Resident Magazine Celebrated Jean Shafiroff’s May 2015 Cover At Villagio on the Park

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff celebrated her May 2015 cover of Resident Magazine at Villagio on the Park in New York City, on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015.

Guests celebrated at hotspot Villagio on the Park’s exclusive VIP event space where they sipped on cocktails and dined on a selection of hors d’oeuvres including Grilled calamari and the restaurant’s signature mozzarella burrata. Guests included cover girl Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Dorinda Medley (RHONY), John Mahdessian (RHONY and owner of  Madame Paulette), Delania Dixon (Vh1, The Gossip Table), Michael Travin (Publisher, Resident Magazine), Pamela Jacobs (Editor-In-Chief, Resident Magazine), Lisa Bernstein (Resident Magazine), Roy Kean, Barbara and Peter Regna, Martin Shafiroff, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alisa Roever, Katlean DeMonchy, Nicole DiCocco and Lucia Hwong Gordon.

In the May 2015 issue of Resident Magazine, Cover girl Jean Shafiroff discusses her passion for philanthropy. Jean serves on several charitable organizations including The New York Women’s Foundation, NYC Mission Society, Couture Council and the French Heritage Society.  In addition she lends her support to numerous other charities. As for what motivates her to work as hard as she does on behalf of New Yorkers, she told the publication, “We live in a city where 30% of the children live at or below the poverty level. I can’t just go on living here and remain idle. I must try to facilitate change. We live in an age when the middle class is having a tougher time to survive.”

Villagio on the Park is a refined Italian restaurant that allows al fresco dining with breathtaking views of Central Park. Owned by highly respected restaurateur, Alex Kalas, and business partner Thomas Billante, Villagio on the Park brings together a unique blend of spectacular cuisine, impeccable service and dazzling ambiance. Kalas and Billante have taken New York City’s dining scene to exciting new heights using the space that was once home to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant & Bar.

Current, passionate and informative, Resident Magazine is expressly for high-net-worth residents of Manhattan and visitors to boutique hotels on the island. Whether in a luxury doorman coop or newly built condo building, Resident Magazine reaches the titans of industry, the movers of entertainment and the individuals who can and do make choices for their travel, dining, cultural and real estate needs.

About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff is a noted philanthropist who is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several charitable causes. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources and sits on the board of seven charities. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals and the people of the cities she calls home, including New York Women’s Foundation, Couture Council, Southampton Hospital, NYC Mission Society, JBFCS, Southampton Animal Shelter, Lighthouse Guild and French Heritage Society. In tandem with her philanthropic responsibilities, Jean has also hosted events in honor of the entertainment industry both in New York and Los Angeles.

About Resident Magazine:
Resident Magazine is a New York publication with the mission to inform its readers on the latest news in the five boroughs. Resident Magazine reaches its high net worth readers in a variety of different ways. Distributed in over 1,000 Manhattan doorman buildings, hotels, health clubs, doctor’s offices and concierge services in addition to being placed in high traffic areas such as Grand Central Station and Madison Avenue. Having been distributed in print for over 25 years, it is a household name amongst New Yorkers that reaches multiple generations.
For more Information: www.Resident.com

About Villagio on the Park:
Villagio on the Park, located at Central Park South is a refined space that features al fresco dining with direct views of Central Park. Owners Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante opened the restaurant by popular demand of a legion of New Yorkers who have become avid fans of their many other restaurants, most of them in Miami. Under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Johnston, Villagio on the Park makes its own pastas and imports many of the essential ingredients from overseas, such as Portuguese octopus and calamari from Europe.  Signature dishes include a gondoletta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a truffle mushroom cream sauce, and zucchini flowers, which are harvested in Palm Beach, and filled with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto.  Pizzas are baked in the wood-burning oven, and gluten-free options are on the menu.  And all desserts, such as apple pie a la mode, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate soufflé and creme brulée, are created on the premises.
For more Information: www.villagiorestaurants.com/location-new-york.php

 

Jean Shafiroff, Michael Travin, Pamela Jacobs (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Jean Shafiroff, Michael Travin, Pamela Jacobs
(Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Dorinda Medley (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Dorinda Medley
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Alisa Roever (Photo Credit: James Edstrom/TimesSquareGossip.com)

