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My (Breakfast, Lunch and) Dinner with André…

August 4, 2009
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Handsome, Debonair and Robust,

New Dining Destination André Set to Wine & Dine the Upper East Side


The setting, a cozy and intimate restaurant on the corner of 57th Street and Lexington Avenue. The menu, Contemporary-French with American accents, directed by new Executive Chef Ted Pryor. Your host, a new, yet seasoned, kid on the block called André.

Longtime restaurateurs Frederick Lesort and Antoine Blech have conjured up a new neighborhood staple that will wine and dine locals, tourists and the like for any occasion. Whether you are meeting business associates for a power breakfast over Baked Eggs with truffled shallot cream or Apple Brioche French Toast…have breakfast with André. After a much needed break between Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf’s on a hot summer day, indulge in a cold, crisp glass of Chardonnay and a lovely salad of smokey Grilled Prawns, Avocado and Mango… have lunch with André. Looking to cozy up with a bottle of Pinot Noir and tasty Hangar Steak Frites with sauce Bordelaise to match … have dinner with André.

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“André offers what we believe to be a much needed and welcoming addition to this neighborhood,” says partner Antoine Blech. “In today’s tough climate with iconic restaurants being forced to shut and diners looking for an affordable, inviting and comfortable spot to call their own, André is stepping up to the plate. Between our restaurant know-how from years of service in the community, our ideal location on a busy corner on the Upper East Side and our new chef’s culinary flair, a new restaurant for today’s diner, is born.”


Chef Pryor has created a very current, elegant and approachable menu for André, named for the middle name both Lesort and Blech share. Each dish presented is neither too large nor too minimal answering the need for sensible portions. Each plate has been designed to offer just the right amount of ingredients, color, texture and satisfaction. For dinner, guests will enjoy seasonal appetizers such as Jonas Crab Salad with pea puree, zucchini blossom’s and a mango vinaigrette; Jambon de Bayonne and Melon Trio with poppy seed vinaigrette (a dish so pretty it’s almost a shame to eat…almost); and tender Lobster Ravioli with summer squash, baby basil and lobster bisque.  Main courses feature several seafood options, including a Warm Poached Lobster Salad with baby golden beets and osetra caviar; Poached Atlantic Salmon with new potatoes, Jersey asparagus and sauce vierge; as well as dishes such as Herb-Encrusted Rack of Lamb with haricot vert and pomme sarladaise. Pasta lovers will appreciate Lightly Braised Maya Shrimp with fresh Tagliatelle and Fresh Pappardelle with morels and Jersey asparagus.

For a casual lunch a must-have Smoked Salmon Club Sandwich on grilled bread with avocado, red onion, tomato and lemon vinaigrette, is offered along with entrée-sized salads in addition to the full dinner menu. For breakfast, which can be enjoyed on any of the three newly expanded balconies, guests can choose from a variety of egg dishes as well as Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with apple butter and spiced apple compote, Rise & Shine Shake with yogurt and fresh fruit and Stone Ground Oatmeal with cinnamon, bananas and raisins.  A delightful Jazz Brunch is also served on both Saturdays and Sundays.

By day, guests can have breakfast and lunch from the new André menu throughout the entire space and at night the intimate and cozy 36-seat corner dining room overlooking Lexington Avenue serves up André’s top-notch cuisine, while the newly refurbished front area serves as the well-known Opia Lounge. Opia Lounge features a lively crowd for international sporting events, live entertainment on Mondays and a tasty lounge menu which includes a variety of sliders, flatbreads, fresh made sushi and refreshing cocktails.

Designed by Jordan Mozer and nestled into the newly branded Renaissance Hotel, André will be open for breakfast Monday – Friday 7am – 11am and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 11am; Brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am – 4pm; Lunch Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 3:30pm and Dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:30pm –11pm, closed for dinner on Sundays. For reservations call 212-688-3939 or visit



Bistro Le Steak

July 29, 2009


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Location/Phone/Web Site: 227 East 56 Street, NYC 212-207-8777/

Date Established: July 15th 2009

Owner/Team/About: Nicki Jakupi

Cuisine and Menu/About: Parisian Steakhouse

Price Range: Appetizers: $6.50- $12.95, Sandwiches: $11.00-$17.95, Lunch $12.00- $31.95, Dinner $13.95- $32.95

What you should know: This is the second location for Bistro Le Steak with the first being on 1309 Third ave. (Corner of 75th St.)

Space: Bistro Le Steak is perfect for group dining with round tables able to accommodate large parties, and a private area to accommodate groups of up to 20. The low lit lounge and bar area are perfect for canoodling, and with doors that open on to the street it is one of the loveliest spots in midtown.

Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30am – 11pm

Saurday – 1pm – 11pm

Sunday – 1pm – 10pm

Lounge: Tuesday – Saturday Open Late

Served: Lunch and Dinner

Policies: Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

Reservations: Recommended




By Nancy Walman



The Second Cut

For 14 years Bistro Le Steak has satisfied the tastes of the steak lovers of the Upper East Side but when owner Nicki Jakupi decided to open his second restaurant he chose to leave his corner bistro and venture into the throngs of midtown. Where once there was Bistro Deseret, there is now Bistro Le Steak Bar & Lounge (227 East 56 Street, NYC 212-207-8777.)

With an apropos opening on Bastille Day 2009 Bistro Le Steak Bar & Lounge offers the same great reasonably priced steaks and other specialty items that diners have come to love and trust at the original location. But this menu does not just stop and start at meat, there’s a bevy of items to choose from that allows diners many options, and different from its sister restaurant this location offers cocktails and a bar menu to attract the many midtown workers who definitely need to drink and flirt after work.

Start with the fabulous frog’s legs or shrimp cocktail,. Main courses offer a first rate calves’ liver and oh those steaks, fries and elegant desserts, especially the lemon tart.  Don’t miss the iced cappuccino. There’s an excellent wine list (at remarkably affordable prices) and smooth service as executed by the charming manager Frank, Idrizi.

Situated on a rare quiet midtown block the restaurant is a respite from other eateries in the neighborhood. The high ceilinged room is quite spacious and tables are spaced generously. This Bistro Le Steak is perfect for group dining with round tables able to accommodate large parties, and a private area to accommodate groups of up to 20. The low lit lounge and bar area are perfect for canoodling, and with doors

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that open on to the street it is one of the loveliest spots in midtown.


Everyone loves a great steak, and Nicki Jakupi knows that better than anyone. If the successor is anything like the predecessor New York diners will have Bistro Le Steak Bar & Lounge for many years to come. Bistro Le Steak, 227 East 56 Street near 3rd Ave., rates A Minor on the Walman Report.