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Prime Meat Rokko A Welcome Addition To Hell’s Kitchen

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Last night I was invited to dinner with seven other friends to 783 9th Avenue the new home of Prime Meat Rokko. This new Japanese restaurant is a meat lovers dream and that is definitely my neck of the woods.

Everything about Prime Meat Rokko speaks of elegance and an attention to detail thanks to Kanako Kakihara. They say you eat with your eyes first and this charming well decorated gem soothes the senses and adds little details that make you want to come back just for the ambiance. Even the outdoor cabana has details that are perfect for a sophisticated party or for parties of 2 -4 who want to feel the charm of old world sophistication.

The restaurant opens tonight and it will be worth the wait to get in. Once word gets out, this restaurant will be hard to get a table without a reservation.

Little details draw your eyes as you enter. Every consideration has been taken to delight the eye.

Though small Prime Meat Rokko is intimate with its natural wood booths and grey undertones.

With it’s fully stock bar the staff is there when you want them and quiet as they serve or clean your plates. They are a great addition.

The owner Akio Nadamoto, here with friends, has 7 popular restaurants in Japan. 6 in Kobe, 1 in Osaka and now his first branch in New York.

The place setting even greets you with style and grace.

The menu offers a nice range of vegetables cooked so delicately, to meat that is done to perfection.

Upon arriving you are served a traditional Japanese tea made from brown rice.

A few of us started off with the house Sangria ($11) and warmed Nigori Saki (small $22 and a large $52) that was a perfect start.

The owner Akio Nadamoto, the chef Yoshihiro Kanzaki and the manager Ikuma Okada were gracious and welcoming.

For appetizers we started with Edamame ($6) with a perfect touch of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and garlic.

Addictive Cucumber ($6) with spicy chili bean, sesame oil and red pepper slivers. Now I would not have thought to have ordered this, but they were right it was addictive! So we ordered more!

The Deep Fried Eggplant ($6) didn’t taste fried but melted in your mouth even though it was cold with soy sauce and ginger. This was so clean on you palate.

The duck loin and beef loin sushi ($8) each was so fresh. For a girl who does not like seafood this was a joy to behold. Eat bite was sheer perfection.

These three items were my favorite dishes of the night, until the last dish, but more on that later. This was seriously the best potato salad ($6) I have ever had. The Miso Soup which is normally not a go to dish was so well seasoned and Braised Duck Loin Buns ($7) with green onion and soy sauce was my idea of heavenly. I would come back for all three of these dishes, as they make the perfect light meal. Also pictured is the Yakinik Buns ($7) with Beef Thigh with onion and BBQ sauce, good but the others were outstanding.

Our last appetizer was deep fried Baby Spare Ribs ($12). For this think the best fried chicken you have ever had with a marvelous twist. Though fried the bites felt clean and non greasy, though I did wonder about my cholesterol levels.

Our friend came and ordered another kind of Saki ($22).

Onto dinner with the US Wagu Sirloin Cutlet ($38) and the Duck Loin Cutlet ($26) served with my favorite potato salad, shredded cabbage and garnish. Both tender and melt in your mouth delicious.

This rice dish Yakinika Dasbon ($22) was so delightful. Slices of tender beef was done with sesame seeds and a light BBQ sauce. We also tried the Beef curry rice ($22) which was flavorful and savory. There was not a bad dish in the house. I can see going back multiple times.

The piece de resistance was the Prime Rib cutlet made especially for us. This is not on the menu, but it seriously should be. The meat was done so succulently that it melted in your mouth with the juiciness of a perfectly done steak. Maybe if you call ahead they will make this for you.

The sparkling Japanese apple soda ($6) was refreshing and a delight.

Hot macha tea warmed the stomach.

The dessert plate with the adorable wooden spoon.

For dessert homemade Vanilla Bean Mochi’s ($9) and Warabi Mochi made form jelly ($7). Sorry for the half eaten picture but that Mochi was yummy.

