Rolf’s is a christmas dream come true. Located on the corner of 3rd avenue and East 22nd Street it’s one of the most romantic places I’ve had the pleasure to explore.
Walking up to the restaurant, right away you are caught off guard by the extravagant christmas decorations and lighting. Upon entering the restaurant you are welcomed by a warm ambiance of christmas decorations and the smell of hot malt wine. Everyone is mid-conversation and smiling and the atmosphere is so cheery with the season. The music is of course non other than christmasy glistening carols that complement the visual of Rolf’s German Restaurant.
Unfortunately my friend and I came here too late and the kitchen was already closed, but we did sit and converse for hours over malt wine. Listening to christmas carols along while talking life, love and all the crazy things that we have come across in our lives. The prices are great and when I got a glimpse of the menu I saw that its my homy eastern european cuisine. If you are in the area and need some holiday cheer or a good malt wine. This is the place to go!
After a fun night of tattoos, piercings, tallboys, jameson shots and exploring the East Village and LES with my friend Brian, we decided to revive our morning with a lobster claw bloody mary. Now as scrumptious as this breakfast experience was, I did want to feed my curiosity about a fun what I thought was a bar around the corner called Preserve 24. To my surprise this was more than just a bar.
Walking in I expected a small tasteful clean dive bar, however we were pleasantly surprised with a fairly large space which ran through the building onto the perpendicular street. I will be honest this place is breathtaking, to my delight every visit, I am blown away by the decor and the cool layout. All the materials used to decorate this place are made out of recycled old boats, and instruments.
Brian and I had the opportunity to meet one of the owners who gave us a private tour of the restaurant, explaining every inch of the place. We were lucky to meet him, without getting into much detail, the stories behind the creation of this restaurant are absolutely breathtaking. You can learn more about the place on the restaurants website as well as just strolling in and asking the staff about the background of the restaurant itself.
We have been back to the restaurant twice now since our first visit, and I plan on spending my halloween there as well as becoming a regular. The ambiance of this place is absolutely romantic and innovative and just so detailed, I highly suggest you visit! Out of all the places I’ve been to in New York this is my absolute favorite! They have great $1 oyster specials from 4-8pm as well as a killer bloody mary! Let me know what you think guys!
The name of this cafe sounds like it came straight out of a romantic New York movie about two people who fall in love and somehow a local coffee shop comes into play. And as cute as the title of this Cafe is, so is the coffee shop itself.
My irish girlfriend and I were wandering around the East Village, looking to have ourselves a refreshing cup of ice coffee. Lauren works around the corner on a street called marks place and as we passed we found this little corner cafe to satisfy our caffeine needs. Before even walking into Cafe Pick Me Up you notice cute tables set up outside and the windows and doors open so you feel very warm and welcome. When walking in right away you feel very at home as the place is decorated with your grandmother’s kitchen chairs, a bookcase and old cabinet with mugs and cups and all sorts of stuff.
You can either sit down and be served, or you can order from the counter and take your order to go. The menu is long as well and the choices of food and beverage seem never-ending. Between fresh fruit and vegetable juices and panini’s, or freshly brewed coffee and selection of cakes, the assortment Cafe Pick Me Up has is quite some variety.
The prices are very fair (e.g. $1.25 for a ice-coffee) and the sizes are big. The cafe is located in a beautiful area of East Village on the corner of Avenue A and East 9th street. You can do work here, or gaze out on to the street at the various people New York City has to offer. I definitely will be coming back soon, because this cute little cafe has sparked my interest.
So lately I’ve been roaming around and I have to admit my meandering has brought me to some pretty fun spots - one of which being the seasonal - A Nightmare Haunted House: Killers 2. Sounds like a movie title doesn’t it.
I’ve been to the Bushgardens Haunted House in Tampa, and have hosted a haunted house myself at my college dorm and UT, but this beats all of the above. Recently meeting my downstairs neighbors, 5 college graduates (May 2013 - congrats guys!), we decided to make a spontaneous excursion out of our East Village home across Houston to the LES - to the first running of the night at this mysterious haunted house.
