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Restaurants Where Pooches and Pet Parents Can Celebrate National Dog Day in NYC on Friday 8/26

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Loulou owner Mathias Van Leyden with his rescue dog Loulou

To celebrate National Dog Day on Friday, August 26th, we have up three great pup friendly restaurants to kick back, relax, and celebrate (with a cocktail or two) the occasion with your four legged friends to consider.

Loulou,  (176 8th Avenue) the stunning French Bistro and Speakeasy in Chelsea, which gets its name after owner Mathias Van Leyden’s adorable rescue dog, is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. On Friday, 8/26 Loulou will be giving out free mini hot dog treats for all dogs served on nothing less than the finest dog dishes. Loulou has one of the most stunning outdoor seating options in town as well as an array of amazing craft cocktails and signature French dishes. Loulou is open for brunch on weekends and lunch and dinner all week long, making it a great place to bring your furry friends. For reservations and more information visit, www.loulounyc.com.

On Friday, August 26th, The Gansevoort Meatpacking will open a pop-up puppuccino bar in its European-inspired cafe, Coffee + Cocktails, serving canine companions puppuccinos and snacks from the neighborhood pet store Beasty Feast. Although reservations are only accepted from 5 PM to 8 PM, those who arrive at 4 PM will have the opportunity to meet adoptable pets from PupStarz Rescue who will be present. The hotel offers a plush dog bed, food and water dishes, a toy, and other enjoyable extras. beginning at $535 for rates.

HOWM Cocina’s Puppy Brunch is available every Sunday through National Dog Day on August 26. Avo Toast, Pan Dulce French Toast, Churro Bites for People and Pets, Doggy Meatballs, and a Puppy Frosty are some of the menu items. Visitors may also anticipate events and goods from some of New York City’s top pet-related companies. Experience the brand-new pet assistant app from Pet Valet, which provides services for dogs throughout NYC with your dog’s wellbeing in mind. During brunch, the team will be on-site offering $5 dog walks. To help even more deserving dogs find their forever homes, Animal Haven NYC will receive 22% of the earnings from each brunch. The pre-fix menu costs $40.

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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Del Maguey VIDA Puebla Delights with Dazzling Twist on Cocktails

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This week in New York City the tastemakers in town got to delight in a dazzling twist on cocktails.

Del Maguey launched an incredible Twist on a Classic campaign, encouraging drinkers to swap out the spirit in any classic cocktail and sub in Del Maguey VIDA Puebla, the newest addition to Del Maguey’s line of artisanal Mezcals that was crafted specifically to be the perfect cocktail base.

The surprising and bold sips were both refreshing and full of joyful expressions. For those who are new to Mezcal this is not only the best on the market – it is also deeply meaningful. With 25 unique expressions, there is a world of wonder that is yours to discover. You will fall in love.

To celebrate this launch, the brand perfectly partnered with Los Angeles based designer With Love, Lenny – whose brand is known to take classic denim and twist it with customizations. Together they are creating a line of Del Maguey VIDA Puebla cocktail designs.

Here are some amazing drinks you need to try to make your summer sizzle with delight. ENJOY!

VIDA Negroni

    • 1 part Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • 1 part Sweet Vermouth
    • 1 part Campari
    • Build in a mixing glass, add ice, stir. Pour over a large cube
    • Garnish with an orange peel, (and cherries for With Love, Lenny style).
    • Serve in a rocks glass.

VIDA-Rita

    • 2 parts Del Maguey VIDA Puebla
    • ¾ parts lime juice
    • ¾ parts agave syrup
    • Method: shale, pour, top with ice
    • Garnish with a lime wedge
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Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating host a Hot Dog Eating Contest with Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw

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A time-honored tradition rewarding the most skillful engorgement, Nathan’s Famous and Major League Eating will host a real deal hot dog eating contest under the shadow of the most imposing frank of all, Hot Dog in the City. Featuring both reputable competitors and amateur eaters alike, the top male and female finishers from the Times Square-based qualifying event will compete at the ESPN-televised 2024 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th.

