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10 places to watch the Super Bowl in NYC 2020
January 31, 2020, 8:08.16 pm ET

Tender - 130 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036  (212) 514-6000
The Touchdown Package includes guaranteed seating, pitcher of beer and appetizer platter for two.  Game will be shown on 3 projector screens and 9 HD TVs. $50 per person.

Ten Hope - 10 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (347) 916-0951
$30 per person gets you all you can drink beer, wine and well drinks starting one hour before the game thru the end of the game. The food takes a Mediterranean turn.

Taproom No. 307 - 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010  (212) 725-4766
Open bar for $65 per person for 3 hours of house beers, wine, well drinks and food. Think wings, nachos, loaded fries and more.

Arlo SoHo - 231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013  (212) 342-7000
Arlo is offering “big fun for the big game” with beer and food specials. The game will be shown on 8 screens with games in the courtyard. Grilled wings, Mac ‘n Cheese, Impossible Cheeseburgers and more from Harold’s.

Brooklyn Bowl - 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (718) 963-3369
Watch the Super Bowl with full concert sound on 14 HD screens. Free admission with $1 Buffalo wings and $23 pitchers all night long.

Empellon al Pastor - 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016  (212) 865-5800
Fire things up with Achiote Hot Wings, Ancho Curly Fries, Guacamole & Salsa and more at Empellon al Pastor’s Super Bowl party with 2 projectors, drink specials and ping-pong.  General admission $60; $100 for VIP guests.

Pretty Ricky’s - 101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002  (646) 429-3957
$5 beers from each of the teams’ home cities and $7 bar bites like buttermilk chicken sliders, smoked wings, loaded fries and nachos with chorizo and cheso.

5th and Mad – 7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016  (212) 725-2353
Going big with an 11 x 8 foot projector, 17 HD TVs and 2 full service bars.  $30 domestic beer buckets, $1 wings (minimum of 8) and large party packages available.

Finnerty’s - 221 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003  (212) 677-2655
49ers fans will find several packages ranging from $220 for 6-hour open bar to $1,850 for keg service for 12 with guaranteed seats and choice of keg. 80 bucks gets you entry into the “red zone” with a complimentary drink and raffle ticket.

Humboldt & Jackson - 434 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (718) 349-3355
Super Bowl Viewing Party and wing eating contest. $20 raffle ticket includes all-you-can-eat wings while watching the big game on a 120” screen.

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

Around Town
January 31, 2020, 1:01.04 am ET

 
     Photo: Mister Paradise/Riot Punch                                                           

Drinks for two to mark Valentine’s Day. Grab a straw at Mister Paradise in the East Village for some Riot Punch made with amontillado sherry, aged aquavit, green chartreuse, fernet branca menta, kaffir lime, coconut, pineapple, and lime. It’s $25 and designed for sharing.

 
     Photo: Broken Shaker/Coffee Service Cocktail                                            

Broken Shaker, meanwhile, is offering The Coffee Service cocktail for two. The drink is prepared with Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur and will add a little caffein kick to your Valentine’s Day date.

Gran Tivoli, the Italian-Australian restaurant on Broome Street, has a Pasta and Wine Combo for couples. The full-sized pasta dish and glass of wine, chosen by in-house sommelier Luke Sullivan, costs $19 and is available at the bar in Gran Tivoli and Peppi’s Cellar


Photo: Georgina Salter                                                      

Jazz Brunch continues at The Fulton, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's acclaimed restaurant at Pier 17 in the Seaport from 12-3pm every Sunday now through February. Look for signature cocktails like a smoked bloody margarita with tequila and mescal, while taking in views of the NYC skyline.


Photo: Gnocco                                                                                                                   

Gnocco, in the East Village, is out with an Emilia-Romagna brunch featuring new and traditional dishes. They include Bucatini Amatriciana with Italian smoked bacon, onion with Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Uova al Tartufo Nero, 2 sunny-side-up eggs with black truffle parmigiano cheese. 60 different wines too!

 
Photo: Aqua Boil                                                                                                          

Aqua Boil, the Cajun-inspired seafood restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, is launching bottomless brunch with extended hours from 12pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Guests can now opt for unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis and Prosecco with their purchase of any starters or seafood boils. The 90-minute bottomless option will be available for $19.95 per person and guests can choose to upgrade for an additional $10 to include unlimited beer and wine.

It’s hard to believe Archer & Goat is turning one year old on Saturday, February 1st. To celebrate, DJ G-Bo the Pro will be spinning tunes. There will be dancing, cocktails and more from 9pm to 1am at this Harlem establishment.


      Photo: Whitney Museum/Darren Bader                                                                                    

Catch “Fruits, Vegetables; Fruit and Vegetable Salad” before the exhibition closes at Whitney on February 17. Artist Darren Bader displays produce as formal objects on pedestals. Visitors can also taste the exhibit when it's chopped up into salad (Mondays, Wednesdays + Sundays at 3–6 pm, and Fridays 7:30–10 pm).

Atomix is kicking off 2020 with a two-night collaboration dinner from Chef Junghyun Park (Atomix)  and visiting Chef Atsushi Tanaka of Restaurant A.T in Paris. Tanaka has also worked in kitchens across Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. There will be two seatings on February 25th & 26th from 6pm to 9pm. $255 per person.

 
Photo: Hortus                                                                                                                  

Hortus is now open for lunch. Executive Chef Youjin Jung (Del Posto, Boulud Sud) helms the kitchen. Options include noodle dishes like Maja Korean Grocchi (shrimp, calamari, mussel, tofu skin, cilantro, garlic chips) and lunch sets such as Pork Katsu (pork chop cutlets, pickled tomato, cabbage salad).

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

 

Medea puts a new spin on an old tale
January 30, 2020, 11:59.57 pm ET

Medea puts a new spin on an old tale, BAM, NYC

Medea puts a new spin on an old tale, BAM, NYC
Photos: Richard Termine                                                                                          
                                      

Inside da Toscano in Greenwich Village
January 30, 2020, 6:45.51 pm ET

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC

da Toscano, Italian, Greenwich Village, NYC
Photos: Evan Sung/da Toscano                                                                                              

The Confession of Lily Dare will make you smile
January 29, 2020, 10:12.50 pm ET

The Confession of Lily Dare, Off Broadway, NYC

The Confession of Lily Dare, Off Broadway, NYC
Photos: Carol Rosegg                                                                                                            

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna
January 29, 2020, 9:51.37 pm ET

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna, Queens, NYC

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna, Queens, NYC

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna, Queens, NYC

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna, Queens, NYC

Greek elegance at Astoria's Anassa Taverna, Queens, NYC
Photos: Anassa Taverna                                                                                                         

Alison for drinks and comfort food in East Harlem
January 29, 2020, 5:49.23 pm ET

Alison for drinks and comfort food in East Harlem

Alison for drinks and comfort food in East Harlem

Alison for drinks and comfort food in East Harlem
Photos: Alison                                                                                                                    

Nisi brings the flavors of the sea to Times Square
January 29, 2020, 12:42.47 am ET

10 places to stock up on chicken wings for Super Bowl Sunday
January 28, 2020, 6:28.22 pm ET


Photo: Wangs/Cititour.com                                                                                                   

1) Berber Street Food (West Village) - Calypso Jerk Wings get extra kick from habanero chile peppers. They are served with a pineapple salsa.

2) Bonnie's Grill (Park Slope) - Choice of BBQ or Buffalo Wings (mild, medium, hot, hotter) with carrots, celery and blue cheese. Special 40 for $50 Super Bowl deal

3) Cluck's (Lower East Side) - Boneless Wings, Crispy Wings and Chicken Cones with assorted sauces, including Asian Sweet 'N Sour and Louisiana The Perfect Hot Sauce.  

4) Daddy O's (West Village) - Jumbo Chicken Wings with choice of buffalo sauce, sweet & sour, honey mustard or Hector's dry rub. 

