I feel a little like Jay Leno here, asking for Headlines. But I'd love it if you could send me photos or examples of other irritating names and signage from the travel world.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I feel a little like Jay Leno here, asking for Headlines. But I'd love it if you could send me photos or examples of other irritating names and signage from the travel world.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I’m ready for the smoke-filled offices of the new agency, the new home and life of Don Draper, the vintage ads and TV shows, and the wonderful ending music that recalls the turbulent 60s. I’m so ready.
In the meantime, with thoughts of joining Don and Roger over oysters at The Oyster Bar or drinks at The Roosevelt Hotel, I’ve put together a list of cocktail fixes throughout Manhattan that will get you ready for another season of Mad Men madness.
Temple Bar: The glamorous oak bar in NoHo is known for its extensive drink list peppered with all the classics. Imagine yourself sitting with Don among the beautiful velvet curtains sipping an Old Fashioned or with Peggy Olsen as she tries a Brandy Alexander for the first time. 322 Lafayette St, 212-925-4242
Monkey Bar: Enter the landmark Hotel Elysée (once known as the “easy lay”) where guests like Joe DiMaggio and Marlon Brandon used to stay. Step inside the great piano bar just off the lobby with its iconic monkey mural. You can just picture Roger downing a Manhattan or two before heading for a room upstairs. Hotel Elysée, 60 E 54th St, 212-753-1066
King Cole Bar: Once a bastion of cigar-smoking power brokers or wannabes like Ken Cosgrove, the King Cole Bar in the elegant St. Regis Hotel is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary (known here as the Red Snapper). This classic bar also is known for its famous mural, “Old King Cole” by Maxfield Parrish. St. Regis Hotel, 2 E 55th St, 212-753-4500
21 Club: Famous for its Prohibition-era speakeasy status, this restaurant has attracted every president since FDR (except George W. Bush) to dine or imbibe. Come for a martini just like James Bond in 007 or try New York Magazine’s recommendation, a Southside, the rum and mint cocktail invented here. 21 W 52nd St, 212-582-7200
Campbell Apartment: This luxurious lounge in Grand Central Terminal will surely bring you back to another era. The space, once used as an office for New York financier John Campbell, still exudes the same sleek, refinement with its low lighting, rich woodwork and beamed ceiling. We’d recommend the Prohibition Punch for aptly named Pete Campbell. 15 Vanderbilt Ave, 212-953-0409
Bemelmans Bar: Some things never go out of style. Tommy Rowles has been the bartender here for 51 years and has even poured bourbon on the rocks for President Truman. Live piano music, enchanting murals of animals by Ludwig Bemelmans of Madeline fame, plus formally dressed waiters make this an Upper East Side landmark. The perfectly chilled and poured martini comes in a shaker with enough liquor for a potent drink and a half, and the banquettes are perfect for cuddling. The Carlyle Hotel, 35 E 76th St, 212-744-1600
The Blue Bar at the Algonquin: Once the hot spot for literary geniuses like Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, The Blue Bar is filled with Al Hirschfield’s artwork depicting a variety of Broadway shows. The cozy bar with its blue upholstery is known for its Algonquin Cocktail, a mix of whiskey, dry vermouth, and pineapple juice. It’s reputed that the literary ghosts of times past will even sit with you to provide inspiration and absorb the black-tie service. The Algonquin Hotel, 59 W 44th St, 212-840-6800
Sardi’s: Since 1921, this legendary restaurant known for the celebrity caricatures adorning its walls has served as the spot to head to before or after theater. It’s also a favorite rendezvous spot for Don Draper and his lady friends like the sultry Mrs. Barrett. To behave like a true “mad man,” book a table on Thursdays and Fridays for jazz and cabaret and skip the cocktail; a bottle of Dom Perignon is more in keeping with the mood. 234 W 44th St, 212-221-8440
The Oak Bar at the Plaza: Originally filling the entire Oak Room restaurant space in the Plaza Hotel, the Oak Bar was conceived as a men’s-only enclave when it opened in 1907. Now restored to its original glory surrounded by impressive “frozen in time” murals, the bar serves up a Classic Sidecar to enjoy with a menu of bar items until the wee hours. Plaza Hotel, 10 Central Park South, 212-758-7777
Friday, July 23, 2010
Boston: Restaurant Week Boston® returns on August 15-22 and 22-27. The 10th annual Restaurant Week boasts more than 200 participating restaurants throughout Boston, Cambridge and neighboring suburbs. I’m delighted to see some of my all-time favorites on the list: Cambridge’s Rialto, B&G Oysters in the South End, and the historic Union Oyster House. Lunch and dinner options include 2-course lunches for $15.10, 3-course lunches for $20.10 and 3-course dinners for $33.10. Prices exclude beverages, tax and tip. Among the many cuisines that Boston’s Restaurant Week has to offer are fine French, Argentinean and Italian fares. The city is encouraging the use of locally grown ingredients and will be recognizing restaurants that use these ingredients in their menus. For more information, visit http://www.bostonusa.com/visit/restaurantweek.
