Monday, December 9, 2013

Win a Meal For Two This Holiday Season

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Win a fabulous dining experience for you and a friend
 
We are giving away a dinner for two people worth up to $200. To enter the giveaway just purchase a Melba gift experience before December 25th and tweet about it on the hashtag #MelbaGift.
 
The Melba team will award the prize to the most original tweet! Good luck and click here to check out the Melba experiences on offer. 
 
 Details
  • The winner will be announced December 28th 
  • We’ll treat the winner to a dining experience for two on Melba worth up to $200
  • At least ten participants are needed for the contest to proceed 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Gift a Dining Experience!

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Give The Gift of Melba

 
Let’s face it. Who needs more stuff? A Melba dining experience will live with your friend or loved one forever. Just in time for the Holiday season, you can now purchase a Melba experience for anyone on your nice list! 

It’s easy: (1) Go to Melba, (2) find the experience you want to gift, and (3) select "Gift The Experience.” Once the gift is purchased, the recipient is notified via e-mail.  

It’s easy to surprise your foodie sister or best friend: the gift can be redeemed anytime and is perfect to use for any occasion. All menus are carefully curated by top chefs and guaranteed to be unforgettable.
 
Happy Holidays, 
The Melba Team 

Featured Experiences

Chef Fraser’s Vegetable Tasting at Dovetail 

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Upper West Side, $175

Chef Clark’s Tasting at Gwynnett St 

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Williamsburg, $140

Classic 3-Courser at Le Cirque 

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Midtown East, $109

Chef Hemant’s Eight Course Tasting

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Midtown East, $115

Traditional Lebanese Grill at Naya

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Midtown East, $53

Across The Mediterranean at Melibea

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Greenwich Village, $74

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving with Dovetail and Le Cirque

Leave Thanksgiving To Us


Don’t bother trying to remember where you left the turkey baster, we’ve got you covered with Michelin stars. 

 We’ve teamed up with Dovetail and Le Cirque to curate special Thanksgiving menus so you can spend more time celebrating, and worry less about burning the turkey. 

Contemporary Thanksgiving Feast 

Dovetail, Upper West Side 

Traditional Thanksgiving Day Menu

Le Cirque, Midtown East 

(Please note these experiences are only bookable for Thanksgiving Day)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Burnt Cream? Sounds better in French…

A Le Cirque Classic: Crème brûlée

Enjoy Le Cirque’s signature dishes in the Classic 3 Courser Experience, exclusively on Melba.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meet Le Cirque

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Look at the New York dining scene and Le Cirque is the foundation upon which so much was built. Without exaggeration you can argue that the majority of notable chefs in the city can trace their roots back to Le Cirque. 

Sirio Maccioni, founder, owner and legend, left his position as maitre d’ at the prestigious Colony Restaurant to set up a more progressive and approachable fine dining experience. Le Cirque was that place. It’s testament to its enduring caliber that it now represents the epitome of classical quality.

Very much aware of its history and still attracting a steady flow of notables, Le Cirque is undergoing a renaissance under the guidance of Sirio’s three sons, Mauro, Marco and Mario.

The two Melba experiences featured here capture some of Le Cirque’s finest historic dishes. 

Classic 3 Courser

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History on a Plate

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Meet Melibea

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The backlash against ‘Modernist Cuisine’ or ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ is everywhere. 

And sometimes you can’t help but agree with the points. Like so many movements, it’s the followers that take it that bit too far or pervert the original intentions of the leaders. 

You can see the impact of the movement on Alex Ureña’s fare at Melibea. He did, afterall, work under Ferran Adrià at ElBulli. However, unlike some of Adrià’s acolytes, Ureña is well in control of his influences. 

There’s an ambition, subversion and playfulness about the food at Melibea. With its influences spanning across the whole of the Mediterranean, you would think that there could be room for the cuisine to lose track of its purpose. However the food remains grounded, hearty and delicious. 
Ureña did grow up on his grandfather’s farm and watched his mother make recipes from the local produce. Perhaps it’s that influence that dominates his cooking more than the influence of the godfather of Modernist Cuisine. 

Across The Mediterranean

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Seafood Fusions

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meet Dovetail

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We’re in danger of focusing on personalities not on the teams that make things happen. 

But you can’t talk about Dovetail without talking about Chef John Fraser. While studying to be a doctor at UC San Diego, Chef Fraser paid his bills by working as a line cook in nearby kitchens. Realizing that it was the draw of the kitchens and not the books that interested him, he went on to cook under Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. 

And Chef Fraser’s food clearly bristles with the same attention to seasonality and playful creativity that can be found in the revered West Coast culinary institution. It’s food that brings a smile to the face as well as being seriously committed to sustainable sourcing. It’s a seductive and delicious combination.

With this is mind however, entering Dovetail is an experience of its own. We are delighted to be working with Dovetail because in every staff member, host, waiter and manager, there is a spirited warmth and lack of pretence that makes these Melba experiences truly memorable. 

The Chef’s Tasting Menu

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Chef Fraser’s Vegetable Tasting

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Meet Brio

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It’s hard to put a finger on tradition. 

There are those Italian restaurants which flaunt their sketchy tradition and heritage with a few dusty wine bottles and a bit of Pavarotti in the background. Brio is way beyond that.

The Scoditti family started Brio 24 years ago on the UES, and despite the pressures to pander to passing trends and capture new markets, owner Damien Scoditti (right) and executive chef Massimo Carbone (left) have maintained a restaurant experience that’s elegant, understated and sincere to its origins. 

At the Brio Flatiron location, Damien and Massimo have curated two experiences that voice that sincerity. The Roman Classics experience highlights their favorite dishes from Rome and its surrounding area, while the Fish of the Day showcases their commitment to fresh fish prepared in a simple and delicious Italian style. 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet Galli

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Food and nostalgia go hand in hand. Ask any chef about what excites guests more than fresh ingredients or a well-balanced spice and it’s that ‘taste of home’.

Husband and wife team Steven and Karen Gallo have carved themselves a delicious niche down in SoHo, with a concept and menu that delivers up that taste of the Italian American home.

As Steven says, “More than anything else, it’s what I grew up on,” he says. “That’s why I wanted to do it.”

The experiences that they have created on Melba focus on that principle. Steven’s mother’s recipes take the spotlight for 
Steven Gallo’s Favorites, while the Home-Style Italian American Experience brings the classics of the Italian American home to a standard befitting the elegant surrounds of Galli. Enjoy!

Home-Style Italian American Experience

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Steven Gallo’s Favorites

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Melba’s Back in NYC

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This summer we’ve been working hard in the kitchens… and offices of New York City to find some of the most memorable dining experiences available in the city. We’ve met some inspiring restaurant owners and chefs while we’ve been doing it, and we’ll be doing our best to introduce them to the community over these coming months.

We’ve now launched this new service in beta phase and we’re super-pleased with the way it’s looking. Although we’re just at the start of a journey to develop a new way for people to dine out, we feel we’ve found some excellent experiences for the community to enjoy. 

We’ve curated a lot of these menus with the chefs and owners we’ve met to deliver an engaging and context-rich dining experience, at the same time the pre-payment for these experiences means that you can enjoy a seamless experience free from the distractions of the check and the menu. 

Ultimately, the best things happen over the dinner table and by dining on Melba we want guests to be able to to enjoy the mouthwatering food on their plate and the company they’re in. 

If you’re not already on the list, then join up at Melba.co and receive some tasty updates and access to the best food in the city.