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Le Botaniste on the Upper East Side is an apothecary styled organic, plant-based wine bar. This unusual idea is the brainchild of Alain Coumont, who is behind the tremendous success of Le Pain Quotidien in the United States.

 

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Designed like an old-fashioned pharmacy with staff wearing white lab coats surrounded by beakers tinctures, the environs inspire mindful and healthful eating. Items on the menu are prescriptions for wellbeing with dishes such as the Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl, “a savory combination of brown rice, peanut curry sauce, steamed greens and spicy kimchi,” and a Dirty Noodle Soup, “with velvety tofu, steamed leeks, garlic and spicy ginger.” The menu here is totally organic, botanical (no animal products) and seasonal.

 

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At Le Botaniste they offer a remarkable list of biodynamic wines and combinations of detox juices. The desserts are not to be missed – especially the “Chocolate Chia Mud” which I could not stop eating. Le Botaniste is a wonderful concept for those looking for a healthful wine bar where one can kick back with clean eating.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl  Le BotanisteLe Botaniste   Dirty Noodle Soup Le BotanistePasta al Mafiosi Le Botaniste   Sushi Le BotanisteLe BotanisteLe BotanisteRed Beet Caviar Le Botaniste   Summer Roll Le BotanisteKey Lime Pie and Chocolate Chia Mud Le Botaniste   Omega 3 Brownie Le Botaniste

 

 

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The über luxurious Lotte New York Palace, now offers an equally indulgent breakfast experience at its newly launched Villard restaurant.

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

 

Set in stunning baroque style rooms, The Villard is reminiscent of the luxury and opulence of the neo-Italian Renaissance period. The dining room is a splendid space, which is evocative of style and elegance.

 

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Chef Oscar Granados (ex Ritz-Carlton/ Fairmont) offers a marvelous new American menu breakfast menu which focuses on locally sourced, fresh ingredients. He brings with him his unique blend of French, Asian, Latin influences along with a deep passion for fresh flavors of farm to table cuisine.

 

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Dishes such as “Lobster Pearl Pasta” and “Creamy White Truffle Grits”, showcase bold dishes bursting with flavor and vibrancy.

 

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Everything is made in-house – I really loved their basket of “Farmhouse Popovers” made with creamed spinach, Gruyere and Parisian ham.

 

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The “power breakfast” is offered on weekdays from 6:30 am to 11:30 am and weekends from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. At the Villard, the service is graceful, the space is gorgeous and the food is delightful. It really makes for a wonderful way to begin one’s day – do go and try it.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

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Natsumi TapasNatsumi Tapas
Japanese / Sushi / Tapas/Small Plates

The brand new Natsumi Tapas brings together a perfect fusion of Japanese and Italian flavors on what can only be described as art on a plate.

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

 

Owned by veteran restaurateur Barbara Matsumura (Haru, Joe’s Shanghai, Tomo and Daruma), who brings her vast experience and success to another beautiful venture.

 

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The menu at Natsumi Tapas offers creative fusion small and large plates using the freshest of ingredients. The combinations of flavors are unique offering dishes such as ‘Spicy Tuna Caviar Flatbread with Avocado’ or a ‘Green Tea Gnocchi’.

 

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There are a vibrant array of Carpaccio’s ranging from a ‘Salmon Jalapeno w. Spicy Sesame’ to a ‘Soy
Tuna w. Pepperoncini’ and more. The fish is super fresh and the sauces that garnish the various Carpaccio’s are really delectable.

 

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One of the most gorgeous dishes we were served was the ‘Crispy flatbread, topped with avocado, sweet blue crab, microgreens, and spicy mayo’. This plate just about sums up what Natsumi Tapas is all about – quiet elegance, stunning to look at and just as delicious to eat, served in a casual atmosphere.

 

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There are impressive drinks to match the beautiful food. Cocktails like the ‘Rising Sun-gria’ (sparkling Lambrusco, blackberry brandy) along with a wine, beer and other beverages, makes Natsumi Tapas a perfect anytime spot.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

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Restaurateur Nathalie de la Fontaine spent several years in Italy and of course fell in love with it. Upon her return to the US, she felt compelled to bring the best pieces of her experience back here to New York City. That’s how Trattoria Machiavelli was born.

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

 

Machiavelli is the best-kept secret of the Upper West Side. Enter this hidden gem and you are transported to Renaissance Italy. Nathalie has every nook and corner of the space furnished with handcrafted decor made by Italian artisans. It all comes together so beautifully and is the kind of space you want to stay a while in to soak in all that surrounds you.

 

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The love of aesthetics and art follows suit when it comes to the menu. Chef Gian Pietro Ferro serves modernized versions of classic Italian dishes plated beautifully. From fresh seasonal salads like crispy fennel with pomegranate to hand-made pastas such as the Tortelli alla Mantovana filled with pumpkin, ricotta.

 

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One of my favorite dishes was the ‘Gamberi con “Fregola” Sarda” made with pan seared shrimp served over “fregola” which is an Israeli couscous styled pasta found in Sardinia.

 

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I also really enjoyed the “Casunzei Ampezzani” a specialty of the Dolomiti region in which half-moons are filled with red beet, and ricotta and topped with a butter & poppy-seed sauce. This is rather an unusual dish that I have never seen on other menus.

 

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Our dessert tasting brought, amongst others, a really heartwarming take on a decadent bread pudding. Despite have eaten a table full of food – we somehow managed to find space to tuck into a whole helping of it.

 

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They often have live classical or jazz performances showcasing local talent from the nearby renowned Mannes College of Music and Julliard. This really keeps with the neighborhood, family feel of the place. Machiavelli really is an undiscovered treasure just waiting to be discovered. Try it – you really will fall in love.

 

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Bagatelle in New York City is a well-known hotspot in the Meatpacking District famous for its iconic chic party scene with weekend brunches that turn into patrons partying atop tables and chairs.

 

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

 

But consider another side of Bagatelle that is worth taking notice off. Recently Chef Nicolas Frézal has introduced a Pre Fixe lunch menu with vibrant offerings in an elegant cozy setting.

 

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I recently sampled the menu and was really impressed with the vibrancy and zest of the dishes that Chef Frézal presented us with.

 

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Most of you must have experienced the nighttime vibe of Bagatelle. I now suggest you try the same place in a totally different way. I’m pretty sure that you will love it just as much.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

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The Restaurant Fairy and Food Fairy was born out of an immense passion for food. Malini Sood Horiuchi was born and raised in the vibrancy and warmth of India. She is a lifelong foodie who loves to cook and explore the world of food. Malini now lives in New York City, which is one of the premier culinary capitals of the world. It is in this gastronomic playground that Malini experiments with a...
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