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Michelin-Starred Benno Reopens at Evelyn Hotel
September 30, 2021, 7:34.22 pm ET

Benno, NoMad, NYC, Jonah Crab Fondue
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Chef Jonathan Benno’s Michelin-starred restaurant Benno is reopening after a nearly two-year absence due to the pandemic. Benno’s return to the Evelyn Hotel in NoMad adds a new fine dining establishment to New York’s restaurant scene with an emphasis on seafood.  It follows the opening Bar Benno, a more casual concept in August. 

Benno, NoMad, NYC, Warm Oyster

“As a longtime New York Chef with two concepts under one roof, I want to be part of our city’s comeback,” says chef Jonathan Benno. “Both Benno and Bar Benno have my name because they truly reflect my passion for French cuisine and seafood. These restaurants also represent my commitment to New York City, the city that I call home.”

Executed by Chef de Cuisine Mark Zuckerman, the meal begins with a selection of snacks including Fondue of Jonah Crab (top) with sea urchin and vadouvan, Sea Scallop with Noilly Prat, fennel and orange, and Caviar Service with Regiis Ova Caviar.

Benno, NoMad, NYC, Coddled Egg

Vegetables take center stage at the new Benno, with the return of the Coddled Egg with chanterelles and brown butter, Carnaroli Risotto with lobster mushrooms and castelrosso, and Chicory Salad with Ossau Iraty, beets, walnuts and apple.  

Appetizers run the gamut from Rabbit Confit Terrine with bottarga, endive and almond to Big Eye Tuna with sea urchin, seaweed and sesame, and Squash Soup with sautéed foie gras, hazelnuts and pomegranate.

Benno, NoMad, NYC, Ravioli

Pasta also looms large with offerings like Agnolotti with celery root, black trumpets and puffed einkorn and Russet Potato Gnocchi with Jonah crab, smoked trout roe and chili oil. Main Courses include Lobster Americaine with lobster mushrooms and fennel, Steak Au Poivre with careflex cabbage, pommes puree and peppercorn sauce, and Pekin Duck with sautéed foie gras, pear, radish, chestnut and spiked duck jus.

Benno, NoMad, NYC, Steak Au Poivre

Dessert brings Gala Apple Cake with oat streusel and brown butter ice cream, and eau de Noisettes with hazelnut dacquoise, chocolate sponge cake and chamomile-crème fraîche ice cream.

Upscale New York inspired cocktails are also being offered like The Duke of Provence, a play on the Duke's martini, Death in the Afternoon with absinthe verte and champagne, and NY Sour with bourbon, Japanese whisky, lemon, egg white and Beaujolais. 

Benno is located at 7 East 27th St New York, NY (212) 451-9557

For more information, visit bennorestaurant.com


Native Noodles to Offer New Lineup as Part of Singapore Food Festival
September 30, 2021, 6:14.44 pm ET


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Singaporean Amy Pryke, chef and founder of Native Noodles, will be collaborating with Singapore-based chef Jeremy Cheok (Slake) as part of the Singapore Food Festival’s (SFF) line-up of exciting and immersive culinary events in the U.S. The buzzy, contemporary, Native Noodles located in Washington Heights, quickly established a loyal following for its modern interpretation of Singaporean hawker dishes, since opening in February 2021. Together, Amy and the visiting Jeremy have crafted a special menu featuring their take on classic Singaporean dishes that will be available for a limited time at Native Noodles from October 5 through October 17.

Featured dishes will include:

- Cornflake Shrimp Paste Chicken Lollipops (Har Cheong Gai), $10 - Frenched chicken drumettes marinated in umami prawn paste, coated with seasoned cornflakes and fried

- Chili Crab Fat Fried Rice, $13 - An indulgent take on Singapore’s iconic Chili Crab dish

-Singapore-style Hokkien Mee, $16 - A beloved local noodle dish made with a mix of yellow and rice noodles braised in a rich, aromatic shrimp and pork stock with scrambled eggs and seafood

*The special menu will be sold at Native Noodles (2129 Amsterdam Ave) as ala-carte items from October 5th to 17th for walk-in customers (option for either take-out or dine- in).

In addition, as part of the celebration, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream has also created a selection of three Singaporean-inspired flavor profiles of ice cream and a popsicle available in-store and for shipping starting Monday, October 4. Visit for Morgensternsnyc.com for details

 

10 Things To Do In and Around New York City For Halloween 2021
September 29, 2021, 8:09.25 pm ET


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The 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade is on this year after receiving the necessary permits.  Randy Rainbow is this year’s Grand Marshall. Parade organizers are still hoping to raise more money for the parade after getting a late start. Kicks off October 31 at 7pm. halloween-nyc.com 

Trick or Drink, a boozy 3-day Halloween Bar Crawl, kicks off on October 29th.  Check in is at SPIN New York at 48 East 23rd St. Tickets are $15 to $45. eventbrite.com 

The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm is perfect to keep the kids entertained.  But tackling this corn maze at night with a flashlight can be a bit scary.  The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct 30. Nighttime walks are available Saturday Oct 2 and 23 until 9:30pm. Online tickets only: $12 for adults, $8 child queensfarm.org/the-amazing-maize-maze 

Scoop up the perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at Queens County Farm which dates back to 1697.  Pumpkins are priced by the size. The patch is open daily from Oct 1 to 30. Weekdays from 2pm to 4:30pm and weekends from 10am to 4:30pm. (Closes promptly at 4:30pm) queensfarm.org/queens-farm-pumpkin-patch 


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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is being held at Van Cortlandt Manor at Croton-on-Hudson, NY. 7,000 jack o’lanterns are on display all hand-carved on site by a team of artisans.  The event runs through November 21st. Timed tickets or FLEX anytime tickets sold ONLY in advance. hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze 

BAMboo! Is back after a virtual celebration a year ago.  BAM’s Halloween block Party will be held Oct 31st at 30 Lafayette Street between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street. The event features carnival games, arts & crafts, costume contest and giveaways. Start time is 2pm. Guests must RSVP.  bam.org/bamboo

The Staten Island Zoo is hosting a Spooktacular October 15-17 from 5:30pm to 9pm. The kid friendly event includes live music, photo ops, light show and scare zones.  Tickets are $25. statenislandzoo.org/plan-your-visit/spooktacular 


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The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will be held this year at the East River Amphithater on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 3pm.  This year’s theme is The Farmer’s Dog tompkinssquaredogrun.com/halloween

The Great PUPkin Dog Costume Show will be held on Saturday October 30th at Fort Greene Park (rain date is Oct 31). The event kicks off at noon.  People looking to enter their pooch must pre-register. There is a $12 fee.  fortgreenepups.org 

The New York Botanical Garden is hosting Scarecrows & Pumpkins from September 18-31. 100 silly scarecrows will be on display along twisting trails in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.  Puppets on Parade will be held Saturdays and Sundays through Oct 31 from 1-4pm. Pumpkin carving demonstrations are also being held. nybg.org/event/scarecrows-pumpkins 

Temakase brings hand rolls to JACX&CO in Long Island City
September 29, 2021, 7:00.23 pm ET

 
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Temakase, a lively hand roll bar, is now open at JACX&CO a collection of culinary concepts located in the heart of Long Island City. Temakase offers a menu of signature hand rolls centered around fresh seafood. Located on the mezzanine level, guests can dine at the sushi counter or take it to go.  Diners will discover a variety of hand rolls, including Spicy Scallop, Ikura Salmon Hand, Blue Crab, and Uni along with vegetarian options like Sesame Cucumber and Avocado Hand Roll.

DIY Hand Roll boxes are also available, including ingredients to make at least 10 hand rolls. Guests can choose from the standard box (Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Yellowtail, and Spicy Scallop; $49) or high roller (Toro, Lobster, Ikura Salmon, Wagyu Beef, and Uni; $79).

In honor of the opening, now through the end of October, Temakase will be offering guests one free hand roll of their choosing (excludes Wagyu + Uni).

JACX&CO is located at 28-17 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY

For more information, visit  temakaseny.com 

Badshah Rolls Out Red Carpet for Theatergoers
September 29, 2021, 6:12.25 pm ET

 
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As the Theater District continues to reopen, Badshah, an Indian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, is offering theatregoers a new prix-fix menu. Named after the Hindi term for “King of the Village,” Badshah features inventive dishes inspired by Indian street foods and signature classics representing different regions of India. Look for dishes like Chettinad Chops, lamb chops marinated in ginger, garlic and a signature house blend of spices bathed in a creamy coconut and black pepper sauce; Shahi Murgh Sliders made with tandoori roast chicken, drizzled with traditional makhana sauce served on toasty buttered Pao buns; as well as tasting boards.

Cocktails include the Sassi Lassi, a sweet and creamy mango lassi infused with rum and served in a martini glass garnished with flower petals, and I Am Badshah, a Bulleit bourbon drink with cardamom and bitters.   
Badshah is located at 788 9th avenue, New York, NY

For more information, visit badshahny.com 

Wagyu is the Star at Esora Omakase in East Village
September 29, 2021, 5:59.05 pm ET

Esora Omakase, East Village, Wagyu Sashimi
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Omakase is traditionally associated with sushi, but at Esora Omakase, high-end wagyu specialist J-Spec is serving a tasting menu that highlights wagyu beef, as well as tempura, at a counter seating up to 7 guests. Simply meaning “up to the chef,” omakase is not restricted to specific ingredients, however, meat is not traditionally used in tempura.  

Esora Omakase, East Village, Wagyu Tempura

Esora Omakase is the first and only place in NYC serving wagyu tempura (above). Chef Koichi Endo creates and cooks the entire meal himself, showcasing different cuts and types of wagyu from Japan.

The meal starts with Sakizuke of three seasonal appetizers like Corn Tofu with grilled corn, wasabi and soy; Tartar of Ozaki Wagyu with Uni, and Hokkaido Scallop with Caviar. It’s followed by Sashimi of fish like sea bream and chu-toro fatty tuna, then a duo of Wagyu Sushi (one piece raw and the other torched over rice nigiri style).

Esora Omakase, East Village, Wagyu Sushi

Multiple pieces of tempura, including shrimp heads, seasonal vegetables and mushrooms, are also offered.  The omakase menu is $185 with an optional sake pairing for $85.

Esora Omakase, East Village, Shrimp Head Tempura

Esora Omakase is located at 239 E. 5th St. (next door to J-Spec), New York, NY

For more information, visit jspec-ny.com/esora-omakase 


Maman Draws a Crowd for its French Treats at Rockefeller Center
September 29, 2021, 5:37.46 pm ET

 Maman Rockefeller Center, Interior
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Maman, a popular French Bakery, is quickly becoming a destination for croissants, cookies and other treats at Rockefeller Center.  The restaurant is adorned with greenery and curbside seating for dining al fresco for breakfast and lunch.

Maman Rockefeller Center, Croissants
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Seasonal items include Croissant Perdu topped with apple cinnamon compote & brown butter honey roasted walnuts; Benjamin Sandwich with turkey, pickled onions, cheddar, & sweet mustard aioli on cranberry pecan country bread; and Loretta Salad prepared with shredded kale, apples, comté cheese, & red cabbage topped with cranberry pecan croutons & served with maple balsamic dressing.

Maman is llocated at 12 West 48th St, New York, NY

For more information, visit mamannyc.com/rockefeller

Broadway Flea Market Returns Live on October 3
September 29, 2021, 11:19.21 am ET

 

On Sunday, October 3, the much-anticipated Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction once again takes to the streets, as merchandise tables will line Shubert Alley and West 44th and West 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

Approximately one dozen Broadway shows will be represented along with such organizations as ATPAM, Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Makers Alliance, Casting Society of America, Dancers Over 40 and Jujamcyn Theaters, to name just a few

The silent auction, hosted by Todd Buonopane and Jennifer Cody, will set up shop in Shubert Alley starting at 10 am and continue until 5pm. Prizes will include memorabilia signed by such superstars as Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal and Barry Manilow.

