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NYC’s 19 best restaurants for group dining

Looking for the next location to hold your large party celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, big promotions, belated or pre-lated holidays, and generally getting the band back together events? Look no further because ManhattanBrooklynQueensthe Bronx and Staten Island each have options for your next fête, and these are our favorites for those expanded occasions. Most allow you to book space for up to six via conventional platforms, save for noted exceptions that go up to about ten, and all have room for more when you connect via email or phone.

The 19 Most Exciting Restaurant Openings in NYC This Fall

In a city where new restaurants debut daily, it may seem odd to get excited about a particular season. But similar to that unshakable back-to-school feeling, we’re embarking on that riveting time of the year when chefs and restaurateurs gear up to roll out their most ambitious projects.

Along with a James Beard food hall and chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Afro-Caribbean spot at Lincoln Center on the horizon, Rockefeller Center will continue to shine as some of New York City’s best chefs move into Midtown. 

With so many great new eateries set to launch in the next few months, our to-eat list is getting packed—so here’s a roundup of the fall’s 19 most anticipated restaurant openings.

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15 NYC art exhibitions we’re most excited about this fall

The arts scene in New York this fall charts a distinct line through time. Several shows will feature historic pieces, some dating as far back as 3400-2000 BCE, while others showcase art through modern, immersive experiences.

From public art displays to gallery shows to museum presentations, here are 15 art experiences we’re excited about this fall. They’re presented in chronological order, so you can mark your calendar.

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This Iconic Los Angeles Hot chicken Chain is Opening its First-Ever NYC Outpost

Have you heard? New York is finally getting a very good Nashville hot chicken spot, courtesy of Los Angeles-born Dave’s Hot Chicken, set to debut in midtown Manhattan at 944 8th Avenue by 56th Street on August 19.

Eater reports that Drake might actually make a surprise appearance when the first New York location of the chain opens in midtown at 10:30am next week.

So sure are the owners about the success of the first outpost on this side of the country that the company is reportedly planning on opening another 20 locations all over New York City in the near future, according to QSR.

Our mouths are already watering.

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Don’t Miss These Free Outdoor Dance Festivals in August

Free outdoor dance festivals coming to New York City this summer!

BAAND Together Dance Festival located at the Lincoln Center, August 9-August 13 will feature five of New York City’s most prestigious dance companies—Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem and New York City Ballet—perform together at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in five free shows.

Each lineup is slightly different, but they all include a performance of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s One for All, which features dancers from all five troupes. Admission is mostly first-come-first-served, but advance reservations are available; the window for making them starts at noon on Monday, August 8.

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A Puppy Brunch is Coming to Chelsea

Sunday brunch is about to get a lot cuter. Starting on Sunday, July 10 and running every Sunday through National Dog Day on August 26, HOWM Cocina + Cocktails is hosting Puppy Brunch! The Chelsea restaurant and bar will be encouraging pets and people to dine on dishes for both humans and their four-legged friends.  

Menu items for people include avocado toast with pickled onion and chili oil, pan dulce French toast, a lox tostada with everything seasoning, and churro bites. For pets, the special menu includes doggy meatballs and a puppy frosty. The menu costs $40 and includes an entree and dessert for humans, plus the dog menu and a complimentary doggy bag with treats and goodies to take home.  

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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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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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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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Visit Intersect by Lexus

Welcome to Intersect by Lexus the new ground level destination ushers guests into the space with a luxurious yet approachable atmosphere featuring master-level culinary and cocktail craftsmanship.

The lounge experience will feature a new and unique menu by Executive Chef and Lexus Culinary Master Nickolas Martinez that is inspired by his international travels, INTERSECT’s past restaurants-in-residence and a nod to the Japanese philosophy of omotenashi.

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Brand Spotlight: NiLu, Harlem Gift Shop Experience

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 11 (Click here.)”

By: Tamera Darden

NiLu (Ny-Loo), a Gift Shop Experience in Harlem, is a true manifestation of love for store owner Katrina Pinn. She’s a business savvy woman who already had a successful business under her belt. Before NiLu, she was the founder and store owner of Katrina Paris Flowers. With observations and case studies from Katrina Paris Flowers, she embarked in developing and opening NiLu Gift Shop.

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TracyChambers Vintage – the curated eye

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 9 (Click here.)”

