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Giant Deals: Where to Watch the Super Bowl in New York

by Nicole Vullo from Nitetables

If the Super Bowl is like New Year’s Eve for sports bars, then this year’s big game is like the turn of the millennium.

Thanks to the Giants’ red-hot winning streak — including a nail biter in which they snatched the NFC Championship from the 49ers — New York has a team in this year’s big dance, and seats to watch them alongside other Big Blue fanatics at the city’s best bars are going fast. Peruse the food-and-drink packages below and reserve today for guaratnteed seating — or risk standing at the bar or worse: stuck outside on the street!

As always, if you don’t see what you want or need, give us a call: (212) 901 2633. We cater to parties of all sizes and budgets.

NEW! COPIA (Midtown East) Here’s another private-party option: Book this sophisticated Midtown East bar/restaurant’s Lounge Down Below package (which, coincidentally, is good for birthdays, bachelors and other private events too), and your party of 20, 30 or 40 will have its subterranean drinking den all to yourselves (not counting your personal staff of waitresses and bartenders). Watch the game on flat-screen TVs with a state-of-the-art sound system while enjoying a three-hour premium open-bar and a buffet consisting of three entrees. All of this for just $84 per person!

NEW! MARCO POLO CRUISES (Midtown East) How about a private cruz (as in Giant receiver Victor) around Manhattan during the big game? Marco Polo’s Super Bowl Cruisin’ package offers parties of 50 or 100 people use of their fully-staffed, two-deck vessel, plus four-hour open-bar and Italian dinner buffet, for just $78 a person. (On the menu: Cesar salad, chicken Francese, lasagna and dessert.) Flat-screen TVs will broadcasting the game while you’re on the water. Bonus: Want more of a party atmosphere? They’ll throw in a free DJ available upon request.

NEW! K-LOUNGE (Midtown) The sexy Midtown club (it’s named for the Kamasutra) is transforming its swank, second-floor club into a Super Bowl viewing party with several large-screen TVs and a projector screen. Reserve a table and space on their luxe white-leather banquettes with drink and bottle service for about $45 minium spend a person, or pay $30 per-person admission at the door for standing-room with two free tickets. Hungry patrons are welcome to order Indian fare from the affiliated and critically-acclaimed Bombay Palace downstairs.

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (Hell’s Kitchen) Want to watch the game on the eight HDTVs at Justin Timberlake’s favorite Memphis BBQ joint? Their Super Bowl XLVI Package ($100 a head for parties of four to 12 people) gets you that plus a family-style buffet dinner and top-shelf open-bar for the duration of the game. Plus, every time the Giants score, everyone in the place gets a free Big Blue Shot. And if you wear your love for the Giants on your sleeve (or head or anywhere on your person!), you get another gratis shooter.

SOLD OUT! TRAFFIC (Hell’s Kitchen) Calling all Patriots supporters — especially those who fear cheering their team on in public in New York will result in getting a beer shower from Giants fans: Traffic is your New England viewing-party headquarters and, therefore, your Super Bowl haven. Book their Football Frenzy package and each member of your group of four to 10 may drink from their open well-bar for the duration of the game and order from a choice of four appetizers (the menu includes upscale bar bites — think fresh sirloin sliders and bacon crab mac & cheese — as well as more healthful options such ashummus, bissara and cucumber yogurt dips served with warm pita).

POP BURGER (Meatpacking) Want fries with that? Book their Super Bowl Score package ($62 per person for parties of four to 10) and you’ll get them, along with a table in the hip bar/lounge area that lies behind the fast-food counter, plus Pop Burgers and all the beer and wine your group can drink for the duration of the game. Bonus: Whenever the Giants score, everyone gets a free shot.

POP BURGER (Midtown East) Their uptown location also offers the Big Game package. For about $62 per guest, groups of four to 10 will each get an order of Pop Burgers and fries, plus beer and wine for the duration of the game. And whenever the Giants score, everyone gets a free shot.

