eat. shop. love. nyc.

Free summer bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
July 6, 2011, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Go | Tags: , , , , ,

Yet another reason why NYC in the summer is so rad: MORE FREE STUFF! This time, free bowling at Brooklyn Bowl. For those of us wage slaves stuck at our offices until 7, this may not be a viable option, but for those of you lucky ducks who can make it to Williamsburg by 6 pm to take full advantage of the offer, please – drink a cold brewski or a White Russian for me.

FREE BOWLING + SHOES, every Monday through Friday from 6-7PM.* Just mention “Summer Bowl” when checking in at the bowling desk to receive the discount. *Door charges for ticketed events still apply. Once the bowling happy hour is over, though, it’s back to $25 per half hour. Then you can take a break and nibble on some Blue Ribbon goodies.

Bowl forth and be merry.


Hidden EV sushi gem Cotan
July 6, 2011, 12:29 am
Filed under: Eat | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Cold tofu dissolves on tongue. Scallion bits crunch.


Miso black cod melts in your mouth, hint of sweetness lingers.


Slightly warmed rice gives new life to fresh and succulent fish. Unctuous uni and silky botan ebi leave me with eyes aglaze.



Tempura fried bananas corrupt.

Cotan reduces me to poetry.

Seriously, though. This place is legit underrated. Quality of sushi vs. price makes it an incredible steal, and the non-sushi fare was excellent, as well. This is not the place you go for sexy ambiance or cheap sushi. You go here because the food makes it so effing worthwhile. The sushi deluxe (9 pieces) includes uni (sea urchin) and a tuna roll that made my eyes roll into the back of my head. Yeah. It was that good.

Eat: Cotan. 135 1st Ave at St. Mark’s.

Scoop St. Taste of Nolita Food Festival
June 21, 2011, 11:03 am
Filed under: Eat, Go | Tags: , , ,

They gone done it again. Scoop Street first broke onto the online couponing scene two years ago with its Taste of Seventh Street food fest. Now they’ve picked some stellar Nolita eats.

I’m there.

Taste of Nolita
$19 ($35 value) Scoop it!
If you had to pick just one neighborhood in New York that embodies cool – that has all the chic-est boutiques, the hippest vibe, the widest variety of delicious restaurants – what would it be? Nolita wins our vote, which is why – after two Tastes of 7th Street and a Taste of Midtown East – we’re bringing you our first ever Taste of Nolitafood festival.From tacos at Tacombi to award-winning croissants (Serious Eatsrated them #1 in NYC) at Ceci-Cela to fusion hot dogs at Asiadog, Nolita offers some of the city’s most diverse and lauded food options. But don’t just take our word for it – grab your friends, family, date, or anyone else you know and come experience the flavors for yourself.For just $19, your “Taste of Nolita” ticket gets you nearly half off the signature menu items – a $35 value – at the neighborhood’s hottest eateries all day from Wednesday-Friday, June 22nd-24th, 2011.Whether you try them all in one go – complementing the tastes with discounts on coffee and drinks – or spread out your sampling over the three-day affair, this is one event you won’t want to miss out on.So where does this one-time event make you an insider?

  • Asiadog – any one of their signature hot dogs with your choice of their seven toppings
  • Tartinery – one small croque monsieur tartine (open-faced croque monsieur sandwich)
  • Tacombi – one taco al pastor (marinated pork with pineapple)
  • Oxley’s Carvery – Choice between:
    • Any signature sandwich, including roast beef or turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce
    • One Yorkshire pudding platter duo with pulled pork and braised beef
  • Ceci-Cela – one small croissant
  • Eileen’s Special Cheesecake – one mini cheesecake

Is your mouth watering yet? Hurry and grab your tickets to the first ever Taste of Nolita extravaganza before they disappear.

Read more…

Vivo in Vino
June 8, 2011, 9:12 am
Filed under: Drink, Listen | Tags: , , , ,

I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.

The good news is that I got tix for the next Vivo in Vino coming up in June featuring Brooklyn’s own Savoir Adore. The guys over at In Vino, my favorite neighborhood Italian resto, sporadically host an intimate wine salon featuring live music, musician Q&A, and 4 glasses of wine for $25. Past performers have included Bear Hands, Lenka, Franz Nicolay, and Holly Miranda.

In June, In Vino will play host to Savoir Adore, which began as a 48-hour challenge between best friends Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro. A cross between electro-pop and indie folk rock, Savoir Adore sounds a little like a cross between Vampire Weekend and She & Him. Listen for yourself.

The bad news is that Savoir Adore tickets are sold out. Sad face (for you).

But I’ve got some better news: the next Vivo in Vino has been scheduled for July 24 and it will feature NYC pop band Cookies.

Get your tix now (before these sell out, too)!

In Vino Wine Bar
215 E. 4th Street (Between Avenues A & B)
NY, NY 10009

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm
$25 – Includes 4 Glasses Of Wine

Rendezfoods Summer Duck Feast
June 6, 2011, 10:11 am
Filed under: Drink, Eat, Go | Tags: , , , ,

Kick off the summer with a whole roasted duck feast at Edi & the Wolf in Alphabet City as featured in Time Out NY and Thrillist. Austrian chefs Eduard “Edi” Frauneder and Wolfgang “the Wolf” Ban salt and stuff a duck with orange and apple quarters, celery, garlic cloves and rosemary before rubbing it down real good with paprika and other magic herbs.

We’ve ordered two whole birds and a sampler of small plates, shared plates, and shared entrees.

  • Who: Your hosts plus 10 lucky foodies
  • What: Duck Feast, estimated cost $30 to $40 pp including tax and tip – does not include beverages
  • Where: Edi & the Wolf 102 Ave C btwn 6th & 7th (212-598-1040)
  • When: Friday, June 10 @ 8 pm

RSVP via Eventbrite no later than Wednesday, June 8. The RSVP is free, but bring some cash to cover your share of dinner.

Haben sie Hunger?

Back by popular demand
May 27, 2011, 10:56 am
Filed under: Drink, Eat | Tags: , , , ,

Crawfish boil part deux! Crawfish army takes over LES.

  • What: $35 all you can eat crawfish, potatoes, and corn on the cob
  • When: Saturday, June 11 at 2 pm until the crawfish runs out (around 5 or 6 pm)
  • Where: Parkside Lounge, LES, Houston at Attorney
What it looked like last time:

For tickets, e-mail Chris at

FREE Miniburger Mondays at Idle Hands
May 6, 2011, 10:22 am
Filed under: Drink, Eat | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I love a good free food with drink deal. And I love Idle Hands Bar – how can you not love a place whose tagline is Bourbon. Beer. Rock.? So this news makes me giddy:

  • Who: burger, beer, and bourbon lovers all across NYC
  • What: free mini burgers from That Burger Tent
  • Where: Idle Hands on Ave. B at 3rd St.
  • When: Mondays from 7 to 10 pm
  • Why: One of the Idle Hands’ owners also runs Burger Conquest. Need I say more?
  • How: Get a free mini burger w/$5 drink purchase, or buy mini burgers for $2 each


Eat/Drink: Idle Hands Bar (Alphabet City/East Village) 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd, downstairs; New York, New York 10009. (917) 338-7090. Miniburger Mondays from 7-10 pm.