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Kyma, New York City – Chelsea – Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos – TripAdvisor

Went here w a couple of friends recently based on a recommendation from a friend and i have to say that it was by far, one of the best dinners I’ve had in a while. We ordered the zucchini keftedes, the sagnaki and the halloumi…More

For many, the essence of Greek food is a grilled whole fish, dressed simply with a drizzling of olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Kyma offered us lively whole dorade and red snapper, fileted but with head and tail intact. Unfortunately, the fish was drenched…More

The room is upscale and elegant, and the food is authentic, tasty and well prepared. The place is busy… so people are definitely finding Kyma and supporting it, as they should. I think there is a bit of see and be seen here, and the…More

Work pretty close here and decided to give it a try when a vendor came into town. Some dishes were a little fancy like Pastichio Spring Rolls. They tasted good and the Octopus was also good. Overall the food was good. A little pricey but…More

Beautiful atmosphere that is clean, modern, white. Selection of fresh fish is amazing. Went for Lunch and had a wonderful salmon burger.

We had dinner at Kyma last week, after media recommendations like “taking Greek gastronomy to a higher level”. And yes, food was indeed quite good: generous portion of house speciality of sesame-baked feta cheese, fine (but quite ordinary) crab cakes, a fine Black Sea bass…More

Fantastic food, attentive service (maybe a little too attentive actually), and wonderful ambience. I went with some friends for a special birthday celebration and it couldn’t have been better. Loved everything about it except for the tequila drink with a cube of Welch’s grape juice….More

Food and service great but I would suggest that this would not have been appreciated by the clientele. A happening place for now but more than likely people will move on to the next big thing. Super noisy and staff have to squeeze past people…More

Not the first review I’ve entered with that title, but sometimes the service can’t keep up with the food, with which we were delighted.

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Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski to open a New York restaurant

Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski has announced plans to open a New York restaurant. 

The Netflix show’s food expert, who covers Attitude’s all-new July issue alongside his Queer Eye co-stars, revealed the news during a cast panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y earlier this week.

Speaking at the event, the 34-year-old said: “I’m all about like cheese and pork belly and decadence, and as a result of the increased vanity of being on camera all the time and working out and eating healthy, I’m developing a fast-casual food concept restaurant that I’m gonna be opening here in New York.” 

However, Porowski refrained from giving out any additional details as he wasn’t “supposed to talk about it”. The news comes after Porowski announced last month that he was releasing his very own cookbook in Spring 2019.

Antoni Porowski, shot exclusively by Leigh Keily for Attitude’s July issue

Meanwhile, the food expert spoke on how Queer Eye has made him more open about his sexuality in Attitude’s July issue – available to download and in shops now.

Antoni explains: “Being in a comfort bubble with the [Queer Eye] guys, getting praised for being ourselves, has changed me.”

“As a result of the show, I feel I’m openly gay and I wasn’t before. I’ve had the safety to start wearing brighter things. I wore a twin pyjama set last night, I paint my toenails now.

“I’ve always had a feminine side but it’s been on the inside. To be able to express it on the outside without any shame is really nice.”

Read the full interview with Queer Eye’s Fab Five in the July issue of Attitude. Buy now and take advantage of our best-ever subscription offers: 3 issues for £3 in print, 13 issues for £19.99 to download to any device.

Rant against New York restaurant workers speaking Spanish goes viral

MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan (WPVI) —

A male customer at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan was caught on camera delivering a racially-charged tirade over workers speaking Spanish inside the establishment.
“The clients of your staff are speaking Spanish to customers, when they should be speaking English,” the angry customer said. “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money, I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here. The least they could do is speak English.”

The customer pointed at all the employees he heard speaking Spanish, repeatedly saying “It’s America.”

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A customer at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan was caught on camera expressing his displeasure over workers speaking Spanish inside the establishment

WABC spoke to the 35-year-old customer who captured the rant on her cell phone. She speaks Spanish and works as an office manager, but she did not want to be identified.

She said the angry customer lost it after the person ahead of him started ordering in Spanish.

