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Pet Portraits at Grand Army Bar
November 30, 2021, 7:53.43 pm ET

Image: Matt Timms                                                                                          

It might just be the perfect holiday gift for that pet lover in your life. Grand Army Bar is teaming up with local artist Matt Timms (of All the Bad Cats) for two evenings of live painting this weekend.

Guests can bring a digital image of their pet for Timms to draw and paint into a custom portrait to take home that evening. Paintings are 6" x 6" and $80 each (payable that evening via Venmo). Space is limited and paintings will be done first come, first serve.

Each painting takes about 30 minutes. Guests are encouraged to hang out for a drink and a bite while he works his magic. The bar is kid-friendly with a variety of tables that are suitable for kids.

When: Thursday 12/2, 5pm - 11pm and Sunday 12/5, 5pm - 11pm

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

Places to Hold Holiday Fêtes in NYC
November 30, 2021, 7:28.31 pm ET

Photo: Dagon                                                                                   

Dagon (2454 Broadway, 212-873-2466)

Located on 91st Street and Broadway, Dagon is different in the best way possible - set in a mod, 70's centric atmosphere with glazed Moroccan tiled floors, a wood slatted ceiling, and a central buzzy bar – the restaurant’s atmosphere is truly la dolce vita Tel Aviv style (decorated seasonally of course). The private dining area, set in the back of the restaurant, overlooks the main dining room and can seat up to 20 people. For private events, Chef Ari Bokovza brings youthfully global dishes to the table via a prix fixe menu, sticking within the soul of Levantine food, while finding fun ways to incorporate seasonality. To work with the team on a private party, inquiries can be directed to


Aquavit (65 East 55th Street, 212-307-7311)

Located in the heart of midtown, the two-Michelin star restaurant Aquavit offers private dining rooms perfect for private holiday gatherings. There are three spaces to choose from: The Linné Salon that seats up to 32 guests, and the Nobel Room that seats up to 80, both located beyond the bar and lounge and featuring their own dedicated kitchen. Aquavit’s Bar Lounge can seat an intimate group of up to 12 guests or 20 for standing in a semi-private setting. The Scandinavian aesthetic of the restaurant provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of events. Guests can enjoy banquet menus with a Scandinavian fare by Chef Emma Bengtsson. Guests can call Aquavit’s Private Dining department at 212-957-9045 or email for inquiries.

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Osteria La Baia (129 West 52 Street, NYC, 917-671-9898)

Osteria La Baia is a brand new stylish dining destination bustling with action. Their menu includes antipasti, salumi, crudo, pizze, and secondi plates, capturing the beauty and range of complex flavors from regions along the coast of Italy. With a flair of casual elegance, the space provides multiple spots to host private events including Il Salone (The Lounge), their communal table Tavolo Comune, Il Mediterraneo in the main dining area, and their sectioned off private dining room La Festa (The Feast) which accommodates 30 guests seated and up to 40 standing - all offering an inviting atmosphere ideal to enjoy with both friends and family. Private event inquiries can be made through the contact form on their website linked here and a photo of the space can be found here.

Carmine’s (Times Square: 200 West 44th Street, 212-221-3800, Upper West Side: 2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200)

Carmine's iconic Times Square restaurant offers the Jimmy Durante Room, a private dining room that seats up to 200 and can accommodate cocktail receptions of up to 175. Located on the second level of the restaurant, it has its own private entrance, bar, restrooms, and coat check. A variety of semi-private dining options are also offered, ideal for groups of 20 to 60 guests including the Perry Como Space (28 seated), Tony Bennet (36 seated), and Tetrazzini Space (58 seated).

On the Upper West Side, the original Carmine’s restaurant features the Bellini room, an intimate private dining room that seats up to 42 and comes equipped with complimentary A/V equipment. Semi-private areas include the Alcova, seating up to 50. Both restaurants are also available for full buyout.

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Market Table (54 Carmine Street, 212-255-2100)

Another of Chef Mike Price’s concepts, Market Table offers an intimate private dining room hidden below the bustling, market-driven restaurant. Formerly a wine cellar, the room’s vaulted ceilings are warmly lit by candlelight, creating a welcoming atmosphere for any special event, especially around the holidays. The PDR can comfortably accommodate 20 guests for a seated brunch, lunch, dinner, or cocktail party. Guests have access to a dedicated service team, their own bar, chalkboard wall, private washroom, and their own sound system - just a few of the amenities that help create a truly memorable experience at Market Table. Event inquiries can be directed to

Portale (126 West 18th Street, 917-781-0255)

In the heart of Chelsea, Portale offers the Etna Room, a private dining room located on the second floor of the restaurant, easily accessible by elevator or the restaurant's main stairwell. The space is completely independent from the main dining room so guests have full control over the built-in speaker system as well as temperature control and light settings. The room accommodates up to 36 guests for a seated event and up to 45 guests for a standing reception. Portale also offers semi-private events in its main dining room and full or partial restaurant and outdoor patio buyouts. For Private Event inquiries,

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Socarrat Paella Bar (Locations in Chelsea, Midtown East and Nolita,

Classic Spanish dishes are meant to bring people together and with three locations in NYC, Socarrat Paella Bar offers multiple options for meetings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. Socarrat's Midtown East location offers a private dining room that seats up to 25 guests, or guests can rent out the entire floor seating up to 65. The Chelsea outpost can accommodate up to 50 people for dinner in its Andalusian-inspired backyard patio. Socarrat Nolita offers seating for up to 16 people in its street-side outdoor tables. For all parties of 10 or more, the restaurant offers several family-style menu options including their signature Paellas and various tapas; menu choices are pre-selected by the guest prior to dining. Guests can inquire via email or on their online form.

The Mary Lane (99 Bank Street, 212-597-9099,

Chef Mike Price’s newest addition to the Blackfoot Hospitality group (known for the Little Owl, The Clam, and Market Table, The Mary Lane is set in the heart of the West Village. Featuring a bright, airy main dining room surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant offers a completely separate 20-seat private dining room downstairs. Opening up to an interactive mural by artist Steven Fragale, the PDR can be curated by Blackfoot’s events team with a custom menu created by Chef Mike and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Sutin—representing the fresh, seasonal American fare they’re known for. Guests can book via email

Happy Holidays!

The Chalets Return at Lafayette
November 30, 2021, 7:04.23 pm ET


Le Village de Laffayette has returned for a second season.  The heated outdoor chalets at Lafayette are decked out with holiday cheer. The chalets seat up to four guests and cost $125 per person. The price includes a 3-course winter menu served family-style.  It starts Fondu Savoyarde, a blend of Comte, gruyère, Swiss Emmenthal, with pain de campagne, endive, cornichon, potato, apple, and rosette de Lyon. Entree's include a choice of Winter Ratatouille with Saffron Rice Pilaf and Palacios Chorizo or Braised Beef Short Rib with Pomme Puree and Roasted Heirloom Carrots or Moroccan Tagine of Vegetables. For dessert, there is Crepe Zuzette Flambe with Grand Marnier, Orange Supreme and Tonka Bean Ice Cream.  Each seating lasts 2 hours and abides by NYC and CDC guidelines.

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NYC Bites – Wicked Wings at Jiku
November 29, 2021, 7:25.12 pm ET


For fans of chicken wings, even if it means getting your hands a little dirty, Jiko in Prospect Park South is the place to be.  The Korean-style wings come in several varieties including soy garlic, spicy garlic, sweet chili and buffalo. The “Wicked Wings” are wickedly good, a little crispy around the edges, large and juicy. They can also be sweet and sticky depending upon the sauce you choose. The wings come in two sizes: 8 pieces for $14 and 18 for $26.  Boneless wings are also available. They're served with a side of with pickled radish.

Jiku Wicked Wings & Korean Grub is located at 1219 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 975-2259

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Five Exciting New York City Restaurants to Try Right Now
November 29, 2021, 6:37.19 pm ET

Zou Zou's Manhattan West, NYC
Photo: Melissa Hom                                                                             

Zou Zou’s is a vibrant new restaurant located in the up and coming Manhattan West. The space designed by AvroKO seats 75 and celebrates Levantine architecture with vibrant blue and green tiles, dark woods, and soaring arched ceilings that feature detailed wood paneling. An open-air kitchen and wood-fired oven runs along one side of the space, with an elegant bar with glass arch on the other. Lush greenery also provides additional warmth.  More...  

 Osteria La Baia, Italian, Midtown, NYC
Photo: Osteria La Baia                                                                            

International restaurateur Alexander Orlov has joined with American Standard Hospitality Group to create Osteria La Baia (152 West 52nd Street) in Midtown. The restaurant is inspired by the glittering coast of Italy and its discreet seaside towns. The restaurant boasts an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven that turns out some of its signature specialties like Wood Grilled Octopus, Whole Red Snapper Crudo and Lobster Calabrese with Calabrian chilin. More…

 All'Antico Sandwich Shop, Midtown, NYC

There aren’t too many places we’d wait outside on a cold, blustery day for a sandwich, but All’Antico Vinaio, the famous sandwich shop from the Mazzanti family in Florence, Italy, is one of them. The square sandwiches served on freshly baked Tuscan style schiacciata bread are enormous and filled with the freshest of ingredients. All’Antico, you may recall, emerged as a pop-up a few years back at Otto’s in Greenwich Village. It instantly drew a long line of fans. More…

 Lindens, Arlo Soho, NYC
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Lindens, a modern American restaurant at the Arlo SoHo, has something for everyone. Inspired by the Linden Tree, the restaurant is an ode to the nature within the city from its remodeled space with lush greenery to seasonal ingredients and inventive cocktails. While the space is sophisticated, it’s also designed to be a neighborhood spot where everyone can connect. More…

Dumpling Lab, Shrimp Toast, NYC

Traditional flavors with modern twists will grab your attention at Dumpling Lab. Steamed and fried dumplings come in flavors like Mackerel with pork, chive and dried shellfish, and beef with bell pepper that arrives with a cheese crisp on top giving it the feel of a cheesesteak. A zucchini and cucumber dumpling has egg and vermicelli added to the mix, while the Shrimp Toast is a real showstopper. More…

Cutlets Sandwich Co. Expands in East Village
November 29, 2021, 6:20.42 pm ET

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Cutlets Sandwich Co., the modern deli concept from Richard Zaro, has opened its newest location in the East Village. Inspired New York area delis, Cutlets first launched as a delivery service before popping up in Flatiron in 2020.  The East Village is its second location with plans for a third in Williamsburg early next year.

On the menu, diners will find a section of sandwich serve as a hero or roll.  They include chicken cutlet with thick cut bacon, white cheddar and Cutlets’ special sauce; eggplant with broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella, aged balsamic and pesto; and chicken parm with marinara and fresh basil. Visitors can also mix and match breads, sauces and toppings.

To celebrate the opening of the East Village location, Cutlets Sandwich Co. is offering offering $6 subs on Wednesday, 12/1/21.

Cutlets Sandwich Co. is located at 993rd Ave (nr 13th St), New York, NY (212) 518-6091

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PJ Bernstein Now Accepts Crypto for Its Pastrami on Rye
November 29, 2021, 5:55.51 pm ET

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PJ Bernstein is joining on growing number of restaurants now accepting cryptocurrencies for its tradition Jewish delicacies. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Jewish Deli is allowing payments with coins traded through Coinbase, including Bitcoin, Etherium and Litecoin, for its popular pastrami sandwiches, corned beef and homemade matzo ball soup.

PJ Bernstein Deli is located at 1215 3rd Ave, New York, NY (212) 879-0914

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Le Pain Quotidien Offering New Holiday Treats
November 29, 2021, 5:39.40 pm ET

Le Pain Quotidien                                                                                     

Popular eatery Le Pain Quotidien is adding a variety of holiday treats in December. Among the new goodies are Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookie, a sweet crumbly biscuit dotted with pieces of chopped pistachios and dried cranberries, and the Holiday Linzer Star cookie, which uses ground hazelnuts and raspberry jam and is finished with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

The company’s Le Cougnau, which originated in the Netherlands, is a small, sweet bread that includes raisins and is topped with crunchy coarse sugar crystals. It is perfect for enjoying with a steaming hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate.


For those celebrating Christmas -- or anyone just looking to satisfy a chocolate craving -- the Buche de Noel Chocolate Praline will be offered exclusively from December 8 through December 25. A traditional Christmas dessert in many European countries, it is a soft sponge cake topped with praline filling, rolled, and then finished with a chocolate ganache.

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Wolfnights to Open Midtown Location
November 29, 2021, 11:21.17 am ET

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Casual wrap destination Wolfnights will open its first Midtown NYC location (40 W. 55th Street) on Wednesday, December 1. The company has three other NYC locations at 99 Rivington Street, 235 Bleecker Street, and 2675 Broadway.

To commemorate the grand opening, the company will offer the first 20 people in line at the new location a $50 gift card to the growing fast casual chain. Additionally, all wraps served up at the new location on opening day will be only $5 and all of the proceeds from their sales will go to Crossroads Community Services, which provides shelter, meals and healthy groceries to vulnerable New Yorkers.

Wraps include the Dire Wolf, made with fried chicken wrapped in a ginger dough with lamb bacon, melted cheddar, green papaya slaw, spicy pickled shipka peppers and Wolf Ketchup; the Mowgli, featuring grilled cauliflower wrapped in a fennel seed dough with spicy pickled pineapple, shallot, barbecue potato chips and sage aioli; and The Pack, made with scrambled eggs and lamb bacon wrapped in fig dough melted cheddar, sumac onions, tater tots, pickled Jalapeño and chipotle aioli. All wraps can also be made into a bowl with a choice of mixed greens, a bed of Arugula or Quinoa.

