Showing posts with label NYC RESTAURANTS. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Matt Damon Poses @ Serendipity 3 With Friend

Matt Damon was seen and posed for photographs at Serendipity 3 where he came to have burgers and ice cream with his family on Sunday in New York City. Staff say he was pleasant and enjoyed frozen hot chocolate and hot fudge sundaes

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Upscale Dining @ Brasserie 8 ½

Follow the grand, spiral staircase to Brasserie 8 ½’s elegant dining room, or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the sleek restaurant bar. This upscale French bistro is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan just steps from Fifth Avenue on 57th Street and features an exquisite selection of original artworks. Executive Chef Franck Deletrain, noted for his sophisticated French cuisine, has crafted the menu which shows a light and refined take on classic French dishes.

The Parisian-born, Italian-raised Chef Deletrain has extensive experience working in Manhattan restaurants, including The Four Seasons, The Sea Grill, Tropica, Café Centro, and Patroon, where he earned three stars from The New York Times. Specialty dishes prepared by Chef Deletrain and his skilled team include appetizers such as Grilled Octopus with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes, Butter Beans, Espelette Pepper; Lobster Risotto with Sweet Peas, Tomatoes, Black Truffle Essence; and Onion Soup Gratinée with Emmenthaler and Gruyère Cheese. Delicious entrees include the Duck Two Ways, served with Roasted and Confit, Poached Quince, Braised Red Cabbage, Cranberries, Apple Cider Gastrique; Black Angus/Dry Aged Sirloin Steak Frites, served with Herb Butter, Au Poivre Sauce, or Béarnaise; and Yellowfin Tuna with Whipped Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts, Oyster Mushrooms and Burgundy Matelotte.

Expertly prepared desserts include the creamy Classic Crème Brûlée, the velvety Valrhona Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake, and the flavorful Black Plum Tartelette with Almond Frangipane, Vanilla Ice cream and Ginger Syrup. The restaurant also offers a selection of French, Italian and American cheeses, including Tomme De Savoie from Rhone-Alpes, France; Robiola Bosina from Piemonte, Italy; and Cave Aged Humbolt Fog from Humboldt County, California.

To accompany the food, the restaurant also features a hand-crafted cocktail program with a focus on French libations. Specialty cocktails include the 8 1/2 Cosmopolitan, featuring Absolut Citron, Cointreau, Aperol, Lime, Splash of White Cranberry; the La Mode Ancienne, featuring Rye Whiskey, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Angostura; and the Berry Gin And Tonic, featuring Pinnacle Gin, Blueberry & Raspberry Purées, St. Germain and Tonic. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list with wines from all over the world. 

On the weekends, Brasserie 8 ½ serves up a popular Sunday Brunch Buffet, featuring a range of delectable favorites, including crêpes, omelets, salads, as well as carving and pastry stations – all priced at just $34 per person ($17 for children under 10). Diners can opt to add Endless Mimosas during brunch for just $14 extra. Sunday and Monday are BYOB Nights, and diners are welcome to sip their own wine with no corkage fee, while enjoying supper. For weeknights and after-work gatherings, stop by for Oyster Happy Hour at 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Monday – Friday, when the restaurant offers raw oysters on the half-shell for just $1 per oyster. 

For those aspiring home cooks, sign up for one of the L’Atelier de 8 ½ cooking classes. In this new cooking series, Chef Deletrain teaches attendees how to whisk, toss, sauté, and glaze their way through the dishes that make French food so delicious. After having mastered a menu of French classics, these are enjoyed over lunch together with a selection of French wines. Classes are limited to 12 people in order to keep it an easy, fun, and hands-on workshop. 

Featuring original artwork by artists such as Matisse, Marco Del Re and Léger, the restaurant is a stylish embodiment of a bustling French brasserie, offering a sophisticated dining room fit with ivory tablecloths. The curved bar and lounge serve as a popular after-work spot for business locals and destination diners alike. The restaurant also includes a number of private dining rooms, which can be configured for dinner parties as well as standing cocktail receptions. Original artworks decorate the walls of the rooms, among them an original Marco Del Re painting.

