Friday, July 22, 2011

New York Restaurant Week Ends Soon: Don’t Miss The Best in Local Dining

There isn’t anyone who’d argue that New York offers THE best dining experience in the world.  So why not take advantage of the fresh, local produce of the season and artisanal food artisans as prepared by the world’s greatest culinary artists?
Now in its 20th year, the restaurants offer a prix-fixed lunch and dinner at the same prices as in 2006—$24.07 and $35, respectively (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities).
There’s nostalgia to embrace!

New restaurants participating this season include: BLT Bar & Grill, David Burke Kitchen (see Examiner review:, Lincoln Restaurant and Plaza Food Hall by Todd English (see review: 
The program also welcomes back original participants in 1992, such as Aquavit, Capsouto Freres, Mesa Grill and Union Square Café.

According to NYC & Company: “In honor of NYC Restaurant Week’s 20th year, American Express Cardmembers will receive a $20 statement credit when they register and use any eligible American Express® Card to dine out three or more times at participating restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, July 11–24. To register an American Express Card and for terms and conditions, visit

So hurry, hurry—only three days left.

Chefs Love Their Gardens!
Citizens of Gotham won’t be left at the garden gate come next week, though.

What can cheer New Yorkers beginning July 25th is the just-announced summer union between Gramercy Tavern’s ( executive chef, James Beard nominee, Michael Anthony and Norwich Meadows Farm ( Zaid Kurdich.  Together the two marry their outstanding talents to bring the seasons farm-fresh produce offset by Chef Michael’s dazzling, sweet summertime recipes. What could be better?   Chef Michael will even personally select the sassy, perky produce, including Swiss chard, Orient Express Eggplant and Persian Cucumbers, Hungarian Yellow Peppers and organic eggs.  Sounds like a jewelry box!

It’s just $60, with weekly delivery in Manhattan, South Westchester, and Stamford & Greenwich, CT through August.  Go here for delivery sign up.

This reporter has seen first-hand the enduring respect and mutual love of farm-fresh food shared by Chef Michael Anthony and farmer Zaid Kurdich in 2009.  Asked then to select chef’s most inspired garden or farm for the upcoming book, Homegrown NYC, and without hesitation, Chef Michael named Zaid and Norwich Farms.  The photo session was filled with vibrant vegetable colors and textures – along with an extra serving or two of integrity and admiration.

Enjoy the fruits of their labor!   

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1 comment:

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