PUBLIC HOUSE (Midtown East) This sophisticated sports bar/lounge’s Football Mania deal provides parties of six to 10 with unlimited draft beer for the duration of the game as well as a choice of appetizers. (Six guests get four appetizers; eight get six; and ten get eight). Popular bites include wings, nachos, chicken tenders and spinach & artichoke dip, as well as this specialty, macaroni & cheese squares.

WHISKEY PARK (Midtown West) Football-loving foodies will eat this up! The posh Gerber Group-managed bar inside the Trump Parc hotel will be treating patrons who purchase their Super Bowl-on-the-Park package ($50 per person for parties of four to 12) to unlimited Corona and Corona Light, along with gourmet sandwiches from the heralded Gorilla Cheese food truck (pick one: Classic America Grilled Cheese with bacon and/or tomato, Specialty Smoked Gouda w/BBQ pulled pork & onions on wheat bread; or Specialty Chicken parmesan melt with smoked mozzarella and marinara on French bread), plus tater tots and, for dessert, s’mores! At half-time there will be a raffle; the winner gets a Sony home theater system.

TEQA (Murray Hill) How about a Mexican feast? Celeb magnet Derek Axelrod’s taqueria Teqa is known for its authentic yet modern South-of-the-Border fare, which is the main attraction of their Sports Package. For $100 a person, a party of six to 10 gets unlimited well drinks (including their refreshing beer cocktails) and Tecate for the duration of the game, as well as four appetizers: Quesadilla Stack, Trio de Salsa, Taquitos and Fondue. Also available for booking: the 10-person, $100-a-head Super Bowl Feast, consisting of open well-bar or Tecate beer for the duration of the game; two orders of chips and salsa; two orders of guacamole; and three orders of quesadillas.

M1-5 (TriBeCa) A dressed-up warehouse, this sexy space is a standout, thanks to its wrap-around bar, relaxed vibe, diverse crowd, friendly staff and, come February 5 Super Bowl Party Pack. For $120 per person, parties of four to 12 people may partake in a six-hour (!) top-shelf open-bar (that covers pre-game, half-time AND overtime, should the Giants go to sudden-death again), as well as wings and chicken fingers (a.k.a. flingers).

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (Upper East Side) The original Southern Hospitality location features several packages, including the Thirsty Super Bowl. For $60 per person, groups of four to 12 will get top-shelf open-bar for the duration of the game. Want their fabulous Memphis BBQ as well? At $80 per person, the Hungry Super Bowl package will feed parties of four to 12 with a family-style buffet and allow for top-shelf open-bar for the duration of the game.

…Or rent out one of these private rooms and throw your own Super Bowl bash!

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (Hell’s Kitchen) Outfitted in dark wood and lined with windows that look out onto its bustling neighborhood, the cozy Library Room is available for parties of 40 to 60 people for $80 a head. That gets everyone in your group top-shelf open bar, a full BBQ dinner and seating for all. NOTE: This private party must be booked 48 hours in advance.

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (Upper East Side) Dark wood walls and furniture, four HDTVs and photos of its hometown hero, Elvis Presley, and other music legends fill its warm and inviting Memphis room. For a total of $2400, a party of 30 people will get top-shelf open-bar, a full BBQ dinner and ample seating. NOTE: This event must be booked 48 hours in advance.

POP BURGER (Midtown East) You and 29 friends will pay about $73 each for a private room with a full wait staff that’ll bring you your choice of food and beverages (up to $2200 worth). At half-time, pick up a game of pool on your very own billiards table.

SOLD OUT! BROTHER JIMMY’S (Union Square) Famous for serving up 20 years of its North Carolina brand of BBQ, Brother Jimmy’s makes its NiteTables debut with this Super Bowl Bash party offer. Grab 44 of your friends and enjoy the game in their Garage room; about $100 each covers the room rental with a minimum food-and-beverage spend. (Eats include their popular wings, rib tips, onion straws, and frickles.)

