Taverna di Bacco

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175 Ludlow Street, near East Houston. 212.477.0077

Dinner Sun-Thu: 5pm-12am – Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am – Brunch Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm  Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out Delivery Area:Within walking distancetavern bar

Taverna di Bacco is an Italian restaurant specializing mostly in the food of Southern Italy.  It is rustic and modern with an indoor garden in the back, a spacious bar up front. Brick walls, wood floors, chalk board listing specials and friendly service help create the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Add to that some very good food, since  Maurizio Crescenzo is both owner and executive chef.  He comes from the Campania region of Italy and attended Culinary Institute in Naples.  He’s worked in Venice, Germany,, Cortina d’Ambezzo, a resort in Italy. He opened Taverna di Bacco in August 2011.  His food philosophy is to keep food simple and good. He’s appeared at the James Beard House and food has never been far from the center of Maurizio Crescenzo’s life. His East Village trattoria that on Italy’s many regional cuisines, and Maurizio is passionate both about cooking and about sharing the bounty of his kitchen.

Recommended appetizers include perfectly crisp and tender Calamari fritti (Fried Calamari), with a zesty dipping sauce and a delicious Melanzane alla parmigiana (Eggplant alla parmigiana). For pastas, look no further than light-as-a-feather  Lasagna con spinaci e ricotta (
Homemade lasagna with ricotta & spinach) or Lasagna alla Bolognese (Homemade lasagna with classic bolognese sauce). The menu lists many other choices of pasta as well.

Entrees are especially good: we enjoyed Porchetta al rosmarino con patate al forno (Oven roasted pork belly with rosemary, sage & garlic), Pollo arrosto alla diavola con scarola (Half roasted chicken with spicy sauce & sautéed escarole) and an unusual Braciola di agnello alla pizzaiola con patate al forno (Braised lamb braciola with aromatic herbs & roasted potatoes).

The wine list is short and affordable with lots of bottles under $40. And leave room for such desserts as Tiramisu, a dense Chocolate Cake and an excellent Panna Cotta. Don’t miss the  terrific cappuccino.

Taverna Di Bacco is the perfect place to host your special celebration.
Whether you are planning a brunch, cocktail party or sit-down dinner,  chef, Maurizio Crescenzo, will work with you to create a customized menu sure to delight you and your guests. They also offer catering at your location for up to 300. Call or email  to begin planning your special event.

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Incognito Bistro: Roman with Scottish flair

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ADDRESS:   30 West 18th Street

(Between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

WEB SITE:   www.incognitobistro.com

TELEPHONE:  (212) 414-1231

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

Dinner:                          4:00 PM -     11:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.

        (Closed Sunday)                

Happy Hour:                 11:30 AM -  10:30 PM, Mon.-Fri.

                                        4:00 PM  -    11:00 PM, Sat.

(Italian small plates and ½-price on specialty cocktails

and select Italian wines by the glass.)                                         

CREDIT CARDS:  All major

PRICE RANGE:  Lunch (entrees):                                $16.00 – $30.00

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch:               $20.00

Dinner (entrees):                               $16.00 – $30.00

3-Course Pre-Theatre Dinner:      

(5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.):     $35.00

DRESS:   Smart Casual 

RESERVATIONS:  Recommended

SEATING CAPACITY: Dining Room:                      60

Bar/Lounge:                        50

Private Party Room:         40


(Private Party Room seats 40)

PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request

(Private Party Room and entire

restaurant are available for customized

private parties and special events.)   

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Paolo Montana & Adriana Moretti, The Dynamite Duo Behind Incognito Bistro

New York has always been an amazing restaurant town, but It surprised me to no end, when we discovered a fist class, affordable relatively-undiscovered in the Flatiron District, with the unlikely name of  Incognito Bistro.  The stylish Bar/Lounge is enhanced by a 20-foot high ceiling, custom-made tables, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto a lively street to create a modern, lively Bar/Lounge. It features an impressive selection of regional Italian 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 inspired specialty cocktails such as When in Rome (Gin, Punt e Mes, Aperol), Flying Scotsman (Scotch, Glayva, Cointreau), and Italian Kiss (Prosecco, Grand Marnier, Brandy) are also available. Cocktails are extraordinary and Incognito Bistro produces the best Negroni in town.  The Lunch, Dinner, and Happy Hour Menus are available at the bar. (See Below).


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The stylish  dining room is enhanced by an 18-foot high ceiling, custom-made tables, a wraparound champagne-colored leather banquette, walnut wood floors, dramatic painted columns, original color photographs of Italy and Scotland, vintage black-and-white framed photos of casual elegant dining inEurope, original abstract paintings by acclaimed Scottish artist Patricia Moretti. Art Deco ceramic sconces, and an open kitchen create a contemporary Roman atmosphere. There is an attractive Private Party Room, located in the back of the restaurant, features custom-made tables with white tablecloths, custom-made wood chairs, vin as well.


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All in all, it’s a knock-out room, but the the real reason to head for Incognito Bistro is Owner-Chef Paolo Montana delicious menu featuring an eclectic selection of classic Roman dishes, refining and updating them with a modern flair.  In addition, he recently introduced Scottish Corner, featuring classic Scottish dishes paying homage to his Scottish/Italian heritage. We loved the Roman-style pizza, especially the version featuring Smoked Scottish Salmon on a custardy base in the perfect crust.

Chef Paolo is a serious chef, using the best produce and cooking it with care. The Scottish Corner is a perfect way to sample his creativity. We adored the Highland Haggis, offering lamb sausage with turnips, creamed potatoes & whisky jus. Isle of Skye Scallops featured pan roasted with a fennel beurre blanc and parmasan crust .
Crepes stuffed with finnan haddock, cheddar bechamel & leeks were lovely. Next time we’ll leave  room for Ayrshire Pork with stornoway black pudding, grain mustard and apple julienne.

