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Rendezfoods Summer Duck Feast
June 6, 2011, 10:11 am
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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?


FREE Miniburger Mondays at Idle Hands
May 6, 2011, 10:22 am
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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.

New York loves Japan Punch Party

Tonight, the New York Loves Japan Punch Party is going down at Summit Bar in the East Village/Alphabet City from 7 pm to 11 pm. Sample some tasty boozy punches and whilst listening to the grooves of DJ Kimiko Masuda and supporting Japanese disaster relief efforts. A $20 donation gets you unlimited open bar servings of six Japanese-inspired punch cocktails, and all proceeds benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Sponsors include Beefeater Gin, Pernod Absinthe, Tequila Corazón, Leblon Cachaça, Belvedere, Sailor Jerry Rum, The Tippling Bros. & Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Portfolio.

Drink: The Summit Bar (East Village/Alphabet City) 133 Avenue C (between 8th and 9th). New York Loves Japan Punch Party from 7 pm to 11 pm today, Monday, April 11, 2011.

Sunday Funday at Manitoba
April 10, 2011, 3:51 pm
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Not just Sunday. Happy hour from 2 to 8 daily: $2 domestic bottles, $3 imported bottles and well drinks, $3 drafts.image

Air hockey and bubble hockey tables downstairs. Hardcore cider on tap.


Great ramen, no wait at Kuboya
April 4, 2011, 9:25 am
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I didn’t want to fall in love with Kuboya.

A staunch Minca Ramen-goer, I was utterly appalled when Kuboya, another ramen shop, opened up right next door. The owner had posted a sign saying he was close personal friends with the owner of Minca, and that E. 5th St. was big enough for two ramen shops. The next day, the sign had disappeared, like the friendship, perhaps.

For months, I passed by Kuboya with my nose upturned. Then one fateful Saturday afternoon following a particularly dehydrating Friday night, I found myself craving ramen.

It was a soul-wrenching, tongue-prickling, heart-squeezing need.

I walked over to Minca, knowing I couldn’t be bothered to wait in line for an hour at Ippudo. However, when I arrived at Minca, all of the seats in the tiny ramenya were taken, and it didn’t look like anyone was going to be getting up anytime soon. As my need swelled from quiet hunger to panic and desperation, I grudgingly agreed to give Kuboya a chance (at a friend’s suggestion) and walked reluctantly next door.

The first thing I noticed was that it didn’t look anything like any ramen shop I’d ever been in. It feels more like a French bistro than anything else. Nothing about the decor says Japanese to me: black and white photos of cities around the world, green and white woven wicker seats, jazz music playing softly in the background… And it’s spacious. It has twice the seating of Minca, and enough room to maneuver with your chopsticks, maybe even to gesticulate wildly. When I checked out the menu, my anger began melting away slowly. $15 lunch special every day (even weekends!) from 12 to 4? This includes your choice of ramen, a half fried rice, and 5 gyoza.

Salmon tartar with guacamole and chips. Chicken tatsuta. Pork buns. Rock shrimp. And they accept credit card. Anger gone. And after the first sip of that chicken-pork-shrimp broth from the salt (shio) ramen hit my lips, I was like Minca who?

Since that fateful first encounter, I’ve been back several times. I’ve perfected the ordering process for two: always get one lunch special with the salt ramen to share, and two appetizers to share. My favorite is the salmon tartar.

I also have dreams about the crab croquette here, a special I have not seen again since the one time I ordered it. Impossibly smooth and creamy on the inside, perfectly deep-fried with crisp panko breading on the outside.

This might be cruel, since you may never experience the joy and magic that is the crab croquette at Kuboya, but it’s ok. The other stuff (chicken tatsuya) is pretty darn good, too, and always ask about the specials.

While I still suffer occasional bouts of guilt for jumping on the Kuboya wagon, I tell myself that with no wait, ample seating, jazz, daily lunch specials, non-ramen menu items, and being able to use a credit card, I’ve made the right choice. It’s also open ’til midnight most evenings and on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am (last call for ramen at 1:30 am).

Slurp: Kuboya (East Village/Alphabet City) 536 East 5th St. between Aves. A & B. (212) 777-7010.

Skee ball, darts, and pool at Ace Bar
March 22, 2011, 10:37 am
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Sometimes it’s just not enough to walk into a bar and order a drink. Sometimes you just want something more. Maybe it’s an early in the game date and you’re not sure if you’re going to have anything to talk about with said date. Maybe you go out every night and the thought of another bottle of wine and another drawn out conversation about life is making you nauseous. Maybe you just feel like being a little more active than sitting on a barstool, but you don’t feel like dancing or yelling over crowds of people. Maybe you just like winning, and you feel like kicking ass and taking names.

Enter Ace Bar in East Village/Alphabet City. You’ll walk into what is a rather expansive space for a bar in the EV. Bar to your left, arcade games and booths to your right. Sidle up to the bar and order a drink. For a $10 deposit, you’ll be handed a set of darts, and as long as you don’t lose them, you’ll get to play for free.

In the back room, there are two dartboards, two skee ball machines, and two pool tables. Skee ball is $1 a game. Just remember that it’s easy to blow through a game in 30 seconds, so bring lots of dollar bills. If you can hit certain scores, you can win free beers. I think it’s MGD or something like that, but you’re playing for victory, not for microbrews.

I don’t remember how much pool is, but I think you pay per game rather than per hour (I could be wrong).

Drink: Ace Bar (East Village/Alphabet City) 531 East 5th Street between A and B. New York, NY 10009. (212) 979-8476.

Christmas 2010 & Merry James-mas
December 25, 2010, 7:38 pm
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It’s December 25th, and it’s my first Christmas in the city. My brother is in town visiting since our parents are out of the country. As such, we’ve been attempting (and failing) at trying to experience a very New York City Christmas. Instead, we spent Christmas Eve eating Cuban food in the West Village, then drinking beers, playing pool/shuffleboard/Scrabble/listening to live jazz (Eddie Wyatt) at Fat Cat. Today, we went to go 92Y Tribeca for Chinese and a Movie – a Leslie Nielsen double header of Airplane and Naked Gun, complete with a Chinese food buffet. No one told me it was going to be vegetarian, and for that, I would dock the experience at least a bit. Still, Shirley, you can’t go wrong with the classics.

Tonight, we’re cooking at home before heading out to Merry James-mas! at Nublu (62 Ave C between 4th and 5th Sts;; 10pm, $10) on Avenue C to celebrate and remember James Brown, who passed four years ago today. According to Time Out NY, every year since that sad day DJ Nickodemus (from Turntables on the Hudson) has hosted a James Brown Christmas tribute. Nickodemus will rework James Brown classics against the backdrop of timeless J.B. videos. The Pimps of Joytime will also perform live. Covers, classics, mashups, Funky People 45’s, The JB’s, videos & all things that’ll get you on the GOOD FOOT! In Funk We Trust! $10/ 21 & over.