After all that our city has been through this last year the time is now to fall in love all over again with this great place we call home. Truly, the best way to do it is at Tuscany Steakhouse.
Celebrate life again with a decadent meal that will leave you simply full of blissful joy as you indulge in cuisine style that only this beloved town can do. One step inside the doors of Tuscany Steakhouse (117 W. 58th Street) immediately transports you to a world that both locals and tourists alike enjoy. You are instantly greeted with the famous Manhattan hospitality at this eatery that is both sophisticated and warmly embracing.
The decor is fantastic and matches the meal. It is here inside this eatery that you are transported to a world of culinary delight. Perhaps not even of this world – perhaps a bit more of heaven is what you find just a few blocks away from Central Park.
Owned by veteran restaurateur Steve Haxhiaj, an alumnus of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Tuscany Steakhouse represents a rounded experience to patrons with a menu marrying Italian American fare and classic American steakhouse. Everything you order is an enthralling experience in fine dining. From steaks to sides you are here to enjoy life. Along with Chef Jaime Chabla magic has been done to bring the sparkle back to New York City.
Generous portions and a beautiful wine list start your evening off on the right foot. The assortment of appetizers like Fried Calamari with homemade marinara sauce and tartar sauce are fantastic. They might just be the best you have ever tasted.The Fresh Mozzarella and Beefsteak Tomato is a picturesque highlight that is worthy of high praise.
And, for the entrees you feel like what is presented to you should be a top-selling postcard image of The Big Apple. Tuscany Steakhouse’s USDA Prime Dry-Aged Steaks, which are dried in the restaurant’s signature aging box, are golden achievements. Every cut of meat in Chef Chabla’s kitchen is carefully handpicked from Master Purveyors, who distribute for other top steakhouses across the New York City area. When you cut into this hot selection and then slowly put in your mouth your eyes close and you melt away to tranquility. You almost cannot think it is just that good. It is just that superb of an eating experience.
I have a great wish for this city. That we continue to find our footing and that business comes back better than ever. I take great pride in saying I hope everyone has the great opportunity to visit Tuscany Steakhouse and be a part of this great American comeback story.
Visit here today. Make the fairy tale of a great New York City once again a reality with the best dang meal you will have in ages.
For reservations please visit here or call 212-757-8630.
Monday-Thursday 4PM – 10:30PM, Saturday 4PM-11PM, Sunday Closed
The Pepsi 125 Diner
In celebrating its 125th birthday, Pepsi is opening a unique pop-up restaurant for a limited time in NYC.
The Pepsi 125 Diner will open at a location in Midtown Manhattan TBA on October 19 and remain open until October 25. The secret entrance promises to be “instagram worthy.” The Pepsi themed American diner will serve timeless diner inspired dishes alongside a vast selection of Pepsi inspired offerings.
This fascinating immersive journey will have you traveling back in time through every era of Pepsi and get a glimpse into the future! A 3-course meal will consist of delectable diner classics with an innovative Pepsi twist. Specially crafted cocktails and mocktails will also be available. This experience states it goes beyond food and drink but brings together the connection between Pepsi and the world of pop music and culture through spectacular performances and rare memorabilia.
The diner is open to all ages with a duration time of approximately two hours. Ticket prices are set to start at $50, this will include appetizer, entree, dessert, and unlimited Pepsi soft drinks.
Tickets went on sale to the public and were snatched up ASAP, however there is a waitlist at feverup.com.
White Wine for Summer Send Off
It is hard to believe that summer is officially wrapping up. But as days get shorter there is still plenty of time to toast the season in style with these favorite white wines.
This refreshing chardonnay crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors is electrifying and oh, so yummy! It brings out the feeling of velvet caressing you. This is simmply all of the best the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County has to offer.
Divinely balanced wine with zesty aromas and highlights of pink grapefruit, melon and gooseberry. It refreshing and perfectly sweet. Every sip will have you singing praises to the wonderful summer you just had.
Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever
I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.
The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.
From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”
After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.
Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.
Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.
Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.
Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.
Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.
For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.
City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets
A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street
Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.
Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.
There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime
This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.
All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.
To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.
If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.
This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.
I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.
