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Happy holiday weekend. Now, let’s eat New York Style in the biggest city with the biggest offerings in the world when it comes to food.

Bon Appétit with our favorites in the best city in the world:

Upper East Side’s PJ Bernstein will be offering an extensive holiday menu available for catering, delivery and takeout, as well as dining in the restaurant. A multi-generational, family-owned Jewish delicatessen and restaurant, popular amongst New Yorkers and iconic celebrities through the years such as Lucille Ball, Liza Minelli, Mel Brooks, and more recently, James Bond’s Daniel Craig, PJ Bernstein has remained a staple in the New York Jewish deli dining scene for over five decades. Check out their Passover Menu with a Seder Plate, Brisket with Gravy, Matzo Ball Soup, among other options.

For those who will be flaunting their Easter bonnets and taking in the local sights on 5th Avenue following the parade or those who will be attending services in the beautiful cathedrals, also on 5th Avenue, Limani New York is within walking distance for a delicious late lunch or Mediterranean dinner. Open on Easter Sunday from 3 pm – 10 pm, Limani New York’s a la carte menu will be available for those gathering with family and friends. Whole fish selections from Limani New York’s raw bar—like the irresistibly flaky and buttery Branzino, which is encased in salt and served tableside; and the Head-On Carabineiros from Spain—are perfect for sharing with the whole table and serve as healthier, leaner options with beach season right around the corner. The restaurant also offers an extensive global wine list and refreshing, Greek-inspired cocktails like the Mediterranean Mule with Figenza Fig vodka, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, topped with ginger beer, and served over ice.

Amali  will offer special dine-in or takeout brunch and dinner for Easter on April 17th and Greek Easter on Sunday, April 24th. The Easter special menu boasts a Leg of Lamb with roasted potatoes, in addition to having a roasted asparagus salad, whole grilled artichoke and a chocolate mousse for dessert. The Mediterranean style restaurant reflects the historical cuisines shared by modern day Greece, Italy, France, and Spain with a wine list offering 400 wonderful options

If you are Upper West Side, make your Easter a little spicy. Tasca offers new type of Latin adventure. The food focus here is on Spain, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The beverage program features carefully curated rum cocktails made from a list of over 100 varieties of premium rums, an extensive wine list of over 180 wine selections, which are temperature controlled and 80% Spanish, and a changing roster of beers on tap and bottle/can selections from Spain and the US.  Tasca’s interior features a casual tavern room in front perfect for a holiday gathering. A step up is the dining room, which is a little more formal and perfect for intimate dining experiences, and two private dining rooms on the lower level are great for large or private parties.

A non-traditional Easter lunch, brunch, or dinner can be found at aRoqa. This MICHELIN recognized, elegant restaurant serves Indian-style small plates in fanciful presentations. For brunch, aRoqa suggests their traditional Indian brunch. Highlights include Keema Pav and Bum Omelette.

Bar Marseille has an Easter special for dine in or takeout during brunch and dinner. The Easter menu includes a roasted asparagus salad, whole grilled artichoke, leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and a chocolate mousse dessert. The Southern France inspired restaurant offers indoor dining and an outdoor patio and a rooftop deck, weather permitting paying tribute to Provençal cuisine complete with a robust wine and cocktail list.

For those who may be looking to enjoy Indian-inspired dishes for Easter this year, Jaz, serving a British interpretation of Northern Indian fare in Hell’s Kitchen, will be offering Easter specials and cocktails along with their a la carte menu for lunch and dinner beginning Friday, April 15th through Monday, April 18th, as is traditionally celebrated in the UK, where owner Jaz Rupall is originally from. Lunch and dinner specials include Fig Lamb and Kandhari Chicken from the Tandoor.

Juniper at the Vanderbilt offers a special brunch and dinner on April 17th for Easter Sunday. The menu features options of Smoked Steelhead Trout, Roasted Leg Of Lamb, and Grilled White Asparagus with Poached Egg and Black Truffle Hollandaise. The holiday offer is available for dine in or take out.

Celebrate Easter on the Water in Long Island City at American Brass. Executive Chef Kevin McGinley and Chef de Cuisine Chris Lewnes will offer a prix-fixe brunch on Easter Sunday for $45 per person. The brunch will include a complimentary pastry basket, choice of cocktail, one entree and classic a la carte sides. Highlights from the menu include brunch favorites such as French Toast with strawberry rhubarb compote, honey-lemon ricotta, butter maple syrup and Smoked Salmon Benedict with crispy potato pancakes, Bearnaise, green salad as well as unique dishes such as Farro Salad with herb tahini, roasted cauliflower, crispy black rice, fried egg and Dry Aged Burger with bacon jam, mild cheddar, dijonaise, pickles, sesame bun, hand cut fries.  Easter Brunch service will run from 11am – 3pm.

And, finally if you are in the Hamptons, Calissa will offer a brunch and dinner special for the Easter holiday on Sunday, April 17th. The brunch menu features various options including Shakshuka, Lobster Benedict, and Belgian Waffles. Dinner specials include a Roasted Leg Of Lamb with honey glazed baby carrots, Greek yogurt and toasted pistachios and an Orzo and Spring Pea Salad.  These dinner specials will also be offered on Sunday, April 24th for Greek Easter.

 

 

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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68th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show Highlights

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Specialty food and beverage products from 2,400+ exhibitors came to New York City at Javits Center for the 68th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show.

Speciality Foods Association brought the important and beloved event to the Big Apple this June.

Like Air Puffcorn

More than 29,000 specialty food and beverage industry professionals came together for the sold-out show that hosted exhibitors from 56 international countries across dozens of specialty food and beverage categories.

