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Fast 10: Ten New Restaurants to try in NYC Right Now
January 23, 2022, 12:50.25 pm ET


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Chai has opened on Resturant Row highlighting the flavors of Beijing with Dim Sum, Crispy Hairtail Fish, Hutong Pork Stew and more. 353W 46th Street, NYC

Dept of Culture in Bed-Stuy is offering a taste of Nigeria with dishes like Octopus Suya and Jollof rice. 327 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn

Koko’s has opened in East Williamsburg with a mix of Peruvian Nikkei cuisine and Japanese flavors. 588 Grand St, Brooklyn

Kappo Sono is an intimate 8-seat Keiseki counter at BFF serving a 9-course meal by Chef Chikara Sono. 177 Ludlow St, NYC

Seamore’s, known for its sustainable seafood, now has an UES location. Look for crispy fish tacos, lobster mac + cheese, daily catch and more. 1278 3rd Ave, NYC

Felice Montague has arrived in Brooklyn Heights bringing with it the flavors of the Tuscan countryside. 84 Montague Street, Brooklyn

Oh K-Dog is bringing its popular Korean-style hot dogs and Egg Toast to Queens with a new spot in Forest Hills. 71-59 Austin Street, Queens

Mala House is bringing Szechuan cuisine to Flatiron with modern interpretations of classic dishes. 22 E 21st St, NYC

Sei Less is an upscale Chinese spot. Think Peking Duck spring rolls, Shanghai Spare Ribs, Colossal Lobster for two and more. 156 West 38th St

Bianco Latte is bringing Venetian Pastries to Williamsburg with pistachio croissants, pecan cinnamon brioche, among others. 109 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

January 23, 2022 Edition

Miriam Opens Second Location on the Upper West Side
January 23, 2022, 11:00.46 am ET


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Popular Israeli restaurant Miriam in Park Slope is expanding to the Upper West Side. Executive Chef/Owner Rafael “Rafi” Hasid is best known for his daily Israeli brunch including Jerusalem Breakfast, served with two eggs any style, avocado salad, fresh tomatoes, pickles and tahini, and Challah French Toast, topped with halva and berries. [Fun Fact: Miriam’s has served more than 2.5 million eggs since opening 17 years ago.]


Chicken Shawarma

The sister restaurant will also have a full dinner menu and, unlike its Brooklyn predecessor, a full bar program once the liquor license is approved. Diners will find dishes like Braised Short Ribs, tamarind braised beef short rib, sweet potato latke over labneh and string beans, and Lamb Shawarma, under baked dough in a Terra Cotta bowl, with herbed rice, roasted tomatoes and a tahini yogurt amba sauce. 

Miriam likes to say it is a celebration of Israeli cuisine that is heavily influenced by the 154 nationalities that make up Israel. The official opening is Monday, Jan 24, 2022.

Miriam is located at 300 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY (646) 590-2657

For more information visit www.miriamrestaurant.com 

Dave Bowie to be Celebrated at Sound & Vision Exhibition
January 23, 2022, 9:47.01 am ET

 

The late David Bowie 75th birth year will be celebrated with “Sound & Vision,” a web-exclusive Bowie retrospective as seen through the singular lens of Mick Rock. The exhibition goes live on Saturday, January 22 at www.morrisonhotelgallery.com and select works from it will be on view at Morrison Hotel Gallery's New York City location (116 Prince Street)

This exhibition explores the enduring, collaborative masterworks of these two prolific artists spanning more than 30 years -- from Rock's renowned imagery of a bombastic Bowie to rarely-seen moments of unmasked intimacy.

Rock, who died last year, is often considered “The Man Who Shot the 1970s. He met Bowie in 1972 and became his official photographer for a time, shooting some of the most defining images of Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust finery. Rock also produced and directed the music videos for Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” “Jean Genie” and “John, I’m Only Dancing.”

Doors NYFW Pop-up Opens in SoHo
January 23, 2022, 9:35.00 am ET

 

The doors’ month-long NYFW pop-up is now open at 27 Greene Street through February 20. It showcases 45+ designers, 10+ beauty brands and 10+ up-and-coming artists. The pop-up showcases both exciting digital and AI artists as well as artists working with traditional techniques, and fashion designers that 3D print items as well as designers that support local craftsmen and employ centuries-old traditions such as crocheting, embroidery and handknitting in their collections.   

In addition, the pop-up will host an engaging event calendar from ‘’meet-the-designer’’ events to panel discussions on digital art, pre-New-York-Fashion-Week parties and styling events with social media influencers.

For more information, email info@doors.nyc

Trufflepalooza at Locanda Verde
January 21, 2022, 11:49.18 pm ET

Trufflepalooza at Locanda Verde
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Locanda Verde, Located in Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel (377 Greenwich St), is celebrating black truffle season from Umbria, Italy. Award-Winning Chef Andrew Carmellini is weaving the pricey fungus into a number of special dishes to mark the occasion. Black truffles make their presence known in Fettuccine with mushroom ragu & solo di bruna; Veal Medallions with prosciutto, celery root and spinach; and Mozzarella di Bufala “Casolare” served with wild mushroom insalata.

 

It can also be found in dessert. Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot is cooking up Warm Dark Chocolate “Lava” Cake with hazelnut & black truffle gelato.  Of Course, you will pay a bit more, but for lovers of truffles it’s a worthy indulgence. Carmellini’s trufflepalooza ends when truffle season winds down which is usually in early March.

Cocktail Time: Yellow Brick Road at Daintree
January 21, 2022, 7:57.45 pm ET


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Everyone loves a good cocktail and Cocktail Time highlights some of the New York City's best from talented bartenders. The Yellow Brick Road is one of them. The drink is served at Daintree (25 W 38th St; 29th Fl) at Hotel Hendricks in Midtown Manhattan.  Bartender Luke Maseko uses Isolation Proof barrel gin, Apalogue saffron liqueur, lemon, peach chutney syrup, and egg white.

"This cocktail is a riff on a traditional gin sour with South African influences, which is a nod to our Head Bartender’s upbringing in Pretoria. The barrel gin gives the drink a sturdy base to layer more aromatic notes of saffron, savory spices, lemon, and peach. Rooibos tea gives the cocktail a more complex tannic structure than your classic gin sour," said Daintree Beverage Director Tristan Brunel. 

Yellow Brick Road

2 oz Isolation Proof barrel gin infused with rooibos tea
½ oz Apologue Saffron liqueur
¾ oz Lemon juice
½ oz Peach Chutney syrup
1 oz Egg white

METHOD: Combine all ingredients then shake/double strain
GLASS: Sour Glass

Cheers!

  

Bentos Expands Sushi Offerings
January 20, 2022, 1:22.33 am ET

 Bentos Expands Sushi Offerings
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Japanese sushi restaurant Bentos (315 Fifth Avenue) has added to its offerings, including a variety of delicious new sushi rolls. In addition, it now serves both sushi rolls and small plates throughout the day, and not just at dinnertime.

The eatery is best loved for its “build your own” bowls, which come topped with Seaweed Salad, Edamame Salad, Cucumber Pickle, Takuan (daikon radish), Wasabi, Gari (pickled ginger, any of which can be omitted by request. However, diners can add on extra sashimi slices, vegetables and other special toppings like Ikura (salmon caviar) and Yuzu Tobiko (flying fish roe) for an additional charge. Bowls are available for take-out and in-restaurant dining.

Bentos is open Monday to Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am-10pm, and currently closed on Sundays.

Rockefeller Center Becomes a Major Food & Drinks Destination
January 20, 2022, 12:06.15 am ET


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Ignacio Mattos’ Lodi unveils dinner service & their full bar program featuring a dynamic lineup of aperitivi such as the Lo Stagionale (apple aperitif, brandy, thyme, sparkling wine) as well as classic cocktails like the Rockefeller Martini by Matter House beverage manager Stacey Swenson. Wine, beer and spirit-free cocktails are also available throughout the day and into the expanded nighttime hours alongside dishes such as vitello tonnato and brasato di manzo braised beef. Menu here.

 
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Brooklyn-based Other Half brewery opens its first Manhattan taproom with 12 draft lines, grab-and-go cans and an outdoor biergarten around the corner on the South Plaza. Other Half’s new “Top of the Broc” label, a play on their bestselling Broccoli IPA, is exclusive to the Rockefeller Center location.

 
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Overlooking the rink, Après Skate Chalets feature eight heated, private structures to enjoy daytime beverages from Hombre Taco such as Mexican-spiced hot chocolate and hot apple cider through January 31.

Additional Rock Center beverage highlights include espresso drinks by women-owned Cafe Grumpy in the concourse as well as refreshing slushies from better-for-you convenience store, The Goods Mart, which recently opened its latest outpost in the lobby of 30 Rock.

Milu Offers Lunar New Year Special To-Go
January 19, 2022, 10:40.09 pm ET


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Milu, a popular Chinese restaurant in Kips Bay (333 Park Avenue South), is announcing its Lunar New Year Special. The packages include Milu Everything Spice Short Rib, Wontons (choice of veggy or pork), Long Beans with chili, garlic and Meyer lemon, Sesame Noodles with scallions, Chinesee Radish Croquettes with sesame chili sauce, Shrimp with ginger scallion oil and kohlrabi slaw, and Blood Orange Buns. The packages ($98 for two; $168 for four) are available for pick up on 2/1 or 2/2. Additional sides are also available for pre-order. Limited quantity.

NYC Restaurants Adding Romance to the Menu for Valentine's Day
January 19, 2022, 6:08.53 am ET

 

Valentine's Day is almost upon us.  Here are some NYC restaurants adding amore to the menu! If you have a favorite romantic NYC restaurant email us at cititour[at]gmail.com and we will add it to the list.

Jack & Charlie's no. 118
118 Greenwich Ave

Executive Chef/Partner Ed Cotton is offering a romantic meal with specials and an a la carte items.  Look for things like Black Truffle-Sunchoke and Prosecco Soup; Wood Fired Oysters “Rockefeller” (Island Creek oysters, classic preparation); Charred 8 oz Prime Beef Filet with parsnip puree, baby spinach, port wine sauce; and Lobster Fra Diavolo Bucatini with crushed Tomato and chilies. For dessert, there is Coffee & Donuts for Two (old fashioned cinnamon donuts with warm coffee anglaise). Available: Fri., Feb 11- Mon., Feb 14.  

 

Sweetbriar 
127 E 27th St

Executive Chef Bryce Shuman is offering an $115pp, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day meal.  The menu includes Butternut Soup with lime creme fraiche and Aleppo pepper; Roasted Beet Salad with tahini dressing and turmeric yogurt; Smoked Chicken with Meyer lemon marmalade and spiced pickle jus; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with grilled chicories and dry-aged beef jus; Salmon Mi Cuit with horseradish sauce; and Grilled Maitake Mushroom with black lentils and mushroom broth., For Dessert, Raspberries and Cream Heart Cake for Two, as well as Chocolate Bonbons in the flavor of BBQ Ribs. Available: Mon., Feb 14.  

