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How To Make It In America Foursquare badges
February 21, 2010, 2:09 pm
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This Sunday at 10 pm, you can watch episode two of the new HBO series How To Make It In America. The first episode reminded me of a toned-down Entourage, which is not that surprising considering Mark Walhberg is an exec producer. They’ve teamed up with the folks at Foursquare to create a Foursquare badge that you can unlock at the following NYC restaurants and retailers, which I guess may be set to appear in future episodes of the show or simply exude the attitude of the show’s characters. Make HTMIIA your Foursquare friend, then check into any 3 of 20 possible New York nightlife or dining destinations. List courtesy of

If you’ve found yourself here wondering what Japanese restaurant Rachel told Ben he needed to move on with his life at in Episode 2, my best guess is Shima Japanese Restaurant, a 2nd Ave mainstay. The only clue I have besides the vague description “that sake place on 2nd Ave” and my understanding of the HTMIIA as a downtown kind of crew are the interior shots of the restaurant, and while I haven’t been to Shima, it seems the most likely fit since none of the Japanese restos below are actually on 2nd Ave.

If you’re looking for the Mexican restaurant where Rachel had her birthday party, it was La Esquina in SoHo.

Restaurants Shopping
Diner A.P.C.
Momofuku Ssam Bar Apple Store
Momofuku Milk Bar Barney’s
Little Owl Beacon’s Closet
Spotted Pig Bird
Aldea Built By Wendy
Minetta Tavern Fred Flare
Public John Varvatos
Cosmo’s Diner Muji
Peasant Oak
La Esquina Odin
Blue Ribbon Opening Ceremony
Locanda Verde Prada
Roberta’s Scoop
Fette Sau Steven Alan
Balthazar Tokio 7
Freeman’s Restaurant Top Shop
Motorino Uniqlo
Al Di La
Frankie’s 457
Vinegar Hill House

Unlock BlackBook’s Nightlife Badge on Foursquare! BlackBookMag has also teamed up with the aspirationally driven folks at HBO’s How to Make It in America, and they are proud to offer you the chance to achieve a personal gold standard by unlocking the exclusive BlackBook Nightlife badge on Foursquare. Make HTMIIA your Foursquare friend, then check into any 3 of 20 possible New York nightlife or dining destinations (restaurants are the new nightlife, you know), and you’ll get the shiny new Foursquare badge pictured here. Frankly, eating or having a drink at the impressive list of venues is reward enough! But playas play on.

Eligible Check-ins:

Allen & Delancey Japonais
Apothéke Macao Trading Co.
Balthazar Matsuri
Boom Boom Room Morimoto
The Breslin Norwood
Butter Pegu Club
Coffee Shop Per Se
Craft Soho House
Daniel The Spotted Pig
Elmo Tenjune

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Quick update: the Mexican restaurant where they have Rachel’s birthday party in Episode 3 is La Esquina.

Comment by Melody

Point Break – A Perfect Bar Experience in NYC

A local friend recommended and took my Cali group to this amazing bar. He said that mostly locals came here so I didn’t really know what to expect ambiance wise… but screw it, the view at this bar was absolutely breathtaking! No joke. I felt like a celebrity w/ superstar treatment as the staff are friendly and amazing to say the very least.

I don’t know who the house DJ was but he definitely was playing music right up my alley. It would’ve been my dream for people to start dancing, but it’s all good.

It’s a bit sceney for my taste, but it really didn’t bother me much. the bartenders knew their stuff, although their 1st cocktail was a little weak, when he saw i understood cocktails the next 2 were stronger. I also liked that even though the place was really hopping the bartender remembered what i was drinking when i came to order another. (he also understood how good a gin hendricks is, and not to overpower it with the mixer). It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied..try it will love it!! can I forget, they even have a wheel o’ shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!!

We ordered the Veal and Fish Tacos. They were delicious. Mm! We ended up asking for spoons to polish off whatever remained in the platter. (Faux pas? Who cares as long as it gets in my tummy.) The fries were crispy, but not overcooked, just the way that I like them.

So take in this scene: You walk in to what seems like an overly crowded place, but soon fine an empty table. Time seems to stop and the only indicator of the night moving on is the moon and your brain cells slowly going to bed forever. The music is not to loud and the people around look good, the only thing left for you to do is to enjoy that drink you paid ridiculously low for and laugh at the joke your co-worker just told.

The vibe of the place just never seems to die out and if you happen to spot some NYC socialite, sports player, or star, don’t let it get to you… because for that moment, this night they are no long more important than then you. In fact go up to them and introduce yourself!

All in all just a great place to meet new people, or just have drinks with people you already know. I’ve been to numerous bars in the city but i would say this place is just great. Very welcoming staff, very laid back ambiance. I’ve been here twice after my first visit with my Cali group . I would say its worth the every penny you spend!!

Comment by Davis Miller

Thanks for sharing with us! It sounds like a good place to check out. You can’t go wrong with bootfuls of beer. 🙂

Comment by Melody

I am a big fan of your site. You’ve always got great info. Anyway, I know that you are interested in Foursquare, so I thought you might like to check out the Foursquare app I’ve just built for Facebook and WordPress.

“My Foursquare makes it easy to show off your badges, mayorships and checkins on Facebook, your blog or your website”.

If you want more info I can send you a detailed blurb and screenshots etc. Thanks, and keep the good info coming!

Dave McKinney
My Foursquare

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