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oft cashmere cover-ups. Shearling-lined plush leather gloves. Sparkling white-hot diamonds. And leopard…faux and real. These are just some of the season’s luxurious finds on the pages of Promenade Magazine from our style editor, who has been busy scouting the city for everything you’ll need this winter: The best gifts for her, him and for the home; fabulous fur coats, playful jackets, and the most amazing accessories – from boots to handbags, scarves to muffs. And must-have jewelry for a look that dazzles. The city’s stages are aglow with holiday lights: The Rockettes are kicking at Radio City and the Nutcrackers are everywhere: Balanchine’s is at the New York City Ballet, The Yorkville Nutcracker is at the Kaye Playhouse and this year, for the first time during the holidays, the ABT is offering its own version. Elf, New York’s newest seasonal tradition, is on Broadway. Among the stars on the boards this winter are Brendan Fraser, Olympia Dukakis, Stockard Channing, and Frances McDormand. Our music critic has picked seven performances he plans not to miss, and at New York’s great museums, three unusual exhibits about the household aesthetic are certainly must-sees. Promenade talks with Ben Pollinger, the Executive Chef at Oceana, about his love affair with seafood and how he presents it at the renowned restaurant. We visit some of the city’s most inventive Asian restaurants, as well as the legendary ‘21’ Club, Charlie Palmer’s celebrated Aureole, and the fine Four Seasons Restaurant. Go on a safari adventure to sumptuous campsites set in a private game reserve in Botswana, and unwind in Capetown. For more relaxation, see the spas that await you right here in the city. And, use our up-to-date guides for shopping, dining, theatre, museums, galleries, performing arts and sightseeing to take advantage of all that New York has to offer during this glorious season. Visit nyluxury.com, where you’ll find updated listings, news from behind the scenes on Broadway and off, and exclusive shopping tips. Enjoy!

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High-Flying Fur 20 Faux and real, it’s everywhere…with leopard the hottest look. White-Hot for Winter 24 Razzle dazzle ’em with diamonds and other sparkling rocks when it’s cold outside. The Giving Season 26 How to please your special people at holiday time and beyond. The Style Interview 32 Designer Yael Sonia on her bold and playful jewelry designs. Vintage Jewels 42 At F.D on the Upper East Side, a treasure trove of classics. Editor’s Picks: Handy Men 16 When it comes to using their hands, men need all the right stuff. The Virtual Voyager 18 Topflight tips for the discerning traveler. The Best Places 34 Great suggestions for successful shopping. good timing

The Holiday Gift Guide 44 Don’t-miss picks for seasonal giving.

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A Seasonal Show Globe 50 Magic and fun: from the much beloved Rockettes at Radio City to the spirited new Broadway musical production of Elf. The Theatregoer’s Guide to the Winter Season 52 Warming up the cold months with Brendan Fraser, Frances McDormand, Stockard Channing, Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Promenade Picks 90 ‘21’ Club and SD26. Going Asian 91 Put these six on the menu.

The Restaurant Interview: Ben Pollinger 106 In Oceana’s elegant open kitchen, the Executive Chef pairs his love for seafood with the restaurant’s famed global cuisine. The Most Up-to-Date Guides:

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t An elegant accessory for the man-on-the-go, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox International (introduced to the market in January of this year and based on a 1958 classic from the manufacture), allows the wearer to tell the time in 24 different cities. $11,350 Tourneau TimeMachine, 12 East 57th Street (Madison/Fifth Avenues); 212-758-7300; tourneau.com

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From Mish New York, a pair of stand-out cufflinks: “Netsuke” with diverse faces, in 18-kt. yellow gold, with sapphire and emerald eyes. $7,500. Mish New York, 131 East 70th Street (Park/Lexington Avenues); 212-734-3500; mishnewyork.com

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Magic Fingers: The Bionic Performance Series Golf Glove was designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon and its manufacturer boasts that the patented anatomical pad system promotes a lighter grip for increased swing speed and distance. Fore! $29.99. New York Golf Center, 131 West 35th Street (Broadway/Seventh Avenue), 212-564-2255; nygolfcenter.com

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In the pragmatic scheme of things, the opening of the new international terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport last October seems straightforward enough. It marks a fourth runway – upping the departure ante by 100,000+ travelers annually – as well as expanded shopping and dining in state-of-the-art new digs. What jettisons Haneda’s expansion into a de facto “astral” dimension, however, is its first-ever airport Planetarium. Positioned atop the five-story structure, the planetarium offers travel-weary jet-setters the opportunity to immerse themselves in a celestial cocoon for a half-hour show – perfect timing for those craving an out-of-the-ordinary diversion between connecting flights. Note: The planetarium is listed online in conjunction with its restaurant, Planetarium Starry Café. For map details, visit haneda-airport.jp/en

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Though a far cry from Super Mario Galaxy 2 – or any other video games – backgammon has plenty of longevity street cred (it harkens back to 3000 BC, or further) and is enjoying a resurgence even with Wii addicts. And since it reigns as one of the most intriguing/ popular two-person pastimes to span the centuries, it comes as little surprise that the high-end gifts available in the Waldorf-Astoria Distinguished Traveler collection include a most elegant Travel Backgammon Game. Boasting fine Italian craftsmanship, elm-briarwood construction, gold-plated brass hardware and a secure latch clasp, this 10”x8”x2” version of the venerated board game guarantees you and your chosen opponent hours of stimulating diversion. distinctlywaldorf.com/home.html

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It is reborn every year in Swedish Lapland like a crystal phoenix rising not from ashes but rather glacial snow: the original Icehotel, a fantasy edifice built of snow and ice just blocks from the Torne River. Beginning every December, and running through April when it melts away, this ephemeral palace with rooms and suites for 100+ guests emerges anew after a jury reviews submissions from hundreds of artists (selecting 50) to design the various public and private spaces. Here chairs, beds and even drinking glasses are made of ice. And should you prefer less frigid accommodations, there are warm suites available next to the hotel. [As of the 2010-11 season, Icehotel is offering nightly guided Northern Light tours to its guests, zeroing in on the best location in the area to catch nature’s ultimate “light show.”] Icehotel.com

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They call it “TLC for PDA” and it well may be the savviest amenity to hit resorts since the spontaneous delivery of prechilled towels to sunbathers. This latest poolside perk – recently introduced at the Four Seasons Resort Lãna‘i at Mãnele Bay in Hawaii – is redefining guest pampering for the 21st century by ensuring both you and your favorite handheld devices are indulged to the nth degree. From Kindles to iPods to cell phones to iPads (and of course, Blackberrys and iPhones) – all can be cleaned, polished and recharged while you disconnect entirely from the outside world, possibly in tandem with a “Hands Free” mini massage guaranteed to de-stress “over-texted” fingers. And to complete the idyllic picture, you can continue your personal “rebootification” by indulging in one of the resort’s PDA inspired libations, such as the Blackberry Mojito or iPom. fourseasons.com/lanai/

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ou might say that what heralded last season’s fashion shows was not fanfare, but furfare. Whether faux or the real deal, designers used fur embellishments everywhere, even on the insoles of shoes, on watch straps, and in hair ornaments. Among the innumerable designers who showed fur (again, real or faux)—and we are not just talking coats here, but trims in every form—are Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture, Dries Van Noten, Etro, Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs, Elie Tahari, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Gucci, Ferragamo, Rebecca Taylor, Christian Dior, and on and on. And now that the stores are selling the end result of those fashion-forward presentations, you’ll see fur in just about every shop window you pass. On a fast trip through the Time Warner Center, we spied leopard-print accessories, body suits, hose, and leggings in the über-chic Wolford hosiery shop! It almost seems like fashion blasphemy to mention so many disparate price points, designers, and shops in one breath when talking about fur, but it simply underscores the omnipresent influence fur and the fur look have in fashion this season—in upmarket boutiques, in mainstream retailers and department stores, and at mass merchandisers. Look who is espousing fur and faux: Louis Vuitton and Talbots, Yves Saint Laurent and J. Crew, Christian Louboutin and Sam Edelman, Reed Krakoff and Ann Taylor, Celine and Jones New York...you get the picture. Let’s not forget about the animal prints. “Leopard prints—in fact all animal prints—are wildly popular this year. We are featuring all kinds of fur printed with animal motifs—kidskins, rabbit, mink, both sheared and unsheared. And, most notably, these fashion-forward looks are available at all price points,” comments Daniela Balzano-Hull, the director of the Maximilian Fur Salon at Bloomingdale’s. Faux leopard print is the hot look this season. In September, The New York Times’ photographer-about-town, Bill Cunningham, offered one of his Sunday pix features highlighting leopard prints alone—and there were more than 50 pictures on his half-page! Everything from tights to sneakers, all leopard prints. Jennifer Lopez graced the September issue of Glamour magazine in a leopard-print bustier, and inside, the publication featured her in a slew of animal prints, including a Rochas coat, with the ubiquitous print appearing in the background on a chair, a tote bag, throw pillows, or ballet flats. In the same issue, there was Molly Sims, Elle Macpherson, Margherita Missoni, and Victoria Beckham, caught in candids, all decked out in leopard prints. And in October, Glamour reprised animal prints with another six pages. The upscale British design firm Mulberry did a stylish— and pricey—group of leopard-inspired handbags and even created more for its Mulberry for Target line in hot pink leopard, all of which sold out online before the bags even hit the stores in October! And what about the classic mink coat, which for generations was the aspirational coat of millions of women? There are many things Gotham can boast about, and one is that our fur industry (in and around Seventh Avenue and 28th-30th Streets) is where the best fur coats in the world have traditionally been made. New York furriers taught 21

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the world how to make the most exquisitely crafted fur garments. Classic coats, a generation ago, were the always-popular mink. American pelts and American-made—the two de rigueur demands of smart consumers. Updated mink silhouettes in the ’80s, echoing those of generations before them, were slim and ladylike— a wink to Don Draper and the ’60s Mad Men era—and paid homage to what our mothers and grandmothers wore. But within a decade, thanks to designers like Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis, coats got bigger and less prim—all necessary style changes as more women went to work and needed roomy, practical coats to allow for a bulky suit underneath. A decade later, coats got even more stylish, taking a cue from Italian wizards like Guiliano Teso and the Fendis and the American designers who licensed their names and fabulous style to fur houses. Fashion flair in fur was the byword—marked by swingy seven-eighths lengths, interesting yokes, big sleeves, oversized cuffs, and oodles of fashion-forward details. The let-out mink (a coat with the long “stripes” fur) gave way to skin-on-skin, i.e. large blocks of fur. And what do women want today in that first mink, still the aspirational coat, but no longer the coat that father is buying for mother? Today women are buying this coat for themselves. “They want that coat to be special, a classic coat that is modern and young, and they consider it an investment piece,” notes Nick Pologeorgis, a second-generation furrier, whose 50-year-old family business (pologeorgis.com) makes coats for the likes of Michael Kors and Zandra Rhodes. “They want great quality, great style, and a versatile coat. The floor-sweeping length is out.

They want knee-length, that they can wear both sporty and dressy.” Another item very hot this year is the fur vest, according to Tommy Alexandros, the second-generation furrier of Alexandros Furs, who sells both retail to private clients and wholesale to major departments stores throughout the country. “We are making vests at every price point—and in various lengths, too. Short, cropped at the waist, down to long styles, almost tunic-like, and some with short sleeves, too. And we’re using a variety of interesting furs, as well—classics like mink, fun furs like Rex rabbit, and dramatic textures, too, like perforated Persian lamb, backed with knitted cashmere.” “Vests this year are crazy-hot,” echoes Larry Cowit, a thirdgeneration furrier and vice president of Henry Cowit Furs (cowitfurs. com), a company that specializes in fur-matching for other furriers in the industry and remodeling fur garments for private clients. “We are making more vests from older coats, in addition to all the traditional remodeling jobs we do.” With a skillful eye and dexterous hands, Cowit can even bring new life to grandma’s old mink (obviously, providing the skins will still hold up), transforming it into a cute jacket, a practical fur-lined raincoat, or fun accessories. So, whether you opt to update your wardrobe with a leopard-print silk scarf or a Persian lamb bolero, or you go the whole nine yards and indulge in an opulent golden sable wrap, this is the season where fur and fur lookalikes are taking center stage. With so much available in every price range, it’s easy to catch the trend and flaunt it. n

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white-hot for winter Razzle dazzle ’em, when it’s cold outside... Snowflakes and icicles twinkle and gleam in winter’s sunlight...but (ahem) so do diamonds. And, really, which would you rather have? And then there are the season’s other sparkling rocks worth owning and showing off—glimmering topaz, brilliant crystal, incandescent moonstone, luminous opal, and even snow-white pearls. Just in time for winter dressing-up—let your fingers, wrists, and neck dazzle with radiant gems. By Ruth J. Katz

The ”Sensual Choker by Kim,” with 73 brilliant-cut diamonds, set in 18-kt. white gold, is adjustable in size, so it can be worn as a choker or as a slightly looser collar. $18,875. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-397-9000; 800-513-1131; wempe.com

From Mikimoto, an 18-kt. white gold pin with four majestic South Sea baroque pearls, each between 8 and 9 mm. set with .21 carats of diamonds. $3,600. Mikimoto, 730 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-457-4600; 888-701-2323; mikimotoamerica.com

An elegant, three-row bracelet set in platinum, with fancy-cut diamonds. Price upon request. Cellini, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria (East Lobby), 301 Park Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-751-9824; 509 Madison Avenue (52nd/53rd Streets); 212-888-0505; cellinijewelers.com

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A trio of stunning rings, all in 18-kt. white gold, from designer Reinstein Ross: (Top) “Hoopstock” ring set with diamonds all the way around. $2,300. (Middle) A round diamond graces a 5mm., half-round shank. Price upon request. (Bottom) 4 mm., half-round ring set with 12 diamonds. $2,475. Reinstein Ross, 29 East 73rd Street (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-772-1901; 122 Prince Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-226-4513; reinsteinross.com From designer Ray Griffiths, a one-of-a-kind 18-kt. white-gold and palladium ring, set with a 28-carat moonstone, encircled with a crown of diamonds. $6,370. Fragments, 116 Prince Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-334-9588; fragments.com, raygriffiths.com

Hip, hip, hooray for the “Hoopla” earrings from designer Suzy Landa. This collection is available in infinite varieties, in white, rose, or yellow 18-kt. gold, set with assorted configurations of diamonds. From $1,640 to $4,450. Suzy Landa, suzylanda.com

Designer Yael Sonia’s playful “Reverse Fit” earrings: (Left) Dangling, square earrings set in 18-kt. white gold, with 37.22 carats of milky quartz and one carat of diamonds. $6.200. (Right) Large octagonal earrings in 18-kt. yellow gold with 47.6 carats of clear quartz and 16 carats of diamonds. $2,100. Yael Sonia, 922 Madison Avenue (73rd/74th Streets); 212-472-6488; yaelsonia.com

Vintage-looking “Estate” cuff bracelet from designer Judith Ripka, features 15.707 carats of diamonds, set in 18-kt. yellow gold. $60,000. Judith Ripka, 673 Madison Avenue (61st Street); 212-355-8300; 777 Madison Avenue (66th Street.); 212-517-8200; judithripka.com

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British designer Nitin Goyal makes the most gorgeous handsmocked, velvet, cashmere, silk, and satin scarves and shawls, in various sizes and shapes; shown here, the silk-velvet “Irina,” a hand-pleated oversize wrap. From $400 to $900. René, 927 Madison Avenue (73rd/74th Streets); 212-879-8889; nitingoyal.com

The “Carla” travel manicure kit is available in a variety of colors, from Rowallan of Scotland, manufacturers of fine leather goods and accessories. $37.99. The Plaza Boutique, The Shops at the Plaza, 1 West 58th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-546-5454; theplaza.com, rowallanusa.com

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Designer Yoko Izawa transforms fabric and assorted materials (Lycra, Nylon, yarn, polypropylene, and silver) into graceful, sculptural bracelets that envelop the wrist in bold color and texture. $675 to $785. The Store, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle (59th Street); 212-299-7700; madmuseum.org

▼ Sculptured Plexiglass is fashioned into twirling disks in a necklace, accented with silver-vermeil, by designer Rita Baek. $575. The Store, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle (59th Street); 212-299-7700; madmuseum.org

The “Little Saxonia” watch by A. Lange & Söhne comes in 18-kt. rose gold and is highlighted by 52 brilliant diamonds surrounding the mother-of-pearl face. $32,400. Wempe, 700 Fifth Avenue (55th Street); 212-397-9000; 800-513-1131; wempe.com, alange-soehne.com

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When holiday time rolls around, your gift-giving genes catapult into turbo gear, and that means thinking cleverly about someone’s hobbies, passions, needs, and wants. But gift-giving needn’t take place only during the ‘tis-the-season months; stash some of these nifty giftie ideas away in the memory bank of your iPad or in your mental filing cabinet, because there are many other occasions that warrant a special present designed to elicit a “You really shouldn’t have.”— By Ruth J. Katz

A trio of winning silvery, glittery purses—a tote for an afternoon rendezvous, a demure handbag for evening dinner, and a cute clutch for clubbing in the wee hours. The “Elvira” bag is hand fashioned from stainless steel wire, creating a textured mesh, by husband-and-wife creative team Bozenna and Lukasz Bogucki of Bo’s Art. $340. Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, 762 Madison Avenue (65th/66th Streets); 212-717-5959; julieartisans. com, bosart.net

▼ Over 600 plastic buttons, covered in a lavish, metallic, gunmetal fabric, cloak this eye-catching clutch by WeaveTree. $175. MoMA Design and Book Store, 11 West 53rd Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-708-9700; momastore.org

The “Timeless” tote by designer Naeem Khan, about 15” x 15”, richly enrobed with stitched-on, faceted crystals. $869.90. Home Shopping Network, hsn.com

From exclusive, London-based perfumer, Ormonde Jayne, a lacquered box of indulgent 24-kt.-gold dusting powder, with a sumptuous marabou puff. This pixie dust is scented with Ta’if Rose, made from roses grown 5,000 feet above the Red Sea and harvested only in April. $575. Ormonde Jayne, ormondejayne.com

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Serious watch collectors keep their treasured timepieces well protected and wound. And few cases do it as well as those from Orbita. The Brazilian rosewood “Avanti 3” features three selfprogramming winder modules and built-in storage drawers. $2,995. Raineri Jewelers, Paramount Diamond Center, 82 Bowery (Canal Street); 212-925-6128; orbita.com

▼ Vertu‘s sleek and minimalist hexagonal ballpoint, in resin and stainless steel, is from the “V” Collection. $330. Vertu, The Shops at The Plaza, 1 West 58th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenue); 212-371-8701; vertu.com

The “Laureato Quartz 40th Anniversary” watch from the master manufacture, GirardPerregaux, celebrates the quartz revolution that began in 1970. (The company was among the very first fine watchmakers to create a quartz-operated model and it set the standard in the industry.) The stainless steel “Laureato” was produced in a limited edition of 40. $11,000. Girard-Perregaux, 701 Madison Avenue (62nd/63rd Streets); 646-495-9915; girard-perregaux.ch.

▼ The “Courtly Campaign Bar” from the more-is-better, genius designers at MacKenzie-Childs is a must-have piece of furniture, even if you do not drink! Custom-crafted and exquisitely outfitted, it features tartan wallpaper, an enamel top, leather accents, beveled mirror work surfaces, antiqued brass fittings, ceramic knobs, and a raffia-faced exterior. $3,950. MacKenzie-Childs, 14 West 57th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-570-6050; mackenzie-childs.com

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▼ Baseball is as American as apple pie, we know...and what could be more American than “the house that Ruth built”? Give that special guy a scrapbook with a lifetime of Yankee memories—this stirring tribute from Graphic Image is bound in calfskin and is chockablock with pix, commentary, and history, written by David Fischer. $144. Graphic Image, 800-232-5550; graphicimage.com

For sartorial gentlemen without a proper flesh-and-blood valet, Hermès customcrafts the perfect stand-in, the “DupréLafon” Home Valet. Constructed from solid mahogany and calfskin, it is finished with bronze fittings. $17,300. Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue (62nd Street); 212-751-3181, 800-441-4488; hermes.com

Handmade by the tool makers and artists at William Henry, these folding golf divot tools are custom-crafted from natural materials, gemstones, and exotic metals. In photo: left, constructed from titanium and desert ironwood, and right, in forged mokume-gane (a wood-grained metal) with a fossilized woolly mammoth bone. Both, limited editions of 250. $600 (left), $1,000 (right). J.W. Cooper, 10 Columbus Circle (59th/60th Streets), Street Level; 212-823-9380, 888-823-9376; jwcooper.com, williamhenrystudio.com

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▼ There is no one who would turn down a chocolate-laden gift basket from the Toscanini of the toque, François Payard. Loaded up with the Master Piece Collection, vanilla rum truffles, Bounty/Chocolate Bars, handmade Givrettes, and jams and novelty postcards. Umm, umm good! $150. (Other sizes/prices available.) Payard, 116 West Houston Street (Sullivan/Thompson Streets); 212-995-0888; payard.com

▼ Stunning glass-beaded “surrounds” (you can encircle candles, bottles of bubbly, bowls, and so on) in free-formed, corallike shapes, that can be manipulated and sculpted. Available in assorted diameters, in both gold and a peachy-coral hue from designer Kim Seybert. $54 to $188. Kim Seybert, kimseybert.com

▼ Chromed steel “Loop” candleabra by designer Martin Blum, sold as a set of two—a lotta bang and beauty for the buck. $28. MoMA Design and Book Store, 11 West 53rd Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-708-9700; momastore.org

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From MOR Cosmetics, makers of deliriously fragrant soaps: a delicious trio of fragrant, triple-milled, Vitamin E–enriched soaps that would lather you right into the heart of any hostess. (Scents: Emporium Snow Gardenia, Kale and Watercress, and Italian Blood Orange.) $40. Space NK, 99 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-941-4200; spacenk.com

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The masterful, award-winning designer, Karim Rashid, scores a home run as always with the faceted, double-walled, and silver-plated vase, “Pina,” for the U+ Collection by Umbra. $550. Umbra, umbra.com

Bring intoxicating, international scents into your and others’ castles with the “French Tulip” or “Japanese Qunce” oversize candles from the maestro of the wick, Seda France, a firm whose signature, toile-print packaging is as tempting as its scents. $89 each. Zitomer, 969 Madison Avenue (76th Street); zitomer.com; 212-737-5560

Dog Gone Smart Pet Products’ chic dog coats are available in five handsome styles, 13 sizes, and eight colors. There are denim jackets, coats with corduroy collars, snuggly winterwear with sherpa linings, and smart coats made from Dog Gone Smart’s specially treated fabric (seen here), that is coat-oil-, dirt-, liquid-, and stain-resistant. Sizes range from 8” to 32”. $27.78 to $82.45. Pet Central, 235 West 76th Street (Broadway/West End Avenue); 212-712-1707; petcentral.com, doggonesmartbed.com

Looks like leather, but this eco-friendly frame from Arcadia Home is made from “khadda,” the unbleached hand-spun leftovers from garment construction. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, from 2”x 3” to 5”x 5”. $18 to $34. Arcadia Home, arcadiahomeinc.com

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estled between cashmere emporia and luxury living shops on Madison Avenue lies Yael Sonia art jewelry, a colorful little boutique that doesn’t quite blend in with its more conservative neighbors. While the jewelry displayed behind the glass twinkles with traditional textiles like gold and gemstones, its curious designs—which include rolling spheres, swinging pendulums, and spinning tops—catch the eye and kindle the curiosity, tempting the onlooker to touch, to engage, to play. Since designer Yael Sonia draws her inspiration from children’s toys, that’s exactly the effect she hopes for. “I want people to say ‘I want to touch it, I want to play with it.’ I love that reaction,” Sonia says. “That’s when I know the person has been touched by the piece.” Sonia opened her boutique at 922 Madison Avenue in April 2007, adding a third leg to the company that began in Brazil a decade earlier and expanded to Paris. A New Yorker by birth, Sonia has family roots in Paris and spent part of her childhood in Brazil, where all of her jewelry is still made by hand. Her collections—from the original Perpetual Motion line, to the tonguein-cheek Rock Collection, to her newest Platinum pieces for the bride-tobe—reflect the color and vivacity of Brazil with an unmistakable New York edge. We caught up with the trendsetter to discuss her unique designs and the appeal they hold for the global shopper.

From left to right: [ Kit Curve bracelet/pendant in 18k yellow gold with removable spheres in Brazilian gemstones and paved with diamonds; Sonia holding her signature Spinning Wheel bracelet in 18k yellow gold with blue topaz spheres; Stack-a-Disc pendants in 18K gold with interchangeable discs in Brazilian gemstones and gold paved with diamonds; Hammered Fancy rings/pendants in 18k yellow gold and Brazilian gemstones, Hammered Circle-C necklace in 18K yellow gold with aquamarine and diamonds; Swinging Circles platinum collection with diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines ]

Q. When did you start designing jewelry and how did you get into the business? I started drawing and designing jewelry as a teenager, for fun. Then, for my 16th birthday, my mother had a piece of jewelry made from one of my drawings. It was the first time I saw one of my drawings in the actual threedimensional format. I wore that ring for so long—for at least seven or eight years—until I started making my own jewelry. When I went to college, I had a deal with my parents that I would first study something more academic, then I could study art. As soon as I finished my undergraduate degree [in French literature and sociology, at Columbia University], I went straight to Parsons [School of Design, part of The New School]. That was an amazing experience. I realized I wanted to do something more functional than a painting on the wall or a piece of sculpture. I wanted to be more interactive with the clients and produce something that was functional. So I decided to take my first metals class and fell in love. The first time I took that saw in my hand, it was just magical. It was that moment when you realize ‘This is what I want to do.’ My work at Parsons was very much more about wearable sculpture. My pieces were more about saying something and expressing myself, while taking into account how a piece of jewelry would interact with the body. Q. Describe your approach to jewelry making. What’s important to me is creating jewelry that goes beyond being decorative and is interactive. Most of my jewelry is inspired by children’s toys, so they all move, they’re kinetic. The jewelry becomes playful, like an extension of your body—it becomes one with the user. It comes alive, and it adds a whole other dimension to your every day.

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It’s about bringing back those childhood memories and bringing back that aspect of fun—you can actually have fun when you’re wearing your jewelry. The materials are serious, I use gold and real gemstones and diamonds, but it’s fun because you can play with it. It really makes everybody smile. Even if it’s not conscious, it brings you back to happy memories. Q. How has your background—growing up in both New York and Brazil and spending a significant time in France—affected your designs? I think it really depends on the collection. In the Rock Collection, the color and materials used are very influenced by Brazil. However, the collection started as a tongue-in-cheek response to the engagement ring, which I think is something ingrained in American culture. In terms of inspiration, both New York and Brazil are important for different reasons. I grew up in New York; I spent most of my childhood here and it definitely influenced me more. But Brazil is where I started my career. Brazil is very inspirational. My best creations I’ve created while living in Brazil; there’s a certain energy there that inspires me. I have my studio in Brazil and get almost all of my materials there, except for the pearls. I use mostly Tahitian pearls and some from Japan, with the occasional ruby or other stone from somewhere else. But everything is still handcrafted in Brazil. Q. Can you describe the type of person that buys your jewelry? Women who are self-confident and have already defined who they are. My designs are statement pieces. Because they’re so bold, they generally don’t go unnoticed. It takes a woman with a certain personality and character to be able to wear them. Q. Tell me about your interactive kits. They date back to my first collection. I wanted to add that extra step of interactivity with the client. We’re all creatures of habit, and we end up wearing the same ring every day. [With the kits] you can still wear the same piece but make it different every day. A lot of the rings become pendants and vice versa. I like that interchangeable element. I love being able to switch from one to the other. The newer kits are based on a stack of disks; that is, a central cone with little stackable colored tiers. It’s like one of the first very colorful toys we have as a child—I based my collection on that, using slices of gemstones, accented with diamonds, that you can stack on a central peg. They’re incredibly playful. It’s

the idea that you can create what you want to wear—you’re part of the creative process. Q. You’ve said that New Yorkers are more willing than others to take risks with their jewelry—do you think that’s why they’re attracted to your pieces? When I say New Yorkers, I include people coming through New York, who live in other countries or states but are drawn to New York for its differences. I think that the people here tend to be a little more confident and edgier. New Yorkers in general tend to look for what’s outside the box. Because it’s a city that offers so much, people end up gravitating towards things that are different. The people coming from other countries, they’re usually looking for something that’s different, that they’re not going to get back home. I think [my jewelry] is a definite draw for them. Q. What would you say is your signature piece? I love pearls, and in Brazil I’m recognized for my use of pearls. That’s my signature in other countries. Here, my signature piece has been the spinning wheel bracelet. It’s still the piece that brings the most people in the door. Q. Tell me about your bridal collection, which came out earlier this year. It’s my first platinum collection. It definitely was a challenge to keep the movement and the kinetic, playful side of my work within something that looks a little more serious. The collection is sort of bridal with a twist. The rings for example are very playful. The only thing traditional about it is the scale and the materials, because the bulk of the collection is in diamonds, but it does have that playful, interactive side. Along the same lines as my other jewelry, this collection is great for a young, confident woman or a younger couple who doesn’t want something so traditional. Q. What’s next? Yael Sonia art jewelry I’m setting up a new studio in Sao 212-472-6488; yaelsonia.com Paulo and going back to small scale sculpture. It will also be very playful, almost like tabletop toys. A lot of my jewelry is very sculptural in scale—it looks good sitting in a showcase as well as something you would wear. Something I’ve been really working on is creating a piece of sculpture that you can interact with. ■ 33

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Aaron Basha is a luxury jewelry brand known for its whimsical designs. Most celebrated for its famous jeweled Baby Shoe pendants, Aaron Basha brings style and elegance to every creation, while consistently following its trademark theme of “Forever Young.” All of the designs are delicately handcrafted in Italy in a wide range of choice and styles, from pure 18 karat gold to a rainbow of colored enamel. Sophisticated and playful, the Aaron Basha designs have captured many hearts, with such high-profile clientele as Hollywood celebrities, international royalty, as well as many influential members of the fashion industry. Pictured here is a charm bracelet from their popular Zodiac Collection. 680 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com

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Art and Antiques Center44 – A unique and dramatic shopping experience with 70 extraordinary international antiques dealers featured in a block-long showroom of open-room 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 and art restoration, as well as traditional upholstery. 222 E. 44th St. (Second-Third Aves.), 212-450-7988; center44.com Imperial Oriental Art – A distinguished name in the field of Chinese ceramics and works of art specializing in fine quality work over a range of various dynasties, including Ming and Qing. Also offered is an extensive selection of Blue and White, Famille Rose, Famille Verte and the finest quality of Qing monochomes in America. 790 Madison Ave. (66th-67th Sts.), Third Floor, 212-717-5383; imperialorientalart.com

