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Dating F.A.M.E NYC Style

Spring 2013 is here and despite the flip-flopping weather, it appears not to be going anywhere soon.  Spring always brings with it an air of romance and New York City is a great place to have a fling.  If you already have a significant other, NYC can certainly assist in keeping the spice alive in your relationship and offers a smorgasbord of things to do, places to stay and gastro pubs to pack on calories ( that you can work off later).   A relationship novice only chooses holidays and other special occasions to show affection, but if you want the flame of your love to burn bright you had better stoke to those fires more often.  Date night in New York City is play land of possibilities.  So to all my love-struck FAMERS, this piece is for you.   I’m going to share with you my top five places to go, restaurants and hotels to create an awesomely romantic date any day or night.

SIGHTS TO SEE

Empire State Building – Hey…it worked for Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan; it could work for you and your mate.  The observation deck of the Empire State Building is indeed a place to spark romance.   Standing in the heavens with the city all around you can render a “top of the world” feeling.  There is no better time to grab your lover for a kiss or to drop to one knee for a sky-high proposal.

themetmuseumMetropolitan Museum of Art – The Met was the first date for Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.  Crown was a billionaire; he could take his date anywhere he wanted, but for all the rest of the 99 percentile, The Met can provide a modest date.  Priceless works of art, the ability to travel to different eras in history all for a small nominal fee.  Who needs a time machine?  Afterwards, you can take advantage of the closeness of Central Park and spring for a horse and carriage ride.  If you want to put a twist on the old horse and carriage idea, rent a luxury vehicle and cruise the park and city in opulence.

Meat Packing District – In a city filled with trendy spots, the Meat Packing District remains one of the trendiest.  You could take your honey-bunny on a shopping spree.  If you are planning an evening date, go clubbing or go on your own private bar crawl.  You could add a little role play and play the “sexy stranger” game at each new lounge or club you go to.

Times Square – Times Square is the heart of The Big Apple.  Just the luminosity of the place delivers 120 watts of electricity to your body.  You can take your beloved to dinner and a show, take in a little shopping or just sit and watch the show New York City provides via the traffic, street performers and passersby. 

Hayden PlanetariumHayden Planetarium – When I was a girl, I saw a laser light show set to The Beatles music.  The Hayden Planetarium has been one my favorite places in the city ever since. Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium has been a New York institution since 1935.  Create some rockets in flight and a little afternoon delight, take a date into the stratosphere and canoodle under the stars. 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

Mari Vanna – Russian food and old world romance on the east side.  Oh, and did I mention they make their own Vodka.  The décor is charming.  Even if Russian cuisine doesn’t necessarily strike a chord with your palette, I guarantee that you will score points with the venue as well as the food, which is very comforting.  And if all else fails, you can get your mate drunk – nostrovia lovers!

the-lambs-clubThe Lamb’s Club – Located in Times Square, The Lamb’s Club is an experience that rivals any on Broadway.  Taking American cuisine to the next level, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and partners have created a cool, yet opulent spot to dine before or after a show.  The menu has a wealth of great selections and scrumptious drinks.  Make sure to make it a 24-karat meal and order the Gold Rush (my mouth is watering just thinking about it).

 

 

 

Courgette Restaurant & Bistro – Yummy is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this eatery, located on W. 55th Street.   Courgette is French for zucchini, but it’s definitely not a vegan spot.  This restaurant fuses Mediterranean, Italian and French cuisine to perfection, if you try one dish make sure it’s the Acquerello Risotto with wild forest mushrooms; it’s to die for.   After you finish dining, take your date downstairs to Courgette’s sexy basement speakeasy, which boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and karaoke room. 

Le Bernardin – Eric Ripert…need I say more?  This restaurant is legendary for its chocolate dessert and seafood dishes.  If you are doing a day trip or date that features all of NYC many iconic spots, include this place on your itinerary.   

Château Cherbuliez – Speaking of iconic New York spots, no club was as iconic, historic or infamous as Limelight. This church turned club has had a few reincarnations.  Currently, it’s The Limelight Marketplace, towards the back it turns into Château Cherbuliez.  When it was Limelight, walking into this spot was like stepping into another world.  That aspect hasn’t changed.  Stepping into Château is like being whisked off to the south of France.  The décor is impressive and has one of the largest outdoor garden spaces in the city.

HOTELS

gal-pool-gansevoort-jpgHotel Gansevoort – Meat Packing District – If one were so inclined, one could plan an entire NYC-themed date in the Meat Packing District.  After a day and night of shopping, drinking, eating and partying, the Hotel Gansevoort the perfect place to catch a luxurious snooze or soak up some more of Chelsea’s ultra-trendy vibe.

 

 

W Hotel – Times Square – Dinner, a show, a few drinks, maybe even catch a light night comedy act.  Why end the night at home?  Have a nightcap at W and allow the views of the city to assist you in a night of seduction. It may not be a stage, but I guarantee you will be the star of the show.

