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Fogo de Chao and VIK Winery

There is nothing better than a fantastic glass of wine with dinner!

We recently visited the Fogo de Chao (pronounced fogo-dee-shown) in River North for their announcement of a new partnership with award-winning Chilean VIK Winery. These VIK wines are only available at Fogo!

The VIK vineyard is affectionately called the “Place of Gold”, offering a variety of unequaled terroir, small microclimates, coastal breezes; giving their wines the complexity sought after to create the best wine in South America.

If you get to Chile, they have an unbelievable hotel and grounds! You can visit the vineyards, the wine spa, hotel and spectacular grounds. (photo to left).

Fogo has partnered with VIK, which is a holistic Chilean vineyard creating world class wines, to offer its award-winning and best in category wines at Fogo de Chão locations nationwide.


These 3 wines join the Wine List:

La Piu Belle, Red Blend, Cachapoal, Chile, 2011
Intense and well-balanced with notes of berries, wildflowers, spices and a touch of oak. Flavor of cranberries, the palate is incredibly fresh, silky smooth, with body and structure.

Milla Cala, Red Blend, Cachapoal, Chile, 2013
Incredibly vibrant red fruit aromas, elegant tannins and incredibly smooth mouth feel. Fresh spices, perfume and berry aromas accented with hints of toast and maple. In the mouth, black cherry and plum are underscored by a hint of black licorice.

VIK, Red Blend, Cachapoal, Chile, 2012
Elegant and balanced wine, dynamic with high precision of tannins and great structure that deliver an exquisite mouth feel. A mixture of aromas, including strawberry, raspberry and vanilla. Spicy and savory dark berry fruit on the tongue, tempered by an elegant structure.


The founders of Fogo de Chão grew up on a traditional Southern Brazilian farm in the Serra Gaucha. It is here that they learned to cook in the churrasco grilling tradition that would become the backbone of their story.

The founding brothers left the quaint, mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul to Rio and São Paulo for formal churrasqueiro training, all while developing the Fogo concept. They had several resturants in brazil before coming to the US. premiere.

At the requests of loyal American guests, the Fogo concept was exported to the U.S. with a stateside debut in Dallas, Texas, in 1997. Between 1997 and 2013, this pioneering churrascaria continued its expansion in Brazil and the U.S. opening 29 new restaurants.

Just before Christmas 2013, Fogo opened a three story, 16,000 square foot flagship location in New York City. The stunning architectural design includes a seventeen foot bas-relief sculpture of Antonio Caringi’s, O Laçador, a historical monument in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The culinary team has continued the tradition of developing new menu creations rooted in the Brazilian tradition that push forward the Brazilian churrasco experience. In 2013, new seafood dishes were introduced. Later that year, the Bar Fogo concept emerged within Fogo restaurants, introducing guests to new Brazilian-inspired small plates, award-winning wines and cocktails. The culinary team is always testing and tasting new items for possible inclusion.


With the holidays just around the corner, consider Fogo de Chao for a group dining experience!

An elegant Brazilian dining experience presented by their helpful and knowledgeable staff will make Fogo de Chão the perfect location for your group or private dining event. Holiday parties, Corporate events, Lunch and Learn, any celebration!


40 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.  (212) 969-9980


About Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 47 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.


Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family-style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests can also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


For a visual representation of the story of Fogo de Chão, watch “The Gaucho Way,” a documentary-style video shot through the eyes of real Fogo de Chão Brazilian gauchos and explores the restaurant’s deep cultural roots in Southern Brazil.



New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are urging New Yorkers not to eat at Chick fil-A.

The popular chicken restaurant is planning to open up a new location in Queens, its fourth to open in New York City.

But the liberal mayor argued that the owners of Chick fil-A support groups that promote “hate” against gays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio urges people to stay away from Chick-fil-A as the Georgia-based restaurant chain plans to open a store in Queens Center Mall, the fourth location in the city. How effective de Blasio will be in calling for the boycott is unclear. Patrons lined up around the block when the three-level, 5,000 square-foot Manhattan location (its largest anywhere) opened last year.


