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New American Meets the Mediterranean at Neeloo in Williamsburg
September 22, 2023, 6:36.14 pm ET

Photos: Onbrand Productions                                                                                

Neeloo, a new restaurant by partners Christophe Moser and Claudio Angelli, has arrived in Williamsburg with a menu inspired by Moser’s upbringing in the South of France.

Neeloo offers diners an assortment of share plates centered on New American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Moser is joined by his son, Sean, who steps in as Sous Chef after honing his skills at Gramercy Tavern, Zou Zou’s, Olmsted, Peasant, and Saraghina Caffè.

The seasonal menu features dishes such as Zerbinati Melon, Lardo and Mint; Golden Beet & Peach, Goat Cheese Robiola, Candied Sunflower and Basil; Octopus, Confit Tomato, Almond, and Radicchio; Hearth Broiled Oysters with Camembert cheese; and Marinated Eggplant & Zucchini with Miso, Labne and Puffed Grains. For dessert, there is Baked Alaska with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Strawberries.

Coastal European wine producers also make an appearance on the approachable wine list including regions such as Loire Valley and Provence in France; Samos and Santorini in Greece; Açores Islands in Portugal; and Mallorca and Catalunya from Spain.  All of the wines selected have undergone as little intervention as possible, providing a true representation of the grapes and their natural environment.

Designed by Marlena Design Atelier, the space honors the original structure of black-and-white tiled flooring and exposed brick with pops of turquoise throughout. Warm lighting and lush greenery, including a vine-covered outdoor courtyard, adding to the rustic ambiance.

Neeloo is located at 284 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY.  For more information, visit

NYC Bites – What NYC area restaurants and bars are up to now
September 22, 2023, 5:34.46 pm ET

Photo: Lamia Fish Market                                                                                   

Lamia’s Fish Market is launching a new Mermaid Brunch.  The $39 brunch is being offered on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-4pm and includes an entrée + 90 minutes of Open Bar. That includes new brunch cocktails including Micheladas, Palomas, Fresh Fruit Margaritas, Mimosas, Mojitos and Bellinis.

Photo: Blu on Hudson                                                                                     

Blu on the Hudson, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline in Weehawken, New Jersey, is rolling out new fall cocktails.  They include Midnight In A Perfect World (Butterfly Pea Flower-Infused Fort Hamilton Gin, Roasted Tonka infused Rocky's Botanical, Elderflower, Tonic Water); Tam Dao (Aperol, Strawberry Arbikie Vodka, Fruit Punch, Palo Santo, Prosecco); and Air Paradisi (Campari, Amaretto, Amaro, Acid Adjusted Grapefruit).


Just six more weeks before Smorgasburg goes into hibernation for the winter.  Newcomer Bora Seoul Food, a plant-based Korean-American BBQ spot, is serving up a rich and tangy Cherrywood Smoked Jackfruit Pulled "Pork" Sandwich; Blake N Kylee’s is offering a hearty Catfish Po' Boy loaded with golden-fried fillets, crisp lettuce, and topped with zesty sauce, available only on Fridays at our World Trade Center location; and Mikhuy is keeping summer alive with refreshing ceviche.

Photo: Pink Taco                                                                                                

With National Taco Day, coming up Wednesday, October 4th, Pink Taco in Times Square is pushing the envelope with some mouthwatering tacos, including carne asada, fried lobster, crispy coconut shrimp, al pastor, juicy carnitas or ‘The Bell’, made with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, warmly served in a crispy corn shell and flavored to perfection with hot sauce and Mexican crema.  

Photo: Chelsea Market                                                                                 

On Tuesday, September 26, Chelsea Market will be hosting a Sip, Savor, N’ Sketch with local artist and instructor Zac Crawford. The theme for this session will be “Drawing People from Life”. Guests will have a chance to connect with fellow artists, improve on their life-drawing skills, and learn how to capture their surroundings. All levels are welcome – the purchase of a ticket includes one free drink, a sketch pad, and drawing supplies. Tickets are $28.77 and can be purchased in advance here.

Image: 33 Seaport Hotel                                                        

Not to be outdone, 33 Seaport Hotel, is launching a paint & sip series with a twist. The boutique property located in NYC's historic Seaport District has partnered with Paint by Numbers to offer guests a relaxing evening and easy way to find their inner artist with a custom paint by numbers kit of the beautiful hotel to be held on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30PM. For $65/person, guests will receive the paint kit, two cocktails and passed bites, individual easel and apron. Purchase tickets here.

Photo: Carnegie Diner & Cafe                                                    

In honor of National Pancake Day on September 16, Carnegie Diner & Cafe will feature two pancake specials at its West 57th Street and 7th Avenue location and its new location at 828 8th Ave. Diners can indulge in Pancake Breakfast Tacos made with organic eggs, hash browns, bacon and cheddar cheese or a Pastrami Sandwich served between buttermilk pancakes as the bread. Pancake Lollipops are also on the menu, which are served with fresh fruit and powdered sugar.

Photo: Magic Hour                                                                                     

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is stacking up Unlimited Pink AF Pancakes for $45 throughout the weekend (9/23-9/24) in celebration of National Pancake Day, along with mouthwatering Manhattan views. On Tuesday, September 26th guests can also enjoy the Pink AF Pancakes paired with other food and beverage options such as the Big AF Croissant.

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BEHAVE, the low-sugar gummy candy founded by Mayssa Chehata, is launching its new flavor line-up on September 26 in New York from 6-8pm at Pop-up Grocer (205 Bleecker St). New flavor packets include Sweet Bears in Mango, Watermelon and Lychee; Sour Bears in Mango, Watermelon and Lychee; Sweet Stars in Raspberry, Green Apple and Pineapple; Sour Stars in Raspberry, Green Apple and Pineapple and Super Sour Skulls in Grapefruit, Yuzu and Tangerine.   

Happy Eating!

Irish Exit Makes its Entrance at Moynihan Train Hall
September 21, 2023, 6:33.41 pm ET

Photos: Joanna Lin                                                                                             

Belfast native Jack McGarry, Managing Partner of the popular Irish pub, The Dead Rabbit, is debuting his latest concept, The Irish Exit at the Moynihan Train Hall.

The contemporary Irish pub is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Designed for locals and passengers on the go, The Irish Exit features modern Irish drinks, food, culture, and hospitality. The bar, described as a gateway to the spirit of Ireland, offers an authentic approach to Irish heritage with a quick wit.  It is the first of what is expected to be a number of new bars by McGarry's team inside transit hubs across the country.

Aidan Bowie, Laura Torres, and Jack McGarry (Left to Right)

“For too long, Irish pubs in America have pandered to a stereotypical reflection, or lowest common denominator, of what a true Irish pub can represent,” says McGarry. “The Irish Exit is an exciting expansion of our ethos at The Dead Rabbit, dedicated to painting an accurate picture of modern Ireland’s vibrant culture, complete with great hospitality and high-quality drinks.


Domestic and Irish-made beer, an array of Irish spirits, and classic and playful cocktails with a nod to travel are also available.

Cocktails include The Irish Cawfee (Choice of Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey or Keeper’s Heart Irish + American Whiskey, Served with Coffee, Demerara and Whipped Cream, Nutmeg); Martini Express (Ketel One Vodka, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, Espresso, Demerara and Nutmeg); and Train Of Thought (Drumshanbo Californian Citrus Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Rhubarb and Coffee). Expertly poured Guinness, boilermakers, and a robust selection of non-alcoholic cocktails round out the list. 

Vistors will also find tasty bar bites like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Potato Pancakes and Shepherd’s Pie from Pastrami Queen along with Deviled Eggs, Fried Pickles and Biscuit Rarebit from nearby Jacob’s Pickles. Irish Exit is located inside the Moynihan Train Hall at 421 8th Avenue in Manhattan.  For more information, visit


Free Screening of Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Set for Times Square
September 21, 2023, 5:22.56 pm ET

Photos: Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                                    

For the 17th year, the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night will be transmitted live to numerous large screens on Tuesday, September 26 on Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Streets) and the Broadway plazas between 43rd and 44th streets and 46th and 47th Streets with additional standing room available.

This year, the Met’s season will begin Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” starring Joyce DiDonato and Ryan McKinny in a new production directed by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The opera is based on the story of Sister Helen Prejan’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer.

The participating screens in Times Square include ABC SuperSign; American Eagle Times Square; Branded Cities’ NASDAQ Tower; and EXPRESS Times Square. The house opens at 5:30 p.m.; pre-show begins at 6:00 p.m.; and the opera begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is free, and no tickets are required.


Kobo Brings Mediterranean Flavors to the East Village
September 20, 2023, 6:40.52 pm ET

Phōtos: Kobo                                                                                                        

Kōbo is the latest offering from Chef Ruben Rodriguez’s Nai Restaurant Group which includes Amigo, Nai, and Emilia. At Kōbo, Rodriguez explores his Spanish roots and love of Italian and Mediterranean flavors. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 35-seat pink Brazilian quartzite bar and chef’s counter, lit by an elaborate wood chandelier composed of 1,117 handcrafted pieces of wood in a shape reminiscent of a wave.

Kōbo’s menu celebrates simple ingredients and soulful cooking, honoring Rodriguez’s Galician heritage. Look for dishes “to share” like Caponata over homemade foccacia topped with cured sardines; Croquette, an adaptation of his mother’s cod croquettes made fresh daily; Broccoli Rabe with romesco and parmesan; and Radicchio salad with grilled pear, hazelnuts, pecorino and aged balsamic. There is Hummus with hints of harissa served with warm Bazlama bread, and Mortadella that sits atop homemade sourdough.

Pastas, which rotate with the season, feature Fideuà, a pasta form of paella from Spain’s Valencia region made with squid ink, octopus, baby squid and saffron; Kōbo's Lasagna layered with spicy beef bolognese and a curry béchamel; Pappardelle accompanied by spicy Italian sausage and pecorino; and house-made Ravioli filled with delicata squash, brown butter, pumpkin seeds and sage.

Mains include Oxtail, complemented by carrot purée, espigarelo and pine nuts, and Whole Market Fish served with a black olive tapenade and herbs. Tiramisu, Panna Cotta and seasonal pies are counted among the desserts.

The wine list leans Italian and Spanish, while also showcasing other wine-producing regions of the  Mediterranean. Cocktails include a Martini with gin and Moroccan black olive infused vermouth and Kōbo Kiss consisting of gin, Cappelletti, vermouth, and Maraschino juice. There is also a signature house Sangria with brandy, orange liquor, wine and tonic. For more information, visit 



Around Town - Smash Burger Pop-Up, Free Black Seed Sandwiches, Taste of Sunnyside & more
September 20, 2023, 6:14.40 pm ET


Wollensky’s Grill will be hosting a smash burger pop-up on September 26th with The Gotham Burger Social Club.  The grilling will take place outside on 49th Street starting at 4pm on a first-come, first served basis. Martinis and Old Fashioned will also be available outside.

