http://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/ en-usHal RubensteinHal Rubenstein's stories. I write about fashion, food and culture.Copyright 2019 Forbes LLChttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/abee5c7a3221d49eac6d4e12162d957f?s=400&d=mm&r=gHal Rubensteinhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/feed/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/09/24/impossible-to-love-the-reality-of-the-impossible-whopper/ Impossible to Love: The Reality of the Impossible WhopperFor the first time in probably half a decade I walked into a Burger King, ordered an Impossible Whopper, and ate the damned thing.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5d8a7c5387e26900097dc5c6Tue, 24 Sep 2019 21:27:58 +00002019-09-24T21:27:58ZFor the first time in probably half a decade I walked into a Burger King, ordered an Impossible Whopper, and ate the damned thing.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/09/10/the-secret-history-of-the-most-spectacular-restaurant-in-the-world/ The Secret History Of The Most Spectacular Restaurant In The WorldAn interview with Tom Roston, author of a fascinating new history of Windows on the World. Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5d72910517a1fe00093f5667Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:52:22 +00002019-09-10T16:52:22ZAn interview with Tom Roston, author of a fascinating new history of Windows on the World. https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/07/31/moulin-rouge--so-many-love-songs--so-little--romance/ 'Moulin Rouge': So Many Love Songs, So Little RomanceThe singalong is the most engaging element of the show since you don’t learn enough about any character to root for them. Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5d419a68aee9f00008c9a864Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:59:36 +00002019-07-31T13:59:36ZThe singalong is the most engaging element of the show since you don’t learn enough about any character to root for them. https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/07/24/pastislovelier-the-second-time-around/ Restaurant Pastis: Lovelier the Second Time AroundThe most-missed restaurant in New York returns and has matured as handsomely as its clientele.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5d3893a42ecec200086e6461Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:55:33 +00002019-07-24T19:55:33ZThe most-missed restaurant in New York returns and has matured as handsomely as its clientele.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/05/23/rocketman-vs-aladdin-which-over-the-top-works/ 'Rocketman' Vs. 'Aladdin': Which Over-The-Top Movie Works?Here’s an odd couple for you. Rocketman and Aladdin. No, the two men haven’t become lovers. However, these are two film that have been deliberately crafted in a manner so far from realism as to make Quentin Tarantino seem like a documentarian.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5ce6fccec8558b0084d33350Thu, 23 May 2019 21:15:00 +00002019-05-23T21:15:00ZHere’s an odd couple for you. Rocketman and Aladdin. No, the two men haven’t become lovers. However, these are two film that have been deliberately crafted in a manner so far from realism as to make Quentin Tarantino seem like a documentarian.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/05/16/tootsie-the-best-comedy-on-broadway-is-a-musical/ 'Tootsie' Review: The Best Comedy on Broadway Is a MusicalWhy the brand-new musical, based on the 1982 film of the same name, is an absolute must-see.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5cdd8b78b32266008440df46Thu, 16 May 2019 16:30:00 +00002019-05-16T16:30:00ZWhy the brand-new musical, based on the 1982 film of the same name, is an absolute must-see.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/05/13/remembering-doris-day/ Remembering Doris Day (1922-2019)The box office sensation, who passed away today at 97, was in an unheralded trailblazer of the women’s movement.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5cd9f76d0464dd00851ca6c9Mon, 13 May 2019 23:33:00 +00002019-05-13T23:33:00ZThe box office sensation, who passed away today at 97, was in an unheralded trailblazer of the women’s movement.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/05/08/camp-met-gala-theme-2019/ Notes On A Night Of Camp: An Explanation Of This Year's Met Gala ThemeThe Met Gala played on a theme most guests didn’t know how to sing.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5cd313d2301be5008443832fWed, 8 May 2019 18:56:00 +00002019-05-08T18:56:00ZThe Met Gala played on a theme most guests didn’t know how to sing.