Culinary delights for New York’s tourists

Those with an appetite for culinary adventure will not be disappointed in the city of New York. On the dinner plates of the Big Apple, we find an enticing blend of the familiar and the strange – so buckle up and prepare the taste buds for an exciting tour of a great tasting city.

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Operation Dining Out: The Three-Legged Approach to Restaurant Appeal

Restaurants are often referred to as a three-legged stool. Each leg is part of the experience: the food, the service and the ambiance. Dining out is so much more than just eating, it’s an event—or at least, we believe it should be. For a truly memorable dining experience, patronize places that incorporate all three legs. Excellent food and outstanding service aside, you also have to grade a restaurant on whether the vibe fits the menu. Depending on whether you’re a breakfast, lunch or dinner connoisseur, here’s what to look for.

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i8NYC Catering – email i8feed@gmail.com – Sample Fall Menu

Since our i8 Supper Club days, we have been busy partnering up with a few Companies to share our love of food with the masses. Here is a Sample Fall Menu below to whet your appetite. We can also cater Cocktail Parties and Dinners as well as Corporate Events, Weddings.

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Events Attended Recap – 2013 #NYCWFF – Our Faves

Beef Tongue pastrami? Cocoa Puff carbonara?  If you want the highlights of what else went down trendwise, click here. We only hit the creme de la creme events. Our faves are listed below w/ pics in tow. Our highlight of the weekend was when Chef Tom Colicchio blasted us on twitter after we tweeted saying his dish was a tad too acidic, if anything. All in all, a good weekend for a great cause! Continue reading

Blogger’s Event at @Felice_83

Undoubtedly one of the best (if not THE best) meals we’ve been invited to write about. @Felice_83 is definitely a sleeper since there is a plethora of Italian Restaurants to choose from in NYC. Don’t be fooled like we were though! At first we were skeptical going in thinking that this was just another chain restaurant trying to push their weight around and collect money while they pass GO! with little/no attention to the food. Boy, were we wrong…

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Blogger’s Pizza Making Class at 180 w/ @GoVimbly


Chef Chris Nirschel aka @CulinaryBadBoy & Nicole

We were invited to take part in a GoVimbly Blogger Pizza Making Class at 180 on Little Italy. We literally wined and dined our way through an authentic experience. We had taken a pizza class at Pizza A Casa prior so we knew what to expect. This was less formalized in the sense that portions were given and recipes were not handed out. This was more of a tactile class, one which you go by feel instead of measurements. Also, at 180, everyone made 1 thing and 1 thing only: True Neapolitan Pizza. No fancy stuff! Continue reading

Event – Let’s Cook! Surf N’ Turf w/ @Plated AUG13

 

Let’s COOK Surf N’ Turf! The folks over at plated.com have generously donated 8 dishes. They will deliver most of the ingredients and recipe cards but we still have to pay for delivery, condiments, and of course wine!

We will be making swordfish and chicken piccata and will have to work for our dinner, but it’s not really work when you enjoy cooking right? For those who don’t want to/can’t cook, you are also welcome to join us! We will be eating the fruits of our labor.

$20 + eventbrite fees to secure your spot. Includes kitchen access, all ingredients and dinner w/ a glass of wine/cocktail. You just have to show up! Don’t worry about the dishes :)

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

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Recipe – ‘Tarheel Country’ Cocktail

This is atypical of us, but we are going to divulge a recipe used in our i8 Supper Club. This drink was inspired by our #SouthernHolyGrail theme.  The ginger liqueur in this is handcrafted, hand labeled, and definitely lives up to its ‘intense’ namesake. In keeping with Carolina pride, we tried to do the South proud without getting too crazy and keeping with its roots. We felt the sweet tea brightened up the ‘donkey kick’ to your throat from the ginger, a good thing. The St Germain brought added some floral notes to round it out. The recipe is actually very simple… Continue reading

Event – i8 Supper Club JUL27 (Southern Holy Grail)


