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n January 1, 1934, the irascible, dynamic and charismatic Fiorello H. LaGuardia became the 99th mayor of New York. In that same year, Promenade Magazine debuted. That legendary mayor and the many who followed him dramatically improved the city and its defining industries: finance, fashion, restaurants, theatre, performing arts, to name just some of the major influences that created the New York we know. And for the last 80 years, Promenade has chronicled the best of New York: its unparalleled style, its incomparable dining, its great museums and its extraordinary stages. Inside, we take a nostalgic peek at the magazine’s history. So, as always, this issue of the magazine captures the best of New York: the hottest designers on the runways, exquisite timepieces for men and women, lavish lofts uptown and down, fine dining at some of the city’s best Pan Asian restaurants (and a look at Le Périgord, the famed French restaurant celebrating its own 50th anniversary.) And of course, we visit the stars on the boards this spring: Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Daniel Radcliffe, Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, James Franco, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, and the fabulous Denzel Washington, plus, we have an in-depth conversation with stage vet Alan Cumming. Travel with Promenade through glorious Canada. Let our listings guide you to the finest New York shopping, dining, sightseeing, and entertainment. And visit our redesigned website,, where you’ll find the Luxe Lists curated by our style team, as well as exclusive shopping tips, dining recommendations, and the latest arts news. Have a wonderful and warm spring.

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Jewelry: In Shape 28 Beautiful bijoux in squared or curved silhouettes. They Just Can’t Get Enough 32 Meet two collectors who adore MacKenzie-Childs’ special style and fill their homes with the brand’s whimsical pieces and fabrics.


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Editor’s Picks: Excitement on Elizabeth Street 14 A cool shopping destination worth a leisurely visit. The Virtual Voyager 16 Topflight tips for the discerning traveler. The Shopping News 18 Classic new Manhattan stores from Dennis Basso and Etienne Aigner. Talking Style 20 Rachel Roy: Edgy, feminine, and fearless.

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Dance Justin Peck: A Certain Kind of Movement 68 A soloist with the New York City Ballet and the company’s “most exciting choreographer,” premieres his latest work this spring.

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From Bayard to Bleecker Streets, Elizabeth Street covers a north/south swath of downtown Manhattan that comprises parts of diverse, ethnic neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Little Italy, and NoLita; to the west is SoHo and to the east, the Lower East Side. Along Elizabeth Street is a colorful slice of New York’s multicultural environs: The Chinese grocer and the Italian butcher still co-exist, alongside a hip barber shop, the New York Shaving Co., which exalts the nostalgic hand-wrought shave. A modern-day restaurant, the Musket Room, offers New Zealand red doe with flavors of gin, not far from the fashionable Little Cupcake Bakeshop, a charming place to savor a decadent sweet, in between shopping. And, indeed, shopping—glam and galore—graces the street: Jaw-dropping jewels at Me & Ro, fashion-forward costume jewelry at Gas Bijoux, trendy clothing at Rag & Bone, designer duds at Christian Siriano, home décor and vintage furniture at shops like Area ID and Craig Van Den Brulle, and splendid antiques at Elizabeth Street Galleries. Here’s a taste of Elizabeth Street. By Ruth J. Katz


1 Chic and sophisticated, but with a twist, might best describe the modern-preppy look at Tory Burch. Her leather “Garden” tote in a watercolor, botanical print is the perfect springtime bag, accompanied by her “Sydney” leather sandals, embellished with resin fleurs and “gemstones.” $450 and $295, respectively. Tory Burch, 257 Elizabeth Street (Prince/East Houston Streets); 212-334-3000;

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2 A little sliver of a groovy shop, Haus Interior sells a lovely assortment of candles, coasters, bowls, and blankets, and then some. Its proprietary-brand, coconut-wax candles are handpoured and burn for about 50 hours. Among the half-dozen scents are fig base/fireside and blue spruce/cedar wood. $32. Haus Interior, 250 Elizabeth Street (Prince/East Houston Streets); 212-741-0455;

3 The UK-based, 180-plus-year-old Holland & Sherry opened its first American Bespoke shop recently and while the company is known for its finer-than-fine menswear-inspired textiles, this boutique vends everything from barware to hardware—and clothing in between. The 100% combed-cotton socks are a symphony of dots, stripes, and chevrons. $24. Holland & Sherry Bespoke, 209 Elizabeth Street, Suite B (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-343-1261;

4 Trendy Vince salutes the clothes that today’s modern hipster—male and female--wants to wear, always using fine fabrics and classic design. The ginghaminspired, button-up shirt is 100% cotton and features a great cut. $195. Vince, 16 Prince Street (Elizabeth Street); 212-343-1945;

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One of Manhattan’s prized acquisitions of late will have you checking your watch—not so much for hours and minutes, but to see how it stacks up against the precision timepieces on display at Hour Passion, the Swatch Group’s new concept boutique on West 34th Street. Only one of two in the U.S. (the other is at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas), the sleekly elegant, 2,500 square foot shop is a formidable showcase for Swatch’s most coveted Swiss-made brands: Longines, Rado, Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Calvin Klein, Swatch and the children’s line, Flik Flak. It’s easy to fall under the spell of this gallery-like space individually showcasing each of these acclaimed collections, but eventually you will home in on the watch of your dreams. And if you happen to be a world traveler, or simply someone with an adventurous style streak, you’ll want to visit the Tissot collections to examine its Heritage Navigator. A study in vintage cool—it was created in 1953 to celebrate Tissot’s centenary—this singular timepiece is designed to ensure its owner will always have the correct time—regardless of country, hemisphere or continent —thanks to its automatic chronometer precision, officially certified by COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and its multiple time zones. Once the watch is set to a certain country, its time zone is indicated numerically on the bezel. Meanwhile, the number on the minute track in front of the cities printed on the face registers the correct time for their countries. The New York store—in a city on the Heritage Navigator’s dial, I might add—opened late last November at 112 West 34th Street (Sixth/Seventh Avenues). A visit is highly recommended! Secluded Seaside Shangri-la? No problem, mon cheri! It’s twilight at Sundown Villa on Jamaica’s northern coast. The lights have just come up in the property’s two gazebos overlooking the Caribbean, and torches have been lit on the intimate strand of beach where a tropical buffet is being set out. Local entertainment will show up between entrée and dessert but in the interim guests mill about the beach and cushiony veranda sipping cocktails whipped up and served by Rocky, the on-call personal butler and his aide-decamp, Dulon. Meanwhile, culinary guru Chef Damien and his staff are in the kitchen preparing an unforgettable island feast. Yet this splendidly choreographed dinner is only one scenario available to guests at the retreat created in 1976 by Sandals Resorts International chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart, first conceived as a two-bedroom family getaway. Today, judicious expansion has led to common areas for conversation, gaming and whatnot; nine unique bedrooms graced with mahogany four posters; the occasional Jacuzzi tub, and satellite TV; stunningly manicured grounds; a white sand beach and a freshwater swimming pool. The most prominent pluses, however, remain Sundown Villa’s exclusivity and dedicated staff. The overall vibe here may be mellow escapism, but the undercurrent is unsurpassed, unfussy service that guarantees you an “ask and it’s yours” experience. Multi-generational family gatherings are naturally big here but smaller gatherings can reserve five to seven bedrooms. Because this idyllic spot is yours alone.


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Raffles du Cinéma Elite, indulgent, gourmet… three words that rarely, if ever, roll off the tongue when referring to movie watching in a hotel. And while in-room viewing has a certain pajamas-and-mini-bar charm, it’s nice to know that when you’re looking for an insider film outing—and you are a guest of the infinitely posh Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris you have a most enchanting option: the hotel’s Sunday Night Film Club held in its private 99-seat Katara Cinema. Described as “the cultural jewel of the hotel,” the screening room has been lauded for its comfortable leather seats, excellent acoustics and cutting edge equipment. Moreover, the Film Club’s complimentary snacks bear a most impressive epicurean stamp thanks to Pierre Hermé, aka the “Picasso of Pastry,” who has created an addictive caramelized popcorn exclusive to the Katara. Two Film Club packages are available, both of which feature chilled French Champagne. However, should you wish to “make a night of it,” the deluxe option includes dinner at the hotel’s Michelinstar restaurant, La Cuisine. Quite the double feature, n’est-ce pas?

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Staring at the new Dennis Basso store from outside on Madison Avenue, through its sleek all-glass façade, you can see the gleaming white interior, dark gray slate floors, the mirrors, a massive wall of video screens displaying models on a recorded loop, forever marching down a runway. And track lighting—lots of it, including two rows that extend deep into the store, as if you might be walking down a runway yourself. That is, if you step inside. Do, whether you know the label from the society pages—Basso has been called the “go-to guy” for luxurious coats and handbags, and “the grand pooh-bah of fur”—or QVC, where the tanned and snowy-haired designer happily rattles off ideas for dressing and decorating…at a decidedly discounted rate from the usual mink coats, sable-edged gowns and alligators bags that have burnished his reputation for 30 years. Once on the other side of those 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll find 10,500 square feet of no-holds-barred luxury—with racks of fur jackets and vests, in attention-getting shades to bedevil a zoologist (pink sable and chinchilla, sky blue lynx, tangerine mink). Or crystal-bedecked cocktail dresses and evening gowns, their hems trailing on the floor. Or shelves of handbags with exotic skins and glass cases sprinkled with accessories. There’s a coolness here—perhaps instigated by the faceless mannequins. But if you’re in the market for a long beaded gown in bold citron, with a fur stole to match, this is the place. 825 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-794-4500;

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There’ve been changes afoot at Etienne Aigner. New investors have been tinkering with the 64-year-old heritage brand. No— wait—this is no subtle nip-and-tuck job. It’s a head-to-toe facelift, from the product (goods seem more up-market, higher quality, higher priced) to branding (the “Etienne girl” is younger, hipper— though still tastefully understated) to the new flagship store in SoHo (where else would the Etienne girl want to hang out?). The label may be looking up, but it’s still just as welcoming. The shop is 3,500 square feet of warmth and cozy retail space, framed by an impressive front door. Its thick cordovan leather is dotted with brass nail heads, signature elements fans of the brand will recognize from the look and hardware of heritage pieces—like those fab doctor’s bags, cognac satchels, and wallets in Italian leather. There are splendid details here, like the reclaimed wooden benches inlaid with that cordovan leather again, and the smooth Calcutta marble countertops. But whatever you do, don’t miss the pièce de résistance in back—a solarium that serves as a reading room, all sun-filled, with a nine-foot table strewn with stylish periodicals that beckon, and a 12-foot chalkboard to keep tykes amused while Mom checks out the apparel and accessories. The original Mr. Aigner, Hungarian by birth, was a bookbinder, so the reading room here is a nice tip-o’-the-hat to the founder who began by creating bespoke leather goods for couture houses like Christian Dior. Today, his eponymous brand is a mainstay for the horsey set (thus the good-luck horseshoe logo) and those whose style is assertively classic. And warm. 65 Greene Street (Spring/ Broome Streets); 212-334-1079;

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s s e l r a e f d n a , edgy, feminine “Kindness is always fashionable” is, indeed, the motto by which designer Rachel Roy lives. She can just as easily boast of A-list celebrity clientele who covet her clothing: Loyal customers include Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Iman, Diane Sawyer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, and Jessica Chastain. But at the same time, Roy does not forget her modest upbringing and is committed to giving back. Celebrating her 10th year in business, the 40-year-old notes she has worked with Piece & Co., an organization that connects prestigious retail brands with artisans in the developing world. Promenade recently caught up with the glamorous—and very spiritual—designer and had an opportunity to chat about her life and lines, Rachel Roy and RACHEL Rachel Roy, and the newest addition to her RR line, intimates.


Q: Have you always wanted to be a fashion designer? A: When I was young, I had a back-to-school shopping allowance of $200 and I discovered it didn’t go too far. My mom suggested I become a buyer. I was surprised to learn that there was a person who actually chose what was in the store! I felt that I could do a better job, that I knew how to deliver more style for the dollar. Q: Were there other influences on your career choice? A: I started buying Vogue and I loved watching old movies on TV. We were allowed to watch only black-and-white movies and the Nature Channel, and both influenced me. I still have all my Vogue magazines and all of my grandfather’s National Geographics, dating back to the ‘30s. Those magazines allowed me to dream outside of my reality, as did the black-and-white movies. Q: What was it about the movies that captivated you? A: Today, my Rachel Roy customer is a woman who needs to look equal parts strong and sexy, and I think that that is the inspiration of the actresses whom I watched growing up. They wore lipstick, had their hair coiffed, and they owned smart suits. Many of them went to work and they looked confident, empowered in the board room.

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I was so influenced by those movies that my two daughters’ names are Ava [Gardner] and Tallulah [Bankhead]. Q: Did you go to school to become a buyer, a designer, or to study fashion merchandising? A: No, I didn’t study design. I think design is something you have a passion for. Designers are artists and you develop your talent at school or in the real world. I have been working in fashion since I was 14, when I unpacked boxes in a trendy retail store. Q: How does your line evolve? A: I always start with prints [fabrics] which inspire me. They are a way for a woman to show her individuality. I like so many prints—painterly, animal, washed-out, and small prints. I like to balance them with something graphic. I carry a notebook around, and it is filled with my observations about women and their needs, as I watch them on the train or going to work. Q: Tell us about the new Roy’s lines are sold at: lingerie line. Bergdorf-Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, A: Lingerie is something Saks Fifth Avenue, and special you can give yourself. Nordstrom’s, among the band’s A feeling of confidence can many retailers. come from something that nobody else sees. Perhaps someone might see a hint of it, but it’s your own secret. Q: What is the wardrobe your typical customer seeks? A: She is a mix of femininity, sexiness, and business. I love designing dresses, especially for working women who need to get dressed easily and quickly, and I try to find a balance in each design between elements that are usually contradictory...but ultimately it is all balanced: A print dress, maybe a floral, could have a stripe mixed with it; an animal print might have a grid. Q: And the future? A: I would like to create a company to pass on to my daughters one day [that] creates clothes that are suitable to a woman’s lifestyle. –Ruth J. Katz

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Beloved for exquisite exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance drawings, Old Master prints, and such, the Morgan Library is striking out in a new direction with its new show, A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play. The museum has collected camera images for years, but the photography department dates only to 2012. Its founding curator, Joel Smith, has linked 85 disparate images from different periods in an intriguing, eclectic show that lets viewers figure out why, for example, a movie still of Montgomery Clift in Freud is placed next to a photo of the unfinished head of Lincoln on Mount Rushmore (pictured). A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play, through May 18 at Morgan Library and Museum.

Is there anything more New York than the Rockettes? And is there anything as much in need of a new twist? Well, forget the Christmas show, the Easter show, and everything you may remember from your last visit to Radio City Music Hall. Former Bob Fosse dancer Linda Haberman, Pulitzer Prize playwright Doug Wright, and Tony-winning arranger-composer Alex Lacamoire have teamed up to create a new, New York-centric musical for the world’s favorite kick line. Heart and Lights, March 25 through May 4 at Radio City Music Hall.

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Fans of Woody Allen’s sly 1993 backstage comedy Bullets Over Broadway treasure the memory of Dianne Wiest’s Oscar-winning performance as an ultra-glamorous actress who silences any and all romantic propositions with the imperious phrase, “Don’t speak!” But she never says “Don’t sing!” Inevitably, the movie is now a musical, with the brilliant Susan Stroman (The Producers) directing Zach Braff as the aspiring playwright and Marin Mazzie as the leading lady. Allen’s written the book, with 1920s songs providing the score. Bullets Over Broadway, starts previews March 11 at the St. James Theatre (opens April 10).

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It may be a bad romance, but 15 million albums and more than a billion online video views say that Lady Gaga has our love. She’s promoting her latest album, Artpop, with an arena tour that comes to Madison Square Garden on May 13. Before hitting the big stadiums, however, she revs up with seven shows at the much more danceable Roseland Ballroom. And then Roseland, a New York institution since 1919, will close its doors for good. Lady Gaga’s Artrave – the Artpop Ball, March 28, 30, 31, April 2, 4, 6, and 7 at Roseland Ballroom; May 13 at Madison Square Garden.,




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For 60 years, Paul Taylor has been regaling audiences with his incomparable genius. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes hilarious, sometimes just simply sublime, his dances – and his supremely gifted dancers – never fail to move, awe, enlighten. This year’s season includes classics like Esplanade (pictured) as well as newly minted works Marathon Cadenzas and American Dreamer. Paul Taylor Dance Company, March 12-30 (no performances March 17, 24) at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.

There’s always something exciting to hear when Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long (pictured) melds the musical heritage of his native China with the Western classical tradition. The American premiere of his new piece for clarinet, violin, viola, and piano is part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Music From Three Centuries program, and he’ll be on hand for a chat prior to the concert. Works by Brahms, Kodaly, and Schumann provide the sounds of the earlier centuries. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, May 6 at Alice Tully Hall.

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by Marc Jacobs. There were luxe-styled sweatshirts at Peter Som and Kenzo, and other athletic-inspired garments at Victoria Beckham, Gucci, and Tommy Hilfiger. Geometrics were omnipresent and made statements at Carolina Herrera and Fendi, while the biker look (short, cropped jackets and sort of toughgal silhouettes) popped up at Thakoon, BCBG Max Azria, and Rebecca Minkoff. The more traditional springwear was seen in the appealing, feminine “big skirts” at Tracy Reese, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Temperley London, and Tibi, and oversized trousers, à la costumes from famous 40s flicks were on view at Michael Kors, Mulberry, Derek Lam, Paul Smith, and Stella McCartney. Fabrics are always paramount in spring wardrobes and did not disappoint at Ralph Lauren, Balmain, and Derek Lam, where grids and graphics reigned. The country garden look stole the show at Burberry, Christopher Kane, and Nina Ricci, while little slip dresses made statements at Jason Wu, Max Mara, Helmut Lang, and Olivier Theyskens’ Theory. Black and white combos continue to score big, as did all-white ensembles (and white shirts were everywhere this season) along with summer’s pastels. All in all, it’s beginning to look a lot like spring. ■ By Ruth J. Katz

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Swirls, circles, and curlicues of pavé-set diamonds (11.23 carats total) are mounted in 18-kt. white gold, forming a glamorous, red-carpet-worthy cuff from Jacob & Co. $54,000. Jacob & Co., 48 East 57th Street (Madison/Park Avenues); 212-719-5887;

Looking like pricey pebbles that have just washed ashore from a dreamy ocean voyage, Kara Ross’s “Blue Topaz” earrings are comprised of a total of 65 carats of blue topaz and 7.5 carats of opal stones. They are set in 18-kt. gold, with diamond accents. $9,100. Kara Ross, 665 Madison Avenue (60th Street); 212-755-8100;

Classic 18-kt yellow-gold hoops (1.75” high) take on a fresh, graceful, and three-dimensional look when crafted by the talented Roberto Coin. $1,140. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000, 877-551-7257;,

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From design studio Oblik Atelier, “To Twist,” a handmade cuff in gold-plated brass, appears to be just that—twisted metal in elegant curves and spirals. $575. Kentshire Galleries at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue (57th/58th Streets); 212-872-8653;

Two circles and an oval are the focal points in Yael Sonia’s “Natural Encounters” pendant, in 18-kt. yellow gold, with vibrant stones—dendrite quartz, aquamarine, green tourmaline, and lemon quartz—accenting the dangling piece. $17,400. Yael Sonia, by appointment only; 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 810 (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-472-6488;

The ebony ground on the show-stopping Marina B “Karine” cuff bracelet creates a majestic canvas upon which the 2.9 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds are studded, dotting the fancy scroll work of the 18-kt. yellow gold. $39,500. Marina B, 30 East 57th Street (Madison/Fifth Avenues); 212-644-1155;


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Aaron Basha’s square and round geometric shapes form a stunning, rhythmic repetition that encircles the wrist in splendor—the diamonds and black onyx are set in 18-kt. gold. Price upon request. Aaron Basha, 685 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-644-1970;

Sterling silver in a grid pattern, with parallel solid rails and smart edges comprise the “Rail” bracelet by Adrienne Alaimo. $620. Adrienne Alaimo, by appointment only, 646-238-3870;

The remarkable “Tubetto” earrings from de Grisogono are built as progressively larger geometric shapes; each linked squared shape shows off some of the 588 white diamonds that comprise the whole. Set in white gold, these earrings are luminescent. Price upon request. de Grisogono, 824 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-439-4220;


This playful Marco Bicego bracelet from the “Murano” collection looks like a hopscotch board for child’s play, but it is far more serious than that, given its gridded structure and design; it is hand-engraved and polished 18-kt. yellow gold, set with a variety of rich-hued gemstones. $14,520. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000, 877-551-7257;,

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A meticulously structured grid in 18-kt. white gold is the backdrop for showcasing round, brilliant-cut, white diamonds and fancy yellow diamonds (total weight for all diamonds is 10.15 carats) in this fetching bracelet from Bapalal Keshavlal. $22,000. Firenze Jewels, Inc., 15 West 47th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues), Suite Four; 800-790–6980;,

The “Jaipur” ring from master jewelers Reinstein Ross evokes India’s renowned Pink City, as it is known; the ring is suggestive of Jaipur’s exquisite architecture, particularly its legendary Palace of the Winds. Fashioned in 20-kt. peach gold, this striking ring features a hand-carved hexagonal ruby. $11,500. Reinstein Ross, 29 East 73rd Street (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-772-1901; and introducing 30 Gansevoort Street (opening Spring 2014);


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they can’t get enough Meet two collectors who adore the iconic MacKenzie-Childs brand and fill their homes with the whimsical pieces and fabrics that define this special style. By Heather Rabkin

Photo Credits on this page: Courtesy of Reginald Van Lee


[O  n this page: A range of MacKenzie-Childs furnishings–from tuffets to tabletop accessories–make for charming interior accents in Reginald Van Lee’s Washington, D.C. residence ]

ewis Carroll may seem to have little in common with furnishings and ceramic design house MacKenzie-Childs, but when devoted collectors ponder their adoration of the brand, the English author’s famed novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the first thing to spring to mind. “When I initially passed by the New York store 20 years ago, the Alice-in-Wonderland look jumped out at me,” says Reginald Van Lee, “I went in and knew that the next time I redecorated, I would be using MacKenzie-Childs.” Nowadays, Van Lee, a business consultant, resides in New York, Houston, and Washington, D.C. To be sure, each residence is outfitted with MacKenzieChilds accoutrements galore. While walking through his D.C. apartment–Van Lee was recently appointed by President Obama to the board of the Kennedy Center–he happily pointed out accent pieces in each room. Colorful knobs add whimsy to kitchen cupboards, and side tables hold red-and-yellow vases and candlesticks in the company’s famed Courtly Check pattern. “I touch something MacKenzie-Childs every day,” Van Lee says with a smile. Case in point: a countertop artfully equipped with a coffee pot, serving trays, and delicate sugar bowl. His daily dining dishes are all naturally an assemblage of fanciful plates and polka-dotted tumblers. Charming canisters hold a variety of lotions and potions, and the company’s signature tassels are strategically scattered throughout. As an avid art collector, namely of contemporary artists, Van Lee notes that his fine art and MacKenzie-Childs pieces live well together and have a “nice mélange.” A figurative sculpture perches playfully on an ottoman upholstered in a mix of swirling and striped fabrics. Inarguably, the pièce de resistance for Van Lee is the tuffet. Seemingly straight out of a fairytale, the MacKenzie-Childs’s tuffets are utterly comfy and overly stuffed. Each one is upholstered in a variety of splendid patchwork patterns. Some even boast intricate fringe detail and hand painted majolica feet. “I have them in all my homes, little round ones, oval ones,” says Van Lee. “They are my favorite!” Another hallmark of a MacKenzie-Childs devotee is being the consummate host. “I do lots of entertaining at home, and it’s always no stress because my house is adorned in an interesting way,” Van Lee remarks, “Sometimes I don’t even need flowers (though I most


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often have them!), because my MacKenzie-Childs pieces are so decorative.” For one fête, Van Lee masterfully sat 60 guests at his family’s Houston compound–each place carefully set with assorted, eclectic dishes and glassware. The key to an eye-pleasing and simultaneously effortless dinner table? To put it simply: “I’m not afraid of color,” says Van Lee. For well over a decade, Cherie Schonbrun has been holding her own “dinner parties in Wonderland-like settings. I often feel like I’m setting a table for Alice!” The Tampa, Florida-based collector and special events fundraiser fondly remembers stumbling upon MacKenzie-Childs in a tiny Tallahassee boutique. “I got married 33 years ago, and I was never excited about traditional wedding china,” Schonbrun says, “However, when I came across MacKenzie-Childs’s tableware, my eyes popped.” Her home is an exercise in the exquisite. Over the years, Schonbrun has acquired various pieces and fashioned them into unique furnishings of her own design. The kitchen table is created from two large pedestals in the Courtly Check pattern with a custom glass top. Recently, Schonbrun procured the Chicken Palace Jewelry Box, which she utilizes as a clever serving piece in her dining room. It is stocked with an array of petite sugar spoons, and salt and pepper shakers. Whether her latest acquisition is destined for the MacKenzie-Childs tabletop or an upstairs sitting nook (“every room has 20 West 57th Street; 212-570-6050 MacKenzie-Childs pieces–except the kids’ rooms!”), Schonbrun is confident that each new piece will winningly pair with the rest of her collection. “I really like mixing and matching. It is a passion of mine,” she says. She also believes in constantly rotating her décor, both during the holidays and for her centerpiece table displays. “I never hide my MacKenzie-Childs pieces–they never get dusty,” she says. Coffee is taken each morning in one of her handsome mugs, alongside a coordinating creamer and sugar bowl. “It just tastes better,” says Schonbrun of dining with any one of her beloved ceramics. When pressed to come up with a potential wish list of MacKenzie-Childs items, both collectors stumbled for an answer. Says Schonbrun, “Nothing is a dream. The designers are so creative–it is all amazing.” After contemplating the question for a beat longer, Van Lee remarked, “I am always inspired by their products, but there is no MacKenzie-Childs bed. . .yet. That’s what I would want.” If the successful 30-year track record of the company’s designers and artisans is any inclination, Van Lee may get his wish soon enough. For these devoted collectors, it seems that MacKenzieChilds has enabled Wonderland to become a thing of reality. n

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the Luxe List These watches don’t just tell time When it comes to wristwatches, World War I changed everything. Prior to that time, such an item was women’s territory—dainty, more jewelry than timepiece—dating back to the 1800s. Some suggest watches go back even earlier (to the 1500s). But one thing’s clear—no self-respecting gent wore one. Men stuck to pocket watches, thank you very much. Sturdy. Weighty. Passed down from father to son. Till WWI, that is, when the fellas realized the benefits of having a rugged, easily-glimpsed timepiece strapped to your wrist in the midst of combat. Today, no one needs convincing. Watches are standard gear, and come in all shapes and sizes, some as delicate as a petite strand of pearls—others, Schwarzenegger sized, pumped up with functions, or “complications,” as watchmakers say. They measure temperature, calculate moon phases. Yeah—they tell time, too. We’ve gathered watches from 10 of the finest brands you’ll find in Manhattan. Some cost more than an automobile. A few others, more than a modest (or not so modest) country home. But, oh, the antique finish, the creamy face with those Roman numerals, the diamonds, emeralds, rubies… These are dials to drool over. By Joseph V. Amodio

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meterwerke is an option for gentlemen looking for fine (but subtle) styling. This 18-kt gold watch comes with a silver-plated dial, a hand-sewn, full-cut Louisiana crocodile skin strap and 18-kt gold pin clasp—your choice of Roman or Arabic numerals. $19,950. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street); 212-397-9000;


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fers a sybaritic escape for the collector of fine timepieces, with an array of luxury brands for men and women— here, A. Lange & Söhne’s Grand Lange 1, for men, in white gold with handsome, tuxedo-sleek dial. $40,500. Cellini Jewelers, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue (at 49th Street); 212-751-9824, 800-CELLINI;

3 Patek Philippe could be

called the Rolls-Royce of timepieces, given the exquisite Swiss craftsmanship and attention to detail (one watch, for instance, chimed like Big Ben). This Ladies World Time watch boasts mechanical self-winding movement, 24 time-zone indicators, a rose gold with diamond bezel and hand-guilloched ivory opaline dial. $56,900. Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue (at 57th Street); 212-755-8000;

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en’s Brilliant Skeleton Baguette Ruby watch let’s you peer inside, thanks to open worked anthracite movement with rose gold bridges and gears—and the more than 350 baguette rubies aren’t bad either. Price upon request. Jacob & Co., 48 E. 57th Street; 212-719-5887;

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brand with nearly two centuries of expertise, is known for pocket watches, and their men’s Amadeo Fleurier Tourbillon Virtuoso III, with retrograde perpetual calendar, converts from reversible wristwatch to pocket watch to table clock. $350,000. The Boutiques at 50 Central Park South, at the Ritz-Carlton (near Sixth Avenue); 212-257-5015;

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6 TW Steel, a proud

Dutch brand, offers the CEO Canteen Automatic Dario Franchitti Limited Edition, a stunner named for the Scottish Indy 500 race car driver, combining dark titanium case, hammered bezel and mod numbering. $979. Madison Jewelers, 400 Madison Avenue (47th/48th Streets); 212-644-4100;

7 Ulysse Nardin only recently

launched its first in-house designed, self-winding watch for women. This Jade watch melds feminine aesthetics to function—four delicate green jade horns flank the bezel, along with 86 emeralds, 341 diamonds and a mother-ofpearl dial, and there’s no pushing or pulling the crown to set the date or time (thus preserving your manicure). $83,000. Ulysse Nardin at the Ritz-Carlton, 50 Central Park South (near Sixth Avenue); 212-257-4920;

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to 1777, reportedly gets credit for devising the first automatic (selfwinding) watch. This New Diamond Flower watch for women bears a petite lotus flower on its serene white face, along with petal-shaped hour markers and 88 diamonds (1.02 ct) encircling the case. $9,250. Kenjo, 40 W. 57th Street (near Sixth Avenue); 212-333-7220;

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intrepid Swiss luxury watchmaker, died this winter at age 87, leaving behind one of the last family-run watch-making companies in Switzerland. This men’s watch from the Freelancer line offers a chic skull on a two-tone black dial. $2,275. Tourneau TimeMachine, 12 E. 57th St. (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-758-7300;

10 Carl F. Bucherer men’s Patravi ScubaTec diver’s watch, from Switzerland, has a helium valve allowing gas to escape automatically during dives. Complemented by a luminous display, it ensures readability whether above the waves or plumbing the murky depths. $6,400. Kenjo, 40 W. 57th Street (near Sixth Avenue); 212-333-7220; 35

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An 80th Anniversary Salute



New York City:

then and now Started in 1934, the magazine mirrors the changes in our fabulous city.


romenade. It’s no surprise that the founders of our magazine chose that appellation. There is the Promenade de la Croisette (or simply, the legendary Croisette, which hums with activity) in Cannes, the Rialto in Venice, the Champs-Élysées in Paris. They are all thoroughfares where the pulse of a city is palpable—that is to say, the latest-greatest is subtly observable and audible along these great byways of the globe. The figurative Gotham “promenade” is the perfect designation for our magazine. Both the ethereal promenade and the physical magazine (and its website, nyluxury. com) are trailblazers and architects, heralding the best of the best: Fashions, hot off the catwalk, are visible on women with science-fiction bodies; the trendiest restaurants are reviewed, talked about, and sampled; cultural institutions create a metaphorical wake as people discuss the hottest

By Ruth J. Katz

museum exhibit; and the theatrical heartbeat of Manhattan’s Great White Way is buzzed about. It’s all here for the taking. Our magazine was founded 80 years ago by a small coterie of pals, Ivy League grads who didn’t necessarily care to create a profitable business, but rather, yearned to produce a publication that would showcase the activities and events they were interested in—a monthly magazine that was both stylish and informative, a reliable Baedeker to their Manhattan. Articles were wide-ranging and usually about fairly sophisticated topics, but occasionally, there was an oddball piece, such as a history of cigarettes in ’47, or a paean to Miss Subways in ’66. Promenade was purchased in ’66 by James White, Sr., who turned it into a semi-annual, still with enlightening stories on diverse city-centric topics—the history of the New York Public Library, the second-largest in America (after the Library of Congress); an in-depth look at Radio City Music Hall, a destination for both visi-

[ Back in the day, chic, fashionable women flocked to Martha and Porter’s, both long gone, for the latest looks ]


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tors and natives, especially in the years pre-’79, when you could catch a movie and stage show—in fact, Radio City was the premiere showcase for films from RKO-Radio Studio; or a behind-the-bark peek at the well-known Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In 2004, the White family sold the magazine to Advantage Media & Communications, when it was relaunched as a quarterly. And it was in 2007 that our publishing family, Davler Media, purchased it and began a modernization of the mag. Despite modifications to Promenade’s content, we still dedicate our upmarket publication to the world’s gentrified nomads and the denizens of the city who are also well-traveled and well-heeled—put most simply, the cognoscenti of the city’s restaurants, cultural institutions, and theatre. As we say in our tag line: Promenade is the upscale lifestyle publication for affluent New Yorkers and visitors. Over these 80 years, New York City has witnessed countless changes, reflected in Promenade’s pages. Some are as subtle as modifications in typeface, mirroring the styles of the era; others are more substantial, like cutting the section on cocktail recipes! Or deleting the pages on (vinyl) records. If you could time-travel back to ’38, you’d find a black and 38

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[ From far left: An early illustrated cover; a sampling of the theater covers featuring stars like Carol Channing, Joel Grey and Barbra Streisand; museum shows graced the front covers in 1989 and 2002; the multi-image cover of a recent Promenade ]

white magazine, with countless illustrations—covers featured drawings, as well—in its advertising; photography had not yet grabbed the lion’s share of advertising’s dollars. Ads for the prestigious stores of the day were prevalent. Time-travel forward to the ‘60s and you’d still find a black-and-white mag and ads for some recognizable emporia, like Tiffany, Tourneau, Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, D. Porthault, Belgian Shoes, Delman, Bally of Switzerland, Harry Winston, and Elizabeth Arden. (The latter features an ad that is sumptuously illustrated, in the style of the “Beautiful Hair Breck” ads of the ’60s.) Furriers abounded in Promenade’s early pages and many of the uber-luxurious furriers of that era like The Brothers Christie, Maximilian, and Ben Kahn were regulars. There were ads for stores now long gone, but which were the ne plus ultra of their time, (and whose coveted goods you will find today—in fact, they are sought after—on sites like Ebay and Etsy), boutiques like Martha and Porter’s, and the legendary Seventh Avenue Hannah Troy, who is considered the originator of petite sizes. Our pages have always echoed the strong tradition of Tin Pan Alley.

