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

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Dopo East is located at 345 East 62nd Street,, 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.


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 (,  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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Masq Offers A Serious Kitchen And A Fun Experience

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Masq  Party Room

306 East 49th Street (Between First & Second Avenues) New York, NY 10017


TELEPHONE: (212) 644-8294

HOURS: Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Dinner: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Mon.-Wed.

4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Thurs.Sat.

(Closed Sunday)

Happy Hour: 4:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Mon.-Sat.

(1/2-price on specialty cocktails and select global wines

by the glass.)

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Live Music Night: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Thurs.

(Acoustic Blues, Jazz, Zydeco, Rock)

CUISINE: New American with New Orleans flair

(Executive Chef Marc Getzelman crafts a menu

featuring an eclectic selection of innovative

New American dishes and New Orleans

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PRICE RANGE: Lunch (entrees): $10.00 – $14.00

2-Course Prix Fixe Lunch

(with wine or beer): $10.95

Dinner (entrees): $12.00 – $26.00

Late-Night Dinner Menu:

(10:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight, Thurs.-Sat.)

DRESS: Smart Casual

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Masq is a New Orleans inspired restaurant with some very appealing food, and a convivial

feeling of the Big Easy.. The stylish, sophisticated dining room is enhanced by vintage

custom-made tables and chairs, an exotic New Orleans wall mural, wood floors, hand-painted

porcelain masks, and mood lighting to create a private home in New Orleans.  A New Orleans

inspired Private Party Room (THE Red Room) is  located in the back of the restaurant and

separated from the Dining Room by a red velvet curtain, features vintage red fabric-

upholstered chairs, red velvet divans, antique mirrors and Mardi Gras masks.

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After hours, the venue transforms from an eatery into a lounge featuring "Live" Acoustic acts

performing Blues, Jazz, Zydeco, Rock, Country and more chefs have created an imaginative

New American Cuisine Menu with a New Orleans flair. From spicy Jambalaya to Flat Iron Steak

with Avocado & Pico de Gallo, to the best Crabcakes this side of Maryland, the cuisine is

extraordinary! Alongside Flatbreads, Toasty Grilled Panini and MASQ Mini Burgers on Sweet

Hawaiian Bread, the menu includes Artisanal Cheese Plates ideal for sharing and crisp, fresh

Salads.Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials offer large portions for affordable prices, and the daily

Happy Hour features Draft Beer and Cocktail Specials from 4-8pm, and all night Saturday. 

There is good quality here and friendly service. Masq, 306 East 49th Street, (Between First &

Second Avenues).

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The cuisine is New American with a New Orleans flair and the theme is Mardi Gras.

It opened a few months ago and it is really unique.  It has charming small rooms filled

with antique furnishings,big comfortable easy chairs and plush sofas.  The dining area

has large, expansive tables.  The bar specializes in New Orleans drinks like a Mint Julip, and a

terrific Sazirac and Absinthe.  They also have a large wine list. On the menu are such favorites

as Jambalaya, Crab Cakes, Macaroni and Cheese, Bananas Foster and many more. Look for

promotions such as the current Mardi Gras Menu, featuring Mardi Gras Food Specials!

Etoufee, Muffaletta (A traditional style muffuletta sandwich consists of a sesame muffuletta

loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami,

mozzarella, ham, and provolone. The sandwich is sometimes heated to soften the

provolone), Louisiana Crabcakes, Jambalaya and the chef’s rendition of Bananas Foster, here

tucked inside of fried dumplings and flamed in the kitchen.

There are also outstanding specials like a perfect wild salmon, cooked in Asian spices and

served on fresh salad greens with sweet tomatoes.

The draught beer selection is excellent, offering Stella and Blue Moon, with a slice of fresh


Masq is a fine addition to the neighborhood and will soon be offering takeout

through Seamless. Highly Recommended.

Click Here To Make a Reservation On Open Table


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Chez Josephine Is Alive and Well, With Glamour, Music and Great Food

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Chez Josephine
414 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


Theater District / Times Square

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CHEZ JOSEPHINE and its ever-gracious host, Jean-Claude Baker offers live piano every evening starting at 6 p.m., and Saturdays are extra special with pianist Joseph Douglas, as well as Sarah McLawler (piano/vocals) performing with Jean Davis on trumpet starting at 8 p.m.  It is outstanding, as is this ever delightful restaurant.

