Artisanal Last Minute Easter & Passover Dining Guide 2015 http://t.co/qQgYguZTjc — Walman Report (@foodytweet) April 2, 2015 Elevate your Easter celebration with an upscale prix fixe dining experience at the city’s venerate French bistro, Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar. Proprietor Sarid Drory has curated a three-course menu that starts with Cornish Hen Consommé with […]
Stanton Street Kitchen is a restaurant, wine bar and beer cellar, curtsey of renowned master chef ,(formally of the fabled “21” restaurant,) Erik Blauberg, SSK features a unique beer cellar offering more than 100 different varieties of bottled beers from around the world,. There are also 24 rotating seasonal drafts and an extensive wine list with reasonably priced selections.
Chef Blauberg created a menu of small plates designed to pair with the beer and wine offerings, allowing guests to create their own tasting menus. There is also a “chef’s feast” tasting menu featuring seasonally inspired dishes, available to guests who are seated at the 14-seat bar.The menu which changes regularly, features an assortment of “beer bites” served on toast such as spicy prawns with cracked corn, jicama, and cilantro; figs with goat cheese and 50 year-old sherry; a delicious braised pork belly with red cabbage and toasted peanut slaw. Small plates such as sugar pea risotto with cepes and squash; feather-weight tagliatelle with hen of the woods mushrooms and wild boar sausage; and port-braised oxtail with foie gras and fava bean ravioli. The beer cellar also highlights a private chef’s table with seating for up to 30 guests.
The sparse, clean design offer lots of candles, wood and oodles of romance. The service is warm, friendly and knowledgeable.
Beyond fabulous, Stanton Street Kitchen is located at 178 Stanton Street and is truly one of NY’s best small restaurants and rates A Major on The Walman Report.
178 Stanton Street
New York, New York 10002
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Paulaner is located at 265 Bowery just south of Houston Street in Manhattan (easily accessible by subway, F 6 B M D trains 2 blocks away; N R in Soho), www.paulanernyc.com,212-780-0300, and is open Sun-Wed 11 am-midnight; Thurs-Sat 11-1 am. The space (including a private downstairs party room that accommodates 65 people) is available for private parties, beer classes, brewery tours, corporate team building and other corporate meetings. For more information on special events, please contact Maria Cocchiara-Klein at 212-780-0300.
With Edi & the Wolf, Wolfgang Ban helped reinvent the experience of a Heuriger, a rustic wine-tavern serving straightforward, simple cuisine. With Paulaner, Ban (also of Michelin-starred Seäsonal) takes reinvention a step further, situating his latest contemporary Bavarian restaurant directly inside an active microbrewery.
Paulaner is a modern take on the traditional beer hall with great food. It’s a hip and lively meeting place where large groups of friends can settle in at long communal tables, where reclaimed wood provides a warm contrast to the industrial chic of imposing copper and steel fermentation tanks; a place where everything from the beer to the bread, the sausage to theschnitzel, the pretzels to the stollen, is made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. Downstairs, there’s a private room for more exclusive or intimate parties.
At the center of the action, Master Brewer Andreas Heidenreich creates his own versions of the traditional Paulaner-style beers with recipes of his own invention, while following the Purity Law of 1516; he uses only four ingredients—water, wheat, hops and yeast. No spices, fruits or other enhancements are used to create Hefeweizen, lightly hoppy with subtle bitterness balanced with fruity character, Munich Lager, a classic bright amber beer, and Munich Dark, rich dark amber with a malty flavor. Heidenreich has also createdMunich Pale Ale exclusively for New York City, a top-fermented IPA-style beer with three varieties of hops, including Amarillo from Washington State, and a changing roster ofseasonal beers. This season it’s the Winter Bock, a strong dark beer with smoky, roasted aromas and malty caramel flavor. There is no fresher beer than the unfiltered, unpasteurized “Tank to Table” brew, which is also available for takeaway in growlers and mini-kegs.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Executive Chef Daniel Kill creates simple, yet sophisticated fare that tastes even better when matched with Paulaner’s beers and wines. Both his background and his training contribute to his culinary style. A native of Bavaria who grew up on beer and brats, he rose to the top of his profession at Munich’s Michelin-starredTantris and as Executive Chef of Wallsé, Café Kristall, Café Sabarsky and Blaue Gans. The food is outstanding.
