Welcome to NYC
17 Sep

Ciano NYC was an Italian Restaurant in the heart of the Flatiron District, founded by Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Shea Gallante, who previously worked with his mentor, David Bouley. Gallante’s menu at Ciano changed often, even daily, depending on availability of ingredients and inspiration. A bread oven in the middle of the restaurant was a focal point, both aesthetically and functionally, churning up a series of freshly baked Focaccias, Ciabattas, Pizzas and more. Ciano NYC received rave reviews from the NY Times, Martha Stewart, Refinery 29, Vogue, Esquire and Star Chefs.

Sadly, Ciano NYC has closed his doors, but we recommend finding more delicious New York City Things to Do. Last we heard, Chef Gallante was turning up the heat at Chevalier, but that story has also ended, so we shall keep you posted when we find out where Chef Gallante lands.

Ciano’s Chef Shea Gallante on the Today Show

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9 Sep

Ciano NYC Restaurant received three stars in the New York Times:

  1. “Shea Gallante is an emerging star”~Wine Spectator
  2. “This guy can cook, I’m privileged to be eating here”~Frank Bruni, NY Times
  3. “I’m exhilarated by the discovery of this lush, exuberant food. Shea Gallante cooking Italian with so much bravura. I can’t wait to return.”~Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic, Dec. 2010
  4. “We’re betting on the food of talented chef Shea Gallante”~The Bon Appetit TOP 50
  5. “Everything on the menu is thrilling !”~Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic

After more than a year since his departure from Cru where he earned three stars from the New York Times and nearly five months since his last stint with mentor David Bouley, Chef Shea Gallante has landed back in the New York City dining scene, this time to open a place he can call his own. Having partnered with Philippe Chow principle Stratis Morfogen, Gallante has now signed on as Executive Chef/Co-Owner of Ciano (45 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010), a new, seasonal ingredient driven casual and atmospheric Italian restaurant opening this September in the former Beppe space in the Flatiron District. At Ciano, Gallante aims to demonstrate once again what made critics and diners alike revel in his cooking at Cru; this time offering a seasonal and simple approach to Italian cuisine, allowing fresh quality ingredients to be the star.

Gallante and Morfogen have assembled a formidable team to insure Ciano will be the best of the best and offer a streamlined, convivial and hospitable dining experience. Spearheading the extensive wine program will be Cru alum John Slover, who has received an onslaught of media attention for his creative half bottle program at Bar Henry, where he currently resides as sommelier. Rounding out the group as Maître D will be Jonathan Gilbert, well known in the industry as the former Maitre D at Per Se.

fwpairGallante’s menu at Ciano will change often, even daily, depending on availability of ingredients and inspiration. A bread oven in the middle of the restaurant will be a focal point both aesthetically and functionally, churning up a series of freshly baked Focaccias, Ciabattas, Pizzas and more. A sneak peak into the menu includes:Marinated Sea Bream with Blood Orange, Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Celery Heart Leaf as Antipasti; Fresh Ricotta Cavatelli with Fava Beans, Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper and Smoked Pecorino as Paste; a Whole Fish with Roasted Tomato Agrodolce, Green Beans, Confit Lemon and Toasted Almonds for Secondi; and Slow Poached Farmers Egg served over Creamed Sunchokes, Mache and Black Truffle Pesto as a Daily Market special.

seafoodGallante has been wearing a chefs apron from the early age of 14 where he jump started his career and fascination for Italian cooking at a local pizza shop in Upstate New York. It wasn’t long before his hunger for the restaurant world had him enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America, after which he knew his quest would to one day own his own restaurant in New York City. His first job after the CIA was with Pino Luongo at Coco Opera near Lincoln Center. After two years training under him, Gallante began working with the famed Lidia Bastianich at Felidia and was quickly promoted to sous-chef after demonstrating to her his passion for the type of cooking that earned Felidia three stars. After this, Gallante was recruited by David Bouley, whom he credits as the person who has had the most profound effect on his career to date, to work at his eponymous restaurant Bouley. Gallante spent four years working with Bouley before moving on to Cru, where during his time as executive chef the restaurant received three stars in the New York Times by then reviewer Frank Bruni, a Michelin Star, three stars in New York Magazine by Adam Platt and Gallante was also named one of the Best New Chefs in 2005 by Food & Wine.