Photo: Max Flatow                                                                                         

On Thursday 9/28 from 8pm to 11pm, Black Seed Bagels and Campo Grande, purveyors of premium Spanish Ibêrico pork, are teaming up to give away decadent egg & cheese bagel sandwiches topped with jamón Ibérico - freshly sliced from the paleta on-site - and prepared to order at Black Seed's classic NY food cart, which will be parked outside of Ray's Bar (177 Chrystie Street) for the evening. Sandwiches are limited to one per guest and will be served first come, first served while supplies last.

Photo: Mesiba                                                                                               

Mesiba, the Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant at The Moxy in Williamsburg, is introducing Chef Eli’s Buli's Msabbaha. Chef Buli developed the recipe from his memories eating hot hummus at the port in Jaffa, Israel. The dish is available within a limited window daily from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Each Masabbaha is made to order with warm roasted chickpeas, Moshes olive oil, tahini and a tatbila spice blend, rolled over on a gorgeously decked out trolley. This signature offering is perfect for sharing among a small group and is served with Frena Bread: a traditional Moroccan bread prepared in a taboon clay oven and topped with sea salt, sesame, and sage oil ($20).


The Seaport Food Lab returns for another season.  Bravo Top Chef winner Melissa King and friends Mei Lin and Silvia Barban will host this year’s events at the Tin Building’s private Tasting Studio on Nov. 9, 10 & 11 from 6-9pm in a deliciously spicy crossover. Seating is limited.  Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.

Photo: Taste of Sunnyside                                                                          

Taste of Sunnyside will return on Sunday, October 15th for the 13th year, featuring over 40 local restaurants and breweries and a block party on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue with live music, a local artists exhibition, family friendly activities and more. Early Bird Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 22nd and can be purchased for $50 by visiting

Photo: Yonatan Gebeyehu                                                                              

Molière in the Park will present the OneLove OneTheater Gala, hosted by Murray Hill (HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere”), on October 2 from 7pm - 10pm at Negril BK (256 5th Ave.) in Brooklyn. Performers include Tony Award winner Deirdre O’Connell (Dana H. on Broadway, Becky Nurse of Salem), Marc delaCruz (Hamilton), Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson (“The Practice,” “Lost,” “Person of Interest”), Yonatan Gebeyehu (TFANA’s Merchant of Venice), Jennifer Mudge (“Somebody Somewhere”) and Michelle Veintimilla (The Visit on Broadway, ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty”). Proceeds will benefit free productions of Molière plays and more to Prospect Park, annually.  For more info visit

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!



Places to Celebrate Octoberfest in NYC
September 20, 2023, 5:27.22 pm ET

Photo: Standard Biergarten                                                                              

Strap on your boots and put on your Lederhosen because Oktoberfest is here!

For those not traveling to Munich this year, NYC still has plenty of spots to enjoy some brews and bratwurst. The Standard Biergarten is no exception, offering an epic lineup through Tuesday, October 3rd of Oktoberfest specials, including Traditional German Fare, Carnival Games & Prizes, Live Music, Firkin Tapping, Competitions, Feats of Strength, Trivia, Daily Specials and Plenty of Bier, Sausage, and Pretzels!  VIP 20 Person Stammtisch Tables  are also available, including Unlimited Pour Your Own Beer + Oktoberfest Platter ($2K for 2 Hours). Tables can be booked here

Photo: Pierogi Boys                                                                                         

Oktoberfest Bash coming to City Point in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday, September 23rd from 12PM - 10PM. The annual festival that celebrates Bavarian culture, food, and beer is coming to Downtown Brooklyn for an Oktoberfest Bash hosted by DeKalb Market Hall and Sixpoint Brewery.  Inspired by the annual German festival, the event will include authentic eats (including Pierogi Boys seen here), games, and activities for all ages. Traditional music and throwback tunes from the Street Brass Band and Shag Horns will keep the party going and people dancing all day.  The Oktoberfest Bash is free and will take place downstairs at City Point, which is located at 445 Albee Square West in Downtown Brooklyn.

Photo: Dickson's Farmstand Meats             

Dickson’s Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration dinner in collaboration with Threes Brewing on Thursday, September 28, in honor of the world’s largest autumn festival held annually in Munich, Germany. Ben Petersen, Brew Master at Threes Brewing, will be offering a tasting of seasonal beers and German style lagers, while Dickson’s offers a spread of six traditional courses of German fare including bratwursts, braised meats, smoked meats, kraut and more. The event will take place at Dickson’s Butcher Shop & Restaurant on the lower level of Chelsea Market located at 75 9th Avenue, starting at 6:45 PM. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased in advance here.


The West Park Beer Garden in Midtown (located behind Oceana) is celebrating Oktoberfest from Monday, September 18 through Thursday, October 5. A special platter for two is being offered featuring a Giant Bavarian Pretzel with mustard dipping sauces, four Bratwurst Sliders with sauerkraut and spicy mustard, and two TALEA Beer Co. steins of Festie.  The Beer Garden is Open Monday to Thursday from 5pm-9pm weather permitting.




Cocktail Time – Cocktails Brewing for National Coffee Day in NYC
September 20, 2023, 5:27.05 pm ET

Photo: TLK                                                                                                        

In honor of National Coffee Day on September 29th, get ready for some caffeinated cocktails.

Inspired by both Vietnamese coffee and Irish coffee, the Frozen Vietnamese Coffee at TLK (58 Third Ave) in the East Village is made with coffee liqueur, Jameson Irish Whiskey, coconut foam, and grated nutmeg. The refreshing drink balances coffee and whiskey flavors with a bit of tropical coconut and is available on both regular and happy hour menu.  

Photo: Loreley                                                                                

Loreley (7 Rivington St) on the Lower East Side is offering The Rise Nitro Cold Brew Martini is made with Rise Nitro Cold Brew, Tito’s Vodka and Kahlua liqueur. A Frozen Espresso Martini, also made with Nitro Cold Brew, Tito’s and Kahlua, comes with a smoked coffee aroma bubble that’s dropped onto the drink at the table with a dramatic puff of smoke.  



Hot Plate: Dim Sum Palace in the Financial District
September 20, 2023, 1:04.06 am ET


Dim Sum Palace can be found throughout the city. But one of the most stylish locations is in the heart of the Financial District at 123 William Street, located just blocks away from the World Trade Center and new Perelman Performing Arts Center.

An elegant crystal chandelier and bar lead the way to the main dining room surrounded by murals of mystical mountains with storks flying in unison.  Nearby, pristine tanks hold Dungeness crabs and lobsters.

During this visit, the restaurant was celebrating its Mid-Autumn Festival with duck as the star attraction – duck dumplings, duck egg rolls and Peking Duck. Fill the steamed wrappers with morsels of duck and crispy skin along with thinly sliced scallion and cucumber. Drizzle on some hoisin sauce and it truly is a festival of flavors.

The restaurant is also known for its namesake, dim sum. There are dozens to choose from including shrimp and chicken dumplings, shumai, BBQ pork buns, pan-fried pork dumplings and steamed spare ribs to name a few. Larger plates for sharing include Hong Kong BBQ with choice of roast pig, soy sauce chicken, roast pork and duck.  Several types of congee and noodle soups are also offered.


Dim Sum Palace FiDi is a fantastic spot for both small and large groups looking to experience the true flavors of China. For more information, visit 

Making the cut! Barber Shop by Day, Speakeasy by Night
September 19, 2023, 11:34.27 pm ET

Photos: Blind Barber                                                                                            

Before there was Keys and Heels, J. Bespoke and Peachy’s, there was Blind Barber where you can grab a trim and maybe a shot of tequila.

Located at 339 East 10th Street in the East Village, Blind Barber is known for offering haircuts, shaves, blow drys & styles, paired with hangover treatments that include complimentary cocktails with each service.  

Once you’ve got the look you’re after enter through a back door in the evenings where you’ll find a speakeasy with a retro vibe that includes a full bar and black cushioned booths for a cocktail and some small bites.  

Blind Barber is also known for its hair and grooming products. 


BondSt Hudson Yards Opens for Business
September 19, 2023, 5:24.28 pm ET

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A second iteration of BondSt, known for attracting a sexy clientele, is now open at Level 5 of Hudson Yards offering stunning views of the Vessel and Hudson River.

Executive Chef Marc Spitzer and Head Sushi Chef Shige Mikami, are offering timeless classics from the original BondSt menu, cherished favorites like Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and Soba Nomi Risotto with Shrimp and King Crab.  An additional section of Grilled Entrees features a Japanese A-5 Kuroge Wagyu Rib Eye Steak and Tuna ‘Filet Mignon’ Au Poivre.

BondSt Hudson Yards features both indoor and outdoor spaces along with an open kitchen omakase bar seating 10. The dining room, tastefully designed by famed interior architect Jeffrey Beers, features natural materials to compliment the modern interpretations of Japanese-inspired cuisine. 

25 years after the opening of the first BondSt, owner Jonathan Morr said, “We are thrilled with the opportunity to open another BondSt location in New York City." Unlike the original, situated in an intimate townhouse, the new BondSt takes things to new heights, literally.

In collaboration with famed restaurateur and Miami pioneer Jeffrey Chodorow, an additional BondSt location is scheduled to open in Bay Harbor in 2025.

Friend of a Farmer Opens Second NYC Location
September 19, 2023, 1:05.57 am ET

Photos: Friend of a Farmer                                                                                

Friend of a Farmer, known for its seasonal American fare, now has a second restaurant spearheaded by the founding couple’s three children - Taylor, Weston, and Rose. Together, they are offering new takes on classic comfort dishes that have been a mainstay for the Morabito family since the original restaurant opened in 1986.

With an emphasis on sustainability, the menu features wild caught fish, locally grown produce, and meats from New Jersey’s Fossil Farms. Appetizers include a Country Cheese Board, Local Fried Oysters, Parmesan Herb Crusted Shrimp, and Avocado Tartare served with citrus pita chips. Vegetable forward dishes include a Harvest Crostini with roasted butternut squash, whipped feta, honey and fig chutney.

Quintessential Friend of a Farmer entrees can be found like the Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie; Ranch Hand Shepherd's Pie; and Short Rib served on turnip and carrot puree with kale in a port wine demi-glace. For something lighter try Salmon served with cauliflower purée, shallots and brussels sprouts. Desserts bring a freshly-baked Rustic Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet, among others.

All of the liquor is also sourced locally, with varieties of vodka, whiskey, tequila, and rum distilled in New York, as well as locally brewed beers and an extensive wine list.

