inspiring a life-long love of food. For Leon’s mother, a Holocaust survivor, “food is life. Food is love.”

Along with its regular menu, Greensquare Tavern will feature a $45 Prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert including the Mother’s Day specials below:

* Jane Marsh’s delicious Pan-roasted Striped Bass with citrus herb sauce, caramelized onion mashed Yukon potato & sauteed swiss chard.

* Rita McIntyre’s famous Lasagna Bolognese with handmade pasta sheets, ground beef, veal & pork; three secret cheeses & homemade marinara served with sautéed broccoli rabe.

* Celia Bell’s Veal Scallopini with roasted shallot demi-glaze, risotto Milanese & sautéed spinach.

For reservations call 212-929-2468, or visit greensquaretavern.com.
Of course,  all moms will leave with a beautiful rose to cap their meal.
Small plates: $9 – $10
Medium plates: $13 – $19
Entrees: $23 – $26

The Spotted Pig — Big Burgers, Bigger Expectations

28 Apr

The West Village is one of those neighborhoods that’s so inexplicably enchanting, that even the most manly man can’t help but feel charmed by the rich architecture, European-esq streets, and affluent young couples content with their three-story walk-ups. One of the more popular eat-centric attractions in the West Village has been The Spotted Pig, a corner gastropub, which features a chipper mix of twenty or thirty-something adults, juicy hamburgers, and an inevitable twenty-five minute wait.

The Spotted Pig is a staple on most people’s “must try” list–including the plethora of European tourists that have increasingly crowded the already jam-packed name-list. Popular entrees like the Pan Seared Scallops with Ramps & Chili Pan and the Roasted Veal Chop with Baby Artichokes & Dandelion will run you $32 and $35, respectively, so the eatery is hardly as pedestrian as its interior suggests it should be. Instead, most people opt for their Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestrings, which is “modestly” priced at $17.  Continue reading

NYWCA Online Auction Press Release

28 Apr

If you like food and dig charities, then this event described in the below press release will be perfect for your pallet.

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NEW YORK WOMEN’S CULINARY ALLIANCE LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER    

ONLINE AUCTION TO PROMOTE A BID FOR HEALTHY EATING

 Proceeds Raised Will Be Directed to Charities Including Spoons Across America and Nourishing NYC

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2011) – Join New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (NYWCA) members in support of healthy eating and nutrition for New Yorkers.  As chefs, cookbook authors, and culinary professionals, Alliance members understand that nothing is more vital to health than good food and nutrition.  In an effort to help New Yorkers achieve this, the NYWCA has launched its first-ever Bid for Healthy Eating Online Auction.  Live now through May 4th, 2011 at http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/NYWCA, the public has the rare opportunity to bid on a range of one-of-a-kind epicurean experiences.  Auction highlights include:

·      Dine with Celebrity Chef, Sara Moulton, with a Custom Wine-Paired Dinner for 4 at New York City’s Famed ilili Restaurant

·      Attend the “Oscars of the Food World” – James Beard Foundation Awards with Dinner and a Private Tour of the Media Room Beforehand

·      A Rare Test Kitchens Visit and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Food Network with the Network’s Executive Chef, Robert Bleifer, Including a Show Taping

·      Lunch with Erica Duecy, Fodor’s Travel Restaurants & Hotels Editor

·      A Private Tour of the James Beard House (JBF) with JBF’s President, Susan Ungaro, Followed by an Incredible Chef’s-Themed Dinner for 2 at the House

“Raising funds for nonprofit organizations whose missions align with ours has long been a part of our charitable giving efforts,” said NYWCA President Liz Young. “And this year, we are excited to utilize our members’ skills and deep-rooted relationships in the food community to help two very worthwhile organizations.” One hundred percent of auction proceeds that the NYWCA receives will benefit the alliance’s charitable giving efforts, including donations to Spoons Across America – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating and Nourishing NYC – a not-for-profit organization with a mission to alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health by providing nutritious meals and nutritional education without question and without criticism.

The NYWCA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission fosters networking, education and cooperation for women in the culinary and beverage fields in the New York City area.  The Alliance goals include assuming a dynamic role in community affairs, particularly through outreach programs and fundraising for women’s health and nutrition issues, as well as working with adults and children in need, to teach them the basics of nutrition, food buying and healthful meal preparation.

For additional information about the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, visit http://www.NYWCA.com.

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About Spoons Across America

Spoons Across America is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the premise that it is essential to the health of children and society to bring the joys of the table to the children of America.  The organization works to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table.

 

About Nourishing NYC

Nourishing NYC was opened in 2008 to address poor nutrition and health while addressing the issue of food scarcity and hunger—large issues facing the poverty-stricken East Harlem community in New York City.  The organization strives to achieve the mission of “Nutrition for All” through a three-pronged approach of feed, educate and advocate.

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