Here are three New York City restaurants I've recently visited.
650 Amsterdam Ave (between 91st and 92nd St.)
Hotel Options on the Upper West Side: The Lucerne Hotel
Here's a little info from Edgar's website: "The cafe originated on the former site of the Brennen Mansion located on 84th street between West End Ave and Broadway known as Edgar Allan Poe Street. Edgar Allen Poe resided there from March 1844 to August 1845 at which time he wrote and gave to American literature 'The Raven'." The decor is eclectic to say the least.
And while enjoying a glass of the Contessa 2009 Pinot Grigio I devoured their goat cheese with shaved beets and roasted pine nuts served on an 8-grain bread served with a mixed green salad.
|Goat cheese, beets, pine nuts on 8-Grain.|
|German chocolate cake.|
Note: Cash Only!
455 Hudson Street (between Barrow and Morton St.)
Hotel Options in the West Village: The Marlton
Recently I was invited by my dear friend Greg Allen to a private screening of the new Indie film Illness: The Movie. At his suggestion we met up at Alexandra's beforehand to catch up on all the crazy and glorious things going on in our lives.
Greg ordered his usual dirty martini while I had a sauvignon blanc and together we shared a portion of their calamari sauteed in garlic, bread crumbs, lemon and parsley.
Note: Amex or cash only!
Hotel Options on the Upper West Side: The Hotel Beacon.
I love Buceo 95, which happens to be a "true" tapas bar. The waitstaff, bartenders and owner are so friendly. Everything I've tried on their menu is divine and their extensive wine list is exceptional and reasonably priced.
|Bacon wrapped dates.|
Dizzy Note: For those of us with compromised balance issues due to vestibular or Meniere's disease, when sitting at a bar it's best to sit on the corner (if they have one) therefore reducing the amount of head-turning you have to make if you're dining with a friend(s). Last thing we want, when out and about, is triggering off vertigo.
Treat yourself and take this beautiful virtual tour of Buceo 95. Whether it's a quick pintxos (snack) and glass of cava in the early evening, a full dinner of small plates, a nightcap on your way home or possibly churros with bittersweet chocolate sauce for dessert, drop by and you'll truly feel transported to Spain.