Can a Plant-Based Dinner at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s abcV Satisfy?

I came into my dinner at abcV a bit hesitant. Eating a complete meal (in ABC, a home decor shop) with just veggies? Especially when my favorite meal is dinner? I didn’t know just how impressive a vegetarian meal could possibly be. Restaurateur and Chef Jean-George Vongerichten is the genius that teamed up with ABC Carpet CEO and Creative Director Paulette Cole to change your outlook on what a dinner focused on the vegetables can look like. With the right pairing of flavors, experimenting with spices or roasting vegetables in butter, the team at abcV knows exactly how to make you forget about meat. You will be too preoccupied with the creamy green chickpea hummus and raving about how the roasted beets are the best ones you’ve ever had to even miss chicken or beef. abcV is a place meant for sharing plates so definitely bring a friend or two. I also suggest that you take a chance and forgo the cocktails for one of the juices or tonic drinks both of which are refreshing and pair excellently with dinner. No matter which way you decide to conquer this vegetarian menu, you will leave feeling full, satisfied and so excited to come back to try the rest of the menu. 

ABCV
38 E 19TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10003
WEBSITE 

Green chickpea hummus, Thai basil, fresh pita or crudité

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Poppin’ Bottles in NYC: Air’s Champagne Parlor

Champagne is the unequivocal celebratory drink! And, let’s face it — during the not so celebratory times, a Champagne-filled flute somehow makes everything better.

New York City is the one city in the world where you can find any kind of specialty. You like macaroons? There’s a bakery just for that. Are bagels your thing? You can find virtually any flavor at a specialty bagel shop. Amused with the science behind sex? There is a museum dedicated to that too! Is bourbon your drink of choice? There are bourbon bars galore. Cocktail bars? One on every street corner. But a space solely dedicated to the tasting, enjoyment and (education) of my favorite drink: Champagne? Genius!

Naturally, when I heard such a whimsical place existed, I knew I had to check it out. At Air’s Champagne Parlor, you can pop bottles from across the globe, without ever leaving their adorable spot in the West Village.

Air’s Champagne Parlor
127 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012
www.AirsChampagneParlor.com

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A Great Deal on Korean Tapas in NYC: Atoboy

There’s a fair amount of Korean tapas spots in NYC including Atoboy but this restaurant is doing something different on their menu. Although the dishes are on the finer side with minimalist design and subtle Korean influences, they still make a clear statement that this is the future of relaxed Asian fine dining. The menu allows you to choose any 3 dishes on the menu for only $36 which, is one of the best deals you’ll score for dinner at a fine dining restaurant in the city.

The Chicken dish with a spicy peanut butter sauce and braised leeks with walnuts will remind you of the Korean dishes you see on a menu in K-Town but at Atoboy the twists stem from various popular international flavors ranging from shredded cheddar, truffles, poblano peppers to even good old cheesecake.

ATOBOY
43 E 28TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10016
WEBSITE

LEEK- Doenjang, Cheddar, Walnut

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The Gramercy Garden Eating Club in NYC

It’s difficult to focus on how you are eating when you are so much more focused on what you are eating. Steph Jensen, whose background is rooted in health and wellness, is well aware of this. In an effort to educate others on why focusing on how you eat is important, she started a whole dinner series focused on mindful eating called The Gramercy Garden Eating Club.

For her club, she teams up with local New York City chefs to bring her guests a “mind-to-table” experience right in her own private NYC patio. The dinner I attended was cooked by Micah Fredman who has cooked in incredible NYC restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park. The night was full of an incredible paleo/pescatarian menu, approachable guests and eating tips that are simple enough for any foodies to follow.

All ingredients used for this dinner were picked from the farmer’s market the morning of the dinner, so the freshness of the vegetables really stood out during the meal.
Chilled squash soup- The chilled squash soup was perfect for a hot summer night, with its smokey finish from spices. It was a great opener to the rest of the courses leaving you not too full but instead, excited for what’s to come.

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A Whole 30 Days of Adventure With Megan!

If anyone out there has heard of Whole 30, they know it’s gauntlet thrown down at your social life when you decide to take it on. It is mostly paleo, definitely gluten free, and also bears a host of other restrictions because it’s supposed to show you what foods you are allergic to. Did I mention no drinking? YUP. Here’s a more comprehensive understanding of the plan.

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Weekly Wanderlust 7/7/17: Five-Course Dinner at Nerano in Beverly Hills, Paula’s Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and The Ainsworth in NYC

Every Friday here at Girls on Food, we’ll bring you Weekly Wanderlust, featuring the best our in cities, recipes, videos and advanced notice on events we’ll be appearing at.

