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The Cuban Sandwich at Pilar Cuban Bakery
January 31, 2019, 12:26.52 am ET

Pilar Cuban Bakery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC

Pilar Cuban Bakery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC

Pilar Cuban Bakery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC

Pilar Cuban Bakery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC

Pilar Cuban Bakery, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC
                                                                                               Photos: Lily Brown

dell'anima arrives at Gotham West Market
January 30, 2019, 11:35.33 pm ET

dell'anima, Italian, Chef's Counter, Gotham West Market, NYC
                                                                                               Photo: Cititour.com

Modern Israeli cuisine at Mint Kitchen in Union Square
January 30, 2019, 10:21.04 pm ET

Mint Kitchen, Israeli, Opens in Union Square, NYC

Mint Kitchen, Israeli, Opens in Union Square, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Mint Kitchen

Brooklyn's Best: 'Pigstrami' at Ends Meat
January 29, 2019, 11:51.26 pm ET

Ends Meat, Pigstrami, Industry City, Brooklyn, NYC

Ends Meat, Pigstrami, Industry City, Brooklyn, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

 

Ole & Steen opens near Union Square
January 29, 2019, 10:42.52 am ET

Ole & Steen, Bakery, New York City

Ole & Steen, Bakery, New York City

Ole & Steen, Bakery, New York City
                                                                                             Photos: Ole & Steen

My Fair Lady is more delightful than ever
January 28, 2019, 12:36.09 am ET

My Fair Lady adds new cast members, broadway

My Fair Lady adds new cast members, broadway

My Fair Lady adds new cast members, broadway
                                                                                            Photos: Joan Marcus

Southern comfort at Peaches Hothouse in Fort Greene
January 28, 2019, 12:29.55 am ET

Peaches Hothouse, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC

Peaches Hothouse, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC

Peaches Hothouse, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC

Peaches Hothouse, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC

Peaches Hothouse, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

Ethan Hawke is mesmerizing in True West
January 25, 2019, 1:01.40 am ET

True West, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Broadway, Review

True West, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Broadway, Review
                                                                                             Photos: Joan Marcus

Il Divo bring a touch of elegance to the UES
January 25, 2019, 12:29.33 am ET

Il Divo, Italian Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

Il Divo, Italian Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

Il Divo, Italian Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

St Tropez SoHo Opens This Weekend
January 24, 2019, 1:18.27 am ET

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC

St Tropez Wine Bar, SoHo, NYC
                                           Photos: Michael Tulipan (top 3), Lily Brown (bottom 3)

yara is offering a taste of Lebanon on the East Side
January 24, 2019, 1:13.09 am ET

Yara, Lebanese restaurant, East Side, NYC
                                                                                                         Photo: yara

Upside Pizza is drawing its inspiration from the 90s
January 24, 2019, 1:05.51 am ET

Upside Pizza, Garment District, NYC

Upside Pizza, Garment District, NYC

Upside Pizza, Garment District, NYC

Upside Pizza, Garment District, NYC

Upside Pizza, Garment District, NYC
                                                                                            Photos: Upside Pizza

Colin Quinn stars in Red State Blue State
January 23, 2019, 10:19.47 am ET

Colin Quinn stars in Red State Blue State, off-broadway
                                                                                         Photo: Monique Caboni

Let them eat pie at Pels Pie Co.
January 20, 2019, 2:46.47 pm ET

Pels Pie Co, Prospect Lefferts Garden, rooklyn, NYC

Pels Pie Co, Prospect Lefferts Garden, rooklyn, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

Glorious hand rolls at Daigo at Dekalb Market
January 20, 2019, 1:59.27 pm ET

Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, NYC

Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, NYC

Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, NYC

Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

Marinara Pizza opens on the Upper West Side
January 20, 2019, 1:22.49 pm ET

Marinara Pizza, Upper West Side, NYC

Marinara Pizza, Upper West Side, NYC

Marinara Pizza, Upper West Side, NYC

Marinara Pizza, Upper West Side, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

Hunky Dory arrives in Crown Heights
January 20, 2019, 12:02.38 pm ET

Hunky Dory, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, YC

Hunky Dory, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, YC
                                                                                             Photos: Cititour.com

Made in New York is ramping up the pizza wars
January 20, 2019, 11:21.48 am ET


                                                                                            Photos: Cititour.com

Mexican-inspired bar food at Al Pastor
January 18, 2019, 12:03.45 am ET

Al Pastor, Chef Alex Stupak, Murray Hill, NYC

Al Pastor, Chef Alex Stupak, Murray Hill, NYC
                                                                                                 Photos: Al Pastor

THE CITITOUR.COM 2019 NEW YORK CITY VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
January 16, 2019, 9:29.28 pm ET

SHOWING SOME LOVE - NEW RESTAURANTS ADDED DAILY!


