Every year for my birthday I try to find a cool restaurant that has great food and ambiance. I came across Tony at the J’s in Greenwich , CT. It is located inside a boutique hotel in Greenwich. There is free valet parking. Reservations can be made on Opentable. Service is excellent and during our stay Tony himself came around asking trivia questions which made it fun! The garden area patio dining is gorgeous. Lush greenery everywhere 🌱 it makes you feel like you are on vacation. We started off with cocktails and then ordered scallops off of the specials. Our waitress called them decadent, and that was what they were they literally melted in your mouth. It came with a side of risotto in a Cream sauce that had me and my girls scraping the plate. For our entrees the three of us got The lobster 🦞 special. A 21/2 pound 🦞 in butter, oils, and herbs 🤤. We shared truffle fries 🍟 too! I would def go back I hear their steaks and pasta are also amazing.
Two weeks ago CT started having out door dining at selected restaurants that can accommodate outdoor seating and all the safety guidelines provided by the state to open.
I decided to check out Stamford, CT since it is the closest to me and I’m the most familiar with. Tables are outside 6feet apart and wait staff wear masks and gloves.
It was great to be out again and it felt normal to be out dining again. It still isn’t very busy at these restaurants because people are still reluctant to go out. However, I felt safe and enjoyed my time at CoalHouse Pizza which opened up outdoor seating and beer garden in their parking lot. The pizza at Coalhouse was delicious and so were the drinks. The wait staff was also top notch friendly and professional. They are also dog friendly and have a big beer list .
I also hit up Taco Daddy where I have been wanting to go to since way before COVID happened. They had a really cute outdoor setup with string lights and colorful wall art and a taco daddy neon sign. Service was great ..drinks were great too. King pao tacos and lomo Salvado tacos were delicious 🌮.The plaintains with a side of crema were very tasty too. I had margaritas that were great and strong af. They were very accommodating and made me a watermelon margarita. 🍉 🍹
There are a lot more restaurants that provide outdoor dining in Connecticut. I hoping to explore Greenwich and Norwalk too.
Wolf and Warrior Brewing located right off Mamaroneck Ave near the WP bar scene. Nice spacious location with plenty of seating and games to keep you entertained. (I recently became obsessed with Jenga)
Staff was super friendly and took the time to talk to us about their beer and their new location.
They were out of their cider at that time which I was a lil bummed about. They will be getting more beers on tap in the near future.
All beer is brewed on premises.
They also serve food for you to munch on.
They serve farm to table food. No wait staff so you order at the bar.
They do flights were you choose 5 beers to try. My favorite was the Patagonia-Argentinian Blonde Ale (I’m a fan of blonde’s).
195A East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 368 – 8617
I was in desperate need of a vacay. So I headed out to Miami for some fun in the sun. Perrrect Weather awaited me in South Florida. We stayed at the Eden Roc hotel after a coworker told me how amazing it was. I agree. 🌊 Ocean view balcony with spacious rooms and friendly check in made the trip seamless. We did not rent a car so we Ubered everywhere .. 🚗uber everywhere 🚗
A few of my fav places i visited on my trip to Miami..
For My Love of Latin food I checked out:
Versailles ..Excellent Cuban restaurant in Lil Havana 🌴 They boast that they are the worlds most famous Cuban restaurant. I was given this recommendation from Dr. Rodriguez fellow foodie and Latino! (ha!)The churasco was excellent and so was the Cuban sandwich 😋 This restaurant gets very busy but the line to sit and eat moves quickly! So don’t let that discourage you from trying this place out. FYI not much English is spoken here so brush up on your espanol.
For Culture :
Wynwood Walls 🎨 Free admission 🎨🌴Here you Stroll around and admire the grafitti and street art splattered across the wynwood walls. Street and Grafitti Artists from all over the globe 🌎 have their art displayed here.
For a fabulous dinner:
Lure Fish 🐟 Bar located inside The Loews Hotel .. Amazing dranks and Sushi! Yes Bae got me into Sushi 🍣 Crispy Rice Cakes were amazing and so was the Lazy Lobster Special (lobster off the shell). There’s a location in NYC too! A bit pricey but def worth the splurge.