The BG Lounge | photo credit Rob Stark

Julianne here:

I am so excited for Nerano and Marchesi Antinori‘s Italian Wine Dinner in Beverly Hills. For this dinner, Executive Chef Michele Lisi and Sommelier Samantha Johnston of Nerano team up with Wine Ambassador and Sommelier Alessia Botturi of Marchesi Antinori. 

This five-course dinner tasting menu paired with Italian wines by Sommelier Samantha Johnston will commence on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 7 PM, in The BG Lounge. 

Pricing for Nerano’s Antinori Wine Dinner is $140 per person, inclusive of the wine and menu, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Advance reservations required and there is limited seating available for this event, make a reservation here: 310.405.0155 

Nerano & The BG Lounge
9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Here’s a sneak peek at the menu for the evening:

The evening reception begins with Stuzzichini – Crostino Di Pomodoro Verde with Apulian Burrata & Green Tomato Marmellata and Bruschetta with Grilled Rustic Crostino, Diced Campari Tomato, Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano paired with Col de Salici Rosé Brut NV.

Followed by Antipasti  Crudo Di Ricciola with Pacific Yellowtail, Crispy Capers, Fresno Chili Peppers, Rainbow Micro Greens & Citronette paired with Tenuta Guado Al Tasso, Vermentino 2015and Burrata Caprese with Heirloom TomatoesApulian Burrata, Tomato Confit & Arugula-Pesto paired with Castello Della Sala, ‘Cervaro,’ Chardonnay 2014. 

Next is the Pasta course of house-made Orecchiette with Colorado Lamb Ragú, English Peas, Tuscan Mint & Fiocchi di Burrata paired with Guado al Tasso, ‘Il Bruciato’ 2015. For Secondi – the main course – Tagliata di Manzo, USDA Prime New York Steak with Yukon Gold Potato Focaccia & Sautéed Spinach paired with Antinori ‘Tignanello’ 2014.

Completing the dinner is a Dolci of Panna Cotta e Frutti di Bosco – Tahitian Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Wild Berries, Orange Zest & Vin Cotto paired with Fattoria Aldobrandesca, ‘Aleatico’ 2011.

I will be on our Instagram @girlsonfoodblog providing stories and live content, so make sure you’re following us!

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Summer Fancy Food Show with Megan and Marcie

Megan: Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend one of the most insider food experiences that anyone in the industry could wish for… Summer Fancy Food Show. Here, vendors from around the world journey to the Javits Center to peddle their wares to bloggers, restaurants, and distributors. Move over Costco, the free samples at this place are bringing all the bloggers to the yard.

Happily, fellow NYC GOF-Foodie, Marcie and I were able to attend together. Here’s our take on the epic and always classy Fancy Food Show, Summer edition.

Bare in mind, I attended this while on Day 23 of the Whole 30 diet, so my perspective was super focused on what I was able to actually put in mouth while sauntering up and down the endless aisles.

MarcieRunning a bar program, I’m always looking for fun, new exciting products to use in cocktails. I’m also on a hardcore gluten free paleo diet, and it’s great to see how many cool and delicious options there are now!

Calabria Di Gusto
http://www.calabriadigusto.it/

Marcie: First, we started at the Calabria Di Gusto booth, and sampled some amaro and amaretto. All spirits are coming from Calabria in Italy. My favorite was the Vecchio Amaro del Capo. It’s a beautiful spirit distilled from sugar beets and 29 herbs and spices. And they were kind enough to send me home with a bottle, and I made an incredible Negroni with it! 

 

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A Night of Liquid Gold With Redoro 100% Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

I must’ve been Italian in my past life because anything that has to do with Italian indulgence is my absolute kryptonite. Pasta, pizza, olive oil, wine and everything in between was made to make me weak in the knees. So when I heard about a night of all of the above, I knew I had to be there!

On a cool summer night in New York City, food lovers from all over gathered for an intimate dinner with the Redoro family for an exploratory conversation about the olive oil and wine making process.

Set high above in a beautiful penthouse at the Hotel Giraffe in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood, the night began with a lovely lesson in olive oil making by  Lou DiPalo, an expert in the field. As he spoke, we tasted three different oils, each processed in its own particular way, slightly changing the taste and texture of the product.

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Wine, Music & The New York Skyline: The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery 

Summer is almost here and nothing is more synonymous with New York City and summer than a classic rooftop with panoramic views of the city. It’s rooftop season and I’ve been ready for it since I swore I’d put away my sweater for the last time (which was literally less than two weeks ago – I swear). But alas, it seems as though the warm weather is finally here to stay! Let’s sip some Chardonnay, shall we?

The required elements to create a perfect rooftop are unobstructed city views, plenty of comfy couches, great music and an incredible crowd. That’s what I found when I stopped by The Crown in Lower Manhattan, Hotel 50 Bowery’s awe-inspiring rooftop, for the kick off of The Good Measure Tour II this past Wednesday, June 14.

