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

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

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

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

Get Your Favorite Brands At The Best Prices! CHECK OUT DEALMOON.COM!

I was just recently turned on to, a site (now in its sixth year) that points out where to buy all your favorite department store brands--including Shiseido, La Mer, Estee Lauder, NARS, Chanel, Kate Somerville and more--for the best prices possible. All different type of outlets are suggested, and sometimes the best prices are actually given by your favorite…read more


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

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

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

​ Victorian Gardens Update, Summer 2016: Still NYC’s Best Place For Summer Family Fun

I ventured back to Victorian Gardens on August 6th and fell in love with it all over again. My brother John, an executive at the Harry Fox Agency and my seven-and-a-half year old nephew, Frank (a second grade student at The Success School in Brooklyn) joined me once more. Yes, Frank did every ride and I did just about every…read more

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

Macy’s Cosmetics Department Leads The High Tech Beauty Brigade With YouCam (A Virtual Makeup Testing Device)! Go Try It Now!

I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of YouCam at Macy's and all I could say was that trying on new cosmetics has never been easier. Just choose a brand's icon on the makeup mirror-like screen, then type of makeup item (eyeshadow, lip color, etc.) and then VOILA--you can virtually test shades from the store's Top 5 impulse brands!…read more

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

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