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Desi Galli: Taking Over The East Village With A Punjabi Punch

I recently visited Desi Galli at Avenue B and Tenth Street--this is a second location as they have already caused a big commotion at their Curry Hill spot. They have many classic Indian dishes but they bring the best of the Punjabi/gastropub movement that is so popular in London right to the East Village. (Some people also compare their cuisine…read more
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Nuts For Nambe: Blending Modernism With Classicism For A Real Wow Factor!

I was recently introduced to Name Jewelry via a blogger's event to announce that Macy's will be the one department store exclusively carrying this stunning handmade line by veteran jewelry designer Carolyn Pollack. Many Macy's bigwigs were there to meet and greet with bloggers and Carolyn herself on a step and repeat and everyone at the event got to peruse…read more
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The Gilroy: A Speakeasy That Anyone Can Get Into!

I recently visited The Gilroy at the northwest corner of 81st and Second Avenue which has a great classic 1920's speakeasy feel--but I guarantee that you do not have to give in a secret password like was shown in several Three Stooges episodes and countless gangster flicks, LOL! Besides great eats--they have artisanal hard liquor and the mixed drink menu changes…read more
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TESSA: An Upper West Side Mediterranean Spot That Will Have You Saying “MMMM”!

I recently went to TESSA for the first time and was immediately blown away by it's wide open space (no "close seating" here) and the gorgeous criss cross iron lattice work on the ceiling. It gives a loft space feel but somehow TESSA still feels warm and like a "neighborhood place." When you sit down, you are offered an immense wine list but…read more
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Jill Zarin’s Lux Lunch: Best Hamptons Party Of Summer 2016

Jill Zarin's 4th Annual Lux Lunch had "a little something for everyone," as they say. There was a huge BBQ going on by the Zarin's gorgeous Southampton "endless" pool,  inside the kitchen was a "create your own chocolates" stand, in the living room was an assortment of highly creative jewelry and clothing designers (including Chic Boutique and Lyla Renai) and…read more
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SUPER SATURDAY–As Much Fun For Family As For “Super Shopper” Moms & Dads

I love OCFRA's Super Saturday which is one of the most popular and longest running annual events for Ovarian Cancer Research--but did you know it has as many activities for kids as for adults (if not more). There is face painting, Camp Divalycious which features any kind of craft a kid could want to make and even an amusement area complete…read more
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THE BEST OF THE BEST–NEW YORK’S BEST PARTIES, SOCIAL EVENTS & EATERY EXCLUSIVES

It's No Secret--I'm In Love With "The Generous Pour" At Capital Grilles Nationwide! I recently got to preview The Generous Pour's wonderful seven great wines (all rated above 90 by The Wine Review) which will be available from 7/10/17 to 9/3/17 at Capital Grilles across the country. I visited the West 51st Street branch and not only tested the seven…read more
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Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse: A New York Legend Lives On In A New Location

Some people believe that there's nothing quite like a good steak and a potato--Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, which started out in the 1920's as a speakeasy at 45th and 8th believes that as well, but takes this basic grub up a few notches to their culinary peaks! Sure, they have every cut of steak imaginable and in HUGE portions that two…read more
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The Iconoclast Dinner At The James Beard House: Cooking, Eating + Drinking for a Great Cause!

I was lucky enough to attend the VIP reception segment of the recent Iconoclast Dinner to benefit Spelman College and I got both an eyeful and a mouthful. The exclusive reception, dinner and afterparty might have cost a whopping $2K but every penny went to one of the most worthy causes on earth--giving advanced education to those who might not…read more
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Taittinger’s (Very) Early Winter Holiday Press Party Rocked

Taittinger Champagne is a classic that most people cannot picture the winter holidays without. I was lucky enough to attend a recent (early August) press event called The Art Of Celebrating The Holidays in a gorgeous townhouse in Gramercy Park that including being able to taste all their popular products including the runaway hit Prestige Rose with its lively flavor…read more
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A.G. Kitchen: I’m Giving It An “A” For Great Latin Flavors And Friendly Service

I recently went to A.G. Kitchen, a Latin American Fusion eatery I was unfamiliar with at 289 Columbus between 72nd and 73rd, and was more than pleasantly surprised. This one threw the baseball straight out of the park, so to speak! The prices were super-reasonable, quality was up to par with major four star Latin and other fusion eateries in town,…read more
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KFC Goes Back To Its Roots

I was lucky enough to score an invite to KFC's "back to their roots event" in midtown where I got to witness firsthand the new "Chicken Mastery Program" that each future restaurant employee must complete before going on the job. They brought along SNL legend Rachel Dratch along with certified KFC personnel and even a volunteer from the press corps in…read more
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I Keep My Word And Head Back To The Hard Rock Times Square For More Burgers…But Also Indulge In Nachos, Cowboy Steak and Apple Cobbler

Okay, as mentioned in my recent review of the latest and greatest Hard Rock burgers, there are more to try. But my eyes and stomach also went straight for their legendary giant plate of nachos which is enough for about six! The manager told me it was in their Top Five items and I could see why--they are gorgeous and…read more
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I Hopped To IHOP on National Pancake Day–And Was Completely Dazzled As I Drizzled On The Syrup!

I recently attended a bloggers' breakfast that included a presentation from affable IHOP President Darren Rebelez. I was impressed how knowledgable he was about the menu and went into the current IHOP choices. They are ever expanding thanks to a team of gourmet executive chefs as advisors. They not only have ridiculously great pancakes--with plenty of promotions that will get…read more