Saturday, February 27, 2016

Restaurant Review: Four Cuts Steakhouse-Seafood/NYC

Healthy Eating-Smart Indulgences In A Traditionally Modern Restaurant

FOUR CUTS STEAKHOUSE-  a swank and comfy-fairly new restaurant-offers American 'classic'  cuisine for lunch and dinner- that can EASILY accommodate  fussy diners. Since we're all about the healthy eating with an occasional indulgence...the success of our dining experience-- hinged on fresh succulent seafood that is reason enough to visit -this 1076 First Avenue /NYC (Sutton Place neighborhood (between 58th/59th Streets). 
FYI-an easy walk from subways/Bloomingdales/midtown.
Owner: Mirso Lekic and 
General Manager: Rodolphe Siffredi greet guests like welcomed family-whether 20 something- first timers looking for a quick cocktail at the solid wood bar (with tempting homemade potato chips-you've been warned!)-or local patrons who regularly drop in for "...steak that's better than Peter Lugers"----as one fellow diner put it-to his congenial group of college pals planning their 35th reunion.
Seated in a spacious banquette lined round table in a corner...we felt comfortable immediately-and special-with iconic standards playing in the background (Frank Sinatra-who else?)...tables -properly set with crisp white linen and solid cutlery-spaciously set apart as to actually hear your companions without the usual annoying din...and an immediate serving-for us-of wine by the glass---a boldly smooth- Pouilly Fuissé  with a crisp mineral finish - the perfect choice for seafood appetizers. As might be expected of a classic establishment -specialty cocktails are popular---including a Manhattan-Rye, Carpano Antica & Angostura Bitters, a New York Sour Rye, House Sour Mix, Cabernet, a Hemingway Daiquiri Rum, Maraschino, Fresh Lime, Grapefruit and new classic-Vieux Carre Cognac, Rye, Carpano Antica, Benedictine, Pimento Bitters
 
An iPhone's pano setting---smartly-the solid walnut based tables and chairs (designed by Franco Lucic of LMF Group)...lend a refreshingly modern up to date feel to the room (C3D Architecture)- By 8PM-the elegantly relaxed dining room-with flair-via custom artwork, book lined shelves here and there... and a special wall garden-filled up -even on a windy stormy winter Tuesday night. Indicative of a local following-imo.














The menu---Steak and Chops, Fresh Seafood, and enough well prepared Vegetable sides to  easily accommodate vegetarians/vegans...including Specialty Dishes:  Porterhouse Steak for Two Prime NY Sirloin Steak, Veal Chop Grilled with an Apple Jack gastrique with sautéed wild mushrooms and Red Snapper Sautéed with a beurre blanc brunoise over a vegetable hash
Executive Chef: Christopher Miller (the former executive chef of NY fav Bobby Van's- and Sous Chef: Joaquin Linares expertly deliver entrees the way diners want it...including healthy grilled and steamed options, fresh fresh fresh ingredients-and large take-home ready portions...all expertly served at a relaxed pace by professional staff.   

Some other options-equally as yummy----
chewy sourdough-one way to soak up delicious sauces








The Lobster Cocktail-large enough to almost be the main meal-fresh, juicy and shareable.
warm bowl of water-slice of lemon-the proper way to  wash up post lobster tails...
Salmon Tartare-palate pleasing chunks of fresh raw salmon and crunchy chopped vegetables-with balanced hints of citrus and chopped chives-served with toast...

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna-flaky juicy texture-cooked just right-adorned with grilled zucchini slices and fresh  herbs...divine



Steak-grilled just right...sliced and served the way the 'old fashion' way-a  gracious antidote to a rushed New Yorker who usually 'inhales' their food in a NY minute. Addictive. No wonder there are so many repeat diners-and this is a singe serving size, fyi.


sauce options including freshly grated horseradish...


a grilled mushroom mix was delicious---and ideal side to meaty entreés...


Violà...Grilled Yellowfin Tuna...with sides...

Sauce options...half of this entreé ended up in a doggy bag for a teenage son...

A separate dessert menu included a melt in your mouth-light creamy chocolate cake and fluffy tiramisu with espresso and creme layers...shareable and -yes- the indulgence part. So worth it.























