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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, 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.


Popshop at Tammany Hall
April 1, 2011, 10:43 am
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On the first Thursday of every month, LES nightlife newcomer Tammany Hall hosts three floors of rotating musical guests, dancing, and general debauchery with its monthly Popshop party. Next Thursday, April 7th, Walk the Moon, Savoir Adore, and ANR will be playing live with Lightwaves rocking the DJ booth all night. Free after midnight.

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Popshop is back at Tammany Hall. This month, SXSW darlings Walk the Moon headline with help from Brooklyn indie poppers Savoir Adore and Miami psych kids ANR playing live. Lightwaves is back and will be spinning all night long. Like every past Popshop, this event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets NOW!
Doors are at 8pm. Advance Tickets are available here

If you show up early, you might even catch happy hour. $3 beers, $4 cocktails, $5 wines.

Drink-Dance-Listen: Tammany Hall (LES) 152 Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington. (212) 982-7767. Follow Tammany Hall and Popshop on Twitter.

Obsessing over Sirens and Sealions
March 26, 2011, 7:21 pm
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Obsessing over Miami folk pop band Sirens and Sealions after stumbling across their show last night at Local 269 in LES. Listen here: My fave is Tumbleweed – available for download on iTunes.

Blue Thursday
March 3, 2011, 8:18 am
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Seen on Norfolk Street between Stanton and Rivington.

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Baohaus $10 TV Dinners
March 1, 2011, 6:16 pm
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You probably already know that Baohaus makes some mother-flipping delicious baos. What you might not know is that Baohaus started making a $10 TV dinner and lunch special avaiable a few weeks back. They’re now in Week 7, and it’s going strong. Eddie‘s in the kitchen and he’s cooking up some dericious ish. Available Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, in-store, takeout, or delivery.

This week’s special is Eddie’s version of the Railway Box served on Taiwanese trains: fried pork chop and bok choy with minced pork gravy over rice.

Also, it’s the infamous PopChef’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDDIE! Here’s to getting better every year.

Eat: Baohaus (LES) 137 Rivington Street, NY, NY 10002. 646.684.3835. Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-11pm; Fri&Sat: 11:30am-2am.

Great value at Gaia Italian Cafe
March 1, 2011, 4:06 pm
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I’ve been out of town for a month, so I can’t be held responsible for being a little late to the Gaia party. A friend of mine who is a small business owner in the neighborhood was raving about Gaia, saying she had started going there 4 or 5 times a week because of it’s good food, and it’s super cheap. This little walk-down Italian cafe opened up on Houston Street between Norfolk and Suffolk to little fanfare about a month ago, and it should be much more popular than it is given the great value.

The atmosphere is fairly generic, but I literally did a double take when I saw the prices on the menu. $5 for paninis on housemade flatbread? $7 salads? $7 risotto and gnocchi? $2.50 for freshly pressed pear or orange or apple juice? Good coffee for $1.75? And everything is made to order, not sitting around and reheated. In the neighborhood, most of the coffeeshops and cafes serving paninis are charging $7 and up.

One of the most expensive menu items was the burrata cheese served with mushrooms sauteed with parsley in a white wine sauce, and that was just $11. And it was good. I would slap a baby for some good burrata, and this was it.

Gaia offers a fantastic $12 Italian Brunch deal on the weekends that includes any panini or lasagna of your choice, a fresh fruit juice, a Nutella-stuffed pastry, and a coffee. I strongly recommend the pear juice – it’s delicious!

The speck panini with pickled vegetables and cheese was phenomenal, and the prosciutto brie and chicken pesto paninis were also very tasty. There is no reason these sandwiches should be $5. I think owner Gaia Bagnasacco is undercharging for everything on her menu by at least a couple dollars. I don’t know how long these very low prices will last, so you should definitely check it out now.

Eat: Gaia Italian Cafe (LES) 251 Houston Street at Norfolk. (646) 350-3977.

Solid breakfast sandwich at Zaitzeff
January 28, 2011, 11:01 am
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Zaitzeff is best known for its juicy Kobe beef burgers, but what you probably didn’t know is that they have a really delicious egg and cheese breakfast sandwich that is $4.75. It’s made with organic eggs and melted cheddar cheese, and you can request tomatoes, avocado, or bacon. I just requested Tabasco.


The bacon here is not nearly as delicious as the bacon at Frankie’s/Cafe Pedlar at 17 Clinton St. just on the other side of Houston, but the eggs are cooked much better than at Frankie’s (just cooked, not overcooked), and I like the Portuguese bun better than an English muffin or biscuit any day. On a street where you have several excellent breakfast sandwich options (Clinton St. Baking Co., Frankie’s/Cafe Pedlar), Zaitzeff is definitely one to try.

Eat: Zaitzeff (EV/LES) 18 Ave. B at 2nd St. Sun – Thu, 12 pm to 11:30 pm; Fri & Sat, 12 pm to 1:00 am. There are also locations in Financial District and Midtown.