Resident Magazine and Robert “Toshi” Chan—party promoter and majority owner of the Flatiron Hotel—unite to present Tasting New York, a food festival boasting a carefully curated list of top restaurants and celebrities. Guests sample offerings from the likes of IL Tesoro, Pescatore, and the Belgian Beer Café, all while listening to the familiar voice of Fox 5's Ernie Anastos as the emcee. Culinary specialist Claire Thomas, the host of ABC's Food for Thought, will perform a food demo and show home chefs how to keep knives sharp enough to julienne an atom. Other famous faces may stand out among the crowd, such as that of New York Giant Henry Hynoski, former As The World Turns star Eileen Fulton, and CNN journalist Kitty Pilgrim.
As patrons sip, sample, and mingle, Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and rising Broadway singer Hunter Ryan Herdlicka provide a festive soundtrack. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, a network of 22 nonprofit food pantries, soup kitchens, safe havens, and shelters throughout New York and New Jersey.
"We do not carry Bud, Coors, or Miller."
So reads a line on the website of Croxley's Ale House, but it might as well be a mission statement: for more than 20 years—long before the crazes of drinking microbrews or having fun took off—thirsty patrons have headed to Croxley's for flavorful tastes of Long Island craft beers. Such dedication to serving local libations earned Chris Werle & Jeffry Piciullo the Pioneer Award at the 2013 Golden Tap Awards Gala, a testament to their "forward thinking" and dedicated spirit.
At all six locations throughout Long Island and New York, Croxley's Ale House serves local and high-end beer on tap paired with hearty feasts of hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and fish and chips. Along with sipping Belgian brews at the Smithtown location's open-air beer garden, visitors can gather for games around one of the more than 40 HD TVs or belly up to the bar for twenty-cent wing nights on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Count a writer for Long Island Pulse magazine as one of many who have indulged in Margaret Martin's facials and emerged beaming. "I really fell under esthetician Maggie Martin’s spell," she said in a spa feature, citing Margaret's "long, heavenly facial massage"—with generous applications of both an aloe and vitamin E serum and a honey and vitamin C mask—as the reason "a glance in the mirror afterwards revealed a glowing face." Margaret Martin Skincare's menu abounds with roughly 19 facial treatments and add-ons, including a custom facial with toning, extractions, and a mask; vitamin C serums that combat aging more effectively than bathing in the freshly squeezed tears of a thousand lemons; green-tea masks; and a coffee extraction designed to improve oily skin. Hand and foot treatments, lash extensions, and hot-stone massages round out the extensive roster of spa treatments.
With more than 40 years’ teaching experience, VMA Kempo Jiu Jitsu’s certified instructors impart self-defense skills, confidence, and discipline in a range of martial-arts and fitness classes. In coed, women’s-only, and children's classes, students kick, strike, and grapple as they hone techniques drawn from kenpo, brazilian jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. In women’s-only cardio-kickboxing classes, students boost endurance, flexibility, and strength as pounds melt away.
Victory Martial Arts' MMA style blends six self-defense methods into one potent cocktail. Its constituent elements range from kenpo, which focuses on high-speed striking, to muay thai kickboxing, often dubbed "the art of eight limbs" because of its scrappy use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet. There are swirls of Western boxing and wrestling-style floor grappling, too. To complement MMA sessions, the studio hosts single-style classes on kenpo and Brazilian jujitsu—and a sequence designed especially for kids and teens.