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Cubana Cafe by Thomas Rafael
January 27, 2010, 10:17.57 pm ET

There are some places that you instantly love. Cubana Cafe is one of them with its colorful tablecloths, tiled floors and pictures of beautiful women puffing on Cuban cigars. The menu a just as colorful. more

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Gifted by Pamela Grossman
January 27, 2010, 10:13.35 pm ET

The first booth I visit belongs to Grace Napoleon. "These are clothes made out of clothes," she explains. Basically she cuts up "standard" clothing items and recombines them to make far more fabulous garb. more

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A Little Night Music by Lesley Alexander
January 27, 2010, 10:07.14 pm ET

Hard to believe it’s over thirty-five years since the original production of "A Little Night Music" shined on Broadway. Now a leaner, meaner version is on Broadway starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. more

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The Food Report
January 21, 2010, 11:35.07 pm ET

Christian Audigier by Pamela Grossman
January 17, 2010, 7:39.25 pm ET

As the Mammas and the Pappas sang, "I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A."—still busy, perhaps, but less teeth-chattery. It was with this in mind that I ducked into SoHo's Christian Audigier Los Angeles. more

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Race by Lesley Alexander
January 17, 2010, 7:28.06 pm ET

"Race", the latest from David Mamet is painfully contrived, overtly political and lightly misogynistic. But Mamet can never be accused of being shy when it comes to attacking provocative subjects and his newest entry is no exception. more

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Purple Yam by Thomas Rafael
January 17, 2010, 7:24.41 pm ET

When we arrived at Purple Yam we found a packed house with a crowd standing by the door waiting for tables. No, this wasn't a Saturday night in SoHo. It was Sunday and a pretty dreary one at that, in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn which made the crowd even more surprising. Or maybe not. more

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Grand Bo Ko by Thomas Rafael
January 17, 2010, 7:22.32 pm ET

I love soup. It truly does warm the soul on a chilly winter's day, or any day for that matter. But finding good, hearty soups can be hard to find. Which brings us to Grand Bo Ky on the border of Chinatown and Little Italy. more

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Bucking the President
January 11, 2010, 11:36.25 pm ET

A Weatherproof billboard featuring President Barack Obama remains in Times Square days after the White House asked that it to be taken down.  The company says it will comply,  we're just not sure when.

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Aureole by Thomas Rafael
January 11, 2010, 9:35.10 pm ET

I think what's best about the new Aureole is that it's for all the people. It's a far cry from its former lair; a quaint townhouse uptown. Charlie Palmer has gone for bold and brash. And if you ever wanted to make a statement, Times Square is the place to do it. more

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Bon Maison Compagnie by Pamela Grossman
January 11, 2010, 9:28.33 pm ET

If you're in a nesting mode too—and let's face it, the current NYC weather is nudging us further in that direction—Bon Maison Compagnie has much that you'll be wanting for your home beautification. more

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In The Next Room by Lesley Alexander
January 11, 2010, 9:23.15 pm ET

In The Next Room (or the vibrator play), Sarah Ruhl’s dramedy about awakening sexuality among Victorian women, and men, slips from silly, guilty pleasure to over indulgent imagery. more

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COA by Pamela Grossman
January 3, 2010, 7:16.17 pm ET

My friend Jen and I were walking along Clinton Street when we saw a silkscreen print, conveying a few choice words, hanging on a shop's wall. What it said is not printable in a family-friendly venue, but it was intriguing enough to draw us inside. more


Rocky Sullivan's by Thomas Rafael
January 3, 2010, 6:59.13 pm ET

Rocky Sullivan's is well off-the beaten track in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It's surrounded by industrial lots and a smattering of homes. So it was quite surprising to walk through the door and find a thriving bar and restaurant. more

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An Ren by Pamela Grossman
January 3, 2010, 6:55.58 pm ET

Once in a while, you find a shop and a designer that serve as reminders of just how artistic fashion can be. Coco Channel: visionary. Yves St. Laurent: artist. Norma Kamali and Betsey Johnson: cultural forces both. more

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Sigmund Pretzel Shop
January 3, 2010, 6:53.36 pm ET

A new twist in the East Village food scene. Sigmund's Pretzel Shop is offering up plump pretzels made fresh daily in flavors like jalapeno-cheddar, caramel pecan and our favorite, gruyere-paprika. more

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