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an eclectic range of decoratives and collectibles. Mon.-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat.-Sun., 8:30am-5:30pm. Silversmith, Espresso Bar & Café on the premises. 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com

Department and Specialty Stores 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 Bergdorf Goodman – Among the nation’s most prestigious shops, featuring women’s fashion designs from Armani, Chanel, Versace and Ferre, to Tyler, Galliano, and Westwood. 754 Fifth Ave. (57th-58th Sts.), 212-753-7300; The men’s store is located at 745 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 212-339-3310; bergdorfgoodman.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; The SoHo branch is located at 504 Broadway (Spring-Broome Sts.), 212-729-5900; bloomingdales.com Hammacher Schlemmer – The landmark store for America’s longest-running catalog, offering unique products that solve problems, further your lifestyle, or represent the only one of their kind. 147 E. 57th St., 212-421-9002; hammacher.com Henri Bendel – This ultra-chic, elegant Fifth Avenue retailer features Lalique windows, in-store Lalique history and displays, and multiple dramatic spiral staircases. It makes for a wonderful backdrop for the high-end goods, including top women’s labels. 712 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-247-1100; henribendel.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 vast 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 MacKenzie-Childs - The flagship store featuring the full collection of whimsical and unique

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handcrafted home and garden accessories and gifts, including hand-painted ceramics, dinnerware, tableware, glassware and home furniture. 14 W. 57th St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-570-6050; 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

Fashion AND Accessories Aéropostale – High-quality, active-oriented casual apparel and accessories for 14- to 17-year-old young women. Broadway & 45th St., 212-302-4172; Manhattan Mall, Sixth Ave. & 34th St., 212-239-5201; 15 W. 34th St., 212-239-4968; aeropostale.com Balenciaga – A futuristic, luxurious environment, with fashions that meld the avant-garde with classically wearable designs. They bring kaleidoscopic designed sweaters and skirts, impressive fur and diaphanous material suits, and show-stopping heels to the stores this season. 542 W. 22nd St., 212-206-0872; balenciaga.com BCBG Max Azria – Modern and chic suits, separates, jeans, coats, dresses, handbags, and accessories for fashion-forward women. This season BCBG Max Azaria develops tulle skirts, swathed dress, dark fall color suits, and work-friendly yet night-wearable pieces. 770 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-717-4225; 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-625-2723; bcbg.com Brooks Brothers – Classically modern business and casual clothing for fashionable men and women, including dress shirts, ties, pants, sweaters, and polos. 1 Liberty Plaza (Broadway), 212-267-2400; 346 Madison Ave. (44th St.), 212-682-8800; brooksbrothers.com

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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. This season Burberry is showing pea coats with bold classic buttons for men and women, crisp denim shirts, and lambskin leather bomber jackets.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

Chanel Boutique – Featuring the classic elements of Coco Chanel’s renowned style, showcasing handbags, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, and readyto-wear by Karl Lagerfeld. For winter, look for thick knitted fur-lined feminine suits and elegantly patterned day dresses for a more ready-to-wear look. 15 E. 57th St., 212-355-5050; 139 Spring St. (Wooster St.), 212-334-0055; chanel.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, plus exclusive gift items. This season Calvin Klein comes into winter with elegant, dark colored sleeveless dresses, chic night wear and luxurious outerwear. 654 Madison Ave. (60th St.), 212-292-9000; calvinklein.com The Carlisle Collection – Stylish women make appointments for an exclusive and personalized shopping experience with couture-quality clothing that can’t be found in stores, including everything from power suits for the executive office to elegant dresses for the evening. This season: Runway looks to ready-to wear-fashion with work-friendly styles contrasting dark and bright, edgy looks, and dazzling shimmering jackets full of textural richness. 16 E. 52nd St. (Madison-Fifth Aves.), 16th Floor, 212-751-6490; showroom@carlisleny.com; carlislecollection.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. This season features rakish winter furs, intricate beading, and bold animal clutches. 954 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-249-6552; carolinaherrera.com Catherine Malandrino – High-end couture fashions that blend the energy of Manhattan and the romance of Paris, and are a favorite among celebrities. Winter is filled with beautifully tailored leather jackets, and extravagant animal prints. The intricately patterned dresses are a must-have. SoHo: 468 Broome St. (Greene St.), 212-925-6765; Meatpacking District: 652 Hudson St. (13th St.), 212-929-8710; catherinemalandrino.com

Derek Lam – Classic American fashion for women: elegant, modern, and ready-to-wear, plus limited-edition pieces, custom-made furniture, and more. Rakish ready-to-wear designs fill the collection this winter, along with elegant and feminine suede skirts. Also look for one-of-a-kind Persian lamb shearlings and cashmere gloves. 12 Crosby St. (Grand St.), 212-929-1338; dereklam.com Diane Von Furstenberg – Signature wrap dresses to flirty sportswear, swimwear, accessories, and more from the fashion icon. This season, threedimensional floral designs grace the fabrics of DVF’s women’s suits. Wool and tweed are used in the winter collection, as well as silk dresses with intricate resplendent patterns. 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. DKNY experiments with slim cut, figurehugging dresses, skirts just past the knees, and short coats featuring both long round sleeves and short sleeves for this season. 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. Featured in the winter collection: chic dresses in silk and suede complemented by elegant blouses with dramatic ruffles in dark colors; wonderfully designed coats crafted out of fur and velvet. 825 Madison Ave. (69th St.), 212-249-4100; dolcegabbana.com Donna Karan – This three-story home to the famed designer’s timeless collection is where simplicity meets glamour. Donna Karan defines chic in her new winter collection with bold black dresses and draped dresses, accessorized with beautiful metallic gloves. 819 Madison Ave. (68th St.), 866-240-4700; donnakaran.com Dooney & Bourke – Designer handbags and small leather goods featuring trendy animal prints, soft

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suede, and their trademark logo. 20 E. 60th St. (Madison-Park Aves.), 212-223-7444; dooney.com Eileen Fisher – Classic women’s fashions promoting simplicity, versatility, beauty, and creativity. Known for her outstanding fabrics and comfort, Eileen Fisher supplies her stores with soft knit sweaters, radiant color scarfs, silk tops, and alluring leather boots for the winter season. 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; eileenfisher.com Elie Tahari – Women’s ready-to-wear fashions and accessories, including suits, cutting-edge sportswear and dresses. This season features runway fashions as well as ready-to-wear consisting of beautifully knitted tops, eye-catching bags, and feminine trousers paired with silk tops in dark colors contrasted with a significantly small amount of bright color. 417 West Broadway (Spring St.), 212-334-4441; elietahari.com Emilio Pucci – Women’s clothing, hats, and shoes featuring brightly colored, often psychedelic, ultra-mod prints. For winter: ready-to-wear swathed dresses, shimmering thigh-level dresses with translucent designs, and a wide variety of immaculate bags and shoes to accessorize. 24 E. 64th St., 212-752-4777; 701 Fifth Ave. (54th St.), 212-230-1135; emiliopucci.com Façonnable – Designed in France, Façonnable offers classic men’s and women’s clothing and accessories made with exclusive fabrications and impeccable craftsmanship. Suede blazers, dark autumn/winter colors, and knitted cardigans give this label a sophisticated, classic look for the winter season. 636 Fifth Ave. (51st St.), 212-319-0111; faconnable.com Giorgio Armani – The Italian designer’s fourlevel flagship features understated suits, elegant sportswear, outerwear, and exquisite evening wear for men and women. The new winter collection includes sleek cardigans, illustrious ties, eye-catching shoes, and show-stopping outerwear alongside the designer’s esteemed signature suits. 760 Madison Ave. (65th St.), 212-988-9191; giorgioarmani.com Gucci – A name synonymous with haute couture and classic sophistication, the Italian luxurygoods company’s flagship store features five floors of cowhide sling-back chairs, up-to-theminute handbags, signature jewelry, and men’s and women’s shoes and apparel. For the winter season, Gucci bring slim fitted women’s suits in dark colors with short-sleeved coats and dresses in all styles and cuts. 725 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-826-2600; 840 Madison Ave. (70th St.), 212-717-2619; gucci.com

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Hugo Boss – With its brands BOSS and HUGO, Hugo Boss covers all the main fashion areas for women and men. Shoes and accessories,

fragrances, glasses, watches and more. Shops at Columbus Circle, 212-485-1900; 401 W. 14th St., 646-336-8170; hugoboss.com John Varvatos – Home to the Varvatos lifestyle collection, including men’s designer suits, shoes, bags, belts, cologne, and more. 315 Bowery (Bleecker St.), 212-358-0315; 122 Spring St. (Greene St.), 212-965-0700; johnvarvatos.com Krizia – Superbly tailored Italian clothing for men and women, including suits, knitwear, ties, shirts, gowns, handbags, shoes, pants, skirts for day and for evening, as well as fragrances. This season’s collection features leather, and shimmering earth-tone colors. 769 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-879-1211; krizia.net 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. This winter, Louis Vuitton offers radiant floral dresses, tweed dresses, patterned coats, and embroidered suit jackets. 1 E. 57th St., 212-758-8877; 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. Marc Jacobs’ detailed fur jackets, classy work wear, woven women suits with alluring designs, and a covetable array of bags and shoes are sure to be must-haves and fashion hits this season.163 Mercer St. (Houston-Prince Sts.), 212-343-1490; 385 Bleecker St. (Perry St.), 212-924-6126; marcjacobs.com Michael Kors – Polished, classic-chic sportswear and accessories for men and women. Winterready work wear, embellished night wear, knitted suit jackets and skirts stand out from the up-andcoming winter collection. 974 Madison Ave. (76th St.), 212-452-4685; 101 Prince St. (Greene St.), 212-965-0401; michaelkors.com Moschino – This flagship store offers an array of notions, shoes, and accessories from their Moschino, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Love Moschino, and Moschino Uomo lines. Billowing slim fit dresses, accessories, refined studded leathers, and dresses with great details reign supreme among the classic-chic winter collection. 401 W. 14th St. (Ninth Ave.), 212-243-8600; moschino.com Mulberry – British luxury bags, womenswear, menswear, and interior design. 605 Madison Ave. (58th St.); 387 Bleecker St. (Perry St.), 212-835-4700; mulberry.com Paul Stuart – Men’s and women’s clothing exclusively designed with a distinctly American viewpoint, as well as outerwear, furnishings, shoes, and made-to-measure apparel. Madison Ave. & 45th St., 212-682-0320; paulstuart.com Peter Elliot – High-end tailored men’s clothing from formalwear to cashmere sweaters geared

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toward power-lunching businessmen. The cuff-link department is a must-stop. Peter Elliot Women is located at 1071 Madison Ave., 212-570-1551; 1070 Madison Ave. (81st St.), 212-570-2300 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. This classic fashion ambassador stocks stores this season with creative floral patterns, earth-toned coloring, and hunting-inspired winter wear for men. Ralph Lauren’s first men’s-only store is located across the street at 867 Madison Ave. (72nd St.), 212-606-2100. 888 Madison Ave. (72nd St.), 212-434-8000; ralphlauren.com

Tommy Hilfiger – Featuring the American fashion icon’s collections for men, women and children, including accessories and shoes. Winter means classic, all-American styles for both men and women with thick knits, casual wear and vibrant autumn colors. 681 Fifth Ave. (54th St.), 212-223-1824; 372 West Broadway (Broome St.), 917-237-0983; tommyhilfiger.com

TSE – All things cashmere, for men and women. Sleek and sophisticated, the collection has an urban flair. 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-925-2520; tsecashmere.com Vera Wang – Featuring some of the finest bridal gowns in the world. 991 Madison Ave. (77th St.), 212-628-3400; 158 Mercer St. (Prince St.), 212-382-2184; verawang.com

Prada – This specialist in minimalist fashion offers a range of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, leather goods, and furnishings, as well as other exclusive products. For winter: dark tulip dresses, earth-colored knitted tops, leather, and fur coats with lots of detail. 841 Madison Ave. (70th St.), 212-327-4200; 45 E. 57th St., 212-308-2332; 724 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-664-0010; 575 Broadway (Prince St.), 212-334-8888; prada.com Roberto Cavalli – A boutique with “funky, sexy stuff” from the Italian designer that is always fresh, dramatic, and innovative. The more economical Just Cavalli is located at 665 Fifth Ave. (53rd St.). 711 Madison Ave. (63rd St.), 212-755-7722; robertocavalli.com Searle –Best known for shearlings, classic coats and luxurious leathers, Searle offers their own collection and many designer labels appealing to fashion-forward women, from the latest in accessories, handbags, and apparel to swimwear and beauty. New from Searle this season are asymmetrical patterned tops, cropped tweed jackets, and new tantalizing jewelry. 1051 Third Ave (62nd St.), 212-838-5990; 635 Madison Ave. (60th St.), 212-750-5153; 1296 Third Ave. (74th St.), 212-717-5200; searlenyc.com Stella McCartney – The trendy boutique featuring au courant, animal-friendly fashions for women in the heart of the fashionable Meatpacking District. 429 W. 14th St., 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com St. John Boutique – High-end knitwear, using their signature blend of wool and rayon. For special service, please ask for James Palazza. St. John turns it up a notch this season with feminine wool suits studded with captivating crystals and beads. On racks you’ll find dresses decorated with animal prints, and colored furs ready for winter. 665 Fifth Ave. (53rd St.), 212-755-5252; sjk.com Theory – Hip, classic work-friendly attire for men and women. 40 Gansevoort St. (Greenwich-Hudson Sts.), 212-524-6790; 151 Spring St. (W. B’wayWooster St.), 212-226-3691; 230 Columbus Ave. (70th-71st Sts.), 212-362-3676; theory.com tibi – The renowned contemporary dress line, plus a complete shoe line, swimwear, and home accessories. 120 Wooster St. (Prince St.), 212-226-5852; tibi.com

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Yves St. Laurent – Refined, modern, elegant, and upscale men’s and women’s apparel, from tailored suits to refined knits. This season brings classic tailor cut suits in dark fall colors, numerous runway looks, and fur-trimmed suits. 3 E. 57th St., 212-980-2970; ysl.com

FURS 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 and Watches Aaron Basha - A family-owned and -run Madison Avenue staple, Aaron Basha has made its name with high-fashion jewelry pieces, most notably their distinctive jeweled baby shoes and assortment of baby charms (including frogs, ladybugs, flowers, teddy bears, you name it). They feature heirloom-quality jewelry as well, including bracelets, clasps, cuff links, chains, and much more. 680 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com Cartier - A name synonymous with jewelry since 1847. Peruse the coveted classic gold jewelry, innovative new boutique pieces and the complete range of watches, clocks, leather goods, china, and crystal. 828 Madison Ave. (69th St.), 212-472-6400; 653 Fifth Ave. (52nd St.), 212-753-0111; cartier.com Cellini - Rare, one-of-a-kind jewelry and legendary collection of the world’s finest watches. Its reputation goes far and wide with watch connoisseurs, who also know it as a resource for limited edition timepieces. The window displays inside the Waldorf=Astoria flagship have long been one of NYC’s most beautiful fixtures. 301 Park Ave. (49th St.), 212-751-9824; 509 Madison Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-0505; cellinijewelers.com Chanel Fine Jewelry - The international luxury-goods company’s standalone shop for jewelry, which carries the core line of the collection. Take a peek at a modern interpretation of the screens in Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment. 733 Madison Ave. (64th St.), 212-535-5828; chanel.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. 21 E. 65th St., 212-772-2440; fionasescape.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 Girard-Perregaux - With a history of watchmaking dating back to 1791, Girard-Perregaux just opened its first U.S. store, a Madison Avenue luxury boutique on the Upper East Side. It’s a beautiful showcase for their authentic Swiss watches for men and women, including the Vintage 1945, ww.tc, Haute Horlogerie, and Girard-Perregaux 1966 collections. 701 Madison Ave. (62nd-63rd Sts.), 646-495-9915; girard-perregaux.com Harry Winston - America’s premier jeweler and one of the world’s largest and most prestigious jewelry empires, famous for their huge diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires of the highest quality in hand-made platinum settings. 718 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-245-2000; harrywinston.com

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Kaufmann de Suisse - Inspired by the symmetry of Art Deco and the romantic fluidity of Art Nouveau, Kaufmann de Suisse has become one of the world’s most recognizable jewelers, renowned for its selection of gemstones set in their custom designs, including many rare D/Flawless

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diamonds, as well as exceptional rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. 785 Madison Ave. (66th St.), 212-249-5700; kaufmanndesuisse.com

and utilize environmentally friendly techniques. 412 West Broadway (Prince-Spring Sts.), 212-226-2710; sobralusa.com

Mikimoto - This Japanese company, renowned as the originator of cultured pearls for over a century, maintains high standards of quality, craftsmanship, and design. 730 Fifth Ave. (57th St.), 212-457-4600; mikimotoamerica.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

Reinstein/Ross - Pairing vibrant precious stones and classical goldsmithing techniques, Reinstein/ Ross jewelry is designed and hand-fabricated in New York City, in their Madison Avenue 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 are welcome, including setting your stones in their signature style. 122 Prince St. (Wooster St.), 212-226-4513; 29 E. 73rd St. (Madison Ave.), 212-772-1901; reinsteinross.com Sobral - Energetic and playful, Sobral’s collections of jewelry and home accessories feature bold geometric shapes and lines and vibrant colors,

Tiffany & Co. - The world-renowned jewelry store offers luxurious merchandise with the tradition of quality, showcasing a wide variety of stones including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls, and the gold and silver signature collections. Other items include china, crystal, silver, watches and clocks, and fragrances. 727 Fifth Ave. (56th St.), 212-755-8000; tiffany.com Tourneau - America’s leading luxury-watch store features 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, 212-823-9425; 12 E. 57th St., 212-758-7300; 500 Madison Ave. (52nd St.), 212-758-6098; 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 Jaeger-LeCoultre. Wempe has earned its strong reputation for exceptional customer service with its state-of-the-art service center with three full-time watchmakers.700 Fifth Ave. (55th St.), 212-397-9000; wempe.com Yael Sonia - Known for cutting-edge designs and taking a modern approach to jewelry-making, Yael Sonia has become synonymous with innovation and sophistication. All pieces are handmade at Sonia’s studio/showroom in Sao Paulo, Brazil and available at 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

LUGGAGE & LEATHER GOODS Bric’s Madison - The company’s first freestanding store in the U.S., carrying a selection of Bric’s

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merchandise including luggage, handbags and small accessories, which are currently sold at Barney’s New York, specialty luggage stores, and other luxury department stores. 535 Madison Ave. (54th St.), 212-688-4490; www.brics.it Hermés - Classic leather handbags, as well as accessories, jewelry and watches, fragrances, home furnishings, and more. 691 Madison Ave. (62nd St.), 212-751-3181; 15 Broad St. (Exchange Pl.), 212-785-3030; usa.hermes.com

Shoes Bally - Leather products featuring old-world artistry blended with modern design, including footwear, handbags, executive cases, luggage, and small leather goods. 628 Madison Ave. (59th St.), 212-751-9082; bally.com Cole Haan - Designer shoes, bags and fine leather accessories, renowned for their timeless luxury. 667 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-421-8440; 620 Fifth Ave. (50th St.), 212-765-9747; Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir. (59th St.), 212-823-9420; 128 Prince St. (Wooster St.), 212-219-8240; colehaan.com Jimmy Choo - Favored by movie stars, celebrities, and elegant women in the know, the Jimmy Choo shoe lines include house, evening, bridal, sandals, and more, as well as matching handbags in equally sumptuous leathers and unique stylings. 716 Madison Ave. (63rd-64th Sts.), 212-759-7078; 645 Fifth Ave. (51st St.), 212-593-0800; jimmychoo.com Manolo Blahnik – One of the world’s most influential international footwear designers. 31 W. 54th St., 212-582-3007; manoloblahnik.com Musette – The Romanian-based footwear brand’s first U.S. flagship store, featuring one-of-a-kind luxury shoes and bags. 438 West Broadway (Prince St.), 917-691-0012; musettegroup.ro Salvatore Ferragamo - Men’s and women’s shoes crafted from superb leathers, from classic business and formal footwear to casual styles with a European flair. 655 Fifth Ave. (52nd-53rd Sts.), 212-759-3822 Stuart Weitzman – Elegant, high-fashion shoes and handbags for women. Also a wide selection of bridal and casual footwear. Shops at Columbus Circle, 212-823-9560; 625 Madison Ave. (59th St.), 212-750-2555; 2151 Broadway (76th St.), 212-873-0983; stuartweitzman.com

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LOL Kids - A fun, friendly shop in the fashionable Flatiron District catering to NYC’s hippest girls and boys, size 1 month-size 18. The finest European designer brands such as Sonia Rykiel Enfant, Miss Grant, Magil, Monnalisa, and ZaZieZen.

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22 W. 21st St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-929-6521; lol-kids.com

MP3 players, DVDs, and more. 445 Fifth Ave. (39th St.), 212-689-1111; datavis.com

Monnalisa - Since its inception in 1968 in Italy, Monnalisa has become the world leader in the high-fashion children’s wear market. The company distinguishes itself with cutting-edge designs, and collections that feature elegant hand-finished details, embellishments, and adornments. Ultra-chic and ultra-feminine, the premier Italian brand brings its sophisticated style to NYC’s glamour girls from size newborn through size 18. 1088 Madison Ave. (81st-82nd Sts.), 212-249-9040; monnalisashopny.com

Sony Style - High-tech meets high-touch in this flagship store for sophisticated electronics. In the Home Enter­tainment Lounge, relax in individual seating areas while sales counselors wheel customized entertainment systems to you. The Showcase area displays smaller electronics, as well as the latest in

interactive technology. 550 Madison Ave. (55th-56th Sts.), 212-833-8800; sonystyle.com

CIGARS and ACCESSORIES Davidoff of Geneva - One of the most popular cigar and accessories shop in America, with two warm and welcoming top-of-the-line shops in

Spring Flowers - The premier shopping destination for the finest European brands of clothing and shoes for girls and boys ages newborn to 12 years. 907 Madison Ave. (72nd-73rd Sts.), 212-717-8182; 538 Madison Ave. (54th-55th Sts.), 212-207-4606; springflowerschildren.com

doctors and Dentists 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, painfree cosmetic dental techniques and procedures that can transform your smile, giving you a renewed sense of self-confidence and well-being. 230 Park Ave. (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

HAIR SALONS John Barrett Salon - For more than a decade, John Barrett has been the mastermind behind some of the world’s most fashionable women, offering hair care from his vibrant penthouse space that offers spectacular views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 9th Floor, 212-872-2700; johnbarrett.com

Electronics/PHOTO The Apple Store - All things Apple. For technical support, head straight to the Genius Bar. The Fifth Avenue location is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 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; apple.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,

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SHOPPINGNEWYORK

F.D: Fiona Druckenmiller’s Treasure Trove of Vintage

Manhattan, and the most comfortable smokers lounges in the city. Davidoff products—which include lighters, cigar cutters, ashtrays, humidors, cigar cases, and pipes—unite craftsmanship, dedication, and understanding culminating in elegant, innovative, and functional pieces. 535 Madison Ave. (54th St.), 212-751-9060; The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Cir. (59th St.), 212-823-6383; davidoffnewyork.com

SPORTING GOODS New York Golf Center - Manhattan’s premier golf shop, providing golf enthusiasts with everything they need, on and off the course. With over 13,000 square feet of space, carrying the most comprehensive selection of golf equipment, accessories, clothing and shoes for men, women and children. 131 W. 35th St., 212-564-2255; nygolfcenter.com NHL Powered by Reebok - A must-visit for any hockey fan, the NHL flagship store includes customizable jerseys, apparel and footwear for all 30 NHL teams, interactive displays including the latest NHL video games and a wall made of real ice. 1185 Sixth Ave. (47th St.), 212-221-6375; nhlstore.nhl.com “Verdura chessmen make me smile,” chuckles Fiona Druckenmiller, a jewelry and art collector who opened her first bijoux boutique this past month after 20-plus years collecting exquisite vintage jewelry. She was referring, of course, to the charming ivory chessmen from a set made famous by the celebrated Fulco Santostefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura—or simply, Verdura—when he adorned each playing piece from an Indian chess set with golden turbans, pearl necklaces, jeweled pets, enameled accessories, and even used them as jewelry holders for his smashing earrings and brooches. They are rare and they are highly collectible. It’s a sure bet that anyone walking into Druckenmiller’s charming emporium already knows just who Verdura is (and will spy some of his signature cuffs with his remarkable Maltese crosses) and it’s also likely that clients are there to also savor other treasures Druckenmiller has cherry-picked and is showcasing in her mix of stunning merchandise. The vintage pieces (about 75% is vintage, and it is mostly 20th century, but there are some Georgian and Edwardian jewels) line the pedestal display cases and the wall units—so many gleaming gems, you won’t know where to look first. There are also ancient objets adorning the periphery of the shop—Asian sculptures that are from the first century—and as counterpoint, a very fine cache of vintage Hermès and Chanel handbags. But it is the glittering goods in the vitrines that customers will find riveting—Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, René Boivin, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent...and on and on. In one case there is a staggering collection of sought-after men’s Patek Philippe watches and in another case, a display of contemporary, highly collectible jewelry from both Munich’s renowned Hemmerle and Indian genius Viran Bhagat. There are surprising items, too, like delicate compacts and purse mirrors, from Tiffany and Cartier. And if you’re curious about pricing (from about $300 to over a million), Druckenmiller has piles of auction catalogues (and even has them online in a huge touch-screen console and linked-in iPads around the store) that will inform and educate, and underscore that these rare treasures are also—in two words—well priced. “We’re all about fine merchandise...and transparency.” You might say FD also stands for fabulous and discriminating. 21 E. 65th St. (Fifth-Madison Aves.); 212-722-2440; fionasescape.com — Ruth J. Katz

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Bookstores Imperial Fine Books – This store welcomes collectors, decorators, architects and browsers to view their selection of fine and decorative leatherbound sets, fine bindings, children’s, illustrated, first editions and rare books. Imperial also does custom bookbinding and appraisals, and offers a color catalogue. 790 Madison Ave. (66th-67th Sts.), 2nd Floor, 212-861-6620; imperialfinebooks.com Shakespeare & Company – One of the city’s top independent bookstores specializing in literature, lit criticism, poetry, drama, philosophy, and travel. 716 Broadway (Washington Pl.), 212-529-1330; 939 Lexington Ave. (69th St.), 212-570-0201; 137 E. 23rd St., 212-505-2021; shakeandco.com The Strand – With 8 miles of shelves and some two-million books, the biggest used-book store in the world. All items are discounted and include bestsellers, review copies, coffee-table books, used hardcovers, remaindered books, and paperbacks. 828 Broadway (12th St.), 212-473-1452; strandbooks.com

TOYS Build-A-Bear Workshop - The biggest Build-A-Bear Workshop store in the world. Have furry fun making your own stuffed animal friends and personalizing them with hundreds of fashions and accessories. 565 Fifth Ave. (46th St.), 877-789-BEAR; buildabear.com Disney Store - With its grand opening in Nov. 2010, this two-story retail wonderland became Disney’s largest store in North America with exclusive merchandise, as well as N.Y.-themed products, while boasting Disney’s new concept design—bringing the magic of Disney to Times Square, and filled with interactive and immersive experiences. Broadway btw. 45th & 46th Sts.; disneystore.com FAO Schwarz - Their famed NY flagship is just steps away from Central Park, and is the ultimate destination for children and their families. The toys are amazing and FAO Schwarz has their own ice cream parlor with sundaes that you can design yourself. Guests can also see and play on the giant piano that was featured in the Tom Hanks movie, Big. 767 Fifth Ave. (58th St.), 212-644-9400; fao.com Toys“R”Us Times Square - The giant toy store features a 60-foot indoor Ferris Wheel, a 4,000-square-foot Barbie dollhouse, a 20-foot animatronic T-Rex dinosaur & more. 1514 Broadway (44th St.), 800-869-7787; toysrustimessquare.com

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spas

…Sooth, Shimmer, and Surrender By Griffin Miller

The winter chill that pervades the planet’s most dynamic cityscape melts into radiant warmth this time of year at Manhattan’s most talked about day spas. Two of these oases – one in a re-imagined Midtown classic, the other a striking addition to a cutting-edge new downtown hotel – are booking (and re-booking) the rich, the famous, and the savviest of spa goers.

Vinotherapie Spa by Caudalie at the Plaza The Plaza Hotel, home to Kay Thompson’s uninhibited tyke Eloise, the place for afternoon tea, and a familiar backdrop for countless movies, is delivering the crème de la spa goods in its recently revamped incarnation as a tony Big Apple hotel with adjoining private residences. Which brings us to the property’s new concept spa, Caudalie – aptly subtitled “paradise on the 4th floor.” During a tour of the spa – a gracious study in vines, stones, wood and, in the lounge, walls that could double as an upscale wine cellar – spa director Heather Hanning pointed out that pretty much everything at Caudalie, from products to treatments to pre- and post-refreshments (available by the bottle or glass), embrace the fruit of the vine. As a result, facials have names like “Vinoperfect” and “Vinopure” while signature treatments involve massages dubbed “Fresh Grape” and “Wine Makers.” There’s even a “Merlot wrap” and “Friction Scrub,” as well a “Red Vine Barrel Bath.” “You want to match – and exceed — people’s expectations,” explains Hanning, who reveals that people with a passion for, and knowledge of spas, tend to make a day of it, booking three or four different treatments, and even a wine tasting for friends. Caudalie Vinotherapie SPA at the Plaza, One W. 58th St. (at Central Park South), 212-265-3182, plazavinotherapie@caudalie.com

The Spa at Trump SoHo New York It’s posh beyond belief, with exquisite Middle Eastern design details, and impressively expansive at 11,000 square feet over two floors, including a glorious wraparound terrace/deck offering a panoramic view of the downtown vista. As one would expect, the treatments are positively opulent, like Trump’s signature “Gemstone Massages” and the otherworldly “Hammams,” which are exclusive to the Spa at Trump SoHo. Inspired by hotelier Ivanka Trump’s travels to Istanbul and based on cultural bathing rituals, the two Hammam experiences – Turkish and Moroccan – reflect their traditional genus. “Hammam” in Arabic means “to heat.” The Turkish ritual – a revitalizing personal indulgence – involves lying on a heated marble belly stone while a “Hammam Attaché” exfoliates/detoxifies you with creamy castile soap and a handmade Kesa mitt. This is followed by a mind-blowing cleansing technique in which suds are squeezed onto your body. The last stage involves the pouring of hot and cold water over your skin. The Moroccan treatment differs insofar as it employs Moroccan black soap, a full-body application of warm Ghassoul clay, and a scalp massage. According to spa director Leigh Smith, “We wanted to make the Hammams here five-star experiences, which differs from the ones in the Middle East which are more community-oriented and less luxurious.” Trump SoHo New York, 246 Spring St. (at Varick St.), 212-842-5505, trumpsohohotel.com

Sharing The Wealth The best of the best... the hottest of the hot... the coveted of the coveted are suddenly in the holiday limelight – spanning Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and, yes, Valentine’s Day – signifying those spa must-haves are now spa must-gives. So, in the spirit of the season, here are a couple of my favorite spa-inspired presents for Winter 2010-2011. Cheers!