Washington, DC: The 16th biannual Washington, DC Restaurant Week will take place August 16-22 and will feature over 200 of the area’s finest restaurants. From seafood to Italian, there’s a little something for everyone. Top restaurants include Dino and Bourbon Steak Restaurant. Guests can choose between 3-course lunch and dinner meals, priced $20.10 and $35.10, respectively. Beverages, tax and tip excluded. Online reservations are available. Visit http://washington.org/restaurantwk/ for more information.
New York: Restaurant Week has been extended through September 6. So, all of you who have escaped the heat to the Hamptons or Fire Island, will still have a chance to enjoy some meals from the city’s top toques. Click on http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek for details.
Philadelphia: Check out Philadelphia’s Center City District Restaurant Week from September 12-17 and 19-24. More than 100 restaurants will offer a 3-course lunch for $20 and a 3-course dinner for $35, alcohol, tax and tip not included. Top participating chefs include Georges Perrier of Le-Bec Fin (where I celebrated my graduation from Wharton!) and Douglas Rodriguez of Alma de Cuba Restaurant. Reservations are required. Visit http://www.centercityphila.org/life/RestaurantWeek.php for more information and to make reservations.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
New York City: The second week of NYC Restaurant Week is here! Partake in fine dining at more than 275 restaurants throughout the city from July 12-25. Check out Nobu, Blue Water Grill, The River Café and The Central Park Boathouse. Choose either a 3-course prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35 (drinks, tax and tip excluded, as well as Saturdays). American Express is offering a $15 statement credit when you use your eligible, registered American Express card at 3 or more participating restaurants.
The NYC Restaurant Week Truck will make another appearance this year in partnership with Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit organization. The Restaurant Week will donate $1 from each $6 soup purchase to Hot Bread Kitchen. The truck’s daily schedule and menu will be available online. For more information, visit http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
Charlotte: Charlotte Restaurant Week, the “Queen’s Feast,” takes place now through July 25. More than 88 restaurants are participating including Noble’s, Carpe Diem, Dressler’s, M5 and The Liberty. Indulge in a meal fit for royalty for just $30 (tax and tip excluded) and receive suggested wine pairings for an impeccable dining experience. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For more information, visit http://www.charlotterestaurantweek.com/.
Atlanta: Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from July 26-August 8. The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi® Torched Cherry Blossom (see below for ingredients and directions to recreate the signature drink), created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steak houses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.
Bacardi® Torched Cherry Blossom Ingredients:
2 oz. Bacardi® Torched Cherry™
1/2 oz. Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
1/2 oz. Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. Cherry Heering
1 dash angostura bitters
Directions:Stir over ice; strain into a martini glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.For more information, visit http://www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week.
Houston: Houston Restaurant Week returns from August 1-21, and will continue to contribute 100% of donations to the Houston Food Bank. Established in 2003, this Restaurant Week has already raised $356,000! This year, 108 restaurants are participating in the event. Several renowned chefs will be in attendance including Chef Robert Del Grande of RDG+Bar Annie, Chefs Richard Knight and James Silk of Feast, Chef Scott Tycer of Gravitas, and Haven’s Chef Randy Evans. A 3-course gourmet meal and a $5 donation for the Houston Food Bank is included in the $35 this year (drinks, tax and tip excluded). Select restaurants will also offer two-course lunch menus for $20, donating $3 of each lunch sold to the Houston Food Bank as well. Reservations are required. For more information, visit http://www.houstonrestaurantweek.com/.
