Friday, April 29, 2016

Top Five Mother's Day Gifts To Consider This Year

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While we don't necessarily need an excuse to show our moms some extra love and attention, Mother's Day is a pretty good one - have you started to think about the gift you'll give this year? Yes, flowers and breakfast in bed are always welcome with open arms, but if you want to take things up a notch, here are the top five gifts we recommend:
  1. Wine Tour: There's no doubt in our mind that Long Island moms loves wine, so treat yours to a day at the vineyard! What better way to bond with mom than by relaxing out on Long Island's east end with a delicious drink in hand? Leave the planning to us and we'll ensure she has a great time.
  2. Weekend Getaway: Let's face it, moms are some of the busiest people out there, and all too often, they can't seem to catch break. So, knowing just how hard they work each and every day, consider either taking or sending mom on a weekend getaway! You can turn this into a family vacation or plan a weekend where mom gets to spend some time with her girlfriends - either way, we know some time away from home could definitely do her good.
  3. Spa Day: Nothing's better than a little R&R! Between a fresh mani/pedi and a massage, you can have mom feeling better than ever in no time! While you're at it, you can even treat yourself to some R&R too by making an appointment for the both of you.
  4. Dinner Date: If mom is primarily the one cooking at home, give her the night off and take her into town to her favorite restaurant. Just be sure to make your reservations in advance to ensure that a table is waiting for you upon your arrival.
  5. Time: Possibly one of the best gifts a mom can receive is time. Between household chores and running errands alone, moms often have very little time to themselves to do the things that THEY want. With that said, offer to lend a helping hand so that mom can use her time the way she wants to, not necessarily the way she has to.
No matter what you choose to give mom this year, if any of your plans require travel arrangements, know that Dynasty Limo has you covered. From Towncars to stretch Cadillac Escalades, we have a transportation solution that can get mom to and from her destination safely so that she can enjoy her special day without having to worry about how she'll get around. To reserve your car with us, please call (631) 587-8500 today.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New NYC Restaurant Openings

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Calling all foodies - sure going out to dinner is fun, but going out to dinner in NYC is (insert super cool word here)!

But really, if you find yourself wandering around the Big Apple - be sure to check out some of the below new restaurant and bar openings:

Tacuba - Hell’s Kitchen
This popular Astoria Mexican restaurant now also calls Manhattan home. Located in Hell’s Kitchen with an almost entirely new ‘fusion’ menu - except for some fan favorites - the space also features leather chairs, wooden tables, and bar seating.

Momosan Ramen & Sake - Murray Hill
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new fast-casual ramen spot focuses on bringing favorite foods and drinks from Hiroshima, Japan to NYC. Noodles may be front and center on the ramen focused menu, but there is also delicious Japanese comfort food and 20 varieties of sake.

Fresh Kills - Williamsburg
A spin-off of LIC’s speakeasy Dutch Kills, Fresh Kills is a brighter, younger, and offers a lot of warm wood, leather booths, and a friendly staff. Drinks served up from master mixologist Richard Boccato.

Speedy Romeo - LES
This Brooklyn pizza joint is now serving its St. Louis style pizzas on the Lower East Side. Currently only open for dinner but Lunch and Brunch options are coming soon. This newest location also has a full liquor license so you can look forward to a new cocktail menu, craft beer, and wine.

For more recent bar and restaurant openings, visit Thrillist

Skip the hassle of trains, subways, and cabs - give Dynasty Limousine a call to reserve your ride!  Contact us for more information and to view our availability.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trending News: Will LI Wine Tours as We Know Them Soon Come to an End?

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It goes without saying that wine tours are a popular Long Island outing - but latest news from the East End explains the nature of a day at the vineyard may soon change. 
Members of the Long Island Wine Council announced in Tuesday’s Southold Town Board work session that they are working to shift the focus of the North Fork wine business away from the party centric, live music atmosphere and toward the quality of wines grown. Meaning? Goodbye party bus crowds and hello wine connoisseurs.
According to the East End Beacon:
“One of the biggest problems is music is not profitable,” said Long Island Wine Council Executive Director Steve Bate. “You have people sitting around for a whole afternoon sipping one glass of wine to listen to music, and they’re not actually taking the wine home with them.”
“We want to go after a different customer, one that is more interested in the product than in live music,” said Mr. Bate.

