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Paley Center Reopens with Holiday-Themed Paleyland Exhibit
December 3, 2021, 6:13.24 pm ET

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The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street) has announced its highly anticipated Grand Reopening with the return of its classic holiday extravaganza, PaleyLand, which will be available to visit through January 6.

At PaleyLand, a four-floor extravaganza, visitors of all ages can watch exclusive holiday screenings of such TV specials as “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and meet and take photos with beloved characters from these notable holiday classics.


They can also see a live holiday-themed LEGO demo from LEGOMasters, take photos with Santa and a stunning seven-foot menorah, play their favorite video games from the PaleyGX Studio, and watch live tutorials from a stylist from the American Girl Store. Visitors can also enjoy the exhibit’s newest centerpiece, The Paley Express, a magical winter wonderland holiday train display – and take photos with its conductor.

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The Best Holiday Shows to See in NYC
December 3, 2021, 5:44.34 pm ET

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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New York City is the entertainment capital of the world, so it’s hardly surprising there’s a slew of must-see holiday shows and other musical events this month.

The Original Rockabilly Christmas: Las Vegas sensation Shea Arender and his incredible 10-piece big band will get the joint jumping with this energizing show of holiday favorites at Midtown’s Swing 46. Each show is accompanied nightly by a three-course dinner (or on select Sundays by a sumptuous brunch). December 3-30.

Twas the Night Before…Cirque du Soleil is making its triumphant return to the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden with its unique take on the beloved Christmas tale -- which includes an incredible skating duo, mesmerizing suspension acts, a playful hoop scene, mind-blowing acrobatics, amazing choreography, spectacular costumes and fantastical music. (December 9-26.

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas: This beloved musical adaptation of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s book and Jim Henson’s popular classic holiday special at the New Victory Theatre follows Emmet Otter and his Ma as they enter a Christmas Eve talent contest hoping to win prize money to buy each other holiday gifts. December 10-January 2.

Bob Anderson: One for the Road: The award-winning impressionist – who even looks like the Chairman of the Board thanks to some amazing make-up artists – will come to Carnegie Hall to perform some of Sinatra’s best-loved hits while backed by a 32-piece orchestra. (December 11 at 7pm.

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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Kristin Chenoweth: Christmas at the Met: The multi-award-winning superstar makes a long-awaited return to the Metropolitan Opera for a one-night concert featuring selections from her new album “Happiness Is…Christmas” as well as other vocal selections. (December 13, 8pm.

Kimberly Locke: The popular “American Idol” finalist will serenade fans at Birdlabd with cuts from her new holiday CD, “Christmas Is Here,” including the title tune (made famous by Donna Summer) and the Hawaiian standard “Mele Kalikimaka.” (December 13 at 7pm.

Todd Almond with Betty Buckley: Almond, the brilliant singer-songwriter now appearing in Broadway’s “Girl from the North Country,” will celebrate the release of his new CD, “A Pony for Christmas,” at Chelsea Table +Stage with the help of a very special guest star: the incomparable Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. (December 13 at 7pm.

Jennifer Nettles: Just weeks after ending her acclaimed Broadway stint in “Waitress,” the Grammy Award-winning megastar returns to NYC – Town Hall to be precise – for a special concert that will include many theater favorites from her recent album “Almost Like New.” (December 15 at 7:30pm.

The Best Holiday Shows to See in New York City
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Norm Lewis: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays: While Feinstein’s/54 Below will have many great shows all month (including a tribute to Judy Garland by owner Michael Feinstein), you can be guaranteed to have a truly wonderful time when one of Broadway’s best (and most charming) singers takes the stage just in time for Christmas. (December 16-24.

Judy Collins/Darlene Love: Two of pop music’s living legends play on back-to-back nights, December 17 and 18, at Town Hall. Collins hits town with her popular “Winter Stories” tour, while Love raises the roof with her “Home for the Holidays” concert. (December 17 and 18 at 8pm.

Karen Mason: Longtime cabaret lovers that no show really captures the joy of the season as well as Mason’s exuberant “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!,” which is sure to pack the intimate Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café. (December 17-19 at 7pm.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage: The classic “Peanuts”-themed television special comes to life in this sure-to-special stage production making its NYC premiere at the recently opened Palladium Theatre Times Square. (December 21-24.

