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Cocktail Time - The Mekhong Delta at V{IV}
May 31, 2021, 11:23.43 am ET

V{IV}, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Pineapple Fried Rice

V{IV} is a funky spot in Hell’s Kitchen known for its Thai food and cocktails. Even during the pandemic, it embraced life with style and flair. Cocktails are key. There’s a full list of designer martinis and fruity concoctions, two of which stood out to us.  

V{IV}, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Evergreen Elixier

Evergreen Elixir is a neon colored drink that explodes with flavor. It’s made with Ketel One Cucumber, Mint Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, freshly squeezed cucumber and lime juice. It’s topped with a skewered slice of cucumber.  Sexy and delicious.

V{IV}, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Mekhong Delta

The Mekhong Delta is another charmer.  It’s a mix of Mekhong Rum, Pineapple and orange juice, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, grenadine, angostura and orange bitters.  It’s layered like a sunset and topped with skewered cherries and an orange slice. Fresh and fabulous.

V{IV}, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Phuket shrimp

And so is the food, everything from chicken satays and pineapple fried rice, BBQ spare ribs and Duck Tamarind, perfect for sharing with some drinks. Our personal favorite is the Phuket Shrimp, chicken stuffed tiger prawns served with a tamarind dipping sauce.

V{IV} is located at 717 9th Avenue, New York, NY (212) 581-5999

For more information visit 


Around Town - Junior's reopens in Times Square, among others
May 28, 2021, 6:18.33 pm ET

New York City continues to come alive albeit at a slower pace in some parts of the city.  We did notice that Junior’s has opened its Midtown location adjacent to Shubert Alley.

 Junior's Reopens in Times Square

Dolly Varden is getting some attention with its outdoor set-up made to look like an old rail car.

 Dolly Varden's outdoor dining rail car

City Winery is buzzing with its outdoor wine bar surrounded by wild flowers at Rockefeller Center.

City Winery drawing crowds at Rockefeller Center

Further East, Urbanspace Vanderbilt has reopened with two large curbside spaces. Only the bar and one vendor selling dumplings was open, but more are expected to follow.

The Campbell Bar reopens at Grand Central

At nearby Grand Central, The Campbell is drawing a well-heeled crowd. Still no sign of the Beer Bar returning. It's just up the block.

 The Eugene to house Ci Siamo by Union Square Hospitality

At The Eugene, a luxury apartment complex across from Hudson Yards, Union Square Hospitality will open Ci Siamo, according to the New York Times. The Italian spot will sit on the second floor and is the group’s first opening dine Manhatta.

Brass Monkey reopens in Meatpacking District

In the Meatpacking District, Brass Monkey has reopened after several prior attempts. It looks the this time it might stick.

Santina is emptied out in Meatpacking District

Nearby, Santina has removed its chandeliers and just about everything else. Not sure if it’s a redo or if the coastal Italian restaurant is done.

 Masks in window at Kaufman's on 42nd Street

Oh, and if you’re still clinging to your mask, Kaufman’s Military Surplus store on 42nd street has some classics.

Until next time, we’ll see you Around Town


May 28, 2021, 1:41.31 am ET

Photo: Katz's Deli                                                                                          

Katz’s Deli

Have the ultimate Memorial Day celebration and family reunion with a little help from the iconic Katz’s Deli. The Family BBQ Package contains all the Katz's favorites you need on your grill this summer - including the best-in-NYC beef frankfurters, spicy knockwurst and Katz’s very own knoblewurst garlic ring. Beyond the meats they’ve also added house-made pickles, mustard, sauerkraut, and square potato knishes, to ensure you've got the full Katz's flavors at the table. Plus, they’ve included 1 pound of their legendary pastrami.

Available for purchase through Katz’s own nationwide shipping services here

Magnolia Bakery

Leave the baking to the professionals and order a bowl of Magnolia Bakery’s World Famous Banana Pudding. Still hungry for more sweets? Add an Assorted Cupcake Dozen, which includes a selection of Magnolia Bakery’s signature buttercream frosted vanilla and chocolate cupcakes--the perfect way to end a successful kickoff to summer.

Available for purchase in-stores, for local delivery and for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly


Finish off your Memorial Day BBQ with Wildgood vegan ice cream and first non-dairy frozen dessert made with extra virgin olive oil. Made by Greek artisanal ice cream maker Sotiris Tsichlopoulos, Wildgood is creamy and decadent yet surprisingly lower in calories and saturated fat. Wildgood is guaranteed to step up your BBQ game. Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Mango, Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip.

Wildgood is available for purchase at select Shoprite, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, and Harris Teeter locations or online at


Leave the barbecuing to the professionals. HALL’s Michelin-starred Chef Hiroki Odo’s all-day eatery, is offering a special BBQ menu available for delivery and pick-up over Memorial Day Weekend (5/28 - 5/30; Closed: 5/31). The menu features Wagyu Brisket, Spare Ribs, A5 Wagyu Steak, Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, Tofu & Yuzu Stew, among other offerings as well as their signature desserts such as the Wasabi White Chocolate Ice Cream.

Local NYC delivery and pick-up only here


May 27, 2021, 5:41.12 pm ET

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Maracuja, located at 279 Grand Street in Williamsburg, has just revealed their new secret backyard garden. The hidden oasis had been closed to the public for many years, but new owners Erik Plambeck and Kelly Winrich have reopened this charming spot. To access it, guests can walk through the bar past the pool table and through the door marked “Private” to discover a lush yard that seats 20 comfortably and can also be booked for intimate private events. 

Photo: Lily Brown                                                                                        

While tucked away out back, guests can enjoy a wide variety of Spanish tapas and grilled pintxos on skewers from new Executive Chef Roberto Jimenez along with natural wines, beer and specialty cocktails. In addition, $1 Wellfleet Oysters are served during Happy Hour (4pm-7pm), along with drink specials.

Photo: Lily Brown                                                                                         

Other menu highlights include Gazpacho Maduixa made with tomato and strawberry; Mushroom Zeta made Pedro Ximenez sherry; Chicken Croquetas; Garlic Shrimp; Charred Octopus with confit potato; and a Seafood Paella for two loaded with shrimp, clams, mussels and chorizo. 

For more information, visit


Skorpios brings the flavors of Greece to Midtown
May 26, 2021, 11:41.42 pm ET

 Skorpios brings the flavors of Greece to Midtown, NYC

Escape to the Greek islands without leaving the city. Skorpios in Midtown boasts four indoor waterfalls cascading down marble pillars, an expansive rock wall and a 32-foot sand art wall providing the feel of a true island escape. 

Chef/Owner loannis "Yiannis” Chatiris should know. He was born in Greece’s South Agean Sea where he learned his craft at a young age and opened his first restaurant, called Rodos, at the age of 22.  In 2010 he made New York City his home and opened several restaurants, including Ethos Gallery 51, Pathos Café, Mykonos Blue and as a co-owner of Kyma. His latest endeavor is Skorpios.

Skorpios brings the flavors of Greece to Midtown, NYC

Here the flavors of Greece abound. Appetizers include traditional Greek spreads, such as tarama, tzatziki, and hummus served with crudité. Hot appetizers feature Greek staples like Spanakopita, Aegean Calamari and Ouzo Flamed Haloumi Cheese with a lemon sauce. Larger plates include Squid Ink Pasta and prime cuts of meat like their Tomahawk Steak. From the raw bar comes the Royal Tower with clams, shrimp, oysters, a whole lobster and King Crab, or try some Razor Clam Ceviche. The menu also features freshly caught whole fish flown in daily from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, among others and sold by the pound at market price. The fish is charcoal grilled simply with olive oil, lemon and sea salt. Even the cocktails have a Greek twist as well as an extensive wine list by the glass and bottle.

Skorpios brings the flavors of Greece to Midtown, NYC
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Aviva Collective CEO and designer Dara Young is the creative force behind Skorpios’ design. The spacious dining room is lined with white leather circular banquettes throughout, white-washed tables and an expansive bar with natural light shining in. Sidewalk seating is also available.

Skorpios is located at 5 East 54th Street, New York, NY (212)777-5454

For more information visit


May 26, 2021, 6:31.12 pm ET

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The Park Avenue Armory has announced the fourth commissioned work in its Social Distance Hall series: the world premiere of Enemy of the People, written by Henrik Ibsen, conceived and directed by Robert Icke and starring Emmy award-winning actor Ann Dowd in all the roles. The production will run June 22-July 25.

The play centers on a small former manufacturing town that has been revitalized as a resort destination due to its natural hot springs. When a scientist, who is the sister of the town’s Mayor, finds that the water is contaminated and the baths must be shut down, a democratic society confronts, in public and in private, a complex ethical crisis. The audience, sitting in pods of friends or family, will be invited to vote at critical moments of the story – and the majority vote will determine the play’s direction at each juncture.

Dowd received an Emmy Award for her work as Aunt Lydia on “The Handmaid’s Tale” and received an Emmy nomination for her work on “The Leftovers.” Her New York stage credits include “The Seagull,” “Taking Sides,” “Candida” and “Night Is a Room.”

For tickets and information, visit


Em Vietnamese Bistro arrives in DUMBO
May 26, 2021, 6:17.08 pm ET

Em Vietnamese Bistro arrives in DUMBO

Chef Ly Nguyen grew up in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam before moving to Saigon and eventually to Brooklyn where Em Vietnamese Kitchen was born.  Now, she has opened a sister restaurant. Em Vietnamese Bistro in DUMBO is offering the Vietnamese dishes Chef Ly grew up on and inspired by her years spent in Saigon.

 Em Vietnamese Bistro arrives in DUMBO

The menu is chock full of noodle dishes like Hu Tieu Kho with minced pork, shrimp, egg, chives and fried garlic, Bun Thit Noodle with Saigon-style grilled pork on a bed of vermicelli with lettuce, basil and mint, and Pho Bo, a beef noodle soup with 24-hour beef bone broth, filet mignon, ribeye and beef balls.

Em Vietnamese Bistro arrives in DUMBO
Photos: Em Vietnamese Bistro                                                                    

Plates for sharing are also abundant, like Cha Gio, crispy Vietnamese spring rolls filled with pork, shrimp, glass noodles and veggies, and Ngheu Xao Bo, butter clams with garlic, chili and fish sauce served with a Bahn Mi for dipping. Mocktails, smoothies and Vietnamese coffee drinks are also available.

