#SCBDExclusive: Behind The Scenes & Lunch at DBGB Kitchen & Bar

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A saying I’ve learned to live by and well have always lived by is: when a good opportunity comes around, you should take it. Well almost two weeks ago, I was invited to go see the prep kitchen and get a behind the scenes look to the charcuterie and pastry program to Daniel Boulud‘s restaurants in New York City. I was invited to go with a guest so, SCBD team member Kelsey Jelling came with me. We could not put down this once in a lifetime opportunity and it was definitely a day to remember.

When we arrived to the prep kitchen in the East Village we were greeted by Lauren, who does the pr for all of the Daniel Boulud restaurants in the city. We were welcomed to enjoy some complimentary coffee & pastries before our tour began. I made sure I tried a croissant and some coffee and it did not disappoint. I was ready for the tour to begin.

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Our tour began by seeing where all the breads are made and packaged including making our own baguettes (which was the best baguette I ever tasted thus far). We also where the pastries are made and maintained before the charcuterie part of our class began. I was definitely starting to crave all the sweets I was seeing.

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Next, it was time to see the charcuterie department. We started off by seeing where some of the casing was done but then we went into the ‘cold’ room where all the important stuff goes down. We saw a how they make their famous rilette which we also got try and it was a delicious! A rilette is a mix of braised pork shank that was slow cooked for 48 hours, roasted vegetables, oil and seasonings.

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After we finished with the charcuterie part of the class, it was time for my favorite part, our lunch on the house at DBGB Kitchen and Bar. I’ve heard so many great things about Daniel Boulud‘s cooking and after attending the class I knew what I wanted to try. We started off with cocktails, since Kelsey and I both liked fruity cocktails, our waiter recommended The Dicken’s which was fruity with a bit of spice but was delicious and I’d definitely get it again.

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While we were looking over the menu and picking out our appetizers, we also got to meet Daniel Boulud, we were so in awe we didn’t take a picture with him but it was surely an honor. For my appetizer, I  tried the Fried Egg and Wild Mushroom Appetizer which was delicious and creamy, it was a perfect balance of egg and mushrooms. I decided to try the famous DBGD Dog, especially after learning about how all their hot dogs & sausages are made in-house, I was crazy not to! It certainly did not disappoint and was served with some delicious homemade fries. We also got a complimentary sausage de jamon sent from the kitchen, which was great!

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The Chocolate Only Cake

We were getting so full, but could not turn down dessert so I decided to get the ‘Chocolate Only’ Cake which is by far the lightest, most heavenly piece of chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It was a fun-filled, food day that I would never forget and I would love to come back and eat at DBGB Kitchen and Bar again!

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#SCBD Last Minute New Year’s Specials!

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and there are tons of places in the city where you can ring in 2013 this year. Whether you will be friends, family, or your other half, here are some specials in the city:
New Year’s Eve
River Park, Picture courtesy of YM Nation.com

River Park, Picture courtesy of YM Nation.com

450 East 29th Street
212.729.9790 
Hours: 5:30pm -7pm; 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Price: $85/first seating; $125/second seating
Riverpark will celebrate the new year with tasting menus and big-band music performed live by Gerar Carelli & his orchestra. Menu offerings will include smoked sturgeon carbonara with caviar, veal loin with sweetbread, cauliflower & black truffle and gingerbread baba au rhum.
DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

299 Bowery Street (Houston)
212.933.5300 
Hours: 5pm-12am
Guests at DBGB can ring in the new year with a complimentary champagne toast while enjoying celebratory dishes such as oysters and whole roasted Amish chicken for two from chef Collins’ a la carte menu.
Telepan, picture courtesy of Travelsort.com

Telepan, picture courtesy of Travelsort.com

Telepan
72 West 69th Street (at Columbus Ave)
212.580.4300
Hours: 5pm-6:30pm; 7:30pm-8:30pm; 9pm-10:30pm
Price: $75/first seating; $95/ second seating; $125/third seating
Telepan will offer a festive three-course prix fixe menu from 5-6pm: great for dinner before going out to celebrate the New Year with friends. Then, from 7:30-8:30pm, guests can enjoy a four-course meal featuring caviar, black truffles and some Telepan favorites. To end the evening from 9 – 10:30pm, a celebratory Champagne toast accompanies the four-course dinner.

The Americano (518 West 27th Street, 212-525-0000) is holding a stylish New Year’s Eve party — the Masquerade Ball, complete with dinner and dancing. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white for the bash, which pays homage to the costume parties that were all the rage in France during the 15th century. The design of the restaurant perfectly embodies the party’s sleek theme: Black banquets give The Americano an air of sophistication, while high ceilings, large light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate the light-filled room. And The Americano’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu is just as stunning as the décor, featuring Executive Chef Joseph Buenconsejo’s exquisite French fare with a Latin flair.

The Americano, courtesy of number3mag.com

The Americano, courtesy of number3mag.com

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor (1125 First Avenue, 212-832-1551) on the Upper East Side will transform into a cabaret-meets-saloon, hosting a raucous Barbecue and Burlesque party with seatings at 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. Expect skilled dancers clad in lace corsets, feathered boas and ostentatious make-up, Red Velvet Martinis, surround sound music blasting Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hits, the song “Lady Marmalade” and more, and an awesome barbecue buffet. Dining highlights include a house-smoked ham carved to order, smoked onion hush puppies, roasted corn arugula salad, peach cobbler and much more. And of course, a champagne toast at midnight.

Neely's BBQ Parlor, courtesy of Eater NY

Neely’s BBQ Parlor, courtesy of Eater NY

New Year’s Day
299 Bowery (Houston)
212.933.5300
Hours: 12pm-3pm; 5:30pm-11pm
Brunch and dinner will be offered on the first day of 2013. Guests can choose from the classic prix-fixe or a la carte brunch menu of specialties such as croque monsieur, warm ricotta crepes and eggs florentine. Those looking for a sweet finish to the meal can order pastry chef Mymi’s cafe gourmand selection, featuring one coffee drink or tea, a scoop of ice cream, sorbet or gelato and a pastry bite for $9.
DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

China Latina (127 West 28th Street, NYC, 646-397-9881) will serve brunch featuring Executive Chef Julieta Ballesteros rendition of the ultimate hangover cure, Chilaquiles: Tortilla casserole, shredded chicken, tomatillo, red salsa, Chihuahua cheese, refried beans with 2 poached eggs ($16). You’ll also find dishes like Huevos Rancheros ($16) with pork belly and a Breakfast Quesadilla ($14) with both bacon and chorizo.

China Latina, courtesy of FriendsEat.com

China Latina, courtesy of FriendsEat.com

 Have fun and be safe ringing in 2013 wherever you will be!
Cheers!
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