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The Big Apple is back in business this summer. The streets are full of people shopping and especially eating out. Here are some of our favorite places to get you excited in July.

A top selection is the patio deck at Katsuya 

Everything about this exquisite establishment pleases the senses and creates magic that sparkles this summer. Just adjacent to Hudson Yards at Manhattan West you will find seats on this outdoor deck that offers up amazing views and even more amazing food and drinks. Enjoy such popular menu items as Pop Rock Shrimp with Spicy Ponzu Mayo, Crispy Batter or the legendary Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice with Grilled Sushi Rice, Spicy Tuna Tartare, Serrano. Of course no visit is complete without Chef Katsyta’s Signature Baked Crab Handrolls with buttery Baked Snow Crab wrapped in Soy Paper.

Katsuya at Citizens also boasts a wonderful indoor sushi bar along with the 100-seat rooftop terrace.

Down in the West Village try some eats for a great cause. The Stoli x Sveta Cocktails for Ukraine pop-up is a Ukrainian-themed immersive pop-up that will support World Central Kitchen, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises.

Stoli Vodka selected Ukrainian family-run restaurant Sveta, owned by Ukrainian immigrant Sveta Savchitz and her son Alan, for the Stoli Vodka x Sveta Cocktails for Ukraine pop-up to further support their pledge of raising $1,000,000 for World Central Kitchen to send meals to Ukrainian refugees.

If you are looking for a perfect day outdoors, the classic lemonade stand you know and love has grown up: two New York icons have come together for a limited-time collaboration. Fishers Island Lemonade has popped up a lemonade shack at Taco Vista on Governors Island.

Located in the grassy area outside of Taco Vista – just to the left of the ferry when you arrive on Governors Island – anyone stopping by can sip in the shade, hang on the lawn, nosh on tacos + oysters, and stop by the shack for refreshing Fishers Island Lemonade. Now through the end of July, visitors will be able to enjoy the delicious, full range of Fishers Island Lemonade as well as a signature frozen slushy, available only at Taco Vista. If you’re stuck in the city over the Fourth of July or looking for something fun to do in the sun, check out the Fishers Island Lemonade Shack on Governors Island.

Then head north in town. A Tavola in La Devozione at Chelsea Market, by Giuseppe Di Martino, owner of Pastificio Di Martino, the world’s leading pasta maker, is partnering with Italy’s internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, owner of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. The restaurant will be serving Gemelli and Massimo’s Pesto, gemelli pasta by Pastificio, a double twisted pasta shape and Chef Bottura’s pesto made from mint, basil, Parmigiano, and breadcrumbs; a nut free tradition remade for sustainability and the chef’s no-waste approach.

Partial proceeds of each dish sold from this summer until the fall of 2022 is being donated to Bottura’s NPO Food for Soul, and the New York-based NPO Refettorio Harlem, in support of its ongoing community meal initiative.

Masseria dei Vini is an authentic Italian dining experience located in Hell’s Kitchen. The restaurant features daily crudos, a large selection of house made pasta, traditional dishes from Puglia, where Chef-Partner Pino Coladonato was born, and a large selection of wines mainly from Italy. Many proteins are created in a Ferrara wood-burning pizza oven that has lava rocks from Mount Vesuvius giving the dishes a distinct taste. The extensive wine program was designed by partner Enzo Ruggiero, whose passion for wine began as a child going to local vineyards with his grandfather where they would stomp grapes to make the family wine. The program contains more than 400 different labels, with approximately 90-percent of the catalogue coming from Italy, and the other 10-percent from around the world.

PJ Bernstein offers delivery and takeout options for all their traditional Jewish deli specialties and will be open from 10 am – 8 pm on Independence Day. The restaurant has remained a staple in the New York Jewish deli dining scene for over five decades.