5) Debasaki (Flushing) - Japanese style DBSK and Gyoza Wings along with Crispy Cajun, Sweet Soy Garlic and Sweet & Spicy.

6) Koko Wings (Upper West Side) - Korean Chicken Wings with original crispy, soy garlic, and hot & spicy. Sides include kimchi coleslaw. 

7) Mad for Chicken (Flushing) - Buffalo Wings Bone-In or Boneless with hickory BBQ, hot & spicy, and jalapeno BBQ. 

8) Pelicana (Koreatown) - Fried and Grilled Wings with three levels of sweet & spicy sauce (Kindergarten, Elementary and High School). Other sauces include spicy BBQ, honey garlic and cheddar yelow cheese. 

9) Wangs (Park Slope) - Fried Korean style jumbo chicken wings with choice of hot sauce or not hot sauce

10) Wogies (West Village) - Krazy Kate's Wings a "secret family retsaurant" comes in mild, medium, hot or "Krazy." Other options include BBQ, honey mustard, parmesan and garlic.

Composed by Thomas Rafael

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown
January 28, 2020, 1:22.14 am ET

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown, NYC

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown, NYC

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown, NYC

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown, NYC

Izakaya Toribar for Yakitori in Midtown, NYC
Photos: Cititour.com                                                                                                               

A NYC Subway Tribute to Kobe Bryant
January 28, 2020, 12:38.48 am ET

A NYC Subway Tribute to Kobe Bryant

A NYC Subway Tribute to Kobe Bryant
Photo: Cititour.com                                                                                                             


January 28, 2020, 12:36.41 am ET

CitiEats - We test Shake Shack's experimental lettuce-wrapped veggie burger
January 28, 2020, 12:07.45 am ET

Is the Shake Shack Veggie Burger in a lettuce wrap the next big thing?  We eat, you decide!       

If you’ve ever been to Shake Shack’s Innovation Kitchen in the West Village you can get a jumpstart on what might just be the “next big thing” like its new Veggie Burger. Unlike other chains relying on Beyond Meat or Impossible Burgers that mimic the flavor of beef, Shake Shack’s Veggie Burger is more old school. It's packed with things like kale, quinoa, sweet potato and green beans. It is topped with cheese, tomato and a Russian-style dressing nestled between several layers of lettuce leaves. We rate our experience on a scale of one to ten with “ten” being the highest. But please feel free to let us know what you think. 

APPEARANCE [7] -It doesn't get veggier than this. But there might be too much lettuce. You almost need a weed wacker to get to the burger.

FLAVOR [4] - Aside from the sauce, it's a little bland. Think of it as a "hippy" burger from the 70s that you might be trying to forget. Just add some sprouts. They could pick up some pointers from Superiority Burger

PRICE [6] - I'm notoriously cheap. But spending more than seven bucks seems a bit steep for a burger that doesn’t really grab you or fill you up.

HEALTHINESS [8] - This burger is a godsend for folks trying to cut down on carbs, but it’s still not 100 percent there yet.

BURGER BUZZ [2] - True burger lovers won’t be sold. It’s a tad difficult to maneuver (WARNING: slippery when wet).  And don’t even think about piling on the ketchup. It will come out through the seams or in this case the lettuce leaves. 

EFFORT [10] - On the right path. Just not there yet!

By Thomas Rafael 


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Top Thai is opening a new location on Carmine St
January 27, 2020, 11:45.56 pm ET

Top Thai, Carmine St, West Village, NYC

Top Thai, Carmine St, West Village, NYC
Photos: Cititour.com                                                                                                              

Phylicia Rashad to direct Blue at the Apollo Theater, music by Nona Hendryx
January 25, 2020, 3:16.06 pm ET

Blue, Phylicia Rashad, Nona Hendryx, Apollo Theater, NYC 2020   Photo: Emilio Madrid

Ainít love grand? Not always as Grand Horizons
January 25, 2020, 11:28.56 am ET

Grand Horizons, Broadway Play, 2020

Grand Horizons, Broadway Play, 2020

Grand Horizons, Broadway Play, 2020
Photos: Joan Marcus                                                                                                               

Turkish dinner at Antepli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
January 23, 2020, 9:24.35 pm ET

CitiEats: Afghan delights at Nansense
January 23, 2020, 8:01.34 pm ET

Nansense, Afghan, The Deco, Food Hall, NYC

In our quest to find the city's most interesting bites, we take you to Nansense specializing in Afghan cuisine at The Deco food hall in Midtown. Beef and onion dumplings called Mantu are worth a visit. They are topped with garlic yogurt, split chickpeas and dried mint & cilantro. It's an excellent bite! Diners will also find crispy turnovers called Bolani and Korma, a tomato stew with choice of chicken, beef, potato and eggplant. For dessert, there is a milk puddiing called Ferni with cardamom and pistachio.

Nansense, Afghan, The Deco, Food Hall, NYC
Photos: Cititour.com                                                                                                                 

Around Town
January 23, 2020, 12:21.30 pm ET


  Photo: Goosefeather                                                                                                               

The Lunar New Year is upon us and to celebrate…

Atoboy is offering a complimentary tteokguk, a traditional Korean rice cake soup to their guests in celebration of Lunar New Year. It is part of their prix fixe menu.

Nowon is adding a special dish of Crab Sesame Rice with Soy Butter, Perilla, Smoked Trout Roe, Toasted Seaweed ($22) to mark the occasion.

Goosefeather (Tarrytown) has three Lunar New Year specials – a Prosperity Salad of Hamachi, Cucumbers, Radish, Pickled Wood Ear Mushrooms, and Asian Pear; Longevity Noodles with Minced Chicken, Watercress, and Black Bean; and Crispy Sweet Rice with Citrus, and Whipped Honey.


    Photo: J. Bespoke/Nitzan Rubin                                                                                                

J. Bespoke is hosting a Grammys Watch Party (Sunday, January 26 at 8pm EST). Enjoy the award show in style while sipping cocktails like the Nitro Cold Brew Martini (Belvedere vodka, Montenegro amaro, honey, cold brew coffee by Devoción), and bar snacks like Karaage Fried Chicken Bites.

Harlem’s Archer & Goat is launching a new bottomless weekend brunch and an all-day brunch on Sundays. From 11am–4pm on Saturdays and 11am–8pm on Sundays, guests can enjoy unlimited Mimosas, Screwdrivers and Firestone Lager with the purchase of any entrée for $20 (90 minute limit).


  Photo: Pretty Ricky's                                                                                                             

Gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday! 

Pretty Ricky’s, on the Lower East Side, is hosting a Super Bowl Party with big screen TV, $5 beers from each of the teams' home cities, and a $7 food menu. The dishes are twists on classic bar bites, like buttermilk chicken sliders, smoked wings, loaded fries & nachos.

Arthouse Hotel, on the Upper West Side, will feature craft cocktails for each team, including Niners Punch made with Arbiki Gin, Rockey’s Punch & cranberry cordial, and Chiefs Cold Brew ($16), a mixture of Ragtime Rye Whiskey, Mr. Black Cold Brew liquor & orange bitters, along with Oath Pizzas and light bites.

Bar Moxy is hosting a Super Bowl LIV viewing party with a 133” projector screen featuring the big game & tasty food specials such as  Chicken Wings, Jumbo Pretzels, Cheesy Waffle Fries and pitchers of select beers.


    Photo: Norm's/Molly Tavoletti                                                                                                  

In-house parties?

Boqueria is rolling out a special catering menu for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 2). Think "Pre-game Tapas, Half-time Show mini sandwiches, and Touchdown desserts" like churros and hazelnut cake. An MVP option (serving 8-10 guests) includes a choice of paella and 4 tapas.

Game-time pizzas anyone? Upside Pizza is offering fan favorites like the the Falcowitz (A White Wine Lemon Cream Sauce topped with Fresh Mozzarella & Sautéed Mushrooms) and the Upside Pep (Pepperoni atop a sicilian pie.

