Grand Bo Ky
Price Range: Inexpensive
216 Grand Street
near Mulberry Street
A second Bo Ky has arrived. Serving as a continuation of the legacy for the famed Chinatown soup stop, Grand Bo Ky had its grand opening Sunday a few blocks from the original at 216 Grand St.
The unassuming, sparsely decorated original Bo Ky never excelled in attractive décor, but what they lacked in style was more than compensated for in the food.
If you'd rather go to bed without your dinner than eat your vegetables, you might think Horizons would send you straight to sleep. But you'd be wrong. In fact, Horizons might just turn you insomniac. Although the vegan eatery's creations exist without meat and dairy, even a veggie hater will want to nosh all night. The variety of selections might even make you rethink tofu. For people who are already veg heads, however, you'll find Horizons to be nothing short of inspirational.
The scent of fresh thyme and rosemary greets you warmly in the cozy downstairs bar. A full bar also awaits upstairs in the lofty dining room, where the tables are dressed in crisp white linens. From the linens to the soothing, neutral-toned walls, lazily spinning ceiling fans, and intriguing water sculptures, each element of the décor both complements and contrasts in perfect measure. The flavors and texture of the cuisine accomplish the same.
Dirt and Candy are two words that generally shouldn’t be placed next to each other, you know, like unidentifiable and remains, or free and champagne… Actually, scratch that last one.
However, in this case, Dirt Candy are two words that fit together very well indeed. Step up Amanda Cohen, chef extraordinaire and owner of this East Village vegetarian hotspot, who quite candidly states that she doesn’t care about your health, and she doesn’t care about your politics.
Price Range: Inexpensive
570 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Saul Bolton (owner of two starred Saul) has teamed up with Ben Daitz of Num Pang to bring small plates to Prospect Heights. I say anything associated with Num Pang (more specifically, with Num Pang’s five spice pork belly sandwich) is worth checking out.
This past tuesday, eight hundred well-dressed men and women descended on the Metropolitan Pavilion for City Harvest’s annual fall charity event – Bid Against Hunger.
City Harvest started up 25 years ago as a non-profit volunteer program that delivers ready-made food to soup kitchens and shelters across New York City's five boroughs. The concept was the brainchild of a group of Manhattan locals who noticed that restaurants and delicatessens were throwing out perfectly good food at the end of each day. Since then, the organization has helped inspire similar projects across the globe.
The world of airline food is about to get an upgrade. Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto is gearing up to debut his new chain called Skewers in airport food courts across the country. The name pretty much says it all, with menu choices including meat, fish, and vegetable skewers served over rice. The skewered food, called yakitori, can be grilled or deep fried with prices ranging from $6.95 to $16.95. Might seem a little pricey for airline food, but people behind the product assure quality dining.
In an event that’s too hilarious/sad to be made up, Red Velvet at 174 Rivington St. will be the first exclusive cupcake lounge.
Except it isn’t just a cupcake store, it will be the first (and by god it better be the last) cupcake dispensary with doormen. The uber-lounge will feature a pretentious, Eldridge-style door policy, so you better not be overweight and in sweats if you expect to get in.
For those peons among us who ignore the kind of bar that has laser engraved access cards saying “Guest of Matt Levine,” the Eldridge is a year old restaurant where the only way to get in is to be famous or a dear friend of the owner. Guests can’t even bring their friends, according to the owner himself.
You’re sitting at a big leather-studded booth, in a dimly lit bar. The smell of a dozen cigars and cigarettes mingle together to permeate every dark corner, and the smoke hangs heavy in the air, almost obscuring the ceiling. You are wearing an immaculately fitting suit, your tie is loosely knotted, giving you the look of a stylishly disheveled lothario. You and your cohorts are deep in conversation, nursing your latest round of Manhattans, when she walks in. As far as you’re concerned, the world has just stopped spinning. She is flawless; elegant in a way not seen since the likes of Lauren Bacal and Marilyn Monroe burned bright and faded too soon. She sits at the bar, a few seats away from the nearest patrons. Nobody seems to have noticed her entrance in this semi-crowded speak-easy, but you did. Your eyes follow the curve of her calves, down to the stiletto dangling lazily off her toe.
Are you tired of shoving large pizza boxes containing the one or two slices you managed not to eat into a crammed refrigerator? Do you really want to rearrange the items on your shelf Jenga-style so that you can fit this gd pizza box inside? N, you do not. You might as well just eat those remaining slices and be done with it. But wait, when you go to throw the box away, you encounter yet another problem. The gd pizza box does not fit into the gd garbage can. In fact, it’s about 8 inches too wide to fit. Cue the Ragetoon face and walk away.
Earlier in the week we profiled Bill's Bar and Burger, the Meatpacking District outpost taking over the old Hog Pit. With the menu keeping to a $10 max - New Yorkers are sure to find everythig they're looking for to satisfy their craving without having to dip into their pockets too heavily.
Another new burger joint setting up shop in NYC this month is MARK on St. Marks Place. MARK will serve up specialty sliders such as the beef slider with ground chuck, short rib, sirloin, & caramelized onions as well as a bacon slider complete with smoked pork belly. Reoccurring trend? More milkshakes. MARK has classics like pistachio and cola as well as the more inventive Guinness shake. Prices range from $2 to $6.50 making the spot even more appealing.
33 St. Marks Place
(near 2nd Avenue)