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Sushi Bombs at BBF Kapposono in East Village
October 30, 2021, 3:12.32 pm ET

 Sushi Bombs at BBF Kapposono in the East Village
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BBF by acclaimed Chef Chikaro Sono is one of the few places in New York City where you can drop a few “sushi bombs.” They are made with a proprietary device that forms the sushi rice into perfect circles. Each one is topped with Chef Sono’s pristine sushi selections. Don’t be surprised if Chef Sono checks up on you personally.

BBF, East Village, NYC, Una Bomb
Una Bomb

The best way to try it is with one of several Sushi Bomb platters ranging from The Party Bomb, Special Party Bomb, Shellfish Party Bomb and the Garden Party Bomb ranging in price from $32 to $60. The Party Pomb, which we tried, features 3 Pink Bomb topped with salmon and scallion oil; 3 Spicy Mc. Bomb topped with big eye tuna, cucumber, kataifi and spicy jalapeno sauce; 3 Negihama Bomb topped with yellow tail and thinly sliced scallion; and 3 Una Bomb with eel and sansho pepper, pickled cucumber and shrimp.  Aside from being presented beautifully, it is among the freshest sushi we have tried.

BBF, East Village, NYC, Spicy Mc. Bomb
Spicy Mc. Bomb

The “sushi bomb” offerings are also available a la carte and include some pricier items like the Blue Chutoro Bomb and Bluefin Otoro Bomb, each served with horseradish, and the Hokkaido Uni Bomb with sea urchin and nori. Vegetarian options are also available including a Shitake Bomb with simmered shitake and the Pepper Bomb with roasted pepper and cashew mayo. Hand rolls are also sold.

BBF, East Village, NYC, Negihama Bomb
Negihama Bomb

Cocktails are bright and bold with names like Metime (sencha infused Haku, honeydew, bergamot), Yellow In Green (Nikka Coffey Vodka, pineapple water, maccha, aloe, orange blossom, tonic), and Beat Beet (Iwai whisky, beet, umeboshi & apple shrub, sumac, aperitif). Sake, wine and ice cold beer are also available.

The space is light and airy with a honeycomb tile pattern, large L-shaped sushi bar with casual seating in the back of the restaurant.  BBF is a welcome addition to New York City’s dining scene!

BBF Kapposono is located at 177 Ludlow St, New York, NY (646) 476-5088

NYC Restaurants to Celebrate Original Balsamic Vinegar Week
October 30, 2021, 12:09.26 pm ET

The Consortium for the Protection of Aceto Balsamico di Modena has partnered with international magazine “All About Italy” to launch the first annual Original Balsamic Vinegar Week in New York City from November 1-7. Chefs at each of 22 NYC restaurants will prepare new dishes and recipes that feature Aceto Balsamico di Modena as the main ingredient to be included on their menus throughout the week.

Participating restaurants in Manhattan include Bella Blu (967 Lexington Avenue); Morso (420 East 59th Street); Alidoro @ The Hugh (601 Lexington Avenue); Michael’s (24 West 55th Street); Pizzarte (69 West 55th Street); Viceversa (325 West 51st Street); Etcetera Etcetera (352 West 44th Street); Il Fiorista (17 West 26th Street); Pasta By Hudson (180 7th Avenue); Risotteria Melotti (309 East 5th Street); Song’ E Napule (146 West Houston Street); Nonna Beppa (290 Hudson Street); Pisillo Italian Panini (97 Nassau Street); Kestè (66 Gold Street); Ampia Gnoccheria (100 Broad Street); Babbo (110 Waverly Place); Benno (7 E 27th Street)’ and Perry Club @ Pasta By Hudson (157 7th Avenue South).

Brooklyn eateries include Fornino Greenpoint & Timeout Market (849 Manhattan Avenue & 55 Water Street); Osteria Brooklyn (458/460 Myrtle Avenue); and Antica Pesa (115 Berry Street).

What You Need to Know for This Year's NYC Village Halloween Parade
October 30, 2021, 11:52.18 am ET

 
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New York’s 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade is back on this year! The parade takes place on October 31, 2021 starting at 7pm and travels along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.  More than 2 million people are expected to attend.  More than 50 marching bands will be participating along with hundreds of giant puppets, dancers and artists. Thousands of New Yorkers will also be attending in hand-made costume creations.

The Grand Marshal this year is comedian Randy Rainbow. The parade is being dedicated to kids who missed out on Halloween last year. The parade can also be watched on NY1. It is free to attend, but you can also purchase a ticket for $100 and avoid dealing with the crowds. If you’re looking to attend for free, we recommend getting their early and finding a good spot, and using public transportation to get there given all of the street closures. The parade wraps up at around 11pm. Happy Halloween!

NYC's Fastest Guide to 10 New Restaurants to Try Right Now
October 29, 2021, 7:52.42 pm ET

NYC's Fastest Guide to 10 New Restaurants to Try Right Now
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Antoya Korean BBQ (formerly Samwon Garden) is now offering fusion Korean-Italian dishes, as well as BBQ.  The new menu celebrates the origin of its owner and entrepreneur, Tony Park.  37 W 32nd St, New York, NY

Recette in Williamsburg is offering French dishes such as steak tartare, burgundy escargots, and mussels in white wine sauce. Cocktails include The French 85 (gin, pamplemousse liqeuer, lemon & sparkling wine). 103 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY

Gran Via in Hanover Square is a spot for shareable plates like blistered peppers, fresh chorizo, artichokes a la plancha and Galician octopus. Wine and Latin-inspired drinks like Rum & Cola are offered. 57 Stone St, New York, NY

Harry’s New York Bar and Rose Lane have emerged at the Park Lane Hotel in Midtown. Both are offering libations with bar-style bites for everything from a business meeting to a nightcap. 36 Central Park S, New York, NY

Semma is exploring the favors of southern India from the team beind Dhamaka and Adda. Dishes include tiger prawns with green chili, quail with cumin & coriander, and Dungeness crab with coconut rice. 60 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY

Dumpling Lab in the East Village is pushing the dumpling envelope with flavors like mackerel with dried shellfish, beef with green bell pepper, chicken with wood ear mushrooms, and zucchini & cucumber.  214 E 9th St, New York, NY

Icca in FiDi is a new Omakase by Michelin-starred Chef Kazushige Suzuki offering an experience meant to “open the flower of the heart” with seafood air-shipped from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market. 20 Warren St, New York, NY

Isla, located steps away from Bryant Park, is offering dishes from the sea and land, including grilled octopus, manilla clams, grilled Berkshire pork chops, a 14 oz NY Strip, and whole roasted branzino. 25 W 38th St, New York, NY

Chichen Itza, named after Mayan ruins, is a Mexican spot located in the East Village offering an assortment of tacos, enchiladas, and traditional Mecican soups.

One19 Wine Bar located on the Lower East Side is offering small bites including marinated olives, ricotta bruschetta, salads and more, along with a lengthy wine list, as well as a “wine flight.” 119 Essex StNew York, NY


Around Town - Day of the Dead, Halloween Parties, Brunch & More...
October 29, 2021, 12:34.22 am ET

 
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Rockefeller Center is celebrating Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with larger-than-life statues in the courtyard, along with tequila tastings from 11am to 6pm through Nov 2nd.


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Flatiron Mexican restaurant Tacos Güey is also celebrating Dia de Muertos from October 29th through Tuesday November 2nd with a special menu and drinks. Among them is Cempasúchil ($16), named after the Aztec Marigold known for its vibrant orange color.  Made from papaya, carrot juice, turmeric, mezcal, cachaça, and horchata, the whipped beverage is served over crushed ice and topped with flowers.

 
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Essex Market and The Market Line are getting into the Halloween Spirit. The Grand Delancy is holding an adult Halloween party on Oct 30th.  There will also be a family Halloween party at The Market Line October 31st (2pm-4pm) with fun activities and a parade for the kids along with cold beers for the adults.

More Halloween events and parties can be found here, here and here.


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Fall is upon us and Nowadays is winterizing its cultural hub on the Bushwick-Ridgewood border. The fire pits are running, heated yurts are up, and Diner by Izakaya is unveiling its new winter ramen menu.


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Speaking of new fall menus, Festival, NYC’s Farm-to-Bar Cocktail Lounge is launching its fall/winter menus. Drinks include the Notorious F.I.G. (Sazerac Rye, Fig Cordial, Creme de Mure, Lemon, served Bramble Style). The food menu includes things like Roasted Delicata Squash, Short Rib Egg Yolk Gnocchi and Curried Pumpkin & Coconut Soup.


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Sereneco, in Greenpoint’s historic Pencil Factory, is doing brunch. Executive Chef Dennis Hong (a vet of Lincoln Ristorante & Le Bernardin) is serving up a Breakfast Burrito with sacrambled eggs, pickled pepper, avocado salsa, monterey jack, sour cream, choice of bacon or house-made pork sausage. Also look for a  Smoked Salmon Croissant and Buttermilk Pancakes fruit compote. Wash it down with a Pencil Pusher - Gin, ginger-mint kombucha, lemon, honey, and lavender.


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In honor of Thanksgiving, Black Tap is rolling out its “Let’s Give Em’ Something to Pumpkin’ Bout: The Pumpkin Cheesecake CrazyShake®.” Yes, this decadent Pumpkin spice shake is loaded up with a vanilla frosted rim with mini marshmallows topped with a pumpkin cheesecake slice, whipped cream & pumpkin spice (Offered from: November 1 - 30). There’s also a Thanksgiving Burger.


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And speaking of cheesecake, Junior’s sprawling Times Square location (W 49th & Broadway) has reopened. Yay! With the city coming back to life, we could all use a slice of cheesecake!

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you around town!

 

NYLO Fitness and Lifestyle Studio Opens in Tribeca
October 28, 2021, 10:39.42 am ET

 
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NYLO, a revolutionary fitness and lifestyle design studio, has opened at 279 Church Street. Co-founders Sean Cronin and Elena Sokina focus on having the studio’s clients facilitate natural systems of movement, nutrition, and mindful relationships in order to build strength and resilience

After entering the space, members can browse an array of sustainable, organic products from local producers for purchase, along with the option to sign up for seasonal farm deliveries filled with healthy nutritious food to enjoy at home.  Products will be sourced from local regenerative farmers and include fruits, vegetables, meat, and honey.

Meanwhile inside the private training studio -- an open space with barbells, kettlebells, gymnastic rings, bamboo bars, and manual cardio machines, clients will be allowed one a time, for 60 or 90-minute sessions, with NYLO trainers. Their goal will to be create a lifestyle design that will build new behaviors and a lifestyle that encourages clients to make those behaviors stick.

For more information, visit nylo.fitness

 

Billy Porter to Speak at Symphony Space
October 28, 2021, 10:30.06 am ET

Symphony Space will present award-winning actor Billy Porter discussing his critically acclaimed new memoir “Unprotected” on Wednesday, November 3 at 8pm. The book (which comes with a ticket to the event) recounts Porter’s lifelong struggle to heal the deep psychological wounds from his childhood. The event will also be livestreamed.

Porter received both a Tony Award and Grammy Award for his role as Lola in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.” He also received the Emmy Award for his work as Pray Tell on the FX series “Pose.” Porter was most recently seen in the popular Netflix film “Cinderella.”

Other celebrities appearing at Symphony Space in November include actor Kal Penn, playwright Sarah Ruhl (in conversation with actress Cynthia Nixon), and musical group Mile Twelve.

For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Teams Up with Threes Brewing
October 28, 2021, 12:09.27 am ET

 
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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster, the fish market and raw bar/restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that specializes in sustainable, responsibly sourced and traceable seafood is moving its restaurant (not the fish market) to Threes Brewing's Greenpoint location for six months, starting November 5th.

While Greenpoint Fish & Lobster’s outdoor setup has been a success, with colder weather setting in they’ve decided to partner with Threes Brewing to help keep diners indoors this winter. The brewpub has seating for 60 indoors, as well as outdoor seating and a private event space (reservations will be available via Resy).


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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Executive Chef and Partner, Orion Russell, will oversee the kitchen serving a slightly abbreviated menu of their popular dishes including the Lobster Roll (served Maine or Connecticut style), Fish Tacos, Tuna Burger, Fish & Chips, raw oysters and more (There’s also an oyster happy hour Mon-Fri from 4-6pm offering oysters at $2 apiece).

Russell is also introducing some new dishes for the Threes residency like “Fish-N Nuggets,” his version of a chicken nugget but made with seasonal fish and served with Squid ink BBQ sauce. Other options include a Grass-Fed Beef Burger made with a special blend from The Meat Hook.

Threes Brewing is located at 113 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Celebrate Thanksgiving in New York City without the Fuss
October 27, 2021, 11:41.20 pm ET

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ESTUARY AND EBB & FLOW

Estuary and Ebb & Flow, the Brooklyn Bridge Restaurant, is serving up take-home Thanksgiving, so you can be the MVP of family meal or Friendsgiving. Prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Rodriguez (Batard, Danny Brown Kitchen) with options starting at $270.

THE VITALS

The take-home dinner includes Whole Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey Gravy, Mushroom Stuffing, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Roasted Baby Brussel Sprouts, Choice of a Thanksgiving Pie, and options can serve up to ten people. The Thanksgiving Pie options include Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie, Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie or Salted Caramel Apple Pie. All orders must be placed by November 19th via ToastTab, by calling the bakery at (718) 618-9775, or by emailing info@estuarybrooklyn.com. 

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POPULAR

A Peruvian-inspired Thanksgiving awaits at POPULAR restaurant at Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel. Offered at $100 per person, this first-ever menu reimagines the very traditional American feast with an Andean twist.

THE VITALS

Created by Chef Diego Muñoz, the family-style set menu includes a Crème Brulée-inspired take on the Pisco Sour, turkey cooked two ingenious ways (herb-roasted white meat and confit dark meat) and Chef Diego’s grandma’s recipe for cranberry sauce. Sides include Sweet Potato Croquettes with chestnut crumble and toasted marshmallows, Green Beans with pine nuts and rocoto, and Fried Brussels Sprouts with ají limo maple glaze & citrus zest. For dessert there is Peruvian Chocolate and Pecan Pie with salted crust and lucuma ice cream. Chef Diego formerly helmed the #1 rated restaurant in Latin America by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Astrid y Gastón in Lima, Peru.

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THE TAVERN

The Tavern, Hudson Yards’ American bistro, known for embracing global flavors, is offering a Thanksgiving Day menu by Chef Linda Luo, who recently took the reins as Executive Chef.

THE VITALS

The three-course prix fixe ($145 per person) brings the classics and new takes on this timeless feast with options for turkey lovers, fish enthusiasts and beef connoisseurs. Entrees include Turkey, Cranberry Jus, Sweet Potatoes Pavé, and Sage Crumble or Filet Mignon, Bordelaise Jus, Béarnaise Butter, Marble Potatoes, and Shoestring Fries or Monkfish, Chanterelles, Asparagus, Cauliflower Purée, and Urfa Pepper. This indulgent experience also includes nostalgic desserts by Chef Stephen Collucci, including Pumpkin Pie with a Pepita Crunch and Chantilly & Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream, as well as Pecan Pie, Smoked Bourbon & Milk Chocolate Ice Cream. An optional wine pairing ($88) curated by Wine Director Dave Lofstrom is also available.

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BROOKLYN CHOP HOUSE

Brooklyn Chop House in FiDi is celebrating Thanksgiving with a take home feast with a twist.

THE VITALS

For the holiday, the restaurant is introducing its 13 - 14lb Peking style roasted turkey available for pick-up for $295. Trimmings can be added for $395 to feed a group of 6 and include Garlic Mashed Potatoes, String Beans, Cranberry Plum Sauce, Scallions and Cucumber, Hot Pancakes, Salads and Homemade Assorted Cheesecakes complemented by coffee. Limited packages are available and diners should reserve their feast.

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BAR MARSEILLE

Bar Marseille in the Rockaways is offering a Thanksgiving Package for $75 per person (2 person minimum.)

THE VITALS

To start, diners can enjoy a Gem Lettuce Salad with Fennel, Radish and Dijon Vinaigrette or a Pear Brie Tart with Aged balsamic. Entrees include a choice of Cascun Farms Roast Turkey served with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Salmon with Salsa Verde, or a Prime Rib Roast for an additional $10 with Au Jus. Pair it with a side of Whipped Red Bliss Potatoes with Creme Fraiche and Chive, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Spicy Honey or Brioche Stuffing with Sage.


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PIG BEACH

Pig Beach is offering a heat and eat Thanksgiving meal to go. It comes in two sizes: The full feast for $250 (serves 10-12) or a Small Party for $110 (serves 4-6). Order by 5pm on Nov 19 for pickup on Nov 24th.

THE VITALS

The Feast comes with choice of Whole Smoked Tugg turkey with garlic herbed butter or Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Cut Ham. Comes with Giblet Gravy and classic cranberry sauce. Choice of two sides including Mac n Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread Stuffing, Baked Beans, Purple Coleslaw and Green Bean Casserole with crispy onions. Choice of one pie, including pumpkin, apple and chocolate pecan pie.

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MORGAN'S BROOKLYN BARBECUE

Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, famous for their low and slow smoked meats, is offering Whole Smoked Turkeycatering packages that serve 10-12, as well as a-la-carte specials. Currently operating via a ghost kitchen at sister-restaurant Tiny’s Cantina.

THE VITALS

To-Go ($275, serves 10-12): This curated feast features a 16-18 lb whole smoked turkey, green beans, stuffing, and sweet potatoes (3lbs each), as well as cranberry sauce (16oz) and gravy (24oz). An assortment of 9-inch pies will be available as additions including Pecan ($45), Apple ($45) and Pumpkin ($42). The deadline for ordering is Monday, November 22nd at 4pm. Guests can pre-order their meal for pickup here.

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BOND 45 AND MORE

Thanksgiving Feast with all the Trimmings (or Thanksgiving To-Go) are vailable at Bond 45, Café Fiorello, Brooklyn Diner, Redeye Grill, and Trattoria Dell’Arte.

THE VITALS

Guests will have the option to indulge in a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings with 4-course prix-fixe menu and a Champagne holiday toast. Depending on the location, prices start at $74+ per person. Or those who prefer their turkey dinner to-go, these locations have the option for their dinner at home for $46+ per person. All menus are available online.


