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$16 pitchers and da bomb veggie burger at Korzo Haus
September 4, 2011, 10:13 am
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It makes me sad when cool neighborhood spots don’t get as much business as they deserve. It’s always a struggle, right? You want them to get a steady flow of business, but you also don’t want the place to get so busy that you have to wait for a table. Korzo Haus is just such a place. With its ever-changing daily seasonal menu, its locally-sourced grass-fed beef burgers, and its $16 pitchers of custom-brewed organic ale, it’s a wonder there isn’t a line out the door for this place on the regular.

Halušky with bryndza (Slovak feta cheese), crispy bacon bits, and chives ($6). A glorious eastern take on European mac’n’cheese. Or a Slovak feta spaetzle. Whatever makes it make sense for you. Quite rich, so good for sharing.

The Wunderwurst platter ($11.50). Not the prettiest wieners I’ve seen, but they certainly did the trick. (Badum-ching!) Hot and juicy, served with two types of mustard, housemade sauerkraut, and pickled something I can’t seem to remember.

The Haus Vegi on the night of July 7th was the best veggie burger I’ve had in my life. While Korzo Haus prides itself on using 100% grass-fed and finished Black Angus Beef from the sustainable and animal welfare approved Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, New York, we opted to try the delicious-sounding veggie burger instead: walnut and black-eyed pea patty, edam cheese, caramelized onions, pickled something, and dressed greens on a made-to-order Langoš (Hungarian fried bread) bun ($11.50). The veggie burger option at KH changes based on what’s fresh at the farmer’s market, but they subscribe to an open source menu philosophy – tell Steve you really want to try this burger and let’s hope they make this a regular menu item.

A lingering dinner for 3 including some damn good beer came to $22 per person. Not bad, I say, for a dinner in a rustic little EV joint with a friendly staff and, wait, let me say it again: $16 pitchers of GOOD beer EVERY NIGHT.

Between 3-7 pm Monday through Thursday, they do a $12 burger and beer special. After you finish your free beer, you can share a pitcher with friends to make a happy belly even happier.

Eat/drink/be merry: Korzo Haus (East Village/ABCity) 178 East 7th Street, 10009. (212)-780-0181. Follow @KorzoHaus.



Back by popular demand
May 27, 2011, 10:56 am
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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 parksidefun@gmail.com.



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

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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.



Parkside Lounge Crawfish Boil
April 20, 2011, 9:51 am
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Mark your calendars, folks. We’re gettin’ down and dirty, N’Awlins style with an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil at Parkside Lounge on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2 pm. For $35 per person, stuff your face with as much crawfish as your little hands can peel and your little mouths can chew. Cheap beer and hurricanes, bayou beats.

Tickets are on sale now – e-mail parksidefun@gmail.com, see your friendly Parkside barkeep for details, or call them at (212) 673-6270.

Eat/drink: Parkside Lounge (LES) 317 East Houston Street at Attorney. New York, NY 10002. (212) 673-6270.



2nd annual Taste of 7th St returns

Last year, Scoop Street kicked off its inaugural Taste of 7th Street Festival with Luke’s Lobster, Butter Lane, Caracas Arepa Bar, Porchetta, and Xoom Smoothies. The weekend-long festival brought with it long lines and general foodie mayhem, but the eats were worth braving the crowds.

This year from April 20th to 22nd, the Taste of 7th Street Festival moves from weekend to weekday/weeknight  and is spread across three days instead of two (probably so it’s not as crazy as last year). For $18, you get to sample signature dishes from Luke’s and Butter Lane (2nd year veterans of the festival), and Scoop Street has added Wechsler’s Currywurst, Dumpling Man, and Cowgirl’s Baking to the lineup. No more Porchetta or Caracas Arepas – I suspect it’s because the lines got CRAZY long last year and it was kind of a nightmare. It looks like they’ve taken steps to smooth out the logistics, and I look forward to another fun and tasty food crawl – now with drink specials at Jimmy’s No. 43, Burp Castle, and Standings Bar.

Buy your tickets here!

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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.



Let’s play darts (downtown)
December 9, 2010, 5:35 pm
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There’s something intensely satisfying about hurling a sharp, pointed object at a wall while intoxicated, especially when said activity is socially sanctioned. Enter: darts. Socially sanctioned throwing of sharp objects while intoxicated!

But where does one find a dartboard? I did a quick search on Yelp, and thought I’d share my downtown finds with you fine folks. Aren’t you lucky you read this blog, you fun seeker, you?

East Village:

  • Ace Bar 531 5th between A and B
  • Duke’s 129 Ave. C at 8th
  • Doc Holliday’s 141 Ave. A at 9th
  • The Edge 95 3rd St. at 1st Ave.
  • The HorseBox 218 Ave. A at 14th

Lower East Side:

  • Stanton Public 17 Stanton St. between Bowery & Chrystie
  • Welcome to the Johnson’s 123 Rivington between Essex and Norfolk
  • Boss Tweed’s 115 Essex at Rivington

NoHo:

  • Bleecker Street Bar 56 Bleecker St at Crosby (near Lafayette)
  • Puck Fair 298 Lafayette at Houston

If you want to find bars that have dartboards in other parts of the city, you can do your own, customized search on Yelp.

Don’t hurt anyone!