According to Nathan’s Famous, the origin story of this celebrated competition is rooted in a performance of patriotism — supposedly on July 4th in 1916, four European immigrants were arguing about who amongst them is more American, and decided to settle it with a hot dog eating contest. Regardless of its true roots, the annual Coney Island event has sparked a bona fide endurance sport and storied American spectacle. Join us to witness champion chewers take on the seemingly impossible with maximum bravado in Times Square.

Hot Dog in the City Public Programming & Events Schedule:

Daily, April 30 – June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Confetti Celebrations

Broadway & 46th St

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 6-8pm

Condiment Wars: A Wrestling Match featuring EWA and Choke Hole

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 10, 2024 | 5-6pm

The Hottest Dog Show: A Canine Beauty Pageant with AKC Museum of the Dog

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 12-1pm

Hot Dog Eating Contest with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs & Major League Eating

Broadway & 46th St

RSVP Encouraged

Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 12-5pm

To Be Frank: A Hot Dog Summit with The Town Hall

The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St

Tickets Required

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 12pm

Closing Ceremony & Election Results

Visit tsq.org/hotdog for more information on upcoming Hot Dog in the City programming and events.

The Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held on Duffy Square in Times Square, at Broadway & W 46th Street. The sculptural installation, Hot Dog in the City will be on view on the Broadway pedestrian plaza between 46th and 47th Sts through June 13, 2024.

Closest subway lines include 1, A, C, E at 50th Street Station; B, D, E at 7th Avenue; B, D, F, M at 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center; N, Q, R, W at 49th Street Subway Station.

We intend to hold this outdoor event in (light) rain or shine, but we will monitor the weather and share updates closer to event dates if necessary. Events may be canceled should severe weather conditions be forecasted.

There will be is ADA Accessible seating/viewing area. For guests needing special accommodation, please email Times Square Arts at arts@tsq.org.

Frankfurters, wieners, Coneys, red hots! Dynamic artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw take street meat to new heights with a 65 foot long sculpture of the iconic New York City style hot dog. Complete with hydraulics and bursts of confetti, this spectacular animatronic installation sited in the heart of Times Square will also be an anchor for serious talks, playful performances, and political debate. With equal parts spectacle, celebration, and critique, Catron and Outlaw symbolically supersize the all-American hot dog to examine consumption, capitalism, class, and contemporary culture. Hot Dog in the City builds upon the artists’ layered conceptual practice which spans elaborate large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations and immersive experiences, often infused with humor and camp to prompt cultural and political commentary.

Jen Catron (b. 1984, Bluford, Illinois) and Paul Outlaw (b. 1980, Fairhope, Alabama) are collaborative artists who create elaborately staged large-scale sculptures, kinetic installations, participatory performances that oscillate between the tragic and absurd. The duo’s enduring fascination with gastronomy and performance took them all the way to the reality TV show “Chopped,” which became the pinnacle of their performative fish fry food truck project. Catron and Outlaw often use humor, camp, and spectacle as a subtle veil for subversion, and their layered conceptual works become a genuinely playful and entertaining platform for pointed cultural and political commentary. The two first met and joined forces while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located outside of Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, they relocated their art practice to Brooklyn, New York, where they continue to live and work. Their work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Postmasters Gallery.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps and Hampton Events For May

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The Hampton’s summer kicked off with a Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps. T2C’s friend and contributor Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene had invited me but I was quadruple booked.

Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene

Zac Erdem Restaurant owner of Blu Mar

Phil Boyle President and CEO of OTB Suffolk County

guests

 

Fascinato -istic Dan and Vickie

All pics are thanks to Roger Sichel.

 

The 13th Annual Montauk Music Festival happens May 16th – 19th at the Montauk Yacht Club. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Lucia’s Angels & East End Coalition for Women’s Cancers. For up-to-date schedules, artists, and venue information…. click here.[We know there are a few tech issues which we are working on fixing before the festival.

