Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

When my wife and son go out of town to visit family like they did recently, my first thought is “What cocktail bar can I check out?” Since I am always at home being a good dad in the evenings when I’m not working, I find it hard to explore the cocktail scene like I used to.

I knew all about The Up & Up and it has been high on my list of spots to visit well before my son was born earlier this year. Just never made it. Now that I had the city to myself, it was time to finally stop in.

The Up & Up is a great bar. First off, it’s intimate but spacious providing a refined setting for trying classic or innovative craft cocktails. It looked as though there wouldn’t be a seat for me on a busy Saturday night, but once we started chatting, the door man and owner decided to let me stand at the service bar. Which was much appreciated since this was my rare night out.

The menu was very exciting and normally I would agonize for hours over what to order (and don’t think I didn’t). But one description kept calling my name. It was just weird enough for me. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

I hope this doesn’t come across as ignorant or insensitive, but I have become very confused by the opening of a few new Chinese restaurants. Shorty Tang, The Tang, and Little Tong.

I was excited when I read that a former Smorgasburg vendor (Shorty Tang) would be bringing their classic noodles to Manhattan. And then I read about a former chef from WD-50 named Simone Tong who would be bringing Mixian noodles to the city. And then I walked by The Tang on First Avenue thinking it was at least one of these. But it was unrelated to the other two.

And all of these establishments opened within the last few months. Surely, you see my confusion. Which Tang/Tong is which?

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

Along the Danube River sits a great capital with stunning architecture and hidden surprises. I’m not talking about Vienna or Budapest. Everybody knows about those cities. Bratislava is a somewhat undiscovered gem that has all these things and more. And because it is much smaller than the others, it feels much more manageable and quaint.

But like most cities, the tourists gather in the main part of town. I got to see so much more of Bratislava than most visitors ever do because I met up with Lukas from Urban Adventures who let me in on the Local Secrets of Bratislava. We visited a modern brewery run by punk rockers, had a picnic with incredible sites, and took a trolley to a beautiful neighborhood that I never would have discovered if it wasn’t for my local guide.


Category: Travel, Video

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

I want to say I would never spend $7 on a cup of ice cream. But I would be lying if I said that because I did spend that ridiculous amount of money on a single serving of ice cream.

When I walked by the window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen (an upscale dessert restaurant from the creator of the Cronut) selling ice cream, I knew I had to try it. I had been reading about the soft serve here for a year or so now but had yet to make it during opening hours (they are only open Wednesdays through Sundays).

I paused at the price tag. I actually walked on for about 20 minutes before returning and deciding we only live once. Thankfully for me $7 won’t break the bank and I wanted to try this intriguing ice cream, so there it is. $7 later and all I have to show for it are these less than professional photographs.

But now I’ve also had the experience of trying Dominique Ansel’s ice cream. Was it worth $7? Not sure I’d go that far. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

There are seven different businesses around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx that make their own mozzarella daily. That’s an insane number of places committed to quality cheese in a small block radius.

For those that don’t realize it, Arthur Avenue is the real Little Italy of New York – with more third generation owned businesses than any other neighborhood. This is the place to come for quality Italian sausage, cheese, sandwiches, and dinners. And it’s all ridiculously cheap.

At Urban Adventures, we just launched a new Arthur Avenue Food Tour (it’s run by a couple who grew up there and have strong connections to the neighborhood). I was fortunate enough to train on the tour so I can give it when they are out of town. And it might have been my favorite training for any tour ever.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….
As much as I complain about the price, the cleanliness, the service, and the corporateness of Whole Foods (which might now be getting more corporate with the recent announcement that they have ben purchased by Amazon), I find myself there way too often. One good thing I will say about Whole Foods is they have a pretty good beer selection with a growing local focus.

For instance, a number of local breweries have done special exclusive beers just for the grocery store, Three Brewing in Gowanus is one such brewery and it was on the shelf at the Tribeca location where I picked up a solo can of the Categorical Error.

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Category: Beer

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