The segment of the magazine devoted to theatre was charmingly dubbed “Theatre and Theatre with Music.” Our pages in the ’60s were jampacked with announcements for Hello Dolly, Cactus Flower, Fiddler on the Roof, The Odd Couple, The Fantasticks, The Killing of Sister George, The Great White Hope, Mame, and Dames at Sea. (Dare we mention that a Promenade theatre article in the ’40s mentioned “parting with a crisp $4.40” for a theatre ticket?) Not surprisingly, we still cover theatre extensively. Restaurants, too, have always figured prominently in our line-up of where to go in New York City. Some restaurants, formerly bastions of Gotham, have ascended to the Great Kitchen in the Sky, like Luchow’s, Quo Vadis, and Le Pavillon. But countless others still thrive, like the Four Seasons, Le Périgord, and Keen’s English Chop House— and the resurrected Monkey Bar. However the timbre of the greatest city on earth evolves, expect that Promenade will continue to guide you, so you can be up-to-the-minute in all you do, navigating the cultural, fashionable, culinary, and in-the-know promenade that is New York. ■

Over these 80 years, New York City has witnessed countless changes, reflected in Promenade’s pages.

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talking with John Giglio The director of sales and marketing for Zero Halliburton discusses how the maker of some of the world’s most iconic travel and luggage pieces stays true to its roots, even while establishing a new home in the middle of Manhattan. By Kaitlin Ahern

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ou may not know them by name, but you’ve surely seen Zero Halliburton’s products more than a few times. The brand’s distinctive aluminum travel cases have been featured in more than 300 movies and television shows in the past few decades, including, most recently, USA’s Burn Notice, NBC’s Revolution, and the silver screen’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And as of last summer, you can now browse Zero Halliburton’s full line right here in Manhattan. The company opened its New York flagship—and first U.S. store—at Madison Avenue and 42nd Street. The store features more than 1,600 square feet of space, boasting an array of suitcases and briefcases

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as well as travel and lifestyle accessories. “New York City was a natural choice, being that it is the center of the business world,” says John Giglio, director of sales and marketing. “We feel like NYC provides us with the best opportunity to reach both new and existing customers as well as raise brand awareness. We are located just steps from Grand Central and a few blocks from Times Square.” We sat down with Giglio to learn more about Zero Halliburton and its iconic products that cater to successful businesspeople and frequent travelers alike.

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Q. Where does the name Zero Halliburton come from? JG: The company was founded in 1938 by Erle Halliburton and merged with the Zero Corporation in 1969, when it became Zero Halliburton. Q. Where did the idea for the first aluminum travel case come from? JG: Erle Halliburton’s original business was based in the dusty, hot and humid Texas oil field. He sought out to create a case that would protect his belongings in harsh climates such as the ones he encountered. Q. How much has the design changed since that first case? JG: There have been some changes to the hardware (latches, handles, etc.) and the interior to meet the demands of today’s business professional, but our current line is remarkably similar to the original cases.

Q. How would you describe the Zero Halliburton brand to someone who had never heard of it? JG: Zero Halliburton makes premium, durable and distinctive cases for everyone from the young professional to the CEO. Q. When someone carries a Zero Halliburton case, what does it say about them? JG: We feel like we are an aspirational brand. The person who carries our case aspires to get noticed for doing great things both in their personal life and their career. Q. Is it true that Zero HalZero Halliburton New York Flagship liburton cases were used by 300 Madison Avenue NASA on Apollo 11, to carry 646-640-3600; moon rocks back to Earth? JG: This is correct. The interior of the cases was slightly modified by NASA. Q. Can you explain the difference between the Classic Collection and the newer Geo Aluminum Collection? JG: The Classic Collection was given an update but still embodies the original essence of the classic design, hence the name. Geo Aluminum was designed with the idea of engaging with the next generation of loyal Zero Halliburton customers. Geo Aluminum features an updated, minimalist design which allowed our design team to take some weight out of the case while ensuring the structural integrity and durability that Zero Halliburton is known for. Q. What does the future hold for Zero Halliburton? JG: The travel and luggage industry is constantly changing. Zero Halliburton will continue to react to those trends while staying true to our core principles: quality, style and protection. ■

From far left: [ Rediscover a timeless design with the new Classic Aluminum Carry-On 2-Wheel Travel Case. $895. Travel in luxury with the new Geo Aluminum CarryOn 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Case. The spinner design is constructed with sealed ball bearings as well as a multi-stage retractable handle for effortless mobility. $695. Both pieces have a tough aluminum shell, custom designed draw-bolt latches as well as a three-digit TSA approved combination lock. Fully lined interiors feature privacy panels, compression straps and mesh compartments to organize items and reduce shifting. Protect business essentials in style with the new Geo Aluminum Attaché. This updated classic features anodized aluminum, custom-designed drawbolt latches and a three-digit combination lock. $365 ]


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Wolverine, the maker of dependably rugged boots since 1883, has opened a permanent store in Nolita at 254 Elizabeth Street. The new location follows the successful New York pop-up venture in fall 2012, and will again offer a curated selection of goods that share Wolverine’s commitment to quality, heritage, and craftsmanship. “The success of the Wolverine Company Store pop-up shop exceeded our expectations and made it an easy decision to open a permanent location,” says Todd Yates, President-Wolverine Brand. “The store showcases our heritage, and through that story we’ve been able to make strong brand connections with so many people. We are excited to continue that momentum with the permanent location for many years to come.” BKLYN Dry Goods created the concept and design of the permanent location, keeping the familiar pop-up store features —like wooden beams — that were part of Wolverine’s original tannery dating back to the late 1800s, and a wall of vintage shoe lasts. Alongside these distinct features are other new design elements, such as a concrete sign, weighing more than 1,000-pounds, from one of the company’s original factory buildings. In addition to the full men’s and women’s collections of Wolverine 1000 Mile and Wolverine No. 1883 (including the brand’s collaborations with Samantha Pleet and Filson), the store showcases men’s and women’s items from other like-minded brands including Filson, Tellason denim, Left Field NYC, Imogene + Willie, and Tanner Goods, and a unique selection of vintage items from BKLYN Dry Goods. 254 Elizabeth St. (Prince-Houston Sts.); 212-226-7869;

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Far Eastern Arts & Antiques – Since 1962, Far Eastern Arts & Antiques has provided NYC’s interior-design community with the finest in period pieces, including Asian and Chinese antique furniture, antique panels and screens, wood and stone carvings, porcelain, ceramics, rare antiquities, and more. To view their entire inventory, visit them at their historic warehouse in Yonkers (500 Nepperhan Ave., 914-423-2047) with five floors and over 170,000 square feet containing possibly the largest collection of Asian antiques, art, furniture, and accessories in the United States. 799 Broadway (11th St.), 212-460-5030;

Rain – A specialist in intensively handmade body and bath products including fair trade artisan soaps, beaded and embroidered gift boxes, luxurious sleepwear, bathroom decor, and accessories. Rockefeller Center, 59 W. 49th St., 212-239-3070;

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CAVIAR Caviar Russe - One of America’s largest caviar importers. Whether your palate prefers Beluga, or Osetra, Caviar Russe offer a decadent selection of smoked fish,

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shellfish, foie gras and charcuterie, caviar accompaniments, and gourmet pantry items. The restaurant component offers a tasting menu, dining a la carte, and a raw bar. 538 Madison Ave. (54th-55th Sts.), 2nd Floor, 212-980-5908;

Department and Specialty Stores Barneys New York –A cornerstone in chic, trendy New York fashion, Barneys is home to a plethora of international men’s and women’s fashion designers ranging from the classically understated to the avant garde. Haute accessories, beauty products, and home furnishings continue to stamp Barneys presence as a necessity on the fashion scene. 660 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-826-8900; Beretta Gallery - Beretta Gallery combines the adventure of outdoor sporting with the unwavering class that continues to mark the Beretta lifestyle brand as a beacon in the industry. The flagship three-story gallery, which makes its home in a historic New York townhouse, offers visitors access to Beretta’s collection of clothing, accessories, decorative items, and their signature merchandise dedicated to the hunting lifestyle. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 718 Madison Ave. (63rd-64th Sts.), 212-319-3235; Bergdorf Goodman - In the same location since 1928, this is among the nation’s most prestigious shops, featuring women’s fashion designers from Armani, Chanel, Versace and Ferre, to Tyler, Galliano, and Westwood. 754 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 800-558-1855; Bloomingdale’s – One of the world’s most famous landmark department stores. The best international fashions and home furnishings are brought together under a single Art Deco roof, in a store that encompasses a full city block and more than 500 departments on seven floors. If you work up an appetite from shopping, visit one of six restaurants, including David Burke at Bloomingdale’s, and the frozen yogurt hub 40 Carrots. 1000 Third Ave. (59th-60th Sts.), 212-705-2000; 504 Broadway (Spring-Broome Sts.), 212-729-5900; Hammacher Schlemmer – The landmark store for America’s longest-running catalog, offering unique products that solve problems, further your lifestyle, or represent the only one of their kind. 147 E. 57th St., 212-421-9002;

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Lord & Taylor – A beacon in American trends and designers. From chic and reasonably priced fashion classics, to a massive selection of shoes and accessories, Lord & Taylor continues to delight shoppers year round. 424 Fifth Ave. (39th St.), 212-391-3344; MacKenzie-Childs - This flagship store is painting the town in their signature Courtly Check print. It features the full MacKenzieChilds collection of whimsical and artistically quirky handcrafted home and garden accessories and gifts, including hand-painted ceramics, dinnerware, tableware, glassware and home furniture. 20 W. 57th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-570-6050; Macy’s – “The world’s largest store,” home to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and one of NYC’s most visited attractions. Macy’s runs the gamut in goods, from home furnishings to decadent caviar, luxury and casual clothing, and everything in between. Broadway & 34th St., 212-695-4400; Saks Fifth Avenue – This paragon of unparalleled class began in 1924 as the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel. Their Fifth Avenue flagship “dream store,” is highly regarded internationally and features nine floors of pure luxury, stocked with exclusive items for men and women from the world’s most desired brands. 611 Fifth Ave. (49th-50th Sts.), 212-753-4000;

Electronics/PHOTO B&H Photo Video - The world’s largest camera and video super store. With a top notch staff, including industry pros and a full line of still, digital, video, home and portable entertainment, pro audio equipment, computers and accessories, it’s the professional’s source. B&H encourages you to try almost every item on the floor before you buy. 420 Ninth Ave. (34th St.), 212-444-6615 DataVision - With a 30,000 square foot flagship, DataVision is NYC’s largest independent computer and video retailer. Browse and purchase from a widespread selection of computers, software, peripherals, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, DVDs, and more. 445 Fifth Ave. (39th St.), 212-689-1111;

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Sony Store - Try your hand at sophisticated hi-tech Sony products at this flagship location. Offering a comprehensive array of music, video, and multimedia material in a sleek environment, the Sony Store is a list topper. Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave. (55th-56th Sts.), 212-833-8800;

Fashion AND Accessories A Second Chance – New York’s hidden resale boutique gem, featuring an unparalleled selection of new and pre-owned Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories. They also carry pieces by Céline, Marni, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent among others. 1109 Lexington Ave., 212-744-6041; 155 Prince St. (W. Broadway), 212-673-6155; Alexander McQueen – Dramatic couture, including dresses, tailored pants, and beautifully constructed frock coats from the late British designer. Shoes, jewelry, and handbags are also prominently displayed. 747 Madison Ave. (65th St.), 212-645-1797; Badgley Mischka – Shop “the collection” in the front parlour, which features a line of skirts, jackets, day dresses and evening gowns, and an airy salon in back showcases couture, while jewelry, handbags, watches, sunglasses and more fill a central foyer and bridal dresses are down on the garden level. 24 E. 64th St. (Madison-Fifth Aves.), 212-644-4934; BCBG Max Azria – A fresh and youthful take on modern women’s design, from suits, separates, coats, dresses, handbags and accessories for women on the cusp of fashion trends. 770 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-717-4225; 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-625-2723; 461 Fifth Ave. (40th St.), 212-991-9777; Burberry – This beloved British brand, synonymous with its signature house check–the camel, black, red, and white pattern–offers luxurious men’s, women’s, children’s, and babywear lines, fragrances, golf, eyewear, and home collections. Their made-to-order coat service has customized style and color options. 160 Columbus Ave. (67th St.), 212-595-0934; 444 Madison Ave. (49th St.), 212-707-6700; 9 E. 57th St., 212-407-7100; 367 Bleecker St., 212-901-3600; 131 Spring St. (Greene St.), 212-925-9300;


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Carolina Herrera – Elegant, ultra-feminine, up-tothe-minute women’s dresses and fragrances. CH Carolina Herrera (802 Madison Ave. (68th St., 212-744-2076 ) has clothing for men, women, and kids, as well as travel accessories. 954 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-249-6552; Chanel Boutique – Showcasing the iconic, classic and timeless elements of Coco Chanel’s style, with handbags, accessories, shoes, and ready-to-wear by Karl Lagerfeld. 15 E. 57th St., 212-355-5050; 139 Spring St. (Wooster St.), 212-334-0055; 737 Madison Ave., 212-535-5505; Céline – Luxury women’s fashions including timeless ready-to-wear, leather bags and handbags, shoes, and sunglasses. 870 Madison Ave. (71st St.), 212-535-3703; Diane Von Furstenberg – From her signature wrap dress designs to flirty sportswear and accessories, DVF is pure chic heaven. 874 Washington St. (14th St.), 646-486-4800; 135 Wooster St., 212-542-5754; DKNY – Lifestyle clothing, accessories, and more embracing the fun styles of New York from Donna Karan. 420 West Broadway (Spring St.),

646-613-1100; 655 Madison Ave. (60th St.), 212-223-3569; Dolce & Gabbana – Ultra-modern Italian fashions, including men’s formalwear and more adventurous women’s fashions. 825 Madison Ave. (69th St.), 212-249-4100; Donna Karan – Classic elegance and modern glamour shine at this three-story home to the famed designer’s collection. 819 Madison Ave. (68th St.), 212-861-1001;

Featuring two floors of brightly striped shirts and gabardine trousers for him, and narrow suits and spangly gear for her. Rockefeller Center, 636 Fifth Ave. (51st St.), 212-319-0111; Giorgio Armani – The alpha and omega of understated, power-drenched Italian fashion. The Italian designer’s flagship features suits, elegant sportswear, outerwear, and evening wear for men and women. 760 Madison Ave. (65th St.), 212-988-9191;

Elie Tahari – Detail oriented, subtly elegant pieces, including ready-to-wear fashions and accessories, suits, cutting-edge sportswear and dresses. 417 West Broadway (Spring St.), 212-334-4441;

Hermès - Known for their coveted Birkin and Kelly handbags, this French boutique features beautifully designed men’s and women’s clothing and a full array of accessories and shoes. 691 Madison Ave., 212-751-3181; 15 Broad St., 212-785-3030;

Escada – The German-based company offers high-end, modern, and elegant women’s apparel and accessories. ESCADA SPORT represents understated city chic. The company brand also encompasses licenses for eyewear and fragrances. 7 East 55th St., 212-755-2200;

Louis Vuitton – From the quintessential leather design brand, the shop focuses on the timeless elegance of men’s and women’s fashions, handbags, watches and jewelry, and shoes. 116 Greene St. (Prince St.), 212-274-9090; 1 E. 57th St. (Fifth Ave.), 212-758-8877;

Façonnable – A French high-end retailer specializing in tailored men’s and women’s clothing.

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Sleep is a necessity — it is a time for the body to reboot all of your organs, glands and systems; a lack of it can weaken your immune system. Many of us are not even aware that we are not getting good quality sleep. Approximately 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from interrupted sleep known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). During an OSA event you snore and stop breathing for many seconds during your sleep. This condition deprives the body of oxygen, prompting an increase in oxidation that can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. In addition, research shows that many children may be misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) while having some form of an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Millions more suffer from another sleep disturbance known as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. This disorder can be associated with symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, teeth grinding, high blood pressure, daytime fatigue, depression, poor concentration, memory loss, and more. The good news is, sleep disorders are treatable. Dr. Reid L. Winick, D.D.S, founder and President of Dentistry for Health New York, has developed a specialized sustainable approach to oral care that ultimately benefits the entire body. In practice for more than 20 years, Dr. Winick uses holistic, natural solutions integrated with the latest technologies in the field of dentistry. Dr. Winick is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, with extensive experience treating TMJ, Craniofacial disorders and general dentistry. When it comes to conquering sleep problems, Dr. Winick offers comprehensive, affordable at-home sleep tests and solutions for patient screenings and clinical assessments aimed at restoring peace and comfort for a restful healthy sleep. Conservative treatments such as oral appliances can be prescribed. For example, a sleep device can reposition the jaw to open the airway, decrease the obstruction to breathing, eliminate snoring and allow you and your bed partner to have a peaceful night’s sleep. 120 East 56th Street, 12th floor; 212-973-9425,

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map year after year. Casual-chic fashions for men and women including simple dresses, classic tailored suits, and formal wear. Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 12pm-6pm. 163 Mercer St. (Houston-Prince Sts.), 212-343-1490; 403 Bleecker St., 212-924 0026; Michael Kors – Polished, chic American sportswear and accessories for men and women from the design maven himself. Rockefeller Center, 610 Fifth Ave., 212-582-2444; 133 Fifth Ave., 212-228-2043; 667 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-980-1550; 384 Bleecker St., 212-242-0700; 101 Prince St., 212-965-0401; Michael Kors Collection: 790 Madison Ave., 212-452-4685; Onassis – American-inspired menswear collection, rooted in European styling and fit, and uniquely handcrafted with Japanese techniques. Rockefeller Center, 61 W. 49th St., 212-586-8688; Polo/Ralph Lauren, Madison Avenue – American clothing legend Ralph Lauren’s NYC retail outposts. The jewel in the crown of the more than 145 stores worldwide, with authentic antique furniture, women’s wear, accessories, leather goods, home furnishings, and antiques. 888 Madison Ave. (72nd St.), 212-434-8000. Ralph Lauren’s first men’s-only store is located across the street at 867 Madison Ave. (72nd St.), 212-606-2100. Children’s Clothing at 878 Madison Ave., 212-606-3376; Prada – The Italian specialist in luxurious minimalist fashion offers a range of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, and furnishings. 841 Madison Ave. (70th St.), 212-327-4200; 45 E. 57th St., 212-308-2332; 724 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-664-0010; 575 Broadway (Prince St.), 212-334-8888; Roberto Cavalli – A boutique with “funky, sexy stuff ” from the Italian designer that is always dramatic and innovative. 711 Madison Ave. (63rd St.), 212-755-7722; Saint Laurent – Refined, modern, elegant, and upscale men’s and women’s apparel, from tailored suits to refined knits. 3 E. 57th St., 212-980-2970; 80 Greene St., 212-431-3240; Stella McCartney – The trendy boutique featuring au courant, animalfriendly fashions for women in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Stella McCartney’s designs take fashion forward trends mixed with classic patterns and a cutting edge twist. 112 Greene St. (Prince St.), 212-255-1556; Vera Wang – Featuring some of the finest bridal gowns in the world. 991 Madison Ave. (77th St.), 212-628-3400; 158 Mercer St. (Prince St.), 212-382-2184; Wolverine Company Store – Quality-crafted boots and apparel for men and women to help you tackle whatever the weather brings in style. 254 Elizabeth St., 212-226-7869;

GOLF/COUNTRY CLUBS Doral Arrowood Golf Club - Explore flexible and affordable ways to golf on one of the top 25 nine-hole courses in America as voted by Golf Digest. While on the grounds, explore the rest that Doral Arrowood has to offer, including three dining options and a beautiful hotel. 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, 914-939-5500; Golf & Body NYC - An exclusive experience for golfers seeking the highest level of golf training and entertainment at a one-of-a-kind urban country club. The Golf & Body Experience offers PGA golf instruction, fitness, physical therapy and other wellness services, all at a golf-centric venue where members can meet, dine, and entertain. 883 Sixth Ave. (32nd St.), 212-244-2626;

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[L  eft: the Golf Simulator Bays; above: the fully equipped GBNYC Fitness Center ]

get ready

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All photos on this page: Adrian Nina

Here’s how to play better and score lower.

[ Top: GBNYC Golf Services; right: the Golf Experience area; above: elegant locker room facilities ]

It’s spring, which means it’s almost golf season here in New York. Unless you spent the winter at your estate in the Caribbean, chances are your body and mind aren’t golf-ready. To help speed your return to the game—and start playing better and scoring lower right away—we spoke to two of the lead practitioners at Golf & Body NYC, the private club in midtown Manhattan that offers golfers the ultimate setting for enhancing their performance with expert instruction and golf-specific training. Ben Shear, Golf & Body NYC’s Director of Performance—and trainer to a number of PGA Tour stars including Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, and Jason Day—wants every golfer to eat and drink better. “First, drink as much water as you can,” says Shear. “Second, have a small salad with dinner every night. Third, you don’t have to give up all the bad stuff—the pizza, cookies, cake, candy—but cut that stuff in half and you’ll immediately be healthier. Do that and drink more water and your life will be better, as will your game.” Shear offers one more commandment: “Join a gym,” he says, “or better yet, join a specialized golf-improvement facility like Golf & Body NYC, where the fitness experts and golf instructors will evaluate your health and golf swing and then work together to create a program tailored specifically for you.” One of those fitness experts is Dr. Bradley Borne, a licensed chiropractor who after years of working with skiers in Aspen, now specializes in golf. “Manhattan is very different from Aspen, where my patients were very active,” explains Dr. Borne. “Here, most people sit at a desk for 50 hours a week, which, I’ve noticed, leads to rounding their backs rather than keeping the spine straight during the swing. “Before you go to the course the first time, work on straightening your back, which allows your body to rotate properly. The lead instructor here at Golf & Body NYC, Darrell Kestner, is a big proponent of working in front of a mirror to check body positions. Get in front of a mirror, set up to a ball, then place a club across your hips and gently push the hips back so they can hinge and your back is straight. Then soften your knees a little bit and you’ll be in the proper set-up and swing position. “Whenever you feel or see any part of your spine rounding instead of staying straight, get back in front of the mirror and Golf & Body NYC push those hips back. Not only 883 Sixth Avenue 212-244-2626; will you play better, but you’ll help prevent injuries.” For additional information about membership at Golf & Body NYC or to create your own personalized golf fitness program, call 212-244-2626 or visit

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Golfsmith - Golfsmith is New York City’s best golf experience. With over 45 years of proven expertise, Golfsmith and its trained staff demonstrate their commitment to helping golfers of all skill levels play their best game. Golfsmith carries all major brands and provides expert custom club fitting using the latest launch monitors and swing analyzing technology. 420 Fifth Ave., 212-221-7931; 641 Lexington Ave., 212-317-9720; New York Golf Center - Manhattan’s finest premier golf shop for over 20 years, committed to providing golf enthusiasts with everything they need, on and off the course. With over 13,000 sq. ft. of selling space, carrying the most comprehensive selection of golf equipment, accessories, clothing and shoes for men, women and children. 131 W. 35th St., 212-564-2255; 100 Park Ave. (40th St.), 212-564-0078;

HEALTH and wellness Dentistry for Health New York - Founder and president Reid L. Winick, D.D.S., with nearly 20 years of experience, heads up this dental practice described as a “haven for overall wellness” that treats the patient as a “human ecosystem.” If you are looking for options to help avoid gum surgery and/or extractions, Dr. Winick’s programs have helped many patients avoid periodontal surgery and the need for implants, and achieve improved overall wellness in a cost-effective manner. 120 E. 56th St., 12th Floor, 212-973-9425;

Jan Linhart, D.D.S., P.C. - Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jan Linhart has been listed as one of America’s top dentists by Castle Connolly Consumer Guide and by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Linhart has mastered the various modern, pain-free cosmetic dental techniques and procedures that can transform your smile, giving you a renewed sense of self-confidence and dental health. 230 Park Ave. (46th St.), Suite 1164, 212-682-5180; NY Hotel Urgent Medical Services - A prime resource for travelers should illness arise, offering premier 24-hour urgent care, full-service travel medicine services, and house calls. Medical care is provided in the comfort and safety of your hotel room. Dr. Ronald Primas has over 20 years of experience as one of NY’s finest internists. 952 Fifth Ave. (76th St.), Suite 1D, 212-737-1212; NYMetroSleep - Dedicated to the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders—not only to individuals within the New York metro area, but also to visitors from around the globe. With their ambulatory sleep testing program, they provide you with a simple sleep diagnostic screening device that they retrieve the next day, enabling you to potentially initiate treatment as soon as the following night. 718-684-6393; Reebok Sports Club/NY - Committed to helping its members feel better, stronger, and more connected to what’s most essential: a healthy life. Experience the ultimate in fitness options

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Guerlain Spa

Dr. David P. Rapaport - Specializing in plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Prior to opening his private practice, he was Chief Resident at Harvard Medical School and he was also the Chief Resident at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Medical Center. One of only a handful of plastic surgeons in Manhattan with such an ideal plastic surgery training background, with over 13 years of practice experience. 905 Fifth Ave. (72nd St.), 212-249-9955; If you find yourself wondering what it would be like to be treated like a rock star or a royal, drop by the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Infused with nuanced refinement — from décor (Baccarat crystal touches), to services (luxe perks included), to its attentive staff — Guerlain is a study in red-carpet living. Its deluxe menu rates extra-high marks for two exemplary signature treatments: Orchidée Impériale and Abeille Royal Youth facials. While the Orchidée is the more assertive of the two, tackling aging skin by “accelerating the natural renewal cycle of skin,” Abeille deftly addresses elasticity and fine line issues for both younger and mature skin with Royal Jelly Concentrate — from Gallic bees on the isle of Ouessant. Described as “a unique sensory experience” to the delight of their clientele, the effects are intensely long-term. For a full body revamp, Guerlain offers microdermabrasion services, without chemicals or invasive techniques, to refresh and rejuvenate by removing dry, dead skin cells and breathing life to the skin’s surface. Clients will be thrilled with the results, from lessened fine lines and wrinkles to a long-lasting bright glow. The spa’s European heritage is accentuated with complimentary makeup application for women and, for the gentlemen, a shoeshine and jacket steaming. (P.S. In the lobby of the Waldorf, you’ll find a petite boutique where Guerlain fragrances are beautifully displayed and makeup application is de rigueur.) Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, 100 East 50th Street, 19th floor; 212-872-7200;


