When you hear the word brunch in Manhattan you may immediately ponder up images of soggy eggs and watered down mimosas. Sometimes it seems not even worth crawling out of your snuggly, weekend bed. Well, The Wayfarer in Midtown offers up a menu so wonderful that this perspective is going to change.
Executive Chef Chris Shea, who attended the Institute of Culinary Education for formal training and quickly immersed himself into the New York City culinary scene, has created the perfect brunch.
There is so much creativity in selections it is hard to say what is a favorite. And to top it off fresh products from Local Bushel partners from area, sustainable farms are found in every dish.
The atmosphere is phenomenal – another plus to add on the checklist for best in town points. And, the staff should receive an award for attending each and every customer like a celebrity.
Brunch selections are as massive as the portions being offered. There is no such thing as cliché dining here.
The Quinoa Krispies Salad comes with sliced bananas and strawberries. The Challah French Toast is sweetly beautiful with apricots, marzipan and vanilla bean. There are several options for egg dishes including Huevos Rancheros and Short Rib Hash with Poached Eggs. There is delightful Shakshuska Flatbread with perfectly poached eggs, tomato, ricotta salatta and a mixed green salad. For a lighter meal try the perfectly blended Tuscan Kale, Chicken and Rhubarb Salad with homemade ricotta, pickled strawberries, balsamic and pecorino.
On top of all these amazing selections there is also a sushi bar that is newly featuring for brunch a Sushi Egg Omelet that is out of this world.
And, if you are in the mood to start your morning with a fun vibe (or even your afternoon since brunch hours run long here) please try a selection from the drinks menu that will have you not caring a bit about that horrible work meeting coming up on Monday. The signature cocktail The Gypsy is divinely wicked with cucumber-infused Stoli Vodka, strawberry-yuzu and chili salt. For a Summer Poison try the wonderful Foxglove with rum, peach, Luxardo Maraschino, grapefruit and Pama Pomegranate Liqueur.
The restaurant is classified as an American Grille, but it can be easily argued that what is on hand is simply art for foodies.
The two-story venue is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue, and is joined with the Quin Hotel. Spectacular interiors designed by Meyer Davis mix vibes of old-school Manhattan with fantastic rock-n-roll montages. The music pumping in the room will leave you happily taping away on the table. From the grand parlor, the second floor clubroom bar, to its three private dining rooms, guests are treated to a variety of different dining experiences.
The Wayfarer is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 101 W 57th Street. For more information and to book reservations call (212) 691–0030 or please visit www.thewayfarernyc.com.
Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”
Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.
We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.
Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.
Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more! George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories
Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!
Food and Drink
Join The Art of Cooking Benefit
On Thursday, April 27th, Executive Chef Bryce Shuman of the Michelin-recognized Sweetbriar, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, and The Sylvia Center, an organization founded in 2007 to address diet-related diseases in under-resourced communities across the five boroughs, will be hosting a 15th anniversary celebration fundraising event at their Art of Cooking Benefit.
Throughout the evening, The Sylvia Center will celebrate its founding supporter, Great Performances Hospitality Group and honor Wendy Dessy of Proskauer. The inaugural Miriam and Carl Stern Community Partnership Award will be granted to Jeannette Bocanegra of Justice for Families, a partner organization in the Bronx. The event will also feature students from three of The Sylvia Center’s Teen Culinary Apprenticeship programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, who will create their own dish that will be featured during the event’s cocktail hour.
The Art of Cooking Benefit will take place at Hudson Mercantile (500 W 36th St.) with cocktails being served from 6 pm – 7 pm and a sit-down dinner by Chef Bryce Shuman and programming will be from 7 pm – 8:30 pm.
Photo by ADG Photography
All You Can Eat Free Lobster At Red Lobster’s Endless Lobster Event In Times Square
Red Lobster is offering select customers an all-you-can-eat lobster at its flagship New York City location on Tuesday, March 28.
Red Lobster will open reservations a week in advance at 10 a.m. EST on March 21.
The event will be staggered into three windows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with each window seating 50 guests.
Though the lobster will be free, diners will still are responsible for drinks, additional sides and of course a generous tip. By signing up for the event, guests will also “grant Red Lobster the right and license to use their names, images, and/or statements for advertising and publicity purposes,” according to fine print of the event.
Guests must eat their lobster in house and no leftovers or doggie bags.
If you get a reservation you will be given a table for two. Reservations will be non-transferrable, and diners will be required to bring their Eventbrite confirmation email to get access. Click here to get a table on March 21st.
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