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The Daily Meal
Hazelnut and Lobster Cannelloni Recipe
" This recipe's a bit of a project, but it's no ordinary cannelloni recipe. How could it be — the addition of lobster elevates any dish from the normal into something truly special."
The Hollywood Reporter
The Eat Sheet: Victor Casanova on his appearance in the Christmas Day premiere of 'Iron Chef America'
"Casanova will compete against top toque Geoffrey Zakarian, of New York City's The National and Lambs Club, who just won The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs on Dec. 18. And as for the episode's secret ingredient? Explains Casanova: "The only thing I can say about it is that it's alive."
Geoffrey Zakarian on Winning Next Iron Chef, Celebratory Specials at The National, Lambs Club
"In honor of his big win on The Next Iron Chef Sunday night, Geoffrey Zakarian is offering specials at his two NYC restaurants. First off, the National Bar & Dining room is celebrating by offering specials drawn from Zakarian's creations on the show, including salmon tartare with lemon aioli, Chinese long bean and cucumber ($15), avocado one eyed Susie with shrimp, grits and lobster sauce ($17) and filet Provencal with olives, capers and red-wine reduction ($35).
The Wall Street Journal
Thanksgiving Tips from the Stars: Geoffrey Zakarian's Stuffing
"With Thanksgiving just a day away, Speakeasy is continuing its holiday spread of recipes and culinary advice from well-known chefs and foodies. Today's offering: the stuffing.
Travels in Taste
Geoffrey Zakarian Triumphs in Kitchen Stadium
"Last night TravelsinTaste celebrated Geoffrey Zakarian's big win on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs at a party at The Bar at The Lambs Club (132 West 44th Street between 6th and Broadway) where Zakarian was on hand to greet guests and serve some of his famous creations. His restaurants (The Lambs Club, The National, and Tudor House) are celebrating the victory with specials drawn from Geoffrey's "Next Iron Chef" creations.
Q&A With Chef Geoffrey Zakarian
"2011 was a big year for Geoffrey Zakarian. The industry veteran opened his third restaurant in the span of two years-- Tudor House in Miami-- and managed to defeat nine culinary stars to win the Food Network's Next Iron Chef
An Ode to Haute: Geoffrey Zakarian's Journey Through Gourmet Cooking
"Mention of Mr. Zakarian's name either strikes pangs of pleasure or induces jolts of despair in the heart of the listener. For the sophisticated and knowledgeable diner, (one day I can only hope to be in that category), Chef Zakarian's food is the nectar of the gods; and so sublime is his cooking he has received (on three occasions) three stars from the NY Times dining critic.
Margaret & Geoffrey Zakarian
"In an age when the James Beard Foundation gives awards for TV personalities and programs, and New York's finest chef's are establishing outposts in elite resort destinations, it takes more than exquisite cooking and excellent reviews to be considered one of Gotham's greats. But now Geoffrey Zakarian is poised to enter the pantheon where the city's legendary restaurateurs like Danny Meyer, Keith McNally, aand Daniel Bolud rule supreme.
"The National 2007 Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is "lush and textural with rich stone fruit aromatics and full body, but counterbalanced with good acidity," explains chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian of this white which pairs well with The National's pork chop.
Watch Geoffrey Zakarian Make Jimmy Fallon an Iron Chef
"The newest Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian (who?) swung by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new ironclad status. He presented Fallon with an Iron Chef figurine of his own (the L stands for... Late Night?) and, as most Fallon guests do, made some cocktails.
Grub Street New York
Amorino’s Decadent Hot Chocolates; Where to Celebrate Australia Day, Mate
"The National Bar and Dining Rooms will be accepting Super Bowl takeout orders by phone at 212-715-2400 until 24 hours before the game. Wings and ribs to go? That feels like a win to us.
The Village Voice
Geoffrey Zakarian on His Holiday Plans: Interview Part 2
"Yesterday we spoke with Geoffrey Zakarian, chef at the National and the Lambs Club, about his big win on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Today he reveals his plans for Christmas and New Year's, and what trend he'd most like to see end in 2012.
