Happy Holidays!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

If your sweet tooth isn’t substantially satisfied, here are 3 tempting treats to try: Crepe Cake at ChickaLicious (East Village), S’more Churro Cone at Churro Cone (at its sister shop, also in the East Village), and Customizable Nutella Crepe at the new Nutella Cafe in Union Square)

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Savoring & Savings! At Natsumi Tapas

Tasty Japanese-Italian fusion fare – and wonderful value!

Kips Bay’s Natsumi Tapas has these special offers:

Bento box - at Natsumi Tapas in Kips Bay

Black Friday Bonus

Any gift cards purchased on Black Friday magically increase in value! OK, it’s not magic – they have computers to add on the savings – but it’s still exciting! They’ll add 20% to what you spent on the card.

Dinner and a Show

Have dinner pre-show, and there’s another discount for you – 10% off your meal!

Scrumptious Eats and Treats at Studio

New in Kips Bay, Studio, has tasty treats, meals and libations – day and night.

In the morning, Baker Zoe Kanan presents fresh baked sweet and savory pastries alongside a healthy-ish breakfast spread.”

Let’s take a spin in a world of HER creation @zoekanan ??

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Try their Honey Sesame Twist, Sourdough Croissant, Chocolate Coffee Babka, Apricot Almond Cake or their Chocolate Morning Bun:

Zoe Kanan bakes Chocolate Morning Buns - at Studio in Kips Bay
Chocolate morning buns at Studio. On their Instagram @studiofreehand.nyc: “Who’s that cutie behind the ?? @zoekanan and her baked goodness #alldayeveryday

Besides the mouth-watering pastries, the restaurant offers “a full menu, tinged with flavors of North Africa and the Near East“.

Their Breakfast and Weekend brunch has choices like: Shakshuka (yellow tomato, baked eggs, feta ) and Brik-Style Eggs (house phyllo, cilantro, harissa) and juices.

While their all-day menu has options like Eggplant Flatbread (tahini, cashew), 23 Lex Chicken Club (spicy carrot slaw, lemon mayo, pain de mie), Braised Chicken Cigars (pine nuts, sumac), French Fries with harissa aioli and Lamb Kepta in Pita (lemon tahini, cucumber relish, cilantro) and drinks like Cel-Rays of Thyme (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Pineapple, Tonic) and Queen’s Crossbow (Lemorton Pommeau, Rhum Damoiseau, Apple Cider, Cinnamon).

Lamb Kefta in Pita - at Studio in Kips Bay
“Got friends?? This lamb kefta in pita with lemon tahini and cucumber relish is great to share. Or not…” (On Studio’s Instagram @studiofreehand.nyc )

Studio is open early for breakfast (7am) and stays open late (until midnight Monday to Wednesday and Sunday, and until 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Jazz for Kids in Kips

Jazz Standard, located at 116 E 27th St in Kips Bay, offers jazz music from legendary artists and exciting up-and-comers as well as an extensive drink menu and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue.

Singer Rene Marie- at Jazz Standard in Kips Bay, NYC
Rene Marie (From Jazz Standard’s Facebook Page)


Hot Toddy drink - at Jazz Standard in Kips Bay, NYC
Hot Toddy (From Jazz Standard’s Facebook Page)

It also “allow young minds to explore the possibilities in jazz” with their Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra:

“a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City’s leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene.”

This means every Sunday, from 2pm to 3pm, it’s “Jazz for Kids” where you and your kids can have lunch – to the tunes of these young jazz musicians (11 to 18)! Hear them performing music from Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra - at Jazz Standard in Kips Bay, NYC
Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (From Jazz Standard’s Facebook Page)

Red Tricycle recently noted: “As a bonus for feeling good about the outing, they even donate $1 from each child menu order to Spoons Across America, an organization dedicated to healthy eating habits.”