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The NYC 2nd Annual Autumn Wine Festival at the Broad Street Ballroom

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Broad Street Ballroom, a wine event is not a terrible reason to take the train to the Financial District and give it a whirl. The ceilings, made of the kind of stone that makes you feel you there might be a gargoyle perched somewhere up above you, stretch into the heavens, and give the space a cathedral-like feel. The live band’s performance is bombastic and fills every inch of the lofty, historic ballroom, and with internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Marshak taking the lead, creates a comfortable environment for working your way from table to table, sipping and noshing as you go.

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New Holiday Albums That You Want To Add To Your Wish List

'Tis the season to be jolly, and we are more than glad to assist! The holiday season is the time for people from all walks of life to exchange tokens of love and appreciation for each other through food, gifts and great company. However, we all can agree that the tasks of holiday shopping, booking tickets, and driving or flying out to spend time with loved ones can be a bit daunting.

So to ease the hassle of all the running around you have to do and to keep you in the holiday spirit, we've put together a list of the latest holiday projects that you can stream to your Smartphone, tablet or iPod. While you're at it, you may also want to add the festive musical ensembles listed below to your shopping cart to enjoy with the family as well. After all, what's a good holiday celebration without good music?

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Tips for Winning Black Friday

Black Friday is serious business. It's a holiday tradition that is under scrutiny for encouraging riotous behavior and not actually being all that economical for consumers. However, that's probably because you've been doing it wrong. Black Friday is the day that all the holiday gifts and self-indulgent purchases are made. So if you've got the hankering to stimulate the economy just follow these simple tips, and you can be king/queen of Black Friday.

1. Bring a water bottle

You know you're going to be dehydrated and sluggish because you're probably heading out right after Thanksgiving dinner. The sales start earlier and earlier every year, so you might as well tell grandma to pack the turkey in some tupperware.

LIQUID COURAGE
This Year Be Thankful for Free Whiskey

From December 1st-7th, The Shanty (the New York Distilling Company's associated bar) is going to set guests up with complimentary samples that demonstrate what happens when the house whiskey, rock candy sugar, dried Bing cherries, cinnamon, and orange peel are combined -- allow us to introduce you to Mr. Katz's.

With its festive flavors, the rockin' combo launches at an opportune moment: the start of the holiday season. During the first week of the month, the establishment is welcoming walk-ins to try Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye. Other than free glasses of the original recipe, a menu of creative cocktails, including the Cave Creek (a Mr. Katz's, scotch, Campari, grenadine, and lemon juice mixture) or the Harpers Ferry (which pairs Mr. Katz's with cognac, rum, and lemon juice).

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NYC Foodies Gather for A Dose of Delectable Generosity at Chefs for Impact

Food lovers and philanthropists alike came together on Thursday, November 20th for the fourth annual Chefs for Impact fundraiser dinner, which helps to provide education to children in rural Africa. The fundraiser was held this year from 6pm-10pm at Studio 450 (450 West 31st St) and featured a spectacular multi-course gourmet menu, cocktail reception, live music, espresso bar, and both live and silent auctions featuring such items as vintage fashion pieces, restaurant vouchers, art, and tickets to a variety of entertainment options around the city.

Featured chefs included: Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie, Pierre Thiam, a leader in African-influenced cuisine and author of Yolele! Cookbook, Mark Henegan of Madiba Restaurant and soon-to-open Madiba Harlem, Gary King, of Peter’s, Peño Pierre-Louis of soon-to-open Naked Dog, and Eric Simeon, previously of Todd’s Mill, Picholine, and Aquavit. Desserts were provided by Pistache NYC, Gooey&Co, and Eileen's Special Cheesecake. The event also featured an espresso bar from Joe Coffee.

Best Black Friday Brunch Menus

Sotto 13 - 140 West 13th St. - Chef Ed Cotton is serving the Not-So-Leftover Black Friday Brunch from 11 am to 4 pm at Sotto 13. For some of your Thanksgiving favorites prepared in a uniquely fashioned way, take a trip out to West Village for their well-prepared dishes. Taste Chef Ed Cotton’s fresh Turkey Scotch Egg with Housemade Pork Sausage, Arugula, and Shaved Parmesan, Turkey Confit-Sweet Potato Pizza Topped with Brussels Sprouts Leaves. Enjoy 2 small brunch plates and unlimited cocktails for only $39.

