Sabbia at La Birreria in Eataly

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.

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

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.

Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional You can check out all the participating restaurants here. You can book reservations conveniently at Opentable.

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.

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200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
Flatiron District

Spice Market  located in the Meat Packing District.I have yet to dine at this pretty lil eatery with an attached terrace. I’m hoping that changes soon. Lunch and Dinner menu here.

403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Bodega Negra at  Dream Hotel downtown.. You enter this location thru a Tudor Styled Tequila Wearhouse! No menu listed however they serve upscale Mexican fare (expect ceviches and Tacos).

 

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!

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That F*in Spaghetti Tho!

355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !

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170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Greenwich Village

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 !

 

 

 

4th of July🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

I had an amazing Long Holiday Weekend at LBI with my lil Squad! This is What my 4th of July weekend consisted of…

The Beach..I worked on my tan, frolicked in the water, and did Beach Yoga #namaste

Bagels at Spray Beach Bagel and Deli : Every morning we had bagels here.. Jalapeno .. Chocolate Chip…French Toast.. and Swiss Bagels. They also have a  horseradish cheddar cream cheese  that is delicious!


Mother Daughter Time

PaddleBoarding in the Bay


IceCream from Meltdown in Beach Haven..My Fav was Vanilla Peanut butter in a waffle cone!

Jumbalaya from Pinky Shrimp’s Seafood Co

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Sunsets and Pink Skies

Cutest Lil Beach Town Ever..

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My Lil Mermaid off Duty (tee from Forever 21)

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A Milkshake from BlackTap NYC: While cruising the explore page on Instagram  (the gram). I came across this page that featured the most mouthwatering milkshakes in the meat packing district.

 🍦🍦Drake concert cuz Drake is Bae …😍😍😍 summer2016 tour with Future  👯👯

Pinknic..A pink and white mandatory clothing picnic in Governors Island. Pink Blankets along with live music, a Ferris wheel and ros’e 🍷🎀 You can order a picnic basket made by Chris Santos chef/owner of Vandal NY or bring your own !
Local Outdoor dining  … I love dining outside ..I never really got to do it too often since my ex wasn’t a fan of it.. However, this summer I will be all about it.  A few of the locations are Tarry Lodge in Portchester ( Mario Batali’s place) Fortina’s Pizza Club in Stamford, CT, and  Red Hat on the River in Irvington. 

Cafe Habana #ThatCornTho

I was recently taken to Cafe Habana by a NYC Native.. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution (How dope is that?).

People line up at this NoLita mainstay for its grilled corn and other reasonably priced Cuban/Mexican eats. It has a Busy Luncheonette Vibe..Not a empty seat in the house..Be prepared to wait no matter what day/time you go..12934940_1781078775458265_396712256_n

This restaurant was in the movie Friends with Benefits with Justin Timberlake (my BOO) and Mila Kunis.

They are famous for their grilled corn ..loaded with mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime.(Yummy) #ThatCornTho

My entree was the Grilled Skirt Steak …  Skirt steak cooked perfectly and served with your choice of rice and beans.

Dinner Menu you can find here

Cocktails are strong and refreshing I stuck with a Margarita on the Rocks..

I love the casual Cuban vibe they have going on..

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Vandal NYC

  

Vandal NYC : There’s a lot of hype surrounding this new trendy hot spot on Bowery in Manhattan… Now I know why!

You enter through a Flower shop (reminds me of Beauty and Essex where you enter through a Pawn Shop).


The Drinks… I went for the (Spicy) Las Palmitas and PushCart Wars and my friend opted for the (Sweet) Double Dutch… Drinks are on the pricey side but they were nice and strong.


The Food… It’s Tapas Style and as per the waiters suggestion, we ordered 5 dishes to share (typical for a party of two). Our picks were the Blackened Shrimp Arepas (delicious!), Grilled Avocado (love love love avocado) tossed with salad and candied pecans, Ceviche (my first time trying),  Chicken and Chorizo Paella served in a skillet with roasted tomato sofrito (that was yummy), and at last, The Vandal S’mores  Desert (heaven in my mouth!). It’s a warm S’mores pie with a scoop of graham cracker ice cream.

 


  

The Decor… There’s an icy, grape colored, break dancing bunny. Graffiti covers the walls throughout, and there’s tons of artwork to take in… The ambiance is amazing and the space is stunning! I’m happy we went on a Sunday evening to explore the two level space. The restaurant consists of a bar/lounge, full dining room, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.

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Before you leave, don’t forget to take a video strutting your stuff on the “Vandal Cam” so you can send it to yourself via email; perfect for your social media accounts!


  
  
  

Service was also on point! Shout out to our waiter Kameer!

My friend made reservations using the Opentable app, which I love (highly recommend it)! Reservations do book out weeks in advance, so plan ahead.

