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The Writing Room

1703 Second Avenue, (between 88th and 89th Streets).


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Fifty years since the original Elaine’s opened to droves of celebrities, screen writers, New York notables and locals alike, Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick usher in a new wave for this booming neighborhood with the opening of The Writing Room. Studio Bohen founder Lindsey Bonime designed the restaurant, which seats 120 with an additional 20 at the bar. The design concept of The Writing Room, which includes an open kitchen flecked with subway tiles, will take diners back to a simpler time while paying specific homage to the former Elaine’s and the literary following the place inspired. Bonime utilized raw materials evoking both a vintage and industrial feel and restored the facade of the restaurant to resemble the Elaine’s exterior, complete with the famous awning that stretches out to 2nd Avenue, this time in a charcoal gray. The main dining room features reclaimed oak floors, walnut tables, rich leather banquettes accented by custom-made pendant lighting above, and textured red brick walls. A photo wall in this main room is adorned with about 150 framed photos of famous authors, vintage typewriters, and even some of Elaine’s in all it’s glory. Moving into the back room dubbed “The Study,” there’s an old school vibe with a modern edge. Vintage black and white tile floors meet the sleek fireplace and built in bookshelves teeming with 1,000+ books curated by Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books. Fabric panels on the wall behind the bar will be used as pin-up boards and guests are encouraged to add quotes, insights and notes, creating an ever-evolving work of literary art.

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Keep your eye on the young Executive Chef Lucas Billheimer. He has an inventive mind, a deft hand with seasoning and is sure to become a super-star. (Chef Lucas is also that rarity: a chef that is “hands on” and was actually in the kitchen the night of our visit). Billheimer has spent years studying the rich history of regional American cuisine and has been applying his prowess and passion since the opening. Menu signatures have since been decided by the masses, including the signature a knockout Rotisserie Chicken and the crispy and juicy herb brined Fried Chicken, plated with terrific slaw and a fluffy biscuit. Homemade pastas have also become a must for the neighborhood regulars, especially the Ricotta Cavatelli teeming with rapini, artichokes, green garlic and nutty Pecorino.

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Chef Billheimer is putting to good use his smoker and vertical rotisserie, churning out a Smoked Carrot & Beet Salad with toasted flax and pumpkin seeds, mint, lemon and maple yogurt and a rotating roster of roasted wonders including a steak house quality GRILLED BONE-IN 14OZ PRIME STRIP with Grilled Broccoli, Roasted Shallots and Garlic Herb Butter. Regulars clamor for the “knife and fork style” Baby Spinach Salad, with Garlic Croutons, Parmesan, a divine Smoked Trout Deviled Egg and a unique Smoked Caesar Dressing.

The star appetizer on our visit was a house made Charcuterie plate with fantastic home-cured pork and the best rillettes I’ve tasted outside of France. The grilled country bread (like all bread products, including a knockout parkerhouse version, created by Pastry Chef Andrea Bucheli) was delicious, as was the homemade beer-mustard.

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While Chef Billheimer certainly throws his heart into taming any type of meat, the Steamed Lobster and Wild Clams with red potatoes and drawn butter and a Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with white asparagus, arugula and a lemon ginger vinaigrette are perfectly satisfying on the seafood front. From roasted meats to fresh Spring vegetables and delicate fish, the menu is a mouthwatering kaleidoscope of regional American cooking met with today’s farm to table sensibility. The Writing Room’s Pastry Chef Andrea Bucheli has created confections at some of the finest kitchens across the city, including Geoffrey Zakarian’s Country and Town restaurants, Olives by Todd English, and Le Cirque 2000 before joining Billheimer and the Glicks at Parlor Steakhouse in 2008.

