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Settled between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, Hudson Terrace invites one to revel in a grand space overlooking the river of its namesake. It offers opportunities for a range of occasions. Whether it be the classic call for drinks after work or a lush wedding celebration, Hudson Terrace can more than accomadate the event. The main halls include a bar on the second floor and on the roof terrace. Downstairs, light wood meets red velvet accent to create a genuine lounge. This space also has an outdoor area with its own bar. Upstairs, beneath a retractable roof that protects against unwelcome weather, cream-colored sofas line a view of ships on the river. Summer cocktails as delicious as they are lovely include a passion fruit martini, "Strawberry Blush," a liason of rum, strawberries, lemon juice, and soda, and a blood orange margarita. Hudson Terrace is wonderfully versatile. It seems that everything goes well with a view of the river.

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Gotham West Market

Located beneath a rental apartment building lies Gotham West Market, a space that is home to a variety of food vendors and a kitchen supply store. The restaurants offer a good variety ranging from American fare to Mexican, Spanish, Japanese, and, of course, a coffee shop. The interior is spacious with large windows flooding the concrete floors with light. Although only in their infant stages, crowds have already been seeking them out, where both on the weekends and after business hours the Market comes to life. I have enjoyed stopping by here both with friends on a bike ride, or while walking with the Manhattan Sideways interns. On one occasion, the students tried the albondigas (lamb meatballs) from El Colmado, a Spanish eatery, and watched, enthusiastically, as the chef prepared the bone marrow brulee at Cannibal for us to sample and photograph. This dish was certainly a first for Maria and Lauren, and they marveled at how the plate was so beautifully presented with the bone marrow served in the bone on a long plate with two pieces of toast and some greens on the side. They were giggling as they scooped the bone marrow onto the bread and topped it with the lettuce. And as we get ready to launch 45th Street, Choza Taqueria is getting ready to open. In 2017, we were able to return to sample their tacos and tamales. Gotham West Market has made Hell's Kitchen a dining destination, offering something suitable for every palette and time of day. The Market offers Hell's Kitchen residents – especially those living right upstairs – a great place to come together and enjoy some of New York's notable cuisine.

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Pocket Bar

Only in New York can one hear stories of a couple where one grew up on 44th Street, they met in a bar on 43rd, and now have opened their own tiny, but very special bar on 48th. Suzy Darling and Joe Witham are an adorable and, might I add, very talented pair. Suzy trained with Alvin Ailey as a teenager, went on to become a Rockette for eight years, was a back up singer to Bruce Springsteen, and a dancer with Houston Ballet. And while Suzy was strutting across the stage, Joe was singing opera in Oregon, and today, when not at Pocket Bar, he is the captain at a fine restaurant in Manhattan. When I asked how long they had been open, Suzy smiled broadly and responded, "87 days! " In less than three months (they opened at the end of May, 2014), this dynamic duo has managed to spread the word on the street and around town, bringing in many to share in their super friendly, 300 square feet of intimate space. There are no TVs, as Suzy's goal was to make her bar "a nice place for women. " She did not want to be a sports bar but rather as her gay friends suggest, "They opened a gay bar for straight people, but, of course, all are welcome. " The concept is to be an escape from the city and partake in a glass of wine on tap from a boutique vineyard or a beer, both under $10. On any given night, there will be Hot Pockets filled with pepperoni pizza, four cheeses or meatball mozzarella being served. And when I was chatting with Suzy, a new friend in the neighborhood popped in having just returned from a fishing expedition and dropped off some for Suzy to expand her pocket line up - this time with ceviche. Needless to say, she was thrilled and commented, once again, on what a welcoming community she has found.

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Añejo serves up dishes to be paired with one of the eighty different bottles of tequila and mezcal that embrace Mexican cuisine from a fresh perspective. While sipping one of their custom drinks, it was delightful to watch patrons engaging in conversation outdoors along 47th Street with the cheerful sounds of kids playing in the background. As we sampled some of the small plates, we spoke with Ricky Camacho, the Chef de Cuisine. He explained to us that Añejo does not seek to be a traditional Mexican restaurant – instead, it aims to play upon those elements, ingredients, and components that are distinctly Mexican, making dishes that are new but feel familiar. "The menu is modern but approachable. "A bite of the Ahi Tuna Ceviche illustrated Ricky's point to Maria, a Manhattan Sideways team member. She explained to me that while ceviche is generally considered a Peruvian dish (the country that she is from), the flavors of the jalapeño and playful tang of the yuzu orange broth made it clear that this ceviche was in a league all its own. The flavors do not presume to be traditional nor is that the restaurant's goal; they are at once authentic but innovative. Anejo's Executive Chef and former Top Chef contender, Angelo Sosa, has developed a great reputation since opening in 2012. Ricky was quite pleased to tell us that Angelo and four other Top Chef alumni served a four-course dinner at Añejo to raise money for Sandy relief. Angelo's fundraising efforts and resolve to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy shows how intertwined small businesses and the community they serve can be.