Brooklyn Bread

In addition to makers and buyers, event attracted industry affiliates, press, influencers, investors, and trendspotters.

Raincoast Crisps

“This year’s Show highlighted our incredible specialty food community in so many different ways, and SFA appreciates everyone who participated,” said SFA President Bill Lynch. “It was the place to be for a captivating keynote with Whole Foods Market CEO Jason Buechel and an insightful fireside chat with Kristen Kish, who also hosted our SFA Awards Gala. The exhibitors brought their best to the Show yet again, and the collective energy this year was palpable. We saw innovations in product format, flavor, and more that will reverberate through the wider food industry in the months to come.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel’s

The winners of the five sofi Grand Honors Awards were revealed at the SFA Awards Gala on Monday, June 24, hosted by Kristen Kish of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Smul

The 2024 Grand Honors Award winners:

  • Outstanding Packaging: Strawberry Soft-Serve Milkshake by Fanci Freeze and Pivot North Consulting
  • Outstanding New Product: Flash Frozen Guinness Beef Stew by Jane Foodie
  • Outstanding Classic: Uncured Wagyu Beef Salami by Alef Sausage Inc.
  • Product of the Year/Beverage: Barcoop Bevy Bloody Mary with Smoked Sea Salt and Chiles by Bittermilk LLC
  • Product of the Year/Food: Molasses Spice Cookies by Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, LLC

The SFA operates an Exhibitor Food Donation Program in partnership with City Harvest to ensure unused food makes it to New Yorkers in need. 125 volunteers rescued 95 pallets of specialty food, which were then delivered to six of City Harvest’s partner agencies around New York City.

Jack Daniel’s Coffee

The next Fancy Food Shows are the 2025 Winter Fancy Food Show(Opens in a new window), January 19-21 in Las Vegas and the 2025 Summer Fancy Food Show(Opens in a new window), June 29-July 1, in New York City.

 

 

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A Sweet Day of Fun with Malibu Rum on National Piña Colada Day

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The Royalton Park Ave was the sweet place to be for the National Piña Colada Day celebration with Malibu Rum.

Some favorite Malibu Piña Colada Recipes were enjoyed at the poolside affair. Malibu is the number one white rum-based coconut spirit in the world. Try these at home today!

Malibu Coconut Water Piña Colada

1.5 parts Malibu Original

1.5 parts Coconut Water

2 parts Dole® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice

0.5 parts Fresh Lime Juice

Garnish: Slice of pineapple

Ice

Method

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker

Shake until cold and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes

Top with a slice of pineapple

Malibu Sparkling Piña Colada 

Ingredients

1 Part Malibu Original

⅓ parts Dole® Canned 100% Pineapple Juice

⅓ parts Cream of Coconut

2 parts Sparkling Wine

Garnish: Pineapple wedge

Ice

Method

Pour all ingredients (except sparkling wine) into an ice-filled shaker

Shake until cold, pour sparkling wine into shaker and stir

Strain into a chilled glass and top with a slice of pineapple

 

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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons

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I started off my weekend in The Hampton’s at an event for Hamptons Social Magazine.

Ilene Smith and Roger Sichel

Erika Katz and her daughter

The event was at Zadig & Voltaire East Hampton. The beautiful jewlery by Stacy Engman, was highlighted.

Stacy Engman

We were treated to some delicious ice cream and wine.

Then our friend photographer, artist and festival producer, Roger Sichel had a showing of some of his art at at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. We attended his opening

Roger is prolific in creativing experiences that span generations and genres. From creating one of New York’s first erotic film festivals with judges Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal and Milos Forman to producing rock concerts with the Doors, Four Seasons and Isaac Hayes nationwide, Roger identifies most as a cultural observer and photographic journalist. Sichel has now entered the next phase of his artistic career and is choosing to explore neo-pop mixed media, inspired by his own life, as well as current events, while simultaneously preserving the legacy of his work in photojournalism.

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

The next day we attended the book signing at Barnes and Nobles of  Ann Liguori, sports Radio and TV Personality. Ann is the author of a new book called “Life on the Green, Lessons & Wisdom from Legends of Golf.” Hopefully we will have her on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents,” because this book sounds fascinating.

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Serendipity 3 is Opening In Times Square

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Just in time to beat the heat, the iconic place for Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, as well as oversized and outrageous sundaes with names like Forbidden Broadway and Unicorn Bliss, foot-long hotdogs and self-proclaimed Infamous Truffle Burger are arriving to the center of the universe, Times Square. The location will be on West 47th Street as part of the OYO Times Square hotel, but will have its own entrance. It’s the first time the world-famous brand, has established itself anywhere in New York City beyond Manhattan’s East Side, since it opened in 1954 — first on East 58th Street, before moving a few years later to its larger and present-day space on East 60th Street. Though Serendipity 3 has been licensed in Las Vegas, Japan and Dubai, they have all closed. The “3” in the name refers to the restaurant’s three original partners, not the number of locations in the city or elsewhere.

The roughly 3,100-foot Times Square space, currently under construction, will seat 110 and will be similar in size to the East 60th Street location, which holds 140. The design of the new restaurant glass artist Allison Eden and installed by D&E Tile and Stone, a company with roots in Italy. I meet Eden surprisingly enough last night at the Bay Street Gala.

Look for our interview on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents” with Allison Eden

Serendipity 3 is beloved by celebrities such as Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jimmy Fallon, Marilyn Monroe, Cher and Gloria Vanderbilt (plus Vanderbilt’s son, Anderson Cooper). Kim Kardashian reportedly flew to New York earlier this year with her daughter North and celebrated the preteen’s 11th birthday at Serendipity 3.

 

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