142 E. 14th St. New York, NY 10003
Trading Hours: 8 am - 10 pm
142 E. 14th St. New York, NY 10003
Trading Hours: 8 am - 10 pm
The Gentleman: Plymouth Gin, Muddled Mint, Fresh Lemon Juice and
The Highline: Prosecco, 10 Cane Rum, Lavender, Fresh Lemon Juice
85 Tenth Avenue (at the corner of 15th Street)
Monday - Thursday 12pm to 10pm
Friday 12pm - 11pm
Saturday 11am to 11pm
Sunday 11am to 10pm
I was giddy happy at Barbuto: maybe because I was celebrating my birthday with my parents, or because the food was so delicious, or feeding off the energetic crowd or it was the second bottle of wine - or all of the above - I had a delightful time eating at Barbuto and highly recommend it.
775 Washington Street
212 924 9700
Monday - Wednesday: Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Quietly marked sign of Bobo on corner of West 10th and 7th Ave -
easy to miss, but do not pass!
Eating at Bobo is like eating at the West Village town home of an eclectic librarian world traveler that subscribes to Elle Decor. So much thought, curating, and design went into every nook and cranny of this space. To enter, you walk down candlelit stairs to the basement level, greeted by a host and crowded bar area. The low ceiling, chalk renderings on old LPs of specials and bar menu, unique light fixtures and cozy seating make you feel right at home with all of your neighborhood best friends.
We were fortunately seated upstairs, and if you can, I highly recommend sitting upstairs - or when the weather permits, the back garden. Another candlelit set of stairs lead us to what I think was originally the living room/reading room of the town home. All of us, especially the girls, kept oohing and aahing over the little things: I love when I get to sit on a couch/banquette at a dinner table, dramatic chandeliers, little knick-knacks of figurines and clocks, books on display that you want to grab to flip open, wall collages of framed photographs, actual fireplaces, antique mirrors and weirdly enough, when the restauranteer takes time to personalize the restrooms. The room was too dimly lit for my camera, but perfect for an intimate date (just ask the couple making out next to us) or special group birthday dinner.
I know you get the message - I have my bags packed and am ready to move in and live upstairs - but was the food actually good? Yes! Unlike one of my roommates, I like for a restaurant to serve food that backs up the atmosphere, and despite rumors of new chefs and mixed reviews of the food, I thought the food to be outstanding; from bread basket to dessert. Seriously though, the bread was one of my favorite parts - artisinal bread dipped in olive oil is the perfect start to any meal. Between appetizers and entrees, there is a section titled "For the Table", which we joked should really just be titled "For the Person" because each item is served in single portions, canapé-esque. We ordered the ahi tuna with avacado and cilantro on some kind of cheese cracker that was delicious and gone in two bites, chicken liver toast, crispy fried pickles with rich crab dip, and sweet roasted shishito peppers (I think I counted 10 stems on my plate, whoops).
With seven different tastes, entree selections ranged from the seafood: seared scallops with roasted cauliflower, apple salad and cider reduction, the duo of cod with arugula, baby squash, and olive puree, and trout with apple puree, Brussels sprouts, and crispy sweet potoato; to the meat: bobo burger with gruyère cheese and leeks, the vegetarian coco burger (coco - branch of bobo promoting local and sustainable foods) of quinoa, beet relish and mustard. I had bites of all (surprise!) and everything was truly delicious, seasoned well and I was surprised by how much I liked the burger - love the twist of gruyère cheese and leeks.
Birthday Girl B dressed in the appropriately letter color BlueBobo is everything you hope for in a charming West Village restaurant - thoughtful and personal decor, bustling but not pretentious scene, a menu that offers dishes you cannot get everywhere else or make in your shoebox kitchen, and exceptional food. Come to think of it, Bobo is everything you hope for a in a West Village home too....dream big!
