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Saturday, March 18, 2017

UPSCALE MANHATTAN FRENCH BISTRO BRASSERIE 8 1/2

Upscale Dining @ Brasserie 8 ½




Follow the grand, spiral staircase to Brasserie 8 ½’s elegant dining room, or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the sleek restaurant bar. This upscale French bistro is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan just steps from Fifth Avenue on 57th Street and features an exquisite selection of original artworks. Executive Chef Franck Deletrain, noted for his sophisticated French cuisine, has crafted the menu which shows a light and refined take on classic French dishes.



The Parisian-born, Italian-raised Chef Deletrain has extensive experience working in Manhattan restaurants, including The Four Seasons, The Sea Grill, Tropica, Café Centro, and Patroon, where he earned three stars from The New York Times. Specialty dishes prepared by Chef Deletrain and his skilled team include appetizers such as Grilled Octopus with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes, Butter Beans, Espelette Pepper; Lobster Risotto with Sweet Peas, Tomatoes, Black Truffle Essence; and Onion Soup Gratinée with Emmenthaler and Gruyère Cheese. Delicious entrees include the Duck Two Ways, served with Roasted and Confit, Poached Quince, Braised Red Cabbage, Cranberries, Apple Cider Gastrique; Black Angus/Dry Aged Sirloin Steak Frites, served with Herb Butter, Au Poivre Sauce, or Béarnaise; and Yellowfin Tuna with Whipped Parsnips, Brussels Sprouts, Oyster Mushrooms and Burgundy Matelotte.



Expertly prepared desserts include the creamy Classic Crème Brûlée, the velvety Valrhona Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake, and the flavorful Black Plum Tartelette with Almond Frangipane, Vanilla Ice cream and Ginger Syrup. The restaurant also offers a selection of French, Italian and American cheeses, including Tomme De Savoie from Rhone-Alpes, France; Robiola Bosina from Piemonte, Italy; and Cave Aged Humbolt Fog from Humboldt County, California.



To accompany the food, the restaurant also features a hand-crafted cocktail program with a focus on French libations. Specialty cocktails include the 8 1/2 Cosmopolitan, featuring Absolut Citron, Cointreau, Aperol, Lime, Splash of White Cranberry; the La Mode Ancienne, featuring Rye Whiskey, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Angostura; and the Berry Gin And Tonic, featuring Pinnacle Gin, Blueberry & Raspberry Purées, St. Germain and Tonic. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list with wines from all over the world. 



On the weekends, Brasserie 8 ½ serves up a popular Sunday Brunch Buffet, featuring a range of delectable favorites, including crêpes, omelets, salads, as well as carving and pastry stations – all priced at just $34 per person ($17 for children under 10). Diners can opt to add Endless Mimosas during brunch for just $14 extra. Sunday and Monday are BYOB Nights, and diners are welcome to sip their own wine with no corkage fee, while enjoying supper. For weeknights and after-work gatherings, stop by for Oyster Happy Hour at 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Monday – Friday, when the restaurant offers raw oysters on the half-shell for just $1 per oyster. 



For those aspiring home cooks, sign up for one of the L’Atelier de 8 ½ cooking classes. In this new cooking series, Chef Deletrain teaches attendees how to whisk, toss, sauté, and glaze their way through the dishes that make French food so delicious. After having mastered a menu of French classics, these are enjoyed over lunch together with a selection of French wines. Classes are limited to 12 people in order to keep it an easy, fun, and hands-on workshop. 



Featuring original artwork by artists such as Matisse, Marco Del Re and Léger, the restaurant is a stylish embodiment of a bustling French brasserie, offering a sophisticated dining room fit with ivory tablecloths. The curved bar and lounge serve as a popular after-work spot for business locals and destination diners alike. The restaurant also includes a number of private dining rooms, which can be configured for dinner parties as well as standing cocktail receptions. Original artworks decorate the walls of the rooms, among them an original Marco Del Re painting.

Brasserie 8 ½


About Brasserie 8 ½ 


Steps off Fifth Avenue is Brasserie 8 ½, an elegant embodiment of the traditional brasserie as it once thrived throughout Paris: upscale but informal, well-heeled yet democratic, refined but by no means silent, with cuisine by noted chef Franck Deletrain and original artwork by Marco Del Re, Matisse and others favored by the Louvre. Guests enter by way of a grand, sweeping, spiral staircase and dine on ivory tablecloths in plush dining rooms. Choose beloved classics with a new light touch like Brook Trout Amandine with Beurre Blanc, or splendid plates of beef such as Cote du Boeuf with Sauce Bordelaise. For business or pleasure, Brasserie 8 ½ offers an enticing, modern slice of la belle époque and all its spécialités, from Kir Royales to Seafood Plateaux and Crème Caramel.



For more information, call 212.829.0812 or visit www.brasserie812.com

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Brasserie 8 ½

Solow Building Corporation

9 West 57th Street

New York, NY 10019



Sunday: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Monday-Friday: 11:30AM-10:00PM
Saturday: 5:00PM-10:00PM


 Photos Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media GP


THE OTHER GREAT ITALIAN NEW YORK TRILOGY

The Leopard




The Godfather movies are considered by many to be the greatest Italian trilogy of all time. However, over the past few years, there is only one Italian trilogy that stands above the rest in New York City’s dining scene; Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino. These three restaurants set the standard in fine Italian dining, with the only debate being whose everyone’s favorite of the three is. For certain, all three are sure to satiate your appetite with their delectable dishes – especially this Thanksgiving holiday.



