‘Special Buns,’ Besides J.Lo’s, to Be Served at Spotlight Live

Boise residents to come.Photo courtesy Spotlight Live


Recently Daily Intel reported that Jennifer Lopez and her hubby did their thing in public (sang together, that is) at new Times Square venue Spotlight Live. Now, as UrbanDaddy has it, Times Square tourists and boozed-up cubicle dwellers will be able to follow suit when the venue opens with a karaoke stage, a recording studio, a green room complete with makeup artist, and a Jumbotron broadcasting performances onto Times Square. If it sounds very Vegas, you won’t be surprised to hear that the place has brought in Kerry Simon, who was a partner at Mercer Kitchen and also put in time at La Cote Basque and Lutece before opening restaurants in Miami, California, and Sin City. You know, the “Rock and Roll chef”?

Simon tells us his return to NYC is “all about the fun factor.” Though the menu sticks to the classics (he’s bringing his spaghetti and meatballs and his tuna tartare in from Vegas), Simon insists he has his “own style for all this stuff.” For sliders, he sautés smoked bacon, adds caramelized shallots and fresh herbs, mixes them into ground beef and then tops it with aged Cheddar and “a special bun.” Are they good? Well, this is the man who beat Iron Chef Cat Cora in a ground-beef challenge. Maybe a rematch is in order — to be broadcast on the Jumbotron?

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