Em Vietnamese Bistro is located at 57 Front St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 875-7888

For more information visit


May 26, 2021, 5:36.16 pm ET

Photo: Jagged Little Pill/Matthew Murphy                                                       

The 2019-2020 Tony Awards will be presented as part of a special four-hour event entitled, “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” on Sunday, September 26.

The evening will kick-off with the presentation of majority of the American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards at 7pm, which will stream live exclusively on the Paramount+ network.

Immediately following that presentation, from 9pm-11pm, CBS will air a one-of-a-kind live concert event, featuring superstar Broadway entertainers and Tony Award winners re-uniting on stage to perform beloved classics and celebrate the joy and magic of live theatre.

The re-opening of Broadway (which now begins with the return of “Hadestown” on September 2) will be further celebrated with special performances from the three Tony nominated Best Musical contenders -- “Moulin Rouge,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and “Jagged Little Pill” -- followed by the live presentation of three Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical. Other winners will be celebrated throughout the broadcast.

More information will be released at later date.


Fulgurances, Laundromat brings rising star chefs to Greenpoint, Brooklyn
May 26, 2021, 12:20.26 am ET

 Fulgurances, Laundromat in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

After five years flourishing in Paris, Fulgurances is bringing its chef residency program to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like the Parisian original, New York’s Fulgurances, Laundromat will serve as an incubator for young international chefs who’ve worked in some of the world’s most exciting kitchens but not yet opened their own. Each chef resident will take over as executive chef for the 3-to-6 months at the 34-seat Greenpoint restaurant.

Victoria Blamey, Fulgurances, Laundromat

The first Fulgurances, Laundromat chef resident will be Chilean Victoria Blamey (Gotham Bar & Grill, Chumley’s) fresh off her residency at Blue Hill Stone Barns. Victoria will offer an ever-evolving 5 to 6 course prix-fixe dinner for $80, with an optional wine pairing for $50.

Fulgurances, Laundromat in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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The seasonal dishes will speak to Blamey’s multicultural cooking experiences in some of the finest restaurants around the world (Mugaritz, ABaC, Atera, and Corton++). The initial menu includes such things as pit-smoked mussels called Cholgas Secas, White Asparagus and Whey, and a thick squash stew called Locro.  The wine list is French + natural-leaning with some pours that are exclusive to Fulgurances. Reservations available via resy

Fulgurances, Laundromat is loctated at 132 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY,  (347) 223-4106


May 25, 2021, 6:58.49 pm ET

Photo: South Street Seaport Museum                                                             

The South Street Seaport Museum is offering a free outdoor exhibition this summer on Pier 16, which will provide the opportunity to discover this chapter of New York City’s history. This series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records.

In addition, the museum will open the 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public beginning Saturday, May 29 and running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 21, with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is free and includes access to the ship’s outdoor areas, including the main deck and raised rear deck. 

Wavertree is designated on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Guests who visit the traditional sailing ship docked at Pier 16 can gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging, earn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, and then visit the cargo hold and stand atop a new viewing platform where one can take in the massive main cargo area.

Visits will be self-guided along a set route. The Museum will allow no more than 150 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing from different households. All guests above the age of two will be required to wear a face covering and to sanitize their hands at all times aboard Wavertree and at the Museum’s pop-up gift shop.

For more information, visit


Smorgasburg in Jersey City opens this weekend
May 25, 2021, 6:46.37 pm ET

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Smorgasburg is crossing the river with its first-ever market in Jersey City opening Saturday, May 29th.

Vendors include Jersey-based Baonanas, Chofi Familia, Carlito's Barbecue Taqueria, and Tojo's Kitchen. Also on hand NJ favs, Mav's Top Buns (with the stickiest cinnamon buns) and local pitmaster SmoKING of Meats.

Visitors will be able to place an in-person order from your favorite vendors and wait for your food. Scattered seating is available for 500 people.  Open rain or shine. Masks are required while placing orders and walking through the market. Smorgasburg JC is located at 195 Hudson St (at Bay St.), Harborside.  Saturdays, 11am–6pm.

For more information click here


As New York City reopens fully so are more restaurants
May 25, 2021, 6:12.17 pm ET

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Mediterranean spot ZIZI is now open in Chelsea. New dishes include Fattoush Salad with pita croutons, Lamb Kofta with blackened baba ghanoush, Shawarma with choice of chicken or lamb, and Overnight Lamb with fresh herbs, almonds, pine nuts, and yogurt. Signature drinks include Noah’s Ark with dry arak, watermelon, za’atar, Cucumber, and mastiha liqueur. 182 8th Avenue, New York, NY (646) 669-8162

Dirty French is now open in its Lobby Bar and Garden.  The restaurant by Major Food Group is known for dishes like Shrimp Beignets, Oysters Bourguignon, Lamb Carpaccio, Trout Mueuniere with barbere brown butter, Steak Au Poivre with green peppercorn sauce and Burger Maison with caramelized onions on a pressed brioche. 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY (212) 254-3000

The Pandering Pig has reopened with a new prix fixe menu and beer garden. Menu choices include starters such as Fig & Olive Tapenade and Roasted Pear Wrapped in Bacon. There’s an Organic Red Beets salad as second course. Main course includes a choice of Pan Seared Walleye Filet and Sonoma Chicken. Upside Down Honey Cheesecake and Lemon Tart with Blackberry Coulis are among the desserts. 209 Pinehurst Avenue, New York, NY (212) 781-3124

May 24, 2021, 8:01.15 pm ET

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Radial Park ‘s “Broadway at the Drive-In Series” will present its newest “cinemersive” experience, the fan-favorite film, “The Blues Brothers,” at Halletts Point Play, starting on Thursday May 26. Performances will then run every Friday and Saturday evening through Saturday, June 26.

“The Blues Brothers” features a live band and theatrical performances seamless timed in-sync with the movie in a one-of-a-kind hybrid mashup. Directed by Kristine Bendul and Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, the event features a cast that includes Charity Angel Dawson as Mrs. Murphy, Nick Rashad Burroughs as Reverend Cleophus James, F. Michael Haynie as Elwood Blues, Brian Charles Johnson as “Joliet" Jake Blues and Antoine L. Smith as Ray, along with Ladonna Burns and Anne Fraser Thomas as the Blues Sistas.

Guests can enjoy the interactive, theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables spaced appropriately for social distancing for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play. Whether attending in a car or without, each ticket secures a 16’ by 16’ demarcated space which accommodates up to five adults, in compliance with current local, state, and Federal guidance.

In addition, beverages and movie theater-style snacks are available for purchase, alongside a selection of food trucks offering Mexican, Southern Style, and All-American options.

For tickets and more information, visit


May 24, 2021, 7:48.11 pm ET

Nearly Ninth, a new eatery in Midtown’s Arlo Hotel (351 West 38th Street), will open for all-day dining on Thursday, May 27. The restaurant, the latest offering from the renowned Gerber Group, will feature five dining spaces – lobby bar, lounge, rooftop, coffee bar, and later this summer, a dining room with an attached courtyard.

The menu, by chef Corey Becker, focuses on locally sourced ingredients. For example, the burgers are a classic blend of Pat LaFreida’s brisket and short rib, while the pizzas will feature an elevated Roman style crust but will retain a decidedly New York flavor profile. Other menu highlights include a classic bucatini carbonara pasta, bouchot East Coast mussels, chicken parmesan, meatball sliders, crispy artichokes, kale Caesar salad and burrata.

Photos: Caitlin Ochs                                                    

The cocktail program celebrates classic cocktail culture including updated twists on summer favorites like the Spritz and Negroni. Other house cocktails include takes on the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Martini. Assorted beers are available by the bottle, can, and on tap, and the extensive wine list features a variety of biodynamic, organic, and natural wines by the bottle and glass.

For more information, visit


Margie's Opens at The Rockaway Hotel
May 24, 2021, 7:20.19 pm ET

Heading to the beach, you might want to head to Margie's serving up reinvented American classics at The Rockaway Hotel.  The restaurant is named after Margie Murphy, grandmother to Dan and Terence Tubridy, third-generation Rockaway Beach residents and founders of IGC Hospitality which operates the hotel. The restaurant is also paying homage to the Rockaway Beach community with its beachfront decor and an emphasis on seafood.

Diners will discover dishes like Lobster Toast made with chopped lobster, blistered shishito peppers on brioche toast served with its own bisque, Linguini with Manilla clams, garlic, chili, tomato and white wine, anchovy and coriander pesto, as well as Panzanella Salad with heirloom tomatoes, grilled peppers, anchovy, croutons and whipped ricotta. Other offerings include Filet Mignon, New York Strip and a Bone-In Ribeye with a selection of sauces, and Scallops La Plancha with garlic and parsley cream, served with a parmesan crisp. Seafood platters are also available for larger groups like The Cousteau, named after famed maritime explorer Jacques Cousteau, featuring oysters, shrimps, cherystone clams and snow crab claws that feeds up to four people. 

Photos: Kyle Knodell                                                                     

Seasonal cocktails ilike the Shark Bite (ghost pepper tequila, cucumber, watermelon, lime, and tajin) and Vesper (tanqueray gin, ketel one vodka, bianco vermouth with a twist) are served along with select wines and beer. Margie's will also be focusing on the arts with a rotating display of artwork sourced from local and internationally renowned artists.

Margie's is located at 108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive, Queens, NY (718) 489-8910

For more information visit

The Bar at Nakaji is reopening
May 24, 2021, 6:39.09 pm ET

Photo: Melissa Hom                                                                                       

The Bar a Nakaji, an elegantly designed cocktail bar inside Nakaji, reopens on Tuesday, May 25th.  It originally opened in March of 2020, just two weeks before the shutdown. 

The beverage list features a seasonally-rotating Suntory Toki Whisky Highball on draft, as well as signature cocktails like the Shobu with Roku Gin, Aperol, Lemongrass Shochu, Egg White; Yama Fashioned with Iwai Tradition, Roasted Green Tea, Shiso Bitters; and the Naka G with Hoku Vodka, Shochu, Umami Bitters, Contratto Bianco. Guests may also opt for the Cocktail Omakase ($30pp), which includes three 3-ounce cocktail tastings. Sake, shochu, and draft beer are also available, as well as the restaurant's collection of rare, limited-edition Japanese whiskies.

