The new gourmet market and cafe that opened with a bang, Gastronomie 491, recently launched Afternoon Tea. Their afternoon tea prix fixe includes a choice of eight different Le Palais des Thes tea, a selection of tea sandwiches, petite quiche, and mini pastries all for just $24. Mini pastries include a selection of croissants, scones, cookies, and Richart chocolates, of which Gastronomie 491 is the exclusive purveyor of their chocolates and macarons in New York. Afternoon tea will be served from 3-5pm daily and teas and menu items will also be available a la carte.
Just because it's now May doesn't mean that all your activities have to take place outside. This month brings some world class theater productions to NYC and you don't want to spend too much time in the sun or you might miss them (...or burn). Check out four of the hottest shows around that you'd be a fool to miss out on.
I Am a Tree: This play, written and performed by Dulcy Rogers and directed by Allan Miller, arrives in the Big Apple! The show, produced by United Pies, Inc. in association with The Elephant Theatre, is coming to NYC from a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles, beginning May 25th until June 30th. The show follows are 30-year-old Claire as she discovers family members she never knew existed. She begins to embark on a journey to find her relatives to find out about the mother she never knew but when she finally tracks down three crazy aunts, they all have very different stories about her mother. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.
MC Yogi is a talented up and coming MC who will be dropping his sophomore album, Pilgrimage, June 19th. Yogi is not only an MC, but also a yoga instructor in California. He has a great past - he dropped out of high school and became a graffiti artist, and then became a student of Hindu philosophy, a yoga teacher, and of course, a noted MC. The first single off his album is titled "Give Love" and it already has over 200,000 views on YouTube. He will also be headlining at this summer's Wanderlust Festival. Check out his biggest inspirations and his back story below!
Murray Hill taqueria, Teqa, is the perfect place to indulge all your Cinco de Mayo fantasies this year. The famed Mexican eatery will be dishing out week long specials, as well as bottomless tacos ($30) and drink specials each day.
Come May 5th, there will be live music, a two hour open bar, and a prix fixe menu, which will include the infamous Tuna on Crack, a selection of tacos, quesadillas, chips & salsa, guac, rice and beans, grilled corn, and not to forget dessert. There will be seatings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for $100 and an 8pm seating for $125. But don't forget to prep yourself for this Mexican extravaganza! See the full schedule for Cinco de Mayo specials all week long below!
Spring has sprung and there's no better way to celebrate than with plenty of booze. Some of NYC's hot spots have offered up some of their recipes for their signature cocktails and lucky for you, we're sharing 'em. So whip some up yourselves, or head to the bars for someone to make it for you...now that's what we're talking about.
1 ½ oz Belvedere Vodka
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz Yuzu Juice
1 oz Lemongrass Lemon Base
Put all ingredients in a pint glass full of ice. Shake vigorously for 20 Seconds. Served up in a Martini Glass with a lemon wheel garnish.
Angelina Lavo, singing sensation from Russia, has made her way to the United States, becoming a big hit on YouTube. On April 18th, Angelina launched her debut EP album, Risque, at The Salon at Hudson Terrace. Her EP was produced by Grammy winner, Omen and features artists such as hip hop singer Twista, songwriter Jillian Gottlieb, and producer Lu Diaz. Her launch party was sponsored by Boutique Artists, Star Vodka, Legend of Kremlin Vodka, Omen, and other music industry execs. We got the chance to check out her performance at Hudson Terrace and chat with her about her blossoming career. See what this Russian babe has to say!
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten is at it again this season and will be celebrating May Day on April 28th. They will be kicking off beer garden season with Tanz in Den Mai (dance into May) festivities. There will be special spring beers and sausage platters available from April 28th to May 3rd during Loreley's 9th Annual Sausage Fest. But let's stick to what's going down on May Day.
City Harvest hosted An Evening of Practical Magic this week, honoring Union Square Hospitality Group. The charity's 18th annual gala took place at Cipriani 42nd Street and attracted 550 guests while raising an astounding $2 million dollars to feed the needy. Tickets ranged from $750-$2500 while tables went from $10,000 to $50,000, with 100% of the proceeds going towards City Harvest.
Yesterday, award winning chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia released his first cookbook, Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better. The book demonstrates how to turn key ingredients into delicious dishes.
Seamus was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago and has since discovered that basing his cooking on 18 key ingredient has vastly improved his quality of life. In his cookbook, he demonstrates how to prepare over 80 recipes featuring his 18 hero ingredients. What are these mysterious ingredients? Olive oil, dried beans, almonds, grains, anchovies, good eggs, good birds, sweet peas, parsley, berries, carrots, corn, stone fruit, good fish, squash, mushrooms, greens, and good meat.