Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Anniversary Dinner at The Plaza Athenee New YorkAnniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York  |  New York, Unites States | For our third year anniversary, with Rubin Singer, we choose this time to celebrate it with an intimate private dinner at Arabelle Restaurant at The Plaza Athenee New York. Mondays, the restaurant remains closed, therefore it is the perfect time to have your one-on-one private dinning experience. We chose the small room next to, my absolute favorite bar in New York, the Seine Bar. Very cozy, intimate and old time chic. For a minute you forget about being in New York, and you are transported to a petit bistro in France.  Continue reading Anniversary dinner at The Plaza Athenee New York

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown by www.carlosmelia.comCastle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown  |  New York, United States |  Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara.  Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY  |  New York, United States  |  Last night invited by my dear friend Michael Romei, Chef Concierge at the Waldorf Tower and General Secretary of UICH Les Clefs d’Or, along with our other friend Alejandro, we shared and enjoyed a lovely evening at one of the most iconic restaurants of New York, the Bull & Bear Prime Steakhouse. VIP treatment right from the start, when we were informed that we were seating at the Waldorf Astoria’s General Managers table, and the excellent service, efficient and professional, but yet friendly and relaxed. We even had the joy to have Celso Moreira, Concierge and Manager on Duty, to stop by and have a little chat with us. There is so much history and myth in these two rooms, that makes the whole gourmet experience even more enjoyable and rich. Every week, when the three of us are in New York, we get together to try a new restaurant and share week with each other.Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comIn the late 1800s, the New York Stock Exchange was the place where astute businessmen and burgeoning industrialists staked and won their fortunes. At The Waldorf Astoria Bar, New York’s giants of real estate and finance hammered out deals while drinking elbow to elbow with Diamond Jim Brady, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, and other colorful characters. Behind the bar, in honor of this patronage, the hotel placed two magnificent bronze statues–a bull and a bear.

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Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comWhen The Waldorf Astoria opened in 1931 from its original location where the Empire State building stands now to its new location on park Avenue, it united two beloved watering holes – the clubby Men’s Bar and the convivial Old Waldorf Astoria Bar – into a new, and equally welcoming Men’s Bar. Manhattan’s financial and Wall Street elite immediately embraced their new gathering spot. The new Men’s Bar featured magnificent bronze statues of a bull and a bear, brought from the original Old Waldorf Astoria Bar. These powerful figures, which represented the significance of the Men’s Bar in the financial life the city, caused patrons to nickname it “The Bull and Bear.” Over time, so many deals were struck “at the Bull and Bear” where the gilded pair now stood sentinel that regular patrons adopted the moniker as the bar’s unofficial title. Today, the bronze bull and bear remain masters of their domains in a newly energized setting, surveying the scene as the staff at Bull and Bear serve New York’s most generous cocktails, its prime steak, and some of the city’s most delectable game and seafood.

Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBut this is just the beginning of it all. Once you open the menu, the story continues, with iconic options, nobody can miss to try. Like the classic and worldwide renown Waldorf Salad. The salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. And the story goes, that the Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel at that time, had to prepare a meal for an event, and they realized they had run out of lettuce. Out of panic, they gathered some apples, coconut, celery, grapes, walnuts and mayonnaise among a few other ingredients and improvised this salad, which over the time became a classic. So of course we order one for the table.
Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comBull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.com Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy choice for started was the Onion Soup Gratinee Gruyere, Brioche Croutons (USD 14), I can never pass on it, specially during winter. I am obsessed with any type of soups, but Onion Soup is one of my favorites. As for the main course I had the Ocean choice of a Dover Sole  Meuniere Lemon brown butter (USD 59). All along a fabulous dirty vodka martini to start and a bottle of Sancere to share with my two great friends.

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G&L meeting of minds at MALBEC House

Gay & Lesbian meeting of minds at MALBEC House by www.carlosmeliablog.comG&L meeting of minds at MALBEC House |  New York, United States  | What a lovely intimate evening over ‎Malbec‬, Tango‬ and great company along Gay & Lesbian Press & Travel friends and colleagues hosted by MALBEC House and Tango Show, myself CarlosMeliaBlog and MLGTPP – Metropolitan Leading Gay Travel Professionals & Press ‪‎NewYork‬. Thank you Juan Fabri, Felicitas and all the staff at MALBEC House for such a a great time. You can read my previous review at MALBEC House by Carlos Melia. (Photo below from right to left: Billy Kolber – Man About World. Merry Johns – CURVE Magazine. Robert Kunikoff – TZELL Travel. Felicitas – MALBEC House. Tyler Neasloney and Joseph Pedro – Passport Magazine. Carlos Melia (me).)
Gay & Lesbian meeting of minds at MALBEC House by www.carlosmeliablog.comWe enjoyed a lovely dinner over Torrontes and Malbec Wines. And later on we were escorted to the ground floor and main stage for a one hour Tango Show. See some videos below….