The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants is owned by husband-and-wife team of Gianfranco and Paula Bolla Sorrentino, and Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 40 years of experience in restaurant management from the Quisitana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art of New York, and Union Bar & Grill in Great Barrington, MA. In September 2001 he opened Il Gattopardo, just across from MoMA, along with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and his talented Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo. Most recently the Sorrentinos embraced in one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers, the re-birth of the New York landmarked des Artistes restaurant.


Il Gattopardo




PART I: IL GATTOPARDO 


Fine dining icon Il Gattopardo opened in 2001, and still attracts a loyal clientele who come for both the authentic southern Italian cuisine and the warm, Italian hospitality. Il Gattopardo is located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses at 13-15 West 54th Street.



Aside from the sleek, modern main dining room, the restaurant also boasts a beautiful, lushly-planted 6-story Atrium, in which weekend brunch is served (with live jazz on Saturdays), and a wide range of private events are held.



Il Gattopardo serves traditional Southern Italian comfort food that has been adapted for the contemporary palate without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine, which became a must to its loyal upscale New Yorker clientele.



This Thanksgiving Il Gattopardo will also feature the Chef’s mouthwatering holiday favorites, including Homemade Ravioli filled with butternut squash, sheep’s milk ricotta, and parmesan cheese, served with walnut and cinnamon sauce, Sautéed Sicilian Shrimp with braised artichokes, organic frisee, and oven-dried cherry tomatoes, and tasty desserts such as Pumpkin Pie with maple gelato and caramel sauce.



For more information, call 212-246-0412, or visit www.ilgattopardonyc.com.



PART II: THE LEOPARD AT DES ARTISTES 



Five years ago, in the historically landmarked Hotel des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street, on a beautiful, tree-lined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center, Gianfranco Sorrentino and his wife Paula Bolla Sorrentino, along with Partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The opening included a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the original, famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls.



The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse menu that finds its roots in the area once known as The Kingdom of Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside of southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria.



At the Leopard at des Artistes, Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food is what visitors and locals alike flock to the restaurant for. This Thanksgiving his menu holds true to that core philosophy, and will include such dishes as his Thanksgiving Crab Cake with arrabiata sauce and wild greens, a Wild Mushroom and Italian Hazelnut Risotto, and Broiled Dover Sole, braised escarole, Gaeta olives and raisins.



For more information, call 212-787-8767, or visit www.theleopardnyc.com


Mozzarella & Vino





PART III: MOZZARELLA & VINO


Mozzarella & Vino, located at the former Il Gattopardo space, at 33 west 54th Street - as you may know, Il Gattopardo moved to the new location, on the same block at number 13 West. Their talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the mouthwatering menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campana, Italian cheeses and affettati. Based mostly on classic Italian antipasti, such as arancini, panzarotti, and mozzarella rolls, they also serve a wonderful selection of panini , soups, salads, and of course mozzarella on all shapes and combinations … even on desserts.



Their enoteca style bar focuses on showcasing rather smaller family estates and independent Italian winemakers. They proudly share beloved wines, definitely not mainstream, wines that translates history, quality and good value. A variety of by the glass is offered, as well as by the bottle. Their selection greatly varies due to constant new discoveries. Mozzarella & Vino is located on 33 West 54th Street.



For more information, call 646-692-8849, or visit www.mozzarellaevino.com

TAO GROUP HAS STAR STUDDED GRAND OPENING

Rande Gerber With Cindy Crawford



Drawing some of Hollywood’s biggest names, TAO Group, along with real estate developers Richard Heyman and Grant King of Relevant Group, celebrated the highly-anticipated TAO, Beauty & Essex restaurant, Avenue, and Luchini LA Grand Opening with an exclusive invite-only block party. Katie Holmes, Cindy Crawford, Orlando Bloom and Hailey Baldwin were among the Hollywood elite who came out to celebrate TAO Group’s Los Angeles debut.

Katie Holmes





Evan Ross And Ashlee Simpson
Spotted at Avenue, Cindy Crawford and hubby Randy Gerber enjoyed a fun night out, while DJ Khaled took the stage for a surprise DJ set. Orlando Bloom was also seen at the nightclub with a group of friends, while Draya Michele was seen dancing it up at a table with gal pals. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross arrived together looking more in love than ever at Beauty & Essex restaurant. The inseparable couple weren’t afraid to show their affection for one another as Evan was spotted giving her a sweet kiss on the cheek. Jamie Chung, who was sporting an Elizabeth and James bag, was all smiles with husband Bryan Greenberg and were seen enjoying sweets at the Beauty & Essex restaurant dessert bar. Meanwhile at TAO Asian Bistro, Hailey Baldwin dazzled in a sparkly number showing off major leg. Enjoying late night slices of pizza at Luchini, were Michael Bay and Owen Wilson, who both kept a low profile throughout the evening. Eiza Gonzalez was seen rocking a Diesel jacket and Vice Camuto clutch while Adelaide Kane was spotted in a Rachel Zoe dress, Alice + Olivia clutch and Vince Camuto shoes.



Taking the stage for a surprise special performance were NAS, Busta Rhymes and Anderson Paak while Ross One, DJ Cassidy, Chantel Jeffries, Chris Masterson, and Devin Lucien manned the decks throughout the evening.



Tyga made an appearance with pal Scott Disick along with other notable guests including: G-Eazy, Zoe Saldana, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nicole Scherzinger, and more. Guests enjoyed Poke Wonton Tacos, Petit Imperial Wagyu Sliders and Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings from Chef Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex and Chef Ralph Scamardella of TAO Asian Bistro and imbibed on Tao-Tinis and Emerald Gimlets specialty cocktails.



Avenue will officially open its doors on Tuesday, March 21. TAO Asian Bistro, Beauty & Essex and Luchini Pizzeria & Bar will open to the public in early April.



