Aquavit | Exquisite Nordic Cuisine

Aquavit is a solid New York institution. Three decades after opening, it holds two Michelin stars. The honor is held by one of only two female chefs in the US with as many stars. Chef Emma Bengtsson joined as pastry chef in 2010 and has since become the Executive Chef, bringing Aquavit its second star. We all know Aquavit for famous chef Marcus Samuelsson, who brought much attention and acclaim to the restaurant. He has … Continue reading

Gramercy Tavern

42East 20th Street – Gramercy/Flatiron Classic American, Fine Dining, Notable Chef http://www.gramercytavern.com Gramercy tavern is a long-standing member of the Danny Meyer empire known as the Union Square Hospitality Group, which consists of Union Square Cafe, Blue Smoke, Maialino, The Modern, North End Grill and the famous Shake Shack.  Gramercy opened back in 1994 and has been credited with being one of the best restaurants in town since that time.  Tom Colicchio was one of … Continue reading

Restaurant Marc Forgione

134 Reade Street – TriBeCa New American Cuisine http://www.marcforgione.com/index.php * Michelin Star Restaurant 12/25/11 Those of you who follow us know we are big fans of Restaurant Marc Forgione. I was highly disappointed to see he did not make the Adam Platt 101. But I guess restaurants come in and out of fad. This one will hopefully be around for a long time. We had a quite lovely Christmas Eve dinner at Forgione last night. … Continue reading

Junoon Restaurant, Chelsea

Junoon

Junoon is a Michelin Star, highly critically acclaimed Indian restaurant featuring celebrity chef Vikas Khanna.  Chef Khanna was also voted top ten ‘hottest’ Chefs in New York.  Hottest as in good-looking, not as in talented, although the Michelin Star he earned  proves he’s not just a pretty face.  He’s a bit younger in the second shot, but ladies, you get the picture. The decor of this restaurant is dramatic modern Indian with soaring ceilings and … Continue reading

Aziza – San Francisco, CA

Aziza

Aziza is a Michelin Star restaurant who’s concept was created by Moroccan born chef Mourad Lahlou.  He learned to make his native dishes with local California cuisine and the result is genius. We loved the menu presentation at Aziza. Every dish simply lists the key ingredient. This formula even works for the cocktail menu we sampled at the bar first: Cocktails – muddled herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits cilantro kaffir-lime, vodka basil lisbon lemon, basil seeds, … Continue reading

Casa Mono

Casa Mono

Spanish Tapas http://www.casamononyc.com/aboutus_casamono.cfm 52 Irving Place – Irving Place * Michelin Star Restaurant Mario Batali remains King of Rich and Delicious food – in this case, Spanish! We ate razor clams, Pork Belly, Foie Gras, Lamb Ribs and Cod Cheeks. The pork belly and the foie were incredible, the rest are more refined tastes. If you’ve never tried Cod Cheeks, this is the place to step out and do it. The wine list here is … Continue reading