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Lurk in the shadows with a cocktail at Death & Co in NYC


So many places for a cocktail but I can think of few other spots to lurk in the shadows and sip a proper libation than at Death & Company in NYC. Pure and classic bartending that is an art form and deserves to be praised.

Dark and brooding like the Vampire Lestat sipping on a type-o blood cocktail hidden away in a shadowy corner. Death & Company is appropriately named for those of us who prefer to shun the light and move between the dimmed view of candle lumination. No one knows you are there, yet your presence can be felt by the glowing stare of your eyes as you partake in classic cocktail enjoyment.

A speakeasy in the traditional sense. Black velvet drapes to part as you enter. Dark and candle lit. Low level music. Soft chatter emanating from the couples and groups sitting in booths around you. Bartender working like a mad scientist perfecting his potions. The occasional quiet din is broken up by his exuberant shaking of a cocktail. Yes, this is a perfect place for those who abhor the modern bar scene in this wretched yet addictive and wonderful city. Continue reading Lurk in the shadows with a cocktail at Death & Co in NYC

Ricardo Steak House in Harlem NYC – a party every night!


I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with this place when celebrating a birthday dinner the first time we were here!

Sure, it’s not for everyone as it’s loud, crazy packed, the music is pumpin’, and the regulars up here look like a stereotype of every 1970’s Huggy Bear pimp caricature or modern day rap video guy and gal. The men are crowding the bar up front sporting their best fur coats while checking out the fine ladies dressed to the nines in their best leopard wear and incredibly high heels and hair extensions. The music is loud with jammin’ tunes that went everywhere from 80’s freestyle, to smooth r&b, to Biggie and Tupac, then to current rap hits, and back to old school Sugar Hill Gang and KRS-One. You can’t help but move to the great music and want to dance when eating dinner here. Ricardo’s is an epic scene that you get sucked into, and happy to go along for the delicious ride!

Definitely not a steakhouse to take mom and dad to when they are in town! Continue reading Ricardo Steak House in Harlem NYC – a party every night!

Lip Smacking Schmackary’s Cookies in NYC!

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Schmackary’s is the reason why I have to put in extra time on the treadmill each week!

We found this cookie shop while on the way to eat dinner after taking in a Rock of Ages show not too long ago. As it was almost brand spanking new I felt it my duty as true New York citizen to check it out as our dessert option. I stuck my head in and asked when they closed and was told midnight. Wow – stays open late and it also gave me a reason to cheat on my diet a bit!

They offer a nice little selection of cookie varieties in a few different sizes. From their modern classics, to seasonal sensations, to other baked treats, and even milkshakes this place is a sweet tooth’s delight. Coffee, tea, and espresso are also served here. We were drawn to two cookies that we bought and took home to enjoy with some coffee. I felt that if I was going to be a gluttonous pig then better to do it in the privacy of my own home. Plus, it would stop me from buying even more cookies if we were outta there!

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Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.


Now this is a place to grab a proper pint! You ever see the outside of an establishment and then wander inside and feel as if you just walked into an optical illusion? I felt like we walked into a movie set or somewhere in another country. Cask Bar & Kitchen is like that. It takes you away and feel as you are no longer in NYC for a few hours. What amazing decor and ambience. Dark woods, wrought iron railings, candles, oil lamps, cool hanging filament lighting, all types of antique radios and articles are placed on shelves throughout. Brick walls adorned with old paintings and barrel tops add to the classic comfort feel of this fine bar/restaurant. The lighting is dark and romantic inside which adds to the overall vibe. Good selection of music playing just tops it off.

I put my name on the waiting list and told it would be a 30 minute wait. No problem as we found some empty seats at the large bar and settled in for a few tasty beers. They carry a real nice selection of craft beers and cask ales. We went for Ommegang Rare Vos which is a terrific creamy amber Belgian style beer. The bartenders are very accommodating here and they gave us samples of a few beers to try, and were actually very knowledgeable in describing them. Very friendly, hospitable, and beer nerds – always a plus. Continue reading Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.