Norm’s Pizza in Brooklyn is also delivering game-time pies, including traditional Cheese (with Norm’s signature sauce, Pecorino Romano & low moisture mozzarella), and Vodka (with homemade vodka sauce, made fresh mozzarella, low moisture mozzarella & grand).

Bessou is going "Krazy Karaage" for the big game with takeout and delivery specials featuring their signature chicken karaage, tossed in your choice of sauce and seasonings, and served in a KFC-style flip top box.

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

Valentine's Day 2020 in NYC with more than 40 places to choose from!
January 23, 2020, 10:32.43 am ET

Valentine's Day is almost upon us and it's getting close to decision time.  Here's a collection of New York City restaurants offering special Valentine's Day menus and some pre-Valentine events.  But don't wait too long before some of these places are booked solid!


Photo: The Polo Bar                                                                                

ATLA - 372 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012  (347) 662-3522 
On Valentine's Day, Enrique Olvera & Daniela Soto-Innes’ ATLA offers a 4-course prix fixe menu with options for the table, including two starters, one cold and one hot, a shared main course, and dessert for two, for $125 for two and an optional wine pairing for $75 for two. Also available are specialty á la carte cocktails prepared by beverage director, Yana Volfson.  

Atoboy - 43 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016  (646) 476-7217
Atoboy will have a special prix-fixe menu for two (pricing TBD) - it will include a mix of savory and sweet courses; beverages will be available a la carte.  

Atomix - 104 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Atomix is offering its regular tasting menu (new season) with additional courses included ($325pp). Reservations via Tock (Sold Out, but keep an eye open for any openings!)

Bessou - 5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012  (212) 228-8502
Bessou will have a special menu for Valentine's Day. Visit their website for updates. Reservations via email at reservations@bessou.nyc

Black Tap (Various Locations)
In celebration of Valentine’s Day Black Tap locations nationwide are rolling out the Red Velvet Cake Shake, the perfect sweet treat to indulge in with your loved one, your friend, or just keep to yourself! The shake is a red velvet cake batter shake with a vanilla frosted rim with red and white sprinkles topped with a slice of red velvet cake, whipped cream  and a chocolate drizzle. Now that’s love.

Bottino - 246 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001  (212) 206-6766
Bottino, the Italian art world dining destination that has been feeding the Chelsea community for over two decades, will serve a playful three-course menu crafted by Chef Jamie Kenyon ((Daniel, Bar Boulud, Manzo at Eataly, Perla and La Sirena). The menu will begin with a glass of champagne or a blood orange elderflower spritz. For the first course, guests can choose from Seared Mediterranean Octopus, 'ndjua and fingerlings (Sucker For You); Housemade Agnolotti stuffed with ricotta and squash (Pillow Talk); as well as Chicken and Duck Liver Mouse Bruscetta, with pickled red onion (Try The Gray Stuff it’s Delicious). For the second course opt for Braised Pork Cheek and soft polenta with mascarpone (Cheek to Cheek); Housemade Pappardelle with oxtail ragu (Beast of Burden); and Market Fish with wine-braised leeks and crispy artichoke (Want to Dive into Your Ocean).  For desert a speciality surprise Dessert for Two will be served aptly named Sweet Talker. The menu is priced at $80 per person. 


Photo: Brasserie Saint Marc                                                                                                   

Brasserie Saint Marc - 136 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003  (212) 584-3959
Head Chef Frederick Piccarello (formerly of Le Barricou) is turning the heat up in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day with a French Aphrodisiac-based Valentine’s $75 pre-fixe menu. Oysters Kiev, Trout Amandine, and Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries and Assorted French Macarons are among the love-infused dishes guests can enjoy. Each includes 1 bottle of Sparkling Rose, Champagne or Prosecco. 

Brooklyn Cider House - 1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237  (347) 295-0308
Brooklyn Cider House, NYC's first cidery, bar and restaurant, will offer a fun and interactive 4-course dinner for Valentine’s Day, with cider catching straight from the barrels between the courses. Their award-winning cider is natural and naturally gluten-free, and the menu also features gluten free and vegetarian options. Starting with bite-size Pintxos, the menu will continue with Crab Cakes or Burrata with sun-dried tomatoes and capers; choice between Surf + Turf, 8 oz. ribeye steak and lobster or Vegetarian Bibimbap, and for dessert Chocolate Tarte or Apple Pie. The prix-fixe with cider-catching is $69 per person. 

Café Altro Paradiso - 234 Spring St, New York, NY 10013  (646) 952-0828
This Valentine’s Day, Café Altro Paradiso will offer a special three-course, prix fixe menu for $125/person alongside a live music performance and speciality cocktails & wines. To start, chef/owner Ignacio Mattos and chef de cuisine Zach Zeidman will serve oysters with citron mignonette, sea bream crudo and mortadella crostino for the table followed by dishes like carne cruda with buckwheat & black truffle, Arctic char with cabbage & beurre blanc and mezzaluna with lobster, crab and uni. Finish it off on a sweet note with creme caramel with grappa and citrus semifreddo from pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz.  

Casa Del Toro - 626B 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036  (212) 586-0811
Singles can party the night away at just opened Hell’s Kitchen hotspot Casa Del Toro’s Singles Valentine’s Day.  The evening will feature an a la carte menu featuring reinterpreted traditional Oaxacan dishes including the Tlayuda Divorciada (Mexican pizza in the shape of a broken heart), fire-injected cocktails beneath an oversized wooden guitar inspired by the tradition of the Mexican “Vihuela," special aerialist and live saxophonist performances and a complimentary Casadores Tequila tasting.

Casa Ora - 148 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206  (718) 223-3116
Casa Ora is hosting a "singles mingle" the night before Valentine's Day. On Thursday, February 13 from 9pm - 1am, for $150, anyone who isn't coupled up this Valentine's Day can spend the night at Casa Ora, a new Venezuelan restaurant in Williamsburg. The $150 will get you a glass of prosecco upon arrival, open bar from a selection of signature cocktails, and a variety of delicious Venezuelan dishes including: Empanaditas (mini empanadas), Arepitas (mini arepas), Guacamole (with plantain chips), Tequeños (fried with guasacaca & habanero sauce), Mandocas (corn doughnuts with sweet plantain, queso blanco & nata), Mini Bollitos Pelones (corn dumplings with ground beef & tomato sauce) + more! Tickets are available through Resy. 


Photo: Chikarashi Isso                                                                                                         

Chikarashi Isso - 38 Rector St, New York, NY 10006  (646) 596-8298
This Valentine’s Day, newly opened kappo-style restaurant Chikarashi Isso offers an eight-course prix fixe menu of eclectic fare such as gyu maki with A5 Omi Wagyu, wasabi creme and Kaluga caviar, sea scallop seared in-shell with uni and a selection of tempura and yakitori from chef de cuisine and Torishin alum, Atsushi Kono. For dessert, Chikarashi Isso will be serving a mochi donut with Japanese strawberry, honey and whipped cream.   

Cosme - 35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010  (212) 913-9659
This Valentine's Day, Cosme offers a 4-course prix fixe menu including signature dishes like the herb guacamole and duck carnitas, as well as new and festive additions like oysters, and dessert for two. Additional á la carte menu items are offered alongside the prix fixe menu. The menu is available for $169 for two, with a beverage pairing available upon request.  

Cote - 16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010  (212) 401-7986
For the first time this year, Simon Kim’s Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, Cote will offer a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for $150/pp featuring six select cuts of steak such as A5 wagyu and beef tenderloin and savory accompaniments. Surprise delights will be available throughout the night from the restaurant’s new, roving “Cote Cart,” while Undercote’s principle bartender Sondre Kasin will be mixing up VDay-inspired cocktails and beverage director Victoria James pouring wines by the glass.  


Photo: Dream Hotel/David Jacobson                                                         

Dream Downtown, Chelsea - 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011  (212) 229-2559
This Valentine’s Day, guests can show their significant other how much they mean to them with 15,000 red roses at Dream Downtown’s Winter Rose Garden installation. The Lobby Bar has been transformed into a red-hued oasis with red roses adorning the walls, decals on the floor and gold accents, making Valentines feel extra special.

