CULTURE CLUB
Daylife Festival To Make Camp In LES


Long ago, the Lower East Side was a haven for pushcart markets. Fruit stands, handmade goods, and local artisans would line the streets calling out to the denizens of New York to buy their product.

This June, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District wants you to re-live that excitement at the Daylife three-block festival.

On Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon to 5pm, head down to Orchard St. between Houston and Delancey for food, fashion, music, and a comfortable layer of astro-turf.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
James Beard Announces 2012 Semifinalists

It’s that time of year again, where the James Beard Foundation announces their semifinalists for the 2012 awards, which recognizes the nation's best restaurants and chefs in the industry. From Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Restauranteur, only five semifinalists from each of the categories will go on to the finals.

It is no surprise to see Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco facing Emma Hearst from Sorella in New York City for Rising Star Chefs for an east versus west coast battle. The competition is tight this year and we are unsure on who will make it to the final round. Unfortunately, New York didn’t make it on the Outstanding Wine Program list.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Upcoming 15th Annual BPL “Masquerade Bowl” Gala and After-Party at Brooklyn Bowl

The Brooklyn Public Library is gearing up for their 15th Annual “Masquerade Bowl” Gala. This year's event is to be held at Brooklyn Bowl located at 61 Wythe Avenue in the Willie B Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the uninitiated, on October 27th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The gala will pay tribute to celebrated Brooklyn author Paul Auster whose work include The New York Trilogy, and Sunset Park.

DAILY BITES
Fried Chicken: Southern Comfort in NYC

It's a no-brainer. When browsing a menu and unable to decide what to order, always go with the chicken. Nine times out of ten, it will be edible. If there is fried chicken, nine times out of ten, it will be delicious -because who doesn’t like fried anything? Here a few local spots (in no particular order) for some soul-satisfying fried chicken.

1. Buttermilk Channel - 524 Court Street

Not only does this establishment have buttermilk-fried chicken, but they also serve fluffy cheddar waffles drizzled with balsamic syrup alongside it. Visit during Monday night and order this signature dish as part of a $25 prixe fix menu where an additional salad or soup and a dessert will have you in a food coma within minutes.

RESTAURANT 101
Where to Eat Next in Sin City

The recession is still humming along but apparently that doesn't prevent Las Vegas' need to delight and wow us with new designs and ideas especially in the culinary world. Celebrity chefs are coming by the car load and most have recently landed on the third floor of the dazzling newly appointed Cosmopolitan Hotel. With one floor dedicated to a diverse assortment of culinary traditions and a compelling roster of high-profile chefs each bringing his own signature dishes and experience to The Cosmopolitan Hotel, the third floor promises to be the place to enjoy a blow-out meal.

BELLAGIO
Cosmopolitan Announces Restaurant Lineup

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which has the tough job of being located between the Bellagio and CityCenter, may have just found it's edge against the neighboring competitors.

The two 50-story towers, holding almost 3,000 hotel rooms and condo-style accommodations, feature three pools and over 100,000 square-feet of gaming floor-but Cosmopolitan's real draw will be the restaurants.

BLUE RIBBON
Brooklyn Bowl Gets the Ball Rolling

Reports that the bowling alley/ cocktail lounge’s long anticipated opening have finally come. According to a June 28 posting on The Brooklyn Bowl website, “The good news is, we’ve decided on our open date, and it’s very, very close.” Not yet convinced? Well, an article in the Times reported it was opening this week…proof enough.

The sixteen lane Brooklyn Bowl, which will reportedly open this week is an eco-friendly bowling alley. This is yet another addition to Brooklyn’s ever-present recreational drinking facilities such as McCarren Park Pool and Barcade.

1OAK
Around Town, The Republican Challenge

Meat Packing

It's a Thursday. I’m trying to get off the couch because it's already been a long week. Then, the incentive to get motivated comes in the form of a text message from Jessica White. Sport Illustrated models always get me motivated. She’s in town, bored and wants to hangout. My response? I’m in! She’s staying at the Standard Hotel. I offer to pick her up because I haven’t been there yet and I’m curious. The hotel lobby is small and there is a cute little bar that services the lobby. I’m sure there’s more to come. Mean while, Ms. White has me waiting 20 minutes. Jeez… I love it!