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he leaves begin to turn, the weather finally cools off, New York bursts into its annual frenzy known as the Fall Season—and Promenade brings it all to you. With Manhattan’s chic boutiques and iconic department stores filled with fine designs fresh from the runways, we offer the sumptuous styles from Fashion Week and go behind the scenes to see how the mayhem transforms into magic. Jewelers reveal their latest sparkling bijoux and we love those natural color, exotic diamonds they are showing. And for furnishing New York’s best homes, classics both new and antique are in design centers and shops around the city—check out the vintage clocks we have selected. On stage, the Fall Season takes off with a host of stars…Al Pacino, Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Debra Winger, Katie Holmes, and Downton Abbey heartthrob Dan Stevens, to name just a few. Pop-art star Andy Warhol is at the center of an important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York City Ballet pays tribute to two giants: Balanchine and Stravinsky. The stars light up the Met as glamour diva du jour Anna Netrebko performs and the versatile Fabio Luisi conducts. Jerry Seinfeld takes a star turn as well, performing in all five of NYC’s boroughs. With his ever-expanding global empire, restaurateur Koichi Yokoyama talks about the fabulous Japanese cuisine at MEGU’s two city locations. See our suggestions for where to dine before the shows, travel with Promenade on a luxury cruise to the Mediterranean, and find out where to enjoy a day of perfect pampering in New York. Visit nyluxury.com, where you’ll find what’s new in the arts each week, exclusive shopping tips, dining specials, and designer sample sales. Enjoy the season.

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Shopping New York The Runway Report 22 Luxurious fabrics, lots of leather and military looks are everywhere this fall. Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week 28 Madness and mayhem backstage equals magic at the shows.

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Three Faces of the Met 56 The fall season promises new, dramatically disparate productions with star power both on stage and behind the scenes. Dance

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Aficionados, manufacturers, collectors, and people who simply enjoy watching time fly all ogle over two annual major-league timepieces extravaganzas: The SIHH Show (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), which was held in January in Geneva, and the famous BaselWorld, The Watch and Jewellery Show, staged in March. Nearly 100,000 people descended upon the renowned BaselWorld to inspect the wares of over 2,000 exhibitors from several dozen countries. The takeaway from both shows? It’s really nice to have a handsome, technically-interesting watch! Whether you’re thinking of a starter timepiece, or that ne plus ultra showstopper, these are exhibition-style shows where you’ll see it all first. Here are a few offerings for men and women that hit the marketplace in recent months. By Ruth J. Katz

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1 With a power reserve extended to 60 hours, a power-reserve indicator, and a proprietary oscillation system, A. Lange & Söhne’s new “Datagraph Up/Down” is a marvel, housed in a platinum case that is enlarged from previous “Datagraph” models to a stunning 41 millimeters. $87,400. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-397-9000, 800-513-1131; wempe.com

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2 The Premier Feathers “Lady Amherst” watch from Harry Winston features stylized pheasant feathers fashioned from diamonds. The 18-kt. rose gold watch is ablaze with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds and is elegantly paired with a satin strap. $65,500. Harry Winston, 718 Fifth Avenue (56th Street); 212-245-2000; harrywinston.com

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work, Austrian jeweler Frey Wille has recently expanded its collections to include watches. This delicate model for women, called “Heavenly Joy,” is from the Ode to Joy Collection and features an oblong face. $3,580. Frey Wille, 727 Madison Avenue (63rd/64th Streets); 646-682-9030; frey-wille.com

4 Blancpain’s unique “Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar” watch is a masterpiece of elegance and technology. Featuring a double-hour indicator, as well as the signs of the zodiac and the date in a Chinese calendar, it additionally offers a Gregorian calendar, moon phases, and other bells and whistles. $66,400. Blancpain Boutique, 781 Madison Avenue (66th/67th Streets); 212-396-1735; blancpain.com

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On Location Vacation: Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle – the aristocratic brick-and-mortar edifice that portrays Downton Abbey in the hit British PBS import of the same name – sits on over 1,000 English countryside aristocratic acres. It also serves as a transcendent backdrop for that special breed of vintage voyeur traveler hooked on the addictive period drama following the extended Crawley family, their lifestyle, and their staff of servants. Intrigued? Then consider spending your next “holiday” visiting Highclere and its surrounding environs, including Oxfordshire village, Henley-on-Thames (site of the Henley Royal Regatta), and key London attractions – all highlighted by historian guides who are experts on World War I, the British Monarchy, and have in-depth knowledge of the Downton Abbey period. This private/luxury/fully customizable package is the brainchild of Zicasso, a high-profile excursion service known for rare and authentic travel experiences. zicasso.com/luxury-vacation-uk-tours/downton-abbey-themed-vacation. P.S. Should you crave a prequel to your Downton Abbey outing, actor Dan Stevens (heartthrob Matthew Crawley on the series) will be making his Broadway debut in The Heiress starting October 7th.

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Lincoln Center began its White Light Festival in 2010 to explore the intersection of music and spirit, and to offer frazzled New Yorkers a kind of musical rest stop with post-concert lounges. This year’s offerings include the expected – the unearthly music of Arvo Pärt, the sublime harmonies of Les Arts Florissants – and the surprising: country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter and a dance troupe from Latvia. Among the highlights will surely be Emanuel Ax’s Song of the Earth concert, which includes piano works by Bach and Schoenberg and the chamber version of Mahler’s great Lied von der Erde, on Nov. 4 at the Rose Theater. White Light Festival, Oct. 18 through Nov. 18 at various Lincoln Center venues. whitelightfestival.org

Texas has given the country a number of dubious gifts, but you can’t argue with the music it exports. Forget the gimmicky beards and sunglasses: from their earliest days in Houston, in 1970, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – the tres hombres better known as ZZ Top – have been crafting a tough, bluesy brand of rock n’ roll that regularly sells out their New York concert dates. ZZ Top, Sept. 12 at the Beacon Theatre. beacontheatrenyc.com Jurgen Schadeberg, The Black Sash, Anti-Apartheid Women’s Group, 1958. Courtesy the artist.

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In one of the great human dramas of the 20th century, the white rulers of South Africa tried – and ultimately failed – to deny its black citizens an ownership stake in their country. As this history played out, photographers, both white and black, recorded it working as journalists, or artists, or government officials. This show, spearheaded by noted Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor, includes some 500 items documenting over half a century of apartheid. Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Sept. 14 through Jan. 6, 2013 at the International Center of Photography. icp.org

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The impassioned guitarists, vocalists, and dancers of Noche Flamenca, led by the fiery Soledad Barrio, perform flamenco the old-fashioned way. There’s no showbiz, no pretentious artiness; just the percussive power of soles – and souls – striking the floor. As their fervent audiences know, it works. Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Sept. 18-30 at the Joyce Theater. joyce.org

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When Cotton Club Parade wowed the critics last fall, many wished for a longer run. That wish comes true – for a week, anyway – as this celebration of Harlem nightlife returns with most of its original cast. Songs by Duke Ellington and other Jazz Age composers, jitterbugs and Charlestons by Warren Carlyle, and words from Langston Hughes are all featured in this collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center Encores! Cotton Club Parade, Nov. 14-18 at City Center. nycitycenter.org

It seemed an unlikely idea back in the dark, pre-Disney days of 1977 Broadway: a musical based on a 1920s comic strip about a spunky, pop-eyed orphan in a red dress. But – leapin’ lizards! – the skeptics were wrong, and Annie is now a classic. Re-imagining Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, and the orphanage’s hard-knock life is James Lapine, the multiple Tony winner who wrote and directed Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods. Another Tony laureate, In the Heights choreographer Andy Blankenbeuhler, is setting the dances. Annie starts previews Oct. 3 at the Palace Theatre (opens Nov. 8). anniethemusical.com

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ow that Fashion Week is into its third year at the Lincoln Center Campus (after decamping from Bryant Park), the stylistas, designers, and armies of support staff have settled into a pleasant rhythm as they mount the much-anticipated, twice-yearly fashion shows. If you’re seated in the audience, the seamless catwalk presentations can look and feel exhilarating; behind the scenes, however, organized chaos reigns. There may be only 20 models (who may wear 40-plus ensembles) strutting down the stage, but the hairdressers, make-up artists, and dressers—not to mention organizers, hangers-on, backstage photographers, and even dogs—outnumber the mannequins; people seem to be on top of each other everywhere; ironing

boards fly by, garment steamers hiss, racks and rails of clothing whiz around; beepers, cellphones, headsets, walkie-talkies all hum; pictures of each model in her outfit are blown up, displayed on hangers next to the matching ensembles in garment bags (with every item needed—from pantyhose to earrings); dressers with aprons bulging with scissors, pin cushions, tape, notions, glue, and what-not, flurry past. “O.K., I need my last two girls out of hair and makeup...N-O-W!!!!” urgently bellows a general with a clipboard! And, somehow, it all comes off. How it all comes together is a marvel and a miracle. Months of dogged prep and planning are distilled down to these make-or-break 11 minutes in the auditorium.

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put it. Gibson collaborates with the fashion houses to design hairdos that will compliment the garments, and then voilà! He’s got the template and his magicians all work to produce the look on each model. In the space of a mere hour or two, all the models are coiffed in a themed look, and polished to perfection. Edward Tricomi spoke of drama and glamour for the looks his salon created for Hannant’s exquisitely tailored and lady-like clothing. “English aristocratic,” as he called it (Downton Abbey, anyone?), and he and partner Joel Warren also chose a sort of rolled-front hairdo with plenty of old-time movie-star glam. As you view the behind-the-scenes pandemonium on these pages, you’ll be amazed that these pros can pull off such “shear” perfection in so short a time, with so little space, and so much pressure. Abracadabra! ■

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SHOPPINGNEW YORK

1 In this stunning “Rivière” necklace by Wempe, sunny, lemon-colored and

white diamonds, set in 18-kt. white gold, alternate; the necklace features 41 princess-cut white diamonds (15.11 carats) and 55 radiant-cut, fancy yellow diamonds (55.46 carats). $755,000. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-397-9000, 800-513-1131; wempe.com 1

2 From designer Scarselli, a show-stopping, fancy blue diamond (2.6

carats), in an elegant cushion cut, is accented with pavé white diamonds and set in platinum. Price upon request. By appointment only at Scarselli Diamonds, 589 Fifth Avenue (47th/48th Streets); 212-768-1877; scarselli.com

3 From Cora International, horizontal and vertical rows of gleaming white

diamonds are punctuated with 32 fancy-colored diamonds (7.43 carats), which are aglow in shades of cognac, lemony-yellow, and autumnal tones, all set in 18-kt. white gold. Price upon request. By appointment only at Cora Fine Jewelry Salon, 590 Fifth Avenue (47th/48th Streets), 17th Floor; 877-922-6274; corainternational.com

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4 Set in yellow gold, the “Arpeggia” bracelet from De Beers sports 641 white,

cognac, and yellow brilliant-cut, round diamonds (carat weight, 32 carats) in nine lines, encircling the wrist in sparkling brilliance. Price upon request. De Beers, Beers, 703 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-906-0001, 800-929-0889; debeers.com

5 Sweet and sedate, this pair of “Yamuna” bangles from Reinstein Ross is a

perfect duo, with their twinkling colored diamonds arranged in a delicate motif. Set in 20-kt. peach gold, the bracelets are accented with natural champagne diamonds (top) and natural cognac diamonds (bottom). $9,900 each. Reinstein Ross, Ross 29 East 73rd Street (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-772-1901; 122 Prince Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-226-4513; reinsteinross.com

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ladylike, multi-colored, fancy bracelet (4.62 carats) set in 18-kt. white gold, complemented by 1.8 carats of white diamonds. $36,500. By appointment only at Finnesse Diamonds, 590 Fifth Avenue (47th/48th Streets); 212-391-5445; finessediamonds.com

7 Delicate pear-shaped, drop earrings from Stephen Russell feature pink

and blue fancy diamonds; they are set in platinum and accented with borders of white diamonds. Price upon request. Stephen Russell, 970 Madison Avenue (76th Street); 212-570-6900; stephenrussell.com

8 A fetching flower brooch from Aaron Basha, aglow with 17.5 carats of

sparkling diamond petals and leaves, all set in 18-kt. white gold, and accented stylishly with stamens of pink diamonds, set in 18-kt. yellow gold. Price upon request. Aaron Basha, 685 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com

9 An eye-popping, fancy, radiant-cut, yellow diamond (30.04 ct.) ring

from Jacob & Co., emblazoned with 2.47 ct. trapezoid diamonds on the sides and fancy, round yellow and white diamonds accenting the mounting, all set in 18-kt. yellow gold and platinum. $1,600,000. Jacob & Co., 48 East 57th Street (Madison/Park Avenues); 212-719-5887; jacobandco.com

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pinkish-brown diamonds (carat weight, 7), ranging from .15 to .3 carats. The 18”-long necklace, in 18-kt. yellow gold, has a satin-finish. $42,800 Kristin Hanson Fine Jewelry, 60 Reade Street (Broadway/Church Street); 212-374-9001; kristinhanson.us

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uzanne Timmins, senior vice president and fashion director of The Hudson’s Bay Company, the parent company of Lord & Taylor, sat down with Promenade and shared what makes Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship store unique, what we can expect for the upcoming season, and how she and her team are making strides to ensure that the oldest upscale specialty retail department store in the U.S. is forging a brighter, colorful future. Q. Lord & Taylor is the oldest upscale specialty retail department store chain in the U.S. What makes it stand out from other retailers, and how is the Fifth Avenue flagship different from its other locations? ST: Lord & Taylor stands out from other retailers by staying true to its mission of providing customers with a well-edited assortment of high-quality merchandise product as well as attentive, personalized customer service. The landmark Fifth Avenue flagship is unique, as it underwent a storewide face-lift in 2010 that updated and enhanced the overall shopping experience. During the face-lift, six floors—from the modern main floor experience and a home department to an extensive men’s department and several ready-to-wear shops—were reconfigured to expose the windows and showcase the building’s stunning Fifth Avenue views and to let in natural light while customers shop. The face-lift represents the biggest investment the retailer has made into updating its landmark flagship in more than 30 years.

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Q. Who is the typical Lord & Taylor shopper? ST: Our customer is one who appreciates high-quality product at an accessible pricepoint and individualized customer service. In recent years, we have captured the attention of consumers looking for affordable fashion. We focus on the multichannel customer, as we understand that she has grown more comfortable with shopping up and shopping down from our store. Q. What attracts people to the Lord & Taylor brand? ST: Customers visit Lord & Taylor for a number of reasons. Shoppers can expect to find a wide variety of brands and product categories at reasonable pricepoints. We continuously add to its repertoire of brands, striking a balance between the latest fashion trends and what we know our customer will gravitate towards. Lord & Taylor consistently updates the store to attract new customers while making sure to stay true to its overall mission and keeping existing customers coming back. We have expanded our customer base by introducing contemporary and young contemporary products to the store and by continuously updating its breadth and assortment of brands in order to remain on-trend. Additionally, we maintain a sharp focus on doing our best to provide our customers with exceptional cutstomer service, which we feel helps to capture the attention of new customers through word of mouth.

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Q. What are Lord & Taylor’s most popular departments? ST: Our most popular departments include women’s contemporary clothing, beauty and cosmetics, and footwear. Lord & Taylor has come to be known among both the industry and our customers as the “dress address.” We also have a very strong men’s department, as our private label Black Brown 1826 is a customer favorite. Q. What are some staple looks we can expect in New York this fall and winter season? ST: Color was such an important message for us for the spring season that it continues into our fall season. We can’t remember the last time we saw such exciting shades, including wines and pines, navy, and accents of mustard. Our staple fall looks are rooted in sophisticated femininity. Wardrobe staples such as our cashmere sweaters, pencil skirts, and fur or faux fur trim outerwear will be our luxe go-tos come cooler months. Q. How has international design affected the store in regards to the type of customers the store now attracts? ST: The Lord & Taylor flagship is an historical landmark that domestic and international travelers look to visit on their trips to New York City. In the last several years, we have seen an increase in our international clientele base, which we attribute to our branding, pricing and customer service. ■

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Enhance home entertaining with Parchment Check™ Enamel Dinnerware from MacKenzie-Childs. A warm blend of color-dragged checks in taupe, cream, and gold (with hints of amber, green, and blue) create a delightful canvas for your table, no matter the season. The palette invites accents from fresh green to vibrant poppy orange. Hand-painted and glazed on heavy-gauge steel, and rimmed in bronzed stainless steel. Imported. 14 W. 57th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-570-6050; 31 Main St. Southampton, 631-283-1880; mackenzie-childs.com

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Center44 – A unique and dramatic shopping experience with 70 extraordinary international antiques dealers featured in a block-long showroom of openroom settings, with aisles of antiquities (from ancient to the 19th century), 20th-century design—including Deco, Modernism, and Futurism—and unique contemporary art and objects. On-site skilled artisans provide furniture/ art restoration and traditional upholstery. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm. Closed Sun. 222 E. 44th St. (Second-Third Aves.), 212-450-7988; center44.com

The Scholastic Store - Transport your kids into a literary wonderland at the flagship Scholastic Store in SoHo. In-store activities include the Imagination Clubhouse – a loft overlooking the store and an ideal birthday party spot – a lifesize version of Clifford’s Dog House to play around in, a real-life Magic School Bus® to take you on scientificadventures, and the Klutz® Activity Center, a space where imagination reigns supreme and kids take charge of exciting crafts and activities. See their website for information on free in-store events. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm and Sun., 11am-6pm. 557 Broadway (btw. Spring & Prince Sts.), stroller entrance at 130 Mercer St., 212-343-6166; scholastic.com/sohostore

Lerebours Antiques - An eclectic collection of Continental and American antique, vintage, and mid-century modern fine furnishings, lighting, and art. 9:30am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Closed Sun. 220 E. 60th St., 917-749-5866; lereboursantiques.com

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Showplace Antique + Design Center – Over 250 galleries located on 4 floors featuring Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid-century Modern, bronze, silver, jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, ceramics, art glass, antiquities, period furniture & lighting. Don’t miss the 3rd-floor designer room settings and over 50 showcases filled with an eclectic range of decoratives and collectibles. Mon.-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat.-Sun., 8:30am-5:30pm. 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com

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shopS The Shops at the Plaza – Throughout the legendary Plaza Hotel, there is now a collection of world’s finest purveyors of art, jewelry, haute couture and specialty foods as well as premiere health and beauty services. Highlights not to be missed are the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Celebrity Stylists Warren-Tricomi Salon, MCM, Eloise at the Plaza, and Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie. One location. Countless indulgences. The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave. at 59th St., 212-546-5499; theplaza.com

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products that solve problems, further your lifestyle, or represent the only one of their kind. 147 E. 57th St., 212-421-9002; hammacher.com

Barneys New York – Long identified with New York chic and sophistication, Barneys features international men’s and women’s fashion designers ranging from the classically understated to the flamboyantly avant garde. Accessories, formal wear, cosmetics, and shoes are also offered in a variety of styles. Their restaurant, Fred’s at Madison Avenue, is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. 660 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-826-8900; barneys.com

Lord & Taylor – Generations have shopped year-round at this, their flagship store, established in 1914, attracted by their focus on the American look and American designers, offering a selection of reasonably priced sportswear in all sizes, and particularly fine high-quality shoes and accessories. 424 Fifth Ave. (39th St.), 212-391-3344; lordandtaylor.com

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 quality collection of clothing, accessories, decorative items, and their signature merchandise dedicated to the hunting lifestyle. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 718 Madison Ave. (btw. 63rd & 64th Sts.), 212-888-0653; berettausa.com 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. 1000 Third Ave. (59th-60th Sts.), 212-705-2000; 504 Broadway (Spring-Broome Sts.), 212-729-5900; bloomingdales.com Hammacher Schlemmer – The landmark store for America’s longest-running catalog, offering unique

MacKenzie-Childs - The flagship store featuring the full collection of whimsical and unique handcrafted home and garden accessories and gifts, including hand-painted ceramics, dinnerware, tableware, glassware and home furniture. 14 W. 57th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-5706050; 31 Main St. Southampton, 631-283-1880; mackenzie-childs.com Macy’s – “The world’s largest store,” and one of NYC’s most visited landmark attractions. The world’s first department store maintains a huge stock of everything from sofas to caviar, clothing, and everything in between. Broadway & 34th St., 212-695-4400; macys.com Saks Fifth Avenue – This venerated symbol of class and elegance began in 1924 as the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel. Their flagship “dream store,” a New York City landmark since 1985, features nine floors of grand luxury, stocked with exclusive items for men and women. 611 Fifth Ave. (49th-50th Sts.), 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com

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Fashion AND Accessories BCBG Max Azria – Modern and chic suits, separates, coats, dresses, handbags and accessories for fashion-forward women. 770 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-717-4225; 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-625-2723; 461 Fifth Ave. (40th St.), 212-991-9777; bcbg.com Burberry – This luxury brand, synonymous with its signature house check–the camel, black, red, and white pattern–offers 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., 212-371-5010; 131 Spring St. (Greene St.), 212-925-9300; burberry.com Calvin Klein Collection – This monument to elegant modernity showcases its selection of women and men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, and the home collection, including china, flatware, glassware, and linens. 654 Madison Ave. (60th St.), 212-292-9000; calvinklein.com 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; carolinaherrera.com Chanel Boutique – Featuring the classic elements of Coco Chanel’s style, showcasing

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 quality collection of clothing, accessories, decorative items, and their signature merchandise dedicated to the hunting lifestyle. The Beretta tradition is displayed proudly within the crafting of each hunting product, impeccably designed clothing, and luxurious furnishings for the home. The Beretta Gallery staff is knowledgeable and ready to assist you in purchasing trademark Beretta Lifestyle goods in an elegant setting. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 718 Madison Ave. (63rd and 64th Sts.), 212-888-0653; berettausa.com

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handbags, accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear by Karl Lagerfeld. 15 E. 57th St., 212-355-5050; 139 Spring St. (Wooster St.), 212-334-0055; chanel.com Diane Von Furstenberg – Wrap dresses to flirty sportswear, accessories, and more from the fashion icon. 874 Washington St. (14th St.), 646-486-4800; dvf.com 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; dkny.com Dolce & Gabbana – Ultra-modern Italian fashions, including men’s formalwear and more adventurous women’s fashions. 825 Madison Ave. (69th St.), 212-2494100; dolcegabbana.com Donna Karan – This three-story home to the famed designer’s timeless collection is where simplicity meets glamour. 819 Madison Ave. (68th St.), 212-861-1001; donnakaran.com Eileen Fisher – Classic women’s fashions promoting simplicity, versatility, and creativity. 395 West Broadway, 212-431-4567; 521 Madison Ave. (53rd-54th Sts.), 212-759-9888; 341 Columbus Ave. (76th St.), 212-362-3000; 314 E. 9th St., 212-529-5715; 1039 Madison Ave. (79th-80th Sts.), 212-879-7799; 166 Fifth Ave. (21st-22nd Sts.), 212-924-4777; 10 Columbus Circle Suite 205 (Petite Collection Available), 212-823-9575. eileenfisher.com Elie Tahari – Women’s ready-to-wear fashions and accessories, including suits, cutting-edge sportswear and dresses. 417 West Broadway (Spring St.), 212-334-4441; elietahari.com 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. 715 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-755-2200; escada.com 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; giorgioarmani.com Louis Vuitton – A showcase for the timeless elegance of the famed line of classic men’s and women’s fashions, handbags, watches and jewelry, and shoes. 116 Greene St. (Prince St.), 212-274-9090; louisvuitton.com Marc Jacobs – 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; 385 Bleecker St. (Perry St.), 212-924-6126; marcjacobs.com Marimekko – Established in 1951, this Finnish textile and clothing design company is renowned for its original prints and colors. The flagship store offers home decor, apparel, bags and accessories, fabric collections, and much more. 200 Fifth Ave. (23rd-24th Sts.), 212-843-9121; 1262 Third Ave. (73rd St.), 212-628-8400; 58 Park Ave, 212-879-9779; us.marimekko.com Michael Kors – Polished, classic-chic sportswear and accessories for men and women. 667 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-980-1550; michaelkors.com

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Since 1862, FAO Schwarz has delighted generations of children with beautifully crafted toys. Over the years, FAO Schwarz has evolved from a simple toy store into a must-see destination, enchanting customers through its flagship location in New York City. An essential part of any visit to New York, the magic of this legendary store continues to draw children and adults from around the world. This year, we celebrate 150 years of captivating imaginations and inspiring creative play. Stop in for the best in collectibles and cutting-edge fun. Stay for a delightful and unforgettable experience as we celebrate this very special anniversary! 767 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 800-426-8697; fao.com

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Polo/Ralph Lauren, Madison Avenue – 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 100 W. 33rd St. 212-938-8400; ralphlauren.com Prada – This specialist in minimalist fashion offers a range of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, and furnishings. 841 Madison Ave. (70th St.), 212-3274200; 45 E. 57th St., 212-308-2332; 724 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-664-0010; 575 Broadway (Prince St.), 212-334-8888; prada.com

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Stella McCartney – The trendy boutique featuring au courant, animal-friendly fashions for women in the heart of downtown Manhattan. 112 Greene St. (Prince St.), .), 212-966-7550. 429 W. 14th St, 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com tibi – The renowned contemporary dress line, plus a shoe line, swimwear, and home accessories. The bright floral motifs throughout Tibi make it clear that, while the fashion world is wearing head-to-toe black this fall, designer Amy Smilovic loves color. 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-226-5852; tibi.com

F.D – With a luxurious, salon-like space that features a fireplace and a library, jewelry collector/ art enthusiast/philanthropist Fiona Druckenmiller’s F.D offers a unique environment for seeking out jewelry, fine art, glass and sculpture from acclaimed designers and craftsmen, including Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, René Boivin, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Mon.-Fri. 11am-5:30pm. Closed Sat. and Sun. 21 E. 65th St., 212-7722440; fionasescape.com

Fred Leighton – 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; fredleighton.com

TSE – All things cashmere, for men and women— usually. 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-925-2520; tsecashmere.com

FURS The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue – Home to the most luxurious, elegant furs from a wide selection of designers. Fur salon services include madeto-measure garments, storage, cleaning, alterations, repairs, and more. 611 Fifth Ave. (49th-50th Sts.), 212-940-4465; thefursalon.com Maximilian at Bloomingdale’s – Offering an extensive collection of premier designer furs of the highest quality and design. 1000 Third Ave. (60th St.), 212-705-3335; maximilian.com

