Tag Archives: restaurants

They’re OH SO………. SoHo !

If a “spot o’ tea” is your delight…….Steve will be happy to supply it………with a spoonful of charm…….at T2……..offering Australia’s largest selection of loose tea.

My sensory experience [other than Steve] was a taste of “Ginger Peppermint”.

The sweet taste of both lingers………..

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Strolling……….shopping…………dining in SOHO……….a visual and degustorial delight.

CLICK ON.…….. to and enjoy your own delight……………

GALLERIES………restaurants………people………tourists…..graffitti……..and the FACES!

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Meet ALEXANDER……a visitor from Italy…….un signore incantare…….enjoying [and adding to]……. the pleasures of SOHO.

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A SUNDAY STROLL around the neighborhood

Sights and sounds just outside my door.  Every day is different.  That’s why New Yorkers LOVE their city.

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Boat House Cafe in Central Park………street vendors…….tourists………

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And a Hansom Cab ride around the park……..throwing seeds to the birds.

 

Columbus Avenue FALL STREET FAIR • NYC

Fall weather for a Fall Festival…….on Columbus avenue.  Thousands of New Yorkers look forward to this every year.  It is just around the corner from my apartment……just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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Isabella’s Restaurant put out extra tables on the street………..with their brunch menu.

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Mughlai Indian……..serves up curry…………on everything!  Tums please !

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Watermelon cube in a cup.  It was NOT ripe!

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Heirloom Tomatoes………..at $5 a pound.  You get 2 tomatoes for that.  OUCH!

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And the pup ate from his plastic fork too.

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How many times have Judy Garlands ruby red slippers resurfaced?  These were at Housing Works Thrift Store.

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Ladies of a certain age…….doing the street.

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I bought this painting by the artist Will Oransky from a wonderful group called ARTHOUSE.  Give them a call at 917• 289 0782 to find out what their next project is.

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Out of Africa…..love…..love……love this coat.

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GYRO galore.  Try one if you dare.

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OLYMPIA GYROS………the premier supplier of this strange meat……..from Chicago.  PITA PAN…….they have been making it since 1982.  Pita Bread is their passion.

 What is yours?

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DON’T EVEN ASK!  I did not give it a try.

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My friends tried the CALAMARI…………..was weird!

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This a CHICKEN!  Really!

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She was selling jewelry……..the hat was $35.  I almost bought it for Dustin’s room-mate…………the famous DRAG QUEEN………..Miss Chandelier Period!

 

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These three lovely ladies well selling books………proceeds going to the Senior Citizens Home on West 71st.  I bought 10 cook books………..now I have 310.

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I fell in love with these glass pendants…………I have a thing for Murano Glass ever since my friend Phyllis and I and went there oh so many years ago.

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Choosing ribbons  for the pendants.

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Amadeo had to untangle them for me.  Don’t you just love his curls!

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LULU was going crazy over all the aromas of all that roasting meat.

 

 

OSTERIA DEL PRINCIPE on East 23rd Street

While walking across East 23rd Street today………..I discovered a new Italian Osteria.

A restaurant with a contemporary setting but loaded with charm.

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What is an Osteria?  Originally……in old Italy….a place with simple wine and food.  But here you will get high end Italian wines and high end proscuitto as well as fine deli meats.

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If you have been to Bologna,Italy………..you will certainly have dated at “Osteria del Cappello”…… it has been there since 1375!  True!

 Now you can get the same quality…….on 23rd Street……..but here it  is prepared “grand-ma style”.

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What is proscuitto?  A pig or wild boars ham [hind leg or thigh].

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Decor added for a “homey” touch.

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You may prefer to sit at the counter and watch the chef prepare your meal.

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It take about two years to “cure”proscuitto……….and a lot of salt.

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The wine bar tables…………a nice place to meet up with friends after work.

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Carlotta……..with her adorable accent…… will make sure your meal is a special one.