The theme for our next i8 Supper Club dinner was inspired by a trip down South to North Carolina. During our week long stay there, we not only ate our way through it, but we also visited a family farm and took a few cooking classes in a Southern home. The fruits of our labor and newly acquired knowledge will be showcased on July 27 when we bring you the best of Tarheel Country (with a twist as always). We have been busy with gigs outside of this realm, but we are especially excited about our comeback dinner from Hiatusville since February. Has it really been that long already? Anyway, here’s a Sweet Tea cheers to hoping you can join us! We will have a Southern guest chef and we may even get a food sponsor or two. BYOB as always :)

P.S. Yes, the Amuse is an entire biscuit, not a bite. We don’t skimp here!

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Event – Got Sushi? Private Tasting Event @RestauranThalia – MAY21


UPDATE: What we did know: To come hungry. What we didn’t know: There would be 7 dishes, all of which were full portions besides the sushi rolls (menu above, right). Chef Honrado (above, left) was so gracious and humble with his Kool-Aid smile that we knew we would taste love in his food. The plating was on par with the best. We were especially happy with the salmon and the scallop dishes. Some constructive feedback/tweaks to the menu was given and we are positive that everything will be taken into consideration going forward, if not already. If you are in the area, shoutout @RestauranThalia and GO!

FULL ALBUM here

Be sure to check out Thalia Restaurant, as they also have $1 oyster nights!

We’ll be sure to report back with plenty of pics and our brutally honest review, as always :)

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Event – Night Market at The Bowery Station MAR29-30

Always in support of the little guys, we love the notion of bringing a full-time Night Market to Manhattan. If some of you may recall, we did partake if their event last April in which we served gizzard dumplings :) | BUY TIX

Event – i8 Supper Club FEB16 (Comfort Food), Pot Luck Theme: Represent FEB17

UPDATE: We had a feast! Check out the succulent 48hr boneless short rib above! PICS HERE

i8 Supper Club FEB16 (Comfort Food)

Ok, we’re done hibernating from the cold. It’s time to kick some ass in the kitchen again. Inspired by the Freestyle Cooking, the next i8 Supper Club will have no menu. Here’s to hoping you can join us! Click above to RSVP

UPDATE: We feasted and drank to our heart’s content. Check out the Pineapple Short Rib Shrimp Fried Rice above! PICS HERE

Pot Luck Theme: Represent FEB17

After taking over this meetup as Organizer with over 2500+ members, it is only fitting that we throw an ice breaker Pot Luck Dinner! Click above to join us!

Event – Private TriBeCa Loft Party OCT27


It’s been too long since the last party. Long time no see. Let’s catch up with good beats and great company. Make new friends, reacquaint with old ones, go gangnam style or be a wallflower. It’s up to you, my lovelies. Just know that these parties are infamous for inadvertently hooking singles up. You know who you are.

It’s BYOB. A bottle of liquor gets you in. Into who or what, that’s up to you. Please leave the farm animals at home.

Drink responsibly. Or not, it’s your liver. Who cares, it’s the weekend.

See ya’ll there!

Event – The Gohan Society Presents: A Taste of the Market JUL26

 

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Starts: July 26 @ 8:30pm
Ends: July 27 @ 1:00am
Location: 57 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

The Gohan Society, in association with Korin Japanese Trading and Wine of Japan Import, Inc., is proud to present “Taste of the Market”, a summer evening of fresh tastes to benefit the Gohan Society.

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Review – Empellon Cocina

Don’t believe the hype. It’s a sequel. -Public Enemy

Hyped by many as the young Rick Bayless of the East Coast, Chef Alex Stupak left as pastry chef of wd-50 to open Empellon Taqueria in the West Village. A few years later, he opened to rave reviews of what many consider to be a Mexican crown jewel in the East Village. We’re talking about none other than Empellon Cocina, taco free edition. After numerous recommendations by friends, we finally caved and paid them a visit… Continue reading