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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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Food, Fun, Farmers & Fowl at the 2014 Duckathlon

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Tickets are now available for the 9th annual Duckathlon hosted by D’Artagnan—a leading purveyor of all-natural and organic poultry and game. Taking over New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion on June 14th from 12-5pm, this experiential “farmers-to-table” event will pair acclaimed chefs Anita Lo, Harold Moore, David Waltuck, Brad Farmerie, Cedric Tovar, Shane McBride, Saul Bolton and more with sustainable farmers, as they lead a series of interactive experiences and compete against each other for ultimate duck domination.

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“D’Artagnan has always worked with small farms that share our commitment to sustainability and humane practices,” said Ariane Daguin, co-founder and CEO of D’Artagnan. “With the Duckathlon, our goal is to literally bring the farm to a larger Manhattan ‘table,’ and this event reflects our company-wide belief that product excellence begins with a true passion for animal husbandry.”

Throughout the day, game-loving gourmands can also enjoy a variety of hands-on challenges, live demos and on-stage events such as a fierce French dessert face-off between famed Master Pastry Chefs François Payard and Jacques Torres.

Another reason to join in all the fowl-filled fun? Duckathlon tickets benefit global hunger organization Action Against Hunger and its FoodLove initiative, connecting those who celebrate food and care about hunger in support of lifesaving nutrition. Now that’s something to quack about.

Find more details and snag your tickets HERE.

Image courtesy of TimeOutNY

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A Clean Plates Review: Kaia Wine Bar

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 02:12 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

With a multitude of restaurants at our fingertips, New Yorkers are often asked, “What type of food are you in the mood for?” While South African may not be a common response, Kaia Wine Bar might just ingrain this cuisine into your arsenal of go-tos. This darling Upper East Side restaurant offers seasonal South African-inspired small plates in a rustic, 50-seat setting.

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Kaia, which means “home” in Zulu, is a candlelit neighborhood gem that’s perfect for a romantic date night or fun evening out with friends. Focused solely on authentic South African flavors, chef Ivan Giani’s eclectic menu features biodynamic and grass-fed meats, organic produce, local cheeses and a sustainable fish program. Beverages include South African and New World wines, along with a selection of American craft beers.

A starter of wild boar sliders topped with smoked tart cherry compote set the tone for an intensely flavorful meal. Along a narrow plate, creamy scoops of ostrich tartare alternated with watermelon radish slices and toast rounds over white chocolate mustard; the myriad of tastes and textures really impressed us when assembled together. Chilled tilefish ceviche mingled with diced kiwi fruit, oranges, red peppers and lime juice for a citrusy and refreshing warm weather dish, best enjoyed when spooned onto the accompanying crisped bread for added texture. Other meal highlights include the vibrant “Jacob’s Nootjes” scallops atop sweet corn purée peppered with mango relish, and the savory “Spear and Shield” dish: bacon-wrapped asparagus resting on portobello mushrooms smothered in cheddar cheese and a rich green peppercorn sauce.

Will I be craving South African cuisine on a regular basis now? Absolutely. The delicious, high quality cuisine and cozy, unpretentious atmosphere make me want to call Kaia my new home away from home on the UES.
 
cleanplates2014My review as published in the Clean Plates Manhattan 2014 Restaurant Guide Book (purchase it here) and on CleanPlates.com. Photo courtesy of Zanda.com.

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