Miami: Miami Spice Restaurant Month will take place from August 1-September 30 at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach Resort. This micro-Restaurant Week event consists of four restaurants from the resort including Gotham Steak, Hakkasan, Scarpetta and American Café Vida. Top chefs include Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Steak. Indulge in a 3-course meal for $35 or in a family-style dim sum lunch at Hakkasan for $22. Restaurant patrons will receive discounted parking. Visit http://www.fontainebleau.com/ for more information.
Baltimore: This year’s Baltimore Restaurant Week is set for August 13-22. The city uses this event as a way to encourage exploration of its dynamic neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Canton and the Inner Harbor. Top chefs include Gertrude’s Chef John Shields, who has written several cookbooks and has a TV show on PBS. The prix fixe rates are $20.10 and $35.10 for lunch and dinner, respectively. Discounted parking at city-owned parking garages is also available for restaurant week patrons. For more information, visit http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com/.
Arizona: This year’s Arizona Restaurant Week takes place in Tucson and Phoenix from September 18-26. New this year is the gluten-free menu option, as well as an additional price point. Prices are either $29 or $39 per person, and $19 per person in Tucson only. Drinks, tax and tip are additional. More than 100 restaurants are participating, and certain restaurants offer a complimentary cocktail with your meal. For more information, visit http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com/.
Fort Lauderdale: Dine Out Lauderdale is scheduled for October 1- November 11, with more than 35 restaurants showing off their cuisine and tropical surroundings. Affectionately referred to by patrons as “LauderLicious,” the program offers a 3-course menu for $35. Sample participants include The Capital Grille, Cantena Laredo Gourmet Mexican Food, and Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar. Visit http://www.sunny.org/dineout/ for more information.
Los Angeles: Los Angeles’ Restaurant Week, DineLA, is back and ready to prove that L.A. is one of the premier dining destinations in the world. Celebrate the city’s varied cuisines during separate weeks: October 3-8 and October 10-15, and take your pick from over 200 dynamic restaurants with adventurous dishes. Top chefs include Betty Fraser of Grub and the Bravo TV show Top Chef, Chef Jason Travi of Fraiche (named by the Frank Bruni of the New York Times as one of the country’s best non-New York City restaurants), and John Sedlar of Rivera. DineLA offers several meal options for lunch and dinner: Lunch Deluxe dining- $16, Premiere dining- $22, Fine dining- $28; Dinner Deluxe dining- $26, Premiere dining- $34, Fine dining- $44 (Alcohol, tax and tip excluded in all lunch and dinner options). For more information, visit http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/dining/restaurantweek/aapart2010.html.
Long Island, NY: The 5th annual Long Island Restaurant Week is scheduled for November 7-14. Inspired by the Hamptons Restaurant Week, which will return April 3-11, 2011, Long Island Restaurant Week allows visitors to check out the approximately 80 participating restaurants in Nassau County, Suffolk County and East End. Enjoy a 3-course prix fixe meals for $19.95 or $24.95 (drinks, tax and tip excluded). View, Mirabelle Restaurant and The Gulf Coast Kitchen by Robbin Haas at Montauk Yacht Club are just a few of the participating restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Now that Aspen Food & Wine is over, my favorite reason to visit Aspen during the summer is for the Aspen Music Festival and School. The festival, spanning a period of eight magical weeks from July 1 - August 22, invites attendees to enjoy more than 350 musical events. Whether you love the opera or prefer more contemporary music, the AMFS offers something for everyone. Certain event tickets such as for the Piano Master Class ($25) or the Aspen Chamber Symphony concerts ($75) do need to be purchased; however, attendees can enjoy many free events as well. A full list of events is jam-packed; some highlights include:
- 7/13: A Baroque Evening with Nicholas McGegan ($65)
- 7/15, 7/17, 7/19: 2010 Opera Benefit—The Barber of Seville in Aspen (Black-tie evening with dinner at Caribou Club and premiere seats at the opening night performance--$150 for concert and intermission reception; $1,000 for tickets, cocktails, and dinner)