The Gift Certificate For the love of your life with back, muscle or ligament issues, I propose giving a session or two with one of New York’s premiere massage therapists, Laurie Towers. Her “Anti-Spa” (i.e. healing) approach has made her savior to innumerable dancers (Broadway, ballet and dance companies throughout New York), as well as high-profile pro athletes who rely on Towers for post-game injury rehab. Her Physical Advantage Massage Studio, tucked into a laid-back cocoon of a space just a couple of blocks from Bloomingdales, is perfect, too, for post-shopping achiness. Penthouse, 139 E. 57th St. at Lexington Ave.; 212-460-1879; Physical-knead.com The Gift of Fabulous The skin gurus at Kate Somerville have come up with an anti-aging product that doesn’t discriminate against skin types and works (dare I say it?) wonders. Just out this year, Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment – a cream that actually goes after those nasty little lines and their insidious sidekick wrinkles with a gusto that comes with a viable payoff. Best bestowed on a good friend you know wants to turn back the clock – or yourself. $150 for 1.7 oz. at katesomerville.com or select spas, including The Spa at Trump SoHo.

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The Gift Guide Don’t-miss picks for seasonal giving –– or a little self-indulgence.

A beautiful juxtaposition of black and white, MacKenzie Childs’ deceptively simple signature checks reveal an intricate spectrum of jewel-toned colors with gold lustre embellishment. Handmade, fired, glazed, fired again, hand-painted, fired again, and embellished with lustre, each piece is stamped by the artisans involved in its creation. Pictured here is a ceramic teapot and compote dish. 14 W. 57th St., 212-570-6050; mackenzie-childs.com

This season, Aaron Basha, the luxury jeweler best known for their whimsical and unique creations, introduces the newest additions to their trend-setting Evil Eye collection. Beautifully crafted and exquisitely presented, the tempting talismans shed stunning light on their fabled power to protect their wearer, in a fresh translation of the timeless concept of good karma. The collection includes higherend items such as pave diamond Evil Eye talismans strung from twinkling chains of 18 karat gold, as well as updated adaptations of the popular charmed amulets in “petite” styles to suit any size or budget. Madonna and Angelina Jolie have been seen sporting the protective treasures. 680 Madison Ave. (61st St.), 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com

Maximilian at Bloomingdale’s features an extensive collection of premier designer furs of the highest quality and design, including this black brisa shearling lamb coat with anthracite dyed blue fox collar and cuffs ($3,635). Maximilian Fur Salon, Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave. (60th St.), 212-705-3335; maximilian.com

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With a history of watchmaking dating back to 1791, GirardPerregaux recently opened its first U.S. store, a Madison Avenue luxury boutique on the Upper East Side and a beautiful showcase for its authentic Swiss watches. Pictured here is the ww.tc Steel Chronograph, a new “steel” version of the original chrono first released in 2000 that’s made of white gold, and is satin-finished with a sapphire crystal caseback. 701 Madison Ave. (62nd-63rd Sts.), 646-495-9915; girard-perregaux.com

Every year, Bloomingdale’s offers gifts that give back. One special gift included in the “Good Deeds” collection is the annual Little Brown Bear by GUND. The 2010 edition is paired with the storybook A Magical Night Before Christmas, featuring a foreword by Jimmy Buffett, written by Dan Tucker, and with illustrations by Michael Storrings. For every bear/book sold ($29.95), $8 will be donated to the Child Mind Institute (childmind.org), whose mission is to transform mental health care for the world’s children. 1000 Third Ave. (59th-60th Sts.), 212-705-2000; bloomingdales.com

Bric’s Madison represents Bric’s U.S. flagship as well as the company’s first freestanding store in the United States. The store carries a selection of Bric’s merchandise including luggage, handbags and small accessories, which are also sold at Barney’s New York, specialty luggage stores, and other luxury department stores. Pictured here is just one of many luxurious accessories from their beloved Glamour Handbag Collection (ranging in price from $350 to $600). 535 Madison Ave. @ 54th St., 212-688-4490; brics.it

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 watchstraps. For the holidays, consider these pieces from BY KIM with ornamental leaves in 18K white gold with brilliant-cut pave diamonds and black lacquer (ring, $7,525; pendant earring, $12,445; bangle, $ 25,795). All BY KIM creations are made in Wempe’s own workshop located in Germany. 700 Fifth Ave. (55th St.); 212-397-9000, 800-513-1131; wempe.com

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Yael Sonia’s cutting-edge jewelry creations are as unique as each of its owners. Inspired by children’s toys, this kinetic jewelry is comprised of rolling spheres, swinging pendulums and spinning tops. It comes alive with its wearer as the melodic sounds are perpetually emitted when the fine gemstones and pearls meet handcrafted 18K gold structures, as seen in these new Spinning Curve bangles that double as pendants. 922 Madison Ave. (73rd-74th Sts.), 212-472-6488; yaelsonia.com

Center44, a 25,000-square-foot showroom located in the heart of Midtown, brings together 75 extraordinary international antiques dealers in a block-long showroom of open-room settings. Pictured here is a fabulous 1940s starburst mirror with rays of giltwood and mirror, 32” in diameter—just one of many other starburst mirrors that are available. Nate Berkus recently said, “Center44 is my favorite place to shop!” 222 E. 44th St., 212-450-7988; center44.com

The oldest department store in America, Lord & Taylor has a reputation for attentive customer service and high-quality merchandise focused on apparel and accessories. Home to a plethora of luxury accessories, pictured here is a mink muffler from Linda Richards ($190). 424 Fifth Ave. at 39th St., 212-391-3344; lordandtaylor.com

Over the last 30 years, Manolo Blahnik has become one of the most influential shoe designers in the world, and his autumn/winter collection has turned out to be as innovative as ever, ultilizing two distinct opposites: the utilitarian versus the whimsical, the practical versus fantasy. One fine example from the fall and winter line: the Lodoz, a stunning moccasin boot in black and red suede ($1745). 31 W. 54th St., 212-582-3007; manoloblahnik.com

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Davidoff of Geneva is one of the most popular cigar and accessories shop in America, with two warm and welcoming top-of-the-line shops in Manhattan, and the most comfortable smokers lounges in the city. Give the gift of The Good Life this holiday season with cigar accessories, such as the ones pictured here. To find the nearest Davidoff Store call 1-800-213-2340 or visit davidoff.com. 535 Madison Ave. (54th St.), 212-751-9060; The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Cir. (59th St.), 212-823-6383; davidoffnewyork.com

Since its inception in 1968 in Italy, Monnalisa has become the world leader in the high-fashion children’s wear market, distinguishing itself with cutting-edge design. The autumn-winter collections feature a wealth of elegant hand-finished details and the palette is done in bold hues, with bright bursts of color against neutral backdrops, rich in embroidered adornment. The collection has a sophisticated mood, featuring heaps of Scottish tartan taffeta, elegant ruffles, tulle dresses with crystals and bows, and flocked velvet macramé lace prints. Down-filled jackets and tailored coats are trimmed with beautiful details. 1088 Madison Ave. (81st-82nd Sts.), 212-249-9040; monnalisashops.com

The “one-stop dental perfection” approach of Jan Linhart D.D.S., P.C. combines two elements: exceptional, cuttingedge dental treatment in a state-of-the-art facility, and the total patient experience. For the holidays, give the gift of a PearlinBrite® laser tooth whitening, a 2-hour, in-office procedure that’s more effective than any other tooth-whitening system and shows immediate results. 230 Park Ave. (46th St.), 212-682-5180; drlinhart.com

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. Pictured here is an elephant bracelet, a gold monkey ring with rubies, diamonds and enamel (both by David Webb), and an 18k yellow gold charm bracelet with elephant, lion and zebra charms. 21 E. 65th St., 212-772-2440; fionasescape.com

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Pairing vibrant precious stones and classical goldsmithing techniques, Reinstein/Ross jewelry is designed and hand-fabricated in their Madison Avenue Shop. Distinctly contemporary, but with a timeless quality, their joyous collection ranges from simple to extravagant. They also specialize in wedding bands, engagement rings and custom jewelry. Pictured here are Rapunzel earrings in 20k peach gold with black diamonds ($1475). 29 E. 73rd St. (Madison Ave.), 212-772-1901; 122 Prince St. (Wooster St.), 212-226-4513; reinsteinross.com

Created in 1993, Imperial Oriental Art is a distinguished name in the field of Chinese ceramics and works of art. Imperial Oriental Art specializes in fine quality work over a range of various dynasties, especially Ming and Qing. Pictured here is a rare pair of Famille Verte Food Dogs mounted on French Ormolu (from the Kangxi Period, 1662-1722). 790 Madison Ave. (66th-67th Sts.), Third Floor; 212-717-5383; imperialorientalart.com

The TX Pilot, T3C188, in grey exhibits intricate technology through detailing and a beautifully designed visual hierarchy of navigational elements available at Saks Fifth Avenue. ($475). 611 Fifth Ave. (49th St.), 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com

Visit Imperial Fine Books, Inc. for fine leather bound sets, fine bindings, children’s, illustrated, fine and rare editions. Pictured here is a 20-volume collection of William Shakespeare’s works, extra illustrated in full tan morocco; you will find this and many other beautiful sets and single volumes that will make the perfect gift for the holidays and throughout the year. They also offer gift certificates, custom bookbinding, worldwide shipping, free delivery in New York City, and a color catalog. 790 Madison Ave. (66th-67th Sts.), Second Floor, 212-861-6620; imperialfinebooks.com

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Winter is luxurious for even the youngest fashionistas on your holiday list...LOL Kids is your premier destination for the finest European fashions from Sonia Rykiel Enfant, Roberto Cavalli, Miss Grant, Monnalisa, Charabia, and Simonetta. The sophisticated winter collections are richly adorned with jewels and pearls for glamour girls ages newborn through 16. 22 W. 21st St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-929-6521; lol-kids.com.

With a silversmith and an espresso bar and café on the premises—not to mention over 200 galleries on four floors—Showplace Antique + Design Center is one of the city’s premier destinations for antiques and decorative and fine art, essential for collectors and designers alike. The possibilities within are endless, with Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and mid-century Modern pieces to complement bronze, silver, jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, ceramics, art glass, antiquities, period furniture, lighting, and much more. Pictured here is a Japanese glazed vase c. 1910 ($1500). Open 7 days a week. 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com

World renowned Brazilian designer Carlos Sobral’s colorful statement-making jewelry is spectacular. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted from a unique, lightweight resin, and his exquisite finishes reflect years of experimentation and innovation. Working with natural and recycled materials, Sobral is recognized globally for his commitment to environmental responsibility and ethical management. Pictured here is the Gabriele necklace ($270) from the Kandinsky collection, inspired by Russia’s revolutionary abstract artist. 412 West Broadway (Prince-Spring Sts.), 212-226-2710; sobralusa.com

Join the ranks of Paula Zahn, Martha Stewart and every New York powerhouse blonde by booking an appointment with Parvin Klein, a celebrity hair colorist at the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman. Mention “Promenade” to receive a complimentary conditioning treatment (valued at $75). This treatment will ensure your color will last and last and last... 754 Fifth Ave. (57th-58th Sts.), 9th Floor, 212-872-2700, 877-515-5595; johnbarrett.com

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holiday show globe New York’s holiday stages – from the much beloved Rockettes at Radio City to the spirited new Broadway musical production of Elf -- promise a season of magic and fun!

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By Griffin Miller

[T  he Rockettes, in their famous Wooden Solder scene, at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular ]

Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas 12/9 thru 12/19 It’s new, it’s festive and, let’s face it, unprecedented! The brother-and-sister twosome, known for being the youngest members of TV’s annual Osmond Family Christmas specials from decades of yore, are spreading traditional musical cheer for a fleeting Twelve Days Pre-Christmas at the Marriot Marquis Theatre in the heart of Times Square. Expect some sibling banter between the eternally young Donny and Marie Osmond as they present an array of glittering show-stopping production numbers – along with a sprinkling of well-earned nostalgia – designed to make your holiday adventures in New York ultra-bright! [For the record, this marks the first time the duo has shared the stage on the Great White Way.] TicketMaster.com

Elf thru 1/2 Just when you thought holiday fun couldn’t get any funner, along comes a new Broadway musical custom-made to keep the season jingling all the way to the North Pole and back! I give you the Broadway debut of Elf, New York’s newest holiday tradition, piled high with hilarity, esprit de family and tons of delectable Christmas treats. This is, after all, a Santa-centric nouveau fairy tale based on the hit 2003 film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, the title character. But this heartwarming story of a little boy who crawls into Santa’s bag one Christmas Eve, is raised as a wee elf, grows into full-sized human (with Elfin sensibilities, of course!), and travels to New York to find his birth father, makes the perfect yuletide mega-musical. And voila!... here it is lighting up the stage of Al Hirschfeld Theatre! Featuring songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot), the show stars Sebastian Arcelus as Buddy, Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages) as Jovie, Tony winner Beth Leavel as Emily, and George Wendt of Cheers fame, as Santa. ElfMusical.com Mummenschanz 12/20 thru 1/8 The non-verbal, ultra-inventive performance troupe known around the globe for transforming (or, should you find yourself at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, “transfiguring”) everyday items into a kaleidoscope of whimsy, has returned to the U.S. this holiday season for the first time since 2003. Bringing with it a show rich in the company’s vision of the playful and unforeseen, Mummenschanz uses “forms, shadow and light, and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks” along with things like wires, tubes, boxes, even rolls of toilet paper to entrance theatregoers of all ages and cultures. In short, in this delightfully surreal universe, imagination takes center stage and enchantment rules. As a bonus. Bernie Schürch and Floriana Frassetto, two of the show’s founding members and featured performers, have arranged a series of tantalizing “Talk Back” events following select performances, in which audiences are offered a chance to interact with the performers while learning firsthand about the techniques used to create this extraordinary art form. Mummenschanz.com

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Momentum 12/3 thru 1/2 New Victory, Manhattan’s premier theatre for international family-friendly entertainment, seems intent on playing one-upsman-ship with itself when it comes to presenting its holiday production – and this year’s entry, Momentum, by Tel Aviv’s Mayumana, is a spellbinder of a celebration. Described as “a fiery fusion of physical feats set to unstoppable rhythms and beats,” this vibrant celebration promises to turn up the heat during December. Boasting a cast of 13 formidable talents from as many countries, Momentum explores concepts of time and space, courtesy of its brilliant young cast, creating a new performance language with live music, stunning visuals and daredevil dance moves. Add to this a powerhouse collage of technologies created especially for The New Victory, and you can be assured that you and your family will share a not-to-beforgotten, energizing entertainment experience. Worth noting: no two shows are alike because audiences are instrumental in the creation of each performance! newvictory.org

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Clockwise from top left: [ Wintuk; Donnie & Marie: A Broadway Christmas; Mummenschanz; The cast of Elf ]

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular thru 12/30 What’s not to love? New York City’s annual celebration of all things merry and bright, bursting at its red and green seams with twinkling lights, eye-popping costumes, mind-blowing special effects and the always amazing Radio City Rockettes®. In case you weren’t aware, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been putting family fun together with holiday razzle-dazzle for over 75 years. From its classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” to a breathtaking cyber-ride with jolly old St. Nick to his workshop at the North Pole, this unforgettable holiday extravaganza remains the most time-honored star atop Rockefeller Center’s worldrenowned giant Christmas tree. And, of course, the annual reenactment of the first Christmas in the “Living Nativity” – with live animals, awesome lighting and soaring music – never ceases to elicit “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from young and old alike. radiocitychristmas.com Wintuk thru1/2 The timeless joys of Cirque du Soleil’s tale of snow-speckled enchantment are filling the Theater at Madison Square Garden for its fourth and final season, making a visit to Wintuk in the Big Apple an absolute must. This beguiling story of a young boy’s magical quest to find snow and bring it back to his home, where winter is cold but devoid of white flakes, swirls together physical and mystical delights as the hero, Jamie, encounters a cavalcade of colorful thrills – from extreme bikers, skateboarders, and inline pros (Charivari) who tear up the urban landscape, to graceful aerialists who rise above the stage, to acrobats that span a wide variety of skills and props, to dancers, ice giants, memorable music and even a female Shaman with other-worldly powers. And in the end, it’s more than clear that Wintuk is more than just a fantasy wonder-world – it’s a celebration of discovery, and a memory that celebrates fun, courage and the promise of a snowkissed tomorrow. cirquedusoleil.com/wintuk

sing-a-longs and big bubbles John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean The new holiday version is the same wonderful, jiving underwater musical adventure, only with an additional 15 minutes of fun added on with stars Dorsel, Bubbles and Tank AND a new puppet character, DJ “Ryan Starfish” of H20 Radio – voiced by NJ radio DJ Casey Bartholomew – who will help lead the audience in a holiday sing-a-long, complete with snow falling throughout the theatre! In addition, there will be plenty of holiday decorations and lights, PLUS an appearance by a very special snowman! imaginoceanthemusical.com (Thru 1/2)

The Gazillion Bubble “The Next Generation” Just in time for the holidays, The Gazillion Bubble Show is launching an updated version of its long-running bubble fest: Gazillion Bubble “The Next Generation” featuring bubble World Record holder Deni Yang. Yang, whose unique artistry brings to life bubbles of various shapes and sizes, has even come up with ones that look like snowballs. In short, his interactive show takes the magic of the holiday season and makes it a reality, from creating a live snow globe encapsulating some very lucky audience members, to making “snow bubbles” throughout the theatre! gazillionbubbleshow.com (Ongoing) -- GM

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the scoop Colin Quinn is a middle-aged poster child (operative word “child”) for the map of Ireland he wears across his face – a map he’s expanding and dissecting geographically, historically and hysterically in his seminar-cum-solo show Long Story Short, subtitled “A History of the World in 75 Minutes.” Like his good buddy/colleague/director Jerry Seinfeld, Quinn’s a Brooklyn-born humorist weaned on the stand-up circuit. They also share a sense of eyeopening irony that makes this collaborative effort extra swell. FYI: While Quinn may be best known for his years on SNL playing recurring characters like Lenny the Lion and Joe Blow, true connoisseurs will zoom in on him and Seinfeld hanging out and performing at The Comedy Cellar in the latter’s 2002 documentary, Comedian.

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Jennifer Coolidge *Richard Easton Brendan Fraser *Denis O’Hare

The stars of Elling represent one gloriously eclectic casting coup – period. Jennifer Coolidge, known for playing kooky buxom roles in films like Best in Show and Legally Blonde, is the object of “gentle giant” Kjell’s (Brendan Fraser) affection, while Denis O’Hare – fresh from channeling “the vampire King of Mississippi” on HBO’s True Blood – plays the anxiety-ridden title character. Worth noting: Fraser, who like O’Hare is immune to type-casting, is making his Broadway debut in this play based on the novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen. FYI: Richard Easton shared the stage in the hit revival of Noises Off! with two current Broadway celebs: Patti LuPone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and T.R. Knight (A Life in the Theatre); Jennifer Coolidge appeared in A Night at the Roxbury with Colin Quinn.

Good People

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The “illustrious” banner will be flying high at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre thanks to the gold standard of talents coming together for this world-premiere production. The playwright is David Lindsay Abaire, who won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his drama Rabbit Hole in 2007, while Daniel Sullivan (Tony Award, Proof) is at the helm directing this working-class drama that features Frances McDormand (Academy Award, Fargo) and Tate Donovan (Friends; Damages; The O.C.). FYI: Both McDormand and Donovan are linked professionally to Oscar winner Morgan Freeman: in 2008, McDormand and Freeman costarred in the The Country Girl, while 20 years earlier Donovan appeared with him on screen in Clean and Sober.

The Importance of Being Earnest

*Brian Bedford +Dana Ivey +Paxton Whitehead

Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell is so supremely wonderful that his performance would have blown Oscar Wilde into an ecstatic theatrical dimension. But then, the outspoken playwright would probably have been equally smitten with the artistry of veteran actors Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead. FYI: Ivey originated the role of Miss Daisy Off-Broadway opposite Morgan Freeman; Whitehead played British poet A.E. Housman in The Invention of Love at the Court Theatre in Chicago – the same role that netted Richard Easton (Elling) his Tony on Broadway.

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Robin Weigert (The Angel) and *Frank Wood (Roy Cohen)

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Linda Lavin The Tony-winning actress is co-starring in Jon Robin Baitz’ Other Desert Cities, a play filled with what she calls”truths that are magnetic in their honesty.” By Griffin Miller

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ning and Keach her parents, while Lavin plays Channing’s sister, a role she describes as “a straight shooter, fresh out of rehab.” “Great comedy comes from pain and people correcting and poking at each other,” notes Lavin who is clearly fascinated by the myriad layers Baitz has bestowed on his cache of characters – including the relationship she shares with Channing. “I’m sure sisters will identify with it,” she asserts. As for Lavin’s other big news, it’s official: on Monday, January 24th, she’ll be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame alongside actors Brian Dennehy and Fritz Weaver; director Michael Blakemore; playwright Caryl Churchill; conductor/music director Paul Gemignani; director-librettist James Lapine; and, posthumously, director-playwright Joseph Chaikin. “I received an email from a friend congratulating me on the award and my response was ‘Huh?’ It came out of the blue,” Lavin says, surprise and awe still in her voice. “I’m over the moon about it!” n Random notes  H  er mother, Lucille Potter Lavin, was a professional opera singer who sang on radio and TV and had a radio show in Portland, Maine, where Linda grew up.  On her role models: “They’ve changed over the years, as has the color of my hair.” She did confirm a definite quartet of some of her idols: Linda Darnell, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Jessica Tandy... “And on and on and on...”  B  efore landing the role of waitress Alice Hyatt on Alice, Lavin had a recurring role as a police officer during the first two seasons of the sitcom Barney Miller.  She won a Tony in 1987 as the lead actress in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.  T  o date, she’s been nominated for an additional four Tonys, two as Featured Actress in a Play (Last of the Red Hot Lovers and The Diary of Anne Frank), and two as Leading Actress in a Play (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Collected Stories).  S  he met her husband, actor/drummer Steve Bakunas, in 2002 while they were appearing together on Broadway in Hollywood Arms. They married in 2005 and in 2007 opened the Red Barn Studio, a 50-seat theatre in Wilmington, N.C. They perform and direct whenever their schedules allow. The couple costarred in the theatre’s first production, John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.  avin, a favorite performer at New York’s premier live music venue Bird L land, has booked a one-night-only show on Monday, Feb. 21. Her musical director? The legendary Billy Stritch. And on drums, Steve Bakunas. Mondo bonus: Lavin will release her new CD, Possibilities, at the performance. birdlandjazz.com  T  here’s a good chance Lavin and Charles Busch (author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and current star of the Off-Broadway hit Divine Sister) will team up for a new show this summer… you heard it here first!

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hen Linda Lavin was very, very little she stood up in her crib and sang “God Bless America.” “I’ve known I wanted to perform ever since,” she says, backed by a résumé that proves that her powers of prediction were eerily accurate during her toddler days. In fact, should you feel inclined to rev up your preferred search engine, you’ll find multiple sites tracing Lavin’s career from her fledgling years as a child performer (she started around age five) to her 1962 Broadway debut in the musical A Family Affair to her nearly nine-year run in the hit sitcom Alice (1976-1986) to her most recent Broadway appearance last spring in Donald Margulies’s Collected Stories which, not surprisingly, spoke volumes about her ability to mesmerize theatergoers. So much so, that in his review of her performance in Collected Stories, The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood felt obliged to pay homage to her left eyebrow, writing: “At one point… Ms. Lavin raises said eyebrow by perhaps half an inch. She says nary a word, and doesn’t move any other muscle, but still communicates with this minimal gesture more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue.” And Lavin is a master of the small details. As the title character in Charles Busch’s hit Broadway comedy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (2000-2001), for example, you never for a second believed she was anyone but a West Side matron/intellectual: every nuance, every quirk, every facial expression was right on the money. A graduate of The College of William and Mary – which just last year honored her with a doctorate of arts degree — Lavin is currently back at one of her favorite stamping grounds: Lincoln Center’s Off-Broadway Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, where she’s costarring with Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach and Elizabeth Marvel in Jon Robin Baitz’s latest work, Other Desert Cities. (Her last project at the Newhouse was The New Century in 2008, for which she won a Drama Desk Award). “I became involved in Other Desert Cities when Andre Bishop [Lincoln Center Theatre’s artistic director] called me,” Lavin explains, citing as a key selling point the show’s director, two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins; Take Me Out). “He’s someone I’ve always wanted to work with.” She found herself equally intrigued by Baitz’s strong script, filled with what she calls “truths that are magnetic in their honesty.” And then there was the opportunity to spend time in the apartment she bought near Lincoln Center while starring in The New Century – “So I can walk to the theatre,” she says with a pinch of pragmatic pride. The play’s storyline follows a family – the Wyeths – of Palm Springs, California, whose novelist daughter’s Christmas homecoming turns incendiary when it comes out that her new book centers on her brother, an anti-war activist who committed suicide. Marvel has the role of the daughter, Chan-

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Brian Bedford—who won a Tony for 1971’s The School for Wives— returns to Broadway for the first time since his Tony-nominated turn in 2003’s Tartuffe to direct the Roundabout’s revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, The Importance of Being Earnest. Bedford (pictured here) is also tackling the role of Lady Bracknell alongside fellow Tony nominees Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead as Miss Prism and Reverend Chausible, respectively. Previews begin Dec. 17 at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. For tickets, call 212-719-1300 or visit roundabouttheatre.org. The limited run is scheduled to end Mar. 6.

Photo: David Hou courtesy of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

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Please call the box offices for showtimes. All listings subject to change BROADWAY The Addams Family - (Musical) Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as Gomez and Morticia in a musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., 212-307-4100; theaddamsfamilymusical.com American Idiot - (Musical) Based on the Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, American Idiot follows working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration—an exhilarating journey borne along by Green Day’s electrifying songs. St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; americanidiotonbroadway.com Billy Elliot: The Musical - (Musical) Set against the backdrop of a struggling English coal-mining town, the show—a celebration of a young boy’s dream to follow his passion for dance despite all odds—is a study in inspirational and entertaining musical theatre. Peter Darling choreographs, Sir Elton John wrote the score, and three young talents alternate in the title role. Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; billyelliotbroadway.com Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - (Musical) This mix of historical fact and invention uses the story of America’s seventh president—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation, and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears—to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a blend of comedy, theatricality and emo rock. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; publictheater.org 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 on Broadway. Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., 212-239-6200 (Previews begin 2/24 for a 3/24 opening) Brief Encounter - (Comedy) This new work combines elements of Noël Coward’s beloved screenplay, and the one-act play on which it was based, with song, dance and Technicolor

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displays of emotion. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org (Through 1/2) Chicago - (Musical Revival) Kander and Ebb’s long-running “musical vaudeville” follows murderous vixen Roxie Hart, who gains notoriety from prison and 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 Colin Quinn Long Story Short - (Comedy/ One-Man Show) Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, the former Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central star uses his “articulate brand of comedy” to take audiences through an uproarious history of the world. Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; colinquinnlongstoryshort.com (Through 1/8) Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas (Musical) In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, Donny & Marie share a Broadway stage for the first time with their trademark show-stopping Christmas production numbers. Twelve performances only. Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, 877-250-2929 (12/9-19) Driving Miss Daisy - (Play) Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones star in a revival of Alfred Uhry’s classic play, a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters: a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta and an African American man who serves as her chauffeur. Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; daisyonbroadway.com (Through 1/29) Elf - (Musical) The tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Starring George Wendt as Santa. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; elfmusical.com (Through 1/2) Elling - (Play) Tony winner Denis O’Hare and Brendan Fraser star as patients in a mental hospital in this new comedy about life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Also starring Jennifer Coolidge and Richard Easton. Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; ellingonbroadway.com (Through 3/20)

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Fela! - (Musical) The critically acclaimed and award-winning musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. A phenomenal company of actors-singers-dancers joins worldrenowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, who perform Kuti’s rousing music live onstage. Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St., 212-239-6200; felaonbroadway.com (Through 1/2) A Free Man of Color - (Play) A freewheeling epic set in 1802 New Orleans in which a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one realizes is about to splinter the world. Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; lct.org Good People - (Play) Playwright David LindsayAbaire’s (Rabbit Hole) latest work, which explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof). Samuel J. Friedman Theater, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; mtc-nyc.org (Previews begin 2/8 for a 3/3 opening) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - (Musical) Following the advice of a book, a young window-cleaner (Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe) begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Featuring Frank Loesser’s famous score and an array of hit standards. Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., 212-239-6200; howtosucceedbroadway.com (Previews begin 2/26 for a 3/27 opening) The Importance of Being Earnest - (Play) Oscar Wilde’s glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Featuring Dana Ivey as Miss Prism and Paxton Whitehead as Reverend Chausible. American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org (Previews begin 12/17 for a 1/13 opening; through 3/6) In the Heights - (Musical) 2007’s Tonywinning Best Musical about two days in the life of Manhattan’s vibrant and tight-knit neighborhood of Washington Heights. The story follows the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., 212-307-4100; intheheightsthemusical.com

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THEATRENEWYORK Jersey Boys - (Musical) Based on the life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, this musical chronicles the rise to superstardom of a group of blue-collar kids from the wrong side of the tracks during the 1960s. 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 La Bete - (Play) David Hirson’s rollicking 1991 play is a comic tour de force about Elomire (David Hyde Pierce), a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theatre, and Valere (Mark Rylance), a lowbrow street clown who loves only himself. When the fickle princess (Joanna Lumley) decides she’s grown weary of Elomire’s royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; labetetheplay.com (Through 2/13) La Cage Aux Folles - (Musical) A delightful tale of an unusual nightclub and the extraordinary characters whose lives and relationships revolve around it, in which a camp man (and his lover) pretend not to be gay just to meet his son’s prospective parents-in-law. Starring Kelsey Grammer. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; lacage.com A Life in the Theatre - (Play) Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight star in the Broadway premiere of David Mamet’s latest. Describing life in the footlights from an actor’s point of view, the show focuses on the relationship between two thespians: Robert, an older, experienced performer; and John, a relative newcomer. Though Robert’s guidance is welcomed by John at first, as the play progresses Robert falters as an actor and mentor, and John emerges as a mature actor. Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200 (Through 11/28) 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. Filled with colorful characters and Grammy-winning numbers by Elton John and Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor. The Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., 866-870-2717; disneyonbroadway.com