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The Press Lounge

When John O’Mahoney, the director of sales and marketing for the Press Lounge and Print, ushered us up to the bar at the very top of the entirely green building that houses the hotel, Ink48, I was dazzled by how bright everything was. Even though there had been snow flurries on and off, the Press Lounge was bursting with light. The wide open space seemed like what one might experience on the west coast, rather than in New York. The Northern Californian vibe is no accident, as Adam Block, the owner, is bi-coastal. Though he spends much of his time in New York and grew up in Chicago, but has great respect for Californian aesthetic and customs. The space on the rooftop was partitioned into several unique sections, each equally awe-inspiring. The main bar space featured a series of differently sized cubes on the back wall, glowing in hues of coral and teal. The couches were draped in warm fur blankets for wintertime, and Persian palms dotted the room. An outer patio had dark, wicker furnishings where, despite this wintry day, the views remained the center of attention. One of the most astonishing rooms was “the Sun Room, ” often reserved for private events, which has an enormous garage door that opens on warm days to give the illusion of being perched on the edge of the sky. Finally, the outdoor portion of the patio was the only area closed for the winter. Adam, however, was kind enough to show me the video of how the pre-existing rooftop pool was turned into a garden and seating area using repurposed, warped wood. When I spoke to Adam, he told me that he received a lot of his inspiration from Alice Waters, who was a client through his consulting business. The notorious chef and restaurateur from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, developed farms in Northern California and aimed to find farmers off the grid. She was truly “farm to table” before the expression became trite. Adam came away with a significant education from Alice, and when he decided to open the twin dining establishments for Ink48, his first thought was, “How can we be sustainable? ” He was not only referring to the food, but also to the business model: He wanted to create a space that would be a destination, but also a place to which people would want to return. He wished to develop the staff in such a way that they would remain as part of the family. People called him crazy, he told us, when he added 125 jobs during a financial crisis, but he believes it has paid off. There has been very little turn-over in the staff, which is unusual in an industry which is known for being a revolving door. Adam proudly told me that he has had the same cocktail servers for the past three years. He attributes this to “a balance in healthiness. ”One of the positions on his staff that had existed from the very beginning is the role of professional forager. Meghan Boledovich holds that title, and she is possibly the only professional forager in New York. She was educated in the new NYU Food Studies program, and Adam said he liked her for the role, not only because she was extremely qualified for all aspects of the job, but also because she was “very bohemian in her purest mindset. ” Meghan explained, “People think I’m just out in the woods hunting for mushrooms…but I only do that sometimes. ” She has a hand in the special outreach programs that the restaurants run in order to give back to the community - most recently she taught school children how to maintain a better food mindset. She networks with other foragers and uses a European sensibility gained from her time spent in Provence to find the best seasonal ingredients at the nearest, most sustainable locations. Locality comes second to sustainability: she would rather choose a farm that is farther away with better practices than a nearby farm with questionable methods. As we stared at the snow, she expressed her jealousy for Californians: “They have about eighty items in season right now. We mostly have root vegetables. It’s hard to be a forager with this pause. ”

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Margon Restaurant

"We are the oldest restaurant on our block. We try to keep a low profile while doing the best we can, and every day we appreciate that we are living in this country, ” said Guadalupe, who has been married to Rafael Rivas — affectionately known as Papa Bear — for over forty years. The restaurant was founded by three Cuban cousins, who took Rafael under their wing when he came to the U. S. from the Dominican Republic in his twenties. With their encouragement, he started out as a dishwasher, then a lineman, and eventually ran the show up front. When the cousins decided to retire in the mid-1980s but could not find a buyer, Rafael stepped up to the plate and asked if he could take over Margon. With years of hard work and small payments, Rafael has upheld the cousins' tradition of serving Cuban favorites, such as roasted pork, oxtail, fried sweet plantains, and rice and beans to the line of customers that stretches out the door on any given day. Little by little, each member of Rafael's family was brought from the DR to join the fold. Guadalupe — who met her husband while they were both on a tour of the Statue of Liberty — along with Rafael's brother, sister, sister-in-law, and many of their children — are all part of this warm and loving family affair. Papa Bear's smile lights up Margon — and his entire family smiles with him. They work like a well-oiled machine, serving a constant flow of customers ranging from construction workers on break, to ladies meeting for a leisurely lunch, to a gentleman in his eighties who never misses a day to sit down and enjoy his usual. According to Guadalupe, “We have the best customers. They come from all over the world. We have every accent. They visit once and then they tell their friends.

