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I first heard about Amsterdam Tavern from the fictional novel, “Ellington Boulevard” by Adam Langer. Although Langer referred to the watering hole by another name in his book, I had a weird feeling it was based on a real bar.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to ABC Kitchen—an awesome eatery near Union Square—for dinner. He had been searching for new places to try and stumbled upon the restaurant. Its excellent reviews didn’t even do it justice: absolutely everything was delicious.

In November, I went to a birthday party at Duet 53—a karaoke spot in Midtown. It had been a few years since I last took to the mic, so I was a little nervous. My past karaoke experiences have gone one of two ways: novice singers have to stand on an intimidating stage in a crowded bar, or everyone has to sit around a table and pass the mic—meaning, everyone has to participate.

A few coworkers recently enjoyed lunch at Darbar Grill, an Indian restaurant in Midtown. When they got back to the office, they couldn’t stop raving about the place. Of course, now I want to try it! I was told the lavish lunch buffet is delicious and to definitely try the chicken tikka masala.

A nice meal or relaxing beverage in one of NYC’s amazing eateries is great—add cool décor and/or a theme and the experience is even better. Alice’s Teacup is one such place. The restaurant, reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," has two locations on the Upper East Side, as well as a spot on the Upper West Side, and serves up the freshest teas, made to order, as well as tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper items.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ has been a staple of the New York holiday season for more than 50 years. One of the most distinct memories I have of my first year living in the city was seeing this venerable production at Lincoln Center, performed by the New York City Ballet. It truly was a magical experience.

Benjamin Steakhouse’s Benjamin Prelvukaj proves a master of the surf and turf by opening a seafood-based restaurant, The Seafire Grill. Prelvukaj has already made a name for himself with his two steakhouses. For his new eatery, he brings in seasoned seafood Chef Richard Pims, known for his proficiency with fish at notable spots like RM Seafood and Blue Fin.

When I was a little girl, I had a porcelain figurine of a cat curled up with a tiny kitten. The precious item is so small it fits in your hand. I’m not quite sure where this came from, or if it was even a gift for me. I just remember one day it appeared and I cherished it through my youth.

I feel pretty confident in my knowledge of the NYC gallery scene. A lot of spots specialize in different mediums—everything from painting and sculpture to performance art and photography. I haven’t, however, heard of a gallery that specializes in an emotion, until now.

Last week, I went to Alobar—a fairly new Long Island City eatery, which celebrates rustic American, nose-to-tail (meaning, to use every part of the animal) cuisine. The large dimly lit space is accented with rich wood and antique prints showcasing the shipping and industrial past of the neighborhood.

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