Brasserie 8 ½

About Brasserie 8 ½ 

Steps off Fifth Avenue is Brasserie 8 ½, an elegant embodiment of the traditional brasserie as it once thrived throughout Paris: upscale but informal, well-heeled yet democratic, refined but by no means silent, with cuisine by noted chef Franck Deletrain and original artwork by Marco Del Re, Matisse and others favored by the Louvre. Guests enter by way of a grand, sweeping, spiral staircase and dine on ivory tablecloths in plush dining rooms. Choose beloved classics with a new light touch like Brook Trout Amandine with Beurre Blanc, or splendid plates of beef such as Cote du Boeuf with Sauce Bordelaise. For business or pleasure, Brasserie 8 ½ offers an enticing, modern slice of la belle époque and all its spécialités, from Kir Royales to Seafood Plateaux and Crème Caramel.

For more information, call 212.829.0812 or visit

Facebook: Brasserie812 | Instagram: brasserie8.5

Brasserie 8 ½

Solow Building Corporation

9 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

Sunday: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Monday-Friday: 11:30AM-10:00PM
Saturday: 5:00PM-10:00PM

 Photos Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media GP


The Leopard

The Godfather movies are considered by many to be the greatest Italian trilogy of all time. However, over the past few years, there is only one Italian trilogy that stands above the rest in New York City’s dining scene; Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino. These three restaurants set the standard in fine Italian dining, with the only debate being whose everyone’s favorite of the three is. For certain, all three are sure to satiate your appetite with their delectable dishes – especially this Thanksgiving holiday.

The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants is owned by husband-and-wife team of Gianfranco and Paula Bolla Sorrentino, and Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 40 years of experience in restaurant management from the Quisitana 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 he opened Il Gattopardo, just across from MoMA, along with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and his talented Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo. Most recently the Sorrentinos embraced in one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers, the re-birth of the New York landmarked des Artistes restaurant.

Il Gattopardo


Fine dining icon Il Gattopardo opened in 2001, and still attracts a loyal clientele who come for both the authentic southern Italian cuisine and the warm, Italian hospitality. Il Gattopardo is located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street.

Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 6-story Atrium, in which weekend brunch is served (with live jazz on Saturdays), and a wide range of private events are held.

Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine, which became a must to its loyal upscale New Yorker clientele.

This Thanksgiving Il Gattopardo will also feature the Chef’s mouthwatering holiday favorites, including Homemade Ravioli filled with butternut squash, sheep’s milk ricotta, and parmesan cheese, served with walnut and cinnamon sauce, Sautéed Sicilian Shrimp with braised artichokes, organic frisee, and oven-dried cherry tomatoes, and tasty desserts such as Pumpkin Pie with maple gelato and caramel sauce.

For more information, call 212-246-0412, or visit


Five years ago, in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, on a beautiful, tree-lined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center, Gianfranco Sorrentino and his wife Paula Bolla Sorrentino, along with Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The opening included a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the original, famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls.

The Leopard at des Artistes 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.

At the Leopard at des Artistes, Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food is what visitors and locals alike flock to the restaurant for. This Thanksgiving his menu holds true to that core philosophy, and will include such dishes as his Thanksgiving Crab Cake with arrabiata sauce and wild greens, a Wild Mushroom and Italian Hazelnut Risotto, and Broiled Dover Sole, braised escarole, Gaeta olives and raisins.

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

Mozzarella & Vino


Mozzarella & Vino, located at the former Il Gattopardo space, at 33 west 54th Street - as you may know, Il Gattopardo moved to the new location, on the same block at number 13 West. Their talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the mouthwatering menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campana, Italian cheeses and affettati. Based mostly on classic Italian antipasti, such as arancini, panzarotti, and mozzarella rolls, they also serve a wonderful selection of panini , soups, salads, and of course mozzarella on all shapes and combinations … even on desserts.

Their enoteca style bar focuses on showcasing rather smaller family estates and independent Italian winemakers. They proudly share beloved wines, definitely not mainstream, wines that translates history, quality and good value. A variety of by the glass is offered, as well as by the bottle. Their selection greatly varies due to constant new discoveries. Mozzarella & Vino is located on 33 West 54th Street.

