20 Free Performances in East River Park – Dance, Theater & Concerts

20 Free Performances in East River Park – Dance, Theater & Concerts

Kick-Off July 16 at 7:00 P.M.

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a diverse line up of free concerts, dance and theater performances in East River Park this July & August. For the first time ever, CityParks Concerts presented by Verizon, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner will be offered in East River Park with 20 free performances scheduled over 26 days — July 16 through August 10.

WHO: Opening Night of Free Summer Concerts, Dance & Theater in East River Park
Featuring “Transports Exceptionnels,” “Dans le Jardin,” and “Contigo

WHAT: 20 Free Performances in East River Park – CityParks Concerts presented by Verizon, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner – July 16 through August 10

WHEN: Opening Night: July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: East River Park, Manhattan
At the Grand Street Playground inside the park
Best accessed via Delancey St. walking bridge over FDR Drive
Turn south once inside the park, walking approx. 2 blocks from Delancey

Opening night offers three acclaimed performances held consecutively in three different natural settings of the park,

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Steak Frites

Steak Frites



PREVIEW DATE: March 2008

LOCATION: 225 Varick Street
(Corner of Clarkson Street)
New York, NY 10014

TELEPHONE: 212-463-7101
FAX: 212-463-9211

WEBSITE: www.steakfritesnyc.com


CUISINE: Parisian Style Contemporary Steak House/Bistro

DÉCOR & SPACE: Warm Euro-Classic Bistro with authentic French photographs.

Steak Frites accommodates 135 + seating with a private dinning/wine room seating 14 guests. Outside Café seating for 52 people.

SPECIALTIES: “Entrecote de Paris” Steak Frites – Dry-Age Certified Angus Rib Eye with golden house-cut fries.

Moules Frites – Various preparations of freshly harvested Nova Scotia mussels served with pommes frites.

FEATURED BEVERAGES: Cocktails: Handcrafted, classic cocktails.

Wine: Vast assortment of French, California and other global varietals.

Beer: Wide selection of artisanal European brews.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: “Bohemian Music Sessions” late evening with a full late night menu served until 1:00 AM.

On & off premise catering is available for private parties.

Large outdoor café with full service dining.

Comfortable, private wine-room accommodating up to 14 guests.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Brunch – Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Lunch – Monday thru Friday – 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Dinner – Monday thru Thursday – 4:30 pm to close
Friday thru Sunday – 4:30 pm to close




Review By Nancy Walman

Steak Frites, once a Union Square staple, has moved to a new location in the historic West Village. Steak Frites is neighborhood friendly, with a warm atmosphere and a modern bistro environment. The stellar wine, extensive Belgium beer, and cocktail lists compliment the restaurant’s signature dishes Steak Frites “Entrecote de Paris” and Moules Frites.

Special features at this downtown bistro include a chef’s table, a large outdoor seating area, floor to ceiling windows, yellow walls (one hung with a bul’s head, another of the Frech Metro) and columns and a huge circular bar. There are live “Bohemian music sessions” showcasing some of the city’s most famous subway performers and Saturday morning cooking lessons and on & off premise.

The service by an energetic, young waitstaff is helpful and as much as we adored the original Steak Frites, the new location manages to do its own thing, without merely trying to recreate. A case in point is food. While many of the signature dishes still appear, there are inventive specials like a pork chop, stuffed with sherry and almonds and garnished with grapes.

We went for the more traditional dishes and were delighted with sparkling Blue Point Oysters with cfreative sauces (one like a spice up granita); Steak Tartar, a terrific Frisee, Lardon and Roquefort salad. The Moules Frites are sauced four ways. We loved the garlicky Provençal version. The stand out Entrecote De Paris was a huge Rib-Eye, cooked to a turn and a Rack of Lamb Special with Mashed Potatoes, Ratatouille and Manchego Cheese was perfect. The Frites were crispy little wonders and especially wonderful doused with truffle oil and fresh herbs. The fried onion ring deserve an award. The wine list is a bargain and beautifully chosen, starting at $23 with lots of selections below $35 (check out the extraordinary Vina Rufina Reserva, Cigales, 2000). And beer lovers will be in heaven with a world class selection at their fingertips. We kept desserts simple Fresh fruit was delightfully refreshing and a cheese cake (more like a mousse) was luscious.


The Succulent Mussels (Above)

Whether it is an intimate gathering or a large celebration, Steak Frites continues to offer one of the best dining experiences in the City, and rates “A Major” on The Walman Report.

Steak Frites
225 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014
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Domenico is part of “The Grand Central Group”: Three terrific Restaurants That have helped to make The Grand Central Area The New Dining Destination, creating a brand that typifies the New York restaurant options.

120 E 40th Street, New York NY, 10016
Tel: (212) 682-0310, Fax: (212) 661-1827
Email: job@domeniconyc.com

Mon-Fri 12:00pm-9:30pm
Call for Weekend Hours

American Express, Carte Blanche, Cash, Discover, Gift Certificates, Mastercard, Money Orders, Travelers Checks, Visa

Make a reservation!
Free lunch delivery Lasagne Express caters!
Make your next event a memorable one!

