Mar 22 2017

Bye LA, and hello NY

The security is visibly tight at LAX due to Westminster attack in London. Fortunately, we were able to catch an earlier flight out.

   


Mar 15 2017

JetBlue at JFK


JFK terminal 5

After the security 🚨 check point, is the center of the terminal #5 which is the food court with seating and wide steps, where people sit to read, eat or listening to their mobile devices. It feels welcoming and relaxing. A few wine bars and cafes make people wanting to enjoy a drink or two.

 


Mar 4 2017

PJ Clarke’s


44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 9579700

The first time I went there, I thought the tablecloth was plastic, which I dreaded. But as it turned out, they aren’t plastic, rather nice soft cloth (not flimsy). With the good vibe, good service, decent food, clean bathroom, it becomes my go to spot when going to concert in Lincoln Center, or in the neighborhood. The cheesecake isn’t to my taste. Lower level has more seating.

   

 


Feb 25 2017

Guyer’s Bar & Cafe


286 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023
212.877.8090

web site

A lovely little bar and cafe on the west side. We’ve a drink or two there between the Natural history museum and Beethoven @ Lincoln Center. I ordered the house wine which was, not good.


Feb 1 2017

La Vie En Sichuan


14 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2779

An ok place for a meal. Service is really good. Food/decor/bathroom is ok. I like the wines they place on each table. The corkage fee is $15. On Yelp.
We’ve whole fish, the head is uncooked (I’m fish head eater !!) or solid like a stone, first time experiencing a fish head this way. The white bean jelly (made fm mung bean) is too salty, texture is kind of questionable  (I think they call it Clear Noodle w/ spicy sauce). The string beans isn’t the way I liked but are succulent. Since the floor is tilted so are the tables.

Free street parking after 7pm. jack ma

 

 


Dec 19 2016

Hunan House 湘水山庄


40W W 56th St,
New York, NY 10019
(212) 213-2299

Due to Donald Trump, 56th Street was closed. I’ve to park on 57th between 5th and 6th Avenue – free after 7pm.

The restaurant is comfortable and waiting staff is friendly. Their food is decent but doesn’t merit an extra trip.  The bathroom in the basement could use an update. On yelp

   


Dec 10 2016

Housing Works Bookstore Café


126 Crosby St
New York

High ceiling, warm, welcoming and quaint. One of my fave spots in downtown. The long commune table in the back to enjoy a book or cup of coffee. The X’mas carol.
My review on Yelp

    


Dec 10 2016

Garfunkel & Tauster, speakeasy


Garfunkel’s
67 Clinton St,
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-6900

A neat and cozy place on the second floor of a burger joint with little history (see below). I enjoy the ambient of the room: the throw looks very comfy; fresh flowers. However, the tableware can use an improvement so are the bits; they were served 1:45 later – we scheduled to be there for two hours. When I leave I saw the food on their counter – Gosh, unappetizing!

   

The speakeasy owes its name to the felonious private bankers-turned–criminal fugitives, Garfunkel & Tauster, who originally used the location as their corrupt bank firm in the 1920’s. To remind guests of the building’s exciting history, a functional bank vault door is used as the entrance into the wonderful Gatsby-esque speakeasy.

 

The SantaCon is in the area.


Dec 10 2016

Santacon in New York

A Pub crawl type of event – wiki. It’s today at Lower East Side in NYC. Very calm.


Nov 23 2016

Wine bar: Barcibo Enoteca

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2020 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
b/t 69th St & 70th St
(212) 595-2805
Italian.
Young and old – mostly young tho.
Italian wine Italian menu and Italian movie star. Cute wine bar with beautiful flowers.

We walked in at a little after 5 and the place is full. Perhaps due to their half off happy hour on weekday nights Friday included 4:30 to 6:30 wine and beer.
We’ve five wines and I love them all (go figure from an alcoholic):

  1. Chianti Classico Coltibuono 2014 (Tuscany)
  2. Rosso Toscano Aia Vecchia “Lagone” 2013 (Tuscany) heavier than the Chianti
  3. Super Tuscan “Alteo” Ciacci Piccolomini 2012
  4. Aglianico Lonardo 2013 (Campania)
  5. Teroldego Rotaliano Foradori 2012 (Trentino)

At 6:27pm, our waitress comes for the last round – I don’t mind to be sold. She’s great, even I’d enough but I asked for one more. I’m not an alcoholic after all ha ha ha.

Cheese Telaggio is wonderful – very milky and tasty!

The movie star: the manager (?) who seated us does look like a character actor whom you’d find in Pulp Fiction type of movies. It’s a small place and he seated us at the corner over looking the downstairs. I said, “you look like a movie star” When there’s a moment of expectancy (a few seconds of silence …. ) I knew I’d be more dipolmatic than I’m capable of. He stood stoically waiting, perhaps a A list leading man … while ALL I could think was Joe Pesci for his Brooklyn accent and … then blurred out “Sasha Cohen” – he does look like Cohen. There’s an deafening silence before he spoke up that said he likes Cohen. So… people, next time when you see an movie character pls think them as the leading men or women … I’d have said “I don’t remember …” lesson one in diplomacy.

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I spotted a family with a young kid dinning there.