The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue

The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue  |  New York, United States  |  My new favorite speakeasy spot in Manhattan, The Bar Downstairs by Andaz 5th Avenue. Follow the silver rat to the basement out off 5th Avenue and 41st Street, I mean it is New York after all, and enjoy a lovely evening over great cocktails and tapas.
Lovely Filthy Dirty Martinis, Cellar Door, their signature cocktail and tapas. My favorites, the Octopus Paprika, the Chicken Empanadas and the Orange Beets Salad.
Cellar Door, is their signature drink made out off pimms no. I, lemon, bergamot , syrup, sailor jerry spiced rum, st. elizabeth allspice dram. (USD 15)
Plain and basic, a chic Midtown East bar featuring premium cocktails, fine wines, beer, and a creative menu of shareable Latin-style dishes. Open from Monday to Saturdays. Thank you Fidel for the invite and entertaining me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Tailored Lugo Caffe next to Penn Station

Tailored Lugo Caffe next to Penn Station  |  New York, United States  | Some times, appearances can be deceiving, and this was the case today with Lugo Caffe. I was invited for lunch, and being in the neighborhood we decided to go simple and quick and find a nice spot close to the area of Penn Station, which I don’t know about you, but I HATE. Nothing more impersonal and full of people/tourists, specially on a weekday at 1PM. But well we were there and so be it. Alternatives, the classics Asian, Mexican or Italian, and we went for the last one. Continue reading Tailored Lugo Caffe next to Penn Station

Hotel Check IN at Four Seasons Hotel New York

Hotel Check IN at Four Seasons Hotel New York  |  New York, United States  |  What a better way to begin the Labor Day Long Weekend that checking IN at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel New York, and getting ready for dinner and cocktails at TY Lounge. I will be here till tomorrow, continuing my research on Luxury Stay & Dine Escapes in New York City for locals or tourists. I was given a beautiful room, and I will be commenting more upon check OUT. Continue reading Hotel Check IN at Four Seasons Hotel New York

21 Club by Orient-Express in New York City

21 Club by Belmond in New York CityNew York, United States  |  Sometimes prejudice might play bad judgement on your choices, and this was the case for me. When I was invited to come to 21 Club, the first few ideas that came to my mind were stuffy, boring and red meat based menu. Well let me tell you I was wrong on all of them. Yes you must wear a jacket, and the style is very slick, but who minds to dress up for the crime. A crime for a great gourment experience signature by Belmond, right. Begin your night with a relaxin Grey Goose Vodka Martini with huge olives, and from there on enjoy a fantastic eveninig in a cozy and buzzling atmosphere. Continue reading 21 Club by Orient-Express in New York City

GPS Carlos Melia in New York City

GPS Carlos Melia in New York City   |  New York, United States  |  Good Morning everyone from the Big Apple. Here I continue on my circuit of hotels worldwide. Since yesterday at the beautiful and very conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Sofitel New York City, review to come later. Last night and fantastic Avant-Premiere hosted itself by Madonna, were she presented us with her new project and pride as a film Director and Co-Writer  with W.E. with the story of love of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Above snapshot of the view from my corner suite on the 27th floor of the Sofitel Hotel New York, with views of the Chrysler Building. Everyone have a GREAT Day. CM

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MEGU Modern Japanese Cuisine

MEGU Modern Japanese Cuisine |  Tribeca, New York |  MEGU in Japanese means “BLESSING” bless for the food you are having, bless for the joy of sharing with your friends and family… Then blessing for the presentation and modernism MEGU. Not only the main dinning room is fantastic, with the ice sculpture of the Buddha seating under an incredible original Japanese bell or bonsho, but the food presentation makes it more appealing just to match the taste.
MEGU presents modern Japanese cuisine, sushi, and sumibi aburiyaki—a grilling technique using bincho-tan, a special charcoal found only near Kyoto and prized for its superior purifying properties.  MEGU is a brand and an image of high quality environment that delivers the quality of exceptional things:  outstanding food, brilliant design and first class service.  MEGU is a harmony of all the finest and rarest ingredients found from around the world.  Both MEGU’s menu and design concept are a blend of traditional and modern Japanese times.  Authentic and avant-garde  ingredients are combined to suit every palate.  The overall décor is filled with customary Japanese interior accents, complimented with a contemporary ambiance.With their original restaurant in Tribeca, New York City and a second location in Midtwon, MEGU is now expanding to other international destinations always following the same concept and philosophy that for the lats ten years has guaranteed their success. Now you can have your MEGU in Moscow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Doha.
Yasumichi Morita from Japan’s Glamorous Co. has designed a unique and amazing interior for all New York locations – MEGU New York and MEGU Midtown.  In his first United States project, Morita was commissioned to design the two-tiered, 13,000 square-foot MEGU New York space.  Blending ultra-modern design with ancient Japanese details, the end result is truly astonishing: white porcelain columns—made of over 5000 interlocking rice bowls and sake vases—greet guests upon entry and line the upper walls overlooking the main dining room.  In the upstairs Kimono lounge, stacked bolts of over 450 rolls of antique kimono fabric cover the walls, while white leather banquets with soaring eleven-foot backs provide an intimate setting for pre-dinner cocktails.  The Kimono lounge also features floor to ceiling glass walls overlooking the dining room.  Below, a giant temple bell, or bonsho, weighing over 800 lbs. is suspended from the ceiling and provides the centerpiece in the soaring main dining area.  The centerpiece also features a signature ice Buddha sculpture, elevated over a pool of water that is rebuild every night to ensure the customers of a spiritual and purifying experience.
The best and premium KOBE beef in New York. Unique Edamame on branches (USD 18) and their signature MEGU Original Crispy Asparagus (USD 22) japanese spicy rice cracker “okaki” battered & flash fried. Just fantastic. As a main course I recommend the Silver Cod with Yuzu Miso (USD 32). Also MEGU offers an incredible selection of Beers, Wines, Sakes and Cocktails from Japan and around the world.
Compliments of the Chef we tasted the 5 steps dessert. The Thousand Layers Green Tea Cake was the star of the night. Trust me not only beautiful to the eyes, but also to the mouth.
Special Thanks to the President of Food Scope America, INC Koichi Yokoyama, for a blessed dinner and evening at MEGU. Find out more about MEGU Worldwide at OH and do not forget before leaving to get close to the Ice Buddha Sculpture, ask for a wish and place a rose petal on his lap… just for the total blessing experience. CM

BRASSERIE Restaurant New York City

BRASSERIE Restaurant New York City • not only Carrie Bradshaw and the whole gang of Sex and the City get to lunch or dine at Brasserie, I do too… This afternoon I came by and had a fabulous time with a very trendy business ambience, and some very interesting gourmet options, right in Midtown Manhattan. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar and Private Rooms.
Brasserie, member of the Patina Group ( ) has been an iconic fixture in the Seagram building on East 53rd Street since 1959. Offering updated French brasserie fare and a collection of exceedingly decadent desserts in a futuristic, ultra-sleek cosmopolitan setting.
I would recommend Brasserie to come for lunch after 2PM once all the business Big Apple  crowd is back to work and you can really enjoy the restaurant, and ask for one of the private booth on the left hand side. Also to join their Bar that showcases an Alcohol Bottled Wall. Bookings are always recommended @ 212.751.4840 • Brasserie, 100 East 53rd. Street between Park Avenue and Lexington.