Jewelry & Watches Aaron Basha – A family-owned and -run staple that has made its name with high-fashion jewelry pieces, most notably 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.), 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com Jacob & Co - This luxury timepiece and diamond jewelry house was founded over 25 years ago in New York City. 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, design and innovation, offering the finest quality Swiss made timepieces and precious jewelry for both men and women. Sold worldwide. 48 E. 57th St., 212 719 5887; jacobandco.com De Beers Jewellery – The ultimate destination for diamond jewelery. With over 120 years of diamond experience to draw on, De Beers Diamond Jewellers go well beyond the ‘4Cs’ of carat, clarity, color, and cut to capture unmatched fire, life, and brilliance, providing the most beautiful diamonds in the world set in magnificent designs. The creation of timelessly elegant diamond jewelry—from selecting the world’s finest diamonds to impeccable craftsmanship and sophisticated designs—is the De Beers difference. 703 Fifth Ave. (55th St.), 212-906-0001; debeers.com

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Around the globe, the nearly 20-year-old Cotélac is a recognized brand, well-known for its hip fashions for both men and women. With well over 50 boutiques in France alone—and dozens more in Japan, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany—it’s surprising that Gotham has had only one Cotélac, in SoHo; but that is about to be remedied, when the brand opens up a second shop on the Upper East Side in September. (There are also shops in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.) The line is designed by Raphaelle Cavalli, who has a passion for fabric and visual effects. Her inspiration comes from the arts and her environment—musicians, painters, and travel—and she designs Cotélac’s garments to be casual, relaxed, and fluid; the textiles she uses underscore the youthfulness and freshness of her designs. (Fall dresses range from about $300 to $450, and jackets from about $435 to $550.) The shop on Lexington Avenue will offer women’s wear and the full line of accessories (belts, shoes, bags), while most shops vend the men’s line, as well. 983 Lexington Avenue (71st Street); cotelac.fr/en

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Frey Wille USA – Since the 1950s, Frey Wille has produced artistic jewelry of precious enamel, utilizing its unique design concept. An exceptional design philosophy, innovative artistic creations, and brilliant color from the creative team of artists, goldsmiths and experts of fine enameling make for exquisite exclusive jewelry for enthusiasts across the world. 727 Madison Ave. (63rd-64th Sts.), 646-682-9030; frey-wille.com 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; 125 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-343-9000; georgjensen.com Kwiat – Founded in 1907, this jewelry brand has a century of experience in the diamond industry and a reputation as one of the world’s leading diamond and diamond jewlery companies, dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship. 725 Madison Ave. (63rd-64th Sts.), 212-725-7777; kwiat.com 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. 122 Prince St. (Wooster St.), 212-226-4513; 29 E. 73rd St. (Madison Ave.), 212-772-1901; reinsteinross.com 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; stephenrussell.com 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. 727 Fifth Ave. (57th St.), 212-755-8000; tiffany.com Tourneau - A luxury-watch store featuring over 8,000 styles from more than 100 world-famous brands. You can even trade in your old watch for a new one. The TimeMachine on 57th St. is a state-of-the-art watch emporium. The Shops at Columbus Circle, 212-8239425; 12 E. 57th St., 212-758-7300; 510 Madison Ave, 212-758-3265; tourneau.com 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 European-style salon with an elegant and inviting atmosphere, are Patek Philippe, A. Lange and Söhne, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Cartier and JaegerLeCoultre. Wempe has earned its strong reputation for exceptional customer service with its state-of-the-art service center. 700 Fifth Ave. (55th St.), 212-397-9000; wempe.com

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Making Jewelry on Three Continents Designer Yael Sonia began to hone her artistic skills and specialize in metals and jewelry as early as her teen years. Today, she sells to clients around the world and has bases in Manhattan, Brazil, and Paris. Her travels have broadened her thinking and done away with predefined ideas of what jewelry is supposed to look like. Yael prefers her designs to be interactive with the wearer, so she completes her work— which is as much art as jewelry—at her studio in Brazil, where she “feels great freedom.” Not only is there a geographic difference between Manhattan and Brazil, but a cultural one that makes doing business distinctive to each location. Yael has a 15-year presence in Brazil and says it is a very “selling” experience. There is a shopping network in Brazil that makes things happen, Yael says. She displays her work at an event and then customers purchase immediately after. “In Brazil they want the connection,” Yael says. “They make it personal; they want you to help them choose.” But in Manhattan, Yael describes a bigger window, one that is important in branding herself. Her location on the Upper East Side is still being discovered by new people, some who live as close as a few blocks away, she says. “New Yorkers have their objective and they are driven by their objective,” Yael says. “They don’t necessarily stroll and look.” In both Brazil and Manhattan, a majority of Yael’s clients are women. She describes Brazilian women as adventurous, and says American women aren’t afraid to buy a piece of jewelry, compared to her more traditional French customers. French women, she says, still operate under the notion that the man must buy the gift. Yael’s dream was to come home to Manhattan, open a store, and create her own environment outside of Brazil to sell her work. In realizing that dream, she has found her niche here—and on two other continents. 922 Madison Avenue, 212-472-6488; yaelsonia.com—Laura Brothers

If you’re looking for a hard-to-get reservation at one of the city’s top restaurants, need help planning an unforgettable anniversary or birthday celebration, or trying to get past a velvet rope to a hot new nightclub or lounge, Vivendi Corp has the inside connections to make your most luxurious New York City dreams come true. With an exclusive clientele list combined with a staff based here as well as Las Vegas, Miami, and Paris, Vivendi Corp has relationships with the most buzzed-about nightlife destinations, exclusive celebrity events and performances, and most sought-after restaurants in all four cities. From arranging the perfect evening to planning an extravagant weekend on the town, Vivendi Corp can cater to all of your entertainment needs. Contact Vivendi Corp at 646-477-2230, info@vivendicorp.com, or visit www.vivendicorp.com.

The “one-stop dental perfection” approach of Jan Linhart D.D.S., P.C. combines two elements: exceptional, cutting-edge dental treatment in a state-ofthe-art facility, and the total patient experience. With multiple specialists, you can get on-the-spot evaluations, diagnoses, and proposed treatments with their areas of expertise including implants, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, and endodontics (root canal). Dr. Linhart can take care of all of your general and cosmetic dental needs as well. 230 Park Ave. (46th St.), Suite 1164, 212-682-5180; drlinhart.com

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In the East Village, A Quality International Approach to Learning Has Arrived Nestled in the heart of the East Village, World Class Learning Academy opened in September 2011, bringing its elementary-aged students small classes and personalized learning in a close-knit atmosphere. Following the International Primary Curriculum and the English National Curriculum, WCLA is part of a network of schools run by World Class Learning Group [G  reat Britain’s Prince Michael of Kent visits the school ] since 1998, which has branches in Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Washington, DC, Qatar and Madrid. World Class Learning Academy is an international school with a strong British bias, hence the reason UK-qualified teachers are employed from overseas. “I have been privileged to be head of some of the best international schools in the world, with teaching faculties to match,” says Headmaster John Taylor, “but the all-around quality of this faculty is the best I’ve had the privilege of working with.” With this strength across all World Class Learning Schools, it is no accident that World Class Learning Academy is one of the only new schools in Manhattan that can share a legacy of top college placements at universities such as Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, St. Andrews and Edinburgh University. Future plans will see WCLA move through to high school. Currently, its diverse student population of more than 20 different nationalities, with many bilingual students, has much to do with the school’s policy to integrate non-English-speaking children as quickly as possible. However, WCLA is proud that the demography shows a majority of US students and a significant number from the UK. Languages are a significant part of the curriculum and, out of deference to the school’s location in New York, daily Spanish lessons are provided for all students by a native Spanishspeaking teacher. The school has a large indoor gym, which sees a thriving sports program in the hands of specialist PE teachers, and there is nearby access to a swimming pool for weekly instruction for all students aged three years and upwards. An indoor play area for younger children and a massive rooftop playground, due to open this fall, also give children large, open spaces for physical exercise and recreation. The performing arts are also integral to the curriculum, with children taking music two to three times a week. Four-, five-, and six-year-olds take violin lessons from a Juilliard-qualified teacher, while older children are given the opportunity to play brass instruments. All children sing in the school choir. World Class Learning Academy is the school for any parent who is looking for a quality international education with personalized attention for their children. Each student’s individual progress is monitored and work is carefully assigned by experienced teachers to fit each child’s ability. The school offers rolling admission with entry for students 2 through 11 years, and parents are welcome to tour the school throughout the year. 44 E. 2nd St., 212-6002010; wclacademy.org - Richard Stile

The Scholastic Store™ is a one-of-a-kind experience in the city for kids of all ages! The colorful, 6,200-square-foot children’s bookstore is located in the heart of SoHo and offers the latest quality products for children including great books, toys, puzzles, audio books, DVD’s, games, and interactive books. Parents and teachers will also appreciate the well-stocked Educational Resources area, and kids can even have their own custom themed birthday party in the large upstairs activity loft. The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway (between Prince & Spring St); 212-343-6166; scholastic.com/sohostore

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Yael Sonia - Known for cutting-edge designs and taking a modern, artistic approach to jewelry making, Yael Sonia has become synonymous with innovation and sophistication. All pieces are handmade at her studio/showroom in Sao Paulo, Brazil and available at this, the first Yael Sonia art boutique (and the only one in America), located on Madison Avenue. 922 Madison Ave. (73rd-74th Sts.), 212-472-6488; yaelsonia.com

Shoes Jimmy Choo - The Jimmy Choo shoe lines include house, evening, bridal, sandals, and more, as well as matching handbags. 716 Madison Ave. (63rd64th Sts.), 212-759-7078; 645 Fifth Ave. (51st St.), 212-593-0800; 407 Bleecker St. (W. 11th St.), 216-366-1305; jimmychoo.com Manolo Blahnik – One of the world’s most influential international footwear designers. 31 W. 54th St., 212-582-3007; manoloblahnik.com Stuart Weitzman – Elegant, high-fashion 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; stuartweitzman.com

HEALTH CARE Life House Chiropractic - Dr. Josh Wagner is Manhattan’s only Torque Release-specific chiropractor, delivering gentle adjustments with one of the newest chiropractic techniques to relieve and eliminate pain. 19 E. 71st St., Suite 5A, 212-8763286; lifehousechiropractic.com 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 well-being. 230 Park Ave. Suite 1164 (46th St.), 212-682-5180; drlinhart.com NY Hotel Urgent Medical Services - New York City’s premier 24-hour urgent care center, fullservice travel medicine center and house call service. 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; travelmd.com Oriens Living - One of NY’s finest healing centers and a sanctuary for high achievers to address the core challenges they face with their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Specializing in acupuncture, holistic remedies, massage, non-surgical facelift options, general health & well-being. Elizabeth Carpenter, MS, L.Ac. is founder & director and recommended by numerous health professionals. 36 W. 44th St., Suite 1212, 212-213-5785; oriensliving.com

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TELEVISION The HBO Shop - A consumer retail space like no other, featuring a multimedia showcase of HBO’s® award-winning programming. 1100 Ave. of the Americas (42 St. & 6th Ave.), 212-512-SHOP; hboshop.com

Electronics/PHOTO The Apple Store - Your home to all things Apple, from the latest iMacs, iPhones, iPods and other hardware to printers, software, and lots more. 767 Fifth Ave. (59th St.), 212-336-1440; 103 Prince St. (Greene St.), 212-226-3126; 1981 Broadway (67th St.), 212-209-3400; 401 W. 14th St., 212-444-3400; Grand Central Terminal; apple.com B&H Photo Video - The world’s largest camera and video super store, servicing professionals and everyday consumers for three decades. With an expert staff and a full line of still, digital, video, home and portable entertainment, pro audio equipment, computers and accessories, it’s the professional’s source. 420 Ninth Ave. at 34th St., 212-444-6615; bhphotovideo.com DataVision - NYC’s largest computer and video retailer with 3 levels and 30,000 square feet of savings. They feature a full selection of computers, software, peripherals, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, DVDs, and more. 445 Fifth Ave. (39th St.), 212-689-1111; datavis.com J&R Music and Computer World - One of the largest selections and low prices on audio, video, digital, SLR & professional cameras, computers & software, PDAs, iPods & MP3 players, kitchen essentials, housewares, CDs, DVDS, and more, including the J&R Apple Store and J&R Jr. for kids. Park Row (across from City Hall Park), 212-238-9000; jr.com Sony Store - High-tech meets high-touch in this flagship store that combines sophisticated electronic products with an exciting selection of music, video, and multimedia in a luxurious, sensual environment. Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave. (55th-56th Sts.), 212-833-8800; store.sony.com

CAVIAR Caviar Russe - One of America’s largest caviar importers. They offer a focused selection of smoked fish, 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; caviarrusse.com

TOYS Build-a-Bear Workshop - Choose from over 30 bears, bunnies, dogs, and more to make. Then, give it a unique personality with outfits, accessories, sounds, and even a message you record. Plus, the fun continues at home for FREE at buildabearville.com—an online world stuffed with fun! 565 Fifth Ave. (46th St.), 877-789-BEAR; buildabear.com FAO Schwarz - A place where generations have come to play and where imagination has no limits. Their staff is ready to assist with Personal Shopping, Toy Soldier Tours, Big Piano Dance Lessons, Private Party Planning, Concierge Service and Corporate Sales. The store kicked off a year-long celebration for its 150th anniversary. The company will honor this heritage with in-store events, commemorative product offerings and an enhanced website that together will present the brand’s storied history. 767 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 800-426-8697; fao.com Toys“R”Us Times Square - The 110,000-square-foot toy store 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.), 1-800869-7787; toyrsrustimessquare.com

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1 Equestrian lovers, this is your timepiece. This striking brass clock features classic equestrian designs, from the horseshoe shape to the leather buckle. This English beauty is all about genuine details. Donning the logo of “Vanner & Prests Stable Requisites,” this circa 1900 piece will transport you back in time, while keeping you on the cusp of timely trends. $650. Center44, 222 East 44th Street; center44.com

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Hailing from 19th-century France, this Louis XVI Ormolu Officers clock is a small, yet decadent addition to a royally designed room. The ormolu process covers the body of the clock, playing up a rich gold hue that stands out. The intricately designed face shows off delicate patterns on the hour and minute hands and displays an elegant font that tells time, accompanied by authentic French style. $6,000. Center44, 222 East 44th Street; center44.com

Not for simple style lovers, this exquisite 1920s-1940s Venetian star clock dazzles with detail and history. It displays a classic time-telling face, but the true beauty is in the surrounding layers. Floral etching detail, elaborate scalloped glass, and gilt bronze round out the undeniable sophistication of this timepiece. $1,850. 1stDibs/The Little Antique Shop, 200 Lexington Avenue, 1stdibs.com

This miniature marquetry tallcase clock features flawless burled wood and luxurious detail elements. An 1885 antique, it demands attention in any room, with impressive but not overpowering stature, superior star and flower designs, black molding, and an ornate clock face, putting time in the foreground of beautiful design. This piece measures 62” x 12.5”. $18,000. Sundial NYC, #54 at The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center, 1050 Second Avenue; the-maac.com; SundialNYC.com

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or many established international artists, the first place to showcase their art in the U.S. is at Hasted Kraeutler—one of many prominent galleries along the strip in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, also widely known as the “Gold Coast” of the art world. Incidentally, introducing such groundbreaking artists is one of many passions for Sarah Hasted, the gallery’s founder who now co-owns it with business partner Joseph Kraeutler. Opening a gallery, though terrifying and thrilling, is a dream come true and a journey that has allowed Hasted to cross paths with inspiring artists and designers from all over the globe. “You have to work hard and never stop,” she says. “The advice is to always do what you love.” Hasted’s advice lies closely with the gallery’s overall guiding principle: Buy what you love, a reminder given to nearly everyone who visits the Chelsea gallery for artwork to take home. It held true for husband-and-wife designer duo Rob and Cortney Novogratz—whose latest projects include HGTV’s Home by Novogratz and a line of home designs for CB2—when they walked through the doors for the first time in 2005. Rob and Cortney Novogratz discovered the gallery upon meeting Hasted at Art Basel Miami. “In all sincerity, not a lot of galleries are as nice,” says Rob, “and on a personal level, it means a lot. She’s a people-person, very nice and warm. Sarah’s just the type of New York woman who is smart, strong, and fun, and she carries some of the best photographers in the world.” It was through the gallery that the Novogratzes found what would become one of the main artworks in their New York City house—the portrait of a woman in a yellow dress by Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, one of the 25-30 artists on the gallery’s roster. After working with Hasted, the Novogratzes purchased and hauled the 48-inch-by-48-inch portrait by themselves from the gallery to their Manhattan home. “I appreciated that so much,” Hasted recalls of watching the Novogratzes carry the portrait home. “They work so hard and they’re willing to get in the trenches…I had instant admiration for them.” Now, seven years later, as the gallery has grown into one of the best among New York’s art world, so has Hasted and Krauetler’s personal and professional relationship with the Novogratzes.

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“We like each other a lot and we respect each other. We’re both nice and honest with each other,” Hasted says. “They inspire me and we inspire them. We function very well as a team. When something’s working, it’s working. You can’t force it.” Starting in the real estate business, the Novogratzes—whose family of seven children is familiar to many, thanks to the Bravo TV series 9 by Design—are known for mixing higher- and lower-end pieces in the homes they decorate. They are always encouraging their clients to have art in the home, and they have looked to Hasted Kraeutler for help more than a handful of times. “She’s got a great eye,” Rob says. “I love big art, big photography…and a lot of their art is great art, and it’s beautiful art.” Hasted scours the market—both locally and globally—with Kraeutler to ensure the gallery represents engaging contemporary art, established and seasoned artists, and secondary market photography, plus vintage works that are hard to find. Hasted and Kraeutler have strengths in strategizing with artists and both have a keen eye for selecting artists who will be a hit among their clients. Kraeutler, the former head of the photographs department at world-renowned Phillips de Pury & Company, also brings knowledge of the auction world and secondary market. Hasted and Kraeutler are adamant about sharing their wealth of knowledge with their clients and customers. “Our role is to be educators,” Hasted says. “Education comes in telling people about the artwork and the artist. I want people to feel comfortable enough to ask questions.” Hasted Kraeutler But Hasted knows that the gallery may not 537 West 24th Street, 212-626-0006; have pieces to suit everyone. “You’re trying to hastedkraeutler.com assess people’s taste. I always tell people if it’s for their home, it’s imperative they buy something they love,” she says. “If they’re buying for investment, Joe and I make sure to do our research and ensure that no questions are left unanswered. We work hard to find the perfect piece, the perfect investment. Either way, though, if you’re a good art dealer and you don’t necessarily have the right piece, you will refer them to another colleague. That is the generous way.” Along with educating people about the art world, Hasted Kraeutler puts great emphasis on customer service. “We want to make sure that when someone gets their artwork on the wall, the experience of buying it is a good one, the relationship they formed is a good one and then the relationship they have with the artwork is enjoyable.” n

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living in Manhattan’s iconic hotels For international or New York-based buyers, life in legends like the Pierre or the Sherry Netherland, among others, is elegant and pampering—just like staying in a fine hotel. By Karli Petrovic

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rom the Sherry-Netherland to the Pierre, from the Mandarin to the Mark, Manhattan’s legendary hotels are becoming home to more and more people. Just imagine the luxury of living in a timeless landmark such as the Plaza. In these elegant apartments, which can occupy an entire floor or more, amenities like turn-down service and dry cleaning are standard. Chef-crafted tapas and bottles of champagne are part of the room-service specialties only a phone call away, and sweeping skyline views add to the impressive, all-inclusive packages. Celebrities, foreign travelers and born-and-bred New Yorkers alike have purchased real estate in establishments where their private homes reside high above rooms filled with just-for-the-week guests. Here’s a close-up look at a few of these gracious residences.

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Located at 781 Fifth Avenue, the Sherry-Netherland is a 100 percent cooperative. While some of the apartments can be purchased or leased through the hotel, others are owned by an investment group, which rents out some units as well. The top 10 to 15 floors of the hotel comprise the Tower Units: 2,500-square-foot, full-floor apartments with 11-foot ceilings that are owned by individual buyers. Roger Erickson, senior managing director and associate broker for Sotheby’s International Real Estate, recently sold a unit on the 31st floor with an asking price of $9 million. Views from the apartment’s windows include Central Park South, the George Washington Bridge, and the Empire State Building. The units are sold unfurnished, so those moving in can add modern or vintage décor as desired. Aside from the usual daily linens changing and nightly turn-down service, residents can expect a once-a-month general cleaning of the rugs and windows. Each apartment retains a dedicated housekeeper to ensure that everything from the marble bathrooms to the furniture stays spotless. Limousine service, a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center, and beauty salon all cater to the owners’ sophisticated tastes, while the Harry Cipriani restaurant below always

offers dining delights. “If you want risotto tonight, just call down,” says Erickson. “Fifteen minutes later, it’ll be at your door.” Terrace Temptations Two blocks away sits another 100 percent co-op, the Pierre. At this particular hotel, the Taj owns many shares and rents them out. Buyers who purchase Taj units benefit because the company is responsible for all renovations and repairs. Another perk is the grand hotel lobby, which boasts strict, 24-hour security. As Erickson puts it, “No one enters without security knowing who they are or what they are doing.” Similar to the Sherry-Netherland, residents receive twice-daily maid services, a monthly general clean of the apartment, and the Le Cirque team offers guests Sirio Ristorante, a Tuscan-inspired dining option. Some of the hotel’s higher end apartments include a full-tower floor apartment on the 29th floor, on the market for $25 million—with very high ceilings and 5,000 square feet of space, it’s one of the larger units. Most of the Tower units are 2,500 square feet, according to Erickson, and there are larger and smaller options. A one-bedroom on the 26th floor is available for $3 million and offers enchanting views of Central Park.

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[ Opposite  page: At the Mandarin Oriental, owners have the option of purchasing only the amenities they need This page: Top: An open plan kitchen at the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel residences Below: The Tower Units at the Pierre offer luxury high above the city ]

One of the most breathtaking off-the-market residences is on the 21st floor. This apartment, which was one of the first designed by architectural guru Richard Meier, has a terrace high above Central Park. Erickson sold the apartment to an Argentinean woman, and when the 20th floor also became available, she purchased the floor below, connecting the two units with a staircase. Including the terrace, Erickson says the apartment is well over 6,000 square feet. Eventually the 90-year-old woman put the duplex on the market for $19.5 million and received two full-price bids after only a week. “I have sold a bunch in the both the Sherry and the Pierre,” says Erickson. “People only leave if they cannot manage to stay anymore. I have never had anyone resell except once, due to divorce.”

Guests at hotels often revel in the daily attention from the staff, but those who buy in the hotel may not require all the same services. Enter hotels like the Mandarin Oriental or The Mark, where owners can hand-select and pay for the amenities they can’t live without while passing up the ones they can. This is perfect for international buyers who may only stay a few months each year and would prefer daily maid services during that time. “They will do everything that you need, like booking impossible-to-get theatre tickets,” says Erickson. “They will take care of you. People get to a certain point where they love that they are living in an apartment building with the same service as a hotel.” Currently listed as the most expensive condominium co-op apartment in New York City, The Mark’s $60 million penthouse comes with 26-foot ceilings, a private 2,400-square-foot roof deck overlooking Central Park, and a personal elevator. Add five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two powder rooms, a sky-lit conservatory, and plenty of space for entertaining and the place more than earns its price tag. Other perks include: Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, and Miele kitchen appliances and accessories; a mirrored television integrated into the vanity, and a heated towel bar in the master bathroom; and an exercise studio with steam room inside the apartment. Travel to the lobby to dine at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, order a sidecar at The Bar Mark, and get pampered in the Frédéric Fekkai Salon. “The hotel is very European-chic,” says Elida Jacobsen Justo, director of ownership sales for Rubenstein Associates. “You don’t have another building looking down on you. It’s a serene feeling, like you are all alone and not in a fishbowl.”

Evan Joseph

A La Carte Amenities

spectacular skyline The ultimate in luxury hotel stays, The Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel provides dreamlike accomodations in New York City not only for guests, but for residents looking for the prime skyline spectacle in town. With units located above the five-star-rated hotel, residents can receive hotel services, including housekeeping, valet parking, in-home dining and catering, and linen and turn-down services, which are available at an additional cost. Homeowners also have access to the 3,000-square-foot Technogym Fitness Center and business center with private conference room. The hotel restaurant serves dishes crafted by celebrity chef Michael White. The residences at 400 Fifth Avenue offer buyers views of the entire city, with the homes beginning on the 31st floor. “Residents of 400 Fifth Avenue enjoy the true luxury lifestyle – not only does the building boast flawless design and spectacular views, but it also offers an exceptional array of world-class amenities that only The Setai Fifth Avenue can provide,” says Karen Mansour, Executive Vice President of DE Development Marketing, the property’s exclusive sales and marketing firm. “400 Fifth Avenue is the ultimate Manhattan address and, with sales velocity soaring into fall, now is the time to claim a piece of the dream.” The price point for the homes range from just under $1.5 million for a one-bedroom residence to $32 million for a penthouse with north/south and east/west exposures that create a breathtaking 360-degree view from the top. Because of its central location, Rossi says the building is attracting a global audience. n

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Chris Bennion Andrew Eccles

Ethan Hill

THEATRENEW YORK

[ A starry stage: Al Pacino, Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Carolee Carmello in a scene from Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson; Dan Stevens, Debra Winger, Richard Schiff, John C McGinley, Judith Ivey, Katie Holmes ]

a theatregoer’s

guide

A galaxy of award-winning superstars and luminous up-and-comers take over Broadway for an inspired and powerful season of bold new works and not-to-be-missed revivals! By Griffin Miller

broadway THE SHOWS

* Prior Tony Award Winner THE STARS

+ Prior Tony Award Nominee

THE SCOOP

The Anarchist

*Patti LuPone Debra Winger

When “provocative” is the key adjective in a play’s description, there’s a 50-50 chance the playwright is David Mamet, who also directed this fiery two-hander in which it’s LuPone vs. Winger. FYI: Mamet and LuPone are longtime friends and collaborators; Winger, best known for her Academy Award-nominated film work in the 1980s, is making her Broadway debut.

Annie

Lilla Crawford *Katie Finneran Anthony Warlow

A gaggle of singing/dancing urchins and the hilarious Katie Finneran as the orphan-hating Miss Hannigan give this revival a multi-generational appeal. FYI: The musical won seven Tonys when it debuted in 1977; Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the kid actors who belted out “Tomorrow” during the original run; New South Wales-born Warlow (Daddy Warbucks) was elected “a living national treasure of Australia.”

Chaplin

Jenn Colella Erin Mackey Rob McClure Michael McCormick +Christiane Noll

A tour-de-force role for Rob McClure (Avenue Q) who stars as the man behind cinema’s “Little Tramp.” FYI: Colella starred in Urban Cowboy on Broadway as Sissy, the role Debra Winger (The Anarchist) made famous on film; Noll made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde (1997), set for a revival this spring; McCormick had roles in the Broadway holiday hits How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Patrick Page (Cyrano de Bergerac), and Elf (2010).

