Café Lalo – Restaurant Review

Go for dessert or to sit and chat over coffee….   201 W 83rd St New York, NY 10024   (212) 496-6031 Map Lalo is a noisy little café with a huge selection of desserts, good coffee, nice selection of breakfast and brunch items, full bar and a great atmosphere… Don’t expect to … Read more

The NOHO Star – Restaurant Review

The picture is not a mirror image, that’s the way the sign is… 330 Lafayette St New York, NY 10012 (212) 925-0070  Map The NOHO Star is good food, good service, nice atmosphere, somewhat diner style. We had brunch, steak and egg, served with grits, all were good, fresh OJ was good, coffee was … Read more

Mantra – Restaurant Review

Surprised me. 275 E, Rt 4 (Westbound) Paramus, NJ 07652 Phone: 201-342-8868 Map   There used to be a different Indian restaurant in the same location. No comparison. This restaurant is higher-end one, with nice NYC-style decor, a bar that opens till late (relative to this area’s close-by-9PM places) and… very good food. I … Read more

Carmine’s – Restaurant Review

You’re not going to stay hungry. They have a few locations (NYC, Atlantic City, Paradise Island). I’ve been to the two NYCs: 200 W. 44 st. New York, NY 10036 Phone: (212)-221-3800   And my preferred one: 2450 Broadway  (Between 90th and 91st) New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212)-362-2200   Carmine’s serves dishes … Read more

Lucien – Restaurant Review

Don’t tell anyone about it, I don’t want it to get too crowded. 14 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009 Phone: (212) 260-6481   Lucien is one of those gems you want to tell only people you really like about. The place is very small, with a small bar and amazing food. French food … Read more

Sushi Samba – Restaurant Review

They have a few of them in the US  – NYC, Chicago, Miami, Dallas… I’ve been to the two in NYC:   245 Park Ave S New York, NY 10003-1404 Phone: (212) 475-9377   And   87 7th Ave S New York, NY 10014-3415 Phone: (212) 691-7885   I’m writing one review for both, … Read more


I’m not going to mention any specific name in this insert, but I’ll try and do some restaurant reviews (my kind of review…) in separate notes. Live 15 minutes from NYC, love food, cook myself, and visit a good amount of restaurants, and believe I have a good pallet for food – which of course … Read more