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Lombardi. Starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; lombardibroadway.com Mamma Mia! - (Musical) Set on a Greek isle, this clever hit musical romance incorporates 22 ABBA songs (���Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You”) into a story about a single mother and her daughter on the eve of the daughter’s wedding—and three men who could be the bride’s 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 by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., 866-870-2717; disneyonbroadway.com Memphis - (Musical) From the dance halls of Memphis, Tennessee comes this “hot and bothered” Tony-winning musical set in the turbulent south of the 1950s. It tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race lines and airwaves. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; memphisthemusical.com The Merchant of Venice - (Play) Al Pacino stars in Shakespeare’s play, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which was part of The Public Theater’s 2010 Shakespeare in the Park repertory season. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; publictheater.org (Through 1/9) Million Dollar Quartet - (Musical) A musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together four of the most legendary figures in the history of rock n’ roll—Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 212-307-4100; milliondollarquartetlive.com Next to Normal - (Musical) This Tony Awardwinning, intimate six-person musical featuring a contemporary rock score, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Longacre Theatre, 222 W. 28th St., 212-239-6200; nexttonormal.com

A Little Night Music - (Musical Revival) Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch star in the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony-winning masterpiece serving up a web of romantic intrigue in a 19th-century Swedish country home. Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; nightmusicon broadway.com (Through 1/9)

The Pee-wee Herman Show - (Comedy) Based on the TV show that became a cultural phenomenon, The Pee-wee Herman Show reunites Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) with many of the original Playhouse cast of characters for an all-new celebration of sophisticated silliness, subversive humor and childlike wonder. Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St., 212-239-6200 (Through 1/2)

Lombardi - (Play) A new play by Oscar winner and Steppenwolf Theater Company member Eric Simonson—based on the best-selling biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss— that brings the audience into the life and times of one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach Vince

The Phantom of the Opera - (Musical) Gaston Leroux’s famous period thriller now reigns as Broadway’s most legendary grand dame, having broken countless records as it continues to thrill new generations of theatregoers. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; thephantomoftheopera.com

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The Pitmen Painters - (Play) Inspired by a book by William Feaver, this new work by Tony winner Lee Hall offers a humorous, moving and timely look at art, class and politics. Set in 1934, the play follows a group of miners who hired a professor to teach art appreciation in an evening class. Within a few years, they were befriended by the most avant-garde artists while their work was acquired by prestigious collections—still, every day they worked, as before, down in the mine. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; myc-nyc.com (Through 12/12) Priscilla Queen of the Desert - (Musical) Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson, and Nick Adams star as the trio of friends on an uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback. Palace Theatre, 1554 Broadway (47th St.), 212-307-4100; priscillaonbroadway.com (Opening 2/28) Promises, Promises - (Musical) Based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning film The Apartment, the story of the Consolidated Life Insurance Company and Chuck Baxter (Sean Hayes), one of its young employees. In an effort to advance, Chuck lends executives his apartment for their extramarital trysts. But things become complicated when the object of his affection (Kristin Chenoweth) becomes the mistress of one of the executives. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway (53rd St.), 212-239-6200; promisespromisesbroadway.com (Through 1/2) Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway - (Musical) This multimedia concert recaptures the era through all phases of The Beatles’ musical career including Shea Stadium, the psychedelic late 60s, and their long-haired, hard-rocking rooftop days. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St., 877-250-2929; raintribute.com (Previews begin 10/19 for a 10/26 opening; through 1/9) Rock of Ages - (Musical) This show is a true crowd-pleaser with its high-energy retro score made up of 1980s hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia and Whitesnake. Set at a Hollywood rock club, the show tracks an aspiring young rocker and a small-town girl chasing her dreams. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., 212-307-4100; rockofagesmusical.com The Scottsboro Boys - (Musical) Kander and Ebb’s musical explores the “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, when a group of African American teenagers were unjustly accused of attacking two white women—and their attempts to prove their innocence. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; scottsboromusical.com Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - (Musical) Julie Taymor (The Lion King) directs this 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,

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213 W. 42nd St., 800-745-3000; spidermanon broadway.com (Previews begin for 11/28 for a 1/11 opening) Time Stands Still - (Play) Donald Margulies’ play returns to Broadway. In it, Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James) have been together for years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when circumstances compel them to return home to New York and their circle of friends (Eric Bogosian), the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., 212-239-6200; timestandsstillonbroadway.com West Side Story - (Musical Revival) The landmark musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents transports Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the turbulent streets of the Upper West Side in 1950s New York City. The star-crossed lovers find themselves caught between the rival street gangs: watch for new bilingual elements. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway (47th St.), 212-307-4100; broadwaywestsidestory.com (Through 1/2) Wicked - (Musical) Set in Oz before the arrival of Dorothy, this knock-out production follows the friendship between two girls—one smart, misunderstood, with green skin; the other beautiful, popular, and ambitious—who grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., 212-307-4100; wickedthemusical.com Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - (Musical) Based on Pedro Almodóvar’s acclaimed 1988 film, this new musical set in late 20th-century Madrid tells the story of the intertwining lives of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion and passion. Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; lct.org (Through 1/23)

OFF-BROADWAY Angels in America - (Play) Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is set during the first wave of the AIDS epidemic. Characters include: lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife; a prophecybearing angel; the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg—all played by a company of eight actors. The play’s two parts perform in repertory (call or visit website for schedule). Signature Theatre Company, 555 W. 42nd St., 212-244-7529; signaturetheatre.org (Through 2/20) 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 Big Apple Circus: Play On! - (Circus) The World’s Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under an intimate big top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Performers

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include monocyclists and lasso twirlers from China, Mongolian contortionists, and an Ethiopian juggler with a lively up-tempo act that’s hard to beat. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos is aided by star clowns Rob Torres and of course, the leggy, lovable laugh riot Grandma. With live music by the Big Apple Circus Band. Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, 62nd St. btw. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves., 800-922-3772; bigapplecircus.org (Thru 1/9) Black Angels Over Tuskegee - (Play) Layon Gray’s historical drama based on true events. Six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood as they become the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., 212-239-6200 Black Tie - (Play) A.R. Gurney’s world-premiere comedy. In it, the father of the groom wants to make a memorable toast, but before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., 212-279-4200; primarystages.org (1/25-3/20) Blue Man Group - (Spectacle) Best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows, the trio of post-modern clowns known as Blue Man Group combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St. (so. of Astor Pl.), 212-254-4370; blueman.com The Divine Sister - (Comedy) This outrageous comic homage tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (author Charles Busch), who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions,” sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., 212-691-1555; divinesisteronstage.com The Fantasticks - (Musical) A romantic classic centered on the simple love story of a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. Snapple Theater Center, 1627 Broadway, 212-307-4100; thefantasticks.com The Flying Karamazov Brothers - (Comedy) Four times triumphant on Broadway, the awardwinning Flying Karamazov Brothers are back in an unforgettable spectacle of music, comedy, dance, theater and juggling. Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Ln. (Sixth Ave. & MacDougal St.), 800-982-2787; fkb.com

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Fuerza Bruta: Look Up - (Spectacle) Breaking free from the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention, this new show from the creators of De La Guarda immerses performers and audience in an environment that floods the senses and makes the

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imagination soar. Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square E. (15th St.), 212-239-6200; fuerzabruta.net Hallway Trilogy - (Play) A trilogy by playwright Adam Rapp that begins the day following the death of Eugene O’Neill and ends in 2053 in a disease-free New York. Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, 224 Waverly Pl., 212-868-4444; rattlestick.org (Previews begin 1/25 for a 2/8 opening; through 3/20) ImaginOcean - (Musical) John Tartaglia’s amazing musical for families takes audiences on an underwater journey full of surprises and special effects. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; newworldstages.com Line - (Play) Israel Horovitz’s classic comedy about five people standing in line has been playing Off-Off Broadway for many years—in fact, it’s inching up on the 40-year mark and has become the longestrunning play in Off-Off Broadway history. 13th Street Repertory, 50 W. 13th St., 212-352-0255; 13thstreetrep.org Love, Loss and What I Wore - (Play) Written by Nora and Delia Ephron, this collection of vignettes and monologues based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends, features rotating celebrity cast of five lending their talents to this femalecentric show. Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., 212-239-6200; lovelossonstage.com The Misanthrope - (Play) Molière’s hilariously thorny love story about the irascible Alceste and the coquettish Célimène, who put the concept of “opposites attract” to the ultimate test. New York City Center - Stage II, 131 W. 55th St., 212-581-1212; pearltheatre.org (Opening 1/7) Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage - (Play) Based on Abigail Grotke’s popular book that promises “classic advice for contemporary dilemmas.” Miss Abigail (played by Eve Plumb, Jan on The Brady Bunch) takes you back to a simpler time, before booty calls and speed-dating, back when the divorce rate wasn’t 50 percent and “Fidelity” was more than an investment firm. Sofia’s Restaurant Downstairs Theater, 221 W. 46th St., 877-964-7722; missabigailsguide.com Mistakes Were Made - (Play) Oscar nominee Michael Shannon stars in the NY premiere of Craig Wright’s hilarious, deeply moving character study of a man seeking redemption, but inescapably creating destruction. Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St., 212-868-4444; barrowstreettheatre.com Momentum - (Family Show) Boasting a cast of 10 outstanding young talents from as many different countries, Momentum is a fiery fusion of physical feats set to unstoppable rhythms and beats. New Victory Theatre, 209 W. 42nd St., 646-223-3010; newvictory.org (12/3-1/2) Mummenschanz - (Family Show) The magic and wonder of Mummenschanz returns to North America for the first time since 2003 with a new program that showcases the incredible humor,

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versatility and pure imagination of the celebrated Swiss performance troupe. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts @ NYU, 566 LaGuardia Pl., 212-352-3101; skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/ mummenschanz (12/21-1/8) Murdered by the Mob - (Interactive) Join a private audience with the Don, mingle with mobsters and molls, and meet the new “Boss of Bosses.” It’s the party of the year celebrating the induction of the newest crime boss and everyone’s invited. Amo Dinner Theatre, 141 W. 38th St., 800-MURDER-INC; murdermysteryinc.com My Big Gay Italian Wedding - (Comedy) Two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather for this new comedy St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., 212-239-6200; biggayitalianwedding.com Naked Boys Singing - (Musical) Hunky guys in the altogether perform 16 musical numbers. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; newworldstages.com The New York Idea - (Play) In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn enlivens and enriches Langdon Mitchell’s little-known play from a century ago, and shines a surprisingly contemporary light on social mores, status, and attitudes about sex and divorce in high society. Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., 212-279-4200; atlantictheater.org (1/6-2/13) Other Desert Cities - (Play) A poignant and sharply drawn portrait of a family simultaneously bound together and torn apart as it struggles to come to grips with a painful past. Starring Elizabeth Marvel, Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, and Linda Lavin. Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., 212-239-6200; lct.org (Previews begin 12/16 for a 1/13 opening) 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 Peter and the Starcatcher - (Play) An imaginative new play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In it, a company of 12 actors play some 50 characters on a journey to answer the century-old questions: How did Peter become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up? New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St., 212-279-4200; nytw.org (Opening in February) The Screwtape Letters - (Play) A provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., 212-239-6200; fpatheatre.com

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Spirit Control - (Play) Adam Wyatt has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. But when the pilot of a small plane suffers a heart attack, Adam must talk a terri-

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fied passenger through an emergency landing. New York City Center Stage I, 131 W. 55th St., 212-581-1212; mtc-nyc.org 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 The 39 Steps - (Play) Four actors breathlessly and hilariously reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film with a few props, theatrical ingenuity, and split-second quick changes. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 212-239-6200; newworldstages.com Three Pianos - (Musical) A theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, making for a colorful and imaginative evening of chaos that explores Schubert’s music, life, and times. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St., 212-279-4200; nytw.org (Previews begin 12/7 for a 12/19 opening; through 1/9) Three Sisters - (Play) Glenn Fitzgerald, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marnie Gummer, and Josh Hamilton star in Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece of thwarted dreams. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., 212-352-3101; classicstage.org (1/12-2/20) Through the Night - (Solo show) Obie awardwinner Daniel Beaty performs the story of six interconnected black males ages 10-60—a child scientist, a young man from the projects on his way to college, an ex-convict, a corporate executive, a health food store owner, and the Bishop of a mega church. They all experience an unexpected phenomenon on the same evening that changes their lives forever and challenges them to tackle important issues. Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St., 800-982-2787; danielbeaty.org The Whipping Man - (Play) The New York debut of Matthew Lopez’s acclaimed historical drama about loyalty, deceit and deliverance, featuring a fascinating portrayal of three men, and this country, at a crossroads. New York City Center - Stage I, 131 W. 55th St., 212-581-1212; manhattantheatreclub.org (Previews begin 1/13 for a 2/1 opening) Wintuk - (Musical/Family) An exciting winter adventure about a boy’s quest for snow, this show weaves thrilling acrobatics, breathtaking theatrical effects and memorable songs into a journey to an imaginary land called Wintuk. Featuring an international cast of 50 Cirque du Soleil performers. Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 212-307-1000; cirquedusoleil.com (Through 1/2) Zero Hour - (Play) The play traces actor Zero Mostel’s days growing up on the Lower East Side through his rise as a stand-up comedian and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs. DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St., 212-239-6200; zerohourshow.com

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Winnie Klotz, Met Opera

English National Opera production photo:

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Clockwise from top left: [ The NYC Opera’s witty Intermezzo; Ferruccio Furlanetto in the Met’s Don Carlo; Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; Nixon in China at the Met; Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Met, and also there, Marina Poplavskaya in a “modern times” version of La Traviata. ] Opposite page:

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7 performances I’ll be sure to see...

wrote an operatic western, an irresistible saga of rip-snorting love, hate and jealousy in a quaint old mining town. The melodramatic trappings delve in folksy Americana, but the rich and rare tunes remain stubbornly Italian, the sentiments unabashed. This current revival commemorates the world premiere, which took place at the selfsame Met a hundred years ago. Deborah Voigt sings the Bible-toting barmaid who cheats at cards to save the bandit she loves (Marcello Giordani) from the evil sheriff (Lucio Gallo). High-class cornball fun. La Traviata at the Met (Dec. 31, Jan. 4, 7, 12, 15 mat., 19, 22, 26, 29). Everyone who knows opera knows, loves, and hums along with La Traviata. Still, conservatives may be in for a shock when they encounter Willy Decker’s new staging, already a source of controversy in Salzburg and Amsterdam. The daring director has stripped the stage virtually bare, moved the action to modern times, outfitted the heroine with a slinky little red dress, and ornamented the action with obvious symbols of death. The temperamental diva Anna Netrebko was to have portrayed the doomed Violetta, but she has withdrawn for reasons unclear. In her place, Marina Poplavskaya now appears as the titular hooker with a heart of gold. This Traviata could be illuminating. It also could be annoying. In any case it won’t be boring. New York Philharmonic (Jan. 6, 7, 8). Enjoying a new lease on cultural life under the baton of Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic starts this imaginative program with the comfort of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, and ends it with a bracing New York premiere: Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days. This wild concerto for piano and “moving images” utilizes highNew York Philharmonic tech videography by Tal Rosner. The primary nyphil.org attraction, however, comes with the shattering centerpiece: Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. Most often sung by a motherly mezzosoprano, this moving set of “Songs on the Death of Children” is recreated on this occasion by Thomas Hampson, an artist equally celebrated for his suave baritone and his keen insight. Artist and art are impeccably matched. Utopia, Limited at Symphony Space (Nov. 21, 5 p.m.). Everyone – well, almost everyone – knows and loves the chatter and patter, the lyrical gush and satirical charm of Gilbert and Sullivan. That is, the G&S of Mikado, Pirates and Pinafore. Few of us know Utopia, which opens the 36th season of the spunky Symphony Space New York G&S symphonyspace.org Players. Written in 1893, it was the cranky authors’ penultimate, most complex collaboration and an initial success in London. Its popularity eventually waned, however, probably because of the subject: something about the corporatization of public institutions and scandal in the royal family. No matter. The tunes are delightful, the wit remains infectious, and opportunities to experience both are exceedingly rare. n

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professional, some sage once observed, is a person who can do it even if he or she doesn’t feel like it. And so it goes with critics. We attend performance after performance because we love the art. That is basic. But we don’t necessarily love every work that must be chronicled. And we are not always inclined to love the performers on duty. It is a nasty job, but someone has to do it. So what do we do on our free nights? Often we stay home, read a book or watch TV. Bliss. Occasionally, however, an opera or a concert exerts special allure. It doesn’t matter if no review is involved. Even the hardest heart can respond, on occasion, to personal passion. Here are some upcoming events that might lure this critic from the comforts of home: Intermezzo at the New York City Opera (David H. Koch Theater, Nov. 18, 20 mat.) Many love Richard Strauss for the voluptuous indulgence of Der Rosenkavalier or the terse, tragic violence of Salome and Elektra. Relatively few know the Strauss who wrote a satirical love-letter to his high-strung wife in the form of an intimate quasi-autobiographical indulgence called Intermezzo. This adorable comedy of errors and eros, anno 1923, makes its points with gentle charm, subtle portraiture and, as needed, a lilting waltz or two. I love it. The misunderstood hero, one Robert Storch, spends little time composing and much time becalming his flamboyantly insecure mate, Christine. Leon Major oversees the witty City Opera production and George Manahan, maestro for all seasons, leads a new cast with Mary Dunleavy New York City Opera and Nicholas Pallesen in the central roles. I’d be nycopera.com there no matter what. Nixon in China at the Met (Feb. 2, 5, 9, 12 mat., 15, 19). The premiere of John Adams’ fascinating docu-opera took place in Houston back in 1987. The Met, in better-late-than-never mode, is now introducing a facsimile of the original production. The composer conducts his minimalist score, a lofty examination of the arpeggio. Peter Sellars, eternal enfant-terrible, again stages the proceedings, which begin as Air Force One lands in Beijing. James Maddalena returns as the U.S. president who confronts Mao. I found the piece a bit pretentious 24 years ago. Others hailed it as a classic. Either way, Nixon deserves a place in our leading opera house. And who knows? Absence may have made the ears grow fonder. Don Carlo at the Met (Nov. 22, 26, 29, Dec. 3, 7, 11 mat., 15, 18 mat.). Few operas by Verdi, or by anyone else, project grandeur, heat and psychological profundity on a scale so vast, or so poignant. The opera surges with melody – beautiful, yet never beautiful for its own sake – as it reinterprets Schiller’s historical drama. The Met’s provocative new proMetropolitan Opera duction is staged by Nicholas Hytner, a temporary metopera.org fugitive from the so-called legitimate theater, and conducted by the young firebrand Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In the unique confrontation scene it pits two fine, deep and dark basses against each other – Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Philip II of Spain and Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor. This should be scary. La Fanciulla del West – a.k.a. The Girl of the Golden West – at the Met (Dec. 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 27, 30, Jan. 3, 8 mat.). Puccini, believe it or not,

By Martin Bernheimer

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer covers music in New York for the Financial Times and Opera magazine. His last piece in Promenade was on James Levine and Fabio Luisi.

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For the first time in New York during the holiday season, ABT is presenting The Nutcracker, with one of the company’s stars, Gillian Murphy, dancing an unusual role.

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t some ballet companies, a little girl plays Clara, the child whose broken Christmas toy gives rise to the magical enchanted happenings in The Nutcracker. At others, the role is danced by an adult. But this year, American Ballet Theatre is bringing a new Nutcracker to New York, and the brilliant Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has decreed that there will be two Claras, one young and another all grown-up and dancing to the classic music Tchaikovsky intended for the Sugar Plum Fairy. What’s more, he’s taking the choreographic climax away from the Sugar Plum Fairy so it can be danced by the grown Clara. For Gillian Murphy, the regal ABT star who has been chosen to perform the older Clara in the ballet’s world premiere, on December 23, it’s the culmination of a lifetime of Nutcrackers. Her very first, in Florence, S.C., was at the age of 7. “It was my first ballet recital,” she recalls, “and I remember the excitement of waiting backstage before we all kind of shuffled around as angels.” By the time she was 12, she was dancing Clara with the Columbia (S.C.) City Ballet. And by the time she was 14, at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she’d graduated to the ballet’s main adult role. “They don’t usually have freshmen doing the Sugar Plum Fairy,” she notes, “but they had a boy who was on the small side, and they were really preparing us for the next year. But as the rehearsal process went on, they decided to give me a couple of shows.” Since those couple of shows, she reckons, she has danced Sugar Plum nearly every year. “I’ve always loved dancing it,” she says. “One of the main reasons is the glorious music. And one of my other favorite roles that I’ve ever danced is Clara. So to put the two of them together, dancing to that completely stunning music as a ballerina version of Clara – I’m really excited.”

[ Gillian Murphy, left, and Catherine Hurlin in the American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker ]

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The Nutcracker Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 American Ballet Theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-636-4100; bam.org; abt.org. Sylviane Gold has written about the arts for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsday and Dance Magazine. Her last piece for Promenade was on the fall dance season.

Susanna Millman

A few tinkling notes from the score and we see snowflakes, Christmas trees, and candy canes. The Nutcracker is so tied to the holiday season that one production couldn’t possibly suffice for dance-crazy New York.

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She’s also excited about working on a new production with Ratmansky, ABT’s resident choreographer. With a $5-million price tag and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson, best-known for Broadway’s The Lion King, The Nutcracker represents a milestone for ABT: this is the first time it has presented the ballet in New York during the holiday season. Teaming with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, ABT is hoping for decades of New York Nutcrackers. Before this production, Murphy knew Ratmansky only as the coach who’d helped her (and her off-stage partner Ethan Stiefel) prepare for Don Quixote. (Her cavalier for Nutcracker will be the elegant David Hallberg.) “He’s very calm and pleasant,” she says of Ratmansky, “but also has a very keen eye. He will notice the very tiniest details, and he can articulate how to make things more clear, more quick in a technical sense and an artistic sense.” At 31, Murphy is an apt pupil, in the technical sense and the artistic sense. Combining blazing technique and a refined stage presence, she has become an audience favorite in ABT’s modern repertory as well as the more traditional fulllength ballets like Quixote and Swan Lake (she was the Odette/Odile when ABT’s production was telecast by PBS). But with 16 Nutcracker performances over two weeks, she will not be alone in the role of Clara. Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Yuriko Kajiya, Paloma Herrera, and Xiomara Reyes will dance the role, along with partners Marcelo Gomes, Alexandre Hammoudi, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns and Herman Cornejo. There will also be the little Claras on hand, many of them hoping to graduate, as Murphy did, to the Sugar Plum some day. Murphy has a different view. “It’s been a journey,” she says. “I’m glad to be getting back to Clara.” n

[ Andrei Kramarevsky as Herr Drosselmeier in the New York City Ballet version ]

[ A scene from Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut ]

The granddaddy of them all is, of course, the magical George Balanchine’s Nutcracker that introduced the ballet to the city in 1954. The Christmas tree that rises fantastically from the stage floor, the blizzard that whirls along with the dancers, the Sugar Plum Fairy who glides majestically across the stage on one toe – at this point, they are New York City Ballet beyond classic. They are iconic, and on view from November newyorkcityballet.org 26 until January 2 at the New York City Ballet’s home base at Lincoln Center. A New York-centric version of the ballet, featuring a family living in Gracie Mansion in 1895 – before it became the official home of the city’s mayor – arrives at the Kaye Playhouse, on the Upper East Side, from December 9 through December 12. Other city landmarks also figure in The Yorkville Nutcracker, and so do guest stars, Kaye Playhouse who supplement the homegrown troops of Dances Patrelle for this Dancespatrelle.org annual event. For those preferring a Nutcracker with less sugar and Brooklyn Academy of Music more spice, there’s Mark Morris’s kicky ‘60s take on the bam.org story, The Hard Nut. Set in a cartoony America of swingers and miniskirts, this surprising version up-ends the story not just by updating it but also by incorporating more material from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” the original source for the ballet libretto. The Hard Nut returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the first time in eight years on December 10 and remains through December 19. Even those looking for a Nutcracker with no ballet are in luck this year: The Nutcracker in 3D, a new film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, sets the story in 1920s Vienna, where Elle Fanning as a lonely child and Nathan Lane as her beloved uncle square off against John Turturro as the Rat King. The film, which augments the Tchaikovsky score with songs by Tim Rice, will be in theatres starting November 24. – SG 65

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From December 1st through January 2nd, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center for their annual holiday residency with a host of surprises to mark Judith Jamison’s final season as artistic director. Certain to be one of the hottest tickets in town: A weeklong tribute to Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie that melds modern dance and jazz music with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis (12/15-19). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Revelations— Ailey’s spiritual music-infused classic—Sweet Honey in the Rock will be perform on 12/1 & 31. For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit nycitycenter.org or call 212-581-1212.

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PERFORMING ARTS CULTURAL CENTERS Please call the box offices for showtimes. All listings subject to change. Beacon Theatre – Hot Tuna (12/3-4); Hall & Oates (12/5); Dukes of September (12/6-7); Lisa Lampanelli (12/10-11); Ben Folds (12/14); The Irish Tenors (12/16); Zappa Plays Zappa (12/17); Fantasia (12/27); Gov’t Mule (12/30-31); Bryan Adams (1/27); 70’s Soul Jam: Valentine’s Concert (12/12). 2124 Broadway (74th-75th Sts.), 212-465-6225; beacontheatrenyc.com Brooklyn Academy of Music – Dance: The Hard Nut (12/10-19); 651 ARTS Presents Ronald K. Brown: EVIDENCE/25 Years (12/17); American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (12/22-1/2). Music: Red Hot + New Orleans (12/3-4); Gravity Radio (12/7, 9-11). Theater: John Gabriel Borkman (1/7-2/6); The Diary of a Madman (2/11-3/12). 30 Lafayette Ave., 718-636-4100; bam.org Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts – Where They Tread - The Conservatory Chamber Choir (12/1); Brooklyn College Big Band (12/2); Bizet’s Carmen (12/4-5); Composers Concert (12/6, 13); Conservatory Jazz Ensemblette (12/7); Music for Strings (12/8); Conservatory Wind Ensemble (12/8); Afternoon Chamber Music (12/9); The Holiday Concert - Brooklyn College Chorale and Chamber Choir (12/9); Pearl Cleages’s Flyin’ West (12/9-12); Opera Favorites (12/10); Take 6 - We Wish You a Merry Christmas (12/11); The Colonial Nutcracker (12/12); Computer Music Ensemble (12/14); MLK Celebration (1/17); Seussical (1/30); A Valentine’s Weekend Concert - Gregory Isaacs in Concert (12/12); American Big Band (2/20); Tango Buenos Aires (2/26); The US Military Academy Band (2/27). Brooklyn College, Campus Road & Hillel Pl., Brooklyn, 718-951-4500; brooklyncenter.com Carnegie Hall – Risør Chamber Music Festival (12/1-4); American Composers Orchestra (12/3); Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano (12/8); Orchestra of St. Luke’s (12/9); Christianne Stotijn, MezzoSoprano (12/10); Martin Sexton Solo Holiday Show (12/11); JapanNYC Festival (12/14-18); Ensemble ACJW (12/19, 1/16, 18, 2/7); New York String Orchestra (12/24 & 28); Renée Fleming (1/11); Marilyn Horne - The Song Continues…2011 (1/19-23); Jonathan Biss (1/21); Jorge Drexler (1/22); The MET Orchestra (1/23);

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Brad Mehldau (1/26); The New York Pops with Doc Severinsen (1/28); Discovery Day - Franz Liszt (1/29); The MET Chamber Ensemble (1/30); eighth blackbird (1/31); Jean-Yves Thibaude (2/2); The Cleveland Orchestra (2/4-5); Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (2/9); Edward Parks, vocalist, and pianist Ken Noda (2/11); Mitsuko Uchida (2/11); Carnegie Hall Festival Anniversary Chorus (2/13); Jeremy Denk (2/16); Measha Brueggergosman, soprano and Justus Zeyen, piano (2/17); Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet and Håvard Gimse, piano (2/18); Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzosoprano and Brad Mehldau, piano (2/19); Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone and Ivari Ilja, piano (2/21); Orlando Consort (2/22); Standard Time with Michael Feinstein (2/23); Il Giardino Armonico (2/23); Nassima (2/25); Young People’s Chorus of New York City (2/27); Minnesota Orchestra (2/28). 57th St. & Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800; carnegiehall.org Dance Theater Workshop – The Barnard Project - Kimberly Bartosik, Ori Flomin, Will Rawls, Gwen Welliver (12/2-4); Fresh Tracks (12/8-11); Urban Word NYC - Journal to Journey (12/13-14); David Parker and The Bang Group - Nut/Cracked (12/17-20); Sidra Bell Dance New York & GALLIM DANCE Pool (1/18-22); Souleymane Badolo (1/28-29); Wendell Cooper (2/11-12); Walter Dundervill - Aesthetic Destiny 1: Candy Mountain (2/16-19); Verdensteatret - And All the Question Marks Started to Sing (2/24-27). 219 W. 19th St., 212-924-0077; dancetheaterworkshop.org Dicapo Opera Theatre – God Bless Us Everyone (12/16-19); The Saint of Bleecker Street (2/24, 26, 3/4, 6). 184 E. 76th St., 212-288-9438; dicapo.com The Joyce Theater – Ballet Hispanico (through 12/12); Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (12/14-1/2); Compagnie Philippe Saire (1/6-9); Tango Fire (1/11-23); Parsons Dance (1/25-2/6); Garth Fagan Dance (11/9-14); Complexions Contemporary Ballet (11/16-28); Ballet Hispanico (11/30-12/12). 175 Eighth Ave. (19th St.), 212-242-0800; joyce.org Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – American Songbook 2011: Barbara Cook (1/12); The Low Anthem (1/13); Lance Horne: First Things Last, with special guests from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson (1/14); Mary Chapin Carpenter (1/15); Fascinatin’ Rhythm:

Rob Fisher Celebrates the Gershwins (1/26); The Songs of Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) (1/27); John Doe: Americana (1/28); Carolina Chocolate Drops (2/2); Bebel Gilberto (2/3); Joan Osborne: Love and Hate – A Song Cycle (2/4); Anike Noni Rose (2/5); Stephanie Blythe: We’ll Meet Again—The Songs of Kate Smith (2/16); Alexi Murdoch (2/17); Raúl Esparza (2/18); Kate Baldwin (2/19); Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (2/20). Great Performers: Martin Fröst, clarinet & Shai Wosner, piano (12/5); What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow (12/6, 2/7); Garrick Ohlsson, piano (12/8); Juho Pohjonen, piano (1/16); Emanuel Ax and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (1/21); Budapest Festival Orchestra (1/25-26); Joshua Bell, violin (1/30); Diana Damrau, soprano & Helmut Deutsch, piano (2/20); London Symphony Orchestra (2/23, 25, 27); Emanuel Ax, piano (2/26). David Rubenstein Atrium Target® Free Thursdays (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd Sts.; lincolncenter. org/atrium): Jody Oberfelder Dance Company (12/2); WSJ Weekend Conversations at Lincoln Center (12/3, 10, 17); New York City Ballet (12/4); Ulla-Laa! (12/9); Christmas in Balthrop, Alabama (12/16); Rhythm Road Tour (12/30). Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd & 65th Sts., 212-875-5000; lincolncenter.org Madison Square Garden – Ozzy Osbourne (12/1); Andrea Bocelli (12/2); Z100’s Jingle Ball 2010: Presented by H (12/10); Rammstein (12/11); Usher (12/13-14); Prince (12/18 & 29); Phish (12/30-1/1); Disney on Ice (1/21-23); Lady Gaga (2/21-22); Bon Jovi (2/23-25). 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-5800; thegarden.com Merkin Concert Hall – New York Festival of Song: Manning the Canon (12/2); Spanish Pianist Jose Ramon Mendez in Recital (12/4); Poppy Seed Players: Latkes & Applesauce (12/5); Let My Song fill Your Heart, Inspired by Eileen Farrell (12/5); New York Symphony Orchestra - 2010 Fall Concert (12/5); Broadway Close Up: Bound for Broadway - 10th Anniversary Celebration (12/6); Tuesday Matinees: Sebastian Bäverstam, cello (12/7); The Azure Ensemble - Green Interstices (12/9); David Ippolito - “The Something’th Annual Year End Concert” (12/11); New York Philharmonic Ensembles (12/12); Broadway Playhouse: Rodgers & Hammerstein (1/9); Tuesday Matinees: A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra (1/11); MSM Presents: American String Quartet

