Monday, September 21, 2015

How Divine! Brunch at Madison and Vine

By: Finance Foodie 

As the last days of the hot summer weather slowly trickle away, the Mister and I find ourselves determined to do as much open patio brunching as possible. However, feeling lazy this past Saturday after a week of work travel, we wanted something close to our 'hood (Midtown East). Luckily, we stumbled upon Madison and Vine, a cute and cozy American bistro located on the bottom floor of the Library Hotel.
Located on one of the few quiet corners of the busy Midtown East financial district, Madison and Vine was a welcoming sight with its warm wood paneling and, most importantly, retractable garage windows that allowed for outdoor seating. After we were seated, we were welcomed with a complementary pastry from the bread basket being whisked through the resto -- mmm, what a delightful start!
Complementary Carbs
I was tempted to take advantage of the all-you-care to drink Brunch Special ($20 gets you two hours of unlimited mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrivers), but unfortunately, the practical side of me knew this option would not end well if I wanted to have a productive rest of the day. Therefore, the Mister and I exhibited restraint and each ordered one of Madison and Vine's delightfully refreshing freshly muddled/squeezed Blueberry Lemonade cocktails ($15).
Blueberry-Thyme Cocktails
For our main course, we wanted something sweet and savory, so we shared the Brioche French Toast ($12) and the award winning Vine Burger ($19). The French Toast, although fairly standard breakfast fare, was very well prepared and delicious. I especially liked the use of the brioche bread versus a standard white bread - the brioche's eggyness and high butter content really made the dish rich and soft like a pillow.
Brioche French Toast
However, the Vine Burger was the standout item of the meal for me. The thick, juicy sirloin meat patty was melt in your mouth tender and the distinctive tasting Gruyere cheese provided a nice nutty undertone to each bite. Even the fries were yummy - lightly seasoned with herbs, imagine eating McDonald's version, but more refined and better quality.
Vine Burger
Madison and Vine is a classy yet low key place for brunch. The portions are more than generous - for both the food and drinks. Given that I'm only a quick jaunt away, I'm looking forward to popping in and checking out the rest of the fantastic looking menu soon!

Madison and Vine
299 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 867-5535
Cuisine: American

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ballin’ in Brooklyn: Like a Local Tours’ Williamsburg Bites Food Tour

By: Finance Foodie

The Mister and I are absolutely obsessed with taking walking food tours as a way to explore new neighborhoods, imbibe in delicious gems while getting some outdoor exercise (yes we are the couple who wear the matching athletic gear walking around town). Since we stayed local this past Labor Day weekend, we decided to take Like a Local Tours’ Saturday Williamsburg Bites Food Tour. In our numerous years of living in Manhattan, we realized we had never been to the hipster hangout across the river! Given that the city traffic pretty much dies during Labor Day weekend, we thought there was no better time to check out the local flavor in this trendy Brooklyn enclave.
Williamsburg Waterfront

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Women’s Health Magazine / FEED Foundation RUN10 FEED10 10K Charity Race in NYC

By: Finance Foodie, in partnership with Women's Health Magazine 

This fall, Women’s Health magazine will once again host its signature RUN10 FEED10 event with a mission! Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 20, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed 10K race.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It’s a Seafood Summer with Seamless Picnic Day and Luke’s Lobster

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seamless. All opinions are 100% mine.

As the summer days roll along in the Big Apple, I find it increasingly difficult to sit at my desk for lunch when I see the fantastically sunny weather outside.  The air conditioning is starting to feel cloying and all I wanted to do when the clock strikes noon is be among the greenery and enjoy a picnic in the park.

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