The Fourth – 132 Fourth Ave - Open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Union Square eatery will be a hot spot for all-day shoppers who need to recharge and refuel. For the early risers, enjoy their signature coffee brand, Quatrieme, and treats from Chef Jason Hall like the Pancake Souffle with Banana and Pecans or the Swiss Chard and Mushroom Egg White Fritatta. For lunch, The Fourth serves dishes like Yellowfin Tuna grilled on a plancha and Torchio Pasta (a thick, short noodle) with Maine Lobster, Squash, Pancetta and Rocket Arugula Pesto.

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The Midseason TV Shows You Need to Watch

The fall may be the most popular time for networks to debut their new shows, but the premieres aren't over. This year’s slate of new midseason shows is especially strong, including glimpses into the hip-hop world and a highly anticipated spin-off. Here are the five midseason shows that you need to be watching this winter.

Better Call Saul (AMC): No new midseason show is a highly anticipated as this Breaking Bad spinoff, which includes one of the shows fan-favorite characters: sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The show will follow Goodman and his law firm six years before Walter White came and disrupted his life. The show will debut on Sunday, February 8th with a second episode premiering the next night in the shows regular timeslot, Mondays at 10pm. Check out the latest teaser below.

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Yoann Feynmann And Monomotion Define 'Noir' Musically

Commonly used to describe a film style the emphasizes cynicism and sexuality in dramatic fashion, the term "noir" comes from the French, which makes it a perfectly good title for the latest craze in dark electro being produced by FAKE Music label-head Yoann Feynman, and his Parisian compatriot, Monomotion. The two-track EP features the title track, 'Noir,' which is intricately laced with underground grit and heavy hitting bass drum kicks, and 'Gaza,' a percussion driven thrill ride deep into the sounds of a dimly lit basement party at midnight. A welcome departure from the EDM of FAKE Music's past, Yoann Feynman and Monomotion's Noir EP is exactly the kind of devilish French goodness we all want and need. If you don't believe it, just ask Gesaffelstein.

Fuel Up for Black Friday with These Great Brunch Options

Sotto 13 - 140 West 13th St. - Chef Ed Cotton is serving the Not-So-Leftover Black Friday Brunch from 11 am to 4 pm at Sotto 13. For some of your Thanksgiving favorites prepared in a uniquely fashioned way, take a trip out to West Village for their well-prepared dishes. Taste Chef Ed Cotton’s fresh Turkey Scotch Egg with Housemade Pork Sausage, Arugula, and Shaved Parmesan, Turkey Confit-Sweet Potato Pizza Topped with Brussels Sprouts Leaves. Enjoy 2 small brunch plates and unlimited cocktails for only $39.

The Fourth – 132 Fourth Ave - Open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Union Square eatery will be a hot spot for all-day shoppers who need to recharge and refuel. For the early risers, enjoy their signature coffee brand, Quatrieme, and treats from Chef Jason Hall like the Pancake Souffle with Banana and Pecans or the Swiss Chard and Mushroom Egg White Fritatta. For lunch, The Fourth serves dishes like Yellowfin Tuna grilled on a plancha and Torchio Pasta (a thick, short noodle) with Maine Lobster, Squash, Pancetta and Rocket Arugula Pesto.

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Mysteryland USA Announces Collaborative Curators For 2015

After making a home for itself in upstate New York's Bethel Woods over Memorial Day weekendthis year, which was also when the festival made its US debut, Mysteryland has quickly become one of America's favorite and most anticipated events. With the festival's second edition already slated to return to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts next year during Memorial Day weekend, Mysteryland plans to come back bigger and better, with more music, art, and culture to boot. In an effort to capture the spirit and essence of New York, considering the fact that many of Mysteryland's attendees make the trip upstate from the city, the festival has gathered together some of the finest curators NYC has to offer, including Adam Beyer's Drumcode, Webster Hall, Verboten, BangON! NYC, and Q-Dance, among others.

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The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event Came Just at the Right Time

The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.

Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.