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(1/12); Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir (1/15); New York Philharmonic Ensembles (1/16); Ecstatic Music Festival Marathon (1/17); Ecstatic Music Festival: The Chiara String Quartet, Nico Muhly & Valgeir Sigurðsson (1/19); Ecstatic Music Festival: So Percussion & Dan Deacon (1/20); Ecstatic Music Festival: Craig Wedren, Jefferson Friedman & ACME (1/22); New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts: Allegro and Adagio (1/23-24); Ecstatic Music Festival: Alarm Will Sound & Face the Music (1/30); Young Concert Artists: Aleksandr Haskin, flute (1/31); Concertante (2/7); Meagan Miller in Recital (2/9); New Sounds Live: Bang on a Can All-Stars 2011 People’s Commissioning Fund Concert (2/10); Broadway Playhouse: Andrew Lloyd Webber (2/13); New York Festival of Song: Night & Day / USA (2/15, 17); Ecstatic Music Festival: Roomful of Teeth with William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans & Merrill Garbus (2/19); Tuesday Matinees: Bella Hristova, violin (2/22); The TCU Percussion Orchestra (2/23); New Sounds Live: Newspeak & Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society with Iyer, Lizee, Little (2/24); New York Philharmonic Ensembles (2/27). 129 W. 67th St., 212-501-3303; kaufman-center.org

Fleming AT CARNEGIE HALL One of the great American sopranos of our time, Renée Fleming, will be performing on January 11 at Carnegie Hall on a program featuring works by Schoenberg, Korngold, and Strauss. Also on tap at Carnegie Hall: JapanNYC, a citywide festival that explores the landscape of current Japanese art and culture. JapanNYC events take place in December, March, and April. For tickets, call 212-247-7800 or visit carnegiehall.org.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Chanticleer: Christmas (12/1); Amarcord (12/4); Pacifica Quartet (12/4, 1/22, 2/19); Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart (12/11); The Waverly Consort (12/12, 18-19); Anonymous 4 (12/14); Abyssinian: Christmas (12/16); CONTACT! (12/17); Lionheart: Christmas (12/21); Burning River Brass (12/23); Steve Ross: Noël Coward (1/8); Cirène (1/23); Frederic Chiu, piano (1/28); Peking Opera: Children’s (2/5); Odair Assad, guitar (2/13); Paul Lewis, piano (2/18); Lise de la Salle, piano (2/20); Itzhak Perlman, violin (2/24). Fifth Ave. & 82nd St., 212-570-3949; metmuseum.org Metropolitan Opera Company – La Bohème (12/1, 4, 8, 11, 1/31, 2/3, 7, 10, 17, 22, 25); Così fan tutte (12/2); Don Carlo (12/3, 7, 11, 15, 18); Carmen (12/4, 9, 1/5, 8, 13); La Fanciulla del West (12/6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 27, 30, 1/3, 8); Pelléas et Mélisande (12/17, 20, 23, 29, 1/1); The Magic Flute (12/21, 24, 28, 29, 30, 1/1, 3, 6); La Traviata (12/31, 1/4, 7, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29); Tosca (1/10, 14, 17, 25, 29); Rigoletto (1/11, 15, 18, 22, 27); Simon Boccanegra (1/20, 24, 28, 2/1, 5); Nixon in China (2/2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19); Don Pasquale (2/4, 8, 11, 14, 19); Iphigénie en Tauride (2/12, 16, 21, 26); Armida (2/18, 23, 26); Lucia di Lammermoor (2/24, 28). 212-362-6000; metoperafamily.org Miller Theater at Columbia University – Pierre Boulez: 85th Birthday Celebration (12/6); Voices from the Island Sanctuary (1/22); Julia Wolfe (2/3); Neal Smith Quintet (2/5); Music by Charles Ives (2/7-9); Esperar, Sentir, Morir (2/19); Lewis Nash Quintet (2/26). 2960 Broadway (116th St.), 212-854-1633; millertheatre.com The Morgan Library’s Gilder Lehrman Hall – Caroling at the Morgan (12/10, 17); A Chamber Christmas Carol (12/17); From the Court to the Stage: The Rise of the French Oboe Band (1/13); Young Concert Artists Series: Hahn-Bin (1/19); Young Concert Artists Series: Narek Hakhnazaryan (2/9); The George London Foundation Awards Competition Finals (2/25). 225 Madison Ave. (36th St.), 212-685-0008; themorgan.org

DANCE INTO THE FIRE Following their show-stopping turn on the Joyce Theater’s stage in 2007, Tango Fire returns January 11-23 with Tango Inferno, a new production that traces the roots of the Argentinean dance from its late 19th century origins in Buenos Aires’ red-light district to today’s dance halls and ballrooms. The company’s ten dancers will be accompanied by live music courtesy of the Tango Fire Quartet. For tickets, call 212-242-0800 or visit joyce.org.

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New York Philharmonic – Beethoven and Mahler (12/2, 4, 7); Young People’s Concerts: The Ages of Music - Baroque (12/4); Elgar and Mozart (12/9-11); Holiday Brass (12/12); Handel’s Messiah (12/14-18); Alan Gilbert and Soloists from the Philharmonic (12/28-30); New Year’s Eve: Alan Gilbert, Lang Lang, and Tchaikovsky (12/31); Alan Gilbert Conducts Chopin and Tchaikovsky (1/4); Mozart, Mahler, and a Thomas Adès Premiere (1/6-8); Bronfman, Schumann, and Brahms (1/13-15); Young People’s Concerts: The Ages of Music - Classical (1/15); Rush Hour: Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (1/19); von Dohnanyi Conducts Schumann and Dvorák (1/20); von Dohnányi, Lupu, Brahms, and Dvorák (1/21-22); Very Young People’s Concerts - Allegro and Adagio (1/23-24); Alan Gilbert, Karita Mattila, Beethoven, Sibelius, and Nielsen (1/27-29, 2/1); Saturday Matinee: Mozart and Nielsen (1/29); Alan Gilbert, Karita Mattila, Beethoven, Sibelius, and Nielsen (2/1); Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony (2/10-12); Saturday Matinee: Mozart and Beethoven (2/12); Branford Marsalis (2/16-19); Janine Jansen and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

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(2/24-26). Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway & W. 65th St., 212-875-5656; nyphil.org New York Theatre Ballet – Once Upon A Ballet (ballets geared toward children ages 3-12): The Nutcracker (12/11-12, 18-19); Cinderella (2/12-13). Signatures 11 (2/11-12). Dance on a Shoestring (1/21-22, 2/25-26). Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-679-0401; nytb.org NY City Center – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (12/1-1/2); Flamenco Hoy By Carlos Saura (2/16-20); Paul Taylor Dance Company (2/22-3/6). 130 W. 56th St., 877-581-1212; nycitycenter.org 92nd Street Y – Music: An Evening of Mozart with J. D. McClatchy and the Metropolitan Opera (12/1); Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Octet (12/4); Music and the Brain—Personal Stories, Public Performances: From the Mind to the Microphone (12/8); Steven Isserlis, cello & Jeremy Denk, piano (12/9); Leon Fleisher, piano & guests (12/11); Family Music, Ages 6+—The Hard-Boiled Genius: The Life and Music of Igor Stravinsky (12/12); The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (12/15-16); Elie Wiesel in Concert: Melodies and Stories from Long Ago (12/18); David Broza, vocals & guitar (12/23); A Champagne New Year’s Eve with Sharon Isbin (12/31); Family Music, Ages 6+—Beauty and the Beard: The Life and Music of Johannes Brahms (1/2); Lyrics & Lyricists™—Frank and Tony and Peggy and Me: Making Music with the Great Singers— Celebrating Bucky Pizzarelli’s 85th Birthday (1/8, 10); Tokyo String Quartet & Aleksandar Madžar, piano (1/22); Family Music, Ages 3-6—Bash the Trash Celebrates the Fantastic Forest (1/23); Jennifer Koh, violin (1/30); Eliot Fisk, guitar (2/5); Music and the Brain—Music and the Mind: From Neurons to Nirvana (2/9); Lyrics & Lyricists™—On a Clear Day: The Musical Vision of Burton Lane (2/12-14); Takács Quartet

(2/26); Ingrid Fliter, piano (2/27). Dance: Fridays at Noon (12/10, 1/7, 21, 28, 2/4, 11); Sundays at Three (12/12, 1/9); 92Y Harkness Dance Festival (2/18-3/19). Lexington Ave. & 92nd St., 212-415-5500; 92y.org Radio City Music Hall – Radio City Christmas Spectacular (through 12/30); Aretha Franklin (2/11-12); John Mellencamp (2/18-19). 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171; radiocity.com St. Bartholomew’s Church – The Joyous Christmas Concert at St. Bart’s (12/14); A Free Concert to Usher in the New Year (12/31); Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield - “The Black Swan” (2/6). Park Ave. & 51st St., 212-378-0248; stbarts.org Symphony Space – The Dancing Piano with Jenny Lin (12/2); Childsplay: Fiddlers, Fiddles and Fiddlemaker (12/3); Elizabeth Mitchell (12/4); Voices of Gotham Presents “Under the Mistletoe” (12/4); Come Follow the Band! (12/4); G&S Fest: The Yeomen of the Guard (12/5); Die Walkure (12/7); ISSA Sonus Ensemble: New York et al (12/9); Basically Brandenburg with the Symphony Space All-Stars (12/9); Jazz Band Classic: The Joy of the Blues (12/10-11); Tiempo Libre (12/10); Gotterdammerung (12/12); InterSchool Orchestras of New York Winter Concerts (12/13-14); Salon: Magnus Lindberg (12/16); Capoeira Luanda and Ballet Los Pampas (2/18); Broadway Sings For Toys: A Benefit for Toys for Tots (12/20); The Nutcracker (12/26); Romeo et Juliette (12/26); G&S Fest: The Mikado (12/29-1/2); Galumpha (1/9); Stam-Pede (1/9); Seeing Jazz With George Wein: Jenny Scheinman (1/13); Desert Caravan: Rhythm of Rajasthan (1/14); Andrew J. Nemr & Cats Paying Dues Plus (1/15); Honoring Tradition: 60 Years of Marlboro Music (1/15); Artists Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. (1/17); Salon: Arturo O’Farrill

(1/20); Aethelred the Unready (1/25); Israeli Chamber Project (1/27); Lunch Money (1/29); The Escher Quartet with Andrew Nolen (11/6); All-American (2/3); Milkshake (2/5); Sequitur: David Foster Wallace (2/10); New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (2/11); Spirit Men: Heritage OP Family Concert (2/12); Classics Declassified: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (2/13); Di Sheyne Milnerin - A Yiddish Die Schone Mullerin (2/14); Classics Declassified: Wellington’s Victory (2/15); A Yiddish Winterreise: Elegy for a Vanished World (2/16); Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs (2/19); A Musical Marathon: 50 Years of Young Concert Artists (2/19); The Music of Now (2/21); Salon: The Fidelio Trio & Evan Ziporyn (2/24); Salon: Meredith Monk (2/25); Recess Monkey (2/26); CubaNola: More Than the Spanish Tinge (2/26). 2537 Broadway (95th St.), 212-864-5400; symphonyspace.org The Town Hall – The 2010 OUTMUSIC Awards (12/1); A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (12/3-4, 10-11, 17-18); Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang (12/8); Peter Mayer’s Stars and Promises A Holiday Benefit Concert (12/9); Peoples Symphony Concerts: Friedrich Kleinhapl, cello (12/12); Sing Your Brass Off!! NYCGMC Holiday Spectacular (12/19); Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (1/10); Nutza in the U.S. premiere of Jazz Mysteries (1/14); Peoples Symphony Concerts: Helene Grimaud, piano (1/30); Broadway Musicals of 1921 (2/14); An Evening With Ben Vereen (2/18); Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company (2/24); Capitol Steps (2/25). 123 W. 43rd St. (Broadway-Sixth Ave.), 212-997-1003; the-townhall-nyc.org The Theater at Madison Square Garden – Wintuk From Cirque du Soleil (through 1/2); Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb (2/17-21). 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave. & 32nd St.), 212-465-5800; thegarden.com

Now in its 13th year, Lincoln Center’s beloved series celebrating the diversity of American music is still going strong, returning to the cultural calendar from January 12 through February 20 to cover everything from cabaret and show tunes to pop and rock. Highlights include: composer Lance Horne launches his new album with special guests Alan Cumming (pictured here with Horne) and Cheyenne Jackson (Jan. 14); Mary Chapin Carpenter (Jan. 15); Rob Fisher’s tribute to the songwriting of the Gershwins (Jan. 26); Joan Osborne (Feb. 4); Anika Noni Rose (Feb. 5); Stephanie Blythe performing songs made famous by Kate Smith (Feb. 16); Raúl Esparza (Feb. 18); and Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (Feb. 20). See our listings for a full schedule of performers. For tickets, call 212-875-5000 or visit lincolncenter.org.

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By Karin Lipson

[ Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004); Still Life #30. 1963 ]

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[ Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (Austrian, 1897-2000); Frankfurt Kitchen from the GinnheimHöhenblick Housing Estate, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 1926-27 ]

Clockwise from above: [ Braun AG (German, founded 1921); Multipurpose Kitchen Machine. 1957 Unknown designer (Nationality unknown); Cookie Cutters. ca. 1940 John G. Rideout (American, 1898-1951); Magnalite Tea Kettle. 1936 ]

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nyone who has seriously hunted for a house or apartment—or watched others do it on cable TV—knows that a kitchen can have multiple personalities. Sure, it’s the place where dinner is cooked. But it may also be the stuff of fantasy (a “dream kitchen”), a symbol of affluence (look at those high-end appliances!) or a statement of design or lifestyle aesthetic. All of the above figure into “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,” a show at the Museum of Modern Art through March 14, 2011. On view are nearly 300 works from the museum’s collection, from sleek gadgets and nifty containers to a historically important early modernist kitchen. Posters, photographs, film stills and media works provide a graphic counterpoint to the objects. The show’s centerpiece is the “Frankfurt Kitchen,” a compact unit designed in 1926-27, an example of which was acquired by the museum in 2009. The kitchen, created by the architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, was part of a vast public-housing effort between the world wars in Frankfurtam-Main, Germany. “There were certainly very modern kitchens for individual clients who had electricity” and gas, said Juliet Kinchin, a curator in the department of architecture and design who, with curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor, organized “Counter Space.” But, “the Frankfurt Kitchen was the first to do that on such a large scale.” With its adjustable stool that allowed the user to zip around from clever storage spaces to prep area to stove, The Frankfurt Kitchen reflected a social-engineering effort to transform the lives of ordinary people. A vintage German before-and-after film clip shows the “before” Frankfurt kitchen as a place of endless drudgery: Imagine starting the evening meal by chopping kindling for the stove. “That still went on well into the 20th century,” Kinchin said. Moving on, the show displays an array of interwar and post-World War II kitchen refinements, some of which are small or countertop size. Examples include a set of Bauhaus-influenced glass stacking containers; svelte stainlesssteel poultry shears; Tupperware (of course); and a Braun “Multipurpose Kitchen Machine” with 16 fixtures, including a blender. Other pieces are large, though not too large: the sleek, plastic-laminate Italian “Spazio Vivo”—meaning “living space”—is a mobile kitchen from 1968, a wonder of steel-hinged sections that might enhance many a cramped studio apartment today. The gadget-filled post-war American kitchen has sparked some debate— including, literally, the famed 1959 “Kitchen Debate” in Moscow between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev. A large photograph in the show recalls their memorable Cold War verbal sparring in front of a model American kitchen. Works of the 1960s and ’70s by such artists as Andy Warhol may both epitomize and satirize American kitchen-consumerism. Two scenes from Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills,” dated 1978 and 1980, portray Sherman as a harried housewife returning from grocery-shopping—suggesting that women harbor ongoing anxieties centered on the kitchen. Some things, it seems, never change.

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ARTNEW YORK Photo: Eva Heyd. Courtesy Museum of Arts & Design

[ Kimake Higuchi, Glasses on a Cabbage Leaf; Gift of Aviva and Jack A. Robinson. 2007 ]

[ Dale Chihuly, Wine Bottle; Gift of Johnson Wax Company, through the American Craft Council. 1977 ]

Cindy Sherman appears again, though with a very different persona, in “Eat Drink Art Design,” an exhibition (through March 27) of objects for the table at the Museum of Arts and Design. Here, Sherman portrays Madame de Pompadour, the 18th-century mistress of King Louis XV, her enigmatic visage photo-silkscreened on a Royal Limoges porcelain tea set of boudoir-pink and white. The show of 60 works includes pieces by other well-known artists, like Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. “One of the themes is the way in which artists and designers have taken what is very familiar, and given it a different twist,” said Museum of Arts and Design Associate Curator Jennifer Scanlan, who organized the 2 Columbus Circle; 212-299-7777; madmuseum.org exhibition. Dale Chihuly’s 1968 blown-glass wine bottle, for example, slithers horizontally like a worm. Paul Scott uses screen-print decal collages to alter the idyllic images on Spode earthenware plates, suggesting a paradise lost. And the married team of Constantine and Laurene Boym cover a small table with a stilllife painting featuring a table. Talk about twists: What you’ve got now, Scanlan said, is “a table with a tabletop on it.”

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Princeton University Art Museum, Gift of Roland Rohlfs, son of Charles Rohlfs

Huntington Library, Botanical Gardens and Art Galleries, Promised Gift of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation in honor of Joseph Cunningham Dallas Museum of Art, Promised Gift of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation in honor of Joseph Cunningham

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation in honor of Joseph Cunningham

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Clockwise from above: [ Charles Rohlfs and Anna Katharine Green Desk Chair from the Rohlfs Home (Oak;1898–99) Rocking Chair (Oak; ca.1899) Tall-Back Chair from the Rohlfs Home (Oak; 1898-99) Corner Chair (Oak; 1898-99) ]

The home is a focus of yet another exhibition, this one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs,” on view through Jan. 23, features 50 examples of the highly individualistic furniture (and related items) of Rohlfs, an American turn-of-the-20th-century figure who designed only a few hundred works in his brief career. Initially, they were for his own home in Buffalo, N.Y. Metropolitan Museum of Art There, neighbors and guests began asking him to make his Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street; richly carved furniture—incorporating elements of the Arts 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, as well as Chinese and Japanese carvings—for them as well. Rohlfs’ reputation zoomed for a time, but as tastes changed his following declined and he virtually abandoned furniture-making. Bringing together examples from public and private collections, this show adds a new fillip, the result of recent research: Rohlfs’ early designs, it seems, were the products of collaboration with his wife, the artist and successful mystery novelist Anna Katharine Green, whose own activities are also part of the show. n Karin Lipson, a former arts writer and editor for Newsday, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Her last article in Promenade was on the Abstract Expressionist show at MoMA.

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In late October, the Morgan Library unveiled one of the most stunning museum renovations in recent memory: the interior restoration of its landmark McKim Building, originally constructed in 1906. Pictured above is Pierpont Morgan’s library, with its 30-foot walls lined floor-to-ceiling with bookcases full of European literature from the 16th to 20th centuries. Closed Mon. See our listings for the Morgan’s current exhibits.

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All exhibits are subject to change American Folk Art Museum – Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum (through 10/16); Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: ‘Freelance ArtistPoet and Sculptor-Inovator-Arrow maker and Plant man-Bone artifacts constructor-Photographer and Architect-Philosopher (through 10/9). Closed Mon. $12; students/seniors, $8; 12 & under, free. 45 W. 53rd St., 212-265-1040; folkartmuseum.org American Museum of Natural History – Race to the End of the Earth (through 1/2); The Butterfly Conservatory (through May); Brain: The Inside Story (through 8/14). Open daily. $16; seniors/students, $12; children 2-12, $9. Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100; amnh.org Asia Society and Museum – Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (through 1/2). Closed Mon. $10; seniors, $7; students, $5; under 16, free. 725 Park Ave. (70th St.), 212-288-6400; asiasociety.org Brooklyn Museum – Fred Tomaselli (through 1/2); Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 (through 1/9); Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera (through 4/10); Sam TaylorWood: “Ghosts” (through 8/14); Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets (through 10/2); reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio (2/4-1/15/12). Closed Mon. & Tues. $10; seniors/students, $6; under 12, free. 200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.), 718-638-5000; brooklynmuseum.org Center for Architecture – Innovate : Integrate Building Better Together (through 1/15); Building Connections 2010 (through 3/12). Closed Sun. Free. 536 LaGuardia Pl. (Bleecker-W. 3rd Sts.), 212-683-0023; aiany.org Chelsea Art Museum – Closed Sun. & Mon. $8; students/seniors, $4; under 16, free. 556 W. 22nd St., 212-255-0719; chelseaartmuseum.org China Institute – Along the Yangzi River: Regional Cultures of the Bronze Age (1/27-6/12). Open daily. $7; students/seniors, $4; under 12, free. Free admission Tues. & Thurs., 6-8pm. 125 E. 65th St., 212-744-8181; chinainstitute.org Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection (through 1/2); National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? (through 1/9); Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels (2/18-6/5). Open daily. $15; seniors/students, $10; under 12, free. 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400; cooperhewitt.org The Drawing Center – Day Job (12/10-2/3); Drawn from Photography (2/18-3/31). Closed Mon. & Tues. 35 Wooster St. (Grand-Broome Sts.), 212-219-2166; drawingcenter.org El Museo del Barrio – Nueva York (through 1/9); Luis Camnitzer: A Retrospective Organized by Daros

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Latinamerica, Zurich (2/2-5/29). Closed Mon. $9; seniors/students, $5; under 12, free. Free admission the third Saturday of every month. 1230 Fifth Ave. (104th St.), 212-831-7272; elmuseo.org Fraunces Tavern Museum – Revolution and the City (through 1/31). Closed Sun. $10; seniors/ children, $5; under 5, free. 54 Pearl St. (Broad St.), 212-425-1778; frauncestavernmuseum.org The Frick Collection – The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya (through 1/9); The King at War: Velázquez’s Portrait of Philip IV (through 1/23); Rembrandt and His School: Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings from the Frick and Lugt Collections (2/15-5/15). Closed Mon. $18; seniors, $12; students, $5; pay-what-you-wish Sun., 11am-1pm. 1 E. 70th St., 212-288-0700; frick.org Grey Art Gallery at NYU – Künstlerplakate: Artists’ Posters from East Germany, 1967-1990 (through 12/4); Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculpture by Esteban Vicente (1/11-3/26). Closed Sun. & Mon. $3. 100 Washington Square East, 212-998-6780; nyu.edu/greyart The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Broken Forms: European Modernism from the Guggenheim Collection (through 1/5); Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany 1918–1936 (through 1/9); Intervals: Ryan Gander (through 1/9); Vox Populi: Posters of the Interwar Years (through 1/9); The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 (2/4-6/1). Closed Thurs. $18; seniors/students, $15; under 12, free. 1071 Fifth Ave. (89th St.), 212-423-3500; guggenheim.org International Center of Photography – The Mexican Suitcase - Rediscovered Spanish Civil War negatives by Capa, Chim, and Taro (through 1/9); Cuba in Revolution (through 1/9); Wang Qingsong (1/21-5/8); Jasper, Texas: The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan (1/21-5/8); Take Me to the Water: River Baptism Photographs (1/21-5/8). Closed Mon. $12; students/seniors, $8; under 12, free. 1133 Sixth Ave. (43rd St.), 212-857-0000; icp.org Japan Society – The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin (through 1/9). Closed Mon. $12; students/seniors, $8; under 16, free; free Fri., 6-9pm. 333 E. 47th St., 212-832-1155; japansociety.org The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty (through 1/2); Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche (through 1/6); John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (through 1/9); Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance (through 1/17); Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania (through 1/23); The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs (through 1/23); Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography (through 2/13); Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met (through 3/6); The Roman Mosaic

from Lod, Israel (through 4/3); Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand (through 4/10); “Our Future Is In The Air”: Photographs from the 1910s (through 4/10); The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City (2/1-5/1); Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York (2/9-7/4); Cézanne’s Card Players (2/9-5/8). Closed Mon. $20; seniors, $15; students, $10; under 12, free. Fifth Ave. & 82nd St., 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org The Morgan Library & Museum – Mark Twain: A Skeptic’s Progress (through 1/2); Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961-1968 (through 1/2); Degas: Drawings and Sketchbooks (through 1/23); The Kasper Collection: Mannerism and Modernism (1/21-5/1); The Changing Face of William Shakespeare (2/4-5/1); The Diary (1/21-5/22). Closed Mon. $12; seniors/students/ children under 16, $8; 12 & under, free. Free admission Fri., 7-9pm. 225 Madison Ave. (36th St.), 212-685-0008; themorgan.org Museum of American Finance – Scandal!: Financial Crime, Chicanery and Corruption that Rocked America (through 4/29). Closed Sun. & Mon. $8; students/seniors, $5; under 6, free. 48 Wall St. (William St.), 212-908-4110; moaf.org Museum of Arts & Design – Patrick Jouin: Design and Gesture (through 2/6); Think Again: New Latin American Jewelry (through 1/9); Eat Drink Art Design (through 2/27); The Global Africa Project (through 3/27). Closed Mon. $15; students/seniors, $12; high school students and under 12, free; Thurs., 6–9pm, pay-what-you-wish. 2 Columbus Cir. (near Eighth Ave. & W. 58th St.), 212-299-7777; madmuseum.org The Museum of Biblical Art – A Light to the Nations: America’s Earliest Bibles (1532-1864) (through 12/22); The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martínez Celaya (through 12/23); Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese (2/10-6/11). Closed Mon. & Tues. $7; seniors/ students, $4; under 12, free. 1865 Broadway (61st St.), 212-408-1500; mobia.org Museum of the City of New York – Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style (through 1/2); Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman’s New York (through 2/6); Denys Wortman Rediscovered: Drawings for the World-Telegram and Sun, 1930-1953 (through 3/20). Closed Mon. $10; seniors/students, $6; under 12, free. Fifth Ave. & 103rd St., 212-534-1672; mcny.org Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art – Is This the Al Jaffee Art Exhibit? (through 1/30); Decades of Donnelly: The Art of New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly (through 1/30); Denis Kitchen: An Oddly Compelling Mini-Retrospective (through 1/30). Closed Mon. $5; 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 – Project Mah Jongg

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Great Museums, Great Food New York City’s museums are renowned for their breathtaking masterpieces and groundbreaking exhibits, but it’s not just the imagination they are feeding — they satisfy our appetites as well. Many feature innovative seasonal menus that go toe-to-toe creatively with the exhibitions beyond their doors. Here’s a sample of where to please your palate while pleasing your eye. Birdbath at the New Museum 235 Bowery, 212-219-1222; newmuseum.org/about/cafe The newest museum restaurant, Birdbath, created by City Bakery and led by its founder Maury Rubin, features “seasonal, locally grown, organic food,” according to the cafe’s website. Rubin debuted the exclusive New Museum Cookie to celebrate the burgeoning venture, which opened this fall. For the holiday season, the café is offering the bakery’s signature pumpkin pie.

The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue, 212-427-5690; thewrightrestaurant.com Executive Chef Rodolfo Contreras “emphasizes seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients” at The Wright, according to the restaurant’s website. This winter, the restaurant is featuring a spiced butternut squash soup as a first course during lunch and dinner. Another holiday treat is the Cinnlicious cocktail with Bailey’s and cinnamon schnapps.

Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie 1048 Fifth Avenue, 212-288-0665; neuegalerie.org/cafes/sabarsky A classic Viennese restaurant, Café Sabarsky is renowned for its pastries, coffee and hot chocolate (offered year-round). During the holiday season, chef/co-owner Kurt Gutenbrunner offers additional holiday-themed desserts, as well as a signature chestnut soup.

Garden Court Café at the Asia Society 725 Park Avenue, 212-570-5202; asiasociety.org/centers/new-york/garden-court-café The Garden Court Café offers inventive cuisine with an Asian touch. Executive Chef Mark Cummings also creates specials paired with featured exhibits, showcases seasonal menus and commemorates national and Asian holidays.

Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7730; robertnyc.com Robert offers a seasonal menu at the hands of executive chef Matthew Koffman. Come Thanksgiving Day, visitors to the restaurant can watch the parade while enjoying a breakfast buffet. The fall/winter menu is now in place. The Morgan Dining Room at The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Avenue, 212-683-2130; themorgan.org/visit/dining.asp The Morgan Dining Room often showcases menus inspired by current exhibitions at the Library. Currently offering their winter menu, executive chef Jared King will have a wine-pairing menu for the holiday season.