Broadway Stars Sing to Honor Stephen Sondheim
November 29, 2021, 12:33.53 am ET

Broadway Stars Sing to Honor Stephen Sondheim
Photo: Jenny Anderson                                                                                    

On Sunday, November 27, hundreds of members of the Broadway community came together to celebrate and honor the life of the late composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died suddenly in his Connecticut home at age 91.

The crowd gathered on the iconic red steps in Duffy Square, where Sondheim’s good friend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, read excerpts from Sondheim’s book, “Look, I Made a Hat.” The participants then sang “Sunday” from Sondheim’s celebrated 1985 work, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The singers, conducted by Michael Moritz, included Miranda along with organizer Erich Bergen, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Sara Bareilles, Raúl Esparza, Stephen Schwartz, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, Lonny Price, Jim Walton, Tom Kitt, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Marc Shaiman, Heidi Rohlfing, Lauren Patten, Kathryn Gallagher, Abby Mueller, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson, Erin Davie, Bryan Clark Tyrell, and many more.

A revival of Sondheim’s seminal musical “Company,” is now in previews at Broadway’s Bernard P. Jacobs Theater, in advance of an official opening on December 9, while a revival of his 1990 musical “Assassins” is currently playing through the end of January at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. Meanwhile, a new film version of “West Side Story,” for which he wrote the lyrics, will open in cinemas on December 10.
The event was co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance, and Playbill.


Holiday Windows at Saks 2021
November 28, 2021, 12:30.44 pm ET

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Holiday Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC, 2021

Awe Sum Dim Sum Arrives in Times Square
November 28, 2021, 11:40.32 am ET

Awe Sum Dim Sum, NYC, House Dumplings

You don’t have to travel to Chinatown for authentic dim sum. Awe Sum Dim Sum has opened a shop in the heart of Times Square and the only thing missing are the dim sum carts. 
Awe Sum Dim Sum, NYC, Pork Ribs
Diners order assorted Cantonese-style dim sum at the front counter, take a seat and wait for your beeper to flash announcing that your order has arrived. Most items arrive in their own mini bamboo steamers. 
Awe Sum Dim Sum, NYC, Shrimp  Dumplings
Steamed items include shrimp and bamboo shoot dumplings called Har Gow; Watercress Dumplings with shrimp and squid; and Pork Short Ribs. Several types of steamed rice rolls are also offered, including BBQ Pork with cilantro. 
Awe Sum Dim Sum, NYC, Scallion Pancakes
Fried and baked items include Crispy Shrimp Rolls, Pan-Fried Pork Buns, Scallion pancakes, among others. Samplers and combo plates are also available, along with selection of soup, rice and noodle dishes. There are also some sweet itemson the menu, including egg tarts and custard buns. 
Awe Sum Dim Sum is located at 612 Eighth Ave, New York, NY
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Ten Things To Do In NYC For The Holidays
November 26, 2021, 6:21.03 pm ET

Photo: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer                                               

1 The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. This year’s tree is a 79-foot Norway Spruce covered with more than 50,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights.  The tree will remain lit until mid-January.

2 Ice skating is also a big attraction. This year you will find rinks in Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and a new rink at Manhattan West.

3 For those in search of holiday gifts, there are several holiday markets worth seeking out, including the Winter Village at Bryant Park, Columbus Circle and the Union Square Holiday Market featuring more than 160 vendors.

4 Let It GLOW is a family-friendly light show at the New York Botanical Garden which is offering an expanded 1.5 mile colorful experience.

5 Lightscape at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is showcasing over a million dazzling lights, including the Fire Garden and Sea of Lights.

Photo: Bronx Zoo                                                                                     

6 The Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights is made up of 260 lanterns representing 70 plant and animal species, including 30 new additions this year.

7 The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back at Snug Harbor Cultural Center this year on Staten Island with 8 acres of luminescence. There are also shows in Queens and Long Island.

8 The Holiday Windows Display is back at Saks Fifth Avenue and so is the light show on the building’s façade.

9 Merchants House is showcasing A Christmas Carol in its elegant Greek Revival parlor surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations and flickering candles.

10 Santacon is making a comeback on December 11th for a day of holiday merriment with crowds of holiday Santas and Santa’s helpers. A list of participating locations is announced the night before.

Happy Holidays!


Oddities Flea Market Returning to NYC
November 26, 2021, 5:21.39 pm ET

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The one-of-a-kind shopping event, Oddities Flea Market, will return to its home base in New York with an exciting assortment of curiosities on Saturday, December 4th at The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) from 11am to 7pm.

This special event, curated by Discovery TV star Ryan Matthew Cohn and his wife/executive producer Regina Marie Cohn, will showcase a wide array of rare and distinctive pieces -- including medical history ephemera, osteological specimens, taxidermy, home décor, jewelry, fashion, makeup, and more – from over 50 vendors.

VIP tickets (11am-1pm) are $45; general admission tickets are $15. To purchase in advance, visit

Skirt Steak Opens in Flatiron
November 25, 2021, 11:27.20 am ET

Skirt Steak, Restaurant, NYC, Meal
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Chef Laurent Tourondel is offering his take on a steakhouse meal and simplicity is key. Skirt Steak is only offering American Wagyu Skirt Steak, cooked to perfection, with a signature sauce, market greens and unlimited hand-cut French fries.  A chef-selected seasonal vegetable is also offered for the meal along with a roving dessert cart offering a rotating selection of sweets.

Skirt Steak, Restaurant, NYC, Chef Tourondel
Chef Laurent Tourondel

For those in the know, there is a “Secret Menu.” You can opt for a cauliflower steak at lunch or dinner or a hamburger at lunch. All items are priced $28.00. Just tell your server you heard it from the chef.

Just like the menu, the restaurant itself is no frills with a minimalist wooden design, a perfect backdrop for a simple meal and putting the focus on food, friends and family.

Skirt Steak, Restaurant, NYC, Desserts

Skirt Steak is located close to key entertainment venues, including a short distance from Madison Square, Times Square and the Theater District. With a simple, but quality menu you’ll be in and out in no time and have a guaranteed great start to your night. 

Skirt Steak, Restaurant, NYC, Server

Skirt Steak is located at 835 6th Ave (W 29 St), New York, NY (212) 201-4069

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Holiday Cheer at Cibo e Vino
November 25, 2021, 10:14.37 am ET

Photos: Charissa Fay                                                                                        

Cibo e Vino, a charming spot on the Upper West Side, is getting into the holiday spirit with hot boozy cocktails that will leave you “warm + fuzzy.” The restaurant is decked out with flowers and plants inside and out creating the perfect spot for an intimate soiree or large gathering.  

Italian comfort foods dominate the menu like Scallops with celery root puree, mushrooms and prosciutto; Octopus with black risotto, lemon and homemade chili oil; and Beet Salad with grapefruit, toasted pistachios, ricotta, orange zest and mint.

House-made pastas bring Tagliatelle Bolognese with traditional beef ragù, and parmigiano; Lobster Ravioli with diced tomato, lobster sauce and mint; and Cappellacci al Funghi with mushrooms, truffle butter, and shaved parmesan cheese. Larger plates include Milanese Chicken, Grilled Branzino Fillet and a 36 Day Dry-Aged Boneless Ribeye for Two.

Cibo e Vino will be open Christmas Eve with a special Christmas menu including appetizers like Italian burrata & tuna tartare. Mains include filet mignon and rack of lamb with cheesecake and holiday meringue with lemon curd for dessert. The restaurant is closed Christmas day, but is offering a “Christmas at Home” takeout with holiday cookies. A portion of each dinner purchased will go to charity.

Cibo e Vino is located at 2418 Broadway, New York, NY (212) 362-0096

For more information visit 

Review: Clyde's is Devilishly Delicious
November 24, 2021, 12:46.27 am ET

Clyde, Broadway, NYC, 2021
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By Brian Scott Lipton

Word to the wise: Do not, under any circumstances, come with even one hunger pang to “Clyde’s,” Lynn Nottage’s devilishly funny new comedy, now being presented by Second Stage at Broadway’s Hayes Theater. I promise that the constant talk of amazing sandwiches – mouthwatering variations on grilled cheese, hamburgers and even turkey wraps -- will have you chewing off your fingers off if you’re not fully sated. Still, the only thing more delicious than these culinary creations is the work of the show’s five-person ensemble, all of whom benefit from Kate Whoriskey’s cheddar-sharp direction. Read Full Review

Clyde, Broadway, NYC, 2021

Marathi brings the Flavors of Crete to Tribeca
November 24, 2021, 12:26.59 am ET

Marathi Greek Bistro, Tribeca, NYC, Interior
Photos: Marathi/Stamati Boundouris                                                                         

The spirit of Greece has arrived in Tribeca. Marathi is a Greek restaurant by Executive Chef Nicolas Poulmentis (Akrotiri, Kellari Taverna) and restaurateur Andreas Koutsoudakis. Together they have transformed this breezy corner in Tribeca into a bright airy space with white-washed brick, orange cushioned banquettes and gilded dome lighting.

Marathi Greek Bistro, Tribeca, NYC, Chef
Executive Chef Nicolas Poulmentis

The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends. On the menu there are plates for sharing like Spicy Feta, Shrimp Loukoumades (tempura shrimp with spicy aioli), and Spanakopita (baby spinach, feta, dill and homemade phyllo). There are Cretan Snails, skillet seared with bell pepper and caramelized onions, and Octopus with black-eyed peas and fresh herbs.

Marathi Greek Bistro, Tribeca, NYC, Lamb Chops

Pasta dishes include Squid Ink Fettuccine with pan-seared scallops and saffron emulsion, Mushroom Risotto, and Lobster Pasta with fresh tomato sauce and an ouzo flambé.  Fish is prepared simply like Banzino La Plancha with snow peas and cherry tomato and Tuna grilled with harissa yogurt and sea beans. There is Cretan-styled roast pork with volvi caramelized onions, grilled lamb chops and a 21 oz pork chop with traditional Cretan seasonings.

Marathi Greek Bistro, Tribeca, NYC, Cocktails

Greek wines dominate as cocktails also pay tribute to Crete like Halara (Mount Gay Black Barrel, angostura, fig, cretan honey, lime) and the Marathi (Stray Dog Gin, Ouzo, Blue Curacao, Blanc Vermouth, lemon, elderflower espuma). The restaurant likes to say, "As the sun sets the lights get softer, the music gets harder, and the true meaning of Greek hospitality shines through." Opa!

Marathi is located at 200 Church Street, New York, NY (212) 227-5100

For more information visit 

Two NYC Chefs are Trying to Save Truffle Season
November 23, 2021, 11:16.54 pm ET

Peasant, Marc Forgione, NYC, Truffles
Photo: Peasant/Alan Batt                                                                                         

A worldwide shortage of white truffles, combined with global supply chain problems, is sending prices for the delicacies through the roof.  Bloomberg has dubbed it “the Great White Truffle Crisis of 2021” with prices doubling, tripling and even quadrupling for suppliers. At Urbani Truffles, white alba truffles from small to large are sold out. Now, chefs at two New York City restaurants, American Bar and Peasant, are trying to save the season while keeping prices somewhat affordable.

At Chef Marc Forgione’s rustic restaurant Peasant (194 Elizabeth St), egg yolk raviolo is topped with freshly shaved white truffle. The dish is being featured for $69 with only 10 servings per night. The special is aimed at celebrating truffle season while keeping an approachable price point. The celebrity chef’s menu is an ode to simple rustic wood-fired Italian cooking focusing on seasonal, local, and thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

Photo: American Bar                                                                                       

At American Bar (33 Greenwich Ave), chef Carolina Santos-Neves is showcasing tagliatelle with truffle infused cremini mushrooms, parmesan, and shaved white truffles for $75. American Bar is the cult-favorite West Village restaurant from restaurateurs Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and Jeff Kadish of Grand Tour Hospitality, along with David Rabin. The restaurant is known for its modern and craveable American classics.

Now that’s something for truffle aficionados to cheer about!

New Lounge Unveiled at August Wilson Theater
November 23, 2021, 7:10.25 pm ET

Photos: Emilio Madrid                                                                                     

The producers of Broadway’s “Slave Play” and Jujamcyn Theatres have unveiled the Wilson Lounge, a reimagining of the lobby of the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) as a space for the conversations that the play stimulates, and in which audiences can be in conversation with the work and each other.

The show’s design team, led by scenic designer Clint Ramos, have created seating areas, conversation pods, music activations inspired by the play, and micro libraries featuring curated scripts by Black playwrights and art books celebrating Black work. In addition, the space features a large-scale LED screen showcasing “Kita Meditating” by acclaimed Black visual artist Martine Syms featuring a digital avatar modeled after the 1990s BET show “Cita’s World.” Cita floats peacefully among a background of soothing natural settings asking us to “stay here and just observe.”


As previously reported, the show will have a special eight-week run from November 23 to January 23. Robert O’Hara directs the production, which will feature Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Devin Kawaoka, Jonathan Chad Higginbotham, Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan, along with understudies Eboni Flowers, Blake Russell, Luigi Sottile, Elizabeth Stahlmann, and Galen J. Williams

Tickets are on sale now at or by visiting the August Wilson box office.

Eat Like A Milanese at Eataly’s Bar Milano
November 23, 2021, 6:37.11 pm ET

Bar Milano, Eataly Flatiron, NYC
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Bar Milano is bringing the flavors of Milan to Eataly Flatiron where you can enjoy Northern Italian cuisine while sipping on a Negroni. Hidden near the back of Eataly’s retail market, Bar Milano has the feel of one of Milan’s beloved speakeasies. The modern décor anchored by a rounded marble bar, emerald leather seats and contemporary pieces from emerging Milanese artist Olimpia Zagnoni.

