T-Bar Steak and Lounge is A classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, With Some of the Best Food In Town


T-Bar Steak & Lounge


Established:                          September, 2007               

Location:                               1278 Third Avenue,

                  New York, New York 10021

                  (Between 73rd St & 74th St in Upper East Side)

Telephone: (212) 772-0404

Email:     tony@tbarnyc.com  or manager@tbarnyc.com

Website: http://www.tbarnyc.com/

Facebook:                              www.facebook.com/TBarNYC/

Owners:                        Tony Fortuna

General Manager:               Sarah Ruiz

Executive Chef:                    Ben Zwicker

Cuisine:                       Nuevo American         Steakhouse                   Seafood


A classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge offers outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna and Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience. Romantic, late nights, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gemTBAR Sides

Open for lunch Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and every night for dinner, T-Bar serves prime beef steaks, as well as a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads, burgers and pastas. A long list of perfectly-prepared side dishes, like the Sautéed Haricot Verts with garlic, or the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with shallots, complement each entrée on the menu. Chef Zwicker, who has worked at other prestigious kitchens including Four Seasons, Aureole, and Petrossian, has crafted a decadent desert menu, including the popular Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.  The specialty cocktails, made quickly and consistently, are expertly crafted and presented, and the wine list is both extensive and thoughtful.TBAR STEAK

T-Bar’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and orange back lighting.  The sophisticated dining room, adjacent to a smaller bar area and with a soft candlelit glow, leads through to an elevated and more intimate dining area.TBAR RAW BAR

T-Bar steak & lounge is Tony Fortuna’s new spin on the classic steak house. Chef Ben Zwicker’s menu consists of raw bar that includes tartares; steak bar that includes prime cuts and as well as tuna and salmon steaks; appetizers are divided in classic and market driven; sauces are global and diverse; entrees, too, present a roster of classics and new world items; and a long, long list of sides complements every dish on the menu. T-bar & lounge speaks to many tastes, from cocktail & wine lovers, to grazers and full on steak aficionados..favorite dishes include foie gras & chicken liver parfait; tiger shrimp cocktail; crispy oysters; or Vietnamese shrimp roll for starters. The black angus prime porterhouse for two or three can’t be beat. And for dessert, don’t miss the decadent chocolate sundae; Soltners chocolate mousse; or the fabulous assorted cookies. The great cocktails, excellent wine list and attentive service add to the experience. T bar is located at 1278 third Ave,

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Popular Dishes include a knockout Kale Salad, with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette,  Crusted Tuna with soy, wasabi remoulade, and seaweed salad, Seared Spanish Octopus with potatoes and olives , Fantastic fresh oysters and a new addition, a parfait of foie gras and chicken liver, presented in a large Mason Jar, topped with crème fraiche and served with delicious homemade bread and crispy salad.

The T-Bar Steak Bar – Certified Black Angus, seasoned with Kosher salt & black pepper (Options of Filet Mignon, Aged NY Strip, Aged Bone in Rib Eye, Black Angus Porterhouse for two) Served with Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or Poivre Sauce.tbar cut steak

Decadent Desserts: Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce

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Hours of Operation:            Lunch – Monday through Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Brunch – Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner – Monday through Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Sunday – 5:00pm – 9:30 pm

Credit Cards:                        All major credit cards accepted

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Chef Ben Zwicker’s menu consists of raw bar that includes tartares; steak
bar that includes prime cuts and as well as tuna and salmon steaks;
appetizers are divided in classic and market driven; sauces are global and
diverse; entrees, too, present a roster of classics and new world items; and a long, long list of sides complements every dish on the menu. tbar Tuna tartare

T-Bar never fails to impress; whether it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner. Executive chef Ben Zwicker has undeniably taken the dinner menu to new heights. He has formulated sauces such as the béarnaise and au poivre that will give any steak an extra kick. Signature appetizers include Seared Spanish Octopus and the Vietnamese Shrimp Roll, and popular entrees include the Crusted Tuna, served with Wasabi Remoulade and Seaweed Salad, and the Seared Seabass, with shitake and ginger soy glaze. Then there’s the always satisfying Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Strawberry Sundae for dessert. Each item on the menu features T-Bar’s own modern touch.

