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Opening: December 2008

Location: 132 West 58th Street
Bet. 7th Avenue & 6th Avenue
New York, NY 11002

Telephone: 212.957.5550

Website: www.seasonalnyc.com

Email: eat@seasonalnyc.com

Partners: Wolfgang Ban, Eduard Frauneder & Walter Dostmann (leading a small group of German Investors)

Executive Chefs: Wolfgang Ban & Eduard Frauneder

Cuisine: Contemporary Austrian/German Restaurant & Weinbar

Seating: Total (65)
Main Dining (40), Wine Bar (9), Semi-Private Dining (16)

Opening Hours: Monday thru Friday: 11:30 AM to Midnight
Saturday: 11:30 AM to Midnight
Sunday: Closed

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Review By Nancy Walman Seasonal Bar

Seäsonal has elegant décor with a modern European touch. The clean, brilliant white walls set the stage for a revolving collection of contemporary Austrian and German art. Diners luxuriate within leather clad cubby seating and wall to wall natural wood floors. The dining room is illuminated by a celestial ceiling with lights in the shape of branches, creating a glowing canopy over Seäsonal’s signature elliptical wine bar. Seäsonal is designed to be a truly innovative departure from your typical dining experience. Seasonal

Seäsonal offers New Yorkers a fresh, new perspective on “traditional” Austrian & German cuisine, challenging the long standing expectations that many believe are true. Consistent with its name, Seäsonal uses the freshest ingredients from the time of year and locally sourced products when preparing their dishes, ensuring the finest in their Austrian & German fare. Not only does Seäsonal pride itself in maintaining the utmost quality in their cuisine, they ensure the presentation matches by designing each plate with an artistic elegance.

Specialty Dishes include Schweinebauch, Pork Belly Confit with Braised Baby Leeks and a Riesling Caraway Jus, a dish so wonderful, it could be a main event and worthy of a visit in itself. Jakobsmuschel Rote Beete,
Diver Boat Sea Scallops with Red Beet Tagliatelle, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Fresh Horseradish is an amalgamation of flavors and textures that must be tasted at least once in everyone’s lifetime and even the much abused Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlet) arrives with a knockout Crescent Potato-Cucumber Salad and homemade Lingonberrie Compote.

Fish lovers are also well served at Seäsonal with such lovely creations as Kurbis Barsch, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Black Sea Bass with Butternut Squash Sauce and Black Truffles. They may “read” exotic, but Slowly Braised Milk Fed Veal Cheeks with Quark Chive Spatzle are masterful and luscious.

Seäsonal’s owners personally select distinct and outstanding Austrian and German wines from renowned and emerging young winemakers. The wine list will boast exclusive offerings to introduce new and exciting wines that perfectly pair with Seäsonal’s dishes. Seäsonal focuses on indigenous and typical varietals like Riesling, Rivaner, Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch (known as Lemberger in the United States), Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Zweigelt, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and yes, Chardonnay. Cocktails are also creative (Spiced Bourbon) and terrific (martinis). Desserts are inventive and challenging as in a Goat-Cheese Vanilla Cream with Port-Fig Sauce and Fleur de Sel.

Seäsonal offers wine pairing menu suggestions in the main dining area, bar, and semi-private dining room to enhance the full flavors of specific dishes. There is also a good list of wines by the glass and a sprightly French Champagne (is there any other) for just $17 a flute.

A great option for theater district dining, Seäsonal offers a welcome respite from New Yorkers’ standard French/Italian/Asian venues and is highly recommended for delightful dining experience at a surprisingly affordable price. That’s A Major on The Walman Report

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Innovation Norway

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Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes new travel opportunities and great offers! Take advantage of the special offers from US Airways, starting their new Oslo route on May 21, directly from Philadelphia. Norway’s stunningly beautiful nature-our spectacular fjords & mountains, mixed with culturally enriching and exciting cities with a cosmopolitan flair, is truly a match made in heaven for your next vacation. Culture and history blend seamlessly together with a youthful atmosphere in Norway. Get connected-with Norway now.

Visit www.visitnorway.com/us, for travel offers and detailed information about where to go, where to stay and what to do in Norway. Also, please make sure to join us on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for exclusive daily updates about the very latest news.

Innovation Norway, New York, March 2009

US Airways to Oslo; New Philadelphia–Oslo route starting May 21
The Oslo Region is an almost perfect balance of city and country. You’ll enjoy the culture and history characterized by Oslo’s 50 museums, many art galleries, opera house, Nobel Peace Centre and world-class dining and shopping. Visit nearby Lillehammer, scene of 1994’s Winter Olympics, the resort of Trysil or immerse yourself in the nature and scenic wilderness of Hedmark. In celebration of this new service to Oslo, the airline is giving you 5,000 bonus miles when you book your trip in Envoy, their transatlantic business class, or 2,500 bonus miles if your trip is booked in Economy: www.usairways.com/oslo

New sightseeing trips on the beautiful Rauma Line
Discover one of Europe’s most spectacular train journeys this summer. The Rauma Line gives you beautiful highlights of the Norwegian nature, from the fjords to the majestic mountains, in only one hour. During the summer months, all trains at the Rauma Line will run as sightseeing trips with onboard audio-guiding and printed information in English. At the most spectacular sights, trains will run at reduced speed and there will be photostops. To book your trip go to www.nsb.com

Oslo by Helicopter—Not only for Millionaires!

