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  • Anisette Restaurant Review by Alice Chin

    Dinner at Anisette started with one of their specials that night: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta Cheese and Parsley. The salad was one of my favorite parts of the meal. The tomatoes were farm fresh and had a great flavor that went well with the ricotta and parsley sauce.  We received an order of the Goat Cheese Tart and Tuna Tartare from the kitchen. I enjoyed the Tuna Tartare, which was very light, and delicately seasoned. The flavor of goat cheese is usually too strong for me, so I only tried a little bit of the tart, which had a rich and flaky crust.  Anisette also brought out a gnocchi dish which was beautifully plated with pretty white and pink radish. I wasn't a big fan of the herbs used to flavor the gnocchi and sauce, which tasted like dill and lavender. Someone who enjoys those flavors, may enjoy it more. I also ordered the Trout with Quinoa and vegetables.  The trout was cooked perfectly and was lightly flavored, which brought out the simple taste of the fish.  Lastly I had the shrimp risotto, the shrimp was delicious but the risotto tasted slightly under cooked and starchy.  I haven't had much risotto before so I'm not sure if that was how it's supposed to taste.  Anyhow, it was a pleasant meal and would recommend the restaurant to friends.

     
    heirloom tomato salad
     

     Tuna Tartare 

     
    Trout with quinoa and vegetables 

     Anisette is located at 226 3RD AVENUE, AT 19TH STREET
     http://www.anisettenyc.com

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  • Two FREE Carnegie Hall Concerts with Renowned Conductor

    On June 6 and 7 conductor Benjamin Zander returns to Carnegie Hall with his acclaimed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) to give two free concerts with two separate and ambitious programs, an unprecedented feat by a youth orchestra. 

     

    Concert-goers will be in for an added treat when the maestro offers a 45 minute-long, preconcert talk on music, leadership and possibility thinking, his first in New York. Zander’s ability to inspire is why he was asked to deliver three keynote and closing addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Some eight million viewers have tuned into Zander’s now legendary TED talk  http://bit.ly/1gmJpzP.  His best-selling book “The Art of Possibility,” co-written with his former wife Rosamund Zander, has been translated into 17 languages.

     

    A mere four years old, the orchestra consists of 120 young people, ranging in age from 12 to 21 and chosen through highly selective auditions. Under Zander’s guidance, the BPYO has been molded into an orchestra taken seriously by the international music world, from Yo Yo Ma to Simon Rattle. After hearing the orchestra, Rattle noted, “it was completely astounding… a performance that blew the pros away.” When the BPYO made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2013, The New York Times said “brilliantly played, fervently felt” and “the concert was one that any music lover would savor.”

     

    Zander himself started composing music at the age of nine and came to the attention of towering composer Benjamin Britten with whom he studied. BPYO is a continuation of Zander’s life’s work, who has spent decades educating people in both music and the art of possibility. Bringing the two worlds together to develop young people is the essence of the youth orchestra. 

     

    This go-round at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra reprises two high-intensity programs that had close to 1500 people clamoring for tickets the first day they went on sale and lines snaking around Boston’s Symphony Hall for a quarter of a mile. The Boston concerts received raucously enthusiastic standing ovations from attendees and extraordinary praise from critics. In a city blessed with an abundance of classical music talent, the BYPO was singled out by Boston’s ArtsFuse magazine, which named their concert the best orchestral performance of 2015.

     

    CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT PROGRAMS

    Monday, June 6 & Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 8 PM Stern Auditorium

     

    June 6

    Glinka / Overture to “Ruslan and Ludmila”
Stravinsky / Violin Concerto in D Major
Debussy / “La Mer”
Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

     

    June 7

    Beethoven / Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Stravinsky / “The Rite of Spring”

     

    Individuals can obtain up to 4 free tickets per person for each concert by visitinghttps://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/6/6/0800/PM/Boston-Philharmonic-Youth-Orchestra/

     

     

     

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  • 9th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side


    9th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side
    Features Over 90 Restaurants and Star-Studded Celebrity Talent
    Brand New “Summer in the City: Surf & Turf” Event

    Two Nights of Celebrations: Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th
    Friday, June 3rd – Summer in the City: Surf & Turf hosted by Anne Burrell & Alex Guarnaschelli
    Saturday, June 4th – NBC’s Sara Gore Hosts Best of the West

    NEW YORK (2016) – The 2016 New Taste of the Upper West Side returns this June with an impressive lineup of new and returning restaurants, notable chefs, and celebrity hosts for a delectable two-night celebration. The annual event, which was created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Wellness in the Schools nutritional program, Greenhouse Classroom, Citymeals-on-Wheels and other beneficiaries.

    “After nine years, New Taste of the Upper West Side has become an iconic event for Upper West Siders, as well as a destination food festival for people all over the city and from afar. We take pride in that the event continues to showcase our best local restaurants, as well as, of course, our fantastic Upper West Side neighborhood,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the Columbus Avenue BID. “Each year, we strive to add something fresh and unexpected to this beloved festival. For 2016, it’s the debut of “Summer in the City: Surf & Turf,” a totally fun event with a beachy theme, summer spirit, and grilling! Adding even more excitement will be ten new restaurants making their first appearances at this year’s events, even some that will not yet have opened.”


    Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Summer in the City: Surf & Turf
    Presented by Glenwood
    Under a grand tent on Columbus Ave between West 76th and 77th Streets in the O’Shea Complex Schoolyard

    Dive into summer with everyone’s favorite surf, turf and seasonal favorites! 45 restaurants are reimagining beloved warm-weather standards with unique and innovative twists. Senses are bound to be heightened in a beachy-chic setting under an exquisite block-long tent where the best flavors, scents and sounds of summer come alive to the rhythms of the Silver Arrow Band. Be the first to discover yet-to-be named restaurant debut from two-time Michelin-star chef April Bloomfield with partner Ken Friedman (Spotted Pig, The Breslin); and Maison Pickle, the newest restaurant from the Jacob’s Pickles team. Other “firsts,” including neighborhood newcomers Jin Ramen, Han Dynasty and Playa Betty’s, will be joining dozens of returning event faves, such as Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack and AG Kitchen. Hosting this star-studded evening are Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America and author of “Own Your Kitchen,” and Alex Guarnaschelli, chef/owner of Butter, judge on Food Network’s Chopped, mentor on Food Network’s All-Star Academy & author of “Old-School Comfort Food.” It’s a super soirée with international wine selections, craft beers, creative cocktails and so much more!
    Cost: $105 per person or 2 for $185


    Saturday, June 4th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    BEST OF THE WEST
    Under a grand tent on Columbus Ave between West 76th and 77th Streets in the O’Shea Complex Schoolyard

    The spectacular culinary weekend comes full circle with Best of the West 2016, celebrating the crème de la crème of Upper West Side cuisine for a ninth year! It’s an exciting evening of grand gastronomy against a backdrop of beauty, high spirits and the sophisticated sounds of Joe Battaglia and his 18-piece New York Big Band, as hosted by the charming Sara Gore of NBC’s New York Live and Open House. More than 45 fabulous Upper West Side restaurants are preparing unique and delectable dishes. Exciting neighborhood newcomers Crave Fishbar, Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge, Orwasher’s Bakery and Amorino Gelato will be joining dozens of revered restaurants returning for yet another great year, including RedFarm, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Jacques Torres and Rosa Mexicano. A magical feast prepared by Masters!
    Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250


    Saturday, June 4th at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Best of the West VIP Presented by 21 West End
    Under a grand tent on Columbus Ave between West 76th and 77th Streets in the O’Shea Complex Schoolyard

    For a second year in a row, New Taste of the Upper West Side is enhancing an exceptional experience with its exclusive VIP Reception, presented by 21 West End featuring a private lounge and bar, and Caviar Lounge by Olma Caviar. VIP guests will receive special gift bags with items from our sponsors. Most importantly, true devotees of the culinary arts will have early access to 45 of the finest chefs on the Upper West Side for an entire hour before general admission!
    Cost: $225 per person



    This year’s sponsors include 21 West End, Argo, Glenwood, DNA Info, New York Post, West Side Spirit, Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Brusco Group, Rosa Mexicano, Cargill, Rishi Tea and Boston Beer Company.

    About the Columbus Avenue BID: The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, representing merchants and property owners along Columbus Avenue from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street. Formed in 1999 in a landmark district, its membership includes a diverse range of retailers, restaurateurs and commercial and mixed-use property owners, comprising all of the commercial establishments. In addition, the Columbus Avenue BID’s district includes the American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Park, The New-York Historical Society and the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (www.newtasteuws.com)

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  • Lucky Jukebox Brigade Set To Play Arlene's Grocery On March 5th!

    Indie rock 5-piece Lucky Jukebox Brigade are set to play Arlene's Grocery on March 5th in New York, NY! The band is also gearing up to release their new EP, Savage Fantastic, on February 26, 2016.
     
    Saturday, March 5th - EP Release Show w/ Citris & The Royal Wigs
     
    Arlene’s Grocery
    Tickets - $10
    Doors - 10PM
    Show - 10:30PM
     

    Building buzz towards the official release of Savage Fantastic, Lucky Jukebox Brigade just recently teamed up with idobi Radio to exclusively premiere their new single "Bertyl"! Listen to "Bertyl", here: http://bit.ly/1nfBFq1. The band also exclusively premiered their first single "Little Fangs" with BUST Magazine, here: http://bit.ly/1NtOhST.On the heels of two successful self-released albums, Lucky Jukebox Brigade turned to Mike Watts to produce their upcoming EP, known for his work with The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions, Gates, Glassjaw, and more. Reminiscent of Rubblebucket and Arcade Fire, Lucky Jukebox Brigade has created a unique style of their own.

     
    Lucky Jukebox Brigade was born in 2010 when lead singer Deanna DeLuke was couchsurfing across the country with a backpack and a ukulele. Looking to start a band, she posted ads in every town she liked and planned on moving wherever she found the right people. That turned out to be her hometown of Albany, NY. In its early days, the band ballooned into an 11 piece that included two tubas and a musical saw. After two self-released albums and a national tour, the Brigade has shapeshifted into a 5-piece party made up of DeLuke, Geppi Iaia(bass), Michael DeMarco (drums), Jimmy Affatigato (guitar/saxophone/clarinet), and Chris Weatherly(trumpet/euphonium/synth/keys/flute).
     
    Lucky Jukebox Brigade is set to play Arlene's Grocery on March 5th in New York, NY! For more information, please visit: www.luckyjukeboxbrigade.com/
     
     
     
    Check out more on Lucky Jukebox Brigade here: 
     
     
    Upcoming Shows
    Feb 27 - Albany, NY @ The Hollow
    Mar 5 - New York, NY @ Arlene's Grocery
     

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