Category Archives: Downtown (22 St and below)

ROSSOPOMODORO: Southern Italian “chain” lands NYC (sorta)

ROSSOPOMODORO - agnolotti

Dear Food Diary:
If you thought Rossopomodoro was just a part of Eataly, you are not alone. It wasn’t until their opening (first stand alone restaurant in America) 2 weeks ago that I learned how big the “chain” actually is. The family restaurant’s headquarter resides Napoli, but they’ve brought their Southern Italian flavors far and wide. From Europe to Middle East, Asia and Africa!

Neapolitan style pizza, homemade pasta made with what they describe as “5 key ingredients” – 00 Caputo Flour, Pasta di Gragnano, Mozzarella di Bufala, San Marzano tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil from Sorrento.

COSME: Creative Mexican by Chef Enrique Olvera

Cosme NYC - Cobia al Pastor

Dear Food Diary:
Before Cosme landed in NYC, the words creative and Mexican food didn’t seem to make the news. After tasting Mexican celebrity Chef Enrique Olvera’s creations, you understand all the buzz.

Unforgettable dishes and flavors made my last dinner with Terry foodjournies.com (before her trip around the world and move to SF) that much more memorable. What a delicious way to end a chapter with a foodie friend.

Corkbuzz Winebar Chelsea Market: Champagne, wine & good eats

Corkbuzz - tasting

Dear Food Diary:
A few weeks ago, on a rainy Saturday, I was invited to a tasting at the new Corkbuzz Winebar Chelsea Market.

Our group of foodaholic ladies sampled European inspired small plates by Chef Missy Robbins, paired with champagne and wine by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec. What a treat…

BAR PRIMI: Dreamy Fiori di Carfiosi (flower of artichoke pasta)

BAR PRIMI - fiore di carfiosi

Dear Food Diary:
I’ve been dreaming about that Fiori di Carfiosi from Bar Primi for a few weeks now… that perfect balance of al dente pasta and bacon. Another discovery was Follow Frog Farm peaches. Where have they been all my life?

SEOUL CHICKEN: Asian and Southern style fried chicken

seoul chicken - fried chicken wings and tea

Dear Food Diary:

If double fried, korean style chicken wings bathing in Asian flavors tickle your appetite, this is the place for you.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Seoul Chicken is a mixture of Asian influences with Chef Chaz Brown’s Southern background.