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HAPPENINGS
The Best of City Harvest's Summer in the City Benefit

This past Wednesday City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, held its eleventh annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. During the event, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring numerous goodies, both food and non-food related, as well as sample eats and libations from some of New York's best restaurants and bars. This year's event had over 650 attendees and raised over $230,000 to support City Harvest's mission of feeding NYC's hungry.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
The Dream Downtown's Summer Party Line-Up

The Dream Downtown is the perfect spot to soak up all summer has to offer. With multiple venues within the hotel to throw a bash, like PH-D Rooftop, The Beach, and The Electric Room, you can decide whether you want to get some sun or get crazy in the dark. This weekend, PH-D will be throwing a special NYC Pride event that you won't want to miss. Check out the Dream's weekly and bi-weekly parties that they will be hosting all summer long and make sure to get on the list to check them out!


2nd Annual Shark Pride Special Event
@ The Beach and PH-D at Dream Downtown
June 24, 2012

CHEAP EATS
Bistro 61 Introduces All You Can Eat Mussels

Bistro 61 on the Upper East Side is offering up an enticing new special. Enjoy all you can eat mussels and fries paired with a glass of wine or beer for just $28.95 This great deal is offered up every Monday through Thursday, perfect for de-stressing after work. But that's not all that's going on at Bistro 61.

Their summer special that is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Labor Day includes a three course dinner for the price of your entree, including any daily specials.

Stick around the city on the weekend and reep the benefits! Make reservations by calling 212.223.6220.

ART
Humans Build Tower Out of Humans

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.

LIQUID COURAGE
The Summer of Riesling Is Upon Us

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!

CHEAP EATS
Cheap Bites at Granduca di Sicilia for Euro 2012

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!

Hours: 12PM-11PM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jo 'Boobs' Weldon Headlines Gotham Burlesque

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.

THRILLS & DEALS
Yes, Please: Pounds & Ounces Introduces Double Happy Hours

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.

RESTAURANT 101
Sushisamba Offers New Summer Brunch Menu

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.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Canal Room Debuts Second Location in Southampton

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.