Summer cocktail pick: Death & Co.'s the Head Spin, made with Tequila Cabeza Blanco, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange, House-made Kumquat Cordial, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, and vanilla syrup ($14). The kumquats are the secret ingredient: these mini-oranges are super sour but delightfully tasty and really add that je-ne-sais-quoi element.

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11:00AM on 07/07/2013

In NYC, you can eat food from pretty much all over the world. But good Mexican-Mexican food? Hard to find. That's why La Lucha is a boon for all West Coasters craving the real deal. La Lucha is a truly Mexican-run tacqueria serving up taco perfection with no need for piles and piles of toppings. All the flavor is right there in the Super Porky Mexican Pulled Pork Taco ($4.50) or the El Solitario Steak Taco ($4).

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11:00AM on 05/29/2013

Get ready to fall into a trance and figure your whole life out while experiencing an intense non-drug-induced body high at the Memory Tapes show. Sunday, April 14th at 9:30 p.m. ($12).

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11:00AM on 04/10/2013

Proletariat is a tiny bar appropriately tucked away on St. Mark's for beer lovers to discover, as their slogan promises, "rare, new, and unusual beers." You don't have to be a beer connoisseur to appreciate this place, although the beer snobs might throw dirty looks.  The bartenders know what you want, so let them guide you to the perfect brew.

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11:00AM on 03/11/2013

I had a great meal and a fun time at Boulton&Watt, the new attitude-free East Village gastropub in a post-industrial chic setting. Dinner began with a delicious Mexican Revolver, a stimulating blend of tequila, lime and proseco, and only improved from there. Click through for the menu...

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10:06AM on 02/13/2013

...But we think it sounds pretty damn good: Maine lobsta plus velvety melted gruyere cheese on two toasted slices of organic white bread. Top it off with a squash soup and wash it down with Shipwreck Ale and you'll have a fine, fine lunch.

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02:16PM on 01/08/2013

Derian's 8 round owl plates ($120) are made by using a cunning decoupage process; several layers of antique prints are glued together and then handily pressed under glass. Knowledge never looked so good!

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10:00AM on 10/11/2012
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Our Blind Barber pick: the Strawberry Fields, made with Reyka Vodka, lemon juice, honey, strawberries, and parsley ($12).

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11:00AM on 07/05/2013

Snack Dragon is the answer to your drunken prayers, serving up late-night cheesy, spicy eats that won't make you miserable the morning after. Fresh, herb-packed tacos are served on homemade blue corn tortillas and are worth waiting for, along with the perpetually happy throng of bar hoppers craving chipotle-citrus marinated Carne Asada ($5) or Grilled Sole ($4).

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11:33AM on 05/23/2013

The Cold War Kids have been around for a while, but if you haven't seen them live, you should. This is a show that will give your calves a good work out from all the jumping. Saturday, April 13th at 6 p.m. ($25).

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12:18PM on 04/03/2013

Finally, beer gets the respect it deserves at this beer shop, which is on par with a wine shop rather than a your corner bodega. Good Beer specializes in draft and bottled craft beers from independent, micro, and nano brewers across the country, as well as a select few European brews. You can get a pint ($6) or tasting flight (four 4.5 oz pours, $8)  in-house, as well as some tasty organic, local, or heritage cheeses, kielbasas, and hotdogs.

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11:16AM on 03/08/2013

As the venue for New York City's first slam ever, the Nuyorican is known for its slam competitions and open mics, but also for its hip hop, jazz, and combination-of-everything performances. This is where you can witness Hip Hop, Jazz, and Poetry showcases and open-mics that have welcomed the likes of The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Mos Def.

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11:00AM on 02/07/2013

Butter Lane Cupcakes is trying to raise money for a new air-conditioner unit.  I found them on Smallknot, a Kickstarter-ish site for mom-and-pop businesses.  I like Smallknot's focus on community and of course I love Butter Lane.  If you want to help the cause, check out Butter Lane's campaign right here.

 

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01:12PM on 11/01/2012

...about the sample sale for kids.

Kidini has been dressing bambini for years with semi-annual sales that pop up in various downtown loft spaces. Find fall and winter designer gear from Ella Moss, Lucky Jade, Kit & Lili, Qi Cashmere and more than 50 others at prices 40-50% off retail.

Monday, September 24, 2:30p - 5:30p. Tuesday, September 25 - Friday, September 28, 8:30a - 6:00p

379 Broome Street, Ground Floor

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05:36PM on 09/23/2012

Oaxaca tacos have a way of always hitting the spot. All tacos come topped with your choice of meat, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, salsa, cilantro, avacado, and lime ($3.25, $9.95 for any 3 plus rice and beans). We highly recommend the Especiale. A recent taco of the day: Korean BBQ Short Rib Taco. Yum.

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11:00AM on 06/03/2013
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Psst…Want to know a secret? That unmarked bar-restaurant on the Bowery is Wise Men, a sexy brand-new bar and restaurant. This sleek and modern bar is an ideal date spot where you’ll you’re your favorite Arcade Fire songs while sipping classic cocktails like the Perfect Rob Roy (Deward, Vermouth, Peychard Bitters, $12). The surprisingly to-die-for menu items: the Pork Chop (with mustard, onions, and peppercorn, $18) and the Broccoli (charred with lemon, olive oil, chili flakes, $8). They will the best pork chop and broccoli you’ve ever had, at the best new hotspot in NoHo.

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11:00AM on 04/14/2013

Alphabet City Beer Co. is the beer version of your favorite wine bar/wine shop. They sell over 350 different kinds of craft beers, and keep 12 rotating on tap to taste in the bar or to bring home in a growler along with some fresh baked bread, cheese, and charcuterie to titillate your palate. Hunker down in a leather armchair with a brew and book, or make new friends at the wooden community table and snack on a Three Cheese Grilled Cheese on Cranberry Pecan Bread ($7) or a Pate Plate ($10).

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11:20AM on 03/16/2013

So often drip coffee is watery and burnt, and you're better off shelling out for an Americano. But Mud delivers in the drip department, and I do mean delivers--their Mudtruck makes it possible to grab an outstanding cuppa mud on the go.

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11:00AM on 02/22/2013

Old iron bed, a few Moroccan pillows and blankets. Looks effortless and says "Nap On Me."

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03:46PM on 01/15/2013

Want to know where to get THE BEST fries in NYC? Yes, please. Check out this teensy weensy little joint in the EV. They serve one thing: juicy, fat Belgian fries that are smothered in your choice of 25 different dipping sauces. Get the pesto mayonnaise.

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03:01PM on 10/18/2012

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