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Seven Places to Enjoy a New York City Hotel Stay at Cyber Monday Prices

Whether you’re a visitor to New York City, or you’re a resident looking for a fun way to spice up your nights, perhaps with a staycation at a great price, Cyber Monday gives you a chance to be a tourist in the most exciting city in the US. Don’t hesitate – Monday’s prices and deals last only until midnight, so take a look at these wonderful ideas, and hit that “reserve” button. As with many specials, blackout dates apply, and most cannot be combined with previous reservations. Some requirement pre-payment and are non-cancellable, so read the fine print very carefully.

Lotte New York Palace

Luxury hotel Lotte New York Palace is offering guests a Cyber Monday sale rate on bookings for a special time only. The hotel’s premier location on Madison Avenue provides a quintessential New York experience for all guests. Visitors will recognize the iconic hotel the Palace courtyard featured in Gossip Girl and from its many famous visitors and restaurants over the years. The hotel incorporates the former Villard Mansion. The Cyber sale pricing offers 30% off from Thursday-Sunday, and 50% off suites for dates through August 31, 2019. https://www.lottenypalace.com/ 455 Madison Avenue, Midtown East

The Lexington Hotel

The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection is offering their first-ever Cyber Monday Deal. The historic midtown hotel, which was once home to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, is offering up to 30% off when you book your stay between Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 28. You can even stay in the Norma Jeane suite where Marilyn and Joe enjoyed some private time during their brief marriage in New York. Explore all that New York City has to offer from the centrally located hotel, just steps away from iconic New York attractions such as Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Grand Central Station. Rates starting at $129. A two-night minimum stay is required.  https://www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com/ 511 Lexington Avenue, Midtown East

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Save up to 30% off your future stay at always-lively Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC on Cyber Monday for discounts for travel dates through March 31, 2019. You’ll get savings of 30% for Sunday night stays and 15% off Monday-Saturday. Valid for stays between November 23, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Reservations can only be booked online. It’s a perfect location for visiting the Whitney Museum and the Highline. https://www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com/hotels/gansevoort-meatpacking-nyc/ 18 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking District

The Redbury New York

At The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district, a playful and soulful approach pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. The Redbury New York is adjacent to New York’s center of pop music creation – once known as ‘Tin Pan Alley,’ and elements of this narrative are incorporated into the property’s design and guest experience. Even the rooms have gramophone Bluetooth speakers to play your modern tunes in a vintage style. The Redbury is home to Marta, a Roman-inspired pizzeria from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), and Bar Marta, a cozy lobby bar. Additional Danny Meyer culinary offerings include Roman-style, Caffe Marchio, a traditional stand-up coffee bar serving a full food menu and drinks made from an exclusive single blend created by Joe Coffee, as well as Vini e Fritti, an aperitivi bar that celebrates the marriage of bubbles and salty, crispy antipasti.

For Cyber Monday, book dates through March 2019, with an offer of 50% off weekend stays (Thursday-Sunday). Rate Code: DSCYB   Website Promo Code: Cyber https://theredbury.com/newyork/ 20 East 29th Street, NoMad

Arlo SoHo

Arlo Soho, one of Manhattan’s liveliest micro-hotels, is situated in the heart of SoHo. The hotel’s courtyard will be transformed into a winter pop-up called Arlo-Arctica (designed to embody 1900s Antarctica) just in time for the holidays. Comfort-food specialist Harold’s is the resident restaurant, a worthy stop during your stay. For Cyber Monday, the hotel is announcing 50% off all rates for any hotel stay. A portion of proceeds will go to The Rainforest Alliance as part of the hotel’s Arlo Cares initiative. *Deals are also valid at Arlo NoMad. https://www.arlohotels.com/arlo-soho/ 231 Hudson Street.

