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Sebastian Junger’s The Half King: Bar Fare That’s a Cut Above

One of the best things about New York is the wide variety of restaurants and bars in practically every neighborhood. But the restaurant business is notoriously tough, and if you don’t deliver on quality food at good prices, you won’t stay open long. One place that has the formula down is the Half King Bar & Restaurant in Manhattan. It offers bar fare that easily matches the quality of entrees found in higher end restaurants, but at reasonable prices....

Chris Miller, NYC’s ‘Steak Whisperer,’ Opens Steakhouse in Sutton Place

Chris Miller, New York’s “steak whisperer” and long-time executive chef at Bobby Van’s, has opened Four Cuts Steakhouse in Manhattan. He brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to the table. Miller was Bobby Van’s Executive Chef for 13 years, capping a career that included stints at Mortimer’s, Bryant Park Grill, and Ben Benson’s Steakhouse....

Village Prime, Creative, Yet Not Pretentious Steak & Seafood

Village Prime has opened its doors on Bleecker St. n Manhattan’s trendy Greenwich Village on a bet that downtown hipsters and tourists alike will find it’s “creative yet non-pretentious” steak and seafood menu a welcome alternative. The menu is the work of executive chef Rory O’Farrell. He’s a familiar figure to those who follow the New York restaurant scene....

Union Cantina Turns Mexican Cuisine Into a High Art in Southampton Village

Ian Duke and David Hilty, two well-known Hamptonians who own the Southampton Social Club, are the moving force behind Union Cantina, a restaurant that takes Mexican cuisine to the next level. And did we mention, a cocktail menu with more than 100 kinds of tequila? Executive Chef Scott Kampf, who’s been featured on the Food Network’s “Iron Chefs of America,” oversees Union Cantina’s kitchen. He’s well known to local patrons. He also heads the Social Club’s kitchen....