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Brooklyn Roots is Serving Up Classic Italian
February 4, 2023, 7:41.51 pm ET


If you were wondering what ever happened to the Pig Guy, aka Thomas Perone, you will now find him at his red sauce joint called Brooklyn Roots. It originally opened in Sunset Park before settling in at its current location in Bay Ridge.  The one thing we will say is come hungry. Even the heaviest of eaters will be leaving with a doggie bag at this family-friendly spot.

We first met up with Perone in the Meatpacking District when he was more focused on roasting whole pigs and catering to tailgate parties. His claim to fame was Bacon on a Stick made with slab bacon and a maple-sriracha glaze. At Brooklyn Roots, he's now focusing on over-sized plates of pastas and Italian classics.

Start with some Crispy Polenta with creamy shrimp scampi dripping down the sides or a batch of baked clams made simply with toasted breadcrumbs, garlic and lemon butter. Other options include Mussels Fra Diavlo with white wine or red sauce, Pan-Fried Meatballs made with a ribeye and filet mignon blend, and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms topped with whipped parlsey-butter.

Larger plates bring the "Matty Guns Special," a huge platter of rigatoni swimming in vodka sauce topped with hot & sweet sausage, meatballs, whipped ricotta and fresh mozzarella on top. One plate could easily feed three people comfortably.  Other pasta-bilities include Spaghetti Carbonara with pancetta; Lobster Pasta with mafaldine, a ribbon shaped pasta, creamy tomato sauce and lobster; and Pumpkin Ravioli with toasted walnuts and honey.

Brooklyn Roots is also serving up classics like Veal and Chicken Parmigiana, Berkshire Pork Chop with Chianti pear sauce, and Shrimp Puttanesca over pasta with olives, tomatoes, onion, capers and toasted garlic. During our visit, the special of the day was a flattened bone-in breaded pork chop that took up the size of a large plate served over a bed of rigatoni. We didn’t think we could finish it, but we did (it took three of us), and it was delicious to the very last bite.

For dessert, the tiramisu was sold out, so we shared tartufo, a ball of pistachio ice cream dipped in chocolate with nuts and cherries  which made for a fantastic sweet finish. Now that's Italian!  Be sure to pack a hearty appetite.

- TR

The Standard Grill Shaking Things Up in the Meatpacking District
February 4, 2023, 2:04.33 pm ET

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The Standard Grill is jazzing up its Brasserie menu with new Executive Chef Paul Hargrove leading the way.

Executive Chef Paul Hargrove

The menu features warm winter dishes like Sausage Frites(stuffed charcutière sauce, shoestring fries) and the famous Million Dollar Chicken (bread drippings, chicken jus), alongside cozy cocktails like the Meatpacking Manhattan (Rye, Bacon, Amaro, Vermouth, Chocolate Bitters), served smoking.

Million Dollar Chicken

Other options include Broiled Whole Lobster (sweet corn butter, gremolata fries);
Swordfish Schnitzel (apple sauerkraut beurre blanc, smoked trout roe); and The Standard Burger (grilled onions, cooper’s sharp, gribiche, sesame bun).

Whole Grilled Lobster

Red leather booths line the dark, moody interior, while live entertainment and luxe finishes elevate the timeless atmosphere to new heights, making it perfect for a cocktail or two.

Defined by bold flavors, the finest ingredients and an unmistakable New York attitude, The Standard Grill pioneers New American cuisine wherever it lands.

Cafe Carlyle Announces 2023 Programming
February 3, 2023, 5:39.08 pm ET

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The Café Carlyle (35 East 76th Street) has announced its initial lineup of 2023 programming.

Performers scheduled to appear at this legendary boite include Peter Cincotti (February 10-11), Isaac Mizrahi (February 14-18, 21-25), Seth Rudetsky (February 20, March 3, April 13), Hamilton Leithauser (February 28-March 4, March 7-11), John Pizzarelli (March 14-18), Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro (April 5-8, April 11-15), John Brancy (April 20-21), Richard Tognetti (April 22), Candace Bushnell (April 25-29), and Sutton Foster (May 23-27, May 30-June 3).

Reservations can be made online via Tock.


Restaurant Radar: Bad Roman is set to open at Time Warner Center
February 3, 2023, 11:43.21 am ET

Bad Roman is set to open at Time Warner Center

Bad Roman is coming to the Level 3 of Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle). The first dinner reservations are being offered for February 22nd.  The project is led by the folks from Quality Branded. Think Italian, American and steakhouse cuisine with full bar, cocktails and more. The dress is casual.  Stay tuned for more!


