Do you use those discount offers from Groupon or Blackboard Eats when dining at a restaurant? I do every once in a while, but I always wonder if a discount is going to be taken on the quality of the meal. If the food ends up bad, is it because the restaurant sucks and needs Groupon to get customers in the door, or is it because they think you’re a cheap-ass with a coupon who won’t be back anyway? What came first, Groupon or bad food? MORE »
New Amsterdam Market won’t officially be back in business until June 5, but two Sundays ago, they kicked off the 2011 season with Floralia, a festival dedicated to Flora (the goddess of flowers and vegetation). Goddesses are cool and all, but I was more interested in the news of fried clam bellies at the market. Fried clam bellies (whole soft-shell clams) are one of my favorite foods of all time. Many summers ago, I used to go every weekend to a clam shack out in Stamford for fried clam bellies. Most people in Stamford waited for the local Dairy Queen to open for the season. Me? I was all about the clam shack. So May 1, as soon as we woke up, David, Romeo, and I set out on a mission to eat fried clam bellies. MORE »
For those procrastinators who don’t have plans yet, and want to go to a small bar with no madness, no cover, and a champagne toast, I went to a really cool bar in the Financial District this week. Yes, FiDi! Believe it! Vintry Wine & Whiskey has 80 wines available for tastings, whiskeys from around the world, and a truly delicious small plates menu (gnocchi is AMAZING). Get the 411 at SE:NY. I just called the bar (212-480-9800), and reservations are still available. Happy New Year’s Eve! Stay safe.