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including 170 classes weekly, breathtaking Mind Body studios, the swimming pool, state-of-theart equipment, volleyball, soccer, basketball—all available in the spacious 140,000-sq.-ft. Club. 160 Columbus Ave. (67th St.), 212-362-6800;

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Based on the overwhelming success of their shop on 3rd Avenue, Mephisto expanded to another location within the city late last fall, located at 1089 Madison Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets. “Opening a second location in New York allowed us to reach out to new customers as well as existing, loyal Mephisto aficionados,” says Rusty Hall, President and CEO of MEPHISTO USA. “With our superior quality products and personalized service, we are confident this new shop will also be a huge success. “Mephisto is dedicated to excellence in footwear, as well as being a world-renowned brand with an excellent track record. We are thrilled to add Mephisto Madison Avenue to our growing roster of Mephisto Shops in the U.S.,” adds Hall. The overall vision for this shop is consistent with Mephisto’s 3rd Avenue location as well as their Mephisto Shop in Phipps Plaza located in Atlanta, Georgia. Every detail was thought through in order to offer the best shopping experience possible. Customers have over 900 square feet of comfort in which to shop. “We know that finding the perfect shoe involves an important decision-making process, so we have made the commitment to offer customers the very best. A spacious interior, product-friendly fixturing and comfortable furnishings will please local shoppers, footwear connoisseurs, comfort addicts and tourists alike.” Open Mon.-Sat., 10am to 7pm & Sun., 11am to 6pm. 1040 Third Ave. (61st-62nd Sts.), 212-750-7000; 1089 Madison Ave. (82nd St.), 646-422-1000;

For over 165 years, Hammacher Schlemmer has offered unique products that solve problems, further their customers’ lifestyle, or represent the only one of their kind. Recent additions to their product line include: The World’s Lightest Carry On (pictured), a fourpound, four-wheeled spinning carry-on that weighs 66% less than most 20-inch bags, making it effortless to hoist into an airplane’s overhead bin; The Smartphone Charging Wallet, a trifold wallet has a 680mAh rechargeable battery integrated into one panel, providing up to two hours of additional talk time without requiring access to a traditional power outlet; and The iPad Paintbrush, the paintbrush that allows you to create works of art on a tablet computer or smartphone, simulating painting in acrylic, watercolor, or charcoal media using Apple and Android apps such as PicsArt, ASKetch, and Brushes. 147 E. 57th St., 800-421-9002;


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Sugi Acupressure - Injae Choe, PhD LMT, is a licensed massage therapist and a nationally certified therapist of massage and bodywork (NCTMB) with 20+ years of experience specializing in the Eastern holistic style of manual therapy called Sugi (“hand energy”) Acupressure. It is a healing practice and art form that he learned during childhood directly from his father, a world-renowned Eastern medical doctor. Injae’s mission is to help people restore and maintain their optimal level of health the natural, comfortable way. 1841 Broadway (60th St.), Suite 905, 646-823-5386;

Jewelry & Watches Aaron Basha – An upscale jewelry boutique furnished with high-fashion jewelry pieces, celebrity worthy gems, and their distinctive jeweled baby shoes and assortment of baby charms. They also feature heirloom-quality jewelry, with bracelets, clasps, cuff links, chains and more. 685 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-644-1970; Cellini - A luxurious gem wonderland, showcasing beautifully authentic and homemade pieces using diamonds that shimmer and shine, robust rubies, and eye-popping emeralds. Hotel Waldorf Astoria (East Lobby), 301 Park Ave. (49th-50th Sts.); 212-751-9824; 509 Madison Ave. (52nd-53rd Sts.); 212-888-0505; de Grisogono – Founded in 1993 by black diamond specialist Fawaz Gruosi, this baroquestyle boutique—one of 16 worldwide—specializes in designing high jewelry and objets d’art including diamond-set jewelry, timepieces for men and women, accessories including cufflinks, and much more. 824 Madison Ave. (69th St.), 212-439-4220; Fred Leighton – A celebrity jewelry favorite, renowned for an extraordinary collection of vintage and estate jewelry from the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from the Victorian era to Art Deco to retro and modern masterpieces. The collection features signature creations as well as works and signed pieces by the great makers in jewelry history, including Cartier, Van Cleef, Rene Boivin and Suzanne Belperron. 773 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-288-1872; Georg Jensen – Trendsetting, luxury jewelry and watches, faithful to the unique Danish design language and committed to high quality and craftsmanship. The collection focuses on gold and sterling silver jewelry. 687 Madison Ave. (62nd St.), 212-759-6457;

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Hour Passion – From the Swatch Group, Hour Passion offers shoppers a boutique timepiece experience with an array of fine watch brands on display, from Longines and Hamilton, to Tissot, Calvin Klein and many others. This locale marks the premier New York City storefront for Hour Passion and its luxurious collection of watches. 112 W. 34th St., 212-904-1002; Jacob & Co - Jacob & Co has solidified its position as one of the world’s leading luxury watch and jewelry houses with the introduction of the legendary Five Time Zone technology. The brand continues its dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship, revolutionary design and innovation. 48 E. 57th St., 212-719-5887; Kara Ross – The luxury designer (whose private clients include President and First Lady Obama) has opened her flagship store in New York City, offering fine jewelry pieces, exotic skin handbags, bridalwear, the Gemstone Collection, and more. Her signature Four Piece Hexagon earrings steal the show at this Madison Avenue jewel boutique. The Kara by Kara Ross Collection offers a playful approach to fashion jewelry. 655 Madison Ave. (60th St.), 212-755-8100; Reinstein/Ross– Pairing vibrant precious stones and classical goldsmithing techniques, Reinstein/Ross jewelry is designed and hand-fabricated in NYC, in their Madison Ave. shop. Reinstein/Ross jewelry is distinctly contemporary, but reminiscent of Etruscan, Indian and Egyptian jewelry and art, and has a timeless quality. Often featured in magazines, movies and fashion events, the work of Reinstein/Ross has influenced an entire generation of jewelry designers. Custom orders welcome. 29 E. 73rd St. (Madison Ave.), 212-772-1901; 30 Gansevoort St. (opening Spring 2014);

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Rolex - An official Rolex retailer and boutique, featuring the latest pieces from the innovative watchmaker, including the Oyster Collection, new 2013 models, and more. 665 Fifth Ave. (53rd St.), 212-759-8309; Stephen Russell - Offering one of the most important and carefully chosen vintage jewelry collections available today, complemented with a collection of original contemporary designs. 970 Madison Ave. (76th St.), 212-570-6900; Tiffany & Co. - Luxurious merchandise with the tradition of quality, showcasing a wide variety of jewelry including the gold and silver signature collections. Other items include china, crystal, silver, watches and clocks, and fragrances. Fifth Ave. & 57th St., 212-755-8000; 37 Wall St., 212-514-8015; 97 Greene St., 212-226-6136; Tous - Exquisitely crafted jewelry for women, men and children, a full range of accessories as well as cosmetics and home accessories. 610 Fifth Ave. (49th-50th Sts.), 212-757-2316; 109 Greene St., 212-219-1444; Ulysse Nardin – Stunning Swiss watches for women and men. Since 1846, Ulysse Nardin’s acclaimed pocket and marine chronometers set the stage for the unique designs identified with the Nardin name today. The brand pushes boundaries on timepiece elements, bringing an uber contemporary twist to some of their luxury watchwear. The Ritz Carlton, 50 Central Park S., 212-257-4920; Wempe - With over 125 years of tradition and experience, Wempe offers an impressive selection of fine timepieces and clocks, exquisite 18-karat gold and diamond jewelry, cufflinks, and watch straps. Among the brands in its Europeanstyle salon with an elegant and inviting atmosphere are Patek Philippe, A. Lange and Söhne, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Wempe has earned its strong reputation for exceptional customer service with its state-of-theart service center. 700 Fifth Ave. (55th St.), 212-397-9000; Yael Sonia - Known for cutting-edge designs, playful gem geometry, and taking an innovative, artistic approach to jewelry making, Yael Sonia has become synonymous with modern sophistication. All pieces are handmade

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at her studio/showroom in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By appointment only. 270 Lafayette St., Suite 810, 212-472-6488;

Luggage Zero Halliburton - Located near Grand Central Terminal, the iconic luggage manufacturer’s 1,600-square-foot flagship store (which opened in summer 2013) is the place to find their latest collections of luxury luggage, including the signature aluminum cases. 300 Madison Ave. (41st-42nd Sts.), 646-640-3600;


Do you have impeccable taste when it comes to high-end luxury items and accesories? Discover one of New York City’s hidden gems at A Second Chance Designer Resale Boutique, family-owned and -operated resale boutique with over 20 years of experience in luxury goods under its collective Hermès belt. These charming, local favorites are well known for featuring a singular selection of new and pre-owned Chanel, Birkin, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton handbags. They also carry pieces by Céline, Marni, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others, as well as wallets, pens, sunglasses, and more. Two locations: SoHo at 155 Prince St. (West Broadway), 212-673-6155; and the Upper East Side at 1109 Lexington Ave. (77th-78th Sts.), 2nd floor, 212-744-6041. You can also shop online at

Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger Salon - Influenced by her training as a painter in Paris and time working with Bruno Dessange in NYC, Sophie Georgiou specializes in the balayage coloring technique, in the same location as celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger. After a day of indulgences in their Parisian atelier-like salon, their services will deem you red carpetready, or just queen of the concrete jungle. 17 E. 71st St. (Fifth-Madison Aves.), 5th Floor, 212-535–3519;

SPAS Cool Spa Fifth Avenue - Manhattan Board Certified plastic surgeon David P. Rapaport, MD performs all his CoolSculpting (“non-surgical safe removal of stubborn fat”) procedures and plastic surgery procedures on-site in this boutique style surgical facility. 905 Fifth Ave. (72nd St.); 800-525-0572; Guerlain Spa - A 14,000-square-foot facility with 16 treatment rooms, state-of-the-art footbath lounge, hydrotherapy and Vichy shower facilities, and the Guerlain Boutique offering skincare, fragrance, and makeup collections. Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, 100 E. 50th St., 19th Floor, 212-872-7200;


CitiShoes is New York City’s premier shoe store for fine footwear and service. Located on Park Avenue, CitiShoes offers an extensive collection of footwear from Mephisto, Alden, Edward Green, Church’s, a.testoni, Allen Edmonds and many other fine men’s brands. CitiShoes provides personal attention when you shop, and is dedicated to finding the perfect shoe for each customer. From casual footwear to more dressed-up styles, CitiShoes’ well-stocked variety of fashions can help you find a fit for virtually any occasion. 445 Park Ave. (56th St.), 212-751-3200;

Botticelli - Celebrating 40 years of timeless Italian footwear, Botticelli is rooted in history and quality, offering traditional classics alongside each season’s essentials. Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Ave., 212-582-6313; 55 W. 49th St. (Rockefeller Plaza), 212-768-1430; CitiShoes - NYC’s premier shoe store for fine footwear and service. Located on Park Avenue, CitiShoes offers an extensive collection of footwear from Alden, Church’s, Edward Green, Santoni, a.testoni, Allen Edmonds, Paraboot, Mephisto, and many other fine men’s brands. CitiShoes provides personal attention when


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you shop, and is dedicated to finding the perfect shoe for each customer. From classic dress shoes to casual footwear, CitiShoes’ well-stocked variety of fashions can help you find a fit for virtually any occasion. 445 Park Ave. (56th St.), 212-751-3200; Cole Haan - This global flagship Cole Haan location showcases high-quality handcrafted men’s and women’s footwear, accessories and outerwear. Each product blends craftsmanship, design, and innovation giving it distinctive character. Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Ave., 212-765-9747; 141 Fifth Ave., 212-677-4693; 128 Prince St., 212-219-8240; The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9420; Jimmy Choo - A celebrated force in women’s shoe design, Jimmy Choo shoe lines include house, evening, bridal, sandals, as well as matching handbags. 716 Madison Ave. (63rd-64th Sts.), 212-759-7078; 645 Fifth Ave. (51st St.), 212-593-0800; 407 Bleecker St. (W. 11th St.), 212-366-1305; Manolo Blahnik – A pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes puts an A+ on any closet. The shop sells inspired designs from one of the world’s most influential footwear designers. 31 W. 54th St., 212-582-3007; Mephisto - MEPHISTO represents a world-class product with loyal customers and a brand driven by one man’s unshakable belief that excellence can and will be achieved every day, with every pair of shoes. 1040 Third Ave. (61st-62nd Sts.), 212-750-7000; 1089 Madison Ave. (82nd-83rd Sts.), 646-422-1000;

CITISHOES FINE FOOTWEAR Find some of the finest classic major-brand shoes at Citishoes. Citishoes carries an extensive collection of Alden Shell Cordovan shoes including special colors and custom models. the professional staff will provide expert flitting. open weekdays: 10am - 7pm | saturdays: 11am - 5pm

445 Park Avenue, New York between 56th & 57th Streets


Salvatore Ferragamo - Men’s and women’s shoes crafted from superb leathers, from classic business and formal footwear to casual styles with a European flair. 655 Fifth Ave. (52nd-53rd Sts.), 212-759-3822; Stuart Weitzman – Timeless and elegantly crafted shoes and handbags for women. 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9560; 625 Madison Ave. (59th St.), 212-750-2555; 2151 Broadway (76th St.), 212-873-0983;

TELEVISION HBO Shop - A retail space featuring a multimedia showcase of HBO’s® award-winning programming, plus tons of fan swag to keep you on top of your True Blood or Boardwalk Empire obsessions. 1100 Ave. of the Americas (42 St. & 6th Ave.), 212-512-SHOP; NBC Experience Store - Nestled in the heart of Rockefeller Center, the NBC Experience Store is the place to find all your favorite television merchandise. From “Must-See TV” classics like “Seinfeld” to today’s hottest hits our merchandise is created directly from your favorite lines, characters and quotes. 30 Rockefeller Plaza;

TOYS FAO Schwarz - The pioneer in children’s toys, where there is no shortage of magic or imagination. Their staff gives expert help with Personal Shopping, Toy Soldier Tours, Big Piano Dance Lessons, Private Party Planning, Concierge Service and Corporate Sales. In business for over 150 years, FAO gives lets kids reign in a toy-filled paradise. 767 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 212-644-9400; Toys“R”Us Times Square - Theme park meets mega toy land at Toys “R” Us. Prepare to be entranced by this 110,000-square-foot toy store, which features a 60-foot indoor Ferris Wheel, a 4,000-square-foot Barbie dollhouse, a 20-foot animatronic T-Rex dinosaur & much more. 1514 Broadway (44th St.), 646-366-8800;


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Bull Fight This hand-painted plaster bull may be small in size, but its personality is mighty. The figure, manufactured in 1950, balances playful color elements with asymmetrical horns. Natural wear on the piece simply adds to the unique antique quality. $350. Holler & Squall, 119 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-223-4685; Also available through 1stdibs, The New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor,

Horsing Around For a twist of Chinese design, this Tang Dynasty (7th/8th century) terracotta horse and rider figure is a true nod to Oriental history. The rider sits proudly atop the lightly colored horse, which measures in at 14 inches high. This piece comes from Far Eastern Arts & Antiques, offering the largest collection of antique Chinese terracotta on the East coast. $2,500-$5,000 (different designs available). Far Eastern Arts & Antiques, 799 Broadway at 11th Street, 212-460-5030;

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. Selecting an antique animal piece to enhance your space From pastoral to patriotic, this spring we’re tapping into our animal instincts ation. With a variety of animals, provenances, and artistic is a bold design choice that is sure to make a statement and call for convers the wild side. By Melanie Baker on walk to ready e styles, these antiques have a little something for everyon

Whippet Good It’s double the design pleasure with this pair of Italian hand-painted terracotta Whippet dog statues presented by LA Vintage Furnishings. Each whippet stands at 29” high. $3,250 for the pair. Center44, Center44

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A majestic representation of power, this cast bronze eagle statue stands proudly with a verdigris patina quality and is the ideal focal point that demands attention in any room. 20 inches wide and 25.5 inches high. $4,850. Things, 149 Madison Avenue, Olde Good Things 212-321-0770;

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playful PURPLE Showcase Pantone’s color of the year in your home this spring to evoke joy, love and health. Radiant Orchid, this year’s chosen shade, encourages creativity and originality and can be complemented with olive, deep hunter green and light yellows. By Lisa Chung NOT A WALLFLOWER Update your walls in rich and bold graphics with Jonathan Adler’s George wallpaper, a modern take on the classic Greek key pattern. Available in purple (shown) or gray. Roll 27”W x 45’L, $250. Jonathan Adler, 53 Greene Street; 212-941-8950, 877-287-1910;

BOLD STRIPES Lay this lightweight and reversible woven cotton rug by Dash & Albert in Quartz Stripe to make a bold statement. Offered in standard sizes, starting from $33 for 2’x3’ to $443 for a 9’x12’ area rug. Gracious Home, 1201 Third Avenue (at 70th Street); 212-517-6300 800-338-7809;,

SITTING PRETTY Inspired by mid-century design, the Morgan chair in lively lavender features a v-shaped backrest with birch wood legs in eggshell finish, and will brighten up any room. $395. Safavieh, 902 Broadway; 212-477-1234;

RAISE YOUR GLASS Crafted by the renowned Italian glassmaker Nason Moretti, the Burlesque Goblet, made of Murano glass, comes in various color combinations including hunter green and a pretty purple (shown). $125. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue; 212-826-8900;

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Luxury PropertiesNEW YORK

lovely, lavish lofts

Once considered a cheap space for starving artists, the loft has reinvented itself as a sophisticated, spacious dwelling descriptive of the celebrated—and sought-after—New York experience. By Karli Petrovic


ofts are the place for sky-high ceilings and sprawling rooms, not to mention vintage appeal. “Lofts have always been a part of the New York dream,” says Leonard Steinberg of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “The concept of loft conjures up an emotional connection to the history of New York. What’s cooler than living in a setting that was once the domain of an artist?” Harry Nasser of Sotheby’s International Realty agrees. “The benefits of choosing a loft are about sensation and feeling,” he says. “The large, open interior and living space in each room gives you the sensation that you’re living in your own modern day castle.” For buyers who previously dismissed the loft option, it’s time to take a second look.

Lincoln Center treasure


If Soho and downtown Manhattan are prime spots for luxury lofts, a grand space in Lincoln Center is a hidden treasure. Look no further than the pre-war loft penthouse condominium at 43 West 64th Street. “It’s rare to find a loft in the Lincoln Center area,” says Nasser, who is the listing agent for this home. “The building is an exclusive boutique building with only 35 apartments. Besides the 24/7 doorman and a 12-hour daily concierge and a bike rack, the building has a driveway that allows you to

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drop off your luggage or shopping bags in a very civilized manner. Homeowners don’t have to rush like they do when entering many other buildings in Manhattan.” Located half a block from both Lincoln Center and Central Park, the approximately 2,337-square-foot penthouse loft is on the market for just under $6.3 million. The dramatic space has an open floor plan with expansive rooms—including a 900-square-foot great room and a 415-square-foot

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[O  pposite page: This penthouse loft at 43 West 64th Street offers an open floor plan in a boutique building between Lincoln Center and Central Park This page: Buyers who love the sophistication of Soho should explore the penthouse loft at 383 West Broadway, where the home’s private amenities rival the shared ones of more generic high-rise apartments ]

master bedroom with a walk-in closet—and 12-foot beamed ceilings. Homeowners will love the 250-square-foot master bathroom that comes complete with heated floors, a sauna, a soaking bath, a steam shower, and double sinks. The contemporary finishes extend throughout the loft, from the oak floors and 10-foot solid wood doors to the three full baths that are adorned with white marble surfaces. “This is a unique apartment,” Nasser says. “It was well built and finished with very good taste. No efforts were spared to make this a true state-ofthe-art loft apartment.” And the benefits of this luxury home go beyond the condo itself. “People love the cultural aspect of the Lincoln Center area: theaters, operas and movies,” Nasser says. “Plus, the neighborhood has a great number of excellent restaurants, such as Boulud Sud, which offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine. There’s a casual feel to the neighborhood, and yet, you’re a quick cab ride away from the Upper East Side and Midtown.” This is loft living in one Manhattan’s most special neighborhoods. A Surprising Space in Soho If there were one definitive spot in Manhattan where the loft would be a natural fit, it’s Soho. The 7,500-square-foot penthouse loft at 383 West Broadway, then, is ideal for homeowners who are as interested in their surroundings as they are in the property’s impressive interior. Steinberg, who is one of two listing agents on the loft, says this $32 million penthouse is located in the “quintessential Soho loft building” and includes some serious perks. “Soho has a consistency of historic loft architecture unlike any neighborhood anywhere in the world,” Steinberg says. “The eclectic mix of high-end

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retailers, unusual specialty stores, restaurants, art galleries, museums, and more is unlike any other neighborhood in Manhattan. The neighborhood is truly authentic, something sorely lacking in our global esthetic of sameness. “This penthouse has been completely reengineered and rebuilt to the most exacting standards,” he continues. “This is not a building about shared amenities: The comforts, such as a spa, terrace, media room, and wine cellar, are private and all contained within the apartment. There’s a building lobby attendant, which is a rarity in Soho. The superb selection of restaurants and retail at your doorstep is a hidden amenity.” Some of the major property selling points include the 1,500-bottle glassencased, climate-controlled wine cellar, an octagonal skylight in the master bathroom with matching marble slabs on the floor, and a 360-degree terrace-top view of the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower that can be enjoyed under a Boffi outdoor shower. The penthouse terrace spans nearly 4,200 square feet and includes a fully equipped kitchen that’s serviced by a dumbwaiter. Guests can lounge around the landscaped rooftop oasis or head down to the media room where they’ll find plush stadium seating. Cove lighting, a Dolby 10.1 surround sound system, and ultra-suede lined ceilings and walls enhance movie viewing on the large projection screen. “There’s lots to love,” Steinberg explains. “The element of surprise is first. Who would expect a home this spectacular after entering the building through the relatively modest lobby? After that, buyers are impressed with the remarkable space volume and the extraordinary level of detailing. This is a true New York experience, without compromise. It’s the perfect alternative to generic high-rise living.” n


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Alan Cumming “Scottish elf trapped inside middle aged man’s body. Planet Alan.” (@Alancumming).

By Griffin Miller


ate afternoon mid January, Alan Cumming is in his Manhattan office dutifully surrendering to one of what will likely add up to hundreds of interviews—in-person, on-line and by phone— all involving (or at the very least touching upon) his return to the role of Emcee in the revival of Oscar-winner Sam Mendes’ Goth-flavored Cabaret. The current Studio 54 mounting mirrors the celebrated 1998 version that ran close to six years with serial celebrity cast changes along the way. Still it was Cumming—packing an arsenal of androgynous sexuality and puckish guile (that smile, those dimples!)—who set the template for his “Willkommen… bienvenue…” successors while earning himself a Best Actor in a Musical Tony for his Broadway debut. Yet, not every actor would gravitate to a role they not only played, but redefined, 20 years earlier. (Before Cabaret arrived in America, the musical earned its stripes at London’s Donmar Warehouse, opening in 1993 on the heels of a rehearsal period Cumming describes as intensely collaborative.) Nevertheless, when Mendes broached the idea, Cumming was intrigued enough to hop onboard without hesitation. As for the challenges of reprising the Emcee—a character who opens the show in what amounts to a bow tie, abbreviated trousers and body-

hugging suspenders wrapped suggestively around his torso—Cumming isn’t really concerned about the outer trappings per se, or co-director/ choreographer Rob Marshall’s physically demanding dance numbers. “In the original I was working with my peers. Now, with the ensemble much younger, I see myself in a more fatherly role,” says the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama graduate. “It seems so long ago I should go to the library to check the video.” “What made the idea interesting to me was the contrast: where the world was, and where I was, in the ‘90s as opposed to today,” he contends, acknowledging that while he’s a different man now and progressive strides have been taken since the late ‘90s, we’re still dealing with the kinds of oppression that parallel those of Nazi Germany illuminated in Cabaret. “It makes this production, if anything, even more relevant by highlighting the dangers of complacency,” notes Cumming, a passionate advocate for gay and human rights. Indeed, passion seems to infuse every part of Cumming’s life and career, especially when it comes to the characters to whom he gravitates. On Broadway alone, in addition to the charismatically menacing Emcee, he’s starred as underworld kingpin Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera (2006), and just last season gave a stunningly virtuoso performance of


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Macbeth, embodying a mental patient whose madness transforms him into the characters in Shakespeare’s “Scottish play.” I could feel how much the audience was caught up in it,” he says, noting there were parts of the play where he sensed theatregoers fearing for his physical safety. In film and on television as well, he savors straddling the risk-taking fence and listing to the dark side. His talent at playing the provocateur has been especially front-and-center in his Emmy-nominated role of Eli Gold on CBS’ hit drama The Good Wife. As Gold, he plays the campaign strategist/spin doctor for politico Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) and gets to flex his “suit” muscle—and play an entire deck of manipulation cards from episode to episode. He is called upon to drop his Scottish brogue for an American accent—Chicago-friendly, as that’s where the series is set. Those of us enchanted by his native Scottish lilt (he was born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland on January 27th, 1965), however, can satisfy our lust to hear him roll out his native accent thanks to another ongoing TV job as the host of Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. And though it seems that between TV, film and the stage Cumming’s

plate is nicely overflowing, don’t kid yourself. He exists in a one-man, nonstop creative universe that never stops expanding. Directing, producing, recordings, photography, books, cabaret shows, magazine articles, audiobooks, talk shows, charity functions, commercials, comedy specials, his own cologne… and there’s always something – sometimes literally – waiting in the wings. But the best part is that almost every aspect of Cumming’s career and world view has been compiled on what is probably the best personal website ever. Even if didn’t go beyond its splash page—a 40-headshot collage interspersed with staccato marginalia—it would still be an internet A-lister. Once you click on, however, you are privy to a wealth of videos, photos and Cumming commentaries. And in case you were wondering, he’s also a dedicated Tweeter who reported his most recent trans-Atlantic jaunt with: “I am flying to NYC in a camouflage onesie. I hope it works!”— accompanied by a peek-a-boo selfie channeling South Park’s Kenny. Twitter is also a good place to see recent postings of his and husband Grant Shaffer’s adored and pampered companions, Leon the Chihuahua and Honey, a collie-shepherd mix who gracefully tolerates being subject to the occasional fashion accessory. Plus, you can bet there will be plenty of current postings about Cabaret, The Good Wife, and whatever other projects he has percolating. “I like doing everything,” Cumming concludes, “but I guess if I had a gun to my head my first choice would be theatre— for the immediate reaction.” n

“My whole reason to do a character is to be provocative,” says Cumming. “I like to guide my audiences to the point where they feel complicit.”

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[ Opposite page far left: Alan Cumming with Julianna Margulies in a scene from The Good Wife; Left: Leenya Rideout, Cumming and Michelle Pawk in the 1998 production of Cabaret; Below: the actor in his tour de force Broadway Macbeth, 2013.]


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Spring 2014 Edition

a theatregoer’s guide Some of the hottest names in showbiz are storming the Broadway scene during these months leading up to the Tony Awards in a smashing collection of world premieres and awesome revivals! By Griffin Miller


* Prior Tony Award Winner

+ Prior Tony Award Nominee


>Broadway Debut

+Danny Burstein *Alan Cumming +Linda Emond Michelle Williams

Sixteen years after its Tony-winning run, Sam Mendes’ conventionbreaking revival returns with Cumming reprising the Emcee and Williams (Marilyn) as Sally Bowles.

Act One

*Chuck Cooper Santino Fontana *Andrea Martin Tony Shalhoub

Actors Fontana (Cinderella) and Shalhoub (TV’s Monk) play Moss Hart in this new play tracking the famed writer/ director’s rise from poverty to theatrical legend.


+Jonathan Freeman James Monroe Iglehart Adam Jacobs Courtney Reed

Disney’s breaking out “A Whole New World” to explore and adore in its latest film-tostage adaptation boasting an expanded song list and spectacular visual thrills.

All the Way

Bryan Cranston Michael McKean +John McMartin

After Breaking Bad, Emmywinner Bryan Cranston is going All the Way as President Lyndon Johnson during his crusade to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

The Cripple of Inishmaan

A Tony-winning creative team — Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown, Bartlett Sher — and a stellar cast have transformed the best-selling novel into a musical romance.

Hedwig and the Lena Hall Neil Patrick Harris Angry Inch

And you thought Harris’s Broadway super power was all about hosting the Tony Awards. Hah! Prepare to be wowed by his Hedwig in this über gender-bender rock musical.

Woody Allen’s musical take (period songs from the 1920s!) on his showbiz film comedy about a young writer, a gangster with a bankroll, and the bimbo who would be a star.

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon (Fences; A Raisin in the Sun) helms this fictional new musical inspired by rapper/actor/poet Shakur’s street-vibe lyrics and music.

Previews 3/20; Opens 4/17

Previews 2/26; Opens 3/20

Opens 3/6; Thru 6/29

+Hunter Foster The Bridges of Madison County +Kelli O’Hara

Opened 2/20

Steven Pasquale

Bullets Over Broadway

Zach Braff +Marin Mazzie Vincent Pastore *Karen Ziemba

Previews 3/11; Opens 4/10

Previews 3/21; Opens 4/24; Thru 8/31

Harvey Fierstein’s roster of awardwinning musicals has dazzled *Gabriel Ebert +Tom McGowan Broadway for 30 years, but his new Mare Winningham work is a play about straight whitecollar guys who share a secret Catskills life… as women!

Casa Valentina *John Cullum Previews 4/1; Opens 4/23; Thru 6/15

Daniel Radcliffe

Previews 4/12; Opens 4/20; Thru 7/20

Previews 3/29; Opens 4/22

Previews 5/26; Opens 6/19

Tupac Shakur (Score)

On the heels of stellar London reviews, the actor who grew up as Harry Potter is back among the Yanks starring in Martin McDonagh’s comic masterwork – its Broadway debut, no less!


