Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Good wine is a necessity of life for me" - Thomas Jefferson

If love of wine is good enough for a Founding Father, it's good enough for us! The owners of Lulu agree - they are true wine enthusiasts (as we've alluded to in the past), especially Lia, who shows a unique passion for all tannins and grapes. We've heard her recommend a white on the blog in the past, but now that it's getting chillier, we asked Lia what are her favorite reds on the menu?

"I love the La Lumia Torreforte Nero d'Avola 2000 from the most southern part of Sicily. It's all volcanic soil in its rusticity and Sicilian sun in its ripe fruits."

She also shows a love for the Hans Fahden Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2000, from Napa Valley, which is grown by the slope of the old volcano, Mount St. Helena in Calistoga, California. Lia likes it becauses its "one of the few bold Cabernets with a dry finish" and reminds her of the European wines she loves.

Come try Lia's recommendations to Lulu (235 Mulberry Street, in case you've forgotten), or we've uploaded the wine menu (pictured left), so you can do some research yourself and have a wine that suits you to a tee!
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Smokin' Salmon

Gayot, the travel guide, has posted a wonderful review of Lulu and its fantastic food from Eric Fleischer:

"Helmed in the kitchen by former Bobo sous chef Eric Fleischer, this NoLIta gastropub-like eatery is as much a destination for its low-lit aesthetics, its long bar and inventive cocktail list as its French-influenced cuisine. A long list of small plates is highlighted by the jalapeño-laced crab cake (wading in a pool of avocado purée); the salad of beets, pistachios, chèvre and wild arugula; and a smooth foie gras torchon. Entrées are substantial and are presented in a refreshingly no-frills manner: a large bowl of pasta puttanesca satisfies, but the sleeper hit of an ingredient is chili flakes which make for a surprising kick. The plus-size piece of Scottish salmon manages to be flaky and juicy while the steak frites are done just right (slightly charred on the outside and red on the inside). European beers are on tap and the wine list mostly sticks to France."

If that isn't enough to make you want that Scottish salmon, served deliciously with creamy caulliflower, ramps, and raisins, certainly the picture to your right will pique your interest and your appetite.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gotham Magazine's Hottest 100 Bachelors!

Luigi Comandatore, an owner of Lulu, along with sister Lia and brother-in-law Dario Milanin, has been named Luigi Comandatoreone of Gotham Magazine's Hottest 100 Bachelor's in the "Most Hospitable" group of the list. Here's what they had to say about Mr. Comandatore:

"Owner, restaurant chain Bread, and new hotspot Lulu. Insider info: Travels the entire month of August each year. Buzzes around the city on a Vespa."

All of which is true. He's in good company too, and he has the biggest picture on the page (bottom left). Go pick up a copy of the issue. Gotham Magazine has good taste!
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