NEW this time around is the bar bites menu, which features an assortment of Otsumami ($45 for 3 selections). Examples include Yuzu Shrimp, Miso-Marinated Snow Crab, Sea Cucumber with soy and vinegar, and Firefly Squid with sake and sweet soy, among others. Guests will also be able to indulge in the Uni Tasting (MP), a daily selection of 3 imported varieties, served over ice.

Reservations are available via Resy, with 4 seats available per seating at 6PM and 9PM.

The Bar at Nakaji is located at 48 Bowery, New York, NY  (646) 478-8282

For more information visit


VIA VAI launches line of Italian pastries
May 23, 2021, 10:39.14 am ET

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Via Vai, a Roman-Italian restaurant created by Michelin-recognized Chef Antonio Morichini, is now launching a pastry line, Linea Rustica.  The baked goods are handcrafted daily by Chef Morichini using simple four-step ingredients to create traditional Italian pastries and pies. 

With a 24-hour notice, these goodies are available for retail and wholesale. Options include:

- Bombolone, the word, stems from the name bomba meaning “bomb” in Italian and consists of a soft Italian donut topped with snowy powdered sugar filled with vanilla cream, marmalade or nutella.

-  Maritozzo is a classic sweet pastry, traditionally packed full of whipped cream, which has satisfied Romans for centuries. 

- Tortino di mele a dense almost pudding-like cake made up of butter, flour, lemon zest, vanilla extract.

- Danese Italian Apricot Pastry, a star-shaped pastry made from Italian flour, whole milk, eggs, sugar, honey, rum, pastry cream and apricot. 

On the savory side there is Panini al latte - small, soft milk rolls with sweet and savory ingredients such as nutella, jam, salami, and cheese. Rustic pies are also available, such as Torta d’erbette, a crustless savory pie made of sauteed swiss chard, eggs, and cheese 

Pastries and pies are available with 24-hour advance notice with a minimum purchase of six pieces per order by calling the restaurant. For more information visit


May 23, 2021, 10:11.08 am ET

The Jewish Museum                                                                                  

The Jewish Museum presents “Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter,” an exhibition that explores Bourgeois’s complex and ambivalent relationship with Freudian psychoanalysis, from May 12 through September 21. 

Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition showcases a selection of Bourgeois’s psychoanalytic writings — many of them presented to the public for the first time — along with nearly 50 works from throughout her career, including the Personages of the late 1940s; the organic forms in plaster and latex of the 1960s; the pivotal installation “The Destruction of the Father”; “Passage Dangereux”, the largest of the artist’s Cell installations; and the fabric sculptures from the last 15 years of her life. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Jewish Museum will present a series of virtual lectures by literary and cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen (May 27); art critic and poet Donald Kuspit (June 3); writer, actor, artist, and cultural critic Gary Indiana (June 24); and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster (September). 

For more information, visit


NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza
May 21, 2021, 1:10.39 am ET

 NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

We first encountered Gabriel Lamonaco back in February, who in the middle of a pandemic, was bartering his "unregular pizzas" with New Yorkers through his Instagram page. What made the pizza so special was the length of time it took to make the crust - 96 hours for the leavening process to be complete. What also made them stand out were the different flavor combinations.

NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

Fast forward to today, and Lamonaco now has his first brick-and-mortar location near Union Square on 4th Avenue between 13th and 14th Street.  A gleaming Lamonaco appears to be off to a booming start with a large crowd waiting to try his pies when we paid him a visit. And this is what they are coming for:

NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

Delicatissima - Cherry tomato confit, mozzarella, pancetta, in a wine reduction sauce.

NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

Burrapizza Pugliese - Broccoli rabe sauce, cherry tomato confit, whole burrata, sundried tomato sauce and orecchiette crunch.

NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

Burrapizza Cofonata - Tomato Sauce, all natural pepperoni, house hot honey, whole burrata and nudja sauce. 

NYC Bites - Unregular Pizza

Prochute - Prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, sundried tomato sauce and arugula.

Prices range from about $5 a slice up to $13 for more elaborate pies on the menu

For more information visit


The Little Island Opens to the Public
May 20, 2021, 11:44.24 pm ET

The Little Island Opens to the Public at Hudson River Park

The Little Island, New York City's newest park, is officially open to the public. Located on the Hudson River above what was Pier 55, this magnificent outdoor space was developed in large part by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation.

The park, which cost $260 million to build, is an entirely new type of public space atop champagne glass-shaped concrete pilings giving it an air of whimsy. The Little Island officially opens on May 21 at 6am and will remain open until 1am daily.  The Island features 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs and includes a 687-seat amphitheater and a central plaza, called "The Play Ground" where food and beverages are served, and an intimate stage and lawn space called "The Glade." 

Beginning this June, Little Island will serve as home to Artists-in-Residence with singing, dancing, theatrical productions and storytelling by local artists.  Signature events will include award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices, a Pride Week celebration and a live performance by the American Ballet Theatre.

Little Island is located at 13th Street in Hudson River Park. Timed reservations are required between 12pm and 8pm. Admission is free. 

For more information visit




Around Town - Lining up for Automat dumplings, Twister Cakes, Reddi-Wip Skating and more...
May 19, 2021, 11:53.50 pm ET


If you needed any evidence that a good gimmick works, look no further than the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop's opening day on the corner of First Avenue and St Marks Place.  People could be seen lining up around the corner for the shop's new automat-style dumpling dining.

Queens Night Market is up and running at Rockefeller Center's outdoor plaza. This year, the booths are quite sylish. There are seven vendors in all offering sweet and savory fare.

They include Twister Cakes which look like mini volcanos that are filled with ice cream. 


Arepalicious is offering offering tasty Colombian-style arepas with various toppings. A 3-piece set is a good way to sample different flavors.


Shake Shack now has a spot just steps away from Bryant Park in a courtyard off West 41st Street and Sicth Avenue, if you looking to get some Shack burgers for new picnic performaces in the park. 

Photo: Hortus NYC                                                                              

Hortus NYC is adding music to the menu at its stylish spot in NoMad.  Starting June 3, its will be hosting Thursday Night Jazz with the JinJoo Quartet from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while sitting back to some live jazz.


Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store in Midtown is paying tribute to Christian Dior with a stylish new facade and windows to match.


A live DJ Booth has popped in Times Square.  The Lot Radio is booth spinning the tunes which had some folks doing a happy dance when we stopped by.   

And finally, Reddi-wip is teaming up with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and RollerWaveNYC to give New Yorkers a joy-filled Saturday on May 22 complete with ice cream, roller skatings and some good tunes.  The event is being held at the Lakeside Rink at Prospect Park (171 East Dr, Brooklyn) from 12pm to 4pm.

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


May 19, 2021, 10:15.16 pm ET

Photo: Drama Book Shop                                                                           

New owners Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda will re-open The Drama Book Shop, at its new home at 266 West 39th Street, on Thursday, June 10. 

Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, The Drama Book Shop became an independent bookstore in 1923 and has since been deemed a quintessential New York City cultural institution. For over 100 years, The Drama Book Shop has been the city’s best source for theatrical works, with over 8,000 plays regularly in stock. In 2011, The Drama Book Shop received a Tony Award Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.

The new location, designed by “Hamilton” scenic designer David Korins and his team, pays homage to 20th century European cafes and reading rooms and features a full-service cafe serving coffee, teas, and light snacks. 

Booking a priority entrance time is strongly encouraged; one can be made by visiting


May 19, 2021, 1:37.17 pm ET


Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud has officially opened the doors to Le Pavillon at the new One Vanderbilt Avenue, located at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street.

The 11,000-square-foot dining oasis can accommodate up to 120 guests and bar seating for 46. With interior design led by Isay Weinfeld alongside architecture firm KPF, the restaurant features a winding garden path, seamlessly blending nature and architecture. Suspended above the bar, American artist Andy Paiko has created a custom, hand blown glass chandelier, highlighting breathtaking views of Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler building.


Boulud, whose previous restaurants include Daniel and Bar Boulud, has created a menu with fresh, healthy, locally sourced ingredients which will rotate based on the bounty of the market and highlight many local vegetables along with New England seafood.


The restaurant’s wine team has assembled a list of about 650 selections featuring deep verticals from the classic regions of France, United States and beyond. Additionally, there is a broad selection of wines by the glass. Meanwhile, head bartender Samy Berdai has designed a robust cocktail program featuring all the classic libations of New York, with a curated list of house cocktails designed to change seasonally.

Photos: La Pavillon/Thomas Schauer                                                   

In addition, several unique offerings will be available to guests of Le Pavillon, including a Garden Table in the middle of the restaurant that will feature special food and wine experiences, including guest chefs, winemakers and tasting menus. 

For more information, visit


May 19, 2021, 12:43.01 pm ET

Photo: Bryant Park                                                                                      

Bryant Park Corporation is excited to announce the current programming schedule for its summer performing arts series, Picnic Performances, featuring 25 live music, dance and theater events for a free, ticketed audience at midtown Manhattan's Bryant Park from June 9 to September 20
Participating artists will include the New York Philharmonic, Mykal Kilgore,  New York City Opera, Toshi Reagon, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, The Knights, Adrienne Warren, Terence Blanchard and his band The E-Collective with the Turtle Island Quartet, Ella Bric,.Limón Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Alicia Hall Moran and Chris Thile.
Livestream broadcasts of nearly all of this season’s Picnic Performances will also be available to anyone at no cost via Bryant Park’s social media platforms.
For a complete schedule or more information, visit

May 18, 2021, 6:22.20 pm ET


The 23rd annual “Broadway Barks” is set to stream on Sunday, May 23 at 7pm on as well as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Facebook and YouTube pages. The event, hosted by Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, will feature adoptable animals presented by celebrities from across the country.

