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New York City's Pranna

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It was a warm Friday evening and my friend and I were looking for a place that would offer us an exciting bar scene, as well as flavorful cuisine. However, I had recently walked past Pranna and found it packed. So, we decided to give it a try.

I was blown away by the gorgeous culinary palace with its soaring ceilings and cavernous sections. The large bar offered several seating options, including a few high tables. A large lounge area lay just beyond the bar and would be perfect for a party. A beautiful dining area lay at the other far end of the ground floor, and another was situated on a second floor overlooking the bar.

The basement was home to a complimentary coat check and mini-club just begging to be stuffed with movers and shakers. The staff was extremely helpful and let us push our reservation so we could first enjoy a drink at the bar. The cocktail menu includes a variety of interesting concoctions, all with an Asian flair.

I absolutely loved my sweet Tamarindo, which included rum, mint, fresh lime juice, house-made tamarind purée, and sparkling water. Of course, this delicious blend came at a typical Manhattan $12, but the large glass made it all the more enticing.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Mix together the cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl until evenly moistened. Press into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Blend in the eggs, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and cream of tartar. Pour over the pie crust.

Bake in preheated oven until the center is set, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool on counter for 5 minutes.

Mix together the sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl until smooth carefully pour over cheesecake starting from the sides of the pan and working your way to the center.

Return to oven for another 5 minutes. Allow to cool in pan to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.


Liquor License Renewal Hearing To Be Held For Manhattan Restaurant Getting Complaints Over Boozy Brunch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Manhattan community board is holding a liquor license renewal hearing for a restaurant getting complaints from residents over what they say is a boozy brunch deal.

Residents say weekend customers of Pranna Restaurant at 28th and Madison are staggering out drunk because of a $45 bottomless brunch with unlimited drinks.

In a video posted on YouTube by fed-up residents who live near the restaurant, patrons are seen stumbling and having trouble getting up.

One woman appears unable to walk on her own and later appears to vomit. In the video, a man also appears to be urinating right on the sidewalk.

“Staggering, throwing up, laying down under the wall,” said area worker Tim Hurd.

“You see people drink too much and somebody has to carry them out,” said resident Henry Horne.

The complaints are now being investigated by the neighborhood’s community board, which will hold a hearing Wednesday night on Pranna’s liquor renewal application.

The restaurant’s owner told CBS 2 off camera that he believes he’s being targeted, saying, “We are the ones who stop serving intoxicated patrons, escort them out and send them home.”

He says he’s open to suggestions, but says he’s planning to continue serving the bottomless drinks.

Many in the neighborhood believe it’s the wrong move.

“You’re endangering everyone out here and it looks bad in the neighborhood out here,” said Hurd.

One question the community board will take up is whether the bottomless brunch violates a state law that prohibits unlimited drink offerings.


NYC’s Wildest Bars for Halloween

Halloween is only week away and you need a plan. Not to worry, New York City might be the best place on earth to celebrate. Whether you enjoy beer, vodka, whiskey, or Halloween-inspired spooky drinks, there are definitely choices for you in New York City. Here are the best places to drink for Halloween in NYC.

Official New York City Halloween Pub Crawl

The Official New York City Halloween Pubcrawl starts at the Halloween Parade and ends wherever you decide! With $2 drafts and 1/2-price well drinks, your night could get pretty spooky.

STK Meatpacking

26 Little W. 12th St. New York, NY 10014

The STK Meatkpacking Halloween Event is widely known for its debauchery. The 7th Annual Meat Hacking Halloween Massacre has DJs, dancers, drinks, and general admission tickets are just $20! However, it is “not for the timid or faint of heart”…you’ve been warned!

Guastavinos

409 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022

The longest open bar winner is Guastavino’s Sinners & Saints Masquerade Gala with its 6-hour open bar. Tickets go fast for this one. Featuring large, cavernous ceilings, this 25,000 square foot event space is located in the middle of Manhattan, right by Central Park.

