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The Automat returns at Automat Kitchen in Jersey City
January 31, 2021, 8:16.14 am ET

The Automat returns at<br>Automat Kitchen in Jersey City
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An American dining icon returns this week with the opening of Automat Kitchen in Jersey City, the reinvention of the famed Automat with a chef-curated menu of modern comfort food and a technology-driven contactless experience that fits diners’ needs today. 

The Automat returns at<br>Automat Kitchen in Jersey City

Inspired by the Automats of the past (there used to be at least 30 in NYC at their peak popularity in the 20th century), Automat Kitchen modernizes the original concept for today’s diners with a fully contactless and touchless process, a strong trend in the future of the restaurant industry.

Automat Kitchen has designed custom hardware and patented software to make the process of ordering and pickup seamless. Customers can order in advance on their phone or online, or at the location by scanning a QR code to connect to the menu and ordering system. (There are kiosk screens at the location where orders can be placed without interacting with anyone too.)

Automat Kitchen, Jersey City, NJ, Meatloaf
Photo: Automat Kitchen Meatloaf/Lily Brown                                                                

The guest then receives a unique code via text to click on to unlock the cubby/locker when the order is ready. The orders can be scheduled for a specific time as well. Order status will be displayed on the screens above the cubbies when received and when ready, the cubby number. The Automat of early 20th century saved city residents time and money, and by using today’s cutting-edge technology, Automat Kitchen will offer convenience without sacrificing quality because, unlike the old Automat, all dishes are made to order to ensure freshness.

Automat Kitchen, Jersey City, NJ, Frito Pie
    Photo: Automat Kitchen Frito Pie Burrito/Lily Brown                                                    

Consulting chef Quirino Silva’s modern comfort food menu with creative and global twists on American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, includes dishes like Pastrami Reuben Flatbread; Frito Pie Burrito; The Wedge salad with iceberg lettuce, lardons, tomato and creamy blue cheese dressing; Chicken Pot Pie with vegetables, puff pastry and creamy gravy; Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with turmeric, garam masala, sweet potato and cilantro; Massaman Curry Pot Roast with sweet potato, cauliflower, carrot; Chicken Dinner with half of a rotisserie chicken, black beans, brown rice and spicy sofrito sauce; Atlantic Salmon with Miso Roasted Broccoli and Ancient Grains.

Automat Kitchen, Jersey City, NJ, Chef Salad
Photo: Automat Kitchen Chef Salad/Lily Brown                                                          

Breakfast items like Waffle Sandwich with breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs and maple syrup; and smoothies like The Hulkster with kale, avocado, green apples, spinach and spirulina will be available as well.

The Automat returns at<br>Automat Kitchen in Jersey City

Automat Kitchen is located at 525 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ (201) 918-5131



January 31, 2021, 7:42.52 am ET

Photo: Lynn Nottage                                                                              

The Lucille Lortel Theatre today has announced its upcoming guest lineup for its popular “Live at The Lortel” virtual conversation series, hosted by Eric Ostrow, along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle, John-Andrew Morrison, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

In February, fans can listen to conversations with actress Krysta Rodriguez (February 1), drag artist and political activist Marti Cummings (February 8), actor Michael Potts (February 15) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (February 22). 

In March, to kick off Women’s History Month, the series will feature “Moulin Rouge” star Robyn Hurder (March 1), followed by other notable women in the theatrical field.

Following each live interview, podcast episodes of “Live at The Lortel” will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud the Friday afterwards.

The live interviews, which begin at 7pm, offer theater fans both the opportunity to view interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. To join the audience, please visit







January 29, 2021, 6:44.52 pm ET

Photo: Slave Play/Matthew Murphy                                                                          

The American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards will now take place “in conjunction with the reopening” of the 2021-2022 Broadway season. While no specific date has been set for the event, industry sources expect it to be no sooner than September. As Governor Cuomo recently announced, the lowering of the positivity rate and increased testing will be key factors in the return of live events.

As previously reported here, nominations in 25 competitive categories for awards were announced on Thursday. October 15 for the 2019/2020 eligibility season, which began April 26, 2019 and ended February 19, 2020. Tony Award voters are now being asked to vote for the winners in early March.

Of the eligible musicals, “Jagged Little Pill” scored 15 nominations, “Moulin Rouge” received 14 nominations (including one for Aaron Tveit, who has no competition as Best Actor in a Musical), and “Tina: The Turner Musical” received 11.  Of the eligible original plays, Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play” led the pack with 12 nods, followed by Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” with 11 nominations and Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” with six nods. “A Soldier’s Play” was the most nominated revival with seven nods.

In the acting categories, nominees included prior winners Audra McDonald, Mary-Louise Parker, John Benjamin Hickey, Karen Olivo and Jane Alexander. Other notable nominees include Adrienne Warren, Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, Laura Linney, Lois Smith, Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier and Danny Burstein.

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Cuomo: NYC restaurants can reopen for indoor dining on Valentine's Day
January 29, 2021, 11:52.27 am ET

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces plans to allow New York City restaurants to reopen for indoor dining at 25 percent on Valentine's Day. The Governor citing a drop in the state's COVID-19 positivity rate from 7 percent to 4.9%. Cuomo says all of the models project that number to drop,

Cuomo said, "New York City restaurants on our current trajectory can reopen indoor dining at 25 percent on Valentine's Day," adding, "The restaurants want a period of time so they can notify workers, they can get up to speed for indoor dining, order supplies, etc.  So we're saying indoor dining at 25 percent on Valentine's Day." 

The Governor also saying that going forward they are optimistic about the possibility of opening other venues with testing, citing a successful pilot program with testing at a Buffalo Bills game.  Cuomo says testing will be key to the reopening of events.

Cuomo adding that the program will be extended to "safe marriage receptions." All patrons attending events will be tested once approved by local health officials. The new program will go into effect on March 15th. Similar guidance could be adopted for other events with testing and monitoring.

Cuomo said, "Restaurants will open on Valentine's Day. You could make a reservation now and plan dinner on Valentine's Day. You propose on Valentine's Day.  And then you could have the wedding ceremony March 15th with up to 150 people."




Noi Due Café opens on the Upper West Side
January 28, 2021, 7:23.43 pm ET

Noi Due Café opens on the Upper West Side, NYC

Noi Due Café means the two of us in Italian. It's also where husband-and-wife team, Golan Chetrit and Imma, are hoping to cook up something special. Their goal is to transport diners to the Mediterranean coast with contemporary red sauce fare and old world-style pizzas. Chetrit, an Israeli restaurateur, is also keeping it all kosher. 

Pizzas range from a traditional Margherita with San Marzano tomato sauce and housemade mozzarella to Artichoke & Spinaci with Alfredo sauce and smoked mozzarella.  Diners can also pick their own pasta (penne, fusilli, gnocchi and more) matched up with a variety of sauces, including a traditional marinara, creamy basil and spicy arrabiata sauce.  There are salads, burgers and starters like fire roasted cauliflower, stuffed mushrooms and arancini (rice balls). Seafood also plays a starring role with Fire Roasted Stuffed Branzino, Salmon Teriyaki and Herb Crusted Tuna Steak. Desserts include Italian specialties like Crème Brûlée and Tiramisu along with New York-style Cheesecake and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

 Noi Due Café opens on the Upper West Side, NYC
Photos: Noi Due Café                                                                                                    

And while Noi Due Café (casual concept) has moved from its former location at 143 West 69th to 491 Columbus Ave, a sister restaurant, Noi Due Carne, (fine-dining concept) still remains at the 141 West 69th location. 

Xilonen officially opens its doors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
January 28, 2021, 6:10.41 pm ET

Xilonen officially opens its doors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Plant-based Mexican fare is the focus at Xilonen. Brought to you by the culinary team behind the Michelin-starred Oxomoco, Xilonen - named for the Aztec Goddess of Young Corn – is focusing on vegan and vegetarian recipes that celebrate Mexico. The menu is 75% vegan and 25% vegetarian, serving only some dairy and eggs.    

 Xilonen officially opens its doors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Menu highlights include: Masa Pancakes with maple syrup and salted butter; Carrot Tostada with chiles toreados, pinto beans and carrot top salsa verde; Purple Potato Taco with griddled cheese, salsa cruda and cashew queso; Red Chorizo Crispy Taco with cashew sour cream, romaine lettuce and cheddar cheese; and Celeriac Barbacoa with gold rush apple slaw, grilled green onions and Xilonen hot sauce. Once indoor dining resumes, Xilonen will offer a rotating vegan tasting menu for dinner.

 Xilonen officially opens its doors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Chef Justin Bazdarich is keeping the focus on sustainability at Xilonen while trying to show the public that vegan and vegetarian dishes can be accessible and delicious. His Chef Collaborative Initiative in 2021 is aimed at creating common guidelines for chefs when developing plant-based menus. Xilonen is also working in partnership with Oceanic Global to decrease plastic use within the restaurant.

Xilonen officially opens its doors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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Xilonen is located at 905 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY      



January 27, 2021, 7:46.54 pm ET

Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, Queens, NY) has committed more than four decades to photographing underrepresented subjects and fostering dialogue that addresses African American history and contemporary society and politics. The artist’s first retrospective in twenty-five years, An American Project, explores the arc of Bey’s career from 1975 to 2017 through nearly eighty works across eight major series. Reflecting the evolution of Bey’s vision, the exhibition examines his enduring engagement with portraiture, place, and history. From early portraits in Harlem and classic street photography to multi-panel studio portraits and nocturnal landscapes, Bey has consistently focused his lens on Black individuals, foregrounding the uniqueness of his subjects while reflecting the profound and ongoing effects of the history of the United States. Co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, An American Project will be on view at the Whitney from April 17 through October 3, 2021. The exhibition is co-curated by Corey Keller, curator of photography at SFMOMA, and Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. - Whitney Museum 

Image: Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew's 125th Street Movie Theater, Harlem, NY, 1976. Gelatin silver print 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) © Dawoud Bey and courtesy of the artist, Sean Kelly Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery.


January 27, 2021, 7:35.31 pm ET

                Photo: Mint Theater Company

The award-winning Mint Theater Company will continue its highly popular “Silver Lining Streaming Series” with its three-camera recording of “Katie Roche” by Teresa Deevy, directed by Jonathan Bank, beginning on February 1 and continuing through March 28.

In addition, the archival recording of the Mint’s production of “Days To Come” by Lillian Hellman, directed by J.R. Sullivan, continues through February 21. Upcoming full length archival recordings streaming on demand will include “Women Without Men” by Hazel Ellis, directed by Jenn Thompson (2/22 to 3/21); “Yours Unfaithfully” by Miles Malleson, directed by Jonathan Bank (3/22 to 5/16); “A Picture of Autumn” by N.C Hunter, directed by Gus Kaikkonen (3/29 to 5/23); and “The Fatal Weakness” by George Kelly, directed by Jesse Marchese (5/17 to 6/13).

Tickets are free. For more information,

Wagyu gets the star treatment at Wagyu Social on the Upper East Side
January 27, 2021, 6:03.10 pm ET

Wagyu Social, Takeout & Delivery only, NYC
Wagyu Social/"The High Roller" 

Now open, Wagyu Social is a delivery and pickup only restaurant dedicated to Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, known worldwide for its fine marbling and rich, full-bodied flavor. Wagyu Social showcases this prized beef with burgers, Niku (meat) sushi and rice bowls. All the Wagyu is imported from Japan and the burger buns are from Grandaisy Bakery in NYC.

Photos: Wagu Social/Michael Tulipan                                                                       

The signature The High Roller Burger ($85) features 6 ounces of 100% Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, topped with foie gras, truffle, radicchio and caramelized onions, plus fries and pickles – only 10 of these are available each day. It is presented in an elegant two-tiered box with the burger, foie gras, radicchio and pickles in one compartment, and the bun and condiments in the other. (The fries come in a separate container.) The Katsu Burger ($65) has 5 ounces of 100% Japanese A5 Wagyu beef tenderloin cutlet, yuzu, seaweed and cabbage slaw plus fries and pickles. There are also 50/50 burgers ($35), a mix of Japanese Wagyu and American grass-fed Angus beef, including the United 50/50; Teriyaki Burger ($35) and Curry Burger ($35) topped with Japanese cabbage slaw, each with a side of fries and pickles.

Wagyu Social/Wagyu Beef Bowl

The Wagyu Roast Beef Bowl with premium Japanese A5 Wagyu slices over rice comes with two homemade sauces: creamy sesame and Japanese soy garlic sauce. Uni and ikura salmon roe can be added to the bowl as well. Wagyu Niku Sushi (8 pieces per order) features slices of Japanese A5 Wagyu over sushi rice, with optional sea urchin and salmon roe additions. Sides and snacks like edamame and truffled or seven spice fries are also offered. A selection of sake, beer and wine will be available to start with spirits coming soon. The menu:


Escape to Winter in the Tropics, a new pop-up experience in Nolita
January 27, 2021, 12:48.32 am ET

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Dreaming of an escape to the tropics, sipping a frozen cocktail, while listening to beachy tunes. ¡Winter in the Tropics! at The Garret in Nolita might just be what you are looking for. Heated cabanas and a hacienda sunroom serve as the backdrop for this trip South of the Border with cocteles and a Mexican menu featuring tacos, nachos and more.