Dream Hollywood will open separately and later this spring with a new dining and nightlife concept from TAO Group called The Highlight Room, a rooftop lounge, pool and grill atop of the hotel. TAO Group will exclusively manage all of Dream Hollywood’s food and beverage operations, marking their first West Coast venture.



To learn more about this project, please visit taogroupla.com. Follow TAO Group: Facebook.com/TAOGroup | Twitter: @taogroup


Photos Courtesy Of: Domain Integrated 
 

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

EVA LONGORIA IN FASHION IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

Eva Longoria




Actress Eva Longoria was spotted after having lunch with friends in West Hollywood, California yesterday afternoon. The star looked great and in pure California fashion.


Monday, March 06, 2017

ICT-T AND COCO'S ENDLESS HAPPY HR @ TGIF

Ice-T



Ice-T And Coco Austin



TGI Fridays and Ice-T host Endless Happy Hour in NYC at TGI Fridays 34th Street the other day in New York City. His stunning wife Coco was also there.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHRISSY TEIGEN & JOHN LEGEND @ AU FUDGE

Luna With Mom Chrissy Teigen



John Legend



Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna were seen leaving Au Fudge restaurant in West Hollywood, California yesterday. Also spotted was singing legend, John Legend.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'INK MASTER' SEASON FINALE @ BEAUTY & ESSEX

Ink Masters



Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez celebrated the season finale of Ink Master’s at Chef Santos’ Lower East Side hotspot, Beauty & Essex.



Navarro, holding a guitar to compliment the décor inside the pawn shop inspired space, posed for pictures with his pals during the party.



This is the third-year Beauty & Essex has hosted the finale party.


Photo Courtesy Of: Matthew Gilbertson / Domain Intergrated

Monday, December 05, 2016

NEW YORK RICK'S IS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Rick's Cabaret New York




Upscale gentlemen's club Rick's Cabaret New York is ready for the holidays with celebrations galore, festive decor, and enough beautiful entertainers to cheer everyone from here to the North Pole.


"The club's booked lots of corporate parties and VIP get-togethers," cooed Rick's Cabaret NYC girl Vivian. "We love this time of year. Every month's awesome at the club, but December has that incredible Christmas energy that gives the club a special glow."



Rick's Cabaret NYC girl Abby purred, "There is a Christmas tree in our second floor VIP lounge, so you can leave a gift for me under it. Just kidding!"


"Have you been naughty or nice?" asked Rick's Cabaret NYC girl Lisette. "I can be both—haha!"


Rick's Cabaret is conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan across from the Empire State Building and just one block away from Madison Square Garden. The three story club provides the ultimate in VIP services and is a favorite with business professionals who enjoy the club's many amenities.


Rick's Cabaret New York


50 West 33rd Street
*** RICK: NASDAQ Listed
*** Over 100 Showgirls Daily
*** Three Floors of Luxury
*** VIP Suites, Deluxe Sky Boxes
*** Full Menu Steakhouse, Open Late
*** Roof Deck Cigar Lounge and Garden
*** Businessmen's Lunch Special
*** Weekend Brunch 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DAVE CHAPPELLE DINES AT BEAUTY & ESSEX

Dave Chappelle



Dave Chappelle, whose new comedy specials are coming to Netflix soon, dined at Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas on Sunday night.



Sunday night at Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Dave Chappelle and a group of friends sat at the restaurant’s bar and enjoyed dinner together. The guys dined on the chicken meatballs, grilled cheese & tomato soup dumplings and the filet. 



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG @ HUMANE SOCIETY'S FETE

Georgina Bloomberg



Georgina Bloomberg was pure fashion at The Humane Society of the United States 2016 To the Rescue! At Cipriani 42nd Street the other day in New York City.


RICK’S CABARET NYC THANKSGIVING “TURKEY DRIVE"

FDNY WITH RICK'S STAFF




RICK’S CABARET NEW YORK FIFTH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING “TURKEY DRIVE” IS A BIG SUCCESS


Hundreds of Turkeys Donated to Local Shelters, Soup Kitchens


With the help of the FDNY Marine Corps Association, the managers and staff of Rick’s Cabaret, its sister club Vivid Cabaret, and the new Hoops Cabaret (participating in its first turkey drive) delivered turkeys and raised funds for charitable groups located in Manhattan and Queens.


Among them: the PS19 Marino Jeantet Turkey Drive which feeds 500 students and families for Thanksgiving.


Rick’s Cabaret Regional Manager Shaun Kevlin once again led the gentlemen’s clubs’ participation. General Manager Terrence Skelly and Executive Chef Franklin Edwards coordinated turkey deliveries around town, and the club staff also donated winter coats to the needy.

Monday, November 07, 2016

VIVID CABARET'S "UFC 205" LIVE PAY PER VIEW EVENT

Vivid Cabaret



Vivid Cabaret New York, the upscale midtown Manhattan gentlemen's club known for its seemingly unlimited supply of stunning topless performers, will be showing the UFC 205 live pay-per-view fights this coming Saturday night, November 12th.


“Vivid Cabaret is a great place to watch UFC 205,” proclaimed Vivid Cabaret NYC girl Megan. “We have a giant size theater screen, and so many large Hi-Def TVs on all three floors!”


Vivid Cabaret girl Jennifer added, “You won’t miss a second of the action—unless you are busy watching me strip out of my dress—haha!”


Vivid Cabaret New York is well known for treating everyone like a VIP, and you can reserve a table in the famous VIP Lounge, in the Celebrity Lounge, or even on the heated Roof Deck. Check VividCabaretnyc.com for more info.


Vivid Cabaret NYC is well known for having the city's tallest stripper pole (25 1/2 feet tall), and is a favorite spot for pro athletes from all the major sports who like to "make it rain" on the club's gorgeous dancers. It is the sister club to the world famous Rick's Cabaret NYC, and the new Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar, both located just four blocks away.


