Dopo East Ristorante Italian Provides Charm, Music and Delicious Italian Dining

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Dopo East is located at 345 East 62nd Street, www.dopoeast.com, 646-­‐484-­‐6548, and  is open  for dinner Tues-­‐Thurs from 5-­‐10pm, Fri-­‐Sat from 5-­‐11pm, Sun from 5-­‐10pm, and for lunch from Tues-­‐Sun, noon-­‐4:00pm, and for brunch Sat-­‐Sun from noon-­‐4pm. Closed Monday.

Dopo East,  the elegant  Italian  restaurant  located  in  a gracious contemporary  townhouse on  the Upper East Side, prepares for fall with a new wine room, new chef, new brunch menu, price-­‐ fixed lunch menu, and a beautiful all-­‐weather enclosed outdoor garden. The dining room is ready for leisurely fall dining, too, with new seating including plush toffee-­‐colored banquets with violet piping and deeply comfortable cushioned chairs.

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Owner-­‐architect Emilio Barletta and partner Pino Manica, the creators of the popular theater district Trattoria Dopo Teatro, together with Director of Operations Gianni Onofri, have brought this intimate restaurant featuring traditional, regional cuisine from Italy and an award-­‐ winning wine list to the Upper East Side.

Gianni  Onofri, a certified sommelier  (who has been with  the  team since 2001 and has managed restaurants in New York and Italy since the mid-­‐1980s), has spearheaded the creation of the new private wine room with its own separate entrance and a wine cellar. With the new temperature-­‐controlled space, the list has grown to a selection of 700 unique labels, predominantly Italian, but with an impressive collection from around the world. The cellar— complete with special spot lighting and wine-­‐themed décor—is used  for wine  tastings, presentations of new wines by producers, wine pairings and special wine dinners. Because of their state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art Enomatic wine system  that preserves the quality of opened bottles of wine, Dopo East is able offer premium and super premium wines by the glass.

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Onofri has consistently won accolades for his wine lists including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the Wine Enthusiast Award of Unique Distinction. Drawn from small, independent growers and worldwide distributors,  the wines are distinctive and  individual.

For example, on a recent trip to Italy, he discovered the wines of Societa Agricola Marabino, and was impressed by their focus on the care of the land and their use of biodynamic agricultural methods. In particular, he recommends their Chardonnay Eureka, straw yellow  in color, fresh and soft with fruit and flower notes, paired with branzino in sea salt crust. He also recommends  their Nero DAvola Archimede. With its intense ruby red color and notes of ripe red fruits, full body and velvety  tannins, it is perfect  for pairing with  roasted meats such as  the grilled aged rib eye.

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Working in concert with the recently appointed Executive Chef Giuseppe Moschiano, Onofri and his team can recommend wine pairings for any meal. Moschiano, who is originally from Naples and cooked since 2009 at Palazzo Mastroddi in LAquila, Italy carries on  the  restaurant’s mission of offering a healthy, Italian menu that is locally inspired with produce from the Union Square market, and a selection of organically grown vegetables, hormone-­‐free meats, and fresh seafood, with an emphasis on traditional, regional fare. He also creates his own house-­‐baked breads—a staple on every table—including  focaccia and ciabbata and fresh pastas from scratch.

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His new menu for fall includes appetizers such as salsiccia e rapini, spicy  Italian sausages, roasted to perfection and served over sautéed broccoli  rabe; polentina valtellinese con fonduta di formaggio e tartufo,  rich and creamy  soft polenta melting with cheese and  infused with black truffles; zuppetta del golfo e velette di pane tostato,  a  light  stew of mussels, shrimp and Manila clams in a piquant tomato broth with thinly sliced garlic toast.

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For the pasta course this season, there’s pappardelle al sugo di manzo, wide  ribbons of pasta presented with a generous portion of fork-­‐tender braised beef short ribs in a red wine demiglace; ravioli di zucca e ricotta, pumpkin and  ricotta cheese-­‐filled ravioli with butter and sage; and fettuccine ai funghi,  fresh  fettuccine with an abundance of wild mushrooms with garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

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Entrees include meat dishes  that will warm you  from  the  inside out such as an outstanding ossobuco alla Milanese, succulent braised veal  shank with aromatic saffron  risotto; and involtini  di pollo  in salsa di noci e verdure grigliate, thin breast of chicken rolled with speck and fontina cheese in a special walnut sauce with grilled vegetables. On the lighter, but still deeply satisfying side, seafood dishes include rana pescatrice alle erbe e caponatine di verdure,  tender, pan-­‐seared monkfish medallions in a delicate sauce of white wine and fresh herbs; and spiedino di gamberoni e capesante,  large,  juicy  shrimp grilled on  a  skewer and baked  scallops with  lemon and olive oil dressing, accompanied by grilled polenta and baked tomato.