Place: Atoboy
Address: 43 E 28th St, New York, NY
Phone: 
(646) 476-7217
Website:
atoboynyc.com
The Love: The Valentine's Day Menu for two will feature 8 courses (6 savory and 2 sweet) served family-style. $79pp (Prix-Fixe), 5:30PM - 9:30PM via Resy


                                                                                                       Photo: Atomix

Place: Atomix
Address: 194 East 30th St, New York, NY
Phone: no phone
Website: atomixnyc.com
The Love: A luxurious, romantic special tasting menu from Chef JP. $305pp (Prix-Fixe), 6:00PM and 9:00PM via Tock


                                                                                           Photo: Atrium DUMBO

Place: Atrium DUMBO
Address: 15 Main Street, Brooklyn, NYC
Phone:(718) 858-1095 
Website: atriumdumbo.com
The Love: Atrium Dumbo is offering a 4-course prix-fixe dinner at $105 per person. Additionally, Master Sommelier Alexander LaPratt (the only Master Sommelier in Brooklyn) has developed two special pairings: Standard wine pairing - $55 per person
and Exclusive Champagne pairing - $85 per person. The restaurant is steps away from the Brooklyn waterfront and surrounded by the charming cobblestone streets of Dumbo – the perfect setting for a romantic evening on Feb 14. Reservations are available via Resy.

Place: Bell Book and Candle
Address: 141 West 10th Street, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 414-2355
Website: bbandcnyc.com
The Love: Celebrate Valentine's Day at Bell Book and Candle (141 W 10th Street) for $75 a person or or $200.00 per couple with a bottle of Cremant de Bourgogne Brut or L’Heureu de Nit, Cava Brut Rose. Enjoy options like Duck Fat Poached Halibut with Roasted parsnip, celery root & chervil puree  or Surf & Turf with a grass fed beef filet & crab stuffed montauk fluke. potato gratin and wilted spinach. Finish your meal with assorted sweets and sorbet to share. For more information please visit bbandcnyc.com and call 212-414-2355 for reservations.

Place: Benoit
Address: 60 West 55th St, New York, NY
Phone: (646) 943-7373
Website: benoitny.com
The Love: Indulge in a 5-course, French inspired tasting menu, specially made by chef Laetitia Rouabah, this Valentine’s Day. Begin with a Delicate Cauliflower Cream & Caviar, and continue your meal with Seared Maine Sea Scallop with beet tartare and crispy roots, Artichoke with foie gras and truffle, Sweet Spiced Rohan Duck with winter vegetables and cooking jus, and end with their Chocolate & Passion Fruit “Heart” made for two. $105/person


                                                                                                      Photo: Bessou

Place: Bessou
Address: 5 Bleecker St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 228-8502
Website: bessou.nyc
The Love: 3-course prix-fixe dinner with a selection of shared appetizers (such as Oysters Wakafeller andTuna Tataki), choice of 1 main per person (such as Uni Carbonara and Hokkaido Hot Pot for 2); and dessert (Chocolate Dome with passion fruit mousse and molten gianduja). Vegetarian options available upon request. $65pp (Prix-Fixe), 6:30PM and 8:30PM via OpenTable

Place: Bluebird London
Address: 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Phone: (347) 682-2100
Website: bluebirdlondon.nyc
The Love: Valentine’s Day Pre-Fixe Menu offered from February 13-15. This menu features four courses of decadent offerings, like Oscietra Caviar served on warm buckwheat blini with sour cream, Duck Foie Gras & Chicken Terrine with sauternes jelly and toasted brioche, Beef Wellington for 2 with mushrooms, truffle and red wine jus and Dark Chocolate & Passion Fruit Mousse with champagne mousse. Pair the $125 pre-fixe menu with a selection of sharable cocktails like the Thyme for Tea with Johnnie Walker Black Scotch, Drambuie, Rishi Tea Earl Grey, honey and thyme or the Hot G&T with Sipsmith Gin, Rishi Tea Earl Green, lemon, Fever Tree elder flower tonic, star anise and allspice. Reservations can be made here


