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

The Dutch

The Dutch

11/23/2014 Third Update Now 3 years in, The Dutch has established itself as a consistent best in class restaurant. Andrew Carmellini continues to add restaurants to his growing empire.  Since the original writing of this post, Locanda Verde and Lafayette both opened.  Each one is fantastic in its own way and we’ve been to both on several occasions.  Unfortunately, for almost two years I have neglected to post anything!  Instagram only, which is a damn … Continue reading

North End Grill – Battery Park City – CLOSING 2018

North End Grill

11/23/14 We’ve now been to North End Grill on countless occasions, including a Thanksgiving.  We’ve done all meals.  But now Chef Floyd Cardoz has moved on to White Street, which we are trying tomorrow. We decided to try brunch under the new chef, Eric Korsch.  The new chef most recently opened Calliope and prior was the Executive Chef at the Waverly Inn.  The menu has changed a bit.  But overall we were generally impressed.  Here’s … Continue reading

Marta Manhattan – Martha Washington Hotel


Marta Manhattan is yet another notch on the bedpost of Danny Meyer.  His empire continues to grow and as usual he delivers; this time with Chef Nick Anderer (formerly of Maialino) at the helm. The theme is thin crust wood fired Roman pizza and other Roman fare with seasonal and local ingredients.  The space is absolutely cavernous, taking up the entire ground floor of the Martha Washington Hotel on East 29th Street.  That area is … 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

Grand Banks

Grand Banks

We’ve been eager to board the Sherman Zwicker at Pier 25 to try Grand Banks since it docked earlier this summer.  The opening was July 3, a day before we were leaving on a 10 day vacation.  So we saved it for the Friday after our return.  And luckily that would be a ‘Summer Friday’ so getting there before the opening at 4pm was the plan.  There was a nice line formed by 3:45 of … Continue reading