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Mirso Lekic Relocates, Renames Renowned Il Valentino Restaurant

Mirso Lekic, owner of the well-known Upper East Side restaurant Il Valentino, is relocating to 59th St and First Avenue and renaming his establishment Il Valentino Osteria to mark the occasion. Executive Consulting Chef Erminio Conte, formerly the Executive Chef of Serafina, and Sous Chef Lauro Sucuz, formerly of Petaluma and Elios, are crafting a menu of Tuscan delicacies....

The Clam Bar, Where Catch of the Day Rules in Amagansett

The Clam Bar in Amagansett is a classic Hamptons seaside snack bar. The "catch of the day" is the order of the day. The restaurant strives to offer the freshest seafood on the South fork, served up with the ocean as a backdrop. Owner Dick Ehrlich, (who also owns The Seafood Barge on Long Island’s North Fork), has relied on the same fleet of local fishermen for more than 20 years....

Blue Sky Mediterranean Lounge: Europe in Sag Harbor

Blue Sky Mediterranean Lounge in Sag Harbor will open in May at the former site of Spinnakers. Executive Chef and Managing Partner Giuseppe “Beppe” Desiderio teams up with owner Jerry Wawryk to serve reasonably priced Mediterranean cuisine. The light and airy restaurant features French windows, bright-whitewashed walls with blue accents and banquettes, skylights, an indoor patio and rotating art exhibits....

The Beacon Offers the ‘Best of Summer Dining’ in Sag Harbor

As the sun sets over Sag Harbor Cove on summer nights, The Beacon in Sag Harbor has a ‘spectacular’ view according to the Zagat Survey. Watching the boats glide by from tables on The Beacon’s second-story deck sets the stage for a perfect sunset dining experience. But Joanne Starkey of The New York Times doesn't call The Beacon “the best of summer dining” just because of its view. ...

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....

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Keith Girard is Editor and Publisher of TheImproper, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment pop culture and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post among other media positions.

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