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Jason Bell

Opposite page clockwise from left: [ Tony Shalhoub; Sutton Foster; Neil Patrick Harris; Marisa Tomei; Michael C. Hall; Denzel Washington; Toni Collette; Kelli O’Hara; Daniel Radcliffe; Bryan Cranston; James Franco Right: The cast of Bullets Over Broadway ]


Previews 3/5; Opens 3/30; Thru 7/6

*LaChanze Jenn Colella *Idina Menzel Anthony Rapp

Les Misérables >Ramin Karimloo Previews 3/1; Opens 3/23

Mothers and Sons

Previews 2/23; Opens 3/24

Of Mice and Men

Previews 3/19; Opens 4/16; Thru 7/27

A Raisin in the Sun

Previews 3/8; Opens 4/3; Thru 6/15

*Nikki M. James Caissie Levy >Andy Mientus +Keala Settle +Will Swenson

Set in modern Manhattan, If/Then reunites powerhouse Rent originals Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp in a new musical from the creators of Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning Next to Normal. Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production has returned with a compelling young company to the Imperial Theatre, where the original ran for 16 of its 20 Broadway years.

*Tyne Daly +Bobby Steggert Frederick Weller

An intimate drama built on poignantly fragile relationships marks four-time Tonywinning playwright Terrence McNally’s latest, starring Tony winner Daly.

>James Franco >Leighton Meester *Jim Norton >Chris O’Dowd

Franco’s James Dean and Meester’s Gossip Girl may have launched their careers, but tackling Steinbeck’s seminal drama for their Broadway debut? Bold and brilliant.

+Stephen McKinley Henderson LaTanya Richardson Jackson >Sophie Okonedo *Anika Noni Rose *Denzel Washington

This reappearance of Lorraine Hansberry’s masterwork, with a to-die-for cast, is nothing short of a theatrical windfall…with “sell out” written all over it.

The Realistic Joneses

+Toni Collette Michael C. Hall *Tracy Letts Marisa Tomei

Tonys, Emmys, and Oscars -- the luminaries gracing Will Eno’s acclaimed suburbia-centric play have all racked up one or two of these trophies over the years. Tony voters, take note.


Andy Karl Margo Seibert

The first Rocky movie has morphed into the latest mega-musical to take over the Winter Garden, flush with tenacity, romance, and adrenaline-fueled action.

The Velocity of Autumn

+Estelle Parsons *Stephen Spinella

Parsons and Spinella turn up the heat in this explosively funny dark comedy that sold out its recent run at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. Family feuding and Molotov cocktails…. Cheers!


*Sutton Foster +Joshua Henry

This New York City Center Encores! success comes to Broadway with leading-lady Foster recreating the title role of a facially scarred woman in search of a miraculous transformation.

Previews 3/13; Opens 4/6

In previews; Opens 3/13

Previews 4/1; Opens 4/21

Previews 3/28; Opens 4/20; Thru 8/10

Edition g On Broadway in pr S : its su ur P l Trivia Sutton Foster is a prominent lynchpin this season. Not only is she sharing the Broadway landscape with her brother, Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County), she’s costarring in Violet with former Anything Goes cohort Colin Donnell while another of her AG alums, John McMartin, is appearing in All the Way alongside Michael McKean, who worked with Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) in The Pajama Game in 2006. O’Hara is also connected to Danny Burstein via her Nellie Forbush to his Luther Billis in the long-running Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific. Oh yes, O’Hara’s last starring Broadway gig was in Nice Work if You Can Get It, which featured Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn), who took over the character of Violet Weston (Meryl Streep’s role in the film) in the Broadway production of August: Osage County – written by Pulitzer and Tony winner Tracy Letts (The Realistic Joneses). Speaking of replacements, it hust so happens that Michael C. Hall, also in The Realistic Joneses, was the first actor to replace Alan Cumming as the Emcee in the original Broadway revival of Cabaret. Meanwhile, in the director sector, Kenny Leon gets recurring points for directing both revivals (this year’s and 2004’s) of A Raisin in the Sun – this time with Denzel Washington, who last worked with Leon on Broadway in the sold-out hit Fences.


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Johan Persson

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In terms of Tony nominations, it looks like Daniel Radcliffe’s (above, with Pat Shortt) third Broadway outing may be the charm. Filmdom’s Harry Potter — who loves American audiences and the energy of the Big Apple — is crossing the Atlantic once again as the title character in Tony-nominated playwright Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed London hit, The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins previews April 12th for an April 20th opening at the Cort Theatre. See listings for more information.


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Please call the box offices for showtimes. All listings subject to change BROADWAY Act One - (Play) James Lapine’s new play from the classic autobiography by Moss Hart, one of the finest books about 20th-century American theater, chronicles the playwright/director’s childhood and his struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. Starring Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub. Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/20 for a 4/17 opening)

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of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., 212-239-6200; The Book of Mormon - (Musical) South Park’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker joined forces with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez for their musical-writing debut, about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., 212-239-6200;

After Midnight - (Musical) This Broadway production of Encores’ Cotton Club Parade brings the glamour of Harlem’s Golden Age to a whole new generation. The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, an orchestra of musicians handpicked by Wynton Marsalis, perform the songs of Duke Ellington—woven together by the prose of Langston Hughes—providing a backdrop for performances by 25 vocalists and dancers. Scheduled special guest stars: k.d. lang (through 3/9); Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (3/18-30). Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200;

All the Way - (Play) Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston makes his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in this play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., 800-745-3000; (In previews for a 3/6 opening) Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - (Musical) The true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one

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The Bridges of Madison County - (Musical) The novel about a devoted Iowa housewife and her unlikely love affair with a National Geographic photographer has inspired a new Broadway musical. Starring four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; Bronx Bombers - (Play) This new play examines how baseball’s most storied franchise has always remained focused on maintaining a great team, even when dealing with some of the game’s most iconic and tempestuous personalities. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; Bullets Over Broadway - (Musical) A new musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1994 film, starring Brooks Ashmanskas, Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State), and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos). Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (The Producers). St. James Theater, 246 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/11 for an 4/10 opening)

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Aladdin - (Musical) The latest Disney blockbuster to move to Broadway features music by Academy- and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., 866-870-2717; (In previews for a 3/20 opening)

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BLUE MAN GROUP Blue Man Group has updated their wildly popular theatrical show, running at the Astor Place Theatre. Taking a closer look at the technology that both surrounds and isolates us, BMG showcases technogeek ingenuity while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Signature moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment. 434 Lafayette St., 800-BLUEMAN;

Cabaret - (Musical Revival) Alan Cumming returns to his Tony-winning role as the Emcee, with Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles, for this new revival of the popular Kander & Ebb musical. Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, who were behind the famed 1998 revival, also return. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., 212-719-1300; (Previews begin 3/21 for an 4/24 opening) Casa Valentina - (Play) Harvey Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years takes place in a 1962 Catskill Mountain bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 4/1 for a 4/23 opening) Chicago - (Musical Revival) Kander and Ebb’s “musical vaudeville” follows murderous vixen Roxie Hart, who locks horns with prison diva Velma Kelly when they both vie for the attentions of the hottest lawyer in town: Billy Flynn. Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St., 212-239-6200;


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Cinderella - (Musical) Originally presented on television, this famous fairy tale has been re-fashioned and set to music by two great masters of the musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein. Musical highlights include “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible.” Nominated for nine 2013 Tony Awards. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway (53rd St.), 212-239-6200;

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The Cripple of Inishmaan - (Play) Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece, starring Daniel Radcliffe, examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances as a Hollywood film being made on a neighboring island captures the imagination of a young man looking to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 4/12 for a 4/20 opening)

If/Then, a new musical from the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-/ Tony-winning Next to Normal, marks a reunion for stars Idina Menzel (foreground) and Anthony Rapp. They made their career breakthroughs in the 1996 Broadway production of Rent. They’re joined by the brilliant LaChanze, who’s coming off a Tony-winning performance in The Color Purple. Previews begin March 5th. See listings for more information.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder - (Musical) A new musical comedy about a disinherited relative of the rich and powerful D’Ysquith clan who learns he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom. Based on the novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman and set in England’s elegant Edwardian era. Starring Jefferson Mays. Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; Hedwig and the Angry Inch - (Musical) “Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson (Neil Patrick Harris) brings her fourthwall-smashing rock n’ roll saga to Broadway to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Based on the John Cameron Mitchell Off-Broadway production and film. Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/29 for an 4/22 opening) Holler If Ya Hear Me - (Musical) The world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, 212-307-4100; (Previews begin 5/26 for a 6/19 opening) If/Then - (Musical) On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) moves back to modern-day New York City intent on a fresh start: new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But the smallest decision will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible... Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., 800-745-3000; (Previews begin 3/5 for a 3/30 opening)

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Jersey Boys - (Musical) Based on the life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Filled with just about every major Four Seasons hit, from “Sherry” and “Rag Doll” to “You’re Just Too Good to Be True.” Winner of 4 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., 212-239-6200;

A dramatically re-imagined production of the Broadway classic Les Misérables has arrived in New York, bringing with it the spellbinding Ramin Karimloo, who’s been dazzling Toronto audiences in the role of Jean Valjean. “Even if you’ve seen [it] and think you know what [the show] is, this will make you think differently about the songs and characters,” says Caissie Levy, who plays Fantine. “It’s a Les Mis for now.” See listings for more information.


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Kinky Boots - (Musical) Inspired by a true story and based on the film, Kinky Boots features a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from Cyndi Lauper, in her stunning theatrical debut. Winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; Les Misérables - (Musical) Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s award-winning musical about 19th-century French convict Jean Valjean, pursued relentlessly by Inspector Javert, returns. In a constant battle of wits and wills, the two find themselves in the middle of a revolution, the aftermath of which will determine both their fates. Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/1 for a 3/23 opening) The Lion King - (Musical) The Tony- and Olivier Award-winning stage version of Disney’s celebrated animated feature film follows the lion cub Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of

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adulthood and his destined role of king of the jungle. Featuring Grammywinning numbers by Elton John and Tim Rice. The Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., 866-870-2717; Mamma Mia! - (Musical) This hit musical incorporates 22 ABBA songs into a story about a single mother and her daughter on the eve of the daughter’s wedding—and three men who could be her father. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., 212-563-5544;

Mothers and Sons - (Play) In this new play by Terrence McNally, Tyne Daly plays a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around (and withour) her, she’s finally able to see the rich life her son might have led. John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; (In previews for a 3/24 opening)


Matilda - (Musical) This Royal Shakespeare Company import based on the Roald Dahl book is a big hit on Broadway. The winner of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards, including Best Musical, it also won four 2013 Tony Awards. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200;

Motown the Musical - (Musical) This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Nominated for 4 2013 Tony Awards. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., 877-250-2929; Newsies - (Musical) Set in turn-of-the-century NYC, the tale of a charismatic newsboy who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 866-870-2717;



No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot - (Plays) Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shler Hensley star in this double bill of the famed plays by Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; (Through 3/30) Of Mice and Men - (Play) Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck’s play tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O’Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/19 for a 4/16 opening) Once - (Musical) With eight 2012 Tony Awards, this musical based on the Academy Award-winning film tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200;

The Phantom of the Opera - (Musical) Featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom has achieved the kind of reputation and following most shows only dream of. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; Pippin - (Musical) Returning to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) that includes the favorites “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Corner of the Sky,” Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find

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Outside Mullingar - (Play) A world-premiere romantic comedy from writer John Patrick Shanley and director Doug Hughes (Doubt) in which Tony winner Brían F. O’Byrne and Emmy winner Debra Messing play two introverted misfits straddling 40. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; (Through 3/16) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella recently welcomed new cast members, with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”) stepping into the famous slippers (she’s scheduled to remain with the show through April 27th) and Fran Drescher — pictured above with Peter Bartlett — taking over the role of wicked stepmother (through April 13th). See listings for more information.


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Meet the new Rocky: Why he loves NY Andy Karl tried, but there was no hiding from his wife. He’d come home from rehearsal, keeping his back to her. She laughed. “What are you doing?” she asked. Then he turned round. There it was. Plain as day. A black eye. “It’s my own fault—I mean, I’m putting myself in harm’s way,” says Karl, star of the new musical Rocky, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre. “You take a role where gloves are coming at you—you’re gonna get hurt.” Based on the iconic film created by Sylvester Stallone, the production has music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime), book by Stallone and Tom Meehan (Annie, The Producers) and yes, Rocky Balboa sings. He also throws some punches. Karl has trained at a local boxing gym and worked out six days a week for months to prep for the role. “There are moments where the fighting looks real, not choreographed,” says Karl. “It’s an ambitious new line we’re riding, and I’m testing new ground—both physically and emotionally.” A Baltimore native, Karl recently starred in Jersey Boys, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and—with his wife, Tony Award nominee Orfeh—Legally Blonde. The couple lives in downtown Manhattan. So what does Karl do when he’s not onstage or in the ring? “As long as I’m not getting punched in the face, I’m a happy person,” he says, laughing. C’mon, Rocky. We asked the Broadway boxer for a few insider tips on where to go and what to do in New York City. What keeps you here…besides your job? It’s the least boring place in the world. Walk out your door and the whole world of culture, food, activity, is ALL HERE. It’s something you have to get used to when you first move to the city. But once you do, it’s busy and fantastic and wonderful. I spent a few months in L.A.—I was bored out of my miiiind. And what drives you crazy about this town? The construction—always. It’ll be a great city when they’re finished with it. Which will be …nevahhh. Where should we go for…a good meal? I love Q2 Thai in Hell’s Kitchen. I’m always sending people there. And my new favorite love is Tad’s Steaks across from the Winter Garden Theatre. It’s just, like—steak, protein, go. Sort of a traditional, New York low-end steak. It’s not fancy but it’s good. Or there’s Lucky Strike downtown—an old haunt for my wife and I, the site our first date.


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From left: [ Andy Karl as Rocky Balboa in the ring; Karl with co-star Margo Siebert; Karl in plain clothes ]

• Q2 Thai, 788 Ninth Avenue (52nd/53rd Streets); 212-262-2236 • Tad’s Steakhouse, 761 Seventh Avenue (50th Street); 212-767-8348;  ucky Strike, 50 Grand Street (Wooster/W. Broadway); 212-941-0772; •L …a great workout? Citibikes—I started last summer. Go down the bike path alongside the West Side Highway and the river. I love it. It’s beautiful—a little exercise, but you’re seeing the city from a different perspective. • Citibikes, 855-BIKE-311; …a romantic stroll? Greenwich Village. There are so many stores, restaurants, nooks and crannies you can dip into. And there’s usually something new, like…a cupcake factory, or something surprising like that. •M  agnolia Bakery, 401 Bleecker Street (11th Street.); 212-462-2572; …something NOT touristy, a little unexpected? Seeing water in this city reminds you you’re on an island. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and head to DUMBO [Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass]—it’s a fun, out-of-the-way neighborhood. You can get something to eat, then take the water taxi back. In recent years I’ve fallen in love with the Water Taxi. There’s one that goes from South Street Seaport to the Ikea store in Red Hook, Brooklyn. That’s a cool trip—you see the Statue of Liberty and islands in the harbor. • New York Water Taxi, 212-742-1969; …a great Broadway show (besides yours)? See Jessie Mueller in Beautiful. She’s a star—and has Carole King down. Or Jersey Boys. Yes, okay, I was in it, but there’s a reason people keep going to see that show—it’s reeeeally good. I had a great time doing it for almost two years. You can’t go wrong.  eautiful: The Carole King Musical, Stephen Sondheim Theatre, •B 124 W. 43rd Street (Sixth Avenue/Broadway); • J ersey Boys, August Wilson Theater, 245 W. 52nd Street (Broadway/Eighth Avenue); …a nice place to chill? Bounce, in the Flatiron district. It’s a sports bar. Cool atmosphere, great bartenders. And it’s…big. I like bars a little bigger—you can move around. And they have a good menu. I don’t go out too much to bars. [He laughs.] Especially now, I’m on such a regimen. “Hey, do you have any protein powder with that whiskey?” Yggghhhh.  ounce Sporting Club, 55 W. 21st Street (Sixth Avenue); •B 212-675-8007; – Joseph V. Amodio

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meaning in his existence. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; A Raisin in the Sun - (Play) Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Denzel Washington), his wife (Sophie Okonedo), his sister (Anika Noni Rose), his son (Bryce Clyde Jenkins) and matriarch Lena (Diahann Carroll). Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 3/8 for a 4/3 opening) The Realistic Joneses - (Play) What do you really know about your neighbors? Toni Collete, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei invite you to find out. Hailed by The New York Times as “tender, funny, terrific and featuring this spring’s most enticing cast,” The Realistic Joneses is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home). (Previews begin 3/13 for a 4/6 opening). Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; Rock of Ages - (Musical) A true crowd-pleaser with a high-energy retro score made up of 1980s hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, and more. The show tracks an aspiring young rocker and a small-town girl chasing her dreams. Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; Rocky - (Musical) The iconic underdog story about a down-and-out fighter struggling to stay on his feet is coming to Broadway in an innovative new musical, brought to life by director Alex Timbers, songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and book writers Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone. Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway, 212-239-6200; (In previews for a 3/13 opening) The Velocity of Autumn - (Play) Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella star in this new play by Eric Coble about a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; (Previews begin 4/1 for a 4/21 opening) Violet - (Musical) Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) returns in this musical set in the deep South of 1964, centering the relationship between a physically scarred young white woman and a young black soldier. American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300; (Previews begin 3/28 for a 4/20 opening) Wicked - (Musical) Set in Oz before the arrival of Dorothy, this knock-out production follows

the friendship between two girls who grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. A modern-day classic. Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., 212-307-4100;

OFF-BROADWAY 50 Shades! The Musical - (Musical) The original Fifty Shades Of Grey Parody. Based on the “greatest novel of all time,” 50 Shades! The Musical tells a sexy, hilarious story chockfull of wrestling singlets, handcuffs, and helicopters with silly names. A show full of “BDSM” (Best Damn Songs and Music) is promised. Times Square Arts Center, 669 8th Ave., 866-811-4111; (Through 8/31) Avenue Q - (Musical) Singing puppets and their human neighbors make up the residents of Avenue Q, a fictional New York City street where a collection of twenty-somethings struggle to find their way in the world. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; Blue Man Group - (Spectacle) The trio of postmodern clowns combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a unique form of entertainment. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St. (so. of Astor Pl.), 212-254-4370; The City of Conversation - (Play) This new play by Anthony Giardina tells the story of a political hostess, Hester Ferris, a behind the scenes mover and shaker in Washington, D.C., and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency. Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; (From 4/10) Dinner With Friends - (Play) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this celebrated play by Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still) returns to the New York stage, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., 212-719-1300; (Through 4/13) The Fantasticks - (Musical) The romantic, funny “boy meets girl” tale, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, is a musical classic with its simple love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. The score includes “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Snapple Theater Center, 210 W. 50th St., 212-307-4100; Heathers the Musical - (Musical) A new musical version of the 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as two highschool students who want to put the popular girls

in their place: six feet under. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; (From 3/15) iLuminate - (Spectacle) iLuminate combines state-of-the-art technology with exhilarating dancers who perform in the dark to create a fantastical mashup of illuminated characters, choreography, music, sets and special effects that flood the senses with spectacular visuals and artistic thrills. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; La Soiree - (Spectacle) Bringing the glamour and glitz of the velvet-draped vaudeville salons straight into the 21st century, this unique production’s seductive setting is complete with ringside seats, bar service and posh tables from where audiences will be treated to a heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety. It is high glamour and low inhibition entertainment for those who enjoy the risky and the risque. The lineup features the creme de la creme of singular entertainers, including stars of the Olivier-Award winning La Clique. Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St., 800-982-2787; (Through 3/30) Perfect Crime - (Play) The long-running psychological cat-and-mouse thriller about a wealthy female psychiatrist who has returned to America, where a bizarre murder has occurred. Enter the inspector who becomes obsessed with her, her patients and her home. Snapple Theater Center, 210 W. 50th St., 212-307-4100; Sleep No More - (Play) A legendary hotel. Shakespeare’s fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense. Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More is an awardwinning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy through the lens of a film noir movie. The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., 866-811-4111; Stomp - (Musical) Springing from Brit clubs and an urban aesthetic, this eight-member theatre of percussion has caused sensation after sensation at each of its international appearances—and what can only be called a big bang in the Big Apple. Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave. (7th St.-St. Marks Pl.), 212-307-4100; Tango House - (Dance) The best of Argentine tango Off Broadway with musicians and dancers direct from Buenos Aires. 428 Lafayette St., 212-419-4645; The Threepenny Opera - (Musical) Inspired by the art, style and sensuality of Weimar Berlin, legendary director and choreographer Martha Clarke joins forces with the Atlantic Theater Company to breathe new life into the original Marc Blitzstein translation. Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St., 212-279-4200; (3/12-5/4)


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the Met’s stars on parade Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann and Joyce DiDonato are among the illustrious singers in a glamorous season.

By Martin Bernheimer



he mighty Metropolitan Opera, which first raised its luxurious curtain with an Italianized version of Gounod’s essentially French Faust back in 1883, has presented its share of controversial productions over the decades. Some have been old-fashioned literally to a fault; others newfangled beyond common logic and/or popular recognition. Still, one factor has remained constant: the house serves as a happy haven for stellar singers. Although appearing on the New York roster may not invariably ensure fortune, it obviously affirms fame. Lofty, illustrious fame. And so it is as the 2013-2014 season draws to a hectic, glamorous, star-studded close. Massenet’s Werther turns up at the Met only when a special tenor can be found, one who can convincingly convey the romantic poetry, subdued passion and lingering melancholy of the title character, a simple Gallic incarnation of Goethe’s complex hero. A great Werther must project introspection and bravado in equal measure. Many an interpreter has expressed one quality at the expense of the other. The most notable protagonists in Met history include such disparate contenders as Jean de Reszke (1894), Franco Corelli (1971), Plácido Domingo (1978) and, in many ways possibly best of all, Alfredo Kraus (1979). This year the challenge is passed to Jonas Kaufmann, a splendid German tenor who has triumphed in both lyric and dramatic flights, bridging the Italian, German and French repertories, defining Wagner’s Siegmund, Bizet’s Don José and Puccini’s Cavaradossi with equal persuasion. The Met celebrates Kaufmann’s first Werther with an ambitious, probably conservative, new staging directed by Richard Eyre. The celebrated French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch makes her debut as the

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unhappy heroine, Charlotte (replacing Elena Garanča, who is on maternity leave). Alban Berg’s Wozzeck sounded abrasively modern when it was first performed in 1925 and, to some delicate ears, still sounds that way today. Even so, it represents a unique integration of music and drama, intellect and emotion. If well performed it is disturbing, touching and easily overwhelming. Ultimate success depends on an inspired conductor, a masterly singing actor in the pathetic title-role and a lusty yet sensitive soprano as the doomed heroine. This year, in Mark Lamos’ marvelously simple, marvelously expressive production, the Met enlists a great Wozzeck specialist, James Levine, in the pit and a pair of exceptionally versatile artists venturing the central assignments for the first time: the thinking-person’s baritone Thomas Hampson as Wozzeck and the always generous, always resourceful soprano Deborah Voigt as Marie. The prospect is intriguing. Bellini’s La Sonnambula is regarded in some stubbornly intellectual quarters as a creaky exercise in vocal acrobatics. Its revival makes invariably good sense, however, if an extraordinarily gifted soprano is available to enliven the altitudinous platitudes of the titular sleep-walker. Needed, in short, is a bel-canto paragon blessed with technical brilliance, theatrical savvy and a magnetic personality. The fabled Maria Callas put her unique stamp on the role when she sang – and recorded – it in Italy and Scotland during the late 1950s. Unlike many colleagues, she took the libretto seriously, crafting flesh-and-blood urgency where others settled for tired clichés. For most impractical purposes, the most prominent contender among the “others” was

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All photos on Cenerentola: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

[ Opposite page from left: Rob Howell’s set for the new production of Massenet’s “Werther,” taken during an early technical rehearsal; Jonas Kaufmann as the title character Left: Diana Damrau, who sings Amina in Bellini’s “La Sonnambula; above, a scene from the opera Right: The grand finale in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”; Juan Diego Flórez as Prince Ramiro and Joyce DiDonato as Angelina in the production ]

Joan Sutherland, a diva whose dazzling, fearless fioriture and communicative sympathy made certain theatrical limitations virtually irrelevant. It was, of course, possible to admire both sopranos equally, but most aficionados tended to support one singer at the expense of her rival. Such is operatic life. Callas never sang Sonnambula at the Met, a house that she found less than congenial. Our loss. But Sutherland sang the opera 26 times for the company, a house record, sometimes sharing the stage with none less than Luciano Pavarotti. Now it is Diana Damrau’s turn. The popular German soprano takes on the florid duties of Amina with at least two formidable ghosts in the wings (not to mention such notable Met predecessors as Lily Pons, Roberta Peters, Renata Scotto and Natalie Met Opera Lincoln Center; Dessay). Damrau is remarkably well equipped, however, to compete honorably with most specters, maybe even to exorcise them. Beautiful, smart, and in her prime at 42, she knows how to act onstage, with her face, her body and, most vital, her voice. The extended range and ornate hurdles should not intimidate her. The inherent pathos should come naturally. The Met has arranged for her to be partnered – not on the same night – by two promising, relatively obscure tenors, Javier Camarena and Taylor Stayton. Come what may, the contrasts should be stimulating. Elvira, the lofty heroine of Bellini’s I Puritani, represents a not-so-distant cousin of Amina in La Sonnambula. The inherent musical and histrionic challenges are strikingly similar. For this opera, however, the Met has chosen a singer little known in the States, the Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko. Born in Saint Petersburg in 1980, she arrives here with imposing European credentials. In 2007 she achieved wide recognition winning second prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, and aficionados await her local

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debut with avid optimism. Significantly, the Met has cast her opposite Lawrence Brownlee, a prime-time tenor with vast experience and few peers in the graceful, soaring cantilena of Arturo Talbot. Traditionally, high sopranos have been the most celebrated stars in the irrational world of opera. They, after all, play the spot-lit heroines – at least most of the time – and they die the prettiest onstage deaths. Now, a few mezzosopranos are giving their higher-voiced colleagues a run for the money, not to mention the glitz and glamour. Of these deeper-toned paragons, the most applauded, the most vivacious, the most virtuosic and possibly the most versatile must be Joyce DiDonato of Kansas City, Missouri. For its final revival of the season, the Met has cast her, most appropriately, as Cinderella – a.k.a. Angelina – in La Cenerentola, Rossini’s exquisite opera quasi-buffa fairy tale. She will no doubt make the most, visually and vocally, Werther: March 3, 7, 11, 15 matinee of the lowly waif who Wozzeck: March 6, 10, 13, 17, 22 matinee La Sonnambula: March 14, 18, 21, 25, 29 matinee, April 1 rises ecstatically to La Cenerentola: April 21, 25, 28, May 2, 6, 10 matinee lofty princess. And she will no doubt bring down the house, as she has in concert and on recordings, with the triumphant, extended, wide-ranging rondo-finale, “Nacqui all’affanno, al pianto.” The Met has assigned her a potentially ideal partner in Juan Diego Flórez, a light tenor from Lima, Peru, who surmounts treacherous princely-charming challenges with staggering ease and elegance. The Met season ends – literally and figuratively, hopefully and poignantly – on poignant sentiments and rousing high notes. n Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Bernheimer covers music in New York for the Financial Times. His last piece in Promenade was on Anne-Sophie Mutter.


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“My philosophy in creating work is that the dancers and I are building something together.”

Justin Peck: a certain kind of movement A soloist with the New York City Ballet and the ‘company’s most exciting choreographer’ premieres his latest work this spring. By Sylviane Gold

Paul Kolnik


[ Justin Peck in Jerome Robbins’ NY Export Opus Jazz ]


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t started with a newspaper ad about 13 years ago. American Ballet Theatre was looking for San Diego locals to play the onstage villagers during a one-week run of Giselle. Justin Peck’s mother signed him up, and that’s how an otherwise conventional, sports-loving 13-year-old got hooked on ballet. “It was my first exposure to how powerful the male dancer could be,” he says. Now, 13 years later, at 26, he’s reached the rank of soloist with the elite New York City Ballet, which opens its spring season at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on April 29. Even more impressive, Peck is preparing for the May 8 world premiere of his fifth piece of choreography for the company (there will be four additional performances before the season ends on June 8). After the début this past fall of Peck’s fourth NYCB ballet, a New York Times review announced flatly that he had “emerged in the last two years as its most exciting choreographer.” With his lanky, 6’1” frame and smoky-eyed good looks, he’s always been a striking figure in City Ballet’s unmatched repertoire, whether bounding athletically across the stage in Jerome Robbins’ vivid Glass Pieces or elegantly partnering his ballerinas in George Balanchine’s romantic Liebeslieder Walzer. But it’s his phenomenal precocity as a choreographer – especially his extraordinary skill at creating fresh shapes within the classical vocabulary and assembling intricate patterns for large groups – that’s causing all the dance-world buzz. Peck sees no contradiction between his dancer’s deference to the vision of others and his choreographer’s instinct to strike out on his own. “The creative outlet of making dances,” he says, “was something I was always interested in, since I started training in ballet. I found it to be an extension of being a dancer.” He credits a 2009 dance criticism course at Columbia University’s general studies program for inspiring him to give choreographing a whirl. “The professor, Mindy Aloff, told me that I had an interesting mind for choreography, and it gave me enough encouragement to try it.” Aloff got it right, as City Ballet audiences, as well as ballet-masterin-chief Peter Martins, realized in 2012, when the poetic In Creases, set to piano music by Philip Glass, had its premiere. Peck’s next ballet for NYCB, Year of the Rabbit, sealed the deal, with its crisp, speedy ensemble cavorting in intense blue to music adapted from Enjoy Your Rabbit, folksinger Sufjan Stevens’ album of electronic instrumentals. (The ballet will be performed on April 30.)

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Paul Kolnik

Paul Kolnik

Clytemnestra, Briefly

[ Katherine Crockett in Clytemnestra ]

[ Peck’s “Year of the Rabbit,” were the ensemble’s clever group patterns take place in a wash of intense blue ]

Sound is at the heart of Peck’s choreography, he says. He wants to “unveil the music through dance.” And this year’s premiere, which will be previewed at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series on April 13 and 14, teams him even more intimately with Stevens. He’s been consulting with the Brooklyn-based composer for over a year as Stevens worked out a score tailored to Peck’s ideas for the still untitled new ballet. The work is his biggest yet, with 25 dancers and a set he describes as “kaleidoscopic,” by the architect and artist Karl Jensen. Even before stepping into the rehearsal hall with the cast, Peck had plotted out the ballet in meticulous geometrical drawings – “storyboards,” he calls them – capturing its formations and trajectories in aerial views. “I like to be as prepared as possible before I get to the studio,” he says. “Once I have that basis New York City Ballet to draw from, it actually allows me to be more spontaneous in the moment.” Going from being just another dancer in the room to being in charge poses no difficulties, he says. “I know the dancers so well – a lot of them I’ve known since I was 15. There’s a lot that I can harness and there’s a lot that I can do to challenge them. My philosophy in creating work is that the dancers and I are building something together.” Having worked with numerous choreographers over his eight seasons at NYCB, he concedes that his methods are nevertheless homegrown. “There’s no school for choreographers,” Peck says. Maybe he ought to start one. n Sylviane Gold has written about the arts for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Dance Magazine. Her last piece in Promenade was on Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.

