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Labor Day Eats

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Here are our some of our favorite places to check out this Labor Day weekend in New York City. Get your foodie love on this holiday.

The Dominick – Rooftop Retreat: Terrace on 7
Elevate your Labor Day Weekend by escaping to Terrace on 7, a rooftop oasis above the city’s bustling streets. Experience serenity with its newly upgraded rooftop furnishings and cabanas, offering a haven of tranquility, where guests can soak in panoramic views and the vibrant energy of Manhattan.
The Dominick – Tropical Bites at El Ta’Koy
Discover a culinary escape like no other at El Ta’Koy, a Hawaiian-inspired culinary concept nestled within Terrace on 7. Delight in a menu that blends seafood and vegetable-forward dishes with handcrafted cocktails. Let the flavors transport you to distant tropical paradises, as you relish the soothing ambiance and stunning vistas of the SoHo skyline.
Nomad Girl
A modern, stylish, Milanese style restaurant that is an all-day eatery serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. With its chic interior design and outdoor Piazza seating, it feels like you are dining in Milan. Nomad Girl’s unfussy Italian cuisine gives attention to high quality organic ingredients. The coffee program is a stand-out. The experience begins in the morning with small-batch Dell’Aria Coffee, the first Italian Coffee Roaster in New York City, pulled through an Astoria Tempesta—the official espresso machine of the World Barista Championship. Additionally, Nomad Girl serves a selection of piadinas, a rustic Italian sandwich made on flatbread flown directly from Italy.
The Beverage Program features an international and well-balanced wine selection with a curated list of new and old-world wines as well as a cocktail bar serving the classics, with specialties such as a Negroni, an Italian cocktail that will make you feel like you are in Milan and an Espresso Martini made using Dell’Aria espresso.
PJ Bernstein
The Jewish delicatessen and full-service restaurant on the Upper East Side continues to be a popular destination for locals and celebrities who have an appetite for towering pastrami sandwiches and homemade soups. Their Catering and Party Menu is perfect for those looking to nosh on some hearty sandwiches for the long holiday weekend with options for anywhere from 10 – 20 people. Starters include classic salad options such as Potato, Macaroni, or Cucumber Salad, among others, and customers can also lean with healthier options like PJ’s Vegetable Platter, served with carrots, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, and house made onion dip; and the Whitefish Platter served with an assortment of bagels, cream cheese, olives, Bermuda onions, tomatoes, and fresh lemon. Cold Cut Platters are prepared with three and a half to five pounds of select meats as well as Eli’s Bread. house dressing, and pickles.
Then for the main event and those looking to dive into some of NYC’s best pastrami, brisket, and corned beef, PJ’s Famous Sandwich Platters come with either 12 jumbo sandwiches and five pounds of a choice of side salad, and 20 Jumbo sandwiches and seven pounds of a choice of side salad.
noreetuh
The Michelin-recognized Modern Hawaiian restaurant from Chef/Partner Chung Chow (Per Se, Lincoln Restaurant) has something for diners of all backgrounds – especially those who like to try new things such as SPAM and Hawaiian-style fried chicken. The dishes are well portioned and come at a very approachable price point. Brunch and dinner-goers can choose to order meals or use the extensive menu to create a sort of Hawaiian-style tapas experience. noreetuh’s wine list curated by Managing Partner Jin Ahn (Per Se, Jungsik), has been awarded Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence three years in a row and perfectly complements the cuisine. Also available is a just-launched selection of artisanal cocktails that feature unique twists on Hawaiian-inspired and re-imagined tiki cocktails to broaden the restaurant’s appeal and ensure there are food and beverage options for every diner.

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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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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Cabaret Loses The West Bank Cafe and Laurie Beechman Theatre

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The West Bank Cafe and the Laurie Beechman theatre are closing their doors in August.

The West Bank Cafe opened in 1978. The restaurant’s early clients even included the notorious Irish gang, the Westies. The neighborhood was rough. In 1980, The New York Times awarded West Bank two stars, which increased its visibility and attracted a wider range of diners. 
In this era, West Bank Cafe’s owner, Steve Olsen opened the Laurie Beechman Theatre downstairs from the Cafe, which staged plays and hosted events nightly. A young Lewis Black was named playwright-in-residence; Howard Stern aired his third-annual live birthday broadcast from the theater; and the restaurant’s regulars included Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Bruce Willis, among others.

Soon the redevelopment of 42nd Street spread further west, bringing new businesses and residents to the area. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, the restaurant was a leader in the growing Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen dining scenes. As new theaters opened in the area, the restaurant’s connection to stage and screen remained strong as well. The Laurie Beechman Theatre continued to regularly stage the work of emerging writers, actors, and singers (many of whom later became stars) as well as established acts: The Who even gave four live performances at the restaurant while their musical Tommy was running on Broadway.

After 45 years, the restaurant’s surrounding neighborhood and America’s culinary tastes have changed dramatically. West Bank Cafe has evolved along with the neighborhood and maintained a commitment to serving high-quality food in a unpretentious setting where both theater-goers and theatre stars feel at home.

In 2020 the West Bank was likely to close imminently as it faced mounting debts and a steep drop-off in customers due to COVID. By Tuesday, though, there was an online fundraiser had raised more than $330,000, shooting past its initial goal of $250,000. Donations came pouring in thanks to Tom D’Angora, a Broadway producer and longtime customer. But things took off on Christmas Day, thanks to a star-studded, nine-hour telethon, featuring speeches and performances by Sean Penn, Nathan Lane, Pete Townshend, Debra Messing, Andre De Shields and dozens more performers who have called themselves West Bank regulars during its 42-year history.

The money raised allowed Olsen to pay off the cafe’s debts and save some cash for the future. Sadly it seems 2024 might be the end.

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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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