Wash those cares away with drinks served in festive parrot, pineapple and cactus glassware. Hot and cold cocktails include:

-PLACE BEYOND THE PIÑA: Pineapple, Coconut, Banana, Reposado Tequila, Yellow Bell Pepper, Lime 

-PARROT! AT THE DISCOTECA: Mint, White Rum, Toasted Coconut, Coconut Water, Jerk Seasoning, Lime, Aperol

-GUYANESE ‘SPRESSO TINI (served hot): Allspice, Five Spice, Vanilla, Dark Rum, Overproof Rum, Coffee, Chocolate, Heavy Cream

-COBBY-TOMA-TITA: Dark Rum, Yellow Corn, Popcorn, Sumac Curry Salt Rim

-THE BOOZY HOT JACUZZI (served hot): Aguardiente, Cinnamon, Clove, Star Anise, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon

¡Winter in the Tropics! – now open through March 31st (at 349 Broome Street).


January 26, 2021, 9:01.03 am ET

Photo: Sting/No Kid Hungry                                                                          

Special musical performances by Grammy Award winner Sting and award-winning actress Amanda Seyfried will be part of the sixth edition of The Homebound Project, which will air on January 27–31. This online theater initiative has already raised over $150,000 for No Kid Hungry, a national campaign working to end childhood hunger.

Among the many artists who are participating in this edition are Christopher Abbott, Deirdre O'Connell, Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Chernus, Stacey Karen Robinson, Paul Sparks and Babak Tafti.

For more information, visit 


Side Trip: Igloo Dining at Fig & Lilly Garden in Morristown
January 25, 2021, 7:45.27 pm ET


Dining out is an adventure at Fig & Lily Garden in Morristown where igloos have been set up to keep visitors warm during the Winter months.  Fig & Lily is known for its Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Start with traditional mezze for sharing, including Garden Hummus, Avocado-Ganoush and Stuffed Grape Leaves. A mezze platter is also available. 


Among the larger plates is Adana Pistachio made with marinated beef & lamb char-grilled and rolled in lavash with kasseri cheese. It's served with eggplant béchamel and topped with pistachio, yogurt & tomato sauce. Lamb Chops are also charcoal-grilled and served with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables in a demi-glace sauce. Seafood options include Mediterranean Branzino Filet, char-grilled and served with a mushroom-spinach saute and Shrimp Casserole with pan-seared shrimp and vegetables in a garlic sauce topped with kasseri cheese.


Photos: P.R.                                                                                        

Fig & Lily Garden is located at 2 Cattano Avenue in Morristown, NJ (973) 539-3999

January 25, 2021, 6:13.15 pm ET

Source: FIAF                                                                                                   
Acclaimed Broadway actress and chanteuse Melissa Errico, working in collaboration with “New Yorker” essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, will present a new concert “Desire”, to be livestreamed from FIAF on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm.
This evening of music and conversation about desire considers the French art of seduction and its American responses. It will feature songs from Gopnik’s musical “Our Table”, the Broadway adaptation of “The Baker’s Wife,” “Funny Face,” “Coco,”, French art songs, and the best of Broadway.
Errico’s many stage credits include “Amour,” “High Society,” “My Fair Lady,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” She is also well known for her cabaret appearances at Feinstein’s/54 Below
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Missy Robbins turns out hand-made pastas and more at MP
January 25, 2021, 5:44.39 pm ET

Missy Robbins turns out hand-made pastas and more at MP

MP, a pop-up at Rockefeller Center, is featuring an assortment of fresh-made pastas and provisions.  The collaboration between Chef/Partner Missy Robbins and business partner Sean Feeney, features a half dozen pasta options, including Mafaldini, Rigatoni, and Pappardelle.


They can be paired up with things like Grilled and Marinated Broccoli Rabe, Marinated Artichokes and Calabrese pork sausage and beef meatballs.  Porchetta can be pre-ordered 72 hours in advance.


Missy Robbins turns out hand-made pastas and more at MP

The shop is open daily from 11am to 7pm through January.

MP at 30 Rockefeller Plaza located at 55 West 49th St, New York, NY.


An 18-course menu to go at MIFUNE
January 24, 2021, 10:34.54 am ET

With the closure of indoor dining in NYC, many of us are missing the fine-dining experience. That’s why MIFUNE New York, the Michelin-recognized Japanese restaurant that focuses on modern Washoku cuisine, is offering a special 18 course tasting menu for takeout and delivery every Friday. 

Highlights from Chef Yuu and Chef Tomohiro’s menu include: 

   - Foie Gras Terrine with strawberry ginger jam and house made focaccia

   - Beef Tataki with garlic ponzu sauce 

   - Grilled Eggplant with ginger dashi

   - Duck Parmentier Croquette Sauce Gribiche 

The full menu can be found here, but please note that the menu is subject to change based on market availability. The $130 meal serves 2 - 3 people. 

To place an order, email or order through the website. The order deadline is the night before at 10:00 PM. Delivery is available from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, and pickup is available from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

MIFUNE New York is located at 245 E. 44th Street, New York, New York.


CS DAK donating meals for Restaurant Week
January 24, 2021, 10:19.08 am ET

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CS DAK by Cuisine Solutions, New York’s first sous vide dark assembly kitchen that opened just two weeks ago, will be donating a meal for every meal sold during New York Restaurant Week to City Harvest, helping to support the organization’s work rescuing food for New Yorkers in need. The meals will be donated at the end of restaurant week on February 8th.

Located within a Pret A Manger, (425 Madison Avenue, NY, NY) CS DAK offers various direct-to-consumer cuisine concepts, all available for delivery in Manhattan on Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and via the website,

For NYC restaurant week, CS DAK will be offering the following menu:  

-French Cod: Lemon herb roast cod filet on asparagus risotto with sherried lobster cream.

-Petit Tender: Seared petit beef tender with garlic parmesan polenta cake wilted arugula and Béarnaise.

-Seared Chicken with Farro & Cauliflower Puree: Seared chicken breast on a bed of farro and root vegetable pilaf, with cauliflower puree and rich chicken jus.

-¼ Rack Tamarind ribs: ¼ rack of Mexican style tamarind glazed pork ribs with cilantro white rice, spiced black beans and warm tortillas.

-Pork Belly: Classic slow cooked then seared Berkshire pork belly with herb white beans roasted Brussels sprouts and red wine demi.

All the entrees will come with a choice of small House or Caesar salad.


Three New York City spots to try tonight if you can snag a table
January 23, 2021, 1:58.34 pm ET

 Tacombi, Mexican, West Village

Tacombi - 255 Bleecker St, New York, NY (646) 964-5984

Tacombi in the West Village has set up an elaborate outdoor space illuminated in red and shaped like a rail car.  Tables are adequately spaced with dividers. The food is elevated Mexican street fare and cocteles. Think tacos like Al Pastor made with marinated heritage pork, Baja Crispy Fish and Carne Asada.


 Lola Tavera, Greek, SoHo, NYC

Lola Taverna - 210 6th Ave, New York, NY (212) 994-9821

Lola Taverna decorated in flowers and natural woods doesn’t have the feel of dining curbside.  Instead you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Greek isles with dishes like Shrimp Orzo, Moussaka, and Grilled Lamb Chops. Market fish from Greece and other international destinations are brought in fresh daily.


 TacoVision, Upper East Side, NYC

TacoVision - 244 E 53rd St, New York, NY (646) 921-1990

TacoVision on the Upper East Side is known to draw a young crowd with its “margarita garden.” From the team behind Crave Fishbar, TacoVision offers dishes like tacos made with adobe-rubbed rotisserie chicken with tortillas made in house, Crab Tostadas and Shrimp & Sea Bass Ceviche. Wash it down with a Paloma.


New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed
January 23, 2021, 1:12.18 pm ET

New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed

The Union Square Partnership today announced the release of the Union Square-14th Street District Vision Plan (“Vision Plan”), an ambitious new proposal for the future of the Union Square-14th Street neighborhood that will result in a dramatic 33 percent increase in public space.

The Vision Plan proposes five key projects:

New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed 

1. Transform 14th Street into a world-class boulevard and transitway. The plan envisions 14th Street as a world-class boulevard by building on the initial positive effects of the City’s busway program. This includes expanded pedestrian areas and designated bus boarding zones, as well as prioritizing access and connectivity to create an activated streetscape. New parklets, trees, planters, and other elements will enhance the walking experience. Sidewalks at Union Square will be doubled in width to alleviate congestion at transit entrances and allow for ground-floor retail activation.


2. Convert Union Square West into a seamless pedestrian plaza by extending the park all the way to the surrounding buildings. Enlarging the pedestrian area along the full length of Union Square West will create a more unified “town square” feeling and help reduce pedestrian crowding. The plan proposes installing additional seating, encouraging active ground-floor uses, enlarging the subway entrance at 16th Street with an escalator and elevator, and building permanent flexible infrastructure for the Greenmarket.


3. Create an expansive new open space at the park’s southeast corner. Currently, Triangle Plaza at 4th Avenue is an underutilized public space within a large traffic island. The Plan proposes opening the southbound side of Union Square East to pedestrians to join the plaza to the park and create a large new open space for walking, gathering, and programming. A new pathway through the triangle will improve sightlines and pedestrian access. 

 New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed

4. Build a Broadway Gateway at 17th Street as a permanent extension of the park. In 2011, the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) implemented a temporary plaza at 17th Street and Broadway, where the roadway widens to meet Union Square Park. The vision for Broadway Gateway Plaza makes this plaza permanent so that it becomes a welcoming “gateway” into the square with a unified paving scheme and park-like elements. This aligns with NYC DOT’s Broadway Visioning plan to complete a 2.5-mile pedestrian-friendly corridor stretching down from Columbus Circle.

 New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed

5. Develop a new Master Plan for Union Square Park. Creating a new master plan for Union Square Park is vital to meet the needs of today - including neighborhood dynamics and transportation realities - and prepare for the needs of tomorrow. A master plan will be a multiyear undertaking that will result in critical upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, including amenities (such as bike parking and upgraded public restrooms), utilities (e.g., high-speed data, new lighting, better drainage), and landscape (e.g., renovated dog run, improved wheelchair access, new accessible subway entrance).

 New Master Plan for Union Square Park Revealed
Renderings: Union Square Partnership/Marvel                                                                 

Since its opening in 1839, Union Square Park has undergone several design changes, each of which haveincrementally made it a more welcoming and pedestrian-friendly urban public square. This plan seeks to expand the benefits of this great public space into the surrounding community. All told, the plan comprises reconstruction of roughly 1 mile of streets and 3.5 acres of existing park land, construction of a new accessible subway entrance with elevator and escalator, and installation of district-wide streetscape improvements in an area of 20 city blocks.

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''Looking Up'' statue arrives at Rockefeller Center
January 22, 2021, 7:22.12 pm ET

''Looking Up'' statue arrives at Rockefeller Center 

Artist Tom Friedman's aluminum statue called "Looking Up" stands 10 feet tall and looks onto the channel gardens at Rockefeller Center. The human-like figure is made from crushed aluminumfoil pans through a process of molding and wax casting.

''Looking Up'' statue arrives at Rockefeller Center

The installation can be found at 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets and will be on display through March 19th.


Also on view is a traditional concept of a wood shed made from stacked birch logs and pops of blue created from sustainably-sourced timber and recycled decking. 


The Automat is making a comeback as a dumpling shop.
January 22, 2021, 6:46.14 pm ET

 Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Automat, St Marks Place, NYC

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop at St. Mark’s Place in the East Village says its 24-hour restaurant will have a contactless ordering system and bring back the Automat of yesteryear into 2020 with innovative technology and Zero Human Interaction (ZHI) throughout the grab-and-go process. Customers can order ahead or scan a QR code at the TRAY kiosk, enabling them to order directly from their mobile phone. Orders are sent to TRAY’s glove-enabled kitchen display system, then temperature-controlled lockers for easy pickups. 


Brooklyn Dumpling Shop will feature 32 unique dumpling varieties including Pastrami, Bacon Cheese Burger, Lamb Gyro, French Onion Soup, Philly Cheesesteak, Impossible, Reuben and Peanut Butter & Jelly.

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Automat, St Marks Place, NYC

Traditional Soup Dumplings such as Matzo Ball soup are featured in addition to Wonton Soup Dumplings you can make your own with a choice of three different broths and dumplings available to mix and match. Spring rolls are also also avaialble. Options include Lobster Spring Rolls, Veggie and Peking Duck.


Fast and affordable breakfast dumplings are also on the menu, include Bacon, Egg & Cheese CRO’ SUMPLINGS with the flakiness of a croissant inside the shape of a dumpling, as well as Hot & Frozen Dessert Dumplings including Fried Apple and Frozen Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae Dumplings. A variety of beer and wine will also be offered in addition to-go cocktail pouches filled with Frosés like the Lychee Martini and Red Velvet. 

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Automat, St Marks Place, NYC

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Automat, St Marks Place, NYC
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Founder Stratis Morfogen is well known in the hospitality industry and was a partner in such establishments as Philippe Chow, Club Rouge, Gotham City Diner, and Seagrill of the Aegean.  The opening is set for February 2020.