The space lined with floral tapestry centers around a two-sided fireplace. Antiques collected by the Morabito family adding to the rustic charm. Friend of a Farmer is located at 68 West 71st Street in Manhattan.  For more information, visit

Restaurant Radar – Three New Restaurant Openings in Hell’s Kitchen; Momofuku Ssam Bar Closing
September 18, 2023, 11:58.41 pm ET


A new restaurant called Bodega is set to open on the corner of 47th Street and 9th Avenue. Dressed in bright yellow with a bold red Bodega sign, the awning suggests an all-day café with sandwiches, baked goods, espresso and cocktails.


Crab Hero a Chinese restaurant specializing in seafood is opening at 615 9th Avenue. The restaurant will also have a bar. 

Poppy Poppy, a Taiwanese fried chicken shop is now open a few doors away at 617 9th Avenue.  Aside from fried chicken, you will also find other fried items like sweet potato, calamari, oyster mushrooms squid balls, and fries.

Sadly, a closure to also report...

Momofuku Ssäm Bar, which relocated to the Seaport in 2021, says its final day of service will be September 30th.  



Jose Andres’ Zaytinya is Doing Lunch
September 18, 2023, 6:50.38 pm ET

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José Andrés Mediterranean oasis, Zaytinya, is launching a new Weekday Lunch, from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with a curated menu of quick and flavor-filled offerings including a Falafel Burger with zesty harissa ketchup and pickles, or classics like Shrimp Megalosalata, savory chicken durums, and a selection of Mediterranean cookies can be enjoyed to-go.  

Photo: Liz Clayman                                                              

Located at the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, Zattinya draws its influence from Turkey, Greece and Lebanon in a stylish setting that is perfect for a power lunch. For more information, visit 

Review: Swing State Hits It Out of the Park
September 17, 2023, 9:13.22 pm ET

Photo: Liz Lauren                                                                                   

By Brian Scott Lipton

“You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

Samuel Beckett’s now-legendary quote should be embroidered on a pillow found in the semi-cluttered first floor of a Wisconsin farmhouse (magnificently designed by Todd Rosenthal). That’s because the vast home is owned by the recently widowed, deeply unhappy Peg (an equally magnificent Mary Beth Fisher), the central character of Rebecca Gilman’s engrossing and moving four-character drama “Swing State,” now getting its New York premiere at the Audible Theatre at Minetta Lane Theatre under the pitch-perfect direction of the legendary Robert Falls. Continue Reading...

LOVE is on Display at Rockefeller Center
September 16, 2023, 5:29.16 pm ET


Works by artist Robert Indiana are now on display at Rockefeller Center, including his bright red LOVE sculpture in big block letters which can be found on Fifth Avenue.  Born in 1928, Indiana became an icon of the the American Pop Art movement in the 1960s. 

The 12-foot-high polychrome aluminum LOVE sculpture was first created in 1970 and reportedly dates back to his childhood memory of “Love” while visiting a Christian Scientist Church.  It would later be immortalized in a postal stamp.

Unfortunately, Indiana would never benefit much financially from his LOVE sculpture which he never formally trademarked. After his death in 2018, it sparked a $150 million legal battle between Indiana’s caretaker and a company called the Morgan Art Foundation Limited.  


Also on display in a courtyard between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at Rock Center is another of Indiana's works, "ONE Through ZERO," showcasing Indiana’s long-held fascination with numbers, with "one" symbolizing birth and "zero," death.

The Robert Indiana exhibit will be on display from September 13 through October 23, 2023.  According to Rockefeller Center, it is accompanied by 193 flags surrounding The Rink featuring images from Indiana’s Peace Paintings series, created as a response to the 9/11 attacks.


Delmonico’s Makes a Triumphant Return to Lower Manhattan
September 15, 2023, 7:28.24 pm ET

Photos: Delmonico's                                                                                                  

Delmonico’s is back, sporting a new look, a new chef and new ownership while honoring its historic past.   The restaurant, dating back to the 1800s, has finally reopened its doors after being closed due to the pandemic.

Managing partner and owner Dennis Turcinovic telling us,"Delmonico's has a long-standing history in New York City, dating back to 1837 and is renowned for its culinary excellence and innovative approach to cuisine. It's an exciting time to reopen for future generations to enjoy this iconic NYC restaurant."

Also back are some of Delomico’s treasured dishes like Delmonico's Steak (18oz, Brandt Family Farms, CA); Lobster Newberg (Cognac, Tarragon, Lobster Coral); and Chicken a la Keene (English Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, Poblano, Creamy Sherry Sauce); among others. Also making an encore performance is Delmonico’s famous Baked Alaska. 

Delmonico’s new Executive Chef Edward Hong (Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Oceana, Aureole, The Clocktower) has also added his own touch to the menu with new dishes like Myung Ran Caesar Salad (Little Gem, Parmesan, White Anchovies, Chives, Creamy Myung Dressing); and Sea Urchin & Abalone Risotto (Koshihikari Rice, Abalone Liver Sauce, Nori, Crispy Shitake, Shaved Frozen Oysters). Guests will also discover a 14 oz Prime Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye topped with Uni Butter.

Delmonico’s is also welcoming Max Tucci as its Brand Officer.  The television personality and author of “The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York!” has a personal connection to the restaurant.  His grandfather was one of the owners who opened Delmonico’s after Prohibition in the 1920s. His family operated the restaurant for over 60 years, and now Tucci will oversee and support Delmonico’s guest experience.

The space is divided into three luxurious areas for dining and drinks - Tesla’s Quarters features a cozy fireplace and shimmering bar; Dicken’s Alcove described as one of the most coveted dining rooms in the city with inlaid marble floors; and the Club Room with its coffered ceiling and elegant wood paneling.

Delmonico’s is known as America’s first fine dining restaurant. It was founded by brothers John and Peter Delmonico.  The landmark building in the Renaissance Revival style was designed by architect James Brown Lord. The wedge-like “Flatiron” structure with rounded front predates the Flatiron Building by about a dozen years.

Turcinovic and his partner Joseph Licul have signed a 15-year ensuring that Delmonico’s will be around for many years to come.

The Perelman Performing Arts Center to Open Sept 19
September 15, 2023, 7:20.23 pm ET

Photos: Iwan Baan                                                                                               

The Perelman Performing Arts Center (251 Fulton Street) will open to the public on September 19.
PAC NYC is a 138-foot-tall, cube-shaped building with radically flexible capabilities designed by the architecture firm REX, led by founding principal Joshua Ramus, and created in collaboration with executive architect Davis Brody Bond, theater consultant Charcoalblue and acoustician Threshold Acoustics. The building is wrapped in nearly 5,000 half-inch thick marble tiles which have been book matched to create a symmetrical pattern that is identical on all four sides of the building. The marble façade allows light to radiate in during the day and glow out during the evening.

The building’s three principal venues – the John E. Zuccotti Theater (seating up to 450 people), the Mike Nichols Theater (seating up to 250), and the Doris Duke Theater (seating up to 99) – can be used independently or by combining them. In all, the auditoria can transform into 10 different proportions that collectively adopt more than 60 stage-audience arrangements with capacities ranging from 99 to 950 seats, and with audience circulation and lobby areas varying to match.

PAC NYC’s inaugural season will begin with “Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World” – a five-night global music series featuring a vibrant mix of acclaimed musicians centered around the theme of refuge. The season will also include conversations with celebrities including Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett Smith, concerts by Tony Award winners LaChanze and Brian Stokes Mitchell, a new play written by and starring Laurence Fishburne and a new production of the legendary musical “Cats.”

Meanwhile, David Rockwell and his architecture and design firm Rockwell Group have designed the interior of the lobby and restaurant with a dynamic, glowing ceiling visible from the street to create an inviting entry experience. The lobby's restaurant, Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson, along with the bar and outdoor terrace, offers a new gathering space for the Lower Manhattan community and opens later this fall.
For more information, visit

Take One Last Spin at Flippers, Stars of PaleyFest Revealed, Why NYC is the Pits, and more...
September 15, 2023, 6:44.28 pm ET


One last spin of the season.  Flipper’s Roller Rink will soon be gone at Rockefeller Center to make room for ice skating this fall and winter.  The last spin on wheels will take place on September 24th.

Also at Rock Center – Organic Valley will be hosting a two day pop-up in the Channel Gardens for NYC Climate Week (Sept 20, 21).  Experiences range from a milk a (topiary) cow to a vintage tractor and cheese samples from 10am to 6pm.

Photo: Sake No Hanna                                                                                      

Sake No Hana is celebrating National Seafood Month with a six-part Izakaya-style menu with modern twists with fish flown daily from the prestigious Toyosu Market in Tokyo. Guests can enjoy grilled teppanyaki dishes, yakitori skewers, Wagyu beef, creative sushi rolls, and a curated list of sakes, beers, and cocktails highlighting Japanese spirits.

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Tickets are now on sale for next month’s PaleyFest featuring some of televisions brightest stars.  This year’s line-up includes Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos; Syndicated Talk Show Host Tamron Hall; Face the Nation Moderator Margaret Brennan; and the stars of Shark Tank in person; among others.  For more information, visit

Singapura Gramercy is welcoming fall with a Malaysian-Singaporean Feast. It is introducing Curry Claypot Rice, a traditional dish served across Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and beyond. It combines a choice of protein (chicken, beef, vegetable/tofu, or seafood) with aromatic curry-infused rice that is slow-cooked in claypots that lend a unique crust and depth of flavor.

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September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day.  To celebrate, Black Tap is offering its TX Burger, a prime burger wiht bacon, Longhorn Colby, crispy onion ring, TX Bourbon BBQ sauce, peppercorn mayo, and coffee bbq rub. The burger will be availbale for one day only (Sept 18) at Black Tap's 35th Street and SoHo locations 11am to 2pm. The cost is 18 bucks. 

Burger King is going a step further. The national chain will be offering a Free Cheeseburger with purchase of $1 or more, available for redemption by Royal Perks Members on 09/18 from 10:30am to 11:59pm at participating U.S. Burger King restaurants.  


Turning trash to treasure.  At ChaShaMa (1155 6th Ave, NYC).  3 RITES: Life, Liberty and Happiness emphasizes responsible stewardship of nature and questions dependency on fossil fuels with performance installations made from plastic trash. It is described as a “mash-up between a DIY Haunted house, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory and a dance concert.” Final performance is September 17th.


Is it a play or a hair salon?  JaJa’s African Hair Braiding is making its debut at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on October 3 (Now in previews). It takes place in a hair braiding shop in Harlem where every day, a lively and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders are creating masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood women and revealing “secrets.”

And New York City really is going to the pits.  This huge billboard in Times Square appearing during Fashion Week as part of an ad campaign by Dove urging women to show off their armpits and “to challenge preconceived notions of the body part.” #FreeThePits

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!


Modern Thai Dining Arrives at Bangkok Supper Club
September 14, 2023, 7:27.30 pm ET

Photos: Evan Sung                                                                                               

The West Village is now home to an exciting new restaurant exploring the flavors of Thailand. The Bangkok Supper Club, from the group behind Fish Cheeks, is serving inventive, contemporary Thai fare in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting.

