Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lunch in Midtown: Charlie Palmer Steak

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The other day I was meeting with one of our banks for lunch, and decided to stay close and try Charlie Palmer Steak over on 54th Street. This used to be the old Rothman’s, and is definitely a great choice for lunch if you work in the area.

To start I got the clams casino, which were probably some of the best I have ever had. They were not over done with the toppings, that made you forget that there was a clam underneath it all. It was served with a small sliver of applewood smoked bacon, and some seasoning. They were delicious and I highly recommend this dish, below is a picture I had to grab from their website as I didn’t want to take pictures during lunch.

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For my main, I went with their Dry Aged Red Tag Burger. This was served with bacon, aged cheddar, red onion, and crispy fries. The burger was good, nothing too outrageous. Could definitely see myself making this a weekly snack. Also, the fries were dope – so they may also bring me back.

Next time I am going to come after work and check out their dinner menu, along with their 400+ wine labels. Review coming soon…

NYC Craft Beer Festival Summer Seasonal: 75 Breweries over Three Days in May

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By the time this month is over, we will have passed the milestone of Memorial Day, which means it’s time for summer. Break out the Sperry Top-Siders, Cannonball Train Service to the Hamptons, and binge-drinking problems.

For all of those who are not leaving the island of Manhattan, you should check out the NYC Craft Beer Festival Summer Seasonal which is being held at Watermark Cafe on Pier 15. The event is being held over three days, starting Thursday May 28th.

Who will be there? Just some of our favorite breweries like Sixpoint, Ommegang, Great South Bay, Lagunitas, Greenport Harbor, Third Rail Beer, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose… The list goes on and on, with 75 different breweries.

There are different time slots per day, along with different events so make sure you check the website prior to purchasing tickets below is a brief break down. Check out the full website here at: www.handcraftedtasting.com

Thursday May 28th
Brewmaster’s Connoisseur Experience
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Experience stylistic pairings hand-selected from our favorite breweries (for a total of 24 selections). These phenomenal selections will be paired with four small bite size samples of culinary art produced by The Executive Chef Marco Arnold of Industry kitchen These samples will reveal the depths of flavour that can be discovered in creatively executed Stylistic Pairings.

Friday May 29th
Session 1: 3:00PM – 6:30PM
Session 2: 7:00PM – 10:30PM

75 Breweries with 150 Selections

Saturday May 30th
Session 1: 12:00PM – 2:30PM
Session 2: 3:00PM – 6:30PM
Session 3: 7:00PM – 10:30PM

75 Breweries with 150 Selections

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Most Important Chart of The Day: Hangover Cure

It’s Friday, and let’s face it you are hung over. Thursday nights in this city, and in our industry, tend to get out of hand a lot of times. Rooftops, Steakhouses, Gentleman Clubs… it is all a possibility, which generally turns into a pretty miserable Friday morning, as you watch the hours slowly go by until you leave the office.

Luckily, due to the below chart from Business Insider, we now know that Advil and Aleve are the best at curing those horrible hangovers. It’s going to be a long weekend, make sure you take the below into consideration.

Thanks Business Insider!

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Old Bay & Summer Ale: Flying Dog Brewery

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Last night I was in the mood for some seafood, so I went over to a local clam bar and ordered some Clams, Crab, Muscles, Octopus, Scungilli, Calamari, and some Lobster. Great way to spend a Thursday.

To drink, I tried something new. The waiter suggested a limited release beer from Flying Dog, which is made to be paired with these types of foods. I have had Flying Dog IPA in the past and liked it, and like their Hunter S. Thompson / Fear and Loathing labels, so screw it – let’s try this limited release. The catch, the beer had Old Bay seasoning in it.

I love beer, and I love Old Bay seasoning, so the two of them together should be pretty awesome – or if done incorrectly, horrible. The Verdict: Pretty Awesome. Granted it’s not a beer I would drink all night, but if having seafood or a BBQ I would definitely drink this again.

The Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale boasts a 5.6% ABV, golden color, and the smell of Old Bay seasoning. From first sip I was shocked, I figured this would taste exactly how it smelt – but it didn’t. The Old Bay taste was minimal, and not over-done which was pretty perfect. The seasoning doesn’t overshadow the toasted malt, wheat and hops. The aftertaste has a little bit of hoppy finish, but nowhere near traditional IPA. The beer was well balanced and great for summer with a light/crisp taste.
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Luke’s Lobster + Coney Island Brewery + Boat

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Looking for a fun idea, call the girl and ask her if she wants to do something a little different. There are currently three days left, so act fast before they are sold out May 19th, June 2, and June 16

Basically the guys @ Luke’s Lobster have teamed up with Coney Island Brewery, and the people of Clipper City for a Lobster & Beer Fest. For $150, you and whomever you decide is worthy enough, get to take part in Maine-Style lobster rolls (2 per person), chips, pickles, coleslaw, and potato salad. Thirsty, they are being supplied by one of my favorite NY Breweries. Also, you will be on a boat, which will be cruising around the waterways of New York City.