The Catering and Party Menu is perfect those looking to nosh on some hearty sandwiches with options for anywhere from 10 – 20 people. Starters include classic salad options such as Potato, Macaroni, or Cucumber Salad, among others, and customers can also lean with healthier options like PJ’s Vegetable Platter, served with carrots, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, and house made onion dip; and the Whitefish Platter served with an assortment of bagels, cream cheese, olives, Bermuda onions, tomatoes, and fresh lemon. Cold Cut Platters are prepared with three and a half to five pounds of select meats as well as Eli’s Bread. house dressing, and pickles. Then for the main event and those looking to dive into some of NYC’s best pastrami, brisket, and corned beef, PJ’s Famous Sandwich Platters come with either 12 jumbo sandwiches and five pounds of a choice of side salad, and 20 Jumbo sandwiches and seven pounds of a choice of side salad.

Bear Donut will be crafting a red, white, and blue commemorative donut for the holiday, and with a purchase of a small box (composed of four donuts), an additional free donut will be added. This offer and specialty donut are available from July 2nd – 3rd only as Bear Donut is closed on the Fourth of July.

Bear Donut bakes fresh donuts twice daily, the first batch arriving at the counter at 10 am and the next at 2 pm, in three varieties of signature donuts developed by Jang: Bear Donuts, chewy and crispy donuts made with sweet rice flour in a bubble-ring shape dressed with powdered or glazed toppings like Powdered Sugar or Cheddar and Lavender or Pink Chocolate Glaze; Glazed Donuts, classic ring-shaped donuts also made with sweet rice flour in flavors ranging from Classic glaze to a sour Grapefruit Poppy; and specialty light and airy brioche Cream Puff Donuts, perfectly round and double the height of the other donut varieties filled with such options as Double Milk Tea and Matcha Custard, each topped with powdered sugar and Dirty Choco, filled with Nutella and glazed with semi-sweet chocolate.

El Cartel Tapas Bar and Restaurant, a family-owned and operated restaurant rooted in Colombian cuisine and culture which has just opened in Hell’s Kitchen, will be offering an array of specials for the Fourth of July Weekend for Friday (7/1), Saturday (7/2), and Sunday (7/3), priced from $30 – $55, but closed on Monday (7/4).

Entrée specials include a choice of: Seafood Rice and Bass Filet, a coastal flavored seafood rice with fried striped bass ($30); Filete Cartagena, fried, stripped filet topped with a homemade red sauce and shrimp served with rice and fried cassava ($35); and Parrillada for Two, a well-packed meal for two consisting of pork chops, chicken breast, skirt steak, shrimp, and Colombian chorizo served with fried yuca, French fries, yellow rice, and black beans ($55). Beverage is not included in the price.

If you happen to be in the Hamptons for the weekend check out an exquisite culinary experience with the opening of the restaurant El Turco.  Truly divine and fully authentic Turkish inspired food will captivate guests out East this summer with authentic Turkish menu selections served with renowned Turkish hospitality. Located close to the heart of East Hampton at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road, the newest El Turco will come alive in the stunningly well-designed space during the July 4th holiday weekend and officially opening July 8th. El Turco has created a chef’s tasting experience that will take guests on a culinary journey with the best use of Turkish food reflective of the grand tastes and traditional expressions of the rich cultural heritage mixed with a modern presentation of bold flavors.

And lastly, reservations will go live next week – Wednesday, July 6 –  for NYC & Company’s 30th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week. The link for reservations is – nycgo.com/restaurantweek

Happy restaurant hopping!

 

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Here are our favorite shopping ideas for spring. You might be in search for a perfect gift or just something to treat yourself. This season enjoy the finer things in life with these incredible items.

For the gift of elegant scent –

Maison d’Orient is perfect for those seeking out-of-the-ordinary scents. Divine and exotic Arabian oud perfumes present here an array of timeless fragrances.

Of note is the PEARLANERA collection, featuring a symphony of scents in spray and concentrated perfume oils. It boasts a rich tapestry of scent profiles, offering an unparalleled opportunity for fragrance layering to express one’s personality.

 Maison d’Orient comes in several selections that represent affordable luxury with many unisex offerings. Mixing and matching scents to complement one’s character opens up a new world of exploration. Olfactory notes of fragrances here create new and exciting sensations.

