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NYC Bites - The Scoop on What NYC Restaurants & Bars Are Up To
June 9, 2023, 6:28.53 pm ET


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The Joy of Sake - Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W. 18th Street, NYC

The Joy of Sake, the world’s largest sake tasting outside Japan, returns to NYC on June 16th (6:30-9:30pm) with a record 576 competition-level sakes available to taste alongside sake-inspired appetizers from sixteen top restaurants, including 15 East @ Tocqueville, Bond St, Rule of Thirds, Insa, Sakagura, Towa, Zuma, Momoya, and new this year Gugu Room and J-Spec Wagyu Dining. Now in its 22nd year (18th in NYC), The Joy of Sake celebrates the ancient art of sake-brewing with a walkaround tasting where attendees are able to taste the full spectrum of sake styles in the premium daiginjo, ginjo and junmai categories from every sake-brewing region in Japan, including over 300 sakes not otherwise available in the US. Tickets are $130 and available at

Samwoojung 1963 - 138 W 32nd St, New York, NY

HAND Hospitality with soon launch Samwoojung 1963, an old-school bulgogi house from South Korea making its New York City debut. It is the restaurant's first-ever appearance in the U.S. since its opening in Seoul in 1963. Samwoojung is renowned for its original legacy recipe for Seoul-style bulgogi, which is characterized by its distinctive broth and prepared in a special dome-shaped copper vessel. Samwoojung New York will will also offer traditional Korean dishes including a small selection of appetizers, rice, noodles, and dessert.

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Rockefeller Center - 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Rockefeller Center's newest restaurant are heading outdoors with trucks and carts. On the Rink Level, guests can book reservations at Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace and stop by the Breads Bakery Cart for pastries and frozen treats from the Van Leeuwen Cart.

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Small bites are also available from Greg Baxtrom’s Five Acres Truck while the Other Half Truck serves food from Fuku alongside their popular brews and drink offerings on the plaza.

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At Lodi, Ignacio Mattos' all-day café there are now ticketed breakfasts for viewing of TODAY’s Summer Concert Series on the plaza. Le Rock + Lodi are also opening their outdoor terraces this month with an aperitivo hour at Lodi along with bites and more.

Alice - 126 W 13th St, New York

Coastal Italian restaurant and lobster bar Alice will have guests clawing their way to the restaurant on Mondays and Tuesdays with their new three-course lobster dinner with large format wines. The menu will cost $100 per person and will include Lobster Bisque, a choice of Home made lobster roll or burrata, and a choice of a sizeable Linguine lobster, grilled lobster or king crab and truffle. To finish, guests will be treated to lemon and prosecco sgroppino for a transformative dinner experience. Available on Resy.

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The Flying Cock - 497 3rd Ave, New York, NY

The Flying Cock, known as a rustic chic eatery with a lively bar scene is back and is spreading its wings with a new summertime party with Birds & Bubbles launching on Wednesdays starting this week. To lean into ‘the cock’ theme, the party will include your very own fried chicken sandwich tower, layers of french fries, dipping sauces and a bottle of prosecco with mixers and liqueurs to elevate your bubbles with Aperol, Crème de Cassis, Elderflower, Mimosas and Bellinis to make your own cocktail. The tower will be enough to ‘feed your flock’ with 3-4 guests for $89. Expect sparklers and lively music for the full party package experience.

Foxtail at Arlo Soho - 231 Hudson St, New York, NY

Mid-century glamor meets a playful sense of mischief at Foxtail, Arlo SoHo’s stylish speakeasy. Channel the days of hidden cocktail dens paired with a dash of modern mixology magic, and get ready for a late night of decadent revelry. Come and play, as the Fox behind Foxtail throws an exclusive event for the fabulous and fiendish. Join for the most scintillating & foxy burlesque show in town! Tantalizing performances by Velvetina Taylor, Pearls Daily, & Frankie Eleanor! Live Jazz accompaniment by The Naughty Foxtrots. 8:00 PM Show & 9:45 PM Show. Premium Tickets include one hour OPEN BAR before the show.

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Paris Café - 119 South Street, 119 Peck Slip, New York, NY

The Paris Cafe (established in 1873) in the Historic South Street Seaport has been revived under new ownership with food and drink programming and events, including Parisian-inspired late night lounge and events such as a new magic show featuring mentalists and magicians Mark Clearview and Melissa Derfler on June 29 at 7:30pm. The hilarious and impossible performances will feature unique routines with mind reading, escapes, and interactive entertainment to enjoy at the venue. Tickets are $75 per person and includes three specialty cocktails and show.

Common Ground - 63 Gansevoort St, New York, NY

Common Ground Bar, located in the heart of Meatpacking District is a neighborhood spot that puts guests just steps away from the Whitney Museum & the Highline. The most common ‘question’ what do we do tonight is answered by Trivia duo Dan Davies and Michael Stauffer who host ‘Question Party’ a live show for people who don’t take their trivia too seriously every Wednesday at 6pm. The hosts who share a joie de vivre, perform a dramatic ‘guess that lyric’ reading, as well as act out scenes from famous films, while cueing up your favorite throwback james, while asking hand crafted trivia questions, usually with a theme. Dancing is welcome.

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The Roof at Park South - 125 E 27th St, New York, NY

The ROOF at Park South is putting a chill on things, offering innovative frozen cocktails, along with sweeping views of the Chrysler Building and Manhattan’s skyline. The Frozen Cocktail Program, curated by Beverage Director Ivan Papic (Balthazar, Pastis, and Macao Trading Co.) includes Famous Frozé with Rosé, Singani 63, raspberry simply syrup, and lime; Passion Fruit Daiquiri with Plantation rum, passion fruit, and lime; Smoky Melons with Watermelon-infused vodka, Creyente Joven Mezcal, agave, watermelon purée, and lime; among others.

Sofitel New York - 45 W 44th St, New York, NY

Sofitel New York, the official hotel of the TONY Awards, will celebrate the biggest weekend in show business with a Broadway-themed cocktail worthy of an encore. The Broadway Boulevard ($18), Gaby Bar’s spin on a Kir Royal, gives red carpet vibes with the perfect mix of Chambord, Saint Germain and Champagne, garnished with a raspberry. The cocktail will be available for purchase on Sunday, June 11, for the 76th annual TONY Awards (airing at 8 p.m. ET).