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Dine Amongst the Palm Trees at Victor’s Cafe 52

October 22, 2014 4:01 pm

For over 50 years, Victor’s Café 52 has been an institution in New York’s Theater District. Taking pride in being a family owned restaurant, Victor's offers what they believe is the evolution of Cuban food — what it would be like today if politics had less of an influence on the island’s development.

A nice selection of small plate appetizers— like the Aguacate Relleno, a stuffed avocado—leads many diners to think of Victor's as a tapas cafe. However, the menu also offers full size entrees like Ropa Vieja, a slow braised, pulled skirt steak and the Lechon Asado, or suckling pig. If you want the whole Victor’s experience, go for the Taste of Cuba, a fixed price, three course sampler with several appetizers, entrees, and dessert.

The full bar specializes in sangria, both red and white, as well as mojitos. Diners rave that the food at Victor’s is among the best Cuban food they’ve tasted. The atmosphere transports you to Miami. Main dining rooms have a sleek, south Florida vibe and the sunroom with glass roof lets in plenty of light for the cheerful palm trees. Victor’s is popular for post-theatre drinks, so plan your visit accordingly.

Victor’s Cafe 52
236 W. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-7714


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Try These Savory Apple Recipes This Autumn

October 16, 2014 5:05 pm

Apple lovers have likely tried just about every sweet apple recipe, but what about savory? Incorporating apples into your lunch or dinner entree is uncharted culinary territory for many chefs, but it usually provides some delicious results. Here are three savory apple recipes to last you throughout the fall season:

Easy Cornbread Sausage Stuffed Apples [southernliving.com]
If the mouthwatering combination of apples, sausage and cornbread hasn’t already piqued your interest, the word “easy” probably will. This recipe takes little time to make, so it will quickly become a fall favorite for family dinners.

Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Apple and Sprouts [marthastewart.com]
It seems that you can put almost anything on grilled cheese these days, including the completely indulgent combination of bacon and apples. The mix of sweet and savory flavors makes this grown-up grilled cheese taste truly gourmet, while the light sprouts balance out the hearty taste of the meat and cheese.

Herbed Pork and Apples [allrecipes.com]
Pork chops and applesauce are a time-honored dinner tradition, but this updated recipe makes the combination feel completely fresh. Lean pork roast is baked with a variety of aromatic spices and cubed apples for a flavorful main course perfect for a holiday meal, celebratory dinner, or any other time your family gathers around the table this fall season.

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Indulge in an Oversized Cookie From Levain Bakery

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm

Even the pickiest cookie monster would agree: Levain’s Bakery in New York City makes some tasty cookies. Famous for humongous sweet treats, Levain's has been featured in local and national magazines including Bon Appetit.

Cookies are large in both diameter and thickness, almost like a brownie and the size of a large man’s palm. Despite only offering four kinds of cookies, these sweet treats are sure to please. Chocolate chip walnut and oatmeal raisin are the most popular. Customers appreciate the well-crafted balance between crunchy outside and soft middles.

If cookies aren’t for you, Levain also sells sticky buns, coffee cakes, brioche, and artisan breads. The quaint shop is located on the lower level. There isn’t much space, so most take their goodies to go. Be prepared for a line if you go on weekends, and some sticker shock: each cookie is $4.

Levain Bakery
167 W. 74th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6080

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