Eleven Madison Park  - 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010  (212) 889-0905
This Valentine's Day, Daniel Humm's acclaimed Eleven Madison Park offers a seven-course tasting menu in both the bar and main dining room. Starting dishes include hot oyster with clam chowder and celery root, and foie gras marinated with maple and apple. For the entree, guests have the option of duck with cabbage or veal cheek with onion. Dessert, a chocolate souffle with passion fruit, brings the meal to a sweet close. Pricing: $395/pp in the main dining room, or $295/pp in the bar with an optional $175 wine pairing at either.    


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Estuary - 159 Bridge Park Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11201  (718) 521-6744
Michelin starred Chef Danny Brown returns via Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Estuary with a romantic menu that includes Riesling Poached Oysters, Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Crescent Duck. Resident pastry chef Christophe Toury will also offer a hands-on chocolate truffle making class. $100 prix fixe dinner includes a glass of sparkling wine

Faro - 436 Jefferson St, Bushwick  (718) 381-8201
Faro, the New American, farm-to-table Bushwick favorite from Chef/owner Kevin Adey, will offer a gastronomic adventure with 5-course tasting menu with options such as Yellowfin Tuna with beets, meyer lemon and kombu; Foie Gras with black truffles; handmade Agnolotti with wild boar ragu; Fazzoletti pasta with chestnut and pecorino; Halibut with parsnip, watercress, sauce anchois or Venison with salsify and wild mushroom ragu. Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate so for dessert Faro will offer choice of White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate. Dinner is $115 per person and natural wine pairing by Beverage Director Siobhan Spencer will also be available. 


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Feroce - 105 W 28th St New York, NY 10001  (212) 514-6699
Spend Valentine’s Day in NYC’s historic Flower District at Feroce Ristorante, the regionally-inspired Italian oasis from international restaurateur Francesco Panella and Tao Hospitality Group, that was named “Best New Italian Restaurant to Open Worldwide” by Gambero Rosso. Guests can expect to enjoy a meal of aphrodisiac-inspired specials with their loved one like Carpaccio Di Capesante, scallops thinly sliced and served with taggiasca olives, cauliflower, and organic dill in a blood orange dressing, followed by an elegant Risotto Scampi E Prosecco, made with Carnaroli aged rice, fresh langoustines, and prosecco, perfect for celebrating, and a unique a Saltimbocca Di Rana Pescatrice, roasted monkfish wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma aged 24 months, served with zucchini and olive tapenade. Finish the meal with a Mousse al Cioccolato e Lamponi, chocolate mousse served with organic fresh raspberries.

Goosefeather - 49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Goosefeather is featuring a Prix-fixe menu ($100pp). Menu highlights include: Lobster, Black Bean Brown Butter, Potato; NY Strip, Chi Chow, Beef Butter Crispy Rice Cakes; Green Tea Tiramisu, Passion Fruit, White Chocolate. For Reservations: Call 914-829-5454 or via Resy


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Harold's - 2 Renwick St, New York, NY 10013  (212) 390-8484 
Whether celebrating with gals, pals, or vals, nothing says "I love you" like 50% wine. Enjoy Harold's seasonal American cuisine a la carte with half off select bottles of wine, or test out the $99 optional pre-fixe menu for two, which includes one starter, two entrees, a romantic dessert and a bottle of wine. Make reservations on OpenTable. 

HYUN - 10 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016  (917) 261-6217
HYUN, the decadent Korean barbecue restaurant that spotlights Japanese A5 Wagyu and private enclosed booths for a truly intimate experience with your significant other, will feature a seven-course tasting menu.  Highlights include: Juk, a creamy watercress stew cooked with fresh potatoes and truffles; Yookhwe, seasoned fresh raw check tender with gamtae seaweed, sea urchin and caviar; Moowoo Jjim, steamed radish topped with homemade soybean paste, marinated A5 short rib and a perilla leaf garnish; Chef’s Chef’s Cut, a daily special Japanese A5 wagyu available in 3 oz., 4 oz. and 5 oz., which can be supplemented by an $8 jangajji; and Kkochi, serrano pepper skewers filled with mined A5 tenderloin. The tasting menu is priced per person based on the Chef’s Cut selection with $165 for 3 oz.; $180 for 4 oz.; and $195 for 5 oz. Guests may also supplement the menu with a Korean drink pairing for $35 or wine and sake for $60.


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Il Fiorista - 17 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010  (646) 490-8240
On Valentine’s Day, Il Fiorista will be serving a three-course, $85 prixe-fixe menu that includes a complimentary seasonal flower bouquet arranged by the restaurant’s floral director, oysters and a glass of prosecco. For the prixe-fixe, guests can select from special dishes such as dover sole with almond crust, fig leaves and radishes, and Elysian Fields lamb loin with rosehip glaze, sweet potato and pomegranate. The a la carte menu will also be available for guests at the bar. On Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th, Il Fiorista will serve its regular a la carte brunch menu with the addition of Valentine’s Day specials.   

Jungsik - 2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013  (212) 219-0900
Jungsik, the two Michelin-starred New Korean restaurant is a real game changer for anyone looking to spoil their date on February 14th.The romantic and ultra-luxurious nine-course menu will highlight Osetra Caviar over tuna belly marinated in wood vinegar on a bed of crispy, toasted quinoa; Lobster with confited and grilled lobster, jut guk beurre blanc (Korean clam broth beurre blanc) with herb salad, finger lime, and herb oil;  Tuna Kimbap, a crunchy seaweed wrap meant to be eaten with your hands, stuffed with truffled rice, bluefin tuna belly and a house made kimchi; Galbi made with the finest quality wagyu and finished with a tangy Korean barbecue sauce; Urchin served on top of a roasted seaweed rice and garnished with house made kimchi and crispy quinoa; and more. To finish the meal, guests will be treated to one of acclaimed Pastry Chef Eunji Lee’s innovative and awe-inspiring desserts, which the team leaves as a surprise for all guests as its always a show stopping moment, including a dessert called Snow White's Apple.  The Valentine’s Day menu at Jungsik is priced at $325 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $225.

La Pecora Bianca (Various)
This Valentine’s Day celebrate with the ones you love over classic Italian dishes in a cozy, romantic setting at La Pecora Bianca. The restaurant’s NoMad and Midtown locations will be offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75/pp. The menu will feature La Pecora Bianca favorites as well as special offerings designed for two. These items, perfect for sharing, include wild mushroom and asparagus with polenta, parmesan and black truffle, ribeye steak with roasted garlic potato gratin and charred broccolini, and the restaurant's famous, instagram-worthy tiramisu.   

Le Bernardin - 155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019  (212) 554-1515
This Valentine’s Day, the internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant Le Bernardin serves a tasting menu created by chef Eric Ripert in Les Salons on February 14 & 15. The nine-course menu includes yellowfin tuna topped with osetra caviar and lemon créme fraîche, grilled lobster “Mi-Cuit” with charred scallions and sea urchin sauce Américaine, sauteed black bass with maitake-bone marrow and bordelaise sauce, and more. Reservations available on Resy. For guests looking to enjoy more casual snacks and a world class wine list, Aldo Sohm’s eponymous wine bar around the corner from Le Bernardin will be taking reservations for Saturday, February 15.


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Le Crocodile80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249  (718) 460-8004
Le Crocodile at Williamsburg's Wythe Hotel is a neighborhood brasserie from Golden Age Hospitality restaurateur Jon Neidich (Acme, Happiest Hour) and Chez Ma Tante chefs Jake Leiber and Aidan O'Neal, serving earnest French fare in a softly lit setting inspired by the trio's favorite Parisian and New York haunts. This Valentine's Day, specials for two will be available in addition to signature dishes ideal for sharing, such as their grilled chicken and steak au poivre with frites.
 

