#SCBDEventRecap: .@HavanaCentral Empanadas for Nat’l Empanada Day

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When I walked into Havana Central on West 46th street in New York, the atmosphere was loud, chaotic and busy. Well, I guess National Empanada Day had something to do with it, right? Probably. Regardless, I was assigned to try these wonderful empanadas and reveal just how fabulous they tasted.

I was greeted by Ashley, the lovely Social Media and Marketing Manager, who took me under his wing and sat with me as I tried three empanadas. Since I cannot have cheese,(Yes it’s a total buzzkill, don’t you think I know?) I chose Chicken Sofrito, Shrimp Sofrito and Beef Picadillo. All of them crunchy, had a nice texture and yummy in the tummy. I requested dipping sauce and Ashley proudly provided mojo, a garlic dipping sauce and chimichurri, a green pesto sauce. Both of them were delicious!

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My one-on-one with Ashley consisted of speaking about the multiple restaurants in New York, there are four total. They might soon open up in Jersey as well. He confessed that some people are skeptical of trying cuban food because they believe it’s spicy. Guess what? The empanadas I consumed weren’t spicy one bit, instead, they were scrumptious and crispy.

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If you asked me which was my absolute favorite, I’d have to go with the Shrimp Sofrito Empanada, which was filled with chunks of shrimp! I ate that puppy by cutting off the pieces with knife and fork to enjoy the taste.

Along with the empanadas, Ashley and I drank mojitos, which consisted of white rum, sugar, usually sugar cane lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. Since I’m such a light weight, I sort of felt in without the first few sips. It was my first mojito and I felt privileged to drink it in the company of Ashley.

When I searched Havana Central’s website, I found some fun and interesting facts. Did you know over 700,000 mojitos and over one million empanadas have been sold? This goes to show you how delectable and delicious this restaurant is!

http://havanacentral.com/

Every weekday they offer happy hour from 3-7pm. Times Square location is from 4-7pm

$6 Classic Mojitos and Margaritas • $4 Beers • $5 House Wine • $7 Sangria
for Times Square and Yonkers locations

Havana Central Upper West Side Offers $6 Well Drinks During Happy Hour

$1 Empanadas every Tuesday at Times Square and Yonkers locations and Wednesdays at Upper West Side locations

Happy Eating!

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for my meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDReview: @RestauranThalia; a #NYC Theatre District Restaurant Worth Going To

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Thalia is located on Eighth Avenue in New York. It looks like it would be a small place but in fact it is not. The ceilings are high. The bar is outstanding with a lounge area with couches. Then it opens up to the dining area. The dining room has different levels of seating and a huge glass wall that has all the wine on display that they offer.

My boyfriend and I came here for lunch and got reservations through Open Table. We were greeted and seated. Our table was cute against a column, a perfect size. We started off with water and ordering a drink. I got a mojito and Rick got a Stoli and Diet Coke. The mojito was so fresh and out of this world. It was made really well, and was so refreshing. I am very picky with my drinks, so this one was an A plus. They serve sushi and American food, such a great variety of healthy and fresh foods. The foods vary from Salads to burgers, vegetarian dishes to ravioli, and Mac and Cheese to Rancheros.

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We started off with a Fantastic Sushi roll; this was tuna, salmon, yellowtail, soy bean paper, avocado, cucumber, tobiko, and wasabi mayo. It was so fresh tasting and good, it was also fresh made. It was soft and full of wonderful flavor, definitely a high grade fish.

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Next, we ordered raw oysters, my favorite kind, the Kumomoto. We only got a half dozen, these also tasted so fresh. They did not have any fishy or salty taste and no grit or sand in them.

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Then for our main dish, I ordered a special salad and it was so delicious. It was outstanding and came served like a piece of art. The dressing was so creamy, but not too rich. The lettuce was fresh and crisp. The inside was filled with quinoa. I would order this again in a heartbeat, it was full of so many different flavors to combine as a great lunch. It was very filling too, even though it sounds like it wouldn’t be.

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Rick ordered the Tuna Burger, and wow was this outstanding as well. This Tuna burger included sriracha wasabi mayo and Asian slaw. He ordered it rare. This was another fresh pick, tasting amazing. It was tender and tasted like it just came from the fish market. No taste of fishy or chewy, just pure fish with amazing spicy mayo on top. This came with a side of French fries, but he opted for a salad.