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Vengeful, adulterous, implacable – Clytemnestra is one of the more difficult women in Greek mythology. But she’s also wily, strong, and, it must be said, wronged by her husband, the deceitful Trojan War general Agamemnon. No wonder she appealed to the great modernist choreographer Martha Graham, who in 1958 made her the heroine of her only full-length work. Remarkable and ground-breaking, Clytemnestra has been a tour-de-force showcase for Graham and the dancers who followed her in the title role. But modern-dance audiences aren’t in love with full-lengths, and this seminal work hasn’t been Martha Graham seen in years. So for its Dance Company March 19-22 gig at the City Center, the Martha Graham Dance Company has trimmed Clytemnestra to one act, and programmed it with other Graham classics – Appalachian Spring, which turns 70 this year, and The Rite of Spring, celebrating its 50th anniversary – as well as premieres by contemporary choreographers Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis. Welcome home, Agamemnon. Watch out for your wife. — Sylviane Gold


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New York

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The ever-popular Celtic Woman brings its newest show, The Emerald Tour, to Radio City Music Hall on May 21st. Performing reimagined versions of songs such as “Mo Ghile Mear,” “Danny Boy,” and “The Voice,” they will be joined on stage by the Aontas Choir, bagpipers, and championship Irish dancers, all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes, former music director for the Irish stage show Riverdance. Radio City will also be hosting the new Rockettes show, Heart and Lights, from March 27th to May 4th. See our listings for ticket information.

Please call the box offices for show times. All listings subject to change. 54 Below – Anne Bobby (3/4); I Will Never Leave You: 54 Sings Side Show (3/9); Jarrod Spector (3/10, 17, 24 & 31); Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena (3/10); Erica Lustig: NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation (3/11); Mamie Parris: Home Again (3/12); Well-Strung (3/16); Sondheim Unplugged (3/23); Vivian Reed (3/31). 254 W. 54th St., 646-476-3551; Beacon Theatre – Jennifer Nettles (3/5); The Allman Brothers Band (3/7-22); Brit Floyd (4/2); Pentatonix (4/3 & 10); The Wanted (4/11); Jillian Michaels (4/27); Rodrigo y Gabriela: 9 Dead Alive Tour (5/1-2); Eddie Izzard (5/1315). 2124 Broadway (74th-75th Sts.), 212-465-6225; Brooklyn Academy of Music – Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart (3/5-9); Lyon Opera Ballet (5/7-9); DanceAfrica 2014 (5/23-26). Peter Jay Sharp Building and BAM Rose Cinemas: 30 Lafayette Ave.; BAM Harvey Theater: 651 Fulton Ave.; BAM Fisher: 321 Ashland Place, 718-636-4100;


Carnegie Hall – Vienna State Opera (3/1); Leonidas Kavakos/Enrico Pace (3/2-4); Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (3/3); Matthias Goerne/ Christoph Eschenbach (3/5); Fennesz Mahler Remixed (3/7); Zawinul Legacy Band (3/8); Estrella Morente (3/8); Evgeny Kissin (3/10); Natalie Dessay & Phillippe Cassard (3/12); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3/13

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& 15); Hugo Wolf Quartet (3/14); Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (3/17); Standard Time With Michael Feinstein (3/19); Leif Ove Andsnes (3/19); Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Benefit Concert (3/20); The New York Pops - A Broadway Love Story (3/21); Bettye LaVette (3/21); Asif Ali Khan Qawwal (3/22); Ellington’s Sacred Music (3/23); Artemis Quartet (3/23); Ensemble ACJW (3/26); Paul Lewis (3/26); Moses (3/27); Kronos Quartet - 40th Anniversary Celebration (3/28); Guys and Dolls (4/3); New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (4/3); The New York Pops - Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood (4/4); American Composers Orchestra - Orchestra Underground: Border Vanguards (4/4); Pamela Frank/Nobuko Imai/Clemens Hagen (4/4); Paul Appleby/ Natalia Katyukova (4/5); Trio Da Paz (4/5); Khatia Buniatishvili (4/7); Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin (4/8); Lucy Crowe/Anna Tilbrook (4/9); Mitsuko Uchida (4/9); Iestyn Davies/Thomas Dunford (4/10); Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (4/11-12); Heath Quartet (4/12); Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (4/20); Julio Iglesias (4/24); Natalie Merchant - Family Concert (4/26); Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (4/30); Standard Time With Michael Feinstein (4/30); Richard Goode (5/1); The Philadelphia Orchestra (5/2); Kristin Chenoweth (5/3); New York Philharmonic (5/5); Seattle Symphony (5/6); Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (5/7); Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (5/8); Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus (5/9); Florian Boesch/Malcolm Martineau (5/9); Ensemble ACJW (5/10); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (5/10); The MET Orchestra (5/11); National Symphony Orchestra - A Tribute to Slava (5/11); Emanuel Ax (5/15); Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (5/16-18); Latin Jazz Traditions (5/16). 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800;

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Jazz at Lincoln Center – Maria Schneider Orchestra (3/14-15); Tomatito: An Evening of Flamenco (3/15); Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years (4/4-5); The Life & Music of Dave Brubeck (4/10); The Real Ambassadors (4/11-12); The Music of George Gershwin (4/23-24); The Music of Cole Porter (5/14-15); New Jazz Standards (5/16-17); Nuevo Jazz Latino (5/16-17); JLCO Hosts: Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel (5/23-24); John Pizzarelli Quartet with Special Guest Jane Monheit (5/30-31). Broadway and 60th St., Time Warner Center, 212-721-6500; The Joyce Theater – Companhia Urbana de Danca (3/3-6); Focus Cia de Danca (3/8-10); DanceBrazil (3/12-16); Alonzo King LINES Ballet (3/18-23); Ballet du Grande Theatre de Geneve (3/25-30); Wendy Whelan/Restless Creature (4/1-6); Stephen Petronio Company (4/8-13); Ballet Hispanico (4/15-27); Ballet Preljocaj - Snow White (4/23-27); Limón Dance Company (4/295/4); Cincinnati Ballet (5/6-11); Pierre Rigal compagnie derniere minute (5/13-18); MalPaso Dance Company (5/27-6/1). 175 Eighth Ave. (19th St.), 212-242-0800;

Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman in Recital (3/30); Peter Serkin Performs Bartok (4/2-5); Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 No. 5 (4/10-12); Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Franck, and Anderson (4/24-26); Pixar in Concert (5/1-3); Composerin-Residence Christopher Rouse’s Requiem at Spring for Music (5/5); Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Leonidas Kavakos (5/8); Haitink Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (5/1517); Janine Jansen and Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella Suite (5/21); Bang on a Can All-Stars (5/30-31). Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway & W. 65th St., 212-875-5709;

Madison Square Garden – Paul Simon & Sting (3/4 & 6); Billy Joel (3/21, 4/18, 5/9); Mayday (3/22); Juan Gabriel (4/6); Armin van Buuren (4/11); Lady Gaga’s artRave – The ARTPOP Ball (5/13). 4 Pennsylvania Pl. (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-6741; Metropolitan Opera Company – Prince Igor (3/1, 4, 8); The Enchanted Island (3/1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 20); Werther (3/3, 7, 11, 15); Wozzeck (3/6, 10, 13, 17, 22); La Sonnambula (3/14, 18, 21, 25, 29, 4/1); La Bohème (3/19, 22, 26, 29, 4/2, 5, 10, 14, 4/18); Andrea Chénier (3/24, 28, 31, 4/5, 8, 12); Arabella (4/3, 7, 11, 16, 19, 24); Madama Buttefly (4/4, 9, 12, 15, 19, 5/1, 5, 9); I Puritani (4/17, 22, 26, 29, 5/3, 7, 10); La Cenerentola (4/21, 25, 28, 5/2, 6, 10); Così fan tutte (4/23, 26, 30, 5/3, 8). 212-362-6000;

Radio City Music Hall – Heart and Lights starring the Rockettes (3/27-5/4); Celtic Woman (5/21). 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171; The Theater at Madison Square Garden – Laura Pausini with Friends (3/6); Robin Thicke (3/7); Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live (3/8); Ellie Goulding (3/12-13); Zakir Hussain and The Masters of Percussion (3/29); Disney Junior Live On Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure (4/17-21). 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-6741;

New York City Ballet – Spring Season (4/296/8): 21st Century Choreographers (4/29-5/4); All Balanchine (5/6, 7, 10-15, 17-18, 20); Spring Gala (5/8); All Robbins (5/9-10, 17-18); Chamber Program (5/21); Classic NYCB (5/22, 29, 31); Jewels (5/23-25); Classic NYCB II (5/2730, 6/1); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6/3-8). Columbus Ave. & 63rd St., 212-496-0600;

The Town Hall – Josh Ritter with Gregory Alan Isakov (3/7); The Chieftains (3/8); Dover String Quartet with Leon Fleisher (3/16); John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah (3/19); The Klezmatics Present Hava Naglia (3/23); The Piano Guys (3/27); Pat Metheny Unity Group (3/28); The Broadway Musicals of 1940-1964 (3/31); Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (4/6); Chick Corea (4/10); Nana Mouskouri Happy Birthday Tour (4/14); Rufus Wainwright (4/15); Jesse Cook (4/18); Lila Downs (4/19); Carla Bruni (4/24); David Bromberg (4/25); Tempest Piano Trio (5/11); The Broadway Musicals of 1965-1989 (5/12); Eva Ayllon & Albita (5/15). 123 W. 43rd St., 212-840-2824;

New York City Center – Flamenco Festival 2014 (3/6-9); LAC (After Swan Lake) (3/14-16); Martha Graham Dance Company (3/19-22). 130 W. 56th St., 212-581-1212; New York Philharmonic – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller (3/5-8); The Nielsen Project Continues with Alan Gilbert (3/12-15); Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Bruckner and Vivier (3/20-25); Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Bruckner and Vivier (3/27-29);

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Great Performers: Murray Perahia, piano (3/9); Afiara String Quartet (3/16); Los Angeles Philharmonic (3/16-17); What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow: Beethoven (3/17); Emerson String Quartet (3/23); Joshua Bell, director and violin/ Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (3/26); Les Arts Florissants (4/2); What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow: Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen (4/7); Stephen Hough, piano (4/13); Emerson String Quartet (4/23); Bertrand Chamayou, piano (4/27); Emerson String Quartet (5/4). American Songbook (through 4/5): Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The 1920s (3/5); Deer Tick (3/6); Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Goes to the Movies with Billy Stritch, featuring Marilyn Maye, Jane Monheit, Christina Bianco, & Jeffry Denman (3/7); Norm Lewis (3/8); Mark Mulcahy (3/19); Mellissa Hughes

(3/20); Matt Alber (3/21); Hurray for the Riff Raff (4/3); Rebecca Naomi Jones (4/4); Unsung Carolyn Leigh (4/5). Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd & 65th Sts., 212-875-5000;

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester bring the high glamour of the Weimar Era in circa 1920s Berlin, to Carnegie Hall on March 3rd. With elegant poise, suave sophistication, razor-sharp wit, and a silky-smooth baritone, Raabe and his tuxedo-attired 12-piece band perform swing and cabaret hits of the decadent 1920s’40s as they celebrate the release of their latest album, Golden Age. For tickets and more information, visit or call 212-247-7800.


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© The Metropolitan Museum of Art.. Image Source: Art Resource, New York


© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome. Photo: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

the Italian Futurists On exhibit at the Guggenheim, the little-known, but influential work of the 20th century avante-garde movement that rejected Italy’s static past. By Karin Lipson


o the names Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, or Benedetta ring a bell? If not, it isn’t really surprising. They were leading figures of Futurism, the 20th-Century Italian avant-garde movement that rejected what it considered the static, encrusted culture of Italy’s past and embraced the speed and dynamism of the new, mechanized age. Dizzying perspectives, fractured forms, and subjects drawn from such emerging areas as telecommunication and aviation were some of the hallmarks of this rambunctious style. For all its influence in Italy between the years 1909 and the end of World War ll, Futurism—especially in its later forms, tainted by an association with Fascism—is probably one of the least-known influential art movements of the last century, outside its native country. Now, however, the Guggenheim Museum is presenting Futurism in all its glory and contradictions, with Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the first comprehensive exhibition on the subject held in the United States. Encompassing the entire museum rotunda and several side galleries, the exhibition includes more than 360 works by over 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers and writers—recreating, in a sense, the Futurist concept of the “opera d’arte totale,” or “total work of art.”

“Wherever you stand, you are surrounded by art in multiple media,” said Vivien Greene, senior curator of 19th- and early-20th-century art, who organized the exhibition (working in part with an international advisory committee). That the museum’s spiraling ramps lent themselves so well to the show was “a happy coincidence,” she said. Unfolding chronologically, the show begins with the movement’s founding 1909 manifesto, by the writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, embracing such concepts as aggression, modernization and a rejection of the past. The manifesto was issued against a background of unrealized hopes for a newly powerful and vital Italy following its unification less than 50 years earlier. “There was a general feeling of impotence,” Greene said, that accounted for “a lot of the macho posturing in the manifesto.” Marinetti’s screed “was also an attack against the bourgeoisie and the staid cultural environment,” she said. Starting as a literary movement, Futurism soon spread through the arts, and beyond Italy. “Futurist sects developed all over Europe,” Greene said, and such varied art forms as furniture, ceramics, photography, and theater came under its influence; avant-garde writers even developed a kind of experimental poetry, sometimes declaimed in Futurist serate, evenings that were


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precursors to “performance art, like the Beats and the Happenings in the 50s and 60s,” the curator said. “It’s the idea of doing anything anti-establishment.” But how would the Futurist artists visualize the energy and speed that so beguiled them? Giacomo Balla, in such paintings as “The Hand of the Violinist (The Rhythms of the Bow),” from 1912, and “Abstract Speed + Sound,” from 1913-14, explored the dynamics of movement. (The latter was supposedly inspired “by the reflection of quickly moving cars in shop windows,” Greene said.) If Balla sought the answer in fractured abstraction, Umberto Boccioni, the movement’s most important sculptor, created in his 1913 “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” a striding figure who seems almost to morph shape before our eyes. While “an iconic sculpture,” the work also suggests the paradoxes of Futurism, Greene noted. The original work was created in plaster; the bronze in the exhibition was cast posthumously, decades after the artist’s death in 1916. “So here it’s supposed to be so modern and of the moment, extolling machine esthetics—the man as machine is what you’re seeing—and yet he’s working in 19th-century materials like plaster,” Greene said. Furthermore, Boccioni was inspired by the “Walking Man” sculpture of Auguste Rodin—“another 19thcentury model,” she added. The exhibition closes with a group of five monumental canvases, the “Syntheses of Communications,” created in 1933-34 for the post office in Palermo, Sicily, by Benedetta Cappa Marinetti (wife of Filippo), known simply as Benedetta. The paintings had never before left their original location, and it required some delicate diplomacy to bring them to the Guggenheim. (Fortunately, Greene is half Sicilian and grew up partly in Palermo; fluency in Italian, family connections, and what she calls “understanding another culture” helped ease the way.) The very existence of Benedetta’s panels underscores the conflicts within Futurism. “One thinks of Futurism as being a very masculine movement,” Greene said. “In the first manifesto, her future husband declares scorn for women…. Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue And here she is with this huge com212-423-3587; mission.” Benedetta’s panels were among the few public commissions awarded a Futurist in the 1930s—an ironic circumstance, given the movement’s association with Fascism in the public’s mind. An early sense of nationalism did bind the movements, as did a fascination with aviation. (Tullio Crali’s 1939 painting “Before the Parachute Opens,” which seems to follow its figure in free fall, could give someone vertigo.) But Futurism, despite efforts to curry favor with the regime, was actually too radical for Fascist tastes. By 1944, with the death of Marinetti, it had spun itself out.

By permission of Vittoria Marinetti and Luce Marinetti’s heirs. Photo: AGR/Riccardi/Paoloni

“Starting as a literary movement, Futurism soon spread through the arts, and beyond Italy .”

Opposite page, from left: [G  iacomo Balla. Abstract Speed + Sound, 1913–14 Umberto Boccioni. Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913 (cast 1949) A  bove: Benedetta (Cappa Marinetti). Synthesis of Aerial Communications, 1933–34 ]

At the Guggenheim, events and performances—some intended as surprise happenings—will sustain the Futurist spirit during the show. (It closes Sept. 1.) For example, an evening of Futurist food (for museum members only), will be led in July by Greene’s mother, Mimmetta LoMonte, a food specialist who has been adapting an actual Futurist cookbook. The event was named by Greene herself. Perhaps in the iconoclastic spirit of the Futurist serate, it will be the “Anti-Pasta Evening,” she said. n Karin Lipson, a former arts writer and editor for Newsday, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Her last article in Promenade was on the Armory Show at the New-York Historical Society.


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Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute unveils the new Anna Wintour Costume Center on May 8th with the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, a retrospective featuring approximately 75 of the most notable designs produced by the legendary couturier over the course of his career, which spanned from 1929 to his death in 1978. Says Met director Thomas P. Campbell: “Charles James considered himself an artist, and approached fashion with a sculptor’s eye and a scientist’s logic. As such, the Met is the ideal place to explore the rich complexity of his innovative work.” The exhibition runs through August 10th. Pictured above: a collection of ball gowns from 1948. See our listings for more information.


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All exhibits are subject to change American Folk Art Museum – Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art (through 4/23); Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (opening May). Tues.-Sat., noon7:30pm, Sun., noon-6pm. Free. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. btw. 65th & 66th Sts., 212-595-9533; American Museum of Natural History – The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter! (through 5/26); Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (through 5/31); The Power of Poison (through 8/10); Natural Histories (through 10/12). Open daily, 10am-5:45pm. Suggested general admission $22; seniors/students, $17; children 2-12, $12.50. Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100; Asia Society and Museum – Tales of Wonder: Indian Art from the Asia Society Museum Collection (through 5/4); Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery (through 5/18); Nalini Malani: Transgressions (through 8/3). Tues.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Fri., 11am-9pm. $12; seniors, $10; students, $7 with ID; under 16, free. 725 Park Ave. (70th St.), 212-288-6400; Brooklyn Museum – Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (through 3/9); Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to ‘The Ladder’ (through 3/16); Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (3/7-7/6); Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74 (4/4-9/28); Ai Weiwei: According to What? (4/18-8/10). Wed.,

Fri.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Thurs., 11am-10pm. $12 suggested; seniors/students, $8; under 12, free. 200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.), 718-638-5000;

seniors, $15; students, $10 with ID; pay-whatyou-wish Sun., 11am-1pm. 1 E. 70th St., 212-288-0700;

Bronx Museum of the Arts – Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope (through 4/13). Thurs., Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Fri., 11am-8pm. Free. 1040 Grand Concourse (165th St.), 718-681-6000; China Institute – Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art (through 6/8). Daily, 10am-5pm, Tues. & Thurs., 10am-8pm. $7; students/seniors, $4; under 12, free. Free admission Tues. & Thurs., 6-8pm. 125 E. 65th St. (Lexington and Park Aves.), 212-744-8181; The Drawing Center – Lebbeus Woods: Architect (4/17-6/15). Wed., noon-6pm; Thurs., noon-8pm; Fri.-Sun., noon-6pm. $5; students/ seniors, $3; under 12, free. 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166; El Museo del Barrio – Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm. Suggested admission $9; seniors/students, $5; under 12, free. Free admission the third Saturday of every month and for seniors on Wed. 1230 Fifth Ave. (104th St.), 212-831-7272; The Frick Collection – Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection (through 3/9); Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection (through 6/15); Enlightenment and Beauty: Sculptures by Houdon and Clodion (opening 4/1); The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca” (5/13-7/20). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., 11am-5pm. $20;

Grey Art Gallery – An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle (through 3/29); Energy That Is All Around: Mission School, 1990/NOW (4/15-7/12). Tues., Thurs & Fri., 11am-6pm, Wed., 11am-5pm; Sat., 11am-5pm. $5. NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, 212-998-6780; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Kandinsky in Paris, 1934-1944 (through 4/23); Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (through 5/14); Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe (through 9/1). Sun.-Wed., Fri., 10am-5:45pm, Sat., 10am-7:45pm. $22; seniors/students, $18; under 12, free, pay what you wish Sat. 5:45-7:45. 1071 Fifth Ave. (89th St.), 212-423-3500; International Center of Photography – Capa in Color (through 5/4); What Is a Photograph? (through 5/4). Tues.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm, Fri., 10am-8pm. $14; students/ seniors, $10; under 12, free. Pay what you wish Fri., 5-8pm. 1133 Sixth Ave. (43rd St.), 212-857-0000; Japan Society – Tues.-Thurs., 11am-6pm, Fri., 11am-9pm, Sat. & Sun., 11am-5pm. $12; students/seniors, $10; free Fri., 6-9pm. 333 E. 47th St., 212-832-1155; The Jewish Museum – Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile (through 3/23); Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective




From after-hours events at The Met Museum, the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History to lively talks at the 92nd Street Y and the Paley Center for Media, Thought Gallery offers a comprehensive resource for all top lectures, seminars, panel discussions, author appearances, book signings and more thought-provoking events in New York City. Here, a preview of this spring’s curriculum: • Investor Barbara Corcoran talks about the genius of the start-up at the 92nd Street Y • Book launch with comedian Bob Saget and his latest book at Barnes & Noble in Union Square • An evening of free programs and workshops, plus a presentation by Jeff Koons at The Frick Collection • A night of conversation about time and art at The Met Museum Uncover more top events and be the first to know about new lectures by joining the Thoughtlectual community at


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(through 3/23); Other Primary Structures (3/14-8/3); Masterpieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant (4/11/-9/14). Sat.-Tues., 11am-5:45pm, Thurs., 11am-8pm; Fri., 11am-4pm. $15; seniors, $12; students, $7.50; under 12, free; free Sat.; Pay what you wish Thurs. 5pm-8pm. 1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 212-423-3200;

2 Columbus Cir. (near Eighth Ave. & W. 58th St.), 212-299-7777;

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Jewels by JAR (through 3/9); Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters (through 3/30); Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China (through 4/6); The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 (through 4/13); Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works (through 4/27); Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (through 5/4); William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (through 5/11); Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral (through 5/18); Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations (through 6/8); Charles James: Beyond Fashion (5/8-8/10); Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880-1910) (through 8/18); Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin (through 12/7). Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm, Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission $25; seniors, $17; students, $12; under 12, free. 1000 Fifth Ave. (82nd St.), 212-535-7710;

Museum of the City of New York – Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy (through 3/2); Gilded New York (through TBD); City as Canvas (through 7/27); City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection (through 8/24); Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces (opening 3/26). Open daily, 10am-6pm. Suggested admission $10; seniors/students, $6; under 12, free. 1220 Fifth Ave. (103rd St.), 212-534-1672;

The Morgan Library & Museum - The Little Prince: A New York Story (through 4/27); Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings (through 5/11); Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book (through 5/11); A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play (through 5/18); Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France (5/30-9/14). Tues.Thurs., 10:30am-5pm, Fri., 10:30am-9pm, Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., 11am-6pm. $18; seniors/ students/children under 16, $12; 12 & under, free; free Fri., 7-9pm. 225 Madison Ave. (36th St.), 212-685-0008; Museum of American Finance – The Fed at 100 (through 10/1). Numerous long-term exhibits are on display, including the Alexander Hamilton Room. Tues.-Sat., 10am-4pm. $8; students/seniors, $5, under 6, free. 48 Wall St. (William St.), 212-908-4110; Museum of Arts & Design – Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics (through 3/2); Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger (through 4/20); Out of Hand Materializing the Postdigital (through 6/1); Re: Collection (4/1-9/7); Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography (5/13-9/14). Tues.-Sun., 10am-6pm, Thurs.-Fri., 10am-9pm. $16; seniors, $14; students, $12; 18 and under with ID, free; Thurs., 6-9pm, pay-what-you-wish.

The Museum of Biblical Art – Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum (3/7-6/8). Tues.- Sun., 10am-6pm. Free. 1865 Broadway (61st St.), 212-408-1500;

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust – Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, 1933-1941 (through TBD); Hava Nagila: A Song for the People (through 4/22); Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage (through 5/18). Sun.-Tues., Thurs., 10am-5:45pm, Wed., 10am-8pm, Fri., 10am-3pm. $12; seniors, $10; students, $7; 12 & under, free; free Wed., 4-8pm. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202; Museum of Modern Art – Walker Evans American Photographs (through 3/9); Isa Genzken (through 3/10); Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New (through 4/21); Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal (through 6/1); Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 (5/10-8/24); Designing Modern Women, 1890s-1990s (through 10/5); A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio (through 12/1); A Collection of Ideas (through 2/28). Sat.-Thurs., 10:30am-5:30pm; Fri., 10:30am-8pm. $25; seniors, $18; students, $14; 16 & under, free. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400; Museum of Sex – The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace (through TBD). Sun.-Thurs., 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. $17.50; students/seniors, $15.25. 233 Fifth Ave. (27th St.), 212-689-6337; National Academy Museum – Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter (through 5/18); Edwin Blashfield and the American Renaissance (through 5/18); Philip Pearlstein: Six Paintings, Six Decades (through 5/18); See it Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters (through 1/26). Wed.-Sun., 11am-6pm. $15; seniors/students, $10; under 12, free. 1083 Fifth Ave. (89th St.), 212-369-4880;

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution – Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862 (through 6/1); Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes (through 6/15); Circle of Dance (ogoing). Open daily, 10am-5pm, Wed., 10am-8pm. Free. Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green (Broadway), 212-514-3700; Neue Galerie – Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 (3/13-6/30). Thurs.-Mon., 11am-6pm. $20; students/seniors, $10. Children under 12 not admitted; ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. 1048 Fifth Ave. (86th St.), 212-628-6200; New Museum – Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module (through 4/13); Laure Prouvost: For Forgetting (through 4/13); Paweł Althamer: The Neighbors (through 4/20); Ragnar Kjartansson: My Mother, My Father, and I (5/7-6/22); Roberto Cuoghi (5/7-6/29); Camille Henrot: The Restless Earth (5/7-6/29). Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Thurs., 11am-9pm. $16; seniors, $14; students, $12; Pay what you wish Thurs., 7pm-9pm. 235 Bowery (Prince St.), 212-219-1222; New-York Historical Society – Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America (through 3/9); Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of the Complete Flock) (3/21-5/26); Bill Cunningham: Façades (3/14-6/15); The Black Fives (3/147/20); Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the American Civil War (4/4-8/24); . Tues.Thurs., Sat., 10am-6pm, Fri., 10am-8pm, Sun., 11am-5pm. $18; seniors, $14; students, $12; 5-13, $6; under 5, free. Pay-as-you-wish from 6-8pm Fridays. 170 Central Park West (77th St.), 212-873-3400; New York Public Library (Humanities and Social Sciences Library) – Call 212-869-8089 for a recording of all current exhibitions. Open daily. 42nd St. & Fifth Ave., 212-340-0830; New York Transit Museum – Tues.Fri.,10am-4pm, Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. $7; seniors/children 2-17, $5. The Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal presents changing exhibitions. Boerum Pl. & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, 718-694-1600; The Noguchi Museum – Noguchi’s Early Drawings: 1927-1932 (through 5/25); Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern (3/5-8/31). Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm. $10 (pay-what-you-wish first Fri. of the month); students/seniors, $5; under 12, free. 9-01 33rd Rd. (Vernon Blvd.), Long Island City, Queens, 718-204-7088;


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Queens Museum of Art – Peter Schumann: The Shatterer (through 3/30); The Islands of New York: Photographs by Accra Shepp (through 5/11). Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm. $8; students/seniors, $4; under 12, free. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-5555; The Rubin Museum of Art – Count Your Blessings (through 6/9); From India East (through 7/7); Bodies in Balance (3/15-9/8). Mon., Thurs., 11am-5pm, Wed., 11am-7pm, Fri., 11am-10pm, Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm. $10 (free Fri., 6-10pm); seniors/students/artists with ID, $5; under 12, free. 150 W. 17th St., 212-620-5000; Scandinavia House – Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography (through 4/26). Tues.-Sat., noon-6pm. Wed. till 7pm. $5; seniors and students, $3. 58 Park Ave. (37th-38th Sts.), 212-779-3587; Skyscraper Museum – SKY HIGH and the logic of luxury (through 4/19). Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm. $5; seniors/students, $2.50. 39 Battery Pl., 212-968-1961;

The Studio Museum in Harlem – The Shadows Took Shape (through 3/9); Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series (through 6/29); When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South (3/27-6/29). Thurs.-Fri., noon-9pm, Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., noon-6pm. Suggested donation $7 (free on Sun.); seniors/students, $3; under 12, free. 144 W. 125th St. (Lenox Ave.-Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.), 212-864-4500; The Ukrainian Museum – Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon (opening in March). Wed.-Sun., 11:30am-5pm. $8; seniors/students, $6. 222 E. 6th St., 212-228-0110; Whitney Museum of American Art – 2014 Whitney Biennial (3/7-5/25). Wed.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Fri., 1-9pm. $20 (pay-what-you-wish Fri., 6-9pm); seniors/students/ages 19-25, $16. 945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-570-3600; Yeshiva University Museum – Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews (through 4/27). Sun., Tues. & Thurs., 11am-5pm; Mon., 5-8pm; Wed., 11am-8pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm. $8; seniors/students: $6. Free Mon., Wed. (5-8 pm) & Fri. 15 W. 16th St., 212-294-8330;

Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum — on view through April 23rd — features works by 13 established and emerging designers that were inspired by Folk Art Museum collection pieces such as the above crewel work picture, made in New England ca. 1750-1760.

New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham

Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Photo courtesy Sotheby’s, New York.

Society of Illustrators – Drew Friedman’s Old Jewish Comedians (3/5-5/3); Jeffrey Catherine Jones (3/5-5/3); The 2014 Student Scholarship Exhibit (5/7-31). Tues., 10am-8pm; Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., noon-4pm. $10;

seniors/students, $5; under 12, free. 128 E. 63rd St., 212-838-2560;

Opening March 14th, Bill Cunningham: Façades at the

New-York Historical Society highlights the artist’s late ’60s/ early ’70s photographs of models in period costumes set against historic NYC settings. Pictured: GM Building, New York City.


