UWS Restaurant Serves Up Hot Firemen for a Good Cause
UPPER WEST SIDE — Hero hunks are on the menu at Nonna.
The Italian eatery at 520 Columbus Ave. and Firehouse Tavern are hosting a series of steamy benefit events this weekend to raise money for Jacobi Hospital's burn unit.
At Nonna, firefighter fans can pay $75 for a private meet and greet with the 13 hunks featured in the 2013 New York City firefighters calendar as well as one from the 2014 edition, followed by a four-course dinner on Saturday.
At Firehouse Tavern — a bar inside a onetime fire station at 522 Columbus Ave. — guests can pay $25 to mingle with the firefighters at a cocktail reception.
Guests at both events get a free calendar. All profits from Saturday's events go to Jacobi's burn unit, as do 15 percent of the proceeds from sales of the $15.95 calendar.
The shirtless firefighters featured in the calendar are picked for their handsome looks and hard bodies. But the photographer, Alan "Battman" Batt, also tries to select subjects who have a personal connection to the calendar's cause, said Christina Oden, director of operations at The Restaurant Group, which owns Nonna and Firehouse Tavern.
Some of the Bravest come from families with a long history of firefighting and some have had personal experience with burns, Oden said.
"It's a proud honor for the guys to be on the calendar because they're really giving back," Oden said.
The hunky calendar, now in its 17th year, has raised at least $200,000 for charity over the years, Oden said.
For ladies who are wondering, most of the firefighters who posed for the calendar are single, Oden said.