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Thursday, February 22, 2018

#2018 #PeachysPicks #WhomYouKnow #Cuisine #NewYork #Food #Wine Top Peachy's Picks 2018 #Best #Manhattan #Restaurants According to Whom You Know Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins @microgreens

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Pioneers of Dining Out in the Deegan Family

In Chronological Order According to When Peachy's Picks was Achieved.  The year reflects the year the restaurant joined Peachy's Picks.  Of course if you see a restaurant owner's picture more than once, it reflects that they own more than one successful restaurant.  All pictures are only with owners.

Kings' Carriage House 
The Leopard at Des Artistes 
Il Gattopardo 

El Pote 
Frankie and Johnnie's 
Da Tommasso 
Le Marais 
Fabio Cucina Italiana 
NOTE: This is the first restaurant in the nine years we have done this to resurrect successfully.  The original review reflects the old restaurant which no longer exists but we are publishing the link, evidencing the history.  The upcoming review will be Spiga-To-Go, where you should go now.


Da Nico 

The Marshal 

Lexington Candy Shop 
Old Town Bar and Restaurant
Flinders Lane, now also in Stamford, Connecticut

Mozzarella E Vino 


District Tap House 
Talia's Steakhouse 

Dianne and Elisabeth 

These met the following criteria:
They have outperformed their competitors, and their owners are among the most competitive, talented, sincere and are there in person and consistently demonstrate they care the most. Additionally, they are nice people and you would want to visit them and their delicious culinary endeavors. 

We have visited them all within the last year to ensure they are staying on top of their game and each time this list is published it reflects a higher degree of difficulty.

There are other restaurants we enjoy, however, since we do not assign number ranks we believe you should know the best of the best on a qualitative basis. Many restaurants come and go in Manhattan but these are here to stay we believe.

We are going to periodically come out with this kind of list.

2017 List:
2010 List:



Principal photography begins today on “The Goldfinch,” Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios’ highly anticipated film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed best-selling novel, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The drama is being directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley (“Brooklyn”) and features a multigenerational cast led by Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) as Theo Decker and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Big Little Lies”) as Mrs. Barbour. “The Goldfinch” is being produced by Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films, “American Crime Story”) and Brad Simpson (“World War Z,” “American Crime Story”) under their Color Force banner. Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda and Sue Kroll are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), based on the book by Donna Tartt, which spent 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Theodore “Theo” Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch. The film also stars Oakes Fegley (“Pete’s Dragon”) as Young Theo, Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk”) as Boris, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things,” “It”) as Young Boris, with Sarah Paulson (“The Post,” “American Crime Story”) as Xandra, Luke Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”) as Larry, and Jeffrey Wright (“The Hunger Games” films) as Hobie. The film’s main ensemble cast also includes Ashleigh Cummings (“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”) as Pippa, Willa Fitzgerald (“Little Women”) as Kitsey Barbour, Aimee Laurence (“Chicago P.D.”) as Young Pippa, Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”) as Lucius Reeve, Peter Jacobson (“Colony”) as Mr. Silver, Luke Kleintank (“The Man in the High Castle”) as Platt Barbour, Joey Slotnick (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) as Dave, Robert Joy (“CSI: NY”) as Welty, and newcomer Ryan Foust as Andy. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes multiple Oscar-nominated director of photography Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Sicario,” “Unbroken”), Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (“Her”), costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone (“Bridge of Spies,” upcoming “Ready Player One”), and editor Kelley Dixon (“Breaking Bad”). Slated for release on October 11, 2019, the film is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Amazon Studios, a Color Force Production, a John Crowley Film. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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NYSE: HLT) collection brands continue to make their mark on the world, kicking off 2018 with more than 75 hotels in the combined Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton pipeline.1

Curio Collection comprises nearly 50 one-of-a-kind, upper upscale hotels around the world and will be opening more in exciting destinations such as Portland, Ore., Costa Rica and Iceland. Tapestry Collection, which launched last year, will more than double its existing portfolio of independent, upscale hotels and open in landmark cities such as Washington, D.C.

“Our robust pipeline will soon bring Curio Collection by Hilton to over 100 hotels and resorts by 2020,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Through our expansion, travelers will be able to experience authentic travel moments all while reaping the benefits of our award-winning Hilton Honors loyalty program in new destinations around the world.”

Hilton will welcome the following hotels to its collection brand portfolios in early 2018:
Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton: The first hotel to join Curio Collection in 2018, nestled in the idyllic village of Saranac Lake, N.Y., this property boasts 102 newly renovated rooms and an on-site restaurant, bar and outdoor lounge. The breathtaking waterfront and local shops are a quick walk away.
The city of love will welcome two hotels: Niepce Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton and Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton. Both properties are rich with Parisian history and décor, and short distances away from the Eiffel Tower, Rue de Rennes shopping street and renowned art galleries.
Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton: In the location of a historic 1900s department store, the new charming property boasts eclectic architecture maintaining elements of the former building with a modern nod to Icelandic culture and is steps from Harpa Concert Hall, Parliament and local attractions.
The Porter Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton: Soaring 16 stories above the bustling Fountain District, the hotel is steps away from premier shops, top restaurants and the Willamette River. Enjoy the boutique rooms, rooftop bar, spa and 10,111 square feet of unique indoor/outdoor event space.
Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton: Located in the vibrant and historical city of San Jose, the hotel sits adjacent to the pedestrian boulevard Avenida Central and overlooks the National Theatre. Its location steps away from local cafés, shops, museums and tourist attractions, combined with the thoughtful amenities throughout the property, make this an ideal retreat.
The Graham Hotel Washington DC, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Situated in the heart of Georgetown, one of D.C.’s most affluent and historic areas, guests can explore important landmarks, prestigious universities, the Potomac River waterfront and numerous independent shops and restaurants.
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Located in downtown Wilmington, N.C., this revamped property sits along the Cape Fear waterfront, provides views of the historic USS North Carolina Battleship, and has access to the bustling Riverwalk and boardwalk.

“Finishing an impressive first year, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will continue to offer travelers upscale independent hotel experiences unique to their destination by more than doubling the collection in its second year,” said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

In addition to the above scheduled openings and conversions, franchise licensed agreements have recently been signed to add the following hotels to Curio Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton:
The Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton: As the first Curio Collection by Hilton property in Louisiana, this 230-room hotel is scheduled for completion in 2019. The property, in collaboration with the internationally-ranked National WWII Museum, will help to host an influx of national and international visitors.
The Rose Hotel Chicago, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Set to open in November 2018, the new property will feature 165 stylish guest rooms, 5,000 square feet of flexible and high technology meeting space, and a comfortable and contemporary bar/lounge area. The art-inspired boutique hotel design will allow guests to make the most of their travel by stimulating ideas and providing highly personalized service. The spaces and design create an atmosphere of collaboration and strong connections, and enriches guests’ lives through art.
The Melbourne Downtown Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Anticipated to open in 2020, the 156-guest-room boutique hotel will incorporate design from award-winning EoA (Malcolm Berg) and feature a stylish rooftop bar/lounge with 360-degree water and city views. The property will welcome visitors and residents alike to the historic downtown district in Melbourne, Fla., a city known for its thriving aerospace, technology and healthcare employers, as well as beautiful beaches and outdoor activities.
The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Located in the hip Belltown neighborhood in the seaport city of Seattle, The Sound Hotel is scheduled to open in 2019. The hotel will be managed by The Hotel Group, based in Seattle, Wash. and is being developed as part of a 42-story mixed-use building which will incorporate elegantly designed one- and two-bedroom contemporary rental apartments. The 142-room hotel will be located on floors one through 10 with a first-floor lobby and restaurant. Located on floor seven will be a bar/lounge, pre-function space and 770 square feet of meeting space. The Sound Hotel is located near some of the most popular attractions in Seattle, including The Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, the Pacific Science Center, The Puget Sound, art galleries, plentiful shopping, dining, entertainment and some of the world’s largest technology corporations.
The Sire, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: The 41-room boutique hotel is slated to open mid-2018 in the heart of Lexington, Ky. A one-of-a-kind hotel in the Gratz Park garden district, The Sire embodies Lexington’s uncompromising love for rarified yet rustic living. The historic property is filled with world-class amenities to offer a unique, upscale experience for the modern traveler. The Sire will welcome guests to Lexington’s heritage by encapsulating them in a neighborhood that has been home to some of America’s most iconic statesmen, like 19th Century Senator and Speaker of the House Henry Clay, and moreover, The Sire’s central location will make for an easy walk down to popular attractions in the Horse Capital of the World.

1 Figures as of October 2017 Q3 earnings report

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton (, launched in 2014, is a global portfolio of nearly 50 remarkable, upper upscale hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character and personality. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking one-of-a-kind discoveries and authentic experiences, all supported by Hilton and its award-winning Hilton Honors program. Read the latest Curio Collection stories at

About Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Tapestry Collection by Hilton (, launched in 2017, is a portfolio of original upscale hotels that caters to guests seeking reliability and value in their independent hotel choices, with each stay backed by the reassurance of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton Honors program. 

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. 


MLB clubs rally to support Parkland (FL) community and student body of Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. Clubs to wear caps of Stoneman Douglas Eagles baseball team during pregame of first Spring Training games on Friday, February 23rd; Teams also may wear caps in Friday's games

Major League Baseball today announced that all MLB Clubs will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team during pregame (e.g., batting practice, lineups and National Anthem) of Spring Training games on Friday, February 23rd. The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers will wear their caps on Saturday, February 24th as they are not scheduled to play on Friday. Additionally, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has approved the use of the caps during Friday's games as well as Saturday for the Royals and Rangers.

Commissioner Manfred said: "Major League Baseball is proud to see our Clubs supporting the Parkland community and the students of Stoneman Douglas in a way that is both meaningful and natural to our sport. The idea began with several of our Grapefruit League Clubs and quickly turned into a league-wide effort. We hope this demonstration by our teams, players, coaches and umpires helps contribute to the healing process of everyone affected by this horrible tragedy."

New Era, the Official On-Field Cap of Major League Baseball, produced the more than 2,500 caps that will be worn by all players, managers, coaches and umpires. Following the Spring Training games, Clubs may also have the caps signed and then auctioned to benefit funds related to assisting victims and families of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas on February 14th. Many Clubs will be donating proceeds of the auction to the Broward Education Foundation, which established the official Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund. More information can be found at

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Oakland A's pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo and Colorado Rockies third base prospect Colton Welker are alumni of Stoneman Douglas High School.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#FashionAlert #WhomYouKnow @LVMH Prize 2018 for Young Fashion Designers : LVMH reveals the list of the 20 designers shortlisted for the semi-final Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

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The success of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers continues to grow, and this year, more than 1,300 applicants were received from over 90 countries around the world.

Since its 2014 launch, the Prize has been considered a true supporter for young design talents and been met with tremendous success internationally. Now in its fifth year, it has confirmed its wide appeal and has become an inspiring outlet for young fashion designers.

Applications closed on February 5th and 20 designers have been shortlisted for the semi-final by the Prize selection committee, headed by Delphine Arnault, who states: “Each year, more young designers from all over the world are inspired by the Prize. For the 2018 edition, we have selected 20 young designers from China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. They will all join us in Paris on March 1st and 2nd to show their collections. Once more, womenswear is especially well represented, alongside menswear. Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the Prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion. Among the 20 brands selected, 6 are headed by design duos. The designs of the 20 semi-finalists reflect the current trends in fashion, where streetwear is progressing and continues to shape designs that challenge traditional categories, borrowing from menswear and womenswear. With this Prize, LVMH confirms its ongoing commitment to supporting young fashion designers and places the spotlight on tomorrow’s talents.”

Of the 20 designers shortlisted for the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize, 8 are womenswear designers, 4 are menswear designers, 2 design both womenswear and menswear, and 6 gender-neutral fashion. The shortlist will be invited to meet the 48 international fashion experts who will select the 8 finalists during a showroom presentation held on March 1st and 2nd in Paris.

The LVMH Prize will be awarded next June 2018 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Additionally, the Prize for Young Fashion Graduates will distinguish 3 young graduates with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to join one of the Houses of the group for one year. Applications remain open until May 15th on


A-COLD-WALL by Samuel Ross (British designer based in London). Menswear showing in London.

AKIKOAOKI by Akiko Aoki (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear showing in Tokyo.

BOTTER by Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh (Dutch designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.

CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London). Womenswear and menswear showing in London.

DOUBLET by Masayuki Ino (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Tokyo.

ECKHAUS LATTA by Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus (American designers based in New York and Los Angeles). Womenswear and menswear showing in New York.

EDDA by Edda Gimnes (Norwegian designer based in Oslo). Womenswear showing in London.

ERNEST W. BAKER by Reid Baker & Ines Amorim (American and Portuguese designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.

FAUSTINE STEINMETZ by Faustine Steinmetz (French designer based in London). Gender-neutral fashion showing in London.

GMBH by Serhat Isik & Benjamin Alexander Huseby (German and Norwegian designers based in Berlin). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.

KWAIDAN EDITIONS by Léa Dickely & Hung La (French and American-Vietnamese designers based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.

LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN by Ludovic de Saint Sernin (French designer based in Paris). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.

MAGDA BUTRYM by Magdalena Butrym (Polish designer based in Warsaw). Womenswear showing in Paris.

MARTA JAKUBOWSKI by Marta Jakubowski (German designer based in London). Womenswear showing in London.

MATTHEW ADAMS DOLAN by Matthew Adams Dolan (American designer based in New York). Gender-neutral fashion showing in New York.

NIHL by Neil Grotzinger (American designer based in New York). Menswear showing in New York.

OTTOLINGER by Christa Bösch & Cosima Gadient (Swiss designers based in Berlin). Womenswear showing in Paris.

ROKH by Rok Hwang (South Korean designer based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.

SNOW XUE GAO by Snow Gao (Chinese designer based in New York). Womenswear showing in New York.

THE SIRIUS by Younchan Chung (South-Korean designer based in Seoul). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.


A Peachy's Pick Since 2013, Da Nico Since 1993 #Best #Restaurant in #Manhattan 's #LittleItaly Winter 2018 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Salmone Patata Incrostati
Usually we chose one picture for the top.  We narrowed it down to four.
Ziti Quattro Formaggi
The pizza is simply phenomenal

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It's not who you know.  It never has been if you are educated and know proper English regardless of the side of the pond.  It's Whom You Know.
Da Nico, owned by our friend Nicky Criscitelli, began in 1993 and has been a Peachy's Pick since 2013:
Though we have reviewed other venues in Little Italy, Da Nico has earned our spot for Best Restaurant in Manhattan's Little Italy today.  If you are reading and have been since the start, you may say of course we say Manhattan.  What you may not know is that has published we are read in 563 cities daily now, so the other 562 need to know what they are missing.  Da Nico is better because Nicky cares the most about hospitality, being on the ball including being a fantastic communicator, having great food and a terrific staff, all more so than all his competitors in Little Italy.  And, he is getting better and better like all the best restaurants do: check out the brand new second floor.  Of course we went when Peachy Deegan had their full attention and it was not crowded.  We don't need to see that you have atmosphere.  Whether you are going to have atmosphere is projected from our direct experience over the years and we only write on you for five years if you are among the best.
We like the garden level.  It was too cold to be outside but we aspire to be out there someday.
We love good-looking menus like this.  There is little that goes unnoticed.  We hate tablets (if you're going to be online, you should be on during dinner...reading what you can eat the next day for dinner) or flimsy menus.
Buffalo mozzarella was a special of the day when we visited, and it's made on premises.  The classic antipasti tastes as good as it looks and the presentation was attractive.  Tomato, prosciutto, balsamic and their fantastic red peppers which you have to try have a cheesy soiree.
Da Nico also has great music evocative of a jukebox; Neil Sedaka was playing when we were there...we've seen him many times in concert.  The worst is when loud, obnoxious club music ruins your dinner and this can happen at ridiculous trendy places that come and go.  Note Da Nico has been around since 1993.
The salad we opted for was the Spinach salad and it was superb.  Spinachi boasts baby leaf spinach, crispy pancetta, which is an absolutely splendid accent, walnuts (are you happy Dr. Oz?), mushrooms and orange segments, a fantastic tropical punctuation in the dead of winter.
Everything was fresh and they put the dressing on the side as instructed.
The Pork Chops Calabrese are a terrific carnivorous entree and you should know they are sourced from Pat LaFrieda and the balsamic is from Italy.  Oven-roasted with care, the chops are successfully accentuated with hot cherry peppers!
You are going to be dreaming about Ziti Quattro Formaggi for days later so you should order at least 2 extra to take home.  The flavor is simply amazing and the garlic highlight was sensational.  Short, thick tube pasta teams up with fontina, gorgonzola, ricotta and parmesean to create a light cream sauce that you are going to applaud.
We have been here many times, but this visit the pizza really hit the high note.  We had not realized how incredible it was to the extent we do now and here is the Margherita.
This is the basic version, however, we count 11 versions in total that are not run-of-the-mill at all and are competitive with the most artisan versions we've seen.  Maybe they will even start adding microgreens like we saw recently at Brunetti and if they do we hope they tell us first.
Finally, we tried the Salmone Patata Incrostati: a really unique, delicious way to serve salmon. Salmon can bore us out of our mind at other places.  This potato-encrusted version will impress you as well, and especially with the spinach accent that adds nutrition and balance.

Nicky's exuberant staff!
Mikey, Luigi and Billy


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