LUMA Hotel Times Square

LUMA Hotel Times Square is offering 35% off of all room types, for any length of stay, for bookings through October 2019. Additionally, bookings come with complimentary amenities including evening sangria, access to Blink Fitness and more. Jose Garces’ acclaimed Basque restaurant, Ortzi, sits adjacent to the lively bar on the first floor and pays homage the chef’s Spanish heritage. https://www.lumahotels.com/, 120 West 41st Street, Theater District, Times Square

The William Vale

The William Vale, a 183-room luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is offering up to 40% off the best available rates using the promo code CYBER18 for all stays booked through March 31, 2019. The hotel is located just minutes from downtown Manhattan and offers a nice change-of-pace if you’d like to explore Brooklyn as well as Manhattan. https://www.thewilliamvale.com/ 112 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn, Williamsburg

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Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving: Dine, Stay and Watch

If you’re like many of us, you might still not know where you’re celebrating Thanksgiving.  Procrastinators can relax – there are plenty of restaurants in New York City where you can enjoy a full celebration with or without turkey. And, because it’s New York City, there are many non-traditional versions to sample as well.  So, don’t worry if you haven’t bought a turkey to cook yourself or if you missed the deadline to order from a catering house. Just watch the Thanksgiving Parade and chill; your Thanksgiving dinner awaits you at one of these wonderful restaurants.

MIFUNE New York, the progressive Japanese restaurant in Midtown East, is offering a very special Thanksgiving menu. Think turkey and sweet potatoes, of course, but with a Japanese/French spin to it.

Crafted by Head Chef Yuu Shimano (previously of Guy Savoy’s eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris), the menu is available on Thanksgiving Day with dinner seatings at 5pm and 8pm, and is priced at $90 per person. Add a wine or sake pairing for an additional $60 per person.

The Thanksgiving menu is an exciting Japanese feast with kabocha pumpkin soup with bacon cream espuma, six varied amuse bouches, sashimi, Saikyo miso sea bass en croute with vin blanc yuzu sauce, organic turkey truffle pie with turkey foie gras gravy, turkey soboro ginger rice and Okinawa kibito caramel ice cream. I’m not sure you’ll want to eat plain turkey, stuffing and gravy ever again!  45 East 44th St.  212-986-2800. www.mifune-restaurant.com

There’s still foliage to be seen at The Pandering Pig located in Upper Manhattan in Hudson Heights, overlooking the Hudson River. So hop the B train to 181 Street and explore a new part of the city as you enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner for the heart.

Chef/Owner Nicole O’Brien will be serving a prix fixe dinner from 4-9pm with main courses such as dindon au vin (turkey braised in wine sauce) or wild pan-seared salmon with Cointreau gastrique, cranberries and toasted walnuts. Each is served with sides including garlic mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, dried apricot and herb stuffing.  Dinner starts with a velvety butternut squash soup. The three-course $56 prix fixe menu also includes coffee, tea, root beer and pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert.

To accompany the meal, The Pandering Pig offers an expertly curated rotating wine program as well as a single malt whiskey collection and artisanal beer list.  And, in this very private, cozy restaurant, kids eat for half price on Thanksgiving. 209 Pinehurst Avenue, 212-781-3124, https://www.thepanderingpig.com/

Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side celebrates the holiday with their annual Thanksgiving dinner. From 5:30-8pm, it’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink dinner that mixes American favorites with traditional deli treats. The turkey and mashed potatoes are a given. But have you ever thought to add Jewish specialties like tsimmes (carrots, dried fruits and root vegetables) or latkes (potato pancakes)?