A great, traditional starter that will be new to many is Obazda, a blend of creamy Camembert, butter, beer and spicy red pepper served with a freshly baked pretzel, still warm from the oven. (the pretzel warrants a trip to the restaurant on it own) Try it with a Hefeweizen, the most popular Paulaner beer. Then, move on to Chef Daniel’s authentic house-made sausages: Weisswürste, delicate tasting veal and pork sausage; snappy Bratwurst (our favorite), a blend of pork and beef; lightly gamey Lamb Sausages; and the Paulaner, a smoky, dry-aged beef sausage made with beer and local cheddar cheese. Or order the Sausage Sampler (ideal for two or more) along with a flight of beers and discover your favorite combination. The Wiener Schnitzel here is an iconic expression of the classic: pounded slices of tender veal, breaded and fried until golden brown and perfectly crisp balanced with sweet-tart lingonberries. The irresistibly crisp-skinned, juicy Pork Knuckle with roasted potatoes is amazing and the Whole Roasted Duck with pretzel dumplings are sized for sharing.
g There’s no more convincing reason to save room for dessert than the qualities associated with freshly baked goods (warm, fresh, aromatic). Selections include a perfect Sachertorte, chocolate cake with whipped cream, Warm Pear Strudel with caramel brittle ice cream, hot Apple Fritters with vanilla ice cream and Sweet Buns with apricot jam and vanilla sauce.
Weekend brunch is another special experience—a Bavarian spin on conventional New York brunch. It’s hard to choose between savory options such as crispy and tender PorkSchnitzel or Rösti, a crispy potato pancake paired with house-cured salmon and crème fraîche. Sweet selections include Kaiserschmarrn, a fluffy pancake meets bread pudding with raisins and fruit compote. Every table is also treated to a complimentary basket of freshly baked breakfast breads, including croissants, muffins and brioche served with jam and butter, as well as a choice of a free brunch cocktail—Mimosa, Bloody Mary or your choice of beer.
Beyond just beer, Paulaner is also distinguished by its excellent wine list—featuring German, Austrian and local wines by the glass and by the bottle including a selection of Rieslings, and a variety of reds like Blaufränkisch Reserve Moric Burgenland. The cocktail menu incorporates beers, local craft bourbons and whiskies (also available in tasting flights), wine and other spirits. One favorite cocktail is the RyeZirBaska, rye, stone fruit liqueur, snaps and bitters. An aged, dark beer snaps, produced in collaboration with a Westchester, New York-based spirits maker, is currently under development.
For the holiday season, Paulaner has set up a retail bakery near the entrance, featuring house-baked goodies, including hearty Rye Bread. Sweets include melt-in-your-mouth sugar-dusted crescent-shaped butter cookies called Vanillekipferl, fudgy Rum Balls and jam-filled almond flour cookies. There’s also Christmas Stollen, the delicious fruitcake studded with dried fruit and nuts and topped with a light coating of icing.
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As the Andy Williams classic goes, the Holiday Season is “the most wonderful time of the year.” That will ring true at the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar (Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal), where executive chef Sandy Ingber will put forth seafood bounty on the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Wednesday, December 24) and New Year’s Eve(Wednesday, December 31) with carefully planned a la carte menus. Adding to the festivities will be the Oyster Bar’s annual New Year’s Eve dessert treats prepared by Ingber in tandem with pastry chef Januz Noka.
