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INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC

Eccentric, experimental, exquisite – all are adjectives that best describe dinner at Intersect NYC

Intersect NYC is a co-operative project between Lexus and Union Square Hospitality Group, with additional locations in Dubai and Tokyo. Union Square Hospitality Group collaborates with a wide array of businesses: Anchovy Social (DC), Blue Smoke (NYC) and LoBall (NYC).

Intersect by Lexus is a dynamic and delicious encounter hosted in a handful of tech-forward cities where charismatic epicures, who themselves break the mold, are immersed in the automotive giant’s ecosystem without physically driving nor owning one of their vehicles. The venue can be defined as “a manifestation of omotenashi, a Lexus core value characterized by an unwavering commitment to exceptional hospitality.” Omote means public face, and “nashi” means nothing; omotenashi ultimately meaning that everything produced comes from the heart with honesty and no concealment. 

Situated in the trendy Meatpacking District of New York City amongst chic shops and nightlife, the physical unit of Intersect features an unrivaled open-air market, complete with a lounge, restaurant, and event space. The two-level, square-like locale houses an immersive environment of edible delights and whimsical handmade cocktails. The experience can be best described as living through the magic that is an episode of travelling host and star Anthony Bourdain‘s Parts Unknown. The overall atmosphere emits a decadent, intuitive and contemporary feel. Situated throughout the space are a vast assortment of cookbooks on mantelshelves, including The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America’s First Great Cookery Challenge by Becky Libourel Diamond. One particularly intriguing structure is an accent wall designed by lauded Japanese interior designer, Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall. The installation, in close proximity to a black metal stairwell, is illuminated with recessed lighting and encased in glass, creating a moment where severe modernity meets the magical. The private dining room is an intimate space where an array of occasions can be held, wedding receptions, corporate gatherings and pop-ups in a reclusive yet bespoke setting. Intersect by Lexus is an ideal place for guests to be entertained, inspired, and educated, and serves as a conduit where ideas, people, and culinary creations unite.

The kitchen interchanges every six months – an ever-growing and evolving list of impressive artisanal cooks fabricate their own menu to challenge and delight visitors. Intersect by Lexus welcomed its seventh Restaurant-in-Residence, New Orleans’ Creole eatery, Compère Lapin. Chef Nina Compton owns and operates the New Orleans restaurant in tandem with Bywater American Bistro (BABs) where it is a well-loved hit in the Big Easy. 

Compton is the third chef chosen this year, and is a James Beard Award-Winner and Top Chef: New Orleans runner-up. Chef Compton graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2001 and first embarked on her remarkable professional career at Daniel in NYC. Chef Compton blends her signature Gulf coast ingredients with island flavors. Compton hails from Saint Lucia and her bill of fare is an array of Caribbean and Cajun-inspired dishes, such as dover sole meuniere and hot chicken. 

Currently, Intersect NYC is led by classically trained Executive Chef Nickolas Martinez, the former executive chef of Foragers. Chef Martinez established his own culinary identity through his Midwestern roots and passion for French techniques. Chef Martinez, like Chef Compton, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. As executive chef, Chef Martinez prides himself in creating a “space dedicated to the ethos of the Lexus lifestyle, and a home to a unique dining experience.” 

This three-star Michelin restaurant remains on the minds some of the most influential critics, as well as in the memories of all those who have explored the flavors and festivity firsthand. The service, presentation and wine pairings are unprecedented in their attention to palettes and details. 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to enjoy the pour deux menu among other enticing choices, sampling many of the most acclaimed dishes currently in circulation.

We began with two cocktails: the Ruby Lo-Ball and the Best Bank Punch. The Ruby features a fruity concoction of port wine, apple, ginger, and soda, for something refreshing with a bit of a snap, while the Punch, a drink of vodka, lillet, thai basil, passionfruit, and Sirop JM was both stronger and herbier. While both served up a revitalizing and uncommon flavor dynamic, we preferred the Ruby Lo-Ball as our cocktail of choice. After these early drinks, 360 turned to wine for the remainder of our meal. With a divine wine-list curated alongside the main dinner menu, every choice is certain to impress, and 360 was utterly charmed by our choices. A Bourgone Aligote, a very dry white French wine, as well as a Zind Chardonnary, a white blended with fruity notes that was not very oaky but with a sense of tartness, dazzled.