Technology Things to do in NYC
14 Oct

Touring, living and working in the greatest city on earth is fun for everyone regardless of age, gender or country of origin. But when you are a Tech Geek, it brings a whole new meaning to the word fun! You will never run out of technology things to do in NYC! If you do, just call 911. Seriously, the streets are dotted with thousands of geeky attractions – from the magnificent Apple stores and Nintendo stores to wonderlands like the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. How could anyone get bored? For a tech geek, being in New York City is like being invited to one big fat buffet; you can eat all you but you can’t really take anything away, so yeah, you get the point, but here the feeding is with your eyes and wallet!

If you are planning a visit to NYC, the New York Pass is a must have! You can get more for less and save big with this smart card which gives you completely cashless entrance to many attractions. Here is the mind-blower; the more attractions you visit, the more you save! Yes, you got that right, the more you see and experience the less you end paying for all the tours and attractions. And as if this were not enough, you get to save your time, as you don’t have to stand in line for hours to pay for a slot to enter the attraction just to be disappointed in the end, when they call it a day and you simply cannot get in. With this smart card, you can confirm your bookings online ahead of time using your special online confirmation number. Also, on arrival at most attractions, you skip to the front of the line. All you have to do is swipe your card, and you are in before everyone!

To all of you gadget collectors out there planning on visiting NYC, your tour is incomplete without walking into one of those high-end Apple Stores. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple stores get so many customers into shopping malls they can increase the sales in the entire mall by more than 10 percent! These geniuses of retail could negotiate for cheaper rent rate!

While at it, remember to visit the Nintendo Store in the legendary Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. This site is the top priority for video gaming die-hards, or if you are looking for the perfect gift for gaming fan in your life, this is the go-to place for all your gaming needs. Experience the ultimate gaming experiences with entire video walls interfaces.
The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is the one attraction you shouldn’t miss if you are Visiting NYC with Kids. This is simply awesome with interactive and educative tech geeky activities for the kids. It’s free and a great way for the kids to have fun in NYC!

Don’t forget to check the NYC Insider Guide for more NYC Travel Guides and Tips.

Technology Things to do in NYC

Restaurant Business Plan Tips
5 Oct

So you have a brilliant business idea about starting a great restaurant? Do you already have a business plan? Oh sure! It might be the best plan ever, except for the part where the world does not know of it because it is locked somewhere safely in your head. If you could, you would make it all happen in a day, but you need investors to put in their deep pockets, right? No one has money to burn nowadays you know; forget the stuff you see in a great business proposal, movie, film or pretentious reality shows.

Here in the real world; if you are going to convince anyone at all to invest in your dream restaurant you need a professional restaurant business proposal, which I am sure you know how to write! If you don’t panic, there is still hope for your dream restaurant to be born. This article will take you through the steps you need to follow to learn how to write a professional a business plan. You can start by finding an example of a Business Plan Template for your project, which you can customize to you own ideas.

Finding a market for your restaurant business is the first thing you have to do. Find out who is available to try the cuisines at your restaurant. You need to convince your investors that your business has a reliable and diverse source of income, with not just one niche. For example, you can write in your business proposal that when your restaurant is closed, you can rent it out for filming a movie. This will influence your investors to reach into their pockets, as you are not only demonstrating your culinary talents, but your entrepreneurial and creative thinking as well.

Next, you need to identify the capital required to start your restaurant. These are both the tangible and intangible things necessary to start your restaurant. Identifying your required capital is essential to determine how much initial investment money you need to successfully open shop. You will need the obvious cutlery, furniture and some intangible things, like timing and goodwill.

Rather than starting a new place you can consider reopening an old one that closed down some time back and have the obvious advantage of people knowing that there is a restaurant at your location. On the other hand, a fresh start will make sure that your customers judge your cooking only by its own merits. Research a few other places for your restaurant and choose the best place. The best location is one that will present you the opportunity to be easily accessible by private and public transport by the high-end neighborhoods which will mainly be your customers.

Determine startup cost by making a list of all the requirements for the entire restaurant and estimating the cost of each. Then look at more information on how to write a business plan. You can keep it basic to begin with. You are going to need gourmet chefs for your restaurant as well, so you should include them in the restaurant business plan.