“I just looked at him and said, ‘You’re very ignorant,'” she said. “He said, ‘I’m highly educated and I doubt you are, and you need to go back to your country.’ I said, ‘Funny, I am in my country. I was born and raised here in New York.'”
The angry customer then questioned the legality of the employees.

“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one kicked out of my country,” he said.

The woman we spoke to said she felt compelled to defend the workers.

“I put my camera down and said, ‘You wanna call ICE, call ICE. I’m gonna call the police because now I feel threatened,'” she said. “At that moment, he threw his sandwich. He threw his soda.”

The man then walked out.

“At first it was, wow, you’re bullying someone that you feel superior to for no reason,” the woman said. “After, I kind of got flustered, but I also kind of feel bad for him because it shows that his mental stability isn’t all there. He was completely off hinge.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted his thoughts on the incident.

New York City’s diversity is our strength. It’s what makes this city great. The 8.6 million people who call this city home speak more than 200 languages – they’re all New Yorkers and they’re all welcome here.

— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 16, 2018

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Hepatitis A exposures at New York restaurant, senior home

An employee at a restaurant and a senior living facility in Erie County, NY, who was infected with hepatitis A while working exposed hundreds of people to the highly contagious virus and there is very limited time for them to seek post-exposure vaccinations.

It is already past the treatment deadline for some patrons of Al-e-oops Restaurant in Lancaster and residents, their visitors and staff of Brookdale Senior Living in Williamsville. If not given within two weeks of exposure, the vaccination is not effective.

Erie County officials did not specify whether the strain of the virus isolated from the sick worker is the same that is responsible for a nationwide outbreak that has sickened more than 1,200 people, killing more than 40.

The exposure periods for the people who dined at or had carry-out from Al-e-oops are Jan. 20-23 and 27-30. For Brookdale residents and their guests, the exposure period was Jan. 16-31.

A free post-exposure vaccination clinic is scheduled today for Al-e-oops Restaurant customers according to statements during a Tuesday afternoon news conference with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein.

The public officials said residents, guests and staff of the Brookdale facility should contact management there for information about whether they should receive post-exposure treatment.

Anyone who was at the restaurant or senior living facility during the exposure periods and has developed symptoms of hepatitis A infection should immediately seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure.

Also, because it can take up to 50 days for symptoms to develop, anyone who was at either of the locations during the exposure periods should monitor themselves for symptoms in the coming weeks.

Symptoms can include fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, darkening of the urine, clay-colored stool, or yellowing of the eyes and skin. Some people who are infected do not develop symptoms.

People at highest risk of serious infections include the elderly, pregnant women and people with suppressed immune systems, such as cancer patients, organ transplant recipients or others with serious illnesses.

The free county vaccinations for Al-e-oops customers are available from 3-8 p.m. at the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association, Station No. 1, at 36 Main Street in Bowmansville. Only those who consumed food or beverages from Al-e-oops from Jan. 27-30 are eligible for the free vaccinations.

County officials ask that anyone who develops symptoms of hepatitis A to call the Erie County Department of Health at 716-858-2929. More information is available at the county website at .

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Restaurant Review: Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York

A little over a year ago we had the pleasure of attending the opening of Chefs Club Counter, the first “fine-fast” concept. Recently, we enjoyed dining at its counterpart, Chefs Club New York, an innovative restaurant concept which features a rotating cast of chefs as part of their Chef-in-Residence series. We love this concept because it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the culinary talents of multiple chefs without having to travel all over the country. Chefs Club New York is currently on its fourth Chef-in-Residence, Abraham Conlon, co-owner of Chicago-based Fat Rice. We had the pleasure of experiencing the menu from this casual eatery (founded in 2012) that focuses on a global food exploration of the modest traditions of Macau and prepared with a respect for ritual, custom, and technique. So join us as we explore the wondering cuisine of Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York.

For those of you not from Chicago, Fat Rice explores and shares interpretations of heritage recipes from Lusophone cultures found along historic spice trade routes of the maritime Portuguese. To enjoy the full menu you’d have to go to Chicago but there are lots of delightful options to indulge in at Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York. to start things off, we found our way to The Ladies Room, an intimate setting where you can indulge in a unique drinking experience. This completely red room features cocktails that highlight both global and Midwestern flavors through house-made infusions, elixirs, and potions. You will find dishes from Macau, Malacca, Azores, Portugal, Goa, and Madeira.