A Christmas Story, the Musical!

*John Rando (Director) Cast TBA

Based on the iconic 1983 movie (kid protagonist Ralphie in bunny PJs; a kitschalicious leg lamp; an unforgettable triple-dog-dare), the stage musical kicked off in 2011 with a U.S. holiday tour. FYI: One of the producers is Peter Billingsley, the film’s original Ralphie; choreographer Warren Carlyle also choreographed and directed Chaplin.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Max Baker *Douglas Hodge Geraldine Hughes Patrick Page Clemence Poesy

Roundabout’s revival of Edmond Rostand’s classic stars Hodge (the Brit who won the hearts of American audiences in La Cage aux Folles in 2010) as Cyrano. He shares the stage with French beauty Clemence Poesy (Roxane) and Patrick Page, who left his evil Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Green Goblin persona to play a 17th-century villain, Comte De Guiche. FYI: Baker and Hughes’ last Broadway show was Jerusalem with Mark Rylance; Poesy is known to Harry Potter fans as Fleur Delacour in the two Deathly Hallows films.

Dead Accounts

*Norbert Leo Butz Katie Holmes *Jack O’Brien (Director)

This timely new play by Smash creator Theresa Rebeck pits corporate greed against small-town values. FYI: O’Brien directed Butz in both his Tony-winning performances: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can; already a TV and film star, Holmes made her Broadway debut in All My Sons with John Lithgow, Butz’s conman cohort/costar in DRS.

Elf

*Bob Martin (Book) *Casey Nicholaw (Director/Choreographer) Cast TBA

The musical adaptation of Will Ferrell’s blockbuster movie returns to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it broke the box office record three times during its original 2010 run. FYI: Martin (book) and Nicholaw (director/choreographer) were part of the dream team that created the 2006 musical megahit (12 Tonys!) The Drowsy Chaperone.

Previews 11/13; opens 12/2

Previews 10/3; opens 11/8

Previews 8/21; opens 9/10

Previews 11/5; opens 11/19; thru 12/30 Previews 9/14; opens 10/11; thru 11/25

Previews 11/3; opens 11/28

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2012 Fall Edition An Enemy of the People

*Boyd Gaines Kathleen McNenny Richard Thomas James Waterston

Manhattan Theatre Club brings Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s acclaimed adaptation of Ibsen’s polemic drama to U.S. audiences. Gaines stars as a conscientious doctor vilified by a community in fiscal denial. FYI: McNenny, Gaines’ real-life spouse, plays his wife; the wholesome Thomas is playing pricklier characters like the mayor in this production and a bigot in Mamet’s Race: Waterston is actor Sam Waterston’s oldest son.

Glengarry Glen Ross

+Bobby Cannavale +Davis Harbour *Al Pacino Richard Schiff +Jeremy Shamos

David Mamet’s cutthroat dance of fear and ambition in a real estate sales office returns to Broadway for its 30th anniversary. Pacino, the hotshot closer in the 1992 film version, now plays the floundering has-been. FYI: Pacino and Mamet have a Phil Spector biopic set to air on HBO in 2013; Cannavale has been filming Woody Allen’s next film; Harbour has a recurring role on The Newsroom alongside James Waterston’s (An Enemy of the People) dad.

Golden Boy

Michael Aronov +Danny Burstein +Jonathan Hadary Seth Numrich Tony Shalhoub

Vintage Odets returns to Lincoln Center Theatre with Numrich (War Horse) playing the conflicted young hero in this rarely produced work. FYI: LCT’s last Odets production was 2006’s Tony-winning revival of Awake and Sing!; Danny Burstein (Follies), Tony Shalhoub (Lend Me a Tenor) and Jonathan Hadary (A Bad Friend) have all performed with Tony nominee/lynchpin Jan Maxwell, as has The Performers’ Henry Winkler (Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party). . Seven-time Emmy winner Asner is back on Broadway after 23 years, costarring with Oscar nominee Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Rudd (box-office catnip), and Steppenwolf’s Arrington in Craig Wright’s dark comedy involving a devout couple’s brainstorm: gospel-themed motels. FYI: Asner’s last Broadway outing was in Born Yesterday opposite Madeline Kahn.

Previews 9/4; opens 9/27

Previews 10/16; opens 11/11

Previews 11/8; opens 12/6

Grace

Previews 9/14; opens 10/11; thru 1/6

Kate Arrington Edward Asner Paul Rudd Michael Shannon

The Heiress

Jessica Chastain *Judith Ivey Dan Stevens David Strathairn

The wow factor is revving up for the Broadway debuts from white-hot young stars Chastain (The Help) and Stevens (Downton Abbey), who seem perfect for this 19th-century tale blurring the lines between passion and greed. FYI: Ivey appeared in the 1997 film version of Washington Square on which The Heiress is based; Katie Finneran (Annie) played the maid in the 1995 Cherry Jones revival; and Oscar nominee Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) costars with Daniel Day-Lewis in Spielberg’s Lincoln, due out this November.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Previews 10/19; opens 11/29; thru 2/10

Peter Benson Stephanie J. Block Will Chase +Gregg Edelman *Jim Norton *Chita Rivera

A murder conundrum set against a music hall backdrop that has theatregoers channeling their inner Sherlock Holmes to decide whodunit. FYI: This revival of a musical started out at the Delacorte Theatre before moving to Broadway, where it won five Tonys in 1986; the title was reduced to Drood for the original run; 79-year-old Rivera has been absent from Broadway since her showcase Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (2005-2006).

The Other Place

+Laurie Metcalf

Leave it to Metcalf, a Steppenwolf founding member, to take on the role of a lifetime (a neurologist pushed to the brink) in this spellbinding thriller by Sharr White. FYI: Metcalf guest starred in a famous episode of Monk with Tony Shalhoub (Golden Boy).

The Performers

Jenni Barber +Daniel Breaker Ari Graynor Cheyenne Jackson Henry Winker

Strip Winkler of any latent Fonzieness and think of him as an aging porn star holding court at the Adult Film Awards in Vegas. Now, throw in a pair of couples with relationship issues and you have the nuts and bolts of David West Read’s sexy new comedy. FYI: Jackson (Finian’s Rainbow, All Shook Up) has the recurring role of Danny Baker on 30 Rock; Breaker hit his professional stride in Passing Strange on Broadway (Tony nomination) and reprised his role (Youth) for Spike Lee’s film version.

Rebecca

James Barbour Karen Mason * Howard McGillin Jill Paice Ryan Silverman Nick Wyman

Watch out, Phantom of the Opera, there’s a new Gothic mega-musical in town with a leading lady (Paice) known only as “I;” her housekeeper nemesis, Mrs. Danvers (Karen Mason); and a mysterious presence that propels the storyline. Rebecca recruited former Phantom stars Silverman, who was Raoul and has moved on to Maxim, and McGillin who has played the Phantom more times than any other actor. FYI: Barbour had his own Gothic run playing Mr. Rochester in the Broadway musical Jane Eyre; Barbour and Wyman appeared together in the musical A Tale of Two Cities.

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson

+Carolee Carmello *George Hearn

The title pretty spells out all you need to know, except it’s a musical set in the 1920s starring Broadway veteran Carmello as McPherson, “the world’s first media superstar evangelist.” FYI: Kathie Lee Gifford wrote the book and lyrics; Hearn won a Tony in 1984 playing Albin/ZaZa in La Cage aux Folles – 26 years later Douglas Hodge (Cyrano) also won a Tony for the role; Carmello is married to actor Gregg Edelman (The Mystery of Edwin Drood).

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Carrie Coon Madison Dirks *Tracy Letts Amy Morton

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Edward Albee’s most famous play, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is bringing its critically celebrated production – original cast in tow – to Broadway’s Booth Theatre. Letts, who won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony for his script August, Osage County, and Morton, who played the eldest daughter in the production, play George and Martha in Virginia Woolf. FYI: Opening night is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 – exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, Oct. 13, 1962.

Previews 10/7; opens 11/1; thru 2/10

Previews 12/11; opens 1/10/13 Previews 10/23; opens 11/14

Previews 10/30; opens 11/18

Previews 10/13; opens 11/15

Previews 9/27; opens 10/13

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Joan Marcus

Nino Munoz

THEATRENEW YORK

[ Stars on stage, from left: Jake Gyllenhaal, ] David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver

As Broadway welcomes its current season of stars, Off-Broadway’s celebrated stages are lining up their own deluxe collections of A-listers and must-see productions for the fall season. Below are just a few highlights. For a complete list of Off-Broadway offerings visit Promenade’s website, nyluxury.com.

Off-broadway THE SHOWS

THE STARS

Detroit

* Prior Tony Award Winner

+ Prior Tony Award Nominee

THE SCOOP

*John Cullum Performances began 8/24; +Amy Ryan David Schwimmer thru 10/7

A 2011 Pulitizer Prize finalist, this new comedy by Lisa D’Amour takes place in suburbia, where rootless neighborhood newcomers have a disturbing impact on the established couple next door. FYI: Cullum, known mostly for his musical-comedy work, played Holling Vincoeur on the quirky ‘90s series Northern Exposure; Ryan (Holly on The Office) received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Uncle Vanya; Schwimmer made his Broadway debut in 2006 in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. [ Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater, 416 W. 42nd St., 212-279-4200; playwrightshorizons.org ]

Golden Age

*Bebe Neuwirth Lorenzo Pisoni

Lush 19th-century bel canto opera meets 21st-century language and humor in Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s look at the 1835 Paris opening of Bellini’s I Puritani and the composer whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else. FYI: This production reunites Neuwirth with Tony winner Walter Bobbie, who directed her in the revival of Chicago for which she received a 1997 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical; Pissoni played both horse and rider in the 2008 revival of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe. [ MTC at New York City Center—Stage I, 131 W. 55th St., 212-239-6200; manhattantheatreclub.com ]

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet

*Brían F. O’Byrne Jake Gyllenhaal

From British playwright Nick Payne, a new work about a troubled marriage, the daughter caught in the middle, and the heartbroken drifter who reaches out to the overweight teen. FYI: Oscar nominee Gyllenhaal made his screen debut as Billy Crystal’s son in City Slickers; O’Byrne met his wife, Heather Goldenhersh, when they costarred as a priest and a nun in 2005’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt. [ Roundabout Theatre Company’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org ]

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Kristin Nielson *David Hyde Pierce +Sigourney Weaver

Playwright Christopher Durang, who met Weaver at Yale’s School of Drama in the ‘70s, dips liberally into Chekhov’s character and thematic gene pools for this new work that unfolds in a contemporary Pennsylvania farmhouse. FYI: Nielson appeared in USA’s hot-button Political Animals starring Weaver; Hyde Pierce made his Broadway debut in a bit part in Durang’s Beyond Therapy, a play that began Off-Broadway starring Weaver. [ Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; lct.org ]

Previews began 11/13; opens 12/4

Previews began 8/24; opens 9/20; thru 11/25

Previews 10/25; opens 11/12

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For the Scary Season  Sleep No More (ongoing) - A seductively immersive, bizarrely beautiful melding of film noir and Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, with art and artifacts resurrected from long-abandoned shops, mental asylums, restaurants, cemeteries, and museums. This is the McKittrick Hotel in the heart of Chelsea, circa the Jazz Age: five floors haunted by characters from Macbeth dressed in traveling suits, flapper dresses, maid and bellhop uniforms, or nightgowns or next to nothing. We are invited to follow them, individually or in clusters, from scene to scene – or not. We are, however, required to wear identical white carnival masks, navigate dimly lit stairwells, and keep silent. In Sleep No More’s sublimely evocative souvenir book, Felix Barrett, one of the production’s two directors, explains: “Hidden behind a fictional layer, they lose some of their inhibitions.” Included in this world is a nightclub where you can purchase champagne or absinthe and enjoy an era-appropriate cabaret performance once you’ve finished your expedition. And do not, under any circumstances, expect a traditional performance of Macbeth. Do expect an experience that will live in the shadows of your imagination for a very, very long time. [ 530 W. 27th St., 866-811-4111; sleepnomorenyc.com ]  KILLERS: A Nightmare Haunted House (Sept. 28-Nov. 3) - Here’s how the New York Times described an earlier incarnation — themes change annually — of this fright-infested walk-through: “It works on old anxieties, tweaked just enough to make something new…The most terrifying haunted houses mix the traditional with inventive showbiz intelligence.” The New Yorker called it one of the “country’s most fascinating fear factories.” For those with strong hearts (or hearty pacemakers), this year’s edition will tap into people’s insatiable fascination with serial killers, both real and fictional, by inviting theatregoers into a “tormenting labyrinth” of psychopathic killers, including Ted Bundy, Albert Fish, and the Zodiac killer. Notes director Timothy Haskell on his blog (iscareyou.com): “…KILLERS is definitely a response to those that have thought certain houses in the past were maybe ‘not scary enough’…. Since I am not so beholden to creating an overall ‘story’ for the house this year, I have just focused on each story…and figured out the scariest way I could bring it to life… ” As Haskell reminds us, ”There is nothing scarier than actual monsters. Real ones that live among us.” [ Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St.; hauntedhousenyc.com ]

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celebrity PROFILE

[ From left: John Lithgow and Gaines in The Columnist; Gaines in Twelve Angry Men ]

Boyd Gaines With four Tony Awards and a résumé equal parts plays and musicals, one of Broadway’s most versatile assets takes the lead in a new adaptation of An Enemy of the People. By Griffin Miller

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oogle “Boyd Gaines” and the usual sources for professional actors – IMDb, IBDb, and Wikipedia – are front and center with his date and place of birth (May 11, 1953; Atlanta, Georgia), spouse (Kathleen McNenny), and a rundown of his unrivaled Tony Award status as the only actor to: a) have won in three different categories; and b) to have been nominated in all four acting categories. Still, aside from a fairly comprehensive laundry list of credits, Gaines’ remains a bit of mystery – except, of course, to his fans and colleagues, who know an actor’s actor when they see one and would not dream of missing one of his performances. Apparently he considers his ability to fly just under the celebrity radar a good thing. “I can have a life offstage—I can ride the subway and not be recognized,” he says. This certainly cannot be said about the gallery of high-profile actors he’s costarred with in recent years: James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Patti LuPone, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, and, most recently, John Lithgow in The Columnist. And while he loves the challenge of working with big-name stars, he’s even more pleased with the eclectic trajectory his career has taken since he landed his first Off-Broadway role in 1978 (Melchior in the play Spring Awakening). “I feel I’ve been incredibly lucky when it comes to how people have thought of me in terms of casting,” he says, using the freedom he was given by Contact creators Susan Stroman and John Weidman as an example. “They allowed me to have some creative impact as to how my role was put together,” he recalls, admitting that that sort of input was invaluable in a choreography-driven musical where his contribution relied more on acting and character than outright dancing. He was amazing in She Loves Me in the mid ’90s, performing with an intelligence and grace that seemed effortless. Since then his many roles – including his TV and film work – have cut a wide swath of diversity that has been incredible to take in. When asked how he approaches the parts he plays, he says, “Everything is based on the text and detective work: what the author intends; what the character wants. As an actor, I’m always looking for inroads.” Which brings us to his current role – Dr. Thomas Stockmann – in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s vibrant new version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, mounted by Manhattan Theatre Club. During the course of the play, Stockmann emerges as a vilified pariah within a community in denial about his findings that the

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baths – the town’s main source of revenue – are dangerously toxic. “Exploring the character, I came to the conclusion that the guy is quite brilliant, but naïve – almost childlike – when it comes to the workings of politics and society,” he says, citing Ibsen as his favorite playwright “as a youth,” although his admiration came largely from reading. “There were so few opportunities to see, or perform, his plays at the time.” This production, no doubt, is making up for any disappointments he experienced back then by giving him a chance to sink his teeth into one of literature’s most challenging roles, while acting alongside McNenny (who plays his wife, Catherine, in the play) and Richard Thomas (as his brother and the town’s mayor), whom he’s known socially (“We have an enormous number of mutual friends”) but never acted with before. In addition, Gaines is totally impressed by Lenkiewicz’s new adaptation, which almost defies the play’s staid reputation, regardless of the version. “This one is livelier than, say, Arthur Miller’s 1950 version – there’s humor, and even though it remains topical and on point, you don’t feel you’re watching it because it’s ‘good for you,’” he concludes. “I think this production will be a fun ride.” n Gaines Insight: Nostalgia, Trivia & Whatnot  U  nlike some parents, who question their kids’ desire to go into acting, Gaines’ parents were highly supportive, their mantra being, “Do what you love.”  W  ayback Machine Alert: From 1981 to 1984, Gaines played Mark Royer, Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend/husband on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time.  H  e first met wife Kathleen McNenny in 1991 on the set of the mini-series A Woman Named Jackie: she played Ethel Kennedy while Gaines played Yusha Auchincloss, Jackie’s stepfather. [Notably, Gaines says the two didn’t get to really know each other until a year later, while doing in A Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte.]  H  is career training was bi-coastal: Juilliard in Manhattan and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California.  G  aines’s Tony awards are for: Best Featured Actor in a Play (1989’s The Heidi Chronicles); Best Actor in a Musical (1994’s She Loves Me); Best Featured Actor in a Musical (2000’s Contact and 2008’s Gypsy). His fifth nomination was for Best Actor in a Play for 2007’s Journey’s End.  H  is little-known nickname is “Bird.”  aines is officially six feet tall, but feels obligated to add the caveat: “On a  G good day, with the wind behind me.”

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Remarkably, Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar, but his Rebecca did win Best Picture in 1940. Can the Broadway adaptation pull in a Tony to go along with it? We’ll be closer to an answer on Oct. 30 when the show begins previews at the Broadhurst Theatre for a Nov. 18 opening. The cast features Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!) as Mrs. Danvers and two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Frank Crawley. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit rebeccathemusical.com.

Please call the box offices for showtimes. All listings subject to change BROADWAY The Anarchist - (Play) David Mamet writes and directs Patti LuPone and Debra Winger as two powerful women forced to engage in a cage match of wits. John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., 212-947-8844; theanarchistbroadway.com (Previews begin 11/13 for a 12/2 opening) Annie - (Musical) Alongside her signature pal dog, Sandy, the little orphan’s set her sights on making us grin from ear to ear as she inspires a whole new millennium. Palace Theatre, 1554 Broadway, 877-250-2929; anniethemusical.com (Previews begin 10/3 for an 11/8 opening)

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The Book of Mormon - (Musical) South Park’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker join forces with Avenue Q’s Tony-winning co-creator Robert Lopez to make 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. Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., 212-239-6200; bookofmormononbroadway.com

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Bring It On: The Musical - (Musical) The story of the unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme cheerleading competition. St. James Theater, 246 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; bringitonmusical.com (Through 10/7) Chaplin - (Musical) Rob McClure stars as the legendary silent film star in this new musical about the Little Tramp. Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; chaplinbroadway.com (In previews for a 9/10 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; chicagothemusical.com A Christmas Story, The Musical! - (Musical) The story from a cherished movie classic that’s enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. In 1940’s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., 877-250-2929; achristmasstorythemusical.com (Previews begin 11/5 for an 11/19 opening) Cyrano de Bergerac - (Play) Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles) stars in this new production of the timeless classic. American Airlines

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Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org (Previews begin 9/14 for a 10/11 opening; through 11/25) Dead Accounts - (Play) Katie Holmes and two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz star in the new comedy by Theresa Rebeck. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; deadaccountsonbroadway.com (Opening 11/9) Elf - (Musical) The musical based on the Will Ferrell film returns. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; elfmusical.com (Previews begin 11/3 for an 11/28 opening) An Enemy of the People - (Play) Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) returns to MTC to direct a fresh and provocative version of Henrik Ibsen’s play, starring four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Richard Thomas. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; manhattantheatreclub.com (Previews begin 9/4 for a 9/27 opening) Evita - (Musical) Ricky Martin, Olivier Awardwinning Argentinean actress Elena Roger, and Tony winner Michael Cerveris star in the revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dazzling musical. Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway (45th46th Sts.), 800-745-3000; evitaonbroadway.com The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - (Musical) Norm Lewis and Tony winner Audra McDonald star in a revival of the popular musical. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., 800-745-3000; porgyandbessonbroadway.com (Through 9/23) Glengarry Glen Ross - (Play) Al Pacino stars in this revival of the David Mamet classic. With Bobby Cannavale. Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; glengarrybroadway.com (Previews begin 10/16 for an 11/11 opening) Golden Boy - (Play) A 75th-anniversary production of the Clifford Odets classic about a young violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prizefighter. Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th S t., 212-239-6200; lct.org (Previews begin 11/8 for a 12/6 opening) Grace - (Play) Paul Rudd returns to Broadway with Michael Shannon, winner Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in the Craig Wright play. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; graceonbroadway. com (Previews begin 9/14 for a 10/11 opening) The Heiress - (Play) Jessica Chastain (The Help) makes her Broadway debut in a new production of this unforgettable drama, alongside Academy

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Award nominee David Strathairn and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). Walter Kerr Theater, 219 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; theheiressonbroadway.com (Previews begin 10/7 for an 11/1 opening) 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.” August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., 212-239-6200; jerseyboysbroadway.com The Lion King - (Musical) The Tony- and Olivier Award-winning stage version of Disney’s celebrated animated feature follows the lion cub Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of king of the jungle. Featuring Grammy-winning numbers by Elton John and Tim Rice. The Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., 866-870-2717; disneyonbroadway.com 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. Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway (50th St.), 212-563-5544; mamma-mia.com Mary Poppins - (Musical) Based on the P.L. Travers stories and the Oscar-winning film, this fast-paced, heartwarming musical about the world’s most famous nanny boasts numbers from both the original film as well as new songs. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., 866-870-2717; disneyonbroadway.com The Mystery of Edwin Drood - (Musical) You choose the murderer in this whodunit based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and adapted by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes. Starring Chita Rivera. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org (Previews begin 10/19 for an 11/29 opening) Newsies - (Musical) Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this musical is the rousing tale of a charismatic newsboy who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 866-8702717; newsiesthemusical.com Nice Work If You Can Get It - (Musical) Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, director Kathleen Marshall, and the songs of George and Ira Gershwin meet in this brandnew musical screwball comedy by Joe DiPietro (Memphis). Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; niceworkonbroadway.com

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Once - (Musical) With 8 Tony awards, the new 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; oncemusical.com The Performers - (Play) A romantic comedy about two high school friends who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Vegas. Starring Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor, and Henry Winkler. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200 (Previews begin 10/23 for an 11/14 opening) Peter and the Starcatcher - (Play) With 5 Tony awards, the story of how one lost boy became Peter Pan delights on Broadway. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., 800-745-3000; peterandthestarcatcher.com 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. Exquisitely produced and performed, this is truly theatre at its finest. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; phantombroadway.com Rebecca - (Musical) A new musical drawn from the Daphne du Maurier novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning film of love and obsession reaching from beyond the grave. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; rebeccathemusical.com (Previews begin 10/30 for an 11/18 opening) Rock of Ages - (Musical) A true crowd-pleaser with a high-energy retro score made up of 1980s hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia and Whitesnake. 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; rockofagesmusical.com Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson - (Musical) A new musical based on the life of the world’s first media superstar evangelist, whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making headlines. Book, lyrics, and additional music by Kathie Lee Gifford. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., 800-745-3000; scandalousonbroadway.com (Previews begin 10/13 for an 11/15 opening) Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - (Musical) A new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, who’s bitten by a radioactive spider and wakes up with supernatural powers. With music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge of U2. Foxwoods Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St., 800-745-3000; spidermanonbroadway.com

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War Horse - (Play) At the outbreak of World War One, young Albert’s beloved horse is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey before he finds himself alone. Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; warhorseonbroadway.com Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - (Play) Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Edward Albee’s hilarious and harrowing masterpiece. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; virginiawoolfbroadway.com (Previews begin 9/27 for a 10/13 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; wickedthemusical.com

OFF-BROADWAY 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; avenueq.com 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; blueman.com The Fantasticks - (Musical) A romantic classic centered on the simple love story of a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. Snapple Theater Center, 1627 Broadway, 212-307-4100; thefantasticks.com Fuerza Bruta: Look Up - (Spectacle) Breaking free from the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention, this show from the creators of De La Guarda immerses performers and audience in an environment that floods the senses and makes the imagination soar. Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square E. (15th St.), 212-239-6200; fuerzabruta.net A Jew Grows in Brooklyn - (One-Man Show) Jake Ehrenreich’s musical comedy tells the story of a firstgeneration American-born son of Holocaust survivors in 1960s Brooklyn, and his journey from denial to acceptance to rebirth. Ehrenreich weaves stories, tells jokes, and performs the popular music of both his and his parent’s generations. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater, 120 W. 46th St., 866-811-4111; ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com (On hiatus; performances resume on 10/11)

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My Sinatra - (Musical) Cary Hoffman stars in the long-running musical about one man’s obsession with Frank Sinatra. Sofia’s Downstairs Theater, 221 W. 46th St., 866-811-4111; mysinatra.com

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Perfect Crime - (Mystery) The long-running hit cat-and-mouse thriller about a wealthy female psychiatrist who has returned to America and a bizarre murder. Snapple Theater Center, 210 W. 50th St., 212-307-4100; perfect-crime.com SILENCE! The Musical - (Musical) This naughty satire of Silence of the Lambs features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin and evades FBI agent Clarice Starlin. Even Dr. Hannibal Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls. The Elektra Theatre, 673 Eighth Ave., 212-352-3101; silencethemusicalnyc.com Sistas: The Musical - (Musical) Based on a series of interviews conducted with women over a six-year period, using a playlist of songs made famous by artists that include Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Erykah Badu, and others, Sistas tells of the struggles, the joys and the triumphs of being Black and of being a woman in America. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., 212-239-6200; sistasthemusical.com 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; stomponline.com Voca People - (Musical) An out-of-this-world musical event that combines vocal sounds, a cappella singing, comedy, and the art of beat box. Performed by eight snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, there are no musical instruments, only vocals. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; vocapeoplenyc.com TICKETING Dream Seats NY - For over 15 years, Dream Seats NY Entertainment has provided access to the best entertainment NYC has to offer. From sold-out shows to the hottest tickets in town, Dream Seats has you covered. Whether you are looking for tickets to a big Broadway show, seats to a Knicks game, or a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden, Dream Seats NY is your go-to private ticket broker. They specialize in premium seating for all events—first 20 rows. 212-279-1213; dreamseatsny.com Hello Tickets - For over 25 years, Hello Tickets has prided itself on providing superior service and developing wonderful relationships with many NYC hotels and concierges. They deliver exactly what hotel guests desire no matter the event, budget, or special requests. Contact your hotel concierge and ask them to call Hello Tickets for info on theater, concerts, Lincoln Center, sporting events and more. Or call Hello Tickets direct and don’t forget to mention Promenade for the best service in the Big Apple. 212-691-3131; hellotickets.net

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OPERANEW YORK [D  mitri Hvorostovsky as Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo in a provocative reinterpretation of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera ]

[S  imon Keenlyside as Prospero in Thomas Adès’s internationally successful The Tempest ]

three faces of the Met The fall season promises new, dramatically disparate productions with star power both on stage and behind the scenes.

