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Layovers In a New York Minute

Posted On: September 13, 2013

Layovers In a New York Minute


Previously we have discussed some of the more glaring negativisms or airline travel; today we will discuss another, layovers.  A layover at an airport, or even worse a transfer to another airport, can be ridiculously stressful especially if you are unfamiliar with that particular airport.  Factor in a chaotic environment like that which is found at any of New Yorks three major Airports (or any of the plethora of smaller ones for that matter) and you have the potential for veritable nightmares.  The goods news is that we are here to offer a very simple solution to this problem look into using a New York executive car service. With a true executive car service the stress involved in transferring between airports is completely eliminated and if you have several hours to kill your professional chauffeur will help you make the most of your New York minute.

 

Now, just to clarify, there is a very distinct difference between an executive car service and a black car service (see Executive car service Vs. Black Car Service) and while the later may seem to fit your needs you may be taking a big risk.  With an executive car service your chauffeur will know the area, the vehicle will be on time, and equipped with all the latest flight tracking and GPS so you can sit back and rest easy knowing that you will make that connecting flight.  So relax, have a drink; check out some of the incredible venues that New York is famous for (for ideas on these check out Great Restaurants in NYC).  Know that you are in capable hands and the gentleman behind the wheel will get you where you need to go and you might just be able to turn that potentially horrific layover into a mini vacation.

 

All Star Limousine and All Star Limousine Worldwide take pride in their expert ground logistics and executive car service.  We are on time every time and when we pick you up we never let you down.  Call us 24/7/365 for service anywhere in the world at 1-800-LIMO-NOW or visit our website www.allstarlimo.com and www.allstarlimoworldwide.com.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick 


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Three Of The Best Sushi Restaurants In NYC

Posted On: November 26, 2013

Three of the Best Sushi Restaurants in NYC


 

 

Today we are going to discuss the world of NYC sushi.  Previously we have presented the best steak houses in the city, the best restaurants for fine ding and the best places for shellfish and seafood, now its on to the raw fish.  Sushi is a personal favorite of mine and, as usual, NYC presents us with a wide range of options for this traditional Japanese fare.  Here are three incredible places to get unbeatable sushi in NYC.

 

15 East located, not surprisingly, at 15 E 15th street is presided over by Jewel Bako veteran Masato Shimizu.  Shimizu imports only the freshest first-rate seafood flown in daily from Japan and his creations are culinary masterpieces.  The dark wood bar rests commandingly beneath a high airy ceiling and presents a feeling of importance and authority.  As if to emphasize this point Shimuzu owns a massive collection of well worn books depicting detailed fish anatomy charts and diagrams which he uses to impart a friendly education to his customers.  Shimuzu serves up excellence and education all with flair and a smile.

 

Kanoyama caters to a bit of a younger crowd that haunts the streets in the East Village, throngs of co-eds flock to this restaurant known for its amazing nigiri and glistening skin-on jack fish.  Veterans Nobuyuki Shikanai and Daigo Yamaguchi run a nonchalant kitchen staff that’s serves up meltingly fresh sushi and shashimi.  Time Out says do your self a favor and “Order anything on the menu with toro on it”.  The newly named Koi (not to be confusing) comprises a large space, part of which is the heavily frequented saki bar.  So if you’re looking for a quiet meal and some time to reflect on the excellence that is Kanoyama find a nice place in the back room to enjoy that sweet-soy miso cod.  Catering to all, Kanoyama offers its fare at a substantially lower price then most of its contemporaries.

 

2012 saw the rise of fine-dining impresario David Bouley’s Ichimura at Brushstroke.  The phenomenally fresh and buttery sushi is presented on elegant plates prepared by Eiji Ichimura.  Blond wood and amber lighting is complemented by Lacquered Japanese ceramic ware and creates a gorgeous and traditional ambiance.   Their signature dish is the chawan-mushi a steamed egg custard decadently topped with a black truffle sauce and melt in your mouth snippets of Dungeness Crab.  This Michelin-starred venue is not to be missed by anyone proclaiming to be a sushi aficionado.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

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Fine Italian Dining In New York City

Posted On: October 17, 2013

Fine Italian Dining In New York City


 

Continuing with our exploration of the top restaurants in the NYC area this week we will delve into the realm of authentic Italian cuisine.  This is not to be confused with an Italian Delicatessen or sandwich shop nor will it include pizzerias (as again there are far to many choice venues for us to include them all in one presentation).  Today we will talk about traditional Italian restaurants, and with the interest of all in mind these three incredible restaurants will each represent a general price range so we will have an Italian restaurant suitable for fine dining and two more that offer a more casual format for feasting.   Here are three amazing Italian eateries located in the greater metropolitan area.

