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An Italian Collaboration Takes Shape at La Devozione at Chelsea Market
July 4, 2022, 7:31.51 pm ET

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A Tavola in La Devozione at Chelsea Market, by Giuseppe Di Martino (below), owner of Pastificio Di Martino, the world’s leading pasta maker, is partnering with Italy’s internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, owner of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. The restaurant is serving up Gemelli, a double twisted pasta shape by Pastificio, and Chef Bottura’s pesto made from mint, basil, Parmigiano, and breadcrumbs; a nut free tradition remade for sustainability and the chef’s no-waste approach.

Partial proceeds of each dish sold from this summer until the fall of 2022 is being donated to Bottura’s NPO Food for Soul, and the New York-based NPO Refettorio Harlem, in support of its ongoing community meal initiative.


Green Room 42 to Host Rooftop Garden Cinema Series
July 4, 2022, 6:32.45 pm ET

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The Green Room 42 at the Yotel (570 Tenth Avenue) will present the Celebrity Cruises Rooftop Garden Cinema Series on its beautiful rooftop each Saturday in July.

Each event begins at 7:30pm with a cocktail hour featuring beverages, themed bites, and activations. Afterward, starting at 8:45pm, guests will enjoy a film inspired by the main features of Celebrity Cruises’ onboard experience: “Last Holiday” for Luxurious Accommodations (July 9), “Ratatouille” for Culinary Excellence (July 16), “Eat Pray Love” for Holistic Wellness (July 23), and “Alice in Wonderland” for Detail Design (July 30). During the film, guests will be served small plates and two specialty cocktails inspired by the movie they are watching.

Attendees from each event will also be able to enter for a chance to win one of five staterooms for the Celebrity Beyond Preview Event on October 24 in Bayonne, New Jersey.

All ticket proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. For tickets and information, visit

A Middle Eastern Feast at Tanoreen
July 4, 2022, 5:58.05 pm ET

Tanoreen, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Dips

Middle Eastern restaurants may come and go, but Tanoreen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn continues to produce some of the best flavors in the city.

Start with a sampler of traditional dips – baba, hummus, and excellent mhammara (red pepper dip with walnuts and pomegranate molasses) – served with grape leaves on the side and house made zaatar bread. Hot appetizers include falafel, kibbie balls and schwarma sliders.

Tanoreen, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Lamb Kebob

Over-sized entrées include stuffed cabbage with spiced lamb, shish kebabs (chicken or lamb), marinated lamb chops, and shrimps sautéed with garlic and lemon. All are served over a heaping helping of buttery vermicelli rice.

Tanoreen, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Shrimps

Desserts include homemade knafeh layered with cheese and soaked in orange blossom syrup with pistachios on top, semolina cake and a traditional milk pudding in rosewater syrup.

Tanoreen, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Pudding

Specialty cocktails include the Figtini with muddled figs, Figenza vodka, citrus and prosecco, and The Juniper with Jun Lebanese artisanal gin, house made hibiscus syrup, citrus, fresh muddled basil, & orange blossom.

Tanoreen is located at 7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 748-5600

For more information, visit

Cheeseboat Brings its Cheesy Goodness to Hellís Kitchen
July 4, 2022, 12:28.57 pm ET

Cheeseboat Brings its Cheesy Goodness to Hell’s Kitchen

Cheeseboats (aka Khachapuri) are a Georgian specialty made with fluffy bread shaped into a boat on the outside, filled with melted cheese and a sunnyside up egg on top. They can now be found at Cheesboat on 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. Visitors can choose from several different types all made fresh, ranging in price from 20 to 30 dollars.

There is the traditional cheeseboat with a special melted cheese blend, including fresh baby mozzarella, mozzarella, feta, parmesan, cheddar; Meatball Cheesboat with handcrafted baked meatballs smothered with cheese and topped with shaved parmesan and special green sauce on the side; and Leek It! Cheeseboat made with braised leeks and smoked paprika. Other flavors include Magic Mushroom, Honeycomb Brie, Spinach and Shrimps in a wine-butter sauce.

Aside from cheeseboats, the restaurant is also offering Gerorgian style soup dumplings, ratatouille, grilled pork ribs and assorted cheesebreads. Ahomemade napoleon with freshly sliced strawberries is available for dessert. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cheeseboat is located at 747 9th Ave, New York, NY (929) 295-8401

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Fast 10: Ten New Bars and Restaurants to Try Right Now
July 3, 2022, 12:12.01 pm ET

Cecconi''s NoMad, NYC


Cecconi’s, the upscale Italian restaurant in DUMBO, opens in NoMad.  The all-day menu features dishes like black truffle squash blossoms, grilled octopus with lemon and capers and grilled branzino. 1170 Broadway, NYC

Gitano Island

Gitana, the lush tropical spot for drinks in SoHo, can now be found on Governor’s Island with a new tropical restaurant and beach club with options like ceviche, smoked shrimp tacos, crab tostada and more. Governors Island, NYC

Junkie Burger

Junkie Burger in Astoria is offering assorted beef burgers with a shot of “Junkie” sauce. There’s also a surf-n-turf and impossible version, along with hot dogs, junkie fries and tots. 25-30 Broadway, Astoria

Coney Waffle

Coney Waffle, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop has opened in its namesake, Coney Island just in time for the summer season. The original opened in the 1940s on the Brooklyn waterfront by Angelina D'Esposito. 825 Surf Ave, Brooklyn

