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First-Ever Thai Fest is Set for June 20th in Midtown
April 12, 2024, 7:42.17 pm ET

Photo: Thai Fest

The first-ever Thai Fest is set to take place on April 20th on 6th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets in Manhattan. This annual event promises to bring the authentic flavors and vibrant culture of Thailand to the heart of New York City.

Attendees can look forward to a diverse array of authentic Thai street food from some of NYC's most popular Thai restaurants. Delicacies such as Crab Fried Rice from Fish Cheeks, spicy KraPow from Mayree, savory Fried Meatballs from Sappe, rich Khao Soi from Soothr, and crispy Fried Chicken from Somtum Der, classic Pad Thai from Rua Thai, sweet Mango Sticky Rice from Zabb PuTawn, flavorful Garlic Noodle from Obao, and tangy Tom Yum Ramen from 11Tigers will be featured, providing a taste of Thailand's diverse and vibrant food culture.

The festival invites New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore the traditions and cuisine of Thailand in an immersive and festive atmosphere. The sponsor of Thai Fest is beverage maker Chi Forest.

For more information, visit

A New Bi-Level Lounge and Restaurant from the MaLa Team Opens on LES
April 12, 2024, 6:57.13 pm ET

Photos: Ori Harpaz (Interiors)

Only Love Strangers, a new bi-level cocktail lounge and restaurant with nightly live jazz performances, has arrived on the Lower East Side. It is led by the team behind MáLà Project - Amelie Kang, Simona Petrovska, Christian Castillo, Irene Li, and Yishu He.

The immersive dinner-and-a-show experience promises a sensory journey bordering on Stanley Kubrik’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Striking Cobalt Blue floor-to-ceiling tiles complement an aluminum clad bar and banquettes upholstered with the late Verner Panton’s 1969 “Black and White Optik”design.

Photos: Heidi's Bridge (F&B)

Signature cocktails from Beverage Director Fabrizio Argiolas (Obicà Mozzarella Bar), feature the Bebop (Tequila, Green Apple, Red Beets, Pomegranate, Citrus), the Bossa Nova (Mezcal, Pink Grapefruit, Yellow Pepper, Pineapple, Citrus), and the Nu (Vodka, White Creme de Cacao, Frangelico, Espresso Ice Cube). Martini lovers are also in for a treat, with options like the Double Dirty (Kalamata + Sevillano Brine), the Pickled (House made Pickle Brine), and the Ouzo (Dry Anise Liqueur).

The seafood driven menu is a collaboration between Culinary Director Tabitha Yeh (Noma, Per Se) and Chef de Cuisine Alberto Gomez (Prohibition, The Williamsburg Hotel), drawing inspiration from Spain, Italy, and Greece.

The meal begins with a shareable seafood tower flowing with Oysters, Little Neck Clams, Shrimp Cocktail, Salmon Rillette, Scallop Tartare, Razor Clams with Chorizo along with traditional pintxos and mezze dishes. Other highlights include an Osetra Caviar Cannoli with Potato, Sour Cream & Onion; Shrimp Kataifi with Calabrian Chili Aioli; Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Sea Urchin and Bottarga; and Branzino with Salsa Verde, Olives, and Dandelion Greens.

For a sweet finish, try the Baklava Sundae with black pepper gelato, caramelized figs, and pistacho. Only Love Strangers is located at 200 Allen Street, near East Houston, in New York City. For more information, visit

Review: The Outsiders Goes for the Gold
April 11, 2024, 9:00.33 pm ET

Photo: Matthew Murphy

By Brian Scott Lipton

At the end of “The Outsiders,” both S.E. Hinton’s groundbreaking 1967 novel about teen class warfare in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the faithful and very satisfying musical adaptation now open at the Jacobs Theatre, there is the lingering question of whether good-hearted, slightly troubled teen Ponyboy Curtis (played by charismatic newcomer Brody Grant) can always “stay gold” – which means pursuing his dreams of being a writer, leaving Oklahoma, and, yes, remaining on the right side of the law.

However, for Broadway awards watchers, there’s another lingering question -- one that will be answered definitively -- in about two months: Can “The Outsiders” earn the gold – aka the Tony Award for Best Musical? It’s a bit too early to call, but the show has enough first-rate elements that I suspect it will at least be a contender.

Its story, adapted by Adam Rapp and Justin Levine (who is also credited with lyrics, music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations) is aimed squarely at anyone who has ever felt like an “outsider,” no matter if you’re 14 or 64. The former age belongs to the recently orphaned Ponyboy, who along with his best friend Johnny Cade (a touching Sky Lakota-Lynch) and his two older brothers, the hard-working if somewhat embittered Darrel (a strong-voiced Brent Comer) and the good-natured Sodapop (the endearing and impressively fit Jason Schmidt), are members of the “greasers,” an ad hoc gang from the wrong part of town.

Their socio-economic status, as much as anything, has made them the enemy of the richer socs (aka socialites), and this inter-class rivalry only gets more heated when Ponyboy strikes up a long if essentially innocent conversation with the sweet-but-smart Cherry (an excellent Emma Pittman) -- the girlfriend of blustering, obnoxious Bob (a well-cast Kevin William Paul) -- at the local drive-in.

To say the rich kids don’t take kindly to the idea of Ponyboy interacting with Cherry is an understatement! In fact, it leads over the course of the musical to one almost-death, one actual death, Ponyboy and Johnny leaving town with the aid of New York-born ex-convict Dallas Winston (Joshua Boone in a phenomenal turn), another tragic death, and a violent rumble in which everyone still alive joins in.

Even with its echoes of “West Side Story,” that lengthy fight, which involves a rain curtain (yep, another one), is among the most imaginative scenes staged by director Danya Taymor and choreographers Rick and Jeff Kuperman on the show’s clever industrial set (designed by AMP featuring Tatiana Kahvegian) -- and aided in no small part by the brilliant lighting by Brian McDevitt.