 

Frankies 457 Spuntino is our more casual establishment and was established in Carrol Gardens by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli (known collectively as “the Franks”) in 2004.  Immediately loved by all “the Franks” capitalized on their success by opening a steak house and a café all in close proximity to the original venue.  Fluffy meatballs, fine cured meats and an impressive assortment of cheeses have helped make Frankies a neighborhood staple.  Not to say that they don’t cater to an out of town crowd, quite the contrary, and if ever passing through the Carrol Gardens area I highly recommend stopping in at Frankies 457 for a meatball sandwich.

 

Maialino is the product of owner Danny Meyer and master chef Nick Anderer.  It is a  culinary masterpiece and offers truly authentic roman cuisine.  Anderer delights the palate with cunningly replicated dished from the classic era that include a delectable anchovy bread sauce, carbonara, braised tripe as well as the restaurant’s namesake ,The Maialino, a succulent piglet haunch basted in mouth watering pig fat.  A restaurant that is authentic in every sense of the word and offers a fine fare that is quite original to the venue.

 

In 2005 Mario Batali opened Del Posto a massive establishment with far reaching ambitions this eatery has become the go to for New Yorkers when they are in search of fine Italian dining.   The classic Grand Piano contributes to the elegant ambiance of this beautiful Italian restaurant.   Batali may well be one of the most talked about chefs in town and has opened several very successful restaurants that consistently provide excellence.  His ambition to turn Del Posto into the first four star Italian restaurant in NYC may very well have the possibility to become reality.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick 

 

 

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3 Great Restaurants Near Newark International Airport

Posted On: January 22, 2014

3 Great Restaurants Near Newark International Airport


 

Newark International Airport in Newark New Jersey is a massive complex.   With over 30 airlines operating non-stop and a flight cap of 81 flights per hour (put in place in 2008 due to the over whelming traffic volume) Newark International is second in the world in terms of passenger traffic and first in the world in terms of total flight operations.  As you may imagine this HUB is incredibly busy.  Because of the phenomenal amount of traffic this airport sees they have several great places to eat and dine located right within the facility.   Places like Grand Central Oyster Bar and Vino Volo are located right in terminal C they are excellent places to stop in after a long flight and grab a quick bite or glass of wine.  But if your interested in a more traditional dining experience check out these three great restaurants located within five miles of Newark International Airport.

 

Spanish Tavern.   Spanish Tavern is located just 4 miles from Newark International in Northern Jersey.  This Zagat rated restaurant serves fine Spanish cuisine and wines and there food is as great as their service.  Offering lunch, dinner and even a to go menu Spanish Tavern also provides free round trip service Mondays thru Fridays from 5:00pm to 10:00pm to all Newark Airport Hotels.

 

Don Pepe’s Restaurant.  Another incredible restaurant located less then 5 miles from Newark International Don Pepe’s offers a fantastic selection of mouth watering classic American dishes.  From steaks to shellfish Don Pepe’s offers up an incredible menu of Aged Beef, Broiled Sirloin and delectable seafood.   The Ambiance in Don Pepe’s is formal fine dining in a very traditional and elegant style.  After that Filet Minion or Lobster tail be sure to check out the amazing wine list!

 

Sol-Mar Restaurant and Marisqueira is also less then 5 miles from Newark International and is located in the center of Newark’s Ironbound.  The Ironbound neighborhood has recently gained renown for some of the culinary gems being discovered within.  Sol-Mar is Zagat rated and serves up some of the best Portuguese cuisine this side of the Mediterranean.  Sit and relax in the Via Nova Sol-Mar gorgeous dining room, or, if the weathers right, dine outdoors in their sidewalk café.  Sol-Mar also offers free shuttle services to all area hotels as well as some of the more traffic heavy locations in the area like Penn Station and RedBull Stadium.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

 

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Russos on the Bay an unbelievable experience

Posted On: April 24, 2014

Russo’s on the Bay (an unbelievable experience)

 


 

 

Out of all the catering halls in New York Russo’s on the Bay stands in a class all its own.  Located on Cross Bay Blvd, in famous Howard Beach, Russo’s towers above the water, an impressive and incredible structure.  Hospitality has been a tradition in the Russo family for over fifty years; in this half-century the art of service has been perfected.  When one envisions a party or celebration your imagination can take you only so far, Russo’s on the Bay takes it to the level beyond.  There is no place quite as regal, no staff quite as attentive and no food quite as tantalizing as that which is found at Russo’s on the Bay.