 

Goosefeather
Tarrytown, NY 

Executive Chef/Partner Dale Talde is offering a romantic $99pp, prix-fixe meal in a stylish setting. Options include Tuna Tartare with chili boba, black truffles; Roasted Mushroom with gem lettuce, winter citrus;  Roast Duck Tea Sandwiches with house made plum sauce, milk bread; Filet of Beef with red-braised fondant potatoes, Chinese broccoli; Wok Charred Lobster with Xo sauce, lotus root; and Roasted Cauliflower with coconut grits, pickled raisins. For dessert, there’s Warm Chocolate Donuts with strawberry salad, and strawberry sorbet as well as Citrus with coconut bubbles, candied almond, and Calamansi granite. Available: Sat, Feb 12 - Mon, Feb 14.  

 

MIFUNE
245 E 44th St

Michelin-recognized MIFUNE, known for its French-infused Japanese cuisine, has created a special Valentine’s Day 8-course omakase experience featuring their signature Japanese A5 Wagyu Foie Gras Pie with sauce Periguex and black truffles. The dining room is dimly lit and spacious with soft music playing to provide the perfect ambiance for Valentine’s Day date night. MIFUNE’s Valentine’s Day omakase experience is priced at $225 per person and will be offered on Friday, February 11th and Saturday, February 12th, making it a destination to celebrate with your significant other.

Oniro Taverna & Lounge
Woodbury, NY

This Valentine’s Day, get whisked away to the Greek islands for an intimate, romantic dining experience on Long Island. Oniro Taverna & Lounge is offering a menu of re-imagined Greek staples by Executive Chef Peter Spyropoulos (Le Cirque and Bouley).  The $85pp, prix-fix menu includes Elliniki Salata (Authentic Greek Salad); 1/2 Dozen East Coast Blue Point Oysters; Octapodi (Grilled sashimi quality octopus), Fried Calamari OR Grilled Calamari, Garides Loukoumades, and Tuna Tartar. Mains include choice of Lavraki (Branzino), Salmon, Chicken, Prime 10oz. Filet Mignon, and Astakomakaronada (Lobster Pasta +$15). For dessert, there’s Champagne Toast served with Baklava and Tuxedo Style Chocolate Strawberries. Indoor and heated outdoor dining available. 

HOWM Cocina & Cocktails
518 West 27th St

Mesoamerican restaurant HOWM Cocina & Cocktails [Chef Byron Peñafiel - Gitano, BLT Prime] in Chelsea, has created a specialty holiday menu that brings the heat with a quirky dessert menu add-on: those joining for dinner can choose to add on a room stay at Selina (the hotel the restaurant is located in) for just $14 (based off availability) to celebrate February 14th. The theme for dinner is all things spicy: Blood Orange Burrata with a Fennel & Pickled Jalapeno Salad and a Chili Rubbed Duck Breast with crispy potato gratin and a spicy plum gastrique. Couples who want to keep their date going can book their stay alongside an order of Chef Byron’s red velvet churros and head upstairs after signing the check.  $65pp

Limani New York
45 Rockefeller Plaza

At Limani New York, couples are greeted with a spacious indoor dining room marked by beautiful white marble and a blue infinity pool emulating a true Mediterranean atmosphere to whisk lovers away from the winter weather of New York. For Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef-Partner M.J. Alam will be serving a special four-course prix fixe menu priced at $145 per person. It includes Blue Point Oysters: ½ dozen in the half shell; Tuna Tartare: Micro basil, serrano chili, and an orange slice; Crab Cakes: Jumbo lump crabmeat with Maryland spices; Tunisian Octopus: Grilled and served sashimi style. Filet Mignon: 10 oz. boneless dry aged prime beef tenderloin; Nova Scotia Lobster: 1 ½ lbs of deep sea, charcoal grilled lobster. For dessert, there’s baklava or chocolate covered strawberries.

Tasca
505 Columbus Ave

For those looking to experience a Latin-flavored Valentine’s Day, Tasca will be offering both a four-course Valentine’s Weekend Tasting Menu priced at $85 per person from Friday, 2/11 through Sunday, 2/13, and a special Valentine’s Day menu on Monday, 2/14. For Valentine’s Day, an a la carte menu will be served along with specials. Options include Vieras en Caldo de Frijoles: Sea scallops in a black bean broth with Caribbean herbs and saffron teardrops; Rodaballo sobre Papas: Grilled halibut filet over Peruvian potatoes and a light albarino reduction; and Chuleta de Cordero: Grilled baby lamb chops, baby carrots, baby zucchini, and a port wine reduction.

Badshah
788 9th Ave

Badshah, who showcases inventive dishes inspired by Indian street food and signature classics updated in creative ways, will be offering a special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu priced at $120 for two and includes a bottle of wine. Menu options include Crispy Cauliflower: with a chili garlic glaze, sesame, and onion seeds; Dahi Puchkas, spiced potatoes with a tamarind-mint chutney; Baby Spinach Purée: with tandoori paneer and tempered garlic; and Murgh Makhani Roast: with a tomato-fenugreek curry. Traditional sides like Roti and Garlic Naan are also available for the table. For dessert, couples can indulge in Sweet Betel Bites, honey glazed donuts with betel leaf ice cream and fennel seeds.

Madam Ji 
154 Bleecker St

Madam Ji, who offers modern interpretations of traditional Indian flavors for an elevated romantic dinner experience, will feature special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu priced at $120 for two and includes a bottle of wine. Menu options include Crispy Aubergine: with Malabar, goat cheese, and a spinach crumble; Goan Cafreal Chicken Tikka, served with a masala aioli; Crispy Okra: with tempered yogurt, curry leaves, and a tomato confit; Dalcha Shrimp: with sprouted lentils and a coconut curry. Traditional sides like Dal Makhana, Garlic Naan, and Jeera Rice are also available for the table. And for dessert, there’s Betel Bites, honey glazed donuts with betel leaf ice cream and fennel seeds.

Magic Hour Rooftop 
485 7th Ave 

The Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square – known for its Pink Winter Lodge - is offering a prix fixe ‘Date Night Package for Two’ at $170 ($244 value). Couples, galentines or friends alike can experience a reserved table on the iconic carousel which sports 25,000 sparkling crystals and panoramic views of the Empire State Building. Options include Bubbles & Bling (a bottle of Moet Champagne with flutes and rock candy served table-side); and seasonal favorites like the Cheesy Pizza Tower, Jersey Hamburger Sliders, and Grilled Shrimp Tacos. For dessert, there’s the Sweetest Surprise Valentine’s Day Edition, a pink gift box with a sparkly golden red bow including layers of caramel ganache, chocolate cake, and chocolate mousse with an explosive rainbow sprinkle center.

One 19 Wine Bar + Food 
119 Essex St

One 19 Wine Bar + Food, located speakeasy-style behind a Lower East Side storefront, will serve its first Valentine’s Day dinner with a 5-course prix-fixe menu ($85) and special Valentine’s Bubbly Flight ($49 per person or $78 for 2) on 2/11, 2/12, and 2/14 (a la carte also available). Chef Matt Rojas’ Italian-inspired meal starts includes Bresaola Carpaccio with arugula, artichoke, parmesan; Whole Roasted Eggplant with Calabrian chili oil; Lobster Ravioli with tomato basil sauce; and a Panna Cotta with blueberry preserve for the finale. To pair, Sommelier Gianni Cavicchi created a Valentine’s Bubbly Wine Flight featuring natural and organic sparkling wines from Italy, including Col di Luna “Flora” Prosecco Brut (white), La Favorita Lambrusco (red), and Corvezzo Col Fondo Rosato Pet-Nat (rose).

Esora Omakase
239 E 5th St

 

At Esora Omakase, Chef Koichi Endo will serve his exquisite, luxurious omakase to only 8 guests per seating. Available on 2/11, 2/12, and 2/14, the Valentine’s Day omakase ($225 per person) will showcase certified Kobe Beef, Shabu Shabu, and Kegani (hairy crab), in addition to signature A5 wagyu sashimi, sushi and tempura. The first and only restaurant in NYC to serve wagyu tempura, Esora Omakase exclusively offers the highest grade A5 wagyu Japanese beef with a beef marbling score (BMS) of 10 or more to ensure creamy white marbling for glorious tenderness, richness and juiciness. Two seatings each night at 5:30pm & 8:30pm, with an additional sake pairing available for $105.

La Pecora Bianca
Various Locations

La Pecora Bianca is offering a 3-course prix-fixe at $75 per person and specials for 2.  The menu includes LPB classics like Toscano, tuscan kale, baby carrots, ricotta, toasted pumpkin seed, parmesan,   breadcrumbs, lemon vinaigrette; Local Burrata, roasted figs, hazelnuts, country toast; Rigatoni, vodka sauce, stracciatella; Gramigna, house-made sausage, broccolini, chili flakes; and Ribeye (For Two), 16oz ribeye, chard gratinata, cipollini agrodolce, with a barolo reduction. Desserts include Olive Oil Cake with apple marmellata, whipped creme fraiche; Chocolate Hazelnut Budino with caramel, and sea salt; and Tiramisu (For Two) with mascarpone, espresso, and amaro.

La Goulue
29 E 61st St

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and La Goulue, the French bistro on the Upper East Side, is offering a delicious dining experience on February 14th. The restaurant, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Antoine Camin, will feature a $125pp three-course prix fixe menu that will begin with a welcome glass of Champagne and an amuse of Cauliflower Mousse and Caviar. Guests can choose from options such as Peekytoe Crab with avocado, apple, Madras curry and crispy quinoa; Lobster Raviole with Jerusalem artichoke and lobster Sauterne cappuccino; Roasted Halibut with crispy pancetta, Beluga lentils, lsigny beurre blanc and aged balsamic; and Profiteroles Croquantes, Choux puffs with vanilla ice cream, drizzled in a warm chocolate sauce to finish off the meal.

Amali
115 E 60th St


Amali will serve up special menu items on Valentine’s Day.  Dishes to indulge in on the 14th include a Tuna Carpaccio with Meyer lemon, avocado mousse, and mint, a "Lady and the Tramp" style Spaghetti and Meatballs dish and Happy Valley Filet Mignon with creamed Bloomsdale spinach, Maitake mushrooms and Maine lobster as the ultimate surf & turf. Red Velvet Chocolate Mousse with Morello cherry compote and Kirsch cream will be offered for dessert. These options will be offered a la carte and as a Valentine’s Day only price-fixe menu for $105 per person. Reservations can be made by visiting, https://www.amalinyc.com/

Fornino
849 Manhattan Ave, Bklyn

Order a Pizza Love Fest Kit for your loved one from Fornino in Greenpoint anytime from February 11th - 14th. The celebratory Valentine's Day feast will be offered for dine-in guests and delivery and includes an Imported Cheese and Fruit Plate, Large Salad, Two Heart Shaped Pizzas, Tiramisu, Strawberries and a Bottle of Red or White Wine for $95 (and without wine the kit is $70). For more information visit www.Fornino.com.

Haven Rooftop
132 W. 47th Street

Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown will offer a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine's Day with the choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert complemented by a live Jazz band from 6pm - 9pm. Appetizers include Tuna Avocado, Crab Cake and Endive Pear Salad with pomegranate, candied walnuts and cherry vinaigrette, Entrees include a 6oz Filet Mignon served with truffle mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce, Salmon with asparagus risotto, Lobster Spaghetti with lobster brother and ‘Havenly’ Chicken served with Beurre Blanc sauce, Mesclun salad and fries. Top it off with Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Crème Brûlée or New York Cheesecake with Berries for dessert.  This prix-fixe menu will be offered for $89 plus tax and tip.   

