Also known as La Fete Nationale, Bastille Day is the celebration of the 1790 uprising, Fete de la Federation. Do all things French on Saturday, from eating French foods (National French Fry Day was yesterday!) to partying like the French do! Here are some places in NYC that are throwing down for the other red, white and blue.
Sky Room: The swanky rooftop bar is offering up specials in honor of the holiday. Patrons can reap the benefits of 50% off bottles of PJ Grand Brut champagne from 5-10pm (mention code word: revolution), along with a complimentary plate of fresh seasonal berries. Ricard cocktails will also be available for a cheap $5 and anyone sporting a French ID will get into the party 'fo free!
Andaz 5th Avenue recently introduced its fourth and final artist in their TBD rotating art series, John Hung Ha. Their prior artists include Claw Money, Mister Cartoon, and M.Dreeland. In the series, each artist paints their view of New York City today on the doors leading to the bar downstairs.
Optical artist John Hung Ha began his work on June 8th, and lived at the hotel for a week while completing his mural. He is best known for his signature Koi fish paintings, where each fish explores various themes from pop culture to customary Asian symbology.
Newly opened seafood destination, Crave Fishbar, appeals to the Midtown masses. Brian Owens and chef Todd Mitgang are the faces behind the new restaurant, offering up to 60 seats to patrons. The original Crave Ceviche bar, which was located across the street from the new space, was sadly destroyed in a crane accident in '08, but that didn't deter the owners. The new space is located within a 19th century townhouse and offers up some favorite dishes off the old menu, including plancha grilled yucca with lime butter and toasted nori, along with a brand new menu of edible delights.
New York City is known for its spectacular Broadway shows. But you can get equally stunning and entertaining shows without the hefty price tag and the hustle and bustle of the theatre district. Check out these must see off-Broadway shows!
The Flower Thief: Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival, this play, written by Pia Wilson, is one to see. The story centers around Clark, who is grieving over the loss of his twin brother and is clinging to nature's promise of renewal. Clark turns to stealing flowers as everything else around him slowly wilts. This show, directed by Heidi Grumelot, will run August 2-19 at The Red Room at 8pm. Tickets are available here for $18.
Times Square favorite, Carmine's, is celebrating its big 2-0 this month, but instead of receiving presents, they are giving YOU some! Twenty lucky people will win prizes from the restaurant. All you have to do for your chance to win is become a fan of Carmine's on Facebook to enter. They will randomly select one lucky winner each day until July 30th. Gifts include $50 gift cards to Carmine's, as well as the Carmine's Family Cookbook. Don't be a sore loser if you aren't one of the lucky chosen ones, just head to the resto to score some mouthwatering grub anyway!
A new seasonal restaurant, The Standard Plaza, located (you guessed it) at The Standard, is now open until late September. Chef Seamus Mullen will be the summer's chef-in-residence, preparing simple Mediterranean dishes on a new wood-fired oven and charcoal grill outside the hotel's plaza. The menu features sharable plates, as well as special dishes for lunch and weekend brunch. The wine list emphasizes innovative Spanish wines, including three on tap, as well as sangrias and cocktails. The outdoor area is the perfect place to relax during the summer, day or night. Here's the deets!
The inaugural Catalpa Festival, a truly unique musical experience, hits Randall's Island July 28th and 29th. There will be plenty of emphasis on site artistry, interactive experiences, and experimentation --not to mention over 40 performers! Musical genres are diverse, including blues, rock, hip hop, electronic, reggae, and indie. There will be art installations, bespoke event structures, and more.
Artists include, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Asap Rocky, AraabMuzik, Zola Jesus, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Felix da Housecat, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Hook 'n' Sling, My Pet Dragon, just to name a handful.
Looking for the a timeless accessory to enhance your carefully planned summer ensembles (or lack of)? Find the perfect watch for your summer look -- whether it is sophisticated, sporty, or somewhere in between!
Philip Stein's all-white watch is technically only fashionable during the months of summer, so get shopping and pair it perfectly with all your hot summer outfits. It features a dual time zone so you know the current time at your vacation destination, as well as the time back home. The ceramic white case and strap have a light, cool feel --perfect for the heat wave. The watch also features Natural Frequency Technology, providing health benefits such as increased focus, improved sleep, and better overall well-being.