Webster Hall

125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

This one is less of a bar and more of a full out Halloween experience – Webster Hall’s aptly named Halloween event Webster Hell has everything from a virgin sacrifice to a $5,000 reward for best-costume, so it might be time to break out a real costume. Check out the website for pics of some amazing (and racy) costumes.

Pranna

79 Madison Ave, New York, NY

Perhaps the swankiest of the bunch is The Devil Wears Pranna at the Pranna Restaurant. The cheapest ticket at $20 offers a one hour well bar. Apparently, those who know the party call it “Halloween’s unofficial HQ for purely decadent fun.” Sounds good to us.


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Step into Pranna for the first time and you may wonder whether you&rsquore in a clubby cocktail lounge or a Southeast Asian restaurant. It&rsquos hard to tell: Most of the sleek venue&rsquos generous square footage is devoted to bar areas where patrons linger over small plates and exotic mixed drinks. Beat-heavy music permeates the space unfortunately, it also floods the back dining room, so that eating a full meal there means enduring thudding bass with every bite.

The food&mdashfrom co-chefs Chai Trivedi and Gavin Portsmouth&mdashisn&rsquot good enough for that. A tasting of satays was one of the better options, featuring grilled skewers of massive, bacon-wrapped prawns, garam masala--marinated swordfish cubes, slightly bland lamb meatballs and nicely crisped hunks of fatty pork belly.

Entres were less enticing. Flat-tasting steamed halibut in warm lobster broth came topped with a conflicting cold crawfish salad. Roasted duck breast was another disjointed dish: The poultry was sliced and layered on lemongrass-and-cumin-accented rice, accompanied by a bowl of vegetable curry and a non sequitur shot of cloyingly sweet passion-fruit lassi&mdashthe various elements failed to jell. While a cocoa-nib souffl made better use of the shot-glass concept (this time it was filled with a fragrant cream of cardamom and Frangelico), the house sundae&mdashrecommended by a manager via a goofy &ldquoI see a sundae in your future&rdquo line&mdashwas a poor excuse for the classic dessert blobs of tamarind sauce and poached mango sat below (rather than atop) the four scoops, a bizarre inversion that made it difficult to mix the various components. We would have been happier to skip it, and escape the head-splitting racket a little sooner.


Pranna : MAD Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

I was recently invited to check out the debut of the new MAD brunch at Pranna featuring mad music, mad drinks at mad prices. Pranna is of those big box Asian inflected spots that is somewhere between a lounge and a restaurant. If I had to pick between the two experiences, I would choose to go party there versus eat.

Pranna is housed in a 15,000 sq ft space that is decorated with a modern, East Asian sensibility. Brunch kicks off at noon and the DJ eases in the music with global beats, which turns into a more of a boozy brunch scene as the cocktails offered are slowly imbibed.

The food and service are equally lacking at Pranna. We waited endlessly on our drinks and the food came out cold. Nothing on the plate was even mildly inspiring or interesting. My seared tuna salad was just plain bad as was the hamburger. The best dish we tried was the Prawn Cake Benedict and I liked the idea of serving curried potatoes instead of the regular hash browns.

I hope they manage to work out the initial kinks at Pranna as the Mad Brunch is a cool idea and $28 for a choice of one brunch/ lunch entrée and three cocktail drinks is a pretty sweet deal!


Tag: Best bars in New York City

Are you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Do you have visions of New York City dancing in your head? If so, then this list is for you. This guide guarantees a full belly, enough booze to seep out of your pores and a couple of cultural experiences thrown in for good measure. By the time you depart on your Spirit Airlines flight, you’ll be on your way to planning your next visit.

LAY YOUR HEAD ON MY PILLOW

Sleeping in the city is expensive, whether it’s the Super 8 or the Holiday Inn Express. I suggest bunking with your long-lost great aunt Mildred who ran away from home at 17 with dreams of becoming a Rockette. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has one relative or “family friend” who lives in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). So what if you haven’t seen them since your Christening? Not having to worry about accommodations will free up your budget for more important things… like a boozy brunch.