The 40/40 CLUB (Flatiron District) Relaunched with a buzzy party featuring part-owner Jay-Z, the beautifully renovated 40/40 Club is back up and running — and taking reservations for what’s likely to be one of the most indulgent Super Bowl bashes in New York City. Reserve the music mogul’s personal favorite VIP room, and you’ll have the run of this club-within-the-club, a sophisticated drinking den that features an array of flat-screen TVs, pool table, luxe leather couches and a trophy case filled with sports memorabilia. For $120 per person, you and 99 friends (not problems!) will select drinks and eats from the newly upgraded menu. This deal is perfect for a company looking to host an office gathering — or perhaps a group of Patriots fans looking for a safe place to root for their team without getting beer dumped on their heads

This blog is a guest contribution from our friends at Nitetables, an awesome new nightlife reservation site featuring clubs, bars, lounges and more.  Check out their services & tell ‘em we sent you! – Louise

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La Masseria: Tuscany comes to NYC

by Cari, New York Guest Concierge

To say I had a busy week was an understatement! On Thursday after work, I took advantage of Restaurant Week and enjoyed both the food and views at The View Restaurant at the Marriott Marquis before seeing the spellbinding Porgy and Bess which left me speechless. On Friday, I had tickets to see On a Clear Day You Can See Forever before it closed. Before the show, I got to partake in one of the best Italian meals I have ever had in my life. This is coming from an Italian Jersey girl who had been raised on sauce, meatballs, and classic Italian dishes (Sorry, family!). I only gush for good reason; every bite at LA MASSERIA was gush worthy!

On both of these exciting New York evenings, I took my Mom who loves food and Broadway as much as I do. Also raised very Italian, we were excited to try this new location that my colleagues have said has the best tiramisu in the city. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful but not overdone interior of La Masseria, Tuscan inspired with racks of wine on many of the walls. The bar was stunning with a lovely stone archway. It made me feel comfortable and at home.

Upon sitting down, we met Juan, our friendly, informative and sweet waiter, and Elia, one of the kind and generous managers. They brought us a delicious spread of bread, breadsticks, capers in oil, a plate of prosciutto, cheese, olives, and salami, bruschetta, pinot grigio and an unsweetened iced tea. The bread with capers was divine and the cheese plate was the perfect start. My Mom and I love the skinny, crunchy breadsticks at Becco on Restaurant Row but La Masseria’s were ten thousand times better. As for the bruschetta, my mom said it was, hands down, the best she ever had, no onions but just kalamata olives and the freshest tomatoes and oil.

For appetizers, we decided to start with the Fritto Misto, fried calamari, shrimp and scallops. We took a bite and both sighed. The calamari was so lightly breaded and tender; the shrimp was cooked perfectly and had no hint of that seafood taste. The absolute winner of this amazing dish were the scallops. Warm throughout, lightly breaded, and so tender- they were the best I’ve ever tasted.

After a little break, we ordered our entrees: for mom, the lambs chops, spinach and potatoes (a special that evening) and for me the homemade linguini with eggplant and mozzarella. The lamb chops were in a vinegar based brown sauce with a great tangy taste that went perfectly with the whipped potatoes. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and the meat just fell off the bone. They even made a simple spinach side and whipped potatoes taste flavorful and delicious. I was partial to my own dish though! The softest pasta ever, you could tell it was homemade and fresh the way it melted in your mouth. The eggplant and chunks of mozzarella cheese were coupled with a flavorful sauce, again fresh tomatoes, no acidic taste, just fresh and delicious. I was so impressed with the food. Everything was so excellent and we were completely full. I didn’t think they could do any better.