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2019/02/19/remembering-karl-lagerfeld-1933-2019/ Remembering Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019)Veteran fashion editor Hal Rubenstein recalls the late designer who transformed Chanel, Fendi and other major labels.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5c6c30af64aaf967d4a27ed1Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:40:00 +00002019-02-19T17:40:00ZVeteran fashion editor Hal Rubenstein recalls the late designer who transformed Chanel, Fendi and other major labels.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/12/20/why-i-cant-stop-watching-the-hallmark-channel/ Why I Can't Stop Watching The Hallmark ChannelMy husband is 6’5”, went to high school on a football scholarship, looks like Clark Kent’s twin silver-haired brother, is wicked smart (he’s a civil engineer), and does not cry at movies or commercials, though anything featuring a puppy will make him go “ahh.” His favorite shows to watch on [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5c1bdbe064aaf93f10eed733Thu, 20 Dec 2018 21:25:00 +00002018-12-20T21:25:00ZMy husband is 6’5”, went to high school on a football scholarship, looks like Clark Kent’s twin silver-haired brother, is wicked smart (he’s a civil engineer), and does not cry at movies or commercials, though anything featuring a puppy will make him go “ahh.” His favorite shows to watch on [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/08/16/a-visit-with-the-queen-a-tribute-to-aretha-franklin/ A Visit with The Queen: A Tribute to Aretha FranklinRemembering the Queen of Soul, who passed away today at the age of 76.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5b75b85764aaf90cf89e813cThu, 16 Aug 2018 18:02:00 +00002018-08-16T18:02:00ZRemembering the Queen of Soul, who passed away today at the age of 76.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/06/05/remembering-kate-spade-1962-1955/ Remembering Kate Spade (1962-2018)Recalling the colorful life and career of fashion designer Kate Spade, who died at 55.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5b17378964aaf9612c935e18Wed, 6 Jun 2018 02:14:00 +00002018-06-06T02:14:00ZRecalling the colorful life and career of fashion designer Kate Spade, who died at 55.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/04/24/the-problem-with-this-season-of-american-idol/ The Problem With This Season Of 'American Idol'Something is drastically wrong with the ABC reboot.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5adf9c5564aaf93751acdfbdTue, 24 Apr 2018 21:33:00 +00002018-04-24T21:33:00ZSomething is drastically wrong with the ABC reboot.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/03/23/frozen-broadway-musical-review/ 'Frozen' On Broadway Will Leave You ColdWhy you should skip the Broadway rendition of the hit Disney film.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5ab530b364aaf9704acc95efFri, 23 Mar 2018 17:13:00 +00002018-03-23T17:13:00ZWhy you should skip the Broadway rendition of the hit Disney film.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/03/22/the-best-restaurants-in-washington-d-c-for-foodies/ The Best Restaurants in Washington, D.C. for FoodiesThe top spots for epicureans in the nation's capital.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5ab3ce6764aaf9704acc91dbThu, 22 Mar 2018 17:02:00 +00002018-03-22T17:02:00ZThe top spots for epicureans in the nation's capital.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/03/20/why-you-should-go-see-love-simon/ Why You Should Go See 'Love, Simon'Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford star in 'Love, Simon.' How does a film deliberately crafted to be an it’s-a-sunny-day-every-day, nudity-and-sex-free, one-kiss-and-that’s-that, “coming of age” popcorn movie wind up being, if not quite as revolutionary as the Wakandan army, at least startling and subversive enough to provoke a response I’ve never heard [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5ab13e7164aaf9689c4903ffTue, 20 Mar 2018 17:33:00 +00002018-03-20T17:33:00ZNick Robinson and Katherine Langford star in 'Love, Simon.' How does a film deliberately crafted to be an it’s-a-sunny-day-every-day, nudity-and-sex-free, one-kiss-and-that’s-that, “coming of age” popcorn movie wind up being, if not quite as revolutionary as the Wakandan army, at least startling and subversive enough to provoke a response I’ve never heard [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/03/12/why-you-should-watch-nbc-jason-katims-rise/ Why NBC's 'Rise' Should Be At The Top Of Your Watch List This SpringA compelling new series from the executive producer of 'Parenthood' and 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Rise' is bound to lift your spirits.