Espoleta Offers a New Challenge for Seasoned Pizzaiolo Giulio Adriani

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All photos by Billy Lyons for the Village Voice
Fondue, anyone?
Giulio Adriani spent a lifetime perfecting pizzas, so it may seem like a bit of a shock when you walk into his new restaurant Espoleta (334 Bowery; 212-466-3300) and find goat picadillo empanadas on the menu. Espoleta, like the name of its predecessor Forcella, means wishbone, but that is where the similarities between the two restaurants come to a close. Espoleta is a fusion tapas restaurant drawing on Mexican, Spanish, and Italian cultures. The venture also marks the return of Sue Torres to the dining scene after a brief hiatus.

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Cabaret Bar at Verboten Offers Dinner With a Side of DJs

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All photos courtesy Erin Kestenbaum
TV dinner followed by a live show next door is a possibility at the new Cabaret Bar.

John Perez is a veteran event planner who spent 12 years producing wandering parties with his partner, Jen Schiffer. Last year, the duo fell in love with an industrial space in Williamsburg, and they turned it into Verboten, a musical playground that opened in March. Crowds flock to the former metal shop to hear the city's top underground acts, participate in deep-house yoga, and take in cabaret shows.

Now, the pair has debuted Cabaret Bar (60 North 11th Street, Brooklyn; 347-223-4732), a full-service restaurant adjacent to the main room.

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Go See Delusions of Guinevere, a Movie About Getting YouTube-Famous Through Eating Cereal

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Andrew Ruth and Ariana Bernstein star in Delusions of Guinevere.
We've all seen the story before: A washed-up child star does anything possible to get back in the limelight -- reality shows, parties, crazy stunts, sex tapes. Delusions of Guinevere, produced in NYC, explores that narrative. Guinevere James is 29 years old, overweight, and desperate to reclaim her fame, by any means possible. After uploading a series of YouTube videos, she goes viral...for eating cereal.

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A Taste of Steaks and Hemingway at Il Mulino Prime

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All photos by Billy Lyons
Pistachio crusted lamb chop at Il Mulino Prime, Soho's latest post-shopping destination

Il Mulino Prime (331 West Broadway; 212-226-0020) is Il Mulino's first concept outside of its traditional Italian category, and so interior designer Rozhia Tabnak and her partner Lee Katzoff looked to a legendary American author with a proclivity for hunting wild game for inspiration: Ernest Hemingway.

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Campeón Gives the Sports Bar a Mexican Twist

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All photos by Billy Lyons
Chicken mole "pizza"
Just in time for the World Cup is the debut of Campeón (9 East 16th Street; 212-675-4700), a Flatiron sports bar with a south-of-the-border spin -- decor is inspired by Mexico City, down to the hand-painted ceramic tiles. Sports fans will be excused if they miss that detail, though: The place also boasts 36 high definition televisions.

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Escape the City With North River Lobster Company

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All photos by Billy Lyons
A raw bar awaits at North River Lobster Co., a new casual food and drink excursion

North River Lobster Co. (Pier 81 at West 41st Street, 212-630-8831) is not a dinner cruise. Yes, you'll eat on a moving boat. But the reference doesn't do the new venture justice: There's no strict dress code, there are no white linen tablecloths, and on the weekends, there's live music. There are also no reservation times or pre-payment fees, and the experience is more "let's see what's in store" than "this ship better be worth it."


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Alfredo 100 Honors Classic and New Age Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine with black caviar? That's what we call using your noodle!

Alfredo 100's (7 East 54th Street; 212-688-1999) recent opening of what owner Russell Belanca calls his new "flagship location" is not your typically "timely" restaurant opening. In case you weren't aware, fettuccine Alfredo is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. While singing the happy birthday song to a bowl of pasta about to be devoured seems like a justifiable call, it's better to marvel at the fact that a dish has enough appeal to become a centenarian. After all, most of today's "iconic" dishes live and die by how many likes they receive on Instagram, and even that success can be fleeting.

Though plates of pasta in the post-carb era now feature modifiers like "gluten free" and "substitute whole wheat," purists can still appreciate a location where orders requiring butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese are received with a smile.

As with any historic dish, there's a great story surrounding the invention of fettuccine Alfredo.

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Schnitz Makes the Jump from Smorgasburg to a Permanent East Village Location

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Schnitz's Mrs. Child sandwich: chicken schnitzel with greens and celery root remoulade
Pop-up vendors who parlay their successes into brick-and-mortar restaurants have become a common story. And the most recent vendor to make the jump is The story of Schnitz (177 First Avenue, 646-861-3923), which just opened in the East Village.

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How Long Is the Shake Shack Line? Ask Placemeter

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Courtesy Dominique Ansel Bakery via Facebook
Would you wait for a cronut if you knew it would only be 20 minutes?
When Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park nearly a decade ago, lines followed almost immediately, and they have yet to let up. Sure, there's the Shack Cam, a video camera feed that provides you a real time view of the line, but that's about as useful as a sign telling you a subway is coming without telling you when. And from that experience, Alex Winter and fellow partner Florent Peyre drew inspiration for real time data app Placemeter, which helps consumers pinpoint how long their wait will be.

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Behind the Scenes of Winter Wonderland Pop-Up Celsius at Bryant Park

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Courtesy Celsius at Bryant Park
Celsius will be open until March 2 for your post-skating celebrations

Stomaching Midtown is easier now that the majority of tourist hordes have dissipated post-holidays -- and sometime before winter ends, it's worth stopping by Celsius at Bryant Park (42nd Street and Sixth Avenue). The two-story snow white structure is a symbol of human ingenuity, which can be just as heartwarming as the traditional tree-lighting ceremony.


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