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Rana’s Tortelloni

Rana puts a new spin on your grocer’s pasta

Giovanni Rana and company sure have been busy lately.  With a recent NYC-wide launch of his retail pasta and sauce line coupled with plenty of personal appearances to celebrate world pasta day in October AND a one year anniversary of the opening of his first restaurant, Giovanni Rana Pastificio … [Read More...]

Greenhook Ginsmith’s showing off their product

A spirited event with the Village Voice

BY CAROLYN ONOFREY The Village Voice’s Holiday Spirits Event Studio Square 35-33 36th Street Long Island City, Queens       The Village Voice hosted its first Holiday Spirits tasting event appropriately, on the night the prohibition act was repealed in 1933.  The … [Read More...]

Masq - Mac 'n Cheese Croquettes

Where the good times roll like Mardi Gras in Midtown – Review of Masq

BY ELENA MANCINI 306 E 49th St (212) 644-8294 masqbar.com/ Midtown East As 2013 draws to a close and we read our umpteen year in review round-ups in food, I would like to draw attention to a soulful and  truly original restaurant that opened its door on a sedate Turtle Bay block in … [Read More...]

Pan seared Day Divers' Scallops: bean sprouts, Daikon radish, cherry tomatoes, and peanuts with a spicy citrus ginger

Relaunch brings good spirits to Long Island City! Review of Crescent Grill Relaunch

BY BETH KAISERMAN Crescent Grill 38-40 Crescent Street, Long Island City Dutch Kills (718) 729-4040/crescentgrill.com When a New York City restaurant gets its liquor license, it’s a reason to celebrate! Crescent Grill in Long Island City, also just added a gallery in the front of the … [Read More...]

Beef cheek with pureed pumpkin and kale

A night at Circo with Chef Alfio Longo and Ceretto Wines

Circo 120 W 55th Street Midtown West 212-265-6119 / circonyc.com/   Circo hosted an engaging Alba truffle dinner prepared by Circo’s executive chef, Alfio Longo.  A representative from Ceretto wines was also present with a well-paired wine for each of Chef Alfio’s courses. The night … [Read More...]

Dumplings cooked in schmaltz

A Celebration of Schmaltz at 92Y

BY BETH KAISERMAN Michael Ruhlman loves fat. Particularly, he is passionate about schmaltz, or rendered chicken fat. Though he’s “100% goy,” Ruhlman’s affection led him to write, The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat. He talked about this venture Monday at 92Y. Ruhlman … [Read More...]

Grilled corn lollipop, shrimp, chicken empanada

Not your average sports bar – Review of BottomzUp

BY BETH KAISERMAN 344 Third Avenue Murray Hill (646) 918-7220 / bottomzupnyc.com/   The 3400 square foot space at 344 3rd Ave. opened Thursday and features a menu of eats from around the nation. You can root for your team while pretending you’re at your favorite tailgate spot from … [Read More...]

Pasta paccheri all anatra, zucca, funghi

An Italian Culinary Experience in New York with Zonin and Circo

BY CAROLYN ONOFREY    International Culinary Center, SoHo Casa Vinicola Zonin hosted an inspiring dinner at the International Culinary Center in SoHo highlighting wine from a selection of their wineries with the acclaimed Circo restaurant, bringing a true taste of Italy to New … [Read More...]


Simplicity that Wows – Review of Giano & Upclose with Chef Matteo Niccoli and Paolo Rossi

BY ELENA MANCINI Giano 126 East 7th. St. East Village  212-672-7300 / gianonyc.com/ CLOSED Mondays Five years onward from my first review of then newcomer Giano, and I can still clearly recall the joy in my discovery in the East Village. While there were scores of restaurants that … [Read More...]

coffee rum resized

Coffee and Rum Hit it Off at Times Square Tasting

BY BETH KAISERMAN Coffee and rum are a tasty duo. Coffee-infused rum. Rum in coffee. It looks like I’m late to the ballgame, since Pirate’s Coffee is already a concoction on drinksmixer.com.   Coffee Bean Direct and Jersey Artisan Distilling, both New Jersey-based companies, presented a … [Read More...]