La Bottega: Awesome Italian in the Heart of Chelsea

La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel is the perfect place to luxuriate in the late-night hours of a crisp, clear-skied autumn night. Overhead paper lanterns dance in the breeze and ambient lighting shines onto the large patio space from indoors. The Maritime hotel attracts a fun, eclectic mix of visitors; the atmosphere is rich and bubbly….

The Indie Film World Reformation

“The indie theatrical release is dead” proclaimed Michael Kang, the indie film director of Kimberley Rose Wolters’s new feature-length romantic comedy “4 Weddings”. In a Q&A session that was quickly overtaken by the current woes of the indie film industry, this was the most disconcerting comment made by Kang, Rose Wolters, or actress Iliana Douglass. Kang continued…

Ideas of Searching in “Searching for Sugar Man”

The first mistake a movie-goer can make is to assume that the way the story they came to see is going to be told in the only way it could have been told. This is particularly true of documentaries, because they are about, before all else, information. Documentarians tell stories by organizing information in their own way, and as with any good…

Check Out Prandial in Chelsea

Mark Stern’s Prandial is comforting in all of its richesse. Plush banquettes, dark wood, and an angular, modern feel about the bar space, which melds up a short set of stairs to the dining main dining area- balancing old world of luxury and the new world emphasis on dining and conversing in the utmost comfort…

So Yong Kim’s Portrait of An Absent Father, “For Ellen”

“Please stop. You’re going to make me sad.” The pivotal moment in So Yong Kim’s heartbreaking portrait of paternal irresponsibility is when the namesake of the film speaks up in a whisper: “Please stop. You’re going to make me sad.” Her father, whom she met for the first time just hours before, fears he may never see her…

KTCHN: Now Open on West 42nd Street

KTCHN, located at The Out NYC (and sister to the Hell’s Kitchen hotspot Eatery), is a delicious new fixture on West 42nd Street. Smooth white chairs dot the spacious bar-room at front and glassy counter stools line the bar. The candle-lit dining-room has a more private feel to it, with a neutral toned palette and dark leather booths. The place is…