Vivid Cabaret New York

61 West 37th Street

*** Over 100 Entertainers Daily

*** Three Floors of Luxury

*** Deluxe Suites

*** VIP Ultra Lounge

*** 25 1/2 Foot Tall Stripper Pole

*** Roof Top Garden and Smoking Lounge

*** Now Open for Lunch

*** RICK: NASDAQ Listed

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PALACE RESORTS @ NYC WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

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FOOD AND TRAVEL
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Emeril Lagasse



Andrew Zimmern



Palace Resorts provided one of the most desired gifts at GBK’s Official Thank You Lounge at the New York City Wine & Food Festival this weekend – a stay for two at the luxurious, all-inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica Grande. Celebs and Food Network Superstars now looking forward to a beach getaway at the AAA Four Diamond rated property in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, include The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, actor Neil Patrick Harris, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, Bizarre Foods’ star Andrew Zimmern and celebrity cook and author Ayesha Curry.




For more information about Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, please visit www.MoonPalaceJamaica.com

Photos Courtesy Of: Moon Palace

FAMED RICK'S CABARET TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY

Ronnie The Limo Driver With Rick's Girls





Rick's Cabaret New York, the upscale gentlemen's club in midtown Manhattan at 50 West 33rd Street, will celebrate its 11th Anniversary with four days and nights of non-stop parties Tuesday, October 18, 2016 through Saturday, October 22, 2016.


The three story club, noted for its luxurious design, VIP amenities, gourmet steakhouse, and roof top cigar lounge and garden, will feature over 100 beautiful entertainers nightly.


Howard Stern Show character “Ronnie the Limo Driver” will be “Special Guest Host” Thursday night, welcoming all to the festivities. The parties will run from 11 AM until 4 AM daily.


Acclaimed Executive Chef Franklin Edwards is preparing some specialty food items to commemorate the occasion. 


Located just one block from Madison Square Garden and across the street from the Empire State Building, Rick's Cabaret New York was named "the #1 strip club in New York" by Playboy.com. It is popular with businessmen, professionals, pro athletes, and celebrities, and has become a favorite tourist attraction. Please visit http://www.ricksnewyorkcity.com


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

LUXURY MAYAKOBA RESIDENCES HAMPTONS FETE

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THE HAMPTONS

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Star Jones And Chef Juan Pablo Loza



Kedaki And James Lipton



Ed Burke Jr With Mickey Palin And Howard Lorber



Luxury Mexican resort Mayakoba Residences’ Managing Director Carlos Orozco hosted a private dinner party recently featuring an extravagant La Ceiba Dinner and a special tasting of ultra-premium tequila Clase Azul. The sumptuous dinner was prepared by Executive Chef of the award-winning Rosewood Mayakoba, Juan Pablo Loza, along with Union Cantina’s Executive Chef Scott Kampf. Guests were treated to an extraordinary 8 course authentic Mayan tasting menu, replicating a dining experience that is exclusive to guests of Rosewood Mayakoba resort, located in the idyllic Riviera Maya. The event was coordinated by the leading Sroka Worldwide marketing team, headed by industry veteran and company founder Neal Sroka.



Notable attendees included: Carlos Orozco, Neal Sroka, Juan Pablo Loza, Howard Lorber, Star Jones, Amir Korangy, Richard Johnson, Jason Binn, James Lipton, Kedaki Lipton, Ian Duke, Scott Kampf, Susana Cardona, Thom Felicia, Ed Burke Jr and Tricia Burke.

Amir Korangy



The event took place in the garden of restaurateurs Ian Duke and David Hilty’s new innovative Mexican restaurant Union Cantina, which provided a beautiful backdrop to the evening, with its rustic chic décor, featuring a mixture of dark woods, Spanish glass and vibrant Mexican artwork.



La Ceiba Dinner pays homage to Authentic Mayan cuisine and heritage, with a name that is derived from the ceiba tree, one of Mayan Culture’s most important symbols, signifying prosperity, strength & unity. The dinner is an extravagant celebration of the food, spirit, and flavor of Playa Del Carmen, served bountifully in a family-style setting, accompanied by free-flowing tequila of the highest quality.

Guerillmo Orozco And Carlos Orozco



About Mayakoba Residences



Set on 240 hectares of jungle and tropical mangroves bordering the white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, Mayakoba’s natural beauty is the inspiration for the most exclusive and private resort destination on the coveted Riviera Maya. Home to a collection of luxury world-class resorts, the only PGA-TOUR sanctioned golf course in Mexico, more than 260 species of wildlife and 9 kilometers of sparkling lagoons and canals, Mayakoba Residences is a celebration of luxury embracing nature. Mayakoba Residences is blessed with an incredible roster of properties, each offering an individual vision for guests to experience. Indulge, unwind and feel the magic of an ancient culture still present here…and enchanted place awaiting discovery.



For more information, please visit http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/mayakoba-riviera-maya






About Sroka Worldwide


Specializing in resort and investor marketing, sales, and leasing as well as in residential, commercial real estate, The Sroka Worldwide Team at Douglas Elliman came to fruition as an adjunct to the established and sought-after DE Worldwide consulting facet of the business, serving the world's most high-profile investors and developers. Unparalleled market knowledge and access to the high-end international investment community gives this power house team incomparable expertise and ability to facilitate even the most demanding real estate transactions.



