Category Cheap Eats and Drinks

Half-Week Hooch: Barcelona Bar

The funny thing about shots is, as you get older, you really know better. You KNOW better. You know you shouldn’t do them, that tomorrow will be the ugliest of all uglies if you throw back whiskey or tequila with reckless abandon, that you will hate life if you take shots. So by writing about […]

Half-Week Hooch: The Way Station (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

When you’re celebrating your significant other’s birthday, it’s generally bad form to take them somewhere you might enjoy more than they will. Selfish, even. But if you’re celebrating a week early, and using it to bookend a day that started with a homebrewing course, it’s totally acceptable. Right? RIGHT?! So…that’s how Dom and I ended […]

Lulu's Greenpoint

Half-Week Hooch: Lulu’s (Greenpoint, Brookyln)

My love for Lulu’s all boils down to one simple thing: free pizza. Much like my love for Pizza Pub, which sustained me through six weeks of NYU’s Summer Publishing program and the hyper-competitive/severely naive new graduates I had to deal with on a daily basis, my feelings for Lulu’s all come down to gratis […]

Half-Week Hooch: Raccoon Lodge (New York, NY)

I love fancy cocktail bars as much as the next person (actually, probably more), but my heart really lies with dive bars—dark, dank places that always smell like stale beer and attract a crowd that will verbally berate the bartender if their beer costs more than $3. Maybe it brings me back to my Spoontonic […]

Drinking at Rosemary's

Half-Week Hooch: Rosemary’s (Williamsburg), A Love Letter

I tend to fall in love with certain bars and visit them over and over again, securing my place on a barstool with loose tips and the advantages that come with frequent visits during which I prove I’m not an asshole. But it’s hard to categorize my love for Rosemary’s (Greenpoint Tavern). It’s definitely not […]

Gramercy Food and Drinks: East Japanese Restaurant

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting with conveyor belt sushi. Okay, I kinda do. For some reason, I had visions of a really classy bamboo belt, with elegantly plated fish and rolls. Also, there is inexplicably dry ice creating a nice fog in this vision, and also a boat carrying a dragon roll […]

Around New York: Smorgasburg

So, I totally messed up going to Smorgasburg. After making plans with Leanne the night before, confirming “yes, the one in DUMBO,” I somehow ended up in WIlliamsburg at Brooklyn Flea on Sunday instead. BUT, that’s where it happens on Saturday, and a lot of similar vendors were also there. Here’s the deal with Smorgasburg: […]

What to Do in New York

Since I’m unaccustomed to being, cough cough, unemployed, I figured I should stop holing up in my room/various places with free wi-fi, and actually start seeing some of the things I’ve been gathering in my New York Google Drive doc. Then I thought, hey, there are other unemployed recent NYU SPI-grads that could probably benefit […]

Gramercy Food and Drinks: BXL Zoute

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I got beyond obsessed with an advanced copy of a young adult book called Blythewood I picked up in class. I started it after I finished Domestic Violets on the subway, and the kid fantasy/supernatural lover in me came out. In a big way. I started to get really excited […]

Gramercy Food and Drinks: Pizza Pub

I’ve built something of a reputation for myself in this NYU summer program, apparently. See, I didn’t realize that other people, uh, don’t study in bars. I also didn’t realize that people, uh, don’t go to bars by themselves. And after having the fifth or so person ask me where I go around Gramercy Green […]

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