- 7/24: Season Benefit: Dinner on Stage with Audra McDonald ($150 for reception and concert; $750 for reception, concert, and dinner; $1,000 for premium dinner and concert seats)
- 7/31, 8/2, 8/4:
performs Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro ($82) Aspen Opera Theater Center
- 8/5: Special Event with Jean Yves Thibaudet, piano ($65)
- 8/7: Special Event with Sharon Isbin, guitar, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra ($65)
- 8/19, 8/21:
performs John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles ($50) Aspen Opera Theater Center
After a day of exploring the musical and outdoor best of Aspen, treat yourself to accommodations for a king or queen at the St. Regis
Other hotels in
The Gant: The Gant offers guests with lovely one, two, or three bedroom condominiums. The hotel has been listed as a “Top 50 Ski Hotel” by Condé Nast Traveler. The Gant’s “Aspen Music Festival Special” runs through August 21, 2010 and includes accommodations in a one bedroom condo for 4 nights and a three-event festival pass. The rates range from $661-$1,013 for double occupancy, which reflects a 20% discount for each room night.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Raffle Prizes: Drawings will take place at 2pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm on the Main Stage (corner of Park and 60th). The grand prize is a getaway trip for two to Paris, and other great prizes in the categories of travel, lifestyle, beauty and shopping, and food and drink will be drawn.
Tastings: The Bordeaux Wine Council will be sponsoring a wine and cheese tasting at the FIAF Gallery (22 E. 60th) from 12-5:30 with cheese provided by Lactalis Deli and beer in the FIAL Lobby courtesy of Kronenbourg.
Street Entertainment: Feel as if you’re standing on the streets of Paris with the live mime act (12-6), accordion music (1-5 ), the “Tour de France” race with stationary road bikes (12-6), the “Garcons de Café” race (competitors dressed as waiters carrying trays; 12-1), and the Citroën Car Show (1-6).
Live Performances: Get a taste of different French musical genres with performances by Pierre de Gaillande, Les Sans Culottes, and Malika Zarra. The performances will take place on the Main Stage from 12-6 pm.
Kids’ Activities: Les enfants will love the lawn bowling tournament, face painting, arts and crafts, festival booths, can-can dancers, and more.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It's Broadway for free in Bryant Park on Thursdays in July and August. Escape the office, pack your lunch and a blanket and head to Bryant Park for one of my favorite free
Check out this summer’s schedule:
- Thursday, July 8- STOMP, Promises, Promises, In the Heights, Nunsense
- Thursday, July 15- Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot,
, South Pacific, Radio City Christmas Spectacular Memphis
- Thursday, July 22-
, A Little Night Music, Falling for Eve, Rock of Ages Chicago
- Thursday, July 29- The Lion King, The Addams Family, Wicked, Next to
- Thursday, August 5- Avenue Q, Fela!, Million Dollar Quartet, Freestyle Love Supreme, The Fantasticks
- Thursday, August 12- Mamma Mia, American Idiot, La Cage Aux Folles,
West SideStory, Mary Poppins
Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The nearest subway stops are 42nd Street/Bryant Park (F, V, B, or D trains) and
If you still have time, grab a book from the Bryant Park "Reading Room," a cart behind the library where you can borrow a book free.
Here's what I was told by a close friend of mine when I questioned him about numerous people checking into Heatpocalypse today:
"Once in a while people check into conceptual 'events' rather than venues...sometimes, they're real, like the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. Other times they're not really. Last winter, during the multiple blizzards, the term snowpocalypse was used to describe what seemed like the end of the world... many folks used 4sq to checkin and say they were a part of it when the blizzard hit. Someone decided that this heat wave was the summer equivalent of the blizzard and named it the heatpocalypse... so, of course, people on 4sq decided they wanted to checkin as well."
Thanks, Dave. I learn something new (and possibly useful) every day.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Here's some footage from last night's Country event (no, I'm not in it!):
Thursday, July 1, 2010
In honor of our great nation’s
I'll be visiting Bill's again soon to evaluate their Classic burger for my upcoming review on All New York of best burgers in NYC. Stay tuned! Bill's is located at 22 Ninth Avenue, New York City.