For more information, please visit www.srokaworldwideteam.elliman.com





About Union Cantina


Union Cantina is owned by Southampton Social Club’s Ian Duke and David Hilty, who have teamed up with Southampton Social Club’s award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf to create this innovative modern Mexican eatery in the old “Publick House” space, designed just for Southampton. Chef Kampf brings his dedication to the classic “farm to table” cooking style to the new Union Cantina. The space also incorporates a former prohibition speakeasy which has reopened as the 400 Rabbits Tequila Bar, and carries more than 100 types of tequila. A signature cocktail program is offered, featuring an extensive tequila menu, in addition to sangrias, punches and frozen drinks. The restaurant is situated in the iconic Bowden Square and the venue seats over 200 indoors, with an outdoor patio that seats 35 for dinner and assorted lawn seating.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THE ROOTS PERFORM @ NYC SKYLIGHT CLARKSON

The Roots



The Roots Performed "Bittersweet," A One-Of-A-Kind Song You Can Taste At Stella Artois' "Le Savoir," A Multi-Sensory Dining Experience at Skylight Clarkson in New York City yesterday.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

CHRIS WRAGGE HOSTS SAMUEL WAXMAN HAMPTONS

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THE HAMPTONS

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Ramona Singer



Chris Wragge And Wife Sarah Wragge



The Zarin Family



The 12th Annual A Hamptons Happening marked the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist and cancer researcher Samuel Waxman, MD. The benefit, which took place on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at the residence of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, featured 40 of the top chefs and restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. The event was hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and honored Sandra Lee, philanthropist, Emmy winning television personality, New York Times best-selling author and breast cancer survivor; Jayma Cardoso, Founder of the Surf Lodge in Montauk; and Deirdre Quinn, CEO of the luxury fashion company Lafayette 148 New York.

Dierdre Quinn With Sandra Lee And Jayma Cardoso




Sara Sarpolis & Jessica Cohen
Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman (SWCRF Founder & CEO), Marion N. Waxman (A Hamptons Happening Founding Co-Chair), Laurie L. Schaffran (A Hamptons Happening Founding Co-Chair), Karen Amster-Young (A Hamptons Happening Co-Chair), Erica Fineberg (A Hamptons Happening Journal Chair), Kenneth Fishel (Event Host), Maria Fishel (Event Host), Bradley Fishel (Event Host), Chris Wragge (WCBS 2 News Anchor), Sandra Lee (Honoree), Jayma Cardoso (Honoree), Deirdre Quinn (Honoree), Fernanda Capobianco (Honorary Lead Chef), Francois Payard (Honorary Lead Chef), Michael Nierenberg (SWCRF Chairman), Chris Arlotta (A Hamptons Happening Benefit Committee Member), Jessica Mackin (A Hamptons Happening Benefit Committee Member), Pamela Morgan (A Hamptons Happening Benefit Committee Member), Sarah Sarpolis (A Hamptons Happening Benefit Committee Member), Jill Zarin (TV Personality & Author) and Ramona Singer (TV Personality), among others.

Lisa Aquelino With Chris Arlotta And Lisa Herbert Winter





The event was resplendent in floral beauty thanks to Flower Box Wall Gardens, which designed striking installations displayed throughout the venue, most dramatically a gardenlike step-and-repeat that brought a fresh twist to red carpet arrivals. Overall floral décor was provided by Designs by Mark Masone. Adding fun and wonder to the benefit were costumed performers from the National Circus Project, an arts-in-education program, who posed for photos with guests while balanced on stilts and performed tricks for the crowd. An online fundraiser held by Tabooze (www.gettabooze.com), a sugar-free and calorie-free cocktail mixer, raised over $7,000 for A Hamptons Happening in the weeks preceding the event. Tabooze creator Lori Schlakman, a cancer survivor, created the Cocktails for The Cure campaign to partner with the SWCRF in funding research for a cure.



SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman and Chris Wragge took to the stage to introduce this year’s honorees and host the live auction. Wragge, hosting A Hamptons Happening for the sixth consecutive year, thanked the audience for attending the event and for contributing to the work of the SWCRF. Dr. Waxman provided a brief overview of the Foundation’s funded research programs, emphasizing how this work is made possible by generous contributions from donors. He thanked the participating chefs and restaurants for providing delicious food and beverages for the event, and acknowledged the contributions of the event chair people, committee members and the SWCRF staff.



Following the opening remarks, honoree Sandra Lee captivated the audience with a powerful testimonial of her high-profile battle with breast cancer last year. She said she is cancer free and credited the medical team at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York for their excellent treatment of her. She noted that the work of the SWCRF is unique in that it requires funded scientists to share their findings with other researchers in order to advance the development of cancer treatments. Following Sandra’s speech, honorees Jayma Cardoso and Deirdre Quinn were welcomed to the stage, where Dr. Waxman presented them crystal awards from Orrefors in thanks for their support for this year’s benefit. The awards ceremony was capped by a fun champagne toast to the SWCRF’s fortieth anniversary presented by Champagne Taittinger, the official sparkling wine of A Hamptons Happening. Champagne Taittinger’s brand ambassador, wine expert Chantelle Pabros, led the pouring of champagne into a tower of 200 glasses passed to the audience by Chris Wragge, the Waxmans, Fernanda Capobianco and Francois Payard, among others.



Chris Wragge then presided over an exciting live auction that included exclusive items such as an exciting package for two to see the Tony Award-nominated hit show “Hamilton” that included dinner with two cast members and more; a Dominican Republic Getaway package; an Ultimate Spa Package at Canyon Ranch; a Cloud Catering & Events packet, featuring a dinner for 8 prepared by a Michelin-starred chef; and a Dinner for 10 By the World Renowned Chef at Rao’s in New York.



