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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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  • 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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