For more information, call 646-692-8849, or visit

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, July 08, 2016



China Fun

This summer China Fun delivers tasty twists on traditional Chinese cuisine. Visit New York’s Upper East Side, on the corner of 64th and Second Avenue, to experience delicious new menu items. Ample sidewalk seating allows guests to enjoy delectable food and sunny weather. Diners at China Fun are greeted with a wide array of options, perfect for dining out or in this summer. The entire menu is available for delivery or takeout for those nights when your kitchen table is already set.

Plan a night out and experience what it truly means to be China Fun this summer. The succulent Peking Duck tastes like perfection with every bite. Chicken in Peach Sauce is served with a sesame seed garnish which tantalizes the palate with its combination of sweet and savory flavors. Have your choice of pork or pork and crabmeat in the Soup Dumplings, unconventionally served all day long. Be sure to request – 24 hours prior – China Fun’s succulent Red Cooked Pork Belly which is available all year round, but only on the menu during the Chinese New Year. It is China Fun’s signature secret, shhh!

Gourmet Crafted Cocktails

Each cocktail is beautifully crafted with a fruity garnish, paper fan or cocktail umbrella invoking a Polynesian feel such as its Spicy Mango Mojito served with Leblon 100% Brazilian Cane Rum, mango, mint, lime and dash of Tabasco. Saketome features sake along with Grey Goose, lime juice and served either shaken or straight up with a pickled ginger garnish.

China Fun has cemented its reputation as one of the top neighborhood Chinese restaurants on the exclusive Upper East Side of New York City. The consistent success of the eatery can be attributed to the restaurant’s Executive Chef Mr. Wing Fong Chen, and Dorothea and Felix Wu who have been with the restaurant since its opening in 1991. Like their food, the restaurant’s décor blends old world Chinese culture with the modernity of New York City chic. China Fun brings unique, delightful twists on traditional Chinese food universally enjoyed by guests.

About China Fun

Upper East Side neighborhood Chinese eatery China Fun boasts a wide ranging menu of delicacies originating in various regions of the country. The eclectic menu, created by the Wu family and executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, who has been with the restaurant since its opening, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes among other options. Under the direction of the Wu family, guests can trust in the restaurant’s ability to ensure each visit is great each and every time they dine at China Fun. China Fun is open daily from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM at 1221 Second Avenue at 64th Street.

For reservations or more information, please call 212-752-0810 or visit

Facebook: China Fun

Twitter: @ChinaFunNYC

Instagram: @ChinaFunNYC

Monday, March 21, 2016


Amy Schumer

Talk about the ultimate surprise!

When Amy Schumer and boyfriend Ben Hanisch decided to see Hamilton on Broadway Saturday night, many fans would assume they simply wanted to savor an amazing show. But while enjoying a date night with a few mutual friends, Amy decided to surprise a few lucky bartenders with one generous donation.

According to employee Madeleine DeJohn, the comedian ordered a few drinks for her group. But along the way, she also left quite the tip to a grateful staff.

"Our house manager gave us her order before the show and we filled it," Madeleine shared with E! News. "Then at intermission, a member of her party came to the bar with another order and when he handed the receipt to my co-worker, he said ‘Amy wants to make sure you get this.' My co-worker looked at it and didn't know what to say."

She added, "We've served a lot of celebrities at Hamilton and we've received some nice tips but never before had I seen a tip that even came close to this one."

After enjoying the cast's singing, dancing and rapping, the Inside Amy Schumer star was able to meet with a few talented, castmembers. And as you may have guessed, she could hardly contain her excitement.

"Abhhhhhh #hamilton #bunk," she wrote while posing backstage. "Our name is Alexander Hamilton."

The date night comes after Amy and Ben recently enjoyed a tropical vacation with a few famous friends. Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica as well as comedian Bridget Everett made the trip that featured plenty of fun in the sun.

As for her good deed over the weekend, the lucky bartenders want to make it clear that they are extremely grateful for the star's generosity. And yes, she's welcome to the show anytime.