So suck up your pride and give great-aunt Mildred a call to her rotary phone.

WHIP OUT THOSE PHONES, IT’S #BRUNCH TIME!

Brunch in New York is really no different than any other metropolitan city. There will still be long waits during peak hours (11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.) and your eggs will still come out cold. What makes brunch in NYC different is 1) the scene and 2) the fact that most restaurants and take-away places have a designated brunch menu. Like, since when did Applebee’s start serving French toast and huevos rancheros? Blasphemous!

This section would not be relevant if I didn’t mention the boozy brunch. The best restaurants let you pick out your choice of entrée and offers bottomless drinks for a set period of time, for around $25. I recommend Calle Ocho for their unlimited sangria featuring 8 different flavors, Poco in the East Village and Braii in Hell’s Kitchen.

Do you want a side of Rihanna with that mimosa? Head over to Pranna which turns into a pseudo nightclub at the strike of 4:00 p.m. Because you can’t let something called the sun blind your buzz.

“But Taylor,” you whine. “Where can I get brunch for under $10?”

Well, the nearest Waffle House is in Pennsylvania, and you are certainly not getting any alcohol with those eggs, but you can enjoy one of New York’s most prolific foods: the bagel. Murray’s Bagels in Manhattan and Bergen Bagels in Brooklyn are both great choices.

CONCRETE JUNGLE BOOGIE

So you want to go dancing in New York City? Great, hope you’re female, otherwise you may end up paying $200+ for bottle service, which will get you a bottle of Skyy, carafes of orange and cranberry juice, and some limes if you’re lucky. Best case scenario? A $40 cover charge. Dudes, you are better off at a bar where all the bouncers care about is you being over 21. The Standard Biergarten and Houston Hall are both good picks.

Ladies: it is ladies night every night when you are out with a promoter: no lines, no cover and free liquor. Promoters are hired by clubs to bring in attractive women in order to get guys to come in and buy bottle service. You can find them wandering the Meatpacking District and SoHo five nights a week.

Regardless of whether you choose to go with a promoter or wait in line and fall mercy to the discretion of the bouncer (and if it’s January, I highly suggest the former) some of the most popular places include: PHD and Tenjune for house music and remixed Top 40 hits, and the sister clubs: W.i.P and Greenhouse for hip-hop. My personal favorite and least pretentious of them all is Fat Baby in the Lower East Side.

I LOVE NEW YORK

I’ve never been to the Empire State Building, and the last time I went to the Statue of Liberty, I was six. Ditch the long lines, your fellow tourists and admission fees, and experience the New York locals live. Head over to Chinatown and walk around the open markets, stopping at the Golden Unicorn for dim sum or Vanessa’s Dumplings for pork and chive fried dumplings and sesame pancakes. After Chinatown, walk a couple of blocks south to the Brooklyn Bridge and look back at one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline.

If it’s the weekend, go shopping at the Brooklyn Flea: a football-sized space full of vendors hawking everything from vintage Raybans, to one-of-a kind home goods, prints and jewelry. The founders of Brooklyn Flea are also the people behind Smorgasburg, a food market with over 100+ New York City vendors from some of the best cooks, food trucks and restaurants in the city. Visiting during the summer? Take the train to Coney Island, take a walk around the boardwalk, and setup shop on the beach a couple of distances over from the crowd. It’s surprisingly clean and quiet. Just don’t go in the water.

Do you feel like you need to visit a museum to make this trip legitimate? Head back to Manhattan, and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) where admission is always “pay what you wish.”

And then there is Times Square. No one who lives in the city goes to Times Square on purpose. It’s crowded with tourists, Sesame Street characters (no, really) and promoters (not nightclub ones) waving comedy show tickets in your face.

And while you’re being a blatant tourist, catch a Broadway show in the neighborhood. It won’t be cheap, unless you are a student (or still have your student ID), but I heard Tupac was rising up from the dead again this summer and making his Broadway debut.


