Midtown

For nearly twenty years, Churrascaria Plataforma has served Midtown diners an all-you-can-eat amount of authentic Brazilian meat.

Once upon a time, an old boss asked me for a favor: to help him find a necklace to give his girlfriend for Christmas.

I was lucky enough to experience a hefty and authentic slice of Cuba in Midtown Manhattan the other day. The hospitable people at Victor’s Café arranged for a press lunch in order to showcase a genuine soup-to-nuts Cuban banquet.

Located among the hubbub of Manhattan’s Theater District, Daniela Trattoria is a refreshingly calm escape from the throngs of tourists on Eighth Avenue.

Last week, I went to an event at MEGU—a chic Japanese restaurant in Tribeca. The large, two-floor space is beautifully designed—bathed in a sea of beige, cool concrete and accents of red. The dining room boasts a large ice sculpture at its center—a feature brought in from Brooklyn each night—and an enormous spherical iron chandelier hovering above.

Usually on Friday nights, I’ll go home after work and watch Netflix on the couch or go to a nearby bar, but last Friday I ended up at Hunkomania, an all-male strip show for women. Although watching muscular men dance their clothes off to both classic and recent top 40 hits sounded entertaining, I was worried about the audience participation portion of the evening.

Remember that movie Showgirls? I’m almost certain you do. It had Saved By The Bell’s neurotic Jessie Spano—aka Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame and Gina Gershon—who always seems to play some sort of dead-eyed borderline psychopath.

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.

Last week, I went to an event at Scarlatto Italian Restaurant—a great Midtown eatery that specializes in Roman-style Italian cuisine. Located in the heart of the Theater District, Scarlatto is the perfect place to grab a meal before or after a show.

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