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  • 10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side

    Features Over 85 Restaurants and Star-Studded Celebrity Talent

     

    Two Nights of Celebrations: Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th

    Friday, May 19th – Summer in the City: Surf & Turf hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Adam Richman with a signing by The New York Times’ Frank Bruni for his new book, “A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's” and a book signing from Alex Guarnaschelli for her book “Old-School Comfort Food”

    Saturday,May 20th Best of the West hosted by Jesse Palmer and featuring honorees April Bloomfield

    and Ken Friedman with a book signing from April Bloomfield

     

    NEWYORK(2017) – The 2017 Taste of the Upper West Side will once again bring one of the city’s most exciting culinary celebrations to the UWS this May. Local restaurants, both classic and brand new, will delight guests with signature dishes, and renowned chefs will mingle throughout the tent during this much anticipated two-night tasting event. At the helm of Taste of the Upper West Side is the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit which created the event and donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification. In nine years, Taste of the Upper West Side has raised more than $500,000 for organizations improving the UWS.

     

    “A decade later, Taste of the Upper West Side continues to be dynamic and fresh, with new restaurants showcasing their finest fare, alongside long-time favorites,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the BID. “It is a truly fun and delicious fundraiser that has brought many benefits to this community, including Columbus Avenue’s beloved sustainable streetscape, operational funds for Wellness in the Schools annually, donations to Citymeals-on-Wheels, 19 solar-operated trash baskets for Theodore Roosevelt Park, and other significant contributions.”

     

    Friday, May 19th at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Summer in the City: Surf & Turf

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    Alex Guarnaschelli, chef/owner of Butter, judge on Food Network’s Chopped & author of “Old-School Comfort Food” and television’s intrepid food and travel explorer Adam Richman are thrilled to co-host the city’s most rocking, star-studded summer event. Alex is excited to sign copies of her cookbook, “Old-School Comfort Food.” Alex and Adam will be joined this year by special guest Frank Bruni, revered New York Times Op-Ed writer and its former restaurant critic, who will also sign copies of his tome to comfort food classics, “A Meatloaf in Every

     

    Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's.” Summer in the City: Surf & Turf, is the first night of a grand food festival and fundraiser, serving up a super-cool evening of innovative twists on seasonal favorites. Among the nearly 40 participating restaurants are neighborhood newcomers Maison Pickle (of Jacob’s Pickles fame), The Fat Monk, Kirsh Bakery and Sugar Factory American Brasserie, a top 10 Instagram go-to and opening spring 2017 on the UWS! Other scrumptious destinations joining the party will be Levain Bakery, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Momofuku Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Playa Betty’s, The Meatball Shop, Han Dynasty and many more favorites! Step into summer with  gusto  with  great  eats, unlimited wines, signature cocktails and sensational sounds by DJ El Media. Don’t wait too long! The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a copy of Alex Guarnaschelli’s “Old-School Comfort Food” or Frank Bruni’s “A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's.” Cost: $105 per person or 2 for $185

     

     

    Participating restaurants include:

    5 Napkin Burger AG Kitchen

    Artie's Delicatessen Bettola

    Birdbath Bakery

    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Bodega 88

    Bodrum Turkish Mediterranean Restaurant

    Buceo95

    Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table The Fat Monk

    Fishtag

    Gabriela's Restaurant & Tequila Bar


     

    Gastronomie 491 Good Enough To Eat

    Greenmarket/  GROWNYC Han Dynasty

    Insomnia Cookies Isabella's

    Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen Jacob's Pickles

    Lala Sahab Levain Bakery Maison Pickle Milk Bar Osteria Cotta Ousia Pappardella Playa Betty's


     

    PROHIBITION

    Sarabeth's

    Serafina Upper West Shake Shack

    Sugar Factory American Brasserie

    The Meatball Shop Tiny Treats Cafe Virgil's Real BBQ

    Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish

    West Side Campaign Against Hunger

     

     

    Saturday, May 20th at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Best of the West VIPReceptionPresented by 21 West End

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    An exceptional prelude to an incredible evening, Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End is a delicious opportunity to meet-and-greet celebrity chefs and restaurateurs for an entire hour prior to general admission. The evening will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, Renown Analyst and Host of DISNEY's ESPN and ABC Networks featured on College Football and Good Morning America. Starting with a Champagne toast in a private lounge open throughout Saturday’s event, VIP ticket holders will be treated to chef-worthy gift bags and invited to a book signing by one of the evening’s honorees, Chef April Bloomfield, recipient of two Michelin Stars – one of only 10 women recipients to receive even one – and a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef. The author of “A Girl and Her Pig” and “A Girl and her Greens” opened her first Upper West Side restaurant, White Gold Butchers, in October 2016 with long-time partner and winner of the James Beard Award for Best Restaurateur in the United States in 2016, Ken Friedman. An Extra Plus: the first 100 VIP Ticket purchasers will receive a complimentary, signed copy of April Bloomfield’s new book (one per order, only).

    Cost: $225 per person

     

    Saturday,May 20th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Best of the West Presented by Park West Village

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    Celebrating a decade of divine dining, Best of the West Presented by Park West Village reaches to the stars as the haute highlight of a weekend homage to the Upper West Side’s most illustrious chefs and restaurants and hosted by Jesse Palmer, Renown Analyst and Host of DISNEY's ESPN and ABC Networks featured on College Football and Good Morning America. It’s an extraordinary night of epicurean excellence against an urbane backdrop of high spirits and sophisticated sounds from a live DJ. The evening’s hosts will be joined by honorees April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, along with such other award-winning chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud and

    John Fraser. Among the 40 bastions of fine cuisine participating in these 10th  Anniversary festivities are Jean-

    Georges, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Rosa Mexicano, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Jacques Torres Chocolate. For culinary connoisseurs, it is the ultimate dream-come-true event under a grand tent with cuisine, fine wines and spirits, and so much more!

    Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250

     

     

    Participating restaurants include:

    AG Kitchen Alice's Tea Cup Awadh

    Bar Boulud Bareburger Boulud Sud Burke & Wills BUSTAN NYC

    Cafe Luxembourg Cafe Tallulah

    Calle Ocho Restaurant Candle Cafe West Carmine's

    Cesca Enoteca & Trattoria


     

    Crave Fishbar Dovetail

    Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant HENRY's

    Jacques Torres Chocolate Jean-Georges

    Kefi

    Lincoln Center Kitchen Lincoln Square Steak Magnolia Bakery

    Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe Nice Matin

    Orwashers Bakery RedFarm


     

    Rosa Mexicano Salumeria Rosi Shake Shack Storico

    Tavern On The Green The Loeb Boathouse TESSA

    THE LEOPARD at des Artistes The Mermaid Inn

    The Milling Room The Ribbon

    The Smith Treathouse NY White Gold Butchers

     

     

    Aboutthe 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  (http://www.tasteuws.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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  • 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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  • BANDITS at Bowery Electric on 2/26!

    2/26 - Manhattan, NY @ Bowery Electric Tickets are $8
    Opening for Tall Days and The Kickback


    BANDITS recently premiered their new song “Wheels” with Diffuser.fm! This highly anticipated release was mastered by Brian Gardner, the Grammy award-winning engineer who has worked with iconic artists such as Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Listen to “Wheels” on Diffuser.fm, here: http://bit.ly/1PMiGtA.

    The psychedelic and explosive trio, BANDITS, are gearing up to hit the road on February 17th in Lawrence, KS. They will be stopping in 8 cities across the US. For more information on BANDITS, please visit: http://www.banditsmusic.com/.

    Check out more on BANDITS here:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandedBandits/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bandits_r_us
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bandits_r_us/
    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/banditsband

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  • Jack N' For Beats Rap Competition at the Roc N Sole Store!


    The Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey sponsored rap competition Jack N' For Beats went down at the Roc N Sole store on Atlantic Avenue where competitors battled for a chance to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled and A&R Director AJ Ahmed. The store was packed full of aspiring MC's looking to take the #1 spot. The competition, separated into several rounds where rappers chose a beat and spit 16 bars of their best rhymes, drew talent from all over NYC, New Jersey, and upstate New York hoping to make it to the last round where they would then be put up against other winners from across the nation.

    Winner, Jadon Woodard, killed the competition hands down. With the audience in a roar after his final line; "stop acting dumb hard" it was very clear who the winner was. His ability to freestyle on command, tactfully approach his competitors weaknesses, yet overall laid back demeanor made him shine in the last round.

    After the competition, Style Music TV had the opportunity to sit down with the Director of A&R for Jack N' For Beats; AJ Ahmed:

    "I'm happy we had a decent turn out and the cool thing was everybody respected each other, everybody was chill even though [the winner] murdered the competition. It was a cool setting and a good look for everybody."

    "The cool thing is for Jack Honey to do this is a big look for the community."

    When asked how would AJ compare the NYC edition with the other tour stops:

    "I think the energy was cool.. I love that fact that heavyweights like Envy, Suss One, Ty Ty, and Emory were all in the house. Like you don't get that opportunity to be that close to them to be like 'yo you heard me?' That's the type of stuff that we offer that no body else does... New York had the heavy hitters for sure."

    When asked about what artists need in order to really blow up:

    "I think consistency. There's so many rappers, everybody is a rapper nowadays. So if you don't have the consistency or the drive to make it, you could see thousands of other people."

    When discussing what made the winner, Jadon Woodard, stand out:

    "He stood out cause he had better flow, better delivery; he was able to captivate the crowd. A lot of them that came up to the mic were nervous and also didn't really project their voice. When you don't project your voice you also show a sign that you're nervous to talk in front of a crowd. Some of them said the same bars four, five times and that's how they got disqualified."

    Overall, the NYC stop for the Jack N' For Beats competition was an exciting evening and a great opportunity for everyone involved.

    -MEGA


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