Happy Hour NYC – El Vez (Battery Park City)

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Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting restaurateur, Stephen Starr’s, newer restaurant venture in Battery City Park.I truly enjoyed happy hour at El Vez! The décor was beautiful, modern, and fun. The atmosphere was a mix of young professionals just coming from work nearby or young couples living in the Battery Park neighborhood coming for dinner. El Vez offers a variety of Margaritas and other fun cocktails. They also offer a collection of over 100 tequilas and mescal – perfect for a fun happy hour!

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Interested in eating? The restaurant offers upscale Mexican fares with both traditional and fun Mexican- American inspired dishes. If you are looking to eat as well as drink during happy hour, I recommend trying my favorites, the guacamole (which is offered three ways) and the El Vez Steak.  Both options are very delicious and tasty! If you are in the area try, El Vez in Battery City Park for happy hour!
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Amber (Upper West Side)

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I stumbled upon this spot after going for a run in central park with my friend from DC. We were looking for something quick to eat and randomly picked Amber. It was a Saturday, late morning/early afternoon and they had a weekend brunch menu, which included two drinks with our meal! I ordered the Curry and my friend order a sushi/sashimi combination. I must say this was a solid find in the area. The sushi was fresh and delicious, the service was fantastic, ambiance was cozy and modern, and the price was very affordable (by NYC standards). Additionally, the tasty drinks were an added bonus to an already solid meal.

Overall, I really enjoyed Amber on the Upper West Side and I would recommend it, if you are in the area.

Enjoy!

 

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Brunch in Soho – Jane

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There are so many places to try in the Soho area for brunch. So if you are looking to have brunch  in Soho, NYC I would recommend Jane.  I absolutely enjoy brunch at Jane every time I go. The ambiance is casual, fun, and trendy. The Chicken and Waffles are pretty darn good and the Mac and Cheese croquette,(my favorite) is delicious! (comes with the Steak and Eggs or you can order as a side).

If you happen to stop by Jane for dinner, then  I suggest the Cauliflower Flat bread as an appetizer, the Jane Burger, or the pot of mussels all of which are delicious options!

Overall, Jane is a trendy, American restaurant in the Soho area which always delivers great tasting food and awesome service. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends, so I strongly suggest reservations!

Bon Appetit!

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Cafeteria (Chelsea)

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BeFunky_Chromatic_1.jpgCafeteria is the quintessential NYC diner, open 24/7! This place is a great option for an after work drink and tasty comfort food. The ambiance is casual and trendy! Although, the service on a busy Friday night could have been much better, our server gave it a good faith effort with a pleasant and accommodating attitude despite our attitude with her. The meal was highlighted by the Mac Attack which is a tasting of all three mac and cheese dishes.It was absolutely delicious and a “must try” if you go there.

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The meatloaf was pretty darn good as well and was perfect comfort food after a long week in the big apple!

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This place is a solid, casual option for Chelsea on a late night food and drink run!

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Happy National Oyster Day NYC!!

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Since today is National Oyster Day, I think you should go get your Oyster on and celebrate! While I am no Oyster Connoisseur, I’ve had Oysters at these two places in Astoria and I suggest you give it a try!

MP Taverna
31-29 Ditmars Boulevard
$1 Oysters during Happy Hour!

Or

Mar’s
34-21 34th Ave
They have $1 oysters as well!

Enjoy and Happy Oyster Day!

Good Fried Chicken in NYC- BonChon Chicken

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This is another one of those restaurants right around from my job and I indulge when I’m in the mood to be fat.  I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest lover of chicken. However, BonChon Chicken is some of the best fried chicken I have tasted in New York. No, it’s not like traditional southern fried chicken, nor is it trying to be might I add. It is just some really good Korean Chicken. Although the chicken is indeed the main attraction, you can find other Korean dishes made with beef and seafood on the menu. Since I usually go there for lunch, I find their lunch special to be a good economical (under $10) option for the area. The lunch special comes with your choice of chicken, sauce, and a side. I usually go for the half-and-half sauce on my chicken which is 1/2 soy garlic sauce 1/2 and hot sauce.

 

The chicken is cooked to order, always fresh and has a crunchy, crispy batter that is almost greaseless. The down side……… there is an insane amount of calories, per piece. I literally blew over 700 calories of my so-called diet on a few pieces of chicken and couldn’t eat anything else but lettuce and carrots for the rest of the day. Nevertheless, it was worth it! This place is a great option for good friend chicken in NYC.

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