The Citiblog

Around Town - Flag Project 2023, Easter Treats, Auto Show, Mermaid Bandits and more
April 5, 2023, 5:20.27 pm ET


Photo: Rockefeller Center

The flags are flying at Rockefeller Center. The Flag Project 2023 features 193 different flags featuring art submitted from the public as well as New York City chefs and restaurants. This year’s participants also include some of Rockefeller Center’s hot new restaurants - NARO, Five Acres, Jupiter, Lodi and more. The flags will remain flying through the month of April in partnership with City Harvest, the city’s largest food rescue organization.

Photo: McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), will be reopening its rooftop garden bar and restaurant, Gallow Green, on Earth Day, April 22, 2023. The grand opening celebration will feature passed canapés, tasting stations highlighting new seasonal menu items, and choice of beer, wine, or bubbly. Toki Japanese Whiskey highballs and Hornitos Tequila cocktails will also be available. Tickets start at $65 per person for a two-hour seating at 5:00PM and $75 at 7:30PM (plus tax and gratuity).

Photo: Isle of Us

For some Easter treats…

Isle of Us (1481 3rd Ave, UES) is offering Easter Cookie Making Class for families on April 7th from 3-6pm. Each ticket is good for a 60 minute block, one parent and two kids max ($42). Ticket price includes cookies, icing and the class. Those unable to make it to the class can pickup Eggcellent Easter Cookie Kits ($39) filled with 8 sugar cookies, 3 assorted sprinkles, 2 assorted icings, 100% guilt-free, to decorate your own Easter cookies.

Photo: Gab's

Gab’s (76 Carmine St) is hosting an Easter Brunch celebration along with an a little Easter Egg ‘Hunt’ for adults with a “round of mimosas.” Chef Nathan Ashton's hyper-seasonal menu features cravable brunch items like Gab's Trout Roe & Soft Scramble. An Easter Lamb Roast special is also being offered for the occasion.

Photo: One Fifth

Chef Marc Forgione’s One Fifth is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt with colorful Easter eggs hidden around the restaurant for children to find during this year's Easter Brunch. The menu includes extensive pinsas and housemade pastas, as well as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and Soft Scramble Cacio e Pepe. There is also an option for Build Your Own Bottomless Mimosas for 90 minutes. Brunch is served from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM.

Photo: La Mercerie/Jacques Torres Chocolates

For some Holiday Sweets…

This Easter, Roman and Williams' downtown dining destination, La Mercerie (53 Howard St), is collaborating with famed chocolatier Jacques Torres to offer a festive Easter dessert, available now through Easter Sunday at the Soho restaurant. Served exclusively at La Mercerie, Jacques Torres' expertly crafted chocolate eggs, in praline, caramel and dark chocolate varieties, will be served in an artisan-made nest in a Kaneko Kohyo Rinka bowl, available for purchase at the adjacent RW Guild.

Photo: Southold Social

James Beard award-winning Chef François Payard will be reopening Southold Social (56125 Main Rd, Southold, NY) for the spring and summer seasons on Friday, April 7––just in time for Easter with a very special prix fixe menu. In addition to the long-anticipated reopening, Chef Payard is offering decadent Easter nest tortes at Southold General in celebration of Easter and Passover. Dark and White Chocolate Easter Cakes are adorned paper-thin chocolate “nests,” in which chocolate eggs by Atelier Disset are arranged.


Photo: The KiA EV6 GT World Performance Car

The New York International Auto Show is on at the Javits Center, running from April 7-16. Electric vehicles awill dominate this year’s show like the KIA EV6 above. We recommend picking an early date to view the vehicles in their pristine condition – minus all the smudges.

Quick Bites...

Le Crocodile is adding a grand selection of handmade sorbet and ice cream to the menu in flavors like orange cardamom and maple toffee sponge.

Radio Bakery is popping up at Rolo's in Ridgewood, Queens on Friday, April 7 from 9am to sold out. Sweet and savory pastries are being offered along with breakfast focaccia.

Red Pavilion in Bushwick is hosting a drag dim sum brunch on Sunday April 16 from 3-5pm with the Dim Sum Divas.

Holy Water in Tribeca is hunting for the "Mermaid Bandits," five women who they say made off with their brass mermaid, and at the time of this writing, have yet to return it. Click on this link to see if you recognize any of the suspects!

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