A white-hot charcoal grill is the centerpiece of the open kitchen where Bangkok-born chef Max Wittawat is creating vibrant, shareable plates rooted in the electrifying flavors of the city’s late-night culinary scene.


Among the dishes - fried sticky rice-stuffed chicken wings meant to capture the essence of Hainanese chicken in one bite. Whole Branzino is served with Namn Jim seafood sauce, while “egg salad” is made with fried duck egg and trout roe.  Scallop Ceviche comes with spicy watermelon granita.


Seared sea bass is served in a hand-crushed chakram curry with sea beans, redefining how diners experience not only the country’s classic fare but also its lesser-known gems,

Playful cocktails offer hints of smoke, acid, brine and spice while the traditional Thai flavors of pandan, coconut, fish sauce and coriander root provide an added depth of flavor.

Earth tones, and minimalist design fill the space while muted green banquettes, textured clay tile walls and soft lighting set the mood for a night out at the Bangkok Supper Club.

Bangkok Supper Club is located at 641 Hudson St, New York, NY (646) 344-1733.  For more information, visit

A Neon-Filled Hot Pot Spot Opens In Midtown
September 14, 2023, 6:58.42 pm ET


ER Hot Pot has a spanking new Midtown locations. The restaurant with lots of neon and oversized lanterns is offering tradition hot pot where visitors choose from a long list of ingredients that is placed in a cauldron with choice of up to two broths ranging from fiery to mild.

Proteins include everything from Ox Aorta and Fresh Pig Kidney to Boneless Duck Feet, Tongue, Baby Octopus and Fresh Cut Beef, among others.  That is matched with a long list of veggies for dunking into broth, including Lotus Root, Baby Cabbage, Bamboo Fungus, Enoki & Shiitake Mushrooms, Potato Glass Noodles and more.


ER Hot Hot is located at 1029 6th Ave, New York, NY.  For more information, visit 


New Fall Sweets Hitting NYC Streets
September 14, 2023, 6:12.00 pm ET


Breads Bakery recently introduce its Apple Challah for a limited time.  The challah bread is loaded with bits of apples, cinnamon and almond.  A whole baked apple is embedded in the center.  Bread’s Apple Babka is also back for falls.  We spotted the Apple Challah as Bread’s location at Rockefeller Center.

Photo: Levain Bakery                                                                                  

Levain Bakery is bringing back its limited-time only Fall Chocolate Chunk Cookie. Founders Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald are re-launching the autumnal cookie that debuted last year, which features hints of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and molasses, layered with melty Valrhona chocolate.  The Fall Chocolate Chunk cookie launches on Monday, September 18th and is available in all retail bakeries, as well as in 4, 8 and 12 packs through for nationwide shipping.  

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Mochidoki's newest mochi ice cream offering for fall is Carrot Cake. Carrot Cake features spiced carrot ice cream mixed with tangy cream cheese and shredded coconut to recreate the unique flavor of carrot cake in an unexpected way. The new flavor is also available at all three Mochidoki retail locations. 4-piece packs are available starting at $12; 24-piece are available for $72 with mix and match flavors.


Hop on over to HoneyBunny, now serving its prized Chicken & Biscuits at Market 57
September 13, 2023, 8:23.00 pm ET

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Market 57, the James Beard Foundation’s incubator of sorts for promising minority and women-owned business, is showcasing HoneyBunny Chicken & Biscuits at Good to Go kiosk. Comfort is king at HoneyBunny and so is Chef Jared Howard, who named the concept in honor of his daughter’s nickname.  Diners can expect mouthwatering fried chicken, garlic-butter biscuits and fab desserts like banana pudding.

Market 57 is located at Pier 57, 25 11th Avenue (15th St).  For more information, visit 


Hot Plate: Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan Has a New Home Downtown
September 13, 2023, 7:47.50 pm ET

Photos: Seasoned Vegan/Owners Brenda and Aaron Beener                                    

Gourmet vegan food from Harlem’s beloved Seasoned Vegan is now available on the go at the newly-opened Seasoned Vegan Real Quick in the East Village.

Owned by mother and son team of Chef Brenda Beener and Aaron Beener, the restaurant draws on the family’s New Orleans roots and features their most popular dishes offered as sandwiches, including their unique signature grilled burdock root "crawfish." The Craw Pretzel Boy with remoulade sauce is a vegan take on the crawfish po-boy served on a pretzel bun. There is also the  BBQ Craw Sandwich smothered in bayou BBQ sauce, and the SV Nugget Sandwich with Lemon Crusted Nuggets (soy protein) offered with fries tossed with Cajun seasoning. Visitors will also find housemade organic desserts like Raw Cheesecake made with cashews, walnuts and dates.

The restaurant also has some big name fans including Stevie Wonder, Indie Arie, Danny Glover, Colin Kaepernick and Cory Booker, to name a few.

Seasoned Vegan Real Quick is located at 128 2nd Ave. near St. Marks Place; Open daily 11am – 12am. For mor information, visit 

15 Exciting New Additions added to 2023 Michelin Guide for NY
September 13, 2023, 6:47.50 pm ET

Photo: Bad Roman/ Christian Harder                                                            

Michelin says its inspectors have been busy at working determining which New York City restaurants will be added to this year’s guide.  Here are 15 “mouthwatering” names that have made the cut, according to Michelin.  Five of them are Korean.  They include newcomers like Bad Roman, Restaurant Yuu, Seoul Salon, Sushi Ichimura, and The Office at Mr. Moto. All 15 have a chance at winning at award when they are announced in November.

Here is the full list:

Ariari (119 1st Ave, NYC – Korean)

Bad Roman (10 Columbus Circle, NYC – Italian)

Café Mars (272 3rd Ave, NYC – Italian)

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8282 (84 Stanton St, NYC – Korean)

El Fish Marisqueria (155 Amsterdam Ave, NYC – Mexican, Seafood)

Genesis House (40A Tenth Ave, NYC – Korean)

Photo: Hav & Mar/Angela Bankead                                                            

Hav & Mar (245 Eleventh Ave, NYC – Fusion)

Meju (5-28 49th Ave, NYC – Korean)

Raf’s (290 Elizabeth St, NYC – European)

Photo: Restaurant Yuu/Daria Neshama                                                                

Restaurant Yuu (55 Nassau Ave, NYC – Japanese)

Seoul Salon (28 W. 33rd St, NYC – Korean)

The Office at Mr. Moto (120 St. Marks Pl, NYC – Japanese)

Photo: Wan Wan/Andrew Bui                                                                             

Wan Wan (209 Mulberry St, NYC - Thai, Asian)

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (1955 Central Park Ave, Yonkers – Pizza, Italian)

Sushi Ichimura (412 Greenwich St, NYC - Japanese, Sushi)

For more from Michelin, click here 



Review: Infinite Life Is Infinitely Enigmatic
September 12, 2023, 10:05.09 pm ET

Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                            

By Brian Scott Lipton

Annie Baker recently told The New York Times that she sees herself neither as an entertainer or provocateur, and one’s reaction to her newest play, “Infinite Life,” now at the Atlantic Theater’s Linda Gross Theatre under James Macdonald’s sturdy direction, may be a barometer indicating whether you agree with her self-assessment. Continue reading...

Where to Celebrate Negroni Week in NYC
September 12, 2023, 10:02.39 pm ET

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Negroni Week Kicks off September 18th.  Here are some places to imbibe:

Nomad Girl, the stylish Milanese restaurant composes a classic Negroni with three essential ingredients: Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari. The ratio of each component and stirring not shaking, is how Nomad Girl sets its cocktail apart.

Jupiter at Rockefeller Center is serving up its Negroni Bianco, a white negroni, made with Hendricks, English pea, white bitter, and vermouth. Pair it with one of Jupiter’s popular pasta dishes.

Photo: Soto/Nicole Franzen                                                                                 

Step in for a cocktail at the sexy amaro bar, Sotto, a new subterranean lair beneath Lupetto.  Sip on s Lupetto Negroni made with gin, campari, sfumato, and Carpano Antica while nibbling on some roasted oysters.

Misi, led by Chef Missy Robbins, is known for more than just delicious pasta.  Here you will also find a Negroni Sour made with forthave gin, misi bitter, carpano bianco vermouth, citrus, and egg white.

Photo: Sagaponack                                                                    

Sagaponack, a Hamptons-like dining experience in Flatiron, draws its inspiration for its Boulevardier Negroni from the fall season. It features walnut bitters, sweet vermouth, amaro and bourbon.

The ever-popular Rezdora, known for its cuisine from Italy's Emilia Romagna region, goes full throttle Italian with its Negroni Sbagliato, a mix of campari, cappelletti, carpano antica, sparkling wine, and garnished with an orange wedge.

At the breezy coastal Italian restaurant, Mr. Capri, you will find their version of a Negroni.  The Funicolare is made with 3-month barrel aged Cynar, oregano infused campari, and gin.

Let us know your favorite spot in NYC for a negroni. Leave a comment below.


A Pop-Up Pairing Italian Shoes with Pizza from Naples in SoHo
September 12, 2023, 9:41.47 pm ET

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Talia di Napoli is bringing the flavors of Naples to NYC this weekend with a pop-up at Italian shoemaker Koio’s SoHo store. Both brands share a deep commitment to sustainability, with Talia’s carbon-negative pizzas and Koio’s shoes (199 Lafayette St, NYC) made from regenerative leather.

On Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 4-6 p.m., fans, locals and visitors alike can experience the brand’s handmade pizzas (straight from Naples) and peruse Koio’s new fall line. In addition to both products, the pop-up will feature Italian cocktails and mocktails as well as music from a live DJ.

Fantasy Football with $8 Margs at Pink Taco
September 12, 2023, 5:58.56 pm ET


Celebrate the big game with tacos and lots of tequila at Pink Taco, the iconic rocker-chic Mexican restaurant serving tacos with an attitude since ‘99. Catch every touchdown while sipping on Classic Margaritas ($8) and happy hour specials including beer buckets ($16), Cazadores silver shots ($5), and a variety of frozen margarita flavors including lime, mango con chile, and strawberry ($10). Fuel up between plays and indulge in house-made guacamole, OG pink tacos, mini nachos and more bold-flavored bites from Pink Taco’s Happy Hour menu. With ample indoor and outdoor seating and several screens throughout the restaurant, you won’t miss a score; and for fantasy football fanatics, Pink Taco will be offering free wifi during every game.

Pink Taco will be offering this football special every Monday & Sunday in September during gametime.


Dustin Wilson to Host Verve Wine Dinner at Peasant
September 12, 2023, 5:41.31 pm ET

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Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson will hose a Wine Dinner at Peasant, the Italian restaurant by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marc Forgione, tomorrow, September 13th, at 7pm.

