Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery cultivates its grapes in Long Island soil, but its culture can be traced back to ancient Italy. In addition to Italian-inspired and wine-centric events, owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese use old-fashioned growing and fermentation techniques to create their red and white wines. A fruity pinot noir and crisp sauvignon blanc are among their most popular varietals, but they also produce
cabernet franc, meritage, and chardonnay. These wines—and the care that goes into them—have earned praise and awards from the New York
Wine & Food Classic and the New York Times.
Peter Goldfarb sits watching his mother, who holds a textbook with one hand while churning cookie dough with the other. As she pulls double duty as a mom and graduate student, she unwittingly alters the course of her son's life. The young Peter will soon grow up, move to Los Angeles, and pursue a career in television production—but his friends won't care about his industry stories; they'll want to know where his shipments of ridiculously tasty cookies are coming from.
This true tale is what inspired Peter to eventually enroll in culinary school and coax his mom into cofounding Chip'n Dipped. Today, the duo and a crew of bakers make all-natural cookies, chocolates, and confections—including gluten- and dairy-free options—in full view of customers, as well as for impressed reporters from large publications such as the New York Times, Newsday, and the Candyland Gazette. Using kosher ingredients and minimally processed chocolates, the mom-and-son team creates treats loaded with bioflavonoids and free of hydrogenated oils and preservatives.
The Massa family can trace its roots back to two New York pizza legends?both of whom are named Patsy. One, Patsy Grimaldi, founded the famous Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. The other, Patsy Lancieri, was responsible for Patsy's of East Harlem. Given these connections, it's no surprise that the Massas have a knack for the pizza business. They've been serving their signature pies since 1933, and today, they bake each of them inside a coal-fueled oven at temperatures upwards of 900 degrees.
Atop regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free dough, chefs add toppings such as meatballs and arugula. They also assemble a handful of specialty pizzas, crowned with everything from caramelized onions to whole chopped clams. Items like eggplant parmesan and pepperoni chips round out the menu, complemented by wine, beer, and after-dinner cappuccinos.
Soft candlelight illuminates the pistachio-green walls and minimalist decor of The Grill Room, a Zagat-rated, Manhattan-style restaurant that draws on pancontinental influences to craft its menu of New American fusion fare. While guests mingle over plates of chili-rubbed pork tenderloin and hearty Black Angus new york strip steaks, bartenders fill martini glasses with violet, green, and marbled cocktails and shake classic gin martinis to crystal-clear perfection. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Miguel Berrios oversees the creation of delicacies such as tuna tartar, Prince Edward Island mussels, and hibachi ribs. While the weekend crowd awaits tastings of his latest masterpiece, jazz musicians set up on the stage and prepare to regale their audience with saxophone solos, walking basslines, and crooning recitations of the bar?s daily specials.
Lovebirds flock to Verace for Italian cuisine.
None of the fare at Verace is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Verace offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Verace.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Wear what you like when you dine at Verace — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Verace's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Love valet? At Verace, you can make use of the curbside valet service.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
For a different take on the traditional wine bar, check out Ten Twenty Post.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
With its long wine list and TVs in the bar area, the bar has enough to keep oenophiles and sports fans happy.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at Ten Twenty Post with its kid-friendly fare.
Dine out in the open during Ten Twenty Post's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Ten Twenty Post.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the bar can get noisy.
Weekend visitors to the bar are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Take it nice and easy at Ten Twenty Post, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Your tab at Ten Twenty Post will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the bar, but the dinner menu is the real standout.