Alisa Roever
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Delania Dixon (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Delania Dixon
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Nicole DiCocco, Harrison Morgan (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Nicole DiCocco, Harrison Morgan
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The Southampton Inn Launched the Hamptons Season with Its Annual Memorial Day Barbeque

The Southampton Inn launched the Hamptons season with its annual Memorial Day barbeque, on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. Owner Dede Gotthelf and family Terry Moan, Edward Moan and Shane Moan hosted attendees on the Inn’s pool patio for barbeque chicken, burgers, fresh watermelon, homemade cookies, brownies, lemonade, iced tea and cocktails.

Notable attendees included Dede Gotthelf (Owner, Southampton Inn); Jonathan Cheban (Co-Founder of The Dishh; KUWTK); Dina Lohan; Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox News); Andrea Greeven Douzet (Publisher, Beach Magazine); Cristina Cuomo (Beach Magazine Editor-In-Chief); Victor DeSouza (Fashion Designer); Melissa Gerstein (SiriusXM Host, The Moms); Bradford Rand (President/CEO, RAND Luxury, Inc.); Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist); Nicole DiCocco (Socialite).

This season, the Inn is unveiling its newly renovated guest rooms, a spruced up outdoor patio and a brand-new ballroom making the Inn a perfect home away from home or the ultimate location for your next corporate retreat.

About Southampton Inn With several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for bustling city-dwellers. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. Celebrate the art of pure relaxation, indulge in a romantic get-away, or enjoy precious time with the entire family – Southampton Inn has everything for the discerning traveler. With 90 well-appointed guestrooms, many of which were renovated this past winter, the Inn is located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a short drive from highly-rated Coopers Beach. The outdoor patio and ballroom were also renovated to ensure the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.

For more information visit www.southamptoninn.com

Dede Gotthelf, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Photo Credit: Steve Sands)

Dede Gotthelf, Kimberly Guilfoyle
(Photo Credit: Steve Sands)

Jonathan Cheban, Dina Lohan (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Jonathan Cheban, Dina Lohan
(Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Chase Backer, Jean Shafiroff, John Wegorzewski (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Chase Backer, Jean Shafiroff, John Wegorzewski
(Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Cristina Cuomo, Carolina Cuomo (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Cristina Cuomo, Carolina Cuomo
(Photo Credit: Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Atmosphere (Photo Credit Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Atmosphere
(Photo Credit Rob Rich/Society Allure)

Jennifer Brozost & Vimmi Shroff of NY PEAS Celebrated the Release of Their New Book Hosted at Ivy Bar & Grill

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff of the New York Private Education Advisory Service (NY PEAS) celebrated the launch of their new book The NYC Private School Admissions Guide at Ivy Bar & Grill in New York, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

In their new book The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook, published by Virgo EBooks launches this month and is available on Amazon. In it, Brozost and Shroff of NYPEAS share their tips on how to navigate the notoriously difficult and stressful process of applying to New York private school. The book takes you through the admissions process, from advice on school tours, how to draft application essays to school correspondence and the post-admission notification process.

Attendees celebrated at Ivy Bar & Grill with cocktails and delicious bites including Barbeque Chicken Spring Rolls, Grilled Pizza and Classic sliders. Notable guests in attendance included Lynne White, Vimmi Shroff, Jennifer Brozost, Constantin Dancu (Publisher, Virgo EBooks), Nicole Dicocco¸ Jane Pontarelli, Kathy and Gary Andreassen, Joe Smith and Michael Travin.

Brozost and Shroff boast years of experience working within the admissions departments at some of New York’s top private schools. With NY PEAS, established seven years ago, they consult and guide families through the application process from start to finish.

