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A Whirlwind Brunch at Asiate

The Mandarin Oriental aerie makes three courses feel like so much more.

July 09, 2013

A worthy contender for your Sunday brunch plans is the whirlwind three-course affair ($54) at Mandarin Oriental New York. With floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for sweeping Central Park Views, brunch is served at Asiate, the hotel's 35th floor restaurant. 

In place of the requisite bread and butter, this weekend meal kicks off with hot out of the oven miniature chocolate croissants. Course one is the Gourmandise Tasting a plated parade of amuse bouchecomprising four distinct bites. While components of the dish fluctuate, a recent order included spoonfuls of foie gras custard and a heady lemongrass foam over lobster bisque. 

For entrees, choose not one, but two selections served in half-portions. On the sweet side, opt for items like the sugar-dusted waffles or brioche French toast with a pour of pecan-toffee syrup and crowns of mascarpone whipped with lemon zest. And for part two, go for the savory eggs benedict BLT with pancetta, poached eggs, and lime-thyme hollandaise over warm country sourdough. Also delicious is a hand-rolled basil fusilli with silky burrata and crisp artichokes. 

Dessert is also a duo, with creations like melon panna cotta and chocolate crème brûlée with spicy ginger snap cookies served alongside one another. And rather than a bellini or mimosa, order the Bella Pesca. Made with Champagne, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, lychee, and Chambord, it's an eternal favorite. 80 Columbus Circle, 805-8881



Jeff Koons for Dom Pérignon

The New York artist sculpts an unusal coffret for a limited edition rosé.

July 08, 2013

Jeff Koons for Dom Perignon limited edition rose and sculpture

Rosé gets the Jeff Koons treatment this summer. 

A limited edition bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 comes wrapped up in an unusually coveted package: A Jeff Koons sculpture, entitled Balloon Venus. The price tag? $20,000 a pop. Designed by the famed contemporary artist himself, Balloon Venus is adapted from Koons’ monumental sculpture of the same name, now showing at Gagosian Gallery in New York. Each made-to-order polyurethane resin sculpture, and the bottle it cradles, treats fine Champagne as an objet d'art.  

As for the vintage bubbly that's inside this pink sculpture, Dom's new Rosé Vintage 2003 is defined by extremes, with a deep light amber and copper color and highly theatrical bouquet. Known for his pop art sculptures and for making art accessible to the public, Koons is certainly an ideal artist to visually capture the creative and innovative spirit of exquisite pink Champagne.



Aprés Pool Spa Treatments at the Peninsula

Pampering options post plunge to soothe the summer weary.

July 08, 2013

Shot of Peninsula terrace with deck chairs and umbrellas

The Peninsula’s new sun terrace in Midtown.

Offering one of the poshest plunges in town, the pool at the Peninsula in the heart of Midtown is the watery topper to a tri-level luxury spa area with a large (2,700-square-feet) new wraparound sunning terrace. You can do your spa treatments on the terrace—try a holistic or aromatherapy massage—as well as order up a swanky organic lunch. The Relax Zone Foot Massage is a great antidote to pounding the pavements of New York. This season there’ll be new “get your body bikini-ready treatments” from the French skincare line Biologique Recherche. Summer memberships to the spa/fitness club are available. 700 Fifth Ave., 212-956-2888 



Men's Summer Hair Dos and Don'ts

Do sport a slicked back look and side part à la Don Draper.

July 05, 2013

Slicked back hairstyles are on trend for summer

Slicked back styles and deep side parts are on trend for summer. 

As temperature and humidity levels rise, achieving the perfect coiffure can seem like mission impossible. In the name of gentlemanly social service, we we turned to Todor T, pro hairstylist at Bumble & bumble, for the dos and don'ts of daily hairstyle maintenance.

Don't: wash your hair every day. "Unless you have a very oily scalp, you should wash your hair two or three times per week, and just rinse and condition the rest of the time."

Do: go sleeker. "There seems to be a bit of a departure from the messy, slept-in look that was, for a while, the style of choice for men. Guys are opting for sleeker, more coiffed looks lately. Deep side parts are making a big comeback as well."

