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Water’s Edge Past

May 25, 2010

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clip_image004 clip_image006 Originally Opened: 1981 Re-Opening Date: 2009 Location: The East River at 44th Drive Long Island City, NY 11101 Telephone: (718) 482-0033 Fax: (718) 937-8817 Email: Website: 212.388.2272 Owner: Singh Hospitality Group Managing Director: Jay Jadeja Director of Sales & Marketing: Raquel Wolf-Jadeja Executive Chef: Rory O’Farrell Corporate Chef: David Salony Sommelier: Halim A. Wine Director: Jay Jadeja Cuisine: Eclectic American Click Here For Reservations on Open Table Specialty Dishes: Lunch Crispy Calamari Salad Frisee, Wontons Chips, Roasted Pepper- Lemon Vinaigrette Grilled Chicken and Pear Sandwich With Goat Cheese & Pomegranate Vinaigrette Prime 12oz NY Strip Steak Au Poivre, Béarnaise Sauce, or Cabernet Demi Glace Dinner 212.388.2272 Mushroom-Miso Crusted Rack of Lamb (Above) Panko Crusted Oysters Guacamole, Red Pepper Reduction Kung Pao Calamari Chillis, Peanuts, Hoisin Glaze Autumn Salad Pears, Gorgonzola, Candied Walnuts, Cinder Vinaigrette Mushroom-Miso Crusted Rack of Lamb Braised Bok Choy, Whipped Potatoes Kurobuta Pork Chop Sweet Potato Hash, Sun Dried Cranberry Apricot Compote Specialty Drinks: Water’s Edge Sunset Grey Goose, Grand Marnier, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Sour Mix & Grenadine Royal Cosmo Grey Goose, Champagne, Splash of Cranberry, Mint, Lime Seating: Total (582) Dining Room (110) Bar (12) Private Event Space (400) Outdoor Patio (60) Opening Hours: Lunch Monday thru Friday: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Dinner Monday thru Saturday: 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM *All Major Credit Cards Accepted * 212.388.2272

By Nancy Walman

Rating: A Major Contemporary design meets tradition under a warm, inviting atmosphere at Water’s Edge. Featuring panoramic views of the majestic New York City skyline, Queensborough Bridge and Roosevelt Island, the bar and dining room possess a clean, classic aesthetic, as white-linen covered tables are complemented by chic, modern-designed chairs. The lounge, which holds a baby grand piano, plush banquettes and flickering fireplace, is the ideal site for a quiet evening. 212.388.2272 The Water’s Edge dining experience begins at the start of the evening— departing from Manhattan’s East 23rd Street Pier/Skyport Marina, Water’s Edge diners are invited to step aboard the Water’s Edge Ferry for a thirty-minute sail across the East River, sure to be a unique and memorable experience. The Water’s Edge Ferry departs from Manhattan Wednesdays through Saturdays, every hour on the hour, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. The Ferry makes return trips on the half hour, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM. Executive Chef: Rory O’Farrell has a deft hand and the food is not second to the view. There is a “Chef’s Seven Course Tasting Menu” for $70 per person offering an intense Lobster Bisque, crispy Duck Confit Spring Roll, a light handed Hand Made Goat Cheese Ravioli, a palate cleanser of Sorbet, Asian influenced Pan Seared Ahi Tuna, a lovely Mushroom- Miso Crusted Rack of Lamb and (leave room) The Dessert Sampler, a selection of the pastry chef’s specialties. 212.388.2272 Some of the Luscious Desserts 212.388.2272 Other memorable dishes include such knockout appetizers as Kung Pao Calamari. A welcome relief from the ubiquitous fried calamari, here it is sauced Asian style, with loads of taste and tenderness. The addition of Chillis, Peanuts and Hoisin Glaze are the secret ingredients. Panko Crusted Oysters are another minor miracle. The oysters are crisp but not dry, the shell-filled with Guacamole is a player in its own right while a pleasant Red Pepper Reduction garnish holds the whole thing together. All entrees are recommended: favorites include a huge Short Bone Prime Rib Steak (22oz) and a Kurobuta Pork Chop with Sweet Potato Hash and Sundried Cranberry Apricot Compote. The creamed spinach may not be classic, but it is perfectly cooked and delicious, as are the roasted wild mushrooms. The wine list is a winner and deserves careful study. If you’re feeling lazy, there’s good Roederer Champagne by the glass. And let’s not neglect the pleasant, attentive 212.388.2272 The private event space boasts pristine, white walls, accented by rich wood detailing. Glittering crystal chandeliers hang overhead, producing a soft glow within the room, as floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony offer a breathtaking view of New York City. An iconic dining experience, spanning three decades, has been recently re-awakened under the leadership of the Singh Hospitality Group, introducing a newly-transformed New York City landmark— Water’s Edge Restaurant. Sitting alongside the East River, the venue offers awe-inspiring views of New York’s impressive cityscape, second only to the exceptional personalized service, delectable cuisine and warm, welcoming atmosphere that surrounds the venue. A popular venue for weddings, as well as private social and corporate events, Water’s Edge offers fine dishes and drinks in the romantically-lit dining room, at the bar, on the outdoor veranda or within the private event space, complemented by a number of on-site amenities, including a bride’s room. Arrive to the iconic eatery in style, aboard the Water’s Edge Ferry. Additionally, a selection of party boats is also available for private cocktail hours, after-hours parties and other private events. Each month, Water’s Edge hosts a special wine dinner, which features a hand-picked selection of wines, paired with a carefully-crafted five-course meal. Also, on Mondays and Tuesdays, guests are invited to indulge in a five-course wine dinner for only $50 (price subject to availability and gratuity). With a rich history that spans twenty-eight years, Water’s Edge has become a landmark establishment, producing private events and serving Lunch, Dinner and Cocktails to New York City and its visitors. A really unique New York dining experience, the only thing Water’s Edge overlooks is Manhattan. waters=edge=banner_img Copyright 2009 by Punch In International. All rights Reserved. (more…)