About T-Bar Steak and Loungetbar int tablle

A classically-chic eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge offers outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna, previously of the Lenox Room, and Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house.

T-Bar’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and orange back lighting.  The sophisticated dining room, adjacent to a smaller bar area and with a soft candlelit glow, leads through to an elevated and more intimate dining area. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience.

Absolutely the best double porterhouse in NYC, cooked to perfection; fabulous cocktails, housemade breads and that magical chocolate sundae. All accompanied by terrific service, comfortable seating and the dean of restaurateurs, Tony Fortuna add up to A MAJOR on The Walman Report. Not to be missed!!!

For more information on T-Bar Steak & Lounge, visit www.tbarnyc.com/

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Parnell’s Gastropub Brings Fun, Food and Gentle Prices To the Upper East Side

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Located in the heart of Sutton Place . 350 E 53rd Street (corner of 1st Ave) New York, NY 10022, . A neighborhood landmark where Irish hospitality is a priority.

Fox Sports World Every Day

All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Kitchen Hours 11:30 AM ‘til Midnight – Everyday
Bar Hours: 11:30 AM ’til 4AM – Everyday

Call at 212-753-1761 with reservations and inquiries.

Click Here For The Website

Wednesday Night
music with Steven Lowenthal

Saturday Night
Saturday Night Music is back again,
starts on Oct 18th With Bobby Peco

Please make reservations ahead of time.
$25 minimum in music room.

(Parnell’s Piano Sessions – Starts at 7:30pm)


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Set in a rustic mood of dark wood floors, Tiffany lamps and red brick walls, where mid-priced homemade regional comfort food is a trademark, along with  the new chef’s daily specials with emphasis on International Cuisine.

Experience the true warmth and charm of Irish hospitality, with friendly service and great music and singing on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  The homey food will please you. We Loved some daily specials of corned beef and cabbage soup; French-style onion soup that was full of flavor but not heavy and a terrific Caesar salad. Pork Schnitzel was crispy and delicious with fried potato pancakes and perfect brussel sprouts. A perfectly rare hunk of good quality roast beef on the bone was accompanied by mashed potatoes and was a satisfier as well.

Desserts are simple and well prepared. We liked a fruit cobbler and a bread pudding any mama would be proud of. Good drinks, and well priced wines by the glass, as well as a nice selection of draught beer and don’t neglect the Irish coffee and homemade Irish Soda Bread.

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Bait & Hook Seafood Bar Offers Designer Food & loads of Fun at Bargain Prices


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Bait & Hook Seafood Bar
Cuisine: Seafood
Dining Style: Casual
Location: 231 Second Avenue, at 14th Street, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.260.8015
Website: www.baitandhooknyc.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/baitandhookseafood
Twitter/Instagram: @baithook
Consulting Chef: Dave Martin (www.chefdavemartin.com)
Chef de Cuisine: Angela Dimino
Seating Capacity: 49 total, including 10 bar stools; plus, 49 sidewalk seats, weather permitting
Reservations: Yes, OpenTable.com and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: No/Yes
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa b&hcrowd
Hours of Service:
Monday – Wednesday, 3pm – 11pm
Thursday, 3pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Daily Happy Hour, 3pm – 7pm
Price Range:
Raw Bar/Starters: $2.50 – 13
Chowda’ & Greens: $8 – 11
Sandwiches & Burgers: $15 – 22
Larger Plates: $16 – 18 (Average $17)
Sides: $5 – 6
Dessert: $5 – 6
Signature Cocktails: $12
Beer: $6
Wine: $8 – 12/glass; $33 – 36/bottle
Kung Pao Calamari $9
New England Style Clam Chowda’ $8
B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips $15
Dave’s Lobster Mac $18
La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken $16


If you are craving serious seafood without the fuss, look no further than Bait & Hook Seafood Bar, a newly revamped, casual bar/restaurant where seafood is the star. After two years of providing the neighborhood with an accessible seafood shack, the owners of this busy corner space reached out to Chef and Consultant Dave Martin to kick-up the concept. Dave, a Top Chef Alum, who has his own product line, Dave’s Homemade, and works on food and retail projects nationwide, enthusiastically accepted the challenge to bring Bait & Hook’s menu to a new level. The everyday seafood bar now offers the complete package – a relaxed vibe for a quick, satisfying bite, affordable date or group gathering at friendly prices.