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SOOGIL

French Korean restaurant Soogil in the East Village is offering a luxurious way to celebrate with a 6-course Thanksgiving feast ($115 per person) on Nov. 25th to dine in (or to go/delivery). Drawing on both Korean ingredients and his French training, Chef Soogil Lim has created a menu worthy of holiday celebrations.

THE VITALS

The feast starts with exquisite Caviar + Kampachi with black diamond Kaluga caviar and kampachi tartare, watermelon radish, finger lime, chanterelle mushroom, crème fraiche, gamtae wild seaweed and potato. It’s followed by Honeynut Squash Soup with prosciutto and huckleberry coulis; then Gochujang-crusted Scallops with maitake and button mushrooms, sunchoke, hazelnut vinaigrette, garlic purée. Chef Soogil’s signature Nurungji Gras has sautee foie gras atop crispy nurungji Korean “scorched rice,” brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and soy mushroom sauce. For entrée, guests have a choice of Boneless Turkey Roulade stuffed with turkey farce and foie gras and served with cranberry sauce, sweet potato beignet and turkey gravy, or grilled American Wagyu Galbi short ribs with 24-hour soy bordelaise sauce, Korean sweet potato beignet and matsutake mushrooms. An Uni Bowl with sea urchin, smoked trout roe, matsutake mushrooms, seaweed rice, pickled chayote, and gamtae can be added (with a supplement). For dessert, he brings back his Korean childhood favorite, dalgona candy, that is having a moment thanks to Netflix’s Squid Game.

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CASA ORA

Casa Ora is celebrating Thanksgiving Venezuelan style from 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM with an à la carte menu available for dine-in or pickup.

THE VITALS

Offerings include traditional dishes such as: Pan de Jamón - Smoked ham bread with raisin & olive; Hallaca - Pork tamale with chickpea, potato, raisin & olive; Pernil - Slow roasted pork loin with lentils, chimichurri & carrot potato purée; Quesillo Tradicional - Flan, dark rum, caramel; and Ponche Crema - Venezuelan Egg Nog with Santa Teresa Rum. Casa Ora has also been recognized by Michelin as the only Venezuelan restaurant to ever receive a Michelin Plate.


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SERENECO

This Thanksgiving, Sereneco - the new all-day restaurant in Greenpoint - will offer an elevated, New American feast. Located on the ground floor of the historic Pencil Factory building, Sereneco offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere designed to put guests at ease. The kitchen is spearheaded by Executive Chef Dennis Hong (a vet of Lincoln Ristorante & Le Bernardin).

THE VITALS

Thanksgiving dinner includes Butternut Squash Soup - Spiced Pumpkin Seed, Crème Fraiche; Shaved Vegetable Salad - Poppy Seed Coconut Yogurt Vinaigrette, Fennel Fronds; Roasted Turkey Roulade - Garlic Herb Pesto, Mashed Potato, White Truffle Oil, Sunchoke Chip, Gravy; Green Bean Casserole - Artisanal Mushroom, Fried Shallot; and Mac and Cheese - Nutmeg, Cheddar, Herbed Focaccia Crumbs. In addition to special cocktails and wine pairings, Sereneco will also offer its signature cocktails, including the Sereneco Sour (rye whiskey, maple lemon, egg white, cherry), and Pencil Pusher (mezcal, contratto bitter, carpano antica, espelette).

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GRAND ARMY

Grand Army in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn is celebrating Thanksgiving Eve highlighting cocktails made with Wild Turkey.

THE VITALS

The Grand Army team is preparing several cocktails for the evening, in partnership with Wild Turkey: the Streetcat Named Bob (a seasonal Vieux Carre that’s currently on the cat-themed cocktail menu), a zesty Bourbon Ancho Reyes Buck, the Gravedigger (a throwback from Grand Army’s 2019 monster trucks menu), and Boilermaker beer-and-shot combo with Wild Turkey “Rare Breed” barrel proof bourbon. There will even be a light-up turkey ice luge to turn the turkey time up to ten, complete with a special Wild Turkey 50/50 luge shooter featuring Wild Turkey 101 Rye and Averna Amaro. Safety first: all shots will be poured hygienically into separate small glasses.

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BOUCHERIE

The Boucherie’s New York City Locations, including La Grande Boucherie, will be offering a Thanksgiving dinner from 11am to 10pm.

THE VITALS

The four sister restaurants, each with its own expression of the Boucherie French brasserie concept, will offer two special dishes for Thanksgiving: DINDE RÔTIE, roasted turkey breast, truffle ballotine, sweet potato au gratin, brussels sprouts, chanterelles, cranberry compote, turkey jus ($48), and CHEESECAKE À LA CITROUILLE with pecans and spiced caramel ($15). The regular menu will also be available that day.

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OLIO E PIU

Olio e Piu, the bustling Italian restaurant at the intersection of Sixth and Greenwich avenues is offering several inspired dine-in only specials on Thanksgiving, in addition to its regular menu.

THE VITALS

Among this year’s offering are Zuppa di Zucca with butternut squash, robilina cheese, crostini, and sage; Tacchino al Forno  with roasted turkey, kale and mortadella stuffing, fall vegetables, cranberry compote, and turkey jus; as well as Pumpkin Cheesecake with pecans and spiced caramel.


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ATLANTIC GRILL

Atlantic Grill which recently reopened under new leadership is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving after the parade or before heading to see a show. Now led by Monte Carlo Hospitality Group, and Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore, Atlantic Grill will be celebrating the holiday with it’s newly revamped seafood menu with a touch of his Mediterranean influence in addition to offering a Thanksgiving special.

THE VITALS

Available during lunch service from 12pm to 3pm and from 5pm to 10pm, the Roasted Turkey Breast special ($39) will be served with raspberry demi glaze sauce, mashed potatoes, apple & chestnut stuffing, french green beans with almonds, heirloom carrots, and spiced orange cranberry sauce. For dessert, guests can enjoy a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie.

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CASA LIMONE

Located in Midtown just steps away from Rockefeller Center, the Southern Italian-inspired Casa Limone, led by Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore, is serving up two Thanksgiving specials this year in addition to the regular menu.

THE VITALS

Guests may start with an appetizer of roasted honeynut squash with arugula, whipped goat cheese, and pomegranate ($22). Then for an entree, enjoy a butter poached turkey breast and crispy turkey thigh confit paired with farro and italian sausage stuffing, potato purée, roasted Brussels sprouts with candied walnuts, and cranberry sauce al Limoncello ($39).


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MACCHINA

If you are interested in a less traditional option away from the turkey and trimmings, why not have a true NY holiday with a Thanksgiving pie from the newly opened Macchina in Williamsburg.

THE VITALS

Macchina’s custom Thanksgiving (pizza) Pie is city-style with maple-bourbon glazed ham and with caramelized onions  ($16). The ham is brined for 24 hours then roasted and spiced with maple bourbon, placed on homemade pizza dough and fired in a Tuscan stove oven until golden. The special can be ordered for take-out or eat-in from November 21 through December 2021.

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YOON HAEUNDAE GALBI

The recently New York Times reviewed Yoon Haeundae Galbi is a midtown spot for comforting dishes like the Soybean Stew with short rib, and crispy Korean Fried Chicken. This Thanksgiving, the restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving Meal Kit for delivery or pick-up.

THE VITALS

The kit, serving three to four people, comes fully stocked with the following: a selection of three meats: Marinated Short Rib, Wagyu Strip Loin and Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye. Side dishes: Soybean Stew, Potato Noodles, Lettuce Ssam Wraps with three Ssamjang offerings, and four Banchan sides, including two servings of rice. Preorders will begin November 21, with the delivery date from November 23 through November 26. Orders can be placed by emailing info@hudhospitality.com. The kit costs $160, with delivery area spanning from Houston Street to 59th Street.

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BOULTON & WATT

Boulton & Watt will be open for Thanksgiving starting at 2pm.   If you're celebrating at home and just want someone else to handle the cooking, Boulton can help with that, too!  Reservations and orders can be made by calling 646-490-6004.

THE VITALS

The classic Thanksgiving plate at Boulton & Watt includes turkey, cranberry, stuffing and all of your other favorite fixings for just $30. Even better? That bargain price includes dessert!  Parties of four or more can call ahead to enjoy their feast family style.


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BAR BLONDAEU

Bar Blondeau, the new French-style bar in Williamsburg with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, is offering Thanksgiving dinner from 2pm to 1am with indoor and outdoor heated seating. Bar Blondeau is housed on the 6th floor of the Wythe Hotel.

THE VITALS

The full menu will be available from lighter bites like Tuna Tartare with mustard seed and aged soy, to larger plates like Hake Tempura with yuzu mayonnaise, and Saffron Rice with blood cake, fried egg and almonds. There are also new winter-friendly cocktails. A few examples include Silent Partner, Bar Blondeau's riff on an Espresso Martini with cold brew, mezcal and mole bitters, and Wish Fulfillment, a warm cocktail with local apple gin, pear brandy, allspice and lemon oil. Reservations for 8 or less are available via Resy, and for larger parties of 9+ details can be filled out here (perfect for any holiday celebrations!).

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OLMSTED

Olmsted, the restaurant from chef-owner Greg Baxtrom, known for its creative vegetable-forward menu that features produce from the lush backyard garden and local farmers and purveyors, will be open on Thanksgiving Day for dine-in from 2-8pm.

THE VITALS

Olmsted is offering a special family-style menu ($145 pp) with dishes like Arctic Char Tartare, Cornbread and Sage Butter, Heritage Turkey Two Ways and Black Truffled Mashed Potatoes. Additionally, Olmsted is offering a limited quantity of takeout boxes that serves four ($375) with starters, mains, sides, desserts and more. And for folks that are in need of a pie, Olmsted is offering 8” housemade pies for pick up, including Pumpkin, Maple Pecan and Apple Strudel for $45. Thanksgiving at Olmsted is bookable on Resy.

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BRICK LANE CURRY HOUSE

British-style curry house, Brick Lane Curry, is offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu at their New York and New Jersey locations.

THE VITALS

The special menu features appetizers like Sweet Potato Chaat, Birayancini, and an assortment of Mini Pies. For entrees, a choice between Tandoori Roasted Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower is offered. The Garam Masala Apple Pie is a must-have to complete this decadent dinner. Reservations can be made online at bricklanecurry.com and it can be pre-ordered for pick-up.

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TUDOR CITY STEAKHOUSE

Tudor City Steakhouse located a short distance away from Grand Central is offering a classic Thanksgiving dinner.  

THE VITALS 

The Thanksgiving meal begins with Butternut Squash Cream Soup; Tudor Thanksgiving Salad with Romaine, Beets, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Roasted Turkey with Home made stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce; Brussel sprouts; Sweet potato puree; and Pecan Pie for dessert. A kids plate (under 10 years) with Turkey and Mac & Cheese is also offered.

 
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THE MARY LANE

On Thanksgiving day, Chef Mike Price and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Sutin are offering their classic, seasonally-driven American fare as a three-course prix-fixe menu available from 2-9pm.

THE VITALS

From the Autumn Salad to Long Island Duck Confit Roulade as starters, to Roasted Holiday Turkey and the Sweet Potato & Maitake Mushroom Pavé for the second course, dish options are fresh and festive. Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake and a Pear & Quince Crisp provide satisfying desserts. A seasonal cocktail and glass pour special will also be offered. Priced at $95 per person and $35 per child 12 years and under, there will be three seatings with a maximum possible group size of seven guests. The menu can be found here and reservation form here.

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MARATHI

Marathi, a new TriBeCa spot for Greek dining, is serving an inspired Thanksgiving feast this year. Chef Nicholas Poulmentis is going All-American in his multi-course menu served from 2pm to 8pm and is prix-fixe at $55 per person. Reservations can be made online at marathinyc.com, or by phone at 212-227-5100.

THE VITALS

The menu starts diners off with Corn Bread, and a first course choice of Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette, or Cast Iron Hasselback Potatoes with Parmesan Butter Sauce. The main course is Roasted Turkey with Baked Sweet Potato, Gravy, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce or Sweet Aleppo spiced Berkshire Ham with Roasted Potato. For dessert, a choice of traditional Apple Tart with Pumpkin Ice Cream, or Pumpkin Pie is offered.

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MARSEILLE

Longstanding Hell's Kitchen favorite and French brasserie Marseille, now in its 20th year, is featuring a seasonally-driven menu for Thanksgiving Day. Priced at $65 per person, Executive Chef Daniel Drexler is crafting a three-course prix-fixe menu. 

THE VITALS

Starters feature the likes of French Onion Soup, Pumpkin Gnocchi, and Escargot, entrees such as All Natural Locally Farmed Turkey, Roast Rack of Lamb, and Honey Glazed Duck Breast, and a selection of classic desserts - all celebrating the restaurant's namesake roots as a North African port city, a cultural melting pot, and the French gateway to the world. Seatings are available from noon to 10pm, and reservations are currently open through OpenTable.


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JACK AND CHARLIE’S NO. 118

Jack and Charlies No. 118 is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving for $150 per person. Reservations required.

THE VITALS

Chef/Partner Ed Cotton’s menu begins with Black Truffle Toast with Smoked Bacon, Fontina on Brioche. Choice of Appetizer includes Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Cinnamon Marshmallow; Chopped Tuna with Avocado, Radishes, Cucumbers, Spicy Ginger Dressing, Seaweed Cracker; and Brussels Sprout & Spinach Salad with Wheat Berries, Toasted Hazelnut, and Warm Maple Pancetta Vinaigrette. Mains include Roasted Heritage Turkey, Turkey Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing, Orange Cranberry Sauce, Rosemary-Turkey Jus; Slow Roasted Prime Rib, 16oz Hand Cut, Served with Au Jus, Horseradish Cream & Warm Popovers; Cedar Planked Faroe Island Salmon with Walnut-Carrot Romesco Sauce, Sundried Tomato Gremolata and Wild Mushroom Cannelloni with Black Burgundy Truffles, Brown Butter & Sage. For dessert a choice of Pear & Cranberry Cobbler with Ginger Ice Cream; Flourless Chocolate Cake with Candied Hazelnuts, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce or Sticky Toffee Banana Pudding with Rum-Butterscotch Sauce, Roasted Banana Ice Cream.

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BAAR BAAR

Baar Baar is offering Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go.  Pre-orders: Place your order directly by phone (212-228-1200) or email (info@baarbaarnyc.com) by Monday, November 22 (or until menu is sold out) Pick-up: Orders can be picked-up at Baar Baar from 1-3PM on Thanksgiving Day. Price: $300 and serves: 4 people.

THE VITALS

Green Pea and Goat Cheese Kulcha – Indian Leavened bread stuffed with lightly spiced green peas and goat cheese, cooked in Tandoor and topped with truffle butter; Organic Whole Tandoori Turkey –  slow-roasted whole turkey marinated with Tandoori spice served over Pinenut and Caramelized Onion Pulao Makhani Gravy – a rich sauce made with cashews, tomato, and roasted bell pepper; Turkey Chapli Kebab –  pan-seared kebab made with ground turkey and house made spice blend; Roasted Butternut Squash; Huckleberry & Cranberry Chutney;  and Dodha Burfi Pecan Tart. Vegan option also available.

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SWEETBRIAR 

Sweetbriar is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go. Pre-orders: Friday, November 5 through Monday, November 22. Orders can be picked-up at Sweetbriar between 10 AM and 12PM on Wednesday, November 24 and Thanksgiving Day.  Place order at sweetbriarnyc.com. Price: $375 and serves 4-6 people.

THE VITALS

Starters include Beet Salad with Tahini and Turmeric, Spigarello Ceasar, Parmesan, Sourdough Crouton and Butternut Squash Soup, Lime Crème Fraiche.  Main Course is Hickory Smoked Organic Turkey, Light and Dark Meat, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy. Sides include Cornbread Stuffing, Spiced Cranberries, Molasses Roasted Red Kabocha, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Creamy Mashed Potatoes. For dessert there is Pumpkin Pie.

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OLD JOHN’S DINER

Old John’s Diner is offering a dine-in Only Thanksgiving at $45 per person.

THE VITALS

Tortellini-Vegetable Soup, Roasted Turkey Breast, Mashed Potato, Sweet Potato Mash, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Choice of Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie.  Includes a glass of wine


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LINDENS

Lindens opening at the Arlo Hotel just in time for the peak holiday season in New York is offering a new Seasonal American menu for Thanksgiving. Founded by industry vets Executive Chef Carsten Johannsen and Food & Beverage Director Gary Wallach of Renwick Hospitality, the new menu celebrates local seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood and New American classics.

THE VITALS

Available for dinner service starting at 4pm on Thanksgiving, the restaurant will offer their entire new menu with highlights such as the Peppercorn Rubbed Chicken, a half chicken grilled with peppercorn spice, served with a garlic puree and grilled vegetable salsa, Thyme Parker House Rolls baked in house and served with an acorn squash butter, and a Cranberry Cup to wash-it-down with Belvedere Vodka, Cranberry, thyme, apple, lemon, Lambrusco, homemade fruit rollup garnish. A Thanksgiving plate will be available with all the fixings, including turkey on a first come, first serve basis. 

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BLACK BARN

Black Barn Restaurant – Farm-to-Table, American restaurant located in NoMad from James Beard Award-Winning Chef John Doherty. BLACK BARN Restaurant pairs a menu with refined food, wine, and service in a rustic, casual environment using seasonal ingredients.  For Thanksgiving, Chef is preparing a $125/per person three course prix-fix menu to celebrate the occasion.

THE VITALS

The menu starts with Wild Mushroom Toast (robiola, taleggio, parmesan, watercress), Roasted Squash, Fennel & Beets (quinoa, bibb salad, honey-yogurt dressing) and Venison Sausage (braised cabbage & apples). Entrees, guests will have their choice of Roast Turkey & Braised Thigh with giblet gravy, Beef Tenderloin in Red Wine Sauce with roasted endive, spinach gratin, Seared Branzino & Chanterelles with white beans, escarole, grapes. To pair with the mains, sides include Sausage & Apple Stuffing, Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry Sauce. Sweeten the last bites with choices homemade Warm Apple Crumble, Pumpkin Pie, Butterscotch Bread Pudding or Chocolate-Cherry Brownies.