Alan Cummings gay New York Restaurateur FLORENT

Showtime is working on a comedy project named “Florent,” which would star everyone’s favorite openly bisexual actor Alan Cumming as a New York City restaurateur Florent Morellet. Cumming’s passion project, “Florent” will reportedly be directed by CBS drama series “The Good Wife’s” Rosemary Rodriguez.

The half-hour show “Florent” was shopped to Sundance Channel earlier this summer. According to Deadline, the show is being written by “Nine to Five’s” Patricia Resnick. The two executive producers,  Jonathan Baruch and Howard Braunstein, will also work for the project. If “Florent” goes to series, the 50-year old Cumming would make a transition to it after the completion of “The Good Wife.”

The outlet reported that the show is inspired by the original story of Morellet who had opened a restaurant in a Meatpacking District in New York during early 1980s. “Florent” is aimed to explore the light and dark of that time and will gradually turn into a destination for everyone starting from New York’s literati, the neighborhood hookers and hustlers, AIDS activists, sex workers to New York city’s cops and local LGBT community.

read more at Movie News


Suspect Sought in Gay Bashing

The suspect was captured on film violently beating a gay couple over the head with a chair inside the restaurant on 8th Avenue and 23rd Street after an altercation in which homophobic slurs were allegedly used.

The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

See  video footage  of suspect  HERE


Best Cookies By Mail

So I agreed to sample some cookies I had never heard of; GIMMEE JIMMYS.

A huge 2# tin arrived last night at 5pm. Visions of Chocolate Chip and decadent brownies danced in my head!

I opened the tin! and there they were! NOT.

Instead, I saw Oatmeal Raisin cookies (probably my least favorite cookie on Earth!) and pretty Chocolate Rugelach. (Rugelach, other spellings: rugelakh, rugulach, rugalach, ruggalach, rogelach, rugalah, rugulah, rugala, is a Jewish pastry of Ashkenazic origin. Traditional rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling.)

So I grabbed a rugelach first, since it had chocolate in it. DELICIOUS. Soft, fresh, perfect balance in flavors.

So I thought what the heck, let me try one of these oatmeal raisin cookies. I took a small bit at first….it was sweet and chewy, and pretty darn good. I took a second bigger bite. Wow! I told my partner, who also does not like oatmeal raisin to try one. He did. AND WOW WOW! He agreed, this was one of the BEST COOKIES we had ever had. Over the next 3 hours, I hate to admit, we finished off ALL of the oatmeal raisin cookies and half of the regelach, at which point I demanded we freeze the rest, so that we would stop eating the entire tin.

Come to find out, in 1983, Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies opened its doors, making spectacular home baked cookies available to the public in simple cookie tins. The founder, Jimmy Libman, was a dedicated businessman, deaf from birth, but never handicapped by the physical obstacles he faced. Jimmy delivered a great product, and word of his great-tasting cookies soon spread through his loyal and satisfied customers.

A few years ago, Jimmy stepped back from the center of the arena and left the responsibility of producing Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies in the hands of a small team of successors. Today, it is the mission of the talented team to make sure that Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies no longer remain a secret. “We share our love of cookies, cakes and all things delicious with tens of thousands of sweet-toothed customers, and enjoy bringing the experience of freshly-baked, carefully sourced, expertly crafted baked goods to cookie lovers worldwide.

We are very excited to offer our cookies and fresh baked gourmet Kosher desserts to you!”

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  • Spotless Kitchen
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For about $25-$45 the fresh baked cookies are great for birthday gifts, corporate gifts, student care packs, fund raising and corporate premium gifts programs. (FREE Shipping).

Come and enjoy our just-baked cookies, cakes and desserts. Order online or by phone 1-844-446-6332 for scrumptious baked goods shipped daily with our guarantee of safe, fresh delivery. We’ve been pleasing kids and adults, customers and friends since 1983.

