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Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Brooklyn, Events, Food, New York City | Posted on 19-06-2010


The ultimate list of outdoor dining in New York

Bar BouludWest 60s, French, charcuterie

Brooklyn Fish CampPark Slope, Seafood, lobster roll

Buenos AiresEast Village, Argentinean, grilled meats

Dinosaur BBQHarlem, Barbecue, fried green tomatoes, reserve

Locanda VerdeTribeca, Italian, chef Andrew Carmellini, sheep’s milk ricotta

Marlow and SonsWilliamsburg, American, Brick Chicken

Moim – Park Slope, Korean, bibimbap

PisticciW. 100s, Italian, wallet-friendly

SriPraPhai­­­­Woodside, Thai, cash only

SupperEast Village, Italian, Frank Prisinzano-run

Vinegar Hill HouseVinegar Hill, American, Red Wattle Country Chop

Agnanti Astoria, Greek, seafood

ApplewoodPark Slope, American, local farmers

AuroraWilliamsburg, Italian, mellow garden, cash only

Back Forty – East Village, Peter Hoffman (Savoy), burger/roast chicken

Bobo West Village, American, upmarket

Buttermilk Channel – Carroll Gardens, comfort food, separate vegetarian menu

Convivio – Tudor City, Italian, special occasion

Double Crown Noho, British/Asian, AvroKO (= gorgeous)

Dumont Williamsburg, burger, garden and treehouse (!)

Gnocco East Village, Italian, nice vibe

The Good Fork – Red Hook, American (w/ Asian touches), hidden find

Palo Santo – Park Slope, ‘Latin market’ food, South American wines (excellent values), rooftop herbs/veggies

The West Branch – UWS, Tom Valenti, meat

The ultimate list of Valentines Day dinner tables in NY

Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Events, Food, New York City | Posted on 27-02-2010


Table 31 @ Blue Hill

After President Obama took the First Lady here for dinner, she issued a statement that was just a recording of herself saying, “Mmmmm.” Away from the prying eyes of admirers and lobbyists, you’ll find this table’s the perfect place to learn your date’s stance on the issues—though you can assume she’s in the “pro-chocolate bread pudding” camp.

75 Washington Place (near Sixth Ave), +1-212-539-1776

The Private Table @ Hotel Griffou

If your plan to charter a 787 to a heart-shaped Caribbean island covered in rose petals fell through, you can still go over the top in the private room of this dimly lit, Clue mansion-style parlor: by sitting across from her at the medieval-looking 10-seater, where you can enjoy the kind of lavish, extended dining table you usually see in mansions. (This place has better service, though.)

21 W Ninth St (between Fifth and Sixth Ave), +1-212-358-0228

Table 5 @ Bohemian

Your night begins where all great romances do: a Japanese butcher shop, which you have to pass to get to this back-corner table. You’ll sit next to the Bohemian’s tiny garden, where you and your date will get a side of Zen (and Washu-Gyu Mini Burgers).

57 Great Jones St (west of Bowery), +1-212-388-1070

Table 22 @ Casa la Femme

Sometimes you just want to crawl into a tent with your date and draw the curtain. Just remember to raise the curtain when your server comes bearing gifts of couscous, grape leaves and wine.

140 Charles St, (between Washington and Greenwich), 212-505-8129

Table 30 @ Mari Vanna

After you and your date pass through the apartment-like setting of Russian books, portraits and dolls, you’ll settle in at this back-corner table, which boasts the place’s prime seat: a throne-like recliner. Go ahead, let your date sit there—but make her promise to give you a turn.

1 E 20th St (near Park Ave S), 212-777-1955

Table 40 @ The Breslin

By drawing the flannel curtains around this private booth, you’ll seal yourself and your amorous colleague in a dark nook of romantic possibility—and when the mood strikes for a Manhattan or the occasional pig’s foot, just push a button to summon your server. They don’t take reservations, but fortunately, you possess the one form of currency a hostess will humor: beef shin. Unfortunately, they already have that.

16 W 29th St (between Broadway and Fifth Ave), +1-212-679-2222

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Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Events, New York City | Posted on 01-02-2010


The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was in 1924, a long route that started at 145th and Convent and stretched to 34th Street. They borrowed some animals from the Central Park Zoo to liven things up. The giraffe had to stay home because it wouldn’t fit under the elevated tracks.

After the first couple of parades, when it became apparent that the animals weren’t as kid-friendly as Macy’s might have liked, they asked theatrical designer Tony Sarg to come up with some animal-shaped balloons. Felix the Cat, one of the first, was made at the Goodyear Tire company in Akron, Ohio in 1927.

For a few years the balloons were released after the parade and anyone who found one was entitled to a reward at Macy’s. But this was stopped in 1933 after a student pilot stalled her engine over Jamaica Bay trying to snag a cat balloon and two tugboats in the East River tore the dachshund balloon apart.

By 1934, Walt Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Pluto joined the parade. During WWII, the rubber balloons were donated to the war effort and the parade didn’t resume until 1947. It then began to develop as we know it: floats, celebrities, bigger and better balloons, and national TV coverage.

For a terrific collection of vintage Parade images, check out design:related