Walking down 9th ave between 40th & 41st you will likely notice a sudden patch of lush greenness with some appetizing lobsters, pork shank, and cheeses dangling in the window. In one of those funny hiding in plain sight ways, you still might not notice that it's a restaurant or ever think to go in. But if you do choose to step through the greenery and over the threshold where a water fountain and more plants greet you, you will quickly leave the hustle bustle of the city behind you.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
I love going to the theatre, but I hate picking pre-theatre restaurants. There are such slim pickings around Times Square that I often say that I feel like it's a food dessert. Which is exactly what I was saying to my friend as we sat on the red steps of the TKTS booth, but then I looked past her and spotted Blue Fin. As if reading my mind she said "You know, there's actually a pretty good sushi place around here..."
Friday, August 8, 2014
|Sticky's Finger Joint|
We were having a pretty killer night that included drinks from Angel's Share followed by another round at Wise Men and needed something substantial in our bellies before we headed home. Although our night started out with lobster rolls from Luke's and an arepa from Caracas Arepa Bar To Go, that was many long hours ago. We always jump at the chance to take a stroll through Washington Square Park, so Sticky's Finger Joint was the perfect place to make our pit stop.
|Wise Men: Blood and Sand & Kentucky Buck|
|Caracas Arepas Bar To Go: Inside|
|Luke's Lobster: Half Lobster Roll, Pickle, Chips, & Maine Root Sodas|
We were lucky to discover Luke's Lobster pretty early on in our NYC adventures and we immediately declared them to be our favorite lobster rolls (see our original post on Luke's). Since then we've repeatedly traveled throughout New England and have yet to taste a lobster roll that even comes close to comparing. Yes, even in Maine itself. This is one of our absolute favorite places to grab a quick bite, especially when friends visit from out of town. Time after time you take your first bite (either ever or just of the night) and have to pause to breathlessly say "Woooow." Yes, it's that good. If you've never tried it and are wondering if it lives up to the hype/price tag, stop wondering and just go do it.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tonight I met a friend downtown for dinner and she recommended we walk over to El Vez. While I'm naturally skeptical of all Mexican food in NYC, I trusted her judgment and couldn't turn down the opportunity to eat outside on such a perfect evening. Apparently, many other people had the same idea because we were looking at a 30 minute wait. The time passed very quickly as we enjoyed some extremely refreshing Cucumber Mint Margaritas.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
|Mermaid Parade: Dick Zigun|
Today I made my first visit to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade, a whimsical art parade that celebrates the Coney Island community and seaside spirit. To kick off the parade was no other than Dick Zigun himself aka "the Mayor of Coney Island" and original founder of the parade. Unfortunately, I didn't get too many good shots because my battery died halfway through. But here are a few:
Friday, June 20, 2014
|Dear Irving: Samoa & True Patriot|
After a pre-theatre jaunt to St. Andrews and watching The Realistic Joneses we weren't quite ready for our night to end. We walked almost all the way down to Penn Station before I was struck with a brilliant idea. Didn't the folks behind fabulous speakeasy Raines Law Room just open up a new cocktail establishment with 3 rooms that capture 3 eras? We were in a cab heading over to Gramercy within 2 minutes.
Monday, June 16, 2014
|Thelewala: Spices on Wall|
|Highlands: Scotch Egg|
|Employees Only: Mata Hari|
Saturday, June 14, 2014
|The Noble Experiment: Owney's|
Saturday, June 7, 2014
|Blue Apron: Korean Style Scallion Pancakes |
with Cucumber Salad
Friday, June 6, 2014
|Clover Club: Improved Whisky Cocktail|
Tonight we attended the special RadioLoveFest taping of one of my favorite podcasts, Ask Me Another. While The Mr doesn't listen to podcasts, I've taken him to both of Radiolab's live events and knew he would enjoy special Very Important Puzzlers Robert Krulwich & Jad Abumrad. I also suspected he would be excited by special musical guest They Might be Giants. And I was right. It was a delightful event and afterward we wanted to keep the party going and explore more of what Brooklyn has to offer. Before the show, we had grabbed a couple of burgers at Smashburger, but we were ready for some cocktails and another nosh.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
|Joseph Leonard: Bloody Caesar & Michelada|
Friday, May 30, 2014
|The Meatball Shop: Sliders, Kitchen Sink Salad, Risotto, |
White Beans, & Chelsea Pie
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
|Le Grainne Cafe: Escargot en Demi-Douzaine|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
|Da Marcella: Wine & Menu|
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tonight we headed down to the Lower East Side to have a crawfish boil at one of our favorite spots, The Boil. Since it's obviously a lot of other people's favorite places too we were looking at a bit of a wait. It seemed the perfect opportunity to meander on in to an unassuming pharmacy in Chinatown.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
|The Commons: Roasted Mushroom Flatbread|