The live auction, to be hosted by Will Roland and Sky Lakota-Lynch, will be held in the Times Square pedestrian plaza between West 45th and 46th Streets. Prizes include Zoom conversations with David ByrneAndre DeShieldsCelia Keenan-BolgerPatti LuPone and Rob McClure, along with tickets to see their Broadway shows this fall, a number of limited Al Hirschfeld prints, and more.

For more information, visit broadwaycares.org

 

Restaurant Daniel Reopens in NYC with New Menu and Exciting New Decor
September 28, 2021, 8:12.36 pm ET


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Restaurant DANIEL has reopened with a new menu, redesigned interior and contemporary art deco bar designed by Lalique. The fine dining establishment, led by Chef Daniel Boulud, is marking its 28th year in New York City.


Chefs Daniel Boulud and Eddy Leroux

“Throughout the 28 years of Restaurant DANIEL, it has always been an honor to work alongside the most talented, passionate and creative executive chefs in the kitchen, as well as in pastry,” said Chef Boulud.

 
Chef Shaun Velez

Today, our newly appointed Executive Chefs, Eddy Leroux and Shaun Velez, are joining their talents to ensure that Restaurant DANIEL’s strong commitment to hospitality and culinary excellence stay creative, relevant, exciting, and delicious as it concludes its third decade in the New York City dining scene,” Boulud added.


Florida Frog Legs

The meal begins with Maine Peekytoe Crab with Eckerton Hill Farm tomato “aspic” burrata cheese and anise hyssop; Sottish Langoustine with consommé and “mousseline,” spruce tip matsutake mushrooms and tapioca pearls; and Lehigh Valley Squab with terrine of foie gras, Long Island corn, tequila blanco geleé, and brioche feuilletée.  Second courses include Florida Frog Legs “fricassée,” and Pocono Mountains Trout, while the mains bring Long Island Duck, Scharbauer Ranch Beef Striploin (for two), and Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Chop.


Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Chop

For dessert, there is Washington Apple Strudel, California Pistachio Petits Choux and Peruvian Dark Chocolate Au Cognac, among others.  


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A four course price fix menu is available for $181 per person with an optional wine pairing for $125.  A seven course tasting menu is also available for $275 per person. There is also a vegetarian menu.

Daniel is located at 60 East 65th St, New York, NY (212) 288-0033

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


Around Town - Days to Celebrate, Giant Origami Sculptures and Rudy's in Back!
September 28, 2021, 6:51.02 pm ET

More reasons to celebrate…


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Hole in the Wall is celebrating International Coffee Day on Friday, October 1st at 4 NYC locations (in FiDi at 15 Cliff Street, Murray Hill at 626 1st Avenue, Flatiron at Hotel Henri 37 W. 24th Street and in Williamsburg at 292 Bedford Avenue).  Enjoy 50% off all coffees until 4pm. It pairs well with Hole in the Wall's Chili Scrambled Eggs, Pulled Pork Benedict or Brekkie Roll with double smoked bacon, hash brown and fried egg.


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October 1st also marks World Sake Day.  Brooklyn Kura and the American Sake Association are teaming up for a one-day tasting from 6:30pm to 9pm at Brooklyn Kura’s taproom at Industry City.  It includes a sake tasting flight featuring Brooklyn Kura’s classic and more recent offerings (all of which are brewed on-site) and sake tasting games hosted by NYC’s foremost sake sommeliers. Snacks and light appetizers are being offered. Tickets are $25.

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October is also National Seafood Month. To mark the event, Michelin-recognized Kōyō. which focuses on Kaiseki cuisine, is offering a multi-course meal based on hyper-seasonal ingredients.  A 7-course tasting menu by Executive Chef/Owner Jay Zheng is being offered with an option to add supplemental dishes such Hussan Tartare (above).

Elsewhere…


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The Metropolitan Opera showcased a live viewing from a giant screen in Times Square to mark the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. It's all part of September's Midnight Moment.


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A giant steak now marks the spot for Baccall’s Family Steakhouse in the Theatre District. The Jewish steakhouse is offering several special cuts, including a Dry-Aged Tomahawk for 4.  Latkes with apple sauce and Fried Kreplach (brisket and onion dumplings) are also on the menu.


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Morocco, Kingdom of Taste has landed at Hudson Yards. The pop-up features Moroccan agriculture and seafood, as well as tastings and samples. It runs from 11am to 6p through September 29th


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Massive origami sculptures are on display in the Garment District. “Hacer: Transformations” features seven origami sculptures, including a turquoise coyote, magenta elephant and yellow dog.  The sculptures are on display on Broadway between 36th and 39th Streets through November 23rd.


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And Rudy’s Bar and Grill has emerged after a long pandemic slumber. The dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen dates back to 1933. It's well known for its mascot, a giant pink pig that stands outside the bar that is perfect for posing with.

We’ll be seeing you, Around Town!

 

Big News from Broadway
September 28, 2021, 5:39.01 pm ET


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The doors of the Great White Way are not just open, but they are revolving, with new productions (and new casting) being announced.

Jeremy O. Harris’ groundbreaking work “Slave Play,” which received 12 Tony Award nominations, will return to Broadway, this time at the August Wilson Theater. Performances begin on Tuesday, November 23 for a strictly limited eight-week engagement through Sunday, January 23, 2022. The production will once again be directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, and feature a mix of original cast members (including Paul Alexander Nolan and Ato Blankson-Wood) alongside Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, who will play the leading role of Kaneisha.

Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper will join fellow Tony winner LaChanze in the Broadway premiere of Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind,” which starts performance on October 29 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater. The production, to be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, will also feature Michael Zegen, Danielle Campbell, Jessica Frances Dukes, Brandon Micheal Hall, Simon Jones, Alex Mickiewicz and Don Stephenson.

Looking far ahead, three recent additions to the Spring 2022 calendar have already been announced: Film superstar Daniel Craig and actress Ruth Negga (above) will team for a new production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” which will begin performances on March 29 at the Lyceum Theatre; the hit musical “Beetlejuice” will re-open on April 8 at the Marquis Theatre; and Lincoln Center Theater will present a rare Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder’s landmark play “The Skin of Our Teeth,” beginning March 31 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Brunch is Served at Temperance Wine Bar
September 27, 2021, 7:43.10 pm ET


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Temperance Wine Bar in the West Village is doing brunch.  With more than 100 wines available by the glass, many hand-selected by sommelier A.J. Ojeda-Pons, diners will have ample choices to accompany their meal.

On the menu, there’s Pain Perdu, a decadent sandwich of creamy peanut butter and maple black pepper bacon wedged between two slices of Pain d’Avignon Country Loaf, french-toasted and spiced with ginger and cinnamon. It is drizzled with chocolate sauce and a dusting of pink peppercorn. Classic Eggs Benedict is also served, stacked atop an English muffin with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, wilted baby kale and slathered with rich hollandaise. Shakshuka and Toast is a mix of whole plum tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, and harissa, garnished with a slow poached egg and accompanied by buttery focaccia. There’s also a Lebanese Lamb Burger with garlicky labneh, mint spread, heirloom tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Temperance Wine is located at 38-40 Carmine St, New York, NY

For more information, visit temperancenyc.com 

A rare Korean delicacy surfaces at Jongro Gopchang in KTown
September 27, 2021, 7:08.45 pm ET


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The newly opened Jongro Gopchang, from the team behind Jongro BBQ in KTown, is specializing in rare Korean specialty that is rarely found outside of Korea. It’s called Gopchang and features grilled beef intestines and other organ meats cooked tableside. It’s described as a buttery, chewy texture that pairs well with soju – it is, in fact, traditionally considered a drinking food. BBQ is available as well and cooked at the table too.

Aside from soju, the bar also features beer, wine and cocktails like Seoul Night with sparkling Korean rice wine, cinnamon punch, and black raspberry wine, and Ba-cuum made with soju, cucumber, basil and tonic.

 

The current resurgence and craze in Korea started with a video of K-pop star Hwasa of MAMAMOO eating Gopchang went viral. Owner Kyung Kim Choi is a successful Koreatown entrepreneur who also operates the rapidly expanding Afternoon, as well as Koreatown favorites Dons Bogam and Jongro BBQ.

Jongro Gopchang is located at 22 W 32nd Street on the 5th Floor and open daily 5pm – Midnight.

For more information, visit jongrogopchang.com 


The Taste of The Upper West Side Returns for its 13th Year
September 27, 2021, 6:37.59 pm ET


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Taste of the Upper West Side (TUWS), presented by American Airlines and Mastercard, will return to Manhattan with a stellar lineup of chefs and mixologists on Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd under the Grand Tent on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. The annual event boasts over 70 chefs, restaurants and culinary personalities.

TUWS kicks off their annual two-night, open-air food event with Grillin’ in the City where over 20 popular Upper West Side restaurants grill up their favorite menu items. New to the Friday night event this year is an exciting collaboration with Whiskies of the World, where one can taste and sample various whiskies from near and far. Also making a debut is TUWS’ first-ever Biergarten, which will feature a variety of fall sips and beer inspired cocktails curated by neighborhood favorites Tiki Chick and Nobody Told Me.

 

At Best of the West, presented by Park West Village, celebrated Upper West Side dining destinations will prepare nibbles of their haute cuisine. Ticket holders for Best of the West’s VIP Reception will enjoy exclusive one-hour priority access to bites, sips and local culinary stars. Best of the West will also play host to Bubbly Under the Stars, a bar experience celebrating all things sparkling in our open-air tasting tent. This year, several restaurants will make their TUWS debuts including Dagon, Boka, Pekarna, Covacha, Sushi 85, Manhattanville Market’s Butterfunk Biscuit Co., The Baylander, Felice, Tasca and Kissaki. Live music by acclaimed group Project Orange Music will heighten the ambiance of the Upper West Side’s most anticipated event of the year.

To ensure the safety of guests, talent and partners, and in accordance with CDC, NY State and NYC guidelines, Taste of the Upper West will require all guests to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Proceeds from Taste of the Upper West Side 2021 will go back into the community and help fund neighborhood projects through the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Tickets are on sale now via www.tasteuws.com


NSA Noodle Bar Arrives In Williamsburg
September 27, 2021, 6:20.32 pm ET

East Meets West at NSA Noodle Bar in Williamsburg where diners can expect a mash-up of Japanese and Italian cuisine.  NSA stands for No Strings Attached. Restaurateurs Chiwa Yeung and Spencer Cartledge launched the restaurant, which grew out of a ghost kitchen for their La Margarita pizzeria. It was there that they met their new executive Chef Brooke Apfelbaum who added things like truffles and wagyu beef to the toppings.

At NSA Noodle Bar, Apfelbaum is at it again creating dishes like braised Wagyu ragu with garlic and basil over house-made garganelli pasta; pan-seared scallop fettucine with parmesan cream sauce, uni crème with angel hair pasta and parmesan crisps; and chilled yuzu shrimp ramen with Thai chili pepper, grilled corn, red bell pepper, and shaved carrots in a Yuzu shoyu broth.

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The sleek, minimalist space features bar seating, small dining room, as well as counter seating and is adorned with items donated by family and friends. 

NSA Noodle Bar is located at 135B North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY  

For more information, visit www.nsanoodlebar.com 

Chelsea Table + Stage Opens in Fashion District
September 27, 2021, 5:37.16 pm ET

 Chelsea Table and Stage Opens in the Fashion District

Chelsea Table + Stage, a new restaurant and performance space inside the Hilton New York Fashion District (152 West 26th Street) is now open. The club allows audiences to both enjoy first-rate American cuisine and experience some of the best touring performers in the world, alongside local emerging artists.

Chelsea Table and Stage, NYC, Cocktails

The menu, from acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Purugganan, includes corn soup, lamb meatballs, roasted beets, marinated fluke, brick chicken, Atlantic cod, a petit filet mignon, spaghettini with Carolina shrimp and many more enticing specialties. A curated wine list, as well as specialty cocktails, is available at all times.

