Chow Down While Touring The Village


Here’s a tour that hits some of the classic food highlights of the Village–and some of my favorites. The Original Greenwich Village Food and Walking Tour takes place daily, and is priced at a reasonable $52 for a duration of 3 hours and many samples of the local goods. Here are some of the places you’ll hit:

Joe’s Pizza is serious New York style pizza and one of the best in the city. You must eat this pizza. You must eat this pizza folded, in your hands. No knife and forks allowed or New Yorkers may yell at you. (Nah–they really won’t; they’ll just look at you funny.) (But Jon Stewart may make fun of you on TV.)

O & O Olive Oil Shop will serve special olive spreads on Tuscan bread; Faicco’s Pork Store will provide arancini, or rice balls.

Murray’s Cheese Shop is a tour stop and is, in my opinion, hands-down the best cheese emporium in the city: tops in variety, quality and knowledgeable service.

Italian restaurant Pesce will feed you meatballs just like your momma and Rafele will have eggplant rollatini so any vegetarians in the group don’t miss out.

If you need more cheese (and yes, you do), Home Restaurant will serve three-cheese mac and cheese.

And yes, there is dessert. Rocco’s Pasticceria brings the cannoli; they’ve been doling out goodies in the neighborhood since 1974. Milk and Cookies Bakery will serve warm samples of their wares.

The menu obviously skews heavily Italian, which can only be a good thing, right? And in between stuffing your face, the guides will teach you about local architecture, history and culture, so you ended up smarter to boot. A win-win situation, no?

Check out details and reserve your ticket here.

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My Chelsea Market Favorites


The Chelsea Market, located in the Meatpacking District, is a favorite destination for food-happy New Yorkers. Not only is it the headquarters of the Food Network Channel, but it’s home to dozens of restaurants and food-centric retail stores.

Bowery Kitchen Supply: You don’t have to be a professional chef to appreciate this store (although many do shop here). They carry everything from half sheet pans to stainless steel work tables to stock pots to smoking guns. They sell tons of gadgets and chef tools that at the very least will make you feel like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen.

Buon Italia is for all things Italian: cheese, pasta, charcuterie, olive oils, polenta…anything you could possibly think of. Everything is of high quality; I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve purchased here. If you’re starving while looking at all the goodies, they’ve got ready-made snacks and pastries for sale to tide you over.

Dickson’s Farmstand sells artisanal lamb, poultry, beef, pork and goat that are all sourced from local farms. Again–the quality is high and the staff can speak knowledgeably on how and where each animal was raised. I drool every time I visit this store. (You can order on-line too.)

Friedman’s Lunch serves the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich with gruyere and white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and bacon on a grilled ciabbata in the world. Cheat on your diet good. Kill your mama good. So good that I would consider requesting it for my final meal on death row. Yep, that good.

Chelsea Wine Vault sells an impressive array of wines, plus employs a knowledgeable staff that can steer you to the vino of your dreams  in any price point. They also have fun (and reasonably priced) wine tasting classes.

Check it out!


Take A Stroll Down Bleecker Street


One of the most popular streets in the village, it was named after the Bleecker family, because the road ran straight through their family farm in the late 18th century. Today the chickens and horses have been replaced by perfume shops and shoe stores and pastry shops.

Amy’s Bread (#250) A fantastic bakery with a small cafe serving sandwiches and noshes. The black olive twists are to die for.

Diptyque (#377) is the first U.S. online viagra foray for this French parfumer. Check out the variety of eaux de toilette, candles, colognes and body-care products.

John’s of Bleecker Street (#278) has been dishing out yummy, brick oven pizza since 1929. On the website it’s recommended by none other than Jack Black (Tenacious D!).  Black says that the pizza is so good, “I get it plain.” High praise, indeed.

Rocco’s Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe (#243)  Cannoli’s, my friends. Cannolis. That is all.

(Word to the wise: You can skip Magnolia Bakery at #401, made famous by the ladies of Sex & the City. There’s a reason those ladies were so skinny–the cupcakes aren’t very good.)

Bleecker Street Records (#239): Yes, you can still buy vinyl, CDs and posters on Bleecker just like back in the day.

Murray’s Cheese (# 254): The best, best, best cheese shop in the city.

(Le) Poisson Rouge (#158) The new incarnation of the famed Village Gate features reasonably priced music of all genres. Classical, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, funk…everything from electronic to Americana to a string quartet.

Plus some fancy clothes:

Jimmy Choo (#407): Shoes!

Jack Spade (#409): Men’s store by Kate’s hubby.

Ralph Lauren has several outposts on Bleecker. RRL (#381) for jeans, boots and vests. Across the street, Rugby (#390) sells more traditional, preppy Lauren gear.

And that’s a little taste of Bleecker…



Orchids and Sexy Ladies and Stinky Cheese


There’s lots of stuff going on in the viagra sales online city this week….listen up!

The Armory Arts Week: The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 (which features important artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries) is the main attraction, but there are art-related events all week long all over the city, from the Bronx to the Lower East Side to Brooklyn. (3/5 through 3/10)

The Orchid Show begins at the New York Botanical Gardens. The event provides demonstrations on how to care for orchids, Q&As with experts (or as I like to call them, orchid whisperers) plus lectures, guided tours and musical entertainment. If you can’t make it this week, the show runs though April, 22nd.

Fusion Film Festival: Students run this festival at our neighbor, NYU’s, Tisch School of the Arts. Fusion is a multi-day festival with the mission of encouraging, promoting and inspiring women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes. (Go, sisters!) You can find screeenings, industry panels, master-classes, retrospectives and student showcases. Runs 3/7 through 3/9.

ADAA Arts Show: This show is one of the best, showcasing some of the greatest art dealers and galleries. Meet the dealers, discuss and perhaps purchase the works on view. Or just browse, like I do. Through 3/10.

Strip Strip Hooray with Dita Von Teese:  The burlesque queen headlines at The Gramercy Theater from Wednesday through Sunday.  I mean, it’s called “Strip Strip Hooray”, people. Seriously, don’t you want to go?

The Winter Stinky Cheese Festival: (3/5 through 3/12)  Chefs at nine French eateries will prepare special dishes highlighting the stinkiest of the stinkiest fromage.  Sigh…I can’t wait.


Say Cheese!

Anyone who knows me that as much as I love my wine….I love my cheese even more. Yes, that much. And for fromage freaks like me, Sunday is a day to bow our heads, give thanks, order viagra online and chow down on the creamy, the veined and the stinky. It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day, people!

So where do I go to stock up on my favorite nosh? The best place in New York is Murray’s Cheese right here in Greenwich Village.  Why? Because it’s awesome, that’s why.

The variety is incredible and the knowledgeable staff can educate you on the difference between cialis online a Roquefort and a Cabrales or a Parmigiano Reggiano and a Pecorino Romano.

They even have a shop online, with a virtual cheese counter where, under categories like “I’m Entertaining”, “I’m Cooking” and “Find My New Favorite Cheese” they list a bunch of adjectives to describe what you might be looking for in your purchase. You click on the description, and…voila!

Want a wacky cheese? That would be Up In Smoke, a smoked goat cheese.

How about an over the top ingredient for homemade mac and cheese? Use Sottocenere, a flavored cow’s milk to blow diner’s minds.

It’s so much fun–and you can discover so many new flavors, like my personal favorite under the “stinky” category: Pont-l’Eveque.

Have a Happy Cheese Lover’s Day!