Katz’s also lets you bring the meal home if you prefer to watch a football game indoors while you eat. Their take-out menu enhances the festivities with the likes of pastrami, noodle kugel and matzoh ball soup. The traditional turkey dinner (gravy, sides, stuffing, and more) is a given. But, in my opinion, it’s probably more fun to eat at the deli and look at the photos of all the notables who have visited there over years (in addition to Meg Ryan).  205 East Houston Street, 212-254-2246, https://www.katzsdelicatessen.com

Also downtown, Harold’s is all about tradition and comfort with a prix fixe family-style dinner for $62 per person. The first course features a holiday antipasto followed by roasted turkey, Italian sausage, ham steak, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing and more. For dessert, Harold’s will be serving traditional pumpkin and pecan pies as well as apple cobbler and cranberry cheesecake. You may not be staying at the Arlo SoHo hotel where Harold’s is located, but you should definitely explore its public spaces before you leave: the courtyard has been transformed to mimic an apple orchard in the city with pick-your-own apples, hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins for sale. 2 Renwick St., 212-390-8484, https://www.arlohotels.com/arlo-soho/eat-and-drink/harolds/.

But if international is more your thing, Boqueria still has reservations available for their Spanish-influenced Thanksgiving feast. For $70 per person, the Barcelona-inspired tapas bar will serve Thanksgiving dinner family-style in true Catalonian fashion, offering Iberian twists on the classics like turkey with mushroom stuffing and olive oil mashed potatoes as well as traditional Spanish favorites like pan con tomate (grilled Stirato bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil), fideua negra (squid ink noodle pasta, shrimp, Manila clams, garlic aioli), and Turrón (almond and hazelnut cake, honey, dulce de leche ice cream, chantilly). Book now at the three Boqueria locations, 171 Spring Street, 646.760.3867; 1460 2nd Avenue , 646.845.9726; 260 West 40th St, 646.233.4078, https://boqueriarestaurant.com

Feeling decadent? You don’t have to go to a restaurant or stay at home to enjoy the holiday. Instead, a staycation at The Plaza brings with it reserved-seat viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Between November 21 and November 23, celebrate a quintessential New York Thanksgiving with two iconic institutions when you book the Carnegie Suite at this storied hotel. You won’t be “home alone” for long!

You’ll begin your day of decadence with breakfast in the Palm Court (or in your room, if you prefer) before joining the throngs with a Plaza thermos and blanket to keep you nice and warm (it’s supposed to be very very cold this year). You won’t have to worry about standing up among thousands of people watching the floats; The Plaza has two confirmed seats at the Central Park South bleachers for you. 768 5th Ave, 212-759-3000, http://www.Fairmont.com/ThePlaza

Dinner after the parade?  Well, you’re on your own for that. But first, take a holiday-inspired stroll from The Plaza down Fifth Avenue to look at the Christmas windows at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue and to check out the skaters at Rockefeller Plaza (the tree’s not up until Wednesday, November 28 so plan to return for the tree lighting and live performances from 7-9pm). https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2018/11/28/2018-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree).

Happy Turkey Day!

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Community Groups to Commemorate the “Harlem Hellfighters”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 05-11: Upper Manhattan is honored to partner with other Harlem community groups for a WWI Centennial Armistice Observance at PFC Dorrance Brooks Square beginning at 10:45 AM on November 10, 2018.

Coffee and pastries will be served starting at 10:00 AM at the Eagle Academy on Edgecombe Avenue and West 136th Street. The main observance will follow at 10:45 AM and be located across the street at PFC Dorrance Brooks Square. This event has been organized by Dr. Keith Taylor, president of the PFC Dorrance Brooks Property Owners and Residents Association, and former assistant commissioner for the NYC Department of Correction; and Colonel Terrance Holliday, USAF (Ret.), the former commissioner for NYC Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs, now the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services.

The Armistice, cessation of hostilities, for World War I took effect on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 AM. This event will observe that moment in history, acknowledging the national and global suffering and heroism of the men and women who served. Special remembrances of the 369th Infantry Regiment, the “Harlem Hellfighters,” and Eugene Bullard, a WWI Ace, will be held. These men, like those before and after, served their nation with dignity, overcoming racial discrimination at home and throughout their service.

“As they fade into history, Harlem and the world should take a moment to reflect on their sacrifices 100 years ago by honoring their service,” said Colonel Holliday. “We, as a community, must highlight the 369th’s achievements and recognize their cultural contributions to Harlem.”