Urbanspace Pearl

Urbanspace has opened Urban Pearl in the heart of the Financial District.  Options include Coney Shack, Que Chevere, Plant Junkie, Playa Bowls, Bao by Kaya, Grind and more. 100 Pearl St, NYC

Mr. Capri

Mr. Capri brings the flavors of the island of Capri to the West Village with regional Caprese cuisine and Italian wines and cocktails to complement it. Look for the royal blue door. 33W 8th St, NYC


Kaizen, a spot for Japanese handrolls in varying sets including veggie options, has opened in Flushing, Queens.  Cocktails come with temaki pairings. Dessert includes the Mochownie, a mochi-miso brownie.  33-70 Farrington St, Flushing


Kamasu, from the group behind Kissaki, is offering “sets” of open-faced temaki rolls on the second floor at Hudson Yards. Rolls come with filling such as tuna, amberjack, uni, scallop, mushroom and pork belly. Hudson Yards, NYC

Brooklyn Farm

Brooklyn Farm, in Brooklyn Heights, is offering an all-day Asian inspired breakfast with croffles and jam, along with entrees like pho chicken, pumpkin curry, pad thai chicken and steak frites. 128 Montague St, Brooklyn


Hitting the greens.  Swingers, a miniature golf club with an party atmosphere for adults, is a British import. Located in NoMad, visitors can also expect cocktails alongside curated street foods.   35 West 29th St, NYC

Happy Eating and Drinking!


Southold Social Celebrates July 4th with Special Soft Shell Crab Sandwich
July 3, 2022, 10:31.43 am ET

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Southold Social, Chef François Payard’s new restaurant, is offering a Soft Shell Crab Burger to celebrate the holiday. Currently in peak season, soft shell crabs are those that have recently shed their shells and were caught before being able to grow one back, making for juicy, tender meat. A whole soft shell crab––caught by Southold fisherman Robert Ewing––is lightly fried and placed atop a bed of lettuce on a brioche bun brushed with butter.

Just a short ways away at Southold General, you’ll find a Strawberry Crumble Pie. Chef Payard takes freshly-picked local strawberries and bakes them in a buttery, flaky crust topped with crumbles of dough and powdered sugar baked to golden perfection. These patriotic Independence Day pies are baked to go and sold by the whole, so all of your friends and family can enjoy.

10 NYC Rooftops Bars to Keep Your Summer Sizzling
July 1, 2022, 6:38.40 pm ET

Margaritaville Rooftop, NYC
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Margaritaville - 560 7th Ave, NYC 

Margaritaville in Times Square is a hidden gem with two rooftop bars offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline with a laid back “no worries” vibe.

Slate Rooftop, Williamsburg
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Slate Rooftop - 247 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn 

Located atop the Pod Brooklyn Hotel, Slate Rooftop offers al-fresco seating for up to 125 guests with a menu of sharable plates, including Birria tacos, Philly cheesesteak empanadas and more.

A.R.T. NoMad Rooftop, NYC
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A.R.T. NoMad - 11 East 31st, NYC 

High above the Arlo Nomad, the Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T) offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and NYC skyline, as well as its infamous “sky walk” glass floor installation. Cocktails and bar bites available.

Magic Hour at the Moxy, NYC
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Magic Hour - 485 7th Ave, NYC 

Magic Hour Rooftop and bar offers a Manhattan escape with shimmering décor and hidden cocktail bar decked out in disco balls. The cocktail of choice is a shared cocktail called the Disco Inferno, of course.

Monarch Rooftop, NYC
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Monarch Rooftop - 71 W 35th St, NYC 

The Monarch Rooftop bar and indoor lounge is a perennial favorite located in an 18th floor penthouse in the shadow of the Empire State building offering small plates for sharing and signature cocktails.

Rooftop Reds, Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Rooftop Reds - 299 Sands St, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Wine lovers will love Rooftop Reds at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which features its own rooftop vineyard, stunning views and their own sustainable wines. There are also wine-related events all summer long.

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Castell Rooftop Lounge - 260 West 40th St

This rooftop bar in a hideaway in the heart of Times Square featuring cozy lounge seating and lots of lush greenery. There also an indoor bar area for cocktails and bites, including weekend brunch.

 Versa Rooftop, NYC
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VERSA Rooftop and Restaurant 218 W 35th St, NYC 

Located in Midtown’s Renaissance Hotel, VERSA boasts an open-air rooftop bar with retractable roof. There are inventive cocktails and assorted bites, such as flatbreads, chips & Texas queso, and more.   

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Jimmy - 15 Thompson St

Jimmy atop the Mondernhaus SoHo is led by acclaimed Mixologist Jimmy Swet. Aside from out-of-the-box libations, visitors will also discover lux accommodations, including Rojo marble bar and pool deck.

The Greens, Pier 17, NYC
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The Greens at Pier 17

While a bit touristy, the rooftop at Pier 17 also provides fantastic views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, as well as Lower Manhattan. In warmer weather, guests can enjoy their own bit of green space. 

Now, it's time to hit the roof! 

Review: Hamlet at the Armory
July 1, 2022, 1:13.17 am ET

Hamlet at the Park Avenue Armory
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By Brian Scott Lipton

Things are still rotten in the state of Denmark, but in Robert Icke’s cleverly updated version of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” now at the Park Avenue Armory, the castle’s interior resembles the chicest lounge in town; its exterior is monitored by a sophisticated video system; the unhappy prince carries a gun instead of a dagger; Ophelia displays more than a bit of cleavage; and – oh yes – Guildenstern is a woman. It’s still a tragedy, but it’s also a bit of a happening. Continue Reading