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(Possibly Important :

  • Q. Is Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Kosher?
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Big Gay Ice Cream on CNN Money

We have followed him since the day he had one truck on streets on New York!

Today, 2 stores in New York  and one in Los Angeles!

“I thought about being a butcher or an exterminator — just something crazy,” DOUG QUINT said. Then he saw a posting for an available ice cream truck, and New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was born. He and his partner, Bryan Petroff, spent the summer turning out a more colorful version of Mister Softee — with far better ingredients.  WATCH  THE VIDEO  ABOVE!


Gramercy Tavern Cookbook Farm to Table Recipes


One of the best New York restaurants, a culinary landmark that has
been changing the face of American dining for decades, now shares its
beloved recipes, stories, and pioneering philosophy.

MICHAEL ANTHONY is the executive chef-partner of Gramercy Tavern. In 2012, he received the James Beard Award for Best Chef: NYC.
DANNY MEYER is chief executive officer and founder of Union Square
Hospitality Group, which includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern,
Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, Union Square Events, The Modern, Maialino,
Untitled, and North End Grill.
Opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern is more than just a restaurant. It has
become a New York institution earning dozens of accolades, including six
James Beard awards. Its impeccable, fiercely seasonal cooking,
welcoming and convivial atmosphere, and steadfast commitment to
hospitality are unparalleled. The restaurant has its own magic—a sense
of community and generosity—that’s captured in these pages for everyone
to bring home and savor through 125 recipes.
GET IT ON AMAZON  for about $30!

The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook


AGWA de Bolivia Herbal Liqueur

Agwa de Bolivia (usually shortened to AGWA) is a herbal liqueur made with Bolivian coca leaves and 37 other natural herbs and botanicals including green tea, ginseng, and guarana, distilled and produced in Amsterdam by BABCO Europe Limited. 

The coca leaf content of the drink, like that in Coca-Cola, has the cocaine alkaloids removed during production, and does not contain the drug.

The leaves used for the production of AGWA are picked at 2000 metres above sea level in the Andes. The leaves are then shipped under armed guard to Amsterdam, where they are distilled to a strength of 78-88% alc./vol. and 36 other botanical elements are added.

It mixes with just about everything!  We tried a bottle and some various concoctions. 

The Cocarita (AGWA’s twist on the Margarita):
Ingredients: 2oz Frozen AGWA, 1oz Tequila, Juice of 1-2 fresh limes.  
Method: Shake AGWA, Tequila & Lime Juice with ice. Strain into a salt-frosted 
Margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
The AGWA Fresca:(pictured)
Method: A serving of Frozen AGWA poured over ice and some lime wheels in a long 
glass, and topped with club soda.
The Bolivian Rhapsody
Ingredients: 1.5oz AGWA, ½ fresh lime, 1 tsp. raspberry jam, 1 tsp. vanilla sugar, 1 dash 
cardamom bitters, 1 tsp. chocolate syrup
Method: Muddle lime, sugar, jam, and syrup; top with crushed ice in Collins glass. Add 
AGWA and bitters and stir. Garnish: lime zest
The Rainforest Caipirinha 
Ingredients: AGWA, Lime wedges, Brown sugar, Ice, Cane swizzle stick
Method: Muddle AGWA, lime wedges, brown sugar together, mix with crushed ice. 
Garnish with a cane swizzle stick.
Want to try a signature AGWA cocktail that works all year round? You can never 
go wrong with a classic recipe, the Bolivian Mojito, AGWA’s twist on the traditional 
drink, or the lime ritual, known as “Kryptonice.” 
Bolivian Mojito:
Ingredients: 1.5oz Frozen AGWA, 12 mint leaves, 2-3 lime wedges, 2 tsp. sugar, 7oz club 
soda, splash of your favorite rum.
Method: Gently crush the mint leaves in a long glass.  Squeeze the limes over the crushed 
mint, and add the sugar and crushed ice.  Add the AGWA, your favorite rum, and club 
soda and stir well.  Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and fresh mint leaves. 
The AGWA shot, also known as “Kryptonice”, is also a favorite.  Simply pour frozen 
AGWA in a shot glass and serve with a lime wedge!
Go to AGWABuzz  for  more  info!