This gorgeous red room at Chefs Club New York offers a variety of creative cocktails, rare wines, and decadent sipping spirits. We love their concept of cocktail sharing between two and four people. The single-serve cocktails on the menu include Moonshoes (Ford’s Gin, Umeboshi Vinegar, Elderflower Tonic),  Side Hustle (Ming River Baijiu, St. George Terroir Gin, St. George Rye Gin, Punt e Mes), and O’Porto (Quinta do Infantado 10 year Tawny, House made Ginjinha, House made Shiso-Cumin Bitters). The large format (sharing) cocktails include the Thunderdome For Two (Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, Two James Dr. Bird, Allspice Dram, Fernet Branca, Gingerbeer) and the Burning Bird For Four (Santa Teresa Anejo, Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Contratto, Amaro Lucano). Since we were not a quartet, we decided on the Thunderdome (pictured below)

It was the perfect way to awaken our taste buds for the meal that would soon follow. Check out our Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York Instastories for more behind the scenes of The Ladies Room and this cocktail. We couldn’t help but think of (and sing) that 1980’s song “Meeting in the Ladies Room” by Klymaxx. You may be wondering why is it called the Ladies room, it turns out at the Fat Rice Chicago location, this not-so-secret room is right by the ladies room. It’s a fact that we women do go the ladies room in packs, so why not create a true escape, with cocktails, when we need one. Because this is a limited run Chef-in-Residence, the entire Fat Rice menu wasn’t available but we promise you will love the options.

APPETIZERS

Bacalhau da Vovó

This divine combination of house-cured salt cod (many know this as salt fish or bacalao) spread, topped with black olives, chili and mint, and served with Papo Seco (Portuguese bread) was something we were anticipating ever since we first laid eyes on the Fat Rice menu. And it did not disappoint! Every bite was a memory of growing up near the beach, carefree days in the Caribbean and home cooked meals. Seasoned to perfection, we hope to find a way to talk Chef Abraham Conlon into offering this as a main dish because we could have happily wolfed down a second or third helping.

Presunto + peaches

Don’t let the simplicity of this dish of Fermin Iberico ham, basil, and burnt vinegar fool you. It is bursting with a wonderful combination of sweet, juicy, and slightly salty flavors that both delight and entice your palate. Trust us when we say this will go down quickly.

MAIN ENTREES

Pork Cheek

If you’re a fan of Vindaloo, the Indian curry dish, you’re going to love this spicy vindalho eurasian achar with charred scallions. We paired it with the delightful coconut rice (see below) and every bite of this staple pork dish was delicious and wonderfully peppery. This is what our palettes were waiting for. If you love your meals with a kick, this is a must. We also loved the resulting flavor from eating it with the raba raba.

Po Kok Gai

If you are ordering this, make sure you order a side or two of the Portuguese bread to go with the coconut rice. Dipping that delicious warm bread into creamy, savory decadence is almost life changing. Those of you who don’t like spicy foods will be happy to hear it isn’t spicy although we’d love if it had a little kick. This dish boasts fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs with chouriço, potatos, tomatoes, a hen egg, coconut curry, sao jorge, and topped with black olives.

SIDES

Coconut Rice

The mild flavor and touch of slight sweetness of this rice, topped with fried shallots and sesame seeds, is a wonderful base to enjoy the multilayered flavors of Fat Rice’s dishes. The best part,it literally goes with everything.

Raba Raba

This earthy side dish boasts a collection of stir-fried mixed seasonal greens, balichāo, and trumpet mushroom (although we skipped on the mushrooms). Believe it or not, it’s is incredibly flavorful on its on but doesn’t compete with the flavors of the main dishes. Definitely a must. Vegetarians will especially love it.

DESSERT

Chocolate Mousse

There’s nothing about this dessert that we can tell you that this above photo doesn’t showcase. It is as delicious as it is beautiful. If you’re a fan of coffee-based desserts, this is for you. The mousse features single origin são tomé beans, coffee streusel, and madeira gelée. It’s one of the most popular desserts at Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York. You can clearly see why.

