Dragon Lounge—A Miami Vice Without the Price

Miami has recently earned an interesting yet somewhat unwelcome accolade: it now holds the distinction of having the highest inflation rate in the entire country. While the likes of New York or Los Angeles might appear as more probable candidates for such a title, the rampant inflation in Miami shouldn’t come as a shock.

This surge in inflation can be attributed to a confluence of recent trends such as the pent-up demand for travel and the rise of the “work from anywhere” culture. When coupled with longer-term trends like the substantial migration towards southern regions, the outcome is hardly surprising—a larger population vying for a limited supply of goods.

However, amidst the wave of escalating costs, it’s heartening to note that not every aspect of Miami living will dent your wallet by an exorbitant 25-50%. The key lies in knowing where to direct your attention, as hidden gems of affordability still exist, often right in plain view.

Nestled within the upscale confines of the SLS Hotel, the renowned Japanese restaurant, Katsuya, boasts a reputation for serving some of the most exquisite sushi and Japanese cuisine in Miami Beach. While this popular establishment—with additional branches in Los Angeles and New York—may not immediately strike one as a budget-friendly option, there’s a clever secret waiting to be unearthed, quite literally.

 

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Assortment of dishes at Katsuya

 

Ascending to the second level of Katsuya reveals the enchanting Dragon Lounge, home to a happy hour deal that’s truly hard to rival. Every Monday through Friday, from 6 to 8 pm, an opportunity presents itself to satisfy both appetite and thirst with an array of top-tier sushi, delectable small bites, and a spectrum of beverages.

 

The offerings include an array of classic and contemporary cocktails, an assortment of beers and wines, and of course, world-class sushi, all of which can be relished within a chic ambiance adorned with murals crafted by local Miami artists.

 

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Mural by local artist displayed in Draon Lounge

 

The undeniable highlight of this experience lies in the affordability factor. With sushi rolls priced at a mere $8 and an array of other delicious culinary delights available at decidedly reasonable rates, this concealed corner within Katsuya stands as an oasis of affordability in the midst of an inflationary desert. In your quest for value, the Dragon Lounge undoubtedly emerges as a destination well worth exploring.

 

Currently on the Dragon Lounge happy hour menu:

 

Salmon Lemon Roll Scallion—scallion, asparagus, salmon, masago ($8)

 

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Salmon Lemon Roll Scallion

 

Spicy Tuna Roll—tuna, cucumber, scallion, masago ($8)

 

Katsuya Veggie Roll— avocado, asparagus, cucumber, tofu, ponzu sauce ($8)

 

Asparagus Fries— tofu, yuzu aioli, sesame, furikake, togarashi ($8)

 

Truffle Fatty Tuna and Spicy Salmon Crispy Rice— Nikiri soy, shaved truffle, furikake spicy mayo ($19)

 

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Truffle Fatty Tuna and Spicey Salmom Crispy Rice

 

Short Rib Fried Rice— jidori egg, leeks, mixed veggies, cilantro ($18)

 

Crispy Brussel Sprouts—balsamic tsume, toasted almonds, scallions, sriracha, toasted coconut shaving ($8)

 

Short Rib Bao Bun—steamed bum, ponzu mayo, BBQ sauce, black sesame ($11)

 

 

 

Tales From a Chocolatier

Located high in Utah’s Wasatch Mountain range in the heart of the Rockies resides a small chocolatier company—with huge arms —that produces some of world’s best chocolate.  Meaning “by hand” and “they love” in Italian, Amano prides itself on sourcing only the world’s very best cacao beans and ingredients. Continue reading

Raw Bar Hopping—8 Great Oyster Bars in NYC

In the book The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky writes “before the 20th century, when people thought of New York, they thought of oysters.”  Though that sentiment along with New York’s oyster population has diminished over the past two centuries with the city’s drastic growth, oysters are currently making a strong comeback in Mahattan via the Oyster Restoration Research Project. Continue reading

These Holiday Wines and Sparkling Wines Won’t Break the Bank

[Many of these wines were tasted in 2022, but they are all high quality producers with consistent wines]

 

In the hyper- inflationary world we live in, value has never been more important when considering your wine purchases. Value, however, does not necessarily mean “cheap.” It simply means you are getting something at a better price relative to its peer group—in this case, wines of similar quality.

 

Here are 8 wines we love, ranging from $12-$60, that I consider a good value.

 

 

La Forge Estate Syrah 2018 (SRP $12)

The Languedoc region is located in Southern France, along a Mediterranean coastal area known as “The Occitanie” that stretches from the Spanish border to Provence.

 

First-generation winemaker (fourth generation grape grower) Jean-Claude Mas is one of the leading new winemakers in this area of Southern France that is making some really exciting wines at great prices.

 

This wine has an intense nose, with notes of crushed flowers and blueberry combined with white pepper and licorice, supported by a hint of oak. Full-bodied with plush tannins, this Syrah has a smooth mouthful, with notes of grilled meats, tobacco, leather and blackberry current on the finish.

 

Chapoutier ‘Bila-Haut’ Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2020 (SRP $15)

 

Chapoutier is a perfect example of “value does not necessarily mean cheap.” In fact, Chapoutier’s upper echelon wines are some of the most expensive in the Rhone Valley, yet still a good value. Their wines from the Languedoc region, however, come in at much lower points. And their ‘Bila Haut’ Cotes du Roussillon Blanc is downright cheap. Cheap and really good. You can’t find a better value than that.

 

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Macabeu, Vermentino and Marsanne, this Cotes du Roussillon Blanc from world-class Rhone producer M. Chapoutier, is round and rich, yet balanced with good minerality, ample acidity and tons of bright flavors. Alluring white peach, quince and lemon zest give way to saline and limestone notes on the finish.

 

 

2019 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec (SRP $20)

I have always liked Malbec as a plush, soft tannin, mellow alternative to bigger Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon. However, I have always felt there was a ceiling to its quality. That is before I met Germán di Cesare, chief winemaker at Mendoza Valley’s Bodega Trivento and tried two of their reserve Malbecs.

 

At $20, their “Golden Reserve” is a terrific wine and a great value. This wine reminds me of a Napa Valley red blend, with bright red fruits wafting out of the glass. The soft tannins and complex fruit-forward flavors make it a great match for a range of foods including filet of beef, hearty pasta dishes, hard cheeses and rich hors deurves.

