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Neapolitan pizza maker SIMO opens second location in Greenwich Village
August 31, 2021, 6:44.56 pm ET

Neapolitan pizza maker SIMO opens second spot in Greenwich Village
Photos: Francesco Sapienza                                                                             

SIMÒ, known for its Neapolitan pies, now has a second New York City location in the heart of Greenwich Village. Simone Falco, the Naples-born chef, is the force behind the first location in the Meatpacking District and Eataly’s pizza concept Rossopomodoro.

Neapolitan pizza maker SIMO opens second spot in Greenwich Village

The traditional 12-inch pies, called Pizze, made with Caputo flour sourced from Naples, San Marzano plum tomatoes, and Sicilian olive oil. Highlights include a traditional Margherita with San Marzano tomato and mozzarella di bufala; Pesto e Pecorino with house-made nut-free pesto, mozzarella di bufala, pecorino romano, and fresh basil; Diavola with spicy soppressata; and Cacio e Pepe with mozzarella di bufala, pecorino and freshly ground black pepper.

Neapolitan pizza maker SIMO opens second spot in Greenwich Village

SIMÒ also offers a variety of Neopolitan dishes, including Insalata di Tonno with tuna marinated in extra virgin olive oil, mesclun greens and castelvetrano olives; Polpette al Ragu with house-made beef meatballs and Gnocco alla Sorrentina with house-made gluten free potato gnocchi in a san marzano tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella di bufala and fresh basil. There are also house-made desserts like Panna Cotta alla Nutella, and Cannollo Siciliano with ricotta and pistachios. Beverages include beer, wine by the glass and bottle, as well as traditional Italian beverages like the Simo Spritz, with Cappelletti, prosecco, and orange.

 Neapolitan pizza maker SIMO opens second spot in Greenwich Village

The restaurant is centered by an open kitchen, along with a chef's counter of green Italian marble countertops, custom birch plywood paneled kiosks and volcanic stonewall shelving lined with imported Italian ingredients.

SIMÒ is located at 75 University Place, New York, NY

For more information, visit 



Brooklyn Kura teams up with New Belgium Brewing
August 31, 2021, 6:14.36 pm ET

 Brooklyn Kura teams up with New Belgium Brewing
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Brooklyn Kura, NYC's sake brewery, is teaming up with New Belgium Brewing to release a limited edition Foeder Aged lager called Foeder Kura.

Foeder Kura is a rice based lager, brewed with Brooklyn Kura's sake Kasu (a byproduct of production), which is blended with a portion of foeder-aged golden sour and Jasmine Pearls tea. The result is a floral bouquet of jasmine, pear and honeysuckle.

Foeder Kura is sold in select retailers in NYC, Brooklyn Kura's Industry City taproom and New Belgium’s locations in Colorado and North Carolina ($24/bottle).

For more information, visit 

Drop the Chalupa! Tiny’s Café enters Chalupa wars.
August 31, 2021, 5:42.42 pm ET

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Fans cheered when Taco Bell brought back a version of its chalupa earlier this year.  Now a Brooklyn chef is weighing in with his own version. Chef Cenobio Canalizo, who hails from Puebla, has set out to bring an authentic version of the popular dish from his hometown to Tiny’s Cantina in New York.  Chef Cenobio’s mother used to famously scratch-make and sell chalupas on the streets of central Mexico. Now he’s putting his spin on his mother’s recipe with salsa roja or salsa verde on a tortilla as well as manteca, guajillo, tomatoes, cinnamon, cumin, onions and garlic.  He’s also using queso anejo, the “secret” hard-to-source ingredient that elevates these chalupas from other versions of the dish.

Tiny's Cantina is located at  at 229 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY  (718) 970-7007

For more information, visit 



Metropolitan Opera resumes live performances in September
August 31, 2021, 10:34.19 am ET

Metropolitan Opera resumes live performances in September
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The Metropolitan Opera will begin live performances in September. First, it will present two free, pre-season performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park on September 4 and 5. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus, along with soloists soprano Ying Fang and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, in one of the repertory’s most epic and stirring works. The concerts commemorate the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement between the Metropolitan Opera and its orchestra and celebrate all members of the company as it emerges from the longest closure in its history.

Next in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Met presents its first indoor performance, “Verdi’s Requiem,” featuring a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass-baritone Eric Owens. While the performance is sold out, it will be transmitted live as part of “Great Performances” on PBS, with ballet star Misty Copeland hosting the program from nearby the site of the 9/11 Museum. Live audio from the performance will also be broadcast directly outside the Met in Lincoln Center Plaza and the English-language text of the “Requiem” will also be projected onto the façade of the opera house during the performance.

Lastly, the Met's 2021-2022 season officially opens on September 27 with the first performance of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a new opera by Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard. Adapted from Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, the opera will be co-directed by James A. Robinson and Camille M. Brown, feature a libretto by celebrated filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, and stars Will Liverman, Angel Blue and Latonia Moore.

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World Central Kitchen Fundraising Dinner at Baar Baar
August 31, 2021, 12:37.57 am ET

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This Fall, Baar Baar, a modern Indian restaurant from chef Sujan Sarkar in the East Village, is hosting a special dinner to raise funds for World Central Kitchen's "Chefs for India" initiative in response to the country's surge of COVID-19 infections.

Sarkar will be teaming up with chefs Dale Talde (Goosefeather), Justin Bazadarich (Oxomoco, Xilonen, Speedy Romeo), Sungchul Shim (Kochi), and Naseer Armar (ROOH SF) to create a five-course collaborative tasting menu for one night only. Guests will also be able to purchase raffle tickets at the dinner for a chance to win handbags from Simitri – a handbag and accessories line founded by Gayatri Chopra and Simran Kaur that are inspired by their home in New Delhi. 100% of proceeds from the dinner and the raffles will be donated to World Central Kitchen.

Date: Monday, September 13

Time: 7:00 PM (Cocktail Reception) || 7:30 (Dinner)

Location: Baar Baar – 13 East 1st Street, NYC

Price: $120pp++

How To Purchase: Eventbrite


Casa Ora to reopen in Williamsburg
August 31, 2021, 12:22.37 am ET

Casa Ora to reopen in Williamsburg
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Casa Ora, the farm-to-table Venezuelan restaurant in Williamsburg, is set to reopen on September 10th, timed to its two-year anniversary. The restaurant is owned and operated by Isbelis Diaz, her son Ivo Diaz, and his wife Rachel Diaz Pirard, and named after the couple’s daughter, Ora. 

 Casa Ora to reopen in Williamsburg

Signature plates include “Baby Shark,” inspired by the Venezuelan shark dish "cazon,” made with monkfish wrapped in ripe plantain; charcoal-seared octopus with chimichurri; ceviche with grapefruit, orange, papaya and avocado; and Arepitas, small arepas served with fillings like avocado-chicken salad with queso blanco, shredded pork and beef with cheddar.

 Casa Ora to reopen in Williamsburg

Cocktails lean heavily into tequila, mezcal, and rum-based drinks, with complimentary flavors inspired by the various climates of Venezuela. A carefully curated list of small batch, sustainable, and organic wines are also offered.

Casa Ora is located at 148 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY, 11206

For more information, visit 

NYC Fall Restaurant Openings to Watch For in 2021
August 30, 2021, 11:41.32 pm ET

NYC Fall Restaurants Openings 2021
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Jack & Charlie's no.118
118 Greenwich Avenue (West Village, NYC)
Tentative Opening Date: Mid-September
Executive Chef/Partner: Ed Cotton
Jack & Charle's no.118 brings elevated neighborhood dining to the West Village. The menu offerings, led by Executive Chef Ed Cotton, will focus on creative New American cuisine with raw bar classics, handmade pastas, wood-fired dry-aged steaks, and fresh seafood. The 3,000 square foot, 110 seat restaurant is located in a historic, landmarked building that sits on the corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 13th Street. The design and décor will nod to New York City's iconic supper clubs, with dark and moody textiles, rich English leathers, warm convivial lighting, and a classic fireplace. The bar program will feature handcrafted cocktails, with an emphasis on the Martini. Dinner will launch first, followed by brunch, then lunch at a later date.  

127 E 27th Street – at Park South Hotel (Kips Bay, NYC)
Tentative Opening Date: Mid/late-September
Executive Chef: Bryce Shuman
Sweetbriar is the first of two restaurant concepts to open within New York City's Park South Hotel from the team behind TH/RST Group (Nick Bathurst, Dennis Konen, Brian Kelly) and Executive Chef Bryce Shuman. The menu will spotlight fresh, seasonal vegetables and prime meats enhanced by "live fire" cooking with wood and charcoal – and the team has tapped cocktail veteran Ivan Papic as Beverage Director to develop the bar program. Housed in the former Covina space, the interiors of Sweetbriar will be redesigned by Lea Cojot (SoHo House, 74Wythe, Rockwell Group) to bring in a fresh and modern design with shapes inspired by the 70’s, and sophisticated finishes such as reeded glass, zellige tile, green leather, and stone. Dinner will launch first, followed by brunch and lunch. In mid/late October, a Japanese-inspired concept will open within the former O Ya space – more details to come. (*A sample menu is available, subject to change)

El Fish Shack
155 Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side, NYC)
Tentative Opening Date: October
Executive Chef: Julian Medina
Following the success of El Fish Shack's Astoria location, Chef/Owner Julian Medina and Restaurateur Louis Skibar (Toloache Restaurant Group) will open a flagship location on the Upper West Side this Fall. El Fish Shack is a New-England style fish and seafood restaurant with Mexican flare. The menu features fresh-caught whole lobster that can be prepared simply – steamed, grilled, or "angry" (sauteed with house-made spicy Shack tomato hot sauce and corn) – or composed (i.e. tacos, roll, waffle, baked and stuffed). There are also raw bar offerings and ceviche – as well as a variety of seafood from the fish market that can be prepared grilled or fried with your choice of sauce. The bar program will feature beer, signature cocktails, as well as a gin-focused cocktail list. (*Sample menu available, subject to change)

Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque
618 Washington Street (Hoboken, NJ)
Tentative Opening Date: October/November
Executive Chef: Myron Mixon
Five-time World Barbeque Champion Myron Mixon will bring his signature style to Hoboken with the opening of Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a menu of dry-rubbed barbeque beef, pork, baby back ribs, and smoked half chickens – plus sandwiches, salads, and southern-style sweets.

213-41 39th Avenue (Bayside, Queens)
Tentative Opening Date: November
Executive Chef: Julian Medina
This Fall, Chef/Owner Julian Medina and Restaurateur Louis Skibar (Toloache Restaurant Group) will open a third location of their popular Mexican Cantina, Tacuba, in Bayside. The menu will feature an assortment of shareable appetizers, as well as tacos and mains. The beverage list spotlights tequila and mezcal (sipped straight, or in a cocktail). There are also classic cocktails, non-alcoholic mocktails, wine, and beer. (*Sample menu available, subject to change)

Stay tuned for more openings!

Pixar Putt opens in Battery Park
August 30, 2021, 11:21.00 pm ET

Photo: Jeremy Daniel                                                                                     

Pixar Putt, a new pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience, is now open in Battery Park City until October 31. The course is made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved films, including “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Coco,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Wall-E,” “Inside Out” and “Luca”.  

The course is open to all seven days a week, Sunday to Wednesday from 10AM to 8PM (the last tee time is 6:30 PM) and Thursday to Saturday from 10AM to 10PM. Meanwhile, “Pixar Putt After Dark,” which are special evening sessions for visitors 18+, take place Thursday-Saturday from 7PM to 1 PM (last tee time is at 8:30 PM).

Tickets can be purchased by visiting

Oprah Winfrey narrates This Is Broadway film
August 30, 2021, 11:25.30 am ET

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“This Is Broadway,” a historic initiative to welcome theater lovers back to Times Square following the industry’s 18-month shut down, is being released on August 30.

Kicking off the campaign is a 2 ½ minute short film, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, that celebrates all of Broadway. The film features such superstars as Hugh Jackman, Bruce Springsteen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Billy Porter, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman, James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington and includes footage from 99 Broadway shows.

Other elements of the campaign include the creation of, a new website that features a unique recommendation engine built on five years of data including the performance of 220 shows, 17 million ticket sales across the Northeast corridor, current safety information, and real time updates regarding Broadway’s return.

In addition, the Broadway League is launching a first-of-its-kind contest: in which one lucky winner will win four tickets to every Broadway show in the 2021-2022 season. The contest will be hosted by Audience Rewards and is free to enter. The contest will run from September1 through October 15. Visit for details.

Finally, the League has also announced “Curtain Up,” a free festival that will include interactive experiences, panels, live concerts, and performances culminating in a concert celebrating the entirety of the Broadway industry in the heart of Times Square., that will take place Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19.