Participating celebrities include Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Ariana DeBose, Harvey Fierstein, Josh Groban, Allison Janney, Sebastian Arcelus, Annaleigh Ashford, Bill Berloni, Stephanie J. Block, Carol Burnett, Lily Collins, Harry Connick Jr., Sheryl Crow, Jason Danieley, Ted Danson, Daveed Diggs, Gloria Estefan, Calista Flockhart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathryn Grody, Emmylou Harris, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Jackson, Nathan Lane, Bob Mackie, Audra McDonald, Charlie McDowell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Mandy Patinkin, David Hyde Pierce, Randy Rainbow, Kelly Ripa, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Phillipa Soo, Mary Steenburgen and Will Swenson.

Shelters and organizations that will showcase animals include Heart Of The Valley Animal Shelter, Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 1 Love 4 Animals, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue, Adopt-A-Boxer, Adopt-A-Dog, Animal Care Centers Of NYC, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats, ARF (Animal Rescue Fund Of The Hamptons), ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society Of Los Angeles, Best Friends NYC, Bide-A-Wee, Bobbi And The Strays, Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue, City Critters, Dawgs N Texas, Francis’ Friends, Humane Society Of New York, Husky House, Little Shelter Animal Rescue And Adoption Center, Long Island Bulldog, Love Leo Rescue, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Danes, Pet-I-Care, Pet-Res-Q, Save Kitty, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, SPCA Of Westchester, and Urban Cat League.

Donations made to or via the stream will be evenly dispersed among the participating shelters and rescue organizations. For more information, please visit



May 18, 2021, 5:43.16 pm ET

Photo: Oscar Martinez                                                                                   

Brooklyn Chop House will open at 253 West 47th Street on Tuesday, September 14. It will have room for 575 guests spanning vertically between five levels, with six private dining rooms and three bars featuring a dozen craft beers on tap. Additionally, this expansive location will boast a rooftop called Brooklyn Beach House with a Frozen cocktail bar with a dozen delicious frozen drinks and Frosés on the menu with 150 seats and a retractable clear roof to be able to entertain guests rain or shine. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Brooklyn Chop House garden room, which will feature a second retractable roof.

Photos: Daniel Kwak                                                                                        

As with its FiDi location, the food offerings include a wide array of dumplings ranging from Pastrami, Bacon Cheeseburger and Philly Cheesesteak to French Onion Soup, Impossible and Gyro, The menu also includes the popular L.S.D, which features Salt & Pepper Lobster, Ginger & Garlic Lobster, a Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak and an Authentic Peking Duck, Additional entrées include 35-Day Dry Aged Prime Steaks such as an 18oz NY Strip, 24oz Bone in RibEye, Grilled 16oz Filet Mignon, 32oz Bone In Tomahawk and a 48oz Porterhouse for two.

The restaurant will offer accommodations for private events including wedding receptions, birthdays, and special events. Guests will even have the option to post their own personal message on Brooklyn Chop House’s huge, vertical exterior jumbotron video sign in the heart of Times Square! For VIP guests there will be private entrances and exits to the restaurant and its rooftop as well as Brooklyn Chop House’s subterranean private dining rooms. 


May 18, 2021, 5:23.11 pm ET


The Sentry at the American Copper Buildings, a members-only rooftop pool and social club which is perched 42 stories in the sky, will be open for members from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.


This amenity-driven social club, overlooking the East River on one side and the Empire State Building on the other, has a capacity for over 200 guests. It will offer yoga classes, pool meditations, guided astronomy sessions through American Copper Buildings’ fitness partner Elite and exclusive access to The Sentry Flatiron during non-public hours.

Photos: Max Touhey                                                                                            

Food and drink will be handled by executive chef Matthew Foley, who previously worked at Marea and Vic’s, and Gates Otsuji and Jeremy Ortiz, who have helped bring the bar to life for The Standard, Veronika, Il Fiorista, and 701West at The Edition.

For information, visit


Bandits brings 70's kitsch to the Village
May 18, 2021, 12:59.26 am ET

Bandits brings 70's kitsch to the Village

Bandits, a new watering hole from the team behind Den Hospitality (Borrachito and The Garret Bars), is opening on the corner of Bedford and Leroy (44 Bedford Street) in the former Daddy-O space. The restaurant and bar offers a modern take on an old school diner and dive with a nod to vintage New York. The decor incorporates 70’s elements like warm, yellow-frilled light boxes, traditional diner-style stools with a checkered floor to match, and inviting leather booths where guests can take in the room and the interesting people that fill it.

Bandits gets its name from Den Hospitality’s trademark raccoon mascot, Rocco, a nocturnal critter who’s seen as a lover of artisanal cocktails and memorable New York nights. Think of it as a welcoming saloon where guests can lose track of time.

Bandits brings 70's kitsch to the Village

When Bandits opens its doors on May 19th it will offer 32 seats inside and 30 outside, with food and drinks served until late. The all-day menu featured elevated all-American diner and deli-inspired classics like The Ripper (a New Jersey-style deep fried hot dog), Steak & Tots served with trois au poivre sauce & duck fat taters, and a Wedge Salad with slab maple bacon. A Chickpea “Tuna” Melt  is available for veggie lovers featuring house chickpea salad and herby pesto vinaigrette served with a traditional pickle and chips, and Bandit Fried Cauliflower Wings with several sauce options.

Bandits brings 70's kitsch to the Village

The cocktail program pays tribute to prominent New York moments in pop culture.  Look for drinks like the Bradshaw on Bedford (Lemon Juice, Rose Hips, Rhubarb, Sundried Tomato, Basil, Vodka), Jazz & TeeTea (Jasmine Tea Bourbon, Lilet Blanc, Benedictine, Punt e Mes, Peychaud bitters), and I Drink Your Milkshake (Cold Brew Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Five Spice Rice Milk, Pirouline Wafer Cookie). Frozen cocktails include Every Day Tiki-Every Day Vacay, a rotating special featuring tropical cocktails like a Mai Tai and Singapore Sling. The menu also includes a selection of dressed up beers – inspired by late night food carts and their signature sauces – featuring creative additions like hot sauce and seasonings.

Bandits brings 70's kitsch to the Village
Photos: Bandits                                                                                                 

Bandits is designed by Yakka Studios, with its playful decor draws inspiration from old-school 1970’s New York diners, combined with the comfort and familiarity of a quirky living room of the era. The interior features dark wooden paneling contrasted by timeless green marble, a plush, green carpeted wall (a nod to Elvis Presley’s first vacation home), yellow velvet lighting, and a disco ball-inspired ceiling of golden mirrored tiles.

For more information about Bandits visit


The Sky Terrace by Ai Fiori provides an escape in Midtown
May 18, 2021, 12:13.50 am ET

 Taking to the Sky Terrace by Ai Fiori in Midtown

Located on the 11th floor of the Langham Hotel, the Sky Terrace offers an outdoor escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below. With the menu curated by the Michelin Star team behind Ai Fiori, visitors can enjoy a cocktail at sunset, stay for dinner, or stop by for a night cap among the city lights. Ai Fiori is known for showcasing the flavors of France and Italian Riviera inspired by land and sea. 

At Sky Terrace, Executive Chef Lauren DeSteno has created a special menu, including small plates to start like Bass Tartare with lime, mint, calabrian chili and white verjus, and Bocconcini with chicken fennel sausage, eggplant, pomodoro, parmigiano and crostini. Larger plates include the Fiori Burger with tomato jam served with crispy bliss potatoes, Terrace Club with fried softshell crab, chorizo aioli, ramp salsa verde and arugula, and Trofie Nero with ligurian crustacean ragù, seppia, scallops, and spiced mollica. The Sky Terrace "special" is Lasagna Di Carciofi, an artichoke & spinach lasagna with bechamel, ricotta, and pecorino. Desserts, by Executive Pastry Chef Rachel Pancho, include Panna Cotta with strawberries, basil crema & lime sorbetto as well as Semifreddo Pops in a yuzu shell.

Taking to the Sky Terrace by Ai Fiori in Midtown
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Specialty cocktails include the AMG Negroni, Blossom Punch and Falconer Rosa, a mix of rosé, gin, combier pamplemousse and grapefruit. Sparkling, rosé, white and red wines are also avalable, including several from Italy, along with craft beers and ciders. 

The Sky Terrace is located at 400 5th Avenue, New York, NY (212) 613-8660

May 17, 2021, 7:03.36 pm ET

Photo: Feinstein's/54 Below                                                                                 

After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen for live performances on June 17.

Performers scheduled to appear this summer include Derrick Baskin, Liz Callaway, André De Shields, Michael Feinstein, Marilu Henner, Joe Iconis, Amber Iman, Michael R. Jackson, Rachel Bay Jones, Andy Karl, Beth Leavel, Beth Malone, Bonnie Milligan, Orfeh, Larry Owens, Adam Pascal, Lee Roy Reams, Alice Ripley, Charlie Rosen, George Salazar, Emily Skinner and Sally Wilfert.

In addition, there will be a new Menu created by Consulting Chef Harold Dieterle, winner of season one of the popular TV show “Top Chef.”

For more information, visit or calling 646-476-3551.


May 17, 2021, 6:44.24 pm ET

Disco Tacos, a new restaurant serving tacos, natural wine and disco vibes has opened in Williamsburg. The eatery, which is located at 80 N 6th St, offers tacos and small plates from Colombian-born executive chef Felipe Donnelly, as well as margaritas, mezcales and natural wines, all curated by Donnelly’s wife and co-creator sommelier Tamy Rofe. (Mac Osborne is the third member of the eatery’s creative team.)

The restaurant offers a colorful, 40-seat outdoor space for dinner and weekend brunch, as well as 20 seats inside a modern industrial dining room, which is lined with wall-to-wall horizontal windows. The sleek cement feature multi-colored neon signs, one-of-a-kind art pieces by local Brooklyn artists, and a collection of framed album art from the team’s favorite 70s and 80s vinyl records.

The menu, inspired by Donnelly’s Latin American heritage and travels, include such appetizers as Disco Fries, tossed with a signature blend of Mexican spices and herbs; Grilled Mexican Corn, served on the cob with cotija cheese, mayo, lime and chili powder; and Queso Fundido Con Rajas, with roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, melted chihuahua cheese and corn tortillas.

Tacos include Roasted Cauliflower with salsa matcha; Pork with coffee-rubbed carnitas, al pastor sauce, grilled pineapple, coleslaw, cilantro and diced onions; Baja-Style Fish with coleslaw, salsa verde, cilantro and diced onions; Garlic Shrimp with chipotle cream, refried beans, cotija cheese and avocado; La Gringa, with pork adobada, chihuahua cheese, cilantro and diced onions; and Steak & Cheese with carne asada and chihuahua cheese.

