Better Colicchio and Sons or Craft?  I prefer Craft, but Colicchio has a great beers selection. Both are very good, at Colicchio you will find standard dishes, more sofisticated menu at Craft, I will review both of them to decide who will be the best.

Wine expo in new York

As I told severals times, New York is just marketing and the wine expo is a events organised from and for NY wine resellers lobby. Few French wineries, even less Italian and California wines… it doesn’t seem a wine fair.Was nice but wine culture is a different thing; I found a few good wines from Sonoma valley, Finger lakes and from French Rhone valley and nothing more.

The exposition were bad organized and the hosts at the stands didn’t even where the wine come from; in Califorinia you can find much better organization and more friendly people.

My revenge have been testing a terrific duck ham and foie gras from a smal Hudson valley producer.



Far from the tourist crowd and the time square lights, a medieval cloister in Manhattan on upper west side. Extreme contrast between the tall downtown and midtown skyscrapers and this tiny cloister located along Hudson river in northern Manhattan with Washington bridge view.

The structure was built with pieces from five different medieval French cloisters (in New York all is fake) and you will find a collection complemented by seven thousands pieces.

You can find better and original cloisters in Europe but the museum is great, someone defined it as “the crowning achievement of American museology”, and an afternoon in this neighborhood far from midtown and others overvalued New York spots can be a new way to discover this Town.

Hasaki Jap restaurant

I got a reccomendation to taste a japanese restaurant in the East Village and I couldn’t decline this invitation.

Hasaki restaurant on 9th Street and 3rd Avenue is a tiny restaurant where you can eat at the counter or at the small tables for 2 or 4 people max.

For my first dinner in this spot, I have decided to taste the classic japaneses dishes, Sushi/Sashimi/Roll

Sushi and Sashimi were well prepared and with a good quality, but I have to review the Rolls because they were tasteless.

It is a lovely spot with regular service but not very friendly.

At the end I can say that if you want to eat a good quality japanese food without spend hundreds of bucks, this it is one of the right addresses; I still prefer “Kanoyama” but “Hasaki” can be an alternative solution. 

Thank you  for the reccomendation.

Have you a good Week

Manhattan Fall/Winter (not for Turist)

What can you do during the cold days in this island? A lot of things, but here I would like to share with you activities for real Newyorkers.

Monday: Would you like to become a real American? Go to the pub for the Monday night football game. Till January every Monday night you can watch a Football game in your favorite pub drinking beer; I would suggest you to find local beer (American beer from small breweries in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachuset, California and more) because are good and sure better than industrial beers. Here a few suggestions : Third and Long, Lincoln Park Grill, Village Pourhouse, …)

Tuesday: With your coworkers an Happy hour to share what did you do during the Week End and planning the next one. A covered roof top or a typical Pub are the most popular spot. Don’t forget NCIS on CBS when you will go back home.

Wednesday: Show on Broadway or off Broadway. Is the right night for a musical or a theatre. Sometimes the less popular shows are the most terrific. You can find a lot of good deals for Off Broadway shows. (Rocky horror picture show, American Idiot, Fela, Memphis and more).

Thursday: At David Rubenstein Atrium (Lincoln Center) for a free concert. From Blues to Jazz, from classic to South American Music; here you can relax after work for an hour or more with a great singer or band and if you are hungry, try a quick bite at the cafe. In this venue you will also find a day-of discount tickets for Lincoln Center shows.

Friday: After work a visit one of free museum, then a dinner in your favorite restaurant and a Club or Lounge to dance and drink one cocktail (just one).

Saturday: Brunch and Shopping in Soho during the day and Village or West Village for the night. Try one of the several small bars where you will find great blues, jazz, country concert or a popular DJ from all over US.
My favorites are 55bar, Terrablues, BitterEnd or the most popular Blue Note, but in this case I recommend you to reserve in advance.

Sunday: For a rainy Sunday, A Museum is a good choice, Metropolitan, Morgan Library, American Indian Museum, NYC museum and more. For a sunny day start a walk around Bryant Park, then go to visit the National Library. If you want to walk without a lot turists around, you should start from Madison Square Park where you can find expositions or concerts and go down on Fifth avenue to Washington Square Park; then turn left toward Noho.

Enjoy your Week.

The Food Hall NYC

A new upscale food emporium in Manhattan. In the lower level of the historic Plaza Hotel a new Food Hall by Todd English, a popular US restaurateur. Here you will find 8 food stations and you can sit at each one or at the common tables.

Amazing food, I tasted chorizo, lamb, fish, rolls and dessert and all was delicious at a fair price; perfect service and organisation.

Bring home also some packed food from the store and you will be happy to remember your enjoy time here when you will eat it at home.

If you have to decide between Eataly And The Plaza Food Hall, this is much better…and the plus is that you won’t see a guy walking around wearing orange crocs.

See you at the next tasting.

NY Christmas trees

Millions of people at Rockfeller center for the big Christmas tree, but there are several others in Manhattan better than that one. Spectacular trees in every building’s hall and at the Bryant park. Go to see the giant Christmas decorations on Sixth Avenue or on Park Avenue and inside the big buildings between Park and Madison. Happy Holidays

King in NYC

Vittorio Emanuele and spouse are visiting the city and obviously Eataly.

La petite maison Opening

In front of Moma a new French restaurant opening tonight. After three steps the restaurant entrance with a big counter and then a few dinner rooms on two floors with a stunning ceiling. Champagne and delicious apetizer for this great event; only one thing is bad, sangria with ice isn’t the right way to make the drink. In the next weeks I’ll try to have a dinner to confirm the quality of this place


Where can you find a good espresso in NY? Here some reccomendations:

Oren’s (3rd Avenue and 30th street and additional locations): just outside you can smell the perfume of the roasted beans coming from this tiny store where you will find more than 30 kinds of coffee from all over the world at a fair price. Espresso is very good and the staff is friendly.

La Colombe (Lafayette street): warm place, friendly staffs and espresso very good.

Vergnano by Eataly (5th Avenue and 23rd street): a typical Italian espresso, good but unfortunately is not a quiet spot where you can relax tasting the coffee aroma.

Taralucci e Vino (2nd Avenue and 11th street and additional locations): for a good espresso or a great Italian breakfast with cappuccino and pastries.

Lilly o’Brien (Bryant Park): My first espresso in NY. In front of an amazing park  you will find a warm place where to relax and drinking a regular espresso with Illy brand coffee or an hot chocolate with cream.

Sant Ambroeus (Madison Avenue and additional locations): formal and expensive bar but coffee, pastries and more are very good.

Aroma Caffe (Soho and additional locations): an american chain with a regular espresso and several other drinks.