Don't: overdose on product application. "Many times guys will use too much or too little product in their hair. Always start with less and build it up. Make sure you use an equal amount in the back."

Do: get regular haircuts. "A good haircut is important not only in the summertime, but all the time! It makes styling your hair easier, and it helps boost your confidence and keeps you looking fresh."



Weekend Pick: 'Kandinsky in Paris'

No holiday travel plans? Escape into Kandinsky's whimsical world at the Guggenheim.

July 05, 2013

Accompanied Contrast (1935), Vasily Kandinsky

Accompanied Contrast (1935), Vasily Kandinsky

How about a little Kandinsky the morning after your fireworks? The brand new Guggenheim exhibition Kandinsky in Paris, 1934-1944, united some 150 of the artist's works (from the Guggenheim's permanent collection) into a new dedicated gallery. This ongoing show explores the last 11 years of his life, which were very prolific, as the artist experimented with new colors and materials. Admission is $22, $18 for students and seniors, free for kids 12 and under. 1071 Fifth Ave., 212 423 3618



What We're Reading

The seemingly unending shelf life of cronut-mania, Jay-Z's secret album launch party...

July 05, 2013

What would you do for a Cronut? Waiting in line for hours is a given... 

Cronut-mania keeps chugging along. Check out the snaking line outside Dominique Ansel on Wednesday, when a new blueberry-flavored cronut debuted. [Eater

Ever wonder what it takes to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at a New York baseball game? In The New York Times, James C. McKinley Jr. explores the challenge, from Taylor Swift to Roseanne Barr. [The New York Times

When a hip-hop mogul drops an epic album, the launch party must, too, be epic. In celebration of this week's release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z threw secret soirée at Red Hook's Liberty Warehouse. [NY Post

Compared to the very real political strife and revolutions happening in Egypt and around the world, our so-called "first world problems" can seem even more trivial. As such, Buzzfeed penned a cute list of the ten "Whiniest Ever First World Problems." Translation: get over it. [Buzzfeed

Wylie Dufresne may be the poster chef for molecular gastronomy, but the majority of his inspiration doesn't come from science. "My food is informed by the street," says the WD-50 James Beard Award-winning chef on a walking tour of Chinatown. [The Aesthete



Dispatch: Summer Movie Premieres

Two blockbuster premieres and a campy Cher runway moment lead last week's parties.

July 05, 2013

Channing Tatum at the premiere of White House Down

Channing Tatum at the premiere of White House Down 

As a final breath of festivities before a long holiday weekend in the Hamptons and beyond, Hollywood shared two powerful draws to help moviegoers escape the sizzle of July in crisply air conditioned movie theaters.

Tuesday, June 24: The Cinema Society and Bulova screened White House Down, a blockbuster starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as POTUS). It isn't art—on a couple of occasions characters huddle to awkwardly review plot points—but it's a seriously fun shoot 'em up, and Tatum and Foxx are magic together. At the Ziegfeld Theatre for the premiere, the two stars pulled up in a faux presidential vehicle covered with fake bullet holes, escorted by cops on motorcycles. 

James Woods told reporters that he had pulled a muscle trying to "act macho" and doing his own stunts, and that Tatum had been burned by a shell on the set. "I wish I could say that I was as tough as [my character]," offered Tatum, "but he has a lot of moves."

Columbia Pictures must know they have a hit on their hands, because not only did they rent The Frick Collection, the Fifth Avenue mansion built by Henry Clay Frick, they also hired dream chef Olivier Cheng to create ethereal bites: mini lobster rolls, crab cakes, braised short ribs, and wild mushroom Gruyére tarts.

Steve Carrell and Toni Collette at the premiere of The Way, Way Back

Steve Carell and Toni Collette at the premiere of The Way, Way Back 

Wednesday, June 25
: One of the sweetest, most perfect films of the summer, The Way, Way Back, also from Columbia Pictures, stars Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell. It's a coming of age story about a 14-year-old boy who spends the summer with his mother (Toni Collette) and her obnoxious boyfriend (Carell) and takes a job at a water park. It's a must see for awkward or angry teens and their parents. 