Bebinca

We couldn’t go to a restaurant with a Portuguese influence without trying the traditional baked coconut custard. Every spoonful divine (and licked clean). This is another dish you may end up getting two of. It is just that creamy and delicious.

DECOR

Located in the iconic Puck Building, Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York is located in Nolita. In three months, another out of this world chef will take over the kitchen for several months to offer everyone a unique culinary experience.

One of our favorite design details of Chefs Club New York (aside from the breathtaking Ladies Room) is the humongous Pink Himalayan salt boulder encased in glass above the bar and the map showcasing all the territories that has inspired the Fat Rice menu. For more information about Fat Rice at Chefs Club New York, visit and definitely make a reservation to indulge.

New York Eats – Restaurant Guide From A Local Food Editor | tarateaspoon

 The New York Eats essential guide from a local food editor. I tell you where to go for the best burgers, healthy options, authentic pizza, fine dining and the most delicious treats the city has to offer. 

The Tara Teaspoon New York Eats restaurant guide is a list of my favorite places to eat, stop for treats or dine with my friends! I have lived in New York City for almost 20 years and am sharing with you where I like to eat. You’ll find the best restaurants in New York City listed below (IMO!). 

There are more delicious places than are listed here, for sure. Comment below with your favorites! And if you’re coming to visit and need recommendations for a certain area of town, just click the Ask Tara link to submit your query. I’m here for you!

Let’s start with my favorite food! Donuts:

The Best Donuts in New York City

The most fun location! Right across from the Intrepid on the west side highway, nestled in the famous car wash (literally a car wash) you’ll find a tiny donut shop making amazing cake donuts. Get a few because it’s a trek over there and a trek back!

Probably in my top two for city donuts. Plus they spell doughnuts the fancy way! Always fun unique flavors, and a great balance between dough and icing. The perfect bite each time. A fave is the lemon poppyseed, but please go hungry so you can try a lot of flavors! They are awesome.

The first donut shop to start the NYC trend with cool flavors and innovative recipes. Giant square yeast doughnuts are a hit (try the PBJ) and the little cake doughnuts are often filled with some sort of heavenly filling. Like many of the doughnut shops, you’ll want to try a few.

Fun Restaurants in New York City

Everything on the menu is big and full of flavor. The atmosphere is the perfect combination of classy and fun, and the loud music they play tops off the great experience. This is a great place for either brunch or lunch.

Ruby’s Cafe has a classy, relaxed and fun atmosphere (the location in Soho is a transformed garage). The menu ranges from salads to burgers to pastas. Their breakfast is yummy too!

Their tomato soup and grilled cheese shooters are pretty much heaven. So fun to go here with friends and share several starters, they are all so flavorful and creative. The meals are solid, a bit on the pricy side, but worth it for a big night out. 

The Best Chinese Food in New York City

Hidden in the middle of Chinatown, Joe’s Shanghai is constantly bustling. The food tastes perfectly authentic, without being too exotic. The pork soup dumplings are my favorite– they are piping hot, have a great savory flavor and are so fun to eat.

Trendy and old school all at the same time, this staple for small bites and sharable plates gets locals, tourists and celebs. It’s fun to go with a few people so you can try several dishes. Go early on the weekends because there will be a wait!

Although her dumplings are a bit doughy for me, they are still pretty darn delicious, authentic Chinatown dumplings. I’m partial to the noodle soups. If you like shrimp, don’t miss the shrimp dumplings with sesame and cilantro sprinkled on top. 

The Best Burgers in New York City

The Burger Joint is hidden inside the Parker Meridien Hotel behind a curtain, giving it an exclusive and local feel. The menu is simple, yet so delicious.

A little north of where you might be in Manhattan, but some say it might be better than Shake Shack. Gasp! 

There are Shake Shacks all over the city! The original is in Madison Square Park. I used to wait in hour-long lines for this good stuff. I like these burgers because the meat is a delicious proprietary blend, the buns are soft and buttery and each Shake Shack has unique creations for that area of town. Don’t skip the fries and a concrete. 

