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NYC and Wine

NYC is, among many things, the cultural hub of the United States. As a hotbed of artistic and creative energy, it’s no wonder that New York’s culinary achievements follow suit. But what enabled The City That Never Sleeps to become the wine capital of the Country? With sommeliers flown in from the world over, The Big Apple is the destination for an enterprising wine enthusiast.

Before the recession hit Las Vegas’ restaurant scene in 2008, it was the top spot for the discerning diner. Rivaling Manhattan for those looking for four-star cuisine, Vegas had been hit hard by the economy, and forced to shift their focus away from fine dining. With no competition to draw sommeliers away, New York reclaimed their position at the top of the list for dining destinations. Now, experts are turning down work overseas in London and Asia, once considered the opportunity of a lifetime, to stay in New York.

The expanded size of NYC restaurants, allowing for 150 seats as opposed to the traditional 50, was initially viewed as a recipe for failure. The increase in size was Ari Kellenprimarily considered a negative because it would detract from the personal, close-quarters dining experience expected of a four-star restaurant. However, the larger floor space allowed for room to be used more efficiently, and the employ of several wine stewards thanks to the ample resources afforded by the increase in guest capacity. The more wine enthusiasts enjoying a night out, the more opportunities for trained professionals to ensure their needs are met.

While wine is considered to be the cornerstone of a good meal, it can often lead to rather high prices when acquiring quality bottles en mass. The NYC sommeliers have taken this into account, and oftentimes vary their selection to run the gamut from top shelf brands to more affordable, but still quality bottles. While a sommeliers services are still valuable to the private collector looking to bolster their own collection, you can still enjoy a quality night out in New York that meets your refined taste.

A Cut Above: The Best Steak in NYC

A well-known and successful steakhouse is about to attempt its east coast debut in the biggest city in the east, New York. Mastro’s, a chain that started in Scottsdale, Arizona has enjoyed success in sunny California and is ready to expand to hungry parts of the country. With their sites set on one of the most competitive markets in the world, Mastro’s will have to compete with a number of other institutions. Steak staples like Morton’s, Del Friscos, Bobby Van’s, and Shula’s make up a fraction of the Michelin-rated competitioAri kellenn waiting for Mastro’s in NYC.

With unique interiors that differ from city to city, you can expect a new experience in each Mastro’s. New York’s decadent restaurant is filled with dark wood furniture and low lighting. Echoing the image of a 50’s New York City steakhouse, the calm and dark demeanor sets this location apart; proving Mastro’s understands how to feed the Big Apple. With a stylistic flair to set itself above the competition, how does Mastro’s meat measure up to the test? Are they serious business, or more sizzle than steak?

Each strip of beautifully cut steak comes from naturally raised, grass fed cows. Though this place is sure to cost a pretty penny, each bite is well worth the hit to your wallet and waistline. Starting at just over $50 and ending around $150, these steaks are for those who know what they want. Additionally, to keep your gorgeous steak company on the plate are sides cooked to perfection. Whether you prefer mashed potatoes with just the right amount of garlic or steamed vegetables, Mastro’s has you covered. For steak connoisseurs looking to taste some of the best in New York City, look no further than the charming Mastro’s for your next meal.

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