Daintree 
25 W 38th St 

Catch one of New York’s breathtaking sunsets at Daintree, the intimate cocktail lounge and rooftop destination on the top floor of Hotel Hendricks in Midtown, with a Daintree Sunset special being offered Friday - Saturday from 4pm - 6pm. For $12, diners can enjoy a dozen oysters paired with a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Negroni or Martini complemented by some outrageous views.  

Loulou
176 8th Ave

Sip on a Valentina at Loulou in the heart of Chelsea on Valentine’s Day or V-Day weekend. Served in a heart-shaped glass, the cocktail comes with muddled raspberries, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup, yellow chartreuse, vodka and topped with Prosecco.  

Nerai 
55 E 54th St

Valentine’s Day at Nerai  will feature a Chef's tasting menu. The full course menu includes a variety of delicious appetizers such as the Amuse fruit plate, Seared Tuna, Pantzaria Salata, and Lobster Pasta. Entrees include a choice between Oregano Crusted Halibut or 28 Day Dry Aged New York Strip steak. Sokolatina chocolate mousse and Politiko Thessalonikis semolina cake are the shared dessert options. For $135 per person, the meal also includes a Valentine Petits Four Box with house-made truffle, finciar, and cookies inside.  

Fireman Hospitality Group
Various Locations

Fireman Hospitality Group’s iconic restaurants will all be open on Valentine’s Day, serving their menus with romantic specials. NYC restaurants include Bond 45 New York (221 West 46th Street), Café Fiorello (1900 Broadway at Lincoln Center), Brooklyn Delicatessen (200 West 57th Street), Brooklyn Diner (155 West 43rd Street & 212 West 57th Street), Redeye Grill (890 7th Avenue), and Trattoria Dell’Arte (900 7th Avenue). Couples can enjoy live entertainment with their dinner at Bond 45 in Times Square by GRAMMY Award Winner Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks performing from 8pm to close, as well as Redeye Grill across from Carnegie Hall by Pianist & Singer Desmond Scaife Jr. who will be performing from 6pm – 10pm on Monday, 2/14. There is a $25 cover and $25 F&B minimum.

Check back as we continue to add restaurants

 

Jack & Charlie’s no. 118 Adds Brunch to the Menu
January 18, 2022, 7:54.55 pm ET

Jack & Charlie’s no. 118 Adds Brunch to the Menu
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Jack & Charlie's no.118 – a New American restaurant in the West Village from Chef/Partner Ed Cotton – is launching brunch service on Sunday, January 23.

Whether you're in the mood for something sweet or savory (or both), breakfast or lunch, healthy or indulgent... there's something for everyone on the menu. On the drinks front, you can enjoy cocktails like the Wood-Fired Bloody Mary (plum tomato, wheated vodka, Calabrian chilies); the Breakfast In Bed (sweet vermouth, marmalade, amaro, mint, lemon); and the It's All Greek To Me (gin, Greek yogurt, honey, lemon, blackberry), as well as fresh fruit mimosas.

Foodwise, look for dishes like Whole Wheat Belgian Waffle with wild berries, and whipped lemon curd; Corned Beef Hash Benedict with poached eggs, baby kale, mustard hollandaise, farm salad; Chocolate Babka French Toast with berries, orange blossom maple syrup; Croque Monsieur with French ham, bechamel, gruyere (make it a Madame w/ a fried egg); and Steak & Eggs with black garlic marinated skirt steak, farm eggs, peppercorn bearnaise, French fries.

Brunch at Jack & Charlie's no.118 will be available from 11AM to 3:30PM on Sundays only.

Carlton Fine Arts LTD’ Pop Art Festival featuring Works by Koons, Warhol and Others
January 18, 2022, 7:06.36 pm ET


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Carlton Fine Arts Ltd. will present its Pop Art Festival, from January 21st, the birthday of acclaimed artist Jeff Koons. The gallery will also be featuring the works by Warhol, Basquiat, Wesselmann, Mr. Brainwash, and Devon.

The gallery’s three floors will showcase a selection of the most iconic and notable works from the key pop artists including Jeff Koons’ Monkey Train from 2007 and his Orange Balloon Dog as well as Mr. Brainwash’s Chaplin Love from 2010 and Marilyn Red from 2016, Andy Warhol’s Howdy Doody from 1981, Devon’s Audrey Chanel from 2019, Tom Wesselmann Big Blonde from 1988 and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Boxer Rebellion from 1982.

The exhibition will be on view from January 21, 2022 –February 21, 2022, at the Carlton Fine Arts Ltd. location at 543 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

For more information visit http://carltonfa.com/


                                                      

Cafe Carlyle to Reopen on March 1
January 18, 2022, 6:48.45 pm ET

 
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The Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street) is excited to announce the reopening of the beloved Café Carlyle on March 1, 2022.

The spring season line-up will feature the return of five audience favorites: singer and raconteur Isaac Mizrahi (March 1-12); singer-songwriter Hamilton Leithauser (March 15-26); actor and comedian Mario Cantone (April 12-16), Grammy Award-winning singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli (May 3-7) and Grammy Award-winning singer Steve Tyrell (May 17-28). Additional acts will be announced in the coming months.

Reservations can be made online via Tock. For more information, visit https://www.cafecarlylenewyork.com

 

Charles Ray - Figure Ground Coming to the Met
January 18, 2022, 6:33.00 pm ET


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Charles Ray: Figure Ground presents the work of one of the most important artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. For over five decades, Ray has experimented with a wide range of methods, including performance, photography, and sculpture, the medium for which he is best recognized today. The exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—on view from January 31 through June 5, 2022—marks the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in New York in almost 25 years. It is also the first to include sculptures from every period of his career and to unite them with important photographs from the 1970s, resulting in a comprehensive investigation of his oeuvre. A focused presentation featuring 19 objects and organized in close collaboration with the artist, the show introduces Charles Ray to a new generation of viewers while making his work fresh for those already familiar with it.

The exhibition is made possible by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.

 

An Exhibition of Keith Tyson's Flowers
January 18, 2022, 6:16.24 pm ET


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For over thirty years, Award-winning British artist Keith Tyson has used a variety of methods and materials to explore our reality and art’s role in representing it. On 3 February, Hauser & Wirth will present new drawings and paintings from two of Tyson’s extensive and ongoing series, with works spanning both ground floor galleries of the 22nd Street location.

The first room will include Tyson’s latest large-scale flower paintings, made mostly during social isolation. Each canvas is rendered in a different aesthetic style, with Tyson reimagining the floral still life genre through varying scientific, mathematical, and art-historical frameworks. The second room of the exhibition is devoted to the newest iterations of Tyson’s Studio Wall Drawing series, initiated in 1997. Painted on identically sized sheets of paper and displayed together in a grid-like formation, these works occupy the same overall proportions as one of the walls in the artist’s first studio. Shown together, his drawings form a poetic record of passing time, as a group they exist somewhere between a sketchbook, a journal, a poem, and a painting.

Uni Truffle Krispy Rice at Bondi Sushi Express
January 18, 2022, 5:55.41 pm ET


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Bondi Sushi, the popular sushi concept known for its fresh, affordable menu items and bright airy spaces, opens an express location in Tribeca.

Bondi’s Tribeca is offering takeout and delivery only, seven days a week, from 11AM -10PM, and will offer a menu of Combo Boxes featuring a selection of curated rolls, individual rolls such as Spicy Blue Crab, Eggplant Miso, and Yellowtail Scallion, and rice bowls such as Shrimp and Salmon, Spicy Tuna, and Surf + Turf.

Also available will be Uni Truffle Crispy Rice (4 pieces), a dish exclusive to the Tribeca location.

Bondi Sushi Express is located at 275 Greenwich St, New York, NY

For more information visit http://bondisushi.com 

Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant Opens in Crown Heights
January 17, 2022, 6:23.33 pm ET

Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant Opens in Crown Heights
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Gee’s Caribbean restaurant has opened its doors on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. The restaurant, from the Team behind Gloria’s is known for its Trinidadian specialties like oxtail stew and jerk chicken. Visitors will also discover things like curry chicken, goat or conch as well as tofu and vegetable dishes. The dishes can be ordered as a roti or platter with flavored rice and sides such as fried okra, plantains, macaroni salad and potato salad.  Soups include pigtail, cow heel and seafood.  

Gee’s Caribbean Restaurant Opens in Crown Heights

Aloo pie, similar to a fried empanada, is also counted among the appetizers. Specialty beverages like sorrel, mauby and ginger beer are also available.

Gee’s is located at 770 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY (347) 240-9589

 

French Cheese Board to Offer Free Wedding
January 17, 2022, 5:42.08 pm ET


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Helping to make wedding dreams come true on Valentine’s Day, the French Cheese Board is offering one engaged couple the opportunity to wed at its chic Soho location. The lucky couple will receive a Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony and a reception for 10 guests, complete with licensed wedding officiant, Yolanda Shoshana.

Couples can compete for the prize by creating a video no longer than four minutes in length telling the judges why they want to get married on Valentine’s Day at The French Cheese Board and email it to info@frenchcheeseboard.com. Entries must be uploaded by February 4, 2021.

The contest is open only to residents of CT, NY, or NJ.  For official rules visit https://contestrules.lndg.page/N2TT90. Sponsor: The French Cheese Board.

Sunday in Brooklyn Comes to the Seaport
January 17, 2022, 5:30.40 pm ET

 
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Iconic brunch spot, Sunday in Brooklyn, has opened a new location at the Seaport in the former location of Cobble & Co.  Visitors can enjoy lunch and brunch in a casual, sun-drenched setting while savoring inventive flavors. Think avocado toast. Salmon toast. Salads, sandwiches, eggs and sides, as well as signature Sunday Pancakes. Dinner is also on the way,

Sundays in Brooklyn Pop-up is located at 19 Fulton St, New York, NY

For more information visit https://theseaport.nyc 

Venchi Offers a Beacon of Hope in the West Village
January 15, 2022, 11:02.30 am ET

Venchi Offers a Beacon of Hope in the West Village
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On a troubled corner where Bleecker and Carmine Streets converge, Venchi, which recently opened in the former Grom space, serves as a beacon of hope for New York City’s post post-pandemic era. Many of its neighbors have up and left, including Xi’An Famous Foods and PopBar, while several other storefronts remain vacant and covered with graffiti. So the arrival of Venchi, with its bright white exterior, oversized ice cream cones, and sparkling interior is a welcome addition and sure to put a smile on your face.


Inside, Venchi’s attentive and courteous staff stand ready to help hungry New Yorkers fulfill their sweet-tooth dreams with a wonderful selection of gelatos made with select ingredients like Sorrento lemons, Sicilian almonds and green pistachios from Bronte, as well as vibrant flavor combinations including chocolate, raspberry, lemon and strawberry.

But the real stars are the chocolates. Venchi has been making them since 1878 in Italy when Silviano Venchi, a 20-year-old from Turin who loved chocolate spent his entire life savings on two bronze cauldrons and began to experiment which chocolate and the rest is history. The result is a collection of more than 350 chocolate recipes, including Chocaviar, Truffles, Gianduiotti, Cremini, bars, and Suprema spread.

