Calling all foodies! The Village Voice has just announced it's sixth annual tasting event, Choice Eats, will be held March 19th, 2013 at the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue. Choice Eats is one of the city's most unique food events, which brings together top restaurants from all over the city all under one roof. Last year, the event featured over 80 restaurants from 35 different countries, which were handpicked by The Village Voice's food critic Robert Sietsema. Tickets are going on sale January 16th and are sure to sell out quickly. Nab yours here when the time comes for $50-$80.
Giving is the name of the game this holiday season and we've got a great event that will help provide immediate relief for New York City's homeless population. Head to 1315 Studios Wednesday, December 19th from 7:30-10:30pm for a festive evening of premium open bar courtesy of Patron Spirits and IZZE Sparkling Juice, as well as dancing to beats by DJ Nappypipes, desserts, raffles, and doorprizes. There will even be an Ultimat photo booth for you to commemorate the evening with. All proceeds from the event will benefit Grand Central Neighborhood. Purchase your general admission ticket here for $35, or opt for the VIP ticket ($50), which will grant you a gift bag with a $50 Roomorama gift card and front of the line admission in addition to everything else provided. Well worth the price to party!
1315 Studios is located at 15 W. 28th St. Floor 8. 212-244-4464
Celebrities aren't messing around - from the east coast to the west coast, our favorite stars know how to party. Here's what happened this past weekend:
Saturday night, our fave athlete-turned-actor, Shaquille O'Neal, attended the All Star Comedy Jam Holiday Celebration presented by C by Courvoisier. The celebration, which was held at the Club Arkadia at the Fountainebleau in Miami, marked the culmination of 2012's All Star Comedy Jam nationwide tour. Other celebs in attendence included comedians Finesse Mitchell, and Capone and Lavar Walker. Guests were treated to specialty C by Courvoisier cocktails.
Giveaway alert! It's that time of year that everyone and their uncle are doing awesome giveaways and why should the nightlife scene be any different? Richard Sandoval's Restaurant Maya is hosting an Apocalypse Party on December 21st (damn you, Mayans). For just $65, guests will receive bottomless food from the Tequileria menu, as well as bottomless beers, house wines, margaritas tradicionales and shelf liquors.
But why pay $65 for all of this when you can win bottomless food and drink for two for free?! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is Tweet @RestaurantMaya using the hashtag #ApocalypseMaya what you would do if 12/21/12 really is the end of the world. The best Tweet or Facebook post will be the winner!
Last week, the second location of The Windsor opened up in the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel. The Windsor is a high-end sports bar with large, dark cherry banquets, as well as multiple large flat screen TVs. The two-floor space offers a spiral staircase to the second floor VIP area and prized sports memorabilia throughout the venue.
The menu features gourmet comfort food created by Crown Group Hospitality's executive chef Jason Hall, in collaboration with Kristine Mana-ay. Items such as sliders, tartar, pizzas, BLT, and truffle grilled cheese will be served. Head mixologist, Ben Scorah developed the beverage menu, which will feature seasonal drinks inspired by London's 90s club era. The menu will also include low calorie cocktail options and all cocktails are served up with fun names like the Porn Star Martini or the Sloney Pony. Additionally, there will be two different shot flights available where guests can choose a liquor of their choice.
Last week, Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosted a celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of independence with a very special performance. Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy performed, as well as Ali Campbell's UB40, Beres Hammond, and Maxi Priest all jammed out during the BioLife Sounds of Reggae concert. The concert was the first reggae concert for the Barclays Center, marking a historic milestone for the arena, which is located in a community known for its Caribbean culture.
The artists all performed both past and present hits, including Shaggy's "Boombastic" and Ali Campbell's "Red Red Wine." “Sounds of Reggae brought unprecedented energy to Barclays Center last night,” commented Shaggy. “It was an incredible opportunity to share a part of Jamaica’s culture with Brooklyn, my second home.”
Same Sky Jewelry, a trade not aid jewelry initiative that supports African women living with HIV/AIDS, will be presenting their latest jewelry at Ana Tzarev Gallery on Friday, December 14 from 5:30-8:30pm. Same Sky founder, Francine LeFrak will be there, along with RHONY's Ramona Singer, as well as co-hosts Carol Alt, Analisa Balares, Kim Brizzolara, Tas Dossal, Lucia Hwong Gordon and more. The new line of jewelry will include their signature hand-blown glass beaded bracelets and necklaces, fabric wrap bracelets, cufflinks, and more, all of which are hand crocheted by artisans in Africa.
Ana Tzarev Gallery is located at 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019