Squid Ink Spaghetti Image courtesy of Isola
By New York Natives Staff

We’re going to…

Pasta Week at Isola

As if we needed another reason to indulge in carbs (see: “winter bulking”), Pasta Week is underway at Mondrian Soho’s restaurant, Isola. Per usual, Isola will be serving up delicious Italian fare, and what better time to try their delicious, house-made pasta then during a week all about pasta? If last year’s offerings are any indication (spoiler alert, they are), then you won’t want to miss this.

Pasta Week 2015 Native Approved: Pasta Week, Drake, The Duff, Empire
Image courtesy of Isola


We’re listening to…

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake

It’s been over a week since Drake released his new mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, but the buzz is only increasing. The album is currently sitting atop the iTunes “Top Albums” list, even besting the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, much to the chagrin of sexually stifled housewives everywhere. To quote Rolling Stone, “For the first time in his career, Drake doesn’t sound like he wants to be remembered as one of the greats. This time, he just is.”


We’re watching…

The Duff

Confession: We’re suckers for a cheesy teen flick. The Duff, starring the wildly talented Mae Whitman looks to follow in the footsteps of all our favorite awesome/awful romantic comedies. The Duff checks all the guilty pleasure boxes: eye candy, charming cast, pleasantly predictable but not too predictable (OK, well, maybe not) plot, a makeover montage, a feel good ending, and as an added bonus, the incomparable Allison Janney. It’s time to learn a new four-letter word.


Staff Pick: I’m watching…


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When Taraji P. Henson’s character got killed off on Person of Interest, I was devastated.  But thanks to Empire, I’m so over it now. Not only is she one of America’s most spellbinding actresses — big fan here — but the powerhouse talent both in front and behind the camera makes for some of the most exciting TV I’ve watched in ages.

So why is a middle-aged Jewish woman so mesmerized by this family drama centered on the hip-hop music industry? First of all, every actor in the show inhabits their role so profoundly, that it was believable from the first episode; the storylines are as timeless as the Bible; and the music and production values are off-the-charts. But I have to get back to Taraji P. Henson. As Cookie Lyon, she is nothing short of awesome. She brings a fire and a passion — a fearlessness and a tenderness. She is so no bullshit that she makes me want to be more like her. Watch it!



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