Showing posts with label DINING NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DINING NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



Everyday dishes done with respect to Southern Italian cultural traditions, absolute quality of ingredients, hospitality and outstanding service – that is the formula of New Yorkers favorite fine Italian dining destination: The Leopard at des Artistes. This Upper West Side hot spot, owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, invites diners to enjoy exceptional food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The Leopard’s décor, which features famed Howard Chandler Christy murals in the dining room, is inspired by the elegance of the 1963 epic film with the same name.

Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food is what draws visitors and locals alike to the restaurant. The Leopard boasts a diverse menu that finds its roots in the area once known as The Kingdom of Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside of southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria. The restaurant continues to attract a wide array of celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Howard Stern, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Hank Azaria, Steve Martin, William Kentridge, Madame Francoise Gilot, John Anthony Baldessari, Giuseppe Penone, James Levin and Valery Gergiev.

Signature dishes include the Pan-Seared Duck Breast “Porchetta” with fennel pollen, cipollini with aged balsamic vinegar, pickled raisins and vegetable caponata; Halibut “In Brodetto” with baby artichoke and fingerling potatoes; and Maltagliati with wild game and porcini mushroom ragú. The dessert menu boasts specials such as Traditional Zabaione with fresh mixed berries; Traditional Torta di Mascarpone “tiramisu” style; and Nutella Chocolate Mousse served on hazelnut crunch and banana gelato. The restaurant offers an extensive wine and cocktail selection with a wine pairing service offered with the “A Taste of The Leopard” set menu.

The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants include Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes and Mozzarella & Vino. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 40 years of experience in restaurant management from the Quisisana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art of New York, and Union Bar & Grill in Great Barrington, MA. In September 2001, Sorrentino opened Il Gattopardo, just across from MoMA, and most recently (2011) the Sorrentinos embarked on one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers; the re-birth of the restaurant at New York landmark Hotel des Artistes.

Brazilian born and raised, of Italian parents from Veneto, Paula Bolla-Sorrentino is passionate for art, design and Italian culture. With fashion and design background, she had the opportunity of traveling around the world with top fashion designers, as well as worked in one of the most prestigious design firms of New York, Pentagram Design, as Graphic Designer. Graduated from FIT, but with the hospitality industry in her heart, Paula runs all visual and organizational aspects of the company, from Art Direction and flowers, graphic design, and customer relations, to make sure that guests are not only exposed to a wonderful gastronomical event on the table, but to a whole sensorial experience.

About The Leopard at des Artistes

The Leopard at des Artistes is owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Chef Gnazzo is the culinary artist of the Il Gattopardo group’s three restaurants: Il Gattopardo, Mozzarella & Vino and The Leopard at des Artistes. Located in the New York landmarked Hotel Des Artistes, and surrounded by the astonishing 1920s murals by Howard Chandler Christy, The Leopard at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera.

For more information, call 212-787-8767, or visit


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The Leopard at des Artistes

1 West 67th Street

(At Central Park West)

New York, NY 10023

Monday, July 11, 2016


Executive Chef Massimo Sola of MAMO Restaurant

Wins Il Primo 2016’s Best Pasta in Manhattan

Fine Dining AT Mamo

Italian food in New York has seen an increased level of sophistication in recent years, with a number of talented chefs bringing traditional techniques, experience and products to this food metropolis. A competition that gathers all of these chefs for the utmost challenge is Il Primo Manhattan, in collaboration with Association of New York Chefs (AICNY), which features 70 chefs from the best Italian restaurants all over New York City. This year’s proud winner, who won over the jury of Italian and American food critics, was Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola of MAMO restaurant. Chef Sola’s winning dish was an exquisite spin on a traditional pasta carbonara, or as the judges called it, a “quasi carbonara” made with finesse and elegance.

Those who want to experience Massimo Sola’s award-winning pasta dishes can visit celebrity favorite MAMO restaurant in New York’s bustling SoHo neighborhood, which also serves up delicious seasonal a la carte dishes such as the fresh Salmon Carpaccio, a home-style Capri Salad, and Wild Sea Bass with fingerling potatoes. MAMO New York is the transatlantic sister to Cannes film festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two decades old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites alike.

MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restauranteur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rhianna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Jay Z.

Executive Chef Massimo Sola heads up the kitchen and the brand new spring/summer 2016 menu. A native of Italy, Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/French Provençal cuisine. Drawing on colors and nature as inspiration, Sola is known for his simple yet eye catching dishes. Some of MAMO’s signature offerings include their flavorful Raviolini al Tartufo (truffle ravioli), Coniglio alla Ligure (rabbit legs with spinach and foie gras), the MAMO Burger and the Focaccia al Tartufo (truffle pizza). For those with a sweet tooth, MAMO also offers delicious desserts such as the classic Tiramisu, the rich Affogato alla vaniglia con fragole calde and the Cheesecake alla lavanda (cheesecake with a lavender twist).

To complement the flavorful dishes, MAMO also boasts an impressive cocktail menu from which diners can enjoy specialty cocktails such as the MAMO Negroni, the MAMO Spritz and the one-of-a-kind Martini Al Tartufo (truffle martini). Seasonal cocktails include the sour cherry flavored Amorena, the beautiful lavender Valentina cocktail and the smoky yet elegant Fumeè cocktail. In addition to the cocktail program, MAMO also has an extensive wine list of carefully selected French and Italian wines to complement the cuisine.

MAMO offers diners traditional southern Italian/French cuisine in an intimate yet elegant setting. The bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

About MAMO

Located on West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets, MAMO restaurant is a purveyor of affectionate Italian and Provençal dining experience. MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. MAMO, The New York outpost of Le Michelangelo, a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola (formerly of Eataly Roma, Ristorante Quattro Mori) as executive chef. Whether you prefer a relaxing night out with your closest friends, intimate gatherings and business meetings, or a grand cocktail party, you are certain to experience an unforgettable evening at MAMO and enjoy the incredible service and food. The menu incorporates a mix of classic family recipes as well as market specials. The restaurant’s design embodies the Riviera’s “sense of home” with a warm color palate, original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The multi-level restaurant offers an unforgettable experience where every single person is treated with affection and love.


323 West Broadway

(between Grand & Canal St)

New York, NY 10013

Monday-Friday: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM lunch; 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM dinner

Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM brunch; 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM dinner

For more information, please call (646) 964-4641 or visit


Photo Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media GP

Saturday, May 07, 2016



Latitude Bar &Grill

Todays kick off the 142nd Kentucky Derby at one of New York’s four most exciting venues; Midtown West’s Latitude Bar & Grill, SoHo’s MAMO Restaurant and Midtown West’s Ivy Bar & Grill. All four venues will offer a unique experience and feature some delectable dishes and drinks especially for the occasion. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of horse racing’s most prestigious trophy, the Triple Crown.

Latitude Bar & Grill encompasses four main floors, including an outdoor roof deck. With its 36ft bar, vintage style billiards room, wooden based Mardi-Gras bar and 10ft windows looking out onto 8 Ave, it offers a great atmosphere for enjoying delicious dishes and drinks while watching the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Latitude Bar & Grill will also be offering Kentucky Derby’s signature drinks, including the Mint Julep for Triple Crown on May 7th, 2016; the Black Eyed Susan for the Preakness Stakes on May 21st, 2016; and the Belmont Breeze for the Belmont Stakes on June 11th, 2016.

Latitude Bar & Grill’s Roof Deck, which is now open for the season, offers a perfect view of 8th Ave. Enjoy a casual dining menu that includes the Lobster Sandwich with Crispy Shrimp, Latin Style Lettuce Wedge Salad, Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls and a variety of sliders such as: Classic, Latin Style, Pulled Pork and Chicken. Popular cocktails offered include the Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Appletini, Pomegranate Fizz, Lychee Martini and Strawberry Martini.

MAMO Restaurant in bustling SoHo neighborhood offers a special Kentucky Derby Lunch & Dinner Menu, including: Gazpacho Cold Soup With Shrimps And Ricotta ($28); Gnocchi Di Patate With Swordfish Ragout And Eggplants ($33); Chicken Breast With Yellow Peppers Sauce “Alla Romana” ($38); and Pears And Chocolate Pie With Pastry Cream ($12). Pair the delectable dishes with MAMO’s signature cocktails, which include the MAMO Negroni, MAMO Spritz, Valentina, Timal, and the exclusive Martini Al Tartufo.

MAMO offers a perfect place to come and celebrate after watching your favorite horse win the Derby, featuring a bi-level restaurant, including a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

With plenty of seating options low or high top tables and a gorgeous sprawling bar you can be sure to catch all the action at Ivy Bar & Grill. Enjoy a delicious dining menu that includes Kale & Artichoke Dip, Truffle Fries, Lamb Burger, and Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Ivy Bar & Grill will have a huge selection of draft and bottled craft beers available all night long. Specialty themed cocktails will also be offered, including the $10 Mint Julep, the $12 Belmont Jewel, the $12 Brown Derby, and $5 shots. A free shot will also be offered to the person wearing the craziest hat so dress to make an impression!

For more information please visit:

Latitude Bar & Grill

783 8th Avenue (between 47th & 48th)

New York, NY 10036

(212) 245-3034

Twitter: @LatitudeNYC

Instagram: @latitudebarnyc


323 W Broadway (between Canal St & Grand St)

New York, NY 10013


Twitter: @MAMO_NYC

Instagram: @mamo_nyc

Ivy Bar & Grill

944 8th Avenue (at 56th Street)

New York, NY 10019


Twitter: @ivybarnyc

Instagram: @ivybarandgrill

Sunday, January 17, 2016



Lauren Scala

Chanel Iman

Julie Henderson
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Allison Williams, Nina Agdal, Chanel Iman, Chris Noth, Tyson Beckford, Matt Dillon, Swizz Beats, Andi Dorfman, Lauren Scala, DJ Vice, Busta Rhymes, Maxwell, Gregg Bello, Micky Rourke, Ben Watts, Tony Shafrazi, Andre Saraiva, Alexander Wang, Megan Williams, Sante D’arazio, Nur Kahn, Susanne Bartsch, Devon Windsor, David Barton, Rachel Hilbert and David Rockwells were among the New York elite who celebrated the VANDAL Grand Opening in New York City. VANDAL is the newest TAO Group property at 199 Bowery, a bi-level restaurant, bar and lounge showcasing the work of world-renowned street artists alongside small plates inspired by global street fare. Collaborating with the award-winning design firm Rockwell Group, the partners’ third project together boasts 360 seats and aims to capture the spirit of creativity and will make a truly distinctive mark on a historic stretch of the Bowery.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal, escorted by her husband Peter Sarsgaard, was some of the invited guests who showed up to the restaurant in style, looking beautiful and sophisticated in an ivory dress with tie embellishment. Gyllenhaal, who has a longstanding relationship with both Chef Chris Santos and TAO Group, was one of the first guests of Santos’ Lower East Side Restaurant, Beauty & Essex at their opening five years ago. She expressed how happy she was for Chef Chris Santos on VANDAL.

When Gyllenhaal was asked what her favorite winter item which she responded with, “coats, but I recently bought a house so I am not allowed anymore!”

Model Chanel Iman, sparkling in Simon G. earrings and rings, was also in attendance looking radiant in a black bodycon dress with cutouts stating how excited she was for New York Fashion Week to arrive. In addition, Iman expressed,” I love food and cannot wait to see what VANDAL has in store.”

Chris Noth was excited to be celebrating the opening as well. When asked about his hit TV show, The Good Wife, he explained, “it has been the best 6 years of my life!”