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We were going to hold off on the desserts, everything sounded so delicious thought. Our waitress told us that they wanted to give us a desert on the house. So we opted for the Crème Brule. As with all the food, it was delicious! I cannot wait to go back here again, I recommend it. A great stop for lunch, dinner, or some apps in the City! The staff was fabulous and so welcoming, the atmosphere was perfect, and the food is outstanding.

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www.restaurantthalia.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thalia-Restaurant/166098956738842

https://twitter.com/RestauranThalia

#SCBDEvent: .@TheDoeFund Hosts 3rd Annual sweet: New York Tasting Event

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On Thursday, March 13th, The Doe Fund will be hosting it’s 3rd annual sweet: New York to support homeless people in NYC. Students from the Doe Fund’s culinary employment program will work alongside chefs from the top NYC restaurants to treat guests to sweet and savory dishes. All proceeds will go to the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able Program, which helps formerly homeless men and women get back on their feet through career development and educational tools.

Guests will be given the VIP treatment and served dishes from some of New York’s most famous restaurants, including Dinosaur BBQ, Magnolia Bakery, Tao, and Capital Grille. Patrons can also enjoy specialty cocktails crafted by expert mixologists, along with wine from award-winning vineyards and craft beers and spirits. Along with dinner and drinks, there will be a not-so-silent auction and the musical stylings of celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland.

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VIP Tickets cost $150, and tickets to the main event cost $100. You can purchase tickets online and find out more information about the event. Join the Doe Fund on March 13th at 6 PM at the Bowery Hotel for dinner, drinks, and dancing for a good cause!

#SCBDReview: Soho’s KittiChai and NYC Restaurant Week

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Every year I try to get a group of friends together to try out a new restaurant for NYC restaurant week. The past few times our plans had fallen through, but this year I was determined to get into the city. There are a lot of opinions on this twice yearly tradition of restaurant week. There are those who hate their favorite spots being flushed with newcomers and most likely one time diners. Others think the entire ”promotion” is a rip off because smaller portions are often served and items that aren’t on the regular menu are presented (Those who have worked in the industry will understand this most likely means items will cut costs, are about to go bad, in excess, or they want the diner to be a guinea pig for a new idea). But there are also the people (like me) who see it as an opportunity (and excuse!) to try out restaurants they might not otherwise be able to afford on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, my first 2 choices for restaurants to try out for this occasion were booked up for the day we chose to go out on within a day of the menus being posted online (The Marrow and Perilla-Harold Dieterle’s restaurants). I scanned through the participating list for other places that were on my to-do list (When you don’t live in the city it’s harder to make a dent in this list…it seems to just grows). I settled on Kittichai in Soho. It is an upscale Thai restaurant with some eclectic and contemporary flare.

The décor was eye catching with brilliantly lit vases with flowers in them, a large pond with floating candles in the center of the dining room, and wooden accents to tone down the bright lights of the other decor. It was a perfect symmetry of light and dark.

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We noticed that the menu not only had the $38 restaurant week Pre-Fixe menu but, it also featured 2 other pre-selected menu’s (for slightly higher prices) to choose from as well. Each menu had a $15 wine pairing option for your 3 courses. We stuck with the restaurant week menu but did add on the 3 course wine pairing (you can’t beat $15…but I will admit they were half glasses). We also threw in some side dishes to split with our table.

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I started with a cocktail before our wine flight began. It was a salted plum brandy with vanilla essence and orange peel. It reminded me of a whiskey sour. It had a great balance of sweet and tart.

I chose the Wild Mushroom Dumplings for my appetizer course. The dumplings were just slightly crispy and they came with a soy coconut foam sauce that I could have licked the platter trying not to waste any. Needless to say, I enjoyed it. I also tried the Hot and Sour Seafood Soup, the Duck Confit Salad, and the Crispy Rock Shrimp. ALL of them were delicious…but I thought my dumplings took the cake on that course. The wine selected for the appetizers was a Riesling. It is not usually my favorite varietal however; I thought it paired nicely to offset the heavy spices that were in each of the dishes.

