August 23, 2006
Buns Buns Buns
Momofuku's steamed buns are near perfection. Berkshire pork, scallions and a little of Momofuku's secret sauce on a delectable soft steamed bun are one of most satisfying snacks NYC has to offer. Momofuku Noodle Bar, which was the first restaurant reviewed on Quarter Life Living now has a younger sister. Momofuku Ssam Bar opens today to much anticipation.
The space is significantly larger but still maintains the minimalist no frills of it's small sibling. Despite it's size the menu is significantly more limited menu, essentially a variation on three items, focusing on the Ssam, David Chang's Koreanized interpretation of the Burrito (loosely translated means anything wrapped). The steamed buns from the original restaurant will also be served, however they will use pork shoulder instead of pork belly. QLL is very excited.
Now if heading over to 1st ave and 13th street (or 10th street) is too far uptown for you. Check out Province located in Tribeca at the corner of Church and Walker. Having a similarly limited menu, consisting of 4 different types of steamed buns, spicy pork, beef-short-rib-and-kimchi, chicken or pork shoulder. Equally minimalist decor Province is great for a lunchtime snack especially at 3.75 per bun.
You can never have too many steamed buns.
Posted by Jeremy on August 23, 2006 at 02:44 PM | Link
July 10, 2006
So you're home on a Thursday night, you can hear people outside your shoebox-sized apartment screaming and yelling apparently having the time of their lives. All of your friends are out of town, you're not dating anyone. Bored huh? Life sucks?
Solution: a new service launched this past week to help fill the dating void in your life. MeetMoi is a mobile dating service that you can access anywhere. You sign up at the website, then later you text message in your address to start the service. For example, if you sitting at Park Bar in Union Square grabbing a beverage after work and feel like meeting someone, you text in "west 15th street and 5th ave" to firstname.lastname@example.org, within a few moments you'll receive profiles of people who are in the area. If you like any of the profiles you see, you can then text message with them and meet up with in minutes.
QLL thinks that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. However in line being socially responsible, we think they should distribute MeetMoi branded condoms when you signup... This isn't your mothers dating service.
Keep your eyes out for QLLDude ;)
Posted by Jeremy on July 10, 2006 at 03:56 PM | Link
April 23, 2006
Pennies have been in the news a lot recently. If you didn't know, last week was National Coin Week. Not very exciting. However, Scott A. Travers, former vice president of the American Numismatic Association, in an effort to raise awareness has put three valuable pennies into circulation in Manhattan.
Outside the Nasdaq offices in New York City, Travers dispersed the first of three coins - all pennies - at a food vending stand just this week: a 1914-D Lincoln cent valued at $300.
...[followed by] a 1908-S Indian Head cent and a 1909-S VDB Lincoln Head cent valued respectively at $200 and $1,000 apiece.
So how do you know if you've got the lucky penny worth $1,000? Travers says, "On the front of the coin is the year 1909, and under the year is the mint mark "S," meaning it was minted in San Francisco. On the reverse of the coin are the designer's initials - V.D.B. (Victor David Brenner)."
I usually pay no attention to pennies, throw them a dish and bring them to the Penny Arcade at Commerce Bank where I convert my rainy day fund into cold hard cash. My last pull was $170 (or 13lbs). woo hoo!
Posted by Jeremy on April 23, 2006 at 10:02 AM | Link
April 13, 2006
Free Franz Ferdinand Show Friday
Shhh! Franz Ferdinand will be playing a secret free show at Hammerstein on Friday. The show is sponsored by MySpace, which is now apparently hooking up free secret shows. There is a catch however, (no you don't have to post naked pictures of yourself) to get in, you must bring a print out of your MySpace profile with Secret Shows in your top 8 to the Tower Records at 692 Broadway. The URL for the Secret Show profile is myspace.com/secretshows. Make Secret Shows your "friend," put that in your top 8, print it out and take it to Tower. You'll get a wristband there, which is your ticket for entry to the afternoon performance tomorrow at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Doors are at 3pm, so you may have to play hooky from work. Just make it a three-day weekend!
