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Featured Bars of the Week: Pianos & The Hurricane Club

Hello Everyone!

TGIF! I hope that you all had a good work week and are getting ready for the weekend. Today I will be featuring two bars each with their own style and feel. Pianos is more bar scene with a stage for live music, but The Hurricane club is more sit down and also features an exotic twist to many of its drinks.

Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, New York, NY)

Front entrance of Pianos on the Lower East Side

Pianos is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and is a place for all those music lovers out there. Featuring many different bands and individual artists Pianos has a very laid back feel and overall atmosphere. One thing that especially caught my eye was their very affordable happy hour.

Their happy hour everyday is from 3-7 pm and they feature $3 select beers, $4 well drinks and $4 select wines. If the drinks prices weren’t enough to try and get you to come in there is also a bar menu that has $5 select appetitizers on it such as: chicken tenders, chipotle buffalo wings, and their infamous Grand Piano Nachos (mediterranean salsa, melted cheese, chickpeas, sour cream and guacamole).

Main bar with the entrance to the live stage room on the left side
Pianos also has a $10 cocktail menu that you can choose from with drinks like:
  • Red Square Martini (Absolut Kurant and ruby red grapefruit)
  • Ludlow Tropical (Malibu banana, Stoli vanilla, pineapple and ginger ale)

The Hurricane Club (360 Park Avenue, New York, NY)

Inside decor of the Hurricane Club, makes you feel like your on an escape island

The Hurricane Club is more a sit down restaurant than a bar but it has some very interesting drinks that I thought I would share with you. But first they do have some food worth mentioning. Because of the over all tiki-theme of the place much of its food and drinks have a little inspiration from that too. Some of the food items include: mussels, scallops, grilled duck breast, cashew chicken, and also sirloin. All of there food has a combination or touch of exotic flavors that really can get your taste buds screaming for more. Flavors like mango, citrus and ginger are some of the main ingredients in some of the entrees offered.

Some of the “glasses” used at the Hurricane Club, including the Watermelon cocktail (left)

Now to the best part of this place, the cocktails. Just like the food that is featured at the restaurant the drinks also have their own exotic, hawaiian touch to them. Here is just a couple of their drinks that are on their menu:

  • Waikiki Margarita (Patron silver tequila, fresh lime juice with a rimmed glass with Hawaiian pink sea salt)
  • The Watermelon (Vodka, fresh lime, mint, rhubarb all served in a watermelon to share with your friends)
  • Mango Cider Flip (Vodka, spiced mango cider, cliantro, and black sea salt)

Also something that they have is very exotic different kinds of sipping rums (for all you rum lovers) that can sometimes be hard to find: El Dorado 21 yr, Oronoco, and Ron Zacapa “XO”.

If you get a chance to grab and drink at some of these places let me know what you thought about them and make sure you let me know about any places that you think we should feature next for Bar & Cocktails of the Week. Enjoy your weekend and get your stomachs ready for some more delicious restaurants on Monday. Best Wishes.

-Alzerina

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To inspire women all over the world to feel beautiful and elegant through our unique handcrafted jewelry at an affordable price. We want to provide our customers with an unforgettable online jewelry shopping experience that they can share with their family and friends. Alzerina Jewelry promises to keep up to date with trends and current fashion to satisfy our customer needs.

Our vision for Alzerina Jewelry is to be viewed and respected as a company for trusted leadership and brilliance in the jewelry industry. We have built our reputation in the United States, Paris, and Cabo Verde and we would like to expand all over the world. We will maintain our unique handcrafted jewelry along with the expansion of our company.

One of our main goals is to mentor Women and Children all over the world especially in Africa to follow their dreams. Alzerina wants to guide underprivileged children on the right path through education and the proper opportunities they deserve. We want to create a positive change within the children and society itself.

About Alzerina

Jewelry and clothing designer Alzerina Gomes is best known for her creative designs utilizing Swarovski Crystals. Born and raised in the remote village of Portalzinho Garca on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde, Alzerina received her first sewing lessons from her mom at the age of four, waking up her life-long passion for creating beauty. Alzerina left Cape Verde for Paris in the early 1990 where she learned the craft of jewelry making while living in Paris. Alzerina fell in love with the Swarovski brand and it was at this time that the idea of becoming a jewelry designer blossomed.

In 1998, Alzerina left Paris for New York City, in 2005 she launched her own eponymous company, Alzerina Jewelry, which has grown to have a presence in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Cape Verde. Elegant designs, enhanced by the use of Swarovski elements and her youthful Alzi line of contemporary bracelets, earrings and necklaces flaunt a craft and style as unique as the women, herself. The organic simplicity of Alzerina Jewelry sparkles with grace and sophistication. Alzerina Jewelry can be found in fashion magazines and on the sets of Warner Bros. and Disney productions. Numerous celebrities including Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, and Katheryn Winnick wear her jewels. Miss Universe 2017, Miss USA 2017 and Miss Teen 2012/13 are among her clients. Last year, Alzerina designs lit up Times Square when her products were featured on the NBC electronic billboard overlooking New York City's most famous tourist destination.

Alzerina’s hard work and efforts have been recognized well beyond fashion circles. The American Embassy, Praia, Cape Verde highlighted her accomplishments as a woman entrepreneur two consecutive years at the annual Cape Verde International Trade Fair (FIC). Alzerina was recognized as Women of Inspiration in October 2016, for an International Talk Show in Lisbon Portugal by Adoro Ser Mulher. She also won an award at La Jolla International Film Festival in July 2016 for her fashion skills. And in November of the same year, Alzerina was honored by the governor of the City Hall of Rome Italy, during a event in Rome with organization Kriol-Ita to help the Batista de Sousa hospital.

Alzerina received special recognition from the United States Congress for her contributions toward preserving Cape Verdean culture in the United States. She also is the recipient of 2018 Somos Cabo Verde (We Are Cape Verde), distinguished ‘Diaspora Award’. Alzerina continues to conduct workshops for disadvantaged teens and she has been asked to represent a U.S. initiative to further entrepreneurial skills and marketplace capability for women in emerging African countries.

Alzerina remains dedicated to her craft and is always expanding her ideas and trying to stay ahead of the trends. Visit her website at Alzerina.com to learn more.

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