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RESTAURANT REVIEW
Ponty Bistro

Long before the two hour waits at Dirty French, there lies a cozy, neighborhood gem in the heart of Gramercy that has been serving up French-African food for nearly a decade. Ponty Bistro, with its warm, cherry wood furniture, and authentic African art, makes you feel like you might possibly be in a French inspired bistro in Senegal, where owner and executive chef Cisse was born. (The bistro itself is named for one of the main thoroughfares in Senegal.) Cisse is warm and charming, and much of his success lies in the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that he creates – helping to motivate neighborhood regulars to keep coming back. The restaurant has done so well that the owners – Cisse and his cousin Chekh - managed to open up a second, more spacious location in Harlem. Featuring live music and catering to the African immigrant population residing in Harlem, Ponty is bound to be as big of a hit uptown as it is downtown.

WHERE TO PARTY
This Weekend: Fade to Mind at 88 Palace & TICKET GIVEAWAY

In the mood to show off those great dancing chops or, just want to let loose at an awesome party this weekend? Then check out the Fade To Mind showcase presented by party aficionados Dark Disco at 88 Palace, located right in the heart of Chinatown this Saturday.

Led by Fade To Mind Records' founder Kingdom, Saturday's eclectic lineup boasts performances from the label's up-and-coming talent including DJs Bok Bok, Na, Rizzla, Prince Will (co-founder), and songstress-songwriter Kelela. As a DJ, Kingdom first garnered attention following various mixtape releases, showcasing his knack for melding grime, house, underground club, hip-hop and a myriad of other musical genres together to introduce a unique strain of EDM music. Upon graduating to mainstream success after the release of his That Mystic and Dreama EPs with London based music label, Night Slug Records, Kingdom ultimately relocated to L.A. where he launched FTM (NSR's sister label) with comrades Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom and Prince Will in 2011.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle
If sipping mimosas at noon is your thing, prepare for an exquisite brunch at the 1940’s Parisian-inspired Hotel Chantelle. You can quit daydreaming about Paris now, and satiate your wanderlust in brunch items like “Grapefruit Brulee” and “Croque-Monsieur Spring Rolls” right around the corner on Ludlow St. Not into the fancy-shmancy menu? Try the fool-proof liquid diet instead, and sip on their featured 92 cent cocktails to the sounds of live jazz. Dandy Wellington and his Band will be returning for another dapper afternoon of smart-looking people in tailored suits and top hats; an affair reminiscent of Gatsby meets Holly Golightly. For an elegant afternoon of French cuisine and penny-pinching cocktails, you can make your reservation here. Brunch seating will be available this Saturday from 11:30am – 5pm, but feel free to stay longer if you’re here only for the band (or just feeling a little too boozy after one too many Strawberry Lime Rickeys). Bon appetit! What: Parisian Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle When: Saturday, April 18th, 11:30am Where: Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St, NYC
WEEKEND PICKS
Heavyweight History: Mayweather vs Pacquiao @ Johnny Utah's

Are you ready to rumble, ride the mechanical bull and celebrate what has been referred to as “the fight of the millennium” this Saturday night? The highly anticipated knockouts between Mayweather and Pacquiao are just the kick-off to the vast amenities offered at Vegas Night at Johnny Utah’s. Featuring two projector screens, 16 HDTVs and pristine stereo sound, this Saturday's Vegas Night at Johnny Utah's is the next best thing to being in the ring yourself.

WHERE TO PARTY
Epitome NYC at The Attic

Craving a stress reliever after a long week? Of course you are, then make The Attic your Friday evening destination. Epitome, the ultimate after work event, is the ideal place for you to unwind after dealing with a week of endless work, nagging bosses, and annoying coworkers.

Indulge in some of their top-notch drink specials while mingling with other young professionals atop one of New York's premium rooftop locations. The event is geared towards NYC's young and successful so dress with sophistication if you wish to blend with your chic cohorts. Doors open at 5, making it the perfect place to go for the happiest of hours - it is TGIF after all.

WEEKEND PICKS TWIRL Saturdays @ Taj
Weekend Pick: #BESTSaturdayParty @ Taj

Presented by premier club promoter Chris AC, TWIRL Saturdays at Taj is the #BESTSaturdayParty, promising endless drinks, exceptional DJs, some of the best dancing in the city, and a true New York nightlife experience. A native or otherwise, you'll be doing yourself a favor by dedicating your Saturday night and (if you play your cards right) a Sunday morning of recovery to this outstanding event. Whether it can be accredited to a crowd-pleasing aesthetic or a plethora of amenities, once you enter, you will undeniably become one with the vibe at this Shangri-La of luxury.