Posted by Jeremy on April 13, 2006 at 11:21 PM | Link
April 07, 2006
Pravda Celebrates 10th Year with 100 Roubles Drinks
"What the sober man has on the back of his mind, the drunk has on the tip of his tongue."
-- Russian Proverb
"To celebrate Pravda's 10th anniversary we will be very Russian and sell our cocktails cheap. Any cash transaction will be conducted in Russian currency and there will be currency exchange available at Pravda. We will also be unveiling our new 10th anniversary cocktail, the Pravda Muscvoy, made with our house-inflused orange vodka and which we'll be serving throughout April. Our delicious menu that includes Russian specialties like blinis with smoked fish, lamb shashlik and chicken kiev, will also be available. As for festivities, there will be live Russian entertainment and other quirky details to follow.
Best known for his bistros Balthazar and Pastis, Pravda is Keith McNally's underground vodka and caviar bar located on Lafayette Street. Pravda will be celebrating its 10th year on April 9, the actual date it opened back in 1996. It falls on a Sunday and the festivities will begin at 6pm and continue on through 1am. Pravda will be open to the public and regular reservations are available. Bring cash! Regular prices will apply for drinks paid with a credit card."
And so that your in the know... it's 100 Russian roubles to 3.63033 U.S. dollars.
Pravda ~ 281 Lafayette St. btwn Prince and Houston Sts., below street level ~ 212.226.4944
Posted by Jeremy on April 07, 2006 at 02:49 PM | Link
March 21, 2006
Shake Shack is Back in Business
It should come as no surprise that spring rode in yesterday on a gust of 30 degree wind. At the tail end of a winter blessed with sixty degree Saturdays, unreliable weather is the one thing New York can rely on; Shake Shack is another. A concession stand-style burger joint parked in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack stuck to their schedule this year, opening their doors today for the start of the 2006 season.
Topping "best burger" lists from New York Magazine to TimeOut New York, Shake Shack offers noteworthy burgers, hotdogs, fries and frozen custard. They also serve beer and wine. Seating is outdoor, and though no one this season will be fooled into thinking spring is synonymous with picnic, it certainly is not too cold for take out.
Madison Square Park
Madison Ave & 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
Posted by EMC on March 21, 2006 at 01:36 PM | Link
March 15, 2006
Free Starbucks coffee today from 10am - 12pm
Starbucks will host its first-ever Starbucks Coffee Break, inviting customers across the country to enjoy a free cup of freshly brewed coffee. In stores and on street corners, from insulated brewing equipment and giant coffee backpacks, partners (employees) will pour tall (12-ounce) cups of coffee to surprise customers and delight commuters. Find a Starbucks near you...
Posted by Jeremy on March 15, 2006 at 08:06 AM | Link
February 17, 2006
Pillow Fight in Union Square
While QLL never took our pants off for Improv Everywhere's No Pants 2k6 Subway Ride, we do take our hats off to the resurrection of games from our childhood. Last summer we reported on mass scale games of Capture the Flag. Today we are thrilled to announce that newmindspace is bringing Urban Pillow Fight to Union Square.
This Saturday at 2pm pranksters and professionals alike will converge, feather pillows in tow, to wreak feathery havoc on one another. Our mothers never supported pillow fighting, but QLL strongly advocates it. Let the feathers fly!
Soft pillows only! Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once. Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras. Remove glasses beforehand! The event is FREE and appropriate for ALL AGES. Wait until the signal to begin! This event is more fun with feathers.
Posted by EMC on February 17, 2006 at 01:17 PM | Link
February 13, 2006
Warm Welcome to Winter
The Blizzard of 2006 is being hailed as "the biggest ever in New York City," blanketing Manhattan with a hearty covering of powder. In Central Park the official measure was 26.9 inches. With so much of our country still ravaged and recovering from extreme weather, one might have expected a hostile response to this potentially debilitating winter storm. However, the welcome given to the New York City Blizzard of 2006 was unseasonably warm.
