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Amber is an Asian inspired restaurant & lounge. Located at 381 3rd Avenue in North Gramercy, we offer great music and a lively decor. We also offer delicious and fresh food with a great ambiance. We have 3 floors and high ceiling for an overall great experience. On the first floor, we have a large bar with 2 large flat screen TV's and open windows that allow you to people watch. Our main dining area is on the second level with giant Buddha on the top of Koi pond. Private room on the third level is warm and cozy with a view of Empire State Building. It is great for Birthday Party, Corporate Event, or any kind of celebrations. We also have a live DJ on the weekends playing some of today’s hottest music from 11pm to 2:30 am.
One $25 Gift Certificate.
Bistango has been the neighborhood's best kept secret for more than 16 years. We make it our mission to be our customer's home away from home. Our comfortable atmosphere provides a relaxing setting while you and your guests savor an authentic Italian meal. Recently, we've focused our attention on our customer's evolving healthy lifestyle and created a menu offering a wide selection of gluten-free entrees. Most menu selections are made to order, so every customer can feel comfortable approaching us with their dietary needs. And who can forget about our bread lovers? With every meal we proudly serve warm slices of bread from Everybody Eats bakery. Bistango is dedicated to serving every customer with a delicious and freshly prepared meal — while creating a memorable dinning experience guaranteed to leave each with a full stomach, warm heart, and a big smile.
One $25 Gift Certificate
Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. Blurb offers a creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, everyone – even Lorenzo! In fact, all of Lorenzo’s books are proudly published via Blurb. Blurb is the winner of the 2008 Webby Award for Best Services Website.
Two $50 certificates applicable toward creating your own blurb book.
CHOICE Kitchen & Cocktails is the highly anticipated restaurant and lounge located on Third Avenue (between 27th & 28th) in the heart of Murray Hill. At CHOICE, we strive to provide you with just that - a break from the ordinary. Our upscale yet casual venue was designed and created to offer something for everyone. Our eclectic menu, prepared by executive chef Omaur Camara offers both new and exciting dishes as well as creative spins on your favorites. The delicious menu coupled with our signature cocktail list will enhance your nightlife experience. The outside café, attractive grand bar, spacious dining area with exposed brick & our private party room with fireplace allow each guest the exact experience and setting desired.
Three $25 Gift Certificates
The Crooked Knife is a popular watering hole and restaurant located at 29 East 30th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Offering a warm and welcoming ambiance, The Crooked Knife offers daily specials, live traditional Irish music every Sunday from 8 until 11pm, brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as delicious homemade desserts.
Four $25 Gift Certificates
Shiva Natarajan, the owner and executive chef of Chola, recently opened Dhaba, a Northern Indian restaurant with classics, snack foods and British-style curry dishes. Dhaba is located 108 Lexington Avenue at 27th Street and offers a special late night menu for a city that never sleeps. Geared towards the night owls, this condensed menu is packed with dishes that are guaranteed to hit the spot after a night on the town.
One $25 Gift Certificate
Les Halles is a typical Parisian Brasserie bustling and lively serving the fresh and simple dishes of France's everyday cuisine, in a relaxed environment. Brasserie Les Halles has long been known for informal French fare in a warm and convivial setting. Les Halles evokes the atmosphere of the brasseries in the old market district of Paris, where the cream of society, stopping for a bite after a night on the town, would sit next to workmen having their breakfasts, truckers finishing their shifts or artists drafting creatively. Known for a creativity that extends well beyond the kitchen, the Les Halles Brasseries are also the home base of Chef-at-Large Anthony Bourdain, author of the best selling Kitchen Confidential (Bloomsbury, May 2000) and host of The Travel Channel’s No Reservations, and co-author with Lajaunie of the Brasserie Les Halles Cookbook. Les Halles is located at 411 Park Ave South between 28th and 29th Streets.
One $25 Gift Certificate
Lowepro founder Greg Lowe established the company’s reputation for quality and innovative design in 1967 when he created the world’s first internal-frame backpack. More than 40 years later, Lowepro continues to revolutionize the industry with pioneering designs and superior quality with the most extensive line of protective carrying solutions for photographic and electronic equipment, including products for cameras, notebook computers, imaging accessories and portable consumer electronics.