For the person looking for the ultimate spring clean feeling –

Good Time’s soap collection gives you a fresh feeling like you have never experienced. Their superb portfolio of Cleansing Body Bars, Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioning Bars, Exfoliating Body Bar, Gentle Cleansing Face Bar (fragrance-free) and Moisturizing Shave Bar have amassed 9 award wins for a good reason.

We love the way your skin feels amazing after use. Our favorite is their offering of three refreshing bar soaps in signature fragrances. Cleanses without stripping, leaving skin soft and smooth. It includes: Summer’s Here (bergamot, tangerine and juniper berry); Big Sky (cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver), and Morning Light (mandarin, thyme and lemon. Half of the company’s profits also go toward supporting clean water initiatives and they focus on less waste.

For those looking to live and eat healthy this season –

Mikuna is a fantastic option for those who want to give themselves a healthy lifestyle. Chocho Superfood Protein is a plant-based product made from just one ingredient – Andean-grown Chocho. The great tasting protein is packed with more nourishing nutrients than any other plant protein.

Naturally packed with calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, 25% daily plant fiber, and 9/9 essential amino acids, a few weeks of adding this to your diet you can feel the difference with more energy and less cravings for things that may not be good for you. Mikuna’s Chocho is clean, vegan, lectin- free, gluten-free and dairy-free protein.

 

For those looking to add sophistication to a night at home –

The exquisite handblown glassware brand Glasvin is set to be the jewel of your home collection. Elevate a night of drinks with a portfolio that deserves three cheers and more. Toast to this simply lovely brand that is the go-to stemware for over two dozen Michelin-star restaurants in the U.S

David Kong, Glasvin’s founder and Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, left his role as a hedge fund manager to create a brand that delivers high-quality glasses at affordable prices. He has succeeded because he has cut out the middleman and works directly with the glass artisans to bring you exquisite hand-blown glassware at a fraction of the cost.

Glasvin is making waves with its AAPI-owned company status and commitment to promoting greater diversity and participation in the world of wine. There is simply no better reason to bring sparkle in your life with this elegant option this spring season.

 

For those looking for a quality spirit to enjoy with friends  –

Flecha Azul Tequila is the fantastic 100% additive-free tequila you have been searching for all this time. The ultra-premium, Mexican-founded brand is made with just three ingredients – 100% Blue Weber Agave, water, and yeast, and free of any unnecessary additives like syrups, sugars, or caramel coloring.

Every sip is sweet and smooth. You can taste the difference on the rocks or in or in splendid cocktails this spring. Flecha Azul Blanco delivers a balanced profile of tantalizing spice, cooked agave, ripe fruit and honey-sweet floral notes while Flecha Azul Reposado maintains the bright, crisp character of Blanco, layered against praline, vanilla, sandalwood and subtle baking spices.

 

Happy spring!

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Elevated Holiday Traveling with Puro Sound Labs

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We all know that travel during the holidays can be stressful. Getting on planes with other passengers who talk loudly to kid in the backseat in the car crying that they are bored only adds to the pressure.

This season don’t let it cook up inside. Save the heat to roast up your favorite Christmas dishes and give yourself the perfect early gift from Puro Sound Labs.

For the adult who is commuting home on mass transportation or the one who still must work despite the family gathering over hot cocoa in the next room, the ideal present is found in the glorious silence as only produced by Puro Sound Labs PuroPro volume limiting, active noise cancelling adult headphones.

A truly lovely design is matched by incredible studio grade audio quality, providing adults with a listening experience that is both high quality and healthy. In keeping with the Puro Sound Labs mission to protect consumers’ hearing, the headphones are also volume limited to 85 dB for up to 8 hours per day, and 95 dB for up to 50 mins per day, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

It is like a miracle has come to rescue. Eliminating hectic noise in your environment has never been easier than with the smart buy of the season. This is an amazing find, especially for those who suffer every time an outside sound disrupts their mental well-being. The discovery of peace in sound is phenomenal and at your own setting and pace is just a bonus.

The headphones are equipped with Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals, plus two adjustable ANC levels, ensuring that users can listen to their favorite tracks and podcasts undisturbed, or find their own space in shared environments.

