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Release Date: May 28, 2013

New Yorkers and Visitors Alike Enjoy 20th Annual Outdoor Food and Music Festival 
at the Crossroads of the World

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) -- The Times Square Alliance today announced the return of the 20th annual Taste of Times Square, an outdoor food and music extravaganza featuring international flavors from the district’s top restaurants and the city’s bands and best street performers at the Crossroads of the World. More than 50 of Times Square’s most popular culinary destinations will set up booths on the street to offer “tastes” of their finest, most popular and in some cases unusual dishes – most for under $5 – on Monday, June 3rd from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy live entertainment from New York City’s top street performers and select bands, including award-winning vocalists, jazz ensembles and Broadway performers.

The event, which annually draws thousands of music lovers and foodies, will be held on 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue, including historic Restaurant Row, and on the Broadway Plazas from 45th to 47th Streets in Times Square.

“Taste of Times Square brings together the best of the best when it comes to cuisine, allowing us to put together an incredible, eclectic food experience in Times Square – everything from Spanish paella to New Orleans style-jambalaya to Cuban empanadas,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. “And this year, we’ve added some of the city’s top street performers and other musical performances, so it will be an amazing, global block party for the whole city to enjoy.”

Notable newcomers to the food festival this year include: Bareburger, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Jekyll and Hyde Club, La Pulperia, Lillie’s, Playwright Celtic Pub and Shake Shack.

Participating restaurants include Barbetta Restaurant, Becco, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, B. Smith’s, Blue Fin, Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Buca di Beppo, Carmine’s, Da Rosina, Dervish Mediterranean Restaurant, E&E Grill House, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, Firebird Restaurant, Gallagher’s Steak House, Ginger’s Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe New York, Havana Central, Hourglass Tavern, The House of Brews, Joe Allen Restaurant, John’s Pizzeria, Junior’s Restaurant, Le Rivage, Meson Sevilla, Nios Restaurant, Nuchas, O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub, Orso, Palm West Restaurant, Paramount Bar & Grill, Patzerias Perfect Pizza, Planet Hollywood, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Ruby Foo’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Sangria 46, Shula’s Steakhouse, Snackbox, Sofia’s, Toloache, The View Restaurant & Lounge, Virgil's Real Barbecue, and more.

The Iridium Entertainment Tent will feature top talent from Iridium and Ellen’s Stardust Diner, including The Les Paul Trio, and Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band, The Copa Boys, and Ellen’s famous Stardusters.

The Les Paul Trio, comprised of award winning Lou Pallo on guitar, John Coliani on piano and Nicki Parrott on bass, continues to keep Les Paul's music and memory alive by performing every Monday night at The Iridium with featured special guests including some of the country’s best known guitar legends. The Copa Boys featuring Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Von Murray with  special guests, The Stardusters and Musical Director Barry Levitt. They will be joined on stage by the talented Ellen's Stardusters who have appeared on and off Broadway, American Idol and more.

The multi-award winning, multi-talented vocalist, bandleader Terese Genecco is currently the longest running nightclub act on Broadway, appearing as a headliner at The Iridium every month for more than 72 performances since her opening in March 2009. Genecco is the recipient of two MAC awards and named one of the Top Ten Best Cabaret shows or the year by Time Out New York Magazine. Ms. Genecco's music is deeply rooted in the 1950's -60's the colorful last gasp of the of era of swinging' lovers, and as such, draws equally from Louis Prima, Sammy Davis, Ray Charles and Elvis.

Highlighted street musicians provided by Hard Rock Cafe New York include: Mariachi Real De Mexico, Maestro Moses Josiah playing his musical saw, Paul Mueller with a hammered dulcimer, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The Jazz Collective, classical guitarist Don Witter, Jr., and The Ebony Hillbillies performing bluegrass.

Other entertainment locations include: the Drum Café, an interactive African drumming circle where attendees are part of the show.

The food and music festival, organized by the Times Square Alliance, has no admission fee.  Each “taste” ticket is $1 with most dishes ranging from $1 to $6.  Tickets will be available for purchase in advance at the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center on 7th Ave. between 46th and 47th Streets and on the day of event, as well as at the Official NYC Information Center – Midtown on 7th Avenue between 52nd & 53rd. For more information, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Taste.

Participants are encouraged to take photos via Instagram and tag them with #TasteTSq. Follow @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC  or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC.  

Sponsors for Taste of Times Square include: Coca-Cola, The Iridium, Hard Rock Cafe New York, WCBS-FM 101.1, Fresh 102.7 and IN New York and WHERE New York Magazines.

About Times Square Alliance

The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square - cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Founded in 1992, the Alliance keeps the neighborhood clean and safe, promotes local businesses, manages area improvements and produces major annual events including New Year’s Eve, Solstice in Times Square and Taste of Times Square. As the custodians of Times Square, the Alliance works every day to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood residents and businesses while driving economic growth in New York City. www.TimesSquareNYC.org

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 177 venues in 56 countries, including 139 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands.  The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Jose, Ibiza, Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH.  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Iridium

Best known as the The Home of Les Paul, The Iridium has been dubbed a "guitar shrine" by the NY Times and "the city's – if not the country's – new home of the guitar" by Guitar World, and has recently hosted everyone from Jeff Beck and Joe Walsh to Robert Randolph and Mick Taylor for performances and live recordings. The club celebrates its patron saint Les Paul, who performed there weekly for more than a decade until his passing in 2009, every Monday night by inviting special guest guitarists to sit in with his Trio, The Les Paul Trio.

About Ellen's Stardust Diner

Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, the home to Broadway theaters and the biggest New Years Eve party in the world is also home to this retro 1950's theme restaurant located at 1650 Broadway. The diner is regarded as one of the best themed restaurants in New York City owing to its own singing waitstaff and some of the best diner food in the country. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for tour groups and locals alike since 1987.

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FROM: TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE   www.TimesSquareNYC.org

CONTACT:
Adam Miller | (212) 843-8032 | amiller@rubenstein.com
Gia Storms | 212-452-5205 | gstorms@timessquarenyc.org