Thursdays at Sotto 13 Pitchers & Pizza

 Thursdays just got better in the West Village! Goodbye summer, Hello Pitchers & Pizza’s…SOTTO13 

Sotto13 has announced a killer deal which just launched this month: * Pitchers & Pizza’s *

may be coming to an end but on the upside it means the gym/diet routine
can take a back seat and Pizza & Pitchers can be enjoyed with a bit
less guilt!

How it works- every Thursday from 5-8pm:

$20 pitchers of cocktails — the cocktail choices vary each week for Pitchers & Pizza’s regular guests
$15 pitchers of Peroni beer
$10 any wood-fired pizza

If you are not already familiar with West Village gem Sotto13, the social Italian launched less than a year ago and is already fully established as a neighborhood culinary hot spot. 

Built upon a shareable plates philosophy, Sotto13 has already been voted ‘Most Romantic US Restaurants’ by Travel + Leisure, Best Brunch Spot in NYC by Daily Candy, ‘Sexy Italian date spot’ by Urban Daddy’ ‘fabulous and trendy’ by Passport Magazine, ‘Italian tapas hot spot’ by AM New York, ‘great for groups’ by Brunch Critic, ‘uber cool’ by Marie Claire and with the thumbs up from the NY Times, Food Network magazine, NY
Daily News, CBS New York and Manhattan magazine amongst others– it’s
safe to say Sotto 13 knows a thing or two about keeping it’s diners

(Also known for their great Brunch!)

140 W 13th St  New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-1001

New York Restaurants Dump Russian Vodka in the Streets

Gay rights activists in New York City dumped vodka onto the streets on Wednesday to protest new laws in Russia targeting homosexuals, as a growing number of gay bar owners across the United States vowed to stop pouring Russian vodka. “Boycotts are set for a reason. We’re trying to
influence change, and maybe change what’s happening in Russia,” said Chuck Hyde, general manager of Sidetrack, the largest gay bar in Chicago, which stopped carrying Stolichnaya vodka about a week ago.
TODAY A group of restaurant owners plan to dump Russian-made vodka into the
streets to protest new laws in Russia banning gay “propaganda.”

The protest is organized by the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners
Association, which represents 3,000 hotels, nightclubs, bars and
restaurants. more at NY Daily News


Umami Burger Comes To New York City

IT’S  HERE! From the West Coast to the East Coast, New York gets its first Umami Burger on Monday, July 29th. A juicy beefy tasty burger with some neat seasonings added make it the best burger around, around to most Californians. 

On the burger menu of 10 or so choices ($10 to $15), including a truffle
burger and a tuna burger, are some that are special to New York: a duck
burger and a French-dip sandwich. 
The 128-seat two-story restaurant,
with a full bar, has waiter service.
WATCH THE VIDEO where their corporate chef takes you thru the steps on how the burger is created.
Umami Burger, 432 Avenue of the Americas (10th Street), (212) 677-8626,

Sotto 13 in New Yorks West Village Hotspot for Social Brunch

Sharing.  We all learned that in kindergarten (or at least
should have) about sharing. Sharing is also a fundamental part of eating. Whether
you’re having Sunday dinner at home with family or you’re out at the new
Italian place with friends, the act of sharing food comes into play
early and often in a meal.
Sotto 13 does  what they call… ‘Social Italian’. It’s about sharing great food
and some cocktails in a fun atmosphere with friends – or meeting some
new ones. Small plates, pizza and pastas are designed to share a
variety of tastes along with their signature, fresh cocktails or some

Located in a landmark brownstone in the West Village of NYC, 140 W 13th Street,  between 6th & 7th Avenues.

