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A little France’s Flavor in New York

May 8, 2011

Josephine Baker lived in Paris, but never forgot America was her first home.  “J’ai deux amours: To loves have I, My Country and Paris” was her signature song. Now her timeless spirit and joie de vivre invite you to share what, since 1986, has been our two loves, good friends and great food.

Chez Josephine is a pioneer in the revival of 42nd street since 1986, is a bubbly return to the joie de vivre of Paris of the 1930’s: le Jazz Hot with soul.

A tribute to Josephine Baker, the restaurant and its live music exude theatrical panache. Recently remodeled, now with a private party room, this landmark jewel is even more inviting and romantic with its blue-tin ceiling red velvet walls, and cavalcade of chandeliers which light up the vintage portraits of La Baker. The eclectic menu reivents the traditional cuisine of the French bistro in an explosion of tantalizing flavors.

Ideally located in the heart of the theater district, Chez Josephine is a magnet for pre theater dining.At anytime, including hollidays, you can experience what owner and host Jean-Claude Baker calls his “coktail of human beings” a medley of celebrities, local color, and a loyal and devoted following from all over the world.

The kitchen remains open until 1:00 am making this spot the unforgettable end to an evening on the town. A warm welcome from Jean-Claude and his brother, Jarry Baker, and a delicated staff is guaranteed.

414 W 42nd street, New York


What do you think about a small Asian note?

May 4, 2011

The Scene – If a group of rice pudding-addicted aliens ever set up a shop in Nolita, this is what it would look like. And the color scheme–bright orange, pink, yellow and stark white–along with neon lighting, tables suspended from the ceiling and a profusion of flat-screen TVs, makes it official: This is stimulation central. – – The Food – You’d better like rice pudding, because that’s all they serve. There are 18 flavors, plus three seasonal flavors, to choose from, with cheeky names like “Stubborn Banana” and “Melon-choly.” Some flavors, such as “Qualified Lemon”…

Nothing like a little BBQ to celebrate the arrival of spring

April 11, 2011


One of the top rated and most popular barbecue joints in Manhattan, barbecue is a way of life at this Midtown location. Their dedication to offering “real barbecue” led the proprietors to search the South for the secrets of the trade, sampling wide swathes of the best of America’s barbecue belt. The resulting menu is one of the world’s most stunning arrays of regional cuisine, ranging from all points south and east to create a singular and spectacular treatise on barbecue.

Virgil’s offers a number of different styles: Memphis Pork Ribs and Chicken, Carolina Pulled Pork, Owensboro Lamb, and Maryland Smoked Ham to name a few, and their dishes are smoked over a variety of hickory, oak, and fruitwoods smokers, creating distinctly different flavors and colors that speak to the true subtleties of the barbecue format.

Despite the reasonable Times Square prices, and the relatively reliable a la carte service, Broadway theater goers would be best advised to go here a bit early on account of the restaurant’s popularity and heavy traffic at pre-theater times between 5pm and 7pm.


Virgil’s Barbecue

(212) 921-9494

152 W 44th St


What do you think for a cup of tea ?

April 10, 2011

Its slogan is : « Six minutes and twenty-three seconds from Lincoln Center and sightly to the left of Carregie Hall».

For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite-an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. It’s depicted in a painting by Beryl Cook.

This is a great restaurant for a special occassion or if you just feel like treating yourself. To begin, the service was impeccable. No overbooking, no mob like you might see at some of the other popular restaurants. The restaurant was smaller than I expected, but the seating was perfectly arranged so no one bumps into your chair. The food is to die for! Overall, the best way I could describe it is gormet woodsy.

If you love tea this place is for you. Its specialty is tea, indeed when you look at the menu you can see a seltecion of tea to accompany your meal. So good taste !

150 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019

between 6th & 7th Ave)



Lunch: 11:30am-3:00pm

Dinner: 4:45pm-11:00pm



Brunch: 11:00am-3:00pm

Dinner: 4:45pm-11:00pm



Brunch: 11:00am-3:00pm


The Breakfast you never had as a kid !!!

April 8, 2011


The one you swore everyone else on the block but you was having. Well, you were wrong. None of us ever ate breakfast this delicious or we’d have eaten that meal more often. Those who market flour, yeast, eggs, and sugar should canonize Sarabeth Levine, for no one else does these ingredients so much justice.



Her baked goods make you laugh at the sheer unapologetic windfall of richness in each munch (if there were any justice, Mrs. Fields would leap into a vat of her own dough after tasting just one of these cookies). Sarabeth’s omelettes envelop fillings that taste crisp. And in the evening, her chicken pot pie, pot roast served with mashed potatoes and roasted-root vegetables, and pan-seared halibut are as pointed and pungent as the French guys who seem to have a lock on being profiled in the Wednesday dining sections can turn out. Sarabeth can do it all. And make brownies, too.


Where Can I Get a Drink and more if I Want?

April 6, 2011


Hard Rock Café

(212) 343-3355

1501 Broadway

New York


Located in the center of the city, heart of Times Square, the new Hard Rock Cafe New York will rock your senses with tantalizing food and drinks and an awe-inspiring rock memorabilia collection. Priceless pieces from legends The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Billy Joel, The Ramones and Elvis Presley grace the cafe walls along with more contemporary items including stage costumes worn by Madonna and Gwen Stefani. The Times Square cafe also features rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s unmatched collection, including artists with New York ties, such as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen.

As one of the city’s largest entertainment destinations, Hard Rock Cafe New York features a 708-seat restaurant, a recently opened 1,800 square-foot Rock Shop with authentic Hard Rock merchandise and a Hard Rock Live concert venue for performances and special events. Furthermore, the cafe boasts a unique outdoor space above the building’s historic marquee, where guests can host private parties amid the lights and excitement of Times Square.

For cuisine, the Hard Rock Cafe offers a melange of American fare and Southern cooking, with a featured “Smokehouse” menu of smoked ribs and chicken, counterbalanced with American classics like grilled wild Alaska sockeye salmon, Hawaiian chicken, the “Red, White & Blue Burger,” and New York’s favorite comfort food staple, macaroni and cheese.


A Breath of Fresh Air of Mediterranean !!!

April 6, 2011



Picholine offers French-Mediterranean cuisine by Chef/Owner Terrance Brennan and Chef de Cuisine Craig Hopson. A menu rife with original interpretations for the region and classic flavors from France, Spain, and Italy create a delectable melange that include signature entrees like Diver Sea Scallops and Blood Orange Grenobloise. The dessert menu is likewise arresting, with favorites like passion fruit cannoli and pear torchon with smoked maple ice cream.



Picholine complements their exceptional cuisine with one of Manhattan’s best cheese menus, all selected by fromager Max McCalman. On any given night, choose from over sixty artisanal cheeses from all over the world, all maintained at perfect temperature and ripeness in Picholine’s own cheese cave.


Sleek design evokes the modernist twist Picholine’s cuisine is renowned for, with soaring ten-foot velvet curtains, purple leather banquettes, and the distinct decor of the cheese and wine bar and elegant dining rooms.

If you are looking for an intimate dinner for a small group of seven or fewer, their small wine cellar is a hidden gem!