Brooklyn Dumpling House - 131 1st Avenue, New York, NY (212) 473-2005


Golden Diner announces Winter Grilling Event
January 22, 2021, 10:55.03 am ET

Golden Diner announces Winter Grilling Event

Golden Diner's Sam Yoo is announcing an Asian Street Food "Chefs Collab Series." The Winter grilling event will be held Jan 29-30 with Helen Nguyen of Saigon Social; Feb 12-13 with Hirohisa Hayashi of Hirohisa; and Feb 26-27 with Justin Lee of Fat Choy. Goldan Diner says the event will bring Korea, Vietnam, Japan and (kind of) China together with riffs on classic and not-so-classic street foods. The event will be held in the Two Bridges section of Chinatown.

Golden Diner - 123 Madison Street, New York, Ny 


Bagel giveaways at Einstein Bros, Bruegger's and Noah's New York Bagels
January 21, 2021, 6:37.46 pm ET

National Bagel Day may have passed, but the free bagel giveaways from Einstein Bros. Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels are still on throughout the month of January.

At Einstein Bros. Bagels, receive any egg sandwich of your choice, such as crowd-favorites like the Farmhouse and Chorizo Sunrise, for free with any purchase (even a small coffee!) when you Order Ahead through the brand’s mobile app, available through Jan. 31.  

At, Noah’s New York Bagels: receive any egg sandwich of your choice on a fresh-baked New York-style bagel for free with any purchase when you Order Ahead through the brand’s mobile app, available through Jan. 31. 

And at Bruegger’s Bagels, customers will receive a free, fresh-baked New York-style bagel and cream cheese with any purchase when you Order Ahead through the brand’s mobile app, available through Jan. 31.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is the largest bagel retail company in America with more than 700 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

King Wang's is upping the sandwich game on the UWS
January 21, 2021, 6:17.11 pm ET

King Wang's is upping the sandwich game on the UWS

King Wang’s is hoping to be the sandwich king on the Upper West Side. Executive Chef Tom Baco-Wang, who trained under Daniel Boulud and worked alongside Chef Chef Hooni Kim at Danji, is putting his French and Japanese techniques to task. Diners will find several sandwiches and sides on the menu, including a Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich topped with Szechuan slaw and a secret Korean pepper sauce; Pulled Pork topped with cilantro carrot slaw on a toasted Martin’s potato bun and Cheesesteak with peppers & onion on a pretzel bun. The sandwiches are also offered with “Ramen Fries,” crinkle cut fries made with Chef Wang’s special seasoning blend. 

King Wang’s - 522 Columbus Ave, New York, NY (929) 295-6644


British Pop-Up Dame finds a permanent home in the Village
January 21, 2021, 5:22.34 pm ET

British Pop-Up Dame finds a permanent home in the Village

Dame, which got its start as pop-up at Round K on the Lower East Side, is moving to much larger digs in the South Village. The English restaurant setting up shop on MacDougal Street next to Dante Café as a wine and provisions destination, called Dame Deli & Bottle Shop. More than 50 wines are offered at any given time. 

British Pop-Up Dame finds a permanent home in the Village

Provisions to-go include things like Bean and Anchovy soup ($10), Squid in Tomato Oil ($8)and Saffron Potted Shrimp ($9).  Dame plans to open a full-service restaurant next door (in the former Fukurou space) next spring.  In the meantime, Fish & Chips are being offered for takeout on Fridays and Saturdays.

Dame - 85 MacDougal St, New York, NY 


Baita, fashioned after a ski lodge in the Italian Alps, takes shape at Eataly
January 20, 2021, 2:13.15 pm ET

 Baita, an Italian Alpine Experience,<br>now at Eataly in Flatiron

Baita, the Alpine rooftop pop-up, is now located curbside outside Eataly in Flatiron in a village of heated chalets. The menu features dishes like Raclette warmed over an open flame and served with fingerling potatoes and roasted root vegetables; Wild Hive Polenta is garnished with housemade ragù alla Bolognese, ragù di cinghiale with wild boar among others; Cena del Rifugio or "Mountain Hut Dinner" for two; and Loacker Tiramisù, made with chocolate-covered espresso wafer cookies from Loacker. $45 per person. Reservations via OpenTable

Eataly - 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (212) 229-2560


The Grey now in residence at Intersect by Lexus
January 20, 2021, 1:30.08 pm ET

Chef Mashama Bailey/Intersect by Lexus                                                                     

The Grey in Savanna Georgia, led by Chef Mashama Bailey, is taking up residence at Intersect by Lexus in the Meatpacking District. The Grey opened in 2014 in a former Greyhound bus terminal. Since then, Chef Bailey has drawn praise for her Southern cuisine.  At Intersect by Lexus, The Grey will be offering a three-course menu available for takeout costing $65 per person. The initial menu features Smoked Catfish Dip (hard-boiled eggs, cornichons and rye crackers), Yardbird (garlic trencher with captain sauce), and Devil's Food Cake (whipped cream, candied pecans and bittersweet chocolate). Future menus will include things like Grilled Red Snapper and vegetarian options. 

Intersect by Lexus is located at 412 West 14th St, New York, NY (212) 350-5832 

Valentine's Day Dining in NYC 2021
January 19, 2021, 6:39.58 pm ET

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Jungsiklocated at 2 Harrison Street, New York, NY
If you are looking for a splurge-worthy dinner this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Jungsik. The highly acclaimed two-starred Michelin restaurant spotlighting New Korean cuisine in Tribeca, will be offering a prix-fixe menu for outdoor dining. Guests can enjoy their meal in a heated, private cabana. The 8-course menu from Chef Suyoung Park includes dishes such as Osetra Caviar, Royal Bibimbap, and a Mini Truffle Cone. The meal is $275 per person, with the option to add a wine pairing for an additional $225 per person. Seatings are available at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM. The full menu can be found here, and reservations can be made here.

Thaimee Love, Valentine's Day, NYC

A romantic "Trip to Thailand" Dinner at home from Thaimee LOVE for Valentine’s Day. Chef Hong Thaimee will take diners on a romantic trip through Thailand with a special 3-course Valentine's Day menu + mocktail, showcasing the vibrant flavors of her homeland. Begin with a sunset drink on the beach, then grab food from a stall at the Night Market, enjoy a northern Thai cultural "Khantoke" platter, and end the evening with her Thai-inspired fondue. Price: $195 for two. Available for pick-up/delivery Feb 12-14. Ordering: Pre-orders available via Tock now until February 10. Menu

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Virtual Thai Cooking Class is also being offered nationally. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a virtual trip to Thailand--one of the world's most popular honeymoon destinations. Chef Hong Thaimee will take participants on a 2 hour culinary adventure, guiding them as they cook through a 3-course Thai feast. The class also includes a mocktail pairing demonstration from famed Mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, along with Chef Hong's travel tips and stories from the romantic side of Thailand. Price: $250 for two (price includes a meal kit with specialty ingredients shipped directly to your door nationwide) Class Date/Times: February 14 at 5pm & 8pm ET. Tickets

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Valentine’s Day has a much different look this year, whether is dining in an outdoor cabana or yurt, or having a romantic meal delivered to your door.  Here are some options.

Nami Nori - 33 Carmine St, New York, NY  

Valentine’s Day Temaki Set [$48 for 1;$88 for 2]:

Seared Toro Kama with Yuzu Kosho Chimichurri & Braised Red Cabbage 
Grilled Akamutsu (“Rosy Seabass”) with Shiso Flower
Avocado with Pickled Goji Berries & Red Shiso Salt 
X.O Scallop with Tobiko and Lemon
Tuna Poke with Crispy Shallots
Caviar Layer Dip with Crispy Rice Chips with Kaluga caviar, creme fraiche, red onion, egg and chive
Sakura Parfait with cherry blossom mousse, hibiscus gelee, elderflower panna cotta, sesame sponge cake and blood orange 
Cherry Bomb cocktail with Crémant sparkling wine, cherry sage cordial and soju

Also, Nami Nori Temaki Party Kit [starting at $96 for 2 or $160 for 4; pickup only]

Nami Nori is open for outdoor dining via their enclosed, heated outdoor seating area [built by re-ply] with custom heated chairs, as well as delivery and pick up. In addition to the Valentine's Day specials, the full food and beverage menu will be available.

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Soogil - 108 East 4th St (646) 838-5524
Soogil’s luxurious French Korean Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu ($135) from Chef Soogil Lim offers an elegant culinary experience with Black Truffle Foie Gras Terrine with mache salad, truffle vinaigrette, dates and winter Périgord black truffle; Sunchoke Soup with crispy sea scallop, black truffle and bacon; gochujang-crusted Chilean Sea Bass with roasted beets and pickled kumquat; Beef Wellington with prosciutto, shitake and spinach; and Black Truffle + Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta, with an optional Uni Bowl (smoked trout roe, matsutake mushroom, seaweed rice, $28). A wine pairing from a former Per Se sommelier includes a crisp, fresh 2018 Domaine Vocoret Chablis for the Sea Bass, Sunchoke Soup and Uni, and 2018 Castellare de Castellini Chianti Classico for the Foie Gras and Beef Wellington ($78 for 2 half bottles). Delivery/ pickup from 12pm – 9pm via Tock; reservations for the cozy heated outdoor dining via Resy for 5pm or 7:30pm on 2/14. Their Caviar and Champagne Box with 2 ounces of Regalis golden osetra caviar, a half bottle of Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, buckwheat blini, crème fraiche and all the traditional accompaniments will be available all Valentine’s weekend for gifting and celebrating (serves two, $235, via Tock). 

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Concord Hill - 374 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Concord Hill in Williamsburg will offer a to go 3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two with Cocktails ($150 for 2; $75 each additional guest) to celebrate in style – and without breaking the bank. Chef Guy Kairi marries luxury with comfort in his menu with Lobster Salad with whole Maine lobster, artichokes, caramelized onions, greens, pickled peppers and olives; Sasso Chicken with Black Truffles, baby carrots and potatoes; and decadent Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with raspberries. Bar Manager Victor Bautista will add two housemade Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails to enjoy with (or before) the dinner. And with Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, Concord Hill will also have their ‘Bring Brunch Home Kit’ for two ($45) available with everything needed to make an extra-special brunch at home over the weekend, plus boozy brunch options to add! Orders for 2/14 dinner must be placed by 2/11 at 7pm and for brunch kit a day in advance. Reservations for a la carte outdoor dining via OpenTable.

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Little Chef Little Cafe - 5-43 48th Ave., Long Island City (845) 310-4255
Little Chef Little Café’s Valentine’s Day Dinner to go, affordably priced at $35 per person for 3 courses, includes a Burrata Salad, choice of Sliced Steak Chimichurri; Garlic Butter Shrimp; Fig & Herb Crusted Salmon with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or a vegan Eggplant Rollatini with roasted vegetables and potatoes. Luscious Chocolate Mousse Cup or Raspberry Cheesecake are the sweet finale options. Orders must be placed by 2/8 for pickup from 2/12 through 2/14. In addition, Chef Diana Manalang will also make festive treats like Heart Shaped Brownie Cookies; Valentine’s Cupcakes; Valentine Sweets Box and for making hot chocolate for your Valentine: Hot Chocolate Bombs and White Chocolate Caramel Bombs, all of which can be ordered ahead of time and will also available at the café on Valentine’s Day for any last minute gifts and treats. For family celebrations, Le Petit Valentine menu for kids ($12) offers a choice of Heart Shaped Pizza, Baked Mac & Cheese or Baked Panko Nuggets and dessert.  

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Brooklyn Kura - 68 34th St (2nd and 3rd Ave) Brooklyn, NY (347) 766-1601
Brooklyn Kura is offering an alternative to bubbly for Valentine’s Day. Brooklyn Kura’s two latest limited releases, Omachi Junmai (a bone dry sake with subdued aromatics) and Pronto Ginjo (a light-bodied sake with notes of green melon and apple) are named for the strains of rice which they are brewed with. These two limited edition bottles are perfect for sipping with a loved one over a romantic dinner. ($45 each). Brooklyn Kura’s taproom is located in Industry City’s scenic heated courtyard and is open on Friday from 4pm-7pm and Saturday - Sunday from 1pm-7pm.  

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Amali - 115 E 60th St, New York, NY (212) 339-8363
Valentine's Day Specials
Available for a la carte dining, take-out, and prix-fixe at the restaurant on Sunday 2/14

- Tuna Tartare - hibiscus, beets, Sicilian olive oil 22
- Spaghetti and meatballs - ‘Lady and the Tramp’ style extra-long noodles, Stracciatella, basil, pine nut breadcrumbs 27
- Roasted peking duck - blood orange, red endive, amaranth 44
- Red velvet cake 14

Takeout package includes all of the above and is $95 per person

Calissa - 1020 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY (631) 500-9292
Valentine's Weekend Specials
Available for a la carte dining, and take-out Friday 2/12 - Sunday 2/14

- Beet and Walnut Hummus 14
- Blood Orange Salad with Shaved Fennel, Bulls Blood and Hazelnuts 19
- Tuna Tartare with Tomato-Red Onion Relish, Pomegranate Seed and Pita Chips 22
- Herb Roasted Filet Mignon with Greek-Style Lobster Mac n Cheese with Orzo and Creamy Feta  60
- Red velvet cake  14

Will be available for takeout as a la carte items

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Hortus NYC is located at 271 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Hortus NYC, the Michelin-recognized, modern Korean restaurant in NoMad, will be serving their special Valentine’s Day menu for lunch and dinner on February 13 and 14. The menu can be enjoyed in the restaurant's hidden garden oasis, or via takeout/delivery. Reservations can be made via Resy. Executive Chef Youjin Jung’s menu will cost $70 per person, with the option to add a wine pairing for an additional $40 per person. The prix-fixe meal will begin with the Hortus Royal Platter (chilled lobster tail, tuna tataki, and shrimp cocktail), and will be followed by the choice of one appetizer (Truffle Noodles with thai bird chili and assorted mushrooms, or Sea Urchin with yuzu harissa, soft shell crab, and fresh sea urchin), one main from the standard menu, and one dessert from the standard menu. Should couples doing takeout or delivery be interested, Hortus NYC will be offering the meal for $170 total, complete with a 375 ml bottle of Pol Roger Champagne. To place an order for takeout or delivery, email before February 11.