How to Start a Restaurant: Developing a Business Plan

Slip and Fall Accident
26 Sep

Slip and fall accidents affect millions of people globally and end up costing victims time, money and health risks, should they require expensive treatment. Serious, even fatal, injuries can occur from a slip and fall accident. The sad thing is the majority of people are victims of careless mistakes of commercial and residential building owners, including restaurants, which often have slippery floors. These business owners leave hazardous conditions unattended. The victims mostly do not know they have the legal right to hold property owners accountable for their negligence.

The Floor Safety Institute reports that more than 4,000,000 restaurant employees and guests are injured as a result of restaurant slips and falls annually and it is estimated the Food Service Industry spends more than $2 billion each year for these slip and fall accidents. Restaurant Slip and falls can cause serious financial losses due to lost time, medical bills, investigations, bad publicity and increased insurance costs.

Hazardous conditions are the leading cause of slip and fall accidents in restaurants. Examples include:

  • Wet floor
  • Poor lighting
  • Flooring transitions (tile to wood)
  • Torn carpet

Slip and fall cases fall under the legal category of ‘premises liability’ cases, which may go to trial or be settled, seeing to it that you, the plaintiff, is adequately compensated for your troubles. Should you find yourself a victim of such a slip and fall accident and you feel it was the negligence of the owners that caused you to suffer that fate, here are the steps you should take to ensure you win a slip and fall settlement.

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

Document the Slip and Fall

There is a heavy burden here to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the owner of the property acted carelessly to the effect that the accident occurred. You also have to demonstrate that it was not your fault that you fell and that the hazardous condition has been there long enough for the owner to fix it but has failed to do so out of sheer negligence.
Writing down the details of the accurate account of things as they were while they are still fresh in your memory will prevent the scenario where you fumble in court and lose the case.

Take pictures on your smartphone of the cause of your slip and fall accident, what you are wearing and your injuries. This will come in handy to prove your case.

Also record the reaction of any of the company employees who witness your accident. For example, if they apologize, this may be construed as confessing to having known of the danger and feeling responsible for your injury.

Visit Your Physician

Visit a doctor and have them examine your body for hidden and visible wounds, always keeping the records to show that the injuries occurred due to the accident.

Hire a Slip and Fall Attorney

Now that you are getting ready for a legal battle with the people whose negligence and indifference caused your accident, you need a knight to fight for you. A personal injury lawyer will know how to go about getting you a quick win or even better, a settlement, before your case ever goes to trial. This is only going to happen if you show them you mean business by hiring a high-end lawyer like the ones you find at National Injury Lawyers.

Remember to be honest with your lawyer and show them every last piece of evidence and the truth, the real truth of what happened before, during and after your accident. Your NYC Slip and Fall Attorney should then tell you honestly what the likely outcome of the case might be and hopefully win your settlement!

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Discuss Key Case Details

26 Sep

  • “Shea Gallante is an emerging star”~Wine Spectator
  • “This guy can cook, I’m privileged to be eating here”~Frank Bruni, NY Times
  • “I’m exhilarated by the discovery of this lush, exuberant food. Shea Gallante cooking Italian with so much bravura. I can’t wait to return.”~Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic, Dec. 2010
  • “We’re betting on the food of talented chef Shea Gallante”~The Bon Appetit TOP 50
  • “Everything on the menu is thrilling !”~Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic



Georgia May Jagger and Ed Westwick hosted a party honoring London’s emerging designers last night at Ciano in Gramercy, along with Vogue’s Sarah Mower, Meredith Melling Burke, Mark Holgate, and Lauren Santo Domingo. The restaurant—which officially opens next week—is already a hot spot, literally and figuratively. The fire department was called when the wood-burning pit in the center of the space was suddenly a bit too hot to handle. Luckily, there was no real reason for alarm, and the party continued without a hitch. Models and socials dressed for the occasion wearing pieces by their favorite Brits. Jagger and Lauren Remington Platt both were in Meadham Kirchhoff, while Hanneli Mustaparta opted for Todd Lynn, and the Richards sisters each wore frocks by Felicity Brown.