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Duomo 51 Hit or Miss With a Great View

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Are you looking for a summer rooftop terrace with a view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center?Duomo 51 is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Finding the restaurant is not the easiest as there is no sign outside, as of yet. Duomo 51 is located on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree Hotel directly across the street from Rockefeller’s Center.

You take the elevator to get up there and it is under renovation and dirty, but once the elevator opens there is an expansive dining room that leads into the glass-enclosed terrace, with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrace features a retractable roof and heaters. On either side will be cocktail bars and chairs that over look Rockefeller Center.

Duomo 51, opened a month ago and it really needs time to get the kinks out. The terrace is not finished and seems a little sterile. The servers are not exactly trained. When my first server poured my water, he got more on my phone, glasses and table and then walked away without cleaning it up. When I asked for a paper napkin he reached over and took the cloth napkin and didn’t even wipe the top which would have had more water flying, until I asked. Thankfully I ordered a drink and that was perfection. Lost in Rome ($20) is Vodka served with a blueberry Puree, lime, mint and ginger beer served in a shaker.

The menu is Tuscan-Italian inspired, so for appetizers we started out with Burrata ($20) with tri colored Herman’s tomato’s lightly glazed with balsamic and olive oil. The Burrata melted in your mouth and was delicious with the sun-dried tomato olive oil served with the bread. Delicious.

The fabulous olive oil with sun-dried tomato’s

We also had the Gamberi al Brandy ($25) grilled shrimp with cannellini beans, fresh tomatoes, and cognac sauce, but the sauce is non existent, so basically grilled shrimp with beans, that lacked flavor. Yeah for the delicious olive oil infusion.

I ordered a Malbec, Aymara ($15) that had a nice balance and body.

For our main course we shared the handmade pasta Carbonara style ($27) Spaghetti here is served with organic egg, pecorino cheese, smoked pancetta and ground pepper is offered. When the cheese was served it was not freshly ground and the dish lacked peas and had too much salt, so nice but not great.

We also ordered Dover Sole (MP) prepared table side. This delightful fish was lightly sautéed and was served in a lemon sauce, but not enough of it. Also though the fish was deboned, it was not served to us. They offer the wrong utensil, so when serving myself the fish slid off the spoon, but the dish itself was something I would order again.

For dessert homemade Ice Cream with warm berries ($12) and a homemade Panna Cotta with fresh berries ($12). Both of these were truly wonderful. My guest had a cappuccino ($6) with a heart on top, as well. It was a terrific ending.

Duomo 51 offers elegant private event spaces with many different attractive setups based on the size of the party and occasion and you can have a party up to 130.

The lavatory/bathroom is located down a flight of long basement stairs and is not so clean. Also on the elevator down there is no L button instead you have to push G for ground. All 6 of us in the elevator thought that stood for garage. Still there is much to admire about Duomo 51 and look forward to trying them again in another couple of months. However if you are planning an Easter brunch, this just might be the perfect place for Brunch.

Duomo 51: 25 W 51st St., 7th Floor

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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In Need Of Some Chinese Food and Culture…Try The Dragon Fest

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Dragon Fest is a annual outdoor Chinese food & culture festival with experiential activities, tastings, and market fairs that showcases the vibrant food, art and cultural traditions from China. It is a cultural platform that connects people in New York to Chinese restaurants, food vendors, artists and local communities.

The event happens on different days and places. Today is the opening and the fest will happen at 828 Broadway, between 12th – 13th Street from 10am – 6pm.

Expect tasty food and drink options, experiential activities and market fairs showcasing local artists and cultural traditions.

Dragon Fest attracts over 200,000 attendees.

You can check out the full lineup at the Dragon Fest website, as well as the calendar for the other festival dates and locations below. Score free tickets to the April 6th opening event on Eventbrite, taking place at 828 Broadway from 10am to 6pm.

 

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Get Scottish and Join in The Celebrations With The Tartan Day Parade

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NY has been celebrating Scotlands heritage and culture with Tartan Week. This festival runs till the 7th with the Tartan Day Parade, which is held on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4pm on Sixth Avenue between 44th and 55th St.

Before the parade you can get Kilt Fittings with Geoffrey Tailor and 21st Century Kilts. Appointments required. Email howie@21stcenturykilts.com to schedule.

On April 6 @ 10:00 am11:00 am Kick-off Parade Day with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan service and pre-parade brunch. The service is a pan-denominational Christian blessing of the tartans of the clans, celebrating Scotland and Scots in America. A time-honored free event for the entire family. The Service will be followed by the pre-parade brunch. Afterwards, all are welcome to march. The Brick Presbyterian Church 1140 Park Avenue.

From 10:30 am12:45 pm Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park Fountain Terrace. Hear the sound of some of our leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 26th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade. This event is free for all to enjoy.

 NYC Tartan Day Parade, 6th Avenue 6th Avenue. The 26th annual NYC Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 6, 2024 – NYC’s biggest annual display of Scottish culture.For over 25 years, NYC Tartan Week has been celebrating Scottish-American heritage by providing meaningful connections through the celebration of Scottish heritage in NYC.
 NYC Tartan Week Sunday Brunch at The Tailor Public House 505 8th Avenue. Join the New York Caledonian Club on the final day of NYC Tartan Week 2024 for their annual Sunday Scottish fry!

This year’s parade will be led by Scottish actor of Mission: Impossible fame, Dougray Scott. The NYC Tartan Day Parade is the largest annual Scottish gathering in NYC. See 3,000 bagpipers, Highland dancers, clans, and Scottish dogs march up Sixth Avenue in this free celebration.