Dinners $60.00

Pre-Theater Menu $22.00

Business Meetings

Office Delivery

Private Parties & Catering

Ultimate NY Wedding

Italian Restaurant
Email Us (212) 682-0310
30 Years and Still Going…


Review By Nancy Walman

Ristorante Domenico, a bustling jewel adorning Murray Hill’s Bedford Hotel, has been turning out classic regional specialties of Italy for over 20 years. Ristorante Domenico’s private dining rooms can accommodate up to 150 people.dominico2And if you are tired of pretentious pseudo-Tuscan eateries that are all hype, Domenico is just your glass of Chianti. Speaking od wine, there is an intelligent 2 page list, starting at $28, with loads of choices under $35. We chose Antinori’s ever-dependable Santa Christina and found it perfect with such delicious pastas as a traditional linguini in white clam sauce, with the bivalves mercifully removed from the shell and chopped. A pasta special, translating loosely to “cushions” arrived as a cannelloni-like crepe, filled with ground veal and mushrooms and sauced with cream and a touch of tomato, then gratinéed. It was light as a feather and worthy of being a signature pasta.

The Tuscan Meatloaf, made entirely of seasoned veal and redolent of a wild mushroom sauce was distinguished, perhaps the best Meatloaf we’ve ever encountered in a restaurant. There are daily seafood specials as well. They are impeccably fresh and can be simply grilled or cooked in any manner the customer chooses. We went for a traditional Francesca and it fit the red snapper like a net. Vegetables are excellent as are the martinis. Try the Italian Cheesecake and biscotti with a beautiful cappuccino and relax. The friendly service staff never rushes you and if you are but two, you are given a generous table. How about that in a New York restaurant!

The decor at Domenico features colorful tile inlays in the wainscotting, walls adorned with black and white photos of Italian cities, a lively bar scene with banquettes and a lovely fish themed fresco on the wall. The main dining room features roomy tables with double white cloths, belying the informality of the restaurant, waiters are formally dressed.





The Ultimate New York Wedding Packagedominico-wedding

Sample Package #1 for 75 People


On a Spectacular Balcony at Grand Central Station
(Including all fees, flowers & marriage officiant)

Four Hour Reception at Acclaimed New York Restaurant

(Including Hors D’Ouevres, Buffet or Sit Down Dinner,
Open Bar, Wedding Cake, Champagne Toast, DJ,
Flowers, Decorations, Taxes & Tips)


Also available at discounted prices:

Rehearsal Dinner at Salmon River Restaurant
@ 5th Ave

Hotel Rooms at Grand Hyatt, Marriott Courtyard Fifth Avenue or Bedford Hotel



Tickets to Theaters, Concerts & Sporting Events

120 E 40th St
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 682-0310
Fax: (212) 661-1827
Email: job@domeniconyc.com

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Sangria 46

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338 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Aves.),


Open Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm,Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 11:30am -10:30pm. Special offers include three-course prix fix pre-theater menu for $28.95 and Tuesday through Sunday, 12-3pm, $19.95 lunch menu with discounted wine and sangria by the glass.


Review By Nancy Walman

Celebrate the Warm Weather with a Party on the Patio at Sangria 46


This authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant located on Restaurant Row has a newly opened (and very charming) outdoor garden providing a wonderful opportunity to enjoy generous tapas and refreshing Sangria al fresco during the warm Summer months.

What sets Sangria 46 apart are its generous portions- very unique to Tapas restaurants. Chef/owner Benny Castro prides himself on serving larger dishes than usual. There are over 36 Tapas to choose from, including the crispy light tuna empanadas, and the surprising and inventive Portobello con salmon y queso a la parrilla- salmon layered between grilled Portobello mushroom and melted cheese for an amazing and unique combination of textures and flavors. All key ingredients are also imported directly from Spain, including Serrano ham, sausage, cheeses and olive oil.sangria-food

Also unique to Sangria 46 is the wide variation of Sangria offered. Benny Castro’s dedication to distinction is evident in the eight different flavors- including seasonal favorites such as Strawberry Peach and Raspberry Limoncello- that create a kaleidoscope of color and flavor as they line up at the front bar, tempting visitors with their zestful aroma.

For a fresh twist on drinking with your friends, order the Blue Curacaosangria-bluecuracaomargarita

Margarita for two in a porron, the traditional long-thin spouted carafe. You drink from it by holding your head back and pouring a stream of liquid directly into your mouth without touching the glass. It’s a fun way for friends to drink out of the same vessel. The higher the pour, the thinner the stream, the more direct the hit, the more admirable your porron skills.

From authentic delicacies to live music, Sangria 46 is the perfect place to experience the joys of Spanish living, all from the comfort of New York City.


Copyright 2008 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved

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San Miguel de Allende and the Monarch Butterflies join Mexico’s World Heritage Sites!