Zakarian: NYC is Best Restaurant Town in the World
"Geoffrey Zakarian is renowned in the culinary world with three successful restaurants: The National and The Lambs Club in NYC and Tudor House in Miami, his resume peppered with accolades like a Michelin Star and James Beard award and now the title of Iron Chef. During the run of the “Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs,” Zakarian outcooked a number of superstars like Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes, Marcus Samuelsson and Anne Burrell, among others.
The DISH with chef Geoffrey Zakarian
"The recent winner of the Food Network's "Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs" sits with Rebecca Jarvis to talk about his favorite dish: Cod Wrapped in Cabbage with Smoked Tuna
New York Post
" CHRISTY Turlington Burns carb-loading Friday night before the marathon with a bowl of pasta at Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National
New York Times
An Updated Sifty Fifty
"Who’s in, who’s out? As summer comes to a close we’ve made some additions to my ever-evolving list of 50 favorite restaurants in New York City."
Overdone:Why are restaurant websites so horrifically bad?
"Look at the the National, a New York bar and restaurant whose site uses nice photos and a simple layout to give you a quick impression of the place. The National's site was designed by Eng San Kho, of Love and War"
"Paul Corsentino, Executive Chef at The National in New York City, is a pickling master who shares his expertise with us, and then recommends his favorite pickling vinegars."
Good Morning America
Fourth of July Recipes: Summer BBQ
"Healthy barbeque tips in time for Independence Day."
The National’s Screwdriver
"Ahhh, the screwdriver. Is there another drink in human history that has introduced more underage imbibers to the sauce? Just ask any bartender – pretty much the fastest way to get yourself carded is to order one of these. Brenden Welsch at The National is hoping to update this PG-13 beverage for adult audiences. After all, the folks that frequent Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant in Midtown East aren’t really the fake ID set. We hope that his artfully balanced concoction will be enough to make the teenage set abandon vodka and orange juice all together – once they see how chic it is, they’ll just have to go back to putting Citron in their Snapple."
Sous Chef Shza
Worlds Are Colliding
"Alright…I am not even going to try to pretend that a recent visit to the local midtown bistro The National, located within the Benjamin Hotel, doesn’t bring to mind something that firmly forces my hand on how this discussion is going to go down. See, The National, the Brooklyn-based rock band, occupies a section of my heart, musically speaking, reserved for a mere select few. The band is composed of two sets of twins and a complicated front man, Matt Berninger, whose lyrics I consider modern-American poetry. I celebrate the bands entire catalog and see them perform whenever possible. The National and I go way back. So, the way I see it, there is no other way to play this one. When reviewing The National (restaurant) there is no other option than to allow for worlds to collide!"
Restaurant Review: The National
"Part bistro and part cafe, but all old world Manhattan is perhaps the most accurate description of midtown east’s The National. The throwback to old New York concocted by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian follows suit with the essence of their menu- reinventing the traditional. As jazz music pumps in the background, once inside it seems the only things missing are fedoras, cigar smoke, and perhaps Don Draper."
"Restaurants get after us online all the time. They try and lure us in for a review by telling us how great they are over and over again, most with wreckless disregard and absolutely zero tact. Restaurants that agressively hustle to get people like us in the door to write about them generally suck. That’s a fact. How it’s possible that Olio Pizza’s digital marketing team can continue to pitch us on coming back for brunch after we destroyed the place worse than any other spot in the last year is beyond me. Be smart people, practice good internet. On the flip side, if you’re smart about how you go about your business, we take notice. The National didn’t once ask us to come to their restaurant, but they successfully got on our radar via twitter, re-tweeting some of our tweets and @immaculateinfat‘ing us about random funny sh*t. We’re glad they did too, becuase this restaurant, and whoever is running their twitter game, is awesome."
Looking for a new Midtown staple? Try The National.