(Photo below after the show from left to right: Merryn Johns – CURVE Magazine. Michael Luongo – Awards wining Freelance LGBT Writer and Journalist. Joseph Pedro and Tyler Neasloney – Passport Magazine. Carlos Melia (me). Robert Kunikoff – TZELL Travel. )
Gay & Lesbian meeting of minds at MALBEC House by www.carlosmeliablog.comFor those of you invite that were not able to make it tonight… do not panic. We are planning to host another intimate get together something during fall. Good night everyone, and if you happen to be in Manhattan, stop by to this this fantastic Tango Show, taste some Malbecs and Torrontes, take a Tango Class and enjoy their menu over dinner, lunch and brunch. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Finally got into Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen by www.carlosmeliablog.comFinally got into Totto Ramen   |  New York, United States  |  Yes ladies and gentleman, after month and month of wait, I finally made it at this basic but high demand Ramen shack  in Hell’s Kitchen, ‎#NewYork City. The verdict is …” has been totally worth the wait…”. I would say, one of the best Noodle Ramen I have had in New York, therefore now I fully understand why it is always sold out. My choice Chicken Paitan Ramen (USD 9,75) straight homemade noodles cooked al dente style in a whole chicken and premium sauce based soup topped with scallions, onion and a nori. おいしい aka. yummy. Curating the best experiences for you worldwide. さようなら CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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MALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant

MALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comMALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant  |  New York, United States  |  MALBEC, Tango and Argentina finally, have found their own space in the Big Apple over Lafayette Street. Soft opening, only 10 days ago, this multi-space located door to door to iconic Indochine in No-Ho,  integrates in perfect balance an Argentinean Wine Bar, International Restaurant and the only Tango Show, Buenos Aires and Porteño style in New York city. Last night I came to learn more about their offer and I was immediately transported back to Buenos Aires as I walked through their doors. Not another Argentinean restaurant, here you wont find a classic “parrilla”, since the stars at MALBEC House are the extensive list of premium Argentinean wines and the fantastic Tango show they play 6 days a week, featuring a wonderful live band and four couples, to entertain you for an hour with sounds, moves and images of Buenos Aires.
MALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comMy advice for a perfect experience would be, same as I did: 06.30PM dinner at MALBEC House located on the the ground floor level. Here you will have a taste of international cuisine with some classic Argentinean dishes like Empanadas, Humitas or Veal Chop “a la Milanesa”, paired to perfection by their Sommelier, imported same as the wines, all the way from Argentina. Once again, the star at MALBEC House, as the name makes reference, is the wine. Therefore expect a simple but tasteful and colorful menu. My choices for the night were: Buffalo Mozzarella Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes and Lobster (USD 20) + Artichoke Canneloni with Lemon Sauce (USD 22) and a deconstructed sample of Alfajor de Dulce de Leche. Not just another Argentinean restaurant .
MALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comApproximately at 8PM come down to the lower level, to TANGO House, to enjoy a cocktail or remain on the path to great premium Argentinean wines, as you transition to the back door speakeasy cabaret, with graffiti walls and curtained VIP balconies, where you will be delighted, by recently imported dancers and band, with a uniquely curated Argentinean Tango Show. I am personally quite familiar with Tango shows and performance, and I must say I was quite surprised by the level and performance of the dancers and live band. My favorite moments were Oblivion by Piazzolla, danced by a Russian couple – just perfection, and the sounds of the bandoneón, played graciously by a young sweat girl with quite an interesting story behind. See two short videos I did last night during the live performance VIDEO 01 and VIDEO 02.
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Korean BBQ at Kang Suh Restaurant

Korean BBQ at Kang Suh Restaurant  |  New York, US  |  I cannot ever get enough of Korean BBQ nor Saporo Japanese Beer. During my last trip to Philippines, a few years ago, I was introduced to both Korean BBQ and Shabu-Shabu and since then I have become addicted to it. One of the bests spots in New York for this, is right in the heart of Manhattan on 32nd street, on the little street between 5th and 6th Ave which is known as Little Korea.
We had a lovely evening along with Rubin, Candice and Jason. Not going to get into detail of what we had, because to be fully honest we had SOOO MUCH that I totally lost track of it. More about Kang Suh at www.kangsuh.com. And do not be fooled by the nice corporate photos, Kang Suh is more real and down and dirty, just as it should be right, specially on the second floor. Kanpai.!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Sunday Brunch at Dovetail UWS

