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Savor the Flavor of Home-Style Cooking at Sutton Cafe NYC

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Savor the Flavor of Home-Style Cooking at Sutton Cafe NYC

Savor the Flavor of Home-Style Cooking at Sutton Cafe located at 1026 First Avenue in Manhattan.

Neighborhood residents love the simple delicious family style dining and takeout from this wonderful restaurant.

Reviews are excellent with neighborhood patrons as expressed below:

"We Hungarian tourists stumbled upon this place and we were captured instantly. Traditional american diner, very kind and attentive elderly staff, marvelous atmosphere and delicious food. Very good coffee as well. I could not ask for better and there's like 60 different dishes to choose from."

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Anthony's Live Music and Events Line-Up
Dinner Shows on The Lake with Live Music, Tribute Bands, Big Bands,
Comedy, Mystery Dinner Theater and Themed Brunches at our Two Locations On The Lake!

Enjoy Dinner Shows and Live Music Events on the water with a fantastic view of the sun setting over the lake!  Where you will enjoy amazing live music from top national and Long Island-based bands. Mystery Dinner Theater, Themed Brunches that include Princess Brunches. 

Enjoy delicious dishes prepared by our chef. We also have an extensive wine list and some great creative cocktails for you to enjoy with your meal. Everything is made fresh and served professionally by our staff.  We buy local and serve local!

I was happy to cover Anthony's Live Echoes of Eagle Tribute Band and Jay Gates Rod Stewart Impersonator on Friday April 19, 2024 at the hottest music venue on Long Island located at Windows on the Lake.

During the evening I interviewed Band Leader Kevin Hawkins from the  Echoes of Eagle Tribute Band.

Kevin is  also Bassist, songwriter, co- producer for multi-award winning country rock band Quickdraw with 3 albums released and has toured nationally, opening for acts including Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Blake Shelton, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley just to name a few. 

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I was also happy to interview Rod Stewart Impersonator Jay Gates.

Oh sure, every Rod Stewart impersonator has the haircut, shoes, and clothes . . . some even have the voice and moves.  But in addition to all of that, Jay has something the other Rod Stewart look-alikes will never have.  He’s got the nose . . . HE’S GOT THE NOSE!  As Rod himself would sing, some guys have all the luck.

Armed with a repertoire of over forty hits, dressed to the nines in full Rod regalia, and belting it out with a raspy four octave range, Jay consistently brings it on and dares any audience anywhere to leave his performances unhappy.  Fun is had by all and it is always a jolly good time indeed!

​Be it with a dynamic four-piece band, alone with backing tracks, or any combination in-between, Jay astonishingly recreates all phases of Rod’s award winning career from his early days with the Jeff Beck Group and Faces right through to his current residency at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

 From the majesty of a full blown rock concert to the intimacy of a private party, Jay’s ability to connect with any audience has made his Boston-based Rod Stewart Tribute a top choice among event planners, booking agents, and music lovers from New England to England . . . make him yours too!

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Below is the Summer schedule for the summer events at Anthony's Live.





Cognac interviewing Interviewing Owner Dede Gotthelf

Cognac poses for photo-op with Server Lucky

Eggplant Caprese







If you want to enjoy the Hamptons Scene and spending the day shopping in the village or maybe visiting The Southampton Arts Center then dine afterwards at the unassuming charming Claude's Restaurant at the Southampton Inn. Claude's offers you tasty lobster salads, halibut and fillet steaks. Most guests recommend trying good watermelon salads, biscuits and French toasts. This place has delicious wine among its drinks. Based on the guests' opinions, waiters offer great coffee and excellent service. Our server Lucky treated us extra special taking care of all our needs.

The great location of this spot makes it easy to reach even in rush hours. The high ratings of this restaurant wouldn't be possible without the courteous waitstaff. You will pay average prices for dishes. The spectacular decor and calm atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. This is truly a hidden gem.

The restaurant and inn is a year round destination for holiday events like New Years Eve, Christmas Dinner and Thanksgiving as well as wedding venue.

Southampton Inn offers an elegant year-round destination for your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or concluding brunch—either formal or casual. They are a destination hotel in a sought after location with a totally transparent process to take pressure off the bride and groom on this very special day. Our Silver, Gold and Platinum packages meet every budget, with their indoor events including tables and chairs, china and glasses, linens and even small floral arrangements in our newly renovated ballroom. The options are nearly endless—from a charming three hour al fresco luncheon in the courtyard to a full weekend getaway for friends and family. If you share your dream and your budget, they will create a set of choices for your consideration.