In addition, diners can enjoy shareable plates like Chilaquiles, made with corn tortilla chips, salsa, crema, chihuahua cheese and avocado, and The Hungry Toddler, made with guajillo marinated skirt steak served over rice, beans and avocado and accompanied by tortillas. Finally, summer-friendly desserts include Paletas by La NewYorkina, the quintessential Mexican popsicle, and Churro Donuts, which are dusted with cinnamon-sugar and served with Mexican dipping chocolate. 

 Photos: Teddy Wolff                                                                                      

Disco Tacos is open Tuesday to Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm to 11pm, Saturday noon to 11pm, and Sunday noon to 8pm. Tables are available for walk-in only, and delivery and takeout will be available in the coming weeks. For more information, visit


Three places to try tonight if you can snag a table
May 15, 2021, 3:01.24 pm ET

Jue Lan Club - This upscale Chinese restaurant at Limelight Shops is packing them in, indoors and out.  Menu Vitals: Satays, dim sum, noodle dishes and lettuce wraps. Signature dishes include Filet Mignon Wok Charred with vegetables and Mongolian sauce, Grand Marnier Jumbo Prawns with honey walnuts, and Salt & Pepper Lobster.  49 West 20th St (646) 524-7409

La Pecora Bianca SoHo - This all-day dining spot, which replaced Delicatessan in SoHo, is known for its vibrant Italian dishes and cocktails.  Menu Vitals: Cacio E Pepi Fritters, Crispy Calamari, and Pork & Beef Meatballs with pomodoro sauce. At least 8 different pastas are made in house, along with mains like Chicken Milanese and Branzino with swiss chard sofrito. 54 Prince St (212) 380-8202


Ruby's Cafe - Ruby's on Mulberry Street seems to always draw a perpetual crowd, especially on weekends for its Australian-influenced cuisine and boozy cocktails.  Menu Vitals: Sweet Corn Fritters, Ricotta Hotcakes with honeycomb butter, Ruby's Ragu with slow-cooked beef short rib, and the Bronte Burger with sweet chilli, mayo and cheese. 219 Mulberry St (212) 925-5755

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea
May 15, 2021, 10:52.58 am ET

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, interior

Puttanesca, a Sicilian Trattoria, is now open in Chelsea. The restaurant is owned by veteran restaurateurs Bob and Enrico Malta who also owned other popular restaurants such as Bocca di Bacco, Intermezzo, Film Center Café, and the original Puttanesca in Hell’s Kitchen on 9th Avenue and 56th Street. Executive Chef David DiSalvo, a graduate from the French Culinary Institute, helms the kitchen and worked at such establishments as Blaue Gans, Wallse and most recently at STK NYC Downtown and Rooftop.

 Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, steak

Chef DiSalvo’s menu includes dishes like Wagyu Beef Carpaccio finished with arugula, capers, olive oil, and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano, Selezione di Formaggi, a display of salumi and cheeses served with house made focaccia, Fritto Misto, crispy calamari, langoustine, and zucchini with spicy marinara and citrus aioli, Gnocchi Toscani al Tartufo, pillowy potato gnocchi served in a cream sauce with Italian black truffles, Bistecca di Manzo, a 45-day dry-aged, certified angus beef bone-in ribeye, and Branzino Interno served with lemon, parsley, rosemary, and olive oil.

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, cocktail
Photos: Puttanesca                                                                                       

Puttanesca also features a well-appointed wine list of predominantly Italian regional wines, as well as selections from California and France. Seasonal cocktails include The Passionista with white rum, fresh lime juice and passionfruit, and The Cognati with Prosecco, aperol, and blood orange.

Puttanesca is located at 202 8th Ave, New York, NY (646) 692-4123 Website


May 14, 2021, 12:29.42 pm ET

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FREEHOLD IN THE PARK is now up and running at the historic Pavilion in the heart of Union Square Park. The open-air venue is offering signature coffee, cocktails and pizza through October. It is also operating FREEHOLD Café, a kiosk located on the northwest corner of Union Square Park offering a proprietary blend of Counter Culture Coffee and light bites for those on the go.

The all-day menu features Thin & Crispy Pizza selection conceived by international pizza czar, Anthony Falco, and made with fresh ingredients sourced from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket. Daily programs include Park to Table Pizza Parties on Wednesdays, Oysters and Bubbles on Thursdays and Sunday Jazz Brunch, while Vinyl Record DJs will provide laidback tunes on the weekends.

FREEHOLD IN THE PARK is part of FREEHOLD Hospitality, a Williamsburg-based hospitality brand with locations in Brooklyn and Miami. “FREEHOLD is much more than just a bar or a restaurant, it’s a public assembly space for all, and through our Union Square outpost, we’re thrilled to provide a destination for people to come together once again,” said co-founder, Brad Gallagher.

FREEHOLD IN THE PARK is located at 20 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003 and is open seven days a week from 12 PM until 12 AM.  For more information and to make reservations, please visit


May 14, 2021, 12:00.39 pm ET

Photo: City Center                                                                                               

City Center’s popular Studio 5 series returns on Tuesday, May 18 with five new digital episodes featuring exceptional dance artists from around the world. In this series, entitled “Dancing Across Continents,” viewers can explore the artistic process of a diversity of styles from Argentine tango and ballet to the classical Indian dance of Odissi. This intimate series of conversations and coaching sessions has been curated by noted dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay.

Performers and choreographers include Calvin Royal III, Ib Andersen, Sooraj Subramaniam, Matthew Ball, Wayne McGregor, Karen & Kei and members of the Alvin American Dance Theater.

For more information, visit


Around Town Ė The Greens return to Pier 17, Roller Skating at TWA Hotel and more...
May 13, 2021, 3:31.42 pm ET


The Greens are returning to Pier 17 at the Seaport. The Greens offers rooftop dining and cocktails on socially-distanced mini green lawns with spectacular views of the New York City Skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.   Bites include things like Sunflower Seed Hummus, Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Maine Lobster Rolls and a Softshell Crab BLT.  Separately, Seaport Cinemas resumes on Monday, May 31st. 

For more information visit 

Photo: TWA Hotel                                                                                    

The TWA Hotel is opening its Runway Rink to roller skating. As of May, 14, the Roll-A-Rama will be open every weekend. Skaters can pull up their tube socks, don their terry cloth headbands and glide around the 44-by-56-foot outdoor rink to retro tunes (maybe even some disco?) near a 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie airplane turned cocktail lounge. Stay overnight and rest your weary skating muscles in the heated rooftop pool. 

The Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink is open Fridays from 4–8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12–8 PM, weather permitting. Admission to the rink can be purchased by credit card at the skate shack and is first come, first served; advance tickets are not available. One 50-minute skate session is $20 per adult and $16 per child under 12 (skate rentals are included). Bring your own socks or buy an official TWA pair at the rink. 

For more information, visit 

Photo: VITAL Brooklyn                                                                               

VITAL Brooklyn, New York City’s largest bouldering gym, is celebrating its grand opening in Williamsburg. Founded by roommates-turned-fitpreneurs David Sacher and Nam Phan, VITAL Brooklyn is located in the restored 1910-era Nash Metalware Company warehouse. Activities include treadwalls, kilter + campus & hang boards, slacklines, weight training, cardio machines and an expansive array of free fitness classes for members including aerial, climbfit, cycle, yoga, Bouldering 101 and more. In addition, the space features a unique rooftop setup that will allow year-round climbing and a café offering food and beverage from local North Brooklyn partners.

The gym will host 'Grand Opening Week Party' celebrations beginning this Saturday, May 15 through Friday, May 21. Join VITAL Brooklyn for free fitness classes, youth games, intro to bouldering classes, climbing competitions, raffles, beer & wine, daily food deals, live DJs and more!

VITAL Brooklyn is located at 221 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY  Website

Image: Mickey Como Pretexto en Rojo by Manolo Valdés                               

Opera Gallery is celebrating painter and sculptor Manolo Valdés with a solo exhibition simply titled Manolo Valdés at their New York location (791 Madison Avenue), opening on May 20th and running through June 20th. Known as one of the major artists on the Contemporary art scene, Manolo Valdés has been exploring for almost 60 years the great classics of History of Art, inscribing his œuvre in the path of great masters that preceded him.

The exhibition in New York will present a selection of the newest works coming directly from the artist’s studio, including Mickey Como Pretexto en Rojo, a playful presentation of the iconic Mickey Mouse. Exhibition hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm and by appointment. If you are interested in checking out the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to call 646-707-3299 or email to schedule an exclusive tour. Visit for further details.

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

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side
May 13, 2021, 2:36.02 pm ET

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side

Tuscany Steakhouse, in the heart of Central Park South, is a neighborhood staple since December 2017. Owned by restaurateur Steve Haxhiaj, an alumnus of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Tuscany Steakhouse marries Italian American fare with classic American steakhouse.

Start with appetizers like the Baked Clams Oreganata, seasoned with black pepper and oregano, and Fried Calamari, crispy and light with homemade marinara sauce and tartar sauce. Tuscany’s signature salads include Fresh Mozzarella and Beefsteak Tomato, drizzled with a basil pesto and balsamic vinaigrette and the Classic Steakhouse Wedge, an iceberg lettuce wedge with tomatoes doused in blue cheese dressing with crispy bacon bits.

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side

The main attraction are the steaks. The signature Bone-In Rib Eye Steak, presented tableside sliced and sizzling is enough to serve three to four people.  Additionally, the New York Sirloin and Filet Mignon are paired with Tuscany’s house-made Steak Sauce. Other options include Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled Yellowfin Tuna, Whole Maine Lobster, Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, and Linguini Alla Vongole. Sides include crispy Hashed Browns, Mac & Cheese (with the option to add lobster), and Creamed Spinach. The vegetable sides are beautifully cooked and provide a refreshing contrast to the rich meat flavors.  For dessert there is Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée, and the Apple Strudel.

The restaurant also features more than 300 wines from California, Argentina, Chile, Italy, France, and Spain.

