“Leave it to the Chef” for an Omakase Experience at Gaijin in Astoria

Originally published on Woman Around Town. Calling all sushi lovers; have you tried omakase style yet? If not, what are you waiting for!? The fast-growing trend has swept through Manhattan and now it’s finding its way to Astoria, Queens at Gaijin, the brainchild of Executive Chef/Partner Mark and Owner Jay Zheng. The highlight of the…

Aureole Celebrates the Artfulness and Creativity of Fine Dining

Originally Published on Woman Around Town To celebrate our pre-wedding anniversary (1 year until the Big Day!) my fiancée and I treated ourselves to a magnificent fine dining experience at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Michelin-starred Aureole in Times Square. After being a New Yorker for nearly eight years now, I am usually hesitant to dine in…

Top 12 Eats: The Village Voice’s Choice Eats 10th Anniversary

Originally Published on Woman Around Town. Ahh, it’s that time of year again! Foodies in New York rejoice as winter clothes are packed away, the sunshine is beaming, and summer food and drink festivals begin to ramp up. One of the first major food events of the season is the much-anticipated Village Voice’s Choice Eats…

Date Night Coming Up? Consider Strip House Steakhouse in Midtown

Originally Published by Woman round Town. When I told a friend of mine that I was dining at Strip House, his ears and eyebrows perked up. “A strip club?” he innocently questioned. No, while it’s by no means a strip club, the ambiance exudes sexiness, and so does the food! Red vinyl banquettes, a second-level…

The Anthony-Bringing 1950’s Glam to Greenwich Village

Originally published on Woman Around Town.  Nicholas Semkiw and ADB Hospitality have opened a 1950s-themed restaurant and lounge—The Anthony on Bleecker Street. Judging by their Instagram and Yelp photos, they already have a buzz as being a smashing after-hours dance club, a swanky lounge on the mezzanine level overlooking the main floor, bottle service and…

When in the Theater District, Eat at Bea!

Originally Published at Woman Around Town. The Theater District welcomes a new restaurant and bar into the neighborhood; and this one is bound to stick around! Bea, named after owner Sotir Zonea’s Romanian grand-mother, offers a comfortable and relaxed ambiance accompanied with a very special food and cocktail menu. Despite the inherent bustle of Hell’s…

Nerdlesque Fest For the Nerds, Dorks, and Dweebs of the Intergalaxies

Originally Published at Woman Around Town How do erotic burlesque dancers relate to the nerd culture of video games, comics, and sci-fi? The act of burlesque evokes sexual empowerment and a sort of liberation from patriarchal subjectivity. On the other hand, comic cons often have a bad reputation for misogyny and elitism. From April 3rd…

Ariana – Russian Food with a Modern Twist

Originally Published on Woman Around Town Ariana, a contemporary Russian restaurant and lounge is featuring new food and cocktails to add to their winter menu. Last week Ariana Grinblat herself was there to host a tasting event which was the perfect touch for someone who hasn’t dined at the restaurant before. She defined the cuisine…

Eklektikon Brings Greek Wine to New York

Originally Published at Woman Around Town There is an abundance of French, Spanish, and Italian wines in New York City’s finest restaurants and liquor stores. Somewhere along the way, Greece lost its presence in the United States. In response, the importers at Eklektikon are enthusiastic about sharing a new wave of Greek wines throughout the…

Kurry Qulture – For Modern Indian Cuisine in Astoria

Originally Published at Woman Around Town   Owner Sonny Solomon and Executive Chef Binder Saini are serving up not only quality eats, but also a new energy to the Indian dining scene in Astoria. If you look around you’ll notice that the trendy and booming Queens neighborhood has an Indian restaurant on nearly ever block,…

Machiavelli Serves Up Food Fit for a Prince (or Princess) Machiavelli Serves Up Food Fit for a Prince (or Princess)

Originally Published at Woman Around Town For over five years, restaurant owner Nathalie De La Fontaine and Chef Gian Pietro Ferro have been dishing up northern Italian cuisine at Machiavelli on the Upper West Side. The hand-painted velvet drapes, wrought-iron candelabras, and wide hand-carved chairs adorned with vibrant upholstered cushions and oversized tassels make you…