Venchi says it is on a mission to bring the flavor of the Italian Allegria (joy and happiness) to the world. We believe them!

Venchi is located at 233 Bleecker St, New York, NY

For more information visit https://us.venchi.com 

Tiny’s Launches New Martini & Oyster Bar in Tribeca
January 14, 2022, 7:43.55 pm ET

          Tiny’s Launches a New Martini & Oyster Bar                      Photo: Tiny's                                                                                                       

Tiny’s, housed in an iconic 1810 townhouse in Tribeca, is launching a new Martini & Oyster Bar. The five-seat bar on the first floor of the restaurant will offer a selection of oysters, crudos, and martinis.

Diners will find a curated selection of East or West Coast Oysters; Salmon Crudo with bright citrus oil, smoked sea salt, and wasabi greens; Hamachi paired with punchy pickled fennel, bittersweet blood orange, and extra virgin olive oil; and Tuna Tartare Crostini made with fresh yellow fin tuna, mixed with shallots and spicy citrus aioli.

There are signature martinis like the Black Truffle Martini with choice of vodka or gin, and garnished with black truffle blue cheese stuffed olives, and the Pink 007 Martini made with Upstate NY Wolffers Estate Pink Gin.

The Martini & Oyster bar is open daily for dinner and weekend brunch service with seats available on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, in The Bar Upstairs, oysters will be $2/each from 9pm to close Mondays-Wednesdays for the perfect nightcap experience.

For more information visit www.tinysnyc.com 

Places to Dine During NYC Winter Restaurant Week
January 14, 2022, 6:39.07 pm ET

NYC Restaurant Week begins January 18th and goes till February 13th. Book your reservation now and support the industry over a fabulous meal al fresco under heat lamps or indoors with friends or family.

Here are some of the restaurants participating:


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ISLA

Isla (25 W 38th St), located at Hotel Hendricks in Midtown, serves Australian-style dishes with a South East Asia and Southern Europe inspiration. The seasonal menu from Executive Chef David Taylor focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with exquisite cocktails and a wine list from around the world. Isla will have a three course dinner special for $59.

DAGON

At Dagon (2454 Broadway), Chef Ari Bokovza utilizes his Israeli heritage, and culinary prowess passed along from his Tunisian grandmother, to create this year's Restaurant Week menus. For the two-course lunch menu, priced at $29, dishes to highlight include Vegetable Soup and Flash Fried Cauliflower, Dagon Schnitzel and Chef Ari's Tunisian take on the Tuna Sandwich. Dinner, which is three courses for $59, offers two entree selections - Plancha Roasted Chatham Cod with vegetable tagine and the Dry Aged Beef Kebabs - as well as a selection of desserts such as Silan, Lemon Tart, and Labneh Cheesecake

PALO SANTO

Palo Santo (652 Union St) in Gowanus is offering pan-Latin cooking from a Brooklyn brownstone.  Chef Jacques Gautier’s menu blends Latin flare with Caribbean influences.  The $39 prix fixe menu includes choice of appetizer, main course and dessert.  Options include Tortillas & Avocado with pickled onions, jalapeno and lime juice, Coconut Plantain Stew with coconut milk, jasmine rice, mustard greens, and green coconut as well as Cornflake Fried Chicken with hot honey. For dessert, there is Papaya Sorbet, Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding, and Coconut Tres Leches.

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AMALI

Amali (115 E 60th St) Mediterranean inspired restaurant features house-made pasta, sustainably caught seafood, seasonal produce and meat from family farms. Inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, Amali’s menu from Executive Chef Alex Tubero emphasizes vegetables, olive oil, cheese, grains and fish. The menu is suitable for a variety of diets including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. Their wine list offers approximately 400 selections. Amali will have a lunch ($39) and dinner ($59) special for NYC’s Restaurant Week.

QUEENSYARD

Queensyard at Hudson Yards is offering a $39 lunch.  The British restaurant is set in a picturesque location overlooking Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel. The lunch menu include a Prawn Cocktail, Venison Tartare, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Queensburger  with Welsh cheddar, and Filet Mignon (add $25) with potato gratin, caramelized onion and black garlic puree. Sticky Toffee Pudding is counted among the desserts.  

NICE MATIN

Upper West Side's French brasserie, Nice Matin (201 West 79th St), Chef Eric Starkman is offering a two-course prix-fixe lunch, priced at $39. Starters include traditional dishes with fun spins such as Escargots with potato gnocchi, peas, and bacon lardons, Shrimp Provencale with green olives, tomato sauce, and Calabrian chili, as well as a Chickpea Salad. Entrees range from Courgettes Farcies and Cacio E Pepe with bucatini, uni butter, and breadcrumbs, to Chicken Milanese and Grilled Faroe Island Salmon.   

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HAVEN ROOFTOP

Haven Rooftop (132 W 47th St) is located high above The Sanctuary Hotel right in the heart of Times Square, near Rockefeller Center. The menu offers American style cuisine and crafted cocktails. The year-round multi-level rooftop transforms its design with each season. Haven Rooftop will have a lunch ($39) and dinner ($59) special for NYC’s restaurant week from January 18th to 23rd, Monday through Friday.

OSTERIA LA BAIA

In the mood for the flavors and scenery of the coast of Italy? Have lunch at the newly opened Osteria La Baia (129 West 52nd St) in Midtown. For $39 dollars, guests can enjoy a two-course meal; start by choosing Insalata Di Campo, Soup of the day, or Yellowtail Tuna Tartare (an additional $10). Entrée choices include Rigatoni Alla Norma, Truffle Gnocchi, or one of their signature pizzas like the seasonal Winter Squash With Sopressata and Hen of Woods Mushroom. Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try out this newly opened gem.  

SOCARRAT PAELLA BAR

Socarrat’s Restaurant Week Menu is available Sunday through Friday at all three NYC locations. The entire table must participate in this prix-fixe three-course special to enjoy a tasty tour of Spain for only $39 for dinner. A $29 lunch prix-fixe menu is also offered on Sundays at all locations, and on weekdays exclusively at their Midtown East location. (Their Restaurant Week menu is not available on Saturdays.) Guests can each choose a tapa (choices include Croquetas of the day and the sizzling Gambas al Ajillo), a paella to share (popular choices include their squid ink Arroz Negro and vegetarian De La Huerta) and finish off with Churros con Chocolate or a classic Flan.   


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BAR MARSEILLE

Bar Marseille (190 Beach 69th St) seaside restaurant is inspired by the South of France paying tribute to Provençal cuisine. The French style menu has a strong coastal influence that focuses on seafood featuring dishes such as grilled oysters, bouillabaisse and pan-seared fish as well as other options beyond seafood along with an extensive wine list. The bright and airy space stimulates the city of Marseille and the French Riviera. Bar Marseille will have a lunch ($39) and dinner ($59) special for NYC’s restaurant week from January 18th to February 13th, Monday through Friday.

VIRGIL’S REAL BBQ

Barbecue favorite Virgil's (2452 Broadway) is participating in Restaurant Week with both lunch and dinner specials! Starting at $29 lunch includes a half-rack of Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Kale Avocado Salad, Cornbread, and choice of two sides like creamy Potato Salad, Mac and Cheese, or classic Collard Greens. For dinner, the special starts at $39 with a choice of two BBQ meats such as Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Sliced Texas Beef Brisket, Carolina Pulled Pork, Barbecued Quarter Chicken, Pulled Chicken, or Trash Ribs. Reservations can be made online at virgilsbbq.com.

CASA MONO AND BAR JAMON

Casa Mono and Bar Jamon in Gramercy is known for its dishes from all corners of Spain with an eye toward sustainability, along with an all-Spanish wine list.  Located just steps away from Union Square the kitchen has been awarded a Michelin star in each of the past five years. Both spots are offering a $39 lunch. Think dishes like Razor Clams a la Plancha, Skirt Steak with romesco and onion mermelada, Patatas Bravas, and Pulpo with fennel and grapefruit.


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TASCA

Tasca, the expansive Upper West Side restaurant that showcases the flavors of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, and the Caribbean islands of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for Restaurant Week 2022 priced at $59 per person. Highlights from the menu include: Seta y Gambas, organic wild mushrooms with shrimp in garlic and saffron broth; Croquetas de Maduros; Churrasco, grilled skirt steak with yuca fries, Caribbean mojo, and chimichurri; and Coconut Tres Leche, a coconut twist on the classic dessert.

NOREETUH

noreetuh, the Michelin-recognized modern Hawaiian restaurant in the East Village that features playful dishes designed by Executive Chef-Partner Chung Chow (Per Se, Lincoln Restaurant) is offering Restaurant Week diners a three-course prix fixe menu for $39 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $26. Highlights include: Tuna Belly Misoyaki, miso marinated tuna belly with pickles; Truffle Wontons, made with ham hock, pickled hon shimeji mushrooms, and shaved truffles; Sea Urchin Cavatelli, with shrimp and yuzu; and a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Haupia Sundae for dessert.  

BOND 45

Bond 45, set in the heart of the Theatre District, is offering a $39 lunch.  The bi-level restaurant with a lavish antipasta bar is known for things like thin-crust pizzas, pasta dishes, big salads, grilled fish, and cacao-e-pepe dusted fries.


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LAMIA’S FISH MARKET

Lamia’s Fish Market is a vibrant sea-themed restaurant on the Lower East side.  Think of it as part grotto, part submarine and part yacht.  The restaurant it offering a $59 dinner. Look for things like Oysters and House Crudo, Spicy Tuna with citrus, Lamia’s Fish & Chips with sauce gribiche and Roasted King Trumpets with barley risotto. 

RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND

Known for its tasty Lobster Rolls, Red Hook Lobster Pound (284 Van Brunt St) on the Brooklyn Waterfront is offering a $29 Lunch and $39 dinner.  All of the lobsters are brought in straight from Maine.  Dishes include Lobster Mac’n Cheese, Shrimp Rolls, New England Clam Chowder and more.

LA GRANDE BOUCHERIE

La Grande Boucherie, with its 40-foot high ceilings, is a one-of-a-kind brasserie inspired by the Art Nouveay style.  The restaurant is offering a $39 lunch.  Think French classics and timeless bistro favorites, with ample year-round outdoor seating.  

FIELDTRIP HARLEM

FieldTrip Harlem, a counter-service café, is offering a $29 lunch and dinner.  The restaurant is known for its heirloom rice bowls, such as Carolina Gold with crispy chicken slathered with barbecue sauce, Shrimp Bowl with sticky rice and green curry sauce, and a BBQ Brisket Bowl with Texas brown rice.

For more information and to check dates of participating restaurants visit nycgo.com/restaurant-week 

Loreley Beer Garden Kicks off its Snowy Winter Wonderland
January 13, 2022, 6:55.46 pm ET


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Loreley Beer Garden just kicked off its Snowy Winter Wonderland popup that will run till March 6th. The popular Lower East Side spot has two heated outdoor areas, street side dining out front plus one of the largest heated outdoor gardens in the city in the back.

