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Two Fun n' Different Superbowl Parties

Do something different for Superbowl this year and head to The Bell House for some live comedic commentary from Shane Mauss (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central), and April Macie (Howard Stern, Last Comic Standing). They will be hosting a live feed of Superbowl tweets from contributors at WitStream. Enjoy drink specials and food from Urban Rustic. Start pre-gaming at 5:30pm.

Be a little unique this Sunday, with Mexican street hot dogs, alitas de pollo, chicharrones, and of course, the game on the big screen TV. To add to the rivalry, Hecho en Dumbo's chef Danny Mena will be competing against chef Bill Dorrler of Osteria Morini and chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta on the NFL Channel's pre-game cookoff, which will be judged by chef Marc Forgione (Iron Chef) and linebacker Dhani Jones. Uapa!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
For Singles & Lovers: Valentine's Day Plans for Every Personality

It can be hard to plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your significant other, but luckily, we've narrowed down your search. Choose the best option from the list before for you and your dude/gal (or just you) and hurry to book your reservation! Best of all, most options don't go too late so you have plenty of time to go home and, er, celebrate, this special day.

For the hard to please...

Spice Market's executive chef Anthony Ricco has prepared a special prix fixe menu for you and your special someone, exclusively for V-Day. Perfect for those who like the best of the best, this $66 (per person) menu features high-end dishes such as steamed lobster, spice chicken samosas, shaved tuna with chili tapioca, and of course a scrumptious dessert to follow. Call 212.675.2322 to book your reservation.

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Don't Drop the Ball Before the Ball Drops

New York Cruise Lines is offering a night to remember aboard Duchess World Yacht to ring in 2012. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and Statue of Liberty, a premium open bar, DJ, dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. There will be a five course dinner, as well. $350 tickets can be purchased here now.

Lounge out at The Carnegie Club with sophistication for NYE with a cocktail and cigar in your hand. Listen to the Stan Rubin II Piece Orchestra and Steve Maglio playing Sinatra from 10pm to1am. There is a premium open bar, champagne toast, desserts, and party favors, all for $225.

RESTAURANT 101
Salon Hecho: This Cantina Knows a Good Cocktail
The recently opened Mexican cocktail bar offshoot of the successful Hecho en Dumbo restaurant, Salon Hecho brings the good cocktail to lower Manhattan. Owner Ethan Smith and his wife Monica Ramos (who is from Mexico) are married to Mexican authenticity, which is illustrated in the rapid boom of their once tiny taco shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It became too tasty for its own good and had to relocate three years later in 2010 to the grander space it now fits in the East Village. They soon felt the food needed a bar counterpart and thus, Salon Hecho was born this October.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Now Open: Salon Hecho, The Fulton, Bar 21

Opened just last week on October 6th, is Salon Hecho- the much awaited addition to Hecho en Dumbo. This Mexican-styled cantina, is bringing the heat to the Bowery, with unique options and a sexy atmosphere. From the minds of Ethan Smith and chef Danny Mena, this bar will feature fresh specialty cocktails like the Pimienta Gorda- an allspice infused mescal, and Margarita Tamarindo- Chile Piquin rum with fresh tamarind and cane sugar, among other curados and tequila drinks, so you know you’re in for a quality take on traditional Mexican favorites. And the cocktails aren’t the only reason to check out this new village cantina- they will also be showcasing different local and south-of-the-border bands daily.