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5aa6c9a364aaf9689c48ecd3Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:07:00 +00002018-03-12T19:07:00ZA compelling new series from the executive producer of 'Parenthood' and 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Rise' is bound to lift your spirits.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/03/08/why-this-years-oscars-drew-the-lowest-viewership-in-academy-awards-history/ Why This Year's Oscars Drew The Lowest Viewership in Academy Awards HistoryThe social media trashing started long before the long telecast was over.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5aa1a32264aaf9689c48e408Thu, 8 Mar 2018 21:12:00 +00002018-03-08T21:12:00ZThe social media trashing started long before the long telecast was over.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/02/04/grammy-tribute-elton-john/ The Grammy Tribute to Elton John: So Long As He's Bennie, We're All His JetsThe Grammy’s all-star tribute to Elton John will be broadcast on CBS in April 2018.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5a74f27e64aaf90f9cd01ef1Sun, 4 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +00002018-02-04T14:00:00ZThe Grammy’s all-star tribute to Elton John will be broadcast on CBS in April 2018.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2018/01/26/new-york-greenwich-village-the-loyal-restaurant-review/ What Turned Me Disloyal to New York's The LoyalA restaurant review of The Loyal in New York's Greenwich Village.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5a6b79dd64aaf9695a78eb98Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:50:00 +00002018-01-26T19:50:00ZA restaurant review of The Loyal in New York's Greenwich Village.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/06/23/celebrating-a-birthday-is-the-best-gift-you-can-give-yourself/ Celebrating a Birthday Is the Best Gift You Can Give YourselfIn response to the overwhelming 700+ birthday wishes, let me say thank you the best way I know how.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/594d6a9264aaf941135b48feFri, 23 Jun 2017 20:09:00 +00002017-06-23T20:09:00ZIn response to the overwhelming 700+ birthday wishes, let me say thank you the best way I know how.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/03/22/queen-of-katwe-most-uplifting-film-2016/ Why 'Queen of Katwe' Is the Most Uplifting Film of 2016Turns out 'Beauty and the Beast' is not the only suspenseful, spirit-lifting, triumphant female-centric movie out there, and, even better, this story actually happened.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/58d2d05464aaf910436dfb35Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:39:00 +00002017-03-22T19:39:00ZTurns out 'Beauty and the Beast' is not the only suspenseful, spirit-lifting, triumphant female-centric movie out there, and, even better, this story actually happened.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/02/28/what-i-learned-from-2017-oscars/ 10 Lessons from the 2017 OscarsKey takeaways from the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/58b5a1cc64aaf95dd3d67725Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:41:00 +00002017-02-28T17:41:00ZKey takeaways from the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/02/09/why-you-should-watch-a-dogs-purpose/ Why You Should Watch 'A Dog's Purpose'American Humane determined that the TMZ video showing supposed behind-the scenes-cruelty towards a German Shepherd had been deliberately doctored—so embrace the heart-warming film and get ready for a good cry.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/589c9d4b64aaf95dd3d61c0eThu, 9 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +00002017-02-09T17:00:00ZAmerican Humane determined that the TMZ video showing supposed behind-the scenes-cruelty towards a German Shepherd had been deliberately doctored—so embrace the heart-warming film and get ready for a good cry.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/01/20/hidden-figures-film-review-octavia-spencer-janelle-monae-taraji-p-henson/ Why You Should Watch 'Hidden Figures'The new film—starring Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Taraji P. Henson—is guaranteed to lift your spirits.