Gallaghers interior

Great Steaks, Celebrity Diners, and a Touch of History

228 West 52 Street, New York City, (212) 245-5336
Open seven days a week from noon to midnight.
Reservations suggested. All major credit cards accepted.


By Nancy WalmanGallaghers AgingRoom

Great Steaks, Celebrity Diners, and a Touch of History. That’s Gallagher’s. The most casual of New York steak houses, with its checkered tablecloths and photos of sports greats on the walls, Gallagher’s makes no pretensions. From the moment you walk through the door, time stands still and customers are pampered and the food improves with each visit.

For starters, there is a first rate shrimp cocktail (or split the smallest lobster, which start at two pounds). You won’t be disappointed with the famous dry-aged steaks (especially the melt-in-your-mouth Sirloin);.The Roast Beef is the best in town. All potato dishes and the fabulous onion rings are recommended.

Vegetables, whether steamed or creamed, are terrific and the wine selection is easily accessed and affordable, with an abundant selection available by the glass.(There is an excellent choice of single malts). You won’t complain about the  Rice Pudding, creamy Cheesecake or wonderful Key Lime Pie. Add the easy-going service and you’ll agree that Gallagher’s is a heavy-hitter in the steak house league.



Steak, with a Side of Jazz: 

Dinner at Gallagher’s Steak House (228 West 52nd Street) will be "jazzed up" on New Year’s Eve, Thursday night, December 31, when 18-year-old trumpet player RhysTivey is joined by Ross Pederson on the drums, Dan Foose on bass, and Dean Anbar on guitar for a live jazz performance beginning at 9:00 pm through midnight at the famed New York eatery.    For reservations, patrons can contact 212-245-5336 and mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly. A two drink minimum is required for those making reservations who are not dining.

Quick Info: Live Jazz on New Year’s Eve at Gallagher’s Steak House

What: Live Jazz Performances on New Year’s Eve

Where: Gallagher’s Steak House, 228 W. 52nd St., New York

When: Thursday night, December 31, 2009

Time: 9 p.m. – midnight

Who: Jazz quartet ensemble featuring 18-year-old Rhys Tivey, joined by Ross Pederson on the drums, Dan Foose on bass, and Dean Anbar on guitar

Admission: two drink minimum to be seated for those not having dinner.

Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly



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Childhood Dreams and A London Toy Story

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51 Buckingham Gate and Hamleys
Conjure Up Childhood Dreams
A London Toy Story

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences announces an exclusive partnership with London’s finest toy store, Hamleys. The collaboration offers a number of amenities to families staying in 51’s suites, including a Hamleys toy hamper, private store tours, in-store discounts and personal shopping experiences, as well as four tickets to a West End theater production.

Upon check in, children will be welcomed with a Hamleys hamper, filled with treats and sweets to ensure they feel like mini VIPs. Budding young chefs can enjoy cooking or baking lessons in their private suite kitchen with the hotel’s chef, complete with a personalized junior chef’s jacket. Parents can also take a well-earned break by calling on the hotel’s qualified babysitting service during their stay.
The Hamleys experience continues nearby at the flagship Regent Street store, where seven floors of toy heaven await. Here, children can discover the magic of Hamleys, from the latest games to Lego castles and life-sized giraffes and elephants. 51’s concierge can also arrange exclusive after-hours visits to Hamleys and even themed sleepover parties in the store.
Once wearied legs have been sufficiently rested, families can head to the theater in London’s West End (Susie McKenna and Steven Edis’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol‘, starring Gareth Hale runs through January 10).
Located in Central London – just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park and the West End’s shops and theatres – ’51’ is positioned around a secluded courtyard garden and offers the largest serviced suites in London. A veritable ‘home away from home’, its elegant suites come complete with their own separate kitchen and living spaces, and children’s amenities, such as junior bathrobes and slippers.
The Hamleys at 51 package is available from £495 (approximately $805) per night for two adults and two children up to 12 years old sharing and includes:

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Tequila Semental Proudly Launches it’s New Brand

Tequila Semental
TEQUILA SEMENTAL announces its original brand of 100
percent blue agave Tequila, which were crafted in the Jalisco region of Mexico.