The town of San Miguel El Grande and the Sanctuary of Jesús de Nazareno de Atotonilco (San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato) and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (State of Mexico and Michoacán) were named Mexico’s 28th and 29th World Heritage Sites by UNESCO during the 32nd annual World Heritage Committee in Canada. The committee also added 13 other new sites to their World Heritage List. This year’s session, taking place between July 2nd through the 10th in Quebec, Canada, also honored both sites for their historical, cultural (current and future) and natural place in the world.

Mexico now places third in the world for their amount of World Heritage Sites, after Spain and Italy. With 29 natural and cultural, World Heritage Sites, including the Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and the new World Wonder Chichen Itza, Mexico is proud to also include well-known archaeological icons like Teotihuacan, to colonial cities such as Oaxaca, and Puebla and natural sites including the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Islands of the Gulf of California, and the El Vizcaino Whale Sanctuary.

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Wines that are Full of Personality

Here is an array of summer wines-keep them chilled and not far from the grill. Full of personality and flavor, these wines are easy to pair with different foods and different occasions.


Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut $12 – SPAIN
Pop the cork on a bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and let the little bubbles work their magic. Crisp, clean and well balanced, this Spanish sparkler has an apple-citrusy nose with bright flavors of tangerine and lemons. The medium-high acidity combined with a long finish makes for a perfect pairing with cilantro-lime chicken fajitas.

Segura Viudas Brut Rosé $10 – SPAIN
Delicate and crisp, this delightful pink bubbly is fresh and fruity with aromas of raspberry, currant and grenadine. A lingering cherry note on the finish is crowned by a light touch of sweetness. Pairs well with Dim Sum of all sorts or barbequed chicken, leaving the taste buds refreshed and ready for the next bite.

Premius Sauvignon Blanc 2007 $10 – BORDEAUX, FRANCE

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Classic Hollywood Glamour Makes its Modern Debut With the Opening of The Kress!!

Classic Hollywood Glamour Makes its Modern Debut With the Opening of The Kress!!

The opening of the 38,800 square foot multi-million dollar historically renovated dining and entertaining complex The Kress, marks Visco Entertainment Collection’s official grand entrance into Hollywood.

Founded by Mike Viscuso, Visco Entertainment Collection has established itself as one of Southern California’s largest premiere nightlife and entertainment groups. With a proven track record of simultaneously maintaining the historical integrity of each venue he works with while invigorating the nightlife of each city, Mr. Viscuso is known for both style and success. The Kress is an upscale dining and entertainment venue, which complements and contributes to Hollywood’s continued revitalization. The Kress boasts a full service restaurant lead by world renowned Executive Chef Troy N. Thompson (www.troynthompson.com) with a carefully crafted Inspired Cuisine menu with an Asian Influence; a basement level lounge offering a limited food service menu, live entertainment and dance floor; a third level banquet and event center offering food service, live entertainment and dance floor; and finally a spectacular design-driven rooftop lounge with cabanas, a limited food service menu and a 360 degree view of Los Angeles including the legendary Hollywood sign. Each level offers a vast array of beer, wine and spirits with a diverse full service bar.

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L2O in Chicago Unveils Tatami Room

L2O in Chicago Unveils Tatami Room and Private Dining Rooms


L2O (pronounced el-two-oh), the recently opened modern seafood restaurant in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood from Chef Laurent Gras and Richard Melman, chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises®, unveils its exclusive Tatami Room, Semi-Private Dining Room and Banquet Room.

Since opening on May 14, 2008, L2O has received critical acclaim for breathing new life into the dining landscape, with elegant cuisine that is both dynamic and appealing. Now, with the launch of the Tatami Room, Semi-Private Dining Room and Banquet Room, designed by Chicago-based Dirk Denison Architects, diners have a variety of ways to experience Chef Gras’ cuisine and the restaurant’s signature personalized service. Be it a romantic evening for 2 or business meal for 4, a jovial dinner for 10 or a celebration for 60, L2O offers an environment for every occasion.tatami2


Tatami Room
Inspired by Chef Gras’ trips to Japan, the Tatami Room is traditionally appointed with grass-mat floors, sunken tables of yellow cedar and Edelman leather upholstered Zaisu seats. As in Japan, guests trade their shoes for slippers before entering the room. Behind the sliding doors, the Tatami Room can accommodate two to eight diners in complete privacy. A Kaiseki-inspired tasting menu is served exclusively in the Tatami room. Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal based on the tea ceremony, has evolved into a culinary art where the finest seasonal ingredients harmonize in taste, texture, appearance and color. Presented by a kimono-clad server, the 14-course meal follows a designated progression of small portions of luxurious ingredients. A meal may begin with freshly squeezed juices, Japanese macha and amuse bouches. Exotic selections of seafood, served in both raw and cooked preparations ensue, followed by sweet and savory dishes, and specialty desserts. The Tatami Room tasting menu is $225 per person and is L2O’s most exclusive offering.tatami3

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