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INNOCENT YESTERDAY

Innocent Yesterday on the Upper East Side is offering a new, unique plant-based Thanksgiving Feast Package for vegans and vegetarians alike for $59.99 per person.

THE VITALS

The package includes Whole Stuffed Lancaster Acorn Squash, Turk’y Pot Pie featuring a buttery crust with a classic filling of sweet onion, heirloom carrots, organic celery, sweet green peas and shredded turk’y, Brown Sage Butter Cornbread, Kale Pomegranate Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bruleed Marshmallow and Pecans, a Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions, Spiced Orange Cranberry Compote with Mini Pecan Pie and Mini Pumpkin Pie included as well. They're also offering a Dessert Basket for the value price of $69.99.  


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SCAMPI

Executive chef PJ Calapa’s to-go Thanksgiving menu Everything But The Turkey ($250, serves 4-6 people) is available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24th, from 12-5pm at Scampi in NYC and in Short Hills, NJ. Pre-orders can be placed on Scampinyc.com until Friday, November 19th.

THE VITALS

Scampi’s Everything But The Turkey includes: Little Gem Salad, Delicata with Burrata and Hot Honey, Brioche and Italian Sausage Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Vinaigrette, Baked Potato Casserole, White Bolognese Lasagna, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie. Scampi is also offering a range of private dining experiences for the holidays to host parties as small as 15 people and as large as 150. Menus can be selected for dinner, brunch, or passed hors d’oeuvre with options including family-style plating or individually plated meals.

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HOWM

Mesoamerican restaurant HOWM Cocina & Cocktails, Led by Chef Byron Peñafiel (Gitano, BLT Prime) is offering a unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving Pre-Fixe Menu is available Thursday 11/25 - Sunday 11/28 for $65 per person.

THE VITALS

HOWM’s signature Chicken a la Brasa a twist on a traditional Peruvian roasted chicken, is on the menu glazed with guava and served with Aji Verde, a traditional sauce made of cilantro, lime and jalapeno.  Other offerings include Patacones, Calabaza Bisque, Peruvian Ceviche with Fluke, rocoto pepper, Mote (young corn), red onions, lime juice, cilantro, and Seasonal Autumn Salad with grilled radicchio salad, goat cheese mouse, roasted squash, celery, pepitas, balsamic reduction. Mains include  Atlantic Halibut “4x4” Poached (lemon, lime, olive oil, fish fume) with fennel, tomatoes, olive, cebollines, Spiced Rub Free Range Turkey 24 HR marinated with crispy skin, jus reduction, and a Petite Filet with wet-aged 6oz filet, confit shallots, and bordelaise sauce. Sides bring Sweet potato Gratin layered sweet potatoes with NY  state apples, roasted, cranberry glaze, Corn Stuffed Calabaza served in a whole baby pumpkin, with Yucatán street corn; Chorizo Stuffing with farro, quinoa, rendered chorizo, wild mushrooms and herbs. Desserts include choice of Pumpkin panna cotta or Churros with New York apple butter. To Take Home: a pumpkin caramel glazed apple.

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NERAI

The perennially popular Greek restaurant Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) in Midtown East will offer a $75 Prix Fixe menu per person on Thanksgiving Day from 2pm - 9pm.

THE VITALS

Starters include a choice of Greek Salad, Kabocha Squash Soup, Autumn Salad, Grilled Octopus or a Fluke Crudo. For pastas, enjoy Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Sweet Potato Risotto, Seafood Orzotto or Lobster Pasta served with poached Maine lobster with squid ink linguine in a metaxa bisque. Mains feature Lavraki, Turkey Moussaka served with carved turkey breast, slow braised turkey moussaka, cranberry sauce and tsoureki stuffing, Baby Lamb Chops, and Short Rib Yiouvetsi featuring slow braised fork-tender short rib served with orzo and piave vecchio cheese. Desserts include Pumpkin Cheesecake and Saragli featuring hand-rolled baklava, tahini parfait and sesame brittle with pistachio gelato.

  
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Here are some restaurants offering a holiday meal with all of the fixings!

CELESTINE

Celestine, the Mediterranean restaurant in DUMBO with stunning waterfront views, is taking reservations from 12pm - 6pm on Thanksgiving, accepting parties of up to 8. Children are welcome. The 4 course prix-fixe meal, served family style, costs $100 per person, and $45 for children under 12. Reservations via Resy (Groups of more than 8 may inquire about booking by contacting info@celestinebk.com.)

THE VITALS:

Shaved Fall Vegetables with Pecorino; Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Walnuts, and Parmigiano Reggiano; Heritage Turkey Roulade with Fresh Herbs, and Pan Gravy (Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle is the veggy option); Sourdough stuffing and Parker House rolls; Apple Galette with Crème Fraîche or Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting  

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DANIEL

Restaurant DANIEL -- From 11:30AM- 8PM on Thursday, November 25th, Thanksgiving offerings will feature a 3-course menu ($265 per person) with an optional wine pairing ($185 per person). Offerings include:

THE VITALS:

Duo Of Heermance Farm Red Bourbon Turkey “Ballotine,” Honeycrisp Apples, Braised Legs, Delicata Squash Creamy New Zealand Spinach, Giblet Stuffing, New Jersey Wild Cranberry, Sage Gravy; Montauk Black Sea Bass with oven Baked, Poached Leeks, Potato “Boulangère” Grape Must Mustard, and “Beurre Marchand De Vin”; Quince Tart Normandy Pecan Frangipane, Spiced Cider Quince Ice Cream (menu)


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LE PAVILLON

Le Pavillon - Newly opened and centrally located across from Grand Central Terminal, Le Pavillon will offer a 3-course menu ($225 per person)  

THE VITALS:

Potimaron Genièvre kabocha squash soup, roasted delicata, gingerbread, juniper, game pâté en croute; Dinde Chataigne rotisserie stuffed breast, braised leg, root vegetable gratin, brussels sprouts caramelized chestnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry chutney, sage gravy; Canneberge Orange cranberry pavlova, “creamsicle” ice cream, candied orange (menu)

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BOULUD SUD

Boulud Sud -- The team will be offering a Three Course Dinner, including choice of appetizer, main course and dessert ($145 per person; $65 per child under 12).  

THE VITALS:

Spiced Cauliflower Soup Za’atar, Aleppo Pepper, Croûtons; Lemon Saffron Spaghetti with Seppia, Puntarella, Sardinian Bottarga; Thanksgiving Turkey Crispy Ballotine, Sweet Potato-Parsnip Pressé; Pickled Cranberries, Rosemary Gravy; Caramel Apple Paris-Brest with Toasted Hazelnut, Salted Caramel and Spiced Vanilla Gelato (menu)

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BAR BOULUD

Bar Boulud -- Operating under the direction of newly announced Executive Chef Chef Vincent Cortese Bar Boulud has remained a mainstay as the Upper West Side’s casual French dining destination for over a decade. This Thanksgiving, diners can expect a Three Course Dinner $105 per person; $45 for Children 12 and under

THE VITALS:

Pumpkin Soup with Orange And Sage; Ora King Salmon green lentils, glazed turnips, beurre rouge; Beef Bourguignon with roasted carrot, pearl onion, mushroom, broccolini; Sweet Potato Cacio E Pepe (menu)

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EPICERIE BOULUD

Épicerie Boulud - For those in the city who are celebrating at home, local catering pickups will occur on Wednesday, November 24th from 10AM – 4PM. Additionally, Épicerie Boulud is offering its Fall Sweets Collection for online purchase and nationwide shipping.  

THE VITALS:

Complete Thanksgiving Dinner for 6 ($425).  Assorted Pies like Chocolate Pecan and Apple Crumble ($45 each) (menu)


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IL FIORISTA

The Nomad located restaurant is doing both sit down and take out options for Thanksgiving. Plus they have all your floral needs covered by their inhouse florist!  On Thanksgiving, a 3-course meal will be offered from 3pm - 7pm, $89 per person. Reservations now available on Resy or call 646.490.8240.

THE VITALS:

Dinner includes Fennel Salad with celeriac, preserved lemon, walnut, pecorino, and chamomile; Turkey Roulade with chestnut, date, and fennel pollen, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce; Wildcraft Farm Polenta with maitake mushroom, cultured butter, and marigold; Heirloom Winter Squash with lemon verbena chermoula. Dessert incudes Apple Pie with anise hyssop ice cream and Chocolate Torte with saffron caramel. Thanksgiving gifts are also available.

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ACE HOTEL BROOKLYN

Ace Hotel Brooklyn is offering Thanksgiving 2021 at As You Are for hotel guests and outdoor diners alike. Prix fixe - $95 and limited a la carte menu 

THE VITALS:

Heirloom Radicchio Salad WITH delicata, black radish, charred shallot vinaigrette; Roasted Turkey Breast & Confit Leg, mashed potato, glazed local carrots, sage stuffing, and cranberry sauce or Lotte à L'Américaine with monkfish, tomato, borlotti bean, cognac, and toasted sourdough or Koginut Squash with guajillo, mole verde, corn cake, and poached egg. Desserts include Chocolate Bourbon Pecan or Lemon and Blood Orange Meringue.

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FRENCHETTE

Frenchette is closed for dining but is offering Thanksgiving Boxes ($600). The take home feast feeds 6 people and includes a 12-14lb pasture-raised turkey with all the trimmings, and fresh pumpkin pie for each box.  Pickup will be Wednesday 11/24.

THE VITALS:

Includes Pate en Croute with heritage pork, pistachio, and koginut squash; Celeriac & Apple Veloute with celery root, honey crisp apple; Dressed Beets with leeks, walnuts, rose petal harissa; Salade de Chicoree with radicchio, Castelfranco, Treviso, and Banyuls vinaigrette; Pull-apart Parker House Rolls with rosemary, and sea salt; Heritage Turkey with Good Shepherd Ranch, soy glaze; Rick’s brussels sprouts. Chestnut stuffing, pomme puree, roasted carrots & parsnips, turkey giblet gravy and cranberry preserve. Pumpkin Pie with crème fraiche Chantilly for dessert.

 
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BAR BENNO

Bar Benno, the newly-opened parisian-style bistro led by Michelin-starred Chef Jonathan Benno,  is serving up a traditional feast on Thanksgiving Day this year.

THE VITALS

Thanksgiving Dinner Plate ($32) Features roasted turkey with sage infused gravy, paired with traditional holiday stuffing made with house-made Pan De Campagna, Butternut, Koginut, & Red Kuri squash puree and Cranberry-orange compote. Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onion and roasted garlic are sourced locally from Union Square Green Market, Chef Benno’s favorite place to pick up fresh produce. Classic Pies ($42) are also available including classic Pumpkin Pie with mascarpone swirl, or a Pecan Pie made with Old Grandad Bourbon. Full pies are available at Leonelli Bakery for pre-order.

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PRIME 1024

Prime 1024, will be serving a special Four-Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving menu priced at $95 per person served family style.

THE VITALS:

Pumpkin Lobster Bisque, Clams Oreganata, Turkey with traditional stuffing, or Pumpkin Sage Ravioli. For sides, Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Mash, among others. Finally, for dessert, the table can choose one of three pies to share: Pecan, Apple or Pumpkin.

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LIMANI ROSLYN

Limani Roslyn is offering a traditional three-Course Thanksgiving menu priced at $85 per person. Limani will be open from 3pm – 8pm on Thanksgiving Day and offers either indoor or outdoor dining options.

THE VITALS:

Butternut Squash Soup, Glazed Ham, served family style. Sides include a choice of Classic mashed potatoes, beets, and sweet yams, among others. Lastly, for dessert, choose between classic Pumpkin Pie or Sweet potato pie.

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CARMINE’S

Carmine’s (Times Square: 200 West 44th Street, NYC, 212.221.3800, Upper West Side: 2450 Broadway, NYC, 212-362-2200, www.carminesnyc.com)

THE VITALS:

Carmine’s is offering a special family-style Thanksgiving menu available for dine-in or takeout. It includes an 18-pound Roast Turkey with Sausage and Sage Stuffing, along with classic sides like Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon, Sauteed String Beans with julienned red peppers and toasted hazelnuts, Baby Carrots with fresh dill, Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup, and Mashed Potatoes with Giblet Gravy. The meal serves six to eight people for $295 for takeout, delivery and dine-in. Carmine’s homemade Pumpkin and Apple Pies will also be available for $24.99 each. Reservations are available now, and preordering for take-out and delivery will be available starting Friday, November 19, at carminesnyc.com.  

AQUAVIT

Aquavit (65 East 55th Street, NYC, 212-307-7311, www.aquavit.org)

THE VITALS:

Two Michelin star restaurant Aquavit is offering a Thanksgiving Special that serves four. Those having an intimate dinner at home can enjoy Chef Emma Bengtsson’s feast which includes Smoked Turkey Leg and Fennel and Caraway Spiced Turkey Breast as the mains, with sides such as Sweet Potato Puree, Truffle Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Sourdough Bread, Danish Rye Loaf with butter, and Pecan Pie with vanilla custard for dessert. Each package is $495. All orders must be placed online no later than Wednesday, November 17th and are available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24th from 3pm to 5pm.

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DAGON

Dagon (2454 Broadway, NYC, 212-873-2466, www.dagonnyc.com)

THE VITALS:

Be adventurous this Thanksgiving - the lively Upper West Side Israeli locale by Chef Ari Bokovza is crafting a special prix fixe menu at $75 per person, pulling from menu favorites and new specialties just for the holiday. Offering a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to choose from, additional sides will also be available at $10 each. A few dishes to highlight include Apple Fennel Soup with pomegranate molasses, yogurt, and chives, a seasonal take on their traditional dumplings Pumpkin Shishbarak featuring brown butter, warm yogurt, sage, and hazelnuts, Root Vegetable Fattoush with fresh herbs, sumac, buttermilk vinaigrette, and crispy pita, and the creme de la creme a Harissa BBQ Turkey decked out in potato sumac puree, with a challah and mushroom stuffing, and served with ginger, pomegranate cranberry sauce. Available for dine-in, reservations for indoor and outdoor seating can be made on OpenTable or by phone at 212-873-2466.

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LUCCICOLA

Lucciola (621 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC, 347- 536-1335, www.lucciolanyc.com)

THE VITALS:

On Thanksgiving, guests can head to Upper West Side Italian eatery Lucciola for their three-course prix-fixe menu for $139 per person created by Chef Michele Casadei Massari. The menu begins with an amuse-bouche of  warm Pinsa with Parmigiano Reggiano, black kampot pepper, and white truffle paired with Ferrari Brut Champagne. The feast continues with a choice of either Truffle Potato Gratin or Turkey Radicchio-Pear and Balsamic Salad as starters, and Stone Crab Tagliatelle, Gnocchi Parmigiano Reggiano with fresh burrata and white truffles or Wagyu Beef Stracotto Risotto  as entrees. For dessert, guests can enjoy a slice of Pumpkin Pecan Pie with Pumpkin Gelato and Amaretto. Each course is paired with the finest Italian wines from Lucciola's prestigious list. This special menu is available for dine-in only. To reserve a table (indoors or outdoors) call 347-536-1335 or make a reservation via Resy.  

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PORTALE

Portale (126 West 18th Street, 917-781-0255, www.portalerestaurant.com)

THE VITALS:

Reflective of the chef's heritage, Portale in Chelsea offers a three-course prix fixe menu at $115 per person for a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts with an Italian creative twist to choose from. A few dishes to highlight include Terrina with muscovy duck, foie gras, kumquat mostarda and Chef Portale's famed Crudo di Tonno as starters, Mafaldine pasta with Maine lobster, Calabrian chili, lemon-basil butter, and Tacchino with roast turkey, duck confit, sour cherry stuffing, brussels sprouts, rainbow carrots as entrees, and the Bourbon Pecan Torta by Pastry Chef Kaity Mitchell to end the feast on a sweet and traditional note. Available for dine-in, reservations can be made on the restaurant's website, from 1 PM to 8:45 PM, accommodating parties up to 8.

 
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SOCARRAT PAELLA BAR

Socarrat Paella Bar (Midtown: 953 Second Avenue, Chelsea: 259 West 19th Street, Nolita: 284 Mulberry Street, NYC, www.socarratnyc.com)

THE VITALS:

Guests looking to enjoy a Spanish-style Thanksgiving feast can head to any of Socarrat Paella Bar's locations. For $68 per person, the special holiday meal begins with various family-style tapas to share such as Gambas al Ajillo and Pear & Squash salad. For the main course, guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving Paella with confit turkey leg, roasted turkey breast, chorizo, butternut squash, piquillo peppers and mushroom sofrito. The paella is served with side dishes like Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with shaved almonds, Cranberry Bread Stuffing with chestnuts and sage, and more. For dessert, guests can enjoy a decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cinnamon Sugar Churros with Apple Caramel Sauce and Chocolate for the table. Reservations can be made via OpenTable for Chelsea HERE, Nolita HERE, and Midtown HERE. The special will be available for indoor and outdoor dining from 1pm to 9pm, and takeout. 

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VIRGIL’S REAL BBQ

Virgil’s Real BBQ (Times Square: 2452 Broadway, NYC, 212-921-9494, Upper West Side: 2452 Broadway, NYC, 646-887-3754, www.virgilsbbq.com)

THE VITALS:

This Thanksgiving, enjoy a family-style BBQ feast from Virgil’s Real BBQ. Available for takeout at both of their NYC locations or dine-in at their Times Square restaurant, the dinner special includes an 18-pound Smoked Turkey with Giblet Gravy, accompanied by flavorful dishes like Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes topped with melted marshmallows, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Candied Brussels Sprouts with pecans and Applewood smoked bacon, Creole Green Beans, and Buttermilk Biscuits. Virgil’s Thanksgiving meal serves six to eight people for $275. The restaurant will also take advance orders for their Pumpkin and Apple Pies which cost $24.99 each. Reservations are available now, and pre-orders for take-out and delivery can be placed starting Friday, November 19 at virgilsbbq.com.  