On the 4th of July Claude's and the Southampton Inn host their annual Barbecue. Corporate meetings and retreats at the Southampton Inn offer your team full-service meeting facilities, charming guest rooms, delicious catering and access to the magnificent seaside experiences of historic Southampton Village.

Contact our experienced event planners to discuss your ideal package. Email or call 631-203-8115 extension 512.

Claude's Restaurant is open year round for Breakfast daily from 7am - 11am, Weekday Lunch 12 - 4pm and Dinner from 5-9pm Thursday to Monday. You can dine in Claude's Cafe, or weather permitting, you can dine in the Garden Courtyard, you can order food to take back to your room or any of the sitting areas around the property.

Well known and respected in the world of real estate and finance, Dede Gotthelf successfully decided to embark in the hospitality business. She has been the proud owner of Southampton Inn on Long Island’s East End is thrilled to devote her time to taking care of her loyal guests wishes.

Dede has always graciously given her time and attention to worthy charities and was honored as one of Long Island Business News’ Top Women in Business last year.

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Dining at San Pietro NYC "The best and most authentic Italian restaurant outside of Italy"

San Pietro NYC Ristorante

This past weekend I interviewed Owner, Founder and President Gerardo Bruno of Pan Pietro Ristorante in Midtown Manhattan off of one the most glamorous streets in Manhattan.

Welcome to the Awards Winning San Pietro Restaurant, proclaimed by the Italian government, media, and culinary organization as "The best and most authentic Italian restaurant outside of Italy".

We believe in wisdom of "Nourishing Body and Soul" derived from our Salerno ancestors from Southern Italy. We import 85% of our ingredients from provinces of Campania, Sicilia, Sardinia and Puglia, and we advocate a healthy, well-balanced diet, regular exercise, and low-stress lifestyle.


Since its opening in 1992, San Pietro restaurant has been the landmark restaurant in Manhattan, renowned for the healthy, vivacious cuisine of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.

With food that promotes longevity and nourishes the soul, San Pietro's menu offers a dazzling combination of sea and pristine farmland, with great selection of exquisite food, such as sea bass, earthy treasures of eggplants, risottos, black truffles, homemade pasta, peppers, tomatoes, and unique delicacies like the treasured mozzarella di bufala.

San Pietro's elite corporate clientele attests on a daily basis to the warmly European values and sensibilities that San Pietro team continuously brings to its restaurant: a celebration of the simple, unadorned treasures of nature, maintaining the highest service standards possible, and treating guests like family.

The artwork of San Pietro’s dining room has been described as “the dining room in New York with the most atmosphere” by the New York Post. San Pietro’s newly modernized scenographic ceiling, the work of the architect Dante O. Benini, depicts a photograph of the sea at Sorrento’s sunset and gives to the venue an entirely greater visual and chromatic intensity. It was created by laser-cutting panels and its coating in a 18-carat gold leaf. Additional effect to the light is given through Swarovski crystal balls of various sizes with direct and indirect glows and refractions.

San Pietro menu embodies the the flavor of culture of our home town, Salerno, and it includes many favorite recipes of Antonio, our brother, who remained faithful to his Italian tradition, and always refused foreign influences in his cooking. He used only basic ingredients and fresh seasonal products, and In each dish he applied his vast culinary knowledge gained from his cook masters in Italy, with whom he always used to stay in touch.

Today we thank our brother for safeguarding our traditional flavors

and for teaching us that it is possible to be successful by remaining true to one's self. Also, we would like to thank him for being tough on all of us, and for never letting us be afraid to stand our ground. Grazie Antonio!

Our menu is dedicated to our brotherAntonio, executive Chef and owner of an Pietro for 21 years, who sadly passed away in 2013.

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Dining at Neary's Pub is a New York Tradition

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Chef Gus, Una Neary and Owner Jimmy Neary at Neary's Pub on 57th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

Diners enjoy The Lamb Chops which is a Signature Dish at Neary's Pub.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Chef Gus, Una Neary and Owner Jimmy Neary at Neary's Pub on 57th Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of dining with Restaurant Owner James Neary, best known to his pals as Jimmy, at Neary's Restaurant located at 358 E. 57th Street, New York, NY.

Neary's opened on St. Patrick's Day 1967 and proudly remains one of the most well-known Irish restaurants in New York. The restaurant is often referred to as the "Irish 21." Jimmy Neary, New York's finest host, welcomes everyone in the door with his great Irish smile and charming personality. Each night Jimmy is joined by members of his family and his long-tenured staff to ensure that every customer feels like they are part of the family.

Neary's signature dishes include lamb chops, prime rib of beef, corned beef and cabbage and broiled 1/2 chicken. In addition, there is a fine selection of daily delivered fresh fish.