Live performances in NYC this week
August 30, 2021, 12:50.26 am ET

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Janine Harouni: Like Pete Davidson, this comic genius has roots in Staten Island, but she’s become a huge favorite among the Brits, even winning one of the most prestigious awards for her work at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. On September 1, she brings “Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated” to the aptly-named comedy club Stand Up NY for a one-night engagement.

Jay Armstrong Johnson: A true favorite among musical theater fans, Johnson will (mostly) ditch the show tunes for an evening of country favorites from his formative years in his new show at 54Below, “Jay’s Birthday Bash: There’s No Place Like Home,” which, believe it or not, takes place on his actual birthday, September 1. If you can’t make it person, this sure-to-be-fantastic show will be livestreamed as well. Yeehaw!

Hadestown: Anais Mitchell’s Tony-winning musical adaptation of the story of Orpheus & Eurydice (played by Reeve Carney and Eva Nozlabeda) – the latter of whom is destined to spend eternity in Hell – makes a heavenly return to Broadway on September 2 at the Walter Kerr Theater. Don’t myth it!

Waitress: The Great White Way’s favorite diner re-opens for business on September 2 with the musical’s composer-lyricist, the divine Sara Bareilles, once again taking on the title role of troubled pie maker Jenna. Talk about causing a stir on Broadway!

Steven Brinberg: In “On A Clear Day You Can See SIMPLY BARBRA Forever,” which plays The Green Room 42 at the Yotel Hotel on Thursday, September 2, the ultra-talented Brinberg will pay tribute to one of Streisand’s most beloved film roles, the kooky Daisy Gamble. Still, it’s a sure bet you’ll be entertained.

Eric Comstock: One of the cabaret world’s most beloved entertainers, Comstock begins a four-Saturday residency at Birdland on September 4, joined by bassist Sean Smith and Comstock’s equally talented wife, singer Barbara Fasano. It may be Labor Day weekend, but you just have to sit back and let these three sublime performers do all the work.


Chip City opens its newest location at Rockefeller Center
August 29, 2021, 3:36.35 pm ET

 Chip City opens its newest location at Rockefeller Center

For those in love with Chip City’s gargantuan and quite yummy chocolate chip cookies, you can now find them in Midtown inside the concourse at Rockefeller Center. The shop, which got its start in Astoria, now has locations in three boroughs and New Jersey.  The menu varies from day today with the exception of the chocolate chip cookies. Other varieties include Lemon Berry, Funfetti, Cookies ‘n Cream, Nutella Sea Salt, Oatmeal Apple Pie and more. Frozen cookie dough is also available for folks who want to bake them at home.

 Chip City opens its newest location at Rockefeller Center

Chip City is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY (646) 918-7338

For more information, visit 

Sweet Success at Miss American Pie in Park Slope
August 29, 2021, 3:01.22 pm ET

Miss American Pie, Park Slope, Cherry Crumb

A trip to Miss American Pie in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is like a little taste of heaven. That’s because you can tell each pie is made with a lot of love.  The shop, which has a retro Americana look, is run by self-taught baker Lindsey Hill. While some shops are focusing on experimental flavors, Miss American Pie is sticking with the classics. Each pie is made perfectly with a flaky, all-butter crust.

 Miss American Pie, Park Slope, Exterior

The Signature Pie is filled with a mix of apples, peaches and blueberries, topped with an oatmeal crumble, while the Cherry Crumb is filled with tart Montmorency cherries commonly found on small farms with a cookie crust.  It’s also dairy and gluten-free.

Miss American Pie, Park Slope, Coconut Custard

The Coconut Cream Pie is a creamy masterpiece with house-made coconut custard, sweet whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut, while the Key Lime Pie is filled with a tart lime custard and a graham cracker crust.  Other offerings include Lemon Chiffon, Black & Blueberry and Turtle Pie.  Savory options include a chili and chicken pot pie.

 Miss American Pie, Park Slope, Key Lime

Miss American Pie is located at 86 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718)789-3747

For more information, visit 

2021 Hamptons Fine Arts Fair to kick off
August 29, 2021, 11:24.04 am ET

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Hamptons Fine Art Fair kicks off Labor Day Weekend (Sept 2-5) featuring artworks by 70 select national and international galleries, with 51 in-person booths and the remaining exhibiting in online virtual reality booths. For the first time ever, Hamptons Fine Art Fair will take place inside and amongst the beautiful grounds of the historic Southampton Arts Center, a unique opportunity for art lovers and patrons to purchase important works in the museum.


HFAF will feature works by 400+ respected artists with over 1000 pieces, totaling $100+ million in art for immediate acquisition. The in-person fair will be a welcome return to the bustling Hampton’s art and social scene after a period of online events, with thousands of attendees expected to pass through the fair over the Labor Day holiday weekend. This year, the fair is also incorporating cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology to create a simulated art fair environment for visitors who cannot attend in person, to virtually navigate as they would a physical fair.

For more information, visit 

Gotham Burger Social Club kicks off its residency at the Jane Hotel
August 27, 2021, 6:37.02 pm ET


Gotham Burger Social Club's Mike Puma, known his juicy smash burgers, is taking over the ground floor restaurant at the Jane Hotel in the Meatpacking District on Saturday, August 27th.  Puma will be serving up Singles, Doubles and Triples of his award winning burgers. The burgers can be paired with loaded tots, crispy fries and onion rings. There's also a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails.  The pup-up will be open Thursday thru Sunday from 5-10pm. 

Gotham Burger Social Club Pop-Up is located at 113 Jane St, New York, NY

For more information, visit 



Cocktail Time – The Lime & the Coconut at Contento in NYC
August 27, 2021, 6:11.30 pm ET

Cocktail Time – The Lime & the Coconut at Contento in NYC
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In our quest to find some of New York City’s most interesting cocktails, we’ve discovered two at Contento, a new restaurant designed for accessibility. 

Lime & The Coconut is a refreshing summer cocktail. It’s made with light rum, mahina coco, luxardo maraschino, pressed coconut and lime juice. It’s topped with a dash of lime zest.

Cocktail Time – Benny Bourbon at Contento in NYC

The Benny Bourbon is a fruity concoction made with bourbon, honey, blackberry, fresh citrus and aromatic bitters.  For the complete drinks menu click here

Contento is located at 88 E. 111th St, New York, NY (646) 410-0111

For more information, visit





Three places to try if you can snag a table - Mermaid Oyster Bar, Rasa and The Little Owl
August 27, 2021, 12:09.29 am ET


The Mermaid Oyster Bar is reeling ‘em in. The restaurant, on MacDougal Street, sits on a corner with outdoor seating on both sides as well as indoors. Seafood reigns supreme with six different types of oysters at any given time, raw bar and entrees like Fire Roasted Striped Bass, “Nearly Famous” Lobster Roll and a Grilled Hanger Steak for landlubbers. Sides include Lobster & Corn Fritters. 89 MacDougal St, New York, NY (212) 260-0100


Rasa will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to Kuala Lumpur with its lush tropical greenery and friendly vibe. Siblings Tommy Lai and Camie Lai grew up there and are drawing upon their mother’s recipes. Chef Tommy Lai also ran the kitchen at Laut while it was awarded a Michelin star. Look for curry puffs, dumplings and fritters, several types of wok-fried noodles, and entrees like Massaman Curry. 25 West 8th St, New York, NY (212) 253-9888


Chef Joey Campanaro’s classic dishes continue to make The Little Owl a perennial hit. It could be the crispy calamari, eggplant parmigiana, soft shell crab sandwiches or petit filet mignon. Or, maybe it’s the cocktails, including a Watermelon Rose Spritzer and Pink Prosecco Lemonade, along with an extensive wine list with many sold by the glass or bottle. Just follow the line out the door! 90 Bedford St, New York, NY (212) 741-4695



Restaurant Radar - Mighties is coming to The Market Line
August 26, 2021, 6:47.12 pm ET

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Mighties is coming to the Lower East Side.  The burger joint will be opening soon at The Market Line.  Burgers made with grass-fed beef will be offered, including a single patty, double patty, single with cheese and a double with cheese will be offered along with fries. Stay tuned! 

The Market Line is located at 115 Delancey St, New York, NY 

For more information, visit




NYC Bites - Me Chicken Rice
August 26, 2021, 6:47.11 pm ET


If you blink, you might miss Me Chicken Rice, but you’d be missing out on some big flavors. This tiny spot on West 3rd Street is serving up Thai street foods.  The signature dish is steamed boneless chicken over a large helping of ginger rice with slow-cooked chicken liver and gizzards.  It’s served with a few cucumber slices and chili ginger sauce. You can also get it with fried or roasted chicken, as well as a crispy chicken salad bowl. Each meal comes with daikon chicken soup. Thai-style drinks are also offered including Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee. Look for the chicken with a cleaver in the window.

Me Chicken Rice is located at 120 West 3rd St, New York, NY (646) 455-0877

For more information, visit 



Estela Chef Ignacio Mattos opens Caffe Lodi at Rockefeller Center
August 26, 2021, 6:07.28 pm ET


The crowds are already gathering at Lodi, Chef Ignacio Mattos' exciting new bakery and café at Rockefeller Center.  We're told the café, which occupies the former Bouchon Bakery space, is reservation only until August 30th when it will open fully.  Mattos is also the force behind Michelin-starred Estela and Altro Paradiso

This newest venture is described as the kind of place where you can catch a light breakfast of cornetto and cappucino, or maybe a porchetta panino for lunch.  Sweet snacks like babà al rum are also being offered. Dinner brings spritzes and dishes like polpettine with pepper and capers. Lodi is also milling its own flour for freshly baked breads throughout day.


Café seating with white linen tables is available on a patio out front with additional seating indoors.

Lodi is located at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

For more information, visit

August 25, 2021, 11:49.19 pm ET

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Biao Sugar, an authentic bubble tea brand, is now open at JACX&CO, a collection of culinary concepts in Long Island City.

Biao Sugar prioritizes organic ingredients, premium roasted tea leaves and hand-crafted boba in its drinls. Guests can expect a rotating selection of classic boba milk teas (made with brown sugar and housemade boba), traditional loose leaf black and green teas, and fruit-forward varieties like grapefruit and passionfruit teas. Current menu highlights include Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea with foam; Passionfruit Green Tea with Coconut Jelly and Boba; and Ube Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea with Pudding.

Other eateries at JACX&CO include Mexology, Taim, Lotus & Cleaver, Beebe’s, Ghaya, Field Trip, Crif Dogs and Kassaki.

For more information, visit


August 25, 2021, 6:05.09 pm ET

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Broadway star and Emmy Award winner Darren Criss will be among the headline performers at the 2021 edition of Elsiefest, which will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Sunday, August 29 at 6pm. The event is part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival.

Other performers include 2020 Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren, Broadway and TV star Jordan Fisher, Broadway star Alex Brightman, Pentatonix singer Kristin Maldonado and singing group Barlow & Bear, creators of the TikTok smash “Bridgerton the Musical.” There will also be singalongs with Kenney Green and Adam Tilford from famed piano bar Marie’s Crisis.

Criss first gained national fame on FOX’s “Glee” and later won numerous awards, including the Emmy, for his work in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” He appeared on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
For tickets and information, visit

Bar Benno brings French flair to NoMad
August 25, 2021, 5:17.09 pm ET

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Michelin-starred chef Jonathan Benno is bringing a taste of Paris to the Evelyn Hotel with bistro-style French dining at Bar Benno. The space is more casual than Benno, a fine dining restaurant also at the hotel, which is set to reopen in September. Bar Benno's aim is to elevate traditional dishes with a focus on quality, seasonality, and accessibility that diners can enjoy several times a week.

The meal begins with a selection of fruits de mer, whether a raw bar plateau or chef Benno’s take on clams casino. Hors d'œuvres include a terrine made with Berkshire pork and foie gras and escargot with a garlic custard and parsley butter. The main courses on the menu will be split into two categories: plats principaux and frites comprises, aka French fries included. For dessert, Pastry Chef Kara Blitz is preparing dishes like marquise au chocolat and strawberry sorbet with crêpes dentelles.

“It's not enough for us to just reopen Benno, I want to expand it further,” said chef Benno. “When we began planning Bar Benno I really wanted to focus on my foundation in French food and technique, the kinds of dishes I remember travelling and cooking in France.”

In addition to the French fare, numerous bistro-inspired touches are intended to channel a casual, welcoming vibe. A lively horseshoe shaped bar will host L'Apéritif, a nightly happy hour where guests will be able to pair drinks with small plates like salmon rillettes and fried pig’s trotter.

Bar Benno is located at 7 East 27th St New York, NY 

For more information, visit 


The Window Shopper - Saks Fifth Avenue
August 25, 2021, 12:59.58 am ET

Givenchy Lace Top and Skirt at Saks. Prepare to drop close to three grand.


