Despite recent dabblings in cocktails and bière, where the French are concerned, it pretty much always comes back to the noble grape. And what better place to be reminded of this glorious epicurean delectation than at the très français Sofitel Los Angeles? And so it is that the ever glamorous hotel today kicks off SOFITEL WINE DAYS: A MONTH OF FRENCH WINES, which will carry on until the eve ... Read More >

Above: STK Midtown As the battle to overcome breast cancer continues, the pair of exceedingly glamorous New York STK restaurants are offering two opportunities to join the fight, and look beautiful doing it. Tomorrow evening, September 30, The One Group’s STK Midtown (1114 6th Avenue) and STK Downtown (26 Little West 12th Street) will host The Global Party, in benefit of breast cancer... Read More >

It can almost seem as if New York and London are locked in an escalating pissing match these days, to determine which city can cut the ceremonial ribbons on the most boutique / luxury / hipster / whatever new hotels. For our part, we’re still trying to sort out who is filling all those $699 rooms. And so in a stroke of utter inevitability, hyper-fashionable London restaurateurs Chris Cor... Read More >

Skipping Work is Worth it for Brunch at Bustan

Restaurants | By. Avneet Takhar | September 23, 2014

"I'm in chocolate heaven," said Avneet. Last Friday afternoon, BlackBook staffers Emily and Avneet decided to skip out on the office and head uptown to Bustan for a mid-day feast. If you're going to go all out, this is a pretty good place to do it. We started off with guava fruit juice, which had a slightly spiced flavour and a macchiato to keep us refreshed. Garlic flatbread and blac... Read More >

Future Beekman Hotel Lures Keith McNally, Tom Colicchio

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 18, 2014

You can already sort of feel the NYC buzz being sucked down to the far reaches of Lower Manhattan. Indeed, although it won’t be opening until the autumn of 2015, the nabobs, the food nerds, the trend slaves (essentially, all those who continue to clog the corridors of The NoMad Hotel) are surely already sending themselves multiple calendar invites. The approaching epochal event? The much bu... Read More >

Ralph Lauren Wants To Make You A Latte

Restaurants | By. Ken Scrudato | September 10, 2014

If you’re living the RL lifestyle, surely you’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time checking on the thoroughbreds before settling into 12-year-old cognacs by the pre-war hearth. But Ralph has also apparently become sensitive to the reality that you would never be caught dead waiting in line at some or other soulless corporate bean purveyor. So the chap (we just know you got that pun... Read More >

W Chicago Lakeshore Unveils Swish New Look

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 8, 2014

When W debuted in 1998, it yanked the designer hotel business out of its indie cocoon and dropped it onto the NY Stock Exchange. Independent, design obsessed boutique hotels had already been popping up from Munich to Miami to Milan—but now it would be big business. Sixteen years later, there are dozens of W hotels scattered throughout the US, Europe and Asia. And, as happens, when held up to ... Read More >

All the Other Kids with the Pumped Up Rents

BlackBook | By. Taylor Ghrist | September 2, 2014

IMAGINE YOU'RE AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE LES and approximately six negronis deep. Beforehand, you may have also had maybe like three hits of the joint left back home as you were getting dressed and listening to Robbie Williams. Someone mentions Greenpoint, Brooklyn and you suddenly perk your ears out of sheer curiosity wondering what new restaurants manifest the area. Let's face the music. Brook... Read More >

Whilst flitting about the City of Light in the autumn of 2007, we caught whispers of what was purported to be a genuine cocktail bar, furtively tucked away in the not particularly trendy 2nd arrondissement. Bewildered, we set out to see if it was true. And indeed, behind a discreet door along the Rue Saint-Saveur, we found ourselves in an intimate but somewhat baroquely adorned space—with not t... Read More >

Talking Wine With Antica Terra’s Maggie Harrison

Epicurean | By. Ken Scrudato | August 15, 2014

California has long dominated the American winescape—but it’s the new generation producers from New York State and Oregon that now seem to be getting the epicurean media all hot and bothered. Willamette Valley’s Antica Terra is a particular case. Despite its Latin moniker translating as “old earth”, the very first vines were planted at Antica Terra as recently as 1989. But it was the arr... Read More >