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Starbucks just opened a massive full-service bar and restaurant at the Empire State Building in NYC, Fifth Avenue will be closed to all car traffic for the first time ever next month and more in top stories of the day.
A massive new Starbucks that just opened at the Empire State Building
There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to the new Starbucks Reserve store at the Empire State Building, which officially opens at 350 Fifth Avenue tomorrow at 9am, but what’s most notable within the 23,000-square-foot space is the full-service bar and restaurant that takes over the third floor.
Serving a menu of foods inspired by Italian bakery Princi and created specifically for the destination, the restaurant will start offering dinner as soon as it opens with breakfast, brunch and lunch options commencing in the near future. Two floors below the restaurant, at the concourse level, is the experience area where people will be able to sign up for a variety of different workshops. The store’s main level, on the other hand, is most reminiscent of the “average” Starbucks experience.
Fifth Avenue will be closed to all car traffic for the first time ever next month
In what we hope will become an annual tradition, Fifth Avenue will close to all vehicular traffic for the first time ever throughout three Sundays in December as part of a program dubbed “Fifth Avenue for All.”
On December 4th, 11th and 18th between the hours of noon and 6pm, folks will get to leisurely stroll through Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street without worrying about passing cars. What’s more, the area will also be taken over by a variety of food vendors and musicians from both local choirs and instrumental ensembles. The new festive initiative will make it that much easier to actually gaze at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and the iconically beautiful holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Sir Elton John will unveil this season’s display on November 22.
Gordon Ramsay is charging £675 for New Year’s Eve dinner
Ramsay’s three-Michelin-starred flagship ‘Restaurant Gordon Ramsay’ on Chelsea’s Royal Hospital Road is offering a festive menu for NYE celebrations, featuring Orkney scallops, duck tea and roast veal sweetbreads. Sounds delish. But the food alone would set you back a whopping £400 per person, not including drinks. A wine pairing costs a mammoth £275 extra for diners. Other items on the New Year’s Eve menu include a dover sole cardinal served with potato, lobster and chive. The restaurant was previously named the third-most-expensive eatery in the world.
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