This charming Theater District jewel with is sidewalk café, convivial bar, and captivating main dining room, clad with red velvet walls, blue-tin ceiling and a cavalcade of chandeliers that light up the vintage portraits of icon Josephine Baker is better than ever,  thanks to the culinary efforts of executive chef Frank Diaz and attentive service as executed by. the charming manager Fernando.

A  recent dinner began with such appetizer specialties as Chinese Ravioli with Fresh Goat Cheese and Roasted Pine Nuts, flavorful Country Pâté, zesty Maryland Crab Cake and Stone-Ground  Mustard Sauce, Steak Tartare, Quail Egg, Potato Gaufrettes and Crispy tempura battered  Blue Point Oyster and Braised Fennel in a tangy Mustard Beurre Blanc for starters.

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Entrees followed and not only copious, but beautifully executed. Favorites included Roasted Breast of Long Island Duck, Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop, delicious Pork Knuckles, with Champagne-Braised Sauerkraut  a perfect Rack of Lamb with Potato Purée and Provençal Vegetables, a succulent Black Angus Filet Mignon au Poivre with crispy Pommes Frites and the surprise of the evening, absolutely the best Choucroute Royale, (Smoked Pork Loin, Veal Sausage, Frankfurter, Double-Smoked Bacon, Pork Knuckles, Boiled Potatoes and Champagne-Braised Sauerkraut) in New York City.

You’ll love desserts like Black and White Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Tarte Brûlée, Apple Rhubarb Crêpe Cake, Le Délice Josephine: Chocolate Heaven and an exemplary  Crème Brûlée. 

Wines and cocktails and general feeling of fun and glamour add to the experience at CHEZ JOSEPHINE.  Not only one of the theater district’s best options, but one of Manhattan’s top five bistros. Walman Report Rating: A Major.

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Sample Pre Fixe Dinner

Soup du Jour
Baby Watercress, Golden Beets
Roquefort Société, Candied Walnuts
Trout Almondine
Wilted Spinach, Whipped Potatoes
Amish Chicken “Grand-Mère”
Roasted Potatoes, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Bacon
Braised Short Ribs
Creamy Polenta, Onion Rings, Horseradish Cream
Baked Apple in Cider-Cinnamon Syrup
Caramel Ice Cream
Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding
Valrhona Chocolate Sauce
Executive Chef Frank Diaz
Dinner Prix Fixe $35
Not available Saturdays

Sample Dinner Menu

Organic Baby Greens, Fines Herbes, Lemon Dressing 9.00
Belgian Endive, Roquefort and Roasted Walnuts 10.00
Chilled Green Asparagus, French Prosciutto 12.00
Steak Tartare, Quail Egg, Potato Gaufrettes 14.00
Jumbo Shrimp, Slivered Lemon, Horseradish Cocktail Sauce 16.00
Chinese Ravioli, Fresh Goat Cheese, Roasted Pine Nuts 12.00
Country Pâté, Tangy Celery Rémoulade, Cornichons 10.00
Maryland Crab Cake, Stone-Ground Mustard Sauce 16.00
Crispy Blue Point Oyster, Braised Fennel, Mustard Beurre Blanc 16.00
Escargots à la Bourguignonne, Herbs and Garlic 12.00
Soup du Jour 10.00
French Onion Soup 10.00
Maine Lobster Bisque 12.00
Spaghetti Bolognese (Josephine’s Favorite) 21.00
Artisanal Pasta, Wild Mushrooms, Black Truffle Oil 21.00
Blackened Atlantic Salmon, Julienne of Vegetables, Herb Coulis 26.00
Maryland Crab Cakes, Tartar Sauce and Field Greens 32.00
Lobster Cassoulet with Scallops, Shrimp, Seafood Sausage,
Black Beans in a Light Shellfish Bouillon 34.00
Black Tiger Shrimp, Sweet-Pea Risotto, Pea Tendrils 32.00
Boudin Noir, Olive-Oil Crushed Potatoes, Apple Compote 22.00
Elvira’s Down-Home Fried Chicken, Sweet-Potato Fries, Blueberry Corn Bread 22.00
Slow-Roasted Amish Chicken Breast, Crushed Zucchini,
Goat Cheese, Natural Garlic Jus 22.00
Roasted Breast of Long Island Duck, Wild Rice, Corn Emulsion 27.00
Pan-Seared Calf ’s Liver, Wilted Mustard Greens, Potato Croquettes 23.00
Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop, Grilled Asparagus, Potato Gratin 28.00
Choucroute Royale, Smoked Pork Loin, Veal Sausage, Frankfurter, Double-Smoked Bacon,
Pork Knuckles, Boiled Potatoes, Champagne-Braised Sauerkraut 34.00
Black Angus Filet Mignon au Poivre, Pommes Frites 36.00
Rack of Lamb, Potato Purée, Provençal Vegetables 36.00
Side Dishes 8.00
Sautéed Haricots Verts Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Garlic-Chili Spinach Sweet-Potato Fries
Steamed Green Asparagus Pommes Frites
Executive Chef Frank Diaz