For a Drank:
Broken Shaker Bar located inside the freehand hotel. They have a large outdoor sitting area to enjoy a cocktail. Great Ambiance and no cover charge. 🍹 I had the walk down Alameda. 🍸 They also serve food if you are looking for a bite to eat with your drank. Click here for menu
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140 | 305-531-2727
Yard 🐦 Bird Southern Table and Bar in Miami has to be one of my favorite Brunch spots. This is a very popular place! However, we got lucky and we were seated outside pretty quickly. The Fried Chicken 🍗 Spicy Watermelon 🍉 and Cheddar Waffles 😋 for two was ahhhmazing. The Eggs Benedict was also a big hit. 🍳 The poached egg was crumbled with a biscuit and bacon 🥓 😍. Let’s not forget the cocktails 🍹 I had a tipsy debutante monster because I liked the name of the drink and I like tequila 💃 My bf got a Bloody Mary with bacon 🥓 in it !They are located at:
1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
I spent a cold Friday evening at a chic enclosed rooftop bar/restaurant in BK…
Breathtaking Panoramic views of the NYC skyline atop the William Vale…
Yummy but Pricy Crafted cocktails 🍹
111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Mario Batali (a big named chef)has a restaurant in Westchester County and I’m just checking it out.. I guess i’m late. However, I’m glad I finally got to sit and enjoy a great meal in this lil Portchester eatery.
Great wine selection.. I love a bottle of red wine along with my Italian food.I highly suggest the Clam, Garlic, Chilis, and Oregano Pizza.. the crust reminded me of Burratta’s in Eastchester (my fav pizza place in Westchester). The service was excellent along with everything that was served. I had to order the Creamy burata with butternut squash and Walnut Pesto (Burrata is bae)!.. .
The big hit of the night for me was the Pollo Francese with Artichokes and Capers.
Pollo Francese is one of my fav go to dishes. I am always a lil leery of ordering it because it seems to be a hit or miss dish. It’s Chicken cutlet in a wine, lemon, and butter sauce and sometimes restaurants can get a lil crazy with the lemon. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce it was in was just perfect! I loved it.
For desert we had Tiramisu and ended our night with after dinner dranks at the quaint lil bar. After doing some research I came across that this restaurant was once a speak easy, and a dive bar.
They are also open for Lunch and they serve Brunch on the Weekends! They are also participating in HVRW this Fall.
18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Tel: 914 939 3111
I booked my Reservation using Opentable.
Looking for another Mario Batali restaurant that is amazing?! I mentioned this restaurant several times in my older blog posts.Try Lupa Osteria In NYC. Get the Bucatini All’ Amatriciana and the Tartufo. You won’t be disappointed!
I had the pleasure of chatting with Chas Anderson chef/owner of Burrata in Eastchester, NY. The doors opened in 2012 when he was only 27 years old! Not your typical pizza parlor. It’s My fav local eatery! Their wood fired pizza is like no other.. Their Spaghetti is up there with Scott Conant’s. Everything I have ever tasted has been nothing but ahhmazing here.
Chas Anderson was warm, friendly and I’m glad I chose him for my first lil restaurant meet up. He has a strong passion for food and his restaurant. He only uses the freshest ingredients, regardless of cost and you can def taste it. He pretty much came out of the womb cooking, and worked his way up to running a very successful restaurant in Westchester County.
Of course I couldn’t just go to Burrata and not eat, so I feasted while we talked.
I asked him for his fave pizza on the menu and he offered up the J. Sexton No. 2.. It has a great story behind it’s name. There was a food critic from Westchester Magazine named J. Sexton who came and ate pizza that had cooked burrata cheese on it. She wrote in her review that Burrata cheese is not meant to be cooked, it should be in its original form..since it is such a sexy and rich cheese. So, he took this criticism and made a new pie out of it and named it after her (with her permission but who wouldn’t want a pizza named after them?!).
Simple ingredients: Chilled Burrata, San Marzano tomato, garlic, raw basil, extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, and Parmigiano. It was beyond delicious. I did very much enjoy the chilled buratta on my pizza.
He told me his favorite Pizza Place in NYC is Company “in Chelsea ” which I now have to try!
He also taught me a new word Stracciatella which means “rag,” from the Italian word “strattore” (to stretch). This soft, fresh cheese may be best known as the yummy center of Buratta
After I confessed my love for his Spaghetti, he wanted me to try the Short Rib Agnolotti. The Short Rib Agnolotti is in a brown butter sauce with aged balsamic, piave cheese, and toasted bread crumbs (Yum). Honestly, it is not something I would ever think of ordering , but I’m so glad he mentioned it. The toasted breadcrumbs and brown butter was a perfect addition to this pasta dish. The short rib was tender, and extremely tasty.
