Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Cosmic Viticulture

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about organic wines and organic grape viticulture. A good friend of mine who read the article then asked me what the difference between organic and biodynamic is. I took a deep breath, and basically told her the following: Whatever your politics are, it doesn’t take a [&hellip
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Join the Club

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Looking for East Side Social Club, you may walk right past the entrance, dissuaded by a grumpy-looking guy standing in front of the barely marked door. Don’t worry, he doesn’t bite, and you don’t need a password to enter—though you might need one to get a reservation, since this neighborhood hot spot tends to fill [&hellip
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Dim Mood? Dim Sum!

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“Here it is: this must be the spring to come, outside the vexing world: lotus blossoms opening…” —Jakuren, from Zen Poems Leave behind the chill, vexing world and step into China Fun, where lotus leaves open to expose clumps of sticky rice, doused in soy sauce, enfolding succulent strips of roast pork ($4.50)
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Oaky No More

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It was so typical that I could have written the dialogue before even approaching the table. “Your house Chardonnay is from California?” the patron asked. “Yes sir.” Disgusted look from the patron; equally disgusted look from the patron’s wife. “We don’t really like California Chardonnay. Don’t really care for California wine in general,” he responded
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Patriotic Menu

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Too many celebrity chefs end up spreading themselves too thinly, opening restaurant after restaurant, often all over the country, so that the very qualities that brought them to national attention are diminished. If you’re serious about restaurant dining, you know exactly to whom I’m referring. And you also know that Bobby Flay is not among [&hellip
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Barrio Chic

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When I walked past El Museo del Barrio, I was wowed by the formerly gritty museum’s new bold yellow Plexiglass façade and, once inside, by the bright, airy modern café, with its huge arched windows overlooking the Central Park Conservatory garden. Part of El Museo’s $35 million renovation, El Café is catered by Great Performances, [&hellip
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Blossomed Anew

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Despite the influx of taco joints and pork-saturated dishes flooding restaurants these days, there is still a place for those seeking respite from animal proteins. Situated on the restaurant-heavy First Avenue, between East 79th and 80th streets, Café Blossom recently opened up its third location at what used to be a chicken shop (Eastside Poultry [&hellip
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DINING DEAL

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Throughout February, the Italian eatery Carmine’s, on Broadway and West 91st Street, is celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary by offering a $20 menu. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at lunch and dinner, guests may choose from a selection of dishes, each of which costs $20 and can easily feed up to four people, according to [&hellip
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