This Saturday, there's hookups-galore: like free bottle of champagne for groups of five or more ladies, and drink specials for everyone until 12am. Featuring fresh tracks, old school anthems and everything in between, the gratifying music is only matched by the Moroccan-inspired ambiance that is sure to get you in the hedonistic mood. Visit here for bottle service, booking tables and other information on this extravagant affair.

What: #BestSaturdayParty @ Taj

When: Saturday, April 18th, 10pm

Where: 48 W 21st St, NYC

WEEKEND PICKS
Steve Angello Goes Global With His Latest Tour

Since his split from Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has flourished as an independent artist. In addition to achievements such as multi-platinum records and sold-out shows, Angello can now add his his latest self-titled tour and its many sold-out appearances to his extensive list of achievements. With infectious vibes and electro-luxe appeal, this artist delivers nothing short of a legendary performance each and every time he takes the stage. Despite his fame and acclaim from former collaborations, he has truly come into his prime as a solo performer over the past few years.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: BEYOND EDM @ Webster Hall

Just because Skrillex, Baauer and Steve Aoki couldn't make it here personally, this minor detail won't stop their tracks from being in attendance at the highly anticipated CNTRL: BEYOND EDM party. Presented by Girls & Boys and featuring some of the best emcees in the city, this Friday night dance party will be nothing short of phenomenal. Weekly reoccurring dance parties are very common in this city but this particular celebration has stood the test of time, delivering debauchery each and every Friday night for six years and still going strong. Featuring distorted soundtracks and mind-blowing bass, this all-encompassing experience is unlike anything anything else has to offer. Appealing to the children of the night, this event welcomes anyone 19+ to take part in the insanity.

WEEKEND PICKS Rony Seikaly @ Marquee
Weekend Pick: Rony Seikaly @ Marqee

Former NBA star and future EDM legend, Rony Seikaly will be spinning a slam-dunk set at Marquee this Friday, April 17th. The epitome of the American Dream, the Lebanon-born baller reminds us that you can indeed have it all. While he didn't gain credit amongst the club-scene until after NBA retirement, let it be known that he is no newcomer. Seikaly has made it very clear that he has been refining his craft as a disk jockey since the early age of 14, on and off. What was once his off-the-court hobby has become his full-court claim to fame as his internationial EDM success takes off.

Marquee is no stranger to entertaining former NBA players but in Rony Seikaly's case, it is definitely a special occurance. It's no secret that many former athletes go on to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors but few find prosperity paralleled with that of Seikaly. Some of of his best club tracks include "Can You Hear Me" and "Le Freak." March Madness may have passed but springtime insanity is still going strong at Marquee. Click here for tickets and more information on this weekend's special performance from Rony Seikaly.

What: Rony Seikaly @ Marqee

When: Friday, April 17th, 11pm

Where: 289 10th Ave, NYC

WHAT TO DO Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell
Last Looks: Check Out These Events & Exhibitions in Their Last Week

We've all heard it said that all good things must come to an end. Curtains close and credits roll but if you’re really lucky, you are afforded the pleasure of enjoying these experiences before they come to a close. While the end of one exhibitions simply paves the way for another cutting-edge arrival - bound to become an attraction of the moment - it's important not to forget to enjoy the now. In that spirit, let's refuse to fall victim to the age-old fate of not knowing a good thing until it’s gone, and check out these exhibitions in their final week of reception, before they're gone.

RESTAURANT REVIEW
Brazilian Indulgece at Fogo De Chão

What does every New Yorker dream of? Well, of course there are an endless amount of answers to that question. At least when it comes to food, topping off every carnivorous New Yorker’s list will most likely be a perfectly curated steak. With an abundance of top-notch options in this city, sometimes we need a little help narrowing it down.

The Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo De Chão, located in midtown Manhattan at 40 West 53rd St., prides itself on “the Gaucho way of preparing meat.” Combining culinary traditions from both Brazilian natives and European influence, this restaurant has reimagined the southern Brazil technique, known as “churrasco” which entails roasting meats over pits of open fire to golden perfection.The three-tiered venue features contemporary décor which spans from the lounge area to private and semi-private dining rooms. As with any upscale restaurant, you can expect a suitable cocktail program. For a refreshing (and fairly potent) option, Fogo de Chão honors Brazil’s national cocktail with their signature Caipirinha, made with lime, sugar and cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.