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You can now see incredible sunsets from Governors Island

There’s a new spot in NYC to take in the gorgeous summer sunsets—it’s on Governors Island.

Starting July 1, through October 31, the island’s historic Soissons Landing and its bars and restaurants will be open late every night of the week. Previously, the last ferry off the island typically left before the sunset.

The area will be open until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays so that visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink from Island OysterTaco Vista and Gitano Island, and stay later at QC NY Spa.

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NYC’s Best Summer Music Festivals of 2022

There’s more than one kind of New York City music festival. The first events that come to mind might be the big-tent fests like Governors Ball, but just as important are staple series like CityParks SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, which keep crowds coming out to the beloved green spaces all season long—overwhelmed by all the choices? Check out the hand-picked guide to the very best summer music festivals hitting town this year. 

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The Full Line Up of Bryant Park’s Beloved Movie Nights

One of the city’s most popular summertime pursuits, free Bryant Park Movie Nights, is officially back for the season—and this year’s lineup is looking stellar.

Kicking off on June 13, the beloved outdoor screenings will take place every Monday for 10 weeks. The lawn opens at 5pm but the films won’t start until 8pm.

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Eat All the Vegan Barbecue at This New Midtown Spot

The new restaurant hopes to deliver barbecue flavors sans the meat, offering New Yorkers plant-based dishes that are also gluten free like the smoked main plate served with half a waffle plus your choice of coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, charred broccoli salad, fried sweet potato bites or French fries. There’s a pulled jackfruit dish that calls for attention in addition to a pulled eggplant sandwich, a fried Daring chicken sandwich, a baked bean burger and more. 

We thought we reached the peak of all things vegan with the plant-based omakase restaurant that opened in NoMad last month. We were wrong: Pure Grit BBQ is a new destination that just opened at 36 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street that turns what is likely the meatiest cuisine of all into a vegan concept.

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12 New Things to Do in the Hamptons this Summer

It’s officially “the season” in the Hamptons, New York’s gorgeous beach community comprised of incredibly manicured hamlets and villages on the Eastern End of Long Island.

We have the rundown on all the big openings and exciting happenings from Southampton to Montauk this season.

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A New Rooftop Day Club Just Opened in Long Island City

Here’s yet another reason to visit Long Island City this season: The Summer Club is a new, reservations-only rooftop day club that just opened above Ravel Hotel.

Although the venue certainly caters to a certain sect of New Yorkers (those who’d very gladly move to Las Vegas or Miami during the winter), it does indeed offer a unique experience in this concrete city of ours that is anchored by a four-foot-deep swimming pool that will certainly refresh you during the warm summer months.

A Tuscan Restaurant Joins Eataly Downtown’s Dining Options

Even as questions about the future of traditionally office-concentrated neighborhoods like midtown and the Financial District continue to make headlines, new restaurants and bars move into the formerly much buzzier areas. 

Firenze Ristorante Toscano & Bar is the latest addition to the former, an Eataly operation on the third floor of 101 Liberty Street. It joins the plainly named La Pizza and La Pasta and elaborately punctuated Vino &… under the same roof. This new addition will also serve three of those titular items–pasta, wine and–but not pizza. 

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A New “skylift” Observation Platform is Coming to 30 Rock

It’s been a while since talks about an observation deck addition to the Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza first circulated, and we’re delighted to report that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has officially (unanimously!) approved a set of plans that includes a rooftop beacon and a rotating ride alongside a new “skylift” viewing platform that will afford visitors incredible 360-degree views from above the building’s 70th floor.

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More than 60 Concerts are Coming to The Rooftop at Pier 17 this Summer

It’s going to be a full summer of concerts on The Rooftop at Pier 17. 

The Seaport’s summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows including from artists like Simple Plan, Sum 41, The Offspring, Pusha T, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Blondie, DEVO, Deftones, The Head, and the Heart, Flogging Molly, Bikini Kill, Mayday Parade, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Jason Isbell and more.

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A First Look at This Year’s Fragrant Macy’s Flower Show

A glorious garden full of vibrant blooms is sprouting from the countertops and hanging from columns inside Macy’s Herald Square.