Around Town - Omakase Preview, Manhatta Special and Winter Jam Canceled
February 3, 2023, 12:26.28 am ET

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The l’abeille team is working with legendary sushi chef Eiji Ichimura on an exciting new project. Sushi Ichimura is set to open in Tribeca this spring. But you can get an exclusive preview at l’abeille every Monday before it opens. According to the restaurant, seats for February 20, 27, and March 6 have just been released.  Ichimura formerly served his omakase at David Nouley’s now-shuttered Brushstroke.  Tribeca Citizen has more details on the new restaurant.

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Sky-high restaurant Manhatta is continuing its Guest Bartender Series on Tuesday, February 7th with Jigger & Pony based in Singapore.  It’s been named one of the world’s 50 Best Bars and #2 in Asia.  According to Manhatta’s Instagram Page, the event will be held from 7pm.  No tickets, no reservations, just meet at the bar! The next event will be held March 6th with Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy.

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D’yan Forest, the 88-year-old comedienne who recently received the Guinness World Records title for Oldest Working Female Comedian in the World, is set to perform her one-woman show “Swinging on the Seine,” at the FRIGID New York Fringe Festival running from February 15th to March 5th. Critics have noted her as the “naughty version of Betty White” as she takes her risqué one-woman show complete with her trusty ukulele to New York comedy clubs.


At the Seaport on Sunday, February 12th, Malibu Farm will be offering a Kid’s Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Class. Think cookie dough, icing and sprinkles. You will also go home with a box of your creations. Best of all, you won’t have to clean up! $70 per ticket via Resy

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Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade is set for February 12th.  The festivities kick off at 1pm through the streets of Little Italy and Chinatown complete with Lion Dancers to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.  Click here for more.

Canal Street Market is hosting its Lunar New Year Night Market. The food hall and retail market will be open until 9pm for one night only offering food and drink, as well as a Lion Dance.

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it looks like due to unseasonably warm weather, the NYC Parks Department says it was “unable to produce snow to host Winter Jam 2023” at Central Park on February 4th.  The cancellation coming even as the city is bracing for an arctic blast. You may want to take the kids ice skating instead.

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

Review: Endgame is Worth Playing
February 2, 2023, 9:52.54 pm ET

Review - Endgame is Worth Playing
Photo: Carol Rosegg                                                                                           

By Brian Scott Lipton

Even if New York has had one of its mildest winters, many theatergoers might still want to opt for a sunnier experience than Samuel Beckett’s 1957 masterwork “Endgame,” a 90-minute meditation on the futility of existence, set inside a bleak, nearly windowless room. As the play’s main characters, Hamm and his servant Clov, blather on while waiting for the “endgame” – essentially, death – no one would blame you for trying to exit early and head to the nearby Harry Potter store for a Butterbeer. (Don’t do it!) Continue Reading...

Fast 10: Ten New Places to Try in NYC Right Now
February 2, 2023, 12:11.43 am ET

Chaleta, Bad Habit, Ice Cream, NYC


Caleta in the East Village is part wine bar, gallery and ice cream shop. The ice cream is sold under the label Bad Habit and comes in sexy flavors like Burnt Basque Cheesecake, Miso BlackBerry, Roasted Banana Coffee Caramel, and Coconut & Lime. It’s rich and decadent and the flavors change regularly. 131 Ave A, NYC

Polletta Chicken and Sangria

What’s better than rotisserie chicken cooked over a wood fire? Rotisserie Chicken and Sangria which happens to be the name behind this new restaurant. The combo includes a whole bird, avocado salad, roasted potatoes and fried dog & fries.  For dessert there is torts fella nonna. 1631 Second Ave, NYC

Cafe Mish Mosh

Cafe Mish Mish at Hotel 50 Bowery lives up to its name with a mix of traditions, experiences and memories. The menu leans Middle Eastern with some surprises like Pork Shawarma Eggrolls, Apricot Fattoush, Pumpkin Kibbeh and mini knafeh cakes with orange blossom syrup. 50 Bowery, NYC 

Foul Witch, East Village, NYC

Foul Witch

Foul Witch, by the Roberta’s team, is already working its magic.  The wine bar in Alphabet City was bustling when we stopped by the other night for a looksee. The menu is strictly Italian. 15 Avenue A, NYC

7th Street Burger

This smash burger chain continues to expand with its newest location of the Upper West Side. The menu is pretty simple: cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, Impossible burger and fries.  All served with grilled onions, American cheese, pickles and house sauce. 424 Amsterdam Ave, NYC

East Season Restaurant

Located in the heart of Chinatown, East Season Restaurant is serving up traditional Chinese fare. Think roasted meats (Roast Duck, Crispy Roast Pig, Ribs and more) along with Hong Kong style noodle dishes, and specialties like short ribs in black pepper sauce. 244 Canal St, NYC

