Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Comfort Food Classics at Harding's New York City

By: Finance Foodie

As Fall comes to full swing in the Big Apple, there really isn't any better way to feel all warm and cozy than an All-American comfort food brunch. Therefore, this past weekend, the Mister and I took a trip to the Flatiron district to check out Harding's new "Tastes of American" autumn brunch menu.
The Aloha
When we walked into Harding's, I felt like I was transported back to Colonial America due to the resto's cool retro rustic decor. We were seated right next to the window at table with two super cute and comfy sofa chairs - the best seats in the house IMHO. Feeling relaxed, I started my brunch off with the Aloha ($11), a highly potent orange / pineapple juice, peach liquor and champagne concoction that definitely helped me say ALOHA to the afternoon!
The Benedict 
For my main meal, the Mister and I shared a classic Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon ($14) and the more festive Vanilla Bourbon Battered Toast with orange pecan butter and Vermont maple syrup ($13). The Eggs Benedict was divine - a simple dish yet prepared to perfection.
Vanilla Bourbon Battered Toast
However, the Vanilla Bourbon Battered Toast was a real treat. The bread was light and fluffy with a hint of vanilla and Bourbon, but the dish was made rich and hearty by the butter and syrup. Boozy, sweet, nutty, and citrusy -- this dish had a little of everything that hit all the tastebuds in just the right way.

Harding's is an all-around great place for brunch - chill atmosphere, convenient location, and a menu filled with delicious yet affordable food. I'm glad I discovered this gem - only a train ride away for a fantastic meal!

Harding's
32 E 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 600-2105
hardingsnyc.com
Cuisine: American

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ellary's Greens: Proving That Eating "Green" Can Be Exciting!

By: Anne M. Raso

Last week, I was lucky enough to try Ellary's Greens in one of the historic storefronts on Carmine Street (#33 to be exact) and I was dazzled by the super farm to table freshness of this 1 1/2-year-old eatery—which named after owner Leith Hill’s grandmother and great grandmother. The decor is quaint, with exposed brick walls, dim lighting, old-fashioned glass cases filled with healthy desserts, and high ceilings featuring an overlay of laser cut metal (the motif seems to be of leaves growing on stems, almost like a beanstalk).
Green Thai Curry Tofu

Monday, October 13, 2014

Graceful Services Spa: A Shining Star Of Spa Week

By: Anne M. Raso

Spa Week is coming up October 20-26 and it gives spa lovers all over the country too score their favorite services for a flat 50 dollars. I got my all-time favorite spa treatment, an hour-long hot stone massage at Graceful Services in Manhattan last week. I had never been there before but what a treat it was. If you love the relaxation of this service as much as I do, I strongly suggest you book it at spaweek.com ASAP.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Epazote: Your New “Go-To” Mexican Eatery On The Upper East Side!

By: Anne M. Raso

I fell in love with the French-inspired Mexican of Epazote in Yorkville. I like the casual yet dusky atmosphere, complete with Day Of The Dead and rural Mexican colorized photos on the wall and friendly, efficient service, it’s definitely going to be your next “go-to” neighborhood eatery. The prices are right and many of the plates can be shared. They also have the classic guacamole called Guacamole Azteca ($13) made in a mortar and pestle in front of you and to your exact specs, which is the way a lot of people start off their meal. At their recent press tasting, I found the guac chef had over a dozen ingredients he could add to the classic mix of fresh avocado, salt, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice.
Interior

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