By Martin Bernheimer

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he Metropolitan Opera begins the 2012-13 season with three new productions in vastly dissimilar styles, tones, and modes. It isn’t business as usual at Lincoln Center. The gala opening-night bill on September 24 is Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, with the glamor-diva du jour Anna Netrebko as the comic-seductive heroine. The company brushes up its Shakespeare, after a contemporary fashion, on October 23 with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest, an international success since its London premiere eight years ago. Verdi gets his due on November 8 with Un Ballo in Maschera in a presumably provocative reinterpretation by the modernist director David Alden. L’Elisir d’Amore, a.k.a. The Elixir of Love, toys with romantic clichés yet sustains a delicate balance of old-fashioned contrivance and timeless pathos. Performances span Sept. 24, 27, Oct. 1, 5, 10 and 13, plus Jan. 30, Feb. 2, 6 and 9. The heroine, Adina, is a flip and flirtatious soubrette who eventually reveals a heart of gold. Her suitor, the peasant Nemorino, acts like a dunce until love and luck turn him into a veritable heartthrob. Not incidentally, he gets to sing the hit tune, “Una furtive lagrima.” Belcore, his suave baritonal rival, offers the contrast of quasi-militaristic swagger. Doctor Dulcamara, the quintessential

buffo interloper, thickens the plot by selling cheap wine in “love potion” bottles. The Met surrounds the lovely, presumably lovable Netrebko with stellar colleagues. Matthew Polenzani is the elegant and eloquent hero. Mariusz Kwiecien impersonates the smug yet amusing Belcore. At the first six performances Ambrogio Maestri appears as a traditionally plump, pompous, and blustery quackdoctor. For the final four performances, however, he is succeeded by the dapper, young, and handsome Erwin Schrott, who happens to be Netrebko’s offstage partner (reports of their official marriage have been contradictory). Chances are, his presence will alter ensemble relationships. Maurizio Benini, a practiced bel-canto authority, presides in the pit. The production, staged by the inventive though essentially conservative Bartlett Sher, replaces the cutesy candy-box Elisir first seen at the Met 21 years ago (with Kathleen Battle and Luciano Pavarotti) and last seen last season. Obviously the time has come for a new look. Given its financial limitations and somewhat timid audience, the Met does not pay much attention to living composers. That, of course, intensifies interest in Adès and his Tempest (performances scheduled for Oct. 23, 27, 31, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 14 and 17). The critical reception was decidedly positive when Covent

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[ Anna Netrebko as Adina and Ambrogio Maestri as Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore staged by the inventive Bartlett Sher ]

Garden first ventured the opera. Andrew Clement of the Guardian found the score “as orchestrally lush and evocative as vocally varied and articulate.” The cumulative effect, he added, “is by turns ethereal, witty, incandescent, often ravishing.” Similar approval attended the U.S. premiere in Santa Fe (2006). Adès’ magnum opus reunites the Met with Robert Lepage, the director whose credits include two Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas at one extreme and the Met’s sprawling Ring cycle at the other. He describes his latest challenge as “an extraordinary, exquisite composition [that] captures the magic of Shakespeare’s last play. It is a box full of magic tricks.” As a point of visual departure, Lepage sets the opera in the historic La Scala auditorium in Milan, complete with 18th-century technical trappings. These include a hidden area underneath the stage where Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, practices his transcendental craft. Simon Keenlyside, the baritone who made a tour de force of the role when he created it, Metropolitan Opera returns as Prospero. His associates include Audrey metoperafamily.org Luna as Ariel, a fiendish assignment that, we are told, makes Mozart’s Queen of the Night seem easy. Isobel Leonard plays Miranda, with Alek Shrader as Ferdinand, William Burden as Alonso, and Alan Oke as Caliban. With the composer wielding the baton on his own behalf, interpretive fidelity can be taken for granted. Until now, the Met has always treated Un Ballo in Maschera, a.k.a. A Masked Ball, as a blood-and-gutsy melodic melodrama. The décors have always reflected the conventions defined by Verdi and his librettist, Antonio Somma. The Met’s previous Ballo, created in 1990, played everything safe. This year, with Alden’s

staging, all that is likely to change (performances Nov. 8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, Dec. 4, 8 and 11). The company assures subscribers that the characters still “grapple with life and love, betrayal and death.” The setting, designed by Alden’s genial collaborator Paul Steinberg, is heralded, however, as “dreamlike.” Translation: One should be prepared for some degree of updating, some interpolation of symbolism, some introduction of abstraction. Unlike many champions of aesthetic renovation, however, Alden is too intelligent, too sensitive, too responsive to the musical pulse to entertain gimmickry for its own sake. Original plans called for the Finnish diva Karita Mattila—remember her Salome?—to defy typecasting as the heroine Amelia. Possibly wisely, she has withdrawn in favor of a Verdi specialist, Sondra Radvanovsky. Her colleagues include the strong tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III, the legato king Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Anckarström, and the Korean coloratura Kathleen Kim as Oscar, the pageboy (yes, boy). Two powerhouse mezzo-sopranos plumb the vocal depths of Ulrica, the fortune-teller. Dolora Zajick gets the first five performances, Stephanie Blythe the last five. The conductor is the versatile Fabio Luisi, who has inherited primary assignments at the Met during James Levine’s protracted recovery from spinal injuries. If or when Levine can return to his post as music director remains a painful, awkward mystery. n Pulitzer Prize-winner Martin Bernheimer covers music in New York for the Financial Times and Opera magazine. His last piece in Promenade was on the Lincoln Center Festival.

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[ Wendy Whelan and Ask la Cour in George Balanchine’s Orpheus ]

Stravinsky and Balanchine

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Forty years after Balanchine organized the celebrated Stravinsky Festival, New York City Ballet’s Peter Martins is offering a tribute to the two giants.

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eople are choreographing in the elevators.” That, Peter Martins says, was the jest making the rounds of his fellow dancers at the New York City Ballet in 1972, when George Balanchine organized the nowlegendary Stravinsky Festival. Every nook and cranny of Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater was occupied with the creation of new works – nearly two dozen, by the company’s founding choreographers, Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, and others as well. There were revivals, too; some 30 ballets in all, presented in a historic extravaganza honoring Balanchine’s great friend and collaborator, the colossus of 20th-century music Igor Stravinsky, who had died the previous year. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this seminal event, which New York Times critic Clive Barnes called “the greatest orgy of ballet-making the world has ever known,” Martins, who now runs the company he used to dance with, decided on a tribute of his own. On Sept. 18, he opens NYCB’s four-week fall season with two weeks of only Stravinsky and Balanchine – Stravinsky/Balanchine: The Collaboration. “I came to recognize that there had never been a Balanchine-Stravinsky festival with just the two of them by themselves,” he says. “The first time it was everybody and their brothers choreographing, including myself. I

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By Sylviane Gold

thought the two of them deserve a festival of their own, because it is possibly the greatest collaboration ever.” He’s not alone in thinking so. In American Bandstand parlance, Stravinsky wrote music with a beat – you can dance to it. And Balanchine, who trained not just as a dancer but as a musician, had a true connoisseur’s ear. Given their parallel trajectories – from Russia to France to America – they were probably destined for each other. In fact, Balanchine first choreographed a Stravinsky piece in Paris, in the 1920s, for the fabled Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. And Apollo, the ballet Martins made his own as a City Ballet dancer, and which he confesses was his favorite of the Balanchine-Stravinsky works he danced, had its beginnings at Ballets Russes as well. So of course Apollo, along with two other classic ballets with Greek reference points, Orpheus and Agon, will be kicking off the latter-day StravinskyBalanchine festivities at what is now the Koch Theater. Martins has also put together a “Black & White” program featuring five of the famed “leotard ballets” – dynamic landmarks of dance modernism performed in practice clothes – Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Duo Concertant, and Symphony in Three Movements. The neo-classical elegance of the Greek ballets and the abstract purity of the

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At ABT, reviving a masterpiece

[T  hen: Balanchine and Peter Martins rehearsing Orpheus, top; Balanchine, left, and Stravinsky in a rehearsal for Agon, below ]

Fabrizio Ferri

[N  ow: Chase Finlay, center, with (left to right) Maria Kowroski, Teresa Reichlen, and Sara Mearns in Apollo, below ]

Paul Kolnik

Martha Swope/©The New York Public Library

[ Roman Zhurbin in The Moor’s Pavane ]

black-and-white selections give way to pure entertainment in the remaining program, which comprises Divertimento From “Le Baiser de la Fée,” Danses Concertantes, Firebird, and, as a brief appetizer, Scherzo à la Russe performed by students from NYCB’s educational affiliate, the School of American Ballet. Not surprisingly, many of these works have a deep personal resonance for Martins, and he has a store of anecdotes to prove it. There’s the one about how Balanchine had to choreograph the first part of the blissful Duo Concertant twice, because Martins and his partner, Kay Mazzo, forgot the steps between rehearsals. There’s the one about how Balanchine assigned him to augment the choreography in the Furies section of Orpheus and then simply dismissed his request for a program credit – “He thought it was a big honor,” Martins explains. There’s the one about Balanchine coming backstage after every performance of Agon – “It’s one of the most difficult New York City Ballet ballets,” Martins says, “and there was always somebody screwing up” – with a big Lincoln Center, nycballet.com smile saying, “Eventually. Eventually everybody will be together.” Everybody is together when the company does the ballet now, Martins says, “Because I tell them the story.” And he’s not concerned that audiences will find all these Balanchine-Stravinsky masterpieces he’s offering to be too much of a good thing. “Every time you do programming, it’s always a risk,” he says. “But no other organization can boast of having two giants like this in their house. How could people not want to come?” 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 for Promenade was on visiting ballet companies from France and Australia.

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The idea seems a little preposterous: condense the 13 characters and five acts of a Shakespearean tragedy into 20 minutes of dance for two couples and a handkerchief. But in 1949, Mexican-American dancer and choreographer José Limón pulled it off, distilling the personalities and conflicts of Othello into a masterpiece of dramatic dance. The Moor’s Pavane, to the music of Henry Purcell, propelled Limón and his company into the charmed circle of modern dance icons, and then crossed what was once a wide gap by entering the repertoire of American Ballet Theatre. It returns after an absence of nearly 30 years during ABT’s brief fall season at City Center, October 16-20, offering a new generation of balletgoers the opportunity to experience its brilliance. Also on the agenda are a world premiere by Alexei Ratmansky and ballets by Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor and Agnes de Mille, whose spirited, groundbreaking Rodeo is 70 years young in 2012. American Ballet Theatre; City Center, 212-581-1212; nycitycenter.org; abt.org – Sylviane Gold

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PERFORMING ARTS CULTURAL CENTERS

The centerpiece of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual Next Wave Festival is a fully staged production of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach—the first in 20 years. This is a unique opportunity to be among the few people who have actually experienced the legendary—and unconventional—opera live. For tickets and more info, visit bam.org or call 718-636-4100.

Please call the box offices for showtimes. All listings subject to change. Beacon Theatre – Roxette (9/2); Il Volo (9/4); The Fresh Beat Band (9/8-19); ZZ Top (9/12); Anthony Hamilton (9/13); Nightwish (9/15); Tedeschi Trucks Bank (9/20-21); David Byrne & St. Vincent (9/25-26); Celtic Thunder (9/29); Heart (10/3); Jerry Seinfeld (10/4); Ian Anderson (10/5); Fab Faux (10/6); Johnny Hallyday (10/7); Crosby, Stills, & Nash (10/16-17); Martina McBride (10/25); Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour (10/27); Brandi Carlile (10/28-29); Chris Isaak (11/2); Citizen Cope (11/3); Voices United (11/12); Billy Connolly (12/7). 2124 Broadway (74th-75th Sts.), 212-465-6225; beacontheatrenyc.com Brooklyn Academy of Music – Dance: Eclipse (9/5-9); Miriam (9/12-15); Political Mother (10/11-13); “… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si …” (10/18-27); Ímã & Sem Mim (11/1-3); Sans Objet (11/9-10); DanceMotion USA (sm) (11/14-17); Untrained (11/27-12/1). Music: Lighthouse / Lightning Rod and Griot New York (excerpts) (9/27-30); Ian and Chad (9/28); Tamarkali: Pseudoacoustic (9/29); ELSEWHERE (10/17-20); Out Cold / Zippo Songs (10/25-27); Red Hot + Cuba (11/30-12/1). Opera: Einstein on the Beach (9/14-23). 30 Lafayette Ave., 718-636-4100; bam.org

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Carnegie Hall – Chicago Symphony Orchestra (10/3-5); Philharmonia Quartett Berlin (10/12); New York Pops (10/12); The Met Orchestra (10/14); Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (10/17); Barbara Cook (10/18); World Orchestra for Peace (10/19); Thomas Mapfumo (10/20); Ensemble ACJW (10/22); Les Violons du Roy (10/22); The Philadelphia Orchestra (10/23); Alexandre Tharaud (10/24); Standard Time with Michael Feinstein (10/24); Gabriel Kahane Don’t Even Listen (10/25); Marlis Petersen and Jendrik Springer (10/26); American Composers Orchestra (10/26); Atlanta Symphony

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Orchestra (10/27); Mariinsky Orchestra (10/31); Orchestra of St. Lukes (11/1); The King’s Singers (11/2); Murray Perahia (11/2); Belcea Quartet (11/3, 7, 9); Emerson String Quartet (11/6); MIDORI / ÖZGÜR AYDIN (11/7); Stefan Jackiw and Anna Polonsky (11/9); The New York Pops (11/9); Apollon Musagete Quartet (11/15); Pierre-Laurent Aimard (11/15); Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Monteverdi Choir (11/16-17); Joyce DiDonato (11/18); Voices From Latin America Festival November 2012: Banda de los Muertos (11/2); Gilberto Gil (11/8); Ensemble ACJW (11/11, 13); Yosvany Terry Quintet (11/17); Dayramir and Habana entrance and Aldo López-Gavilán Quartet (11/17); Celso Duarte (11/19); Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad (11/27); Paulinho da Viola (11/28); Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno and Nicolas Krassik (11/29). 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800; carnegiehall.org The Joyce Theater – Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca (9/18-30); Philadanco (10/2-7); Doug Varone & Dancers (10/9-14); Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (10/16-21); Ballet Next (10/23-28); Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (10/30-11/4); Morphoses WITHIN (Labyrinth Within) (11/7-11); Complexions Contemporary Ballet (11/13-25); Kidd Pivot: The Tempest Replica (11/28-12/2). 175 Eighth Ave. (19th St.), 212-242-0800; joyce.org Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Great Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (10/22, 24); Takács Quartet - Marc-André Hamelin, piano (10/25); Nareh Arghamanyan, piano (10/28); Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano (11/10); Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano/Anthony Spiri, piano (11/14); Philharmonia Orchestra (11/18-19); What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow: Mendelssohn (11/19). White Light Festival: Without Shadows (10/18); Les Arts Florissants (10/19); Poet of the Piano - Paul Lewis Plays Schubert (10/20); Vertical Road (10/23-24); Wang Li (10/25); Mary Chapin Carpenter (10/26);

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Ensemble Basiani (10/27); Cameron Carpenter - Immortal Bach (10/28); Analog Arts - Cosmic Pulses (10/30); The Spirit of the Body 911/13); Emanuel Ax (11/4); Rian (11/8-10); The Unanswered Journey (11/8); Céilí: Liam Ó Maonlaí and Friends (11/9); I went to the house but did not enter (11/13-14); Earthly and Heavenly Life (11/14); Latvian Radio Choir (11/16-17); Philharmonia Orchestra (11/18). Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd & 65th Sts., 212-875-5000; lincolncenter.org Madison Square Garden – Madonna (11/12); Zac Brown Band (11/17); The Frozen Apple (11/24); Neil Young & Crazy Horse (11/27); Justin Bieber (11/28-29); One Direction (12/3); The Who (12/5); Maggie Dixon Classic (12/9); Leonard Cohen (12/18); Gotham Classic (12/22). 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-5800; thegarden.com Metropolitan Museum of Art – Efterklang and the Wordless Music Orchestra (9/22); Patti Smith on Andy Warhol (9/28); Organ Concert (10/3); Dean and Britta-13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests (10/6); DJ Spooky-Madame Freedom Screening with Live Re-Score (10/26); Guitar Concert (11/7); A Chanticleer Christmas (11/27); Live HD Transmission-Peony Pavilion (11/30). Fifth Ave. & 82nd St., 212-570-3949; metmuseum.org Metropolitan Opera Company – L’Elisir d’Amore (9/24, 27, 10/1, 5, 10, 13); Turnadot (9/26, 29, 10/3, 6, 30, 11/2, 5, 9); Carmen (9/28, 10/2, 6, 11, 15, 18); Il Trovatore (9/29, 10/4, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25); Otello (10/9, 13, 16, 20, 27); The Tempest (10/23, 27, 31, 11/3, 6, 10, 14, 17); Le Nozze di Figaro (10/26, 29, 11/3, 7, 10, 13, 17); Un Ballo in Maschera (11/8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30); La Clemenza di Tito (11/16, 20, 24); Aida (11/23, 26, 29); Don Giovanni (11/28). 212-362-6000; metoperafamily.org

Shostakovich and Dvorák’s New World Symphony (11/20, 23-24, 27); Saturday Matinee: Brahms and Dvorák (11/24); Alan Gilbert, Gil Shaham, Barber and Rachmaninoff (11/29-30). Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway & W. 65th St., 212-875-5656; nyphil.org Radio City Music Hall – Bon Iver (9/19-22); Metric (9/23); Grizzly Bear (9/24); Gotye (9/25); Prince Royce (9/28); Jack White (9/29); Dispatch (10/5); Craig Ferguson (10/6); The Script (10/9); Morrissey (10/10); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (11/9-12/30). 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171; radiocity.com Symphony Space – Cage: Lecture on the Weather, Sonatas & Interludes (9/5); Happy Birthday, Joan Tower! (9/6); Konstantin Soukhovetski, Rock Star Pianist (9/7); Amram’s Chamber Music and Kerouac’s On the Road (9/7); From Bach to Blues (9/8); An Unforgettable Summer (9/8, 14-15); Massenet Centennial Concert with Damien Top, Tenor (9/8); Gary Levinson, Violin & Daredjan Kakouberi, Piano (9/9); Delphinium Trio (9/9); Violin Loops: Cornelius Dufallo, Amplified Violin (9/9); Elisha Abas, piano: Dancing with Chopin (9/10); Metropolitan Opera Musicians Play French Rarities (9/10); Met Opera Musicians: Maron Khouri & Bryan Wagorn (9/11); Brahms & Friends (9/11); New York Piano Quartet Performs Austrian Composers (9/12); New York Philharmonic Brass Trio (9/13); Tango Night: Octavio Brunetti & Elmira Darvarova (9/13); Philip Myers, Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic (9/14); 2 pmVery Young Composers (9/15); Elmira Darvarova (Violin) & Shoko Inoue (Piano) (9/15); Carole

New York Philharmonic – Alan Gilbert conducts The Rite of Spring (9/12/-22); Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman (9/27); Alan Gilbert conducts Scheherazade (9/28-29); Saturday Matinee: Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Scheherazade (9/29); Alan Gilbert Conducts Scheherazade (10/2); Alan Gilbert and Emanuel Ax (10/4-6); Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian Symphony and Nielsen’s Flute and Violin Concertos (10/10-13); Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conducts Symphonie fantastique (10/18-20); Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conducts Symphonie fantastique (10/23); Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conducts Mozart and Mahler (10/2527); Rush Hour: Rachmaninoff and Elgar (10/31); Dutoit Conducts Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Elgar (11/1-3); Emanuel Ax Performs Mahler (11/4); Masur Conducts Brahms (11/8-10, 13, 15-17); Gypsy Airs (11/10); Mendelssohn,

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New York City Center – Fall for Dance Festival (9/27-10/13); American Ballet Theatre (10/16-20); Louis CK (10/22-28); Jump for Joy! (11/5); Cotton Club Parade (11/14-18). 130 W. 56th St., 212-5811212; nycitycenter.org

Master of his domain Jerry Seinfeld returns to Thursday nights when he appears for a series of stand-up dates in all five NYC boroughs, beginning with the Beacon Theatre on October 4. Then it’s on to the Bronx (Oct. 11), Queens (Oct. 18), Staten Island (Nov. 1), and Brooklyn (Nov. 8). Visit www.jerryseinfeld.com for more info.

Farley & Friends: The Art of American Song (9/15); Season III Thalia Film Club: Fall Sneak Preview 1 (9/18); The Secret Trio (9/21); Heart to Heart Concert (9/22); Uptown Showdown 2 (9/24); US Pole Dance Championship 2012: Amateur Division (9/29); US Pole Dance Championship 2012 (9/29); Salar Aghili & the Hamnavazan Ensemble (9/30); Stories on Our Mind (10/3); Rebels+REDS: Ljova and the Kontraband (10/4); Suzi Shelton (10/6); Season III Thalia Film Club: Fall Sneak Preview 2 (10/9); My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy (10/10); Folk Inflections with Angela and Jennifer Chun (10/11); The Kim Burrell Experience (10/11); Glass Farm Ensemble presents Fanfares (10/12); Exit, Stage Left! (10/13); Masters of Indian Music & Dance: Birju Maharaj (10/13); An Alpine Symphony (10/14); Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (10/15-17); At Home Abroad (10/15); Crazy for...Gershwin! (10/16); Selected Shorts: An Evening with David Mitchell (10/17); Staff Benda Bilili (10/18); Seeing Jazz with George Wein: Darcy James Argue (10/19); My First Experience At “The Garage” (10/19-20); National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team! (10/20); Yuval Hamevulbal (10/21); Libba Bray The Diviners (10/21); Season III Thalia Film Club: Fall Sneak Preview 3 (10/23); The Polka Brothers (10/27); PHILHARMONSTER! (10/28); How to Get Started: Arturo O’Farrill + Oscar Hijuelos (11/1); Pianist Nelson Ojeda Valdes plays Debussy (11/2); Fox and Branch (11/3); Masters of Indian Music & Dance: Aruna Sairam (11/4); Season III Thalia Film Club: Fall Sneak Preview 4 (11/6); Selected Shorts: Tom Perrotta Presents The Best American Short Stories 2012 (11/7); Smukler + Krosnick (11/8); Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia) (11/10); The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet (11/10); The Magic of Dance (11/13); How to Get Started: Wallace + Allen Shawn (11/15); 2012 Stony Brook Premieres! (11/16); New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (11/16); The Gustafer Yellowgold Show (11/17); Warren Miller’s 2012Flow State (11/17); Uptown Showdown 3 (11/19); Season III Thalia Film Club: Fall Sneak Preview 5 (11/20); The Mannes Orchestra (11/20); Selected Shorts: Comedy! (11/28); Rebels+REDS: Fernando Otero + Nick Danielson (11/29). 2537 Broadway (95th St.), 212-864-5400; symphonyspace.org The Theater at Madison Square Garden – Serrat and Sabina (11/18); Legend of Zelda (11/28); Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out (11/3012/2). 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-5800; thegarden.com The Town Hall – Joe Jackson & the Bigger Band (9/21-22); An Evening with Melody Gardot (9/28); Day of Tikkun (9/29); Beth Orton (10/4); The Blue Note Presents Pat Metheny Unity Band (10/12); Linda Eder “A New Life” (10/13); Alfie Boe (10/17); Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz (10/20); Broadway Originals! (10/21); The Best of Broadway by the Year (10/26); Aimee Mann (10/27); Ben Gibbard (11/5); Sharon van Etten (11/15); Ani DiFranco (11/17). 123 W. 43rd St. (Broadway-Sixth Ave.), 212-997-1003; the-townhall-nyc.org

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awful lot of people’s consciousness.” Cool, detached, observant, Warhol (like other pop artists) embraced America’s popular market culture as legitimate subject matter. “This was a shocking, shocking thing,” Rosenthal says. “All these people are making abstract paintings,” he says, of the reign of Abstract Expressionism, “and here comes this jerk painting pictures of Marilyn Monroe and soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles. This was so against the romantic ideals of art.” Warhol was also repeatedly inventive, adopting the use of photography, the appropriation of other images, and serial composition as central to his work. In essence, Rosenthal writes, he “gave permission to do virtually anything in the name of art.” Take portraiture (to which the show devotes a section), which was hardly a mainstay of the Abstract Expressionists. Warhol, fascinated by the “packaging” of celebrities, created silkscreened images of personalities from Marilyn to Mao; his “Jackie” series from 1964 captured Jacqueline Kennedy in the moments before and after the assassination of the president. From the mid-’70s on, Warhol greatly enlarged his income by making commissioned portraits—perhaps too many of them: “The world is awash in his commissioned portraits,” Rosenthal says. But by putting portraits center stage, Warhol encouraged others to do the same. Among the examples in the show: works by the German artist Gerhard Richter; Julian Schnabel (a 1990 commissioned portrait of Barbara Walters that employs his famed “broken plate” technique); Elizabeth Peyton (“Blue Kurt,” a 1995 portrait of the Nirvana singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain) and Cindy Sherman, famed for photographing herself in a multitude of costumed guises and personae. Similarly, Warhol’s use of banal subject matter, embraced with what Rosenthal, in a slightly different context, calls “affect-

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less wonder,” is a hallmark of such contemporary artists as Jeff Koons. Koons is represented here by several sculptures from his 1988 series Banality, including a seated Michael Jackson in gold clothing, holding his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Michael and the Met may seem an unusual pairing. In fact, Regarding Warhol was originally conceived by Rosenthal for the Detroit Institute but was never mounted there. It was picked up by the Met, where curator Marla Prather (with assistant curator Ian Alteveer and research assistant Rebecca Lowery) of the department of modern and contemporary art further shaped the show. Prather’s contributions include a series of insightful Q & A artist interviews in the catalog. “One of the goals of the whole project was to include artists’ voices” as part of the exhibition “dialogue,” Prather says. So, for instance, we get Chuck Close, extol-

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ling Warhol as “a great colorist,” and Alex Katz, who sees him as a wonderful graphic artist, but a less-than-inspiring painter. Opinions on Warhol have always differed. And we get DeboMetropolitan Museum of Art rah Kass, whose work has had a strong con1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org nection to Warhol’s oeuvre, and who may give the best summing-up of the late artist. “Some artists reflect their times and some artists change their times, you know?” she tells Prather. “Andy did both.” 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 Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream at MoMA.

