For those of you New Yorkers who are all about the downtown nightlife scene, it might be time to rethink your location. The Upper West Side welcomed the French bistro and lounge, Cafe Tallulah, in January and it is one spot you need to check out. The main floor is comprised of a fine dining area and the UWS's longest bar made of zinc, which plays homage to old Penn Station. Additionally, during the summer the windowed walls open up to create outside sidewalk seating.
After sufficiently stuffing your belly, head to the sophisticated lounge downstairs, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 8pm-2am. Award winning mixologist, Dushan Zaric, of Employees Only and Macao Trading Company, created the the innovative cocktail menu, while Tom Gannon serves as the wine director for the venue. Between the pair, you can sip on the drink of your dreams whether you're at the bar upstairs, pairing libations with your dinner, or downstairs in the lounge. The lounge can be best described as cosmopolitan, with vintage seating, exposed brick, and even a pool table.
Now that you're donned in the appropriate sports attire, it's time to hunker down and watch the highly anticipated March Madness games. View the basketball games in style at posh sports lounge The 40/40 Club, get in on the action at Brookfield Place, or head to local watering hole Brother Jimmy's for some basketball madness.
Jay-Z's The 40/40 Club always pulls out the big stops for sports enthusiasts, with over 30 flat screen TVs and luxe stadium seating. This upscale sports lounge is where to go if you're super serious about watching some b-ball. The club is offering multiple tournaments packages, starting with their 4 person package ($250+ ) which includes chips, salsa and guacamole, two buckets of beer, and two platters of food. To learn about bigger packages, or make a reservation, please call 212-832-4040.
A staple of Gramercy's dining scene, Parea Bistro, recently re-branded and now presents Parea Prime, a fusion of Greek cuisine and traditional steakhouse. The first of its kind, the restaurant features a sophisticated Mediterranean dining experience, as well as the conventions of an American steakhouse. General manager Jean Christophe Villard says, "I wanted to create a unique restaurant concept, to provide fine diners with meat and more exciting European items." And that he did.
The menu features hand-selected USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks and chops from Pat LaFrieda & Sons, each aged at least 28 days in the LaFrieda Himalayan Salt room. In addition to their meats, Parea Prime also offers a fine selection of classic Greek dishes like tender lamb riblets and hearty vegetable moussaka, as well as a raw bar. Joonbug had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting at the recently re-branded restaurant and we were happily scarfing down all they had to offer. From the meatballs and the flavorful spanakopita to the expertly selected wine, we enjoyed everything that came across our plate (and glass). The restaurant has an in-house sommelier to help you with any pairings, as well as an expert mixologist ready to serve you cocktails. Additionally, every Friday evening from 8-11pm, the restaurant features live Greek music as the perfect backdrop to your meal.
Parea Prime is located at 36 E. 20th St.
Have your secretary make an appointment for April 6th at The Tribeca Underground. Travel back to 1980 and make sure to bring your giant cell phone and don all the right attire. Brought to you by BBQ Films, hosts of pop-up movie nights throughout the city, this epic evening event celebrates Patrick Bateman's 27th birthday. The event is broken down into two screenings of American Psycho and features your favorite tunes from the '80s, including Huey Lewis, Whitney Houston, and Genesis. Join Pierce & Pierce employees for cocktails at the secret club under the Tribeca Grand Hotel and enjoy a special performance by the Silent Drape Runners, a photo booth with your own Robert Palmer girl backup dancer, and more. If you wanna rock out with your chainsaw out, then this is the place to be. Check out all the available ticket options below!
Barefoot, maker of fun and flavorful wines and bubblies, has been supporting local nonprofits for the past 25 years. They are now renewing the promise by continue to support and celebrate big-hearted people that make a difference. Through their new Soles of the Year program, Barefoot will launch Barefoot Impression Red Blend, red wine that will feature the stories and faces of these extraordinary do-gooders. “Our ‘Soles of the Year’ program celebrates people who are the backbone of diverse philanthropic organizations,” said Elizabeth Windram of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. “They put their heart and “sole” into to the causes they support and have made a lasting impression on us.” The new wine is a rich blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Malbec, and Tempranillo and is available nationwide at $7 for 750mL or $12 for 1.5L.
