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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.

Video Games
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What do video games add to a gamer’s life apart from pure fun and entertainment? The Cleopatra slot game by IGT is a video slot that falls under the category. After all, video games are innovations of the human mind and are inspired by thoughts and experiences of the designer. Let us take a look at the skills applied in video games that can play a vital role in our real day to day life situations.

Brookfield Place
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There is a new dining spot opening near the World Trade Center today, June 21st. Located in the semi-new Brookfield Place, Del Frisco’s Grille is sure to be a go-to steak house for the bougie people living and shopping there. I mean what else does one do after a shopping spree at Gucci but go eat some filet mignon? Duh.

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We have grown to absolutely adore and love Park Avenue Tavern here at Manhattan Digest.  This Grand Central-adjacent location has provided us with some of its heartiest and tasty American fare that we have devoured at each occasion we find ourselves there.  Last weekend, a friend of mine was visiting from Kansas so naturally I wanted to take him there to experience how great it is in all its glory.  Little did I know that Park Avenue Tavern has an off the chain brunch that made us giddy as myself when I find out that Chris Pratt is in town!