shopping 05.12.04

Tar Beach

A cheapish tar beach makeover.

Seating
Martha Stewart may no longer have relished the stripes in her Arlington Dining Collection. In any case, the nice-looking set is in the clearance section of Kmart. For $259, you get four cushioned stackable dining chairs, a 46-inch square glass dining table, umbrella, and base. Kmart, 770 Bway [10th] 212.673.1540 and 250 W. 34th [7th/8th] 212.760.1188…For sunbathing, try Crate and Barrel's loungers. They're $22.95 and come in three colors: raspberry, aqua, and wasabi (greenish-yellow to you). C & Bs are at 611 Bway [Houston] 212.308.0011 and 650 Mad [60th] 212.308.0011.

Lighting
Pier 1 stocks a good selection of citronella tea lights, lanterns and torches. 461 5th [40th] 212.447.1610, 71 5th [15th] 212.206.1911, and 1550 3rd [87th] 212.987.1746.

Flooring
Keep your feet from roasting with Ikea's Parkett decking. Each piece is 19 5/8" square and costs $8.99. You can look at it on the website but you can only buy it retail, not online.

Grilling
A basic Weber charcoal grill is $59. Weber also has a 24/7 grill line where a "certified barbecue expert" will answer all your barbecuing questions. The number is 800.474.5568.

The FDNY's rules on grilling are as follows: "Never use a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof. It is both dangerous and illegal. Only use a charcoal barbecue grill on a balcony or terrace if there is a ten foot clearance from the building and there is an immediate source of water (garden hose or four gallon pail of water)."
We're psyched about this one: Robin Leigh, co-owner of BondSt and Town, has imported popular Bangkok chef Ian Chalermkittichai to open Kittichai at the 60 Thompson hotel, 60 Thompson [Spring/Broome] 212.219.2000. Look for traditional dishes, variations thereon, and special dishes such as roasted Bangkok duck. On Sundays, Thai dim sum. The design is by the Rockwell Group and the place is scheduled to open in early June.

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