Wilson is the co-founder of Verve Wine, the online-focused wine retail business, and is also a founding partner of Apres Cru along with fellow Master Sommelier Sabato Sagaria, with notable projects including Marc’s other restaurants Trattoria One Fifth and Restaurant Marc Forgione, in addition to Peasant.

The wine dinner will feature amazing wines from around the world paired with delicious wood-fired cooking. The four-course prix fixe menu will include two wine pairings per course. Expect dishes including Peasant’s beloved Bucatini Carbonara, Wood Grilled Flat Iron Steak, and more.

Reservations are$160/person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased online via Resy.



Inside Chinato, an Immersive New Cocktail Bar on the Lower East Side
September 11, 2023, 11:50.41 pm ET

Photos: Karen Cen                                                                              

Located on the corner of Staton and Ludlow Streets on the Lower East Side is Chinato. The cocktail bar is led by Ray Zhou who made a name for himself at Double Chicken Please which was #1 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list this year. At Chinato, Zhou is focusing on his humble beginnings traveling from Dalian in Northeastern China to New York City – hence the name “China-to.”

Chinato’s unconventional layout offers a unique way for guests to experience a cocktail bar – it’s intimate, immersive, and interactive, centered around an island-style bar where there is no front or back. This offers  guests at one of the island’s four seats a unique vantage point to the action. There is also a traditional bar that seats five, and additional table seating for 20. The space features mixed woods, exposed brick, and stainless steel accents. Black leather tufted bar stools and plush grey-green chairs offer comfort, while the ceiling’s fishboned wood detailing and hanging circular light fixture adds drama.

Cocktails are a true labor of love with some components taking up to 10 hours to prepare in advance. They include the Chinato (a nod to Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen’s “Chinatown”) with Chinato, lychee, bayberry, goji berry, Ming River baijiu, and bourbon; the Gin & Juice (inspired by Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice”) is a mix of gin, earl gray, grapefruit, strawberry, rhubarb, Campari, and clarified yogurt; and  the Vermouth (an ode to Digby Vermouth’s “Supernova Dreamsicle”) is a mix of Quinquina, husk cherry, bergamot, and osmanthus.

Chef Zhaojin Dai, the sous chef at two Michelin star Jungsik, developed the food program at Chinato. It includes the Taco with fluke, seaweed, avocado, and orange; Fries with seaweed, wasabi, and soy; Rice Bowl with veal tongue, wagyu, shacha, shiitake, and egg yolk, and The Grilled, a scallop dish with Fava bean, pickled radish, and micro cilantro. For dessert, there is Black Rice Pudding with mango and coconut, and Ron Zacapa 23 rum.

Chinato is located at 108 Stanton St, New York, NY.  For more information, visit

Stylish Italian Steakhouse Lupetto Opening in NoMad
September 11, 2023, 11:05.33 pm ET

Photos: Nicole Franzen                                                                                      

Restaurateur Mark Barak is taking the wraps off Lupetto, a stylish wood-fired Italian steakhouse in the heart of NoMad, just steps away from Madison Square Park. Lupetto’s timeless interior from James Beard Award-winner Parts and Labor Design, showcases warm wood tones, sleek marble, artisanal tiles and brass accents throughout the landmarked space.


Lupetto, meaning “little wolf” in Italian, is inspired by the rustic hearth cooking often found in regions of Italy like Perugia and Naples. Chef and partner Michael Berardino leads the culinary program with a selection of wood-fired meats, house-made pastas, and Neapolitan-style pizza.



This includes premium cuts like a 40 oz Bone-in Ribeye, a Pork Porterhouse prepared ‘Porchetta’ style, and a Lamb Saddle Chop. Visitors will also find Wood-Roasted Oysters with strega hollandaise; Pizza Alla Norma with eggplant and ricotta salata; Crespelle with white bolognese; and Spaghetti al Limone with Meyer lemon and bronte pistachio.

Craft cocktails also reach toward Italy with drinks like the Lupetto Negroni made with gin, campari, sfumato, and Carpano Antica. The wine list features a robust selection of old and new world wines from top producers to complement the rustic menu.

Sotto is an alluring craft amari bar with a vaulted ceiling and private dining space located downstairs from Lupetto. The space, by Parts and Labor Design, features mother-of-pearl tiling, walnut burl wall coverings, terrazzo floors, a hand-dyed fringe chandelier making Sotto a destination for pre- or post-dinner drinks.


Lupetti is located at 1123 Broadway at W 25th Street, New York, NY. For more information, visit (Official opening Sept 25th)

Madhappy Opens Soho Store With New York Focus
September 11, 2023, 8:43.14 pm ET

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Popular clothing brand Madhappy has opened a new seasonal shop in SoHo at 153 Mercer Street. It will sell an exclusive New York collection that takes some of Madhappy’s most popular styles, including the Dad Hat, Fleece shorts, and Fleece Hoodie, and reinvigorates them for the city welove!

In addition to this collection, Madhappy will be dropping a new collaboration with an iconic NY institution. Katz’s Deli, later this month. The collection will build on Madhappy’s already popular food and beverage collaborations and honors the cultural landmark that Katz’s Deli has always been.

For more information, visit

Little Birch is coming to
550 Madison

September 11, 2023, 8:37.02 pm ET

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The Olayan Group has announced the opening of Little Birch, a new food and drink kiosk serving seasonal lunchtime fare in 550 Madison’s public garden. Little Birch will be overseen by Chef Solanki Roy of Great Performances, who is Executive Chef for The Arch amenity space at 550 Madison, which offers café and dining experiences for tenants of the newly repositioned Landmarked office tower located between East 55th and 56th streets in Midtown Manhattan.

Chef Solanki, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, has created a seasonal menu of salads, grilled sandwiches, smoothies and more. From healthy to indulgent, Little Birch’s offerings include a prosciutto and cheddar panini, a Shaller & Webber beef weiner, chopped salad, quinoa tofu bowl, as well as caramelized banana pudding to name a few. Little Birch’s menu also reflects 550 Madison’s commitment to sustainability.

The lushly landscaped Garden transforms a previously enclosed mid-block passageway into the largest green space built in Midtown East in 60 years. The 21,300-square foot Garden offers abundant outdoor seating, gender inclusive public bathrooms, public Wi-Fi and three food and beverage kiosks – including the latest culinary destination, Little Birch.

For more information, visit

Dragon Fest Returns To NYC This Fall
September 9, 2023, 2:13.27 pm ET

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Dragon Fest, where you can savor more than 100 Chinese delicacies, is returning to New York City this September.  Aside from the food, guests can also experience the elegance of Han-style attire, and immersed themselves in the enchanting realm of Miao embroidery

Well known participants in Dragon Fest include MáLà Project, Kopitiam, Pecking House, Lady Wong, Nom Wah, among others.

This year’s Dragon Fest promises more cultural experiences, more vibrant flavors, and exciting surprises in store as the city honors Chinese cuisine and traditions.

The upcoming events in September are taking place on the following dates and locations:

 - 9/16/2023, 10 am-6 pm, 8th ave (20th - 21st St)

- 9/17/2023, 10 am-6 pm, 6th Ave (29th - 30th St)


For more information, visit 

Sagaponack Reopens in Flatiron, Reimagined and Ready for Business
September 9, 2023, 10:06.06 am ET

Sagaponack with its sea-shelled glass storefront and custom artwork has reopened in Flatiron with a new team and seafood-inspired menu.

Co-owner Kyungil Lee, formerly of Michelin-starred JeJu Noodle Bar, has tapped Chef Phil Choy (Dovetail, Boulud Sud) to reinvigorate the Sagaponack brand, named after the breezy coastal village in the town of Southampton. The menu takes diners on a culinary journey that spans from Long Island to the Pacific Rim and Mediterranean.

Oysters - raw, dressed and roasted – start things off topped with things like Siberian caviar and gochujang butter. An impressive Fluke Tartare follows with coconut, Marcona almonds, and tobiko placed tableside.

Larger plates bring Ricotta Cavatelli served under peekytoe crab, sunchokes, and Meyers lemon; ‘Nduja mussels with pork sausage and Calabrian chili in a rich tomatoey broth; and Seafood Paella with chorizo, saffron, and fennel sofrito. Thai Milk Cake with mango and pecans, and Earl Grey Crème Brûlée with fresh strawberries and mint add a sweet finish to the meal.   

A rotating wine list and seasonal beers are offered, including IPAs, lagers, ciders, and a locally sourced pilsner from Montauk. Craft cocktails also evoke the sea with names like Seaside Sunset and Fiji Blue. 

Sagaponack is located at 4 W 22nd St, New York, NY.  For more information, visit 


Hot Plate: Shorne Benjamin’s Fat Fowl Leaves Its Mark in Brooklyn
September 8, 2023, 6:52.05 pm ET

Photo: Shorne Benjamin                                                                              

From working in a bank to reinventing himself as a chef, Shorne Benjamin, attributes his success in large part to his Caribbean upbringing with his grandmother in St. Lucia, who he calls an “icon” in his life, and who taught him how to cook starting at the age of seven.  As a chef he had one goal in mind to open his own restaurant.

Now after attending culinary school, and appearing on Beat Bobby Flay, Chef Benjamin achieved that dream and now operates Fat Fowl at Brooklyn’s DeKalb Market where he is cooking “new age” Caribbean cuisine.

Photos: Fat Fowl                                                                                                  

His signature dish is his Organic Lavendar Rotisserie Chicken which is sold by the quarter piece, half or whole chicken.  It is served with hearty sides ranging from garlic string beans and quinoa with beans to creamy mac & cheese and black fried rice. Other signature dishes include an Oxtail Grilled Cheese and a Curry Shrimp Burger. There is also a daily market fish option. On the vegan side, look for Benjamin’s Jerk Tamarind Mushroom.


Fat Fowl is open 7 days a week from 11am to 9pm. For more information, visit


Restaurant Radar – Cornelius Converted into Private Event Space at Grand Central
September 8, 2023, 8:57.04 am ET


Cornelius, the high end farm-to-table restaurant from City Winery, appears to have closed. The main entrance is locked, the menu has been removed from the front of the restaurant, although the signage remains. An employee at the nearby Food Hall telling us the space is currently being used for private functions.  We’ve reached out to City Winery for a comment.  


From City Winery Founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dorf: 

"We have converted Cornelius to be used more efficiently as a private event space for up to 75 people as that was the most demanded desire from our patrons. City Winery will continue to use our half of Vanderbilt hall for food and beverage service as that continues to be very popular with commuters and destination visitors." 

Ceramics Master Shiro Tsujimura Exhibit at THE GALLERY
September 7, 2023, 5:41.39 pm ET

Photo: Julianne Steege                                                                                      

Contemporary ceramics artist Shiro Tsujimura, considered a living legend in Japan, will have his works on display at THE GALLERY (17 West 20th Street) from September 9th through December 17th.