--Brian Scott Lipton

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque Coming to Hoboken
December 2, 2021, 7:47.19 pm ET

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Brisket
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Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue is coming to Hoboken.  Mixon is a 4-time world barbecue champion described as the “winningest man” in barbecue with more than 200 grand championships and 1,800 trophies.  He’s also worked as a judge and starred in such hit shows as “BBQ Pitmasters” and “Smoked.” Now Mixon, who already operates restaurants in Florida and Virginia, is bringing his barbecue now-how to the Northeast.

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Pulled Pork

The Hoboken location will offer a selection of Mixon’s famous beef brisket, baby back ribs, smoked sausages, pulled pork and smoked chicken along with sides of baked beans, mac and cheese, loaded baked potato salad, and Brunswick stew. There are also snacks like hog sauce chicken wings and buffalo pork rinds. A new brisket mac-and-cheese sandwich, called The Griner,” will also be showcased at the Hoboken location.

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Ribs

Several salads and bowls are also being offered along with banana pudding and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Visitors can also by all of the meats by the pound and ribs by the rack. The Hoboken location, which will seat 55 people indoors and out, is expected to open within the next few days.  Stay Tuned!

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Hoboken, Banana Pudding

Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbecue is located at 618 Washington St. in Hoboken, New Jersey

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L'artusi Team Opens Via Porta in West Village
December 2, 2021, 6:52.48 pm ET

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Interior
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L’Artusi, which recently opened b’artusi, is adding a neighborhood café and sandwich shop to its repertoire in the West Village. Via Porta, which is open for breakfast and lunch, is offering an all-day take-away menu of Italian-inspired sandwiches and salads prepared by  L’Artusi’s long-time executive chef Joe Vigorito, and house made sweet and savory pastries from pastry chef Janée Humphreys. Visitors can also purchase pasta sauces, fresh cheeses, Italian-imported olive oils, and more.

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Pastries

Via Porta’s breakfast includes house made pastries like Cacio e Pepe Scones, Huckleberry Pear Poptarts, Carrot Cake Muffins and Olive Oil Loaf; Seasonal Frittata with radicchio, broccoli, goat cheese, and pecorino; and the Uova Funghi, a sandwich inspired by L’Artusi’s popular roasted mushroom appetizer with soft scrambled eggs, Gouda cheese, thick-cut pancetta, and lemon aioli.  

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Sandwich

For lunch, there is an array of sandwiches, including the Joe Vigs, Chef Joe Vigorito’s namesake, with mortadella, finocchiona, prosciutto, asiago, mozzarella, peppers, and garlic aioli on a sesame seed roll from Parisi Bakery,  Chicken Saltimbocca with a crispy chicken cutlet, spicy capicola, arrabiata sauce, provolone, house made pesto, and mozzarella, among others. There are also salads, including a Sunchoke Caesar.

Via Porta, West Village, NYC, Sauces

Via Porta is open daily from 7AM-3PM, with the entire menu offered from open to close.

Via Porta is located at 522 Hudson St, New York, NY

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Agi's Counter Arrives in Crown Heights
December 2, 2021, 6:12.17 pm ET

Chef Jeremy Salamon is opening the doors to Agi's Counter in Crown Heights with breakfast, lunch, pastries, and coffee. Dinner service will kick off after the holidays. 

Named after his Hungarian Grandmother, Agi's Counter is an all-day cafe with heavy Jewish & Eastern European influences. There’s a “Nosh Plate” featuring chicken liver pate, 6-minute deviled egg, pickles, market vegetables, Alpine cheese and spelt crackers. There are rolled crepes, called Palascinta, with fresh cheese, toasted caraway butter and poached pear served with a seasonal jam, while paprika pork sausages arrive with butter beans and parsley salad. Potato Bread and Pastries such as Gerbeaud Cake and Sacher Torte are whipped up by Pastry Chef Renee Hudson.

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The space is designed by Michael Groth, inspired by Ilonka Karasz, a Hungarian female designer from the 1920s. The branding and artwork pays homage to Hungarian Restaurateur George Lang and his renowned restaurant “Cafe Des Artistes.”