Still, for all of its action sequences (including the sudden burning of a church), the show leaves plenty of time (perhaps a bit too much) for the characters to sing about their feelings in songs, all penned by the Texas-based band Jamestown Revival (aka Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance), whether it’s Ponyboy expressing his hopes and fears in “Great Expectations,” Cherry and Ponyboy connecting emotionally in “I Could Talk to You All Night,” Dallas explaining his drastic actions in “Little Brother” or Johnny imploring his best friend to, yes, “Stay Gold.” Indeed, the score, while a tad ballad-heavy, is one of the best I’ve heard on Broadway this season.

Intriguingly, “The Outsiders,” unlike “West Side Story,” has no conventional love story; Ponyboy and Cherry are nothing more – and remain nothing more -- than unlikely friends. In fact, the show is all about men’s platonic love for other men (even if one occasionally senses a slight homoerotic bond between Ponyboy and Johnny). Indeed, it would benefit even a bit more from repeatedly showing the unbreakable familial bond among the three Curtis brothers, a fact that becomes crystal clear when the show finally does just that in its final sequences.

While an immediate ticket to this sure-to-be-hit may be hard to come by, don’t let yourself stay an outsider. This show is worth coming into a theater!


Restaurant Yuu to Offer Special Spring Menu
April 11, 2024, 8:33.03 pm ET

Photo: Restaurant Yuu

While Executive Chef-Owner Yuu Shimano, of Michelin-starred Restaurant Yuu, will be participating in a guest chef appearance at Shirley Brasserie with Chef Craig Hopson inside Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angles, Chef Yuu’s all-star team, for the first time, will be creating their own French 15-course omakase menu at Restaurant Yuu.

Leading the team is Executive Chef, Shuji Furukawa, along with Chef De Cuisine, Simon Ek and Chef De Partie, Musashi Osaki have created a special menu for the occasion.

Menu highlights are as follows:

· Scallop: raw scallop carpaccio with olive oil and vinaigrette jelly

· Clam Flan Spring Veggie: clam egg custard with spring vegetables

· Charred Trout: sliced in front of guests, served with spring cabbage and roe sauce

· Lobster: grilled lobster with melon, Pernod, mustard greens and dehydrated black olives

The menu will be served from April 23rd- 26th.

$220 per person; reservations can be made via Tock.

Rooftops and Gardens Await from Some of NYC’s Premier Dining Destinations
April 11, 2024, 7:55.32 pm ET

Photo: Chez Zou

Chez Zou

Chez Zou is the chic cocktail lounge from the team behind Zou Zou’s, the buzzy Eastern Mediterranean restaurant on Manhattan’s west side. Located just a few floors up from the restaurant, Bar Director Joey Smith offers inventive and playful cocktails highlighting flavors inspired by the eastern-Mediterranean region, categorized by Stirred, Shaken, Rums & Coladas, Highballs & Spritzes, and more. The expansive patio boasts comfortable seating and string lights overhead and a dedicated outdoor bar.

Photo: Bar Blondeau/Liz Clayman

Bar Blondeau (Wythe Hotel)

Bar Blondeau is a French-style bar in Williamsburg with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. From the team behind Le Crocodile at Wythe Hotel, Bar Blondeau opens their expansive terrace for the season on Saturday, May 18th. All summer long, Bar Blondeau is hosting “Sunset Hour” from 5-7pm, which features $9 select cocktails, wine, and small bites.

Photo: Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere is the Williamsburg cocktail bar and restaurant best known for its supreme oysters and unique New Orleans flair. Maison Premiere has grown from humble beginnings to become a major player in both the craft cocktail revival and the bar and restaurant renaissance. This spring, visitors can dine in Maison’s lush backyard garden, which offers seating under the wooden pergola with string lights interwoven with running vines, large hanging ferns, and other vibrant foliage.

Photo: Greywind/Evan Sung


Greywind from James Beard Award-winning Chef Dan Kluger is located on the edge of Hudson Yards offering a seasonally driven, vegetable-forward menu. Enjoy a meal this spring at Greywind’s breezy outdoor dining terrace where you can select from classic and seasonal bites and cocktails organized by primary flavor profile (from “Apple” to “Vegetable” to “Berries” and beyond), alongside artisanal New York spirits, beers and wines.

Photo: Huda


Huda is the new Middle Eastern restaurant and bar that celebrates Levantine culture and cuisine in East Williamsburg. Inspired by owner Gehad Hadidi’s Syrian-American heritage, and his grandmother’s home cooking, the menu incorporates influences from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond. Huda will open their outdoor patio for the summer season on May 1st where they will serve the full menu and cocktail offerings in addition to their regular indoor service.

Photo: Libertine/Evan Sung


Libertine, located in the West Village, is throwing open its French doors and offering drinks and light bites in their streetside dining area, which will house about sixteen tables. Libertine is offering a menu that focuses on cuisine du marché, the greenmarket-guided cooking found in bistros across the French countryside, alongside an entirely all natural French wine list and cocktails made with small batch French spirits. Outdoor dining at Libertine is available for walk-ins only.

Bar Primi Penn District

NoHo Hospitality, the group behind adored and sought-after New York restaurants such as Locanda Verde, The Dutch, and Lafayette, open their second location of the beloved Bar Primi in the heart of Midtown’s Penn District (349 West 33rd Street, between 8th & 9th Ave). This new opening includes expansive indoor dining and a lush and outdoor dining area hidden away from the bustling streets to enjoy and intimate meal and Italian-inspired cocktails in a warm setting.


The year-round garden at Olmsted, the acclaimed restaurant from chef Greg Baxtrom (also behind Patti Ann’s and 5 Acres), offers a picturesque oasis in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights. Known for its creative use of seasonal produce, Olmsted sources not only from local farmers but from the garden in their own backyard. Look for things like Kale and Crab Rangoon with sweet and sour sauce, Carrot Crepe with carrot butter, clam and sunflower seeds, and Rutabaga Tagliatelle with black truffle and brown butter. Guests can also make their own S’mores melted over a personal pit of warm coals.