It’s finally the annual Macy’s Flower Show—now through April 10—a signal that spring has most definitely arrived in NYC. Outside, its entire Broadway facade is covered in flowers to create a rainbow-like spray with its windows dressed to match.

This article was originally published by Time Out and can be read here.

The Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in NYC

Cherry blossoms in NYC offer New Yorkers a brief but gorgeous pop of beauty, which is why when they bloom each year, we flock in droves to see them. In fact, the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most popular NYC attractions during the spring! BBG isn’t the only place you can take in the beautiful Japanese blooms, however. From the best NYC parks to hidden spots around town, we’ve rounded up the best places where you can gaze at the delicate pink flowers and take the perfect warm-weather-ready photo for your Instagram feed and check off your bucket list with these best things to do in spring.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to March in New York City

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The 38 Best Brunch Spots in NYC Right Now

The best brunch in NYC can be found every day of the week. Saturday brunch is the best time to gear up for the night ahead, Sundays are perfect for relaxing and a weekday brunch is a rarefied treat designated for ad hoc time off.

It doesn’t matter so much when you do it, but where you do it is key. And whether you skew more toward the breakfast or lunch ends of the portmanteau’s spectrum, toward coffee or mimosas, these are the best brunch destinations in NYC. 

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The 28 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

In New York City, “underground” is good. Speakeasy-themed bars. Hidden streets. Secret gardens. The actual underground. But sometimes you want to soar above it all, sipping effervescent libations among the clouds like some kind of fancy bird with an expense account. You want to be uplifted. 

In a city that never stops sprawling, upward expansion has also reached great heights. Many incredible eating and drinking destinations are poised in the sky like treehouses with cover charges. Among these rooftop bars are old New York throwbacks, party destinations, and seaside terraces practically fashioned for Instagram.

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A Super-Cool and Free “Drive-in Movie Theater” is Opening in Downtown Brooklyn Today

Drive-Thru might be the coolest thing to check out around town this weekend. Billed as a “drive-in movie theater,” Drive-Thru is actually a free public art installation aimed at pedestrians that will showcase a rotating selection of films by eight different local artists exploring unique perspectives on city life.

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The 14 best bars in NYC’s West Village

The West Village is chock full of our favorite restaurants and watering holes, including some on our best speakeasy-inspired bars and best bars in NYC list. Whether you’re looking to imbibe on the weekend after hitting one of the best brunch spots in town or looking to bar hop among the best gay bars in NYC, the Village has something for everyone.

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Nothing Really Matters is NYC’s Latest ‘Hidden’ Subway Bar

 Nothing Really Matters is the latest from Adrien Gallo, whose previous endeavors included Double Happiness and Grand Banks. It’s located between the entrance and the turnstile in the downtown-bound 1 train station at 50th Street and Broadway. “Expect the unexpected, right?” says head mixologist Cyllan Hicks. “It’s kind of like an old-school New York idea, where you walk down to a hidden cocktail bar. It’s kind of like a mystery for people when they come down here. And the place is beautiful.” The cinematic subway entrance that leads to Nothing Really Matters is next to the Duane Reade on 50th Street near Broadway. The facade is adorned in signs for the newsstand and barber shop that previously operated in the station’s small retail areas. An illustrated haircut legend is still on display. Trash is strewn about. It looks like a subway station from 1984’s Ghostbusters. 

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There’s a Secret Bar Behind NYC Hotspot Saint Theo’s

After opening in the middle of the summer, Italian restaurant Saint Theo’s quickly became one of those West Village hotspots that Instagram users flock to in order to pepper their grids with striking-looking dishes. (The ricotta pasta with Calabrian chili oil has become a social media staple.) Turns out, the restaurant is actually good, serving top-notch dishes inspired by the city of Venice and the Italian coast. Now, Instagrammers and foodies alike have yet another reason to stop by the Bleecker Street destination: Venice Bar, a new, 20-seat, Venetian-inspired cocktail bar hidden behind plush velvet, burgundy curtains by the restaurant’s dining room, is officially open for business. 

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11 Must-See Exhibitions We’re Looking Forward to in 2022

The NYC art scene will see some pretty incredible exhibitions in 2022 at its best museums and event spaces, from an immersive exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work to the long-awaited Whitney Biennial. No doubt, these will be some of the best exhibits and must-see attractions in NYC in the next year that you’ll want to check out by yourself, with friends or family, or even if you’re just visiting the city. 

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These NYC Bars are Among the World’s 50 Best!

The World’s 50 Best Bars has been bestowing top honors to drinking destinations all over the globe since 2009, and three NYC spots were recognized among the 2021 selections in a ceremony in London today, Tuesday, December 7.

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NYC’s 12 Best New Restaurants of 2021

At this time last year, we didn’t know which exciting, surprising, and splashy spots would emerge as 2021’s best new restaurants. But back then, we didn’t know a lot of things. We didn’t know when indoor dining would return, what would be required to partake, or whether our favorite “temporarily” closed venues would ever come back. Neither, of course, did the hospitality professionals who took a chance on a return to something, or at least the notion of this new normal that keeps being bandied about. 

These are the best restaurants that opened in New York City in 2021. 

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The 20 Best Day Trips from New York City…

The best day trips from New York City are how seasoned city dwellers escape and blow off steam. A change of scenery—whether a road trip, a weekend getaway or a shorter day trip—is a great way to clear your head and feel revitalized. But our list does something more: all of the highlighted destinations is not only excellent places to relax but offer an abundance of activities for both the adventurous and cultural set. Ready to get traveling?

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Fire Pits, Igloos And Blankets: The 11 Best Winter Rooftops In NYC

Some bars are only decorated for the holiday season, but there are quite a few that keep the magic up all winter long. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran at rooftop partying, or just want to see them all decked out for winter, check out these beautiful heated NYC rooftop bars. You’ll find everything from fireplaces and blankets, to fire-pits and igloos.

PHD Terrace has transformed into a Midwinter’s Night’s Dream for the season with a gorgeous garden and 10,000 twinkling lights. There’s a new gorgeous flower tunnel, throw blankets, and deliciously themed cocktails and desserts! Try their Dream in Roses red velvet cake with cream cheese cream and rose cake pops.

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Martini Menus are NYC’s Biggest Fall Drinking Trend…

Earlier this year, frozen drinks were everywhere, most notably at some previously unlikely locations. A little later, espresso “martinis”, which cling to that moniker mostly due to familiar glassware, made a curious reemergence. 

Now, we’re starting to see dedicated martini menus—rosters of cocktails with varying volumes of gin, vermouth, and, fine, sometimes vodka—at some of 2021’s best new restaurants. The most frequent explanation we’ve heard? These new restaurants and bars, however, varied their design and geography maybe, just seem to be speaking martinis to their operators. 

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The 25 best new restaurants in NYC

While we were busy catching up with all of New York’s best restaurants, a whole new slew of excellent dining destinations started popping up to further complicate our reservation schedules and meticulously orchestrated walk-in efforts. While we’re always delighted to revisit those old favorites, everyone knows that sometimes only something shiny and new will do. 

How new? This perpetually updated list includes the best new restaurants that have opened over the past six months. That means Victor, Pig & Butter and Kuxé depart this edition, and October’s joiners include vegan soul food, hard-to-find mole, the buzzy followup to a popular downtown spot, a 2019 opening’s excellent second act, and the new restaurant at Manhattan’s only bourbon distillery.  

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Incredible immersive experiences to do in NYC right now

New Yorkers, as much as they love their city, want to be transported to another space and time — at least that’s the trend museums, companies, and artists are capitalizing on. Immersive exhibits, events, and experiences are popping up all over NYC these days.

From “cocktail experiences” featuring beloved themes and stories with theatrics to trippy digital art taking over massive spaces, there’s no shortage of ways to be immersed in a different reality.  

With so many ways to be immersed, we decided it was high time to round up all the cool, immersive events, exhibits, and experiences happening in NYC now and coming up soon so you won’t miss the chance to experience something new and potentially mind-blowing.