Tyson Beckford

Chris Noth
To bring the allure and energy of street art to VANDAL, TAO Group commissioned the UK-based artist HUSH to curate the restaurant’s wallscape. Celebrated for his own work as a street artist, HUSH organized nine massive site-specific murals throughout the restaurant, each reflecting the range and dynamism of contemporary, global street art, while paying homage to the Bowery’s rich artistic history. In addition to HUSH, famed artists like Shepard Fairey, Apexer, Tristan Eaton, Eelus, Vhils and Will Barras all contributed to the project. Guests enjoyed cocktails provided by Moet Hennessy as well as the signature street fare such as Crunchy Jicama Shell Tostadas, Lobster and Sweet Potato Soup Dumplings, and Greek Donuts while listening to the music played by QuestLove, Steve Lewis, Leo Fitzpatrick Paul Sevigny, André Saraiva, and Lucien Smith throughout the night. There was also a surprise DJ Set by DJ Vice.

VANDAL is open for dinner nightly from 5:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. Private dining space is also available. For reservations or to book a private event, please call 212-400-0199. To learn more about VANDAL, please visit

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and her friends were seen enjoying dinner at NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex in New York City.

Geller arrived at 9pm looking chic as ever wearing a white flowy sweater and jeans. The group enjoyed some of Beauty & Essex fantastic dishes including Brussels Sprout Jewel, Lobster Tacos, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Thai Shrimp, Chicken Meatballs, Short Ribs, BBQ Fries, Onion Rings and to top it off Pot de Creme, Doughnuts, and a Bacon Sundae. The group was seen laughing enjoying each other’s company for the remainder of the night.

The Vault is one of Beauty & Essex’s intimate private dining spaces that seats up to 20 guests. To book a reservation, visit


Monday, October 19, 2015



Four Cuts Steakhouse

After leading the kitchen at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Christopher Miller is launching Four Cuts Steakhouse, which will be his first flagship restaurant.

A Brooklyn native, Chef Miller has over 20 years of culinary experience. Upon receiving his culinary degree from the University of Washington, Chef Miller took his first positions at Mortimer’s and Ben Benson’s Steakhouse. After working in those esteemed restaurants, he became the Executive Chef of Bobby Van’s, a position he held for over 13 years where he developed a reputation in New York as the “steak whisperer.”

Four Cuts, named after the four traditional cuts of steak – the ribeye, the strip, the tenderloin and the t-bone – will offer diners traditional steakhouse cuisine in an intimate setting. The operation of the restaurant will be led by its General Manager Rodolphe Siffredi, who most recently worked as a steakhouse consultant for both Desmond’s Steakhouse and Parca Prime Steakhouse.

Four Cuts’ space in the Sutton Place neighborhood, was completely re-designed by C3D Architecture, which set out to create a unique look for the Four Cuts space by combining the sleek look of modern design with rustic elements associated with traditional steakhouses to create an elegant, welcoming dining room. In addition, Marlaina Deppe of Novo Arts is providing a special wall garden, which has been installed on the columns in the main dining room. Franco Lucic of LMF Group designed the walnut wood paneling featured on the restaurant’s walls and on its columns, which accentuate the wall gardens. Along with the wall gardens and wood paneling, there will be custom artworks for guests to admire on the walls of the restaurant.

To sate the thirst of diners, Four Cuts has enlisted the help of Mike Veckovic to construct a special cocktail program. With over 18 years bar and restaurant experience, Mike has previously created cocktail programs for numerous New York institutions including the Hudson Hotel, Morgan Group Hotels, Grace Hotel and for Andre Balazs Properties. Known for his new age spin on classic cocktails, diners will be able to enjoy specialty cocktails such as the Hemingway Daiquiri with Rum, Maraschino, Fresh Lime and Grapefruit or the Sazerac with Rye, Absinthe and Peychaud Bitters. In addition to the cocktail program, Four Cuts will have an extensive wine list with 75 percent of the varietals coming from Napa Valley region in Calfornia to provide a robust compliment to the cuisine.

