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Escargot - La Sirene

Contemporary French in a Cozy, Downtown Setting

BY BETH KAISERMAN La Sirene 558 Broome St. between 6th Ave. and Varick St. South Village lasirenenyc.com/212-925-3061   With fast-casual dining now ubiquitous, it's nice to sit down to a proper French meal once in a while. La Sirene is tucked in a cozy pocket in an area called South … [Read More...]

Ponty scallop

French-African Delights in Gramercy Park – Review of Ponty Bistro

BY BETH KAISERMAN Ponty Bistro 218 Third Ave. between 18th and 19th St. Gramercy pontybistro.com/212-777-1616 Chef Alhadji A. Cisse has been serving French and African delights at neighborhood spot Ponty Bistro since 2008. His modern takes on both cuisines highlight fresh ingredients … [Read More...]

Prosciutto-wrapped burrata

Balzem Brings Mediterranean Delights and Warm Energy

BY BETH KAISERMAN Balzem 202 Mott St. in SoHo balzem.com/646-837-7033   The air in Balzem was positive and lively as a few writers gathered for a menu with wine pairings. Wine racks and vintage mirrors lined the walls, and an orange glow filled the room. The warm and intimate space seats … [Read More...]

Vegan Cassoulet at Le Village

French Bistro Serves Up Health-Conscious Fare – Review of Le Village

BY BETH KAISERMAN Le Village 127 E. 7th St. East Village (212) 539-0231 levillagenyc.com The Gotham Palate was invited to a menu tasting at Le Village, Chef Didier Pawlicki’s East Village bistro. Pawlicki, also owner of La Sirene and Taureau, highlights gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan … [Read More...]

Flight

UES’s New Thai-Inspired Gastropub – Review of Flight

BY BETH KAISERMAN 1479 York Avenue at E. 78th Street Upper East Side 212-988-5123/flightnewyorkcity.com Flight is a new gastropub featuring 16 rotating craft beers, happy hour food, and soon, live jazz. The chef is inspired by the flavors of Thailand, which he features in dishes … [Read More...]

Spiegel

Spiegel Serves Cuisine with International Flair

BY BETH KAISERMAN Spiegel 26 1st Ave. at 2nd St. East Village (212) 228-2894/spiegelnyc.com The Gotham Palate was invited to a menu tasting at Spiegel, a bright and airy spot serving “international cuisine” in the East Village. If you got your passport stamped for eating your way … [Read More...]

Grilled Marinate Spanish Octopus with Fresh Caper Berries, Sundried Tomatoes and Arugula

The comfort and soul of homestyle Italian – Review of Da Marcella Taverna

BY ELENA MANCINI 142 West Houston St. Greenwich Village 646-559-9192 / damarcellavillage.com/ The intimate subterranean space that houses Da Marcella serves to underscore the warmth and conviviality of this traditional Southern European taverna. In fact descending the few small steps that … [Read More...]

Anginetti Recipe - courtesy of Alison McCarthy - pureprovender.com

Anginetti Cookies – simple flavors that add to the joys of any Easter table

BY ELENA MANCINI One of my fondest Easter memories growing up  Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were actually the days leading up to Easter and all of the treats that my mother, grandmother, aunts and family friends would exchange with each other's families during Holy Thursday and Easter … [Read More...]

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...]