Archive for March, 2009


March 29, 2009

Seäsonal seasonal-Outside view


Opening: December 2008

Location: 132 West 58th Street
Bet. 7th Avenue & 6th Avenue
New York, NY 11002

Telephone: 212.957.5550



Partners: Wolfgang Ban, Eduard Frauneder & Walter Dostmann (leading a small group of German Investors)

Executive Chefs: Wolfgang Ban & Eduard Frauneder

Cuisine: Contemporary Austrian/German Restaurant & Weinbar

Seating: Total (65)
Main Dining (40), Wine Bar (9), Semi-Private Dining (16)

Opening Hours: Monday thru Friday: 11:30 AM to Midnight
Saturday: 11:30 AM to Midnight
Sunday: Closed

*All Major Credit Cards Accepted * _________________________________________________________

Review By Nancy Walman Seasonal Bar

Seäsonal has elegant décor with a modern European touch. The clean, brilliant white walls set the stage for a revolving collection of contemporary Austrian and German art. Diners luxuriate within leather clad cubby seating and wall to wall natural wood floors. The dining room is illuminated by a celestial ceiling with lights in the shape of branches, creating a glowing canopy over Seäsonal’s signature elliptical wine bar. Seäsonal is designed to be a truly innovative departure from your typical dining experience. Seasonal

Seäsonal offers New Yorkers a fresh, new perspective on “traditional” Austrian & German cuisine, challenging the long standing expectations that many believe are true. Consistent with its name, Seäsonal uses the freshest ingredients from the time of year and locally sourced products when preparing their dishes, ensuring the finest in their Austrian & German fare. Not only does Seäsonal pride itself in maintaining the utmost quality in their cuisine, they ensure the presentation matches by designing each plate with an artistic elegance.

Specialty Dishes include Schweinebauch, Pork Belly Confit with Braised Baby Leeks and a Riesling Caraway Jus, a dish so wonderful, it could be a main event and worthy of a visit in itself. Jakobsmuschel Rote Beete,
Diver Boat Sea Scallops with Red Beet Tagliatelle, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Fresh Horseradish is an amalgamation of flavors and textures that must be tasted at least once in everyone’s lifetime and even the much abused Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlet) arrives with a knockout Crescent Potato-Cucumber Salad and homemade Lingonberrie Compote.

Fish lovers are also well served at Seäsonal with such lovely creations as Kurbis Barsch, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Black Sea Bass with Butternut Squash Sauce and Black Truffles and Eierschwammerl Gulasch, Line Caught Grouper with Chanterelle Stew, Bell Peppers, Pearl Onions and Fresh Marjoram, which was not on the menu the night of our visit, but sounds delicious. What was masterful: Slowly Braised Milk Fed Veal Cheeks with Quark Chive Spatzle.

Seäsonal’s owners personally select distinct and outstanding Austrian and German wines from renowned and emerging young winemakers. The wine list will boast exclusive offerings to introduce new and exciting wines that perfectly pair with Seäsonal’s dishes. Seäsonal focuses on indigenous and typical varietals like Riesling, Rivaner, Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch (known as Lemberger in the United States), Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Zweigelt, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and yes, Chardonnay. Cocktails are also creative (Spiced Bourbon) and terrific (martinis). Desserts are inventive and challenging as in a Goat-Cheese Vanilla Cream with Port-Fig Sauce and Fleur de Sel.

Seäsonal offers wine pairing menu suggestions in the main dining area, bar, and semi-private dining room to enhance the full flavors of specific dishes. There is also a good list of wines by the glass and a sprightly French Champagne (is there any other) for just $17 a flute.

A great option for theater district dining, Seäsonal offers a welcome respite from New Yorkers’ standard French/Italian/Asian venues and is highly recommended for delightful dining experience at a surprisingly affordable price. That’s A Major on The Walman Report



York Grill

March 22, 2009


NAME: York Grill

ADDRESS: 1690 York Avenue
(Between 88th & 89th Streets)
New York, NY 10128


TELEPHONE: (212) 772-0261

FAX: (212) 772-0291

HOURS: Dinner: 4:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Sun.-Thurs.
4:30 PM – 11:30 PM, Fri.-Sat.
Brunch: 11:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Sun.
($19.95 Prix Fixe with Champagne,
Mimosa, or Bloody Mary)

CUISINE: New American Fusion
(New American dishes with global influences,
spices, and ingredients.)


PRICE RANGE: Dinner (entrees): $18.95 – $33.95
Lobster Mondays: $27.95
(Stuffed Lobster in Fall/Winter;
Lobster Clam Bake in Spring/Summer)
Winter Comfort Prix Fixe Dinner: Starting at $19.95
Prix Fixe Brunch Menu: $19.95
(With Champagne, Mimosa, or
Bloody Mary)

DRESS: Manhattan Casual


SEATING CAPACITY: Bi-Level Dining Room: 66
Bar/Lounge: 36

NUMBER OF ROOMS: Bi-Level Dining Room

PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request

DESIGNER: Susan Calabria (Noli Design Interiors)

(Formerly at Jane Restaurant)

Charlie Greco

OWNERS: Tony Greco
Charlie Greco

OPENING DATE: October, 1995


Review By Nancy Walman


Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, Wine and theater. This Upper East Side gathering place is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. York Grill was recently renovated and is owned by 2 entrepreneurial brothers — Tony & Charlie Greco. You know this is a warm, professional operation from the moment the charming hostess greets you and escorts you to your spacious table. The Greco brothers know the hospitality business and service is attentive and guiding.