                                                                                       Boqueria/Molly Tavoletti

Place: Boqueria
Address: 260 West 40th St, New York, NY
Phone: (646) 233-4078
Website: boqueriarestaurant.com
The Love: Deeply rooted in Spanish culture, Boqueria’s tapas are meant for sharing, ideal for any kind of Valentine’s Day outing, whether a light-hearted or serious date, a handful of friends or a large group. The tapas bar and restaurant is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering three different menus, (two of which are available a la carte), in addition to a fancier prix fixe menu for those who do want to splash out - all available throughout the entire weekend, February 14th-17th. Special dishes include: carne a la plancha (grilled hanger steak, fingerling potatoes, shishito peppers, salsa verde), lubina con berberechos y rebozuelos (striped bass, chanterelle mushrooms, cockles, salsa verde), and tarta de chocolate con nueces y café (molten chocolate cake, coffee ice cream, walnuts, whipped cream) from the celebratory market menu. Locations also in Flatiron, SoHo and Upper East Side.


                                                                                                Photo: Charlie Bird

Place: Charlie Bird
Address: 5 King St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 235-7133
Website: charliebirdnyc.com
The Love: Charlie Bird is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu at $100 per person. The first course includes a choice of Fluke Crudo with Grapefruit and Hearts of Palm; Citrus Salad, Castelfranco and Hazelnuts or Gnoccho Frito, Mortadella and Parmigiano. For the second coourse there is Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe; Agnolotti, Veal, Artichoke, Black Truffle or Dungeness Crab Fusilli, Hot Pepper and Lemon. Third course includes Roasted Farm Chicken, Prosciutto and Sage; Beef Short Rib, Celery and Black Pepper or Crispy Black Bass with Sicilian-Style Romanesco Cauliflower. For dessert, Chocolate Cake with Olive Oil Gelato or Poached Pears with Miso and Vanilla.

Place: DEZ
Address: 227 Mulberry St, New York, NY    
Phone: (212) 674-8002
Website: inthedez.com
The Love: The Middle Eastern fast casual spot from co-founders Eden Grinshpan and Samantha Wasser will offer a themed soft serve flavor of strawberry frozen yogurt topped with lemon shortbread, conversation hearts, and a rose glaze. Available in-restaurant February 10th - 14th.


                                                                                             Photo: Dinosaur BBQ

Place: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Address:  646 W 131 St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 694-1777
Website: dinosaurbarbque.com
The Love: Eat, Drink, & Be Messy! Gather some friends and celebrate "Singles Awareness Day" with BBQ, and drink specials such as a (beer) bucket of love, and a Lyft Home Alone cocktail, that comes with 50% off a Lyft ride home! The Harlem BBQ spot will also be giving out valentines. All night via resy

Place: Gato
Address: 324 Lafayette St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 334-6400
Website: http://gatonyc.com/
The Love:Bobby Flay’s Mediterranean all-day dining destination is the perfect place to celebrate with loved ones this February 14th.  At lunch, share a Pizza with mustard green salsa verde, bacon, egg, and fresno chile, followed by Espresso Soaked Bread Pudding with mascarpone crema and bittersweet cocoa. Later, for $125.00 per person, enjoy a 4-course menu of Flay’s classics like Scrambled Eggs with black truffles, bucheron cheese, and mushroom toast and a special Saffron Linguine with lobster, blue crab, and anchovy bread crumbs. Finish the meal with a selection from Gato’s decadent dessert menu.

Place: Kellari Taverna
Address:
19 W 44th Street
Phone:
(212) 221-0144
Website:
www.kellariny.com
The Love: Celebrate Valentine's Day with a loved one and a 5-course meal at Kellari for $110 a person. Your meal includes one complimentary glass of sparkling wine with an option to add a bottle of Moet Brut Champagne for $70. Start with Clam Chowder with Jerusalem artichokes. Second Course options include your choice of Charcoal Grilled Octopus with capers, onions & roasted red peppers, Tuna Tartare with avocado, sesame and citrus, Traditional Greek Salad with vine ripe tomatoes, onions, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, peppers & feta, Scallops or 6 Oysters on the half shell. Choose between two Third Course options of Yellow Squash Risotto With matured manchego cheese or Lobster Crab Risotto. Fourth course include options like Lemon Rosemary Chicken with roasted vegetables and truffle sauce, Lamb Chops with lemon potatoes, Mediterranean Sea Bass with lemon  potatoes or Crispy Filet Mignon with eggplant roulade and mavrodaphne sauce. Last but not least, end your meal with choices of Molten Chocolate Cake, Baklava or Greek Yogurt. 