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Diners will start their meals with warm salt topped, pull apart Parker House Rolls and enjoy Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits with dinner, while the desserts will sweetly seduce right up to the end with Caramelized Rhubarb Rice Pudding with homemade crème fraîche ice cream, Creamsicle Pops dipped in chocolate and served with a warm hazelnut brownie, Cast Iron Local Peach Pie for the table and a playful throwback Funnel Cake, amped up with a zesty Meyer lemon mousse. The eclectic wine list features approximately 150 bottles ranging from American to New World vintages. A curated cocktail program dabbles in updated classics as well as new age concoctions, with a focus on homemade bitters, syrups, sodas, etc. “Johnny’s Gun” uses Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur for a spicy update to a classic margarita with Herradura Blanco, Grand Marnier, lime and a spiced sea salt rim while the “Up in Smoke” relies on the smoky essence of Montelobos Mezcal, grapefruit, simple syrup, lime, Aperol, Egg White and Rhubarb Bitters to liven the mood. The bar also features an extensive scotch and bourbon list in addition to locally crafted brews on tap and in bottles.

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The classic Martini is well treated here, and there is an excellent wine by the glass program, offering two choices (3 or 6 ounces). The prices are fair and the product is fresh. By all means go for the miraculous red Italian masterpiece: Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri ($10, $20 by the glass); $78 a bottle. Intense, rich, elegant and memorable.

Service is friendly, easy going and highly efficient. The Writing Room is a beautifully managed, professional restaurant for grownups who are not against have a bit of fun, excellent food in a convivial atmosphere at affordable prices. Highly recommended! Rating A+

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Bait & Hook Seafood Bar Offers Designer Food & loads of Fun at Bargain Prices


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Bait & Hook Seafood Bar
Cuisine: Seafood
Dining Style: Casual
Location: 231 Second Avenue, at 14th Street, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.260.8015
Twitter/Instagram: @baithook
Consulting Chef: Dave Martin (
Chef de Cuisine: Angela Dimino
Seating Capacity: 49 total, including 10 bar stools; plus, 49 sidewalk seats, weather permitting
Reservations: Yes, and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: No/Yes
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa b&hcrowd
Hours of Service:
Monday – Wednesday, 3pm – 11pm
Thursday, 3pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Daily Happy Hour, 3pm – 7pm
Price Range:
Raw Bar/Starters: $2.50 – 13
Chowda’ & Greens: $8 – 11
Sandwiches & Burgers: $15 – 22
Larger Plates: $16 – 18 (Average $17)
Sides: $5 – 6
Dessert: $5 – 6
Signature Cocktails: $12
Beer: $6
Wine: $8 – 12/glass; $33 – 36/bottle
Kung Pao Calamari $9
New England Style Clam Chowda’ $8
B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips $15
Dave’s Lobster Mac $18
La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken $16


If you are craving serious seafood without the fuss, look no further than Bait & Hook Seafood Bar, a newly revamped, casual bar/restaurant where seafood is the star. After two years of providing the neighborhood with an accessible seafood shack, the owners of this busy corner space reached out to Chef and Consultant Dave Martin to kick-up the concept. Dave, a Top Chef Alum, who has his own product line, Dave’s Homemade, and works on food and retail projects nationwide, enthusiastically accepted the challenge to bring Bait & Hook’s menu to a new level. The everyday seafood bar now offers the complete package – a relaxed vibe for a quick, satisfying bite, affordable date or group gathering at friendly prices.

It also offers one of the best martinis in Manhattan: 10 ounces of liquid heaven, served in a beautiful glass at $12 for Grey Goose Vodka,

Located on the north edge of the East Village, Bait & Hook (49 seats, including 10 at the bar) is the ideal destination for tasty seafood in a cozy environment. Whether you’re chilling with a cool cocktail or wine at the bar, you’ll always feel welcome in the laid-back atmosphere. Hang out and enjoy an ice-cold brew while watching your favorite game on one of the big screens, or enjoy full table service along the windowed street side. Sidewalk seating (49 seats) will be available weather permitting.


The chef has created a fun menu at Bait & Hook that will reel in diners and keep them as regulars. There is no compromising when it comes to ingredients; the menu has been created using quality fixings, such as chicken from La Pera Bros, sustainable seafood from Bronx Fish, and American Wagyu from DeBragga. All of Bait & Hook’s sauces are made in-house, and the menu offers several gluten-free options, as well as organic ingredients in the selections.