Labor Day Recipes to Get You Through The Week
Herbed Potato Salad
This potato salad is for last-minute people. This recipe is surprisingly simple and quick to make. This healthy potato salad recipe is mayo-free, easy to make, vegan, egg free and gluten free. Recipe yields 6 side servings.
- 2 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds
- 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped, plus about 2 tablespoons more for garnish
- ⅓ cup roughly chopped green onions, plus about 2 tablespoons thinly sliced for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- In a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine sliced potatoes and salt. Cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are easily pierced by a paring knife and pulled out with little resistance, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
- In a small food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, ⅓ cup parsley, ⅓ cup green onions, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic and freshly ground black pepper. Process until the herbs and garlic have been chopped into little pieces. Then, while running the food processor, pour in the reserved cooking water and process just until blended. (If you don’t have a food processor or blender, just finely chop the parsley and onions and whisk the dressing together until the oil is fully incorporated.)
- Drizzle the potatoes with the herbed olive oil mixture and gently mix to combine. (It will look like you’ve poured in too much dressing, but don’t worry, the potatoes will soak it up!) Let the potatoes rest for ten minutes, gently tossing every few minutes.
- Add the celery to the bowl, along with a couple tablespoons each of additional chopped parsley and green onions. Toss again. Season generously to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. This salad is best served within a few hours, but will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.
Corn season is here! Corn is never better than right now. I love sweet fresh corn on the grill with charred crispy kernels. I especially love the versatility of corn.
- Vegetable oil for brushing
- 6 ears corn, shucked
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup queso fresco or cojita cheese crumbles
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- kosher salt
- lime wedges
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and garlic. Mix until well combined, set aside. Spread cheese crumbles on a plate, set aside. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cayenne paper, and 1 teaspoon salt, set aside.
- Brush grill grate with vegetable oil. Heat grill to high heat. Place corn directly on the grill. Grill corn, turning occasionally until cooked and lightly charred, about 10 minutes.
- Immediately brush the corn with mayonnaise mixture. Roll corn in cheese crumbles sprinkles with chili powder mixture and cilantro. Squeeze lime over corn and serve immediately.
GARLIC BROWN SUGAR FLANK STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI
- 2 pound flank steak, about 1-inch thick
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 2/3 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Add the flank steak to a large baking dish and season it with the salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar and garlic cloves, then cover the steak with it and place it in the fridge to marinate. I marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight.
- When you’re ready to cook the steak, you can grill, broil or pan sear it to your liking. I tend to broil it as I find that easiest. Preheat the broiler in your oven and move the oven rack as close as possible. Place the steak on a broiler pan or baking sheet and broil on each side for about 5 minutes. This will result to a medium to medium-well doneness in my oven.
- Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing it thinly against the grain. Serve it immediately with the chimichurri.
EASY RED, WHITE, AND BLUE TRIFLES
- 1 angel food cake About 12 ounces, store bought or homemade
- 2 pounds strawberries
- 12 ounces blueberries
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place your bowl and whisk for the whipped cream in the freezer for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Remove the tops from the strawberries and dice into cubes. If you are making the strawberry stars for garnish, make those first so you can use the prettiest parts of the strawberries. To make the stars, cut a strawberry in half and use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star shape. Cut as many as you need. Scraps can be tossed in with the diced strawberries. Set the strawberry stars aside. With the rest of the diced strawberries, toss with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and set aside for 30 minutes to macerate.
- Cut or tear the angel food cake into 1/2 inch cubes. If making the angel food cake stars, use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut star shapes out of a flat slice of cake. Scraps can be used in the trifle along with the cubes.
- Make the whipped cream. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer. Pour in heavy whipping cream, sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar on top, and add vanilla extract. Beat until soft peaks form (1–2 minutes in a stand mixer, 6-7 minutes by hand).
- To assemble the trifles, use 6-8 small glass containers such as mason jars, drinking glasses, or wine glasses. I recommend using smaller sized glasses, about 4-6 ounces.
- Cover the bottom of the glass with a layer of angel food cake cubes. Top with a layer of the macerated strawberries. Top that with a layer of whipped cream, then a layer of blueberries. Repeat until you reach the top of your glass. Top with more whipped cream and garnish with strawberry and angel food cake stars.
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