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



Khe-Yo is one of Marc Forgione’s latest ventures.  It features the cuisine of his long-time Loatian Chef Soulayphet Schwader.  As anyone who follows us knows, we are huge fans of Marc Forgione and one of our favorite restaurants in town is Restaurant Marc Forgione.  We have trusted him for many a brunch, dinner and holiday meal.  He never disappoints.  We even booked American Cut, his new steakhouse for Christmas Eve this past year.  We’ve been … Continue reading

Sugarcane – Miami

Sugarcane Miami

We chose to go to Sugarcane in Midtown Miami on our second last night. I’d seen an Instagram of some pretty nice looking bone marrow and seafood dishes and made a note of it. After doing some research I discovered they are part of the Sushi Samba group (hmmm, good or bad?) and get some pretty good reviews. We were primarily interested in seafood and not going to South Beach. The idea of not going … Continue reading

Macao Trading Company

Macao Trading Co.

We’ve been to Macao Trading Company countless times over the years.  What brings us back regularly?  They really have great food and the cocktails are still among our favorite even in the wake of the cocktail bar craze.  Or are we still in the midst of that craze? Macao is a gambling city in China ala Las Vegas which was formerly a Portugese colony.  The food in this region is a fusion of Portugese and … Continue reading

Betel Bar & Kitchen, West Village – CLOSED

Betel NYC

Betel Bar & Kitchen is an adorable spot.  It is on Grove Street near my office and Whittemore House, my hair salon.  I’ve been passing it forever and put it on the long list of places to check out.  My bad. Despite its gorgeous brick exposed walls, long bar, center island complete with giant vases of flowers, huge windows and fantastic light, Betel falls short on the food and service.  Unfortunately it is among the … Continue reading

Yardbird – Hong Kong

33-35 Bridges Street – Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Japanese, Asian-fusion, Hot Spot, Chicken-themed For the first time in years, I had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong on business.  I had forgotten what a beautiful city it is and how easy it is to navigate.  And for the first time I was not with a large entourage with every night booked at the Intercontinental or Felix at the Peninsula.  I was determined to … Continue reading