Feed A Mom This Sunday


If your mom is more Clair Huxtable than Joan Crawford, you’ll probably want to toast her kindness with a giant bottle of champagne this weekend. Throw in a gut-busting meal on top of those cocktails and the woman who raised you will truly feel the love. (Honestly, if you feed me, I’ll pick up after you and do your laundry for the next year. Scouts honor.)

Chef Yoel has created a special brunch and a three course $42 prix-fixe dinner menu specially designed for mamas this Sunday.

Click on the links above to see all the offerings. I have to say that I’m intrigued by the evening selection of pan roasted elk with crispy shallot mashed potatoes, asparagus, with an aged balsamic and bacon reduction. (There’s nothing like a little game meat to show mom just how pfizer soft viagra much you love her.)

Click here to reserve a table for you and the main woman in your life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!!!





Cinqo de Mayo, Seis Margaritas


Cinco de Mayo…a day for Mexican folks to display their ethnic pride and for people of all cultures to indulge in mariachi music, mouth-watering Mexican food and strong, tasty margaritas.

As legend would have it, the margarita was invented in 1941 in Ensenada, Mexico by a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco. Orozco was experimenting with mixing new drinks when a prestigious visitor arrived: Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German ambassador. Don Carlos offered the drink to Margarita and named it after her for being the first person to taste it. So if you can believe Wikipedia (I know…I know…), the margarita was named after a German.

In any event, here are a few recipes for you to try out at home!

First, a classic margarita from the Epicurious website:

  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish

Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Moisten rim of Margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.

Here’s a frozen margarita courtesy of drinksmixer.com:

  • 2 tsp coarse salt
  • lime wedge
  • 3 oz white tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
Place salt in a saucer. Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge and dip glass into salt to coat rim thoroughly, reserve lime. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and crushed ice into a blender. Blend well at high speed. Pour into a cocktail glass.

Bobby Flay has a cool frozen watermelon margarita that serves eight:

  • 5 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water, heated until sugar melts), cooled
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 4 ounces orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces melon liqueur
  • Watermelon wedges, for garnish

Place watermelon in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the pureed watermelon into two empty ice cube trays and freeze until firm, at least four hours. Place martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Place two cups of the watermelon ice cubes and the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into four glasses and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Garnish each glass with a watermelon wedge.

A low-cal version comes from Cooking Light magazine. (To be honest, it looks like it’s just a really small drink, but you can always have two and still feel good about yourself.)

  • 1 ounce premium or silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

Combine ingredients. Shake with 3/4 cup ice; garnish with lime.

And for folks who don’t drink alcohol, here’s a Virgin Margarita recipe for four from lovetoknow.com.

  • 1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 equal size wedges
  • 4 cups ice cubes

Moisten the rim of the serving glasses with a little lime juice. Put the salt in a huge saucer or shallow pie pan. Invert each glass in the salt, and gently twist to coat the rim with salt. Invert each glass in the salt, and gently twist to coat the rim. Place the limeade concentrate, orange juice and ice cubes in a blender. Pour into glasses and be careful not to disturb the salt on the rims. Garnish the viagra soft tabs 100 mg drinks with lime wedges and serve.

And finally, if you love both mojitos and margaritas and are waffling over which one to have, try a Mojarita for four, courtesy of iVillage:

  • 20 fresh mint leaves, more for garnish
  • 8 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. agave nectar
  • 4 oz. soda water to top
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

In a cocktail shaker, add torn mint leaves, lime wedges, lime juice, and muddle together allowing the flavors to marry and the aromas to release. Add two cups crushed ice and tequila. Shake well. Pour evenly into four glasses, adding additional crushed ice on top and mixing well. Top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprigs.

But if you’re lazy, like me, come to the North Square lounge and have the bartender mix you up a strawberry basil margarita with jimador tequila, lime juice, strawberries and basil. Estaba delicioso!

Cheers!  And enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Derby Day NYC


The 139th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday and believe it or not, you can celebrate here in NYC in style. Seriously, don’t you just want to wear a flowered dress and a fancy hat or a seersucker suit and swill bourbon and laugh at the folly of it all? I thought you did.

So here are the basics:

The races take place this Saturday from 4-7 pm ET. The post time for the actual Kentucky Derby is 6:25. This year’s favorite is Verrazano, a horse named after they NYC bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn. (Yes!)

Here are a few local places to take it all in:

mad46: Their annual rooftop Kentucky Derby Bash at the Roosevelt Hotel on 46th street takes place from 3 to 10 pm. A giant flat screen TV will broadcast the race and guests will be awarded prizes for the most stylish derby attire and hats. And yep, mint juleps will be served. (FYI this should be a good choice as the weather forecast is sunny with a high of 68 degrees.)