Agi’s Counter is located at 818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 822-7833

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Empellón Opens a New Location at Waterline Square
December 1, 2021, 7:52.36 pm ET

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Empellón Taqueria, led by Chef and Co-Owner Alex Stupak, has a new location at Waterline Square, a luxury condominium complex overlooking the Hudson River on the Upper West Side. The menu is sticking to the basics. Think tacos, guacamole, seasonal vegetable dishes and queso fundido, a take on cheese fondue.

Diners will also discover fun appetizers and snacks like quail egg sopas, popcorn chicken and celery root seasoned peanuts. Tacos come with a range of toppings, including skirt steak, pastrami, veggie chorizo, shrimp and lamb barbacoa. A new flavor also drops every Tuesday. At least seven different margaritas can be found ranging from the classic to grapefruit and spicy cucumber. There are also palomas and an agave-coconut old fashioned. A selection of wines, including sparkling and rosé varieties, can also be found.

Empellón Taqueria is located at 645 West 59th Street, New York, NY (212) 380-1232

The Clocktower Restaurant Reopens in Flatiron
December 1, 2021, 7:12.25 pm ET

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Restaurateur Stephen Starr is announcing the return of Jason Atherton to The Clocktower Restaurant at The New York EDITION in Flatiron. The renowned English Chef is also unveiling a new, entirely-British menu. In fact, The Clocktower is the city’s only Michelin-starred British restaurant.

Atherton calls the new menu “100% British, like the food back home.” Starters include Clocktower Scotch Egg with walnut ketchup — a condiment inspired by HP Sauce (an English staple); ‘Ham, Eggs & Chips’ with pineapple pickle — a classic working man’s pub meal; and London Gin-Cured Salmon with cauliflower puree, black pudding and Suffolk cider.

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Larger plates bring classic comfort foods like Elysian Lamb Shepherd’s Pie with “sheep rustler” cheese, Beef Wellington with horseradish mash, glazed carrots and bone-marrow gravy prepared tableside, and IPA Beer-Battered Fish & Chips with mushy peas, seaweed tartar and Meyer lemon which is as British as it gets

Desserts include an English Custard Tart with nutmeg and yogurt sorbet, and Banoffee Baked Alaska, a recipe created in East Sussex in 1971 at the Hungry Monk restaurant. Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister at the time, declared it her favorite dessert.  

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The Clocktower’s beverage program is led by Aaron Thorp, who also oversees the beverage program at Starr’s celebrated NYC restaurant Le Coucou. It includes a list of playful and inventive cocktails inspired by iconic children's literature.

The ambiance of The Clocktower is reminiscent of a private members club that one might find in London with rich colors and textures, romantic lighting, and five rooms to experience across the entire second floor of the hotel. The opulent bar is wrapped entirely in 24k gold leaf. There’s also a billiards room with bright purple pool table and light fixture to match.

The Clocktower is located on the second floor of The New York EDITION at 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY (212) 413-4300

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Emmett’s Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village
December 1, 2021, 6:38.20 pm ET

Emmett’s Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village
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On the heels of celebrating the restaurant’s 8th anniversary at its mainstay location on MacDougal Street, owner Emmett Burke is ready to shine a spotlight on his tavern-style, thin-crust pies at his new location on Grove Street. Cooked with an extra crispy bottom and sliced into sharable party ‘cut’ squares, Burke uses top-line ingredients brought in from Chicago or sourced locally for his pies, and is willing to stake his reputation that his "tavern" pies can compete against the New York slice. They include the signature ‘Hot Poppy’ with pepperoni, red onions, jalapeños and house-made paprika ranch, along with build-your-own or cheese pies.

Emmett’s Chicago-Style Pizza Expands in West Village
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The new menu also features favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, house-made focaccia with prosciutto and burrata, as well as Windy-City staples such as slow-cooked Baby Back Ribs with special sauce, pickles and a side. Burke is also introducing a Midwestern take on fish n’ chips with a Friday Fish Fry.  Classic cocktails are also offered including the Grasshopper and Negroni Sbagliato punch. Diners will also find hand-picked “Old World” wines and “New Age” natural wines.

The rustic setting features refurbished furniture from the North Woods of Wisconsin and works from American artists Cy Twombly and Alexander Calder.

Emmetts on Grove is located at 39 Grove St, New York, NY

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