There is much to be said in favor of being ‘unassuming,’ and when speaking of a new favorite dining spot, all the better. Picture a restaurant whose non-descript exterior hints at a place where they serve a mean poke bowl or avocado toast. Once you’re inside and seated, however, you’re swept away by a menu rich with wildly inventive, farm-to-table creations that would be right at home in a Michelin-starred establishment. This was my inaugural experience at 8282, a recently-opened LES eatery serving distinctive modern Korean fare in a casual, comfortable setting. If a restaurant was ever a hidden gem, this is it.
Last week, I finally attended my first post-pandemic restaurant press event when I was invited, with a guest, to the launch party of Bar Fogo at Fogo De Chao in midtown. It was a blast and the food was out of control. You can see the full post (just click on the Shrimp, above) for many photos of the evening including exotic new cocktails and tantalizing appetizers that are now on the menu for all to enjoy!
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I spotted this custom-painted van, proudly promoting Smirnoff’s new, limited edition Pink Lemonade Vodka, at the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF)’s Grand Tasting. Of course, we had to investigate further.
It’s been a while since we were able to post restaurant reviews in this space, and I’m so happy to bring them back with a look at our recent visit to Tasca, a neighborhood gem located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. An ideal destination for a Date Night or any occasion, Tasca offers an elevated, contemporary blend of Spanish and Latin-Caribbean cuisines, paying homage to the traditional recipes and flavors of Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. I have not been to another restaurant quite like it.
If you are like me, the many restrictions brought on by the pandemic have not dampened your desire to have nice things, or the quest to keep comfort and joy in your life as much as possible. In practice, this means that if I can’t go to a bar for cocktails, I bring the bar to me in the form of keeping my favorite spirits and mixers stocked and ready to pour. Pandemic Drinking: You Are Doing it Right. Continue reading Product Review: NEFT Vodka, Because You Like to Have Nice Things