Take A Stroll Down University Place

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University Place runs canada pharmacy from Washington Square Park in the south to East 14th at Union Square. There are plenty of things to do, buy, and eat on this short street. Here are but a few:

At #40, William-Wayne & Co. deals in fine china tableware, flatware and crystal. The pieces are unique, so it’s a great place for stand-out gifts.

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DoggyStyle at #46 for will groom your hound while you shop for chic canine accessories and treats for your newly-gorgeous pup.

La Petite Coquette at #51, or “The Little Flirt” provides undies for everyone and every occasion–from T-shirt bras  and briefs to pearl G-strings. The store is well-known for ensuring proper bra fits.

Argo Tea, at #75, is, “passionate about bringing teas directly from growers around the world and blending them into unique and delicious signature beverages and teas.” Sustainability, quality, charity and employee diversity are key parts of the company’s mandate. Oh, and good tea. (Try the Red Velvet–red tea, raspberry and white chocolate.)

Village Taverna at #81 specializes in Greek food. Chow down on tzatziki, spanakopitakia and avgolemono (chicken soup!), while exploring their vast menu of Greek wines.

If you enjoy Mexican food, strong margaritas and tacky decorations, head to El Cantinero at #86. Drinks cost only $5 during Happy Hour–5 p.m.to 8 p.m.

Bowlmor Lanes has a location at #110. Think bar/lounge with bowling. Waitresses serve pitchers of beer to those over-21 while they play. The dark lanes with neon pins give it that nightclub feel.

 

7 Reasons Why I Love Restaurant Week

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1. I’m cheap.

2. I love to try new places.

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3. I love to eat at my favorite joints for a mere pittance. (See #1.)

4. You can take a pal (or two) out to celebrate whatever and you look like a star.

5. Three dinner courses for $38 bucks? I’m in.

6. Three lunch courses for $25? Yes, please.

7. Again, I’m cheap.

But not McDonald’s cheap. I loooove good food and am willing to spend if it’s worth it, but frankly I get cranky if I pay big bucks for a meal buy viagra canada and it doesn’t hold up. But I do the happy dance when I can devour a good one for less than the market price.

So what’s going on at North Square for the remainder of the promotion? I’ve explained before that Chef Yoel is going crazy and changing the menu several times a week.

And I’m looking forward to these treats: cold red pepper bisque, grilled shrimp and calamari salad, paella–you read that right–paella, the nectar of the gods, strip steak, tropical fruit gazpacho, crab rolls, seared branzino, plum and blueberry pecan cobbler and the hazelnut peach tart.

You get the message. Make your reservations here. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Take A Stroll Down Perry Street

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Perry Street has a few one-of-a-kind retail shops and restaurants nestled in among the online canadian pharmacy brownstones on this lovely, tree-lined road in the heart of the Village.

Geminola at #41 is the place to go to get that perfect, stand-out frock for a special occasion. Re-worked vintage dresses and skirts and dip-dyed silks crowd the racks with other unique looks.

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Kaas Glassworks, at #117 sells beautiful pieces of decoupage under glass, put together by hand using reprinted images that the artists have collected from scouring flea markets, antique shows and estate sales. It has a great collection of trays, plates, coasters or paperweights, like a beautifully decorated tray decorated with sunflowers or owls for $142. Plus customers  can request custom made-to-order items.

A.P.C. Specials, at #92, is a surplus store for the A.P.C. brand–a preppy look for downtown hipsters. In this location you’ll find overstocks, novelties and discounts.

Saturdays Surf NYC at #17, is an espresso bar, a surf shop and a beauty products distributor all rolled into one. Where else can you sip coffee, window shop for surfboards and stock up on bathing suits and hair pomade all at the same time?

Duck into Aria Wine Bar at #117 for a cozy snack and glass of vino. Lots of small plates of nibbles (sauteed artichokes, baked clams) and pastas plus a wide selection of Italian wines by the glass.

If you love Latin food, head to Yerba Buena at #1. Arroz con pollo, ceviches, empanadas and tacos. Si, all yummy.

Oh–and fans of modern architecture should know that those gleaming apartment towers at #173 and #176 were designed by none other than Richard Meier.

 

Pigs In A Blanket

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The constant drumbeat of drama surrounded our city’s mayoral primary candidates (okay, just one of them) makes me crave only one thing and one thing only: hot dogs!