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/58823a2f64aaf925566b0b0fFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:48:00 +00002017-01-20T16:48:00ZThe new film—starring Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Taraji P. Henson—is guaranteed to lift your spirits.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2017/01/18/equinox-tier-x-lifestyle-management-program-review/ How Equinox's Tier X Lifestyle Management Program Changed My LifeI have been exercising regularly for more than four decades. I need no one’s advice on the right way to bench press, pull down, dead lift or bicep curl any of eight ways. There isn’t a Cybex, PreCor or Hammer Strength machine I haven’t loaded and pushed. I have my [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/587fddf564aaf9762c74ae02Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:41:00 +00002017-01-18T21:41:00ZI have been exercising regularly for more than four decades. I need no one’s advice on the right way to bench press, pull down, dead lift or bicep curl any of eight ways. There isn’t a Cybex, PreCor or Hammer Strength machine I haven’t loaded and pushed. I have my [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/21/12-meals-christmas-luzzos-bar-pitti-peasant/ 12 Meals of Christmas: Luzzo's, Bar Pitti, and PeasantLUZZO’S Go ahead. Run all over Brooklyn in search of great pizza, because according to other food critics, that’s the only place in New York you’re bound to find it. Well, knock yourself out. Me? I’m going back to Luzzo’s on 1st Avenue and 12thStreet for my favorite coal-oven fired platter—a [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/585acda264aaf925d8bc741cWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:11:00 +00002016-12-21T19:11:00ZLUZZO’S Go ahead. Run all over Brooklyn in search of great pizza, because according to other food critics, that’s the only place in New York you’re bound to find it. Well, knock yourself out. Me? I’m going back to Luzzo’s on 1st Avenue and 12thStreet for my favorite coal-oven fired platter—a [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/21/12-meals-christmas-morandi-minetta-tavern-redfarm/ 12 Meals of Christmas: Morandi, Minetta Tavern, and RedFarmMORANDI As restaurateurs go, Keith McNally is The Master Builder. His grand cafes are more than mere seductive temples of invigorating artifice. Odeon, Pastis, Café Luxembourg, Schiller’s, Cherche Midi, Augustine, his new Wall Street eatery, and Balthazar, his masterpiece, have either pioneered neighborhoods, extended, revived or redefined them. McNally has more [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5859bcf364aaf96e0fc744bdWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:34:00 +00002016-12-21T18:34:00ZMORANDI As restaurateurs go, Keith McNally is The Master Builder. His grand cafes are more than mere seductive temples of invigorating artifice. Odeon, Pastis, Café Luxembourg, Schiller’s, Cherche Midi, Augustine, his new Wall Street eatery, and Balthazar, his masterpiece, have either pioneered neighborhoods, extended, revived or redefined them. McNally has more [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/20/12-meals-christmas-mezzaluna-periyali-abc-kitchen/ 12 Meals of Christmas: Mezzaluna, Periyali, and ABC KitchenMEZZALUNA My problem with living on the Upper East Side is that it’s a dandy area if you’re on the hunt for a Chippendale sofa or a diamond lavaliere in a hurry, but not whenwhen I’m short ZipLoc bags, need a torque wrench, or would enjoy a decent meal without overpaying, [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5859935564aaf96e0fc743caTue, 20 Dec 2016 20:45:00 +00002016-12-20T20:45:00ZMEZZALUNA My problem with living on the Upper East Side is that it’s a dandy area if you’re on the hunt for a Chippendale sofa or a diamond lavaliere in a hurry, but not whenwhen I’m short ZipLoc bags, need a torque wrench, or would enjoy a decent meal without overpaying, [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/16/12-meals-of-christmas-toloache/ 12 Meals of Christmas: ToloacheWhen I first began writing about dining out, Tex-Mex food was as ubiquitous as women in shoulder pads and just as awful. It didn’t matter whether one ordered chimichangas, burritos, or tacos—each was served so buried under glops of guacamole, salsa, semisolid refried beans, yellow rice, shredded lettuce, swampy molé [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/58542a3864aaf96e0fc73224Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:25:00 +00002016-12-16T18:25:00ZWhen I first began writing about dining out, Tex-Mex food was as ubiquitous as women in shoulder pads and just as