Am I missing any of your favorite New York Eats? Comment below to add your suggestions!

The Best Italian Food in New York City

I love this place for a pre-Broadway show dinner, or when the parents come to town. The all you can eat pasta is delicious but too much for me. I usually split the meatballs with someone (they melt in your mouth!) and get an entree. Delicious and cozy.

A local haunt for upper west siders. The owner is there each night hob-nobbing with the crowd and telling them about the specials. It’s simple and delicious authentic Italian food. 

Best Greek Food in New York City

Run by my friend Maria Loi, this Midtown eatery is always delicious. I could make a meal of the tzatiki dip served with the bread basket it’s so good. Very filling and substantial main courses are good for sharing if you don’t have a huge appetite. Even the simple chicken entree is outstanding. 

Gorgeous restaurant in a great location on 21st street. Moderately to high priced food but worth it, because the food is delicious! Very sharable menu and a variety of lighter and hearty dishes. 

Located at 222 West 79th Street on the upper west side, it’s been a neighborhood favorite for years. Perfectly seasoned meatballs melt in your mouth and all the entrees deliver in flavor and substantial portions. 

There are so many delicious restaurants in New York City. Tell me your favorite! Is it on the list?

Favorite Indian Food in New York City

The best on the west side, plus it’s close to Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center and Central Park if you’re off to shows, shopping or strolling. I love the weekend and lunch buffets, so hit that up if you’re close. The regular menu is perfect too–everything is a hit.

For a splurge and a very amazing Indian meal go to Indian Accent. Each dish is prepared with amazing flavors and aesthetics in mind. The price is substantial, but if you are up for a really delicious Indian meal this is the place. 

In an area that used to be dubbed Curry Hill, Dhaba is a standout Indian spot in the city. With over 100 menu items mostly from northern India, it’s delicious and sure to please a crowd. 

The Best Tacos in New York City

Los Tacos No. 1 serves classic, authentic tacos that will have you thinking about them the rest of your trip. The stand is inside Chelsea Market. If you’re looking for fish or shrimp tacos, just walk around the corner to their sister stand, Los Mariscos. They also opened a second location near Times Square so you can hit it up before, or after a show!

Oh the combinations are heavenly. One of three Empellon restaurants, the Taqueria has a killer menu of tacos with fun combinations. 

Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in New York City

Everything is good at this tiny upper west side eatery. The chips and salsa is a must and their pork tinga is delicious. My favorite of all time are their Enchiladas Verde!

New location at 40 Bowery, south of Canal. Pretty great dumplings and noodles made in a hole-in-the-wall Chinatown eatery. I crave this regularly!

My Favorite Bakeries in New York City

If you find yourself on the lower east side give this place a visit. It’s just shiny and fun. They usually have a fun soft serve to go with their sugared croissant muffins and crazy flavored donuts. So so on the texture of the baked goods, but tons of points on fun, unique and experience.

Yes, the cronuts are worth the hype. Flaky, buttery, and filled with heaven. Make sure to get there early before they run out. If you don’t get there in time to snag a cronut, that’s ok, everything else is just as delicious. Hit up a DKA, it’s Dominiques’ take on a Kouign Amann. 

Making a variety of ethnic and classic baked goods and breads, this is a great stop for locals and visitors alike. From signature flatbreads to beautiful loaves and rolls, it’s delicious. 

New York City’s Best Treats

Levain Bakery is a classic. The cookies are gooey and so rich. They taste just as good as they look. The cookies are the draw here. Giant, perfect and pricey. My favorite is the chocolate chocolate with peanut butter chips! The other rolls, pastries and breads are flat out amazing, so don’t miss them!

The pretzel croissant, brownie cookie and hot chocolate are not to be missed. A classic NY spot. They have mini outposts around the city called Birdbath.

Pudding and Cupcakes!! Seriously the most delicious pudding. Might even beat out Magnolia’s banana pudding. It’s a lower East Side favorite and I think their cupcakes are some of the best out there. 

