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By Razi Schwartz

Remember all those long and delicious nights at Park Avalon we used to share? No, neither do I because they had a killer cosmo, didn’t they? You may have noticed I’m using the past tense. Yes, it’s sad but true, that Park Avalon has closed its doors after a decade + 1 in Manhattan. But, like the Manhattan foodie scene goes, out with the old and in with the new, and this case is no different. Mais, what could possibly fill Park Avalon’s 18th street shoes?

Bark 18, that’s what.

The newest member of the B. R. Guest family is opening TODAY in the house Park Avalon built. I can’t say that newer is better, but, well, let’s face it we all love new and shiny things. Bara 18 will feature delicioso Spanish cuisine (with Catalan and Mediterranean influences) and tapas. And stop sweating, of course they have an amazing wine list, featuring some of the best Spanish wines Spain has to offer – and Spain’s offered us quite a few, and I can tell you these are some of the best. The killer part is that Bark 18 is being headed up by Chef Eric Ripert – name sound familiar? It should, because he also runs the kitchen at Le Bernadin.

Sound too good to be true? But wait, there’s more!

Enjoy dinner at Bark 18 between October 18th – October 24th or lunch from October 31st – November 6th (lunch service starts on the 31st – I know you’re excited, but HOLD YOUR HORSES and eat some dinner) and receive 20% off all food and beverage. Whoa, what’s that I write? 20% off all food and beverage. You get to eat at a brand spanking new/hot off the oven Manhattan restaurant and get a discount on your meal. Now that’s an f-ing dream come true if you ask me.

You can take a look at the restaurant at www.brguestrestaurants.com. Call them ahora to make your reservations at (212) 533-2500.

Hey, on a side note, I’m a good guest, and I’m always open to being invited to dinner (hint hint hint hint hint).

Bark 18, 225 Park Avenue South at 18th Street

An Alluring Proposition

I saw this, and wanted to share. It’s only a quick tidbit, but…sheesh, y’all are getting greedy now!!! This one’s really quite fab though, so enjoy it and thank me in the morning. Allure Day Spa’s Fall Exfoliage Facial is on sale for $95 (it’s normally $115 – that’s what I like to call a bargain, bargoney, bargarama…).

You have until All Hallow’s Eve to get the facial at the special deal price. I’d call and make your reservation now. You don’t want to end up like all those poor saps who called for Spamalot tickets in March and are just seeing it now in October (as you can tell, that happened to me, and I’m still huffing about it).

Allure Day Spa: 139 E. 55th St., between Lexington and Third Aves., 212-644-5500.

Get a Whiff of This!

To toast Fragrance Week, Bar Chef Jerri Banks is creating specialty cocktails that will be served at Williams Sonoma at The Time Warner Center this Thursday at a special event that begins at 6 pm…sharp!

You’ll hear all about notes, sensory descriptors and know how to make scents of how fragrance touches every part of our life – from food to cocktails.

Jerri will be part of a three person panel which will include Isabel Lopes from Takasago perfumer and Lynn Bound from Great Performances Catering. You’ll be able to mix and mingle while listening to this panel while actually being able to taste what the perfumer is talking about – hint: Jerri is shaking up cocktails with BACARDI Limon, BACARDI 0, BACARDI CoCo and BACARDI VANILA. The evening should be fabulous all around.

Originally published October 2005
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