The Old School Lobster Roll, above, ($22) combines Fresh Lobster with your choice of Roasted Garlic Aioli or Drawn Butter in New England Style Hot Dog Bun with simplicity and perfection. Never had better in Manhattan.


The seafood driven menu begins with crave-able starters, like the signature Kung Pao Calamari, pictured below, ($9) with Spicy Sauce, Peanuts & Dried Chillis. If you like it hot, your name is written on this dish (don’t miss it). His unique New England Style Clam Chowda’ ($8) is made with Lobster Stock and Zero Flour. From the Sandwiches & Burgers, guests will love his B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips ($15) – Line Caught Cod, Served Pan Roasted or Fried on a Brioche Bun; as well as B&H Wagyu Burger ($15) with Irish White Cheddar. Larger Plates include Dave’s Lobster Mac ($18) – Fresh Lobster, Fontina, Romano, Shallots, Sherry & Slow Cooked Cream. A must order! Other larger options, such as Ginger Organic Salmon ($18) with Apple, Shallot & Brandy Glaze could hold court in a restaurant with far higher prices (truly elegant); and La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken ($16) – Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken with Spicy Hot Sauce (fried to order; the chickens come from Local Farms and are Free Range and Veggie Fed) are served with a choice of two tasty sides, such as Creamy Parmesan Grits ($5) and Garlicky Spinach ($6), making it a complete meal.

For those seeking a lighter bite, fresh East Coast Oysters ($2.50 each) with Pomegranate Mignonette and House Made Cocktail Sauce are as fresh and briny as it gets ; and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13) are excellent Raw Bar options. Bait & Hook’s Street Tacos are also crowd pleasers, coming three to an order with either Roasted Shrimp ($10), Baja Style Fish ($9), or Free Range Chicken (9). The fish tacos are our recommendation. Awesome Finger Food, such as Fried Free Range Chicken Thighs ($10) with choice of Kung Pao or Spicy Hot Sauce served with Groovy Gorgonzola for dipping, offer ultimate comfort on a plate. Finish up with The Sweet Stuff, including Memma’s Triple Chocolate Brownie ($6). 


Bait & Hook’s bar program features Signature Cocktails, such as Cabin Boy ($12) – Patron Silver, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon& Lime Juice with Prickly Pear Puree. Select bottled and draft beer ($6 each), including its own private house brew, Bait &Hook Lager, are available, plus a small, approachable international wine list ($8-12/glass; $33-36/bottle). Daily Happy Hour offers $1 oysters, $3 fish tacos, $5 beer, $6 mixed drinks and more!


Bait and Hook is open daily for lunch and dinner. Whenever you check it out, you’re in for a good time, no phony attitude and gratifying food. A real NY experience and especially recommended to our out of town and foreign readers.

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It’s Time For The Hamptons

Best known as the summer playground for the rich and famous, the Hamptons are home to the summer’s hottest hotels, bars, clubs and events. New York movers and shakers de-camp from New York City to their summer homes between Memorial Day and Labor Day to socialize, support charities and play.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the trendiest hot spots in the Hamptons this season   Whether you are looking for a nice stroll on the beach, a relaxing oceanfront weekend getaway or exciting nightlife, the Hamptons has always been a classic destination to escape the concrete jungle that allows you to rub elbows with the rich and famous. Whatever the case, don’t forget to bring your designer swim suit and dress your best, as you never know who you will run in to.

Here’s a Happy group of choices. Just follow the links for more info and to make reservations. Having a great time is a given.



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Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna, A Discovery in Midtown

Da Marcella Bar

Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna

ADDRESS: 11 West

51st Street

(Between Fifth Avenue & Rockefeller Plaza)

New York, NY 10019


TELEPHONE: (917) 639-3911

HOURS: Lunch/Dinner: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Mon.-Thurs.

11:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sat.

4:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Sun.