And then it was time for dessert. What is a meal without dessert? My mom ordered a cappuccino that she reports was a “real Italian cappuccino” with tons of foam and the perfect thickness. I ordered a jasmine tea that arrived in a beautiful little press; it smelled so good that the lady next to me ordered it too! We sipped and relaxed a few moments until the tiramisu arrived. Everyone said we had to try it so there was no other pick for us- they were all so right. The mascarpone cheese was light and fluffy; there was not the usual overwhelming taste of alcohol, just a hint near the lady fingers. It was gone so quickly you would have thought we hadn’t already eaten an enormous dinner.

La Masseria was, in short, amazing. The food was divine. The service was impeccable, patient and kind. The décor is lovely. The experience was incomparable. My mom already has plans to go there again next week and is bringing all of her friends. I say GO THERE. Eat everything and anything on the menu and I promise bliss will follow. I hope you will fall in love with it as much as I did.

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Phantom of the Opera: A Broadway Classic

by Eileen, New York Guest Travel Planner

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the first musicals I can remember seeing. Sure I had seen Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. But it was Phantom of the Opera I remember the most distinctly. Maybe it was the music, maybe it was the Phantom, maybe it was because at times I was actually frightened during the show— which ever it was I remember seeing the show when I was ten and deciding to never see it again.

Twelve years later I was presented with the great opportunity to revisit the show. In the span of twelve years the Phantom of the Opera had been adapted to a movie and earned the title of the longest running show on Broadway. I figured the show had earned a chance to win me over one and for all. Sitting in the center of the orchestra by myself on a cold windy night, I decided to open my mind and disregard my previous sentiments.

From the opening song to the poignant finale, the Phantom of the Opera steals you away for two hours and offers the best that musical theatre has to offer. The music immediately draws you in and you can’t help but relinquish all thoughts and feelings to that moment in the theatre. Based on the book Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, the musical focuses on the thin line between love and obsession. Factor in wonderful music by Sir Andrew Llyod Webber and you have a dramatic musical that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Those with a flare for dramatics will truly appreciate the Phantom of the Opera. The stage production is close to unrivaled on Broadway. Watch as candles rise from the mist during the title song, feel the flame of the pyro that goes off during a particularly daring duel. The Phantom offers a true Broadway experience for those attending their first show or those attending their one hundredth. I know it definitely redefined the Broadway experience for me.

If you’d like to book a trip and include the Phantom of the Opera tickets, please contact me at efitzgerald@newyorkguest.com. Also check out my review for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!

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TRACES will blow your mind

by Katie, New York Guest Intern

“WOAH!” seemed to be the general reaction from the audience leaving the Union Square Theater on Thursday night.  TRACES is the brainchild of 7 Fingers, a company “who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work towards their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a 7-fingered hand.”  TRACES combines circus elements with many other forms of artistic expression including dance, basketball, music, drawing, and skateboarding to name a few.  The performers strip away the glitz and glam of the circus so that their tricks and stunts become part of their personalities.  You begin to feel like you really know each person on stage.  With every flip, you hold your breath hoping they make it back to the stage unscathed.

The show begins with the performers wearing blazers and performing a chaotic routine reminiscent of the morning commute in New York City.  The agility and gracefulness of the performers is otherworldly (If only the real NYC commuters could dodge and weave each other with such ease).  Immediately, you are transported to their world, where hoisting your friend above your head is as mundane a task as sending a text.  Between riveting acrobatic routines, the performers share intimate details about themselves, creating a bond with the audience.  These quiet moments perfectly complement the apprehension and anxiety caused by the daring stunts.

The beautiful duet between Mason Ames and Valerie Benoit-Charbonneau perfectly depicts the tension and longing of a tumultuous love affair.   The ebb and flow of their movement is hypnotizing.  Xia Zhengqi, small and nimble, acts as comedic relief and despite struggling during his juggling act, the audience remained on his side until the end.  The talent of these performers is limitless. Mathieu Cloutier displays incredible strength along with partner, Bradley Henderson, then proceeds to sing a beautiful French song while accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar.  Philippe Normand-Jenny plays the piano beautifully and also acts as a human catapult.

