Thursday, May 31, 2007

Seduced by Spain

In the late afternoon, Chanterelle hosts Seduced by Spain: Queso y Vino, which pairs Spanish wines and sherries with chef David Waltuck's cheeses and tapas. We always knew brunch was just a warm-up.

June 3,


$55 at Chanterelle, 2 Harrison (at Hudson), 212-966-6960

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rooftops Revisited

(Photo: Courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel)
Stop what you are doing and read the only piece of info you will need this summer!
Thank you NY Magazine for this riviting article to be printed, saved and forwarded.

Rooftops Revisited
Whether it's ever ostentatious 230 Fifth, a hidden gem atop a budget hotel, or the first "adult rooftop," there are plenty of options for tippling on top of the world.
By Carla Spartos , Lauren Fonda & Daniel Maurer

230 Fifth
230 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St.., twentieth fl.; 212-725-4300
If the Miami Vice boys wanted somewhere to land their chopper, not only would the city's largest rooftop bar be spacious enough, but Sonny and Rico would feel right at home among the palm trees and the endless expanse of wooden benches.
The View: The Empire State Building to the north, the MetLife building to the east, and Jersey to the west.
The Menu: $15 cocktails incorporate fresh grape and pear juices; bar snacks range from fried shrimp to the Malaysian Romli Burger.
The Hours: Daily, 4 p.m.–4 a.m.

60 Thompson, 60 Thompson St., nr. Broome St.; 877-431-0400
Hotelier Jason Pomeranc's elegant members-only rooftop bar happens to be less exclusive than it seems. Sure, gaining access is a helluva lot easier if you're his gal pal Shannen Doherty, but would-be partiers can also score a key card by getting a room.
The View: The thirteenth-floor terrace showcases the skylines of midtown and lower Manhattan.
The Menu: Mixed drinks with fresh exotic fruits run $10–$14 while the spicy Thai hors d'oeuvre are similarly priced at $12–$16.
The Hours: Daily, 5 p.m.–midnight through Labor Day

Bar 13
35 E. 13th St., at University Pl.; 212-979-6677
NYU students who couldn't make it to Florida for spring break seek solace at this campus clubhouse, which opened its Miami-themed rooftop garden in June. Amid the palms and illuminated panels, revelers can pretend they're in South Beach—and of legal drinking age.
The View: Opaque screens surrounding the deck mean the only place to look is up.
The Menu: Well drinks are $6, while the 13-ini, the bar's signature Absolute Mandarin–based beverage, costs $7.
The Hours: Mon., 7 p.m.–midnight; Tues., 6 p.m.–3 a.m.; Wed.–Fri., 5 p.m.–4 a.m.; Sat., 9 p.m.–4 a.m.; Sun., 10 p.m.–4 a.m.

Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave., at 41st St.; 212-983-4500
With its brick walls, lovely floral displays, and abundance of reading material, the terrace of the Library Hotel's rooftop bar could pass for the patio of an Upper East Side townhouse.
The View: The majestic Lefcourt building rises across the street.
The Menu: Elegant concoctions like the $12 Chambord Royale, which artfully blends Stoli Vanilla, Chambord, and fresh grapefruit juice.
The Hours: Mon.–Sat., 4 p.m.–midnight; Sun., closed
(Photo: Yun Cee Ng)

Cabana at the Maritime Hotel
Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-242-4300
Of all the red-hot cocktail aeries that have opened in the past few years, Cabana at the Maritime fulfills the fantasy best. In the summer, this place feels like a trendy L.A. nightclub: heat lamps, leafy plants, tropical wallpaper, strappy sandals, blue cushions, halter tops, and even some celebrities.
The View: Sean Penn, Sam Rockwell, and the sisters Hilton have been sighted in the past.
The Menu: No more frozen mojito, but cool off with a bottle of sake or a martini with fresh lychee juice ($12).
The Hours: Tue.–Wed., 7 p.m.–1 a.m.; Thurs.–Sat., 9 p.m.–3 a.m.; Sun.–Mon., closed.

The Delancey
168 Delancey St., at Clinton St.; 212-254-9920
At this time of year, the rooftop is this rock club's main draw. As for the bouncer guarding the staircase, he's there to prevent overcrowding, not to grade your outfit. And though lots of bars hype tar roofs as alfresco, this space actually has it going on in a southern-greenhouse sort of way, with benches, fountains, even a grill.
The View: A clear shot of the Williamsburg Bridge.
The Menu: The margarita machine churns out frozen blends for $8 apiece. Meanwhile, bottled beer and well drinks run a reasonable $6.
The Hours: Daily, 5 p.m.–4 a.m.

