NY Happenings: Tax Day With Esquared Hospitality, Smokeline, Sycamore

MONDAY: Take it 1040 Easy With Discount Boozing
Celebrate your annual bloodletting for Uncle Sam with a drink rollback from Esquared Hospitality. Check out the desperate procrastinator fest at the Farley Post Office before heading over to Eventi’s nearby Big Screen Plaza. Drinks from Brighton and Humphrey are half-off, and the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory screens at 8pm. Sibling joints like BLT SteakBLT Prime, and BLT Fish will also be serving up beer, wine, and cocktails with a fatty 50-percent rebate.      

Enjoy half-off drinks from Esquared Hospitality at Brighton and Humphrey (851 Sixth Ave., Garment District) all day today, April 15th. To learn more about the restaurants, check out their listings above at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Rib-Sandwich Joint Opens Near Chelsea Market
Dan Delaney of BrisketTown drops a rib-focused stand along the High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage. Smokeline’s sandwiches take inspiration from Central Texas, and pies and bespoke sodas make Chelsea chilling all the sweeter.

Smokeline (Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line, Chelsea) opens Thursday, April 18th. To learn more about the stand, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: First-Class Flights
Sycamore in Ditmas Park continues its Flight Night series with a visit from Frisco’s own Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. Flights of four brews will only set you back $8.

Speakeasy Flight Night at Sycamore (1118 Cortelyou Rd., Ditmas Park) is Thursday, April 18th. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s NY Happenings: Bowery Poetry Relaunches, Sweet: New York, Tørst Opens

FRIDAY: Bowery Poetry Relaunches With Duane Park Burlesque
If poetry is to survive in the big town, it may need to flash a little leg. Bowery Poetry at 308 Bowery relaunches this week with a new partner: Duane Park, the former Tara of Tribeca. Duane brings its Southern comfort and renowned burlesque shows over to the East Village club, and. it all starts this Friday night;  The Plume Revue reclaims their Friday night slot with Peekaboo Pointe and Medianoche among the dancers, and a tight jazz band on the tunes.

Bowery Poetry (308 Bowery, East Village) relaunches Friday the 8th with Duane Park burlesque. The Plume Revue begins at 10pm. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Eat John Doe
Eat well, drink well, and do well at The Doe Fund’s annual Sweet: New York benefit to help break the cycle of homelessness. Top talent from the likes of Tao, Lavo, and BLT Prime will hook you up with both savory and sweet bites inside the Classic Car Club Soho.

Sweet: New York at the Classic Car Club Soho (250 Hudson St., Soho) starts at 7pm Thursday the 7th. Main event tickets are $75. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

FRIDAY: Quenching Tørst
An avant-garde trio of chef, brewer, and importer join forces on the ultimate beer bar. At Tørst, you can down bespoke brews by luminaries like Jean Van Roy of Cantillon Brewery inside a modern, minimal space. A stealth Scandi restaurant in back will follow later in the year.

Tørst (615 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint) opens Friday the 8th. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Valentine’s Day Dinners Your Girlfriend Will Love

Alright, the photo has nothing to do with what I’m about to say, but I couldn’t resist. Guys…it’s time to impress. You know you’re getting nothin’ Valentine’s Day night if you don’t put together a satisfying romantic night.  And while homemade dinners are quaint, these six NYC restaurants guarantee 100 percent excellence and no dishes to clean afterward. You’re in, you eat the best food, you hold hands across the table, and then you skip back to your apt ASAP for some good lovin.’

Louro: This recently-opened spot in the West Village wins “most creative” with their six-course, $85 menu inspired by The Beatles most iconic love songs. And yes, though the connection between a dark chocolate brownie sundae for two and the song “Here, There, and Everywhere” is a bit tenuous, that does not stop me from making it a must-attend event. Inside-info here.

Market Table: This cozy spot on Carmine St. abounds with terracotta floors, brick walls, sleek wood tables, and dishes that are market-fresh. And seeing as their entrees are usually in the $28-$32 range, their special four-course, $55 menu on the 14th is pretty irresistible. Menu commonly includes dishes like braised shortib ravioli, duck with pistachios and butternut squash, Maryland crab soup, and chocolate sea salt pot de crème. Inside-info here.

Perilla: As Top Chef’ first winner Harold Dieterle’s West Village restaurant, Perilla is a brunch and dinner knockout. It’s the classy, understated spot that doesn’t need to boast.Their three-course, $65 menu includes their top dishes, like the Hampshire pork belly, spicy duck meatballs, grilled black grouper with andouille sausage, andtheir heavenly, salted caramel chocolate beignets.Excuse my drool. Inside-info here.

