Yesterday Was National Pancake Day

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And I’m just writing about it now. I know, I know…a day late and a flapjack short, as they say. But every day should be Pancake Day, no? I dare you to find one person who doesn’t enjoy them in some form. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite stacks in the city:

Bubby’s has two locations: the original in Tribeca and a newer one by the High Line. You need their sourdough pancakes with fresh Maine blueberries. You really do.

Clinton St. Baking Company serves wild Maine blueberry or banana walnut or chocolate chunk stacks, all with with warm maple butter. Pair it with a side of sugar-cured bacon (yes, sugar and bacon–the two key food groups) and you will immediately go to your happy place.

Shopsins on Essex St. is famous for two things: its cantankerous owner and a menu longer than War & Peace. It looks like there are at least fifty different varieties of pancakes. Local favorites include Slutty Cakes, which consist of peanut butter smothered bacon sandwiched between banana pancakes. And how about Mac ‘n Cheese Cakes? You get the picture; this is the place for those that crave the new and unusual.

Fairway Cafe on the Upper West Side brings you back to the familiar, with killer silver dollar stacks. If you like your cakes thin, this is the place to go. (They have a gluten-free version too.)

And how can we not brag about Chef Cruz’s pumpkin pecan or blueberry wheat pancakes here at North Square? Insanely light and yummy. Come by for breakfast or brunch and check them out!

 

A Step Back In Time

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Every visitor to New York automatically has the Metropolitan Museum, MOMA and the Guggenheim on their to-do list. But there are plenty of interesting smaller museums that they should look into as well.

Merchant’s House Museum allows its guests to take a giant step back in time for a peek at life in 19th-century New York City.

In 1835, Seabury Tredwell, his wife Eliza and their six children moved into the mansion on East 4th Street. The family remained there for almost a century until the youngest of the children, Gertrude, died at age ninety-three in1933. The perfectly-preserved original furnishings and personal possessions of the Tredwell family paint a vibrant picture of life at that time for the wealthy merchant class.

One thing to remember for those who are easily spooked: the house is reportedly haunted. It earned the title of the Most Haunted House in Manhattan. (Dunno from whom, but obviously somebody was freaked out enough to crown it.) So if you do go, and come across the most frequent spirit–a woman in a brown dress–do as I would: bid them hello and get the hell out of there as fast as your feet will take you.

Cost is $10, $5 for Students and Seniors; free for kids under 12. Guided tours are available as well.

 

Marching Forward…

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Buh-bye, February. It’s been real, but we’ve gotta go. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the city in March:

The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show focuses on Key West, FL this year. The exhibition is inspired by a modernist Key West estate–its architecture is featured along with reflecting pools and soaring pergolas. There will be lectures, guided tours, Q&As with experts and musical entertainment. Oh–and orchids. Thousands of beautiful orchids. Runs through April 21st.

The NYC Tattoo Convention takes place from March 7th to 9th at the Roseland Ballroom, and features tattoo artists from around the world, piercing professionals, live entertainment and contests. Prizes will be given for Best Back or Chest Tattoo, Best Colored Tattoo and Best Overall Tattooed Person, among others.

The Armory Show, located on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan is one of my favorites. The event showcases important artworks fo the 20th and 21st centuries. This year it looks to China, with a specially curated section devoted to Chinese contemporary art, featuring 16 galleries from Hong Kong and Mainland China. March 6th through 9th.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival helps answer the question, “So what exactly constitutes a kid’s movie?” Children and their parents can check out a host of unique and thought-provoking films geared towards young people. Workshops, short film programs and information sessions with the creators will round out the event. Runs March 7th through the 30th at various locations. For kids 3 to 18.

 

Here It Comes….

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It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. The temperature reads 28 degrees in New York City and another dusting of snow just fell on the ground. Our winter boots are thisclose to wearing out. My favorite hat recently blew away with the wind and my husband just lost his fifth pair of gloves. In short, we need a pick-me-up!

Here’s a little something to get all of us through the next few weeks:

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

 

 

And The Oscar Goes To…

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air next Sunday night, March 2nd. If you’re visiting the city–or are a New Yorker who just wants to get out of your apartment and watch the show with other people who will surely appreciate your sartorial expertise (“Just look at Lupita Nyong’o's dress! She’s the new fashion It Girl!”) or cinematic smarts (“If Christopher Rouse doesn’t win Best Editing for Captain Phillips, well, there is no God.”), then here’s where you need to be:

The Murray Hill Oscar Party is held at Joe’s Pub and is hosted by Murray Hill himself, the “hardest working middle-aged man in show business.” (Who’s to argue?) Attendees walk the red carpet, play trivia contests and cast their ballot for their screen favorites. Oh–and votes will be cast for the best and worst dressed audience members, so make sure you look good (or bad, if that’s your thing). $25 cover.