All day Sunday people were out. Dressed with various articles of ski gear, rain boots, cowboy boots, snow boots, across the city people came out to play in the snow. On Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince, a squat little snowman with smart coal buttons, a carrot nose, plaid scarf and baseball cap sat prominently in the street, guarding a parking spot. Snowballs arched back and forth across Washington Square Park in an organized snowball fight and we even spotted people on cross-country skis. New York welcomed the storm, perhaps even found it amusing, but with temperatures ricocheting up and down the thermostat, the snow simply cannot last.
Enjoy the snow and the good humor while you can. Temperatures midweek are predicted to spike into the low-mid 50s by Thursday, dropping again over the weekend.
Posted by EMC on February 13, 2006 at 10:56 PM | Link
February 08, 2006
Mike Birbiglia kicks off The Medium Man on Campus Tour Thursday, February 8th at his hometown college NYU. Mike has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as several specials on Comedy Central and is a regular on the Bob & Tom Morning Show.
It was just 4 years ago that Mike graduated from Georgetown University and moved to New York City, where he would be embraced by legendary talent booker Lucien Hold, The Comic Strip Live manager credited with discovering Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. It was Hold who got Mike seen by The Letterman Show, where Mike would make his TV debut. Hold has said of Mike: "He's the first guy I've ever compared to Jerry Seinfeld." Mike's Letterman success catapulted him into a herd of TV appearances including his own highly rated special on Comedy Central. Seventeen Magazine has called Mike a "Voice of the Next Generation," The Onion has called him "unstintingly clever," and The New York Post just named him one of the "New Stars of 2005." People are predicting big things for Birbiglia. Last year, he played 300 shows in 40 different cities and his newsletter "Stuff I Wrote in My CVS Notebook" goes to thousands of people each month. -- Generously lifted from Mike's press bio.
Posted by Jeremy on February 08, 2006 at 11:16 PM | Link
February 02, 2006
Special Dinner Menu at Megu
Without fail, the last two years I have spent Restaurant Week cooking in my own kitchen. Either the post-holiday status of my bank account renders even reduced fare dining impossible, or tables are booked before I catch wind of the specials. This year, however, I will break my fast.
Stunning and expensive, high-end Japanese restaurant Megu is generously offering a dinner tasting menu of five courses for $35, February 1st - 3rd. Heralded by New York Magazine as a "close...culinary equal" to Masa, Megu promises to be exquisite. Call immediately for reservations. QLL will follow up shortly with a review.
62 Thomas Street
btwn W. Broadway and Church
Posted by EMC on February 02, 2006 at 09:37 AM | Link
January 25, 2006
It is not often that QLL makes an appearance above 14th street. However, after a Friday evening visit to The Met, we found ourselves famished on unfamiliar turf. Leaving the museum on foot we headed east on 82nd street, hoping to stumble upon something delicious. We found Girasole, Italian for sunflower, an UES gem worth the trip uptown.
Low ceilings and soft lighting in the dining room create the illusion of an Old World taverna, an image delicately offset by elegant white table cloths and walls peppered with Art Nouveau prints. The clientele is varied -- museum goers, couples, large groups and a spattering of neighborhood locals to whom Girasole is clearly a weekly staple.
The food is remarkable. First to the table is a generous bread basket, and complimentary plate of antipasti. The fresh pastas with homemade sauces that follow are truly outstanding: the carbonara was rich and buttery, the goulash-style lasagnette truly to die for. Our hunger sated by the generous pasta dishes, we never actually made it to the secondi courses that New York Metro describes as "golden...head-turners." We think the entire restaurant is a golden head-turner and hope to be back within the month. Call for reservations.