You can buy the tickets through Gilt City here.

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Queens Food Festival: May 12th

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Tomorrow night I am going to Queens. Not something I normally say, and despite a Mets game last week – it has been a while. However, on May 12th they are hosting a food event, so I will have to make the trip over.

The event, Queens Taste 2015, will have over 50 different food/drink vendors giving out some samples of their offerings. Tickets are going for $125, which is a small price to pay for eating some small dishes with Mr.Met…

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ET)

Location:
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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2015 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

Here is the full list of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award (Provided by Tejal Rao @ Bloomberg).

Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York

Outstanding Baker
Jim Lahey
Sullivan Street Bakery, New York

Outstanding Bar Program
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern, New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia
One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others), Chicago

Outstanding Service
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Rajat Parr
Mina Group, San Francisco

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jessica Largey
Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio)
Jonathon Sawyer
Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., Del., Md., N.J., Pa., Va.)
Spike Gjerde
Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kans., Minn., Mo., N.D., Neb., S.D., Wisc.)
Gerard Craft
Niche, Clayton, Mo.

Best Chef: New York (Five Boroughs)
Mark Ladner
Del Posto

Best Chef: Northeast (Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., N.Y., R.I., Vt.)
Barry Maiden
Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Mass.

Best Chef: Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo.)
Blaine Wetzel
The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, Wash.

Best Chef: South (Ala., Ark., Fla, La., Miss., Puerto Rico)
Alon Shaya
Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (Ga., Ky., N.C., S.C., Tenn., W.V.)
Jason Stanhope
FIG, Charleston, S.C.

Best Chef: Southwest (Ariz., Colo., N.M., Okla., Tex., Utah)
Aaron Franklin
Franklin Barbecue, Austin, Tex.

Best Chef: West (Calif., Hawaii, Nev.)
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, Iowa
Owner: Robert Rand

Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, Ky.
Owners: Elizabeth and Dixon Dedman, Helen and Chuck Dedman

Guelaguetza, Los Angeles
Owners: The Lopez Family

Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Richmond, Va.
Owners: Martha Crowe Jones and Scott Jones

Sevilla Restaurant, New York
Owners: Jose Lloves and Bienvenido Alvarez

2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America

Allan Benton, Pork Producer and Purveyor, Madisonville, Tenn.

Dale DeGroff, Mixologist, New York, N.Y.

Wylie Dufresne, Chef and Restaurateur, New York, N.Y.

Nathalie Dupree, Cookbook Author and Television Personality, Charleston, S.C.

Maricel Presilla, Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author, Hoboken, N.J.

2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Michel Nischan, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave, Westport, Conn.

2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since Jan. 1, 2012)
Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design
Designers: Tom Nahabedian and James Gorski
Project: Brindille, Chicago

76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since Jan. 1, 2012)
Design Firm: SOMA
Designers: Michel Abboud

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Momofuku: Wedding Cake Tasting

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Last night we decided we would try out the Momofuku Wedding Cake sample kit so we can finally order the cake for our wedding, which is around the corner. Over the past two years we have pretty much made it a ritual of bringing their cakes to every birthday party we attend, something about the cakes makes even the most boring parties seem tolerable. We have had everything from Birthday Cake, Chocolate Malt Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie (which is one of the best things I have ever had)… We also bought my two little cousins classes at Milkbar to teach them, and my fiancé, hienz make their cakes and truffles (Read My Article, it was the best idea ever).

So we bought three of their sampler packs ($25/each) and we invited over some family to help make the decision. The package comes with 12 flavors, which included: apple pie cake, banana cake, birthday cake, chocolate malt cake, chocolate chip cake, german chocolate jimbo cake, dulce de leche cake, mint cookies n’ cream cake, pineapple upside down cake, pistachio cake, pretzel cake, strawberry-lemon cake. Below are some of our favorites, which I think you should try either for a wedding cake – or their 6″ and 10″ cakes.

pretzel cake: malted pretzel crumbs, stout ganache, burnt honey frosting.

pistachio cake: lemon curd, pistachio frosting, milk crumbs.

pineapple upside down: coconut cake, pineapple upside down frosting, yellow cake crumbs, cherry-buttermilk soak.

banana cake: banana cream, hazelnut crunch, gianduja fudge.

apple pie cake: cheesecake filling, apple compote, pie crumbs.

lemon cheesecake, pickled strawberry jam, milk crumbs.