Photo: Peasant


Located in NoLita, Peasant is an Italian restaurant from acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marc Forgione, specializing in handmade pastas, wood-fired dishes, and Italian wines served in a warm and refined setting, and has been an NYC neighborhood favorite for over 20 years. Diners can visit Peasant’s outdoor patio featuring a comprehensive spritz bar of 20 Italy region inspired drinks. The outdoor dining area overlooks the beautiful and intimate Elizabeth Street Garden nightly starting at 5pm.


Serafina Restaurant Group, the restaurant group founded by Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato nearly two decades ago. Guests can enjoy spring in the city at Serafina’s extensive outdoor patios found at various locations throughout the city including Serafina Tribeca, Serafina 38th, Serafina Vino e Cucina 110 University Place, Serafina Always (E 61st St), Serafina Broadway (55th St), Serafina (77th St UWS), and Serafina (105th St UWS). Look for handmade pastas and creative Italian wine lists.

Photo: Silver Apricot

Silver Apricot

Silver Apricot is the New-American-Chinese restaurant in the West Village from the acclaimed team previously behind Little Tong Noodle Shop. Through a Chinese-American-inspired menu of small plates that rotate with the seasons, Silver Apricot tells a story of what it means to be Chinese-American today. Enjoy the full food and beverage menus in their backyard garden patio, open all year round and perfect for any intimate spring date.

Zou Zou's

Enjoy dining out on the plaza at Zou Zou’s, the lively modern Eastern Mediterranean restaurant located on Manhattan’s West Side. Chef Juliana Latif offers a menu inspired by and celebrating the cuisine and flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean region, bringing in influences from Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, among others. The beautiful, jade green interior is complemented by outdoor dining tables just steps from Penn Station and the Pendry Hotel.

Photo: As You Are

As You Are

As You Are is the all-day bakery, restaurant, and bar re-imaged in partnership with Chef Camille Becerra, located at The Ace Hotel Brooklyn. The menu brings a modern take on American classics, oftentimes utilizing superfoods and offering more vegetable-forward and vegan-friendly dishes. Enjoy the full food and beverage menus in their outdoor patio, opening at the end of April, perfect for people watching.

Chalong to Celebrate Thai New Year This Weekend
April 11, 2024, 7:52.36 pm ET

Thai New Year or “Songkran” runs 4/13-4/15 at NYC Thai spot, Chalong (749 9th Ave, NYC) is offering special menus to mark the occasion.

The Songkran-themed menu features rarely-seen one hundred year-old recipes, including Keang Liang (aromatic soup with jumbo shrimp and root vegetables), and Kanom Ko (sweet rice cake from the South of Thailand stuffed with roasted coconut and coconut cream)

Chef Nate Limwong has a black book of spices she uses to develop each and every dish on the menu. She takes a yearly trip to Thailand to stay on top of the latest trends and new ingredients to bring back to the states.

Celebrated throughout Thailand April 13-15, Thai New Year is immensely important to Thai people, and is also known as National Family Day. Many people who leave home for work, school, etc. return home during this period to celebrate and spend time with their families. The day is also marked by street fairs and water fights symbolizing the purification, or the washing away of the prior year.

Around Town - Slice Out Hunger, Cocktails, Pop-Ups, Sensory Room at MSG and more...
April 10, 2024, 7:14.01 pm ET

Photo: Don Antonio

On Thursday, April 18th, New Yorkers can snag authentic Neapolitan pizza for just $1. It is all part of a charity effort targeting hunger relief. Don Antonio is among a star-studded lineup of pizzerias providing donations for Slice Out Hunger’s $1 Pizza Party. Returning for the first time since Covid, the event will take place at St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan Street in SoHo featuring live pizza making with portable ovens. 6pm until supplies run out, 154 Sullivan St, New York NY. More info here

Photo: Boqueria/Liz Clayman

On Sunday April 14th at 3pm, Boqueria - the lively Spanish tapas bar and restaurant - will be hosting the latest in its series of quarterly seasonal cocktail making classes at its 260 West 40th Street location. Receive instruction on how to make two spring cocktails - the lighty and fruity "Buen Rollo" margarita, and "Beach Please" - a fresh and herbaceous gin-based drink while learning how to work with different spirits, flavor profiles, and mixology tools. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased on Resy

Photo: Lolita

It’s margarita season, and Lolita (45 West 45th St) is getting into the spirit for Cinco de Mayo. Lolita isn’t typically open on Sundays, but couldn’t miss out on the party and now plans to have specials all weekend long from Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5. Look for $5 tacos and happy hour all day long, which includes $12 cocktails [House Margarita, Paloma, Daiquiri], $7 cerveza and $9 for select wines. For two days only [May 4 - 5], Lolita will be open for brunch from 11AM - 3PM. And there will be a Mariachi Band starting at 6pm Friday & Saturday and 2pm on Sunday May 5.

Photo: The Standard Biergarten

National Pretzel Day (April 26) is right around the corner. At The Standard Biergarten in the Meatpacking District they are marking the occasion by baking up $12 Garlic Butter and $12 Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel specials alongside $6 Pretzel Bites with cheese sauce.

Romer Hell’s Kitchen is debuting a 3-week Generative Writing Workshop in its Study. Guests can come to either one Saturday session or all three, each priced at $35. This workshop is designed to help writers of any level ‘unstick’ their writing with over one hour of unimpeded writing to start or continue working on a project of your choosing. Guests are encouraged to bring paper and pencil or a laptop for inspired writing time with local writer and teacher, Joe D'Annibale. More info here

Photo: MSG Entertainment

MSG Entertainment is unveiling its new sensory room at Madison Square Garden for guests with sensory processing needs. The Aaron & Samantha Judge Sensory Room was created in partnership with KultureCity, the world’s leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities and sensory needs, and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and his wife Samantha.

