La Chine offers provincial Chinese cuisine with a touch of French finesse

La Chine offers provincial Chinese cuisine with a touch of French finesse La Chine offers provincial Chinese cuisine with a touch of French finesse  |  New York, United States  | What a remarkable dinning experience at La Chine‬ Chinese Restaurant‬ at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. We were there celebrating their first week opened. Provincial Chinese menu with the finesse and hint of French influence Continue reading La Chine offers provincial Chinese cuisine with a touch of French finesse

Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room

Sunday Brunch at iconic Rainbow RoomSunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room  |  New York, United States  |  Sunday Brunch in Manhattan along my partner Rubin Singer and my dear friend Michael Romei, took place at the iconic and famous upscale rooftop restaurant and events space, the Rainbow Room. Located at the 65th floor of the NBC Tower, atop the 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  I was so excited to explore and experience Rainbow Room, influenced by many stories of such unique New York landmark. We had a lovely afternoon celebrating the end my my Birthday week. Continue reading Sunday Brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room

Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant

Eleven Madison Park RestaurantBirthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant  |  New York, United States  |  Celebrating my 41st Birthday, last night my partner Rubin Singer, took me for a fabulous fine dinning experience out in New York. His line was, you are so jaded and you have experience almost all in terms or cuisine and hospitality, but I will yet surprise you. And so he did. 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park by Chef Daniel Humm under the Relais & Chateaux portfolio, was quite outstanding and indeed a great discovery. Continue reading Birthday celebration at ELEVEN MADISON PARK Restaurant

21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype

21 Club beyond steak and hamburgers21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype |  New York, United States  |  Last night I joined my dear friend Michael Romei, for a distinguished evening hosted by the 21 Club by Belmond. Our night began, of course, over Martinis and continue over a few fantastic bottles of Sancere, along with the Menu by their new Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique.  Continue reading 21 Club way beyond steak and hamburgers stereotype

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. Continue reading Bull & Bear at Waldorf Astoria NY

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.
MALBEC House Tango, Wine Bar & Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comIndeed a different night out in Manhattan, maybe the preface to your next trip to Argentina, an intimate romantic night, a gathering with friends and family, or like I do… a place to come and feel at home “Mi Buenos Aires Querido” while away from home in the Big Apple. For more information www.malbechouse.com . CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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