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For my main course I chose the Braised Pork Cheek that paired with spiced palm sugar braise, truffle powder, and steamed buns. Whoa. These pork buns were awesome! I didn’t even want to share (Luckily 3 of the 5 of us ordered this dish so I didn’t have to share too much!). I nibbled on the Crispy Branzino and Chili-Smoked Hanger Steak from my dining companions as well. This place really understands how to pack in flavors. Our side dishes included the Roti with a Peanut Curry dipping sauce, Charred Cauliflower (SO good!), Stir-fried Jasmine Rice with Sausage and Cashews, and Stir-Fried Vegetables with Garlic and Ginger Soy Sauce. The wine presented for the main dishes was a Pinot Noir. It was light and fruity but a bit forgettable.

The portions were smaller so I was able to try everything on the table and still have room for dessert. I went for the Black Cardamom Lava Cake with Thai Basil Ice Cream. I love chocolate and the lava cake was a hit. However; I want to highlight how refreshingly good the Thai Basil Ice Cream was. I always wonder if the trend to put savory flavors into ice cream will work. This one did. It ended my dinner on a high note. Our pairing for the dessert was a sparkling wine. It was perfect for a cheers with good friends over the great meal we had just indulged in.

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This meal truly blew me away. I do have to admit that you are a bit fooled by the low price tag of $38. You can’t help but be suckered into drinks and side dishes so our bill was a lot heftier than that original price tag. But I do not intend to become a one and done customer at Kittichai. I can’t wait to go back and try more of what they have to offer.

#SCBDEvent: Mardi Gras Celebration @WHotelsNYC

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Tonight The W New York – Downtown will be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration featuring complementary cupcakes, signature cocktails straight from the French Quarter, and the chance to win a trip to New Orleans! 

Join them this evening at 5 PM for a taste of the Big Easy without having to leave the Big Apple. Kick off the celebration with the Taylor Bird Sazerac, a $9 cocktail that hails from the W French Quarter’s SoBou restaurant. If you’re curious to see what you’re getting yourself into, check out the recipe before you take the dive:

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Taylor Bird Sazerac Cocktail $9

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Rye whiskey

1 barspoon Steen’s cane syrup (or extra-rich 3:1 demerara syrup)

2 dashes orange bitters

4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Absinthe rinse

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: rocks

Garnish: lemon twist

Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe to coat. Stir the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice and strain into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist after expressing its oils over the drink.

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With the purchase of the Taylor Bird Sazerac, you’ll receive a complementary King Cake cupcake from Billy’s Bakery. One of these delicious cupcakes contains a surprise ingredient: a baby! Whoever finds the baby hiding underneath their creamy purple and green frosting will win a two-night stay for two in New Orleans.

For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to find the baby and win the trip, the W New Orleans is offering several specialty packages in honor of Mardi Gras. Check out their website to snag a five night stay at the W New Orleans and get a chance to march in the Krewe of Orpheus parade or grab some daily “to-go” cocktails from SoBou.

If you’re looking for an authentic Mardi Gras celebration with some New York flair, then the W – Downtown is the spot for you! The celebration starts at 5 PM tonight on 123 Washington Street. As they say in the Big Easy, laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

#SCBDEvent: 2014 .@ChoiceEats takes place March 25th in #NYC

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The Village Voice’s seventh annual tasting event, “Choice Eats,” announces a fourth round of participating restaurants today, bringing the total up to 75 participants. The 18 newly added restaurants are: Black Tree, Buka, Chandni, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Doughnut Plant, Grandaisy Bakery, Jones Wood Foundry, Juliette Restaurant, Khe Yo, Kuma Inn, Liddabit Sweets, Mexico Lindo, Mooncake Foods, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, Ovenly, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, Rosamunde Sausage Grill and Rubirosa.

