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A 5K race on a whim in NYC at Ellington in The Park


Drinking in the park with a riverside view is just the best way to have a beer!

In my never-ending quest to brutalize my body with ongoing 5K races this year my most recent endeavor led me to Riverside Park on the UWS of NYC. Check-in for the race was at 6pm at Ellington in The Park. It was one of those last-minute decisions on a hot, humid, and rainy day that I am glad I went forward with. Even if at one point I questioned my sanity. How did I not even know this place was here after living so long in the city?

How can you not love this kind of spot? It’s kind of a hidden gem way uptown on the west side and buried in Riverside Park off the 103rd street entrance. Walk down the stairs and over to the right and you will see it overlooking the Hudson River.

There is a small bar up top with outside seating offering great views. Walk the stairs down and there is another larger bar below level with both outdoor and some covered seating. Also offers great views of the river, athletic areas, and the normal backed up traffic on the Riverside Drive – LOL! You can also find the bathrooms down here too. Continue reading A 5K race on a whim in NYC at Ellington in The Park

Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

Mekelburg’s – a hidden gem. Photo credit – Yelp.

I am still daydreaming about the Mek Muffin at Mekelburg’s……..

I’m all about a good egg sandwich and killer beer list. Especially when I am ultra-hangry after running my butt off at an early morning 5K. So many folks told me about this hidden gem of a place in Brooklyn NYC.  A below ground specialty food market, deli, and cafe tucked away off a side street at the bottom of a nondescript apartment building. Normally, this part of town is a bit of a hike for me to get to, but as I happened to be fairly close by I decided to make the trek over and check it out. My stomach and taste buds were ecstatic that I did. Continue reading Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

The Guthrie Inn – a hidden gem for a proper libation in NYC.

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Photo credit – Guthrie Inn

Speakeasy type bar on the nether regions of the Upper East Side that you can occassionally find me face down at. In a good way!

Not much up this way other than the terrific Earl’s Beer and Cheese. It’s right next door and the area it’s in looks like an underdeveloped country. The views across the street are basically of the subway heading underground and some apartment buildings. That being said it’s a nice reprieve to hide away in this dark and seemingly obscure spot for an exceptional cocktail.

The Guthrie Inn, though small in stature, packs quite a hefty punch when it comes to proper libations. You might find me sprawled out on the cozy leather couches in the darkly lit back room sipping on a Sidecar, Old Fashioned, and even a Sharpie Mustache. The classic cocktail list is one that takes a page out of the Roaring 20’s to Maltese Falcon era of men wearing fedoras and the ladies in demure vintage dresses. The bartenders are quite the mixologists with a wonderful encyclopedia of drink recipes stored away and ready to go at your request. Continue reading The Guthrie Inn – a hidden gem for a proper libation in NYC.

Dark, seedy, a beer speakeasy? The 124 Old Rabbit Club NYC.

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Photo credit – Yelp

I think I’m in love. Great beer selection. Like a beer speakeasy joint. Cash only. Can I move in tomorrow?

As I wandered into this subterranean haunt I needed to adjust my eyes for a minute before I walked into a wall, chair, person……. It’s damn dark in here!

It was early evening on a weekday and the place was packed. It’s small and narrow so scoring a spot at the bar is at a premium. Almost claustrophobic like. If you can belly up to the bar hold onto that spot for dear life. I got lucky and grabbed a stool along the candlelit bar. Mine! Mine! Mine! 

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