"Most of the bartenders in my company are artists, myself included, and this is our survival job while we try to ‘make it.' Amy knows what it's like to struggle in the service industry while trying to find success," Madeleine shared with us. "When she came to the bar a few months ago and put $80 in our tip jar, I went up to her and thanked her and she basically was like ‘Of course, I've been there, I get it, you guys are great.' I've never encountered this kind of generosity before."

She added, "Amy Schumer is really unbelievable, both as a performer and as a person. We couldn't thank her enough."

Monday, December 21, 2015


Katie Holmes

Actress Katie Holmes and her friends – which included Zac Posen and Mario Batali, were seen celebrating Holmes’ birthday at NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex in New York the other evening.

Holmes arrived after 8:00 p.m. in a pink coat and later showed off her red dress in the restaurant’s private dining room, The Vault. The group enjoyed some of Beauty & Essex’s signature dishes – Lobster Tacos, Orange Glazed Baby Carrots and Pressed Jerk-Spiced Chicken. The party finished the meal with some cupcakes, milk and cookies and a decadent chocolate cake.

Real Housewives of Orange County star, Meghan Edmonds enjoyed dinner at Beauty & Essex as well looking beautiful as always.

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


Friday, December 04, 2015


Orlando Bloom


Pink and Orlando Bloom attended the 11th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani, Wall Street the other evening in New York City.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon and a male friend were seen at Beauty & Essex last night for dinner. They arrived around 8:20pm. She was wearing a black and white V-neck sweater and he was wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

The two started their dinner with cocktails, Prepon enjoyed two Hendrick’s Gin & Selzter and a glass of Tajnaste wine. He enjoyed a Maker’s Manhattan.

They also ate Beauty & Essex favorites such as the Orange Kissed Salmon Ceviche, Brussel Sprout s & Crispy Serrano Ham Jewels on Toast, Flash seared Tuna, Classic Thick Cut Filet, Orange Glazed Baby Carrots, and BBQ Fries – all Gluten free!

Photo Credit: Laura Prepon Instagram (@LauraPrepon) Domain MSA

Friday, November 13, 2015


Cale Conley

Willie Geist

Willie Geist and Cale Conley attended the 9th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala at the Cipriani 42nd Street last night in New York City.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Studio Still Life 2014 Patucci Shehan

Upper East Side restaurant, Swifty’s, celebrated the festive season with a Holiday Art Show recently. Guests joined owners Robert Caravaggi and Chef Stephen Attoe for cocktails, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and a look at paintings by talented New York artists Tim Snell, Patucci Shehan and Mark Shehan.

Patrons at Swifty’s are always delighted to see the exquisite selection of paintings and photos displayed on the walls of the restaurant, which are rotated regularly by Caravaggi and Attoe. Chef Attoe’s wife, Patricia Attoe, draws on her extensive art background in curating the art at the restaurant. Recently Swifty’s exhibited one of photographer Harry Benson’s famous Beatles photos, and New York artist Mary Lou Schempf’s stunning work is exhibited in the front room on an ongoing basis. Her work complements the restaurant’s style and décor which was brought to life by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Jenny McCarthy And Donny Wahlberg

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg were spotted at Beauty & Essex on Saturday night. The couple arrived around 11:30 pm. Donnie was dressed in jeans and a blazer while Jenny stunned in a black cocktail dress.

Accompanied by Jenny's security guard, the pair had no reservations showing their affection for one another all night. They enjoyed Grey Goose and a Macallan 18yr while snacking on Salt and Vinegar fries.

Restaurant goers overheard them talking about how much they love Beauty & Essex and could not wait to come back.


Thursday, June 19, 2014




Madonna, Lourdes, and Carlos Leon were spotted last night at Beauty & Essex in New York, arriving promptly at 9:15pm.

The fashionable trio looked casual yet trendy. Madonna was seen wearing a black top, black pants, and horn-rimmed glasses while Lourdes was dressed in a T-shirt, shorts, and a backpack. Carlos wore a blue T-Shirt, jeans, and a big silver chain with a pendant. They looked like they were having a great time, laughing, joking, and enjoying each other’s company.