                                                                           Photo: La Cafette/Molly Tavoletti

Place: La Cafette
Address: 103 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn 11211
Phone: (347) 529-4060
Website: lacafettebrooklyn.com
The Love:
Chic and cozy Williamsburg restaurant La Cafette will offer a classic three-course French tasting menu for the holiday ($55/pp). Whether dining with your S.O or a pal, you’ll enjoy the bistro’s intimate candlelit space and channel a bit of Parisian magic. Enjoy French classics like foie gras, duck magret, creme brulee, and specialty cocktails.


                                                                                                 Photo: La Central

Place: La Central at Hotel Americano
Address: 518 West 27th St, New York, NY                   
Phone: (212) 216-0000      
Website: hotel-americano.com                                   
The Love: La Central at Hotel Americano, under the direction of Chef/Partner Franklin Becker, is cooking up several specials for Valentine's Day. They include; King Crab Causa with avocado, rocoto miso brulee, Lobster Salpicon Tacos, Braised Short Rib with root vegetables, pasilla mole and Chocolate Mexicana. At 9pm, guests are invited up to The Rooftop, the hotel’s enclosed heated roof, for drinking and dancing with the Empire State Building and Manhattan’s stunning skylight as the backdrop.

Place: Lillie's Victorian Establishment Times Square
Address: 249 W 49th St, New York, NY                                  
Phone:  (212) 957-4530  
Website: lilliesnyc.com
The Love:  At Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square, their Valentine’s Day Dinner Special will feature a Saffron Maine Lobster Risotto with wilted Portobello mushrooms, tomato cauliflower crème, herbs de Provence and Parmesan cheese.

Place: Lillie's Victorian Establishment Union Square
Address: 13 East 17th St, New York, NY                                  
Phone:  (212) 337-1970  
Website: lilliesnyc.com     
The Love: At Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Union Square, they are introducing milkshakes during the month of February (February 4 to 28) to indulge this winter. Their Strawberry Decadence milkshake features vanilla ice cream, pound cake, strawberry syrup and whipped cream topped with strawberries – which makes for a perfect sweet treat for two. Available at $15.


                                                                                  Photo: Monarch Rooftop Bar

Place: Monarch Rooftop
Address: 71 W 35th St, 18th Fl, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 630-9993
Website: addisongroupnyc.com
The Love: Valentine's Day Champagne & Chocolate Souffle to Share, $55 + tax & gratuity (Retail Value $82). Valentine's Day Vueve Cliquot Champagne & Chocolate Souffle to Share, $110 + tax & gratuity (Retail Value $212). Reservations can be made between 3PM-2AM (2 hour maximum) Based on availability & reservations must be made in advance. Additional food & beverage can be purchased.


                                                                                Photo: NoMad/Daniel Krieger

Place: NoMad
Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, New York
Phone: (347) 472-5660
Website: thenomadhotel.com
The Love: The Valentine's Day menu at NoMad will feature Golden Osetra Caviar with traditional accompaniments. First course includes a choice of Winter Greens with blood orange and pistachio, Kohlrabi with daikon, mustard and razor clam, Agnolotti with parsnip, speck & parmesan.  Second course brings Halibut with butter-glazed Napa cabbage and parmesan, Bone Marrow-crusted Beef with black trumpets and swiss chard, and Roasted Chicken with foie gras, black truffle & brioche. For dessert, Lava Cake with passion fruit & coconut sorbet. $190 per person with $95 wine paring.


                                                                                                Photo: Oscar Wilde

Place: Oscar Wilde
Address: 45 West 27th St, New York, NY                                              
Phone: (212) 213-3066
Website: oscarwildenyc.com
The Love: At Oscar Wilde, “Love Conquers All” is their theme of the day. In addition to their regular dinner and bar menus, Oscar Wilde will offer a few specials including a Seafood Tower for Two with chilled shrimp, oysters, crab salad, mussels and clams ($69); Maple Leaf Farms Duck Confit with squash purée and sautéed crimini mushrooms ($32); and Chocolate Bomb for dessert which is a chocolate ganache with Nutella and raspberry lacquer ($15). Oscar Wilde also introduced two specialty cocktails for $20 (while one cocktail is priced at $14). Photos are includedbelow my signature.

