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Restaurant Guide 2012 - Your Guide to Great Restaurants Worldwide for 2012

By Caitlin Robson

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The Palm Four-Course Dinner For Two With Wine For $176

Perfect for Father's Day!

Description: No need to worry about the perfect place to celebrate Father's Day: any man would love this array of aged USDA-prime beef in filet mignon, prime dry-aged New York strip, porterhouse and rib-eye cuts. The Palm’s tradition of caricature-covered walls has a storied history: in the original New York restaurant’s early days, cartoonists from the neighboring King Features Syndicate used to come in and sketch for their supper. The restaurant continues to be operated by descendants of founders Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi, who founded The Palm in 1926

Price: $176.00 Visit the Website

Private Dinner At Home Prepared By Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez Of Food Network's

Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez

Description: Wondering what to get the person who has everything? The American Bistro Restaurant at the Strand Hotel NYC has announced unique edible holiday gifts featuring Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez, recently featured on Food Network's "Chopped." Table 35 and At Home With Chef Kelvin offer gourmands a memorable dining experience for themselves or a fun and unique gift idea for parties anywhere from two to twenty. The culinary packages are priced at $125 per person for the Chef's Table tasting dinner and $2,000 for an exclusive dinner prepared in the privacy of your home by Chef Kelvin. Table 35 at the BISTRO - $125 per person, inclusive of tax & tip -5-course tasting menu paired with wine for up to six hosted by Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez At Home with Chef Kelvin - $2,000 per package -Dinner party for up to 20 guests, 4 courses for up to 4 hours with one hour cocktail party -Cocktail party with passed hors d'oeuvres for up to 50 people; 3 hours max -Includes chef, sous chef, bartender & 2 servers -1.5 hour consultation on menu at your home to select menu items -Food & beverages to be purchased and brought by the Chef. Payment must be made at time of ordering; receipts to be provided For more information and reservations contact the American Bistro Restaurant at 212-448-1024 and strandrestaurantnyc.com

Price: $125.00 to $2,000.00 Visit the Website

Gray Line New York's Culinary Tours Of Manhattan

Culinary Tours of Manhattan

Description: Gray Line New York, New York City’s leading sightseeing and transportation company, recently launch its innovative Culinary Tours of Manhattan. These extensive, food-based walking tours will give customers a taste of New York’s favorite cultural communities including Chinatown, the East Village and the West Village. The diverse cuisine experienced on this tour was selected to accurately reflect some of the areas best cuisine while remaining true to the neighborhood’s culinary history. The three individual tours provided by Gray Line New York include "Tastes of Chinatown," "Original East Village Food, Drinks, and Cultural Tour," and "The Ultimate New York Food and Culture Tour in the Village." Each tour lasts approximately three hours allowing customers to discover the secret eateries, restaurants, and diversity of the different neighborhoods. Tours will be offered year round and ticket prices range from $49-$75. Reservations are not required.

Price: $49.00 to $75.00 Visit the Website

Crust By Stephanie Jayne-Up To 46% Off Mini Dessert, Pie And Father’s Day Cooking Classes

Impress friends and family by learning how to make pies from the talented baker behind Crust!

Description: Crust by Stephanie Jayne offers fabulous fare for purchase online. Choose from whole pies or slices of pie, hand pies and cocktail-sized Pie Shooters to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or order up some Cracker Brittle, salty crackers topped with a caramel crunch and chocolate drizzle. Crust offers seasonal flavors, such as strawberry rhubarb and Maker’s Mark bourbon banana cream, but classic creations like apple and chocolate fleur de sel caramel are always available for purchase. The business truly is a family affair. Stephanie Jayne’s mother and father help bake and hand-wrap each item.

Price: $30.00 to $35.00 Visit the Website

Polish Classic Recipes

Polish Classic recipes

Description: Designed for the modern kitchen yet retaining traditional roots, each heritage recipe in the book has been tested to perfection. Showcased alongside beautiful photography and with titles given in both Polish and English, recipes range from cucumber salad and beet soup to pork cutlets and potato pancakes. A chapter devoted to pierogi presents the dumplings with an assortment of fillings, and the final chapter of sweets tops off any meal in true Polish fashion. Accompanied by notes on Polish holiday customs, history, and menu pairing suggestions, these dishes offer a flavorful sample of the Polish dining experience, as passed down from generation to generation. This book of classic Polish recipes was written in the U.S., features authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation, perfected for modern kitchens using American measurements and modern cooking tools, and features over 100 stunning photographs. This is the perfect gift for preserving your family and friends’ Polish heritage, for cookbook collectors, or anyone just wishing to try an exciting cuisine of delicious comfort food that are easy to prepare. Signed and personally dedicated by the authors, hardback copies are available at http://polishclassiccooking.blogspot.com/ for $16.95 plus S&H; on Amazon, at selected Polish-oriented websites or Polish-oriented retail stores.

Price: $16.95 Visit the Website

Empire Steak House - New York City

Empire Steak House - 52nd Street between 5th and 6th

Description: Empire Steak House, a Midtown mecca for steak connoisseurs, is the newest restaurant in the Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse brand. Founded by Jeff Sinanaj, along with his brothers, owners of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, Empire Steak House brings the honored tradition of quality steaks to Midtown West boasting an expansive a la carte menu, a wide variety of fine wines and a sleek decor that sets it apart from its nearby bovine brethren. Empire Steak House is centrally located on 52nd Street between 5th and 6th, boasting stylish décor and high-end steakhouse fare.