Executive chef Tony Greco’s menus showcases classy New American dishes with global influences like fabulous Pan Roasted Georgia Quail with Blackberries and Pistachios, lovely Virginia Crab Cakes with Slaw and Preserved Lemons, and a knockout Puree of Black Bean (special) that should make the menu.

Entrees include Slow Cooked Amber Jack Fish over Wild Mushrooms, a three star dish that beats swordfish any day. There’s a fine Rack of Lamb and don’t miss the best Skirt Stake in Town and terrific desserts like warm Pecan Tart, Apple Pound Cake and a fluffy Cheesecake Parfait. York Grill has a handsome, romantic ambiance. The recently renovated stylish, sophisticated bi-level Bar/Lounge and Dining Room are enhanced by brick and Venetian fresco walls with Modigliani-inspired paintings, chic fabric-upholstered banquettes and chairs, mood lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows to create a comfortable New York setting with a contemporary flair.

In addition, York Grill recently launched its Winter Comfort Prix Fixe Dinner (starting at $19.95) alongside its Lobster Mondays (Stuffed Lobster in Fall/Winter; Lobster Clam Bake in Spring/Summer).
Martinis are masterful and York Grill, 1690 York Avenue, would be a welcome addition to any neighborhood and rates A Major on the Walman Report.

Copyright 2009 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved.


Gotham Bar and Grill

March 6, 2009


Gotham Int


Gotham Bar and Grill

Cuisine Modern American

Address 12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Telephone 212.620.4020

Date Established 1984

Gotham Alfred 111F

Executive Chef/Owner Alfred Portale

General Manager Bret Csencsitz

Chef de Cuisine Jacinto Guadarrama
Adam Longworth

Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot

Wine Director Michael Nelson

Hours Lunch: Monday through Friday, 12:00-2:15 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Friday 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Saturday 5:00-11:00 p.m.
Sunday 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Prices Lunch: Apps $10-18
Main Course $23-28
Dessert $12
Prix Fixe: Three-course Lunch $31
Prix Fixe: Three-course Lunch Wine $31
Dinner: Apps $18-28
Main Course $32-48
Dessert $12

The Space Designed by James Biber, Pentagon

Seating Dining Room: 150
Lounge: 28
Bar: 18

Private Events Dining room seats up to 140 seated guests and 200 plus for a cocktail reception.


House Policies Reservations recommended. All major credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible.


“The Gotham,” Is Better Than Ever

Review by Nancy Walman

In honor of its 25th anniversary on March 22, Manhattan’s iconic Gotham Bar and Grill offers celebratory menus throughout the month of March and special beverage promotions throughout the calendar year.

“The Gotham,” as it is affectionately known, has helped define modern American cuisine. In the mid-1980s, Executive Chef Alfred Portale bonded French technique to an American sensibility, setting a new casual-but-crisp tone that became a standard for New York restaurants. The Gotham experience offers simple yet elegant dining whether the occasion calls for black tie or blue jeans.

Gotham Bar and Grill has had an unquestionable impact on dining in New York City and throughout the country. New York magazine’s Gael Greene named Gotham Bar and Grill one of the most important New York City restaurants of the past forty years, and Gourmet magazine’s Jonathan Gold asserted that, “There is not a large city in America without a restaurant operating in a Gothamesque mode.”

To mark its silver anniversary, the restaurant presents the following celebratory menus and promotions:

• $25 THREE-COURSE LUNCH MENU: The weekly changing three-course menu offers guests a choice from among three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts. All of the dishes featured will be classic Gotham dishes, including Grilled Lamb Sausage with eggplant caviar, chickpea salad (circa 1996); and Roasted Haddock with leeks and shitake mushrooms in a vintage port reduction (circa 1985).

• $75 FIVE-COURSE CLASSIC DINNER MENU: Guests can enjoy a bit of Gotham Bar and Grill history with the $75 five-course classic dinner menu. The prix fixe menu will change each week in March, featuring dishes such as Duck Carpaccio with artichoke salad, lemon oil and parmesan (circa 1987); Goat Cheese Ravioli with tomato, shallot and pancetta broth (circa 1985); and Fennel Cured Salmon with blood orange, radishes and cracked wheat salad (circa 1998).

• 25TH ANNIVERSARY COCKTAIL: Toast 25 years of great American dining with Gotham’s special cocktail inspired by the classic Manhattan. The “25” incorporates both the old (Bulleit Bourbon, blanc and rouge Dolin Vermouth de Chambery) and the new (Domaine de Canton, house-made ginger syrup), garnished with a lemon twist and served in a classic Nick and Nora glass. This new classic will be available throughout the year.

• 25TH ANNIVERSARY CUVEE: Gotham Bar and Grill has selected Bernard Tornay to create a 25th Anniversary Cuvee. The Brut Champagne is a favorite of Executive Chef Alfred Portale’s, and is available by both the glass and the bottle until the end of 2009.

Gotham Bar and Grill is located at 12 East 12th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place) in New York City. For reservations, call 212-620-4020 or visit Hear is classic New American food at its best. That’s A Major on The Walman Report.


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