National Fried Chicken Day
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Who doesn’t love Fried Chicken (minus vegans and vegetarians, no shade).  Just like so many other food and drink items, Fried Chicken has its own holiday to celebrate as July 6th marks National Fried Chicken Day!  Perfect timing as it is right after the Fourth of July and gives you yet another reason to bask in all of its fried chicken glory!  What are some of the best places to go to in Manhattan to experience National Fried Chicken Day?  We have you covered!

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The Str8UpGayPorn Awards, which honors the best in gay adult entertainment, took place this past Thursday night at Stage 48 as part of the kickoff for NYC Pride Weekend.  I have done gay events in the past that had awards to them, but never for the adult industry itself, so suffice to say, I was excited in many different aspects to see just exactly what would go down as this is the first time that the website and its owner, Zach Sire, has done something like this.

Hyatt House
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When it comes to choosing the right hotel to stay in when visiting Manhattan, often times the aspect of feeling like you are at home is lost in translation.  Hyatt House New York, which recently opened up in Chelsea on 28th Street between 6th and 7th avenue, takes that aspect to a whole other level by bringing the comforts of home to you within the greatest city in the world.  I recently checked in their over the weekend to see for myself why this hotel is one you should be booking for the summer and beyond.

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I have always hesitated to use the phrase “tour de force” in casual conversation or when writing a theatre review. For some inexplicable reason, I find it to be pretentious or overused-or both. However, Merriam-Webster defines the noun as “a feat or display of strength, skill, or ingenuity.”   However, I’m afraid I must break my own rule; for there is no better description I can muster than “tour de force” to summarize Jim Brochu’s one man show Zero Hour.

Mumbai Masala Indian Grill
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Manhattan Digest’s venture into the foodie world of Harlem continues with a fantastic new spot called Mumbai Masala Indian Grill. The new location, which is wedged between Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights in Harlem, is the brainchild of Salim Rahman, who owned Tajmahal, Bay Leaf, and currently is the co-owner of Tikka Indian Grill in Williamsburg and Kew Gardens, and Amin Ruhel, who owned Tripti and Dipali.  The spot is brand spanking new, only being opened for less than a month now, and I was happy to take my friend and find out why you should take the C, B or D train uptown and experience it in all its glory.

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If there is one thing New Yorkers know more than anything, it is the quality and taste of a great slice of pizza.  That knowledge has come in handy for Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, which is a Cali-based fast-casual “pizza joint” that just made its way to New York City on Staten Island.  There is a huge difference between what Blaze does in terms of the fast-casual concept, and it is executed in a fun and inviting way that will definitely have you coming back for seconds, thirds and more.

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Stage 48 played host last night for the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Finale Party!  Four amazing girls remained in the competition going into the final episode: Peppermint, Trinity Taylor, Sasha Velour and Shea Coulee.  So who won?  What did Valentina and Alexis Michelle think of their portrayals on season 9?  I have all the tea for you here, hunties.  And just to help everyone out… SPOILERS AHEAD.  So if you haven’t seen the show yet, don’t read on.

David Bowie
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As New Yorkers, we all have something to complain about.  The high cost of living, the embarrassment that is the MTA, the sweltering summer heat.  But after living here for over a decade, then spending the past year back home in the Bay Area, I came to truly appreciate all that New Yorkers get in exchange for these minor sacrifices.

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Summer is officially here, people!  The next couple of months are going to be hot and with the temperatures on the rise, we are all looking for a way to cool down and enjoy ourselves.  One of those ways (duh), is some tasty drinks to sip on throughout the summer!  Lucky for all of you, we have found some fantastic drinks and drink ideas that we think you should try in the hopes that it will give you life in many different ways this season.

Patisserie Chanson
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One of the most vibrant and bustling areas of Manhattan is the Flatiron district, which boasts a gorgeous amount of architecture and fabulous restaurants to dine and dish with your friends and family.  Patisserie Chanson, located on 23rd street between 5th and 6th Avenue, is a fantastic new concept that brings unique and choice ingredients that you would get out of a classic European Patisserie.  I took my friend there the other day for this experience which literally transports you out of Manhattan and into the heart of European culture.