 

 

2018 Carmel “Appellation” Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee, Israel

 

Israel is one of the world’s most underappreciated wine regions and the quality of their wines is only getting better. From the Upper Galilee region, this Cabernet is fruit forward with red currents, holiday spices, anise and tobacco. The tannins are soft and plush allowing this wine to pair nicely with a lot of dishes, both simple and hearty.

 


2019 Benovia Sonoma Mountain Grenache ($45)

Benovia is known for their Russian River Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, which are also a relative value compared to some of the lofty prices coming out of Russian River these days. Rhone varietals often command much lower price points in Sonoma than the Burgundian varietals which the region is known for. This means they can be great values and at $45 a bottle, this Grenache is a steal.

 

Cherry, raspberry and crushed flowers are followed by pepper, spice, grilling meats and subtle oak notes. The soft but adequate tannins make this a nice wine to have with cheeses and passed appetizers, or as a cocktail wine.

 

 

2020 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Amity-Eola Amity Hills

 

If you’re into points, then this wine will definitely get your attention. With 95 points from James Suckling and 94 points from Wine Spectator (and on their Top 100 Wines list) you might think this wine would cost north of $100. It does not. At $35, with many accolades, your only problem is getting your hands on it.

 

Pear, white peach and lemon zest vibrate on the palate and linger for minutes. This wine is rich and opulent with great minerality and acidity making it a great match for many of your dishes this holiday season.

 

 

2016 Frank Family Blanc de Blancs (SRP $55)

Frank Family is one of the more expensive names in Napa Valley, yet they have some relative values when considering price-to-quality. Their sparkling wines are particulary good values in my opinion. Napa will never be able to compete with “Champagne,” nor do they try to. As a result, Napa producers are realistic about the demand for their sparkling wines and thus realistic on pricing. This presents an opportunity for consumers who are willing to trade vanity for value.

 

The 2016 Blanc de Blancs displays wonderful finesse, lightness, and elegance. A classic bouquet of lemon peel, green apple, and honeyed nuts persist to a pristinely fresh palate. Delicate beads of bubbles intermingle with hints of browned butter cut by crystalline acidity that converge with a long, tangy finish.

 

 

2018 Priest Ranch Brut Rose (SRP $60)

This luxurious méthode Champenoise sparkling wine is made entirely from estate-grown Syrah grapes from the Somerston Estate in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. Aged 24 months on its lees, with an additional 24 months in bottle, this Napa Valley sparkler is smooth and complex with mouth watering flavors of tangerine and peach upfront and “strawberries and cream,” and macadamia nut on the finish.

 

Want to add some more flavor and pizzazz to your party using some of your red wine and champagne (or sparkling wine)?  Here is a great punch recipe—with a festive hue—from our resident mixologist, A.J. Rathbun.

 

Cardinal Punch

This is kind of a curious punch, at first glance, with its two liquors, two kinds of bubbles, English drawing room favorite claret (but no ascots to be found), and then (as if that weren’t enough), a curious coalescence of sweet vermouth, orange, pineapple, and a bit of simple syrup (well, maybe a touch more than a bit–a sweet bite, let’s call it). It almost seems, at that first glance, doomed to fail. But to use a metaphor that matches the title, it actually flies like a bird, with every flavor slipping here and there to the forefront (like birds in a flock as they fly, if I may be so bold), and with a serious enough undertone hiding within that it can both charm and fortify. As a bonus, it looks lovely, with a deep rich coloring. All in all, it’s so darn swell that I nominated it for Punch of the Year, 2008. And, you know what? It won. Of course, I was the only judge, but hey, that’s how the contest went.

 

Serves 10 to 12

 

12 ounces brandy

12 ounces dark rum

16 ounces claret red wine (Merlot or Cabernet will suffice)

12 ounces Simple Syrup

4 ounces sweet vermouth

1 ice round, or cracked ice

1 orange, cut into slices

5 pineapple rounds, cut into chunks

One 2-liter bottle chilled club soda

One 750-milliliter bottle brut sparkling wine

 

1. Pour the brandy, rum, claret, simply syrup, and vermouth into a large punch bowl. Stir slightly with a long spoon.

2. Add the ice round to the punch, or add enough cracked ice that the bowl is almost halfway full.

3. Add the orange slices and pineapple chunks, and slowly add the club soda. Stir again, but not frantically.

4. Gently add the sparkling wine and stir–but just once more. Serve in white wine glasses or punch cups.

 

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The Sleepy Hollow Cocktail

Don’t be fooled (and don’t, for gosh sakes, lose your head over it) by the fact that the first two items in this ingredient list are fresh products and not spirited liquids, or by the fact that the ingredient directly following them is a sweetening device. The hefty helping of gin in this drink does indeed give it quite a kick. Continue reading

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Ah, the library bar. An urban oasis steeped in history (quite literally). Vintage, deep-seated armchairs, mahogany shelves and leather bound books ease the soul, while a single malt scotch calms the nerves after a long day of work. Ron Burgundy’s kind of place. My kind of place. Continue reading

Ram’s Gate Winery: A Perfect Day Trip from San Francisco

The wine tasting scene in Napa and Sonoma has evolved significantly since I first frequented these picturesque “twin valleys,” dotted with vineyards and beautifully framed by the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, many years ago.

 

Gone are the days of hopping from one tasting room to another, savoring the array of wines for a mere $10 to $20—often with a complimentary tasting upon purchase of a bottle. The transformation is attributed to a combination of the evolving wine culture, influenced by changing times, and the lasting impact of the Covid pandemic. Today, the wine-tasting experience has taken on a more comprehensive and upscale character. It’s now customary for visitors to focus their attention on a single winery, yet one that offers a more holistic experience. Ideally this would include a winery with an extensive selection of wines and a beautiful setting—both inside and outside—to enjoy your tasting experience. It might also include gastronomic options and other customized experiences.

 

Unfortunately, discovering a winery that seamlessly combines all these desired attributes can be a challenging quest. Many high-end wineries boast stunning settings and may even feature gourmet dining options, yet they often specialize in only a limited selection of varietals, such as Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. Meanwhile, the larger, more value-oriented wineries often provide an extensive range of wines (various red and white varietals), however, they tend to offer a somewhat standardized experience that mirrors what it was a decade ago, albeit with advance reservations required. Finding that elusive gem of a winery that offers the best of both worlds—diverse wine offerings, a picturesque estate, bespoke services like a thoughtfully curated lunch to complement your wine tasting—is a rare find.

