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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   The Village Voice hosted its first Holiday Spirits tasting event appropriately, on the night the prohibition act was repealed in 1933.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...]

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...]