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Osteria Cotta – a Little Italian Hideaway in NYC

Wandering around the Upper West Side of NYC recently I was looking for a spot to meet a friend for a few happy hour cocktails. I happened to discover Osteria Cotta nestled in spot off 85th and Columbus. I peeked in and viewed a really nice little joint. Very rustic feel. Lots of wood, brick, and iron lamps hanging from the ceiling. Had to go inside to check out the bar area and look around.

Two stories with dining seating on both levels, main bar on lower floor, and some outside seating. Open kitchen to watch pizzas being made in the brick ovens. Love this kind of ambiance.

Happy hour? Solid! Sit at the bar from 5-7pm on Mon-Wed and enjoy a really good happy hour on drinks and menu items. 3-7pm happy hour Thurs and Fri. Can’t go wrong here. Continue reading Osteria Cotta – a Little Italian Hideaway in NYC

Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!

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The cast posing for a pic with us after the show. We’re now part of the family!

Man, does this play bring back memories…..

Growing up in an extended Italian family, on my mom’s Calabrese side, that all lived on or around our street in Brooklyn, and then followed us to Long Island, I was regaled with so many stories. My great aunts and uncles told us tales of the mob, ghosts, and what old NYC was all about. They are all gone now, and I miss those days in their kitchens eating wonderful homemade Italian food while also dealing with the good-natured arguing and bickering among them. As you have heard Italians can be very loud and passionate. It was all in love, and to this day I can still hear their voices inside my head. The yelling. The screaming. The laughing. I miss all of it.

Suffice to say, I was extremely pleased to be invited to a blogger event to view a recent performance of Dinner With The Boys. This off-Broadway play was written and performed by Dan Lauria/Charlie (The Wonder Years), and along with Richard Zavaglia/Dom (Donnie Brasco), and Ray Abruzzo/Big Anthony Jr ( The Sopranos) put on a terrific show!  Continue reading Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!

Hanging out at Spitzer’s Corner NYC for craft beer & good eats!

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Bartender, an Ommegang Rare Vos please. What? I said, an OMMEGANG RARE VOS PLEASE. Speak up, what? OMMEGANG RARE VOS!!!! Holy crap is this place loud! WHAT?

Spitzer’s Corner in NYC is that kind of place that somehow everyone knows about, and they are all there at the same time it seems whenever you go there. We went here on a recent Saturday night and it was packed – and loud! Sound bounces off of everywhere as the acoustics are horrible. My ears are still ringing almost a week later. Even so, I like this place as it has a cool communal vibe to it, and the food is pretty decent for a gastropub. Continue reading Hanging out at Spitzer’s Corner NYC for craft beer & good eats!