It also offers one of the best martinis in Manhattan: 10 ounces of liquid heaven, served in a beautiful glass at $12 for Grey Goose Vodka,

Located on the north edge of the East Village, Bait & Hook (49 seats, including 10 at the bar) is the ideal destination for tasty seafood in a cozy environment. Whether you’re chilling with a cool cocktail or wine at the bar, you’ll always feel welcome in the laid-back atmosphere. Hang out and enjoy an ice-cold brew while watching your favorite game on one of the big screens, or enjoy full table service along the windowed street side. Sidewalk seating (49 seats) will be available weather permitting.


The chef has created a fun menu at Bait & Hook that will reel in diners and keep them as regulars. There is no compromising when it comes to ingredients; the menu has been created using quality fixings, such as chicken from La Pera Bros, sustainable seafood from Bronx Fish, and American Wagyu from DeBragga. All of Bait & Hook’s sauces are made in-house, and the menu offers several gluten-free options, as well as organic ingredients in the selections.


The Old School Lobster Roll, above, ($22) combines Fresh Lobster with your choice of Roasted Garlic Aioli or Drawn Butter in New England Style Hot Dog Bun with simplicity and perfection. Never had better in Manhattan.


The seafood driven menu begins with crave-able starters, like the signature Kung Pao Calamari, pictured below, ($9) with Spicy Sauce, Peanuts & Dried Chillis. If you like it hot, your name is written on this dish (don’t miss it). His unique New England Style Clam Chowda’ ($8) is made with Lobster Stock and Zero Flour. From the Sandwiches & Burgers, guests will love his B&H Fish Sandwich or Fish & Chips ($15) – Line Caught Cod, Served Pan Roasted or Fried on a Brioche Bun; as well as B&H Wagyu Burger ($15) with Irish White Cheddar. Larger Plates include Dave’s Lobster Mac ($18) – Fresh Lobster, Fontina, Romano, Shallots, Sherry & Slow Cooked Cream. A must order! Other larger options, such as Ginger Organic Salmon ($18) with Apple, Shallot & Brandy Glaze could hold court in a restaurant with far higher prices (truly elegant); and La Pera Bros Free Range Chicken ($16) – Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken with Spicy Hot Sauce (fried to order; the chickens come from Local Farms and are Free Range and Veggie Fed) are served with a choice of two tasty sides, such as Creamy Parmesan Grits ($5) and Garlicky Spinach ($6), making it a complete meal.

For those seeking a lighter bite, fresh East Coast Oysters ($2.50 each) with Pomegranate Mignonette and House Made Cocktail Sauce are as fresh and briny as it gets ; and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13) are excellent Raw Bar options. Bait & Hook’s Street Tacos are also crowd pleasers, coming three to an order with either Roasted Shrimp ($10), Baja Style Fish ($9), or Free Range Chicken (9). The fish tacos are our recommendation. Awesome Finger Food, such as Fried Free Range Chicken Thighs ($10) with choice of Kung Pao or Spicy Hot Sauce served with Groovy Gorgonzola for dipping, offer ultimate comfort on a plate. Finish up with The Sweet Stuff, including Memma’s Triple Chocolate Brownie ($6). 


Bait & Hook’s bar program features Signature Cocktails, such as Cabin Boy ($12) – Patron Silver, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon& Lime Juice with Prickly Pear Puree. Select bottled and draft beer ($6 each), including its own private house brew, Bait &Hook Lager, are available, plus a small, approachable international wine list ($8-12/glass; $33-36/bottle). Daily Happy Hour offers $1 oysters, $3 fish tacos, $5 beer, $6 mixed drinks and more!


Bait and Hook is open daily for lunch and dinner. Whenever you check it out, you’re in for a good time, no phony attitude and gratifying food. A real NY experience and especially recommended to our out of town and foreign readers.

