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Weekend Whets 5/9

Community Eats, Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Industry City Bush Terminal, 233 37th Street, Brooklyn:  Gluten-free food fair.  $15-$20.

Lobster De Mayo, Saturday, May 10, 2014, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Capitale, 130 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  Lobster dishes like tacos and ceviche by popular area restaurants.  $295+.

Shuckin’ Awesome! A Sustainable Oyster Throwdown, Sunday, May 11, 2014, 6 p.m., SUSHISAMBA, West Village, Manhattan: Raw oyster creations from four acclaimed New York City chefs with open bar. $65.

Taste of Bayside, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Castle Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Queens:  Sample from Bayside restaurants.  $35.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Salon Selects: Honey Tasting, May 18, 2014, 2 p.m., 12-turn-13
Brooklyn: 
Sample honeys from around the world.  $40.

The Slurpy, Messy History of Ramen with George Solt, Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street (between Park and Lexington), Upper East Side, Manhattan:   Author of  The Untold History of Ramen:  How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze discusses ramen.  Reception and ramen samples.  Ticket prices vary.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Taste of Sunnyside, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Queens Blvd/46th Street, under elevated 7 train, 4612 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, Queens:  Celebrate the diversity of Sunnyside cuisine.  $30 General Admission/$60 VIP.

Sake Dinner 2014, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Tocqueville Restaurant, 1 East 15th Street, Flatiron, Manhattan:  Ten course menu with sake pairing by Chefs Masato Shimitzu of 15 East and Jason Lawless of Tocqueville.  $300.

5th Annual Crawfish Boil, Saturday, May 31, 2014, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m., Sycamore Flowershop + Bar,1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn:  $25 for a large bucket of crawfish and a pint of seasonal Abita Beer.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Make Chocolate From Scratch, Saturday, June 14, 2014, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MakerBar, Hoboken, NJ:  Professional chocolatier leads class on how to make chocolate.  $50.

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Weekend Whets 9/20

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87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Thursday, September 12, 2013 through Sunday, September 22, 2013, Little Italy, Manhattan:  Italian festival with Italian food vendors, games and entertainment.

delicious pizza with creamy mozzarella from Italian Food Center on Mulberry Street

delicious pizza with creamy mozzarella from Italian Food Center booth on Mulberry Street

Culinary Class:  Ravioli, Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center:  Learn how to make ravioli with four different fillings such as cheese, spinach, mushrooms and squash.  $50-$60.

Viva La Comida!, Friday, September 20, 2013, 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens:  Celebration of the area’s local businesses.  Food vendors, food trucks, music and pop up shops.

First Annual Lobstah Palooza, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Well, 272 Meserole Street, Brooklyn:  Full lobster dinner and DJs.  $35-$40.

Stone Street Oyster Festival, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Noon to 6 p.m., Stone Street, Lower Manhattan:  Part of New York Oyster Week.  A party with music and oysters.

Taste of the West Village 2013, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., The Yard at P.S.41, Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street, West Village:  Sample cuisine from West Village restaurants.  Tickets $40.

The Ultimate Peruvian Experience, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7 p.m., Raymi Restaurant, Manhattan:  Afro-Peruvian music and 3-course meal. $65.

A Dinner for Haiti, Sunday, September 22, 2013, Louro, West Village:  Nossa Mesa Supper Club at Louro restaurant features a Haitian-inspired menu.  $65.

Celebrity Chef Benefit Dinner at Hearth, Monday, September 23, 2013, 7 p.m., Hearth, Manhattan:  Seven course dinner with each course prepared by a different celebrity chef, including Michael Symon.  All proceeds will go directly to A Life Story Foundation.  Tickets $325.

Tasting Table’s Macaroon Workshop with Danny Macaroons, Monday, September 23, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tasting Table Test Kitchen and Dining Room, 495 Broome Street, Manhattan:  Learn how to make coconut macaroons from Danny Cohen of Danny Macaroons.  $50 ticket includes macaroon demonstration and workshop, reception with small bites and cocktails, a box of your own macaroons and a signed copy of Danny’s new book, The Macaroon Bible.  Must be a subscriber of Tasting Table.

