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Fiver: Five New Spots to Try in NYC - La Rotisserie, Yard House, Maman, Tortazo & Spaghetti Tavern
September 17, 2021, 9:58.22 pm ET

 La Rotisserie, Flatiron, NYC

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

 Yard House, Times Square, NYC

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

Maman, Rockefeller Center, NYC

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

Tortazo, Flatiron, NYC

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

Photo: Spaghetti Tavern                                                                               

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

Carmine’s Returns to Times Square
September 17, 2021, 8:23.39 am ET

Carmine’s Returns to Times Square

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

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

For more information, visit 

The Flavors of Tuscany Return at Beppe in NYC
September 16, 2021, 8:50.49 pm ET


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

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

For more information, visit 

Curtain Up! In Times Square Celebrates Return of Broadway
September 16, 2021, 8:36.02 pm ET


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

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


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

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

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Cocktail Time - The Purple Banana at Casa Ora
September 15, 2021, 9:08.21 pm ET

Photos: Briana Balducci                                                                               

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


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

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

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

For more information, visit 



The 11th Annual Taste of the Seaport Returns in October
September 15, 2021, 8:26.18 pm ET

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

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

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

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


3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Cecconi's, Momofuku Ssam Bar and Tacombi Flatiron
September 15, 2021, 8:12.43 pm ET

 3 Places To Try If You Can Snag A Table - Cecconi's & more...

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

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

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

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

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




Fashion Takes Center Stage at The Met
September 15, 2021, 3:03.59 pm ET

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art                                                                      

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

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

Around Town – 3 Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day
September 15, 2021, 2:11.04 pm ET

Photo: Black Tap                                                                                        

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

Photo: Black Barn                                                                              

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

Photo: Gotham Burger Social Club                                                                       

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

Wau arrives on the UWS
September 14, 2021, 7:57.45 pm ET

Wau arrives on the UWS

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

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

For more information, visit 

Little Island Hosts Dance Festival
September 14, 2021, 1:31.27 pm ET

Photo: Sam Hershberger                                                                        

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

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

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

For a full schedule of programming visit


Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" Announces Full Cast
September 14, 2021, 6:41.50 am ET

 Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" Announces Full Cast
Photo: Matthew Murphy                                                                           

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

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

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

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

For tickets and information, visit

Bandits Does Brunch in the West Village
September 13, 2021, 3:46.44 pm ET

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

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

For more information, visit



Tiësto returns to New York City for Halloween Weekend
September 13, 2021, 3:20.04 pm ET


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

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

For ticket information, visit

Afficionado Coffee Roasters Opens in Hell's Kitchen
September 13, 2021, 2:58.33 pm ET


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

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

Photos: Afficionado Coffee Roasters                                                                

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

For more information, visit 

Leslie Odom Jr to Host Tony Awards TV Special
September 13, 2021, 8:29.50 am ET

Photo: Leslie Odom Jr                                                                                    

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

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

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

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

Broadway's Big Week Has Arrived
September 12, 2021, 9:05.32 pm ET

Photo: Matthew Murphy                                                                                  

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

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

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

Curtains up, light the lights!

This Week In Live NYC Performance
September 12, 2021, 8:51.01 pm ET

Photo: Bruce Glikas                                                                                          

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chai Brings flavors of Beijing to Midtown
September 11, 2021, 6:02.24 am ET

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

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

For more information, visit 

Honoring the Victims of 9/11 Terror Attacks 20 Years Later
September 10, 2021, 3:26.27 pm ET


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

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

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

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

For more information, visit  


Hawksmoor Debuts in Landmarked New York City Building
September 10, 2021, 2:36.33 pm ET

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

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

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

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


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

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

For more information, visit

NYC Bites - The Soft Shell Crab at Barn Joo in NoMad
September 9, 2021, 9:52.25 pm ET


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

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



The Hugh Food Hall Opening in Midtown
September 9, 2021, 9:34.25 pm ET

The Hugh Food Hall in Midtown

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

The Hugh Food Hall in Midtown, Alodoro

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

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

Around Town – Halfway to Margaritaville, New Jasper Johns Exhibit, Autumn Moon Festival and more…
September 8, 2021, 2:39.56 pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kyuramen Draws a Crowd in the East Village
September 7, 2021, 8:53.48 pm ET


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

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State-of-the-Art Ferris Wheel Steals the Show in Times Square
September 7, 2021, 8:13.15 pm ET


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

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


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

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

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

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

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




92nd Street Y has Stars Galore Live in September
September 7, 2021, 2:23.58 pm ET

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

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

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

Full Cast Announced for Broadway's To Kill A Mockingbird
September 7, 2021, 2:11.24 pm ET

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

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

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

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Art Around Town in September: Sights for the Smart Set
September 6, 2021, 8:29.41 pm ET

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

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

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

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

Live Performance in NYC This Week
September 6, 2021, 1:29.28 pm ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3 places to try if you can snag a table - The Spaniard, Spanish Diner and Bodega 88
September 6, 2021, 7:38.42 am ET

3 places to try if you can snag a table - The Spaniard

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

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

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

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

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



Little Rebel Opens in the East Village
September 4, 2021, 11:45.30 pm ET


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

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

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Some Labor Day Weekend Getaways... Sort of
September 4, 2021, 2:47.03 pm ET


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

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

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

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


Italian Pastries Reign Supreme at Chef Ignacio Mattos' Lodi
September 4, 2021, 2:05.27 pm ET

Biscotti with Hazelnuts and Ribbons of Chocolate

Bomboloni with Raspberry & Cream Cheese Filling

Bomboloni with Cream Filling

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

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

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Mr. Chips in Brooklyn for Diner Classics
September 4, 2021, 1:56.29 pm ET


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

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

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

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


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

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


Feast of San Gennaro to Return September 16th
September 3, 2021, 2:42.28 pm ET


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

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

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

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NYC Bites - Papaya Salad at Wayla
September 1, 2021, 2:32.45 pm ET


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are on sale now via,, or by calling 800-447-7400.


There's no place like HOWM in Chelsea
August 31, 2021, 10:00.16 pm ET


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

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

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