Mavis Staple Hozier Young & Sick – Mangrove, Heartache Fetish Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens Kygo – Dancer, Younger Tokimonsta – The Force ft. Kool Keith
My favorite place to sit is in the booths along the back wall that face out overlooking the street through large open windows. It all feels very European. This is also one of the only ca- fés in NYC where you can smoke inside. Circa Tabac offers a selection of cigars and luxury cig- arettes and is grandfathered into the smoking ban. Spend a relaxed evening enjoying a cigar and sip on a fine Scotch. MUSIC “Bewildering world with no end or start I am Indian in skin but English of heart Bewildering world despair and rejoice Indian skin, I’ll be your voice” Albion Voice – Bishi
Out & About Morgenstern’s 2 Rivington Street www.morgensternsnyc.com
mous Korean hot sauce is sweetened using apple paste. The bar is very lively during the after-work drinks hour and has an impressive sake menu.
Morgenstern’s is quickly gaining recognition as the hot ice cream spot downtown, and that popularity will carry ice cream lovers into the fall season. Artisanal flavors are made in small batches and sprinkled with a crunchy element to order, then mixed and scooped. This serv- ing technique secures that mix-ins like cookie pieces and pretzels are never soggy.
Tavola 488 Ninth Avenue www.tavolahellskitchen.com
You don’t necessarily expect a great dining experi- ence to accompany a stellar Broadway show, but dinner at Tavola is an exception. Pizzas are baked at 900 degrees in a wood-burning oven, and a light ricotta filling is stuffed into cannoli shells flown in from Sicily. The owner’s family has roots in Castlevetrano, Italy, a town in the south of Italy with a famous food heritage, from which the res-
Salud 107 Thompson Street www.saludnyc.com
A great lunch spot with a formidable list of break- fast sandwiches. The chef/owner finds inspira- tion in his Mexican heritage. Zucchini blossom quesadillas, a molé sauce from a family recipe for the chicken molé sandwich, and even housemade seitan. Creative smoothies and fresh juices are served in old fashioned milk shake glasses.
PHOTO BY VIRGINIA CAREY
Bishi Our girl Bishi was vogueing in theNYC living room of House of Ninja, aka Madonna’s inspiration, the morning before our shoot; where were you? I had the pleasure of seeing Bishi perform live amidst choreographed visual projections by award- winning film maker Mathew Harden, with an astonishing vocal backdrop featuring 50 sets of voices that were each recorded separately. Born and raised in London, her parents emigrated from Calcutta in the ‘70s. She sings in four languages. Her sound is a modern interpretation of Bulgar- ian choir music, sampling biblical Greek story tell- ing, Bhengali, and English, infusing a richness of harmonic textures and tones. She’s a modern day Disco Queen; poised, elegant, and oh so fierce. Music Will Make You Happy Following are my favorite acts from my first jaunt to the Newport Folk Festival (annually in July). This is a music festival by the sea where kids are bopping on their parents’ shoulders in the crowd, three generations of hippies fiddle dance barefoot together in the grass, and art- ists from multiple bands flood the main stage to play together to close each evening. Nickel Creek – Hayloft Trampled By Turtles – Where is my mind? Rodrigo & Gabriela
Rubirosa 235 Mulberry Street (Between Prince and Spring) www.rubirosanyc.com
Housed in a tight spot in Nolita, the vibes here are dive bar meets craft cocktails. It’s all about the vodka pizza. Don’t know what vodka pizza is? It’s a thin crispy crust (good enough to be eaten on it’s own) with a delicate layer of vodka cream tomato sauce and slices of buffalo mozzarella cheese. It’s so good you’ll get all worked up about it like I did. I definitely recommend opting for the large. The house-made cannoli are stuffed with a fluffy whipped ricotta filling, not too sweet.
taurant imports its olive oil, pressed from Castle- vetrano olives, of course. The olive oil is some of the best I’ve had in New York and is for sale in simple glass bottles.
Savoury 489 Columbus Avenue (Between 83rd & 84th Street) www.savourynyc.com
Delivery-friendly Indian food featuring a deep range of spice and flavor. The menu deviates from the usual selection of Indian dishes with several curries featuring coconut milk and fresh onion purée, which gives many sauces a pleasant hint of sweetness. The appetizers are divine, especially the baby lamb chops. Of the many classic des- serts, the house-made Kulfi ice cream was our favorite because of the rich texture and gentleness of the condensed milk flavor.
Mira Sushi & Izakaya 46 West 22nd Street www.mirasushi.com
Mira Sushi marries a myriad of flavors; Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and even Italian, to create new Asian classics. Sushi entrees come in a festive boat on a bed of LED lights. The menu features fusion creations such as a sushi pizza, and Korean beef bulgogi tacos. Chef Brian Tsao even makes his own Gochujang for the gluten intolerant. This fa-
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