The mastermind behind French Tart is Chef Laurent, whose innovation earned him a gold medal for Most Creative Restaurant Dessert at the Eger Foundation?s 2011 Taste of Staten Island and whose flaky croissant recently won the New York Daily News' Best of New York award. Chef Laurent was also recently featured on Fox 5's Good Day New York for their croissants, quiche, and chocolate truffles. With its wide array of classic baked goods, French Tart's bakery makes an ideal stop for coffee and a pastry. In the evening, French Tart transforms into a traditional French bistro restaurant.
In town for one performance only, The Fab Four—The Ultimate Beatles Tribute sends audiences on a time-bending trip to the 1960s soundtracked by the lads from Liverpool’s greatest hits and die-hard fan favorites. Emceed by an actor channeling Ed Sullivan, the multimedia production boasts a talented cast showing off their uncanny impersonations of John, Paul, George, and MacGyver. Live note-for-note re-creations of the group’s classic hits include renditions of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Hey Jude.” With three costume changes, the show covers the Beatles' developing style, from the early days through Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to their brief stint as country band Uncle Ringo and the Hungry Blues. The touring production plays the palatial St. George Theatre, where the baroque furnishings offer plenty of murals, tiled fountains, and sculpted figures to keep eyes entertained before the show.
The flickering fireplace in the dining room of Pepper Jack Grill casts a warm glow over the bilevel booths and pale-yellow walls adorned with local artwork. In the kitchen, chefs grill rib eye steaks alongside Angus beef and turkey-burger patties for patrons to customize with toppings from the burger bar such as apricot-chipotle barbecue sauce and handcut bacon. Pintsize chandeliers light the full half-moon-shape bar, where bartenders pour signature sangria, shakertinis, and goblets of black-cherry-bourbon sours. Live entertainment tickles the ears of diners while they watch sports games on flat-screen televisions or meander toward the outdoor patio lounge to shush overhead stars.
Most athletic clubs are geared toward adults. Not so at Nova Athletic Club, where youngsters rule the sprawling space. Here, children learn team-building skills, discipline, and concentration during an array of classes. Artistic gymnastics builds muscle and boosts balance while inspiring students to express themselves more gracefully. Martial arts instills confidence and respect through the study of Japanese Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do, and Zumba develops coordination as youngsters follow along to dance steps set to energetic Latin rhythms.
In addition to classes, the club also hosts camps with both athletic activities and arts and crafts. It also boasts an afterschool program with homework help, and parties with gym instruction and birthday cake.
Murder Mystery Inc. indulges wannabe gumshoes with interactive cases laced with sidesplitting humor. Its popular Murdered by the Mob dinner show has diners interrogating organized crime toughs after a murder at the don’s party. As Crime Goes By mystery weekends, held at hotels both in state and out of state, stretch a tangled web of bribery, infidelity, and murder over three days, fully immersing guests in the case’s shadowy twists and turns and terrifying vacationers who accidentally booked a room the same weekend. Seasoned improvisers fill out the company’s roster of actors, delivering lively and humorous dialogue that draws in audiences and draws delighted giggles out of even the surliest of sleuths.