We did sample two pastas: an elegant homemade composite with lobster sauce and a light and airy gnocchi. A  Gazpacho was perfect for warm weather. A sampling of housemade desserts, including dairy-free chocolate cake was just delicious, as was the cappuccino.

incognito Scallops

Amazing Scallops With A Scottish Twist

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Memorable Pasta


incognito TOMATO-GAZ

A Perfect Summer Gazpacho

incognito pizza

The Pizza, Roman Style


incognito salmon

Refreshing Salmon Salad

incognito Pork

Scottish All The Way

incognito dessert

A Medley Of Desserts

Service is carful and attentive and the beautiful and vivacious Adriana Moretti (wife and co-owner) is the perfect front of he house and host. Don’t be surprised if she or Paolo serve you or come to your table and ask how you are enjoying yourself. Incognito Bistro is that kind of restaurant. Elegant, but easy to relax and enjoy.

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Patiala Delivers Punjabi Slow Food Fast!

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Patiala, a recently opened jewel-box takeout space in Midtown West, which is serving quality home-style Punjabi cuisine.  Don’t let the takeout fool you though—it’s nothing like the average, ordinary takeout selections you’re thinking of.  Instead, at Patiala you’ll get the quality, flavor, and freshness of a fine Indian restaurant packaged in a unique to-go concept.  In fact, you can think of Patiala as serving slow food, fast!

Patiala’s draw is its complete lunch & dinner boxes to go.   Available all day, every day, are freshly prepared whole meals that include a choice of an entrée from seven different categories that suit any diet or craving—vegetarian, vegan, chicken, lamb, tikka, biryani, and vindaloo—each accompanied by a vegetable, choice of daal (lentils in light sauce) or rajma (kidney beans in thick gravy), rice (brown or white basmati), and tandoori bread (naan or roti), all for an extremely wallet-friendly price.  That’s a lot of food! The entrée selections within each category will rotate daily, but you might expect to find dishes like Bindi Sasurwali, offering tender yet crunchy home-style okra, or Mangalorean Chicken in a coconut curry, with curry leaves.  Lamb Vindaloo is a fiery option that packs on the heat with a red chili sauce.  These dishes, as well as others like Shrimp Kadai with onions and bell pepper, can also be ordered a-la-carte to go, all at very reasonable prices.

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Out of a small sliver of a takeout restaurant on a busy section of 34th Street and 9th Avenue, comes a notable variety of home-style Punjabi cuisine with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and fast delivery.  Named for a region in Northwest India, Patiala offers slow-cooked, freshly prepared cuisine to go, prepared to maximize the customer’s convenience without cutting corners on quality.  This is Indian food at its most comforting.

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Chef/owner Darshan Kaur Puri has created a comprehensive menu of simple, yet satisfying dishes, all available for takeout, delivery and catering.  Every day, there are several options for fast, inexpensive yet complete lunches and dinners offered in boxes to go. These are freshly prepared meals with a choice of entrée, vegetable, daal (lentils in light sauce) or rajma (kidney beans in a thick gravy), rice (brown or white basmati) and bread (naan or roti), available continuously throughout the day from 11:30 am-9:30 pm, with an average price of just $8. The boxes are offered in seven different categories: vegetarian, vegan, chicken, tikka, biryani, lamb or vindaloo, but the choices don’t stop there. The entrée selections within each category will draw from a changing selection of specials, posted each day, rotating through Patiala’s abundant offerings.  And for only $2 more, customers can add samosas for an appetizer or gulab jamuns (fried milk balls in sugar syrup) for dessert. 

Patiala Chicken Tikka Masala

Guests can also choose anything all day from the à la carte menu and it will be made to order for delivery or pickup.  Vegetarian entrees include daal makhni, creamy black lentils, aloo jeera, potatoes spiced with cumin, and mattar paneer, green peas and tender paneer cheese in a creamy sauce.  Non-vegetarian entrees include chicken, lamb and shrimp selections:  Chicken entrees include murgh tikka, charcoal-grilled, skewered chicken from the Tandoor oven, chicken tikka masala in a creamy tomato sauce, and extra spicy chicken vindaloo in red chili sauce.  Lamb dishes include lamb rogan josh, a curry from Kashmir, lamb bhuna mirchwala, spiced with green chilies, and super hot and spicy lamb vindaloo. Shrimp curry is prepared with onion-tomato sauce and shrimp kadai is sautéed and tossed with onions and bell peppers.

Patilia fish

Patiala Mattar Paneer

No Indian meal is complete without tandoor-fired breads and Patiala has an impressive range of these too—in addition to the classic plain naan, leavened bread that is a perfect accompaniment for sauces you’ll want to soak up, there are also garlic or onion naan, and as well as whole-wheat roti and tandoori paratha, multi-layered bread.  For dessert, there are the classic Indian sweets, gulab jamun (fried milk balls in sugar syrup), kheer (rice pudding), and beverages such as smooth and delightful lassi in plain and mango, and the classic spiced tea, masala chai.

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Patiala Tadka Saag

Portion sizes are generous; prices are low and Patiala delivers some of the most authentic Indian food in Manhattan.


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Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon


Cuisine: American
Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212.787.1100
Fax: 212.724.0839
Website: http://www.beaconhotel.com/beaconbar.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotelBeacon
Twitter: @BeaconHotelNYC
Instagram: HotelBeacon
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)

Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Cocktails: $12-14
Beer: $6-16
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7

Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15


New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater.  Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.

Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar.  The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs.  Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe.  In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway.  Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.

Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it),  while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.  


Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers.  Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.

Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice.  It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.

Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is  a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.

Beacon Bar is open every day of the week.  For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.

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