Legendary restaurateur Artie Cutler's (of Carmine's, Docks, Ollie's, Virgils, Gabriela's, Jake's, Columbia Bagel's) last project was to build a great 1930s New York Jewish delicatessen. When Artie passed away his wife Alice and her brother Carl joined Jeffrey Bank and Chris Metz to finish this project. To rediscover and recreate the flavors of 1930s homestyle Jewish cooking, Jeffrey and Chris tried hundreds of heirloom recipes and talked with people who lived through the era.
The research paid off. Artie's Delicatessen, which opened October 1999 as a tribute to Artie, heralds the comeback of a heritage almost lost. Overflowing with hanging salamis, house cured corned beef, pastrami made from a secret recipe and other traditional deli meats, it is a nosher's wonderland. And Artie's hand made hot dogs and knishes from the grill are not to be missed. Yet Artie's wine list is contemporary; the service staff is young and knowledgeable and the music up-beat and hip.
"At the center of Così is our hearth, an open-flame stone oven prominently displayed in each restaurant, reminiscent of a comfortable gathering place where people have met for centuries to enjoy good food and conversation. Our signature flatbread is based on a two millennia-old recipe, similar to the breads first produced by the Romans.
Così's sandwiches are made to order with fresh ingredients and our own, distinctive sauces and spreads, nestled in our signature flatbread. Our salads are equally surprising, tossed to order. Rounding out our innovative menu are a variety of delicious soups, bagels, our unique flatbread pizza, gourmet beverages and desserts. Something for everyone to enjoy any time of day."
Luzia's Restaurant is a Portuguese jewel on the Upper West Side, hidden amongst the many average "pasta places" in the neighborhood. Upon entering, the modest space greets patrons with a handcrafted bar, laid beneath a faux terracotta roof. To the left is the dining room, under a brick archway.Executive Chef Rui Santo, who was classically trained in Portugal, has created a menu rich in tradition and style, while allowing guests to experience individual tastes and aromas his dishes bare. Grilled Portuguese Sardines - served over salad with roast potatoes and vegetables, and the Special Portuguese Fish Stew - with striped bass or red snapper, clams mussels and shrimp in a light tomato broth are two wonderful selections. Tapas from all parts of Spain are introduced to patrons as well, and folks are welcome to try them "al fresco" in the warmer summer months.When you taste the unusual home-cooked style dishes at this inexpensive and cozy spot, you will swear you have been transported to Portugal. Perfect for a first date or a family get-together, this Luzia's features a very friendly staff. There are plenty of beef, poultry and seafood entrees, as well as a wine list that includes Portuguese choices.