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Serenata

Upscale Mexican food?!?!  It does exist.  Serenata has been my latest obsession for lunch, and dinner & drinks after a long day at work.  This Contemporary Mexican restaurant is tucked away in the basement level of building in Chelsea at 17th and 6th Ave.  I think what initially sparked my interest is $5 margaritas and sangria for happy hour.  Call me a lush if you want, but I am a sucker for a great happy hour.  The food at Serenata is not only pleasing to the eye, but will awaken all of your taste buds.

This restaurant is owned by Besim Kukaj which is the restaurateur behind 9 other restaurants such as Intermizzo and La Carbonara.  Knowing his experience and his time spent in hospitality it seems like he has the equation to success down.

Serenata has Happy Hour on Sunday – Thursday from 4pm – 8pm, and on Friday – Saturday from 4pm – 7pm.  If you want to catch them prior to happy hour I would encourage you trying their prix fixe lunch that starts at $9.

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HIDDEN GEM: TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie

I have been holding back on sharing this hidden gem for a while.  TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie has been in business over a year, and these Udon specialists are showing no signs of slowing down.  The Brasserie located near Union Square is the first location in the United States, but they currently have 13 locations in Japan.  Per a restaurant rep they have intentions of expanding to two more locations in NYC in the near future.

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SEAFOOD LOVE: NYC EDITION

Living on the East Coast is different in obvious ways from other regions throughout the US.  We have a higher coast of living, public transportation is a norm, you can find Timbs year round ANYWHERE, and easy access to a great selection of seafood.  I know Beyoncé said she would take her man to Red Lobster, but that is the last place on our minds out here on the East Coast.  There are so many great places to grab some good crustaceans, but here is a short list I complied.

 

The Boil – This Cajun/Creole seafood spot located on the Lower East Side opened in 2013, and since then have expanded to a second location in Greenwich Village.  There are a lot of celebrity sightings at both locations, but don’t let that distract from the most important reason to drop by which is the food.  The boil bag is their most popular item on their menu.

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Lure Fish Bar –  Mentioned in a previous post Top 5 Eats In SoHo it is considered an upscale seafood restaurant with only the freshest selection.  The decor is unforgettable and the entire restaurant appears to look like the inside of yacht.  Some of my favorites include their Lobster Mac and Cheese, King Crab California Roll, Slow Baked Halibut, and Grilled Octopus.

It's back by demand, our Sea Urchin Bucatini with Crab and Red Chile #seafood #pasta

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NYC RESTAURANT WEEK: INSTAGRAMMY

It is my favorite time of the year again, and the foodie gawds are looking out for our wallets!  It’s NYC Restaurant Week from July 24th – August 18th.  During this special time, you are able to get a three-course prix fixe dinner for $42 or a three-course lunch for $29.  Of course this does not include beverages, gratuity, and tax SO BE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SERVER – THANK YOU.  I highly encourage you to make a reservation due to the popularity of this event via their program sponsor OpenTable, or you could go old school and actually call the restaurant. Feel free to check out the NYC Restaurant week official website for more deets and a complete list of restaurants.

When it comes to food we first eat with our eyes.  By that I mean we are naturally stimulated by our sight.  The more appealing food is the more likely you are to indulge.  Here are some restaurants that do an superb job of stimulating us visually with a great IG page.  In the wise words of Fab “…you look so good you should win an InstaGrammy”.  Check out the list below and be sure to follow a couple, because they won’t disappoint you.  These restaurants should win an InstaGrammy!

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Save Ya Money: Sugar Factory

My reason for reviewing food establishments is because I have always wanted to share my experience with others.  If it was amazing – I wanted you to experience the same thing.  If it was terrible – I wanted to keep you from wasting your money.  For this reason I have decided to create a new segment called “Save Ya Money”.  I hope this does not become something that is a regular occurrence, but if you know me I am ALWAYS going to tell you the truth.  Things that would appear in this segment would include food crazes that do not live up to the hype or an overall sub-par experience.  At the end of the day I don’t want you to waste your time or money.

 

 

I recently visited the new Sugar Factory location on the Upper West Side that has been open for several months.  Sugar Factory is known for their over-sized drink goblets and their celebrity sightings.  Before going to any new restaurant I normally check out their (more…)

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New Restaurant:  CLAY

There’s a new kid on the block in Harlem!  Clay recently opened about 3 months ago, and the neighborhood seems to be welcoming them with arms wide opened.  This new restaurant features a Farm to Table concept which means only the freshest of ingredients from local suppliers is served at this restaurant.  This is great for YOU because having a menu that changes based upon the season provides you with options.

Their wine list is rather extensive, and if you are a red wine drinker then you are in for a good time. Clay has over 20 different types of red wines, and don’t worry they are still showing plenty of love to you white wine drinkers.  Their bartenders are the real deal and WILL recommend the perfect drink based upon whatever your taste-buds are craving.  I recently dropped in for a drink and did not get a chance to indulge in their food, but I did get a chance take a peek at the menu.  Their menu includes dishes such as Waygu tartare, duck breast, black bass, and gnocchi.    I plan on making my way back to Clay soon to sit down and have dinner as well, and I promise to report back!

This is a great atmosphere for a date, family dinner, a quiet brunch,  or just grabbing drinks.  They also have happy hour during the weekday from 4-7pm which includes a vodka based drink called Queen Bee.  A possible ode to Beyoncé? In my head I just want to say “Yeah!”.

I will be making reservations soon for dinner, and will share my full dining experience with you all SOON!

 

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A Night At The Honeywell

I mentioned The Honeywell in my last post entitled “The Love Above 125th Street” that highlighted some Harlem businesses.  I recently went back so I could order off their secret menu, and sip libations from a lava lamp.  It completely makes sense to enjoy a drink out of a lava lamp at a retro themed bar.  Check out some pictures from my groovy evening at The Honeywell, and be sure to check out their Instagram page as well.

3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

La Palabra Mia
The Wallflower & Burro Loco
Gin based drink in a lava lamp

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Menu Preview at Zio

If you cannot tell from my IG feed and previous post I am a FAN of Zio Ristorante.  They lured me with their happy hour and stole my heart with their food.  They recently invited me to come and preview their May lunch prix fix menu, and what food blogger can say no to that?  Each month their 3 course lunch menu changes, and for a whopping $20 you can eat like a king or queen.  The quality, presentation, and portions will leave you wanting to snap a pics for the Gram and scheduling all future lunch dates at this restaurant.  Lets dive into this menu!

The starters for the May menu included Zuppa, Insalata, and Calamari.  The Zuppa is a puree of green peas that is served warmed and has a hint of mint.  The Zuppa has a great balance of the peas and the mint, the mint actually provided a delicate after taste.  The Insalata includes mixed greens, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinaigrette.  This salad screams spring and summertime because it is light and refreshing.  The calamari had to be my favorite from the appetizer section of the menu.  The grilled calamari included mango, cherry tomatoes, and fennel.  This perfectly grilled calamari just melts in your mouth.

 

Zuppa
Insalata

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