The New York Helmsly Restaurant


Location: The New York Helmsley Hotel |

212 East 42nd Street New York City 10017

| m: 212 490 8900 | d: 212 405 4260 | f: 212 202 4501 | reserve: 800 221 4982


Zack Zahran General Manager | The New York Helmsley Hotel


Executive Chef Brian C. Wieler (Above)


Helmsley Hotels are known for, and defined by, the highest level of service to fulfill your every need. As a full service hotel, The New York Helmsley provides a wide array of the finest amenities and services to ensure your complete satisfaction during your stay.
• 1,000sq ft fitness facility:
    Combination of cardio-vascular and weight training machines
• Complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms
• 32” HD LCDs on Premier Floors
• Multilingual Concierge Service
• On-site Valet Parking
• Business Center
• Three Two-line Phones with Voicemail
• Banquet and Executive Boardrooms
• Nightly Turn-down Service Available
• European Toiletries
• Luxurious Health Smart™ Bedding by Simmons®
• In-Room Safes
• Cotton Pique Robes

A recent renovation in the lobby, dining room, and bar is completed, We were very Impressed with the new look. The sophisticated and timeless dining room, Harry’s Bar, and lounge, capture the essence of New York, while the  new restaurant offers excellent cuisine in a sophisticated and stylish ambiance with a playful edge. The adjacent Harry’s bar serves a menu of hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches.

Conceived by J/Brice Design, the sophisticated and timeless dining room, Harry’s Bar, and lounge, capture the essence of the New York skyline’s strong and poetic geometry, embracing the artful blend of neighboring east midtown treasures: the Art Deco Chrysler and Chanin buildings, Grand Central Station and The United Nations.



The new restaurant (aptly named “The Restaurant” pictured above), provides three dramatic levels, a recessed ceiling, bathed in blue light and a soothing copper-toned color scheme forming the ideal setting for fine dining. Executive Chef Brian C. Wieler and his team put forth such intriguing appetizers as modern renditions of  a mellow Lobster Bisque with Sherry, Crème Fraiche,  an intense Duck Consommé with Julienne Vegetables and Duck Wonton and a surprisingly delicate Onion Soup Gratin , which combines Four species of Onions with Gruyere Cheese .

Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Sweet Potatoes and a sauce distinguished by shaved white chocolate may sound daunting, but the scallops are the star, impeccably timed and the sauce a well-schooled supporting player.   Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart was light and lovely in its airy Puff Pastry and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction  and even the ubiquitous Tuna Tartare was a standout with Ponzou Sauce, Sesame Crisps, Cucumber and a bed of Micro Greens.

While all entrees are excellent, especially a flaky white halibut special, Grilled New York Strip steak with Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus and a light Cabernet Sauce was the scene stealer. Under no circumstance miss such desserts as a remarkable NY Style Cheese Cake and a dense and deadly Chocolate Ganache concoction.

The Restaurant at The New York Helmsley Hotel | 212 East 42nd Street, 212 490 8900, offers a fine selection of wines (properly stored at cellar temperature), beautifully constructed cocktails and a well trained and professional service staff. 

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FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, will continue its all-star Spring 2010 season with the debut engagement of award winning vocalist, SHEERA BEN-DAVID.  Her new show, "A Heart in New York" is a valentine to the pulse and romantic push and pull of New York City, including music from composers from Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim to Annie Lennox and Carly Simon.  The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by Jersey Boys conductor, Adam Ben-David and also features Mat Fieldes on bass, Matt Zebroski on drums, Jake Ezra Schwartz on guitar and Robert Burkhart on cello. “A Heart in New York” runs at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

SHEERA BEN-DAVID is a graduate of New York University -Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre and Acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has spent the greater part of her life performing: In 1993, a selection of Gershwin songs at The Caramoor Festival; a full solo concert at Merkin Hall; shows at various clubs and venues in and around Manhattan such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events.