The staff at Neary's looks forward to taking care of you and sharing  their special home with you.

I sat down with Executive Chef Gus who revealed The signature appetizers at the restaurant, "We have Corn Beef, Irish Smoked Salmon, Marinated Herring, Shrimp Cocktail is also a must. We also have a whole bunch of salads...basically the three major items are Irish Smoked Salmon, Shrimp Cocktail and Sliced Corn Beef. When I came for the interview with Jimmy, one of his requests was to keep an old fashioned traditional menu...nothing fancy around here just be consistant with traditional good food."

When asked what was his favorite dish at the restaurant Chef Gus replied, "OMG you can't go wrong with the Lamb Chops...the quality of meat that you get..we get all our meat from Colorado. It is my understanding that Colorado has the best lamb and it has been traditionally cooked the same for fifty years here. The Lamb Chops is also a favorite dish of Celebrity Cathy Lee Gifford who also has her own booth in the restaurant."

Another popular sish is the Corn Beef and Cabbage especially in St. Patrick's Day. "On St. Patrick's Day I cook 50 cases of Corn Beef just for that particular day," revealed Chef Gus.

I also sat down with Jimmy the owner as he fondly talked about his restaurant. He revealed that in 1967 he put a down payment of $500 with his partner Bartender Brian Mullligan to secure the location and purchased it for $30,000 

which took five years to pay off.

Jimmy also revealed a fascinating story that on one New Years Eve four years ago President Clinton patronized the restaurant, "At 20 past twelve I locked the door on New Years Eve this way I can control who is coming here and 20 past twelve looking in the window...the door was locked...President Clinton, Hillary, Secretary of State, Mayor Bloomberg, Diane and Commissioner Kelly and his wife came in for dinner and about 12:30 twelve more people came to join their party...and I had no tables left. All of my customers got up to let them sit down, they had the whole side of the restaurand they left at 4:00 am in the morning," revealed Jimmy.

Neary's dining area is always filled to capacity for lunch and dinner, and whose regular patrons include Michael Bloomberg (who by way of his private jet once flew Neary to his town of birth in Ireland),  famous Author Mary Higgins Clark (who has found a way of integrating Neary as a character and his bar as a location into many of her novels), Cathy Lee Gifford, Jean Kennedy Smith and Cardinal Dolan.

When asked what his favorite dish at the restaurant is, Jim replied, "I love Turkey, Fish and a good Hamburger."

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Dining Out at The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton

The Maidstone The Living Room Hotel, Restaurant and Lounge.

Special Entree includes:  



Mashed potato, spinach, demi glaze au poivre


Crawfish, mussels & prawn Nantua sauce, pea

tendrils & fresh sautéed spinach

Appetizers include:


Warm white bean & tomato salad

Gunicale dressing


Marinated hand cut tuna with wonton

chips, pineapple-mango salsa

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Manager John Proctor and Executive Chef Ronald A. Phillip at the Maidstone in East Hampton, NY


Having completed a recent renovation in May of 2017 with a fresh perspective, their renowned photo art collection, and a commitment to eco-friendly practices, the hotel welcomes chic out-of-towners and locals alike. The new hotel design features an updated, whimsical take on the traditional Americana and Hamptons aesthetics that are reflected in the shared spaces throughout, including the pink sun room, art bar and new take on a classic lounge. The hotel has 19 individually designed rooms and cottages.


More than 150 years old, the Greek Revival at 207 Main Street has served many owners, each in a unique way suited to the era.

Constructed just before the Civil War by the Osborne family, the current structure has foundations dating from the 17th century. For much of the 19th century, the building was used as a tannery, and first took in overnight guests while their saddles were being repaired.

In the mid-1920s, the home began service as a full-time inn and became known as The Maidstone Arms. Newspaper columns in the ensuing decades announced the seasonal residency of a rotating roster of socialites, and the inn became a fashionable destination as East Hampton grew into a world-famous summer colony.

In 2008 the inn was purchased by Swedish hotelier Jenny Baker, and now welcomes discerning travelers at The Maidstone.


The Restaurant is where you want it to be, in the lounge, in the garden, in your room, on the porch, at the bar or in the dining room.   They have both cozy nooks for intimate dinners and large tables for family affairs.  Each meal is specifically designed by Executive Chef  Ronald A. Phillip who studied The art of culinary in Paris.

The Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel is open from breakfast to a late night cocktails and offers a seasonal and ingredient-driven menu that reflects the bounty of the area.

Specialties include fresh market seafood, signature salad and freshly baked pies. Kids & Dogs get their own special menu. Brunch is severed Saturday & Sunday.