Maccha Affogato was hot maccha poured over ice cream ($9)

The fabulous young Chef Yoshihiro Kanzaki and Anna Kim

Sandra Carvalho, Chef Yoshihiro Kanzaki and Anna Kim

What makes Prime Meat Rokko so special, is that it is comfort food that does not have you feeling or leaving uncomfortably. I seriously over indulged and yet left satisfied with a spring in my step.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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In Need Of Some Chinese Food and Culture…Try The Dragon Fest

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Dragon Fest is a annual outdoor Chinese food & culture festival with experiential activities, tastings, and market fairs that showcases the vibrant food, art and cultural traditions from China. It is a cultural platform that connects people in New York to Chinese restaurants, food vendors, artists and local communities.

The event happens on different days and places. Today is the opening and the fest will happen at 828 Broadway, between 12th – 13th Street from 10am – 6pm.

Expect tasty food and drink options, experiential activities and market fairs showcasing local artists and cultural traditions.

Dragon Fest attracts over 200,000 attendees.

You can check out the full lineup at the Dragon Fest website, as well as the calendar for the other festival dates and locations below. Score free tickets to the April 6th opening event on Eventbrite, taking place at 828 Broadway from 10am to 6pm.

 

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Get Scottish and Join in The Celebrations With The Tartan Day Parade

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NY has been celebrating Scotlands heritage and culture with Tartan Week. This festival runs till the 7th with the Tartan Day Parade, which is held on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4pm on Sixth Avenue between 44th and 55th St.

Before the parade you can get Kilt Fittings with Geoffrey Tailor and 21st Century Kilts. Appointments required. Email howie@21stcenturykilts.com to schedule.

On April 6 @ 10:00 am11:00 am Kick-off Parade Day with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan service and pre-parade brunch. The service is a pan-denominational Christian blessing of the tartans of the clans, celebrating Scotland and Scots in America. A time-honored free event for the entire family. The Service will be followed by the pre-parade brunch. Afterwards, all are welcome to march. The Brick Presbyterian Church 1140 Park Avenue.

From 10:30 am12:45 pm Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park Fountain Terrace. Hear the sound of some of our leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 26th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade. This event is free for all to enjoy.

 NYC Tartan Day Parade, 6th Avenue 6th Avenue. The 26th annual NYC Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 6, 2024 – NYC’s biggest annual display of Scottish culture.For over 25 years, NYC Tartan Week has been celebrating Scottish-American heritage by providing meaningful connections through the celebration of Scottish heritage in NYC.
 NYC Tartan Week Sunday Brunch at The Tailor Public House 505 8th Avenue. Join the New York Caledonian Club on the final day of NYC Tartan Week 2024 for their annual Sunday Scottish fry!

This year’s parade will be led by Scottish actor of Mission: Impossible fame, Dougray Scott. The NYC Tartan Day Parade is the largest annual Scottish gathering in NYC. See 3,000 bagpipers, Highland dancers, clans, and Scottish dogs march up Sixth Avenue in this free celebration.

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JOE & THE JUICE Elevates Breakfast with Eggcado Breakfast Bowl and Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich

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 JOE & THE JUICE is a beloved institution for coffee and juices anytime of the day. And now their newest breakfast items are elevating your morning.

The innovative dishes of the Eggcado Breakfast Bowl and Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich are simply out of this world. Your day just starts off in the most amazing way with just one bite! The sandwich is made of Avocado, Breakfast Bread, Egg Salad, Spinach, Sriracha, and Tomato; while the bowl is made with Avocado, Egg Salad, Spinach, Sriracha, and Tomato.

“The Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich is our latest endeavor to reinvent breakfast, offering a delicious and nutritious option for our customers,” said Kasper Garnell, Global Brand Director at JOE & THE JUICE. “We believe that breakfast should be an energizing experience, setting the tone for a great day. With the Eggcado Sandwich, we are aiming to provide a morning option that aligns with our brand’s ethos and dedication to quality.”

Each bite is incredibly delicious all while being nutritious. Fresh and perfectly seasoned you will end up craving these simply superb selections every time the sun comes up during the week. Your mouth will thank you again and again.

After the overwhelming success of the Tunacado sandwich, which captured worldwide virality across social media, the brand received an influx of customer requests for a similarly innovative breakfast sandwich option. Responding to this demand, the Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich was born—a combination of fresh cage-free hard-boiled egg mousse, low-fat mayo, avocado, tomato, spinach, and JOE’s signature Spicy Sauce.