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Limani Roslyn - 1043 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, NY
Limani, the upscale Greek-Mediterranean dining destinationop located in Roslyn, is offering a Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for diners. The $110 meal allows guests to choose from a number of options for each of its three courses. Highlights from the menu include:

- First Course: ½ dozen Blue Point Oysters in the half shell; Crab Cake with jumbo lump crabmeat and Maryland spices
- Main Course: Lamb Chops, French-cut and grilled; Chicken, bone-in breast marinated with rosemary and thyme
- Dessert - Baklava; Chocolate-covered strawberries.

The meal is served with a glass of champagne, and coffee & tea is included. Heated outdoor and indoor dining is available, and reservations can be made through OpenTable. Please note that seating times are as follows: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 -4:00 PM, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, and 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The kitchen will close at 9:00 P.M.

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Marky’s Caviar -1067 Madison Ave, New York, NY (212) 288-0850
This third-generation caviar purveyor has a caviar speakeasy, HUSO, hidden behind its retail store, helmed by Eleven Madison Park/Gordon Ramsay alumnus Buddha Lo. Chef has created a no-holds-barred Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch ($250 per package) takeout option that includes private stock caviar from the group’s own domestic aquafarm, poached eggs, fresh croissants, Elderflower bellinis, and Valrhona chocolate-covered strawberries. Couples can also opt to have traditional caviar service delivered to their door. Orders can be made via Tock

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Prime 1024 - 1024 is located at 1024 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY
Prime 1024, the modern Italian steakhouse in Roslyn, is also offering a Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for diners. The $110 meal consists of three courses, with highlights for each course including:

- Appetizer - Baked Clams Oreganata; Beef & Veal Meatballs; and Applewood Smoked Bacon
- Entrée - Pappardelle with Ragu Bolognese; Branzino; and Chicken Diavolo with baby spinach
- Dessert - Tiramisu; Chocolate Lava Cake; and Strawberries with Chocolate Fondue.

The meal is served with a complimentary glass of champagne. Heated outdoor dining is available in the form of cabana-style tents, along with the option for indoor dining. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. Please note that seating times are as follows: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 -4:00 PM, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, and 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The kitchen will close at 9:00 P.M.

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Le Privé - 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY (212) 837-2795
The French brasserie is offering a $65 Prix Fixe takeout menu, which is the cost of the complimentary bottle of bordeaux alone. The added value includes Soupe à L'Oignon, Escargot, Saucisse D’Agneau, Steak Au Poivre and more, finished with Crème Brulée or Mousse au Chocolat. Plus, their house specialty cocktail Désobéissante with strawberry purée, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere, St Germain. Orders can be placed online.

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Oniro Taverna - 8289 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
Oniro Taverna, the authentic Greek restaurant that has been a favorite in the Long Island community, is serving an $85, Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. Highlights from the four course menu include:
- First course: Elliniki Salata (authentic Greek Salad)
- Second Course: Grilled sashimi-quality Octopus; Fried Calamari; and Tuna Tartare
- Main Course: Prime 10oz. Filet Mignon and Salmon all served with lemon potatos and steamed vegetables
- Dessert - Baklava; and Tuxedo-Style Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
The meal is served with a complimentary glass of champagne. Heated outdoor dining and indoor dining is available. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. Please note that seating times are as follows:  12:00 - 2:00, 2:00 - 4:00, 4:00 - 6:00, 6:00 - 8:00, and 8:00 - 10:00 PM. The kitchen will close at 9:00 P.M.

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Casa Del Toro - 626B 10th Avenue, New York, NY (212) 586-0811
The Oaxacan style taqueria will offer festive Valentine’s cocktails, including an appropriately-hued Strawberry-Hibiscus Mezcal Margarita as well as the Xocolatl, an Aztec Hot Chocolate spiked with Mezcal. The Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will also debut a Valentine’s Menu Special: Tlayuda Divorciados (two separate roja  and verde parts of broken heart for couples whose unions didn’t quite survive quarantine…)

The Standard Grill - 846 Washington St, New York, NY (212) 645-4100
For V-Day, The Standard Grill serves a special 4-course pre-fixe dinner ($105/pp) in their newly-built outdoor café with plentiful heaters and cozy Alpine-inspired decor under an open-air structure along Washington St. Dishes include Eggs on Eggs with American caviar + shaved black truffle, Chilean Sea Bass with king crab ravioli + saffron broth, Duo of Beef tenderloin and braised cheeks with potato + leek gratin, followed by a choice of Vanilla Muscat Financier or a Chocolate Trio for dessert. Optional bev pairings avail, $70/pp. Book reservations via SevenRooms 

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Cote - 16 West 22nd Street, New York, NY (212) 401-7986
Cote is offering outdoor dining for 2-6ppl in their new Cote Cabanas and tent seating, which includes a $150/pp (plus tax + gratuity) prix fixe menu of “Steak and Eggs,” a Butcher’s Serenade (filet mignon, Nantucket Bay scallop, 45+ day dry-aged ribeye, American Wagyu, Japanese A5 wagyu ribeye and grand cru galbi), longevity noodles and soft serve with add-ons like lobster tail, caviar service and lamb chops. New Yorkers celebrating at home can order to-go packages for 2 ppl for $220 while a ready-to-grill Chateaubriand & Caviar dinner for 2ppl is available for national shipping via Goldbelly.

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Wayan - 20 Spring St, New York, NY (917) 261-4388
Wayan is offering a special VDay package for two with an Indonesian-inspired menu and bev pairings for pickup or delivery on Feb 14 ($298/ea). Dishes include seared diver scallops with colo colo sambal + brown butter, chicory salad with gula jawa dressing, 16oz Wagyu NY striploin with calamanci gulai sauce + shiitake mushrooms, seafood nasi goreng, seasonal veggies + chocolate covered strawberries for dessert; includes ½ bottle of champagne and a bottle of red wine. Optional caviar add-on avail. To place orders, email by Feb 11. 

The Polo Bar - 1 E 55th St, New York, NY (212) 207-8562
The Polo Bar offers an elegant at-home Valentine’s Day dinner for two, along with floral arrangements from VSF, caviar and seafood plateaus to enhance the evening. Dishes include center cut smoked salmon with Golden Osetra caviar, paired with a ½ bottle of rose champagne, roasted prime filet mignon with shaved black truffle or stuffed grilled whole branzino, followed by chocolate hearts filled with passion fruit and raspberry mousse for dessert. Available for pick-up Feb 13-14 ($295/ea), to place orders call (212) 207- 8562 by Feb 12. 

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Torien - 292 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 
NoHo yakitori omakase counter, Torien, offers a transportive dining experience through their artfully presented yakitori selections for two featuring a range of grilled skewers with expertly prepared chicken cuts such as tsukune (meatball) and chicken thigh. Sake pairings are also available. Order pick-up via ChowNow or delivery.

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Black Tap (Multiple Locations)
You might not be able to dine at Black Tap Soho this Valentine’s Day, but you'll still be able bring the iconic Black Tap experience home. In partnership with Magnolia Bakery, the Red Velvet Cake Shake Kit includes all the essentials to make two Red Velvet Cake Shakes from the comfort of your own home. Each DIY kit includes red velvet cake batter shakes (pre-mixed), cups with vanilla frosting and sprinkles, red and white sprinkles, two slices of red velvet cake from Magnolia Bakery, chocolate sauce, and cherries. This epic kit is available for delivery in NYC from February 11-14,  and is the ultimate sweet treat to indulge in with your loved one, your friend, or just keep to yourself! For those opting to avoid the prep, don’t fret, Black Tap NYC has the Classic Red Velvet Cake Batter Shake available all February long for takeout and delivery. The shake, topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and a cherry on top, makes for an ideal celebratory dessert. 

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Extra Virgin - 259 West 4th Street, New York, NY (212) 691-9359
One of NYC’s favorite Black-owned West Village neighborhood restaurants has created a romantic (and delectable) Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two menu to celebrate the holiday of love. The Mediterranean-inspired lineup includes hors d'oeuvres like Shrimp and Jonah Crab Cocktail and Foie Gras Mousse; a White Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Salad; a figurative main, The Love Bird, whole roasted jerk chicken with glazed carrots, cippolini onions, crisp fingerlings, pineapple salsa, and chardonnay jus; and save-room-for-dessert sweet treat, White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Parfait, to finish. Additional sides are available for $13 each, and the restaurant’s hot cocktails, which are also available a la carte, are the perfect outdoor dining compliment. The Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two menu is $120; taxes not included and is available on Sunday, February 14. Reservations can be made here.  Feeling like showing a little extra love? Order the restaurant’s limited edition “Extra Love” red t-shirts, available for order by calling the restaurant (212) 691-9358

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Katz’s Deli - 205 E Houston St, New York, NY (212) 254-2246
For the ultimate night in, celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Katz’s Deli. The meat lover in your life will love Katz’s Valentine's Day Package ($145) including two pounds of their legendary pastrami, all the necessary toppings for an unforgettable sandwich experience, one quart each of crunchy half-sour and tangy full-sour pickles, rich old-world chocolate babka and cinnamon rugelach, and a chocolate egg cream scented candle to set the mood. The candles are hand-poured in New York and fill your home with the rich scent of silky chocolate and seltzer. Order via Katz’s nationwide shipping services here

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o.d.o  - 17 W 20th St, New York, NY
The Michelin-starred o.d.o restaurant will be offering a special, limited-edition, Valentine’s Day Gift Box for two. The box itself is a collectible, reusable item, intricately designed and ideal for those looking for a luxurious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home. The box is made from the fibers of mulberry tree bark, known for their strength and flexibility, embodying the Japanese technique of hand-making and features the oldest pigment "Bengala'' for a creative design without using any chemical dyes.The food items feature a selection of A5 Wagyu beef jerky, snow crab, roast beef marinated in sake lees, deep-fried blowfish, and Spanish mackerel in sweet and sour sauce in addition to assorted nigiri sushi (10 pcs), a futomaki sushi roll, and a MUSE sake pastry box including five kinds of pastries utilizing Uragasumi Daiginjo sake lees. The meal is accompanied by a set of Suntory whiskeys and Murakami × Perrier Limited Edition Bottles. In addition, the box comes with a music playlist curated by Academy award-winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, an Oshima tsumugi coaster, Shoyeido incense and incense holder, and a Kimura glass. At a time when the future of NYC dining remains uncertain, Chef Odo created this Valentine’s Day Gift Box to create a sophisticated atmosphere that customers can enjoy with their five senses and be transported to Japan within the safe confines of their own home. Price: $1,500; all orders must be made through o.d.o’s online ordering platform.

                  Photo: Tannat Market & Tavern

Tannat Market & Tavern - 4736 Broadway, New York, NY
Tannat Market & Tavern is Inwood’s premiere destination for natural wine and genuinely seasonal dining, offering local foods from the Hudson Valley farms & ranches as well as takeaway food, retail wine & beer & cider. This Valentine’s Day, Tannat will offer a to-go menu featuring a winter salad, savory flan with mushroom sauce, paos, Honey-Pepper Poached Pear made with citrus, pierre poivre, verdejo, Homemade Stuffed Pasta with ricotta, sun dried tomatoes, herb oil, Pao de Queijo a Brazillian Cheese Bread, and Hand-Rolled Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles to top it off. The holiday menu comes equipped with wine pairings including five half glasses of natural wine, with the option of adding a half or whole bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the occasion. For a special dining out at home feeling, the menu comes with heating + plating instructions as well as a formal menu. The menu is available for $50/person and the following add ons are available: $25 for lamb rib, $16 for cheese course, $45 wine pairing, $20 375ml sparkling wine, and $48 750ml Champagne.

Photo: Eastern Provision Pretzels                                                               

This Valentine’s Day, Eastern Standard Provisions, a New England-based artisanal snack food company and a favorite of Oprah Winfrey is offering one-of-a-kind artisanal soft pretzels just for the occasion. Special boxes include: 

- “Love At First Bite” Gift Box ($19.99) - The "Love At First Bite" Gift Box includes (5) signature Wheelhouse soft pretzels, (1) packet of Classic Pretzel Salt, and (1) “Love At First Bite” sticker that any recipient will fall for. 

- “Love You to Pieces” Gift Box ($29.99) - The "Love You To Pieces" Gift Box definitely makes our hearts beat faster: (3) bags of the best-selling One-Timer Soft Pretzel Bites, (1) packet of sweet and tangy Raspberry Lime Sugar, (1) packet of Classic Pretzel Salt, with a fun (1) “Love You to Pieces” sticker to seal the deal.

