12th Annual Second Helping of Life

Pinkyfinger up had the honor to celebrate A Second Helping of Life at  Pier 60. The event featured some of the top women chefs as they serve their signature dish to support the fight against  breast and ovarian cancer. There was tons of great food.




Grand St. Settlement

Pinky Finger Up had the honor to cover Grant Street Settlement Taste of LES.

Grand St. Settlement expands opportunities for low-income families and individuals by providing culturally relevant services that support community-building, advocacy, self-determination and an enriched quality of life.

Since it’s founding in 1916, Grand St. Settlement has offered a continuum of innovative programs ranging from early childhood and youth development to community support for adults and seniors. We were happy to support. Some of our favorite bites came from Pearl & Ash and Seoul Chicken. Take a look at the pics and support the Lower East Side restaurant scene.

– Pinky Finger Up

Lucky Rice 2015

Lucky Rice is a festival that celebrates Asian Cuisine – sounds like my type of event. Although Pinky Finger Up did not receive a proper invite we managed to make a quick appearance at the Luxurious Mandarin Oriental. There was a host of new and well known asian restaurants representing. Of course there was match, sake, duck and my first taste of grasshopper – to my surprise, it was one tasty and crispy bite!

– Pinky Finger Up


Nights Out: C CAP 25th Anniversary

I had the honor to be an invited guest to the 25th anniversary of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap) last week. C-CAP, is a national non-profit that works with public schools to prepare undeserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.  For the record, the Pinkyfingerup crew love the kids and hope they keep feeding us till we’re  old and grey. The founder and chairman of C-CAP, Richard Grausman, has a  career spanning over forty years as a teacher and writer. This year’s honorees included businessman Dick Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls.

Now for the food. The event style is a walk-around tasting. There was forty-three restaurants participating in this years tasting . A good portion of chefs involved were C-Cap alumni. Out of the forty-three participating restaurants, I managed to sample forty-one. Some of my personal favorites came from, Marc Forgione, Sea Grill and Juni. Enjoy the pics and if you see something you like go there and eat it.

– Pinkyfingerup


Back with the brewski of the week . In the past month and a half, I’ve attended two major beer events in New York. I was able to slip some freebies to bring home and review.  My first beer I had the pleasure to slip and sip is the Elysian Space Dust IPA. Elysian is a brewery out of Washington state . It pours a nice golden color and has a nice citrus – hoppy aroma. The ABV is 7.2.  Its a smooth  and enjoyable IPA.  Grab it, if you find it at your local bodega.

—- Pinkyfingerup

American IPA