Today’s newly announced restaurants will join previously announced restaurants: 606 R&D, Alobar, Ample Hills Creamery, Anella, Bear, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bhatti Indian Grill, Bien Cuit, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Bunker, Butter & Scotch, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Devi, Dirt Candy, Edi and the Wolf, Egg, El Almacen, Fay Da Bakery, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Indian Clove, Jimmy’s No. 43, John Brown Smokehouse, Kaia Wine Bar, La Newyorkina, Larb Ubol, Little Prince, Littleneck, Louro, Luke’s Lobster, Mables Smokehouse, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Martha, Max, No. 7, Oda House, OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Ovelia Psistaria, Pete Zaaz, Queens Comfort, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Sheep Station, Spicy Bampa, Swine, Tabata Noodle Restaurant, Telepan Local, The Kati Roll Company, The Meatball Shop, The Pines, Thistle Hill Tavern, Xe May Sandwich Shop, Yunnan Kitchen and Zenon Taverna.

“Choice Eats” will be accepting volunteer applications until March 7th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice‘s Third annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event to be held in May 2014 (specific date TBA). To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here: http://bit.ly/CEvolunteer.

VIP tickets for “Choice Eats” 2014 officially sold out in minutes since going on sale on January 29th and only a limited number of General Admission tickets are still available. Purchase tickets, here: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 25th at Basketball City at Pier 36 located in Lower Manhattan from 7:00PM-10:00PM with a VIP-only hour from 6:00PM-7:00PM.

Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV will DJ this year’s “Choice Eats” event. DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new four-piece. The band is signed to Captured Tracks and has been hailed by Pitchfork, Stereogum and their likes for their dreamy, psychedelic style. DIIV have performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and at major music festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more.

“Choice Eats” is one of New York City’s most unique food events where 3,000 attendees sample food from over 60 of the most sought after restaurants across all the city’s boroughs from over 35 countries, all handpicked by The Village Voice’s food critics and previously featured in theFork In The Road blog.

Back by popular demand, “Choice Eats” will offer all ticketholders an array of dessert offerings in the “Choice Sweets” section of the event. Choice Sweets participants will be featured on the main floor, with a select few exclusive to the VIP lounge.

Typically held at the 69th Armory, this year’s “Choice Eats” will move to a new downtown location, Pier 36 @ Basketball City, the state of the art Lower Manhattan venue that will enable the event to grow its footprint plus expand the number of attendees, participating restaurants, demos and more. The venue regularly transforms its seven side-by-side basketball courts to an elegant event space for expos, corporate events and now for the Village Voice’s Seventh Annual “Choice Eats.”

Sponsors confirmed for Choice Eats 2014 include: Stella Artois, Great Brewers, Southern Wine & Spirits, Whole Foods Market, Disney NEWSIES on Broadway, Diamond Vision, Asahi Beer USA, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blueprint Brands, Asahi Beer, Verizon FIOS, New York Health & Racquet Club, Pisco Portón, Abita Brewing Company, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brewery

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Ommegang, Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Lagunitas Brewing Company, MOA Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Singha Beer, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Black Dirt Distillery, Catoctin Creek, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, New Holland Brewing, Rogue Spirits, Suerte Tequila, Virginia Distillery Company, Woody Creek Distillers, SingleCut Beer, Four Roses Bourbon, Cabot Creamery and Hot 97.

 

For more information on “Choice Eats” please have a bite here:

www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats

https://www.facebook.com/voicechoiceeats

https://twitter.com/ChoiceEats

 

Event Details:

Choice Eats 7th Annual Tasting Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TICKETS: On Sale Now: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats

VENUE: Basketball City | 299 South St. | New York, NY 10002

COST: $85 – VIP (SOLD OUT)

$60 – General Admission (STILL AVAILABLE)

6:00-7:00pm – VIP HOUR

7:00-10:00pm – EVENT

 

Getting There:

The event’s new venue, Basketball City, is conveniently located just north of the Manhattan bridge and steps away from F Train on the East Broadway Stop. It is also accessible by buses and the J, M line at Essex Street.

#SCBDEvent: .@KENandCOOK Oscar Screening Party

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The Academy Awards are the hottest event in Hollywood. It’s a night of glitz, glam, and all the fabulous celebrities you could ever imagine. Unfortunately, most of us commoners will never get to hit the red carpet and join in these festivities. Luck for you, there are other options for you to feel just a fabulous as the Oscar nominees themselves!

