Around Town - The UnSHAKEable, Luxe Valentine, Paint Like Monet, New Pasta Shapes and more...

January 26, 2023, 12:53.14 am ET  

Photo: Michael Simon/                                                                 

Black Tap (45 West 35th St, NYC) is partnering with Tony Award®-winning SIX The Musical on a limited-time CrazyShake®. It’s called The UnSHAKEable. The limited-time shake and a specialty crown from the popular Broadway show will be given to guests with each shake purchased.

The UnSHAKEable, inspired by a lyric from the musical’s ‘Heart of Stone,’ is a blueberry shake with a vanilla frosted rim with purple and gold royalty sprinkles topped with two custom SIX logo cookies, gold crown, purple & gold rock candy, whipped cream & purple and gold sprinkles. It will be available from Wednesday, February 1 to Monday February 6, 2023. Limited quantities available daily.

Photo: Sweetbriar                                                                                           

For the ultimate Super Bowl sandwich, Sweetbriar us bringing back its Ribwich. The finger-licking good sandwich is currently available for pre-order, exclusively for both takeout and delivery via Tock. The sandwiches are being paired with Maker’s Mark Old Fashioneds. For each Ribwich and cocktail sold, Sweetbriar will be donating $2 to City Harvest to help feed food insecure New Yorkers. Pick up for takeout orders will be from 2 pm – 5 pm on Super Bowl Sunday, February 12th, with delivery available from 2 pm – 7 pm. Pre-orders strongly recommended.

Photo: Lagos                                                                                                     

Lagos Restaurant and Lounge is offering the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience.  It begins with a luxe chauffer pick-up, intimate 10-course dinner of West African and American dishes (Think - lobster pasta, roasted sea-bass with jollof rice, strawberry bruschetta topped with mascarpone, honey & mint, and an elegant house-made Champagne sorbet), a private jazz performance, along with a bouquet of roses for diners to take home. Diners have two choices: The Ikoyi Indulgence Experience ($500) and Love from Lekki Experience ($275) which features a 3-course meal.  For more info click here

Photo: Casa TuLuM                                                                                       

CASA TuLuM, a stylish Mexican restaurant located in the South Street Seaport, is launching their Happy Hour with specially priced cocktails and small bites Tuesday – Sunday from 4 pm – 7 pm.  $9 cocktails include Margarita de la Casa with Blue agave tequila, triple sec, fresh lime, and lemon; TuLuM Mojito: Silver rum, fresh muddle mint and lime; and Mango Mule: Vodka, mango purée, ginger beer, and lemon juice.  Oysters, nachos and sliders are counted among the bites. See full menu here

Photo: Chickenhawk                                                                                           

Chickenhawk, thecasual fried chicken concept in Greenwich Village (319 6th Ave, NYC), is running a special promotion for the entire month of February.  Chickenhawk's signature Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich ("The ChickenHawk" with Hawksauce and sour pickles on a Hawaiian bun) will be available for just $5. Now that’s a hot deal!    

Photo: Kimberly Akimbo                                                                                  

For one night only, Wollman Rink will become KIMBERLY AKIMBO’s Skater Planet.  In advance of the Original Broadway Cast Recording release on February 14, KIMBERLY AKIMBO will celebrate the album with an exclusive first listen at Wollman Rink on Friday, February 10 from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets to the listening party are available for purchase here 

Photo: Monet's Garden                                                                   

Paint like Monet. Monet’s Garden The Immersive Experience is offering unique painting experiences for patrons inside the immersive gallery at 30 Wall Street. Upcoming painting sessions are scheduled for February 7 and February 22, 2023, in collaboration with Unarthodox ($85) and Tipsy Painters ($85). Art enthusiasts will have their moment to surround themselves with moving Monet visuals and curated music to create their own impressionist masterpieces. This is not a class, but an immersive, exploratory painting experience where you will get to reconnect, express and be present.

Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                        

Coming to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art. The exhibit examines the period formerly known as the Danish Golden Age, a name that belies the economic and political hardships Denmark experienced in the 19th century. Yet this turmoil is what gave rise to a vibrant cultural and philosophical environment with a close-knit community of Danish artists inspired to explore notions of place, identity, and belonging in their work. Jan 26 thru April 16, 2023. (Image: Martinus Rørbye (Danish, Drammen 1803–1848 Copenhagen), The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

In the never ending quest for better pasta shapes…  The Sporkful food podcast creator and host Dan Pashman and American pasta maker Sfoglini — the team that created cascatelli to rave reviews last year, are bringing two little-known pasta shapes to the American market: quattrotini and vesuvio.

The Quattrotini


Perhaps one of the most elusive pasta shapes in existence, quattrotini (also known as cinque buchi), is served only once a year, during carnival, in one area of Sicily. Those few who are lucky enough to come across the shape would see four tubes connected in a four-sided rectangular shape. The quattrotini version from Sfoglini and The Sporkful also adds ridges to the rubes, maximizing its sauceability.

The Vesuvio

Then there is vesuvio (above), named for Mount Vesuvius due to its likeness to a volcano shape. Vesuvio is short and round with a large base that gradually spirals upwards to a thinner tip, allowing sauce to sink into the spirals. While this shape is found in the towns around Mount Vesuvius, it’s harder to find in the US.

The Sporkful Collection is available on as well as certain markets.

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


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