Photo: MSG Entertainment

The new sensory room at The Garden is thoughtfully designed to accommodate a variety of sensory needs, incorporating elements such as adjustable lighting, calming visuals, and comfortable seating. A range of sensory tools and equipment such as bubble walls, Yogibo bean bags, Nunoerin sparkle, and tactile objects available to create a personalized and calming experience. The sensory room is designed to be fully accessible, including for wheelchair users, accommodating individuals of all abilities and ages. For more information, click here

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

Denmark’s Noma is Bringing Free Events & Collabs to NYC April 14-19
April 9, 2024, 6:57.38 pm ET

April 14
Kitchen Arts & Letters Book Signing
with René Redzepi, Mette Søberg and Junichi Takahashi
1435 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
3:30pm – 6:00pm

April 16
Noma Projects x Superiority Burger Pop-up
119 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
5:00pm until sold out

April 17
Noma Projects x Pop Up Grocer Market
205 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
8:00am - 5:00pm Noma Projects Market
11:00am A taste of Noma Projects at Pop Up Grocer Café

April 18
Noma Projects x Dashi Okume
50 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
11:00am - 8:00pm Noma Projects Market
11:00am A taste of Noma Projects at Dashi Okume, Greenpoint

April 19
Noma Projects x Norwich Meadows Farm
Union Square Greenmarket
10:00am until sold out
Noma Projects x Norwich Meadows Farm at Union Square Greenmarket

April 19
Noma Projects at DREAM Charter School, Bronx
11:00am - 2:00pm
Closed Event, Lunch Service for Elementary & Middle School Children

For more information and to sign up, visit

Films Coming to MoMA this Spring
April 9, 2024, 5:58.47 pm ET

Photo: Pendulum. 1976. USA. Directed by Jamie Nares. Courtesy of the Kasmin Gallery

Preoccupations: A Jamie Nares Retrospective
May 23, 2024 – June 02, 2024

Jamie Nares has produced visual art in a variety of mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, film, and video. Initially a kind of adjunct to her art making, Nares’s moving-image work grew, as Nares put it, “to accommodate multiple genres, from document to documentary, magic realist drama to travelog,” along with the epic no wave costume feature Rome 78.

Illuminated Hours: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler
May 09, 2024 – May 16, 2024

Initiated amid the flowering of artisanal cinema in 1960s New York and continuing uninterrupted until today, the moving-image careers of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler are among the most captivating in film history. Their art, driven by the quest for a humanely lyrical cinema, transfigures ordinary surroundings into intimate glimpses of transcendence and offers audiences the experience of vision as an open form of poetry.

Bulle Ogier: A Tribute
May 01, 2024 – May 31, 2024

Marguerite Duras once said of her friend and frequent collaborator Bulle Ogier, “Bulle is not the nouvelle vague (New Wave); Bulle is absolute vagueness.” One of the few truly risk-taking actresses to emerge from the last golden age of European cinema, the 1960s and 1970s, Ogier is that most malleable and elusive of creatures—cerebral or sensuous as the role demands—bringing an uncommon intelligence and self-restraint to her work with such iconoclastic filmmakers as Duras, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Rivette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Manoel de Oliveira, Alain Tanner, Robert Frank, her husband Barbet Schroeder, and, more recently, Olivier Assayas and Claire Denis.

New Directors / New Films 2024

April 03, 2024 – April 12, 2024

Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art announce the 53rd edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), taking place from April 3 through April 14, 2024. For more than half a century, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who speak to the present and anticipate the future of cinema, and whose bold work pushes the envelope in unexpected, striking ways. This year’s selection will introduce 25 features and 10 shorts, including one world premiere, 14 North American premieres, five U.S. premieres, and 15 New York premieres. More

Frank Borzage and Man’s Castle
April 18, 2024 – April 24, 2024

Frank Borzage’s 1933 Man’s Castle has long been considered one of the most profound and transporting of Borzage’s spiritual love stories—a cohort that includes 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), History Is Made at Night (1935) and The Moral Storm (1940). But for decades Man’s Castle has been available only in a heavily censored cut created in 1938, when this extremely pre-Code film was reissued to cash in on the back-to-back Oscar wins of its star, Spencer Tracy.

Carte Blanche: Joan Jonas
April 25, 2024 – April 30, 2024

Joan Jonas’s lifetime of insatiable movie watching, soaking up classics and newfound discoveries alike, has had a profound impact on the shape and themes of her own moving images, art, and performance work. Presented in conjunction with the major exhibition Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, this Carte Blanche program features films selected by Jonas from MoMA’s collection, presented alongside a number of her own rarely screened video works.

Martin Beck: Last Night
June 2, 2024

Martin Beck: Last Night presents the artist’s eponymous film work for one day only, on June 2, 2024. Acquired by the Museum in 2022, Last Night (2016) revisits the records that musical host David Mancuso played on June 2, 1984, at one of the last parties at the 99 Prince Street location of the seminal New York dance party known as the Loft.

For more information, visit

A Taste of Spring at Le Jardinier
April 9, 2024, 5:18.42 pm ET

Photos: Le Jardinier

Michelin-Starred Le Jardinier New York, as The Bastion Collection’s Michelin-Starred Culinary Director Alain Verzeroli will be curating two special dining experiences in celebration of the spring season. These include a two day dinner series consisting of a five-course menu crafted for spring’s reemergence and a behind-the-scenes Halibut cooking demo led by Chef Verzeroli at Le Jardinier’s private events space, Sereine

A Taste of Spring
When: Thursday, April 11th or Friday, April 12th from 5:30-10:00pm

Description: Join Le Jardinier on Thursday, April 11th or Friday, April 12th in the main dining room for “A Taste of Spring” – a five-course dinner menu crafted for spring’s reemergence. Savor vibrant spring specialties amidst the beauty of Le Jardinier - a modern greenhouse and urban oasis, nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The five-course dinner menu, priced at $225++ per guest, features a delightful array of spring essentials, like White Asparagus, Maine Scallops, Shaved Radishes and Maine Spring Peas. Experience the essence of spring at Michelin-Starred Le Jardinier with Chef Alain for dinner on Thursday, April 11th or Friday, April 12th from 5:30-10:00 PM.