The Heights Bar & Grill
2867 Broadway, nr. 111th St..; 212-866-7035
Students and locals flock to this second-story Morningside Heights bar with its semi-retractable roof. You'll pay $6 for a margarita, but dude, you'll be so wasted you won't even care.
The View: The only thing that will make you feel high up are your beer goggles.
The Menu: Frozen margaritas ($4 during happy hour from 5 p.m.–7 p.m.; $6–$6.50 thereafter) and stuffed-to-bursting burritos ($5.50 to $11.95)
The Hours: Mon.–Wed., 4:30 p.m.–11 p.m., Thurs.–Sun., 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Hotel Metro Rooftop Bar
Hotel Metro, 45 W. 35th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-279-3535
We'll grant you it's a bit sketchy, but this rooftop jam is surprisingly fun, with cheap beer and an unpretentious after-work crowd.
The View: A close-up of the Empire State BuildingThe Menu: $5 cans of Bud or $6 bottles of Corona ($3, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)
The Hours: Currently closed for construction.
Reopens in July 2007.

Hudson Sky Terrace
The Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St., Ninth Ave..; 212-554-6303
Now this is a summer camp we'll never-ever-ever write tear-stained letters—gasp!—begging you to—sob!—pick us up from. Pinky swear. Why just look at the brochure: fanciful cocktails, table servants (excuse us, service), even a hammock. But since our mom won't give us the money to stay here, we'll be prowling for plastered hotel guests in the Library Bar.
The View: A fifteenth-floor terrace affords glimpses of the Hudson River as well as Ninth Avenue stretching toward lower Manhattan
The Menu: Refreshments like the Strawberry Coconut Caipirinha and White Sangria practically scream summertime.
The Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. through October

Jade Terrace
China Club, 268 W. 47th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-398-3800
Off the packed and sweaty dance floor, an Asian-themed terrace offers a serene palm-frond oasis. Unlike the other rooftops on this list, the Jade Terrace is primarily a dance club, so if you're looking to avoid cover charges, beefy bouncers, and a hey-baby vibe, go elsewhere.
The View: A walled-in fourth-floor terrace results in neckcraning to see the Times Square towers.
The Menu: Summer drinks ($9 to $15) include mojitos, a white sangria made with champagne instead of wine, and a cocktail incorporating mango vodka and lemon and lime juices.
The Hours: Mon. and Thurs. to Sat, 10 p.m.–4 a.m.; Sun. and Tues., closed

Larry Flynt's Hustler Club
641 W. 51st St., at Twelfth Ave.; 212-247-2460
The vision of the West Side Highway from the new "adult rooftop" wouldn't inspire anyone to propose to his girlfriend, but that's just fine for the cigar puffers who aren't thinking of marriage when they're staring at the busty barmaid.
The View: Banker wankers killing bills on silicone sisters.
Menu: The Hustler no longer serves food, so make do with a beer or cocktail.
The Hours: Mon-Fri ($20 cover), 6 p.m.–4 a.m.; Sat ($25), 8 p.m.–4 a.m.; Sun (free), 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Local West
1 Penn Pl., Eighth Ave. at 33rd St.; 212-629-7070
Okay, so not much is exhilarating about the rooftop of a one-story building, but those looking to unwind before their train back to the burbs could do worse than snagging a seat at the smattering of tables or at the elevated patio bar atop this casual beer bar near Penn Station.
The View: Chat up the folks on the upper decks of the tour buses that constantly roll by.
Menu: Sliders, nachos, chicken tenders: You get the idea. Pomegranate martini, $10; beers, $8.
The Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

Mé Bar
17 W. 32nd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; fourteenth fl.; 212-290-2460
This Koreatown rooftop boîte, hidden atop the La Quinta budget hotel, is the antidote to karaoke-room claustrophobia. Although throw pillows and beach chairs lend a beach-house vibe, the drink prices are decidedly left of Hamptons.
The View: Who cares that you're drinking with tourists when the Empire State Building is all aglow directly overhead.
The Menu: A sheaf of delivery menus rescues those swayed by the pomegranate martini, made with liqueur and cranberry juice. During the 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. happy hour, a $1 discount means $4–$5 beers and $5–$8 wines.
The Hours: Daily, 5:30 p.m.–midnight.