Happy Hour: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

(Italian small plates and ½-price on select Italian wines

by the glass)

CUISINE: Homestyle Italian with Spanish flair


PRICE RANGE: Dinner (Entrees): $16.00 – $28.00Da Marcella Pasta1

DRESS: Casual

RESERVATIONS: Highly Recommended



PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request

BAR: Full-service sit-down bar. .

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Francesco Mueses

WINE DIRECTOR : Ernesto Lago

OWNER: Manuel Moreno

OPENING DATE: November, 2013

(The first Da Marcella Taverna opened in the West

Village in July 2012 to great acclaim.)

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Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna  offers Homestyle Italian with Spanish flair. Restaurateur Manuel Moreno and Executive Chef Francesco Mueses prepare an impressive selection of rustic home-style Italian dishes, most of them from original family recipes.  In addition, they recently introduced several classic Spanish dishes paying homage to their Spanish/Italian heritage.

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Start with a selection from the bar-tapas menu, including delicious ham croquettes in a crunchy breading to enjoy with the excellent martinis and superb selection of Single Malts (many priced as low as $12), Don’t fail to sample the amazing appetizers. You could make a meal of The Chef’s Veal and Pork Meatballs in San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Mussels alla Marinara with Pinot Grigio wine and  Garlic, and the outstanding Pulpo Marinado a la Catalana ( Spanish-style octopus), fork tender, yet with a good texture, and absolutely perfect  Another must with Italian roots, is the divine Burrata Cheese (stuffed mozzarella with a buttery texture) and  San Daniele Prosciutto kissed by Truffle Sauce Over terrific Crostone.

Then, Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Gulf Shrimp and Fresh Tomato or the Paella with its moist authenticity and heady seafood partners or one of the numerous pastas.

Entrees include Charred Grilled NY Steak, Caramelized Onions and Truffled Mashed Potatoes and a delicious Oven Roasted Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass with Garlic and  Rosemary, a classic Pan Seared Calf’s Liver, with Butter, Sage and a tender Braised Short Rib of Beef, in Barolo with delicious Polenta. End with a really outstanding Tiramisú or a lush Creme Caramel, and Vanilla Gelato, Drowned in a Shot of Espresso.

Service is surprisingly helpful and friendly.

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The custom-made 22-foot long oak bar features an impressive selection of global wines with a particular emphasis on regional Italian and Spanish wines. A variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition a premier choice of spirits, liquors, after-dinner drinks, dessert wines, Single Malt Scotch, and specialty cocktails are also available. The Lunch/Dinner and Happy Hour Menus are available at the bar.  The sophisticated, romantic dining room is enhanced by a 14-foot high ceiling, rustic oak bar, custom-made pine communal tables, wood tables, dark blue high-back leather chairs, leather banquettes, tiled floors, mustard-colored walls, vintage Italian posters, and mood lighting to create a classic, turn-of-the-19th-century Mediterranean Taverna.

Hardly what you’d expect to find in this area, Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna is a delightful neighborhood surprise and was packed with a happy crowd (many from the small hotel the restaurant adjoins). Not fancy, but good food and wine in an easygoing atmosphere at a fair price. Nothing wrong there. (A good choice for before or after theater).


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UBK is 1 Month Old and a Roaring Success