The food itself surpassed all expectations, proving the multifaceted style of the space extended to the delectable food. For our appetizers, we selected the hush puppies with cilantro crema, a light and delicate take on a classic, as well as the Louisiana barbecue shrimp with chervil and baguette and the stuffed back crab served with uni butter and charred lime. All these impressed – the upscale takes on Southern classics captivated a certain sense of comfort while still being creative, decadent, and extravagant. This tradition continued into the entrees, where 360 pursued the “pour deux” – for two – menu, where one large serving plate is presented to two diners to share. This is not only a meal for romantic evening – everyone from couples, to friends, to business partners took part in this unique savory affair. 360 sampled both the hot fire chicken with red beans and rice as well as the dover sole meuniere with brussels sprouts amandine served with celery root and parsnip puree. The sole, perfectly baked in a warming butter sauce, as well as the succulent and crispy chicken with a fiery side, left our team more than satisfied with its mouth-watering excellence. An airy mango sorbet cooled things off before our main dessert, chocolate with passionfruit and a cashew croquant, an ambrosial finish to a perfectly piquant meal. 

Intersect NYC, from its style to its connoisseurs to its ambitious culinary pursuits, enamored 360 all the way through. For a sleek and satisfying adventure, Intersect NYC is the ultimate dinner venue.

Article by: Vaughn Lowery, Armon Hayes, Elle Grant, McKinley Franklin

PARTY AND SUSHI

by Vaughn Lowery

Vincent Myrha and his team over at Party & Sushi are phenomenal. They purchase fresh fish daily from the market early in the morning and effortlessly prepare it right in front of you, fabricating a top notch sushi restaurant atmosphere. We experienced so much merriment as they made-to-order all types of rolls, sashimi, vegetable as well as shrimp tempura (w/ small portable fryer). Everyone at our editorial photo shoot was impressed, including the featured celebrity. And on top of that, Vincent and his team are extremely gifted and entertaining. An excellent idea for house parties, trunk shows and receptions.

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A Crackin’ Good Time

MENDOCINO COUNTY TO CELEBRATE 19TH ANNUAL CRAB, WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL

Cheers to the County’s Favorite Crustacean at the Dungeness Crab Cake Cook-Off and Wine Tasting Competition, Gourmet Seafood Dinners and Crab-themed Countywide Events

With 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline rich in fresh seafood
and a unique climate that lends itself to an abundance of wineries and breweries, Visit Mendocino County proudly announces the 19th year of celebrating the county’s favorite seafood delicacy, the Dungeness crab!

The countywide festival, named one of America’s Top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals by Coastal Living, is an opportunity for Mendocino locals and travelers alike to enjoy fresh Pacific seafood, including the county’s famed Dungeness crab and award-winning Mendocino County wine and beer while exploring the wintry bounty of this coastal escape. www.visitmendocino.com/event/crab-wine-beer-festival.

The festival offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in dozens of crab-themed specials throughout the county, including seafood dinners at gourmet restaurants, crabby overnight packages at cozy inns, crab and wine pairings at local wineries, and adventurous crabbing excursions at sea. With something to please everyone from the crustacean-loving foodie to the romantic getaway-seeking couple, attendees’ cravings for crab, wine, beer and entertainment are sure to be satiated.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

The festival’s signature events benefit Mendocino Coast Clinics, a nonprofit health clinic established in 1994 that strives to build a healthy community by providing quality patient-centered health care to more than half of Mendocino Coast residents. For more information about Mendocino Coast Clinics or its fundraising events, please visit www.mccinc.org.

All You Can Eat Cioppino DinnerFriday, January 26; three seatings at 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m., $40/adult; $15/kids 12-6; under 6 on us!

A Crab, Wine and Beer tradition, the annual Cioppino Dinner is held on Friday, January 26 at the Historic Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg. Guests don their bibs and get cracking as giant cioppino pots brimming with seafood, shellfish, and Dungeness crab are brought family-style to the table for feasting. Mendocino County wines, North Coast Brewing Company beer, locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee, and Café Beaujolais bread for dipping complement the festive occasion. Historic Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart St, Fort Bragg;707.961.3463.

Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine CompetitionSaturday, January 27; 12:00-3:00 p.m., Circle of Claws Reserved Seating $150; general admission $85.

The Big White Tent at the corner of Main and Spruce streets in Fort Bragg comes alive as chefs vie for the Crabby Cook-Off Awards! Creative crab cakes are crafted by top Mendocino County chefs and paired with wines from over 20 wineries in Mendocino County. The competition gets fierce as attendees sample a multitude of unique crab cakes and have the opportunity to see how their top choices match up with the judges’ picks by nominating their favorite chef and winery for the People’s Choice Awards. The event also features silent and live auctions for acclaimed Mendocino County wines, exquisite destinations and one-of-a-kind gifts. Corner of Main & Spruce, Fort Bragg; 707.961.3463.

COUNTYWIDE SEAFOOD CELEBRATIONS

Special events will be offered throughout Mendocino County including seafood dinners at gourmet restaurants, overnight packages at cozy inns, seafood and wine pairings at local wineries and adventurous excursions at sea. The short list includes:

The Bewildered Pig & Goldeneye Winemaker Dinner – January 20: 6:30 p.m., Goldeneye club members $150/person (up to 2 guests); non-members $200/person.