 

Perched on a hill in the southern tip of the Carneros AVA, Ram’s Gate Winery offers such an experience. With a diverse selection of wines—they produce 24 different wines, though tastings usually focus on 5 or 6 styles—exquisite food options and a breathtaking setting, there is no need to go anywhere else to satiate your wine country thirst. Perhaps the most amazing feature? It’s only a 45 minute drive from San Francisco!

 

Here are some of the most alluring elements of Ram’s Gate Winery that make it an ideal “day trip” from San Francisco for wine and food lovers.

 

Proximity to San Francisco

 

Ram’s Gate Winery is conveniently situated in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, making it easily accessible from San Francisco. Located less than an hour’s drive from the city, this winery allows visitors to escape the urban environment and immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty of wine country in no time.

 

The scenic drive to Ram’s Gate takes you through picturesque landscapes, with breathtaking views of rolling hills and vineyards, while saving you an additonal hour of dricing compared to “up-valley” destinations in places like St. Helena or Calistoga. Visitors can maximize their time at the winery without spending hours in the car.

 

Array of Wines

 

One of the most significant attractions of Ram’s Gate Winery is its wide array of wines. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, the winery offers something to suit every palate.

 

Known for its cooler-climate wines, Ram’s Gate provides a great foray into the various micro climates within Sonoma Valley. Their wine portfolio currently includes 24 different wines. Varietals include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, and a Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine—great for celabratory occasions!

 

 

Ram’s Gate doesn’t offer your run-of-the-mill tastings; they provide a portfolio of six extraordinary experiences that cater to every palate and passion: the regal Seated Wine Tasting, the divine Seasonal Wine and Food Experience, the tantalizing Wine and Bites Experience, the exclusive Caviar Experience (paired with some of their finest white wines), the opulent Luxury Picnic, and the lively Group Tastings.

 

If the “experiences” are more than you were bargaining for, the winery also offers a more standard tasting, which can be enjoyed inside or outside, at the main tasting bar or various tables throughout the winery. While they run a tight operation at Ram’s Gate, the hospitality crew and tasting room staff are also flexible and will work with you on offering the ideal experience.

 

 

A Beautiful Compound

Outdoor sitting area (Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed by Howard Backen, Ram’s Gate is a stunning architectural masterpiece that beautifully blends the elements of nature with modern design.

 

At first glance, the winery captivates visitors with its understated elegance and organic charm. Howard Backen, renowned for his commitment to creating spaces that honor their surroundings, seamlessly integrates the winery into the rolling hills and vineyards that define the region. The design approach is characterized by simplicity, natural materials, and a deep appreciation for the site’s unique topography.

 

The entrance to the winery is marked by a long, meandering driveway that gradually reveals the beauty of the estate. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a stunning main building that serves as the focal point of the winery. The structure combines elements of traditional agricultural buildings with contemporary touches, resulting in a design that exudes both rustic charm and modern sophistication.

 

Front of winery (Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main building of Ram’s Gate Winery immediately captivates with its low-slung profile and extensive use of glass, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards and hills. Backen’s design seamlessly integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the boundaries between the two. This connection is further emphasized by the use of natural materials such as weathered wood siding, which adds warmth and texture to the building’s exterior.

 

Inside, the winery exudes an inviting atmosphere with its open-plan layout and a focus on natural materials. Reclaimed wood, stone, and metal elements create a sense of authenticity and timelessness. The design allows for effortless transitions between different areas, including the tasting rooms, barrel storage, and production facilities, enhancing the overall visitor experience.

 

One of the standout features of Ram’s Gate Winery is its expansive outdoor terrace. This beautifully designed space overlooks the vineyards, providing a serene and picturesque setting for guests to savor their wine. The use of natural stone, wood, and comfortable seating creates a relaxing ambiance that invites visitors to immerse themselves in the surrounding landscape.

 

Courtyard (Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In line with Backen’s commitment to sustainability, the design of Ram’s Gate Winery incorporates environmentally friendly features and practices. From the use of reclaimed materials to the implementation of passive design strategies, the winery minimizes its ecological footprint while maintaining a high level of comfort and functionality.

 

Commitment to Sustainability

Joe Nielsen, the Winemaker and General Manager of Ram’s Gate’s estate vineyard, has taken remarkable strides in enhancing the vineyard’s sustainable farming practices. His innovative methods, such as utilizing soil diagrams and pressure bombs to assess the vineyard’s water requirements, have led to a significant reduction in water consumption by 33%.

 

Estate Vineyards (Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe is now steering the estate vineyard and winery towards an even more eco-friendly future, with the ambitious target of achieving organic certification by 2024. Embracing the philosophy that Mother Nature provides the best tools for nurturing a thriving vineyard, Joe and his team have implemented various natural solutions.

To control weeds and enrich biodiversity, they employ a flock of sheep for winter mowing, allowing them to naturally fertilize the vineyard. For the challenge of birds and rodents damaging the vineyard, Joe introduced owl boxes and perches to attract natural predators, while also collaborating with a local falconer for additional pest control during the growing season. Even when confronted with an increase in deer that defied fencing, a pack of coyotes naturally traversed the vineyard, highlighting the team’s commitment to harnessing nature’s own mechanisms to maintain balance in their estate farming practices.

 

Culinary Delights

Beyond its impressive wines, Ram’s Gate Winery also offers a culinary experience that elevates the visit to a whole new level. The winery’s commitment to farm-to-table cuisine ensures that visitors can indulge in delectable food options that perfectly complement their wines.

 

 

The Ram’s Gate Winery’s culinary team sources fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors to create a seasonal menu that reflects the flavors of the region. From artisanal cheese platters to flavorful charcuterie boards, the food offerings are thoughtfully curated to enhance the tasting experience.

 

For those seeking a more substantial meal, the winery has a fully equipped kitchen and offers a delightful dining experience, compliments of Executive Chef Ruby Oliveros. The menu, inspired by the bounty of Sonoma Valley, showcases dishes with a focus on locally sourced foods, that pair harmoniously with their wines. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely lunch while taking in panoramic views of the vineyards and surrounding landscapes, immersing themselves in the quintessential wine country ambiance.