Lincoln - 142 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023  (212) 359-6500
Experience Chef Shea Gallante’s Italian signatures like Braised Oxtail Tortellini and Daurade alla Griglia as well as pasticcere Richard Capizzi’s Tortino di Cioccolato at the elegant Italian ristorante with panoramic views of the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center. $130 three-course and $155 four-course prix fixe dinner menu available from 4:30PM to close.

Lumaca - 34 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016  (212) 683-5894
Spend Valentine’s Day at Lumaca, Chef John DeLucie’s newest venture located within the HGU New York in New York’s trendy NoMad neighborhood. Guests are invited to cozy up and enjoy Lumaca’s coastal Italian fare on plush velvet banquettes by the calacatta marble fireplace. On Valentine’s Day, Lumaca will be offering three additional menu specials: Ostriche con Besciamella Nduja e Pangrattato (oysters with bechamel sauce, spicy calabrian sausage, and breadcrumbs), Raviolo al’ Uovo (ravioli with egg yolk and truffle pate), and A Forma di Cuore Torta al Cioccolato (a heart-shaped chocolate ganache cake for two). Lumaca offers a cozy, elegant, and romantic setting for those looking to indulge in decadent Italian fare this Valentine’s Day.


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Luthun - 432 E 13th St, New York, NY 10009  (646) 454-9484
Luthun is offering a  seven course menu with a vegetarian option available, seated at a table in the main dining room ($95pp); ten course menu, seated at the chef's counter ($135pp). Dietary restrictions can not be accommodated for the counter seats. For Reservation: Call 646-454-9484 or via Resy


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Mayanoki -  620 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
Cozy up at Mayanoki, the intimate 8-person seated sustainable omakase restaurant in the East Village. For Valentine's Day, Mayanoki will be offering a romantic omakase tasting for $150, complete with extra courses and special, one-night-only ingredients of sustainably sourced seafood and locally grown produce. Complete the night with an optional $85 cider, wine and sake pairing. Seatings available at 6:30 and 9:00 pm. Reservation can be made on Resy. 

MIFUNE - 245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017  (212) 986-2800
MIFUNE New York, the Michelin-recognized Japanese restaurant in midtown, will be offering a speciality menu for Valentine’s Day crafted by  Executive Chef Yuu Shimano (Guy Savoy’s eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris) and Chef Tomohiro Urata (three Michelin-starred La Maison Troisgros in Roanne). The seven-course menu will include: Raw Oyster with tosazu gelée, Amuse Bouche, Sautéed Langoustine with lobster bisque foam, Wild New York Sea Bass En Yuzu Croûte with vin blanc saikyo miso sauce, Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Rossini with sauce périgueux, Fruits De Mer Mushroom with takikomi rice and Gâteau Fondant Au Chocolat with a framboise sauce. The menu, which will be available on February 14th and 15th with seatings at 5:30pm and 8:30pm, is priced at $125 per person with an optional $70 wine and sake pairing. 

Miss Lily’s (Various)
This Valentine’s Day, Miss Lily’s, the celebrated Caribbean oasis serving authentic Jamaican fare, will offer up a Valentine’s Day special called the “Jerk Lobster Boil” which includes lobster, King crab, shrimp and mussels in their signature hot pepper broth with festival, corn and charred pineapple slaw. The jerk lobster boil special will be available for $38 starting at 5pm while supplies last. The special wil be offered alongside the usual a la carte menu and dinner guests will receive complimentary sparkling wine and fresh-baked takeaway cookies. 

Mizu - 29 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003  (212) 505-6687
Mizu’s Omakase Sushi Experience makes for an “impressive Valentine’s dining date” as it’s upscale dining at the affordable price of $45 per person! Mizu’s high-quality sushi grade fish is sourced from Japan and the cuisine is helmed by Japanese trained Chef Nakao Hirakata, who previously served as the chef/owner of Mishima restaurant for over 20 years. Mizu offers an Omakase Sushi Experience with the Chef’s choice of eight pieces of specialty fish and a negitoro roll. Omakase selections can include King Salmon, Red Snapper, Scallop, Fatty Tuna and Sea Urchin.   Should daters opt for an a la carte menu, Mizu offers hot appetizers like Black Cod Fish with the chef’s special miso sauce.   Sushi bar appetizers including White Tuna Truffle, a delicate seared white tuna with a smattering of truffle oil and yuzu soy.  The sushi and sashimi offerings provide guests with choice selections including Golden Eye Red Snapper (Kinme Dai), Fatty Tuna (Toro), Horse Mackerel (Aji), Scallop (Hotate), King Crab, Red Clam (Hokkigai), Sea Urchin (Uni) and Yellowtail (Hamachi). To accompany Mizu’s dining experience, the restaurant offers select sakes, beers and wines by the glass and the bottle, ranging in prices for the perfect complement to the Japanese dishes. After dinner, couples can stroll through the lovely Madison Square Park for a romantic walk or explore the great shops at the Flatiron District.  

noreetuh - 128 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009  (646) 892-3050
For Valentine’s Day, noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized modern Hawaiian restaurant in the East Village, will showcase a six-course prix fixe menu featuring all their classic dishes crafted by Chef/Co-Owner Chung Chow (Per Se and Lincoln Ristorante). His menu highlights a selection of favorites including Trout Belly Sashimi with shiitake, cucumber and ponzu; Pork Jowl Musubi with scallion and ginger, Big-Eye Tuna Poke with macadamia nuts, pickled jalapeños and seaweed, Truffle Wontons with ham hock, fiddlehead ferns and shaved truffles, Imperial Wagyu with beef fat rice, pickled garlic and radish and Black Sesame Cheesecake with house made whipped cream. For the perfect cheers to your sweetheart they will offer guests a complimentary glass of sparking rosé. The menu is priced at $65 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $50. 

Ole & Steen (Various)
The beloved bakery brings brought its signature rye breads, Scandinavian pastries and all day menu to New York with locations in Union Square, Midtown and Bryant Park. For Valentine's day, the bakers will offer Honninghjerte (a Danish version of a gingersnap cookie covered in chocolate, freeze-dried raspberries and chocolate pearls), along with two pastries with the option to personalize with messages, including a cupcake-sized black forest cake and a traditional vanilla white cake topped with white chocolate chantilly.


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Ophelia NYC -3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor, New York, NY 10017  (212) 980-4796
Ophelia will be offering a “Rose and Chocolates Soirée” starting at 6:00pm this Valentine’s Day. A general admission ticket with grant guests entry to the event along with a long stem rose. VIP tickets include a private table for two, 1 long stem rose, 2 glasses of champagne on arrival, 1 bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, and chocolate truffles for the table. Looking to propose to that special someone? Ophelia will also be offering a Proposal Package which includes a private cove covered in rose petals, 1 bottle of Dom Pérignon or Ace of Spades Champagne, 2 dozen long stem roses, a box of chocolate truffles and the inhouse event team to curate the entire experience for the guest’s special, personal touches!

Oscar Wilde - 45 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001 (212) 213-3066
Valentine’s Day at Oscar Wilde’s “Temptation Room” – Under a ceiling of chandeliers and sipping on one of Oscar Wilde’s preferred drinks (Champagne), visitors can indulge in a 3-course, prix-fixe menu available starting at $75 per person with specials including mushroom soup with truffle oil and croutons; seared Atlantic scallops and root vegetables; Angus skirt steak with truffle mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach; the destruction of lemon tart and raspberries and more. A Valentine’s Day specialty cocktail will feature sparkling wine, blood orange liqueur and hibiscus syrup at $14. The regular à la carte menus are also available, and walk-ins are welcome.  

Palais - 134 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065  (212) 410-3262 
Palais will offer a menu of special sweet and savory dishes for Valentine’s Day like the Whole Lotta Love, Beau Soleil oysters with American sturgeon caviar and cucumber mignonette and the I’d Steak My Life On It, roasted halibut steak with spinach and romantic roasted red pepper sauce followed by Don Giovanni’s Tagliatelle with chanterelles, wild mushrooms and Italian white truffles. End the meal on a sweet note with signature dishes prepared by former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses like the Chocolate Heart brimming with bon bons and cognac, available whole or broken upon request.