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The Guggenheim shines a light on an underexplored facet of Picasso’s oeuvre with Picasso Black and White, from Oct. 5-Jan. 23. Pictured here: Seated Woman in an Armchair (Dora) (Femme assise dans un fauteuil [Dora]) (1938).

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Bronx Museum of the Arts– Reviolution Not Televised (through 10/7); Urban Archives: The Rituals of Chaos (through 1/6); Bronx Lab: Style Wars (through 1/6). Thurs., Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Fri., 11am-8pm. Free. 1040 Grand Concourse, 718-681-6000; bronxmuseum.org Center for Architecture – New Practices New York 2012 (through 9/8); The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections (through 10/31); Design by New York (10/8-11/4); The Edgeless School: Designing for Education in the Digital Age (10/1-1/19). Mon.-Fri., 9am-8pm, Sat., 11am-5pm. Free. 536 LaGuardia Pl. (Bleecker-W. 3rd Sts.), 212-683-0023; aiany.org China Institute – New “China”: Porcelain Art from Jingdezhen, 1910-2012 (9/21-12/9). Daily, 10am-5pm, Tues. & Thurs., 10am-8pm. $7; students/seniors, $4; under 12, free. Free admission Tues. & Thurs., 6-8pm. 125 E. 65th St., 212-744-8181; chinainstitute.org El Museo del Barrio – Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (through 1/6). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm, Sun., 1pm-5pm $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; elmuseo.org The Frick Collection – Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery (10/2-1/27); Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier) (10/30-1/20). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., 10am-5pm. $18; seniors, $15; students, $10; pay-what-you-wish Sun., 11am-1pm. 1 E. 70th St., 212-288-0700; frick.org

Grey Art Gallery at NYU – Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore (9/6-12/8). Tues., Thurs., Fri., 11am-6pm, Weds., 11am-8pm, Sat., 11am-5pm. $3. 100 Washington Square East, 212-998-6780; nyu.edu/greyart The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960 (through 9/12); Rineke Dijkstra - A Retrospective (through 10/8); Picasso Black and White (10/5-1/23); A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion (through 2/13). Sun.-Weds., Fri., 10am-5:45pm, Sat., 10am-7:45pm. $22; seniors/ students, $18; under 12, free. 1071 Fifth Ave. (89th St.), 212-423-3500; guggenheim.org International Center of Photography – Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (9/14-1/6). Tues.-Weds., Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm, Thurs.-Fri., 10am-8pm. $12; students/seniors, $8; under 12, free. Pay what you wish Fri., 5-8pm. 1133 Sixth Ave. (43rd St.), 212-857-0000; icp.org Japan Society – Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) (9/29-1/6). Closed Mon. $12; students/seniors, $10; under 16, free; free Fri., 6-9pm. 333 E. 47th St., 212-832-1155; japansociety.org The Jewish Museum – Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 (through 9/23); Crossing Borders: Medieval Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries (9/14-2/3); Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol (11/2-3/24). Fri.-Tues., 11am-5:45pm, Thurs., 11am-8pm. $12; seniors, $10; students,

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A new website for the intellectually curious popped up over the summer: ThoughtGallery.org, a single resource for all the top lectures, presentations, talks, seminars, panel discussions, and similar events in New York City. Check out thoughtgallery.org for special gallery tours at places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; find interesting artist panels at the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and more; discover author appearances and book signings throughout the city; and take part in lively discussions concerning history, politics, economics; and much more covering a wide range of topics. Be the first to know and sign up for updates—including when new events are announced—at thoughtgallery.org/join.

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$7.50; under 12, free; free Sat. 1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 212-423-3200; thejewishmuseum.org The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Paintings on Parchment - Italian Renaissance Illuminations from the Robert Lehman Collection (through 9/30); The Rylands Haggadah - Medieval Jewish Art in Context (through 9/30); The Coe Collection of American Indian Art (through 10/14); Tomás Saraceno on the Roof - Cloud City (through 11/4); Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years (9/18-12/31); Chinese Gardens - Pavilions, Studios, Retreats (through 1/6); Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age - The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron & Son (through 1/6); Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carving (through 1/6); Bernini - Sculpting in Clay (10/31/6); Designing Nature - The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art (through 1/13); British Silver - The Wealth of a Nation (through 1/20); Faking It - Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (10/11-1/27); Extravagant Inventions - The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens (10/30-1/27); Buddhism along the Silk Road - 5th-8th Century (through 2/10); George Bellows (11/15-2/18); Turkmen Jewelry from the Collection of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf (10/9-2/24); African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde (11/27-4/14); Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department (10/29/29/13). Tues.-Thurs., Sun., 9:30am-5:30pm, Fri.-Sat., 9:30am-9pm. $25; seniors, $17; students, $12; under 12, free. Fifth Ave. & 82nd St., 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org The Morgan Library & Museum – Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture (through 9/9); Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan (through 9/23); Churchill: The Power of Words (through 9/23); Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper (through 10/14); Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach (through 11/4); Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich (10/12-1/6); Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters (11/2-1/27); Fantasy and Invention: Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing (11/16-2/3). Tues.-Thurs., 10:30am-5pm, Fri., 10:30am-9pm, Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., 11am-6pm. $15; seniors/ students/children under 16, $10; 12 & under, free; free Fri., 7-9pm. 225 Madison Ave. (36th St.), 212-685-0008; themorgan.org Museum of American Finance – Checks & Balances - Presidents and American Finance (through 11/30). Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm. $5; under 6, free. 48 Wall St. (William St.), 212-908-4110; moaf.org

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Museum of Arts & Design – Space-Light-Structure - The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta (through 9/23); Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3 Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast (through 10/21); Doris Duke’s Shangri-La - Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art (9/7-1/6); Daniel Brush - Blue Steel Gold Light (10/16-2/17); Playing With Fire - 50 Years of Contemporary Glass (11/6-4/7). Tues.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Thurs.-Fri., 11am-9pm. $15; students/seniors, $12; high school students and under 12, free; Thurs. & Fri., 6-9pm,

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pay-what-you-wish. 2 Columbus Cir. (near Eighth Ave. & W. 58th St.), 212-299-7777; madmuseum.org The Museum of Biblical Art – Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion (10/12-1/20); More Precious than Fine Gold - The English Bible in the Gilded Age (10/12-1/20). Tues.-Weds., Fri-.Sun., 10am-6pm, Thurs., 10am-8pm. Free. 1865 Broadway (61st St.), 212-408-1500; mobia.org Museum of the City of New York – Stone Roberts: New York Paintings (through 9/16); Capital of Capital (through 10/21); Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade (through 10/28); From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012 (9/13-1/21); Activist New York (ongoing); London Street Photography, with “City Scenes: Highlights of New York Street Photography” (through TBD). Open daily,10am-6pm. $10; seniors/students, $6; under 12, free. Fifth Ave. & 103rd St., 212-534-1672; mcny.org Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art – Tues.-Sun., noon-5pm. $6; 12 & under, free. 594 Broadway (Prince-Houston Sts.), Ste. 401, 212-254-3511; moccany.org Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust – Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg (through 10/14); Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles (through 12/31); Hava Nagila: A Song for the People (opening 9/13). Sun.-Tues., Thurs., 10am-5:45pm, Fri., 10am-5pm. $12; seniors, $10; students, $7; 12 & under, free; free Wed., 4-8pm. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4200; mjhnyc.org Museum of Modern Art – Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (through 9/3); Electric Currents, 1900-1940 (through 9/30); Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (through 10/1); Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 (through 11/5); MoMA Studio: Common Senses (9/24-11/19); Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars (through 12/10); Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets (through 1/7); Eyes Closed/Eyes Open: Recent Acquisitions in Drawings (through 1/7); Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 (10/7-1/28); New Photography 2012 (10/3-2/4); Tokyo 1955-1970 (11/18-2/25); The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook (through 4/29/13). 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; moma.org Museum of the Moving Image – Aliens, Gadgets, and Guns: Designing the World of Men in Black 3 (through 9/23); We Tripped El Hadji Diouf: The Story of a Photoshop Thread (through 9/23); Film After Film (through 10/28). Tues.-Thurs., 10:30am-5pm, Fri., 10:30am-8pm, Sat.-Sun., 10:30am-7pm. $12; seniors/students, $9; children under 17, $7; children 3 & under free. Free admission Fri., 4-8pm. 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens, 718-777-6888; movingimage.us

Museum of Sex – Action: Sex and the Moving Image (ongoing); Universe of Desire (through 11/4); F*ck Art - A Street Art Occupation (through 1/21). Mon.-Thurs., Sun., 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. $17.50; students/seniors, $15.25. 233 Fifth Ave. (27th St.), 212-689-6337; museumofsex.com National Academy Museum – An American Collection – Second Rotation (through 1/13). Weds.-Sun., 11am-6pm. $12; seniors/students, $7; under 12, free. 1083 Fifth Ave. (89th St.), 212-369-4880; nationalacademy.org National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution – We Are Here! Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (through 9/23); IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas (through 10/1); Circle of Dance (opening 10/6); Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture (through 8/11). Open daily, 10am-5:30pm. Free. U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green (Broadway), 212-514-3700; americanindian.si.edu Neue Galerie – Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity (9/20-1/7). Thurs.-Mon., 11am-6pm. $20; students/seniors, $10. 1048 Fifth Ave. (86th St.), 212-628-6200; neuegalerie.org New Museum – Pictures from the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969-2008 (through 9/30); Ghosts in the Machine (through 10/7); Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos (10/24-1/13). Weds., Fri.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Thurs., 11am-9pm. $14; seniors, $12; students, $10; 18 & under, free. 235 Bowery (Prince St.), 212-219-1222; newmuseum.org New-York Historical Society – Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié’s Miniatures of Society Women (through 9/9); Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy (through 9/9); The Pop Shop (through 9/15); Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York (through 9/30); John Rogers: American Stories (11/2-2/27); Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School (9/21-2/21); WWII & NYC (10/5-5/27). Tues.-Thurs., Sat., 10am-6pm, Fri., 10am-8pm, Sun., 11am-5pm. $15; seniors, $12; students, $10; 5-13, $5; under 5, free. 170 Central Park West (77th St.), 212-873-3400; nyhistory.org New York Public Library (Humanities and Social Sciences Library) – Charles Dickens: The Key to Character (9/14-1/27). Call 212-869-8089 for a recording of all current exhibitions. Open daily. 42nd St. & Fifth Ave., 212-340-0830; nypl.org New York Transit Museum – Tues.Fri.,10am-4pm, Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. $7; seniors/children 2-17, $5; seniors free on Weds. The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal presents changing exhibitions. Boerum Pl. & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, 718-694-1600; mta.info/museum

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Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Photo by Gavin Ashworth, New York

The Noguchi Museum – Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice (10/3-4/28). Weds.-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, 718-2047088; noguchi.org The Paley Center for Media – A center for the cultural, creative, and social significance of television and radio. Weds.-Sun., noon-6pm, Thurs., noon-8pm. $10; seniors/students, $8; under 14, $5. 25 W. 52nd St., 212-621-6600; paleycenter.org Queens Museum of Art – Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water (through 1/6); Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (through 1/6). Weds.-Sun., noon-6pm. $5; seniors/students, $2.50; under 5, free. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700; queensmuseum.org The Rubin Museum of Art – Modernist Art from India - Approaching Abstraction (through 10/16); Masterworks (through 1/7); Candid (through 1/14); Casting the Divine (through 2/11); The Place of Provenance (10/12-3/5); Gateway to Himalayan Art (through 1/6/2014). Mon., Thurs., 11am-5pm, Weds., 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; rmanyc.org

Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Photo © 2006 Andy Duback

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On September 12, the American Folk Art Museum presents the first-ever major exhibition of a genre in American folk art and painting: Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America, featuring work painted in reverse on glass panels, and then adorned with bits of tinsel and foil. Considered the ultimate in good housekeeping, good taste, and proper upbringing, the paintings were made by young women—largely unidentified—who could no longer spend time on needlework pictures because of schooling. See listings for more info.

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America – Tues.-Sat., noon-6pm. Free. 58 Park Ave. (37th-38th Sts.), 212-779-3587; scandinaviahouse.org Skyscraper Museum – Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District (through 1/20). Weds.-Sun., noon-6pm. $5; seniors/students, $2.50. 39 Battery Pl., 212-968-1961; skyscraper.org The Studio Museum in Harlem – Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (through 10/21); Primary Sources - Artists in Residence 2011-12 (through 10/21); Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community (through 10/21); Harlem Postcards (through 10/21). Thurs.-Fri., noon-9pm, Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., noon-6pm. $7 (free on Sun.); seniors/ students, $3; under 12, free. 144 W. 125th St. (Lenox Ave.-Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.), 212-864-4500; studiomuseum.org Whitney Museum of American Art – Yayoi Kusama (through 9/30); Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water (through 10/28); Signs & Symbols (through 10/28); Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art—A Film Environment (through 10/28); Wade Guyton OS (opening 10/4); Richard Artschwager! (10/25-2/3); Sinister Pop (11/56/2). Weds.-Thurs., Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm, Fri., 1-9pm. $18 (pay-what-you-wish Fri., 6-9pm); seniors/students/ages 19-25, $12; 18 & under, free. 945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-570-3600; whitney.org

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BRING A PICASSO HOME This fall, the Guggenheim presents a stunning exhibition, Picasso Black and White, which will be on view from October 5 through January 23. After viewing the breathtaking artwork, museum attendees can take a piece of the exhibit home with them, since the museum—in conjunction with the exhibit—has created handbags and pillows for sale that draw inspiration from Picasso’s classic black-and-white era. Woven and crafted in the tapestry district of northern France by the design team at Jules Pansu, the pieces in the ensemble feature the traditional Jacquard style. All of the bags and pillows employ materials grown and produced in France, including the cotton, wool, and dye that make the designs come to life. Wallets and iPad cases, complete the unique, Picasso homage collection. Within the United States, the Picasso-inspired handbags and pillows are only available through the Guggenheim’s Museum Shop at 1071 Fifth Ave. (btw. 88th & 89th Sts.). Items are also available for purchase through guggenheimstore.com. — Melanie Baker

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2012 would mark the 100th birthday of multi-hyphenate Gordon Parks, and Howard Greenberg Gallery will be celebrating the brilliant photographer/ writer/composer/director with two special exhibitions, running from Sept. 14 through Oct. 27: Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and “Invisible Man,” curated by Glenn Ligon, and Gordon Parks: Centennial. On exhibit for the first time will be color prints from 1956's Segregation Story, accompanied by an essay by art historian Maurice Berger. Pictured here: Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli, from 1949. See listings for more information.

All exhibits subject to change Bonni Benrubi - Contemporary photography. Christopher Payne - One Steinway Place (7/19-9/29); Abelardo Morell- Rock Paper Scissors (10/4-12/22). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 41 E. 57th St., 13th Floor, 212-888-6007; bonnibenrubi.com Cheim & Read - International contemporary artists. Alex Van Gelder (through 9/8); Bianca Casady (through 9/8); Louis Fishman (9/13-10/27); Tal R: The Shlomo (11/1-12/22). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 547 W. 25th St., 212-242-7727; cheimread.com

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Clic Bookstore & Gallery - Emerging photographers. Centre St.: Billy Kidd & Heather Huey: Heather Huey Was Shot by Billy Kidd (9/6-9/30). Mon-Sat., 11am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. 424 Broome St., 212-219-9308; 255 Centre St., 212-966-2766; clicgallery.com

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James Cohan Gallery - Contemporary art. Jesper Just: This Nameless Spectacle (9/6-10/27); Francesco Clemente (9/7-11/10); Trenton Doyle Hancock: ...And Then It All Came Back to Me (Nov.-Dec.). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm. 533 W. 26th St., 212-714-9500; jamescohan.com CRG Gallery - Well-established and emerging contemporary American/ European artists. Ori Gersht (through 1/21). Tues.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat. by appointment. 548 W. 22nd St., 212-229-2766; crggallery.com Foley Gallery - Contemporary photography, painting, sculpture. 7th Anniversary Exhibition (11/10-12/23). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. 548 W. 28th St., 2nd Floor, 212-244-9081; foleygallery.com Zach Feuer Gallery - Contemporary art in all media by emerging and mid-career artists. Mark Flood: Artstar (through 10/13). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 548 W. 22nd St., 212-989-7700; zachfeuer.com

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video works. Guido van der Werve (9/7-10/20); Glenn Ligon (10/26-12/8). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 531 W. 24th St., 212-206-9100; luhringaugustine.com

Gladstone Gallery - Contemporary art. 24th St.: Andro Wekua: Dreaming Dreaming (9/2110/27). 21st St.: Thomas Hirschhorn: Concordia, Concordia (9/14-10/20). Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. 515 W. 24th St., 212-206-9300; 530 W. 21st St.; gladstonegallery.com

Marlborough Gallery - Important contemporary masters. Stray Light Grey (9/13-10/27). Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm. 40 W. 57th St., 212-541-4900; 545 W. 25th St., 212-463-8634; marlboroughgallery.com

Valerie Goodman Gallery - Specializing in 20th-century European decorative arts, furniture and lighting, and French contemporary artist Limited Editions. 315 E. 91st St., 917-208-0302; valeriegoodmangallery.com Howard Greenberg Gallery - Photography. Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison & “Invisible Man” (9/14-10/27); Gordon Parks: Centennial (9/14-10/27). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 41 E. 57th St., 212-334-0010; howardgreenberg.com Greenberg Van Doren - Contemporary fine art. Judy Fiskin: The End of Photography and Selected Photographs (9/12-10/27). Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm. 730 Fifth Ave. (57th St.), 212-445-0444; gvdgallery.com Hammer Galleries - Featuring works by 19thand 20th-century European and American Masters. Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-5:30pm. 475 Park Ave. (58th St.), 212-644-4400; www.hammergalleries.com Hasted Kraeutler - Contemporary photography. Kwang Young Chun (9/6-10/20). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. 537 W. 24th St., 212-627-0006; hastedkraeutler.com Hirschl & Adler Galleries - 18th-, 19th- & 20th-century American and Euro­pean paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculpture. Peter E. Poskas III: New Paintings (9/13-10/13). Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-4:45pm. 730 Fifth Ave. (57th St.), 4th Floor, 212-535-8810; hirschlandadler.com Hunter College Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery - Times Square Show Revisited (9/1412/8). Tues.-Sat., 1-6pm. 68th St. & Lexington Ave., 212-772-4991; hunter.cuny.edu/art/galleries/ Steven Kasher Gallery - Contemporary photography and social/historical/artistic photography of the 20th century. Jim Marshall: The Rolling Stones and Beyond (through 9/8). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. 521 W. 23rd St., 212-966-3978; stevenkasher.com Lerebours Antiques - A collection of American antique, vintage, and mid-century modern fine furnishings, lighting, and art. 220 E. 60th St., 917-749-5866; lereboursantiques.com Luhring Augustine - Late-19th century to contemporary American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and

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Yossi Milo Gallery- Contemporary photography. Lise Sarfati: On Hollywood (9/6-10/13). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 245 Tenth Ave. (24th25th Sts.), 212-414-0370; www.yossimilo.com The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology - Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two (through 11/10); Ivy Style (9/14-1/5). Tues.-Fri., noon-8pm; Sat., 10am-5pm. Seventh Ave. at 27th St., 212-217-4558; fitnyc.edu The Pace Gallery - 20th-century art, including works by Calder, LeWitt, Nevelson, Noguchi, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rothko, and many others. 25th St.: Robert Irwin: Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s Part II (9/6-10/20). 32 E. 57th St., 212-421-3292; 534 W. 25th St., 212-929-7000; 545 W. 22nd St., 212-9894258; 510 W. 25th St. 212-255-4044; thepacegallery.com

The Museum of Arts and Design's LOOT event/extravaganza features riches designed by contemporary studio artists—jewelers you do not find at a typical “jewelry store,” and many of whom have never shown in the States. Their works are inventively modern pieces, some created with precious metals and stones, and other jewelry crafted from unexpected materials such as titanium, stainless steel, glass, wood, rubber and fabric. This year's curated edition of LOOT is the grandest ever and represents an international cavalcade of over 50 fine jewelers. (It will also showcase the work of jewelry students from NYC’s own Fashion Institute of Technology.) For the first time, LOOT will honor esteemed German jeweler Axel Russmeyer, who will receive the inaugural LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry. Russmeyer’s signature work (pictured above) is constructed from extraordinarily stunning, ethereal, and elegant beaded-beads that he painstakingly creates by hand and then works into the most appealingly seductive earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Sept. 11 to 15. 2 Columbus Circle; madmuseum.org — Ruth J. Katz

Ro Gallery - Original paintings, graphics, photographs, sculptures from over 5000 artists. Visit their website for live and timed art auctions. Gallery by appointment. 47-15 36th St., Long Island City, 800-888-1063; rogallery.com Michael Rosenfeld Gallery - 20th-c. American art. Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 24 W. 57th St., 7th Floor, 212-247-0082; michaelrosenfeldart.com Luise Ross Gallery - Self-taught artists from North America and Europe. Mon.-Fri., 10am-5:30pm. 511 W. 25th St. #307, 212-343-2161; luiserossgallery.com Spanierman Modern - Modern and contemporary paintings, watercolors, works on paper, drawings, and sculpture. Lisa Nankivil (10/1111/10). Mon.-Sat., 9:30am-5:30pm. 53 E. 58th St., 212-832-1400; spaniermanmodern.com Frederieke Taylor Gallery - Conceptual art. By appointment only. 145 E. 29th St., 646-230-0992; frederieketaylorgallery.com 303 Gallery - Contemporary photography, film, paintings, and sculpture. Karen Kilimnik & Kim Gordon (9/7-9/29); Matt Johnson (10/5-11/17); Doug Aitken (11/30-Jan.). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 547 W. 21st St., 212-255-1121; 303gallery.com Viridian Artists - Works in the abstract mode, including oils, pastels on paper, prints, and sculptures. Tues.-Sat., 10:30am-6pm. 548 W. 28th St., 6th Floor, 212-414-4040; viridianartists.com

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[O  pposite page: Regent’s Voyager tendered off Taormina, Sicily, with the Greek Theatre in the foreground. Above: A penthouse category B Suite. Right: Delicacies served at teatime ]

Mediterranean magic

A cruise on Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager makes exotic ports of call accessible and brings the wonders of the world to life. By Ruth J. Katz

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artners-in-crime Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, along with sidekick, paramour, and doll-of-the silver screen Dorothy Lamour, hit many an exotic road in their celluloid excursions—roads to Singapore, Zanzibar, Morocco, and Utopia—but I’ll bet that none of them could have compared to mine, as my bus zipped across Jordan on the King’s Highway heading toward the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, a once-in-a-lifetime destination. The signage along the iconic King’s Highway was occasionally amusing, with a warning symbol (marked by a picture of a humped dromedary) that we were in a camel-crossing zone (just guess who has the right of way). I was only on day two of my Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager cruise, from Safaga (Luxor) to Barcelona, and yet, there had already been so many highlights that it was hard to imagine that Petra could equal (even top?) the three days of land excursions prior to boarding the 700-person vessel. But, of course, it did. And that is just one of the reasons why Regent Seven Seas remains, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 11th Annual Readers’ Choice Survey, the best cruise ship line in its category; it’s an intimate ship, and within the ultra-rarefied category of luxury cruise ship companies, Regent is second to none. Prior to embarking, I had experienced three days in Luxor and Cairo, part of Regent’s traditional land-and-sea packages. In Egypt, I was mesmerized by the world’s wonders—the Great Pyramid in Giza, the Sphinx, the temples of Karnak, Luxor, and Hatshepsut, and the extraordinary Valley of the Kings. (It is worth noting that, despite recent upheaval in Egypt, there are still a few Regent cruises—Arabian Adventures and Red Sea Rendezvous—for the 2012-13

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season that include land excursions in Luxor, and even a night in Cairo, prior to heading, not north through the Suez Canal—as I journeyed—but south, toward Mumbai.) So, back on the King’s Highway—which connects magical, monumental sites in the Holy Land—we followed this centuries-old thoroughfare, although clearly it was not macadam when the Nabataeans settled Petra in the sixth century B.C., when this slice of Jordan became an important juncture for the silk and spice trade routes linking China, India, and Southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece, and ultimately Rome. To reach the fabled city, one is faced with a near-mile-long hike down into the ancient “town.” The pathway, known as the Siq, or narrow gorge, is flanked by sheer rock facades, nearly 275 feet in height. The stone walls are laced with explosions of colors showcasing geological strata—from saturated russet to flinty black. The reward at the end of the trek is the ancient city and its marvels—from Al Khazneh, or the celebrated Treasury edifice, to the sandstone, rock-cut tombs, Roman Theater, the neighborhood boulevards, dwellings, and Byzantine Church—are but a few of the sites worth visiting; if only I could have walked the Siq two days in a row, I might have seen it all. But on the second day, while the Voyager was berthed in Aqaba, I chose to visit Wadi Rum (the Valley of the Moon), made famous by T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia). The largest wadi in Jordan, Rum was the base of Lawrence’s operations during the Arab Revolt in 1917-18; today, his face is carved in an unpretentious monument in the wadi.

