Raise a glass to New York City’s 5th Annual Champagne Week

It’s not difficult to find Champagne any night of the week in New York City, but during New York Champagne Week, it’s almost as if the bubbles find you. This year Champagne Week turns five, and anyone can join in the celebration from November 6-11. So grab a glass or an entire bottle and find the fizzy fun at one of these events.

New York Champagne Week-Long Public Events

The Vine NYC at Kimpton Hotel Eventi (851 6th Ave) hosts a Champagne by the glass menu throughout the week featuring Champagnes by Boizel, Bulle De Rêve, Devaux, Jacquart and La Caravelle, plus a special 5th Birthday New York Champagne Champagne Cocktail will be served up all week long.

East Village hot spot Martina Pizzeria (198 E 11th St) invites guests to grab a pie and one of the many half bottles of bubbly on the menu.  Champagne Laculle by the glass will also be on the available as long as the supply lasts.

Late nights, hit Corkbuzz (13 E 13th St), New York Champagne’s die hard unofficial late night spot for the entire week. From 10 pm till close get your fizz fix at a steal with half price bottles of bubbly.

New York Champagne Week Individual Events

Bubbles & Beats at Giulietta’s Cantina Club (13 Carmine St) will have special Champagne flights and food pairings, plus they’ll have their infamous Chambongs. Wednesday, November 8 from 7 pm–11 pm. Price: Pay as you go.

Bourbon & Bubbles at Bottle Rocket Wine & Spirit (5 W 19th St) bring together a match made in heaven – Bourbon and Champagne. Join Hudson Whiskey’s National Brand Ambassador Han Shan and New York Champagne Week Founder Blaine Ashley as they host an in-store tasting party. Thursday, November 9 from 5pm-8pm. Price: Free.

Fromage & Fizz at Bedford Cheese Shop ( 67 Irving Pl)  Five types of real deal Champagne perfectly paired with 5 types of cheeses – the perfect French indulgence. Friday, November 10 from 7pm-8:30. Price: $85. Call 718-599-7588 to purchase tickets.

Champagne Cocktail Brunch at Giulietta’s Cantina Club (13 Carmine St) hosts a special New York Champagne Week Champagne Cocktail Brunch accompanied by live blues. Saturday, November 11 from 1 pm–4 pm. Call 212-206-9777 to make a reservation.

Bulle de Rêve

All the fine French Champagne that will flow during Champagne Week will be quality, but while you’re out and about enjoying the celebration of all things bubbly, keep an eye for the opportunity to try Bulle de Rêve – French for Dream Bubble. The label was launched by Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 40 under 40 alum & New York Champagne Week founder Blaine Ashley along with third-generation family-owned Champagne house Champagne Lombard.  This limited edition Champagne is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir 100% from the French village of Grande Montagne de Reims.



New York Television Festival is for TV Lovers, Media Geeks, and You

The NYTVF launched in 2005 with the goal of “connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.” Every fall, artists and industry leaders gather in Manhattan for a range of exciting celeb-studded premieres, screenings, panel discussions, and events.

Lacking industry credentials but love TV? Worry not – the festival organizers have also included ticketing options that offer everyday fans access to these insider-y gatherings. 

Here are just a few of the events happening during the festival:

October 23, 7pm


Creator and star, Amy Sedariscordially invites fans to celebrate the launch of her new truTV comedy series — in which she shows off diverse, but necessary, homemaking skills — with a screening and talk-back alongside guest star, Cole Escola, and writer/producer, Jodi Lennon, ahead of the show’s network premiere.

October 24, 7:30pm 

NYTVF PRIMETIME WORLD PREMIERE: Sony Pictures Television Presents S.W.A.T.

One of the fall’s most buzzed about dramas, S.W.A.T., will debut at the NYTVF before its November 2 premiere on CBS. Fans will enjoy an exclusive premiere screening of the pilot episode followed by a talk-back featuring stars; Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, and Lina Esco, along with executive producers; Shawn Ryan and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

October 26, 7pm 

NYTVF Creative Keynote: A Conversation with THE DEUCE 

Presented in partnership with HBO, the 2017 Creative Keynote will cast the female gaze upon THE DEUCE and its candid depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Series producer and star, Maggie Gyllenhaal; executive producer and director, Michelle MacLaren; executive producer, Nina Kostoff-Noble; and Vice President of HBO Programming, Kathleen McCaffrey, sit for a talkback.

October 26, 8:30pm 


Before the November 1 return of IFC’s hit comedy-horror series, fans are invited to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes panel featuring creator, executive producer, writer, and star Dana Gould; producer/star, John C. McGinley; and star, Janet Varney — who will offer an inside look at the second season with more monsters, deadlier demons, and the same Stan.

