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The Black Ant: Authentic Mexican Fare (With And Without Insects)!

The quaint Black Ant--located in a classic East Village walkup at 60 Second Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets--is always crowded with people who want authentic Mexican fare, the majority of it made with grasshoppers and ants. Being a little chicken, I stuck to their non-insect dishes which were generous in size and totally wowed my taste buds--but not without…read more
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Letting Loose At Rick’s Cabaret

I have a confession to make: I had never been inside a NYC gentleman's club until last night when I got a lovely invitation from Rick's Cabaret publicist Jules Feiler to come check out the hors d'oeuvres and meet chef Jayson Margulies upstairs in the VIP lounge area along with a few lifestyle blogger pals. This 10,000 foot three-story club…read more
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Pasta Eater: It’s Well Worth Your While To Check Out Flat Iron’s Cozy, Quaint, Authentic & Fun New Eatery!

It is hard to resist Pasta Eater which was just opened on 9/12/19 by Giusto Priola, the owner of the legendary Cacio E Vino. This cozy Italian eatery on the border of the Flat Iron District and Union Square has passers by staring in its front window at all hours thanks to the live pasta maker doing their thing in…read more
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La Goulue: 46 Years Of Clever & Classic French Cuisine On The Upper East Side

KLa Goulue has been called a "neighborhood gem" numerous times on Yelp and that is an understatement in my eyes. They serve up classic French cuisine with care and flair--and there are a few American classics like locally sourced fish thrown in for good measure. Overall, they have the most solid "Gaelic grub" on the Upper East Side. Portions are…read more
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Osteria 57: An Intimate Fish & Vegetarian Spot That You Will Make One Of Your “Go To” Spots!

I was lucky enough to go to a press dinner at Osteria 57 and sample their wonderful Italian vegetarian and pescatarian fare. The location is dreamy--you cannot beat a rustic main floor West Village eatery with dim lighting in an old brownstone for ambiance! Owner Emanuele Nigro was raised in Milan and brings over some of the same ingredients he…read more
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If You Love To Graze & Sip To Your Heart’s Content, Head To Taste Of The Upper West Side On May 17th & 18th!

I say it every year: Taste Of The Upper West Side is the best way to sample all the great cuisine 'n cocktails that this classic Manhattan neighborhood has to offer! There is unlimited food from about three dozen eateries of all price points and ethnicities not to mention free flowing alcohol--and you'll definitely be able to get your hands…read more
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I Went On Watson Adventures’ Munch Around The Village Scavenger Hunt (I Didn’t Win But I Had The Time Of My Life)!

I have always had a fascination with the West Village (which is still New York's coolest neighborhood in my opinion), trying out new restaurants and scavenger hunts, so when I had the opportunity to do all three at one time, I jumped on the opportunity. Watson Adventures has many different themes for their scavenger hunts which are about 2 1/2…read more
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Buenos Aires: Authenticity, Argentinian Meats & Friendly Service Come Together For East Village’s Best Brunch Deal!

I do not have a lot of opportunities to eat truly authentic Argentinian cuisine so I was thrilled to get an invitation to check out the new $35 brunch special at Buenos Aires, a highly recommended establishment at 513 East 6th Street in the East Village. Every step along the way I was blown away--no wonder it has 4 1/2…read more
Food, Travel

Checking Out The Royally Good New Wine List And Fine Cuisine On Princess Cruise Lines

I have never been on a Princess Cruise Lines ship before today so I was really excited when I got added to the guest list for a special press preview introducing Princess Cruises' new wine offerings, curated by Ivy League educated Master Sommelier and Master Of Wine, Doug Frost--a leading expert on the intersection of wine and travel. This guy is…read more
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Madonia Brothers Bakery: 100 Years Of World Class Bread—And Other Heavenly Baked Goods!

I was honored to recently be able to visit the legendary Madonia Brothers Bakery on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and actually get taken into the back room by owner Peter Madonia to see where all the baking magic happens. I was thoroughly amazed not only by the interesting bread making and other large bakery equipment but the intense level…read more
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Baby Brasa: This West Village Stellar Peruvian Eatery Will Be Your New “Go-To” Place!

Baby Brasa at 173 Seventh Avenue South is a stunning example of classic Peruvian cooking with some Modern American and Asian flourishes thrown in here and there. While you can get some of the finest organic Peruvian rotisserie chicken in town, you can also get gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan cuisine. The accommodating kitchen staff are able to alter their…read more
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Oscar Wilde: A Wild And Delicious Ride Into The Past

The over-the-top Victorian look of Oscar Wilde on 27th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is a marvel to behold. There are marble fireplaces, the longest bar in New York (at an incredible 118 feet), elaborate Victorian ceiling lamps, randomly placed oddball vintage furniture and portraits of the man himself, Oscar Wilde. I swear that I even stumbled upon a…read more
Food, Travel

Booking.com’s Taste Of Travel Townhouse Event: Innovative Tastes With Marcus Samuelsson!

I headed over to the posh yet classic stooped 1891 townhouse at 118 West 76th Street yesterday for booking.com’s Taste Of Travel event. Set up outside was the Taste Of Travel food truck, which lucky passersby were able to sample food from gratis (plus they got to press the flesh with legendary chef Marcus Samuelsson, the host of the event…read more
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Opry City Stage: Country Cookin’ (And Pickin’) Comes To The Big Apple

For a long time, visitors to Times Square have wondered how this legendarily busy area could be without some great old-fashion country eats—after all, you can get every other type of cuisine around there from Italian to Peruvian to Lebanese especially if you walk west anywhere in the 40s. Well, never fear because Opry Stage is here and it is…read more