 Tuscany Steakhouse is located at 117 W 58th St, New York, NY (212) 757-8630 Website


Cocktail Time - The Mai Tai at Momofuku Noodle Bar
May 12, 2021, 1:51.22 pm ET

The Five Star Mai Tai at Momufuku Noodle Bar at Columbus Circle is a classic that never goes out of style. It also packs a punch. The drink is made with a house blend of rums with blood orange, pineapple, mandarin and orgeat syrup. It's a perfect fruity blend for the warmer months.  And if you are looking to pair it, we recommends Momofuku's pork belly buns with cucumber, hoison and scallion. Cheers!


Momofuku Noodle Bar is located at 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY (646) 918-8752 


May 12, 2021, 11:53.47 am ET

Photo: Versa Rooftop                                                                            

VERSA Rooftop & Restaurant is now open. Located in the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, just steps from Madison Square Garden, VERSA’s open-air rooftop offers views of the Empire State Building. The rooftop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 3 pm to 11 pm. Summer hours may be extended in the coming weeks. As part of the reopening, contemporary artist Domingo Zapata will debut a customized mural for VERSA.

Backal Hospitality Group is also bringing back Hampton Road Trip (HRT) for the summer season.  The curated culinary experience for individuals and groups is available in all five boroughs and throughout the Hamptons.  It originally launched in 2020 during COVID. This year, HRT will expand their Chef Collabs with renowned and Michelin rated chefs including Bryce Shuman of Betony & Eleven Madison Park now creating some of the best BBQ in town, along with Evan Zagha & Bar Chef Dean Brown and Kelly Ruben for customized dining experiences including lobster boils, backyard paella parties, wine dinners, tasting menus and much more.

For more information visit


May 12, 2021, 11:41.22 am ET

Actress Patti LuPone releases heartwarming video welcoming everyone back to Broadway!

Photo: Patti Lupone                                                                                          


May 11, 2021, 3:29.07 pm ET


More than 20 Broadway productions have already announced their intention to take their place on the Great White Way this fall, with other shows still expected to join the line-up. Tickets have also started to go on sale.

And while much of Broadway will be different – for example, theatergoers may need to wear masks, some shows will start with reduced playing schedules and final decisions on casting have yet to be made on most shows – the reality is that much will have stayed the same since the spring of 2020, when Broadway suddenly shut down due to the pandemic.

As expected, many long-running shows such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Aladdin” and “Come from Awa” and Dear Evan Hansen (Dec) will return to their original theaters, some as soon as September 14.

In addition, two of the 2019-2020 Tony Award contenders for Best Musical, “Jagged Little Pill” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” will resume performances in October. (No word yet on the fate of the third nominee, “Moulin Rouge,” although star Karen Olivo has publicly announced she will not return to the show. And the season’s highest acclaimed (if non-Tony-eligible) musical, “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” will return to the Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement on September 17.

As was also expected, a number of shows that were in previews last March – or about to start them –- will also return: “Six,” “Caroline or Change,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Company” and “Flying Over Sunset.” (The latter, produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, has not posted an exact opening date,)

Meanwhile, theatergoers looking for completely new fare aren’t totally out of luck. “Diana: The Musical,” and “MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical,” will both begin performances in December, as will the heavily anticipated revival of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster (although the decision by lead producer Scott Rudin to remove himself from the show could cause a complication.)

On the play front, the Roundabout will reopen its American Airlines Theatre in late October with the first Broadway production of Alice Childress’ 1955 play “Trouble In Mind”; Second Stage will begin its Broadway season at Hayes Theater in November with Pultizer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s latest work, “Clyde’s”; Manhattan Theatre Club will launch its season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater with Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical solo show “Lackawanna Blues” and Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s searing three-character drama, “Pass Over,” originally produced at LCT3 in 2018, will have a limited engagement at the August Wilson Theater (which was vacated by “Mean Girls” during the pandemic.”)

For a complete list of Broadway shows click here 


May 11, 2021, 2:42.56 am ET


The Pilot has begun accepting reservations at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6. The seasonal oyster bar is located aboard a wooden schooner that has sailed the world twice in its 100 year history. The menu features sustainably harvested oysters from across the U.S. and British Columbia. Other offerings include Scallop Ceviche, Lobster Rolls and Caviar Service.  Cocktails come with names like the Revolucion, Permanent Vacation and I'm the Captain Now. 

For more information visit


May 10, 2021, 1:47.40 pm ET

Electric Burrito, which got its start hawking its California-style burritos out of Mr Paradise, is set to open its own shop May 17th at 81 St Marks Place in the East Village.  The California Burritto with fries, cheese, and pico de gallo comes with your choice of Pollo Asada, Carne or Carne Asada.  The shop is also offering breakfast burritos like Egg & Cheese, Veggie Breakfast with chipotle portobello, egg, cheese, beans and fries, and the Hot Rod with carne asada, bacon, egg, cheese, beans, fries and crema.  Specialty burritos include the Johnny Utah with carne asada, ranchero shrimp, beans, pico de gallo and crema. Tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls and Carne Asada Fries are also available. The owners don't take themselves so serious as you can see in this video. Just look for the bright neon sign!

Electric Burrito is located at 81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY  Website


NYC Bites - Kitchen Paradise
May 10, 2021, 1:15.07 pm ET

NYC Bites - Kitchen Paradise

If you are looking to satisfy your noodle urges in Midtown, Kitchen Paradise, a new spot of West 48th Street near Rockefeller Center, may have the answer. The restaurant offers an assortment of noodle soups and fried pulled noodles with choice of brisket, roast pork, lamb, seafood, vegetable, among others.  The Roast Pork soup had a well-seasoned broth with hints of star anise and fresh cilantro.

Signature dishes  include Broiled Whole Fish, Braised Pork Belly with preserved vegetables and Hot & Spicy Ribs.  Chinese classics like General Tso's Chicken, Beef & Broccoli and Kung Pao Shrimp are also on the menu along with delicacies like Fish with Bitter Melon, Ox Tongue with roasted chili vinaigrette and Bullfrog with pickled pepper. An assortment of sushi is also available.

Kitchen Paradise is located at 48 W 48th St, New York, NY (212) 719-1788  Website


May 10, 2021, 12:46.06 pm ET

The Alliance for Downtown New York, in association with En Garde Arts and The Tank, will present “Downtown Live” a new free performing arts festival on May 15-16 and May 22-23. Performances will take place in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan, including a covered loading dock (4 New York Plaza), an arcade along the Stone Street Historic District (85 Broad Street) and a plaza with harbor views near The Battery (One Battery Park Plaza). 

Confirmed artists participating in “Downtown Live” include Eisa Davis, Meghan Finn, Kaaron Briscoe, David Greenspan, Baba Israel & Grace Galu; James & Jerome, Katie Madison, Kuhoo Verma, Justin Ramos and Ellen Winter directed by Machel Ross.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For more information, visit


May 10, 2021, 11:55.02 am ET


MCC Theater has announced full casting for its “Miscast21,” benefit premiering on Sunday, May 16 at 8pm on MCC’s YouTube Channel. A pre-show featuring a look back at iconic performances from previous Miscast galas will begin at 7:30pm. The broadcast will remain available through 11:59pm on Thursday, May 20.

The cast includes Annaleigh Ashford, Melissa Barrera, Gavin Creel, Robin de Jesús, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Cheyenne Jackson, Jai’Len Josey, LaChanze, Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Billy Porter, Kelly Marie Tran, Aaron Tveit and Patrick Wilson. The event will also feature special appearances by numerous other celebrities, including Jennifer Garner, Laurie Metcalf and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

In addition, there will be an auction including such items as personal video messages from Judith Light and Julianna Margulies, and limited edition “Miscast21” merchandise is also now on sale. including totes, hats, mugs, and a t-shirt. 

For additional information visit



May 10, 2021, 10:02.07 am ET

Photo: Eddie Palmieri                                                                                      

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is announcing the official public opening of Restart Stages—a new outdoor performing arts center constructed on the Lincoln Center campus—welcoming audiences to reimagined community spaces and new outdoor venues, with dozens of free events and surprise Pop-Up performances in music, dance, drama, and more.

Photo: Lincoln Center/The Green                                                                      

As New York begins to emerge from this pandemic, Lincoln Center is making 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces available to artists and arts organizations across its campus and the five boroughs. Reimagined outdoor performance and civic venues will help kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City.

For the full schedule and ticket information click here 


Queens Night Market returns to Rockefeller Center May 10
May 8, 2021, 1:31.12 am ET


Queens Night Market is returning to Rockefeller Center for the third season. The open-air market is featuring seven international vendors. Beginning May 10, The outdoor market will be open through the summer season, Monday through Friday from 12-6pm, located at the south Plaza at Rockefeller Center (between 48-49th Streets and 5th-6th Aves). 

This year’s Queens Night Market OUTPOST vendors include:

- Nansense – Afghan Mantu, Bolani & Kabuli Pulao
- Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken – Jamaican Jerk Chicken
- Parantha Alley – Indian Paranthas & Curry
- Anda Café – Taiwanese Bubble Tea
- Arepalicious – Colombian Arepas
- DiLena’s – Italian Panini & Arancini
- Twister Cake Bakery – Romanian Kürtőskalács (aka Chimney Cakes) 

Prices will vary per dish, with meal-size portions offered at an affordable budget for both midtown office workers and visitors alike. 

For more information visit


Seven NYC Restaurants Earn New Michelin Stars in 2021
May 8, 2021, 12:04.13 am ET

Tsukimi gets its first Michelin star
Photo: Tsukimi/Read McKendree                                                                              

In New York City, 2021 will go down as one of the toughest years ever for restaurants, but seven managed to earn Michelin stars for the first time.

Jua gets its first Michelin star
Photo: Jua/Dan Ahn                                                                                        

They include Tsukimi for what Michelin describes as a "proper jaiseki meal." Italian spot Rezdora is recognized for its "authentic" regional fare that continues to impress. Jua made the lift. Chef Hoyoung Kim, formerly of Jungsik, receiving the honors for "weaving Western influenes" into his Korean cuisine. 