Monday, June 09, 2014



 Haylie Duff

Megan Hilty Gets A Shake

Author and TV Personality Haylie Duff and ​Broadway star Megan Hilty stopped by the Broadway Steak N' Shake location today as the classic American restaurant celebrated their 80th anniversary with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Official Attempt for the "Largest Birthday Sing-Along." 

Before the premiere of her Cooking Channel show “Real Girl’s Kitchen”, Duff stopped by the Broadway Steak ‘n Shake in NYC to help set the record and check out the birthday party scene. Hilty took a break from rehearsals for her Café Carlyle concert series to try one of Steak N' Shakes brand new limited-edition Birthday Cake milk shakes - filled with yellow birthday cake, sweet buttercream frosting and topped with festive sprinkles.​

Steak 'n Shake guests can keep the party going with a variety of fun, including:

​​​Special Edition 80th Birthday Hat: For a limited time, Steak 'n Shake is featuring a Special 80th Birthday hat for customers. 

Monday, April 28, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Carolyn Maloney With Buzzy O'Keeffe

Joe Crowley

Loula Alafoylannis And Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney With Trudy L. Mason

Letitia "Tish" James With Carolyn Mahoney And Gale Brewer

Todd Shapiro With Dottie Herman And Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn Maloney With John Liu

Bethany Yarrow

Carolyn Maloney With Harley Lippman

Jennifer Faucher With Brian Purnell

Cathleen London With Carolyn Maloney

Liz Krueger With Carolyn Maloney And Liz Holtzman

Margo And John Catsimatides With Carolyn Maloney

We were very lucky to be invited to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's Spring Gala Celebration at The Water Club overlooking the East River.

There was a great musical performance by “Bethany & Rufus” (Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia) as well as many well known New Yorkers who attended. We saw John And Margo Catsimatides, Liz Krueger, Liz Holtzman, John Liu, Todd Shapiro, Real Estate legend Dottie Herman, Trudy L. Mason and Joe Crowley even performed his rendition of Sweet Caroline.There were so many more wonderful New Yorkers, too many to name.

Once again, The Water Club's Buzzy O'Keeffe hosted a great event overlooking the East River of New York City.

President Obama Endorses Carolyn Maloney

Stating that “New Yorkers are extraordinarily lucky to have her fighting for them in Congress,” President Obama recently endorsed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for re-election.

"I'm proud to endorse Carolyn Maloney for re-election and to have her working with me for the change America needs. New Yorkers are extraordinarily lucky to have her fighting for them in Congress-- Carolyn has not only delivered again and again for New Yorkers, she's written groundbreaking legislation that is making a lasting difference in the lives of millions of Americans,” said President Obama.

"Whether it's expanding access to health care, protecting consumers from credit card abuses, or restructuring our intelligence system, she's crafted innovative solutions to the problems our government-- and so many families face. Carolyn is tenacious, energetic, and reform-minded—someone with good ideas and the know-how to get them done," continued the President.

“I am thrilled to have the support of President Obama,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “It was an honor to work with President Obama to achieve the historic healthcare reform bill, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in securing healthcare for 9/11 first responders, and creating thousands of more jobs for New Yorkers as we move forward with construction of a 2nd Avenue Subway and East Side Connector.”

The endorsement by President Obama comes in the same week Congresswoman Maloney’s re-election was endorsed by the 2.5 million-member New York State AFL-CIO.

About Carolyn Maloney

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney ( was first elected to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District in 1992. She was the first woman to represent the district – which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Astoria and Long Island City in Queens, and Roosevelt Island as well as parts of Brooklyn - and is the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee.

She is a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As co-founder of the House 9/11 Commission Caucus, Carolyn helped author and pass legislation to implement all of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for improving intelligence gathering. Carolyn is a champion of domestic and international women’s issues, and has fought tirelessly for full federal assistance to help New York City rebuild from 9/11.

To find out more about the wonderful accomplishments of our Congresswoman Maloney, please visit the congressional website HERE.