Participating groups include: the 369th Historical Society; 369th Sustainment Brigade; 369th Veterans’ Association; American Legion Post 422; VFW Post 528; Boy Scouts of America, Big Apple District; PFC Dorrance Brooks Property Owners and Residents Association; Kappa Alpha Psi, New York and Omicron Chapters; and the Federation of French War Veterans.

For more information about the event, please reach out to Colonel Holliday at (516) 538-6538 or Dr. Taylor at (917) 524-9996.

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The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org

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It’s Your Last Chance to See Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Stage 42 — Closing November 4

It’s your last chance to catch the joyous off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, the all-new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit. The revue, which was originally produced on Broadway in 1995 and was the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history, closes Sunday, November 4. Information at www.smokeyjoescafemusical.com,  Stage 42, 422 West 42nd Street.

John Edwards, Jelani Remy, Dwayne Cooper and Kyle Taylor Parker Photo credit: Julia Russell

You know the bluesy rock ‘n roll songs and ballads, and I defy you not to tap your feet as the nine-member ensemble led by director choreographer Joshua Bergasse sing more than 30 classic songs like “Stand by Me,” “I’m a Woman,” “Hound Dog,” “Fools Fall In Love,” “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak,” “Pearl’s a Singer,” “Treat Me Nice,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Spanish Harlem.”

Emma Degerstedt with Jelani Remy, Shavey Brown, Dwayne Cooper and Max Sangerman Photo credit: Joan Marcus

The show’s stars bring a mix of Broadway and Off-Broadway musical expertise to Smokey Joe’s Café. Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney’s The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot) stand out with their renditions of the classic Leiber & Stoller tunes. Music fans will also recognize the duo as the writers of songs for such legends as Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters and The Drifters.

Kyle Taylor Parker, Dwayne Cooper, John Edwards and Jelani Remy Photo credit: Gary Ng

Smokey Joe’s Café has a playlist that keeps the audience rocking, with a wide range of tunes from joyous anthems (“Saved”) to comedic romps (“Charlie Brown”) to songs of yearning (“I Who Have Nothing”). The storytelling and community-building aspects of the songs celebrate the humor, passion, and heartbreak that infuse everyday lives. Bringing to life moments of friendship and unity, the revue is just what we need to bring our very-divided country together. The songs’ messages and emotions resonate today, perhaps with more power than ever.

Dionne D. Figgins and Dwayne Cooper Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, original vocal arrangements by Chapman Roberts, additional original vocal arrangements by Louis St. Louis, music direction by Matt Oestreicher and orchestrations by Sonny Paladino and Steve Margoshes. Music Supervision and new arrangements are also by Mr. Paladino. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting. The show was co-conceived by Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel. It is produced by Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel, who also produced the show’s original Broadway engagement.

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It’s Time to Indulge in Cider during New York City Cider Week, November 5-11

It’s that time of the year when the leaves are changing, apple picking becomes your go-to weekend activity, and cider donuts are all the rage.

New York City isn’t left out of the apple action, though, so don’t worry if you don’t have a car to get to those trees upstate or in New England.  And, in fact, New York City gives the apple event a spirited kick!

New York City Cider Week returns for the eighth time from November 5 through 11, showcasing New York State’s booming hard cider industry, which late last year saw the opening of Brooklyn Cider HouseNYC’s first cidery, bar and restaurant under one roof.

Cider Week kicks off even before the actual week on Friday November 2 at The Bad Seed Brooklyn Taproom. Highlights of this year’s festival, spanning neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn, include The Lower East Cider Fest, a one-night-only takeover of the Essex Street Market, the city’s most historic public market and perfect setting to show off cider’s ability to elevate every culinary experience, on Thursday November 8.  Another high-profile event is Adventures in Heritage Cider: Unexpected Tastings with Cider in Love, focusing on the craftsmanship and quality of ciders made primarily from heirloom, wild, or cider-specific bittersweet and bittersharp apples, on Tuesday, November 6.