- “Let’s Get Knotty” Gift Box ($34.99) – Fun, flirty and flavorful, this gift includes (2) Wheelhouse Signature Soft Pretzels, (2) Bags of One-Timer Soft Pretzel Bites, (6) Turnbuckle Soft Pretzel Sticks, (1) packet of Chocolate Espresso Sugar, (1) packet of Classic Pretzel Salt, and (1) "Let's Get Knotty" Sticker to set the mood...

- “True Love at First Bite” Gift Box ($39.99) – Romance Redux: Packed with meticulously crafted, hand-twisted artisanal soft pretzels including (6) Wheelhouse soft pretzels, (12) Turnbuckle Soft Pretzel Sticks, (2) packets of Classic Pretzel Salt and (1) "Love At First Bite" sticker, Eastern Standard Provision has made sure this one offers plenty of pretzel love to go around.

This list was provided by the individual restaurants and shops who could also use a little lovin' this Valentine's Day along with your sweetheart will thank you too. For additional information please contact the individual retsaurant or vendor.

Happy Valentine's Day!

January 19, 2021, 6:12.11 pm ET

“The Last Play at Shea,” a 2010 documentary which chronicles the intersecting histories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel, will air on Broadway on Demand beginning on January 22. The film is written by Mark Monroe and produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair.

The 90-minute film is centered on Joel's 2008 concerts of the same name that occurred at Shea Stadium on July 16 and 18, before a combined 110,000 fans. They were the last performances ever to play the historic stadium before it was demolished.

Narrated by Alec Baldwin, this documentary special includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey and Don Henley.

For more information, visit


Game Day menus for Super Bowl Sunday in New York City
January 19, 2021, 5:52.56 pm ET

Photo: Baldor/Great Performances                                                                                  

Great Performances, a catering and events company, gets into the Big Game with its Green Game Menu, showcasing vegetarian and vegan riffs on football championship watching food favorites  (including some gluten-free and dairy-free options). It serves 4, costs $145 and is available for delivery through Baldor Foods. 

The “Green” Game Day Menu
featuring vegan and vegetarian selections (serves four)

Mae Mae Café Red Beet Sliders
Vegan Very Green Goddess Dressing, Affila Sprouts, Martin’s Potato Buns (VEGAN)
Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce (Vt, GF)
Twice Baked Cheddar-Chive Yukon Gold Potatoes (Vt, GF)
Three Bean Chipotle Chili (VEGAN, DF, GF)
Onyx Sesame and Sunflower Crisps (VEGAN, DF)
Corn Rye Crisps (VEGAN, DF)

Half Time Show

BBQ Chex Party Mix
Rice Chex, Smoked Almonds, Pretzels, Pita Chips, Chili Pepper, Paprika, Garlic (VEGAN, +CN)

GP Crunchy Nori Snack Mix
Green Peas, Plantain Chips, Chickpeas, Corn Nuts, Toasted Nori, Lime (VEGAN, GF)

Katchkie Farm Vegetable Dips
Burnt Carrot, Butternut and Harissa Dip (VEGAN, GF)
Caramelized Onion and Chive Dip (Vt, GF)
Vegetable Chips (VEGAN, GF, DF)

The End Zone

Team Colors Cake in a Jar*
Layered White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
*Four individual jars. Will reflect final Super Bowl team colors.


Photo: UN PLaza Grill                                                                                            

On the kosher front, UN Plaza Grill will serve up a Big Game Day Menu in servings for two, four and six. The menu includes:

Chicken Lollipops
pan-fried chicken meat blend balls , Thai sweet  chili sauce. sesame seeds

crudité, olives, pita

Mini Burgers
house-ground patty, BBQ sauce, grilled onion, pickle

Chicken Wings
three house made sauces – BBQ, Buffalo and lemon garlic mayo

chef’s family home-style recipe complemented by homemade tortilla chips

The cost for two is $60, for four $120  and for six $180 (making it $300 for ten).  Orders can be placed for pick-up at the restaurant, 845 UN Plaza (1st Ave. between 47th and 48th) through Big Game Sunday, Feb. 7, by calling  UN Plaza Grill at 212-223-1801.

Photo: Elegant Affairs                                                                                 

Elegant Affairs Caterers is offering a Football Party Box featuring game day bites:

Tortilla Chips with guacamole, salsa, and salsa picante

Mini Sirloin Sliders with melted American cheese, ketchup and pickles

Chipotle Rubbed Chicken Quesadillas with smoked gouda and pineapple

Kobe Beef Franks with cheddar buns and Dijon

Slow Smoked Barbecue Carolina Pulled Pork with potato buns

Buffalo Wings with carrots, celery and blue cheese

Slow Smoked Saint Louis Pork Ribs

Carolina Slaw with red cabbage, cilantro and lime

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

The party box can serve 4-6 people priced at $350 or 8-10 people priced at $595. The delivery dates and timeframes depending on where you are located are available upon checkout.

You can view the details for the Party Box here

Elegant Affairs Caterers has two locations at 240 West 30th Street in New York City and 110 Glen Cove Ave on Long Island.

Photo: Concord Hill                                                                                                 

Concord Hill in Williamsburg will offer a touchdown-worthy Super Bowl Snack Box with Beef Empanadas, Cheese & Charcuterie, Tzatziki Dip, Tahini Chickpea Dip, housemade crackers, potato chips and fresh vegetable ($30 pe person). Guests can add a bucket of beers (6 for $18) or a pitcher of one of their signature cocktails like At the Bottom of Everything with bourbon, Averna, amarena cherries, mint, basil and lemon; Move Me with vodka, passion fruit liqueur, ginger and lemon, The Earhart with lavender infused vodka, créme de violette, orgeat and lemon, or Better Luck Next Year with banana infused bourbon, coffee liqueur, pineapple, egg white and tonic. Orders for the box and drinks must be placed by Friday 2/5 at 10pm to be picked up on Sunday 2/7. 374 Graham Ave., Brooklyn;

Photo: Little Chef Little Cafe                                                                                    

Little Chef Little Café’s game winning specials include Adobo Sticky Wings with carrots, celery and house dipping sauce (8 for $15) and Sliders topped with coleslaw and pickled veggies and the choice of chicken adobo, pork adobo, beef tapa or longganisa filling (6 for $15). Chef Diana Manalang’s popular DIY Taco Kits are also great for the occasion as they range from 3 to 20 tacos with fillings like Pork Adobo, Chicken Adobo, Chicken Afritada (spicy tomato pepper sauce, potatoes, carrots and vinegar slaw) and Veggie Ginataang (vegetables sautéed in coconut milk and topped with spicy pickled pineapple); plus garlic rice and a choice of fried wonton shells or classic corn tortilla. More details on the taco kits here. 5-43 48th Ave., Long Island City;

Photo: Tiger Lily                                                                                                  

Tiger Lily Kitchen has everyone covered with Super Bowl favorites that are lighter and healthier but don’t skimp on flavor or heat. The popular Grilled Lemongrass Wings with sambal, chiles and cilantro; Lemongrass Chicken Skewers with sambal sauce; and Salmon Skewers with lime vinaigrette dipping sauce showcase the restaurant’s health-conscious Asian cuisine. All dishes are gluten free and many are vegan as well like the Vegetable Summer Rolls with cabbage, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, mint or Organic Tofu Bites with chili spiced garlic chips, sesame seeds, scallions, tamari. 293 Third Ave., Gramercy,  

Photo: Wayan                                                                                                        

Watch the game with Wayan on Super Bowl Sunday

For the big game, Wayan is offering a family-style meal with assortment of dishes like Guacamole "Gado Gado," Chicken Wing Balado, Tamarind Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Indonesian Coleslaw, Crispy Potato Skin, and more... See full menu

Available to order for groups of 2-4 for $188 or 4-6 guests for $258 with heating and serving instructions to prepare the day-of

Cold beers and margaritas are also available for pickup or delivery in NYC on February 7.

To place orders, email  by February 4

Delivery is available to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens


Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique
January 18, 2021, 6:41.07 pm ET

Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique

Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates has opened its newest standalone boutique in New York City at 1796 Broadway at Columbus Circle. The Chocogelateria features a selection of authentic Italian coffees, hot chocolate, and crepes made with Venchi’s rich and wonderful Suprema chocolate — literally dispensed on order from a fountain of fresh flowing Suprema.

 Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique

Gelato is made fresh daily in store with natural ingredients imported from Italy. Among the flavors -  Piedmont Hazelnut, Green Pistachio from Bronte, Sorrento Lemon, and more. Vegan-friendly Gelatos for January include Azteco (chocolate), Mango, Mango Passion, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Lemon.

 Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique

The chocolate maker’s wide variety of artisan confections available for sale include the iconic Chocoviar, Truffles, Gianduiotti, Cremini, Bars, and Suprema spreads. All Venchi products are natural with no coloring agents or preservatives. Olive oil and cocoa butter is used in place of palm oils.

Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique

One-pound tubs of the Gelato and select chocolate products are available for delivery via UberEATS, DoorDash, and PostMates within the local Manhattan area.

Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates opens its second NYC boutique
Photos: Venchi                                                                                                       

For additional information on Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates, visit  


Thai Chella offers outdoor dining two tables at a time
January 18, 2021, 6:39.42 pm ET

Thai Chella, Thai, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Restaurants in New York City are doing everthing they can to survive. At Thai Challa in Hell's Kitchen, two chalets have been set up for a unique dining experience. Visitors will find classic Thai dishes like Shrimp Summer Rolls, Green Papaya Salad and Pad Thai with choice of chicken, beef, and duck, among others. There are an assortment of curry dishes and specials, including Crab Fried Rice, Honey Tamarind Duck and Criispy Basil Salmon. 

Thai Chella - 712 9th Avenue, New York, NY  (646) 863-2226


Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur's tasting room at Industry City
January 18, 2021, 6:09.37 pm ET

Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur, Apple of My Eye Cocktail, IC

If you are looking for a taste of NYC's largest selection of New York State whisky, gin, vodka and brandy, look no further than Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur's tasting room at Industry City.  While indoor drinking remains off limits, there is a window leading onto the courtyard (between 34th & 35th St off 3rd Ave, Brooklyn) serving craft cocktails and craft beers. 


We tried the Apple of My Eye made with Rattlesnake Rosie's Apple Pie Whisky, Rough Rider Bourbon, Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur and lemon. It packs a nice punch. There's also Adult Hot Chocolate and Intense Hot Cider.  Light snacks include solar-popped Bjorn Qorn, Li-lac Ginger Truffles and Candied Ginger.

Also nearby is Brooklyn Kura serving American Craft Sake, The Wheelhouse Bar, Standard Wormwood Distillery and Fort Hamilton Distillery + Fortress Bar


A look at Shake Shack's new Korean-Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich
January 16, 2021, 1:22.57 pm ET

Shake Shack's new Korean-Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Shake Shack taking the wraps off its new Korean-style menu. Sitting at the top of the list is the Korean-inspired Crispy Chickien made with a white meat, hand-breaded cutlet with no antibiotics or hormones.

Shake Shack's new Korean-Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Korean-style Crispy Chicken Sandwich is coated in a special Gochujang sauce that is described as "spicy, sweet, fermented, umani" and will only be available for a limited time. 

Shake Shack's new Korean-Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich

It is topped with a Kimchi, crunchy Napa cabbage and and daikon whipped up with kimchi from Choi's Kimchi Co. It's being offered with crispy fries and chicken nuggets served with a creamy gochujang sauce.

 Shake Shack's new Korean-Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich

We got our first taste at Shake Shack's Innovation Kitchen in the West Village. Our crew gives it a two thumbs up! Only cons we found were some sticky fingers.

Our dinner at Laut Singapura in Flatiron
January 16, 2021, 8:51.41 am ET

While the weather is cooperating we've been getting our fill of outdoor dining. One spot we visited recently was Laut Singapura in Flatiron where we enjoyed a wonderful candlelit meal from very accomodating hosts. Here are some of the things we tried.

 Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Mango Kerabu

We started with Mango Kerabu, a sour mango salad with onions, cucumber, red onion, and chili-dusted peanuts served with a pungent Thai dressing. 

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay stands above the rest with charred chicken skewers and a thick coating of zesty peanut sauce and lots of crushed peanuts on top. It's served with sliced cucumber.

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Roti Prata

Roti Prata is another dish meant for sharing. This Flipped Indian pancake is light and airy. Tear a piece off and plunge it into the this spicy vegetarian curry dip with chunks of melt-in-your-mouth potatoes.

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Egg Wrap Pad Thai

Among the noodle offerings is Egg Wrap Pad Thai. Beneath the egg wrapping are luscious noodles with chives, bean sprouts, and radish with choice of protein, in this case shrimp.

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a perfect meal with beef rendang, shrimps in sambal chili sauce, fried egg, and crispy anchovies. It's served with coconut rice, cucumber and a chilled vegetable stew. Also check out the banana leaf bowls.

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Nyona Curry

Nyona Curry makes for comforting entree. Eggplant, okra, onion and tomato are prepared in a spicy coconut milk broth with choice of protein, in this case chicken. 

