Maz Mezcal UES

Upper East Side stalwart for 68 years. A former fave tried again. Family oriented, yet warm and cozy ambience. Saucy aromas waft as you walk in. Chile Relleno excellent as are assortment of chips and salsas. Guac not cilantro-laden. That’s a good thing. Mole poblano too much of a good thing. Steak and shrimp excellent….

Super Bowl Treats

Picked up treats for the Big Game. Citarella Pasticceria. Our favorite market any day of the week.             Then. Brunch at Café Luxembourg. An UWS landmark boîte. With Dr. H’s former colleague and friends.           Home for Pats v. Rams. With Andouille Chili. Recipe Detours. And Citarella sweets.  

Pre-Opera @ Nougatine

Nougatine. Jean-Georges’ more casual spot in the lobby of 1 Central Park West. Yes. The Trump International Hotel & Residences. That building. Where Regis & Alan Alda share a hallway. But. Hey. It’s great food overlooking the high rises on CPS and Columbus Circle and close to the Metropolitan Opera. To see the new production…

Tree Trimming Cuisine 2018

Figs wrapped in bacon Stuffed mushrooms – from Gwen’s kitchen   Assorted cheeses Hummus Artichoke dip Burmese lamb stew Raita Naan Chutneys Veniero’s Italian treats from the Lower East Side – thanks to Jess     Troppo di vino thanks to everyone   

OxBow Thanksgiving

As natives of the Connecticut River Valley Oxbow in Northampton, we feel familiar at our new neighborhood Tavern. What a special surprise to find that it was open on Thanksgiving. Since none of us is a fan of turkey, we relished our quail, duck and lamb chops at a cozy table on a frigid fall…

Del Posto Redux

Second time. Loved the first experience four years ago. This time. Dull Mosto. Seemed like a whole different management. Service pretentious yet very unsophisticated. Pacing extremely uneven. Food uninspired with the exception of the pastas. Wine pairings okay, but some were just undrinkable. A trend of serving from huge bottles was tacky. Clientele also. It…

UWS September 2018

Great news. Dovetail will become a trendy chef Adam Leonti of Philadelphia spot. A.G. Kitchen becomes Fish on the Fly with lobster rolls to go. Yo!!!! Le Petit Rooster, for wine and rotisserie chicken down a few blocks. So. With Milling Room & Oxbow. Things are looking up this Fall in the ‘hood!

Oxbow Tavern

New boîte on 71st & Columbus. Used to be Café Tallulah. Never went there. Always empty. Oxbow Tavern is crowded and lively with a beautiful zinc bar and tasteful if dark décor. Menu a bit heavy and wintry, doesn’t change for summer seasonal offerings. Yet the grilled squab was perfectly prepared and brussel sprouts excellent. Hangar steak good…

Scourge of Scaffolding

Our neighborhood favorite, AG Kitchen has closed. A staple for fresh food with friendly service. Best burgers, burritos anywhere. But. Once the scaffolding went up, the ambience changed. It’s the scourge of the UWS and beyond. Killing businesses on every block. SAD!  

Pig Spotted

The Spotted Pig, trendy mainstay of the West Village has been the fodder for recent #MeToo due to bad behavior by restaurateur duo Mario Batali and Ken Friedman. Friedman’s chef co-owner April Bloomfield has parted ways with him after pretending to be oblivious to the debauched behavior in the venue’s upstairs after-hours. Drugging and raping staff….