Whether you go for Wednesday Happy Hour with free passed tapas and wood fired pizzas, or  Late night Thursday after 10pm with lots of pizza specials, or my favorite, Boozy Brunch $25 all you can drink, on the weekends! This restaurant has lots to offer any time of day, 7 days  a week. 
FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE says, “After opening up in the end of 2012 Sotto 13 has become a hit in the West Village for the Italian Social Scene. Sotto 13 has stepped up their game with a ‘Social Brunch’ on Saturday anSundays. This is a must try brunch with foods highlights including Cacio e Pepe with scrambled eggs topped with Cacio cheese, Baked Crispelle, Tuscan Eggs and
Brioche French Toast Sticks and of course fresh out of the wood fired oven come crisp brunch pizzas.

This is not their only specialty Sotto’s brunch has NYC’s first ever ‘DIY Prosecco Bar’! The concept allows Brunchers to become their own mixologists with a bottle of prosecco and a tray of five mixers, including signature fresh juices, liqueurs and toss ins like candied ginger, fresh berries and more. Guests can use the provided recipe card or freestyle it to craft their own bubbly brunch cocktails.”

It’s been called  best new sexy spot, best date night restaurant, best atmosphere, best Italian food sharing, and more!   Even Yelpers, a tough crowd to please, consistently give Sotto 13,  4 and 5 stars!

So what are you waiting for?   If you haven’t checked out Sotto 13 yet,  make a reservation now!

(212) 647-1001    Sotto 13    And I will see you there!


New York’s Most Expensive Dishes!

I think I would pay $1,000 for a caviar pizza before I would spend $1,000 on a hot fudge sundae. 

According to NY EATER this week, Whales love plunking down cash for caviar-topped, lobster-stuffed,
truffle-crusted novelty dishes, and thankfully, there are plenty of
these creations on menus throughout New York City. Here’s a map of 10 extremely expensive dishes in NYC.


New Yorks Gay Valentine Boat Cruise

Who said February had to be cold. Set sail on New York City’s Hottest
Gay Harbor Cruise this Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweetheart or find a
new one on this 3 hour floating dance party.

Toast to love or lust
with an open bar of premium liquor and free shots of Cupid Juice served
to you by Cupid’s little helpers. Passed appetizers, a decadent dessert
bar, wine & chocolate tastings by Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar,
and the most amazing views of New York City’s skyline make this one
“cruise” you won’t forget.

  • 3 Hour Evening Heated Cruise Around Manhattan Harbor
  • DJ Performance
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Open Bar with Premium Liquor
  • Dessert
  • 21 and Over



Rooftop BBQ discount for July 14th Benefit

“I’m From Driftwood”
Summer Rooftop BBQ Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 4:00 – 8:00PM
Location: Casa de Costa Gallery Space,
 11 Stone Street, 6th Floor, NYC
Tickets: $50
(only $40 for Best Gay New York readers!)

“I’m From Driftwood” (
is creating the world’s largest online archive of personal LGBTQ
stories to deepen our understanding of each other, preserve our history,
and open hearts and minds. It is currently working on its Elder
Community Spotlight, which will feature stories from members of the
Elder LGBT Community. In order to finish the project, IFD is having a
Rooftop BBQ to help raise funds.

We’re offering Best Gay New York  readers a $10 discount
to come have a great time and learn more about I’m From Driftwood.

Please contact Nathan ( for details on how to receive
this discount.

