Get it while it's cold...
From now until the 23rd of August, the "Time Warner Cable Truck" will be cooling you down for just one dollar. Soft serve ice cream in either a cone or cup, with your choice of chocolate or rainbow sprinkles! All profits will serve as donations to the Staten Island Children's Museum. Looks like the 2nd largest corporate cable company of the U.S. does have somewhat of a selfless heart...
Gina Gutman, the director of Marketing of Public Affairs explains that their goal with these ice cream trucks is to raise $10, 000 for educational organizations all around the five boroughs. She also says that "This year's beneficiaries do an amazing job of providing young people in our community with educational programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math."
Yesterday, the truck was spotted at a stationary 40th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) location. Who knows where in NYC it will be today? Keep on the lookout!
The first rule of Cardinal Club is: you do not talk about Cardinal Club. Just kidding, but it is pretty exclusive. Here’s how this covert form of dining works:
You must gain admittance from a friend, or a friend of a friend who has been to this private east village dinner garden. This clandestine outdoor area belongs to the gardens of couple and NYU graduates Simon and Paula (no, not from American Idol). Both are 27, and had the entrepreneurial concept of using their gourmet cooking skills and beautiful ambiance outside their bohemian flat towards a small and very intimate business. Once they approve of you and your guest(s), you will receive a text message telling you a time and address of which to show up at their humble abode. Upon arrival you will be greeted with your own personal chef and server - A real perfect place to take your date without screaming over the loud music/other public conversation.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Lower East Side
154 Orchard St.
(between Rivington and Stanton St.)
New York, NY 10002
Michael Huynh has put a slight delay on his newest restaurant opening, Bia Garden. Rumored to officially open next week, it will feature a delicious menu of all your favorite Veitnamese appetizers—hand rolls, spring rolls, sticky rice, to fancy and reasonably priced entrées such as the seared cuttlefish or the whole dungeness crab. Nothing on the menu appears to exceed $22, so you can keep both your stomach and wallets full. The backyard of the restaurant will introduce a brand new concept inspired by Germany's beloved “brew hauses”, as an outdoor Vietnamese styled beer garden. The scenic brewery includes some of the most famous Asian beers: Tsingtao, Kingfisher, Tiger, 33, Sapporo, Taj Mahal, to name a few, served as six-, 12-, and 24-packs, and delivered to you in ice-filled metal coolers. Charges are based on consumption, so don’t worry, you’ll only pay for what you drink!
Hopefully Huynh doesn’t postpone this Lower East Side gem from opening any longer, there’s only so many (hopefully non-rainy) summer days left to enjoy the outdoor gardens!
Price Range: Moderate
170 Waverly Place, at Grove St.
New York NY 10014
Former owner of Little Owl and Market Table, Gabe Stulman, is opening yet another spot in which he best describes as a “bar with serious food.” But it’s not only the French-American cuisine crafted specially by Chef James McDuffee that’s getting people talking; it’s also the décor and design of this tiny (640 square feet) treasure that makes this place so chic. Stulman’s vision for such a restaurant models an antique feel—modeling a paneled ceiling after a thirties boardroom, and ravishing flea markets for old goods such as an office-building exit sign and a high-school looking wall clock. The bar serves as the focal point of the room, as he models the surrounding furniture around it. The place also sports an open kitchen with bar stools planted right in front to see all the action. Back to the grub, hours of operation start at 8 a.m. and close at 2 a.m., soon to be featuring a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Some highlights include cheddar biscuits with scrapple and fried eggs, deli sandwiches such as pastrami on rye, and salt-cod brandade.
As for the name (if you were curious about its nature), Stulman decided to name his west village vintage bar after both his grandfathers—also sporting pictures of them in antique frames throughout the space. (Aww!)
Cuisine: American Traditional
Price Range: Cheap to Moderate
118 East 15th Street
(at Irving Place)
Commonly known as a sports bar, SideBar is changing the stereotypical sports bar vibe and replacing it with ambiance and style. One thing that won’t be changed though is the size of the crowd. With seven flat-screen TVs, two HD projection screens, a state of the art sound system, a dance floor, and two private rooms, this location tends to be a hot one seven nights a week. Party rooms are also available for those of you who wish to entertain in private and without the buzz of the crowd.
So apparently going organic is really not beneficial for you, unless you enjoy paying the extra bucks. According to researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, eating organic food is no more nutritional than ordinary food. The perceived health benefits “created a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007,” reported Reuters.com.
“A number of difference in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance,” said Alan Dangour, a writer of scientific literature based on this study.
B Bar and Grill
Cuisine: American, Pub Food
Price Range: Moderate
40 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
Even after ten years in the business, B Bar, formerly Bowery Bar, is still a downtown mainstay. In the summer, the patio is the place to drink martinis and ogle the gorgeous waiters. In the cooler months, the interior of the restaurant, complete with diner-chic booths, an indoor bar and hanging paper lamps, is packed with a fashionable crowd.
Not sure if you knew this (I sure did not), but since June, Cold Stone Creamery has been dispersing their newest scientific anomaly—ice cream flavors that WON’T melt, drip, or evaporate in front of your hot summer eyes. So far only two of which are being sold in their chain stores—Butterscotch Velvet and Chocolate-y Goodness.
Un-meltable ice cream?!? Sounds like a delicious oxymoron to me.
To understand its inner workings, we must take a trip down memory lane to 10th grade chemistry class. Join me, will you?