August 25, 2021, 12:24.13 am ET

 Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC

If you haven’t checked out Maya Lin’s “Ghost Forest” at Madison Square Park, you should do so while the public exhibition remains on view through November 14th.  It consists of forty nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees. The trees are meant to reflect the die-off of once lush forests, called Ghost Forests.  Below are some images from the exhibition. For more information, visit 

 Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC

 Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC

Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC

Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC

Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Madison Square Park, NYC


NYC Bites - Bombolino at Pane Pasta
August 24, 2021, 11:55.39 pm ET


Pane Pasta in Greenwich Village is serving up traditional Sicilian street foods. Think Arancini with Itallian ham, mozzarella and besciamella cream, Lasagna Bolognese, and assorted pastas with a variety of different sauces. But the real stars are the pastries, including plump little donuts, called Bombolino, filled with chocolate and custard.

Pane Pasta is located at 58 West 8th St, New York, NY (646) 891-0006

For more information, visit 





Head to the Beer Garage in the Village for brews and bites
August 24, 2021, 11:25.46 pm ET

The Beer Garage, Christopher St, NYC

The Beer Garage, founded by Marina Charny and Oleg Kaziev, can now be found in Manhattan. Unlike, the original Brooklyn location which is actually in a converted auto garage, the new spot on Christopher Street is housed in a storefront, complete with full bar, TV screens for sports, as well as outdoor seating.  The Beer Garage is also known for its locally-sourced brews (IPA, pilsner, wheat, ale and stout) and finger foods, including raw oysters and clams, wings, burgers and personal size pizzas with lots of toppings. Look for the flashing street light!

Beer Garage is located at 118 Christopher St, New York, NY.

For more information, visit 

Bar Benno is set to open at The Evelyn Hotel in NoMad
August 24, 2021, 10:20.53 pm ET

Bar Benno is coming to The Evelyn Hotel. It’s an extension of Michelin-starred Chef John Benno’s NoMad restaurant focusing on the foods where Northern Italy and Southern France converge. Expect wines and spirits from the same region.  Chef Benno has worked in some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens, including Per Se and Lincoln Ristorante.
Bar Benno is located at 7 East 27th St New York, NY 

Stay tuned for more details!



Pekarna relaunches on the Upper West Side
August 24, 2021, 6:27.41 pm ET

Photo: Pekarna                                                                                               

Pekarna New York, a dual-level labyrinth of dining rooms and bars, is relaunching after being impacted early on by the pandemic. The restaurant, featuring Slovenian-American fare, is open for brunch and dinner. Look for dishes like Crispy Wild Boar with Rice, Pekarna Burger with wagyu beef, and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, as well as select Slovenian wines. The lower level features four separate event spaces.

Pekarna New York is located at 594 Amsterdam Avenue, New York (646) 974-9070 

For more information, visit 


August 24, 2021, 5:59.59 pm ET

Photo: Museum of Arts and Design                                                            

The Museum of Arts and Design has created a limited-edition gourmet chocolate bar inspired by the current exhibition, “The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature.” The bar reproduces the facade of the dollhouse in a delicious shimmering milk chocolate, using 49% Madagascar Cacao with all-natural ingredients. It is available through the end of September and retails for $17.95.

In addition, master chocolate maker Paul Joachim, who helped create the chocolate confection, will come to MAD’s seventh-floor galleries with a live chocolate demonstration on Saturday, September 4 from noon until 2pm.

The Fisher Dollhouse, which was inspired by Venice’s famed Gritti Palace, is the brainchild of arts patron Joanna Fisher, who recruited dozens of international artists to bring it to life, including Holly Jo Beck, Mario Ramos, Mariana Grande, David Castillo, Fred Cobbs, Dustin Yellin, Ryan McGinness, Hunt Slonem and Veronica Gaido. The exhibition is on view until September 26.

For more information, visit


August 24, 2021, 5:42.49 pm ET

Photo: Ana Villafane                                                                                 

Ana Villafañe, who rose to stardom playing singer Gloria Estefan in the hit Broadway musical “On Your Feet,” will return to Broadway as Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” which resumes performances at the Ambassador Theatre on September 14.

The musical, which tells the tale of two “merry murderesses” in the 1920s, is directed by Walter Bobbie and features choreography by Ann Reinking, a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb. This production originally opened in November 1996 and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The cast will also include Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, Lillias White as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Ryan Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Casting for the role of Billy Flynn will be Paulo Szot.

The ensemble includes David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, Michael Scirrotto, Christine C. Smith and Brian Spitulnik.

For more information, visit

August 24, 2021, 5:22.46 pm ET


Casting has been announced for the Broadway production of “Wicked,” which will resume performances on Tuesday, September 14 at 7PM at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street).

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked” features a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holtzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello and features choreography by Wayne Cliento. The musical is now the fifth-longest running show in Broadway history.

The company will include Lindsay Pearce as Elphaba, Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible (Kathy Fitzgerald will play the role from 9/14 through 9/26), Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Sam Gravitte as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Mili Diaz as Nessarose and Michael X. Martin as Doctor Dillamond.

The ensemble will feature Ioana Alfonso, Alex Aquilino, Larkin Bogan, Randy Castillo, Antonette Cohen, Meg Doherty, Teneise Mitchell Ellis, Hannah Florence, Jenny Florkowski, Dan Gleason, Josh Daniel Green, Jeff Heimbrock, Celia Hottenstein, Courtney Iventosch, Colby Q. Lindeman, Chase Madigan, Micaela Martinez, Kevin Massey, Sterling Masters, Matt Meigs, Jo’Nathan Michael, Dashi Mitchell, Lindsay K. Northern, Emily Rogers, William Ryall, Travis Taber, Jeremy Thompson, and Christianne Tisdale.

For tickets, visit

August 23, 2021, 7:18.11 pm ET

Photo: Yuco                                                                                                

Yuco, the Yucatan-inspired restaurant in Greenwhich Village, is launching the Agave Room a more casual space where visitors can enjoy craft cocktails and small bites.

Bites include crispy octopus with chipotle crema, Berkshire pork belly Al Pastor, a Wagyu steak taco and braised oxtail is mole sauce with house-made tortillas. A new 3-course prix fixe menu is also available for $95.

Yuco boasts different 100 agave-based spirits. Cocktails include Spicy Margarita (Lunazul Humoso Tequila, Agave Nectar, Spice), Five Ages of Corn (Abasolo Ancestral Corn Mexican Whisky, Nixta Licor de Elote, Corn), and Everything but the Pulp (Beef Fat Washed Ten to One Dark Rum, Feijoas).

Yuco is located at 33 West 8th St, New York, NY (646) 707-0409




August 23, 2021, 6:16.47 pm ET


New York City’s Farm-to-Bar Cocktail Lounge, FESTIVÁL, is unveiling its new fall menu with signature cocktails and a carefully curated menu.

Look for things like Baked Oysters on a warm baguette with miso crab and n’duja butter, U40 Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, and Snapper Crudo with white ponzu.  Also on the menu, warm Connecticut lobster rolls and flatbread topped with truffled sweet corn and Bentons bacon.

Summer Berry Spritz

Mixologist, Devan van Eyck, is also offering seasonal craft cocktails. Look for drinks like the Summer Berry Spritz (Grey Goose Essence, Fresh Summer Berries, Barefoot Lemongrass Syrup, Prosecco, Seltzer) and the Loving Cup (Spring44 Gin, Festival Sweet Vermouth Blend, Rocky’s Botanical Liqueur, Choya Tuzu, Seltzer).

All of the cocktails and menu items are sourced from local purveyors, farmers, fisheries, and orchards including Botanicals, Berried Treasures Farm, Bad Boys Oysters, Norwich Meadows Farm, and Montauk Shellfish Company.

Photos: Luis Ruiz                                                                                     

The new menu will coincide with the restaurant’s one-year anniversary on September first.

FESTIVÁL is located at 1155 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.



August 23, 2021, 5:31.03 pm ET

Photo: Sandra Bernhard                                                                        

The Last of the Love Letters: The Atlantic Theater kicks off its 2021-2022 season on August 26 with a month-long run of Ngozi Anyanwu’s poignant play about two people deciding whether to stick it out or break up. The playwright co-stars with Tony Award nominee Daniel J. Watts (“Tina”) in this affecting world premiere work.

Michael Ian Black: A mainstay of television, film and sold-out comedy specials, the hilarious Black brings his unparalleled comic flair to Caroline’s on Broadway (1626 Broadway) for five shows, August 26-28. To say, he’s always good for a laugh is truly an understatement!

Songs for a New World: New City Music Theatre’s celebrates its new home in NYC on August 26 with a star-studded outdoor concert staging of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed revue “Songs for a New World” at Radial Park in Queens. The top-drawer cast is led by Broadway favorites Christy Altomare, Liz Callaway, Derek Klena, Bonnie Milligan, Nancy Opel, Shereen Pimentel, Ciara Renée, Heath Saunders and Michael James Scott. What a world, indeed!

Sandra Bernhard: Although she recently showed her dramatic chops on TV’s “Pose,” Bernhard remains one of the funniest women on the planet. She brings her aptly titled “Madness and Mayhem” show this week to the new City Winery Hudson River Park on August 28.

The Michaels Abroad: The Hunter Theater Project is presenting award-winning writer/director Richard Nelson’s newest play “What Happened: The Michaels Abroad”, the final chapter in his Rhinebeck Panorama, for a six-week run starting August 28 at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on East 68th Street. Heading the cast are real-life husband-and-wife Jay O. Sanders and Maryann Plunkett, who are sure to bring their formidable talents to the work.

What Lies Beneath: Combining song, story, history and movement, OnStage Opera’s “What Lies Beneath” is a site-specific and immersive experience set aboard the ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport. This unusual work is made up of a series of six unique vignettes that explore themes of social justice, racial inequality and history’s continuing impact on the lens through which the world is experiencing today. Performances run August 28-September 2.


August 22, 2021, 6:49.13 pm ET

Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                     

In an era where the media – from the nightly TV news to the daily newspapers -- have made all of us painfully aware of the plight of young black men in America being persecuted (and even killed) with alarming regularity by Caucasian policemen, one might initially think we don’t need a Broadway play to make us face this national tragedy head on. Well, think again. Playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s gripping “Pass Over,” now being presented for a limited run at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre under Danya Taymor’s astute direction, finds its own singular way to shine a light (technically, a streetlight) on the personal, systemic and institutional racism that pervades this country.

Nwandu places her two main characters, the outwardly intense Moses (a truly superb Jon Michael Hill, all swagger and jumpiness) and the seemingly more sensitive Kitch (the excellent Namir Smallwood, perfectly alternating between humor and sadness) on a large stretch of desolate sidewalk. Borrowing liberally from Samuel Beckett’s existential classic “Waiting for Godot,” Nwandu has these two young men pass the time engaging in repetitive, profanity-filled conversations and playing the occasionally “game” (as in naming the 10 things they most want), all while waiting – not for God(ot) -- but for the inevitable nightly visit from the “po-po” (police), who may or may not put a bullet in their heads.

Watching these clearly intelligent men wasting their lives is nothing short of heartbreaking. They ache to “pass over” -– move to another block (or eventually another reality) –- but the real threat of being killed, like so many of their black brethren throughout history, tethers them firmly in place. (According to program notes, the show’s is listed as taking place in the future (present), 2021, 1855 and the 1440 BCE.)

Although it takes a while, Nwandu eventually introduces two white characters to proceedings (both played brilliantly by Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert): the first is a too-courtly, too-pleasant gentleman who claims to have lost his way bring food to his mother’s house (deliberately echoing the Big Bad Wolf) and, soon after, one of the “po-pos,” a hulking, intimidating officer who derives his entire persona from the power his uniform and weapons bestows upon him. Both men are clearly there to make the audience (as well the guys) feel uncomfortable, a feat which Nwandu and Ebert both pull off with great skill.

Those theatergoers who saw the play in its original incarnation at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater in 2018 know that Nwandu initially chose what felt like an inevitable, tragic ending for this 90-minute work. Now, for the Broadway run – and given what America has lived through in the past three years – she has completely rewritten the final 15 minutes to end the evening on a much more hopeful note.

In honesty, the new conclusion feels a bit forced, or maybe just rushed in its writing, but one cannot argue with its admirable intention or with how committed the three actors (who all performed the play in 2018) are to Nwandu’s changes. (Special kudos, go as well, to scenic designer Wilson Chin, whose work in this section is nothing less than extraordinary!)

Given the discomfiting nature of the piece -- and the natural desire for uplifting material in this difficult, pandemic-laden world -- many audiences will be tempted to pass on “Pass Over.” Do not pass. Go!

--Brian Scott Lipton

Never before seen views at NYC's Panorama Room
August 20, 2021, 7:29.27 pm ET

Photos: Noah Fecks                                                                                    

Located on the 18th floor of the first-ever hotel on the Roosevelt Island, Panorama Room’s boasts 360-degree views of New York City from a totally new vantage point. Floor-to-ceiling window offer unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Midtown as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn.  