The Park
118 Tenth Ave., nr. 17th St.; 212-352-3313
Our young spies say that the Park, which has seen scads of A-list celebs and Vice-toting debs pass through its kooky environs over the years, shows zilch signs of cooling (hell, Gisele Bundchen threw a modelicious bash here, so there you have it). But just as sexy as its patrons is the rooftop penthouse, complete with a hot tub that's known to get especially naughty on Sunday nights, when the boys come out for a romp in "The Rambles."
The View: Eye candy compensates for a lackluster third-floor-level take on West Chelsea.
The Menu: Nobody's here for the food: It's all about the sangria, $11 fresh-fruit cocktails such as the banana coolata (vanilla, Kalhua, fresh banana purée, and sweetened coconut milk) and mango and raspberry mojitos.
The Hours: Fri.–Sat., 11 p.m.–4 a.m,; Mon.–Thurs., Sun.–closed

The Pen-Top Bar & Terrace
The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St.; 212-903-3097
The Pen-Top's clubby vibe and Astroturf has been replaced with a new glass-encased bar resembling a big block of incandescent ice. Kinda cool in a slick 007 way, but sorta cheesy and souped-up Mars 2112, too. Still, there's no shortage of tables on the sizable slate-topped terrace. The View: Stunning views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park, as well as midtown architectural gems like the Citicorp Center.
The Menu: $20 apple martinis and the $80 Jewel in a Glass (Louis Roederer Cristal and Dolce Far Niente) keep out the riffraff.
The Hours: Sun., 3 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 4 p.m.–1 a.m.; Mon.–Thurs., 4 p.m.–midnight through September 30
(Photo: Noah Kalina)

Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave., at 13th St.; 877-426-7386
Elbow your way into the elevator and travel up to the hip and hellishly crowded Plunge, in the fifteen-floor penthouse. You'll exit directly into the bar area, which is open when the weather is warm and covered by a glass greenhouselike structure when it's rainy or chilly.
The View: Great shots of lower Manhattan and New Jersey, not to mention the Soho House's pool.
The Menu: Basic cocktails start at $14.
The Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.–4 .a.m.
(Photo: Courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel)

Private Roof Club and Garden at Gramercy Park Hotel
Gramercy Park Hotel; 2 Lexington Ave., at 21st St.; 212-920-3300
Like the downstairs Rose Bar, the indoor space takes its cues from a Renaissance palace; add to that an outdoor space that resembles a tropical greenhouse and you have one of the most covereted members-only hangouts in the city.
The View: A Blade Runner–inspired light installation and paintings by Andy Warhol and designer Damien Hirst are as alluring as the panorama of Manhattan.
The Menu: Cocktails from the downstairs bar and room-service items such as caviar and croque monsieurs.
The Hours: Daily, 6:30 a.m.–midnight.

Rare View
Shelburne Murray Hill, 303 Lexington Ave., at 37th St.; 212-481-1999
Rare Bar & Grill, the popular hamburger eatery inside the Shelburne, has taken charge of the hotel's roof bar and decked it out with tables, chairs, and an elevated bed. The efforts have paid off as twentysomething Murray Hillers are making this a pre-party pit stop. Just don't say we didn't warn you about the bathroom lines.
The View: A sixteenth-floor bar with outstanding midtown views, including the Chrysler Building
The Menu: $15 mango margaritas and blood-orange cosmos, as well as hulking burgers downstairs in the grill.
The Hours: Mon.–Sat., 4:30 p.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., closed

Roof Garden Cafïé
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-535-7710
So...if that Andy Goldsworthy sculpture could speak, what do you think it would say? We'll let you puzzle that out, up on the romantic rooftop of the Met, where art, hot Italian tourists, frozen daiquiris, and colossal Central Park views converge into one juggernaut of a drinking experience. If you can't manage a pickup line in a place like this, well, then, you're hopeless.
The View: A fifth-floor garden surrounded by the park, its skyline, and sculpture installations that change every summer.
The Menu: Sparkling wine and ham-and-brie baguettes.
The Hours: Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Tues.–Thurs. and Sun., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Mon, closed, open May–October

The Terrace at Sutton Place Bar and Restaurant
1015 Second Ave., nr. 53rd St.; 212-207-3777
The good news first: Sutton Place has a huge rooftop patio with lots of tables and a long, snaking bar worthy of Club Med. The bad news: It's a tad bland in that East Side sports-guy kind of way. Apparently some people just feel more comfortable in khakis.
The View: A third-floor terrace overlooking Second Avenue.
The Menu: $8 cocktails and generic pub grub
The Hours: Sun.–Wed., noon–1 a.m.; Thurs.–Sat., noon–4 a.m.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Noche Flamenca

Noche Flamenca returns to New York, as the company brings its pure, authentic brand of flamenco to the intimate setting of Theater 80. The company is known for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances.
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Opens on June 6, 2007 Closes on July 29, 2007

Running Time: 2 hr.