Le Délice Josephine: Chocolate Heaven
Crème Brûlée
Black and White Chocolate Mousse
Lemon Tarte Brûlée
Apple Rhubarb Crêpe Cake
Frozen Cappuccino Parfait
Seasonal Fruits & Berries
Assorted Sorbets
Our Daily Selection of Cheeses
(Market Price)

Sample Wine List

110. Bordeaux Blanc, Château Lamothe de Haux 2011 10.00 38.00
111. Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Francois Cartier, Loire 2011  42.00
112. Riesling, Trimbach, Alsace 2009  12.00 46.00
113. Sancerre, René Carroi, Loire 2010 15.00 58.00
114. Chablis, Domaine de la Cornasse, Burgundy 2010 68.00
115. Meursault, Pierre Matrot, Burgundy 2009  72.00
119. Chardonnay, Rutz Cellars, Sonoma Cuvée 2009  12.00 46.00
120. Chenin Blanc, Paumanok Vineyards, North Fork Long Island 2011 52.00
130. Pinot Grigio, Terrenobili, Friuli 2011  10.00 38.00
210. White Zinfandel, Buehler, Napa Valley 2010  8.00 30.00
211. Domaine Ott, Les Domainers, Côtes de Provence 2011  14.00 52.00
310. Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Seguret, Domaine de I’Amandine, Rhône 2009  10.00      38.00
311. Cabernet Franc, Anjou, Domaine Matignon, Loire 2009 40.00
312. Julienas, Château du Bois de la Salle, Cru Beaujolais 2010  42.00
313. Château Bélingard, Bergerac 2010 12.00 46.00
314. Château Coucheroy, Pessac-Léognan, Graves 2007 50.00
315 Mercurey, Domaine Naudin Tiercin, Burgundy 2009  54.00
316. Saint Aubin, Premier Cru, Patrick Miolane, Burgundy 2006 58.00
317. Château Simard, Saint-Emilion 2001  62.00
318. Margaux, Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine, Bordeaux 2008 72.00
319. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Comte de Lauze 2008 19.00 78.00
320. Château La Tour Carnet, Haut-Medoc 2008 98.00
321. Château Talbot, Saint-Julien 2004 108.00
322. Château Petit-Village, Pomerol 2006 139.00
323. Pauillac du Château Latour, Pauillac 2007 145.00
330. Merlot, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley 2009  10.00      38.00
331. Pinot Noir, Erath, Oregon 2010 12.00 46.00
332. Petite Sirah, Perry Creek Altitude:2401, Fair Play 2007 56.00 
333. Cabernet Sauvignon, Two Iron, Napa Valley 2008 16.00 58.00
334. Cabernet Sauvignon, Real McCoy, Napa Valley 2008 68.00
335. Cabernet Sauvignon, Arbios, Alexander Valley 2006 76.00
336. Pinot Noir, Elk Horn Ridge 777, Oregon 2008 78.00
351. Malbec, Makia, Mendoza, Argentina 2010 10.00 38.00
352. Pinotage, Diemersfontein, South Africa 2011  44.00
410. Bouvet Ladubay, Brut 10.00 42.00
411. Domaine Chandon, California, Brut Classic or Rosé [Split] 16.00 54.00
412. La Caravelle, Blanc de Blancs, Brut  80.00
413. Piper-Heidsieck, Brut [Split]  20.00 88.00
414. Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve 90.00
415. Paul Goerg, Premier Cru, Brut Rosé  96.00
416. Cuvée Dom Pérignon 2003   290.00
417. Louis Roederer, Cristal 2002 375.00


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to Offer Guests Established Talent and Young Stars During the Ocean Sun and Stella Maris Classical Music Festivals at Sea 

