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How do you define sweetbriar?


On Old World rose with stout recurved prickles and white to deep rosy-pink single flowers. Or if you are lucky to experience it – the definition of one of Manhattan’s most amazing restaurants around.

This lively modern American restaurant lovingly called Sweetbriar is the thing that you need to know. You need to be at. You need to have the sweet life.

In this exquisite venue the visitor goes on an epic journey to indulge on contemporary cuisine and classic favorites. Executive Chef Bryce Shuman harnesses live-fire cooking and the chaos of New York to create fresh seasonal dishes with impeccable, yet simple presentations. What he creates is beautiful chaos.

There is just nothing like this gorgeous establishment for miles around. While many local venues have lovely food and others kind service or nice decor, what you get at Sweetbriar is a perfect combination of it all. The moment you enter the establishment you are transported – you are elevated. And it feels so good.

Shuman is in the realm of genesis. The Michelin-recognized chef is artistically creative with his masterful menu. Oh, so much praise for endless selections of dishes that ignite your senses in the most delightful way. When you taste the food that he and his wonderful team have put together you can only sing praises out loud at the top of your lungs.

The appeal of his vision of southern comfort food meets the sophistication of the Big Apple is why he has received accolades from near and far. You Google him and you certainly do feel the much-deserved love. He brings his experience from three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, where he worked under Chef Daniel Humm for six years rising to Executive Sous Chef before opening Michelin-starred Betony, where he received a three-star review from “The New York Times.” It’s all of this amazing experience under his belt that brings a powerful punch over to Sweetbriar. This comes on top of his famous Ribs n Riesling pop up, which started during the pandemic and grew to the successful establishment today.  It combines his personal history of growing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina cooking and eating barbecue, and his professional background in fine dining. The experience is centered around live fire cooking and the bounty of New York State’s seasonal produce.

In normal circumstances there are particular things to try. But how can you recommend just one thing when it comes to Sweetbriar. More of the reason you are here is to embrace the sweet life. But, some entree musts include the Grilled Branzino, a whole branzino grilled directly on the coals, served with charred cabbage and tomatillo relish with cilantro, parsley, and a lemon vinaigrette; and the amazing Smoked Black Pepper Maple Duroc Ribs that feature a crispy exterior and meat tender enough to fall off the bone.

And, even pizza lovers will find the most original and tasty surprise. The Spicy Mangalitsa, spread with a spicy pickled chili sauce then layered with Mangalitsa ham, fired in the 800-degree oven, finished with honey and thyme. Straight out of the wood oven comes this tornado of joy.

The restaurant is managed by TH/RST Group, headed by partners Nick Bathurst, Dennis Konen, and Brian Kelly, who also oversee GG Tokyo. Go learns something new in this sweet life and visit today.


127 E 27th St,
New York, NY 10016

Monday to Sunday
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm



The Pepsi 125 Diner



In celebrating its 125th birthday, Pepsi is opening a unique pop-up restaurant for a limited time in NYC.

The Pepsi 125 Diner will open at a location in Midtown Manhattan TBA on October 19 and remain open until October 25. The secret entrance promises to be “instagram worthy.” The Pepsi themed American diner will serve timeless diner inspired dishes alongside a vast selection of Pepsi inspired offerings.

This fascinating immersive journey will have you traveling back in time through every era of Pepsi and get a glimpse into the future! A 3-course meal will consist of delectable diner classics with an innovative Pepsi twist. Specially crafted cocktails and mocktails will also be available. This experience states it goes beyond food and drink but brings together the connection between Pepsi and the world of pop music and culture through spectacular performances and rare memorabilia.

The diner is open to all ages with a duration time of approximately two hours. Ticket prices are set to start at $50, this will include appetizer, entree, dessert, and unlimited Pepsi soft drinks.

Tickets went on sale to the public and were snatched up ASAP, however there is a waitlist at

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Food and Drink

White Wine for Summer Send Off




It is hard to believe that summer is officially wrapping up. But as days get shorter there is still plenty of time to toast the season in style with these favorite white wines.

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Chardonnay 2019

This refreshing chardonnay crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors is electrifying and oh, so yummy! It brings out the feeling of velvet caressing you. This is simmply all of the best the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County has to offer.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc


Divinely balanced wine with zesty aromas and highlights of pink grapefruit, melon and gooseberry. It refreshing and perfectly sweet. Every sip will have you singing praises to the wonderful summer you just had.