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UBK is 1 Month Old and a Roaring Success




Cuisine: New American with Global Influences
Location: 300 Spring Street, near Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 646.755.9034
Website: www.ubknyc.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ubknyc
Twitter/Instagram: @ubknyc
Owner/Executive Chef/GM: Jonathan Renert
Chef de Cuisine: Gavin Citron (Arizona 206; Aja; Aleutia; Petrossian, NYC)
Manager: Brandon T. Jenson
Design: Jonathan Renert
Artwork: Clifford Bailey (www.cliffordbailey.com)
Seating Capacity: 64 total, including 10 at the bar
Reservations: Yes, OpenTable.com, CLICK HERE and by phone
Delivery/Take Out: Yes/Yes (in the near future)
Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hours of Service:
Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 1am
Friday – Saturday, 11:30am – 2am
Sunday, 11:30am – 1am
Price Range:
Raw Bar/Appetizers: $7 – 17
Sandwiches/Salads: $10 – 18
Mains: $14 – 32 (Average $26)
Sides: $7
Dessert: $7 – 10 ubk-int-1
Lunch Special: $24
Kid’s Menu: $10 with choice of side
Cocktails: $12
Beer/Wine: $TBD/glass; $TBD/bottle
Hamachi Tartare $14
Panko Fried Oyster 3/$9
Rotisserie Chicken $24/half; $42/whole (with 2 sides)
Three Little Pigs $16
UBK Sirloin Burger $14
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UBK offers 64 seats, including 10 at the bar, and features a lively, yet relaxed ambience with industrial accents, including refurbished woods and Edison light bulbs.  Large windows that open to the street bring in natural light, and three fantastic original paintings by Clifford Bailey, which evoke the era of the roaring twenties, enhance the warm setting.  Whether one is sitting at the bar, or at the industrial chic reclaimed wood communal table in the center of the room, they will be transported to a home away from home – a neighborhood place where they can relax over fine cooking.

For some reason, good downtown restaurants just don’t travel and UBK the perfect example of what to seek out for a fun, affordable and delectable night out or (if you live or work in the neighborhood a local haunt). There’s certainly nothing not to like about the unaffectedly stylish food, prepared with care and panache. Chef Renert along with his Chef de Cuisine Gavin Citron offers a menu that pleases all palates.

Guests may start with an excellent raw bar selection, such as a daily selection of Oysters  with kimchee mignonette, horseradish cocktail sauce & red wine vinegar mignonette. Original appetizers include Hamachi Tartare with citrus soy dressing; delicious  baked Cherrystone Clams with bacon and Chipotle Bernaise and amazing Panko Fried Oysters  with chili infused Tonkatsu sauce, house made tartar and chives (absolutely the best in town); and lighter options include refreshing salads, such as traditional Caesar with baked wheat sourdough baguette; and Field Greens  with aged Sherry and citrus vinaigrette. We also enjoyed a play on the traditional Greek chopped salad with the touch of fresh cilantro.


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For the main course, UBK’s tantalizing dishes range from West Coast Cioppino in smokey tomato broth; to Hangar Steak in 24-hour house marinade; and Rotisserie Chicken ( available whole + 2 sides/$42), which may also be taken to go.  UBK’s sides  include Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs; and Cauliflower Gratin, pair nicely with the mains. Be sure to try the addictive ROSEMARY FRIES.


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A separate bar menu features tasty items, such as Three Little Pigs, three unique preparations of pork belly sliders – a must order!  For drinks, UBK offers signature cocktails such as the UBK Julep (Applejack, Antica Carpano Formula, cane sugar, mint); plus, excellent beers (especially an outstanding Belgium available on draught: “Delirium Tremens Pale Ale”) and an International wine list  
Cocktails are expertly constructed and service is delightfully seamless and accommodating.

For those with a sweet tooth, Renert’s desserts include Ancho Chili Brownies and one-of-a-kind Peanut Crunch Chimichangas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and are not to be missed. Nor is the superb cappuccino.

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Wanna check out the newest hit in town? Here it is. You’re gonna like Union Bar & Kitchen!

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Angus Club Steakhouse, Destined to Become NYC Leader


ADDRESS: 135 East 55th Street

(Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)

New York, NY 10022

WEB SITE: www.angusclubsteakhouse.com

TELEPHONE: (212) 588-1585

HOURS: Lunch:                      11:30 AM -  3:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner:                       4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

                                                                             4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sat.-Sun.