Wine On Line Rating: A+

This is top of the line Tequila and some of the best we have ever tasted. Available in three styles ~ Tequila Semental Silver, Tequila Semental Reposado, and Tequila Semental Añejo ~ this tequila is an ultra premium brand, crafted for a new generation of consumers… For those who prefer to savor this Spirit of Mexico.

All offerings have been individually blended to provide the perfect balance of smoothness and a unique, exotic character for each of the tequilas.

The distinctive taste profile of the Silver makes it a perfect ingredient for blended tequila cocktails

The Reposado is beautiful as a sipping tequila

The Añejo is recommended as tequila to be savored in a brandy snifter
Tequila Semental was founded by business entrepreneur Efrain Lopez in 2007, whose aim is to produce only the highest quality Tequila, while using the most modern equipment. Efrain Gurza has also accomplished his dream of the highest quality tequila by introducing only new American oak barrels into their Reposado program, and new
Hybrid French and American Oak barrels with their Añejo Tequila Semental program.

This allows for the most delicious Tequila flavors to be brought forth from the purest oak barrels. Tequila Semental has created an impressive niche for artisan Master Distiller and blender Valente Arellano L.C.Q, within the Tequila industry.

The makers may not agree, but while is may be Tequiliside to use these beauties in a blended drink, after savoring them neat (and loving it) we mixed them with fresh lemon/lime juice, a first rate orange liqueur, a bit of muddled cucumber and ice, serving in a glass rimmed with salt and and pepper. No matter what you have heard, you can still taste the difference.

Of course, we left plenty to satisfy the snifter, as well as our refreshed palates.



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The Oak Rood of the fabled Algonguin Hotel gets our award as the best cabaret room in New York and the nonpareil duo of vocalist Sandy Stewart and jazz pianist Bill Charlap are certain to chase the post-holiday blues away with their new Oak Room show, “Somebody Loves Me,” in a limited two week run January 5-16. The pair–who happen also to be mother and son–will perform “Little Girl Blue,” “I’m Old Fashioned,” “In Love in Vain,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “Who Cares,” “Autumn in New York” and other gems from the Great American Songbook. Bill’s solos will be different for each show. Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $60 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe menu. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or

Sandy Stewart is best known for the Grammy-nominated song, “My Coloring Book” (she lost to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife”). She began her performing career at 15 in her native Philadelphia and soon moved to New York for a variety of television gigs with Merv Griffin, Dick Van Dyke, and as a regular with the Perry Como show while also touring with Benny Goodman. After marrying Broadway composer Moose Charlap, she retired to rear sons Bill and Tom. Later, she resumed singing in clubs and on recordings and voiceovers. Sandy’s recent CD with Bill, “Love Is Here to Stay,” for Blue Note, was greeted with universal acclaim.

Bill Charlap began playing piano at age three. He later studied classical music but remained most interested in jazz, and worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter and Tony Bennett, among others. In a crowded field Bill is considered one of the world’s best jazz pianists. With Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) he has recorded six albums as a leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy-nominated CDs: “Somewhere,” featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein and “The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard.” He is Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y “Jazz in July” series, and in 2008 toured worldwide on behalf of Blue Note’s 70th anniversary.

Super cocktails and food that has improved dramatically over the years, service is some of the most benevolent in town. This Mom-Son team is a dynamite duo and gets  a Walman rave. Don’t miss this one!





41-43 East 22nd Street

New York, NY 10010

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Phone: (212) 674-7400

Fax: 212.674.4449

  • Cross Street: Park  Avenue South and Broadway
  • EMail:
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Website:
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Everyday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm -11:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 12:00am
  • AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Opened Jan. 2001
  • Private Party Contact: Gary Walia (212) 674-7400tamarindgarymrwalia
  •  Owner Avtar Walia and General Manager Gary Walia

    Tamarind’s team of dedicated chefs draw on India’s varied regions to take diners on a culinary voyage of the subcontinent. The restaurant’s menu includes dishes from Punjab, Hyderabad, Goa, Madras, Lucknow, and Calcutta. India’s assertive spices and seasonings distinguish its cooking from all others.At Tamarind, owner Avtar Walia has created a modern, sophisticated and soothing setting with a colorful mix of classic Indian textiles and artifacts. He named his Flatiron District restaurant after the sweet and sour tamarind, the fruit pod of a tall tropical tree. The pods contain smalls seeds and sweet and sour pulp and are a highly valued ingredient in India’s unique cuisine. 