Chelsea Table and Stage, NYC, Stage

The Fall 2021 lineup of performers features a dazzling array of performers from the worlds of pop (Steph Amoroso, Goldie Scott), folk (Gracie Terzian, Thunderstorm Artis), country (Jesslee, Lauren Davidson, Morgan Myles), soul (Elise Testone, Sophie Avidane) and jazz (Grace Kelly, Don Braden).

 Chelsea Table and Stage, NYC, Lounge
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In addition, on alternate Sunday afternoons, the room presents its trademark Badass Brunch, which offers performances from Gotham Kings (October 10, December 5) and The High Standards Orchestra (October 24), with more performers to be added.

For more information, visit chelseatableandstage.com

Live Performance This Week - The Deep Blue Sea, Beyond Babel and more
September 27, 2021, 1:46.35 am ET

Deep Blue Sea, Liver Performance
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Sing for Hope: YOU can be the performer at this special day-long event on September 29 at 28 Liberty Plaza, which will temporarily house 10 artist-designed pianos for everyone who wants to tickle their ivories. There will also be some professional performances during the event, as well as the presentation of the group’s Arts for All Award to Broadway favorite Daphne Rubin-Vega. www.singforhope.com

Deep Blue Sea: Superstar choreographer Bill T. Jones’ newest work, being presented at the Park Avenue Armory from September 28-October 9, incorporates deconstructed texts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” and culminates with Jones and his dance company being joined onstage by approximately 90 community members. www.armoryonpark.org

 Beyond Babel, Live Performance
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Beyond Babel: A big hit during its brief initial run, this narrative urban dance riff on Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” returns to the Gym at Judson for an extended stay on September 30. But hurry if you want to see co-creators and internationally renowned dancers Keone & Mari Madrid, as they will only perform during the first 16 performances. www.beyondbabelshow.com

Natalie Douglas: The undisputed queen of midtown supper club Birdland, this extraordinary vocalist (with a shelf full of awards to prove it) will make her sure-to-be triumphant return with two completely different shows. On October 1, she pays tribute to Nina Simone, Dolly Parton and Roberta Flack; on October 2, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley get the tribute treatment. www.birdlandjazz.com

Sol of El Barrio: Three-time Tony Award Robin DeJesus is just one of the many participants in “Sol of El Barrio: The AfroLatinidad Connection” a unique celebration of AfroLatinidad history in New York City. This special event, created, hosted and directed by Maria Torres, will take place on Sunday, October 3 at 5pm at Manhattan’s Theater 555. www.amasmusical.org


Moulin Rouge Wins Big At 74th Annual Tony Awards
September 27, 2021, 1:13.54 am ET

Moulin Rouge Wins Big At 74th Annual Tony Awards
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“Moulin Rouge” and Matthew Lopez’s two-part drama “The Inheritance” were the big winners at the 74th Annual Tony Awards, which were presented on Sunday, September 26 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The Awards were aired in two parts on Paramount+ and CBS, and were hosted by Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr.

“Moulin Rouge” won 10 awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction (Alex Timbers), Best Actor in a Musical (Aaron Tveit) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Danny Burstein). In addition, “Jagged Little Pill” picked up awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Lauren Patten) and Best Book of a Musical (Diablo Cody), and Adrienne Warren picked up the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of singer Tina Turner in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”

Adrienne Warren, Best Actress,"Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Adrienne Warren accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Tina - The Tina Turner Musical"  (Photo: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

As for plays, “The Inheritance” won awards for Best Play, Best Direction (Stephen Daldry), Best Actor in a Play (Andrew Burnap) and Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Lois Smith). In other categories, Mary-Louise Parker won Best Actress in a Play for her work in “The Sound Inside,” while David Alan Grier took home the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for “A Soldier’s Story,” which also won Best Revival of Play. Meanwhile, “A Christmas Carol” took home four Tony Awards, including Best Score.

 Tony Awards, Broadway's Back!
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As previously reported here, special Tony Awards were given to the shows “American Utopia” and “Freestyle Love Supreme” and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Moreover, actress Julie Halston received the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her charitable work with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation; Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer Graciela Daniele was the 2020 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre; and the 2020 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre were presented to 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.


Jibs Fish Shack is Jammin’ at Hudson Yards
September 25, 2021, 9:29.00 am ET

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That summer feel may be winding down, but Jibs is heating up. The fish shack with stunning waterfront views and hopping bar is the newest edition to Hudson Yards. The space is decorated to the hilt with seafarer items from buoys to life preservers, as well as lots of string lights to give the space a festive feel.The open air space complete with picnic tables and booths looking onto the Hudson can also be used year round thanks to a retractable roof and large, see-through side panels.

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The horseshoe-shaped bar is already buzzing with small international maritime flags flowing overhead.  The food is being prepared in a kitchen set up in large shipping containers. 

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Think fish shack fare with a raw bar, including oysters, shrimp cocktail and fluke ceviche. Other seafood specialties include crispy calamari, baked clams, crab cakes, grilled lobster and more.  There are also lobster rolls and a lobster grilled cheese. Salads, burgers, chicken fingers and Old Bay chicken are available for landlubbers. Dessert brings blueberry cobbler and rocket pops.

Jibs, Hudson Yards, NYC, Booths

Just open for a few days, Jibs is already looking like a New York City seafood destination.

Jib is located at 11th Ave and 33rd St, New York, NY (212) 581-7070

For more information, visit www.jibsny.com 

Restaurant Radar: Random Access is coming to Midtown
September 23, 2021, 7:00.22 pm ET

 
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Easy and approachable Thai cuisine is the concept behind Random Access located on West 32nd Street between Penn Station and K-Town. The restaurant features two open kitchens – a Som Tum Bar and Noodles Bar. On the menu, look for authentic Thai comfort foods meant for a New York palate. Here’s a bit of what you can expect:

Cauliflower Steak Red Curry (Above)
Red curry with grilled cauliflower steak, coconut milk, cumin powder, coriander powder, peanut butter. Served with choice of white jasmine rice, purple jasmine rice or rotti.

 

Tom Yum Ramen
Spicy & sour seafood broth with shrimp, squid, sliced lime, fish ball & cherry tomato

 

Bangkok Fried Rice
Spicy fried rice with bean sprouts, egg, scallion, cilantro & Thai basil. Served with grilled shrimp satay


Beef Noodle Soup
Thin rice noodles with braised brisket, tendon, bean sprouts, mustard green & Gai lan

Mango Shrimp Somtum
Mango & Papaya salad with cooked shrimp, spinach, radicchio, dragon fruit & grapefruit

Most dishes are priced between $15 and $20.  House special cocktails are offered along with natural wines, beer, and soft drinks including Thai iced tea & Thai iced coffee

Random Access is located at 138 W 32nd St. New York, NY

(Opening slated for mid-October)

For more information, visit www.randomaccessnyc.com 

TAGMO Brings the Flavors of India to the Seaport with a Sweet Twist
September 23, 2021, 6:26.08 pm ET


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

Set on the cobblestones of Front Street, TAGMO’s sun-drenched storefront displays delicate Indian sweets. Beyond the entrance is a cozy inner dining room offering regional fare from across India that is rarely found outside of home kitchens.

The vegetable-forward menu includes Sabudana Vada - crispy tapioca cakes with potatoes, roasted peanuts, curry leaves and green chilies with a peanut-yogurt chutney; Eral Chukka – ghee-roasted prawns with Kashmiri chilies, peppercorns, cumin seeds, tamarind and yogurt with Bengali Kitchri, a traditional rice dish; and Murgh Khatta Pyaz - tandoori oven-roasted chicken with tomatoes, cashew cream, pickled onions, ginger and garlic, served with paratha flatbread. For dessert, Sahni is offering a Mithai Flight featuring 6-pieces of house-made Indian sweets, such as Besan Ladoo, Pistachio Burfi and Chocolate Kaju Katli; plus, Firni, rice pudding with macerated berries and rose syrup.

 

From the bar comes cocktails like Tamarind Tiger with soju, fresh tamarind, ginger syrup, and lime; and Tamarind Mango Spritz with club soda, fresh tamarind, ginger syrup, mango juice, and lime.

Designed by Prutha Raithatha, the interior is adorned in vibrant jewel tones, gold accents and tropical plants. A life-size mural of a tigress greets guests at the entrance, leading to a velvet watercolor banquet that seats 20 guests. Persian black and white tiles lie underfoot and sea-blue glass light fixtures with gold tassels hang overhead.

Before opening as a restaurant, TAGMO (the Bhutanese word for tigress) started as a small-batch sweets company in 2019, later expanding to online meal deliveries.

TAGMO is located at 226 Front Street, New York, NY

For more information, visit tagmonyc.com

Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in New York City
September 23, 2021, 6:13.33 pm ET

 
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All Clinton Hall locations throughout the five boroughs will offer a number of Oktoberfest beer specials and a new bratwurst sandwich from executive chef Daryl Harmon now through October 3. In addition, at each location, there will be a Pretzel Eating Contest on Friday, September 24 at 6pm and a Who Wore the Best Lederhosen Competition on September 25 with a chance to win a $250 Clinton Hall gift card.

Through October 3, Creamline Beer Garden (428 West 16th Street) will be offering a limited-edition Oktoberfest beer, the Barkaboom Marzen, from Catskill Brewery, with a free order of pretzels served on the side. There will also be Cheddar Bratwurst Bites available for purchase.

Williamsburg eatery Ainslie (76 Ainslie St) will celebrate Oktoberfest from September 27 to October 3 with a selection of specially priced German beers, nightly Stein Holding contests at 7pm, and executive chef John DeLucie’s oversized Cacio e Pepe pretzels topped with Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh black pepper with an added cheesy dipping sauce on the side.

Finally, Carroll Place (157 Bleecker Street) will celebrate Oktoberfest from Wednesday September 29 through Sunday October 3, with a variety of festive beers. In addition, on Wednesday and Thursday, it will host a Stein Holding Contest at 7pm for men and women to compete for a chance to win a $100 bar tab along with other prizes. In addition, Carroll Place will also encourage patrons to dress for the occasion with a Most Authentically Dressed Competition to happen nightly at 8pm.

 

Look Who is Going To Be On Broadway This Fall
September 23, 2021, 10:56.23 am ET


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Lots of new names – and familiar faces – will be stepping on the stage of the Great White Way this fall. Over at Ethel Barrymore, country music superstar Jennifer Nettles will star as Jenna in the hit musical “Waitress” from October 17 through November 24. In addition, Maiesha McQueen and Ashley Blanchet are set to join the cast on Tuesday, October 5 as Becky and Dawn respectively, replacing current cast members Charity Angél Dawson and Caitlin Houlahan.

Broadway star Heidi Blickenstaff will step into the leading role of Mary Jean Healy in the musical, “Jagged Little Pill,” which return to the Broadhurst Theatre on October 21. Original star Elizabeth Stanley, who is on maternity leave, will return to the role of Mary Jane on a limited schedule beginning in November and will thereafter share the role with Blickenstaff. In addition, when the show returns, Morgan Dudley will make her Broadway debut as Frankie Healy alongside original cast members Derek Klena as Nick Healy, Sean Allan Krill as Steve Healy, Kathryn Gallagher as Bella, Lauren Patten as Jo, and Antonio Cipriano as Phoenix.

Casting has been announced for the new one-part version of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which begins performances November 12 at the Lyric Theatre. The show will star James Snyder as Harry Potter, Diane Davis as Ginny Potter alongside James Romney as their son Albus Potter; David Abeles as Ron Weasley, Jenny Jules as Hermione Granger, Nadia Brown as RoseGranger-Weasley, Aaron Bartz as Draco Malfoy and Brady Dalton Richards as Scorpius Malfoy.

Full casting has been announced for the Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which will resume performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on October 21 in advance of the official opening night on December 5. Tony Award nominee Rob McClure will star as Daniel Hillard alongside Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard.