The Wine Council has begun a complete overhaul of the region’s branding strategies, creating a new website to focus on what goes into the making of award-winning North Fork wines and their winemakers. Wineries will also undergo a two-day training to help them redefine how wine is sold, pour no more than an ounce, and set a minimum standard for purchases when people spend all day at a tasting room.
“Customers should expect to invest when they come out here, not be looking for a deal. We want to make sure tasting room fees are not waived unless there is a significant investment.”
Read even more details here via Patch. What are your thoughts about this new initiative? Share your views on our Facebook page.
Given this will take time to see the shift take place, it’s certainly something to consider when heading to the wineries in the future. In the interim, connect with our expert wine tour representatives to create the perfect Vineyard Tour Package to suit your needs. For more information on our Winery Tour Packages or to make a Reservation please call 631-587-8500 today.

Long Island Restaurant Week 2016: 5 Restaurants to Try

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We’re half way through Long Island Restaurant Week and if you haven’t taken advantage of this highly anticipated promotion - it’s not too late to do so. You have until April 24th to enjoy a $27.95 fixed-price, three course dinner at participating restaurants across Long Island.

Here are our top 5 restaurant picks:
 MP Taverna - 1363 Old Northern Blvd, RoslynMP Taverna, a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern. This week’s restaurant week items include Hummus, Trompeta Pasta, Truffled Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Swordfish, Whole Grilled Branzino, Greek Yogurt, Chocolate Baklava, and more! (View full menu here»

Shiro of Japan - 401 Old Country Road, Carle Place
Shiro is one of Long Island’s long running Japanese restaurants. Choose from the Hibachi option, served with soup & salad, edamame or california roll, and dessert or the “Shiro’s Signature Best” option which also includes soup & salad, edamame or shumai, and your choice of 2 sushi rolls plus dessert. (View full menu here»)

View - 3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale

Enjoy top notch seafood with a breathtaking view of the Great South Bay at this Lessing’s restaurant. On the menu this week: Peking Duck Tacos, Steamed PEI Mussels, Pan Seared Garlic Shrimp, Root Beer Braised Short Rib of Beef, Pappardelle Bolognese, and more! The Ultimate Seafood Cioppino is also available for a $7 supplement. (View full menu here»)

Caci North Fork Restaurant – 56125 Main Road, Southold

Offering some favorites from the current Spring menu, enjoy Prosciutto di Parma DOP Aged 24 Months, Mussels with White Wine and Tomato Guazzetto, Grilled Red Snapper with Lemon Jam and Oregano Infused Aromatic Butter, Grilled New York Strip Steak with Arugula, Parmigiano Reggiano & Balsamic Vinegar ($22 supplement), Lemon Sorbet with Raspberry and Lime Meringue, and more! (View full menu here»)

Tony Colombos Italian Bistro - 208 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre
Led by executive chef Anthony ‘Tony’ Colombo, this Italian favorite is home of Long Island’s “Favorite Meatball.” Menu items include, Meatballs (of course), Chicken Stromboli, St. Peters Fish, Rigatoni Ala Vodka, Cannoli, Sorbet & Gelato Selection, and more! (View full menu here»
Now that we have your mouth watering, go ahead and make a reservation - then give Dynasty Limo a call to handle your transportation! Contact us today for more information and to view our availability.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

#TravelThursday - Airport Security Tips

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If you haven’t flown recently or plan to, this news may not be on your radar. For those of us who have, we’re no stranger to recent TSA problems. Airports nationwide have seen security checkpoint lines double in size, with some waits lasting up to 90 minutes. 

Security lines have become so problematic - with many travelers missing flights - that airlines are sending emails to upcoming travelers urging them to arrive extra early:
Why is this happening you ask? Seems a number of factors come into play including an increase in passengers, far fewer Americans signing up for TSA PreCheck, and far fewer TSA screeners available to handle the crowds. 

