Empellon Cocina rocks!

IMG_1297 IMG_1294 IMG_1290 IMG_1288So you have a hankerin’ for some fancy-schmancy Mexican food, and you are not quite sure what to do about it.  Well. . .I recommend that you make your way over to Empellon Cocina in the East Village section of Manhattan here in beautiful New York Citaaaaay.  A guy called Alex Stupak–right, from the long line of Chihuahua Stupaks–is the chef/owner here, and he is serving up bold flavors in creative dishes with fabulous ingredients and tasty preparations. . .mmmm, aaaahh!  Alex apparently loves creating amazing Mexican dishes, and I definitely love gobbling all the goodness he creates at this place (a match made in paradise–wherever that is), and I know that you will too. . .life is short, eat something good right NOW.

I send you vigorous vibes from Empellon Cocina. . .feel them. . .they will make your synapses spark with pizzazz and vitality.

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Tasty Mexican…NYC–

IMG_1295 IMG_1286 IMG_1284 IMG_1281KAZOWY!  For some of the tastiest Mexican food in New York City you gotta check out Empellon Cocina over on First Avenue and 6th Street in the East Village section of Manhattan.  This is not some run-of-the-mill burrito or taco place. . .a chef called Alex Stupak is serving up bold flavors in dishes that are created with care and passion.  How do I know that these dishes are created with care and passion?. . .cuz we can taste it!  Guacamole with pistachios–fun. . .raw thinly sliced mushrooms with spicy sauces underneath them–wild and crazy. . .chicken stuffed with chorizo–muy bien. . .spicy braised lamb belly–soothing and explosive at the same time. . .and on and on it goes here.  The margaritas are made with smoked salt. . .I luuuuv smoked salt. . .and they even serve bottles of Victoria beer–the people’s beer of Mexico–jaaa!  I love gobbling Mexican goodness at this place, and I am confident that you will too if you ever find yourself wandering around in the East Village lookin’ for some good south-of-the-border grub.

I send you excited vibes from Empellon Cocina. . .feel them. . .they will perk you right up.

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Perfect cold-weather victuals–

photo 5photo 1photo 4POW!  A blast of arctic air has hit New York City which means it is time for us to fill our bellies with hearty, winter fare like cassoulet and coq au vin.  We cannot find a better place serving these classic dishes than La Mangeoire up on Second Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan, New York City.  This place rocks!  It feels like a cozy French inn, the staff is sweet and knowledgeable, the wine is Bordeaux red, and the food is oh-so delectable and tasty.  We love puttin’ a cold-weather feed on at La Mangeoire, and I know that you will too if you ever find yourself wandering around the East Side lookin’ for some classic French goodies.

I send you warming vibes from La Mangeoire. . .feel them. . .they can get you through any chilly night.

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Whiskey…UES…NYC–

photo 1 photo 2 photo 4BOOM!  Here we are hangin’ out at Bemelman’s Bar in The Carlyle Hotel in the Upper East Side section of Manhattan, New York City. . .well la-dee-da-dee-day!  Bemelman’s is famous for many things:  Bobby Short crooned and played piano here for about fifty years before he died, Woody Allen plays clarinet every Monday night in the Carlyle Room just next door, stiff cocktails, the coziness of the space, jacketed waiters, etc., but this place is most famous for the drawings that Mr. Bemelman himself did on the walls depicting his children’s book character known as Madeline.  The drawings are sweet, the vibe is clubby and adult, and we are happy to have popped in here for the first time in my twenty-five-plus years of living in NYC.  The verdict:  I love sucking down whiskey in Bemelman’s, and I am confident that you will, too, if you ever find yourself lingering on the Upper East Side lookin’ to quench your thirst.

I send you classic vibes from Bemelman’s. . .feel them. . .they will take you higher.

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Runny egg yolks…

IMG_0785 IMG_0783…make me oh-so happy. . .just for a moment or three. . .mmmm, aaaahh!  Add a spicy bloody mary, and I am transported to ecstasy stage for a few seconds more. . .jaaaa!!

This is a dish called ‘maranello’ with a side order of pancetta mixed in for extra fun as served up at my current favorite brunch spot on planet Earth–Osteria Morini on Lafayette Street in the Soho section of Manhattan here in beautiful New York Citaaaaaay.  Pop on in here on a Saturday or Sunday the next time you are lookin’ to put a brunch feed on, and I am quite confident that you will be totally satisfied.

I send you absolutely delicious vibes from Osteria Morini. . .feel them. . .they will help you get through the day.

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Whichever way you look at it…

IMG_1266 IMG_1264  IMG_1260IMG_1263…Takashi rocks!

Calling all Veterans here in the U.S. of A.. . .today is the day for you to feel the respect and gratitude that we have for your past service.  Also, today is a great day for you to eat something good. . .if you happen to be in the West Village section of Manhattan here in New York City, then you might consider stopping in at Takashi to gobble some of the best-tasting grilled wagyu and kobe beef available on planet Earth. . .mmmm, aaaaahh, yummmm!!

I send you all–including all Veterans–protein-centric vibes from Takashi. . .feel them. . .they will fuel you through the rest of the year.

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Meat and sake…

IMG_1266 IMG_1260 IMG_1248 IMG_1257…are good for you–JAAAA!

Here we are makin’ the scene at Takashi on Hudson Street in the West Village of Manhattan, New York City.  This ain’t no typical “scene” though.  The main scene at Takashi is the low-key vibe of the place and the high-quality experience that the staff here serves up for hungry folks like me.  Takashi only deals in wagyu and kobe beef. . .plus, ultra-tasty seafood bits and veggie bits to help everything come together nicely in your digestive tract. . .oh, and of course they have wonderful sake to smoothly wash down everything you eat. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

You enter, sit, and order.  Then you sit back as the staff guides you through your grilling and dining experience.  Then you pay and leave feeling lucky to live in a world where tasty food and fabulous people like this exist to help you enjoy the passage of time.  I love Takashi, and I know you will too if you ever find yourself wanderin’ around the West Village lookin’ to sink your teeth into some high-quality beef.

I send you satisfying vibes from Takashi here in New York City. . .feel them. . .they are oh-so good for you.

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