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And your waiter ………..ever so friendly………will guide you in your choices.

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Hmmmmm……..this machine is a bit intimidating………..but does add an “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” touch!

XAVIARS X20 Restaurant in Yonkers

Zaviars Restaurant is housed in this Victorian Pier…………the only pier like it on the Hudson river.

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The three walls of glass frame vistas of the George Washington Bridge AND the Tapanzee Bridge.

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T’was a foggy day…….but the Manhattan skyline was there.  How comforting!

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If your “flambé dessert” was a bit too torched…………the Fire Rescue boat is right outside your window……just yell!

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The Empire State Building looms in the distance………as does the new “Billionaires Building”  at 157 West 57th street!

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BUT…..you don’t have to be a BILLIONAIRE to dine at Xaviars……….$24 for a pre fixe lunch is a “steal”.

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Nice touch at the hostess desk.

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Yes……it was my first trip to Yonkers.  But worth the 30 minute ride. Peter Kelly has created a class act with this restaurant.  Take the Amtrack…….$5. The restaurant is just a few steps from the station.

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When I went to the Loo……three elderly ladies were in there……….wondering why it had two urinals……I guided them to the Ladies Loo.

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Art just outside the bathroom door.

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I did appreciate the orchid bowl on each table.

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$15 a glass……..and strangely “unfruity” for a Riesling.  Marion’s Chardonnay was a better choice.

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We were all charmed by  Sam……a delightful waiter.On our next visit we will ask for him again.

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A bit tough those Coconut Shrimp……….[can’t really blame the little critters for this].  Dijon Mustard was the sauce.

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Pasta and shrimp……and crispy little sticks.  Nice touch.  Asian touches.

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5 Spice Grilled Skirt Steak………mashed and beans……Ed loved this dish.

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Miso Glazed COD with Fregola…….[pasta from Sardenia].  Wonderful combo.

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Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Chicken…….crackly skin…RERFECT!  Spatzel ……….[reminded me of my years spent in Germany].  Pea Pods ” Al Dente”. Perfect.

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Sam replenishes the Donald with more rolls.  Warm and we all ate at least three.

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This is a different.!  White chocolate……..tasty!.  Morello cherries sauce.  Nice to look at….nice to eat.

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This flan was Marsha’s favorite.  Light…….easy to devour……….and she asked for more.

Lunch in Yonkers! XAVIARS X20 on the Hudson.

Today I actually took the train to YONKERS………for lunch.  I had heard about this restaurant that sits right on the Hudson……..with views of Manhattan…….[yes, it was hard to actually leave Manhattan].  On Saturday on my BLOG I will clue you in about the food………….

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And SAM our waiter………..

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And the wine choices……….

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And the food!  Til’ tomorrow.  Good night.

Lunch at JOANNE’S without Lady Gaga

It was ITALIAN RESTAURANT WEEK in NYC………..so we decided to give JOANNE’S TRATTORIA another try.  Lady GAGA bought the place for her dad…..and it is rumored that she sometimes eats there.

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From the street the restaurant looks like a charming place for dining.

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This is the only glance we got of Lady Gaga.  A wall plaque.

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Starting with a glass of the house wine……….bode well.

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Nice bread basket…..but we weren’t served any!  Strange!

 

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The Trattoria has a new lunch menu.  Everything is $12.

 

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The best part of the meal was the ever flowing chilled tap water……tho sparkling was only $6.

 

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Our waiter was a charming young man………new at this game but trying hard.

 

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It is strange that the room has no personality……..nothing Italian  for ambiance.

 

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Yes, the dishwasher missed this bit of someone else’s meal on my fork.

 

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My “rare” hamburger was as hard as a rock.  The side of Mac & Cheese was delish……….  absolutely the best part of the meal.

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This was the special salad……….but the chicken was extra$$.

 

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Meatball parmesan………. rock hard and grey.  Donald ate it anyway.

