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The Equinox to Open First Hotel in NYC’s Hudson Yards With Exclusive Offers for Virtuoso Travelers

June 29, 2019
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The Shed, the newest cultural/performance venue in New York City, is one of the attractions in the city’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, where the Equinox is opening its first hotel. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK, NY Equinox Hotel, New York City, the first property by the celebrated fitness brand debuts July 15, 2019. Based on the same philosophy as its clubs, Equinox Hotels will inspire people pursuing their maximum potential. With only weeks until its opening, Equinox Hotel, New York City is giving guests a multitude of enticements to reserve their stay through a Virtuoso® travel advisor, including complimentary advantages available only through Virtuoso’s Preview Program:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, if available
  • Early check-in and late checkout, if available
  • Continental breakfast daily for two
  • US$100 hotel credit, once per stay
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfer for Suite reservations of two nights or longer
  • Private helicopter airport transfer for Equinox Suite reservations of two nights or longer

Virtuoso guests also receive one of these exclusive extras available from June 15 – December 31, 2019:

  • Additional US$100 spa credit, per stay
  • Complimentary personal training session
  • Two complimentary SoulCycle classes with swag

Equinox Hotel, New York City will open in the luxurious new Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, where guests will also find The Shed, the city’s newest cultural and performance venue, the Highline, an elevated urban park which has become one of the most popular attractions in New York State, and the intriguing Nest.

Over 25 years, Equinox has developed a brand representing service, quality, expertise, leadership and results. Equinox Hotels, where the science of fitness meets the art of travel, will continue this commitment to excellence.

“Equinox Hotel, New York City is reinventing luxury lifestyle travel for people who play as hard as they train and work,” says Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships. “The distinction in its holistic approach to everything from sleep to dining to spa treatments is evident in the innovative details. Hudson Yards will add to this this next-level lifestyle movement, offering world-class shopping and dining in thoroughly upscale surroundings.”

The 212 rooms, including 48 suites, will be the ultimate slumber chambers featuring soundproofing and blackout blinds. Beds use natural-fiber mattresses that adapt to any form and employ a Scandinavian technique of two duvets for temperature regulation. An Equinox Sleep Coach will be available to optimize a restful night.

Guests, who automatically become Equinox Fitness Club members during their stay, will have 24-hour access to the largest-ever 60,000-square-foot flagship Equinox Fitness Club. Group fitness classes, private Pilates, personal training, 25-yard indoor salt-water pool, hot and cold plunge pools, outdoor pool and terrace as well as a next-generation SoulCycle studio will also be offered. Equinox’s digital experience connects the club and hotel, streamlining needs from check-in to room service to booking sessions and amenities.

Crafted by experts and backed by Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, the Spa will emphasize recovery-based treatments, science-grounded technology, regeneration and relaxation. It will offer inter-modal experiences including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, quantum harmonics, massage, bodywork and skin therapies.

The hotel will feature Stephen Starr’s new signature restaurant and bar, Electric Lemon, boasting an 8,000 square-foot terrace providing views over Manhattan and the Hudson River from the 24th floor. Menus balancing flavor and fuel will be offered in the restaurant, guestrooms, and social spaces. Other in-room dining options will include high-performance breakfasts, nourishing dinners, nutritious performance kits, sleep-promoting items and next-level mini-bar snacks. Guests will even have access to in-room IV vitamin drips for energy or hydration.

Equinox Hotel, New York City is the latest property to premiere with a boost from the renowned Virtuoso Preview program, which provides advantages exclusively through the network’s 20,000 travel advisors. Preview is part of Virtuoso’s industry-leading Hotels & Resorts Program, with over 1,300 properties in more than 100 countries.

These complimentary benefits at Equinox Hotel, New York City are offered only through booking with a Virtuoso travel advisor or at www.virtuoso.com, where guests will be paired with an advisor to facilitate the reservation and other trip elements. To find Virtuoso’s roster of advisors, visit https://www.virtuoso.com/advisors#.

