Return of the Michelin Man

Michelin unveils its 2011 New York City guide, with a party last night at the Wooly, the super-chic club in the Woolworth Building. Check out who lost stars, who gained and who's new to the list.


Hurricane Storms into NYC

Feeling in the mood for a little tiki but also think it's a little tacky? Get yourself to The Hurricane Club, the brand-new bar and eatery from the Fourth Wall Restaurant Group (the same folks behind Quality Meats; Park Avenue Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter; and the Post House).

It's too tempting to resist saying that I was blown away by The Hurricane Club, particularly in the way it achieves such a cozy elegance despite its large scale. The soaring main dining room is buttressed by several smaller "cave rooms," which despite being on the sidelines still provide great people-watching.

The tiki touches are subtle but fun; most of the Polynesian design elements require close inspection to suss them out, which makes the Hurricane Club experience all the more intriguing. Don't miss the ten-foot-high barnacle chandelier suspended--not in the entryway, but in the single-person bathroom in the seahorse-sconced Lagoon Lounge. The cocktails are much so that they are numbered rather than named, with your choice of poison coming in everything from drilled-out coconuts to large bowls for sharing.

Watch out for a swank, still-to-be-named lounge next door as well as a private space called the Volcano Lounge. Let the lava (though not the lava lamps!) flow.

For my Citybuzz tour of the Hurricane Club, including our interview with Fourth Wall owner Michael Stillman, click below.



Viva, Puglia!

Italians and the Americans who love them (and their wines) are celebrating the arrival of Puglia Wine Week, taking place at eateries throughout the city. For a full list of seminars and participating restaurants, click here. Pictured: A un gruppo di oenophiles at Mia Dona. Photograph by Gita McCutcheon.


It's Hip to Be Square

Tonight in Union Square, just in time for the arrival of autumn, the fifteenth annual Harvest in the Square shares a bounty with New Yorkers. With restaurant representation from eateries such as ABC Kitchen and Tocqueville, the pickings are guaranteed to be a delight. Proceeds benefit the Union Square Partnership. For more visit here.


An Inside Look at the Life of a Model

Don't hate the models of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week because they're beautiful. Or because they get to recharge in the Model Lounge of the Gansevoort Park Avenue South. Or because they get chauffeured around in the new Porsche Panamera. If you think you can stand a look, grab a behind-the-scenes peek at what's making their tough lives a little easier here.

NY Fashion Week - The Model Lounge


Wouldn't You Like to Be a Preppy, Too?

It's been 30 years since Lisa Birnbach and several others published The Official Preppy Handbook, so she and co-author Chip Kidd decided the concept was due for a reboot. Enter True Prep, which was fêted in grand style last night at--where else?--Brooks Brothers. A WASP-y good time was had by everyone in the bow-tie and whale-print-pant-filled room, including Alec Baldwin, who popped in for a brief stretch. For slideshow, click here. Warning: Do not watch if the mere mention of Greenwich and Palm Beach makes your hipster nerve twinge.


Fashion Week is Here!

And we're loving it! Herewith, some of our favorite looks (and celebs!) from the shows so far.

Much more to come, including our episode covering last night's Fashion's Night Out.

Left, A model walks the runway wearing a Valerie Mayen design at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show.  

Below right, the Farah Angsana Spring 2011 fashion show. Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz.

Above, Will and Grace's Eric McCormack and his wife, Janet (photo by Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).















Above, 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden (photo by Michael Buckner, courtesy of Getty); Tinsley Mortimer in the Richie Rich show (photo by by Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).






Above, Andre Leon Talley, of Vogue, in a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, getting around Fashion's Night Out courtesy of Volkswagen. Right, real live "Ken Dolls" pose in front of the flatbed truck that brought them around on a flatbed with the slogan: "Catch me if you Ken!"

Below, Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg with designer Charlotte Ronson. Below right, with Charlotte's sister, celebrity DJ Sam Ronson, all at the launch of the I (Heart) Ronson collection at JCPenney in Herald Square. Party hosted by HobNob Wines.




It's Showtime!

Showtime debuts its 2010 decorator showhouse. For slideshow, click here.


Learn to Dance Like MJ, Gaga and More!

Summer may be unofficially over after this weekend, but that does not get you off the hook for staying in shape.

So here's my advice: If you loathe the gym but love to dance, get yourself to Broadway Bodies. Taught by instructors who are actual Broadway dancers, the classes will help you perfect music video moves pulled off by the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Michael and Janet Jackson and even the cast of Glee. You can also learn dance routines from Great White Way shows like Mamma Mia! and Chicago. At a mere $15 per class, they're both affordable and fun.

I had the opportunity to pop in for a class on a recent "Michael Jackson Monday," and had a blast. Watch my segment (created for Citybuzz), below.

MTV may no longer be showing music videos, but there's no reason you can't bring them to life at home. Give it a try!


A Good Turn, Turn, Turn

Chelsea Clinton and her father, Bill, will be at SoulCycle in Bridgehampton this weekend for a high-adrenaline benefit for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The spinning studio, which opened in the Hamptons this summer, is already a huge hit among fitness-crazed celebs, and made such a big splash in Bridgehampton that it's often difficult to secure a bike on weeekends. That will not be a problem tomorrow--providing you've ponied up anywhere from $500 to $5,000 for a one-hour ride benefitting the charity founded by Presidents #40 and #41.

If those two former commanders in chief can get it together for a cause, you can certainly get it together to spin for an hour. This is no time for resistance. Do it!

Photo by Patrick Butler, courtesy SoulCycle.



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