Rose and Abrous and James Beard Award-winning design firm Parts and Labor Design partnered on the ultra-modern space at the Graduate Roosevelt Island featuring geometric chrome sconces, vintage-inspired blush velvet tubular lounge sofas, and touches of chrome and marble throughout. Outdoor seating is also available.

The female-led food & beverage team includes Red Rooster Harlem, The Standard and Ace Hotel alum Megan Brown as Executive Chef and Estelle Bossy (Union Square Hospitality Group and Del Posto) as Beverage Director.

Guests can expect updates to classic martinis (think lychee, apple and draft espresso martini) along with an extensive list of sparkling wines and fortified wines from Bossy accompanied by an elevated ode to the sea from Chef Brown, including a raw bar.  

The Panorama Room is located at 22 N Loop Road, New York, NY (929) 447-4717

For more information, visit

Cocktail Time - L'Orange at Bar Blondeau
August 20, 2021, 7:27.57 pm ET

Photos: Liz Clayman                                                                                

Bar Blondaeu, the sexy new bar at the Wythe Hotel from the Le Crocodile team, is serving up some signature cocktails from beverage director Rafa Garcia Fambles.

L'Orange is among them. This frozen concoction is made with Orange Wine, Lillet Blanc, Swedish-style Aquavit and Orange Oil. It is the perfect respite for a hot summer day.  


Also available is the Garden Leave with English Gin, Icelandic Spring Water, Italicus Rosolio, Dry Botanical Soda and Cucumber, and the L'Apero Spritz with Aperol, Prosecco, Verjus Rosé, Bitter Bianco and Lemon Oil.

And while there you might want to share some oysters from the raw bar. 

Bar Blondeau is located at 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

For more information, visit 



Bar Boulud gets a new Executive Chef
August 20, 2021, 6:44.41 pm ET

Bar Boulud gets a new Executive Chef
Photo: Bar Boulud/Executive Chef Vincent Cortese                                                 

Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud’s signature French bistro, Bar Boulud, has a new Executive Chef. Chef Vincent Cortese, who worked his way up the ranks at Del Posto and Daniel, will now lead the kitchen at Bar Boulud.

“It is a pleasure to introduce our Executive Chef Vincent Cortese who is driving the seasonal menu and adding new, exciting dishes. I appreciate his great talent, energy, creativity and team leadership,” said Chef Daniel Boulud.

Bar Boulud says Cortese will use the history of French cuisine as his starting inspiration all while putting his creative spin with unique seasonal ingredients. The restaurant, located across from Lincoln Center, is known for its signature house-made terrines and pâtés, and classic French cooking.

Bar Boulud is located at 1900 Broadway, New York, NY (212) 595-0303

For more information, visit 

Romero Delicatessen brings global flavors to Cobble Hill
August 20, 2021, 6:11.12 pm ET

Romero Delicatessen brings global flavors to Cobble Hill
Photos: Patrick Dolande                                                                                    

Travel the world at Romero Delicatessen in Cobble Hill.  The shop’s shelves are lined with olive oils, tins of fish, condiments, salts, jarred olives, chocolates, fresh breads, dry pastas and more, all sourced from the best boutique producers from around the world, many from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.

Romero Delicatessen brings global flavors to Cobble Hill

Owner Monica Muzzo Romero, known for her Arepa Factory locations which closed during the pandemic, has stocked the shop with artisanal cheeses, and cured meats. House-made salads, sandwiches on Balthazar bread and desserts are also available.  While there’s no indoor seating, the tiny storefront has a sizeable outdoor seating area.

Romero Delicatessen is located at 196 Court St, Brooklyn, NY (917) 909-1647

For more information, visit 

August 20, 2021, 1:03.13 am ET


Taco Mahal, the Indian and Latin hybrid eatery that has become Internet-famous for selling Chicken Tikka Masala Tacos, has launched “Giveback Samosas”. The program will benefit Khalsa Aid International’s humanitarian efforts to provide relief to those affected by COVID-19 with Taco Mahal’s delicious side dish, the Samosa. One of India’s best-known street foods, Taco Mahal’s vegetarian Samosa ($3.50) features a mix of spices, potato, peas, and carrots wrapped in fried pastry dough. Available at both the West Village and Hell’s Kitchen locations, 100% of the proceeds from Samosa sales will be donated to the charity the entire month of August.

For more information, visit 


August 20, 2021, 12:41.53 am ET

Photo: Tasca                                                                                               

Tasca, the Spanish-Latin Caribbean tavern on the Upper West Side, announces a new Mussels and Beer Cocktail Hour which will be available Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, then Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm starting this Monday, August 23rd.

Run by husband-and-wife team Jay and Norisa Espinal, Tasca explores the flavors of Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba with dishes like seafood croquettes, paella, grilled skirt steak and more. The restaurant also offers more than 300 bottles of wines from Spain, Napa Valley and the Canary Islands.

Tasca is located at 505 Columbus Ave, New York, NY (212) 362- 2211

For more information, visit 


August 20, 2021, 12:14.21 am ET

Photo: Museum of Broadway                                                                         

The Museum of Broadway, which will now officially open next summer at 145 West 45th Street, has launched its e-commerce site. One can now purchase a limited selection of merchandise, including mugs, using the artwork of the legendary Al Hirschfield. In addition, there is a variety of apparel – including sweatshirts, caps and face masks – as well as magnets, key chains and other souvenirs available for purchase.

The museum will be dedicated to the storied history, legendary artistry and lasting legacy of Broadway musicals, plays and theatres. It will offer guests a unique look at the rich history of Broadway, a sneak peek behind-the-scenes, and a chance to personally engage with the “Game-Changing” shows that redefined Broadway forever. An onsite retail store will open when the museum does.

To make a purchase or for additional information, visit


August 19, 2021, 11:54.36 pm ET

Photo: Bryant Park Movie Night                                                                            

The full movie lineup for the iconic Bryant Park Movie Nights series, which will run on Monday and Tuesday evenings from August 23rd through September 28th on the Bryant Park lawn, has been announced. All film screening will begin at sunset, with the lawn open at 5pm for picnicking.

This summer’s selections are (in order of appearance): “Clueless,” “Hustlers,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Inside Man,” “Uncut Gems,” “Love & Basketball,” “Moonstruck,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

For additional information, including current Covid-19 safety protocols, visit

August 19, 2021, 11:46.14 pm ET

Photo: Fields Good Chicken                                                             

Fields Good Chicken, the New York City-based fast casual, healthy chicken restaurant, will be reopening their location at 24 East 12th Street (at University Place) on Wednesday, August 25th.

The restaurant serves a bird-focused dinner and lunch menu in a laid-back, ski culture-inspired setting. The menu is anchored by founder and CEO Field Failing’s original chicken recipes, but the location’s new menu items will also be available, including The Zeus Bowl (mojo thigh, brown rice, cucumber, pickled red onions, pico de gallo + tzatziki), Kale Chicken Caesar (herb breast, chopped kale, shredded parm, parm crisps + Caesar dressing) and Mini Kale Caesar Salad (the perfect accompaniment to an FGC bird!)

To celebrate the reopening the 12th Street location, the first 15 guests who order in-store on Wednesday, 8/25 will receive a branded FGC tote filled with FGC swag. Those ordering online via the FGC site on Wednesday, 8/25 - Friday, 8/27 can enjoy a complimentary side with the code 12ANDUFGC

For more information, visit 


August 19, 2021, 11:20.23 pm ET

Fuku Chicken Sandos at Rockefeller Center

After a nearly two-and-a-half year wait, Fuku has finally landed at Rockefeller Center, bringing its popular chicken sandos to Midtown. The chicken chain, part of Momofuku Chef David Chang’s empire, opened recently in the lower concourse between 49th and 50th Streets.

Fuku Chicken Sandos at Rockefeller Center

The restaurant is serving up four chicken sandos: Spicy Fried Chicken, Knockout (with coleslaw and pickles), Sweet & Spicy and Chicken Bacon Ranch. You can also make a meal of it with fries, pickles, drink and 2 sauces. Also on the menu, Fuku Fingers (4 piece crispy chicken tenders), Wings (6 jumbo wings sweet & spicy or gochu & garlic), and a Chicken Burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, American cheese, pickles, Fuku mayo served on a Martins potato roll. Sides include hash browns and loaded fries.

For more information, visit 

Oceana opens new West Park Beer Garden in Midtown
August 19, 2021, 12:18.57 am ET

Oceana opens new West Park Beer Garden in Midtown

Oceana's new pop-up beer garden is now open in the breezeway between 48th and 49th Streets behind the restaurant. Local draft beers are offered at communal tables with fresh oysters, housemade pretzels and pub snacks, including chilled peel & eat Gulf shrimps, and a shrimp roll served on a potato bun with chips. Brews include a limited release Bronx Summer Pale Ale and Industrial Arts Metric Pils, a classic German-style pilsner. The West Park Beer Garden is open weekdays only (weather permitting) from 5pm to 10pm.  Enter on 49th St near 6th Ave.

For more information, visit

August 18, 2021, 11:47.52 pm ET

Photo: Nate Jensen                                                                                        

Broadway Out East, a new performance series produced by “Dear Evan Hansen” concertmaster Justin Smith, will take place for the next three weeks at Water Mill hotspot Calissa.

Broadway supercouple Orfeh and Andy Karl will perform on Thursday, August 19th; Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (above) will perform on August 26th; and five-time Emmy Award nominee and Broadway favorite Tituss Burgess will appear on September 2nd.

In addition, Calissa Sounds’ eight-week live-music series, co-produced by Civetta Hospitality Group and BCL Entertainment, will continue with Rev Run X Ruckus on August 20th, DJ Cassidy on August 27th and St. Lucia X RAC on September 3rd

For more information, visit


August 18, 2021, 11:27.29 pm ET

Photo: The Shed                                                                                         

Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring dancers will lead classes in Flexn street dance at outdoor plaza at the Shed at Hudson Yards on Saturdays, August 21 and 28 as part of the Shed’s free “Summer on the Plaza” series.

Every Thursday to Sunday for the rest of August, guests are invited to view augmented reality artworks in the outdoor exhibition, “The Looking Glass,”; enjoy a variety of cuisine for purchase from food trucks; pick up Shed swag; and renew or sign up for membership, and learn more about The Shed’s upcoming season, which includes “Ian Cheng: Life After Bob” and “Drift.”
For more information, visit

Going Italian at Pasticceria Monteleone in Carroll Gardens
August 17, 2021, 11:45.41 pm ET


Picture-perfect pastries shine through at Pasticceria Monteleone on Court Street in Brooklyn. Traditional Sicilian desserts are showcased at this bakery and café ranging from cannolis and eclairs to rum baba with cannoli cream and cream-filled “lobster tails.”


Cakes include Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet and Raspberry Mousse. Visitors will also discover a large assortment of cookies, from apricot almond and rainbow to pignoli cookies and several types of biscotti. Gelato is also served in flavors like stracciatella, pistachio and hazelnut. The hardest part about a visit to this family-run business is deciding what to buy!

Pasticceria Monteleone is located at 355 Court St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 852-5600

For more information, visit


Sugarfish opens in Midtown East
August 17, 2021, 11:02.25 pm ET

Photos: Lexi Moreland                                                                                 

Sugarfish, led by celebrated sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, now has a location in Midtown East.  After training with master chefs in Tokyo and throughout Japan, Nozawa’s philosophy has redefined the sushi experience based on the best fish sourced from around the world, warm, loosely-packed rice and crisp nori.

Like Midtown West, SoHo, and Flatiron, Midtown East will also feature “Don’t Think. Just Eat.,” a chef’s menu closely resembling Nozawa’s original Studio City, California omakase.

“While the actual menu may change from day to day, the core of the ‘Don’t Think. Just Eat.’ is as old-school-Nozawa as it gets,” says co-founder Tom Nozawa. “Adding things like the kombu to the salmon, or shiso to the sea bream are hallmarks of what my Dad served decades ago to his regular guests."


The 40-seat restaurant features architecture and interiors by Marmol Radziner. Walnut ceilings and walls meet concrete floors, metal, and dark brick to create a minimal, serene setting that echoes the simple, tradition-based sushi that has become synonymous with SUGARFISH. Double-height windows look onto the outdoor patio.

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa is located 152 E 53rd St, New York, NY

For more information, visit

August 16, 2021, 6:28.55 pm ET


As devotees of American Ballet Theatre already know, principal dancer James Whiteside is one of the dance world’s boldest, brightest and most outspoken stars. Now, he celebrates the release of his memoir, “CENTER CENTER: A Funny, Sexy, Sad Almost-Memoir of a Boy in Ballet,” with a free public book signing and conversation event (including an open bar) on Friday, August 20 at 6pm at Creator House (35 East 21st Street).

RSVPs are required to attend:


August 16, 2021, 10:59.31 am ET

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Continuum: Violinist Nick Kendall begins his three-year residency with Lincoln Center with these four free shows (August 16, 17, 19, 20) to be presented in the underground Jaffe Drive at Lincoln Center. Kendall's informal and spontaneous collaborations are designed to create emotional and personal connections between the audience and artists, who include pianist Steve Hackman, singer-songwriter Michael Thurber, Broadway star Amber Iman, composers Becca Stevens and Nathan Schram and the band Times for Three.