Four Seasons – Book a room at this hotel and resort and that could be your date, period end of story.  If the five star treatment is what you’re looking for, you and your mate will find it here.

GramercyParkHotel-lobbyGramercy Park Hotel – This hotel is steeped in history.  Afterall, the Kennedy’s stayed here.   The Gramercy Park Hotel has seen its share of marvelous times and some seedy ones, but after the 2006 renovation it recaptured its former glory and has maintained it ever since.  Artist Julian Schnabel and British architect John Pawson have created a masterpiece.  It remains one of the coolest, chicest places to stay in the city.

 

 

Crosby Street Hotel – SoHo is one of the many artists’ neighborhoods turned chichi in NYC.  Elegant and eccentric, this hotel serves a taste of London with a New York twist. 

 

 

 

¡WEPA! Top Party for 2012

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¡WEPA! just celebrated its anniversary – a testament to how great this gathering is.  If dance were my religion, I would subscribe to the movement of house, scouring to find underground temples the way Coptic Christians climb mountains to worship.  Thanks to Joann Jimenez and Antonio Ocasio I know that the last Friday of every month will end in good vibrations, even better than anything The Beach Boys were singing about.  ¡WEPA! preserves the best of what is glorious about the New York underground dance scene.  Someone pass the baby powder!

To read more about the ¡WEPA! experience, click http://famenycmagazine.com/2012/02/10/friday-night-in-el-barrio/.

Photos courtesy of Joann Jimenez and Antonio Ocasio

Ring In the New Year with Hot Wings and Hot Girls

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Since the apocalypse didn’t come, you might be looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve.  Thousands of people will be in Times Square, but that might be a little crowded.  Instead, how about saying hello to Baby New Year on W.56th with jugs of beer, hot wings and jugs?  Bid farewell to 2012 at Hooters on Broadway.  You might just start of your new year with a kiss from a Hooter’s girl.   If not, there are always the boneless wings.

Photo courtesy of Parenteau Guidance

The Lamb’s Club and Cast of Golden Boy Creates Winning Combo

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In boxing, having a big power punch is always a good tool to have in one’s arsenal when looking to land a knockout, but generally it is a consistent set of combination shots that wears an opponent down and ultimately wins the fight.  Last Tuesday, The Lamb’s Club, Serino Coyne, Lincoln Center Theater and the cast of the revival of Golden Boy delivered a 24 karat TKO during their buzzmaker event.

Members of the press were invited to visit one of Times Square most elegant eateries and learn more about Golden Boy, now in previews at the Belasco Theatre.  While munching on succulent appetizers from The Lamb’s Club dinner menu such as, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Spicy Veal Meatballs and Pork Belly with Puff Rice, bloggers, journalists and photographers were introduced to cast members Danny Mastrogiorgio, Danny Burtstein, Brad Fleischer, Karl Glusman and Seth Numrich (who plays Joe Bonaparte).  Also on hand, were sketches of the costumes designed by Catherine Zuber, which included a blue dress that pays homage to the actress haunting the Belasco Theatre.

The pre-performance event possessed a buoyant atmosphere as cast members answered questions, shared their training routine as well as engaging anecdotes about how they became a part of the 75-year-old revival.  Golden Boy features a glimpse of New York City in the 1930s and the sophisticated, metropolitan ambiance of The Lamb’s Club bar made the perfect compliment to an already blithe and dashing affair.  Outside of meeting the cast, the highlight of my evening was the discovery of my new favorite cocktail – The Gold Rush.

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and partners have created quite a dining gem in the heart of the theater district.  Along with its swanky décor and exceptional cuisine, The Lamb’s Club possesses an affinity for the arts. The restaurant hosted an event for the cast of Chaplin the Musical in August and features live jazz at the bar on Wednesdays.  And for hungry audience members looking to get a bite to eat before or after attending Golden Boy, The Lamb’s Club is across the street from the Belasco Theatre and offers pre and post theater dinner options.

105982.GB.PinterestKeyArtAll and all this buzzmaker event was a sparkling start to an evening that also included a great night of theater.  Golden Boy premiers December 6 for a 10-week run at the Belasco Theatre, I suggest taking a note from the past this holiday season by getting dressed to the nines, having dinner at The Lamb’s Club at six, catching a performance of Golden Boy at eight and treating yourself to a good old-fashioned night of dinner and a show in the city.  If you are feeling particularly lucky, you may want to enter Golden Boy’s Pinterest contest, http://pinterest.com/lctheater/golden-boy-contest/.

To learn more about Golden Boy or The Lamb’s Club, click www.lct.org or www.thelambsclub.com/.