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Jordan Tourism Board

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[C  lockwise from near left: A typical camel sighting in the desert; one of Egypt’s many splendid temples, lit up dramatically at night; detail drawings and carvings on columns in the Luxor Temple; Al Khazneh, or the Treasury, in Petra; colorful sandstone strata in Petra ] Jordan Tourism Board

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After two days of trekking around the desert, I was in desperate need of pampering, and the Voyager’s Canyon Ranch Spa did not disappoint; a sybaritic massage and foot reflexology session were precisely what the doctor ordered. The spa is just about the only place on board where you will incur any additional fee. Unlike many other cruise lines, everything on board Regent is included, and that means: roundtrip airfare, unlimited shore excursions (an extraordinary sweetener for hard-core cruise devotees), the land package pre- (or post-) cruise, which encompasses hotels, meals, and all local touring; premium wines and spirits (and an always-stocked in-suite mini bar), 24-hour room service, ground transfers, and—perhaps the best of all—tips, which on many ships can add a sultan’s ransom to a cruise tariff. In fact, Regent is known among cognoscenti travelers as the “most inclusive ultra-luxury cruise line” because of this; my very capacious (370 square feet, including a big veranda) penthouse suite even came with iPad! (And it is no surprise, also, that Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List ranks Regent’s cabins as the most desirable at sea.) And if you want to get to know your fellow voyagers, Regent stages a unique, meet-yourneighbors event—a block party—when you are encouraged to open your suite door and wine and dine with your new-found friends. So, on the day we traversed the Suez Canal (luxurious summer homes flanked the west coast of the channel and unbroken, snowy-white desert

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stretched infinitely beyond the eastern shore), I vegged out at the spa and took enrichment classes (the on-board guest lecturers are excellent and their background talks on the ports of call are absolutely worthwhile) and dabbled in some on-board activities—paddle tennis, a couple of swings in the golf cages, and a go at Mah Jongg. I even indulged in the pastry chef’s all-cupcake afternoon tea, which daily featured a different enticing menu of tasty sweets and savories. Our lazy sojourn through the Mediterranean included a stop in Bodrum, Turkey, known as Halicarnassus in antiquity and today as one of the country’s hot resorts, with hillsides dotted with whitewashed cottages and riots of vibrant bougainvillea. The tomb of Mausolus, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, was erected here and although there is little to see now, it is the root of the word mausoleum. The Castle of Saint Peter, a late-medieval military structure built by Crusaders, is worth a visit; along its ramparts, you’ll recognize many European coats of arms. The Greek-style theatre is also worth your time, after which boating, sunning, and shopping should be tops on your docket. Another Mediterranean port-of-call was Rhodes, an island I have visited previously and cannot get enough of (and which was the location for a major part of the film The Guns of Navarone.) For thousands of years, this 540-squaremile island has been a stepping stone between East and West and its famed sanctuary at Lindos was a destination for generations of pilgrims. Its varied

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La Bella Sicilia

[ The interior of the restored Kahal Shalom synagogue in Rhodes, Greece ]

architecture reflects its countless foreign rulers—the Romans, the Venetians, the Byzantines, the Genoese, among the many. It is the acropolis at Lindos where this becomes apparent; it’s a long climb up, but the vista and ruins at the summit are well worth the 950-foot trudge. Rhodes’ Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is rich in medieval architecture, Orthodox and Catholic churches, a colorful Turkish quarter, and my favorite stop, the Kahal Shalom synagogue, the oldest temple in Greece, built in 1577; it has a superb, highly informative museum, and the story of the once-thriving Jewish community of the island is recounted in artifacts, pictures, and text. Another delightful stop was the island of Malta, also a strategically situated Mediterranean isle, ruled by various waves of conquerors from the Phoenicians and Carthaginians to the Normans, and even the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Malta has been inhabited for over 7,000 years, and is a charming mélange of cultures; it boasts narrow, cobbled stone streets, hilltop forts, limestone cliffs, and bucolic countryside, not to mention nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and it was also here that much of the movie Midnight Express was filmed.). Valletta, the capital, offers many sights, but the main ones not to miss are the Fort St. Elmo, built in 1552, and the richly ornate, baroque St.John’s Co-Cathedral, with its famed Caravaggio, The Beheading of St. John. Every day, however, I have to admit to being delighted to return to my on-board sanctuary. I marvel at how a vessel—staffed by employees from nearly 40 countries—can function so seamlessly and deliver such first-rate service (my butler was a gem and no task seemed too difficult to execute). Part of the answer is in the crew-to-guest ratio, which is 1:1.5 and the space ratio per guest is 59:1, one of the highest in the industry. Just getting meals out of the dining room seems a wonder, when you consider what takes place below deck in the ship’s stores: in one two-week period, the chefs churn through 4,800 pounds of flour, 800 pounds of lobster, 1,300 pounds of beef tenderloin, 13 hundred dozen eggs, 1,400 gallons of milk, and 900 bottles of Champagne! And mealtime is a real treat on board—with a half-dozen destinations for dining, I indulged at the signature Compass Rose restaurant, Prime 7, the fabulous steak house, and Signatures, the classic French restaurant. But eating is just one of the pleasurable pastimes on board: One evening, we had outdoor movie night, and the pool deck was turned into a theater. I snuggled under a fuzzy mohair blanket in a comfy chaise as staff refilled my popcorn bowl and hot-toddy and offered me oodles of tempting desserts—if only Bob and Bing had been on the screen, but Mamma Mia! was just as good, and under the majesty of the Mediterranean’s celestial constellations, life just couldn’t have been any better. n

[ more information ] rssc.com For a ten-day, typical Mediterranean cruise in the 2012-13 season, fares start at $5,499 per person for a category H stateroom; for B penthouse suite, fares start at $12,099 per person, and include a business-class airfare upgrade; all fares include the amenities detailed above.

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[ One of the glorious terraces at the Grand Hotel Timeo, in Taormina, Sicily ]

When we tendered off Taormina in Sicily, I was eager to see the amazing Greek Theatre, with its diameter of over 350 feet. In excellent condition with astonishing acoustics, the theatre is used today for pop concerts, opera performances, and classical plays. After a half-day excursion tramping up and around the Theatre, I was just as eager to enjoy a leisurely lunch and beach time at the two Orient-Express properties on the island. OrientExpress owns some of my favorite hotels (the incomparable Reid’s Palace in Madeira and the majestic Mount Nelson in Cape Town), and I rightly guessed that these two newest members of the O-E family would not disappoint. The magnificent Grand Hotel Timeo, perched high up on a hill adjacent to the Greek Theatre has a view to kill for (Mount Etna, anyone?), and has bragging rights to a cavalcade of celebrity guests—from Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams, and Carlos Santana, to Joe Cocker, Elton John, and Truman Capote. (The hotel has been welcoming travelers since 1873!) Its sister hotel, the slightly more modern, seaside Villa Sant’Andrea, built as a private residence in 1830, offers a private beach and water sports. I dined first at the Timeo, where local specialties abound, including Sicily’s famed green-gold pistaccio di Bronte and finoccio selvatico (wild fennel), for example. My waiter recommended the ricotta and wild fennel gnocchi served with sea urchin emulsion and the local salamis and ham, and who were we to argue? We topped off our meal with La Granita Siciliana, a semi-frozen dessert whipped up from sugar, crushed ice, and exotic flavorings. I looked out at the sea and knew that I had died and gone to Italian Heaven. orient-express.com

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September marks the 11-year anniversary of the life-changing tragedy Americans will never forget, and the National 9/11 Memorial has transformed the spaces left in the New York City skyline. 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. Advance visitor passes are required. To reserve a pass, visit 911memorial. org or call 212-266-5200 for groups of 10 or more. Visitors must enter at the Welcome Site at 1 Albany St. at Greenwich St. Hours are 10am-8pm (until 6pm from 10/9). The last entries are ushered in an hour before closing.

Apollo Theater – Harlem’s world-famous showplace offers tours seven days a week, as well as the Apollo Amateur Night every Wednesday at 7:30pm. 253 W. 125th St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 212-531-5337; apollotheater.org Bike and Roll NYC – Bike rentals and guided tours from 11 convenient locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Tour Central Park, the Hudson River Greenway, the Brooklyn Bridge on two wheels. Kids’ equipment available. Call or visit website for additional locations. Pier 84, Hudson River Park, W. 44th St. & the Hudson River, 212-260-0400; bikenewyorkcity.com BODIES...The Exhibition – This striking exhibit showcases real human bodies, giving visitors the opportunity to see themselves in a fascinating way like never before. Both captivating and edifying, it unveils the many complex systems of organs and tissues that drive every aspect of our daily lives and unite us all as humans. Exhibition Centre at the South Street Seaport, 11 Fulton St., 888-9BODIES; bodiestheexhibition.com

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Central Park (centralparknyc.org) – Belvedere Castle (79th St. south of the Great Lawn, 212-772-0210) - This famed, whimsical landmark is within sight of the Delacorte Theatre (summer home of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.) The Henry Luce Nature Observatory at Belvedere Castle is a permanent interactive exhibit focusing on how to observe, record, and identify the

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plants and wildlife that exist in Central Park’s rich and diverse natural habitats. Bethesda Terrace (mid-Park at 72nd St.) - Reconstruction has restored the Victorian stonework and steps to the acre-sized esplanade. Carousel (mid-Park at 64th St., 212-879-0244) - Nostalgic turn-of-the-century merry-go-round open daily, weather permitting. Central Park Zoo (64th St. & Fifth Ave., 212-4396500; centralparkzoo.com) - From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat, the zoo features natural tropical, temperate, and polar environments with dozens of fascinating animals, from leafcutter ants to polar bears, plus monkeys, sea lions, and cute penguins. Open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm; weekends, 10am-5:30pm thru October. Open daily, 10am-4:30pm, in November. The Conservatory Garden (Fifth Ave. near 105th St.) - A lush and dazzling six-acre garden. Free tours, weather permitting, Sat., 11am-12:30pm (9/15-10/27). Meet at Vanderbilt Gate (105th St. & Fifth Ave.). Call 212-860-1370 for more details. The Dairy (mid-Park at 65th St., 212-794-6564) - The main visitor information center, set in a vintage Victorian Chalet. Horse-and-Carriage Rides (212-736-0680) wait on the Central Park So./59th St. side of the Park. Sheep Meadow (66th to 69th Sts. on the west side of the park) is a lush, 15-acre quiet zone open for passive play and skyline admiring. Strawberry Fields (71st to 74th St. near Central Park West) - A 2.5-acre Interna­tional Garden of Peace dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (enter at Central Park West & 81st St., 212-988-9093) - Shows for the general public. Call for current schedule. Tisch Children’s Zoo (Fifth Ave. btw. 64th & 65th Sts.,

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212-439-6500) - This wildlife center echoes and reinforces the pastoral landscape of Central Park by creating a rustic Enchanted Forest with soft paths and native plantings. Youngsters will love the bewitching area, which suddenly unfolds into a magical place filled with birds flying freely overhead, contained in a virtually invisible net suspended in the trees, and a petting zoo. Circle Line Downtown – Enjoy a narrated harbor tour including views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and more on board the luxurious ZEPHYR, departing daily at 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm & 5pm. Hidden Harbor Tours (9/4, 18); Zephyr Happy Hour Cruise (every Thurs. & Fri. at 6:30pm; through 10/5); Tropical Oasis Cruise (every Sat. at 8:45pm; through 10/6); Ladies Night Out (9/21, 10/19, 11/16); Zephyr Halloween Ghost Ship Cruise (10/27). 877-979-2542; circlelinedowntown.com CitySights NY – See New York from top-seating-only double-decker buses with unobstructed views of attractions, neighborhoods, and more. Buses are furnished with state-of-the-art sound systems and entertaining urban-storytellers who offer interesting facts and tales about all of the city’s famous faces and places. They also feature combo tickets, day trips, and more. They offer tours in four languages (Italian, French, German, and Spanish). 212-812-2700; citysightsny.com Discovery Times Square – NYC’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events. Now on view: Spy: The Secret World of Espionage. Open Sun.-Thurs., 10am-8pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. 226 W. 44th St., 866-987-9692; discoverytsx.com 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 changing exhibits in the lobby.

[ CO-OP Food & Drink ]

Tickets to the 102nd floor observatory sold only upon arrival. Daily, 8am-2am; last elevator at 1:15. $25; $22 (seniors, 62+); $19 (6-12); free (under 5). 350 Fifth Ave. (34th St.), 212-736-3100; esbnyc.com Grand Central Terminal – This landmark masterpiece boasts a vast, and dramatic sunken central room, lit by huge windows and ornamented by a ceiling depicting the constellations of the zodiac and an in­formation kiosk topped by an old clock set in the center of the main floor.42nd St & Park Ave., 212-532-4900; grandcentralterminal.com 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.; Times Square, Broadway btw. 46th & 47th Sts., 800-669-0051; newyorksightseeing.com Helicopter Flight Services Tours – See NYC from above the turmoil of its streets. They offer 2 long helicopter tours that include the Statue of Liberty, NY Harbor, the Chrysler Building, Central Park, Columbia University, the George Washington Bridge, Yankee Stadium and the Financial Center. They also offer customized tours and hourly rates. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat., 9am-5:30pm; Sun., 9am-4:30pm. Reservations are recommended. Customized after-hours tours available upon request. Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River), 212-355-0801; heliny.com 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. Cruises include the Starlight Dinner Cruise (featuring a four-course, seated dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and optional full open bar), Skyline Brunch Cruise,

[ VIKTOR & Spoils ]

Fine and Fun Dining at Hotel on Rivington Opened in 2003, Hotel on Rivington’s modern, 20-story building houses 108 luxurious guest rooms with sweeping Manhattan views. The contemporary accommodations include unique amenities—soaking tubs, balconies, steam showers, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Located on the Lower East Side, nearby neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, and the East Village are all within walking distance. The hotel boasts two dining destinations: CO-OP Food & Drink, an American brasserie and sushi bar; and Viktor & Spoils, a Mexican taqueria and tequila bar. General Manager MarcAnthony Crimi describes the restaurants as “embracing the evolution of the Lower East Side, while staying true to the neighborhood.” 107 Rivington Street; 212-475-2600; hotelonrivington.com CO-OP Food & Drink specializes in globally inspired cuisine that is sourced from the local area. The food is meant to be shared, and creates a creative dining experience headed by Executive Chef John Keller, whose modern American cuisine is paired with sushi, sashimi, and other raw items. 212-796-8040; co-oprestaurant.com Viktor & Spoils serves classic and new style tacos and handcrafted, seasonal cocktails made of the highest quality tequila. Executive Chef John Keller crafted a menu of tacos, taquitos, nachos, and churros made of artisanal ingredients to give diners an authentic experience. 212-475-3485; viktorandspoils.com – Laura Brothers

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Sights & Sips Cruise, and the Cocktail Cruise. 212-206-7522; hornblower.com 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 the A-12 Blackbird and the British Airways Concorde; and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Pier 86, W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., 212-245-0072; intrepidmuseum.org Liberty Helicopter Tours – Six different tours in modern jet helicopters including The Big Apple ($150/person); New York, New York ($215/person); Romance/VIP Tour ($995/person). Tours depart daily from 9am-6pm. Reservations required for 6 or more passengers. Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River), 212-967-6464; libertyhelicopters.com Madame Tussauds New York – A chance for an up-close-and-personal look at nearly 200 famous faces, from the Dalai Lama to Madonna, Albert Einstein to Joe DiMaggio. The famed Madame Tussauds wax museum in London has a spectacular NYC version in Times Square that’s become one of the city’s must-see sights. New York and world notables from film, television, music, politics,

history and sports are represented in themed displays. Open 365 days a year at 10am. $36; $29 (4-12). 234 W. 42nd St. (Seventh-Eighth Aves.), 866-841-3505; nycwax.com National 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. Advance visitor passes are required. To reserve a pass, visit 911memorial.org or call 212-266-5200 for groups of 10 or more. 1 Albany St. at Greenwich St. 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. Fall Foliage Cruises (10/20, 27, 11/3). 866-973-6998; nywatertaxi.com NYC Freedom Tour – A unique land-and-water tour experience, and an economical way to see

downtown Manhattan. Focusing on the Statue of Liberty and the WTC Memorial, the tour begins on a bus in Times Square and includes an entry ticket to see the 9/11 Memorial, a bus tour of lower Manhattan with a drive across to Brooklyn’s Fulton Ferry Landing, and finishing with another boat cruise to see the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. Tours depart 9:30am, 11am & 12:30pm. $59.99 ($69.99 on weekends); under 12, $49.99 ($59.99 on weekends). 212-852-4821; onboardnewyorktours.com/ nyc-freedom-tour/ 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 harbor cruise on Zephyr or another Harbor Experience boat to see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and more. Departs at 8:30am, 10, 12:30pm, and 2 every day. $79.99; under 12, $59.99 (Fri.-Sun., $89.99/$69.99). 212-277-8019; onboardnewyorktours.com Pioneer Tour – Enjoy spectacular views, sunsets and let the wind blow through your hair aboard this historic vessel first launched in 1885 as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River. (You may recognize the Pioneer from the pilot episode of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.) Comfortable

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attire and footwear is recommended. Pier 16, South Street Seaport, 212-742-1969; nywatertaxi.com/tours/ pioneer-tour (Through 10/21) Radio City Music Hall – On the Radio City Stage Door Tour, explore the iconic theater, lounges and corridors (daily, 11am-3pm; $19.95; seniors & under 12, $15). Tickets sold at Radio City on the day of the tour. On the Art Deco Tour, get a comprehensive look at America’s art deco showpalace. The tour is offered weekly and takes guests through the innovative mind of interior designer Donald Deskey. Tickets available only at Radio City Sweets and Gifts (Sixth Ave. btw. 50th & 51st Sts.).1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171; radiocity.com

chance to pay respects to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, NYC terrorist attacks. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. $15 adults, $10 seniors/ students, under 12 free. 120 Liberty St. (Greenwich-Church Sts.), 866-737-1184; tributewtc.org World Yacht – Offering year-round dinner cruises featuring a four-course dinner, breathtaking views of the city skyline, music and entertainment. Freedom

Lunch Cruises (Sat., noon-2:30pm through 12/15) and offer drop off service to the 9/11 Memorial or a visit to Lady Liberty; Boarding at 11:30 am. Brunch Cruises sail on Sundays through 10/28 from noon to 2 pm; boarding at 11:30am. Dinner Cruises sail Mon.-Sun., 7-10pm, thru 12/30; boarding at 6 pm; Gold and Platinum dining options available. Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise (11/22). Pier 81, W. 41st St., 212-630-8100; worldyacht.com

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 that emulates everything from passing subways to a thumping nightclub. Box office at Madame Tussauds, 234 W. 42nd St., 866-299-9682; experiencetheride.com Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square – Ripley’s showcases the oddities in life and delivers the ultimate in shockingly strange, true stories. Open daily, 9am-1am. 234 W. 42nd St. (Seventh-Eighth Aves.), 212-398-3133; ripleysnewyork.com Spy: The Secret World of Espionage – This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works—how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day. Discovery - Times Square Exhibition, 226 W. 44th St., 866-987-9692; discoverytsx.com Times Scare – This year-round, state-of-the-art, interactive haunted attraction in the heart of Times Square is the first of its kind in the nation. With live magic shows featuring illusionist Dan Sperry, a retail store, the Crypt Cafe, two bars, and more, Times Scare promises “an unforgettable night of shock illusion.” Open Tues.-Sun. 669 Eighth Ave. (42nd St.), 212-586-7829; timesscarenyc.com Top of the Rock – The brainchild of John D. Rockefeller, the original deck was designed to evoke the upper decks of a 1930s grand ocean liner. They’ve preserved the historic integrity while incorporating innovative features, with three decks featuring outdoor terraces and indoor space. Open daily, 8am-midnight. Last elevator goes up at 11pm. Reserved-time tickets available. 30 Rockefeller Center (W. 50th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 877-692-7625; topoftherocknyc.com Tribute WTC 9/11 Visitor Center – Recovered objects, photographs, oral stories, films and personal effects in five different galleries offer visitors the

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ABBOCCATO

This Italian bistro opposite City Center and a block from Carnegie Hall includes an outdoor sheltered terrazzo ideal for happy hour dining. Or, just a few steps down, enter the restaurant, a grotto-like space with low–key Sinatra and an all-Italian wine list. Chef/partner Jim Botsacos, who is half Italian and half Greek, pays homage to his Italian heritage here. (At Molyvos, at 871 Seventh Ave., his Greek heritage shines). Nonna’s Meatballs (polpetti) with marinated roasted peppers, sheep’s milk ricotta, pecorino and grilled crostini are the most popular first-course attraction. Another star is the Grilled Octopus with warm Tuscan bean salad and herb vinaigrette. Pasta is made in-house and the long, flat Tagliatelle with classic Bolognese meat sauce and Parmesan tops the favorites list, followed by Spaghetti Pomodoro with San Marzano tomato, garlic, basil, and ricotta salata. Breaded Veal Scaloppini, with prosciutto and Piemontese cheese, is a must-have classic. Botsacos likes to prepare Roasted Branzino in both his restaurants, with just a bit of olive oil to enhance the true flavor of this Mediterranean staple. An exceptional fish dish here is Seared Scallops with truffle risotto and crispy slivered shitake mushrooms. The delicate spicy goodness of the scallops is a perfect match for the musky truffle risotto. But hold on: save room for some traditional Italian sweets such as tiramisu, panna cotta, and cannoli. A pre-theatre menu of antipasti, secondi, and dolci is $35, or $60 with wine. Lunch Monday to Saturday noon to 3pm; dinner Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 10 or 11pm, Sunday 4pm to 10pm.

Oysters start fattening up in the fall, and plenty of these succulent morsels from both coasts find their way onto the menu at Oceana, a spacious, Michelin-starred seafood house a few blocks from Broadway. Four such oysters with a passion fruit mignonette make for a front-row appetizer on the pre-theatre menu. Favorite seafood starters include Mahachi Sashimi with togarashi (chili pepper) and shoyu (soy sauce), and the Peeky Toe Crab Cakes. Executive Chef Ben Pollinger pays homage to General Tso’s chicken by preparing a lobster entrée with a spicy sweet and sour sauce, scallions, cashews, and forbidden rice. You can order a whole fish, such as Crispy Wild Striped Bass or Slow Roasted Halibut, or choose single portions. Pollinger’s long-standing signature fish is the Taro-Wrapped Dorade with baby bok choy and long beans in an unforgettably tasty emerald green coconut cilantro curry sauce. Salads and side dishes reflect the chef’s passion for local and seasonal ingredients. Wild Mushrooms with fresh herbs are a favorite, as is Wilted Spinach with crème fraiche, roasted garlic, and lemon. In fall, look for savory additions of pumpkin, squash, apple, Concord grapes, and his particular favorite, quince. A very popular dessert is “Cereal and Milk,” a toasted brioche with rhubarb jam.

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Location 120 West 49th Street • 212-759-5941 • oceanarestaurant.com

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A pre-theatre 3-course menu is $49 per person or $75 with wine. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30am to 3pm; dinner Monday to Friday 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 5pm to 11pm; Sunday 4pm to 10pm. Location 136 West 55th Street • 212-265-4000 • abboccato.com

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before the show By Marian Betancourt

PizzARTE

DEL FRISCO’S Del Frisco’s is a steakhouse with a southern accent, and the crab cake with Cajun lobster sauce is the best-selling appetizer. Part of a group originating in Louisiana, this 400-seat, three-tiered, glass-enclosed restaurant on Sixth Avenue boasts a climate-controlled wine room on the ground floor containing 25,000 bottles. There is a very serious martini here called “The Professional” with Belevedere vodka and bleu cheese-stuffed olives. Power drinkers often pair this with the gigantic Shellfish Plateau before digging into the best-selling 22-ounce bone-in Rib Eye Steak. Steakhouses sometimes appear to be men’s clubs, but here you will find plenty of women dining on a favorite trio of smaller steaks with signature sauces such as foie gras with cognac butter, crab meat béarnaise, and shiitake and merlot demi, compliments of Executive Chef Elvis Inniss. Sides such as Maque Choux (spicy creamed corn) and Spinach Supreme (smoked bacon bits and au gratin sauce) are generous portions, and the staff will advise you that one side dish will do very nicely for two. A southern baker named Fanny comes in every day just to make the signature six-layer lemon cream cake. Be warned: do not attempt to eat this by yourself. It is a huge portion—and really yummy. While there is no fixed-price menu, this is a popular spot for theatregoers, and the staff will always ask if that is your plan in order to expedite your dinner in time. Lunch is served on weekdays beginning at 11am; dinner daily 5pm to midnight; Sundays to 10pm.

Italian restaurants rule. There are few blocks in Manhattan without one or more of them. But there are Italian restaurants and Italian restaurants. They range from pasta-and-pizza storefronts to high-end haute cuisine spots to standard Italian-American, marinara, Bolognese, cannoli, tiramisu eateries. Then there is that rarest entry: an Italian-Italian restaurant, one that could well be in Italy. That’s exactly what PizzaArte, an authentic Neapolitan restaurant on West 55th Street, is. Take a bite, close your eyes and it’s easy to think you’re in Naples, where its owners and much of its staff hail from. The language of the waitstaff and kitchen crew is Italian. While the restaurant’s name is reasonably accurate—it is part art gallery and does feature pizza—it’s much more than that. It offers a substantial list of appetizers (octopus, baked eggplant, Neapolitan meatballs, etc.), salads (spinach, golden beets, goat cheese, mango, pistachio nuts among others), pastas and soup (Neapolitan mixed vegetable soup, pasta alla Genovese, a codfish-based Paccheri al Baccala), five desserts, plus a list of about a dozen pizzas.

Location 69 West 55th Street • 212-247-3936 • pizzarteny.com

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Although PizzArte’s image is trendy, its food is traditional. Those pizzas are ringed by high, puffy outer crusts, replete with superior ingredients like ripe San Marzano tomatoes. (The Nero d’Avola Sicilian red wine is an appropriate accompaniment.) Open daily, 11:30am to 11pm. — Richard J. Scholem Location 1221 Sixth Avenue at 49th Street • 212-575-5129 • delfriscos.com

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CASA NONNA On the border of the Theatre and Garment Districts you will find a new and spacious restaurant with several dining areas, a lounge, and an open kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef Kenneth Tufo, who has worked with the likes of Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Big round tables made from polished wood wine barrels have built-in Lazy Susans to allow families and groups to share plates of cured meats, cheese, bruschetta, and mixed olives as they would at Grandma’s house, which is what Casa Nonna means. The batter in the Fritto Misto appetizer is mixed with seltzer to give the resulting deep-fried calamari and vegetables a light and crunchy deliciousness. Grilled Octopus Salad with potato, celery, black olives and a lemony sauce is kicked up a notch with a pinch of cayenne. A pasta entrée, Stracci 24 with Rags (pasta sheets torn into random pieces) tossed with braised beef short ribs in a rich tomato and wine sauce, is a warm and comforting dish that deserves its role as house favorite. Spaghetti Carbonara, an Italian classic, has a peppery intensity with Guanciale (jowl bacon), eggs, English peas and Parmesan. Grilled Wild Boar Chop with broccoli rabe and chocolate wild boar sauce is a temptation, too. A $35 pre-theatre menu provides three courses, and each month a different region of Italy is celebrated with four courses for $44. Whenever you go, Chef Tufo will have some daily surprise dish that will be bonissimo! Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30am to 2pm; dinner daily from 5pm to 10:30pm; later on Saturday, earlier on Sunday.

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Chef Jonathan Benno, previously of Per Se, has designed a terrific menu for this glass pavilion on the Lincoln Center plaza that takes Italian cuisine to its highest level. While theatregoers head for the ballet, opera, or symphony after a fabulous meal, later diners can watch the culinary performance in the open kitchen and chat with the very theatre-savvy staff. Sip a glass of wine from the totally Italian list and be sure to dip a piece of your rustic Italian bread into the Cusmai olive oil from Puglia, with its fresh fruity intensity and hint of artichoke. A delicately fried Soft Shelled Crab appetizer is perfectly complemented by tangy pickled green tomato, cucumber, red onion, celery, and mayonnaise made with pachino (Sicilian) tomatoes. Depending on the market, you may find entrées such as Grilled Sea Bass with fennel and almond tartare, or a Double Cut Lamp Chop with spicy sausage, roasted peppers, fennel, and mint-lamb sauce. The Eggplant Parmagiano side dish is frequently singled out by Lincoln fans for a standing ovation. Two thick slices of roasted eggplant layered with cheese and sauce arrive with melting, flavorful goodness.