Chef’s Table with Jimmy Bradley, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sur la table, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan:  Chef/owner of The Red Cat prepares dishes and serves them as each is prepared.

Fall Feast, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m., 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry), Nolita:  Farm to table dinner featuring Union Square Greenmarket items.  $55.

11th Annual Taste of the Village, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Village:  Over 30 local food and wine vendors and jazz.  Tickets $50.

Savor the Season, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m . to 10 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan:  Celebrate 20 years of Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets in New York City with tastings from chefs and restaurants north of 96th Street, including Marcus Samuelsson.

The Joy of Sake, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m . to 9 p.m., The Altman Building (135 W 18th Street), Manhattan:  Sake tasting. Tickets $95.

Le Fooding, Friday, September 27, 2013, and Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn:  Time’Mach’Inn dinners with menus celebrating food trends in recent decades in NYC.

Grand Central Oyster Bar’s Oyster Frenzy, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Smoke @ ICC, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pier 57 at 15th Street, Manhattan:  Teams from around the country compete to smoke the best brisket in 4 categories.  Public tasting, beer garden and live music.  Tickets $65.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

Taste of France, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.,  and Sunday, September 29, 2013, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Midtown, Manhattan:  A celebration of all things French with cooking demos and tastings.

OCTOBER

The Big Smoke, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  A menu of smoked meats and beer from Brooklyn Brewery.  Tickets $45.

Plate by Plate: Project by Project NY’s Annual Tasting Benefit , Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho:  Charity event showcasing New York’s premier restaurants. Tickets $150.

North:  Nordic Food Festival, October 2 through 7, 2013, various locations, NYC:  Celebrate Nordic cuisine with lunches/dinners by Scandinavian chefs and cooking classes with Scandinavian chefs.

3rd Annual EscapeMaker’s Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, Saturday, October 5, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Borough Hall, Brooklyn:  Exhibitors who are within a 50-mile radius of Brooklyn will be exhibiting.  Tastings and a special Made in Brooklyn market.

Slow U – Sustainable Seafood (Sashimi and More), Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m., International Culinary Center (formerly known as the French Culinary Institute), 462 Broadway, Manhattan:  Enjoy sushi as you learn about sustainable local fisheries and the family fishermen.

Slice Out Hunger, Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6 p.m., St Anthony’s Church – 154 Sullivan St (at Houston), Soho:  Sponsors match every dollar spent for Food Bank For New York City.  Tickets are $1 each.  Pizzerias include Lombardi’s, Rubirosa, John’s, Grimaldi’s, Joe’s, DiFara, Arturo’s and more.

Italian Restaurant Week, October 10-17, 2013, Brooklyn:  Celebrate Italian Heritage Month and Columbus Day with some Italian food in Brooklyn.

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop, October 13, 2013, 12:30 p.m., Fabriscope, 41 Willow Place, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make sugar skulls for Day of the Dead Mexican holiday.  $50.

Tasting Table Presents an Evening with Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, Friday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tasting Table Test Kitchen and Dining Room, 495 Broome Street, Floor 2, Manhattan:  Chefs sign their cookbook.  Ticket includes cookbook, canapes, unlimited drinks.  $60.

Chocabaret:  A Chocolate Tasting Set to Music, Sunday, October 20, 2013, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Midtown:  Chocolate tasting and singing by Chef Jackie Gordon.  $60.

Get My Goat, October 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m., The Farm on Adderley,
1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn:  The Farm on Adderley and Slow Food NYC feature a dinner menu with goat including roasted goat, goat cheese and goat’s milk. $30.

Plates for Change: Neighbors Together’s Fall Chef Showcase, October 30, 2013, 6 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn:  Event featuring the signature dishes of New York restaurants, such as David Chang’s Momofuku, Ryan Angulo’s Buttermilk Channel and Jehangir Mehta’s Graffiti.  Event honors filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, co-directors of A Place at the Table, a documentary about the effects of consumer insecurity in the food industry.

