Category Archives: Eats

NYC Restaurant Week


Restaurant week in NYC is in full swing.  Kicking off last week and lasting until February 7th, now is the time to get your grub on.  Book your table at a wide selection of restaurants throughout the city. New York’s top restaurants will serve three-course lunches for $24.07 – a play off the catchy 24/7 – and three-course dinners for $35.00. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included.

In addition to the traditional restaurant week shenanigans, you’ll also see a Restaurant Week truck driving around the city and offering soup from participating Restaurant Week eateries. All soup is $6 per serving and $1 from each purchase will be donated to Haiti relief efforts. You can even keep track of what the Restaurant Week truck is serving and its current location in real-time via Twitter.

You don’t want to miss out on the most delicious, and affordable, week in NYC. Click here to check out the participating restaurants and their menus.

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FROM THE KITCHEN: Fall Pumpkin Risotto


Fall Pumpkin Risotto with Mushrooms and Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

Risotto (Serves four)

8 oz. Arborio rice
3 tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
5–6 cups chicken stock
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
2 oz. butter
4 oz. heavy cream
1 cup pumpkin puree
Salt and pepper, as needed

Heat oil in pan; add onions and sauté until translucent. Add rice and sauté for two minutes. Deglaze with white wine and reduce to a quarter-cup. Add chicken stock one cup at a time and cook rice over medium heat until al dente. Add butter, cream, Parmesan and pumpkin puree. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Check out more recipes from our Executive Chef Rupert Leitner in our eNewsletter.

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Get your lunch in a NY Minute!

Madison Club Lounge Sliders!

With all there is to do in New York, sometimes you just want to grab a quick a lunch and get back to your day.   The Madison Club Lounge gets that and is now offering the Madison Express Lunch menu.  Get your lunch in 30 minutes or you get 50% off your check!  Not a bad deal. 

For visitors and New Yorkers always on the go, check out the Madison Club Lounge in the lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Avenue and 45th Street!

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The Kitchen Know: How to make our Madison Club Lounge Sliders

Madison Club Lounge Sliders
Recipe makes 3 Sliders

Ground Beef
Mini Brioche Rolls
Boursin Cheese
Plum Tomato
Pickled Pearl Onions
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Small Skewers

Divide Ground Beef in to 3 individual 2 oz balls to form burgers.
Season with salt and pepper and brush with Olive Oil.
Place on a hot grill for about 3 minutes on each side.
Cut Brioche rolls in half and place on grill for about 30 seconds.
Remove burgers from grill and top with Boursin Cheese.
Place burger on the bun, season tomato slice with salt and pepper and place on top of burger.
Cover with the top of the bun. Skewer gherkins and pearl onion and use as a garnish for the burger.

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Meet Chef Rupert: Executve Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel

Executive Chef, Rupert Leitner has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary field. As Executive Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel, Chef Rupert has elevated the level of fine dining at the historic 84-year-old landmark.

With early inspiration from his grandmother and mother, he graduated from culinary school in Villach, Austria and began his culinary career in Europe traveling to Switzerland, France and Sweden. In 1982, Leitner moved to the U.S. where he started as a cook at the New York Hilton and was promoted to Executive Sous Chef. He became the Executive Chef at the Secaucus Hilton in New Jersey, following his time at the New York Hilton, and went on to become the Executive Chef at St. Moritz Hotel on Central Park South in N.Y. In 1997, he was hired as Executive Chef at The Roosevelt Hotel, refining further the delicious dining experience at the hotel

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