Photo: Kochi                                                                                                      

Don Angie got the nod for handling "bold flavors with creativity and finesse." Kochi's "expertly grilled skewers" helped it make the list, while Chris Cipollone's "intriguing flavors and textures" brought home the honor at Francie. And the seventh restaurant, Vestry, was recognized by Michelin for its "marriage of Asian ingredients with classic French technique." To all of them we say, "Congratulations!"


 Francie gets its first Michelin Star
Photo: Francie/Pete Herron                                                                           

In all there were 68 restaurants receiving Michelin stars this year, down from 76 in New York City and Westchester last year.  Here's the complete list.

Three stars

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Eleven Madison Park

Le Bernardin


Per Se


Two Stars






Blue Hill at Stone Barns


Gabriel Kreuther

Ichimura at Uchū



Momofuku Ko

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The Modern

One Star

Ai Fiori



Blue Hill


Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe


The Clocktower



Crown Shy

Don Angie *


Four Horsemen

Francie *

Gramercy Tavern


Jeju Noodle Bar

Jua *



Kochi *



Le Coucou

Le Jardinier



The Musket Room





Peter Luger

Rezdôra *

The River Café


Sushi Ginza Onodera

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Noz

Sushi Yasuda

Tempura Matsui

Tsukimi *


Vestry *


ZZ’s Clam Bar

* New for 2021

For more click here


Keith Haring's refrigerator door is among items being auctioned off at Guernsey's on May 12
May 7, 2021, 6:23.47 pm ET

A graffiti tagged refrigerator door, taxidermized mounted moose head and conceptual mixed-media works of art are among the items previously belonging to iconic artists Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Christo, that will be sold without reserve at Guernsey’s “Urban Gems” auction on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 

During his rise to fame in the 1980s, Haring’s SoHo walk-up apartment became the hub of New York City’s art scene. Drenched in a wild array of Haring’s signature images and colors, it was the “place to be” for superstars, including Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Madonna and more graffiti artists than could fill a subway car. Haring’s sign-in “guest register" was his refrigerator door.

The auction also includes Andy Warhol’s statuesque mounted moose head. Often pictured together, Warhol and the moose appeared prominently in a New York Times article in 2018. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the moose will go in support of the ASPCA.

Photos: Urban Gems                                                                                    

Also, among the lots in Urban Gems is a rare 1933 Rolls Royce Shooting Brake (British for “Woodie.”) It is believed the car is one of only 50 ever created and fewer survive today.  At the height of his career, Andy Warhol owned one and earlier in the century, King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor, used his Rolls Royce Shooting Brake to secretly shuttle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral Castle during what proved to be the “love affair of the century."

Bidding opens at 3pm EST at, and on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 via online bids and over the phone at 212-794-2280.   

May 6, 2021, 5:57.14 pm ET

Tarik Trotter, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo and Ethan Hawke
Photo: New Group Off Stage                                                                                     

The New Group Off Stage, a new venture from Off-Broadway’s The New Group in association with John Ridley’s Nō Studios and Frank Marshall, launches with a new virtual production of Samuel Beckett’s classic masterpiece, “Waiting for Godot.”

Directed by Scott Elliott, this work features Ethan Hawke (Vladimir), John Leguizamo (Estragon), Wallace Shawn (Lucky), Tarik Trotter (Pozzo) and Drake Bradshaw (Boy).

Upcoming projects in the series include “I Need Space,” “Bernarda’s Daughters;” “Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed… Again”; and “The Dinner.”

A variety of on-demand streaming options are currently available. For more information, visit

Photos: clockwise from top left: Tarik Trotter, Wallace Shawn, John Leguizamo and Ethan Hawke


May 6, 2021, 5:39.57 pm ET

Photo: iHeartDance NYC                                                                              
iHeartDance NYC, a new initiative to celebrate and support the dance artists of New York City through performance opportunities and financial relief, will present four additional performances on May 10 and 24 at 5pm and 7pm on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel. These evenings will honor the late Ann Reinking under the sanction of The Verdon Fosse Legacy and support of choreographer James Kinney.
These 60-minute programs will feature world premiere works by Emmy Award winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Choreographer in Residence, David Fernandez and present celebrated repertory from Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. Performing artists will include New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia, American Ballet Theatre soloist Luciana Paris, Dance Theater of Harlem’s Ingrid Silva, Broadway’s Ryan Steele and Skye Mattox and others.
Tickets to the live performances will include light bites and a glass of prosecco. A livestream will also be available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit


May 6, 2021, 8:30.27 am ET

Mamoun’s Falafel, the family-owned Middle Eastern food company, will toast the 50th anniversary of the beloved brand on Tuesday, May 11 with a special deal for in-store customers.

At all of its locations -- which include its original location at 119 MacDougal Street, as well as its other NYC stores at 508 Columbus Avenue and 30 St. Mark’s Place -- Mamoun's will offer a “buy one falafel at regular price, get one falafel sandwich” deal for only 75 cents. Additionally, the first 50 guests at each location will get a commemorative T-Shirt.

On May 11, the company will also launch its new online store, selling their famous hot sauce, merchandise and more.

In addition to its signature falafel sandwich, Mamoun’s menu includes such delicacies as chicken kebob, shawarma, shish kebob, tabouleh and hummus.

For more information, visit


Around Town - Tavern on the Green is back, Pecking House arrives, help for India and more...
May 5, 2021, 6:35.41 pm ET

 Tavern on the Green reopens

Tavern on the Green is back in business.  The lovely outdoor garden is open after closing due to the pandemic.  It’s the perfect spot for a cocktail and a bite.  For Mother’s Day, it’s offering a 3-course brunch for $115/pp with options like Roasted Black Fig & Goat Cheese Flatbread, Maine Lobster Eggs Benedict and Tavern French Toast with blueberry compote. For dessert, there’s strawberry shortcake.

 Gallaghers Steakhouse reopens, NYC

Speaking of openings… Gallaghers Steakhouse in Midtown is now open for indoor dining.  During the pandemic, Gallagher’s had given some of its aging steaks showcased in a freezer up front to frontline workers.  Now it’s your chance to get one.

 American Brass' bar opens for first time
Photo: American Brass                                                                                  

You can now cozy up to the bar at American Brass in Long Island City. The restaurant is opening its bar for the first time ever, as of Wednesday May 5th, and to celebrate it will be offering Happy Hour all day at the bar for a full week. Cheers!

 Sona supporting India campaign
Photo: Sona                                                                  

As you know, India is suffering from the worst of the pandemic. Now, Sona is helping out. As of this past Tuesday (May 4), proceeds from its “Floyd’s Goan Fish Curry” dish will be donated to #TogetherForIndia, a campaign initiated by Priyanka Chopra Jonas with @Give_India to support COVID relief efforts. The goal is to raise $1 million dollars.

 Bowery Farming teams up with Tom Colichio
Photo: Bowery Farming                                                                                  

Chef Tom Colichio is teaming up with Bowery Farming, a vertical farming company, by adding its Green Sorrel to his latest Craft Dinner Box. The limited addition greens will also be available at select NY retailers and Whole Foods for a limited run in a few weeks.

 Eisenberg's Flatiron sign in window

Should Eisenberg’s be saved?  That’s the quest this famous Flatiron sandwich shop is asking. So, maybe there is hope for Eisenberg’s return. 

 Pecking House coming to The Market Line
Photo: The Market Line/Pecking House                                                                

If you been trying to get your hands on the highly sought after Pecking House chicken, now’s your chance. With a waitlist of more than 5,000 people, Chef Eric Huang will be taking up residency for the summer at The Market Line on the Lower East Side. It kicks off this Saturday, May 8th from 5pm until sold out.  Huang, a former sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, offers his chili fried chicken finished with Tianjin chilis and Szechuan peppercorns. 

 Maya Lin's Ghost Forest at Madison Square Park

Seeing the forest from the trees. Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest is currently being installed on the Oval Lawn at Madison Square Park.  The project is focusing attention on what it calls the devastation of climate change.  Look closely or you might miss it.

And a 7.64 ton bronze statue now graces the entrance to Rockefeller Center. The 25-foot statue by Sanford Biggers, called Oracle, is truly larger than life.

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


May 5, 2021, 2:28.47 pm ET

Photo: Jeremy Jordan                                                                                         

The popular virtual series, 54 Below Premieres – filmed live at Feinstein’s/54 Below – returns this month with new eagerly anticipated new shows.

Broadway, film and television star Jeremy Jordan’s newest show, “Carry On,” will debut on May 6 at 8pm and continue on demand through June 17.  The show takes us deep into Jeremy's new life as a father, and features an array of musical styles, including songs from “Newsies,” Bonnie & Clyde” and “Smash,: as well as some never-before-heard songs.

Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye’s show. “Broadway My Way,” will debut on May 8 at 8pm and continue on demand through June 19. A celebration of Maye’s 93rd birthday, the show features two dozen songs from the Great White Way, including “Cabaret,” “Hello, Dolly,” “Mame,” and “I’m Still Here.”

For tickets and information, visit


May 5, 2021, 2:22.24 pm ET


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that Broadway shows would start selling tickets on May 6 for full-capacity shows with performances starting September 14.  So far, only the shows “Diana,” "Phantom of the Opera," "American Utopia," "Six" and “The Music Man” have announced actual opening dates.

According to insiders, there could be as many 30 shows playing by the end of 2021, with many long-running shows such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “The Lion King,” and “Hamilton” being among the first open. Other early-to-open contenders include “Ain’t Too Proud” and “Come from Away.”  Each of the city’s main subscription houses, Roundabout, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center also have shows on tap that are likely to debut before the end of the year.

Decisions on masking requirements, vaccine requirements, and sales of food and drink have yet to be determined. 

May 5, 2021, 10:41.28 am ET

Photo: The Grand Delancey/Cititour                                                                         

The Grand Delancey is turning into a taqueria for the day with a special “reservation only” service.  Nixtamal will have its taco machine pumping out fresh tortillas for signature taco kits.  

Slice Joint will also be serving a special Birria Pizza created with Fernando Ruiz, founder of Taqueria Nixtamal. The pie is covered with mozzarella, cilantro, onion, and Birria salsa. Indoor and outdoor seating is available along with an assortment of special beers to mark the occasion.

Reservations can be made via resy.