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"Toasts of the Town," 1997. Courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation

On view at the Palitz Gallery at Syracuse University's Lubin House on the Upper East Side through April 10th, Al Hirschfeld and Syracuse: A Most Talented Association showcases works featuring Syracuse University alumni including Morton L. Janklow, Dick Clark, Peter Falk, Jerry Stiller, Frank Langella, Steve Kroft, Lynn Ahrens, Aaron Sorkin, Vanessa Williams and Taye Diggs. The exhibition of original drawings and lithographs, in the artist's signature style, are from the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and private lenders and includes several rarely seen images. See listings for more information.


New York

ART GALLERIES COLLECTIBLES All exhibits subject to change AIPAD Photography Show New York - More than 80 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries present a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media (4/10-13). Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. (67th St.), 202-367-1158; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe - International contemporary art. Kevin Appel (3/13-4/19). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 525 W. 22nd St., 212-445-0051; The Armory Show - A leading international contemporary and modern art fair devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries (4/10-13). Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Ave. (52nd St.), 212-645-6440;

BOSI Contemporary - SoHo gallery featuring international contemporary art. Shony Rivnay (3/4-4/5); John Plasse (4/9-19). Tues.-Sat., 11am-7pm. 48 Orchard St., 212-966-5686; Cheim & Read - International contemporary artists. Pat Steir (through 3/29). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 547 W. 25th St., 212-242-7727; ClampArt - Modern and contemporary art. Nancy Burson: Composites (through 3/29); Marc Yankus: The Space Between (4/3-5/17). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 531 W. 25th St., 646-230-0020; Contemporary Art Fair NYC - Featuring master-quality work from over 100 exhibitors, including both functional and fine art (5/5-11). The Tunnel, 11th Ave. & 28th St.; Susan Eley Fine Art - Upper West Side gallery featuring contemporary artists. Spellbound: New Paintings by Deirdre O'Connell (3/6-4/18). Tues.-Thurs.,


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Hauser & Wirth - Emerging and established contemporary artists. 18th St.: Re-View: Onnasch Collection (through 4/12). 69th St.: Mira Schendel (3/4-4/26). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 32 E. 69th St., 212-794-4970; 511 W. 18th St., 212-790-3900; Sean Kelly Gallery - Exhibits by important, challenging contemporary artists. Frank Thiel Nowhere Is a Place (through 3/22); Julião Sarmento: Terra Incognita (3/28-5/3); Rebecca Horn (5/106/21). Tues.-Fri., 11am-6pm; Sat., 10am-6pm. 475 Tenth Ave. (25th St.), 212-239-1181; Lehmann Maupin Gallery - International contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Chrystie St.: Klara Kristalova - Big Girl Now (through 4/26); 26th St.: Erwin Wurm Synthesa (through 4/19). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm (26th St.); Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm (Chrystie St.). 540 W. 26th St., 212-255-2923; 201 Chrystie St., 212-254-0054; Luhring Augustine - Late-19th century to contemporary American and European art. Chelsea: Jeff Elrod (3/8-4/12); Tunga (4/18-5/31). Bushwick: Tom Friedman (5/17-8/8). Chelsea: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Bushwick: Thurs.-Sun., 12pm-6pm. 531 W. 24th St., 212-206-9100; 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, 718-386-2746; Mitchell-Innes & Nash - Impressionist, modern and contemporary works by American and European artists. Leigh Ledare (3/21-4/26); Jay DeFeo (5/1-6/7). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 534 W. 26th St., 212-744-7400; The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology - Trend-ology (through 4/30); Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (through 4/19); Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket (3/4-4/5). Tues.-Fri., noon-8pm; Sat., 10am-5pm. Seventh Ave. at 27th St., 212-217-4558; Paul Kasmin Gallery - Contemporary and modern art. Tenth Ave.: Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955-1987 (3/6-4/26). 515: Jules Olitski (3/6-4/19). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 293 Tenth Ave., 212-563-4474; 511 W. 27th St., 212-563-5608; 515 W. 27th St., 212-563-4474; Palitz Gallery - Al Hirschfeld and Syracuse: A Most Talented Association (through 4/10). Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 11am-4pm. Syracuse University Lubin House, 11 E. 61st St., 212-826-0320; Petzel Gallery - Contemporary exhibitions, artists' projects and performances. Jorge Pardo: Inert (3/1-4/5). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 456 W. 18th St., 212-680-9467;

Studio Vendome - A Hudson Square gallery space focusing on innovative, visually captivating exhibitions from artists of all ages and career points. Kevan Jenson: Master of Smoke (3/5-4/12); Don Zanfagna (4/16-5/17); The Discovery of Tom Blodgett (5/216/28). Tues.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 12pm-5pm.

330 Spring St., 646-650-2466; Yossi Milo Gallery - Contemporary photography. Matthew Brandt (opening 3/13). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 245 Tenth Ave. (24th-25th Sts.), 212-414-0370;

palitz gallery presents

al HirscHfeld and syracuse: a Most talented association Through April 10, 2014

Self Portrait in Barber Chair, 1989. Courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation

11am-5pm; Sat., 11am-3pm & by appointment. 46 W. 90th St., 917-952-7641;

2013 wynn newHouse awards exHibition April 14–May 22, 2014

Palitz Gallery Syracuse University Lubin House 11 East 61st Street, New York City

Monday–Friday 10am–6pm Saturday 11am–4pm

The Palitz Gallery is a member of the Syracuse University Art Galleries


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From east to west, our northern neighbor boasts cosmopolitan cityscapes, tantalizing terrain, scintillating culture and fabulous food. By Ruth J. Katz



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very night, on my pillow at the stunning Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto, accompanying the nighttime treat, is a silken-tasseled bookmark. Imprinted on the vellum is a quote from James Hilton’s Lost Horizon (the book itself is tucked into a drawer at all Shangri-la hotels). It was within the pages of that manuscript that Shangri-La—the mystical and mythical paradise snugly nestled in the frozen Himalayas— was fashioned. It is, therefore, no surprise that this hotel brand, with over 80 properties worldwide (the bulk in the Far East) caters to guests grandly, making their visits seamless and sybaritic. I loved Toronto, don’t get me wrong, but I was quite content at the end of each day, to return to my cozy roost in this magnificent hotel. Of course, while I was out and about, I was hooked on all that there was to do and see in Ontario’s capital, since these days Toronto is definitely a rival to Montreal for glam and glitz. The Toronto International Film Festival is considered a must among the cognoscenti. And for me, visiting the world-renowned Bata Shoe Museum was akin to a trip to Mecca. The metropolis’ skyline is dotted with cranes heralding development; the

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“...these days Toronto is definitely a rival to Montreal for glam and glitz.” cityscape showcases the 36-year-old CN Tower (among the tallest freestanding buildings in North America); Frank Gehry’s expansion of the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design; and the Royal Ontario Museum with its extension, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, designed by starchitect Daniel Libeskind. When I read that there was a Christian Louboutin exhibit at the Design Exchange, all other museum shows paled. (Current exhibits include This is Not a Toy and Emerging Designer Competition.) The Exchange, located in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building, mounts fascinating and educational shows. Next stop—besotted as I was—was the Bata, founded in 1979, and fueled by Sonja Bata, the wife of the scion of the Bata shoe-making business. She has amasssed footwear from the world over—the extraordinary and the mundane—and from her collection, the museum was born. Currently on view is the entertaining Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and opening in June is Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. After a few museums, I was psyched for Bruce Bell’s tour of the celebrated St. Lawrence Market, named the world’s best food market by National Geographic in April, 2012, and featuring over 100 vendors. Bell is a local “institution” and in 2002, was named the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St. Lawrence Market. Charming and engaging, he peppers his tour with idiosyncratic patter, and with him as your shaman, you’ll hit all the best spots, including the Carousel Bakery, where you can sample Toronto’s popular peameal sandwich. (Don’t fill up too much, as the hotel’s Bosk restaurant deserves a proper sit-down dinner.) Once, again, happily returning to the Shangri-La (the city’s subway system is a snap to navigate), I headed straight to the lobby bar/lounge, for a sumptuous tea. The night before, I perched here, savoring a cocktail along with mouth-watering “small plates,” all Asian-inspired. (Most nights, there is entertainment, too.) After tea, I made a beeline for the hotel’s indulgent Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris, which offers both languorous and invigorating treatments, and afterwards, I would recommend a lethargic lay-down in the Moroccan-themed relaxation room, one of the most elegant and user-friendly I have ever experienced. Ooh-la-la, Canada. n;;;;;;;

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hey’re our most popular employees,” quipped Debbie Wild, a concierge at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Wild was referring to the soulful Beau, a Labrador retriever, and his confrere (or should we say conchienne?), the congenial and affecting Mavis, a golden retriever/Lab mix. Both are hotel ambassadors, but of the four-legged variety. Mavis was a former trainee with the British Columbia Guide Dog organization and was just a tad “too social” to make the cut, but she found her true calling at the Fairmont and she has greeted guests for 11 years; Beau joined her four years later. They are so popular, notes Wild (with whom Beau lives), that locals stop by on their way to work, just to share an uplifting moment with them. The doggie duo was icing on the proverbial, luscious cake that is Vancouver. I had heard wonderful things about Vancouver, and am happy to report, the city lives up to all of it. To get a sense of this urban delight, I would recommend the hop-on-hop-off bus for the “grand tour,” then visit Fly Over Canada, a cinematic attraction located in Canada Place. Housed in a former IMAX theatre, the screening takes you on an aerial journey over

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some of the country’s 3.8 million square miles, with the voyage enhanced by mist, audio, and wind. My inaugural meal was at Miku, across the street from the Fairmont Waterfront, where I was staying. Among other things, the Fairmont is known for its rooftop herb garden (60 varieties of edible flowers!) and apiaries (housemade honey is featured in the honey lager ale on tap). Miku’s menu features organic, locally grown ingredients, and the restaurant is a bastion of cuttingedge culinary techniques—Aburi-style sushi and tantalizing Sumiyaki-grilled meats. Counterpoint to Miku was the sensational food-truck tour led by Andrew Louie of Vancouver Foodie Tours. Vancouver is justifiably proud of its elaborate, diverse “curbside kitchens” and the rigorous vetting each chefvendor must undergo, in order to be granted a license. Anointed the thirdbest, street-food city in North America by Travel + Escape magazine, the city’s offerings include the popular japadog, a butter chicken naan kebab, hot smoked wild salmon...and on and on...until you finally devour dessert, the chocolate-chili cookies. No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to Granville Island for Edible Canada’s tour of this overwhelming marketplace. Knowledgeable chef Rohan D’Souza squired me around as we homed in on green grocers, produce, fishmongers, sweets stands; outside the formal market are artisanal shops, a sake distillery, and a coffee roaster. Do not leave without sampling one of Mrs. Lee’s ethereal donuts.

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Lest you think all I did was eat, I did visit the Police Museum, the Van- Scandinave Spa, an outdoor “playground” of hot tubs, steaming pools, Nordic couver Art Gallery, and the Aquarium, located in bucolic Stanley Park; you waterfalls, a fire pit (does it matter that the Adirondack chairs are blanketed must meet the nearly 40-year-old, playful Beluga whale, Aurora, mother of with six inches of snow?), and indoor saunas, a eucalyptus steam bath, and Qila, another beguiling Beluga, almost 20. They will delight, as will the two sundry relaxation chambers. This is Nirvana. Cap off your Whistler stay with a gourmet meal at the Bearfoot Bistro, arrescued sea otters, Tanu and Elfin, who sleep holding flippers, endearingly. From Vancouver, I headed up north to Brackendale, to Sunwolf, a wel- guably the area’s best restaurant. In between courses, don an enveloping parka coming retreat in the rustic environs of the Coast Mountains. Sunwolf offers to visit the restaurant’s Belvedere Ice Room, for an eye-opening vodka-tasting. some of British Columbia’s best whitewater rafting, eagle-viewing, rock-climb- Or visit the wine cellar, with its 20,000 bottles—and an Olympic luge affixed ing, and year-round fresh-water fishing. In addition to the homey cabins on to the ceiling! the property, there is also an eatery, Fergie’s Café, where among the hearty I returned to Vancouver to catch my flight home and this time checked and filling fare, you might find a caribou salami sub or fennel-and-fig sausage. into the Fairmont’s Pacific Rim Hotel, distinctly different from its sister propOwners Jessamy and Jake Freese (and baby Flynn) have worked hard to create erties. The Pacific Rim is edgier—and I have to mention the astonishing soakthe comfort of home here and they have succeeded. Jake leads river forays for ing tub in my room, with a panoramic view of the harbor. My detox treatment at the hotel’s exceptional Willow Stream Spa was the most blissful codetta to eagle-watching; our group counted 160 before we stopped keeping track. From here, I headed further up north, to Whistler Mountain, where I a magnificent trip. n settled into the dee-vine Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and savored the treats of yet another exceptional lounge, the Mallard, where mixologist (and alche- [ the details ] mist!) Lisa-Marie Gregoris, concocts amazing cocktails. What caught my eye,;;;; though, were the half-dozen delectable, slabbed chocolates on the menu (dried;;; blueberries and white chocolate; dried apricots and cherry milk chocolate), all Fly in comfort directly to Vancouver on Cathay Pacific Airlines, Business paired with velvety cognacs, ports, wines, and even bourbons! In Whistler, take the gondola to the top of the mountain (remember, the Class, with flat beds that are about the comfiest I have experienced—and 6’ 9” long. Among the amenities in each well-designed, restful nook is 2010 Olympics were staged here), and then the nearly three-mile trip on the a shoe locker, storage space for a laptop, a 15.5” TV screen, and a little Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountain, where you can have a robust mirror for just-before-landing touch-ups. And topnotch service and food. lunch at Christine’s. The views are intoxicating. Even more magical is the

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A must-see for visitors and New Yorkers alike, Top of the Rock’s dazzling, 360-degree indoor and outdoor views were originally the brainchild of John D. Rockefeller. Today, they offer ticketing options that combine admission to nearby attractions at a reduced price, including Sky Skate ($35), which offers views from both above and below, with the chance to take a spin on the ice at the famous Rink (open through April 20th) and visit to the observatory. They also offer combo tickets for the Rockefeller Center Tour and Museum of Modern Art, among others. See listings for more information.

9/11 Memorial – Expanded over about 8 acres of the 16-acre site, the memorial includes two acre-size square reflecting pools, featuring North America’s largest manmade waterfalls cascading down the eight sides of the pools. In the spaces the towers previously occupied, there’s a cleared space for gatherings and special ceremonies called the “Memorial Grove,” and over 400 swamp white oaks including the “Survivor Tree,” a callery pear nursed back to health following the attacks. For admission information, visit or call 212-266-5211. 1 Albany St. at Greenwich St. 9/11 Tribute Center – A museum created by the September 11th Families’ Association conveying first-person experiences of 9/11. Guides are 9/11

family members, survivors, lower Manhattan residents, recovery workers, and volunteers. Walking tours are available to the 9/11 Memorial, sharing the history of the World Trade Center, the events of 9/11 and aftermath. Limited 9/11 Memorial passes available. 120 Liberty St., 866-737-1184; A Slice of Brooklyn Tours – Started in 2005 by native Brooklynite Tony Muia, A Slice of Brooklyn tours feature Brooklyn’s favorite foods, neighborhoods, landmarks and famous movie locations like Saturday Night Fever, Goodfellas, The French Connection, and more. The popular A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour features stops at Grimaldi’s under the


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Brooklyn Bridge as well as L&B Spumoni Gardens. Tours depart from Manhattan. 212-913-9917; Apollo Theater – “Long Live The Music” at Harlem’s world-famous theater. Check out the famous Apollo Amateur Night every Wednesday at 7:30pm, and soak up music culture at the Apollo Music Café and Salon Series. 253 W. 125th St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 212-531-5305; Bateaux New York – Sail Manhattan’s surrounding waters and catch up-close, stunning views of the city on Bateaux. Upcoming cruises include: St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise (3/17); Full Moon Dinner Cruise (4/14, 5/14); Easter Champagne Brunch & Dinner Cruises (4/20); Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises (5/11). Pier 61, Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street, 866-817-3463; Bike and Roll NYC – An exciting way to exercise and see the sights, Bike and Roll operates rentals and tours out of numerous convenient locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pedal through Central Park, cruise the Brooklyn Bridge, and visit the 9/11 Memorial. Kids’ equipment available. Call or visit website for additional locations. Central Park at Columbus Circle, 212-260-0400; Brooklyn Bridge – At 130+ years old, it remains one of the world’s most spectacular monuments to progress and human industry. Its broad pedestrian walkways afford an unsurpassed view of lower Manhattan. But no sight is more impressive than the bridge itself—nearly 6000 feet long, 272 feet high, and reinforced by four steel cables, each composed of 5700 wires. East side of City Hall Park Circle Line Downtown – Offering the ultimate tourist sea excursion, the Circle Line Downtown’s ZEPHYR sails the harbor with a narrated tour of landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and more. The ZEPHYR Statue of Liberty Express departs daily at 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm & 5pm (May only). 212-742-1969; CitySightseeing Cruises – A fun and comfortable way to see New York City. Join them on tours around the island of Manhattan that showcase the architecture, history, and culture of the Big Apple. Whether you’re on a tight schedule, have time to spare, or are looking for a relaxing evening out, they’ve got the perfect cruise for you. Pier 78, 12th Ave. & W. 38th St., 212-445-7599; CitySights NY – Experience unobstructed views, of New York City with hop-on, hop-off flexibility atop signature double-decker buses that glide by main attractions and top neighborhoods. Buses are enhanced with stateof-the-art sound systems and dedicated, knowledgeable guides who know the ins-and-outs, and even some fascinating anecdotes of the metropolis’ best-known spots. City Sights also feature combo tickets, day trips, and more. They offer 11 different audio tracks on certain tours for your language preference. 212-812-2700; Discovery Times Square – NYC’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s cultures, art, history and events. Post-exhibit, check out the DC Cupcakes Cafe and indulge in treats from Georgetown Cupcakes, open from 11am-7pm. Current exhibitions: Body Worlds: Pulse. 226 W. 44th St., 866-987-9692; Empire State Building – From the Observatory on the 86th floor, reached by express elevator in less than a minute, Manhattan is an unforgettable spectacle day or night. You’ll enjoy the panoramic view, which, on a clear day, reaches 80 miles in each direction. Visitors may also enjoy the free

New York City is teeming with celebrities, but there’s only one place you can guarantee yourself some star-spotting: Madame Tussauds in Times Square. They recently unvieled a brand new, state-of-the-art music experience featuring wax figures such as Adele, Katy Perry (pictured), Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake, and interactive elements such as live drums, an electric guitar, and a performance stage with microphone and spotlights. Younger kids will also love the recently revamped SpongeBob SquarePants experience. See our Madame Tussauds listing for more information.


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changing exhibits in the lobby. Daily, 8am-2am; last elevator at 1:15. $27; $24 (seniors, 62+); $21 (6-12); free (under 5). 350 Fifth Ave. (34th St.), 212-736-3100; Gracie Mansion – Built in 1799 on the site of a war fort captured by the British during the Revolutionary War and the home of NYC’s mayor since 1942. General tours are offered most Weds. at 10, 11am, 1 & 2pm, with Tues. afternoon Tea Tours for groups of 25-50. Both must be reserved in advance. Carl Schurz Park, East End Ave. at 88th St., 212-570-4751; Grand Central Terminal – Not just the central hub of commuter transportation, this landmark masterpiece boasts a vast, and dramatic sunken central room, ornamented by a ceiling depicting constellations and an information booth adorned with a beautiful, recognizable clock. Visitors can enjoy fine dining and retail opportunities throughout the terminal. Upcoming events include Japan Week (3/6-8). 42nd St & Park Ave., 212-532-4900;

York Visions uncovers the hidden treasures of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn ($69 in Brooklyn, $59 & up in Manhattan and the Bronx). Tours available in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish. 2008 Concierge Choice Award Nominee. Available through major hotels. 212-391-0900; Helicopter Flight Services Tours – Fly high above New York City via helicopter and get one of the best views around. They offer three helicopter tour options that include breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, NY Harbor, the Chrysler Building, Central Park, Columbia University, the George Washington Bridge, Yankee Stadium and the Financial Center. Reservations are recommended. Customized after-hours tours available upon request. Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River), 212-355-0801; The High Line – A public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Upcoming events include: 2014 High Line Spring Benefit (5/20). Gansevoort St. to W. 34th St. bet. 10th & 11th Aves;

Gray Line Sightseeing Tours – Daily tours by open-top deluxe doubledecker buses and luxury coaches including the All Loops Tour, a 2-day ticket hop-on and off with 50+ stops from Times Square and Broadway to Harlem to Brooklyn. 777 Eighth Ave. btw. 47th & 48th Sts.; PABT, 42nd St. & Eighth Ave.; Grand Central, Park Avenue btw. 41th & 42th Sts., 800-669-0051;

Hornblower Cruises and Events – Hornblower offers world-class dining cruises aboard state-of-the-art luxury yachts set against the sparkling New York City skyline and offering innovative, fun features and freshly prepared cuisine. The new Hornblower Hyrbid offers the most eco-friendly cruise experience with leading technology. Upcoming special cruises include: Easter Brunch Cruise (4/20). Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, 212-337-0001;

Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions – Exciting neighborhood tours of NY. Explore Harlem with Gospel tours on Sun. and Wed. ($59) and the popular evening soul food & jazz tours Mon., Thurs. & Sat. ($155); New

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – The museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; an extensive aircraft collection including

If you’d like to see the city from the water, hop aboard New York Water Taxi. Their tours include: the 1-hour Statue of Liberty Express ($28); the Statue by Night Tour (daily at 7:45pm; $28), which goes past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more with a complimentary champagne toast and cash bar; and private charter options. With the Hop-On/Hop-Off option (departing daily, approx. 9am-6pm), disembark wherever and whenever you want along the route to visit the Intrepid Museum, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, the Financial District, South Street Seaport, DUMBO, the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York Crystal Palace, Hudson River Park, and more. 877-979-2542; With Circle Line Downtown, you can enjoy a narrated harbor tour including views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and more on board the luxurious ZEPHYR (pictured left). See our listings for information on the Tropical Oasis Cruise, Happy Hour Cruise, Audubon Summer EcoCruise, and more special cruises offered throughout the summer. 877-979-2542;


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the A-12 Blackbird and the British Airways Concorde; and the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which allows visitors to get up close to the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Upcoming events include: Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage (3/6-8/24); Scout Day (3/15 & 5/17); Boy Scout Day (4/12); Fleet Week (5/21-28). Pier 86, W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., 212-245-0072; Liberty Helicopter Tours – Thrilling airborne tour options in modern jet helicopters including The Big Apple ($150/person); New York, New York ($215/person); Romance/VIP Tour ($995/ person). Switch it up with the Soar and Sail/ Big Apple, a combo package, which includes a helicopter and harbor cruise experience. Tours depart Monday – Saturday from 9am-6:30pm and Sundays from 9am-5pm. Reservations required for 6 or more passengers. Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River), 800-542-9933; Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour – Enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the recently renovated, state-of-the-art World’s Most

Famous Arena. Go inside the locker rooms and relive historic moments with the new Garden 366 retrospective and the Defining Moments exhibit. Daily, 10:30am-3pm. Seventh Ave. btw. 31st & 33rd Sts., 212-465-5800; Madame Tussauds New York – Rub elbows with the Hollywood elite, sports heroes, and political heavyweights…well almost. At Madame Tussauds, you can view and take snapshots with over 200 wax replicas of your favorite stars. Visit the museum’s Cinema 4D experience that puts you in the midst of all the action, including adventures with Marvel Super Heroes. Open 365 days a year. $36; $29 (4-12). 234 W. 42nd St. (Seventh-Eighth Aves.), 866-841-3505; Metro Sightseeing Bus Tours – The best way for tourists and New Yorkers alike to immerse themselves in the culture and history of New York City. The two-hour bus tour offers an in-depth look into the iconic landmarks of the city on a brand-new double-decker bus complete with licensed live tour guides and a state-of-the-art

sound system. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave., 888-603-8298; New York Botanical Garden – One of America’s foremost public gardens, with 50 gardens and plant collections situated on 250 acres. Upcoming events include: The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary (3/1-4/21); Antique Garden Furniture Fair (4/25-27); Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens & the Women Who Designed Them (5/17-9/7). Tues.-Sun., 10am-6pm; closed Mon. except federal holidays. 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 718-817-8700; New York Water Taxi – Tours include the Hop-On/Hop-Off pass, with stops at Fulton Ferry Landing, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, Greenwich Village (Christopher St.), and West 44th St., the Statue of Liberty Express, Statue by Night, and many more. 212-742-1969; NY SKYRIDE – A combination of moviemotion and sights rolled up into New York’s



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only aerial virtual tour simulator. Guide Kevin Bacon takes you on an adventure above, through, and underneath New York. An IMAX®-style digital presentation combining HD technology, custom-designed seats, and a 6-meter/18-foot screen. Open daily 8am-10pm. Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave. (33rd St.), 2nd floor, 212-279-9777; OnBoard Tours – NY See It All! is NYC’s most comprehensive 5-1/2-hour tour, which combines driving with short walks and includes a cruise to see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and more. Departs at 10am & 12:30pm. $89.99; under 12, $69.99 (Fri.-Sun., $99.99/$79.99). Other tours include NY See the Lights!, NY See the Best (including the Empire State Building—without the lines) and the Jersey Gardens Shopping Tour. 212-852-4821; On Location Tours – On Location Tours creates tours that allow people to feel as though they are part of a TV show or movie, by being able to shop, eat, drink, and dance at the sites seen on both the big and small screens. There are four distinctive tours to choose from: the New York TV and Movie Tour; the Central Park Movie Tour; the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour; and the Sopranos Sites Tour. 212-209-3370; Radio City Music Hall – Explore the iconic concert hall on tours that bring music and design history to life. The famous Radio City Stage Door Tour, takes visitors behind-the-scenes of the theater, lounges and corridors of Radio City (daily, 11am-3pm; $19.95; seniors & under 12, $15). Tickets sold at Radio City on the day of the tour. The Career Educational Tour gives groups all the perks of the Stage Door Tour, plus insider info on what it takes to run a landmark like Radio City (contact Group Sales at 212-465-6080). 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-247-4777; THE RIDE – A spectacular immersive and interactive entertainment experience that moves you through midtown as an ever-changing show featuring actors, performers, and citizens unfolds before you. Each vehicle features over 3,000 LED lights, 40 video screens, an IMAX Theater’s worth of audio equipment, cutting-edge speakers, and “floor-shaker” sound system technology. Box office at Madame Tussauds, 234 W. 42nd St., 866-811-4111;

EXTENDED STAYS AND MODERN LUXURY A modern, extended-stay boutique hotel, The William is a new breed of pied-à-terre hotel located near Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and the United Nations, in a neighborhood that offers exclusive access to the city’s finest restaurants, theaters, landmarks, and cultural institutions. The design is the result of a collaborative effort between William Engel (artist), In Situ Design (interior architecture and design), and Lilian B Interiors (interior design) that blurs the lines between their three fields — and what they’ve created is nothing short of a livable, 3-dimensional painting. Each floor has its own monochromatic palette, and in the larger suites, floating walls separate living from sleeping rooms while terraced suites offer an outdoor urban oasis with a stunning view of the skyline. 24 E. 39th St., 646-922-8600;

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square – Ripley’s isn’t for those with a weak stomach. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits—including the world’s largest collection of shrunken heads, New York’s only laser maze and the new Willard Wigan micro-miniature sculpture collection that is so small it takes 400 times magnification to be seen properly—you’ll witness the juggernaut of human oddities and mind-blowing wonders from real life stories. Open daily, 9am-1am. 234 W. 42nd St. (Seventh-Eighth Aves.), 212-398-3133; Rockefeller Center - Considered one of the outstanding architectural achievements in the world, the internationally famous landmark is renowned for its exquisitely maintained Art Deco ornamentation. The 70–story masterpiece is the GE Building (“30 Rock”), decorated inside and out with murals and reliefs celebrating Wisdom and the advances in electronic communication. The Lower Plaza offers summer dining in a garden setting, below street level in the shadow of one of New York’s great landmarks. Overlooking it all is Paul Manship’s famous 18-foot, eight-ton gilded bronze statue of Prometheus. Fifth to Sixth Ave. btw. 48th & 51th Sts., 212-632-3975; Skyline Segway Tour – New York’s only Segway tour, offering amazing skyline views of the city from New Jersey’s 1,212-acre waterfront Liberty State Park. Sights include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Central NJ Railroad, the George Washington Bridge, the High Line park, and the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial, among others. Tours depart from Battery Park at State & Water Sts., and include a 20-minute Segway-riding lesson. Battery Park, 212-260-0400; Spirit Cruises – Spirit Cruises is New York’s most vibrant and entertaining dining vessel. Its bountiful buffets, stunning skyline and Statue of Liberty views and


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non-stop DJ music provide a one-of-a-kind New York experience. Lunch and dinner cruises daily. Upcoming cruises include: New York Easter Lunch and Dinner Cruises (4/20); New York Saturday Gospel Lunch Cruises (5/10 & 31); New York Mother’s Day Lunch and Dinner Cruises (5/11); Hot Latin Moonlight Cruises (5/31); New Year’s Day Lunch and Dinner Cruises (1/1); Valentine’s Day Weekend Dining Cruises (2/14-15). Chelsea Piers, 23rd St. & the Hudson River, 866-483-3866;

or family and experience all that the new Yankee Stadium has to offer, including Monument Park — where you’ll see legendary Yankees’ monuments, plaques, and retired numbers —

and the Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America, with World Series trophies, rings, and baseball artifacts. Yankee Stadium, 1 E. 161st St., 646-977-8687;

Statue Cruises – The Statue of Liberty is officially open. Visitors have access to Liberty Island, including the grounds, pedestal, the statue, and limited areas on Ellis Island. Statue Cruises also offers up to 20 Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours every day, offering the closest possible views of famed New York City landmarks with on-board National Park Service Rangers lending their valuable expertise to passengers. 877-523-9849; Sugartooth Tours – A dessert-only walking tour of NYC. Sugartooth Tours is structured to include no more than 16 people per tour, keeping the experience intimate and conversational. Visitors can expect to be taken to some of the most famous dessert locations in NYC, as well as some of the best-kept secret sweet spots. In addition to tasting a minimum of six neighborhood delicacies on each tour, a thorough historical and culinary background is included at each stop via a licensed NYC tour guide. Call or visit website for schedule. 917-856-6761; Top of the Rock – Capture the most comprehensive and stunning view of the city up to 70 floors above street level at Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock is chockfull of modern, innovative features, with three decks featuring outdoor terraces and indoor space. Open daily, 8am-midnight. Last elevator at 11pm. Reserved-time tickets available. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, (W. 50th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 877-692-7625; World Yacht – With a fleet of four beautiful vessels, World Yacht is an idyllic setting for romantic dinners, dinner parties, Sunday brunches — with a complimentary mimosa, of course — and more. Each vessel is climate-controlled and offers a two-level dining room, dance floor, and spacious outdoor decks. Dinner cruises sail year round; guests enjoy a four-course dinner, breathtaking views of New York City skyline, music and entertainment. Upcoming events: Easter Brunch Cruise (4/20); Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises (5/11). Pier 81, W. 41st St., 212-630-8100; Yankee Stadium Tours – Tour the home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, a fantastic destination for all ages. Bring your group


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This bi-level restaurant under the High Line at Chelsea Market with a wall made of 17,000 spring water bottles has a feeling of openness and light—and fun. At the long wood sushi bar, watch fresh fish turned into culinary art by men and women in white coats with big knives, while Executive Chef Erik Battes keeps the kitchen humming. For more initimacy, there are elegant dining alcoves separated by glass dividers. Try the Omakase, the chef’s tasting menu with its signature opening course of Toro Tartare that arrives in a bowl of ice. Scoop it up with a tiny paddle and add some wasabi, crème fraiche, minced scallions, or rice crackers. Next, three slices of sashimi on a lovely ceramic dish are garnished with tiny flowers, paper thin radish slices, and a wonderful sauce of hot sesame oil with citrus soy. Ah, here comes a white ceramic bowl with a warming candle in its base. It is filled with a rich tangy dipping sauce of oil, miso and anchovy. Fresh baby vegetables, toast and a slice of roasted chicken are there for the dipping. One very plump and tender oyster arrives on its shell accompanied by seared foi gras and a teriyaki reduction. Use the tiny fork to pick up the oyster and pop it whole into your mouth. Pure bliss! A mandarin and plum wine popsicle on a small toothpick will clear your palette for the Surf and Turf of wagu skirt steak ribbons with ginger, cilantro and Japanese mountain yams paired with roasted lobster meat seasoned with curry and kaffir lime. A scoop of green tea ice cream with mango sauce berries sprinkled with yogurt powder is a perfect finish. Dinner daily 5 pm to midnight. One of the city’s most beautiful cocktail lounges can be found at Hakkasan, an authentic and elegant temple of modern Cantonese cuisine. The bar itself in the Ling Ling lounge is lighted sapphire blue glass and the hypnotic moving image on the wall behind the long bar soothes as you sip a Hakka, a tall cocktail of vodka, sake, coconut, passion fruit, and lychee. There are small tables in the lounge, where you can enjoy some tasty morsels from the “small eat” menu, such as the justifiably famous dim sum. While the restaurant can accommodate 200, the dining areas are arranged in smaller comfortable rooms divided by wooden latticework. The menu at this Michelin-starred restaurant, one of several in cities around the world, is in the hands of International Development Chef Ho Chee Boon, who creates traditional dishes with local ingredients and influences such as Stir Fry Lobster with wild mushroom, XO sauce and truffle braised egg noodles. Chilean Sea Bass is grilled and made succulent with Chinese honey. For the meat lover there is Stir Fry Black Pepper Rib Eye with Merlot. New on the menu is Fried Quail with Lemongrass served with thin, delicate steamed Mandarin pancakes. Peking duck is a culinary star here and prepared in a traditional oven brought over from Hong Kong. There are several ways to enjoy it here and in addition to the whole roast duck, there is a Crispy Duck Salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallot in a tangy citrus and pomegranate dressing.