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Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever



I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.

Eli Marcus, Suzanna Bowling

The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.

From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”

After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.

Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a  well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.

Billy J. Ray, Ira Siegel

Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.

Michael Bellusci

Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.

Tony Garofalo

Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf

Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.

For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.

City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets

Tickets are $65.45

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

Michaela Paratore

This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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Labor Day Recipes to Get You Through The Week



Herbed Potato Salad

This potato salad is for last-minute people. This recipe is surprisingly simple and quick to make. This healthy potato salad recipe is mayo-free, easy to make, vegan, egg free and gluten free. Recipe yields 6 side servings.

  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped, plus about 2 tablespoons more for garnish
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped green onions, plus about 2 tablespoons thinly sliced for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine sliced potatoes and salt. Cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until potatoes are easily pierced by a paring knife and pulled out with little resistance, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, ⅓ cup parsley, ⅓ cup green onions, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic and freshly ground black pepper. Process until the herbs and garlic have been chopped into little pieces. Then, while running the food processor, pour in the reserved cooking water and process just until blended. (If you don’t have a food processor or blender, just finely chop the parsley and onions and whisk the dressing together until the oil is fully incorporated.)
  4. Drizzle the potatoes with the herbed olive oil mixture and gently mix to combine. (It will look like you’ve poured in too much dressing, but don’t worry, the potatoes will soak it up!) Let the potatoes rest for ten minutes, gently tossing every few minutes.
  5. Add the celery to the bowl, along with a couple tablespoons each of additional chopped parsley and green onions. Toss again. Season generously to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. This salad is best served within a few hours, but will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.

Elote Corn

Corn season is here! Corn is never better than right now. I love sweet fresh corn on the grill with charred crispy kernels. I especially love the versatility of corn.

  • Vegetable oil for brushing
  • 6 ears corn, shucked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or cojita cheese crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt
  • lime wedges
  1. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and garlic. Mix until well combined, set aside. Spread cheese crumbles on a plate, set aside. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cayenne paper, and 1 teaspoon salt, set aside.
  2. Brush grill grate with vegetable oil. Heat grill to high heat. Place corn directly on the grill. Grill corn, turning occasionally until cooked and lightly charred, about 10 minutes.
  3. Immediately brush the corn with mayonnaise mixture. Roll corn in cheese crumbles sprinkles with chili powder mixture and cilantro. Squeeze lime over corn and serve immediately.


  • 2 pound flank steak, about 1-inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Add the flank steak to a large baking dish and season it with the salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar and garlic cloves, then cover the steak with it and place it in the fridge to marinate. I marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the steak, you can grill, broil or pan sear it to your liking. I tend to broil it as I find that easiest. Preheat the broiler in your oven and move the oven rack as close as possible. Place the steak on a broiler pan or baking sheet and broil on each side for about 5 minutes. This will result to a medium to medium-well doneness in my oven.
  3. Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing it thinly against the grain. Serve it immediately with the chimichurri.


  • 1 angel food cake About 12 ounces, store bought or homemade
  • 2 pounds strawberries
  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Place your bowl and whisk for the whipped cream in the freezer for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Remove the tops from the strawberries and dice into cubes.  If you are making the strawberry stars for garnish, make those first so you can use the prettiest parts of the strawberries.  To make the stars, cut a strawberry in half and use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star shape.  Cut as many as you need.  Scraps can be tossed in with the diced strawberries.  Set the strawberry stars aside.  With the rest of the diced strawberries, toss with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and set aside for 30 minutes to macerate. 
  • Cut  or tear the angel food cake into 1/2 inch cubes.  If making the angel food cake stars, use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut star shapes out of a flat slice of cake.  Scraps can be used in the trifle along with the cubes.
  • Make the whipped cream.  Remove bowl and whisk from freezer.  Pour in heavy whipping cream, sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar on top, and add vanilla extract.  Beat until soft peaks form (12 minutes in a stand mixer, 6-7 minutes by hand).
  • To assemble the trifles, use 6-8 small glass containers such as mason jars, drinking glasses, or wine glasses.  I recommend using smaller sized glasses, about 4-6 ounces.
  • Cover the bottom of the glass with a layer of angel food cake cubes.  Top with a layer of the macerated strawberries.  Top that with a layer of whipped cream, then a layer of blueberries.  Repeat until you reach the top of your glass.  Top with more whipped cream and garnish with strawberry and angel food cake stars.
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