Magnolia touts multiple locations but had humble beginnings in the West Village. Rumor has it that a feature on Sex and the City put it on the maps. The assorted cupcakes have the signature Magnolia swirl, but I opt for their other desserts. The key lime pie, Snickers bar, Lemon Bars and cakes do it for me. Others swear by the banana pudding. 

Best Pizza in New York City

Fantastic Neopolitan style pizza (puffy, chewy crust). There are a few locations. Go with a friend and split two. There are so many delicious combos to choose from. Also the best GF pizza in the city.

There are a few locations in the city, and this is another great Neopolitan pizza shop. Downtown or uptown, you’ll want to try the pie with Brussels Sprouts. Surprisingly amazing! Craving that salty, chewy crust right now.

Just midtown enough for a pre-show dinner, or to take the parents to. A cozy spot in the 50’s for a great Neopolitan pizza.

Being from the Upper West Side I’m partial to the one on 74th Street, but if you’re on the East side visit the shop on 2nd Ave. The rolls with plenty of olive oil are crusty and amazing, then dive into a pie. My favorite secret order: Pepperoni, Ricotta and Roasted Peppers. Do it! The pastas and salads are solid as well. Great for a group so you can share.

My favorite neighborhood slice. There are a lot of NY slices out there, and this one is my fave on the UWS. Great flavor and fun Columbus Ave people watching from the tables if you decide to sit.

Thick crust, thick slices of pepperoni and fresh cheese. Prince Street has a hole-in-the-wall feel and almost always has a line (but don’t be intimidated, it moves quickly).  Make sure to pay with cash to keep to the workers happy!

Top Fine Dining Spots in New York City

ABC Kitchen has an eclectic and elegant feel. The food is classic-American and is very tasty. The service is also fantastic, making your experience pleasant all around. Menu items are great for sharing, which is good because you’ll want to try them all. Amazing seasonal fare.

My all time favorite restaurant. It’s just always delicious and special. Lovely seasonal menus by the amazing chef Michael Anthony. It’s a splurge, but worth it if you want a very lovely, Americana meal. The desserts never disappoint either.

Seafood forward and elegant. A place to dress up and have a very gorgeous meal. Every dish is done perfectly and the ambiance is fancy!

Danny Meyer’s newest restaurant (he owns Gramercy Tavern as well!) The service is so fun, you feel like royalty. And the views are the best in town. Go for lunch or early evening so you can see the city scapes before the sun goes down. It’s as much a spectacle as the food is delicious!

For seafood lovers this is the place to be. Exquisite dishes by Eric Ripert are as delicious as they are pretty. The menu is primarily seafood and the flavors are amazing.

Thomas Keller is one of my favorite chefs, so his restaurant Per Se stands out for sure. It’s at the top of the Time Warner center at Columbus Circle, so it’s a fun location. Lovely, high-end, French and California inspired cooking. Make sure to note the details of the dining room decor. They’re lovely.

Farm to table done high-end. A cozy and chic place for a very beautiful meal. Dan Barber knows how to create flavorful dishes with unique twists. It’s a favorite.

Recently redone, this restaurant is beautiful. They offer 8 or 10 course menus, so be ready for a food experience. Elegant and amazing, it is a classic NY fine dining event.

Great Breakfast and Brunch in New York City

If you’re looking for a decadent breakfast in the city, you have to visit Norma’s. The restaurant is tucked inside the Parker Meridien Hotel, and if you can believe it, the food is even more enchanting than the location. Their Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks (with whipped banana brown sugar butter) are pretty incredible. I just suggest that you arrive famished or take a few laps around Central Park after; the portions are impressive.

There are a few locations and all will serve my favorite tomato soup! Don’t miss it. For more breakfasty fair you can’t lose with anything. It’s all classic NY Brunch eats in an old school, lady-like setting. The bread basket is a win since Sarabeth is a master baker. (Check out her bakery in Chelsea Market too.)

For all you gluten-free eaters out there this place is fantastic. Their breakfast is tasty but so is their GF breaded chicken strips! Multiple locations, so click the link and see what’s close. 