Bar Milano, Eataly Flatiron, NYC

Guests can feast on dishes such as Mondeghili, a Milanese meatball made with braised beef, pork, and just a hint of mortadella, and allo Zafferano, a legendary Milanese rice dish enriched with saffron, bone marrow, and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP aged for 18 months. For risotto lovers, there’s Risotto al Salto, a crispy rice pancake traditionally made from leftover saffron risotto and topped with Taleggio Fonduta.

 Bar Milano, Eataly Flatiron, NYC

Bar Milano, Eataly Flatiron, NYC

To eat like a true Milanese, there are two must-haves - L’Ossobuco, an expertly braised veal shank from Sekel Farms served with saffron risotto and gremolata, and Cotoletta alla Milanese, a tender, breaded veal chop served bone-in and accompanied by dressed Italian chicories (top). The dish dates back to 1134, and after one bite you’ll understand its centuries-long appeal. For dessert, there’s Panettone di Bignè alla Nocciola, a cream puff filled with hazelnut Chantilly cream & caramel butter, and Cioccolato, chocolate sponge cake with hazelnut white chocolate crunch.

 Bar Milano, Eataly Flatiron, NYC

While Florence may have created the Negroni, it was perfected in Milan as an after-work apertivo. At Bar Milano, the cocktail is celebrated with Campari Tradizionale, a classic Negroni made with Piemonte Campari, Carpano Vermouth, Bulldog Gin and an orange twist. There is also a refreshing Luxardo Negroni Bianco, a white Negroni made with Luxardo Bitter Bianco and a Luxardo Cherry. The Negroni are served from a cocktail cart and mixed tableside. The wine list also gives a nod to Northern Italy with small producers within a 100-mile radius of Milan.

Bar Milano by Eataly is located at 200 5th Ave, New York, NY

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Rib No. 7 Makes Ribs the Star
November 22, 2021, 11:58.17 pm ET

Rib No. 7 Makes Ribs the Star

In New York City there is one restaurant making the rib the star of the show. Rib No. 7 is a sprawling new restaurant in Koreatown where diners chow down on monster ribs cooked table-side with outstanding results.

Rib No. 7, Koreatown, NYC, Kimchi

The meal begins with traditional Banchan, a collection of small plates like colorful pickled radishes sliced paper thin, lively kimchi and crunchy cucumbers. Appetizers include a grilled short rib patty made with minced prime beef and vegetables, several types of Korean pancakes (some filled with seafood), steamed pork belly, and beef tartare topped Korean pear and raw egg yolk.

Rib No. 7, Koreatown, NYC, Pork Belly

But it’s the iconic ribs that provide the real allure. Only the largest and choice cuts are selected. Marinated dry-aged prime rib is cut off the bone tableside. The perfectly marbled beef is turned into bite-sized squares and cooked on a sizzling cast iron pan with vegetables and sprigs of fresh thyme. It's delicious. Also offered, “short cut” steak hand kneaded with special sauce that literally melts in your mouth, marinated boneless pork rib, thinly sliced brisket, and beef heart.

Rib No. 7, Koreatown, NYC, Bar

Also making an appearance - Army Casserole - a mix of spam, hot dogs and bacon served with kimchi and ramen.  Grilled Chilean sea bass is available for non-meat eaters, along with silky tofu stew. For dessert, there's black sesame ice cream. Cocktails, beer, soju and Korean spirits are also available. 

If you are into Korean BBQ, Rib No.7 is number one in our book!

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Williamsburg Bar Transforming Into Miracle on Union
November 22, 2021, 6:24.32 pm ET

Photo: Noah Fecks                                                                                   

Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up, is taking over Thief in Williamsburg for the holidays.  Miracle on Union (595 Union Ave) will be serving holiday cocktails in a festive setting from November 23rd to December 25th.  Look for drinks like the Snowball, Christmas Carol Barrel, On Dasher, Jingle Balls Nog, SanTaRex and more. Also in NYC, the Miracle on 9th will be popping up at The Cabinet (646 East 9th Street) for the holiday season.

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Private Dining Cabins Reappear at The Greens in The Seaport
November 22, 2021, 5:59.08 pm ET


The rooftop at Pier 17 in the Seaport is once again home to heated cabins at The Greens. These private cabins with floor-to-ceiling views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline are fully heated with chalet-inspired decor and comfy banquette seating. The cabins can seat up to 8 people and require a $50 one-time fee to reserve a cabin for 90 minutes. The menu features comfort foods from around the world, including Seared Shrimp with creamy grits, Miso-Glazed Icelandic Cod, Crispy Fish Tacos and more. Drinks meant for sharing include the Mexigroni (Dos Hombres Mezcal, Ancho Rayas Rojo, Martini Rossi Dry Vermouth & Lime Zest), and Campfire (Maker's Mark, Jim Beam, Laphroaig, Orange Bitters, Hell Fire Shrub & Demerara Simple Syrup).

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The Skinny to Become Naughty or Nice
November 22, 2021, 5:42.56 pm ET

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Starting on November 23, Lower East Side bar The Skinny will be transformed for the holiday season into “Naughty or Nice.” This annual holiday pop-up will continue through the end of January.

The bar will be decked in floor-to-ceiling over-the-top gaudy Christmas decor and will boast interactive games and a calendar full of surprises. There will be seductive burlesque performances, a special list of mouthwatering holiday-inspired food and cocktails that will make you feel good about being bad, and plenty of live music. Moreover, if you are lucky, you might even get a glimpse of Naughty Santa.

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Review: The Alchemist Is Guaranteed To Have You Smiling
November 21, 2021, 10:56.48 pm ET

Review: The Alchemist Is Guaranteed To Have You Smiling
Photos: Carol Rosegg                                                                                       

The three con artists at the center of Ben Johnson’ 1810 play The Alchemist, now at New World Stages, absolutely cannot turn stone into gold, as they promise, but the expert actors who play them in Red Bull Theater’s jubilant production of the play can definitely deliver the comic goods. Indeed, the entire cast of Jeffrey Hatcher’s freewheeling and often anachronistic adaptation of this classic farce, directed with absolute assurance by Jesse Berger, is guaranteed to have you smiling – and even guffawing – at their ridiculous antics. Read Full Review

Review: The Alchemist Is Guaranteed To Have You Smiling

Le Majordome Opens First NYC Store on Madison Avenue
November 20, 2021, 10:29.19 am ET


Swiss-based luxury shoemaker, Le Majordome, has opened its first New York City flagship at 485 Madison Avenue, where shoppers can create custom shoes or browse a selection of seasonally updated ready-to-wear styles

All of the company’s shoes are crafted utilizing Goodyear welted construction. In addition to the core collection, standout styles from the made-to-order offering include a sleek yet functional galosh loafer, a multi-leather Chelsea boot, and a classic English-inspired lace-up Derby Boot.

While the core collection is available for immediate purchase, each style within the offering can be customized to satisfy one’s personal preference when it comes to materials, colors, and other design details – a process that takes 10 weeks from design to delivery.

Some Places to Warm Up After Watching the Macy's Balloons Being Inflated
November 19, 2021, 5:26.50 pm ET

Photo: Tasca                                                                                                          

After viewing the Macy's balloons as they're filled with helium, here are a few places nearby where you can warm up with some cocktails and food!

Tasca, which resides in the expansive Upper West Side space that was previously occupied by the Greek Tavern, Kefi, has been completely redesigned by a family team of Jay,Norisa, and Justin Espinal. At Tasca, the focus is on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, a melting pot of Spanish-Caribbean flavors, showcasing how the flavors from the related cultures can work together in new and interesting ways. The restaurant’s beverage program incorporates a spirits list which includes over 100 varieties of premium rums. Additionally, Tasca has an extensive wine list from locales including Napa Valley, Provence, and New Zealand.   

Pekarna NY, a contemporary Slovenian-American restaurant and cocktail bar which melds traditional Slovenian and New American seasonal dishes with French techniques. Executive Chef Kamal Hoyte, who runs the kitchen, honed his culinary skills at some of the finest restaurants in New York, Oceana Restaurant and Restaurant Daniel. Now, Chef Hoyte teamed up with Australian-native Dean O’Neillto bring those Slovenian flavors to the streets of NYC. 

Sapphire Cuisines of India, authentic Indian cuisine that uses high end ingredients and even grinds their spices in house to create some of the best Indian food in all of Manhattan.Sapphire has turned to veteran restaurateur, Darshan R. Shah to relaunch the restaurant. Previously, Shah was the owner of adä, which received a Two-Star Review from former New York Times Critic William Grimes and was awarded the “Five Star Diamond Award” for five straight years by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciencesfrom 2003 to 2007. To implement his culinary vision, Shah brought on Executive Chef Sachin Wagh,formerly the Executive Chef at adä, who received his formal training from the French Culinary Institute.  

New Tickets On Sale for Broadway's Music Man
November 19, 2021, 4:39.55 pm ET

Hugh Jackman in the Music Man, Broadway
Photo: Julieta Cervantes                                                                               

Producers Barry Diller, David Geffen and Kate Horton announced that, beginning on Saturday. November 20, a new block of tickets will be available for August 2022 through October 2022 for the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theater. Previews will begin on Monday, December 20, with an official opening set for February 10.

Sutton Foster and Hugh Jackman in The Music Man

This production is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. It will star Tony Award winners Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill, Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo.
To purchase tickets, please visit

Civilian Hotel to Open on West 48th Street
November 19, 2021, 11:00.06 am ET

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The Theater District’s newest hotel, CIVILIAN, located at 305 West 48th Street will begin welcoming guests starting Wednesday, November 24. The 27-story, 203 room hotel, owned by Jason Pomeranc, has been designed to celebrate its Broadway-area location by paying homage to the creative contributions of New York’s theatrical artists.

The jewel of the hotel is the Olio Collection, a theater-focused curated art exhibition with permanent and rotating artifacts, original works, and archival photography. If features over 350 pieces of art – including sketches, models, photographs, props, costumes, murals, and custom furnishings – which are located throughout the public spaces and guest rooms.

The collection was curated by a team of theatrical designers and photographers, led by the hotel’s renowned designer, David Rockwell and The Rockwell Group, along with Paul Tazewell, Sara Krulwich, Bruce Glikas, Little Fang, Clint Ramos, Christine Jones and Jules Fisher.
Finally, CIVILIAN is donating a portion of its fees to the American Theatre Wing to help in its mission of supporting the theatrical art-form, including providing crucial resources for so many of the creatives affected by COVID.
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Moxy Times Square Hotel Goes Pink for the Holidays
November 19, 2021, 10:18.07 am ET

Photo: Dan Nilsen                                                                                 

The Moxy Times Square Hotel will turn pink to celebrate the holiday season. The hotel’s all-season rooftop will become “The Pink Winter Lodge,” an urban oasis featuring floor-to-ceiling pink log walls and a frosted flower arch glowing with custom pink faux antler chandeliers.

Photo: Dan Nilsen                                                                                    

In addition, an iconic carousel will sport 25,000 sparkling crystals, frosted pink flowers, and custom ski lifts to transport you straight to the snow-capped mountains. The East Terrace will feature a pink gondola photo moment surrounded by pink pine trees, pink suitcases, a sled covered in crystals, white ice skates, and diamond-encrusted skis.

Moxy Times Square Hotel Goes Pink for the Holidays, Gondola
Photo: Dan Nilsen                                                                                         

The atrium on the hotel’s second floor will also feature all-pink décor, including a Christmas Tree and Menorah, which will be complemented by a life-size version of Santa’s sleigh.

Moxy Times Square Hotel Goes Pink for the Holidays, Cocktails 
Photo: Tao Group                                                                                  

Meanwhile, the hotel will feature specialty drinks curated by Beverage Director Nikki McCutcheon and sweet treats created by Executive Pastry Chef Erin Cayban. They will include The Double Pink Diamond, 24K Magic, Après Ski and Bubbles & Bling, along with Pink Bling Donut Rings, Pink Frosted Cupcake and The Pink S’mores Stack. In addition, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays will feature a menu of indulgent dishes including the Pink AF Pancake Stack.

Moxy Times Square Hotel Goes Pink for the Holidays, Bling Donuts
Photo: Tao Group                                                                                         

Finally, from December 9 to 12, the Moxy will host the Pink Holiday Pop-Up with haircuts from Blind Barber, portrait drawings by Ian Sklarsky, live music and more

Moxy Times Square Hotel Goes Pink for the Holidays, Gift Cupcake 
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Momofuku opens ‘Upstairs at Ssäm Bar’ at South Street Seaport
November 19, 2021, 9:28.47 am ET

Momofuku opens ‘Upstairs at Ssäm Bar’ at South Street Seaport
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Momofuku opens Upstairs at Ssäm Bar, a new restaurant featuring a menu that centers around tabletop grills, as well as private karaoke rooms [89 South Street, Pier 17]. Located on the second floor of Momofuku Ssäm Bar at South Street Seaport, the new restaurant celebrates the city’s renewed energy with a fun, interactive dining experience that overlooks the East River.

The menu is designed around dishes from the Grill, which bring chefs into the dining room to cook at each table’s personalized tabletop grill – from Grilled Prawns to a sizzling 55-Day Dry Aged Ribeye. All dishes are served with an accompaniment of lettuces, scallion salad, pickles and various sauces. Also offered, Heritage Pork Shoulder with 7-spice seasoning; Ssam Bar Smoked Pork Belly with sweet & spicy sauce; Australian Wagyu Bavette with sesame pepper; and American Wagyu Ribeye with kalbi marinade.

Momofuku opens ‘Upstairs at Ssäm Bar’ at South Street Seaport

Raw offerings include Hamachi with green apple and daikon; Maine Uni with ham chawanmushi and trout roe; and Sea Scallops with ham xo, kohlrabi and lime. There are dishes meant for sharing like Roasted Oysters with caramelized kimchi butter and Spiced Pepper Wings with white and green peppercorn. There's also an entire section dedicated to Potato Rösti, with accompaniments such as baked epoisses and black truffle honey; foie gras and blood orange marmalade; and osetra caviar and smoked ranch.