NYTVF runs October 23 through the 28th, and non-industry attendees have two ticketing options. Splurge for a Festival Pass ($350) and you get these perks: priority access to all Independent Pilot Competition Screenings, NYTVF Primetime Events, Community/Creator Panels, Artist + Industry Happy Hours, NYTVF Writers Room, and select NYTVF Connect keynote conversations and special events. Can’t commit to a pass? Pick and choose from NYTVF Primetime events and Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) screenings when you opt for the Single Ticket (free, but they come with a $4.50 handling charge per online order).

Purchase tickets online by calling 718-350-8519 or emailing

New York City Wine & Food Festival Turns 10

New York will play host to more than 80 culinary star-studded events benefiting the Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry® when the Food Network and Cooking Channel celebrate 10 years of the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

Presented by Coca Cola, this year’s lineup includes established fan favorites as well as some exciting new additions. Whet your appetite and review some of the delicious possibilities. NYCWFF runs October 12 – 15, 2017.


Blue Moon Burger Bash:

One of the events most closely associated with NYCWFF is the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachael Ray.

This event will bring past winners from previous Bashes to battle new contenders in order to see whose burger reigns supreme. Celebrity judges include Lance Bass, Elvis Duran, Jaymee Sire, and BD Wong. Naughty By Nature, best known for their hits “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Horray” will also be performing.

Broadway Tastes:

Don’t miss Broadway Tastes, presented by Variety and hosted by Kristin Chenoweth.

A perfect option for gourmet broadway babies, the second annual Broadway Tastes features chefs – and their brunch dishes – inspired by over a dozen popular Broadway musicals. Cast members of Broadway shows will also make the scene, along with Sirius XM host, Seth Rudetsky.


Inaugural Clean & Sustainable Cooking:

The Inaugural Clean & Sustainable Cooking panel is a thought-provoking panel with Chef José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup and named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People;” Sam Kass, former White House Chef; and Radha Muthiah, CEO of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The panel is moderated by Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.

Sustainability has never been a hotter topic in the food world. Have a seat and learn from some of the best in the business.

Israeli Brunch:

You won’t want to miss treating yourself to a traditional Israeli Brunch hosted by famed Philadelphia-based chef/restaurateur, Michael Solomonov. Go sweet – with Federal Donuts – or savory, at this family-style brunch at the Café Medi on the Lower East Side.

Chefs are Rock Stars and Rock Stars are Chefs:

This panel gives you the opportunity to Explore the Creative Link Between Music and Food. Panelists include Mario Batali, Award-winning Chef and TV Personality; Jarobi White, Grammy-award winning musician;  and Brooke Mazurek, acclaimed chef and music writer. Moderator Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, Deputy Editor of Billboard, will settle in to discuss the creative parallels between food and music.

For the Family

Italian Harvest Party:

Be sure to attend the Alfa Romeo presents Italian Harvest Party hosted by Giada De Laurentiis. Giada and her daughter Jade will bring “la bella vita” to life at their festive gathering. Expect an abbondanza of snacks, pasta, pizza, beer, wine and mocktails – even a live band!

Family Ice Cream Fun-dae:

At Family Ice Cream Fun-dae, I scream, you scream, we all scream celebrity chef ice cream with hosts Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry. Choose from an array of top icy treats curated by Nick Morgenstern of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, and Rebecca DeAngelis, the pastry chef Babbo. Will you opt for Butter & Scotch or go Big Gay Ice Cream?

NYCWFF Has Something For Everyone

Breathless and hungry? Wondering how you can possibly make the most this action-packed celebration of food? Luckily NYCWFF founder and director, Lee Brian Schrager, gave us some advice: “With more than 75 events, there truly is something for everyone’s taste buds and budget.  If it’s your very first Festival, I would suggest taking in one of our signature events at Pier 92 or Pier 94 and then one of the intimate dinners, late-night parties, wine seminars or interactive classes (depending on what your personal preference is). And wear comfortable shoes!”

Purchase tickets online or call (800) 764-8773.



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7 Super Restaurants Near New York Comic Con

It’s that time of year: The season when it’s perfectly acceptable for grown men to wear their underpants over their tights. That’s right. New York Comic Con is coming.

From October 5 – 8, the mother of all geek conventions descends upon New York City’s Javits Center. After watching panels on Black Panther, catching a movie or two, and seriously scaring yourself in the Jigsaw escape room, you’re going to be hungry. Very hungry.

The Javits Center is absolutely massive, and it’s so far west in Manhattan that it’s practically falling into the Hudson River. In other words, unlike other Manhattan neighborhoods, things are kinda spread out. You’re not going to want to do any extra walking, or to scout five different cafes before deciding where to eat. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, so you can save your feet for cruising the exhibition halls. Here are seven excellent eateries, all within walking distance of the Javits, where you can go get your grub on.


