Rudy’s is a famous Dive Bar in Hell’s Kitchen NYC that has a storied history going all the way back to 1933! Rudy’s 6-foot high Pink Pig mascot, known affectionately as The Baron, has stood vigil at the door for about twenty years, and was only stolen twice before they bolted his big butt down!
Frozen Red Sangria is What You Need (All Photos By Gail)
There’s no doubt about it: it’s a scorcher out there. On a hot summer night in NYC, you want three things: cold drinks, delicious food, and air-conditioning — and if you can add a little atmosphere, all the better. If you find yourself in Hell’s Kitchen, looking for a break from the heat, a refreshing cocktail and some hearty eats, I recommend a new restaurant that tics all the boxes: El Cartel. Open for just over a month, El Cartel specializes in Colombian cuisine, serving a variety of regional favorites including fresh Shrimp Ceviche, Cazuela de Mariscos, Red Snapper, Chuleta de Cerdo, homemade Empanadas and a sampler platter known as Bandeja El Cartel (more about that coming up). Continue reading El Cartel Brings Colombian Home-Cooking to Hell’s Kitchen!→
Even the Vertical Views Are Outstanding! (All Photos, By Gail Except Where Noted)
Nothing says “Hey Look, it’s Summer” quite like a rooftop party, am I right? Speaking of parties, the timing was certainly perfect for Art Meets Mixology: a fun event I attended on the day of the Summer Solstice, held at the Silver Towers luxury high-rise located just east of the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen! Views for miles!
Aside from the outstanding urban vistas available from the Silver Towers roof deck, which overlooks West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue, plus intoxicating beverages and delicious snacks, the centerpiece of the evening was the unveiling of Hell’s Kitchen Rising, a three-dimensional, eight-foot sculpture depicting the Past, Present, and Future of Hell’s Kitchen, created by acclaimed mixed media Artist Miguel Ovalle (also known as Dizmology) and his video collaborator Dru Blumensheid.
Hell’s Kitchen Rising is comprised of white scrim stretched across a convex, semi-circular frame, supported by flame-shaped relief sculptures across the breadth of the work, on which images of Hell’s Kitchen life are projected in kaleidoscopic fashion. Vibrant orange back-lighting makes the sculpture really come alive!
The Art Meets Mixology event is part of a series of events celebrating Hell’s Kitchen and property owner Larry Silverstein’s vision for the neighborhood, which he conceived more than 30 years ago when he purchased the land where Silver Towers stands today. Mr. Silverstein has also been a supporter of the visual arts and has actually housed artists in the World Trade Center towers for over a decade.
Miguel (seen in the above photo) currently has his Galactical Ride sculpture displayed on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center, where Silverstein Properties has converted 34,000 square feet of raw office space into a street art gallery. “I am excited that I was able to do this piece for this event,” Miguel offered. “The sculpture celebrates the influence of architecture from the Silver Towers structure, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and New York City,” he continued. “It has a beautiful curve which is symbolic of a burst of light energy.”
Guests were also treated to food from some of the best chefs in Hell’s Kitchen including 5 Napkin Burger and Le Vela, and cocktails were sponsored by 1893 from the makers of Pepsi-Cola. The kitchens will be ready with the best supplies ever, even the plumbing has been changed by the plumber northern beaches.
Tequila Jalapeno Margarita – Spicy!
In addition, celebrity mixologist, Rob Floyd from Bar Rescue wowed the crowd with his interactive, intimate Cocktail Theatre performance demonstrating the power of liquid nitrogen to create a melt-in-your-mouth summer cocktail. Check out the video below!
Image Courtesy of Accomplices
Rob is quite showman, and he made sure everyone had a good time! I know I did!
How many of you guys watched last night’s much-anticipated second part of the Hell’s Kitchen finale? Man, I love that show! I admit I was totally pleased with finalist Christina taking top honors over Petrozza. Both were decent chefs, but Petrozza was kind of a spazz. He would never be able to survive as head chef in Gordon Ramsey’s new LA restaurant for more than ten minutes if the wasn’t being filmed for a reality TV show. Anyway, while all of us Gordon Ramsey junkies are waiting for the new season of Kitchen Nightmares to start, why not relive the excitement, stress and incessant screaming of the “rigorous culinary bootcamp” that is Hell’s Kitchen with the Hell’s Kitchen Home Game? Scalding hot oil burns and severed fingertips are sold separately.