awful. It didn’t matter whether one ordered chimichangas, burritos, or tacos—each was served so buried under glops of guacamole, salsa, semisolid refried beans, yellow rice, shredded lettuce, swampy molé [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/09/12-restaurants-christmas-esca-nyc-chef-david-pasternack/ 12 Meals of Christmas: Esca David Pasternack may be the most atypical yet thoroughly disarming chef in New York. He has none of Bobby Flay’s arrogant swagger, Eric Ripert’s suave panache, or Mario Batali’s look-what-I-just-did self-satisfaction. Instead, Pasternack looks, moves and sounds like he should be driving a fish truck. But, as Billy Joel might [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/584adb5064aaf96759a0b549Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:51:00 +00002016-12-09T16:51:00Z David Pasternack may be the most atypical yet thoroughly disarming chef in New York. He has none of Bobby Flay’s arrogant swagger, Eric Ripert’s suave panache, or Mario Batali’s look-what-I-just-did self-satisfaction. Instead, Pasternack looks, moves and sounds like he should be driving a fish truck. But, as Billy Joel might [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/12/05/12-restaurants-of-christmas-cookshop/ 12 Meals of Christmas: CookshopBecause surrounding others with good cheer and great food is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to the world, I urge your Twelve Days of Christmas to incorporate some—or all—of the dozen restaurants I’m writing about over the next few weeks. Please note that in opposition to the [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5845f75264aaf96759a09e8bMon, 5 Dec 2016 23:42:00 +00002016-12-05T23:42:00ZBecause surrounding others with good cheer and great food is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to the world, I urge your Twelve Days of Christmas to incorporate some—or all—of the dozen restaurants I’m writing about over the next few weeks. Please note that in opposition to the [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/11/10/post-election-rx-why-you-should-take-a-break-from-social-media/ Post-Election RX: Why You Should Take A Break From Social MediaHere's why you should refrain from posting in the wake of the election.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5823f21e64aaf93de4c2a4bfThu, 10 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +00002016-11-10T12:00:00ZHere's why you should refrain from posting in the wake of the election.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/11/02/a-week-in-the-life-of-new-york-theater-nathan-lane-jake-gyllenhaal-and-matthew-morrison/ A Week in the Life of New York Theater: Nathan Lane, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Matthew MorrisonA bona fide star turn is a magical occurrence, as memorable as a first anniversary and as rare as eye contact from a millennial. One might assume it’s most readily achieved when all eyes are trained on one talented individual knocking himself out, but there are many gifted performers snaring [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/581a4e8864aaf93de4c2829bWed, 2 Nov 2016 20:54:00 +00002016-11-02T20:54:00ZA bona fide star turn is a magical occurrence, as memorable as a first anniversary and as rare as eye contact from a millennial. One might assume it’s most readily achieved when all eyes are trained on one talented individual knocking himself out, but there are many gifted performers snaring [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/10/11/why-the-voice-will-lift-you-up/ Why NBC's 'The Voice' Will Lift You Up At this point, it doesn’t matter who won the second debate, or who might triumph in the third, nor will more eyes widen when there's anotherdeleted email dump or jaws drop should other videos withrustlingTic Tacs emerge. Just put a fork in us: We are so done. This is why, for [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57fd36d264aaf93de4c20c1cTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:27:00 +00002016-10-11T19:27:00Z At this point, it doesn’t matter who won the second debate, or who might triumph in the third, nor will more eyes widen when there's anotherdeleted email dump or jaws drop should other videos withrustlingTic Tacs emerge. Just put a fork in us: We are so done. This is why, for [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/10/07/why-laura-benanti-is-cabarets-savoir-supergirl-melania-trump-colbert/ Why Laura Benanti Is Cabaret's SaviorThink you know what to expect in a cabaret act? Then you haven't seen Laura Benanti.