The Best Healthy Eating Restaurants

Dig Inn is the perfect healthy restaurant because it leaves you feeling fresh, full and satisfied. You create your own meal and they throw it all into one bowl for you. It’s a great option for when you’re short on time– very quick and easy.

Sweet Green is all about big, delicious salads. The ingredients are fresh and local, and there are locations all over the city.

Not a restaurant, but a fancy cafeteria of healthy food! Right next to the 9/11 museum it’s convenient and also has gorgeous views of the water. There is something for everyone.

New York City Bagels

Amazing gluten-free bagels. They have a million choices for schmear and they always have a flavor of the week! Multiple locations too.

This Upper West Side gem touts classic, chewy, flavorful bagels Make a sandwich then take a stroll in the park or on the River.

Hands down my favorite sesame bagel of all time. Super plump with plenty of soft insides, a chewy and crunchy shell and those sesame seeds are toasted to perfection. 

Best Ice Cream Shops in New York City

Tasty ice cream that also has a bunch of vegan and dairy-free options. They are the ones that sold charcoal ice cream before it was banned. All the trendy flavors!

Not to be confused with Milk Bar that is just down the road, Milk and Cream Bar blends your cereal of choice with ice cream into a soft serve cone or into a shake. It may sound strange, but trust me, you’ll love it!

An upper west side staple, this tiny little shop scoops up a variety of tasty combinations. I think of it as a classic ice cream shop. No crazy hipster flavors!

The Brooklyn location is always packed, but there’s a stand at the Gotham West Market in the city. They’ve got some awesome mixtures like one ice cream which is filled with potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers, and mini M&Ms.

I always find myself at the West Village location, but there are others. Simple flavors that get loaded with cookie crumbs, toppings or dipped in chocolate. Excessive and fun. 

Definitely near the tippy top of my list because of the fun flavors. Try a few before you get your scoops. It’s a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place that serves some delicious and fun flavors.

Guide compiled by Ruby Neff at Tara Teaspoon

Chicago’s Lago Wine Bar accused of copying New York restaurant

A newly opened wine bar and restaurant in Lakeview, Lago Wine Bar, and its owners have been sued by a New York-based restaurant and wine bar chain for infringement of trademarks.

The owner of six Italian restaurants and wine bars in New York City, Passon & Passon, alleges that former employee Lauras Grigaliunas and sous chef Andrea Soldini duplicated the restaurant group’s design and recipes to open a “copycat restaurant” in Chicago last year, including lifting the New York group’s interior and exterior design, table presentation and menu.

The restaurant concept and trade dress comprise interior and exterior design, table presentation, menu, and overall provision of dining experience of the plaintiff’s restaurants, the lawsuit says. (Read the complaint below.)

Passon & Passon claims Grigaliunas and Soldini replicated “virtually every single design detail and element,” according to the lawsuit.

Grigaliunas and Soldini are former employees at Aria Wine Bar West Village in New York, owned by Passon & Passon. Grigaliunas joined Aria when it first opened in 2010 and left in April 2016. Soldini was a sous chef and also worked in a management role at Aria from 2014 to 2016.

In this case, the ultimate question for the judge is whether similar elements between the two restaurants are functional or ornamental. If they are considered functional, the law is not going to protect the trademark, said Michael Levinson, a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw who focuses on patent and trade secrets litigation, and is not involved in this case.

Passon & Passon seeks an injunction to immediately shut down Lago Wine Bar, 3207 N. Sheffield Ave., and asks to be awarded “ill-obtained profits” from the restaurant.

Representatives of Lago Wine Bar were not available to comment.

New York City Restaurant Week Must-Try Spots

Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Legasea at Moxy Times Square485 7th Avenue (at 36th Street)

Why: Legasea Seafood Brasserie will offer top-tier seafood dishes by Executive Chef Jason Hall in a prix fixe menu that include customer-favorites such as, Spicy Crab Beignets, Flounder Francaise, and their newest Seafood Marinara Pasta and Summer Berry Eton Mess. The venue is located steps away from Madison Square Garden and down the street from the bustle of Times Square.