The 411:

Established: October 2015

Location: 1076 First Avenue -New York, NY 
 
Telephone: 212-204-0008

Email:  dine@fourcutsny.com

Website:  www.fourcutsny.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FourCutsNY

Twitter: @FourCutsNY

Instagram: @FourCutsNY

Hours of Operation:  
Monday:  4:00 PM- 10:00 PM, 
Tuesday:  12:00 PM- 10:30 PM
Wednesday:  12:00 PM- 10:30 PM
Thursday:  12:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Friday:  12:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Saturday:  4:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Sunday:  3:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Credit Cards: All major cards accepted
Capacity: 90 -  Cocktail Reception: 150 

Friday, February 26, 2016

DESIGN EYE CANDY-MINI OUTDOOR LIGHTS

SLC/NYC

Practical long-lasting lights that attach easily to something-have gotten industrially clever design-wise---so much so-imo these lights would do just as well in a city posh loft- as well as the great outdoors.

NITE IZE, UCO, BAREBONES, SNOW PEAK DESIGNS


Yet another smart adaptable durable NiteIze wonder product...High/Low/Strobe/Signal BugLit™ LED Micro Flashlight-'tentacles' (moldable NiteIze gear ties) wrap around ez...with lightweight S-Biner clip. 50 ft range-one mile visibility.

UCO hangs up at lot of LED light gadgets at OR-including original Candle Lanterns-now available in multiple sizes

Multi-tasking UCO LED lights...charger-flashlight combos-rechargeable too

we like how comfy these UCO headlights are...manages NOT to leave a dent in the forehead via bulky hard hinges---not a preferred look for sure.  A-45 $29.99 (lightest) and pictured A-120  $39.99 (brightest) 120 lumens with red light for night vision.
HEAVEN-thank-you BAREBONES LIVING for serving up serious coffee...one cup at a time.
these new rechargeable mini lanterns from BAREBONES (eta summer)---string up well for glampers, campers, and bunched together---festive display of light. Multiple settings...

SNOW PEAK DESIGNS-aka "outdoor lifestyle creator" -Japanese company is so chic...they opened up a chi-chi SOHO ...NYC. 

new MINI HOZUKI battery charged LED lights-with moldable stem attaches to tree limbs, table legs etc...
$39.95-Mini Hozuki

































Thursday, February 25, 2016

Backstage MakeUp-London Fashion Week A/W 2016




TOGA, ERDEM, DAVID KOMA


At Toga-the brows were the focus...
Sada Ito
“The designer drew inspiration from aerial art so I wanted to reflect this very strong, powerful
woman, who is still very natural and soft on the inside. The focus was a wild brow with raw,
natural skin and glossy reflective earth tones on the eyes.”
—Sada Ito, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist



FACE: NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free MoisturizerNARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream,
Velvet Matte Skin TintStick ConcealerSoft Velvet Loose Powder
EYES: Brow Defining Cream (New for Fall 2016, for now try Brow Perfector), Super Orgasm Illuminator,
Black Moon Velvet Eyeliner (New for Fall 2016, for now try Black Moon Eyeliner), Le Palace Velvet Lip Glide
(New for Fall 2016, for now try Sixties Fan Lip Gloss), Audacious Mascara
BROWS: Brow Defining Cream (New for Fall 2016, for now try Brow Perfector), Oural Brow Gel




At ERDEM-darkish lip color  for Hollywood 1930's glamour...

VAL GARLAND
“The skin is fresh and light juxtaposed with this Black Dahlia-inspired lip - very reminiscent
of Jean Harlow and evoking the spirit of 1930’s Hollywood Boulevard.”
—Val Garland for NARS Cosmetics




FACE: NARSskin Multi-Action Hydrating TonerNARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream,
Velvet Matte Skin TintStick Concealer
EYES: Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life Eyeliner
BROWS: Brow Defining Cream (New for Fall 2016, for now try Brow Perfector),
Oural Brow Gel
LIPS: Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (New for Fall 2016, for now try
Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil), Toy Velvet Lip Glide (New for Fall 2016, for now try 
Quito Lip Gloss
Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil




David Koma-  a 21st century classic black eyeliner almost inverse cat's eye 

Andrew Gallimore
“A tiny twist on a classic eyeliner – graphic and slightly futuristic.”
—Andrew Gallimore, NARS UK Makeup Artist Ambassador





All products are available at www.NARScosmetics.com 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LIGHTEN UP-Portable Options Fun Designs+Functional-

JBL and NiteIze 


SLC/NYC

Night time visibility-for humans and dogs---so critical...from JBL and Nite Ize -affordable and functional be seen stuff to keep wearers safe.

