A few weeks ago, I went to the Lower East Side location of The Meatball Shop. The dark, cozy space was packed with diners eating and waiting for tables, so I was told the hostess would call when seating was available.

Last week I finally got a chance to visit Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Food Network star Guy Fieri’s enormous Times Square eatery. We walked through the bar and downstairs to the basement dining space, passing a window into the restaurant’s huge kitchen, where you can watch a slew of cooks create your meal.

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to check out EVR (pronounced "ever"), a cool new lounge in Midtown West. When looking for the W. 39th street location, keep your eyes peeled for a heavy wooden door and a small golden sign to the left of the entryway, which reads “EVR”.

I’ve never been very interested in sushi, but after a recent visit to Midtown’s Bamboo 52, I’ve changed my mind. I tried cucumber avocado, salmon and spicy tuna rolls, which we were able to watch the sushi chefs prepare in the restaurant’s open kitchen

Last night, I went to an event at Tribeca Grill’s upstairs space The Loft. Like the Robert DeNiro-owned restaurant’s downstairs dining room, The Loft is filled with soft lighting and exposed brick that made me feel cozy and warm on a chilly, rainy night.

The first bar/lounge I ever went to in New York City was Beauty Bar. As the name might suggest, this casual watering hole near Union Square pairs a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar with a healthy dose of glam. You can enjoy one of your favorite libations at the bar or a table in the back room while listening to guest DJs spin tunes.

Growing up, barbecue was always one of my favorite types of cuisine, so when I moved to New York City, I was pleasantly surprised to find a great bbq spot within my first few weeks of being in this metropolis. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a lively rib joint a short walk from the 125th Street 1 train stop in Harlem.

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. On any given night, you can enjoy every type of global cuisine, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. A number of eateries in this metropolis will offer special menus to celebrate the occasion. For Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan New York will offer a seven-course menu served with a glass of rose champagne.

This past Thursday, I went to an event at Méli—a recently open Greek restaurant in Midtown East. The beautifully designed, two-floor establishment has an intimate bar near the front and an ample-sized dining room in the back—complete with breathtaking scenic photos of Greece; romantic curtains; large, framed mirrors; and gorgeous chandeliers.

When I visited my friend in Seattle a few years ago, she brought me to Pike Place Market and said I had to try the mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Never one to pass up macaroni, I ordered a small serving and dug in before even leaving the store.


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