At 49 Grove, right down here in the Village, the fun begins at 6 p.m. Expect drink specials and games (and no cover).

Singl Lounge, right off Union Square, will also screen the Red Carpet at 6. You can expect delicious tapas, games, prizes and drinks named after the best movie nominations. No cover.

230 Fifth is an enclosed (in the winter), heated rooftop bar that will switch on the festivities at 7 p.m. $25 will get you a champagne, beer and wine open bar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Snacks will be served for a couple of hours, too.

 

 


 

 

Last Call For Hot Chocolate!

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A few days ago I told you about a beer festival. Today, I want to turn all of you on to a fete of a different flavor:

The City Bakery, on 18th Street, has been holding their Hot Chocolate Festival the entire month of February. If you’re not familiar with this particular patisserie, suffice it to say that New York magazine feels that, “City Bakery is to hot chocolate what Katz’s is to pastrami.” Which we all know is a very, very good thing, right?

Each day, the fine folks at CB feature a different flavored mug of the yummy stuff. For instance, on Valentine’s Day they served “Love Potion Hot Chocolate”, and today they’re hawking “Peanut Butter Stout Hot Chocolate.”

If you haven’t been there, there’s still time. Here’s the schedule for the final days:

2/22: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate
2/23: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
2/24: Bourbon Hot Chocolate
2/25: Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate (Mmmmmmm!!!)
2/26: Rum Raisin Hot Chocolate
2/27: “Happy” Hot Chocolate

So far they’re keeping mum on the flavor they plan to feature next Friday in the festival finale. (Guess I’ll have to go check it out.)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Next Week Is Beer Week!

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Everyone knows that it’s Restaurant Week…but did you know about New York City Beer Week? Well, you’re about to…here’s the scoop:

The festival runs from this Friday, February 21st through March 2nd. Tastings, menu pairings and beer dinners will be held all week in dozens of venues throughout the city.

All sixteen local craft breweries will participate in the activities. Rockaway Brewing Company, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery and Coney Island Brewery are just a few of the brands you’ll be tasting.

According to the New York City Brewers Guild, “The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through programs, events, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city.”

And your mission? Tasting lots of different brews, of course!

The opening bash on Friday evening, in beautiful Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station, will feature all of our local breweries plus others from around the country.

Beer lovers should check it out!

 

Snow? What Snow?

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Nothing stops an intrepid New Yorker…not even a sloppy pile of the wet, white stuff. This weekend in Washington Square Park almost felt like a spring day (well, almost being the key word). Villagers suffering from cabin fever burst out of their homes to take a stroll:

Or feed the pigeons:

Some were checking out the local music:

Or simply getting a head start on that summer tan:

It’s true that we’re itching for spring, but in the end, the cold weather can’t stop us…because we’re New Yorkers, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Love You!

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We love our guests. We love you bunches. And we want you to have a fun-filled, loving Valentine’s Day, so spend it with that special someone or someones. (Some of my greatest V-Days have been spent with the best friends anyone could ask for.)

We’ve still got a few tables left tonight, so come on in and grab a romantic bite with us.

Until then, please enjoy one of the great romantic cinematic moments of all time:

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!! xxoo

Valentine’s Day Hangover Cure

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It’s Monday, February 17th. You’ve broken the bank proving your undying love to your one and only last Friday. Flowers? Check. Fancy-pants gourmet truffles? Done. Champagne, caviar, sparkly baubles? Yes, yes and yes.

Payback? Priceless. It was all worth it because your beloved will be bound to you forever, right? The bad news? You’re broke.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at your favorite restaurant, right? And you can, because next week is Restaurant Week, people! Come to North Square and chow down on a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38.

Of course Chef Yoel Cruz will change up the apps and entrees every few days like he always does, but we know that from the 17th through the 19th you can expect entrees like lobster, coriander crusted yellowfin tuna and paella. Lighter lunch fare like a hanger steak and organic kale salad and duck confit salad. Or winter comfort fare like a killer gourmet grilled cheese or short ribs.

So come and have a yummy bite with us for a mere song. Make your reservation here!