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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Sunday Funday for the NYC Marathon

This Sunday you can forget about football, folks, the NYC marathon is finally here and even if you don't want to sweat it out and run the 25+ miles, there are tons of great deals around the city for you. Get fatigued just watching the runners sprint by and medicate that thirst with some booze at these top notch hot spots.

Guzzle back some cold beers and warm food at Stir as you watch the exercise taking place outside. There will be drink specials all day, including kegs, food, and yes, there will still be games on the TVs. Specials go all day, so stop by at 11am to get your fill of fun.

THE HOT SPOT
Fun Fall Festivities

October 24th marked a monumental day in the kitchen at Tertulia. Seamus Mullen began serving lunch, where guests can enjoy delicious Spanish eats. The lunch menu features an array of new options, along with some good ol' faves from the dinner menu. Take your pick from embutidos, quesos, tostas, tapas, ensaladas, bocatas, and paellas. Tertulia will be open for lunch from 12-3pm.

As you know, at Sushisamba, one month it's out with the old and in with the new. November brings with it Japanese SambaHour. This Japanese inspired happy hour takes place weekdays from 4-7pm and includes live Japanese entertainment and workshops. There will be scrumptious appetizers and cocktails just for the occasion, including daily sake flights.

CULTURE CLUB
Get Your Fill of Theatre in November

You may know Horse Trade Theatre group from their provocative burlesque shows, but they've got a whole lot more tricks up their sleeve. This November is packed to the gills with one-of-a-kind shows, no matter what you are looking for. Check out the schedule below and then reserve your tickets here.


The Skinny
Wednesday, November 2 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.

HAPPENINGS
Mondrian SoHo and Chefs for Impact Collide

Join Chefs for Impact as they host an exclusive event at Mondrian SoHo for a great cause on Sunday, November 6th. Enjoy a delicious dinner brought to you by five of NYC's best restos in the Penthouse and enjoy cocktails on the terrace. The five course dinner will be prepared by none other than Sam Talbot (Imperial No. Nine), Gabe Thompson (L'Artusi & Dell'Anima), Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti & Mehtaphor), and Brad McDonald (Colonie). Mix and mingle with the chefs, enjoy live music, and participate in a spectacular live auction. All the proceeds from the event will go towards Impact Network, an organization that is building low cost e-learning schools in rural Africa. Attend this benefit and help the organization seek their goal of raising $25,000 to upgrade five schools with solar panels and e-learning. Tickets can be purchased here ($250), and you can also check out this website for more information.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Schnitzelfest is Right Around the Corner

Get your hot schnitzels at Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten's first annual Schnitzelfest, a six day celebration from November 5-10th. Don't be too quick to don your German gear though, these schnitzels will be taking you on a world tour, with influence from Japan, Switzerland, France, and more. Chef Torsten Ziebold has created a special menu just for the event, containing 11 different schnitzels. There will be two vegetarian options, along with other creative interpretations of the beloved dish. Prices will range from $16-$18 for these hot commodities.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
November at 116

November is all the rage at 116 MacDougal. There are events up the wazoo happening at this historic venue and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour every night until 9pm (even during events). Whether you're into LOLing, poetry readings, singing till you have no voice or listening to others sing till they drop, there is an event (or two, or three...) for you at 116. Check out their schedule of events below!

For laughs:
Mondays 11/07, 11/14, 11/21 & 11/28, 8pm
Gaslight Refueled
Live stand-up with comics from Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Howard Stern Show, NBC, BBC, WeTV, and more. Vicky Kuperman hosts. Karaoke follows!
No cover, no drink minimum, 2 for 1 drinks until 9pm

HOW-TO
Spooktacular Cocktails

Scrap the vodka cran this year and whip up some of your own chillingly delicious cocktails, all suited to the costume of your choice this Hallow's Eve. Even if you aren't a cocktail guru, no need to scream...just head to one of the hot spots listed below to try some of these dangerous concoctions.

The Bloody Shine

Ingredients
2 oz Original Moonshine
3 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon
3 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 drops tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
Preparation
Mix all ingredients and shake. Pour into glass and add ice if you prefer. For all you victims of foul play this Halloween, this will be the perfect pre-game cocktail to try out with your deadly friends. You might not see it on the menu, but you can ask for this hauntingly delicious drink at Lure, Hill Country, Macalleria and Cafe Luxembourg.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Peruvian Night at SUSHISAMBA

Come one, come all, to SUSHISAMBA's authentic Peruvian Night! Dance the night away to live Peruvian music by Walter Purizaca, who will be performing traditional Andean music from 4-7pm. Take a break from the dance floor and swig back some Peruvian inspired drink and food specials and just tap your foot to the Peruvian beat. This will be one of the last Peruvian events at the venue...come November, SUSHISAMBA goes Japanese.

Don't quite know what Peruvian food is? Well me neither, but there's nothing wrong with trying something new! Pretend you are in Los Andes and learn a little something about the culture of Peru.

HAPPENINGS
City Harvest Feeds the Non-Needy to Feed the Needy

City Harvest, a non-profit that raises money to feed NYC's hungry folk, held its 17th Annual Bid Against Hunger benefit last Tuesday, October 18th. The event took place at the spacious Metropolitan Pavilion, but it was packed to the brim with Manhattan socialites who've got dough to spend. This year, the event raised over $1 mill (you go CH!)! Featuring a live and silent auction, this event had some of the best items to bid on. In the exciting live auction, some renowned prizes included a one of a kind American Chopper built by Orange County Choppers (sold for $20,000), an intimate wine class and party for 15 with wine director Aldo Sohn and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, which sold for $40,000. I think we can all agree...that dinner party better be good! Silent auction items included a range of goodies, including Mets tickets, chocolate baskets, dinners with Brooklynite chefs, and much more. But if you think that's all this event featured, then you are quite mistaken.

THE HOT SPOT
Have a Ballin' Time Monday Nights at Alfama

We all know and love neighborhood haunt, Alfama, but get ready for tonight's opening of Ball Night Mondays (get your mind out of the gutter)! Fill your tummies with delicious eats and libations while you watch your favorite teams battle it out on the football field. Enjoy meatball and beer specials every Monday night on Alfama's flatscreen TVs in the bar.

Take your pick of three different meatballs --pork, shrimp and ginger, lamb or veal, and pair it with a Portuguese draft beer called Sagres for $12. And if you're feeling extra ballsy, feel free to order up additional meatballs for $3 a piece. If you want to stick with Alfama's Portuguese theme for the night, we recommend trying the pork, shrimp, and ginger meatball, which is a Macanese recipe from the Macau colony. Don't skip out on this great deal...all night on Mondays, starting now!