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Alta Linea: Italian Aperitivi on the High Line

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 05:06 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

In Italy, early evenings are all about aperitivi: traditional pre-dinner drinks accompanied by small bites, which dates back to the late 1700s. And the Epicurean Groupthe team behind neighborhoods favorites dell’anima, L’ArtusiAnfora and L’Apiciohighlights the classic aperitivi custom with their latest Italian-inspired restaurant, Alta Linea.

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Located in the High Line Hotel’s picturesque courtyard garden, this seasonal outdoor eatery presents a modern take on rustic Italian cuisine. Settle into the tree-lined, 90-seat space for flavorful small plates and aperitivi al fresco, as well as full dinner entrées like Branzino in Cartoccio with olives, fregola, fennel, and garlic. Group beverage director Joe Campanale curated another vibrant libation list including signature spritzes and classic cocktails—there’s even a frozen Negroni on the menu. I’ll take two, grazie.

Alta Linea (meaning “high line” in Italian) is officially open, and there’s a good chance you’ll find me there, soaking up summer and sipping Pomello Punches.

180 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 212.933.9735, image courtesy of Alta Linea

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Announced

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 09:06 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

What does it take to be the best in the world? Spain’s stunning El Celler de Can Roca has seemed to master the formula for success. The family-owned, 55-seat contemporary Catalan restaurant just snagged the coveted (and arguably controversial) title of World’s Best Restaurant 2015.

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Sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announcement was made in London yesterday as part of an annual celebration of global gastronomy that recognizes establishments around the world for their culinary prowess.

Numero uno El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Catalonia (trip to Spain, anyone?), was followed by Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Rene Redzepi’s gastronomic mecca Noma in Copenhagen to round out the top three. NYC love goes out to Eleven Madison Park (#5), Le Bernardin (#18), and Per Se (#40), and other US spots in the Top 50 include Chicago’s Alinea (#26), Blue Hill at Stone Barns (#49) in Pocatino Hills, NY, and The French Laundry (#50) in Yountville, CA. Congratulations to all the winning restaurants and chefs! Check out the full list and more info here.

Image courtesy of El Celler de Can Roca

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The Annual STREETS Eats Benefit Returns May 19

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 05:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

There’s nothing better than enjoying an evening of great food and drinks for a meaningful cause. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, New York City’s top chefs and mixologists will participate in the 8th annual STREETS Eats, a tasting event to benefit STREETS International—a nonprofit operating as part hospitality school, part restaurant café in Hội An, Vietnam.

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Celebrated chefs from all over the city—including PJ Calapa (Ai Fiori), Wylie Dufresne (Alder), Aaron Bludorn (Café Boulud), Leah Cohen (Pig & Khao), and Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow (The Meatball Shop)—will serve their take on Southeast Asian street foods, complemented by an open bar with signature cocktails and scoops of OddFellows beloved Thai Iced Cream. There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit the organization, which helps disadvantaged local youth develop culinary skills and work experience in order to gain financial independence.

STREETS Eats will be held at The Astor Center from 7:00-9:30pm. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event—get your tickets today at streetsinternational.org.

Images courtesy of STREETS Eats

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