Desserts include such classics as tiramisu,  traditional  ricotta cheesecake and a selection of assorted Italian cheeses. As a way of introducing guests to one of his favorite dessert wine, Onofri offers complementary moscato,  a  sweet, crisp wine, also  from Marabino, with  the dessert course.

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Brunch is a perfect occasion to enjoy dining in the glass-­‐enclosed plant-­‐filled backyard garden, temperature controlled for year-­‐round enjoyment with  a  retractable glass  roof. Offered weekend from noon-­‐4pm, the menu features decidedly Italian egg dishes including frittata di cipolle,  a  traditional onion  frittata, and uova al tegamino, oven baked eggs in tomato sauce, and uovo strapazzate e pancetta, scrambled eggs with pancetta, house-­‐baked breads, home fries and salads. Guests can also choose pastas (lasagna, penne al pomodoro  e basilica, spaghetti all carbonara) and main dishes such as grilled chicken with arugula and tomato. Brunch is also a great time to try some refreshing cocktails including the Bellini, Rossini, or the Aperol spritz  (a refreshing blend of the bittersweet aperitif and sparkling wine with a compelling flurescent tangerine colored tint) and the signature mimosas (fruit juice and Prosecco) in blood orange, passion  fruit, mango and kiwi.

Dopo East is also now open for lunch. Guests can select  from with  the new price-­‐fixed menu (choice of soup or salad, choice of main course, and a glass of house wine) for a gentle price, or order from the regular menu.

Through a partnership with gallery Artioli Findlay (www.artiolifindlay.com/events),  the walls of the soothing, Venetian-­‐sconce lit dining room are adorned with paintings and lithographs from the gallery. There is also live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings. The space is available for private parties and business meetings and is equipped with video screen and audio capabilities.

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A great addition to the neighborhood, Dopo East is one of the most charming Italian restaurants on the East Side and worthy of a destination.

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry New York Restaurants giving you a Reason to be Thankful

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T-Bar Steak & Lounge

Classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak & Lounge, is offering a Thanksgiving dinner prix fixe menu for $75.00 per person. Features appetizers like Pumpkin Soup, T-Bar’s popular Yellow fin Tuna Tartar, and Grilled Tiger Prawns, the menu is hard-to-resist. Choose between entrees like Oven Roasted Turkey, Lobster Risotto or Grilled Filet Mignon 10 oz. T-Bar’s famous desserts – like the Banana Parfaix Mille Feuilles – feature on the menu, alongside Traditional Pumpkin Pie& Warm Apple Crisp.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 1:30pm – 7:00pm

For more information visitwww.tbarnyc.com

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Swifty’s

Upper East Side Institution, Swifty’s, is an attractive option to enjoy a warm and cozy Thanksgiving with friends and family. The $72.00 prix fixe dinner features First Course festive treats such as Baked French Onion Soup, Corn Chowder and Smoked Irish Salmon. Entrees include Roasted Murray’s Natural Turkey, Scottish Salmon, or Risotto Milanese. There is a large selection of deserts including Bourbon Pecan Pie, Steamed Ginger Pudding, and Double Rich Chocolate Mousse.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

For more information visit:www.swiftysnyc.com

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Amaranth Restaurant

Mediterranean restaurant Amaranth is offering traditional Thanksgiving specials alongside its regular lunch and dinner menu. Feast on Roasted Turkey with Italian chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato puree or homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with butter and sage. The dessert menu is hard to resist – from the Mille Feuille Napolean with mixed berries and crème anglaise to the Cantucci al Vin Santo – a homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo Wine for dipping.