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IPSA PROVISIONS

Ipsa Provisions was co-founded by chef Micah Fredman (Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Park) that recently brought Tom Colicchio on board as an investor and advisor. Using seasonal produce from local organic farms, single-origin spices, pasture-raised meats and more., all ipsa food arrives frozen directly to customers' front door and can be prepared in 30 mins or less in the oven or on the stovetop.

THE VITALS:

Ipsa’s Thanksgiving menu this year includes four seasonal dishes: Kabocha Curry Soup, Turkey Pot Pie, Squash & Chard Mac + Greens and Pumpkin + Sweet Potato Pie made by Petee’s Pie Company. These dishes and several more soups, entrees, side dishes and desserts can be ordered a la carte from eatipsa.com beginning November 7th.

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SUGAR HILL CREAMERY

Sugar Hill Creamery, a Harlem-based handmade ice cream shop led by married couple Petrushka Bazin Larsen and Nick Larsen, is offering pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

THE VITALS:

Pies include Sweet Potato Ice Cream Pie with Toasted Marshmallow (vegan); Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream with Candied Pecans; and Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Pie. All are available to order via their website and can be picked up at their NYC shops.

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LA GOULUE

Helmed by legendary and award-winning Executive Chef Antoine Camin, La Goulue is featuring a prix fixe menu with choice of a first course, entrée and dessert. The Thanksgiving prix fixe is priced at $86 and $43 for children under the age of 12. 

THE VITALS

The menu includes Butternut Squash Soup Veloué with crème fraiche; Le Tartare de Thon Japonais, Ahi tuna, wasabi miso dressing and fresh coriander; Roasted Organic Turkey with white and dark meat, and mashed potatoes; Pavé de Saumon, Vinaigre Doux, pan seared organic salmon filet with mustard greens, artichoke purée and charred tomato beurre blanc. Desserts feature a Pecan Mascarpone Napoleon and Pumpkin Tart with cinnamon cream.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
 

Sharon D Clarke Is Unforgettable in Caroline, Or Change
October 27, 2021, 10:27.54 pm ET

Sharon D. Clarke Is Unforgettable in Caroline, Or Change
Photos: Joan Marcus                                                                                         

BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON

“Change come fast, change come slow,” sings the radio during Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s richly layered musical “Caroline, or Change,” now being given a deeply stirring revival by the Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54. Changes, both personal and political, challenge almost all the characters we meet in 1963 Louisiana. Yet none of them are as ill-prepared to face them as the hard-as-steel, black 39-year-old maid Caroline Thibodeaux, portrayed to titanic perfection by the British actress Sharon D. Clarke in an unforgettable Broadway debut. Read Full Review

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Caroline, or Change, Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Sharon D Clarke, Arica Jackson, Harper Miles
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Caroline, or Change, Nasia Thomas, Harper Miles, Nya, Arica Jackson, Sharon D Clarke
"Caroline, or Change," Nasia Thomas, Harper Miles, Nya, Arica Jackson, Sharon D Clarke

Caroline, or Change, Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Harper Miles, Sharon D Clarke
"Caroline, or Change," Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Harper Miles, Sharon D Clarke 

Caroline, or Change, Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Sharon D Clarke, Harper Miles
"Caroline, or Change," Nasia Thomas, Kevin S. McAllister, Sharon D Clarke, Harper Miles 

Caroline, or Change, Adam Makké, Sharon D Clarke
"Caroline, or Change," Adam Makké, Sharon D Clarke (Photos by Joan Marcus)

From the L’Artusi team comes b’artusi in the West Village
October 27, 2021, 9:58.11 pm ET

 
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L’Artusi, a crowd pleaser for its Italian cuisine in the West Village, has opened a wine bar down the street called b’artusi.  Joe Vigorito, the long-time executive chef behind L’Artusi is overseeing the kitchen with seasonal Italian dishes perfect for sharing. All of the dishes are crafted to complement the extensive selection of Italian wines curated by L’Artusi beverage director Anncherie Saludo.

 

Saludo has curated an Italian French-focused wine list at b’artusi, specifically highlighting smaller and family-owned producers, as well as female winemakers, from regions such as Campania in Italy and the Loire Valley in France. Cocktails are named after works from local West Village artists, including the Eleven AM (Dolin Blanc, Cocchi Americano, Italicus, and prosecco), Reigning Queens (Hayman’s Gin, St Germain, Green Chartreuse, and lime), and Moon Woman (Old Overholt Rye, Cocchi Torino, and Montenegro Amaro).  Non-alcoholic cocktails are also available.   

Chef Vigorito’s menu begins with a Crudo section featuring Black Bass Ceviche with melon, basil, and Calabrian chili and Wagyu Tartare with capers, Calabrian chili and shallots.  Other shareable plates include Lamb Meatballs with hazelnuts, salsa verde, and spicy tomato sauce, Cockles in herb butter white wine sauce, served with toasted Pugliese bread,  and Braised Short Rib Lasagna with red wine-braised short rib seasoned lightly with horseradish and orange zest, layered with fresh pasta and mozzarella cheese. Dolci, or dessert, brings Warm Spiced Pear Crostata with maple walnut gelato, PB&J Tart with Concord grape sorbet, and Affogato rounding out the menu.

Designed by Carpenter + Mason, the 40-seat space features both bar and table seating with rich woods and vintage mirrors, lush greenery, and a gallery wall of art, as well as cozy and expansive outdoor seating.

b’artusi is located at 520 Hudson St (at W 10 St), New York, NY

The Meow Parlour Makes a Comeback on the Lower East Side
October 27, 2021, 11:20.25 am ET

 
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The Meow Parlour, the first cat café and non-profit rescue organization, has reopened after being closed due to the pandemic. The café is currently open on Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 7pm for vaccinated guests ages 9 and up.  Each visit is 50 minutes long and costs $16 per person.  The Meow Parlour also plans to bring back popular events such as cat yoga and Drag Queen Bingo. The cafe was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from Petco Love for its heartwarming story about how co-founder Christina Ha's newly adopted cat inspired her family to make over 8,000 masks for essential workers.

The Meow Café is located at 46 Hester St, New York, NY

 

Crosta Brings Artisanal Pizzas to Park Slope
October 26, 2021, 11:49.29 pm ET

Crosta Pizzeria, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Pizza
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When Executive Chef Andres Rodas and co-owner Andres Whang noticed there was a need for artisanal pizzas in Park Slope, Brooklyn, they decided to open Crosta, a go-to spot for pizza and gelato.  Crosta, which means crust in Italian, offers pizzas made with long-rising dough (approximately 72 hours) in the Neapolitan style - but a bit crispier and made with a small amount of sourdough added to the dough. They are also using the same dough for baked sandwiches called panuozzo.

Crosta Pizzeria, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Exterior

In total, 13 pizzas are offered – 13 is a lucky number in Italy – including Margherita D.O.P. with buffalo mozzarella, pecorino, San Marzano tomato sauce, and basil; Pepperoni alla Diavola with tomato sauce, fior di latte, pepperoni, pickled jalapenos, hot Calabrian honey; and Umami Explosion with taleggio cheese, fior di latte, smoked mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, sage, egg and housemade umami powder. There’s also a signature pork belly pie.

Crosta Pizzeria, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Mushroom Pizza

 

Crosta’s signature oblong panuozzo sandwiches are similar to ones found in Campania, Italy, where panuozzo originated. The sandwiches are filled to order and briefly baked a second time in the pizza oven for an extra crispy exterior. They include the Porchetta Sandwich with housemade porchetta slow-cooked for about 4 hours, salsa verde and arugula.

Crosta Pizzeria, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Meatballs

Appetizers range from Arancini rice balls with pesto and mozzarella to Brick Oven Chicken Wings, and Meatballs al Forno made with grass fed beef with passata di pomodoro, herbed ricotta and pecorino romano. Salads and the Crosta Burger, a half-pound patty of house ground short rib with gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, tomatoes, sweet-hot pickles and arugula on a brioche bun, round out the savory menu. (Everything on the menu is under $20.)

Crosta Pizzeria, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Burger

Andres Rodas’ housemade gelato includes flavors like Nero Modicano Chocolate from Modica, Sicily spiced with ginger,Black Pepper Cherry Vanilla, and chocolate chip and cannoli shell studded Ricotta Pistachio – their signature gelato flavor.

Crosta is located at 486 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, 929-295-0008

For more information click here

Last-Minute Guide to Five Halloween Events in NYC
October 26, 2021, 11:26.37 pm ET

 
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NOIR (357 W 16th St) will host Halloween parties from Thursday, October 28th to Sunday, October 31st. Club Calco will DJ on Thursday beginning at 10pm followed by Club Calco and Cyrus X DJing on Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th. On Halloween day, DJ Ramen, Stillwell, Lai and Don Javi will be on set. Doors for all open at 10pm and more information can be found by visiting, https://noirny.com

Nebula (135 W 41st St) hosts world-class DJs spanning the spectrum of electronic music, from underground trailblazers to stadium-filling superstars, establishing a home base for nightlife and dance culture in NYC. Halloween weekend will start early with masked Frenchman and frequent DJ Snake collaborator, Malaa spinning on Thursday, October 28th and Grammy-nominated house and techno sensation Camelphat will headline at Nebula on October 30th leading up to a grand opening weekend on Friday, November 5th with special surprise musical guests.

Slate (54 W. 21st St.) in Chelsea will host a series of Halloween parties to get in the spooky spirit this season beginning with Fashion Halloween on Thursday, October 28th. New York Fashion TV will take over the scene with Dimitri Manuel as well as NYFTV Host Top Model Marina Milani. NYFTV Singer Salome Qatamadze will perform at 8pm followed by the Kikiriki Hellowin Fashion Show at 9pm with DJ's Ill Skills and Zeke Thomas. Till Death Do Us Party will be on Friday, October 29th beginning at 10pm with performances by Luke Alexander, 7 Velissaris, Sasha Troy, Tropix Striz, Markel, Flapjax and Sasha Rome. Haunted Slate will be on Saturday, October 30th beginning at 10pm with music by Lohrasp Kansara and Mike Sation.

DEG Presents Friday Beer’s The Very Scary Suckdown at the Brooklyn Hangar on Saturday, October 30th. Spend the night listening to DJ Press Play and catching free merch. The best costume gets to come on stage when DJ Press Play debuts his new song with Sommer Ray. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets  

Schimanski Brooklyn (54 N 11th St) will throw Halloween Weekend events on Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th. Odalys & Powers Pleasant will kick off on Friday at the If You Know You Know Hollaween Party hosted by Joey Badass & friends. On Saturday, join Schimanski’s The Spooky Link costume party hosted by mylifeiskara, Israel Hoffman, Cyrese, Scrillz, and Rahilou with music by Proper Edakit, SBSoundz, Milhouse, and Silent Addy. Doors open at 10.

 

Pig Beach Brings its Award-Winning BBQ to Queens
October 26, 2021, 7:28.09 pm ET

Pig Beach BBQ, LIC, Queens, Ribs
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Matt Abdoo and Shane McBride, the award-winning pitmasters behind Brooklyn’s wildly popular Pig Beach, now have a sprawling location in Queens.

 Pig Beach BBQ, LIC, Queens, Pitmasters
Pitmasters Mat Abdoo (Left), Shane McBride (Right)

Equipped with the biggest indoor smokers in all of NYC, Pig Beach BBQ’s new 28,000 square foot outpost in Long Island City is offering indoor & outdoor seating for up to 800 people, ample space for private events, three premium bars, and a massive (dog friendly!) backyard beer garden with family-style picnic tables, live music stage, and 28-foot jumbotron for the ultimate outdoor party.

Pig Beach BBQ, LIC, Exterior

The newest Pig Beach location is offering the same meat-centric menu as it Brooklyn flagship. Think peach & honey-glazed ribs, brisket, and a smoked pork shoulder with hatch vinegar sauce, as well as signature sandwiches including pulled pork with tangy vinegar BBQ sauce, fried chicken with Mustard BBQ sauce, and its award-winning Pig Beach Burger—served up counter-style with new neighborhood-inspired specials, like a Greek-style smoked lamb shoulder and Cuban mojo ribs.

Pig Beach BBQ, LIC, Queens, Sandwiches

Guests can also select from more than a dozen beers on tap, a chef-curated wine list, and cocktails ranging from playfully reimagined classics to backyard-meets-beach-bar frozen drinks and creative non-alcoholic sips.

Throughout the space, bright, bold locally-commissioned murals and neon signs collide with subway tiles, reclaimed barn wood, and exposed ceilings beams creating a relaxed New York industrial-chic vibe.

Pig Beach BBQ, LIC, Queens, Interior

Pig Beach is located at 35-37 36th St., Long Island City, Queens 

For more information click here

Bryant Park Winter Village to Open October 29
October 26, 2021, 6:36.04 pm ET

 
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NYC’s celebrated Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, featuring a free-admission skating rink, an open-air holiday market and delicious food offerings, is returning for its 20th season on Friday, October 29.

The Rink, which is open daily, is completely outdoors. Skate time and rentals can be reserved in advance online. Masks are encouraged, and Bryant Park is continuing to implement additional cleaning protocols throughout the day to ensure high-touch surfaces and shared rental equipment are sanitized and safe for use.

Meanwhile, The Holiday Shops by Urbanspace will feature over 170 new and returning merchants; and The Lodge by Prime Video, a covered, outdoor après skate escape, will allow visitors to cozy up with a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food, watch the ice skaters or admire the tree.

For more information, visit www.bryantpark.org

 

Soft Water Hard Stone Triennial at the New Museum
October 26, 2021, 6:30.47 pm ET

The 2021 New Museum Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” brings together works across mediums by forty artists and collectives living and working in twenty-three countries. On view from October 28, 2021 to January 23, 2022, and now in its fifth installment, the exhibition is co-curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, and Jamillah James, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), and presents new and recent work by a majority of artists who are exhibiting in a U.S. museum for the first time.

The title of the 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” is taken from a Brazilian proverb, versions of which are found across cultures:

Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura
Soft water on hard stone hits until it bores a hole

The proverb can be said to have two meanings: if one persists long enough, the desired effect can eventually be achieved; and time can destroy even the most perceptibly solid materials. The title speaks to ideas of resilience and perseverance, and the impact that an insistent yet discrete gesture can have over time. It also provides a metaphor for resistance, since water—a constantly flowing and transient material—is capable of eventually dissolving stone—a substance associated with permanence, but also composed of tiny particles that can collapse under pressure.

In this moment of profound change, where structures once thought to be stable are disintegrating or on the edge of collapse, the 2021 Triennial recognizes artists re-envisioning traditional models, materials, and techniques beyond established paradigms. Their works exalt states of transformation, calling attention to the malleability of structures, porous and unstable surfaces, and the fluid and adaptable qualities of both technological and organic mediums. Throughout the exhibition, artists address the regenerative capabilities of the natural world and our inseparable relationship to it, and grapple with entrenched legacies of colonialism, displacement, and violence.

Their works look back at overlooked histories and artistic traditions, while at the same time look forward to the creative potential that might give dysfunctional or discarded remains new life.

Sky's the Limit at City Climb at Hudson Yards' The Edge
October 26, 2021, 5:54.45 pm ET

 
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Imagine standing on the edge of a skyscraper, 1,200 feet high.  Now it is a reality. The Edge at Hudson Yards is announcing City Climb, the ultimate skyscraping adventure, opening November 9, 2021. The highest external building climb in the world, located above Edge, challenges climbers to scale the outside of supertall building, then lean out from the outdoor platform at the top of the skyscraper.

“City Climb quite literally shouts from the rooftops that tourism is back in New York City and there has never been a more exciting time to visit,” said Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive of Related Companies. “This is an adventure unlike anything the City has seen before, and we are thrilled to welcome the world to an experience of a lifetime.”


Photo: The Edge                                                                                 

City Climb is an aerial adventure experience located at the crown of 30 Hudson Yards that offers guests unparalleled views of New York City, while traversing open edged platforms and stairways. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, Climbers are fitted with specially designed safety harnesses, and secured into the course by City Climb Guides via two cables attached to a trolley that seamlessly move with the Climber throughout the entire journey. After ascending 32 steps to The Cliff, and looking down 1,190 feet to the City below, Climbers approach The Stair which consists of 161 steps on an approximately 45 degree incline. Once they reach The Apex at 1,271 feet, Climbers will have the opportunity to lean out and hang over the platform. The experience culminates with a celebratory medal for inaugural guests and a victory lap on Edge’s outdoor viewing area on the 100th floor, where Climbers can enjoy the glass floor, angled glass walls, outdoor skyline steps, or a champagne toast in the sky to their bucket list accomplishment.

Photo: The Edge                                                                                     

“The architectural details in New York City’s buildings make our skyline one of the most instantly recognizable in the world, but until now the views from these iconic capstones have been reserved for cinematic superheroes,” said Michael Gilbane, Senior Vice President of Related Companies. “We are exceedingly proud of the team who master-minded this entertainment marvel offering the world an unparalleled perspective of the City.” 

City Climb will be open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Opening hours will change seasonally. Tickets are currently $185 and include the City Climb experience, entry to Edge, and a digital Edge image. Inaugural guests will also receive a personalized video from their Climb and a commemorative medal.

Ticket sales for the inaugural climbs are now available at edgenyc.com/cityclimb

 

The Flavors of Greece Loom Large at Kyma Hudson Yards
October 26, 2021, 1:00.21 am ET

Kyma Hudson Yards, NYC, Interior
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Executive Chef and Top Chef star George Pagonis brings the flavors of Greece to life at Kyma Hudson Yards.  Pagonis is turning the spotlight on seafood which begins with the raw bar. Look for fresh oysters, tuna tartare and several types of crudo (tuna, hamachi, branzino, and salmon).

Kyma Hudson Yards, NYC, Kyma Chips

Appetizers include grilled octopus with roasted peppers, onions and capers over fava; Kyma Chips made with crispy slices of zucchini and eggplant piled high with tzatziki on the side; and Spanikopita, triangles of filo filled with spinach and feta. Signature dishes include Lobster Pasta with fettucine, tomato and myzitha, Pan-Seared Scallops with wild mushrooms, black garlic vinaigrette and hazelnuts, and Roasted Free Range Chicken with lemon potatoes. From the sea comes Branzino and Royal Dorade from Greece, and Tiger Prawns all cooked simply. From the land look for Grilled Lamb Chops with roasted lemon, New York Strip au poivre, and Filet Mignon Kebabs, among others.