 

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NYC Must-See Week Jan. 21-Feb. 10 Features 2-For-1 Admissions to 57 Experiences

January 16, 2019
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Take advantage of NYC Must-See Week, offering 2-for-1 admission to 57 experiences including iconic NYC attractions like the architectural gem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Frank Lloyd Wright building, celebrating its 60th anniversary © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Tickets are on sale for NYC Must-See Week. Now in its third year, the program has expanded greatly and offers 2-for-1 admission to 57 unique experiences including iconic NYC attractions, popular and lesser-known sites, historic locations, culturally diverse museums, unexpected tours, sightseeing cruises, varied performances and more. A complete list of participants can be reviewed and tickets—valid from January 21 through February 10—can be purchased by visiting nycgo.com/mustseeweek.

“NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors inspiration and motivation to get out and explore the City’s leading attractions, cultural organizations, performing arts and more,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “Fifty-seven 2-for-1 deals across the five boroughs provide world-class offerings at an unbelievable value.”

During NYC Must-See Week, there are options for everyone, including:

  • Immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences: Go underwater without ever getting wet at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square or test your espionage skills at Spyscape: Interactive Spy Museum, also in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Observation decks: Travel to the top of the Empire State Building Experience or book the One World Observatory for stunning cityscape views from Midtown Manhattan or Lower Manhattan.
  • Tranquil retreats: Seek reprieve in the greenest borough, the Bronx, at The New York Botanical Garden or enjoy serenity at antebellum Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden in Lenox Hill, Manhattan.
  • Architectural gems: Discover authentic and groundbreaking Himalayan architecture at Staten Island’s Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art or visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Frank Lloyd Wright building, celebrating its 60th anniversary.
  • Museum Mile mainstays: Visit the aptly themed Museum of the City of New York or Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum*.
  • World-class museums beyond Fifth Avenue: Consider options such as Intrepid Sea, Air & Space MuseumMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rubin Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
  • Cultural heritage museums: Uncover lesser-known cultural organizations Museum of Chinese in America and the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue.
  • Family-friendly activities: Enjoy Poppy’s Best Day Ever at DreamWorks Trolls the Experience, zipline at the Bronx Zoo or catch the winter production Odd Day Rain at Tada! Youth Theater.
  • Waterfront wonder: Embark on Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and Hornblower Cruises & Events, two established musts, or board upscale Bateaux New York to elevate the experience with bubbly.
  • Historical enrichment: Step back in time at Revolutionary War–era Fraunces Tavern Museum or take a fact-filled Lower Manhattan Tours walk, followed by a visit to the 9/11 Tribute Museum.
  • Behind-the-scenes diversions: Partake in the magic and significance of Carnegie Hall Tours, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour or tradition of a famed sports franchise with Yankee Stadium Tours.
  • Pop culture: Reserve On Location ToursThe Tour at NBC Studios or a spot with the stars at Madame Tussauds New York.
  • Music and performing arts: Attend the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterNew York City Ballet, Inc. or Dance Entropy.
  • Global connections in NYC: Tour United Nations headquarters or enjoy the melodic Distinguished Concerts International New York.

*Editor’s note at time of publishing: due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, this museum’s participation is pending until further notice.

NYC Must-See Week is produced in partnership with AARP. It will be promoted through out-of-home media across the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, NYC taxicab commercials, content on NYCgo.com and social media posts across regional travel and lifestyle influencer accounts and the organization’s verified handle @nycgo with the hashtag #NYCMustSeeWeek.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the alignment of three signature programs with a new initiative, NYC Winter OutingSM. From January 21 through February 10, NYC Must-See WeekNYC Restaurant Week® (concludes February 8) and NYC Broadway WeekSM will create an irresistible draw for domestic and international travelers as well as NYC residents looking to experience a curated selection of the best of New York City activities, dining and entertainment on a dime. For additional information, interested consumers can visit nycgo.com/winterouting.

 

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2-For-1 Broadway Tickets During NYC Broadway Week, Jan. 21-Feb. 8

January 16, 2019
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NYC Broadway Week, January 21 through February 10, 2019, is when theater goers have the opportunity to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to 24 acclaimed Broadway shows © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC Broadway Week tickets are now on sale. The popular biannual program, now in its ninth year, will run January 21 through February 10, 2019, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to 24 acclaimed Broadway shows. Of the productions, 11 are new program participants, including: Tony Award® –Winning Best Musical The Book of Mormon; critically acclaimed drama The Ferryman; modern, LGBTQ+ comedy The Prom; and star-studded production True West, among other highly sought-after shows. Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

“Broadway is synonymous with New York City and NYC Broadway Week is the perfect way to discover and experience the world’s best theater at an extraordinary value,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.