Laut Singapura, Flatiron, NYC, Happy Soda

Thai inspired cocktails and beverages are also available like "Happy Soda" made with rose syrup, condensed milk and sparkling soda.

We've only just cracked the surface of this mesmerizing menu at Laut Singaopura and recommend exploring other options while helping New York City restaurants survive the pandemic. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are available.

Laut Singapura - 31 East 20th Street, New York, NY (212) 674-5288

Date night at your home courtesy of Amali
January 15, 2021, 5:42.57 pm ET

             Photo: Amali


Amali is bringing date night back with a seasonal Chef’s tasting experience for two.  It starts with a conversation with Executive Chef Alex Tubero about what you’re most excited to taste - then he’ll create a customized menu based on your preferences and what’s in season that week.  You can also speak with one of the restaurant's sommeliers to find two bottles of wine that best suit your tastes. The kitchen and wine cellar allows for access to rare wines and restaurant-level ingredients from family-run butchers, small production farmers and dayboat fisheries not typically available to the public.  

Dinner starts at $150 per person and includes three courses, sommelier selected wines and your printed menu.

Additional packages may include additional courses, wine pairings for each course, and a customized table setting including placemats, linen napkins, votive candles, flowers and more.  Inquire for pricing.


The series kicks off on Thursday, February 4th and will continue each week. Cost for tickets is $495 (for one household/connected device which can accommodate up to 4 persons. Additional materials are available for additional $200. 


Work alongside Chef Dominic Rice to prepare dinner for two while learning Chef tricks and the cornerstones of the culinary arts.  Topics covered will include how to pick the best ingredients from the grocery store, how to filet a whole fish, how to prepare meat for cooking, how to use a specialty tool, and blueprints for classic stocks, sauces and dressings.  You’ll work with a mix of familiar and unique ingredients and will have access to restaurant-quality meats, cheeses and other provisions.  Learn about cooking techniques, procurement strategies and Chef tricks to spice up cooking at home.

Materials include: all ingredients to cook Chef Dominic’s menu, a specialty kitchen tool, and a bottle of wine to pair with dinner.


Sommeliers Kylie Monagan and Kristin Feraldo give a wine primer on everything you need to know to decode a wine list - and how to best pair wine with what you’ll be eating.  You’ll learn the basics of classic wine regions, how to open and when to decant a wine, the proper temperature and serving glasses for different types of wines, how to pair wine with food, the best vintages in classic wine regions, and how to articulate the type of wines styles that you like in a restaurant setting.  They’ll cover classic wine regions and give insight on the “trendy” wine styles and up-and-coming producers.  If you’re fascinated by blind tasting, Kylie and Kristin will break the technique down to the basics so that you can practice at home.

Materials include: six bottles of wine and light mezze pairings.


Mixologist Tanya Saxena takes you through the blueprint for a perfectly balanced cocktail from classic and spirituous to seasonal and refreshing. She’ll discuss her favorite classic cocktails and then show how one spirit can transform into three different cocktails using basic ingredients.  Topics covered will include how to make a syrup, how to make an infusion, how to riff on classic cocktails, how to make a hot cocktail, how to make cocktails for a group, and the “rules” of mixology (how to know when serve a cocktail stirred or shaken; up or on the rocks).  She’ll conclude with a discussion of apertivo and digestivo spirits, including Amaro, vermouth and after dinner drinks from different parts of the world.

Materials include: ingredients to make three cocktails, tastes of three digestivo spirits, and ingredients to make an infusion to enjoy later.


Stand up comedian and Sommelier James Mallios teaches how to get bang for your buck when picking from a wine list.  James has taught this class at the New York Times and Fortune 500 companies as a team building exercise.  You’ll learn how to find the hidden deals and gems in a wine list, insider insight about how restaurants select and mark up wine, how to “crack” a menu when ordering for the table and what to avoid doing at your next date, business, or social dinner.  James will also discuss how to structure a restaurant meal like a pro — start with a Aperitif to whet the appetite, then order according to the classic meal structure, pick wine to pair with your selected dishes, and finish off with an after dinner drink to settle the stomach and elegantly end the meal.

Materials include: three bottles of wine plus charcuterie and cheese pairings.

For more information visit

Murray's strikes gold with its Gilded Goat
January 15, 2021, 5:42.56 pm ET

Photo: Murrasy's Cheese                                                                                                
Murray's says it struck gold last year at its cheese caves and now it ready to give the public a taste of  its "Gilded Goat."  Gilded Goat, a decadent reimagining of Loire Valley Valencay, will be back in February for a limited time. Described as "sublimely creamy with a luxurious velvet mouthfeel," this goat cheese boasts a wrinkled rind coated with ash and flecks of pure gold leaf. There’s more to this Cavemaster original that meets the eye. Murray's says the delicate white paste within is studded with earthy black truffles, adding a "mouthwatering savor to its clean and lactic profile."


Looking Ahead - El Fish Shack is coming to the Upper West Side
January 14, 2021, 6:38.57 pm ET

El Fish Shack is coming to the Upper West Side
Photo: El Fish Shack                                                                                                  

El Fish Shack puts a contemporary American spin on the traditional New England fish and seafood eatery. Chef Julian Medina and Louis Skibar celebrate the foods from the sea and serve daily caught fresh fish, whole lobsters, and more from grilled to chilled. Chef Julian adds his signature Mexican touches while celebrating the flavors of New York City's diverse food culture. But don't drop your hook in just yet. El Fish Shack is slated to open this Spring on the Upper West Side, possibly in March or April. In the meantime, you can enjoy their spot in Astoria

El Fish Shack- 153 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY


Sandbar on Hudson swims in for the long haul
January 14, 2021, 6:21.38 pm ET


High Street on Hudson is now Sandbar on Hudson. Ellen Yin, one of the owners of High Street, reportedly  teaming up with the owner of nearby Brunetti to open Sandbar, initially as a pop-up. Most of the dining is occuring in two outside cabanas with lots of string lights. The menu features items like Wild Arctic Salmon atop a bed of celery root puree and basil oil; Madagascar Shrimp on garlic toast; and Lobster Mac and Cheese. To go along with the comfort foods are cocktails like Fall in a Glass made with apple infused vodka, pear cordial, and cinnamon. The restaurant is located just steps away from the High Line and Whitney Museum of Art.

Sandbar on Hudson - 637 Hudson Street, New York, NY (917) 388-3944 


January 14, 2021, 10:49.38 am ET

Photo: New York Theatre Workshop                                                                       

New York Theatre Workshop will present “The Wright Stuff,” a series of conversations led by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, beginning Tuesday January 19.

In this series of provocative and mirthful interviews with some of our sharpest contemporary satirists, Wright interrogates the idea that comedians are both the culture's true patriots and fit the classic model of "clown" or "court jester" in Shakespearean drama, using humor to articulate the day's most pressing and urgent truths. The series’ five guests, each featured in separate episodes, will be Andy Borowitz, Aasif Mandvi, Nancy Giles, Paul Rudnick and Jenny Hagel.

“The Wright Stuff” will be  available to stream for free on NYTW’s YouTube channel and via the NYTW Digital Archive at


Death by Pizza arrives in the Meatpacking District
January 14, 2021, 1:09.16 am ET

Death by Pizza now occupies the corner of 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District.  A skull and wooden pizza paddles marks the spot. 

The signature Death by Pizza pie comes loaded up with spicy Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, crushed red pepper and basil. Several other pizzas are offered, including the Amore Segreto with prosciutto di palma and a white sauce; and the Elizabetta with pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. There's also an assortment of classic pizzas such as Vodka, Pesto, Margherita and more. 

Diners will also find a lenthy list of appetizers like arancini (rice balls), calamari and "Death by Wings" among them. There are sandwiches like the Salsiccia with sausage, broccoli rabe and frest mozzarella, and the Whoa Nelly Burger made with Pat La Frieda beef topped cheddar and served with hand-cut fries. Pasta dishes and salads are also available. For desset, there's a Nutella Pizza and homemade tiramisu.


Right now, dining is limited to a heated outdoor space with indoor dining to follow once restrictions are lifted in New York City. Takeout and delivery is also available.

Death by Pizza is located at 44 9th Avenue, New York, NY (212) 731-9924


January 13, 2021, 6:21.26 pm ET

Photo: Vineyard Theatre                                                                                         

The Vineyard Theatre’s original cast benefit reading of “Gloria,” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Evan Cabnet, will begin streaming on January 19 at 7pm and will be available through January 24.

This trenchant and powerful play that follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.

In addition to being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the original production received notable nominations from the Lortel Awards, Drama League Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

The reading will feature original cast members Kyle Beltran, Catherine Combs, Michael Crane, Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles and Ryan Spahn.

Proceeds from this reading, which cost $25, will support the artists and programs in the nonprofit theatre's 2020-2021 season, with a portion of the proceeds supporting The Dramatists Guild Foundation. For more information, visit


Gramercy Tavern alums opening Rolo's in Ridgewood, Queens
January 12, 2021, 7:36.17 pm ET

Gramercy Tavern alums opening Rolo in Ridgewood, Queens
Photos: Adam Friedlander                                                                                        

Gramercy Tavern alums are teaming up to open Rolo’s, a neighborhood restaurant, cafe and grocery shop in Ridgewood, Queens where the emphasis is on seasonal ingredients and a wood-burning oven. The chef trio and partners, Howard Kalachnikoff, Rafiq Salim, and Paul Wetzel, met at Gramercy Tavern and share a vision and appreciation for simple cooking. Joining the chef trio in the kitchen is sous chef Kelly Mencin, formerly of Gramercy Tavern, Bouchon Bakery and Bouchon Bistro. Kelly oversees the bread and pastry programs.

 Rolo's, Ridgewood, Queens, Grilled Porchetta Sandwich
Wood Fired Chicken

Offerings at Rolo's include a $17 per person pre-set weekly dinner package, with a typical meal featuring things like Grilled Porchetta, Sofrito Fried Rice and Kale Caesar Salad. Additionally, Rolo’soffers an la carte dinner menu including Wood Fired Half Chicken served with garlic confit in chili oil and cucumber kohlrabi; Grilled Meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce; Grilled Greens with garlic confit and lemon; Braised Butter Beans with salsa verde; and a variety of Focaccia made in house.


Grilled Porchetta Sandwich

Lunch sandwiches are also offered on housemade ciabatta and include a Turkey Sandwich with turkey smoked in-house, celery salad, blue cheese and “fancy sauce;” vegetarian options such as a Health Sandwich with cheddar cheese, sliced cucumbers, mayo, pickled peppers and a hard-boiled egg; and a Grilled Porchetta Sandwich with fennel gremolata, provolone and broccoli rabe among others.

Rolo's, Ridgewood, Queens, Focaccia
Housemade Focaccia

Desserts include rotating mini pies and freshly baked cookies. Later this year, Rolo’s will open for indoor and outdoor dining with expanded menu offerings.

For now, diners can take advantage of take-out and delivery options. Freshly prepared and frozen foods, meats butchered in-house, and to-go cocktails are also available at Rolo's cafe and grocery as well as locally sourced produce, pantry items, provisions, and wines.

Rolo's, Ridgewood, Queens, Rolo's Grocery
Rolo's Grocery

Rolo's is located at 853 Onderdonk Ave., Ridgewood, NY (718) 417-6567

Edith's in Greenpoint is more than just a Jewish deli
January 12, 2021, 6:51.26 pm ET

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Edith's, the pop-up turned “permanent,” or at least indefinitely, is showcasing an assortment of Jewish breads, pastries and foods. They include wood-fired, twisted and hand-rolled bagels served with house-smoked sustainable salmon and house cultured cream cheese. At the bakery, look for Honey Baharat Schnecken, Edith’s version of a sticky bun with walnuts, warm spices and honey topped with a walnut crumble; and Chocolate Sesame Twist, Challah twisted with two types of chocolate, tahini glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  Sandwiches include wood-fired veggie “sabich” and the “brisket bun” with braised brisket, caramelized onion and parsnips puree. Beverages also come with extras. Armaretto can be added drip coffee while  pomegranate lemonade gets some added sparkle from prosecco.  

Edith’s is located inside Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop at 110 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn


Concord Hill is making a toast to the new President
January 12, 2021, 6:51.24 pm ET

Concord Hill is making a toast to the new President 

Cheers to the next four years! To celebrate the Inauguration on January 20, Concord Hill Bar Manager Victor Bautista has created a special cocktail flight highlighting American classics with a twist. The three cocktails will showcase American-made spirits like local Greenpoint’s St. Agretis’ bitter, Tito’s vodka from Texas and Maker’s Mark bourbon from Kentucky. The flight ($15) will be available all day 1/20  from 12pm to 10pm for takeout & delivery through ChowNow and outdoor dining.

Concord Hill, Brooklyn, Wild Caught Fish, Restaurant Week
Photos: Concord Hill                                                                                             

This year’s NYC Restaurant Week comes to you – the first ever to go version takes place January 25 – 31. Concord Hill’s Chef Guy Kairi will pair his locally sourced Grilled Wild Caught Fish with a side of their popular Truffled Fingerling Potatoes with truffle mayo, capers, shallots and poppy seeds, available Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. 