 

On May 19th Farm 2 Fork, an immersive food experience of the High Country taking you on a taste sensation journey. Your day begins with a fun-filled farm trail, visiting three of the High Country’s most acclaimed local producers, followed by a delicious long-table lunch prepared by much-loved celebrity chef and raconteur Alastair McLeod (Channel 7’s Weekender). At 9am from Chapman Park, Hampton, you board a coach that will take you to a mystery farm for a meet-and-greet tour, before moving on to the second and third farms. Your fourth and final destination will be a magnificent venue where you’ll sip a signature cocktail from Pechey Distilling on arrivalThen it’s time for the mouth-watering four-course meal, prepared by Chef Alastair. The menu will showcase fine local ingredients and be matched with wonderful wines from award-winning Rosalie House.

On May 26th the Hamptons kickoff event of the summer on Memorial Day weekend the Rosé Soirée Presented by Wilmington Trust. Celebrate with the seasons unofficial drink….rosé! Enjoy flowing rosé wine from around the world and on the East End. Eats from top chefs around the NY area including exclusive opportunities to taste from private chefs and Emmy nominated chefs as they join the best restaurant cuisine.

Tickets include tastings from over twenty rosé wines sourced from the best wineries throughout the South Fork, North Fork and top wine regions from across the world, as well as over fifteen top chefs offering up their best bites. Plus enjoy a full bar of craft beers, speciality cocktails, DJs, live music and lots of fun.

Tickets include all food, rosés, drinks and entertainment

General Admission enjoys the party from 6:30-9PM

VIP enjoys early entry to the party along with an exclusive Hampton Water afterparty 6-10:30PM

 

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Make Mother’s Day Special At Sugar Factory

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Starting today Sugar Factory, located at 44th and 8th Avenue is offering a special Mother’s Day menu that is out of this world. If you are looking for a place to celebrate mom, this is definitely the place.

To start with, their cocktail menu is refreshing and packs a punch. We tried all four of the speciality drinks at ($17) and thought they were a great bargain. “The Fuzzy Fizz”, tastes just like a fresh picked peach and was so thirst quenching. “The Mixed Berry Gin”, brought out the taste of fresh picked berries and comforted the soul, The “Sugar Runner” has dark rum, pineapple and banana giving it that tropical New Orleans feel. Last but not least (or the first picture) “Ay mi Madre”, with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, lime and sparkling wine. All four of us tried each others drinks and couldn’t make up our mind which we liked best.

For appetizers there is the New England Seafood Chowder, with scallops, shrimp, cod and potato ($13). This is rich, decadent and very filling.

For lighter fare the Field Green Salad ($15). This has pecans, blue cheese, strawberries and is in a sherry vinaigrette. One of the things I love about Sugar Factory is their sizing. You are definitely not leaving hungry, but fully sated.

The Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail ($22) is a work of art. Six tasty shrimp, with cucumber in a delicious, spicy, tomato, onion delight.

For entree’s, the tables favorite was the Shrimp Scampi Penne ($25) served with garlic toast. This dish had a sweet butter with a lemony hint that bursted with shrimp.

I also loved the Seared Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon ($36), Now I am not a fish person but this dish would have me ordering it again. The salmon was crispy on the outside and succulent in the inside. No fishy taste here. Also those vegetables are roasted slightly al dente and were amazing, especially the asparagus.

Splurging, we tried the Angus Filet & Main Lobster Surf and Turf ($79) perfectly done medium rare. Sugar Factory just really knows how to cook food. The steak had a light crust and was so tender and was melt in your mouth perfect, The lobster had Ilene, Craig and Roger in 7th heaven. The only reason I wasn’t sending out heartfelt ahhh’s is I am allergic, however those fabulous asparagus’s had me in the same mind set, with the mashed potato’s sending me over the edge. It is amazing when food is done really well, how the simplest of things make your day.

For Dessert the Strawberry Cheese cake Waffle ($21) had me purring.

The Strawberry Brownie Shortcake ($21) served with Ice Cream did it for the rest of the table.

My favorite server Anthony made our service impeccable, as did the managers Amara and Michael.