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JAZZ STANDARD

From Branford Marsalis to Chano Domínquez, JAZZ STANDARD Welcomes Some

of the World.s Best Artists Throughout the Month of May

JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation.s premier jazz clubs, presents another month of great jazz in May. As host of the inaugural Catalan Days | Barcelona Nights Festival, Jazz

Standard spotlights the best of Catalan jazz and cuisine in a five-night concert series (5/13-5/17) led by internationally renowned pianist Chano Domínguez (5/16). Both Branford Marsalis and jazz vocalist

Kendra Shank celebrate their quartets. 10th anniversaries, respectively – Branford Marsalis Quartet (5/5-

5/10) and Kendra Shank Quartet (5/12). Other highlights include: pianist Lynne Arriale and her all-star band featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker (5/19); the Ron Miles Quartet featuring pianist Jason Moran

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Sing Happy!

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On Wednesday, April 29, at the historic Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel, Tony Award-winner Roger Rees will host Sing Happy!, The Collegiate Chorale’s spring benefit celebrating “The Great White Way”. The evening features special musical guest and Tony Award-winning actress Victoria Clark, who recently starred in the The Chorale’s highly praised concert revival of Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin’s Firebrand of Florence on March 12.

Sing Happy! celebrates The Collegiate Chorale’s critically acclaimed 2008-2009 season and will hint at great things to come in 2009-2010. The festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. with cocktails and a light buffet supper, followed by a champagne toast and exclusive performance featuring Mr. Rees and Ms. Clark, who will lighten hearts and lift spirits with only the happiest of songs and soliloquies from Broadway and The American Songbook. The program will be capped by a live auction of items generously donated by The Chorale’s many friends from the stage, screen, and literary worlds. Guests will be invited to a coffee and dessert reception after the performance.

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ELEGANT EASTER OFFERINGS AT THE WILLARD

ELEGANT EASTER OFFERINGS AT THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL
Divine Prix fixe Dining in the Grand Ballroom, The Willard Room and Cafe du
Parc

Washington DC: Hop on over to the Willard InterContinental for delicious Easter dining in The Willard Room, the hotel’s
magnificent Grand Ballroom and French Bistro, Cafe du Parc.

The enchanting Easter Brunch Buffet in the Willard Grand Ballroom is the perfect family venue on this special Sunday, April 12. Prices are $65 per adult and $30 for children ages 5 through 12, with seatings available at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. While guests are entertained by piano they can enjoy the holiday feast, which includes chef-attended stations such as made to order Belgium waffles, pastas, farm fresh omelets, dried cherry and chiffionade mint beginets, dusted with confectioners’ sugar with vanilla bean anglaise, a Carving and Pastry Station. Other offerings include a hot food display featuring Thyme and garlic brined cage free chicken with fresh artichokes and black trumpet mushrooms, a Seafood Station featuring Poached Atlantic salmon with chive caper aioli, and micro autumn
greens, and a dessert station with everyone’s Easter favorite, traditional carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Adults will not be the only one’s having all the fun! Special menus and entertainment for children will be provided including a cookie decorating station where children can release their inner creativity, and a very special visit from Peter Cotton Tail Reservations are recommended, call 202.637.7440. Complementary Valet parking included, tax and gratuity excluded for either Easter dining option.

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Mexican Happy Hour OR All You Can Eat

Enjoy happy hour the Mexican way at your favorite Mercadito restaurant (Mercadito Cantina, Mercadito Grove and Mercadito)! Reduced price drinks and guacamole (also salsa at Mercadito Cantina only) are inexpensive ways to unwind after work, start off your evening, or begin or end a delicious Mercadito meal.

Here are the details:

Mercadito Cantina

172 Avenue B

(Btw. 10th and 11th Streets)

212-388-1750

Monday – Friday

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Also, daily from 11:00 pm until closing

Paper Daisy $6

Nicky the Kid $6

Marilyn Manzana $5

Mich Mich $4

Happy Mich $5

All beers $4

Guacamole $5

Salsa $2

Mercadito Grove

100 Seventh Avenue South

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Chilean boutique multi-varietal blends

The new wave of interest is Chilean boutique multi-varietal blends which are capturing new attention from U.S. wine trades and wine drinkers alike?

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For example, Altaïr Winery’s limited release Sideral 2003 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%), merlot (10%), Syrah (4%) and Sangiovese (2%).

Altaïr & Sideral Leads A New Wave of Interest In Chilean Super Premium Wines

Chile’s established wine players, among them, Montes Alpha, Concha y Toro, and Santa Rita continue to be prized among U.S. wine lovers for their astounding combination of quality and value. While these wineries have helped make Chile the third largest source of U.S. wine imports, they have also paved the way for America’s interest in Chile’s new crop of super premium boutique wines.

While Chile is perhaps best known for its single varietal wines – its rich Malbec, hearty pre-phylloxera Carmenère as well its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, a new wave of interest in boutique multi-varietal blends are capturing new interest from U.S. wine trades and wine drinkers alike.

Riding the crest of this new interest in Chilean super premium wines is Altaïr Vineyards & Winery, a joint venture between Laurent Dassault, of Saint-Émilion’s Grand Cru Classé Château Dassault, and Guillermo Luksic of Viña San Pedro, Chile’s second-largest winery. A boutique project in every sense of the word, the winery only releases two wines each year, Altaïr and Sideral.

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