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

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

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

Tiny’s Tribeca


We went to Tiny’s Tribeca twice prior to posting a review. I had begun writing, but never added the photos. My impression changed slightly after a meal and I was able to take some of my own pics, so it was good I waited.  We’ve now been back a third time and started frequenting another bar owned by the same group called Smith & Mills, also in Tribeca. 10/19/2011 Tiny’s is a new bi-level restaurant/bar in … Continue reading

Circolo – CLOSED


Circolo is a new Noho restaurant owned by the chef from Posada Margherita in Tulum, Mexico.  If you haven’t seen our review, click through now.  This was a phenomenal little spot on the beach where Alessandro Carozzino, known as the ‘Pasta Nazi’ makes every pasta order from scratch.  He frowns on special requests, as he crafts his special menu daily.  It was the freshest, simplest and most delicious pasta we’ve had in the most stunning … Continue reading

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen – CLOSED

Blue Ribbon Bakery

Blue Ribbon is  a rather large and growing restaurant group run by Eric & Bruce Bromberg since 1992.  The restaurant concepts within the group vary from casual dining to high end sushi.  Each space has a unique vibe, but all are warm and welcoming, particularly Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen. The basement of Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen houses a restored 135 year old brick oven which is used to bake all the bread served at the … Continue reading