About NY PEAS
Co-founded by Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, NY PEAS help hundreds of children and families navigate the competitive and notoriously stressful process of applying to New York City private schools. Brozost attended New York University and received her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.  Brozost has her degree in the advanced teaching of Reading and Writing from Columbia University’s Reading and Writing Project. Brozost taught second grade and has worked in the admissions office of a prominent New York City private school. Shroff completed her Undergraduate degree in Business and Economics in India. She has a Master’s in Education from New York University. Shroff taught at various private schools in New York City. Shroff has worked as an admissions officer as well as a Director of Admissions at various New York City private schools.
For more information: www.nypeas.net  

About Ivy Bar & Grill
Stationed in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, Ivy Bar & Grill has established itself as one of the area’s most popular spots for lunch breaks, after work drinks, intimate dinners, weekend brunches and nights out with friends. The restaurant offers guests an extensive menu of expertly-crafted dishes, signature cocktails and artisanal beers. Patrons can watch plays from their favorite sports team over drinks at the bar or host an intimate gathering at the cozy booth area in the back. Wooden tables, burning candles, and decorative lanterns create a warm space to enjoy time spent with friends and family.
For More Information: www.ivybarnyc.com

Vimmi Shroff, Jennifer Brozost (Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Vimmi Shroff, Jennifer Brozost
(Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Lynne White (Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Lynne White
(Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Constantin Dancu (Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Constantin Dancu
(Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Joe Smith (Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Joe Smith
(Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Jane Pontarelli, Nicole Dicocco (Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Jane Pontarelli, Nicole Dicocco
(Photo by Charles Salerno/PatrickMcMullan.com)

The Moms Present Mamarazzi ® Lunch Event with Melissa Rivers to Celebrate The Book Of Joan Hosted at Juniper Bar

THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, hosted a Mamarazzi® Lunch Event with Television Producer, Host and celebrity parent Melissa Rivers on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at Juniper Bar in New York City. The event brought together influential moms and media to celebrate Melissa’s new book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, And Manipulation, offering a behind the scenes look at one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships.

Guests at the event, hosted in conjunction with Chevy Tri-State, were treated to a sampling of delicious menu items from the newly-opened Juniper Bar in the exclusive downstairs VIP lounge.

Guests gathered around as Melissa Rivers discussed life growing up and her deep, personal bond with her mother, larger-than-life Comedian the late Joan Rivers – the subject of her new book The Book of Joan. She told the captive audience that, “Our mother-daughter relationship was so real. Everyone saw a bit of themselves in our relationship.”

She shared anecdotes of unique moments with her mother, including when immediately after her son Cooper was born, her mother took off and ran away with him quipping, “He was her favorite accessory.”

After the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work came out in 2010, the world became aware of how hard Joan worked in her day-to-day life, with rarely a day taken off. Melissa told the audience that she thought her mom’s work ethic was something normal until around 7 years ago, when she told her mom she was tired. It took reassurance from Joan and a step back to realize that her mother was no ordinary workaholic and had energy unlike any other person she knew.

Melissa, like her mother, has worked incredibly hard to achieve success in the entertainment industry. In fact, she found that to succeed in the entertainment industry as the daughter of a famous parent, she has had to work extremely hard to reach the point where she is today.

“You may get the interview, but you may not get the job. If you get the job, you have to work ten times harder to prove yourself because people are going to think you got the job because of who you know,” she said.

During the Mamarazzi town-hall, Denise Albert’s mother stood up and told the audience about one time when she was in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office when Denise and her brother were kids and in ran Joan carrying infant Melissa wearing a bathrobe.

To conclude, Melissa told the crowd gathered that her mother imparted an important saying that will stick with her forever. “She always said that this too shall pass. When things are good and bad, appreciate it or know you’re going to get through it because it doesn’t last.”

ABOUT THE MOMS: www.themoms.com
Denise Albert and Melissa Musen GersteinTHE MOMS, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs and now on radio nationwide. The MOMS are hosts of the SiriusXM radio Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa.  Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a platform that reaches millions of parents each year.  The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting.  Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. THE MOMS regularly partner with film distributors, book publishers and celebrity publicists to present engaging and informative conversations around topics important to parents year round. They have also been spokespersons for Netflix family programming. Albert and Musen Gerstein have presented their fashion show for moms during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week three times called Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show, which they co-founded and showcases a wide range of apparel for real moms.  It’s the first runway show where the models are all moms – in all shapes and sizes – featuring affordable and fashionable options for a diverse audience.  All mom models walk to raise awareness for their favorite cause. From 2010-2011, The MOMS created and hosted a half-hour TV show with NBC called Moms & the City and A Dad Named David.  The MOMS are regular contributors to The Huffington Post Parents and Denise to Huffington Post Divorce and have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News Channel among many others. Albert is an “independent” mom (don’t call her a “single mom”) to two boys and Gerstein is happily married and a mom of three.

