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Sagaponack Serves Up a Night to Remember in Flatiron District

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The newly redeveloped Asian and Mediterranean-inspired seafood hot spot Sagaponack is back at the Flatiron District. Inspired by the namesake town in the Hamptons, this culinary gem is a celebration of seafood paired with an array of expertly crafted cocktails (including non-alcoholic) that elevate every dining moment.

In October 2020, Sagaponack welcomed a fresh perspective with the addition of Kyung-il Lee, a seasoned managing partner renowned for his successful stint overseeing operations at the Michelin-Starred JeJu Noodle Bar. His arrival became a major shift for the brand, aiming not only to reopen its doors but to infuse it with renewed vision.

Which is why it was important to onboard a top-tier team. One of his strategic moves was bringing on the expertise of Executive Chef Phil Choy, an alumnus of the esteemed Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. The chef’s trajectory took him to the heart of New York City, where he honed his skills in the Michelin-starred kitchen of Dovetail, working under the tutelage of Chef John Fraser. Following that, Choy’s talent was further recognized as he ascended to the role of sous chef at Boulud Sud, Daniel Boulud’s celebrated Lincoln Square establishment.

Together, Lee and Choy have since brought new life into Sagaponack’s culinary offering, from a tantalizing array of fresh oysters, a Sagaponack specialty, to the latest editions of Surf & Turf (Dry Aged Ribeye & Whole Lobster) added last month. This consists of a 40 oz dry aged ribeye cold smoked and seasoned with 5 spice rub. It’s served with a Cantonese-inspired Lobster sauce made with ginger, espelette, lemon; with a whole lobster that’s cooked in their court bouillon. Of the oysters, the Dressed Trio of cucumber, chili, and caviar, is an absolute must-try and a highlight to include in your expedition; an exquisite burst of flavors that dance harmoniously on your palate.

A standout was the Fluke Tartare, which was equally visually striking as delicious for the taste buds. Nutty and savory, this dish boasts a delicate balance of flavors, featuring coconut, Marcona almonds, and tobiko perched atop the fluke tartare. Its allure includes a tableside drizzle of a meticulously crafted sauce—a blend of cucumber, cilantro oil, chili oil, and lime—creating a sensory spectacle where smell meets taste – an intentional journey curated by the new team with all the sagavibes, no pun intended.

Meanwhile, the Cinnamon Fizz is the best alternative for a refreshing mocktail for all you non-alcoholic drinkers have been waiting for. Made of ginger lemon, cinnamon, and soda, the drink puts together a refreshing burst of flavors that works well with any dish on the menu. But for those who enjoy a craft cocktail and feeling adventurous, you could go for a Bateau Banane, a concoction of banana mezcal and curacao, or The Seaside Sunset, a blend of vodka, Chambord, lime, lychee, and orange in each sip – all made by mixologist Alex Parker. Did I mention they have happy hour on the daily, except for Sundays?

If you’re looking for comforting food, the Fried Artichokes, including pecorino, za’atar, mint, yogurt, is your go-to, alongside the Butternut Squash Soup served with ginger coconut cream, pumpkin seeds, and Aleppo, and certainly the star of the season. The new Lobster Mac and Cheese includes five kinds of cheese, which similarly they use for grilled cheese served during their events exclusively; after all, the restaurant does consider itself an event space, and rightfully so. Other highlights include the Asian-inspired twist on calamari, which adds an exciting dimension to the starters, seasoned with guindilla, parsley, and complemented by a zesty Calabrian chili aioli. If you’re out with a group, you can share a Seafood Paella featuring a multitude of seafood, from lobster stock, to chorizo and mussels, shrimp, and scallions.

All in all, Sagaponack blends both land and sea into a perfect pairing. The desert menu exceeds all expectations, with the Thai Milk Cake, as an impeccable choice to conclude your dining experience. The cake is composed of cinnamon, pecan, and mango perfection. The potent Crème Brûlée includes diced strawberries on top of its hard caramel layer; which was potentially made by Lee himself who’s been learning how to bake during his time managing the kitchen too.

Kyung-il Lee tells us,  “Working in the kitchen gave me insights from the chef’s and kitchen’s perspective. Embracing various viewpoints in hospitality, understanding kitchen operations enhances my knowledge of processes and the people involved. Being hospitable extends to employees, and working with the kitchen staff helps me serve them better as an owner.”

This reflects the sentiment on the site saying, “our goal for the restaurant was simple – bring in a talented chef with a passion for food. Someone who could whip up top-notch dishes while making it approachable.”

LOCATION: 4 W 22ndSt., New York, NY 10010

WEBSITE: https://www.saganewyork.com/

PHONE: 212-229-2226

INSTAGRAM: @sagavibes

HOURS: Monday–Wednesday: 11:30 am -3 pm; 5 pm -10 pm Thursday: 11:30 am -3 pm; 5 pm -10:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am -3 pm; 5 pm -11 pm; Sunday: Closed

Reporting by Alison Andrea Lopez 

 

 

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The Perfect Downtown Lunch at YAO

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If you are in downtown New York City the perfect lunch can be found at YAO.