The stunts are mind blowing.  Just when you think they’ve pushed the limits of the human body, they push it even further. I found myself gasping and cowering in my seat in anticipation of the next out-of-this-world stunt.  The finale sequence is a nail biter.   The performers dive through rings that get higher and smaller until Xiu is flying through a ring seemingly the size of a dinner plate placed well above the heads of the audience.

The originality of this show is what makes it such an enthralling experience.  Never before have you been able to see these incredible acrobatics in such an intimate space.  The close proximity to the performers emphasizes the very real danger they are exposing themselves to.   TRACES encourages you to live life without a safety net and to push the boundaries of your own imagination.  You will leave the theater full of energy and awe, unable to comprehend the incredible feats you just witnessed.  See this show and be inspired by the wondrous capabilities of the human body and mind.

TRACES is playing at the Union Square Theater in Manhattan. Want to see it on your next trip to NYC? Contact us at info@newyorkguest.com or 212-302-4019 and we’ll help you plan your trip!

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The Ghostlight Sessions

by Louise, Community Manager

It’s an exciting time of year on Broadway – over the next two months many new shows will be opening and there is much to look forward to this year! One of the most exciting new arrivals is Ghost the Musical, based on the well-loved 1990 film, direct from its red hot run in London.  Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to The Ghostlight Sessions, a special sneak peek event for the show at the Lunt-Fontanne theater.

The poster for Ghost, outside the Lunt-Fontanne

The Lunt-Fontanne is still under construction for the production which begins preview performances this March, so while we heard several songs from the production we only got a brief peak via video of the London production of some of the breathtaking special effects that we can expect. Producer Colin Ingram, who hosted the event, told us that Teller (of the famous illusionist duo Penn & Teller) came to see the London production and admitted that he could not figure out how many of the illusions were accomplished. I for one cannot wait to see these effects in person – the brief glimpse we got was visually stunning and if they stumped Teller I definitely want to get a closer look!

Colin Ingram chats with Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard

Mr. Ingram brought out Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote both the screenplay for the movie and the book for the musical, as well as some of the song lyrics. Mr. Rubin admitted that he was at first reluctant to do a musical, but as they began to work on it he became enamored with the idea of reimagining the wonderful love story with a Broadway backdrop, and the addition of two incredibly talented singer/songwriters, Dave Stewart (Here Comes the Rain Again, Underneath it All, Don’t Ask Me Why) and Glen Ballard (Hold On, Ironic, Man in the Mirror) the show really took off – though Mr. Rubin laughingly admitted that very few of his lyrics ended up making it to the final production! Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart were present and accompanying the performers on guitar and keyboard, and joined Colin Ingram to talk about their inspiration for some of the songs in the show and their experience writing it.

Da'Vine Joy Randolph rocks out to I'm Outta Here

We were treated several songs from the production including Here Right Now, which opens the show and is sung joyously by leads Cassie Levy and Richard Fleeshman who starred in the original London production, the haunting and heartbreaking With You sung by Cassie Levy, I’m Outta Here sung by the devine newcomer Da’vine Joy Randolph who is brand new on the Broadway scene and is surely one to watch, and Suspend by Disbelief/I Had a Life which opens the second act of the show. The songs showed the variety of music we can expect with this show but each one of them was moving, catchy and exciting even without the flashy sets and special effects. With You in particular caught my attention, even out of context it was so beautiful and emotional that I felt myself tearing up.

Enjoying my swag from The Ghostlight Sessions

After attending The Ghostlight Sessions I can hardly wait the two months until I get to see the show for the first time, but do you know what the best part is? You don’t even have to take my word for it! The folks at Ghost the Musical love connecting with their audience and so they will be airing The Ghostlight Sessions today (January 24th, 2012) on their Facebook page at 4:30 and 9 PM EST. You can tune in by visiting them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GhostBroadway?sk=app_315979301776005! Then, if you’re as excited as I am, e-mail me at lgeller@newyorkguest.com to start planning your trip to NYC to see Ghost the Musical. If you’re lucky maybe I’ll let you borrow my Ghost hardhat.