Hotel Casanova Tempts Guests With “Barcelona Nights” Promotion

Travelers from all around the world visit Barcelona for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, dramatic architecture, sunny beaches, trendy nightlife and buzzing arts scene, making it one of the most popular destinations for gay travelers in 2010. In fact, the city comes in at #6 on’s list of “The World’s 20 Best Gay Beach Cities,” compiled by gay travel expert Andrew Collins.

Visitors to this gay travel hotspot have discovered a popular home base for their Barcelona adventures at the Hotel Casanova (, which crowns the trendy Eixample District, affectionately called “Gayxample” by the city’s gay scene insiders. To solidify its position as Barcelona’s top gay-friendly hotel, the Casanova is offering a “Barcelona Nights” promotion valid for stays through the end of 2010.

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Cabaret’s “it” girl, the beautiful and bewitching Maude Maggart, returns to the Oak Room with a new show celebrating love as interpreted by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Warren, Rodgers & Hart and Marshall Barer…and as youthfully reinterpreted by Maude with a voice, according to The New York Post, that “radiates beauty.” John Boswell is musical director and accompanist.

The engagement runs from Tuesday April 13th through Saturday May 8th. Shows are Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 and Friday-Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. Cover charge is $50 per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 221 419 9331 or


Le Caprice At The Pierre, New York City

Online Reservations

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Image by James McDonald, Courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio”. At The Pierre, New York City

Address: 795 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10065

Telephone number: + 1 212 940 8195


Location: Upper East Side (Central Park at Fifth Avenue). Le Caprice’s entrance is on Fifth Avenue opposite Central Park (Fifth Avenue and 61st Street)

The Pierre: Part of the Taj Hotel Group, owned by Indian company TATA and has just undergone a $100 million renovation. The hotel re-opened to the public on 1 June 2009

Covers: 90 (ie 74 seated and 16 at the bar on bar stools)

Services: Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 7 days a week

Opening times: Breakfast: 7am to 10.30am

Lunch: 12 noon to 3pm

Dinner: 5.30pm to 11:30pm

Sunday brunch: 11.30am to 4pm

Opening date: 26 October 2009 (Reservations open 15 October 2009)

Designer: Martin Brudnizki / (previous work includes Wentworth Grill, The Club at The Ivy, Rivington Dubai, J Sheekey Oyster Bar)

Senior Restaurant Director: Marco Fazzina (previously General Manager at Daphne’s London)

Executive Restaurant Chef: Michael Hartnell (previously Head Chef at Daphne’s London)

Maitre d’: Allan Basaran

Art work: David Bailey series of Jean Shrimpton photos /

Menu: Similar to the London alma mater, but reflective of the NY market. It will include classics like Thai-baked sea bass, dressed Dorset crab with celeriac rémoulade, Scandinavian iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce…

Caprice London: Originally opened in London in 1947 by Mario Gallati a former Maitre d’ of The Ivy and was reopened in 1981 in its modern day guise

Le Caprice New York brings the classic London brasserie to the heart of Manhattan.

Le Caprice New York is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week with bar dining available from midday. Sunday brunch is a specialty.


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At The Pierre, New York City

Image by James McDonald, Courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio”. At The Pierre, New York City


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Over the course of the past 62 years, Le Caprice has established itself as a social institution in London with its effortless style, coveted cuisine and well-heeled crowd. Generations of diners have enjoyed the unique atmosphere and unsurpassed service of the avant-garde eatery, making it a firm favorite among a discerning international clientele. Le Caprice is delighted to announce the opening of its first New York restaurant in October 2009, in a prime location at The Pierre, one of the City’s landmark hotels.

Of all the captivating cities in the world, New York was the natural choice for Le Caprice’s first foray outside London due to the City’s classic style, charisma and distinguishing taste. The opening is also in homage to the many New Yorkers who have become regular visitors of the London restaurant over the past 30 years.

Located at the iconic Pierre Hotel with an entrance on Fifth Avenue, overlooking Central Park, Le Caprice  New York captures the simple elegance of the London original, serving long-standing modern European favorites within a specially designed New York menu.