Chef Janelle Weaver is known for her extraordinary talents in the kitchen, weaving foraged and local ingredients to create dishes that tease and tempt the palate. For the Festival, Chef Weaver pairs crab in each of the dinner’s four courses with Goldeneye Winery’s vineyard designate Migration and Goldeneye wines. 1810 Hwy 128, Philo; www.thebewilderedpig.com;707.895.2088.

Blue Collar Winemaker Dinner – January 23: 5:00 p.m., $18.

Fine dining for the proletariat at Cucina Verona in Fort Bragg. Chef Joe Harris creates a four-course dinner with crab at every turn, paired with Navarro Vineyards fine wines at only $6 per glass. Treat the family and friends to a night on the town and satisfy the crustacean craving! 124 E Laurel St, Ft Bragg; 707.964.6844; www.cucinaverona.com.

Barrel Tasting 101 – January 20 and 21: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., $20/person for advance tickets ($30 day of the event).

The finest barrel tasting event of the year finds guests traveling up Highway 101 to Hopland, Ukiah and Redwood Valley to toast the season with complimentary tastings straight from the barrel at 17 area wineries, seafood-inspired food pairings, and a commemorative wine glass to keep the party going.

www.destinationhopland.com;800.564.2582.

All Aboard . . . the Skunk Train for Crab and Crémant! January 21 & 28: 11:00 a.m., $66/adult; $56/child (ages 2-12); $10/infant or dog (excl. tax).

A Mendocino County visit isn’t complete without a ride on the historic Skunk Train. And it’s even better when the ride is paired with a delectable crab chowder lunch and Scharffenberger Crémant sparkling wine! Trains depart from both Willits and Fort Bragg Depots. Regardless of departure point, views from the restored rail cars make for a delightful trip back in time with sights practically unchanged from the late 1800s. Foot of Laurel St, Fort Bragg & 299 E Commercial St., Willits; 707.964.6371; www.skunktrain.com.

Goats and Crab . . . at Pennyroyal Farm January 21: 12:30 p.m., $65/person (excl. tax).

Get your goat on at the farm where every goat has a name! Chef Izzy will take the freshest farm produce, eggs, and farmstead cheeses and highlight them with locally caught Dungeness crab to create a brunch with brio. An extra $10 buys a meet and greet with the goats and opportunity to dig into cheesemaking 101. 14960 Hwy 128, Boonville; 707.895.2410; www.pennyroyalfarm.com.

Watch for Whales & Go Fish! – Inquire for times and pricing.

Join Captain Tim on the Sea Hawk at All Aboard Adventures for a fishing or whale-watching trip to see the gentle giants of the ocean. Guests set sail on the high seas for a two-hour jaunt. The Sea Hawk is Coast Guard Certified for 30 passengers and hosts up to three trips per day. Crabbing trip is four-plus hours with catch up to 10 crabs per person. 32410 N Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg; www.allaboardadventures.com;707.964.1881.

COZY UP AFTER CHOWING DOWN

As the festival draws hungry travelers from near and far, cozy accommodations throughout Mendocino County beckon the seafood-inclined guest.

  • Brewery Gulch Inn offers a “Get Your Crab On” special with 15 percent off midweek rates when staying two or more nights. The inn also offers a cooked-to-order breakfast and a light dinner buffet with local Mendocino County wines and beers included in the room rate.
  • Book a two-night stay at the Point Arena Lighthouse and enjoy a third night free!
  • Little River Inn invites guests to “Sleep with the Crabs” with their Crab Tour Package that includes two night’s accommodations, a half-day crabbing escape from Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor, dinner and breakfast for two and a bottle of Mendocino County wine.
  • It’s no holds barred where crab is concerned at Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse on Jan. 27. From 5:30-7:00 p.m., inn guests will enjoy complimentary Navarro wine paired with the innkeeper’s famous “pull out the stops” crab and other seafood hors d’oeuvres.

BACKGROUND

Mendocino County welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors annually who explore its 90 miles of prime Pacific coastline, 90+ wineries and 10 diverse AVAs (earning the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic vineyards in the United States), 24 state/national parklands and 450+ unique accommodations. Straddling scenic Highways 1 and 101, “The Redwood Corridor,” the County delivers an ideal vortex of waves, wines and redwoods laced with historic villages and outback adventures. Located 114 mi./184 km. north of San Francisco, the region’s gateway airports are San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS). Visit Mendocino County is a non-profit destination marketing organization designed to enhance the economic vitality of the community by increasing tourism revenue. For more information, go towww.visitmendocino.com.