The 24 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week Winter 2019 are:

  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • The Band’s Visit
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • The Book of Mormon**
  • The Cher Show**
  • Chicago The Musical
  • Choir Boy**
  • Come From Away
  • Dear Evan Hansen**
  • The Ferryman**
  • Frozen
  • King Kong**
  • Kinky Boots
  • The Lion King
  • Mean Girls**
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Pretty Woman**
  • The Prom**
  • True West**
  • Waitress
  • The Waverly Gallery**
  • Wicked

(*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. **New participants in NYC Broadway Week.)

“We are so proud to again partner with NYC & Company for NYC Broadway Week, which is such a celebrated program,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. “With nearly three weeks of 2-for-1 tickets and a wide variety of productions including family friendly shows, creative revivals and exciting new works, it’s a great time to go to the theatre.”

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with AARP, Audience Rewards, The Broadway League, Telecharge and Ticketmaster.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,225,000 tickets, generating nearly $84 million in revenue for Broadway. The program, now in its ninth year, welcomes travelers and locals to experience globally renowned, only-in-NYC theater at a value, benefiting the 87,000 strong local Broadway community and bolstering the greater NYC tourism industry. According to The Broadway League, 7.6 million visitors purchased tickets to one or more Broadway shows in the 2017–2018 season.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the alignment of three signature programs with a new initiative, NYC Winter Outing. From January 21 through February 10, NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week (concludes February 8), and NYC Must-See Week will create an irresistible draw for domestic and international travelers as well as NYC residents looking to experience a curated selection of the best of New York City entertainment, dining and activities on a dime. For additional information, visit nycgo.com/winterouting.

Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

 

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Reservations Now Open for NYC Restaurant Week Jan. 21-Feb. 8

January 16, 2019
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Dining at Shalom Japan, one of the uniquely Brooklyn restaurants that combines traditional Jewish and Japanese cuisine. Locals and visitors alike can take advantage of NYC Restaurant Week, Jan. 21-Feb. 8 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC & Company has launched reservations for NYC Restaurant Week and ticket sales for NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week. This is the first year that the programs have all launched reservations and ticket sales at the same time, and will also go live at the same time on January 21, under a new umbrella program titled, NYC Winter Outing.

NYC Restaurant Week reservations are now open at nycgo.com. Now in its 27th year, the highly anticipated program provides the opportunity to:

  • Dine 17 daysJanuary 21 through February 8, 2019*
  • Enjoy two-course prix-fixe lunches and brunches for $26 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $42**
  • Explore nearly 400 restaurants among 41 distinct neighborhoods, across all five boroughs
  • Discover 33 individual cuisines
  • View a full list of participants, browse menus and collections, and book reservations now at nycgo.com/restaurantweek

(*Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional; **Beverages, gratuities and taxes not included; brunch optional)

This season’s program features 26 new restaurant participants: 10 Corso Como Restaurant & Café, Bistro Pierre Lapin, Bluebird London, Brooklyn Chop House, Cafe Clover, Fine&Rare, Freemans, Harold’s, Henry at Life Hotel, Il Mulino New York – Tribeca, La Goulue Restaurant, La Sirene UWS, L’Adresse, Ladurée, Le Rivage, Merakia, Morandi, Nonna Beppa, Petite Boucherie, Rahi, STK Rooftop, Tarallucci e Vino East Village, The Eddy, The Loyal, Wallflower, Woo SoHo.

Visitors can browse restaurants based on NYC & Company–created collections, available at nycgo.com, including NYC Classics, Fireside Feasts, Raise the Steaks, Best-Kept Secrets, Squad Goals, Dinner Is the Show, Expense It, Sunday Brunch.

NYC Restaurant Week brand partnerships include booking partner OpenTable and Wine Spectator. For the benefit of wine lovers, NYC & Company has partnered with Wine Spectator to identify participating restaurants that have been honored by Wine Spectator’s prestigious Restaurant Awards program. Wine Spectator wineglass icons on nycgo.com will indicate the level of award the restaurant earned in 2018.

Diners can follow @nycgo and @nycrestaurantweek on Instagram and @nycgo on Facebook and Twitter for NYC Restaurant Week content.

Furthermore, locals and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of NYC & Company’s newest program, NYC Winter OutingSM, January 21 through February 10, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs will align for the first time: NYC Restaurant Week (concludes February 8), NYC Broadway WeekSM and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Unique NYC Winter Outing mini-itineraries and sales for all three programs are now live at nycgo.com. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive rates of the year. For details on NYC Winter Outing and to book experiences, visit nycgo.com/nycwinterouting.

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45th Annual NYC’s Village Halloween Parade, Themed ‘I Am a Robot’ Introduces VIP Section

October 7, 2018

New York City’s 45th annual Village Halloween Parade is themed , “I AM a Robot” and for the first time will feature a VIP section. © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORKFor the first time, New York City’s iconic Village Halloween Parade is featuring a VIP section. The 45th Annual parade is themed, “I AM a Robot!”

“Grand Marshal Machine Dazzle will lead the Special VIP Robot Section of the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade, calling upon Halloween makers and marchers to join in our positronic collective, expressing our inner cyborgs for an evening of robotic revelry.”

Get automated and support the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade by purchasing an advance ticket for $25 – now available on EventBrite. Ticketholders will avoid lines with access to a secret entry point for early admission, enjoy a special DJ and soundtrack for an In-Parade party, and get the chance to meet other wildly creative Halloween fanatics from New York City and around the world. Robot costumes are required to march in the Special VIP Robot Section.

“We are thrilled to invite the public to join our first ever special VIP section,” stated Jeanne Fleming, Artistic/Producing Director of New York’s Halloween Parade. “With artificial intelligences learning, adapting, interpreting and reacting as humans do, the times we live in can be overwhelming. This traditional and beloved event aspires to bring folks into their creative imagination—celebrating that quality that differentiates us from robots—and by extension make the world a better place. We as New Yorkers and those visiting the Big Apple can come together, affirm our identity, block out the distractions, focus on joy and inhabit the streets of New York LIVE.”

The legendary Village Halloween Parade has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 44 years, on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street on October 31 from 7 pm – 10:30 pm. The Special VIP Robot Section will line up for the parade at 6 pm at a secret location to be announced closer to the event.

For more information on the Parade, visit https://www.halloween-nyc.com/.

To purchase a ticket for the Special VIP Robot Section, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-am-a-robot-tickets-49394794159?ref=ebtnebregn.

 

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Bike Expo New York (May 4-5) Relocated to Pier 12, Brooklyn; Venue to Pick up Packets for TD 5 Boro Bike Tour

April 16, 2018

Some 32,000 riders line up for the start of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, the largest noncompetitive bike tour in North America, a 40-mile route that gives an incomparable view of New York City’s neighborhoods. This year’s Bike Expo New York, where participants pick up their packets, takes place on May 4 and 5 at Pier 12 in Brooklyn; the bike tour takes place on Sunday, May 6. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

After six years at Basketball City, Bike Expo New York, the largest bike show on the East Coast, is moving to Pier 12 in Brooklyn New York, on May 4 and 5.

Less than a month before the event, Bike New York announced it had to move the Bike Expo New York due to unexpected maintenance at Pier 36 which prevented the nonprofit from obtaining a permit to hold the event at Basketball City, where the event has taken place for six years.

“It’s no small undertaking to move an event that draws more than 60,000 people from all over the world, especially in this short a timeframe,” said Ken Podziba, President & CEO of Bike New York. “However, we are encouraged by all that Pier 12 has to offer and we will make every effort to ensure that the quality and experience of Bike Expo New York will be what our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect over the past six years.”

The venue is accessible by public transportation, including subway, bus, and ferry; the ferry docks on site. Bike valet and car parking will be available, and there are several Citi Bike docking stations nearby.

The Expo, which is free and open to the public, also serves as the rider packet pick-up location for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, which takes place on Sunday, May 6; like the Tour, the event benefits Bike New York, New York City’s leading bike education nonprofit.

Among the 100-plus exhibitors are top bike, gear, and apparel brands, tourism companies, bike event organizers, advocacy groups, and many others dedicated to active lifestyles.

In addition to exhibitor booths, Bike Expo New York is packed with programming for casual and serious cyclists alike, including a fashion show, how-to demonstrations, and competitions. The Expo will also feature a beer garden, beer samples from New Belgium Brewing, food trucks, and amazing views of Manhattan, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour – which caps participation at 32,000 – is the largest noncompetitive bike tour in North America. It is remarkable to consider that the first ride in 1977 had just 250 participants.

The annual event raises money for bike education – 17,000 people a year learn how to ride, the largest free biking education program in the country. Bike New York operates bike education centers, after school programs, summer camps, and last year launched a Women’s Initiative, as well as a membership program. Individual slots are taken, but there is still a way to participate in the 5 Boro Tour, by signing on to one of the many charities, such as Doctors Without Borders, which also use the event for fundraising, purchasing registrations which participants then raise money against.

The ride is designed to be a family friendly tour, not a competition, appealing to cyclists of all abilities and ages – indeed, you see all manners of cycles. A pace car keeps the speed down, and keep it safe, and there are support vehicles to assist.

“Diversity is what makes the ride,” says Sam Polcer, who handles communications for Bike New York.

The 40-mile route embraces all five boroughs – and each shows off its pride and character with street entertainment. There are also well-positioned rest stops along the way which have a festive atmosphere.

About Bike New York Bike New York is 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to transform lives and communities through bicycling. In 2017, they taught bike skills to more than 25,000 kids and adults. Funding for these programs comes from numerous annual events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, Bike Expo New York, and regional events. http://www.bike.nyc

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15 Restaurants Offer Meal Deals for Kids Night on Broadway Feb 27

February 6, 2018
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Fifteen Times Square area restaurants will be participating in the 22nd Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 27, 2018 © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – Fifteen Times Square area restaurants will be participating in the 22nd Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 27, 2018, The Broadway League announced. Each eatery will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders, including free entrees for young theatergoers. Check KidsNight.Broadway for more dining details, as well as parking offers.

Christy AltomareEthan Slater, and Lea Salonga will serve as ambassadors. Christy Altomare is appearing in the role of Anya in Anastasia. Ethan Slater can now be seen making his Broadway debut in the title role in SpongeBob SquarePants the musical. Lea Salonga, a Tony Award® winning actress, is currently starring in Once On This Island in the role of Erzulie.

Participating 2018 restaurants include: Basera Indian Bistro, Glass House Tavern, Ikinari Steak, Nizza, Planet Hollywood, Playwright Celtic Pub, Playwright Tavern, Schnippers, Sen Sakana, Southern Hospitality Restaurant, Toloache Restaurant, Tony’s Di Napoli, Utsav, Virgil’s Real Barbecue, and 5 Napkin Burger (subject to change). 

Participating 2018 shows to date include: AladdinAnastasiaThe Band’s VisitBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Bronx TaleCome From AwayChicagoFarinelli and the KingKinky BootsThe Lion KingOnce On This IslandThe Phantom of the OperaThe Play That Goes WrongSchool of RockSpongeBob SquarePants, and Wicked (subject to change).

Kids’ Night on Broadway is an annual event where kids 18 and under can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, activities, and more. On Tuesday, February 27 2018, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more events still to be announced!

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year.

Kids’ Night on Broadway is a program of The Broadway League. It is generously presented by The New York Times and is sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from Turnstyle and Westchester Family.

 

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Romantic Dining Spots to Take Your Valentine in NYC, Hamptons

February 6, 2018

This Valentine’s Day 2018, demonstrate your love by treating your special someone to an unforgettable dining experience. Here are some of the best dining ideas in New York and the Hamptons this February 14th.

New York, NY

♥   MAMO NYC

This Valentine’s Day, dine at charming SoHo Italian Provencal Restaurant MAMO. The New York outpost of Mamo Le Michelangelo located in Antibes, France, MAMO NYC will delight couples looking to dine in a rustic chic atmosphere, with its regular menu and Valentine’s Day specials including: Pan seared foie gras, apples, mache salad and truffle; Home-made lobster ravioli with fresh herbs; Roasted halibut, seasonal vegetables and champagne sauce; and White chocolate cake, raspberries, almonds and marinated pineapple for dessert.

MAMO is comprised of two distinct spaces, an intimate downstairs lounge and a comfortable 100-seated dining room upstairs. The multi-level space boasts rustic Provencal décor with old family images and movie posters that make guests feel instantly transported to the French Riviera. The menu is derived from Mammoliti family recipes passed down through generations and integrate market-fresh specials. The extensive wine list includes hand-selected bottles from Italy and France, and the cocktail list features special concoctions with an Italian twist.

MAMO
323 West Broadway (Btwn Canal & Grand Sts)
New York, NY 10013
646-964-4641
www.mamonyc.com

♥   Russian Samovar

This elegant eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas, this upscale establishment offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Theater District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints.

Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, it is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry. Delectable appetizers include Beluga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), traditional Borscht, a Pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff, veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce. It is its signature entrees, however, that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices), Beef Stroganoff, Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets), Chicken Kiev and Pelmeni (veal, beef and chicken dumplings).

Russian Samovar Restaurant & Piano Bar 
256 West 52nd Street (At 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
Facebook.com/RussianSamovarNY

♥   Demarchelier

Authentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), is sure to impress your date this Valentine’s Day. Demarchelier brings a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair. The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture for a quarter-century. Ideal for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendez-vous, or a simple family meal. The traditional French menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines.

Signature dishes include the Moules Mariniere Au Vin Blanc; Duck Confit served over a hearty mix of tomato and tarragon scented flageolets; and Pan Sautéed Sole Meuniere, accompanied by mixed vegetables. Demarchelier’s decadent dessert menu features flavorful dishes such as Tarte Fine Au Pommes, a flaky tart filled with warm apples and served with fresh vanilla ice cream; and Crepe Suzette, a classic French pancake drizzled with Grand Marnier.

Demarchelier
50 East 86th Street
(Between Madison & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10028
www.demarchelierrestaurant.com

♥   La Pulperia

The perfect spot for a romantic meal, La Pulperia Midtown serves rustic Latin cuisine with a contemporary twist. La Pulperia opened their first location in Hell’s Kitchen in 2014, followed by two additional locations on the Upper East Side and Midtown East. The restaurant is the creation of Victor Medina and Carlos Barroz, who also serves as the Executive Chef.  Named after the general stores found throughout South America, La Pulperia offers Barroz’s simple yet refined cuisine from the countries of Latin America with contemporary culinary influences from Spain and Italy.

This Valentine’s Day, La Pulperia’s three locations offer a special 3-course menu which includes a complimentary glass of cava per person. Dishes include a choice of Pan-Seared Diver Scallops (Cape May diver scallops, fried plantains, chipotle hummus, avocado) or Rib Eye Tiradito (grass-fed rib eye, aji amarillo, pickled red cabbage, avocado) for First Course; Stuffed Skate wing (lump crab meat stuffed skate wing, caramelized carrot risotto, truffle aioli) or Grilled Rib eye (grilled grass-fed rib eye, oven roasted potatoes, baby arugula, chimichurri) for Second Course; and Mezcal Chocolate Mousse (caramel glaze, 24k Gold leaves, expresso soil, hazelnut toffee, dulce de leche ice cream) or Tres Leche Pisco Latte (pisco-infused tres leches cake, strawberry mousse, yogurt chantilly, lucuma ice cream) for Dessert.
For more information, call 212 933 0757, or visit www.pulperianyc.com

La Pulperia UES
1626 Second Avenue
(Between 84th & 85th St)
New York, NY 10028

La Pulperia Midtown East
151 E 57th St
(Between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave)
New York, NY 10022

La Pulperia Hell’s Kitchen
371 W 46th St
(Between 8rd Ave & 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10036

♥   Bobby Van’s Central Park South

For the steak lover, visit esteemed Bobby Van’s Steakhouse this Valentine’s Day. Bobby Van’s has earned its place as a venerable New York institution, thanks in part to a continued commitment to cooking techniques perfected years ago by the founding fathers of New York steakhouse cuisine. Bobby Van’s has grown from its original home in Bridgehampton, NY, and now includes a repertoire of ten fine restaurants that offer the refined style of a classic New York City steakhouse. The newest addition is Bobby Van’s on 40 Central Park South, a highly coveted location just steps away from the Plaza Hotel, and overlooking Central Park. It invites diners to the same exquisitely prepared dining experience as its sister restaurants, in addition to a special Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Bobby Van’s a la carte menu features favorites such as Crispy Calamari, Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Maxie’s Meatballs for Starter and Veal Milanese, Chilean Seabass and N.Y. Sirloin Steak for Entrée. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of dining options outside of prime beef and seafood, including supremely-prepared pastas, wood-fired pizzas and freshly tossed salads. To accompany the meal, diners have a choice of delicious sides, which include Cauliflower Carbonara, Thick Cut Applewood Bacon and Sautéed Mushrooms.

Bobby Van’s CPS
40 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
(212) 369 4000
www.bobbyvans.com

♥   T-Bar Steak & Lounge

T-Bar Steak and Lounge is the popular spot for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and subtle back lighting. This Valentine’s Day under the watchful eye of Restauranteur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.

T-Bar Steak & Lounge
1278 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212-772-0404
www.tbarnyc.com/

Southampton, NY

♥   Union Cantina

For those who spend Valentine’s Day in the Hamptons, Union Cantina offers a romantic, intimate atmosphere, combined with a modern Mexican menu crafted by award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf. The year-round eatery sits in the iconic Bowden Square, and features a festive atmosphere, combining dark woods balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, which are also decorated with Mexican artwork.

Valentine’s Day couples craving Mexican with a spin will enjoy Union Cantina’s A La Carte Menu, featuring delectable dishes such as Avocado Fries, Hearts of Palm Salad, Baja Tacos, Skirt Steak Tacos, Spicy Guava BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Adobo Chicken Deconstructed Enchilada and Charred Shrimp. Do not miss the popular Guacamole En Molcajate, prepared mild or spicy. A selection of Chef Specialties will also be offered on the day. Union Cantina’s winning Everyday Happy Hour is offered as usual from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Union Cantina
40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
631.377.3500
http://www.unioncantina.net/

♥   Southampton Inn

Will You Be “Mi” Valentine?
February is Romance Month at the Southampton Inn! Book a King Room with a bottle of “Mi”onetto Prosecco and a box of Artisan Chocolates for $175 (plus tax). Call 631-283-6500 to book.

A Presidential Getaway
Book Friday, February 16th through Tuesday, February 20th, and get an adjoining room free.* A five day, four night family getaway with two rooms for the price of one! Call 631-283-6500 to book (not available online).

With several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for visitors from all over the world. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. It is within walking distance of movie theaters and repertory theatre perfect for a romantic evening. Southampton Inn’s Claude’s Restaurant will serve its famous breakfast, which guests can enjoy in the restaurant’s club-casual atmosphere.

*Double occupancy, plus tax

Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street, Southampton, New York
631-283-6500
www.southamptoninn.com

NYC Off-Broadway Week: 2-For-1 Tix on Sale for Feb 12-25 Performances

January 29, 2018
New York City

Take advantage of two-for-one tickets at Off-Broadway shows during Off-Broadway Week, February 12 to February 25, 2018 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM two-for-one tickets are on sale to the public. The popular biannual program now in its ninth year will run February 12 to February 25, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see more than 35 Off-Broadway productions at an excellent value. Participating shows—of which 22 are new to NYC Off-Broadway Week for winter 2018—include critics’ picks, musical revivals, celebrities, family-friendly themes, long-running classics and more. NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets can be purchased now at nycgo.com/off-broadway-week.

“The Off-Broadway theater community truly welcomes all as they continually offer a wide variety of entertaining productions for every audience type,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are proud to offer our NYC Off-Broadway Week program, which has featured over 600 Off-Broadway productions to date, and we encourage both visitors and locals alike to discover a new Off-Broadway show this winter at a value and support this welcoming community.”

The 36 shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Letter to Harvey Milk*
  • A Walk With Mr. Heifetz*
  • Addy & Uno*
  • Amy and the Orphans*
  • An Ordinary Muslim*
  • Avenue Q
  • Balls*
  • Blue Man Group
  • Cardinal*
  • Cinderella the Musical*
  • Cruel Intentions: The Musical*
  • Disco Pigs*
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • El Coronel No Tiene Quién Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel)
  • Fire and Air*
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • Good for Otto*
  • In & Of Itself
  • In the Body of the World*
  • Jerry Springer – The Opera*
  • Jersey Boys*
  • Naked Boys Singing!
  • NEWSical The Musical
  • Party Face*
  • Perfect Crime
  • [PORTO]*
  • Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
  • Red Roses, Green Gold*
  • Relevance*
  • Sistas The Musical
  • STOMP
  • THE Amateurs*
  • The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes
  • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats*
  • This One’s For The Girls*

*New participants in NYC Off-Broadway Week.

All participating shows are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply

“The Off-Broadway League is excited to enter into a new year and a new season of NYC Off-Broadway Week with our friends and partners at NYC & Company,” said Adam Hess, President of The Off-Broadway League. “This winter season features 22 new participants along with more than a dozen returning favorites, and we hope this value program entices both regular theatergoers and new audiences to come out and discover the exciting shows that Off-Broadway has to offer.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with The Off-Broadway League. NYC Off-Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on nycgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCOffBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in 2009, over 600 Off-Broadway productions have participated in NYC Off-Broadway Week. The program has also generated over $3 million in revenue through ticket sales, of which over 85,000 have been sold.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway WeekSM, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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NYC Must-See Week Offers 2-for-1 Tickets to Attractions, Museums, Tours & Performing Arts

January 18, 2018
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From iconic attractions like the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, to lesser-known gems, NYC Must-See Week’s 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced tickets are on sale to the public today at 10:30am EST for NYC Must-See Week. The program (formerly known as NYC Attractions WeekSM in 2017) will offer two-for-one admission to attractions, museums, tours, and performing arts venues across all five boroughs with tickets offered from January 29 through February 11, 2018. Experiences to be enjoyed among the 62 unique participants include iconic NYC attractions, skyline views, historic sites, world-class institutions and more. To view a full list of participants and to purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/mustseeweek.

“NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors a unique opportunity to check off experiences from their bucket list and sample more of everything the City has to offer,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From iconic attractions to lesser-known gems, the 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value.”

During NYC Must-See Week, there are options for everyone. For those seeking…

  • recently opened Times Square attractions, head to Midtown Manhattan to explore Gulliver’s Gate, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey or the NFL Experience Times Square.
  • observation deck views, book the Empire State Building Experience or visit One World Observatory.
  • waterfront explorationshop aboard with Bateaux New York, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises or Hornblower Cruises & Events, among others.
  • cultural institutions along Museum Mile, visit the Museum of the City of New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • world-class museums not found on Fifth Avenue, visit the Brooklyn MuseumMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) or the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
  • cultural heritage museums, visit the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum at Eldridge Street or the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
  • family-friendly activities, enjoy the Bronx Zoo, The Ride or Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, among others.
  • historical sites, enjoy Fraunces Tavern Museum, Morris Jumel Mansion, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden or head out on an educational historic walk with Lower Manhattan Tours.
  • food tours, dine with Like a Local Tours or Urban Oyster Tours.
  • behind-the-scene tours, discover Carnegie Hall Tours, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour or Yankee Stadium Tours, among others.
  • pop culture tours, head out with On Location ToursThe Tour at NBC Studios or see your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds New York.
  • music and performing arts, enjoy the Baruch Performing Arts CenterChamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterHarlem School of the Arts or the World Music Institute.

NYC Must-See Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com; @nycgo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NYCMustSeeWeek; through out-of-home advertising on NYC bus shelters, LinkNYC screens, Parabit Airport Kiosks, and PATH trains and stations; and through various media partnerships.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Must-See Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Broadway WeekSM. Additionally, snag NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM 2-for-1 tickets during this time after they go on sale January 29 for performances from February 12 to February 25. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.
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