Boulud Sud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s Ode to Stylish Mediterranean Dining

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Boulud Sud

20 W. 64th St., between Broadway & Central Park West


Boulud Sud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s vibrant Mediterranean restaurant. The menu travels the entire region of the Mediterranean, offering flavors from France’s Côte d’Azur, Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa and Turkey. There is an emphasis on grilled fish and meats as well as an abundance of fresh vegetables on menu sections entitled "De La Mer", "Du Jardin" and "De La Ferme". With an entrance on West 64th Street, Boulud Sud is just steps from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center and is adjacent to Bar Boulud and Épicerie Boulud. Boulud Sud offers a $28.00 three course lunch in addition to a la carte Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 12:00-3:00pm with two prix fixe options, a $32 two course and a $39 three course menus.

Executive chef: Aaron Chambers
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cross Street: on 64th street between Broadway & Central Park West


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2 Delightfully Different Petite Sirahs From MICHAEL DAVID

Petite Petit 2010 I Petite Sirah Petit Verdot Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Offering a joyous explosion of color and fun, it is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that […]

Mint Brings Elegant Indian Dining To Garden City

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Mint Restaurant & Lounge

1 Ring Rd W
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 307-8677

About 1/2 hour to 45 minutes by car.


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At the incredibly beautiful Mint restaurant in garden city, owner/chef Gary Sikka has created an impressive regional Indian menu, featuring an eclectic selection of classic, regional Indian dishes, refined and updated with a modern flair. 

In addition, his menu showcases a variety of regional Indian seafood and vegetarian specialty dishes. 

This Indian/cum/Asia/European fusion restaurant offers a clubby Bollywood  atmosphere and an exotic escape from the rush of Manhattan. It is located near the Roosevelt Field shopping mall. Downstairs, one enters through large glass doors and view of a grand staircase and waterfall. To the right of the entrance, the the inviting bar with lounges and club chars awaits you. The main dining room is a burst of colors on a palate of red and affords comfortable and spacious seating. The rooftop must be seen to be believed and on our visit was closed for one of its many private parties.

An offspring of  one of New York’s finest Indian restaurants, Mint in Manhattan, one has high expectations for the kitchen’s prowess and Mint Garden City delivers, albeit in a different mode than it Manhattan sibling.

For appetizers, don’t miss the fabulous fresh corn soup; perfectly prepared, mango grilled scallops, Jhinga Balchao, a Goan Specialty, Shrimps in a spicy pickled sauce,  outstanding Cauliflower prepared in a flavorful tomato-garlic sauce and delicious Chicken Malai Kabab, Cubes of chicken marinated with herbs and spices and ideally grilled. Of course there are traditional  Samosa, Crispy turnovers filled with seasoned ground chicken and numerous selections from Thailand and Asia.

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All breads are excellent, especially rosemary and garlic nan, and one of the fine rice creations is mandatory, as well as a variety of chutney, Suggested main courses arrive traditionally to be shared or contemporarily plated. Favorites include tender lamb in coconut and mint, elegant Lamb Chop, Rack of lamb served with mashed potatoes, mix greens and mint chutney , Or try Goan fish curry, Goat Rogan Josh, Goat meat marinated with yogurt and cooked in a onion sauce Seafood, including lobster, and just about anything on the extensive menu. Desserts  range from the Indian kulfi (homemade ice cream) to refreshing plays on Western classics.

There is a short wine and beer list and a page of excellent cocktails: the honey, mint Jack Daniels Mohito is fantastic. Service is attentive and efficient.

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Mint Garden City features different dining options and is perfect for private parties. With its gorgeous roof top, a mezzanine level, colorful dining room, lounge, and an lovely outdoor patio. you will experience the same incredible gourmet dining and fine wine whatever venue you choose at Mint, 1 Ring Road, Garden City,  one of New York’s true Indian gems.