Six Lowepro bags (retail value, $1200).
Collecting his inspiration from all over the world, Meli Melo's Chef Bernard Ros, brought his worldly experience all to one place in NYC. Thus, the cuisine at Meli Melo is eclectic, with French, Italian, Vietnamese, and nouveau American accents. Accordingly, the restaurant obtained is name Meli Melo, from the derived meaning of "a mixture of flavors and cuisines."
Olana restaurant, named after the famous estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church (called Olana State Historic Site), is a modern new American with French and Italian influences. Olana State Historic Site has been a source of inspiration for Executive Chef/Owner Albert Di Meglio (formerly of Le Cirque and Osterio Del Circo) and Managing Partner/Owner Brothers William and Patrick Resk for it’s rich history rooted in the 19th Century Hudson River School of Art; it’s majestic location in Hudson New York overlooking the Hudson river and Catskill mountains; and the wonderful local food and wine sources available in the Hudson River Valley. Olana is located at 72 Madison Avenue between 27th & 28th Streets.
One $50 Gift Certificate
Porcão Rio's Churrascaria, NY is 11,000-square foot Brazilian restaurant that offers over 15 cuts of slow-roasted beef, pork, lamb and chicken are carted around by waiters Rodizio-style, allowing hungry patrons to sample unlimited amounts of what they like for a fixed price until they’re satisfied. Filet mignon, lamb chops, skirt steak and calabresa sausage are just a few of the cuts offered. A centrally-located and majestic salad bar offers over 40 non-meat related pleasures including sushi, pasta, cheese, fried yuca and seafood salad. Drinks are authentic and expertly mixed, with a near-perfect caipirinha. Porcão is located at 360 Park Avenue South, at the corner of 26th Street.
Two Executive Lunches
Chef Chai Trivedi has crafted a menu for Pranna using inspiration from his travels through the winding roads of Southeastern Asia. The striking flavors indicative of these regions are paired with contemporary flair and the finest market-fresh ingredients to create clean, aggressive and refined flavors. A freestanding Satay Lounge, adjacent to the Main Dining Room, offers inspired traditional and contemporary satays with signature dipping sauces and a variety of small plates and bar snacks. The beverage program at Pranna is run by industry experts, ensuring the perfect pairings to Chef Trivedi’s menu. Writer Alice Feiring has chosen wines from environmentally responsible vineyards and boutique producers, while the bar offers fruit-forward cocktails with perfectly balanced sweetness and acid, using the highest-quality spirits, fruit juice, fresh herbs and more. Pranna has three bars on three levels, perfect for meeting friends to begin or end the night. Pranna is located at 79 Madison Avenue.
Two $25 Gift Certificates
Uptown Restaurant & Lounge strives to provide our guests with a bustling bar scene, creative and delicious menu, and an upscale yet casual environment, all at an affordable price. We felt that the neighborhood had a need for a place that would bring great food, cheerful and attentive service and great atmosphere together. We offer an extensive appetizer selection, eclectic daily dinner specials, tasty salad and pasta selections, which in turn compliments the entrée selection. Everything at Uptown is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Our chef puts an upscale twist on your favorite dishes. Our grand bar offers thirty different wines by the glass, fifteen specialty martini's, and forty-five different bottles of wine, from well know vintners to lesser known boutique vineyards. We place an emphasis on repeat customers and look forward to having you become part of our Uptown Scene.
Two $25 Gift Certificates
Located at 409 Third Avenue, at Vatan we offer a very simple, yet very delicious, menu of Indian vegetarian food. We encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy as we keep the food coming. We offer a Prix Fixe Dinner Menu. The entire experience is made to replicate a typical Gujurati dinner feast. After nearly one year of renovations, we are proud to announce our reopening. We missed you and sincerely hope that you enjoy the new Vatan experience. We hope to see you soon!
Four $25 Gift Certificates