New York City's Pranna - Recipes

Bettmann/Getty Images Jazz show girls at the $7,000,000 home of the Senator William A. Clark, on Fifth Avenue. 1927.

The end of World War I welcomed a new era in New York – one in which jazz, illegal booze, gangs, commerce, and culture flourished. The city boasted nearly six million residents and served as a booming center for immigrants and migrants entering the through road, rail, and boats. Life in 1920s New York, defined by its sights and sounds, was essentially a decade-long party.

New York City prohibition agents dumping liquor into the gutter.

The decade started with a bang and ended very much the same. On Sept. 16, 1920, suspected anarchists set off a bomb on Wall Street on one the busiest corners of Manhattan’s Financial District. A horse-drawn wagon was concealing 100 pounds of dynamite, which detonated at 12:01 p.m. The blast, which killed 38 people, was considered the most deadly politically motivated terrorist activity on American soil at the time.

Wikimedia Commons Aftermath of the Wall Street bombing. 1920.

Nine years later the stock market crashed, signalling the beginning of the Great Depression.

But in the intermittent period between the two tragedies, 1920s New York truly roared.

Edwin Levick/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Times Square illuminated during the 1920s.

The early 1920s in New York saw the openings of some famed establishments. The Apollo Theatre on 42nd St., the Roseland Ballroom in the Theater District, and the Cotton Club in Harlem.

The Cotton Club on 142nd Street.

During what’s called the “Great Migration,” African Americans moved from the South to northern cities. By the 1920s, around 200,000 African Americans made New York City their home. But because segregation laws were still in place and housing tensions existed, they created their own community in Harlem.

As a result, Harlem became a cultural hub for dynamic jazz and blues as well as a platform for rising jazz artists like Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Coleman Hawkins and “King” Oliver. The musical genre became one of the most basic and potent expressions of New York’s cultural life promoted through recordings, broadcasts, and live performances. It also gave birth to the popular Lindy Hop dance.

In other parts of the city the changing times were expressed through fashion. Both ostentatious designer accessories and flapper-style outfits represented the lavishness and scandalous air of the 1920s.

Conde Nast Collection Editorial/Getty Images Model Hannah Lee Sherman dressed in a Chanel coat, brimless hat, fox stole, suede bag, and snakeskin shoes is helped out of a car on Park Avenue.

The 1920s was also the era of Prohibition. The 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution banned the sale, manufacturing, and transportation of alcohol. This invited the interest of bootleggers, also known as rum-runners, who would smuggle liquor from overseas and bring them to the secret speakeasies.

Bettmann/Getty Images Customs men examining liquor seized from a rum-runner ship from Havana that docked at a port on the harbor of New York.

Mobsters vied for bootlegger business, ushering in a sophisticated but sordid age or organized crime. Money laundering and the bribing of police and other public officials in New York in the 1920s became very common.

During this time, the Mafia flourished in New York City, which unsurprisingly came to be known as the world capital of crime. Crime bosses like Salvatore Maranzano and Lucky Luciano became household names in New York in the 1920s and the decades that followed.

Wikimedia Commons Lucky Luciano drinking a glass of wine.

Many firsts were experienced during 1920s New York. The New York Yankees won their first World Series championship in 1923.

It was also the decade that saw the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which premiered in 1924.

Getty Images Santa Claus rides a float at the 1925 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Partially due to the booming economy, this epoch brought about an era of impressive architecture. Skyscrapers began to transform the skyline with the begining of construction on both the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

A worker bolts beams during Empire State Building construction the Chrysler Building is seen in the background.

The decadence that defined 1920s New York came to a grinding halt after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The city once drenched glamor quickly caved into one of crippling emptiness.

But the opulence of the era continued to leave a vivid impression decades later. Even today, you can find recreations of 1920s New York in the form of flapper-themed parties and speakeasy-style bars. Of course, nothing will ever embody the true nature of the Roaring Twenties.

If you enjoy these amazing photographs of 1920s New York, be sure to check out the most iconic photographs of the 1950s.


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