The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art 9 West 53rd Street, 212-333-1220; themodernnyc.com At The Modern, Executive Chef Gabriel Kreuther “offers a tasting journey of seasonal ingredients and pure, clean, intense flavors,” according to the restaurant’s website. Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar at the Met 1000 Fifth Avenue, 212-570-3964; metmuseum.org/visit/dining This European-style restaurant overlooking Central Park offers a seasonal menu at the helm of Executive Chef Albert Gianquinto. For more information, including hours and sample menus, please call or visit the restaurants’ websites. –– Rebecca Forbes

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ONTHETOWN (through 1/2); Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh (through 8/7); The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service (through 9/5). Closed Sat. $12; seniors, $10; students, $7; 12 & under, free. Free Wed., 4-8pm. 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4200; mjhnyc.org Museum of Modern Art – Projects 93: Dinh Q. Lê (through 1/24); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century (through 2/7); Paula Hayes, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus (through 2/28); Artifact or Idea? Photography in MoMA Exhibition Design, 1937-1979 (through 3/7); Weimar Cinema, 1919-1933: Daydreams and Nightmares (through 3/8); Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (through 3/14); Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures (12/19-3/21); Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography (through 3/21); Abstract Expressionist New York (through 4/25); Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960 (1/28-5/9); Contemporary Art from the Collection (through 5/9); Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture (through 5/30); Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (2/13-6/6); Projects 94: Henrik Olesen (2/9-6/23). Closed Tues. $20; seniors, $16; students, $12; 16 & under, free. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400; moma.org Museum of the Moving Image – Pays homage to the art, history, and technology of film and television, educating the public on its influence in our culture and society. Reopening 1/15 following renovations. Tues.-Sat., 10am-3pm. $7. 35th Ave. & 37th St., Astoria, Queens, 718-784-0077; movingimage.us Museum of Sex – Sex Lives of Robots (ongoing); Action: Sex and the Moving Image (ongoing); Rubbers: The Life, History & Struggle of the Condom (ongoing); Sex Lives of Animals (ongoing). Open daily. $16.75; students/seniors, $15.25. 233 Fifth Ave. (27th St.), 212-689-6337; museumofsex.com

of the month); students/seniors, $5; under 12, free. 9-01 33rd Rd. (Vernon Blvd.), Long Island City, Queens, 718-204-7088; noguchi.org

Neue Galerie – Franz Xaver Messerschmidt: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism, 1736-1783 (through 1/10); Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (through 1/17); Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900 (2/24-6/27). Closed Tues. & Wed. $15; students/seniors, $10. 1048 Fifth Ave. (86th St.), 212-628-6200; neuegalerie.org

The Paley Center for Media – A center for the cultural, creative, and social significance of television and radio. Closed Mon. & Tues. $10; seniors/students, $8; under 14, $5. 25 W. 52nd St., 212-621-6600; paleycenter.org

New Museum of Contemporary Art – The Last Newspaper (through 1/9); Free (through 1/23); Voice and Wind: Haegue Yang (through 1/23); George Condo: Mental States (1/26-5/15); Lynda Benglis (2/9-7/13). Closed Mon. & Tues. $12; seniors, $10; students, $8; 18 & under, free. 235 Bowery (Prince St.), 212-219-1222; newmuseum.org New York City Fire Museum – Fire-related art and artifacts. Closed Mon. $7; seniors/students, $5. 278 Spring St. (Varick-Hudson Sts.), 212-691-1303; nycfiremuseum.org The New-York Historical Society – Nueva York (1613-1945) (through 1/9); Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin (through 1/31). Closed Mon. $12; seniors, $9; students, $7; under 12, free. 170 Central Park West (77th St.), 212-873-3400; nyhistory.org New York Public Library (Humanities and Social Sciences Library) – Call 212-869-8089 for a recording of all current exhibitions. Open daily. 42nd St. & Fifth Ave., 212-340-0830; nypl.org New York Transit Museum – Inspiring Spaces: 25 Years of MTA Arts for Transit (through 2/28). Closed Mon. $6; seniors/children 3-17, $4. 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 The Noguchi Museum – Isamu Noguchi and his Contemporaries, 1922-1960 (through 4/24). Closed Mon. & Tues. $10 (pay-what-you-wish first Fri.

©Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo: Sheldan C. Collins

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution – HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor (Part II) (through 1/16); Beauty Surrounds Us (through 3/31); A Song for the Horse Nation (through 7/7); Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum

of the American Indian (opening 10/23). Open daily. Free. U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green (Broadway), 212-514-3700; americanindian.si.edu

The Rubin Museum of Art – Embodying the Holy (through 3/7); From the Land of the Gods (through 3/8); Grain of Emptiness (through 4/11); The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting (through 5/23); Body Language: The Yogis of India and Nepal (1/28-5/30); Gateway to Himalayan Art (through 1/1/12). Closed Tues. $10 (free Fri., 6-10pm); seniors/students/artists with ID, $7; under 12, free. 150 W. 17th St., 212-620-5000; rmanyc.org Scandinavia House – Nordic Models + Common Ground (through 3/9). Closed Sun. & Mon. Free. 58 Park Ave. (37th-38th Sts.), 212-779-3587; scandinaviahouse.org The Studio Museum in Harlem – The Production of Space (through 1/2); Dawoud Bey’s Harlem, USA (through 1/2); Untitled (Level): Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young (through 1/2); Collected. Black & White (through 1/2); Harlem Postcards (through 3/13); StudioSound: Matana Roberts (through 3/13); Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations (through 3/13); Mark Bradford: Alphabet (through 3/13); Inside the Collection (through 3/13); VideoStudio: Changing Same (through 3/13). Closed Mon.-Wed. $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 – Paul Thek: Diver, a Retrospective (through 1/9); Slater Bradley and Ed Lachman: Shadow (through 1/23); Charles LeDray: WorkWorkWorkWorkWork (through 2/13); Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time (through 4/10). Closed Mon. & Tues. $18 (pay-what-you-wish Fri., 6-9pm); seniors/students, $12; 18 & under, free. 945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-570-3600; whitney.org

Hopper’s MODERN TIMES As artists began to rebel against academic art, realism started to dominate the American art scene at the beginning of the 20th century. The Whitney’s exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time (running through April 10) explores the works of Hopper and his contemporaries during this time, featuring scenes that reflected modern life—from urban scenes and industrial structures of the early century to rural paintings of the 1930s. Pictured here is Hopper’s Soir Bleu (1914). Closed Mon. & Tues. 945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 212-570-3600; whitney.org

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art galleries All exhibits subject to change

Agora Gallery - American and international contemporary art. Portals of Perception (through 12/14); Red: LEGO Sculpture by Nathan Sawaya (through 12/14). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. 530 W. 25th St., 212-226-4151; agora-gallery.com Artists Space - One of the first alternative spaces in New York, founded in 1972 to support contemporary artists working in the visual arts. Danh Vo - Autoerotic Asphyxiation (9/15-11/7). Tues.-Sat., noon-6pm. 38 Greene St., 3rd Floor, 212-226-3970; artistsspace.org Bonni Benrubi - 20th-century and contemporary photography. Abelardo Morell: Groundwork (through 12/18); åå (Jan.-Mar.). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 41 E. 57th St., 13th Floor, 212-888-6007; bonnibenrubi.com Peter Blum Gallery - Contemporary American and European art. Wooster St.: David Rabinowitch: Birth of Romanticism: New Works on Paper (through 1/22). 29th St.: Huma Bhabha (through 1/15). 99 Wooster St., 212-343-0441; 526 W. 29th St., 212-244-6055; peterblumgallery.com Campton Gallery - Contemporary international and American art. Sharon Booma (through 12/30). 451 West Broadway, 212-387-0208; camptongallery.com

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Cheim & Read - International contemporary artists. Hans Hartung: The Last Paintings 1989 (through 12/30); From a collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941-1971 (through 12/30). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 547 W. 25th St., 212-242-7727; cheimread.com

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The next generation of great German artists is at the center of Hosfelt Gallery’s EINFLUSS: Eight from Düsseldorf, an exhibition comprised of painting, sculpture and site-specific installation featuring artists ranging in age from their early 30s to late 40s. Works include Cornelius Völker’s Sink - 1 (2008), pictured above. Through January 15. Open Wed.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

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James Cohan Gallery - Contemporary art. Roxy Paine - Distillation (through 12/11); Hiraki Sawa - New Work (2/18-3/26). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 533 W. 26th St., 212-714-9500; jamescohan.com Heidi Cho Gallery - Contemporary art from mid-career/emerging artists. Ceramics and Paintings - Rex Lau, Diane Mayo (through 12/31). Tues.-Fri., 11am-6pm; Sat., 11am-5pm. 522 W. 23rd St., 212-255-6783; heidichogallery.com CUE Art Foundation - Exhibitions featuring under-recognized artists. Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 11am-5pm. 511 W. 25th St., 212-206-3583; cueartfoundation.org

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D’Amelio Terras - Contemporary art featuring international emerging and mid-career artists. Daniel Hesidence - Autumn Buffalo (through 12/23). Tues.-Fri., 10am-6pm. 525 W. 22nd St., 212-352-9460; damelioterras.com DCKT - Sophie Crumb (through 12/30). Tues.-Fri., 11am-6pm; Sat., noon-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. 195 Bowery, 212-741-9955; dcktcontemporary.com David Findlay Jr. Inc. - American 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculpture. Natove Sources: Will Barnet, Byron Browne, Leonard Edmondson, Steve Wheeler (12/4-24). Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm. 41 E. 57th St., 212-486-7660; davidfindlayjr.com Zach Feuer Gallery - Contemporary art in all media by emerging and mid-career artists. Kristen Morgen: New York Be Nice (through 12/18); Open (through 12/18). Tues.- Sat., 10am-6pm. 548 W. 22nd St., 212-989-7700; zachfuer.com Gagosian Gallery - Modern and contemporary art, including works by de Kooning, Hirst, Picasso, Twombly, and Warhol. Madison Ave.: Pablo Picasso - Important Paintings and Sculpture (through 12/23); John Currin - New Paintings (through 12/22); Jean Pigozzi - Johnny STOP! (through 12/23). W. 24th St.: Anselm Kiefer - Next Year in Jerusalem (through 12/18). Tues.- Sat., 10am-6pm. 980 Madison Ave. (76th-77th Sts.), 212-744-2313; 555 W. 24th St., 212-741-1111; 522 W. 21st St., 212-741-1717; gagosian.com Galerie Lelong - Contemporary art from the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Ana Mendieta - Documentation and Artwork, 1972-1985 (through 12/11). 528 W. 26th St., 212-315-0470; galerielelong.com Galerie St. Etienne - The oldest gallery in the U.S. specializing in Expressionism and Self-Taught Art. Marie-Louise Motesiczky - Paradise Lost & Found (through 12/30). 24 W. 57th St., 212-245-6734; gseart.com Gallery Henoch - Contemporary American, European, and Asian painting and sculpture. Max Ferguson - Urban Intimacy (through 12/4). Tues.-Sat., 10:30am-6pm. 555 W. 25th St., 917-305-0003; galleryhenoch.com Gladstone Gallery - Contemporary art. 24th St.: Cecilia Edefalk - Weeping Birch (9/17-10/23). 21st St.: Ugo Rondinone (through 12/23). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 515 W. 24th St., 212-206-9300; 530 W. 21st St.; gladstonegallery.com Valerie Goodman Gallery - Specializing in 20th century European decorative arts, furniture and lighting, and French contemporary artist Limited Editions. Jacques Jarrige (through 1/20). 315 E. 91st St., 917-208-0302; valeriegoodmangallery.com

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James Graham & Sons - 19th- & 20th-century American paintings, American & European sculpture. Consider the Oyster (9/23-10/30). 32 E. 67th St., 212-535-5767; jamesgrahamandsons.com Greenberg Van Doren - Contemporary fine art. S, M, L (through 12/23); Sharon Ellis (1/6-2/19); Cameron Martin (2/23-4/23). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 730 Fifth Ave. (57th St.), 212-445-0444; gvdgallery.com Stephen Haller Gallery - Contemporary paintings. Spectrum - Group Exhibition (12/2-1/11). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 542 W. 26th St., 212-741-7777; stephenhallergallery.com Hauser & Wirth - Emerging and established contemporary artists. Monika Sosnowska (through 12/18). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 32 E. 69th St., 212-794-4970; hauserwirth.com Hasted Hunt Kraeutler - Contemporary photography from emerging and established artists. Albert Watson - Retrospective (through 12/4); Nathan Harger (12/9-1/29). Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm. 537 W. 24th St., 212-627-0006; hastedhunt.com Hosfelt Gallery - International, emerging and mid-career artists. EINFLUSS: 8 from DĂźsseldorf (through 1/15). Wed.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 531 W. 36th St., 212-563-5454; hosfeltgallery.com Paul Kasmin Gallery - Contemporary and modern art. Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 293 Tenth Ave. (27th St.); 511 27th St., 212-563-4474; paulkasmingallery.com Knoedler & Company - Contemporary and sculpture works. John Walker - New Paintings (through 12/30). Tues.-Fri., 9:30am-5:30pm., Sat., 10am-5:30pm. 19 E. 70th St., 212-794-0550; knoedlergallery.com L & M Arts - Paintings, drawings, and sculptures by first-generation Abstract Expressionists. Damien Hirst, Medicine Cabinets (through 12/11). Tues.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm. 45 E. 78th St., 212-861-0020; lmgallery.com Lehmann Maupin Gallery - International contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. 26th St.: Law of the Jungle (12/9-1/29). Chrystie St.: Painting and Sculpture (12/9-1/9). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 540 W. 26th St., 212-255-2923; 201 Chrystie St., 212-254-0054; lehmannmaupin.com Luhring Augustine - Late-19th century to contemporary American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video works. Elad Lassry (through 12/18); Josh Smith (2/12-3/19). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 531 W. 24th St., 212-206-9100; luhringaugustine.com Luxembourg & Dayan - Modern and contemporary works of art. Jeff Koons (through

1/21). Mon.-Fri., 11am-4pm. 64 E. 77th St., 212-452-4646; luxembourgdayan.com Marlborough Gallery - Important contemporary masters. 25th St.: Sculpture (12/2-1/31). Mon.-Fri., 10am-5:30pm. 40 W. 57th St., 212-541-4900; 545 W. 25th St., 212-463-8634; marlboroughgallery.com Mitchell-Innes & Nash - Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art by American and European artists. 26th St.: Anthony Caro - Upright Sculptures (through 12/21); Martin Kersels (Feb.-Mar.). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 534 W. 26th St., 212-744-7400; miandn.com The Pace Gallery - 20th-century art, including works by Calder, LeWitt, Nevelson, Noguchi, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rothko, and many others. 22nd St.: Hiroshi Sugimoto - The Day After (through 12/24). 534 W. 25th St.: Lucas Samaras: Poses (through 12/24); Tony Feher (1/7-2/12). 510 W. 25th St.: Keith Tyson - 52 Variables (12/10-2/5). 57th St.: Robert Irwin: Way Out West (through 1/29). 32 E. 57th St., 212-421-3292; 534 W. 25th St., 212-929-7000; 545 W. 22nd St., 212-989-4258; 510 W. 25th St. 212-255-4044; thepacegallery.com Yancy Richardson Gallery - 20th century and contemporary photographs. Rachel Perry Welty - Lost in My Life (through 12/23); Kahn & Selesnick - Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea (1/7-2/19); Victoria Sambunaris - The Border (2/24-4/9). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 535 W. 22nd St., 646-230-9610; yanceyrichardson.com Perry Rubenstein Gallery - Solo exhibitions by international artists. FAILE - Bedtime Stories (through 12/23). Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. 527 W. 23rd St., 212-627-8000; perryrubenstein.com Spanierman Modern - Modern and contemporary paintings, watercolors, works on paper, drawings, and sculpture. Judith Godwin (through 12/30); Burgoyne Diller (1/6-2/5); Dan Christensen (2/8-3/12). Mon.-Sat., 9:30am-5:30pm. 53 E. 58th St., 212-832-1400; spaniermanmodern.com 303 Gallery - Contemporary photography, film, paintings, and sculpture. Collier Schorr (through 12/4); Djordje Ozbolt (12/10-1/22); Jeppe Hein (1/28-3/5). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 547 W. 21st St., 212-255-1121; 303gallery.com Mike Weiss Gallery - Contemporary art. Kim Dorland: New Material (through 1/8). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 520 W. 24th St., 212-691-6899; mikeweissgallery.com David Zwirner - Contemporary art. 525: Luc Tuymans - Corporate (through 12/21). 519: Michael Heizer - Works from the 1960s and 70s (through 12/21). 533: Raymond Pettibon - Hard in the Paint (through 12/21). Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 519 W. 19th St., 525 W. 19th St., 533 W. 19th St., 212-517-8677; davidzwirner.com

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REAL ESTATENEW YORK Above: [ An ultra-modern slice of the Museum Mile at 1280 Fifth Avenue. Below: 123 Third Avenue’s contemporary kitchens lie at a cultural crossroads. Opposite page: Kitchens are the height of green chic at The Visionaire ]

the heart of the (modern) home Open kitchens with contemporary, streamlined designs are redefining luxury residences throughout Manhattan.

By Kaitlin Ahern

123 Third Avenue

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y way of the classic Brontë novel, long gone are the days of extravagant dinner parties attended by stuffily dressed acquaintances, when visitors congregated in the dining room, and the kitchen and its messes were thoroughly out of sight, out of mind. Today, we take a more informal approach to social gatherings, an evolution that has influenced both our habits and the design of our homes. “Ten years ago, when people went out to the theatre or a restaurant, they dressed up. Today, there’s an informality that has become acceptable in social life, and that’s the way we live within our homes as well,” says Nancy Packes, president of Brown Harris Stevens Project Marketing. She adds that this cultural shift has especially influenced the heart of the home: the kitchen. “The idea that the kitchen needs to be separate is in the past; people want the informality of being able to cook and talk with guests or watch their kids do homework.” With this idea in mind, designers in many of Manhattan’s newer luxury buildings have trended toward an open kitchen that integrates a home’s dining and living spaces. This contemporary preference has also spurred an ultra-modern aesthetic: sleek, sophisticated designs with subtle tones and textures that establish a modern yet timeless feel. With understated elements, these kitchens work with a wide variety of palettes and décor. Here’s a look at three:

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In the Middle of It All The development at 123 Third Avenue has a simple philosophy: “Live local.” And for good reason. The building lies at the crossroads of four vibrant neighborhoods—East Village, Greenwich Village, Union Square, and Gramercy— and residents glean the best of all four areas, with restaurants, shopping, theatre (cinema and Off-Broadway) and a wide selection of supermarkets (not to mention the Union Square Greenmarket) right outside the door. The many subway lines at nearby Union Square station provide access to just about anywhere in the city. Kitchens here are streamlined and straightforward, with crisp, clean lines. The ultra-modern design enables this room to co-exist with just about any design aesthetic you choose for the rest of the residence, says Henry Hershkowitz, the property’s sales director, with Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. “I’ve seen modern kitchens in bright blue or teal—that makes a statement you have to work with,” Hershkowitz says. Instead, kitchens at 123 Third feature custom Pioggia Grey high-gloss finishes by renowned Italian kitchen manufacturer Poliform, with aluminum edging. Countertops are white quartz, the backsplash is porcelain tiled, and floors are the white oak that spills over from the living room. The sleek look is completed with Miele appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher, which are covered in Poliform panels, and accents like Dormbracht sink fixtures.

“Everybody hangs out in the kitchen; it’s the center of most people’s homes,” Hershkowitz says. “Cooking is not something like in the old days, left for someone else to do in a hot kitchen. Now, in a modern family, you’re multi-tasking while cooking—having conversations and texting—it’s become part of the entertainment.” The property opened for sales in early September and is now more than 50 percent sold. Available units include two- and three-bedrooms ranging from $1.34 to $1.9 million and penthouses ranging from $3.5 to $4.425 million.

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At the Top These condominiums claim a unique space 1280 Fifth Avenue, above the new home of the Museum for African Art, which lies on the soon-to-be-extended Museum Mile, the first addition since the 1959 opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The property is similar only to the residences above the Museum of Modern Art in midtown. But did we mention the park and river views? “This is one of the last sites that can be developed on Fifth Avenue where it abuts Central Park,” Packes says, adding that apartments facing east have views of the Triborough Bridge and East River. “There is the potential for these homes to increase dramatically in value over time.” As for the kitchens, ultra-modern elements are incorporated through quality materials like teak cabinets, a fine-grained, warm wood known for its minute seams, which echo the design’s attention to details. “It reminds me of the stitching on lapels that is done by hand,” says Packes. The oversized refrigerator, which is Energy Star® qualified, is also cloaked in teak. Kitchen floors are made from white oak, which continues into the living and dining spaces, allowing for integration among the rooms. Countertops and backsplashes feature dark brown granite, providing a neutral backdrop for stainless steel appliances like the Thermador gas oven and Miele ventilator hood. Lighting is abundant, with most residences featuring both under- and over-cabinet fixtures as well as hand-blown glass globes, a feature made in Brooklyn by J. Good Design. This kind of local sourcing for materials is one example of the building’s efforts to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which is expected upon the building’s completion. “Getting the kitchen right is extremely important,” says Packes, adding that replacing a kitchen can be a burden both financially and emotionally. “The new buildings we see are trying for innovation at the expense of timelessness and beauty. What we’ve done is on the cutting edge; it touches the perfect balance between what is new and what appears to always have been.” The property opened for sales in early September and is releasing homes on a limited basis. Available units range from studios with a home office at $725,000 to three-bedroom residences $1.65 million. Larger combination homes are also available.

On the Hudson Perhaps the most ultra-modern element of The Visionaire, located at 70 Little West Street in Battery Park City, is its Platinum LEED certification. The building is the first residential tower in the country to achieve this status, which is the highest title awarded in “green” building. This commitment to sustainability is of course seen in the property’s kitchens: cabinets are made entirely from bamboo, with low VOC (volatile organic compound) wood composite; the brick-patterned glass backsplashes are made from recycled and recyclable tiles; countertops are made of River-Washed Absolute Black Granite; all appliances are Energy Star® qualified; lighting is LED; and the flooring is FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council)-certified quarter sawn oak. Additionally, each kitchen’s exhaust system allows for individual resident control, on demand, for improved air quality and energy efficiency. “The interior designer of the building [Tim Button of Stedila Design], planned the open design of the kitchens with a contemporary, ‘modern hearth’ conceptualization,” says Jackie Urgo, president of The Marketing Directors, Inc., The Visionaire’s marketing and sales agency. “The colors are subtle; the whole design throughout the building is of that serene, ‘green’ quality.” The interior design mimics the property’s location in Battery Park City, which is heralded by its inhabitants as a sort of oasis inside Manhattan, removed from the hustle and bustle (but not too far away). Some neighborhood highlights include a plethora of parks, the nearby Hudson River, and a family-friendly social calendar run by the Battery Park City Authority. The Visionaire opened for sales in 2008 and is currently more than 65 percent sold. At 35 stories, the building contains a variety of home sizes, ranging from 605 to 2,700 square feet (including two available penthouses), priced between $690,000 and $4.445 million. n 81

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TRAVELafrica

a Safari

adventure:

luxury amid the wildlife

At sumptuous campsites in Botswana and at Victoria Falls, you are in the outback without fences, where the land belongs to the elephants and monkeys, giraffes and lions, and even more exotic animals.

By Ruth J. Katz

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requent, beleaguered road warriors, worn out by the sameness of hotel after hotel, often amuse themselves when they land in new lodgings by checking out the room’s amenities. I cop to the guilty delight in discovering a nifty sewing kit, or an unexpected, sleek mini-flashlight, or even laundry soap in the bathroom, for hand-washing delicates. (Note: It’s not for nothing that I mention these three items, as this trio was among the thoughtful amenities in the lavish Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town [see sidebar, page 85]). Imagine my wonder, however, after checking into my sumptuous “bungalow” at & Beyond’s Matetsi Water Lodge in Zimbabwe, when faced with a rather curious set of matching white-cotton sacks, each about 12” x 10”, hanging from two hooks near the doorway to my patio.

(Outside there was a shower, plunge pool, and lounging deck, all overlooking the grand Zambezi River.) Clearly they were meant to take outside. But why? Each was smartly embroidered in light-blue thread, one reading “Monkey” and the other reading “Business.” One contained little pebbles! Huh? And the other, a slingshot. So, off to dinner I went with them, to discuss with my friends. But first, we unwound with sundowners (the technical African term for cocktails) on the lowest-level terrace, adjacent to the river, where we were shaded by waterberry and mangosteen trees. The boma (Swahili for homestead) is generally the place where people meet, greet, and eat, and it is here that we feasted on the chef’s delicious, bountiful repast, and as night fell, we

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Left: [ Sunset on the Okavango Delta ] Above: [ The bedroom and seating area of a tented Xaranna lodge ]

could hear the occasional, cacophonous crashing racket of frolicking hippos. But, back to Monkey Business: Although Vervet monkeys are diurnal, our early-ish dinner hour could still, nonetheless, be on their dance cards. They are pawky bandits, clambering up onto a table in order to steal, well, just about anything! Days later, at & Beyond’s Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in Botswana, I came face to face with the commander of the Brazen Simian Thievery Ring, Mr. Cheeky, dubbed thusly (somewhat affectionately) for obvious reasons by the camp staff. So, to put two and two together: The slingshots and pebbles are used just to startle the Vervets, to create a sudden distraction nearby, so they will flee, without filching your wallet. (In East Africa, a Vervet actually stole the money we left on our table at an outdoor restaurant!)

Colorful as they are, Vervets might be the least thrilling creatures who await you during your & Beyond adventure—as you are really in the outback here, without fences. Remember, this is their land; you’re the guest, and as such, you may be “trapped” in your lodge for 10 minutes, as a memory of elephants saunters by. (Yes, that happened.) So, in addition to the expected or hoped-for sightings—lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, elephants—you may also observe more “exotic” wildlife, like red lechwes, roan antelopes, and sitatungas. The Matetsi Water Lodge (there are actually three Matetsi campsites) is nestled in the middle of a 123,600-acre private game reserve; each camp has six beautifully appointed cottages and they are a stone’s throw (ahem) from Victo83

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[ Mamas and babies—left, elephants; right, hippos ]

ria Falls, which should not to be missed. Our very knowledgeable & Beyond guide, who also supplied gigantic hooded poncho-raincoats for our jaunt to the Falls, educated us: The indigenous name of the Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the Smoke that Thunders, and that it does. Shockingly, he tells us, that these are not the highest falls in the world (Angel Falls in Venezuela is); these are not the widest (Iguazu Falls in Brazil is); and they don’t unleash the greatest volume or velocity (Niagara Falls does). But all three criteria considered, this is without parallel, the mightiest cascading sheet of water on Earth, whose mist can be seen for 30 miles! After your drenching adventure, savor a cup of warm tea on the Stanley Terrace at the 100-year-old, Edwardian-style Victoria Falls Hotel, where the flavor of colonialism’s proper British lifestyle still lingers. (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”) There is plenty to do at Matetsi, even without a visit to the Falls. The plains and bush here are a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 300 aviary species recorded. There are nine miles of Zambezi River frontage, so the three campsites offer an unparalleled opportunity for picturesque mokoro (dug-out canoe) and riverboat excursions. There is also the rare opportunity to take a nighttime game drive, when you just might view the nocturnal stalking and hunting practices of lions and leopards. From Matetsi, we ventured to two other & Beyond properties, Xaranna and Xudum, in Botswana. They are both fairly new and began hosting guests over a year ago. Both have, for good reason, landed on the “best” lists of magazines like Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. If you have an opportunity to take a helicopter over the Okavango Delta (as we did on our way to Xudum from Xaranna), do it. Yes, it’s exciting to stare in awe as a journey of giraffes strides by your lodge (yes, that happened, too), but it’s all the more electrifying to see a dazzle of zebras moving at top speed, from above. The Xaranna Lodge, on 60,000-plus acres of a wildlife concession, is lavish (furnished with natural and nature-inspired materials—even the Scrabble

set is stored in a faux-croc box), and amenities are not overlooked, including laundry service. (The wonderful staff draws a hot bubble bath for you each night in your colossal soaking tub.) There is even gym equipment in your private lodge, in a giant “Slim Gym” bag. And if you are not interested in a game drive, there are plenty of places to lounge, read, or watch the Technicolor reed frogs or follow the flight of iridescent dragonflies. There is catch-and-release fishing and picnics on Delta islands. (Many islands, our guide tells us, started as termite mounds.) Since Xudum is perched on its own Delta island, we arrived by mokoro for the last leg of our journey. We were greeted by the ebullient staff, singing welcome songs and distributing hot towels, and by the general manager of the lodge, standing knee-deep in the Delta waters, with a bar set up for mimosas. We did two safari drives each day, and for the early morning drive you’ve got to be ready by 7 or so; that is easy, though, as the staff serves as your alarm clock, gently tapping on the door, and bearing a tray of fresh juice and steaming coffee. Late afternoon drives follow 4pm tea. And then there are the “rangers’ breakfasts,” in the outback, where your guide-trackers will prepare a hearty breakfast and even teach you to start a fire by friction. At Xudum, you also have the option to sleep outdoors, on the upper deck of your split-level lodge. You just do not get any closer to Mother Nature than this. n

[ the details ] & Beyond (andbeyond.com) changed its name from Conservation Corporation of Africa (CC Africa), to reflect its ever-expanding and far-flung lodges, now numbering nearly 50 in seven countries. At Matetsi, prices (all inclusive, per person/per day, based on double occupancy) can start as low as $270; at Xudum and Xaranna, $595. Rates are seasonal; summer (the rainy season) lasts from November through March. The highest rates at Xudum and Xaranna in-season are $1,480.

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From top to bottom: [ At sunset, the Cape Grace Hotel and yacht in the foreground against the splendor of Table Mountain; Long Street in Cape Town, with its Victorian structures; The library of the Cape Grace Hotel, a peaceful setting for a cocktail ]

unwind in Cape Town Savvy travelers will take a pre-safari jaunt to Cape Town, which National Geographic magazine dubbed one of the most iconic cities in its “Places of a Lifetime” list. The city, nestled into a horseshoeshaped bowl bounded by the noble Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and Devil’s Peak, is a mélange of fascinating cultures. First things first, however: Unwind from your long journey at the cosseting Spa at the Cape Grace Hotel, with the luxurious Spice Journey treatment, aptly named, since the city’s footprint (established in 1652) was the site of the Dutch East India Company’s way station for ships transiting the Spice Route. The stately hotel, which opened in 1996—and by 2000 was voted the world’s best hotel by Condé Nast Traveler—is situated on a private quay in the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. (Psst...the Clintons have stayed here.) The hotel has just undergone a massive renovation with breathtaking results. Each of its 121 rooms is unique and lavishly appointed with hand-painted fabrics, richly-embroidered bed linens, and antiques—things like ships’ manifests, china from shipwrecks, Cape Dutch artifacts, local arts and crafts. The hotel’s signature (and delicious) restaurant is called Signal, named for Signal Hill, where the daily noonday cannon roars. The hotel can arrange two special culinary treats—a day of sampling the cuisines of several melting-pot cultures, including a Boer breakfast, followed by visits to two private homes for local delicacies. Expect to pack in koeksisters (deep fried donuts drenched in rich syrup), mielie pap (thick maize porridge), bobotie (minced meat with egg topping), bredies (stews), malva pudding (apricot jam custard), and even mampoer (fruit brandy). End the day in nearby Gugulethu at the very popular Mzoli’s butchery, where you’ll select your meat and then watch it being grilled. (Save the next night for dinner at Signal.) The other gustatory indulgence the hotel will set up is a leisurely evening cruise on its Spirit of the Cape yacht, for a Scotch-tasting and food-pairing. (The hotel’s bar stocks over 400 different Scotches.) At sea, you’ll pass the regal Twelve Apostles mountain range and some of Cape Town’s striking suburbs—Clifton, Camps Bay—and you may even get to the point where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet. You cannot miss Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison for 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated. Highly evocative tours are guided by former inmates. If the day is clear, take the revolving cable car up Table Mountain; when clouds roll in, locals say that the “tablecloth” has been spread.—RJK More information:

capegrace.com; robben-island.org.za; waterfront.co.za; tablemountain.net

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The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular makes Radio City Music Hall one of the season’s top destinations, but this year, there’s a little something extra: Martha Stewart and her design team have transformed the Grand Foyer and Grand Lounge into a winter wonderland of candy canes and glitter inspired by the vibrant colors and elegant details of The Rockettes’ costumes. The Spectacular runs through Dec. 30th; for tickets, visit radiocitychristmas.com. And don’t forget: the magical tree at Rockefeller Center is just down the block!

