The Ribbon Midtown

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The Bromberg Brothers have done it again. Located in the space vacated by Guy Fieri on 44th street in the heart of the Theater District is the newest hit from those responsible for Blue Ribbon, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken and more. The menu focuses on American staples and comfort food as well as contemporary twists on classics. You can find a amazing deviled eggs, a classic French dip, steak, seafood and even a “Beyond” burger.

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As you walk in you have a busy bar on your left that has an incredible happy hour; 8pm - Midnight. Stop by for a nightcap after your Broadway show! The main restaurant is a few steps up featuring antiqued wood to give a warm welcome feel. The restroom area is wallpapered with retro menus to continue with the throwback feel.

Another feature they have is their lounge/club downstairs, Blue. This is an homage to the old club days complete with caricatures of famous New York musicians, think of a rock n’ roll/hip hop version of Sardi’s walls. Blue will be doing nightly programming with DJs and performances by musical artists as well as others like magicians.

BE the QUEEN

BE the QUEEN

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Time Out Market New York

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Attention anyone going to DUMBO there is a brand new food market with vendors curated by TIME OUT NY and it is chock full of choices. I am talking David Burke with his clothesline bacon, Clinton Street Bakery with the famous pancakes, elevated Mexican from iconic Ivy Stark, burgers from Pat LaFreida and more.

This multi level food market also has a couple bars, a performance space and nice terrace with fantastic views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges as well as Manhattan itself. With ours from 8am to 11pm (Midnight on the weekend) you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and everything else in between and not repeat a meal.

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Be More Chill

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Be More Chill is a contemporary musical from Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. In a nutshell it is the story of a high school geek that takes a secret pill to become “cool.” The show bills itself as a mashup of Little Shop of Horrors and Dear Evan Hansen and I can definitely see the influences in some over the top characters and the central character being the outcast.

The songs have a contemporary feel to them with some witty lyrics. The performers were all of Broadway standard and put on a great show. I cannot really say any particular one stood out to me.

Overall the show has a good message “like who you are” and I can see a lot of people really enjoying this show. If you like Mean Girls or Kinky Boots, this might be for you. It seems to be very popular with teenagers as there was one sitting behind me mouthing every lyric. I cannot honestly say this was my cup of tea but it might be a favorite of yours.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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I was lucky to have recently seen To Kill A Mockingbird which is currently on Broadway. This new production is adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and srarring Jeff Daniels.

It is based on the book by Harper Lee and usually required reading in High School. Well this should be required viewing for anyone that is interested in theater, acting, directing, sets or otherwise. It is beautifully presented and timely with the nation embroiled with issues of race and identity.

Read the reviews and go see this. You will come out angry, sad, joyful and maybe even looking at yourself differently.

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