Around Town and Restaurants05 May 2012 04:57 pm staff
5 May 2012

Visit Rockefeller Center to enjoy a tasty selection of food and beverages from the renowned restaurants at the Center for their “Picnic in The Plaza” Restaurant Days event. The free event is open to the public from Wednesday, May 16th through Friday, May 18th from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. The free offerings are from a selection of participating Rockefeller Center restaurants. Visit for additional information.

Celebrity Signing Events and Restaurants12 Sep 2008 04:18 pm

by Lucy Foster
12 September 2008

1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 (at 45th St.)
phone: 212-333-7827

   If you looking for atmosphere in a restaurant than Planet Hollywood in Times Square would be the perfect choice. This fun-filled tourist attraction is packed with all sorts of Hollywood memorabilia from costumes to props to celebrity handprints located just outside this landmark restaurant. Planet Hollywood is located right in the heart of Times Square surrounded by most of the theaters so there usually is a waiting line to get in so plan ahead. The menu is reasonably priced and serves up the basics of American Cuisine dishes from pizza’s to a variety of hamburgers, steaks, seafood, chicken and fries. It’s not the place for fine dining but more of a family-oriented Hollywood mini-museum. Special events are held whenever a celebrity donates new memorabilia to the restaurant as well as random celebrity visits and handprint ceremonies. There’s also plenty of tourist merchandise lined up in the giftshop. 
   Planet Hollywood is open daily from 11:00am to 1:00am Fri-Sat, 11am – Midnight Sun-Thurs. All major credit cards are accepted.          


Restaurants21 Jul 2008 05:06 pm

by Lucy Foster                          Address: 35 East 76th Street
21 July 2008                                           New York, NY 10021
                                                             Phone: (212) 744–1600


   The Cafe Carlyle is located in the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue. It has become an institution known for legendary crooners such as Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Bobby Short, Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley, Keely Smith, Steve Tyrell, Elaine Stritch and even Woody Allen on most Mondays where he swings with his clarinet with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. This elegant cafe seats about 70 for dinner and 90 for a performance and serves French cuisine. Executive Chef James Sakatos serves a nice variety on the menu from American classics such as the Porter House Steak to the signature dish of the Carlyle, Dover Sole. I would recommend the roasted organic Amish chicken but the steak is also very tasty. There’s plenty of side dishes to choose from as well. For dessert there’s plenty of ice cream choices and a delicious French vanilla cheesecake served with all sorts of fresh berries and fruit. The restaurant is decorated with whimsical musical murals by the Oscar-winning French artist Marcel Vertes. The restaurant is expensive and reservations are recommended. The bar area, which is considered standing room, can be an option if you are attending a cabaret show and will cost you less than a table. This option requires reservations for standing room. The bar is on a first-come first-serve basis. When attending a cabaret show, be sure to check the Cafe Carlyle website if dinner is required for the event, since it varies and sometimes not required. This is the place to go if you want a very up close experience with the performer, since most of the tables are very close to the stage area. The restaurant is an intimate setting in 1930’s style with an extremely polite staff.    
   The Cafe Carlyle is open late Monday thru Saturday from 6:30pm to 12:00am. Formal attire is required. They are closed July thru August. The Hotel bar/restaurant is located between Madison and Park Avenues.

Restaurants15 Mar 2008 09:03 am

by Lucy Foster
15 Mar 2008

   If you feel in a Halloween mood, you might want to check out the Jekyll and Hyde restaurant of Greenwich Village located at 91 7th Avenue, South (between W. 4th st. and Barrow st.) This three story restaurant warns its guests of a spooky event that should occur every ten minutes while they enjoy there usual dining experience. Founded in 1931, Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant & Bar, is filled with all sorts of souvenirs, collectibles, creatures and memorabilia that come to life at unexpected times. Guests can witness several popular characters at this unusual restaurant such as Dreadmina the Vampire, Claw the Gargoyle, or Tobias the Werewolf. They even have a genuine Egyptian mummy on board! Monsters and creatures await your visit!
   The menu at this creepy restaurant consists of 62 dishes that you can create such as Create-Your-Own-Monster burgers, or Frankenstein’s Favorite, which has cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. I had Frankenstein’s Favorite which was quite good. The menu also has a variety of pizza choices with a bunch of different toppings. They also have a large selection of beers to choose from, from 52 different varieties of American beers to a long list of international beers. I chose Thomas Hardy’s Ale, which is from Britain and was very refreshing. Jekyll and Hyde’s has an outdoor sidewalk cafe where you can enjoy your meal during nice weather. 
   There’s an uptown location of this restaurant as well but you if don’t want to wait on long lines to get in, this Greenwich Village location is just as good. The entertainment of the restaurant is fun and gets you some laughs during your meal. When I went there was a family nearby with kids and they were having laugh after laugh at the actors that were entertaining. Overall, an entertaining restaurant to visit. Beer lovers will love the selection here! Call for reservations (212) 989-7701.

Restaurants04 Sep 2007 11:11 pm

by Lucy Foster
5 Sept 2007

Location: 187 Columbia St., at the corner of Columbia and Degraw Street in Brooklyn, NY 11231

   Alma’s is a three-story restaurant, situated on the waterfront, that serves fancy Mexican food and includes a bar, indoor dining, and a rooftop patio with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. The rooftop patio is open year round and does not require reservations for the breezy terrace atmosphere. The terrace is even heated in the winter months for your dining pleasure. Alma is considered to have one of the best views of Manhattan in rooftop dining. 
    The menu ranges from Mexican standards to more sophisticated dishes. I have tried several dishes and found all of them a tasty surprise. In particular, I’ve enjoyed the shrimp that is small but tasty and is served with a flavorful dressing that includes sprinkles of jalapeƱo, lime and cilantro. The grilled shrimp dish is also a very satisfying choice. If you really want to get full try the huitlacoche lasagne, made with layers of lasagne filled with cheddar cheese and huitlacoche for $16.00. There’s plenty of side dishes for your dining experience for about $5.00 each that are also made with spicy details. The desserts are equally satisfying as well and some are prepared at local bakery shops in the area. I’ve enjoyed the key lime pie a few times now and it goes well following a seafood dish. The coconut cheesecake is made at Helen’s Fabulous Cheesecake Bakery that is located nearby Alma’s restaurant. I’m going to purchase two or three of these coconut cheesecakes around Thanksgiving for family and friends to enjoy. It’s really worth the trip since Helen’s Fabulous Cheesecake Bakery is located on 126 Union Street, just around the corner from Alma’s. The service at Alma’s restaurant is very friendly and inviting. My whole meal was under $25.00 and I took my time enjoying the views of Manhattan.
   Their website has directions to the restaurant. I would recommend the Southbound B61 bus since it stops right on the block. 

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