Tony Awards 2013 Viewing Party: Joe Allen Restaurant NYC

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Photo Credit: Jason Woodruff

I am a HUGE fan of viewing parties.  I attend several throughout the year for my favorite TV shoes (Mad Men, True Blood, The Walking Dead).  Viewing parties are a great way to meet new friends and/or let your guard down and be around people who share your same passion on a common subject matter.  If you are a fan of the Tony Awards… don’t miss this opportunity to get out of the house and root for your favorite stars at the Joe Allen Restaurant.

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Photo Credit: Jason Woodruff

Broadway’s favorite after-theater hangout, Joe Allen Restaurant is celebrating the 2013 Tony Awards by hosting a viewing party. This event will take place on June 6, 2013 for a limited number of guest.  Several TVs will be displayed throughout the dining room for guests to enjoy the broadcast from any table. A Prix Fixe Menu, created by Executive Chef, Victor Flores, will be available for dinner for $65. The viewing party begins at 7:00 PM and reservations are required to attend.

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Photo Credit: Jason Woodruff

Joe Allen Restaurant Viewing Party Menu:

 

FIRST COURSE

La Scala Salad

Caesar Salad

Mixed Green Salad

Endive and Watercress Salad

 

SECOND COURSE

Tacos con Chorizo with Roasted Pineapple

Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese Dip

Shrimp & Grits with Lobster Consomme

Sautéed Maine Mussels in White Wine and Tomato Sauce

 

THIRD COURSE

Hamburger and French Fries

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Brisket Sandwich au jus with Garlic Potato Chips

Poached Salmon and Arugula Salad

Orecchiette with Mushrooms and Spring Peas

 

DESSERT

Chocolate Pudding Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ice Cream

Fruit Tart with Lemon Cream Filling

 

 

For more information, visit: www.joeallenrestaurant.com. To make reservations at Joe Allen, please call (212) 581-6464.

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Photo Credit: Jason Woodruff

ABOUT Joe Allen Restaurant

Joe Allen Restaurant has been nourishing theatergoers and theater professionals for 57 years on West 46th Street. Starting out, they catered mostly to “chorus kids with bad knees” but quickly became the place where the worlds of theater stars and theatergoers converge.  In other words, Joe Allen has defined (and then redefined, and then redefined again) “the theatrical hangout.” Perhaps the restaurant’s biggest gift to the theatrical community was turning the terrible indignity of being associated with a failed show into an honor (albeit a dubious one) with its famous “flop wall.”

NYC Restaurants: Carribbean Spanish Fusion at Corlette

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Corlette Restaurant in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.  Corlette is a Caribbean- Spanish fusion eatery that is best known for their tacos and sangrias.  I must admit, I was blown completely away by their fish tacos that are some of the best that I have tasted in Brooklyn.  They were quite tasty, that I decided to take an order home, lolll.  Before I go head first into the awesomeness which is their tacos…. let me first describe the scene.  This restaurant is what you refer to as an anomaly of sorts, in the sense that I wouldn’t have expected this restaurant on that particular block.  I am not saying that it was located in the hood or anything…. but Corlette could easily fit into a block filled with hipster restaurants.  I do understand that the neighborhood is changing, so I guess you could say Corlette is a pioneer when it comes to new establishments in the area.  During my walk to the restaurant, I took note of the businesses around Corlette which consisted of Dunken Donuts, a Bodega, and Home Depot.  I think residents of the neighborhood that encompasses Corlette are extremely fortunate.  I wish I had a place like this on my block.

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Speaking of the residents, while I was ordering a drink at the bar I had the chance to speak with one of Corlette’s patrons.  A retired police officer, and resident of the neighborhood… he spoke enthusiastically about the restaurant and talked about how he often stopped in.  I think that if Corlette continues to garner the support of the residents, they will be around for a long, long time.  Corlette has outdoor dinning in the back that gives dinners a lounge feel.  In addition to dinning, Corlette also host events.  I was told by PR that they had just hosted an event the week prior for the Mayweather fight.