Cuisine: New American with Global Influences
Location: 300 Spring Street, near Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 646.755.9034
Twitter/Instagram: @ubknyc
Owner/Executive Chef/GM: Jonathan Renert
Chef de Cuisine: Gavin Citron (Arizona 206; Aja; Aleutia; Petrossian, NYC)
Manager: Brandon T. Jenson
Design: Jonathan Renert
Artwork: Clifford Bailey (
Seating Capacity: 64 total, including 10 at the bar
Reservations: Yes,, CLICK HERE and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: Yes/Yes (in the near future)
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hours of Service:
Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 1am
Friday – Saturday, 11:30am – 2am
Sunday, 11:30am – 1am
Price Range:
Raw Bar/Appetizers: $7 – 17
Sandwiches/Salads: $10 – 18
Mains: $14 – 32 (Average $26)
Sides: $7
Dessert: $7 – 10 ubk-int-1
Lunch Special: $24
Kid’s Menu: $10 with choice of side
Cocktails: $12
Beer/Wine: $TBD/glass; $TBD/bottle
Hamachi Tartare $14
Panko Fried Oyster 3/$9
Rotisserie Chicken $24/half; $42/whole (with 2 sides)
Three Little Pigs $16
UBK Sirloin Burger $14
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UBK offers 64 seats, including 10 at the bar, and features a lively, yet relaxed ambience with industrial accents, including refurbished woods and Edison light bulbs.  Large windows that open to the street bring in natural light, and three fantastic original paintings by Clifford Bailey, which evoke the era of the roaring twenties, enhance the warm setting.  Whether one is sitting at the bar, or at the industrial chic reclaimed wood communal table in the center of the room, they will be transported to a home away from home – a neighborhood place where they can relax over fine cooking.

For some reason, good downtown restaurants just don’t travel and UBK the perfect example of what to seek out for a fun, affordable and delectable night out or (if you live or work in the neighborhood a local haunt). There’s certainly nothing not to like about the unaffectedly stylish food, prepared with care and panache. Chef Renert along with his Chef de Cuisine Gavin Citron offers a menu that pleases all palates.

Guests may start with an excellent raw bar selection, such as a daily selection of Oysters  with kimchee mignonette, horseradish cocktail sauce & red wine vinegar mignonette. Original appetizers include Hamachi Tartare with citrus soy dressing; delicious  baked Cherrystone Clams with bacon and Chipotle Bernaise and amazing Panko Fried Oysters  with chili infused Tonkatsu sauce, house made tartar and chives (absolutely the best in town); and lighter options include refreshing salads, such as traditional Caesar with baked wheat sourdough baguette; and Field Greens  with aged Sherry and citrus vinaigrette. We also enjoyed a play on the traditional Greek chopped salad with the touch of fresh cilantro.


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For the main course, UBK’s tantalizing dishes range from West Coast Cioppino in smokey tomato broth; to Hangar Steak in 24-hour house marinade; and Rotisserie Chicken ( available whole + 2 sides/$42), which may also be taken to go.  UBK’s sides  include Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs; and Cauliflower Gratin, pair nicely with the mains. Be sure to try the addictive ROSEMARY FRIES.


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A separate bar menu features tasty items, such as Three Little Pigs, three unique preparations of pork belly sliders – a must order!  For drinks, UBK offers signature cocktails such as the UBK Julep (Applejack, Antica Carpano Formula, cane sugar, mint); plus, excellent beers (especially an outstanding Belgium available on draught: “Delirium Tremens Pale Ale”) and an International wine list  
Cocktails are expertly constructed and service is delightfully seamless and accommodating.

For those with a sweet tooth, Renert’s desserts include Ancho Chili Brownies and one-of-a-kind Peanut Crunch Chimichangas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and are not to be missed. Nor is the superb cappuccino.

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Wanna check out the newest hit in town? Here it is. You’re gonna like Union Bar & Kitchen!

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Angus Club Steakhouse, Destined to Become NYC Leader


ADDRESS: 135 East 55th Street

(Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)

New York, NY 10022


TELEPHONE: (212) 588-1585

HOURS: Lunch:                      11:30 AM -  3:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner:                       4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

                                                                             4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sat.-Sun.

Happy Hour:               4:00 PM -   7:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

(1/2-price on specialty cocktails and select

global wines by the glass.)

Will open for weekend brunch in the near future.

CUISINE: Steakhouse (with Seafood Specialties)


PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrees):      $22.00 – $37.00

Dinner (entrees):     $33.00 – $49.00

  Angus Steak

This May Be NY’s Best Steak

DRESS: Smart Casual


SEATING CAPACITY: Upstairs Dining Room:          40

Downstairs Dining Room:     76                

Oak Room:             30

Cork Room:                          16

Leather Room:                      40

Chef’s Room:                        10

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2 Dining Rooms (Upstairs and Downstairs)

(4 Private Party Rooms: Oak Room, Cork Room,

Leather Room, and Chef’s Room)

PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request

(Dining Rooms, Oak Room, Cork Room, Leather Room,

Chef’s Room, and entire restaurant are available for

customized private parties and special events.)


