A recent visit to M57 Café was a refreshingly welcome hour of fun on a cold night. Moscow 57 Café aka M57, the pop up restaurant on the Upper Eastside, lends an edgy elegance to the Holiday House 2012's tented courtyard café, designed by Lee Najman Designs and called "Seasons of Joy". Holiday House, the brainchild of socialite Iris Dankner is now in it's 5th year. This the ultimate designer showhouse benefits the Benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation can be found at 2 East 63rd St.
On our visit, M57 owner Ellen Kaye (see photo above w/ Seth Goldman) who is also an accomplished artist from a long time restaurateur family (think original Russian Tea Room) bought her warm aura and vivacious personality to the forefront via song. Notably performing the song Cigarettes for a select crowd backed by bassist Benjamin Franklin Brown and guitarist Ethan Fein.
Are we enticing you? If so know that, M57 will serve a selection of hot dishes all with a nod to the savory herbs and spices that come from the cities along the Silk Road which adds up to "little tastes" with big flavors, and great food for the way we live today. Upon our visit Chef Seth Goldman (see photo above), a farm to table vegan wiz, dazzled us with the following scrumptious light bites that included: Rose Petal Yogurt with Fresh Mint and Pomegranate, Silk Road Lima Bean Hummus served with pita and Crudité, M57 Russian Eggplant Salad, Deviled Egg Salad, Georgian Roast Pork Loin Also the menu will be Moscow 57 Cafe's Smoked Salmon Salad, Samarkand and Sweet Bulgur Salads, hand-made Pierogies, Pelmeni,and more. We were partial to the bottles of Chardonnay that seemed to appear on our table that made a perfect pairing with the cuisine.
In addition this year, Salon (with live the Moscow on Cici the The Visual Arts) will be presented digitally representing many different mediums and philosophies from charcoal sketches to abstract paintings and photography with Leah McCloskey curating and
exhibiting, and artists Rina Root, Philippe Bocquet, Anne Delaney, Dan Root, Leslie Thresher, Yuka et al
M57 serves Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch daily from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they are open til 7:00 pm. Do stop by now through November 25th. Cilck here for a list of M57 Pop Up Cafe special events.
*photos courtesy of The Quest for "it"