This year’s A Hamptons Happening was chaired by event Co-Founders Marion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran and Co-Chair Karen Amster-Young. Additional chairpersons included Erin Jennifer Woudsma as Auction Chair and Erica Linden-Fineberg as Journal Chair. LDV Hospitality was the featured restaurant group at the event. The Honorary Lead Chef Couple was Fernanda Capobianco, founder of Vegan Divas, journalist and cookbook author; and Francois Payard, pastry chef, restaurateur and author. The event once again featured beautiful cabanas for guests to lounge in and silent and live auctions.



The annual A Hamptons Happening is among the most eagerly anticipated events of the Hamptons social calendar. Drawing on average 500 guests, the event is held under a 15,000-sq-ft. floored, carpeted and air-conditioned tent on the stunning 15-acre Bridgehampton property of Maria and Kenneth Fishel. The benefit is a scrumptious celebration of New York’s finest cuisine, personally presented by the top chefs of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. Guests indulge their appetites for the savory and the sweet, mix and mingle, bid on exciting auction items and dance to today’s hottest tunes, all the while collaborating to fund science’s quest for a cure for cancer.



The A Hamptons Happening Committee included Chris Arlotta and Mario Pecoraro, Tammy Caress, Diana Chudnoff, Becca Goldberg, Marcia Lavipour, Jessica Mackin, Pamela Morgan and Michael Trokel, Edward Sadovnik, Sarah Sarpolis, and Bettina and Spencer Waxman. Linda Shapiro of LBS Productions was the event coordinator. Party Up Productions did production design and music was provided by The Surf Lodge’s resident DJ, David Katz.



Event Sponsors included AmTrust Title formerly First Nationwide Title, Art Hamptons, Bespoke Real Estate, Champagne Taittinger, Hamptons Magazine, Jaguar Land Rover Southampton, Palm Bay International and The Independent. A Hamptons Happening had a presence at the recent Art Hamptons when Dr. Waxman and Mrs. Waxman served on the event’s host committee, which included A Hamptons Happening hosts Maria and Kenneth Fishel as co-chairs. Williams-Sonoma Bridgehampton was the event’s retail partner.



Participating restaurants, chefs and spirits brands include: The Savory: 230 Elm and Back Bar Grille, Carol Ann Daly; 251 Lex, 273 Kitchen & 8 North Broadway, Constantine Kalandranis; Antico Noe; Arlotta Food Studio, Mario Pecoraro and Chris Arlotta; Bareburger, Misha Levin; Hamptons Jam, Joe Cipro; Creative Edge Parties, Carla Ruben; Culinaria Group, Greg Grossman; Delicatessen, Michael Ferraro; The East Hampton Grill, Endless Summer Group, Peter Ambrose; Esca, Dave Pasternack; Hurricane Grill & Wings, Lobster Grille, Randy Reiss; My Sister’s Chef, Emily Costa; NewPop; Noah’s, Noah Schwartz; Old Stove Pub, George Gounelas; Union League Club, Russell Rosenberg; Saaz Indian Restaurant, Sameer Mohan; Seafood Shop, Paul Labue; Surf Lodge, Chef Chris Rendell; Tully’s Seafood Market, Gary Lattanzio. The Sweet: Nounos Creamery, John Belesis and Steven Ioannou; Edible Encores, Alissa Cohen; Erica’s Rugelach, Erica Kalick. Potable: Champagne Taittinger, Chopin Vodka, Hampton Coffee Company, Liqsshot, Mezcal Dona Sarita, Montauk Brewery Co., Montauk Hard Label Whiskey, Muddling Memories, Palm Bay International, Plain T Boutique Tea Company, Saratoga Water, Shannon Stiggins, Stroh Rum and Ubons Bloody Mary Mix.



About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.



For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org

Friday, July 08, 2016

THE UPPER EAST SIDES TRADITIONAL CHINA FUN

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NEW YORK CITY'S BEST DINING
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China Fun



This summer China Fun delivers tasty twists on traditional Chinese cuisine. Visit New York’s Upper East Side, on the corner of 64th and Second Avenue, to experience delicious new menu items. Ample sidewalk seating allows guests to enjoy delectable food and sunny weather. Diners at China Fun are greeted with a wide array of options, perfect for dining out or in this summer. The entire menu is available for delivery or takeout for those nights when your kitchen table is already set.


Plan a night out and experience what it truly means to be China Fun this summer. The succulent Peking Duck tastes like perfection with every bite. Chicken in Peach Sauce is served with a sesame seed garnish which tantalizes the palate with its combination of sweet and savory flavors. Have your choice of pork or pork and crabmeat in the Soup Dumplings, unconventionally served all day long. Be sure to request – 24 hours prior – China Fun’s succulent Red Cooked Pork Belly which is available all year round, but only on the menu during the Chinese New Year. It is China Fun’s signature secret, shhh!

Gourmet Crafted Cocktails




Each cocktail is beautifully crafted with a fruity garnish, paper fan or cocktail umbrella invoking a Polynesian feel such as its Spicy Mango Mojito served with Leblon 100% Brazilian Cane Rum, mango, mint, lime and dash of Tabasco. Saketome features sake along with Grey Goose, lime juice and served either shaken or straight up with a pickled ginger garnish.


China Fun has cemented its reputation as one of the top neighborhood Chinese restaurants on the exclusive Upper East Side of New York City. The consistent success of the eatery can be attributed to the restaurant’s Executive Chef Mr. Wing Fong Chen, and Dorothea and Felix Wu who have been with the restaurant since its opening in 1991. Like their food, the restaurant’s décor blends old world Chinese culture with the modernity of New York City chic. China Fun brings unique, delightful twists on traditional Chinese food universally enjoyed by guests.