The highest ranked cruise ship in the world, according to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships[1] Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS EUROPA is offering guests two world-class music festivals in 2012. The “Ocean Sun Festival,” the only classical music festival on the High Seas, will feature internationally acclaimed classical music stars performing on board, as well as exclusive concerts at historical sites ashore. Additionally, the “Stella Maris“ International Vocal Competition will bring together up-and-coming young singers from the most renowned opera houses in the world to perform and compete on board a Middle East and Africa itinerary. These two music cruises are the highlights of a total of nine music cruises aboard the EUROPA in 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the “Ocean Sun Festival” has been compared to the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy. For an added dimension to this musical experience, international music critics will offer lectures along the route. On board, “Ocean Sun Festival” guests will experience the breathtaking violinist Janine Jansen, the aspiring pianist Igor Levit and renowned soprano vocalist Marlis Petersen. This musical voyage continues ashore with the soloists joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Bergen, Norway. While the classical music concerts are the highlights of this itinerary, the EUROPA will glide through the picturesque Norway fjords, with stops in the charming and multifaceted cities of Bergen and Oslo. This 12-day itinerary from August 12-24, 2012, starts at $6,670 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

In cooperation with the prestigious international opera houses, the EUROPA will also be hosting their fourth annual classical music competition at sea, “Stella Maris.”
Under the direction of Canadian tenor Michael Schade, a jury of famous personalities in the classical music field will judge the top talent represented by international opera houses. The distinguishing feature of “Stella Maris” is that the audience determines the winner of the cash prize worth €15,000. This prize, generous compared to others in the world of classical music, is provided by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The jury will decide on the recipients of the additional prizes, which include: a guest engagement at an international opera house, a concert, and a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The competition will occur on board an 18-day Middle Eastern and Africa cruise through the Indian Ocean from November 7-25, 2012, making stops in Dubai, Oman, the Seychelles and Madagascar this November. The itinerary starts at $9,150 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

For information on these itineraries visit or call one of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ sales agencies below.


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Having triumphed these past two years in her Oak Room celebrations of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart, beautiful and beguiling Karen Akers now sets her sights on the leading musical theater composer-lyricist of the last half century.

Among her selections from the Stephen Sondheim Songbook are some less familiar offerings such as “More” (Dick Tracy) with its multiplicity of George Gershwin references and “Live, Laugh, Love” (Follies). More to the point,“Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music), “Broadway Baby” (Follies), “You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Company), “The Story of Lucy & Jessie” (Follies) and “Moments in the Woods” (Into the Woods) are not just old friends, but warmly welcomed ones. . The show is subtly directed by Eric Michael Gillett with the admirable Don Rebic as Musical Director.

From September 27th through October 29th, “Live, Laugh, Love—Akers Sings Sondheim” plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $60 cover charge for all shows except the dinner shows Friday and Saturday, when the cover is $65, plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner.

Karen Akers, Stephen Sondheim, the incredible Don Rebic all embraced by the magical Oak Room at the world fabled Algonquin Hotel: Need we say more? (Other than to book now).This is a hot ticket.

Reservations: 212-419-9331 or

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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


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.

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The legendary Algonquin welcomes back double Grammy Award winner Jack Jones for his annual exclusive three-week Oak Room engagement. From October 26th through November 13th, Jones offers classic renditions of the timeless standards that have made him an international superstar in an age of rock and hip-hop.

His voice has matured over the years and displays a vast range and impeccable breath control. Mr. Jones uses an appealing huskiness in the lower register that soars to a clear head voice, whether in full throttle or in falsetto. His stage presence and acting shine through clearly in such renderings as the easy opening (and closing reprise), “Friends”“  and “I Am A Singer.” “Love Makes the Changes,” an obscure Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman song, that with an understated rendition of “The Impossible Dream” are theatrical highlights, and a striking interplay and riffing with the incredible Musical director/pianist Mike Renzi  and the agile Chris Colangelo on bass. Kendall Kay on drums adds the perfect musical balance.

With 52 years in show business going for him, Jack Jones presents a youthful demeanor and at 72 and is without question the best act in town.

Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 with no late shows. There is a $75 cover charge per person Tuesday through Thursday and $100 Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or

The Algonquin Oak Room reigns as the best cabaret venue in New York with its inspired roster of  entertainers, ever improving restaurant, benevolent service and aura of bygone civility.

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JESSICA MOLASKEY – the singing sensation, actress and radio personality – will perform selections from her new PS Classics CD, “Sitting in Limbo,” at the jazz club Birdland on November 13, 2007. The New York Times called the disc “a profound pop-jazz album that connects traditional American pop with the present in a way that has never been done before.” She will be joined by her husband, celebrated jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli, along with Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Larry Fuller on piano and Tony Tedesco on drums. The club is located at 315 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. Tickets are $30.00 and $40.00 each. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080. Continue reading