When guests sit down for dinner, they are able to enjoy a wealth of traditional steakhouse classics from Executive Chef Christopher Miller’s menu. Working side-by-side with Chef Miller will be Sous Chef Joaquin Linares, formerly of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Benjamin Steakhouse. Diners may start their meals with Four Cut’s signature Seafood Platter which includes jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp served with cocktail sauce, lemon and mustard. For a main course, guests may enjoy signature steak cuts such as the 28 day aged Prime NY Sirloin Steak. If you are looking for a decadent, romantic meal for two Four Cuts serves a decadent Porterhouse for Two or More served with your choice of sauces including cherry peppers and onions, barolo wine, truffle butter or Chef M’s Signature secret sauce. In addition to steak fare, Chef Miller will be serving his signature “blackboard” specials including Veal Chop with a grilled apple jack gastrique with sautéed wild mushrooms and Red Snapper sautéed with a beurre blac burnoise over a vegetable hash.

Four Cuts Steakhouse is located at 1076 1st Avenue between 58th and 59th Street and is open from to Monday-Saturday 5:00-11:00 PM and closed Sunday. For reservations call 212-204-0008 or more information, please call or visit


Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Il Valentino Osteria

Renowned Il Valentino is launching a more intimate eatery on the Upper East Side with a new name to match- Il Valentino Osteria.

The original location of Il Valentino was in the Sutton Hotel, where the elegant spot was a frequent hangout of celebrities, business impresarios, and political figures and utilized for UN events. When the hotel decided to make a change, Restauranteur Mirso Lekic plotted out to find a location that is close to the original, and found that in its new location, on the corner of 59th Street on 1st Avenue.

Lekic with the help of Dan Sehic of C3D Architecture, undertook a massive renovation of the space to make sure that the restaurant was a beautiful, casual place to enjoy that fused together traditional and modern design elements to create an elegant dining room. Each tabletop and each of the chairs designed by Franco Lucic of LMF Group are crafted from Mango Wood while the table and chair legs are a contrasting metal design. Along the walls is a line of banquettes designed in leather with gold threading detail accentuating the rich and rustic feel of the environment. The bar-top and window seating is an elongated wood table with metal barstools.

In this new location Il Valentino Osteria’s Executive Consulting Chef Erminio Conte, formerly the Executive Chef of Serafina, and Sous Chef Lauro Sucuz, formerly of Petaluma and Elios, are crafting a menu of delicious Tuscan delicacies the original was known for. In the back of the main dining room lies the restaurant’s greatest gem – its brick oven. Visible at all corners of the space, each day the restaurant freshly bakes all of its breads and pizzas for signature dishes including its signature Truffle Pizza with Fresh black truffle, fontina cheese, ricotta, homemade fresh mozzarella, truffle oil.

In addition to the fresh baked breads and pizzas, Executive Consulting Chef Erminio Conte prepares handmade pasta with homemade sauces ensuring that any dish made is perfectly fresh. Signature dishes including the Cavatelli al Porfumo with homemade pasta shells tossed with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil or the Pasta Nera con Gamberi e Asaparagi with black tagliolini with shrimp, asparagus and tomatoes. Along with to delectable pastas, the entrée dishes are equally as enjoyable.

Diners have the option feast on delicious dishes including the Salmone alla Griglia, a grilled salmon served with grilled vegetables, or the Petto d’Anatra Arosto, duck medallions, sweet potato puree and apple gremolata that will remind you of the original Il Valentino, and keep you coming back for more.

Il Valentino Osteria is located at 1078 1st Avenue at 59th Street is from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday-Saturday and 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM Sundays. For reservations or more information, please call 212- 784-0800 or visit

 Photo Courtesy Of: Lawler Media

Thursday, July 09, 2015


Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox was spotted last night at Beauty & Essex dining with a group of friends. The group arrived at 8:30pm and from the second they walked into the door, they were incredibly friendly with every person they encountered. Cox wore a purple shift dress with black flats. One friend wore black maxi dress, another wore a white mini dress, and another was wearing a black tank with jeans.