Knowing peak travel season is upon us, you’ll want to be prepared for security and help move the line through quickly.  Here are our top tips to help you do so:

1. Follow the 3.4 ounces rule. Passengers are not allowed to bring liquids, gels, or gooey substances that are more than 3.4 ounces in a carry on onto the plane. Seriously, don’t even try it. Either stow larger items in your checked bags or dispose of them before arriving to the checkpoint.

2. And bag them up. Have you forgotten to remove your 3.4 ounce liquids before? Likely. But don’t think you can get by like this each time (unless you have TSA PreCheck). Make sure you put all liquid items in a zip lock bag that you can remove from your carry on to be screened separately for easy inspection.

3. Know what is prohibited. Sharp objects, firearms, fuels, tools longer than seven inches in length. For a full list of TSA prohibited items, visit their website here. Remember, even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it poses security concerns.

4. Remove electronics and other materials. Remove any laptop computers, video camera, DVD players, etc. from your carry on and place separately into a bin. Your iPads and cellphones are fine in your bags. Then remember to remove any other triggers - keys, watches, coins, belts, costume jewelry, etc. For those traveling with children, your strollers and car seats must pass through the x-ray as well, so be prepared to fold them up.

5. Not all carry ons are created equal. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all in the carry on luggage world. A bag that says it’s carry on size, does not always equal the size permitted on certain airlines. Check your carrier’s website or call customer service to learn about the specific dimensions you’re allowed to bring. If your bag is too large for that airline or if the overhead space is full - your bag will need to be checked by the flight crew (hopefully you have no breakables or necessities inside)

With all this in mind, needing to arrive early to ensure you make it to your gate on time is of utmost important. That's where we come in. We are available for pickups and drop offs at all of the major New York Airports including, JFK, La Guardia, Mac Arthur Airport and for most private airports including Farmingdale Executive Airport. We'll take care of getting you there on time for departure! Call and request a quote: (631) 587-8500

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5 Reasons You Need a Limo Service for Your Wedding Day

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While this may seem obvious to some, many couples have asked if a limousine service is necessary for their wedding day. Are you required to have a fancy ride? Of course not! But are there benefits of using a car service like Dynasty Limousine? Absolutely. And we’re here to tell you what they are:

1. Safety
With all the emotions soaring that day, the last thing you want is for them to possibly affect your concentration on the road. Having a professional and experienced driver, familiar with Long Island’s and NYC’s roads and venues will ensure you get to and from your destination safely. Brides, grooms, and wedding parties can sit back, relax, drink champagne, update social media - whatever you need to do without worrying about driving.

2. Luxury
This is a once in a lifetime event - so why not indulge yourself with a fancy ride for the big day. Our entire fleet is equipped with all of the most modern conveniences, and will arrive meticulously cleaned inside and out. Spacious, plus leather seats, custom lighting and audio controls, well stocked mini bars - you have the ability to choose one of our vehicles that caters specifically to your needs! 

3. Reliability
When you drive yourselves, especially when carpools are concerned, you’ll need to take into account other members of your party running late. Perhaps you make a wrong turn, ending up in traffic, extending the travel time even more. With Dynasty Limo, our drivers take pride in their work. They know how important it is that you get to your destination on time, especially when on a deadline. That’s why we make sure our drivers are never late, and are ready to go the extra mile to guarantee your satisfaction. Plus, our vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking and navigation systems for added routing ability and safety. 

4. Comfort
Have a large ballgown wedding dress? Some tall groomsmen? Squishing into a small car may not be ideal in these circumstances. That’s why Dynasty Limo offers a range of vehicles: from stretch limos to Cadillac Escalade limos to an old school Rolls Royce Phantom V. You’ll have enough legroom and space for yourself and then some!

5. Affordable Rates 
Every wedding has a different budget and we can work with you to meet your budget and needs accordingly. Feel free to contact one of our transportation specialists at 631-587-8500 for an estimate or to discuss your options. 

Dynasty Limousines is one of the largest and most established limousine companies on Long Island. Our dedicated staff is here to serve you from your very first phone call. Our reputation is very important to us and we work hard to make sure that your experience with us is memorable and worry-free.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: 5 Things A Bride Needs on Her Wedding Day

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Soon-to-be brides listen up - when it comes to the big day, you may think you have everything under control: you’ve triple checked your floral arrangements, followed up with your photographer, and have Dynasty Limousine on speed dial. But aside from the obvious, there are a few important details often missed.

