21 W. 52nd Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues). (212) 582-7200.
Website: http://www.21club.com/web/onyc/onyc_a2a_home.jsp
Price Range: Bar Room. Pre-Theatre Dinner, Three courses – $40. (Monday through Saturday – Seatings up to 6:30 pm). A La Carte: Appetizers: $12-$25. Entrees: $30-$47. Tasting Menu: $85. (Wines included – $140) (Monday through Saturday). Secret Wine Cellar for private dining parties only from 14 to 22 guests.
Open For Lunch, Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. Closed Sunday.
’21’ Features One of the World’s Finest Selection of Wines (An over 70 Page list and some 50,000 Bottles.) There are many Wines-By-The-Glass (including 4 Champagnes) and a Fine Selection of Half Bottles.

The Bar Room



Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Once a glamorous speakeasy, today ’21’ is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. In addition to its fabled Bar Room, this four-story townhouse features ten private dining rooms, including the legendary Prohibition-era Wine Cellar (which can be reserved for private parties). The world’s most glamorous saloon, is better than ever since Orient Express Hotels took it over and restored it to its past glory.

The clientele is a mix of celebrities, tycoons, mature-regulars and an attractive new young set. The aforementioned “Bar Room,” with its red-checkered-cloth-to-cloth tables, and whimsical toys on the ceiling is blessed with some of the most professional service and best food in town. (Tip: Try to snag table number “4” where Donald Trump is a regular to get a bird’s eye view of the action.)

21-chefChef, John Greeley

While prices are not inexpensive, a $40 pre-theater dinner is a bargain. Favored appetizers from Chef, John Greeley’s extensive menu include jumbo lump crabmeat with avocado and lime and crispy sautéed sweetbreads with roasted corn in an elegant truffle vinaigrette. While you won’t fine a fresher or better-prepared Dover sole in town, don’t carp at paying $30 for the world’s best burger and Pommes Frites that rival the best in Paris. Kimberly Bugler’s desserts are as lush as a decadent chocolate marquise, or as subtle as a Meyers lemon bar or superb cookies. And the helpful and knowledgeable21-somillier(Philip W. Pratt) sommelier can find you a glass of Champagne for a mere $12 from the awesome wine list.

“21” at 21 West 52nd Street one of America’s great restaurants and rates A Major on the Walman Report

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FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will conclude its fall 2007 season with the return of the club’s founder MICHAEL FEINSTEIN from November 27 to December 29. His new show “Winter Dreams” will feature seasonal favorites and contemporary standards, in addition to a tribute to singing legends of the past such as Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Tony Martin and Kay Thompson. Feinstein will be joined by an all-star band including musical director John Oddo on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Jay Leonhart on bass, Joe Cocuzzo on drums, and a trio of backup singers. All shows will take place at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

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Beaucanon Estate Releases 2007 Sauvignon Blanc

A Bordeaux style wine in tribute to the winemaker’s French heritage.


Beaucanon Estate releases their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc–a mineral wine with blends of citrus, floral aromas and of tropical passion fruit, mango and kiwi flavors.

Produced at Beaucanon Estate in the heart of Napa Valley, the Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux-inspired blend is sourced from premium grapes grown on the hillside vineyards of High Valley.

Beaucanon Estate wines are born of a family tradition spanning seven generations and are produced by Winemaker Louis de Coninck, who has cultivated a rich background in winemaking over the past 22 years. Following in his forefathers’ footsteps, de Coninck is known for working hard to make all his wines taste earthy, elegant and rich with quality.

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Dominican Republic News

A Place In The Sun News:

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas to Inaugurate Sans Souci Port
Jet Blue Adds Service to Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic Makes Memorable Impression at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
AMResorts to Debut Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
DR Ideal Spot for Retiree’s Due to New Law
Barcelo Re-Brands DR Resorts
Ritz-Carlton Coming to the DR
Four Seasons to Open at Casa de Campo
Wellness Resort to Open in Barahona
Maxim Bungalows Debut in Cofresi

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas to Inaugurate Sans Souci Port

Spokesperson for the Port of Santo Domingo recently announced that Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas cruise ship will inaugurate the renovated Sans Souci Port, located in Santo Domingo. The arrival of the Legend of the Seas is scheduled for December 16, 2007. The Sans Souci Port enhancements are part of a $700 million investment, which will eventually involve a yacht club and sports marina with capacity for 500 yachts up to 140 feet; four separate ship terminals with docking areas; a shopping mall and duty-free shopping area; a beach club; two 900-room hotels and convention center; and a luxury condominium development. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2010.


Jet Blue Adds Service to Puerto Plata

Effective January 10, 2008, JetBlue Airways will offer non-stop service from New York City’s JFK International Airport to Puerto Plata. For additional information, visit www.jetblue.com.

Dominican Republic Makes Memorable Impression at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

For the first time, the DR was a sponsor of the widely celebrated Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, held September 28 to November 11, 2007. As a new exhibit at the festival, the DR generated significant buzz among guests who visited the display to experience various elements of rich Dominican culture.