The pancakes, waffles, and fried chicken at Friedmans are good enough for any superhero – you’d never guess that the entire menu is gluten-free. The restaurant (which is named after economist Milton Friedman) also serves local veggies and antibiotic-free meats.

Gotham West Market

This giant food hall houses 10 vendors under one roof – from ramen to tacos to Blue Bottle coffee – so there’s a little something for everyone in your posse. Eater describes the fare at Gotham West Market as “interesting and high-quality food,” and there’s a bonus: cocktails, which many food halls don’t have.

Rustic Table

Fresh local food and a cozy, industrial vibe are what you’ll find at Rustic Table, which literally has a reclaimed-wood farm table running down its center. Fresh pastries, fine coffees, and lighter fare like sandwiches are all on the menu.

Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine

If you’re a Comic Con cosplayer who still wants to catch the game, Clyde Fazier’s Wine and Dine is the right spot for you. This sports-themed restaurant in Hudson Yards features American cuisine with global flair, an extensive cocktail menu, and a serious collection of whiskeys. With its free-throw basketball court – the spot is named from the former Knicks player who’s a partner in the business – and more than 40 television screens, it’s a place where sports fans and fanboys can co-mingle.


Tavola‘s menu is based on the regional Italian fare of Puglia, Rome, and Sicily, and uses many ingredients carefully sourced from these regions, some of which are exclusively imported for the restaurant. Known for it wood-burning ovens, which were handcrafted in Naples, Italy from Vesuvian volcanic clay, this classic trattoria offers meat, fish, and pasta dishes, as well as true Neapolitan pizza.

Larb Ubol

New York is a melting pot of people and cultures, and the result is some damn good, authentic food. Larb Ubol is an authentic Thai restaurant specializing in cuisine from the country’s northeast Isan region. The restaurant’s decor is cheerful and relaxed, though perhaps a bit DIY, but don’t let that distract you: Even the hardest core Thai food lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu and intensely delicious dishes.


Located in a repurposed printing factory, Print is dedicated to seasonal, sustainable cooking and offers a menu that’s updated daily based on available ingredients that are collected by the restaurant’s “in-house forager.” Bookend dinner with a cocktail at the Press Lounge, Print’s sister venue located upstairs in the same building, which has spectacular views of the city.

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New York City’s Must-See Film Festivals for Fall

This fall, New York City – and the Hamptons – will celebrate international cinematic excellence with four different festivals. Cut the lights, take a peek at these schedules, and start planning your film-going experiences for the next few months.

Urbanworld Film Festival (9/20-24)

Launched in 1997, Urbanworld, a five-day festival, presents a slate of films – and events – diverse in stories, cultures, and more. In the festival’s own words, “We fight tirelessly to expand the definition of ‘urban’ beyond ethnicity to include sensibility, culture, and proximity. We strive to be ‘the filmmakers festival’ and ‘the people’s festival,’ providing a point of intersection where creators and audiences meet to experience bold and diverse artistic works.” The festival also includes Urbanworld Digital, where industry experts share knowledge of the film industry, and Urbanworld Music, featuring DJs and live performances.  Prices range from $500 for a Global Access pass to $150 for the Student Access pass (valid student ID required).

New York Film Festival (9/30-10/16)

Established in 1963 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival (NYFF) features both established and up-and-coming talent. Over 17 days, Lincoln Center will play host to everything from Main Slate official selections to newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks and more. Highlights include an evening with Ava DuVernay, the director of 13TH, which opened last year’s NYFF, and a talk between festival director, Kent Jones, and Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused), whose film, Last Flag Flying, opens this year’s festival. Ticket prices range from Retrospective All Access Pass at $125 to FREE, for certain events.

Hamptons International Film Festival (10/5-9)

Going strong for 25 years, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) features long, short, fiction, and documentary Independent films, and draws over 25,000 visitors to theaters across East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor. More than $165,000 in cash prizes are awarded at the festival, drawing a roster of top films that often go on to be Oscar nominees – or winners (Moonlight, La La Land). Box office ticket options range from Special 25th Anniversary Packages at $3500 to tickets for General Films at $15 adults/$10 seniors/$8 children.

DOC NYC (11/9-16)

DOC NYC has grown since its 2010 inception to become the largest documentary festival in America. Spread out over eight days in Chelsea and the West Village, the festival features new documentary films, panels, conversations, and connections that happen “only in New York.” Past guests and presenters include Hillary Clinton, Martin Scorcese, Michael Moore and, wait for it, Big Bird. Festival passes range from All Access for $650 ($750 after 9/21), DOC NYC Pro for $300 ($350 after 9/21), and Doc NYC Half Passes for $160 ($200 after 9/21).


