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Locale Cafe & Bar Subpar in Service, Ambiance and Entree’s



Zagat stated “An “oasis” in Closter NJ, this “all-around-nice” Italian restaurant features a “delicious” menu served by a “consistent” team in a fireplace-equipped “la dolce vita ambiance”; the outdoor patio is so “gorgeous in season” that fans “wish it could be open year-round.”

I was told really great things about Locale Cafe & Bar located at 208 Piermont Rd, Closter, NJ, so when my friend invited me as her guest to dinner Saturday night, I readily accepted.

We had reservations and were shown immediately to our table inside as requested. The table was sparsely set with napkins, fork, knife, glass and bread plate. No salt, pepper, flowers, extra fork in case of appetizers or rugs on the floor. The room looked like a bare cabin that had seen better days. Behind us a filthy table that was never cleaned.

When the bread and butter came, 1 cold slice per person and we had to ask for more butter, because what was delivered was enough for 2, not 4.

We were celebrating so we ordered a carafe of Sangria ($38) for the table which was suppose to be for 4. We were given wine glasses filled with ice and a couple of pieces of fruit. The Sangria though good was served in a carafe with barely any fruit and filled with ice. Since the glasses had ice the drink was highly diluted and did not fill 3 glasses let alone four.

We ordered appetizers Calamari Fritta ($14.95) and Nepolian of Roasted Beats ($12.95), which was barely dressed.

Next came the entrees without the replacement of the silverware which there was none, but what happened next was disgraceful. All the dishes were served across the table over my shoulder. The hostess ordered Linguini Alle Vonge ($25.95) this item was suppose to have clams, garlic, white wine and fresh herbs. The bowl was swimming in water, with no garnish, no salt or herbs and was tasteless. No cheese was even offered.

Next was the Homemade Black Linguini with shrimp, crab meat, tomatoes, arugula, garlic, white wine ($29.95), again no garnish, drenched in water with a measly speck of green and red.

The next guest was served Grilled Branzino ($29.95) which was suppose to have fennel, arugula, lemon olive oil vinaigrette and was again tasteless but edible.

I ordered Seared Duck Breast in an orange red wine honey glaze which was suppose to come with warm lentils ($31.95), but I asked for mashed potatoes. Now we had waited over an hour for the entrees and when I tried my mashed potatoes they were just plain cold. The sauce was on the side and filled the small ramekin about 1/3 of the way and it was watery and again no garnish. I asked for the potatoes to be warm and the waiter was obnoxiously rude. He asked if I knew what cold was. He finally took it back and that was when I learned how tasteless and horrible the pasta’s were. The shrimp was not even throughly cooked. Thankfully our hostess sent them back, as the waiter was negligent in handling the situation making excuses instead of making amends.

The manager Sam came over and it turns out he knew our hostess. He was apologetic stating that Covid caused a turn over in chef’s. He offered us coffee and dessert. The table took the ice cream and I decided to try the Zabaione with berries. It wasn’t horrible, but bland lacking the right amount of Marsala wine.

Even with the two returned dished the bill was over $140.00 for a subpar meal in a rundown dinning room, with a rude waiter who was tipped generously despite the service. Only Sam deserves a good review in what was highly disappointing meal. Thank-God For the company.

I wasn’t planning on writing a review, so I didn’t start taking pictures into the end of the night.

Sadly this was one of my hostess favorite places to eat. I doubt she will be back there again.

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:


All You Can Eat Free Lobster At Red Lobster’s Endless Lobster Event In Times Square



Red Lobster is offering select customers an all-you-can-eat lobster  at its flagship New York City location on Tuesday, March 28.

The first ever “Endless Lobster” event will treat 150 customers to as many 1¼-pound lobsters as they can handle, as well as broccoli and one side of choice.

Red Lobster will open reservations a week in advance at 10 a.m. EST on March 21.

The event will be staggered into three windows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with each window seating 50 guests.