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Not only does Barbetta profess to be the oldest restaurant on Restaurant Row, it is also one of the oldest Italian restaurants in New York. Opening its doors in 1906, in four adjoining townhouses built in the late 1800s by the Astor family, Sebastiano Maioglio began his long restaurant career. The emphasis has always been on Italian dishes and wine from the Piemontese region, where he was from. Sebastiano’s daughter, Laura, took over in 1962, and immediately began to remodel the restaurant in the style of 18th C. E. Piemonte. With her passion for collecting art, great sense of personal style, frequent visits in Piemonte, and an art history degree from Bryn Mawr College, it is no wonder that Barbetta’s exquisite interior has become as highly regarded as its food. The dining room demonstrates its old-world opulence, with ornate chandeliers, chairs, and tables meant to evoke a palazzo of the eighteenth century, during Piemonte’s cultural height. The baroque interior serves as more than just a reference to its heritage; it is a part of it. The great chandelier in the main dining room initially came from a palazzo in Torino, where it belonged to the royal family. Laura negotiated to obtain this 18th C. E. chandelier for two years. Other highlights of Barbetta’s extensive collection include the harpsichord in the foyer - crafted in 1631, as well as hanging wall prints from Piemonte - part of a distinguished set crafted in 1682. Items that could not be authentic, such as the numerous chairs and barstools, are reproductions of museum pieces that were specifically chosen by Laura to be reproduced in Italy. The garden, available for dining in the summer, holds trees dating back over a century ago, and, in line with the interior, holds the atmosphere of refined European aristocracy. Barbetta, while serving as a cultural landmark, remains focused on the excellence of its ever-changing list of dishes while serving classics such as risotto and polenta since its founding. Every dish on its menu since 1962 has been approved by Laura, and celebrating its long history and heritage, each menu item is marked with the year it began to be served, while dishes from Piemonte are in red print. Although esteemed for its dishes, Barbetta is also famed for its 72-page wine list, which has won numerous awards. Barbetta has also transformed the Italian dining scene through its numerous examples of “being the first”- from its conception to the present day. A few highlights include its beginning as the first Piemontese restaurant in New York, its status as New York’s first elegant Italian restaurant after its 1962 transformation, as well as its usage of numerous ingredients that at the time, were not commercially available in America and which had to be specifically imported by them from Italy. A particular example of one of these imported ingredients is white truffles. Years ago, Barbetta’s own truffle-hunting dogs became so well known that they were asked to perform a demonstration at Carnegie Hall in 1992. Barbetta is also unique in its emphasis on low sugar and low salt dishes - Laura even decided that Barbetta would smoke its own salmon to ensure it would not be too salty. Laura described Barbetta as “an institution, much more than a restaurant, ” due to the extensive culture that has been built around it and that it has created. The description as “much more than a restaurant” struck us as particularly apt, due to Barbetta’s long list of famous regulars - from The Rolling Stones to Jacklyn Kennedy - its exceptionally elegant and unusually spacious interior, variety of phenomenal food, and historical significance.

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Joe Allen

Joe Allen, founded in 1965, is the archetypal post-theater restaurant. With one of the longer histories on Restaurant Row, Joe Allen has been serving classic American cuisine in a brasserie setting since I was a little girl. I was always happy to come here with my parents and be able to order a hamburger rather than having to go out for a fancy meal. Mr. Allen - who also owns Orso, an Italian restaurant next door – had an initial concept to provide a comfortable, dynamic atmosphere with good food. And while the restaurant continues to serve some of the best comfort food around, spending time at night in the bar area, shows Joe Allen's real appeal. The high energy level from the post-theater crowd is contagious. The manager explained to us on one visit that they are the first phone call that people make after they have secured their seats for the next Broadway show. And, while he remained hesitant to divulge names, he shared how many actors and actresses have continued over the years to head immediately to Joe Allen after they perform - "here, " he elaborated "you're surrounded by theater, and we do all we can to promote that culture. " I can attest to the numerous actors who grace their tables, as I have had the pleasure of meeting a few over the years, as well as a highlight one evening when Barbara Walters sat right next to me. It is hard to say something new about Joe Allen, so long has it been a staple for theater goers. While the menu remains updated and contemporary, Joe Allen does not take any risks. Rather, it thrives on its reputation among patrons based on its long tradition of casual dining. Seeing the last of the pre-theater crowd during our visit, we were struck by how Joe Allen seemed appropriate equally for a quick burger and glass of wine in half an hour before a show, or a long, late into the night dinner where no one wants to head home.

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Maravel Arts Center

The Maravel Arts Center is the home for Rosie O'Donnell's arts education organization, dedicated to providing as many underprivileged children as possible with a theater experience. Rosie's Theater Kids (RTK) also provides mentoring and academic guidance for its students, in an effort to help them to succeed on the stage and in the classroom. Offering both in-school and on-location programs, RTK serves approximately 1, 900 attendees each year. We felt fortunate to be able to tour the Maravel Arts Center that had been built in 2007 after gutting the decrepit building that stood there before. Today, this updated space is filled with studios and study rooms to accommodate the specially chosen 165 students who come each day. They head here after school to take tap classes, vocal lessons, and do homework with an on-site tutor. The building has a performance studio, two dance studios, a music studio, practice rooms, dressing rooms, a study room, a cafe and, to top it all off, a rooftop garden. Rosie's Theater Kids flourish because of the community that they form at Maravel. Throughout their years at the Center, kids take classes together, foster friendships, as well as develop a passion for the arts. Regardless of what they choose to pursue in the future, RTK prepares its students for life beyond Maravel's doors, providing them with SAT tutoring and help with the entire college process. In addition, each graduate is presented with a new computer. Located a couple of blocks from some of Broadway's most famous theaters, Rosie's Theater Kids do not have to look far to find inspiration for their artistic endeavors.