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A three-course fixed-price menu is $60 or $95 with wine. A four-course chef’s menu requires the participation of the table; $75 to $90 per person plus wine. Dinner daily from 5:30pm to 10:30pm; later from Thursday to Saturday; earlier on Sunday. Lunch Wednesday to Friday; brunch on weekends.

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Pastry chef Richard Capizzi’s heavenly version of the classic baba au rhum, a dessert beloved in Naples, is literally to die for. A brioche soaked in Brachetto (red sparkling wine) is complemented by vanilla crema, white peach sorbetto, and mint foam.

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CA VA BRASSERIE Ca Va, a common French idiom, is both a question and an answer: “How’s it going? It’s going good,” which aptly describes this Todd English brasserie in the InterContinental Times Square hotel. Matt Corbett, who previously cooked at Oceana and Picholine, is an adventurous chef with a sense of fun. A Poached Hen Egg appetizer on a bed of garlic spinach is topped with a Parmesan “cloud” created with whipped cream. Local Fluke Cru with sea beans and pickled ramps is sprinkled with spicy toasted and crushed cashews. If melted cheese makes you weak in the knees, do not pass up the Onion Soup made with five different onion varieties topped with Gruyère crostini and baked to bubbling perfection in a crockery bowl. Plump and juicy Mussels in Rosemary-Mustard Cream, a popular entrée, is accompanied by pommes frites that you can dip into a tangy red pepper mayonnaise spiked with sherry, paprika, and cayenne. Organic Pepper Crusted Salmon is nested on a bed of fingerling potato salad with baby fava beans and shaved radishes dressed in a dill crème fraiche. Popular sides include the truffle “mac ‘n cheese” and faro risotto with sage butter and truffles. Always on the menu are daily specials such as Friday’s bouillabaise and Saturday’s Niman Ranch Prime Rib au jus with twice-baked potato and garlic spinach. For dessert, a plate of petite Madeleines with dark chocolate dipping sauce is tres ca va! A Taste of Ca Va, three-course daily specials, are $30 at lunch and $44 for dinner—and theatregoers come in force for these. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30am to 3pm; dinner daily, 5pm to 11pm; brunch weekends 11am to 3pm.

Nougatine, on the ground floor of the Trump Hotel in Columbus Circle, is in the center of the world, for it is from this point that all distance from New York is measured, which explains the giant globe sculpture adorning the building. This is the more casual companion to the adjoining Jean-Georges signature restaurant. It is elegant and sleek with an open kitchen at the back, floor-to-ceiling views of the city, and extraordinary service. It’s a New York state of mind for early diners heading out to Lincoln Center.

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A three-course prix-fixe menu is available for $38 from 5:30 to 6pm Sunday through Friday and again after 10pm. A $78 tasting menu is also available. Lunch Monday to Saturday, noon to 3pm; dinner Monday to Friday 5:30 to 11pm; Saturday 5:15 to 11pm; Sunday 5:30 to 10:30pm. Brunch Sunday. Location Trump Tower • One Central Park West • 212-299-3900 • jean-georges.com

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Jean Georges, who has many Michelin stars and other accolades, is a master at creating new and tantalizing taste experiences with global ingredients. A Scallop Sashimi appetizer layered on crispy rice cakes gets a delicious boost from chipotle mayonnaise. The disk of Tuna Tartare on a bed of mashed avocado with spicy radish and ginger marinade is justifiably famous. An entrée of Black Sea Bass in a shallow pool of silky carrot purée is sprinkled with chanterelles and dressed with corn vinaigrette. A Lobster Burger is teased with yuzu pickles. Tender and sweet grilled Berkshire Pork in a cherry hot sauce has a lingering heat. (The seasonal fruit for the sauce may change, but the heat will linger.)

Location 310 West 44th Street • 212-803-4545 • cavatoddenglish.com

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GALLAGHER’S Gallagher’s is the real deal, the granddaddy of steakhouses. Located in the heart of the Theatre District since 1927, it’s one of the longestrunning shows in town. And the cast members don’t often change, with veteran waiters greeting the children and grandchildren of guests they served a generation ago. Photos of sports figures and theatre people line the walls, and a room-size mural of celebrity diners takes center stage. Recent well-known diners include Michael Douglas and Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Steak is the star attraction. Ribs of beef are on display in the front window and you pass the “aging room” on your way to the dining rooms. Beef is aged for 21 days, which means it is totally tender by the time it hits your plate. The full-time butcher, a 10-year veteran (the previous butcher retired after 30 years), cuts and trims the steaks for each order. Sirloin is the most popular cut, but there is Filet Mignon, Roast Prime Rib, and Chopped Steak. There are some signature supporting players here, such as the tasty Creamed Spinach, Gallagher’s Potatoes (quartered and roasted), and the French Fries, all made in-house. The cheesecake never leaves the menu, but do treat yourself to the “new” key lime pie, on the menu for only five years. There is an active pre- and post- theatre vibe here. Many guests enjoy a pre-theatre cocktail and appetizer such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, or a fresh green salad with a thick slice of tomato and a creamy vinaigrette, and then return after the show for the main course. There is no special pre-theatre prix-fixe, but a daily $32 power lunch special is a favorite of the matinee crowd. Lunch daily noon to 3pm; dinner daily 3pm to midnight.

Combine a meat eater, a vegetarian and a first rate chef and you have a laid back steak house with a flavor-driven menu. Owners Eric Perlmutter (the meat eater) and Eddie Bergman (the vegetarian) wanted to keep the menu simple and affordable for theatre-going tourists. Opened a year ago in the boutique Pearl Hotel, E&E has a casual mod look with a front bar area (a popular after-theatre spot) that opens into a larger room for 110 diners. However laid back the effect, it is attracting the city’s hard core foodies, too. Executive Chef Eric Simeon, who has cooked with luminaries like Marcus Samuelsson at Acquavit, makes everything in-house such as his taste-bud-tingling Thai basil sauce for the Peeky Toe Crab Fritters. Salads are as fresh and simple as Heirloom Tomato with Vidalia Onion or Shredded Tuscan Kale tossed with creamy whole grain mustard vinaigrette and Pecorino Romano. Pan-Seared Scallops, Roasted Chicken, and Smoked Grilled Tofu highlight the menu along with the popular Hangar Steak and Rib Eyes (choose the part of the cow you want to eat) as well as Dry-Aged Brisket, slow cooked to tenderness then briefly seared. Chef’s own steak sauces include a rich wild mushroom and a caramelized shallot. Try the soul satisfying Crispy Fingerling Potatoes; first roasted, then smashed, then briefly fried. Another treat is the Grilled Broccolini brushed with olive oil and a bit of salt for a brightly tender side dish.

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The three-course, pre-theatre menu is $38. Dinner daily 4 to 11 pm; lunch weekdays 11:30 am to 4 pm; brunch weekends, 11 am to 4 pm.

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American ABC Kitchen - Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s contemporary American restaurant inside ABC Carpet & Home features a locally sourced, globally artistic changing menu “passionately commited to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients possible.” ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829; abckitchennyc.com 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, including a variety of shellfish, various preparations of salt-cod, or bacalao, rice dishes and Iberian-cured hams. 31 W. 17th St., 212-675-7223; aldearestaurant.com Beacon - Feasting on cuisine cooked over a wood fire is an incomparably delicious experience, and at Beacon, it’s all about the flame. Waldy Malouf, chef and co-owner, wields flame to enhance the bold flavors of his ingredients, employing a woodburning oven, a rotisserie, and a grill to perfect his earthy, inventive American fare. 25 W. 56th St., 212-332-0500; beaconnyc.com Blue Smoke - This bustling restaurant puts the “soul” back into soul food. They’ve got spareribs cooked Kansas City-style (saucy) and St. Louis-

style (marbled), as well as pulled-pork and Texas beef-brisket sandwiches. Make a night of it—lick the sauce off your fingers and head downstairs for live music at the Jazz Standard. 116 E. 27th St., 212-447-7733; bluesmoke.com The Breslin Bar and Dining Room - The latest gastropub venture from the team behind the Spotted Pig and chef de cuisine Peter Cho, featuring full English breakfasts, decadent three-cheese-andham sandwiches, and some of the best fries in the city. For dinner, expect exquisite cuts of meat, sausages, and a variety of terrines. Ace Hotel, 16 W. 29th St., 212-679-2222; thebreslin.com Bryant Park Grill - Overlooking Bryant Park and set behind the landmarked New York Public Library, this American-style grill, with seasonal outdoor patio and roof-top dining, features an elegant and sophisticated dining room ideal for a romantic dinner or a festive party. Whether you’re in the mood for light fare or a full-course meal, the restaurant’s high-end, traditional menu is sure to delight. 25 W. 40th St., 212-840-6500; arkrestaurants.com B. Smith’s - Fine American cuisine with Southern influences, located on Restaurant Row in the Theater District/Times Square area, courtesy of the popular television host. The Albert Rivera Organ

Trio performs every Friday and Saturday night, 8:30-11:30pm and during a live jazz brunch on Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm. 320 W. 46th St., 212-315-1100; bsmith.com City Hall Restaurant - City Hall Restaurant has been a crowd pleaser since opening in 1998. Just a few blocks from “the other City Hall,” this sophisticated Tribeca mainstay blends 21st-century elegance with rustic New York charm. Chef/owner Henry Meer brings some 30 years of experience to the table in the form of surf, turf, and his claim to “the best burger in town.” 131 Duane St. (West BroadwayChurch St.), 212-227-7777; cityhallnewyork.com CO-OP Food & Drink - A modern American brasserie and sushi bar that combines inventive American cuisine by Executive Chef John Keller (Le Bernardin, Nobu) with an authentic New York experience. CO-OP pairs Keller’s interpretations of modern American cuisine with sushi, sashimi, and other raw items overseen by sushi chef Stephen “Neo” Wong (Sushi of Gari, Megu). Designed with an early 70s California style, CO-OP also showcases a photography installation by EJ Camp. Dinner hours Mon.-Sat., 6pm-close. Breakfast also served Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-10:30am and Sat.-Sun., 6:30am-3pm. 107 Rivington St., 212-796-8040; co-oprestaurant.com

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The Leopard at des Artistes Location is everything—well, perhaps not if you’re a restaurant (where food and flavors are and will always be the determining factors for greatness), but nevertheless, Italian restaurant The Leopard can’t get much better when it comes to all of the above. Stationed in one of the most iconic spaces in New York City—the landmarked Hotel des Artistes, designed by George Mort Pollard and developed by Walter Russell as an artist’s cooperative apartment building at the turn of the 20th century, and the former home of the renowned Café des Artistes—The Leopard has ambiance to spare, with Howard Chandler Christy’s nine “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties” oil-on-canvas murals situated throughout the renovated space. But the food is even more remarkable than the atmosphere. Owned by husband-and-wife team Gianfranco and Paula Bolla Sorrentino (whose famed Il Gattopardo is located at 33 W. 54th St.), The Leopard’s menu is rooted in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the Italian regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and Sicily. The result is everyday food done with respect to Southern Italian cultural traditions, absolute quality of ingredients, modern research, and outstanding service.

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Private dining room and event coordination—with flowers, invitations, decorations, and more—is available. Reservations are strongly recommended. Dinner daily, 5-11:30pm (Sun. until 10pm); lunch Mon.-Fri., noon-3pm; brunch Sat. & Sun., 11:30am-3pm. Location 1 West 67th Street • 212-787-8767 • theleopardnyc.com

Caviar Russe offers the ultimate in top-tier dining and specialtyfood shopping. Stop at the raw bar to taste a variety of caviars by the spoon, sit down in the dining room for an elegant lunch or dinner, and visit the boutique to pick out the perfect gift to bring your dinner party hosts. Obviously, caviar is the star here and you will find varieties from around the world, from Caspian Sea Osetra to the North American Hackleback. The aforementioned Caspian Sea Osetra is the best seller at Caviar Russe, which serves as the largest caviar importer in the United States and is actively involved in efforts to preserve the endangered sturgeon and promote aquaculture alternatives. Chef Christopher Agnew has created a $150 tasting menu that features caviar served with King Crab, followed by Hamachi, Sea Urchin Risotto, Rouget, Milk-Fed Veal, and a seasonal dessert. The menu is ever-changing; two current a la carte favorites are the Maine Lobster served with zucchini, basil, radicchio, and prosciutto and the Foie Gras Terrine with rhubarb, balsamic, and brioche.

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If you prefer to spread a velvety foie gras on your morning brioche, visit the boutique with its array of specialty foods. If you need something for a party, artisanal smoked salmon and sturgeon are at your fingertips—you’ll find everything you need from the caviar to the blini. And what nicer gift than an assortment of caviar, along with accompaniments and mother of pearl spoons, in a gift bag? Lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, noon to 10pm; Sunday, noon to 4pm. – Marian Betancourt Locations 538 Madison Avenue at 54th Street, 2nd Floor • 212-980-5908 • caviarrusse.com

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David Burke at Bloomingdale’s - 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, and for the dinner guest, every night of the week you’ll find a $39 threecourse prix-fixe dinner. 150 E. 59th St., 212-7053800; burkeinthebox.com David Burke Kitchen - The latest addition to the famed restaurateur’s New York City empire, located in SoHo. Focusing on wholesome, unique and modern American food presented in the creative and whimsical style that is Burke’s trademark. The James New York, 23 Grand St. (Thompson St.), 212-2019119; davidburkekitchen.com

Gotham Bar and Grill - The highly acclaimed haute cuisine of this dynamic, trendy downtown restaurant reflects the Post-Modernist, converted warehouse setting. Executive chef/co-owner Alfred Portale creates dazzling visual and provocative culinary effects with his superb, contemporary meals, piled whimsically skyscraper-like onto plates, including one of the city’s best seafood salads. 12 E. 12th St., 212-620-4020; gothambarandgrill.com Gramercy Tavern - This classic American tavern

offers extraordinary cuisine and hospitality in a historic landmark, featuring contemporary American fare with French and Italian overtones. Chef Michael Anthony is the winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef: NYC.’ 42 E. 20th St., 212-477-0777; gramercytavern.com The Harrison - This Tribeca favorite exudes the aura of a long-time neighborhood haunt, serving comfort food with a downtown twist. 355 Greenwich St. (Harrison St.), 212-274-9310; theharrison.com

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 and 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. (Park and Lexington Aves.), 212-813-2121; davidburketownhouse.com Doral Arrowwood - Westchester County’s Doral Arrowwood hotel features 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 buffet-style lunches and à la carte dinners. 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, NY, 914-939-5500; doralarrowwood.com 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 four-course culinary flights and signature tasting menus. 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; elevenmadisonpark.com The Four Seasons - A spectacularly beautiful restaurant serving excellent American seasonal specialties. As seasons change, so do the menu and decor. The restaurant has two dining rooms: the Pool Room and 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; fourseasonsrestaurant.com Gilt - The New York Palace’s elegant and refined yet striking and futuristic restaurant, where contemporary, honey-colored leather accented with white man-made materials provide harmonious contrast to the 19th-century details. The New American menu offers transcendent twists on the classics. 455 Madison Ave. (50th St.), 212-8918100; giltnewyork.com

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Inside Park at St. Bart’s - A space built across the famous Terrace at St. Bartholomew’s Church, with intricate, Byzantine-like 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. Executive Chef Matthew Weingarten oversees the ever-changing contemporary American menu. 325 Park Ave., 212-593-3333; insideparknyc.com The Libertine - Celebrity chef Todd English’s clubby restaurant and bar with a small dining room and a rustic pub fare menu. A popular stop for the neighborhood’s Financial District workers, with a menu full of imaginative house cocktails. 15 Gold St. (Platt St.), 212-785-5950; thelibertinerestaurant.com The Lion - Founding chef and partner of the Waverly Inn, John DeLucie’s restaurant offers his unique, Italian-American take on classic cuisine, which has attracted both celebrities and serious food fans. 62 W. 9th St., 212-353-8400; thelionnyc.com

The Four Seasons Restaurant is one of New York City’s most iconic restaurants, and over the last 50 years, in the same location on East 52nd Street, it has flourished as a dining destination and one of the city’s premier power lunch venues. Offering award-winning seasonal American cuisine created from locally grown ingredients, the Four Seasons offers two dining rooms: the Pool Room is airy and romantic, with a bubbling marble pool and canopy of trees; while the Grill Room has soaring two-story windows, French walnut-paneled walls, and the restaurant’s legendary wooden bar. 99 E. 52nd St. (btw. Lexington and Park Aves.), 212-754-9494; fourseasonsrestaurant.com

Northern Spy Food Co. - A small and inviting East Village restaurant with a menu built around seasonality, accessibility, and quality, using locally-grown or -produced ingredients whenever possible. The beers come entirely from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions, while the well-curated wine list includes many New York State-based selections meant for pairing with the food. 511 E. 12th St., 212-228-5100; northernspyfoodco.com The Park Room - Exceptional nouveau American cuisine—courtesy of executive chef Anthony Marra—and stunning views of Central Park are the order of the day at Helmsley Park Lane’s The Park Room, making for a quintessential New York experience. The dinner menu currently features entrées such as baked black sea bass, a five-spice duck breast, roast bone-in pork loin, and organic pork chops. Helmsley Park Lane, 36 Central Park So. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-371-4000; helmsleyparklane.com Per Se - Luxurious in its stunning views of Central Park from each table, its décor of dark woods and glittering metal surfaces and its incomparable menu featuring caviar, lobster, foie gras, and Kobe beef. Each day, 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; perseny.com The Red Cat - This popular neighborhood bistro—the creation of chef/owner Jimmy Bradley—features executive chef/partner Bill McDaniel’s straightforward presentations and intense flavors such as roasted cod with savory, shiitake, sugar snaps, and Champagne tomato butter. The spot lives up to its sassy name with sporty red banquettes to match the innovative American plates. 227 Tenth Ave. (23rd St.), 212-242-1122; theredcat.com Red Rooster - Renowned chef/restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson tries his hand at 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; redroosterharlem.com

Known for its signature “Ugly Burger,” The National in midtown Manhattan features modern bistro dishes by renowned Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his longtime associate and Iron Chef America sous chef, Paul Corsentino. Their philosophy of selecting perfectly sourced ingredients and setting them into unexpected combinations results in dishes that are not only fresh but accessible for all occasions. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the restaurant reflects the timeless sophistication of Europe’s grand cafes with cozy distressed leather banquettes and vintage cafe tables. The National also features five private dining rooms for more intimate affairs. 557 Lexington Ave. (50th St.), 212-715-2400; thenationalnyc.com

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The River Cafe - One of the world’s most famous views combined with one of the most glamorous and romantic restaurants creates a premier dining destination for discriminating foodies as well as heads of state and celebrities. The cuisine, desserts, and outstanding wine list more than live up to the spectacular waterfront ambiance. 1 Water St. at the East River, Brooklyn, 718-522-5200; rivercafe.com “21” Club - One of the most iconic and elegant dining destinations in NYC. Executive Chef John Greeley balances classic ‘21’ dishes such as Dover Sole and New York’s best crab cakes with his own cutting-edge creations such as Vermont farm-raised lamb with creamed nettles, roasted eggplant and fingerling potatoes; and roasted halibut with shrimp, bay scallops, razor clams, bok choy, chanterelle and corn kernels. Dine in either the famous Bar Room or romantic Upstairs at ‘21’; or host an event in one of their ten private banquet rooms. Jacket required. 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200; 21club.com 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 lobster bisque, seared jumbo sea scallops, braised short ribs, Alaskan halibut, and

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truffle Parmesan fries. Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, 2 West St., 212-344-0800; ritzcarlton.com Union Square Cafe - By day, one of the hottest business-lunch spots in town; by night, a popular bistro. Owner Danny Meyer, chef Michael Romano, and executive chef Carmen Quagliata oversee this hit, serving American cuisine with Italian soul. Now serving brunch on Sat. and Sun. from 11am-2:30pm. 21 E. 16th St. (Union Sq. West-Fifth Ave.), 212-243-4020; unionsquarecafe.com The Waverly Inn - Graydon Carter’s tough-to-getinto, low-lit celebrity favorite featuring traditional American fare, such as salmon tartare, Dover sole, and the popular “Waverly Burger.” 16 Bank St. (Waverly Pl.), 917-828-1154, waverlynyc.com

AMERICAN BISTRO The National - Known for its signature “Ugly Burger,” The National in midtown Manhattan features modern bistro dishes by renowned Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his longtime associate and Iron Chef America sous chef, Paul Corsentino. Their philosophy of selecting perfectly sourced ingredients and setting them into unexpected combinations results in dishes that are not only fresh

but accessible for all occasions. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the restaurant reflects the timeless sophistication of Europe’s grand cafes with cozy distressed leather banquettes and vintage cafe tables. The National also features five private dining rooms for more intimate affairs. 557 Lexington Ave. (50th St.), 212-715-2400; thenationalnyc.com

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Lychee House - “Modern Chinese” inspired by contemporary culinary practices and ranging from comfort food like sesame chicken, to more exotic culinary experiences. Dim Sum available on evenings, holidays and at weekend brunch. 141 E. 55th St. (Lexington-Third Aves.), 212-7533900; lycheehouse.com

Buenos Aires - Known for their uncompromising choice of the finest cuts of beef and the freshest vegetables—high quality food at reasonable prices in a charming, warm, cozy atmosphere. 513 E. 6th St. (Ave. A-Ave. B), 212-228-2775; buenosairesnyc.com

BELGIAN Brabant - New York’s largest authentic Belgian restaurant, with noted Executive Chef Armand Vanderstigchel presiding over dishes such as: Rack of Lamb Provençal, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Pan-Seared Scallops Zeebrugge, Steak Frites, Short Rib Carbonnade Flamande, and more classics. Check out the large selection of Belgian beers—10 on tap, 50 bottled. 316 E. 53rd St., 212-510-8588; brabantbelgianbrasserie.com

Chin Chin - One of the city’s premier destinations for haute Chinese cuisine, using ingredients prepared with Asian techniques and spices. Specialties include the Grand Marnier prawns and minced squab in lettuce wraps. 216 E. 49th St., 212-888-4555; chinchinny.com

Red Farm - Dim sum master chef Joe Ng and Chinese food expert Ed Schoenfeld bring a “greenmarket sensibility” to modern and inventive Chinese food. 529 Hudson St. (Charles-W. 10th Sts.), 212-792-9700; redfarmnyc.com

Continental Delmonico’s - Founded in 1837, Delmonico’s was the country’s first fine-dining establishment, introducing haute cuisine, wine lists, and menus written

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in French to the United States. It has been returned to its former glory in its stately landmark premises in the Financial District, with dark mahogany and period murals that evoke the restaurant’s legendary days as the favorite haunt of the city’s power brokers. Private dining rooms available. 56 Beaver St. (William St.), 212-509-1144; delmonicosny.com One If By Land, Two If By Sea - Consistently rated one of the most romantic restaurants in New York. Located in a converted carriage house, with two fireplaces and a pianist playing in the background, it’s like dining in an aristocrat’s extravagant living room. 17 Barrow St. (Seventh Ave.-W. 4th St.), 212-255-8649; oneifbyland.com

DELIS Carnegie Deli - For the truly robust appetite in search of the quintessential New York City eating experience, the Carnegie has been offering delicious gigantic sandwiches in the hotel and Theatre District since 1937. One of the world’s most famous and busiest delis, and a required culinary stop on any visit, they specialize in over-sized portions of the whole range of scrumptious deli food—from Jewish-style meats to smoked white fish and cheese blintzes. 854 Seventh Ave. (55th St.), 212-757-2245; carnegiedeli.com Katz’s Delicatessen - Sometimes it’s best to leave a classic alone, as in the case of the famous Katz’s Deli. This near-mythic legendary restaurant located on the Lower East Side has been serving half-pound sandwiches of hot pastrami and corned beef, plump grilled franks, knishes, matzoh ball soup, and other favorite deli fare since 1888. Open late Thurs. and all night Sat. and Sun. 205 E. Houston St. (Ludlow St.), 212-254-2246; katzdeli.com

French/French Bistro Balthazar - A magnetic dining scene, filled to the brim with luminaries from the art, movie, theatre, and fashion worlds and stalwart nightlifers in a transplanted Parisian-brasserie-like atmosphere. Traditional bistro fare is served from breakfast through late-night dinner, with an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery. 80 Spring St. (Broadway-Crosby St.), 212-965-1414; balthazarny.com Brasserie 8 1/2 - A delicate fusion of creativity and comfort, featuring a world-class 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; patinagroup.com Corton - Legendary chef Drew Nieporent has reinvented and re-imagined his long-adored Tribeca mainstay with new decor, a new name, and a new chef, Paul Liebrandt, who brings his revolutionary molecular-gastronomy skills to reinvent French classics. 239 West Broadway (Walker and White Sts.), 212-219-2777; cortonnyc.com Daniel - With a four-star rating by The New York Times, Daniel marries neighborhood hominess with a contemporary French menu inspired by the seasons and the market, in a Renaissance-inspired dining room. Pre-theater prix fixe, 3 courses and paired wines $125 Mon-Thurs 5:30-6pm. 60 E. 65th St., 212-288-0033; danielnyc.com DB Bistro Moderne - Daniel Boulud’s casual yet trendy midtown spot -- NYC’s top French bistro according to Zagat -- is known for their DB Burger, a sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras, and black truffles that’s earned its reputation.

