Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two More Weeks for NYC Restaurant Week -- through August 16



There are still two weeks left to this summer’s NYC Restaurant Week. I’m not sure why they don’t just call it Restaurant Month, but whatever. You can still book the 300 participating restaurants who are offering $25 three-course prix fixe lunches $38 prix fixe dinners. Go to http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek for timing details and some menus. It’s worth it! And, this year, you can venture to Queens and Brooklyn as well as Manhattan to enjoy the benefits.

If you’re an American Express Cardmember, you get even more savings.  Sign up to and use it when you dine at any restaurant participating in Restaurant Week. You’ll get an additional $5 off of any meal of $25 or more. https://enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/nycrestaurantweek2013/

A sampling of the restaurants on the list, with many of my favorites includes :

Brooklyn
Benchmark Restaurant (Park Slope) –  lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); lunch and dinner (Sunday)

Queens
The Greenhouse CafĂ© (Bay Ridge) – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); lunch and dinner (Sunday)

Water’s Edge Restaurant (Long Island City) – lunch and dinner ( Monday-Friday)

Manhattan
A Voce Columbus – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Boulud Sud – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

Circo – lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Delmonico’s – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

The Dutch – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Il Mulino – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Lincoln Ristorante – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Le Perigord



Maialino – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Le Perigord – lunch (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday-Friday)

Red Rooster Harlem
Red Rooster Harlem – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Riverpark – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Thalassa
Spice Market – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Thalassa – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

Tulsi – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center - July 27 - August 19-24


Music Director Louis Langree
I love Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.  Now almost 50 years old, this was the first indoor summer music festival in the US and was originally dedicated to all-Mozart programming.  I love that the festival has expanded to include other composers and also welcomes visiting musicians to play along with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. 

While the first three weeks of the festival are wonderful, it's the final week that sizzles (and not just because of the New York City heat). Between August 19 and August 24 ten programs bring together musicians from all over the world, playing the music of Mozart and other Classical composers. Some of the highlights include a special chamber music concert by the celebrated Emerson String Quartet on August 19 at Alice Tully Hall, featuring three Beethoven quartets. One of my favorite musicians, violinist Joshua Bell, returns the next two evenings, with a Tchaikovsky and Mozart program in Avery Fisher Hall. The final two nights of the festival, also in Avery Fisher Hall, showcase the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra playing Mozart’s three most well-known symphonies, Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, and No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”). In my opinion, those are the most amazing evenings of all.  Tickets and information, www.MostlyMozart.org, 212.875.5766.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NYC Summer Restaurant Week - Book Now!


NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2013

New York’s restaurant week is such a phenomenon that it should really be labeled restaurant month.  This summer’s boon for diners, featuring $25 three-course prix fixe lunches $38 prix fixe dinners at 300 of the city’s toniest restaurants, runs from July 22 through August 16.  Reservations are available Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday dinner. (Check the full listing for specifics and menu options). While the program is still largely Manhattan based, there are a few restaurants showing up in Brooklyn and Queens, too. After 21 years, as any true New Yorker knows, there’s still nothing like a bargain, especially a food-related one. 
 
If you’re an American Express Cardmember, you benefit even more.  Sign up to register your card and be sure to use it when you dine at any restaurant participating in Restaurant Week: you’ll get $5 off of any meal of $25 or more. 
 
Here are a dozen of my favorite restaurants that you’ll see on the list:

A Voce Columbus – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Boulud Sud – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)
Circo – lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday); dinner (Sunday)
Delmonico’s – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)
The Dutch – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Il Mulino – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Lincoln Ristorante – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Maialino – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Red Rooster Harlem – lunch (Monday-Friday)
Riverpark – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)
Thalassa – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)
Tulsi – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

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