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9/11 Memorial Preview Site – Learn about the plans for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum currently under construction at the World Trade Center site. Share your 9/11 story with the Museum and help make history. 20 Vesey St. (Church St.), 212-312-8800; national911memorial.org 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 Battery Park – The row of cannons that once defended New York from invasion and gave this park its name are long gone now, but what remains is a pleasant open space on the water, a popular lunch spot for office workers from the nearby Financial District. The view of the harbor, and of a group of monuments recalling New York’s maritime and commercial history, is unparalleled. Battery Place & State St. (foot of Broadway); batteryparkcity.org 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 Brooklyn Botanic Garden – 52 carefully tended, intensively planted acres of flora and exotica, including a carefully repro­duced Japanese garden and one of the largest public rose collections in America. Upcoming events: Patrick Dougherty Natural History at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a monumental woven-wood sculpture in honor of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s centennial (through 8/31); Chile Pepper Fiesta (10/2). Tues.-Fri., 8am-6pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm. $8; $4 (seniors/ students); free (under 12). 1000 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 718-623-7200; bbg.org Carnegie Hall – Learn about the story of Andrew and Louise Carnegie, hear how the Hall was saved from demolition in 1960, and experience a century-long performance tradition that has showcased the world’s finest artists from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to Bernstein—even Judy Garland and the Beatles. Tours are offered seven days a week, as schedule permits; call ahead for details. 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St., 212-903-9765; carnegiehall.org 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

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Luce Nature Observatory at Belvedere Castle is a permanent interactive exhibit focusing on how to observe, record, and identify the 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-ofthe-century merry-go-round open daily, weather permitting. Central Park Walks and Talks (212-794-6564) - Subjects ranging from geology to bird-watching to astronomy, ecology, and park history make for lively free weekend walking tours of the Park. Central Park Con­servancy staff and volunteers, as well as Urban Park Rangers of the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation lead the tours. Central Park Zoo (Fifth Ave. btw. 63rd & 66th Sts., 212-439-6500; 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 daily; call for hours. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Cen­tral Park (110th St. & Lenox Ave., 212-860-1370) provides year-round environmental education and visitors’ programs. Free workshops, performances, and events highlight the beauty of Central Park and the vitality of its surrounding neighborhoods. Bird­watching, fishing, ecology, and horticulture explorations are just a few of the family and youth activities available. The Conservatory Garden (Fifth Ave. near 105th St.) - A lush and dazzling six-acre garden. The Dairy (mid-Park at 65th St., 212-794-6564) - The main visitor information center, set in a vintage Victorian Chalet. Pick up a map or a calendar, and enjoy the gift shop. 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., 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. Wollman Rink (212-439-6900; wollmanskatingrink.com) - This beautiful, old-fashioned ice-skating rink offers a panoramic view of the Park and the city and delights both the novice and experienced skater.

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. Special cruises include: Holiday Cruises (12/20-31); New Year’s Eve Cruise (12/31). 866-925-4631; circlelinedowntown.com Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – Take in the grandeur of New York and see spectacular views of Manhattan as knowledgeable guides point out the famous landmarks. There are many cruises to choose from, for every type of traveler: the classic 3-hour Full-Island Cruise; the 2-hour Semi-Circle Cruise; the 75-minute Liberty Cruise (May-Oct.); the romantic 2-hour Harbor Lights Cruise. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave., 212-563-3200; circleline42.com CitySights NY – See New York from top-seatingonly double-decker buses with unobstructed views of NYC attractions, neighborhoods, and places of interest. Buses are furnished with stateof-the-art sound systems and entertaining urbanstorytellers who offer interesting facts and tales about all of the city’s famous faces and places. They also feature combination tickets, day trips, and more. They offer tours in four languages (Italian, French, German, and Spanish) by way of an audio headset that plugs into a player at each seat. 212-812-2700; citysightsny.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. Tickets to the 102nd floor observatory sold only upon arrival. Daily, 8am-2am; last elevator at 1:15. $20; $18 (seniors, 12-17); $14 (6-11). 350 Fifth Ave. (34th St.), 212-736-3100; esbnyc.com Grand Central Terminal – This international landmark masterpiece boasts a vast, and dramatic sunken central room, lit by huge windows and ornamented by a whimsically designed ceiling depicting the constellations of the zodiac and a nostalgic in­formation kiosk topped by an old clock set in the center of the main floor. Join the one-hour walking tours, Wed. at 12:30pm, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society; call 212-935-3960. Upcoming events: Holiday Fair presented by The New York Times (through 12/24). 42nd St & Park Ave., 212-532-4900; grandcentralterminal.com Gray Line Sightseeing Tours – Daily tours by open-top deluxe double-decker buses and luxury coaches. Classic New York Tour includes a round-trip ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a ticket to the South Street Seaport Museum, a ticket to the Empire State Building

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GINGERBREAD MANIA Hansel and Gretel may have lusted terribly for the witch’s candy-and-cake gingerbread house they espied in the dense forest, but their awe will easily be eclipsed by yours when you see the amazing, the festive, the colossal gingerbread creation the wizard-chefs at Vienna’s InterContinental Hotel have whipped up in their kitchens—and then plunked down in the lobby of the hotel! For the past six years, the hotel’s renowned Viennese confectionary bar in the hotel’s Kaffeeklatsch area has been pre-empted by a nearly 14-foot-square (and sevenfoot-tall) gingerbread house, a delight to both view and smell! It takes the hotel’s pastry team five days to bake all its sundry “shingle” parts and to assemble it over a framework. There are over 1,500 pieces of gingerbread and some 600 delectable cookies blanketing it, along with pretzels, cream puffs, and so on. An edible masterpiece that guests—usually pint-sized ones—surreptitiously plunder. (That is not the only reason to choose the InterContinental, however. It’s opposite the city’s park, near fabulous museums, and a short hop from the best pedestrian strolling/shopping malls.) If Vienna is a tad too far to go for your gingerbread fix, then just head to 57th Street, to MacKenzie-Childs’ wonder of a shop, also decked out for the holidays. Here, for $9,500, you can take home the “Courtly Check Candy Cottage (you cannot eat this one!). Although admittedly smaller (about 15” square, 11” high, and ideal for a centerpiece), it’s lovingly handcrafted by the company’s talented artisans, using handmade glass “sweets,” Majolica putty shards, gingerbread trim, and the company’s signature painting techniques. And if this gingerbread house is a bit too dear for you, then snap up some of MacKenzie-Childs’ Christmas ornaments—notably, of course, the gingerbread farmhouse ornament ($68). ichotelsgroup. com/intercontinental; mackenzie-childs.com — RJK

Observatory and the ALL LOOPS TOUR, a 2-day ticket hop-on and off w/ 50+ stops from Times Square and Broadway to Harlem to Brooklyn, and Night Tours are also available. 777 Eighth Ave. btw. 47th & 48th Sts.; PABT, 42nd St. & Eighth Ave.; Times Square, Broadway btw. 46th & 47th Sts., 800-669-0051; newyorksightseeing.com

exhibit collections, interactive educational stations, recently restored historic aircraft collection and a brand new state-of-the-art public pier. Upcoming events: 27 Seconds - The Apollo I Tragedy (through 1/16); Kids Week (2/19-27). Pier 86, W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., 212-245-0072; intrepidmuseum.org

Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions – Explore Harlem with Gospel tours on Sun. and Wed. and the evening soul food and jazz tours Mon., Thurs., and Sat.; New York Visions uncovers the hidden treasures of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. 690 Eighth Ave. (43rd-44th Sts.), 212-391-0900; harlemspirituals.com

King Tut – After more than 30 years, the record-breaking exhibition, returns to NYC for its final stop before these ancient treasures return to Egypt forever. Discovery - Times Square Exhibition, 226 W. 44th St., 888-988-8692; kingtutnyc.com (Through 1/2)

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, N.Y. Harbor, the Chrysler Building, Central Park, Columbia University, the George Washington Bridge, Yankee Stadium and the Financial Center. They also offer customized tours of the city and hourly rates. Downtown Heliport (Pier 6 & the East River), 212-355-0801; heliny.com

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – The renovated museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive aircraft collection including the A-12 Blackbird and the British Airways Concorde. Experience newly opened areas of the ship, new multimedia presentations and

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Liberty Helicopter Tours – Six different tours in modern jet helicopters. 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 from 10am. $35; $32 (seniors); $28 (4-12). 234 W. 42nd St. (Seventh-Eighth Aves.), 800-246-8872; madametussauds.com/newyork

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NBC Universal Store / Studio Tour – Stroll through the halls of NBC, the NBC History Theatre, and the studios of some of NBC’s most popular shows, including “SNL,” “The Today Show,” and others. Tours run every 15 to 30 minutes, seven days a week. Reservations recommended. The NBC Universal Store is open Mon.-Sat., 8am-7pm; Sun., 9am-6pm. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-664-3700; nbcuniversalstore.com The New York Botanical Garden – Offering a variety of gardens and collections and events, courses and exhibitions, year-round. Current events include: Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection (through 1/9); The Holiday Train Show (through 1/9). Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W at Fordham Rd.), The Bronx, or by MetroNorth Railroad to Botanical Garden Station, 718-817-8700; nybg.org New York Water Taxi – Tours include the 1-hour Statue of Liberty Express and the Statue By Night Tour. 212-742-1969; nywatertaxi.com NY SKYRIDE – A combination of movie-motion and sights rolled up into New York’s only aerial virtual tour simulator. Guide Kevin Bacon takes you on an adventure above, through, and underneath New York. An IMAX®style digital presentation combining HD technology, custom-designed seats, and a 6-meter/18-foot screen. Open daily at 8am. Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave. (33rd St.), 2nd floor, 212-279-9777; skyride.com OnBoard Tours – NYC’s most comprehensive 5-1/2-hour tour combines driving and short walks with a ferry cruise past the Statue of Liberty. Stops include the World Trade Center site, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. The NY See the Holiday Lights! tour runs through 1/10. 212-277-8019; onboardnewyorktours.com

Rockefeller Center - Considered one of the outstanding architectural achievements in the world, the internationally famous landmark is renowned for its exquisitely maintained Art Deco ornamentation. The 70–story masterpiece is the GE Building (“30 Rock”), decorated inside and out with murals and reliefs celebrating Wisdom and the advances in electronic communication. NBC Studio Tours are offered from here, and the Top of the Rock, the observation deck on the 70th floor, boasts unparalleled views of New York. The Lower Plaza offers summer dining in a garden setting, below street level in the shadow of one of New York’s great landmarks. Overlooking it all is Paul Manship’s famous 18-foot, eight-ton gilded bronze statue of Prometheus, who brought the secret of fire to the world. Fifth to Sixth Ave. btw. 48th & 51th Sts., 212-632-3975; rockefellercenter.com South Street Seaport – Located in lower Manhattan, along the East River and adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, the refurbished, 200-plus-year-old designated historic landmark is a thriving waterfront community encompassing 12 cobblestone blocks of restored 19th-century buildings, shops, and restaurants. Pier 17 (Water-Fulton Sts.), 212-SEA-PORT; southstreetseaport.com Staten Island Ferry - Free for pedestrians, leaving from South Ferry at the Battery, any day, any time. siferry.com Statue Cruises – The only provider of ferry transportation to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Battery Park, as well as from Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Tickets: $12 adults/$10 seniors/$5 kids (with Audio Tour: $20/$17.25/$12.75). 877-523-9849; statuecruises.com

Radio City Music Hall – Get an exclusive look at the legendary hall. And as a bonus, you’ll meet one of the world-famous Rockettes. Daily, 11am-3pm. $18.50; seniors, $15; under 12, $10. Tickets sold at the Radio City Avenue Store on the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and the Box Office only. 1260 Sixth Ave. (50th St.), 212-307-7171; radiocity.com

Top of the Rock – 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s dazzling, 360-degree indoor and outdoor views are not exactly new –– in fact, it was open from 1933 to 1986. 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 of Rockefeller’s creation while incorporating innovative features, with three decks featuring outdoor terraces and indoor space. Open daily, 8am-midnight. Reserved-time tickets available. 30 Rockefeller Center (W. 50th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 877-692-7625; topoftherocknyc.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

United Nations – Multilingual guided tours normally leave every half hour Mon.-Fri., 9:45am-4:45pm. Call 212-963-7539 for a schedule of tours in other languages. $16; seniors & students, $11; children 5-14, $9. Children under five not admitted. First Ave. & 46th St., 212-963-8687; un.org/tours

HEAVENLY HOLIDAY TEAS: THE HILTON PARK LANE IN LONDON There is arguably no better city on the planet than London for eager travelers to take afternoon tea. The natives really know how to dish up sweets and savories, passionately turning the mundane into an artful and sacred ritual. And while there are more formal teas than those at the Podium restaurant in the Hilton Park Lane in Mayfair, there are really no “cuter,” more delightful and clever teas than Podium’s, which celebrates the calendar—and chocolate! There is the “regular” tea—called Confessions of a Chocoholic—that is pretty sensational, but the chef has completely outdone himself with the specialty/holiday-themed teas (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Easter, Wimbledon, and Halloween, among others) that, ahem, take the cake. So, while you missed Halloween this year, with its little ghost shortbreads and chocolate bats and witches’ hats, there is still a chance to savor Christmas. Expect baby brownies tied up like holiday gifts, Christmas pudding miniparfaits, holiday-themed scrumptious cupcakes, and of course, all the usual, delectable scones and sandwiches. If you have to forego Christmas, you can look forward to the Easter (milk chocolate eggs filled with praline) and the Wimbledon teas (with its lemon tennis balls). Priced at £25, each mouthful is worth every cent. podiumrestaurant.com — RJK

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Promenade PICKS SD26

Tony May, born Antonio Magliulo near Naples, Italy, made it to New York in 1963 and set about changing the landscape of New York City Italian forever. In 1988, his first restaurant as a proprietor, San Domenico, opened at 240 Central Park South, just a few yards from Columbus Circle and for two decades shone as a beacon of what New York City Italian should be. But as the famous song by Bob Dylan goes, “the times they are a-changin’,” so in late 2008, Tony May and his effervescent daughter/partner Marisa decided it was time to saddle up to another park: Madison Square Park. Their 26th Street location is really a different restaurant altogether, keeping only the initials of the former flagship eatery as an homage. SD26 has three-levels, 14,000 square feet, and its 300 seats are double the allotment they had at San Domenico. Tony, although still a dapper gent in his early 70s, has largely turned the reins over to Marisa, and it shows in the sleek décor by designer Massimo Vignelli, and the younger Flatiron District clientele. The cuisine has changed fairly drastically but mostly in presentation, with the most highly touted menu items at SD26 being their pastas - which have always been legendary. But there are certainly some colorful additions, like veal sweetbreads with coffee essence olive oil, and baby turnips as well as Octopus carpaccio with sundried tomato and fine herbs. The salumeria and formaggeria sections of the menu get much more attention than they did at San Domenico—so much in fact that you can actually purchase them to-go from a separate part of the restaurant.

One flight above the Bar Room is the more intimate Upstairs at ‘21,’ acclaimed by The New York Times as New York’s most romantic restaurant. Enjoy wonderful cuisine and impeccable service in a formal setting adorned by four murals of scenic New York. ‘21’ also features one of the world’s most prized wine cellars, which has earned the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine. Among its 1,300 selections are more than 130 priced at $60 or less. For one of the city’s most comfortable meeting spots for cocktails, try the lounge at ‘21’ with its leather chairs and wood-burning fireplace. Men need jackets to dine but one can be provided if you are traveling. And please, no jeans or sneakers.

Location 19 East 26th Street • 212-265-5959 • sd26ny.com

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Known the world over, ‘21’ is one of the most iconic and elegant dining destinations in New York City. Still the place to see and be seen, ‘21,’ by Orient-Express, has been welcoming guests for over 80 years. There are two restaurants within ‘21,’ each offering something distinctively appealing. The heart of ‘21’ is the famous Bar Room with its collection of corporate logos and sports memorabilia suspended from the ceiling and its sophisticated yet fun setting. Superb American cuisine is featured on an extensive á la carte menu plus prix-fixe menus offering great value at both lunch and dinner. 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 like 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.

The menu has expanded for the winter months with their a la carte Truffle menu ($8/gram); a special 4-course Christmas Eve menu (available Dec. 20-24) for $90 per person; and their New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner featuring an all-inclusive price and menu (the dining room will be open for regular dining from 5-8pm; the Gala Dinner seating begins at 9pm). NYC

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‘21’ Club also has 10 beautifully appointed private banquet rooms. No two are alike and these rooms are perfect for everything from a small corporate event to a large family celebration. Parties of 10 to 200 for lunch or dinner, and up to 400 for a reception can be accommodated to enjoy classic American cuisine and experience service that is both caring and anticipating. Location 21 West 52nd Street • 212-582-7200 (Private Dining: 212-582-1400) • 21club.com

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DINING going asian

New York By Marian Betancourt

Buddakan

Entering the main dining room at Buddakan is like going to Versailles for a sophisticated Chinese dinner. This stunning restaurant is full of glamorous people in the same building as Chelsea Market, or what used to be the Nabisco cracker factory. Below the street-level cocktail lounge is the two-story main dining room with a long center communal table. Smaller tables line the room and there are five smaller (and less dramatic) dining rooms. Co-executive chefs Brian Ray and Yang Huang came aboard in 2010 with modern takes on a classic cuisine. A signature dim sum is tender edamame dumplings in a subtle shallot-Sauternes broth. Try the shaken chili beef tartar (spicy) with tapioca (sweet), shaved shallot and a hint of mint for a truly divine taste sensation. Large dishes are served family-style with the efficient and smartly chic wait staff providing serving spoons and replacing dishes and flatware often to keep your table neat. The miso-glazed Alaskan black cod, with a crisp delicate skin, is served with black bean relish and chili eggplant. A classic Kung Pao monkfish is prepared in a chili-Szechuan sauce with peanuts. Don’t overlook side dishes. The wild mushroom chow fun with garlic chives is an earthy comfort food. Another winner is the Asian green stir fry, bright and tender chard and watercress with pine nuts and garlic chips.

Toshio Suzuki, executive chef of Sushi Zen, began serving sushi in New York in 1984 long before any of us thought about eating raw fish. In fact, he has taught most of the city’s chefs (including Iron Chef Mashaharu Morimoto) how to correctly handle raw fish in his classes at the Astor Center and French Culinary Institute. Take a seat at the sushi bar and put yourself in Suzuki’s hands for omakase, a progression of individualized cold and warm dishes. Let the chef know how you are feeling and what you are willing to spend. Omakase costs from $100 to $250 per person.

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If you have room, pastry chef Vicki Wells creates some wonderful desserts such as Crying Chocolate, malted white chocolate ganache with coffee ice cream. Main courses from $25 to $35 and small dishes in the low teens. Location 75 Ninth Avenue • 212-989-6699 • buddakannyc.com

Appropriately, Sushi Zen is in the Theatre District, for each dish is presented on a distinctive “stage” such as a carved marble tray or porcelain vessel. In one arrangement, fine slices of calamari are arranged like daisy petals with pearls of red salmon roe in the center. The food is so beautiful you hesitate to put your chopsticks anywhere near it. (Go ahead, it’s delicious!) Each fish has a unique character and Suzuki carefully selects the correct soy, mirin or vinegar, an art he calls more sophisticated than pairing food and wine. He also keeps a box of salt crystals at hand, selecting the perfect one, as if a jewel, to shave over a particular piece of fish. Also nearby is a wasabi tuber, grated fresh for each dish.

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“After cold fish, you need warm broth to balance your stomach,” Suzuki says. Matsutake mushrooms, the Japanese equivalent of truffles, are simmered with white fish, shrimp and gingko nuts. The resulting broth, Matsutake Dobinmushi, is both fragrant and soothing, sort of a Japanese chicken soup served in a Dubin tea pot. Location 108 West 44th Street • 212-302-0707 • sushizen-ny.com

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Shun Lee Palace Shun Lee Palace has been a New York institution since 1971. Long before the trendy Asian fusion restaurants appeared on the scene, top quality authentic Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting was served in this Upper East Side restaurant. A larger and younger outpost, Shun Lee West opened in 1983. The attentive and helpful staff is pleased to tell you how each dish is prepared. There is an excellent wine and cocktail list. (My dinner partner declared a Cosmo one of the best in the city.) A plump and tender Hong Kong style frog leg is a tasty appetizer served with scallion and dumpling. An amusing appetizer is the fish fillet with “strawberries,” which are minced shrimp balls with a sesame seed and red chili coating. Beijing duck, a house specialty, is the best you will get anywhere. The young duckling is slowly grilled to keep it juicy and tender. The delicate and crispy skin is removed first and the meat carved separately. Spring onion “brushes” and Hoisin sauce complete the dish. Filet mignon is pan fried Hunan style with hot spicy sauce (garlic, scallion, hot peppers). A crisply steamed vegetable, such as broccoli or asparagus, complement the dish. While dry fried string beans are a staple on Chinese menus, here the string beans are sautéed with minced garlic pickle, which brings out the freshness and flavor. Dinner entrees range from $30 to $40.

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Owner Michael Tong published The Shun Lee Cookbook, (William Morrow, 2007) so you can try some of his classics at home. Location 155 East 55th Street • 212-371-8844 • shunleepalace.com

At the two-story, 350-seat Tao you will enjoy excellent fare fusing Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. This grand Asian temple was a former movie theatre and originally the Vanderbilt family stables. With pulsing music and colored lights illuminating a 16-foot stone Buddha, the ambiance attracts young business people or tables of friends after work. Corporate Executive Chef Ralph Scamardella, Executive Chef John Villa and Sushi Chef Charlie Ou, have designed a menu with sushi, sashimi, rolls, dumplings, tempura, in addition to main courses. Peel yourself some edamame pods while enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail. A good way to experience Tao is with several small plates that range from $9 to $26. Try the satay of Chilean sea bass with roasted asparagus. This miso-glazed fish, tender and tangy, is served on a stick. Delicious bamboo steamed dumplings come with crunchy cucumbers. Some featured special dishes include salmon sashimi with avocado, crispy onions and a sweet and spicy sesame sauce. If you are hungry enough to eat a 12-ounce grilled Kobe rib eye with yozu cilantro butter be prepared to shell out $85. Otherwise, main courses offer many kinds of seafood and meat from $27 to $68 for Peking duck for two. Grilled red snapper with steamed bok choy and ginger, kaffir vinaigrette is a standout, as is roasted Thai Buddha chicken. Don’t overlook vegetables – the peppery hoi yin eggplant is something you may not find anywhere else on Earth.

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As the evening progresses the music amps up and, to quote the menu, “let the party begin.” Location 42 East 59th Street • 212-888-2288 • taorestaurant.com

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going asian Hakubai Just steps down from the Kitano Hotel lobby on Park Avenue is a traditional Japanese restaurant called Hakubai, which means “white plum.” Ikebana flower arrangements provide the only adornment to the simple elegance of a space defined with shoji screens and a wait staff in traditional kimono and obi. In addition to the main dining room of this Michelin-rated restaurant (strangely absent in Zagat) there are three private tatami rooms for as few as four guests or as many as 16. Chef Yukihiro Sato specializes in Kaiseki, a distinctive cuisine with roots in Zen Buddhism and the Japanese tea ceremony. Most popular is the $90 Okonomi Kaiseki, a tasting menu that includes sashimi, various delicacies, grilled food, miso soup, and dessert. A main course of Kobe beef shabu-shabu is cooked at your table. If you are watching your calories and your health, you may enjoy something new this season, the Kenbi menu for lunch or dinner. Three courses of tasty foods add up to fewer than 500 calories. Kenbi begins with a bento box with small porcelain dishes of things like marinated asparagus in sesame seed paste, jellyfish and cucumber marinated in ginger vinegar, simmered vegetable broth, and carrot soy milk tofu (soft and sweet). Next is a flavorful turnip broth with crab meat; then tuna sashimi and fresh soy milk skin, with some wasabi. Finally, a soba noodle salad with organic veggies and a tangy dressing.

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Kenbi lunch is $39 and dinner $55, a portion of which is donated to Table for Two, a charity providing meals for African schoolchildren. Location Park Ave at 38th Street • 212-885-7111 • kitano.com

This romantic restaurant is on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Columbus Circle. Come here for dinner with someone special, wear your best duds and ask for the corner table where you can watch over Central Park and the night skyline through floor-toceiling glass. (Asiate received top marks for décor from Zagat for the past two years.) The occasion may call for champagne, but with this elegant Asianinspired international cuisine, why not try a fine sparkling sake or perhaps a Mandarin Sunset cocktail of vodka, blood orange, lychee juice and Lillet Blanc? Dinner is a three-course prix fixe. For starters, try Chef Brandon Kida’s raw taste sensations lined up in porcelain teaspoons, which may include sea urchin, oyster, tuna, and a cube of sea bass in a grapefruit gelee. Buckwheat and eggs, a signature dish of soba noodles with osetra caviar from Oregon and a wasabi cream, is elegant and sumptuous. A butternut soup is poured at the table over a small mound of spaghetti squash and is accented with a small baked Parmesan crisp. A main course such as sea bass on a bed of baby vegetables and sprouts comes with a zesty emulsion of sudachi, a lemon cousin. A tender and succulent buffalo tenderloin is served with cheese polenta and a spicy plum mole sauce, a tangy diversion from the traditional Mexican mole of chocolate and chili.

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Prix fixe dinner is $85 or $125; more if you include a wine pairing (from an exceptional list). The lunch prix fixe is a bargain at $24. Location Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle • 212-805-8800 mandarinoriental.com/newyrok/dining/asiate

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American 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 Arabelle - A stunning backdrop for modern American cuisine. This elegant gold-domed room with Murano glass and brass chandeliers combines touches of Europe and Asia, as the chiffon-colored walls with murals of pagodas and faux conservatory windows create a serene and soothing mood. Sunday brunch is an event not to be missed: enjoy a buffet of steamed lobster, chilled shrimp, salads and sliced meats; then, order off of the entrée menu before attending the dessert buffet. Hotel Plaza Athénée, New York, 37 E. 64th St., 212-606-4647; arabellerestaurant.com Aureole - This American eatery—located in the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the world—offers the best of famed chef Charlie Palmer’s unabashed, energetic signature Progressive American cuisine. The sharply focused flavors of Executive Chef Christopher Lee’s elegant menu continue to draw rave reviews, showcasing the best of the season. One Bryant Park, 135 W. 42nd St., 212-319-1660; charliepalmer.com/ Properties/Aureole/NY 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 as a culinary tool to enhance the bold flavors of his ingredients, employing a wood-burning oven, a rotisserie, and a grill to perfect his earthy, flavorful and inventive American fare. 25 W. 56th St., 212-332-0500; beaconnyc.com

Bryant Park Grill - Overlooking the magnificent 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 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 almost 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 Broadway-Church St.), 212-227-7777; cityhallnewyork.com 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 $24.07 three-course prix-fixe dinner. 150 E. 59th St., 212-705-3800; burkeinthebox.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 & angry lobster “cocktail”—make their way through the dining room you’ll see that Burke’s flair for presentation is matched only by the food’s outstanding taste. 133 E. 61st St., 212-813-2121; davidburketownhouse.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

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

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-and-ham 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, 20 W. 29th St., 212-679-2222; thebreslin.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. The restaurant has that wonderful jazzy, streamlined look of the Roaring ’20s and the menu features American fare with an emphasis on sophisticated French classics. 11 Madison Ave. (24th St.), 212-889-0905; elevenmadisonpark.com

Charlie Palmer has opened 13 restaurants across the country in 20 years, and when asked how the journey has been, he answers simply, “It’s been invigorating; I don’t get tired.” In 1988, after spending three years as the Executive Chef at Brooklyn’s River Café, Palmer opened Aureole on the Upper East Side —his first restaurant as a chef/owner. He would hone his craft there for nearly a decade, garnering a three-star New York Times review and a James Beard Award. In addition to the restaurants, he’s opened a hotel and two wine shops, written four cookbooks, and re-located Aureole to One Bryant Park. Aureole New York is “his soul,” as Palmer himself puts it, and although he’s usually in the kitchen, he can often be found at the far corner of the bar, smiling and cracking jokes about the speed at which other restaurateurs move. Now that Aureole is in the Theater District, head over after the show for Bubbles After Broadway, a prix-fixe menu featuring choice of entrée, dessert and glass of champagne every Monday-Saturday from 10-11:30pm. On Sundays from 5pm-10:30pm, sample the Butcher’s Table, where Executive Chef Christopher Lee offers his favorite meat cuts along with an unlimited free-pour pairing of white or red wine. Reservations recommended. 135 W. 42nd St., 212-319-1660; charliepalmer.com/Properties/Aureole/

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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 with its trees and marble pool, and the wood-paneled Grill Room. And 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

The Oak Room - This legendary landmark, which reopened in November 2008 after major renovations, now features the work of chef Eric Hara, who brings his special touch to the classic American menu. 10 Central Park So. (Fifth Ave.), 212-758-7777; oakroomny.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.(Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-521-6655; helmsleyparklane.com

Gilt - Executive chef Justin Bogle helms the New York Palace’s elegant and refined yet striking and futuristic Gilt, where contemporary, honeycolored leather accented with man-made white materials provide harmonious contrast to the 19th-century details. The New American menu offers transcendent twists on the classics. 455 Madison Ave. (50th St.), 212-891-8100; giltnewyork.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 Istana - Inventive, creatively presented bistrostyle cuisine, including an array of á la carte appetizers, entrées, and desserts complemented by seasonal specialties, in a relaxed atmosphere. New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave. (51st St.), 212-303-6032; newyorkpalace.com Ivy’s Bistro - A welcoming Tribeca neighborhood spot best known for its turkey burgers, macaroni & cheese croquettes & garlic bread with warm pesto sauce. 385 Greenwich St. (N. Moore St.), 212-343-1139;ivysbistro.com Lever House Restaurant - Housed in a 60-year-old, glass, modern architectural landmark, this eatery offers excellent New American cuisine and sensational people-watching from the intimate booths, tucked into niches in the hexagonal patterned dramatic room. 390 Park Ave. (53rd St.), 212-888-2700; leverhouse.com Marc Forgione - Chef Marc Forgione presents laid-back, high-style New American cuisine in an energetic atmosphere. The frequently changing menu showcases fresh ingredients and new twists on seasonal favorites. 134 Reade St. (GreenwichHudson Sts.), 212-941-9401; forgenyc.com Métrazur - Charlie Palmer’s gorgeous seasonal American restaurant overlooking Grand Central Terminal’s Main Concourse features an open kitchen where Chef de Cuisine Stefan Bahr adds a Mediterranean touch to Palmer’s signature style. Grand Central Terminal, East Balcony, 42nd St. & Park Ave., 212-687-4600; charliepalmer.com/Properties/ Metrazur/