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This Sunday, Ken & Cook Restaurant and Bar will be holding an Oscars viewing party for all of you movie-buffs and Hollywood wanna-be’s. Guests are asked to dress in their best black tie attire to walk the red carpet and view the show from a giant projector behind the bar. While you’re viewing, treat yourself to some Oscar-inspired cocktails along with Ken & Cook’s delicious dinner menu and get the VIP treatment! The party starts at 6 PM sharp, just in time for the Red Carpet Pre-Show. Space is limited, so if you want to RSVP, call the restaurant at 212-966-3058 or e-mail them at reservations@kenandcook.com

#SCBDEvent: .@NYCraftBeerFest — Spring Seasonal

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to February and hello to March?

THE NYC CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – SPRING SEASONAL!

You know exactly what I am about to say.

…I’M SO EXCITED.

150 craft beers from all over the country, unlimited 2 oz tastings, and the most amazing, exciting energy in New York City!

Uhm hello, best weekend ever? YES.

There’s also delicious food – a tantalizing spread, that never fails to pair perfectly with my beer tastings!

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Here’s the event information — but hurry! Tickets are selling out!

Click here to get your tickets!

Friday, Feb. 28th (One Session)

SESSION 1: Gen. Admission 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM / VIP & Connoisseur 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Saturday, March. 1st (Two Sessions)

SESSION 1: VIP & Connoisseur 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM / General Admission 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

SESSION 2: VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM / General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM /

*** There is NO Afternoon Session on Friday***

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#SCBDReview: Tea in Wondeland – Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter 2

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My boyfriend works in the city, one day his mom and I decided to meet him for lunch in the Upper East Side, New York City. We came across Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter 2 in the Upper East Side, on 64th street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Street. We walked into a cute store front tucked away and into an Alice in Wonderland inspired restaurant café.

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Our wait was about ten minutes, due to wanting to sit upstairs. There are two levels. The downstairs area is small with a nice amount of tables and includes includes the main lobby area with a counter and host desk.

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Upstairs was so cute with Alice in Wonderland themed decorations all over the place; including large butterflies and paintings, tall ceilings, and tea cups all over.

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We started with ordering a pot of tea. The restaurant offers a deal where customers can order a pot of tea for three cups and two scones. Between the three of us, we have several cups of the tea- it was plenty. We decided to order one of their house specialties, called Herbal Detox Blend. This was a special blend of Alfalfa, dandelion, nettle bush, plantain, red clover and mint. It was light and smooth and tasted divine. I also decided to try one of their specialty Mar-Tea-Ni drinks. I got a Peach Bellini. It is infused with Peach Tea and Prosecco. All of the mixed drinks they offered sounded so good, and this one was excellent. It tasted fresh and refreshing. On a note with this drink and the service, I accidentally spilled this when I got it after taking a few sips, and the staff graciously came over and replaced it with a new one since it was pretty full when it happened. They have such great service and are so generous.

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After we received our tea, I got the cup of soup I ordered. It was an Artichoke soup. It had artichoke, mixed vegetables in a chicken broth. I love artichoke, but now I have a new favorite way to eat it. The broth made the artichoke so soft and smooth, it was so tasty. The flavors all mixed together to create a delicious soup. They always have different soups each day, so it is exciting to try another on a future visit. The soup also came with homemade rosemary focaccia bread. This tasted so good alone or mixed in with the broth of the soup.

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After finishing the soup, we were served our sandwiches and scones. All of our meals came with an option of fries or salad, so we all got a salad. The dressing that came with the salad was a ginger Soy dressing. This dressing was light but unfortunately they put only a small amount on the salad. I personally would have liked more, but it was so good. I ordered the Grilled Veggie Sandwich. This included Portobello mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, onion, and tomatoes with goat cheese on pumpernickel. It included pesto which I opted to have it on the side. I usually am not a fan of pesto, but I tried this with this sandwich and it blended beautifully. The vegetables tasted so fresh and they were cooked perfectly. I loved having it paired with pumpernickel bread. I realized that too many places don’t use pumpernickel bread, it is under used.

