If you're not interested in beating the heat today, there is something totally worthy of your time that you can check out...the heat might even make it more exciting. Tonight at 8:15pm, at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar & Penthouse Lounge, 150 members of Castellers de Vilafranca (aka a multi-story humantower (aka castell) group from Spain), will attempt to make a world record by building the first eight-level castell ever assembled on a rooftop. This unique sport is a 300 year old tradition in Catalonia, Spain.
Extra, extra, read all about it: the Fifth Annual Summer of Riesling by Terroir starts today! The season-long national extravaganza was founded by sommelier Paul Grieco, who has recently won the 2012 James Beard Award. Summer of Riesling evolved from an in-house celebration at Terroir in the East Village to a nationwide blowout. This year, the Riesling fueled events will take place at over 400 restaurants and wine bars across the country.
Each participating venue will be pouring three Rieslings by the glass for all 94 days of summer. During the month of July, two of the three Rieslings must be from Germany, paying tribute to the birthplace of the majority of the world's Riesling. Terroir is providing all participating venues with Summer of Riesling care packages, containing t-shirts, wine list inserts with fun Riesling facts (did you know that Riesling dates back as far as the 1300s?), and buckets of Riesling flair.
An array of Summer of Riesling events are already on the calendar, including:
- 31 Days of German Riesling Concert (July 24) aboard a boat named The Jewel that will set sail around New York Harbor
- Summer of Riesling dunk tank at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival (August 10-12)
- Ode to Austria Festival in Chicago (August 17-19)
- A week-long New York City visit from Annika Strebel, the 2012 German Wine Queen
- 21 Riesling Dinners at restaurants around the U.S.
Check out all the participating venues near you!
For those of you who aren't writing off Euro 2012 soccer just because you don't get to see David Beckham bendin' it around, there is plenty of time left to enjoy the game.
Granduca di Sicilia is offering some great specials for the remaining games. Watch on their giant wall-size screen and take your choice of ciabatte (Italian sandwich) and a Moretti Blonde beer or soft drink for just $12.
Turn it up a notch and for $13 you can get a 14-inch Margherita pie and a Moretti. All of the bread at Granduca comes straight from their wood-burning oven and their sandwiches include fillings such as mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage, broccoli, and potato.
Don't let Euro 2012 pass you by without taking advantage of its deals!
With a name like Jo 'Boobs' Weldon, you know that the Headmistress of the NY School of Burlesque is sure to impress. Gotham Burlesque welcomes this siren to the stage on July 7th at 10pm at the Triad Theater.
In addition to Ms. Boobs, the show will also host the great deceiver Albert Cadabra, world champion trick roper Chris McDaniel, Coney Island sword swallower The Great Fredini, the one woman riot Minnie Tonka, the Monty Python of burlesque Pinke Special, BB Heart, Raquel Reed, and the girl with a soulful voice and cheeks as sweet as cherries, Cherry La Voix. The show will be hosted by *Bob* and stage kitten extraordinaire Dangrrr Doll.
The Chelsea hot spot Pounds & Ounces is kicking off a new Happy Hour from 4-7pm on weekdays, as well as after 11pm on Sundays through Thursdays!
Dine at the bar or a communal table and choose from a selection of bar bites, including lobster corn dogs, battered fries dipped in Gunpowder sauce (yes, that is the lingo for homemade BBQ sauce with Pop Rocks - we're psyched too), and more.
The rockin' bites range from $4-$5, which is practically free by New York standards.
And if you've ever been to Pounds & Ounces, you know it's always popping --the perfect spot for late night eats and cocktails.
Both of Sushisamba's NYC locations have launched a new summer brunch menu, available on weekends from 11:30am until 4pm. From sweet and savory dishes to shakes and cocktails, this new menu is the cat's meow.
Try out a dish from the sweet menu like Doce de Leite French Toast with fresh berries and sesame whipped cream, or housemade Quinoa Waffles kuromitsu with vanilla-cinnamon butter.
Or opt for a dish from their savory menu like Wagyu Sliders with aji panca ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomato, and sesame brioche or Lobster Eggs Benedict with miso-yuzu hollandaise, South American frittata linquica, asparagus, heart of palm, manchego cheese, shrimp and polenta poached egg, nad manchego.
This past Saturday, the Canal Room celebrated the opening of its second location in Southampton. Their debut weekend featured a 'Back to the 80s' show with Rubix Kube and a 'Save by the 90s' party hosted by Saved by the Bell's Screech (a.k.a Dustin Diamond), along with a live performance by the Bayside Tigers.
Canal Room Southampton offers up live music performances, themed events, billiard and arcade games, signature cocktails, and a spacious location that accommodates up to 800 people. The original Canal Room is a landmark in the city that never sleeps, welcoming notable celeb guests like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Mark Sanchez, and more.
Don't be fooled by the name, Paprika, located in the East Village, stems from Valtellina, a region in Northern Italy bordering Switzerland where the food is more Alpine and Austro-Hungarian empire than sun-drenched Italian. Chef and owner Egidio Donagrandi has been serving up non-regional Italian food for over ten years at his resto, but has now decided to shift his focus to his home and its unique cuisine.
The new menu focuses on the flavors and traditions of Valtellina, which is heavily influenced by neighbors Switzerland and Austria. Unique regional specialties and ingredients include buckwheat polenta, cheeses like bitto, crescenza, and casera --all of which are rare in New York. Another preparation Paprika uses is pickling, which is a technique used in Valtellina. Egidio pickles everything from red onions, beets and radishes to oyster mushrooms. Included on the menu are delicious appetizers like Dandelion Salad with pickled red radishes, soft crescenza, and spring onions and Bresaola Carpaccio with pickled oyster mushrooms and red radishes. Delicious pastas include Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi with buckwheat tagliatelle, savoy cabbage, casera cheese, potatoes and garlic, unbelievable Homemade Spaetzle with brussels sprouts and fava beans, and Buckwheat Lasagna with braised leeks and casera cheese fonduta.
National Lobster Day is here and summer is the perfect time to score the freshest shells. Check out these NYC restaurants and what delicious lobster dishes they will be serving, as well as a couple of recipes for Do-It-Yourself-ers!
Carmine's: Lobster Fra Diavolo
Vai: three-course National Lobster Day menu featuring dishes such as sauteed lobster fricasse
A new kind of theater show is in town and it's goal is to Get. You. Drunk. Horse Trade Theater Group and Strange Dog Theatre Company are bringing Ben Clawsons's The Virilogy: A Drinking Game to UNDER St. Mark's for your enjoyment. The show is comprised of three one-act comedies spanning a decade in the lives of the world's worst best friends.
So, you're wondering, how does the booze play into all this?
It's as easy as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Come see the show.
Step 2: Pick a character.
Step 3: When the character drinks, so do you.
Hopefully you'll be able to last through the whole show without blacking out! The show will be running from July 5th- 14th on Thursday through Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets are $18 and include one free beer. They can be purchased here.