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There is no better way to tell mom that you love her than a perfect reservation this weekend.

Casa Dani is a place that love built and a perfect place for a special lunch. Three time Michelin-Star Chef, Dani García’s  newest restaurant is inspired by recipes from his own mama and yours will adore all of the offerings. Located within the newly opened Citizens New York, Casa Dani, translated to “Dani’s House,” serves elevated Southern Spanish comfort food inspired by Chef García’s childhood.

Amali a Mediterranean inspired eatery in Midtown, is serving Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with English pea remoulade, chili, and mint, as well as omelets with Stracchino Cheese, Asparagus, and Wild Mushrooms this Mother’s Day. Special menu items also include a delicious and fragrant Pastry Basket with Croissants, Pan au Chocolate, and fresh sticky Cinnamon Rolls that can be ordered ahead of your meal or to end it on a sweet note.

Jaz, located in Hell’s Kitchen, serves a British interpretation of Northern Indian fare and will be offering a three-course prix-fixe Mother’s Day menu for $45. Highlights from this menu include first course options like: Lasuni Gobi, cauliflower florets batter-fried with garlic sauce; and Onion Bhajia, onions in a spiced gram flour batter.  Second course options such as Tandoor Hara Shrimp, jumbo shrimp marinated with fresh mint, coriander, ginger, garlic, herbs, and yogurt. And for dessert, mom can enjoy classic Indian sweets such as Gulab Jamun and kulfi ice cream. To view Jaz’s entire Mother’s Day prix-fix menu, please click here.  To pair with this menu, Jaz offers a robust wine program that includes affordable selections by the glass and by the bottle. Jaz will be open on Mother’s Day from 12 pm – 3 pm and for dinner from 5 pm – 11 pm, offering guests the option for both indoor and outdoor dining.

aRoqa, Chelsea’s Michelin-recognized Indian restaurant that specializes in small plates with fanciful presentation and imaginative craft cocktails offers Mother’s Day brunchgoers a unique option with menu items inspired by Indian breakfast like Vada Pav, sliders made of spiced potatoes battered with chickpea flour and served on pav bread with tamarind and mint chutney; and Indian Masala Omelette, onion, tomatoes, green chilies, fresh chopped coriander served with toast and baby potatoes.

Isla & Co. in Williamsburg and Hole in the Wall’s locations in in FiDi (15 Cliff Street), Murray Hill (626 1st Avenue), in Flatiron at Hotel Henri (37 W. 24th Street) and Williamsburg (292 Bedford Avenue) will offer mothers a complimentary mimosa to kick off their meal.

Lamia’s Fish Market in East Village will have elaborate Mother’s Day specials fit for the matriarch of the family. Each mom who visits will get a complimentary welcome cocktail, namely a Mommy’s Poppin Banana Flambe Martini with nutmeg complete with a bubble on top to pop. For dinner, chef, owner and fellow mom Lamia Funti will debut a new menu offering, a Make Your Own Risotto for Two beginning at $42, which will be finished tableside in a giant cheese wheel for the perfect instagrammable moment Mom will love. Each mom will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes like a cooking class for two with Lamia complete with a wine pairing, a paella party for four, and brunch for two.

Bring mom to the just-opened Mollusca in the Meatpacking District to enjoy an elegant seafood-centric menu, including an extensive raw bar and mussels in 35 unique varieties of sauces like Condensed Milk and Wasabi, Banana and M&M’s, and Cacio e Pepe before window-shopping at Hermes and Christian Louboutin, among others. Mollusca’s interior design matches the glamour of the Meatpacking District as hand-blown glass chandeliers anchor the dining room in shapes reminiscent of jellyfish and cast waves eliciting a deep-sea feel. The restaurant is furnished with custom made leather and velvet seating.

Michelin-starred Jungsik, one can treat Mom to a very special Mother’s Day Dinner either by experiencing the signature seven-course menu or enjoying an a la carte experience at the bar that features such staples as Sea Urchin Bibimbap and Iberico conceptualized by Internationally renowned Chef/Owner Jung Sik Yim.

For fashionista moms who love to gaze at stores nearby Rockefeller Center like Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, or Saks Fifth Avenue, have a late lunch or Mediterranean dinner at the lovely Limani New York. Open on Mother’s Day 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.

Hortus NYC, the fashion-forward Michelin-recognized Modern Asian restaurant in NoMad has recently released a spring menu that highlights flavors from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia that will take mom on a culinary journey at an approachable price point. On the restaurant’s second level, Hortus NYC features a hidden garden that creates the perfect environment for Mother’s Day lunch or dinner.

Located just blocks away from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, Vineapple Cafe is a bohemian-chic neighborhood restaurant and café that specializes in Italian-leaning New American cuisine and inventive cocktails from husband and wife team Aubrie Therrien and Zac Rubin. For Mother’s Day Dinner, the restaurant will be serving a special Carbonara, fresh pasta tossed with imported guanciale, aged parmesan, spring peas and egg; as well as a cocktail crafted for moms a Fragolini, Grenelle Sparkling Brut Rosé with Housemade Strawberry Syrup, by award-winning Beverage Director Jennifer Sandella (Burger and Lobster, Barter Detroit). Tucked behind Vineapple Cafe is a quaint outdoor garden complete with a hand painted mural that elicits the restaurant’s atmosphere of community.

Noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized Modern Hawaiian restaurant  from Chef/Partner Chung Chow (Per Se, Lincoln Restaurant) has something for everyone –especially those who like to try new things such as SPAM and Hawaiian-style fried chicken. Brunch will be served on Mother’s Day from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and the full menu is available. The dishes are well portioned and come at a very approachable price point. Brunch-goes can choose to order meals or use the extensive menu to create a sort of Hawaiian-style tapas experience. noreetuh’s award winning wine list, curated by Managing Partner Jin Ah (Per Se, Jungsik), was recently featured at the Wine Spectator Top-100 Symposium and perfectly complements the cuisine and For those who prefer to bring their own wine, noreetuh will waive its corkage fee on Mother’s Day as the corkage fee is waived every Sunday.

And finally, celebrate Mother’s Day at American Brass on the Water in Long Island City (2-01 50th Ave). American Brass will offer a prix-fixe brunch ($60/person) and dinner ($90/person) on Mother’s Day. The special brunch will include a complimentary pastry basket, choice of mimosa or prosecco, one entree, and classic a la carte sides and oysters, served with a thai chili mignonette. Highlights from the menu include quintessential brunch favorites such as French Toast, Soft scrambled eggs, and Omelets, as well as a Dry Aged Burger, Fried Chicken Sandwich, and Avocado Toast. Dinner will include complimentary sourdough with whipped ricotta and rosemary salt for the table, choice of starter, entree and dessert, as well as a la carte oysters offered. Highlights from the menu include a Hamachi Crudo with jalapeño, “leche de tigre”, cucumber, and ginger-chili aioli and Steak Tartare with crispy sunchoke, smoked egg yolk, and sourdough as starters, Ricotta Cavatelli with nettle pesto, mushrooms, english peas and pine nut and NY Strip Steak with roast garlic, mixed greens, and red wine jus as entrees, as well as Coconut Layer Cake and a Pistachio Tart for dessert.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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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