 

The tradition of perfect service began over fifty years ago when Frank Russo Sr. opened Villa Russo in Richmond Hill.  Their dedication to excellence, attention to detail and experience in fine dining was passed on to Mr. Russo’s son, Frank Russo Jr.   These skills and the art of hospitality have since been fine-tuned again and again by the service professionals at Russo’s on The Bay.  The Russo’s have mastered the art of creating cherished memories and facilitating unbelievable experiences.  The décor, the establishment itself, the staff, the food and the overall ambiance is nothing short of perfect at Russo’s on the Bay.

 

Russo’s on the Bay is a completely autonomous facility, they provide everything on site, from the baked goods to the tailoring even down to garbage disposal it is all done in house.  This guarantees several things, one the food (which is unbelievable in and of itself, the shear amount of it is unreal, you haven’t seen a Viennese hour until you have attended a wedding at Russo’s on the Bay) is prepared fresh and right in the kitchens of Russo’s.  Second anything you could possibly want or need can be done within the facility, they literally have it all and it is all top shelf, need a suit pant hemmed no problem, need car service they have it, craving a special something you don’t see on the menu or behind the bar not a problem, any want desire or need is immediately addressed by the world class staff and a state of the art compound.

 

The décor is unparalleled; classic mosaics, incredible lighting and rooms furnished with materials imported from around the world, the overall effect is stunning.  No other venue in New York and possibly the world boasts such a grand and elegant ambiance.  Their staff is fanatical about their customer service and commitment to perfection, every detail is considered, addressed and accounted for, there is nothing that is not anticipated or thought of.  With over 200 years of combined experience the senior management team is unbelievable with backgrounds ranging from Walt Disney World to some of the most prestigious and famous restaurants and venues in the world.

 

Russo’s offers an unrivaled experience to all of their brides and grooms as well as those celebrating other milestone events.  The facility, the staff and of course the unbelievable cuisine is literally unforgettable.   Service and excellence are taken beyond expectations at Russo’s on the Bay, experience the majesty.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

 

by Jarrad Kulick

 

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Top 3 Zagat Rated Seafood Restaurants In NYC

Posted On: November 08, 2013

Top 3 Zagat Rated Seafood Restaurants In NYC


 

New York city is a metropolis known for many things, chief amongst them is the vast selection of amazing restaurants.  There are so many great places to eat in NYC it can be almost overwhelming at times and so in the interest of helping out our fellow foodies All Star Limousine would like to introduce Zagats top rated Seafood restaurants in the New York Metropolitan area.

 

The top rated seafood restaurant, voted by consumers and zagat, is Le Bernardin located at 155 West 51st street NY NY.  Chef Eric Ripert has achieved culinary perfection with this French seafood masterpiece.  The dining room itself has been touted as “drop-dead Gorgeous”, and truly it is.  Personally I have never seen its equal in décor and ambiance.  The food, service and over all experience is “unforgettable” and incomparable.  A little on the high end as far as price is concerned Le Bernardin is not for everyone, but for those with the means it is an absolutely incredible dining experience.

 

Marea is an Italian seafood restaurant located at 240 Central Park South and is run by chef Michael White.  White demonstrates how a kitchen should be run and the incredible food and service is prepared expeditiously and exquisitely.  Make no mistake however Marea’s fast and efficient service by no means detracts from the food itself, in fact Zagat calls it “sheer perfection”.  Overall an amazing dining experience and you will not have to wait long at all to eat, diner averages about $100 a person.

 

Aquagrill at 210 Spring Street is a dining experience a little different from the above mentioned.  This “unbeatable raw bar” is said to offer the best shellfish in NYC, and truth be told I have never had fresher fish.  Always packed and for good reason not only is the food, ambiance and service near perfect the price is unbeatable.  Aquagrill has something for everyone at an average of about $60 a head.

