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Rootin’ Tootin’ & Shootin’! A Pistol Range in NYC!

l (2)I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning! Nothing like smoking shell casings, packing your own ammo, and a hot cup of coffee to get your blood pumping!

This had to be one of the most fun things I have done with my merry group of crazy friends. What better way to celebrate a pal’s birthday than by shooting round after round of 22 caliber bullets at multiple targets?

Feel the firepower!

The West Side Rifle & Pistol Range is just an amazing place hidden away in the basement level of a building that is very normal looking on West 20th street. As you enter the actual facility it is like being exposed to another world. Everyone who works there is packing heat, including the tattooed up gentleman manning the main counter who would probably blow your head off with a wink of an eye if you attempt anything stupid here – LOL! You constantly hear the pop pop pop of guns being fired. Pictures and posters of celebrities and important people who have been here line the walls. This is a world seemingly unknown to most.  Continue reading Rootin’ Tootin’ & Shootin’! A Pistol Range in NYC!

Jin Ramen – not just another bowl of cheap noodles in NYC!

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I am slowly becoming a ramen convert. I used to think of ramen as a cheapie meal that we have all eaten in a pinch, or when we have been broke but could still afford the 5-for-a-dollar ramen noodle packets at your local supermarket as a regular dinner entree. After downing a bowl of their delicious ramen I can see the light and now crave this stuff.

Eating at Jin Ramen has now truly made me appreciate what a superior bowl of ramen should taste like. After dining here recently at the invitation of a few good friends of mine I now know what they have been raving about. Normally, I still partake in the occasional ramen noodles packs we buy at the supermarket and prepare at home. This really opened up my palate to what real ramen is. Situated in an unassuming location just outside the 125th station subway stop this tiny ramen emporium packs quite a wallop. As I live uptown it is an easy trek for me so I know I will be back here, but might not be for everyone’s travel liking if from downtown. Sucks for those people downtown and a win for us up-towners! Continue reading Jin Ramen – not just another bowl of cheap noodles in NYC!

Upper East Side does the JBird in NYC!

lGreat hidden spot on the UES / Yorkville for tiki like cocktails in a lounge setting. It’s almost as if a prohibition era speakeasy was mutated with a tiki bar dashed with a bit of the Maltese Falcon thrown in for good measure. When we walked in here I thought I had entered a bar somewhere downtown, but was so surprised that it’s in my hood!

More and more of these terrific spots are opening up around here and it’s another nice addition to the burgeoning bar scene that seems to be happening in the area. Why schlep all the way downtown and back when locally there are so many choice bars around here now? Some nights you just want to stay close to home. Continue reading Upper East Side does the JBird in NYC!

Oui! Oui! Bonjour! Keep Calm and Eat a Flammy in NYC!

Photo credit – La Tarte Flambee

Such a terrific little French-Alsatian bistro that has opened up literally right across the street from where we live!

Oui! Oui! Bonjour!

I was quite surprised to see something this different and European open up right behind a part of 2nd Ave that is still engulfed in the nightmare subway construction that never seems to end in this part of town. There was a pretty decent pizza shop that was in this space for the past few years when it suddenly closed down. Within a short amount of time La Tarte Flambee opened up shop and has been a nice success story.

And why not – the unique food here is Tres Magnifique! Continue reading Oui! Oui! Bonjour! Keep Calm and Eat a Flammy in NYC!