Weekend Whets 8/30

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Bacon! Beer! Tasting! All You Can Eat/Drink!, Saturday, August 31, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan:  All kinds of bacon dishes and games and prizes. Tickets $50.

Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, Hester Street Fair, Saturday, August 31, 2013, noon to 10 p.m., Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  North Brooklyn vendors showcased at Hester Street Fair.

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Vendy Awards, Saturday, September 7, 2013:  Visit site to see list of nominees and how to buy tickets.

LongHouse Food Revival, Saturday, September 7, 2013, and Sunday, September 8, 2013, LongHouse Barn, 83 Steward Road, Berne, New York:  Thought leaders in food gather to discuss how food stories are told.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

Toast Of Brooklyn–A Wine and Food Festival 2013, Saturday, September 14, 2013, Brooklyn:  Wine and food from Brooklyn restaurants and crafts from around the world.

Dinner with Friends III at Wythe Hotel, Monday, September 16, 2013 through Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn:  Chef Francis Mallmann visits New York City from Argentina and cooks with Chef Sean Rembold at Reynard in the Wythe Hotel. $195.

Taste of the West Village 2013, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., The Yard at P.S.41, Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street, West Village:  Sample cuisine from West Village restaurants.  Tickets $40.

The Ultimate Peruvian Experience, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7 p.m., Raymi Restaurant, Manhattan:  Afro-Peruvian music and 3-course meal. $65.

11th Annual Taste of the Village, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Village:  Over 30 local food and wine vendors and jazz.  Tickets $50.

Savor the Season, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m . to 10 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan:  Celebrate 20 years of Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets in New York City with tastings from chefs and restaurants north of 96th Street, including Marcus Samuelsson.

The Joy of Sake, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m . to 9 p.m., The Altman Building (135 W 18th Street), Manhattan:  Sake tasting. Tickets $95.

Le Fooding, Friday, September 27, 2013, and Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn:  Time’Mach’Inn dinners with menus celebrating food trends in recent decades in NYC.

Grand Central Oyster Bar’s Oyster Frenzy, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Smoke @ ICC, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pier 57 at 15th Street, Manhattan:  Teams from around the country compete to smoke the best brisket in 4 categories.  Public tasting, beer garden and live music.  Tickets $65.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

North:  Nordic Food Festival, October 2 through 7, 2013, various locations, NYC:  Celebrate Nordic cuisine with lunches/dinners by Scandinavian chefs and cooking classes with Scandinavian chefs.

3rd Annual EscapeMaker’s Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, Saturday, October 5, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Borough Hall, Brooklyn:  Exhibitors who are within a 50-mile radius of Brooklyn will be exhibiting.  Tastings and a special Made in Brooklyn market.

Weekend Whets 8/2

Rosa Mexicano

On my visit to Rosa Mexicano’s Ice Cream Festival opening night, I got the ice cream selection.  From left to right:  plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl.  If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery.  The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me.  My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch.  I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival, July 31, 2013, through August 25, 2013, local locations in Manhattan and Hackensack, NJ:  Try homemade Mexican paletas, or ice pops; raspado, or Mexican snow cones; ice cream desserts like ice cream stuffed churros or ice cream and sorbet in flavors inspired by Mexican cuisine.

Paper’s Super Duper Market, Friday, August 2, 2013, through Sunday, August 4, 2013, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. on Saturday, 268 Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince, Manhattan:  Try artisanal food from around the country.  Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco’s delicious ice cream, will be back this year, yum!  I loved it last year.

Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza, Saturday, August 3, 2013 and Sunday, August 4, 2013, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Try organic and interesting flavors of ice cream from Brooklyn and beyond.

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

The Billion Oyster Project, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7 p.m., Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park:  Take a look at the park’s oyster gardens and discuss the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School’s plan to put a billion oysters back in New York Harbor.

Short Stack Eggs Bookbinding Party, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6 p.m., Kitchensurfing Townhouse, 456 Carroll Street, Brooklyn:  Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about ingredients.  This party will feature Ian Knauer, renowned cookbook author and writer, who will prepare some of the recipes from his Eggs book while attendees stitch their own book.