Location 311 W. 43rd Street • 212-776-1818 •

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Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am to 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Dinner Monday to Wednesday, 5:30 to 11:00pm; Dinner Thursday to Saturday, 5:30pm to 12:00am. Location 88 Tenth Avenue • 212-989-8883 •

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By Marian Betancourt


BRUSHSTROKE Take a seat at the carved wood sushi bar so you can watch one of the sushi “professors” from Japan’s top culinary school peel a radish with a large cleaver until the entire radish has become a spiral, or magically create a pouff of shredded carrot to accompany one of the beautiful dishes in this tribute to modern Kaiseki cuisine. The entire kitchen is open to view as the cooks quietly go about their preparations in a restaurant that is a joint venture between the school and New York restaurateur David Bouley. The refreshing Hommage cocktail of homemade elderflower puree, lemon juice and sparkling wine, with a spiral of lemon zest, perks up your taste buds for the treats to come. A little bowl with what appears to contain a puffy cloud will be set before you as you begin Chef Eiji Ichimura’s seven-course tasting menu. This is scallop sashimi with baby spring vegetables, served with a tiny wooden spoon on a round tray that will stay in front of you throughout the changing courses. The truffle broth with shaved truffles, lobster, and tofu is true umami! The sushi course comes with wasabi and two sauces, one for the light fish, and one for the dark fish. Lobster is accompanied by seared duck foie gras and a shitake mushroom, deep fried and made to look like a tiny tree with crispy branches. A savory ice cream of sea beans is a perfect finale dressed with white chocolate syrup at table. The very knowledgeable sommelier will guide you through the sake and wine list for perfect pairings. Dinner Monday to Saturday; seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm.

Nicole Bartelme

A new addition to the menu is the six-course Hakkaisan Sake Pairing dinner. The cold sake, which has a surprisingly warming flavor, is presented in a small glass decanter embedded in a bowl of finely crushed ice decorated with a red berry branch. Keep your own little glass on the ice while you enjoy the amuse bouche served on a tray with four uniquely flavorful dishes. A turnip tofu cube is paired with salmon roe and wasabi; a watercress salad is topped with bonita flakes. Then an assortment of sashimi is so cold and fresh, you actually sense the ocean. It is simply garnished with shredded fresh daikon. A perfectly fried piece of Spanish mackerel with miso is a softly sweet experience paired with a crispy deep-fried shrimp wrapped in shiso leaf with Japanese basil. (By now the warm sake is in front of you in a heated ceramic carafe.) A tuna sashimi entrée marinated in a spicy sauce is served over sushi rice and accompanied by a bowl of miso soup with the tiniest baby mushrooms you may ever see.

Nicole Bartelme

A green tea ice cream with cherry sauce and pineapple cubes is a happy ending along with tea in a porcelain blue and white cup on a teak saucer. Lovely!

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Lunch weekdays 11:30 am to 1 pm; Dinner daily 6 to 8 pm. Location 66 Park Avenue • 212-885-7111 •

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Hakubai, is an authentic Japanese restaurant just steps down from the lobby of the Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue. The only decoration is several elegant Ikabana flower arrangements. Shoji screens enclose some private rooms with tatami cushions where you can dine in Japanese style, served by women in traditional obi-tied kimonos. Executive Chef Yukihiro Sato creates several types of dining experiences such as Kaiseki Omakase dinners and Kenbi luncheons.

Location 30 Hudson Street • 212-791-3771 •


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LE COLONIAL With ceiling fans, palms, wicker chairs, and walls lined with historic sepia toned photos, you are transported to early 20th century French Saigon at Le Colonial. Newly renovated, the restaurant also has a new executive chef, Ronald Hsu, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu and spent eight years cooking at Le Bernadin. Raised in a restaurant family, he’s the perfect match for this kitchen. In the upstairs lounge sip the house martini of gin, cassis, and raspberry syrup while enjoying small bites, like Banh Mi Sliders with foie gras and delicate chips made from a Vietnamese tuber similar to a potato. Downstairs, peruse the dinner menu while enjoying the soundtrack of very sweet, sexy jazz. One of Hsu’s favorite appetizers to prepare, Aubergines, is a classical Vietnamese dish. The eggplant is scored and roasted until tender, then stuffed with a sauté of crab and shrimp with chili garlic sauce and roasted some more. Another terrific appetizer is Cha Gio, fresh tender spring rolls of shrimp and crab cooked with lemon grass and mint. A favorite entrée is Vit Quay, fivespice roasted duck, crispy and succulent with tamarind ginger sauce. The little mound of shredded fresh jicama alongside is marinated briefly with cilantro and lime while you are enjoying your appetizer so it has the perfect texture and flavor when you dig in. There’s a terrific banana tart dessert with scoop of Vietnamese cinnamon ice cream, dusted with dried banana chips. Lunch Monday to Friday 12 to 3 pm; dinner Monday to Sunday 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

Maylasian cuisine includes influences from India, China, and other countries along the ancient spice route, and what’s interesting and fun about cooking, says Rasa co-owner Cami Lai, who grew up there, is that you can play around with different ingredients. Add coconut milk to curry and it has a Chinese influence, or add tamarind and you taste a bit of India. Cami’s brother, co-owner, and chef, Tommy Lai, is the first Malaysian chef to earn a Michelin star, while heading the kitchen at Laut in Union Square, which the siblings previously owned. In this small new restaurant named for their home town you will discover some new culinary treats. A favorite is Assam Laksa, a dish that launched Malaysian food into the culinary spotlight. It’s a rich aromatic fish broth cooked with lemongrass, chilies, and tamarind (assam), thickened with prawn paste and garnished with ginger flower bulbs, sliced onion, mint leaves, red chili, and rice vermicelli. Rendang Beef, an entree simmered with lemon grass, lime leaves, grated coconut and thick coconut milk, is a rich and satisfying treat. Nasi Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia, made with chicken curry, potato, sambal and anchovies, then garnished with boiled egg, sliced cucumber, tomato, and peanuts. A popular noodle dish is Char Kueh Teow, with chives, bean sprouts, eggs, and soy and chili sauces. This is Malaysian comfort food eaten any time of day. Treat yourself to a Malaysian Cupcake, a delicious side dish of steamed rice with dried shrimp paste, pickled radish, fried shallots and scallions.


Location 25 West 8th Street • 212-253-9888 •

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Lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 10:45 pm; Friday to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm to 11 pm.

Location 149 East 57th Street • 212-752-0808 •

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HARU SUSHI If you are sightseeing the city’s financial district, Haru Sushi is a place to stop for lunch, dinner, or happy hour. The sixth and newest location of this modern Japanese restaurant in New York, it occupies a two story space on Wall Street that brings to mind a Shinto temple with its vibrant pink hanging lamps, and some very large fish screen-printed onto space dividers. There is a wide selection of sushi and sashimi and it is fun just reading the list of special rolls such as Kiss of Fire, Super Dynamite, and Red Hot Momma. Strawberry Fin is crunchy spicy yellow tail, jalapeno peppers and mango topped with slivers of scallop, wasabi tobiko and fresh strawberries to cool your tongue. Definitely try the Wall Street Roll with king crab, white tuna, wasabi and sriracha topped with seared scallop, shiso, tobiko and gold leaf—yes, gold—this is Wall Street, after all. There are entrées of meat and fish, such as Grilled Salmon Teriyaki with shitake mushrooms and taro chips and Grilled Filet Mignon with wasabi mashed potatoes and teriyaki sauce. And there’s a truly fabulous tangerine duck salad with crispy wontons. Haru is well-known for their 100-calorie cocktails, such as the Shiso Slim with lemon vodka, pink grapefruit and yuzu juices muddled with shiso leaf and soda water. Relax and enjoy one with some sushi after touring the canyons of lower Manhattan. Lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 10:30 pm; Dinner Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 10:30 pm.

One of the city’s most heavenly kitchens is in Hell’s Kitchen! The small Michelin-starred Danji, which means clay pot, serves traditional and modern interpretations of Korean food created by Chef/Owner Hooni Kim who previously worked at Daniel and Masa. You can choose several small dishes or shares, which seem quite natural in this compact environment of long communal tables, a few smaller tables in the back, and a very busy bar. They don’t take reservations, so it’s best to go early and keep going back so you can taste everything. On the traditional side there’s the luscious “Danji” Braised Short Ribs with fingerlings, cipolini and toasted pine nuts. Kim enjoys making traditional stews by layering flavors and giving them a complexity beyond what a traditional Korean stew is known for. He uses only the freshest and best products from local farms and all stocks and dashis are made from scratch. Kim is especially proud of the scallion and squid pancake, panjean. While this is a common dish in Asian restaurants, it is usually flat and starchy. Here it is light, fluffy, “scalliony” and three dimensional. And you really haven’t experienced fried chicken until you taste the Korean Fire Chicken with honey, garlic and four chillies. You can cool down with a cold glass of makgeolli, a rice beer that is melon-like and refreshing with a subtle kick.

Location 346 W. 52nd Street • 212-586-2880 •

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Lunch Monday to Friday, noon to 2:30 pm; dinner Monday to Thursday, 5:15 pm to midnight; Friday and Saturday to 1 am.

Location One Wall Street Court • 212-785-6850 •


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Promenade PICKS

David Burke Townhouse James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur David Burke serves his signature whimsical, modern American cuisine at his flagship restaurant, the newly renovated David Burke Townhouse. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this is the Upper East Side eatery —originally called davidburke & donatella when it first opened — that made him famous. The menu includes signature dishes from Burke’s career, such as Sea Scallops Benedict and the “Lobster Steak,” while continuing to offer the inventive dishes that made Townhouse a neighborhood fixture. A meat-carving station provides drama as whole chicken, rack of lamb and porterhouse steak are carved and presented tableside. Burke and current general manager Orlando Ramos oversee a menu that also features Pretzel Crusted Crabcake with Tomato Orange Marmalade and Poppy Seed Honey, Chicken & Dumplings, Bronx Veal, and, of course, for dessert, his Famous Cheesecake Lollipop Tree. On Saturdays and Sundays they feature one of Zagat’s Top 25 Brunches in New York City, offering signature Burke dishes such as the Titanic French Toast, Lobster Scramble, “DBT” Eggs Benedict, and the aforementioned Cheesecake Lollipops.

This boutique restaurant began as a tasting room for international clients shopping for the best caviar for their own restaurants. When Caviar Russe became a restaurant in its own right, it was unanimously praised by The New York Times and other major media and recently earned a Michelin star. With just 25 seats, this intimate room with Old World murals and carved wooden moldings is lighted with Murano chandeliers. There is also a private party room and small bar at the open kitchen for caviar tastings and crudo.


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David Burke’s tasty NYC empire also includes David Burke at Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Ave. at E. 59th St., 212-705-3800;; David Burke Kitchen (23 Grand St. at Sixth Ave., 212-201-9119;; and David Burke Fishtail (135 E. 62nd St., 212-754-1300; Location 133 E. 61st St. (Park/Lexington Avenues) • 212-813-2121 •

All the caviars—Caspian, Siberian, and American—are sustainably raised. A fun way to begin your caviar experience is with the introductory plate, featuring several mother-of-pearl spoons and different choices. In addition to spoons, you can order a “purse;” this is a crêpe blini filled with 10 grams of caviar, and tied with a scallion leaf. Or share a larger service for your table with toast points, blinis, potatoes, and crème fraiche. Executive Chef Chris Agnew, a veteran of Alain Ducasse, has created a tasting menu with dishes like Risotto with Sea Urchin and Siberian Caviar, or the signature Foie Gras Terrine layered with prosciutto and quince. The menu offers 10 selections of seafood, meat and game, and pasta such as Tagliatelle with Farm Egg, a wonderfully satisfying and earthy dish with white Alba truffles shaved over it. Even dessert includes caviar: a dollop is served on top of the caramelized brioche with a pan-seared sliver of Asian pear and white chocolate ice cream. For a sublime finish to your repast, a freshly baked Madeleine is presented to you in a linen napkin folded into a petite basket. This is indeed the good life!



Lunch, crudo, dinner, Monday to Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday brunch noon to 4pm. Location 538 Madison Ave. (54th/55th Streets) • 212-980-5908 •

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American ABC Kitchen - Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Dan Kluger impress diners inside ABC Carpet & Home with a mission to “engage in regionallygrown, organically focused cuisine that is rooted in cultivating a safe relationship with the environment and our table.” Indulge taste buds with main plates like wood oven roasted Maine lobster. ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829;

Salmon are just a few signature dishes that you will find along with a full assortment of fresh sushi and sashimi. Dinner, Mon.-Sat., 6pm-close. Breakfast, Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-10:30am and Sat.-Sun., 6:30am-3pm. 107 Rivington St., 212-796-8040;

David Burke at Bloomingdales -The ultimate in culinary cafes, David Burke brings his signature creations to this upscale but casual setting. Nothing satisfies the shop-till-you-drop appetite like the highly touted asiago truffle fries. 1000 Third Ave at 59 St, 212-705-3800;


Aldea -Named after the Portuguese word for village, Aldea’s seasonal, New American menu is inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and Chef George Mendes’ heritage. Searching for the rustic and elemental properties in his cooking, Mendes breaks down his menu between land and sea, and allows the cutting edge flavor combinations to guide palates. 31 W. 17th St., 212-675-7223; Betony - Named after an herb in the mint family renowned for its healing qualities, this new midtown restaurant features modern American dishes such as Marinated Trout Roe with Puffed Rice and Cucumber; Grilled Short Ribs; Poached Lobster with Chestnuts and Spices; and Jasmine Rice with Lavender and Meyer Lemon for dessert. All baking, including breads, is done in-house. 41 W. 57th St., 212-465-2400; Blue Smoke - Danny Meyer’s award-winning BBQ joint menu includes spareribs Kansas City-style (saucy), Memphis baby back ribs, and Texas salt and pepper beef ribs. Catch side dish fever with sweet potato wedge fries with maple dip and Jackie’s fry bread with chipotle butter. Live music at the Jazz Standard downstairs. 116 E. 27th St., 212-447-7733; 255 Vesey St., 212-889-2005; The Breslin Bar and Dining Room - Located in the trendy Ace Hotel, The Breslin takes a cue from its hip clientele and pushes the envelope on gastropub fare. The menu offers creative terrine options on the lunch and dinner menus, while lamb burgers, delicate flounder, and pig’s foot for two round out the experimental flavor profile. Ace Hotel, 16 W. 29th St., 212-679-1939; Bryant Park Grill - Overlooking Bryant Park and set behind the landmarked New York Public Library, this American cuisine gem features romantic dining settings ideal for dates, events, or a night out with friends. From fun and filling salads, to prime meats and fresh seafood, the restaurant’s high-end, traditional menu is a crowd pleaser. 25 W. 40th St., 212-840-6500; CO-OP Food & Drink - Executive Chef James London – formally of The Crow’s Nest in Montauk – combines his deep Southern South Carolina roots with his passion for Japanese cuisine to create a new “East Meets South” menu that is not only unique, but redefines “inventive”. Ginger Fried Chicken, Truffle Mac and Cheese, and Miso Cured

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Join us at any one of our acclaimed New York City restaurants! Or visit

Newly Renovated David Burke Townhouse (formally David Burke & Donatella) 212.813.2121 • 133 E. 61 St. (between Park & Lexington Avenues)

David Burke Fishtail 212.754.1300 • 135 E. 62 St. (between Park & Lexington Avenues)

David Burke at Bloomingdale’s 212.705.3800 • 1000 Third Ave. (at 59th Street)


David Burke Kitchen 212.201.9119 • 23 Grand Street (at the James Hotel at 6th Avenue)

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David Burke Kitchen - The glass-enclosed Treehouse Bar has handcrafted cocktails and a selection of pizzas, flatbreads, spreads and pâtés, plus homemade sweets and snacks. Downstairs, the space is divided into a bar and dining room, featuring standouts like the Tuna and Salmon Tartare served with crème fraiche, gaufrette, and potato rye bread, Hearth Chicken with couscous, tamarind, braising greens, and pearl onion, and the Short Rib paired with cavatelli, foraged mushrooms, truffle mousse. 23 Grand St., 212-201-9119;

Westchester County’s Doral Arrowwood hotel not only features 114 acres of rolling hills, open meadows, ponds, and a nine-hole, Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, but also three excellent dining options. You can dine al fresco at Mulligan’s Outdoor Cafe, which overlooks the ninth green and features salads, light dishes, and grilled specialties. The quintessential pub experience is offered at The PUB with a wrap-around bar and fireplace as well as 14 high-definition flat-screen TVs, pool tables, dartboards, and a dance floor. The light, airy Atrium serves buffet-style lunches and à la carte dinners amid spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows, an award-winning brunch, and the Saturday Night Buffet Dinner Dance. 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, NY, 914-939-5500;

David Burke Townhouse -The flagship of the Burke-ian fleet, this provocative and elegant Upper East Side resident has been turning heads and delighting patrons since 2003. As dishes -- like the culinary marvel, the crisp & angry lobster “cocktail” -- make their way through the dining room you’ll see that Burke’s flair for presentation is matched only by the food’s outstanding taste. 133 E. 61st St., 212-813-2121; Doral Arrowwood - Located on the property of Westchester County’s Doral Arrowwood hotel and picturesque golf course, diners are treated to three dining options. Dine al fresco at Mulligan’s Outdoor Cafe, which overlooks the ninth green and features salads, light dishes, and grilled specialties. The PUB has a wrap-around bar and fireplace as well as 14 high-definition flat-screen TVs, pool tables, dartboards, and a dance floor. The light, airy Atrium serves buffetstyle lunches and à la carte dinners. 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, NY, 914-939-5500; Eleven Madison Park - Relive the glamorous era of Cole Porter and New York’s café society in the sleek, high-ceilinged elegance of what was once the cavernous Art Deco assembly hall of the old Met Life Building. Executive Chef Daniel Humm creates an unforgettable dining presentation with an exquisitely tailored tasting menu. Humm’s epicurean vision seeks to tell an authentic New York City story through innovative flavors presented with each course. 11 Madison Ave. (24th St.), 212-889-0905; EVR Gastro-Lounge - 5,000 square feet of sleek, haute design and a menu of delectable Nouveau-American dishes, featuring lobster mahi ceviche, wonton wrapped mozzarella, a beet and goat cheese terrine, short rib au jus burger petites, and homemade cheesecake lollipops for a sweet end to the meal. Cocktails crafted by in-house mixologist Orson Salicetti, such as the Beauty Leaf (tangerine, vodka, yellow chartreuse, agave nectar, and lime), offer exciting new flavors that are as unique as the lounge itself. 54 W. 39th St., 212-997-3900;

Located in what their Twitter bio (@EVR_nyc) refers to as “Manhattan’s Empire District,” upon close inspection, versatile is indeed a word that comes to mind when you enter EVR GastroLounge—along with posh, sleek, and cocktails. A sky-high ceiling in the bar area is festooned with industrial cords and light bulbs that mimic stars. The mirrored tile host stand and DJ booth near the entrance contrast with wall mounted cages made of rough iron. The open, airy front gives way to a bi-level, cave-like atmosphere in the back where glass and steel meet scrawled graffiti coming together in a host of Picasso-esque faces. Alternately glitzy and gritty, from specialty cocktails, to business lunches, to after-work hangouts, to late-night revelry; it’s rare to see a place that can do it all, and do it all well. 54 W. 39th St., 212-997-3900;


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48 - In Rockefeller Center’s McGraw Hill Building, an upscale cocktail lounge that restores an air of understated elegance to Midtown. Providing a refreshing divergence with its classic ambiance, innovative cocktails and irresistible food. 1221 Sixth Ave. (48th St.), 212-554-4848; The Four Seasons - A New York culinary monument lives at The Four Seasons. As seasons change, so do the menu and décor at this beautiful restaurant serving excellent American seasonal specialties. The restaurant has two dining rooms: the Pool Room with its trees and marble pool, and the wood-paneled Grill Room. One of America’s most complete wine lists. We strongly recommend that you make your reservation at least 5 to 7 days in advance. 99 E. 52nd St., 212-754-9494; Gramercy Tavern - Step foot into this classic American tavern for a taste of history and updated classic dishes from beef tartare to roasted lamb. Chef Michael Anthony is the winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef: NYC.’ 42 E. 20th St., 212-477-0777;

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Hardings - A warm and welcoming restaurant in a landmark 1895 building with a 25-foot ceiling, an eclectic décor of old prints, an antique flag and a large, square handmade wooden bar. Chef Ariel Fox whips up specialties like Fig Toast—grilled country bread with garlic butter, whipped goat cheese, and dried mission figs rehydrated with red wine and balsamic vinegar. 32 East 21st St., 212-600-2105;

contemporary flavors such as all natural chicken, prime New York shell steak, and pan crisped salmon. The spot lives up to its sassy name with sporty red banquettes to match the innovative American plates. Comforting, yet confidently inventive, The Red Cat has it all. 227 Tenth Ave. (23rd St.), 212-242-1122;

Red Rooster - Restaurateur rock star Marcus Samuelsson successfully conjures up mouthwatering comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of its Harlem location. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy. 310 Lenox Ave. (125th St.), 212-792-9001;

The Harrison - Hospitality and contemporary tastes join forces at The Harrison. This Tribeca eatery gives off the vibe of a long-time neighborhood haunt, serving comfort food with a downtown twist. 355 Greenwich St. (Harrison St.), 212-274-9310; Inside Park at St. Bart’s - Take in stunning, historic views of the Terrace at St. Bartholomew’s Church, just steps away with intricate, Byzantinelike decorative stenciling, true to the immense room’s original colors, motifs, and craftsmanship, painstakingly replicated on the 30-foot ceiling, as well as on the walls and overhanging balcony. 325 Park Ave., 212-593-3333; The Lion -Founding chef and partner of the Waverly Inn, John DeLucie’s restaurant offers his unique, Italian-American take on classic cuisine, including a decadent fresh raw bar, which has attracted both celebrities and serious foodies alike. 62 W. 9th St., 212-353-8400; Malt n Mash - Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, this New World pub and grill features “Modernist American fare” from executive chef Nahid Ahmed. The menu is divided into five categories: Raw, Share, Land, Sea and Sweet. The dishes are technique-driven and artfully presented, as items include a roulade of Foie Gras with chipotle peanut butter; Hamachi seasoned with tangerine dashi and togarashi; Sweetbreads with popcorn and ramps; and Octopus with black garlic. 53-61 Gansevoort St. (near Greenwich St.), 888-883-6054; Peacock Alley - Named for the fashionable swells who strolled through the original Waldorf=Astoria at the turn of the last century in order to be seen, Peacock Alley still draws quite a distinguished crowd. The popular Peacock Salad always stays on the menu, but the ingredients are tailored to fit the season. The Waldorf=Astoria; 301 Park Ave., 212-872-1275; Per Se - Offering stunning views of Central Park from each table, with a décor of dark woods and metal surfaces, and two unique nine-course tasting menus are created to excite your mind, satisfy your appetite and pique your curiosity. Reservations accepted one month in advance. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (60th St.), 4th Floor, 212-823-9335; The Red Cat - This popular Chelsea bistro—the creation of chef/owner Jimmy Bradley—features clean presentation mixed with cutting edge

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Rock Center Cafe - Boasting up-close views of the Ice Rink, this stylish eatery offers contemporary American specialties such as Atlantic salmon, skirt steak, and corn-flour crusted calamari. 20 W. 50th St., 212-332-7620;

A staple of NYC’s seafood-dining scene located in a glittering and expansive Rockefeller Center space, Oceana offers Michelin Star cuisine driven by fresh, seasonal ingredients from the global pantry. The spacious venue provides a variety of options for dining, cocktails, and small bites. Just steps from the Theatre District, a three-course prix-fixe pre-/post-theatre menu is offered and they can pace the service to suit your plans in any of the restaurant’s distinct areas. The Cafe at Oceana offers casual seating surrounding two lavish marble bars. Also featured are three unique settings for private dining: The Wine Room, The Grand Salon, and The Chef’s Table. During the warmer months, the bar extends outside to their refreshing Outdoor Cafe. A pure and natural ethos characterizes the cooking style of Executive Chef Ben Pollinger. Bold flavors emerge from his innovative compositions, while simple preparations of whole fish and other offerings subtly tease the palate. With a focus on seasonal products and the finest seafood, Chef Pollinger ensures a dining experience unlike any other. Sommeliers are on hand to recommend tasteful complements from their list of over 950 curated wines, and their mixologists delight in fashioning exotic signature cocktails with a dazzling balance of flavors. Sumptuous and visually arresting desserts from pastry chef Joseph Gabriel conclude the dining experience on a sublime note. Oceana also added breakfast to its repertoire. Served from 7:30am-10am Monday-Friday, the menu features new classics like Maine Lobster Benedict, Orange-Scented Brioche French Toast, and Housemade Granola with Greek Yogurt, Granola and Fruit. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941;

2 West - An elegant, French-American eatery with park views on the waterfront. Chef James Dangler leads a menu of flavorful and classic comfort foods including a terrine of foie gras, yellowtail hamachi crudo, and the bacon wrapped filet mignon with jumbo asparagus and sauce bordelaise. Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, 2 West St., 917-790-2525;

argentinian Malbec Wine Bar and Restaurant/Tango House - At Malbec, the star is the Argentinean Malbec wine. They offer the best selection directly imported from Argentina, including special tastings of rare Malbec wines. Of course, grilled meats are their specialty, among other expertly prepared Argentinean dishes. Tango House presents a thrilling tango musical with professional musicians and dancers direct from Buenos Aires. 428 Lafayette St. (so. of Astor Pl.), 212-419-4645;

Brazilian Texas de Brazil - Featuring an extravagant 50-item gourmet salad area, sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage all flame-grilled to perfection and served tableside. The elegant dining atmosphere, paired with exceptional service, creates a dazzling, sought-after ambience. Enjoy signature Brazilian cocktails, rare wines, exquisite desserts, and more for a dining experience that is uniquely Texas de Brazil. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner nightly. 1011 Third Ave. (60th St.), 212-537-0060;


Located steps from Manhattan’s Theatre District and the famed Carnegie Hall, Ed Sullivan Theater, and New York City Center, Abboccato is known for serving some of New York City’s finest authentic, home-style Italian cuisine. Offering diners a true taste of Italy, the cozy 75-seat restaurant is perfectly suited for a leisurely meal and pre-theatre bite without the hectic tumult of Times Square. Under the guidance of Executive Chef David Arias, Abboccato’s cuisine represents the diverse regions of Italy, from Sicily to Lombardi. An array of Cicchetti (little bites), antipasti, and an extensive grappa collection, as well as family-style meals, and specials such as the Terrazza happy hour menu and prix-fixe dinner menu ($38) are all available. 136 W. 55th St., 212-265-4000;


