“Old” New York hangin’ on–

IMG_2684 IMG_2682 FullSizeRenderSpring is definitely in the air here in New York City, and some of the older charming bits of the city are doing their best to hang on and not be overrun by aggressive expansion and gentrification.  Some cases in point can be seen above: classic exposed wooden water tanks still dot the skyline in the East Village–this particular one is apparently ‘cool’ with the blue skies and surrounding construction. . .Russ & Daughters on East Houston Street is still serving up the best lox-and-cream-cheese-on-a-bagel in the whole city, or at least we like to think that they are–totally delicious stuff. . .and all of the buildings around the famous Katz’s Deli have been torn down, and a large shiny apartment building is going to rise up over this iconic sandwich shop–hopefully Katz’s will live on for another one or two-hundred years serving the best pastrami and chopped liver to all of the folks who will take up residence on this storied corner of goodness. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

It is fascinating to have spent over half of my life in this town and to see the changes taking place here each and every day. . .dramatic changes in some cases.  Are the changes for the bettering or the worsening of New York?  I don’t know. . .I don’t care. . .not sure that anyone cares, really.  But I do know this: New York City is ever-changing, ever-evolving, ever-moving upward and onward. . .this place is KINETIC.  So, if you don’t like change and evolution and movement and kineticism, then you must go somewhere else. . .we love changeolutionovementicism, and we ain’t goin’ nowhere.  Come here and enjoy yourself for a week or two or stay for the rest of your life–either way New York will continue to do what it does best: VIBRATE!  Saluti!!

I send you scintillating vibes from East Houston Street. . .feel them. . .they will send a chill up your spine that will make you go, “YEEEEHAAAAAHH!!”

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Yuh-meeeee weekend eats–

IMG_2679 IMG_2678 IMG_2677POW!  Out and about this weekend we are gobbling spicy ramen at a new joint on Cornelia Street in the West Village, AND we are gobbling puffed-dough with prosciutto and quite possibly the tastiest meatballs in all of Manhattan at Rafele on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Morton Street. . .mmm, aaaahh!  This stuff is all delectable and really does a fine job of helping us enjoy the passage of time while so much nastiness is happening all around planet Earth.  If everyone on Earth could eat these meatballs, then there would be less death and destruction everywhere. . .really, a lot less. . .if only we could make this happen.

Be sure you find some good food and some good drink today and every day, and be sure to enjoy these things with people who don’t make you nauseous–this is a fine formula for enjoying the mysterious existence that we have all been given…saluti!

I send you oh-so soothing vibes from the new ramen joint and Rafele in the West Village section of Manhattan, New York City. . .feel them. . .they are good for your well-being.

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Still number one–

IMG_2076BAM!  We hit our favorite place for roasted chicken in New York City last night, and we are happy to report that it is still number one in our book.  The place is Marc Forgione down on Reade Street in the Tribeca section of Manhattan, and the dish is the famous ‘chicken under a brick’…mmmm, aaaaahh!  The chicken arrives to our table sizzling in its juices and butter…loaded with potatoes and garlic cloves and broccoli rabe…totally delectable.  We gobble away into the night sipping a little chablis to wash everything down. . .and then the man himself, Marc Forgione–the owner of this wonderful restaurant, Iron Chef, all-around chill dude–comes out and says ‘hello’ to us capping off a wonderful evening of chatting, gobbling, sipping, and spending time with dear family members.

Please eat something good today with some folks you enjoy being around. . .not gonna let the elevator bring us down…oh no, let’s go CRAZY!!

I send you delightful vibes from Marc Forgione…feel them. . .they are good for your vitality.

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Springtime drinkin’ n gobblin’–

IMG_2648 IMG_2650 IMG_2652 IMG_2656MMM!  The flowers are bloomin’, the margaritas are flowin’, the chicken wings are sizzlin’, and the egg yolks are runnin’. . .we love springtime in New York City, and above you see us doin’ our thang at Great Jones Cafe, DBGB, and Blind Tiger Ale House. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!  All of these places can be found along the Bowery, in Noho, and in the West Village of Manhattan. . .all you gotta do is get out there, walk around a bit, and all of your gobblin’ and sippin’ dreams will come true.

