Kuma Inn

The first week of the New Year is the slowest one for restaurants. We eat out then to show support and take advantage of the lower crowd levels. We also wanted to ring in the year with a toast to one of our all-time favorite wine makers Tony Coturri. We made our way to Kuma… Continue reading Kuma Inn

From Nose to Tail

It’s not often you see an entire cow being delivered to a New York City restaurant, but at Brooklyn’s applewood it’s a weekly event. Celebrated chef/owner David Shea does his own butchering on premises, then plays culinary Jenga trying to fit everything in the refrigerator. We recently talked with David about his elegant and inventive… Continue reading From Nose to Tail

The XX Rated Wine List

Tucked away on the West Village’s charming Barrow Street in New York City is Annisa, an elegant gem of a restaurant featuring contemporary Asian-inflected American fare with skilled, unpretentious service. Helmed by two women, chef Anita Lo (winner of a “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine in 2001) and her partner Jennifer Scism,… Continue reading The XX Rated Wine List

The Extreme “Looniness” of Biodynamics

Colin Alevras is the chef, sommelier and proprietor (with his wife, Renee) of the Tasting Room: a tiny, much-admired restaurant in New York City’s East Village. Their menu changes daily, featuring seasonal and mostly organic dishes, paired with an ever-growing cellar of more than 300 wines from North America. Your restaurant has a great selection… Continue reading The Extreme “Looniness” of Biodynamics

Taste Of New York

New York magazine took over the Puck Building in downtown Manhattan for its annual “Taste of New York” event on November 6. The 700 guests sampled dishes from 40 celebrity chefs, and all for a good cause. “Everyone had a ball, and a lot of delicious food and drink,” said Serena Torrey from New York… Continue reading Taste Of New York

Counter Intelligence

“I had absolutely no restaurant experience whatsoever when I began,” says Deborah Gavito of Counter, a self-described “Organic Wine & Martini Bar Vegetarian Bistro,” in New York City’s East Village. “I wanted a sleek and sexy, but affordable, vegetarian restaurant. When I discovered that the world of biodynamic, sustainable, and organic wine was so vast,… Continue reading Counter Intelligence