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick

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Great Restaurants Near New York's LaGuardia International Airport

Posted On: August 23, 2013

Great Restaurants Near LaGuardia International Airport


 

LaGuardia International airport is a major commuter hub located in the NY metropolitan area.   With over a dozen airlines carrying tens of thousands of passengers daily the queens area surrounding LGA can get a little congested.  No one wants to fight gridlock looking for a reputable place to eat only to be tired and hungry and end up with an over cooked steak or chewy calamari.  In the interest of ravenous jet setters everywhere here are three top notch restaurants located within 15 minuets of LaGuardia airport.

 

5 Napkin Burger in Astoria.  If you haven’t experienced the 5 Napkin Burger chain yet you are seriously missing out.  The restaurant gets its name from the monstrous signature burgers they serve and it is well earned.  Primarily serving American cuisine 5 napkins offers a Varity of dishes from around the world including several unique burgers that are exclusive to this Avant-guard burger chain.  Serving an a la carte brunch on Saturday and Sunday 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria-Queens is located less then 4 miles from LGA.

 

Uncle Jacks Steakhouse.  Uncle Jacks is just about 10 miles from LaGuardia Airport and it’s claim as “The Best Steakhouse in New York” is not too far off.  Now given there are some dynamite steakhouses in the NY metro area but Uncle Jacks is certainly a contender.  Uncle Jacks boasts several locations but the original was founded in the early 1930’s and was titled simply Jack’s.   Their mantra is “Where superior quality and obsessive dedication to craft are the norm”.  With an impressive wine menu and the finest USDA Prime Beef Uncle Jacks is a steakhouse not to be missed.

 

Trattoria L’incontro Italian is the go too Italian restaurant near LaGuardia airport.  Located only three miles from LGA Trattoria L’incontro is the perfect place to stop in after a long flight, whether you just want to have a nice glass of wine at the wine bar or you are looking for some fine Italian dining.   Hand painted murals and an open brick over lend this establishment an air of tradition and comfort and this feeling is also reflected in their vast and somewhat unique menu.  A variety of brick over pizzas are offered at Trattoria L’inconto as well as some very interesting creations (including a brick oven pizza stuffed with chocolate).  Trattoria also offers the type of cuisine you would expect from a restaurant known for its fine dining dishes such as fried calamari, muscles in white sauce and grilled octopus are some of the more popular choices on the menu.

 

 All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick


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Fine Dining In New York City

Posted On: September 10, 2013

Fine Dining in NYC


 

 

 

New York City is an incredible metropolis and with so much to offer it is difficult to find a comparable town anywhere in the world.  The shows, the museums, the nightlife and the people are varied and colorful and represent all creeds’, nations and walks of life.  The restaurants in the Big Apple are no different.  Our original intent was to compile a list of the five best restaurants in New York, but we quickly realized that there was no way to do that without categorizing or at least narrowing down the venues.  So with that though in mind we will present to you the three best restaurants for fine dining in New York City (see also top 5 steak houses in NYC)

 

First on our list is Eleven Madison Park (or EMP).  Truly this incredible restaurant operated by award winning chef Danielle Humm and partner Will Guidara has no equal.  Accumulating award after aware these dynamic culinary masters continue to reinvent themselves year after year in a successful effort to keep patrons excited and coming back for more.  Just recently the duo scraped a winning formula in favor of a $195 a head, 16 course Gotham themed meal the likes of which have never been seen anywhere else.  This epic meal is accompanied by slight of hand and entertaining pallor tricks designed to delight the senses as well as the palate.

 

 

Momofuko Ko requires reservations to be made at least six days in advance and offers exclusive seating for only 12 patrons!  This may not seem like a successful business model but chef David Chang’s ever-evolving menu is incomparable and something that one with the means should not miss.  A recent highlight and patron favorite is the raw fluke coated in a tangy buttermilk, poppy seeds and chili sauce.  Kos inventive culinary genius has prompted some amazing creations including a panne cotte made from milk mixed with marinating cornflakes.

 

 

A culinary gem in the midst of the Upper East Side, world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s Daniel is the epitome of fine dining.  A luxurious and elegant ambience and unmatched service set the tone for award winning French cuisine.  In fact Daniel is one of the very few New York City restaurants to attain the coveted three star Michelin rating.  Daniel Boulud is not the only award winning chef retained by Daniel, in traditional French style they have executive chefs for each aspect of their delectable menu.  We recommend a tasting menu with wine pairings; try their black sea bass or the citrus fluke you will not find better anywhere else in NYC.

 

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

by Jarrad Kulick 

 

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