With an open bar by El Dorado Rum,
Brooklyn Brewery, and Tito’s Vodka, and BBQ prepared by Chef Paul
Busey, the Rooftop BBQ will be held at Casa de Costa gallery space in
lower Manhattan, on Saturday, July 14, from 4:00 – 8:00pm. The
impressive and growing list of Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction items

– Frette, $1000 of items
– Wicked: The Musical (2 tickets and backstage passes)
– Channing Daughters Vineyard tour, tasting, and 2-4 bottles.
– Framed art by photographer Josh McNey
– Dirty Sugar Photography: 1-hour photo service
– $250 Marriott Reward Cheques
– Dessert Truck, Chocolate Souffle Class for 2
– Uber app (your on-demand private driver; get a cab anywhere, any time), $100 credit
– Sustainable NYC gift card
– Leslie Lohman Museum membership and magazines
– Smitten Kitten gift card
– Marimacho – bowtie and belt
– Autostraddle tote bag
– The Grey Dog gift card


– Butter Lane Cupcakes gift certificate for 2 dozen cupcakes


Gay Message Boards for New York City

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up in the morning….

Maybe you are going on some  travel to  the most beautiful
cities of the world and want to find the fellow traveler….

Maybe  you
have decided to change a job or your living situation, and you can not find suitable choices….

Thanks to a brand new free service of message boards and  announcements,
it  will  became much easier to solve any  gay  issues!

Sort of a gay New York CraigsList!

The procedure of placing of the announcement on the board is easy and  convenient.

Just fill out  the special form on a site,  fill out your  name and  e-mail address.

NO  registration needed  and it is absolutely

Responses to the announcement come directly to your e-mail, thus interested visitors/responders  may  attach  a photo and other images. Your e-mail remains
hidden  and confidential before you make a decision to answer on the entering message.    

Placeannouncements  or  responses  to  :



WIN a FREE Gift Certificate in New York City

It’s hard to talk about NEW YORK  – with its vibrant architecture, music, culture and history – without mentioning  New York restaurants

From deep dish pizza to hot dogs, steaks to pasta,  NEW YORK  is known as one of the top food cities in the world. If you’re on the lookout for great New York  restaurants and a roster of nearly every cuisine from A-Z,   has  you covered. They  have  New York restaurant gift certificates for your family, friends, coworkers and, of course, yourself, with AMAZING SAVINGS.   They have  been satisfying hungry diners of all ages for years with  New  York  restaurant discounts that are easy to obtain and use.

Why do they do it?  Because they are  passionate about food and drink, especially when local restaurants make them available at affordable prices.


We’re doing a little survey this month.

Where do you like to eat?  French? Funky? 1 star or 5 star?
Leave us a comment and tell us your fave spot.


How about a FREE  $25  gift certificate? 

We’ll select one  random winner on JULY 20th –  from all the comments submitted.
(make sure you leave us your email, that is how we  will contact you –  we are NOT collecting email address for a mailing list , not to worry. )


39 Year Old ONE IF BY Land Still Top Romantic Restaurant in New York City


Thirty Nine  years, and still one of the most romantic, 5 star restaurants in New York City! The landmark One if By Land, Two if By Sea, at 17 Barrow Street.

Strolling down Barrow street, you feel like you are on a movie set. It’s classic West Village

Behind barn doors of the 18-century carriage house, you would never guess sat a classic restaurant. But as soon as you enter, you see a fireplace, you hear the bar-side pianist, chandeliers sparkle, fresh flowers everywhere, and you can just feel the vintage New York romance. There is a powerful, romantic resonance when you step into this restaurant.  It is both visually and aurally stunning: beautifully-decorated from floor to ceiling.

Sometimes new and hot, are not always good. Nuevo cuisine and molecular gastronomy can be fun and exciting –  but sometimes I want the tried and true.  And One If By Land, ALWAYS delivers.

5 star
French and American standards. I love the BIG-EYE TUNA TARTARE with sesame leaf, cucumber, and spring citrus. It melts on your tongue.  The FETTUCINE CARBONAR is famous. PAN SEARED SCALLOPS, always a winner. Salads so beautiful, you don’t want to eat them. The Beef Wellington and soufflés are amazing.  I have never had anything bad here.