This year, Brooklyn Cider House has partnered with Cider Week to host two official closing events on November 11.  If you haven’t tried their raw cider, half sour cider, dry cider or kinda dry cider, this is a chance to enjoy them all, and admission is free.  1100 Flushing Avenue, 347.295.0308. https://www.brooklynciderhouse.com/

The day kicks off with the Bushwick Cider Festival and Market from 11 am – 4 pm. Brooklyn Cider House’s 12,000-sqare-foot venue will transform into a cider and food market where you’ll enjoy free cider tastings from a dozen different producers. There will also be delicious snacks to feast on from local food purveyors with craft cider available for purchase directly from many of the best producers in the state. Additionally, you can tour Brooklyn Cider House’s cidery and barrel room and sample (if you dare) some raw cider from 80-year old chestnut barrels. Try one of their mixable cider drinks, too, like the Ciderosa, a libation of fresh squeezed orange juice with bone dry cider.

The true finale to New York City Cider Week happens at  6pm, when Brooklyn Cider House hosts Meet the Makers – a five-course cider pairing dinner featuring an exciting array of hard ciders including Eve’s Cidery, Descendant Cider, Blackduck, Treasury Cider and Brooklyn Cider House, served to you by the producers themselves along with Executive Chef and Cider Maker Peter Yi. Tickets are $125 and can be bought in advance online. Seating is limited.

Participating cider makers throughout the week include Participating cider makers include: Angry Orchard (Walden), Bad Seed Cider (Highlands), Big Apple Hard Cider (New York City,) Black Diamond Cider (Trumansburg), Brooklyn Cider House (New Paltz), Descendant Cider (New York City), Diner Brew Co. (Mount Vernon), Doc’s Draft Hard Cider (Warwick), East Hollow Cider (Petersburgh), Embark Craft Cider (Williamson), Eve’s Cidery (Van Etten), Graft Cider (Newburgh), Hardscrabble Cider (North Salem), Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider (Staatsburg) Kings Highway Fine Cider (Millerton), Kite & String Cider (Interlaken,) Metal House Cider (Esopus), Naked Flock (Warwick,) New York Cider Company (Ithaca), Nine Pin Cider (Albany), Orchard Hill Cider Mill (New Hampton), Original Sin Cider (New York City), Pennings Farm Cidery (Warwick), Rootstock Ciderworks (Williamson), Scrumpy Ewe Cider (Charlotteville), Slyboro Cider (Granville,) South Hill Cider (Ithaca), Steampunk Cider (Medina,) Treasury Cider (Hopewell Junction), Wayside Cider (Delhi), and Wölffer Estate Vineyard (Sagaponack).

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Enjoy the Last Weeks of Patio Dining and Drinks in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Now that Hurricane Florence has finally passed and glorious weather is upon us, it’s time to dine outdoors again while the temperatures are still lovely. Here are some wonderful restaurants and bars with patios perfect for people-watching and soaking up the rays in these last few months before fall hits.

Brooklyn

Pig Beach, 480 Union St. Gowanus; www.pigbeachnyc.com

Pig Beach is the critically acclaimed outdoor barbecue restaurant located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn from Chef Matt Abdoo (Del Posto) and award-winning barbecue teams, Salty Rinse and Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe. The all-star team here brings an eclectic barbecue-focused menu to the Gowanus waterfront showcasing barbecue varieties from around the United States. If you’re chilly, there’s also a large indoor space, now open year-round. Come here, first, for a canoe trip on the Gowanus – it’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget.

