Eric, my cousin, who's interning in New York City, and I like to get together once a week for dinner (since his time here is limited). When he told me that he'd never had Indian food before, I knew that I needed to be the person who introduced him to one of my favorite cuisines. I decided that Bukhara Grill (217 E. 49th Street) would be the perfect introduction. Having only ordered from the restaurant to my office, I'd never been to the physical restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the unassuming-looking restaurant (from street view) had two floors and a beautiful outdoor patio.We started our meal with complimentary pappadum and 3 different homemade "salsas." Next, we ordered the samosa appetizer (pastry-like dough stuffed with potatoes and peas, then deep fried). The potato filling was very tasty and had more of a spicy kick than others I've had. For our mains, he ordered the Chicken Makhani (similar to Chicken Tikka Masala) and I ordered the Shrimp Kanhari (shrimp grilled in the tandoori oven).The chicken was all white meat breast chunks in a lovely tomato-cream sauce that was full of flavor. My shrimp were almost the size of langoustines (I was a bit nervous when the server told me that there were only going to be 4 shrimp for my entree) and were grilled to perfection; possibly overly grilled. Had they been cooked for just a little less time, they would have been perfect. We ordered basmati rice and plain naan, and it made for a beautiful meal.I conclude that I was very impressed with our food and overall service at Bukhara Grill and even more impressed that I have a new Indian food convert...my cousin!
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Last Thursday, July 12th, a good friend and I took a Spanish cheese and wine course at Murray's Cheese on Bleeker Street. For $65/person, you get to sample approximately nine cheeses, and the best part is...each cheese was paired with a different Spanish wine!The course started at 6:30 p.m. and lasted until 8:00 p.m. There were two instructors; Murray's Wholesale Manager and a representative from a Spanish wine distributor. Both women were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The cheese and wine pairings went beautifully together. I was amazed at how lovely blue cheese tastes with sherry! I highly recommend any one of Murray's Cheese education courses!
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