Of course you have to save room for something sweet. The Affogato with the house made gelato is delicious and so are the Zeppoles. They are the two top sellers and I have personally indulged in, and loved them both(worth the calories)! All desserts are made in-house.
Great Cocktails! My fave on their menu is the El Diablo. I like it spicy. You also can’t go wrong with their extensive wine list.
They have a Great Lunch Special Mon-Thurs $10 for soup or salad and a pizza!
He offered for me to follow him back into the kitchen on my next visit to cook a lil something up. So.. stay tuned!
Looking to get away to the Italian Coast without leaving NYC? Look no further than the beachy Sabbia (means sand in English) located in Eataly. Follow the Parasols to the retractable rooftop bar/restaurant that is transformed to resemble the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. This is a pop up restaurant around until October where Gelato carts, an oyster bar, and retractable roof set the mood in this upper scale eatery. Extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. I went with a Rose Wine Spritzer along with Formaggi, you can choose 3 for $13 or 5 for $16 served with an apricot mostarda (sort of like a marmalade). Many dishes to choose from ..Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian options all available. We started with The Gambaretti alla Bagnara seared shrimp, oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon. I ordered the Tagliata DiManzo which was a grilled Wagyu bohemian steak with Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano. My date ordered the Polpa all Griglia, grilled octopus with cannellini beans! After your meal you can shop in Eataly’s market. They conveniently are on Opentable for online reservations.
- Birthdays were the worst dayzzz, now we sip champagne when we’re thirstayyy
I decided to round-up my peeps for a champagne brunch in NYC ..Thought I would keep it classy and mature (some what) and do a brunch. I’m typically not a big bruncher, however I chose Beauty and Essex because I think it’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in NYC and I really wanted red velvet waffles! Entrance is thru a Pawn Shop where I was tempted to treat myself to some sparkly and luxurious things..
To book reservations for the The Champagne Brunch Party you can email LoungeReservations@beautyandessex.com. The party runs from 1- 6 PM . As the time goes on the lights get dimmer and the music gets louder. There is a DJ hidden away spinning recent and old school tracks.
Prefix brunch is $55 pp and includes lots of yummy sweet and savory eats, along with 2 glasses of champagne(they don’t pay close attention so they might top you off a little more than twice.) They can also alter the alter the menu for you to accommodate dietary restrictions.
They pass out glow sticks and light up rings to light up in the dark and get the party going.
FYI, Bathroom is a troop and is located all the way down 2 levels!
This is what the menu consisted of:
Champagne Brunch Prefix Menu (And Yes you get all of it served Family Style!)
Dark Chocolate Croissants
Red Velvet Waffles cream cheese icing
Kale & Apple Salad apple cider vinaigrette, pancetta, candied pecans, shaved goat cheese
Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings
Braised Short Rib ‘Huevos Rancheros’ * sunny side up eggs, black beans, cotija
Fried Chicken Biscuit Bites tabasco honey butter, red cabbage slaw
Skillet Roasted Potatoes *
Petite Cupcakes red velvet cake & cream cheese frosting, Guinness cake & Bailey’s frosting
$55 per person including 2 glasses of champagne -Gratuity Not Included –
To celebrate your birthday and make it extra special they come out all hyped, with sparklers and a sign with your name on it. They bring you a cupcake with a candle for you to make your wish .. A perfect birthday/bachelerotte spot!.
NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is upon us July 25th- August 19th. 3 course meals for lunch $29 and dinner $42. For the frugal yet fabulous..Exclusions do apply.. gratuity and beverages not included.
These are my picks. Foodies Rejoice..
Sabbia located In Eataly (which I still have yet to visit)hosted by La Birreria rooftop bar and restaurant..Since it’s Summer you had me at rooftop bar. Stunning views of the Flat Iron and Empire State building await. Here you can check out the lunch and dinner menu. I like to look ahead of time to be sure that there are things that I like.
200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Also Participating in Restaurant Week are a few of my go to spots…
Scarpetta I read in a magazine over five years ago that Beyonce and Jay Z dined here for the Spaghetti..Start it off with the Creamy Polenta in a mushroom truffle sauce. I have been in love with Scott Conant’s tasty dishes ever since!
355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !
170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Beauty and Essex is always a good time… hang out in the ladies room where they serve champagne. Or grab one of my fav drinks the beauty elixir.
146 Essex St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower East Side
Don’t forget to post up your pics on “the gram” to win a shot at a $50 gift certificate for a future dining experience! Use the hashtag #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK !