hip HAPPENINGS: New talent at Michael’s Restaurant

If you are in midtown admiring the windows on Fifth Avenue this holiday season, do stop in at Michael’s, whose menu and bar has gone through a complete overhaul. At the bar you will be treated to Michael Flannery’s repertoire of cocktails. My favorite, Eve’s Temptation, is a mix of Louis Royer VSOP Force 53 Cognac, Marie Brizard Curacao liqueur, Benedictine, fresh lemon juice, and an apple cider reduction (see photo). If you are in the mood for a great glass of red wine, I highly recommend The Malibu Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir, which is one of the nicest sips I have had lately that is available by the glass (remarkably, it is actually grown in owner Michael McCarty’s backyard in California). There are some interesting bar bites, such as spicy Korean tacos, and a crispy oyster trio, if you get hungry. Then, if these bites inspire you to order dinner, you can explore Chef Kyung Up Lim’s full menu, which adds a fine touch to classic dishes. For appetizers, try the Roasted Heirloom Carrot Salad, or comforting Veal Sweetbread served with creamed spinach. A fantastic choice for the entree—the Grilled Mediterranean Branzino (photo) served with forbidden black rice, haricots verts, pesto, and a cabernet sauce. See more photos from our dinner at this link.

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