NY Restaurant Week- Newcomers and Top 10 “Don’t Miss” Restaurants 2017

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New York Restaurant Week is an opportunity to try the restaurants that may be a little out of reach price-wise the rest of the year or just make you feel like you are dining like an insider. At both lunch and dinner a 3-course meal is $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner- easily half what you would spend at any other time. Restaurant Week is actually 17 days but the best places book up quick! Make your reservations ASAP.

Here are our 2 lists for best newcomers and don’t miss favorites. Let me know if we missed one of your favorites!

Here’s a fresh crop of NYC Restaurant Week rookies, including notable newcomers like High Street on HudsonLe Coq Rico and Quality Eats. See the full list of NYC Restaurant Week newcomers below:

Angus Club Steakhouse
Artie’s Steak & Seafood
Bedford & Co.
BKW by Brooklyn Winery
Edi & The Wolf
Felice 64
Freud NYC
Green Fig
Haru Chelsea
High Street on Hudson
Hudson Garden Grill
Hunt & Fish Club
Jue Lan Club
Le Coq Rico
Members Dining Room at the Met
New Leaf Restaurant
Quality Eats
Tarallucci e Vino – NoMad
Tavern62 by David Burke
Del Frisco’s
Maison Hugo
Salvation Taco
STK Downtown

Don’t Miss Favorites (and the links to book your reservations- we’ve noted with an * restaurants that are only doing lunch)

The Clocktower *

High Street on Hudson

The Dutch*

Chef’s Club

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room





Empellon Cocina

Pucker Up- 5 Best Lip Balms

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lip balms

When the weather turns cold your trusty lip balm shoots to the top of the list of what to pack before braving the out-of-doors. Below is is list of super hydrating, non sticky lip balms that will make your pucker soft, smooth and imminently kissable.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

$8 Hydrating lip balm is enriched with Vitamin E, green tea extract, shea butter and avocado oil as well as antioxidants to heal cracked and chapped lips.

Keihl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment $20

This coconut oil lip treatment hydrates for up to 12 hours instantly melting onto lips, to provide a cushion of soothing moisture. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment $16

Made in Australia from pure Australian papaws this all natural balm works on chapped dry lips as well as irritated skin, chafing and burns.

This is a Hollywood cult-favorite, present in every make-up professional’s kit. A lightly scented multipurpose lip balm to soothe dry lips and skin.

I swear by Caudalie for skin care (I wrote about their sun care last summer) Like most of their products, this lip conditioner is spiked with antioxidants, and other anti-aging powers. Layer under lipstick to moisturize and prevent feathering.

Little Loves 1.11 Edition

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Little Loves 1.11: a short list of stuff we love

Little Loves 1.11Potter Mania

If you and your family adore the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter books as much as my family does then you’ll be excited for the March 11th New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark’s presentation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in HD accompanied by  a live performance of the spectacular John Williams score by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Interested? Get your tickets here. Little Loves 1.11

Little Loves 1.11Welcome Om

Congratulations to Dawn Pascale on Om Sweet Om- her new retail cafe  and bakery and home for her wonderful plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free (did I mention delicious?) baked goods. You have seen and tasted them around Hoboken and Jersey City at places like Bwè kafe. Dawn is also the creator of a plant-based butter substitute called Brooklyn Buttah (check website for local purveyors). The shop opens January 11th. All the best to her!ttle Loves 1.11

Little Loves 1.11Fine Dining For Families

Family friendly dining has always been something to be grateful for- understanding waiters, fast service and an abundance of buttered noodles and chicken nuggets. Mums and dads still yearn for adult food in a slightly more elegant setting. Enter Nibble + Squeak a dining event club for parents and their young children. The local NY chapter has dines at places like Maialino and PerSe. Nibble + Squeak  and arranges special hours, custom menus and a room filled with other parents who really understand. Little Loves 1.11