Though the lobster will be free, diners will still are responsible for drinks, additional sides and of course a generous tip. By signing up for the event, guests will also “grant Red Lobster the right and license to use their names, images, and/or statements for advertising and publicity purposes,” according to fine print of the event.

Guests must eat their lobster in house and no leftovers or doggie bags.

If you get a reservation you will be given a table for two. Reservations will be non-transferrable, and diners will be required to bring their Eventbrite confirmation email to get access. Click here to get a table on March 21st.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day: The Parade, Things To Do and Pubs



Saint Patrick’s Day has New Yorker’s putting on the green. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes on St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17, 2023. The procession starts at 11am and ends around 4:30pm. The parade begins at East 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street—all the way to East 79th Street.

The following streets will be closed.

5th Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street
Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street
Madison Ave between 78th Street and 86th Street
Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 46th Street
43rd Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
44th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
45th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
46th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
47th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue
48th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue
62nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
63rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
64th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
72nd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
78th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
79th Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
80th Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
81st Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
82nd Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
83rd Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
84th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
85th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

The Irish Arts Center opens its doors on Sunday, March 19, at noon for its annual Irish extravaganza filled with authentic music, dances, crafts and live piano karaoke sing-alongs of Ireland and Irish-America’s greatest hits.

You’ll also get to see a performance and group lesson by World Irish Dance Champion Tyler Shwartz. Events include the U.S. premiere of Tann Ann (an old Gaelic expression for “once upon a time”), a short film series blending storytelling, visual art, puppetry, and original music to transport all to the supernatural world of Irish folklore and mythology.

For over a century, the Irish Mob, an organized crime syndicate, was an ongoing concern in New York City. Now the one-time Irish enclave of Hell’s Kitchen has become an upscale neighborhood, but most of the spots where the gangs lived and operated are still standing. Learn about a lurid side of the city’s history on this small-group tour of the West Side of Manhattan.

Looking for the best pubs in Times Square? Try O’Lunney’s 145 West 45th, Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant 121 West 45th, The Mean Fiddler 266 West 47th, The Perfect Pint 123 West 45th, McHale’s Bar & Grill 251 West 51st, Playwright Celtic Pub 732 8th Ave, Hurley’s Saloon 232 West 48th Street and Playwright Tavern & Restaurant 202 West 49th Street.

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The Brooklyn Deli Where Pastrami is Delectable



It use to be finding fabulous pastrami ($11.95), corned beef ($10.95), knishes, and cheese cake was as simple as walking down the street, then the Jewish deli’s started to disappear.
Now thanks to the Fireman Hospitality Group they are returning. Nestled inside of the old Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway, on the corner of West 43rd Street is the Brooklyn Deli.

The 130-seat restaurant features one of the tenderest pastrami sandwiches with Swiss cheese, butter pickles and Russian dressing, between slices of rye bread. You can also get this with Corned Beef and sauerkraut.

There’s also deep dish pizza’s ($7.95), a fried chicken sandwich ($9.95) and Burgers ($7.95).

Thanks to Eli Marcus and City Guide, I was invited to a concierge event to introduce this deli to the hotel community.

Eli Marcus

I tried all of the items I have mentioned plus a Potato Knish ($3.95) and Cheese Bread and everything was done to perfection. I was so into the Knish, I ate before taking a picture.

The Fireman Group also owns Brooklyn Deli at 200 West 57th Street, Brooklyn Diner at 155 West 43d Street and 212 West 57th Street, Fiorello, overlooking Lincoln Center, the Red Eye Grill at 890 7th Ave, Trattoria Dell’Arte at 900 7th Ave, Cafe Paradiso at 144 West 65th and Bond 45 at 221 West 46th.

This deli is also open for breakfast, so starting your day right is as easy as going to Times Square. This is also the perfect place for before and after theatre. Their prices are reasonable and their food will have you satisfied and content.


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