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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. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (60th St.), 4th Floor, 212-823-9335; perseny.com

2 West - A spacious, elegant, French-American eatery with park views, on the waterfront. Chef Michael Grau accents his menu of prime steaks and Atlantic seafood with regional ingredients, and classic French sauces. Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, 2 West St., 212-344-0800; ritzcarlton.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

Union Square Cafe - By day, this is one of the most red-hot business-lunch spots in town; by night, it’s a popular bistro. Owner Danny Meyer, chef Michael Romano, and executive chef Carmen Quagliata oversee this hit, serving American cuisine with Italian soul. 21 E. 16th St. (Union Sq. WestFifth Ave.), 212-243-4020; unionsquarecafe.com

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 New Yorkers 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

The View - Spectacular, panoramic views of the city from the 47th floor and inviting décor of leather, velvet and lacquered woods are a splendid backdrop for the contemporary American, New York-centric menu and wine list. Times Square Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (45th-46th Sts.), 212-704-8900; nymarriottmarquis.com Vince & Eddies - Located near Lincoln Center, this cozy spot offers upscale American comfort food, including beef stew, lamb shank, and much more. The glass-enclosed courtyard garden and fireplace make it a charming destination during any season. 70 W. 68th St. (Columbus Ave.-Central Park West), 212-721-0068; vinceandeddiesnewyork.com

Rosie O’Grady’s - In the tradition of the great New York style saloon, this Theater District fixture offers excellent steak and seafood for pre- or posttheater. Begin with a beer on tap at one of the two traditional wood bars, followed by selections from the extensive menu. 800 Seventh Ave. (52nd St.), 212-582-2975; rosieogradys.com

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Rouge Tomate - This striking space of rich natural wood, plush booths and a cranberry pool complete with a sexy bar and lounge offers a refuge for the urban set. Chef Jeremy Bearman’s Modern American cuisine touts impeccably created dishes that utilize local purveyors and sustainable ingredients. 10 E. 60th St., 646-237-8977; rougetomatenyc.com

Buenos Aires - Known for their uncompromising choice of the finest cuts of beef and the freshest vegetables—quality food at reasonable prices in a charming, warm, cozy atmosphere. Go for the grilled meats, to-die-for empanadas, fresh pastas and more. 513 E. 6th St. (Ave. A-Ave. B), 212-228-2775; buenosairesnyc.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 the romantic Upstairs at ‘21’; or host an event in one of their 10 private banquet rooms. Jacket required. 21 W. 52nd St., 212-582-7200; 21club.com

Asian Chin Chin - One of the city’s premier destinations for haute Chinese cuisine, using ingredients from around the world, 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

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Upscale food halls thrive in London and Paris and now New York can boast three that have recently opened. The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English is a well-designed space in the concourse of the Plaza Hotel. Sit-down counters serve oysters, sushi, burgers, wine, tapas, and pizza. Deservedly popular is the potato pizza on rosemary crust with caramelized onions and Fontina crème fraiche. On your way out, pick up some olives, bread or Todd’s own chocolates. It’s a great place to stop for a cup of mid-afternoon oolong tea. From the white marble floor and counters, to mirrored wood cabinets, the feeling is one of charm and luxury. “It’s like Paris,” one guest said to her companion as she was leaving. 1 West 59th St., 212-986-9260; theplaza foodhall.com Eataly, in the Flatiron district, is a giant Italian supermarket with shelves of olive oils, pasta, canned tomatoes, and wine. The Vegetable Butcher will [ The entrance to The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English ] clean and cut to order anything from artichokes to zucchini. Foodies crowd in to sip Barolo even if they have to stand up to drink it. Seven restaurants include two with table service and all with long lines. Partners Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, and Joe Bastianich of B&B Hospitality Group own it with Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti. Oh, and there’s a beer garden on the roof. 200 Fifth Ave. (23rd St.), 212-229-2560; eataly.com As we went to press FoodParc, from Ed Schoenfield and Jeffrey Chodorow, was opening in the new Eventi Hotel at 29th Street and Avenue of the Americas. This indoor and outdoor “park” will offer a variety of good eats including the classic New York egg cream. 866-006-8306; foodparc.com – Marian Betancourt

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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 such as dishes flavored with real Malaysian curry. Dim Sum available on evenings & weekends. 141 E. 55th St. (LexingtonThird Aves.), 212-753-3900; lycheehouse.com Pranna - Executive chef Keith Kornfeld adds his own special touch to the flavors of modern Southeast Asian cuisine in a wide-open, opulent space. The satays are especially popular, while the menu also includes dishes from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India. 79 Madison Ave. (28th St.), 212-696-5700; prannarestaurant.com

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.), 212-228-0822; oneifbyland.com

specialties such as a full sushi bar serving the freshest sashimi, maki rolls, and cones. 130 E. 57th St., 212-688-3939; opiarestaurant.com

Opia - This plush and popular Midtown oasis offers a total New York experience with creative food and wines from around the world. The menu includes American, French and international

CUBAN Victor’s Cafe - Since 1963, this family-run New York treasure has served fine authentic Cuban

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 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 Tse Yang Restaurant - The serenely elegant Tse Yang lives up to its name, an exclusive epicurean “Center of the Sun” boasting authentic, Northern Chinese seasonal dishes created from fresh local and imported ingredients and served European-style. 34 E. 51st St., 212-688-5447; tseyangnyc.com Woo Lae Oak - Featuring upscale, radically innovative Korean fare in a sleek, cool interior in the heart of SoHo. The dishes, which fuse traditional elements with a modern flair, have garnered praise and popularity in equal measure. 148 Mercer St. (Prince St.), 212-925-8200; woolaeoaksoho.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 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,

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cuisine, including zesty black beans, roast suckling pig, paella, and tropical sangrias. Perfect for pre- or post- theater, business lunches, private parties or for trying one of the best mojitos in town in the Cuba Lounge. 236 W. 52nd St., 212-586-7714; victorscafe.com

DELIS Carnegie Deli - For the truly robust appetite in search of the quintessential New York 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

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. (Lexington-Park Aves.), 212-754-9494; fourseasonsrestaurant.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 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 24 hours. 205 E. Houston St. (Ludlow St.), 212-254-2246; katzdeli.com 2nd Ave Deli - After more than 50 years in the East Village, the famed deli has relocated to the east side of Midtown, and returned with all its famous certified-kosher delights intact. Traditional favorites include corned beef, pastrami, and the world-famous chicken matzoh ball soup. Open 24 hours. 162 E. 33rd St., 212-689-9000; 2ndavedeli.com

ENGLISH Le Caprice - The New York outpost of the famous London restaurant captures the simple elegance of the original, serving long-standing modern European favorites within a specially designed New York menu. Pierre Hotel, 795 Fifth Ave. (61st St.), 212-940-8195; lecapriceny.com

French/French Bistro Adour Alain Ducasse - The famed French chef combines traditional French cooking with local flavors, resulting in elegant dishes with rich textures and new aromas. Both new and experienced oenophiles will be delighted by the cutting-edge interactive wine bar, where they can discover a wine’s “essentials,” including origin, producer, variety—and of course, its best matching dish. St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th St., 212-710-2277; adour-stregis.com Bistro Bagatelle - A southern French bistro in the Meatpacking District. “Sophisticated comfort foods” include bouillabaisse, boeuf Bourguignon, and classics like steak au poivre with pomme frites. 409 W. 13th St., 212-675-2400; bistrotbagatelle.com

One of the original men of meat, Ben Benson has been in the restaurant game since the late 1960s and running his eponymous Steak House since 1982. At Ben Benson’s, the steaks are expertly prepared, using only the freshest market ingredients, but what really sets the restaurant apart is the menu: “We’ve got five different veal dishes, four different chicken dishes, and six seafood dishes,” says Benson of his own menu. A sentiment that Esquire echoed: “Ben Benson’s menu has range,” like wild game, pork chops with homemade applesauce, and triple lamb chops that round out the meat spectrum, and a bevy of salads, sides and seafood – a menu that’s perfect for first timers and regulars alike. 123 W. 52nd St., 212-581-8888; benbensons.com

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Bouley - Acclaimed French chef David Bouley’s legendary landmark in fine dining. Jackets preferred, but not required. 163 Duane St. (Hudson St.), 212-964-2525; davidbouley.com Daniel - One of the rare restaurants 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. 60 E. 65th St., 212-288-0033; danielnyc.com Felix - Some of the SoHo’s finest French food, lovingly prepared and served in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, where prewar photos from France adorn the walls. 340 West Broadway (Grand St.), 212-431-0021; felixnyc.com Gascogne - Re­flecting the hospitality, joie de vivre, and hearty regional fare of Gascony is this Gallic jewel. The décor is a blend of rustic French and candlelit romance. It is almost de rigueur to end the evening with a glass of fine Armagnac, the region’s most famous spirit. 158 Eighth Ave. (17th-18th Sts.), 212-675-6564; gascognenyc.com

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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 Grenouille - One of the last hold-outs in the rarified world of fine French dining in New York, La Grenouille continues to attract patrons in search of its flawless, Gallic cuisine. The menu offers the classic cuisine that guests have appreciated since the restaurant opened in 1962, featuring frogs legs, Burgundy-braised oxtail, and chicken in champagne sauce. Jacket required. 3 E. 52nd St., 212-752-1495; la-grenouille.com

Mediterranean, the seasonal menu blends traditional Greek cuisine with innovative culinary techniques, complemented by an extensive wine list. 52 Vanderbilt Ave. (45th St.), 212-922-9999; ammosnewyork.com Molyvos - Ouzo flows freely and the baklava is piled high at this authentic Greek spot. A tavern-

like atmosphere (including the boisterous crowds) doesn’t prepare you for the food to come: don’t leave without trying the grilled baby octopus or cabbage doulmades, and moussaka. There’s a meze menu for those who just want small bites and a comprehensive Greek wine list. 871 Seventh Ave. (55-56 Sts.), 212-582-7500; molyvos.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 and has become known as one of the city’s finest restaurants, a Parisian steakhouse meets New York City tavern. 113 MacDougal St. (Bleecker St.), 212-475-3850; minettatavernny.com 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. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-333-1220; themodernnyc.com 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 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 Raoul’s - The innovative SoHo bistro is still going strong after 30+ years, with terrific steak and fish dishes among other French classics. 180 Prince St. (Sullivan St.), 212-966-3518; raouls.com Triomphe - Two dining rooms, with only 20 tables between them, offer 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

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Indian 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 temple accents, Dévi is an experience that stimulates and delights. 8 E. 18th St., 212-691-1300; devinyc.com Tamarind - Authentic Indian cuisine, with a menu that include excellent vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, incredible spices, assorted handmade Indian breads, tandoori delights from their clay oven, and lamb, goat, beef, shrimp, and chicken entrées. 41 E. 22nd St., 212-674-7400; tamarindnyc.com Utsav Festive Indian Cuisine - With an elegant décor, this upscale Indian restaurant in the heart of Times Square provides relaxed dining in a spacious and serene setting. Their extensive lunch buffet and pre and post theatre prix fixe dinner will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. 1185 Sixth Ave. (enter at 46th St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-575-2525; utsavny.com The romance and elegance of Venetian design meets the rich tradition of Northern Italian cuisine at Remi. Dining here is a bit like embarking on a luxury cruise through Venice, with a stunning mural of a grand canal, flying buttress archways, Brazilian cherry-striped floors, and glass chandeliers. The endless menu features a wide variety of antipasti and salads, homemade pastas, and classic signature dishes like the Spaghetti Remi, prepared al dente with oven-dried tomatoes, garlic and hot pepper and Venetian-style calf liver sauteed with onions and served on polenta. 145 W. 53rd St. (Sixth-Seventh Aves.), 212-581-4242 (212-757-7610 for private parties); remi-ny.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 cozy dining room, made rustic by its beamed ceiling and brick walls, is able to accommodate smokers by virtue of its size, and expands to include a beautiful open-air patio for requisite warm-weather visits. 342 E. 46th St., 212-370-1866; alcalarestaurant.com Blaue Gans - Renowned for its traditional Austro-German fare, including traditional Wiener Schnitzel, Kavelierspitz, and a selection of different sausages. Eight Bavarian beers on tap, and dessert specialties such as Apple Strudel, Salzburger Nockerl, and assorted cheeses. 139 Duane St. (West Broadway), 212-571-8880; kg-ny.com Double Crown - The stunning atmosphere here evokes the colonial British East of the 19th century, while the eclectic menu features dishes such as pork rillette, venison Wellington, and wild boar. The brunch, offered Sat. and Sun. 10am-3:30pm, is also very popular among the Village denizens. 316 Bowery (Bleecker St.), 212-254-0350; doublecrown-nyc.com Markt - This Brussels brasserie showcases the country’s cuisine and beer, in a cozy Flemish-inspired dining room, relying on sim­plicity, freshness, and subtle combinations rather than three-alarm seasonings. 676 Sixth Ave. (21 St.), 212- 727-3314; www.marktrestaurant.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

The grand atmosphere of The Park Room features extravagant brass chandeliers, arched high ceilings covered with velour, mirrored columns, a color scheme reflecting the changing seasons, and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal sensational views of Central Park. The Atlantic Rim menu reflects the overall feel, offering authentic flavors and using market ingredients while adding an occasional twist. The adjacent Harry’s Bar offers a small menu of sandwiches and bar snacks, but its main focus is the choice of wines by the glass that change regularly. Open daily (7am-10pm) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Harry’s Bar is open daily from noon to 1am. Helmsley Park Lane, 36 Central Park So. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212-521-6655; helmsleyparklane.com

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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. 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 Bice Ristorante - Combining traditional and new trends in Northern Italian cuisine in an elegant-casual atmosphere, Bice Ristorante caters to a knowledgeable clientele seeking out superior versions of beloved Italian fare utilizing top-of-the-line ingredients, refined dishes, light-touch cooking, seamless service, and, most of all, consistency. Top dishes include tagliolini lobster, ravioli massala, osso buco, and papardelle al telefono, just to name a few. And don’t miss out on dessert—the tiramisu della Bice is one of the best in the city. 7 E. 54th St. (Madison-Fifth Aves.), 212-688-1999; bicenewyork.com

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Del Posto - Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali present a “trans-generational” expression of the evolution of cuisines with what is considered one of the greatest indoor spaces in the city with an ambiance filled with warmth buoyancy and lightheartedness of the Italian spirit. 85 Tenth Ave. (15th-16th Sts.), 212-497-8090; delposto.com Downtown Cipriani - This SoHo restaurant is part of New York’s extended Cipriani family, which includes Harry’s on Fifth, Rainbow by Cipriani at Rockefeller Plaza, and Cipriani 42nd Street. With its downtown spin, this eatery has a more casual menu and relaxed ambiance than its uptown cousins, offering sandwiches and ciabette, alongside main courses like the signature filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce. Don’t miss the world-famous Bellini, a cocktail of peach and prosecco. 376 West Broadway (Spring-Broome Sts.), 212-343-0999; cipriani.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 NYC, if not the entire U.S. 145 W. 53rd St., 212-581-4242; remi-ny.com

Salute! - This Murray Hill staple has been attracting a steady stream of clientele with its mix of sleek sophistication and Italian/Mediterranean cuisine for over a decade, merging old-world tradition with contemporary flair. The menu features authentic homemade pastas, savory seafood, brick-oven pizzas, and healthy gourmet delights. 270 Madison Ave. (39th St.), 212-213-3440; salutenyc.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 Locanda Verde - A casual, energetic, Tribeca restaurant featuring celebrated chef Andrew Carmellini’s takes on Italian cooking. Also serving an extensive breakfast menu 7 days a week. 379 Greenwich St. (N. Moore St.), 212-925-3797; locandaverdenyc.com Lupa Osteria Romana - Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich, Mark Ladner and Jason Denton’s brainchild offers traditional Roman dishes while using local, fresh ingredients. The result is a uniquely Roman menu with a New York balance. The very extensive wine menu icnludes over 400 selections. 170 Houston St. (Houston St.), 212-982-5089; luparestaurant.com Maialino - A Roman-style trattoria from Danny Meyer’s award-winning Union Square Hospitality Group (their first new restaurant since 2005), serving Roman-style cooking from Executive Chef Nick Anderer. Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave. (21st St.), 212-777-2410; gramercyparkhotel.com MODA - A chic 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 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

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SD26 Restaurant & WineBar - Tony May of San Domenico and Rainbow Room fame, has returned to the contemporary Italian scene with this theatrical Flatiron District space and a modern, American spin on Mediterranean food and wine. Named one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants in New York, 2010.” 19 E. 26th St., 212-265-5959; sd26ny.com Sfoglia - Famous for their location on Nantucket, Sfoglia has an outpost on the Upper East Side. The Renaissance-influenced menu features samplings of antipasto, plates of their renowned pasta, naturally raised meats, and a contorno made with ingredients from area farms. 1402 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 212-831-1402; sfogliarestaurant.com

Japanese and Sushi Blue Ribbon Sushi - 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. No reser­vations. 97 Sullivan St. (Spring-Prince Sts.), 212-343-0404; blueribbonrestaurants.com Cho Cho San - The opera-inspired Cho Cho San (the misspelling of Cio Cio San, Puccini’s heroine of Madama Butterfly, was purposeful) is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with a modern twist on traditional Japanese fare. There are also daily pastas and curries, and classic sushi. 15 W. 8th St., 212-473-3333; chochosanrestaurant.com James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur David Burke serves his signature whimsical, modern American cuisine at David Burke Townhouse, the Upper East Side eatery that made him famous. A redesign last fall brought changes, including a striking, backlit salt wall, a playful dungeon door resembling a classic castle door complete with skeleton keys, as well as new fabrics, carpet and wall coverings, and a stunning mahogany wine display that can hold over 300 bottles. The menu includes signature dishes from Burke’s career such as Sea Scallops Benedict and Lobster Steak while continuing to offer the inventive dishes that have made Townhouse a neighborhood fixture since 2003. A meatcarving station provides drama as whole chicken, rack of lamb and porterhouse steak are carved and presented tableside. Burke and Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique work closely to create dishes including Pretzel Crusted Crabcake with Tomato Orange Chutney and Poppy Seed Honey, Bronx Style Filet Mignon of Veal & Veal Cheek with Pea Pure and Pistachio Candy, and of course his Famous Cheesecake Lollipop Tree. There’s also a $24.07 threecourse lunch menu. Sundays are double the fun with brunch and Chicken Little Dinners. Start with Sunday Brunch, one of Zagat’s top 25 brunches in New York City, and then stop back in for the $35 three-course Chicken Little Sunday Dinner featuring your very own Angry Chicken Salad to take home for Monday’s Lunch. Either way you slice it, you’re sure to leave with your tummy full and your heart content. Where to find David Burke’s tasty empire : David Burke Townhouse (133 E. 61st St., 212-813-2121; davidburketownhouse.com); David Burke @ Bloomingdale’s (150 E. 59th St., 212-705-3800; burkeinthebox.com) and Fishtail (135 E. 62nd St., 212-754-1300; fishtaildb.com).

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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/hakubai.html Inakaya - The first New York City outpost of the renowned 39-year-old eatery in Roppongi, Tokyo. 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 is larger than life and theatrical, from the shouts that greet you when you enter to the enormous dining bar to the elaborate costumes worn by the 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 (60th St.), 4th Floor, 212-823-9800; masanyc.com Next Door Nobu - Superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous fusion menu of Asian and South American delicacies is now available at this spin-off restaurant. Featuring a simpler menu than its famed neighbor Nobu and David Rockwell designed décor, Nobu Next Door is also a joint venture of Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and Tribeca Grill restaurateur Drew Nieporent. 105 Hudson St. (Franklin St.), 212-334-4445; www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com Ninja New York - A one-of-a-kind, very 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.), 212-334-4445; myriadrestaurantgroup.com

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Sushi of Gari - Sushi chef Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio opened his first restaurant on the Upper East Side in 1997, featuring his own original sauces and toppings that bring out “the true taste of sushi”—honed over several years working as a chef in Tokyo and New York City. 402 E. 78th St., 212-517-5340; 370 Columbus Ave. (77th-78th Sts.), 212-362-4816; 347 W. 46th St., 212-957-0046; sushiofgari.com

Mediterranean Isabella’s - This Upper West Side mainstay, across from the American Museum 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; brguestrestaurants.com Veranda - A modern Mediterranean dining experience with exposed brick walls, candlelit atmosphere and outdoor tables. Every evening, it transforms into one of the hottest lounge parties in Greenwich Village with DJs spinning contemporary house, hip-hop and international beats. 130 Seventh Ave. So. (10th St.), 212-255-3331; verandanyc.com.

Mexican/Tex-Mex El Parador Café - The oldest—and one of the most authentic—Mexican restaurants in New York City. 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 New York Press, the best ceviche by The New York Times, and named the city’s number one Mexican restaurant in New York City by Open Table diners. 325 E. 34th St., 212-679-6812; elparadorcafe.com Maya ­- Mexico City-born chef/owner Richard Sandoval serves up his family’s Acapulco heritage with style; Mexican food and ambiance are elevated to a high level in a festive yet sophisticated atmosphere. 1191 First Ave. (64th-65th Sts.), 212-585-1818; modernmexican.com/mayany

PAN LATIN Agua Dulce ­- Sexy and sophisticated, featuring lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and an exceptional late-night meal at 3am. Highlights include organic salmon citrus ceviche, skirt steak, grilled chicken with saffron scented Valencia rice and chorizo, smoked tea braised short rib, yellowfin tuna with minted lychee salsita, and house-made guacamole. 802 Ninth Ave. (53rd-54th Sts.), 212-262-1299; aguadulceny.com

SCANDINAVIAN Aquavit - Marcus Samuelsson’s 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 the region. 65 E. 55th St., 212-307-7311; aquavit.org

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Seafood BLT Fish - French chef Laurent Tourondel’s nod to America’s love affair with the clam shacks of New England. The straightforward menu features such classic coastal fare as stone crab claw, Manhattan and New England clam chowders, periwinkles, and lobster rolls; for non-fish eaters, there are hearty hamburgers, tuna sandwiches and more. 21 W. 17th St., 212-691-8888; www.bltfish.com

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

Blue Fin - This 400-seat, two-level seafood emporium, established by restaurateur Stephen Hanson is not your run-of-the-mill theater eatery. Blue Fin offers the finest and freshest raw bar, colorful and innovative sashimi and sushi rolls, contemporary seafood and other entrées in a setting—marked by giant faux tortoiseshell walls—as dramatic and exciting as its home on the Great White Way. W Times Square Hotel, 1567 Broadway (47th St.), 212-918-1400; brguestrestaurants.com Fishtail - David Burke’s newest NYC addition, Fishtail, opened in December 2008 and has diners lining up for his signature spin on upscale seafood. Shortly after its opening, Burke was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-754-1300; fishtaildb.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 Lure Fishbar - This innovative seafood enterprise in the heart of SoHo, designed to evoke the teak-paneled cabin of a luxury yacht, offers the freshest raw and cooked seafood. Select from the wide array of raw or barely cooked fish, or the half dozen types of succulent oysters to start, followed by grilled mahi mahi accented with a soy-ginger marinade, or the surf and turf. 142 Mercer St. (Prince St.), 212-431-7676; lurefishbar.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. 120 W. 49th St. (Sixth-Seventh Aves.), 212-759-5941; oceanarestaurant.com

Southwestern Mesa Grill - Chef Bobby Flay serves South­western cuisine in a whimsical setting accented in shades of Sutter’s gold, adobe terra cotta, and sage green, and boasting a view of the kitchen. Dining room people-watch­ing is just as much fun, and the mood is relaxed and friendly. 102 Fifth Ave. (15th-16th Sts.), 212-807-7400; mesagrill.com

Steakhouses Ben Benson’s Steak House - This classic American steakhouse is a true, one-of-a-kind New York City cultural descendant of its authentic 19th-century ancestors, independently owned by the hands-on Ben Benson. It serves only USDA prime dry-aged meats, beef, veal and lamb, seasonal game and premium-grade seafood and poultry, prepared simply and perfectly and offered in substantial servings. Res­ervations recommended. Rockefeller Center, 123 W. 52nd St., 212-581-8888; benbensons.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 and exquisite desserts. 255 Fifth Ave. (28th-29th Sts.), 212-532-7600; 219 E. 44th St., 212-682-5678; benandjackssteakhouse.com

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Benjamin Steakhouse - Peter Luger alumni Benjamin Prelvukaj and chef Arturo McLeod join forces to create an opulent steakhouse in the centuryold Chemist Club building. Six cuts of dry-aged beef are available, from 36-ounce porterhouses to top sirloins to rib eyes to succulent filet mignon. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177; benjaminsteakhouse.com 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 city), and seafood. The elaborate and celebrated mahogany bar is one of the city’s most popular watering holes. The Waldorf=Astoria, 570 Lexington Ave. (50th St.), 212-355-3000; bullandbearsteakhouse.com The Capital Grille - The capital of theatre, music, literature, and adventure boasts yet another gem: The Capital Grille. Known for delicious dry-aged steaks, chops, fresh seafood, and an award-winning wine list in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. 3 locations, including the Trylon Towers of the exquisite Chrysler Center. 120 W. 51st St., 212-246-0154; 120 Broadway (Wall St.), 212-374-1811; 155 E. 42nd St., 212-953-2000; thecapitalgrille.com Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House - This expansive steak house’s soaring, two-story-high windows offer a spectacular view of Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center 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 . 49th St. & Sixth Ave., 212-575-5129; delfriscos.com Quality Meats - Chef Craig Koketsu creates modern interpretations of familiar dishes and flavor combinations, resulting in unique tastes, innovative presentations, and a distinctive style. 57 W. 58th St., 212-371-7777; qualitymeatsnyc.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. The beautiful space and attentive staff make it ideal, whether it’s for a business lunch, a romantic dinner for two, or celebrating a special occasion. 3 E. 54th St., 212-319-5500; rothmannssteakhouse.com Smith & Wollensky - This celebrated steakhouse is recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned service staff and elegant interior with turnof-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 of which have been dry-aged in-house for 28 days. 797 Third Ave. (49th St.), 212-753-1530; smithandwollensky.com Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse - Pleasing the most discerning of steak lovers, the USDA prime steaks here—all aged for at least 21 days—include New York strip, filet mignon and a special Kobe beef, hand-massaged with sake. For the seafood lover, there are crab cakes, Australian lobster tails, a seafood platter, and more. 440 Ninth Ave. (34th-35th Sts.), 212-244-0005; 44 W. 56th St., 212-245-1550; 39-40 Bell Blvd., Bayside, Queens, 718-229-1100; unclejacks.com

VEGETARIAN Pure Food and Wine - New York’s premier raw-foods restaurant, utilizing organic and seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to create a unique, award-winning culinary experience. Open daily at 5:30pm. 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, and more. 263 E. 10th St., 646-654-1823; raw-q.com

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THEINTERVIEW

Ben Pollinger

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

In Oceana’s elegant open kitchen, the executive chef pairs his love affair with seafood and the restaurant’s famed global cuisine. By Kristopher Carpenter Q. Where did the love affair with seafood begin? Well, professionally run kitchens are usually broken up into stations by either ingredient, like fish or meat, or by technique of cooking , like the grilling station, the sauté station and so on. The fish station, as a cook, was always my favorite; because fish to me is a larger, blanker canvas than most red meats. There are more sizes and shapes, more versatility, and more room for creativity; I like a certain level of challenge as well. I mean, fish isn’t difficult to cook, but it’s not really easy to cook either. To me, cooking fish requires more technical ability and more finesse because it’s less forgiving and there aren’t such clearly cut, standardized gradations of how “done” a piece of fish should really be.

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en Pollinger was appointed Executive Chef at Oceana in 2006 in the restaurant’s previous incarnation on East 54th Street, where Frank Bruni of The New York Times would dine and bestow a warm three-star review in July, 2008. In September of 2009 Oceana relocated to an expansive space on West 49th Street, with Pollinger still at the helm, his way with fish unfettered, and the varied, global cuisine interwoven into the Oceana reputation for over 10 years before he arrived remains intact. Pollinger’s roots include five years at Danny Meyer’s Tabla, Mediterranean influences from working in Monte Carlo, a little Latin sizzle from traveling Spain, and the finesse of classic technique from cooking in some of New York’s best French restaurants, all of which are apparent in the diversity and intrigue found on the everchanging menu. Though influenced by far-flung geographies, Pollinger is quite at home in the stunning open kitchen of Oceana’s glittering new locale. Which he should be, because he designed it.

Q. What made Oceana stand out to you among the dozens of other seafood-centric restaurants in Manhattan? Oceana has always been a standout to me because of the innovative and bold way that it has presented fish, and of course my professional love for cooking fish came into play heavily in making my decision. When you take an Executive Chef’s job you always wonder: Will it really be my own style or am I going to have to adhere to certain house standards that could end up being constraining? When I started at Oceana, in our previous space, it was basically a clean slate, as long as it was fish. We have a few meat dishes, but if I wanted to do something Indian, French, Mediterranean – as long as it was fish – it was fine. It was also a good personal fit, which is probably the most important thing. I felt a strong connection with the Livanos family, and also with the managing partner Paul McLaughlin, because they’re really great people and we have a similar set of values. This is a business and making money is important, but how you go about it is also important, and the ownership and management here just do the right things. We all feel the same way about our commitments to our families and our commitment to excellent food. Q. Do you have a favorite holiday or cold weather ingredient? I have a few actually. The fish and vegetables here change seasonally, but the first thing that I can think of is chestnuts. I use roasted chestnuts in some of my dishes, and something I’ve been doing that I’ve really been happy with is a Chestnut Polenta. I just use a dried, ground, artisanal Italian chestnut flour and basically just make polenta with it. Besides the rich chestnut flavor, it also has a nice smokiness because in Italy they dry the chestnuts by actually setting a fire underneath them, so they retain a little bit of that hearty smoky flavor too. Cabbage is another favorite, and I make my own sauerkraut here through a process that I learned from a great German friend back in the day. Q. Are there any special holiday traditions at your house? We have Christmas Eve at my house every year. My wife’s family has a good proportion of Italian Americans, so we do the feast of the Seven Fishes, which obviously plays to my skill set, and I cook a lot of it with help from the family. I always make a great salt-cod dish, which isn’t the most popular, but I like it a lot. I also make a little homemade eggnog – I just mix up some eggs, cream, and sugar, with some spices like clove, all-spice, ginger, cinnamon, rum, brandy – it’s all about the technique with eggnog.

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[ Left: Pollinger at work in Oceana’s open kitchen; top left: a sumptuous Branzino entrée; the chef himself ]

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