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The “Justin Bieber” look-alike at the next table was bored stiff.  His Pizza Bolognese was all sauce and no pizza.  Weird!

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Coconut cake……….slipping and sliding….was right out the Betty Crocker Box.  We ate it all.  $12.

 

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Cafe Americano……….$4…….hot but no refills.

 

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So………ITALIAN WEEK……..and no sign of the PRIX FIXE $26 lunch.  will we return……….NO.  I paid with a $100 Gift Certificate………..which was at first rejected…….the waiter said it had already been cashed!  DUH!  How could that be when I had it right there in my hand?  My change was a credit for 34 cents.

 

 

 

Five of my favorite CHEFS

These are scenes from BARNEY’S windows.  The concept is clever…..the execution fantastic……….kudos to the artist, Simon Doonan [who is married to Jonathan Adler the designer with his own chain of stores].

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Yes…it’s MARTHA.…..now a caricature in colorful paper mache.

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INA GARTEN.……….the Barefoot Contessa………and a star on the FOOD NETWORK.

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MARIO BATALI..…and the clogs he made famous.  In July he will return to Good Morning America.

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DANIEL BOULUD…..


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GUY FIERI.……..now has a 500 seat restaurant………American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.  He doesn’t quite have his act together.  The food is over priced and rather awful.  Give him time!

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Oh MARIO.………I do love your new food adventure EATALY on 23rd street.  Gourmet Italian food…….12 restaurants in one spot……oh that pasta……the sauces…….the breads……….and the wine.

 

Lunch with ILONA at the “Tavern on Jane”

We met Ilona  at her apartment……in front of the Waverly Inn on west 12th street.

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Showing off her new Karen Walker sunglasses.

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Kiss kiss.  Hug hug!  We are always excited to see her.

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Ilona modeled these sunglasses for Karen….and now she is on billboards all over New Zealand.

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The “TAVERN ON JANE” is one of our favorite spots for lunch.

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Maybe just a tat too much on Donald.  He’s still waiting for his 15 minutes of fame!

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NOT !!!

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Ilona gave us a present………a miniature portrait of Jefferson.

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Sculls………..flowers……….and curly Q’s.

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Bright colors…….oversizes frames…….and cartoons in the design…..a must have accessory.

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We gave Ilona a new bracelet to go with her scarf.  She loves BIG things.

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The food at the Jane is always dependable.  Steak tacos.

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Grilled cheese………..and thick cut fries.

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The tomato soup was superior to the one I make……….and that takes some doing!.

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If you happened to be in France….Poland…..Russia or New Zealand……..this is Ilona on the billboard.

 

 

 

LUNCH WITH ILONA at the Tremont

In the West Village………51 Bank Street………the TREMONT.  Unpretentious……classy……with an innovative menu……it is amazing.

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Waiting for ILONA……….

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There she is………..Ms. Fabulous.

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We hug….we kiss kiss……..and we LOVE to take photos!

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Today we only snapped 45.

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New hat.  New ring.

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Phillip Stark water pitcher, another touch of “class”.

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Our waiter…..helped to make our lunch a joy.

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Photo of Margo and Ilona at PARSONS where she gave a critique to students on the portrait paintings.

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Showing off her new diamonds {a prezzie from me}.

CLICK BELOW:  to see the BBC News Magazine article on Ilona

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22013245

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Looking fab in her Karen Walker shades……and her new pearls.

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They whipped up these Brussels sprouts just for Ilona.  Punk grapefruit and toasted pine nuts.

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A burger is NOT just a burger when the onions are sauteed with foie gras.

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Chicken Milanese……..and succulent at that.

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Ricotta cheesecake…….currents ….and creme fraiche.  Divine.

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The room is so simple and tasteful……….you want to linger.

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The view out onto the street………..a never ending parade of New Yorkers and tourists.  I’m glad they took their lunch elsewhere……….out serenity was preserved.

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If you’ve never been here….try it.  You will be pleasantly surprised.