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Three places to try tonight if you can snag a table
May 15, 2021, 11:01.24 am ET

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

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


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

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea
May 15, 2021, 6:52.58 am ET

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, interior

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

 Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, steak

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

Puttanesca arrives in Chelsea, cocktail
Photos: Puttanesca                                                                                       

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

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


May 14, 2021, 8:29.42 am ET

Photo: FREEHOLD IN THE PARK                                                                         

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

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

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

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


May 14, 2021, 8:00.39 am ET

Photo: City Center                                                                                               

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

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

For more information, visit


Around Town – The Greens return to Pier 17, Roller Skating at TWA Hotel and more...
May 13, 2021, 11:31.42 am ET


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

For more information visit 

Photo: TWA Hotel                                                                                    

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

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

For more information, visit 

Photo: VITAL Brooklyn                                                                               

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

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

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

Image: Mickey Como Pretexto en Rojo by Manolo Valdés                               

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

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

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

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side
May 13, 2021, 10:36.02 am ET

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side

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

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

Tuscany Steakhouse reopens on the Upper West Side

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

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

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


Cocktail Time - The Mai Tai at Momofuku Noodle Bar
May 12, 2021, 9:51.22 am ET

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


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


May 12, 2021, 7:53.47 am ET

Photo: Versa Rooftop                                                                            

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

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

For more information visit


May 12, 2021, 7:41.22 am ET

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

Photo: Patti Lupone                                                                                          


May 11, 2021, 11:29.07 am ET


 Less than one week since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Broadway could reopen with full-capacity shows starting September 14, over 20 productions have already announced their intention to take their place on the Great White Way this fall, with other shows still expected to join the line-up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned to for further developments.


May 10, 2021, 10:42.56 pm ET


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

For more information visit


May 10, 2021, 9:47.40 am ET

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

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


NYC Bites - Kitchen Paradise
May 10, 2021, 9:15.07 am ET

NYC Bites - Kitchen Paradise

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

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

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


May 10, 2021, 8:46.06 am ET

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

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

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


May 10, 2021, 7:55.02 am ET


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

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

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

For additional information visit



May 10, 2021, 6:02.07 am ET

Photo: Eddie Palmieri                                                                                      

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

Photo: Lincoln Center/The Green                                                                      

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

For the full schedule and ticket information click here 


Queens Night Market returns to Rockefeller Center May 10
May 7, 2021, 9:31.12 pm ET


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

This year’s Queens Night Market OUTPOST vendors include:

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

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

For more information visit


Seven NYC Restaurants Earn New Michelin Stars in 2021
May 7, 2021, 8:04.13 pm ET

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

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

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

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

Photo: Kochi                                                                                                      

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


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

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

Three stars

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Eleven Madison Park

Le Bernardin


Per Se


Two Stars






Blue Hill at Stone Barns


Gabriel Kreuther

Ichimura at Uchū



Momofuku Ko

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The Modern

One Star

Ai Fiori



Blue Hill


Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe


The Clocktower



Crown Shy

Don Angie *


Four Horsemen

Francie *

Gramercy Tavern


Jeju Noodle Bar

Jua *



Kochi *



Le Coucou

Le Jardinier



The Musket Room





Peter Luger

Rezdôra *

The River Café


Sushi Ginza Onodera

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Noz

Sushi Yasuda

Tempura Matsui

Tsukimi *


Vestry *


ZZ’s Clam Bar

* New for 2021

For more click here


Keith Haring's refrigerator door is among items being auctioned off at Guernsey's on May 12
May 7, 2021, 2:23.47 pm ET

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

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

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

Photos: Urban Gems                                                                                    

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

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

May 6, 2021, 1:57.14 pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 6, 2021, 1:39.57 pm ET

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


May 6, 2021, 4:30.27 am ET

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit


Around Town - Tavern on the Green is back, Pecking House arrives, help for India and more...
May 5, 2021, 2:35.41 pm ET

 Tavern on the Green reopens

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

 Gallaghers Steakhouse reopens, NYC

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


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

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

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

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

 Eisenberg's Flatiron sign in window

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

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


 Maya Lin's Ghost Forest at Madison Square Park

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


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

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



May 5, 2021, 10:28.47 am ET

Photo: Jeremy Jordan                                                                                         

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

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

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

For tickets and information, visit


May 5, 2021, 10:22.24 am ET


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

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

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

May 5, 2021, 6:41.28 am ET

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

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

Reservations can be made via resy.

Photo: Los Tacos #1/Cititour                                                                               

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


May 4, 2021, 1:55.10 pm ET

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

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

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


See the full list below: 


La Cueva Fonda (Longwood)

Claudy's Kitchen (Fieldston) 


Angel (Jackson Heights)

Hupo (Long Island City)

Via Vai (Astoria)

Cardamom (Sunnyside)

Phayul (Jackson Heights)

SaRanRom Thai (Elmhurst)

Caleta 111 Cevicheria (Richmond Hill)


Chavela's (Prospect Heights)

Gordo's Cantina (Bushwick)

For All Things Good (Bed-Stuy)

Rangoon (Prospect Heights)

Mao Mao (Bushwick)

Winner (Park Slope)

Bolero (Williamsburg)

hanon (Williamsburg)

Gentle Perch (Williamsburg)

Pierozek (Williamsburg)

Xilonen (Williamsburg)



Thai Diner (Nolita)

Forsythia (Lower East Side)

Samwon Garden BBQ (Koreatown)

Nami Nori (Greenwich Village)


Burrata (Eastchester)

Badageoni Georgian Kitchen (Mount Kisco)

Rafele Rye (Rye)

Boro6 Wine Bar (Hastings-on Hudson)

Macelleria Italian Steakhouse (Pelham)

Tredici Social (Bronxville)

For more info click here


May 4, 2021, 6:59.41 am ET

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

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

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

For more information and reservations, please visit


MIFUNE unveils its spring menu and Executive Pastry Chef
May 3, 2021, 9:12.42 pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

The menu will change daily based on market availability.

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

MFUNE  New York Executive Pastry Chef Celia Lee
Chef Celia Lee

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

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

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


May 3, 2021, 3:48.02 pm ET

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

Eleven Madison Park Goes Vegan
May 3, 2021, 3:34.15 pm ET

Eleven Madison Park Goes Vegan

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

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

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

Cuomo sets the stage for Broadway's reopening
May 3, 2021, 1:48.05 pm ET

Cuomo sets the stage for Broadway's reopening

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

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

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

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

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


NYC Bites - The Truffle Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich at Black Tap
May 1, 2021, 4:36.06 am ET

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

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



The Macy's Flower Show is here!
May 1, 2021, 3:49.38 am ET

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021

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

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

Here are some of this year’s highlights:

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

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

 Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021, Aviary

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

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

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

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

The Macy's Flower Show, NYC, 2021

For more information visit Macy’