JBL Reflect Mini-is well packaged with easy to get instructions- included-small and mid-size ear buds....for custom fit. There's a Bluetooth version too----

how reflective-VERY (see above for 'reg' vs with the flash on)-another way to be seen when headlights hit ---running against traffic...

 JBL Reflect Mini headphones are sweat proof - sporting a unique reflective design. Super lightweight-these in-ear sport headphones are designed to stay put during intense workouts. Featuring the smallest sport design from JBL, a one button remote and mic, adjustable Y-Split cables that manage not to tangle... and the angled connector, the JBL Reflect Mini delivers quality sound and stays put for bouncy striders.
 Bonus-there are two sets of earbuds-in small and medium size- squish on/off... $59.95


FROM NITE IZE®...more long lasting LED lit - additions to the incredible assortment of gizmos...

Disc Golf can be played round the clock-including night-time the entire Flashlight Disc Golf Set...with DISC-O color options. FUN.
NiteDawg LED collar =bright red and water tough
Whether walking dogs at night - in the city or in rural areas...having Rover within eyeball range gets a lot easier...these are musts.

attach the SPOTLIT to the collar  (or you)...LED rubber Ball gets tossed -lighting up when moved around-impervious to dog slobbering for endless hours of fun...replaceable batteries included!
For outdoor athletes and/or cycling commuters...life saving gadgets that are long lasting, practical and inexpensive...
fits most (26mm-32mm) handle bars the GRIPLIT™ LED Handlebar Grip Lights.stretch on the ends-red or multi-color changing DISC-O light options...2 modes- glow (20 hours) or red flashing (25 hours) push button switch -easy replaceable 2 x 2016 3V lithium batteries are included.
 Available Now.
besides our sneakers...our SLAPIT™ LED Slap Wrap gets the most use day in and out...we even wear during daylight hours if running in the busy park...fits perfectly -with 2 modes-glow or flash. We haven't needed to replace the battery yet-(100 hours)but easy enough to do with included 2032 3V lithium coin cell. Four color options-the fabric has high vis reflective pops.





Monday, February 22, 2016

Outdoor Gear-Long Haul -Portables Part 2

PLATYPUS, HYDRAPACK, LIGHT MY FIRE, THERMOS


Space saving, potentially life saving, practical hydration solutions for those on the go...

Some Recent OR Highlights:

PLATYPUS's collapsible Meta™ Bottle with  hard upper half...and collapsible lower half- comes with a micro-filter-for safe drinking water on the go.
Meta™ Bottle...fits into palm of hand collapsed size

outstretched hard top Meta™ Bottle comes in.75L $19.95 and 1L $21.95

compact-able lower half collapses down...

Nifty 2 part design...the Microfilter-filters up to 2L/min, easy to maintain-fast -tool free backlash, up to 1000L microfilter lifetime.  Meets all EPA and NSF guidelines for the removal of 99.9999% Bacteria and 99.9% Protozoa. Quick field integrity check...system costs $49.95 Spring 2016 delivery. Scoop water with lower half-close bottle up and drink. Easy.

the 411...



LIFESTRAW...was first straw (LifeStraw®) like portable water filter with a big social giveback component (percentage of proceeds is used to provide safe drinking water in developing world)- that we remember---this new LIFESTRAW® STEEL ez to carry stainless steel  2 stage water filter (stage 1 activated carbon capsule-replaceable +stage 2 hollow fiber membrane) removes bacteria, organic chemical matter,  and protozoa-and chlorine, odor and some types of fertilizers etc...$59.95.
Filters minimum 264 gallons of water (1000 liters). FYI-not to be used with ocean water or in areas known where there is chemical contamination-like arsenic.