Call: 212-268-1888

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:VANDAL199 Bowery

Why: Located in Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side, VANDAL specializes in globally-inspired plates, and this Restaurant Week you can try their best delicacies at a sexy locale. Menu items like Yellowtail Crudo, Old School Chicken Parm, and Vanilla Panna Cotta will all be available for your dining pleasure.

Call: 212-400-0199

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Beauty & Essex146 Essex Street

Why: Beauty & Essex is serving up some of the hottest dishes for Restaurant Week this year that decidedly won’t go unnoticed. Wander past the Pawn Shop to relish in dishes like Braised Short Ribs, Lemon Pepper Ricotta Ravioli and ‘Chile Relleno’ Empanadas.

Call: 212-614-0146

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Irvington NYC201 Park Ave South

Why: Irvington offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu featuring New American classics highlighting fresh, locally-sourced ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket. Take in dishes for lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week including Asparagus Gazpacho, Grilled Branzino and Pistachio Shortcake.

Call: 212-677-0425

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Kingside124 W 57th Street

Why: Head to Midtown’s best New American restaurant, Kingside to indulge in classic dishes with a unique twist. Offerings such as Smoked Bass Crudo, Roasted Chicken and Chocolate Lava Cake are available to enjoy this week.

Call: 212-707-8000

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Ai Fiori at The Langham NYC400 5th Avenue

Why: Ai Fiori is a stunningly elegant restaurant option with a winding marble staircase at the entrance. To celebrate Restaurant Week, Ai Fiori will offer both a two and three course lunch option. Boasting a Michelin star, Air Fiori serves the best of the best with choices like Pollo Arrosto, Tagliatelle Zuppa di Mais and more.

Call: 212-613-8660

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown355 West 16th Street

Why: Bodega Negra, the modern Mexican restaurant located at Dream Downtown, will offer a prix fixe menu that incorporates dishes from their newly revamped summer menu. Seasonal dishes such as Seared Tuna Toastadas and Bodega Chopped Salad will be available alongside classics such as Shrimp Ceviche, Roasted Chile Relleno and more, all designed and presented by newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Victor Santibañez.

Call: 212-229-2336

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Where to Reserve a Table During NYC Restaurant Week

Savor the best flavors of New York City’s Restaurant Week from July 23 – August 13 at one of these top eateries

Written by Annie Caminiti

Where:The Stanton Social99 Stanton Street

Why: This Lower East Side hangout is offering up everyone’s favorite shared plates this Restaurant Week. Head to the Stanton Social and dive into delicious dishes like Crispy Hard Shell Fish Tacos, Spiced Sesame Salmon and a Caprese Style Ravioli crafted by celebrity chef and Stanton Social co-owner Chris Santos.

Call: 212-995-0099

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Fans gather outside New York restaurant to remember Anthony Bourdain

CNN — Anthony Bourdain’s fans turned the restaurant where he shot to fame as a chef into a memorial, leaving roses and notes at New York’s Brasserie Les Halles.

Bourdain died Friday at 61.

He was in France working on an episode of his CNN series, “Parts Unknown,” when a friend found him unresponsive in his hotel room. The cause of death was suicide.

As the nation mourned the celebrated chef turned TV host, fans taped tributes on the door and walls of the shuttered French brasserie, where Bourdain worked as a chef in the 1990s. They placed printouts of his pictures outside, along with messages and the hotline for a suicide prevention network.

“Thank you for what you gave to this world, a deeper understanding of culture and food,” one note said. “You have changed our lives forever. Love you forever.”

Others said he changed the way some of the most marginalized countries are viewed.

“Thank you for bringing a respectful view to the people of Palestine, Libya, Iran and more. You brought people together,” another note said.

Bourdain’s award-winning series, “Parts Unknown,” brought the world home to CNN viewers. It showcased the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, and how much we all have in common — all through the simple act of sharing meals.

Before he got into television, he worked as a chef at the New York restaurant. While there, he wrote an essay on the behind-the-scenes of the restaurant world, which led to the memoir “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” turning him into a celebrity chef.

The gifted chef and storyteller used his books and later television shows to explore culture and cuisine. He spent years as a line cook and sous chef at restaurants in the Northeast before becoming executive chef at Manhattan’s Brasserie Les Halles.