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A Moon for the Misbegotten by Diane Snyder
April 29, 2007, 5:59.33 pm ET

Kevin Spacey's marquee name will no doubt lure audiences to this sublime and rigorous revival of one of Eugene O'Neill's richest dramas. But it's likely they'll leave thinking about Eve Best.  more

                                                       Simon Annand

Inherit The Wind by Lesley Alexander
April 29, 2007, 5:49.50 pm ET

Great plays require great actors. The new revival of "Inherit the Wind" is just such an event. With Christopher Plummer at the helm, this masterpiece by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee cracks with fire and brimstone of the liberal kind.  more

                                                                                   Joan Marcus

Back to Pipin's by Thomas Rafeal
April 29, 2007, 5:43.02 pm ET

When a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to Pipin's, I couldn't believe the place was still in existence.  I hadn't been there in more than 20 years.  more

Opening: Landmarc
April 25, 2007, 7:19.08 pm ET

Landmarc opens at Time Warner Center.  This sleek bistro sports an industrial look and a view from every table.  more


Opening: Insieme
April 25, 2007, 7:09.48 pm ET

Another new spot, Insieme, lands in midtown with a stylish space and Italian menu to match.   more...



New Greek and Roman Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 24, 2007, 5:29.10 pm ET

After more than five years of construction, the long-awaited opening concludes a 15-year project for the complete redesign and reinstallation of the Museum's superb collection of classical art. Returning to public view in the new space are thousands of long-stored works from the Metropolitan's collection, which is considered one of the finest in the world. The centerpiece of the New Greek and Roman Galleries is the majestic Leon Levy and Shelby White Court – a monumental, peristyle court for the display of Hellenistic and Roman art, with a soaring two-story atrium.   more

Photos: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The E.U. by Andrea Strong
April 23, 2007, 7:12.23 pm ET

Drama happens a lot in the restaurant business. Witness the latest round of chef casualties—Neil Ferguson (Gordon Ramsay), Chris Albrecht (Craftsteak), Ed Witt (Varietal)—and you get just a taste of the constant soap opera that unfolds behind the swinging kitchen doors. But drama is an understatement when one examines the long and winding road that makes up the history of European Union.   Full Review


Tom Ford by Pamela Grossman
April 23, 2007, 7:08.24 pm ET

Tom Ford, who shone for years as the womenswear designer for Gucci and became a fashion icon in the process, has resurfaced as a men's designer, with a new line and a brand new flagship store on Madison Avenue. In the fashion world, this is major news--and accordingly, the store is drawing reverant fashionistas to its doors.  Full Review


Curtain Comes Down on The Producers
April 22, 2007, 5:07.06 pm ET

It was once the hottest ticket on Broadway, but after 2,502 performances the curtain has come down on "The Producers".  more l review


27th Annual New York International Orchid Show
April 22, 2007, 4:54.13 pm ET

Rockefeller Center was the backdrop for this year's orchid show featuring 70,000 exotic orchids from around the world.  more



Brunch at Mesa Grill by Annie Goodman
April 21, 2007, 10:53.51 am ET

Since I watch all of Bobby Flay's shows on the Food Network, I decided it was time for a "throwdown" with Flay's Mesa Grill on Fifth Avenue. Reservations are recommended for a Saturday brunch, but not required.  Full Review


Cherry Tree by Thomas Rafael
April 19, 2007, 6:38.53 pm ET

You know Brooklyn is hot when your Manhattanite friends are moving here. I found myself meeting up with one such friend on a sleepy strip of 4th Avenue bordering Park Slope that is fast- becoming gentrified.  The place was the Cherry Tree.  Full Review


Josie’s Kitchen by Brian Scott Lipton
April 19, 2007, 6:33.43 pm ET

Celery, carrot sticks, cottage cheese. Yuck! So much of the food that’s good for you is, in my not-so-humble opinion, just plain bad. So I thank my lucky stars for restaurants like Josie’s Kitchen, the newly opened Upper East Side branch of the popular Upper West Side eatery, where virtuousness and deliciousness are not mutually exclusiveness.  Full Review