 

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Unique Experiences

Ram’s Gate Winery goes above and beyond to provide unique experiences that engage visitors and deepen their understanding of wine culture. The winery hosts educational seminars, blending workshops, and wine-pairing classes, allowing enthusiasts to expand their knowledge and appreciation of wine.

 

For those seeking a more immersive experience, Ram’s Gate Winery offers private tours that provide an insider’s perspective on the winemaking process. These tours offer the opportunity to explore the vineyards, witness the winemakers in action, and gain insights into the complexities of crafting exceptional wines.

 

Moreover, the winery frequently hosts special events, including wine release parties, winemaker dinners, and live music performances, creating an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie. These events present an excellent opportunity to engage with fellow wine lovers and connect with the vibrant wine community.

 

Private dining and tasting room (Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ram’s Gate Winery is a hidden gem that offers a remarkable day trip experience from San Francisco. Its proximity to the city allows visitors to escape the urban environment and immerse themselves in the beauty of Sonoma Valley without spending excessive time on the road trekking through Sonoma or Napa Valley—which can be dangerous if you over-indulge, or expensive if you require an Uber. With its diverse selection of wines, ranging from elegant Chardonnays to robust Cabernet Sauvignons, the winery caters to wine enthusiasts of all preferences. The exceptional culinary offerings, which highlight the region’s flavors, perfectly complement the wines and elevate the overall experience.

 

(Top Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin)

A San Francisco Institution Like There Used to Be

Buckle up, urban explorers, because we’re about to uncover a hidden gem in the heart of San Francisco that’s as edgy as the city itself. Enter the Bamboo Hut – a place that defies expectations, slaps ordinary in the face, and invites you to embrace the wild side of the Bay Area. Yes, not all the food and booze destinations in the “city by the bay” are for oenephiles and farm-to-table snobs. From Trader Sam’s to Trader Joe’s, Tiki bars have long been a fixture in the San Francisco nightlife scene and Bamboo Hut has helped carry that torch (no pun intended) into the 21st century.

Tucked away like a well-kept secret, the Bamboo Hut is anything but ordinary. This is no run-of-the-mill establishment; it’s a visceral experience that grabs you by the taste buds and throws you headfirst into a tiki-fueled adventure. Imagine stepping through its doors and being transported into a neon-lit jungle of bamboo, where every corner whispers of exotic mysteries waiting to be unraveled.

A Haymaker Happy Hour

But let’s talk about what really sets this place on fire – their unapologetically edgy happy hour. From 4:00 to 7:00 pm, the Bamboo Hut transforms into a den of daring concoctions and flavors that dare you to push your boundaries. This isn’t your grandma’s cocktail list; it’s a manifesto of mixology madness that flips tradition on its head.

Ever sipped on a twisted Mai Tai that’s like a tropical punch to the senses? Or how about a cocktail that combines whiskey rebellion with a hint of forbidden fruit? The Bamboo Hut’s bartenders aren’t just slinging drinks; they’re crafting liquid stories that dance on your palate and flip the bird to the ordinary.

 

 

And don’t even get us started on the bites. This isn’t your dainty finger food affair – it’s a culinary rock concert that blasts your taste buds into another dimension. Picture yourself sinking your teeth into coconut-crusted shrimp that’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth, or teriyaki skewers that flirt with your senses in the most tantalizing way possible.

 

Eclectic Environs

But here’s the thing that really gives the Bamboo Hut its edge – it’s not just a bar, it’s a rebellion against the mundane. It’s a place where rebels, misfits, and thrill-seekers come together to celebrate life with a side of cheeky irreverence. It’s where conversations flow as freely as the cocktails, where strangers become comrades, and where the city’s electric energy converges into one intoxicating cocktail of its own.

So, if you’re tired of the predictable and ready to dive into a world where ordinary goes to die, the Bamboo Hut is waiting. It’s not just a bar; it’s an invitation to live louder, taste bolder, and embrace the edginess that makes San Francisco the playground of the daring. The Bamboo Hut – where the wild things sip.

What It’s Like to Eat at Atomix—NYC’s Hottest New Restaurant

Walking into Atomix is like stepping into an artfully curated world, where every detail has been meticulously orchestrated to transport guests to the heart of Korean culture. The ambiance is an elegant fusion of minimalist design and warm hospitality, setting the stage for an evening of gastronomic discovery.

Menu

The menu at Atomix reads like a poetic narrative, with each dish a carefully composed stanza in the symphony of flavors. Led by Executive Chef Junghyun Park, a culinary visionary renowned for his innovative approach to Korean cuisine, the tasting menu unfolds as a series of exquisite courses, each thoughtfully highlighting a distinct aspect of Korean ingredients and culinary techniques.

From the delicate crunch of house-made kimchi to the nuanced dance of textures and flavors in traditional banchan, Atomix masterfully combines heritage with modernity. Dishes like the Eel and Glasswort, which pairs succulent eel with the vibrant crunch of sea beans, showcase the restaurant’s commitment to elevating classic Korean ingredients into works of art.

The art of Korean BBQ

The centerpiece of the Atomix experience is the Korean barbecue, a performance art that allows diners to savor the magic of grilling at their own table. Premium cuts of meat are presented alongside an array of accompaniments, encouraging a tactile engagement with the culinary process and fostering a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of Korean cuisine.

 

Astute Service

Service at Atomix is akin to a carefully choreographed ballet, with attentive staff guiding diners through each course with a blend of expertise and genuine enthusiasm. They offer insights into the origin of ingredients, the inspiration behind dishes, and the cultural significance of each culinary creation, adding layers of depth to the dining experience.

Atomix is not merely a place to eat; it’s a portal to a different world—a world where culinary traditions are reimagined, flavors harmonize in unexpected ways, and guests are invited to partake in a multisensory voyage of discovery. A meal at Atomix is a symphony of tastes, a canvas of colors, and a tapestry of textures, all woven together to create an unforgettable narrative that lingers in the memory long after the last bite has been savored.

In a city known for its diverse and dynamic dining scene, Atomix emerges as a true gem—a sanctuary for those seeking a dining experience that transcends the ordinary and embraces the extraordinary.

