EMILY BERGL OPENS OAK ROOM SEASON WITH A BANG IN “KIDDING ON THE SQUARE”

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In her Oak Room debut August 30,  brilliant young actress singer Emily Bergl, star of Broadway (Nora Ephron’s "Love, Loss and What I Wore,"), film (“The Rage: Carrie 2”) and TV’s Royal Pains and Desperate Housewives, roars into the Oak Room with more gusto than Hurricane Irene in the her exhilarating act: ”Kidding on the Square.”

A theatrical cabaret-act that transports the audience on a fast-paced ride through love, heartbreak and everything in between, ”Kidding on the Square” is told from the perspective of a modern girl and the eccentric characters she inhabits,

Something old (the Boswell Sisters “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”; something new (Peter Brown & Robert Rans “Material Girl" by way of Madonna); something borrowed ( "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" as an evolving Judy Garland); and something blue (as in Bergl’s deliciously compelling version of “Billy Barnes jazz classic Something Cool,”); the show features a rich array of songs that include Roy Orbison’s “Cryin’,” Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a poignant characterization of Rodgers & Hart’s “Ten Cents a Dance as a down-and-out hostess,” Dietz & Schwartz’ Confession” and an unexpected opening number, interpreting Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy”  with a serious bent: the lady gets truly angry.

In ”Kidding on the Square,” Bergl does what she does best, which in the case of this hour and fifteen minutes appears to be everything. It comes as no surprise that her acting, where, comedic, dramatic or character is a paragon of perfection, but she looks terrific is a slinky gray “pull apart” gown, that becomes a sexy dress and finally morphs into leotards and tights. Her movement is as controlled as possible in these small quarters. But the big kicker is the voice: A luscious lyric soprano that can go into a metallic chest, when the material demands, as in an hilarious rendition of the vintage Andrews Sisters“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” that is worth the price of admission.

High points test Ms. Bergl’s. comedic, dramatic and vocal abilities, which she passes with grade “A” marks. Memorable Moments: Pink Martini’s song "Sympathique" from the 1997 album Sympathique,  and you needn’t speak French to get the nuanced meaning.”

Kidding on the Square”  is beautifully directed by Sarna Lapine with G. Scott Lacy as musical director and receives outstanding backup from pianist Jonathan Mastro (Musical director of the hit revival of "Our Town,)" with the talented Ritt Henn on bass and ukulele.

After a fun closing (“Dream a Little Dream of Me,”) Ms. Bergl encores with a heart-wrenching version of the Peggy Lee hit “Is That All There Is.“ And indeed, this is one of the few times in recent memory, we felt that way too about a cabaret act: Absolutely electrifying and not to be missed. Reserve now! The show will run through Saturday September 10th.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm.   The cover charge is $50 per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner.  Reservations:  212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

 

Note: The new menu features an amazingly tender and moist Berkshire pork chop that is in step with making the Algonquin kitchen on a par with the atmosphere, entertainment and service one encounters in this truly great New York institution.

Click Here To Visit Emily Bergl’s Official Website

Click Here To Visit Website of Oak Room Supper Club

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Petrossian . . . The Ultimate (Affordable) Indulgence

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182 West 58th Street at 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019 

Phone : 212-245-2214 Fax : 212-245-2812

Email : restaurant@petrossian.com

Website: www.petrossian.com

Click here to make yourreservationonline:http://www.opentable.com/single.aspx?rid=13693&restref=13693

Hours of operation: Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Dinner: Sun 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Petrossian New York offers caviar tastings on the last Sunday of every month in 2010. For more information, Click Here

Petrossian New York’s Exquisite Bar (Below)

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It was in the 1920’s that two Armenian brothers–Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian–first introduced Paris to the magic of caviar and, in doing so, founded the company that today is the premier buyer and importer of Russian caviar worldwide.

During the "années folles", known as the “Roaring 20s” in the United States, Paris welcomed exiled Russian princes, intellectuals and aristocrats with open arms, and Parisians quickly embraced all things Russian, especially the arts, ballet, the choreography of Diaghilev, and the music of Igor Stravinsky. Nonetheless, there was one thing missing from the Russian expatriates’ lives: caviar. The French had yet to be introduced to this rare delicacy, a situation that the Petrossian brothers immediately set out to remedy.

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The Spacious Main Dining Room  (Above)

Founded in 1984, New York’s Petrossian restaurant is housed in the historic Alwyn Court Building on Manhattan’s West Side, one block from Carnegie Hall and four blocks from Lincoln Center. Owned by the Petrossians, it serves a French-influenced contemporary menu that features the caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world. Lunch, dinner, and brunch can be enjoyed at either the art deco style mirrored bar or in the dining room. Designed by Ion Oroveanu, the restaurant features Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930’s, etched Erté mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish granite, all harmonizing to create a visual ambiance that can be savored equally with the unsurpassed gourmet experience.

petrossian flowers  Elegant Flowers Grace the Bar

Always New York’s most Parisian restaurant, Petrossian is forever youthful with a tempered balance of its past and a clear knowledge of its future. Soft sounds of Billie Holiday and Ella play in the background and caress the senses as subtle service, beautifully orchestrated by maître d’hôtel Rene, pampers without intrusion.