 Pink Lilly, Bar and Lounge, Times Square

The Pink Lilly

The Pink Lilly Bar and Lounge has emerged at the OYO hotel in the heart of Times Square.  The space has a tropical motif with colorful cocktails to match.  The menu features bar bites like Jerk Chicken Wings, Bang Bang Shrimp, Burgers and Hibachi Steak. 157 W 47th St, NYC


Sothern Thai cuisine courtesy of Chef Nate Limwong can now be found at Chalong in Hell’s Kitchen. The menu features traditional Thai dishes like Crab Curry, Oxtail Soup, Masamun Brisket and more.  For dessert, there’s black sticky rice with mung bean grave and salted coconut cream. 749 Ninth Avenue, NYC

Tara Kitchen

Tara Kitchen, a mini Moroccan chain, now has a location in Tribeca.  Look for traditional tangines with meat and vegetarian options, including chicken with spicy harissa, figs and toasted almonds, and lamb meatballs in rich tomato sauce and poached eggs. Apps include lamb cigars wrapped in phyllo dough. 253 Church Street, NYC

From Lucie

Baker Lucie Franc de Ferriere is breathing life into the East Village with her beautifully designed cakes decorated with fresh flowers, echoing the French countryside where she grew up. Flavors include chocolate cake with dark salted chocolate buttercream; vegan pumpkin apple cake with chai frosting; and brown butter carrot cake. 263 East 10th St, NYC

Looking Ahead

Superiority Burger, East Village, NYC, Sign

The signage is up (sort of) for Superiority Burger which is moving into a much larger space at 119 Avenue A. Superiority is a popular spot for vegan burgers, salads, and baked goods like crispy butterscotch banana dumplings.  Stay Tuned.

Happy Eating!

Cocktail Time: The Villa Malaparte at Mr. Capri
February 1, 2023, 8:00.08 pm ET

Mr Capri, West Village, NYC, Cocktail
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Mr. Capri (33 West 8th St, NYC), the breezy West Village restaurant, inspired by the idyllic Italian island of Capri, is also well known for its cocktails named after landmarks on the island.  One such landmark is Villa Malaparte. Built in the 1930s, it is considered one of the premier examples of Italian modern and contemporary architecture.  The building which sits atop a cliff is just as eye-catching as is the cocktail name in its honor.

Award-winning mixologist Cristina Bina, originally from Florence, is known for infusing vegetables, herbs and other exciting ingredients into her cocktails.  The “Villa Malaparte” is a mix of Mezcal Joven, fresh beet juice, crème de cassis, lemon juice, and spicy bitters. The vibrant red cocktail is topped with a lemon peel and a dusting of spices.

While there you may also want to indulge in some of Mr Capri’s fabulous Italian cuisine like prosciutto with crispy pan-fried burrata, fresh tagliatelle with Capri-style rabbit ragu, and grilled swordfish with orange sauce.  For Winter Restaurant Week 2023, the restaurant is offering a 3-course, prix-fixe meal for $60 Monday thru Friday, and $45 on Sunday.  For more information, visit 

Restaurant Radar: Korean Steakhouse COTE to Occupy Massive Midtown Space
February 1, 2023, 7:02.53 pm ET

Korean Steakhouse COTE to Occupy Massive Midtown Space
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Restaurateur Simon Kim, the force behind Michelin-starred COTE, is bringing the Korean Steakhouse to a multi-tiered, 15,000 square foot space at 550 Madison, a landmarked office tower operated by the Olayan Group.

COTE, an iconic Korean steakhouse, is best known for its smokeless Shinpo grills on every table to ensure that each steak is served hot and caramelized to perfection. USDA Prime dry-aged beef, American Wagyu and American Black Angus are offered at the Flatiron location. Cuts include Ribeye, Sirloin, Skirt Steak and COTE Galbi, among others.  A custom salt blend accompanies each steak. COTE is also known for its Steak Omakase, available with wine pairing, and signature cocktails. 

The new restaurant will offer soaring 60-foot ceilings and similarly sized windows, with dramatic views of Madison Avenue with access to the building’s celebrated new half-acre garden designed by landscape and architecture firm Snøhetta. The elegant garden is the largest new public green space in Midown East.  COTE is expected to open in phases.  Stay tuned!


Get Ready for Fashion Week
February 1, 2023, 5:55.41 pm ET

Get Ready for NYC Fashion Week 2023
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The Schedule is out for this month’s Fashion Week festivities.  It all kicks off with Christian Siriano next Thursday, February 9th.  Libertine, Bugatchi, LAPOINTE and others on Feb 10th.  Keep track of all the hottest designers, including alice + olivia, PatBO, Proenza Schouler, Sergio Hudson, Tiffany Brown and a lot more. For the full schedule and VIP experiences click here.


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