Kyma Hudson Yards, NYC, Octopus

Like Kyma’s Roslyn, Long Island location, the space is a true showstopper with rustic wooden beams, large U-shaped bar as well as outdoor seating. There are also two private dining rooms.

 Kyma Hudson Yards, NYC, Bar

Cocktails by beverage director Konstantinos Chantzis include Pure Passion (Tito’s, fresh passion fruit, passion fruit liqueur, vanilla syrup and lime), and the Mykonos Mule (Belvedere, Metaxa Brandy, fresh cumber, lime and ginger beer). All of the signature cocktails are also available by the pitcher, along with house-made sangrias.

Kyma Hudson Yards is open from Monday through Saturday for happy hour and dinner service starting at 4:30PM. The restaurant plans to introduce lunch and brunch service in the future. Reservations can be made by calling 212-967-9700 or via the website.

Kyma Hudson Yards is located at 445 West 35th St, New York, NY

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NYC Bites: Oishi Noodle Bar in Brooklyn
October 25, 2021, 7:06.35 pm ET

 
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Oishi Noodle Bar is an inviting spot for noodle dishes in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  The restaurant which emerged during the pandemic is a modern space with large sharing tables and a nice assortment of house-made soups, noodle and rice dishes.

One highlight is the Homemade Pork Belly Ramen which Is quite wonderful. The pork belly is rich and unctuous, and melts into your mouth. It arrives with a large bowl of ramen in a rich bone broth with scallions, nori, bean sprouts, corn and coddled egg. It definitely hits the spot. Niku Udon brings savory beef brisket to the table with tender onions in a Hun Tsuyu broth. Other dishes include kara’age chicken and ebi shrimp buns, rock shrimp tempura and roasted unagi (eel) with red ginger and togarashi.

House cocktails include the Shangai Margarita (tequila, ginger, cointreau, agave necktar and lime), and Ten Paces (old gunfighter bourbon, kaphroaig, italicus, angostura bitters and cherry). 

Oishi Noodle Bar is located 9324 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY (347) 560-4001

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Miss Lily's Reopens in SoHo
October 25, 2021, 6:08.55 pm ET


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Miss Lily’s in SoHo returns for nightly dinner service for the first time since the pandemic. The restaurant is known of its lively Caribbean cuisine.

Chef de Cuisine Kahari Woolcock continues to bring his home flavors of Jamaica to NYC, infusing the menu with weekly rotating specials like Coconut Curry Octopus with roti, okra, scotch bonnet and mango chutney, Jerk Lentil Stew with pineapple relish and naan bread, and his grandmother's beloved recipe, "Miss Homey" Sweet Potato Pudding with Jamaican blue mountain coffee sauce and coconut whipped cream.

Also look for signature drinks like Lily’s Punch with soju, pineapple, orange, and grenadine; and Roots and Culture with soju and housemade ginger beer.

Miss Lily’s SoHo is located at 132 Houston St, New York, NY

New App Allows Fans to Simultaneously Track Runners in 2021 NYC Marathon
October 23, 2021, 10:10.32 am ET

 

Tata Consultancy Services and title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon, and New York Road Runners (NYRR) are launching the official 2021 TCS New York City Marathon app. For the first time, the new version of the app allows fans to simultaneously track runners on the racecourse as well as those who are competing virtually from anywhere in the world.

The 50th running of the New York City Marathon will take place on November 7 and the Virtual Marathon from October 23 to November 7.

The 2021 TCS New York City Marathon App is a true hybrid platform that enables in-person and virtual runners, along with their supporters and spectators, to share in the marathon experience. Virtual runners will appear on the marathon course map in red and in-person runners will be in blue. Elapsed time and pace will be available for all runners, every 5K of their respective races. In addition, a new Marathon City: 3D Map feature uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to allow everyone to experience the marathon course map as never before.

Here’s how it works:

- At numerous dedicated mile markers in the virtual marathon, the app will automatically play audio files with words of encouragement from past marathoners and iconic sounds from the in-person race. For example, all virtual marathon runners will begin their race with the sound of a cannon going off, simulating a similar experience to what in-person runners hear as their waves begin just south of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

- The app will also allow virtual runners to do an unlimited number of 5K “Practice Runs” prior to their marathon journey to ensure they are comfortable using the app on race day. On race day, virtual runners can restart or pause an unlimited number of times but have 24 hours to complete the 26.2-mile race.

- At the finish line, virtual runners will have access to a digital certificate and a selfie filter with an AR medal that can be shared on social media to celebrate their accomplishment.

Marathon City: 3D Map Details

Runners, spectators and fans can explore the TCS New York City Marathon course map in AR through the Marathon City: 3D Map, including:

- Points of interest along and around the racecourse

- Race day starting times for various groups

- Elevation changes along the course

- Interactive map showing the Start Village in Staten Island

This new AR experience was created by TCS in a stylized “low-poly” design similar to Marathon City: Sprint to Win and Marathon City: Spin to Win, two inclusive gaming experiences that mimic racing the last 100 meters of the TCS New York City Marathon racecourse through Central Park.

Other Key Features

- Share Tracking: This feature on the Runner Details page allows users to share a link that initiates an automatic app download with a specific runner already selected to be tracked during the race.

- Optimized Spectator Guides: The app’s spectator guide helps fans create an itinerary to navigate New York City, so they’re able to see runners on the course. The shareable guide provides a runner’s estimated times of arrival, along with transportation directions and recommended viewing locations along the course.

-Cheer Cards: Allows fans to support runners using the app to share messages on social media.

- Live Pro Athlete Leader Board and Bios: Closely track the race day leaders in real time, as well as have access to bios, records and images of professional athletes running the race.

To download the TCS New York City Marathon App, go to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

For more information on this year's NYC Marathon click here



The Rockettes are Practicing for Their 2021 Return
October 23, 2021, 9:44.05 am ET

 
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Rehearsals for the 2021 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes are underway after being canceled last season due to the pandemic. The Rockettes are rehearsing their iconic precision choreography, including the classic kickline.

The 2021 production will feature more Rockettes numbers than ever before, including the return of the beloved lyrical number, “Snow,” which transforms the Great Stage into a magical winter wonderland. With the return of “Snow,” the Rockettes now perform in nine numbers throughout the 90-minute production – with more technically complex and different styles of dance than ever before.

The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes will run from November 5 – January 2 at Radio City Music Hall. for more information click here 

 

Chinese Baking to Be Discussed at Essex Market with Author Kristina Cho
October 22, 2021, 7:38.38 pm ET

 
Photo: Kristna Cho                                                                                   

The Museum of Food & Drink is hosting an event at Essex Market with chef Moonlynn Tsai and cookbook author Kristina Cho talking about Chinese baking and community.

The event celebrates Kristina Cho's new cookbook, Mooncakes and Milk Bread — the first English-language cookbook to focus on Chinese baking culture. Kristina will demo her recipe for Goong Goong's Almond Cookies, which is inspired by her grandfather's cookie recipe. Cookies will be available for all attendees. Kristina will also be in conversation with Moonlynn — founder of the nonprofit Heart of Dinner, which delivers food to elderly people in NYC's Chinatown —talking about Chinese baking culture.

What: MOFAD Presents Chinese Baking and Community

Who: Kristina Cho (author of Mooncakes and Milk Bread) and Moonlynn Tsai (founder of Heart of Dinner)

When: Wednesday, October 27th, from 7pm - 8:30pm

Where: Essex Market, 88 Essex Street

 

Halloween Events at Arlo Hotels in NYC
October 22, 2021, 7:18.11 pm ET


'Sunday Scaries' Movie Night
Sunday, October 24th

SPOOKY SEASON. Sunday Scaries Movie Night will have Halloween-themed Movie Screenings:

- Scary Movie 2 at 6:30pm and Halloween 1978 at 8:30pm for only $20 per ticket.
- New Spooky cocktail ’Sunday Scaries’: Tequila-based drink with egg white, apple cider, cinnamon, and spiced maple syrup.
-Available through the restaurant’s ticket window (aka takeout window), the ticket comes with access to the first or second film, as well as Cacio e Pepe Popcorn and a Spooky Cocktail to take off the edge.
- Seats are limited so we encourage stopping by in advance.

Location: Sunday to Sunday - 88 Orchard Street, New York, New York, 10002

 

A Night of the Drop Dead Gorgeous
Friday, October 29th

Theme: The glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s dear departed

Featuring Casamigos Margaritas 2 for 1 drink specials, food specials, jazz, impersonators and a palm reader!

Location: Arlo Midtown
Time: 8pm - 1am

 

Halloween Rooftop Costume Party
Saturday October 30th

- Open Bar ALL NIGHT
- 2 hours of passed appetizers
- Multiple experience stations from our friends at Volcan Tequila, Woodinville Whiskey, and Moet & Chandon.
- DJ spinning all night, + costume contest with prizes and more!

Location: ART SoHo - Arlo SoHo Rooftop
Time: 9pm - 1am

Cost: $150.00 per person on Eventbrite

 

A Nightmare on 31st Street featuring Sofar Sounds
Saturday October 30th

- Music by Ghost DJs
- One hour of complimentary cocktails!
- Costumes Mandatory

Location: Arlo NoMad Lounge
Time: 8pm - 2am

For more information visit www.arlohotels.com/calendar/

Filipino Folk Dance at Little Chef Little Cafe in LIC
October 22, 2021, 7:03.20 pm ET


Photo: The Physical Plant Dance Company                                       

Filipino-American chef Diana Manalang of Little Chef Little Café in Long Island City is celebrating Filipino-American Heritage Month (October) with a special Filipino Brunch on Sunday 10/24 from 11am – 4pm. To kick off the festivities, dancers from Queens dance company The Physical Plant will be performing the Tinikling dance, a traditional Filipino folk dance with bamboo sticks, from 11:30am to 12pm outside the cafe.


Photo: Little Chef Little Cafe                                                             

The menu features traditional Filipino breakfast dishes and pastries, including purple yam Ube Waffles with sweet cheese sauce or as a waffle sandwich with choice of chicken adobo, pork adobo, or longganisa sausage patty, while Adobo Waffles come with chicken or pork. In the Philippines, breakfast is not complete unless rice is involved so she will serve Silog bowl of garlic rice, fried egg dish and kale with a choice of chicken adobo, pork adobo, tapa (thinly sliced beef), tortang talong eggplant omelet, or longganisa, a housemade pork sausage patty. Filipino breads and pastries include traditional breakfast bread rolls pandesal with coconut jam; purple ube cheese pandesal stuffed roll; puto steamed rice cakes with cheese and sweet coconut biko sticky rice cake balls.

Little Chef Little Café is located at 5-43 48th Avenue, Long Island City (845) 310 4255

First Look Inside Jack & Charlie's no. 118 in West Village
October 22, 2021, 6:12.15 pm ET

Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC
Photos: Dillon Burke                                                                                   

Jack & Charlie's no. 118 is best described as a love letter to old New York, paying tribute to the supper clubs, speakeasies, and icons that made New York City's history so special. Led by Executive Chef/Partner Ed Cotton, the restaurant is offering creative takes on raw bar oysters and shellfish, handmade pastas, wood-fired meats and seafood. It is currently operating in "soft opening mode" until a full rollout in the weeks to come.

Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Chef Ed Cotton
Executive Chef/Partner Ed Cotton

Chef Cotton has spent the last two decades in the restaurant industry, working alongside such high-profile chefs as Barbara Lynch (Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef), Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Le Pavillon), David Burke (Woodpecker, David Burke Tavern) and Laurent Tourondel (The Vine, L'Amico, BLT Steak).

Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Iceburg Wedge
Iceburg Wedge BLT

Diners will discover dishes such as Sausage and Clam Chowder, an Iceberg Wedge BLT, Bacon Cheeseburger with fries, and handmade pastas, including Strozzapreti with braised rabbit, arugula, lemon, and pecorino.

 Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Duck Meatloaf
"Bone-In" Duck Meatloaf

There is also a 40-oz. Tomahawk Rib Steak for two, and “Bone-In” Duck Meatloaf with whipped potato and charred Chinese broccoli. Also look for large-format Sunday Suppers featuring various game meats and fowl roasted in the wood oven. Bar bites include and Everything Spiced Potato Knish and Shepherd’s Pie Croquettes.

Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Everything Spiced Knish
Everything Spiced Knish

The bar brings handcrafted cocktails with an emphasis on the Martini. Local craft beer, as well as a wine list featuring 80-90 bottles and including more than a dozen by-the-glass options.

 Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Cocktail

The interior design is a nod to New York City's iconic supper clubs with banquettes upholstered in English leather, pressed white tablecloths, and a classic fireplace that makes the dining room feel cozy and inviting. The restaurant features four distinct spaces - The Bar Room, The Turner Room, The Astor Room, and The Oyster Room. Additional seating is also available outside.

Jack & Charlie's no. 118, SoHo, NYC, Interior

Jack & Charlie's no. 118 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY (212) 680-4265

For more information click here 

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Comodo brings Latin Flair to Freehand New York in Flatiron
October 21, 2021, 7:54.42 pm ET

Comodo brings Latin Flair to Freehand New York in Flatiron
Photos: Comodo                                                                                            

Comodo, by husband-and-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, is now open in Flatiron. The Latin American-inspired restaurant can be found on the first floor of Freehand New York. Comodo draws its inspiration from Chef Donnelly’s childhood home kitchens from Mexico to Brazil and beyond.

Comodo brings Latin Flair to Freehand New York in Flatiron

The beverage menu highlights a selection of natural wines, curated by Rofe and sommelier Raquel Makler [previously of Winona’s and Racines], and signature cocktails that give a nod to the lively social experiences waiting to be discovered at the hotel. The duo, also behind acclaimed Colonia Verde in Fort Greene and Disco Tacos in Williamsburg, is excited to celebrate the return of their first restaurant Comodo with new vibrancy and a location in the heart of New York City, complete with a private dining room and heated outdoor seating.

 Comodo brings Latin Flair to Freehand New York in Flatiron

The dinner menu starts with dishes such as Lamb Sliders on a pao de queijo bun with chipotle cream; Steelhead Trout Ceviche with Leche De Tigre; Wild Mushroom Al Ajillo Tacos with housemade tortillas, smoked mushrooms, habanero and preserved lemon; and Beef Tartare with guajillo adobo, anchovy, fresh mustard green, and tobiko served with chicharrones. 

Main courses include Pan Fried Duck Breast with tamarind and wheat berries, a Bone-in Grilled Ribeye with chimichurri, and Rocoto Beef Curry with tomatoes, peppers, red onions, roasted potatoes and rice. Sides bring Whole Cauliflower, charred and served with guajillo mole, and Corn Esquite with bone marrow and chili flakes. For dessert, there’s Donnelly’s popular Churros, served with a Mexican dipping chocolate and a Chocolate Tamal with Smoked Guajillo Ice Cream, among others.

 Comodo brings Latin Flair to Freehand New York in Flatiron

Weekday breakfast includes fresh pastries from local partners like La Newyorkina, alongside dishes like Breakfast Tacos with scrambled eggs, beans, avocado and cheese and Comodo Benedict with two poached eggs on an arepa with pork belly and huancaina sauce, served with roasted potatoes.

The bright and airy dining room is a perfect gathering space with neutral wood elements, rustic stone, and deep oranges and blues throughout. Centered by a U-shaped wooden bar lit by warm stone table lamps, the 70-seat dining room is a nod to the original Comodo.

Comodo is located at 23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 

For more information click here

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Kaiseki Room By Yamada Opens In Midtown
October 21, 2021, 7:29.40 pm ET

Kaiseki Room By Yamada, NYC, Chef Isao Yamada
Photos: Max Flatow                                                                                          

Chef Isao Yamada, formerly of Brushstroke, is returning to the NYC kaiseki stage with the opening of the Kaiseki Room by Yamada serving high-end Japanese cuisine. As part of The Group, Kaiseki Room by Yamada will be a sister restaurant to the acclaimed Omakase Room by Mitsu, located in the West Village. Together, the two restaurants will be referred to as Washoku Rooms, named after its time-honored Japanese cuisine with seasonal influence.  

 Kaiseki Room By Yamada, NYC, Chawanmushi

Chef Yamada is currently one of only a few chefs currently working in New York who have trained at an authentic kaiseki Michelin three-star restaurant based on the tea ceremony in Kyoto. While Executive Chef at Brushstroke from 2010 until it closed in 2018, Chef Yamada collaborated with Chef David Bouley to present a kaiseki menu that incorporated French techniques. Now, at Kaiseki Room by Yamada, Chef Yamada is pursuing his vision of the depth and breadth of taste while incorporating innovative methods of ingredient preparation, in his formal style of this Japanese cuisine inspired by the traditional tea ceremony and the true spirit of kaiseki.

Kaiseki Room By Yamada, NYC, Donabe Rice 

The fall menu includes several signature dishes including OTORO with Toro Tartare & Oscietra Caviar, GINMASU with Tomato Cured Hudson Valley Silver Trout, CHAWANMUSHI with Hokkaido Uni & Horsehair Crab, and DOBINMUSHI with Autumn Mushrooms & Abalone in a Guinea Hen Broth.

The 20-seat kaiseki restaurant (a combination of 12 counter seats and four tables for two) will offer a multi-course tasting menu ($300 per person) of Chef Yamada’s masterfully prepared, show-stopping dishes that honor each fresh ingredient with the utmost appreciation and care. The menu will evolve frequently, offering something new for returning guests to try. A beverage pairing of sake, wine and shochu is also available in addition to a la carte beverages.

The unique space by designer Julien Legeard of The Prestige Group includes woodwork by Pierre Renart, a designer and cabinetmaker from France who worked with the design team, and utilized curved natural woods to create a cocoon-like space giving guests a feeling of intimacy and care - a striking oasis from the hustle and bustle of Midtown.