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Roman-Inspired Italian Comfort Food in The Flatiron District

Bocca is located at 39 E. 19th Street between Park and Broadway, 212-387-1200,, and is open for lunch Mon–Fri, 12-3pm and for dinner Mon–Thurs 5:30-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11:30 and Sun 5:30-10:30pm

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At Bocca, the team behind Cacio e Pepe have done everything to make sure diners are comfortable, from the simple but elegant décor and cushy banquets to the attentive service. Guests are greeted by the ebullient host Nico Di Stefano, (Il Buco and Quinto Quatro), who ensures that guests have everything they need. Make no mistake. Mr. Di Stefano is an expert and a reason in itself to visit Bocca.

Another reason is a new executive chef, James Corona, who has worked at some of the finest kitchens here and abroad including Po under Mario Batali, as well as at San Domenico and Bouley.  He also staged at El Bulli in 2006. Chef Corona’s take on Roman cuisine, as one of the original comfort foods, makes Bocca shine.. What’s more comforting than knowing that you can always rely on the kitchen to send out perfectly prepared classic Italian dishes done in a refined and modern way, an accessible wine list, and house-made desserts, all at comfortable prices?

Guests can begin in the bar with after-work happy hour for artisanal cocktails made with fresh juices (try the white wine sangria with spiced peaches and homemade aromatics), wines or prosecco by the glass, or choose from a selection of premium beers, along with bar snacks such as gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped in speck and chicken liver crostini with fig marmalade.

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For antipasti, share a platter of cured meats and cheeses, or select the wonderfully tender timballino di melanzane all parmigiana, a mound of baked eggplant melting with mozzarella or polpettine della nonna, light and airy veal meatballs with tomato sauce, as well as refreshing salads composed of Greenmarket ingredients such as heirloom tomatoes or strawberries.

Then it’s on to the primi. The ultimate comfort food, the Roman version of mac and cheese, tonnarelli cacio e pepe is served tableside, the pasta twirled in a 25 lb Romano cheese wheel.  You can see the cheese melting as it coats the fresh, black pepper flecked pasta in a creamy sauce.  Another Roman favorite is carbonara, here made with egg, pecorino, guanciale, but no cream.  Oxtail ravioli with porcini and mascarpone is a rich and satisfying treat. Other house made pastas include black fettuccine with puttanesca sauce and calamari, and mint pasta tossed with braised lamb shank and fresh ricotta.

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Another delightful pasta creation

For the secondi, the porchetta is not to be missed.  One of the best in the city—pork shoulder is marinated for two days in fennel pollen and rosemary and roasted until moist on the inside and crackling on the outside served with broccoli rabe and red onion marmalade.  Another Roman classic that feels like home is pollo alla cacciatore, chicken braised with peppers, tomatoes and gaeta olives. For pescatarians, there’s tonno in padella con caponata, seared tuna with smoked eggplant puree and caponata, and baccala alla romano, Atlantic cod fish braised in tomatoes with olives, caper berries and potatoes.

For a house made dessert light enough to follow any meal, try the coconut panna cotta with a tangy passion-fruit puree. A bit richer, but still light, there’s also a sheep’s milk ricotta cheesecake and the classic rum-soaked tiramisu.

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The all-Italian wine list features a broad selection of wines not found everywhere else.  Carefully selected to include wines made from indigenous grapes from Italy that are not mainstream or well known, the bottled wines are a great value.  You’ll always find something different that you may not have discovered before on the wine list.  Also available are excellent full-bodied Barolos and smooth Brunellos.  And for an extra value, join Bocca on Sunday evenings when all the wines are half price.

Centrally located between the Flatiron and Gramercy Park, Bocca is ideally situated as place to take a break from Fifth Avenue shopping and convenient from all parts of the city for birthday parties and date nights.  But you don’t need to wait for a special occasion:  Bocca’s comfortable cuisine at comfortable prices is perfect for everyday.

And don’t forget to ask for Nico.


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