Friday, October 29, 2010


Today ONLY, visit and purchase a $40 gift certificate with an $80 value to be used at The Whitney!! You can't beat that price! And what a perfect holiday present for a friend, family member or Secret Santa recipient!

Gift certificate valid through March 1, 2011.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Whitney Gets Noteworthy Praise

You signed on to, you rated your favorite restaurants and you've all agreed, The Whitney is once again a favorite.

Check out this article from The Detroit News.

Thank you, Detroit!

October 27. 2010 3:52PM

Diners choose 20 Detroit-area restaurants for 2011 Zagat guide

Molly Abraham / Special to The Detroit News

Twenty Detroit-area restaurants have been named among "America's Top Restaurants" in the 2011 edition of the influential national Zagat guide. The slim maroon book, which rates 1,552 restaurants in 45 major cities, arrives in bookstores today.

The rankings represent the opinions of ordinary diners who register on to comment about the food, decor, service and cost of restaurants selected by editors of Zagat, one of the best known but most mispronounced names in the world of restaurant ratings — zuh-GAT (rhymes with cat) is the way to say it.

"Anyone who is passionate about food can be one of our surveyors," says Tiffany Herklots, communications director at The 2011 guide ($15.95) represents a cross-section of the views and comments of more than 153,000 diners who have visited the restaurants they vote for in the past year.

Ten Detroit area restaurants achieved the top tier ranking of 28, 27 or 26 points out of a possible 30. That's pretty much as difficult as batting over .400. Another 10 local restaurants receive the designation of "other noteworthy places." That might seem akin to coming in second in a beauty contest, but it's solid recognition nonetheless.

Bacco Ristorante in Southfield and the Lark in West Bloomfield Township are the only local spots to get 28 points out of the possible 30. In the Zagat guide, Bacco fans call it "superb" and a place to "see-and-be-seen," while the Lark draws such comments as "still the top of the heap" and "old-school elegant."

Bill Roberts, the only local proprietor with not one, but two, restaurants in the top tier — the Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills, which has made the list before, and Streetside Seafood in Birmingham, which shows up for the first time — says it's "thrilling" to be included.

"It's great to be acknowledged by our guests, who are the ones who write in and get the ratings to the guide," he says. "Our staff does such a good job. We tweak and change and try to make things better, and this sort of recognition makes it all worthwhile."

Guests of Streetside Seafood quoted in the guide call it "happening," "a neighborhoood favorite" and say it has "fantastic seafood."

Craig Common, chef/proprietor of the Common Grill in Chelsea, also is not a newcomer to the Zagat ratings yet excited to be included.

"This will probably be the sixth or seventh time, but I'm never tired of it," he says. "It's nice to be recognized, and it's a good feather in the cap of the staff. The guests who've supported us all these years will be excited, too." Comments from Common Grill patrons include "worth the drive" and "uncommonly good."

The Zagat guide originated in 1979 as a hobby for husband-and-wife team Tim and Nina Zagat, but now rates hotels and resorts as well as restaurants and has a staff of 100 in New York, an online shop and international scope.

With an e-mail address and ZIP code, diners can register at to provide feedback about restaurants from a list created by Zagat editors in that area. There are two ways to contribute: by participating in surveys throughout the year, or going to a restaurant's Zagat property page and providing feedback after a dining experience. Restaurants with a lot of positive feedback are included in the "America's Top Restaurants 2011" guide, with some editorial discretion to include restaurants that are particularly well-known.

Zagat's Detroit top food rankings

The Lark, 6430 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield Township. (248) 661-4466.

Bacco Ristorante, 29410 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. (248) 356-6600.

Common Grill, 112 S. Main St., Chelsea. (734) 475-0470.

Zingerman's Delicatessen, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. (734) 663-3354.

Cafe Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.

Beverly Hills Grill, 31471 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills. (248) 642-2355.

Saltwater, 1777 Third St., Detroit. (313) 465-1646.

West End Grill, 120 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. (734) 747-6260.

Streetside Seafood, 273 Pierce St., Birmingham. (248) 645-9123.

Logan, 115 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. (734) 327-2313.

Other noteworthy places

Assaggi Bistro, 330 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 584-3499.

Atlas Global Bistro, 3111 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (313) 831-2241.

Capital Grille, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. (248) 649-5200.

The Earle, 121 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. (734) 994-0211.

Eve, 1415 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. (734) 222-0711.

Hong Hua, 27925 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. (248) 489-2280.

Rattlesnake Club, 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Roast, 1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit. (313) 961-2500. Rugby Grill, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. (248) 642-5999.

The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Whitney's "Haunted at The Mansion"

Inside these haunted walls the ghosts of David Whitney and his family are waiting to scare your socks off!

Give them the opportunity and join us on Devil's Night, Saturday, October 30 at the Whitney for the 3rd Annual "Haunted at The Mansion". The event takes place in our 115-year-old, massive 21,000 square foot, 52-room mansion equipped with 20 fireplaces, Tiffany stained glass windows, and even a secret vault!

Get fancy with it and reserve your exclusive VIP table, which includes two bottles of premium vodka, 10 VIP tickets, plush couches and a private server.


The success of last year's party is sure to carry over to this year so get your tickets and VIP table reservations now for the hottest ghoulish event of the season!

For tickets and reservations, visit or call 248.660.6890

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Sweet Escape" for Sweetest Day

You've ordered the flowers, bought the chocolates and prepared your monologue of sweet-nothings for your your next step is to wine and dine them at The Whitney for a "Sweet Escape" on Sweetest Day, October 16th.

Adoring couples will enjoy a four-course menu* of delicious Whitney fare for $55 and live jazz on the first flour of the historic mansion.
Following dinner, guests are invited to attend an exclusive after party in the third-floor Ghostbar featuring a live jazz and a special guest appearance by R&B sensation Brian McKnight!
Tickets to the after party are $30 and can be purchased through The Whitney at 313.832.5700 OR by calling Lorenzo at 248.789.8773
Make this a night that you and your loved-one will remember!

*not including alcohol, tax or gratuity