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9th Annual Top of the List 2017

Discover your perfect pairing!

The Wine & Spirits (W&S) Top of the List Tasting presents the Annual Restaurant Poll issue in dynamic form, transforming print into reality. The Annual Restaurant Poll issue reports on America’s Most Popular Restaurant Wines by region and varietal category, as determined by the responses of top restaurateurs and wine directors to our Poll. This tasting celebrates the featured wineries as well as the chefs and sommeliers who contribute to the Poll’s ongoing success.

The exclusive Poll canvasses over 2,500 of the most popular restaurants in America (based on Zagat Survey listings) to determine the 50 most popular wine brands in restaurants and the most popular wines by the glass, variety and country of origin. Sales trends, interviews with prominent wine figures in the US and in-depth analysis of Poll data make the issue an integral resource for assessing the performance of wine in restaurants, and predicting trends.

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REBNY’s 2016 Uptown Open House Expo

Explore Exclusive Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood Residential Listings at REBNY’s Uptown Open House Expo

— All-access, free and public event on April 10 & 17 unlocks doors to the neighborhoods’ hottest co-ops, condos, and townhouses on the market —

NEW YORK, NY – March 9, 2016 Calling all New York City house hunters! On Sunday, April 10 and 17, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its Upper Manhattan Committee will host its 2016 Uptown Open House Expo – an all-access, free and public event where potential home buyers can conveniently view dozens of the hottest uptown Manhattan residential listings during this two-day event.Read More

Caribbean Flavor, New York Style: Welcome to Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall

Karl Franz has done it again! The owner of 67 Orange, a speakeasy in Harlem, has opened his second restaurant.

Soloman & Kuff Rum Hall, formerly a meatpacking factory, was transformed into a 5,000 square foot industrial space featuring a loft-style dining area along with lounge seating, two elevated wooden DJ booths and two extra-long full bars stocked with over 100 international rums, artisanal cocktails and craft beers.

The food menu offers delectable bites that bring you a bit of that West Indian and Caribbean flavor. Executive chef Christopher Faulkner (Melba’s, Colors) creates pan-Caribbean dishes like slow-stewed peppered goat pies, fish and yucca chips, Read More

Head Uptown for Restaurant Week


#WHIN & DINE is the official Washington Heights & Inwood restaurant week in which participating restaurants offer discounted prix fixe dinners of $26.95 starting November 2nd until November 20th, 2015.

This program is the perfect way to showcase the culinary treasures located in Northern Manhattan between 155th street and 220th Street. No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may simply visit as many participating restaurants as they like during “#WHIN & DINE” restaurant week and enjoy what they have to offer from their prix fixe menu.
For more info, click here!

Washington Heights & Inwood, NY
November 2 – 20, 2015

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s


The #GoldRushAwards are back in Brooklyn! The evening will include a special Rush Philanthropic 20th Anniversary retrospective featuring artist Renee Cox, music by DJ MOMA and AzMarie Livingston, open bar, a selection of works available for sale for one night only at $500 and more! All proceeds will support Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s arts programming and its support of thousands of emerging artists and curators. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here!

Gold Rush Awards
October 24, 2015
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 112175
Phone: 212-663-8333

NYC Wine & Food Festival

The annual NYC Wine and Food Festival is finally here, taking place from October 15th through the 18th. If you are looking to fill your weekend with interesting, diverse and delicious activities, this is the weekend to do so! The NYCWFF features several celebrity chefs from all over the world and has different events happening all over Manhattan!

To enjoy it to the fullest, don’t forget your checkbook! There are a few events under $100 but most range from $100 to $300.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets (while they last!) to whatever event tickles your fancy.

Various Locations, NYC
October 15-18, 2015

Open Market NYC

OpenMarketNYC is a weekend-long celebration highlighting the district’s diversity of businesses with free events, exclusive tours, public art, in-store activities, installations and shopping discounts.  Enjoy the savings for the latest in fashion/design, arts/culture, technology, and food/hospitality. With this festival, the Meatpacking District is an open market for all to enjoy.

Every neighborhood is starting to create their own festival.  I love the fact that they have included art, culture, wellness, guided tours, and not-overpriced-celebrity-chef meals like some of the others – it appears to be more inclusive.  If it can maintain this model, it will be a great addition to the NYC festival scene.Read More

What’s Hot Now

The Cecil has been voted one of the top 20 restaurants in the city. This is where African- and Asian-Americans meet. Alexander Smalls, the executive chef and celebrity chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson, the resident chef, are curating flavors that you won’t find – or enjoy – anywhere else in the city. This is what makes this place stand out the most. On October 2nd, come by The Cecil to catch the magical pairing of Chef JJ Johnson and Chef Pedro Alcor for Puerto Rico Meets NYC. See details.

The Cecil
210 West 118th Street,

NY Classic

Blue Ribbon Sushi is just the Best Damn Sushi in NYC. First, the service is impeccable. That is quickly followed by the exquisite taste of the food and the music. Who else plays “Who Can I Run To” by Escape followed up by “Sweet Sticky Thing” by the Ohio Players at lunch? The playlist is made by a local DJ and he knows the vibe of this place. Blue Ribbon is always packed, so I suggest you call ahead and make reservations — for lunch however, you can usually get in without one.

From the moment you enter the place, everyone – beginning with the host to the guys at the sushi bar to the wait staff are always welcoming. In NYC, this level of service is expected, and they get it right. By the way, you pay for the service … because they aren’t giving the food away in this joint. But its NYC, so it is what it is. For lunch, I recommend the seaweed salad, rock shrimp tempura and a few pieces of the unagi … it’s the best ever; tastes like butter. While I don’t typically do sashimi, I hear for real sushi fans, this is the best game in town!

Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan Street

Sweet Sticky Things

The Dessert Club by ChikaLicious is always busy. The best time to go is in the late afternoons; however they open at 8 am for breakfast, where you can get any coffee and a croissant for $5.00. So it’s very reasonable. The environment features a lovely, intimate interior with a L-shaped marble counter. It’s a tad small, but it feels like you’ve been let in on a special secret and gives you the feeling you are part of the preparation. They prepare all the desserts right in front of you; so if you have a love for desserts or fancy yourself a pastry chef, this is the place for you. For starters, their portions are the perfect size, so you don’t feel stuffed or like you are cheating, especially if you are on a diet or just trying to get rid of that stubborn 5-10 pounds. After any affair or a big night out, dessert and a limited wine pairing feels like the perfect way to top off the night. I always go for the bottle of Billecart Salmon-Brut or Rose.
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