Interview: Chef Franco Sampogna of NYC Speakeasy Restaurant, Frevo

Inventive contemporary French cuisine tucked behind an art gallery in Greenwich Village

If one subscribes to the belief that a meal can tell a story, the first dish within the tasting menu at Frevo sets the tone for a romance. Each frequently shifting seasonal tasting menu consists of five courses: two appetizers, one meat and fish course, and then a dessert. Each dish includes ingredients of the utmost freshness, assembled with passion. Chef Franco Sampogna, general manager …

Malle W. Trousseau’s Oyster Kit

Shuck shells like a professional with the celebrated French company's stylish equipment

Anyone who’s played the role of an oyster shucker can understand the difficulties these little saltwater delicacies can inflict on even the most burly of hands. This holiday season, Malle W. Trousseau is set to release a must-have for any oyster enthusiast looking to ease the process of shucking. The celebrated French cookware company’s oyster kit comprises a leather hand shield and a high-quality iron …

Kokoro Restaurant & Salon de Thé, Paris

A Franco-Japanese husband and wife team bring modern Gallic cuisine to the city center

by Ananda Pellerin Don’t let the bright yellow sign fool you, Kokoro Restaurant is a sea of calm in Paris’ 5th arrondissement. Beered-up students from the Sorbonne spill out onto the pavement only a block away from the restaurant, which is located on the winding Rue des Boulangers alongside a primary school, a few small shops and the city’s first Irish pub. If you’ve spent …