ABOUT THE BOOK OF JOANwww.melissarivers.com/the-book-of-joan/
Joan Rivers was known all over the world—from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace, from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway, from the days of talkies to hosting talk shows. But there was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when she got a little out of hand. Her daughter and best friend, Melissa. Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time. If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won’t believe what she said and did in private. Her love for her daughter knew no bounds—or boundaries, apparently. (“Melissa, I acknowledge that you have boundaries. I just choose to not respect them.”) In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa shares stories (like when she was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift), bon mots (“Missy, is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire?”), and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household (“I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show. That’s all the math you’ll ever need.”). These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to life in the family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver. And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature. In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups.

ABOUT JUNIPER BAR: www.juniperbarnyc.com
Juniper Bar is a sophisticated, multi-leveled restaurant, bar and entertainment space in New York’s Midtown West, just steps away from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Home to an expansive main level bar area, intimate 30-seat dining area, and classy event and lounge room, Juniper Bar is perfectly configured to become the hottest new neighborhood local. Named after the bright blue Juniper berry, which is known for its piney flavor and use in flavoring gin, the space has been stylishly designed with a color palate of teals, greys, and bursts of orange.

Melissa Rivers (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Melissa Rivers
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Denise Albert, Melissa Rivers, Melissa Gerstein (Photo Credit: Diane Cohen)

Denise Albert, Melissa Rivers, Melissa Gerstein
(Photo Credit: Diane Cohen)

Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Denise Albert, Melissa Rivers (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Denise Albert, Melissa Rivers
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Melissa Rivers and The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein with attendees (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

Melissa Rivers and The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein with attendees
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 Productions)

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Announces 2015 Nominations For The 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

On Monday, May 4, 2015, The 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were announced by New York Post Theater Critic Michael Riedel at Villagio on the Park restaurant.

Each year since the inception of the awards in 1982, The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards honor outstanding achievement in dance and on the Broadway stage. The mission of the Awards is to honor individual dancers and choreographers for their dedication, passion and artistic vision that they bring to their performances.

Festivities started with Astaire Awards Director Patricia Watt welcoming everyone to the party sharing that for the first time ever, all nominees have received a certificate celebrating their nomination. Lauren Penn then spoke and thanked Watt for everything she has done to bring dance back into the forefront of Broadway. Event emcee New York Post Theater Critic Michael Riedel started the night by sharing his admiration for all the dancers before announcing all nominees to the assembled crowd.

The nominees for Best Female Dancer are: Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You); Leanne Cope (American In Paris); Jill Paice (American In Paris); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Erin Davie (Sideshow); Emily Padgett (Sideshow); XiaoChuan Xie (The King and I); Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Male Dancer are: Robert Fairchild (American In Paris); Clyde Alves (On The Town); Tony Yazbeck (On The Town); Jay Armstrong Johnson (On The Town); Philip Attmore (On The Twentieth Century); Rick Faugno (On The Twentieth Century); Drew King (On The Twentieth Century); Richard Riaz Yoder (On The Twentieth Century); Christian Borle (Something Rotten); Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time).

The nominees for Best Choreographer are: Christopher Wheeldon (American In Paris); Joshua Bergasse (On The Town); Christopher Gattelli (The King and I); Warren Carlyle (On The Twentieth Century); Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten); Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time); Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship); Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland.

Notable guests at the cocktail party included: Michael Riedel (Emcee, New York Post Theater Critic); Patricia Watt (President, Astaire Awards); Clyde Alves (Nominee); Phillip Attmore (Nominee); Joshua Bergasse (Nominee); Warren Carlyle (Nominee); Erin Davie (Nominee); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Rick Faugno (Nominee); Christopher Gatelli (Nominee); Jay Armstrong Johnson (Nominee); Drew King (Nominee); Emily Padgett (Nominee); Jill Paice (Nominee); XiaoChuan Xie (Nominee); Tony Yazbeck (Nominee); Richard Riaz Yoder (Nominee); Wendy Federman (Honorary Chair, Producer); Holt McCallany (actor); Lee Roy Reams (Board Member, Actor); Jean Shafiroff (Event Chair); Michele Herbert (Benefit Chair); Lucia Hwong Gordon.