Place: NoMad Bar
Address: 10 W 28th St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 796-1500
Website: thenomadhotel.com
The Love: Appetizers for the table include Oysters with apple & caviar, Waldorf Salad with grapes, blue cheese & walnuts, and Bone Marrow roasted with anchovy, shallots and parsley.  Main Course includes choice of Black Bass seared with royal trumpets & spinach, Roasted Celery Root with black truffle & parmesan and Steak Frites with fries and frisee salad.  For dessert, Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, cookies & romance. $98 per person with $65 wine paring.

Place: odo
Address: 17 West 20th St, New York, NY
Phone: no phone
Website: odo.nyc
The Love:The intimate kaiseki restaurant, odo which features seasonal menus is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner menu for two in its secret Private Dining Room inclusive of a Japanese kaiseki multi-course menu with sakizuke (starter dish of seasonal ingredients); chef’s seasonal selection of sushi; and homemade seasonal soba noodles. Featured menu items include Alaskan king crab shinjo served in a katsuo broth, turnip, lotus root, yuzu; Charcoal grilled duck breast, roasted white onion with black truffle, sansho soy sauce, apple cream sauce; and a Gindara kara-age, caviar, kaffir lime, goat cheese. This private table for two experience includes complimentary welcome cocktail for each guest, a selection of champagne, wine or sake pairings (guest to choose preference) served by your own bartender and server, and a sumptuous spread of 10 Valentine’s Day-inspired desserts including a chocolate cake, sake kasu ice cream and berry macarons. Priced at $1,200 for two persons, excluding gratuities and taxes, the special Valentine’s Day menu is available February 12-16, with seatings at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:00 pm, and 9:30 pm.

Place: Porter House Bar and Grill
Address: 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 823-9500
Website: porterhousenyc.com
The Love: Porter House will be offering the regular a la carte menu on Valentine’s, allowing guests to order their favorite Porter House classic or sharable dishes for two like the USDA Prime Cote de Boeuf with marrow bone and red wine reduction or the decadent Butter Poached Lobster with Burgundy truffle mashed potatoes. Pair this special meal with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and end the meal with Porter House’s Chocolate Layer Cake with Brooklyn Blackout frosting and vanilla icing. Head to Center Bar down the hall for a late night cocktail and live piano for a perfect end to a romantic evening

                                                                                              Photo: Root & Bone

Place: Root & Bone
Address: 200 East 3rd St, New York, NY
Phone: (646) 682-7076
Website: rootnbone.com
The Love: The Southern comfort hotspot will be offering their regular menu for folks wishing to celebrate the holiday with fried chicken and sweet tea. The menu for the evening will also feature Chefs Jeff & Janine's special meatloaf (the couple actually met over a meatloaf recipe!), oysters, and lobster. All night via OpenTable 

Place: SakaMai
Address: 157 Ludlow St, New York, NY
Phone: (646) 590-0684
Website: sakamai.com
The Love: If you’re looking for an intimate, romantic outing with some of the city’s best Japanese food this Valentine’s Day, make a reservation at SakaMai. The gorgeous, low-lit Lower East Side izakaya restaurant and sake bar will offer a special, seasonal 9-course kaiseki tasting menu (linked here). Highlights feature decadent, luxurious Japanese specialties, including Sakizuke (crab, avocado, mochi wafer, dashi gelee), Agemono (A5 Miyazaki wagyu katsu sando), Gohan (bluefin toro, truffle, egg yolk, Japanese koshihikari rice, clam miso soup, nukazuke pickles), and Kanmi (gianduja mousse, orange granita, sudachi granita). The menu ($180 per person) will be available to just 20 guests that evening.