Ni Mi Madre: Arturo Luis Soria’s timely play invites audiences into the tumultuous relationship between a Brazilian woman and her queer son -- laying bare the secrets, memories, fears, and celebrations of being an immigrant and first-generation American. Playing at the Rattlestick Theatre (224 Waverly Place) through September 23.

Michelle Zauner: Indie musician and author of the bestselling memoir, “Crying in H Mart,” Zauner will visit the 92Y on Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 pm for a conversation with writer E. Alex Jung. She will discuss the inception of both the book and her new album “Jubilee,” the challenges of writing about grief while making music about joy, the contrasts between writing books and writing songs and much more.

Islander: Playwright Liza Birkenmeier and director Katie Brook’s fascinating new theatrical collaboration, now being presented at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue) from August 19 to September 4, repurposes verbatim NHL commentary from the abysmal 2017-2018 New York Islanders season into a sharp comedy about white male fragility, expressiveness, and shame. Sports and theater: now that’s a winning combination!

Norbert Leo Butz: The two-time Tony Award winner returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below from August 19-21 for his third original show; this one is inspired by seven months of isolation in Vancouver while filming the NBC series "Debris". Accompanying himself, the multi-talented performer will offer up an intimate set of tunes – including songs by Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell. Oh, and each night will feature a duet with a surprise special guest.

Street Chow - The Amazing Mulita

August 16, 2021, 1:18.05 am ET

In this day and age, when prices are going through the roof, there are still some deals to be had. At New York Birria Food Mexican food truck, usually found near 53rd Street and 6the Ave in Manhattan, there is one item that is a real steal and delicious too!


It’s called the Mulita. It’s basically a Mexican tortilla sandwich similar to a quesadilla, filled with chunks of meat, cheese, raw onion, cilantro, more cheese, salsa roja, pickled red onion & habanero, and cotija cheese. It’s fabulous, filling and just four bucks.

For more information visit @NewYorkBirria

NYC Bites - The Wagyu Burger at Hall

August 16, 2021, 1:07.01 am ET


In our quest to find New York City’s best burgers. Recently we told you about the cult following at Smashed on the Lower East Side. Another standout is the Miyazaki A5 Steak Burger at Hall in Flatiron.

It’s a signature Wagyu patty topped with slices of A5 Steak (2.5oz), cheese, lettuce, tomato and sansho pepper sauce. The burger is served with a side of fries. It’s pretty amazing! Hall is also currently serving a Surf & Turf Wagyu Burger topped with Maine lobster, and a Cowboy Wagyu Burger with brisket on top.

Hall is located at 17 W 20th St, New York, NY

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August 16, 2021, 12:42.51 am ET

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The 14th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One returns live to New York City from October 14-17. The Festival will benefit God’s Love We Deliver, the New York City metropolitan area’s leading provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling for individuals living with severe illness, as well as the Food Bank For New York City.

Rachael Ray

The festival will be anchored at Hudson River Park's Pier 76 and The Intrepid Museum’s Pier 86, featuring two sprawling outdoor areas showcasing the nation’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities. It will feature over 65 events -- including a line-up of walk-around tastings, intimate dinners, late-night parties, brunches, lunches, master classes and and more.

Duff Goldman

Among the many well-known personalities and chefs who will participate in the festival are Drew Barrymore, Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Murray Hill, Jet Tila, Molly Yeh, Elvis Duran, Sam Champion, Masaharu Morimoto, Duff Goldman, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marcus Samuelsson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Gabriel Kreuther, Michael White and Amanda Freitag.

For information on tickets (which are now available) and a complete line-up of events, visit


O by Kissaki Makes a Splash in East Hampton
August 14, 2021, 4:30.04 pm ET

O by Kissaki, a new concept from Kissaki called otsumami (small plates), is now open in East Hampton. It's a departure from the omakase menu Executive Chef Mark Garcia is known for.  At O By Kissaki diners will discover assorted seafood and skewers cooked Japanese-style on a robata grill.  

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Plates range from King Crab with red kosho butter and togarashi threads, and Lobster Tail split with sweet miso butter, to Shio Koji Chicken with negi and green kosho, and crispy Hamachi Kama Karaage served with ginger aioli.  Nigiri and Maki offerings are also available along with with craft cocktails designed to pair well with the cuisine. 

O by Kissaki is located at 7 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY (631) 604-5585

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August 13, 2021, 7:20.27 pm ET


Smorgasburg is offering a taste of just about everything this season. Whether its Egyptian crepes, Belizean panades, Flatbush fried chicken or Mexico City tacos, visitors to one of five locations will have plenty to choose from. Here’s the entire list:

2 Belize Girls - Anderson's Ice Cream - Angry Archie's - Bang Cookies - BÀO Tea House - Bark Barbecue - Buchabae - Buttah Bakery - Brooklyn Baked & Fried - Cake Jars - Clutch Moto - Crepe N' Bake - Diller NYC - Dylana's Sweet Treats - El Taco NYC - Fomo Momo - Jakarta Munch - Jerkin Chicken - Julien Boulangerie - Knead Some Love NY - ModChai - Nada's NYC - Nepal Tea - Oh K-Dog NYC - Peppa's - Pies of Queens - Pop't by Lily - Rosie's Empanadas - Salt & Seed - Savannah House NYC - So Sarap NYC - SmoKING of Meats - Tada Noodles - That Pasta Club - The Boiis Co - The Little Sicilian - The Sister Yard - Tradewinds II - Wah Gwaan - Wild Yeti Food Co

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August 13, 2021, 6:56.04 pm ET

Mr. Sun, Midtown, NY, Duck Dumplings

A sleek new dim sum house has emerged in Midtown offering flavorful sharable plates. Mr. Sun on West 48th Street has an interesting vibe with pink neon rods embedded it the wall, golden sconces and bulky wooden tables.    

 Mr. Sun, Midtown, NY, Crystal Shrimp Dumplings
Crystal Shrimp

A large part of the menu is dedicated to dim sum, including classics like pork soup dumplings and crystal shrimp, along with some hard-to-find items like decadent duck dumplings, siu mai topped with braised abalone, and edamame dumplings with a black truffle sauce.

 Mr. Sun, Midtown, NY, Pork Ribs
Pork Ribs

Appetizers include shredded jellyfish with scallion oil, and house special spicy beef. Larger plates range from Peking Duck, Basil Flavor Lobster, Stir-Fry Tiger Prawns, Kung Pao chicken, and Pork Ribs stacked high with a house special sauce.  Tofu and vegetarian dishes are also available.

 Mr. Sun, Midtown, NY, Abalone Siu Mai
Abalone Siu Mai

Mr. Sun is located at 48 West 48th St, New York, NY (718) 316-9811

For more information, visit


August 12, 2021, 7:00.24 pm ET

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Interior

Sami & Susu, the popular Mediterranean pop-up, now has a permanent home in the Lower East Side. Co-owners Amir Nathan and executive chef Jordan Anderson are offering an early morning café and all-day menus. Pantry items are also available – from olive oils and condiments to vinegars and spice blends – alongside prepackaged housemade spreads, meats and baked goods.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Chicken Soup

Guests can expect baked goods, sandwiches, salads and large plates. The Morning Cafe menu offers breakfast items like Rolled Boureka with bacon, egg and cheese, and Labneh & Granola with olive oil and thyme alongside coffee from La Calombe, tea and juice.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Shrimp Pita

The All Day menu features sandwiches like Shrimp Pita with harissa, chopped salad, tahini and half-sour pickle, Sabich Baguette with soft egg, eggplant, amba, tahini, pickled carrots and cilantro, and Cauliflower Pita with ras el hanout, tahini, zhug, fermented red and cabbage. There are salads, including Summer Corn Tabbouleh with herbs, crushed almonds, red onion, and Moroccan Carrots with harissa vinaigrette, labneh, pistachio and cilantro. Mom’s Chicken Soup [inspired by Jordan’s Mom’s recipe] features matzo ball, chicken thighs, carrots and dill while Lamb Stuffed Cabbage sits atop eggplant ragu.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Stuffed Cabbage

Sami & Susu’s pantry offers housemade spreads like Matbucha, Baba Ghanoush and Muhammara, meats like Lamb Tongue and Duck Prosciutto, prepared foods like Spicy Tuna Conserva and Butter Bean & Olive Salad, and hard to find staples.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, TeamPhotos: Briana Balducci                                                                           

Born and raised in Israel, Amir Nathan has spent over a decade working in notable restaurants like James Beard award-winning Maison Premiere, Via Carota and Cafe Mogador. Jordan Anderson previously worked alongside acclaimed chefs like Galen Zamarra at Mas (farmhouse) and Greg Baxtrom at Olmsted, before meeting Amir at Maison Premiere. The name Sami & Susu is a nod to the first Arab-Israeli children’s TV show broadcasted in the 60s + 70s that was a symbol of peace and unity.

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

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August 12, 2021, 1:39.06 am ET


KAWS & EFFECT: A larger than life statue by artist KAWS has popped up at Rockefeller Center. The 18-foot tall bronze statue called SHARE features two iconic figures, "COMPANION" and "BFF," and will be on display in the Center Plaza through October. The statue is being shown in conjunction with an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, called KAWS: WHAT PARTY.

Photo: Estuary                                                                                         

HAPPY PROSECCO DAY: Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina at Brooklyn Bridge Park is celebrating National Prosecco Day on August 13, 2021. Guests will receive a complementary glass of champagne with their meal. The restaurant is known for things like steak frites, lobster rolls, shrimp tacos, and chilled oysters along with killer harbor views.

Photo: Amigo by Nai                                                 

TURNING UP THE HEAT: Executive Chef/Owner Ruben Rodriguez at Amigo by Nai is turning up the heat on his signature summer tacos. They include Mixto, three types of El Momo’s carnitas, pork skin, bone in pork butt, pork stomach, onions and jalapeño; Amigo, a collaboration taco with Carnitas El Momo that is made with pork belly, citrus gastrique and red salsa brava; and Rabo, Chef Rodriguez’s take on a birria taco featuring Oxtail, red mojo and shishito peppers with a side of consommé.

Photo: Old John's Diner                                                          

DINER DISH: Old John's Diner is now open for breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner. Think diner classics like Chocolate Chip Waffles, Cinnamon Apple Pancakes, Challah French Toast and more.  Hours are 7AM to 10PM (Sunday-Thursday) and 7AM to 11PM (Friday & Saturday).

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

August 11, 2021, 6:04.22 pm ET

Photo: Asya Gorovits                                                                                  

Puppets of New York: This new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York (starting August 12), running in conjunction with the International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC, explores the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of New York City’s quirkiest residents. From Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop and The Lion King, the marionettes, shadow figures, and rod and hand puppets of New York have regaled our stages, studios, and streets. A number of companion exhibits also run at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. (107 Suffolk Street).

Photo: Jeffrey Banks                                                       

Cow Parade 2021: Starting on August 18, the five boroughs will soon be awash in cattle – painted ones, of course – that have been created by over 75 artists and celebrities, including actors David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, the multi-talented Cynthia Erivo, fashion designer Jeffrey Banks and more. Proceeds from a live auction will benefit God’s Love We Deliver.

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Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Jewish Art: This new exhibit at the Jewish Museum (starting August 20) focuses on the seizure of movement of works that were looted during World War II as they traveled through distribution centers, sits of recovery and networks of collectors. The myriad stories that will be brought forward of these remarkable paintings, drawings and Judaica will be augmented by archival documents and photographs.

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Obama Portraits Tour: Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady, Michelle Obama, have inspired unprecedented responses from the public since they were first unveiled in Washington, D.C in 2018. Starting on August 27, New Yorkers can see these incredible works up close and personal at the Brooklyn Museum.


August 11, 2021, 5:28.36 pm ET

Photo: Common                                            

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage has announced that multi-award-winning entertainer and social activist Common will perform a benefit show in Central Park on Sunday, August 22 with support from Grammy Award-nominated rapper, Rapsody.

Common co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film, “Selma,” a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America and received an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award for the song “Glory,” co-written by John Legend, which was featured in the film. His numerous other acting work includes roles in “The Hate U Give,” “Suicide Squad,” “New Year's Eve” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

An extremely popular recording artist, Common also received Grammy Awards for the songs “Love of My Life” and “Southside.” His best-of album, “Thisisme Then: The Best of Common,” was released in late 2007.

After the success and impact of both his “Imagine Justice” concert in 2017 and his “Hope & Redemption Tour” to eight different prisons, Common established and launched Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit, which is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality, and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.

SummerStage asks anyone who is not vaccinated to please wear a mask and try to remain six feet apart and strongly recommends vaccinated guests also wear masks and practice social distancing, due to the recent rise in cases in NYC.