Momofuku opens ‘Upstairs at Ssäm Bar’ at South Street Seaport

The beverage program offers an extensive menu of wine, signature and frozen cocktails, beer, sake and non-alcoholic beverages. The wine list emphasizes classic selections from France, including a notable section dedicated to Champagne, as well as small producers from lesser known wine regions around the world. Cocktails include Toki Hot Toddy with Suntory Toki whisky, genmaicha tea and lemon; Psycho Beach Party with mezcal, cynar, passionfruit, pineapple and blood orange; and Bonji Old Fashioned with Old Forester bourbon, bonji, black sugar and orange bitters.

Momofuku opens ‘Upstairs at Ssäm Bar’ at South Street Seaport

The design is a nod to the restaurant’s waterfront location and features notes of blue-green and neutral wood throughout the space. A wall of windows overlooking the harbor flows into a custom, handmade jade tile installation from Glithero, which features brightly lit impressions of aquatic botanicals. Each table is outfitted with a personal tabletop grill and complemented by dark blue leather banquettes and green velvet chairs. Adjacent to the 36-seat dining room are two private karaoke rooms that also overlook the water. Each room comfortably seats up to ten guests.

In 2006, Chef David Chang opened Momofuku Ssäm Bar in the East Village, where it became a downtown New York staple for fifteen years. In fall 2021, after the restaurant’s lease expired in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Momofuku moved Ssäm Bar to Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Months after re-opening at South Street Seaport, Momofuku Ssäm Bar finishes setting down roots with the opening of Upstairs at Ssäm Bar, complete with a new menu developed by Momofuku Culinary Director Max Ng and Executive Chef Kris Brumsted.

Ssäm Bar reservations are available on Resy. For karaoke reservations, please fill out this form, email, or inquire night-of.

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LaChanze Lights Up Broadway's Trouble in Mind
November 18, 2021, 10:20.27 pm ET

LaChanze Lights Up Broadway's Trouble in Mind
Photos: Joan Marcus                                                                                                 

Sure, there are stage lights hanging over the rehearsal room set that immediately greets audiences when they enter the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater for the long-overdue Broadway debut of Alice Childress’ 1955 play, “Trouble in Mind.” But it quickly becomes crystal clear that all the luminescence that Charles Randolph-Wright’s production of this neglected play needs come from its star, LaChanze.  Read Full Review 

LaChanze Lights Up Broadway's Trouble in Mind

Spicing Things Up With Holiday Gifts from Momofuku
November 18, 2021, 10:35.19 am ET

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In Fall 2020, Momofuku launched their first ever product line for home cooks, which includes Chili Crunch, Seasoned Salts, Soy Sauce, Tamari, Toasted Sesame Oil and Noodles. Made with natural and organic ingredients and released in small batches, the product line has sold out many times over, and amassed a collective wait list of over 50K people. Just in time for the holidays, the full line (including the recently launched noodles) is back in stock.


- Chili Crunch Sampler Pack ($45): Momofuku’s signature Chili Crunch featured alongside two brand new flavors – Extra Spicy Chili Crunch (with dried habanero peppers to double the heat) and Truffle Chili Crunch (with restaurant-quality black truffles). The package also comes with Momofuku’s new engraved Chili Crunch spoon.

- Ultimate Starter Pack ($85): Upgraded just in time for the holidays, the Ultimate Starter Pack includes all of Momofuku’s most popular pantry items, like the Seasoned Salts and Chili Crunch, alongside the new Extra Spicy Chili Crunch, Truffle Chili Crunch and engraved Chili Crunch spoon.

- Chili Crunch 3-Pack ($35): Stock up on Momofuku’s most popular pantry staple, complete with Momofuku’s new Chili Crunch spoon.

- Noodle Lover's Box ($40): This all-inclusive noodle box (which sold out just 2 days after launching and is finally back in stock!) features over three pounds of noodles (5 packages, 15 servings), including Soy & Scallion Noodles, Spicy Soy Noodles and Tingly Chili Wavy Noodles, in addition to chopsticks.

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Greg's Trees Opens Largest Holiday Center in Brooklyn
November 18, 2021, 9:45.03 am ET

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Greg Walsh, who has been selling Christmas trees to New Yorkers for 36 years, has opened his largest family-friendly “Greg’s Trees” holiday center and Christmas tree stand at Domino Park in Williamsburg. Beautiful Christmas trees will be available for purchase daily from 8am to Midnight, through Christmas Day.

In addition, he will also open stands on the Lower East Side at ABC Playground, in Park Slope at Greenwood Beer Garden, McCarren Park and at The Springs in Greenpoint, all starting on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24

As another holiday treat, there will be a spectacular tree lighting on December 4th at Park Slope from 3pm to 8pm followed by visits from Santa Claus on December 5th at Domino Park from 2pm to 7pm, December 10th at The Springs in Greenpoint from 4pm to 9pm, December 11th at McCarren from 2pm to 6pm, December 12th at ABC Playground from 2pm to 6pm. 

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Around Town - El Truck Arrives, Drinksgiving, Immersive Van Gogh Yoga and more...
November 18, 2021, 9:11.06 am ET

Photo: Julian Medina                                                                                 

Chef Julian Medina and Louis Skibar of the Toloache Group are launching El Truck, a new food truck that will be found in Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen Monday through Saturday. El Truck is the group’s first mobile restaurant serving tacos like the Birria (Braised Beef in Chiles with  Consomme); Chicharron Prensado (Pork Braised in Chile de Arbol Salsa); Taco de Pescado (Crispy Fish Taco with Slaw and Chipotle Crema); and the Dorados de Camaron y Pulpo (Crispy Taco with Shrimp, Octopus, and Charred Tomato Salsa), among others. Guests can also enjoy Churros con Cajeta to round out their meal. El Truck will be open starting Dec 1 for lunch from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 50th Street between 6th and 7thAvenues and for dinner and late night from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM at 52nd Street and 9th Avenue, Monday through Saturday. For more information, please visit

Photo: Noreetuh                                                            

noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized modern Hawaiian restaurant with influences from Asia and the Pacific, has reimagined their signature Musubi using a vegan meat substitute, called OmniPork. Chef/Co-Owner Chung Chow (Bouchon, Per Se, Lincoln Restaurant) is collaborating with OmniFoods to replace SPAM with a new vegan, healthier option without sacrificing flavor. Dishes include Vegan SPAM Musubi and Chow Noodles with OmniPork Strips, black beans and szechuan chili. For more information, visit

Photo: No Strings Attached/Wagyu Stuffed Shells                                                  

No Strings Attached Noodle Bar in Williamsburg is offering an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Highlights include Seasonal Gyoza- house-made gyoza filled with pork, cabbage, and scallion, served with house-made spicy peanut butter sauce; Miso Honey Burrata-buffalo burrata, miso-honey vinaigrette, charred grape tomatoes, toast sticks and basil; and American Wagyu Harvest Stuffed Shells-with Washugyu and harvest succotash over pumpkin puree. For Thanksgiving all entrees are available in party size which will serve up to 4 guests from 5-9pm. For more information, visit 

Photo: Loreley Beer Garden                                                                                           

Dubbed Drinksgiving, the day before Thanksgiving is a popular one for going out to local bars. Falling on November 24th this year, it also marks the start of Loreley Restaurant & Beer Garden’s Winter Wonderland season with festive holiday décor throughout and outdoor heated beer garden – Manhattan’s largest – plus a new drinks menu that will feature Bourbon Hot Chocolate, Spiked Eggnog and more. To kick off the holiday season, on 11/24 Loreley will offer an all-night happy hour with $2 off holiday cocktails, $2 off select beers on drafts & select wines by the glass, and $25 select wine bottles. For more information, visit 

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With the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting on December 1st, Limani New York, located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, is providing a bird’s–eye view of the Christmas Tree for outdoor diners enjoying individual heaters and spacious seating. With a beautiful lighting display and holiday spirits high, the restaurant’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy some holiday season people watching and afterwards, some window shopping at the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue or nearby FAO Schwarz. For more information, visit

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SPEAKEASY, the Burlesque Show at Bond 45 is returning due to popular demand after a sold-out summer engagement. The show is available Fridays and Saturdays now through 12/22. Produced/created by award-winning Broadway director Holly-Anne Devlin, SPEAKEASY is an all-in-one immersive mixology experience that combines the worlds of burlesque, cirque, illusionists, contortionists, and musical theater with a decadent cocktail, dining, and nightclub experience. The show is 1 hour, 15 minutes. Starting at $85 for General Admission, this includes the live performance, 5-cocktail flights, and an appetizer. For more information visit 


It’s that time of year again, Santacon is coming to town. The holiday event for those that are naughty and nice kicks off this year on December 11, 2021. The exact location and Santa’s welcoming “red carpet” venues will be announced the week before Santacon. Stay tuned! For more information visit 


SCHTICK A POLE IN IT, NYC’s only comedy and pole dancing show, has announced new performance dates (11/27/2021 – 1/22/2022) for its open-ended run at Drom (85 Avenue A) in the East Village. Hailed as one of the city’s “Top 5 Comedy Shows to Catch” by The NY Times, SCHTICK A POLE IN IT is an entertainment mashup you will literally not find anywhere else. Combining the aerial artistry of the city’s best pole dancers with the comic chops of its funniest stand-ups, SCHTICK is an evening of sexy, hilarious, eye-popping, jaw-dropping fun. Hosted by comedy power couple Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross, every month’s show features a different music theme from Cardi B to Frank Sinatra. For more information visit

Photo: Immersive Van Gogh                                                                         

Immersive Van Gogh New York exhibition is partnering with Lifeway Foods to offer Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga. People of all fitness levels are welcome to enroll in the 35-minute flow yoga class. All classes take place within the multi-sensory and all-encompassing Immersive Van Gogh experience. The yoga classes are led by local certified yoga instructors and will take place at Pier 36 (299 South St.) choreographed in harmony with the music, sounds, light and moving images from Van Gogh’s vast catalogue of masterpieces. After the 35-minute class, participants are invited to stay and experience the art around them one more time for the final 25 minutes. Classes are scheduled for Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Capacity is limited in keeping with New York COVID-19 protocols. Admission is $54.99 per person/per class. Guests should arrive dressed for classes and bring their own yoga mats. To reserve a spot, visit 

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town! 

Bar Lula Opens in the East Village
November 18, 2021, 12:44.42 am ET

 bar Lula, East Village, NYC, Cocktail
Photos: Ashley Sears                                                                             

The Team at Endless Hospitality (The Wayland, Goodnight Sonny, The Wild Son, Pop's Eat Rite) is launching Bar Lula in the former Wild Son space at the corner of St Marks Place and First Avenue in the Village.

 bar Lula, East Village, NYC, Mushroom Crepe

The cocktail bar and restaurant draws its inspiration from the culinary traditions of France and Mexico. Executive chef Luigi Petrocelli and chef Ricardo Arias are combining their knowledge of French technique with their love of Mexican food to create new and vibrant dishes meant for sharing. They include beef tartare with salsa macha, peanuts and cucumber; mussels escabeche with saffron and crispy tortilla; marinated beets with sesame, cumin, and cotija; and red snapper aguachile. Main dishes include succulent braised lamb showered with sliced onion, cilantro, and jalapeno; and whole fish accompanied by manila clams and gigante beans in a spicy broth.

 bar Lula, East Village, NYC, Assorted Dishes

Beverage Director Julio Xoxocotla is offering an adventurous agave-forward cocktail program and one of the city’s most ambitious mezcal collections. Julio previously worked at Ward III, The Rum House, and Bouley (Test kitchen and Botanicals) before joining the Endless Hospitality team. His passion for agave distillates and Mexican spirits is a driving force behind the creation of Bar Lula.

 bar Lula, East Village, NYC, Cocktail

The space has new look since Wild Son moved next door. There’s a full bar, table seating, fresh artwork and lots of bottles of mezcal on display.

Bar Lula is located at 132 First Ave, New York, NY 

Macy's Unveils New Floats for Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 17, 2021, 11:45.51 pm ET

Here's a look at the newest floats for the 2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats 2021, Peacock
Birds of a Feather Stream Together by Peacock®

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats 2021, Colossal Wave
Colossal Wave of Wonder by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Celebration Gator by Louisiana Office of Tourism

Magic Meets the Sea by Disney Cruise Line

Gravy Pirates by HEINZ

To get a glimpse of this year's new balloons, including Baby Yoda, click here

For information on this year's parade route and where to see them inflated click here

Review: Is Diana Broadway's Newest Crowning Achievement?
November 17, 2021, 11:06.30 pm ET

Review: Is Diana Broadway's Newest Crowning Achievement?
Photos: Matthew Murphy                                                                             

By Brian Scott Lipton

One shouldn’t say death becomes Lady Diana Spencer, but 24 years after the untimely – and still mystery-laden -- passing of the popular Princess of Wales, she’s become the prime subject for three very different works of art: the award-winning miniseries “The Crown,” the acclaimed arthouse film “Spencer,” and the mostly breezy Broadway musical “Diana,” now belatedly bowing at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. Read Full Review

Review: Is Diana Broadway's Newest Crowning Achievement?

Zou Zou's Makes a Splash at Manhattan West
November 17, 2021, 4:11.13 pm ET

Zou Zou's, Manhattan West, NYC, Dining Room
Photo: Melissa Hom                                                                                               

Zou Zou’s is a vibrant new restaurant located in the up and coming Manhattan West. The space designed by AvroKO seats 75 and celebrates Levantine architecture with vibrant blue and green tiles, dark woods, and soaring arched ceilings that feature detailed wood paneling. An open-air kitchen and wood-fired oven runs along one side of the space, with an elegant bar with glass arch on the other. Lush greenery also provides additional warmth.