55 W. 44th St., 212-391-2400; danielnyc.com/ dbbistro.html 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; jean-georges.com La Silhouette - The casually sophisticated La Silhouette’s very creative bill of fare is not nouveau, nouvelle, or traditional, but modern French of a sort encountered every day in Paris. With a 26 Zagat rating, whether you select from the world-class 5-course tasting menu or dine a la carte, you won’t be disappointed. Winner of the 2011 Concierge Choice Award for Best New Restaurant in NYC. 362 W. 53rd St. (8th-9th Aves.), 212-581-2400; la-silhouettenyc.com Le Périgord - Long regarded as one of New York City’s superb old-school French dining rooms (it just turned 45 in April, 2012), this refined and luxurious gem is one of the longest-running fourstar operations under the same management. The menu blends classical French techniques with a lighter contemporary touch, natural flavors, sauces and spices, and high-quality produce. Jacket and tie required. 405 E. 52nd St., 212-755-6244; leperigord.com 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. 113 MacDougal St. (Bleecker St.), 212-475-3850; minettatavernny.com

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Jazz clubs often occupy dark, cave-like dwellings, but now there’s an elegantly refurbished townhouse with a 30-foot glass ceiling around the corner from the Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue, where you can enjoy some of the best jazz in town. Aficionados may be familiar with the nightly performances in the hotel’s mezzanine lounge, but now jazz has its own permanent space, with a daily schedule of music along with contemporary American and Asian cuisine. Top jazz acts appear each evening, and on Sunday there’s a jazz brunch, with the first set at 11am and the second at 1pm. Mondays feature a jam session backed by the three-piece house band, and on Tuesdays the spotlight is on young jazz pianists such as Jeremy Siskind, 25, a Cole Porter Fellow who recently performed there. Marquee jazz acts appear Wednesday through Saturday nights, when there is also a modest cover charge. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner menus feature small and large plates, as well as several fixed-price sushi and sashimi selections. Sunday jazz brunch includes a $35 fixed-price buffet menu of pastries, cheeses, egg dishes, and other breakfast staples, as well as desserts. The Kitano New York, Park Ave. at 38th St., 212-885-7000; kitano.com – Marian Betancourt

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The Modern at MoMA - As sleek, elegant, and contemporary as the MoMA that houses it, The Modern features original French-American cuisine by chef Gabriel Kreuther. Enjoy fine dining in the main room—overlooking the sculpture garden and visible from the street through a long glass wall—or a more casual menu at the curved marble bar in the Bar Room. Operated by Danny Meyer. Reservations accepted up to 28 days in advance. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-333-1220; themodernnyc.com

temple accents, Dévi is an experience that stimulates and delights. 8 E. 18th St., 212-691-1300; devinyc.com Utsav Festive Indian Cuisine - This upscale Indian restaurant in Times Square provides relaxed dining in a spacious, serene setting. Their pre- and post-theatre prix-fixe dinner will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. 46th St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-575-2525; utsavny.com

international and eclectic Alcala - The bold tastes of the Basque area of Spain are typified by dishes like a stew of tuna fish and potatoes and desalted codfish in a sauce of dry red pepper and onion. The dining room expands to include a beautiful open-air patio for warm-weather

Nice Matin - 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; nicematinnyc.com 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 with an award-winning wine list dominated by French and American varietals. 1057 Lexington Ave. (75th St.), 212-517-6400; orsayrestaurant.com Pastis - An unassuming restaurant enjoyed by everyday people and movers and shakers. The mood of bohemian chic is carried out in the décor, and Executive Chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson and Chef de Cuisine Pascal Le Seac’h prepare a menu that combines hearty Provençal dishes with bistro fare. 9 Ninth Ave. (Little W. 12th St.), 212-929-4844; pastisny.com Triomphe - Offering a warm and comfortable atmosphere, both stylish and subtle, and a diverse menu of French American cuisine with an international flair. Iroquois Hotel, 49 W. 44th St., 212-453-4233; triomphe-newyork.com

GREEK Molyvos - Ouzo flows freely and the baklava is piled high at this authentic, newly renovated Greek spot. A stunning atmosphere doesn’t prepare you for the food to come: don’t leave without trying the grilled baby octopus or cabbage doulmades, and moussaka. 871 Seventh Ave. (55-56 Sts.), 212-582-7500; molyvos.com

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 Indian food with great ambience and service. A lavish $12.95 lunch buffet with new and delicious dishes is served every day, 11:30am-4pm 152 E. 46th St. (3-Lexington Aves.), 212-681-4500; darbarny.com Dévi - Dévi brings together the talents of chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur, sharing the authentic flavors and spirit of Indian home cooking. Swathed in rich textiles, brightly colored lanterns, and wooden

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visits. 342 E. 46th St., 212-370-1866; alcalarestaurant.com Blaue Gans - Renowned for its Austro-German fare, including traditional Wiener Schnitzel, Kavelierspitz, and a selection of different sausages. Bavarian beers on tap, and dessert specialties such as Apple Strudel, Salzburger Nockerl, and assorted cheeses. Located in the heart of Tribeca. 139 Duane St. (West Broadway), 212-571-8880; kg-ny.com Markt - This Belgian brasserie showcases authentic cuisine and an expansive selection of beer, in a cozy Flemish-inspired dining room, relying on simplicity, freshness, and subtle combinations rather than three-alarm seasonings. 676 Sixth Ave. (21st St.), 212- 727-3314; marktrestaurant.com

Located in Hell’s Kitchen, La Silhouette’s very creative bill of fare is not nouveau, nouvelle, or traditional, but modern French of a sort encountered every day in Paris. It’s already made its mark on the New York City culinary scene, winning a 2011 Concierge Choice Award for “Best New Restaurant” and earning a coveted “Z” in the 2012 edition of Zagat, which refers to restaurants that have received their “highest ratings, popularity, and importance.” La Silhouette also received an outstanding 26 for food, 21 for décor and 25 for service. Owners Sally Chironis and Tito Rahman, alums of NYC’s classic La Bernardin, manage the front of the house while executive chef Matthew Tropeano (formerly of La Grenouille) helms the kitchen. And the food is where La Silhouette really shines. 362 W. 53rd St., 212-581-2400; la-silhouettenyc.com

The Spotted Pig - Chef and co-owner April Bloomfield presides over this West Village favorite’s eclectic menu of seasonal British and Italian fare, which uses local ingredients whenever possible. Kitchen open until 2am nightly. 314 W. 11th St., 212-620-0393; thespottedpig.com Wallsé - Austrian cuisine and wild game are the order of the day here, at chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s elegant restaurant that has quickly become a favorite among NYC foodies and West Villagers, offering modern interpretations of classical Viennese cuisine. Menu favorites include the veal goulash, and other Austrian favorites such as tafelspitz and Wiener schnitzel. 344 W. 11th St., 212-352-2300; wallserestaurant.com

Italian Abboccato - “True Italian cuisine in the heart of Manhattan,” with time-honored Italian recipes elevated through the talent and techniques of their chefs. Featuring plentiful first- and second/pasta-course options, and a secondi platti list that includes fresh Arctic char, lamb chops, whole branzino, and veal sweetbreads. 136 W. 55th St., 212-265-4000; abboccato.com Casa Lever - “Milan meets Manhattan” at this new 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? The food is classic Milanese Italian, and the level of service is timeless. 390 Park Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-2700; casalever.com La Masseria - “A farmhouse in the middle of Manhattan,” offering classic dishes from the Puglia region of Italy, utilizing the freshest natural ingredients for simple, authentic pastas, risottos, and meat and fish dishes. The warm, inviting decor blends rural Italian style, nostalgia and charm, complementing the cuisine and extensive wine list. 235 W. 48th St., 212-582-2111; lamasserianyc.com The Leopard at des Artistes - Located in one of the most iconic spaces in New York City—the landmarked Hotel des Artistes, built at the turn of the 20th century, and the former home of the renowned Café des Artistes—and serving everyday food done with respect to Southern Italian cultural traditions, absolute quality of ingredients, modern research, and outstanding service. Reservations recommended. 1 W. 67th St., 212-787-8767; theleopardnyc.com

Named after Lever House, the glass-box, internationalstyle skyscraper that rises above it, Casa Lever is one of Manhattan’s ultimate see-and-be-seen dining destinations. Executive Chef Alessandro Caporale has developed a sophisticated Milanese menu ranging from classic Italian recipes to summer specials such as Squid Ink Risotto and Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Santa Barbara Sea Urchin and King Crab Meat, as well as the signature Vitello Tonnato: thinly sliced, slow roasted veal with tuna and caper sauce. Their seasonal garden offers casual yet elegant outdoor courtyard dining during the summer months, with one of the most gorgeous settings in midtown: Park Avenue and the rotating art exhibition of the Lever House art collection. 390 Park Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-2700; casalever.com

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Locanda Verde - A casual, energetic neighborhood Italian taverna in Tribeca serving celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini’s soul-satisfying riffs on Italian cooking. 377 Greenwich St. (North Moore-Greenwich St.), 212-925-3797; locandaverdenyc.com Marea - Chef Michael White offers a fresh interpretation of Italian coastal cuisine, with dishes such as Santa Barbara sea urchin with lardo, lobster with burrata, eggplant funghetto and seaweed-marinated east coast halibut and sea scallops with endive and bagna cauda. 240 Central Park S. (Broadway), 212-582-5100; marea-nyc.com MODA - A chic, sophisticated eatery for rustic Italian fare, MODA, Italian for “style,” offers a sophisticated yet friendly dining atmosphere, and an outdoor patio that lies beneath a three-story glass canopy overlooking 52nd Street. Flatotel, 135 W. 52nd St., 212-887-9880; flatotel.com Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria - Otto offers a world of pizza, cooked on a griddle instead of in an oven, that ranges from traditional margheritas to more creative interpretations,

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like pizza topped with cured salt pork and fresh rosemary. Sample one of the bruschettas, antipasti, cheeses or delectable appetizers that include eggplant caponata or chickpea fritters. Selecting a wine shouldn’t be a problem with Otto’s list of nearly 500 Italian labels. 1 Fifth Ave. (8th St.), 212-995-9559; ottopizzeria.com Patsy’s - Considered one of the greatest attractions in the Theatre District, 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 succulent veal chops Siciliano, spicy lobster fra diavolo, savory calamari stuffed with seafood, and much more. A “must go” New York favorite. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491; patsys.com PizzArte - A showcase for authentic Neapolitan cuisine and contemporary art, offering cuisine and pizzas prepared using simple, high quality ingredients in accordance with the finest culinary traditions of Naples. Authentic dishes include polipetti alla luciana (with baby octopus), homemade pasta maccaronara (a specialty from Avellino) with seafood, and pasta alla genovese, an onion & meat

sauce that’s slowly cooked for hours. 69 W. 55th St., 212-247-3936; pizzarteny.com Remi - Remi, created by renowned designer Adam D. Tihany, combines the rich traditions of Venetian cuisine with the romance and elegance of Venetian design and architecture in an updated and innovative style. Often rated among the top Italian restaurants in New York City, if not the entire U.S. 145 W. 53rd St., 212-581-4242; remi-ny.com

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. For those who don’t relish the sushi and sashimi or raw bar, a wide variety of cooked entrées are also available. . Open 7 days; 12pm-2am. 119 Sullivan St. (Spring-Prince Sts.), 212-343-0404; 308 W. 58th St., 212-3970404; blueribbonrestaurants.com BondSt Sushi - 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. 6 Bond St. (Broadway-Lafayette St.), 212-777-2500; bondstrestaurant.com 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; kitano.com/dining/hakubai Inakaya - The first New York City outpost of the renowned eatery in Roppongi, Tokyo, located near Times Square. A traditional robatayaki restaurant, Inakaya features Japanese barbecue cooked right in front of you by chefs that shuttle the dishes at you via long wooden paddles. Everything at the restaurant is larger than life, from the shouts that greet you when you enter to the enormous dining

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bar to the elaborate costumes worn by waiters. 231 W. 40th St., 212-354-2195; inakayany.com Masa - This four-star restaurant is making waves among sushi aficionados. Evoking the quiet aura of a rare temple, the décor is every bit as simple and elegant as the fish, prepared with painstaking care by the staff. Sit at the 27-foot-long sushi bar, where you can watch owner Masa Takayama at work. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (Broadway and 59th.), 4th Floor, 212-823-9800; masanyc.com MEGU - MEGU means “blessing” in Japanese, and if you’ve sampled the modern Japanese cuisine at either of their Manhattan locations (the original in Tribeca, or the one near the UN in Midtown), you know the name is well deserved. The menu utilizes both authentic and avant-garde ingredients. Trump World Tower, 845 UN Plaza (47th St. & First Ave.); 62 Thomas St., 212-964-7777; megurestaurants.com Mr. Robata - Mr. Robata’s sushi pairs premium ingredients with inventive twists, like chopped o-toro with mango, or salmon with zucchini tempura. Their signature robata dishes bring the centuries-old open-hearth grilling of rural Japan into the contemporary New York culinary scene through flourishes of French cuisine and hints of classic American comfort food. 1674 Broadway (52nd-53rd Sts.), 212-757-1030; mrrobata.com Ninja New York - A one-of-a-kind, entertaining dining experience featuring a recreated 18th-century Japanese ninja village and high-end contemporary Japanese cuisine. 25 Hudson St. (Reade-Duane Sts.), 212-274-8500; ninjanewyork.com Nobu - Celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa dazzles 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; noburestaurants.com Riingo - The perfect balance of American comfort and Japanese minimalism is achieved at this contemporary fusion restaurant. A stark white sushi bar complements the gray marble liquor bar and dark woodwork throughout the room, bathed in warm lighting and accented with tall, lavish plants. The Alex Hotel, 205 E. 45th St., 212-867-5100; riingo.com Sugiyama - Even New York’s most knowledgeable Japanese-cuisine aficionados are astonished by the authenticity of chef-owner Nao Sugiyama’s creations, which are his own interpretation of the traditional Kaiseki meals— multi-course, prix-fixe dinners that range from the mini-Kaiseki to a majestic 14-course extravaganza—all personally prepared behind an open counter. 251 W. 55th St., 212-956-0670; sugiyama-nyc.com

KOREAN Bann - Young Choi, owner of Woo Lae Oak, got even more creative with Bann, the city’s highest-rated Korean restaurant according to Zagat. The elegant, cool ambiance is characterized by the hand-crafted copper bar and marble tables, with the flickering flames of smokeless barbecue grills in the center of each table—the fare is very eclectic. 350 W. 50th St., 212-582-4446; bannrestaurant.com Jungsik - Chef Jungsik Yim presents a modern interpretation of contemporary, fine dining Korean cuisine. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday. 2 Harrison St. (Hudson St.), 212-219-0900; jungsik.kr

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of Natural History, serves Mediterranean-style fare. The ambiance is sunny and casual, with its split-level dining room, rattan chairs, and popular outdoor patio. 359 Columbus Ave. (77th St.), 212-724-2100; isabellas.com Picholine - Acclaimed chef/restaurateur Terrance Brennan takes a modern approach to Mediterranean cooking, expertly layered with French, Italian, and Spanish influences. Enjoy the casually elegant succession of dining rooms, with soaring boysenberry velvet curtains, purple leather and grey mohair banquettes, contemporary artwork, and the restaurant’s customary fine linen, crystal, silver, and china. 35 W. 64th St., 212-724-8585; picholinenyc.com

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the region. 65 E. 55th St., 212-307-7311; aquavit.org

Aquavit - This modern Scandinavian establishment reflects the best of minimalist mid-century Scandinavian design with its pale wood tones, soft indirect lighting, and unique tableware. A large selection of aquavits—potato vodka infused with fruits or spices—is available, along with cocktails inspired by

Vandaag - Inspired by the culture and cuisine of Northern Europe—especially Denmark and Holland—this farm-to-table restaurant utilizes ingredients from the Hudson River Valley for their inventive dishes, courtesy of Sous-chef, Seth Johnson. 103 Second Ave. (6th St.), 212-253-0470; vandaagnyc.com

Mexican/Tex-Mex El Parador Café - NYC’s oldest—and one of the most authentic—Mexican restaurant. Recommended dishes include the mole poblano, Mexico’s national dish with a half-chickn stewed in a complex, multi-layered sauce with over 24 ingredients. Lauded for having the best margaritas by NY Press, the best ceviche by The Times, and named the city’s number one Mexican restaurant in NYC by Open Table diners. 325 E. 34th St., 212-679-6812; elparadorcafe.com MAYA – Modern Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar - Chef Richard Sandoval innovates the Tequileria trend with his new upper east side Mexican eatery, Maya. Spinning traditional cuisine, Maya puts emphasis on a modern menu, boasting inventive guacamoles from traditional spicy crab, refreshing ceviche, heartily packed quesadillas, and mouthwatering chef’s specials like slow roasted pork carnitas and lobster and tequila chipotle prawns. 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. 1991 First Ave., 212-585-1818; richardsandoval.com/mayany Rosa Mexicano - Upscale Mexican cuisine in a stylish and festive atmosphere. The David Rockwell-designed Lincoln Center space features a 30-foot cascading waterwall that spans both levels, complete with 200 miniature cliff divers. Three locations: 61 Columbus Ave. (62nd St.), 212-977-7700; 1063 First Ave. (58th St.), 212-753-7407; 9 E. 18th St., 212-533-3350; rosamexicano.com 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 Magazine. V&S combines Executive Chef John Keller’s (CO-OP Food & Drink, Le Bernardin, Nobu) 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 authenticexperience. Tue.-Sat., 6pm-close. 105 Rivington St., 212-475-3485; viktorandspoils.com

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Seafood Blue Water Grill - This majestic bank redux is just the thing for those seeking fresh raw-bar delicacies and entrées. 31 Union Square West (16th St.), 212-6759500; bluewatergrillnyc.com 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, dinner a la carte, raw bar, and more. 538 Madison Ave. (54th-55th Sts.), 2nd Floor, 212-980-5908; caviarrusse.com

Long regarded as one of New York City’s superb “old-school” French dining rooms (it just turned 45 in April), the refined and luxurious Le Périgord is one of the longestrunning four-star operations under the same management. The menu blends classical French techniques with a lighter contemporary touch, natural flavors, sauces and spices, and high-quality produce. Entrées (subject to change) include Filet d’Agneau a la Barigoule (loin filet of lamb “au jus” with artichoke hearts and carrots) and Carré d’Agneau Rôti á la Croûte de Thym Frais (roasted rack of lamb with a fresh thyme crust). They have served U.S. Presidents, world leaders, and showbiz royalty—and they will treat you just as they have treated them. Jacket and tie required. 405 E. 52nd St., 212-755-6244; leperigord.com

Le Bernardin - Exquisite, ultra-fresh seafood served with impeccable service in an elegant venue has earned Le Bernardin a four-star rating since it opened in 1986. Veteran chef Eric Ripert surprises diners with Asian accents throughout his menus, featuring fish that is “almost raw” or “lightly cooked.” The Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., 212-554-1515; le-bernardin.com Oceana - Complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, chef’s table, and outdoor dining, Oceana features a raw bar and the innovative seafood cuisine of executive chef Ben Pollinger, with fresh, whole fish, prime meats, naturally raised fowl, and artful desserts. In addition to the grand dining room, Oceana recently introduced a renovated café area, transforming the former raw bar into a space at which to enjoy a drink and a variety of the finest oysters and other small plates. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941; oceanarestaurant.com

SPANISH/TAPAS El Cid - Specializing in traditional Spanish hot & cold tapas like Paella Valenciana, Grilled Steak, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, Cured Spanish Ham, and fresh, hard-to-find seafood favorites like Grilled Whole Sardines, Octopus, Fresh Dressed Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil/Chopped Garlic, Mussels & Clams. 174 Eighth Ave (18th-19th Sts.), 212-524-6818; elcidnyc.com Tio Pepe - Open since 1970 in Greenwich Village, Tio Pepe combines two surprisingly dissimilar cuisines—Spanish and Mexican—and offers 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 tiopepenyc.com

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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 menus by acclaimed Executive Chef Jim Botsacos 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; molyvos.com

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Ben & Jack’s Steak House - Ben & Jack’s serves generous portions of steakhouse favorites to a very satisfied clientele. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature Porterhouse for one, two, three or four, fresh seafood, mouthwatering side dishes, exquisite desserts, amd much more. 255 Fifth Ave. (28th-29th Sts.), 212-532-7600; 219 E. 44th St. (2na and 3rd Aves.), 212-682-5678; benandjackssteakhouse.com Benjamin Steakhouse - Peter Luger alumnus Benjamin Prelvukaj and chef Arturo McLeod join forces to create an opulent steakhouse in the century-old Chemist Club building. Six cuts of dry-aged beef are available, from 36-ounce porterhouses to top sirloins to rib eyes to succulent filet mignon. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177; benjaminsteakhouse.com 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. Serving only the finest USDA dry-aged prime beef, selected seafood and lobsters starting at 3 lbs. Private dining for corporate or special events. 135 W. 50th St.; 230 Park Ave. (46th St.); 13 E. 54th St.; 120 W. 45th St.; 25 Broad St.; visit bobbyvans.com for more info Bull and Bear - A swank Regency-style club, the Bull and Bear serves hearty fare in the form of succulent steaks (the only certified Angus Beef Prime in the

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city), and seafood. The elaborate and celebrated mahogany bar is one of the city’s most popular watering holes. The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., 212-355-3000; bullandbearsteakhouse.com Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House - This expansive steak house’s soaring, two-story-high windows offer a spectacular view, and Broadway’s theatres are just a block or two away. The menu features fresh USDA aged prime beef shipped from 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, 212-575-5129; delfriscos.com

raw-foods restaurant, located in Gramercy Park, utilizing organic and seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to create a unique, award-winning culinary experience. Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Open daily for lunch (noon-4pm) and dinner (5:30-11:30pm). 54 Irving Pl. (17th St.), 212-477-1010; purefoodandwine.com

Quintessence - Rare and exotic ingredients combine to form the elegant, innovative dishes at this East Village outpost where everything is 100% organic, vegan, and raw. The diverse menu includes Mexican and Indian platters, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, “guiltless” desserts, and more. Breakfast served 10am-noon, weekdays. 263 E. 10th St., 646-654-1823; raw-q.com

Rothmann’s Steakhouse & Grill - Near the Theatre District, Rothmann’s Steakhouse & Grill has been serving New Yorkers, celebrities, and visitors the finest quality prime dry aged beef, delicious chicken, and mouthwatering seafood for over 100 years. 3 E. 54th St., 212-319-5500; rothmannssteakhouse.com Smith & Wollensky - This steakhouse is recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned staff and elegant interior with turn-of-the-century design elements. Steaks take center stage, including juicy double sirloin, chateau­briand for two, filet mignon, filet au poivre, and sliced steak Wollensky, all dry-aged in-house for 28 days. 797 Third Ave. (49th St.), 212-753-1530; smithandwollensky.com

THAI Bangkok House - For Thai near Times Square, enter Bangkok House. 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. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves., 212-541-5943; bangkokhouseny.com Kin Shop - Chef Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo offer both contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes and new items inspired by Thai ingredients (meant to be shared), as well as Thai-influenced specialty cocktails. 469 Sixth Ave. (11th St.), 212-675-4295; kinshopnyc.com Spice Market - Stepping into this Meatpacking District retreat will transport you into a world of Eastern exotica, far from New York’s urban hustle and bustle. The airy, two-level room features teak floors from a 200-year-old Bombay palace, and custom-made, colonial-style furniture. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten draws inspiration from the best of the region’s street food and gives it a New York spin. 403 W. 13th St., 212-675-2223; jean-georges.com

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Koichi Yokoyama

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With two NYC locations, and an expanding global network, perfection is the only option for the president of MEGU. By Kristopher Carpenter

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hen sitting across from the Osaka-born Koichi Yokoyama, at the Trump World Tower, it’s apparent that this is a man with a firm understanding of how things work; a calculating, operational streamliner. There’s a calm radiating from him in such abundance that even at the height of service on a Thursday night in MEGU Tribeca—during Restaurant Week, no less—the phrase “cool as a cucumber” comes to mind. This quiet confidence in himself and his restaurants indicates a person for whom failure seems little more than a laughable concept. His resume confirms this. Harboring a fondness for restaurants and hospitality from a young age, Yokoyama worked in several cafes and restaurants in Japan. He enjoyed the arts and technology, so he came to America for a graphic design degree, and then moved to New York. Here, he heard tell that a large family of Japanese restaurants was looking to open a Gotham outpost. That restaurant was MEGU and Yokoyama joined the team in 2004, working his way up from the floor to expeditor, captain, manager, assistant GM, general manager, COO and finally, president. He handles the day-to-day management of MEGU’s two New York locations, in addition to the training and prep work involved in opening new restaurants around the globe in places like Moscow, New Delhi, and Qatar. Some MEGU magic: For a splurge, Yokoyama recommends the $145 seven-course Omakase. At the 250-seat Thompson Street location, a fresh ice sculpture of Buddha arrives every day. This writer can tell you that the simply named “Tuna & Avocado” is to die for. The sake list will make even the most fervent enthusiast wish they knew more about that fermented rice drink. The word MEGU is Japanese for “blessing.” We concur. Q. What was it like getting started at MEGU? Y: Well, when we opened in 2004 at Thompson Street, there were no Asian restaurants of this size. That was before Tao, and before Buddakan, so we really felt like pioneers. I remember the first big job I had was as an expeditor. I actually met the creator of MEGU, who has about 40 restaurants in Japan, early in the process and he was the one who gave me that job. I didn’t really know what an expeditor was but, basically, an expeditor makes sure that the right food makes it to the right tables at the right time. It can be pretty difficult even at a small restaurant and when we opened; right away we were hot, really hot. Some days we did over 400 covers, so that was a lot of expediting—especially with Japanese chefs, who don’t really like being told to cook and plate things faster. They also had really big knives in their hands most of the time. But after I was appointed to that post by the creator, people started to respect me and come to me with problems. Then I became manager and just kept taking on more responsibility—but I think it all came from that initial respect. Q. Speaking of big knives, can you talk a little more about them. What’s your favorite brand? Y: That’s a better question for our sushi chef. Hold on let me get him. [Koichi and Chef Kohki Usui speaking in Japanese.] He says that a Japanese knife is usually made from 100% iron, which makes them very hard but also flexible—two characteristics you don’t usually see together in anything but a Japanese knife. They also last forever. He says if you buy a good knife and take good care of it, it will stay sharp until you die. He says that he uses many different knives but his favorite brand is Nenohi—he thinks they are the best.

 ow much does the menu change for global locations? Q. H Y: It does have to change in quite a few ways. For example, in Qatar, one of our signature ingredients, Kobe Beef, has to be kosher. So we had to find a purveyor of kosher Kobe Beef. Qatar is a Muslim country so they don’t drink, which also means we can’t cook with alcohol like sake or wine, so we had to adjust all of the recipes to taste the same without alcohol. In Moscow, we had to shrink the menu down a lot because we weren’t just weren’t able to get some of the key ingredients. For example, you can’t really get a good avocado in Moscow, and we have a signature dish called ‘Tuna and Avocado.’ So we had to take it off. In India, we had to [prepare] more vegetarian dishes because there are a lot more vegetarians there than in Japan or America. So the menu definitely does change. Actually, sometimes because of some of those restrictions, we’ll end up creating something brand new that’s really good, and we’ll put something created in New Delhi onto the New York menu. It’s a challenge to have a high-end restaurant functioning in totally different global cultures, but sometimes it pays off in ways you wouldn’t expect. Q. What are some of the biggest differences between working in America vs. Japan? Y: When I started at MEGU I worked on the floor. I’d waited tables in Japan but never in America, and I can tell you that just dealing with American customers can be pretty challenging. American diners need a lot more attention, they ask a lot more questions, and they also have a lot more food allergies. In Japan you don’t really see nut allergies, or gluten allergies, or very many food allergies at all. So that’s something that a chef from Japan normally wouldn’t know a lot about. Additionally, Japanese people have a hard time learning the names and pronunciation of French ingredients like foie gras, and even items like truffles that are on our menu all the time are not nearly as common in Japan. So just educating the staff in all of the nuances of the restaurant and the culture can be much harder than you might think.

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