CULINARY OCCASIONS
1st Annual 'Lobster de Mayo' to Take Place in NYC

That is because on May 10th, the first annual, “Lobster de Mayo” will drop its anchor at Capitale in New York City. The event, hosted by Food Network’s Katie Lee, will unite chefs from New York's elite restaurants. The handpicked crew will assume the role of the evening’s tastemakers, serving up a delectable celebration of lobster and tequila.

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New Year's Eve In Sin City

Nestled away in the grandiose Ceasars Palace hotel, PURE Nightclub is ready to ring in the new year in style. The NYE soiree will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Nicki Minaj who promises to throw a boisterous party as she leads the countdown to midnight.

ALL ACCESS PASS
One-on-One with Australia's Stafford Brothers

From DJing and producing, to owning Australian nightclubs and having their own reality show, The Stafford Brothers are taking the EDM scene by force. The Aussie brothers have kept extremely busy over the past few years with releases on labels like Stealth and Cr2, in the midst of touring and filming two seasons of their very own self-titled reality show. We caught up with Matt and Chris Stafford when they were in New York to talk about their Las Vegas residency, their TV show possibly coming to America, and everything else they have planned for the rest of the year.

NIGHT STALKER
Meatpacking Nightlife Faces Crowd Reduction Plans

West 16th Street, the home of Dream Downtown, Maritime Hotel, and No. 8, seems to be facing crowding issues due to the extensive lines outside of the hot venues.

A New York favorite, Tao, is set to open its second NYC location inside the Maritime, a spot that will undoubtedly draw attention. Committee co-chairman Paul Seres scrutinized the detailed plan of the new venue, and was pleased with its availability of an indoor hallway space for busy nights.

No. 8, successor of the well-known Bungalow 8, is still in the works of managing crowds entirely. "I think you've got six weeks to figure out and get all the kinks out before everybody starts realizing what's going on on 16th Street, especially with some of the new neighbors coming in," Seres said.

Putting crowd control aside, all we can say is we’re always thrilled when we hear of new establishments!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Foodie Alert: NYC Restaurant Week Strikes Again

One of the most anticipated times of the year is back again – and no, it’s not Christmas. Each year, the hype surrounding New York City Restaurant Week seems to escalate, and this year is no exception.

From July 16-August 10, 284 restaurants will participate and include their infamous prixe fixe menus. Not only is Restaurant Week a great time to go to your favorite spots, it is the perfect opportunity to sample that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. Beware, reservations will book up super quickly!

NIGHTLIFE NEWS
Going, Going, Gone: Hiro Ballroom & Matsuri to Auction Off Remains

As reported, Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri Shutter restaurant are closing its doors, making way for Marc Packer and Rich Wolfe of the Tao Group to take over. According to Eater, Mr. Packer is looking to open a Tao Downtown restaurant in the Chelsea location, although finer details are scarce for now, don't look for any openings until early 2013.

PEANUT GALLERY
Heidi Klum Turns Inside-Out For Tao Party

Heidi Klum is well known for her elaborate Halloween costumes and parties. This year's 12th annual party at Tao nightclub at the Venetian in Las Vegas was no exception with her dramatic entrance and ensemble.

The eccentric supermodel was covered by a blood spattered sheet and wheeled onto the red carpet by two dudes dressed as doctors. The sheet was pulled back to reveal a skinless Klum in a bodysuit with immaculate muscle and bone detail. She rose from the gurney and proceeded to pose for the cameras as if she walked right out of the pages of an Anatomy textbook, or maybe a twisted episode of Dexter.

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Sunset Saturdays at PH-D


Warning!

The infamous Sunset Saturdays at Dream Downtown's pool will now be taking place at PH-D Rooftop Lounge. The lounge is located on the 12th floor of the Dream Downtown and has amazing views of the city. The Lounge has hosted numerous celebs such as Solange Knowles, Christina Ricci, and Tyson Beckford and is brought to you from the creators of Tao, Marquee, Lavo, and Avenue. Signature cocktails are pricey, but equally delicious. Similar to The Standard, this venue is selective at the door (read: dress to impressss), but once you weave your way in, it is worth the wait. Don't miss these wild evenings every Saturday from 5:30-10pm. For reservations, e-mail SunsetSats@gmail.com.