All the spaces are decorated for the season with white florals, snowy branches and more, creating a cozy winterscape where guests can enjoy hot festive drinks like Bourbon Hot Chocolate with toasted marshmallows; Jameson Irish Coffee with whipped cream or Jameson Hot Toddy; Spiked Hot Cider; Loreley’s Famous Mulled Wine; hot toddies plus Snow White Patron Coconut Margarita;  winter sangria and seasonal craft beers with drink-friendly dishes likes giant pretzels paired with warm beer cheese dip; grilled Sausage Party platters; schnitzels, cheesy spaetzle with bacon and more.

Each day, there are various happy hour specials, including select cocktails, giant one-liter steins of beer and wines by the glass, plus $25 select wine bottles Mon – Wed till 5pm -10pm, Thurs 5pm-7pm, and Fri 12pm – 4pm, and Sunday 7pm -10pm. 7 Rivington St., LES; www.loreleynyc.com.

Motto by Hilton Opens in Chelsea
January 13, 2022, 6:14.04 pm ET

Motto by Hilton Opens in Chelsea
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Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea, Hilton’s first lifestyle hotel in New York City, has opened at 113 West 24th Street. Unique works of art throughout Motto Chelsea, such as the jewel-tinted, stained-glass reception desk backdrop, pay playful tribute to the property’s location within the city’s art district.

The 374-room hotel offers travel-sized rooms with a sleek, modern design that feature unobstructed views of the city. The rooms are equipped with everything guests need for an enjoyable and restful night’s sleep, including top-notch mattresses with sound-absorbing surroundings, along with other amenities including beautifully tiled bathrooms with high-quality showerheads and illuminated vanity mirrors

Motto Chelsea features Bar Cicchetti, a full-service restaurant, craft bar and lounge designed and operated by Fabio Viviani. This contemporary eatery offers seasonally inspired menu items, comfort food classics as well as craft beer and cocktails. Meanwhile, the lobby area, Motto Commons, is a perfect place to meet, work or socialize, whether you take a seat at the coffee bar or step into the sunken conversation pit. The Motto Commons also offers a board table, accommodating up to 10 people. In addition, the second floor Commons has a spacious, 150-guest capacity, plus an outdoor terrace.

The on-site fitness center features a high-tech workout through Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea’s partnership with Hydrow. In addition to the Hydrow rowing machine, which provides guests with a realistic experience as if stroking on actual water, the fitness center includes treadmills, cross-trainers, stationary bicycles and much more within its spacious 624-square-foot workout zone.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit hilton.com 

 

Debra Messing to Headline Broadway's Birthday Candles
January 13, 2022, 6:02.13 pm ET

 
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Emmy Award winner Debra Messing will star in the New York premiere of “Birthday Candles,” by Noah Haidle, which will run at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre from March 18 to May 29.

The play, to be directed by Vivienne Benesch, focuses on Ernestine Ashworth (Messing), who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Then her 70th and then her 101st.

The cast will also feature John Earl Jelks, Enrico Colantoni, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood and Christopher Livingston.

Messing is best known for her role as Grace on NBC’s “Will & Grace,” She was last seen on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's “Outside Mullingar” and also starred Off-Broadway in “Collected Stories” and “Four Dogs and a Bone.” Her other TV series include “SMASH” and “The Mysteries of Laura.”
For tickets and information, visit roundabouttheatre.org

 

NYC Broadway Week Returns
January 13, 2022, 5:57.31 pm ET

 
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NYC Broadway Week has returned with its signature deal: 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best musicals and plays on stage right now, as well as upgraded seats to certain shows for $125. The promotion is good for tickets from January 18-February 13, and tickets are currently available to purchase. 

Over one dozen shows are participating in this event, including “Wicked,” “Hadestown,” “Come From Away,” “Company,” “American Utopia,” “The Lion King,” “Skeleton Crew,” “MJ The Musical,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Chicago,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

For tickets and information, visit https://www.nycgo.com/broadway-week

 

Celebration for Philip Glass on His 85th Birthday at Rockefeller Center
January 13, 2022, 5:32.32 pm ET

 
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Rockefeller Center and Pomegranate Arts will celebrate the 85th birthday of legendary American composer and pianist Philip Glass with a night of music and festivities on The Rink. The celebration will be held on  Monday January 31 from 7:00PM-8:30PM with multimedia artist and creative pioneer Laurie Anderson hosting the party to celebrate her dear friend with ice skating, cupcakes, music and performances. An afterparty, DJed by Laurie Anderson, will follow the celebration.

New Yorkers can purchase tickets for one or both events (availability permitting) to celebrate one of New York City’s greatest icons in one of its most iconic settings. This skate-season also marks the 85th birthday of The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Limited tickets for each event are available for $35 to $45 + tax at RockefellerCenter.com and includes skate equipment.

 

Complete Casting Set for Broadway's Mr. Saturday Night
January 12, 2022, 7:27.49 pm ET

 
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Complete casting has been announced for “Mr. Saturday Night,” a new musical comedy about one comedian’s meteoric rise to the middle, which will begin an open-ended run at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on March 9, with an official opening set for April 27.

The show will be directed by John Rando, with a book by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and a score by Jason Robert Brown and lyrics by Amanda Green. The production will feature choreography by Ellenore Scott.

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

The production will also feature Randy Graff, David Paymer, Chasten, Shoshana Bean, Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales and Mylinda Hull.

For tickets and information, visit www.ticketmaster.com

 

A New Dessert at La Devozione That Sophia Loren Could Love
January 12, 2022, 6:59.32 pm ET

 
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La Devozione, the newly opened Italian spot at Chelsea Market, is welcoming guest Executive Pastry Chef Angelo Tramontano of Gran Caffè Napoli 1850 for an appearance January 14th at The Oval, the restaurant’s open-air kitchen.

Beginning at 6 pm, Chef Angelo will present his dessert tribute to Italian actress, Sofia Loren, aptly named "Donna Sofia" – a Neapolitan pastry sfogliatelle with shortcrust pastry biscuit, ricotta emulsion, semolina, candied cubes, cinnamon, and orange.

"My philosophy? A dessert is an idea, a study, research and execution, and can arouse a different and subjective emotion for each guest ," said Tramontano." Behind every dessert of mine, there is always a project that presents food from an aesthetic, communicative and representative point of view, in which science, technology, aesthetics, and nutrition play an essential role."

The chef says serigraphs and prints of iconic images enter directly into his single portions whether it’s an image of Sophia Loren or the old Mille Lire.

 

Six Spots to Get Wet During Dry January
January 12, 2022, 6:18.55 pm ET

Among the hardest New Year’s resolutions for many people to keep is their commitment to a “Dry January,” where they forego all alcoholic beverages for the month. Fortunately, a number of NYC’s most popular eateries have come up with enticing alternatives to help you stick to your promise.

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Aquavit (65 E. 55th Street)

This famed Scandinavian restaurant offers a selection of non-alcoholic wines from several famous wine-growing regions, including Wölffer Estate Verjus, the unfermented green grape juice from Long Island, along with such unique options as the Jörg Geiger PriSecco Aecht Bitter, a sparkling blend of hunter pear, gooseberry, and herbs, imported from the Württemberg region of Germany, and La Rhubarbelle Pétillant from Quebec, Canada, which delivers notes of freshly picked rhubarb and pairs perfectly with savory dishes.

Temperance Wine Bar [40 Carmine St]

Even though it’s known for its alcoholic libations, Tempereance is serving up some non-alcoholic beverages this month, including the Acid League Proxies 'Sauvage' 16, a crisp, bright, and herbal nonalcoholic white wine; the Acid League Proxies 'Nightshade' 16, a nonalcoholic dry and savory red with notes of juice red fruits and spices; and the Avec Grapefruit-Pomelo 5, made with grapefruit juice flavored with pomelo, black pepper, bourbon vanilla and smoked salt, to name a few.

 
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Atlantic Grill (50 West 55th Street)

This high-end seafood restaurant, a favorite of Lincoln Center patrons, is delighting diners with the Lampone Spruzzo, created by Alex Teisanu, the restaurant’s CEO and Director. This deliciously fizzy drink is made with raspberry purée, lemon juice, rosemary-infused simple syrup, and topped with club soda.

Nizza (630 Ninth Avenue)

Located in bustling Hell's Kitchen, the local hotspot is pairing its delicious Italian fare with the restaurant's specially created non-alcoholic Strawberry Mule with Lemon, Ginger Beer, and Rosemary, served in a traditional copper cup.

 
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Macchina (110 Bedford Avenue)

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hip Italian eatery won’t make a liar out of you thanks to its “Liar Manhattan,” which uses both Lyre's Non-Alcoholic American Malt and Lyre's Aperitif Rosso Non-Alcoholic Spirit, with a few dashes of cherry bitters. All of the ingredients are then stirred briefly with ice and strained into a martini glass or small coupette.

Marseille (630 Ninth Avenue)

This classic French brasserie, beloved by theater district habitues, is quenching thirsts this month with an Elderflower Spritzer Mocktail as well as a variety of flavored lemonades, including strawberry and mint.

CheLi Opens Second Location in Queens
January 12, 2022, 6:07.34 pm ET


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CheLi, the innovative Chinese restaurant on St Marks Place, is expanding to Queens with a new location in Flushing.  The restaurant is known for its Shanghai-style cuisine called Hu Cai which originated during the Song Dynasty. It relies on a wine-braising method.

look for signature dishes like wine-soaked chicken, spicy cockles with chef’s special sauce, braised pork belly with abalone, black truffle shrimp and steamed dungeness crab. CheLi also features house-made dim sum including assorted bao, steamed buns and rice cakes.

CheLi is located at 133-42 39th Ave, Queens, NY  

For more information visit https://www.che-li.com 

Review: Cecily Strong Finds Truth in The Search for Signs...
January 11, 2022, 8:09.48 pm ET

Review: Cecily Strong Fings Truth in The Search for Signs...
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BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON

“I made some studies and reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it,” says Trudy, the crazy-not-crazy homeless woman who acts as our tour guide through Jane Wagner’s award-winning 1985 play “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” now getting an Off-Broadway revival under Leigh Silverman’s assured direction at The Shed -- with “Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong more-than-gamely stepping into the possibly unfillable shoes of its original star (and Wagner’s life partner) Lily Tomlin. Read Full Review

Pig Beach Queens to Host Huge Super Bowl Party
January 11, 2022, 7:30.51 pm ET


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Super Bowl Sunday is still a few weeks away. But Pig Beach BBQ is already gearing up for the big game in a big way at its new location (35-37 36th St.) in Queens.

Decked out with over 50 QLED TVs, a massive 28-ft. stadium-sized jumbotron, and state-of-the-art surround sound system (so fans never miss a play!), Pig Beach BBQ Queens is ready with indoor & outdoor seating spread out across a sprawling 28,000-sq. ft. space– complete with three premium bars and a backyard beer garden for the ultimate game day experience.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Pig Beach BBQ will be offering three special game day packages, the BBQ XL, Dirty Hands, and Da Pit Crew, featuring all of its famous signatures – from Ribs and Buffalo Chicken Wings to Pulled Pork Sliders and the award-winning Smash Burger – plus $5 game day beer specials and a wide selection of creative cocktails & non-alcoholic sips. A la carte menu will also be available.