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Now in regards to the food and cocktails.  I had 1 curry shrimp taco, 1 fish taco, and the Seared Salmon as an entree.  I think that Corlette’s menu has something for everyone.  With that being said, everyone at the event had their own personal favorite dish.  Everyone in attendance raved about one item or another.  While I thought the curry shrimp was just ok, another person fell truly-madly-deeply in love with it.  I went crazy over the fish tacos, while someone thought it was just so-so.  I suggest that anyone reading this go in and discover what their personal favorite.  As I stated before there is something for everyone.
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In regards to the drinks… the cocktails were exceptional.  I had two different types of Sangria, and a Rum Punch.  There are so many different reason’s to visit Corlette…. the food, weekend brunch, the drinks, the atmosphere and events.  If I am ever back in the area, I will definitely stop back in.
 
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Corlette

This Friday May 10th, 7pm – 9pm
193A Nostrand Ave (Btwn Hart & Pulaski)
(G Train to Bedford/Nostrand then a short 3-block walk)
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NYC Food Porn: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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In my quest to find new and exciting food in New York, I stumbled upon Bourbon Street Bar & Grille by way of Phaon of LuxuriousPrototype.com.  Phaon hosted a get together during Mardi Gras last year, and I didn’t read the invitation until after the fact.  I was so intrigued by this New Orleans/ French Quarter themed restaurant, I put it in my mind that I would eventually go visit.  Fast forward a year later…. I finally got the chance to visit Bourbon Street Bar & Grille with my friend @Raijean of SwaraiBlog.com while she was in town for New York Fashion Week.

Before visiting, I looked Bourbon Street Bar & Grille up on Yelp! to see what the natives thought.  It was mixed reviews, but everyone agreed that the drinks were good.  Based on that fact, I was sold.  Note: I broke my review up into two separate post… one for the food, and the second for the drinks.

So the first course was an appetizer sampler platter that consisted of Alligator in a Blanket, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings.  The second course was the Corn and Crawfish Chowder with Applewood Bacon.  The final course was the Oyster Po’ Boy with a Garden Salad.  Note:  It is not really called Alligator in the Blanket…. but in my mind that is a much better name, lolll.

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I honestly have to say that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille served some of the best bar food I have eaten in New York.  Most of the bars I have been to serve frozen, warmed over food.  I guess in all fairness, bars are supposed to be known for their drinks and ambiance with the food being an afterthought.  Bourbon Street Bar & Grille stands out as a triple threat.  Below are my thoughts on the individual dishes.

I have had alligator before in New Orleans… I remember it being chewy, but tasting like chicken.  Being the somewhat adventurous spirit that I am, I decided to give it a go.  “Alligator in a Blanket” was a total surprise to me; It came in sausage form.  I know that is said sausage on the menu, but it is overshadowed by type which is alligator.  Honestly, a person wouldn’t know it was alligator had it not been stated on the menu.  It was so completely tasty, I highly recommend that you try it upon visiting the restaurant.  I really can’t describe the taste… it reminds me of a really good blend of sausage.  Basically… if you like sausage, you will love this!

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On a scale of 1 to 10, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip was a 7. What made this dish a strong 9 was the home made chips that were a cross between pita and middle eastern mountain bread.  The chips were cut into triangles, toasted, then served alongside the dip.  I think additionally they infused herbs and spices into the bread to make it extra tasty.  The chips complemented the dip perfectly.  I have been to Bourbon Street Bar & Grille twice with two different sets of people…. both times we all completely wiped the bowl clean.  It’s a no brainer… order this or become a failure in life, loll.

The chicken wings were some kind of AWESOME!  I mean I don’t have enough time to break down the science of a good chicken wing.  On my first visit to the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, we ordered the wings with the sauce on the side.  Upon my second visit, we ordered it with the sauce.  They fry the wings, then dip them into this Honey Bourbon Sauce.  They also have Hot Sauce, but I am not a fan of spicy hot foodWings and a strong drink are the secret to happiness.  Bourbon Street Bar & Grille allows patrons to experience pure bliss through a plate of poultry.

 

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Ok so I completely forgot to snap a picture of the soup…. probably because I was feeling festive from all of the drinks set in front of me.  I did however manage to snap a picture of Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich.  Ok, so I have had some amazing Po’ Boys in my lifetime.  Most of them were served in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.  On a scale of 1-10… I give this one a 7.  The oysters were fried perfectly!  Not too hard or soft.  The french bread was perfect…. very fresh.  The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh.  I think what was missing was a sauce to pull it all together.  It had sauce on it, but it did marry the flavors.  However, this Oyster Po’ Boy was a personal best for New York as a whole.  I seriously doubt I will find a better Po’ Boy in NYC.