Sereneco Arrives in Greenpoint with Seasonal American Fare
September 22, 2021, 7:37.54 pm ET


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Sereneco, a new all-day café and restaurant, is calling Greenpoint home. Seasonal New American fare is being offered in a relaxed setting. Owner Billy Van Dolsen and Partner Jim Nawn are the forces behind the new space.  Executive Chef Dennis Hong (Lincoln Ristorante, Le Bernardin) is leading the kitchen.

 

Inspired by the seasons, the menu champions fresh produce, sourced from local purveyors including Paisano’s Butcher Shop, Happy Valley Meats, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster, Brooklyn Grange, and R.L. Irwin Mushroom Co.

Look for dishes like Grilled Prawns (salsa verde, chorizo oil, lemon, focaccia), Arctic Char (English peas, fava, asparagus, fennel, radish, orange, niçoise olives), Polenta Fresca (fresh local corn, smoked mozzarella, thyme), Pork Chop (focaccia panzanella, pickled onion, heirloom tomato), and Ratatouille (squash, tomato, eggplant, basil, marinara).

Brunch brings hearty offerings such as Baked Eggs (marinara, parmigiano-reggiano, chili, basil, focaccia), Pancakes (2 large pancakes, choice of blueberry preserve, caramelized banana, chocolate hazelnut spread), and vegan options including a Mushroom-Lentil Burger.

 

Located on the ground floor of Greenpoint’s historic Pencil Factory building, Sereneco pays homage to the building’s original structure with exposed brick, beams, concrete floors, and other historic touches. The 70-seat restaurant boasts towering 20-foot ceilings with elevated greenery lining the perimeter.

Sereneco is located at 113 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY (929) 295-8714

For more information, Visit www.sereneconyc.com 


Dough Opens at Rockefeller Center
September 22, 2021, 6:41.36 pm ET

 
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Dough now has an outpost at Rockefeller Center. Dough is offering a wide assortment of its fluffy, over-sized doughnuts at the new location on West 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Flavors include Hibiscus with a sweet and tangy glaze, Toasted Coconut, Lemon Poppy Seed, Mocha Almond Crunch, Strawberry Shortcake and Mango Coconut.

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The flagship doughnut at the new shop is "The Chocofeller" made with its signature brioche dough and filled with semi-sweet chocolate with just a hint of dulce de leche. 


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The first 500 customers Thursday through Sunday (Sept 23-26) that purchase six donuts at the new Rock Center location will receive a free Dough t-shirt in celebration of opening weekend.

Dough is located at 37 West 48th St, New York, NY (next to Nintendo store)

For more information, visit www.doughdoughnuts.com 

Chikarashi Isso Reopens in FiDi with Seasonal Japanese Fare
September 22, 2021, 6:01.53 pm ET

 
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Chikarashi Isso is reopening after being closed for more than a year by the pandemic.  Located in New York City’s Financial District, the restaurant is serving seasonal Japanese cuisine in a stylish setting. Chef Hideaki Kobayashi, who came to the U.S. from Tokyo, is featuring an assortment of hot and cold small plates and appetizers, sashimi, and donburi – as well as specialties such as tempura and sukiyaki.

Menu items includes Shabu Shabu with broth, wagyu, tofu, ponzu, enoki, shungiku, and shiitake; Uni & Washu Tataki with garlic, sweet soy sauce, and ginger; Seasonal Tempura with chef’s selection of shrimp, scallop, and seasonal vegetables; and Tuna Trio with a selection of tuna (akami, chutoro, otoro). 

On the beverage front, look for a carefully curated wine and sake list, and signature cocktails such as Kissu (Roku gin, hibiscus, yuzu, egg white, and bitters) and the FiDi (Legent bourbon, cherry, barley shochu, vermouth, amaro), as well as Japanese whiskey highballs on tap. The restaurant can seat up to 30 guests in the main dining room and an additional 10 guests at the counter.

 

Chikarashi Isso is located at 38 Rector St, New York, NY (646) 596 8298

(Opening Date Sept 27th)

For more information, visit www.chikarashiisso.com 

Di Fara Pizza Arrives at Nimbus Ghost Kitchen on Lower East Side
September 22, 2021, 10:25.16 am ET

 
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You won’t have to travel to Brooklyn for a taste of Di Fara’s famous pizza.  DiFara pies can now be purchased at Nimbus, a ghost kitchen at 196 Stanton Street on the Lower East Side.  Di Fara’s which opened in Midwood in 1945 is offering both round and square pies. Specialty pies include the Five Brothers with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto and soppressata.  There are also mini pies in several varieties including margherita, pepperoni and veggie. The pies can be ordered for pick up via slicelife.com

 

Brooklyn Diner Times Square Hosts A Musical Revue
September 22, 2021, 10:25.16 am ET


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The sparkling musical revue, “New York New York,” will debut at the Brooklyn Diner Times Square on Friday, September 24th at 7pm. The show will play thereafter on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 8pm.

Starring Jonathan Mousset, Hayley Lampart, Jada Temple and Billy Marshall Jr., this immersive production will have audience members singing along and dancing in the aisles to classic New York-inspired tunes including “Manhattan,” “New York State of Mind,” “Welcome to New York” and “New York, New York.”

Diners can enjoy the full menu of comfort food classics along with specialty cocktails including the “Brooklyn Bridge” and the “Cyclone,” a sumptuous spiked milkshake, available for purchase.

Call 212-265-5400 or visit www.brooklyndiner.com for reservations.


Wegmans is Going Full Throttle with The Pizza Cupcake
September 21, 2021, 7:03.02 pm ET

 
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The Pizza Cupcake, after scoring a six-figure deal on Shark Tank, is going mainstream.  The frozen snacks will soon be appearing at 106 Wegmans grocery stores in 7 Northeastern states, including New York and New Jersey.

The Pizza Cupcake, led by husband-and-wife partners Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato and Andrea Meggiato (also a Venice, Italy native), launched in 2019 and experienced impressive success amidst the backdrop of the pandemic. Different from other pizza-inspired snacks, the cupcake-size treat are made with a secret hybrid of brioche and sourdough. They are filled with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes. A pepperoni version is also available.

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration at Kimika
September 21, 2021, 6:45.03 pm ET


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To celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival, Kimika, the Japanese-Italian restaurant in Nolita, is offering an exclusive, limited selection of mooncakes from pastry chef Clarice Lam.

The mooncakes are available from September 21st through Sunday, September 26th for in-house dining and pickup at Kimika, in addition to Kimika’s sister restaurant Lotus + Cleaver in Long Island City.

Mooncake flavors include:

- Snow Skin mooncake with coconut mochi butter cake, peanuts and crispy chicken skin
-Traditional baked mooncake with fig and marzipan
-Snowskin mooncake with mascarpone cream and strawberry

Orders for pickup can be placed by emailing hello@kimikanyc.com

 

La Rotisserie Looks Beyond Chicken
September 20, 2021, 11:52.53 pm ET

 La Rotisserie Muscovy Duck, NYC
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If you’re in the camp that everything tastes better when it’s spit-roasted in a rotiserrie, then look no further than La Rotisserie in New York City.  Located in the former Le Coq Rico space, owner Francis Staub is using centuries-old French techniques to turn out tantalizing spit-roasted birds, including whole Muscovy duck and a Sasso chicken raised on Pennsylvania farms. The chicken is seasoned simply with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme and roasted undisturbed for 50 minutes. It’s offered with sauces such as sauce verte with herbs, garlic and anchovy; café de Paris butter with herbs, spices, Cognac and lemon; sauce poivre, a peppery blend of Cognac, cream, shallots, sherry vinegar and jus. 

La Rotisserie, Boneless Prime Short Rib, NYC

Staub is also going beyond birds with spit-roasted boneless prime short rib and salmon “tournedos,” roasted vertically with vegetables. The best way to sample everything is with the Rotisseur’s Menu which offers a choice of roast chicken, duck or short rib (or all three) with green salad and rotisserie potatoes for $42 at dinner and $22 at lunch. Desserts include the La Rotisserie apple tarte.

La Rotisserie Apple Tarte, NYC

La Rotisserie is located at 30 E 20th St, New York, NY 212) 267-7426

For more information, visit www.larotisserienyc.com 


Yard House Opens in Times Square
September 20, 2021, 11:43.50 pm ET


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Cold beer, good food, friendly service and lots of TV screens are what makes up a great sports bar. Yard House in Times Square hits the mark on all counts.

On the ground floor is a sprawling bar with more than 130 beers on tap. Picking one can be a daunting challenge, but our bartender was helpful in narrowing it down from name brands, to hard-to-find varieties to house brews. We settled on a house Pilsner which was quite refreshing. Beers come in two sizes; pints and 23-ounce towers that stand about a foot and a half tall.

The space is attractive with ample seating for small and large groups as well as cushioned booths. A smaller bar can also be found on the second floor.

The menu also boasts more than 100 items ranging from bar snacks and wings to prime burgers, beer-battered fish and chips, street tacos, salads, steaks and more. Prices to be quite affordable with a 1/2 LB cheddar burger weighing in at under 14 bucks with crispy fries.

 

Yard House is intent on making you feel comfortable whether you’re alone looking for a bite at the bar, or joining a large group after work. Think of it as an over-sized Cheers!

Yard House is located at 1441 Broadway, New York, NY (646) 434-2448

For more information, visit www.yardhouse.com 


Broadway's Mrs. Doubtfire Announces Full Casting
September 20, 2021, 6:13.27 pm ET

 
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Full casting has been announced for the Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which will resume performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on October 21 in advance of the official opening night on December 5. Based on the popular film, the show features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. It is directed by Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Lorin Latarro.

Tony Award nominee Rob McClure will star as Daniel Hillard, a man so determined to win back his ex-wife he cross-dresses as the family’s new nanny. He will be joined by Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard.

The cast will also feature Cameron Adams, Calvin L. Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Maria Dalanno, Casey Garvin, David Hibbard, KJ Hippensteel, Aaron Kaburick, Jodi Kimura, Erica Mansfield, Brian Martin, Alexandra Matteo, Sam Middleton, LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, Akilah Sailers, Jaquez André Sims, Travis Waldschmidt and Aléna Watters.

For tickets, visit Telecharge.com

 

Downtown's Alamo Drafthouse to Offer Outdoor Movies
September 20, 2021, 5:48.23 pm ET

 
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will offer a taste of its movie programming with three free-admission outdoor screenings on the Fosun Plaza at its soon-to-open new location at 28 Liberty.

The screenings will take place every Thursday night at 7pm from September 30 through October 14. The films will be projected in the building’s outdoor plaza, which features a signature sculpture by Jean Dubuffet and a Sunken Garden by Isamu Noguchi and they will be complemented by themed festivities and popcorn before the show.

The three films will be John Carpenter’s acclaimed thriller “Escape from New York,” starring Kurt Russell (October 14); the romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (September 30); and the family-friendly “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (October 7)

For more information, visit drafthouse.com/nyc

 

Tony Awards and "Broadway Back" to Air on September 26
September 20, 2021, 1:58.02 pm ET


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“The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!,” a celebration of the return of Broadway shows to be hosted by Leslie Odom, Jr., will air on Sunday, September 26 on CBS from 9pm-11pm. The presentation of majority of the American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards, to be hosted by Audra McDonald, will stream live exclusively from 7pm-9m on the Paramount+ network.

Among the stars who will appear throughout the four-hour evening are John Legend, Annaleigh Ashford, Kerry Butler, Kristin Chenoweth, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Jeremy Pope, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, BD Wong, Wayne Brady, David Byrne, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Matthew Morrison, Darlene Love, Jon Batiste, Stephanie J. Block, Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, Robbie Fairchild, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jordan Fisher, Santino Fontana, Andrew Garfield, Jared Grimes, Josh Groban, Jennifer Holliday, Nikki M. James, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ron Cephas Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Norm Lewis, John Lithgow, Lindsay Mendez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jennifer Nettles, Lynn Nottage, Adam Pascal, Bernadette Peters, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rapp, Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Ali Stroker, Courtney B. Vance, Daniel J. Watts and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In addition, there will be special performances from the three Tony nominated Best Musical contenders -- “Moulin Rouge,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and “Jagged Little Pill”; and the live presentation of three Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical.

