Appetizing Event: Celebrating Pampano’s 10 Year Anniversary


The recently hired coat check hostess said most of the opening day staff are still working at Pampano of New York City (there’s another location in Qatar). The evening celebrating the launch of Pampano’s ten year anniversary tasting menu of popular dishes, guests murmured about the friendliness of the staff based on their past visits. Before the event started, the staff finished preparations by placing small vases full of yellow roses on various tables. The bartender stood behind a table expertly arranged with wine, tequilas, fruit purees and garnishes. The evening was an unusually warm Tuesday in March, in between two frigid, cold days. As the event started, the waiters carried out trays of food. I carefully balanced my mango sangria in one hand, made sure the camera was securely around my neck, and tasted Pampano’s empanadas.   Read more

Appetizing Places: BedStuy’s Latin American Beso

Chef Richard McDuffie, Jr.

Brooklyn’s BedStuy neighborhood has quite a few new restaurants opening or in development. Recently opened Beso, meaning “Kiss” in Spanish, is a pan-Latin American restaurant featuring dishes from Central and South America, Cuba and Mexico. It opened late last year, and it’s positioning itself to be a festive Summer hot spot offering live salsa music and dancing, comedy nights, a garden opening in late Spring or early Summer, and a brunch menu starting April 1st. Personally, I’m looking forward to their Tasty Tuesdays with seven dollar appetizers & cocktails. From their list of coctails, I ordered a Caiprinha de Tangerina, a drink made with muddled tangerines and brown sugar along with the Brazilian rum, cachaça. Bartender Roberto explains unlike other rums distilled from molasses, cachaça is distilled from sugarcane. Read more

Appetizing Places: Peaches July 4th Cocktails


Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a few cocktails. Craig Samuel, co-owner of Peaches Restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn has three special drinks for the July 4th weekend (they’re probably available year round, tell the bartender sent you): Blackberry Smash Infused with Blackberry Vodka, White Julep (a variation on a mint julep using clear corn liquor), and Stuyvesant Sidecar. Their signature cocktail, The Brownstone Punch is the popular sweet thirst-quencher with the locals. Read more