This Year’s awards event on Monday June 1st, 2015 will begin with a VIP cocktail reception and an evening featuring musical and theatrical performances from On the Town, Finding Neverland, New York Spectacular and many more.

This year’s Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement award winner is Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning actor and dancer Joel Grey. American film producer and film executive Harvey Weinstein will receive the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre and Film.

The ceremony will be chaired by David Schiff and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit organization, The Douglas Watt Family Fund.

The Nominating Committee Chair for the 33rd Annual Awards is Wendy Federman, and the composition of the nominee Committee includes Nikki Atkins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Herzog-Sheffield, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton and Mary Beth O’Connor.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Established in 1982, formerly known as The Astaire Awards, recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway.  Since 1982, additional awards have been added to the lineup, including an award for choreography in film, a lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.
For more information, visit www.theastaireawards.org

Warren Carlyle, Patricia Watt, Michael Riedel

Warren Carlyle, Patricia Watt, Michael Riedel

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Joshua Bergasse, Tony Yazbeck

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Joshua Bergasse, Tony Yazbeck

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff

Jill Paice

Jill Paice

Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams

Phillip Attmore, Richard Riaz Yoder, Rick Faugno, Drew King

Phillip Attmore, Richard Riaz Yoder, Rick Faugno, Drew King

Best of New York Dining Guide for Mother’s Day

Swifty’s

Treat Mom to the best of Upper East Side dining at Swifty’s. This American-meets-European menu from Executive Chef Stephen Attoe hits all the highlights. Not-to-be-missed dishes include a vegetable frittata with morel mushrooms; special “no toast” eggs; the first of the season soft shell crabs meunière and a blood orange cake with crème fraiche. Cultural aficionados will appreciate the revolving exhibit of fine art that completes the popular bistro’s festive atmosphere.

1007 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

(212) 535-6000

www.swiftysnyc.com

 

Artisanal

An upscale brasserie in the heart of Murray Hill, Artisanal is offering an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day that includes Watercress Salad and Local Zucchini Vichyssoise to start; second course options of Lobster Mac n’Cheese, Blue Crab Risotto or Squid Ink Fettuccine; Hudson Valley Duck, Striped Bass or Snake River Farms Wagyu Strip Loin as a main; and for dessert, Strawberry Shortcake, Coconut Tapioca Pudding, Stout Bundt Cake, or Vanilla Saffron Panna Cotta. Restaurateur Sarid Drory is also offering moms a special holiday treat—a rose upon arrival and a luxury gourmet basket valued at over $100 at the end the meal that includes delectable cheeses, jelly, crackers, and wine. Artisanal has also recently added a 65-seat sidewalk café designed by Sarid Drory with handmade Parisian furniture from Maison Drucker and decorative flower boxes.  The four-course prix fixe is available for $95 per person.

2 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10016

212-725-8585

www.artisanalbistro.com

 

Amaranth

Treat Mom to a one-on-one dining experience at this cozy Upper East Side hotspot. Enjoy high-quality Mediterranean dishes that are a fusion of Italian and French classics, including fresh spring dishes such as Lobster Salad with radicchio, watercress, endive, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette; Baby Artichokes with Avocado and Parmigiano; or Endives with a Roquefort Cheese to start before moving into enticing entrees such as Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks, and lemon white wine sauce; Straccetti di Vitello, super-thin pounded sliced veal served with arugula and shaved Parmigiano; or Spaghetti with pancetta and peas. Save room for the extensive dessert menu that caters to all of Mom’s favorites including Profiteroles; Apple Tarte Tatin; Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake; or Cantucci al Vin Santo, homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo wine for dipping.

21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY

(212) 980-6700

www.amaranthrestaurant.com

 

Philippe Chow

Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow puts his own contemporary spin on traditional Beijing-style cuisine at Philippe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The restaurant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, serves an expertly designed menu of signature dishes such as Chicken Satay, Peking Duck, Green Prawns, and Nine Seasons Spicy Prawns—each presented family style—as well as a too-good-to-resist dessert menu from pastry chef Kostas Paterakis, that includes Red Velvet Cake; the gluten-free Warm, Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake; and Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. Specialty drinks ranging from a Lychee Martini to Midnight Mojito, are just the icing on this epicurean cake.