"Geoffrey Zakarian is at it again. This is the guy who has graced the kitchens of such legendary eateries as the 21 Club, 44 at the Royalton, Patroon, TOWN, Country, and The Lambs Club. My favorite Zakarian joint was always TOWN, where the exquisite downstairs dining room, excellent menu presentation, and amazing food wowed me every time. I was thrilled to hear that Zakarian had set up shop in the Benjamin Hotel, right off the 6 Train’s 51st Street stop, on Lexington Avenue. The National, it seemed, could join my regular rotation."
Grubstreet New York
Jorge Posada Talks Fenway Franks, Booze — and Cameron Diaz
"To raise money and awareness for Craniosynostosis, a rare and expensive medical condition that affected their son, Jorge and Laurie Posada are launching a new sangria brand called Cinco Anillos. Last night at the National, we caught up with the Yankees superstar and his beautiful wife about his own in-season drinking habits, his favorite New York restaurants, and what's up with A-rod's love life."
Jorge Posada and wife Laura launch 'Cinco Anillos' in midtown with focus on son's upcoming surgery
"Laura Posada laughs with the Yankees' Nick Swisher and his wife Joanna Garcia at the launch for the Posadas' "Cinco Anillos" sangria line at The National restaurant in midtown."
Fast Company's Co. Design
The National Wins Award For Top Restaurant Branding Of 2011
"Love and War earns a James Beard for its elegant mashup of turn-of-the-century imagery.Restaurant reviewers tend to be myopic creatures: They can’t see past the food. Sure, they may remark on the service or the plating. But when was the last time you read a write-up that mentioned the menu design? Fortunately, the James Beard Foundation Awards corrects that oversight by honoring the unsung collaborators -- the designers -- who make dining experiences that much more enjoyable."
Chef Secrets: Geoffrey Zakarian Freezes His Broth
"How does Geoffrey Zakarian of The National and The Lambs Club in New York get his soups so crystal clear. Nope – he doesn’t use some high-tech gadget that would be at home in the pages of Modernist Cuisine. He keeps things simple (and chilly):"
Miami New Times
"The 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival didn't officially start until this morning, but Food Network magazine snuck in a star-studded soiree last night at Scarpetta that really wowed fans."
New Times Broward Palm Beach
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
"Last night Geoffrey Zakarian represented New York restaurant The National at The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash."
The Daily Meal
Geoffrey Zakarian Takes on Burger Bash
"Every year a winner tries to defend the throne, and every year new chefs take up the challenge. At this year's Burger Bash at the 2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club and The National in New York City sets his sights on winning the Amstel Light Burger Bash with a wood-roasted Gruyère burger."
10 Newcomers to Hit for Restaurant Week
"Restaurant Week isn’t just about getting into your favorite old haunts. A large number of newly opened eateries are participating in the promotion this year, so you can use the deals as an excuse to scope them out."
'Chopped' Judge Geoffrey Zakarian: "Scott Conant Gets Made Fun of a Lot"
"As a regular judge on the Food Network show Chopped—which begins its sixth season tonight at 10 P.M.—New York-based chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian is required to criticize a rotating roster of working cooks and the dishes they concoct using an unlikely ingredient combo, presented by host Ted Allen."
Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails
"The stress of the holidays sometimes requires more than hot chocolate to ease your pain. Embrace the season with a winter cocktail and enjoy flavors like cranberry, cinnamon and apple without worrying about a trip to the grocery store or a baking experiment in the kitchen."
"Tips on what makes the perfect turkey."
Gourmet Shot: Geoffrey Zakarian
"In addition to his duties as a frequent judge on the hit Food Network show Chopped, he just opened a pair of Big Apple restaurants, both of which of course offer tasty drinks. The National has a cocktail menu created by beverage director Rob Burns."
Five Affordable Alternatives to NYC's Hottest Restaurants
"The menu at the new restaurant inside the Benjamin Hotel features Geoffrey Zakarian’s signature knack for reinterpreting classic European fare with distinctly New-American flavors, in a chic, timeless bistro setting."