Place: Shuko
Address: 47 East 12 St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 228-6088
Website: shukonyc.com
The Love: A light, seafood-focused 7-course tasting menu, plus sushi progression.  $260pp (Tasting Menu).  All night via Resy

Place: Speedy Romeo
Address: 63 Clinton St, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 529-6300
Website: speedyromeo.com
The Love: Wood-fired pizza spot from Chef Justin Bazdarich is partnering with their LES neighbor, Babeland, to celebrate Valentines Day this year. Couples (or groups of friends!) eating in the restaurant can order the Valentines Special consisting of a heart-shaped pie, a bottle of wine, and some goodies from Babeland. All night via


                                                                            Photo: St Tropez/Michael Tulipan

Place: St Tropez
Address: 304 W 4th Street, New York, NY
Phone: (917) 261-4441
Website: sttropezwinebar.com
The Love: This Valentine’s Day, take a trip to France without leaving New York City! For a romantic night of wining and dining, head to the West Village’s cute and cozy St Tropez or the newly opened St Tropez Soho. At both charming spots, Chef Gérald Barthélémy will offer the elegant duo of Steak and Champagne with Filet Mignon in Saint-Emilion Bordeaux wine sauce paired with a mini bottle of Moët bubbles ($39) on Valentine’s Day only. In addition, their signature French specialties will be available, such as mood setting Huîtres (oysters); Tartelette aux Escargots, a savory tart with snails, zucchini and tomatoes; decadent Truffle Mac N Cheese; Coquilles Saint-Jacques wild scallops with truffle celery root mash; and housemade Mousse au chocolat. For wine lovers, their all-French wine list offers over 40 selections by the glass, highlighting organic and biodynamic options, Provencal rosé (including large format bottlings), Champagne and unique glass pours like a Corsican Vermentino or a vintage Bandol. Resy


                                                                                     Photo: Sunday in Brooklyn

Place: Sunday in Brooklyn
Address: 348 Wyth Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Phone: (347) 222-6722
Website: sundayinbrooklyn.com
The Love: Specials will be available, in addition to regular a la carte menu: Aged Steak for (for 2) with anchovy butter; Wagyu Beef Tartare, Egg Noodles with bonito butter, black truffle; Eclaire with pastry cream and chocolate ganache. All night via Resy


                                                                                                  Photo: The Eddy

Place: The Eddy
Address: 342 East 6th St, New York, NY
Phone:
(646) 895-9884
Website:
www.theeddynyc.com
The Love:
Intimate, candlelit dinner with romantic, 5-course tasting menu featuring Fried Artichoke Hearts with Saffron Aioli, Gnocchi a la Parisienne with Shaved Black Truffle, Bouillabaisse, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Rolled Bavarian Cream Crepes. An optional wine pairing is available as well. $125pp (Prix-Fixe). All night via OpenTable 


                                                                                        Photo: The Water Tower

Place: The Water Tower at The Williamsburg Hotel
Address: 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York
Phone: no phone
Website:
thewilliamsburghotel.com
The Love:
The new cocktail lounge and nightclub at The Williamsburg Hotel will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu on the 14th, including one specialty cocktail and a sweet + savory tasting tower ($75/person). Special dishes created by executive chef Nicolas Caicedo include: Mini Lobster Rolls, White Truffle Grilled Cheese, Wagyu Beef Tartare, Red Velvet Layered Cake, and more. Beverage director Rael Petit will also offer a Valentines-themed cocktail - My Funny Valentine - an Absolut Elyx and champagne cocktail boasting refreshing, fruity flavors from raspberry and bergamot. Signature cocktails like All You Need Is Love, Be My Baby, and Message In A Bottle, will also be available.

SIDE DISHES


Place:  
Address: 51st and Lexington Ave, New York, NY
Phone: (646) 892-3600
Website: www.cookiedonyc.com
The Love: Valentine’s Day Bite Box, $16. These cute bite boxes are the perfect gift for trying a few of DŌ’s top flavors with friends and family. The pack contains samples of DŌ’s signature chocolate chip, confetti, cake batter and sugar cookie flavors with a Valentine’s Day spin. These will be available in store and at the 570 Lexington location. For more information on DO, Cookie Dough Confections visit www.cookiedonyc.com


                                                                                            Photo: Grand Bazaar

Place: Sweethearts Bazaar at Grand Bazaar NYC
Address: 100 West 77th St., New York, NY
Hours: Sundays 10am-5:30pm
Website: grandbazaarnyc.org/events/sweethearts-bazaar-valentines-day-special
The Love: Come pick-up handmade Valentine sweets and gifts from talented local designers and makers, or find a hidden gem form one of the independent vintage and antique dealers. Bring your sweetheart with you and have some fun exploring New York City’s biggest weekly market, indoors and outdoors, filled with the most unique vendors. P.S. The sweetest part is that 100% of  profits are donated to four local public schools benefiting over 4,000 children. 

