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Love great food, drinks and music? Then head to Brooklyn this weekend for Great GoogaMooga. This three-day festival, held May 17-19 in Prospect Park, will welcome 85 of the city’s top restaurants, selling delicious bites in hand-painted booths—reminiscent of old New York storefronts.

Taste of Tribeca is a culinary festival that celebrates downtown, local cuisine. Stop by this Saturday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and taste some of the best cuisine from the area’s top chefs and restaurants, including Tribeca Grill, Landmarc, Kutsher’s Tribeca, Bubby’s, The Palm, Blaue Gans, Duane Park Patisserie and newcomers, such as Dirty Bird To Go and Aamanns-Copenhagen.

Last night, I got to try a few appetizers at Pera Soho, a gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant on Thompson Street. The restaurant occupies a large space with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, including a roof deck with views of midtown and the Empire State Building.

If you want to get your casino fix, there’s no need to rack up the frequent flyer miles with a trip to Las Vegas. Resorts World Casino New York City is a world-class destination for gaming and entertainment, minutes from anywhere is NYC. Located in Queens, this is the one-and-only casino in the five boroughs, and it’s a lot of fun

May is a great month in the Flatiron District. Not only are flowers in bloom throughout Madison Square Park, but the outdoor food market Mad. Sq. Eats comes to Worth Square—the pedestrian plaza just west of the park.

On Wednesday, I went to an event at Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish near Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. This recently opened, cozy spot offers authentic hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels made on-site and much more—including a wide assortment of pastries, coffee from popular roasting company La Colombe, authentic seltzers, daily shipments of smoked fish, and deli sandwiches—all from New York vendors.

I wouldn’t say I’m a coffee snob, but I’ve been drinking the caffeinated brew for as long as I can remember. I don’t subscribe to the “double whip,” “double foam,” etc. philosophy—just give me a plain old cup of coffee any day.

My first introduction to the skillful art of synchronized dancing while standing on top of a bar was the movie Coyote Ugly. I was still a good four or five years away from the legal drinking age when this cinematic masterpiece hit a theater near you, but the film did raise a lot of questions for me: Do bartenders really dance on the top of bars? Isn’t it slippery? (And most importantly) Someone decided Tyra Banks needed to be on the silver screen?

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