For complete schedule,

80 St. Mark's Place

New York, NY 10003
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Las Manos De Dios

El Actor de origen domicano regresa triunfalmente al teatro en español en el papel de "El Diablo' en la obra 'Las Manos de dios' dirigida por Carlos Sanchez, despues de realizar su segundo desnudo artistico en el papel protagonico de Gabriel en la obra en Ingles Los Nutcrakers; A Christmas Carajo de Charles Rice-Gonzales. Roberto fue nominado a los premios ACE 2006 como 'Revelacion Masculina del Año' por su multiple role en la Produccion Expediente Homosexual, bajo la direccion del gran teatrista Hector Luis Rivera, director artistico del Teatro TEBA; la unica compañia latina del teatro experimental en Nueva York ganadora de los premios Obie. Y aunque en esta obra Roberto no se desnuda, promete una interpretacion que conquistara los corazones de Chicas y chicos por igual! Para tickects:, palabara clave: lasmanosdedios.

Que te parece?

Teatro El Grupo presents Las Manos De Dios

Friday, May 18, 2007 through Sunday, May 27, 2007

Una historia sobre la guerra mas antigua del mundo: la del Bien y el Mal!...............(A drama about the oldest war in the world; the war between Good and Evil!)

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins

Intermission: None

Seating: General Admission You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Beatriz, muchacha pobre de un pueblo de Iberoamérica (Lina Beltré) se encuentra desesperada y piensa que todos sus recursos para liberar a su hermano menor de la carcel estan agotados, cuando se le presenta la tentadora oportunidad de hacer un trato con El Diablo (Roberto Larancuent). ¿Acepta Beatriz la propuesta o no? Y ¿Cuales son las consequencias? Un drama que promete hacerle llorar y reir!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fodor's calls Mexico City "the newest urban playground for hip globe-trotters."

If you are pondering what to do this weekend.....

$179 -- Mexico City from New York (Roundtrip), Last-Minute *
New York (Newark)-Mexico City

Travel dates: Depart May 12; Return May 14-15
By Travelzoo Staff

Fodor's calls Mexico City "the newest urban playground for hip globe-trotters."

Now you can fly from New York (Newark) to Mexico City for only $179 roundtrip this weekend. We often see special weekend deals to Mexico City, but even the very best deals out there rarely ever drop below $200 roundtrip.

Fodor's goes on about "its trendy (and affordable) restaurants, freewheeling nightlife, and outstanding museums," which are all available for a bargain when you depart May 12 and return May 14-15. Book by this Friday, May 11.

Click here for full details and to book directly with Continental Airlines. Select your city from the drop-down menu. Taxes will be an additional $94.60.

Travelzoo Tip: If you're long on Continental OnePass miles, save a few more bucks by combining miles and cash for a greater discount. This fare starts at $36 roundtrip and requires as little as 15,000 miles.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Cinema Tropical and David Bowie Present 10 Latin American & Spanish Films from the Last 100 Years

In association with Cinema Tropical, David Bowie's High Line Festival 2007
Presents 10 Latin American & Spanish Films from the Last 100 Years
All films will screen at Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street
Our personal favorite being Machuca!

Friday, May 11, 2007
• Opening night: 7:30pm El Automovil Gris* (Dir. Enrique Rosas Priego, Mexico, 1919), a special performance by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes.
• 10:00pm Aventurera* (Dir. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1949; In Spanish w/English subtitles)

Saturday, May 12
• 3:00pm Dos Monjes (Dir. Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico, 1934; In Spanish w/no subtitles) Screening introduced by Carlos A. Gutierrez, co-director, Cinema Tropical
• 5:00pm Robinson Crusoe* (Dir. Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1954; In English)
• 7:00pm Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Dir. Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba, 1968; In Spanish w/English subtitles)
• 9:15pm Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar (Dir. Julio Medem, Spain, 1998; In Spanish w/English Subtitles)

Sunday, May 13
• 3:00pm Machuca (Chile/Spain, 2004; In Spanish w/English subtitles)
• 5:15pm El Espiitu de la Colmena (Spain, 1973; In Spanish w/English subtitles)
• 7:30pm El Prisionero 13 (Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, Mexico, 1933; In Spanish w/English subtitles)
• 9:15pm Limite (Dir. Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931; Silent)

Monday, May 14
• 7:00pm Robinson Crusoe* (Mexico, 1954; In English)
• 9:00pm Oriana* (Venezuela/Francia, 1985; In Spanish w/English subtitles)

Tuesday, May 15
• 7:00pm El Espiitu de la Colmena (Dir. Victor Erice, Spain, 1973; In Spanish w/ English subtitles)
• 9:00pm Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar (Dir. SJulio Medem, pain, 1998; In Spanish w/English Subtitles)

Wednesday, May 16
• 7:00pm Oriana* (Venezuela/Francia, 1985; In Spanish w/ English subtitles)
• 9:00pm Aventurera* (Mexico, 1949; In Spanish w/ English subtitles)

Thursday, May 17
• 7:00pm Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Cuba, 1968; In Spanish w/ English subtitles)
• 9:15pm Machuca (Dir. Andres Wood, Chile/Spain, 2004; In Spanish w/ English subtitles)
All films screened with English subtitles, except as noted, and screened on 35mm, except as indicated with an (*).

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Sleep with an Italian named Frette

Mark your calenders because this is one for the books:

Up to 70% off retail on Frette linens, 6/3-6/7 -- Sun-Wed, 9am-6:30pm, Thurs, 9am-5pm at Soiffer Haskin, 317 West 33rd [8th/9th]. CC only, no strollers, no kids under 12.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Buena Vista Socialist Club

The always chic and cutting edge Urbandaddy got the scoop on this new hot spot....

Buena Vista Socialist Club

Inside the West Village's New Cuban Spot

At heart, you're a person of the people.
Which is why we're rather excited to bring you a first look inside the finished $2 million West Village "peasant" saloon, Socialista.

Opening over the weekend to friends and family, Socialista is your chance to live and lounge like the common folk of Havana circa 1940. The vision of former Bungalow 8 doorman Armin Amiri—and the investment of restaurateur Giuseppe Cipriani, Trudie Styler and Sting—Socialista is modeled after a Cuban pharmacy bar and other dusky habitats from the pages of Havana by photographer Robert Polidori.

So if you make the trek to the Hudson and step inside Socialista (we can tell you it's worth the trip), you'll find colonial-architecture-in-decay touches like peeling green-sherbet walls, slowly circulating ceiling fans, rickety wooden shutters and distressed leather Ralph Lauren couches. (A perfect match for your pre-ventilated jeans.) You'll also hear world music—no hip hop—and live three- and four-piece Cuban bands.

Staying with the old-school socialist motif, champagne and wine bottles will be lowered from a hole in the third floor storage area by a rope and basket, and Amiri says his space will serve only those celebs "who don’t want their asses kissed." So don't cut in line when ordering one of Cyrus Kehyari's (Double Seven) freshly squeezed cocktails—we recommend the white-rummed Hemingway—or even a steak sandwich from the downstairs cafe that's opening in a couple of weeks.

Remember, everyone's equal around here.

Socialista, 505 West St (between Jane and Horatio), 212-929-4303


Miguel Bose's latest genius musical creation, "Papito" duets featuring hits from his 30 year career is a must, must have in your collection.

1. Morena mia -- w/ Julieta Venegas Listen
2. Si tu no vuelves -- w/ Shakira Listen
3. Bambu -- w/ Ricky Martin Listen
4. Nada particular -- w/ Juanes Listen
5. Amante bandido -- w/ Olvido Listen
6. Sevilla -- w/ Amaia Montero Listen
7. Nena -- w/ Paulina Rubio Listen
8. Te amare -- w/ Laura Pausini Listen
9. Los chicos no lloran -- w/ David Summers Listen
10. Como un lobo -- w/ Bimba Bose Listen
11. Olvidame tu -- w/ Ivete Sangalo Listen
12. Este mundo va -- w/ Leonor Watling Listen
13. No encuentro un momento -- w/ Sasha Sokol Listen
14. Hay dias -- w/ Alejandro Sanz Listen
15. Lo que hay es lo que ves -- w/ Michael Stipe Listen

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Get your Samba On

Bebel Gilberto will be performing at the Gramercy Theatre, on May 22 and May 23!
Purchase your tickets at Ticketmaster

Bebel Gilberto, whose third album momento is hotter than hot, will be heating up NYC in late May; it’s her last tour stop of the year.
Bebel, whose musical stylings express her individual talents, also has genes on her side. Her father, João, was one of the original Kings of Bossa.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007



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