Hotelier Robert 'Toshi' Chan, owner of The Flatiron Hotel, opened his late-night lounge adjacent to the hotel just months ago, called Toshi's Living Room.
The restaurant and lounge welcomes live musicians to the stage every day of the week and all acts must audition in front of Toshi himself before gracing the stage. The new spot is the perfect reprieve for music junkies who don't want to trek all the way up to Harlem to find some decent jazz. Chris Norton, a fixed trumpeteer/singing staple at Toshi's, livens up the crowd with his band, blending sounds of funk, Motown, and rock 'n' roll in his music. Norton's also ultra charismatic and too cute to boot.
Black Friday specials shouldn't only apply to holiday presents. Amidst your shopping frenzy, take a break to refuel at one of these great spots:
Bill's Food & Drink: The newly opened eatery will be hosting a special lunch preview for shoppers in Midtown from 11:30am-5pm, along with an abbreviated dinner menu. Regular lunch service does not begin until December 3rd, so it's your chance to snag some before it gets too crowded.
Bill's Food & Drink is located at 57 E. 54th St.
Spice Market: Take a walking and shopping break and try the specially created Holiday Bento Box for $34, which includes six savory dishes along with two sweet dishes, such as butternut squash soup and a five spice duck confit spring roll. The bento box will be available from 12-4pm.
A new social network has entered the fray, called TTAGIT. This new network is the first open-forum discussion and comment management system that allows users to comment on all URLs with one login. Users can share ideas and see what is trending, all while collecting achievement badges, making it a fun, as well! We were able to chat with one of the company's creators, Lori McClenahan about what we can expect from this new social network.
How does TTAGIT differ from other social networks?
TTAGIT, is the first open-forum discussion social network and comment management system that permits users to comment on all URLs with one login, allows you to talk over any website without leaving the page. Different from any other social network, TTAGIT’s primary focus is on commenting and sharing at the source. The standard sharing platform of social networks is to bring information to the social network itself. TTAGIT not only brings information in but also leaves it where it belongs – the source. For example, with Facebook and Twitter a user can share a URL by posting to their wall or tweeting about it. With TTAGIT, not only does it post to TTAGIT, but you can also find the data on the source, the URL.
Last week, noted philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a party at the Sanctuary Hotel for Rose Hartman's book, Incomparable Women of Style. The event benefitted The Couture Councilat and welcomed over 100 guests. During the event, Rose signed copies of her book for guests and guests enjoyed cocktails by Double Cross Vodka. Supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice, who can be found in Rose's book, was among the attendees, along with FIT Couture Council members. Other notable attendees included Stacey Engman, Dr. Laura Torrado, designers Maggie Norris and Joanna Mastroianni, Robin Cofer and Madame Mayhem.
Korean barbeque restaurant, Kristalbelli, launched the opening of their new Juga lounge this past Wednesday. The event was hosted by actress and model Byrdie Bell and featured DJ Brendan Fallis. The upstairs lounge is clad in black and gold, walls adorned with antique mirrors,
and candlelit tables. The lounge features its own menu of small bites and cocktails. The upstairs bar showcases specialty Korean liquors such as Makgeolli, and Korean rice wine, in Yuja and strawberry flavors. The lounge also offers a private karaoke room. Juga, which means drinking house in Korean, seems a perfect fit for this new upscale lounge. Already celebrities have come to belt out fun songs, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Sorum, Erin O'Connor, and more.
With Thanksgiving exactly one week away and with NYCs obvious wine'ing and dine'ing culture we've got some perfect resto reccs for dining in or taking out your turkey dinner. Or, if you're itching to cook you're first ever holiday feast, there's even a 101 style class in our mix worth trekking to before testing your skills next Thursday. Gobble gobble!
Head to Prospect Brooklyn, a modern American restaurant on November 19th at 7pm for a Thanksgiving cooking class. The one and a half hour class will offer tips on how to prepare a traditional Turkey Day dinner by executive Chef Kyle McClelland. The class will also cover the perfect alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Hurry up, there are only 14 spots in the class and tickets cost $60. Call (718) 596-6826 to reserve your spot. Extra: All attendees will receive a 10% discount during their next visit to Prospect.
The holidays are upon us and if you're not near your family, the holidays breed the perfect opportunity for a quiet or adventure filled get-away. Whether you are looking for a romantic escape, a cozy stay at an inn, or family funtime in the city, we've got you covered. Check out these amazing vacation deals being offered by hotels around the world!
The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth: Located in Dartmouth, New Hampshire, The Hanover Inn is an ideal getaway spot this holiday season. The inn just completed a $40 million transformation, so is rearing to have guests. The hotel is located near the Hood Museum of Art and prime skiing destinations. The Inn is offering a Ski and Stay package that includes a full day pass for two at the Dartmouth Skiway, traditional breakfast for two, accomodations in a redesigned guest room for $269 per night with the promotion code PKGSKISTAY, as well as a Holiday Romance Experience package including accomodations in a redesigned guest room, a bottle of wine, and a holiday memento for $239 per night. The promotions run November 18th through December 30th.
Manhattan Fashion Directory is a resource book for the fashion industry which highlights emerging and established designers and is written and edited by celebrity stylist Angelique Max. Recently, MFD launched a new issue featuring American-made designers throughout Manhattan. Their Made in America issue features exclusive interviews, collaborations, events, and tours surrounding the movement behind domestic design and production. Along with the new issue, MFD is now offering Made in America tours across Manhattan giving fashion enthusiasts a glimpse into the importance of buying American-made clothing, accessories, and more. The tour highlights local manufacturers and domestically sourced products, such as Nanette Lepore, 3x1, and Billy Reid. Tours range from one to four hours and includes copy of the Manhattan Fashion Directory (longer tours also include lunch). And it's not just for the ladies; there is a menswear tour, as well as plenty of listings within the directory specifically catered towards men.
A Very Funny 'F*ck You' to Sandy: The Bell House and Pretty Good Friends are hosting a hurricane relief benefit on Sunday November 25th at 8pm. The show will feature comedians Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che and more and will be hosted by none other than Eugene Mirman. Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
The Bell House is located at 149 7th St., Brooklyn. 718-643-6510