Price: $7.95 to $29.95 Visit the Website

100% Biodegradable Dinnerware Made From Fallen Leaves.


Description: Eaternalplates products are made from nothing but naturally fallen Indian palm leaves. It's a renewable material, almost 60 billion palm leaves fall to ground in India every year. All we do to turn the leaf into a plate, bowl or platter and wash it in locally sourced spring water and heat press it into shape. The heat makes our products ready to eat from and, once formed, they keep their strength and toughness until they are ready to go back into the soil when you compost them. We don't use any chemicals, resins, agents, glues or anything else just the leaf, Eaternalplates is nothing but the leaf and some water.

Price: $5.00 to $9.00 Visit the Website

IHOP Rings In The Holiday Spirit With Its Holiday Hotcakes

IHOP presents creamy Eggnog Pancakes, decadent Pumpkin Praline Pancakes and refreshing White Chocolate Chip Mint Pancakes to satisfy holiday cravings through January 1.

Description: Sweet eggnog, spiced pumpkin and cool peppermint, signature flavors that are nearly impossible to find other times of the year offer season’s greetings at IHOP as part of this year’s Holiday Hotcakes menu items. Eggnog Pancakes, White Chocolate Chip Mint Pancakes or Pumpkin Praline Pancakes offer mouth-watering, indulgent combinations starting at $4.99 that conjure up happy memories of special family traditions. A perfect present and fun way to get into the holiday spirit Holiday Hotcakes are served a la carte or as part of a combination along with two eggs, golden hash browns and a choice of crisp bacon, savory pork sausage or hearty ham. To satisfy holiday cravings on the lighter side, IHOP features a SIMPLE& FIT Pumpkin Pancake Combo featuring two signature pumpkin pancakes, scrambled egg substitute and two strips of turkey bacon under 600 calories. For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant, visit www.ihop.com. Follow IHOP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ihop.

Price: $4.99 Visit the Website

Colman's Mustard

Colman's Mustard

Description: Sold as prepared mustard and mustard powder, Colman’s provides a pure, fiery, and complex condiment to your baking routine! Take this delicious recipe as an example! Chocolate Spice Cookies 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, at room temperature 1 1/2 tsp Colman's Mustard Melt the chocolate in a small heavy saucepan over low heat and set aside. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and set aside. In the large bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar. Add the melted chocolate and the egg and beat well. Dissolve the Colman's Mustard in the heavy cream and add to the chocolate mixture. On the lowest speed, fold in the sifted flour mixture. Divide the dough in half. Place each half on a sheet of waxed paper and form into a 10-inch strip. Using the waxed paper to help, lift and roll each strip into a 10-inch cylinder. Wrap each cylinder in the waxed paper, twisting the ends to secure. Chill for two hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Price: $3.00 to $7.00 Visit the Website

FUNKIN: All Natural 10 Second Sexy, Fashionable Cocktail Mixers

Now anyone can be a bartender; in just 10 seconds!

Description: FUNKIN Cocktail mixers are the new definition of sexy—all natural 100% fruit juices, carefully created to enhance your adrenaline, complimented with your most cherished alcoholic beverage to leave you nothing less than satisfied. Nothing less than sexy—it’s an original approach to fantasy drinking, used for your everyday leisure. You can now be 10 seconds away from your tasting evolution. Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita. The perfect cocktail, the perfect beverage.

Price: $2.00 to $30.00 Visit the Website

Coco's Bakery Restaurant

Coco's Logo

Description: Fresh-baked morning goodness has long been the heart and soul of Coco’s. Now, the introduction of the restaurant’s Organic Premium Coffee not only enhances and completes the breakfast dining experience, but serves as the perfect complement to Coco’s fresh and flavorful appetizer, lunch, dinner and dessert offerings as well. The initiative furthers Coco’s commitment to corporate social responsibility--and changes the way people think about coffee. It all begins with shade-grown, Arabica beans that are organically grown and harvested through agroforestry, a sustainable farming process that utilizes renewable methods to keep the grounds fertile for future generations. The high altitude gives the beans a rich, full bodied flavor, while a roasting process perfected by Coco’s over several months ensures the right balance of aroma, body and taste.

Price: $2.00 to $10.00 Visit the Website

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Free Mexican Pizza

Mexican zpizza

Description: Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – and Zpizza is celebrating on May 5 with free samples of their delicious Mexican and Santa Fe pizzas that can be made with organic, wheat or gluten-free crust. • Mexican pizza - made with homemade salsa, low-fat Wisconsin mozzarella, spicy lime chicken, scallions, red onions, fresh avocado, sour cream and cilantro. • Santa Fe - chipotle pesto, mozzarella, fresh rounds of tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and black olives…can you say ‘ole? About zpizza Featured on “Good Morning America” as a healthy dining option and rated by Parents magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants,” Zpizza takes a unique approach by appealing to traditional pizza lovers, health conscious consumers and gourmet palates alike. Artisan pizzas, rusticas, pastas, calzones, sandwiches and salads are made with all natural and organic ingredients with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, combining select ingredients using award-winning skim mozzarella from Wisconsin, certified organic tomato sauce, MSG-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Dough is made from 100% organic wheat flour prepared fresh every day, hand-thrown and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. Founded in 1986 in the art colony of Laguna Beach, California, where creativity and craftsmanship have flourished for almost a century, all ingredients are selectively chosen for superior quality. Zpizza has over 90 locations, and another 400 in ongoing development worldwide. More information at Zpizza.com.

Price: $0.00 to $10.50 Visit the Website

Published on May 19, 2012

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