Your wish for a new luxury apartment in Midtown Manhattan is about to be granted. The new structure at 555TEN, once complete, will offer one- to three-bedroom units, as well as studio apartments, all outfitted with stainless steel appliances, a washer/dryer, and wood flooring. The 52-story building at 555 10th Avenue even has a private club for residents, plus a rooftop pool and deck with panoramic views of the city.
Entertainment awaits a short way from your doorstep. Playwrights Horizons, a theater dedicated to helping writers, composers and lyricists develop their crafts, runs six productions a year on its two stages. Catch a showing of Julia Cho’s Aubergine, a tale of how food can serve as the perfect language for expressing emotions, or Adam Bock’s A Life, starring David Hyde Pierce as a man who turns to astrology when he grows weary of the single life.
Theatre Row, equally close to home, offers a little something for everyone with The United Solo Theatre Festival, featuring more than 100 single-person performances in a series of shows from mid-September to mid-November. This festival is the largest of its kind in the world and features performers from 18 countries. Besides the solo shows, Theatre Row offers a puppet-based adaption of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s stories via The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.
Sometimes, live music seems like the perfect way to unwind from your day. Catch a performance any night of the week at Birdland Jazz Club. Start with a Friday post-work show of the Birdland Big Band, then stick around for the night’s special guest. Take part in the Charlie Parker birthday celebration on September 2. Celebrate the music of John Coltrane with the “Coltrane Revisited” shows from September 20th to 24th, led by one of Coltrane’s pianists, Steve Kuhn.
Birdland also offers a full dinner menu to enjoy as you whet your appetite for another jazz set. Dine on roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes or one of the restaurant’s many southern- and Cajun-inspired dishes like blackened catfish with collard greens, creole meatloaf, or fried chicken.
Spend a romantic evening in the garden at century-old Barbetta Restaurant, taking in the scents of flowering trees and the sounds of the fountain as you wait for your meal to arrive. This OpenTable “Diners’ Choice” winner, still run by its original founding family, serves traditional Piemontese fare like risotto, polenta, and agnolotti. Start your meal with minestrone or prosciutto, then try grilled swordfish over lentils, roasted rabbit in a white wine and lemon sauce, or tagliarini in tomato sauce. For dessert, delight in pears baked in red wine, a slice of plum cake, or a lemon and pistachio tart.
Take your taste buds on a journey to another part of the globe at Obao, which serves a fusion of Thai and Vietnamese fare. Try the panang beef curry, lemongrass short ribs, or the pad Thai for a sampling of Asian herbs and spices that delivers loads of flavor with every bite.