The dining room captures the monochromatic spirit of the original, with a series of photographs of iconic sixties model Jean Shrimpton by legendary British photographer, David Bailey. The seating is spacious, with crisp white napkins and tables set with glorious flowers. Le Caprice New York is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week with bar dining available from midday. Sunday brunch is a specialty, but we’ll have to report on that next time.

Over the course of the past 62 years, Le Caprice has established itself as a social institution in London with its effortless style, coveted cuisine and well-heeled crowd. Long-standing favorites from the London restaurant such as Thai-baked sea bass, salmon fishcake with buttered spinach and sorrel sauce, dressed Dorset crab and Scandinavian Iced Berries with Hot White Chocolate Sauce

Scandinavian iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce (Pictured Above) appear beside the newly designed New York menu which offers  remarkable Nantucket Bay scallops, served in the shell on a bed of sunchoke puree and trompettes (one of the best dishes I’ve had in New York in recent memory), a lovely Smoked haddock and poached quail egg tart  would have been perfect if it were a tad less salty, (both appetizers). Salad lovers will enjoy a composed salad of mixed beets with goat’s cheese and walnuts. (Below). 


Recommended entrees include juicy steak house quality prime NY strip steak  that melts in your mouth. Aged 28 days, the flavor was extraordinary. And let’s not neglect the best fish and chips in the world, here beer battered cod,on an amazing chunky puree of fresh peas and mint..

Rice pudding with a dollop of berry jam in the center is delightful finish. The macaroons are noteworthy as are the excellent service and well chosen wine list. (carafes offer especially good value) and superb cappuccino.

Le Caprice, 795 Fifth Avenue at 61st Street offers one of NY’s most civilized dining experiences and the ideal melding of well executed London and Manhattan contemporary cuisine.

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Urraca Malbec 2008 and Urraca Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Set for Debut at Retail Later this Month

Along with Urraca Familia Langley 2007 Bordeaux Blend and Urraca Chardonnay 2008

Urraca Vineyards is expanding its Argentinean portfolio by adding a new line of high quality wines at accessible price points starting with its first two 100% single varietal red wines — Urraca Malbec and Urraca Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2008 vintage. The announcement was made today by John Langley, co-owner and co-founder, and Jean-Pierre Bieri, general manager of Urraca Vineyards, who also disclosed the winery’s next vintages of Urraca Familia Langley and Urraca Chardonnay will be released concurrently along with the new wines.

The Urraca Malbec 2008 consists of 100% single vineyard Malbec from the winery’s own holdings in the Agrelo area of Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine grape growing region. Urraca has produced 12,900 bottles of this new Malbec that have been aged for 9 months in a blend of new French and American oak barrels. With just the right amount of fruit on the nose and palate the wine at this stage is well-balanced offering nice depth and elegance. Suggest retail price: $24.99.

The other new red varietal is the Urraca Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Produced from grapes grown at the winery’s the Cabernet is also a single vineyard product. Using a blend of predominantly new French as well as American oak barrels, some 12,600 bottles of this initial vintage have been produced. Well-rounded and balanced with incredible fruit and already integrated tannins, this wine is accessible now, but is also anticipated to have the structure to age gracefully for another 9-10 years providing quality long-term pleasure for those who can wait. Suggested retail price: $24.99.



List of what’s happening at SD26 this season.

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Spring is almost here! On Madison Square Park we can feel it in the air and looking out of  our panoramic window we see the first hints of blue skies and warmer days to come. See below for a list of what’s happening at SD26 this season.

At The SD26WineBar
Pizza Bianca con Mortadella every night from 5pm until closing. It’s
complimentary, delicious and offered every half hour.

With Spring in the air our SD26 team designed an exciting new cocktail menu with spring ingredients such as strawberries, cucumber, chervil, and fennel. After 10PM and enjoy a Complimentary Bomboloni.
Click here for the SD26 Cocktail menu.

SD26 Delivery/Take-Out

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