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NYCity Nightlife…

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Community, Food / Dining

With countless options throughout the city, another topic often debated city wide is the  best nightlife.  Here are a few places in no particular order that keep the city up all night…

Brandy Library
25 N Moore St
New York, NY 10013
Set in the heart of TriBeCa’s legendary restaurant and entertainment scene, the upscale, erudite lounge known as Brandy Library is a great place to catch your breath (and look good doing it!) at the close of the day. Booze, not books, line the floor-to-ceiling shelves behind the candle-lit bar, and the skilled waitstaff has a veritable cornucopia of top-flight bottles on hand, from aged single malt scotches to a 1945 Darroze armagnac. If a bite or two is in order, their menu doesn’t disappoint thanks to high-brow offerings like tuna tartare, croque-monsieur and Valhrona chocolate cake. TRAIN: A, C, E to Canal St

Campbell Apartment
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
Located in the former office of 1930s entrepreneur John W. Campbell, this posh cocktail bar beckons with rich decor, fine vintage wines, champagnes and liqueurs. You’ll find an upscale crowd here including suit-and-tie types, and the bar fills up quickly most nights. With many fine restaurants just steps away in the Grand Central Terminal, this really should be on your agenda for a nightcap after a great meal.

Art Bar
52 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-727-0244This West Village institution might seem rather unassuming, but rest assured, Art Bar hasn’t lasted for almost 20 years simply by being average. Up front, a narrow path bisects the room — booths and tables on one side, the bar on the other. It’s a lively (and sometimes crowded) spot. However, the real charm lies in the back room. The loud and boisterous mood gives way to a relaxed, L-shaped lounge that is well-stocked with plush, worn-in couches and shrouded with drapes. Of course, there’s artwork arranged all around — be sure to check out the modern interpretation of da Vinci’s Last Supper. 

281 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
When it first opened, Pravda was one of those places that only the pretty people could enter. Today, the restaurant/lounge is still a favorite among some local sophisticates but not the glamour scene that it once was. Fortunately, though, Pravda has managed to maintain a bit of mystery (of course, the sub-level location helps) — from antique Russian furniture to its speakeasy-type atmosphere. If it’s vodka you’re looking for, this is the place to get it — with over 70 different varieties and ten house-infused flavors, you’re sure to find something suitable. Just be prepared for the prices. Those looking for something a little more romantic will want to head to the upstairs bar area, which is a great place to have a quiet one-on-one conversation.
source: Best NY Lounges


Best Burger in NYC?

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Food / Dining

The question posed in this post has been on New Yorker’s minds since the days of  New Amsterdam.  While there will always be great debate of the city’s best burger, I have narrowed the list down to 3.  While subjective, my list showcases 3 of the better burgers within the city limits.  While the top 3 may be open to debate, it seems as if most New Yorkers do have these establishments somewhere within their top ten…
1. Prime Burger
5 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 759-4730

Prime Burger has found fame in New York for two very distinct reasons.  One, they have kept the 60’s Diner alive even in an era of technology and evolution.  Second and most importantly, Prime Burger only uses Grade A Prime Beef.  Not exactly your ordinary burger! As for the menu it’s all burgers, classic sandwiches, and a few fried dishes, like chicken-in-a-basket. Most of the fare is ordinary, but the honest, handcrafted burgers have been keeping people coming back, literally, for generations. The modestly sized quarter-pounders are made from freshly ground lean chuck; they’re moist and tasty but do not require a three-napkin cleanup job. The fries are hot and crisp, but the French-fried onions (not rings) are superior. It’s the cracker-meal dusting prior to frying that makes them unusually crunchy. Situated across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Primeburger gets especially crowded during the holidays.  Stop by and enjoy a burger if your in the area.

2.  Peter Luger
178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
What is there not to love about Peter Luger’s steakhouse? Arguably the best in steakhouse in town also makes a serious burger, naturally. However, it is only available at lunch. It’s over a half a pound of delicious meat – what elsewould you expect from such a lauded institution?  Burger-lovers will hear the call of the Luger’s burger and sample it to their great delight. It crumbles into a medium-rare mass of meat.   Always a must have for any New York burger lover.

3.  Five Napkin Burger
Locations in Manhattan and Queens
Yet another citywide favorite, here is the simplest way to understand the 5 Napkin Burger: onion soup. Imagine, if you will, a bowl of the piping hot concoction. Now, retain the flavor, but swap out everything beneath the gooey cheese and replace it with fresh ground chuck. Voila – that is essentially the 5 Napkin Burger. It is dripping with juice (hence a “five napkin burger”) and slathered with melting gruyere cheese, onions and rosemary aioli. It started out as an item on the menu of Nice Matin, an Upper West Side restaurant, but proved so popular the owners broke it out into its own restaurant franchise.  It seems as if NYC demanded that this burger deserved it’s own place!