August, 2010

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Brother Jimmy’s Union Sq: A New Frattitude

Instead of the usual floor-to-ceiling ephemera typical of the other five Brother Jimmy’s locations in New York, here the license plates are confined to a rather tasteful bar-front collage. The cheeky, wood-carved slogans–“Put some south in your mouth,” for example–are hung so high they don’t distract the happy hour singles, who flock to the bar like pigs to the trough for strong cocktails served in BJ’s signature mason jars.

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Velour Louge: Missed the Marquis

In keeping with the gallery district locale, Velour showcases work by new, local artists and the space is equipped with 50-inch plasmas and a 110-inch HD projection screen for film exhibitions. Highlights include an inventive drink menu and cheap food served all night, but the $20 cover starting at midnight makes it more suited to pre-gaming, possibly before heading to higher-end neighbors.

Wrap Superstar: Press Got That Dough

A wrap is a wrap is a wrap. Except when the secret recipe dough (available in rosemary, thyme, whole wheat and sundried tomato) is pulled per order, and pressed down into the warm, sheet-thin casing before it is topped with a host of fresh-made ingredients.


When it’s Time to Party, Brooklyn Parties Hard

New York’s self-proclaimed metal mecca, Duff’s is a loner in a part of Greenpoint still known primarily for its greasy takeout. The shadows of the elevated J-M-Z line make an authentic home for this dingy, red-lit basement bar swathed in hard rock nostalgia.

Swimwear and Fitness: Topics You Can Trust Brazillians On

On Citysearch. This Upper East Side shop represents the Brazilian sportswear brand’s first foray into the United States. The sleek, modern store is jam-packed with the utmost in high-tech athletic wear. Sexy yoga looks comparable to Lululemon and wicking gear for elite marathon runners and triathletes reflect the label’s commitment…

You Lay Down for Mani/Pedis Here. Nuff Said.

Devised for time-is-money types who require quick spa visits and barely notice their surroundings, The spa at the Andaz Hotel is not overly luxurious. Most manicures, massages and facials on the menu can be completed within a 15-, 30- or 45-minute time slot, depending upon how much of a rush…

Studio Anya: Where Even Loonies Like Me Can Relax

Not the average Yogi, owner Courtney Bauer seeks to rattle her customers’ perception of fitness. For instance, she might teach Pilates on a sofa, although the studio is equipped with traditional apparatuses, too. In addition to an exercise area, there’s a library outfitted with bamboo chairs and books that range from Kurt Vonnegut to a photographic exploration of New Orleans.