Hakkasan: This Michelin-starred, high-class Chinese spot in Hell’s Kitchen is the king of the prix-fixe: Seven courses. $98. Get ready for dishes like roasted Pacific cod with Rosé Wine and egg white, seared scallop with sweet mango in sweet basil and peanut dressing, and chocolate orange with marshmallows and chocolate crumbs.  Come hungry, leave perhaps too full for nooky, but you’ll make it through. Inside-info here.

BLT Prime: This Gramercy steakhouse offers a special Valentine’s menu spotlighting fried Kumomoto oysters, aged sirloin from Rosencrantz Farms, goat’s milk ricotta ravioli, and wild salmon. Inside info here.

Mas Farmhouse: Named after the French word for what it resembles: a country house. Paneled wood and stone walls, fresh flowers, farm-raised poultry, cheeses, and veggies – all overseen by a James Beard chef. One the 14th, treat you and yours with a four-course, $120 dinner. Inside-info here.

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Hotel ‘Hood: A Snapshot of Gramercy Park Hotel

A simple postage stamp-size photo of a hotel room cannot possibly forecast the sort of experience you’ll actually have there. What sorts of treasures, sights, and smells lie within and around the hotel? It’s about the neighborhood. The food. The lighting. And in the case of the Gramercy Park Hotel, the people and the wonderful, old world opulence and glamor represented in its every detail. From the velvet curtains and the outsize art in its massive hall, to its historical block and landscaped grounds, here’s a snapshot of Gramercy Park’s finest offerings.

image The Neighborhood The block Gramercy Park Hotel is situated on is quiet and tree-lined. It’s mostly residential, and features guest access to the private park just outside its door. image Eating and Drinking Inside the hotel you have Maialino, Rose Bar, and a lovely rooftop and garden bar.

Nightlife and Dining Nearby Rose Bar & Jade Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel Maialino Novita BLT Prime SPiN New York Ciano Pete’s Tavern Pure Food and Wine Choshi Sushi Friend of a Farmer

(Photos by City Sage, Fudd and Weblicist.)

Industry Insiders: Carter Reum, Spirit Savvy

What do you do? My brother and I own an alcohol company called VeeV, the first Acai spirit. We launched it 14 months ago in Los Angeles and since then we’ve just been distributing it around the country. Before we launched, we decided that we would donate a dollar from every bottle back to a project called Sustainable Acai Project, so we partnered with a non-alcoholic acai drink company, and we donate a dollar directly back to the farmers to ensure kind of a sustainable and organized farming of acai and make sure it’s “wild harvested” to protect the rainforest.

Where do you go out? My favorite restaurants in this city are probably, hands down, the BLTs. I love all the BLT concepts — prime, steak, fish — and they’re all very different. The one consistent thing is that you’re going to get great food and a fun atmosphere there. It’s very high-end without being stuffy. My other favorite place in the city to go out at night is the Eldridge … if you can make it past the doorman, it’s a hell of an experience inside. There aren’t a whole lot of people in there, but it seems to be good people and fun people — anyone who’s in there seems to have a good time. My favorite place in LA is this place called Crown Bar … they’ve got good cocktails and a very fun and classic environment.

Are you and your brother big drinkers? Not any bigger than the next person. We definitely spent a lot of time in the nightlife stuff in New York, and just going to Columbia we were around it a lot. Now I own the copyright of social alcoholism. And now when you’re drinking by yourself in the morning, and your friend judges you, you can say, “Screw you I’m saving the Brazilian rainforest. What have you done today?”

What’s something that people might not know about you? I’m a certified sushi chef. I figured I might be broke after college if I didn’t end up getting banking job, and I eat sushi twice a day, so I figured my best shot was to learn how to make my own sushi if I ever went hungry. I took classes at the New York Culinary Institute, and I actually have the highest certification of a sushi chef outside of Japan that you can get.

Favorite cocktail? It’s a VeeV cocktail at a new restaurant called Pranna. It’s my favorite because the cocktail is as good as it looks. It’s called the Butterfly Whisperer, and is a beautiful green color and garnished with a floating rose petal. The cocktail has VeeV, Hendrick’s Gin, and kiwi. It’s amazing!!

What are you doing tonight? I’m going to have dinner at either Craft or BLT, then bounce around to a few of my favorite spots like starting for a cocktail at the Randolph then hitting the Eldridge, Goldbar, and Cain Luxe for some action.