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My boyfriend’s mother ordered the Lapsang Souchong Smoked Chicken Breast Sandwich. This was a smoked chicken breast on seven grain bread with granny smith apples and an herbed goat cheese. This sandwich was our least favorite. It was on the drier side. It needed something more to make the dry bread and chicken more moist, possibly a dressing. It was still very delicious though and would recommend it with an additional dressing.

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My boyfriend got the Croque Madame sandwich and added smoked grilled chicken to it. This sandwich was delicious, it was a heavier sandwich. The cheese made it a bit greasy. On this sandwich was grilled gruyere with mayonnaise and whole grain mustard. It was on golden raisin semolina bread. This did have a lot of taste but was very filling.

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Finally, we finished with our scones. I chose the Pumpkin Scone with a caramel glaze and my boyfriend chose the original buttermilk scone. They were served with clotted cream and a jam. The pumpkin scone was my favorite. It was so moist and rich. It tasted so fresh. The caramel on top made it sweeter, but it was not a sickening sweet, but instead a very enjoyable sweet. It went well with the last of our hot tea. I would highly recommend this. My boyfriend and his mom enjoyed the original one the most, they said they loved how flakey and moist it was, at the same time. It broke apart but was not too dry. I do have to say it was one of the best original scones I have had.

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I found out that they have three different restaurants, each called a different Chapter. I am excited to visit these other ones in the future and see the difference between them. They offer so much more than we had too. Other deserts, cakes, more drinks, so many teas, and salads and sandwiches of all kinds. The food was fabulous, servers were super nice and alert, and the atmosphere is like no other. Highly recommend this and I will be back in the future to enjoy another afternoon tea with friends.

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http://alicesteacup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/alicesteacup

#SCBDReview: Show Goes On at Circo

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There’s a circus in Manhattan and involves an adorable Venetian man who told The Dentist that he better be nice to me OR ELSE, followed by a sly wink and a coy smile. This isn’t a bar joke. This is true life at Circo in midtown Manhattan. I grew up eating at Circo, an Italian midtown staple located on 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue, right across from the famous New York City Center. I grew up knowing the friendly Venetian man named Bruno. Knowing just how wonderfully cheeky Bruno is, I wanted to go there as a last resort with The Dentist.

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I wanted to try something new. I wanted to broaden my horizons. When The Dentist told me he wanted something Italian, I wanted to be adventurous and step outside of my childhood comfort zone of Circo. I walked to 56th Street in order to try Basso56. I knew full well that I was walking in at primetime Manhattan dinner hours on a Friday night without reservations. Alas, Basso56 would not have a free table for another hour and a half. I tried Patsy’s right next door since they proudly display photos of famous celebrities who ate there. I wanted to join in on that club, but they, too, were full for another hour and a half.

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I sighed, knowing full well that Circo for Friday night Italian food it was. Bruno welcomed The Dentist and I with open arms, without a reservation. We had a lovely booth-style table and a kind lady checked in my trench coat for me. Circo is like your friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant, if your kind of neighborhood is midtown Manhattan. The food is always fresh, delicious, and made with Venetian love. It’s been consistently scrumptious for the past seven years that I’ve been going there.

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The Dentist had a great time at Circo. I asked him for his objective opinion of the restaurant, considering I grew up there eating Ravioli Di Mamma Egi and homemade gelati e sorbetti because they make their own gelato and sorbet ice cream over there. They even have a gelato cart outside of the restaurant. The Dentist was extremely entertained by the rotating figurines on top the restaurant since the theme of Circo is the circus. The bread basket alone was enough to keep him coming back for more. Perhaps, it was fate that the other two Italian restaurants I wanted to try that evening were fully booked. At least I knew that even with no reservations, The Dentist and I fit in perfectly with the classy neighborhood company at Circo.

I leave you with this food for thought quote by my boy, Drake:

“I’d much rather sit here in silence
I send all my money to banks in the islands and eat with Italians, I do”

Cheers! Say “ciao” to Bruno for me.

 

LINKS

CIRCO MAIN WEBSITE                                                                    http://www.circonyc.com/index.html

HEY NEW YORKERS! THEY DELEIVER TOO                               https://www.delivery.com/nyc/circo

TWEET CIRCO AND SIGNORE BRUNO AT @CIRCORESTAURANT

 

 

 

 

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