About China Fun


Upper East Side neighborhood Chinese eatery China Fun boasts a wide ranging menu of delicacies originating in various regions of the country. The eclectic menu, created by the Wu family and executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, who has been with the restaurant since its opening, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes among other options. Under the direction of the Wu family, guests can trust in the restaurant’s ability to ensure each visit is great each and every time they dine at China Fun. China Fun is open daily from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM at 1221 Second Avenue at 64th Street.



For reservations or more information, please call 212-752-0810 or visit www.chinafun-ny.com.

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Twitter: @ChinaFunNYC

Instagram: @ChinaFunNYC

Thursday, June 30, 2016

IVY'S MOSCOW MULE MONDAYS & TACO TUESDAY

Ivy Bar & Grill



Ivy Bar and Grill remains one of the most popular restaurants in New York’s thriving Hell’s Kitchen. Step inside and experience Ivy Bar & Grill beautiful and sophisticated décor, with exposed brick walls and an expansive bar and dining area. You will be welcomed by friendly and attentive staff that treats newcomers the same as their most loyal clientele. Patrons can watch their favorite sports team over drinks at the bar or host an intimate gathering in one the cozy booths or in the private VIP area in the back. Wooden tables, burning candles, and decorative lanterns create a warm space to enjoy time spent with friends and family.



Now New Yorkers will have even more of a reason to visit Ivy to enjoy the new Taco Tuesday. Diners can enjoy a choice of 3 tacos (pork, steak, and chicken) and a house margarita, just for $19.99. Moscow Mule Monday’s drinks will be $7.00 each.

Pomegranate Martini


Ivy Bar and Grill hosts live entertainment every Saturday night. This will be from 9:00 PM-12:00 AM. There will be no cover, however, reservations are recommended. Limited seating is available. The menu is filled with creative and delicious dishes. Guests will be provided with a truly memorable experience with the most flavorful food and fresh ingredients.



Ivy Bar & Grill is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner Sundays and Mondays 11:30 AM -11:00 PM. Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 AM-12:00 AM.



For more information, please visit www.ivybarnyc.com.



IVY BAR & GRILL is at 944 8th Avenue (at 56th Street) New York, NY

Tel: 212.459.9444

Friday, June 17, 2016

FATHERS DAY DINING IN NEW YORK CITY & HAMPTONS

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RESTAURANTS FOR DAD
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NEW YORK

T-Bar




T-Bar


This Upper East Side neighborhood gem offers signature dishes from Executive Chef Ben Zwicker’s special menu, which Dad is sure to love. Specials include a Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette; Yellowfin tuna tartare; and the prime aged Angus burger. Also available are the T-Bar Steak Bar—certified Black Angus, filet mignon, aged New York Strip, aged bone-in rib eye, or Black Angus porterhouse for two, served with steak sauce, béarnaise sauce, or poivre sauce. No meal at T-Bar is complete without tasting the popular desserts Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Chocolate Sundae with brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream. An artful menu of specialty cocktails—including the exquisite Downtown Manhattan, made with Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, brandied cherries, Antica vermouth, and cherry herring—and a curated wine list complete this epicurean experience.



1278 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10021

(212) 772-0404




Good Enough to Eat



Treat Dad to traditional American home cooking this Father’s Day at Good Enough to Eat, an Upper West Side dining establishment that has catered to neighborhood regulars, international travelers, and celebrities for over 30 years. Tuck in to delicious Father’s Day appetizers such as the Fried Shrimp with a Spicy Cocktail Sauce or the Iceberg Wedge with Bacon, Blue Cheese, Tomato and Cucumbers with Ranch Dressing. For entrée, Father’s Day diners can choose between the Good Enough To Eat Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce, Fried Chicken Breast with Cream Gravy or Grilled NY Strip Steak with Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce. For dessert, diners can enjoy a Strawberry Shortcake or Apple Sour Cream Pie with a Toasted Walnut Crumble.



520 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10024

(212) 496-0163



Ivy Bar & Grill




Ivy Bar & Grill

 


For a livelier Father’s Day experience, visit popular Ivy Bar & Grill in New York’s thriving Hell’s Kitchen. You will find the wooden tables, burning candles, and decorative lanterns create a warm space to enjoy time spent with friends and family. Specialty dishes that Dad will love include the creamy Kale & Artichoke Dip, the succulent Lamb Burger and the fresh Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Ivy Bar & Grill is also known for its cocktails, which include the pineapple infused Ivy Martini, the Woodford vanilla bean infused Manhattan Reserve and the Pomegranate White Cosmopolitan. This high end bar & grill regularly offers live entertainment and features a daily happy hour between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.





944 8th Avenue

New York, NY 10019

(212) 459-9444




China Fun



For the Dad who loves Chinese cuisine, China Fun located on New York’s Upper East Side is the clear choice for Father’s Day 2016. Diners at China Fun are greeted by a wide array of options as its wide-ranging menu offers cuisines from each of the various regions of China. For your main entrée, enjoy anything from noodle dishes to chicken and seafood –there is something to satisfy every palate. Specials include the Scallion Pancakes, Soup Dumplings, Filet Mignon Chinese Style and China Fun’s Peking Duck, cooked to perfection with each bite seemingly melting in your mouth. For vegetarians, the eatery’s offerings include the Snowpeas, String Beans and Broccoli in a white garlic sauce, which offers a flavorful bite. Pair your delicious meal with one of its signature cocktails either at the intimate wood and marble bar or in its main dining room, which fuses New York chic lines and openness with traditional Chinese cornices.