Please be sure to visit when in the mood for comfort good, good drinks, and a festive ambiance.  I forgot to mention that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is perfect for large groups.  Enjoy :)

 

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

346 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-2030

 

 

#ToyotaWomen: California Dreams Pt 2

Previous article: #ToyotaWomen: Charting my Journey

 

On Sunday, September 30th, Twenty-Four women descended upon Santa Monica, California to meet one last time for a Toyota “Glamping Trip” at El Capitan Lodge 20 miles outside of Santa Barbara.  The first leg of our trip started off in Santa Monica at the Lowes Hotel, where we checked in, freshened up, and set off for dinner at the posh Penthouse Restaurant in the Huntley Hotel.  Members from Team Toyota and Clever Girls dinned with us, and gave clues as to what lied ahead for our “Glamping Adventures”.  There, with the harvest moon as our backdrop… we dined on brochette, shrimp cocktail, salmon, steak, chicken, and some sort of chocolate confection.  My cocktail for the evening was a “Blueberry Lemonade”.

Later we were shuttled back to the Loews where we enjoyed a view of the poolside and ocean waves from our hotel suite.  I was so exhausted from my travels, I forgot to take pictures of the room.  The interior of the room reminded me of old Hollywood.  It’s retro interior design could have been a scene straight from the movie “Key Largo”, with Bogart and Becall staying in the room right next to mine.  After research, I learned that the hotel was built in 1989, and boast 342 rooms.  The hotel was recently remodeled in the last few years, and as a guest I can honestly say I enjoyed the best night’s sleep ever!!!

Upon our return from our Glamping Trip, we were shuttled directly back to the Loews, then dispatched out to LAX as our individual planes arrived.  While waiting, Team Toyota treated us to lunch at the Ocean & Vine Restaurant located inside of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.  The food there was pretty damn tasty!  I had the Scallop Salad, Fish Tacos, and Peaches n’ Crème Brulee.  My drink of choice was a glass of Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011 w/ a screw top, loll.  I learned from one of the Bloggers that most wines from Australia have a screw tops?!  In any event, I rather enjoyed this wine and will look into acquiring a case of it.

Below are pictures from my experience at the Lowes… I hope that you all enjoy :)

 

New York: Bar and Restaurant Show June 26-27

 

Steve Wesler, CEO and Producer, has put together a comprehensive and interactive show for this years, “13th annual Bar and Restaurant Show”.  There will be 205 exhibitors, 21 seminars, tastings, drink demonstrations, and more!  In addition, there will be various competitions, with already hundreds of entrants registered to compete for Best in Show and various medals.

With more than 24,000 bars and restaurants in New York (including the 5 boroughs) alone, this show will surely bring out the industry’s biggest and brightest talents from across the board.  For more information, a list of exhibitors and seminars and the whole kitchen sink, please visit www.thebarandrestaurantshow.com.

WHEN:            11:00AM – 5:00PM Tuesday, June 26, 2012

                           11:00AM – 5:00PM Wednesday, June 27, 2012

 

WHERE:           Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Hall 1A-W38th St. & 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001

WHAT ELSE:    Admission for show floor exhibits only are $45 before June 20 and $55 after June 20 and at the door. Admission for the World-Class Seminar Series, plus Show Floor Exhibits, is $150 before June 20 and $175 after June 20 and at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.thebarandrestaurantshow.com or call (800)243-9774.

Come MeetUP and TweetUP @ Billie’s Black


What: Calling all Media Socialites to come out and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Billie’s Black in Harlem by participating in a Tweetup.

The goal is to help spread the word about the restaurants upcoming festivities during the week of June 19th.  Guest will have the opportunity to speak with the owner, photo ops, and network with other local Media Socialites in the area.

Please think of this as a way to give back to the community by supporting local businesses through the power of online media. Any Blog Post, Tweets, FaceBook Updates, FourSquare Check-ins, or TwitPics would be greatly appreciated.

When: June 15th from 6-9pm

Where: Billie’s Black 271 West 119th Street, NYC, 10026

Event Hashtag: #BBTweetUP

Host: Kitty Bradshaw will be on hand to make sure the conversation flows, crack jokes, and answer any questions related to Social Media.

