#SCBDExclusive: Mother’s Day Dining Destinations!

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Mother’s Day is approaching quickly. Looking to go out and celebrate in New York or New Jersey? We have a couple of recommendations to enjoy this day to honor our Mother’s…

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SouthWest NY, nestled in the heart of Tribeca, serves up Southwestern classics with a refined twist. Infused with the bright and bold flavors of Mexico and Latin America, Oaxaca-born Chef Antelmo Ambrosio has created a Mother’s Day menu that will be sure to please your turquoise earring-wearing, Southwestern loving mom. Or any mom for that matter. SouthWest NY’s special Mother’s Day menu is on offer from 12 pm to 9 pm. Dine outside and enjoy starters like Smoked Salmon Flat Bread ($13.50) with shaved red onion, capers, crème fraiche and chives or Duck Foie Gras ($15.00) with mixed berries compote and fennel crostini. Healthy delicious entrees like Jumbo Grilled Shrimp ($19.00) with grilled asparagus and blood orange vinaigrette will undoubtedly leave room for a Raspberry Lemon Drop ($ 8.00) with lemon mousse, raspberry preserve, lemon glaze and fresh raspberries. 

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Galli in Soho this Mother’s Day and really give mom a treat — the luxury of not having to cook! She can enjoy Italian classics (such as baby rice balls, mozz chips, Pasta Norma, Chicken Parm, & more) passed down from Steven Gallo’s (Chef & Owner) own mother.  So this Mother’s Day come to Galli and really feel like your at home with the family!

Sarabeth’s is the quintessential Mother’s Day restaurant and in addition to their full dinner menu on May 12th, the sprawling Tribeca location will also offer a specialty menu. Executive Chef Lee Scheffler cooks from the heart, which is evident in items like Filet Mignon ($31) with sautéed spinach, Portobello mushroom and mashed potato, Lobster Salad ($17) baby vegetables, frisee and citrus vinaigrette. And for a sweet end to your meal, try the Plum Peach Tart ($8.50) with fresh whipped cream.

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Let mom enjoy dishes inspired by Chef Ramirez’s own family dinners as a child at Raymi in Flatiron. Mouths are sure to water with a variety of dishes rich in flavor and cultural influence. The prix fixe menu is only $38 a person and offers a variety of dishes sure to please anyone.

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The Orange Squirrel – offers Mother’s Day Brunch with 3 seatings at 11 am, 12:30 and 2pm.  Brunch includes choice of a main dish, a dessert and one complimentary cocktail or beverage for $35/adult or $30/child (see menu above).  Make your reservations today!

RARE The Steakhouse: Will be serving their a la carte menu from 1 to 6:30pm reserve at www.rarestk.com.

 The Dining Room at Anthony David’s brunch:  $22.95 includes fruit & donuts, entree, & coffee/tea.  Reserve at 201-222-8359.

Photo Credit: Lisa Curran

Photo Credit: Lisa Curran

 Bin 14 is offering a make your own “Momosa” Bar $8 with fresh fruits/juices. Reserve at 201-963- 9463.

Cheers to a great Mother’s Day!

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#SCBDEvent Alert: W!se Presents Chef’s Night

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 I’m excited to announce that I will be attending w!se Chef’s Night that will be taking place at the Prince George Ballroom (15 E. 27th Street, Manhattan) 6:30-9:30 pm. The event is to raise awareness for, and contributions to, w!se, an NYC-based educational 501(c)(3) organization, which helps more than 55,000 students understand how to manage their personal finances.

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While at the event, guests will have the opportunity to chat, chew, and mingle among an impressive array of tastings prepared by local chefs. There’s also a Silent Auction, where top bidders can win a meal or special package to favorites like City Winery, Frankies Spuntino, or Gotham Magazine. All event proceeds will be used to fund the w!se financial education and financial literacy programs for students in grades 8 – 12.

Interested in attending? You can purchase your tickets, here.

See you there! 😀

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#SCBDEvent Recap: Review with the crew at Johnny Utah’s, NYC

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About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of having the “Review with the crew” event which included seeing the Bar-Top Bandit’s at Johnny Utah’s in NYC. Our beer writer, Stephanie, her boyfriend Eric, and one of our new team member’s Alexandra joined me. Johnny Utah’s is a fun, country-themed restaurant & bar in the heart of Rockefeller Center.

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We got in just in time before the Bandits started performing and decided to order some of their $5 margaritas, beer, nachos, and wings. We enjoyed all our appetizers– the nachos were the perfect side for all of us. We decided to try the BBQ wings and they were cooked to perfection and had just enough kick. After downing a margarita or two, I had the craving for Mac ‘N’ Cheese and it was probably some of the best Mac ‘N’ Cheese that I’ve had because it was so cheesy and not too heavy on breading. It was also the perfect amount.

