mercato di vetro

New Spot: Mercato di Vetro in LA

You shouldn’t throw stones from a glass house, you know that one. But what does one do with a market of glass? Chef Manny Elmaleh serves up Italian antipasti and small plates with a fresh focus at SBE’s latest, Mercato di Vetro. A buzz-building campaign painted the place as a…

esperanto nyc

Now Serving Lunch: Esperanto

Your lunch can live la vida local now that Esperanto (only your fave Latin fare in the East Village) launches a mid-day prix fixe ($10.99). Indulge in weekday specials like quesadilla polano, pinchos de carne (think satay from brazil) or a chorizo sandwich with goat cheese, that come with fries…

bosie tea

NYC Must: Bosie Tea Parlor

Sip on classics like jasmine green tea from owners Nicky Dawda and Kiley Holliday’s hand-blended (fair labor and organic) line, l’Age de The.

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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.

velour lounge nyc

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.

sigmund pretzels

Snack Attack: Sigmund’s Pretzel Shop

This pristine pretzel purveyor stands out among Alphabet City’s many niche eateries. Picnic-table-style dining encourages grazing over the pretzel display, with offerings that run the gamut from cinnamon raisin to Gruyere paprika to spicy seven chili.