 



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5th Anniversary EVENT SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, June 19 –

‘Literally Hot Off the Press’  New Artist Victoria Brown’s Opening Gala “Loving The Color of Art”, 4pm

“I am fascinated with creating works of art combining abstract caricatures and realism. I also enjoy painting images of love in alternative lifestyles expressing love.  Creating pieces of decorative art for the modern style home is also a passion of mine.It’s my hope to create a painting style unlike any other!” – Victoria Brown

 

Tuesday, June 21-

Karaoke & Special Live Performance featuring Benita Charles & Friends , 5pm - Mark the first day of summer with live “al fresco” Karaoke at  5pm-7pm,  vocalist Benita Charles performing at 7pm-9pm, then back inside Billie’s for more karaoke. Produced in conjunction with MakeMusicNY.  FREE

 

Wednesday, June 22 –

Salute To Harlem Women Business Owners. “Five Years of Success: A Collective Achievement” - Honoring those Harlem business owners/operators who, like Billie’s Black, have been in business for five or more years. Invitation Only and RSVP required.

 

Thursday, June 23 –

VIP Customer Appreciation Night.  This night is by invitation only and RSVP is required.

 

Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 –

Billie’s Black “All Star Jam”- 8pm Part 1 & 2  Two nights of the New York City’s ‘Top Indie Artist’ performing LIVE. Hosted by vocal powerhouse Lorenda Robinson of ‘Brown Baby Girl’ and Def Poetry Jam spoken word artist ‘ButtaFly Soul’ and featuring over 20  Billie’s Black “alumni” performers.   Tix are ONLY $20 at the door and include performance and our  AfterParty w/ DJ Nessdigi and the SEXiest Female Alive on the 1′s & 2′s DJ Tiffany!

 

ALSO ENJOY OUR OTHER JUNE EVENTS

 

  • Karaoke – Every Tuesday, 7pm – 11pm, $3 Beers All Night
  • Rajdulari Jazz Project, Friday, June 10, 9pm $10 cover
  • Speak Your Myne – “The Finale” Open Mic Poetry, Thursday June 16 , 7pm, $5 Cover
  • Guitarist Damien Richards,  Friday, June 17, 8pm, $10 Cover\Soul Nation, Saturday, June 18, 8pm,  $10 cover
  • Laugh TeaCe’s Comedy, Wednesday June 29, 9pm,  $5 cover

 

Reservations and Information

212-280-2248

 

 

 

Kitty’s 10 Purchases of April

As a Social Influencer, I am often sent free merchandise to feature of my site.  Most of the time I turn down/refuse items, and opt to purchase items that are relevant to you the readers and myself.  This post is featuring both the necessities and guilty pleasures that helped me get through last month.  Feel free to tell me what your major purchases were in the last 30 days in the comment section.

1. Plane Ticket- I mean my likes outweigh my dislikes in regards to Delta Airlines.  I don’t like how I have to pay for my luggage; I think your first suitcase should be included in the cost of the ticket.  However, I do like that I can access the internet during my trip.  I know other airlines offer this… but Delta has proved to have the best WiFi connection in the friendly skies.  Someone like me cares deeply about a seamless WiFi connection, lolll.  Dear Delta: You may be a cash whore when it comes to the whole flying experience but the WiFi connection redeems you just a little. –Sincerely, Internet is my Drug!

2. Two Pairs of Shoes from Nordstrom’s Rack- I paid a visit to Nordstrom’s Rack NYC during Easter Weekend.  I walked away with two pairs of pumps that have received rave reviews on the streets of New York!  Every time I wear them I feel like… (“I am a pretty… mama I am a pretty Girl!” –Gypsy, Natalie Wood) YUP, that’s the feeling lolll

3. Decorations from Party City for my California Party- What started our as a Cinco de Mayo party turned into a California Party with Cafe Los Arcos catering the event.  We had a fun time!

4. Claritin-D- *inserts sinus infection and fever here* YIKES!

5. Haagen Dazs- Coffee Flavor… YUM!

6. Dinner at AGED on the Upper West Side with SingleEdition.com- I love Sherry for introducing me to this place!  I had the short ribs and brussel sprouts that were to die for! Note: The food tasted better than it looks in the picture, lolll :)

7. Two Dresses from H&M- Yes, don’t judge me.  I am not a fan of overpriced, poorly crafted clothing.  However, I did find 2 camisole dresses for $12 that are perfect for the hot weather.  They have so many colors but I oddly enough I purchased the above colors that they used in the ad.