The Pirate Queen by Lesley Alexander
April 19, 2007, 6:22.58 pm ET

With a title like "The Pirate Queen, a New Musical," one might expect a good deal of swashbuckling. And with a writing team that includes Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, ("Les Misérables," "Miss. Saigon") one might expect a great show.  Full Review

                                                                                   Joan Marcus

Fireside by Andrea Strong
April 16, 2007, 7:15.02 pm ET

In 1994, a restaurant opened that would change the world of food as it was once known. It would make it tastier, racier, livelier, and more often than not, smaller. This restaurant was not located in a glitzy palace in Midtown, nor was it in the hands of Daniel Boulud, Jean Georges, Eric Ripert, or some other critically acclaimed culinarian. It was a modest neighborhood spot, often found with doors thrown open to the street, located on a sleepy stretch of First Avenue. In the kitchen was a small, stocky firecracker of a guy with a huge personality. That man was Sam DeMarco and that restaurant was First.  Now, you'll find him at Fireside at the Omni Berkshire Hotel in midtown.  Full Review

                                                       Photo: Fireside


The Fragrance Shop by Pamela Grossman
April 15, 2007, 7:21.43 pm ET

The Fragrance Shop New York feels like a toy store for adults. No, not *that* kind of toy--sure, your mom might be as happy as anyone else to receive one of those, but she doesn't want to receive it from you. This place is stocked full of soaps, scents, balms, bath beads, etc.; at every turn, you find something that appeals.   Full Review 

The Fragrance Shop New York 

Burgers and Cupcakes
April 14, 2007, 9:48.12 am ET

A fight is brewing over a giant pink cupcake atop a canopy leading to Burgers and Cupcakes in Chelsea.  The city calls it a safety hazzard.  The owners compare the spinning cake to a tourist attraction, like the "Empire State Building".  Read more about Burgers and Cupcakes, click here.

Spider-Man Week in NYC
April 13, 2007, 10:26.43 am ET

Get ready for some spidey fun to usher in the new Spider-Man 3 movie.

                                        Spider-Man Week Poster

For more information on Spider-Man Week in New York City click here

Amalia by Andrea Strong
April 11, 2007, 9:50.08 pm ET

Amalia is a striking new Mediterranean restaurant in Vikram Chatwal's Dream Hotel named for Freud's mother. Get it, dream? Freud? Wink, Wink. It's clever, I suppose, and with the number of New Yorkers who visit with Freud's people every week for their 45-minute hours, it certainly resonates with the masses.

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Auto. by Pamela Grossman
April 8, 2007, 8:19.44 pm ET

I've been writing this column for a while now and, in the process, have seen a lot of jewelry. Much of it I've coveted; some of it I've actually splurged on. But I don't recall coming across jewelry that almost moved me to tears, until now.  Full Review

                                                       auto./Jeanine Payer

Curtains by Lesley Alexander
April 8, 2007, 8:13.22 pm ET

Sometimes when more than one writer gets involved in a musical the result is a hodgepodge of styles. Happily, this is not the case for the final Kander and Ebb show, 'Curtains" which is a snazzy, fun romp with terrific dancing and a catchy score.  Full Review


Ceci-Cela by Thomas Rafael
April 7, 2007, 7:56.22 am ET

There are two simple reasons to make a mad dash to Ceci-Cela Patisserie in Nolita. The first are the Tuiles, a magnificent and truly addictive French cookie.   Full Review

Spotlight Opens In Times Square
April 5, 2007, 8:27.28 pm ET

New York's premiere karaoke club opens in Times Square in a beautiful tri-level space complete with individual karaoke pods and lots of disco balls.


Spotlight Live - 1604 Broadway at 49th St
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Macy's Petacular
April 1, 2007, 6:47.46 pm ET

Most people have heard of the Macy's Flower Show which kicked off today.  This year's theme is jungle animals.  But it was the animals outside that were stealing the show with Macy's "Petacular".  Now, I don't know who the emcee was dressed in the bee outfit, but he was great!  He pulled it all together guiding this year's pets which included dogs, cats, pigs, a cute little hamster and one hedgehog.  The kids, adults and the pets all seemed to be having a blast!  So, if you didn't make it, be sure to mark it on you calendar for next year.  Here are just a few of this year's contenders.

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