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57f7ca1c64aaf93de4c1fb84Fri, 7 Oct 2016 17:06:00 +00002016-10-07T17:06:00ZThink you know what to expect in a cabaret act? Then you haven't seen Laura Benanti.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/09/27/bar-pitti-new-york-city-sidewalk-cafe/ The Most Authentic Sidewalk Café in New York: Bar PittiAs long as autumn in New York remains this glorious, you’re likely to find me at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village, where we dine so often and have for so long, the staff used to think we live around the corner.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57ead93c64aaf93de4c1c474Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:55:00 +00002016-09-27T20:55:00ZAs long as autumn in New York remains this glorious, you’re likely to find me at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village, where we dine so often and have for so long, the staff used to think we live around the corner.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/08/31/how-to-have-a-smashing-good-time-at-the-us-open/ How to Have a Smashing Good Time at the US OpenYou have until Monday, September 5 to experience one of the last great rushes of summer—spending an entire day at the US Open.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57c6fb7a64aaf914f05212c4Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:43:00 +00002016-08-31T16:43:00ZYou have until Monday, September 5 to experience one of the last great rushes of summer—spending an entire day at the US Open.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/08/22/best-restaurants-mykonos-katrin-ftelia-jackie-o/ 5 Must-Try Restaurants in MykonosI’m dining outside at Katrin, a favorite restaurant on an obscure, narrow street in Mykonos Town most people often find by accident (perhaps because it looks exactly like all of the other town’s obscure, narrow streets), blissfully gnawing on the house’s signature bone-sucking-good, fire-roasted goat, when I spot a chew-stoppingly [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57bb2fcf64aaf97fcd6f8009Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:24:00 +00002016-08-22T21:24:00ZI’m dining outside at Katrin, a favorite restaurant on an obscure, narrow street in Mykonos Town most people often find by accident (perhaps because it looks exactly like all of the other town’s obscure, narrow streets), blissfully gnawing on the house’s signature bone-sucking-good, fire-roasted goat, when I spot a chew-stoppingly [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/08/11/jackie-o-beach-club-restaurant-mykonos-greece-jacqueline-onassis/ Greek Chic: Inside Jackie O', a Posh Paradise in MykonosI have a mad crush on Jackie O'. I wish I could visit her every day, so I could eat, drink, frolic and lay prone in her domain, basking and surrounded by her intoxicating perfume and her presence. Does that sound really odd? Well, it would if I was referring to the [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/57acb46664aaf96aaadc0821Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:08:00 +00002016-08-11T19:08:00ZI have a mad crush on Jackie O'. I wish I could visit her every day, so I could eat, drink, frolic and lay prone in her domain, basking and surrounded by her intoxicating perfume and her presence. Does that sound really odd? Well, it would if I was referring to the [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/07/14/sunglasses-leisure-society-shane-baum/ Why $1,200 Leisure Society Sunglasses Are Worth ItTis the season for shades and the options are limitless. Virtually everyone with a brand name makes them. Because of their popularity, companies as unrelated as Hulu and Hershey’s produce tinted specs as promotional tools. Multiple stores in every mall are solely devoted to them, with many priced in the [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/577d2f8b64aaf9403d646488Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:04:00 +00002016-07-14T19:04:00ZTis the season for shades and the options are limitless. Virtually everyone with a brand name makes them. Because of their popularity, companies as unrelated as Hulu and Hershey’s produce tinted specs as promotional tools. Multiple stores in every mall are solely devoted to them, with many priced in the [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/06/27/top-chef-chicago-duck-duck-goat-stephanie-izzard/ Top Chef Winner's 'Duck Duck Goat' Will Make You Crazy About Chinese Food AgainWhen I was a kid, Sunday dinner promised one thing and one thing only - and it