We decided not to purchase tickets online, although they are available, and waited what seemed to start forming into a never-ending line. Luckily we were few of the first people to arrive and the wait wasn’t too long. Once inside there was a bar available - unfortunately not with liquor but because this haunted house is sponsored by Dos Equis beer there was a light selection of alcohol available, which I may add you could drink while waiting in line!
I would say it was a boring wait to get inside the haunted house, but I would be lying. Between the alcohol made available for our consumption (at low costs), and the already meandering actors creating a mystical ambiance, the wait was an experience of its own. There was a girl playing a violin on a stage in the right corner of the entrance to the bar, and it was nothing pleasant to the ear. On the contrary it was a horrifying tune you could imagine being played in a scene of Hitchcock’s Birds or an old horror film.
Once we were next in line to come in, they asked us how many we were (7 in total, me, my neighbors and my best friend Martha). The next question is what interested me the most, they asked how scary we wanted our experience to be, depending on our answer those who would want super-scary would receive a red bloody cross to indicate to the actors inside we wanted an extra scary experience.
Without giving away too much, once we were inside the craziness began, not knowing what to expect and honestly not setting my expectations high, I didn’t know what I had coming for me. The actors were phenomenal and I truly enjoyed the 30 minute tour through different scenes of both fictional and real serial killers.
The price is completely worth it, and I would highly suggest you grab a group of friends and go. Whether you are visiting or live around the corner, its a great time and a fun experience and something to do before you head out to the bar scene of LES or just as a fun late afternoon activity. I don’t think there is an age limit as there were children in line with us as well. So put on your big-boy and big-girl pants and enjoy this wonderful seasonal activity as they are only open till November 2nd!
The most awesomest dive bar in LES. After a long day surfing in the Rockaway’s, my friend and I booze cruised our way for $2 back to the city and made our way to my home base East Village/ LES. Being a Rockaway’s native, he directed our continuing adventure to Epstein’s.
This bar is owned by Rockaway surfers, and the ambiance brought by the LES locals who bring a great fun atmosphere. You can watch football, or sit outside and watch passersby. The menu not only hosts wings and burgers but a great selection of happy hours every day:
MONDAY- Margarita Mondays.
Margarita Menu, $4 Modelo Especial,
$3 Chicken Taco(2), $4 Steak Taco(2)
TUESDAY- Two for One Tuesday
Two for One Drinks $7 Food Menu
WEDNESDAY- Welcome Back 80’s
80’s Prices & Music $4.25 Drink Menu Food specials starting at $2.00
Best Happy Hour in the L.E.S.
$3 Beer, Well, Wine, 1/2 Price Appetizers
Best Happy Hour in the L.E.S.
$3 Beer, Well, Wine, 1/2 Price Appetizers
SATURDAY- Absolute Brunch.
Brunch with UNLIMITED Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas $13.50(until 2:00)
SUNDAY- Absolute Brunch.
Brunch with UNLIMITED Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas $13.50(until 2:00),
*Two for One Epstein’s Burgers 3:00pm - 11:00pm*
If you’re looking for a fun clean dive bar with great people and great prices this is the place to go. Get ready for friendly service, fun alcoholics and don’t forget to tip your bartender ;) If you happen to meander a couple blocks down to the East Village don’t forget to stop by my bar and say hi!
Strangeways Coffee located in up and coming Bushwick Brooklyn, is as the title reads - strange. I knows its a little different but this here is my boyfriends new venture!
Along with Sal and Eddie, this dream became a reality and an awesome coffeeshop at that. When you walk in you are welcomed by a wooden bar that holds all the machinery and leads your eyes to a big menu chalked onto the back wall. I love that for a non coffee freak like me who finds great happiness in the simplicity of coffee with milk and sugar, this board explains what you can get.
After making this well-though-out decision on what to order you approach a thrifty red cash register where you can pay - luckily I have girlfriend privileges and I just leave a tip :). But tip well these baristas (Jakey and Eddie) know their coffee. Plus you wont spend more than $4 on a coffee.
The coffeeshop is decorated with wierdo things - just awkward, like an animal skull, or cans or rosaries or a mary with “no decaf” written over her head. But its awesome because you have a sense of hipster moving into this Bushwick area. There are benches outside so you can smoke, or you can sit on one of the crazy variety of old wooden chairs.