Angus Club Steakhouse is Manhattan’s Newest Meat Lover’s Hit

At Angus Club Steak House , executive Chef Edward Avduli crafts a menu

featuring an impressive selection of Angus

beef steaks dry-aged on-site for 30-35 days.  In

addition, he prepares a superior selection

of seafood ranging from 3-pound lobsters,

Norwegian wild salmon, sushi-grade tuna (yellow

fin), and Phillips’ crab meat, to a wide variety of shellfish.

All produce is impeccable and the chef’s background is evident in the precise timing,

exquisite grilling and just about everything that leaves the kitchen.

Service is as good as it gets and the management team are Pros in every way.

The setting may be one of the most glamorous and luxurious in Manhattan with

Full-service sit-down bars.  The 10-foot long custom-made

L-shaped black marble upstairs bar features a wide variety

of single malt Scotch, and a global wine list with a particular

emphasis on California wines.  A select number of wines

are available by the glass.  In addition, a premier selection

of spirits, liquors, after-dinner drinks, dessert wines, imported

beers, and specialty  cocktails are also available.  The Lunch

and Dinner Menus are available at the bars.


The 16-foot long custom-made Art Deco style black marble

downstairs bar features the same superior selection of wines,

spirits, and specialty cocktails.  There is a custom-made climate-

controlled, glass-enclosed Wine Cellar downstairs housing more

than 1,000 bottles of wine.

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The UPSTAIRS DINING ROOM offers  expansive, romantic ambiance.  The stylish,

sophisticated upstairs Dining Room is enhanced by a 12-foot high

deep gray ceiling, handsome imported espresso-colored

leather chairs, elegant candle-lit tables with off-white

tablecloths, beige walls with antique mirrors, custom-made

oak chandeliers, tiled floors, Art Deco inspired cork columns,

mood lighting, and expansive windows looking out onto a

quiet side street to create an Art Deco style setting.  A grand

staircase with a classic Art Deco mirror, and reclaimed wood

and snakeskin walls, leads downstairs to a second stylish Dining

Room and four private party rooms (Oak Room, Cork Room,

Leather Room, and Chef’s Room).

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Lamb hops To Die for (Above)

LEATHER ROOM: The Leather Room, located off the side of the downstairs

Dining Room, is enhanced by a 9-foot high burgundy leather ceiling, burgundy leather walls,

oak floors, imported espresso-colored leather chairs, candle-lit tables with off-white

tablecloths, and antique light fixtures to create a sophisticated setting for customized private

parties and special events.  It seats 40.


CHEF’S ROOM: The Chef’s Room, located off the side of the downstairs

bar, features a custom-made oak chef’s table and imported

espresso-colored leather chairs to create a communal setting

for customized private parties and special events.  It seats 10.


A perfect dinner might begin with terrific cocktails to enjoy with  sparkling oysters, lump crab

meat or airy crab cakes and a perfect Caesar salad. Follow with a massive veal chop, the

Porterhouse for 2 or more,  remarkable hash browns, creamless creamed spinach, perfect

steamed asparagus and TRUFFLE MAC AND CHEESE.


The wine list is still a work in progress, but there is a nice selection of wines by the glass at

about $12 each and I strongly suggest the excellent Supper Tuscan IL BRUCIATO TENUTA

GUADO AL TASSO, 2011, TUSCANY $75 to enjoy with your meal. It is a true steak-wine.

Don’t miss the wonderful desserts: Fluffy Tira Misu, cheesecake  or a decadent banana split

with fried bananas and Slog. Great cappuccino is a perfect conclusion.

We think you will love Angus Club Steak House.