Jordan Fisher to Lead Cast of Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen"
September 20, 2021, 10:38.13 am ET

Jordan Fisher to Lead Cast of Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen"
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JORDAN FISHER TO LEAD CAST OF BROADWAY’S “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”

Full casting has been announced for the Tony Award-winning production of “Dear Evan Hansen,” which will reopen on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on December 11. Directed by Michael Greif, the show features a book by Steven Levenson and a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The musical will once again feature Jordan Fisher in the title role, alongside Gabrielle Carrubba, Jessica Phillips, Christiane Noll, David Jeffery, Ivan Hernandez, Jared Goldsmith and Phoebe Koyabe.

The company also includes Zachary Noah Piser, Reese Sebastian Diaz, Nathan Levy, Dan Macke, Jane Pfitsch, Talia Simone Robinson, Asa Somers, Josh Strobl, Nicole Van Giesen, Linedy Genao and Mateo Lizcano.

Fisher previously appeared on Broadway in “Hamilton.” His numerous TV credits include “Rent: Live,” “Grease: Live,” “The Flash,” and “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series.” He also was the winner of Season 25 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

For more information, visit www.dearevanhansen.com

This Week in Live NYC Perfomance - Little Shop of Horrors, Only An Octave Above and more...
September 20, 2021, 1:01.58 am ET


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Little Shop of Horrors: Skid Row finally comes back to life at the Westside Theatre on September 21 with the return of the delicious Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical, now starring the always amazing Jeremy Jordan as the suddenly heroic Seymour, alongside original stars Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle. Bop-shoo-bop! www.littleshopny.com                                         

Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks: This popular Grammy Award-winning music group, specializing in the music of the 1920s and 1930s, begins a Monday and Tuesday night residency this week at popular Times Square eatery Bond 45. Take a swing and go! Call 212-869-4545 for reservations.


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Only an Octave Apart: Two of the most intriguing and celebrated performers around, cabaret superstar Justin Vivian Bond (aka Kiki of Kiki & Herb) and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, come to Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, September 21-October 3, to present a showcase of eclectic music ranging from “Dido & Aeneas” to Dido. www.stannswarehouse.org

Persuasion: Having made a theatrical splash with their adaptation of “Sense & Sensibility” (among other literary classics), the ultra-inventive company Bedlam now takes on another Jane Austen favorite. Do you need more persuading to buy a ticket? Performances run through October 31 at the Connelly Theatre. www.bedlam.org

Case Closed: The Life of Dorian Corey: True crime lovers, pay attention. This new murder-mystery, running through October 10 at the Gene Frankel Theatre, investigates who killed the mummy that was found in the closet of the legendary drag queen Dorian Corey after her death in 1993. www.casecloseddcs.com

Christine Andreas: While she began her career decades ago as Broadway’s leading ingenue (playing Laurey in “Oklahoma!” and Eliza in “My Fair Lady”), Andreas has grown into one of the world’s most sought-after singers, known for both her incredible voice and her commitment to lyrics. She returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 24-25. Be there! www.54Below.com


 

Fiver: Five New Spots to Try in NYC - La Rotisserie, Yard House, Maman, Tortazo & Spaghetti Tavern
September 18, 2021, 1:58.22 am ET

 La Rotisserie, Flatiron, NYC
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La Rotissere, a tribute to French rotisserie, has opened in Flatiron. Whole roasted chicken, beef short rib and Muscovy duck are among the options, along with jumbo crab cakes and mussels in a Riesling broth. Desserts include the La Rotisserie apple tart. 30 E 20th St, New York, NY (212) 267-7426

 Yard House, Times Square, NYC
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Yard House, which boasts the world’s largest selection of draft beers, opens on 41st St and Broadway in Times Square on Monday September 20th. There are 130 brews on tap and 100 American-style dishes, including prime burgers, steaks, pizzas and more. 1441 Broadway, New York, NY (646) 434-2448

Maman, Rockefeller Center, NYC
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Maman, the popular bakery chain, now has a location steps away from Rockefeller Center. Aside from tempting desserts like oversized cookies, pistachio chocolate croissants and lemon olive oil loaf cake, diners will also discover a nice selection of sandwiches, quiche and soups & salads. Inexpensive dishes are also available for the kids like ab&c, almond butter with seasonal fruit compote on country bread. 12 W 48th St, New York, NY

Tortazo, Flatiron, NYC
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Rick Bayless Tortazo is set to open its first New York branch on September 20th.  Look for traditional Mexican sandwiches called “tortas,” quesadillas, and bowls along with margaritas and Mexican beers. The restaurant also has ample outdoor seating. 1123 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (518) 888-3990

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Spaghetti Tavern has opened on the Upper West Side. It’s described as a pasta slinging honky tonk where the whiskey and tequila are flowing along with live country music, and pasta is served in paper bags. Look for the large moose atop its outdoor cabanas. 425 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY (347) 404-0079

Carmine’s Returns to Times Square
September 17, 2021, 12:23.39 pm ET

Carmine’s Returns to Times Square
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With Broadway back in action, so are some of the Theater District’s favorite restaurants.  Carmine’s had a line out the door as it reopened after being closed for much of the pandemic.  A red carpet leading the way.  Carmine’s is a draw for theatergoers looking for a bite before or after a show. The restaurant is known for its Italian classics like baked clams, fried calamari, veal parmigiana, shrimp scampi and a long list of pasta dishes.

Carmine’s Times Square is located at 200 West 44th St, New York, NY (212) 221-3800

For more information, visit www.carminesnyc.com 


The Flavors of Tuscany Return at Beppe in NYC
September 17, 2021, 12:50.49 am ET


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Beppe Trattoria makes its move from Time Square to a new spot further Uptown. The flavors of Tuscany prevail with dishes like Polipo, a pressed octopus salami served with red onion and beans over arugula, and Ribollita, a Tuscan fall soup with kale, beans and squash thickened with bread. Pastas include pappardelle with slow-braised wild boar, hot and sweet sausage over orecchiette, and linguini with prosciutto, cream, peas and cheese. Larger plates include a grilled grass fed T-Bone, stewed pork shank, and Tuscan fish stew. Ricotta cheesecake and tiramisu are counted among the desserts, along with s'mores.

Beppe Trattoria is located at 234 W 56th St, New York, NY (212) 586-2403

For more information, visit beppenyc.com 


Curtain Up! In Times Square Celebrates Return of Broadway
September 17, 2021, 12:36.02 am ET


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“Curtain Up!” a three-day series of theater-related events to mark the return of Broadway -- created by Playbill in partnership with The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance -- will take place on Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th in Times Square, stretching between 45th and 48th Streets.

The series will kick off at noon Friday with an event hosted by Broadway stars Norm Lewis and Michael Urie. It will also feature guest speakers from Playbill, The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance, along with Commissioner Anne Del Castillo of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Vikki Been, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. In addition, there will also be special performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Vosk, with music director John McDaniel. 

 

Other events in the series will feature Broadway stars Joshua Henry, James T. Lane, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lauren Marcus, Bianca Marroquin, Jose Llana and Robin De Jesus, composers Jason Robert Brown and Joe Iconis, and columnist Michael Riedel, among many others.

On Sunday, September 19, from 11am until 1pm, there will be a special concert, hosted by Jelani Alladin, that will spotlight marquee talent from approximately 25 returning and new Broadway productions.

For more information, visit https://www.playbill.com/curtainup


Cocktail Time - The Purple Banana at Casa Ora
September 16, 2021, 1:08.21 am ET


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Casa Ora in Williamsburg has reopened with a new look, updated menu and some pretty spiffy cocktails. The Purple Banana is one of them. The bright purple drink lives up to its name. It is made with tequila, dry vermouth, Blue Pea Tea, and yes, banana.

 

The Peligrosa is a sexy cocktail that arrives with a spiced rim draped over one side of the glass. It's a mix of tequila, chile de arbol, tamarind, orgeat, and lime.

Caracas Caracas is the favorite of Ivo Diaz who developed the cocktail program at Casa Ora. The drink is made with Santa Teresa Rum, chocolate bitters and papelón. It's described as a summer twist on an Old Fashioned made only from Venezuelan ingredients.

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

For more information, visit www.casaoranyc.com 

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The 11th Annual Taste of the Seaport Returns in October
September 16, 2021, 12:26.18 am ET

 
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The 11th annual Taste of the Seaport returns on October 16, from 12pm to 3pm, at Piers 16 and 17. The annual event benefits the arts and enrichment programs at Public School 397 (The Spruce Street School) and Public School 343 (The Peck Slip School).

Downtown’s premier food festival brings together over 30 of the best restaurants in Lower Manhattan and showcases an array of local vendors, artisans, entertainers, and family friendly activities, making it an enjoyable day out for children and adults alike. Food lovers are invited to explore a variety of culinary options available with delicious dishes from Eataly Downtown, Brooklyn Chop House, Industry Kitchen, Watermark Bar, Beatnic (formerly by CHLOE), Fresh Salt, Stout FiDi, Route 66 Smokehouse and Mac Daddy’s, to name a few.

For the first time, Taste of the Seaport will also have a demonstration stage where guests can learn the Art of Pizza Making from Keste or watch an Interactive Potion Mixology Demonstration by The Cauldron NYC. There will be live music in addition to family-friendly activities at the festival’s KidsZone. The Pier Bar will also be open throughout the day, offering a selection of beer, wine and soda for purchase.

Ticket packs are currently available for purchase at www.tasteoftheseaport.org for $45 for five tastes. Guests may also purchase tickets on the day of the festival for $50. VIP tables will also be available for an additional fee, which will provide access to an exclusive seating area complete with table service and complimentary beer, wine and soda.

 

3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Cecconi's, Momofuku Ssam Bar and Tacombi Flatiron
September 16, 2021, 12:12.43 am ET

 3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Cecconi's & more...
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Set in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, Cecconi’s in DUMBO offers killer view of the New York City skyline. The Italian restaurant with locations around the world is known for its house-made pastas and stylish dining inside and out. Look for things like whipped ricotta and truffle honey crostini, ahi tuna tartare with avocado and fresh mint, plus an assortment wood-oven pizzas.  Diners will also discover spicy spaghetti with Maine lobster, filet mignon with mushroom sauce, and veal chop Milanese with lemon and sage. There’s also a nice selection of champagnes and sparkling wines. 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 650-3900

3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssäm Bar at Pier 17 in the Seaport District also offers an excellent mix of indoor and outdoor dining with waterfront views. Large and small plates for sharing are offered.  On the small side, there are spiced pepper wings Sichuan-style, smoked sweet and sour ribs, and chili jam popcorn shrimp. Larger plates include sizzling bavette steak, crispy fish, grilled pork belly and a Wagyu rib-eye. Pier 17 89 South Street New York, NY

3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Tacombi Flatiron

And who doesn’t like tacos and cerveza (beer)? At Tacombi in Flatiron, the laid back taqueria feel continues to draw people in, along with the super fresh tacos made with traditional fillings like Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Baja crispy fish. 30 West 24th Street, New York, NY (212) 242-3491

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Fashion Takes Center Stage at The Met
September 15, 2021, 7:03.59 pm ET


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's new exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” opening on September 18, launches a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. It establishes a modern vocabulary of American fashion based on its expressive qualities.
Approximately 100 men's and women's ensembles by a diverse range of designers from the 1940s to the present are featured. Enclosed in scrimmed cases that represent three-dimensional "patches" of a quilt, the outfits are organized into 12 sections that explore defining emotional qualities: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness.

The second and larger section of this exhibit,” In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will open in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022 and will present sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those rooms.


Around Town – 3 Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day
September 15, 2021, 6:11.04 pm ET

 
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If you are looking to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on Saturday, September 18th, Black Tap is offering its All American Burger. The first 100 customers to submit their emails on Black Tap’s dedicated National Cheeseburger Day website will win a complimentary cheeseburger with any purchase (food or drink) at its SoHo and Midtown locations.