Patrons are always welcome to their ;ounge and garden for fresh cup of coffee or tea.   The Maidstone is open everyday.


Start the evening with curated cocktails in the chic Lobby Bar and Lounge or join us for post-dinner drinks or late nightcaps and unplanned revelry. With elegant design and curated artwork, the Lounge is where old school hospitality meets contemporary comfort and luxury. Dogs are welcome to join you in the Bar & Lounge.


Their bright and airy sunroom offers one-of-a kind views over Main Street and the pond as well as views and access to our Garden. A perfect venue for breakfast, champagne or your own private event. Dogs are welcome to join you in the Sun Room.


Beyond the bright and sunny sunroom, guests and visitors will discover our hidden gem – a spacious and secluded garden framed by elegant greenery, a beautiful and yet relaxed space in which guests can enjoy true Hampton outdoor dining, breakfast or and cocktails. In the back of the garden there is a trampolin, a swing and lots of other garden games for our younger, or young at heart, guests. The Garden is open all day from early spring through late fall, weather permitting. Dogs are, as always, welcome in the garden.


The Maidstone has a range of spaces for any event you might have in mind, from creative workshops to intimate dinners, castings to one-of-a kind weddings. Please contact us at to discuss your requirements

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Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Connie Zhang of Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews General Manager A.J. Wang at Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Publicist Miriam Silverberg at

Red Peony Chinese Cusine Restaurant located at

24 West 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan

Specialty Dishes including Peking Duck featured at Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

The signature dishes include Steamed Pork Bun (one of the most popular Shanghai-style dumplings), Peking Duck (the all-time favorite Chinese dish) and King Crab

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

Dining and sipping the signature Tea TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Red Peony Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

Red Peony is the inspiration and invention of Connie Zhang, who started her quest in the United States when she was only twelve years old. Connie established her first New York restaurant Royal Queen located in the heart of Flushing in 2014.

Since its grand opening it has become one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in New York City. Due to her amazing success in Flushing, Connie decided to transport the same high standard and quality of Chinese cuisine to Manhattan.

Red Peony is an elegant high end, glamorous contemporary Chinese restaurant in Midtown, Manhattan, specializing in elegant Shanghai cuisine (also known as Benbang cuisine) with selections of versatile Sichuan and Cantonese dishes. The name Red Peony alludes to the national flower of the country of China which is also known as "the king of the flowers". The balcony or second floor of the restaurant has seventy five seatings. The elegant and lavish interior decor of the restaurant transfers diners back to Old Shanghai in the 1910s with European red velvet chairs and silk drapes.which was the fashion at the time.

The authentic cuisine that Red Peony is famous for serves is Shanghainese-centric accompanied by other classic Chinese dishes to their discerning customers. The menu includes many Shanghainese home-style dishes such as Shanghai Spring Rolls, Smoked Fish, and Shanghai Bean Curd. The kitchen is ran by the former kitchen employees from Joe's Shanghai. The signature dishes include Steamed Pork Bun (one of the most popular Shanghai-style dumplings), Peking Duck (the all-time favorite Chinese dish) and King Crab (a best-seller at Royal Queen).

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Dining at Union Cantina Restaurant

In Southampton, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane sips a frozen Margarita at Union Cantina Restaurant in Southampton, NY

The team behind Southampton Social Club treated us like royalty and they are proud to present Union Cantina. A modern, yet rustic style, Mexican restaurant, Union is located in the iconic Bowden Square in the heart of Southampton village.

With a delectable menu prepared by award winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, diners are sure to revel in his devotion to the “farm to table” cooking style using only the freshest local ingredients that the east end has to offer.

Enjoy a cocktail (or two or three) at one of our three bars located here at Union Cantina. An exceptional Cocktail Program featuring new elixirs and classics that will have you reminiscing of days long past. Not to mention the 400 Rabbits Tequila Bar that features over 100 different tequilas to sample.

My crew and I enjoyed a sampling of some of the most delicious signature dishes that the restaurant is famous for.

For starters we enjoyed HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE & FRESH MANGO, UNION NACHOS a Mexican cheese blend, jalapeños, corn, black beans, olives, guacamole, sour cream & pico de gallo and LOBSTER TACOS which consisted of fresh maine lobster, pico de gallo, avocado, lime roasted poblano cream, corn tortillas.