Photo: Melissa Hom                                                                                         

The space reflects the flavors presented by chef Madeline Sperling, previously of Gramercy Tavern and The NoMad. Chef Sperling is joined in the kitchen by Executive Sous Chef Juliana Latif. Together, the duo is offering a menu celebrating the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean region with influences from Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, among others.

 Zou Zou's, Manhattan West, NYC, Dips
Photo: Noah Fecks                                                                                      

Look for shareable plates centered around the expansive wood fired grill beginning with a selection of Breads such as Grilled Bazlama, Fresh-Baked Talami, and Honey Butter Kubaneh. There are dips like Green Tahini with aquafaba and cilantro, Ember-Roasted Eggplant topped with harissa honey and roasted red peppers; and Whipped Ricotta topped with fragrant saffron apricots.

 Zou Zou's, Manhattan West, NYC, food
Photo: Noah Fecks                                                                               

Larger plates include Lobster Tagine with kumquats and parsnips; Grape Leaf Black Sea Bass with a spicy and savory tomato vinaigrette; Zou Zou’s Duck Borek made with flaky pastry, and topped with an orange glaze and pistachios; Moroccan Fried Chicken served with lemon labneh and harissa honey; and Fire Roasted Leg of Lamb carved tableside, and served with sourdough laffa, cucumber yogurt, mango hot sauce, and fresh herbs. Desserts bring Charred Pineapple with rum syrup and lime, and Kataifi Cheesecake with candied walnuts.

 Zou Zou's, Manhattan West, NYC, Cocktail
Photo: Noah Fecks                                                                                      

Zou Zou’s cocktail menu, crafted by Beverage Director Bryan Schneider, includes a light and refreshing Sumac Spritz with prosecco, grapefruit, and sumac bitters; Road to Jericho with vodka, pomegranate molasses, fig syrup, and orange blossom; and Desert Fix with tequila, poblano soda, salted ice, and an aleppo pepper dusted rim. The wine list also showcases the diversity of the Mediterranean wine regions, ranging from the powerful reds of the Canary Islands, through the mineral-driven wines of Sardinia and Sicily, to the ancient birthplace of wine grapes in Central Europe and Southwestern Asia.

Zou Zou’s is located at 385 Ninth Ave (33rd St), New York, NY

Osteria La Baia Opens in Midtown
November 17, 2021, 1:03.54 pm ET

Osteria La Baia Opens in Midtown
Photos: Osteria La Baia                                                                    

International restaurateur Alexander Orlov, founder of Bulldozer Group, has joined with American Standard Hospitality Group decided to create the new restaurant Osteria La Baia (152 West 52nd Street), which is inspired by the glittering coast of Italy and its discreet seaside towns.

Here, the award-winning designers of AvroKO have translated the warmth of Tuscany and an airy Mediterranean feel to this cosmopolitan locale, complete with a large marble bar clad in warm blonde wood with handsome blue-leather cushioned chairs, as well as individual tables for cocktailing and snacking.

Osteria La Baia Opens in Midtown

The dining room is sectioned into two areas with sea blue banquettes, while beautifully appointed tables draped in linen are accompanied by custom-made club chairs. In addition, evocative pictures by famed American photographer Slim Aarons hang on one wall. There is also a private dining room, anchored by a dramatic skylight with retractable glass doors for flexibility, along with a custom-made painting by artist Bradley Wood.

Osteria La Baia Opens in Midtown
Photo: Javier Romero                                                                                

The restaurant boasts an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven that turns out some of the restaurant’s signature specialties. Menu highlights include Sicilian Steak Tartare with Artichoke Aioli, Wood Grilled Octopus, Whole Red Snapper Crudo, Pizze with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Comte Cheese, Red Onion and Spicy Honey, Lemon Ricotta Agnolotti, Lobster Garganelli ‘Calabrese’ with Calabrian Chili, Pan-Seared Skate with ’Nduja Caper Cream Sauce, Rabbit alla Cacciatora, and Dover Sole Saltimbocca (fileted tableside and topped with Prosciutto).

Desserts complete the journey with fluffy Zeppole, a luscious Budino, and Panna Cotta topped with balsamic vinegar. In addition, La Baia has an impressive wine list featuring over 100 bottles from Italy, France and the US, as well as such popular cocktails as Negronis and Spritzes.

The arrival of All'Antico Vinaio brings long lines to Midtown
November 16, 2021, 12:36.21 pm ET

 All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC, Lines

There aren’t too many places we’d wait outside on a cold, blustery day for a sandwich, but All’Antico Vinaio, the famous sandwich shop from the Mazzanti family in Florence, Italy, is one of them. The square sandwiches served on freshly baked Tuscan style schiacciata bread are enormous and filled with the freshest of ingredients.

All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC

All’Antico, you may recall, emerged as a pop-up a few years back at Otto’s in Greenwich Village. It instantly drew a long line of fans.

All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC, Lines

The lines have returned, only this time it is a permanent location. During our visit the line extended half way down the block along 8th Avenue near 46th Street. Inside the small shop, with limited counter space for standing, the line curled around the open-air kitchen where two workers, including one with a thick Italian accent, prepared the sandwiches and sliced the fabulous prosciutto found in several of them.

 All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC, The Boss

One of the signature sandwiches is the La Schiacciata Del Boss, or simply,”The Boss.” It is filled with thinly sliced Prosciutto Toscano, thick slices of Pecorino Toscano and a layer of truffle cream. It’s an amazing combination.

 All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC, Porchetaa

Equally as amazing is La Summer, a monster of a sandwich filled with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil. We swapped out the prosciutto for house made porchetta which is out of this world. Vegetarian options include La Caprese made simply with mozzarella, tomato and basil.

All'Antico Vinaio, Sandwiches, Midtown, NYC, Porchetaa

We counted nine different sandwiches ranging in price from $9 to $19. One of the workers gave us a thumbs up as we waited on line. But they are the ones that deserve two thumbs up!  Bravo!

All'Antico Vinaio is located at 729 8th Ave, New York, NY (917) 970-0033

Hanukkah Latke special from Sami & Susu on Lower East Side
November 16, 2021, 11:54.40 am ET

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From 11/28 - 12/6, Sami & Susu, the Mediterranean restaurant and specialty store from Amir Nathan and Jordan Anderson, will be offering latkes from noon until they sell out. Available for $14, Sami & Susu’s latkes (which are quite substantial in size) are served with creme fraiche and smoked trout roe. Latkes will be available both in store (walk-in only) and online (Seamless, Uber Eats, and Doordash) for delivery.

For the holidays, Sami & Susu is also offering a curated collection of beloved packaged goods from artisanal purveyors in NYC and across the Mediterranean. Sami & Susu’s holiday package ($70) will include Yuki’s Bakery Babka (Nutella or Cinnamon Streusel), Seed & Mill’s Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Halva, La Boite Tahini, Canaan Palestine Za’atar, La Boite’s Shabazi Spice Mixture, and Saifan Extra Virgin Olive Oil sourced from Lebanon. The holiday box is available to pick up in store starting today, 11/15.

Sami & Susu is located at 190 Orchard St, New York, NY (646) 559-2856

Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan Renamed for Ivan Reitman
November 16, 2021, 11:35.22 am ET

Photo: Alamo Drafthouse                                                                               

The new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan theater at 28 Fulton Street will carry an alternate name, the Ivan Reitman Cinema, in honor of the legendary filmmaker behind such films as “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes.”

A plaque can now be found at the complex that reads in part “Director Ivan Reitman has entertained and influenced generations of film lovers with seminal films like STRIPES, MEATBALLS, and DAVE. In GHOSTBUSTERS, he made hilariously wild concepts feel grounded, and cemented his entire cast – including a 112-foot-tall marshmallow man – into New York icons. Because of his incalculable influence on cinema, this Alamo Drafthouse Cinema shall hereby and forevermore be known as the Ivan Reitman Cinema.”

The re-naming of the cinema was held at a ceremony on November 15, attended by Reitman, which was held beneath the gaze of a massive, nearly 12-foot-tall statue of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, one of the key characters in “Ghostbusters,” complete with gothic columns and terror dog gargoyles.

Beginning Friday, November 19th, the theater will begin showing “Ghostbusters Afterlife,” a sequel to the hit 1984 film, produced by Reitman and directed by his son Jason. All attendees at showings of the film will enjoy a free letterpress postcard from the theater’s bar/museum, The Press Room, featuring original promotional art; a “Ghostbusters”-themed drink menu, featuring an “Ectoplasmic Residue” cocktail and “Ecto-Cooler” juice; and a custom pre-show featuring a kaleidoscope of nostalgia-inducing pop ephemera that fans of the original film will appreciate.


Cocktail Time at Amor Loco in Times Square
November 15, 2021, 1:56.46 pm ET

 Amor Loco, Times Square, NYC
Photos: Raphael Mendez                                                                                

Amore Loco is the clubby new Mexican spot in Times Square serving up some hot cocktails by mixologist Cody Goldstein of Muddling Memories.

Here are a few of them:

 Amor Loco, Times Square, NYC, Abeja Loco

Abeja Loco
A green-hued light and refreshing drink with a kick; made with reposado tequila, cucumber juice, hot honey, lemon, orange curacao, coriander, & bee pollen

Amor Loco, Times Square, NYC, Corny Colada

Corni Colada
A savory take on the classic piña colada that’s inspired by classic Mexican street food; made with corn-infused reposado tequila, bourbon, creme of coconut, fresh pineapple, lime, cayenne, licor de elote

Amor Loco, Times Square, NYC, Cosmopolitano

Mezcal, cointreau, lime, cranberry juice, aromatic bubble

 Amor Loco, Times Square, NYC, Paloma

Tequila, Grapefruit Soda, lime juice, burnt orange

Amor Loco is located at 134 W 46th St, New York, NY (917) 261-5650

First Look at New Balloons for Macy's Thanskgiving Day Parade 2021
November 15, 2021, 9:37.43 am ET

Funko Pop! Balloon inspired Grogu™, a.k.a. as Baby Yoda in pop culture, from the series Star Wars™ “The Mandalorian,” Macy's Parade 2021

Funko Pop! Balloon inspired Grogu™, a.k.a. as Baby Yoda in pop culture, from the series Star Wars™ “The Mandalorian” (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)

Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix Balloon, Macy's Parade 2021
Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix Balloon
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)

 Ronald McDonald® Balloon by McDonald’s® USA, Macy's Parade2021

Ronald McDonald® Balloon by McDonald’s® USA
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Imagesfor Macy's, Inc.)

Pikachu™ & Eevee™ Balloon by The Pokémon International Company, Macy's Parade 2021
Pikachu™ & Eevee™ Balloon by The Pokémon International Company
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)

Macy's Parade, Toni the Bandleader Bear Balloon by Macy’s 2021
Toni the Bandleader Bear Balloon by Macy’s
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)

Macy's Parade, Tiptoe Balloon by Macy’s 2021
Tiptoe Balloon by Macy’s
(Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.)

For more information on this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, including map of parade route and where to see this year's balloons being inflated click here

To see video of this year's balloons click here

Review: CSC’S Assassins Hits The Target
November 14, 2021, 8:21.02 pm ET

Review: CSC’S Assassins Hits The Target
Photos: Julieta Cervantes                                                                                 

Given the increasingly political divisions engulfing this country, should one really encourage a production of John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking 1990 musical “Assassins” -- a darkly comic vaudeville about the men and women who killed (or try to kill) the president of the United States? As John Doyle’s simply staged and brilliantly cast production at Classic Stage Company proves, the answer is a definite yes. Read Full Review 

Review: CSC’S Assassins Hits The Target

HipCityVeg Opens in Union Square
November 14, 2021, 12:36.00 pm ET

Photo: HipCityVeg                                                                                           

Known as the 'Shake Shack of Plant-Based Food,’ HipCityVeg is making its New York City debut in Union Square. The chain was founded by Philadelphia Latina plant-based powerhouse Nicole Marquis who owns multiple restaurants in the Philadelphia and DC market. Marquis says her goal is to bring delicious plant-based comfort foods to new markets with dishes that are convenient and accessible to everyone.

HipCityVeg is a 100% plant-based, fast-casual restaurant that serves comfort foods like burgers, shakes and fries. Highlights include a Smokehouse Burger, Crispy HipCity Ranch sandwich (battered chick’n, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle & peppercorn ranch, Philly Steak (a vegan Philly cheesesteak), as well as breakfast sandwiches served all day.

HipCityVeg is located at 28 E 12th Street, New York, NY (332) 895-1317


JaJaJa Mexicana Expands to Williamsburg
November 14, 2021, 12:18.48 pm ET

JaJaJa Mexicana Expands to Williamsburg
Photo: JaJaJa Mexicana                                                                                      

Plant-based restaurant JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana is taking its innovative vegan menu to Williamsburg. Look for Mexican comfort food dishes in a vibrant atmosphere. Standout dishes include Nachos with chorizo, fermented black beans, queso fundido and sour cream, Beet & Pumpkin Empanda, Coconut Queso Quesadilla, and a section dedicated to Street Tacos.

All day brunch is also available with kale pancakes stacked with coconut mango jam and shaved coconut, Brunch Tacos and Breaky Burrito. There’s also Mexicana Street Corn and Churritos.

JaJaJa Mexicana is located at 119 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY (860) 479-2872

Aperitivo Opens with Authentic Italian Imbibing Experience
November 14, 2021, 9:41.59 am ET

Apertivo Bar and Restaurant, NYC
Photo: Apertivo                                                                                                      

Alla Salute! Italy’s Aperitivo is back with the social charms of drinks before dinner at this new Upper East Side restaurant. Apertivo restaurant is turned into one big bar between the hours of 4-6 pm. The new drinking and eating experience includes a signature bar menu paired with samples of complimentary food to provide the authentic experience. Geared towards after work socializing before dinner or as the perfect neighborhood or date-night spot, the gathering is the perfect jumping off point before dinner.