33 East 60th Street, NY, NY 10065

212-644-8885

www.philippechow.com

 

T-Bar

This Upper East Side neighborhood gem will offer a two-course menu for moms. Favorite signature dishes from Executive Chef Ben Zwicker’s special menu include the Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette; Yellowfin tuna tartare; or the prime aged Angus burger. Also available are the T-Bar Steak Bar—certified Black Angus, filet mignon, aged New York Strip, aged bone-in rib eye, or Black Angus porterhouse for two, served with steak sauce, béarnaise sauce, or poivre sauce. No meal at T-Bar is complete without tasting the popular desserts Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Chocolate Sundae with brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream. An artful menu of specialty cocktails—including the exquisite Downtown Manhattan, made with Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, brandied cherries, Antica vermouth, and cherry herring—and a curated wine list complete this epicurean outing.

1278 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10021

212-772-0404

www.tbarnyc.com

 

Villagio on the Park

A recent newcomer to Manhattan’s dining scene, Villagio on the Park will wow Mom with a fresh taste of Italy in an unparalleled Central Park South location. Dine within the restaurant’s dining rooms or in Villagio’s 16-seat sidewalk café.  Wine-and-dine Mom with seasoned restaurateur Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante’s curated menu of traditional Italian dishes including Fiore di Zucca (zucchini flowers stuffed with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto); Pollo Milanese, chicken breast lightly breaded and topped with tricolor salad with fresh diced tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar; or Risotto Frutti di Mare—Carnaroli rice in a saffron sauce with an array of fresh fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.

40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019

212-369-4000

www.villagiorestaurants.com

 

Vai Restaurant

A cozy and intimate high-end dining experience. Vai Restaurant is located on Amsterdam Avenue in New York’s Upper West Side and for the past five years has given Mother’s a special surprise gift when dining their on Mother’s Day. Vai provides fabulous contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences under the guiding hand of Executive Chef and Owner Vincent Chirico. Try delicious signature dishes such as the Charred Portuguese Octopus with jalapeño pesto, crisp nugget potato and arugula. Alternatively the Burrata Ravioli with truffle cream, 18 month parmigiano and honshimeji mushroom. Entrée specialties include the Whole Roasted Mediterranean Branzino and 30 oz. Prime Rib Eye for two with brussel sprouts and marble Yukon gold potato. In addition to the regular menu Chef Chirico has a constantly evolving menu of seasonal market driven specials. Why not start and end your celebration dinner with one of Vai Restaurant’s specialty cocktails such as the Anjou Pear Martini with vanilla infused vodka, anjou pear purée and lemon juice or the Pomegranate French Gimlet composed of gin, St. Germaine, lime juice and a dash of Cointreau. Vai Restaurant is open 10:00am to 10:00pm on Mother’s Day.

429 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10024

212-362-4500

www.vairestaurant.com

Village Prime

Wine and dine with mom this Mother’s Day at Village Prime for brunch or dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. A new addition to the West Village with a private courtyard, Village Prime specializes in contemporary American steakhouse cuisine in a rustic yet refined setting. Owner, and chef Paul Singh who has a track record in creating successful restaurants with Chef Rory O’Farrell combine traditional cooking techniques and artful ingredients for frequently photographed dishes such as the refreshing Tomato Basil Burrata, Tuna Tartare, or Maryland Lump Crab Cake to start; entrees including aged USDA Prime meats ranging from filet mignon to the delicious 42-ounce Porterhouse for two; Line-Caught Swordfish with zucchini and Brussels sprout risotto; or pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass with potato puree, Swiss chard, and red-wine Worcestershire reduction. Unparalleled desserts such as Crème Brulee, Banana Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Fudge Cake, and a unique cocktail menu, including the Fig Blossom—fig vodka, elderflower, and orange and cranberry juices—complete the menu.

302 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014

212-727-7463

www.villageprimenyc.com

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