PierozeK - 592 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 576-3866
The Greenpoint Polish pierogi shop that is currently taking New York by storm will be adding a new variety of heart-shaped and sweet pierogies for one day only this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an assortment of chocolate pierogies made with a decadent chocolate filling or candy-apple red heart pierogies with an assortment of raspberry, strawberry and Hanusia sweet cheese filling.


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Porter House - 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019  (212) 823-9500
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

Rainbow Room - 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112  (212) 632-5000
For a luxury and romantic experience, celebrate Valentine’s Day 65-floors up in New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. Guests will enjoy a five-course tasting menu ($214/pp including tax and gratuity) featuring decadent dishes such as “beet”ing heart ravioli with polenta, aged parmesan and ricotta salata, grass fed beef rossini with foie gras, and honeycomb white chocolate semifreddo with a yogurt sorbet. The menu will only be outdone by the stunning views of the NYC skyline, which provides a backdrop for live music and dancing throughout the night. On Saturday, February 15th, Rainbow Room will host its infamous buffet brunch featuring a breakfast station, carving station, dim sum station and a decadent pastry boutique complete with cakes, pies and festive treats. Brunch tickets will be sold for $162/pp including tax and gratuity.  

Shuko -  47 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003  (212) 228-6088
Shuko will feature a special kaiseki menu with luxe supplements included ($260pp) For Reservation: via Resy

STATE Grill And Bar - 21 West 33rd Street, Empire State Building, New York, NY 10118  (212) 216-9693
Join newly appointed Chef Morgan Jarrett for a classic meal inspired by the Empire State and its bounty of market ingredients. Highlights include Roasted Half Chicken, Grilled Shrimp and a Cheese Fondu Pot featuring fresh and pickled farmer’s market vegetables. $65 three-course dinner menu available

Sushi Ginza Onodera - 461 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017  (212) 390-0925
Sushi Ginza Onodera, the Michelin-starred sushi temple is one of a few places in NYC where guests will get a taste of the newly introduced Oishii Omakase Strawberries in a special Valentine’s Day dessert of Coconut Panna Cotta with Oishii Strawberry Sauce, or one (or more!) of the five unique Valentine’s Day only cocktails created for the occasion by beverage director Yuki Minakawa to highlight the flavor of the special strawberry. Strawberry Excellence riffs on the French 75, using Japanese Roku Gin, Oishii strawberry syrup, lemon juice and champagne; Ichigo Champagne (ichigo means strawberry in Japanese) pairs Gosset Brut Champagne and Oishii strawberry syrup; Blush Gin Tonic combines Gin Mare, Oishii strawberry syrup, lime juice and tonic; The Passion brightens Few Rye Whiskey with Oishii strawberry and lemon; and Strawberry Delight spikes Japanese Suntory Haku Vodka with cinnamon, Oishii strawberry and lemon.  

The Breslin - 16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001  (212) 679-1939
This Valentine’s Day, The Breslin will be serving a prix fixe menu with three courses built for sharing. Couples can begin the meal with a colorful smoked beet & gorgonzola salad with rosa del veneto (or pink radicchio), candied walnuts + tarragon oil. For main, duos can enjoy venison two ways -- as a roast chop and spiced sausage, served with parsnips. A chocolate mousse for two with brandied cherries, cacao nibs + sea salt brings the romantic occasion to a close.


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The Fulton - 89 South St, New York, NY 10038  (212) 838-1200
The Fulton, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's acclaimed seafood restaurant, will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $128/pp this Valentine's Day. To start, enjoy a warm egg mimosa and caviar on a toasted brioche with chives or fresh scallops and truffle tartare followed by mains like truffle-crusted Faroe Island salmon with apple-celeriac purée and black truffle vinaigrette or steamed black sea bass with silken parsnips, fragrant coconut lime infusion and poblano peppers. Top off the evening with a festive raspberry linzer heart, dark chocolate mousse with salted peanut caramel drizzle or a selection of sorbets and ice creams while overlooking serene views of the East River and beyond. 

The Polo Bar - 1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022  (212) 207-8562
On Valentine's Day, Ralph Lauren’s midtown restaurant will open for regular dinner service serving an a la carte menu with select celebratory specials. 

Wayan - 20 Spring St, New York, NY 10012  (917) 261-4388
Enjoy an evening with loved ones at Cedric & Ochi Vongerichten’s Wayan, who will be serving the a la carte dinner menu and specialty ‘Valentine’s Day edition Tumpeng’ -- a traditional celebratory Indonesian platter meant to symbolize togetherness & best enjoyed in groups -- featuring heart-shaped nasi kuning (yellow rice). For dessert, indulge in Wayan’s new chocolate cookie "Martabak" (i.e. cookie skillet) served with homemade sweet potato ice cream & mimolette.

Compiled by Thomas Rafael 

A Soldiers Play is a riveting, must-see production
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Photos: Joan Marcus                                                                                                               

Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi
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Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi

Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi

Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi

Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi

Chinese bistro Chubby Princess arrives in FiDi
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Executive Chef Hoyoung Kim opens JUA in Flatiron
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Seafood is the star at Rockefeller Center's Limani
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Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC

Limani. Mediterranean, Rockefeller Center, NYC
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The Tuna Tostada at Paloma in the Garment District
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Dinner at Mission Ceviche
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Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC 

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC

Mission Ceviche, Peruvian, Upper East Side, NYC
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Hunter Project's re-enactment of Macbeth is thrilling
January 17, 2020, 1:34.11 am ET

Hunter Project's Macbeth is thrilling


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Around Town
January 16, 2020, 6:00.36 pm ET

PHD Terrace, 15 pound hot chocolate, nyc       Photo: PHD Terrace

In honor of National Hot Chocolate Day (1/31), PHD Terrace is offering a 15 Pound ‘Cup of Flaming Red Velvet’ Hot Chocolate – created by Corporate Pastry Chef Paola Marocchi. The over-the-top spiked beverage for ten ($125), mixes the flavors of red velvet with Valrhona dark chocolate, while a full bottle of bourbon warms you up from the inside out. The drink's topped with Giant toasted marshmallows and served with cupcakes.

Seven Seeds at The Williamsburg Hotel is hosting an intimate evening showcasing Lebanese wines and food.  Sami Ghosn, creator of Massaya Wine and Arak, will join the conversation on Thursday, January 23rd starting at 7PM. Guests will be guided through a 5-course meal and special pairings while learning why the Massaya brand story is so much more than wine.

Baboon to the Moon, NYC
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Adventure travel brand BABOON TO THE MOON is releasing their latest limited edition print, Dog Dreams. To celebrate, it’s hosting a fête at NAKED's pop-up retail space in Nolita (224 Mulberry St) on Sunday, Jan 26th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. There will be treats, live dog portrait paintings (first come, first served), goodies from Pet Plate, and more! The party will also support Social Tees animal rescue.

Little Alley, Lunar New Year, NYC                               Photo: Little Alley

It might be the Year of the Rat, but Little Alley is celebrating this Lunar New Year with lobster and crab. The special menu includes Steamed Lobster with Glass Noodle, Lobster with Ginger Scallion, Spicy Crab, Salted Duck Egg Crab, Dry-woked Prawn, Steamed Whole Fish with Chopped Chili, and Stir-Fried Clams with Basil. It is available from Jan 21-26.

Antica Pesa, Mocktails, Brooklyn, NYC                             Photo: Antica Pesa

Who says classic cocktails need booze? Italian eatery Antica Pesa (115 Berry St, Brooklyn) is offering a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails throughout the month of January, including the Fragolino. It’s made with strawberry juice, Pic du Midi mint and ginger tea, lavender syrup and lemon peel. 

Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge’s Galentine’s Day Bottomless Brunch will be held on Sunday, Feb 9th from 1pm to 4pm. It will feature fun activities for a girls’ day out, although all genders are welcome.  Activities include Make Your Own Galentine (cookie decorating), Prosecco Pong, Hair Braiding, and more.  Proceeds from raffles will be benefit Bethenny Frankel's B Strong Foundation.

Rolln, Panda sushi, hand rolls, NYC
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ROLLN is offering kid-friendly sushi in the shape of pandas.  The rice pandas are among seasonal hand rolls such as the Braised Pork Roll and crunchy Shrimp Tempura Roll (as well as classics like Salmon Avocado and Spicy Tuna). The panda rolls are available in new Bento Boxes.  They also have tips on making them at home using tools found on Amazon.

Compiled by Thomas Rafael 

My Name Is Lucy Barton now on Broadway
January 15, 2020, 11:20.30 pm ET

My Name Is Lucy Barton now on Broadway

My Name Is Lucy Barton now on Broadway
Photos: Matthew Murphy                                                                                                         

Omar's La Boite livens up nightlife on the LES
January 15, 2020, 6:47.24 pm ET

Omar's La Boite, Dining Club, Disco, LES, NYC

Omar's La Boite, Dining Club, Disco, LES, NYC
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Piggyback NYC for Asian bites and cocktails in Midtown
January 15, 2020, 12:06.05 am ET

Piggyback NYC, Pig & Khao, Asian, Midtown, NYC

Piggyback NYC, Pig & Khao, Asian, Midtown, NYC

Piggyback NYC, Pig & Khao, Asian, Midtown, NYC

Piggyback NYC, Pig & Khao, Asian, Midtown, NYC

Piggyback NYC, Pig & Khao, Asian, Midtown, NYC
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CitiEats: Pastrami on Rye at Hometown BBQ
January 14, 2020, 12:27.47 am ET

The Pastrami Sandwich at Hometown BBQ in Industry City is pure bliss! The key is the simplicity of it. Layers of the juiciest pastrami you will find piled high on rye bread with a slather of brown deli mustard. The price is a bit steep at $17, but it could easily feed two people. Delicious!

Hometown BBQ, Pastrami and Rye, Industry City, Brooklyn, NYC

Hometown BBQ, Pastrami and Rye, Industry City, Brooklyn, NYC
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NYC Restaurants offering Winter Restaurant Week specials
January 13, 2020, 6:28.55 pm ET

      Photo: Lincoln Ristorante
                                                                                                  
Lincoln Ristorante - 142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023  (212) 359-6500
Experience Chef Shea Gallante’s Italian signatures like Pollo Alla Milanese and Salmerino Alpino, as well as Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi’s Nocciola Di Cioccolato while enjoying panoramic views of the Revson Fountain. Available for lunch Wednesday through Friday and Sunday brunch, $26 two-course menus and $36 three-course menus.
 

STATE Grill and Bar - 21 W 33rd St (Empire State Building), New York, NY 10118 (212) 216-9693
Chef Morgan Jarrett is offering meals inspired by the Empire State and its bounty of market ingredients. Highlights include Shrimp and Red Corn Polenta Grits, Beef Bourguignon Raviolo with house-cured bacon, and “Chicken Fried” Kohlrabi. $42 dinner menu includes a starter, entrée and dessert. 

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse - 9 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001  (212) 563-4444
Located just steps away from Penn Station, Chef Daniel Maggio offers superb dry-aged cuts of beef, signature sides, and traditional steakhouse specialties including Sliced Filet, Braised Short Rib and Kale & Quinoa Salad. $26 two-course lunch menu.


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La Fonda Del Sol - MetLife Building, 200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166  (212) 867-6767
Known for its vibrant Spanish cuisine, diners will discover dishes like Salmon La Plancha with fingerling potatoes & cider butter, Paella Valenciana with chicken, chorizo & seafood, and Pollo A La Catalana with wine-braised chicken and saffron rice. $26 two-course lunch and $42 three-course dinner menus.

Café Centro - 200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166 (212) 818-1222
This Parisian brasserie located inside the MetLife Building is offering a menu of French favorites with a Mediterranean twist including Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Crab-Stuffed Flounder and Petit Filet Mignon. $42 dinner menu includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

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Yellow Magnolia Café - 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (718) 307-7136
Modern vegetable-focused cuisine is being offered, including Yellow Magnolia Fried Chicken with wild rice & collard green slaw, and Grass-Fed Beef Cheeseburgers with cabot cheddar & pickled green tomatoes in a one-of-a-kind setting nestled within Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s iconic landscape. $26 two-course lunch available.

Bluebird London - 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (347) 682-2100
The British brasserie with sweeping views of NYC’s Columbus Circle is offering a two-course for $26 and a three-course dinner for $42 during Restaurant Week. Main courses include a choice of Fisherman’s Shrimp & Snapper and lobster bisque and Yukon gold potatoes, or Pork Schnitzel with cider apples and mustard sauce. Dinner guests will also receive a choice of dessert, including Sticky Toffee Pudding. 

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queensyard - 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001 (212) 377-0780
Bluebird’s sister restaurant at Hudson Yards is offering a two-course lunch special for $26 and a three-course dinner special for $42. Main dishes include, English Muffin Burger with American cheese, bacon, pickles, homemade sauce and fries and Hunter’s Pie with duck, pheasant, rabbit, broccoli rabe and salsify slaw. Dinner guests will also receive a choice of desserts such as, Coconut Panna Cotta.  

Fish Cheeks - 55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 677-2223
This SoHo restaurant is serving contemporary seafood-focused Thai dishes with unfiltered flavors.  There is a 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for $42. Menu highlights include the fan-favorite Zabb wings (voted best wings in NYC by Eater), manilla clams with chili jam and sweet basil, and their spicy-hot tiger prawn karee.  


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Antica Pesa - 115 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (347) 763-2635
This Roman eatery is offering a $42 prix fixe dinner menu, including an antipasti starter, followed by a pasta or secondi main course, and finally a choice of a sweet finish. Menu highlights include the Pane e Porchetta (crispy cracker bread layered with porchetta and homemade black pepper mayonnaise), Arrosto di Manzo (roast beef with red wine demi glacé), and Tiramisù.

Brasserie 8 ½ - 9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019  (212) 829-0812
This stylish French brasserie which ranks #18 on Zagat’s Best NYC restaurant list features Chef Geoffrey Bruijneel's Long Island Duck Breast with mustard greens, Seared Dorade Royale and Petit Filet Mignon with brussels sprouts and pommes fondate. $26 two-course lunch available Monday through Friday and $42 three-course dinner available all week.

Winter Restaurant Week will be held Jan 21 to Feb 9 (Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional.  For more information click here

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge
January 13, 2020, 1:35.58 am ET

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC

A fresh look at Mexican at Aleli in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC
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Lively Mexican at JaJaJa in the West Village
January 12, 2020, 10:45.12 pm ET

JaJaJa, Mexican, Vegan, West Village, NYC 

JaJaJa, Mexican, Vegan, West Village, NYC

JaJaJa, Mexican, Vegan, West Village, NYC

JaJaJa, Mexican, Vegan, West Village, NYC

JaJaJa, Mexican, Vegan, West Village, NYC
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New York City Restaurant Openings
January 10, 2020, 7:29.26 pm ET


Fields Good Chicken is spreading its wings with two new locations, at 599 Lexington Avenue on Wednesday, January 22nd and 24 East 12th Street (at University Place) later this winter.  The new menu  will offer seasonal dishes, and chicken wings for the first time ever. The Maple Chipotle Smoked Chicken Wings will also change with the seasons. Other offerings include the Sesame Bowl (herb chicken breast, brown rice, roasted broccoli, Brussels slaw, panko, sesame vinaigrette), Field Greens Salad along with mainstays like the signature Whole Roasted Chicken and a no-frills Damn Good Chicken Plate. Beer and wine will also be available in the coming weeks.