Located in a grand space with Portuguese tiles and an open kitchen with a pizza oven, the new restaurant is the work of Nick Pashalis and Nick Tsoulos who just opened one of their Anassa Taverna in Battery Park City.

Signature dishes include: Appetizers like fritto miso and baked clams, followed by oven-baked, thin-crust pizzas and signature house-made pastas include, Penne Ala Vodka, Fettuccini Scampi and Pappardelle with Bolognese and Parmigiano. Exciting cocktails are available to pair including a signature Aperitivo Negroni.

Apertivo is located at 14 E 60th Street, New York, NY (646) 693-9990

Dinner with a View of the Iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree from L'Avenue at Saks
November 14, 2021, 9:26.22 am ET

Dinner with a View of the Tree from L'Avenue at Saks
Photo: L'Avenue                                                                                                

L’Avenue at Saks is the perfect destination to get in the festive spirit this holiday season. Its main dining room has magnificent views overlooking the Tree at Rockefeller Center, offering a warm and delicious experience.

Enjoy Parisian-inspired cuisine with global influences for either lunch or dinner, with popular dishes such as the tuna tartare and miso salmon. Request a table by the window for an optimal view.

Sample some of Executive Pastry Chef Stephanie Oliveira’s equally beautiful and delicious desserts including seasonal specials like the interactive S’aks S’mores dessert -  a deconstructed S’more experience poured tableside that creates a crackle and pop noise and releases the smell of a real campfire.

On your way out, handle any holiday gift shopping in Saks Fifth Avenue – and don’t forget to check out Saks’ iconic annual holiday window display – and finish your afternoon or evening with a walk around Rockefeller Center and a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral nearby. Reservations for lunch and dinner can be made through Resy.

L’Avenue is located at 611 5th Ave, New York, NY - In the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship on the 9th floor.

Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021
November 14, 2021, 8:19.05 am ET

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has arrived!  Watch as the the workers set it up.

The Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021

The Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021

The Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021

The Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021

The Arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2021
Photos: Tishman Speyer                                                                       

The official tree lighting is set for Dec 1. Learn more about this year's tree.


Fast 10: Ten New NYC Restaurants to Check Out Right Now!
November 12, 2021, 6:33.48 pm ET


Zou Zou’s, a sprawling Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from Chef Madeline Sperling (Gramercy Tavern), is now taking reservations at Manhattan West. 385 9th Ave Suite 85, New York (212) 380-8585

Gotham is the new juiced up version of Gotham Bar & Grill serving dishes like Veal Sweetbreads and Berkshire Pork Belly. 12 E 12th St, New York, NY (212) 380-8660

Laurent Tourondel’s long-anticipated Skirt Steak has arrived in Flatiron. No reservations. No menu. Just skirt steak, salad and endless fries. 835 Sixth Ave @ W 29 St New York, NY

Greek spot Marathi is open in Tribeca with pita tacos, shrimp saganaki and Cretan snails on the menu. 200 Church St, New York, NY (212) 227-5100

Bar Milano has taken over Manzo at Eataly in Flatiron offering Milanese-inspired cuisine and Negronis. 200 5th Ave, New York, NY (212) 229-2560

All’Antico Vinaio, a popular Italian sandwich shop which debuted as a pop-up at the now-defunct Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria has found a permanent home in Midtown. 729 8th Ave, New York, NY (917) 970-0033

Chicken n Waffles has opened in Hell’s Kitchen offering breakfast, chicken sandwiches and several types of its namesake dish. 537 9th Ave, New York, NY (917) 261-5736

Sheikh Shack, which has a familiar sounding name, has opened in Jamaica, Queens with Middle Eastern fare including falafel sandwiches, gyros, wings and more. 82-37C 164th St, Queens (347) 829-3052

Agi’s Counter in Crown Heights is serving up sandwiches and open-faced durans, along with Hungarian Breakfast and Paprika Pork Sausages. 818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 822-7833

Breakfast By Salt Cure, an LA-based restaurant, now has a location in the West Village. Think assorted griddle cakes, eggs and more. 27 1/2 Morton St, New York, NY

Dough and Raaka Chocolate Team Up for a New Pumpkin Swirl Doughnut
November 12, 2021, 5:55.28 pm ET

Photos: Dough Doughnuts                                                                              

Dough Doughnuts is joining forces with nearby Raaka Chocolate to debut a one-day-only, limited-count Raaka Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Dough Donut On Friday, Nov 19th.

Exclusively available at Dough's new Rock Center outpost, the donut features the bakery's signature yeast-raised brioche base with a dual-tone dark chocolate base glaze swirled with a pumpkin spice-kissed white chocolate inspired by the Raaka Pumpkin Swirl bar.  


Dough’s opening and Raaka Chocolate’s residency mark the latest in a wave of exciting food & beverage developments at Rockefeller Center, including Ignacio Mattos' Lodi, a new outpost of Café Grumpy (which opened recently) as well as forthcoming winter 2021 openings such as Ace's Pizza and Other Half’s first Manhattan taproom.



The Fifth Season to Launch Nov 17 with Holiday Fountain
November 12, 2021, 5:40.44 pm ET

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On November 17, the Fifth Avenue Association welcomes the public for a grand unveiling of “The Fifth Season” installation at The Pulitzer Fountain from 6:00-7:00pm. The unveiling will mark the beginning of the “Fifth Season,” a celebration of the holiday décor, music, and traditions that flourish with Fifth Avenue, the most globally renowned street for forging memories and partaking in the seasonal festivities.

The event will include remarks by Coco Mitchell and Laurent Claquin, a performance by The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the countdown to the magnificent light show that will bring to life the fountain installation, and a first look at the toy installations that will line Fifth Avenue throughout the holidays, and which will allow tourists and patrons to donate directly to charitable partner City Harvest. Caroling is encouraged, and seasonal hot beverages by Angelina Paris will be available.

During the holiday season, Fifth Avenue will feature 32 hand-crafted-in-Brooklyn animal sculptures across from the Plaza Hotel, as well as 5,000 feet of lighting, a skating rink, and 24 handmade icebergs surrounding the Pulitzer Fountain. As usual, many of Fifth Avenue’s finest stores, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, will have elaborate window displays.

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Review: Girl From The North Country is Hauntingly Beautiful
November 12, 2021, 10:38.38 am ET

Review: Girl From The North Country is Hauntingly Beautiful
Photo: Matthew Muphy                                                                              

By Brian Scott Lipton

The world is full of natural, if not altogether obvious, matches. (Think chocolate and peanut butter, perhaps.) Now, add to that list the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson and the singular American songwriter (and Nobel laureate) Bob Dylan. Their seemingly disparate sensibilities have come together to create one of the most haunting – and hauntingly beautiful -- musicals I’ve ever seen, “Girl from the North Country,” which has arrived at Broadway’s Belasco Theater after a multi-year journey from the UK and NYC’s Public Theater (where it earned the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical). Read Full Review

This Year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is Bound for NYC from Maryland
November 11, 2021, 6:12.49 pm ET

 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cut Down in Elkton, MD 2021
Photos: Tishman Speyer                                                                           

A 79 foot Norway spruce weighing some 12 tons will arrive at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, December 13th.  The tree, which is 46 feet wide and approximately 85 to 90 years old, was donated by the Price family from Elkton, Maryland.  Here’s a bit of the backstory.

 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cut Down in Elkton, MD 2021

When Devon and Julie Price heard a knock at their door, they assumed it was someone looking to repave their driveway. As Devon led their mystery guest around the property to show the visitor their Norway Spruces, as requested, it became clear that their biggest tree might be destined for greatness.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cut Down in Elkton, MD 2021

Their mystery visitor, Erik Pauze, happens to be the Head Gardner at Rockefeller Center. He had spotted it from afar when driving around the area earlier this year in his perpetual search for the perfect tree candidate.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cut Down in Elkton, MD 2021

As Devon continued to talk with Erik, he quickly realized they had an amazing opportunity at hand, and now, their tree will become this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the very first time a tree from Maryland has been selected. “We never considered that our tree would be the one on display for the world to see at Rockefeller Center,” Devon shared. “It truly is quite the honor.”

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Cut Down in Elkton, MD 2021

High school sweethearts Devon and Julie moved to Elkton, Maryland 30 years ago, and have lived in the same house ever since.  He’s a former United States Navy officer.  She’s a retired school secretary.  They own a few acres of land right on the Delaware-Pennsylvania-Maryland border, overflowing with the strong, sturdy Norway Spruce trees that have become synonymous with the Christmas season.

The Price’s tree will be adorned with more than 50,000 multi-colored lights and topped with a 900-pound, three-dimensional Swarovski star featuring 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 1 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Once the holidays pass, the tree will be milled and donated to Habitat for Humanity where it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come as part of someone's home. 

Stay tuned!

Around Town - Beer Garden Pops Up in Times Square, Fields Good 's New Fried Chicken Sandwich & more
November 10, 2021, 7:05.33 pm ET

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Fields Good Chicken is offering its first ever fried item - the Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($11). Available exclusively at the Greenwich Village outpost, the new sandwich consists of buttermilk fried chicken breast, pickles, garlic aioli, Mike's Hot Honey, & lettuce, served on an Orwashers potato roll. To celebrate the launch, FGC is running an all-day happy hour special (21+) that includes a free Sunday Beer with the purchase of the sandwich.

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Celebrate the grand opening of Juicery Harlem by Chef Jappy Afzelius (TSISMIS) with live performances by celebrity DJ Sasha Hart and Jay Vallo as well as complimentary smoothie and juice samples. Monday, November 15th, 2021 from 1 pm – 2 pm and 6 pm – 7 pm at 370 Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

Photo: Casa Ora                                                                                       

Family operated Casa Ora in Williamsburg has a new fall menu inspired by classic Venezuelan fare. Look for dishes like Fettuccine Asado with braised short rib, burnt papelón sauce, fettuccine alfredo, corn, bacon & peanut praline; and Arepitas, mini arepas served with a variety of fillings such as chicken salad with queso blanco and shredded beef with cheddar. Cocktails come with names like “When Smokey Sings,” and “Rum Forest Rum.” 


The Beer Garden has popped up in Times Square between 43rd & 44th Street on Broadway.  Aside from beer on tap, a selection of sausages are offered, including beer-braised bratwurst, spicy chorizo and hot dogs.  There’s a chili dog and chili cheese dog with an assortment of toppings including sauerkraut, cucumber relish, spicy queso and more. A lobster roll and classic New York hot pastrami sandwich are also among the offerings, along with Sigmunds pretzels.  

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!

Billy Crystal to Return to Broadway in Mr. Saturday Night
November 10, 2021, 5:29.43 pm ET

Photo: Steve Schofield                                                           

Superstar Billy Crystal will return to Broadway in “Mr. Saturday Night,” a new musical comedy about one comedian’s meteoric rise to the middle, which will begin an open-ended run at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on March 1, 2022. The show will be directed by John Rando.

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, then musical tells the story of Buddy Young Jr., an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame, if not fortune, in the early days of television. Now, some 40 years after his TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way.

The production also features Randy Graff as Elaine Young; David Paymer as Buddy’s brother Stan Yankelman; and Chasten Harmon as agent Annie Wells. The book is written by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The score features music by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green. The production will feature choreography by Ellenore Scott.

Crystal autobiographical solo show “700 Sundays,” which had to successful runs on Broadway, earned him both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. His numerous film and television credits include “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Soap”


MTA Creates New Broadway Ad Campaign
November 10, 2021, 11:03.14 am ET

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The MTA has created a new advertising campaign featuring costumed actors from the Broadway shows, “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “SIX,” “Chicago,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Waitress” and “Phantom of the Opera” on the NYC subway and featuring the slogan “The Only Sure Way to Make It to Broadway.” Among the many stars appearing in these ads are Tony Award winner Danny Burstein, Rob McClure and Jordan Fisher.


The ads, which are part of the MTA’s “Welcome Back to New York” campaign, harken back to a similar ad campaign from 1977 which featured Carol Channing, Eartha Kitt, Melba Moore, Stephanie Mills and other great stars.

In addition, discounts to certain shows are available for customers who purchase their tickets through


Dinner and Drinks at Lindens, now open at Arlo SoHo
November 9, 2021, 7:56.32 pm ET

Lindens, Modern American, Arlo SoHo, NYC, Scallop
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Lindens, a modern American restaurant at the Arlo SoHo, has something for everyone. Inspired by the Linden Tree, the restaurant is an ode to the nature within the city from its remodeled space with lush greenery to seasonal ingredients and inventive cocktails. While the space is sophisticated, it’s also designed to be a neighborhood spot where everyone can connect.

Founded by seasoned industry vets Executive Chef Carsten Johannsen (The Mandarin Oriental, Commerce) and Food & Beverage Director Gary Wallach of Renwick Hospitality, the team has worked tirelessly to build a true complementary menu with produce-forward dishes and American classics.

Lindens, Modern American, Arlo SoHo, NYC, Chicken

Look for things like East and West Coast oysters (including Happy Hour specials), Live Diver Scallops served with a yuzu vinaigrette, Half Maine Lobster, and Hamachi Ceviche with pink lemon, jalapeno and smoked salt. Other offerings include Peppercorn Rubbed Chicken, Fire-Baked Pizzas and freshly made Thyme Parker House Rolls. For dessert, there are Lemon & Bourbon Donuts and PB&J Brownies with extra virgin olive oil.

Lindens, Modern American, Arlo SoHo, NYC, Cocktail

Signature drinks include Lindens Bees Knees made with honey sourced from the flowers of Linden trees, a Rosemary Spiced Margarita, Cinnamon Squash Swizzle and Pumpkin Punch infused with pumpkin spice. 

The intimate space features leather-wrapped banquettes, communal table for larger groups, and airy courtyard with heated wooden cabins during colder months.

