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Beneath the August sun.

Treats & Eats

- You'll find set menus at most of the best restaurants around the city, but there's nothing worse than shelling out a lot of cash and immediately regretting your decision. Here are two restaurants where you'll never leave feeling underwhelmed, or even whelmed. -

1. 2 Star Michelin Marea on Central Park South: as a born and bred New Englander, I am fairly picky when it comes to seafood. Marea doesn't disappoint. Chef Michael White manages to pack a lot of flavor onto each plate that leaves his kitchen, without masking the delicate flavors of the frutti di mare, which instantly transport you to the Mediterranean coasts where White draws his inspiration. I can guarantee gorgeous presentation, high touch service, and a fall, happy belly. If you opt out of the 3 Course Tasting Menu and prefer to go a-la-carte, our recommendation is to choose at least one of the crudo options, as well as a pasta option (White's specialties). (photo courtesy of Daniel Krieger)

2. Michelin Star newbie, Delaware and Hudson, in Williamsburg: Chef Patti Jackson brings her native Mid-Atlantic food favorites to her first restaurant. She elevates basic produce and proteins by sourcing local and seasonal ingredients for each of her plates. Her dinner menu is prix fixe only, with plenty of small plates to share at the start the meal (our favorite this month was the green tomato pie), before moving to the set courses. The restaurant makes you feel like you're enjoying a home cooked meal, in a secret garden, but without having lifted a finger.  Don't think your out-of-town friends want to splurge on dinner? Stop by for brunch where you can have the award-winning Amish-style Chicken Pot Pie or classic house-cured Corned Beef Hash.

Sights & Sounds

1. You’re probably noticing a theme by now. I love listening to free music outdoors in the summer! This week, the show I’ll definitely be trying to get into is tUnE-yArDs/Shabazz Palaces at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday Aug 8th, at 7:30pm. I have it on very good authority that the tUnE-yArDs shows in 2014 were some of the best shows of the year. Forget Lady Gaga. This chick is the real deal! Also, Prospect Park is one of the nicest places to hang out on a hot summer’s day. So, come early, as this is bound to be one of the more popular events of the Summer! Bring a picnic or munch on delicious snacks by The Farm on Adderley (their tent will be located next to the stage) to keep your tummy equally entertained.

2. Perhaps you could make a BK day of it and head to the Brooklyn Museum before checking out the concert. Open Wed thru Sun, there are lots of awesome exhibitions on right now. For those of you who missed Kara Walker’s amazing exhibit at the Domino’s Sugar Refinery last year, you can see one of the “African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas)” sculptures and check out Brooklyn-based artist Kaws: "Along The Way". ‘Basquiat: the Unknown Notebooks’ ends on the 23rd of this month, featuring a collection of rarely-seen unbound notebook pages, filled with the artist’s handwritten sketches and texts and some large-scale paintings. I’ve been hoping for a Basquiat show since I moved to the city 8 years ago, and was initially pretty disappointed to hear that this would mainly be his notebooks; however, after visiting, I left feeling that this might be the exhibition Basquiat would have wanted us to see. This exhibit alone is definitely worth heading to the BK Museum!

As always, if you need to book tickets or want a reservation, let us help