On Wednesday, Manhattan island witnessed a stunning display of 4,200 ultrachic pedestrians, dressed in voguish white attire, navigating through the streets and
subways during the height of rush hour – hauling tables, chairs, table
dressings and food to the world’s biggest dinner party - hosted by Dîner en Blanc!
As is customary, Dîner en Blanc’s organizers kept the event's location
a secret until the very last minute. Once the guests learned that they'd be
dining in Bryant Park, the stylishly sophisticated crowd flooded into the venue, to kick off NYC’s
highly anticipated Parisian influenced dinner party.
The spectacular array of dinner guests ate, drank, laughed, conversed,
mingled and partied until nightfall, surrounded by the bright lights of NYC’s
Dîner en Blanc: New York City thanks you for hosting such a fabulous dinner and dance party.
New York City is home to a rich tapestry of authentic
culinary traditions. Although the Big Apple is bursting at the seams with exotic dishes from nearly every corner of the earth, Haitian cuisine is in a class by itself.
You’re in for a
mind blowing experience when you bite into traditional Haitian delicacies from the island’s Creole fusion of
African, French, Spanish
Taino dishes. Their customary meals have been a popular staple in most of the
NYC area's Caribbean communities for generations. But over the years, the
island's amazing dishes have been popping up in the city's hippest
Brooklyn's trendy Forte Greene area is home to La Caye Restaurant,
located directly across the street from the historic Brooklyn
Academy of Music (BAM). Every savory dish on their menu is an explosion of the rich and spicy flavors that are synonymous with authentic Haitian cuisine. Dining at
La Caye is an unforgettable culinary experience!
Shiktay (seasoned smoked herring appetizer)
Poisson Rose (red snapper) prepared in Creole sauce.
Creole seafood platter of lobster tails, crab legs and shrimp.
The highly popular Kombit Bar & Restaurant
is another "must try" Haitian eatery - located a few blocks away
from the new Barclay Center sports arena, in
Park Slopes Brooklyn. They keep the culinary traditions alive by marinating, simmering,
baking and / or frying every dish to perfection. Try Kombit once and you'll become a fan for life!
Lambi (conch meat) prepared in traditional Creole sauce
with vegetables & side order of fried plantains.
Griot (fried pork) and black mushroom rice, with spicy pickled cabbage-carrots and Creole sauce condiments.
There's something to be said about people, with insatiable appetites for lobster, who take an annual pilgrimage to Maine for the sole
purpose of consuming copious amounts of the freshly caught crustacean. Maine's iconic delicacy draws crowds from all over, because its distinctively sweet
flavor sets it apart from lobsters of other regions.
New Yorkers, with a craving for Maine's highly favored lobsters, will salivate over ones being served at local eateries. The subsequent images offer a quick snap shot of the popular dishes in our area.
Biting into a lobster roll from any one of the +Luke's Lobster locations reinforces the reason that they were voted as one of the best of New York City. They don't overpower the meat's heavenly sweet taste with tons of spices and mayo.
Maine Lobster Roll
Anyone who is familiar with Brooklyn's mouthwatering +Red Hook Lobster Pound menu will warn you about the (out of the way) trek to the eatery's location. But, patrons with discerning taste buds tend to embrace the experience. If you're not in the mood for a journey to "middle earth", you can catch the Red Hook Lobster Pound's food truck in the city.
Red Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck in the City
Maine Lobster Roll
The +Lobster Joint's menu has been a hit in trendy Greenpoint BK, for years. To the delight
of local lobster roll addicts, that yum factor was recently introduced
to the Lower East Side, when a new location popped up near the iconic
Katz Deli. Their generous portions of tasty lobster meat coupled with
an appetizing range of seafood options are a recipe for success!
Superstorm Sandy has remained on the minds of many, since the day she tore through New York's tri-state area, taking lives and leaving several communities
in shambles. It's impossible to forget the horrific footage of angry tides crashing
into homes, destroying businesses, tossing vehicles around like match box toys
and ruining countless lives. In the immediate aftermath, we were astonished by the destruction and perplexed by images of subway stations submerged underwater, a roller coaster sitting in
the Atlantic Ocean, a 700 ton tanker partially transplanted on a residential street and communities that were blanketed in darkness.The multitudes who suffered through this catastrophic nightmare were left to rebuild their lives. Many of the unaffected would occasionally think
about the storm... others continued to work on assisting the victims... but, most just moved on.
6 months after Sandy, I was
in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn and noticed that a nearly century old community staple was boarded up.I stood on the corner of Surf & Stillwell
puzzled by the sight of a lifeless shell that looked like the Original Nathan’s Famous hot dog eatery. Anyone who was familiar with that flagship restaurant knew that it remained open for business 365 days a year, since 1916. And, now it was closed!?!?! Did I miss something? Did they just go out of business? As the endless questions raced through my mind, it never occurred to me that the iconic eatery was one of Sandy’s victims. Nathan's boards reminded me that it was too soon to forget Superstorm Sandy.
Desolate shell of Brooklyn's iconic eatery.
Busy scene that we remember and hope to see again...