|Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop Band "Hello Brooklyn" is Kinetic at Toshi's Living Room|
Whatever musical stylings you prefer, Toshi's has a show for you, often two shows in one night, mixing genres such as rock, pop, jazz, funk, motown, soul, acoustic, indie, dance, hip-hop and anything else you can envision. Come for a jazz show such as modern jazz vocalist Melanie Marod, who can scat like she was born for it, and enjoy dinner while her mellow music compliments your meal. While the volume of an early evening jazz show is kept at a low enough level for patrons to carry on conversation, the performer still remains the focus of the room.
|Dance the Night Away to Radiant Rock, Pop, Jazz and Other Musical Stylings|
Not surprisingly, music isn't the only reason to visit Toshi's. Come dine on the "Food of Love," imbibe some "Glasses of Happiness," or try the seasonal, rotating menu of cuisine and cocktails. Although there's never a cover for music, be prepared to pay premium prices for beverages, and rightly so for the exclusive experience and entertainment value at Toshi's. Try the Mango Tango, a rum based drink crafted with a hint of mint and a fruity infusion of mango and lime, or consider ordering some wine from "Toshi Vineyards" Private Reserve.
Hungry? To start, enjoy the tangy Avocado Mango Ceviche, made with baby shrimp, calamari, and avocado and mango of course, but also mixed with a special blend of jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, onion and cherry tomato to create a delightfully piquant array of flavors. Crouch close to your plate with Ninja Calamari, a spicy, crispy brown appetizer that's big enough for 2-4 people to share, though with a palatable Wasabi/Togarashi seasoning, and sweet contrasting plum sauce, you may want to keep it all to yourself. With more than ten "small plate" options including an assortment of appetizers, salad, and focaccia, you may just find that you'll fill up on these as I did. However, Toshi's menu also offers enticing entrees available for even the most discerning diner, including beef, seafood and vegetarian options.
|The "Living Room" Crowd Enjoys an Evening Out at Toshi's|
What's even more impressive is that despite little to no advertising, rather growing a fan base by only word of mouth, it is a rare night that leaves Toshi's Living Room and Penthouse with empty seats. You would be hard-pressed to guess that this is "Toshi" Chan's first venture into the hotel/restaurant business. Read more about how Toshi's legendary parties gained him notoriety in New York before he opened up the Flatiron Hotel and its corresponding "Penthouse" and "Living Room." Aside from his business and mixology experience, the bulk of his background is as an artist and actor, a trait that helps him select the best of the best when it comes to performers who grace his stage. Though Toshi at times scours the city looking for new talent, for the most part these days emerging talent finds him, and new acts are free to submit to an audition. Changing acts are always being added to the lineup so check the Event Calendar for the most up-to-date information on performances.
Toshi is a purveyor of arts not just in the entertainment scene, but as a philanthropist as well. His toshiNow Foundation aims to introduce the arts to the youngest of New Yorkers, with music and art lessons, and scholarship opportunities for "tots, tweens and tweens." Learn about the toshiNow Mission, and look out for a fundraising event in early 2014.
Speaking of 2014, if you haven't yet found a place to party this New Year's Eve, Toshi's New Year's Eve Gala is certain to be a night of festive revelry that you won't soon forget. Separate events will be taking place at the Living Room and the Penthouse, but both parties will include live music, a 6 hour open bar, appetizers and a midnight champagne toast. Early bird prices may still be in effect if you act quickly.