4 Italian Whites and a Red to Drink this Summer

During the summertime, it’s tempting to stick to the familiar choices of Sancerre and Rose due to their refreshing and reliable flavors. However, exploring Italy’s diverse selection of white varietals can lead to delightful, refreshing and perhaps more interesting choices that perfectly complement the season’s abundance of fresh foods. Italy also offers some light-bodied red varietals that beautifully harmonize with the bolder flavors of summer, particularly grilled dishes. This summer, I highly recommend trying out these 5 delightful whites and a red from Italy that are sure to enhance your dining experiences:

 

ALOIS LAGEDER “PORER” VIGNETI DELLE DOLOMITIIGT

Porer is pure Pinot Grigio, but it is far from a simple wine. This is a winemaker’s wine, all about the joy of experimenting and bringing different techniques together to produce a fascinatingly complex product. Some of the grapes were pressed immediately after harvest to keep the fresh flavors and aromas. Others were kept on the skins for 15 hours while yet a third parcel was in contact with stems and skins for about one year, absorbing color, some tannin, and other rich flavor components.

 

GAROFOLI “PODIUM” VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DIJESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC

A great example of Verdicchio, from the best-known wine area of Marche, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC.

On the nose, the wine offers an enticing bouquet of ripe yellow apple, lemon zest, and hints of tropical fruits. There is a delicate floral character, with notes of white flowers and a touch of honey. These aromas come together to create a fresh and inviting olfactory experience.

The palate is vibrant and well-balanced showcasing the characteristic Verdicchio acidity, which provides a lively and refreshing mouthfeel dominated by green apple, lemon, grapefruit and  mineral undertones as well as a pleasant saline quality that adds complexity to the wine.

 

INAMA “VIN SOAVE” SOAVE DOC CLASSICO

Vin Soave is the main production for the estate, an entry-level wine that nevertheless comes from vineyards farmed the same way as for Inama’s reserve wines—“.” The wine is made from 100% Garganega in stainless-steel tanks to stress the importance of freshness and Garganega’s floral notes. Along with the enhanced minerality from the vineyards’ volcanic soil, the result is a wine with great versatility in combination with food.

On the nose, this Soave immediately captivates with its aromatic profile revealing a beautiful bouquet of white flowers, peach, pear and lemon peel. The aromas are fresh, inviting, and well-balanced. This Soave has great structure with a combination of ripe fruit and vibrant acidity with the peach and pear aromas following through on the palate. It finishes  smooth and silky, balanced by ample acidity and lingering ripe fruit and subtle minerality.

 

MARCO FELLUGA “MONGRIS” PINOT GRIGIO COLLIODOC

Collio’s hilly terrain is well known for producing excellent white wines. The Mongris Pinot Grigio benefits from the mineral-rich but poor soils, producing a complex, well-structured example of this ubiquitous grape variety from northeastern Italy. The name Mongris comes from the contraction of“ Mono-variety Gris,” referring to Pinot Grigio aka Pinot Gris.

Similar to the Imana Soave, the Marco Felluga “Mongris” offers an enticing bouquet of ripe orchard fruits, including juicy pear, white peach, and hints of tropical pineapple. Delicate floral notes and a touch of citrus zest add to its inviting and vibrant aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine strikes a delightful balance between fruitiness and crispness, with ripe pear and white peach flavors taking center stage. Vibrant acidity brings freshness, while a subtle mineral undertone adds complexity.

 

VIETTI “PERBACCO” LANGHE NEBBIOLO DOC

Fondly known to many as a “baby Barolo,” Perbacco is always 100% Nebbiolo sourced from some of the fifteen different Grand Cru vineyards in Barolo. Recently the winery started using a small portion of grapes from its vineyards in Barbaresco as part of the blend as well.  An incredible value, Perbacco is essentially a Barolo without the official Barolo desgination—thus a highly rediuced price tag.

The wine exhibits a medium-deep ruby hue. Its aromatic profile is dominated by a generous burst of red berries, complemented by delightful floral and spicy undertones. On the palate, it presents as a medium-bodied wine, striking a fine balance between intensity and a gracefully mid-weight style. The well-integrated tannins blend seamlessly with the wine’s fruit structure. The finish lingers with impressive persistence, accentuated by a pleasant touch of freshness that leaves a lasting impression.

The Iconic Clarke Cooke House is a Must Visit Restaurant in Newport, RI

Situated in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, the Clarke Cooke House stands as a revered establishment that intertwines history, elegance, and superb dining experiences. With its rich heritage and stunning waterfront location, this iconic venue has been an integral part of Newport’s social fabric for over a century. From its founding as a private residence to its transformation into a legendary dining destination, the Clarke Cooke House continues to captivate locals and visitors alike with its blend of timeless charm and culinary excellence.

History

The Clarke Cooke House, located on Bannister’s Wharf, traces its origins back to the early 18th century. Built as a private residence for Captain Clarke, a prosperous shipowner, the house later became a center for maritime trade during Newport’s golden age. Its prime location along the bustling waterfront added to its allure, attracting notable figures of the time, including Captain James Cook, who dined there during his voyages.

 

Culinary Excellence and Preservation

In the 1970s, the Clarke Cooke House underwent a transformation under the visionary guidance of the Cooke family. With meticulous attention to preserving the building’s historic charm, they converted it into an elegant restaurant, maintaining its classic architecture and adding nautical elements that pay homage to its maritime heritage. Today, the venue houses multiple dining spaces, each with its own distinct ambiance, including The Candy Store, The Porch, The Skybar, and The Boom Boom Room.

 

 

Renowned for its culinary prowess, the Clarke Cooke House offers a diverse menu that showcases the best of New England’s coastal cuisine. With a commitment to using locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant presents a wide array of fresh seafood dishes, from succulent lobster rolls to pan-seared Atlantic salmon. For meat lovers, there are mouthwatering steaks and chops, while vegetarians can delight in creative vegetarian and vegan options.

 

 

 

In addition to its exceptional cuisine, the Clarke Cooke House boasts an extensive wine list, featuring an impressive selection of vintages from around the world. The knowledgeable staff provides expert guidance in pairing the perfect wine with each dish, elevating the dining experience to new heights.