They were avoiding carbs and sugar and chose to order all of our seafood heavy dishes including Beauty & Essex favorites such as the Seared Tuna and the Grilled Salmon.

They weren't drinking, but were happy to make an exception for some admirers sitting at the table next to them who sent them lemon drops. They were not shy at all about the extra attention and quickly became friends with the neighboring table and included them in their "girl talk" for the rest of the evening. They were very friendly with the entire staff, making sure to get their servers name as soon as they sat down.

They stayed for several hours chatting the night away and were one of the last tables to leave.

Laverne instagrammed the attached photo.

· lavernecox So much fun tonight at @beautyandessexnyc. Amazing food, drinks and incredible company. The tuna sashimi was to die for. Thanks for a lovely evening.

Photo Courtesy Of: Domain MSA

Monday, June 22, 2015


Donnie Kehr

They are the only club in Hell’s Kitchen where our guests can come and see good, live music on any given night. And the wings alone are to die for.”

Bar 9 ( owners Steven and Michael Padernacht are born and raised New Yorkers who grew up in the Bronx and now consider their atmospheric club in Hell’s Kitchen their home. “I know it may seem cliché,” Steven says, “but we truly have a Cheers type environment here.”

There’s a reason why patrons of the local and international variety both flock to Bar 9, a NYC staple for over 15 years. “People don’t think that live music and Hell’s Kitchen go together – but we have it right here, every night.” Steven considers Friday and Saturday nights to be the busiest as each week legendary Donnie Kehr (who most recently starred as Norm Waxman in the Clint Eastwood-movie adaptation of the play Jersey Boys) hosts the famed Dueling Pianos event, which just recently finished a successful run in Las Vegas but has now returned home to New York.

Friday, June 05, 2015



Juniper Bar

Juniper Fire Breathing Burger
Juniper Bar, the newest upscale bar and restaurant to descend upon New York’s Midtown West, has introduced a new spicy burger that will leave the city’s most hard-core heat-seekers trembling and begging for mercy. Juniper’s Fire Breathing Burger isn’t for the faint hearted. Packed full with one of the world’s hottest peppers, the Ghost Pepper, along with Sriracha aioli and spicy pepper jack cheese, the Fire Breathing Burger may well be a new contender for the title of New York’s Spiciest Burger. Ghost Peppers, otherwise known as Bhut Jolokia, clocks in at over one million on the Scoville Spiciness Scale. That’s an eye-popping 900.5 times hotter than Tabasco Sauce or 400 times hotter than a medium chili pepper. It’s so spicy it has become a something of a legend in chili pepper eating dares, with many popular YouTubers putting their stomachs, and their manliness, to the ultimate test.

Combine this with the Fire Breathing Burger’s double whammy of Sriracha Aioli and Pepper Jack Cheese, which includes spicy hot peppers for an extra kick, and you’ve got yourself a burger so spicy you’ll have watering eyes and a tingling nose even at the thought of eating it. Prepare to scare the pants off your taste buds. 

Juniper Bar & Restaurant Dining Room

Serious spiciness aside, the Fire Breathing Burger ($16) is also a seriously tasty one. Using Pat LaFrieda American Black Angus Beef, the burger is served on a brioche bun with the choice of hand cut fries or mixed greens. Juniper’s Burger Menu also features a Tuna Burger ($17) with freshly diced sushi-grade tuna, ‘The Big Blue’ Burger ($18) with Applewood smoked bacon, tempura onion rings, homemade blue cheese dressing and cheddar, and the ‘Thai Style’ ($18) with avocado, papaya, watercress, and spicy chili glaze. Juniper has a full menu of enticing wraps and sandwiches, shared plates, sliders, salads and entrees.

If you’re a true chili head, Juniper Bar’s Fire Breathing Burger is not to be missed.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, And Manipulation
Rita Cosby And Melissa Rivers

THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, hosted a Mamarazzi® Lunch Event with Television Producer, Host and celebrity parent Melissa Rivers yesterday at Juniper Bar in New York City. The event brought together influential moms and media to celebrate Melissa’s new book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, And Manipulation, offering a behind the scenes look at one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships.

