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Gazillion Bubble Show
June 24, 2007, 7:45.33 pm ET

Fan Yang's "Gazillion Bubble Show" promises an unforgettable experience.  From what we've seen, capturing people inside giant bubbles seems like quite a feat and great fun for the entire family.  In fact, Fan Yang recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with his 13-room bubble chamber encapsulating 34 people.   The Bubble Show is playing at the New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St, thru early September.  more

                                                     Photo: Fan Yang's Gazillion Bubble Show

Revel by Brian Scott Lipton
June 23, 2007, 9:18.30 pm ET

It takes only a few moments in the backyard garden of Revel – a space that takes up about half of this Meatpacking District eatery – to understand the appropriateness of the restaurant’s name. While the garden’s tables are perhaps half-full at 7pm on a glorious Thursday in June, the outdoor bar area is a hotbed of happy hour activity. A slew of well-dressed professional men and women – more women than men by a quick count – are mingling, imbibing, and enjoying their life of privilege.  more

                                                                             Photo: Cititour

Pies and Thighs by Sam Sayegh
June 23, 2007, 9:15.38 pm ET

It was a dreadfully rainy day that I found myself at the doorstep of Pies 'n' Thighs in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. We shuffled into the restaurant (think small kitchen and cut it in half) where we placed our orders and moved into an adjacent bar. The bar itself was dark and hanging above the bar were two naked mannekins made to look like mermaids. This would have been fine if not for the fact that I had my six year old in tow. We wound up settling in on this old black vinyl couch, although "sinking in" was more like it. By this time my son was having a blast playing a nearby video game and ignoring the naked ladies. Whew.  more

                                                      Photo: Cititour

The Starting Line by Pamela Grossman
June 23, 2007, 9:12.33 pm ET

This coming weekend will feature New York’s annual Gay Pride parade—and whether you’ll be a marcher, a sideline cheerer, or simply a well-wisher, The Starting Line has clothes and accessories for you. Doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, male, female, or any combination thereof; the items here offer something for all, and as owner Gus Salce says, “We get everybody.”   more

Photo: The Starting Line

Taste, Style and Substance: Our Visit to P*ONG
June 17, 2007, 10:20.08 am ET

During a stop at P*ONG, Chef Pichet Ong gave us glimpse at some of his creations that are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat!  more

Giant Scallop, soba noodles, asparagus, tomato oil, shaved camomile ice

Escarole "Green Goddess" Salad, avocado, white anchovy crouton

American Wagyu Carpaccio, shiso pesto, sour plum, maldon salt

Carmelized Striped Marlin, white miso, shitake mushroom, pickled carrots

Foie Gras Brulee, brioche, cognac, cherries, pistachio biscotti jelly

Kaffir Lime Meringue, lemongrass greek yogurt, rhubarb ice, basilseed, coconut agar

Coconute Creme Caramel, passionfruit sherbert, fleur de sel, whipped chai tea

Malted Chocolate Bavarian, carmelized banana, Ovaltine™ ice cream

Our many thanks to Chef Ong for sharing his creations with us.
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Aurora by Andrea Strong
June 17, 2007, 9:34.00 am ET

There's something about sitting at a bar at the end of the day with a glass of wine that I find immensely appealing. It's very relaxing. You can be anonymous and just sort of unwind and tune out.  And it was especially relaxing the other night at Aurora. more


                                                                              Photos: Aurora/Cititour

China de Puebla by Brian Scott Lipton
June 17, 2007, 9:24.59 am ET

China de Puebla, an extremely welcome addition to the Morningside Height area that will appeal equally to residents, Columbia students, and adventurous diners willing to travel out of their geographic comfort zone.  more 

                                                                             Photos: Cititour

Total Wine Bar by Thomas Rafael
June 17, 2007, 9:21.35 am ET

Total Wine Bar is a cute little spot where you cansip on a nice glass of burgandy or a Tuscan white while enjoying conversation at the bar or one of the few tables available. more

                                                                              Photo: Cititour

Taste of Times Square 2007
June 11, 2007, 9:14.42 pm ET

We love this event.  What's better than food, singing, dancing and more food.   If you couldn't get there, here's a taste of what you missed.  And there's always next year! 