The dine-in option is a dream come true at the fine dining location that offers up a surprisingly affordable option. For only $18 the excellent menu found in the Financial District offers up fantastic opportunities to make your meal magical.

Here you found a uniquely modern dishes that are based on Cantonese culinary tradition. Executive Chef-Owner Kenny Leung and Co-Owner Thomas Tang have managed to elevate the business lunch hour with the choice of an entrée and a specialty cocktail.

It is such an amazing opportunity to try their renowned dishes of Fried Pork Chop with Salt and Pepper, Noodles with Beef Ribs, Eggplant and Chicken with Garlic Sauce, Bacon and Eel Fried Rice, Kung Pao Prawns, Beef Ribs with Soy Sauce, Sesame Chicken Fish Filet and Tofu, Three Kinds of Mushrooms and Vegetables, Yuzu Prawns or Lo Mein with Char Siu.

Meat dishes are seasoned in a dazzling display and vegetarian options are just as delightful. Servings are well portioned and will satisfy any lunchtime craving you might be having as you come from your office for an ideal business lunch or just a moment to yourself.

As you enjoy the wonderful entrees, the special also includes a cocktail or mocktail. All options are splendid, and you will be pleased with so much good food and drink. Sitting in the gorgeous and well-appointed dining room you will feel transported to a place of joy. It is like having a meal in an oasis away from the city.

The perfect $18 lunch special, which includes one entrée, and one cocktail is available Monday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but the lovely staff is very accommodating to walk-ins.

LOCATION: 213 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10038

PHONE: 917-265-8119

WEBSITE: yaonyc.com

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NÜTRL Vodka Seltzer and Chloe Fineman Launch ‘Keep it Tasty’ Campaign

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NÜTRL just launched a fun and fabulous new campaign!

“Keep it Tasty” features “Saturday Night Live” star Chloe Fineman, who returns as the brand’s resident vodka seltzer sommelier. You have to see to believe the familiar – yet awkward – social situations the comedian showcases all with the good and bubbly taste of NÜTRL there to help with the punchline.

As NÜTRL’s vodka seltzer sommelier, Fineman highlights an all-too-familiar moment for partygoers, but lucky for her, she’s handed a NÜTRL, which serves as the perfect prop to get it through the moment.

Take a look and open up a can of NÜTRL to get in on the tasty laughs.

NÜTRL is a refreshingly tasty, 100 calorie vodka seltzer made with simple ingredients like real vodka, seltzer, and real juice. NÜTRL is a light and refreshing drink with our favorite being the Lemonade Variety Pack with Classic Lemonade, Blackberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade, and Strawberry Lemonade.

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What to Make for Valentine’s Day Dinner? – Surprise Your Loved One

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Valentine’s Day, a celebration dedicated to love and affection, calls for a special celebration with your significant other. While going out for dinner is a classic option, there’s something magical about preparing a homemade Valentine’s Day dinner. In this article, we will explore ten delectable recipes that are not only easy Valentine’s Day dinner recipes but also perfect for creating a romantic and memorable evening.

Filet Mignon Steak with Caviar

Indulge in luxury with our first recipe – Filet Mignon Steak with Caviar. This dish combines the tenderness of filet mignon with the exquisite flavor of caviar. To elevate the experience, consider serving the caviar with a specially curated caviar serving set that adds a touch of sophistication to your dinner. After the main course, extend the romance by continuing the meal with a delightful pairing of caviar and champagne.

Ingredients:

  • 2 filet mignon steaks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces high-quality caviar
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Season the filet mignon steaks with salt and pepper.
  • In an oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side to achieve a golden crust.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes for medium-rare.
  • Remove from the oven, let it rest for a few minutes, then top each steak with caviar and garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy your Filet Mignon Steak with Caviar.

Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

For a refreshing twist on a classic, try Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce. This easy homemade Valentine’s Day dinner features succulent salmon fillets seasoned to perfection and topped with a zesty lemon-dill sauce. The light and flavorful nature of this recipe make it an ideal choice for a romantic evening.

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Brush the fillets with olive oil.
  • Grill the salmon for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
  • In a small bowl, mix fresh lemon juice and chopped dill to create the sauce.
  • Drizzle the lemon-dill sauce over the grilled salmon before serving.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto

Indulge in the richness of Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto, a dish that exudes comfort and sophistication. This recipe involves slow-cooking Arborio rice to perfection, creating a velvety texture complemented by the bold flavors of garlic and Parmesan. Elevate your Valentine’s Day ideas for dinner at home with this luxurious side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a saucepan, heat the broth and keep it warm.
  • In a separate large pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic and Arborio rice, stirring until the rice is lightly toasted.
  • Pour in the white wine and cook until it’s mostly absorbed.
  • Begin adding the warm broth, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to be absorbed before adding more.
  • Continue this process until the rice is creamy and cooked to al dente.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and the remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breast