Courvoisiology (n.) [kor-voss-ee-ah-luh-gee]
1. An unexpected blend of cognac and creativity.
2. The art of mixing cognac in untraditional ways, serving it at unexpected occasions, and introducing it to a creative lifestyle.
Courvoisiology is a new philosophy that pushes the boundaries of how cognac should be experienced, brought to you, of course, by Courvoisier. For the New York City launch, guests gathered at Millesime to experience a night of cognac with cocktails created exclusively for the event by renowned mixologists Moses Laboy and Duane Fernandez, Jr. Unlike other standard tasting events, this one showcased different flavors of Courvoisier cognac, along with smoking test tubes, bubbling beakers, and an array of spices and ingredients that can be used in an Courvoisier cocktail. While guests nibbled on passed hors d'oeuvres they sampled the creative cocktails being concocted right in front of them by the mixologists. During the event it became apparent that whether you choose to sip on Courvoisier Rose, Gold, or C by Courvoisier, you can really pair these diverse cognacs with bold and unexpected flavors and walk away with a great cocktail. If you need some convincing, feel free to whip up one of the cocktails from the event!
The Windsor: Both locations of this upscale sports bar will be offering menu specials that are holiday-appropriate, such as shepherd's pie, pastrami spring rolls, and Guinness chocolate cupcakes with Bailey's butter cream in a jar. The specials, along with the regular a la carte menu will be available, as well as exciting giveaways on March 16th and 17th.
Bill's Food & Drink: On March 16th, this midtown eatery will be offering delicious food and drink specials just blocks from the parade. Beginning at 11am in the ground-floor tavern, guests can enjoy a variety of $14 sandwiches and top it off with a Shamrock Soft Serve ice cream dessert, made with vanilla and creme de menthe. Not to mention, you can enjoy a pint of Guinness along with a tasting flight of Irish Whiskey's such as Knappogue Castle, Middleton Very Rare, and Bushmills. The main dining room will also be open for lunch.
Earlier this week, The School of American Ballet held their 2013 Winter Ball: A Night in the Far East at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. The annual dinner dance was attended by more than 400 patrons, including the School's board members and alumni, as well as leaders from New York corporate and social communities. Van Cleef & Arpels and Ron Wendt Design put on quite the display, evoking the colors and ornaments of the Baron Alexis de Rede's 1969 Le Bal Oriental held at the Hotel Lambert in Paris. Van Cleef & Arpels was the lead corporate sponsor of the gala for the sixth year in a row. The ball began with cocktails and dinner, followed by a performance and then The Encore dessert and dancing.
Park Slope has quite the pizzaiolo on their hands - Robert Patriarca opened Brooklyn Central in October 2012, where he fuses "Old World" and "New World" dishes. With a focus on Neapolitan pizza, "Old World" refers to the buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy with conventional toppings, while "New World" pizza incorporate fresh mozzarella made in Brooklyn. The pizzeria sources many of their ingredients locally, and by local we mean right down the street. Since Neapolitan pizzas seem to be on trend in New York City, it can be very difficult to know where to go to get a great slice. Even for Manhattanites, a trek to Brooklyn is worth a slice here.
Brooklyn Central is located at 289 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 347-725-4891
The month of March brings New Yorkers the Second Annual Sagrantino Month at Eataly, brought to you by the Montefalco Consortium. The association is responsible for coordinating with local producers and guiding them in both constant quality research and the promotion of the quintessential wines of their territory. Sagrantino Month is part of a year-long Sagrantino campaign. The Sagrantino promotion at Eataly will include a trade seminar, consumer classes, wine tasting, and wine by the glass at all of Eataly's restaurants. The promotion will continue across the country with virtual tastings, trade tastings, meetings, and a consumer awareness and education program. Sagrantino is the regional Umbrian wine and has quickly become a favorite in Italy. Now Sagrantino producers are attempting to expand its success to the United States. There are five participating wineries in the Sagrantino Month promotion, including Antonelli San Marco, Arnaldo Caprai, Perticaia, Scacciadiavoli, and Tenuta Castelbuono.