"That actually happened to me when I was 14," said co-director and co-screenwriter Jim Rash referencing the opening scene, in which Carell's character asks the young lead, played by Liam James, to rate his appearance on a scale of one to ten. Rash wrote the script with Nat Faxon, who he also worked with on The Descendents. "This was our first time out of the gate as directors," said Rash at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square premiere. 

And how did young star James bond with costar Rockwell, who plays his mentor and manager at the water park? "Sam Rockwell is a great guy," said James. "He taught me a little bit about boxing, because that's his passion, and I taught him about wrestling."  

"I didn't have a date until college," shared Allison Janney on the subject of young love. She plays the mom next door who is frequently drunk and a "kind of TMI factory" in the film. AnnaSophia Robb, the gorgeous young female interest, kidded that in real life she's "still waiting" for her first serious boyfriend. 

Cher and Andy Cohen at Marquee

Cher and Andy Cohen at Marquee

Thursday, June 26: Meanwhile, at “Cher Kicks-off Pride Weekend at Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss’ CATWALK Thursday Party at Marquee,” every guy in the packed house was smitten with Cher. Dispatches spotted multiple bedazzled leotards, leather thongs, and feathered headdresses. The doors at the recently revamped club on 10th Avenue opened at 10 p.m. and the venue was jammed by 11 p.m. Cher strolled in with Andy Cohen, finally, at 2 a.m. They scooted straight to the balcony of the club to put Cher on view. Then Cohen and Cher watched as Bartsch paid homage to the star with a drag runway show. Later, Cohen took the mic and mentioned that Cher was his idol. She spoke for two minutes, introduced a new song, performed a Cher shimmy and split. Cher genius.


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Theophilus London on Brooklyn, New Music

Playing Prospect Park this Sunday, the artist talks to Gotham about his new sound.

July 03, 2013

Theophilus London will play Prospect Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! this Sunday.

Born in Trinidad, raised in Brooklyn, and now residing in downtown Manhattan, Theophilus London is the quintessential New York City emcee and songwriter. Quickly adopted by the fashion circuit when he first hit the scene with 2011's Timez Are Weird These Days, an album that showcased his unique blend of new wave, post punk, rap, R&B, and electro sounds, the 26-year-old is keeping a decidedly lower profile as he works on his sophomore album. As he preps for a big hometown show at Celebrate Brooklyn! this Sunday, London took a break to chat about Brazil, weird kid style, and "making music without time."

So how does it feel to be performing in Prospect Park this Saturday night, literally right where you grew up?
THEOPHILUS LONDON: I grew up living right across the street from Prospect Park . . . I went to Prospect Park almost every day in the summertime. All my family's going to be there, which is kind of nerve racking, but I'm trying to treat it like every other show. I feel it's special to me, like a life accomplishment because I grew up here and I've done numerous things in Prospect Park and just learned so much as a human being, so it's great to go back to play. 

How far along are you on the new album?
TL: I would say it's, like, 70 percent done. Right after this show I'm going to Palm Springs, I rented a house in California and I shipped my studio there. I'm tired of going to the studio in New York; it feels like a job, 'cause I have these hours, there's a lunch break . . . I want to just make music without time.

How does it sound so far?
TL: It's fresh, in the likes of progressive electronic funk, you know. It doesn't sound like Rio or anything like that. I put Rio out as a one-two punch to kind of distract people so they don't know what I'm gonna hit 'em with next.

Rio being the hit single you released this spring, have you been to Brazil?
TL: Yeah, I've been to Rio and Sao Paulo, it kind of changed my life. It felt like it was the movies, like City of God. When I first got there it was so new to me, it was culture shock. I got food poisoning, every day was kind of a struggle. 