meant the same in virtually every middle-class Jewish household in New York City. No, it wasn’t football. (Mancaves were yet to be invented). If it was Sunday, we were going out for Chinese! Oh, [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5769b50b64aaf91e7e932435Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:22:00 +00002016-06-27T19:22:00ZWhen I was a kid, Sunday dinner promised one thing and one thing only - and it meant the same in virtually every middle-class Jewish household in New York City. No, it wasn’t football. (Mancaves were yet to be invented). If it was Sunday, we were going out for Chinese! Oh, [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/06/09/how-to-become-a-restaurant-regular-and-receive-vip-treatment/ How To Become A Restaurant Regular And Receive VIP TreatmentWant to know the secret to getting a good table and great service? Here's the plan...Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/575994e164aaf9337ca89773Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:43:00 +00002016-06-09T16:43:00ZWant to know the secret to getting a good table and great service? Here's the plan...https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/06/02/aldo-sohm-wine-bar-review-le-bernardin-sommelier-new-york/ Finding Culinary Nirvana at New York's Aldo Sohm Wine BarHow much do I trust Aldo Sohm? Put it this way, if Le Bernardin’s chief sommelier and the namesake of the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar next door ever recommended I drink Windex to accompany chef Eric Ripert’s nirvana-inducing warm octopus carpaccio, my only question would be did he mean the [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/575056df64aaf9337ca87028Thu, 2 Jun 2016 16:47:00 +00002016-06-02T16:47:00ZHow much do I trust Aldo Sohm? Put it this way, if Le Bernardin’s chief sommelier and the namesake of the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar next door ever recommended I drink Windex to accompany chef Eric Ripert’s nirvana-inducing warm octopus carpaccio, my only question would be did he mean the [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/05/13/alter-miami-chef-brad-kilgore-interview/ Hot Miami Restaurants: Why Dining at Chef Brad Kilgore's Alter is a MustRenowned chef Bryan Kilgore serves up unexpected comfort food amid Wynwood's eclectic art scene.Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5736086ae4b0902e54d47209Fri, 13 May 2016 20:20:00 +00002016-05-13T20:20:00ZRenowned chef Bryan Kilgore serves up unexpected comfort food amid Wynwood's eclectic art scene.https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/05/03/burger-bliss-in-the-berkshires-is-this-the-best-hamburger-in-america/ Burger Bliss in the Berkshires: Is This the Best Hamburger in America?You know how I know we don’t need to make America great again? Because having just scrutinized the Best Burger lists from USA Today, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Gayot, Travel & Leisure, The Food Network, Time and Forbes, how bad could life be if there are great hamburgers available coast [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5728bba0e4b00967528a76fbTue, 3 May 2016 14:57:00 +00002016-05-03T14:57:00ZYou know how I know we don’t need to make America great again? Because having just scrutinized the Best Burger lists from USA Today, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Gayot, Travel & Leisure, The Food Network, Time and Forbes, how bad could life be if there are great hamburgers available coast [...]https://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/2016/04/08/if-only-for-one-night-the-light-in-the-piazza-thrills-for-10th-anniversary-revival/ If Only for One Night: 'The Light in the Piazza' Thrills for 10th Anniversary RevivalWhat could possibly be more gratifying than seeing a one-night-only revival of a musical that made your eyes glisten and your heart dance, featuring its original cast in top form performing in the theater where this show was first discovered? How about sharing your rapture with a surrounding audience as [...]Hal Rubenstein, ContributorHal Rubenstein, Contributorhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/halrubenstein/5707f3fae4b0876fd0e4e71cFri, 8 Apr 2016 18:27:00 +00002016-04-08T18:27:00ZWhat could possibly be more gratifying than seeing a one-night-only revival of a musical that made your eyes glisten and your heart dance, featuring its original cast in top form performing in the theater where this show was first discovered? How about sharing your rapture with a surrounding audience as [...]