By: Helen Nurse

So I loooove to eat like many of you and while I am not a glutton, I am not at all shy about putting in work on any given holiday that centers around food. However, sometimes I go a little overboard and get the tummy stretch. You know what I am talking about, the tummy stretch that makes you look slightly pregnant and definitely overstuffed.  Well I have rounded up a few of my favorite looks that will help you make it through turkey day with a little room to breathe. Enjoy your holiday!

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Helen Nurse’s Parlour of Style – TracyChambers Vintage

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 9 (Click here.)”

By: Michael Smith

Many a woman working from home soon finds her professional life elbowing in on her dining room. Rare, though, is the entrepreneur that converts her dining room into a retail space, sets regular business hours, and opens up her home to the public. Meet Helen Nurse, founder and proprietress of New York’s TracyChambers Vintage: determined, creative, and—yes—rare.

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Adwoa Aboah Covers Edward Enninful’s Very First Issue of British ‘Vogue’

There are myriad changes sweeping the fashion media landscape right now, not least of which are the top editors announcing their departures from the magazines they’ve led for decades. For publications bringing in new editorial talent (including Vanity FairGlamour and Elle), these exits and eventual appointments signify a new era for the respective titles and the environment in which they play a part. But no publication has drummed up more excitement than British Vogue, which, in April, announced that Edward Enninful was set to replace longtime Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman, effective in August.
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It’s a Thing: Wallpaper That Looks Like a Sunrise (or Sunset)

If you enjoy the otherworldly calm (and to-die-for color schemes) that come with early mornings and dusky evenings, we’ve got a decorating trend for you: ombré wallpaper. The design of these panels is straightforward: a vertical gradation between two distinct hues. But just like real sunrises and sunsets, the effect of ombré wallpaper in a room is more than the sum of those parts—and more enduring, even classic, than just a passing trend. Greens fade into peaches.
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The Best Winter Boots to Wear with Everything in Your Closet

Some winter days, when you’re fighting through slush and sleet and old snowmelt, you need tough-as-nails, extra-waterproof, take-a-beating winter boots. We’ve covered those. But there’s another pair of boots you need for the rest of winter, too: for unseasonably-warm-but-still-dodging-some-snow-melt days, for days with just a hint of early-morning freezing rain, and for days when, despite the cold, you’ve got to step out for a lunch with Dave from accounting (who always insists on walking). And for those days, you need boots that will hold up to the elements and look dress-shoe-good with a suit.

AphroChic Launches Collection

When it comes to style, these two are at the height of their game! Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are creating spaces in homes that are electric. This Brooklyn based husband and wife team, collaborated with the team at Guildery to curate, mix, and match prints from AphroChic’s library of original artwork. The initial two collections, Metropolis and Visionary, are a creation of thirteen prints and coordinating solids which can be ordered as digitally printed fabric-by-the yard or applied to wallpaper, throw pillows, ottomans, upholstered headboards and drapery. Once ordered, the domestically produced fabric is printed on-demand by Guildery and applied to the appropriate product. The collection is the perfect fusion of modern and soulful style for which the AphroChic brand is known.

To view the complete collection go to the website here.

AphroChic & Guildery
New York, NY

Hats Off to Harlem

When it comes to style, Harlem is definitely the place to go to see fashion forward people who don’t let the mainstream and norm define who they are, or how they dress. If anyone knows this, it’s the innovative proprietor of Harlem’s bespoke hat shop FlameKeepers, Marc Williams, who came to Harlem two years ago with that insight in mind. A hat lover, Marc decided to open his shop in lower Harlem, after spending years working downtown. What he found living and hanging out in in Harlem was that the the energy in the streets infused every part of life and style — thus Flamekeepers was born. It allowed him to ‘keep the flame’ alive of style and swagger he loved so much about the place he called home.
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Home Decor

Established in 1999, before Fort Greene was the hot, No. 1 Brooklyn neighborhood it is today, YU Interiors was an inspirational outpost for building a home that reflected style and beauty. Ludlow Beckett, the shop’s founder, had a dream, so he left the corporate world and took charge of his life. With his preference for mid-century furniture and intriguing accessories, YU Interiors was born. The eclectic home shop brings together a charming array of timeless, well designed, functional and affordable items for the home. You’ll find anything from a classic mid-century chair, to a perfect porcelain vase, or a delicately-scented and beguiling candle. YU Interiors offers a carefully curated section of home accessories and vintage furniture items to add character to any space. 

YU Interiors
15 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY