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Steak Frites Bistro Where Steak Is King And a Restaurant Week’s Menu is a Steal

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Nestled at 496 9th Avenue, between 37 and 38th is a charming French cafe called Steak Frites Bistro.

As you open the door intricate tile and woodwork give a rustic comfortable feel.

There is a spacious bar, a 65-seat dining room, that is a haven from the outside.

Adam Schop

Chef/Owner Adam Schop and Stephan Bibeau are introducing classic French fare, where the waiters and staff are attentive, charming and see to your every need.

When you sit you are served homemade sourdough bread and fresh salted butter, which is divine.

We started off with Pâté De Campagne ($14) Country style pâté of duck and pork, cassis mustard that went perfect with the Château La Grave, Malbec, Cahors 2020 with hints of tarragon and raspberry, meaty ($15). This pâté was rich, yet light and completely traditional.

We also tried Escargots de Bourgogne ($17) Burgundy snails cooked in parsley-garlic butter with croûtons served in a shallow dish rather than the traditional pan. This is the only dish we were not to fond of as we are more in favor of the traditional version.

Both these dishes are included in the Restaurant Week special as are Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Tartare and Salad Verte. The Restaurant Week special include a starter, an entree and a dessert for $45.

For entrees we decided to do the Steak Frites with pommes frites for Restaurant Week and the Dry Aged NY Strip 16oz ($65) (top picture) switched out with Haricots Verts  and maître d’hôtel butter with their amazing Béarnaise Sauce ($5)

Both these steaks were done to perfection. I ordered my steak back and blue and it was delicious. Also on the menu for two are Côte de Boeuf (28 oz.)$88: Maître d’hôtel butter, frites, and petite salade and Chateaubriand (18 oz.) $96: Sauce béarnaise, frites, and petite salade. You will not be disappointed in any of the meat choices.

One of the surprises of the night was a foie gras terrine with succulent grapes and toasted brioche, that was so decadent and rich, I could only do one bite, but mmmm what a bite!

I needed to take home doggie bags, as the food was so fabulous that I knew it would be better off savored. Our delightful waitress Ann was terrific.

What is a great meal with out some great desserts. Soufflé Au Chocolat ($16) is baked to order with Grande Marnier chocolate sauce poured over the top tableside. This soufflé was so light and fluffy it was like eating angelic air.

We also tired Clafoutis aux Cerises ($14), which was my favorite. This batter pudding had not only sour, but sweet cherries and was divine.

We also tried the Petit Pot De Crème Au Chocolat because it was also on the Restaurant Week menu. This was my guests favorite item and as full as she was, she polished it off with a Cappuccino with delight.

Steak Frites Bistro is open for dinner Sunday to Wednesday from 5pm-10pm and Thursday – Saturday 5pm-11pm with brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm.

Highlights from the brunch menu include, but are not limited to:

Salades:
  • Salade Verte: Butter lettuce, haricots verts, radishes, and red wine vinaigrette.
  • Salade Lyonnaise: Frisée lettuce, bacon lardons, poached egg, fingerling potato crisp, and sherry vinaigrette.
  • Salade Niçoise: Confit tuna, haricots verts, niçoise olives, potatoes, and lemon vinaigrette.
Les Œufs:
  • Moroccan Baked Eggs: Peppers, onions, chickpeas, and charred tomato sauce.
  • Eggs Norwegian: Smoked salmon, poached eggs, and hollandaise.
  • Quiche Lorraine: Melted onions, bacon, and gruyère.
Plats Principaux:
  • French Toast: Brioche, brandied apple compote, hazelnut butter, and Chantilly cream.
  • Croque Madame: Grilled ham with gruyère, mornay, fried egg, brioche, and pommes frites.
  • Spaghetti Au Poivre: Spaghetti, peppercorns, egg yolk, and truffle pecorino.
  • Almond Croissant
  • Pain au Chocolat
  • Butter Croissant

I will definitely be back and if you are looking for a fabulous Restaurant Week treat, this is defiantly the find of the century!

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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Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight

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Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and brand partner Michael Glovaski

I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee co-hosted alongside Queen of Versailles Coffee’s Brand Partner, Michael Glovaski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Gordon Winston, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo and Pilar.

Jackie Siegel and Gordon Winston

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Siegel, alongside Miami-based Glovaski and the Italian-Guatemalan Droccos, are introducing an unmatched level of luxury to the coffee industry. Catering to the modern connoisseur, the brand provides not just a superior coffee experience, but an escape into the world of supreme elegance with every canister.

The event was well done, serving treats but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

Available at https://qvcoffee.com/

#jackiesiegel/ #qvcoffee/ # queenofVersaillescoffee

 

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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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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