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Looking for the best burger in New York?

Then please consider the below press release from Twist and Smash’d, a restaurant based in Forest Hills and Long Island City!!

As you can see in the below press release, Twist and Smash’d is heading to the “Final Cookoff” for the Best Burger in New York, as chosen by Time Out New York magazine.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or need further information!  Please contact me at (908) 499-1200.  Looking forward to speaking with you!

Best regards,


Peter Collins






Twist and Smash’d Heads to Final Cookoff in
Time Out New York’s Battle of the Burger
Twist and Smash’d finishes second out of over 25 contesting New York restaurants and will be in the Final Cookoff of Time Out New York’s Battle of the Burger on August 7 

ASTORIA, NY – July 22, 2014 — The Twist and Smash’d franchise, home of The Original Smash’d Angus burger, announced today that it finished second and will be heading to the Final Cookoff for the 2nd annual “Battle of the Burger” by Time Out New York. The original Twist and Smash’d restaurant is located at 72-06 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY.  Twist and Smash’d Sports, a second restaurant in the group that opened on May 5th, offers two Bocce courts, 54 TVs showing sports events from across the world, 51 beers on tap, and one of New York’s best burgers, is located at 34-02 Steinway Street,  Long Island City, NY, a luxurious hot spot for avid sports fans.
Twist and Smash’d finished in second place in voting at Battle of the Burger, a contest “inspired by New York City’s legendary burger wars,” and will be part of the Cookoff on August 7.  Battle of the Burger is a fully integrated editorial and marketing partnership between Time Out New York, NYC’s leading entertainment authority, and Amstel Light, the official beer of the burger. Time Out New York’s Battle of the Burger will create an integrated program that engages our audience, highlights the best places to get a burger, and lets readers have the final say on where to find the best burger in the city.
“We are thrilled to be nominated and to have received so much support from our patrons,” said Brianna Cano, founder of Twist and Smash’d. “We encourage all New Yorkers to test the rest and vote the best!!  We look forward to your next visit to Twist and Smash’d!”
Twist and Smash’d Sports has become home to local Astoria residents, Manhattanites coming across the bridge and occasionally celebrities enjoying their burger, including the cast and crew of “Orange is the New Black”, who recently celebrated their Emmy nominations there.

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ABOUT Twist and Smash’d Sports

Twist and Smash’d Sports was created by chef Robert Cano and his daughters while on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. In Ecuador the family found a small café that sold twisted potatoes. Enchanted by this idea of a potato on a stick, they brought it back to New York and Twist and Smash’d was born. Twist and Smash’d is owned by Cano Ventures Corp, a sister Corporation to Rcano Group which owns and  operates Rcano Events. Robert Cano is the president of RCano Events off premise catering company. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, which means he knows (and loves) food and has led the field in incorporating organic, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients. For information please call (718) 261-4527 or visit:

NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2014) - Rooftop Films proudly announces the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Piper-Heidsieck Feature Film Grant provided by our supporting sponsor, Piper-Heidsieck, one of eight different filmmaker grants that Rooftop Films will award this year. The $10,000 Piper Heidsieck cash grant will be given to one Rooftop alumni filmmaker, awarded for a critical stage in their production of a new, independent feature film.

Acting as innovators in independent cinema exhibition, Rooftop Films has enabled the success of many alumni through other Filmmakers’ Fund Grants ranging from production or post-production support.  Past grantees include Lucy Walker with her Academy Award-nominated short documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Sean Durkin with the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, Benh Zeitlin with the Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, and most recently David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which had its World Premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was released theatrically by IFC Films later that year. Other Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantees have gone on to have tremendous success at festivals and reaching wide, appreciative audiences. With the generous support of Piper-Heidsieck, this cash grant will help a future filmmaker connect with those audiences.

Florian Maier-Aichen
100-Mile photograph, 2014
99 x 78 1/2 inches
edition of 6
Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York

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For Spring-Summer 2015, Bottega Veneta presents a men’s collection of ease and grace. While the looks are utterly relaxed and unrestrictive, the luxurious materials and carefully considered silhouette give the collection its subtle formality.
The palette is centered on faded, sun-worn hues, including shades of blue and greens, as well as pale, mist, sand, banane and peachy pink flamingo; a deep navy blue often serves as counterpoint to the pale tones. In harmony with the faded palette, materials have a similarly washed-out appearance and hand. Ultra soft lambskin and beautifully weathered suede are prominently featured; cashmere knits (in both fine and heavy gauges), crinkled linen and linen-cotton are also important.
Overall the garments are unlined, very light and athletic in feel, as if to encourage full movement. Pants are either loose and billowy or cut gracefully close to the body. The tops are also either loose or fitted; to maintain proportions, a body-conscious top will be paired with oversized pants, and vice versa. Some of the jackets have the feel of a refined windbreaker, with pronounced volume in the upper arms. Innovative treatments of the materials including different smocking, stitching, washing and fading techniques serve the idea of embellishment, while lending the clothes the feeling of worn-in favorites.
Casually sophisticated accessories compliment the look. Bags in washed-out suede or canvas are utilitarian and versatile, including a backpack that easily converts to a soft shoulder or crossbody bag. At times bags feature details in crocodile, adding additional structure and refinement. Shoes are designed to compliment the easy, athletic feel of the clothes. There is a slip-on that hugs the foot with an elastic; an ultra lightweight suede lace-up that has the feel of a jazz shoe; and a more substantial lace-up shoe.
“The collection was very much inspired by the body in movement,” says Creative Director Tomas Maier. “I wanted to convey a certain freedom, athleticism and ease.”
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Discretion, quality, and craftsmanship — Bottega Veneta has created a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and long celebrated for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta has recently emerged as one of the world’s premier luxury brands. The company’s famous motto, “When your own initials are enough,” expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence that now applies to a range of products including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture, and more.
While Bottega Veneta continues to grow, the qualities that define it are unchanging: outstanding craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials. Also constant is Bottega Veneta’s commitment to its ateliers, where artisans of remarkable skill combine traditional mastery with breathtaking innovation. Indeed, there is an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer at the heart of Bottega Veneta’s approach to luxury, symbolized by the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather. In the summer of 2006, in recognition of the importance of artisanal craftsmanship and the fragility of this traditional way of life, Bottega Veneta opened a school to train and support future generations of leather artisans.
The most recent chapter in Bottega Veneta’s history began in February 2001, when the company was acquired by Kering, formerly known as Gucci Group. Creative Director Tomas Maier came on board in June of that year and presented his first collection, Spring-Summer 2002, to immediate critical acclaim. From the start, the house’s sensibility was refined, sensuous, and intensely personal, designed for a customer who is sophisticated and self-assured. In the years since, Bottega Veneta has introduced exciting additions to the collection, including fragrance, fine jewelry, a watch, furniture, and home accessories, while continuing to offer an exclusive and coveted assortment of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, luggage, and gifts.
Distribution of Bottega Veneta products is global, encompassing Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America, where wholesale distribution in select specialty and department stores is complemented by a growing number of Bottega Veneta- owned boutiques. These boutiques, designed by Tomas Maier and meticulously constructed to Bottega Veneta’s exacting standards, allow the customer to shop in complete luxury, privacy, and comfort. They are, like the products they showcase, a reflection of Bottega Veneta’s exceptional heritage and superlative quality.
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