I am very proud of my boyfriend and his partners and how I’ve seen this project come along, and I would encourage everyone to check it out whether you are just visiting or live in the area, its cheap and good and you will enjoy meeting the boys.
On the prowl to find a fun down-to-earth bar, my girl took me to a fun bar in west village called Down the Hatch. It was late january and we were looking to just enjoy each others company, not spend too much money and have a great time.
At first when approaching Down the Hatch, you may walk past it the first two times if you dont know its exact location, for it is truly located down a hatch, haha. No, I was kidding but it is located in the basement of its building. Walking in, the first thing you notice is an amazing wooden bar with a wide variety of liquors and great big smiles behind the bar from amazing bartenders. My first time there I enjoyed it so much that I made good friends with one of the bartenders, Dan. Dont get confused though, there are two Dans behind the bar, both cooler than any bar tenders i’ve met!
Believe it or not, two weeks later, I found myself working at this amazing establishment as a waitress. My co-workers are amazing and the bar hosts ( I think) the best specials I have seen so far in New York. Everday there is half off drinks till 8PM and everday they have cool specials starting at 8! You will meet Sarita behind the bar, the Dans, AJ and Ryan. And sometimes Lloyd! The music is always the best sing along jams and pop and I have never not had fun there. And they dont only own Down the Hatch, this bar is part of a series of bars including Stumble In, 13th Step, Jake’s Dilemma, Off the Wagon… etc.!
If you want a fun spot to go to with friends or meet new people this is the place to go. The specials are amazing and the food is good. If your like spicy wings why dont you test your taste buds and try the atomic chicken wings in a combo for $8.99!
Priding themselves as being the best thing invented since the high-five, Thanks, Bro is the males version of Edible Arrangements. Not following me? Ever not know what to get a guy friend or wanted to keep it simple.. this is your solution. Send your guy friend some beer and beef jerky!
Thanks, Bro is a beer-and-beef-jerky delivery service I came across while I was at work. I was working at one of my jobs and a guy walked into our restaurant and sat alone waiting for his friends to arrive. We started conversing and not only did I learn that he was my neighbor living in the same building as me, but he just started this cool start-up. He explained to me the logistics and I really thought of it as a great idea. Its a simple concept that can go a long way, especially in bro-to-bro gifting! Haha.
The prices are reasonable and the idea simple and fun! I would definitely use this service to send simple gifts to guy friends as a thank you or for their birthday. Lets face it, it’s hard to find a guy-friend a good gift and this is a quick and simple solution that any man would appreciate - Beef jerky and beer! A Thanks, Bro arrangement includes 2 bags of 2 oz. SlantShack jerky, a Beer On the Wall gift certificat, some 1990 Topps football cards, and a wristband that says “Please Jerk Responsibly” haha! What could be better than this!
Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
Hello New York City 2013! I’ve been gone and busy but now i’m back, and to start my year of blogging I have a cool new bar that my friends opened last night! Skinny Dennis is the newest addition to Williamsburg, Brooklyn! On the corner of Metropolitan and Berry, this new honky-tonk bar is one of the funnest bars I’ve been to in the Williamsburg scene.
So the grand opening of Skinny Dennis was last night and the bar hosted an open bar from 8-10 no cover so the bar got packed quickly. They had a DJ set up, and half way through the night there was a live band performance as well! They had specials such as mint sweet tea and the most amazing irish coffee slushie!
We arrived around 8 and secured ourselves a place at the bar next to my friends. The first thing you notice when walking into the bar is the way its decorated. There is a boars head hanging from the ceiling, a jackalope on the wall, lots of cool posters, a old school jukebox, some arcade games. Behind the bar there is a large painting of Willie Nelson, and old school coolers filled with beers. Interestingly enough when looking at the ground I noticed peanut shells! You eat peanuts and throw the peanut on the ground - so fun. haha.
There are many beers on tap and a wide selection of drinks. The ambiance was so fun and the people very friendly and diverse. The staff was fast, very positive and had a great attitude. Smiles were everywhere and the prices great! I enjoyed the night there and I will definitely become a regular in no time!