Happy Hour:               4:00 PM -   7:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

(1/2-price on specialty cocktails and select

global wines by the glass.)

Will open for weekend brunch in the near future.

CUISINE: Steakhouse (with Seafood Specialties)


PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrees):      $22.00 – $37.00

Dinner (entrees):     $33.00 – $49.00

  Angus Steak

This May Be NY’s Best Steak

DRESS: Smart Casual


SEATING CAPACITY: Upstairs Dining Room:          40

Downstairs Dining Room:     76                

Oak Room:             30

Cork Room:                          16

Leather Room:                      40

Chef’s Room:                        10

NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2 Dining Rooms (Upstairs and Downstairs)

(4 Private Party Rooms: Oak Room, Cork Room,

Leather Room, and Chef’s Room)

PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request

(Dining Rooms, Oak Room, Cork Room, Leather Room,

Chef’s Room, and entire restaurant are available for

customized private parties and special events.)


Angus Club Steakhouse is Manhattan’s Newest Meat Lover’s Hit

At Angus Club Steak House , executive Chef Edward Avduli crafts a menu

featuring an impressive selection of Angus

beef steaks dry-aged on-site for 30-35 days.  In

addition, he prepares a superior selection

of seafood ranging from 3-pound lobsters,

Norwegian wild salmon, sushi-grade tuna (yellow

fin), and Phillips’ crab meat, to a wide variety of shellfish.

All produce is impeccable and the chef’s background is evident in the precise timing,

exquisite grilling and just about everything that leaves the kitchen.

Service is as good as it gets and the management team are Pros in every way.

The setting may be one of the most glamorous and luxurious in Manhattan with

Full-service sit-down bars.  The 10-foot long custom-made

L-shaped black marble upstairs bar features a wide variety

of single malt Scotch, and a global wine list with a particular

emphasis on California wines.  A select number of wines

are available by the glass.  In addition, a premier selection

of spirits, liquors, after-dinner drinks, dessert wines, imported

beers, and specialty  cocktails are also available.  The Lunch

and Dinner Menus are available at the bars.


The 16-foot long custom-made Art Deco style black marble

downstairs bar features the same superior selection of wines,

spirits, and specialty cocktails.  There is a custom-made climate-

controlled, glass-enclosed Wine Cellar downstairs housing more

than 1,000 bottles of wine.

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The UPSTAIRS DINING ROOM offers  expansive, romantic ambiance.  The stylish,

sophisticated upstairs Dining Room is enhanced by a 12-foot high

deep gray ceiling, handsome imported espresso-colored

leather chairs, elegant candle-lit tables with off-white

tablecloths, beige walls with antique mirrors, custom-made

oak chandeliers, tiled floors, Art Deco inspired cork columns,

mood lighting, and expansive windows looking out onto a

quiet side street to create an Art Deco style setting.  A grand

staircase with a classic Art Deco mirror, and reclaimed wood

and snakeskin walls, leads downstairs to a second stylish Dining

Room and four private party rooms (Oak Room, Cork Room,

Leather Room, and Chef’s Room).

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Lamb hops To Die for (Above)

LEATHER ROOM: The Leather Room, located off the side of the downstairs

Dining Room, is enhanced by a 9-foot high burgundy leather ceiling, burgundy leather walls,

oak floors, imported espresso-colored leather chairs, candle-lit tables with off-white

tablecloths, and antique light fixtures to create a sophisticated setting for customized private

parties and special events.  It seats 40.


CHEF’S ROOM: The Chef’s Room, located off the side of the downstairs

bar, features a custom-made oak chef’s table and imported

espresso-colored leather chairs to create a communal setting

for customized private parties and special events.  It seats 10.


A perfect dinner might begin with terrific cocktails to enjoy with  sparkling oysters, lump crab

meat or airy crab cakes and a perfect Caesar salad. Follow with a massive veal chop, the

Porterhouse for 2 or more,  remarkable hash browns, creamless creamed spinach, perfect

steamed asparagus and TRUFFLE MAC AND CHEESE.


The wine list is still a work in progress, but there is a nice selection of wines by the glass at

about $12 each and I strongly suggest the excellent Supper Tuscan IL BRUCIATO TENUTA

GUADO AL TASSO, 2011, TUSCANY $75 to enjoy with your meal. It is a true steak-wine.

Don’t miss the wonderful desserts: Fluffy Tira Misu, cheesecake  or a decadent banana split

with fried bananas and Slog. Great cappuccino is a perfect conclusion.

We think you will love Angus Club Steak House.

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Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon


Cuisine: American
Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212.787.1100
Fax: 212.724.0839
Website: http://www.beaconhotel.com/beaconbar.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotelBeacon
Twitter: @BeaconHotelNYC
Instagram: HotelBeacon
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)

Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Cocktails: $12-14
Beer: $6-16
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7

Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15


New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater.  Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.

Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar.  The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs.  Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe.  In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway.  Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.

Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it),  while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.  


Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers.  Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.

Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice.  It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.

Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is  a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.

Beacon Bar is open every day of the week.  For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.

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Luna Sur Latin Bistro Takes Diners through Latin America, With Great Drinks and Expert Cuisine

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Luna Sur is located at 802 Ninth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets, (212) 262-1299, www.lunasurnyc.com, and is open for lunch Mon-Fri from noon to 4PM. Dinner is served Sun-Mon from 4PM-11PM, Tues-Sat 4 PM-midnight and brunch, Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-4PM. Stay tuned for pre-fixe menu for pre-theater dining coming soon.  

There’s an indisputable connection between sun and fun that is clearly reflected in the food and culture of Latin America. Mario Zarate (owner of the very popular Cuban restaurants Guantanamera in the Theatre District and Amor Cubano in Harlem) has teamed up with Chef Isaias Ortiz (also of Guantanamera) at Luna Sur (Southern Moon) in Hell’s Kitchen to take guests on a tour of Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and other Latin nations.  Inspired by people who are open to a range of experiences and flavors, Zarate has created a getaway, a Latin bistro where diners can indulge in a mix of Latin cultures, with Bold Flavors, Bright Colors and Brilliant Cocktails

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You can feel the warmth from the moment you enter:  From the friendly servers who greet you dressed in brightly colored shirts, suspenders and matching converse sneakers, to a palette of bright orange, tangerine and lime on the painted wood paneled walls to the colorful placemats, and from the skylight that brightens the back dining room, as well as a floor-to-ceiling glass garage door that opens up in warm weather for service on the back patio, in addition to sidewalk seating.

The ideal meal begins with cocktails and tapas.  The restaurant has designed a cocktail menu that includes twists on classic Latin bebidas, using infused spirits and fresh fruit purees. You’ll find traditional Pisco Sours, as well as the Peruvian favorite made with pineapple, orange, or cinnamon-apple infused Pisco. The Watermelon Fresca is muddled fresh watermelon, fresh lime juice, and basil in a gin cocktail.  The famous Cuban rum cocktail, the Mojito, is served in classic mode, as well as in versions prepared with rum-infused with fresh fruit: guava, pineapple, raspberry, mango, coconut and passion fruit. In addition to a choice of fresh or frozen margaritas, and the option of fruit puree flavors, there is also the Pepino Picante Margarita, a spicy, refreshing margarita made with jalapeno-infused tequila, cucumbers, fresh lime and agave nectar. And for a real blend of cultures, try the Sangrita, a frozen margarita shot through with red Sangria. There is also a choice of beers by the bottle and on tap, white or red Sangria by the glass or pitcher, and a changing selection of wines from Argentina, Spain, Chile, the US and France, by the glass or bottle.

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With drink in hand, diners are ready for a selection of small plates for sharing such as Pulpo Al Oliva, tender slices of octopus paired with a creamy, thick Kalamata olive sauce and Chorizo al Vino, slices of savory Spanish sausage marinated in Spanish red wine. Also not to be missed is the Cauza Limena, a traditional dish from Lima, Peru, wonderfully subtle, composed of smooth, delicate mashed potato layered with avocado and crab, or the addictive Luna Llena, avocado blended with Manzana, apple-strawberry-cinnamon sauce, served in the avocado shell and topped with grilled shrimp.