Tickets are currently available for $35 at On the day of the concert, tickets will be $45.


August 10, 2021, 11:43.15 pm ET

Photo: Black Tap                          

What will milkshake fans dream up for their ultimate shake?  Black Tap recently put them to test with their CrazyShake challenge and the first winner from more than 200 submissions is The Bananza Shake by Alyssa Lemus. It is caramelized banana shake featuring a vanilla frosted rim with crushed nilla wafers topped with a chocolate covered banana, fried banana, pretzel rods, whipped cream & caramel drizzle. The shake will be available at Black Tap’s SoHo and Midtown locations from August 16-27 and costs $17.  The shake was picked by Black Tap fans on social media.

A second shake, the Cinna-Roll With It by Shannon Cadorette, will also soon be available. Stay tuned!


August 10, 2021, 11:39.46 pm ET

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Battery Dance celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its free summer festival from August 12-20, 2021, in partnership with Battery Park City Authority. The festival features 16 international dance films, which will be screened from August 12-14 at 7pm via YouTube, and 40 in-person and livestreamed performances that will be staged at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City from August 15-20 at 7pm.

In total, 32 premieres by 53 dance companies will be offered to international audiences, promoting Battery Dance’s mission of connecting the world through dance. Participating companies and choreographers include Paul Shah Dance, Luke Hickey, Graciano Dance Projects, Dancing Wheels, MorDance, Battery Dance and New York Theatre Ballet.

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August 10, 2021, 11:11.31 pm ET

Baby Luc's Margarita Slice, Brooklyn, NY

Lucali’s is known for its wood-fired pies in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, but at its new spot a few blocks away on Court Street, Baby Luc’s is turning out impressive square pies with a killer crust.  The pies emerge from traditional pizza ovens with a crunchy, bubbly crust with some burn marks around the edges.  One bite explains why it’s got folks lining up out the door. 

The pies come with five different topping, including a traditional margarita, pepperoni, sausage & peppers, and ricotta & broccoli rabe. Each square slice is topped with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.  Whole pies are in the $30-$34 range with individual slices from $4-$4.50. Beers and negronis are also available. The pizza shop is currently open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm until the pizza is sold out.

Baby Luc’s is located at 387 Court St, Brooklyn. NY


August 10, 2021, 7:05.38 pm ET

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The complete cast has been announced for the highly anticipated new musical, “MJ,” inspired by the life and art of singer Michael Jackson, which will begin performances at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre on December 6 at the newly refurbished Neil Simon Theatre (250 W 52nd Street).

The show will be directed and choregraphed by Christopher Wheeldon and features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history.

Joining the previously announced Myles Frost in the title role will be Quentin Earl Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz, Antoine L. Smith, Joey Sorge, John Edwards, Ayana George, Apollo Levine, Tavon Olds-Sample, Lamont Walker and Zelig Williams. The ensemble will include Raymond Baynard, Kali May Grinder, Oyoyo Joi, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Renni Anthony Magee, Aaron James McKenzie, Aramie Payton, Kamille Upshaw, Ryan VanDenBoom and Darius Wright. 

Tickets will be available on


August 10, 2021, 6:40.33 pm ET

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Saint Theo’s is taking diners in the West Village on trip to the Italian coast.  Executive Chef Ashley Rath [formerly of The Grill, Santina, and Dirty French] is highlighting fresh seafood, and simple-yet-elevated housemade pastas, and seasonal ingredients

Tramezzini Sandwiches

Chef Ashley’s transportive menu begins at the bar with a selection of traditional Venetian Cicchetti, or savory small snacks, including Sarde in Saor with fried sardines, marinated onions and toasted pine nuts and Tramezzini Sandwiches with tuna, capers, and arugula.

Caviar Service

Appetizers include Roasted Oysters with tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, parsley and charred bread as well as a raw section featuring Caviar service with burrata, red onion, and chives. Diners will also discover assorted crudos including Hamachi with tangerines, crispy garlic, and citrus aioli, as well as Tuna with pistachios, castelvetrano olives, and preserved lemons.

Gromiti con la Ricotta

Fresh and light housemade pastas bring Seafood Chitarra with shrimp, mussels, clams, and white wine, and Gomiti con la Ricotta with buffalo ricotta and Calabrian chili oil. Main dishes include Branzino with salsa verde, mint, and basil; Filet with a pepper sauce; and Dover Sole with lemon, parsley, and matchstick potatoes. Desserts like Strawberries and Cream, Cantaloupe with casatica di bufala and montasio cheeses and Olive Oil Cake round out the menu. 

Strawberries and Cream

Restaurateur Kyle Hotchkiss Carone’s Grand Tour Hospitality [American Bar, Café Clover] and developer Rob Goldman opened Saint Theo’s, a vibrant space which seats up to 110 people featuring an eclectic mix of vintage and modern design features including colorful Murano glass sconces, Venice Biennale exhibition posters, framed Pirelli calendars and deep green linen banquettes.

Saint Theo’s is located at 340 Bleecker St, New York, NY (212) 969-8221

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August 10, 2021, 12:35.43 am ET

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Full casting has been announced for the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown,” which returns to the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) on Thursday, September 2. Featuring a score by Tony winner Anais Mitchell, the show is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus & Eurydice.

The cast will be led by original Broadway cast members Reeve Carney as Orpheus, André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Gray as Persephone and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Joining the Broadway cast for a limited engagement will be Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt, who will play the role of Hades until original Broadway cast member Patrick Page, who is in production for a new film project, returns on Tuesday, November 2.

 They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Jessie Shelton, and Mariand Torres as the Fates, while the Chorus of Workers will be played by Anthony Chatmon II, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Trent Saunders, and Kim Steele. The cast includes swings Malcolm Armwood, Adam Hyndman, Tara Jackson, Yael “YaYa” Reich, T. Oliver Reid, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Tickets are available at or by visiting the Walter Kerr Theatre box office (219 West 48th Street).

Theater Review: Merry Wives Lives Up to Its Name
August 9, 2021, 11:56.17 pm ET

Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                  

There may only be virtual standby and lottery tickets left to this year’s Shakespeare’s in the Park offering, so get thee quickly to a computer. While the Bard’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” may be one of his flimsiest comedies, plenty of laughs abound in Joceyln Bioh’s “Merry Wives,” a smartly updated, Harlem-set adaptation of this rarely-seen work. 

As in the original, the two title women, the happily married Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page (played by the incredibly delightful and inventive Susan Kelechi Watson and the fine, if more subdued Pascal Armand), plot revenge after revenge against the portly, egotistical Falstaff (a superb, uninhibited Jacob Ming-Trent) after he stupidly tries to woo them to pursue marital infidelity. This time, though, his comeuppances take place in, among other places, a local laundromat, just one of the ingenious locations provided by set designer Beowulf Boritt. 

Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                            

Director Saheem Ali’s staging is consistently clever, especially in taking advantage of the gorgeous park scenery for a joyous, dance-filled number towards the play’s end. Still, even that magnificent setting is eclipsed consistently by Dede Ayite’s fabulous costumes. 

Credit for the evening’s mirth also belongs to a remarkably game ensemble of actors (some of whom do unusual double duty), most notably the excellent Gbenga Akinnagbe as the perpetually aggrieved Mister Ford, the very funny Shola Adewusi as the scheming Mama Quickly, and the extravagantly over-the top David Ryan Smith as the pretentious Dr. Caius.

Still, there are times that the basic tedium inherent in the original text can get the better of audiences, especially since sitting for two hours without intermission is an even bigger challenge for many of us post-pandemic. In particular -- even though it now has a splendid, modern-day twist -- the subplot about the three suitors vying for the hand of the Pages’ daughter Ann (a lovely Abena) could easily be excised.

Nonetheless, as few of us have experienced live theater in nearly 18 months, this often delicious diversion is a good enough reason to make haste to the Delacorte and make “merry.”

--Brian Scott Lipton



August 9, 2021, 6:55.43 pm ET

Photo: Amber Iman/Joanna DeGeneres                                                                       

Amber Iman: Since her explosive Broadway debut as legendary singer Nina Simone in the short-lived “Soul Doctor,” Iman’s star has been on the rise. She recently performed as part of concerts at Bryant Park and Little Island, but all of her prodigious gifts will be on display during her five-night engagement, August 10-15, at the gorgeous Feinstein’s/54 Below 

Nocturnal Nubian Ball: Harlem Stage co-presents the premiere of these two live, outdoor summer concerts – August 12 at Bryant Park and August 13 at Marcus Garvey Park -- honoring the legacy of the late visionary artist Sun Ra. Both shows will be led by world-renowned trombonist and composer Craig Harris, saxophonist Marshall Allen, and Harris’ own band, Nation of Imagination, featuring vocalists Carla Cook and Helga Davis.

The Book of Moron: Has your brain turned into mush lately? Apparently, you’re not alone. In this comedy at the Soho Playhouse, starting August 12, writer-performer Robert Dubac portrays an everyman who has been bombarded by so much hype and spin that he can't remember who he is or what he believes.

Lillias White: One of Broadway and cabaret’s best-loved performers, the Tony and Emmy-winning powerhouse is ready to dazzle old fans and new acolytes alike at this sure-to-be-fantastic show at the Green Room 42, August 12-14, which will celebrate her new album “Get Yourself Some Happy.” /

Bridge Residency: If you missed the delightful meta-musical “[title of show]” during its original Broadway and Off-Broadway runs, here’s another chance for you catch it! It’s being presented – along with new works by John Patrick Shanley, The Assembly Project and Lyle Kessler – by this talented company during its outdoor season (August 13-22) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Actors Fund.

Dutch Kings: Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theatre will perform Kristen I. Spencer’s new play, about a Double Dutch competition and its effect on its surrounding community, as a site-specific full production in the middle of Red Hook’s Richards Street. Dates are August 15, 21 and 28, but you might as well as jump and reserve your tickets now!


August 9, 2021, 6:34.35 pm ET


Historic TriBeCa townhouse, One White Street, is now home to a restaurant serving progressive American cuisine from Chef Austin Johnson, formerly of Frenchie in Paris and partner Dustin Wilson, the former wine director at Eleven Madison Park. One White Street also has an historical musical past. It was once used by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to announce the creation of a conceptual country, called Nutopia, free of boundaries and welcome to everyone. Lennon was facing possible deportation at the time for a 1968 marijuana convicition in Britain, according to the New York Times.


The food at One White Street will also show no boundaries with dishes like roasted tomato focaccia; Summer Vegetables with sorrel hummus, and whipped ricotta; cured fluke with smoked tomato, green olive and citrus; grilled scallop skewers with summer squash, pumpkin seeds; and 60-day dry aged strip loin with bone marrow jus, sprouting broccoli and haricot vert.

The wine program includes a generous selection of Old and New World wines from makers who favor a sustainable approach to winemaking, with an emphasis on classics, hard-to-find bottles and under-the-radar gems.

Photos: One White Street                                                                                    

Wilson and Johnson worked closely with the San Francisco-based designer Richard Felix-Ashman to turn each floor of the townhouse into an intimate but lively dining space. Each dining room has its own open kitchen, giving a sense of domesticity that plays on the building’s residential scale. Individual floors are also available to be reserved for private gatherings. The first floor and outdoor dining rooms are open for walk-in seating only, Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Second and third floors are available by reservation only.

For more information, visit 


NYC Bites - The Brekke at & Sons Buttery in Brooklyn
August 7, 2021, 10:27.36 am ET

The Brekke at &Sons Buttery in Brooklyn

If you are able to get your hands on The Brekke at & Sons Buttery in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, do so!  It’s one of the best breakfast sandwiches we’ve tasted made with wholesome ingredients. The sandwich is stacked high with a thick slice of house-made sausage, heirloom egg, cheese custard (which is amazing), tomato relish and chips for some added crunch. It’s served on a toasted milk bun and makes for a truly delicious bite.   

 Ham & Cheese at &Sons Buttery in Brooklyn

Other sandwiches offered at the Buttery include Country Ham & Cheese, Egg & Pesto, and Soppressata with Piparra Peppers.  The shop is also filled with charcuterie and regional cheeses, as well as hard-to-find items like Kewpie mayonnaise, Cumin from Afghanistan, and canned fish, including Scout “Atlantic Lobster” and Fishwife “Smoked Rainbow Trout.” 

The Buttery is part of a growing empire by & Sons Hospitality Group which also includes & Sons Ham Bar, the VyneYard offering hand-selected wines, and Mockingbird selling breakfast tacos from 7am until sold out (Thursday thru Sunday).  

Buttery is located at 447 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (347) 789-3422

For more information, visit


August 6, 2021, 1:03.10 pm ET

Photo: Teddy Wolff                                                                                     

Disco Tacos, the recently opened restaurant in Williamsburg serving tacos, natural wine and disco vibes from husband and wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, is launching brunch service this weekend.