                                                                             Photos: Cititour

A Bit of Texas Comes to the Big Apple
June 9, 2007, 8:04.20 pm ET

Where Texas meets New York City - Hill Country - a new barbecue joint where you can kick your heels to some fine Texas music while chowing down on finger-licking barbecue ribs, juicy brisket and jalepeno cheese sausage by pitmaster Robbie Richter.  Be sure to save room for some pecan pie, peanut butter and jelly muffins and other goodies up by Executive Chef Elizabeth Karmell.   So, what are ya waiting for?  Head for the hills!  more

                                                                            Photos: Cititour


Gaucho Steak Co. by Thomas Rafael
June 9, 2007, 7:36.55 pm ET

Why spend $35 or more for a great steak when you can spend $20 or under? Gaucho Steak Co., a new spot in Hell's Kitchen, is offering flavorful steaks at discount prices in a neat little place on tenth avenue.  more

                                                                              Photo: Cititour

té casan by Pamela Grossman
June 9, 2007, 7:32.06 pm ET

Té casan offers limited-edition shoes from 7 up-and-coming designers with distinguished fashion pedigrees... more

                                                                             Photo: té casan

BiCe by Jennifer Voit
June 9, 2007, 7:27.08 pm ET

Beautiful open French doors catch your eye as you arrive at Bice. The sidewalk tables look inviting and the restaurant has an airy, welcoming decor. The location is ideal for people-watching while having drinks or a meal.  more 

                                                                                         Photo: Cititour

Mythic Creatures at the American Museum of Natural History
June 9, 2007, 7:23.57 pm ET

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, the first-ever exhibition to trace the cultural and natural history roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythological creatures from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and beyond.  more

                                Photo: AMNH

Fat Annie's
June 9, 2007, 7:18.06 pm ET

Fat Annie's Truck Stop is half retro diner and half hopping bar. Located near Madison Square Garden and Macy's, it's the perfect stop for a quick bite or a meal. Judging by the crowds, folks are eating it up!  more

                                                                             Photos: Cititour

Mercat by Andrea Strong
June 3, 2007, 12:49.36 pm ET

There are many things about Mercat that help relieve your daily stress. The restaurant itself is a playground for dining fun. The space is hip, in an industrial-chic sort of way.  more

                                                                              Photos: Cititour

Spirito by Thomas Rafael
June 3, 2007, 12:39.41 pm ET

There are very few desserts that capture my attention, especially one as overdone and downright boring as tiramisu can be. It's my wife's favorite, but after one bite I'm usually done. So I am very pleased to report that I am now a tiramisu addict and I have Spirito in Park Slope to thank.  more 

                                                                                Photo: Cititour


Blibetroy by Pamela Grossman
June 3, 2007, 12:18.40 pm ET

On my way to hear a band at Arlene Grocery (the Sloe Guns; good stuff! "Elvis Costello meets the Monkeys" was how another audience member put it, and that didn't seem too far off), I came across a great-looking storefront--warm light, clean lines, well-arranged--featuring equally great-looking bags. They looked sleek, chic, and practical at once; and the colors were fantastic. And they didn't have huge logos announcing their "heritage"--a plus in these label-crazy times. more

                                                                Photo: Blibetroy

Where the Lines Are... Pinkberry
June 3, 2007, 12:13.14 pm ET

Straight from West Hollywood comes Pinkberry, and already fans in New York are lining up.  more

                                                                              Photos: Cititour

Doggy Biscuits Go Gourmet
June 3, 2007, 12:09.56 pm ET

The Bouchon Bakery isn't just for people food these days. Just last week, we noticed gourmet doggy biscuits for sale at the counter. And not your run-of-the-mill milkbones. These were foie gras doggy biscuits and we're told they are baked on premesis.  more


Search for the NY's Best Tamale
June 3, 2007, 12:01.31 pm ET

fter scouring Sunset Park, Brooklyn for the best tamales, testing out street vendors and the numerous Mexican restaurants, we've decided on Tulcingo.  more

                                                                                          Photo: Cititour

Summer of Love at the Whitney
June 3, 2007, 11:55.00 am ET

Forty years after the legendary summer of 1967, the Whitney Museum of American Art revisits the period with Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, an exhibition tracing the explosion of contemporary art and popular culture that was brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early 70s.  more

                                                               Photo: Albert Alotta, 1967

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