Haute Author

  • NAME Zarah Burstein
  • BIO Zarah Burstein has traveled all over the world discovering unique food, fashion, and events in many different countries. Born in Manila, Philippines, Zarah’s family now resides in Virginia. She attended the College of William & Mary where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies, Art & Art History. She also studied Fashion Marketing & Trend forecasting in Paris, as well as Media at New York University. Zarah has an eclectic background and has experience in different industries including fashion at Nordstroms, entertainment at MTV Networks, publishing at Marie Claire Magazine and PR at Harrison & Shriftman. Zarah also wrote for Guest of a Guest in the Hamptons during the summer of 2010. When not writing for Haute Living, Zarah can be found on her blackberry doused in some form of social media, planning her next dinner party, at an art museum, or out and about exploring the newest restaurants, vast array of designers and hot spots in New York City. Connect with Zarah by e-mail or follow her on twitter @zarahmargarita.

Articles By Zarah Burstein

Haute Event: Masquerading in Manhattan

Last week, masquerades were the popular party theme to start off the Halloween weekend. The official definition of a masquerade is a party, dance or celebratory gathering with guests wearing masks and other disguises, and often stylish, historical, or extraordinary costumes. On Thursday, October 28, there was plenty of masquerading going on around Manhattan. Read More

Haute Event: Central Park Conservancy’s Green Ball

Imagine walking through the dark of Central Park and into a spooky and magical environment inundated with acid green light. Under a tent at Rumsey Playfield on Mid-central Park at 72nd street, over 500 ingeniously dressed New Yorkers were celebrating the spirit of Halloween just a tad bit early. Read More

Haute Event: Fourth Annual Golden Heart Awards

On Monday, October 25, 2010, God’s Love We Deliver held its Fourth Annual Golden Heart Awards. God’s Love We Deliver revealed that noble endeavors certainly don’t go unnoticed as the night celebrated significant contributions of three long-time supporters. Read More

MPD: Mon Petit Dejeuner

MPD no longer just stands for the Meatpacking District. To Daniel and Derek Koch it more importantly has a double meaning, one as the name for their new restaurant Mon Petit Dejeuner and the location of their new establishment. Read More

Haute Event: 2010 Vimeo Festival & Awards

Attendees from across the world gathered in New York City for the first Vimeo Festival & Awards. The two-day festival from Oct. 8-9 was held in IAC’s white Frank Gehry-designed building, while the Saturday night awards show was held at the Chelsea Theater. The Vimeo Festival and Awards are held because of the video work being shared by independent creators choosing the internet to premiere and share their work. Read More

Haute Event: History Makers Gala

The New York Historical Society’s 2010 History Makers Gala had more than 550 attendees and raised more than $2.7 million for the society’s educational programs and initiatives. Read More

Jordin Sparks Introduces New Fragrance

Grammy-nominated, platinum recording artist, "American Idol" winner and Broadway star of "In the Heights" Jordin Sparks introduced her first-ever fragrance line Because of You on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City. The fragrance acknowledges her fans that have helped her reach her dreams. Read More

Haute Dining: Jean-Luc Naret of the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide, the world’s most prominent food criticism publication, has released its 2011 New York City restaurant ratings. Michelin’s stars can affect the path of many restaurants new and old. The star system is defined in terms of driving: one star means “a very good restaurant in its category,” two stars is “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and the definition of three stars is “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” I conversed with the dapper sharp-suited Frenchman in charge of the Michelin guides, Jean-Luc Naret. Read More

Haute Event: 14th Annual Military Ball

Friday evening, Oct. 1, The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club (SSMAC) held the 14th Annual Military Ball in New York City. The Pierre Hotel was filled with more than 250 guests dressed in embellished gowns and adorned military attire. The guests flounced around the room to the sounds of bagpipes, as well as music played by Alex Donner and his Orchestra. Tony Sirico of The Sopranos and Joyce Randolph from The Last Honeymooner also attended the Military Ball. Read More

Lavo New York

Lavo is a name that many people can evoke in their minds from visits to Las Vegas. However, Manhattanites no longer need to travel west to get their fix of this nightlife venue. Lavo has made a sizzling appearance in New York City’s midtown neighborhood, more specifically 58th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. The venue is both a classic Italian restaurant and nightclub. Read More