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It was the perfect night out, filled with food, fun, and entertainment. I also got to interview, Theresa Fowler, ‘The Boss Bandit’ and got the dish on their performances at Johnny Utah’s every Wednesday and more!

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SCBD: When did the Bandits start?
TF: I created the Bar-Top Bandits in September, 2010 with childhood friend Everett Brothers. It started as a fundraiser for an amazing soldier, SPC Brendan Marrocco, who lost his arms & legs in Iraq. The event was such a success, it led to us helping out other local charities and organizations, which resulted in us expanding our show to what it is now!
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SCBD: Where do you perform?
TF: We have been touring the Northeast, rocking bar-tops from Times Square to the Meatpacking District in NYC, to Hampton Beach, NH & Asbury Park, NJ!
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SCBD: What should we look forward to at Johnny Utah’s?
TF: Killer Female Vocalists and Dancers from the Broadway stage to the iTunes charts performing in NYC’s Hottest Country Western Bar!
SCBD: What’s your favorite dish at Johnny Utah’s?
TF: Bandit favorites are “The Buffalo Bill,” “The Calamity Jane” Cubano, the Nachos, the Southern Hushpuppies and the Hot Utah Wings.
SCBD: The best cocktail?
TF: We’re whiskey girls at heart, but we hear Johnny Utah’s bartenders make a mean Blue Long Island! They’ve got the best staff around, and we have a blast with them at every show!
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SCBD:  What makes the Bandits different than any performers?
TF: The Bar-Top Bandits are a unique nightlife event with some of the most talented female performing artists in New York City. We are a boot-stomping, hair-flipping, bottle-tossing, girl-powered show with the hottest and most unique approach to nightlife entertainment. Not only do our Bandits have powerhouse vocalists and insanely choreographed routines, but they specialize in mixology and hospitality. Pushing liquor and beer sales throughout the show results in nightly revenue boosts for venues who book the Bandits!
Don’t have plans for tomorrow night? Make sure you go to Johnny Utah’s and see them perform. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ the Bandit’s on Facebook, here.
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#SCBD Last Minute Passover Seders

Tonight starts the beginning of Passover, don’t feel like cooking a full seder?

Here are some options if you feel like dining out:

Enjoy a traditional and delicious Seder and time with family and friends at Fairway Market’s  second annual Passover Seder on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm in the Upper West Side Café & Steakhouse (2127 Broadway). Let Mitchel London, Fairway’s Chef du Cuisine, and his staff do all the work so you can relax and be served a full menu of traditional holiday foods, including chicken soup with matzo balls, chopped liver, braised brisket, roast chicken in pan juices, potato pancakes, macaroons, ambrosia and more. A Haggadah (the text read during the ritual meal which tells the story of the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt) and a Seder plate will be provided for each table.  For reservations, please call (212) 994-9555. Tickets are $45 per person, and $25 for children 12 and under. 

In celebration of Passover, Bill Telepan will serve a Seder-style dinner at his Upper West Side restaurant on Mon/March 25 & Tue/March 26.  Bill will offer his take on the traditional Seder meal with a four-course menu of flavorful dishes such as spring vegetable soup with matzo balls & dill oil and hanger steak and brisket. Pastry chef Larissa Raphael will end the meal with pineapple-lemon sorbet and flourless chocolate cake. Reservations open on Thu/Feb 28, and can be made, here  or (212) 580-4300.

Passover Seder Plate courtesy of Tumblr

Passover Seder Plate courtesy of Tumblr

March 25th and 26thSarabeth’s Tribeca (339 Greenwich Street) will be offering a special Passover menu by Executive Chef Lee Scheffler. To start, enjoy a bowl of light yet flavorful Matzo Ball Soup filled with hearty vegetables ($9). For the entree, try the juicy Lamb Chops accompanied with a potato pie and asparagus and cooked in a red wine sauce ($31) or the Stuffed Whitefish atop Matzo farfel with glazed carrots and red beet horseradish ($24). Finish off the meal with Sarabeth’s famous Flourless Chocolate Cake ($8.50).
BLT Fish (21 West 17th Street, 3rd Floor) will also offer a few specials by Executive Chef Amy Eubanks. Chef will prepare a Salmon Belly with freshly grated horseradish, parsley and celery ($14), as well as a dessert of roasted apples and walnuts with cinnamon ice cream ($11).  While it is not a special, the made-for-two Loup de Mer with yellow beets and citrus sabayon ($32 per person) can certainly be a great Passover alternative.


L’Chaim!

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#SCBDFavorite: One Pot Dinners Cooking Class at Sur La Table, Hell’s Kitchen

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For my birthday this year I got a gift certificate to take a cooking class at Sur La Table in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. I looked at the schedule and the One Pot Dinners presented by Food & Wine Magazine sounded like an awesome class plus it came with a one year subscription to Food & Wine magazine.

