There is a man dressed up as a life-sized Tim Hortons coffee cup running around Penn Station’s LIRR concourse right now! While usually I try to walk as fast as humanly possible through the train station’s mid-morning crowd, today I, very uncharacteristically paused when I came face to face with this monstrosity. Giving my best roll of the eyes and smirk, I carried on and headed over to my regular Dunkin’ Donuts stand for my pre-work coffee. Then, something awful happened: Dunkin’ Donuts was no where to be found. It was then that I realized that Tim Hortons had replaced all of the Dunkin’ Donuts in my wake. And, let me tell you, I was not pleased.
Price Range: Moderate to Expensive
369 W. 16th St.
(at 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Matsuri is a breath of fresh fish, offering up traditional Japanese cuisine with impressive visuals. Bustling with massive paper lanterns in the warehouse-size dining room, which is adorned with thin, curving wood beams transforming the ceiling into the upturned hull of a ship, Matsuri encourages people watching from the tables near the railing. The walls are covered with glistening jade-green ceramic tiles, complimenting the dark wood floors. The massive sushi bar is lined with sake bottles, as Matsuri offers more than two hundred kinds of sake, including Daruma, a special house sake, and Asian-inspired cocktails, like the Sakenade Ginger, made with sake, ginger and lemon juice.
In our latest off-beat mobile food stand reporting we bring you Tripie, the crepe cart on wheels. Just started up by new Israeli immigrants Brian Fogel and Rony Klein, the pair came to New York with the dream of serving “the healthiest food on the streets.” Last I checked chocolate chips and whipped cream weren’t exactly the poster children of healthy eating, but the duo claims that they will soon start adding a secret powder that contains 25 multivitamins and minerals to all the crepe batter. I guess we can’t resist the wellness this way.
The cart specializes in unexpected fillings; melted Milky Ways, salsa, guacamole and, if the mood strikes you, perhaps a dried apricot and pickle combo. The cart is currently stationed at 8th Street and 4th Avenue and is open for business between noon and 3 am. Perfect for a late-night boiled egg and banana breakfast.
While some people’s idea of relaxation is a day at the spa, others who are more easily pleased simply bringing a glass of wine into their bath with them, possibly with some bath salts or bubbles. Slightly less glamorous than this image is the act of bringing a 24 ounce can of beer into the shower with you, but this is still always an option, particularly on a Friday night when you’re facing the paradox of being in a rush to leave but haven’t begun pregaming yet.
Now, thanks to the aptly named ‘Beer Soap Company,’ beer in the shower has a whole new meaning. According to Urban Daddy, “The folks at Beer Soap have figured out a way to turn your favorite hops into shower-ready cleanser, with the help of a little Shea butter, some sunflower oil, and enough cleaning agents to turn your favorite relaxant into something downright stimulating.”
This Fourth of July passed like any other; parades, cookouts, fireworks…and Nathan’s Annual Hotdog Eating Contest. The iconic hotdog company hosts the event at Coney Island every Independence Day, honoring one of America’s most prized values—pigging out. 40,000 spectators showed up to the sunny Brooklyn boardwalk to watch the world’s number one competitive eater, 25-year-old Joey Chestnut, beat his longtime archrival, Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi.The champ scarfed down a grand total of 68 franks over the Tsunami’s meager count of 64. Not bad for a 10 minute contest. Japanese born Kobayashi is a six-time title holder for the world’s most prestigious competitive eating event, but the past three years in a row the unassuming 218 lb Joey Chestnut has taken home the grand prize Mustard Belt and $20,000. God bless the USA.
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish/Tapas
Price Range: Moderate
64 W. 10th Street
(between 5th and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Golden walls illuminated by flickering candlelight and house sangria set the perfect atmosphere at Alta, a downtown tapas bar cooking up tiny tasty treats. Alta features an extensive wine list of unique Mediterranean picks, which can be enjoyed at the expansive and inviting bar. A large upstairs seating area with a high balcony-ring offers a quieter setting and a pleasant view over the bustling first floor, however, we recommend requesting a seat near the old-world stone fireplace located in the back of the main dining room. Cocktails are expensive, so skip the hangover and order an extra dish for the table.