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New and Noteworthy for the Week of 1/20

In this issue: Las Vegas, Milan, New Orleans, the Bahamas, and Seattle…

Eat: Can’t make Restaurant Week? We’ve got your fixe
New York City’s always-anticipated Winter Restaurant Week 2007 runs January 22 to 26 and January 29 to February 2, but savvy diners can find reasonable prix-fixe lunches year-round at Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar & Grill ($27), Upper West Side New American hotspot Telepan($28), and London transplant Gordon Ramsay($45). Three courses cost just $24.07 at both Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Nougatine, in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, and at Dévi, a Union Square restaurant specializing in Indian home cooking.

Drink: Milan fashion bar gets face-lift
Giardino D’Inverno, the luxe bar at Milan’s Principe di Savoia hotel, reopens next month after a complete renovation. It’s a favorite with fashionistas in town for the Milan runway shows, thanks to its opulent surroundings and stellar drinks list. Some favorites: The Mr. Gorgeous (Champagne, brandy, ginseng, passion fruit and tangerine juices) and the fruity Rooby Roo (Absolute Citron, lemon juice, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries). Tea is served from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and there’s live entertainment Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Stay: Putting “Paradise” back in the island
The folks behind Atlantis, the family-friendly Bahamas resort, have their eyes on couples with their latest venture, The Cove Atlantis. Set to open in April, the adults-only, luxury all-suite hotel features four pools with poolside gambling and 22 private cabanas overlooking the ocean. Hungry hedonists can dine at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and then work it off at the Mandara Spa and Fitness Center, which features treatments like the Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Float and Spa Ocean Wraps.

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Shop: Outside the French Quarter, a new fromager
Danielle and Richard Sutton stock over 200 cheeses at the St. James Cheese Company, which opened in New Orleans’ uptown University neighborhood in November. Richard, a former banker, trained at Paxton & Whitfield, a London cheese shop that supplies Buckingham Palace, the House of Lords and several Michelin-starred restaurants. Among the couple’s favorite selections at St. James: Roquefort Vieux Berger (France), Pecorino Toscana (Italy), and Fiscalini San Joaquin Gold (USA).

Play: In Seattle, where sculptures spot the Sound
Seattle rain won’t keep visitors away from the Olympic Sculpture Park, a new nine-acre outdoor space that opens to the public this weekend (January 20 – 21). The Seattle Art Museum, which spearheaded the project, took over a former industrial site overlooking the Puget Sound, filling it with modern and contemporary sculpture. Grand opening weekend events include live music and dance performances, family programming, art activities, park tours and artist demonstrations. Free admission year-round.

Made to Order: Room Service? I’d like some classic rock
Staying in Vegas but left your iPod at home? Guests at Skylofts, the luxury boutique hotel at the MGM Grand, are in luck. Music butlers will loan iPods at no additional cost, fully loaded with personal selections from Skylofts’ own compilation lists. Butler service isn’t limited to music. The hotel’s staff will pack and unpack your luggage, customize the private bar with beverages, and convert the Loft into a personal spa through the use of fragrant bath oils and salts, mood lighting, and calm music. Now that’s service.

Charlotte Kaiser Weinberg

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