Taco DUMBO has opened its 8th location at 31 West 52nd St. The surf themed Mexican chain is known for its assorted tacos (rotisserie chicken tinga, vegan chrorizo, beef short rib and roasted fish (new) and others along with signature “tiny tacos,” street corn, taco salad and more. Cold-press juice margaritas come in flavors like pineapple-tumeric, strawberry fuji apple and watermelon basil. 

Specialty coffee company, Black Fox, now has a second location at 45 East 45th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues). Assorted pastries and croissants, and sandwiches are sold, including scrambled eggs a la California, ginger soy chicken & and avocado, and a breakfast burrito with nduja sausage and patatas bravas. Espresso, filtered and iced coffee drinks are also available along with an assortment of fragrant teas.  

Carnegie Diner and Café has set up shop at 205 West 57th Street at 7th Avenue. Look for American classics like over-sized burgers, salads made fresh to order and lobster mac & cheese. 

Popular bubble tea chain, Gong Cha, now has a location in the heart of Times Square at 1600 Broadway near 48th Street. Milk teas, slushies, foam teas and tea lattes are sold. Visitors can make their own combinations with add-ons like pearls, assorted jellies, pudding and oreo crumbs. 

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

Bergamo's Bar & Lounge opens near Grand Central
January 10, 2020, 6:46.33 pm ET

Bergamo's Bar and Lounge, Midtown, NYC

Bergamo's Bar and Lounge, Midtown, NYC

Bergamo's Bar and Lounge, Midtown, NYC

Bergamo's Bar and Lounge, Midtown, NYC

Bergamo's Bar and Lounge, Midtown, NYC
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New yakitori omakase at Torien in NoHo
January 10, 2020, 12:26.44 am ET

Torien, yakitori, omakase,NoHo, NYC

Torien, yakitori, omakase,NoHo, NYC

Torien, yakitori, omakase,NoHo, NYC

Torien, yakitori, omakase,NoHo, NYC
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Ernesto's bring Basque cuisine to LES
January 9, 2020, 12:33.50 am ET

Ernesto's, Basque cuisine, Lower East Side, NYC

Ernesto's, Basque cuisine, Lower East Side, NYC

Ernesto's, Basque cuisine, Lower East Side, NYC

Ernesto's, Basque cuisine, Lower East Side, NYC

Ernesto's, Basque cuisine, Lower East Side, NYC
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The foods of Urbanspace W 52nd
January 9, 2020, 12:22.23 am ET

The foods of Urbanspace W 52nd, Midtown, NYC
Tamales at City TamaleThe foods of Urbanspace W 52nd, Midtown, NYC
Matzo Ball Soup at Eisenberg'sThe foods of Urbanspace W 52nd, Midtown, NYC
Brudadiero Chocolate Cake at Cafe Patoro
The foods of Urbanspace W 52nd, Midtown, NYC

The foods of Urbanspace W 52nd, Midtown, NYC
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Chef Melissa O'Donnell puts Seven Seeds on the map
January 8, 2020, 6:56.25 pm ET

Seven Seeds, Eastern Mediterranean, Williamsburg Hotel, NYC

Seven Seeds, Eastern Mediterranean, Williamsburg Hotel, NYC

Seven Seeds, Eastern Mediterranean, Williamsburg Hotel, NYC
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Around Town
January 8, 2020, 6:33.54 pm ET

       Photo: TWA Hotel

The Runway Chalet is now open at The Pool Bar on the roof of the landmark 512-room TWA Hotel, the only on-airport hotel at JFK International Airport. The 1960s ski lodge-themed getaway is serving food (think charcuterie and sizzling burgers) and drinks. The tented and heated bar, complete with fireplace,  is offering peak views of the runway while sipping on a hot toddy or hot chocolate with a kick.  And if that’s not enough you can take a dip in the heated pool.

ATOBOY's upcoming collaboration dinner with Chef Jeff Kang of Torotono's Canis Restaurant will take place Monday, January 27. Guests will be able to enjoy a multi-course, family-style tasting menu at $90pp. Beverage offerings will be available a la carte and have been specially curated for this dinner. Since opening in 2016, Canis has made waves in Toronto’s dining scene with tasting menus that exemplify “inspired simplicity” and has built a reputation for its smart and delicious charm.

Orange Glou, a monthly orange wine bar popup, will hold its next event at Trapizzino (144 Orachard St) on Wednesday, January 22nd in two sessions at 6–8pm and 8–10pm. The event will feature 10+ orange wines by the glass and/or bottle. While orange wines are made around the world, this month’s event will exclusively feature wines from Italy to complement Trapizzino’s Roman street food–inspired menu.

In celebration of Lunar New Year, Bibigo To Go, located in The Concourse at Rockefeller Center, is offering exclusive dine-in and takeout deals from January 24th to January 26th.  The dine-in “Lunar New Year Luck Box” includes Bibigo’s famous Mandu, Chicken Bites, and a coupon valid for a free bag of Bibigo Frozen Mandu for only $9.  There’s also a takeout “Lunar New Year At Home Package” for $25 which includes a custom Bibigo Mandu Steamer.

Partners Coffee (formerly Toby's Estate) has landed at the new Urbanspace W52 food hall in Midtown West (152 West 52nd Street). The new café is Partners Coffee’s sixth retail location. Partners is also resurrecting its fan favorite Maple Sage Latte exclusively at the W52 location for a limited time.  The latte features a double shot of espresso infused with garden sage and local maple syrup, topped with a layer of textured milk. 

Looking Ahead

This February, third generation sushi chef Kunihide “Nakaji” Nakajima is partnering with restaurateurs Ivy Tsang and Selwyn Chan (TURTLERABBIT hospitality) to open Nakaji. The dual-concept space, located at 48 Bowery, will feature a chef’s counter serving edomae-style sushi via three tiers of omakase, as well as a Japanese-focused cocktail bar called Bar at Nakaji. Most recently, chef Nakajima worked as the head chef of Sushi Inoue, a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Harlem. Stay tuned!

Compiled by Thomas Rafael

Le Sia for seafood and skewers in Hell's Kitchen
January 7, 2020, 12:12.33 am ET

Le Sia, Seafood, Skewers, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Le Sia, Seafood, Skewers, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Le Sia, Seafood, Skewers, Hell's Kitchen, NYC 

Le Sia, Seafood, Skewers, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Le Sia, Seafood, Skewers, Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy
January 4, 2020, 10:54.10 am ET

Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy, NYC

Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy, NYC

Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy, NYC

Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy, NYC

Veronika brings European flair to Gramercy, NYC
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Goodman's Bar at Bergdorf Goodman's
January 3, 2020, 12:52.22 am ET

Goodman's Bar, Bergdorf Goodman's, Men's Store, NYC

Goodman's Bar, Bergdorf Goodman's, Men's Store, NYC

Goodman's Bar, Bergdorf Goodman's, Men's Store, NYC
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Hotel Chocolat arrives at Turnstyle
January 3, 2020, 12:34.21 am ET

Hotel Chocolat, Turnstyle Market, NYC

Hotel Chocolat, Turnstyle Underground Market, NYC
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Baja-style Mexican at Summer Salt in Flatiron
January 2, 2020, 11:52.23 pm ET

Summer Salt, Baja, Mexican, Flatiron, NYC

Summer Salt, Baja, Mexican, Flatiron, NYC

Summer Salt, Baja, Mexican, Flatiron, NYC
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Annual Polar Bear Plunge New Year's Day at Coney Ilsand
January 1, 2020, 5:20.19 pm ET

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC

2020, Polar Bear Plunge, Coney Island, NYC
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Tiki Chick opens on the Upper West Side
January 1, 2020, 12:01.41 pm ET

Tiki Chick, Tiki Bar, Upper West Side, NYC
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Korean underground at Bangia in KTown
January 1, 2020, 11:58.08 am ET

Bangia, Korean, KTown, NYC

Bangia, Korean, KTown, NYC

Bangia, Korean, KTown, NYC
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