Gran Electrica, 5 Front St. DUMBO; http://granelectrica.com

Another Brooklyn favorite, Gran Electrica is the Bib Gourmand Mexican restaurant located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. Gran Electric offers an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu inspired by traditional Mexican street fare. From hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas made daily stuffed with lengua, cilantro, onion and radish, to day boat scallops marinated in aguachile, the cooking shows diversity of the many regions of Mexico. The beverage program incorporates Mexican flavors with seasonal ingredients and also features an expansive agave list with more than 50 types of tequila, mezcal, racilla and sotol. The large outdoor area has a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. To get here, rent a Citi Bike from Chinatown and bike over the Manhattan Bridge.

Sauvage, 905 Lorimer St, Greenpoint; www.sauvageny.com

Sauvage, meaning wild in French, is a neighborhood restaurant in Greenpoint, founded by the team behind James Beard Award-winning oyster bar and cocktail den Maison Premiere. The decor, cocktails, and wine all add to the restaurant’s distinct dining experience, creating an outdoor “natural” environment with a lush profusion of planted herbs and botanicals filling the restaurant. Facing nearby McCarren Park, the sun-filled restaurant has a lovely outdoor seating

Manhattan

The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side; https://thesmithrestaurant.com

The Smith offers a wonderful choice for patio dining after an evening at any of the ballet, music and theater venues at Lincoln Center or Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle. Under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Ellis, The Smith’s menu features bistro classics and seasonal fare from local farmers and purveyors. The restaurant has a popular craft cocktail program with house-made ingredients featured and an extensive wine selection which includes more than 20 wines by the glass or carafe.

Bowery Road & Library of Distilled Spirits, Union Square;

www.boweryroad.comwww.libraryofdistilledspirits.com

Taking its inspiration as well as ingredients from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, Bowery Road is an all-day restaurant serving market-driven fare from Chef Ron Rosselli.  Some of the seasonal appetizers include pinto bean hummus with mole spice, seeds and flatbread; roasted carrots with pine nut cream and garlic-honey vinaigrette; marinated beet salad with avocado cream, pomelo, hearts of palm, and almond dukkah. Main courses mix vegetarian with meat-centric choices such as the Union Square Market grain bowl with farro, quinoa, lentils, avocado, broccoli, mushrooms, and sunflower; or Niman pork adobo with mango, radish, onion and corn crepes.

Together with adjacent craft-cocktail destination Library of Distilled Spirits, where more than 1200 different spirits are offered, Bowery Road gives a Manhattan sidewalk-patio dining experience that’s unusual in its spaciousness. Happy hour is popular here as a stop en route to the nearby subway hub, serving up a menu of well-priced cocktails, wines , beer and a shareable bucket and beer filled with fried chicken, two draught beers and snacks.

Vinatería, 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem; www.vinaterianyc.com

At this beloved Harlem neighborhood restaurant, market-driven and vibrant dishes celebrate the rich culinary traditions of Italy and Spain. Cult favorites like spicy veal meatballs with creamy parmigiano polenta, or fresh rosemary pappardelle with lamb ragu attract a clientele of both locals and visitors. Vinateria’s expansive wine list is chosen from small producers and is full of surprising yet accessible finds, while the artisan cocktail program uses house-made tinctures, seasonal produce and fresh-grown herbs from the restaurant’s own garden. A large outside patio wraps around the restaurant (a corner building), seating 40.

Tavern on the Green, Outdoor Courtyard, Upper West Side; www.tavernonthegreen.com

Tavern on the Green’s outdoor courtyard is the perfect Central Park location for brunch, lunch, and dinner under the soft glow of string lights. Seasonal dishes from Chef Bill Peet include seared yellowfin tuna nicoise salad, miso marinated glazed marrow bone, wild mushroom toast on brioche, and smoked salmon tartine, with trout caviar. The bar at the top of the courtyard offers a separate setting for beer, wine, and cocktails such as white peach sangria, and the refreshing Hot as a Cucumber craft cocktail made with vodka, jalapeño, fennel, and cucumber. Enjoy a wonderful walk in the park to get here – the restaurant is located off Central Park West at West 67th Street or via the interior roadway encircling the park.

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