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Edge NYC To Debut ‘City Climb’ Aerial Experience At 30 Hudson Yards

Edge NYC at 30 Hudson Yards is set to open City Climb, a new attraction for the supertall observatory in Hudson Yards. Billed as the “highest external building climb in the world,” the experience will invite guests to ascend a set of stairs along the precipice of the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed skyscraper’s slanting crown more than 1,200 feet above street level, and even lean out from a platform at the tip of the building.

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The 38 Essential Restaurants in New York City

It’s the simplest and most difficult question to answer: “Which restaurant should I check out in NYC?” The type of cuisine, price point, outdoor dining options, the neighborhood, and occasion are just a few factors to consider. Luckily, there are countless options in the five boroughs — and Eater New York’s map of 38 stellar restaurants to dine at now..This curated list of venues now includes street carts, food trucks, and one heralded pizzeria in New Jersey.

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The Best Broadway Shows You Need to See!

The best Broadway shows attract millions of people to enjoy the pinnacle of live entertainment in New York City. Every season brings new Broadway musicals, plays and revivals, some of which go on to glory at the Tony Awards. Along with star-driven dramas and family-oriented blockbusters, you can still find the kind of artistically ambitious and original offerings that are more common to the smaller venues of Off Broadway. All Broadway productions were closed in March 2020, but most of them are now scheduled to return in the fall or spring, and you can buy tickets for them now. Here are our theater critics’ top choices among the shows that are currently playing on the Great White Way. 

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The Best Bars in Harlem

By: Hannah Albertine & Bryan Kim

Like most post offices and the last four chain bookstores in NYC, most bars in Harlem are located on the big avenues. So if you were feeling particularly reckless, you could just walk up and down Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X Boulevard and hope you find a good place to drink. But if you want to know about the best options for your specific situation, just read this guide. It has everything from cocktail bars with open mics to spots to brag about how much you know about IPAs, and plenty of places to gather both the first and second tiers of your friends. There are also a few jazz bars, including the one where bebop was first invented. So no matter what type of place you’re looking for, use this guide for 13 great options in the neighborhood.

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90 Days – Is Love Greater than Our Secrets?

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 10 (Click here.)”

SYNOPSIS

A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, 90 DAYS explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating.

Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris and Nic Few, 90 DAYS  is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges.

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The Experience Harlem 2017 – Shop Harlem Gift Guide

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There’s no place like Harlem, and with scores of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists and artisans, there’s no better place to shop for all of your holiday needs. While you’re doing that, ring in the season with rich cultural events for family, friends and neighbors, all infused with the energy that has made Harlem an iconic community. Ho! Ho! Ho! from us at EXPERIENCE HARLEM —Harlem doesn’t have a St. Nicholas Avenue for nothing, you know.

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In Harlem, a chef starts small – to go big

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 6 (Click here.)”

Darryl Burnette brings hospitality—and great food—to New York City’s Harlem

This is the latest installment of The Pursuit, a series in which small business owners share insights on how they build their enterprises—and follow their dreams.

Like many chefs, Darryl Burnette has long dreamed of owning a restaurant. He hadn’t anticipated that it would be quite so small as Belle Harlem, the 275-square-foot sliver that he and his wife, Melissa, opened in October 2016.
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‘Marcus B&P’ from Marcus Samuelsson Imminent in Newark

Late last year, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson announced that he would be opening a new restaurant in Newark, and some new details have emerged as to what exactly might be in the works with the project.

Samuelsson, a Sweden-born James Beard winner who has published several cookbooks and appeared on programs like Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Chopped, is partnering with Ron Moelis of L+M Development for the Newark venture. The two became business partners at Harlem’s acclaimed eatery Red Rooster back in 2013 and will be opening their Brick City restaurant in 2,250-square-feet of space in the Hahne & Co. building.
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Taste of Lower Manhattan Food Festival

The evening (November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm-9:00pm) tasting event will allow attendees to sample a selection of hors d’oeuvres and food styles from restaurants and vendors all over New York complemented by a variety of wines, spirits and other craft beverages.

Features Include:

BITES: New York’s top downtown chefs and mixologists will be sampling their signature dishes and cocktails
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9th Annual Top of the List 2017

Discover your perfect pairing!