I could not resist one last photo - painted silhouettes on exposed brick wall to the back garden
181 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014
at Seventh Ave. South
Sun - Wed: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Thurs - Sat: Noon - 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Brunch: Sat & Sun: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Photo taken on my first night living here:
Bleeker Street, January 26, 2008
My two year relationship with New York has had it's rollercoaster of ups and downs. I savor the postcard worthy moments of reading on the grass in Washington Square Park to the background music of a jazz trio, attending a rooftop summer soiree at The Met, and dancing with my three roommates in our Greenwich Village living room. I am ready to book the next plane ticket back to Texas when I see the bruises on my legs after carrying a TV up to the 4th floor, read the city and state income tax lines on my paycheck, and show up to work drenched after walking in the horizontal, windy rain with a flipped-out umbrella. This city beats you up physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally - but listen to Empire State of Mind and you are NY proud.
compost cookie with momofuku (translated to "lucky peach") logo
Anderson specifically recommended the Crack Pie and the compost cookie. We got both. The compost cookie is exactly what it sounds like, lots of random ingredients: pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips. It was definitely good, but nothing to write home about. The Crack Pie however.. was definitely all it was CRACKED up to be. get it?! get it?! I can only describe it as the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had, but in pie form.
slice of crack pie: toasted oat crust, gooey butter filling
Momofuku Milk Bar
207 2nd ave. nyc 10003
corner of 13th and 2nd
monday -friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am
saturday - sunday: 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sophia Eugene is the fashion line from New York-based designer, Christopher Crawford, who is also behind the Christopher Deane label. I love the boutique almost as much as the actual fashion line. The tiny space, once a meat freezer, is located on the quaint, picturesque Cornelia Street. The exposed brick, floral wall paper, dressing partition and glam center chandelier make your shopping experience feel like you are combing through your fashionable best friend's closet.
Sophia Eugene offers a wardrobe from day to night including feminine work clothes (pants, pencil skirts, blazers, jackets), fabulous party dresses with clever and sexy cuts and details, chic and flirty tops, and gorgeous winter coats. I also love this boutique because it is the only outpost for Sophia Eugene, so you can trust you are getting something truly unique and not offered everywhere. However, the website does offer a full listing of national and international boutiques selling Sophia Eugene.
Sweet Lisa & Ferris helping you find the perfect purchase
Pieces range from $150 - $400 - at times the pretty penny is worth it (I bought a Mexican fiesta dress this past summer that is one of my all time favorites!!) but the sample sale is a great opportunity to steal a piece for under half the price - without the long lines or crowds! Sophia Eugene silk and knit dresses that were $348 are now $100, wool winter coats that were $399 are now $150 and wool blazers were $215 are now $80. And like all sample sales, all sales are final, but they do take cash or credit.
Happy Shopping and Happy Savings!!
Thursday, January 21st - Thursday, February 4th
12:00pm – 8:00pm
37 Cornelia Street, New York, NY
(between Bleecker St. and W. 4th St)
Now to the hysterical birthday boy and dinner.
Panna II can best be described as Slumdog Millionaire on an acid trip. Imagine walking into a closet where a Christmas lights factory exploded onto the ceilings and walls. The absurd comedy of eating in this East Village BYOB (no corking fee) Indian restaurant makes this a perfect spot for birthday dinners, Happy Birthday Clark!, visitors looking for a different "cultural" experience and a fun night out. But let's be honest, you don't come here for the food - you come here for the experience.
The experience begins before you even walk in the door. Approaching the address, you will come to a quadrant of four, similar to identical, Indian restauarants, with men outside aggressively persuading you to come to their specific restaurant. I cannot tell you why Panna II is the most popular, but Panna II is the one you want to go to - the one upstairs, on the right.
And even if it's not your official birthday, you will feel like a birthday honoree - waiters turn off the lights, trigger the disco ball, pump up the music and bring out ice cream with a lit candle when you receive your bill.
93 1st Avenue, between 5th & 6th St.
New York, NY 10003
7 days a week, Noon - Midnight
A birthday dinner is not complete without a special dessert lit by a candle paraded to the table with a chorus of your friends singing "Happy Birthday". For Kathleen's birthday wish, we ordered The Deal Closer, also featured in New York Magazine as one of the Best Desserts for 2010. Not that I needed any more convincing, but this sealed the deal and I am sold to The Standard Grill.
