The most romantic restaurant spots in NYC

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"If it’s intimacy you crave, reserve table 108 at Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s upscale American restaurant the National, in Midtown East. The round table — which seats six, but they’ll give it to two on special occasions or less-busy days — is enclosed by a velvet curtain, which Zakarian had installed to “afford diners a type of privacy that’s hard to find,” especially in this bustling corner of the city. He describes the shrouded spot as great for “surprises” — and even once hid behind it, at a husband’s behest, to surprise his Food Network superfan wife. 557 Lexington Ave.; 212-715-2400"

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Where To Get Breakfast in Midtown

"You potatoheads know we take our breakfast seriously around here. That’s why when a weekday midtown breakfast meeting comes up, we refuse to not take picking a spot seriously. We won’t just go anywhere…greek yogurt, acai bowls, eggs and the like are serious things to be considered. Got a hankering for bagels? Head to H&H. Craving Australian-style coffee and avocado toast? Bluestone Lane is your place. You may not share our sentiments about breakfast at the moment, but after you check out our favorite spots in Midtown, we suspect you’ll change your stance…or at least book all your morning business meetings around here. The National, 557 Lexington Ave. Order: Baked Eggs en Cocotte with san Marzano Tomato, Pepperoncini, Pecorino Romano."

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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)."

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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."

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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"

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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, and Daniel Boulud rule supreme."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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White Nights

"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."

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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.

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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."

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