The Wine & Spirits (W&S) Top of the List Tasting presents the Annual Restaurant Poll issue in dynamic form, transforming print into reality. The Annual Restaurant Poll issue reports on America’s Most Popular Restaurant Wines by region and varietal category, as determined by the responses of top restaurateurs and wine directors to our Poll. This tasting celebrates the featured wineries as well as the chefs and sommeliers who contribute to the Poll’s ongoing success.
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REBNY’s 2016 Uptown Open House Expo

Explore Exclusive Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood Residential Listings at REBNY’s Uptown Open House Expo

— All-access, free and public event on April 10 & 17 unlocks doors to the neighborhoods’ hottest co-ops, condos, and townhouses on the market —

NEW YORK, NY – March 9, 2016 Calling all New York City house hunters! On Sunday, April 10 and 17, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its Upper Manhattan Committee will host its 2016 Uptown Open House Expo – an all-access, free and public event where potential home buyers can conveniently view dozens of the hottest uptown Manhattan residential listings during this two-day event.READ MORE

Caribbean Flavor, New York Style: Welcome to Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall

Karl Franz has done it again! The owner of 67 Orange, a speakeasy in Harlem, has opened his second restaurant.

Soloman & Kuff Rum Hall, formerly a meatpacking factory, was transformed into a 5,000 square foot industrial space featuring a loft-style dining area along with lounge seating, two elevated wooden DJ booths and two extra-long full bars stocked with over 100 international rums, artisanal cocktails and craft beers.
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Head Uptown for Restaurant Week

#WHIN&DINE

#WHIN & DINE is the official Washington Heights & Inwood restaurant week in which participating restaurants offer discounted prix fixe dinners of $26.95 starting November 2nd until November 20th, 2015.

This program is the perfect way to showcase the culinary treasures located in Northern Manhattan between 155th street and 220th Street. No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may simply visit as many participating restaurants as they like during “#WHIN & DINE” restaurant week and enjoy what they have to offer from their prix fixe menu.
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Washington Heights & Inwood, NY
November 2 – 20, 2015

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s

#GoldRushAwards

The #GoldRushAwards are back in Brooklyn! The evening will include a special Rush Philanthropic 20th Anniversary retrospective featuring artist Renee Cox, music by DJ MOMA and AzMarie Livingston, open bar, a selection of works available for sale for one night only at $500 and more! All proceeds will support Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s arts programming and its support of thousands of emerging artists and curators. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here!

Gold Rush Awards
October 24, 2015
Littlefield
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 112175
Phone: 212-663-8333

NYC Wine & Food Festival

The annual NYC Wine and Food Festival is finally here, taking place from October 15th through the 18th. If you are looking to fill your weekend with interesting, diverse and delicious activities, this is the weekend to do so! The NYCWFF features several celebrity chefs from all over the world and has different events happening all over Manhattan!

To enjoy it to the fullest, don’t forget your checkbook! There are a few events under $100 but most range from $100 to $300.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets (while they last!) to whatever event tickles your fancy.

NYCWFF
Various Locations, NYC
October 15-18, 2015

Open Market NYC

OpenMarketNYC is a weekend-long celebration highlighting the district’s diversity of businesses with free events, exclusive tours, public art, in-store activities, installations and shopping discounts.  Enjoy the savings for the latest in fashion/design, arts/culture, technology, and food/hospitality. With this festival, the Meatpacking District is an open market for all to enjoy.

Every neighborhood is starting to create their own festival.  I love the fact that they have included art, culture, wellness, guided tours, and not-overpriced-celebrity-chef meals like some of the others – it appears to be more inclusive.  If it can maintain this model, it will be a great addition to the NYC festival scene.READ MORE

What’s Hot Now

The Cecil has been voted one of the top 20 restaurants in the city. This is where African- and Asian-Americans meet. Alexander Smalls, the executive chef and celebrity chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson, the resident chef, are curating flavors that you won’t find – or enjoy – anywhere else in the city. This is what makes this place stand out the most. On October 2nd, come by The Cecil to catch the magical pairing of Chef JJ Johnson and Chef Pedro Alcor for Puerto Rico Meets NYC. See details.

The Cecil
210 West 118th Street,
NY, NY