Kaiseki Room by Yamada is located at 145 West 53rd Street at 6 ½ Ave, New York, NY

For more information click here

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Nebula Nightclub Announces Debut in Times Square
October 21, 2021, 12:48.25 am ET

Nebula Nightclub Announces Debut in Times Square
Renderings: Upper Class International Designers (Hong Kong) Limited                            

Nebula, a sprawling 11,000 square foot, multi-level club and event space, will officially open at 135 West 41st Street on November 5, with a few special sneak preview evenings set for October.

The club, which can hold 700 people, has an incredible 5,500 square foot dance floor, 2,500 square feet mezzanine level and a 3,000 square foot lower level with three private club rooms dedicated to private groups, complete with their own dedicated bathrooms.

In addition, the space features a movable ceiling composed of six massive video panels, which can move and tilt individually or come together to form an incredible, venue-spanning screen, allowing patrons to dance under anything from a cosmic night sky, to hypnotic, rhythmic pulsing lights.

Nebula Nightclub Announces Debut in Times Square

Nebula kicks things off with the house music of producer/DJ GORDON on Friday, October 22nd with Purple Disco Machine on Saturday, October 23rd bringing his unparalleled mix of disco, nu disco, funk, soul and house. Frequent DJ Snake collaborator Malaa will be spinning on Thursday, October 28th and Grammy-nominated house and techno sensation Camelphat is headlining on October 30th.
All shows begin at 10pm.

For more information click here

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The Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab Opens at Hotel Sanctuary
October 21, 2021, 12:39.28 am ET

The Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab Opens at Hotel Sanctuary
Photos: Jeremy Poon                                                                              

The Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab is opening at the Hotel Sanctuary (130 West 47th Street). Offering 10 seats at its chef’s counter and table seating for an additional 20 guests, the Chemistry room will offer a brand-new omakase menu featuring 13 courses including smokey miso soup served in a beaker, nigiri pieces, a tuna flight, A5 Wagyu, dessert and matcha green tea. The menu will cost $100 per person.

The Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab Opens at Hotel Sanctuary

The restaurant will also boast a new signature cocktail menu that will include Mr. Chiri with tequila, yuzu, red chili peppers and cilantro; Shiso Pretty with sake, tequila, lemon juice and shiso leaves’ Morning Glory with gin, basil, grapefruit syrup and egg white; Smoky Old Fashioned with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters; Pearfection with soju, pear puree, lemon juice and pea flower syrup; Sakura Bliss with blueberry, rum and fresh lime; and a Whiskey Sour with bourbon, yuzu, egg white and bitters. Sake will also be served by the glass and bottle in addition to beer and wine. 

The Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab Opens at Hotel Sanctuary

It joins the hotel’s popular Sushi Lab Rooftop, a 40-seat eatery perched at the top of the hotel. Both restaurants boast a creative spin on traditional sushi from Executive Chef Frankie Chen. 

For more information click here

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Sweetbriar is a sweet spot for dinner and drinks in NoMad
October 19, 2021, 8:29.09 pm ET

Sweetbriar, Park South Hotel, NYC, Bar
Photos: Signe Birck                                                                                       

A sexy new spot for food and cocktails awaits at Sweetbriar, an upscale American restaurant serving comfort foods using live-fire techniques at the Park South Hotel. Executive Chef Bryce Shuman (Betony, Eleven Madison Park) is using farm-fresh seasonal vegetables along with charcoal, wood and smoke to draw out the natural flavors. 

Sweetbriar, Park South Hotel, NYC, Branzino

The menu was built with sustainability in mind with dishes such as Grilled Short Rib with dry-aged beef jus, and Grilled Whole Branzino with salsa verde.  Other offerings include Smoked Half Chicken with citrus jam, Smoked Black Pepper Maple Duroc Ribs with cornbread, and Grilled Hen of the Woods Mushrooms with beluga lentils in a mushroom broth. 

Several pizzas are offered including one made with Mangalitsa Ham, pickled chili and honey. Starters include grilled artichoke with garlic and chive aioli, beet salad with turmeric yogurt, and grilled sweet chili chicken wings.

Sweetbriar, Park South Hotel, NYC, Chicken Wings

Cocktail vet Ivan Papic (Macao Trading Co., Pastis, and Beatrice Inn) is serving up the drinks. Enter American Beauty made with rose hip luksusowa vodka, lemon, rose buds, and rose water; Smoking Pistolas with dos hombres joven mezcal, lime, and piri piri agave; and ‘Them Apples with applejack, campari, and cinnamon-clove infused carpano antica. Bar snacks include pretzel crisps with ricotta mustard and veggie tartlets with cream cheese, nasturtium and Osetra caviar.

 Sweetbriar, Park South Hotel, NYC, Cocktail

Sweetbriar, housed in the former Covina space, has been redesigned by Lea Cojot (SoHo House, 74Wythe, Rockwell Group). Interiors boast a palette of deep rosy pinks and greens (a nod to the Sweetbriar name) as well as natural materials. The main dining room can accommodate up to 56, with an additional 46 in the lounge and bar. Sweetbriar also has two private dining rooms: the Vine Room, which is adjacent to the main bar and offers views of the wood-fired oven, can seat up to 10 – while the lower-level Rose Room can seat up to 30.

Sweetbriar, Park South Hotel, NYC, Dining Room

There’s also an in-house band, The Sweetbriar Band, featuring Harlem-based musicians that will play live when weekend brunch launches after opening (probably a week or so). The team, part of TH/RST Group is also working on another dining concept at the hotel in the coming months.

Sweetbriar is located at 127 East 27th Street, New York, NY.

For more information click here

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Sobre Masa Tortilleria Arrives in Bushwick
October 19, 2021, 7:33.20 pm ET

Sobre Masa Torilleria Arrives in Bushwick
Photos: Melissa Hom                                                                             

Zack Wangeman, founder and chef behind Sobre Masa, and his wife Diana Wangeman, have opened Sobre Masa Tortilleria in Bushwick. The vibrant space features a tortilla factory that sells fresh, house-made tortillas alongside Mexican groceries and goods, a morning coffee shop with Oaxacan coffee and house-made Mexican pastries, as well as a taqueria with a variety of tacos and cocktails highlighting the spirit of Mexico. The mission is to promote conversation around Mexican culture, the rich history of heirloom corn, the hardworking producers and growers of Mexico, and Zack's home of Oaxaca.

Sobre Masa Torilleria Arrives in Bushwick

The tortilleria uses a rotating selection of over a dozen varieties of heirloom corn from Mexico to make fresh tortillas daily. The menu centers around a selection of traditional tacos such as Al Pastor with heritage pork marinated in house-made pineapple vinegar; Bistec with thinly sliced grass-fed beef short rib; and Cauliflower with morita peppers and garlic mojo. Specialty items include Costra made with crispy Oaxacan cheese on a toasted tortilla.  All tacos are served with a selection of salsas including Aguacate y Limón (avocado, lime, and cilantro), Cruda (tomatillo, serrano peppers, cilantro and garlic), and Morita (chile morita, garlic and tomatillo). Sides include Guacamole, House-made Potato Chips and Chili Fried Peanuts.

Sobre Masa Torilleria Arrives in Bushwick

Beverage director Gaston Graffigna, previously of Bua and The Winslow, is featuring cocktails highlighting Mexican spirits such as La Pasa with Uruapan rum infused with raisins, Granada Vallet bitters, Amontillado sherry, and sweet vermouth, and In the Clouds with tejuino made from fermented corn, Paranubes rum, Nixta corn liqueur, and dehydrated lime

Sobre Masa Torilleria Arrives in Bushwick

The coffee bar and shop overlooks the glass-enclosed kitchen where the tortilla factory processes and presses thousands of tortillas daily. Behind the factory, the space opens up to a 60-seat dining room anchored by a horseshoe-shaped bar beneath a bright skylight. On the ceiling is an installation from Oaxacan artist Francesco Toledo of vibrant, hand-crafted kites.

Sobre Masa Tortilleria is located at 52 Harrison Place, Brooklyn, NY

For more information click here

A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle at The High Line
October 19, 2021, 6:25.31 pm ET


Photo: High Line Art                                                                                                  

High Line Art is announcing the US premiere of A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle, an experimental short film by Cécile B. Evans. The work will screen daily at dusk from October 21, 2021 through January 5, 2022, as a part of High Line Channel—an ongoing series of video projections in the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line at 14th Street. The exhibition is organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

For more information, visit thehighline.org 

Central Park Resale Opens
on the Upper West Side

October 19, 2021, 6:24.16 pm ET

 
Photo: Central Park Resale                                                                                        

Central Park Resale, a new 1,400-square foot store offering a variety of consignment, resale and thrift goods, has opened at 22 West 66th Street. The shop is also being utilized as an art gallery and event space for trunk shows and pop-up stores.

Created and owned by Tanya Young Williams, a well-known African American businesswoman, advocate and TV personality (“Basketball Wives”), Central Park Resale offers everything from designer dresses and Christian Louboutin shoes to modestly priced clothing, all perfect for those consumers looking to empty – or re-stock -- their closets post-pandemic.

Central Park Resale has committed to giving 40 percent of all thrift department sales back to the store’s non-profit partners. Meanwhile, 60 percent of consignment sales go back to the consigner; and for the resale department, 30 percent of the anticipated sale price goes back to the seller.

For more information, visit centralparkresale.com

Day of the Dead Party at Amor Loco
October 19, 2021, 6:00.44 pm ET


Photo: Amor Loco                                                                                         

Amor Loco in Times Square is hosting a Day of the Dead party on Friday, October 29 (7-10pm) with burlesque performances and a show hosted by Lucy Buttons (from 8-8:45pm). The taqueria is also be debuting La Catrina, a flaming cocktail that’s served in a skull glass ––  it’s made with Hiatus Tequila Reposado, flaming Grand Marnier, cinnamon syrup, lime and pineapple juice. The restaurant will also be decorated to fit the Day of the Dead along with skull face paintings by La Catrina skull. A magnum of champagne will be raffled off at the end of the night.  To enter, guests should simply post on social media and tag @amorloconyc.  Reservations via resy.  Walk-Ins are also welcome.

Amor Loco is located at 134 West 46th St, New York, NY

For more information, visit amorloconyc.com 

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Patis Kosher Bakery Opens on Lexington Avenue
October 19, 2021, 11:12.58 am ET

 
Photo: Patis                                                                                                

Patis Bakery, a new certified Kosher bakery specializing in sweet treats, dairy and vegetable-based flatbreads and soups, has opened at 1311 Lexington Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets). The shop is open primarily for take-out but does have a few indoor tables and a small outdoor seating area.

Originally based in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Patis is known for its high-quality goods. Among the offerings at the Upper East Side store are its espresso cake, dulce de leche croissant, chocolate cookie and a variety of flavored macarons, along with coffee, tea and assorted beverages.

The shop closes on Fridays at 4pm and is closed all day Saturday, due to the Jewish sabbath.

For more information, visit www.patis.com

 

Free Concert to Honor Tin Pan Alley Day
October 19, 2021, 10:50.34 am ET

The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project, in collaboration with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership, will present a free, outdoor public concert at the Flatiron North Plaza on 23rd Street/Broadway on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 4pm.

The event celebrates the official New York City landmark designation of Tin Pan Alley buildings at 47-55 West 28th Street and publicly launches the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to the commemoration and continuation of the legacy of Tin Pan Alley, which is consider the birthplace of American popular music in New York City

The concert will feature more than two dozen leading performers, including Marilyn Maye, Danny Bacher, Aaron Lee Battle, Ken Bloom, Klea Blackhurst, Jim Brochu, Richard Carlin, Eric Comstock, Natalie Douglas, Cassidy Ewert, Willy Falk, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Eric Yves Garcia, Anita Gillette, Vince Giordano, Robert Lamont, Gabrielle Lee, Larry Marshall, Sanborn McGraw, Jill O’Hara, Jeannie Otis, Jennifer Poroye, Steve Ross, Billy Stritch, TADA! Youth Theater Ensemble, Tony Waag & The American Tap Dance Foundation Ensemble, and Terry Waldo & The Gotham City Band.

For more information, visit www.tinpanalleyny.org

Review: Deirdre O'Connell Astounds in Dana H.
October 18, 2021, 12:49.05 am ET

Review: Deirdre O'Connell Astounds in Dana H.
Photo: Chad Batka                                                                                  

By Brian Scott Lipton

Is seeing believing? Is hearing believing? These questions challenge us in real life every day, just as they do by Lucas Hnath’s fascinating solo play “Dana H.,” now at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater, with the award-winning actress Deirdre O’Connell offering an utterly astounding performance under Les Waters’ keen direction.

To the naked eye, it seems as if O’Connell -- sitting onstage in Andrew Boyce’s standard motel room set – is relating the story of how Hnath’s mother, Dana Higginbotham, survived a terrible kidnapping ordeal in 1997. Sure, we repeatedly hear the voice of an interviewer (Hnath’s friend, the actor Steve Cosson) and the frequent sounds of a tape recording stopping and starting. But can O’Connell really be lip-syncing? Read Full Review


Ten New Places to Try for a Night Out in New York City
October 15, 2021, 6:33.55 pm ET

 
Photo: Nami Nori/Sebastian Lucrecio                                                                          

Nami Nori has a new spot in Williamsburg. The Japanese restaurant, which specializes in open-style temaki hand rolls, has added several new dishes at its Brooklyn location.  Read more

Daintree, an intimate cocktail lounge and rooftop bar at Hotel Hendricks, is offering tempting dishes such as East Coast Oysters with yuzu mignonette, smoked trout roe and sea bean. Read more  

Chef Jonathan Benno’s Michelin-starred restaurant Benno has reopened at the Evelyn Hotel in NoMad with stylish French dining with an emphasis on seafood. Read more


Photo: Esora Omakase                                                                                      

Esora Omakase in the East Village is one of only a few restaurants in New York City offering a high-end wagyu beef omakase, including wagyu tempura by Chef Koichi Endo. Read more

Daniel Boloud’s restaurant Daniel has been reinvigorated with a revamped interior and stunning new dishes such as Pocono Mountains trout and Elysian Fields Farm lamb chops.  Read more


Photo: Jibs Fish Shack                                                                             

Jib’s Fish Shack is offering outdoor dining year round at Hudson Yards with a lively bar and booths for its seafood centric-menu including baked clams, crab cakes and grilled lobster.  Read more

Chelsea Table + Stage is offering American cuisine and live performances at a modern lounge and stage in New York’s Fashion District.  Read more  


Photo: Sereneco/Briana Balducci                                                               

Sereneco, a new all-day café and restaurant is Greenpoint, Brooklyn is highlighting seasonal New American fare in a relaxed setting with a former Le Bernadin chef helming the kitchen. Read more

TAGMO, a new restaurant in Manhattan’s Seaport District, is highlighting home-style Indian cuisine and confections by award-winning chef Surbhi Sahni. Read more

Yard House in Times Square is a new spot to enjoy a beer (they have more than 130 on tap) and pub fare, including several half-pound prime burgers. Read more


Review: The Lehman Trilogy is Triply Terrific
October 14, 2021, 9:26.52 pm ET


Photo: Julieta Cervantes                                                                                                 

It feels almost dangerous to call a great theatrical experience a “lesson,” a word that inevitably conjures up images of dry lectures on subjects one may not care about. But it’s still the one that applies most aptly to “The Lehman Trilogy,” the extraordinary British import about the history of one of America’s most notable (and notorious) investment banks, which has settled in for a (belated) Broadway run at the Nederlander Theater under the gorgeous direction of Sam Mendes. Read Full Review

 

The Mary Lane – A New Go-To Spot Opens in the West Village
October 14, 2021, 6:41.23 pm ET

The Mary Lane, West Village, NYC, Exterior
Photos: Steven Fragale                                                                                    

The group behind Little Owl, Market Table and The Clam is welcoming a new concept, The Mary Lane, to the West Village. The corner location features a bright and airy dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed with architect Alta Indelman, the space showcases intimate details such as bar tiles and copper light fixtures throughout the restaurant. Murals by artist Steven Fragale and Sara Jane Roszak provide pops of color and interactive visual stimulation against the whitewashed walls.

The Mary Lane, West Village, NYC, Sutin and Price
Chefs Andrew Sutin (L) and Mike Price (R)

The kitchen is helmed by Chef Mike Price and acting Chef de Cuisine Andrew Sutin offering an approachable, polished menu with dishes made from seasonal ingredients. Several of the plates draw inspiration from the Mediterranean, Japan, and the West Coast.

The Mary Lane, West Village, NYC, Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash

Look for dishes like Butternut Squash with pine nut butter, kohlrabi, pickled mustard seed, and mizuna; King Trumpet Mushroom Tartare served with capers, Dijon truffle aioli, and crispy sunchokes; Sauteed Nova Scotia Halibut with roasted market grapes, leeks, bon shimeji, and verjus; and a Rosemary Brined Hampshire Pork Loin with caraflex sauerkraut, marble potatoes, and pear mostarda.

 The Mary Lane, West Village, NYC, Steelhead Trout
Hudson Valley Steelhead Trout

The Mary Lane, which gets its name from an heirloom fig, is showcasing a Fig Tart for dessert complete with whipped goat cheese and lemon thyme ice cream. The beverage program is also rooted in storytelling. Crafted by Beverage Director Lisa Komara, look for fun and imaginative cocktails like Overnight Trip to Tokyo showcasing gin, lime, and cherry blossom, and A Vieux From The Top with bourbon, cognac, and chartreuse.

 The Mary Lane, West Village, NYC, Spanish Mackerel
Flash Seared Spanish Mackerel

The Mary Lane is currently open for dinner and will soon be open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch with an afternoon happy hour to effortlessly glide guests from day to night.

The Mary Lane is located at 99 Bank Street, New York, NY

For more information, visit themarylanenyc.com 

OneSeed Brings its Health Driven Cuisine to Tribeca
October 14, 2021, 5:50.32 pm ET

 
Photos: OneSeed                                                                                      

Veggies are taking center stage at OneSeed in Tribeca where Founder Nicki Hamilton aims to make eating well accessible and fun. It includes vegan dishes like “Oh My, Chocolate Pie” and “Matcha Pistachio Bars.” The entire menu is free of gluten, refined sugars, as well as added hormones and antibiotics.  