From 12pm -3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, Disco Tacos will be serving Breakfast Tacos with chihuahua cheese, avocado, refried beans, scrambled eggs in a corn tortilla, with the choice of carne asada, carnita or chicken tinga as add-ons, as well as hangover helpers like a Fried Taco with chicken tinga, chihuahua cheese, salsa verde and crema and Disco Fries with queso. Brunch cocktails like Tecate Michelada, Tito's Bloody Mary and Sparking Pet Nat Mimosa will also be available. 

Additionally, Disco Tacos is launching week-day Happy Hour on Tuesday through Friday from 4pm-6pm with items like “Six before Six,” Fresh Squeezed Margaritas for $6, and bar snacks like Chicken Flautas and Fried Cheese Quesadillas.

Disco Tacos is located at 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 

For more information, visit 




August 6, 2021, 12:42.44 pm ET


King David Tacos, which began with two breakfast taco carts, now has a brick-and-mortar location on Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The company was started by Austin expat Liz Solomon who brings in fresh tortillas made in Texas.  

The menu includes signature breakfast tacos like the BPEC with bacon, potato, egg and cheese, and Mom's Migas, a vegetarian taco with scramble eggs, Mom's salsa, tortilla chips, topped with japapeno rajas, and cheese. For lunch there's the Cowboy with steak, potato, egg and cheese and Pollo Verde with shredded roasted chicken topped with jalapeno rajas and cheese. Sides include nachos, queso & chips and a 2-ounce queso shooter. Tapo Chico and Stumptown coffee drinks are sold along with items like Horchata + Coffee and Mexican Hot Chocolate. 

King David Tacos is located at 611 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY (929) 367-8226

August 6, 2021, 12:09.19 pm ET

Photo: Taste of Tennis                                                                            

In anticipation of this year’s U.S. Open, New York City chefs will be hitting the road for this year’s Taste of Tennis Food Truck Tour sponsored by Citibank.  Each stop will feature a signature dishes from participating chefs, including Jassi Bindra (Punjab Grill) John Mooney (Bell, Book & Candle, Bidwell), Fany Gerson (La Newyorkina), Wenford Simpson (The Simpson), Suchanan Aksornnan (Baoburg), John Doherty (Black Barn Restaurant) and Alex Fortini (Tarallucci e Vino).

Here are the New York City dates:

Tuesday, August 10 from 11am-12:30pm Media Day at Freehold in Union Square

Featured Chefs: All participating chefs

Wednesday, August 11 from 12pm-2pm at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning

Featured Chef: Fany Gerson

Thursday, August 12 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Citi Headquarters in Tribeca,

Featured Chefs: Wenford Simpson and Fany Gerson

Tuesday, August 17 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Union Square Pedestrian Plaza

Featured Chefs: Bao Bao and Fany Gerson

Wednesday, August 18 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Union Square Pedestrian Plaza

Featured Chefs: Alex Fortini and Fany Gerson

Thursday, August 19 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Union Square Pedestrian Plaza

Featured Chefs: Bao Bao and Fany Gerson

Tuesday, August 24 from 5pm-7pm “Happy Hour” at Black Barn Restaurant in NoMad

Featured Chefs: Chef John Doherty and Fany Gerson

Wednesday, August 25 from 5pm-7pm at The Benjamin Hotel

Featured Chefs: Wenford Simpson and Fany Gerson

Thursday, August 26 from 7pm-10pm, a ticketed Citi Taste of Tennis Celebration at Tavern on the Green

Featured Chefs: Food provided by culinary team

The food truck tour concludes on August 26th with a celebration at Tavern on the Green in Central Park featuring live performances including one by tennis legend John McEnroe and his band.

 For more information on Citi Taste of Tennis, please visit:


August 5, 2021, 4:49.35 pm ET

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Fish Cheeks - 55 Bond Street, NYC
When: Daily, from 12pm - 3:15pm and 5pm - 6pm.
The Deal: $9/half dozen and $18/dozen.

Come hungry and bring friends to Fish Cheeks’ happy hour in NoHo serving contemporary Thai food with a focus on seafood and a daily happy hour filled with delicious oysters. More information can be found by visiting,

Follia - 179 3rd Avenue, NYC
When:  During Happy Hour - Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 5pm
The Deal: $1 oysters are offered every weekday during happy hour

Check out this Italian mainstay in Gramercy which offers $1 oysters every weekday. More information can be found at 

Bar Marseille - 190 Beach 69th Street, Queens 
When: Every Wednesday 5 - 6:30pm.
The Deal: $1 Oyster Happy Hour

Dine inside or out on fresh oysters for a $1 deal on Wednesday’s Happy Hour at Bar Marseille. More information can be found by visiting,

August 5, 2021, 4:49.33 pm ET

August 5, 2021, 3:24.46 pm ET


There is nothing more soothing than sitting in the lush urban garden at Gran Electrica in DUMBO with an icy cocktail on a warm summer day. Margarita Helada de Paloma is our drink of choice. The frosty cocktail is made with Los Vecinos mezcal, Pamplemousse, pink grapefruit and lime with a chile salt rim.  And while you’re there, grab a few tacos and guacamole with toasted pepitas.


Gran Electrica is located at 5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 852-2700

For more information, visit 



August 5, 2021, 2:51.59 pm ET


Celestine, the chic Mediterranean restaurant with stunning waterfront views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, is now offerring weekend brunch.  Visitors can dine al fresco from the spacious patio or glass-enclosed dining room.

The new brunch menu by Chef Sean Froedtert (formerly of Buvette and Cookshop) contains new dishes as well as some of Celestine’s favorites, including cardamom sugar doughnuts.

Photos: Celestine                                                                                        

Here are some of the offerings on the menu:

- Smoked Whitefish Toast with Soft Scrambled Eggs, Capers, Red Onions

- Heirloom Tomato Stracciatella Toast, Two Sunny Side Up Eggs, Mixed Greens

- Hummus Platter with Two Sunny Side Up Eggs, Cucumber Salad

- Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shaved Cabbage Slaw, Ranch, Hand-cut French Fries

- Olive Oil Bread with Ricotta, Peach Marmalade

- Doughnuts with Cardamom Sugar, Blackberry

Brunch is offered (Sat & Sun, 11am-3pm) or dinner (Weds-Sunday, 5pm-10pm). Proof of vaccination is required for all guests who wish to dine indoors.

Celestine is located at 1 John Street in Brooklyn. Guests may reserve via Resy.

For more information, visit




August 5, 2021, 2:33.00 pm ET


Yemen House Restaurant brings a unique dining experience to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Operated by the same folks behind Yemen Café, the new restaurants takes it one step further with a true Yemeni experience. 

Diners can choose to sit in one of several colorful ornate booths filled with plush pillows and oriental rugs. Shoes are left at the door, while diners site on the floor sharing various dips and other Yemeni delicacies.  

The meal begins with a salad for sharing and marag, a soup made with lamb broth, minced onions and Yemeni spices. There is hummus, foul (mashed fava beans) and kibdah (sautéed lamb with tomatoes and onions) that arrive with an oversized, bubbly pita fresh from the clay oven.


Larger plates bring Kabsa Lamb, sautéed boneless lamb served with long grain basmati rice, scallions and parsley, and Lamb Haneeth cooked for up to 5 hours under high pressure until the meat falls off the bone. It’s served with basmati rice infused with clove. Also on the menu, lamb shish kebob, lamb chops and charcoal grilled chicken.

Yemen House is located at 7204 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 808-8877

August 5, 2021, 1:48.37 pm ET

Photo: Manuel Harlan                                                                                          

Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway return of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” which will reopen at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Friday, October 8. Joining Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren in the title role will be Daniel J. Watts as Ike, Dawnn Lewis as Zelma, Myra Lucretia Taylor as Gran Georgeanna and Jessica Rush as Rhonda.

Over at “Waitress,” which returns for a limited engagement on September 2 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Grammy Award-winning composer and star Sara Bareilles will be joined by Eric Anderson (Cal) Charity Angel Dawson (Becky), Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Caitlin Houlahan (Dawn), Dakin Matthews (Joe) and Joe Tippett (Earl). 

Moving to Off-Broadway, full casting has been announced for Douglas Carter Beane’s newest play, “Fairycakes,” which makes its world premiere at the Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow Street) beginning Thursday, October 14. The uproarious mash-up of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and some of your favorite fairy tales will star Mo Rocca (Geppetto), Alfie Fuller (Peaseblossom), Sabatino Cruz (Pinocchio) Jackie Hoffman (Moth), Kuhoo Verma (Cinderella), Z Infante (Cobweb), Ann Harada (Musterseed), Jamen Nanthakumar (Changeling), Julie Halston (Titania/Elizabeth), Brooks Ashmanskas (Oberon/Dirk), Chris Myers (Puck) and Jason Tam (Prince/Cupid).

At Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street), full casting is set for the off-Broadway production of Rajiv Joseph’s “Letters of Suresh,” which begins performances on September 14. Acclaimed actors Ali Ahn, Ramiz Monsef, Kellie Overbey and Thom Sesma will star in this award-winning work, which reveals intimate mysteries through a series of letters between strangers, friends, daughters, and lovers.

Casting has been set for Bedlam’s “Persuasion,” a new play by Sarah Rose Kearns adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, which begins its Off-Broadway run on September 11 at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street). The company will feature Sarah Rose Kearns, Rajesh Bose, Caroline Grogan, Nandita Shenoy, Jamie Smithson, Randolph Curtis Rand, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Claire Hsu, Annabel Capper and Yonatan Gebeyehu.

Finally, the upcoming engagement of MCC Theater’s drama “Nollywood Dreams,” which will begin previews in-person at MCC’s Newman Mills Theater (511 West 52nd Street) on October 21, will star original cast members Abena, Charlie Hudson, III, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejom, Ade Otukoya and Emana Rachelle.

August 5, 2021, 1:37.56 pm ET

Photo: Sexy Taco                                                                                        

Harlem’s Sexy Taco is getting a second run. The California-style taco spot is operating out of the former Ruby’s space on Adam Clayton Boulevard. The restaurant by Brian Washington-Palmer and Nikoa Evans boasts a tropical vibe with pink flamingos and palm tree wall art. The menu features dishes like Sexy Mac and Spicy Chicken Wings.  Ten different types of tacos are offered, including Cuban Chicken, Bang Bang Shrimp, Vegan Chorizo and Beef Birria. Burritos, salads and “super nachos” are also on the menu, along with margaritas, negronis, beer and wine.

Sexy Taco is located at 2340 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (137 St), New York, NY (646) 454-9899

For more information, visit

August 4, 2021, 3:45.31 pm ET

Photo: Julie Halston                                    

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced the recipients of this year’s additional special awards and honors.

Actress Julie Halston will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her charitable work with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation; Tony Award nominated director and choreographer Graciela Daniele will be the 2020 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre; and the 2020 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will four outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry: Fred Gallo, President of PRG Scenic Technologies; Broadway press agent Irene Gandy; stage manager Beverly Jenkins and the New Federal Theatre and its founder, Woodie King, Jr. 

As previously reported, 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.

August 3, 2021, 11:49.11 am ET

Mother Duck, NYC, Sour Coconut Black Sea Bass Soup
Sour Coconut Black Sea Bass Soup

Mother Duck is a new Asian-inspired eatery from restaurateur Jonathan Morr (BondST, Republic) now open on the Lower East Side with shareable plates, noodles, bao buns, and rice bowls – and everything priced under $20. 

For those who remember Morr’s noodle shop, Republic, in Union Square – Mother Duck is Republic reincarnated for today’s diner, with cravable, flavorful food at accessible prices in a fun and lively atmosphere. Consulting chef and Morr’s longtime friend, Julie Farias, collaborated on the menu, while Chef Nicholas Seider (BondST, Secchu Yokota, 1 or 8) executes in the kitchen day-to-day.  

 Mother Duck, NYC, Veggie Dumplings
Veggie Dumplings

Mother Duck’s shareable menu charms the senses with bright colors and bold flavors – and there are plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. Guests can enjoy small plates (all priced under $10) like Veggie Wontons fried with a crispy lattice and served with ginger-sesame dipping sauce; Chicken Wings with chocolate chili sauce; and the Salmon Tart – a take on BondST’s much-loved Tuna Tart – with salmon, shaved red onion, creamy ponzu, and micro herbs. 

 Mother Duck, NYC, Charred Squid
Charred Squid with Black Rice Noodles

Generous bowls of noodles, either wok-fried or in broth, include options like Charred Squid with black rice noodles, baby corn, and Szechuan peppercorn sauce; Duck Confit Yellow Curry with rice noodles, lychee, orange, and Malay curry sauce; and Sour Coconut Black Sea Bass Soup with rice noodles, ginger flower, pickled green beans, and fresh herbs. There’s also 2-per-order bao buns filled with Eggplant Miso (with house pickles and fresh herbs) or Duck Confit (with scallions, house pickles, and house hoisin); rice bowls like the Chili-Smoked Skirt Steak with coconut rice, shared scallion relish, and Chinese broccoli; and Green Tea Frozen Yogurt (with or without chocolate) for dessert. For weekend brunch, launching August 7, guests can also enjoy two burgers in addition to the full menu.