The NYC Taco Challenge, Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Studio Arte, 17th Floor, 265 West 37th Street, Midtown Manhattan:  Tasting and judging of six different tacos.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, through Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

How to Prepare a Korean Feast, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make kimchi and shop for a Korean feast.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

Dinner: Keens Steakhouse

Things are great at Keens Steakhouse.  It won a James Beard “America’s Classics” award this year, and since then, business has really been booming.  Not that the 128-year-old steakhouse needed an award–it’s obviously doing something right.  And that’s steak…atmosphere…service…and dessert.

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Speaking of atmosphere, the first thing(s) you notice when you step down the steps, besides the dark wood, is/are the thousands of pipes, yes, pipes, hanging all over the ceiling.

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The history is that travelers would check their pipe in at their favorite inn because the pipes were too fragile to be carried.  They are hard clay churchwarden pipes, and famous names like Babe Ruth, Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein had pipes at Keens.  Right by the door, there’s a case, including an autographed pipe from Michael Jackson and other present-day celebrities.

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I didn’t know about this history before eating at Keens, so it was an interesting, fun history to learn.

My dinner at Keens was a belated birthday dinner with a friend.  I was instantly pleased that along with a bread basket and butter, we got veggies and spinach dip for a somewhat clean-eating snack.  (Hey, we needed some celery before this meal.)

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For appetizers, we got littleneck clams on the half shell.

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Tomatoes and onion salad with blue stilton cheese.  I like that there was just a sprinkling of cheese on the tomatoes and onion.  Just the right amount of flavor.

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Thick-cut smoked bacon.  My friend ordered this.  I’m not a bacon fan, but I decided to take a taste.  Oh wow, this was so smoky and flavorful.  This is definitely not your average bacon of bacon and eggs….

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Keens is known for its mutton chop, but I wanted steak.  I know I’m not a big steak eater, but lately, I’ve been enjoying it.  So I got the steamed Maine lobster and filet mignon.  The lobster was perfect and delicious.  The filet mignon was cooked to my liking.  It was very good–not as tender as the one I recently had at the Old Homestead, but still excellent.

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My friend got the prime rib of beef, king’s cut.

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For sides, we got mashed Yukon gold potatoes and creamed spinach.  I like mashed potatoes without garlic, so I was very happy with these.  I also liked the creamed spinach best of all I’ve had recently.

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We were pretty full after this meal, but our waiter talked us into a dessert.  Yes, the butterscotch sundae, with housemade butterscotch sauce made with real scotch.  They brought it with a birthday candle for me.

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OK, I usually find steakhouse desserts boring, like the standard cheesecake, chocolate cake, key lime pie…but this sundae takes the cake…er, ice cream.

This butterscotch sauce was sooooo good, we both want to come back and get our own.  I wanted to get a close-up so you could see it better.

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Yes, there is a reason Keens has been in business for more than a century, and that is because it serves classic food that is delicious.

Dinner: Delta Grill

New Orleans-themed Delta Grill on 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen is one of the avenue’s more popular haunts.  From the outside, it looks like a dive bar, but the menu is surprisingly more upscale with prices to match.

For starters, we got the lobster mac and cheese, which was delish.

lobster mac and cheese

For my entrée, I got the shrimp and grits. The grits were cooked just the way I like them–creamy. Of course, they were New Orleans style, so they had a hot kick to them. I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, so I would’ve preferred them without the heat.  However, this dish was very good.

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My friend absolutely loved the ribs.

Delta Grill

Cool Food Blog

Lobster Gal is a very cool food blog chronicling one women’s quest to try every lobster roll in New England.  With summer on its way, lobster rolls are the perfect summer sandwich.  The blog has a great search function to search by location–Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; by mayo or butter; or by roll quality such as claw or claw and tail meat.  For the lobster roll aficionado, this is the site.  She even reviews some NYC lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster, John Dory Oyster Bar and Ed’s Lobster Bar.  A great resource for your summer eating!