 

Service and Atmosphere

One of the key elements that sets the Clarke Cooke House apart is its unwavering commitment to providing exemplary service. The staff exudes professionalism and warmth, ensuring that guests feel welcomed and attended to throughout their visit. The restaurant’s timeless decor, featuring classic maritime accents, evokes a sense of elegance and relaxation, creating an atmosphere that is both refined and inviting.

Beyond the exquisite dining experience, the Clarke Cooke House also hosts an array of lively events, from live music performances to themed parties, ensuring that there is always something exciting happening within its walls. It has become a hub of social activity, attracting locals, tourists, and even celebrities, who seek to savor the combination of Newport’s vibrant spirit and the Clarke Cooke House’s unique charm.

 

The Many Rooms

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Cooke House is the many rooms and, levels and “nooks and crannies” within. The Candy Store is a bustling main dining room that features a delightful blend of nautical-themed decor, including vintage maritime artifacts and colorful artwork adorning the walls. The Porch provides a relaxed outdoor setting with charming wicker furniture, hanging plants and wonderful views of Newport Harbor. Perched on the third floor, The Skybar offers contemporary decor, with a sleek bar, plush seating and panoramic views of Newport Harbor . Finally, the The Boom Boom Room, located on the lower level, is a lively venue for live music and dancing.

 

 

 

With its great service, exceptional cuisine, and breathtaking waterfront location, this historic establishment continues to leave an indelible mark on all who have the pleasure of dining within its hallowed walls. Whether you’re a Newport resident or a curious traveler, a visit to the Clarke Cooke House promises an enchanting journey through time, taste, and tradition.

Best Cheap Eats in Aspen

Aspen, Colorado, is renowned for its luxurious ski resorts, upscale boutiques, and world-class dining establishments. However, dining on a budget doesn’t mean compromising on flavor or quality in this mountain paradise. From cozy cafes to local favorites, Aspen offers a range of affordable culinary delights that are sure to satisfy both your taste buds and your wallet. Indulge in delicious cuisine without breaking the bank at one of these Aspen food stops.

Jour de Fête

Tucked away in the heart of Aspen’s downtown, Jour de Fête is a charming French-inspired café that delights visitors with its delectable menu and cozy atmosphere. Known for its affordable yet scrumptious sandwiches and crepes, this hidden gem offers a variety of options to suit all tastes. From the classic ham and cheese croissant to the mouthwatering Nutella-banana crepe, each dish is prepared with care and precision. Jour de Fête is a must-visit for budget-conscious food lovers seeking a taste of France in Aspen.

Big Wrap

For those seeking a quick and satisfying meal, Big Wrap is the go-to spot for affordable and flavorful wraps, salads, and burritos. Located just steps away from the Silver Queen Gondola, this casual eatery offers a variety of options to cater to different dietary preferences. Choose from a range of fillings, including grilled chicken, tofu, or falafel, and customize your wrap with an array of fresh and tasty ingredients. With generous portions and affordable prices, Big Wrap is a popular choice for those looking to refuel without breaking the bank.

New York Pizza

Craving a slice of classic New York-style pizza? Look no further than New York Pizza in downtown Aspen. This no-frills pizza joint offers mouthwatering slices and whole pies that are sure to satisfy your pizza cravings. With a wide selection of toppings and a friendly atmosphere, New York Pizza provides an affordable option for a quick and delicious meal. Grab a slice to go or enjoy a casual dine-in experience with friends—either way, this popular eatery won’t disappoint.

Hickory House Ribs

For barbecue enthusiasts, Hickory House Ribs is a must-visit destination in Aspen. While not the cheapest option on this list, its generous portions and finger-licking good ribs make it a worthwhile splurge for budget-conscious carnivores. Sink your teeth into tender and flavorful baby back ribs or opt for other barbecue favorites like pulled pork sandwiches and smoky chicken wings. With its casual and welcoming ambiance, Hickory House Ribs offers an unforgettable dining experience that won’t empty your wallet.

Poppycock’s Cafe

Poppycock’s Cafe, located just a short stroll from downtown Aspen, is a cozy and affordable breakfast and brunch spot. This local favorite serves up hearty and satisfying dishes that are perfect for starting your day on a budget. Indulge in fluffy pancakes, savory omelets, or their famous eggs Benedict—all made with love and quality ingredients. With friendly service and reasonable prices, Poppycock’s Cafe is a popular choice among locals and visitors seeking a wallet-friendly morning meal.

Aspen may be known for its luxurious offerings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t savor affordable and delicious meals in this alpine paradise. From French-inspired sandwiches to mouthwatering wraps, classic pizza slices to finger-licking ribs, and satisfying breakfast options, the best cheap eats in Aspen offer a range of flavors and culinary experiences that won’t strain your budget.

6 Easy Rooftop Bars in NYC

Like any good idea in New York City, once it’s out, everyone wants in. The proliferation of rooftop bars and restaurants in NYC has been a great thing, as many hotels, restaurants and building owners have realized just how valuable their rooftops really are. Continue reading

5 Hidden Gem Seafood Spots in The Hamtons

When it comes to seafood dining, the Hamptons—New York’s ritzy beach destination on Eastern Long Island—is renowned for its upscale restaurants and culinary scene. However, tucked away amidst the glitz and glamour, there are some hidden gems that offer exceptional dining experiences and mouthwatering dishes without the typical Hamptons’ price tag. These 5 lesser-known, good-value seafood restaurants in the Hamptons deserve a spot on every food foodie’s radar.

The Dockside Clam Bar & Grill

 

Located in Sag Harbor, The Dockside Clam Bar & Grill captures the essence of a classic seaside eatery. This unassuming gem offers a relaxed, casual atmosphere and a menu that showcases the freshest catches of the day. From succulent lobster rolls and crispy fried clams to perfectly grilled fish, every dish is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to quality and flavor. Enjoy your meal while taking in picturesque views of the marina—truly a hidden paradise for seafood lovers.

The North Fork Shack

Nestled in Southold, The North Fork Shack is a charming seafood joint that has gained a loyal following among locals. While the focus at this unpretentious spot is not solely on local seafood there are many savory seafood dishes including lobster, buttery scallops and local oysters. The laid-back ambiance and the restaurant’s focus on locally sourced ingredients make it a true hidden treasure for seafood enthusiasts exploring the Hamptons.