The trio of menus will be served for both lunch and dinner, beginning at 11:30 AM, with the final reservation for dinner at 10:00 PM. For reservations call 212-490-6650, and for more information visit www.oysterbarny.com.
Among the Feast of the Seven Fishes “frutte de mare” highlights are the Insalata di Natale Italian Seafood Salad and Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Puttanesca Sauce over Spaghettini, two Italian-style mainstays, not to mention the exotic Sea Urchin Gelato, an oft-asked-for dessert. New Year’s Eve entrees include sumptuous seafood specials such as Maine Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp Newburg and Oyster Bar Surf & Turf featuring petite filet mignon and shrimp scampi. The dancing sugarplums on the New Year’s Eve dessert menu include these culinary confections making the Oyster Bar a sugary stop: Espresso Sambuca Crème Brulee, Decadent White & Dark Chocolate Cake with Marinated Mixed Berries, and Jack Daniels Gelato with Spiced Nuts.
The three menus, as well as Sandy Ingber’s recipes for Lobster & Shrimp Newberg and Pasta Fagiole with seared Sea Scallops, are below:
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Dopo East is located at 345 East 62nd Street, www.dopoeast.com, 646-‐484-‐6548, and is open for dinner Tues-‐Thurs from 5-‐10pm, Fri-‐Sat from 5-‐11pm, Sun from 5-‐10pm, and for lunch from Tues-‐Sun, noon-‐4:00pm, and for brunch Sat-‐Sun from noon-‐4pm. Closed Monday.
Dopo East, the elegant Italian restaurant located in a gracious contemporary townhouse on the Upper East Side, prepares for fall with a new wine room, new chef, new brunch menu, price-‐ fixed lunch menu, and a beautiful all-‐weather enclosed outdoor garden. The dining room is ready for leisurely fall dining, too, with new seating including plush toffee-‐colored banquets with violet piping and deeply comfortable cushioned chairs.
Owner-‐architect Emilio Barletta and partner Pino Manica, the creators of the popular theater district Trattoria Dopo Teatro, together with Director of Operations Gianni Onofri, have brought this intimate restaurant featuring traditional, regional cuisine from Italy and an award-‐ winning wine list to the Upper East Side.
Gianni Onofri, a certified sommelier (who has been with the team since 2001 and has managed restaurants in New York and Italy since the mid-‐1980s), has spearheaded the creation of the new private wine room with its own separate entrance and a wine cellar. With the new temperature-‐controlled space, the list has grown to a selection of 700 unique labels, predominantly Italian, but with an impressive collection from around the world. The cellar— complete with special spot lighting and wine-‐themed décor—is used for wine tastings, presentations of new wines by producers, wine pairings and special wine dinners. Because of their state-‐of-‐the-‐art Enomatic wine system that preserves the quality of opened bottles of wine, Dopo East is able offer premium and super premium wines by the glass.
Onofri has consistently won accolades for his wine lists including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the Wine Enthusiast Award of Unique Distinction. Drawn from small, independent growers and worldwide distributors, the wines are distinctive and individual.
For example, on a recent trip to Italy, he discovered the wines of Societa Agricola Marabino, and was impressed by their focus on the care of the land and their use of biodynamic agricultural methods. In particular, he recommends their Chardonnay Eureka, straw yellow in color, fresh and soft with fruit and flower notes, paired with branzino in sea salt crust. He also recommends their Nero D’Avola Archimede. With its intense ruby red color and notes of ripe red fruits, full body and velvety tannins, it is perfect for pairing with roasted meats such as the grilled aged rib eye.
Working in concert with the recently appointed Executive Chef Giuseppe Moschiano, Onofri and his team can recommend wine pairings for any meal. Moschiano, who is originally from Naples and cooked since 2009 at Palazzo Mastroddi in L’Aquila, Italy carries on the restaurant’s mission of offering a healthy, Italian menu that is locally inspired with produce from the Union Square market, and a selection of organically grown vegetables, hormone-‐free meats, and fresh seafood, with an emphasis on traditional, regional fare. He also creates his own house-‐baked breads—a staple on every table—including focaccia and ciabbata and fresh pastas from scratch.