Concord Hill is located at 374 Graham Ave, Brooklyn

Fields Good Chicken to reopen in Flatiron
January 12, 2021, 6:38.33 pm ET

 Fields Good Chicken to reopen in Flatiron
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Fields Good Chicken is reopening Friday, January 22nd in Flatiron. Located two doors down from FGC’s original Flatiron location n 23rd Street, the new space features an upgraded interior design and serve the neighborhood chicken roastery’s signature menu of whole roasted birds, chicken plates and creative bowls, all made with antibiotic-free and humanely-raised chicken and fresh, high-quality ingredients. 

The menu will include mainstays like the signature oven-roasted and crispy-skinned Original Rad Bird, the  Bueno Bowl (Mojo thigh, brown rice, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, maple-chipotle sauce) and a selection of housemade sides, including Honey Spiced Carrots, Charred Sweet Potatoes and Mac & Cheese (made with cauliflower pureé).  

The Flatiron location will open with pickup and delivery only, and will offer indoor seating (about 20 indoor seats) in the future.

Fields Good Chicken - 46A East 23rd Street, New York, NY (212) 564-9805


Dining outdoors with French flair at La Goulue
January 11, 2021, 8:12.53 pm ET

Dining outdoors with French flair at La Goulue
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La Goulue continues to deliver a true French bistro feel on the Upper East Side led by Executive Chef Antoine Camin with heated outdoor dining to keep guests toasty.

Classic French dishes include:

· Steak Au Poivre, 12 oz. New York strip with green peppercorn sauce and hand cut French fries.

· Coq Au Vin, dark meat chicken dressed in a red wine sauce and adorned with carrots, pearl onions, bacon and spaetzle.

· Le Tartare De Thon Japonais, Ahi tuna with wasabi miso seasoning and fresh coriander.

· The Tuesday Only Cassoulet, pork shoulder, duck confit, homemade sausage, baked in white beans.

· Profiteroles Croquantes, Choux puffs with vanilla ice cream, drizzled in a warm chocolate sauce.

For Valentine's Day, February 13th and 14th, Chef Camin will feature a three-course prix fixe menu that will begin with a welcome glass of Frerejean Freres Champagne and an amuse of Egg Custard and Perigold black truffle.

Guests will also be able to choose from dishes such as Lobster Consommé, clear lobster broth, garnished with poached lobster; Steak Au Poivre, 12 oz. New York strip with green peppercorn sauce and hand cut French fries; and Tarte Tatin, a caramelized upside-down apple tart with Vermont crème fraiche

 La Goulue Valentine's Day Menu 2020, NYC

The special menu, priced at $125, will be offered for take-out and outdoor dining. There will be two seatings at 6pm-6:30pm and 8pm-8:30pm

La Goulue is located at 29 East 61st Street, New York, NY (212) 988-8169  Menu


Old John's Luncheonette is making a comeback
January 11, 2021, 7:32.39 pm ET

Old John's Lunceonette Rendering
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Old John’s Luncheonette - 148 W 67th St, New York, NY
Classic Upper West Side diner Old John’s Luncheonette is reopening in early 2021 on the UWS by restaurateur Louis Skibar. Chef Grayson Schmitz (Jean-Georges, Fiamma, BKLYN Larder, Olivier Cheng) will be overseeing the menu and kitchen, while Pastry Chef Tanya Ngangan (Fauchon, Maze by Gordon Ramsy, Bisous Ciao) will be handling the desserts. Old John’s will serve American Comfort Fare, including updated takes on many of its former dishes.  It will operate daily, from 7AM - 12AM, and will also offer the neighborhood a full-service coffee bar, along with an assortment of to-go baked goods each morning. The diner will look to serve the neighborhood with a full service bar, featuring locally-sourced spirits. Skibar started working at Old John’s in 1984, at the age of 16, after emigrating from Bolivia - it was his first and only job in NY and thus the reason he had to resuscitate the UWS institution. 

Sami & Susu announces new guest chef
January 11, 2021, 7:16.20 pm ET

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Beginning January 13th, Sami & Susu – the new Mediterranean restaurant from co-owners Amir Nathan [of Via Carota & Maison Premiere] and executive chef Jordan Anderson [of Olmsted & Maison Premiere], will be hosting chef Ashley Rath [of The Grill, Lalou and Gramercy Tavern] as a guest chef. Two special menus will be available for heated outdoor dining and delivery in three of the city’s boroughs.

Chef Ashley's menus will highlight family recipes and acclaimed signature dishes, alongside Sami & Susu staples, for two weeks [1/13-1/24]. One menu is curated specifically for delivery throughout the city [reaching Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens], and an additional rotating, family-style menu is available for outdoor dining.

Some of chef Ashley's exclusive, comforting dishes include:

- Buttered Potato Dumplings with market vegetables

- Chicken Calvados with apples and red curry

- Chickpea Fritter Pita with pickles, mustard greens and aioli

- Spaghetti Squash Frittata with parsley pesto

- Game Bird Pie with Hunter's Sauce and black truffles

Later in January, Sami & Susu will host guest chef Spencer Bennett, previously the chef de cuisine at Chez Ma Tante [more details to follow].  

Delivery is available Wednesday. Orders must be placed one day in advance by 7pm via the website. Heated, outdoor dining will be offered Thursday - Saturday from 1/14 to 1/23. Reservations and delivery are available through the website.

Sami & Susu is currently operating out of natural wine bar Ten Bells on the Lower East Side 


January 11, 2021, 7:03.29 pm ET

MasterVoices will offer a special online presentation of Adam Guettel’s acclaimed 1988 theatrical song cycle, “Myths and Hymns,” starting on Thursday January 13. This unique online staging, conceived by Ted Sperling, will include short films that will help illustrate the protagonist’s exploration of Flight, Work, Love and Faith. The song cycle will be presented in four chapters spread over 23 episodes to be broadcast throughout the winter and spring.
Participating artists for this project include such performers as Anderson & Roe, Take 6, Julia Bullock, Renée Fleming, Joshua Henry, Capathia Jenkins, Mykal Kilgore, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Kelli O'Hara, Elizabeth Stanley, Daniel Breaker, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Joshua Henry, Cheyenne Jackson, Nicholas Phan and John Lithgow.
For more information, visit 

Tiger Lily Kitchen, others gearing up for Restaurant Week to-go
January 11, 2021, 12:18.04 am ET

Tiger Lily Kitchen, others gearing up for Restaurant Week to-go
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Restaurant Week takes on a deeper significance this year with restaurants fighting to survive during the pandemic. Its first ever to-go version taking place January 25-31 (with an optional extension until Feb. 7) gives diners an opportunity to continue to support and discover more of our city’s restaurants.

The recently opened Tiger Lily Kitchen, which delivers in Manhattan, will offer a two-course $20.21 lunch and dinner special from Jan. 25 – Feb 7, highlighting the restaurant’s signature health-conscious Asian dishes, all of which are gluten free and many vegan friendly.

Three appetizer options include Vegetable Summer Rolls with cabbage, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, mint; Japanese Kabocha Squash Soup with curry and kaffir lime or Tofu Bites with chili spiced garlic chips, sesame seeds, scallions, tamari; while mains feature Lemongrass Roast Chicken with charred bok choy and wild rice; Grilled Koji Marinated Salmon with wild rice, shiitake mushrooms and carrots; or vegetarian Coconut Curry with Tofu. (The regular menu will also be available for delivery or takeout.)

Tiger Lily Kitchen is open Monday – Saturday 11:30am–9pm; Sunday 11:30am—6pm.


Dr Fauci suggests theatres could be safe to open next Fall
January 11, 2021, 12:02.55 am ET

Dr Fauci suggests theatres could be safe to open next Fall

Dr Anthony Fauci says Broadway theatres could be safe to open "some time in the Fall," according to the New York Times. Fauci is quoted as saying it all hinges on the rollout of the vaccines. He also suggests theatregoers may still have to wear masks for some time.

It might be too late for some shows. Producers of the popular Broadway show "Mean Girls" say it will not be returning when theaters are allowed to reopen in New York City, according to AP. The Disney musical "Frozen" has also decided not to reopen.  

The Broadway League says the earliest Broadway could reopen would be late May of this year.


January 10, 2021, 11:32.58 pm ET

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New York-based Tea Drunk, the producer of some of the world's most prized teas, is now offering an Educational Tea Club, which allows consumers to learn about the origins and production of each of their chosen teas of the year, while also getting to taste them! 

As a subscriber of Tea Drunk’s Tea Club, you will be sent either two samples of two types of tea each month or a single sample of their rarest and most expensive tea. You will also be invited to join exclusive tea tastings on Zoom with Tea Drunk’s founder Shunan Teng. These tastings will teach you about each specific tea that was sent to you as well as how to brew it. And if you’re not able to join the Zoom tastings live, you can watch them at your convenience since each one is recorded.

Membership in the Educational Tea Club is $50 per month. For more information, visit


Hombre Taco pops up at Rockefeller Center
January 8, 2021, 7:12.34 pm ET


Hombre Taco is popping up at Rockefeller Center with a taco cart.  Churros, hot horchata and tacos are being offered by Chef Homer Murray.  The menu includes pork tacos with al pastor and pineapple, beef tacos with marinated short rib, chicken tinga braised with chilies, and vegetarian tacos served with adobe sauce.  The tacos range in price from $5 to $5.50 each and can be ordered online. The cart will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-8pm on the South Plaza (near 48th St) at Rockefeller Center.  


Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation Exhibit at Fort Gansevoort
January 7, 2021, 5:30.08 pm ET

      Image: Gordon Hookey, Ready to Rumble, 2020, Oil pastel and pencil on paper, 30.5 x 44 inches         

Beginning January 7, Fort Gansevoort will present Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the gallery’s first exhibition with the noted Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey. Organized in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Gary Simmons, the presentation will focus on Hookey’s use of metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of Western colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, he deploys deceptively folksy figuration, contemporary images, and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.

 Image: Gordon Hookey, Pelvis Deadly, 2005, Oil on canvas, 48 x 66.25 inches                            

To view the exhibit online click here 


January 7, 2021, 11:18.43 am ET

Photo: Red Bull Theater                                                                                                      

Red Bull Theater will present a free benefit reading of “The African Company Presents Richard III,” written by Carlyle Brown and directed by Carl Cofield,. It will air Monday, January 11 at 7:30; a recording of the livestream will be available until 7pm on Friday January 15.

The play is set in 1821, when two productions of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” are on the rialto. One is presented by the African Company of New York, known for putting on plays in a downtown Manhattan theatre to which both Black and white audiences flocked. The other is helmed by Stephen Price, an uptown theater impresario who manipulates the law and employs his privilege to shutter the competition

The cast features Clifton Duncan, Edward Gero, Dion Johnstone, Paul Niebanck, Antoinette Robinson, Craig Wallace and Jessika D. Williams.

Advance reservations are recommended. A donation of $25 or more per viewer is suggested. For more information, visit


noreetuh and Per Se alum offering award-winning wines
January 6, 2021, 6:48.14 pm ET

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noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized Hawaiian getaway in the East Village is now showcasing an award-winning wine list available for takeout and delivery.

The creation of three Per Se veterans, Chef/Co-Owner Chung Chow, who previously worked with Thomas Keller at Per Se and Jonathan Benno at Lincoln, helms the kitchen working with Managing Partner/Co-Owner Jin Ahn. Ahn has crafted the wine program featuring over 250 different wines. The list has an emphasis on French and German selections and features a large number of Rieslings with a spotlight on international cult producer Chateau Musar. 

The wine is available for takeout and delivery through ChowNow, and the full wine list can be viewed here

The menu pairs with all the wines personally selected by Ahn, including Pineapple Braised Pork Belly with mustard greens and miso glaze; and Mochiko Fried Chicken marinated in their secret recipe and served with assorted pickles, Hawaiian style macaroni salad and King’s Hawaiian rolls.


Nami Nori is now offering a Temaki Party Kit
January 6, 2021, 6:23.22 pm ET

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Now you can have a temaki party at home. The Nami Nori Temaki Party Kit – a customizable, comprehensive kit - includes all of the elements to make your own temaki in the comfort of your home from the team at Nami Nori in the West Village.

Available for both delivery and pickup, the Nami Nori Temaki Party Kit [starting at $100; serves 4] is curated by chef-partners Taka Sakaeda and Jihan Lee and includes all of the house-made and hand-selected ingredients used at Nami Nori. Each Temaki Kit includes:

- Basics to build temaki, including Sushi Rice, Nori Sheets, Wasabi and Pickled Ginger

- Signature house-made Sauces like Spicy Mayo, Chojang [a Korean pepper and vinegar sauce], Nikiri Soy [seasoned soy sauce], Poke Soy [sweet soy sauce with sesame oil] and X.O. Sauce [made with dried scallop and shrimp, shallots and garlic]

- Traditional Toppings like Cucumber, Scallion and Daikon

- Garnishes including Ume Plum Sesame Seeds, Crispy Shallots, Diced Jalapenos, Crispy Carrots and Micro Cilantro

- Customizable Mains [priced a la carte] like Toro, Yellowtail, Tuna, Salmon, Scallop, Crab, Ikura, Tobiko, Maitake Mushroom, Squash and Green Goddess Avocado. Mains will rotate based on availability and seasonal specials will be introduced.

The Nami Nori Temaki Party Kit is available for pickup or delivery [in Manhattan below 34th St], and each ingredient is packaged in reusable or recyclable containers. 


Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Reopens with a new Pizza Burger special
January 6, 2021, 6:09.44 pm ET

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Reopens with a new Pizza Burger special
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Following a successful pop-up run with Singles & Doubles, Black Tap Soho is taking it back to its roots  – Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. To celebrate, the team is bringing back some “OG” burger favorites as specials each month starting with The Pizza Burger (available until January 31). The Pizza Burger is a fun play on an NYC classic and features a prime beef burger topped with marinara sauce, fried mozzarella, and shaved parmesan ($18). 

Black Tap’s flagship model will serve its award-winning and popular burgers a-la-carte for takeout and delivery along with all the other menu staples – fries, fried pickles, chicken wings, etc.. While Black Tap’s iconic CrazyShake milkshakes are currently not available in-store, customers can order their own DIY CrazyShake Kits to bring all the Black Tap fun home. 



Atoboy x Atomix are teaming up with ATO˛
January 6, 2021, 5:55.32 pm ET

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After initially closing their doors due to a pause in indoor dining in New York City, a newly built outdoor space is clearing the way for a collaboration between Aroboy x Atomix to create a special six-course tasting menu dubbed ATO².

The $110 prix fixe menu (hospitality included, beverage pairing optional) is composed of items influenced by ingredients - seasonal and preserved - influenced by the flavors that chefs, Hasung Lee (Chef de Cuisine at Atomix) and Taesung Kim (Chef de Cuisine at Atoboy) are passionate about and enjoy. Hasung finds seasonality of the ingredients as his main source of inspiration when developing a menu item whereas Taesung often finds himself reaching deep within his foundations largely based on Italian cuisine. Both enjoy Chinese and Korean flavors on nights off, thus one can enjoy a variety of flavors, textures, and techniques in their first-ever collaborative tasting menu.

Think dressed-up Atoboy and Atomix on a fun night off. The restaurants say it's best of both worlds for our guests new and old, who have graciously supported us throughout all of the changes.


Saying goodbye to Sammy's Roumanian
January 6, 2021, 5:33.28 pm ET


Sammy's Roumanian Steak House confirming that the rumors are true. The restaurant says it has shut its doors to its infamous basement.  

In an Instagram post, the restaurant offering this: 

"Sammy’s Roumanian is more than just a restaurant. It’s a community. A celebration of tradition. An experience difficult to put into words. It’s where families come to dine weekly, where partygoers begin their night (if they survive the frozen vodka), and where Simchas are celebrated. It‘s a place where you can be yourself, make friends, discover what a Shiksa is, and maybe even get called out as one too. Above all, it’s a place where everyone feels at home, welcome, and part of a larger family.

What began 47 years ago in a basement in the Lower East Side, on grungy Chrystie Street, grew into a place that welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests and employed thousands of people over the years.

We sincerely want to thank all of our valued guests and especially our staff for keeping us alive and kicking all these years. Our heart breaks for our employees and all the others affected by the pandemic in our community and across the globe. It’s truly tragic yet we are extremely humbled by all your support. To survive 47 years is an accomplishment which we are proud of. And we could not have done it without all of you.

So chins up fellow schmaltzers. All the years of devouring chopped liver with our special schmaltz, schmered on rye bread with a side of pickles and a shot (or glass) of frozen vodka to wash it down will be remembered fondly. We may be closed now, but when all this is over and we feel safe enough to hold hands during the hora, we will be back stronger, louder, and tastier than ever before. We are New York. We will survive this. We will always cherish the memories we shared with all of you."

Will Sammy's every return?  The restaurant telling folks to "keep following" for further updates. 


Vegan bistro Willow by Beyond Sushi team is coming to Chelsea
January 5, 2021, 7:12.52 pm ET

Truffle Mac and Cheese

Vegan bistro Willow is calling Chelsea home. Beyond Sushi's Executive Chef Guy Vaknin and his wife Tali are opening the spot. It will offer classic American dishes for takeout and delivery in mid-January with indoor dining to follow once restrictions are lifted in New York City. The new space is focusing on vegan comfort foods. 

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC, Coconut Ceviche
Coconut Ceviche

The menu includes finger foods like Cauliflower Wings with choice of BBQ or buffalo sauce, Coconut Ceviche served with taro root chips, and taquitos with chili-infused Impossible meat with charred tomato salsa.

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC, Willow Taquitos
Willow Taquiotos

Several sandwiches are offered, like the Meatball Sub with Impossible "meatballs," Hickory Smoked Burger and Buttermilk Fried Chick'n with horseradish aioli on a brioche bun.

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC, Buttermilk Fried Chick'n
Buttermilk Fried Chick'n

Diners will also discover assorted salads including a Cobb, Caesar and Greek version, along with larger plates of Eggplant Lasagna, “Scallop” Cacio e Pepe with oyster mushroom “scallops,” and Steak Frites with grilled seitan steak, wild mushroom demi-glace and green peppercorns. 

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC,
"Steak" Frites

The Vaknin family launched their well-known vegan chain Beyond Sushi in New York City in 2012, expanding to five locations and garnering widespread support for their innovative take on sushi among other signature dishes. Chef Guy's globally inspired plant based cuisine encourages a healthy way of living, and incorporates unconventional flavors and techniques.

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC, Eggplant Rollatini
Eggplant Rollatini

Chef Guy Vaknin credits his love of cooking to his Moroccan grandmother. Raised in a big family, food was always the center of their weekly gatherings. The space, designed by Studio RB, features white marble tabletops and plush velvet seating, with recycled barn wood, royal blue and gold accents. 

Willow, Vegan Bistro, Chelsea, NYC
Photos: Willow                                                                                                         

Willow is set to open on January 15th. To celebrate, it is offering a complimentary dessert to anyone who places an order of $25 or more on opening day via the restaurant's website. Additionally anyone who purchases a $100 gift card for Willow (or Beyond Sushi) between January 15th and February 15th will get another for $25.  Delivery is available via Postmates, Uber Eats, GrubHub/Seamless, Doordash and directly through the Willow website.

Willow is located at 199 8th Avenue, New York, NY  Website


January 5, 2021, 5:50.34 pm ET

Photo: Johan Persson                                                                                             

The filmed London production of the musical “Lazarus” featuring the songs of the late David Bowie, will be available for three streamed performances from January 8-10. 

The show, which is directed by Ivo Van Hove and features a script co-written by Tony Award winner Enda Walsh, was first presented at New York Theatre Workshop in 2015, before transferring to London.

The musical stars award-winning actor Michael C. Hall as Newton, the character famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation of “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” and co-stars Sophia Anne Caruso and Michael Esper.

For tickets and showtimes, please visit


Feeling the love with Valentine's chocolates from VESTA
January 4, 2021, 7:28.55 pm ET

 Feeling the love with Valentine's chocolates from VESTA
Photo: Vesta                                                                                                           

It's never too soon to be thinking about Valentine's Day. VESTA, the bean-to-craft chocolate makers based in Montclair, NJ, is offering gift sets of bonbons and bars, including vegan-friendly varieties. The Valentine's LOVE Jewel Bon Bons come in six limited edition flavors ($25 for six; $45 for 12) including Strawberries & Cream, Champagne, Passion Fruit, Raspberry Rose, Milk & Honey, Spiced Maca. The Vegan Chocolate Bar Trio ($32) features Strawberries & Cream with cacao nibs, Ashwagandha Maca, and Black & White Roasted Coconut. 

Husband and wife team Roger Rodriguez & Julia Choi-Rodriguez are the forces behind these unique artisanal chocolates.  Prior to Vesta, Roger was the master Chocolate Maker at Cacao Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He honed his skills at several New York City's restaurants, including Jean-Georges, Gramercy Tavern, and Del Posto.


New York’s first sous vide dark assembly kitchen Opens January 7th
January 4, 2021, 7:02.40 pm ET

New York’s first sous vide dark assembly kitchen

Cuisine Solutions is partnering with Pret A Manger to debut its first Sous Vide Dark Assembly Kitchen (DAK) in New York City, promising "Michelin-starred flavors." The ready-to-eat delivery concept is offering chef-inspired favorites such as Harissa Charred Octopus Tzatziki Mezze, Sirloin Steak Tartar, and Duck Leg Confit with Oaxacan mole. 

Several different concepts are offered including:

♦ Cocina Oscura and Mediterranean, Mexican and Mediterranean build-your-own custom-style bowls, salads, and wraps, and chef-driven dishes such as herb-roasted half-chicken bathed in sherried walnut sauce, with pomegranate and herbs.

♦ Poultry in Motion, Sous Vide Egg Bites as well as chicken prepared in a variety of ways like five-spice Peking.

♦ Bodega, chef-driven, high-end, and ready-made meal components prepared using sous vide that arrive to customers fully cooked like Grilled Salmon with White Beans with Thyme and Garlic. 

♦The Cutting Edge, global, chef-inspired favorites including Duck Leg Confit with Oaxacan mole.

New York’s first sous vide dark assembly kitchen Opens January 6th
Photos: CS DAK                                                                                                           

According to a release, Cuisine Solutions creations are fully cooked, pasteurized and vacuum-sealed. By using this method, CS DAK streamlines operations in a smaller kitchen footprint, therein reducing labor costs and minimizing food waste, while increasing operational efficiency, safety, and consistency, and allowing for multiple concepts to run out of a single kitchen.

Everything will be prepared in Pret A Manger at the 425 Madison Avenue location and will be available for delivery throughout Manhattan on Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates and via the website,

January 4, 2021, 6:26.47 pm ET

Photo: Public Theater                                                                                             

The Public Theater’s 17th annual “Under the Radar” festival will run January 6-17. It will feature a robust line-up of digital livestream and streaming on-demand performances from the U.S. and around the globe.

The festival will feature work from an exciting mix of innovative artists including 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Javaad Alipoor, Inua Ellams, Trinidad González, Alicia Hall Moran, Piehole, and Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall. 

In addition, it will include “Under the Radar Symposium: A Creative Summit” on January 7. This half-day event features conversations and panels about the field at this moment in time, as well as a keynote speech by spoken-word poet, educator, and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

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Xilonen brings vibrant Mexican cuisine to Greenpoint
January 4, 2021, 12:26.11 am ET

Xilonen, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mexican

The team behind Oxomoco has opened Xilonen, a plant forward restaurant, on a sunny corner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Named after the Aztec goddess of corn, Xilonen is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 3pm with a limited menu.  

Xilonen, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mexican

Diners have access to a heated space out front for the winter due to the pandemi and sidewalk dining when the weather permits. What is on the menu is worth seeking out.  Start with Guacamole ($16) with salsa macha verde, a chili sauce amde with Arbol peppers. The dish is topped with wild greens and assorted seeds. It's delicious.

Xilonen, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mexican

Also on the menu is a Carrot Tostada ($14) topped with charred baby carrots drizzled with spiced maple over navy beans on a tortilla. It was the favorite of the table. 

Xilonen, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mexican

Other offerings include a Green Chorizo Quesadilla ($17) with hoja santa, black bean salsa and avocado, (top) and a Purple Potato Taco ($9) with grilled cheese, tomatilla salsa and honey nut queso (below).  Breakfast items include a Scrambled Egg Tostada ($13) and Masa Pancake ($15) with deep mountain maple syrup and salted butter. Churros with Oaxacan chocolate are available for dessert.  An expanded menu and hours to follow.

Xilonen, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Mexican

Xilonen is located at 905 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 

The Roberta's team is now flipping burgers at Burgie's
January 3, 2021, 11:47.05 pm ET

The team behind Roberta's pizza is now also flipping burgers at Burgies at 198 Randolph Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Look for the dancing burgers in the front window.  The inside has the feel of a burger shop with counter seating along with booths lining one side.


Several types of burgers are served, including The Burgie ($10) featuring Burgie's Blend with American cheese, onion, pickle and Thousand Island dressing on a toasted potato roll. There's also a Double Burgie ($14), Vegetarian Burgie ($12) and a Bambino Box which arrives with french fries and a juice box.  Sides include fries ($5) and a Wedge Salad ($14) with iceburg lettuce, bacon, blue cheese dressing, sun-dried tomato and fried shallots. Fountain sodas include Fanta Orange and Barq's Root Beer.

Burgies is a bit off the beaten patch on an industrial street. Discovering it is part of the fun.

2021 Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island is put off until next year due to COVID-19
January 1, 2021, 1:41.23 pm ET

2021 Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island is put off until next year due to COVID-19

A 117 year tradition is disupted this New Year by the pandemic in Brooklyn.  The Coney Island Polar Bear Club canceled its 117 Annual New Year's Day plunge due to COVID-19.  The group citing "ongoing concerns regarding mass gatherings." Instead, it is teaming up with the Alliance for Coney Island to help struggling business by offering 2021 Coney Island Polar Bear swag and urging folks to make a donation to ensure the "growth and livilihood of this iconic destination."  Click here to see last year's plunge. 

On a brighter note, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park recently announced plans for a new roller coaster. DJ Vourderis broke the news in USA Today saying "It's an important to rebuild," adding, "We're betting on the future of New York City and Coney Island.

The new coaster, called the Phoenix, will stand 68 feet tall with a top speed of 34 mph with riders suspended upside down for part of the ride. It's set to debut in 2021.