Reservations: Reserve your table via Resy

A Taste of Spring at Sereine
When: Saturday, April 13th at 7:00pm

Description: On Saturday, April 13th, Chef Alain will host an epicurean experience at Sereine, an open kitchen and elegant private dining space above Le Jardinier. The evening will begin with a welcome glass of bubbles and gourmet canapes, before stepping into Chef Alain’s kitchen for a behind-the-scenes demo. Guests will learn tips and tricks from a Michelin-Starred Culinary Director as Chef Alain guides guests through his preparation of a Halibut dish - complete with spring’s freshest ingredients: Green Peas, Spring Radishes and Carrot Reduction. Following the demo, guests will gather at an elegant communal table for a 4-course “Taste of Spring” dinner menu that features White and Green Asparagus and Long Island Crescent Duck. And as the second course, taste the delightfully light Steamed Halibut from Chef Alain’s demo. The finale: Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone created a Cream Cheese

Reservations: Reserve your table on Resy

Where to Celebrate National Pigs in a Blanket Say in NYC on April 24
April 8, 2024, 7:53.02 pm ET

Photo: Granola Bar

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket at Granola Bar on the Upper West Side

The Granola Bar’s Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket is a fun twist on a classic dish. Served with a spicy mustard dipping sauce it is a great starter to share with the table (or have all to yourself!).

Smokey Pigs in a Blanket The Richardson in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Photo: The Richardson

The Richardson’s twist on classic pigs in a blanket pays homage to the neighborhood’s Polish roots with Garlic kielbasa wrapped in puff pastry. Two sizable, cozy piggies are served with whole grain mustard and a generous side of cornichons.

Photo: The Alderman

The Crispy Piggy Can be found at The Alderman in Times Square

The Alderman’s crisp piggy combines succulent pork with bold flavors, complemented by the tangy and spicy notes of red chili fermented cabbage. It’s served with beer mustard and topped with onions.

Greenpoint’s Sereneco Taps New Executive Chef
April 8, 2024, 7:15.49 pm ET

Photo: Briana Balducci

Sereneco, (located at 113 Franklin Street) is welcoming its new executive chef – Abbey de la Rosa (previously of Diner, part of the Marlow Collective). Chef de la Rosa’s nearly tow decades in the industry also includes stints A Voce, Telepan, Ciano, Sous Chef at Lincoln Ristorante under Shea Gallante and Chef de Cuisine at Craft under Chef Tom Colicchio.

Her menu highlights sustainable and vegetable forward dishes including Roasted Beets with pickled strawberries, quinoa, avocado; Cavatelli withyoung savoy spinach, pistachios and feta; Half Roasted Amish Chicken with spiced carrots, mint and dill; and Roasted Sweet Potato with harissa yogurt, dandelion greens, walnuts and dates.

Dishes will rotate on a regular basis to reflect what’s in-season and available from notable local purveyors such as Lancaster Farms Co-op, Greenpoint Fish, Native Bread and the Greenmarkets.

Cocktails are also getting a seasonal refresher with drinks like the Seven Seas with spiced rum, agricole rhum, house-made blood orange shrub, and lime; and Sunshine Martini with lemon-infused gin, bianco vermouth and a twist.

Restaurant Marc Forgione is Making Its Move
April 8, 2024, 6:49.29 pm ET

Photo: Chili Lobster at Marc Forgione

Restaurant Marc Forgione announcing its final 2 weeks at 134 Reade St in Tribeca and last chance to have dinner that location. The space has been home to the restaurant for the last 15 years. As part of its sendoff, guests can raise a glass with Chef Forgione while dining on Sechuan Button, Chili Lobster, Snowdance Brick Chicken, cookies and a Banana Jameson for one last time. Marc Forgione will reopen in May at 30 Hudson St in the former home David Bouley’s Brushstroke and Danube.

Lupetto Launches Weekend Brunch
April 8, 2024, 6:28.36 pm ET

|Photo: Nicole Franzen

Lupetto, one of our Top 20 restaurants of 2023, will unveil its new brunch menu on Saturday, April 13. The playful, yet elevated Italian specialties, draw inspiration from traditional rustic hearth cooking.

Chef and partner Michael Berardino’s menu reflects on time spent living and cooking in southern Italy with a menu featuring highlights including grilled caciocavallo cheese with strawberry, rhubarb, and pickled mustard seed, various wood-fired pizzas such as a carbonara breakfast pizza with guanciale, pecorino, black pepper, and egg. There is also an Italian twist on eggs in purgatory with pancetta, smoked tomato, mozzarella, and chili.

Owner Mark Barak (La Pecora Bianca) brings everything that you love about refined Italian cuisine to a wide-ranging menu with both savory and sweet options, all while expertly using a wood-fired oven to impart a smoky finish to brunch classics. The warm and elegantly designed space is the perfect setting for a leisurely weekend meal. But the best seat in the house for brunch? The outdoor piazza seating with a full view of Madison Square Park set to open next month,

Brunch will be served starting April 13 Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am - 4pm.

Time Out Market to Host Spring Fest
April 8, 2024, 6:09.00 pm ET

Photo: Time Out Market

Just in time for warmer weather, Time Out Market is hosting an outdoor beverage festival under the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, April 20th from 2-6 p.m. The celebration will feature local breweries (including Brooklyn Brewery and Coney Island Brewery), wine, great food from Time Out Market vendors, giveaways, live music by Silver Arrow Band and more! Guests can enjoy it all with beautiful views of the park and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. See more details + reserve a spot HERE.