For Dinner we enjoyed BURRITOS & BOWLS which consist of your choice of protein served in a warm flour tortilla or bowl, with mexican rice, black beans, mexican cheese blend, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. CHOOSE: marinated skirt steak / fried chicken / coconut shrimp / charred grilled shrimp / sliced grilled chicken / seasonal veggies, SKIRT STEAK DECONSTRUCTED ENCHILADA whixh is an asador cheese blend, tomatillo pico de gallo, verde chile sauce, guacamole and CAST IRON FAJITAS which is a classic sautéed red, yellow & green peppers, spanish onions, served with rice & beans, flour tortillas, homemade guacamole, salsa & sour cream. CHOOSE: choose marinated skirt steak / spicy grilled chicken / charred shrimp

To finish off the meal we sipped their Cappuccino and satisfied our sweet tooths with TRES LECHES CAKE toasted coconut and DESSERT NACHOS which consisted of Nilla wafers, marshmallow, M&M's, Reese's peanut butter crumble, dark chocolate chunks, caramel & chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Dining at Union Cantina was truly a marvelous experience. The restaurant is loxated at 40 Bowden Square, Southhampton, NY 11968.

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Blu Mar Hamptons

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Chef Erhan Ozkaya and Owner Zach Erdem of Blue Mar Restaurant Southampton, NY

I was thrilled to dine and interview at the newly opened Sexy Blue Mar Restaurant in Southampton, NY.

Occupying the Old Post House, and situated within Harpoon House, an intimate new hotel; Blu Mar is a glamorous Mediterranean seafood restaurant that marries pristine, wild seafood from Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean waters. This fabulous eatery is open for dinner and weekend brunch, the menu includes sharable mezzes, bright crudos, housemade pastas cooked to order, all alongside a selection of rotating simply grilled proteins served with local farm vegetables.

Everything is fresh from the sea and land!

We dined on MEDITERRANEAN SPREADS hummus, baba ganoush, artichoke-tapenade, grilled pita, traditional “GREEK SALAD” heirloom tomatoes, burrata, cucumbers, watermelon, olives, red onion, feta, SEAFOOD SALAD shrimp, crab, calamari, avocado, lemon emulsion, FRESH GULF SHRIMP olive oil, garlic, chili, jerez vinegar and BOUILLABAISSE mediterranean seafood stew – today’s seafood, mussels, rouille.

Blu Mar has a striking decor setting the scene for a hip and elegant dining experience (European pebble driveway, generous outdoor seating area, vaulted ceilings in the main dining room contrasted with Andy Warhol signed colorful portraits of bardo and Monroe over a romatic fire place!

Restaurateur Zach Erdem Transforms a Hamptons Staple into a Year-Round Hotspot

Rising restaurateur Zach Erdem has gained considerable attention in the hospitality industry after transforming a seasonal Hamptons dining staple into a year-round hotspot. The dynamic 32-year-old has used his unique design to balance the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife to reinvent the Southampton eatery, 75 Main. The ever popular restaurant and lounge has become a favorite among locals, visitors and celebrities alike, attracting Hollywood’s A-Listers and politicians such as Sarah Jessica Parker, LA Reid, Kelly Ripa, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Howard Stern, Pierce Brosnan, Barbara Walters, Jodie Foster, Alex Rodriquez and Vice President Joe Biden.

Erdem’s esteemed reputation in the restaurant industry was not established overnight. After moving from Europa to the United States in 2002, Erdem was struggling to make a living and had planned to move back home after just six months. With only sixty dollars in his pocket—which was loaned to him by a friend—Erdem decided to take a quick trip to the Hamptons two days before his scheduled flight. After arriving at the East End, he ordered lunch at the first restaurant he saw—75 Main.

Erdem quickly befriended 75 Main’s General Manager, who offered him a bartending position on the spot. Impressed by the Hamptons and its reputation, Erdem ultimately strived to create a name for himself in this elite community. In the years that followed, Erdem traveled all over the country, working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, gaining insight into the continuously changing restaurant business. Erdem eventually returned to Southampton to manage the popular Nello Summertimes and brought his experience to bear.

In May 2010, Erdem was finally able to fulfill his dream of taking ownership of 75 Main—a dream that was born over nine years earlier on the beaches of the East End. Using a combination of an expertly crafted menu, sophisticated decor, and post-dinner entertainment, Erdem is taking the already established restaurant to the next level. Erdem collaborated with well-known and award winning chefs, artists, designers and D.J.’s, revamping 75 Main into one of the Hamptons popular destinations for high-end fare, ambiance and nightlife scene.

After his success in the Hamptons, Erdem searched for the perfect location to open a second restaurant. In April 12 2012, Zach Erdem took his talents down to South Florida and opened 75 Main in Delray Beach, Florida. Drawn to the charming seaside community's vibrant mix of dining, shopping, and cultural amenities, Erdem found this venue to be as thriving as the original 75 Main. 75 Main Delray has already gained a celebrity following with the likes of actor and comedian Kevin James and retired Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman, michael Jordan.