 
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Black Barn Chef John Doherty is offering some tips on creating the ultimate burger at home. They include using a brioche bun topped with tarentaise cheese, a custom blend of Angus beef, brisket and a touch of Dry-Aged Strip, and toppings like grilled pork belly, tomato confit and fresh jalapeno peppers. And of course you will need some skin-on fries. Or, you can just order the Black Barn Burger.

 
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You can also stop by Gotham Burger Social Club’s residency at the Jane Hotel in the Meatpacking District, Thursday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm. The smash burgers are smothered with cheese and caramelized onions on a toasted Martin’s potato bun.


Wau arrives on the UWS
September 14, 2021, 11:57.45 pm ET

Wau arrives on the UWS
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From the team at Laut comes Wau on the Upper West Side serving the flavors of Southeast Asia. The meal begins with dishes like fried samosas filled with potatoes, peas and spices, and char-grilled skewers with a p peanut dipping sauce made with chicken, lamb, goat and shrimp, among others. Larger plates bring  Nasi Lemak, the national dish of Malaysia with grilled squid, dried “little fish”, chicken lemongrass, sweet & sour salad, and coconut rice; Udang Panggang Harum made with char-grilled prawns, fried egg, lemongrass in a chili sauce; and Kari Ayam, chicken curry with roti paratha. All are served in a festive atmosphere.

434 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY (917) 261-5926

For more information, visit waunyc.com 


Little Island Hosts Dance Festival
September 14, 2021, 5:31.27 pm ET

 
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The 2021 Little Island Dance Festival, which has been curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard, will run from Wednesday, September 15. through Sunday, September 19. Most events are free of charge.

The Dance Festival features a wide variety of artists including Aaron Mattocks; The Afro-Latineers; Barkha Patel; Crystal Monee Hall; Eddie Hernandez; Danni Gee; Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance; Evidence, A Dance Company; House of Xtravaganza; Jared Alexander Sprague; Leo Manzari; Leonardo Sandoval & Music from the Sole; Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy; Michiyaya Dance, Morgan James and Doug Wamble; Paradise Drummers; Rokafella; It’s Showtime NYC; Ted Louis Levy; and Tomoe Carr.

The festival will celebrate National Dance Day on September 18 with the premiere of new work by Josh Prince, Ray Mercer, Darrell Moultrie, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher and will culminate with a showcase of young and mature dancers.

For a full schedule of programming visit littleisland.org/dance-festival

 

Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" Announces Full Cast
September 14, 2021, 10:41.50 am ET

 Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" Announces Full Cast
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Complete casting has been announced for the Broadway return of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Directed by the late Harold Prince, the show is set to resume performances on Friday, October 22 at The Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street) – the musical’s New York home for all 33 record-breaking years.

The cast will be led by Ben Crawford as ‘The Phantom,’ Meghan Picerno as ‘Christine Daaé’ and John Riddle as ‘Raoul, Sara Esty as ‘Meg Giry’, Bradley Dean as ‘Monsieur André,’ Craig Bennett as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Raquel Suarez Groen as ‘Carlotta Giudicelli,’ Maree Johnson as ‘Madame Giry’and Carlton Moe as ‘Ubaldo Piangi.’

Joining the production in her Broadway debut is Emilie Kouatchou, who will play the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ at certain performances. She will be the first Black actor to play the role of ‘Christine’ in the Broadway production.

The ensemble will include Giselle Alvarez, Polly Baird, Janinah Burnett, Xiaoxiao Cao, David Michael Garry, Chris Georgetti, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Katharine Heaton, Satomi Hofmann, Ted Keegan, Kfir, Kelly Loughran, Scott Mikita, Greg Mills, Justin Peck, Patricia Phillips, Richard Poole, Jessica Radetsky, Janet Saia, Paul A. Schaefer, Carly Blake Sebouhian, Jeremy Stolle, Carrington Vilmont, Jim Weitzer, Elizabeth Welch and Erica Wong.

For tickets and information, visit www.telecharge.com


Bandits Does Brunch in the West Village
September 13, 2021, 7:46.44 pm ET


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Bandit, the 70s inspired watering hole in the West Village, is introducing weekend brunch starting Saturday, September 18th.  Look for elevated diner fare such as Steak and Eggs with steak, soft scrambled eggs, “Many Peppercorns” sauce, and scallion;  Huevos Banditos with Mezcal refried beans, lots of cheese, fried tortilla, salsa ranchera, avocado crema, fried egg and cilantro; and French Toast made with fluffy Challah bread, blackberry, strawberry, peach compote, brûléed banana, strawberry butter and bourbon-infused maple syrup. There’s also Vegan Biscuit & Gravy made with Impossible sausage. Drinks include takes on brunch staples like the Bandits Bloody Mary (served three ways), and the Royale which arrives in a pint glass with the right amount of vodka, tots, shishito, pickle, cherry tomato, bacon, olive, and lemon wedge. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. 

Bandits is located at 44 Bedford St, New York, NY (917) 261-6447

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

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Tiësto returns to New York City for Halloween Weekend
September 13, 2021, 7:20.04 pm ET

 

DEG Presents is excited to announce the long-awaited New York City return of acclaimed Producer/DJ, Tiësto, who will kick off Halloween weekend with a performance at The New York Expo Center (1110 Oak Point Ave. in the Bronx) on Friday, October 29th.

Tiësto’s single, “Don’t Be Shy,” is the latest work to emerge from a recent portfolio of hits that includes the global smash “Jackie Chan” (w/ Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone), “The Business” and “The Business, PT. 2” (w/ Ty Dolla $ign), among others. Fans in attendance will experience a performance from Tiësto that includes his own legendary original material, in addition to favorites spanning the catalog of his tastemaking label, Musical Freedom. It all comes together under the watchful eye of DEG, an organization known to fans for producing the city’s top electronic music events throughout the years including the Halloween-themed “Pier Of Fear” and “Fearhouse,” to name a few. Proof of vaccination required.

For ticket information, visit https://arep.co/p/tiesto-fearhouse


Afficionado Coffee Roasters Opens in Hell's Kitchen
September 13, 2021, 6:58.33 pm ET

 

Afficionado Coffee Roasters now has its first Manhattan location. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, the space is centered around two original brick arches, uncovered during construction, alongside bolder finishes that include Italian terracotta and white corian countertops. Hand-woven tapestries and custom artwork add to the sophisticated setting.

Afficionado is also known for traveling to remote corners of the world for the finest coffee, including Rwanda, Peru, Bolivia, Ethiopia and beyond. The coffee is roasted at Afficionado’s New Jersey facility. Guests will discover selection of classic espresso drinks, including cortados, lattes and cappuccinos, churned out from Afficionado’s La Marzocco GB5s machine.  Breakfast and lunch items are also offered.

 
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Afficionado Coffee Roasters is located at 750 11th Avenue, New York, NY (888) 447-7401 

For more information, visit www.afficionadocoffee.com 


Leslie Odom Jr to Host Tony Awards TV Special
September 13, 2021, 12:29.50 pm ET

 
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Tony Award winner Leslie Odom. Jr will host “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” on Sunday, September 26, which will air on CBS from 9pm-11pm.

This unprecedent event will feature superstar Broadway entertainers and Tony Award winners re-uniting on stage to perform beloved classics and celebrate the joy and magic of live theatre; special performances from the three Tony nominated Best Musical contenders -- “Moulin Rouge,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and “Jagged Little Pill”; and the live presentation of three Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical.

The presentation of majority of the American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards at 7pm, to be hosted by six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, will stream live exclusively on the Paramount+ network.

Odom won the Tony and Grammy Awards for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton.” Earlier this year, he received two Academy Award nominations for co-starring in and writing songs for the acclaimed film “One Night in Miami.” Currently, he can be heard voicing the character of ‘Owen Tillerman’ in Season 2 of the Apple TV+ animated musical-comedy series “Central Park” and will star in David Chase’s “Sopranos” prequel, “Many Saints of Newark,” which is set to be released in theatres on October 1.


Broadway's Big Week Has Arrived
September 13, 2021, 1:05.32 am ET

 
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While Broadway may have officially “re-opened” a few weeks ago, theatergoers are particularly excited about what’s happening this week, as one new show and six returning shows make their way to the Great White Way.

On September 14, Ruben Santiago-Hudson acclaimed autobiographical solo show, “Lackawanna Blues,” begins previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (in anticipation of a September 25 opening). That same night, four blockbusters are back on the block: “Hamilton” comes back to the Richard Rodgers Theatre; “The Lion King” lands again at the Minskoff Theatre, “Wicked” finds it’s good to be (back) home at the Gershwin Theatre; and the long-running hit “Chicago” kicks up it heels at the Ambassador Theatre.

Then on September 17, the Tony Award-winning sensation “David Byrne’s American Utopia” finds itself in some heavenly new digs, the St. James Theatre, while the mega-popular “Six” make a royal return to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Curtains up, light the lights!

This Week In Live NYC Performance
September 13, 2021, 12:51.01 am ET


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Neal Brennan: Unacceptable: Proving that he’s a comedian’s comedian, Brennan’s now show at the Cherry Lane -- in which the comedian meticulously examines his own defects while attempting to understand his baffling inability to fit into a group – has already been seen by such geniuses as David Letterman, Stephen Colbert and Chris Rock. Now, it’s your turn (through November 21). www.UnacceptableShow.com

Lindsey Buckingham: The legendary guitarist and singer – for over 40 years one-fifth of pop supergroup Fleetwood Mac and the voice of such megahit singles as “Holiday Road” – makes a rare solo appearance at NYC’s Town Hall on September 16. You can get there your own way. www.thetownhall.org

Judy Gold: One of the funniest ladies on planet Earth, the Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic is sure to keep audiences laughing in the aisles, or at least in their seats, during her September 17 show at City Winery Hudson River Park’s intimate Loft space. www.citywinery.org

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet: Broadway favorites Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser are both the writers and stars of this new Off-Broadway musical at the DR2 (beginning on September 17) about a pair of jingle writers who are chosen to help a pop diva (played by the always fabulous Bryonha Marie Parham) create a new anthem for her – and her new perfume. www.telecharge.com

Dave Koz and Friends: Renowned jazz icon Dave Koz (best known to 1990s daytime drama fans for composing the then-theme to “General Hospital”) makes a rare NYC appearance at the new Palladium Times Square on September 18. He will be joined by Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and emerging jazz artist Vincent Ingala. www.marqueeconcerts.com

Alison Arngrim: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: The actually delightful actress – who so convincingly played “Little House on the Prairie” mean girl Nellie Oleson -- brings her uproarious, dirt-dishing solo show to downtown’s Caveat on September 19. www.eventbrite.com

Chai Brings flavors of Beijing to Midtown
September 11, 2021, 10:02.24 am ET


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Manhattan’s Restaurant Row can now add authentic Beijing cuisine to its repertoire. Chai is offering regional Chinese cuisine at its Midtown location. Appetizers including things like Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs and Duck Rolls with Chef’s special sauce. Dim Sum brings assorted dumplings and red chili wontons, or you can opt for Chai’s Treasure Platter which includes four signature selections. Larger plates include Peking Duck (whole or half), whole Dungeness crab with Szechuan peppers, braised pork belly in brown sauce, General Tso’s Chicken, and duck fried rice. In all, more than 80 dishes are offered including vegan and vegetarian options.

Chai is located at 353W 46th Street, New York, NY  (646) 669-8299

For more information, visit www.chai-nyc.com 

Honoring the Victims of 9/11 Terror Attacks 20 Years Later
September 10, 2021, 7:26.27 pm ET

 
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On September 11, 2021, Americans across the nation will honor the victims of the 2,996 people who died from the terror attacks on 9/11 and those who have died since from 9/11-related illnesses.