For those hosting at home, the Super Bowl packages feed groups of 4-12 and can be pre-ordered for pickup at Pig Beach Queens or Brooklyn via the Pig Beach website.   

Edith's Expands to Williamsburg with Market and Eatery
January 11, 2022, 7:04.53 pm ET

Edith's Expands to Williamsburg with Market and Eatery
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Edith’s got its start as a pop-up in Brooklyn showcasing Jewish breads, pastries and food items. At the time, it was residing inside Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop. The restaurant later branched out to Edith’s Counter (495 Lorimer St) in Greenpoint.  Now, owner Elyssa Heller, is expanding again with a new market and eatery on Leonard Street in Williamsburg. The all-day menu features Jewish staples including dozens of house-smoked meats and fish along with dishes like Malawach with zhug (a Yemeni hot sauce), grated tomato and bay leaf oil, Chicken Consomme with matzo ball, celery, carrot and fennel fronds, and Schnitzel with chicken, schmaltzy cornbread, relish and harissa honey.  Deli Boards are also offered with various meats and cheeses.  There’s also a bakery room and espresso bar.

Edith’s Eatery and Grocery is located at 312 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

For more information visit https://www.edithsbk.com 

 

Sex and the City Hotspots Tour Returns
January 11, 2022, 2:00.39 pm ET

 
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On Location Tours is once again offering their “Sex and the City Hotspots Tour” as both a public and private sightseeing experience. This popular bus tour highlights several of the famous NYC buildings and locations featured in the HBO series “Sex and the City.” The tour guides are local New York City actresses who share hilarious facts about the show along with fun trivia questions about the buildings and locations.

In addition, each tour guest will also receive a complimentary Magnolia Bakery cupcake, and tour guests over the age of 21 (with proper identification) will have an opportunity to sip discounted cosmos at the famous Soho bar ONieal’s. Passengers can also peek inside a sex shop in the West Village.

The tour, which runs several times a week, departs near Fifth Avenue and 58th Street (exact location given upon purchase) and costs $66 for adults and is for ages 13+. Private tours are offered daily, and a limo buyout option is available.

For tickets and information, visit https://onlocationtours.com

 

Ice Theatre of New York to Present Concerts in Bryant Park
January 11, 2022, 10:48.04 am ET

 
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Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) will present 2022 City Skate Pop Up Concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 11 through February 17 at 12:40pm at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

ITNY performers include Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver along with ITNY Ensemble members Armen Agaian, Danil Berdnikov, Sarah France, Valerie Levine, Liz Schmidt and young ice dance apprentices Oona and Gage Brown. Some of the programs use music from such icons as Carole King, John Lennon and Dave Brubeck.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.icetheatre.org 

 

Sami + Susu Adds Dinner and Wine Service
January 10, 2022, 12:23.24 pm ET

Sami + Susu Adds Dinner and Wine Service
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Sami & Susu, the Mediterranean restaurant from Amir Nathan and Jordan Anderson, is launching a new dinner service, complete with a wine and beverage menu.

The new dishes feature seasonal market items. Look for things like Anchovies with sourdough and zhug butter; Shaved fennel & celery salad with ricotta salata and boquerones; Cacio e Pepe freekeh risotto; and Brook trout with brussel sprouts and creamed leeks.

Sami & Susu’s popular, crispy Chicken Schnitzel also remains available for dinner. In addition to expanding their inside seating, Sami & Susu also offers fully enclosed, heated outdoor seating. Dinner is available from 5:30-10:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, and all tables are held for walk-ins. Reservations will be available on Resy in the coming weeks, and delivery is always available directly through Sami and Susu’s website.

Sami + Susu was named one of Cititour's Top 45 NYC Restaurants of 2021

Charlotte d’Amboise Returns to Broadway's Chicago
January 10, 2022, 12:05.50 pm ET

 
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Charlotte d’Amboise has returned to the Broadway production of “Chicago” in the role of Roxie Hart, a part she has played more on the Great White Way more than 20 times since 1998.

Directed by Water Bobbie with choreography by Ann Reinking, the musical features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The production is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

D’Amboise’s many other Broadway credits include “A Chorus Line” “Sweet Charity,” “Contact,” “Damn Yankees” and “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.”

For tickets and information, visit ChicagotheMusical.com

Chip City to Open 10th NYC Location with a Popcorn Surprise
January 8, 2022, 8:26.30 am ET


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Chip City, known for its ooey gooey cookies, is opening its 10th New York City location in Forest Hills, Queens on Friday, January 14th at 11am.  

The shop is at 72-34 Austin Street and will offer 4 flavors of Chip City’s famous, fully loaded cookies, which will change daily. For the opening, Chip City will be offering Forest Hills customers a sneak peek at a new cookie they’re launching with Orville Redenbacher’s®, the Chocolate Popcorn Crunch. This will ONLY be available at Forest Hills on opening day and will debut across all 10 Chip City locations on January 19th in honor of National Popcorn Day.


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In addition to the new cookie debut, Chip City will celebrate the opening of their 10th location by giving out free cookies to the first 100 customers (excludes Chocolate Popcorn Crunch). The hours will be from 11am - 10pm, 7 days a week.   

David Burke Tavern to Reopen to the Public for Restaurant Week
January 8, 2022, 7:51.57 am ET


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In honor of Winter Restaurant Week 2022, David Burke Tavern, which has been closed except for private events since September, will reopen to the public on January 18 with a $59 prix fixe three-course  Restaurant Week Menu. It stands out among many Restaurant Week offerings because of the number of dish choices in each category – seven appetizers, seven entrees and four desserts – and presents a bonus deal on five side dishes at $8 each and $21 for three, as opposed to the regular $12 each and $29 for the trio.    

As the co-chair of the NYC & Company’s Culinary Committee, which organizes Restaurant Week, David Burke has let it be known that it is particularly important his flagship restaurant be open for its latest edition. It is a program he has enthusiastically participated in since its 1992 inception.  

The private event only model for David Burke Tavern was prompted by the labor shortage that has plagued the restaurant industry during the pandemic. The moved proved prescient given solid private event bookings through the holiday season, which held up despite the Omicron surge.

Burke says he is hopeful the great values Restaurant Week offers, will encourage the public to once again embrace dining out. In addition to the Restaurant Week menu, available through February 13, David Burke Tavern will present guests with happy hour, bar and regular a la carte menu options upon reopening for service Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 9. P.m.  

David Burke Tavern is located at 135 E. 62nd St, New York NY (212) 988-2021.

For more information visit www.davidburketavern.com  

Katz’s Deli is offering 'Get Well Soon' Care Packages
January 8, 2022, 7:16.21 am ET

 

We all know someone who is sick right now, so what’s better than a pick-me-up from Katz's Deli?  Guaranteed to uplift your spirits (and taste-buds), Katz’s Get Well Soon Package is the ultimate comfort food to surprise your loved one who is sick with the flu, COVID, or just the general sense of post-holiday fatigue.

The package includes homemade chicken noodle and matzoh ball soup (aka Jewish penicillin), hand-carved turkey breast, hearty potato knishes, authentic New York bagels, classic deli rye bread and mustard, with the additional add-on of Katz’s legendary pastrami (Price: $115).

For more information click here

 

The King’s Cake at Dominique Ansel Is Fit for a King
January 8, 2022, 6:23.57 am ET


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Dominique Ansel is offering a classic Galette des Rois (or "King's Cake") to celebrate Epiphany, the day the Three Kings visited Baby Jesus. This traditional French cake is filled with creamy almond frangipane inside a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust (think: almond croissant in cake form!).

Fun Fact: The galettes are made with an inverse, or reverse, puff pastry crust, which means that the butter block is on the outside of the dough during the lamination process, rather than being inside the dough like a traditional puff pastry. This results in an even flakier crust with a beautifully golden, almost caramelized, texture.

Galette des Rois at Dominique Ansel, NYC

Each whole galette (serves 6-8 guests) is hand-scored on top to resemble a crown and comes with its own gold paper crown and a little fève (a small prize) to hide inside the cake, so whoever finds it is deemed king for the day. (A little secret: the cake tastes even better warmed up!)

The galettes are available at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho (DominiqueAnselNY.com/shop) and at Dominique Ansel Workshop in Flatiron (DominiqueAnselWorkshop.com) now through Jan 23rd (with 48 hrs notice).

Black Tap Presents Its New CINNA-Roll-With-It CrazyShake
January 7, 2022, 7:41.14 pm ET

 
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If you are beyond your New Year’s resolutions and holiday binge eating, take a deep breath because Black Tap is offering a tempting treat for fans of cinnamon rolls.  It is called the CINNA-Roll-With-It CrazyShake and you may need to loosen your belt a bit before tackling it. The over-the-top creation starts with a cinnamon roll shake with a vanilla cream cheese frosted rim, crushed cinnamon rolls and topped with an entire cinnamon roll, whipped cream & cinnamon sugar glaze.  

The shake is available through the end of the month at Black Tap NYC locations.

Jungsik Unveils Its New Winter Dessert
January 7, 2022, 7:16.10 pm ET

 
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A caramel apple is the inspiration behind Michelin-starred Jungsik’s new dessert simply called, Apple.  Executive Pastry Chef Yoonjung Oh (formerly of Aquavit) designed the new dessert. It’s a hot caramelized apple with dried persimmon and apple cider gel that sits atop a whole wheat sable with granola and a  quenelle of Misutgaru ice cream, traditionally made with 7-10 different grains, on the side. Prior to this, Yoongjung Oh revealed a Charcoal and Corn dessert.

The Apple dessert will appear on Jungsik’s seven-course signature menu, priced at $265 per person.

 

Fast 10: Ten New Place to Try In NYC Right Now
January 7, 2022, 6:46.38 pm ET

Other Half Taproom, Rockefeller Center, NYC
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January 2022 

Other Half Taproom

The Other Half Taproom has opened at Rockefeller Center in addition to its beer garden. There are about a dozen beers on tap and more being offered by the can. website

Sands of Persia

From the folks behind Laut and Wau, comes the Sands of Persia, a new dessert bar and shisha (hookah) lounge in Astoria, serving up over-the-top shakes. website 

Los Tacos No. 1

The no frills taqueria now has a fifth location of Los Tacos No 1 on Lafayette Street offering a variety of tacos and tostadas, along with quesadillas and mulas. website 

The Piano Bar

Fraunces Tavern has opened The Piano Bar Upstairs serving cocktails, including Presidential Punch, along with oysters, charcuterie and cheeses. website 

Mister Seoul

A new Korean spot called Mister Seoul has surfaced in Bayside, Queens. Look for things like marinated boneless short ribs and meats served “Gangnam style.”  website 

Simply Noodles

Simply Noodles has opened on the Upper West Side. Look for things like Mala Spicy Rice Noodles, Miso Ramen, as well as dumplings and vegetarian duck buns. website 

Café Tola

Chicago-based Café Tola, which serves tacos and empanadas, now has an outpost on MacDougal Street. It’s also known for its “empanada roulette” where the barista makes the choices for you. website

Uncle Lou

Uncle Lou is serving a wide array of dishes at its new Chinatown location including braised ribs with winter melon, pork knuckles, home-style duck, oxtail stew and more. website 

Mezcali

This Cali-Mex spot in the Financial District is serving up both small and large plates, including assorted tacos, California burrito with marinated steak, along with cocktails and bar bites. website

Fishmarket II

Fishmarket restaurant in the Seaport, now has a sibling, Fishmarket II in the East Village, serving things like shrimp puffs, ginger shrimp, fish & chips and fish tacos, among others.  website  

Happy Eating!

