Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Melt Cafe & Gelato Bar, 1053 Second Avenue (between 55th & 56th Streets), (646) 329-6445, meltgelato.com, and Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, 176 Stanton Street (between Clinton & Attorney Streets, Lower East Side, (212) 995-2266, stuffedcannoli.com
Friday, October 9, 2009
Underground supper clubs with champagne-rich secret limo service: Now we're talking.
Welcome The Phoenix Supper Club's Loretto Dinner, the new roaming supper club's first nine-course pop-up affair brought to you by chef Tommy Halvorson (Bix, Gary Danko), taking reservations for an October 24 dinner now.
Unlike most covert dinners, this one is set up more like a restaurant than a dinner party. So you'll have your own table instead of having to make small talk with the usual assortment of randoms like the Russian acupuncturist and retired dog-sitter from Modesto.
Even though we've been sworn to secrecy on where it's all going down, we can say that you'll be chauffeured to your confidential rendezvous via limo. And that champagne is involved.
Once you make your reservation, you'll receive an email confirmation that includes the street corner where your limo will await. En route to the secret hideaway dinner location—anywhere from an art gallery to a Pac Heights mansion—you'll mingle with fellow diners over bubbly. Then, as you settle in, expect unique creations like a Seared Rack of Lamb in an Absinthe/Balsamic Reduction.
Each course is paired with wine, but you're free to bring your own.
That's what limos are for.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
philippe west hollywood, to open any minute.
this 5,000-square-foot chinese eatery is decked out in candy red furnishings with bamboo accents. imagine sleek, theatrical flair with room for 175 of your nearest and dearest. start by dipping some satay (chicken, beef, maine lobster, or shrimp) into chow's famous cream sauce. then, try the glazed and crispy peking duck with house made pancakes. if you're game for peking turkey, make sure to allow 45 minutes, or call ahead. fish out the sig nine seasons spicy prawns in sweet and sour sauce or, the pan crispy salmon. you won't get tipsy on the drunken sea bass, but a sinful twist on the martini, the white chocolate bliss (navan vanilla and white godiva liqueur), is another story. dining tete a tete? philippe's surf and turf (mignon and south african lobster tails) is made for two. an intimate wine cellar seats 14 for private events, but for an everyday kind of taste stop in for the three course lunch special; at $20.10, it's a tribute to the fast approaching new year. sure, you can order take out, but with obama, clinton, clooney, diddy, lebron, and denzel as loyal clients, you're not going to want to miss the celeb fest.
chow down. philippe west hollywood. 8284 melrose avenue. at sweetzer. west hollywood. 323.951.1100. opens soon.www.philippechow.com
Umami Burger East
What: Truffle, Manly, Hatch, and the other bun buddies’ new Asian-inspired home with Japanese beer bar Salaryman right next door.
Why: Your two sense — plus three more.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight.
Where: 4655 Hollywood Blvd., b/t Vermont Ave. & Rodney Dr., Los Feliz (323-669-3922).
BLT Steak Cookout
What: Build your own $35 plates of grilled meats (smoky ribs, burgers), classic sides (cornbread, grilled asparagus), chopped salad, and dessert (blueberry pie, strawberry sundae).
Why: Hit the deck.
When: Thurs., 6-10 p.m.
Where: 8720 Sunset Blvd., at Sherbourne Dr., Sunset Plaza (310-360-1950).
n.y. & c. pizza
1120 Wilshire Blvd
(E. of 11th)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Culver City Kimchee: Gyenari Beer Garden opens
Upscale restaurant debuts a traditional Korean beer garden with an exclusive outdoor menu of skewers and snacks priced under $12.
Menu master: Chef Debbie Lee was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star.
Opens tonight. 9540 Washington Blvd. (310-838-3131). Nearby: Honor Fraser gallery; Rush Street; Honey's Kettle Chicken
|Five to Nine Happy Hour at Cameo Bar|
|Nine to five—you know the deal. But five to nine—that's when you hit the Viceroy pool's new happy hour for food and drink priced from $5 (beer called Mama's Little Yella Pils) to $9 (Halibut Tacos). Thursdays go until closing, thereby revising your Friday workday—maybe 11ish to five.|
|Flight Club at Rustic Canyon|
|Each Monday at Rustic Canyon's Flight Club, the night's special comes paired with a whole wine flight instead of just one glass. This week it's Coq au Vin with four gems from the Rhône Valley, which obviously is just as badass as beating the hell out of a stranger in some basement.|
|Thyme Café and Market Opens|
|On a barren patch of Santa Monica road, a pristine new café and market (by which we mean respectable lunch spot) awaits you—featuring goods like a Steak Sandwich With Horseradish Aioli and a Grilled Cheese With Tomato, Bacon and Avocado. And if you want dinner, you can take it home in a box.|
Abe & Arthur's, 409 West 14th Street at Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking District, (646) 289-3930, abeandarthurs.com
Downtown Galway Hooker, 133 Seventh Ave South (between Charles & West 10th Streets), West Village, (212) 675-6220, downtowngalwayhooker.com
Macao Trading Co., 311 Church Street (between Walker & Lispenard Streets), Tribeca, (212) 431-8750, macaonyc.com
Queens Cuisine: Discover Queens Restaurant Week
Check out ethnic spots you've always wanted to hit, from Astoria to Flushing, now with special $25 prix fixe menus.
