Belle Reve | End of an Era

Belle Reve

Background Belle Reve means ‘sweet dreams’ or ‘beautiful dream’ in French.  But also, it is the name of the plantation in Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.  And most notably in recent history, the penitentiary in Suicide Squad.  All great references for a bar name. Since it opened just over 3 years ago, we have been frequenting our longest-running favorite NYC bar, Belle Reve in Tribeca.  We first discovered it not knowing the bar was … Continue reading

CLOSED | Restaurants and Bars NYC

Meade's Bar, bars, closed

Closed I just typed CLOSED 30 times.  And it made me nostalgic.  New York City is an ever-changing landscape of bars and restaurants opening and closing.  There was a time when I wanted to get to every hot spot ASAP.  No longer.  The landscape is now a growing sea of sameness owned by giant restauranteurs and famous chefs.  Everything has become a ‘restaurant group’ or an empire. Since I’m back to posting, I thought it … Continue reading

Motivation, Confession and Promise of a Disenchanted Blogger

motivation, sketch, london, uk

The Confession It has been 3 years and 4 months since my last post.  There is no real reason except perhaps boredom with the food scene.  More and more ‘chain’ restaurants and giant restauranteurs continue to expand their kingdoms.  My own neighborhood is a victim of this standardization of America.  We certainly have not stopped the continuous pursuit of food or drink.  However, my motivation to write about it has dropped off over the years. … Continue reading

Ma Peche

Update 10/21/2014 I dined at Ma Peche for about the 4th time tonight and feel compelled to express my massive disappointment with our meal.  I took work people thinking it would be cool to go to a famous chef spot that’s a bit hipper than the usual uptown fare.  They changed the format to dim sum carts, which seemed fun until we ate a bunch of lukewarm foods.  They of course added the pork bun … Continue reading

Yunnan Kitchen – CLOSED

Yunnan Kitchen

Yunnan Kitchen has long been on our list of ‘must tries’.  We tend to avoid the early feeding frenzy of new openings these days, but we waited so long even missed the original Chef!  The new Chef, Doron Wong, certainly delivered! Yunnan Kitchen has a rather large space with exposed brick walls, an open kitchen and good sized bar.  They have one large format table at bar height in front of the bar either for … Continue reading

Wong – CLOSED

Wong

Wong is New York’s first Farm to Table ‘locavore’ Asian restaurant.  The Chef, Simpson Wong, is Malaysian and has a history of restaurants in New York.  One, Jefferson, was made famous by the girls of Sex & the City back in 2004.  So it has been some time since he has been on the hot list.  This establishment will get him right back there. A couple of lobster dishes are a big draw – Lobster Egg … Continue reading