Fortina

I figured I would blog about my new favorite restaurant in Westchester ! Fortina in Armonk, NY  🙌🏼🍝🍷I’m obsessed with their housemade Spaghetti.. Perfectly al dente 👌🏻 Cheesy Garlic Bread served with Marinara and Fried Meatballs!! I will also mention they have an awesome playlist which makes for a great vibe that includes everything from Groove Theory to old school New Kids on the Block)

    

Cauliflower ..

Garlic Bread- cheesy and delicious served with a side of marinara

Fried Meatballs… Yes Please 

Pastasciutto: spaghetti with a kick🔥🍝

  Spaghetti: perfectly al dente with lemon, sesame, and pecorino

NYC Restaurant Week

It’s NYC Restaurant Week!! 👯👯Jan 18-Feb 5th you can dine at Top Restaurants in NYC $25 lunch $38 dinner for 3 courses from a prefixed menu! Click here for a full list of participating restaurants. If you are ready to get out of the house and make your way thru the snow. You can book your table on Opentable. These are my top pics:

Lupa in Greenwich Village M-F lunch only 

  

Scarpetta  Meatpacking District M-F Dinner, Sunday Dinner

Beauty and Essex Lower East Side M-F Dinner, Sunday Dinner
   
   
Stanton Social Lower East Side 

M-F Dinner, Sunday Dinner

Rosa Mexicano M-F Lunch, Dinner & Sun L/B, Dinner
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Midtown East M-F Dinner

Blue Smoke  Flat Iron  M-F dinner

Westchester Restaurants to Try in 2016 #FoodieGoals

Westchester Restaurants to Try in 2016

I really didn’t make any Resolutions this year..Mostly because they are pointless since I can never really seem to keep them. However, I think I found something I can stick to ..New Restaurants..conveniently located in Westchester. These are places I have been meaning to check out…  I figure since Spring #HVRW will  be upon us in March.. I can def make it happen..

These are at the top of my list:

  
Polpettina in Eastchester, NY: I dunno how I work right down the street and I still have been unable to try out Polpettina (which means lil meatball in Italian). I’m already a regular in Burrata, soo I def have to check out what Polpettina has to offer!

Salataire Oyster Bar in Portchester, NY :  recommended by the Fabulous Intoxikate … she had me at Oyster Bar! This place looks fabulous and it is located in a Century Old Historic Grain Warehouse. I will be taking my mom here later this month to celebrate her Birthday!

Zuppa in Yonkers, NY : Pasta was ahhmazing at the BOW2015 Party .. I need to get to downtown Yonkers stat for a real experience!

Talk About #FoodieGoals

 

Fall #HVRW

#HVRW is upon us..I love trying out new restaurants and Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do so. It runs Nov 2- 15th, $20.95 for lunch and 29.95 for dinner and it includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert from a special pre fix menu. I have researched the choices and these are my top picks from looking at the menu’s and other fellow foodie input. After I try each restaurant I will update my blog and let you know what I think!

The Parlor – Cute lil pizza place in Dobbs Ferry, NY. I came here for lunch with a friend. Started with the dirty salad( fresh mozzarella, sopressata, sesame seeds) followed by a delicious brick oven Sopressata pie(they give you scissors to slice, very cute )! Ended it with the Brookie (warm gooey cookie topped with vanilla ice cream ) 

    
    
 River City Grille in Irvington, NY: I had a great dinner with my family at this restaurant. Delicious food and great service! For starters I had the fried calamari, my entree was the  braised beef brisket that was highly recommended by the waiter (so glad I listened) and finished with  a classic Creme Brûlée .. 

    
    
    
 Red Hat on The River also in Irvington, NY. I have been dying to try this restaurant but I could never get a reservation. I stopped by for a late Lunch this Friday and luckily enough there was a table for me.. Hostess and wait staff were so friendly! Beautiful restaurant and comfortable seating! I had the vegetable soup (butternut squash, potatoes, carrot, parsley, and thyme) to start since it was a windy day I wanted something to warm me up.. It was delicious! For entree I went with the Steamed Mussels swimming in a garlic wine sauce and Frites(soo good!). Then for dessert I had a pumpkin caramel custard that reminded of flan..and I love flan! Wine list was incredible I chose a red wine from Portugal. This was a big hit and a great way to end #HVRW! 

    
    
   
 Zuppa in Yonkers, NY – Their pasta at the Best of Westchester Party had me wanting more!

L’inizzio’s   Ardsley, NY – I have heard such great things about this place and thanks to #intoxikate #forkthis I will be checking it out!

Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry, NY – I have been dying to try their Shrimp and Grits.. also going on a Wednesday is a plus! Oyster Night and Live Music! My fav cocktail is the Hudson Daiquiri !

You can also check out where I was last Spring during HVRW by visiting here

** Don’t forget to fill out the survey’s on HVRW and post your pics on FB, instagram, and twitter using the hashtag #HVRW for your shot of winning a gift certificate (I won last year!)**