1221 2nd Ave

New York, NY 10065

(212) 752-0810



AG Kitchen




A.G. Kitchen



A neighborhood favorite since it opened in summer 2012, A. G. Kitchen offers a tantalizing blend of Latin American and American cuisine. Located on the Upper West Side, A.G. Kitchen, named for the initials of famed Food Network Personality, Cookbook Author and Chef Alex Garcia, is comfort cuisine fused with a modern twist. A.G. Kitchen is renowned for its varieties of made-to-order guacamole (Classic, Pineapple and Pomegranate, and Papaya and Mint), in addition to entrees such as the Brazilian-style Samba Chicken, Manhattan Latin burger, Surf ‘n’ Turf and Seafood Paella (lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, chicken, chorizo with saffron rice and calamari salad), as well as the city’s most authentic tasting Cubano sandwich. Another establishment highlight is the 100-year-old mahogany bar, the perfect perch for enjoying specialty cocktails like the Mango Mayhem (Mango/Lime/Chili Pepper-infused vodka, passion fruit juice, and fresh lime) or the Cilantro Daiquiri. A sure hit this Father’s Day.




269 Columbus Avenue

New York, NY 10023

212-873-9400


Mamo





MAMO Restaurant



Treat Dad to the best of SoHo dining at MAMO Restaurant. This French/Italian Provencal menu from Michelin-starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola hits all the right notes. This Father’s Day, enjoy seasonal favorites such as the Salmon Carpaccio with asparagus salad and burrata, Trofie Primavera with julienne vegetables, or the signature MAMO Burger. For dessert, try the rich Affogato Alla Vaniglia Con Fragole Calde or the Cheesecake Alla Lavanda (cheesecake with a lavender twist). MAMO also boasts a signature cocktail list which should not be missed. MAMO’s bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.




323 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013

(646) 964-4641



Juniper Bar




Juniper Bar



Juniper Bar is a sophisticated, multi-leveled restaurant, bar and entertainment destination in New York’s Midtown West, just steps away from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Treat Dad to a beer or cold drink in the expansive main level bar area, before sitting down for dinner in the intimate 30-seat dining area. Juniper Bar is a neighborhood favorite which features specials such as the Arctic Char with smashed marble potatoes, asparagus, red pepper foam; Short Rib of Beef with rainbow carrots, garlic mashed potatoes and red wine demi-glace; and a large selection of burgers. Juniper is a stylishly designed restaurant with a color palate of teals, greys, and bursts of orange.




237 West 35th Street

New York, NY 10001

212-967-2511

www.juniperbarnyc.com





THE HAMPTONS


Southampton Inn




Southampton Inn



Take Dad on a Father’s Day trip to the Hamptons and stay overnight at Southampton Inn, a staple that remains one of the most popular spots to stay during the Hamptons summer season. 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. With 90 well-appointed guestrooms, many of which were renovated this past winter, the Inn is located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a mere mile from highly-rated Coopers Beach. The outdoor patio and ballroom were also renovated to ensure the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.



Southampton Inn offers a Father’s Day overnight special that includes dinner for Dad at new Café Klyde restaurant*.

(*excludes alcoholic beverages, tax, gratuity, and a maximum of $50 value meal for the Dad. Requires overnight room.)



91 Hill Street

Southampton, NY 11968

631-283-6500




Café Klyde



When in the Hamptons, do not miss the new farm to table restaurant Café Klyde, which is serving up a whole new array of signature dishes in the charming Southampton Inn garden. The tavern inspired lunch and dinner menus offers up dishes such as the Fish of the Day, a signature Hampton Clam Chowder, Braised Spring Lamb Meatballs, and the fresh Summer Salad, featuring local leaves, strawberries, feta cheese and shaved whole wheat. Lunch specials include Klyde’s “open faced” Lobster Roll, The Hill Street Club Sandwich and a Chopped Curry Chicken Salad. Café Klyde is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed inside the renovated 68-seat dining room or outside on the Inn’s beautifully planted courtyard.



91 Hill Street

Southampton, NY 11968

631.283.6500





Kozu 



Dad will love Japanese Fusion restaurant Kozu, run by Southampton restauranteur Zach Erdem. The restaurant offers Japanese cuisine and sushi with Peruvian influences. The menu, designed by Head Chef John Keller, features signature dishes such as the Kozu Jalapeño Yellowtail with Smoked Tomato Ponzu; the Summer Corn and Lobster Salad with a Corn "Pudding", Shiso, and Yuzu Dressing; and the Heirloom Tomatoes and Japanese Cucumber with Toasted Sesame Dressing, Yuzu Salt, Micro Cilantro and Piment d'Espelette. The kitchen also proudly hosts Sous Chef George Nikolopolous, formerly of Le Bernardin, and Sushi Chef Joseph Kim, formerly of Morimoto.



136 Main Street

Southampton NY 11968

T: 631-619-6660



Union Cantina




Union Cantina



Don’t miss this innovative modern Mexican eatery, which is taking over the old “Publick House” space, designed just for Southampton. Union Cantina, which opens just in time for Father’s Day, will feature a modern Mexican menu designed by Chef Kampf. Signature dishes include the Castilla de Res Mole - a beef short rib with sweet local corn bread pudding, charred heirloom carrots and mole sauce; and the Deconstructed Enchiladas which come in five variations. A signature cocktail program will also be offered, featuring an extensive tequila menu, in addition to sangrias, punches and frozen drinks. The décor, which is best described as “Hamptons chic meets Rustic Cantina”, will feature a mixture of dark woods, Spanish glass and vibrant Mexican artwork.



40 Bowden Square

Southampton, NY 11968

T: 631-377-3500


75 Main



75 Main



75 Main is a classic American eatery that combines the style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife. Signature dishes include the Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Ahi Tuna and the Lobster Salad with a choice of sides such as the Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, 75 Main Steak Fries and Sauteed Organic Spinach. 75 Main offers an extensive wine list as well as a signature cocktail menu. 75 Main is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.





75 Main Street

Southampton, NY 11968

631.283.7575