May 23, 2010



Le Pescadeux’s Refined Seafood Is Some Of NY’s Best . . . And It’s a Bargain

On a quaint block on Thompson Street, nestled between Prince and Spring, sits a small restaurant with a big purpose. Le Pescadeux  is the only restaurant in New York City that focuses on the French Canadian culinary migration experience from the Maritimes through Quebec and down to Louisiana. Owner Chuck Perley, a native of Montreal, Quebec and known for his previous success Le Pescadou, the city’s first French seafood bistro, is committed to demonstrating the incredible culinary history Canada possesses and how their prowess has trickled down the East Coast and thankfully onto our plates.The results are memorable.Pescadeux%20interior%202

The Charming Dining Room

Throughout Le Pescadeux’s lunch, dinner, early “birdy” and brunch menus, fish sourced both from Canada and down through its East Coast culinary trail are the star. To begin, Selected East Coast OYSTERS (we sampled four varieties) were so perfect they only needed a squirt of lemon. Succulent LITTLE NECK CLAMS were their equal.pescadoux-oystersexended

That the chef knows his thing is proved in such appetizers as Roasted Calamari with Picante Piri Piri Sauce, a nod to the Portuguese settlement in Canada and the spicy chili used throughout Portuguese cuisine; Tender Octopus in a light tomato sauce (a special); Cajun Glazed Rock Shrimp with Blue Cheese Sauce, demonstrating the Acadian movement of French speaking settlers from the Maritime Provinces to Louisiana, the land of Cajun cuisine had an addictive crunch, yet remained remarkably moist; and Sautéed P.E.I. Mussels with Chorizo Tomato, a twist on the traditional mussels harvested from Prince Edward Island’s coastal community were absolutely delicious.. Pescadeux%20Calamari

The Signature Roasted Calamari with Piri Piri Sauce

Besides the unique French Canadian concept, probably one of the most unusual aspects of Le Pescadeux’s menu is their “Fish Duets,” where diners can choose two, half orders of the signature seafood options for only $22. It is an incredible deal but more over a wonderful way to continue your palate’s tour de Canada. Popular choices are the Grand Bank Flounder with a Fried Oyster Hat in a Béarnaise; the Walleye Pike “Gnocchi,” with Organic Baby Turnips and Lardons, so fluffy and light but hand made with no potato in sight; and the Crisped Atlantic Dorado with Cauliflower Puree. Soft Shell Crabs with Spicy Mayonnaise (a special) were crispy delights.Pescadeux%20Fish%20Duet,%20Bass%20&%20Cod

Fish Duet of Bass and Cod Above

While seafood may be the star, a wide variety of meats provide a brilliant supporting cast performance. The Braised Pork with Bone Marrow Butter under appetizers gets the award for most succulent; the Picci Pasta with Duck Ragout wins for most hearty; the Hanger Steak aux ‘Deux’ Poivres with Jack’s Fries is a stand out for taste and tenderness in a city overflowing with steak options; and the Lamb Porterhouse with Madeira Glaze and Mushroom Polenta has just enough sweet and savory to make anyone skip the seafood and go straight for the lamb. Inquire about specials. We adored the Bouillabaisse Quebecoise, (Quebec-Style) Fish Soup that puts French Bouillabaisse to shame.

For Le Pescadeux, Perley combined forces with French born Bruno Soubirous, a long time employee of Le Pescadou, and an incredibly well seasoned restaurant professional, probably best known for his time as Restaurant Manager and Maitre d’ in the BLT Empire. In addition to his duties as co-owner, Soubirous also put together Le Pescadeux’s impressive wine list, covering many regions in France, Italy, New Zealand, Austria, the USA, Germany, Argentina, Australia and of course Canada for their incredible Riesling and Ice Wine. We enjoyed an outstanding 2007 Graves for $58 from Chateau Ferrande and a complex Ice Wine from  Peller Estate. There are also some excellent values in wines by the glass, especially Champagnes.