    By Nancy Walman

    Tamarind, a stylish Indian restaurant, and one of Manhattan’s hottest restaurant-tickets, has recently had a complete renovation. The result is subtle and contemporary, with clean lines, muted color-scheme and glass-enclosed open kitchen.  Tamarind’s food is remarkable. All vegetarian dishes are recommended. Superlative appetizers include cauliflower (a special), which was lightly breaded and served with a mildly spicy sweet-sour sauce.There are no adjectives to describe the haunting complexity of the she-crab soup with saffron, ginger juice and sweet spices.

    Tandoori grilled venison chops are marinated in herbs and spices are also wonderful,  as is the tandoori roasted quail.  The classic lamb vindaloo has the mandatory kick, but it isn’t just hot-hot-hot. It’s elegant.For the impossible dream, go for minced chicken with spinach, yogurt and mint sauce. It is noteworthy for its delicacy. Lemon rice  is a dream, as are all breads, especially the rosemary nan. Desserts  prove that Indian sweets can be more than one dimensional. Two specials, Indian bread pudding and four versions of the Indian ice cream, Kulfi, proved our point.

    Tamarind offers a broad selection of fine wines from France, Italy, California, and Australia, in addition to Champagne, spirits, Indian beer, liqueurs, brandies, Ports, dessert wines, and cocktails (there are 17 wines by the glass). There is a full service bar at the restaurant’s entrance, that prepares beautifully composed (and presented) cocktails.

  • Service, under the direction of general manager Gary Walia, is the best of any Indian restaurant in New York and owner, Avtar Walia, is as charming as he is dedicated (kissing the regulars and busing the tables). Tamarind offers a world class dining experience, but alas, the world knows it, so reserve well in advance and be prepared for a full house.

  • SIDE DISH In about a month, Avtar Walia, will open Tamarind TriBeCa, at 99 Hudson Street in an 11,000 square foot space with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. There is seating for 175 persons in the two-level restaurant. Located near Nobu, It will be the first luxury Indian restaurant in TriBeCa. Our report will follow. 
  • Copyright 2009 By Punch In International. All Rights Reserved.

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  • lily’s holiday menu with a Swedish accent


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    lily’s holiday menu
    from December 14th Monday-Friday 5-10pm

    prix fixe menu

    $35/ person


    choice of

    cold Swedish smorgasbord plate

    selection of herring, gravlax, cheese, potato, egg with caviar


    butternut squash soup

    herb croutons, gorgonzola cream

    choice of
    warm Swedish smorgasbord plate
    Swedish meatballs, beef franks,

    Swedish style ham with red cabbage, jansson´s temptation and house smoked salmon


    roast turkey breast, braised leg and thigh, root vegetable ragout

    haricot verts with toasted almonds

    sweet potato mash with rum butter

    truffle sage chicken sausage stuffing

    cranberry and walnut chutney

    glögg served with gingersnaps and
    blue cheese

    apple tart with vanilla ice cream

    make a reservation!
    email or call 212.339.2097

    501 lexington avenue
    new york. ny. 10017






    –Popular dinner theatre production returns with show tickets, overnight accommodations, dinner buffet and more —

    Connecticut’s only waterfront private sandy beach resort announce the return of the hit comedy production Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian wedding, Saturday, January 23, 2009. The resort will once again offer an all-inclusive package that includes accommodations for two (1 night), dinner buffet and entrance to comedy show at just $229.00 per couple. For guests desiring to attend only the show, tickets are $49.00 per person and include dinner buffet.

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