Sunday Brunch at Dovetail UWS  |  New York, United States  |  Every week my two best friends Alex and Michael, and I we get together for lunch or dinner, and we explore new options around New York, or any other city in the world we are together. This week has been Sunday Brunch, as as most of the times, Michael – Chief Concierge at the Waldorf Towers did the picking. He took us, on this GORGEOUS Spring day, all the way up to the UWS – Upper West Side, to try Dovetail.
Located just steps away from the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Dovetail offers an intimate dining experience showcasing Chef John Fraser’s award-winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Dovetail received three stars from The New York Times as well as its first Michelin star in 2011.
Chef Fraser formally began his culinary career in Los Angeles and refined his fine dining expertise under the mentorship of Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. He then broadened his perspective on global haute cuisine with a move to Paris to cook at the revered Taillevent and Maison Blanche.
Dovetail offers a myriad of dining options throughout the week. We came to the Sunday Brunch, which includes a 3 Steps Menu for only USD 32 per person. My choices were: Degustation of Canapes for the Table including sweet & savory breads, yogurt parfait, cardoon velouté, cured salmon tea sandwich and venison meatballs. Entree of Greek omelet, olives, feta, dried tomatoes with a side order of cypriot potatoes. Degustation of Desserts including Rhubarb cheesecake, Boston cream cake truffles, Cassis macaron. More info at www.dovetailnyc.com Great times, great company, great food. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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DEGUSTATION Wine & Tasting Bar

DEGUSTATION Wine & Tasting Bar  |  New York, United States  |  Yesterday both Rubin and I were invited to join a lovely couple for drinks at the East Village. When we asked for the name of the restaurant, they told us Degustation, so we got ready for a heavy night on drinks and no food. Well we could not be more wrong. Our afternoon turn into a fantastic gourmet experience in a very intimate atmosphere, with a tasting menu of seven steps chosen by the Chef Nicholas Licata.
Jack Lamb, whose culinary fiefdom includes Jewel Bako and Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar, has opened this elegant tapas bar featuring an intimate ninteen-seat, plain view of diners seated side-by-side at the food bar.
From USD 80 on you can enjoy a bold to harmonious selection of seven tapas, prepared right before your eyes. We personally matched them with one bottle of white and two bottles of red Spanish wines.
Among some of the dishes we tasted were:  Croquetas. Brussel Sprouts, white balsamic, clothbound cheddar. Crudo of diver scallop, fresno, fennel, lime. Octopus… mixing a bit of traditional franco-spanish cooking techniques, and bordering some molecular touches.
I won’t say was very original, but always a nice surprise, to mix pop-rocks with a citric fruit salad. Even the smallish tapas make perfect sense at DEGUSTATION. The dessert was a decadent caramelized Torija.
A lovely option for an intimate dinner, or a private event with other 18 friends or colleagues. Now I am quite interested to try their other two restaurants, which from what I have heard, keep the same exclusive ambiance. DEGUSTATION Wine & Tasting Bar / 239 E. 5th St., New York. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Novecento SOHO Bistro Argentino

Novecento SOHO Bistro Argentino  |  New York, United States  |  So last night, we decided to go Argentinean in New York, and one of my top choices when I want to kickback my heritage is Novecento SOHO. Located in the neighborhood of SOHO over West Broadway, this charming Argentinean Bistro welcomes you with taking the old mantra “mi casa es su casa” (my home is your home) to another level.
Small, happening but at the same time very intimate, to be enjoyed with a glass of good Malbec or Torrontes. Novecento combines the spirit of two sister cities ; Buenos Aires and New York. Novecento also pays homage to the nostalgia of the turn of the nineteenth century when migration from the old world changed the face and added depth to the fabric of city life. Novecento salutes the immigrant experience, the art of memory and the nostalgia for home which has fueled our cities.

Walk into Novecento, enjoy a frothy rich espresso with fresh-baked croissants at the start of the day. Read the newspaper? For lunch enjoy a fresh green salad with slivers of marinated steak while glanzing at a fútbol match in an exhilaratingly care-free atmosphere. At night the libations flow, enjoy classic hearty fare, and then dance to the bossa-tango of a live DJ. A short but lovely full menu that combines and mixes the best traditional Argentinean options, with some European touches, resembling the true nature of this country. Empanadas of course are a MUST as the starter, my choice Chicken juicy Empanadas with a touch of Chimichurri. (USD 10)
Another must, that I introduced to my boyfriend was the Provoleta. Literally is grilled cheese with herbs and red pepper on top. It is so GOOD. !!!!!  Traditional Argentinean provolone cheese au gratin, roasted onions, cherry tomatoes, red peppers and oregano (USD 11). As the main course, of course we both went for the classic Chicken Milanesas con Pure, lightly breaded with mashed potatoes. (USD 20). All went down with a lovely bottle of Malbec Terraza Reserva.

For dessert. !!!! Well the management impressed us with a degustation of Argentinean delights, including three of my favorites: Flan Mixto with whipped cream and dulce de leche + Chocolate volcano + Panqueques (aka. crepes) with dulce de leche. I am flying to Buenos Aires tonight for a week, and since last night, I already feel like I was there. Novecento is a new member of our Networking group MLGTPP and is the chosen catering company that will join us for our upcoming event to take place at the Consulate of Argentina next March 14th. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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