Photo and Slideshow:  F.A.M.E NYC, Golden Boy Poster courtesy of Serino Coyne

 

 

Trout KOs Pre Fight Dinner

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In ancient Rome the celebrities and gladiators of the day provided thrills and chills for the screaming mob at the Colosseum.  In New York, artisans and athletes of today make themselves immortal at our version of the legendary Italian amphitheater – Madison Square Garden – and they’ve been doing so for decades.  Madison Square Garden known as “The Mecca for boxing” has hosted plenty of epic bouts.  On Saturday Austin Trout, WBA light middleweight champion, intends to retain his title and have a break out performance that lives up to the awesome boxing spectacles The Garden is known for.  But before Trout defends his title against four-time world champion Miguel Cotto, he made time to do something essential for all champions – he ate.

On November 28, Trout was the guest of honor at an intimate candlelit meal at Courgette Restaurant & Bistro, located at 204 W. 55th Street.   Courgette, the French word for zucchini, features Mediterranean cuisine with Italian and French twists and has a sexy basement speakeasy that includes a state-of-the-art sound system and karaoke room.  The champ and guests, who included designers, press, entertainers and other athletes, savored on a tasting regale of the restaurant’s staple dishes.  The event was a feast that quenched all the senses and provided a scorching hot alternative to the frigid temperatures outside. 

Austin TroutThe man of the hour was as cool as a pair of Ray-Bans as he greeted guests and shook hands with an affable flair that is indicative of all great champions.  He stated he was looking forward to today’s weigh-in and admitted he had no intentions of losing his title tomorrow.  If the 25-0, undefeated pugilist’s fight plan is as killer as his style and personality, then he should have no problem shutting up the pro-Cotto mob at The Garden as he hands Miguel his fourth loss.

Photos:  Greatest Entertainment (www.greatestent.com), Tom Casino/Showtime

Spring Ahead…Fashion Week Is Here

It‘s September, the humidity festival is winding down and you know what that means FAMERS – that’s right –it’s Fashion Week!  The Spring 2013 collections are sweeping the city and Lincoln Center is the hub of all things new and trendy.  Fashion Week started yesterday with Fashion’s Night Out, featuring scores of discounts and in-store events and ends on September 13.  There are lots of designers that don’t show at Lincoln Center and F.A.M.E NYC’s pledges to show you its favorite shows for the upcoming season.  I hope you will enjoy the slideshows and videos.  Now enough chatter…Let’s Go!

 

 

Savings in the City

As we experience the last few weeks of summer in the city, the emergence of fall brings with it a chance to save on some of this season’s hottest Broadway shows and attractions.  Thanks to Seasons of Savings, you can save up to 45% on new musicals like Chaplin the Musical, Broadway hits like Phantom of the Opera, Off-Broadway shows like Bullet for Adolf and famous Times Square attractions and restaurants like The Lambs Club and Madame Tussauds.     

The coupon filled, special edition Playbill was placed as an insert in local newspapers last Sunday, and on August 13 Tony’s Di Napoli hosted a dinner gala to preview the Playbill.  Tony’s Di Napoli is a staple in Times Square and a major supporter of the Broadway community.   They are famous for their scrumptious Italian cuisine and family style portions. 

If you haven’t picked up the Playbill, you can also view them online at http://www.seasonofsavings.com/.    And to kick start this fall’s savings, Season of Savings is hosting an Ultimate Theatre Weekend Contest.  You can enter the contest via Season of Savings’ Facebook page.  Multiple entries can be earned by “sharing” the contest with their friends and followers. All winners will be chosen at random.  Prizes include A Night out in New York City with tickets to a participating Season of Savings show and complimentary dinner for two at Tony’s Di Napoli.  The grand prize includes tickets to War Horse, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins, complimentary dinner for two at Tony’s Di Napoli, accommodations at the Hilton Hotel for one evening and a Broadway Gift Bag.

To learn more about the Season of Savings contest on Facebook or Twitter, click http://www.facebook.com/SeasonofSavingsBway or http://twitter.com/SeasonofSavings.

Come Join F.A.M.E NYC for Our Annual AIDS Walk Fundraiser

Where:  Bar 13 35 E. 13th Street New York, NY 10003

Time:  6:00pm until 10:00pm

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Come join us after work for an event of nostalgia
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Write a message to your loved one on the balloons and watch them float into the night sky as we release the balloons from the rooftop of Bar 13.

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Your donation guarantees your entry to win a pair of tickets to one of the HOTTEST shows opening on Broadway this spring!

Come out and celebrate love & life!

Win 2 Tickets To See The Wittiest Comedy On Broadway

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To See Our Pick for Top Play for 2011

Enter F.A.M.E NYC’S “Spring Recess” Ticket Giveaway!

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Which New York City institution of higher learning is the oldest in the State of New York

 and an Ivy League school?

 

 

 F.A.M.E NYC’S “SPRING RECESS” ticket giveaway ends 12 p.m. May 4, 2012.  The winner will be announced on Cinco de Mayo!  Good Luck FAMERS I’m waiting to hear from you.

 

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