For this exhibition, THE GALLERY led by Michelin-starred chef Hiroki Odo, has been transformed into a “forest within the city” in homage of Tsujimura’s home in majestic Nara, which is where he has built a teahouse and seven kilns over the years. Tsujimura’s creations are described as “pure and spiritual” where the art of imperfection plays an important role.

Photo: Aya Kishimito                                                                                            

Chef Odo has created special dishes to complement the exhibition including Charcoal-Grilled Duck with Sansho-Soy Sauce; Pot-Cooked Seasoned Rice Ball with Ayu (a fish with distinctive, sweet flavor with melon and cucumber aromas); and Seasonal Kinchaku-Bukuro (a pouch-type dish crafted from tofu-skin wrap with seasonal vegetables).

Photo: Aya Kishimito                                                                                         

The exhibition is realized in association with the acclaimed Yoshii Gallery in New York. For more information, visit

Greg Baxtrom’s Olmsted Offers a New Dining Experience
September 7, 2023, 1:09.58 am ET

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Chef Greg Baxtrom is taking diners on a journey literally with every meal.  An experimental tasting and prix fixe menu physically takes guests through each of Olmsted’s distinct dining areas.

Upon entering the Brownstone in Prospect Heights, the journey begins with drinks and snacks in Olmsted’s intimate “Library.” Think Peach Escabeche with serrano chili and fermented yuzu kosho, and Cherry Tonic with sungold tomato and olives.

Guests then move through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling forest installation into the year-round garden (one of Brooklyn’s most romantic gardens with new seating, lighting, tiki torches and potted plants) for the majority of their meal. Here diners can savor dishes like Kouign-Amann with hoisin mushrooms and sesame, and King Crab with Koshihikari Rice, corn, piquillo pepper, Espelette and sea urchin.

The evening ends with a sweet finish in Olmsted’s dining room, which is lined with a living herb and garden wall. Desserts include White Peach Sorbet with lemongrass, creme fraiche and shiso meringue. Guests are welcome to return to the garden for post-dinner drinks and Olmsted’s cult-favorite S'mores (served with individual coals, oversized homemade marshmallows and Hershey’s Chocolate).

The entire tasting menu experience costs $165 per person. The prix-fixe menu runs $75 per person while the a la carte menu exclusively highlights classic Olmsted dishes like Carrot Crepe, Kale and Crab Rangoon and Duck Liver Mousse.

Reservations are available via Resy, and as always, walk-ins are welcome at Olmsted. Guests may reserve or walk-in to experience just drinks and S’Mores in the garden as well.

Terrorvision Set to Haunt Times Square
September 7, 2023, 12:34.57 am ET

Photos: Hal Schulman                                                                                     

“TerrorVision - Live Screaming Your Nightmares,” a new immersive horror experience, will begin performances on September 13 at the fictional Horrorwood Studios in Times Square (300 W. 43rd Street).

As audiences embark on a tour of the dilapidated Horrowood Studios, they’re invited to get a ‘behind the screams’ sneak peek of the filming of the upcoming TerrorVision Halloween episode. As things go terribly awry, the screen shatters and guests are suddenly cast as the unwitting new star, forced to face three tales of terror with each manifesting as an immersive haunted house-style experience, overflowing with gruesome creatures and movie magic special effects.

Guests are going to see snow and wind inside of the rooms, giant creatures, and seemingly impossible effects constantly happening all around, quite literally swirling them into this nightmare world.

Tickets, beginning at $39, are available at

Around Town - US Open Sips, Li-Lac Turns 100, Rosh Hashanah Offerings and more!
September 6, 2023, 7:59.13 pm ET


Rock Center is getting into the US Open spirit. In tandem with Racquet House’s return, US Open-themed cocktails can be found at its restaurants. For a limited time, 21 Greenpoint is offering the ‘Drop Shot’ (vodka, fresh melon, mint + lemon); and Pebble Bar features the ‘Ace Paloma’ (Maestro Double, Ancho Reyes, Orange, Fever-Tree Grapefruit, Mole Bitters) and ‘Match Point’ (Grey Goose Vodka, Le Moné, Watermelon, Lemon, Demerara, Peychaud’s, G.H. Mumm Champagne).

On September 9, the second annual iNDIEPLAZA music festival at Rock Center will feature a full slate of family-friendly programming, including live performances by The Rock & Roll Playhouse, face painting, arts and crafts with MerchFriends, and more. For families visiting, stop by Ace’s Pizza in Rockefeller Center’s newly revamped Under 30 Rock on the Rink Level for an exclusive offer ($29.99 specialty pie + two fountain drinks) + sweet treats at Chip City or Ben & Jerry’s.

Photo: Gulaabo                                                                                                      

Gulaabo, the stylish Indian restaurant in the heart of NYC's Theater District at 47th St between 8th and Broadway is now offering a pre-theater meal for $37 (from 5-7pm daily). It includes dishes like Tandoori Jhinga (grilled shrimp, tandoori salad, mint chutney); Lamb Seekh Kebab (lamb, brown onion, mint, cashew nut, kebab masala); Murgh Tikka (smokey chicken tikka, red wine, kebab masala, mint, laccha pyaaz); and Lauki Kofta (white pumpkin koftas in homestyle curry).

Baar Baar continues its special pop-up series. Mumbai-based Marina Balakrishnan, a prominent figure of Kerala vegetarian food and the founder of the Oottupura ("the pious eating place"), will bring the dining experience to New York City for one night only on October 2nd.  Balakrishnan believes in the healing energy that food brings to the table, combining Ayurvedic principles with traditional flavors and ancient techniques. Tickets are $95 per person. Reservations via Resy

PhotoL Li-Lac Chocolates                                                                                  

A Sweet Anniversary.  Li-Lac Chocolates, New York’s oldest chocolate house since 1923 is celebrating its centennial year. With Rosh Hashanah quickly approaching on Friday, September 15th, it also makes the perfect gift for the High Holidays. The chocolates are handmade daily in Brooklyn and Kosher Certified. Li-Lac offers more than 120 different items making it one of the largest selections of gourmet chocolates in the world.

Photo: Balaboosta                                                                                               

Also for Rosh Hashanah, Balaboosta will be offering a Family style celebration. Parties of 6+ can enjoy a 4 course menu for $85 per person. It includes Challah, and Honey & Apples for the blessing; Hummus with lemon tahini and green s’chug; Chicken Tangine; Chrime Fish and more. For dessert there’s an Apple Crumble topped with Cardamom Whipped Cream.  Available Friday, September 15th & Saturday, September 16th. Reservations can be made on Resy or email  An at-home dinner feast is also available

Photo: El Fish Marisqueria                                                                                   

El Fish Marisqueria is also offering a special Rosh Hashanah menu which meshes Chef Medina's Mexican cooking with traditional Jewish cuisine with dishes like Guacamole Con Pescado Ahumado -- chunky avocado, Yucatan-style achiote smoked white fish salad, horseradish, habanero, red onion. September 15th-17th.  Reservation via  Resy

Image: Met Museum                                                           

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open its new 81st Street Studio: Adventures in Art and Science on September 9th.  The play space, for children ages 3 to 11 and their families, is located in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The renovated 3,500-square-foot area will be an hands-on learning space that reimagines how The Met can inspire exploration of its collection spanning over 5,000 years of art to amplify curiosity and create new experiences for its youngest visitors.

The Angel Band Project Presents: Songs of Survival - A Benefit Concert on 9/21 at Chelsea Table & Stage (152 W 26th St). This year’s benefit concert will feature songs written and performed in music therapy as a way to process trauma. Doors open at 6:15pm with cocktails and bites available for purchase before and during the show. Expect exceptional performances from musicians Julia A, Maya Demri, Ashton Hiatt, Jennifer Hopper, Amber McKynzie, Mireio, Vanessa Milanesi, Paula Taylor and Deb Busch with musical direction by Evan Zavada. Angel Band Project aims to use the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness, and promote positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. Livestream tickets are available if you cannot attend in person. For additional information, visit

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!

Chef Cheng Lin Launches Shota Omakase in Williamsburg
September 6, 2023, 6:36.55 pm ET

Photos: Shoto Omakase 

A new omakase can now be found in Williamsburg at 50 South 3rd Street.  Here you will find Chef/Owner Cheng Lin (Sushi Seki, Blue Ribbon, ITO Tribeca) overseeing a 16-seat Edomae-style omakase experience at his new restaurant, Shota Omakase.

The 18-course experience changes daily using the finest ingredients and honoring the traditions of Edomae - an emphasis on marinating, curing, and aging. Chef Lin sources his seafood from the Toyosu Market in Japan, using the traditional Ike-jime and Shinkei-jime techniques to ensure the humane dispatch of the fish once caught and helping to preserve the pristine quality of its meat.

Highlights include Botan Ebi, spot prawn from Vancouver with SanbaiZu jelly and golden ossetra caviar and Sawara, seared Spanish mackerel from Fukuoka Japan, homemade citrus miso and pickled cucumber. This is followed by the nigiri courses, perfect cuts of Chūtoro, blue fin fatty tuna from Ehime Japan, Shima Aji, striped jack mackerel, Kuruma Ebi, fresh tiger prawns, and more. Each pioece is plated atop mounds of sweet and sticky Inochi No Ichi, shari-sushi rice that Chef Lin sources from a small farmer in Gero City, Gifu Japan. He also sources akazu, a red sushi vinegar aged for three to five years to bring added umami.

Upon entering, guests are greeted by a wraparound white oak omakase bar. The bar is lined with sustainable grey cushioned white oak wooden chairs.  The simple space designed by Chef Lin to create an experience where the focus is on the meal with no distractions.

The restaurant also offers an a la carte menu of curated sakes, wines and beers that pair well with the menu. The experience is $175 per person (without sake or wine) and there are two seatings Tuesday through Friday at 6pm and 8:30pm, and three seatings on Saturday and Sunday at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.

For more information, visit


Alain Ducasse's Benoit Celebrates 15 Years with Special Chef Series
September 6, 2023, 6:05.17 pm ET

World renowned chef Alain Ducasse is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his French brasserie, Benoit. Since opening in Fall 2008, Benoit has been serving up its acclaimed French cuisine earning praise from critics and diners alike. Now, to celebrate the momentous occasion, the Midtown mainstay is pleased to present an exclusive Guest Chef Series hosted by Benoit’s executive chef, Alberto Marcolongo.

Spanning over five consecutive weeks, the Guest Chef Series will commence on Friday, September 8 and culminate in a grand finale Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 12, which will be held as part of the prestigious New York Wine & Food Festival (NYWFF).

