4/09/2012 10:59:00 AM

Russian Karaoke in Midtown, Asian-American Fare at Dragonfly

Spin it Granny! 
Chef Cornelius Gallagher has worked in some pretty impressive NYC restaurants, including Bouley, Oceana and Daniel. After a period of travel throughout Asia, the Bronx native has landed back in Manhattan and opened his first solo venture, an Upper East Side Asian-American eatery dubbed Dragonfly. The menu at the mid-sized 68-seater draws on the chef's travels and incorporates influences from Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand to offer up dishes like Thai beef cheeks with toasted breadcrumbs, spicy tomato and shredded vegetables. Gallagher's take on street food can be enjoyed in a dining room that evokes colonial Vietnam with a 19 foot red-oak bar and tables made from reclaimed wood. The restaurant is currently open at 1463 Third Avenue.

After you're done with dinner, maybe you'll want to grab a microphone and belt out a few. Well, a new nightlife haunt will let you bring it, Russian-style (aka with lots of vodka). Jelsomino, a Big Apple branch of an infamous Ruskie karaoke venue, is opening on April 17 in Midtown's Dream Hotel. This isn't one of those LES venues where you get tucked away into your own room so no one can see your sorry interpretation of Sweet Caroline. At this joint there is as stage with musicians, a crazy lighting system and even some backup singers. If their logo of a granny at the DJ tables is any indication, this place is one parlor worth visiting (204 West 55th Street).

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