NYC Double Play for Zakarian
"Food Network fixture Geoffrey Zakarian has been one busy boy. In the last month or so he’s opened not one, but two chic new spaces in New York hotels: The Lambs Club at the Chatwal, and The National at the Benjamin."
Geoffrey Zakarian's 30 Year History With Midtown
"The Feast sat down with Zakarian to discuss his nearly thirty year history with restaurants in the area (his first major job was as a line cook at Le Cirque in the early 80's)."
"The Swank New National Restaurant"
Metromix New York
" His [Geoffrey Zakarian's] newest venture, at The Benjamin, is a casual New American bistro offering sandwiches, soups, appetizers and entrées, accented with the occasional European or Asian flair. "
The Strong Buzz
"Geoffrey Zakarian is on a roll. His new place, The Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel, has been garnering some positive reviews (and a serious celebrity following, aka Marc Jacobs), and now he has opened The National. "
New York Times
Off the Menu: Openings
"A grand cafe is interpreted conservatively by the designer David Rockwell (cream walls, dark furniture) and the chef Geoffrey Zakarian. "
What to Eat at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Latest, The National
"Don’t call it a comeback, but Geoffrey Zakarian has been busy lately. A couple of months ago he opened the Lambs Club, which got a nod from Platt, and today he’s introducing another throwback midtown hotel restaurant, the National, on the ground floor of the Benjamin Hotel. "
The National: Day One
"Geoffrey Zakarian, master of the hotel restaurant, has done it again. After 44 in the Royalton, Town in the Chambers and Country in the Carlton, he has given us a double header – earlier this year he opened the Lambs Club in the Chatwal and now, just over two months later, he’s lifted the veil on The National in Midtown East’s Benjamin Hotel. "
The New York Times
Off the Menu: National Bar and Dining Rooms by Geoffrey Zakarian.
"Geoffrey Zakarian—who has been out of the limelight, and the kitchen, in recent months—is busier than ever. He has been developing the Lambs Club restaurant in the Chatwal Hotel, off Times Square, which is due to open soon, and now he is working on another hotel restaurant, the National Bar and Dining Rooms, in the Benjamin, 557 Lexington Avenue (51st Street."
Food goes hi-tech (tweet and eat!), while Michael White and Geoffrey Zakarian kick it old school
"His [Geoffrey Zakarian] newest venture, at The Benjamin hotel, is a casual New American restaurant offering bistro-style sandwiches, soups, appetizers and entrées, accented with the occasional European or Asian flair. The broad menu aims to please across the board, and the café will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch."
Time Out New York
Food trends to watch this fall
"At the National, located inside the Benjamin Hotel, expect seasonal American ingredients and classical French techniques."
New York Post
" The National: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is behind the menu of this grand European-style cafe designed by David Rockwell."
The New York Times
What’s Opening This Season
"This will be a grand cafe, with a varied menu by Geoffrey Zakarian, everything from omelets to steaks, from morning until night..."
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"National Bar & Dining Rooms at The Benjamin: Now that Geoffrey Zakarian has The Lambs Club wowing power players over at The Chatwal, he can concentrate on what the Times says will be a 'grand cafe' at The Benjamin, serving 'everything from omelets to steaks'."
"Work these days [for Geoffrey Zakarian] means the National, the restaurant he's opening next month on the ground floor of the Benjamin hotel. I've been waiting like twenty years to open a place like this," he says. 'It's a midtown neighborhood joint, which should be an oxymoron.' Straddling the office-heavy Grand Central area and the more residential neighborhood of Sutton Place, Zakarian sees room for something welcoming."
New York Post
"With a hint of fall’s crisp swagger in the air, old-school bon vivants and broads are hankering for the city’s quintessential cocktail: the robust, puts-hair-on-your-chest Manhattan. The drink — traditionally some combination of rye, vermouth and bitters — is a no-fuss, no-muss bar staple that’s making a huge comeback among slim-hipped scenesters citywide."