I send you warm vibes from wonderful locales in and around our ‘hood…feel them…they will help you straighten up and fly right.

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We’re jonesin’ for some Jones–

IMG_2642 IMG_2643 IMG_2644 IMG_2645BOOM!  Back in New York City, and we hit the ground hard with a sippin’ and gobblin’ session at the Great Jones Cafe located on Great Jones Street in the Noho section of Manhattan…mmm, aaaahh!  They serve up tasty New Orleans-style grub here, and it is quite good. . .above you see us gettin’ busy with some whiskey and margaritas to get our saliva glands primed for some spicy chicken wings and a crawfish boil…this all serves as a perfect appetizer for the blackened catfish and gumbo that we devour afterwards…damn, it’s good to be back in New York.

Anytime that you want to put some Cajun food or Creole food or some combination thereof in your mouth, then you should head on over to the Great Jones Cafe…they have been rockin’ this stuff for about thirty years now, and I don’t see them stoppin’ any time soon–you will love it here, I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

I send you tangy and potent vibes from Great Jones. . .feel them. . .they will make you walk straight and tall.

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Rockin’ the night away–

IMG_2035 IMG_2032IMG_2033JAAA!  We have found another wonderful pub here in Madison, Wisconsin…this one is called the Up North Pub, and this places ROCKS!  Cozy and woodsy atmosphere inside with lots of fake trees, bushes, and stuffed wildlife–fun, fun, fun…chilled-out crowd…tasty beers on tap…great location just off Willy Street…and live music, too. . .we love it here!  Very easy to settle in and let the night roll into the morning while sipping on brews and listening to heartfelt rockin’ tunes, Up North-style.

The Up North Pub is located right across the street from a nice restaurant called Sardine. . .so you can have a wonderful meal and then head over here for your night-cap. . .yes, I call this a lovely way to spend an evening in the town of Madison. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

I send you tons of midwestern vibes from the Up North Pub. . .feel them. . .they can help you move upward and onward.

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Fine dining…Wisconsin-style–

IMG_2026 IMG_2027 IMG_2031OK, so this is one of the hot spots in Madison, Wisconsin for fine dining at the moment…it’s called Sardine, and we like it a lot…not magnificent by any means but totally serviceable and somewhat satisfying.

The draw here is that Sardine is a seafood place in what is mostly a meat and beer town.  My wife and I order the charcuterie platter and devour the whole thing–the butchers and meat purveyors of Wisconsin make great cured meats, sausages, pates, etc.–this stuff is totally tasty…the meats at Sardine are supplied by a James-Beard-Award-winning dude just up the street who runs a place called The Underground Butcher–we popped in his place on Willy Street and were totally impressed with everything they are doing there, so, Sardine knows what they are doing in this respect.

Next we have a frisee-type salad with a runny egg on top…totally devoured this as well–delicioso!

Then we have fish…I am doing a pan-roasted hake, and my wife is doing a sauteed monkfish…both of the fishes themselves are nicely cooked, but the chef is adding too much other stuff to both of our dishes…things like yams, sauces, slightly over-cooked veggies, etc., and we find that these ‘extras’ get in the way of the fish itself.  A small thing, a thing that can easily be remedied, yet something that keeps us from going “mmm, aaaahh” in the biggest way possible.

The whole meal is made wonderful by the crisp and clean Sancerre that we use to wash everything down, AND the amazing staff who takes care of us during our meal–especially our wait-person: a super-chilled chick who knows exactly when to check in on us and when to leave us alone…Wisconsin people ROCK as far as I can tell, and they certainly know what they are doing at Sardine.

So, definitely eat at Sardine if you want a semi-fine dining experience in Madison, but do not expect to be blown away…just subtly satisfied–which sometimes is just good enough.

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