Lindens in located at 2 Renwick St, New York, NY

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Jungsik Reveals Its New Fall Menu
November 9, 2021, 7:08.13 pm ET

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Jungsik, a contemporary Korean restaurant, led by newly appointed Executive Chef Daeik Kim, is unveiling its new five-course seasonal menu, the first under Kim. Known for its inventive New Korean cuisine, Jungsik also likes to add a bit of whimsy to its dishes.

The new five-course menu begins with Squid stuffed with squid ink risotto and served with a dashima beurre blanc sauce. The dish is topped with smoked trout roe in a tribute to the Oh-Jing-Uh, a spicy squid stir-fry found in the coastal regions of Korea.


Diners will also discover Bossom Bibimbap, an elevated rendition of a Korean pork belly dish cooked confit-style over Dwaengjang rice with onion jiangaji and chiffonade of wild sesame, garnished with purple shiso.

Black Cod and Squab also make an appearance. The squab is dry aged for three days, oven roasted and finished over a charcoal fire. It's served in a squab jus made with a traditional Korean wine, Bokbunja, in homage to the Korean dish Tteok-galbi.

The meal ends with Executive Pastry Chef Yoonjung Oh’s Charcoal and Corn, a grilled corn dessert with grilled corn ice cream and a brown butter crumble. Its plating evokes memories of a bonfire, with charcoal pieces lying on the left and ice cream on the right.

The Seasonal Menu is priced at $165 with the option for a wine pairing for an additional $110 or a premium wine pairing for $300.

For more information visit


Mentalist Jason Suran to Perform at Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia
November 9, 2021, 5:37.58 pm ET


Internationally acclaimed mentalist Jason Suran returns to the stage as artist-in-residence at the illustrious Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia (155 East 50th Street) with his new show, “One in a Million: An Evening of Extraordinary Events,” which will play every Saturday night beginning on November 13.

Audiences will be asked to leave the virtual world behind and rediscover what it means to share our space, our time and ourselves with other human beings - all while experiencing Suran’s trademark blend of humor, storytelling, and mind-boggling psychological illusions. As in Suran’s past work, capacity will be limited and audience members will become active participants in the show. All guests must be 21+ and proof of vaccination required at the door for entry for all attendees.

Tickets for these shows start at $90 and include admission to the hour-long show as well as beer and wine refreshments.

Additionally. private bookings are available. Fifty Hotel and Suites is also offering an exclusive package to guests who stay over on Saturday night which includes two front row seats, a two-night stay in a suite, bottle of wine upon check-in and a VIP greeting after the show.

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Slave Play Announces Full Cast for Broadway Return
November 9, 2021, 11:31.28 am ET

Photo: Menelik Puryear                                                                                  

“Slave Play,” the ground-breaking play by Jeremy O. Harris, will have a special eight-week return Broadway engagement at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) from November 23 to January 23. Robert O’Hara directs the production.

The show, which focuses on three interracial couples, was originally seen Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop and then played for four months at Broadway’s Golden Theatre. That production earned 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Play.

Th current cast will feature Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Devin Kawaoka, Jonathan Chad Higginbotham, Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan, along with understudies Eboni Flowers, Blake Russell, Luigi Sottile, Elizabeth Stahlmann, and Galen J. Williams.

Tickets for the eight-week engagement are on sale now at or by visiting the August Wilson box office.


Holiday Pies at Morgenstern’s
November 8, 2021, 7:26.21 pm ET

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If you are looking for a classic Thanksgiving Pie with an ice cream twist, Look no further than Morganstern’s which is serving up some serious holiday treats.

Morgenstern’s Autumn pie selection includes:

Pork Lard Apple Pie.   

Made with granny smith apples, and a pork lard crust (not kosher). Suggested ice cream is Bourbon Vanilla

Burnt Sage Ice Cream Pie

Burnt Sage Ice cream, Chocolate Dip, Chocolate Crust


Lemon Merengue Pie

A Frozen American Classic with Lemon Curd ice cream in a graham cracker crust, with toasted meringue

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Chocolate Crust, with a Whipped Cream Top

Other offerings include Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and Bourbon Pecan Pie with prices ranging from $42 to $52  each. All pie orders must be placed 48 hours in advance online for pick up from their shop at 88 West Houston Street.

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Pizza-maker Macchina Finds a Permanent Home in Brooklyn
November 8, 2021, 6:44.51 pm ET

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Started as a pizza pop-up inside The Bedford during the pandemic as a means to get by, Macchina has grown into a full-fledged restaurant. The team behind Roebling Sporting Club and The Bedford have also tapped Dianne Lowry ( The Aviary, Sweet Liberty) to head up the beverage program. 

Sharable plates and pizzas are all made with sharable ingredients. The pizzas are cooked in a stone ovem sourced from Tuscany. They include pies such as Chicken Parm Pizza with chicken cutlet, mozzarella, parmesan & marinara; Marinated Cherry Tomato with fior di latte, pecorino & basil; Shrimp Scampi Pizza with Florida Gulf shrimp, mozzarella, garlic, lemon zest & chili flakes; and Prosciutto Di Parma with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, arugula, parmigiano, & extra virgin olive oil.

Cocktails emphasizes flavors found in Italian aperitifs and spirits. Herbaceous drinks include Apple + Fennel Tonic with Gin, Torino Vermouth, Fino Sherry, Green Apple, Honey, Fennel, and Tonic; Blood Orange Boulevardier with Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Blood Orange, and Cacao; and Chai Espresso Martini with Chai, Coffee Liqueur, Vodka, and Coconut Cream.

Housed in an old fan factory, the space features many of the original interior and design elements including the flooring, tin ceiling, and pulley track beams. The 12-seat bar features a custom-made bar top with a massive 50 foot beam spanning the entire lengtrh, custom milled shelving and a vintage library ladder.

The restaurant also has plans to show classic, black & white Italian films—think Filini’s greatest hits like La Dolce Vita and Nights of Cabiria.

Macchina is located at 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information, visit 

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon Along 4th Ave in Brooklyn
November 7, 2021, 4:01.09 pm ET

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

Scenes from 2021 NYC Marathon in Brooklyn

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Around Town - Ice Skating Returns to the Rock, The Lodge Is Back, and FAO Schwarz's $15k Mercedes
November 5, 2021, 7:12.53 pm ET


Ice Skating returns to Rockefeller Center on November 6 ahead of the star-studded Christmas Tree lighting set for Wednesday, December 13th.

In the meantime, fans of Chanel No. 5 will want to check out a new display honoring Chanel perfumes dating back to 1921.

Bryant Park is getting into the holiday spirit with ice skating, The Lodge, cozy igloos and its holiday shops. This year’s food vendors include Frida’s Favorites, Crepe Café, S’mores N’more and the Winter Pie Shop which is delightful.

At Macy’s, the holiday decorations are already going up ahead of the big return of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with fans lining the parade route and new balloons, including an appearance by Baby Yoda. 

FAO Schwarz is decking the halls with huge stuffed animals, and lots of fun and unique toys, including the FAO Mercedes bedazzled with Swarovski crystals selling for $14,995 for the kid who has everything, and that's a markdown.

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

Review: David Hyde Pierce Lands in The Visitor
November 4, 2021, 11:16.05 pm ET

Photos: Joan Marcus                                                                                    

It’s tempting to call the new musical “The Visitor,” now at the Public Theater, well-intentioned – but it’s a bit of puzzlement what its intentions are. On one hand, the show wants to be about the spiritual and political awakening of Walter, a morose middle-aged college professor, played with sincerity and pathos by the always welcome David Hyde Pierce. On the other hand, it’s determined to alert us to America’s policy on deporting and detaining undocumented immigrants, which the show’s creators clearly see as cruel and unfair. Both seem like reasonable bases for an involving show. Read Full Review 

New Speakeasy Wine Bar on LES Explores Lesser Known Grapes
November 4, 2021, 7:02.27 pm ET

One19 Wine Bar + Food, Speakeasy, LES, NYC
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Italian wines and small plates are in focus at One19 Wine Bar + Food on the Lower East Side. Industry veterans Chef/Co-owner Matt Rojas (Rouge et Blanc, Eleven Madison Park) and Sommelier Gianni Cavicchi (Nice Matin), are offering an approachable and affordable destination with a speakeasy feel where visitors are encouraged to explore lesser known grapes. In fact, you won’t find a Chardonnay or Merlot in the bunch.

 One19 Wine Bar + Food, Speakeasy, LES, NYC

What you will find are virtually unknown and ancient varieties of wines from Italy, like Albana from Emilia-Romagna, Trebbiano Spoletino from Spoleto in Umbria, Forastera and Biancolella from the island of Ischia, Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Schiava from Trentino-Alto Adige and more. The “Freshest Flight in the City” features 4 wines on tap including three from the organically farming Emilia-Romagna producer Tre Monti: Frizzante (Pignoletto), Orange (Albana) and Rubicone (Sangiovese), along with Finger Lakes’ Traminette from Rooftop Reds - the only non-Italian producer on the wine list. Guests can scan a QR code on the table for detailed information about each of the wines. A wine-on-tap program, meanwhile, is aimed at making it environmentally-friendly.

One19 Wine Bar + Food, Speakeasy, LES, NYC

Chef Matt Rojas is also serving Italian-inspired small plates with a New York twist. The wine-friendly plates include Pepperoni French Bread Pizza with roasted chilis and fontina; Rosemary Preserved Tuna; Bruschetta with ricotta and truffle honey; Fresh Burrata with smoked cherry tomatoes and pea pesto; Grilled Radicchio with gorgonzola dressing and toasted pumpkin seeds; and a shareable Cheese & Meat Plate.

One19 Wine Bar + Food is located at 119 Essex St, New York, NY (646) 535-1079

For more information, visit

Juicing Up at Juicery Harlem
November 4, 2021, 6:19.36 pm ET

Photos: Juicery Harlem/Wai Ng                                                                         

A new juice shop in Harlem is offering some celebrity cred. Juicery Harlem is a collaboration between Executive Chef Jappy Afzelius (TSISMIS) and celebrity DJ Sasha Hart and husband DJ Jay Vallo.  Together they are showcasing freshly made fruit juices and smoothies. DJ sets will also be performed by the owners.

Chef Jappy, who worked and trained under Alain Ducasse at Chez Allard Bistro in Paris and Benoit Bistro in New York, is offering unique flavor combinations like the Orange and Cream, made with orange and sweet potato; and the Rise and Green, made with green apple, cucumber, pineapple, and mint. Juicery Harlem’s Goodnature Juice Press System allows juices to be made to order in under three minutes and to retain freshness for up to 5 days while refrigerated.


Vegan food options include an Açai Bowl with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and coconut flakes; Avocado Toast with avocado purée topped with radish, cherry tomatoes, lemon, and a mixed salad on country bread; and a Tuna Melt with organic wheat bread, wild tuna, and locally sourced muenster cheese.

The interior, designed by Harlem resident Natalie Lewis, features large windows offering a picturesque view of Lenox Avenue. The space is adorned with floral-patterned wallpaper, light brown reclaimed wood, a white-marble bar, and open kitchen. Booth seating doubles as an area for live DJ performances.

Harlem Juicery is located at 370 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY

For more information, visit 

Rumble Boxing Teams Up With Umami Burger
November 4, 2021, 5:22.08 pm ET

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Fitness giant Rumble Boxing has teamed up with Umami Burgers for a limited-edition Rumble Knockout Burger. Each burger comes in a custom-designed Rumble x Umami box and is accompanied by a card for a free class at Rumble that's valid through December 31.

The Rumble Knockout Burger is a 4oz Smash Patty with Classic Sauce, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomato, Caramelized onions, and American Cheese. It is available for purchase in-store at Citizens Culinary Market (398 10th Avenue) and for delivery from the restaurant.

Rumble Boxing was founded in January 2017 as a boxing-inspired group fitness concept which consists of a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. There are currently Rumble locations in Chelsea/Flatiron, NoHo, TriBeCa and the Upper East Side.

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First look at Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Arriving November 13th
November 4, 2021, 9:15.25 am ET

 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree from Maryland
Photo: Tishman Speyer                                                                                 

You know it’s getting close to Christmas when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is set to arrive. This year, for the first time, the tree will be coming from Maryland. It is a 79-foot tall Norway Spruce weighing some 12 tons. Rockefeller Center says it was donated by a family in the town of Elkton, MD. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be cut down on November 11 and is set arrive on Saturday November 13th where it will wrapped with 50,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski crystal star.

A star-studded lighting ceremony, complete with Santa, will be held on Wednesday, December 1st and broadcast on NBC.  Stay tuned for more exciting details!

Harlem Restaurant Week Returns November 7
November 3, 2021, 8:28.39 pm ET

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Harlem Restaurant Week returns for its 12th season from November 7-21. Over 60 restaurants throughout Central, East and West Harlem will offer dine-in, take-out and delivery options for everything from fresh fruit smoothies to award-winning cocktails to sumptuous fine dining. Among the options for diners will be Best Bites for $10, lunch for $25 and dinner for $35.

Customers will also experience the first HRW Social Media Sweepstakes promotion with over 50 gift card prizes contributed by participating restaurants. In addition, families in need will receive complimentary meals donated by participating restaurants through Harlem Park to Park’s partnership with The Angel Food Project and The Ladies of Hope Ministries.

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The Flaming Duck Sizzles at NYC’s Hutong
November 3, 2021, 8:09.35 pm ET

 Hutong's Flaming Duck, NYC
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For those in search of a dining experience like no other, look no further than Hutong’s Flaming Duck.  Hutong’s Barbecue Master, Chef Martin Mak, with 50 years of culinary experience is flambéing the duck tableside and carving it on the spot.