Boulton And Watt: (Avenue A at 1st St.) This gastropub has a whopping seven televisions that viagra india will broadcast the race, so clearly you won’t miss a thing. A hat competition will follow. The party begins at 2 pm.

Brickyard Gastropub: (9th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd) The race will be screened on nine ginormous TVs. $5 mint juleps can be sipped while you chow down on derby-themed appetizers. Plus the best-dressed party goer will win a $50 gift certificate.

21 Club: (West 52nd between 5th and 6th) You can truly feel fancy here. From 3:30-5:30 pm, $45 gets you two Woodford Reserve mint juleps (apparently WR provides the official derby MJ’s), assorted bar bites like cornmeal fried oysters with remoulade and Kentucky ham on a biscuit, with tax and tip incuded. Pick a winner throughout the broadcast and you can score Woodford Reserve prizes (which I assume means more mint juleps which is not a bad thing). Dinner for two at “21″ will go the best dressed in Derby attire.






Happy Earth Day!


A few quotes relative to Earth Day gathered viagra prescriptions from Goodreads. (If you’re not familiar with it, Goodreads is a sort of virtual book club, in which you rate books you’ve read and get recommendations from your pals. If you’re an avid reader, you truly need this!) Here we go:

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
― Gaylord Nelson

“I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions — those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.”
― Alice Walker

“It’s Earth day I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change?”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich

Let’s take care of the planet today and every day. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

National Pillow Fight Day!


This might be the only holiday better than Halloween. Crazy folks everywhere from Istanbul to Harere, Zimabwe are participating. And New Yorkers are of course joining in–right here in Washington Square Park!

The fight starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. and lasts three hours. The ground rules:

+ Soft, feather-free pillows only!
+ Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
+ Do not swing at people female viagra australia without pillows or with cameras.
+ Remove glasses beforehand! (I learned that one the hard way.)
+ Deposit pillows in donation boxes or take them with you.*
+ Jammies are welcome.

* Preferably the former, as the event collected over 1500 pillows for homeless shelters last year.

Lastly, don’t forget the ultimate pillow fight rule that still stands from when you were a kid: play nice!

Have a great weekend, everyone!






Passover In The City


If you’re travelling and not able to be with your family for Passover (March 25 through April 2) or simply don’t want to cook and clean up at home, free viagra sample here are a few ideas for you:

Take a matzo factory tour at Streit’s Matzo Factory. Aron Streit began making matzo by hand on the Lower East Side in 1916, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue to carry on that tradition at the Rivington Street bakery.

Talia’s, a kosher steakhouse on the Upper West Side is having several Seder seatings on both nights.

Balaboosta on Mulberry street will host a second night Seder on the 26th. Chef David Tanis (a New York Times columnist) and Pastry Chef Keren Weiner (of Il Buco) will join forces on the five course dinner, including wine pairings and live music.

A Seder fit for foodies is available on the second night at the James Beard Foundation. Chef Joe Dobias and mixologist Jill Schulster will present an extravagant five course dinner, along with hors d’ouvres, complete with wine pairings.

If these suggestions don’t suit you, log into chabad.org, pop in your zip code and voila, a list of Seders nearby will pop up!

Good Pesach, everyone!

Celebrate Easter With Us!


Easter is only a few weeks away. If you’re too pooped from the egg hunt to even think about cooking, come on over and enjoy the holiday meal with us at either brunch or dinner.

Brunch specials will include a Mediterranean omelette, banana and chocolate pancakes, seafood salad, shrimp bisque and chicken risotto.

A three course prix fixe Easter dinner is canadian healthcare viagra online uk only $40. Appetizer choices include shrimp bisque, arugula salad or grilled quail with chanterelles, butternut squash, taleggio cheese polenta with a sherry demi-glace.

Special entrees are roasted poisson with creamed corn, kale, scallion pancake, rosemary and dried chili au jus. Or seared branzino with tomato aramanth (a grain), wild mushrooms and herb buerre blanc. Or grilled skirt steak with spinach, ricotta gnocchi and red wine au jus.

(FYI if you’re full from nibbling too many marshmallow peeps, all of these specials can be ordered ala carte.)

Happy Easter, everyone!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!