Top of the line in the legendary caviar department, is the Classic Three Caviar Presentation which includes 20g each of Royal Ossetra, which is delectably fresh and fruity, Ossetra ranges in color from light brown to dark brown, its firm grain is pleasing and juicy, with a distinctive nutty taste that inspires fierce loyalties. This Ossetra captures the eggs at their absolute peak of size, flavor, color and texture, when the sturgeon are at their most mature. Truly sublime; Royal Transmontanus Caviar, sustainable white sturgeon, native to California, produces this elegant caviar that evokes the taste of the finest Ossetra, with a nutty flavor that’s at once smooth and robust and Special Reserve Alverta President: Sustainable from mature, white sturgeon in the clear, cold waters of northern California, its smallish size bead has a nutty, buttery flavor. Purists insist on buttered toast only, but don’t miss the beautiful presentation of featherweight blini (Russian pancakes), crème fraiche, chopped egg whites, yolk and onion .

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Petrossian Teaser of Beautiful Appetizers (Above)

But  Petrossian has a serious kitchen and Chef: German Calle has a deft hand. Recommended appetizers include a remarkable  Cold Lobster and Artichoke Salad with Fava Beans, Caviar Royal Transmontanus and a delicate Lobster Vinaigrette. Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Apricot – Green Apple Tatin, and Spiced Hazelnuts is not only elegant but as good as it reads. Petrossian’s “Premiere” smoked salmon is buttery and outstanding.

For entrée stars, look no further than, sumptuous Seared Diver Scallops with Potato-Chive Mousseline, Creamy Spinach, and Black Truffles in a Squash Juice reduction With Caviar Transmontanus.Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Braised Carrots, Black Olives, Sautéed Broccoli Rabe is also lovely and the signature Seared West Coast Sturgeon with White Asparagus and Herb Gnocchi in a subtle Caviar Beurre Blanc sauce is still a standout.

If seafood is not your thing, you’ll love Honey and Orange Glazed Long Island Duck Breast on Wild and Basmati Pilaf, garnished with Diced Foie Gras and Wild Cherries in Apple Cider Espresso Bean Sauce and Seared Rosemary New Zealand Lamb Chops, Eggplant Caponata, Truffled Goat Cheese, and Cherry-Vidalia Onion Relish in
Curried Lamb Sauce. There is also a fine Roasted Filet of Black Angus with Seared Foie Gras, Squash Puree,  and Broccoli Rabe in Madeira Date Sauce.

All desserts, by pastry chef Antoine Luchene, are stylish and delicious. Our favorite was the best crème brulée imaginable with a velvety custard and parchment crust. The vanilla  flavor was intense, yet not intrusive. Granny Smith Apple Tart was light and delicious. The vodka and Champagne by the glass selection is terrific and comprehensive; the wine list has loads of good bottles priced under $40. The Prix fixe dinner (currently $35) is Manhattan’s best buy in any luxury restaurant. Petrossian is one of NY’s five best fine-dining restaurant experiences.

 

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Caviar Steak Tartare (left) Seared Diver Sea Scallops (Right)

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Caviar Tasting For Two – or More!

Caviar Tasting For Two - or More!

Looking for a unique gift idea this year? Maybe a once-in-a-lifetime event for an anniversary or wedding? Savor the pleasures of Petrossian with this Caviar Tasting For Two (or more!). Available at both our New York and West Hollywood locations, the Caviar Tasting For Two offers a tasting of Petrossian’s finest caviar, hosted by one of Petrossian’s caviar experts. Learn the story behind Petrossian Caviar with your exquisite tasting, then enjoy a prix fixe dinner.

Making Reservations:You must call the restaurants to set up your reservations.

New York Tastings: New York Tastings are on the last Sunday of every month and cost $150. Please call 212-245-2214 or e-mail restaurant@petrossian.com for reservations. (Appointment Only).

 

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JAZZ STANDARD

DECEMBER IS A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN SOUND

AT JAZZ STANDARD
· BENNIE WALLACE & DISORDER AT THE BORDER
(A TRIBUTE TO COLEMAN HAWKINS)
· DAVID SANCHEZ QUARTET
· ALL-STAR SESSION with DR. LONNIE SMITH, NICHOLAS PAYTON,
DONALD HARRISON & PETER BERNSTEIN
· NEW YEAR’S EVE with TRIO DA PAZ & KENNY BARRON

Jazz Standard, New York City’s “Best Jazz Club” (New York Magazine) serving “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from Blue Smoke with its signature style of warm hospitality, presents another month of great jazz in December.

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