Archive for 10/31/2012

Pâtisserie François Payard

Pâtisserie François Payard has just returned to the Upper East Side.  Payard is now located on 74th Street.  So for those in the area – perhaps staying at Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler – it is worth checking out this stunning space with a scrumptious line of chocolate bonbons; sweet and salty macaroons (in flavors like Squid Ink with Cream Cheese and Olive Tapenade), and attractive petits gâteaux. As well, customers will be able to choose from the large savory menu.  According to Payard, “we worked on the line for a long time, since a year ago. And I designed the shop myself. It’s all about elegance and beauty. A pastry chef is more than a chef, we’re very artistic people.”  Sounds heavenly.

Dining in Hell’s Kitchen?

For those staying in Shimmie Horn’s luxurious Washington Jefferson Hotel, they might want to take a night out to eat somewhere a little bit different.  Well, soon, they might be able to do just that – at Hell’s Kitchen – as, from next month, Stage 48 and Z Bar Restaurant and Sky Lounge will be open to the public.  Measuring 30,000 square feet, it will be offer live entertainment; full-restaurant and glass rooftop lounge between four floors. Chef Ricardo Cardona will serve Nuevo Latino cuisine.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Comes to Broadway

Finally, close to half-a-century after its phenomenal flop as a musical adaption to theater, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is to be performed on Broadway.  But this performance comes with a slight twist as it is a new version from Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg.

So for those who find themselves close to Broadway next February – perhaps at Shimmie Horn’s Belleclaire Hotel – they might be interested in checking it out. Starring Emilia Clark as Holly Golightly and directed by Sean Mathias, the play definitely has some impressive names to it, offering hope that it actually won’t be the original flop it once was.  Well, one can only tell if they actually see it, and, in a short while, that will be possible on Broadway.

Madison Avenue Underpass

The crazy busyness in Madison Avenue might soon be lightening up.  It will take a while and be a bit of a mess beforehand, but, once the planned bike trail underpass is constructed, it is going to make things much easier for residents and tourists alike.

For those staying in the area – perhaps at Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler – by the time the underpass is ready in 2013, there will be a much calmer feeling. The construction plan is to make the underpass similar to the existing one on Railroad Avenue. It will cost $1.4m with $848,000 from federal grant and city funding.

David Rimmer at the Producer’s Club

For those taking a break at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel later this month, they might want to visit the Producer’s Club located nearby at 358 West 44th Street.  On October 21, ALBUM – the new short film written and directed by David Rimmer – will be screened there at 1pm.  The poignant movie – illustrating how decisions 18-year-olds will affect the rest of their lives – is set in 1967. The couple in the movie had to choose where to escape to – Canada or Vietnam – and in the present day how they deal with their daughter who like them all those years ago, wants to run away.

The screening will definitely make for a nice Sunday afternoon activity.