This bento is dedicated to our upcoming concerts with LONGLEASH: Friday, Jan 10 in Queens at Flushing Town Hall, and Sunday, Jan 12 in Manhattan at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. We hope to see you there!

CONTENTS

  • About the Concert: the Artists & Music
  • Watch + Listen
  • The Venues + Things to do

ABOUT

+ Longleash (the ensemble)

+ Artist Profile: Longleash (5BMF Exclusive)

+ Reiko Füting (the composer)

Zeitgeist: Time for Ghost (trio) (a Q&A with Longleash and composer Reiko Füting)

WATCH + LISTEN

+ Playlist: Get to know Longleash, the Beethoven trios, and Reiko Füting on YouTube and Spotify

THE VENUES

QUEENS: Flushing Town Hall

The concert starts at 7:30PM, so be sure to get a good jump on your Friday commute! Downtown Flushing is quite simply food heaven with some of the best Chinese food you can find.

+ FLUSHING TOWN HALL TRIVIA: Read about the greenroom‘s checkered history and past celebrity appearances

+ FOOD + DRINK:
The Food Court at New World Mall on Roosevelt Ave just off the 7 train has all the quick bites you could dream for (9 min. walk to Flushing Town Hall). This article from Eater gives a lay of the land.

Maxi’s Noodle (8 min) for Hong Kong-style won-ton noodle soup. “Won tons like comets’ tails” says the NYT review.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao (9 min) for soup dumplings. Caution: will be very busy pre-concert(!), but they’re open til midnight, so this is your post-concert snack. Get F6 – Lucky Six Soup Dumplings, an assortment including their Signature Pork, Crab Meat & Pork, Black Truffle, Chinese Squash, and Scallop Dumplings.

 

MANHATTAN: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

+ EXPLORE: Check out the rest of MAPC’s concert series

+ ART: Vija Celmins at the Met Breuer (1 min. walk to Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church). January 12 is the final day of this incredible (a word not used lightly, here) retrospective; a walk through takes about an hour. Hit this by 1PM, grab a coffee (downstairs), see the concert! More background in the NYT review.

+ FOOD + DRINK:
Flora Coffee at the Met Breuer for caffeine, sandwiches, and pastries (1 min walk to MAPC). Flora Bar has made it onto several best-of-NYC lists (but $$$); Flora Coffee is just off to the side, where you can catch the vibe and enjoy quick and simple options (for $).

J.G. Melon for gourmet burgers, waffle fries, and watermelon decor (7 min). A local favorite; scores a 90 (excellent) in its Eater review.

Via Quadronno (1 min) for panini and gelato. Quick and easy, steps from the venue.

Bemelmans Bar (3 min) for a post-concert sip. Named for Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the Madeline children’s books; his paintings adorn the walls of this upscale bar, located in the Carlyle Hotel. Tapped by Atlas Obscura.

WHAT’S A 5BMF BENTO BOX?

There are few things more satisfying and delightful than a well-packed bento, which is the inspiration for this clickable one: to dig into our upcoming concert, to share points of interest about the venues and neighborhoods, and to direct you toward some yummy food!

In our research about bentos (consisting wholly of the pertinent Wikipedia article), we came across the apt factoid that two of the original bento boxes were the makuno-uchi bento and ekibentowhich, respectively, were sold at intermission during Noh and Kabuki performances and sold at train stations, just as ours are meant to sustain you through your commutes and enhance the concert experience. Let us know what you think about this new experiment!