NYC Solar Eclipse Survival Guide
April 8, 2024, 9:39.20 am ET

Photo: NASA

The path of totality expected in at 325 pm ET
Best places to view the eclipse in the city:
- Viewing party at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
- The Intrepid Museum is hosting an on deck viewing.
- Grab a blanket and head to the Great Lawn in Central Park.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO is an ideal location set between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
- At Prospect Park head to the Long Meadow for some celestial viewing.
- Brooklyn Domino Park is a perfect spot located near the Williamsburg Bridge.
- If you’re in Queens, head to Rockaway Beach for surfside eclipse viewing.
- In the Bronx, you can view the eclipse from the Wave Hill Public Garden.

The eclipse is expected to last approximately 13minutes. And remembernot to look directly at the eclipse without proper protective glasses!

Hillary Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda Team Up for Fundraiser
April 5, 2024, 8:00.10 pm ET

Photos: Jenny Anderson

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted a fundraiser at new Broadway musical Suffs to support President Biden’s campaign. Clinton is a producer of the musical along with Malala Yousafzai, Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman. Suffs is now in previews at the Music Box Theatre, with an opening night on April 18th.

Secretary Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda made pre-show remarks to the sold-out crowd, highlighting the importance of this musical today, especially in this crucial election year. Additionally, they praised book writer, composer, lyricist and star Shaina Taub as the future of American theatre. Former President Bill Clinton was also in attendance and met the cast for photos afterwards alongside Secretary Clinton.

Chef Suzanne Cupps Brings Her Filipino Heritage to Lola’s in Flatiron
April 4, 2024, 8:35.33 pm ET

Chef Suzanne Cupps

Lola’s, from Chef Suzanne Cupps, is now open in Flatiron. Lola’s is Chef Cupps first independent venture after working in some of New York City’s finest kitchens, including Annisa, Gramercy Tavern, Untitled, and 232 Bleecker. At Lola’s, Cupps tells a personal story of heritage and history, drawing inspiration from her Filipino-American background, South Carolina upbringing, and 15 years in professional kitchens.

Photos: Liz Clayman

Lola, meaning “grandmother” in Tagalog, the language of central Luzon in the Philippines, is named in honor of Cupps’ grandmother –Annunciasion "Noning" Rocamora Paraiso – whom she never got to meet but was tremendously inspired by. Noning’s story is one of resilience and tenacity, having fled her home during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. After ensuring the safe arrival of her children to a nearby island, she passed away, leaving behind a photograph and a jade stone that Suzanne wears as a pendant. Lola’s is a celebration of her grandmother's legacy, rather than her recipes.

Lola's eclectic menu seamlessly weaves together Southern and pan-Asian influences, paying tribute to the diverse experiences, especially her roots growing up in Aiken, South Carolina. The restaurant showcases her commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients and her profound appreciation for genuine hospitality. This ingredient-first approach is evident as she allows the natural flavors to take center stage.

Look for dishes like Southern Stuffed Littleneck Clams; Chilled Lemongrass Gulf Shrimp; Crispy Chicken Thighs with pantry pickles and fermented hot honey; Heritage Country Rib Skewers with baked beans and Carolina BBQ sauce; Stir-Fried Egg Noodles with early spring greens and silk chili crisp; and the Union Square Bento with banana squash + bacon jam, pink cabbage pancake and malt vinegar potatoes.

For dessert, Cupps is cooking up Chocolate + Black Sesame Pudding Cake with toasty meringue, Leche Flan, and Mutsu Apple Hand Pies with coconut caramel.

From the bar, guests will find a variety of highballs like the M&M (Mezcal + Montenegro); the Ferrari (Campari + Fernet); and a Shandy (Pilsner + Lemon); as well as cocktails like the Leche de Tigre (Mezcal, Ginger, Jalapeno); the Boozy Pandan Soda (Vodka, Pear, Calpico); and Suzanne’s Special (Cocchi Americano, Orange, Olives). Lola’s also features housemade sodas and shrubs, in addition to bottled kombuchas and non-alcoholic beer and wine.

The space designed by Ben Krone of Gradient Architecture includes a front bar made of ash with pale wood fluting underneath and mirrored back with ash shelving. To honor her grandmother, Cupps chose to feature jade green tiling throughout the open kitchen – a daily reminder of her lola’s strength and fortitude – more green tones can be found on the striking green terrazzo kitchen counter. Polished concrete floors, painstakingly restored from the restaurant's storied past, provide a sturdy foundation.

Lola’s is located at 2 West 28th Street, New York (646) 941-4787. For more information, visit

The Arts and Mediterranean Food Come Together at The Mouth in Brooklyn
April 4, 2024, 7:21.23 pm ET

Photos: Mouth

The Mouth is a new, vibrant and dynamic restaurant and bar located adjacent to Brooklyn Art Haus in Williamsburg. The spirit of fun mingles with the charm of Art Deco design, complemented by vintage and retro touches throughout. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in an atmosphere that celebrates creativity and community, catering to the diverse palates of artists, art lovers and creative hearts.

Every moment is an opportunity to savor the flavors of Mediterranean-inspired culinary delights, a uniquely crafted cocktail and natural wine program, and artistic inspiration courtesy of the restaurant and bar’s very own rotating art gallery.

Israeli born Executive Chefs Naama and Assaf Tamir are the brother-sister duo and co-owners of Brooklyn's Lighthouse Restaurant that have command of the kitchen. The two have also worked at such places as Employees Only, Macao Trading Co., Craft Steak, Mainland, and Smith and Mills.