The ceremony will include the reading of the names by family members in-person and several moments of silence, starting at 8:46am when American Airline Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and at 9:03am when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. 

At 9:40am a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon, and at 10:03am when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

At sundown, the annual “Tribute in Light” will once again illuminate the sky in commemoration of the attacks from two 48-foot squares comprised of nearly 89,000 lights visible for some 60 miles around Manhattan.

For more information, visit www.911memorial.org  

 

Hawksmoor Debuts in Landmarked New York City Building
September 10, 2021, 6:36.33 pm ET


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One of London’s best loved restaurants, Hawksmoor, is now open just steps away from Manhattan’s Gramercy Park. The restaurant is known for its dry-aged steaks cooked over live charcoal and award-winning cocktail program. It is located inside the historic United Charities Building which has been closed from public view for over a century. The carefully-restored Assembly Hall that gave a platform to civic pioneers such as Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, now serves as a grand dining room welcoming the people of New York once more.

Co-owners and friends, Huw Gott and Will Beckett are passionate about food, traveling the United States in search of the best farmers, ranchers and fishermen to source American beef, sustainable seafood and small-farm produce. “Opening a restaurant in New York City has been a dream of ours for so many years, and it has been a genuine privilege to get to know the city, its restaurants and restaurateurs so well over the many years of working towards this opening,” said Beckett.

Steaks dominate the menu - Rib-eye, Porterhouse, T-Bone, Strip, and Prime Rib Chop – along with sauces such as Bone Marrow Gravy, Anchovy Hollandaise and Bayley Hazen Hollandaise.  The menu by Group Executive Chef Matt Brown (formerly Head Chef at three Michelin-starred Restaurant Marco Pierre White and La Tante Claire) and Executive Chef Matt Bernero (formerly Head Chef of Minetta Tavern) also features Charcoal-Roasted Bone Marrow Oysters; Charcoal-Roasted Scallops with white port and garlic; and Old Spot Pork Belly with vinegar slaw.

Mains include a Veal Chop with fried oysters; Charcoal-Roasted Maine Lobster; and Cast-iron Filet Steak topped with bone marrow skirlie. Triple Cooked Chips, Macaroni & Cheese, Creamed Spinach, and Caesar Salad with Cantabrian Anchovies are counted among the sides. For dessert, there is Sticky Toffee Pudding and Maple Custard Tart with maple & crème fraiche ice cream and shaved pecan praline.

 

The cocktail menu offers London favorites, like the Hawksmoor Calling with gin, local honey, and Lustau Manzanilla sherry; Amaro Coretto, a nod to the espresso martini; and Full Fat Old Fashioned with brown butter bourbon and extra-aged rye.

Hawksmoor is located at 109 E 22nd St, New York, NY (212) 777-1840.

For more information, visit hawksmoornyc.com


NYC Bites - The Soft Shell Crab at Barn Joo in NoMad
September 10, 2021, 1:52.25 am ET


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Our quest to find the best bites in New York City takes us to Barn Joo in NoMad, an Asian gastropub serving up intricate cocktails and delicious small plates. We stopped in for the Soft Shell Crab. It’s cooked in a light rice batter until golden brown with a sweet potato crunch and lively salsa on top, tangy house-made tartar sauce and pickled ginger. It makes for one terrific bite!

Barn Joo NoMad is located at 816 6th Ave, New York, NY (917) 409-1637

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The Hugh Food Hall Opening in Midtown
September 10, 2021, 1:34.25 am ET

The Hugh Food Hall in Midtown
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The Hugh, a sleek new food hall, is adding exciting new dishes to Midtown’s food scene. Located on 53rd and Lex, the expansive space is home to a branch of Avocaderia, which got its start at Industry City, Alidoro’s Italian sandwiches, Israeli favorite Miznon, a craft beer bar from Joseph Brothers and more.

The Hugh Food Hall in Midtown, Alodoro

The hall which will feature 17 bars and restaurants is set to open to the public on Monday September 13th.

The Hugh is located at 601 East 53rd St, New York, NY

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Around Town – Halfway to Margaritaville, New Jasper Johns Exhibit, Autumn Moon Festival and more…
September 8, 2021, 6:39.56 pm ET

 
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LandShark Bar & Grill and Margaritaville Restaurant in Times Square are celebrating their very own Halfway to Margarita Day holiday (official Margarita Day takes place February 22) with $6 House Margaritas on Thursday, September 9th and Friday, September 10th. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each House Margarita will be donated on 9/9 and 9/10 to Tuesday’s Children. For more information, please visit: www.tuesdayschildren.org

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, kicking off September 15, Tasca is celebrating the foods of the Iberian Peninsula with the foods of Spain, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  There will also be carefully crafted rum cocktails made from over 100 varieties of premium rums.

Tickets are now on sale for Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror Exhibition at the Whitney opening September 29th.  It offers a fresh take on the living legend with more than five hundred artworks, from his iconic flags to recent works never before shown publicly. 

Milu is hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival on Tuesday, September 21st. It’s a time when family and friends gather to celebrate the full moon, bountiful harvest and time with each other. The $188 meal for 3-4 people is available for pick up. 

Festival, NYC’s farm-to-bar experience, is celebrating the U.S. Open on the Upper East Side with its commemorative outdoor cabanas, drink specials and exclusive giveaways. The standout cocktail for this special promotion is a take on the US Open’s signature drink with Honey Deux (Served Bramble Style - Grey Goose Vodka, Melon Cordial, Melon Liqueur, Frozen Gooseberry Balls), crafted by head mixologist, Devan van Eyck.  

The Black Entrepreneur Series is returning to Olmsted in Prospect Heights this month. Chefs Mohamed Wahiba (Sept 18-19) of Tripoli Events and Jared Howard (Sept 25-26) of Honey Bunny’s Chicken (who both participated in last summer’s series and sold out on a daily basis!) will once again take over the Olmsted kitchen and dining room by way of crafting signature and exclusive dishes to commence the fall season. Each chef will host two full days of dining from 12-8pm (or until they sell out). 

Founder of Bloom & Plume and host of HBO Max’s Full Bloom, Maurice Harris, is bringing his floral artwork to Midtown Manhattan. It’s all part of Rockefeller Center’s Art in Focus series. The florist-designer’s portrait installation is described as a celebration of Black joy, Black excellence, and humanity. The installation is free and open to the public.  

On The Line,’ an industry-focused event series created by ATO, in partnership with S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, is back. The event celebrates and supports restaurant line cooks, providing them with opportunities in this ever-changing industry. The next 'On The Line' event will take place at Atoboy in November.  Entries for young and aspiring chefs will be open from Wednesday, September 8, 2021 through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Nominations can be submitted by restaurant managers, chefs, teammates, and/or any restaurant adjacent figure. Selected line cooks will be contacted via email.


Kyuramen Draws a Crowd in the East Village
September 8, 2021, 12:53.48 am ET


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A new ramen spot has popped up on 14th Street in the East Village. Kyuramen has a bit of a tiki feel with lots of bamboo and counter that overlooks the open kitchen. Kyuramen offers three types of ramen found in Japan with the focus on the preparation of the Chashu pork. Dishes include the Tokyo Tonkotsu Shouyu served with pork chashu, bamboo shoot, wakame, half marinated egg, nori, corn, and scallion in pork broth. There’s also Tonkatsu Curry Ramen and Thai Tom Yam Ramen with shrimp, among others. Steamed Pork Bao Buns, Takoyaki Octopus Balls, and Okonomiyaki, a Japanese style pan-fried pancake, are counted among the appetizers. There’s also a nice assortment of rice and ramen burgers, including one with deep-fried soft shell crab.


For more information, visit www.kyuramen.com 


State-of-the-Art Ferris Wheel Steals the Show in Times Square
September 8, 2021, 12:13.15 am ET


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A 110-foot tall ferris wheel is now part of the landscape in Times Square. Located between West 48th and West 49th Street on Broadway, the ride is open daily from 12pm to 11:59pm. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults and can be purchased online or in person. But, you'd better hurry.  The pop-up ride is only around until September 12th.

For more information, visit timessquarenyc.org 

 

Restaurant Radar – Carmine’s, Sardi’s and John’s Pizzeria
September 7, 2021, 11:50.15 pm ET

 
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As Broadway prepares for its comeback, some familiar names in the Theater District are also poised to reopen.

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant in Times Square has a sign out front that reads simply, “See you in September.” The restaurant is known for its Southern Italian cuisine and large plates for sharing.

Sardi’s is setting the stage for a reopening sometime in early Fall. The Broadway legend has been closed for much of the pandemic as Broadway remained shuttered.

And John’s of Times Square, also on West 44th Street, is now expected to reopen on September 13th. John’s is best known for its thin-crust, brick oven pizzas.

One restaurant not returning is The Ribbon. It is being replaced by Bacall’s Family Steakhouse which is set to open on September 17th.

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92nd Street Y has Stars Galore Live in September
September 7, 2021, 6:23.58 pm ET

 
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The 92nd Street Y has announced a star-studded line-up of in-person talks, conversations and readings for September.

Guests can listen to New York Times reporter and celebrated podcaster Jim O’Grady discuss the events of September 11, 2011 with Budd Mishkin (9/9); “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Christopher Meloni talking with TV reporter Michael Ausiello (9/12); “Dear Evan Hansen” film stars Ben Platt and Amandla Sternberg and director Stephen Chobsky chatting after a special screening of the new movie (9/12); Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in conversation with David Rubinstein (9/13); two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead reading from his newest novel “Harlem Shuffle” (9/14); author Colm Toibin reading from his book “The Magician” (9/17); CNN anchor Anderson Cooper discussing his new book about his family “The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty” with best pal Andy Cohen (9/21); and musician, actor and author Stevie Van Zandt discussing his memoir “Unrequired Infatuations” with Jay Cocks (9/29).

These events will also be available online for people who cannot attend in person. For more information, visit www.92Y.org


Full Cast Announced for Broadway's To Kill A Mockingbird
September 7, 2021, 6:11.24 pm ET

 
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Complete casting has been announced for Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which return to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on October 5. The play is directed by Bartlett Sher and features a script by Aaron Sorkin.

Joining original stars Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger as as Scout Finch are Portia as Calpurnia, Hunter Parrish as Jem Finch, Michael Braugher as Tom Robinson, Russell Harvard as Link Deas, Neal Huff as Bob Ewell, Erin Wilhelmi as Mayella Ewell, Noah Robbins as Dill Harris, Zachary Booth as Horace Gilmer, Gordon Clapp as Judge John Taylor, Patricia Conolly as Mrs. Dubose, Christopher Innvar as Sheriff Heck Tate, Ted Koch as Mr. Cunningham and Amelia McClain as Miss Stephanie.

Ian Bedford, Rosalyn Coleman, Anne-Marie Cusson, Michael Bryan French, Steven Lee Johnson, Tyler Lea, Mariah Lee, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Luke Smith, Yaegel T. Welch and William Youmans round out the ensemble.