The class started at 11:00 am in the studio kitchen in the store. We were greeted by our instructor Giselle and her assistants, who grabbed us a cup of coffee. Giselle told us a bit about herself and how she went to culinary school and how when she’s not teaching she is a pastry chef at Momofoku Milk Bar. After she explained how the class worked and gave us a packet with the recipes we’d be making in class.

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My favorite recipe we made.

We started the class making an easy Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde. Giselle would show us how to do each step and assist us along with the help of her assistants. It was a great class and each team worked together really well. After the Pozole, we made my personal favorite– Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, followed by Rice Pilaf with Chorizo, Olives & Fennel, and last, Smoky Paella with Shrimp & Squid.

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We took a little break while some of the entrees cooked and had a tour of the store with our instructor Giselle. She told us what she recommended we purchase and what was used during class. We could also buy what we wanted then, but most of us waited until class ended. After our little tour, we came back to class and finished preparing then eating all the dishes. As I mentioned, my favorite was Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, it was delicious and perfect for a meal. It’s definitely a dish I’d love to conquer myself one night!

If you ever decide to take a class at Sur La Table, a huge plus is that all students receive a 10% off coupon that is good for a week. Since I still had money on my gift card, it definitely gave me an upper hand. I decided to purchase my very own food processor and scraper to add to my kitchen collection.

I’d highly recommend a cooking class at Sur La Table to any beginner in the kitchen, they really help you out and all the dishes are pretty easy. They have many cooking studio locations throughout New York and New Jersey and  have a huge roster of classes, you can see, here. They also aren’t costly and range between $55-99 which is not bad for a professional cooking class.

Plan on taking a class at Sur La Table?

Let me know what you thoughts here or tweet me @smchickbigdeals!

Happy Cooking! 😀

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The Brewlight’s On: NYC Craft Beer Festival 2013

So Ladies & Gents,

Small Chick Sara and I are brewing up for the NYC Craft Beer Festival! It is on Saturday, March 30th at 68 Lexington Ave in the big apple. Not only does this exciting event bring out your inner Sir, but gives you access to awesome seminars such as Do You Know Your Craft led by Giancarlo Annese and Sarah Annese from their fantastic site Beer Union.

From the delicious Angry Orchard’s Apple Crisp Cider to Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe, this festival is taking the tasting of craft beers by storm. Here’s a little history behind the famous craft beer festival of NYC:

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A picture says a thousand words, and since there are so many wonderful things to tell you about this festival, I think you should come and see for yourself!

LOOK AT ALL THE CRAFT BEER TABLES.

That, my friends – is a paradise fit for a Sir.

Now as for the craft beer selection – I have a few down on my list that I must try, but I am also looking for some follower suggestions! Tweet @stephaniirosee and let me know what craft beers you recommend! Click here now and tweet it to me! NYC Festival Craft Beer Selection 2013

Stay tuned for the second post for How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: Raise Your Glass, but in the meantime check out the intro post! How to Drink Beer Like a Sir: An Introduction

Forever brewin’,

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Celebrate #NationalMeatballersDay at The Meatball Shop!

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First, off Happy National Meatball or better yet Happy Meatballers Day! In honor of the holiday today, The Meatball Shop is asking their fans to snap and share your favorite meatball moment on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #NationalMeatballersDay and the handle @MEATBALLERS. The three most creative photos will be chosen and shared on our Twitter and Instagram feeds on Monday, and the winners will receive a limited edition black n’ gold Grinder Hat. HAPPY #NATIONALMEATBALLERSDAY!

So last week, after taking a cooking class at Sur La Table in Hells Kitchen I decided to take food journey to Chelsea to check out The Meatball Shop in their new location, 200 9th Ave. It was also my first time ever dining at The Meatball Shop. I figured it was about time, since I had heard amazing things about them. I had no lunch plans that day so it was definitely worth the trip.

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My $6 Sangria

Let me start off by saying, their meatballs are a big deal and you definitely get a bang for your buck.  It was the new location’s first week doing lunch service and everything was on par. I decided since I came by myself I should sit at the bar. I looked at the menu and decided to start with their signature sangria, which was whopping $6– for NYC that is amazing and thus the excitement began.

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For my meal I decided to get the Naked Classic Beef Meatballs with Class Tomato Sauce & the Family Jewels (which is just a fried egg on top) which as only $7. The meatballs were delicious, huge, and filling so I actually had some leftovers– which didn’t last in the fridge long. The bartender I had was wonderful and recommended I try dessert so of course I did, I mean who in their right mind would say no to a $3 scoop of homemade ice cream? The ice cream of the day that day was passion fruit so I really couldn’t say no. Of course, I was very happy with my decision because it was some of the best ice cream I’ve had in the city. It was so creamy and delicious and you could really taste the fruit!

If your looking to celebrate National Meatball Day in the city– I highly recommend you celebrate the right way with the @MEATBALLERS!

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