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630 Ninth Avenue ( Bet 44th & 45th Street)


Phone: 212-956-1800

Executive Chef Andy D’Amico

East of Nice

Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Nizza (that’s what the Italians call Nice) features the foods of the Italian Riviera and Liguria. Chef Andy D’Amico continues his quest for excellence and succeeds with brilliance with a menu sporting 9 sections.

Its up to the diner- to create his or her own prefect experience. And perfect it is from “small Antipasti,” to baked specialties, fantastic mixed Mediterranean Cold Cuts or Salumi, Cheeses, Panini, Soups, Salads and Desserts. Wherever your meal starts, you’ll wind up in a fantastic place, that is eminently affordable with plates starting at $6 or (or a buck more for fabulous fried ravioli with creamy cheese), and topping out at $15 for the whimsically named “Terror Stricken Beef.”

Other fond memories include Socca with sage, onion and pecorino (Socca is a southern version of the North Italian Farinata, made of chickpea flour and olive oil. After being formed into a flat cake and baked in an oven, the socca is seasoned generously and eaten with the fingers while hot.), Pumpkin and Leek Soup Gratinee, Tomaxelle (stuffed veal rolls with arugula and meat sauce), all homemade breads and the wine list, which is a joy and filled with affordable surprises.

Don’t miss the delectable pine-nut semifreddo affogato for dessert. Nizza is a casual bôite “modishly” designed and a “bargain rated” A Major on the Walman Report.


Restaurant Wine of the Week

Sagrantino Di Montefalco Dionigi, Umbria 2002: $74 at Nizza. An elegant blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. This wine displays a lovely balance of acid and fruit. Comparing favorably with its more pricey Tuscan neighbors, its pairs beautifully with pizza, pasta, meats, assertively seasoned seafood and cheese.

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Andrea Marcovicci, the celebrated singer and actress,will premiere her new show “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” in New York at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel November 13th through January 12. Her new CD of the same name will be available following her shows and at www.marcovicci.com.

She will be accompanied by musical director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass…Shows are 9 pm Tuesday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday at 9 and 11:30, with a $70 cover charge Tuesday through Thursday and $75 Fridays and Saturdays, plus a $30 food and beverage minimum or $70 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required at early shows Friday and Saturday and optional at other times). Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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Friday, November 23rd through Monday, November 26th

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Photo credit Athens Tavern: Kyle Erin Schmitz.

After recently opening Contemporary Cretan eatery Athens Tavern (23-01 31st Street Astoria, NY 11105, Phone: (718) 267-0800) in late September in Astoria, Michelin-Starred Chef and globetrotting restaurateur Yianni Baxevanis is gearing up to return to New York after opening yet another restaurant in Dubai to offer patrons that might have missed out on his last visit a one-of-a-kind herb infused contemporary “Taste of Greece”. This unique 5-Course tasting menu will begin on Friday, November 23rd and will run through Monday, November 26th. Dishes will include Carob bread (gluten free!) – a staple that replaced traditional bread in Greece during wartime, which is served with a variety of decadent homemade Greek spreads, baked Mediterranean Snapper stuffed with exotic aromatic wild Greek greens, and a grilled dry aged black angus steak marinated in fruits and arrack, just to name a few. Each course will be paired with a unique Greek wine and the cost per person is $40.00. The tasting menu is available during regular dinner hours and all diners are encouraged to participate in the tasting menu although it is not required. Baxevanis is also looking forward to stopping by guest’s tables to answer any questions they might have about his unique take on contemporary Greek cuisine.

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Photo credit Yianni Baxevanis: Kyle Erin Schmitz.

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Molyvos Introduces a Modern New Menu


Chef/Partner Jim Botsacos has made Molyvos Manhattan’s Finest Greek restaurant. Definitely equal to the best of Athens upscale, creative Greek examples.

Molyvos introduces a Modern New Menu, Exclusive Wines, and Ancient Greek Art in Celebration of its 10th Anniversary

The milestone event showcases innovative cuisine and privately owned Greek art during the month of November

The Livanos Family, along with Chef/Partner Jim Botsacos, are commemorating the 10th anniversary of Molyvos (871 Seventh Avenue, (212) 582-7500) by offering a honorary menu to highlight the progression of Greek cuisine over the past decade, memorializing the landmark status Molyvos has achieved.

The festivities began with an intimate event on October 23rd, where as a jubilant tribute to Hellenic culture, Molyvos’ 10-year anniversary menu was presented at chef-guided tasting stations that took guests on a culinary tour of the Greek regions and Greek history. Complementing the cuisine was an exclusive wine auction, traditional Greek music, and an exhibit of ancient Greek artifacts from the private collection of Christopher G. Batsis, on view for the first time since 1987.Kamal

Molyvos’ Wine Director, Kamal Kouiri

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