   

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery 
50 Bowery, New York, NY
http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/new-york/new-york-city-hotels/50-bowery/

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Nikki Takes Taste of Tribeca

It was Saturday afternoon and the skies were grey but the crowd was bright and cheery because Taste of Tribeca was in full effect. With over 60 participating vendors and endless plates of delicious goodness, the streets between Greenwich Street and Hudson Street were lined with what seemed like unlimited small plates of some of the best chef’s creations in New York City.

Grilled Chicken Wing Over Ancient Grains and Ramps by Marc Forgione

Everything from scrumptious Steak Tartare at American Cut, to an entire ice cream cone filled with a cold creamy concoction at The Odeon, to an entire Pulled Pork Sandwich at Walker’s, there was something for everyone and then some. Some of my favorites included Grilled Chicken Wing Over Ancient Grains and Ramps by Marc Forgione, the Mini Bagels Topped With Lox by Zucker’s, and of course a perfectly prepared slice of pizza by Bar Cyrk (well, because this pizza princess can’t go anywhere without indulging in her kryptonite).

Sometimes I think I am a large man who can eat endlessly, but unfortunately that is not the case. Despite me telling my self I could do it, and wanted to do it, I simply could not sample all the tasty treats at the festival. Oh, the struggle.

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Join Us at Taste of Tribeca This Weekend!

This Saturday, May 20th, the 23rd annual Taste of Tribeca will take over the streets of downtown Manhattan for one of my favorite food fests of the year! The annual gastro get-together benefits local public schools by bringing together the area’s top chefs for a day of pure indulgence and stuffing your face. I mean what’s better than food, fun and philanthropy?

This year, I’m super excited to chow down until I fall down. With bites from places like Bouley Restaurant, Bubby’s Tribeca, Duane Park and Tribeca Grill, no wonder this is a fave among the NYC foodie masses.
Chef Scott Burnett of Tribeca Grill – Image Courtesy of Taste of Tribeca
Tribeca Grill Dining Room Credit: Evan Sung

And I even got an extra special advanced treat this year – I got to sit down with one of this event’s favorite culinary masters, Chef Scott Burnett of Tribeca Grill, for a “taste” of what to expect.

Tribeca Grill is considered one of the golden restaurants and has been participating with Taste of Tribeca every year since the fundraiser started 23 years ago (in 1994).

Why did you decide to participate in Taste of Tribeca?

Tribeca Grill opened in 1990, 27 years ago, and  is one of the restaurants that helped establish the Tribeca neighborhood. The Grill has participated in Taste of Tribeca from the very beginning, to support the local schools, and to help foster a sense of community.

What is your favorite thing to eat that isn’t on of your creations?

I have a diverse palate and like to eat many different things. A simple roast chicken at home always satisfies.

If you could go anywhere in the world for a culinary experience, what would it be and why?

I’m intrigued by the idea of going to Morocco and North Africa. I love the spices and herbs that are part of the cooking there. 

What inspired you to become a chef?

I grew up in a restaurant family, and started working at many different tasks at a young age. I enjoy cooking in a business that extends hospitality, so it’s a very natural and satisfying career for me.   

What’s your favorite item?

We’ve just started offering Fried Calamari coated with Masa, that’s gluten-free. It’s a very tasty dish. 

Besides your items, are there any special foods that you’re excited for at Taste of Tribeca?

I know that our sister restaurants Bâtard and Nobu Downtown are going to have great choices, and I’m looking forward to meeting our neighbors and fellow chefs. I know that there is going to be a lot of creativity on the plate!

Join me in sampling the best dishes in town to support the arts and enrichment programs at local schools! Tickets are $45 and on sale now at www.tasteoftribeca.com.

Each tasting ticket includes six food tastes from any of the participating restaurants, a beverage and two pours of beer or cider. Tickets will also be available full price on the event day ($55).

 

Our Jersey Girls, Fatboi Tendencies, Check Out Blue Smoke in NYC

Despite being two of the unluckiest humans on God’s green Earth, the Fatbois won Phoodieur‘s Spring 2017 Restaurant Week Contest, earning themselves a gift certificate to Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants (Thank You!!).

The selection process was daunting, with over 14 options to choose from. Our plan of attack was to single out the most artery-clogging cuisine, and what better way to do so than with some southern-inspired barbecue? One glance at the Blue Smoke menu, and we quickly jumped on OpenTable to make a reservation. With locations in Flatiron and Battery Park, we embarked to Flatiron for some Monday Funday action.

Blue Smoke 
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
http://www.ushgnyc.com/location/blue-smoke/

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