Frank Sinatra Would Have Been 98 – Celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes at Patsy’s

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This Thursday would have been the 98th birthday of Frank Sinatra. Mr. Sinatra was considered one of America’s most important singers,  performers, and personalities, as well as the number one patron of Neopolitan staple Patsy’s Italian Restaurant (236 West 56th Street). Founded in 1944 by Pasquale “Patsy” Sconamillo (who was also the chef the restaurant and kitchen), the restaurant is now run by Sal Scognamillo, and before him, his father Joe. Patsy is a family restaurant in the deepest sense of the term.

This Thursday they are serving up some of Mr. Sinatra’s favorite dishes including, Frank’s Clams Posillipo, Frank’s Veal Milanese, Frank’s Fusilli with Fileto di Pomodoro… You get the idea. It’s a great meal for $79 and a unique and fun evening out. Break out the cool fedora, wear a tie, and remember Ol’ Blue Eyes. If you can’t make Thursday, Patsy’s is doing The Feast of Seven Fishes from December 16th until Christmas Eve.

On Saturday, 49 Grove (at Bleecker) will celebrate its 10th anniversary. A basement space with low ceilings a bit off the beaten path, it’s still viable after all these years. I was out for a walk with my fair lady recently and ran into owner Aram Sabet while he organized a long line of decent folk just dying to get in. People just love the place and I think there’s no one to blame but dear Aram. It is his place, and he is there to say hello and get to know you and make everyone feel at home, in his home. Despite the ceilings, the location and the million problems that any operator faces, 49 Grove has outlasted most. I will attend this soiree and give Aram some serious props. DJs Suhel and Scarlett 88 will make it happen.

Man about town Kimyon Huggins will show us all why we pay attention to him anyway. Out to prove he is more than just a pretty face, Kimyon will display his art along with Matt Jones and Jordan Betten at a group show this Friday December 13 at the Bottleneck Gallery (60 Broadway in Brooklyn). The opening will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.