Take A Stroll Down West 4th Street

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Let’s take a walk along West 4th Street, long the center of bohemian culture in the Village. Check it out:

The Washington Square Methodist Church stands at #135, an early Romanesque Revival that was built in1859. Its nickname was the “Peace Church”, as it became a neighborhood base for activist groups such as Vietnam War protesters, Black Panthers and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Sadly, the building was gutted inside and renovated into apartments, but the facade had attained landmark status and remains untouched.

The Pink Pussycat, at #167, should be able to fulfill all of your sex shop needs.

In an area known for its smoke shops, Shisha International, at #171, seems to have a devoted following. Hookahs, rolling papers, vaporizers…they’ve got it all.

At #184, The Silversmith is touted as the Village’s smallest shop. Tons of beautiful jewelry, with an emphasis on Native American pieces.

Vol de Nuit is a cool Belgian beer bar at #148. Dozens of brews, plus mussels and fries with homemade sauces.

At #169 Music Inn World Instruments sells what seems like any musical instrument from all over the world. In a market for a didgeridoo? A kalimba? They’ve got them plus more.

Make a pit stop for a cannoli: Sant Ambroeus is a lovely Italian pastry cafe at #259.

At #267, check out A.P.C. for the latest in euro-hipster looks. The designs are clean and customers are devoted to their great-fitting jeans.

Designer Marc Jacobs’ store, at #301, hawks his women’s accessories and shoes.

Bookleaves is a small, independent book sore at #304. (Yes, they do still exist.)

The Corner Bistro at #331 is a relic of the past. Great burgers, cheap beer and a soulful jukebox–the three key ingredients of a memorable, inexpensive night out.

And finally, around the corner on 6th Avenue, between West 3rd and West 4th, check out the West 4th Street Courts, also know as “The Cage”, a smaller-than-regulation basketball court that regularly hosts fierce pick-up games.

Have a great day!

 

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!

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!

S.W.A.K.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Chef Yoel Cruz, romantic fellow that he is, has prepared a scrumptious, four-course prix fixe dinner for $55. That’s 55 bucks for four courses in New York City. Prepared by Chef Cruz. I dare you to find a better value.

First courses include oysters, mini lobster and crab cakes and corn blini with cured salmon, roasted peppers and dill creme fraiche.

The next round features a roasted beet salad, porcini dusted quail with a black truffle sauce, tuna tartare and lobster bisque.

Mains include filet mignon au poivre, roasted pekin dust breast, seared venison, tortilla crusted halibut and herb crusted rack of lamb (my fave).

Consulting Pastry Chef Alana Ford has put together a yummy chocolate pecan pie,  pistachio creme brulee, key lime pie and spiced bread pudding and an insane chocolate strawberry mousse cake. That’s right: Chocolate. Strawberry. Mousse. Cake.

We love you and want you to spend the evening with us! Click here to make reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Happy New Year! So What’s For Dinner?

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The Chinese New Year will be this Friday, the 31st. It’s the Year of the Horse, folks! Those born in the spirit of the horse are recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves; they’re energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.

Now you know. You’re welcome.

We love our Chinese pals, not just because of their cuisine, but, come on, the food is awesome! True, some people think that New Yorkers only order in their Hunan favorites, but that’s a fallacy. We do actually venture out of our homes from time to time for our favorite Cantonese or Szechuan dishes. Here are some of the best places to chow down:

Joe’s Shanghai is the go-to joint for soup dumplings. Yummy dough-balls filled with pork or crab and soup (yes, that’s inside the dough) couldn’t ever be bad, right? There are three branches: Chinatown, Flushing, Queens and Midtown. (I’d go to the Chinatown or Flushing–I’ve heard that the Midtown location is lacking.)

RedFarm: There are now two locations of this restaurant–one in the Village and one on the Upper West Side. RedFarm brings a green market sensibility to its dim sum and other specialties. It’s a little more expensive than usual Chinese fare, but truly worth it.

Prosperity Dumpling is a tiny shop on the Lower East Side that serves terrific dim sum. And it’s cheap! Dumplings are $1-$2, a pork fried bun is a buck and a sesame pancake is a whopping 50 cents!

Lotus Blue on Reade Street is a cocktail lounge that features food from the Yunnan province in China. Food from that region is spicy and features lots of mushrooms, and, believe it or not, flowers.

Sheng Wang, downtown at 27 Eldridge by Canal, is where you need to go for fresh, hand-pulled noodles. A filling bowl of noodles with a protein of your choice will only set you back about 5 dollars.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

 

The Parade Is Back!

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Sandy may have given us a swift kick last year, but she can’t keep us down. The Village Halloween parade has returned!

It’s the 40th anniversary of this annual Greenwich Village extravaganza, and the theme is “Revival”. (Hear that, Sandy?) Costumes and puppets from all forty years the parade has been in existence will be brought back to life to pay homage to the Village’s biggest party. So I guess among the Miley Cyruses and Duck Dynasties, we’ll catch a glimpse of Donna Summer or Alf or maybe even an Ed Koch lookalike–no doubt carrying a sign asking, “How Am I Doin’?”