Here are a few things a bride may not realize she needs on her wedding day:

Food for the bridal party. Too many brides have made this mistake! Don’t forget to not only feed yourselves but your bridal party as well. Be sure to pre-arrange some snacks and meals to hold over hangry bellies until the reception.

Beauty appointments for everyone.
While there’s no set rule for this, if you’d prefer to have your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup professionally done, then it is a nice gesture to offer to foot the bill. Consider this as your bridesmaids’ gift or consider making it optional. Just be sure to explain the options to your bridal party. 

Some alone time. From the moment you wake up till the moment you say “I do” - your time is limited. Of course you’ll want to celebrate your big day surrounded by the people who love you most, but some alone time may be necessary. Avoid feeling emotionally overwhelmed and make sure you have some down time scheduled into your itinerary as well.

Some alone time, with your new husband.
A short break between the ceremony/photographs and reception may be just what you need. Enjoy your moment together, freshen up, and get ready to make the grand entrance as husband and wife. 

A plan for toasts. Because no one wants to sit through an evening of speeches - or worse, roasts! Make arrangements with your MC or wedding planner prior to the reception to keep wedding toasts controlled. 

Dynasty Limousine has been the ideal choice for brides and groom in and around the Long Island area because we combine an impressive fleet of immaculately kept luxury vehicles with professional and experienced drivers. If you have any questions about renting the right transportation for your wedding party’s needs - give us a call at 631-587-8500

Monday, April 4, 2016

Don't Forget Your Prom Limo!

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Prom season is just about here! And along with the promposals, dress shopping, and tux rentals - you’ll want to make sure your teen has their transportation secured as well. Dynasty Limousine is the choice for both parents and party-goes because we take care of both style and safety.  We know you want your teens to have fun, but their safety is of the utmost importance. Dynasty Limo has years of experience in Prom and Party Transportation, so you can be sure we will provide a safe and pleasant trip for your teen.

With many different styles and options to choose from - our fleet will be sure to help your teen make an entrance. Whether you plan to arrive with 5 friends or 25 – we have prom vehicle for you! Our vehicles are equipped with all of the most modern conveniences, and will arrive meticulously cleaned inside and out. Our professional drivers will ensure your teens arrive to their destination safely and on time. Here are some of our most popular prom vehicles:

You can’t go wrong with one of our classic stretch limousines! These elegant and stylish rides can hold up to 10 passengers, perfect for bringing a close knit group around on prom night. Relax on plush leather seats and enjoy total control of the audio – the party will start the moment we arrive! Have a smaller group? No fear, inquire about our 6 passenger stretch limo.

Don’t let the outside fool you, this is arguable the nicest van in existence! Engineered by Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter isn’t your ordinary van – it’s basically a mini party bus! Equipped to hold up to 13 passengers, your group will experience a smooth ride complete with spacious seating and custom lighting.

3. Cadillac Escalade Limo
Looking for something to hold more than just a few people? Enter our 18 and 20 Passenger Cadillac Escalade Limos – this best way to arrive in a BIG way. The 20 Passenger Cadillac Escalade Limousine is almost as long as a school bus, with a hardwood floor and touchscreen panel for operating the shades, screens and speakers.

Looking to take the whole senior class with you? Well, maybe not the whole class – but nonetheless, our White Limo Bus is a solid choice. Privacy shades, an audio and video system, and more luxuries await when you book this vehicle with Dynasty Limousine.

For those truly looking to make an entrance, consider the magnificent Rolls Royce Phantom V – one of the very few still in existence. With spacious seating and a huge sunroof, you’ll be the epitome of class on prom night.

Since many Long Island proms fall on the same weekends, it’s not surprising to be in competition with neighboring high schools to secure your desired limousine or party bus. So make sure you call us to book ASAP! Making arrangements at least two to three months in advance will save you and your teens the headache.

All we need from you is the answers to these questions:

  • The exact date of the prom
  • How many hours the limo will be needed
  • Number of people

Give us a call at (631) 587-8500 to speak with one of our experienced event specialists and reserve your car today!