EMM Group to Open 'Catch' in Miami

Psst.. we hear that EMM Group will be opening 'Catch' in Miami. After the success of the New York version, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum will bring the seafood-club hybrid to the east coast's hottest getaway spot, South Beach. Miami has become an increasingly popular spot for New Yorker's to escape to over the past few years, making it the latest city nightlife impresarios wish to expand upon.

Late last year rumors swirled that EMM Group would be opening Abe & Arthur's at the James Royal Palm Hotel in 2012, however they reconsidered and decided to open Catch, citing "a lack of seafood-specific restaurant options in Miami, and a desire expressed by its residents for more social, shareable, city-style dining" as the reason.

Le Baron Receives Liquor License Approval

Le Baron, the much anticipated club from French nightlife mogul, Andre Saraiva, has jumped the final hurdle with the approval of a liquor license. Finally! After 22 months of speculation, Le Baron, located at 22 Mulberry will become a reality in 2012. This is the 3rd installment of the club which already has three ultra exclusive sister locations in Paris, London, and Tokyo. The project has been in the works since March 2010, and eager New Yorker's have been following all its rumors, trials and tribulations.

After a false alarm that the club would open in October 2010, updates on the status of the venue have been few and far between, leaving patrons wondering if it would ever open.

With Mr. Saraiva reportedly spending time relaxing in France with his lady friends, some presumed the project was dead in the water. Until today. Eater reported:

"The liquor license for Andre Saraiva’s nightclub has finally been approved by the State Liquor Authority, clearing the final hurdle for the club to open. No word on the exact opening date, but the hipsterati are already clamoring for it to open as soon as possible. It took almost 22 months from the time the project was announced for the place to clear all of the necessary hurdles, and from what we hear, expect the new three story Le Baron to offer the tightest door since the Beatrice in its heyday."

Now, the question is, when will it really open?

Party for a Cause: NYC's Upcoming Charity Events

Now that we're all settled in after the holidays, expect a major influx of events, namely charitable events! Yes, the party is always going and on these nights, it's fun for a cause. You can't go wrong, right? So get your best ensembles, dancing shoes, and your checkbooks ready, because the next few weeks are jam-packed with fun and philanthropy. [Source: NY Daily News, Charityhappenings.org]

Jazzed In January
Thursday, Jan 12 6:00p
The Standard Hotel, New York
The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans hosts a celebration in New York City to raise money for the restoration of New Orleans homes and neighborhoods.

CASTING CALL: Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares'

Casting is currently underway for Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" on Fox. The disgruntled restauranteur is back for another round of reviving heinous restaurants. Is your restaurant failing, are you lacking customers or could you just use a good reprimanding by Gordon Ramsey? Then email casting immediately at twinsworld@aol.com or knauditions@gmail.com.

You may also nominate a crappy restaurant you know, anonymously of course. Be sure to include your name, contact info, name of your restaurant, where you are located, type of cuisine you serve, how many seats you have, how long you have been open, photos or website (if available), and most importantly, why you need Ramsey's help! The longer the sob story, the better.

EMM Group Gets the Go-Ahead for 199 Bowery

EMM Group, consisting of nightlife "Kings" Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum (SL, Catch, Abe & Arthur's), have been given the green light for their proposed plans at 199 Bowery (formerly Crash Mansion) in the Lower East Side.

Despite worries from local residents that the venue would bring noise and crowds, the planned 18,000 square restaurant/nightclub spot was approved by the Community Board 3′s SLA committee and will make way for the duos first Lower East Side venture. The Asian/Fusion spot will feature a bakery that opens at 6am, headed by pastry chef Thiago Silva, with custom cakes and pastries to appeal to the morning crowd; further expanding on their previously night-time only clientele. Once the sun sets, the entrance leads to a larger restaurant featuring small, tapas-style plates, led by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh. Dine on the main floor or head downstairs for additional seating in a speakeasy-style atmosphere with live music.

AMNH Hosts One Step Beyond Party with Dirty Projectors

Come out to the American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for the One Step Beyond party series with a DJ set by Dirty Projectors. The party starts at 9pm on January 20th with beats from some of the biggest names in techno, electronica, hip-hop, and indie rock. You'll also be treated to a complimentary screening of one of the Hayden Planetarium Space Shows. This month's feature is Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks. If you've never experienced a Space Show at the Planetarium, you're in for a visual delight. The dome theater features a realistic experience that makes you feel like you're actually floating through space. To top it off, each ticket also includes a pass to visit the Museum, so this night practically pays for itself! Details below:

WHEN: January 20, 2012, 9 pm–1 am


Official Coachella Lineup Announced

Coachella JUST released their official lineup, and it's possibly the best ever. The list includes a dizzying number of the biggest names in music right now. Including Avicii, David Guetta, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Girltalk, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Weeknd, and more! We wouldn't be surprised if these tickets sold out faster than Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden. This is MAJOR. Check it:

NYC: Your Weekly Party Guide

When: Mon, January 9, 8-10pm
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway , New York, NY

Come out to see comedians, writers and performers duke it out tonight. This hilarious event, sponsored by The Onion AV, will feature Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week? Podcast and Best Week Ever), Dave Hill (This American Life), Max Silvestri (Big Terrific), Gabe Delahaye (Mr. Coconuts) and Gabe Liedman (Big Terrific). What better way to start your week than with stress-relieving big laughs?

New York's New Spots

247 Eldridge St.

The people behind The Living Room and Whiskey Park bring a new late-night spot with both great specialty drinks and small plates to Gramercy. You know it's not always easy to find the combination of great food and tasty drinks. Specialty cocktails run about $14 and include an array of concoctions. For you vodka lovers, try the Grassy Kroll with ginger and lemongrass. Or if you're more of the gin type, go for the Gin Blossom with egg white, lemon juice and raspberry syrup. Small plates from the legendary Todd English, include artisan flatbreads, parmesan fries, and maitake-mushroom tempura.

Foodie Alert: NY Restaurant Week Jan. 16th-Feb. 10

NYC Restaurant Week will be here faster than we know it. Starting January 16th and ending on February 10th, gear up for 20 days of non-stop delicious fare. If you're not familiar with Restaurant Week, you're in for a big treat. During this seasonal event, the best restaurants all over NYC offer huge deals on pre-fixe menus. Just $24 gets you a three course lunch, while $35 gets you a 3 course dinner. Giving food lovers an opportunity to try numerous delicious restaurants at a fraction of the cost. Have you been waiting for the perfect time to try your favorite restaurant? Well, now is that time!

Who can say no to free money and great food?