Hutong's Flaming Duck, NYC

The flames are intended to bring out the intense flavors of aromatic chilies, while giving a crispy texture to the duck’s skin. The duck is served with a special sauce, julienned vegetables and steamed buns.

Hutong's Flaming Duck, NYC, Chef Martin Mak

The showstopping Flaming Duck is only available for five RSVP meals per night through pre-paid online bookings Monday to Thursday.  The Flaming Duck costs $116 and serves up to 6 people.

Hutong is a fine dining establishment specializing in Northern Chinese cuisine, dim sum and cocktails.

Hutong is located at 731 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

For more information, visit 

Pecking House is popping up Temperence Wine Bar
November 3, 2021, 7:29.30 pm ET

Photo: Pecking House/Salt & Pepper Drumettes                                                 

Pecking House, the cult favorite chicken concept by Chef Eric Huang, is taking over the kitchen at Temperance Wine Bar, the award-winning bar in the West Village.   Pecking House’s classic chili fried chicken will be served alongside an extensive list of 100+ wines and bubbles by the glass. Chef Huang will offer also be offering exclusive new menu items, seasonal sides, and dessert.

Photo: Pecking House/Chicken Sandwich                                                             

For two nights only, the Pecking House pop-up will include OG Chili Fried Chicken Drums (2 for $9) brushed with hot and tingly chili paste; Salt & Pepper Duck Drumettes (3 for $16) seasoned with pickled jalapeno, fried garlic and cilantro; Chicken Sandwich #14 Jr. ($12, with foie gras supplement for an additional $6) served on a bun with charred cabbage slaw, pineapple jam and dark soy caramel; and Grilled Duck Heart Skewers (4 for $8) brushed with tare and seasoned with a coarse spiced salt mix. Sides include Butter Bean Salad ($6) in a black vinegar-sesame vinaigrette. For dessert, there is Coconut Panna Cotta with Miso Caramel ($6) with a coconut-cashew crumble on top

Photo: Pecking House/Coconut Panna Cotta                                                     

Recommended wine pairings curated by sommelier AJ Ojeda-Pons include Roger Coulon, Brut Blanc de Noirs champagne served with the chicken sandwich, sherry with the duck hearts; and syrah or riesling Spätlese to compliment the broad bean salad.

The Pecking House pop-up will take place November 13th and 14th and is reservation only via Resy.


Restaurant Radar: The Wild Son Makes A Move As A New Cocktail Bar Takes Shape
November 3, 2021, 6:48.03 pm ET

Photo: Good Morning Sunshine at The Wild Son                                                

The Wild Son, an all-day café is moving from its corner location at 132 First Ave and St Mark’s Place in the East Village to a new lunch counter space next door at 130 First Avenue.

A menu update is also part of the move. Look for favorites like the Good Morning Sunshine and the Grandma Anna egg sandwiches, plus a few other lunch sandwiches including fried mortadella, a double patty burger, buttermilk pancakes, blueberry corn waffles, and hearty, healthy salads, alongside a robust coffee program and selection of teas and juices.

The restaurant’s new hours are 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The renovated space has 10 seats indoors at the refreshed counter, and 20 seats outdoors in a space that will be heated during colder weather.

As for what’s happening to the corner space at 132 First Ave: The team from Endless Hospitality will be briefly updating the space and opening a brand new cocktail bar/restaurant called Bar Lula. Bar Lula will take inspiration from modern French bistros and the bold flavors, colors, and culinary traditions of Mexico.

Stay tuned!

The Wild Son is located at 130 First Ave, New York, NY (212) 727-7900

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Broadway Snow Globes Return to Times Square
November 3, 2021, 6:19.49 pm ET

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The Times Square Alliance celebrates the return of the holiday “Show Globes” in Times Square on the Broadway Plaza between 45th and 46th Streets. The Globes, which are on display through December 26, feature designs inspired by some of the most-loved musicals on Broadway – “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”, “Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” -- and invite passersby to admire the imagination and talent that give life to every show.

The Alliance is also kicking off the holiday shopping and dining season with special deals and offers from local restaurants, shops, and attractions. Visitors are invited to step onto a side street and into the Times Square neighborhood to take advantage of holiday promotions from participating local businesses.

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Levain Bakery to Reopen Flagship Upper West Side Location
November 3, 2021, 6:07.59 pm ET

Levain Bakery to Reopen Flagship Upper West Side Location
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After temporarily closing at the beginning of COVID in March 2010, Levain Bakery is thrilled to re-open their flagship store at 167 West 74th on Saturday, November 6th at 8am. Founders Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald will be there on opening day working the counter and welcoming back much-missed friends and neighbors. The cozy 400-square-foot space has been updated since its closure.

In addition, on Sunday, November 7, the first 200 NYC Marathon runners to bring in their bib to the charming bakery will receive a complimentary Levain cookie of their choice. Among the cookie flavors offered by Levain are Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Oatmeal Raisin, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip and Two Chip Chocolate Chip.

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Taiwanese Tea Shop Xing Fu Tang Arrives on St Marks
November 3, 2021, 1:04.35 am ET


Xing Fu Tang has emerged on the corner of St Marks Place and 2nd Avenue.  The shop known for its hand-crafted brown sugar boba from Taiwan. It’s made fresh hourly and used in an assortment of different drinks. Drinks include Brown Sugar Boba Milk topped with torched brown sugar, Whipped Dalgona Coffee with organic milk, and Bobo Soft Serve dusted with brown sugar.

Other seasonal drinks include Taro Boba Ube Milk made with real ube, coconut mile and taro boba, and Strawberry Boba Milk, a strawberry smoothie with handmade strawberry boba and organic whole milk. Refreshing fruit teas are also available including grapefruit Green Tea and Lime Green Tea. There’s also a Curacao Soda with giant purple handmade jellies.

Xing Fu Tang is located at 133 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

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Dumpling Lab Delivers on Flavor in East Village
November 2, 2021, 11:21.06 pm ET


Dumpling Lab, an Asian gastropub from the folks behind Hunan Slurp, is offering playful takes on dumplings this East Village spot, but its tastiest accomplishment might not be a dumpling at all.

Mackeral Dumplings

Traditional flavors with modern twists will grab your attention at Dumpling Lab. Steamed and fried dumplings come in flavors like Mackerel with pork, chive and dried shellfish, and beef with bell pepper that arrives with a cheese crisp on top giving it the feel of a cheesesteak. A zucchini and cucumber dumpling has egg and vermicelli added to the mix.

Beef Dumplings

Other offerings include king prawn salad, pulled chicken leg with a fiery peanut Mala sauce and sizzling steak with house hoisin sauce served with Chinese buns. But the real showstopper is the shrimp toast. The shrimp paste is sandwiched between two thick slices of crispy toast, drizzled with truffle sauce and sprinkled with micro greens. It is an amazing bite!

Shrimp Toast

Cocktails include Kochi Breeze made with shochu, yuzu, lemon, elderflower, shiso and miso, and Goma Colada with shochu, coconut and sesame oil washed, pineapple and clarified soy milk. It garnished with a dried pineapple slice. 

The modern space, with full bar, is stark black and white with stainless steel tabletops and helpful servers dressed in black. All of the ordering and table service is done through an app.

Dumpling Lab is located at 214 E 9th St, New York, NY  

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Immersive Van Gogh to Return to Pier 36
November 2, 2021, 10:44.28 am ET

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“Immersive Van Gogh,” the popular art installation and original experiential celebration of the work by beloved post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh, returns by popular demand at Pier 36 (299 South Street) from November 17 through January 2, 2022. The exhibit was previously seen by 800,000 visitors during its New York City premiere in the summer of 2021,

“Immersive Van Gogh” invites audiences to “step inside” the iconic works of Van Gogh, as patrons experience more than 500,000 cubic feet of animated projections, including animated details from works such as Self Portrait with Felt Hat (1887), The Bedroom in Arles (1888), Irises (1889) and The Starry Night (1889).

The installation was designed by Massimiliano Siccardi, with original, mood-setting music, both original and curated, by Luca Longobardi. In addition, Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director, and David Korins is the exhibition’s Creative Director.

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Summit One Vanderbilt is Hitting New Heights in Midtown
November 1, 2021, 7:15.10 pm ET

Summit One Vanderbilt, NYC, Levitation
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Summit One Vanderbilt is New York newest skyscraper offering stunning panoramic views high above New York City. It involves the pairing of AIR, a multi-level, multi-room sensory art installation, with the thrilling experiences of LEVITATION and ASCENT.


Thrill seekers can enjoy two options to test their mettle. LEVITATION sky boxes allow guests to step out from the envelope of the building and stand on transparent glass 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue, with the hustle and bustle of city streets directly beneath them. For the extreme thrill seeker, ASCENT, an all-glass elevator with a transparent glass floor, transports guests from the terrace level up the side of the building, to over 1,200 feet (364 meters), nesting at the highest viewing point in midtown Manhattan.

Summit One Vanderbilt, NYC, Terrace

“We set out to create a truly unique destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to explore and SUMMIT One Vanderbilt delivers - you need to experience it to understand it,” said Marc Holliday, Chairman and CEO of SL Green.

Summit One Vanderbilt, NYC, Transcendence 1

Another multi-space immersive experience called AIR was designed by Kenzo Digital. AIR begins in what’s called TRANSCENDENCE 1, which mixes transparency and reflectivity, creating the illusion of boundless space. Every moment in TRANSCENDENCE 1 offers a tantalizing and singular experience, unique to that moment in time. With AFFINITY, the story of AIR becomes playful, interactive, as visitors are invited to connect physically to the hundreds of reflective orbs hovering around them.  

 Summit One Vanderbilt, NYC, Transcendence 1

It concludes with UNITY visitors becomes part of the experience itself with their three-dimensional portrait transformed into a cloud in a mesmerizing, ever-changing, animated skyscape. At night, the experience is transformed through a one-of-a-kind light and sound story, turning AIR into a beacon of energy, visible to all of New York City and beyond. The experience in UNITY is supported by a massive, 750 square foot seamless Samsung wall display.

Summit One Vanderbilt, NYC, Apres

The final stops on the journey are APRÈS and the SUMMIT TERRACE. APRÈS is SUMMIT One Vanderbilt’s sky- high lounge and café featuring small bites and innovative cocktail program curated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. APRÈS’ offerings can be enjoyed inside a Nordic themed lounge and café designed by Snøhetta or outside on the SUMMIT TERRACE. The SUMMIT TERRACE wraps around the south and west sides of One Vanderbilt offering incredible views for up to 80 miles.

Ticket prices for the Summit One Vanderbiilt experience start at $39 with special pricing available online for New York City residents. For more information visit 

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff to Headline Spring Awakening Reunion Concert
November 1, 2021, 6:21.56 pm ET

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Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and the original cast of the Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” will reunite for a special benefit performance for The Actors Fund on Monday, November 15 at 7pm at The Imperial Theatre. Michael Mayer will direct the concert.

The show, which features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about teenagers coming-of-age. The 2006 Broadway production earned eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The concert will star original cast members Skylar Astin, Gerard Canonico, Lilli Cooper, Jennifer Damiano, Christine Eastbrook, John Gallagher, Jr., Gideon Glick, Robert Hager, Brian Johnson, Lauren Pritchard, Krysta Rodriguez, Stephen Spinella, Phoebe Strole, Jonny B. Wright, and Remy Zaken.

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Broadway's Chicago to offer Special 25th Anniversary Performance
November 1, 2021, 6:12.27 pm ET


The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Chicago” will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30pm with appearances by original cast members and other surprises.

The show tells the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer in the 1920s who murders her lover and then dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.

The revival, which was directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb.

The current cast of “Chicago” features Ana Villafañe as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, Paulo Szot as Billy Flynn Lillias White as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Ryan Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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Celebrating Diwali at Baar Baar
November 1, 2021, 5:19.57 pm ET


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Baar Baar, chef Sujan Sarkar's modern Indian gastropub in NYC's East Village, will be celebrating Diwali (the Festival of Lights) on November 4th with a special prix-fixe menu and live Bollywood music. The 3-course menu will include a Butternut Squash Mulligatwani canape, plus choices for each course, and side.  Offerings include a Goat Cheese Kebab with beetroot murabba, apricot, chili chutney; Lamb Sheek Kebab with butter and mint emulsion, pickled onion; Tandoor Cauliflower with lababder gravy, ginger, cilantro; and Traditional Butter Chicken with red pepper makhani.  $85 per person.


Bay Yoda, New Acts Planned for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 1, 2021, 12:37.43 pm ET

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The 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and 9 performance groups, a host of musical stars, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Musical stars will range from Pop and R & B to Country, Classic Rock and K-Pop, the Parade making for the ultimate television party. Joining the festivities will be aespa, Jimmie Allen, Jon Batiste, Blue’s Clues & You! host Josh Dela Cruz and the former hosts of Blue’s Clues Steve Burns and Donovan Patton, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Foreigner, the cast of Peacock’s Girls5eva (Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps), Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Chris Lane, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street®, Nelly, Kim Petras, Kelly Rowland, Rob Thomas, Carrie Underwood, Tai Verdes, Zoe Wees, and Tauren Wells; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

New giant balloons joining the line-up this year include Ada Twist, Scientist by Netflix; a Funko Pop! inspired Grogu™ (a.k.a. Baby Yoda in pop culture) from the Star Wars™ series “The Mandalorian™,” Ronald McDonald® by McDonald’s® and Pikachu™ & Eevee™ by The Pokémon International Company.

Macy’s Balloon Inflation is also returning to the Upper West Side of Manhattan the day before Thanksgiving; Public viewing on Thanksgiving Day will be available along the traditional 2.5-mile Macy’s Parade route

To safely produce the annual Thanksgiving Day event, Macy’s once again partnered closely with the City and State of New York to create a production plan that would ensure health and safety practices aligned with CDC guidelines, as well as current local and state government protocols.

For more information on this year's parade click here