Manning the kitchen is Executive Chef Adriano Ricco, a super star chef, born in Brazil but with experience across a variety of cuisines. He was most recently cooking alongside Floyd Cardoz at Tabla but spent an incredible 4 years with Laurent Tourondel at a variety of his BLT establishments and started his career at D.O.M. Restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil. His versatility and timing are as amazing as his eye-catching tattoos.Pescadeux,%20Duck%20Duet

Besides the excellent bread from Sullivan Street Bakery, desserts are surprising excellent. Don’t miss the Quebec City Sugar Pie and Tapioca, Cranberry, Walnut Fritters with White Choco Crème Anglaise. There is also a terrific Cheese selection, all in prime condition and served at room temperature.

Le Pescadeux is open Tuesday – Sunday, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Le Pescadeux also offers a great happy hour from 4:30-7pm on weekdays offering beer and cocktail specials along with half price oysters.

Don’t Miss It! An Absolute Must!!!


Le Pescadeux (90 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012,


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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.



Beppe, Gramercy’s authentic Tuscan restaurant

July 25, 2009


: Marc Taxiera- Taxiera helms the kitchen at this authentic Tuscan restaurant as well as at The Russian Tea Room. Raised in an Italian household, where nightly dinners consisted of homemade specialties such as gnocchi and spaghetti with meat sauce, he learned early on to appreciate fresh ingredients and dishes that highlight the natural vibrancy of clean flavors. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, he joined the team at Felidia, before moving on to Baldoria and then onto Beppe under the tutelage of Cesare Casella.

DESIGN & CONCEPT: Tucked away between historic Gramercy Park and the Flatiron Building, Beppe is a charming space modeled after a Tuscan farmhouse, featuring a terracotta tiled roof, antique barn-wood flooring and a roaring fireplace in the winter. The bi-level space features an upstairs private dining room that seats 30.

MENU: Taxiera’s authentic Tuscan cuisine has a refined modern edge. Produce is sourced from the nearby Greenmarket, and the restaurant offers regular dining specials.


Cappasante, Pan seared sea scallop crusted in Sicilian pistachios with a strawberry and shaved fennel salad in a pink peppercorn and strawberry vinaigrette

Papa al Giallo, Yellow tomato and basil soup thickened with bread, served at room temperature

Pinci, Whole wheat pasta with sea bass, cherry tomatoes, garlic, manila clams and citrus zest

Gnocchi, Ricotta gnocchi with zucchini blossoms, baby corn and summer black truffles

Halibut, with a carrot saffron and lobster emulsion served with a warm lentil salad

Agnello, spiced lamb rack with cherry braised lamb agnolotti, tomato eggplant timballo drizzled with a cherry lamb reduction

BEER/WINE/COCKTAILS: Beppe boasts a 100% Tuscan wine list, a selection of homemade grappas, infused homemade grappas and grappa cocktails, as well as a $5 cocktail list and a signature seasonal cocktail list.


HOURS: Lunch- Monday through Friday, 12PM – 2:30PM

Dinner- Monday through Saturday, 5:30PM – 11:30PM


By Nancy Walman

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Beppe, Gramercy’s authentic Tuscan restaurant boasting executive chef Marc Taxiera, is pleased to announce their new summer menu, pasted below and attached. Taxiera presents a more modern approach to combining quality ingredients with traditional recipes while still upholding the same concepts that are the backbone of Beppe- utilizing the Union Square Greenmarket every morning, staying to to traditional Tuscan cuisine, and implementing recipes passed down through generations.

Highlights of the new menu include an Estate Insalate, featuring Organic Greens with Grilled Peaches and Jicama tossed in Apricot dressing and crumbled Gorgonzola; Spada Carpaccio, cured, smoked Swordfish with Wild Arugula tossed in Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; whole wheat Pinci pasta with Sea Bass, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Manila Clams and Citrus Zest; Agnello, spiced Lamb Rack with Cherry Braised Lamb Agnolotti, Tomato Eggplant Timbalo drizzled with a Cherry Lamb reduction; Ricotta Gnocchi with Zucchini Blossoms, Baby Corn and Summer Truffles; and Papa al Giallo, Yellow Tomato and Basil Soup thickened with bread, served room temperature.

As always, Beppe features produce sourced daily from local purveyors and pastas that are handmade daily. Recipes are available upon request and Chef Taxiera, who has been featured in numerous local NY and national print, radio and television outlets, is available for interview. Beppe is also proud to support their patrons with a series of summer specials, including:
50% Off All Wine Bottles Every Monday (any bottle in the house)
$24.95 Three Course Prix-Fixe Lunch
$39.95 Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner
Homemade Infused Grappas
$5 Cocktails, all day, every day

Beppe is located at 45 East 22nd Street, and you can visit them on the web at and rates A Major on The Walman Report

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