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Truth be told, skip the dirty water dogs in the street carts unless you’re desperate, as a decent, inexpensive frank is relatively easy to find all around the city. Here are a few top-notch encased-beef delights in the city worth checking out:

Gray’s Papaya, right around the corner on Sixth Ave. and on the Upper West Side, is a city institution. $1.95 buys you an all-beef frank. Better yet, go for the Recession Special–a constant menu item whether we’re in an actual fiscal downturn or not–two dogs and a frothy papaya, or other juice for $4.95.

Shake Shack is known for its burgers, but the dogs are nothing to turn up your nose at. The $4.00 Shack-cago Dog (Chicago–get it? Good.) is topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard.There are now a half a dozen locations in the city, and the wait won’t necessarily be as long as the early days in the original Madison Park location.

Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side serves the classic deli dog for $3.45.

Yes, Nathan’s still exists on Coney Island. And yes, the wieners are still awesome. A basic dog starts at $2.49. Add chili, cheese or hell, chili and cheese. It’s worth the trip…mainly because, like Nathan’s franks, Coney Island is awesome. Except that Fourth of July eating contest. That’s just gross.

Crif Dogs has two viagra generic locations in the Lower East Side and Wiliamsburg. The franks are homemade with naturally smoked beef and pork, which in and of itself is a beautiful thing. But wrap that up in bacon with chili, coleslaw and jalapenos and you’ve got the Spicy Red Neck Dog. Or try the Morning Jersey dog, wrapped in Taylor ham with melted cheese and a fried egg and if you didn’t believe in God before, you certainly will now.

Happy dogging!

 

It's Almost Restaurant Week!

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It’s a favorite time of year for food-obsessed folks. (Say that 10 times fast.) Restaurant Week(s)! North Square will provide a three course lunch for $25 and a three course dinner for $38 from July 22nd through August 16th.

And because we love our guests and want them to come back many, many, many times, Chef Yoel Cruz is mixing it up and changing the menu twice a week throughout the whole promotion. Here’s a little preview:

On the last week of July, lunch appetizers will include tuna tartare, ricotta ravioli, tomato gazpacho and a seared tuna roll. Entrees will feature paella, hanger steak, crab and pear salad, a chicken club and a lamb wrap, among other yummy plates.

For dinner appetizers, Chef Cruz is offering a tempura shrimp tostada, kale salad, tropical fruit gazpacho and beef carpaccio. For the main dishes, you can choose between roast pekin duck breast, seared stripe bass, wild viagra canada North Atlantic arctic char, roasted beef ribeye, again, among other choices.

And desserts! Try passion fruit coconut mousse cake, or pistachio creme brulee or chocolate sabayon cake or plum and blueberry pecan cobbler.

Remember, we’ll be serving up produce from our rooftop garden, so you can count on it to be super fresh, just like me.

Click here to make reservations today.

 

 

 

Chowing Down Pre-Fireworks

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As North Square was surely your first choice for a July 4th pre-fireworks pigout you must be bummed that it’s temporarily closed for renovations, right? Fear not. I’ve got a list of a few of my favorite restaurants within striking distance of the pyrotechnics. Here you go:

Cookshop: 10th Ave. and 20th street. Cookshop in Chelsea kind of reminds me of North Square with its focus on seasonal and organic produce and affordable wines. And the service? One night at dinner a very animated member or our party waved his hand to make a point and–SMASH–there goes our bottle of wine. I wanted to crawl under the table but much like our waitstaff, the good folks at Cookshop couldn’t have been nicer about it.

Daisy May’s BBQ USA: 11th Ave. and 46th St. Who says New Yorkers can’t do the ‘cue? This Hell’s Kitchen joint is owned by that super famous god of grilling, Adam Perry Lang. Pick your rib style: Oklahoma, Memphis or Kansas City. Or get a whole pig (feeds up to 12) or a whole pork butt that feeds up to 6. Mmmmm mmmm mmmm…..

Pio Pio on 10th Ave. between 43rd and 44th is part of a min-chain serving Peruvian food. Delicious arepas (corn cakes), empanadas, ceviche and roasted chicken with a special sauce dominate the menu.