In the future, Erdem hopes to expend his reach, opening additional restaurants in some of the world’s most renowned locations.

Blue Mar Restaurant is his latest challenge only steps away from his first restaurant in Southampton, 75 Main.

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Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park, NY

TV Host and Entertainment Journalist poses for a photo-op at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park Long Island

TV Host and Entertainment Journalist poses for a photo-op with Executive Chef Christopher Seidl and Restaurant Manager Sam Ribeiro at Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park, Long Island 

Peter's Clam Bar and Peter's Clam House is the perfect destination for Seafood  Aficinados even on a chilly 

Autumn day.

Established in 1939, Peter's Clam Bar & Seafood Restaurant is one of Long Island’s oldest Clam bars. Nestled on the waters of Barnum Inlet, Peter's began serving as a beacon for fresh seafood to friends & family alike. Since then their family of patrons has grown so has their extensive menu offerings.

During our interview Chef Chris Seidel revealed there are over 60 dishes at the restaurant. Still to this day their diligent efforts of finding the finest & freshest seafood has kept Peter's Clam Bar as one of the leading clam bar & seafood restaurants on Long Island.

After Sandy devasted the restaurant the Dover Group decided to purchase the restaurant and refurbish it to a very elegant cafe style restaurant on one side and they kept the more beachy clam bar on the other!

The Dover Group was founded in 1976, by Butch Yamali. Today, the Dover Group consists of a number of successful catering halls, restaurants and businesses including the Coral House in Baldwin, The Sands on Lido Beach Catering Hall, Malibu Shore Club, Camp and of course Peter's Clam Bar.

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Authentic Turkish recipes prepared by Chef Ibrahim Ozdemir, who combines 40 years of experience with a dash of love. Uskudar serves Turkish cuisine as it is found in Turkey, right here in the heart of Manhattan, New York by combining the freshest of ingredients with recipes that have withstood the taste test of time. Each of our dishes is prepared with special care, and is of the highest quality.

Ibrahim has been in the restaurant industry for over 40 years. He was trained in one of the biggest hotels in Istanbul, where he began as the bread baker. He enjoys being able to serve the public at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant where delicious and authentic Turkish food is the driving force of the business. Ibrahim hopes to provide you such a positive experience you’ll remember to return to Uskudar when you’re in need of a great meal.

Signature dishes include:


braised white kidney beans, scallions, tomato, garlic


spinach, strained yogurt, labne, garlic, minced walnuts


tomato, onion, parsley, and walnut spread


vine leaves with rice, black currants, onions, pine nuts


pan-fried zucchini pancakes


pan-fried calf’s liver cubes, onion-parsley garnish


grilled Turkish cured beef sausage


crispy pan-fried phyllo rolls, crumbled feta & spinach



chilled yogurt and shaved cucumber, garlic & dill


Dining at this Turkish treasure and I mean treasure was truly an edible experience and a fabulous delight. Don't let the narrow passage way fool you the food is is fit for an extravagant sultan in a lavish middle eastern palace.

The ammbiance is cozy, cool vibes mixed with authentic Turkish accents. Take a look at the beautiful red- orange ceiling with intricate multidimensional decorations. Throughout the walls you'll see decorated with beautiful glass shades with unique colors, shaped like teardrops.

Extremely generous portions of the slow roasted pulled lamb kebab was so mouth watering, flavorful and deliciously tender. 

Below are some reviews of devoted patrons that frequent the restaurant:

Min Tsuboi

I hosted a dinner party of 15 guests and was very pleased with the whole experience! The food was delicious, the setting was perfect for our group size and the staff was great! Thank you so much! I definitely plan to dine there again, and am glad to know about the venue for future group dinners.

Edna Mascreen

Great food, loved the ambience and amazing service. Will certainly go there again!

Melissa Yuan

Fantastic food and service, and a nice ambiance. Highly recommend the Hunkar Begendi- really delicious lamb! (Picture is of the chicken shish).

Marissa Schaeffer

Engin and the team at Uskudar put together a beautiful dinner for my Mother in Law’s Birthday last night. They helped us arrange a family style menu, were incredibly accommodating with dietary restrictions, and even had fresh flowers and a birthday card for her when we arrived at the restaurant! The food was delicious, fresh, there was variety for everyone, and the service was lovely. Highly recommend for a drop in dinner or for a private event!

