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Son Cubano Offers Views and a Menu That Will Enthrall

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Tonight my guest and I went to Son Cubano located at Riverwalk Place, West New York, NJ. This is a quick bus or ferry ride just across the river and the trip is worth it. The views are spectacular and the food is out of this world.

Son Cubano originated in the Meatpacking District and was founded by the Duran family, Alexander (Mr. Duran) and Edward Duran, along with their two sisters, Claudia and Diane Duran, Gouchee, and brother-in-law, Kevin Gouchee. They also owned Flor de Sol, in 1996, a Spanish tapas restaurant on Greenwich Avenue in Tribeca, followed by the opening of Son Cubano in the year 2000. After a ten-year tenure in the Meatpacking District, Mr. Duran moved Son Cubano across the river, at the Port Imperial Riverfront, with the most breathtaking, unobstructed, pristine Manhattan skyline views from the Upper West Side to the Liberty Tower.

The team contracted celebrity Chef David Burke in 2020, to bring the brothers’ vision of a modern Cuban and Latin fusion menu to life. He is joined by Executive Chef Brian Morales, who learned the art of cooking by working through the trenches of New Jersey’s top restaurants. Before joining Son Cubano, he served as Sous chef at Peter Lorias’ Cafe Matisse and Executive Chef at Liberty Prime Steak. General Manager Doug Alexander is completing the all-star team, whose career spans more than 20 years, including time as Director of Operations at Joe and Lidia Bastianich Restaurant Group and the legendary Tavern on the Green by Warner LeRoy.

The interior is opulent, inspired by the supper clubs of Havana in the 1940s. The art deco design is has high ceilings adorned with crystal chandeliers lined by pale blue-gray banquets accented with silver palm trees and mirrors. A grand circular bar separates the Havana Room from the Vista Room, the main dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. The room is decorated with flowing linen curtains that frame the windows, blue-gray dining chairs, a second bar, and a stage for live entertainment.

I started out with a Conejito Malo ($12) made with Captain Morgan Rum, Pimento Dram, Guava, Pineapple, Aromatic Bitters. It was the perfect start.

For appetizers we had the Homemade Guacamole ($19) with mango, jalapeno, taro root and plantain chips. This was so fresh and chunky, so your mouth was swirling with flavors.

The reason I agreed to review Son Cubano, was because of the chance to eat David Burke’s Clothesline Bacon ($27) 3 decadent pieces of bacon in a maple glaze, pickled pineapple and cracked black pepper. This dish is truly orgasmic and addicting. It was so much fun to watch my friend Jerry, who was not convinced when I ordered this, become just as hooked as I am on this sensual taste sensation. This is a must if you go to any restaurant David Burke is associated with.

For entree’s we had the Bone -In-Short-Rib ($48) served with roasted boniato, green beans and crispy shallots. This was done to perfection and was so flavorful and rich. If you like the taste of bone marrow, which I do, you will love this. The crispy shallots really added to the texture.

Jerry had the Churrasco Prime Skirt Steak ($52) with chimicharr, maduros and radish, which tasted like sublime onions. Besides being beautiful to look at, the meat melted in your mouth.

For dessert we split the DB’s Cheesecake Lolipop Tree ($19). The pop’s consisted of toffee crunch, cherry pistachio, chocolate tuxedo, with a mountain of cotton candy and bubble gum whipped cream. This is a kid’s delight. It is easily shared by 4 – 5 and is so much fun.

A cappuccino followed and it was the perfect ending to our night.

Son Cubano is a 10-minute ferry ride on the New York Waterway and just minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City by Light Rail.

Son Cubano: 40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York, NJ 07093 https://soncubanonj.com (201) 399-2020

Just breaking:

If you are looking for the perfect Sunday brunch Son Cubano is launching an Afro-Cuban brunch coined Guajira Brunch Sundays. Starting February 4th, Son Cubano will feature live music from NYC’s #1 Cuban Band, Conjunto Guantanamo. The weekly event pays homage to the neighborhood’s Cuban roots and legends who lived there, such as Celia Cruz. 

For the memorable brunch experience, Son Cubano will offer a prix fixe menu for $35, where diners can select one entrée and two signature drinks. Alternatively, patrons can opt to select from Son Cubano’s extensive a la carte brunch menu as well.

Brunch highlights include, but are not limited to:

·      Appetizers:

o   David Burke’s maple glazed Clothesline Bacon served with pickled pineapple

·      Entrees:

o   Lobster Hash and Eggs with smashed potatoes, Chistorra Chorizo, Herbs, Caramelized, onions, and fried eggs 

·      Sandwiches:

o   Cuban Sandwich smoked ham, pork roast, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and garlic mojo sauce. 

o   Crispy Shrimp Sandwich served on brioche with smoked paprika mayo, bibb lettuce, Cebolla Criolla, and avocado 

·      Sides: Yuca Fries, Garlic and Truffle-Manchego Fries, and Tostones

Conjunto Guantanamo will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday on an ongoing basis (brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Reservations can be made here.

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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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: 917-265-8026

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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