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

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

Telepan Local – CLOSED

Telepan Local

Telepan Local is Chef Bill Telepan’s new more casual Tribeca version of his famous Michelin-starred namesake restaurant Uptown.  He is known for using farm fresh ingredients, somewhat before the fad.  And, coincidentally, Telepan Local is a tapas style American establishment featuring local ingredients not unlike our last dinner out at Toro NYC.  This is more unfortunate news for Toro.  Had we eaten this meal on New Year’s Eve, we’d have been quite satisfied.  We managed … Continue reading

The Butterfly – CLOSED

The Butterfly

The Butterfly is the latest addition to Chef Michael White’s growing empire.  Michael White is a Michelin starred chef most famous for Marea uptown, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori downtown.  His training is in Italian food, but most recently he’s going back to his mid-western Wisconsin roots.   We’d heard it was inspired by his hometown in Wisconsin and that it was a ‘supper club’.  We were so pleasantly surprised when we got there!  It … Continue reading