The culinary faculty behind Manhattan’s captivates diners with dense lunch and dinner menus inspired by the sights and meals of New York City. Rouse dormant appetites with an order of Times Square overstuffed mushrooms, sizzling caps packed with crab and salmon ($10), or the Maumee Bay, a grilled asparagus salad sprinkled with blue cheese and pine nuts under a strawberry-vanilla vinaigrette ($10). Metropolitan bellies find fulfillment in a plate of the tortellini di sausage, tossed with sweet peppers and tomato sauce ($16), or a New York 12-ounce certified angus strip, grilled and topped with a red-wine compound butter ($23).
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies every day for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. Rattling bass shakes the historic Congress Theater's gold-domed interior and main floor as fans dance and weave through the crowds to try to snag an autographed poster, CD, or security guard.
• For $12, you get one general-admission ticket (a $17.50 value before fees, or up to a $24.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $19, you get one reserved ticket for a seat in sections 4–6 (a $27.50 value before fees, or up to a $38 value online, including all ticketing fees).