Impress your loved one with Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breast – a dish that combines the classic flavors of caprese with juicy chicken. This homemade Valentine’s Day dinner idea features tender chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil, creating a burst of flavors with every bite. A delightful option for a romantic dinner at home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Cut a pocket into each chicken breast.
  • Stuff each pocket with a slice of mozzarella, tomato slices, and fresh basil leaves.
  • Season the stuffed chicken breasts with additional salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

Shrimp Scampi Linguine

For a taste of the sea, consider Shrimp Scampi Linguine. This easy Valentine’s Day dinner recipe features succulent shrimp sautéed in a garlic-infused buttery sauce, served over a bed of perfectly cooked linguine. A romantic choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner for two.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces linguine pasta
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • Cook linguine pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large skillet, sauté shrimp, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes in olive oil until shrimp are pink.
  • Pour in white wine, chicken broth, and lemon juice. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Toss in cooked linguine and chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Baked Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter

Elevate your homemade Valentine’s Day dinner with the indulgence of Baked Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter. This easy Valentine’s Day dinner idea showcases lobster tails baked to perfection and brushed with a flavorful garlic butter sauce. A luxurious and simple way to celebrate love at home.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lobster tails, split in half
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Arrange lobster tails on a baking sheet.
  • In a bowl, mix melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Brush the lobster tails generously with the garlic butter mixture.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lobster meat is opaque and cooked through.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Red Wine Reduction

Create a culinary masterpiece with Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Red Wine Reduction. This dish boasts perfectly seared beef medallions accompanied by a savory reduction that adds depth and sophistication to your Valentine’s Day dinner at home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • Season beef tenderloin steaks with salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
  • Remove steaks and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, pour in red wine and beef broth. Simmer until reduced by half.
  • Whisk in butter to create a rich red wine reduction.
  • Pour the red wine reduction over the beef tenderloin steaks.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs before serving.

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers

For a delightful Valentine’s Day dinner at home, try Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers. This recipe features bell peppers filled with a savory mixture of rice, black beans, corn, and spices, creating a colorful and flavorful dish perfect for a romantic dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a bowl, mix cooked rice, black beans, corn, ground cumin, and chili powder.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stuff each bell pepper half with the rice and bean mixture.
  • Top each stuffed pepper with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit

Cap off your homemade Valentine’s Day dinner with a sweet indulgence – Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit. Melted chocolate served alongside a variety of fresh fruits provides a romantic and interactive dessert experience for you and your loved one.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted fresh fruits (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, etc.) for dipping

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer.
  • Pour the hot cream over the chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  • Let it sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Transfer the chocolate fondue to a fondue pot or a heatproof bowl.
  • Serve with assorted fresh fruits for dipping.

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

End your Valentine’s Day dinner at home on a sweet note with Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake. This decadent dessert features a velvety cheesecake with swirls of raspberry and white chocolate, creating a delightful symphony of flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves

Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  • In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a springform pan to create the crust.
  • In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, melted white chocolate, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust in the springform pan.
  • Drop spoonfuls of raspberry preserves onto the cream cheese mixture and swirl with a knife.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool before refrigerating for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Slice and serve the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake chilled.

In conclusion, creating a homemade Valentine’s Day dinner can be a truly special way to celebrate love. From Filet Mignon Steak with Caviar to the various delightful recipes listed above, these options cater to different tastes and preferences. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by treating your loved one to a delicious and intimate dinner at home. These easy Valentine’s Day dinner recipes ensure that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time cherishing moments with your significant other. Enjoy a romantic and homemade Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

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Absolut & Ocean Spray Vodka Cranberry Ready-to-Drink is Fruity Fun in Can

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Absolut officially introduces the Absolut and Ocean Spray Vodka Cranberry cocktail in a ready-to-drink (RTD) format now available in the US.

Inspired by the classic combination of Absolut Vodka and Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice, the new Vodka Cran™ RTD range combines the highest quality premium vodka from Absolut (#1 premium imported vodka²) with real cranberry juice from Ocean Spray® (#1 cranberry juice brand³), crisp sparkling water and other natural flavors. The range includes Vodka Cranberry™, Vodka Cran-Grape™, Vodka Cran-Pineapple™ and Vodka Cran-Raspberry™, which are available in an 8-count variety pack (2 per 4 flavors), single flavor 4-pack (Vodka Cranberry™ and Vodka Cran-Pineapple™) or single cans.

“Absolut Vodka and Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice have long been enjoyed together at bars and in homes across the country,” said Natalie Accari, Vice President, RTD & Convenience North America, Pernod Ricard USA. “We’re pleased to bring this beloved classic cocktail from two powerhouse brands to our consumers in a convenient new format.”

To celebrate the launch of the new Vodka Cran™ RTD, available just in time for the season of love and friendship, Absolut is releasing a limited-edition Galentine’s Day kit for easy hosting with friends. As seen with pop culture personalities Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad, the best friends enjoy the essentials for a perfect night-in over their favorite Vodka Cran™ cocktail, exclusively designed can accessories and gift card for takeout or snacks.

To learn more, click here and follow @absolutus. The Absolut and Ocean Spray® Vodka Cranberry RTD is manufactured, marketed and distributed by Pernod Ricard USA.

 

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