Mouth’s menu includes bites such as Zucchini Fritters with yogurt and chili oil, share house-made dips and a meat-and-cheese board that can be shared with friends. Vegetarians and vegans will delight in meatless offerings including the Fig Pocket with red cabbage, mango, and tahini, and the Roasted Veggie Plate. Other highlights include refreshing Fluke Crudo, and classic Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs served with yogurt and pita. End on a sweet note with a seasonal Pavlova, Baklava with Date Glaze, and freshly-baked cookies.

Beverage Director Isaac Bush, who was part of the opening team of Graydon Carter’s MONKEY BAR, is presenting creative cocktails such as the Dahlia Spritz (Apertivo Select, hibiscus, fresh ginger, bubbles), Shibuya Roll Call (gin, melon, yuzu, lemon, basil), Tinderella (mezcal, Lillet, Aperol, grapefruit, seltzer), Kahlo-Colada (rum, coconut, lime, passionfruit, nutmeg) and Martini des Artistes (vodka, cold brew, coffee liqueur, Liquor 43). Diners will also find an all-natural, rotating selection of internationally focused, red, white, rosé, orange, and sparkling wines along with local beers and ciders.

The Mouth is located at 20 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn. For more information, visit

Bar Madonna Brings its Italian Spirit to Williamsburg
April 4, 2024, 6:11.48 pm ET

Bar Madonna, an Italian-American cocktail bar fusing art, fashion, and storytelling, opens in Williamsburg. The forces behind Bar Madonna are longtime collaborators and alums of some of NYC’s hottest Italian restaurants (Lupa, Babbo, Carbone, to name a few) Eric Madonna and Ray Rando.

Visitors should look for Italian-American staples including a clarified Bellini on tap, boozy Manhattan Specials, and elevated bar food from Executive Chef and Partner Rob Zwirz.

“The genesis of Bar Madonna is one of friendship, as the concept stemmed from a desire to create something exceptional - and fun - with Ray, whom I’ve worked with for many years,” said Eric Madonna, managing partner.

(Photos Left to Right) Eric Madonna and Ray Rando

The beverage menu infuses classic recipes with inventive riffs and modern techniques like the Madonna Bellini with peach, plum, gin, and prosecco; Brooklyn Special with coffee, Michter’s Bourbon & Rye, Fernet, cherry, and bubbles; The Bialetti with vodka, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Oloroso Sherry, hazelnut, and coffee; and 68th and Harrow with citrus infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, lime, and bubbles.

Bar Madonna is also reimaging classic Italian dishes with its Smashed Meatball Parm (aged beef, pistachio pesto sugo, provolone, parmigiano crisp, semolina bun); Calabrese Wings (Pickled Calabrian hot sauce, buttermilk vinaigrette); Oxtail Croquettes (blood orange marmellata, celery salsa verde); Prawns & Polenta (‘Nduja vinaigrette, braised greens); and Lamb Spiedino (charred ramps, mint pesto, horseradish, jus).

Photo: Catarina Guimarães

The design from Catarina Guimarães’ Studio Guia with an assist from Art Director KidSuper, results in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Artwork also plays a role at Bar Madonna including a larger-than-life paintings overlooking the bar. Guests will also notice illustrations of Madonna’s and Rando’s family photos dating back to the 1940s on each plate. The playful vibe is matched with a carefully selected, hip-hop and R&B-heavy playlist making Bar Madonna a neighborhood spot to watch!

Bar Madonna is located at 367 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn. Brunch, extended hours and outdoor seating to follow. For more information, visit

Pier 57 Celebrates Earth Day with Clothing Swap, Climate Café, Vegan Market & More
April 4, 2024, 6:09.10 pm ET

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As New Yorkers mark Earth Day across the city, Pier 57 will host special programming to celebrate the planet – bringing together climate enthusiasts, local organizations, and community members of all ages. The event will feature a variety of festive activities for the community to enjoy, including:

Clothing Swap: Pier 57 is partnering with Veggie Mijas – a collective of BIPOC individuals advocating for food and environmental justice – to host a Clothing Swap in Pier 57’s Living Room space. Guests can bring up to 5 items of clothing or shoes in good condition to swap and share. For personalized advice on mending, upcycling, or caring for your clothes, the Reclypt team will help families make the most of their wardrobe. All leftover clothing will be distributed between local organizations such as Collective Focus and NYC Fair Trade Coalition.

Discussion Group: Climate Café will lead meaningful conversations on sustainability, climate action, and the impact of even the smallest steps toward a healthier planet. Black Girl Environmentalist, Remake, We Are Atlas, and Worn Not Torn will also participate in the discussion.

Earth Day Cookie: Market 57 vendor Local Roots will be offering a special Earth Day cookie – available for one day only – made with black sesame and matcha icing. Foodies can also enjoy other vegan options including hearty mapo tofu, crispy scallion pancakes, cucumber salad, and more.

The event will take place at Pier 57’s Living Room, a public gathering space located on the ground floor of the Pier’s southern edge with views of the Hudson River on Saturday, April 20th from 1pm to 4pm. For more information, visit

Exclusive: Coconut Macaroon S’mores Cake for Passover at Glace
April 4, 2024, 6:08.09 pm ET

Photo: Glace

Glace, the Upper East Side sweet shop (1266 Madison Ave) from founder and culinary dreamer, Sasha Zabar, son of famed New York gourmand, Eli Zabar is serving up this Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon S’mores Cake for Passover.

Sasha and the team at Glace are pulling inspiration from their own viral s’mores hot chocolate and Eli Zabar’s beloved passover cake to create a decadent 8-inch cake with vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate Stracciatella and pieces of coconut macaroon cookies. The cake is then covered in toasted marshmallow with a coconut macaroon cookie base.