This was actually our second meal at The Commons, the restaurant at The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. We also had a light breakfast here yesterday, but opted for some of the a la carte options instead of their rather impressive breakfast buffet. We stayed in our room in Hyatsville today since we had some work to do, since we enjoyed our breakfast we decided The Commons would do for a quick dinner before hitting the road back to NY.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
|Founding Farmers: Cucumber Delight, Craft Beer, Lemon-Lime Scratch Soda|
After a day full of traipsing around the National Mall we were more than ready to sit down and have a cold drink and a belly full of food. Since this was an impromptu trip I had no idea where to head. Then the data network was clogged with other tourists using their phones which sent me into a mini low-blood sugar panic. Finally I was able to get enough connectivity to find Founding Farmers and I let my instinct be my guide. We hopped in a cab and arrived to a long wait which was unexpected since it was that awkward in-between lunch and dinner time. We almost bailed, but decided the wait was a good sign and to stick it out.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
|Penelope: Delicious Cinnamon Bun|
Saturday, April 5, 2014
|BarBacon: Old Fashioned & The Drunken Preacher|
Saturday, March 29, 2014
|The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory|
Sunday, March 23, 2014
We had stayed outside Philly to save a bit of money on a hotel and to leave the last 30 minutes of driving since it was getting late on Friday, so we started our day by heading into the city proper where are first stop was at The Mutter Museum of medical oddities. Not a stop for everyone to be sure, but we found it pretty fascinating and definitely a unique thing to do.
The next item on our agenda was to find a place to stay for the evening. Due to modern technology there are a plethora of apps available to find last minute hotel deals which I used to locate Club Quarters. It seemed pretty fancy and very central so we went ahead and booked it. The second we were shown to our room we immediately checked the refund policy. Our room was tiny and located one story above the back alley where trash was noisely getting thrown out. Considering we had just left NYC in order to get a mini-escape, this was not fitting the bill. We made it clear that this room was totally unacceptable discounted rate or no and they graciously moved us to another room. This room was much better, but I will say I was still pretty disappointed in the quality overall considering the price and what I was led to expect from the hotel website.
Next order of business was not surprisingly FOOD. We headed over to Barclay Prime which had a super fancy Cheesesteak that we saw featured on Food Network, but they didn't open until 5pm so we went a few doors down for a drink & oysters at Devon Seafood Restaurant. Then we went back to the hotel for a bit to relax before hitting the town. We tried to go to the 3 story Time bar recommended by Judge John Hodgman, but it was nuts and we were in the mood for something a bit more low key. So we walked around and came across Tria Wine Bar. Weren't expecting more than a glass of wine, but they wound up having some amazing food! I then realized we were down the block from one of the whiskey bars featured in this Thrillist 20 Best Whisky Bars in the Country so of course we had to go there. Whiskey Village was totally awesome, we got to chat with the bartenders who showed us this super cool copper ice ball making device, told us about their homemade bitters, and made us specialty cocktails based on our preferences for our second round. We were super sad that we had missed their kitchen closing since their food looked awesome and sad when it closed and we had to leave.
We started our day with Brunch at Creperie Beau Monde as recommended by Alton Brown. We then headed over to Independence Hall & The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall tickets were sold out for the day so we just did the Liberty Bell. I wanted to hit up the Reading Terminal Market next, but the day was pretty gloomy and we needed to get some work done so 24 hours after arriving in Philadelphia we were back on the road back to NYC.
|Creperie Beau Monde: Pears, Chestnut Cream & Chocolate Crepe|
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|Village Whiskey: Round 1|
|Tria Wine Bar|
|Barclay Prime: Cocktails|
|Devon Seafood Grille: Oysters|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Angus Club: Meats & Sides|
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|Sel et Poivre: Crab Cakes with Ginger Sauce|
Monday, February 17, 2014
|Sergimmo: Meat Arancini|
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
|El Maguey y La Tuna: Taquitos al Guacamole|
El Maguey y La Tuna started as a favorite local Mexican spot in Williamsburg from 1992-2001. Then in 2003 they made the big move to Manhattan in 2003. At this point Leonides Cortez and his daughter re-opened as a co-owned venture and brought their rustic, homestyle Mexican joint to the people of the Lower East Side. Tonight, they invited me to get a taste of what they are all about.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|Minetta Tavern: Roasted Bone Barrow|
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|Minca: Pork Gyoza|
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
|db Bistro Moderne: "I really can't stay..."|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
|Yakitori Totto: Sake|
Friday, January 10, 2014
|Nougatine: Gently Roasted Fennel and Goat Cheese Salad|
with Black Olives
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
When we finally assembled our bowls of ramen and sat down to eat I heard a loud cheer from outside and realized that it was officially 2014. A fantastic foodie way to ring in the New Year!