Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Beacon Learns New Tricks

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I first visited Beacon shortly after it opened, 10 long years ago. At that time, it was primarily a steakhouse, celebrated for its roaring gigantic wood-burning stove, proudly displayed in the open kitchen at the end of the main dining room. With the intense proliferation of steakhouses in Manhattan during the years since Beacon opened, [&hellip
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Behind the Bodega

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“Welcome to wonderland,” said the plump Mexican man in a black suit. My sister, Carol, looked dubious. After all, she had just walked to the back of a Tenth Avenue bodega. But her face brightened when she saw me, sitting in a narrow mirrored corridor festooned with festive Mexican decorations. Tehuitzingo reminds me of the [&hellip
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Fab French Favorites

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A cheery “bonsoir” greets everyone who strides through the front door of La Mirabelle, an Upper West Side mainstay of classic French fare. “I like to treat my customers like they are guests in my own home,” explains Annick La Douarane, owner of the quarter-century-old bistro. With daughters, nephews, cousins and in-laws on staff, the [&hellip
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Obscure Tuscan Fun

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Think Tuscany: rolling sun-kissed vineyards topped with old castles, enchanting villages trickling down the hillside, fruitful sprawling vines, clouds and blue sky for days. Think Felice, which literally means “happy.” “Happy” and “wine” are the perfect blend, a hint at what’s inside this cavernous space that imports some of its wine directly from the vineyard [&hellip
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Welcome to the Palace

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Setting the standard for haute Chinese cuisine in New York City since 1971, Shun Lee Palace and its sister restaurant, Shun Lee West, have delighted an estimated 10 million diners with an array of classic and original Szechuan and Cantonese dishes. If ever there were a special-occasion restaurant, Shun Lee Palace sets that standard too. [&hellip
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Fabled Fries

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Hosting kiddy birthday parties is challenging when your kids don’t eat pizza.* That’s why when my son turned 5, we got 10 take-out orders of French fries from Toast, then a new-kid-on-the-block Harlem restaurant specializing in sandwich fare. The 15 kids and we grown-ups attacked the fries like marauding seagulls
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