Larger plates include Pechuga Rellena con Salsa de Pina y Guayaba, crispy breaded chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, paired with a luscious guava sauce and served with flavorful, well-seasoned black beans and white rice.  Salmon Salcero is a wonderful well-balanced mixture of sweet and savory, grilled salmon with roasted sweet plantains and tender spinach, and Tropical Mahi Mahi, garlic marinated with mango, pineapple and papaya pico de gallo, and yellow rice.  But perhaps the stars of the show are the classic entrees—Lechoncito, completely tender suckling pig roasted for eight hours, served with garlicky mojo sauce and cassava; Arroz Con Mariscos, saffron-flavored rice abundant with shellfish (mussels, clams, shrimp, octopus, squid, scallops), the famous pressed Cuban Sandwich with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, and the National Dish of Argentina, El Gaucho Churrasco, fire-grilled skirt steak served with Luna Sur’s signature chimi-churri sauce.

For dessert, there are classic Latin sweets—creamy Flan with homemade caramel sauce, Tres Leches Cake (light sponge cake soaked in three milks), Cuban Rum Guava Bread Pudding, made from Cuban bread, with rum-infused guava, and the Torta de Chocolate, Mexican hot chocolate in a cake, flavored with cinnamon, chili and cayenne.

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To add to the fun, there’s live music, three sets per evening, 6 nights a week (Monday-Saturday), beginning at 8:00 PM, featuring Salsa, Merengue and Latin Jazz with a changing roster of artists, including Xiomara Laugart, a Cuban singer who recently debuted off-Broadway, portraying the Latin music legend in “Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz” as well as a live DJ for weekend brunch.  Wednesdays from 4 PM until closing, margaritas, sangria and mojitos, all flavors, frozen or regular are all just $6.   A bar menu to complement the cocktails will be introduced soon.

The Hell’s Kitchen location makes it a great spot pre- or post-theater. Downstairs there’s room for special events, cocktail parties, cooking classes, wine dinners, private dinners, or business meetings.

Great place with really friendly service. Absolutely one of the best bangs for the buck near the theater district.

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The Queen of Cabaret holds the record for the longest continuous run at the famed Algonquin Oak Room.  Our most sophisticated performer is the only female entertainer ever to reach such a milestone in the history of cabaret.  The New York Times dubbed her “the high priestess of the American Songbook,” falling “under her spell,” while the Wall Street Journal called an evening with Andrea “the most immersive experience you will ever have.”

Everyone looks forward to getting away from it all.  To celebrate Andrea’s unprecedented achievement, her latest show, “No Strings,” does just that!  Andrea takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world.  It’s a journey about life on the road—a warm, funny, heartfelt and candid tale of Andrea’s travels from city to city and what that bittersweet journey has meant for her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother.

Marcovicci looks especially dazzling and her voice is more in control than usual. The big this, as always is her sensational acting ability and impeccable timing.  Highlights include “Sunday in New York,” “Two For the Road,” “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?,” “Under Paris Skies” and “A Foggy Day.”  In addition, Andrea recreates her celebrated rendition of “These Foolish Things.”  It’s an odyssey that flows from the romance of Andrea’s favorite places to unexpected bumps in the road producing some pretty wacky and wonderful stories…a fun, sweet and romantic saga as only Andrea can tell it!  A nostalgic look at a quarter century of a singer’s life.   Andrea is skillfully accompanied on piano by Shelly Markham with Jered Egan on bass.

“No Strings” will run November 15 through December 30, with shows Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00.  Holiday shows are Thanksgiving at 7:30, Christmas Eve at 7:30 and Monday December 26 (Boxing Day) at 7:30.  There is a $60 cover charge per person Tuesday-Thursday and late Friday-Saturday, and $65 for the 8:30 shows Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner.

Note: The Algonquin  will close Jan. 1 for a four-month, $15 million renovation.

Let us hope the The Oak Room will remain virtually unscathed and that the powers that be will have come to their senses and allowed the fabled hotel to  re-install the latest feline (Matilda lll),  in a beloved chain of ten mascots, dating back to 1933. New York has survived street fairs, bicycles monopolizing our sidewalks and a demoralized Times Square. Let the pussy cats work in peace.

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