Your travel will be elevated, and your private time will be glorious. The wireless Bluetooth v.5 headphones are complete with a lightweight, foldable design and matching hard cover carrying case and are ideal for travel, with long lasting batteries that provide up to 28 hours playtime with ANC, 32 hours without and 300 hours of standby time. (Available from Amazon.com).

Then for the kids, the holidays just got even more an amazing. They will certainly be nothing more than nice with the Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Plus Volume Limited Kids Headphones. Colorful and a producer of epic sound.  While the headphones are volume limited to the maximum safe listening level, they certainly do not compromise on sound quality. The Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology is engineered to deliver the finest genuine studio sound with clear, crisp vocals and full dynamic bass suitable for all genres of music.

Protecting consumers’ hearing, especially for youth, is of the utmost importance with this company that has headphones specifically made to protect young listeners’ eardrums with volume limited to 85 dB as recommended by the World Health Organization.

BT2200 Plus headphones are lightweight and durable, which all parents know are very important qualities to have. Kids will also love the soft ear cushions. The BT2200 Plus also comes with interchangeable ear cups so children can switch from on-ear to over-ear for a better seal and more comfort. (Available from Amazon.com).

Make your holidays simply sound perfect with Puro Sound Labs.

 

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Things We Love in New York This Season

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It’s hard to believe how quickly the year has flown by. This time of the year we all reflect on so many things. In New York us New Yorkers get especially sentimental. We appreciate come December all the wonderful things that Big Apple has to offer. Here are some of our favorite things and the people who make this city great.

So many businesses are bringing joy.  Park Terrace Hotel Hotel Chocolat‘s holiday kick-off is a sweet event coming up. Guests are expected at the hotel’s Terrazzo Lounge overlooking Bryant Park. The celebration will oversee the fireworks from the Bryant Park Christmas tree lighting ceremony from the terrace’s vantage point. A holiday sing-along hosted by Broadway stars Orfeh and Andy Karl will also take place.

City snow bunnies will unite at Park Lane Hotel’s Darling for a special Winter Chalet on the Park launch. The only après ski high above Central Park party will showcase music by Alix Brown along with drink from Moët & Chandon.

Anita La Mamma del Gelato recently-opened its third New York City location in Times Square. It is the perfect spot after visiting the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a show at Radio City Music Hall or a respite after holiday shopping. The family-owned gelateria is celebrated for its rotating 150 flavors of gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream, including sugar-free and vegan options, all made in-house using Anita’s original recipes. The Times Square location offers 36 selections of frozen treats daily that rotate seasonally, each handmade in-store.

Crate & Barrel new flagship store officially opened in Flatiron, the heart of NYC’s home design district. The brand finds its new home in the historic Palace of Trade building (881 N Broadway), which was carefully renovated to preserve its rich history and offer Crate & Barrel + Crate & Kids customers a best-in-class shopping experience with concierge-level services. To celebrate the store’s opening, Crate & Barrel will be hosting the Flatiron Food & Design Festival through December 19 with events featuring brand partners like Molly Baz and Athena Calderone.

People we adore are doing good things in town. Renowned Hamptons based Argentine artists and gallerists Lautaro Cuttica and Isadora Capraro are launching a new group show ‘Matter Over Mind’ at 1155 6th Avenue. The show will run until December 8 and is open and free to view by appointment.  Cuttica and Capraro are behind the gallery Gambit Works. They have debuted several shows in the Hamptons at their property Campo Cuttica, a destination that is home to a family of artists.

April Kayganich, hairstylist & educator, has been busy at work in her WeHo salon suite. Revolutionizing hair care routines for New Yorkers. She recommends cocktailing her favorite combination of products: Dressed Up and Lift. This dynamic duo ensures that every section of your hair receives an equal amount of product, resulting in a perfectly bouncy blowout.

And, Jem Bleu has been singing for subway riders for a while and brings joyous smiles to commuters. Consider yourself lucky to hear him now before his star sparks big time. Another artist dazzling the scene is upcoming actor Leon Megyeri. We love the way people are following their dreams in The Big Apple.