You've been labeled a fashion icon, how do you feel about that?
TL: I don't know how to react to it, but it's flattering . . . I was going to all these dinners, saying yes to every photo shoot, but this year I stopped everything. I mean, it was great, I toured all over, and had some amazing shows. Instead of playing colleges I'm playing for Karl Lagerfeld and the Prince of Monaco and hanging out with this crazy crowd, so that was cool. I wasn't seeing many artists I know playing that circuit.

But these days you're more low profile.
TL: Yeah, now I'm back on my mission: getting my music and my point of view across. And it's cool. So I've been trying to hide a bit, just finishing up this new music, and hit 'em again with a whole new vibe. So I'm just building up myself to be in character for this vibe, so it's taking a bit of time, but I'm giving myself the time . . . The more you give your image out, the less people want to see of you and I'm really a career thinker, I'm thinking eight years down the line.

Theophilus London will headline a night of performances featuring Les Nubians and Aabaraki on Saturday, July 6 at Celebrate Brooklyn! Gates open at 6:00 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Prospect Park West and 9th St., Brooklyn, 718-683-5600



Boulud's Tour de New York; Italian Dine-Out Week

Plus: duck and pork corn dogs at James restaurant and an oyster arrival at Oceana.

July 02, 2013

DBGB Tour de New York

Stop by DBGB Kitchen and Bar for Tour de New York specials on craft beer  

Boulud's Tour de New York: Daniel Boulud’s restaurants have launched a Tour de New York campaign just in time for the Tour de France. All the Dinex Group establishments will hand out “passports” offering specials like complimentary cocktail pairings with dessert at Café Boulud, or a carafe of craft beer with the purchase of two entrees at DBGB Kitchen and Bar. The special runs through July 21.

Oyster Arrival at Oceana: The latest offering at seafood haunt Oceana? The Karheen Passage oyster ($4 each) from southeast Alaska. Chef Ben Pollinger is the first to bring these bivalves to New York. Unlike most west coast oysters, these are briny yet still plump with rich minerality and a touch of sweetness. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941

Italian Dine-Out Week: Whether it’s the legendary Le Cirque or the Meatpacking's more casual Macelleria, you can choose among 23 Italian restaurants taking part in Italian Dine-Out. Consider it an Italian restaurant week of sorts. Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, the restaurants will serve three-course lunch ($26) and dinner ($40) menus through Saturday.

Fourth of July at James Restaurant: July Fourth celebrations take a gourmet turn at James restaurant, the stylish Prospect Heights eatery that’s a favorite among the fashion set. From noon to 8 p.m., diners can tuck into dishes like duck and pork corn dogs, lobster rolls, and peanut butter and jelly sundaes. A cherry Champagne cocktail will also be served to help ring in the holiday. 605 Carlton Ave., 718-942-4255



Urban Artist Colony Living at MoMA PS1

A modern-day utopia is underway in the museum's courtyard.

July 01, 2013

EXPO Colony at MoMA PS1

Artists and museum goers commingle at "EXPO Colony" 

An artist colony in the middle of a busy museum? Yes, it is possible. Thanks to an innovative new summer project at MoMA PS1 (in partnership with Volkswagen), artists, activists, thinkers, architects, and other cultural agents don't have to head to the countryside to sequester themselves for creative purposes. Rather, the aptly-named "EXPO Colony" is nestled right in Long Island City's MoMA PS1 courtyard. 

Designed by a77, a prestigious Argentinian architecture firm, the colony's urban setting is no accident; it aspires to be a model for future living and communal utopias, as well as an example of new forms of unconventional, sustainable dwellings. True to its mission, the public is invited to visit the colony, which is open through September 2. The theme of the project is how to build in the tumultuous world we live in, considering recent natural disasters and our unstable socio-political and economic climate.

Artists invited to live and work at "EXPO Colony" include Sou Fujimoto, David Graeber, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Glenn O'Brien, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Georgia Sagri, and Mårten Spångberg. The colony is part of a larger, multi-venue project, "EXPO 1: New York," which also encompasses the popular "Rain Room" at MoMA. 22-25 Jackson Ave. 718-784-2084


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