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JOE & THE JUICE Elevates Breakfast with Eggcado Breakfast Bowl and Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich

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 JOE & THE JUICE is a beloved institution for coffee and juices anytime of the day. And now their newest breakfast items are elevating your morning.

The innovative dishes of the Eggcado Breakfast Bowl and Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich are simply out of this world. Your day just starts off in the most amazing way with just one bite! The sandwich is made of Avocado, Breakfast Bread, Egg Salad, Spinach, Sriracha, and Tomato; while the bowl is made with Avocado, Egg Salad, Spinach, Sriracha, and Tomato.

“The Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich is our latest endeavor to reinvent breakfast, offering a delicious and nutritious option for our customers,” said Kasper Garnell, Global Brand Director at JOE & THE JUICE. “We believe that breakfast should be an energizing experience, setting the tone for a great day. With the Eggcado Sandwich, we are aiming to provide a morning option that aligns with our brand’s ethos and dedication to quality.”

Each bite is incredibly delicious all while being nutritious. Fresh and perfectly seasoned you will end up craving these simply superb selections every time the sun comes up during the week. Your mouth will thank you again and again.

After the overwhelming success of the Tunacado sandwich, which captured worldwide virality across social media, the brand received an influx of customer requests for a similarly innovative breakfast sandwich option. Responding to this demand, the Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich was born—a combination of fresh cage-free hard-boiled egg mousse, low-fat mayo, avocado, tomato, spinach, and JOE’s signature Spicy Sauce.

The Eggcado is a vegetarian and dairy free product that contains gluten. Alongside the Eggcado Breakfast Sandwich, Joe & The Juice is also launching The Slab Breakfast Sandwich and Eggcado Breakfast Bowl as part of their menu expansion. These new additions to their menu also reflect JOE & THE JUICE’s commitment to listening and adapting to the evolving tastes of their global audience.

For info on all locations and more on the entire incredible menu, please visit HERE.

 

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Dawlcakes and Li-Lac Chocolates Collaborate For a Pop-Up With Cake + Chocolate Tasting Experience

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Dawlcakes, the only doll cake bakery in Manhattan, is teaming up with Li-Lac Chocolates (75 Greenwhich Ave) , Manhattan’s Oldest Chocolate House, for a special cake + chocolate tasting on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (a special time only for Dawlcakes event goers). The first 10 people will get a free chocolate “dawl”-shaped pop. Dawlcakes is offering three kinds of tasting experiences during this bespoke pop-up:

  • General Admission – Per Person – Enjoy one Dawlcakes treat, plus one 50% off coupon on any of our Dawlcakes products for sale that day (including our fully-made cakes and decorating kits). ($25)

  • VIP Ticket – Enjoy the first bites of our new line of Dawlcakes with chocolate dolls! This ticket gives you one Dawlcakes chocolate pop and one confetti cake to take home, plus two samples of our other delicious Dawlcakes flavors! Limit one ticket per individual. ($45)

  • VIP Ticket – Family Edition – Enjoy the first bites of our new line of Dawlcakes with chocolate dolls! This ticket gives you one Dawlcakes chocolate pop and one confetti cake to take home, plus two samples of our other delicious Dawlcakes flavors! Limit one ticket per family. Group family reservations encouraged! ($85)

People can save their spot here.

Dawlcakes is a family-friendly brand that offers cakes and decorating kits for families around New York and throughout the United States. In fact, Whoopi Goldberg featured her very own Sister Act Dawlcake at her 68th Birthday Party on The View. Other celebrities who have enjoyed Dawlcakes include Christian Siriano, Jenny Mollen, Jason Biggs, and Games of Thrones’ Sophie Turner. Spataro has also brought these cake experiences to other places around Manhattan, including Pink Chicken, private celebrations, and around the country.

Li-Lac Chocolates is the Oldest Chocolate House in Manhattan. With multiple locations around the city, Li-Lac is the go-to chocolate for families around the city.

When asked about this exciting collaboration, Spataro said, “Over the last few months, I’ve enjoyed working with Chris. I couldn’t be happier with our first pop-up and our future plans to collaborate. Joining together will bring a lot of smiles to people’s faces!”

Spataro added, when asked about the trajectory of Dawlcakes in particular, “Our highest hope is that we make easy baking and decorating more of a staple for families. You don’t need a lot of time or a bunch of gadgets to have fun together in the kitchen. I’m often asked to cater people’s bat mitzvahs, birthdays, etc. Nothing makes me happier than seeing parents and kids having fun together while they decorate cakes.”

Joanne Spataro: Joanne Spataro is an author, writing coach, and founder of Dawlcakes. Whoopi Goldberg named Dawlcakes one of her Favorite Things at her 68th Birthday Party Celebration on The View. She has worked with women-owned businesses, including Kismet, Eva Joan, and boutique children’s clothing store Pink Chicken. She makes appearances with the dawls at birthdays, celebrations, and pop-ups.

Celebrities have flocked to her baking pop-ups to bring home a “Pinky” dollcake to their children. She’s had pop-ups in the West Village, the Hamptons, and San Diego.

In addition, Joanne is the author of Preconceptions, a memoir about her queer and trans fertility journey. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Viceand The Huffington Post. She has discussed Preconceptions as part of GLAAD’s Hear My Story Series and with New York Times bestselling author Jenny Mollen on her podcast Third Wheel. Joanne’s memoir, Preconceptions, is available on Audible.

Joanne is based in New York City with her wife, Lara, and their child, aka her trusted consultant on Dawlcakes. www.dawlcakes.com

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