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 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



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

Kin Shop – CLOSED


Kin Shop is a contemporary Thai restaurant owned by Chef Harold Dieterle, first winner of Top Chef and proprietor of Perilla and The Marrow, also located in the West Village.  Of the three locations, we are the biggest fans of Kin Shop and have visited on multiple occasions. 9/7/2011  First Visit There has been quite a bit of press surrounding Kin Shop since Chef Harold Dieterle was a Top Chef winner and he already owns … 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

Mezzanine Restaurant – Tulum, Mexico

Mezzanine Hotel in Tulum, Mexico has an excellent restaurant on site. The cuisine is Thai-Mexican fusion. Thai recipes are prepared with the freshest local Mexican ingredients with perfection. Whether you are a guest at the hotel or if you are traveling in Tulum, Mezzanine Restaurant is one of a few must eat stops in Tulum. The beach and view here are outstanding as well!

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