No one loves to dine out in a scene restaurant more than I. One of my favorites is the Lion, where four of my archival photos are prominently displayed, Another is the charming Waverly Inn, where Pierce Brosman and Cindy Lauper once waited patiently for their tables.
However, there are those occasional evenings when a relaxing seafood dinner without attitude is just the thing. Recently, I discovered the Mussel Pot on Bleecker Street. In a rock garden, highlighted by a soothing waterfall, I enjoyed good conversation, a tower of succulent seafood, an oversized pot of Thai mussels (with red curry, lemongrass, cilantro, coconut milk and couscous) and a delectable crème brûlée.
As everyone knows, the enjoyment of any meal is enhanced by where you're seated in a restaurant. So, imagine how delighted my friends and I were in this setting of alpine rocks and and waterfall...without leaving the city!
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As a food aficionado and a devotee of all things Indian (I visited and photographed India on 2 separate occasions), I was delighted to join several hundred guests at the sold-out first Annual Varli Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Organized by the exuberant and charming Varli Singh (who also has a magazine devoted to Indian restaurants here and in Mumbai), I strolled past stations designed to reflect each restaurant's style. I really enjoyed Indian culinary creations freshly prepared by teams from 35 local restaurants including Devi, Junoon and Tamarind. A high point was meeting various chefs and getting tips on Indian cooking. Between a performance by the celebrated Indian singer Tina Sugandh, the on-stage cooking show by celeb Chef Sanjeev Kappor, and the chance to be photographed with noted Chef Photo Booth, coupled with delicious specialty cocktails, the evening was an unqualified success. What fun to receive a ... Read More