There are six mainstay dishes, including: Zoodles Bolognese with zucchini noodles, grass-fed ground beef, and seasonal vegetables in a fire-roasted tomato marinara; CauliPower Curry made with cauliflower rice, free-range marinated chicken breast, fresh roasted veggies, and toasted almonds drizzled with a coconut red curry sauce; and the Unbound Burrito with brown rice, grass-fed beef, bell peppers, black beans, oven-roasted tomatoes and jalapenos.  A rotating list of specials is also offered along with fresh fruit-infused sparkling waters and iced tea.

OneSeed is located at 111 Murray Street, New York, NY

For more information, visit eatoneseed.com 


Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan to Open
October 14, 2021, 11:03.22 am ET

 
Image: Alamo Drafthouse                                                                        

Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan will open on floor 2B of 28 Liberty Street on Monday, October 18. This new movie house will house 14 screens (for a total of 578 seats) showing the best of current Hollywood fare, along with special retrospectives, starting with a four-week series entitled “Lights of New York,” that will include such films as “King Kong,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Ghostbusters” and “Shiva Baby.”

The theater will also include a new bar concept called The Press Room, which will display selections from a vast archive of over 60,000 letterpress film advertising plates spanning the 1930s through the 1980s. Moreover, this collection will also come to life as The Press Room’s 1938 Vandercook letterpress will be inked and ready to be fired up for special screenings with limited edition greeting cards, private events, and classes for anyone wishing to learn the resurgent art of letterpress printing.

In addition to a tap wall of 48 draft beers, guests will be able to customize their own bespoke cocktail or choose from a list of original craft cocktails.

For more information, visit drafthouse.com/nyc


Poster House Debuts New Peter Max Exhibit
October 14, 2021, 10:58.36 am ET

 
Image: Poster House                                                                                           

“Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising”, a new exhibition that explores the impact and prolific career of Max, who was the most commercially successful pop artist to emerge from the psychedelic period of the 1960s, is now on view at Poster House (119 West 23rd Street) through March 27, 2022

Whether advertising a quirky clothing store or inspiring young minds to read, the imagery present in the graphics on display reveals a designer experimenting with a variety of styles and motifs while also exploring the concepts of space, time, and history through promotional visuals. In his heyday, Max’s fantastical, colorful designs emboldened everything from bed sheets to the body of a Boeing 777.

The museum’s other exhibitions include “The Push Pin Legacy” (through February 6). “You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool and Delivered Profits” (through February 6) and “What’s the Score: The Portraits of Leroy Neiman” (through March 27).

For more information, visit www.posterhouse.org


 

Dowling’s at The Carlyle Embarks on a New Era of Fine Dining
October 13, 2021, 7:08.44 pm ET

Dowling’s at The Carlyle Embarks on a New Era of Fine Dining
Photo: Durston Saylor                                                                                    

Refreshed and with a new executive chef, Dowling’s at The Carlyle is ready for the next generation. The elegant, yet timeless space is offering New York favorites and throwbacks from another era. Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique (below), formerly of the 21 Club.

Dowling’s at The Carlyle, NYC, Chef Sylvain Delpique
Photos: Alex Staniloff                                                     

The menu begins with Lobster Bisque with curried apple, basil oil and fried leeks, Octopus Carpaccio with lemon saffron puree, Moroccan olive and za’atar, and Wild Burgundy Escargot with vandouvan butter, tomato concasse and naan bread.

 Dowling’s at The Carlyle, NYC, Dinner

Main courses include Viking Village Sea Scallops with mushroom duxelle, ginger, verjus and apple, Steak Tartare with quail egg, and Spiced Colorado Lamb Shank with basmati rice and butternut squash.  From the “Butcher’s Cut” comes New York Strip, Filet Mignon and Ribeye. Several dishes are also being served tableside, including Salt Baked Branzino with lemon butter and Steak Diane flambéed with cognac.

Dowling’s at The Carlyle, NYC, Steak Diane 

Weekend Brunch is also being served with Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame and Buttermilk Waffles counted among the selections, and Brunch Punch for two made with grapefruit juice, Maker's Mark and chamomile syrup.

Dowling’s at The Carlyle, NYC, Eggs Benedict
Dowling’s at The Carlyle is located at 35 East 76th St, New York, NY (212) 570-7192

For more information, visit rosewoodhotels.com 


Cocktail Time: New Fall Cocktails at Grand Army Are the Cat’s Meow
October 13, 2021, 6:22.52 pm ET

13 new fall cocktails at Grand Army in Boerum Hill are paying homage to some the world’s most famous cats, including several pop culture sensations.  The drinks created by Robby Dow (beverage director) and Ally Marrone (head bartender) include autumnal takes on spritzes, pisco punches, old fashioneds, martinis, negronis and even a fall-inspired colada.  Here are some of them:

Grand Army, Brooklyn, Fall Cocktails, Astrocat
Photos: Max Flatow                                                                                    

The Astrocat (Felicette, the first cat in space), is made with blended scotch, passionfruit, guava, lemon, pineapple, and absinthe. 

Grand Army, Brooklyn, Fall Cocktails, Meredith Grey

Meredith Grey (Taylor Swift’s cat) blends vodka, lemon, grapefruit, pink peppercorn, apricot,  and soda.

Grand Army, Brooklyn, Fall Cocktails, Lil Bud

Lil’ Bub, Delilah Mercury (Freddie Mercury’s beloved cat), is a mix of blanco tequila, suze, yuzu kosho, bird’s eye chili, and lime.

Grand Army, Brooklyn, Fall Cocktails, Mr. Bigglesworth

Mr. Bigglesworth (Austin Powers star) is a frozen pumpkin spice latte with aged cachaca and bajan rum

Grand Army, Brooklyn, Fall Cocktails, Towser the Mouser

And Towser the Mouser (28,899 mice) is made with Irish whiskey, speyside single malt, amontillado, vermouth, walnut, and drambuie  

Grand Army is celebrating the new menu by commissioning several local artists to create custom cat artwork for the bar. A Garfield-adorned toilet seat by @garfieldfrommemory has also been installed.

Grand Army Bar is located at 336 State Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more information, visit www.grandarmybar.com 

Vintage Car Exhibition at 28 Liberty
October 13, 2021, 1:43.50 am ET

 
Photo: CarPark                                                                                   

Fosun, owner of the iconic 28 Liberty office tower, has collaborated with CarParkto bring a dynamic vintage and collector car exhibition to Fosun Plaza. The event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan.

CarPark, which specializing in public meetups for New York City car enthusiasts, curates events with vintage and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles from the New York City area. The 28 Liberty event will feature up to 70 sports and collector cars, including supercars, vintage European and American vehicles, and other curiosities.

Beginning at 9:00 A.M., visitors can purchase food and beverages at Fosun Plaza as they look at CarPark’s selection of dynamic cars. There will be additional events for children, including a pedal-car racetrack.

Cars selected for exhibition include: 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2500; 1957 & 2019 Porsche Speedsters; 1960 Lancia Appia Zagato GTE; 1992 Autozam AR-1 & 1990 Toyota Sera; 1995 Ferrari F50; 2006 Mercedes-McLaren SLR; 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS and 2019 Porsche 911 GT2RS, and 2021 McLaren 765LT & 2020 McLaren 600LT.

For more information, visit http://28liberty.com 


Chuck's Vintage Opens First NYC Outpost
October 13, 2021, 1:24.24 am ET

 
Photo: Chuck's Vintage                                                                                   

Legendary California retailer Chuck’s Vintage has opened its first New York City outpost in the basement of 173 East 91st Street.

The eclectically decorated store’s collection of vintage denim range sfrom Strongholds found in the California Gold Rush mines to World War II-Era Levi’s, Lees, and Wranglers, as well as 1960’s ladies high-waisted and groovy deadstock Levi’s bells. Chuck’s also showcases a large sampling of vintage American workwear and sportswear for both men and women, including rugged military and work boots, buttery leather bomber jackets, and soft, perfectly worn-in vintage 1970’s rock tees.

Chuck’s was founded by the late Madeline Cammarata (aka Madeline Harmon), who began as a fashion model, where she was soon discovered by the iconic and provocative fashion photographer Helmet Newton, launching Cammarata to the runways of Europe. Photos of her are among the many decorative elements of the new store.

For more information, visit chucksvintage.com 

 

Free Empanadas 10/15 for National Hispanic Heritage Month
October 13, 2021, 1:14.07 am ET

 Photo: Areppas                                    

The end of National Hispanic Heritage month is this Thursday 10/15/21 and ALL Areppas, NYC locations will be giving out FREE empanadas with a menu item purchase!

Locations:

· Soho: 25 Cleveland Place, New York, NY, 10012

· Flatiron: 115 E 23rd St. New York, NY, 10010

· Midtown East: 954 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, 10022

For more information, visit https://www.areppas.com/

 

Pizza Makers Unite To Slice Out Hunger at Brooklyn Bridge Park
October 11, 2021, 10:11.39 pm ET

 Photo: Fornino                                                                                   

Slice Out Hunger's Pizza on the Pier Will Take Place at Fornino Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday, October 17th. Dozens of NYC’s top pizza makers will be teaming up to fight food insecurity.  A limited number of tickets are currently on sale for three 90-minute sessions, each of which will feature a different set of pizza makers. All proceeds raised at the event will benefit The Campaign Against Hunger, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that works to empower those in need to lead healthier, self-sufficient lives by increasing access to safe, nutritious food and resources.  A ticket grants access to unlimited pizza, Coke products, and even live pizza making lessons from Ooni Pizza Ovens.

The roster of pizza makers includes Michael Ayoub (Fornino), Domenico Tolomeo (Zazzy’s), Frank Pinello (Best Pizza), Roberto Caporuscio (Keste), Giulio Adriani (Forcella), Luca Arrigoni (Sottocasa), Maggie Demarco (Di Fara), Giovanni Cesarano (King Umberto), Toni Senecal (Croton Tapsmith), Justin Bazdarich (Speedy Romeo), Nino Coniglio (Williamsburg Pizza), Gabriele Lamonaca (Unregular Pizza), Miriam Weiskind (The Za Report), and more.

For more information, visit sliceouthunger.org

 

Danny Meyer's Ci Siamo Debuts at Manhattan West
October 11, 2021, 9:55.40 pm ET


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Ci Siamo, which translates into “here we are,” has arrived at Manhattan West, a new destination across from Hudson Yards. The restaurant by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is focusing on simple Italian cooking by Chef Hillary Sterling using live-fire and seasonal ingredients.

The menu begins with Cast Iron Foccacia with tomato conserva, Pizza Bianco and Gnocco Fritto. There are salads, including Delicata Squash with walnuts, chili and honey, and Marinated Charred Peppers with feta and oregano. Pastas bring Spaghetti Alla Chittara with lobster and scallop, and Tagliolini with tomato and buffalo butter. Larger plates include Wood-Fired Whole Trout with pine nuts and raisins, Pork Milanese, and Roasted Whole Chicken with schmaltz and parsley. For dessert, there’s Chocolate Bundino, Mascarpone Cheesecake and Bombolini.

Ci Siamo is located at 100 Manhattan West Plaza, New York, NY

For more information, visit cisiamonyc.com 


Review: Is This A Room Makes Its Home On Broadway
October 11, 2021, 9:25.05 pm ET

Review: Is This A Room Makes Its Home On Broadway
Photo: Chad Batka                                                                                      

Does the punishment fit the crime? That’s a conversation we have a lot in America these days, whether it’s after watching the televised trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in the murder of George Floyd; reading various reports of the cases of celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who paid to get their children into prestigious colleges; or even after viewing this week’s episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” It’s also a question likely to be on the minds of audiences after seeing “Is This A Room,” now at the Lyceum Theatre. Read Full Review 


Review: Chicken & Biscuits Provides Plenty of Comfort Food
October 10, 2021, 9:07.16 pm ET

Review: Chicken & Biscuits Provides Plenty of Comfort Food
Photo: Emilio Madrid                                                                                     

As those of us who grew up in households without a great cook all know, a meal can be overcooked or half-baked, yet made with enough love that it can still be satisfying – even delicious. As frequent theatergoers also know, the same can be said of plays, which may explain one reason audiences are jumping to their feet at the end of Douglas Lyons’ “Chicken & Biscuits” at Circle in the Square.  Read Full Review

Ten New Places to Try in NYC Right Now
October 10, 2021, 11:48.46 am ET

 Ten New Places to Try in NYC Right Now
Photo: Thaimee Love, Natassja Ebert                                                              
 
Thaimee Love has gone from pop-up to permanent with its vibrant Thai fare. 116 W Houston St, NY (347) 325-2557

Harlem Shake now has an outpost in Park Slope for its smash burgers and shakes. 119 5th Ave, Brooklyn (877) 717-4253
 
Salon Sucré is serving up croissants, tarts and French-style sweets at Market Line. 115 Delancey St, NY
 
In Williamsburg, Land to Sea is described as a “community & culture first” coffee shop. 402 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
 
Nura, in a converted Greenpoint auto shop, is a comfy new spot by a former Roberta's chef. 46 Norman Ave, Brooklyn (718) 304-5290
 
Jade Bar in Bushwick is serving up cocktails in the former Jones Beach space. 4 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn
 
Daily Provisions opened a Manhattan West location serving up cruellers and other goodies. 385 9th Ave, NY
 
Astoria’s Anassa Taverna is bringing its popular Greek cuisine to Battery Park City. 104 North End Ave, NY
 
Amor y Amargo is a new absinthe and champagne bar in Alphabet City. 445 E 6th St, NY (833) 328-4588
 
Danish coffee roasters, La Cabra, has opened opened its first U.S. location in the East Village. 152 2nd Ave, NY


92nd Street Y To Celebrate Wicked
October 8, 2021, 5:51.13 pm ET


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Legendary stage and screen lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz comes to the 92nd Street Y for an in-depth, in-person conversation with Spectrum News NY1 entertainment journalist Frank DiLella about the Broadway megahit “Wicked” on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 pm.

The event will also feature special live performances by Broadway stars Michael McCorry Rose and Ciara Renée, while Schwartz will sing the show’s popular ballad “For Good.”

Based on the book by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked” tells the backstory of Oz’s two most famous witches, Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda, during the time they first met in college. The show will soon celebrate its 18th anniversary on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, and a film version to be directed by Jon M. Chu (“In the Heights”) is in the works.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org

First Look Inside The Hugh Food Hall in Midtown East
October 8, 2021, 12:01.06 am ET

 
Photos: Cititour.com                                                                                      

A new lux food hall has opened up in New York City. Here’s a peek at what awaits at The Hugh.

 

The first thing you will notice is how spacious it is with hundreds of orbs dangling from the ceiling and tables that appear to be tucked into a forest.

Around the perimeter are numerous food stations and bars for dining and partying. Restaurants include Italian sandwich shop Alidoro, a branch of Avocaderia, and Miznon known for its Mediterranean street foods.

Delve deeper and there is Teranga offering the flavors of West Africa. Diners can create bowls filled with Jollof, riced cooked in tomato broth, grilled chicken with lots of thyme and Ndambe, sweet potatoes with black eyed peas and okra. Wonderful!

Ar Pesce Lulu seafood is the star. The food is prepared “la plancha” on a fiery grill reaching temps of up to 800 degrees creating a crispy exterior while locking in the juices. The shrimps we tried were succulent, served with a Mediterranean salad and roasted golden potatoes.

Other offerings include hand rolls by Kazunori, Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab and coffee and pastries from Mah Ze Dahr. 

There are also several places to grab a drink or beer after work, including a gastro-pub called Joseph Brothers from the Craft + Carry team.

The Hugh is open Monday thru Friday from 7am to 11pm with weekend hours coming soon.

For more information, visit thehughnyc.com

Review: Lackawanna Blues Belongs on Broadway
October 7, 2021, 9:19.30 pm ET


Photo: Marc J. Franklin                                                                                       

Audience members of a certain age will remember the day when a friend or relative invited you over to look at their photo album or view their slide show, fondly describing, often in vivid detail, their memories of each shot. Sometimes, you really felt like you were there with them -- and sometimes, well, you felt like you really had to have been there to fully appreciate the experience.

Which camp you belonged to back then may explain your current reaction to Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical theatrical memoir, “Lackawanna Blues,” which has taken two decades to travel uptown from the Public Theater to Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway home, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Read Full Review 

Other Half Brewing's Beer Garden Arrives at Rockefeller Center
October 7, 2021, 9:17.24 pm ET


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Other Half Brewing now has an outpost at Rockefeller Center, starting with a seasonal beer garden in the South Plaza just off 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. A taproom just steps away will open later This Fall.

Other Half is known for its IPAs, sours and stouts available on its ever-changing beer menu. The Rockefeller Center location is also offering OH2 hard seltzers, tap takeover ciders from fellow brewers and eventually, a small cocktail program.

“Rockefeller Center is one of the most iconic locations in the world, and one of the most vibrant destinations in New York City,” says co-founder and COO, Andrew Burman. “As a Brooklyn-born brand, we are humbled to join the ranks of so many great businesses that have served this landmark and its visitors since the 1930s and look forward to sharing Other Half beers at our first Manhattan outpost.”

The beer garden which can accommodate up to 50 guests is open Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 8:00 p.m., with additional hours for the brick & mortar taproom to be announced.

Other Half operates breweries in Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well as Finger Lakes, and Washington D.C.

For more information, visit otherhalfbrewing.com 

Sapphire Cuisines of India Relaunches on the UWS
October 6, 2021, 8:05.08 pm ET


Photo: Sapphire Cuisines of India                                                                

Sapphire Cuisines of India on the Upper West Side is now at a new location (2014 Broadway) near Lincoln Square.  Restauranteur Darshan R. Shah has also revamped the menu with more classical items and an innovative prix fixe dinner which includes a choice of 15 selections.

Highlights include Dahi Kebab, Pan-seared chicken with yogurt and a raw mustard seed mango slaw; Garam Masala Quail, tandoor fired with pistachio date rice; and Filet Mignon with house marinated black angus beef served with cumin tempered fingerling potatoes. There is also a mixed grill with chicken, lamb, and seafood with assorted marinades.  The Prix Fixe dinner costs $95 per person.