Hampton Lady Beach Bar & Grill

 

For those seeking a beachfront seafood dining experience, Hampton Lady Beach Bar & Grill in Westhampton Beach is a must-visit. This hidden gem combines stunning ocean views with a diverse menu that caters to seafood aficionados. From their signature fish tacos bursting with freshness to their perfectly grilled swordfish steaks, every dish is crafted with care and showcases the flavors of the sea. With its relaxed beachside setting, Hampton Lady offers a delightful escape from the bustling Hamptons scene.

The Seafood Shop

Located in Wainscott, The Seafood Shop is a hidden culinary gem that specializes in providing the finest and freshest seafood products. While primarily a seafood market, they also offer a small seating area where guests can enjoy their meal. Feast on their raw bar delights, including briny oysters and plump clams, or savor their expertly prepared seafood dishes. From grilled fish to seafood paella, The Seafood Shop delivers an exceptional dining experience that will leave you craving for more.

Gosman’s Dock

Situated in Montauk, Gosman’s Dock is a legendary seafood restaurant that has stood the test of time. While it may not be entirely under the radar, its enduring charm and picturesque waterfront location make it worthy of mention. Sample their famous lobster bisque, savor the catch of the day, or indulge in their scrumptious seafood pasta. With panoramic views of the harbor, Gosman’s Dock provides a quintessential Hamptons seafood dining experience that captures the essence of this coastal paradise.

While the Hamptons may be synonymous with high-end dining, the region also offers hidden treasures—under the that showcase the local seafood—you just need to look a little harder.

Flurry of New Celeb Chef Outposts in Las Vegas Shows How Hot Sin City Has Become

Sin City just got more decadently delicious. When in Las Vegas, make sure to hit the food jackpot by booking a table at the newest restaurants helmed by some of the most world’s most famous culinary stars.

 

Photo of Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment
DOMINIQUE ANSEL LAS VEGAS at CAESARS PALACE

Creative confectionaries, decadent desserts and, of course, the original Cronut have arrived at Dominique Ansel Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Ansel has opened his bake shop and introduced his only-in-Vegas “Lucky 7” collection, Cookie Shots, Frozen S’mores, baked-to-order Mini Madeleines, the best-selling DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), and the Cronut flavor of the month which never repeats. The first featured flavor is November’s Lucky Cherry Chambord and Caramelia Cronut filled with cherry Chambord jam and Valrhona Caramelia (caramelized milk chocolate) ganache. Treats are baked fresh daily, made with Beurre d’Isigny butter and Les Grands Moulins des Paris flour imported from France.

“I’m so thrilled to finally have a home here at Caesars Palace,” said Ansel. “For each of our shops, we strive to make each menu unique, and we hope our ‘Lucky 7’ pastry collection will bring some good fortune to everyone here. I can’t wait to share what we have planned for our future menu creations.”

The cafe-style bakery has seating for 20 people and is located next to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill near the Caesars Palace Forum.

 

Vetri Cucina by Mac Vetri photo by Clint Jenkins/Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort
VETRI CUCINA at PALMS CASINO RESORT

The return of the beloved Vetri Cucina at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is official, with the Palms Ivory Tower elevator now whisking guests to the 56th floor for panoramic city views and award-winning Italian cuisine by Chef Marc Vetri, Philadelphia’s shining culinary star for the past 25 years.

“I’m very excited and honored to be open in this amazing space and location once again,” says owner/chef Marc Vetri. “This space is magical and one that can only be found here at Palms. We love creating memories for our guests and simply celebrating life.”

Vetri Cucina’s menu features many of the favorite dishes and wines that first brought it acclaim, as well as new menu items. Highlights include Foie Gras Pastrami with Toasted Brioche and Mostarda, Sweet Onion Crepe with White Truffle Fondue, Spinach Gnocchi with Ricotta Salata and Brown Butter, Smoked Baby Goat with Fresh Milled Polenta au Jus.

The new Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. The off-Strip property features two towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a variety of bars, restaurants, and live entertainment venues across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino.

 

 

BEDFORD BY MARTHA STEWART at PARIS LAS VEGAS

An authentic, immersive experience awaits at The Bedford by Martha Stewart, a replica of Martha’s 1925 farmhouse with culinary inspiration drawn from her legendary gardens and love of French cooking. Locally sourced ingredients round out a menu of Martha’s most celebrated dishes.

Developed by Martha and her team, The Bedford’s menu features flavorful dishes from fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Transporting guests to an authentic dining experience at Martha Stewart’s famed country farmhouse, the restaurant boasts French-inspired cuisine and a combination of Martha’s favorite recipes for Oysters Rockefeller, Salmon en Croûte, Martha’s $30 Square Burger, a Whole Roast Chicken carved tableside, and, of course, a Martha-tini made with Zubrówka bison grass vodka.

 

 

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN BY GORDON RAMSAY at HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS

With so many restaurants in Sin City – including Gordon Ramsay’s Steak, Pub & Grill, Fish & Chips, Burger, and Hell’s Kitchen – the world’s favorite potty-mouthed Michelin-starred chef is the unofficial culinary king of Las Vegas. Well, make room in your tummy for Ramsay’s sixth Vegas restaurant: Harrah’s Las Vegas has just opened Ramsay’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay. Foodies can tuck into many of Gordon’s classic dishes such as Beef Wellington and his irresistible Sticky Toffee Pudding, plus “new dishes not yet served anywhere else,” says Ramsay.

The 240-seat restaurant has a seven-seat seafood counter, a private booth, and a private dining room. This marks the iconic chef’s second Ramsay’s Kitchen location – the original Ramsay’s Kitchen first opened in Boston’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood and features an expansive menu including a raw bar, soups, salads, sandwiches, and signature mains.

“I’ve had an amazing 10 years with Caesars Entertainment, and I couldn’t be more excited to expand the partnership in Las Vegas,” said Gordon Ramsay. “I’m really looking forward to introducing Ramsay’s Kitchen to the millions of guests that visit Harrah’s each year.”

 

The Other Red Pinot

Spring and fall is a perfect time to try new wine varietals. While the hot summer months can lull us into a strict diet of rose and Sancerre and the colder months beg for bigger reds to pair with our winter comfort foods, the shoulder season lends itself to virtually anything. If you have been wanting to expand your wine horizons and try new varietals, now is the time to do so.

