Morandi & Omar’s La Ranita

Morandi & Omar's La Ranita by www.carlosmeliablog.comMorandi & Omar’s La Ranita | New York, United States | Fabulous evening last night in West Village, New York trying two fantastic venues I would strongly recommend. The sophisticated, sexy chic and exclusive private rooms at Omar’s La Ranita, over Filthy Vodka Martinis and great company. After that, onwards to a classic Italian dinner at Morandi Restaurant w/ Rubin Singer. Just priceless TGIF in Manhattan. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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One if by Land, Two if by Sea Restaurant

One if by Land, Two if by Sea Restaurant  |  New York, United States  |  If there is a romantic restaurant in New York, it is One if by Land, Two if by Sea. What a better place to have a date out in the city with my man, and celebrate his recent success and achievements. As the Paul Revere’s Ride poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow goes …” He said to his friend, …If the British march by land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and Two if by sea; and I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm, for the country folk to be up and to arm…”.
A romantic candle lit dinner, a special occasion, or just for the sake for a sophisticated, intimate chic dinner with your partner, then One if by Land, Two if by Sea is the perfect restaurant choice. This is my second time there, and has never disappointed me. You may choose the option of a 3 Steps Menu (approx. USD 90 per person) or the 7 Steps Tasting Menu (approx. USD 125 per person + USD 70 for the wine pairing) by Executive Chef Colt Taylor.
Of course a must, upon arrival, specially during winter time, is to enjoy some of the great cocktail choices at their living room while listening to live Jazz music. The ambience is to cozy and inviting, but at the same time very intimate and private.
Of course I open my experience with a couple of great Dirty Vodka Martinis, exactly as I like them filthy, salty and with three huge olives. And the band kept playing, as I was zipping through them with great pleasure waiting for my favorite table to become available. TIP. !!! Ask for one of the tables over the windows overlooking the internal garden, and them let me know if it is not the right choice.
We both went for the 3 Steps Fix Priced Menu, which was pair to perfection by our Sommelier. I tried the HEIRLOOM BEET SALAD kale, pec, tzatziki along with a Riesling Wine to kill the iron of the beets. The SEARED TURBOT peruvian potato purée, asparagus, leek, sauce bonnefoy with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. And my sweet tooth chose the WARM PUMPKIN CUSTARD malt, gingerbread, marshmallow, molasses together with a minted Tea.
Such a lovely winter evening at the Village in New York City. A must try option when visiting the Big Apple, and for those of us living here, an option not to be missed. More information @ Bon Appetite. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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Mary’s Fish Camp (Crap)

Mary’s Fish Crap (Camp) | West Village, New York |  One of this never again, stay away, what was I thinking moments of your life !!! Oh thank God. !!!! I have been having this withdrawal lately of doing a really bad review, and for those who follow me, you know it is against my editorial policy to go for this type of post, but Hey when you earn it you get it. !!!!!  I am not even going to post a photo of this place, because I do not want to drive any type of business to them EVER, and I know there are some weirdos out there, that just because I say it is bad, that would be a motive for them to go… We arrived to this place around 7.30PM and the (drama) host told us that there was a TWOOOOOOOOO hours wait….. you can imagine my face, on top of realizing that they do not even feature air conditioning into their restaurant amenities. But it was a special occasion, our friend’s Mark, and he wanted to eat there, so we all agreed with this nonsense. Be listed for five people and head away for drinks in the Village. Continue reading Mary’s Fish Camp (Crap)

New York Gay Pride March 2011

New York Gay Pride March 2011 |  New York City |  This year more than ever, New York City celebrated its annual Gay Pride March that runs along 5th. Avenue from 36th. Street to the West Village. The main topic this year was of course the Same Sex Marriage bill approved hours before the March. This year, like I have done in Spain (Madrid) and Belgium (Antwerp), I got a March Media Pass, and here I brought to you the Pride March seen from within, documented with photos and videos. Continue reading New York Gay Pride March 2011