Cayuga Sound Festival in Ithaca NY

First Ever Cayuga Sound Festival Is Ready to Rock

When you grow up in a town where the big names in music almost never come, you might want to change that. That’s exactly what Ithaca-natives X Ambassadors are doing. On September 22 & 23, 2017, the small town is being bombarded with eclectic, cutting edge, and daring musicians from all over the world including: The Roots, K.Flay, The Knocks, and Tei Shi. These groundbreaking bands will share the spotlight for the first ever Cayuga Sound Festival.

Saturday Lineup

The main event for the Cayuga Sound Festival happens on Saturday, September 23 at Stewart Park in Ithaca. General Admission Tickets are $59.50 and VIP tickets are $209.50. Children 5 and under are free.

Doors open at 11am, and the music begins at noon. Bands will play throughout the day on two stages situated right next to each other – the Main Stage and the Lake Stage.

  • 12:00-12:30pm Imperials – Lake Stage
  • 12:30-1:00pm Stone Cold Miracle – Main Stage
  • 1:00-1:30pm  Izzy True – Lake Stage
  • 1:30-2:10pm Jukebox the Ghost – Main Stage
  • 2:10-2:40pm Sammus – Lake Stage
  • 2:40-3:20pm Margaret Glaspy – Main Stage
  • 3:20-3:50pm Crush Club – Lake Stage
  • 3:50-4:35pm The Knocks – Main Stage
  • 4:35-5:10pm Savoir Adore – Lake Stage
  • 5:10-5:55pm K.Flay – Main Stage
  • 5:55-6:40pm Tei Shi – Lake Stage
  • 6:40-8:00pm X Ambassadors – Main Stage
  • 8:25-10:00pm The Roots – Main Stage

Food will be available for an additional price – highlighting chefs and local food from across the region. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan food options will be available. The official brew of the festival is Ithaca Beer’s Cayuga Sounder IPA, which will be available for purchase for those 21 and up. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

What’s Allowed at Cayuga Sound Festival

  • Empty, reusable, and sealed water bottles are permitted into the festival.  There will be filtered drinking water throughout the festival to refill bottles.
  • No outside food, drink, or coolers allowed.
  • Blankets, collapsible lawn chairs, and umbrellas are permitted.
  • Sunscreen and/or rain gear is suggested.
  • Polaroid, cell phone, and point and shoot digital cameras will be permitted.
  • Professional photographers with SLR cameras with detachable lenses must get prior approval.
  • Pets (except for documented service animals), fireworks, glass containers, explosives, weapons, and illegal substances are prohibited.

Cayuga Sound’s VIP Experience

The VIP experience includes some serious swag for an extra $150.

The first VIP bonus is an exclusive dinner the night before the festival at Ithaca Beer, with an acoustic performance by X Ambassadors, and admission to Friday night shows at the The Haunt and The Dock. It also includes a festival t-shirt and a limited edition tote bag with Ithaca merchandise.

On the day of the festival, VIP ticket holders will have a VIP bar and viewing area, VIP reserved parking, and bathrooms, plus a private entrance lane for quicker entrance.

Friday Pre-Parties

Separate from Saturday’s big festival, Cayuga Sound will host two parties in town on Friday, September 22, 2017.

The Dock will host the Official Cayuga Sound Festival Pre-party with some of Ithaca’s most exciting local talent including Namarah, The Miserable Genius, No Comply, Tender Crunch, and Beau Mahadev.

The Haunt will also host an Official Cayuga Sound Pre-Party featuring Jukebox the Ghost, The Blind Spots, and Mail the Horse.

Tickets for both official, pre-parties must be purchased separately from the general admission festival tickets. VIP ticket holders have access to both parties.

And, over at the Ithaca Marriott Downtown, those holding a festival ticket or valid student ID can attend a Cayuga Sound Talk Series with two talks. Live Music and Its Impact on the World runs from 10:30-11:30am. From Ithaca to the Billboard Charts – The X Ambassadors Story runs from 12-1pm. Seating is limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendee Information

  • Stewart Park is located at 1 James L Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, NY.
  • Rain or shine event.
  • Parking at the local high school will be available with shuttle service to the festival grounds, or ticket holders can bike or walk a waterfront trail from lots near The Haunt and The Ithaca Farmers Market.
  • Hotels for Hope is the official hotel partner for the festival, and $2 from every, actualized room night is donated to nonprofits impacting, and improving, the lives of children worldwide.
  • Other accommodations can be found at Visit Ithaca.
  • Official hashtag is #CayugaSound.