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In search of a East Village Petit Bistro: Le Village NYC

Dining Le Village NYC Restaurant Façade

We were so excited to be part of a private and intimate dinner at the petit bistro Le Village NYC, hosted by our friend and food expert Jared, from Food & City!

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We simply love exploring the city to find the best hidden restaurants, with the delicious, typical food, great vibe, gorgeous people…this place that has it all!

…and Voilá! The restaurant is exactly the type we’re always in search of!

We loved the cozy, romantic vibe (After all…they’re French, right!?), the dim lights, the plaid upholstery and their location – the East Village! Everything there is very simple, but that is what sure give it the right mood!

Founded by Chef Didier Pawlicki in 2014, his choice of hand picked ingredients are certainly a big highlight, staying far away from the processed ones.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, they do have options, so don’t worry.

Plus, they are a BYOB (bring your own bottle) type of restaurant, and with no cork fee! We particularly find incredible and enjoy taking our own wine to restaurants we go for dinner.

This super cool event brought together the most brilliant minds that are rockin’ the Social Media Industry in New York City, focused on food & lifestyle! It was a full experience exchanging ideas, teachings and trends that we should all be attentive to!

It was truly an honor and we were thrilled to be part of this fantastic group with powerful minds!

If you love sweets and have no problem with feeling guilty with your calories, just around the block you’ll find the famous Ray’s Candy Store! It’s opened 24 hours, so be sure to pass by before or after dinner!

It will surely be a pleasant treat!

Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 127 East 7th Street


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Le Village

French Pastries in NYC by Chef Simon Herfray

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The cultural diversity in NYC is surely one of the main characteristics that attracted our Founder Fê Paronetto to this gorgeous, exciting city! French’Encas by Chef Simon Herfray makes French pastries in NYC.

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When we talk about food and goodies in New York, then the conversation may last hours. Why? Because you can find anything and everything you’re craving for in a relatively small radius!

We recently met, at an event we went last week, Chef Simon Herfray from a company called French’Encas. We actually tried one of each of his pastries and they were to-die-for. Obviously they finished super quick!

They organize customized private or corporate events, whether at his kitchen in Manhattan or at your home and office. Chef Simon works closely with you to create a unique, seasonal, customized menu!

They also offer a “French Pastry Haute Couture Tasting” for 10 to 12 guests. Guests enjoy 3 to 4 luxury pastries paired with wines, while socializing in a “Pastry Happy Hour”. Chef Simon organizes this event with the wine connoisseur, Clarissa Sarreal.

Are you an aspiring chef and is interested in learning!?

His “French Pastry Hands-On” classes is offered for non-professionals, so don’t worry! For approximately 2 hours during, Chef Simon teaches pastry enthusiasts how to prepare traditional French pastries, such as éclairs, mille-feuilles and, of course, the famous macarons. Yummmm!

Additionally, private classes are offered for groups looking to celebrate special events, such as bachelorette parties, birthdays, corporate team events, etc.

Last, but not least! Are you in the mood for surprising your team at work with some delicious treats?

You can request a “Private French Pastry Chef & Consultant” that will treat your staff – or customers – to some sweet treats such as authentic French macarons, chocolate bonbons or the French take on afternoon tea.

As we mentioned, Chef Simon will help you prepare a customized menu for your special occasion.

We’re sure you’re going to enjoy it all, plus…there is nothing nicer than French speaking English, right? The accent is a song for the ears!

Oh! Do you need help to organize your event!??! Let us do it for you! Take a look at our Concierge Services! Life has just gotten easier!

If you need to organize a Corporate Event, contact us for further information.

Classes are hosted at: 451 B, East 116 Street (116 St. & 1st Avenue)




Photo Credits: Courtesy of French’Encas

“I Don’t Follow Recipes”, says Chef David Bouley

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David Bouley once said “I don’t follow recipes”, and completed it by saying: “You won’t become a good chef by following recipes!”.

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The four starred Michelin American chef, born in Connecticut, is best known for his French cuisine restaurant, Bouley.

With a fantastic background, he studied at the renowned Sorbonne in Paris. He had the opportunity to work with amazing chefs like Roger Vergé, Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon and Gaston Lenôtre.

Located in TriBeCa, Bouley offers French cuisine with modern Asian influences served in an elegant and intimate setting. In addition to the á la carte menu, the restaurant offers a $59 five course tasting menu for lunch. Plus, a $195 six course tasting menu for dinner.

In addition, there are tasting menus with the option of wine pairing, that you might really enjoy!

David Bouleys second restaurant, Brushstroke, also in TriBeCa, is “a joint venture between Chef Bouley and Japan’s top culinary school, The Tsuji Culinary Institute. Brushstroke offers a brilliant modern interpretation of kaiseki cuisine – a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Based entirely around tasting menus that change seasonally, kaiseki uses fresh ingredients to build a progression of flavors and sensations. And, with courses designed to be beautiful, delicious and surprising.”

Also, try out Bouley’s cooking classes at Test Kitchen, where you’ll be able experiment his cuisine with ideal wine pairing at $175/person.

And last, if you’re planning an event, but isn’t sure where to host your guests, go and visit Bouley Botanical! Chef Bouley created this gorgeous, fresh space. It offers you the possibility of experimenting food with all 5 senses while hosting private events. Everything from dinners, weddings, corporate parties, cocktails, etc).

The venue envelopes your guests in an environ of pure ingredients, featuring 400+ edible species of plants growing in vertical window gardens. All supported by the largest bio-dynamic green house in New England.”

Bouley Botanical comfortably accommodates parties from 8 to 75 people for seated private dining events.  And, up to 100 people for receptions.

If you need help to organize a private party, contact our team for our Concierge Services, and if you’re a company, contact our experts and learn about our Corporate Services too!

We will help you organize an unforgettable event that can be anything from a birthday

Locations:  Bouley – 163 Duane Street, Brushstroke – 30 Hudson Street, Test Kitchen – 88 West Broadway, Bouley Botanical – 281 Church Street



Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Bouley

“Just” Another Keith McNally Restaurant: Cherche Midi

Dining Cherche Midi Restaurant Façade

If you know a bit about Gastronomy, this name will definitely ring a bell! So, we’re just being ironic by saying: “Just” another Keith McNally restaurant. Cherche Midi is Keith’s newest venture!

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If you’re not so into names…probably Balthazar, Morandi, Pastis and Minetta Tavern will help! This list has some of the top restaurants in New York, so do keep them in mind – or on you’re to-go list!

Cherche Midi is another restaurant owned by the renowned restauranteur Keith McNally and again, he makes a perfect strike! The cuisine: obviously, French.

The staff is amazing, the decor is very welcoming, the courtesy with welcome cocktails is certainly unique, the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Don’t you just love an artistically designed dish? We do!

The team – with Chefs Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride – does make all the difference….and the guests? Well…you gotta go there to understand it!!!

A few plates you can try are the Prime Rib, the Lobster Ravioli, the roasted Chicken Breast, the Cherche Midi Burger, the Seared Salmon and the Angel Hair Pasta.

Oh! For dessert? Ahhh, the Chocolate Soufflé is our favorite, but you’ll be good with any other option too!

Plus, they offer delivery service for lunch and dinner, and still, if you’re looking for a restaurant to host your private event, they can accommodate all your guests.

Do you need help in organizing a fabulous private party? See here how we can make this a memorable day!

Or are you a company needing help to put together a dinner for clients or for your team? Contact us to see how we can help.


Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-3:30pm
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 11pm; Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm; Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm

Location: 282 Bowery (at Houston)




Photo Credits: Courtesy of Cherche Midi, Ryan Sutton and Amy Lee

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