For tickets and information, visit telecharge.com

 

Art Around Town in September: Sights for the Smart Set
September 7, 2021, 12:29.41 am ET

 
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Undercurrent: This immersive audiovisual art experience at the Jefferson in Brooklyn features over 60,000 square feet of interactive installations featuring the work some of today's most exciting musicians including Bon Iver, Grimes, Jorja Smith, Khruangbin, Miguel, The 1975, Actress, Aluna, Jayda G, Mount Kimbie and Nosaj Thing. Each installation has been created to inspire positive impact in the world and drives to three climate-focused nonprofit partners: Kiss the Ground, Ocean Conservancy and Global Forest Generation. (undercurrent.world)

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams: Just in time for New York Fashion Week, this exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum explores the history of the House of Dior, bringing to life Dior's many sources of inspiration—from the splendor of flowers and other natural forms to classical and contemporary art. With objects drawn primarily from the Dior archives, the exhibition presents a wide array of over 200 haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements and accessories. (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham: This multi-sensory installation, which takes place for eight weeks at an enormous two-level space at 26 Fulton Street, will bring the beloved documentarian’s career and keen eye to life with a range of dynamic experiences — from a grand staircase where guests’ outfits will be digitally transformed into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement to an ever-changing gallery of iconic photos revealing the surprising links between the sartorial trends captured by Cunningham and today’s latest street styles. (www.timesofbill.com)


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Brick By Brick, Putting It Together: The Broadway Set Miniatures of Henry Lee: This special pop-up exhibit at the New York Library for the Performing Arts will showcase LEGO re-creations of six iconic Broadway sets – “Company” “Follies,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd” -- complemented with archival materials from the Library's collections related to each show. (www.nypl.org)


Live Performance in NYC This Week
September 6, 2021, 5:29.28 pm ET


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Sanctuary City: 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok’s latest play, an unforgettable story about lifelong friends that ultimately asks all of us what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love, comes to the Lucille Lortel Theatre courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop starting on September 8. www.nytw.org

Yeah, But Not Right Now: This new one-man musical by Broadway star A.J. Holmes finds the multi-talented performer willing to tell audiences all the most embarrassing things about himself. What could be more fun? Begins September 9 at the Soho Playhouse. www.sohoplayhouse.com

Rebecca Faulkenberry: Broadway veteran Rebecca Faulkenberry will perform a selection of classic hits from the Great White Way from one of the private balconies at the Kimberly Hotel (145 East 50th Street) on September 9 from 7pm to 8pm. You can enjoy her vocals from the street or while dining and drinking at the hotel’s Bistango and Empire Steakhouse restaurants. www.kimberlyhotel.com

Bikeman: Tony-nominated actor Robert Cuccioli will narrate this epic poem by award-winning journalist Thomas F. Flynn, who recounted the events that immediately followed the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. This free live reading takes place at the New York Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium at 4pm on September 10. RSVPs required. www.eventbrite.com

Lena Hall: In her new show, “Songs from the Nightcar,” he Tony Award-winning vocalist presents an evening of original music mixed with an assortment of songs as featured in the TV series “Snowpiercer,” on which she stars. All aboard -- at City Winery Hudson Yards on September 10. www.citywinery.org

Classical Theatre of Harlem: The renowned theatre company comes to Bryant Park on September 10 for a pair of inspired free performances: “A Harlem Dream,” written and directed by Peter Francis James, is a stirring tribute to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” using the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Duke Ellington; while “Langston in Harlem” features Tony nominee Joshua Henry as the late, great poet Langston Hughes. www.cthnyc.org

My Mother’s Severed Head: Charles Cissel’s dark comedy focuses on Robert, a dogged playwright stuck in the family business after the untimely decapitation of his mother. Wrap your head around that! Performances begin on September 10 at Theatre Row. https://bfany.org/theatre-row

 

3 places to try if you can snag a table - The Spaniard, Spanish Diner and Bodega 88
September 6, 2021, 11:38.42 am ET

3 places to try if you can snag a table - The Spaniard
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The Spaniard on West 4th Street always seems to have a perpetual line. After all, their motto is “fine food, strong drinks and plentiful whiskey (there are more than 100 types to choose from). On the menu, you will find dishes like char-boiled oysters, steak tartare, a patty melt with bacon, cheddar and tomato chutney, and a shrimp sandwich with jalapeno mayo. For dessert, there’s butterscotch cookies. Cocktails include a passion fruit mojito and palomas. 190 West 4th Street, New York, NY (212) 918-1986

3 places to try if you can snag a table - Spanish Diner

If you haven’t been to Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain you don’t know what you are missing. The sprawling space with dining indoors and out has emerged as a favorite for tourist sand New Yorkers alike. Sit back with a glass of Spanish wine or sangria and enjoy aged Serrano ham twirled around mini breadsticks, Bikini Mixto (grilled ham and cheese sandwich), a Spanish omelet with potato chips and traditional Spanish stew, and more. For dessert, there’s goat milk flan and freshly made churros with hot chocolate on weekends. 435 W 30th St, New York, NY (646) 495-1242

 3 places to try if you can snag a table - Bodega 88

On a sun-filled stretch of Columbus Avenue you will find Bodgea 88, a popular neighborhood spot and sports bar.  Things turn spicy on the menu with “caliente” wings and tacos with choice of chipotle chicken, pernil, salsa verde shrimp and more. There's a traditional Cuban sandwich with ham, pork, Swiss, pickles and mustard, as well as a different take on mofungo.  Drinks include a pomegranate mojito and cucumber cooler. There’s also a nice selection of beer, hard ciders and seltzers. For dessert, try some guava cream cheese empanadas. 573 Columbus Ave, New York, NY (212) 799-1602

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Little Rebel Opens in the East Village
September 5, 2021, 3:45.30 am ET


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Little Rebel, which features a mug shot of David Bowie by the bar, is for the little bit of rebel in all of us. The sexy bi-level space on East 14th Street and Second Avenue is already drawing a nice crowd for its interesting bar bites and cocktails. Small bites include kimchi crostini, buffalo chicken spring rolls, everything bagel wings and short rib croquettes. Larger plates bring hanger steak & frites, pork belly with celery root puree and a vegan pot pie. There's also a "rebel" burger and a fried chicken sandwich with candy bacon. Cocktails come with names like James Dean, Electric Koolaid and Chasing Waterfalls. 

Little Rebel is located at 219 2nd Ave, New York, NY (646) 922-7325

For more information, visit littlerebelnyc.com 


Some Labor Day Weekend Getaways... Sort of
September 4, 2021, 6:47.03 pm ET


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Talea, the women-run brewery, is offering a special Labor Day Weekend Flight as we say goodbye to summer. It features Al Dente Italian-Style Pilsner, Sun Up Hazy IPA, Pineapple Papaya Punch Sour Ale, Tropicberry Tart Deco Sour IPA.  

The crew at Grand Banks, Drift In, Pilot and Island Oyster are working all weekend (including Monday) with a fresh supply of oysters, seafood and cocktails. They are also supporting hurricane relief efforts provided by The Cajun Army in Louisiana.

Cantina Rooftop is offering what it calls a “staycation” with rooftop offerings where you can take in the sun and a taste of Mexico. Options include nachos, chile rellenos, tostada de tuna and the “big ass” taco.  Wash it down with some Mezcal Smash.

If you’re looking for day trip from Manhattan, Limani Rosyln is providing a taste of the Greek Islands with raw bar and fresh seafood from around the world in a spacious indoor and outdoor setting. 

 

Italian Pastries Reign Supreme at Chef Ignacio Mattos' Lodi
September 4, 2021, 6:05.27 pm ET


Biscotti with Hazelnuts and Ribbons of Chocolate


Bomboloni with Raspberry & Cream Cheese Filling


Bomboloni with Cream Filling


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The shop is also showcasing pies, tarts, croissants, sandwiches and more.  

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

For more information, visit lodinyc.com

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Mr. Chips in Brooklyn for Diner Classics
September 4, 2021, 5:56.29 pm ET


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Burgers, shakes and cheesesteaks are among the comfort foods awaiting at Mr. Chips, a retro-style diner with comfy booths now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Breakfast brings oversized sausages with house-made home fries served with choice of eggs, or omelets. The restaurant is also offering a rendition of chicken and waffles with crispy chicken strips. Burgers start with a thick juicy patty stacked high with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato. There is also a “Max” version which includes chili.

Cheesesteaks arrive on a crispy baguette smothered with sautéed onions. Both the burger and cheesestaeak are served with a healthy portion of fries. Looking for something lighter, Cobb, Greek and Caesar salads are offered with an optional chicken add-on. Shakes come in traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, along with pistachio, black & white and Oreo cookie.

Mr. Chips is located at 7506 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY (347) 909-7054

 

Nique Present: Reveuse Dinner Show & All White Afterparty at Skorpios
September 3, 2021, 7:12.12 pm ET

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Nique presents the Rêveuse Dinner Show & All White Afterparty NYC Fashion Week hosted by Skorpios (5 E. 54th St.) on Friday, September 10th from 8pm - 4:30am. Stimulate your senses and travel to Greece with dinner and a soundscape experience in Midtown complemented by a special sound bath performance by Alexandria Tava. Dinner includes complimentary champagne with food. Appetizers include a choice of BluePoint Oysters or a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail from the Raw Bar, Octopus, a Dip Trio of Hummus featuring Spicy Feta and Tzatziki with toasted Pita Bread, and a Burrata or Greek Salad. Entrees include a choice of Athenian style Lobster, bucatini pasta, grape tomatoes and lemon zest, Lamb Chops, Salmon with dill and pine nut crust, lentils, bacon and evo or Roasted Free Range Chicken with lemon garlic roasted potatoes, capers and rosemary. Desserts include a choice of Baklava or Fruit Trio Sorbet. All white clothing is encouraged but not mandatory. Tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased by visiting, eventbrite.com

 

Feast of San Gennaro to Return September 16th
September 3, 2021, 6:42.28 pm ET


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The historic Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day street party and celebration, will run from Thursday, September 16 and continue through Sunday, September 26, 2021. This year's feast will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and is dedicated to all of our First Responders and their families.

Feast highlights include: The 23rd Annual Cannoli Eating Competition, Zeppole Eating Competition, Opera Night with Cheryl Warfield & Patrick Hale, the Annual Grand Parade and more!

As in past years, the feast is produced by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. - a not-for-profit volunteer organization composed of residents, business owners and community leaders in Little Italy -- which has since donated over $2,000,000 from Feast proceeds to more than 100 religious and nonsectarian schools and organizations providing services to children and the needy.

For more information, visit https://sangennaronyc.org/

NYC Bites - Papaya Salad at Wayla
September 1, 2021, 6:32.45 pm ET


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Wayla is known for its Thai Street foods.  At Time Out Market in DUMBO you can get a taste of some of these vibrant dishes. While the options are not as broad at Wayla’s East Village location, there is plenty to enjoy.

One such dish is the made-to-order Papaya Salad. Shredded green papaya, long beans, cherry tomatoes, peanuts, lime and chilis are pounded in a large mortar and pestle releasing all of the flavors. Heat levels range from mild to spicy. Most people get it topped with grilled jumbo shrimps. It’s a remarkable dish.

Other offerings include street-style chicken wings with plum sauce and toasted sesame seeds; Thai style pork ribs with a soy honey glaze and pickles; and lump crab fried rice.

Time Out Market is located at 55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (917) 810-4855

For more information, visit timeout.com 


Hamilton's Nik Walker to lead Broadway's Ain't too Proud
September 1, 2021, 5:44.44 pm ET

 
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Complete casting has been announced for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,” which will return to the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) with a gala performance on Saturday, October 16.

The show, which features a score of Motown’s greatest hits, is directed by Des McAnuff, choreographed by Sergio Trujillo and has a book by Dominique Morriseau.

The cast will be led by “Hamilton” star Nik Walker as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Matt Manuel as David Ruffin and Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks. The company also features Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, E. Clayton Cornelious, J. Daughtry, Tiffany Francés, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Darius Jordan Lee, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Morgan McGhee, Joshua Morgan, Aaron Patterson, Christian Thompson, Sir Brock Warren, Correy West, Drew Wildman Foster, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.

Tickets are on sale now via www.ainttooproudmusical.com, www.telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400.

 

There's no place like HOWM in Chelsea
September 1, 2021, 2:00.16 am ET


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HOWM Cocina & Cocktails is making its debut at the Salena Chelsea. The restaurant, part of the Gilded Group, is serving Mesoamerican cuisine. Look for lively Latin fare such as ceviche, Salvadoran papusas with tangy fermented vegetables and a brussels and herb salad.  Cocktails include the Drink Me Up with guayusa-infused vodka, cacao liqueur, lemon and vermouth, and the Martin el Sucio with blanco tequila, mezcal, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and a garlic smoke rinse. It’s garnished with a pickled beech mushroom.

HOWM Cocina & Restaurant is located at 518 W 27 St, New York, NY

For more information, visit howm.co 


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