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Guest Blog: Jay-Z’s Newly Renovated 40/40 Club

From our friends at Nitetables

Last week Jay-Z made headlines when daughter Blue Ivy — his first child with wife Beyoncé — came into the world. Now the music mogul is hours away from another newsworthy event: the rebirth of his upscale sports lounge, The 40/40 Club, following a reported $10 million makeover.

The reopening of the West 25th Street hotspot, which now features twice the amount of TVs it did before (including an eye-popping, nine-panel video wall), couldn’t come at a better time, with New York sports fans still celebrating the Giants’ playoffs victory over the Packers. With 40/40 opening its doors to the public on January 19, the coming weekend promises to be a busy one for the club, when Eli Manning and Big Blue takes on the San Francisco 49ers in the battle for the NFC title.

But Giants fans who want to watch the game in high style needn’t stand in line outside 40/40 for a seat and prime-viewing spot. Starting Friday, January 20, NiteTables will be taking online reservations for the high-stakes game, which takes place on Sunday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m.; customers can reserve a table by guaranteeing a mininum spend or selecting one of our package deals. In addition, customers can also reserve tables and privates rooms for other upcoming sporting events as well as birthdays, bachelor parties and “just because” evenings out. (For assistance with online reservations, please call 212-901-2633.)

Patrons will marvel at all of the luxurious new details, from the six levels of tables situated stadium-style (all the better for catching the action opposite on the video wall) and wrap-around catwalk to the stunning, illuminated amber resin bar and dramatic chandeliers. Things will sound better too: A small-arena Meyer sound system was upgraded to the tune of $1.2 million. The club’s four VIP rooms — available for private parties —also received facelifts. Jay-Z’s Lounge, for instance, is being touted as a club within a club; it can now fit 100 people and boasts a billiards table, multiple TV screens and iPod docking stations.

And the food has been taken up a notch too. New executive chef Mike Shand has transformed the menu, which now features some stepped-up versions of pub grub, such as Shand’s signature wings, which he salts and fries, then tosses in boiled hot sauce and butter before dipping in dry seasoning.) Diet-conscious folks and foodies will appreciate the new selection of sophisticated bar bites (think turkey sliders), haute dinner choices (crab cakes, lobster) and multiple salad options.

Of course, Jay-Z’s favorite Ace of Spades champagne will be represented in grand style, thanks to a dazzling bottle display by the bar.

Before the public gets a glimpse, Jay-Z will join part-owner Alex Rodriguez, along with fellow Yankee C.C. Sabathia and Giant wide receiver Victor Cruz for a VIP party on Jan. 18. The big question, of course, is whether Beyoncé will take a break from baby duty to join her hubby on the red carpet. Check back in with NiteTables for all the scoop from the big bash!

This blog is a guest contribution from our friends at Nitetables, an awesome new nightlife reservation site featuring clubs, bars, lounges and more.  Check out their services & tell ‘em we sent you! – Louise

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The Top Ten Times Square photos!

Here they are, the top 10 from our January photography contest. Times Square is a must for every visit to NYC. As one of the most iconic parts of Manhattan, often images from Times Square are used to represent our entire city. We definitely have some of those iconic selections in this month’s contest, but also some unique perspectives on the famed area. We love them all!

The contest will end and the winner be announced on January 23rd, 2012 at 9 AM EST. Check them out below and then scroll to the bottom to cast your vote.

Happy Voting!

Louise

#1 by Ana Soria

#2 by Carol Garner

#3 by Fernanda Lopes

#4 by Ilse Neugebauer

#5 by Ilse Neugebauer

#6 by Iris Russo

#7 by Martin Cabal

#8 by Marta Ben-David

#9 by Stacy Weaver

#10 by Sue Kisenwether

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