The star-studded series features:

- Emma Bengtsson (September 8) - The executive chef of Aquavit, an esteemed two Michelin-starred restaurant.   Dish: Swedish “lojrom” caviar served with crispy waffles, sour cream, red onion and chives

- Stefano Secchi (September 15) - Acclaimed chef from Rezdôra, recipient of one Michelin star. Dish: Francobollo pasta, mais, crema di parmigiano e tartufo nero

- Guillaume Ginther (September 22) – Executive chef at Daniel Boulud’s Lyonnaise-inspired bistro,  Le Gratin. Dish: Warm pie of duck, quail and squab, truffled foie gras and porcini

- Eunji Lee (September 29) - Visionary chef and owner of LYSÉE, a Korean & French-inspired dessert shop. Dish: Korean toasted brown rice mousse, caramel, pecan praliné & sable

- James Kent (October 6) – Executive chef and partner at the prestigious two Michelin-starred, SAGA.  Dish: Black bass, lobster, scallop and laksa sauce

"As we celebrate Benoit's remarkable 15 years of success, I couldn't be prouder of our team,” says Alberto Marcolongo, executive chef at Benoit. “We attribute this milestone to our cherished guests – their unwavering support has been the driving force behind this major accomplishment. We are excited to continue serving exceptional dining experiences for years to come."

To secure a seat at the celebrated Guest Chef Series, friends + fans can make reservations via OpenTable to Benoit’s famed French cuisine along with dishes from an ensemble of esteemed chefs, renowned for their culinary prowess and creative ingenuity.  

My Big Fat Greek Dinner – NYC Style
September 6, 2023, 12:52.31 am ET

Photo: Kellari Taverna                                                                                      

With My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 hitting theaters, we thought we'd showcase restaurants celebrating Greek culture every day in the city.

Kellari Taverna
19 W 44th St, NYC

Kellari Taverna, now celebrating 15 years in Midtown, is known for its impeccable service and mouthwatering seafood.  The restaurant is owned by the Aktipis family led by Stavros Aktipis and his son Andreas.  Executive Chef Vasiliki Vouriotaki honed her skills at several restaurants in Athens before moving to New York City where she worked at Oceana.  Vouriotaki is known for adding modern touches to classic Greek flavors. 

Executive Chef Vasiliki Vouriotaki

The meal begins with Seafood Platter of lobster, jumbo shrimp, clams and oysters. Other options include Octopodi, charcoal grilled sustainable octopus with hummus; Fileto Tonos, marinated seared tuna with citrus sauce; and “Pikilia” Spreads, an assortment of five traditional dips.

Photo: Kellari Taverna                                                                                       

Whole fish are brought in fresh daily from the Mediterranean as well as local markets with names like Lavrakim, Tsipoura and Barbounia among others.  Chef’s selections include Aegean Surf & Turf with grilled prawns and filet mignon, pan-seared Faroe Island salmon, grilled pasture-raised lamb chops and roasted free-range chicken.    

Photo: The Avra Group                                                                                              

Avra Rockefeller Center
1271 6th Ave, NYC

Avra Rockefeller Center is a magnificent multi-story restaurant from The Avra Group. The space is light and airy with towering ceilings, an elegant marble bar with lush greenery, and ample outdoor seating when the weather permits.

Visitors will also discover a large seafood display featuring Mediterranean specialties like Barbounia, Lithrini and Fagri, along with giant tiger prawns. Specialties include Carpaccio of Octopus, Spanakopita with spinach, feta and leeks baked in filo dough, along with assorted spreads. Freshly caught fish are flown in daily from Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal - all charcoal grilled simply with olive oil, lemon and sea salt. For meat lovers there are grilled lamb chops, and a prime New York strip, among others.

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402 W 43rd St, 

Molyvos is named after the Livanos family’s ancestral hometown of Molyvos.  Located at its new perch in Hell’s Kitchen, in the former Esca space, Molyvos is all about the flavors of Greece, including Greek wines and spirits.  The restaurant is run by John Livanos who emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 and began his career in Manhattan as a dishwasher.  Today he operates Molyvos with his children, Nick, Bill and Corin, who also own the critically-acclaimed Oceana.

The menu brings traditional Greek dips like Melitzanosalata made with roasted eggplant, tomato, yogurt, garlic, and herb; and Tzatziki, sheep’s milk yogurt with cucumber, garlic, mint, and dill.  Larger plates include Stuffed Red Peppers with basmati rice, eggplant, zucchini, tomato, toasted bread crumbs and manouri cheese; Molyvos moussaka with spiced lamb & beef, potato, eggplant, peppers, and yogurt béchamel; along with an assortment whole fish.  For dessert there is baklava made with walnuts and pistachios.

Photo: Eléa/Alex Staniloff                                                                                          

217 W 85th St

Eléa evokes the Greek islands at its Upper West Side location. The sister of Kyma, in Flatiron, Eléa offers a modern take on Greek cuisine. An oval-shape concrete bar serves as the centerpiece of the restaurant, a meeting place for a quick bite and cocktail. The dining room is brightened by white-washed walls, reclaimed wood and teal tapestry.

Artifacts also fill the space, including a 200-year-old olive press. The menu includes Mediterranean salads, assorted whole fish, char-grilled lamb chops, braised short ribs, and Greek classics like Pastitsio; baked pasta with seasonal mushrooms and béchamel.   

Photo: Anassa Taverna Astoria                                                                           

Anassa Taverna Astoria
28-10 Astoria Blvd, Queens

Named after the ancient Greek queen of the Mediterranean, Anassa Taverna in Astoria is a jewel of a restaurant. Setting the mood, an elegant space with towering chandeliers, exposed wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. The sleek bar with natural wood top and aqua blue seating offers the perfect spot for drinks and a bite.

The menu also brings a splash of the Mediterranean with fresh whole fish flown in daily, including pink snapper, black sea bass, dorado and branzino. Dips and small plates are also offered, like grilled Octopus with fava and capers; Spanakopita with spinach, leeks and feta in phyllo; and grilled traditional Greek sausage. Larger plates include swordfish kebabs, marinated lamb chops, grilled organic chicken and lobster spaghetti for two with a signature tomato sauce topped with myzithra cheese. Anassa  

For a full list of Greek restaurants in the city, click here

Ferragosto Festival on Arthur Avenue Set for September 10
September 6, 2023, 12:19.31 am ET

Bronx Little Italy will hold its Annual Ferragosto Festival on Sunday, September 10th from 12-6pm.

The festival serves as a celebration of Italian cuisine, culture, and entertainment on Arthur Avenue between East 187th Street and Crescent Avenue in the Bronx. Ferragosto is an opportunity to enjoy a fun, community focused day and experience first-hand the neighborhood’s old-world charm and Italian traditions.

This year’s participating local small businesses include Artuso Pastry Shop, Calabria Pork Store, Cerini Coffee & Gifts, DUA Gourmet Market, Enzo’s of Arthur Avenue, La Casa Grande Cigars, Marie’s Fresh Roasted Coffee & Gifts, Mario’s Restaurant, Pasquale’s Rigoletto Restaurant, Teitel Brothers, Zero Otto Nove, and many more.


Queens County Fair to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
September 5, 2023, 5:32.57 pm ET

Photo: Lilly Landes                                                                                           

The Queens County Farm Museum announced today its 40th anniversary programming of the Queens County Fair, which runs from September 8 through September 10, featuring a variety of food, entertainment, carnival rides, midway games, free crafts and competitions. The fair also marks the opening weekend of the Amazing Maize Maze, inspired by the 1954 Ford tractor generously donated by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

This year’s fair will host a variety of new activations including the Taste New York Pavilion, which will showcase its delicious New York State growers and producers; the Cabot Cheese Cruiser Cheese Truck with free mac n’ cheese; the Heartee Mushroom Vessel featuring gourmet mushroom tastings, recipes and education materials; the Colonial Lab at the Adriance Farmhouse, which features historic house tours and demonstrations such as butter churning, colonial cooking and quill writing.; Lewis Latimer House Museum’s Mobile Lewis Latimer Lab, featuring its state-of-the-art mobile TinkerLab with free STEAM activities to fair-goers; and Paint the Farm: The Arts Parlor, which offers free face painting, caricatures, farm-themed temporary tattoos.

There will be a beer garden showcasing New York State beer and cider curated by Queens Night Market, along with the Museum’s famed apple cider donuts and pies. Food vendors include Teriyaki Plus, CBao Asian Buns, TaDa Noodles, Tania’s Kitchen, Our Green Acres Corn, Ed’s Italian Sausage & Polish, Long Island Seafood, Cousins Maine Lobster, Wafels and Dinges, Kelli’s Funnel Cake and more.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit


Works and Process Announces Fall Season
September 5, 2023, 5:20.18 pm ET

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The fall season of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum of Art has been announced, with performances beginning on September 6 and running through December.

Among the many highlights are the Houston Grand Opera and Urban Bush Women; a discuss of the upcoming Broadway show “Gutenberg! The Musical!” with Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Scott Brown, Anthony King, and Alex Timbers; The Metropolitan Opera presenting an excerpt from “Dead Man Walking”; The Santa Fe Opera presenting an excerpt from “The Righteous”; and a conversation between Broadway legend Chita Rivera and author Patrick Pacheco.

Photo: Guttenberg                                                                         

There will also be performances and discussions by American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem Diaspora, Bruce Wood Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and the Lar Lubovitch Company.

In addition, there will be productions of Peter & the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev with Isaac Mizrahi and Third Bird, composed by Isaac Mizrahi and Nico Muhly

For a complete schedule, visit

NYC Bites – What New York City Restaurants and Bars are Up To
September 3, 2023, 11:37.31 am ET

Photo: Restaurant Yuu                                                                                  

Restaurant Yuu from Chef/Owner Yuu Shimano has launched an eight-seat Wine and Cheese Bar adjacent to the L-shaped chef’s tasting counter. The creative and playful atmosphere adds a new dimension to the restaurant by making it a destination for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

Guests can ejoy wine and sake by the glass as well as Japanese whisky, selected by newly-appointed Sommelier Alex Chung. Accompanying the beverages is a well-curated cheese selection that will include a 26-month Comte, Chabichou, and Mimolette.

The cheese is served as a selection of 3 cuts or as part of a Grand Cheese Plate to go along with Donut Peach Jam and Dry Fruit Bread made in house daily by Executive Pastry Chef Masaki Takahashi.


New York-based brewery Grimm Artisanal Ales is partnering with Oishii to launch the new Ambient Fizz: Koyo Berry, a barrel-aged spontaneous sour ale made using Oishii’s newest varietal, the Koyo Berry, available at the Grimm taproom (990 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn] starting Saturday, September 9th. The launch party will include Oishii berries for sampling as well as custom pint glasses for purchase, and tastings from the Grimms' recently opened rooftop pizzeria, Lala’s Brooklyn Apizza.

LORE & Wölffer Estate are teaming up for a Dinner with Wine Pairing.  Think Montaulk scallops and pan seared duck breast paired with Wölffer Estate’s Long Island Wines. (Sept 12 at 6pm; $84pp)

On the Menu

Chef Ignacio Mattos and team will join Elena Reygadas, named The World’s Best Female Chef for 2023, for a Labor Day BBQ at The Corner Bar on Sept 4 from 2:30-6:30pm. Dishes will be inspired by Reygadas’ restaurant Rosetta.