Clueless Cuisine: Alicia Silverstone shows off her culinary skills as part of the NYC Wine & Food Festival on Saturday.
Thru Oct 15. Various locations. (718-263-0546).
|Sausages, Steins and a Striptease|
|If Oktoberfest needs one thing, it's a looser attitude toward décolletage. So the fine folks at the Bell House are correcting the error with a night of gourmet sausages, strip tease from the girls of Wasabassco Burlesque and truly massive steins of beer. Fair warning: there may be polka music. But also, heaving bosoms.|
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Catch casual seafood between the Pier and the Promenade at Santa Monica’s BP Oysterette.
It’s a bustling scene all day long, with an open kitchen and small marble bar facing a virtual Endless Summer tribute (wicker chairs, surfing videos and a faux thatch wall).
Skip LA-style concessions like Kobe hot dogs in favor of traditional New England-style beach fare. A light, creamy chowder is hearty without being wintry. Steamers are East Coast-authentic, served with broth and butter. Oysters from all over come with standard fixings.
For entrees, keep it simple with the fresh fish. Today’s catch is scrawled on a chalkboard behind the counter. They’ll cook it any way you like, with sauces from pesto to black bean ginger chutney.
A high-end wine and draft beer list is prerequisite for the neighborhood but you’re on your own with pairings: the staff’s enthusiastic, but they’re not sommeliers.
1355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Price: 3 (out of 4) Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: $7 valet after 5p, or multiple public parking garages along 2nd St.
Scene: Hungry westsiders and adventurous tourists
Best bets: Steamers; New England clam chowder; butter lettuce salad with Gorgonzola and crispy shallot vinaigrette
Hot seat: If you get there before 6p, snag one of the few outside tables for a view of the ocean.
Long lines: Leave your cell number and have a beer at Boa while you’re waiting.
Nearby: Bar Pintxo; Boa; Ye Olde King’s Head Tavern
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Times like these, you crave an intimate den where you can slink in, sit down and drown yourself in Japanese beer. Welcome to Salaryman, now open on Hollywood Boulevard.
It's a sliver of a spot, fits maybe 20 people total—so this isn't the place for raging bouts of table-dancing debauchery. The name is Eastern slang for a working stiff, so think of it more like an illicit drown-your-sorrows watering hole, where you can pull up a stool starting at 11am for an oversized bottle of Echigo Rice Lager, a Coedo Sweet Potato Beer or a Hitachino.
If you prefer your Japanese-beer bars to be well-versed in what's coming out of Maine these days, they've also got Allagash White on tap. And if you're hungry, this bar's a sidecar to the newest Umami Burger restaurant—before you blinked, you knew this bigger and better-looking sequel to the La Brea sensation as Cobras & Matadors, and the bar was Sgt. Recruiter.
You've always thought sequels got a bad rap.
at Umami Burger
4655 Hollywood Blvd
(E. of Vermont)
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Sunday, October 4, 2009
monday, october 5th: côte de nuitsflight 1...frédéric magnien
2007 bourgogne pinot noir
2007 “croix viollette”, côte du nuits-villages
2006 charles audoin, marsannay blanc
2007 regis bouvier, “clos du roy”, marsannay rouge
*** bitesa selection of regional cuisine
$8 each***We look forward to seeing you.
Upcoming flights: October 12: Willamette Valley
October 19: Provence
October 26: Central Europe
*Flights & Bites will be available from 6 till 10 p.m.
*All flights subject to change
Thursday, October 1, 2009
|Thursday Tastings at Bar Pintxo|
|And over at your favorite compact beachside wine bar, Thursday brings a new way to taste the Spanish goods—fifty bucks gets you a four-course tasting (it'll change every week) with four matching wines. Now you just have to find a seat.|
|Just in time for the end of the actual Oktoberfest, Shake Shack is busting out a menu full of bratwurst, German beer and apple strudel. Normally we'd predict longer lines, but we're not actually sure that's possible.|
|Carnival Debuts the Boozy Snow Cone|
|If you always wished Coney Island was a little closer, filled with stilt walkers and served alcoholic snow cones, welcome to the splendor of Carnival, a new bar on top of a bowling alley with carnival-themed food, drink and merriment. Yes, it's as crazy as it sounds.|
|Bloody Mary's Birthday Party|
|The St. Regis Hotel is celebrating the diamond anniversary of its fabled brunch cocktail creation with tomato/vodka concoctions from Charlie Palmer, the Spotted Pig and WD50 (among others), with ingredients including everything from onion brine to clam juice. Mimosas, while delicious, will be strictly forbidden.|