151 East 82nd Street
btwn Lexington and Third Ave
Posted by EMC on January 25, 2006 at 11:16 AM | Link
January 24, 2006
If you missed it over the weekend, you can check out Improv Everywhere's new website which describes in visually painful detail their 2nd annual "No Pants" subway ride. Several readers contacted us to report on the event. The cops eventually showed up and freaked out, called in backup (25 more cops) and arrested 8 people. We choose to take the high road and not report on such silliness in advance however, today, my inner child has gotten the better of me.
This Saturday, starting in a TBD location in Brooklyn is the 3rd annual Idiotarod (yes, that's IDIOTarod not Idiotarod). It is New York's version of the great Alaskan dogsled race but instead of a pack of dogs it is people, and shopping carts replace the dogsleds. The event starts in Brooklyn, runs into Manhattan, and will end approximately five miles later. Last year 500 runners competed but an unknown amount finished. Drinking is encouraged as it "makes the pain go away".
It's BYOSC (bring your own shopping cart). Compete at your own risk.
Posted by Jeremy on January 24, 2006 at 11:12 AM | Link
January 19, 2006
Aside from playing host to one of Manhattan's hippest late night scenes, the LES is also teeming with hot new restaurants. El Bocadito, the new Mexican joint on Orchard Street, caught our attention.
Bringing together traditional street fare, street art and different genres of contemporary Mexican music, El Bocadito co-owner, Holly Grabelle, has crafted a well-rounded authenticity. The new restaurant is said to evoke the feel of modern day Mexico City at prices that will make your mouth water.
El Bocadito translates roughly into "tiny morsel" or "little bite," a name that suits the menu just fine. Chef Alejandro Moncada's menu is inspired by the street food of Mexico City and is composed of a collection of small plates like cactus salad, esquites, homemade plantain and cassava chips and guacamole alongside larger plates like crispy rolled taquitos dorados and tamales. Don't be scared off by humble beginnings; a lot of heart and soul has gone into the conception of this cozy new spot.
Currently open on the LES for dinner and drinks, brunch and lunch are soon to come.
79 Orchard Street
btwn Broome and Grand
Posted by EMC on January 19, 2006 at 10:02 PM | Link
January 13, 2006
Fixer Plays CBGB
Ladies, don your skinny jeans and black stilettos. Gents, get ready to grease up the mohawks. Local NYC rock band, Fixer is playing at CBGB. QLL had our first taste this summer and, quite frankly, we're dying to go back for more.
"Jumping on no bandwagons, Fixer have absorbed all the hi-test, hard rock, post-p8unk influences from the past and churned out their own intoxicating flavor of rock and roll."
Put simply, they rock. Front man, Evan Saffer, is not only an excellent vocalist, but also a mesmerizing showman, and The Reverend Diamond Tim Newton on drums is not to be missed.
Dinner plans? Go ahead and cancel. This show starts at 10:30 and you'd be sorry to miss it.
btwn 1st and 2nd Avenues
Posted by EMC on January 13, 2006 at 04:07 PM | Link
January 09, 2006
Jim Morrison is Alive and Well
On a recent trip to Amsterdam, QLL identified the rock and roll legend pedaling across Prinsengracht canal on a bicyle. Looking huskier and rather aged, Morrison belted out "what a nice smile" as he passed us. We were dumbstruck. He looked familiar, sounded familiar and spoke with no trace of a foreign accent. After hearing his voice again, we made the connection. We recognized the haunting melody as the words lilted over the canal:
"riders on the storm, unto this house we're born, unto this world we're thrown."
What are the odds that a New Year's trip to Europe would uncover one of rock and roll's greatest legends. Morrison clearly fled to Paris to escape his celebrity in the U.S. Realizing that he would never be free, he faked his own death and went underground only to resurface anonymously in Amsterdam, a city whose relaxed drug and prostitution laws provide that his indulgent behaviour not draw scrutiny. While we stand behind our theory, we have yet to find any supporters, but encourage readers' opinions.