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Hakkasan New York - The world-renowned modern Chinese restaurant is now in New York City, bringing their authentic Cantonese cuisine, impeccable service and unparalleled dining experience to Manhattan. Signature dishes include Stir-Fry Lobster with Wild Mushrooms in XO Sauce and Hakka noodle with mushrooms and Chinese chive. A Michelin-starred, elegant oasis in the hubbub of Times Square. 311 W. 43rd St., 212-776-1818; Lychee House - “Modern Chinese” inspired by contemporary culinary practices and ranging from comfort food like shredded sesame chicken to more exotic dishes. Lychee House strives for the freshest, seasonal ingredients to incorporate into their global Chinese menu. Dim Sum available on evenings, holidays and at weekend brunch. 141 E. 55th St. (Lexington-Third Aves.), 212-753-3900;

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DELIS Katz’s Delicatessen - Sometimes it’s best to leave a classic alone, as in the case of this legendary deli. This Lower East Side joint has been serving halfpound sandwiches of hot pastrami and corned beef, grilled franks, matzoh ball soup, and more since 1888. Open late Thurs. and all night Fri. & Sat. 205 E. Houston St. (Ludlow St.), 212-254-2246; P J Bernstein Deli Restaurant - Family-owned and -run since 1982, serving classic kosher-style deli cuisine including classics both old and new. Offering dine-in, carry-out, delivery and catering. Favorites include pastrami and corned beef piled high, soups, and more. Open 7 days, 8am-9:30pm. 1215 Third Ave. (70th-71st Sts.), 212-879-0914;

French/French Bistro Bouchon Bakery - Thomas Keller’s unique twist on French boulangerie fare, with freshly made sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as a wide range

of desserts including handmade viennoiserie, confections, pastries, tarts and cookies. Private catering, specialty cakes, such as wedding cakes, and various seasonal and holiday offerings are also available for special order. 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-9363; Rockefeller Center on 49th St. btw. 5th & 6th Aves., 212-782-3890;

Jean Georges - Contemporary French works of art created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There is both a formal dining room and the more casual Nougatine Room. Reservations are generally taken one month in advance. Jacket and tie required. Trump International Hotel, 1 Central Park West (60th-61st Sts.), 212-299-3900;

Bouley - At this Michelin-starred restaurant, David Bouley’s dishes are largely organic and local with a lightness and complexity that leaves you thinking about them long afterward. The Organic Connecticut Farm Egg is softly poached in a coconut garlic broth and wrapped in a paper thin slice of Ibérico Pata Negra ham, and the Dry Aged Prime New York Sirloin comes with flat leaf spinach, toasted buckwheat, and red wine glazed shallots. 163 Duane St., 212-964-2525;

Le Cirque - French-Italian cuisine that is just as exciting to the palate as it is a feast for the eye, with dishes such as Poached Maine Lobster, and Chateaubriand for Two, among many other classics. A dress code is in effect, so jackets are required for gentlemen, as are elegant looks for the ladies. 151 E. 58th St., 212-644-0202;

Brasserie 8 1/2 - Descend an elegant sweeping staircase to enter a world of brasserie bests. A delicate fusion of creativity and comfort, featuring a worldclass art collection, haute French cuisine, and a plush atmosphere, complemented by Latin- and Asian-influenced dishes and raw bar. 9 W. 57th St., 212-829-0812;

Le Périgord - Off the beaten path, just steps past First Avenue lives a French gastronomic pillar. Long regarded as one of New York City’s superb old-school French dining rooms, this refined and luxurious gem is one of the longest-running four-star operations under the same management. The menu blends classical French techniques with a contemporary touch, natural flavors, sauces and spices, and high-quality produce. 50th anniversary year! 405 E. 52nd St., 212-755-6244;


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Minetta Tavern - This Greenwich Village landmark—opened in 1937 and frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, e. e. cummings, and Dylan Thomas—was renovated in 2008 as a Parisian steakhouse meets New York City tavern. Try one of several inventive cocktails and pair with classics like the Black Label Burger or Mouclade. 113 MacDougal St. (Bleecker St.), 212-475-3850; The Modern at MoMA - As sleek, elegant, and contemporary as the MoMA that houses it, The Modern, part of Danny Meyer’s elite Union Square Hospitality Group, features original French-American cuisine by chef Gabriel Kreuther. Enjoy views of the picturesque sculpture garden in the classic dining room or opt for a more casual menu at the curved marble bar in the Bar Room. Reservations accepted up to 28 days in advance. 9 W. 53rd St., 212-333-1220; Nice Matin - An uptown brunch fixture with lunch and dinner menus held in equally high regard. With warm colors, chic light fixtures, and plush chairs, this gorgeous space is lively, yet still conducive to easy conversation. The wine list and the cocktails are wonderfully imaginative. 201 W. 79th St., 212-873-6423; Orsay - This Upper East Side brasserie features a classic Art Nouveau interior, using rich woods, traditional moldings, and mirrors. The menu marries modern French and classic fare, like the famous chicken liver mousse and foie gras, with an award-winning wine list dominated by French and American varietals. 1057 Lexington Ave. (75th St.), 212-517-6400; Pomme Palais - Sweet and savory treats from renowned chef Michel Richard inside the iconic Palace Hotel. Don’t miss the handcrafted chocolates made

in-house. Breakfast, lunch, and light dinner served as well. The New York Palace Hotel, 30 E. 51st St. (Madison-Park Aves.), 212-303-7755; Triomphe - Big flavors tucked in an intimate setting at the Iroquois Hotel. Offering a warm and comfortable atmosphere, both stylish and subtle, and a diverse menu of French American cuisine with an international flair. Iroquois New York, 49 W. 44th St., 212-453-4233; Villard Michel Richard - Showcasing chef Michel Richard’s fine cuisine within the Villard Mansion, guests dine on bistro-style, indulging in dishes like Prime Cote De Boeuf Au Poivre, a mouthwatering Lobster Burger, and Goat Cheese Caesar Salad. 455 Madison Ave. (50th-51st Sts.), 212-891-8100;

GERMAN Reichenbach Hall - Otherwise known as “Munich in Midtown,” Reichenbach Hall is a traditional German bierhalle featuring communal tables and serving up authentic fare. With seating for more than 200 people, a full bar including fourteen authentic German beers on tap, and a festive atmosphere enhanced by traditional Bavarian music, it is Oktoberfest every night. Prost! 5 W. 37th St., 212-302-7744;

GREEK Molyvos - Nestled in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, just a block away from the esteemed Carnegie Hall, Molyvos has been known for serving soulful Greek cuisine since 1997. Named for the traditional seaside village on the Greek island of Lesvos, Molyvos takes its guests on a multi-

50 Years at Le Périgord In the pantheon of New York City’s fine dining establishments, it’s nearly unheard of for a restaurant to be around for 50 years. Sure, it happens: the legendary Le Cirque has been around for that long, although it’s no longer at the original location. The Four Seasons turns 55 this year, and Peter Luger has been out in Brooklyn for over 100, but it’s certainly the exception rather than the rule. Le Périgord—a true “Restaurant Francais” in its tucked away corner of Midtown East—has been graciously serving some of the most upscale clientele in New York for five decades. Although that’s not necessarily common knowledge in today’s dining scene filled with bloggers, hashtags, 24/7 food television channels, real-time star sightings, and instaquotes. This is a much more analog setting, where the appearance of a cell phone on the tabletop during dinner service, will be frowned upon. The clientele at Le Périgord has included movie stars and TV personalities but on most days it’s filled with other one-percenters like Alan Greenspan, who by the way, loves the calf’s liver. Because, that’s the type of place it is. A Sutton Place kind of place, an old school kind of a place, where the menu offers perhaps a daily special or a Restaurant Week prix fixe, but other than that retains almost every other vestige of traditional French cuisine. The bourguignon, the Dover sole, the asparagus, the vegetable tart, the duck a l’orange, the tarte tatin, they’re not going anywhere. In fact, according to Crain’s New York Business, as part of the restaurant’s 50th birthday, through the end of the year, it will be offering a $78 five-course menu of dishes owner and founder Georges Briguet, 76, fondly describes as “forgotten” or “retired.” The notoriously old fashioned Briguet, was recently quoted in an article for where he and his son Christopher, who manages the restaurant, debated mostly on the issue of dress code: “You see, we have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, when they come to New York, they come in… Even though they are young, even though they are actors, they come in and they’re always dressed properly. Now, what do you do if next to them you have somebody in sweaty T-shirts? Do you think that is a part of fine dining?” His son was also quoted in the same article saying. “Some changes have to be made to succeed.” But don’t expect an iPad at every table and a seasonal menu from a celebrity chef anytime soon. Some things don’t need to change to be great and Le Périgord is one of them. —Kris Carpenter


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sensory journey to the Aegean Sea and all of its bounty and beauty via critically acclaimed menus and the largest all-Greek wine list in the US. Molyvos underwent an extensive renovation in January 2012, unveiling a new design that recalls the islands of Greece. With its clean blue, gray, and white palette, it pays homage to the rocky coast lines with sandy beaches, charming villages, white-washed houses, and bright blue skies that are emblematic of Greece. 871 Seventh Ave. (55th-56th Sts.), 212-582-7500;

wife Egidiana and sons Marco and Mauro. The room resembles a circus tent with its red-andyellow striped panels and circus ring, designed by Adam D. Tihany. The menu includes Maccioni family favorites, housemade pastas, an array of tantalizing meat and fish dishes, and their famous Tuscan 30-vegetable and cannellini bean soup,

along with show-stopping Italian desserts. 120 W. 55th St., 212-265-3636; La Masseria - “A farmhouse in the middle of Manhattan,” offering authentic classic dishes from the Puglia region of Italy, utilizing the freshest natural ingredients for simple, pastas, risottos, and

Indian Darbar - Reviewers and patrons consistently give high marks to this cozy, bi-level restaurant and lounge located on the East Side. Zagat rated, Darbar is a superb choice for classic Indian food done extra right with great ambience and service. 152 E. 46th St., 212-681-4500; Dévi - Dévi provides diners with an upscale Indian experience, with lush authentic flavors of Indian home cooking. A prime décor of rich textiles and brightly colored lanterns combine with robust flavorful dishes that take the helm of the Dévi experience. 8 E. 18th St., 212-691-2100;

international and eclectic Alcala - Close to the U.N., take a palate vacation to Spain’s Basque area with regionally authentic plates with a variety of paellas, hearty and adventurously seasoned meats, and freshly prepared fish. 246 E. 44th St., 212-370-1866;

Italian Abboccato - “True Italian cuisine in the heart of Manhattan,” with time-honored recipes elevated through the talent and techniques of their chefs. An array of cicchetti (little bites), antipasti, and an extensive grappa collection, as well as family-style meals, and specials such as the Terrazza happy hour menu and prix-fixe dinner menu, are all available. 136 W 55th St., 212-265-4000; Casa Lever - “Milan meets Manhattan” at this restaurant from the team behind Sant Ambroeus. The atmosphere is stunning—how could it not be, located in Lever House, a masterpiece of modern architecture, and with modern art adorning the walls? Indulge in classic Milanese Italian dishes and some of the best service in the city. 390 Park Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-2700; Chelsea Ristorante - Combines the rich tradition of Italian cuisine with antipasti, homemade pasta, and risotto which are considered some of the best anywhere, with their famous wood burning brick oven. 108 Eighth Ave. (15th-16th Sts.), 212-924-7786; Circo - A whimsical Italian eatery created by legendary Sirio Maccioni in collaboration with his

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meat and fish dishes. The rustic decor blends rural Italian style, nostalgia and charm, complementing the top notch cuisine and extensive wine list. 235 W. 48th St., 212-582-2111; Locanda Verde - A casual, energetic neighborhood Italian taverna in Tribeca serving celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini’s soul-satisfying riffs on Italian cooking. Treat yourself to the addictive crostini selections, which compliment the well-rounded wine list and inventive cocktail selection. 377 Greenwich St. (North Moore-Greenwich St.), 212-925-3797; Nestled in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, just a block away from the esteemed Carnegie Hall, Molyvos has been known for serving soulful Greek cuisine since 1997. Named for the traditional seaside village on the Greek island of Lesvos, Molyvos takes its guests on a multi-sensory journey to the Aegean Sea and all of its bounty and beauty via critically acclaimed menus and the largest all-Greek wine list in the US. Grab a seat by the sunny, window-lined café area near the sprawling bar for a quick lunch, or settle in to the formal dining room for a leisurely dinner channeling the flavors of the Mediterranean. (There’s also an excellent pre- or post-theatre $38 prix-fixe menu.) Even if you can’t relax on a gorgeous Greek Island, at least you can eat like you did. 871 Seventh Ave. (55th-56th Sts.), 212-582-7500;

OTTO Enoteca and Pizzeria - Reminiscent of an Italian train station, Otto, or “eight” in Italian, delivers a world of pizza, cooked on a griddle instead of in an oven, that ranges from traditional margheritas to more creative interpretations, like pizza topped with spicy salami, cacio, and mozzarella. Sample antipasti, cheeses or appetizers that include eggplant, and white beans and balsamic. Wine drinkers, from sippers to sommeliers, will enjoy a choice of 500 Italian labels. 1 Fifth Ave. (8th St.), 212-995-9559; Patsy’s - Renowned for its celebrity clientele (it was Frank Sinatra’s favorite), this landmark has been family-run since 1944. The Neapolitan cuisine is heavenly, including stuffed veal chops marsala, spicy lobster fra diavolo, savory calamari stuffed with seafood, and more. A “must go” New York favorite. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491; Sirio Ristorante - Located in the Pierre, a Taj Hotel New York, Sirio offers traditional Tuscan cuisine in a Fellini-esque atmosphere, with one of the city’s most impressive selections of Italian vintages. The Caviar Bar features specially selected labeled caviar imported from Italy, as well as an array of seafood, including oysters. 795 Fifth Ave. (61st St.), 212-940-8195;

Japanese and sushi Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill - Featuring some of the freshest fish this side of Tokyo, served in a lovely wood-and-mural setting. Delicious cooked entrées are available for those not intrigued by the extensive raw fish selections. Quality sake options round out the pristine menu. Open 7 days; 12pm-2am. 119 Sullivan St. (Spring-Prince Sts.), 212-343-0404; 308 W. 58th St., 212-397-0404; The Sea Fire Grill offers approachable contemporary American seafood where consistency in execution and highlighting the fish itself is the top priority, with the focus on a clean and honest presentation of the highest quality locally sourced seafood. Raw bar favorites include daily East and West Coast Oysters and Chilled Lobster, while appetizers such as Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare are sure to impress. All steaks are dry-aged in a process perfected by the steakhouse impresarios, and the seafood menu wouldn’t be complete without their Surf & Turf along with signature dishes such as East Coast Black Sea Bass and Lobster Mac and Cheese. Cocktails and wines — as well as a variety of beer and sake selections — have been carefully selected to enhance each menu item and entice the palate. The sleek interior — with tile floors, shimmering blue lighting, and mirrored accents — gives the space a modern edge while the Main Dining Room takes its cues from the classic steakhouse, with dark wood floors, wainscoting, and a roaring marble fireplace. The Sea Fire Grill’s superior service, delicious cuisine, and cosmopolitan vibe have contributed to their highly ranked Zagat score of 28 Food, 25 Décor, and 27 Service. Open daily for dinner from 4 to 11pm and for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 3:30pm. They also host a daily happy hour from 4 to 7pm at the bar. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785;


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BondSt - This high-end Japanese restaurant focuses on the finest and freshest delicacies of the sea. They boast one of the most extensive sake menus in the city, along with their own saketinis, available in the cozy, candle-lit lounge downstairs, or more formal dining areas upstairs. From playful tempura to catch of the day raw delicacies, BondSt is sushi nirvana. 6 Bond St. (Broadway-Lafayette St.), 212-777-2500; Cherry – This stunning restaurant/supper club serves a menu of modern Japanese cuisine melded with classic French influences as well as a varied selection of new takes on classic sushi and sashimi. The menu of crafted cocktails is complemented by one of the city’s largest selections of Sake. Sultry fabrics and subtle lighting bathe the downstairs dining room in a veil of elegance and mystery. 355 W. 16th St., 212-929-5800; Hakubai - The only branch of Japan’s renowned ancient Nadaman restaurant, and one of the very few in the U.S. serving Kaiseki, which has its roots in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Both the dishes and food change with the seasons. The elegant, comfortable Tatami rooms feature perfect presentation and flawless service. Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Ave. (38th St.), 212-885-7111; Masa - Owner Masa Takayama’s four-star restaurant continues to elate sushi enthusiasts. Evoking the quiet aura of a rare temple, the décor is simple while the finest fish selections are prepared with painstaking care by the staff. Sit at the 27-foot-long sushi bar, and watch Masa in his zone. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (Broadway and 59th.), 4th Floor, 212-823-9800;

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Ninja New York - A one-of-a-kind, entertaining dining experience featuring a recreated 18th-c. Japanese ninja village and high-end contemporary Japanese cuisine. 25 Hudson St. (Reade-Duane Sts.), 212-274-8500; Nobu - Since its 1994 opening, celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa has raised the bar with his daring cuisine that fuses influences from Tokyo to Peru in partnership with restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Robert De Niro. David Rockwell’s lovely Japanese countryside setting showcases yellowtail tuna tartare, monkfish liver pate, both served with caviar, squid “pasta” with asparagus, butter and garlic or New Style Sashimi, seared in garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and scallions. 105 Hudson St. (Franklin St.), 212-219-0500; Nobu Next Door - Superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous fusion menu of Asian and South American delicacies is now available at this spin-off restaurant. Featuring a simpler menu than its famed neighbor Nobu and David Rockwell designed décor, Nobu Next Door is also a joint venture of Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and

Tribeca Grill restaurateur Drew Nieporent. 105 Hudson St. (Franklin St.), 212-334-4445; Sugiyama - Chef-owner Nao Sugiyama’s creates the finest in Kaiseki meal presentation with his own twist that emphasizes the sensory aspects of dining experience. Kaiseki dining—multi-course, prix-fixe dinners that range from the mini-Kaiseki to a majestic 14-course extravaganza—are all personally prepared behind an open counter. 251 W. 55th St., 212-956-0670;

Mexican/Tex-Mex El Parador Café - NYC’s oldest–and one of the most authentic–Mexican restaurants. Recommended dishes include the mole poblano, Mexico’s national dish with a half-chicken stewed in a complex, multilayered sauce with over 24 ingredients. Lauded for having the best ceviche by The Times, and named the city’s top Mexican restaurant by Open Table diners. 325 E. 34th St., 212-679-6812; MAYA - Chef Richard Sandoval innovates the Tequileria trend with his Upper East Side Mexican

eatery. Spinning traditional cuisine, Maya puts emphasis on a modern menu, boasting inventive guacamoles from traditional to spicy crab, refreshing ceviche, heartily packed quesadillas, and mouthwatering chef’s specials like slow roasted pork carnitas and mahi mahi “a la talla”. Accompanying the impressive menu is an extensive tequila list, 200 bottles strong, some of which are infused in-house, for diners to sip straight up or mixed into artfully crafted cocktails. 1191 First Ave., 212-585-1818; Ofrenda - A cozy and rustic restaurant, offering the authentic flavors of Mexican home-style cooking in all its varieties. Excellent values include Oaxacan style mole, grilled pork chuletas, grilled sirloin steak, chile relleno, and fried sweet plantains with salsa verde and queso fresco. Dinner 7 days, and Sat./Sun. brunch. 113 Seventh Ave. South (W. 10th-Christopher Sts.), 212-924-2305; VIKTOR & Spoils - A modern Mexican taqueria and tequila bar serving classic and new style tacos alongside a world-class tequila, mezcal, and cocktail program by Steve Olson, a leading expert and acting wine and spirits consultant for Bon Appetit.


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V&S combines Executive Chef James London’s globally influenced menu of tacos, taquitos, nachos, Elote corn, and churros with Olson’s passion and expertise for Mexican culture and artisanal products to create an authentic experience. 105 Rivington St., 212-475-3485;

SCANDINAVIAN Aquavit - This modern Scandinavian establishment reflects the best of minimalist mid-century design with its pale wood tones, soft indirect lighting, and unique tableware. The menu focuses on “seasonal Nordic cusine,” with plates like beet gravlax, and herring with lobster. A large selection of aquavits—potato vodka infused with fruits or spices—is available, along with cocktails inspired by the region. 65 E. 55th St., 212-307-7311;

Seafood Caviar Russe - This jewel box boite is one of America’s largest caviar importers, and they let you taste the caviar you are buying. In addition to the retail component, which offers gift boxes and much more, their restaurant offers a tasting menu with exquisite caviar selections, dinner a la carte, raw bar, and more. 2014 Michelin Star rated. 538 Madison Ave. (54th-55th Sts.), 2nd Floor, 212-980-5908; Fishtail - David Burke’s Fishtail puts a signature spin on upscale seafood, from a fresh array of raw bar selections, to hamachi crudo, and steamed black bass. A variety of sauce choices amps up the quality fish Burke proudly serves up. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-754-1300; Lure Fishbar - This SoHo favorite puts a spotlight on fresh fish selections from all over the world as well as a raw bar with a rotating oyster selection and worldclass sushi options. 142 Mercer St. (Prince St.), 212-431-7676; McCormick & Schmick’s - Fresh seafood, tender steaks and fine wines in a classic “private club” atmosphere. Their menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. They also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. Their goal is to exceed your dining expectations. 1285 Sixth Ave. (51st St.), 212-459-1222; Oceana - Oceana pulls out all the stops with a comprehensive seafood lover’s menu, featuring fresh whole fish, prime meats, naturally raised fowl, stunning desserts, and dishes that reflect the season’s freshest flavors. Complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, chef ’s table, and outdoor dining in the warmer months. Oceana also added breakfast to its repertoire. Served from 7:30am-10am Monday-Friday, the menu features new classics like Maine Lobster Benedict, Orange-Scented Brioche French Toast, and Housemade Granola with Greek Yogurt, Granola and Fruit. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941; The Sea Fire Grill - Seasonally focused contemporary American seafood and an elegant yet classic experience. Guests are passionate about the daily East and West coast oysters, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Wild Striped Bass. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785;


Named after Lever House, the glass-box, international-style skyscraper that rises above it, Casa Lever is one of Manhattan’s ultimate see-and-be-seen dining destinations, and where you expect to run into the cast of TV’s Mad Men. Executive Chef Alessandro Caporale offers many outstanding pasta dishes, such as the Linguine with King Crab, Santa Barbara sea urchin, and peperoncino. Veal Milanese, the traditional breaded chop, is served with wild-arugula-and-tomato salad dressed with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, and Parmesan. In addition to their Friday and Saturday Chef’s Weekend Dinners, Casa Lever also offers a Saturday Brunch menu — including a prix-fixe option — that includes specialty egg dishes, classic Casa Lever favorites, and more to the sounds of live music. 390 Park Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-2700;

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SPANISH/TAPAS Calle Ocho - This enormous restaurant inside New York’s Hotel Excelsior is named for 8th Street, the site of the annual festival in the Cuban area of Miami known as Little Havana. It has a long bar with dark red leather seats, red walls, and an open kitchen within the dining room that turns out Pan-Latin cuisine. 45 W. 81st St., 212-873-5025; Poco - This Alphabet City restaurant/bar promises a “legendary” brunch and a “fresh spin” on tapas and New American favorites, with menu items such as Skirt Steak Lollipops, Grilled Octopus, Poco Sliders, and more. They also host a variety of offbeat events, including their regular Trivia Nights. 33 Ave. B (E. 3rd St.), 212-228-4461;

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Tio Pepe - “It’s party time at Tio Pepe,” a Greenwich Village Spanish and Mexican eatery that’s been open since 1970. Experience a lively bar scene, a sidewalk cafe, Latino music, and a main dining room with a skylight garden patio room, chandeliers, and stone and brick walls. The fresh guacamole is made to order in tableside stone bowls, the corn chips are warm, the salsa is snappy, and jumbo pitchers of margaritas and excellent sangria are the order of the day. 168 W. 4th St., 212-242-6480/9338;

Steakhouses Benjamin Steakhouse - Peter Luger alumnus Benjamin Prelvukaj and chef Arturo McLeod join forces to create an opulent steakhouse in the centuryold Chemist Club building. Six cuts of dry-aged beef are available, from top sirloins to rib eyes to succulent filet mignon. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177; Bobby Van’s - Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s boasts 8 locations throughout the Northeast including five in Manhattan, two in Washington, DC and the original in Bridgehampton, Long Island. The menu includes the finest USDA cuts, from filet mignon to sirloin, and seafood lovers will make room for the impressive 3 pound lobster. 135 W. 50th St.; 230 Park Ave. (46th St.); 131 E. 54th St.; 120 W. 45th St.; 25 Broad St.; visit for more info. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House - This spacious steak hot spot soars two-stories high, offering diners spectacular view, and Broadway’s theatres are just a block or two away. The menu features fresh USDA aged prime beef shipped straight out of the Midwest twice a week. Lobster, fish, lamb, osso buco, and veal chops receive equal billing. Beautifully appointed private party facilities and unique wine cellar dining. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (49th St.), 212-575-5129; Morton’s The Steakhouse - Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine and elegant desserts, Morton’s wide-open, modern and stylish dining room can accommodate large parties or an intimate dinner for two. The private boardrooms are ideal for meetings, celebrations and events, and Bar 12-21 is the perfect gathering place for a lively yet intimate evening out. 551 Fifth Ave. (45th St.), 212-972-3315; World Trade Center: 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171; Staghorn Steakhouse - One of NYC’s premier steakhouses, Staghorn Steakhouse provides an exceptional urban dining experience in an elegant modern setting. Located just a few steps from Jacob Javits Convention Center, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station and Macy’s, they offer not only firstrate, dry-aged USDA Prime cuts of beef, but also a variety of premium seafood specialties. 315 W. 36th St., 212-239-4390; Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse - Midwestern grain-fed steaks are the star here, while the signature dishes include brick chicken, organic lamb chops, Alaskan king crab legs, creamed spinach and au gratin potatoes. Enjoy their elegant, yet intimate atmosphere, the perfect complement to a great meal. 233 Park Ave. So. (19th St.), 212-220-9200;

THAI Bangkok House - A Thai haven amidst the chain restaurant sea of Times Square. The reasonably priced food has exotic flavors that will challenge your taste buds and please your appetites. We recommend ordering a few entrées that can be shared easily with a group. Great for before or after a Broadway show. 360 W. 46th St., 212-541-5943;

VIETNAMESE Le Colonial - The authentic French-Vietnamese menu emphasizes vegetables, fresh seafood, meats, and an artful use of herbs and spices, and the dishes are inventively light, low in fat, visually arresting and vividly (yet mostly mildly) flavored. 149 E. 57th St., 212-752-0808;

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[ Left: The “Do-It-Yourself” salad bar at Texas de Brazil; Below: Culinary Director, Evandro Caregnato; Below left: A juicy skewer of picanha ]

talking with Evandro Caregnato At Texas de Brazil, it isn’t just how they cook their meat, it’s a way of life passed down from generation to generation. By Kristopher Carpenter


n the southernmost state of Brazil, known as Rio Grande do Sul, cooking meat on skewers is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. For the native gaúchos, churrasco, which translates as something akin to “barbecue,” isn’t just how they cook their meat, it’s a way of life passed down from generation to generation. But a long time ago, one of these gaúchos opened a little place where people could order and share meat by the skewer. “For example, you might go there and say: ‘Give me a skewer of sirloin’ and he would cook that cut of meat for you and bring it to the table for your group,” said Texas de Brazil’s Culinary Director Evandro Caregnato as he explained his country’s steak heritage. It’s said that the owner of this little restaurant, while bringing a skewer to one of his tables, was asked by someone at a different table if they could try the passing meat. In the spirit of being a good host he let them take a sample slice. As he passed another table they wanted a bite too. So, he thought to himself: Instead of just offering one type of meat for each table, he could cook several at once, and take them around to see what people want! This line of thinking led to the “rodízio” style churrascaria which has become prominent over the past few decades in Brazil and continues, in Manhattan at the new Third Avenue outpost of Texas de Brazil.


Q. As Culinary Director, what are the main facets of your job? In the past I had more time to stay in the kitchen, but now the thing I do the most is travel a lot. I check every location often (some more frequently than others) to make sure that the food and the service at each location is up to our standards. We’ve got over 30 locations, and about a dozen more set to open over the next year or two, so it takes a lot of travelling. Q. With so many locations, it must be difficult to keep them all delivering a high quality product, right? What makes my job easier is that I don’t have to come up with different recipes or add dishes to our menu, we serve tradition and tradition doesn’t change with every season. We have a proven selection of salads and meats, and very little changed in the last 15 years; we know what works and what our customers like. Real churrasco relies on good quality meat and a perfect control of the fire, so we worry less about being trendy and more about doing it right. Actually, the only change we have made in the last 15 years as far the meat goes was a couple of years back when we changed the seasoning of the lamb chops. All our cuts of beef and lamb use salt only (which is a surprise to many guests due the great flavor they have) but for the lamb chops we use a lemon infused salt, with pepper, and the guests have responded to it really well. Q. Is there anything that’s especially new or different about the Manhattan location? Well we had to build it during the winter, and this was a bad one in New York, so that presented some challenges. One of the things that wasn’t hard was getting people from other locations to move and work here.

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We always take staff from current restaurants when we open new ones, and everyone wants to be in New York. There are two big things that will be different for this location as well. First, we’re offering seared tuna, lobster bisque, and a few other things at our salad bar that will make it very gourmet and upscale. The other is that we’re going to use charcoal in this location, which is uncommon in New York. As far as I know we’re one of the only new restaurants in Manhattan that will have a natural charcoal and brick grill. You can buy the best meat, and have the best people in the world cooking it but without a great charcoal grill, it’s just not the same. Q. What does it take to have all of these skewers ready for dinner service every night? Our butchers cut and skewer the meat in the morning a few hours before we open the restaurant, and our gaúchos–our servers–are the ones actually cooking the meat. We don’t have grill masters because we think it’s better for the gaúchos to know how to cook their meat. Not only does it make the experience more authentic, they also know how many people are in the dining room so they know how much to cook. It gives total control to our servers because if you are the one serving the leg of lamb, you are also the one cooking the leg of lamb. For every shift we have a meat assignment but when we notice that someone’s doing a great job with a certain type of meat, we usually keep them on that assignment. The picanha is always the most desired though; everybody wants to be in charge of the picanha. Texas de Brazil 1011 Third Avenue • 212-537-0060 •

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