Boqueria: I’m crazy about Spain and its cuisine, so whenever I need a tapas fix, I head to this place on 19th St. between 5th and 6th. (There’s a second outpost in Soho.) The nibbles are crazy good: try chorizo vela, fuet (a Catalan pork sausage) and of course, jamon serrano coupled with wonderful Spanish cheeses. If you haven’t tried pan con tamate (grilled bread rubbed with garlic, tomato and olive oil) you really, really need to put it on your bucket list before you die. Simply heaven. The croquettes, the tortilla espanola…oh, I could go on and on, but it’s viagra levitra making me too hungry so I need to stop.

So hopefully I’ve given you some good ideas for the holiday. Remember that the lobby bar will be open on the 4th and North Square will resume regular meal service the next day. so come back to us!

Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

Check Out Our Garden!

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We’re thrilled to let you know that the hotel’s vegetable and herb garden is even bigger, badder and greener this year. So what’s on the menu? Collard greens, cabbage, lettuce, acorn and patty pan squash, eggplant, tomatoes and pumpkins are just a few of the offerings.

Jake’s Rooftop Garden, named after owner Judy Paul’s grandpa, came to be in an interesting fashion. Tommy Benedict, an urban landscaper and the guy in charge of the whole shebang, took me though the beginnings. (You know those beautiful flower arrangements in the restaurant? The ones that you could never, ever fathom doing yourself? That’s Tommy.)

Judy had always wanted a rooftop garden, and last year finally decided to do something about it. As the building is a little um, long in the tooth, she checked with an engineer to see if it the roof could actually carry the weight.

And so an ingenious idea was born. To avoid putting any direct pressure on the roof itself, a kind of suspended railroad was created around the perimeter and secured with iron. Crates and window boxes carrying the actual produce are perched on the contraption, raised about a foot up along the edge of the ceiling.

And there you have it…a rooftop garden that doesn’t actually touch the roof:

 

Tommy feels that vertical growing in containers as opposed to sideways ultimately produces a higher yield, as herbs and vegetables are continuously harvested and thus constantly replenish themselves. (Farmers with a vast acreage can usually only harvest once a year.) Another advantage to using crates is that individual boxes of veggies can be moved around so that each gets the proper amount of sun…micro-management at its best.

Last year, the garden yielded almost enough herbs to fuel the entire restaurant and bar. (Yes, we grow our own mint for our mojitos–don’t you?)  So this year, Chef Yoel Cruz presented Tommy with a detailed wish list of what he could use in the kitchen–and Tommy came through. Almost a dozen different types of peppers, three types of basil, leeks, chives, zucchini…you get the picture. Our herbs and vegetables are mostly sourced from local farmers and Tommy expects to keep the garden going through October, or at least until the first frost.

Jake’s is a true city garden. New Yorkers are geniuses in space utilization and the hotel is no exception. Tommy explained to me that pfizer viagra cheepest prices horticulture may be a science, but you still have to experiment and make it your own. He’s committed to looking at different ways to feed us and we’re equally committed to eating it up.

 

Take a Stroll Down Greenwich Avenue

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Greenwich Avenue is most definitely one of the city’s shorter streets–it runs for only a few blocks from 6th Ave. and West 8th to 8th Ave. and West 13th at Jackson Square. (Got that? Good.)  But apparently good things can come in short packages.

Check out the Jefferson Market Garden on Greenwich between 6th Ave. and West 10th–a true oasis in the middle of the bustling Village. A selection of children’s activities and community events are held throughout the summer. (The rose garden should be blooming right about now.)

The Meatball Shop at #64 sells seriously delicious meatballs of all sorts: beef, pork, veggie or chicken. Pick your protein, pair it with one of their yummy sauces and you’ll be singing the praises of whoever dreamed up the idea to make these little meat and cheese laden globs of goodness. (She or he was a genius, I tell you!)

At #121, Otte sells hip clothing and accessories from the biggest designers du jour like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and Vanessa Bruno. It’s a wee expensive for my taste. I’m more apt to go to Star Struck Vintage at #47 for used, vintage and consignment duds. There are lots of gently used pieces from fancypants designers like Gucci and Christian Dior, but you can also pick up cheap stuff like men’s Hawaiian and bowling shirts. I’m not suggesting that you should, mind you, but it’s nice to know that you can.

Save Khaki at #112 is a New York-based company that, “brings new life to menswear basics through fit, feel, and color, with a streamlined, contemporary touch.” The clothes look basic but tasteful, and I didn’t blanch at the prices.