Conor V

Food was amazing. I could come here just for the bread and humus!! The tirdu dish was amazing. The lamb was so soft and flavorful. Highly recommend!

nazish abdullah

I just loved this place. They are very fast and prices are cheap. The menu is extensive. The two course lunch is amazing. Waiting for my next visit!

Jeff Nobel

Great food, beautiful NY space with character, and the staff are all incredibly friendly and attentive. The Original Room was a perfect spot for a 20+ person private birthday celebration dinner, and it’s always a great place to stop in for dinner. Very much recommended!

David Moskowitz

Outstanding food. Some of the best red lentil soup I’ve had. Also try the chicken with artichokes & the moussaka. Side salad was chunky, not lettuce. Tomatoes, cucumbers & more.

Karen Kaufman

Large professional group dinner recently held at Uskudar. Excellent food and service. Highly recommended!

Urooj Azam

Great food, excelled service!

marian daniel

Good food and nice place

Anthony Durand

Great food ! The bread was also good and the service was amazing! Friendly staff

Isa Saiti

Delicious food & beautiful atmosphere with beautiful people 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Amazing Staff

Marco Veissid

Wonderful food, friendly, helpful and attentive staff.

Jeigh Hall

What a spectacular Turkish food experience! I really loved the Borek to start and the Garlic Chicken came out in the perfect portion and it’s savory seasons paired perfectly with the Sauvignon Blanc . Service was spot on and friendly. I’ll definitely be back.

Max Png

No complaints- reasonable portions, reasonable prices and a good selection of turkish food

Leslie Strassberg

Shhh don’t tell anyone how great this little gem is

Muneeb Hussain

Quaint restaurant located on the upper east side. Great food, good service, and peaceful atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend.

Necator Nimrod

love it love it love it

Such warm, friendly atmosphere. Food is wonderful… oh and the bread they bring you… so amazing. Waitresses are very friendly and accommodating. The guys who do the cooking (I think it is mostly guys, but I may be mistaken, in that case please forgive me) take lots of pride in their creations, and are a delight to talk to. I first went here after reading a review on Yelp, and have been back several times, even brought here my colleagues and a applicants we were interviewing for some new positions. They enjoyed it as well. Come here, you definitely won’t regret it!!! Oh, and yes, there are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes available.

Guillermo Lucerofabbi

Very cool place with lovely staff.

Court Passant

Yummy food. Small restaurant. Great service. Highly recommended. The chicken sish is the bomb.

Keith Longmore

The good is well prepared, plentiful and the staff is attentive

Naim Osmanaj

Amazing food.

Jacob Beri

tarama and liverArnavut are great starters

Michael Pinker

We have eaten here quite a few years, and each time, lunch or dinner, we have been very pleased with the cuisine, low-key atmosphere, and top-notch service of the small staff. We are always made to feel welcome, and at lunch the chef himself often also serves as waiter and is as kind and patient as he can be. For excellent value, superior cooking, and a clean, neat milieu, Uskudar is hard to beat.

gary nielsen

One word…delicious.

guangyu huang

(Translated by Google) Exotic, good

(Original) 异国风味,不错

A Google User

New york sokaklarında bir Türk restoranına rastlamak hele de semtimin adıyla adaş bir mekan görmek harika : )

Alexander Dane

Nice place for Turkish food, restaurant is a bit small.

Mike Zollner

Good place for lamb made how you like. Service was nice and they were kind enough to give me vegetables instead of rice. They even make their own bread and hot sauce.

Monica 夏

I went to Uskudar for a birthday dinner on a groupon purchase. What a comfortable little spot!!! It’s always nice to find the tiny gems! The place is very clean and service is quick!!! …More

Laura Kelm

Not your usual kebob joint, with unusual savory dishes. The Chicken Artichoke is a particular favorite–how do they infuse chicken with such a strong artichoke flavor? Small and intimate, can be a bit loud when it’s crowded.

Lee Goldberg

Amazing food. Absolutely delicious pide bread and lentil soup. Great for delivery – food always arrives quickly.

D Nguyễn

I’ve always loved Turkish cuisine especially after visiting Istanbul. I recommend for those who haven’t to do so but that is for another website. This small cute restaurant on the UES was our destination after an event in the neighborhood. We went for the stuffed grape leaves and Ciger (liver) to start. Both were very good. As for entrée Chicken Adana and Hunkar Begendi(lamb) was both delicious. The chicken on the skewer was moist and tender and seasoned nicely. The lamb in a stew of eggplant and tomatoes was hearty and flavorful. We’ll be returning if we are ever in the neighborhood and wanting a good Turkish meal. Heck, might just buy a ticket on Turkish Air.