A huge bowl filled with a bottom layer of chocolate cake, topped with chocolate mousse and finished with whipped scream, chocolate shavings, a rasberry, and birthday candle. And to help finish it clean, your very own spatula.
The Standard Grill
848 Washington St., near 13th St.
New York, NY 10014
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Sun-Thu, 7am-11am and 11:30am-12:00
Fri-Sat, 7am-11am and 11:30am-1am
Truly, anything and everything at Westville is delicious - you cannot order wrong here. I do not normally finish brunch with a dessert, but after seeing the ice cream at the table two inches next to us (no privacy for any meal or conversation here), we decided to get a bowl of scoops of homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Just like you remember it - creamy, cold, soothing and perfect in its simplicity. And when you are too lazy to walk or wait, do as my roommates do and call for delivery to turn your couch into a Westville table.
The Saturday ritual of brunch leads to my other favorite Saturday tradition: aimlessly strolling. To see and experience the charms of the West Village, and try to walk off some of the brunch, the three of us leisurely walked the tree, brownstone, cafe, boutique and historical landmark lined streets of Bleeker, Charles, Perry, Grove, West 4th, Commerce, Barrow, Jane, and Cornelia for hours - converting Clark and Kathleen to believers of brussels sprouts and the West Village.
Fried dough + cheese = yes please.
My favorite group dinners are those when everyone at the table orders something different so you can share bites of each dish. Per our waitress's recommendation, I ordered the Lasagna, the traditional one from emilia-romagna with bechamel and meat sauce. I know this is a bold statement, but the lasagna is the best I have had in New York. Incredible flavor and is alone worth a trip to the restaurant. Clark and Kathleen ordered the Stracetti di Manzo, pan-seared thin slice of filet mignon with rosemary and potatoes. Both gave two thumbs up and were still talking about it today. Caroline ordered the Salmonce Croccante, crispy roasted salmon fillet and Sarah ordered the special fish - each light, flakey, and perfectly seasoned. Perhaps the best finish to the meal? The bill - appetizer, five entrees and bottles of wine for only $30 each!
So delighted with our dining experience, Clark and Kathleen dancing outside Bianca while singing praises.
5 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012
Monday - Thursday: 5:00 - 11:00, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 12:00
Sunday: 5:00 - 10:30
NO RESERVATIONS - CASH ONLY
After dinner, we stayed on the East Side - drinking cocktails out of tea cups at my favorite Lower East Side speakeasy bar, The Back Room (full post on that soon), going more low key at Spring Lounge, dancing with NYU students at Gatsby's, and missing last call at Pravda.
And what would a night out on the East side be without finishing late night on the West side at a packed (we actually had to wait for a table at 3:30 a.m.) Waverly Restaurant.
I was sold - a cheap and healthy meal option - an urban myth. So sold, that I have ordered the "Super Special" at Eva's so many times that when I walk in, the sweet man looks at me and asks "the usual?" Better I have a "usual" and recognizable staff at a health food store than Dunkin' Donuts... Here he is smiling away as he rings up the total bill to $5.39.I am not sure how this deal works considering a vegetarian sandwich alone costs $4.50 - $7.20, but get it with soup and it can all be yours for $4.95. The falafel with humus sanwich is also available for a mere $1.99 - once when counting change from my pocket to pay for this bargain, the man next to me said "oh I've been there..." so you are not alone!
But as we all know, when one shop door closes, another opens. And there are some great new neighbors which have brought new life to this block. While my roomates and I are thrilled of the new additions, we secretly hope this block doesn't get too nice, or our rent may go up.
I could devote an entire blog to the quirkyness that is my block (the motorcycle tailgates, the tranny shops, the underground rave club, wondering why the double decker tour busses drive down our street, etc....in fact, maybe that is worth another blog) but instead I'll frequently feature the greatness that is west 8th street, between 5th and 6th avenue.