Canto Opens Its Red Doors in the West Village
January 6, 2022, 7:15.45 pm ET

Canto, Italian, West Village, NYC, interior
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The flavors of Italy in a picturesque setting have arrived at Canto in the West Village. From its flower-covered Vespa to its dining room with lots of natural woods and exposed brick, Canto pays homage to its Italian roots.

Italian specialties include Sicilian-style rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, seared scallops with a cauliflower-carrot puree, veal meatballs in tomato sauce and slow-cooked short ribs served with roasted potatoes.

Canto, Italian, West Village, NYC, food

Pastas bring house-made ravioli filled with butternut squash, fusilli with pesto Genovese, and potato gnocchi with truffled parmesan cream. Diners will also discover sautéed veal scallopini, Tuscan-style skirt steak, and baked salmon with spinach and tomato concasse. Finish the meal with a slice of ricotta cheesecake or maybe an affogato.

Canto, Italian, West Village, NYC, cocktail

Cocktails also offer plays on authentic Italian ingredients. There is the Monte Carlo (Vodka, Thyme, Lemon, Campari, Prosecco), Tea Party (Mezcal, Earl Grey, Bergamot Liqueur, Demerara, Lemon), and The Bella Canto (Gin, Egg White, Butterfly Pea Flower, Chamomile, Italicus Bergamot Liqueur, Lemon, Prosecco/above). The restaurant also has an extensive wine list.

Canto, Italian, West Village, NYC, vespa

Canto is located at 117 Perry St, New York, NY (315) 257-5473

Look for the signature red doors. 

Winter Restaurant Week Is Almost Upon Us
January 6, 2022, 6:22.27 pm ET


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COVID concerns put a dent into holiday outings, now New York City restaurants are hoping to make up for any lost revenue at Winter Restaurant Week kicking off on January 18th though February 13th. Reservations are set to open on January 11 with 2-course lunch and 3-course dinner menus priced at $29, $39 and $59. Already, some restaurants are diving in.


TLK Tofu Bites

Newly opened TLK in the East Village, a gluten free vegan-friendly restaurant featuring health-conscious Asian cooking from owner Michelle Morgan, is offering restaurant week menus from January 18 – 30 for both lunch and dinner. The dinner menu ($39) will start with the TLK pickle plate (house pickled vegetables and chili popcorn), followed by a choice of their signature Tofu Bites or Spicy Eggplant. Entrees options will include Peanut Street Noodles with vegetables, chilies, peanut sauce; Celery Root “Steak” with carrot-ginger dressing; or Malaysian Nasi Style Braised Chicken with Tamaki Rice. The two-course lunch menu ($29) will offer a choice of appetizers and mains. Both menus are also available for delivery. (58 Third Avenue)


One19 Artichoke Pizza

LES Italian-inspired wine bar, One19 Wine Bar + Food is offering a three course dinner menu ($39) and optional wine pairing with a flight of 3 wines ($25) for the entire 4 weeks Jan. 18 – Feb. 13. The menu will highlight the Italian-inspired cooking of chef/co-owner Matt Rojas (Eleven Madison Park, Char Sue, Rouge et Blanc) and feature a choice of 6 different signature French Bread Pizzas, along with Housemade Meatballs with Pasta or Wild Mushroom Ravioli. Appetizer choices include Burrata with Pea Pesto, Tuscan Panzanella Salad or Grilled Radicchio with gorgonzola dressing. For dessert, guests can choose Panna Cotta or gelato of the day. Located speakeasy-style behind a deli at 119 Essex Street (enter through the store).


J-Spec Wagyu Flight

NYC’s premier Japanese wagyu destination J-Spec will serve weekend lunch ($39) and nightly dinner menus ($59) with a “treasure box” of Japanese delicacies featuring fresh fish and wagyu. Served bento box style, the lunch box includes 6 items and the dinner box has 9 items – each with three different preparations of wagyu plus fish and vegetables. The lunch treasure box features Spicy Tuna sushi; Wagyu Kebab; Sashimi; Wagyu Roast Beef; Sanma Karaage; and Wagyu Omelet, while the dinner box will include Sashimi; Wagyu Roast Beef; Braised Wagyu; Shrimp; Octopus; Miso Cheese; Wagyu Omelet; Tuna Avocado Rice; and mushroom Nametake Tofu. Both menus also include a salad and choice of dessert. Their $125 tasting menu, wagyu steak specials and a sake pairing flight will also be available. (239 E. 5th Street)

For more information visit https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

Drinks for Dry January at Temperance Wine Bar
January 5, 2022, 7:33.13 pm ET

 
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Temperance Wine Bar [40 Carmine St] is serving up some non-alcoholic beverages to mark “Dry January.” The drinks include:

- Acid League Proxies 'Sauvage' 16: A crisp, bright, and herbal nonalcoholic white wine 
- Acid League Proxies 'Nightshade' 16: A nonalcoholic dry and savory red with notes of juice red fruits and spices
- AVEC Grapefruit - Pomelo 5: Grapefruit juice flavored with pomelo, black pepper, bourbon vanilla and smoked salt
- AVEC Yuzu - Lime 5: Yuzu and lime juice with a hint of lemongrass
- AVEC Pomegranate - Hibiscus 5: A refreshing blend of pomegranate juice, hibiscus, lime juice, and ceylon cinnamon
- AVEC - Ginger 5: A punchy, spicy concoction of pineapple juice, lime juice, agave, molasses, ginger, acacia gum, and allspice

Each of these beverages can be paired with a variety of dishes from the Temperance menu, including Deviled eggs with Calabrian Chili, Sardines and Butter on Toast, and Duck Meatballs.

Coffee Project Offers New Winter Drinks
January 5, 2022, 7:20.11 pm ET


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Coffee Projects New York is adding new winter drinks to its line-up.  The festive drinks will be around for a limited time at select locations. Here's what you can expect:

At the East Village location [239 East 5th Street] look for the Campfire Latte, a chocolatey mocha latte topped with graham cracker crumbles and a torched marshmallow.  The Chelsea [155 7th Avenue] location is featuring a Cardamom Latte made with fresh orange juice, vanilla and cardamom. In Fort Greene [78 Rockwell Pl], Miso Caramel Apple made is the flavor of choice. It’s made with fresh apple juice, sweet and savory red miso and espresso, garnished with flaky sea salt.

Coffee Project New York is an award-winning, female-owned coffee brand, which also operates a roastery and training center.

Yaso Offers Tips on Making Dumplings at Home
January 5, 2022, 6:43.51 pm ET


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On chilly nights, dumplings are the perfect quick and delicious comfort food; NYC’s Shanghainese restaurant Yaso offers a variety of dumplings and specialty soup dumplings. Best served piping hot, the restaurant is share tips on how to best reheat dumplings and prepare frozen dumplings for a meal at home when the weather is too cold or unpleasant to trek outside.

Yaso’s soup dumplings are full of rich broth – but similar to the skill it takes to eat without losing all the goodness, they require extra attention to heating without bursting. Offering three outstanding soup flavors - Original Pork, Spicy Pork, and Chicken - they are best eaten right after heating. This means that take-out or delivery orders may benefit from a slight warm-up for ultimate enjoyment. The best method is to steam them using a steamer pot or basket with a lid, lined with parchment paper. Home chefs can cut the paper to fit, with small holes added. Alternatively, they can be heated in short increments in the microwave - but it’s important to not overdo it or they may burst; 20-second increments are best.

Steamed or boiled Jiaozi, in a choice of pork and cabbage, or chicken, offer a more traditional and equally delicious option, also available in a Sweet & Spicy sauce, with plenty of kick to warm up no matter the temperature. For vegans, Sweet & Spicy Veggie Wontons offer a delicious alternative, packed with spinach and vegetables. All are best prepared by steaming using the same methods. They can be steamed, microwaved, or boiled in water as another fool-proof method - they simply float to the surface when done.  The dumplings can be purchased at yasotogo.com, or frozen dumplings for pick-up from their Industry City location.  

Inside Citizens Food Hall at Manhattan West
January 5, 2022, 12:35.49 am ET

From high-end restaurants to celebrity chefs and innovative cuisine, there is no shortage of things to try at the new Citizens food hall at Manhattan West.

Sam's Crispy Chicken, Citizens at Manhattan West
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Sam’s Crispy Chicken

Sam’s Crispy Chicken is based off the popular offerings as a spin off from the Umami Burger menu. Those offerings include cornflake-crusted fried chicken in sandwiches, combo boxes and appetizers. The Nashville Hot Sandwich is coated with spices, dipped in chili oil and served on a toasted brioche bun with pickles and mayo. There are five sandwiches in all including a Buffalo and BBQ version. Sides include Sam’s Bacon Mac and Cheese and Loaded Waffle Fries.

Sa Mo To, Citizens at Manhattan West

Sa Mo To

Sa Mo To by Chef Morimoto is serving up Asian fare beginning with Dim Sum. Look for Crab Spring Rolls, Pork Gyoza and more. Other signature appetizers include twice-cooked Sticky Ribs, Popcorn Shrimp and Japanese-style Karaage chicken with crispy garlic. Visitors will also find noodle soups like Spicy Cloud Pork with kakuni pork, scallions, ramen noodles and spicy yuzu koshu in tonkotsu broth.

Cicci Di Carne, Citizens at Manhattan West

Cicci Di Carne

Cicci di Carne is in collaboration with the world’s best butcher Chef Dario Cecchini. Options include panini sandwiches like Porchetta with sweet and hot pepper mostarda, arugula and fennel pollen; Roast Beef with “Succo” dip and horseradish crema; and Smoked Pastrami Alla Dario with whole grain mustard, caraway seeds, pickles and fontina. Other options include a tuna melt and the Caprese Classico. There’s also a grilled artichoke salad with arugula.

Krispy Rice, Citizens at Manhattan West

Krispy Rice

Kripsy Rice offers a Cali-twist to its sushi. The sushi and rolls are available in combo platters or al a carte.  Look for things like its Original Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Baked Crab Handroll, King Salmon Nigiri, Spicy Yellowtail, Blue Crab Roll and more. Appetizers include Ahi Tuna Tartare, Hamachi Sashimi with jalapeno and Crispy Panko Shrimp. 

Umami Burger, Citizens at Manhattan West

Umami Burger

This is one of the few places where you can find an Umami Burger in New York City. The signature Umami Burger is a smashed double patty with dashi onions, American cheese, pickle chips and Umami sauce on a "squishy" bun. A Deluxe Burger, Truffle Burger and Bacon Ranch Burger are also among the offerings, along with Cheesy Potato Tots and Togarashi Fries.

Plant Nation, Citizens at Manhattan West

Plant Nation

Plant Nation is offering a selection of signature salads. They include the Avocado Toast Bowl; “Just Beet It” with slow-cooked beets, greens, feta and maple-roasted pecans; and a Spicy Thai Chicken Salad. Entrees include Whole Rotisserie Baby Cauliflower, Caramelized Savoy Cabbage Chops and Buld-Your-Own Bowls.