 

I recently tried a varietal that I have only had a few times—Pinot Meunier. If you haven’t heard of this varietal—a cousin to Pinot Noir—don’t fret. Not many people have. Pinot Meunier can taste very similar to Pinot Noir, with classic strawberries on the nose, medium body and earthiness, however it typically has higher acid levels and can be a bit meatier.

 

Pinot Meunier enjoys the same cool microclimates that Pinot Noir does, thriving in the fog and limited sunshine that make areas like Burgundy and Carneros so ideal. If done right, Pinot Meunier has layers of bright red fruits, spice and an earthy elegance, yet with more savory notes than Pinot Noir.

 

Similar toGamay, Pinot Meunier is often overlooked by consumers. Most wine lovers are probably not even aware of the varietal, yet sommeliers are well aware of it and its versatility with food. While it has plenty of fruit, it also has savory mushroom notes that can work well with rustic chicken dishes and richer pasta dishes.

 

Pairs with many foods

I recently tried the Bouchaine Pinot Meunier from Carneros at a restaurant in New York with “Gnocchi di Semolino alla Romana”—a classic, simple Gnocchi with Gorgonzola cream sauce dish—and it paired beautifully. While Pinot Meunier does not have quite the tannins that Pinot Noir does, it has just as much, if not more acidity, making it a great choice for higher fat content dishes. If you like your reds with plenty of acidity but do not always yearn for a Cabernet of Bordeaux style wine, try Pinot Meunier and you may be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

 

 

Tasting Notes:

Bouchaine’s 100-acre estate vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley’s Carneros district, overlooking the San Francisco Bay with the city visible in the distance on clear days. Fog, wind, and the cold night time temperatures of this unique geographical area lend a distinctive regional identity to this Pinot Meunier.

 

According to Bouchaine, The 2019 growing season was a “Goldilocks” vintage—not too cold, not too hot. Late rains in May and some storms threatened the vines, however sunshine eventually won that battle resulting in a very consistent growing season.

 

Bright red fruits—strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and even pomegranate—waft out of the glass, leading to more earthy and savory notes of mushrooms, roasted meats and leather. Light tannins and ample acidity on the palate result in a very approachable wine that can pair with many foods. The Bouchaine Pinot Meunier—with it’s bright fruit and ample acidity—will go very nicely with a rich pasta dish (cream sauce over red sauce) or a classic French Roast Chicken Jus.

 

Coq au Vin

A Hot French Classic for a Cool Night

Some say that Coq au Vin dates all the way back to the times of Julius Caesar, whereas others are quick to point out that the earliest known recipe was found in a cookbook from the 1860s. This classic dish—often served during the colder months—is the very definition of French comfort food. Continue reading

Small Bites in a Big City

From authentic raw bars, to rooftop dining, to the cozy confines of Grand Central’s favorite speakeasy, here are some GLR articles dedicated to fun and easy NYC spots to grab small bites and great drinks in cool places.

Raw Bar Hopping – 8 Great Oyster Bars in NYC

The most coveted oyster varieties from both North American coasts are appearing on the menus of Manhattan eateries in fresher, tastier and more robust selections than ever before. Here’s our list of top eateries in NYC shucking these delicious and ecologically powerful bivalves, and more.

 

A Higher End Happy Hour at These Popular NYC Restaurants

From $2 Osyters at The Standard East Village to Buratta Toast at Great Jones Distilling Co, You Can’t Go Wrong at These Top Spots

With the weather slowly cooling down, it’s about time for New Yorkers to enjoy the after-work hours, easily sipping libations with co-workers or friends. Sometimes, what you need is something exceptional, yet uncomplicated. Here are 5 of our favorite happy hours that will be sure to please:

 

Oysters on the half shell with mignette sauce and cocktail sauce at The Standard East Village
Standard East Village

 

The Campbell At Grand Central—Still A Treasure Sans The Apartment

If you travel through Grand Central Terminal every day and find yourself scratching your head right now, don’t worry—that was sort of the point. Touted as one of Grand Central’s top hidden secrets by Travel + Leisure, this opulent space has never needed trickery to retain its speakeasy status.

 

Dimmly lit bar with leather high chairs facing large obscure window with dividers at The Campbell Bar at Grand Central
The Campbell at Grand Central

 

6 Easy Rooftop Bars in NYC

Like any good idea in New York City, once it’s out, everyone wants in. The proliferation of rooftop bars and restaurants in NYC has been a great thing, as many hotels, restaurants and building owners have realized just how valuable their rooftops really are.

 

Rooftop bar with wood floor and red charis overlooking midtown New York at The Refinery Hotel
The Refinery Hotel Rooftop

Qatar is Home to a Stunning 26,000-foot Restaurant From This Famed Sushi Empire

The stunning 26,000-square-foot Nobu, the famed sushi empire from Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, is part of the Doha Four Seasons and floats on its own mini-island in the Qatar Gulf, rising like a coiled shell crossed with a starship from the future.

 

Stunning Design

Inside, seven separate glamorously designed dining areas comprise a 134-seat main room, two private dining rooms, two bar lounges, and a 38-seat rooftop venue. Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s recipe for success combines his formal sushi training with a love of travel and global cuisine.

 

Nobu restaurant outside at night in Qatar

 

 

Man holding up sushi plate

 

World-class Cuisine

The architectural masterpiece, designed by the NYC-based Rockwell Group, showcases the very best in fine dining, featuring Nobu’s world-famous cuisine matched by panoramic views of the alluring Arabian Gulf.

A practitioner of new-style Japanese cuisine, the Nobu menu includes innovative flavor pairings, such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and perhaps Chef Matsuhisa’s most notorious recipe – the black cod miso.

 

Miso glazed sea bass on plate with drops of sauce displayed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobu Doha does nothing but impress. A destination as a whole; the world’s largest Nobu is not just a restaurant, its the venue for an entire evening.

Offering a truly exclusive culinary experience, found nowhere else, the tri-level Nobu Doha boasts the largest of its kind in the world and is the only Nobu at a Four Seasons in the Middle East.

America’s Most Coveted Shellfish is Back

Move over Maine lobsters. An even more revered, more sought after New England shellfish has stolen the culinary spotlight for a few fleeting months. Fresh-caught Nantucket Bay scallops – arguably the best and most coveted seafood in America – are now arriving at select restaurants and seafood shops throughout the country, and they won’t be here for long. Continue reading