The Eggcado is a vegetarian and dairy free product that contains gluten. Alongside the Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich, Joe & The Juice is also launching The Slab Breakfast Sandwich and Eggcado Breakfast Bowl as part of their menu expansion. These new additions to their menu also reflect JOE & THE JUICE’s commitment to listening and adapting to the evolving tastes of their global audience.

For info on all locations and more on the entire incredible menu, please visit HERE.

 

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Dawlcakes and Li-Lac Chocolates Collaborate For a Pop-Up With Cake + Chocolate Tasting Experience

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Dawlcakes, the only doll cake bakery in Manhattan, is teaming up with Li-Lac Chocolates (75 Greenwhich Ave) , Manhattan’s Oldest Chocolate House, for a special cake + chocolate tasting on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (a special time only for Dawlcakes event goers). The first 10 people will get a free chocolate “dawl”-shaped pop. Dawlcakes is offering three kinds of tasting experiences during this bespoke pop-up:

  • General Admission – Per Person – Enjoy one Dawlcakes treat, plus one 50% off coupon on any of our Dawlcakes products for sale that day (including our fully-made cakes and decorating kits). ($25)

  • VIP Ticket – Enjoy the first bites of our new line of Dawlcakes with chocolate dolls! This ticket gives you one Dawlcakes chocolate pop and one confetti cake to take home, plus two samples of our other delicious Dawlcakes flavors! Limit one ticket per individual. ($45)

  • VIP Ticket – Family Edition – Enjoy the first bites of our new line of Dawlcakes with chocolate dolls! This ticket gives you one Dawlcakes chocolate pop and one confetti cake to take home, plus two samples of our other delicious Dawlcakes flavors! Limit one ticket per family. Group family reservations encouraged! ($85)

People can save their spot here.

Dawlcakes is a family-friendly brand that offers cakes and decorating kits for families around New York and throughout the United States. In fact, Whoopi Goldberg featured her very own Sister Act Dawlcake at her 68th Birthday Party on The View. Other celebrities who have enjoyed Dawlcakes include Christian Siriano, Jenny Mollen, Jason Biggs, and Games of Thrones’ Sophie Turner. Spataro has also brought these cake experiences to other places around Manhattan, including Pink Chicken, private celebrations, and around the country.

Li-Lac Chocolates is the Oldest Chocolate House in Manhattan. With multiple locations around the city, Li-Lac is the go-to chocolate for families around the city.

When asked about this exciting collaboration, Spataro said, “Over the last few months, I’ve enjoyed working with Chris. I couldn’t be happier with our first pop-up and our future plans to collaborate. Joining together will bring a lot of smiles to people’s faces!”

Spataro added, when asked about the trajectory of Dawlcakes in particular, “Our highest hope is that we make easy baking and decorating more of a staple for families. You don’t need a lot of time or a bunch of gadgets to have fun together in the kitchen. I’m often asked to cater people’s bat mitzvahs, birthdays, etc. Nothing makes me happier than seeing parents and kids having fun together while they decorate cakes.”

Joanne Spataro: Joanne Spataro is an author, writing coach, and founder of Dawlcakes. Whoopi Goldberg named Dawlcakes one of her Favorite Things at her 68th Birthday Party Celebration on The View. She has worked with women-owned businesses, including Kismet, Eva Joan, and boutique children’s clothing store Pink Chicken. She makes appearances with the dawls at birthdays, celebrations, and pop-ups.

Celebrities have flocked to her baking pop-ups to bring home a “Pinky” dollcake to their children. She’s had pop-ups in the West Village, the Hamptons, and San Diego.

In addition, Joanne is the author of Preconceptions, a memoir about her queer and trans fertility journey. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Viceand The Huffington Post. She has discussed Preconceptions as part of GLAAD’s Hear My Story Series and with New York Times bestselling author Jenny Mollen on her podcast Third Wheel. Joanne’s memoir, Preconceptions, is available on Audible.

Joanne is based in New York City with her wife, Lara, and their child, aka her trusted consultant on Dawlcakes. www.dawlcakes.com

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