Gitano NYC

Gitano in NYC is a pop up restaurant inspired by Gitano Tulum in Mexico. Their idea was to bring the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle of NYC.

Make reservations via OpenTable or else you will have a long wait to even get in the place!

When I stepped inside Gitano I felt like I was on vacation. I was surrounded by lush palm trees 🌴 and beautiful people.

We sat by the bar which has a big disco bar at the center of it.

Cocktails 🍹

We ordered the:

Jungle Fever 😝 consists of Gem and Bolt, chili, lime, and cilantro. It had a great kick to it. 🌶

Gitano Margarita Montelobos, lime, cucumber, and rosemary. It was very refreshing. 🥒

Food

We ordered the Guacamole which was very tasty and fresh.

The special of the night was Carne Asada. It was extremely tasty 🥩 with chimichurri sauce and shishito peppers 🌶

There are several seating areas spread throughout the restaurant and garden area where you can sit, drink, and lounge. It starts getting very loungey in the evening. Lots of people hanging out and sipping on cocktails.

Sabbia at La Birreria

It’s back ! Pop up restaurant at eatalys’s rooftop in the flat iron district in NYC. It’s a Winter alps themed restaurant with a retractable roof overlooking fifth ave.

Complete with a log cabin theme with string lights hung all around the bar/restaurant. lots of furs around for a cozy, warm feel.You don’t want to miss :

The Polenta bar- yum creamy polenta served on a wooden board comes out freshly prepared for you to enjoy. Polenta was seasoned with rosemary and thyme and Parmesan!

🧀 Cheese board how can you come to eataly and not get some cheese ?! it is so fresh and creamy! Great way to start your meal!<<<<<<<<<<<< you warm 🍷🍸🍹 like the Vin Brul'e (mulled wine, brandy, cinnamon, and anise)!and boozy hot cocoa, and a tiramisu martini. Fresh pasta 🍝 like the Fusilli and Gnocchi perfectly al dente 👌 Reservations highly recommended I booked mine thru the opentable app!
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200 Fifth Ave

New York,NY

Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant

My love for good BBQ extends beyond the typical NY BBQ season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parks and backyards all across the state are full with hungry families wanting their fill of smoky good food. Luckily, in Portchester there is a BBQ joint that will satisfy your hunger all year round. It is named “Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant & Bar”. This place does come across as a typical hole in the wall style BBQ joint. However, it is a nice restaurant with plenty of seating and a full bar for you to enjoy your meal. I have tried several items on their menu. The stand-outs for me personally are the Chicken Wings and the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.

Also, I have rated the items that I have tried on a scale of 1 to 5.

The ribs – 4/5

Collard greens- 4/5

Brisket- 3/5

Corn bread- 4/5

French fries- 4/5

Chicken wings- 5/5

Banana Pudding-3/5

Grilled Chicken Club-5/5

Mac-N-Cheese-2/5

House Smoke Sausage- 4/5


Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant and Bar

112 N Main St

Portchester, NY

-Ant Green

Cellar 49- Spring HVRW 2017

I made a Last minute decision to check out Cellar 49 in Tarrytown, NY for HVRW… and I’m sooo glad I did . Food and service is top notch 👌🏻

Reservation booked on OpenTable

This restaurant is a hidden gem. It is located on the grounds of the Tarrytown House Estate 🏡 As I walked down the stairs to a wooden door entrance and sat at the bar…I def got a speak easy vibe. Which I love ❤️. It was the “original” Cellar in the historic Biddle Mansion.

I started with the Truffle Burrata. It was drizzled in balsamic with pistachios and flatbread on the side. Delicious! 

🍽For Entree I chose the Flat Iron Steak that was cooked perfectly . It was paired with mashed potatoes and charred asparagus in a savory sauce. It was so tasty and one of the best steaks I have had in a while!

🍰The Dessert was a toffee almond cheesecake drizzled with caramel😋 (the main reason I chose this restaurant). It was heavenly! 

Everything was so amazing..I definitely recommend trying this place out. They have a three course pre-fix menu year round Mon-Thurs.

Tarrytown House Estate – Cellar 49

49 East Sunny Side Lane

Tarrytown, NY 10591

tel:(914)591-3143

Spring HVRW 2017

Who said you can’t eat fabulously in Westchester for a reasonable price ?! 💃

I enjoy going out and having a great meal locally in Westchester. Parking is never a issue and it’s a lot less hectic to get to..Westchester has many great restaurants to check out and HVRW is one of my fav time of the year.

HVRW let’s you check out the top restaurants in Westchester at a prefixed price of $ 32.95 for dinner and $ 22.95 for lunch March 6 – 19th. You can make it a date night or an excuse to get out with your girls for some over due girl talk.  You can also check out a new restaurant that you were hesitant to try. Make your reservations ..many are located on OpenTable. Prices do exclude beverages, taxes, and tip. Also Saturday’s are typically excluded!

Visit https://www.valleytable.com/hvrw/restaurants  for more info and many list their HVRW menu 

I’m picking all new spots this year!

My picks this year are …

Lil drunken Chef in Mt Kisco, NY .. they had me with the Tipsy Goat Salad 🥗 and the drunken jerk chicken on the bone 🍖 along with the Tres Leche they will have me Drunk in Love with this new eatary. 

TutabellaTrattoria in Scarsdale, NY they are new to HVRW but they have been around for years. I picked this restaurant based on the fact they have one of my fav dishes on the menu bucatini al amatriciana. I also have worked down the street for more than five years and I have never checked them out!

Lusardi’s in Larchmont, NY. My bae actually picked this one out(one of the many reasons why he’s bae). I am eager to try the  Orrechiete Baresi and Risotto Porcini😋

What restsurants are you dining in this year for HVRW? 

Don’t forget to snap a pic and post it on the gram or any other of your social media sites to win a shot at a free dinner for two. Don’t forget to hashtag #HVRW and tag @Valleytable.

Want another shot at winning something yummy take a survey @ valley table.com after your dining experience. 

Stay Tuned Pictures and more posts on HVRW to follow..  

Momofuku Noodle Bar – NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar : Between 10th and 11th St on 171 1st Ave New York, New York 10003

I love me some Ramen and Pho.

Here you can have both.

Along with tasty buns and sake slushies.

No reservations. Be prepared to wait.

Wait times can exceed an hour.

Food comes out fast and delicious.

Chicken Pho


Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps.. I like pork belly.. who knew


Momofuku Bar

 

Spicy Lychee and Apricot Sake Slushie


Blueberry and Cream Cookie


Momofuku Ramen with Pork Belly


Shrimp Buns ..Best Buns Everrr


Pork Bun

Tarry lodge – A Mario Batali Restaurant in Westchester

 

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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.

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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)!.. . burrata

 

The big hit of the night for me was the Pollo Francese with Artichokes and Capers.

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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.

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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.

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They are also open for Lunch and they serve Brunch on the Weekends! They are also participating in HVRW this Fall.

TarryLodge

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!

Meatball Shop on the West Side

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My friend Kevin is always raving about this place! The Meatball shop. A quaint lil eatery with friendly wait staff. They have a few locations. I went to the one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Delicious cocktails .. always a big plus..I tried the Watermelon Margarita and the Gin Fizz. The menu is pretty much a dry erase board.. You grab a black marker and mark off the type of balls you want.. Classic Beef, Chicken, Veggie, Pork, or the Daily Special they have listed that day. Then you pick the type of sauce. Pesto, Creamy Parmesan, Classic Tomato, Spicy meat or the daily special.You can have your side or veggie under the sauce or on the side separately. Sautéed broccoli, rigatoni, spaghetti, mashed potatoes .. so many yummy options. They also have sliders and sandwiches which I’m looking to try on my next visit there.

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Brunchin at Bear Mountain

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Sunday Bear Mountain brunch at Restaurant 1915, which was named after the year the restaurant was opened. Waay Back in the day! This is my first time at Bear Mountain aside from going to their Oktoberfest.

It’s Reasonably priced at 34.99 pp with unlimited Mimosas/Bloody Mary’s, coffee, tea, juice, or soda . Bring the fam..Kids aged 5-12 are $16, and children 4 and under are free. Sunday Brunch runs from 11am-3pm. Reservations are recommended. You can book on Opentable.

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Very scenic lodge overlooking bear mountain grounds with large windows in the dining area to take it all in. We sat right in front of the fireplace with a mounted moose head. I can only imagine in the winter how cozy it will be with a roaring fireplace.

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There is  so much variety to choose from. It’s buffet style. There is a seafood display with raw oysters and shrimp cocktail, a carving station serving roast beef and spiral ham, a omelet station, waffle station, fresh fruit, traditional breakfast foods, pastries, bagels, dessert, and so much more…

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GIF Videobooth’s In NYC

Photo booth’s are a thing of the past. Let’s kick our selfie game up a  notch. The new trending thing recently are Video Booth’s (GIF)..so what’s better than taking your own 5-6 second mini video clip when you are out partying in the city.. You can easily type in your email address for you to have and share.

I first spotted the video booth when I was out to dinner this February at Vandal NYC. It is located in the bar lounge area. We found it after exploring the new space . The background is a perfect setting filled with graffiti covered walls.

Vandal , 199 Bowery  New York, NY 10002

Then I saw it again in Beauty and Essex’s Pawn shop. This background has guitars hanging on the walls. Click  for my movie clips. Me and my friends always get a kick out of it. You will get some people in the background wanting to photobomb you.

Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St   New York, NY 10002

I hear Catch in the Meatpacking district has a video booth on their rooftop too! I have yet to check Catch out but it’s def on my summer to do list!

Catch,  199 9th ave   New York, NY 10014

I’m all about it! I hope to see more restaurants/bars using this feature! It’s all about having fun and being silly with your friends. And you get to have a lil memory of your night.