January 06, 2006
Last First Friday at the Guggenheim
6,500 people have experience the Guggenheim's First Fridays since the series began in October. Tonight will be closing out the party for the season:
Just as attendees were catching their breath from Funkstorung's delirious December appearance in the grand rotunda, Flavorpill rolls out First Fridays' most highly anticipated guest to date: Diplo.
Diplo and $mall Change will ensure that First Fridays' winter session closes with a bang. When guests return March 3rd, a brand-new exhibition will be installed featuring the boldly original visions of the 20th century's preeminent American sculptor, David Smith, and a fresh set of world-class DJs will be behind the decks. Meanwhile, the public can relive First Fridays' past via Flavorpill and the Guggenheim's First Fridays Blog, full of professional-grade photography documenting the nightlife phenomenon of 2005.
Previous QLL coverage of First Fridays. If you join the Guggenheim (we did last time) you get to cut the line and bring a guest, membership is $125.00 (A little pricey for QLL, but its tax-deductible, oh and...for a good cause.)
Posted by Jeremy on January 06, 2006 at 03:52 PM | Link
December 27, 2005
13th Annual Superheroes Ball
Any decent New Yorker knows that Times Square is certainly not the place to be on New Year's Eve. Hoards of people and impossible taxi hailing render it quite possibly the worst night in Manhattan. However, if your trip to Europe fell through at the last minute and you find yourself in the category of decent adventurer stuck in the city for New Year's, fear not. The LVHRD Foundation has come up with an impressive scheme to bring fun and celebration to a select group of creative-minded New Yorkers.
The 13th Annual Superheroes Ball will be held the Eve of New Year's Eve, Friday, December 30 from 9pm until 2am. Combining "the mischievous, costumed revelry of a masquerade with the more macabre intrigue of a murder mystery," this curious fete certainly promises to be spectacular. Tear down the walls of your cubicle. Bring those knee boots, capes and jumpsuits out from storage. Hop into the nearest phone booth and remember what it feels like to fly. Space is limited and civilians are strictly prohibited. Delve into your imagination and come celebrate last year's accomplishments while basking in the intrigue of a year yet begun.
Heroes and villains alike are welcome. But act fast. Registration ends December 28th.
Posted by EMC on December 27, 2005 at 05:05 PM | Link
December 16, 2005
Simon Says: Follow Through
Follow Through #574: Rotate your body 90 degrees to the wall. Cross arms, turn head and slowly shuffle around counter-clockwise.
"Follow Through is a mobile, audio-visual artwork that has been created specifically for the Museum's 5th Floor Permanent Collection galleries and is accessible to visitors on portable media players. The project is inspired by the discrepancy the artists found between the active and energetic art on view in the galleries and the rather passive and languid body language of museum visitors looking at that art. Referencing the structure of the existing audio tour, the artists invite visitors to engage in a set of exercises designed to bring well-established behavioral codes of museum attendance into relief."
Hilarity ensues as you find a stranger on a bench and sit directly next to him or speak in a foreign language loudly and point at the painting (if you don't know another language, make one up). We recommend going with a friend, but make sure to pay attention to other people around you and try to spot other behaviors. We don't know if the security guards are in on the project, especially with one of the actions to make eye contact with a security guard and then quickly turn away. From the QLL Art Department, two ears up.
FOLLOW THROUGH, A MOBILE MEDIA PROJECT
by Jennifer Crowe and Scott Paterson
December 1, 2005-January 29, 2006
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave. 5th floor.
Posted by Jeremy on December 16, 2005 at 11:57 AM | Link
December 15, 2005
Balducci's Opens in Chelsea
As previously reported on QLL, Baldacci's will open their doors for the first time today December 15th. Located in the landmark 1897 New York Savings Bank building promises to be a very special food shopping experience.
Check back for a full review...
Posted by Jeremy on December 15, 2005 at 11:48 AM | Link