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Saffron:  Cultivating the Upper West Side

Saffron: Cultivating the Upper West Side

By Denise Mattia There’s a diversity of cuisines in New York City, and restaurant hounds have a nose for the good ones. If a craving for Indian food calls, there are a plethora of [continue]

MAMO Comes To SOHO

MAMO Comes To SOHO

By Denise Mattia “They’ve been here for lunch and dinner every day for a week,” remarked Dorian, the maître d’ at MAMO, a charming upscale restaurant in SOHO, when I asked about the family seated by [continue]

China Fun,  Not Just A Noodle

China Fun, Not Just A Noodle

By Denise Mattia   A rippling glass panel partitions nearly half the bar from the dining area of this traditional Chinese restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. At the end of the bar a glass and [continue]

Old is New on West 46th Street

Old is New on West 46th Street

By Denise Mattia   For seven years a speakeasy on West 45th Street was frequented by mobsters before becoming a legitimate restaurant after prohibition was repealed.  Still, the pictures of the nefarious, the less than nefarious and [continue]

Worry-Free Jamaica

Worry-Free Jamaica

By Denise Mattia On January 8, 2016 a handsome Skip Marley walked out on the stage of the Sandals Montego Bay Resort and sang a remix of his grandfather’s classic song ‘Three Little Birds’ [continue]

Eureka! It's Greek For Me

Eureka! It’s Greek For Me

By Denise Mattia It was a chilly evening when eight students met at CoCo Mat in New York’s Soho district to try their hand at Greek cuisine under the tutelage of Maria Benardis, chef and [continue]

Margaritaville By Land and Sea

Margaritaville By Land and Sea

By Theresa Russell My usual method of arriving to a cruise port involves following common advice and arriving at the port the day before to allow for any flight delays or cancellations. Typically, I [continue]

Paris Impromptu: A Valentine’s Pilgrimage

Paris Impromptu: A Valentine’s Pilgrimage

By Sandy MacDonald The first time I splurged on a weekend in Paris, in 1969, I was twenty years old and happened to notice that, by some fluke, I’d managed to save up $500 [continue]

Hi-Tech on Anthem of the Seas

Hi-Tech on Anthem of the Seas

By Theresa Russell My good impressions of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Anthem of the Seas started even before I walked into the terminal at Cape Liberty cruise port. An agent greeted me with a [continue]

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  • Il Valentino Osteria
    Il Valentino Osteria

    By Denise Mattia A mission for my East side colleague and me, an Upper Westsider, is to find unpretentious restaurants that serve good food. Il [continue]

  • Bustan on the Upper West Side
    Bustan on the Upper West Side

    By Denise Mattia The maître d’ at Bustan on Amsterdam bet 83 and 84 on Saturday night rushed my associate and me to our seats, informing us there [continue]

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