I seriously love this place and was thrilled when we walked in to see the Producer Pat Addis and fellow critic, playwright and producer Lauren Yager. They came because I was so thrilled and told them how good the food is. Sugar Factory is not just for sugar, though they also do that well.

If you want to treat someone special in your life, I highly recommend the Sugar Factory.

Sugar Factory, also has locations in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, as well as The Bahamas.

Sugar Factory Times Square on 44th and 8th is the perfect location with truly wonderful food that gives you your money’s worth.

This menu is on from Thursday May 9th until Mother’s Day May 12th.

To see our other review of Sugar Factory click here.

 

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Hot Happenings in May

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There are so many spectacular things happening in May.

Spring is in full swing and New York’s famous alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet sample sale is upon us. Taking place at 261 5th Ave, the sale runs with collection and one-of-a-kind pieces from May 14 to May 19. Info can be found here.

 

Allure Restaurant & Lounge at the Hotel Belleclaire has a new spring menu. A seasonal selection of craft cocktails and bites curated by Executive Chef Joshua Vazquez are simply divine.

City Nights Hospitality Co-Founders Brian and Carrie Packin have once again knocked it out of the ballpark with these incredible dishes that tantalize the senses. Enjoy delectable dishes in a luxe environment and then stay late and enjoy the hottest nightlife scene on the Upper West Side.

Notable dishes added to the menu include Halibut served with Romanesco puree topped with a black garlic harissa sauce, Crab Pappardelle with almond red pepper pesto, Charred Baby Cuttlefish (heirloom tomato, onion, scallion, shoyu and fish sauce) and Grilled Prawns (fermented black garlic emulsion, green long pepper, yuzu, beet essence) that shine alongside signature favorites like its Chips and Confit Shallot and Garlic Aioli Dip, Silver Service NYC Dog (wagyu beef hot dog, shishito, pickles, cherry tomatoes, gochujang aioli, crispy shallots served on a NY Pretzel Bun), Rainbow Trout (whole grilled rainbow trout, charred kale, artichoke, cherry tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, parsley oil) and Prime NY Strip (peppercorn crusted, au poivre sauce and charred broccoli rabe). Reservations can be made via OpenTable here.

Populares Mexican Restaurant & Bar located on New York City’s Avenue B is the modern boutique establishment bringing a fresh perspective to traditional Mexican cuisine with an aim of delighting diners. Serving up popular Mexican dishes infused with a contemporary twist, guests can enjoy tasty entrees and drinks in the inviting atmosphere that blends retro-stylish décor with the fun vibes that are uniquely found in the popular neighborhood.

This Cinco de Mayo – a celebration of a Mexican victory which ultimately led to the country’s independence.  Given Mexico’s love of food and drink, celebrating this special day comes easy at the right place.

Porta Via Beverly Hills is a special neighborhood restaurant that serves breakfast or brunch, lunch, and dinner to the Southland seven days a week, with Italian-inspired contemporary Californian cuisine that honors proprietor Peter Garland’s cooking philosophy: “combine the best seasonal, organic ingredients and prepare them simply.”

A holiday brunch menu until 2 pm on May 12 for Mother’s Day, featuring organic juices, specialty cocktails, traditional breakfasts, light appetizers, fresh salads, delicious pastas, and hearty entrees. The menu is both classic and creative, utilizing hand-picked produce, sustainable seafood, and all natural meats.

For Porta Via proprietor Peter Garland, Mother’s Day holds special meaning. “As a parent, we are often reminded how proud we are of our children.  But who I am most of proud, is my mother.” Garland celebrated his mother Paula’s 90th birthday just this past weekend at Porta Via Beverly Hills.

“Sunday was family day and Mother’s Day brunch was a family tradition led by my father, Monroe. French Toast and Eggs Royale (Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs with Hollandaise on an English muffin with an organic baby greens salad) with fresh juices and mimosas led the way.”

Reservations are available on resy.com.

On May 6, Baker Street Irregulars is hosting “Get Wet After Met” to toast all those who work on getting the stars glam for the annual Met Gala.

The celebration will include champagne, signature drinks and even live coverage of carpet arrivals.

 

Cover art by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

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