Open on Thanksgiving day: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Visit: www.amaranthrestaurant.com/

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Ivy Bar & Grill

Ivy Bar & Grill is kicking off the Holiday Season with a special celebration on Wednesday night. Come and toast to Thanksgiving with Happy Hour specials from 4:00pm – 7:00pm – featuring $5 beers, $5 wines and Prosecco, and $6 cocktails, including the White Pomegranate Cosmopolitan with Germaine Elderflower, the Ivy Martini, and the Bohemian Rhapsody with fresh cucumber & lemon.  A DJ will be spinning tunes all night, giving guests plenty of reason to get into the holiday spirit. Ivy also has an After Dark Menu from12:00am – 2am.

Open Wednesday: 11:30am – 4:00am

For more information visit:www.ivybarnyc.com/

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ULTIMATE LUXURY NEW YEAR’S EVE EXPERIENCE IN TIMES SQUARE AT THE NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS

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OVER-THE-TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PACKAGE INCLUDES A GLAMOROUS STAY IN A PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AND FRONT ROW SEATS TO THE BALL DROP AT GALA PARTY IN BROADWAY LOUNGE

NEW YORK (November 3, 2014) – It’s the most iconic location in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — Times Square in New York City, where the famous ball drop has taken place for over 100 years to herald in the new year. This year the New York Marriott Marquis makes it even more exciting.

Guests who book the Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve package will arrive via private limousine to the sounds of a baby grand piano in a sumptuous presidential suite as they get ready to usher in the new year. Their private attendant will greet them with Piper Heidsieck champagne and the chef’s selection of festive hors d’oeuvres, as they explore this spacious two-bedroom suite, decorated in celebratory style. Then it’s time to primp with a personal stylist from PRIMP Salon & Spa Services for the gala party below in Broadway Lounge, where they’ll be seated in the prime ball drop-view seats, overlooking the thousands of people gathered for the big countdown at midnight. And, as a warm-up to the countdown, earlier in the evening they’ll enjoy a surprise visit outdoors to Times Square, surrounded by the crowds. In Broadway Lounge, they’ll enjoy a full evening of entertainment, special buffet dinner menus, premium bars and dancing, as midnight approaches. Then it’s countdown time, when the air is filled with a storm of confetti throughout Times Square, as the famous Waterford crystal ball descends. The new year starts off in the morning with breakfast at Crossroads; the perfect ending to the celebration and the perfect beginning to 2015.

Not keen on the idea of being outside in the cold weather in Times Square with family or friends for the countdown to midnight? For the first time ever, the New York Marriott Marquis will sell “Ball Drop View to New Year’s Eve in Times Square” guest rooms on marriott.com. Guests can pass up the outdoor experience, staying cozy inside, in their comfortably appointed guest room to watch the festivities, without having to bundle up. This is a 3-night stay with arrival on December 29 or December 30. The entire 3-night stay is just under $6,000 and is inclusive of tax ($5,745.70 total).

To complement our New Year’s Eve offerings, we have launched the New York Marriott Marquis Best of 2014 Promotion. Entrants share a photo of their best moment of 2014 on our Facebook promotion app or on Twitter or Instagram with @MHMarquisNYC and #WINMarquisNYE to enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in a ball-drop view guest room during New Year’s Eve. The entry period for the promotion ends on November 17. Promotion details: http://bit.ly/MarquisBestof2014

For guests who are looking forward to a celebration, individual tickets are still available to the gala party in Broadway Lounge, described above. Individual tickets range from $1,000 per person for communal seating, to $3,500 per person for prime view ball drop seating. Please note these tickets do not include a hotel guest room or overnight stay.

Details:

Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve Experience Package – $50,000

• 3 nights in a presidential suite, arrival 29 or 30 December

• Limousine transportation from and to the airport (LaGuardia, JFK or Newark)

• Welcome champagne and Chef’s hors d’oeuvres

• A personal musical welcome from a live performer, at the baby grand piano in the suite

• A private room attendant for in-room service

• In-room personal stylist for hair and make-up on 31 December, before the party, by PRIMP Salon & Spa Services

• Up to 4 seats at the New Year’s Eve gala in Broadway Lounge, with Ball-Drop Views

• An early evening surprise visit outdoors to Times Square

• New Year’s Day breakfast at Crossroads

• Maximum 4 guests

To book any of these experiences, please contact Mariette at (212) 704-8864 during business hours, email: NYMMSpecialEvents@marriott.com OR visitwww.marquisNYE.com/package

The New York Marriott Marquis is located on Broadway between West 45th and West 46th Streets, in the heart of Times Square.

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