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800° Woodfired Kitchen 

800° Woodfired Kitchen 

Fashion Model Julia Marie Corso poses for a photo-op with her 

Mother Entrepreneur Cherie Corso

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Chef and Co-creator Anthony Carron at 800 Degrees

800° Woodfired Kitchen is Anthony Carron’s chef-inspired and innovative take on the art of cooking with wood fire. Their entire menu is woodfired to perfection, infusing each item with just the right amount of smokiness. The restaurant starts with the highest-quality ingredients, scratch dough, fresh produce and artisan-quality meats and cheeses, and they create an offering as authentic and delicious as it is remarkably diverse. The result is craveable and irresistibly delicious craft pizza, rotisserie meats, salads, bowls, veggies and more. Taste the magic of woodfired!

My take on this incredible restaurant group with locations all around the world, 800 Degrees is kind of like the Chipotle for pizza -- you choose the ingredients for your pizza and then the pie is cooked under two minutes in an insanely hot (800 degrees!) oven. The pies are satisfying, the service fast, and the ingredients top-notch. Speciality pies and gluten-free crust is also available, so really, the choice is yours.

My favorite is the pie with the cauliflower crust, yum!

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Culaccino, Modern Italian Restaurant Opens in Water Mill

 Culaccino Restaurant Water Mill, NY

Culaccino Restaurant Water Mill, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Owner Jon Albrect and Popimpresska Journal Publisher Olga Papkovitch

Italian inspired contemporary restaurant, Culaccino, has now taken residence in the Hamptons!

The newly opened restaurant chef-owner Jon Albrecht, who recently was their chef at Flagship in Montauk, is located at the Water Mill Square address recently occupied by Manna Ristorante.

We dined on Watermelon Gazpacho for an appetizer, Grilled Eggplant Lightly grilled sicilian eggplant, mushroom ricotta, cherry tomatoes and the fish of the day which was a beautifully prepared halibut seasoned with delicate herbs and fresh lemon.

Other signature dishes include: gnocchi with ricotta, mint, pancetta, onion and rosemary; confit of chicken with wild mushroom and quinoa-flour crepe; grilled hanger steak with chimichurri and beet fries; and a double-cut wild boar chop.

Culaccino is located at 670 Montauk Hwy. (Water Mill Square), Water Mill, 631-500-9310,

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Summer Dining at Paname NYC

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane celebrates her Birthday Soiree at Paname NYC

Paname NYC Restaurant - "Duck"

Paname NYC Desert



It is always a treat to dine at Paname NYC. In my opinion it is the finest French dining in Manhattan.

My guest and I dined on the summer menu, including Roast Duck, Blood Pudding,  Filet of Sole and the finest choice of Filet Mignon!

Conveniently located at 1068 2nd Ave. NYC, 10022, between 56 & 57 Streets.

The restaurant is right in the heart of midtown near Bloomingdales and conveniently located right off the 59th Street Bridge for Queens residents and Long Islanders that wish to enjoy a Manhattan Fabulous French Dinner.

Please call to make reservations at (212) 207-3737.

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Spring Appetizers at Paname NYC Restaurant

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Chef Bernard Ros, Editor in Chief Olga Papkovitch of PopImpressKA Journal And Publicist Miram Silverberg

New French Appetizers and Dinner Menu at Paname NYC

Paname C’est Paris is a neighborhood French Restaurant located at 1068 2nd Ave. NYC, 10022 between 56 & 57 Streets The French eatery is

featuring a new Spring menu for dinner and appetizers.

My party and I dined on the most delicious appetizers and fabulous main courses.

New appetizers for Spring Include:

Escargots De Bourgogne in Baby Potatoes

Chicken Liver and Mushroom Mousse

Egg Mollet with Ratatouille and Chorizo

Boudin Noir with Chouceoure

New Entrees for Spring Include:

Duck, Oven-Roasted With Barley And Mango Coulis

Atlantic Samon Steak Coated with Lemon Rind Served Beet Relish

New York Shell Steak Au Confit D'Echalottes

Filet of Sole with Citrus Vervaine and Pistachio Nuts, Bergamot Oil

Below is the Easter Menu​

Paname NYC Restaurant Easter Menu

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews  Owner and Executive Chef Bernard Ros at Paname Restaurant.

Conveniently located at 1068 2nd Ave. NYC, 10022, between 56 & 57 Streets.

The restaurant is right in the heart of midtown near Bloomingdales and conveniently located right off the 59th Street Bridge for Queens residents and Long Islanders that wish to enjoy a Manhattan Fabulous French Dinner.

Please call to make reservations at (212) 207-3737.

For more information please visit

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