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Sel et Poivre Revisited

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ADDRESS: 853 Lexington Avenue

(Between 64th and 65th Streets)

New York, NY 10065


TELEPHONE: (212) 517-5780

FAX: (212) 517-4785

HOURS: Lunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Mon.-Thurs.

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Fri.-Sat.

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun.

Brunch: 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM, Sat.-Sun.

PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrées): $12.95 – $29.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu: $19.95

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu : $15.95

Dinner (entrées): $14.95 – $32.95

3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu: $29.95


1-Course Prix Fixe Brunch Menu

(With Mimosa or Bloody Mary

and coffee) $15.95 (Sat.-Sun.)

CUISINE: French Bistro


DESIGNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Christian Schienle

WINE DIRECTOR: Christian Schienle

OWNERS: Christian Schienle

Pamela Schienle

OPENING DATE: June, 1989



In our quest to review the newest and most trendy restaurant openings, let’s not forget New York’s heritage of charming family-run establishments. Whether they be American, ethnic or a charming French bistro such as Sel et Poivre (Above), they are worth revisiting, remembering and add focus to a constantly changing restaurant scene, where the venue or clientele is often the main feature.


The stylish, sophisticated dining room is enhanced by a 12-foot high ceiling, candlelit wood tables with white linen tablecloths, The: Intimate, romantic ambiance includes leather and fabric-upholstered banquettes, classic wood bistro chairs, antique sconces, pale yellow walls,wood floors, classic mirrors, black-and-white framed family photos of international travels alongside prints from renowned European photographers, and mood lighting to create a classic Parisian bistro setting.

Owner/Chef Christian Schienle, formerly at L’Absinthe, is handsome, charming and prepares classic French bistro dishes with a refined, updated flair. He has created one of the most honest value-oriented bistros in Manhattan, which will celebrate its 25th birthday in June 2014.

Favored appetizers include crunchy Celery root remoulade with red beets, an intensely flavored Terrine de Foie Gras with red wine grapes, and wonderful, Escargots with garlic butter and herbs. For something lighter, try Cold Lobster salad with Avocado mousse and grapefruit coulie.

Go for the signature bistro classics in such delectable entrees as Brook Trout Almandine, Frog Legs a la Provencal, Pork Chop with Braised Onions and Apples in a heady calvados sauce with crispy herb roasted potatoes, tender, juicy Aged New York sirloin steak with Roquefort or Poivre sauce and crispy Duck a l’orange with wild rice. The Cassoulet is one of the best in the city and don’t miss the superbly elegant Frog legs in a pernod sauce, with wild mushrooms and basmati rice.

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Inquire about the daily specials such as (Friday) Cassoulet , (Saturday) Cous Cous Royal

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Go easy on the excellent warm baguettes. You want to save room for the terrific desserts.

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I loved the layered Chocolate Mousse, traditional Profiteroles and  light and  elegant Fresh Fruit Tart.  There is cheese and a nice selection of sorbets as well as a terrific molten chocolate cake.

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The 10-foot long custom-made L-shaped oak bar, located in the front of the Dining Room, features a predominantly French and American wine list with an international flair. It features handsome wood barstools. An impressive variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition, a premier selection of spirits,liquors, digestifs, dessert wines, imported beers,and classic cocktails are also available. The Lunch,Dinner, and Brunch Menus are available at the bar.

We found the cocktails well made and generous. Red wine glasses are attractive and large enough to allow wines such as the excellent  2010 CHATEAU LES HAUTES TUILERIES LALAND-DE-POMMEROL ($15.00, per glass) room to breathe. This is a fine red vintage wine from the Lalande de Pomerol region in Bordeaux France. Or splurge with a glass of Moet for just $14. The wine selection by the bottle is both well chosen and fairly priced.

Service and reception at the door and warm and friendly, so take our advice and revisit Sel et Poivre. If this your first time, you’re in for an affordable and eminently pleasant dining experience. A personal favorite!