Soom Soom, Citizens at Manhattan West

Soom Soom

Mediterranean fare is the star at Soom Soom.  Think chicken and beef shawarma on a pita, plate or wrap, along with kebabs and schnitzel.  Vegetarian options include falafel, roasted cauliflower and sabich. There are also several options available with house hummus.

EllaMia, Citizens at Manhattan West

EllaMia

EllaMia is an elevated coffee shop serving croissants, sticky buns, monkey bread and cranberry scones. Breakfast sandwiches include a scrambled egg and cheese croissant, spicy avocado bacon bagel and bagel with cream cheese and lox. Check ahead for the opening date.

Katsuya, Citizens at Manhattan West

There are also two full-fledged restaurants located inside the food hall: Katsuya, a modern Japanese restaurant by Chef Katsuya Uechi serving sushi and inventive cocktails; and Casa Dani featuring the flavors of Spain by Michelin-starred Chef Dani Garcia.

Manhattan West is located at 435 W 31st St, New York, NY

For more information visit https://www.ctzns.com 

Jing Fong Returns to Chinatown with a Much Smaller Footprint
January 4, 2022, 6:02.44 pm ET

 
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Jing Fong, the sprawling 800 seat dim sum palace which closed during the pandemic, is making a comeback in a much smaller space that seats just over 100 diners.  The restaurant is well known for its assortment of classic dim sum dishes, including Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings, Shrimp, Crab and Spinach Dumplings, Roast Pork Rice Noodles and BBQ Roast Pork Buns.

Larger plates include Teriyaki Short Ribs, Tangerine Beef, General Tso’s Chicken and Lobster with Sticky Rice. The new restaurant is located is located at 202 Centre Street in New York.  Jing Fong’s location on the Upper West Side is also open.

 

Somewhere Nowhere Adds Tear-Shaped Igloos to Rooftop
January 3, 2022, 6:28.44 pm ET

 Somewhere Nowhere, NYC, Igloo
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Somewhere Nowhere’s rooftop at the Renaissance Hotel in Chelsea now boasts fourteen teardrop-shaped igloos with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building.  Each of the igloos can accommodate 4-6 guests and are furnished with plush love seats and accent chairs, elegant winter-inspired accents, a built-in fireplace and blankets to keep warm.

Somewhere Nowhere, NYC, Cocktail

A new cocktail menu is being offered featuring whimsical drinks the The Prophecy (Harry Potter) consisting of Red Bull and Watermelon flavors, Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) with Meyers Rum and Pineapple Juice, and The Enchanted (Beauty and the Beast) with Mezcal and Angostura Bitters, among others. Bites by Noodlelove include Spicy Tuna Tartare, Roasted Chicken Lettuce Cups, Warm Lobster Rolls, and a Late-night platter featuring Dry Aged Wagyu Beef Sliders, Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites, Popcorn Chicken and Truffle Fries.

Somewhere Nowhere, NYC, Lounge

The igloos are available by reservation only for two-and-a-half hour increments starting at $800 for the food and beverage minimum, depending upon the day.

Somewhere Nowhere is located at 112 West 25th St (38th & 39th Floors), New York, NY

For more information visit https://somewherenowherenyc.com

New Restaurant Openings to Kick Off 2022 in NYC
January 3, 2022, 6:22.13 pm ET

New Restaurant Openings to Kick Off 2022 in NYC
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Opening Winter/Spring 2022

KONO

Address: 46 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

KONO is the forthcoming debut restaurant from acclaimed Japanese yakitori chef Atsushi 'ATS' Kono. After nearly two decades of honing his skills in Japan, and then in New York City as the Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Yakitori Torishin (and, most recently, the summerlong Chikarashi Isso pop-up at Hotel 50 Bowery), ATS will finally open his namesake restaurant within Bowery's Canal Arcade, a passageway that connects Bowery to Elizabeth Street. Guests at KONO will feel as though they have been transported to Japan as they enter into the alluring dining room that blends traditional Japanese elements with modern touches that speak to New York City's dining culture. Here, Chef Kono will take center stage at a 14-seat chef's counter (seatings at 5:30pm and 8:30pm) to prepare a kappo-style yakitori omakase rooted in tradition and seasonality. Guests can expect to enjoy various cuts (and specialty cuts) of organic Amish chicken grilled over Binchotan hardwood charcoal via the multi-course menu of appetizers, skewers, seasonal vegetables, and dessert. There will also be a semi-private dining area to accommodate larger groups of 4 to 6.

El Truck

Address: 50th Street b/t 6th and 7th Aves (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM), 52nd Street and 9th Ave (7:00 PM to 12:00 AM)

The latest concept from Chef/Owner Julian Medina and Restaurateur Louis Skibar of Toloache Restaurant Group goes mobile with the launch of El Truck, a food truck offering authentic Mexican street food. El Truck’s simple yet satisfying menu features an assortment of tacos like the Birria (Braised Beef in Chiles with Consomme); Chicharron Prensado (Pork Braised in Chile de Arbol Salsa); and Cabeza (Steamed Veal Head), as well as the Taco de Pescado (Crispy Fish Taco with Slaw and Chipotle Crema) and the Dorados de Camaron y Pulpo (Crispy Taco with Shrimp, Octopus, and Charred Tomato Salsa), among others.  Antojitos (or “Little Cravings”) include the Machete and the Cemita. There will also be Churros con Cajeta for dessert, and soft drinks.

GG Tokyo

Address: 120 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016 – at the Park South Hotel

GG Tokyo is a lively bar and restaurant opening at the Park South Hotel from the team behind TH/RST Group, Executive Chef Bryce Shuman, and Beverage Director Ivan Papic. It is inspired by six tiny alleys in the Golden Gai district of Tokyo, which is home to over 200 bars and restaurants. Golden Gai, or Shinjuku, comes to life after dusk and is a food and drink mecca to locals and tourists alike. With a focus on Japanese small plates, GG Tokyo will take cues from the simplicity and comfort of izakaya dining and the seasonality and refinement of kaiseki dining to create a place you can settle in, grab a drink, and enjoy delicious Japanese-influenced fare. In addition to the food and drink, guests can expect a vibrant atmosphere that will include late-night programming and special events from DJs and live entertainment to curated omakase experiences and more.

El Fish Shack UWS

Address: 155 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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

Pine & Polk

Address: 300 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013

Pine & Polk is a new and exciting multi-concept brand under one roof – a provisions-focused retail storefront and bespoke cocktail bar. Best friends-turned-business partners, Lindsay Weiss (American Express, James Beard Foundation) and Alyssa Golub (Michael Mina Restaurant Group, The Four Seasons) met in San Francisco where their lives and streets (Pine & Polk) would intersect.  The bright and airy shop, located in downtown New York City, promises to bring California vibes to the east coast.  The storefront will feature artisan provisions “for fine food hunters and social gatherers,” carrying items to complement every picnic, intimate soiree, large gathering, or quiet night in.  A majority of items sold will be from women-owned brands, alongside small-batch specialty products from around the country. Expect one-of-a-kind chef and brand collaborations, as well as in-store programming. The hidden 40-seat cocktail bar, through the shop, will feature craft cocktails and creative food offerings as well.

Stay tuned for more NYC Openings

Sobre Masa’s Tortilleria Expands in Bushwick
January 3, 2022, 6:10.49 pm ET

Sobre Masa’s Tortilleria Expands in Bushwick
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Zack and Diana Wangeman Sobre Masa Tortilleria is now offering daily house-made Mexican pastries, a full espresso bar serving Oaxacan coffee, and an assortment of Mexican groceries, along with its freshly made tortillas and salsas.

Menu items include Mexican pastries like orejas (also commonly known as palmiers), corn cookies and conchas with flavors like chocolate, almond and vanilla. There are rotating tamales like Mole Negro with chicken, Pork in salsa verde, Rajas & queso fresco, and Mushrooms in salsa roja. Specialty Mexican products include Oxacan coffee beans, corn husks, and vanilla extract, along with Mexican hot chocolate.

Located steps away from the Morgan L-train stop, the shop will be open from 7am to 3pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Spanish Kings Cake arrives at Mercado Little Spain
January 3, 2022, 11:00.20 am ET

 
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Chef José Andrés' Mercado Little Spain is offering a holiday treat. In honor of Three Kings Day (1/6), the restaurant has prepared the classic, ubiquitous Spanish sweet to mark the official end of the holidays: Roscón de Reyes (Spanish Kings Cake). 

Roscón de Reyes is an iconic pastry featuring round, sweet yeasted bread shaped to represent the crown worn by the kings. Baked inside is typically a toy baby (or king) and a dried bean.  If you're served a slice with the baby it's your lucky day but bite into the bean and it’s your job to buy the cake next Christmas. 

The cakes are available for pre-order and pickup from 1/3 - 1/6 during hours of operation at Pasteles. They are also served by the slice at La Barra and Spanish Diner.

Fai Bene in Gowanus – Now that’s Italian!
January 2, 2022, 12:47.54 pm ET


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Fai Bene which translates into “do good” is turning out some very good old school Italian dishes at its restaurant on Third Avenue in Gowanus. Look for oversized portions, relatively low prices and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Diners are greeted with house-made focaccia and a menu dominated by Italian classics led by Chef Andre DiGregorio.

Begin with shareable plates of grilled octopus in a balsamic reduction, lightly fried calamari & zucchini, baked clams, seafood salad and more. Pastas run the gamut from Fettucine Alfredo and Penne a La Vodka to traditional lasagna and spaghetti & meatballs. Main courses bring roasted chicken, veal parmigiana, stuffed pork chops and rack of veal. Desserts include tiramisu and Italian cheesecake.

Fai Bene is located at 255 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (929) 295-8425

For more information visit https://faibeneristorante.com

Greg Kinnear to star in Broadway's To Kill A Mockingbird
January 1, 2022, 2:41.03 pm ET


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Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear will make his Broadway debut as Atticus Finch in the Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on January 5. The show, which is at the Shubert Theatre, is written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, based on the novel by Harper Lee, with direction by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher.
 
On that date, the cast will also include Baize Busan as Scout Finch, 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.

Kinnear was nominated for an Oscar for his work in “As Good as It Gets.” His numerous film and television credits include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Sabrina,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Modern Family,” and “Talk Soup,” for which he won two Daytime Emmy Awards.

For tickets and information, visit www.tokillamockingbird.com

''Broadway: The Calla Way'' to Play 54 Below
January 1, 2022, 2:26.21 pm ET


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Tony Award nominees and cabaret favorites Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway will bring their new show “Broadway: The Calla-Way” to Feinstein’s/54 Below from January 4-8. Accompanied by Alex Rybeck, they will perform songs by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Stephen Schwartz and other legendary composers.

The sisters have previously performed together in such critically acclaimed cabaret shows as “Sibling Revelry” and “Boom!” In addition, Ann Hampton Callaway composed and sang the theme to the hit TV show “The Nanny,” which featured Liz’s vocals.

Ann Hampton received her Tony nomination for “Swing!” Liz received a Tony nomination for “Baby” and her other Broadway credits include “Cats,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Look of Love.”
For tickets and information, visit www.54below.com

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