8. Microdermabrasion treatment I took advantage of Spa week and had my first ever Microdermabrasion treatment.  It was nice; it removed a layer of dead cells, and my face appeared brighter.

9. The Dealist – Roundtrip Luxury Liner Ticket to Atlantic City.  Pretty nifty deal, I purchased 4 at $5 a pop, lolll.  I have 1 year to use them.

10. Match.com Membership- In which I later cancelled within the grace period, loll.  It wasn’t for me; I figure my Mr. Right is not online but off saving the world and breaking hearts until he gets around to meeting me.  One thing I didn’t like about the service is they made it seem like they had this large database of singles.  The thing is, anyone can sign up on the site and upload pictures, but unless you pay for the membership, you can’t read email and contact members.  Now, if you are someone who paid for a membership, you have no way of telling if someone is a paid member or just someone who is under a free account.  So the FAIL in this scenario is you waste time contacting members never knowing if they didn’t like you, or never saw your message because they weren’t a paid member.

McDonald’s Presents: McRib Launch Party

McDonalds debuted the relaunch of their McRib here in New York, Times Square last Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  The soirée consisted of Media, Media, Fans, and more Media. 

I, the Kitty Bradshaw, hadn’t tasted a McRib since its second relaunch back in 1994.  To be honest, I couldn’t remember what the sandwich tasted like. Thanks to a successful RE-RE-RE-Launch; guest were treated to all you can eat McRibs, French Fries, and Beverages.  I was so caught up in the moment I even filmed a video for the franchise…. *crossing my fingers that it airs during the Super Bowl, lollll.

As I mentioned before, in attendance where three super fanatics of the McRib sandwich Alan Klein of  www.kleincast.com, Joey Erwin of South Carolina who holds the record for most McRibs consumed on a daily basis, and Adam Winer whose claim to fame is taking on road adventures around the country in search of the elusive McRib.  Lucky for him the McRib will be available from November 2nd – 22nd, 2010. 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better at the McRib launch party, McDonalds handed out gift bags filled with coupons, t-shirts, wet naps, mints, pens…. all the things you need after completing  your McRib meal. *thinking* They forgot the gym membership, lollll. j/k

McRib Trivia (from McDonald’s)

  • Every year McDonald’s purchases 250,000,000 pounds of pork.
  • The McRib sandwich as been mentioned twice on David Letterman’s “Top 10 List.”
  • Each McRib sandwich is actually submerged in tangy BBQ sauce.
  • The McRib sandwich was first introduced to the public in 1982.
  • The McRib sandwich sports 2 pickles and .25 ounces of onions.
  • The McRib sandwich was spoofed in The Simpsons episode #303.
  • McRib Nutritional Info:

    490 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein, 11 g sugars.

    PORCAO: Orgasm In A Cup served…

    The Best $50.90 ever spent PORCAO Brazilian Restaurant?

    On May 26, I went on a date to PORCAO. Words can’t explain what my taste buds want to express. If you’ve ever been to a restaurant that arouses all of your senses and makes your toes twinkle, then you can only begin to imagine my experience at PORCAO. From the moment you walk in the door you are catered to. The lead waiter comes over and introduces himself and finds out what type of service you would like and from that point on the most stressful thing you have to do is flip your coin over to signify if you want to continue to be served or not.

    Although I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant during summer months for the simple fact its comfort food and you know that type of food sticks to the ribs. I suggest spring, fall winter months. They feed you so much you barely want to move. I highly recommend taking a few laps around the block after exiting the restaurant just to burn the food off.

    Lastly, If you go you must have the “Passion Fruit Mousse” bka “Orgasm In A Cup”. *sighs* My lips wrapped around that spoon like it was a life or death situation. The Passion Fruit Mousse became more interesting than my date…smh sad but true lolll. I lost interest in my date like a fat girl at a weight watchers meeting who see’s the Crispy Creme truck roll by lmaooooo!

    PORCAO was soooo damn good I haven’t been back since. Anything that damn good… you need to stay away from. Smh… yall please go to PORCAO’s and taste the “Orgasm In A Cup!”

    Porcão NYC
    360 Park Av. South
    at 26th Street

    From USA: (212) 252 7080
    http://www.porcaous.com/newyork.html