Dinner at Il Gattopardo

“Italian cuisine is very simple; a cuisine of ingredients and products.  If the products are no good, there is no Italian cuisine, very simple” – Gianfranco Sorrentino  No truer words have been spoken More »

Night Out with PayPal at Ai Fiori

Without technology, Men Who Dine could not exist, period.  We couldn’t bring you with us as we experience some of the best in food and drink across the country, and that would really More »

Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival

We attend a massive number of food festivals across the country and now after being invited to experience Hilton Head’s Wine & Food Festival, we are hooked!  For us, there is be no More »

KOA Restaurant NYC

When our friend Tora Matsuoka gave us a call to let us know that his space that housed our beloved SEN has reopened and is now a new concept called KOA, we quickly put More »

Tavola

With so many great Italian restaurants in NYC, it’s not easy to stand out.  This is a ‘Table’ that will never forget!  Tavola is the quintessential Italian eatery that you wished was in More »

Recette NYC

Bold. Fresh. Extraordinary. Recette is all of this and more.  Fine dining in NYC will take a lesson from this small eatery delivering an experience that sets a new standard.  Ten courses More »

 

Men Who Dine Visit Newark’s Ironbound

Yama Mia, now that’s a lot of sushi!!

A good friend of ours from Philadelphia, Joe Cicala, came to NYC to visit with the Men Who Dine recently.  Joe is the executive chef at Le Virtù, an authentic and traditional Abruzzese restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.  It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. 

It was a Wednesday that Alan, Gennaro, Joe and I got together for an afternoon on the town.  It was actually the same day I was participating as a contestant in a qualifying round for the World Pesto Championships.  The event was held at La Piazza inside one of my favorite Italian superstores, Eataly.  I unfortunately did not win the competition, but it was a great event that I was honored to be a part of.  Joe had actually met Alan and me at Eataly as the competition was winding down.  Once we took leave of Eataly, we headed to Alan’s car and downtown to pick up our dining partner, Gennaro. 

Alan and Anthony

The Momofuku Experience

Steamed Buns (Pork Belly, Hoisin, Scallion, Cucumber)

If you’re looking for a quiet dimly lit restaurant for a romantic evening for two, Momofuku Noodle Bar on New York City’s Lower East Side is probably not the choicest spot.  However, if you want kick ass Korean inspired food with great music all served in a small space at communal tables for reasonable prices, get yourself to Momofuku Noodle Bar ASAP, but expect a wait.

“Celebrating” The Four Seasons Restaurant

How do you become the new head chef at the Four Season restaurant in New York City?  For Pecko Zantilaveevan the answer is practice and patience.  Our visit brought us to The Four Seasons three weeks after Chef Zantilaveevan took over as chef de cuisine at one of New York City’s most esteemed and venerated temples of gastronomy.  It was also the first day of the new Autumn menu.  Chef Zantilaveevan, a native of Bangkok and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has been a part of the Four Seasons’ kitchen for over fifteen years.  His patience and strong work ethic carried him up through the ranks of the kitchen’s brigade.  And his passion and expertise can be tasted in the beautiful creations that are presented before the diners on a daily basis.

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