For Labor Day Weekend, Lady Moo Moo in Bed-Stuy is offering a special ice cream sandwich. It features a Wild Berry Donut with a lemon thyme glaze from the folks of Peter Pan Donuts.  It’s filled with two scoops of ice cream.  Thai Tea ice cream is back by popular demand. 

Photo: Carlotto                                                                                                  

Executive Chef Andy Kitko at Carllotto is cooking up Tagliatelle Ragu Cinghiale with slow-cooked wild boar and parmigiano. Looks amazing.

For a limited time, Vaselka is offering its fabulous blintze with a paring of seasonal plum compote.  Yummy!

Principe is serving up lemon meringue popsicles.

Looking Ahead


Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Sunday September 10th with live music on two stages, indoor and outdoor.  Doors open at noon.

Ensenda in Williamsburg will be hosting Una Noche Tejana on September 10 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm with BBQ pollo, collards, biscuits and smoky beans.  Bring you favorite Salena outfit.


Where to watch the TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR movie in New York City
September 3, 2023, 9:04.17 am ET

Photo: Brian Friedman/                                                             

Swifties rejoice! For those unable to attend the the record-breaking TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR, you will soon have a chance to watch it on film. Starting October 13, the TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR concert film will play at least four showtimes per day on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at every AMC theatre location in the United States.

Here's where to watch in New York City:

AMC Empire
234 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036

AMC DINE-IN Staten Island
2655 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10314

AMC DINE-IN Staten Island
2655 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10314

AMC Bay Plaza Cinema
2210 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, New York 10475

AMC 84th Street
2310 Broadway, New York, New York 10024

AMC Orpheum
1538 Third Ave (86th St.), New York, New York 10028

AMC Village
66 Third Ave (11th St.), New York, New York 10003

AMC 19th St. East
890 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

AMC Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway, New York, New York 10023

AMC 34th Street
312 West 34th Street, New York, New York 10001

AMC Bay Terrace
211-01 26th Ave Bayside, New York 11360

AMC Kips Bay
570 Second Avenue, New York, New York 10016

AMC Magic Johnson Harlem
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, New York 10027

All adult tickets at AMC's U.S. theatres to TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR concert film will be priced at only $19.89 plus tax, and children’s/senior tickets will be $13.13 plus tax, for all showtimes except branded premium large format screens. Tickets are on sale now at and

High-End Noksu Opens in Train Station Near Herald Square
September 2, 2023, 2:20.25 pm ET


After hopping a train you can hop into Nōksu, an upscale 12-seat tasting counter within the entrance to the 32nd Street subway station at Broadway.  Chef Dai Kim is offering a 15-course menu made up predominantly of seafood.

The menu includes dishes like Kenagi with turnips and crab innard maître de’ butter; Oyster with Hawaiian red prawn, shima aji, cucumber and nasturtium; Coho Salmon with bell pepper, fennel and brown butter; and American Eel with foie gras, gim hoe cake and tangsu.  Non-seafood options include a Smoked Quail BBQ Sundae with puffed duck feet and Millbrook Venison with corn, morel, beet, gochujang and shiso.  For a sweet finish there is Cotton Candy Grape with Tahitian vanilla and white chocolate.

Nōksu is offering two seatings – one at 5pm and another at 8:30pm. Diners are asked to arrive promptly for their 2-hour meal, and in what is reminiscent of a speakeasy, guests enter using a code sent on the day of the reservations.

For more information visit  Reservations via Resy.


Saying Goodbye to Rincon Criollo after 42 Years in Queens
September 2, 2023, 11:15.54 am ET


After 42 years in Queens, Rincon Criolla is making a move from Queens to Long Island.  Surging rent and quality of life issues making doing business for this Cuban institution on Junction Boulevard unbearable, so it is packing up and leaving the city behind.

Long Island’s gain is NYC’s loss. Esther Acosta, one of the owners, saying in an Instagram post by Righteous Eats, there used to be a togetherness in Corona, but now people just don’t care. She says people walking by throw garbage right in front of the door. Acosta adding, “You can love something but if you don’t take care of it, water it, and nurture it, it’s not going to grow”

Rincon Criolla is well known for its Cuban sandwiches, pork-filled Cuban tamal, Rabo Encendido (stewed oxtails), and Palomilla Steak with grilled onions. The restaurant is also known for its Cuban coffee and desserts like Buñuelos, fried dough made with yuca and sweet potato topped with homemade honey sauce.

Acosto says they are taking everything with them, the pots and pans, the cooks, the staff to Garden City, Long Island. The new location, she says, is much larger with space for a bar and dance floor and maybe some salsa.  But those red checkered tablecloths, camaraderie and pictures lining the walls celebrating Cuban culture in the city are simply irreplaceable.

[Update: Rincon Criollo on its website says its last day in Queens will be September 21, 2023. It had been expected to close on August 31st]


Dining Out at KTown's miss KOREA
September 2, 2023, 10:15.52 am ET


If you haven’t been to Koreatown lately, let’s just say this area of the city is booming, especially on a Friday night. We found ourselves in miss KOREA BBQ.  Slightly faded from its glory days but with perfectly-seasoned grills, miss KOREA operates like a well-oiled machine, changing out tables quickly to maximize the money coming in.  It’s also the place to get that late night bulgogi fix.

We started with some thick cut pork belly cooked simply with a sliced onion.  Our server, who looked like she could have been your mother, returned often to flip meat from side to side until it started to caramelized. Turns out she also had mean scissor skills – SNIP, SNIP, SNIP – and in moments we were eating some of the tastiest pork belly in the city. 

This process was repeated with ribeye, boneless short rib and brisket all while enjoying traditional condiments like high-grade kimchi, spicy been sprouts, slices of fish cake among others spread across the table. We also sprang for a bowl of Junju Bibimbap, a traditional mix of vegetables, bulgogi beef, and egg yolk served atop a bed of rice. We also enjoyed complimentary egg souffle found at many Korea restaurants in all of its eggy goodness and a piping hot tofu stew.

Add in a few cold beers or some soju and you are set.  Loud, boisterous and fun, miss KOREA should not be missed!

- Thomas Rafael

The High Line will be the Backdrop for Alexis Blake's Crack Nerve Boogie Swerve
September 1, 2023, 6:46.16 pm ET

Photo: Frank Sperling                                                                              

Crack Nerve Boogie Swerve, a performance by Amsterdam-based artist Alexis Blake, will take place on the High Line Sept 5, 6 and 7  at the 14th Street passage at 7pm. 

Both an installation and a performance, the work starts with sheets of glass nestled in moveable steel bases. The performers, who are a percussionist, low frequency sound artist, and four dancers coming from different dance genres such as hip hop, contemporary, ballet, Afro-fusion, and tap, activate the glass to explore transparency, resistance, resonance and breaking—breaking free from constraints and liberating oneself from the confinement of oppression.

Presented at TENT in Rotterdam in 2019 and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in February 2023, Blake’s work on the High Line will mark the work’s U.S. premiere and the artist’s first performance in New York City. To RSVP click here

Dominique Ansel Brings Pie Nights to SoHo
September 1, 2023, 6:21.21 pm ET

Photo: Palm + Ocean Digital                                                         

Pie Night is back at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo.  Guests will be able to enjoy unlimited slices of pie, plus, ice cream to make your sweet slices à la mode.

This year, Dominique Ansel is taking a trip in a time machine looking back at 10 decades of pop culture in pie form.  There is a Roaring 20s pie, Chilled Shrimp Cocktail Pie, a 50s TV Dinner Thanksgiving Turkey pie, 60s British Invasion Steak & Ale pie, 90s Raspberry & Cream “Pop Tart” pie, and the 2010s Cronut® pie (featuring our very first flavor, rose vanilla), and more.

Pie Nights will be held Tues 9/12, Wed 9/13, Thurs 9/14; Tues 9/19, Wed 9/20, Thurs 9/21; and Tues 9/26, Wed 9/27, Thurs 9/28.  For more information and tickets click here


Immersive Horror Experience, Nightmare Dollhouse, to Open in NYC
September 1, 2023, 6:02.37 pm ET

Photo: Nightmare Dollhouse                                                                    

Nightmare Dollhouse, a theatrical immersive horror experience inspired by the weirdest and scariest roadside oddities is coming to New York. The limited engagement runs October 13 – 31 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at Teatro SEA @ The Clemente (1107 Suffolk St). Official opening date is October 18.

Enter a terrifying roadside attraction in the middle of nowhere called The Dollhouse, where history’s scariest dolls reside. At first it may seem like a serious museum, but beware, the demonic and bloodcurdling lurk around every corner. The dolls have come to life and want to make you one of them! Can you escape with your soul intact, or will you succumb to the evil in the Nightmare Dollhouse.

For more info go to

Ruth Asawa Exhibition is coming to the Whitney Museum
September 1, 2023, 5:52.06 pm ET

Ruth Asawa Through Line is the first exhibition to examine Ruth Asawa’s oeuvre through the lens of her lifelong drawing practice. Co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Menil Collection, this presentation reveals the complexity and richness of the materials and processes she experimented with, emphasizing the foundational role that drawing played in developing her distinct visual language. While now widely recognized as a sculptor, Asawa (1926–2013) practiced drawing daily.

Through drawing, Asawa explored the world around her and the boundaries of the medium itself, turning everyday encounters into moments of profound beauty and endowing ordinary objects with new aesthetic possibilities. Positioning drawings, collages, and watercolors alongside stamped prints, copper foil works, and sketchbooks, the exhibition will expose the breadth of Asawa’s innovative practice through over one hundred works from public and private collections, many of which have not been previously exhibited.   The exhibition runs from Sept 16, 2023 to Jan 15, 2024.

Image: Ruth Asawa, Untitled (WC.252, Persimmons), c. 1970s–80s. Watercolor on paper, 14 × 17 in (35.6 × 43.2 cm). Private collection. Artwork © 2023 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner

Jean-Georges Replaces Seeds + Weeds with a Second abcV.
September 1, 2023, 1:10.00 am ET


Jean-Georges Vongerichten is shaking things up at the Tin Building. Seeds & Weed, a vegetarian restaurant that debuted at the food hall's opening, is out and a second location of abcV is in. abcV is renowned for its forward-thinking plant based dishes, tonics and cocktails.

The new abcV features dishes like Black Sesame, House Togarashi with crispy olive oil artichokes, saffron rose aioli, and meyer lemon; Avocado Lettuce Cups with toasted cumin, serrano chili, lime, and pepita; and Whole Roasted Cauliflower with turmeric tahini, za’atar, date molasses, pomegranate, red zhug, fresh herbs, and pistachio.

Jean-Georges and Chef of Plant-Based Development Neal Harden will be overseeing the new project.