For a listing of New York City candy shops click here

Need more inspiration?  Check out our 2018 guide! click here

 

Celebrating Latin culture at La Central in Chelsea
January 16, 2019, 1:21.35 am ET

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC

La Central, Hotel Americano, Chelsea, NYC
                                                                                          Photos: Ken Goodman

Philippe Downtown opens in the Meatpacking District
January 15, 2019, 1:48.08 am ET

Philippe, Chinese, Meatpacking District, NYC

Philippe, Chinese, Meatpacking District, NYC

Philippe, Chinese, Meatpacking District, NYC
                                                                                         Photos: Philippe

 

Maestro hits a sour note
January 15, 2019, 1:44.30 am ET

Maestro, Review, Off-Broadway Play, NYC

Maestro, Review, Off-Broadway Play, NYC
                                                                                             Photos: Shirin Tinati

Downtown Brooklyn's iconic oyster house, Gage & Tollner gets a new lease on life
January 15, 2019, 1:37.46 am ET

Red Hook restaurateurs Sohui Kim (The Good Fork), St John Frizell (Fort Defiance) and Ben Schneider (Insa and The Good Fork) have raised the more than $400,000 dollars from more than 270 investors in a Webfunder campaign to get the project off the ground. Gage & Tollner opened it's doors on Brooklyn's Fulton Street in 1879. It closed in 2004, and at one point became an Arby's. The landmarked structure still retains its signature gas lamps and mahogany walls. Gage & Tollner is set to reopen as a oyster and chop house in the Fall.


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First look at The Ribbon in Times Square
January 12, 2019, 4:24.39 pm ET

The Ribbon, American and French Bistro, Times Square, NYC

The Ribbon, American and French Bistro, Times Square, NYC

The Ribbon, American and French Bistro, Times Square, NYC

The Ribbon, American and French Bistro, Times Square, NYC

The Ribbon, American and French Bistro, Times Square, NYC
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Toby's Estate opens its second roastery in Bushwick
January 12, 2019, 4:13.16 pm ET

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC

Toby's Estate Cafe and Roastery opens in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC
                                                                                     Photos: Molly Tavoletti 

Soup's up at Burp Bowl
January 12, 2019, 4:06.35 pm ET

Burp Bowl, Chinese, Kip's Bay, NYC
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Highline Ballroom to Close
January 12, 2019, 1:35.52 pm ET

After 12 years, the Highline Ballroom is closing. The music venue saying the landlord has decided not to renew the lease and may have other plans for the building.  Highline Ballroom issuing this statement, "We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon." Stay tuned!

Violet brings grilled pizza and more to East Village
January 11, 2019, 12:15.23 am ET

Violet, Grilled Pizza, East Village, NYC
Photos: Alexander Stein (above), Samantha Ullrich (below) 

Violet, Grilled Pizza, East Village, NYC

Violet, Grilled Pizza, East Village, NYC

Choir Boy is rarely short of heavenly
January 9, 2019, 12:58.26 am ET

Choir Boy, Broadway, Review, NYC, 2019

Choir Boy, Broadway, Review, NYC, 2019

Choir Boy, Broadway, Review, NYC, 2019
                                                                                      Photos: Matthew Murphy

Valerie opens in Midtown for dinner and drinks
January 9, 2019, 12:51.41 am ET

Valerie, Bar and Restaurant, Midtown, NYC

Valerie, Bar and Restaurant, Midtown, NYC

Valerie, Bar and Restaurant, Midtown, NYC

Valerie, Bar and Restaurant, Midtown, NYC

Valerie, Bar and Restaurant, Midtown, NYC
                                                                                              Photos: Cititour.com

Marin Ireland is compelling in Blue Ridge
January 8, 2019, 1:38.30 am ET

Blue Ridge, Marin Ireland, Off Broadway, NYC

Blue Ridge, Marin Ireland, Off Broadway, NYC
                                                                                        Photos: Ahron R. Foster

10 SHOWS TO SEE THIS WINTER By Brian Scott Lipton
January 3, 2019, 11:09.14 pm ET

In the city that never sleeps, the theater scene never really slows down. Indeed, the next three months will provide dozens of opportunities to see great shows and great performers. Here are 10 opportunities you shouldn’t pass up!