Guests at the event, hosted in conjunction with Chevy Tri-State, were treated to a sampling of delicious menu items from the newly-opened Juniper Bar in the exclusive downstairs VIP lounge.

Guests gathered around as Melissa Rivers discussed life growing up and her deep, personal bond with her mother, larger-than-life Comedian the late Joan Rivers – the subject of her new book The Book of Joan. She told the captive audience that, “Our mother-daughter relationship was so real. Everyone saw a bit of themselves in our relationship.”

She shared anecdotes of unique moments with her mother, including when immediately after her son Cooper was born, her mother took off and ran away with him quipping, “He was her favorite accessory.”

After the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work came out in 2010, the world became aware of how hard Joan worked in her day-to-day life, with rarely a day taken off. Melissa told the audience that she her mom’s work ethic was something normal until around 7 years ago, when she told her mom she was tired. It took reassurance from Joan and a step back to realize that her mother was no ordinary workaholic and had energy unlike any other person she knew.

Melissa, like her mother, has worked incredibly hard to achieve success in the entertainment industry. In fact, she found that to succeed in the entertainment industry as the daughter of a famous parent, she has had to work extremely hard to reach the point where she is today.

“You may get the interview, but you may not get the job. If you get the job, you have to work ten times harder to prove yourself because people are going to think you got the job because of who you know,” she said.

During the Mamarazzi town-hall, Denise Albert’s mother stood up and told the audience about one time when she was in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office when Denise and her brother were kids and in ran Joan carrying infant Melissa wearing a bathrobe.

To conclude, Melissa told the crowd gathered that her mother imparted an important saying that will stick with her forever. “She always said that this too shall pass. When things are good and bad, appreciate it or know you’re going to get through it because it doesn’t last.”

Friday, January 23, 2015



T-Bar Steak & Lounge

T-Bar Steak & Lounge, the Upper East Side Restaurant known for its superbly-cooked cuts of meat and delicious array of appetizers, is now offering what is likely to become one of New York’s favorite brunch menus. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30a.m. through to 2:30p.m., T-Bar offers an exciting morning twist to its classic steakhouse offerings.

Tuna Tartare
The new brunch menu serves as yet another excuse to visit T-Bar, which has become a neighborhood go-to since restaurateur Tony Fortuna, previously of the Lenox Room, established it in October 2007. T-Bar draws in a consistent crowd of loyal followers, who enjoy discovering new dishes on the extensive and intelligent menu every visit. With its fun and vibrant atmosphere, T-Bar serves as an updated take on the classic American steakhouse. Casual yet elegant; understated, yet boasting old-world glamor. The weekend brunch menu, expertly crafted by T-Bar’s talented Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, includes the Egg White Frittata, with asparagus peppers, kale and zucchini and the Huevos Rancheros with avocado, salsa, beans and tortilla. Guests can also order from the traditional salad menu, including the delicious Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette, and the Beet, Endive & Pear Salad with Cabra cheese and pumpkin seeds; plus choose from a selection of detectable T-Bar burgers and entrees. For those guests who can’t resist Black Angus Steak even at brunch, the popular T-Bar Steak Bar will also be open.

T-Bar never fails to impress; whether it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner. Executive chef Ben Zwicker has undeniably taken the dinner menu to new heights. He has formulated sauces such as the béarnaise and au poivre that will give any steak an extra kick. Signature appetizers include Seared Spanish Octopus and the Vietnamese Shrimp Roll, and popular entrees include the Crusted Tuna, served with Wasabi Remoulade and Seaweed Salad, and the Seared Seabass, with shitake and ginger soy glaze. Then there’s the always satisfying Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Strawberry Sundae for dessert. Each item on the menu features T-Bar’s own modern touch.

For more information on T-Bar Steak & Lounge, visit