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A Week at Home in NYC

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A September 2003 trip to New York by Mr. Wonka

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Quote: Sticking around town during your vacation time is usually considered pretty damn lame--unless you happen to live in the Capitol of the World, New York City.

A Week at Home in NYC

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Rolling out of bed at 11am on Saturday morning, taking a cruise on my bike over the Williamsburg Bridge, and grabbing some Thai food at a street fair. Never having to worry about driving home after a night out at righteous bars around the city. Grabbing a slice of pie at 2am before hopping on the train, and being able to choose between Sicilian with ricotta, thin crust with jalapeno pesto and roasted red peppers, and cheese with broccoli and mushroom. Strolling through a farmer’s market, located smack dab in the middle of everything, and scooping up fresh corn, homemade chocolate chip mint cookies, and some homemade pepper jack cheese. Living close to celebrities!! Um, that’s a joke. Right now, ...Read More

Salsa Y Salsa

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Restaurant

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Team Salsa Y Salsa, a rookie in the Chelsea restaurant scene this year with high hopes of making it big in the pros, stepped up to the plate on a recent sojourn my friend Cat and I took to 22nd Street. We were pining for some slightly upscale Mexican food, you know the kind where there’s little authenticity involved, and this new kid on the block seemed ripe for a test. Little did we know that "Salsa Squared" would strike out on three straight pitches. We walked in and were seated at a table in the middle of the medium-sized dining area. Um. . .they had no problem moving us over to one of the booths on the left wall, a much more prime spot. Bright pastels, fake flowers, pink tablecloths–it was l...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 9, 2003

Salsa Y Salsa
206 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(212) 929-2678

Counter

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"The first thing you notice when you go organic is that the songbirds and ladybugs return."–Herman J. Wiemer, Wine Maker, Finger Lakes, New York Don’t worry–despite this testimonial that runs across the front of their menu, Counter is not a crunchy, natty white boy dreads establishment specializing in organic grilled cheeses or granola soup. In fact, there’s nothing hippy-dippy about it. Instead, this sleek vegetarian restaurant-cum-wine bar stands as one of the most upscale dining spots of its kind in Manhattan. And as you snack on dishes such as cashew-kalamata pate and wasabi crepes, you’ll feel that much healthier as you laugh at all the suckers pouring into McDonald’s across th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2003

Counter
105 First Avenue
New York, New York 10003
(212) 982-5870

Nar Bar & Restaurant

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It may not look like much from the outside, but Nar has quietly become one of the better tapas bars in New York City. It’s not far from the epicenter of Candyland, er, Williamsburg, along Bedford Avenue, but don’t let that scare you off. This neighborhood suffers from a bad rep as hipster haven. . .ok, it’s true! There are hipsters everywhere!! Hide the children!! Seriously though-- trendiness aside, WillieB boasts great bars, live venues, and restaurants, and Nar is one of them. And so ‘twas around 8pm on a weeknight that we found our way to this non-descript little joint on the corner of Metropolitan and Berry, about two blocks east of Bedford Avenue. At first glance, it seemed a tad minute–a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2003

Nar Bar & Restaurant
152 Metropolitan Avenue
New York, New York 11211
(718) 599-3027

Schiller's Liquor Bar

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Balthazar this is not. Though restauranteur Keith McNally has the aforementioned SoHo institution under his belt of success (alongside his similarly-minded Pastis), McNally has broken his own conventions with the opening of Schiller’s Liquor Bar in August of 2003. This comfortable, 95-seat Jewish/German café is a breath of fresh air in the ultra inclusive Lower East Side restaurant scene. Though it still attracts the predominantly young, hip crowd that trolls the neighborhood, Schiller’s has an informal, locals only feel to it. So check your fashion nerves at the door, split a few carafes of wine with a foxy date, and sink into some great food. Though an hour wait on the weekends can be the norm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2003

Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington Street (Lower East Side)
New York City, New York 10002
(212) 260-4555

Bembe

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Attraction

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Bembe drips with sex. As you walk into this hot Brazilian bar located underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, brushing aside the thick curtains that seem to keep the energy from escaping through the front door, try not to noticeably rub your eyes in disbelief. Is this Williamsburg? Where are all those tragically hip kids I keep reading about? Where''s the jukebox stocked with the Rolling Stones, White Stripes, and Strokes? If that''s what you were hoping for, turn around and head back south on Bedford. Bembe is all about the driving salsa beats, fruity (and strong) house drinks, and a small basement dance floor that fills up with cats shaking their ass and twirling their body like it''s 1999. With i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2003

Bembe
81 South 6th Street
New York, New York 11211
(718) 387-5389