Easter Dinner at Blue Mediterranean

When I was a kid, Easter was one of my favorite holidays. I loved Easter egg hunts and of course, all of the candy. We weren’t really church going people, but my extended family is, and we would usually all gather for Easter dinner at my grandmother’s house. Unfortunately, she is in hospice care, so we now have to create a new tradition.

This year, we decided to stop by Blue Mediterranean in Little Italy. I’d passed by this place so many times and decided it was time to finally stop in.

The lights were dimmed, so it was a bit too dark to take a picture of the decor, but the ambience is like you’ve been teleported straight to the Mediterranean (or so I imagine, it’s on my long list of places to go!) with beautiful arches throughout the restaurant.

We started our dinner off with drinks – I opted for a glass of prosecco, while my mother chose the sangria.

For our appetizer, we selected the fried calamari, which was perfection and came with delectable marinara sauce and a green aioli.

For our entrees, my mother went with the black sea bass, while my sister and I decided to share the seafood linguini and the swordfish. Everything was very fresh and tasty.

We finished off our meal with dessert – baklava, tiramisu, and chocolate mousse. Yum.


Win Free Crab for a Year at Grand Opening of Joe’s Crab Shack at the Mall at Bay Plaza

Tomorrow marks the grand opening of Joe’s Crab Shack at the Mall at Bay Plaza. Further, the first 100 customers will win free crab for a year!  Unfortunately, I am allergic to shellfish, but I can certainly live vicariously through one of you!

You all know I love City Island and its amazing locally owned seafood restaurants, but if you’re at the mall and happen to crave seafood, you can now just stop by Joe’s Crab Shack.

For more info, see below.

Bronx, New York residents can now enjoy a taste of the shore while they are out shopping, thanks to the opening of a new Joe’s Crab Shack location in the borough. The new restaurant will be located at 200 Baychester Ave in the Bronx, in the Mall at Bay Plaza.


Doors to the restaurant will officially open at 11a.m. September 23, 2014. The first 100 guests who dine at the new location on opening day will be awarded free crab for a year and one lucky guest will win free crab for life!


“We’re excited to be a part of the neighborhood and bring the Joe’s dining experience to the Bronx,” said Juan Sanes, general manager, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bronx. “Our guests may even recognize a familiar face or two, as we’ll have more than 150 local residents working in this location. We look forward to greeting our guests as they tie on a bib and crack into one of our famous crab buckets.”


The Bronx location guests also have the opportunity to participate in the restaurant’s national fundraiser for the
No Kid Hungry campaign through the month of September. Guests who donate $10 will receive $20 off their next visit; those who donate $5 will receive $10 off; and those who donate $2 will receive $5 off.


With its location in the Mall at Bay Plaza, the new Bronx restaurant features convenient covered and uncovered parking and a full-service bar.