For more information, visit sapphire2014.com 

 

Hurl an Axe While Celebrating Halloween at Live Axe in SoHo
October 6, 2021, 7:44.52 pm ET

 
Photos: Live Axe                                                                                               

If axe-throwing is your thing, then Live Axe, Manhattan’s first axe-throwing experience is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween.

Live Axe will be decked out with spooky decorations Halloween weekend, while guests hurl axes channeling their inner Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) or Jack Torrance (The Shining). A DJ will spin classic Halloween tunes while specialty cocktail creations will be served in skull mugs like the Mez-Skull (mezcal, Ancho Reyes, mango juice, garnished with tamarind powder and a slice of orange) and the Ursula (Lillete blond, vodka, gin, charcoal, and lemon). Pair your Mex-Skull with chicken skewers, BBQ short ribs or flatbread pizzas.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween best and enter the costume contest on Instagram for a chance to win a free Live Axe experience. Don’t leave without getting those perfect Instagram-worthy pics, posing on their wall of silver skulls with red roses or the multi-colored axe display. Be sure to follow all the rules and be safe!

Live Axe is located at 96 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

For more information, visit liveaxe.com

 

New Amsterdam Pasta Opening in Essex Market
October 6, 2021, 7:21.14 pm ET

 
Photos: Ben Hider                                                                             

New Amsterdam Pasta, a NYC-based retailer of pasta, will begin operations out of the Lower East Side’s Essex Market (Stall 30) on October 12. New Amsterdam’s creations include a variety of handmade pastas, using imported Italian flours, as well as classic and modern sauces to pair with them. All items are prepared fresh and will be available a la carte, or in prepared meal kits, allowing even the most novice chef to seem like a true Italian gourmet.

In addition, New Amsterdam Pasta has integrated charitable giving into their business by partnering with Feed Forward as a participant in their “More Than a Meal” program, which leverages technology to connect restaurants and food providers with their neighbors in need. In addition, New Amsterdam Pasta has also made a pledge to donate a pound of pasta to the initiative for every pound they sell.

New Amsterdam Pasta also will soon be available via online ordering with Uber Eats, Mercato, and other delivery services. Plans for gourmet grocery distribution and NYC food trucks are in the works.

Essex Market is located at 88 Essex Street, New York, NY

For more information, visit www.essexmarket.nyc 

Honoring the Dead at Coctelería de los Muertos
October 6, 2021, 7:03.18 pm ET

Honoring the Dead at Coctelería de los Muertos
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A festive new pop-up has arrived at The Garret Coctelería (349 Broome Street) in Nolita in honor of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

The immersive space is filled with custom built altars honoring artistic icons we’ve lost over the years (Marilyn Monroe, The Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Frida Kahlo, James Dean, Amy Winehouse, and more). The altars feature black & white photos of the deceased (significantly placed to draw spirits to their altars and help them to cross over) alongside traditional skulls, crosses, votive candles, and candlesticks.

 The Garret Coctelería, Day of the Dead, Pop-up, NYC

Over 5,000 feet of marigolds, often known as “flowers of the dead” (flor de muerto), are dispersed throughout the space. String lights strung indoors and out add to the festive feel. Intricately cut tissue paper banners (papel picado) float above the tables, adding to the colorful decor. The holes in the tissue make it easy for souls to travel through and visit while the delicate nature of the paper symbolizes the fragility of life. The space was designed by up-and-coming set designer, Michael Harbeck, and Interior Designer, Lauren Amoruso.

The Garret Coctelería, Day of the Dead, Pop-up, NYC

Beverage Director Max Stampa-Brown has put his creative spin on the new, on-theme beverage menu with libations featuring seasonal ingredients and festive garnishes. A few highlights include: Weeping in Queens (White rum, pumpkin puree, orange bell pepper, cane, pumpkin spice rum, peach preserves), and Certified Sad Boy (Reposado tequila, tamarind, pineapple two ways, honey bitters, hibiscus drizzle for a “blood” effect).

Bites from Chef Yuval Ochoa include a selection of tacos, dragon fruit & mango ceviche, and spicy tuna tartare. The pop-up will be around from October 5th through November 2nd.

For more information, visit thegarretcocteleria.com 

Estuary to host Halloween-Themed Event for Kids and Cocktails for Adults
October 6, 2021, 12:15.58 am ET

 
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On October 31st, Estuary is holding its annual “Treats! No Tricks” event for kids. Children of all ages can decorate their own Halloween-inspired cookies in the shape of bats, ghosts, and pumpkins that they can take and enjoy.

For the adults, there will be an array of Halloween-themed cocktails where costumed adults can enjoy 10% off their spooky drinks! A few of delicious drinks include the Black Potion (Vodka, Chambord, Lemon, Blackberry), the Bloody Alchemist (Margarita, Tequila, Lime - frozen), and the Wicked Apple (Bourbon, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Fall Spice).

Additionally, a package of already decorated Halloween cookies will be available for purchase at Ebb & Flow Bakery a few days prior to the 31st. The event is from 12 noon until 3PM.

Estuary is located at 159 Bridge Park Dr, Brooklyn, NY (718) 521-6744

For more information, visit www.estuarybrooklyn.com 


Egg Shop and Border Town Announce Special Pop-Up
October 5, 2021, 11:58.34 pm ET

 
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Egg Shop husband and wife owners Demetri Makoulis and Sarah Schneider are teaming up with Border Town tortilleria owners Jorge Aguilar and Amanda Rosa for a special one-day pop up on Saturday, October 9th at Egg Shop's Williamsburg location (138 N. 8th Street) from 8:30am - 4pm. 

A special menu highlighting Border Town's Sonoran-style handmade flour tortillas using flour shipped in from Mexico will be served up with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Border Kindness.  The non-profit provides shelter, food, transportation, and other critical services/resources to families and individuals seeking asylum and reunification with children.

The special menu will include Chorizo con Papas y Huevo Tacos on handmade Border Town flour tortillas ($14 for two) in addition to a Brisket Chilaquiles Burrito with scrambled egg, fried tortillas in salsa roja, jack cheese, crema, cotija, pickled onion, cilantro and jalapeño on a handmade flour tortilla ($15) and Veggie Tacos with a soft scramble, crispy potato, cilantro, corona and salsa verde ($13).  There will also be $8 Micheladas all day.

Hailing from Mexicali, Baja California, Jorge Aguilar grew up on the border of US/Mexico. The idea for Border Town sprung from a nostalgic desire to recreate the tortillas he was raised on and share them with his new community in Brooklyn. Using pork lard from the local butchery, The Meat Hook, Aguilar and Rosa offer fresh tortilla deliveries to Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents.   

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting www.eggshopnyc.com

Nami Nori opens a new location in Williamsburg
October 5, 2021, 11:40.30 pm ET

Nmi Nori, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Interior
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Nami Nori now has a new location in Williamsburg. The popular Japanese restaurant specializing in open-style temaki from partners Taka Sakaeda, Jihan Lee and Lisa Limb is located just steps from McCarren Park. Aside from open-style temaki, sashimi, and crispy rice dishes are also being offered exclusively at the Brooklyn location.

Nmi Nori, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Temaki

Look for things like Cauliflower Dynamite (a vegetarian riff on their popular Spicy Crab Dynamite), and Phancy Philly with smoked salmon, caviar, cream cheese and chives. There are signature rolls such as X.O. Scallop with tobiko and lemon, Tuna Poke with crispy shallots, and Cucumber Black Sesame with shiso and plum. Top Neck Clams with fennel, daikon, and 'nami bay' aioli also make an appearance along with Wasabi Cucumber Tataki. Dessert brings mochi churros with lemon curd dipping sauce, and coffee jelly with coconut cream and mochi balls.

Nmi Nori, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Top Clams

The Brooklyn location features two temaki counters, sake bar and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that give way to outdoor seating with a full view of the park. Local beers, sake and natural wines are also offered.

Sakaeda, Lee and Limb - who met while working under three-star Michelin sushi chef Masa Takayama - opened Nami Nori in the West Village in 2019. The restaurant quickly became known for its open-style temaki rolls.  Now, the trio is excited to bring their temaki rolls to Brooklyn with an extended food and beverage menu.

Nami Nori is located at 236 North 12th St (Driggs Ave and Roebling St), Brooklyn, NY. (Opening Oct 7)

For more information, visit naminori.nyc

When the Sun Go Down, Dingaling Opens Up
October 5, 2021, 11:26.20 pm ET

Dingaling Bar, East Village, NYC
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If you’re look for the kind of place where the party goes from dusk to dawn, give Dingaling in the East Village a ring-a-ling. Helmed by Noble Harris and Michael Bray – the duo behind Kind Regards – Dingaling walks the line between laid-back and elevated, a place where just about anything can happen. It's a perfect spot for a post-work cocktail or late night dancing. It’s also a place to meet people, laugh, and have F-U-N.

Cocktails include three NEGRONIS(ISH?) variations (Traditional, Tropical, and Mexican Coffee), three MARGS (Traditional, Spicy, and Blended Fruity), and three DAIQUIRIS (Traditional, Hemingway, and Blended Banana Bread), as well as the classic-ish “GRASSHOPPER” (Booze, Chocolate, Mint, and Oatmilk), “COFFEE” (Booze, Sugar, Hot Coffee, and Vanilla Whipped Oat Milk) and the “FANCY DRINK BUT BLENDED” (Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Coconut Infused Campari, and Fresh Pineapple).

 Dingaling Bar, East Village, NYC

To accompany the drinks are riffs on Hot Dogs like the HONOLULU DOG (Pickled Pineapples, Creamy Teriyaki Sauce, Ding Sauce, Pickled Onions, Smoked Paprika, green onions and Salt and Vin Chips), K-POP DOG (Kimchi, Korean BBQ Sauce, Sweet n Spicy Vegan Mayo, Pickled Mellon, Pickled Onion, Toasted Sesame, Green Onions and Sweet Rice Chips), and L.A. DOG (Elote, Cilantro, Ding Sauce, Pickled Onions, Pickled Pineapples and Flamin Hots Cheetos). VEGAN NACHOS are also a must-order.

The space at Dingaling reimagines Americana from an outsider lens. A place where photography by Daido Moriyama is hung alongside a nude mannequin and other random thrift store finds. An outdoor raised garden, and garage windows that are almost always open, allow the space to seamlessly blend into the fabric of New York City.

Dingaling is located at 116 Avenue C, New York, NY

For more information, visit www.dingalingnyc.com 

Mochidoki is coming to the Upper East Side
October 5, 2021, 10:13.06 pm ET

 
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Mochidoki is opening its second brick-and-mortar location on Manhattan's Upper East Side (1035 3rd Avenue) on October 22nd. Mochidoki Upper East Side will offer a shop-exclusive mochi ice cream flavor, found only at the new shop: Everything Bagel — cream cheese ice cream wrapped in light, chewy mochi, flavored with everything bagel spices including garlic, salt, sesame and poppy seeds. Everything Bagel will be featured alongside Mochidoki’s perennial favorites like Ube, Vegan Matcha, Salted Caramel, Black Sesame, Vegan Lychee and many more,as well as rotating seasonal varieties such as fall 2021’s Pandan Pistachio. Mochi ice cream is available a la carte and in customizable boxes of four and 12.

The shop's beverage menu includes a newly-expanded tea program with a curated Mochi & Tea Pairings section, allowing guests to explore complementary flavors, such as the combination of Nitro Turmeric Ginger Tea and Coconut Mochi for a “golden latte” pairing. The shop also offers Nitro Matcha, Nitro Hibiscus Mango Tea, Nitro Marsala Chai, Nitro Butterfly Pea Tea, and Nitro Cold Brew on tap.

Designed by Christopher Wong (Co-Founder and Director of Marketing & Design), Mochidoki Upper East Side’s family-friendly outdoor patio is inspired by a Japanese zen garden. The open, free-flowing layout features mochi ice cream-shaped bench seating (designed to look like pebbles) and serves as an escape from bustling Third Ave. The shop interior is designed to highlight Mochidoki’s colorful confections, beautifully displayed in a six-foot case for guests to select flavors. 

Around Town - More Oktoberfest, Reopenings and new Black Tap shake
October 4, 2021, 11:29.56 pm ET


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Oktoberfest is on at the Biergarten at The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District with vaccine card. Enjoy some German beers, brats and oversized pretzels with a fun crowd.

 
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Black Tap is celebrating fall with its Classic Pumpkin Spice Shake. It’s topped with whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice and a cherry. The shake sells for ten bucks and is available through Oct 31 at Black Tap’s Midtown and SoHo locations.

Miyoko’s Creamery is previewing its groundbreaking vegan mozzarella. You can sample it at a series of pop-ups throughout Manhattan during the month of October.


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More reopenings to report. Bobby Vans steakhouse has reopened in Times Square after a couple of false starts during the pandemic.

 
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John’s Pizzeria has a “Welcome Back Broadway” sign on its door.

 
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Not too far away, Smith’s Bar and Restaurant is also putting out the welcome mat.


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Dining Al Fresco at the Crossroads of the World?  Applebee’s now has outdoor dining at its 42nd Street location in the heart of Times Square.

 
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Also in Times Square, this giant mural of a woman marks the spot of the soon-to-be-completed RIU Hotel on West 48th St.


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If you pass by the Port Authority you may notice a new exhibition called The Wash, a series or portholes with images of straw and other plastic waste aimed at bringing attention to threats facing our oceans and waterways.

Until next time, we’ll see you Around Town!

Daintree Opens at Hotel Hendricks
October 4, 2021, 10:30.43 pm ET


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Daintree, an intimate cocktail lounge and rooftop bar with an Australian-American influence, has opened on the top floor of Hotel Hendricks (25 West 28th Street). Flushed with greenery, the cocktail lounge features an antique mirrored-bar, vibrant plush seating and woven accents, while lively custom wallpaper from PaperWhite Studio lines the staircase to Daintree’s intimate 70-seat rooftop terrace on the hotel’s 29th floor.

Helmed by Gates Otsuji and Tristan Brunel of Controlled Substances, Daintree’s robust beverage program spotlights whimsical, contemporary renditions on American classics. Signature cocktails include The Ringleader, a mezcal-based cocktail with lapsang souchong tea to balance the rich tannins and smoke, amari and tangerine peel; Room At The Top, featuring spiced pineapple-infused vodka, cranberry gin and cocchi rosa, served up with a chili-sugar rim; and Dream Sequence: Dream Lovers, made with Monkey 47’s botanical-forward gin, ambrato vermouth, housemade pickled strawberry brine, ginger and sansho pepper. In addition, a curated wine list with a distinctly Australian perspective and an expansive spirits collection are also available.

 

A limited selection of playful bar snacks and raw bar items are also on hand. Tempting dishes include Chicken Salt & Seaweed Popcorn with a signature housemade seasoning’ East Coast Oysters with yuzu mignonette, smoked trout roe and sea bean; Whipped Lemon Ricotta with Balthazar bread, chili crisp and fresh herbs; and a Steak Katsu Sando with Tonkatsu sauce, milk bread and cabbage.

Daintree is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm - 12am. Reservations are encouraged and can be made directly online via SevenRooms. For more information, visit www.daintreenyc.com


Review: Extremely Entertaining "Six" Shines on Broadway
October 3, 2021, 10:03.47 pm ET

Review: Six Shines on Broadway
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“Remember us from PBS?,” Catherine of Aragon (the excellent Adrianna Hicks) cheekily asks the audience early on at the extremely entertaining “Six,” even though I doubt if many of the folks sitting inside the Brooks Atkinson Theatre are actually old enough to recall the classic 1970 miniseries “The Six Wives of Henry VIII.”

But truth be told, wherever you first learned about any of these legendary ladies –- whether it be from your high school history class or a beloved movie or TV show – be prepared to be schooled! Read Full Review

 

3 Places to Try if You Can Snag A Table - Dhamaka, Isabelle's and Cafe Salmagundi
October 2, 2021, 11:10.13 am ET

 
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Dhamaka, the buzzy Indian restaurant at Essex Market, has a perpetual crowd thanks to its lively atmosphere and food. Dhamaka (which means “explosion” in Hindi) is a deep dive into the Indian street cuisine with dishes such as potato patties with white pea and green chili called Ragda Pattice,  lamb ribs with Kashmiri chili and fennel called Tabak Maaz and whole rabbit with yogurt and cloves called Rajasthani Khargosh. It costs $190 and must be ordered 48 hours in advance. 119 Delancey St, New York, NY (212) 204-8616

While the weather is still warm enough for comfortable outdoor dining, Isabelle’s Osteria is worthy of a visit curbside if you are looking for some people watching. Italian fare fills the menu with beef and pork meatballs to start, cauliflower with Calabrian aoli, frittata with swish chard, roasted peppers and mozzarella, and several types of pasta, including squid ink spaghetti and pappardelle with slow-roasted lamb. 245 Park Ave S, New York, NY (212) 388-1145

Café Salmagundi is another festive spot with lots of string lights. Comfort foods and cocktails are highlighted here. Look for things like Gambas, shrimps in garlic sauce with pequillo pepper, pan-seared bronzino with leak and roasted heirloom potatoes and dishes to share, such as braised short rib with stone fruits & brussels sprouts, whole grilled squid with pickled jalapeno and roasted cherry tomatoes in a garlic-ginger sauce.  51 Irving Pl, New York, NY (212) 510-8383

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NYC Bites: Parrillada at La Gran Uruguaya
October 2, 2021, 9:26.52 am ET

NYC Bites: Parrillada at La Gran Uruguaya
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If you have never experienced parrillada, also known as a mixed grill, you don't know what you are missing. Traditionally from Argentina and Uruguay, parrillada is an assortment of grilled meats cooked over a charcoal fire and often served tableside on a mini grill. La Gran Uruguya Restaurant & Bar offers a superb example of  parrillada in Jackson Heights, Queens.  It includes skirt steak, short ribs, chorizo (sausage), chinchullines (aka intestines), mollejas (sweetbreads or thymus gland) and morcilla (blood sausage). The meats are all well seasoned and cooked to perfection. Some of the organ meats might be an acquired taste, but if you are feeling adventurous, go for it. 

La Gran Uruguaya is loctated at 85-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY (718) 505-0400

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