This week, The Knockturnal attended an exciting VIP and media press preview for the 20th anniversary of Blood Manor.
On April 6th, the Knockturnal was invited by Holland America to spend 24 hours on the famed MS Rotterdam.
On Thursday, April 6th, the Knockturnal was invited to spend twenty-four hours on Holland America’s revered MS Rotterdam.
My wife and I recently moved to the FiDi/Battery Park neighborhood and have been on the hunt for a new gym to join.
This past weekend the Knockturnal had the pleasure of attending a tasting at the newly opened Duomo 51. Duomo 51 is a Tuscan restaurant from the Ramerino Italian Prime team and Executive Chef Vilfrid Hodoj.
It is a hidden gem on the 7th floor of the DoubleTree Hotel. Stepping off the elevator guests are greeted by beautiful flower arrangements and ushered into a dining room with spectacular views of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. The restaurant boasts a glass-enclosed terrace. We dined on the terrace under heat lamps that kept us warm.
We began our meal with fresh rolls of bread dipped in a sauce of sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil. The service was friendly and swift.
For appetizers we sampled calamari alla grilia, which is grilled calamari topped with arugala pesta and confit cherry tomatoes. This is different from the style of calamari you may know as it is not fried or breaded. It tasted crisp and healthy.
We also sampled the melanzane alla parmagiana, an eggplant dish topped with tomato, Parmigiana-Reggiano, and basil sauce.
Next up for our pasta course we had caccio e peppe, which consisted of homemade tonnarelli, fresh black pepper, and grated 24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano. It was so tasty.
We also had the Bolognese, which is made of fetuccini pasta, traditional veal ragu, and 24-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano. It was warm and savory.
Duomo 51 also offers a wine list composed of selections from Italy and California with a focus on Tuscany, including super Tuscan varieties. Their cocktail program focuses on classic cocktails like martinis, Manhattans, and old-fashioneds. The Duomo51 is their signature cocktail. It is made of whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and port wine.
For dessert we had chocolate lava cake served with vanilla ice cream and tiramisu. The house-made desserts were fresh and delightful. The tiramisu was fluffy and melted in the mouth. We finished our meal with a cup of coffee.
Highlights from their menu include, but are not limited to:
- Caprese Invernale: roasted tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil, with ursini olio novello.
- Polpo alla Griglia: Grilled octopus with chickpea cream and a dash of lemon juice to add a fresh, citrus taste.
- Barone Rosso: Chef Vilfrid’s Tuscan specialty of rigatoni in a red pesto composed of tomato sauce with pine nuts and burrata cheese.
- Tartufo: Pappardelle with wild mushrooms, goat cheese, truffle oil, and demi-glace.
- Vitello Ai Funghi: Veal scaloppine with wild mushrooms and brown sauce.
- Fileto al Chianti: Filet mignon cooked in a red wine reduction.
- Dover Sole: From the Mediterranean Sea, prepared tableside.
- Cartoccio alla Isolana: Baked Italian orata fillet with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, capers, olives, in a white wine sauce.
This Halloween the Knockturnal went to the McKitrick Hotel’s Halloween Ball. It was a spooky affair.
The Knockturnal recently attended a special screening of Prime Video’s “My Best Friend’s Exorcism,” directed by Damon Thomas, at Nitehawk Cinema in Prospect Park Brooklyn. The film was based on the Quirk Books novel of the same name by Grady Hendrix. It hits streaming services this Friday, September 30th. Chris Landon from Happy Death Day produced it. The film boasts an amazing cast of emerging talent, including Elsie Fisher, Amaya Miller, Rachel Ogechi Kanu, Cathy Ang, Clayton Royal Johnson and Christopher Lowell.
Set in 1988, the film follows high school sophomores Abby and Gretchen, who have been friends since 4th grade. After a weekend getaway at a lake house near the scene of an occult murder years ago, Abby begins to act strange. She turns cruel and starts enacting schemes to turn her friends against one another. Gretchen soon begins to suspect that her best friend is possessed. Spurred by a desire to help her and guilty about having left her behind on a misadventure near the lake house where her odd symptoms seem to have began, Gretchen sets out to find a cure to Abby’s mysterious ailment. She enlists the help of a bodybuilding youth minister who believes he knows the just the thing that’ll restore Abby to spiritual health.
Before the start of the movie, author Grady Hendrix gave a short introduction. He shared that when he first pitched the book, he had no book to sell, just a title. His agent liked it so much that Hendrix wrote a book to match it. Thank you, Amazon, for the invitation. We enjoyed our evening at Night Hawk Cinema, which offers cocktails and tasty concessions and food.
Last week, The Knockturnal attended a special presentation of Alex Miskin’s latest play, “Warhol for Senate,” at the Tank.
Amazon kindly sent the Knockturnal the new Kindle Signature Paperwhite. We were excited to have it. Here are five reasons to get one for yourself.