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The parade order prescription viagra begins at 7 p.m. on 6th Ave. and Spring St. and winds up at around 10:30 on 16th St. Click here to see the entire route, subway info and whatnot.

So stop by the lounge and show us your costume! We promise that our bartenders are currently living, as are the guests of the hotel–and Jack Nicholson hasn’t been spotted anywhere near us for quite some time (at least that we’re aware of).

Until then, I leave you with this:

Yeah…I’m not going to sleep tonight either.

 

 

Fall–And Chef Cruz's Menu–Is Upon Us

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Chef Yoel Cruz is debuting his fall menu today…complete with herbs, chillies, sweet peppers, tomatoes and various other treats directly from our own Jake’s Rooftop Garden.

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Check out some highlights:

For the appetizers, you absolutely must order the saffron risotto with carrots, chanterelle mushrooms and romano cheese. (You really do.) Or check out what I consider a Cruz Classic: corn and mushroom tamal with zucchini ad guajillo chile (both from the garden), wild mushrooms and crème fraîche.

Salad eaters have a choice of four: kale and treviso, radicchio and Boston lettuce, endive or a basic chopped salad with beets, jicama, carrots and a bunch of other yummy veggies.

Seafood lovers can chow down on tuna tartare or lobster and crab cakes.

On to the entrees:

Pan-seared cod, roasted rack of lamb, coriander-crusted yellow tuna, roasted lobster, buy viagra super active Pekin duck breast, grilled pork ribeye, plus the ever delicious arctic char and sea scallops.

And short ribs…I’ll say it one more time…short ribs. Life is good.

Come visit and taste for yourself!

 

 

 

Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli

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Today is Columbus Day, a holiday in which our Italian friends celebrate their history and culture. And we’re celebrating our Italian friends! What other group of people can boast that they gave our country Chianti, Verdi, Sophia Loren and the two best members of the Rat Pack. (Sorry, Sammy and Joey.) And we can’t forget one of the finest gifts that they’ve ever given us….cannoli!

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Cannoli are Sicilian pastry deserts…tube shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta filling.

Here in New York City, folks can find probably the best cannoli north of Palermo.

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, on Grand St. in LIttle Italy ship their goodies all over the US! Try the cannoli hand-dipped in delicious dark chocolate.

Also located in Little Italy, Caffe Palermo, on Mulberry St. serves up some delicious specimens. They buying viagra actually sponsor a Cannoli Eating Contest during the Feast of San Gennaro, so clearly they take those little cream-filled rolls seriously.

Right here on Bleecker St. in the West Village, you can find Pasticerria Rocco. Grab a regular cannolo, one dipped in chocolate or a Black & White (dipped in white and milk chocolate).

The East Village contributes to our cannoli cravings with Veniero’s Pasticerria on East 11th St. actually sells a do-it-yourself kit that they’ll ship anywhere in the continental US. They provide the cream and the shells, but separately, so when you assemble them the pastry tube doesn’t get mushy (a cannoli Cardinal Sin).

Happy Columbus Day!

Join Us At The NYC Wine And Food Festival!

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So what are you doing the weekend of the 18th? I can tell you that we’ll be at Food Network’s NYC Wine and Food Festival!

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Tons of foodie panels, classes and tastings are happening all over the city during this four day event.

Want to know how to pickle? Check out The Art of Pickling with McClure’s Pickles.

Love Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir Blood, Bones and Butter? (Blogger’s Note: If you haven’t read viagra online switzerland it and you’re into food, you really should.) Then get tickets to Blood, Bones and Bubbly, in which she teams up with Wine Wise Guy Anthony Giglio for an afternoon pairing seminar showcasing Hamilton’s unique recipes and fun stories from her book.

Are you a fan of farmer’s markets? Head to a Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. Meet the food industry’s favorite local farmers and learn first hand about their star products. Witness the transformation of field fresh goodies in the raw into culinary perfection. And more importantly, attendees get to eat the results.

Food Network celebrities such as Mario Batali, Robert Irvine, Ted “You have  been chopped!” Allen, and Anne Burrell, renowned chefs like David Bouley and David Chang and writers and editors like Melissa Clark (The New York Times) and Dana Cowin (Food and Wine) are all participating in the event.

And yeah, we can’t forget our own chef extraordinaire, Yoel Cruz! Chef Yoel will be participating in the Grand Tasting at Pier 94 on 55th St. and the West Side Highway on Sunday, October 20 from 12pm – 6pm serving–get this–duck confit on a wonton crisp with kumquat tamarind glaze.

Please join us on Sunday and say hello to Chef Yoel and the gang. We promise you won’t be disappointed. And in case you’re feeling like a glutton, 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

Duck confit…food bank. It’s a winning combination, don’t you think?