Photo: Los Tacos #1/Cititour                                                                               

Some of our other favorite places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo include La Esquina, Los Tacos #1 and Los Mariscos. For our full list of Mexican restaurants in NYC click here 


May 4, 2021, 5:55.10 pm ET

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Michelin is out with its list of 2021 New York City Bib Gourmand recipients.  These are restaurant delivering a high quality dining experience at a reasonable price where you can can get two courses, a glass of wine or dessert for about $40. 

We spotted some recognizable names like VIA VAI known for its artisinal Italian food in Astoria and Xilonen bringing vibrant vegetarian cuisine from Mexico.  Pierozek, also from Williamsburg, getting a nod for its Polish dumplings.  In Manhattan, the honors this year going to Thai Diner, Forsythia and Nami Nori.  

"Despite the challenges of the past year, New York chefs and restaurant teams continue to discover new ways of delighting and serving diners with high quality cuisine," said Gwendal Poullennec, international director for the MICHELIN Guides. "This year's Bib Gourmand selection features returning and new culinary gems throughout the city and Westchester County."


See the full list below: 


La Cueva Fonda (Longwood)

Claudy's Kitchen (Fieldston) 


Angel (Jackson Heights)

Hupo (Long Island City)

Via Vai (Astoria)

Cardamom (Sunnyside)

Phayul (Jackson Heights)

SaRanRom Thai (Elmhurst)

Caleta 111 Cevicheria (Richmond Hill)


Chavela's (Prospect Heights)

Gordo's Cantina (Bushwick)

For All Things Good (Bed-Stuy)

Rangoon (Prospect Heights)

Mao Mao (Bushwick)

Winner (Park Slope)

Bolero (Williamsburg)

hanon (Williamsburg)

Gentle Perch (Williamsburg)

Pierozek (Williamsburg)

Xilonen (Williamsburg)



Thai Diner (Nolita)

Forsythia (Lower East Side)

Samwon Garden BBQ (Koreatown)

Nami Nori (Greenwich Village)


Burrata (Eastchester)

Badageoni Georgian Kitchen (Mount Kisco)

Rafele Rye (Rye)

Boro6 Wine Bar (Hastings-on Hudson)

Macelleria Italian Steakhouse (Pelham)

Tredici Social (Bronxville)

For more info click here


May 4, 2021, 10:59.41 am ET

Rooftop bar JIMMY is re-opening atop the Modernhaus SoHo, a new luxury hotel at 15 Thompson Street. The bar features awe-inspiring, panoramic views of Manhattan from its unobstructed 18th floor perch, complete with an outdoor pool deck, great music and a superb selection of cocktails and food.

Master mixologist Johnny Swet has created an exciting drinks menu that includes the Mexican Honey Bee, Sazerac Tonic, Lavender Lemonade, Marmaduke, Grilled Pinepple Mojito and the Boozy Watermelon Frosé to slake the thirst of summertime revelers.

Photos: JIMMY                                                                     

These vibrant cocktails are complemented by the globally-inspired bar fare of Michelin-starred Chef George Mendes, who helms Veranda, the hotel’s new signature restaurant. Bites include Salt Cod Croquettes, Tomato Basil Flatbread, Piri-Piri Chicken Brochette and Grass-Fed Dry-Aged Cheeseburger Sliders.

For more information and reservations, please visit


MIFUNE unveils its spring menu and Executive Pastry Chef
May 4, 2021, 1:12.42 am ET

 MFUNE New York unveils its new spring menu
 Fresh Spring Bamboo and Squid with onion garlic anchovy sauce

Michelin-starred MIFUNE New York, known for its Japanese Washoku cuisine with French flair, is giving its unique omakase menu a taste of spring. The $120 eight-course meal can now get a $40 wagyu upgrade, which includes the additional course and other seasonal surprises. Dishes include:

- Washington Oysters and Kale with Kale & Shallot Confit, Diced Green Apples, Grilled Kale, Lemon Ginger Marmalade, Milk Foam with Almond Essence, Kale-Mascarpone, and Kale Powder

- Asparagus and Cherrystone Clam with Poached Egg, Fried Potato Nest, Cherrystone Clam Broth, Asparagus Puree, Orange Supremes, and Lemon Ginger Marmalade

- Spring Veal with French Morels, Mustard Cream Sauce, and Roasted Seasonal Vegetables 

The menu will change daily based on market availability.

The omakase menu also allows Executive Chefs Yuu Shimano (Guy Savoy’s eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris) and Tomohiro Urata (three Michelin-starred La Maison Troisgros in Roanne) to design their dishes on the spot.

MFUNE  New York Executive Pastry Chef Celia Lee
Chef Celia Lee

MIFUNE New York is also introducing its first ever Executive Pastry Chef.  Chef Celia Lee worked at Jean-Georges while still studying her craft. She began her professional career at the Milk Bar Production Kitchen in Brooklyn before moving on to Ladurée, where she served as the chef de partie. She later worked at The Modern, where she went from pastry cook to pastry sous chef.

MFUNE New York Pickled Rhubarb Dessert
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At MIFUNE, Chef Lee’s creations include Lychee sorbet pre-dessert served with pineapple tuile, and tequila caviar accompanying a main dessert of Pickled Rhubarb (seen here) served with brown butter katifi, almond cake, lemon creme fraiche chantilly, and strawberry sorbet topped with a strawberry balsamic tuile.

MIFUNE New York is located at 245 E 44th St, New York, NY (212) 986-2800  Website


May 3, 2021, 7:48.02 pm ET

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The Drama Company NYC will present the Off-Broadway premiere of “Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama,” written by Michel Marc Bouchrd with English translation by Linda Gaboriau, and direction by Andrew Benvenuti. The show will play The Theater Center starting on Wednesday, May 5.
Set against a backdrop of revenge, obsession, and love, the play tells the story of Simon Doucet, recently released from prison after serving a 30-year sentence for a crime he did not commit. He arranges a private meeting with his former school friend, Jean Bilodeau, now a powerful Bishop. Simon and his friends, all former prison inmates, revisit the harrowing events that occurred during their final year at St. Sebastian's school for boys.
The production features an all-male cast of 11 actors including Grant Hale, Florimond Le Goupil-Maier, Bill Morton, Drew Paton, J.P. Ross, J.J. Miller, Hartley Parker, Devon Savage, Marc Verzatt, Grant Evan and Max Richards. The show contains full-frontal male nudity and is recommended for patrons aged 16 and up.
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Eleven Madison Park Goes Vegan
May 3, 2021, 7:34.15 pm ET

Eleven Madison Park Goes Vegan

Eleven Madison Park is going meat-free.  Chef Daniel Humm announcing the restaurant will be 100% plant-based.  Humm telling NPR, "The way we have sourced our food, the way we're consuming our food, the way we eat meat - it is not sustainable."

Humm say guests have never come to use just to eat a piece of state or lobster, added that they come to use to be on a journey.  Instead, he says, it's all about deliciousness.  In the end, he says, "We want to create a restaurant that a meat-eater will be blown away by eating vegetables."

Eleven Madison Park is located at 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY (212) 889-0905

Cuomo sets the stage for Broadway's reopening
May 3, 2021, 5:48.05 pm ET

Cuomo sets the stage for Broadway's reopening

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York can now reopen on May 19th as COVID cases continue to drop dramatically. New York is easing restrictions signicantly along with New Jersey and Connecticut.  The limit on outdoor social gatherings increases to 500 on May 10 in New York, while the indoor gathering limit will increase to 250.  Limits on large-scale indoor venue capacity will climb to 30%. Large outdoor venues can increase capacity to 33%.  Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test will still be required.

Governor Cuomo saying, "Beginning Wednesday, May 19th, most capacity restrictions will end across the tri state area that includes retail stores, food services, gyms, fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops, offices, etcetera."

Broadway may also be allowed to reopen. "We're talking to Broadway," said Cuomo, "Broadway, for example, has a schedule. They have to produce a play before they can sell the play. So there's a schedule for them. But from a capacity point of view, they can all reopen on May 19th."

Six-foot distancing rules will still be enforced in the city, limiting capacity, which has been an issue for theaters. The Broadway League has said it anticipates a fall opening, although that could be moved up after the Governor's latest guidance. According to Broadway News, producers are looking for capacity limits to near 100% as they look to restore profitability.

Separately, the Governor says New York City subways will resume 24-hour service, beginning on May 17th.


NYC Bites - The Truffle Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich at Black Tap
May 1, 2021, 8:36.06 am ET

 The Truffle Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich at Black Tap
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Black Tap is kicking off the month of May with something "Hot!" The Truffle Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich is being offered from May 1 to May 31. The Sandwich is made with fried chicken, truffle hot honey, red pepper jam, Alabama white BBQ sauce, kosher pickles, and served with a side fries. The sandwich, which is sure to satisfy your palate, is available at Black Tap SoHo and costs $18.

Black Tap SoHo is located at 529 Broome St, New York, NY  (917) 639 3089  Website



The Macy's Flower Show is here!
May 1, 2021, 7:49.38 am ET

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021

Give. Love. Bloom is the theme of this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. The show at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square kicks off on Sunday May 2nd through May 16th on the main floor, balcony and windows, and branching out with a first ever special presentation at Herald Square Park.

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021, Butterfly

Here are some of this year’s highlights:

- The Basking Butterfly Bridge: Visitors can’t miss the larger-than-life butterfly with its gilded wings spread wide to reveal a body of bright blue delphinium, resting on a bridge blossoming with flowering almonds and lemon cypress.

- The Kaleidoscope of Courage: Life grows on! This year’s show takes flight with a cluster of colorful butterflies fluttering under an aerial trellis of weeping pink cherry trees, colorama dracaena & rose red caladium.

 Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021, Aviary

- The Aviary of Aspiration: In this sky-high garden, guests can spot birds perched around a brilliant birdcage bursting with colorful orchids, bromeliads and succulents surrounded by bridges flourishing with flora.

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021, Dragonfly

- The Dragonfly Dreamscape: A dynamic dragonfly with wings of gold hovers on a bridge overflowing with gorgeous greenery dappled with red ranunculus, blue hydrangea and aromatic lavender.

Macy’s says with the spirit of renewal and new days of hope on the horizon, Macy’s annual celebration has been reimagined to safely bring the magic of spring to life for guests in and around the world-famous store.

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021

For more information visit Macy’