TRUE WEST

Nearly 40 shows since it first rocked New York audiences, Sam Shepard’s “True West” remains a powerful, riveting exploration into the depths of sibling rivalry. For this go-round at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre, the equally explosive Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano take on the roles of battling brothers Austin and Lee, with the ever-priceless Marylouise Burke as their wacky mom.



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WAITRESS

Yes, given that this stunning musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s film about a down-and-out server/piemaker has already run for more three years, you may wonder why it’s on this list. Well, from January 7 through February 3, the show’s multi-talented composer Sara Bareilles will once more don the apron of the unhappy Jenna, this time joined at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre by Tony Award winner Gavin Creel as Dr. Pomatter, the understanding man who changes her life in ways no one can imagine. It’s hard to imagine a more delicious combination.

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK

Signature Theatre continues the residency of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage with a second look at this sly satire about an African-American starlet from the 1930s who goes from maid to a demanding white actress to international film stardom and whose role in the history of Hollywood continues to be debated decades later.

ALICE BY HEART

MCC THEATER will inaugurate their new home, the Newman Mills Theater at the Robert W. Nelson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with this new musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik (co-creators of “Spring Awakening”) set in war-torn 1930s London and inspired by Lewis Carroll’s timeless “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

An all-Yiddish version of one of the most beloved (and revived) musicals of all-time ends up as one of the hottest tickets in town. Sounds crazy, no? Well, having sold out its run in Battery Park City, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine’s acclaimed production comes north to Stage 42, with Steven Skybell as the philosophical milkman Tevye and the hilarious Jackie Hoffman as meddling matchmaker Yente.


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BE MORE CHILL

After a sold-out engagement last summer, this unusual musical about an unhappy teenager who suddenly becomes popular after ingesting a mini-computer called the squib – a cult favorite among tweens and teens – moves to the Great White Way’s Lyceum Theater with its original cast intact, including Will Roland and George Salazar.

KISS ME, KATE

Fans of the great Cole Porter (and who isn’t) have been yelling “Wunderbar!” for months since learning that the Roundabout is giving another Broadway revival to this brilliant comic musical about a pair of warring, soon-to-be-ex-spouses (played by Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and the dashing Will Chase) who are cast in a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” We expect to, once more, be so in love with this show!’

THE MOTHER

Just as Florian Zeller’s drama, “The Father,” proved to be a tour-de-force for Frank Langella, this companion work, making its New York debut at the Atlantic Theatre, should provide audiences to chance for one of the world’s greatest actresses, French superstar Isabelle Huppert, to display her unparalleled talents. The handsome, talented Chris Noth (forever to be “Mr. Big” from “Sex and the City”) heads the supporting cast.


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AIN'T TOO PROUD–THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS

Having already taking the West Coast, Washington D.C., and Toronto by storm, this much-anticipated biomusical about the seminal R&B group – featuring a book by Dominique Morriseau, choreography by Sergio Trujillo and direction by Des McAnuff-- prepares to shake up Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, serving up many of the group’s legendary hits along with its tales of off-stage drama.

KING LEAR

Many theatergoers thought Glenda Jackson’s astounding, Tony-winning turn last season in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” would be her final foray on Broadway. Well, think again! The fearless 82-year-old dynamo is tackling Shakespeare’s most demanding role in a gender-bending production alongside such top-tier talents as Elizabeth Marvel, Jayne Houdyshell, Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal and John Douglas Thompson.

 

 

Hudson & Charles Dinette opens in the West Village
January 3, 2019, 12:26.08 am ET

 

Hudson & Charles Dinette, West Village, NYC

Hudson & Charles Dinette, West Village, NYC
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Making the scene in 2018
January 1, 2019, 3:52.29 pm ET

Danny Meyer aims high with Manhatta



The Water Tower becomes Brooklyn's instant hot spot



Frenchette turns out to be a French charmer



Boucherie brings a touch of elegance to Flatiron



Up on the Roof at Castell Rooftop Bar



The Polynesian bringing "tiki time" to Times Square



Going for picture-perfect at The Pastagram



Momofuku Noodle Bar hits the mall



Uncle Boons gets a Sister



Hunan Slurp Shop makes slurping sexy



By Thomas Rafael

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