Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Heavy Metal Love in NYC – Duff’s Brooklyn!

l

The BEST, and only TRUE HEAVY METAL BAR in the NYC area! F**KIN’ YEAH!!!

You are entering the portal to Hell when you walk through the door of this basement entombment of a bar dedicated to all things Heavy Metal. If you live, or crave, the metal lifestyle Duff’s is your Valhalla. Walking in we were greeted by the music that we love from Iron Maiden to Black Sabbath to Pantera, happy hour with $1 PBR’s until 9pm, a hottie no nonsense bartender, cheesy horror and old porn on the tv’s, horror movie and rock posters and pictures everywhere, with all sorts of horror and metal memorabilia on every square inch of this place. If I ever had a house with a finished basement bar this would be it! Continue reading Heavy Metal Love in NYC – Duff’s Brooklyn!

Heading up to da Bronx! Eat, drink, and explore City Island.

City Island Bronx 063

Perfect summer weekend weather should never be taken for granted here in NYC or anywhere for that matter. Sometimes we get so used to just staying close by in our local areas that we shun venturing outwards to explore a bit outside of our comfort zones. With miles and miles of mass transit – subways and buses – it’s very easy to check out the farther regions of each borough if so inclined. One such spot we took a day trip to this past weekend was up to City Island in the Bronx. Now, the Bronx has it’s good and bad areas just like most do no matter where you go, but City Island is kind of stuck back in time and has a New England fishing village appeal to it. Fun spots to dine at, boutique stores line it’s main street – City Island Avenue – with boat yards, marinas, and the water views are beautiful. It’s only about mile long walk and there is enough to see and do along the way to enjoy a nice weekend day there. Take the #6 local subway to the last stop on the line, Pelham Bay Park, then jump on the close by Bx29 bus to City Island Ave. I would suggest to get off at the last stop and head over to Johnny’s Famous Reef Restaurant for a deliciously greasy fried fish lunch, and then take a walk later on to explore and help burn off a few of those calories!

l (1)

Continue reading Heading up to da Bronx! Eat, drink, and explore City Island.

Shhhhh! Please Don’t Tell about this NYC speakeasy.

Photo credit - Yelp
Photo credit – Yelp

Three things at the top of my “lust list” –

A Speakeasy.

Bourbon.

Bacon.

Benton’s Old Fashioned with bacon infused bourbon for the win!

Yes, Please Don’t Tell can at times have an excessively long wait to get it, and waiting on that line to get into the phone booth for the not-so-secret-anymore entrance is still a bit of a goofy thrill in a “Get Smart” agent kind of way. I always thought it was both funny and ingenious to hide a speakeasy connected to a terrific hot dog joint such as Crif Dogs. You wait. You get hungry. You eat. Yes, I have ended up eating a few bacon wrapped dogs while waiting to get in and get my drink on! Continue reading Shhhhh! Please Don’t Tell about this NYC speakeasy.

American craft beer extravaganza on the UES of NYC!

Photo credit - Pony Bar UES
Photo credit – Pony Bar UES

American Craft Beer Extravaganza! So much beer to choose from and so little time to drink them all!

One does not simply walk into the Pony Bar expecting to order an imported beer. Well, actually, they just don’t have any here. American beers all the way baby! It was quite fitting to down a few here not too long ago on the 4th of July.

This new outpost of beer love is a terrific addition to the UES neighborhood we reside at in NYC and has already become a hot spot. With over 20 rotating beers on tap there is more than enough diversity for everyone’s palate. Ciders and cask beers too. All of the beers are a ridiculously affordable $6 each. Yes, all of them! It’s cray cray! So while the frat boys were downing $8 Heinekens and lame Bud Lights at the many bars in the area I was enjoying some mighty tasty craft beers here. Empire, Smuttynose, Dale’s, Ommegang, Boulder, Barrier, Kona, Coney Island, Southampton, and Abita are just a few that we happily imbibed. Continue reading American craft beer extravaganza on the UES of NYC!