Nope, a cat didn’t walk across my keypad. That is, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” in Gaelic! I’ve rounded up some fun stuff to do this weekend to celebrate my people. (Yup, I’m an Irish gal.)  Here you go:

The official St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, the 16th beginning at 11 am at Fifth Ave. and 44th St. It proceeds up Fifth to 86th street and the last bagpiper winds down around 5 pm. Honestly, it’s probably smart to head north for less crowded viewing (above 59th St.) Bring an umbrella–it’s supposed to be relatively warm (50 degrees) but rainy on Saturday. (Murphy’s law: It always rains on Parade Day!)

Quick tidbit on the St. Patty’s parade: Can you believe that the first NYC one was organized in 1762 by Irish soldiers? ‘Tis true. (Now you’re smarter than you were yesterday.)

But if large crowds freak you out, there’s always the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Sunday. Anyone can march–just assemble at noon at Prospect Park West and 14th St. If you just want to watch, the actual parade begins at 15th St. and Prospect Park West. Get the whole route and schedule here.

Midtown’s Irish Arts Center holds an open house on March 17th. From 12 to 5 pm you can get your Irish on with tons of activities scheduled featuring Irish dancing, arts and crafts, musical performances and films. Bring the kids, because face painting is on the agenda!

Big Onion Tours has an Irish New York walking tour scheduled for Saturday at 11 am. The tour will examine the role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City. Big Onion tours are definitely educational, but more importantly, they’re notoriously fun. More details here.

If you’re craving music, Black 47 is a popular, NY-based Celtic rock band that flavors beautiful traditional Irish folk tunes with small dollops of jazz, hip-hop and reggae. On Saturday, they’ll be playing at BB King’s Blues Club starting at 7 pm.

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy being Irish for a day!

Let's Celebrate Women!


It’s International Women’s Day today, and we love the women of New York. All of them. But today we’d like to remember a few of New York’s finest that, while no longer with us, impacted our lives in wonderful ways.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was rx online viagra born in New York City in 1884. FDR’s wife distinguished herself in her own right; she was a champion of social reform and racial equality. Mrs. Roosevelt is honored with a playground in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and a monument in Riverside Park.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) Her efforts to save and renovate Grand Central Station resulted in a plaque inside the terminal acknowledging her role in its preservation. The reservoir in Central Park was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994 in recognition of her contributions to the city.

Diane Arbus (1923-1971)  Arbus believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. With this philosophy, she visited seedy hotels, public parks, even a morgue to document the people of New York.

Nora Ephron (1941-2012)  Nora, Nora, Nora. What can we say?  New York was the backdrop for some of her most memorable movie moments. Remember the Empire State Building at the end of Sleepless in Seattle? You’ve Got Mail highlighted the best of the Upper West Side: Zabar’s, Barney Greengrass and Gray’s Papaya. The faked orgasm scene at Katz’s deli in When Harry Met Sally is now a movie classic. Let’s face it–Nora was as New York as a bagel with a schmear.

We hope everyone celebrates all of the incredible women in their lives today!



It's Cheaper Than A Psychiatrist…


It’s President’s Day and if you’re visiting New York, or a resident with a free day and a little bit of cash to burn, check out some big sales happening:

Alessi: The Italian home design store is holding viagra online a warehouse sale at their Soho store,130 Greene St. by Prince in Soho. You can expect deep discounts (up to 70 percent off) on discontinued, slightly irregular items and floor samples. Hours are 11 am-7 pm.

Fjallraven:  Head to 21 Howard St. (between Crosby and Lafayette) and snag a bargain. The Swedish outdoor clothing brand is holding a sample sale on both men and women’s merchandise. Markdowns are up to 85% off retail. We’re talking down coats from $50 to $175 and pants from $40 to $90. Hours are 11 am – 7 pm.

Junelle: Hop the subway to Williamsburg for this cool boutique’s sample sale. Up to 75% off high-fashion duds. Labels include Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, A Détacher, Mayle, Raquel Allegra and VPL, The shop is located at 148 Bedford (between N. 8th and N 9th Sts. Hours are 12 pm – 7 pm.

Broadway Panhandler: This kitchen store has been a city favorite for over 30 years, and they’re offering up to half off on their cookware and culinary goods. (Wusthof bread knives for only 50 bucks? Yes, please!)  East 8th between Greene and University. 11 am – 7 pm.

And the grandaddy of them all…the Barney’s New York warehouse sale. Every native New Yorker has at least one story of the best bargain ever–and I mean ever–landed at Barney’s. (Mine is a beautiful suede jacket.) Yes, it’s crowded, but we know that you’re strong. Head to 255 W. 17th (between 7th and 8th Aves.) Open 10 am – 9 pm.