Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste of the Upper West Side beneficiaries.
How good are Upper West Side restaurants? Good, abundant, and public-spirited enough to support a three-evening annual food festival, New Taste of the Upper West Side, which opened with a soirée Wednesday night at the Museum of Natural History.
Run by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, New Taste is also a fundraiser—the soirée donates its proceeds to Theodore Roosevelt Park and the three evenings support the BID’s sustainable landscaping of West Side streets, as well as Wellness in the Schools, Greenhouse Classroom, and CityMeals-on-Wheels. Participating restaurants and chefs donate their time, food, wine, cocktails, and beverages.
Here, we’ve highlighted of a few of our local restaurants and chefs participating in New Taste of the Upper West Side, starting at the BID’s southern boundary, Columbus Circle.
One of Manhattan’s coolest vintage bars has kicked off a new a new fashion craze–the “feminist” manicure. Beauty Bar is a real 1950s beauty salon on 14th Street–complete with chrome-domed hairdryers–with a bar inside it, and it’s been giving $10 manicures with free cocktails for years. But recently, one of its manicurists decided to give her clients something to laugh about at their boring day jobs by painting their middle fingers an alternate color, or leaving it nude, for what she calls the ‘feminist manicure’.
The Heritage Radio Network, a non-profit organization that focuses entirely on food cultue, records and has its offices inside recycled shipping containers in the backyard of Roberta’s pizza in Bushwick. According to Forbes, we learned that the network releases “40 shows a week” and has “a log of 7,000 episodes.” The network is live Monday through Thursday, and features founder Patrick Martins conversating with both professionals and enthusiasts about “archiving, protecting, and advancing” the conversation of food in America. (more…)
When it comes to dining in New York City, there are few experiences more intimate than the supper club—a format we’ve long been intrigued by. We’ve been to Ai’s Japanese supper club in a Williamsburg loft with EatWith, a Togolese dinner in a Bed-Stuy bodega, and a dinner party made with foraged food in a dumpster, among others. The new supper club Vivonne has a similar goal—to bring likeminded people together over a leisurely meal—but a caveat: it’s members-only. We attended the inaugural dinner on Tuesday, April 28 to see what it was all about. (more…)
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There is a new shop in Williamsburg devoted completely to selling hot sauce. Heatonist is for all of us who need our food as spicy as possible and revel in the collection of hot sauces (more than a row of the Untapped Cities HQ fridge is just hot sauce). This past weekend, we went to the opening party of Heatonist, where hot sauce enthusiasts can come and taste a very wide variety of sauces, ranging from mild to hottest.