 

 

 

 

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‘Tis the season for the ultimate Girl Boss gift. Every fantastic woman in your life can enjoy the holidays with these perfect ideas just for her.

For the Sophisticated One Getting Ready for Epic Holiday Parties

The ultimate form of glamour and luxury is profoundly felt with Armani beauty products. The Girl Boss can have simply perfect eyes and lips with the perfect gift of a four-piece limited edition set that features Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara, two fan favorite full-size Eye Tints, Deluxe Size Lip Power Satin, and a special edition Armani Pouch.

In one special package is found an empowering vision. She can make a bold statement and all attention will be on her glorious look. Grand and stylish, she becomes a goddess who is full of joyful wisdom knowing that she is the life of the party. Availabile at Nordstrom.com and Giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

For the One Getting Ready for Positively Fun Day Running the World

Every good Girl Boss has been inspired by a childhood hero. The legacy of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make anyone smile, but when she has the precious gift of these joyful figures dazzled out on her beauty products, she will conquer the world with delight. Tweezerman’s award-winning tools in the “Where Imagination Meets Precision” collection is truly the perfect holiday surprise.

The fun-loving collaboration brings Disney’s timeless imagination to premium Tweezerman products including Slant Tweezer, Mini Slant Tweezer, Tweezer Sets, Lash Curler and Nail Care. Each product works in the most fantastic way and will have the Girl Boss in Your Life feeling confidently happy. Available now on Tweezerman.com.

Happy Holidays!

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Unique Gifting Ideas for the Holidays

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The holidays are here. Now is time to think outside of the box and wrap the most unique idea this season. Give the gift that will be cherished for years to come.

For the Globetrotter in Your Life

Simon & Schuster will make the world seem so much more colorful for your loved one with their Color Your World Travel Journal Series, which features 30 sites from famous cities around the world. These truly glorious and sophisticated coloring-book-meets-travel-journals showcase landmarks of remarkable cities such as New York City, Paris, and Tokyo.

Color your way around town and paint it in a fabulous way. Featuring expertly curated sites, you are gifted the opportunity to learn about, color, and record so you can experience the city whether you’re already there or planning a trip. This dream adventure is thanks to Evie Carrick and her illustrator Emma Taylor. New editions are out November 28 and found HERE.

For the Stylish Person in Your Life

From Maurice de Mauriac’s atelier in Zurich, the new L1 Red Lightning watch strikes that perfect balance between minimalism and a bit of edge, making it a head-turner. The watch features a La Joux-Perret G100 movement, with a generous 68-hour power reserve, hours, minutes and seconds. It also comes with a white rubber strap as well as an additional Milanese stainless steel bracelet with DLC coating. The L1 Red Lightning is limited to 80 pieces, starts at 3’900 CF and is available online and in the Zurich atelier.

For the Wellness Seeker in Your Life

Good health is a fantastic thing to celebrate and honor with a gift. The DMoose Foot & Leg Stretcher helps optimize your ankles and legs as it strengthens them. A deep stretch helps in a comfortable way is gifted with this device.  It works well for those experiencing Plantar Fasciitis as well as athletes, dancers, and yoga-lovers.

For the Fashion Lover in Your Life

The Sattaché Classic Bag is an elegant, hygienic, and versatile solution tailored for storing and transporting an extra pair of footwear, serving as the perfect companion for daily transitions and travels. What’s more, it offers five wearable options, suitable for various occasions. We believe it fills a gap in the market, providing an eco-friendly, functional, and stylish method for securely storing and transporting an additional pair of shoes alongside personal essential items.

For the Beauty Lover in Your Life

Give the gift of beauty and make someone feel very special with this smooth idea. European Wax Center now has packages you can wrap up for a delightful surprise. The services utilize the state-of-the-art GentleMax Pro Plus Laser for faster treatment times and clinically proven results on all skin types, as well as a unique CDC cooling system for a more comfortable treatment. Those who schedule a reservation can expect to receive a free and personalized consultation with one of the center’s expertly trained laser specialists, who will provide details on what hair regimen would work best for each guest based on their needs and wants.

 

 

 

 

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