 Mother Duck, NYC, Eggplant Miso Bao
Eggplant Miso Bao

Beverage-wise, Mother Duck offers wine, beer, and sake, a selection of boozy and non-boozy punches, and signature cocktails like Vietnamese Coffee Flip (Tito’s vodka, cold brew, egg, condensed milk) and the Peak Time (Jensen’s dry gin, Green Chartreuse, lemongrass). Weekday happy hour is available at the bar Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM with $5 beers and $7 cocktails.

 Mother Duck, NYC, Interior
Photos: Mother Duck                                                                                           

Mother Duck is located on the corner of Stanton and Orchard in the former Pizza Beach space. The interiors were updated with bright blue hues and new lighting fixtures, as well as eye-catching murals from LES-based graffiti artist, John Wright. The bar area can seat up to 24 at high tops, with an additional 13 at the bar counter, while the main dining room offers seating for up to 65 guests at banquettes and round tables. Accordion doors open to the street allowing for tons of natural light and fresh air – but for those who want to truly dine al fresco, Mother Duck’s sidewalk seating can accommodate up to 40. A lower-level private dining room is expected to be available by mid-September and will seat up to 28.

Mother Duck is located at 167 Orchard St, New York, NY (646) 719-1700

For more information, visit 

August 3, 2021, 11:33.55 am ET

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is announcing new restrictions that apply to indoor activities.  The Mayor says people will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine for indoor dining, gyms and indoor performances starting August 16. The mayor says the new mandate will require at least one dose and applies to all workers and customers.  New York is the first big city to announce such restrictions.

According to De Blasio, “If you're not vaccinated, there's going to be more and more things you can't do. We say that. I say that to say, go get vaccinated. So, you can fully participate in the life, the city, because that's where things are going.”

The impact on New York City businesses has yet to be determined.  New York City’s homecoming concerts are still on for now. But the Mayor says, "Everything is on the table."

August 2, 2021, 7:34.24 pm ET

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The world premiere of Dori Bernstein and Sammi Cannold’s documentary film, “The Show Must Go On,” will take place on Monday, August 9 at 6:30pm at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. The public event will also include celebrity appearances and performances to be announced. All ticket sale will benefit The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that provides aid to entertainment professionals in need.

From the frontlines in Seoul, this film follows a company of artists involved in two theatrical productions-–the world tour of “The Phantom of The Opera” and the South Korean Tour of “Cats”— both of which pushed ahead safely during the pandemic. The film simultaneously follows both shows’ composer, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, as he uses the example set by his Korean colleagues to fight for theater’s future on London’s West End and beyond.

For tickets, please visit



August 2, 2021, 7:05.57 pm ET

Black Barn Restaurant by James Beard award winning chef John Doherty is reopening in NoMad. Chef Doherty is eager to welcome back diners to Black Barn's multiple dining spaces and bring back some of his classic dishes while introducing new ones for dinner and brunch.

The restaurant features two indoor dining areas: A main dining room towards the back separate from its "Tavern" room, which offers a more casual bar setting. There is also an Outdoor Patio facing Madison Square Park where diners can enjoy cocktails and bites with views of the iconic park.  

Photos: Black Barn Restaurant                                                                 

Seasonal dishes include Olive Oil Braised Octopus, BBQ Ribs and the Butternut Squash Ravioli, among others.  Weekend Brunch offerings range from buttermilk pancakes to Huevos Chilaquiles and croque madame to house-made chicken and waffles.

Chef Doherty is a veteran of the NYC restaurant scene.  He was the the youngest Executive Chef ever at the Waldorf Astoria where he spent almost 30 years before opening Black Barn 5 years ago. The space features massive wooden beams and industrial elements along with an open kitchen. 

Black Barn Restaurant is located at  19 E 26th St, New York, NY (212) 265-5959

For more information, visit 


August 2, 2021, 6:50.06 pm ET

Photo: Rich Little                                                                                

Pass Over: Broadway’s first “new” play in 18 months finally debuts when Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s award-winning drama takes its initial bow on August 4 at the August Wilson Theatre. The timely subject matter (racism), smartly crafted dialogue, and brilliant performances by Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert all make this a major event. Don’t pass it up!

The Trial on the Potomac: Better late than never, right? Master impressionist Rich Little makes his long-awaited New York acting debut as, you may have guessed it, Richard Nixon in this new multi-character play at the Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street), starting on August 5. The provocative drama is designed to make audiences re-think what might have happened if Nixon had simply not resigned the presidency during the Watergate scandal.

Theatre for One: Talk about solo shows! This sensational, intimate and completely free theatrical experience, entitled “Here is Future,” brings together one actor and one audience member in a series of new 10-minute plays at Arts Brookfield at Manhattan West (Ninth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets) from August 5-22. One is not always the loneliest number! 

Billy Stritch: One of America’s foremost pianist-vocalists, the charming Grammy Award nominee has been entertaining many of us virtually since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Now, he’s finally live on stage again for a three-night, five-show engagement at Birdland (315 West 44th Street), August 5-7, celebrating the release of his new album “Billy’s Place.”

Stranger Sings!: Satires might close on a Saturday night, but parody musicals tend to have healthy runs. So I’m betting that this send-up of Netflix’s popular fantasy series “Stranger Things” is likely to draw enthusiastic crowds during its month-long run, from August 5-September 5, at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street). 

August 2, 2021, 4:11.47 pm ET

Photo: Matthew Murphy                                                                                  

Film, stage and screen star Natalie Mendoza will play the role of Satine in the Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which resumes performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on September 24. She replaces Karen Olivo, who has departed the production.

The show, directed by Alex Timbers and featuring a book by John Logan and a score of pop favorites, tells the story of a glamorous if dying Parisian nightclub performer who must choose between the affections of a poor poet and a rich aristocrat. It has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The cast also features Aaron Tveit as Christian, Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec, Tam Mutu as The Duke of Monroth, Ricky Rojas as Santiago and Robyn Hurder as Nini. 

For tickets and information, visit

August 2, 2021, 11:07.33 am ET

After a summer break, the beloved Paris Theatre (4 West 58th Street), which is now run by Nextflix, will reopen on Friday, August 6. The theater’s interior has been renovated and its concession stand will now serve baked goods from Le Fournil, coffee from Integral Tea, tea from Bushwick Tea as well as a popcorn, candy and soda.

The premiere engagement, which runs through August 12, will include a 35-mm version of Radha Blank’s award-winning film “The Forty-Year-Old Version” along with nine films selected by Blank, including “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Shadows,” “The Apartment,” “The Last Detail” and “Tap.” Blank will appear in person on August 6 at 8pm to introduce her film.

From August 13 to August 26, the theater will host “The Paris is For Lovers,” a 31-film series of great movies that have played the cinema since its opening in 1948.

For more information, call 212-688-3800.

August 2, 2021, 10:20.45 am ET

Photo: Thinc                                                                                        

The Costume Industry Coalition’s new interactive exhibition, “Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen,” will run from August 5 to September 26 at 234 West 42nd Street.

The exhibit will include more than 100 costumes from numerous Broadway shows including “Aladdin,” “Chicago”, “The Cher Show,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Frozen,” “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “The Lion King,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “SIX” and “Wicked”; TV shows including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Dickinson” and “Saturday Night Live”; films such as “Respect,” “Black Panther,” and “No Time to Die,” dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet; as well as Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

All proceeds from tickets, which are only available in advance, will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which remains one of the hardest hit sectors of the entertainment industry. 

For more information, visit

August 1, 2021, 3:10.11 pm ET


Signage is up for a Cafe Grumpy location in the lower level councourse at Rockefeller Center. Cafe Grumpy is known for its distinctive coffee selections, including San Pedro Necta from Guatemala, Kochere from Ethiopia and Copo Mico from Honduras, among others. The cafes offer assorted coffee drinks, hot and cold, along with a variety of teas, along with some muffins and pastries. Stay tuned!




August 1, 2021, 2:10.42 pm ET

Interior of soon-to-be Mother Duck

LowerEAST is changing its name to Mother Duck after a soft opening. According to one of the workers we spoke with, the name-change is basically due to the difficulty in locating the restaurant on the web. The name change will officially take effect on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Mother Duck is an Asian-inspired casual eatery from restaurateur Jonathan Morr (BondST, Republic) on the Lower East Side.

Duck Confit Bao at Mother Duck

The menu features shareable small plates, noodles, bao buns, and rice bowls – and everything is priced under $20. For those who remember Morr’s noodle shop, Republic, in Union Square – Mother Duck is Republic reincarnated for today’s diner, with cravable, flavorful food at accessible prices in a fun and lively atmosphere. Consulting chef and Morr’s longtime friend, Julie Farias, collaborated on the menu, while chef Nicholas Seider (BondST, Secchu Yokota, 1 or 8) executes in the kitchen day-to-day.  For weekend brunch, launching August 7, guests can also enjoy two burgers in addition to the full menu.

Chocolate Chicken Wings with Chocolate-Chili Glaze

Beverage-wise, Mother Duck offers wine, beer, and sake, a selection of boozy and non-boozy punches, and signature cocktails. Weekday happy hour is available at the bar Tuesday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM with $5 beers and $7 cocktails.


Mother Duck is located on the corner of Stanton and Orchard in the former Pizza Beach space. The interior feature eye-catching murals from LES-based graffiti artist and owner of Askan NYC art-fashion boutique, John Wright. The bar area can seat up to 24 at high tops, with an additional 13 at the bar counter, while the main dining room offers seating for up to 65 guests at banquettes and round tables. Accordion doors open to the street allowing for tons of natural light and fresh air – but for those who want to truly dine al fresco, Mother Duck’s sidewalk seating can accommodate up to 40. A lower-level private dining room is expected to be available by mid-September and will seat up to 28.                                                                         

Mother Duck is located at 167 Orchard St, New York, NY (646) 719-1700                                                  

For more information, visit 

August 1, 2021, 1:18.54 pm ET


The full line-up for the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert,” which will be held on Saturday, August 21 on The Great Lawn of Central Park, has been announced. The concert, which is being produced by Clive Davis and Live Nation, will be aired on CNN.

Performers and participants will include Jon Batiste, Andrea Bocelli, Kane Brown, LL COOL J, Elvis Costello, Lucky Daye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, Journey, The Killers, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Barry Manilow, The New York Philharmonic, Polo G, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and Rob Thomas. 

Free tickets will be released to the public online in batches on Monday, August 2 at 10 AM, Tuesday, August 3 at 7 AM, Wednesday, August 4 at 9 PM, Thursday, August 5 at 7 AM, Friday, August 6 at 10 AM and Saturday, August 7 at 9 PM. 

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August 1, 2021, 12:19.21 pm ET



Veselka in the East Village was one of the first restaurants to emerge from the pandemic with takeout. Even back then there was a line outside. Now, the restaurant is fully open with outdoor seating in the front and sides and people are still waiting to get in. Must be that homemade Ukrainian borscht, crispy chicken schnitzel, to-die-for Pierogis (several varieties), blintzes and a lot more.  Veselka also recently reopened its stand at The Market Line. 144 Second Ave, New York, NY (212) 228-9682



Pan Ya is a Euro-Japanese bakery on Stuyvesant Street that always seems to draw a nice laid back crowd for its croissants and danishes, and sweet bread pastries in flavors like chocolate chip melon, sweet potato and ogura (bean paste) pan. There’s also green tea tiramisu. Savory items include curry pan and spicy tuna, katsu sandwiches, shrimp tempura udon and donburi rice bowls. There is also Panya’s “Japanese Breakfast.” 8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY (212) 777-1930



Live Jazz is the draw at Swing 46 located on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row. We spotted live performers entertaining guests outside. The menu includes things like Caesar salad, crab cakes, a ribeye and seafood risotto. The signature drink is the Swing 46 with Svedka vodka, pureed raspberries, champagne float with a Cadbury’s Chocolate rim.

August 1, 2021, 11:13.42 am ET


SMASHED as the names suggests is place to get smashed burgers. And people are lining up day and night to get their hands on one. A look into the rather tight kitchen reveals a grill going not stop as the burgers are cooked to perfection with smoke billowing into the air. What emerges is pure burger goodness.


The smashed burgers arrive with crispy, yummy burnt bits around the edges. This is burger gold. Dig it out of its black paper pouch to reveal gooey cheese, pickles, griddled onions and special sauce on a Martin's Potato Roll. It is heavenly!  No wonder SMASHED already has a cult following.

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The beef burgers come in single, double and triple patties, along with BBQ, bleu, or chili. There's also an Impossible and vegan version. The BIG SCHMACC comes with a double burger and double the cheese. Shakes are also offered in flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies & cream and black n white.

SMASHED is located at 177 Orchard St, New York, NY

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