Cote, a Korean Steakhouse in Flatiron

cote nyc, the new korean kid in town

Depending on how you see it, the name of the restaurant Cote can either reference the Korean word for flower or a particular cut of meat. If Cote had its way, it’d want you to reference both. It occupies a unique niche as a hybrid steakhouse and Korean bbq restaurant, never fully claiming one or the other, defined by fluidity rather than labels.

the name cote in millennial korean pink
american psycho or the dry-aging room?

From the moment you walk in, Cote keeps you guessing. The entrance leads to a dark blue hallway with a neon sign of the restaurant’s name in Korean lit in Millennial pink, giving off a vibe that’s more sexy Meatpacking lounge than staid Midtown East. If you walk downstairs you can see Cote’s dry-aging room, where different pieces of meat hang stylistically in lighting that brings to mind the surreal and violent thriller Neon Demon. Once you get seated in one of the booths in the back, you will see familiar signs of a table-top grill, but even so, these grills are gold and silent, sucking the smoke and smells out of sight, out of mind.Read More

Loring Place in Greenwich Village

loring place, an abc kitchen for the downtown crowd

Seasonally-driven restaurants abound in New York City, but if there’s one specifically made for those lucky 1% who own beautiful townhouses in the West Village, then it would be Loring Place. Dan Kluger is the chef here, and you may of heard of him due to his prior stint at ABC Kitchen, another popular farm-to-table restaurant frequented by the well-heeled. You can expect the same sort of pretty, air-brushed aesthetic at Loring Place, although thankfully there’s less of the fussiness of ABC Home’s signature ornate chandeliers and woodwork. The restaurant is named after a street in the Bronx where Kluger’s father once lived, so it’s a little more down-to-earth. But you will still see plenty of those picture perfect ladies who lunch drinking mimosas and rose all around you.Read More

Checking In: Chumley’s, Still Good

It’s been nearly 6 months since I first had dinner at Chumley’s, the renovated speakeasy in the West Village. I was a big fan of its glamorous, old-school NYC vibe, and an even bigger fan of the thoughtful food menu. A recent check-in shows that things are still going swimmingly at Chumley’s. That intimate and exclusive environment remains, which makes it great for bringing out of town guests or a date to when you want a throwback to a different New York City.

beef tartare with hazelnut, confit tomato, ombra

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Mister Dips Food Truck in Brooklyn

Nothing says summer nostalgia like an ice cream truck. Or even better, one that also makes amazing burgers and fries. For all us city folk who don’t have a car or a backyard garden, Mister Dips lets us live out the good old days of driving to Dairy Queen or the beach food shack by serving an all American menu from its trailer, which is parked out on the roof Vale Park, a two-story structure that’s a part of the Williams Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. It’s the latest project from Andrew Carmellini, who normally helms fancier restaurants like Locanda Verde and The Dutch, but according to him, all chefs secretly want a food truck.Read More

Nur NYC in Flatiron

walk into the nur

The world of Middle Eastern food in New York City continues to evolve beyond the typical falafel or kebab joint. The latest addition is Nur, an upscale Middle Eastern restaurant in Flatiron that’s helmed by famous Israeli chef Meir Adoni. From the moment you walk into Nur, you can sense a palpable energy about the place. Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the excitement from the other diners rubbing off onto you, but you can’t help but think that you’re into something good.Read More