Coq Au Vin

Before I begin, a shout-out is warranted for the kitchen skills performed by my Sous-chef for this dish. “The Croc” did an amazing job when it came time to “Feed The Beast”. If you ever saw the film “Donnie Brasco”, this is the dish that Lefty Ruggiero is making for Christmas dinner. Lefty says to…

Pastavino Reopens!

With all the Covid restrictions placed on the food industry in New York City, many restaurants were forced to close. Some never recovered and their doors will not open again. Gratefully earlier this month Pastavino beat all odds and reopened in full force. This upscale Italian restaurant is located on the north shore of Staten…

“The Beast” Goes Head To Head With Bistro Niko

When on the prowl, dining at several restaurants in a short span of time, there is always one that surpasses the rest. On our maiden voyage to Atlanta the meal that topped them all was our experience at Bistro Niko located in Buckhead Atlanta. This restaurant is part of a group of restaurants owned by…

Ho’ Brah “A Taco Joint”

With indoor dining finally open, “The Beast” needed to be out on the prowl. On the North Shore of Staten Island in the dead center of Forest Avenue is Ho’ Brah. They also have locations on New Dorp Lane in Staten Island and in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Once you walk through the doors of this…

Chicken And Sausage Gumbo

I’m Gumbo Dammit!! There is nothing like a hot bowl of Gumbo to warm up the insides. It is a dish that sticks to your ribs as the saying goes. Gumbo is a dish that was created in the 1700’s from Louisiana combining influences from many different cultures. Gumbo had become very popular because it…

“The Beast” down on the Bayou

With Mardi Gras still in the air, “The Beast” felt compelled to recognize Bayou restaurant on Staten Island, New York. At 1072 Bay St. Staten Island, NY 10305 sits a restaurant with such authentic New Orleans fare, that you forget where you are. As you step off Bay Street and walk through the doors, you…

Dosa Garden

Looking to support all types of local restaurants during “NYC Restaurant Week To Go”, it was time to indulge in one of “The Beast’s” favorite cuisines. It was a perfect night to order from an Indian restaurant. After looking at different Yelp reviews and speaking to people from the area, it was settled. Dinner was…