Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scrumptious Sunday Brunch at Davio's New York

By: Finance Foodie

As the weather has finally turned warm, there is no better way to celebrate than a peaceful and elegant Sunday brunch. This past weekend, the Mister and I headed to Davio's to check out their brand new brunch menu. I have always been a fan of their high quality steaks for dinner so I was excited to check out what they had in store for lunch!
Fried Egg Yolks
Craving something savory, we started off with a plate of Fried Egg Yolks paid with sautéed mushrooms and drizzled with a sweet and tangy Balsamic ($14). The Fried Egg Yolks were not only fantastically innovative but also very rich and delicious as well - the tender and soft inside yolk made a great contrast to the crispy breadcrumb shell.
Grilled Spanish Octopus
Next came a platter of Grilled Spanish Octopus, topped with Pancetta and Corona Beans with a splash of Citron Vinaigrette ($18). There are few things I love more than grilled octopus (the only thing being lobster - which I got for my main LOL!) and Davio's does the octopus just right. Tender with just the right amount of chew, these lovely multi-legged sea creatures made a delightful second course.
Lobster Pappardelle Carbonara
For the main event, the Mister and I share the entree sized portion of the Pappardelle Carbonara with Maine lobster, pancetta, truffle and finished with a poached egg ($31). This was a truly a perfect dish -- the homemade fresh pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the Carbonara sauce was rich and velvety like sinking into a soft sofa cushion (for my mouth).  The generous portion of lobster also gave the entree a nice dose of protein that didn't overwhelm the sweet pancetta.
French Toast
For the "dessert", we were craving something sweet but more traditionally breakfast-like. The simple but done well French Toast with Peanut Butter and Jam ($15) hit the spot. Eggy, buttery and sugary - this dish was was real winner to end an already awesome meal.

After the french toast, we were so full that we could not possibly eat another bite. Given the extensiveness of the brunch menu (including a very tempting "Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar"), we will have to be back again to check out the rest of the goodies!

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
451 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 661-4810
Cuisine: Italian / Steakhouse

Friday, April 10, 2015

8th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side - May 27-30, 2015

By: Finance Foodie

An outstanding list of restaurants and chefs will participate in the 8th annual event taking place on Wednesday May 27th, Friday May 29th & Saturday May 30th. NBC's Adam Richman will host "Comfort Classics" on Friday, May 29th and Food Network's Marc Murphy & Anne Burrell will host "Best of the West" on Saturday, May 30th. Highlights include Momofuku Milk Bar, Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud, Parm, RedFarm, The Meatball Shop, Sarabeth's, The Mermaid Inn, Luke's Lobster, Gotham West Market's Genuine Roadside, Magnolia Bakery, Shake Shack, Rosa Mexicano, Tavern on the Green, Dovetail, The Ribbon and many more! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.newtasteuws.com.

NYFW For Fall '15: Favorite Shows and Parties!

By: Anne Raso

Every New York Fashion Week is a rush of craziness, color and being crushed tight into the shows, both on s‎ite at the Lincoln Center "tents" and at the many off site shows. You kind of get used to having to sit tight to people from riding the subways here, but how close the seats are arranged at the NYFW shows gives the phrase "packed in like sardines" new meaning, LOL! My favorite shows never seem to be the "big" ones by the legendary designers such as Ralph Lauren or Oscar De La Renta, but rather the lesser-known designers who aren't afraid to put an edge to their designs. I also admit to a soft spot for evening wear, and that's why I love to go to Lela Rose and The Red Dress Collection each year.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Burger & Lobster: No Reservations, No Menus, No Apps…Just Simple, Hearty Fare!

By: Anne M. Raso

Going out with a bunch of friends who drive you crazy because it takes them at least 15 minutes to decide what to order off the menu. Well, why not take them to a really fun place with great food where there is NO MENU! There are no appetizers, and your entrée choices are only a juicy 10-ounce burger, a whole 1-1/2 pound lobster (grilled or steamed) or a lobster roll; all come with delicious skinny-cut fries, and a salad. Well, the whole lobsters also come with melted butter on the side if you want me to be totally exactly. There are only two desserts but they will be changing ever two or three months. A super-reasonable 20 bucks gets you each items and desserts are only about six dollars extra! The wait staff is lucky that they do not have to handle menus or customers with too many questions, and there are no reservations accepted.

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