Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

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By Anna Ryan

With restaurants open at various locations throughout New York City, meat lovers can have a fine dining experience with the food they love at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse. These various locations include Park Avenue, East 54th Street, West 50th Street, 25 Broad Street and Times Square.

Cross-Over Is A Two-Way Street

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By Barry Bassis

Last year, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performed a concert of Beatles songs. Now the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has returned the compliment with an album of songs by Burt Bacharach, “What the World Needs Now …” Although none of these interpretations overshadows the recordings of Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin or Dusty Springfield, the album is quite pleasant and has the merit of collecting all these songs on one CD. Bacharach’s genius is creating sophisticated pop songs that never fail to sound fresh, like “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Walk on By.” He made his reputation collaborating with lyricist Hal David, who was never pretentious and could be witty. On the other hand, they could both be sappy (as on “Close to You” or “Magic Moments”) The vocalists are Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear and Sarah Lark. Arranger-conductor Richard Balcombe recognized that he couldn’t improve Bacharach’s original flourishes, such as the guiro (a Latin-American percussion instrument) on “The Look of Love” or the saxophone solo on “Arthur’s Theme” but the lush orchestration adds to the romance without inhibiting the rhythmic drive. Jihear’s “Don’t Make Me Over” and “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me” are suitably intense—she is the most soulful of the singers—and “The Look of Love” is ethereal. Bickley’s voice is well suited to “Promises Promises” and “Wives and Lovers” — he sounds a bit like Jack Jones — but is too light for “Twenty-Four Hours to Tulsa.” Sarah Lark’s buoyant rendition of “San Jose” made me appreciate the clever lyrics more than before and Carewe is charming on “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

Anassa Taverna

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

Located in the heart of Midtown East, Anassa Taverna gives guests a truly unique and cultural experience. This Greek restaurant strives to give diners a fresh experience and with the name Anassa, meaning ‘breath of fresh air,’ they are already on their way. Diners feel like they are on the cobblestone roads that pave the ancient, historical neighborhood of Plaka with Anassa Taverna’s traditional Greek dishes. Upon entering the restaurant, guests will be able to see worry beads and evil eyes on display. As guests delve further into the restaurant, they will be entranced by the marble covered bar, white curtains, exposed brick walls and wood.

Adult Continuing Education

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By Nalini Leilani

Whether you seek a creative outlet, a shift in career trajectory, or an enhancement of your skillset, adult continuing education options in New York City are abundant. While these programs are generally thought of as a means to earn graduate degrees or certificates, continuing education programs can be excellent resources to acquire or hone a new hobby as well.

75 Main: A Hamptons Hotspot

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By Nalini Leilani

75 Main is a Southampton staple—offering patrons the opportunity to taste simple yet delicious cuisine just minutes from the beach or to bask in a sliver of Southampton nightlife. The location is central: right in the middle of Southampton’s Main Street. The classy yet beachy vibe is perfect for a summer evening after a leisurely day in the Hamptons. We opted to sit outside and were pleased to encounter a comfortable, bustling setting plum for people-watching and absorbing the light summer breeze. At around 5 PM, the restaurant’s evening rush was just trickling in—sunburned Hamptonites made their way in to cap off the evening. We opted for smooth and light glasses of Pinot Grigio: the perfect companions to a summer night and the meal ahead.

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Katlean de Monchy, Boo Grace, Jean Shafiroff, and Jill Rappaport. (Photos: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

Resident Magazine Editor-in-Chief Christopher Pape threw a late afternoon soiree at the Village Latch Inn to celebrate Jill Rappaport’s cover, and salute the Southampton Animal Shelter. The Shelter will honor the “Today Show” Correspondent at their Unconditional Love benefit on Saturday, July 20, and the event will be chaired by philanthropic dynamo Jean Shafiroff. Also spotted at the salute was Honorary Chair Susan Allen, SASF president Jonathan McCann, Esther Paster, Christine Schott, Cole Rumbough, Jack Biderman, and Kristi Witker among the bold faces.

A Conversation with President Clinton

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By Trish Regan

I was in Chicago for the third annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting where the focus was on restoring growth to our economy. Bloomberg TV was the exclusive broadcaster from the event and, while there, I had the opportunity to speak with the creator of the event himself, Former President of the United States Bill Clinton.  Bloomberg viewers heard his views on everything from repatriating offshore profits (he’d like to bring money back for use in an infrastructure bank) to the NSA, to Syria and energy independence in the US.  When I asked him if we’d see a Clinton in the White House in 2016, he delivered a line that drew both laughter and applause from the audience. “Chelsea’s still too young,” he joked.  He then went on to stress the importance of looking beyond politics and beyond elections. You can read an excerpt from my interview with the President here.

Jill Rappaport: A Voice for the Animals

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By Gunjan Sewhani and Anna Ryan
Photography by Getty Images/Andrew Walker

Jill Rappaport, the award-winning Animal Advocate and Correspondent at NBC’s The Today Show and Nightly News, started her luminous career in journalism over two decades ago on the West Coast as an “entertainment reporter.” She says (only half-jokingly) “I went from the red carpet to the wee wee pad.”

Shohreh Aghdashloo’s Road to Success

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

With a voice reminiscent of Kathleen Turner and as beautiful as a Persian queen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has roared onto the Hollywood scene. If you think she did so by a fluke, you would be wrong. It was only through hard work and perseverance that she honed her skills in Tehran and fled the country during its Islamic Revolution in 1979 to become one of the most beloved actresses on screen today.