His new menu for fall includes appetizers such as salsiccia e rapini, spicy Italian sausages, roasted to perfection and served over sautéed broccoli rabe; polentina valtellinese con fonduta di formaggio e tartufo, rich and creamy soft polenta melting with cheese and infused with black truffles; zuppetta del golfo e velette di pane tostato, a light stew of mussels, shrimp and Manila clams in a piquant tomato broth with thinly sliced garlic toast.
For the pasta course this season, there’s pappardelle al sugo di manzo, wide ribbons of pasta presented with a generous portion of fork-‐tender braised beef short ribs in a red wine demiglace; ravioli di zucca e ricotta, pumpkin and ricotta cheese-‐filled ravioli with butter and sage; and fettuccine ai funghi, fresh fettuccine with an abundance of wild mushrooms with garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Entrees include meat dishes that will warm you from the inside out such as an outstanding ossobuco alla Milanese, succulent braised veal shank with aromatic saffron risotto; and involtini di pollo in salsa di noci e verdure grigliate, thin breast of chicken rolled with speck and fontina cheese in a special walnut sauce with grilled vegetables. On the lighter, but still deeply satisfying side, seafood dishes include rana pescatrice alle erbe e caponatine di verdure, tender, pan-‐seared monkfish medallions in a delicate sauce of white wine and fresh herbs; and spiedino di gamberoni e capesante, large, juicy shrimp grilled on a skewer and baked scallops with lemon and olive oil dressing, accompanied by grilled polenta and baked tomato.
Desserts include such classics as tiramisu, traditional ricotta cheesecake and a selection of assorted Italian cheeses. As a way of introducing guests to one of his favorite dessert wine, Onofri offers complementary moscato, a sweet, crisp wine, also from Marabino, with the dessert course.
Brunch is a perfect occasion to enjoy dining in the glass-‐enclosed plant-‐filled backyard garden, temperature controlled for year-‐round enjoyment with a retractable glass roof. Offered weekend from noon-‐4pm, the menu features decidedly Italian egg dishes including frittata di cipolle, a traditional onion frittata, and uova al tegamino, oven baked eggs in tomato sauce, and uovo strapazzate e pancetta, scrambled eggs with pancetta, house-‐baked breads, home fries and salads. Guests can also choose pastas (lasagna, penne al pomodoro e basilica, spaghetti all carbonara) and main dishes such as grilled chicken with arugula and tomato. Brunch is also a great time to try some refreshing cocktails including the Bellini, Rossini, or the Aperol spritz (a refreshing blend of the bittersweet aperitif and sparkling wine with a compelling flurescent tangerine colored tint) and the signature mimosas (fruit juice and Prosecco) in blood orange, passion fruit, mango and kiwi.
Dopo East is also now open for lunch. Guests can select from with the new price-‐fixed menu (choice of soup or salad, choice of main course, and a glass of house wine) for a gentle price, or order from the regular menu.
Through a partnership with gallery Artioli Findlay (www.artiolifindlay.com/events), the walls of the soothing, Venetian-‐sconce lit dining room are adorned with paintings and lithographs from the gallery. There is also live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings. The space is available for private parties and business meetings and is equipped with video screen and audio capabilities.
A great addition to the neighborhood, Dopo East is one of the most charming Italian restaurants on the East Side and worthy of a destination.
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T-Bar Steak & Lounge Classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, is offering a Thanksgiving dinner prix fixe menu for $75.00 per person. Features appetizers like Pumpkin Soup, T-Bar’s popular Yellow fin Tuna Tartar, and Grilled Tiger Prawns, the menu is hard-to-resist. Choose between entrees like Oven Roasted Turkey, Lobster Risotto or Grilled […]