Here’s one you won’t see outside of the city: the NYC Firestore at #17, is a shop that carries anything and everything, at least apparel-wise, that NYC firefighters–and the people who admire them–could possibly want: T-shirts, patches, Christmas ornaments–all emblazoned with the FDNY logo. And of course firemen calendars!

If you’re feeling like some British grub, hit Tea & Sympathy at #108. Bangers and mash, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, Shepherd’s pie, treacle pudding–all the basics. And get this–the owners have refurbished a black viagra usa pharmacy London cab that they rent out for weddings, photo shoots and the like. Sadly, the oh-so-knowledgeable British cab driver does not come with the rental.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Have You Been To The Ear Inn?

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Everyone knows many of the city’s oldest taverns:  McSorley’s, Fraunces, The White Horse…but few visitors may know the Ear Inn. Erected in the late 18th Century by James Brown (no, not that one), an aide to Washington during the revolution, the house now has landmark status, and is one of the few remaining examples of Federal architecture in the city.

Through the years it’s alternately been a haven for thirsty sailors, a boarding house, a speakeasy during buy generic online viagra the days of Prohibition, a smuggler’s den and a brothel. Women (clearly other than ladies of the night) were not allowed for decades.

Flash forward to 1977: the new resident-owners christened the place the “Ear Inn”. That strange name? It was chosen to bypass the Landmark Commission’s lengthy review of any new sign. (Bureaucracy is still alive and well, thankyouverymuch.) To skip the red tape, the neon “BAR” sign was simply painted over to read “EAR”.

Now, surrounded by dusty tchotchkes, you can swill a pint or sip a whiskey or a glass of wine. Then tuck into a full, reasonably priced menu–burgers, mussels, Caesar salad, chili, steaks and the like. The fun part? Your neighbor chowing down may be a biker, a teamster, a doctor or an artist or…who knows?

Plus you can hear music on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from midnight on. (Or as the website says, 11:59.) You can find traditional blues, jazz and, my personal fave, “weirdo country music”.

Check it out!

The Ear Inn – 326 Spring St. NY, NY (212 226-9060)

 

Dinner For Two

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Chef Yoel Cruz and consulting pastry chef John Cheng have revealed their Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. Feast your real viagra eyes and tummies buy cialis online on this:

For the first course, there is a choice of:

RAW OYSTER TRIO
malpeque, yaquina and wellfleet

MINI LOBSTER & CRAB CAKE
seaweed salad and thai coconut curry sauce

EGGPLANT ROLLATINI
ricotta & manchego cheese, orzo, roasted tomato & basil sauce

Next, you can select one of these:

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP
grilled shrimp, crispy potatoes

CORN CHOWDER
peppers, crab meat, cumin foam

KALE SALAD
hubbard squash, gala apples, manchego cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, cider vinaigrette

RADICCHIO & BOSTON LETTUCE SALAD
roasted beets, goat cheese, honey spiced pecans, blue cheese dressing

TUNA TARTARE
avocado, ginger crudo vegetables, lemon-lime vinaigrette

PAN SEARED FOIE GRAS
roasted butternut squash, apple & celery salad, grand marnier sauce

Put down your fork for a minute before moving on to one of the following entrees:

FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE
grilled vidalia onion, steak cut fries, spicy mustard, bourbon au jus

ROASTED PEKIN DUCK BREAST
sautéed shiitake mushrooms, pea greens, soba noodles, kumquat & tamarind sauce

SEARED VENISON
swiss chard, herb späzle and roasted beet au jus

HERB CRUSTED RACK OF LAMB
brussels sprouts with bacon, potato leek galette, rosemary au jus

ROASTED LOBSTER
rice noodles, vegetables, thai curry, lemon grass broth

GRILLED MONKFISH
baby vegetables in saffron broth, red bliss potatoes, tomato aïoli

And, of course, you can’t forget dessert. There’s a choice of pumpkin cheesecake, key lime pie, mocha bread pudding, butterscotch creme brulee or a red velvet chocolate heart for two. (Personally, I would order the latter and pray to God that my partner was full, but that’s just me.)

Four courses for $55 per person…a seriously great deal on one of the biggest dining out nights of the year! Call 212-254-1200 now for your reservations…or click on the “Feed Me” button above.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!