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Masq Offers A Serious Kitchen And A Fun Experience

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Masq  Party Room

306 East 49th Street (Between First & Second Avenues) New York, NY 10017


TELEPHONE: (212) 644-8294

HOURS: Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Mon.-Wed.

4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Thurs.Sat.

(Closed Sunday)

Happy Hour: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.

(1/2-price on specialty cocktails and select global wines

by the glass.)

masq Asiago-Cheese-Wedge

Asiago Cheese Wedge Above

Live Music Night: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Thurs.

(Acoustic Blues, Jazz, Zydeco, Rock)

CUISINE: New American with New Orleans flair

(Executive Chef Marc Getzelman crafts a menu

featuring an eclectic selection of innovative

New American dishes and New Orleans

inspired classics.)masq Fresh-Mozzarella-Flatbread

Flatbread Above


PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrees): $10.00 – $14.00

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch

(with wine or beer): $10.95

Dinner (entrees): $12.00 – $26.00

Late-Night Dinner Menu:

(10:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight, Thurs.-Sat.)

DRESS: Smart Casual

RESERVATIONS: Recommendedmasq roast-beef-sandwich1

The Roast Beef Sandwich Above

Masq is a New Orleans inspired restaurant with some very appealing food, and a convivial

feeling of the Big Easy.. The stylish, sophisticated dining room is enhanced by vintage

custom-made tables and chairs, an exotic New Orleans wall mural, wood floors, hand-painted

porcelain masks, and mood lighting to create a private home in New Orleans.  A New Orleans

inspired Private Party Room (THE Red Room) is  located in the back of the restaurant and

separated from the Dining Room by a red velvet curtain, features vintage red fabric-

upholstered chairs, red velvet divans, antique mirrors and Mardi Gras masks.

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Strawberry Salad Above

After hours, the venue transforms from an eatery into a lounge featuring "Live" Acoustic acts

performing Blues, Jazz, Zydeco, Rock, Country and more chefs have created an imaginative

New American Cuisine Menu with a New Orleans flair. From spicy Jambalaya to Flat Iron Steak

with Avocado & Pico de Gallo, to the best Crabcakes this side of Maryland, the cuisine is

extraordinary! Alongside Flatbreads, Toasty Grilled Panini and MASQ Mini Burgers on Sweet

Hawaiian Bread, the menu includes Artisanal Cheese Plates ideal for sharing and crisp, fresh

Salads.Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials offer large portions for affordable prices, and the daily

Happy Hour features Draft Beer and Cocktail Specials from 4-8pm, and all night Saturday. 

There is good quality here and friendly service. Masq, 306 East 49th Street, (Between First &

Second Avenues).

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The Amazing Crabcakes Above

The cuisine is New American with a New Orleans flair and the theme is Mardi Gras.

It opened a few months ago and it is really unique.  It has charming small rooms filled

with antique furnishings,big comfortable easy chairs and plush sofas.  The dining area

has large, expansive tables.  The bar specializes in New Orleans drinks like a Mint Julip, and a

terrific Sazirac and Absinthe.  They also have a large wine list. On the menu are such favorites

as Jambalaya, Crab Cakes, Macaroni and Cheese, Bananas Foster and many more. Look for

promotions such as the current Mardi Gras Menu, featuring Mardi Gras Food Specials!

Etoufee, Muffaletta (A traditional style muffuletta sandwich consists of a sesame muffuletta

loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami,

mozzarella, ham, and provolone. The sandwich is sometimes heated to soften the

provolone), Louisiana Crabcakes, Jambalaya and the chef’s rendition of Bananas Foster, here

tucked inside of fried dumplings and flamed in the kitchen.

There are also outstanding specials like a perfect wild salmon, cooked in Asian spices and

served on fresh salad greens with sweet tomatoes.

The draught beer selection is excellent, offering Stella and Blue Moon, with a slice of fresh


Masq is a fine addition to the neighborhood and will soon be offering takeout

through Seamless. Highly Recommended.

Click Here To Make a Reservation On Open Table


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Flourless Chocolate Cake Above

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