The Iconc Rainbow Room in New York City Reopens Oct. 5

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The Rainbow Room was born with good bones, but that was 80 years ago. So when Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and manages Rockefeller Center, decided to reopen it after five years, the goal was to restore the glitter to one of New York’s most romantic settings.

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Buffalo, NY: Review of Spots Coffee

Spots Coffee has a few locations around town but since I was in the Elmwood area, that’s the one I visited. Here’s what you get.

A large interior with a distinctly rugged urban feel. Brick walls surround the coffee bar and kitchen area while the exterior of this corner building is framed in large glass windows, making you feel like you are right in the middle of the action.

With local art and fantastic coffee, this place oozes coffee house charm. We took up a seat in an old church pew that had been repurposed and became a nice local addition to the interior design. Surveying the crowd, there was definitely a mixtureCoffee spots of the local population. Moms with kids, students from nearby Buffalo State studying and businessmen in suits were all sharing space in the large dining area.

But as nice as the facility was, the coffee was why we were there and we were not disappointed. I had a wonderful cafe breve, my friends had a caramel machiatto and a double espresso. My breve came with great art on top and the machiatto was also well displayed, a Spots tradition.

Where: Elmwood
765 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 332-4564

Written by Dave Miller

Serendipity 3 Restaurants in NYC and Vegas

It’s been around since the 50’s.  The location in New York is known for the famous frozen hot chocolate made even more famous by movie Serendipity starring Jon Cusak.

Other menu items include hamburgers, casseroles, crepes, omlettes, desserts, salads and more.  The menu is full of comfort foods with different cultural influences which have become a part of the American culinary landscape.

Serendipity 3 is located in Manhattan.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Expect the pleasantly unexpected at Serendipity 3 Las Vegas, a casual dining experience worth biting into. Fun and funky is the name of the game at this Caesars Palace Las Vegas restaurant that serves up everything but the ordinary. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and then some – this all-in-one Las Vegas casual dining and drinking destination is known for unique takes on familiar dishes like the colossal dinosaur-sized BBQ Ribs, Monster Meatballs and Spaghetti, Triple Decker Grilled Cheese Sandwich and hundreds of other items, made fresh in their open kitchen daily.

New York: Review of Melt Bakery

With flavors like Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Snicker Doodles with Peach Ice Cream and Red Velvet Meltcake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream, how can you go wrong?  MELT Bakery does not go wrong.  The red velvet ice cream sandwich with cream cheese ice cream was delicious!!!  READ MORE

Downtown Brooklyn: Junior’s Restaurant

What I know of the dining out experience probably began as a child in Brooklyn, New York, being dragged by my relatives to Junior’s restaurant, whether by my Aunt Harriet or my mother. The big treat experience, as I envisioned it as a kid, was their oversized meals. Junior’s did oversized before the trend of oversizing began.  However, the crowning glory of Junior’s is their dessert.  Milkshakes, strawberry shortcake and the legendary classic cheesecake.juniors

Junior’s is an old fashion restaurant.  The decor transports one to the 50’s, if not earlier, but people don’t go there just for nostalgia. Okay, maybe sometimes they do go there for nostalgia, but they also go for classic food such as rueben sandwiches, cheeseburgers and fries. Oh yes, and did I mention the cheesecake? Just checking.

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Chocolate World Expo~New York City, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Lexington Armory

Chocolate World Expo

Chocolate World Expo, the New York area’s largest chocolate-themed event, comes to Manhattan for the first time on Sunday, December 16th, 10am-7pm, at the 69th Regiment Armory (aka Lexington Armory), bringing its own unique blend of chocolate, food and fun to the city… just in time for the holidays! Admission $20/Adults & $10/Children (5-11.)

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Manhattan Dining Out: Pastis French Bistro

No, this not a review but Pastis is a French bistro located in Manhattan’s meatpacking district opened by Keith McNally.  It caught our attention because celebrites Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos were spotted dining there.
The Executive Chefs Riad Nasr  and Lee Hanson and Chef de Cuisine Pascal Le Seac’h prepare a menu that combines hearty Provençal dishes with moderately-priced bistro fare. The bar serves a range of house cocktails, wines by the glass, carafe or bottle, and several varieties of pastis, an anise-flavored aperitif from the south of France.

Cafe Lalo Patisserie

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After a night at the movies or a nice refreshing walk in the city Café Lalo Patisserie is the perfect place to stop and slow down.  Located on W. 83rd st. in New York City, this quaint café has been featured in the hit romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, and for 23 years has been an inviting place for patrons to come and partake of its European interior and mouth watering yet healthy menu.  The breads, whip cream, and sauces are all made in house.

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