Dessert is always a wonderful ending. BLACK FOREST COMPOSITION is my favorite. I think.(!)  A Chocolate pistachio brownie and vanilla rum Bavarian cream, served in a bowl. Pastry Chef Dean Anderson has worked in fine restaurants around the world. His  “Sesame-Apricot” dessert was a finalist at the 2009 Pastry Scoop Golden Scoop Awards in the “Most Innovative Dessert” category. 

The restaurant has a new executive chef, Colt Taylor, whose resume includes Le Bernardin and Gotham Steak in Miami. Don’t expect a lot of changes – but some items on the new menu include spring garlic bisque; rabbit leg confit and morel mushrooms, asparagus and and lemon thyme; and his spin on the classic signature beef Wellington with baby vegetables, foie gras and bordelaise.

Colt believes in sourcing locally, using the  freshest and highest quality ingredients available.
“My goal is to create a delicious and unique portrayal of the the Northeastern Terroir for every customer
who dines with us. I am particularly fond of simple, rustic, French cuisine.”


The son of Connecticut artist and fresco painter Melissa Barbieri, Colt grew up on the shoreline and
was exposed early on to the beauty of the arts. Throughout his growing years he discovered he had a
talent for understanding flavors and a love for the kitchen. While obtaining a degree in Business from
UVM, he cooked his way through school, furthering his education and experience. Upon graduating, and
uncertain of a career path, Colt left for Europe and spent several months learning in kitchens around
Austria, Italy, and France. It was on this trip that he came across one of the defining moments of his
young career: local wild boar with gruyere and tagliatelli. “To have such simple food abounding with
depth and flavor, so fresh and so harmonious, I knew this was the food that I wanted to create.”

A very romantic atmosphere is achieved by the soft piano music and lovely garden view. This is one of New York’s most romantic restaurants, hands down. Prepare yourself for a very special evening. It’s a great spot for a special occasion dinner with the one you love. You won’t soon forget the lovely  atmosphere, the glow of the fireplace and the soft sounds of the baby grand piano surrounding you.

The prices may a bit high for some budgets ($100 per person) but if you want to be treated to an unbelievable romantic setting and outstanding delicious food, this is one of the best of the best. It’s a great  “special occasion” restaurant. And great for celebrity spotting. Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close  have enjoyed hosting parties here.

One if by Land Two if by Sea   
17 Barrow st. bet 4th and 7th ave south 212-647-9280

INSIDER TIPs!   In celebration of  their  39th Anniversary, the restaurant  is offering a complimentary gift card worth $30 off dinner for two. E-mail with your street address and they  will mail you a gift card.

On Sundays – check out the JAZZ BRUNCH , 11:30am to 2:00pm.
only  $25.00 per person.  Egg white Spring Souffle’, Gravlox, Omlettes and Eggs Arcardia! 
brunch menu for details.


Bucks County Chocolate Show April 30th

‘Bringing The World of Chocolate to You’ with the
                 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show on April 30th in New Hope, PA.

A high-end venue where you can sample and buy fresh, organic, single origin, Artisanal chocolate and gourmet goods. Choosing amongst Trendsetters in the Industry find ways to make your menu pairing, your party, your event, your every day ‘amazing’ with affordable options that reflect exceptional taste, elegance and style.

You can look forward to Valrhona, Laurie’s Chocolates, Barbara’s Buttercrunch, Half Pint Kitchen sorbet and ice cream, Didi’s Chocolates, Chevaliers D’Argouges and Anti Dote all at the 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show!

This venue is conveniently located to restaurants, shops and history along the scenic shores of the Delaware River. It’s easy to find right off of route 202 from the New Hope Toll bridge. Complimentary shuttle at the New Hope-Solebury High School lets you attend the show and then come back to walk into town to enjoy a beautiful day in New Hope on one side of the river and a 5 minute walk across the bridge into Lambertville, N.J. on the other.

Bargain tickets online until April 20th


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