The Macaroon S’mores ($75) will be available for purchase at the shop from April 20th - 22nd. For more information click here

Ten Things to Do in NYC This Spring
April 2, 2024, 8:57.55 pm ET


1. Grab a seat at the amphitheater and take in the sunset at Little Island on the Hudson River. more

2. Check out the new 4-thousand-square-foot Pier 26 Marine Science Playground at Hudson River Park. more

3. Catch the spring migration of flycatchers, cuckoos, warblers and other songbirds at Manhattan’s Central Park. more

4. For some of the best viewing of flowering trees including cherry trees, magnolias and dogwoods, head to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. more

5. At Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island they are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden on April 13, 2-4pm. more

6. Governors Island will be hosting its Third Annual Earth Day Celebration on April 20th from 10a-3pm with educational activities and workshops for all ages. more

7. The Hester Street Fair Pop-up Market is back at the Seaport this spring throughout the mont of April, Fridays to Sundays from 12pm-7pm. more

8. Queens Night Market returns on April 13th with a ticketed preview at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This year there are more than 70 vendors, 4pm-12am. more

9. A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace is popping up at Brooklyn’s Industry City on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-6pm. more

10. Get some fresh air. The Prospect Park Alliance is hosting Wellness Walks on Fridays from April to June from 10am to 12pm. Meet at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. more

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Gourmet Porchetta Sandwiches by Way of Food Truck at Rockefeller Center
April 2, 2024, 7:27.12 pm ET


Jupiter, the Italian restaurant inside Rockefeller Center, is now hawking tantalizing porchetta sandwiches from a mini truck just in time for Spring.

The pork is sliced to order complete with crispy crackling. The sandwiches, served on an equally delicious roll, are offered with a choice of salsa verde or apple sauce for $18.

Aside from drinks, it is the only item on the menu and available Tuesday thru Friday in Rockefeller Plaza from 11 am to 6pm. Trust us. It’s worth every bite!

For more information, visit

CitiEats: Halal Munchies Opens in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
April 2, 2024, 7:00.07 pm ET


We had been watching with anticipation for the opening of this Brooklyn outpost of Halal Munchies. The colorful restaurant lives up to its name inside and out with all sorts of dishes to address your cravings.

There are several types of burgers including a giant Cheeseburger oozing with cheese on a brioche bun, along with the Baconator made with turkey bacon and something called the Heart Attack Burger.

Guests will also find other “munchies” like chicken tenders and nuggets all freshly made, along with buffalo wings. All of the dishes are available with sides, including a huge pile of seasoned fries and Mac & Cheese bits.

You can also get your Middle Eastern fix of Lamb and Chicken Gyro served as sandwiches or over rice. There’s also a Kofta and Falafel Gyro. Desserts include Red Velvet and Carrot Cake sold by the slice, along with chocolate chip cookies.

Halal Muchies is located at 7919 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. For more information, visit

An Underground Pizza Joint Leaving its Mark in Midtown
April 2, 2024, 7:00.05 pm ET


At the 50th Street subway stop in Midtown, you can now catch a slice while catching the number one train. See No Evil is one of a handful of businesses feeding commuters, area residents, business workers and tourists alike.

Old school pizza joint is being run by two long-time friends, Ed Carew and Adrien Gallo, is located adjacent to Nothing Really Matters, a craft cocktail bar, and Tiny Dancer, which sells gourmet coffee transforming what was a grimy subway station into a desirable mini food hall.

See No Evil whose signature color is orange, now blankets the station. There are checkerboard floors and tiled walls with a glass window where you can watch the pizzas being made in action.

Pies range from a traditional Margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil to the Ottobagatto with spicy beef and pork meatballs and the Rapini with broccoli rabe, panna, ricotta, scamorza, pecorino, potato and black pepper. Aside from pizza, there is house-made lasagna.

See No Evil Pizza is also offering assorted snacks called stuzzichini, antipasti and salads including one made with octopus. For dessert, there’s vanilla soft serve with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.

The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 4pm to 12 am.

Tony Bennett to Be Honored With Auction, Exhibition and Gala at Lincoln Center
April 1, 2024, 8:01.26 pm ET

Photo: Mark Seliger

Julien’s Auctions will present “Tony Bennett: A Life Will Lived,” an exclusive two-day auction event celebrating the legendary life and career of the iconic pop jazz vocalist, which will take place Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame in Jazz at Lincoln Center,

In celebration of this momentous occasion, an exclusive exhibition showcasing highlights of Tony Bennett’s historic collection will be mounted at the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame in Jazz at Lincoln Center from April 10-16.

In addition, a star-studded gala in honor of Bennett, featuring Ruben Blades, Kristin Chenoweth, Norm Lewis and Bernadette Peters, will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre on Wednesday, November 17.

Photo: Herman Leonard Photography

Highlights of the auction and exhibition will include Bennett’s own artwork, ranging from watercolors to sketches of celebrities such as Grace Kelly; his celebrated collection of his art from David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, LeRoy Neiman and more.

Other important items include an undated handwritten song list with a pen sketch of two figures with some of Bennett's American Songbook favorites including "Fly Me to The Moon," "The Lady Is A Tramp," and an exceptional and never before seen highlight is a large red leather scrapbook with stamped gilt lettering on cover reading "Tony Bennett - 75 Years / August 3, 2001."

The auction will take place live and online at Julien's Auctions. For additional information, please email or call 310-836-1818.

For tickets to the gala, visit

The Art of the Benshi at BAM
April 1, 2024, 7:35.54 pm ET

The Art of the Benshi 2024 World Tour, presented by the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, will run at BAM from April 5-7.

The tour will bring to life the mesmerizing artistry of benshi performance, who were the captivating narrators of Japan's silent film era. Each of the four programs will include screenings of classic, newly restored, and rarely seen silent films from Japan and the United States.

The series will showcase the individual artistic interpretations of three different benshi -- Ichirō Kataoka, Kumiko Ōmori and Hideyuki Yamashiro -- performing individually as well as together in the form known as “kowairo kakeai,” in which multiple benshi take on the roles of different characters. In addition, a group of celebrated musicians will perform both new and historical scores.

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