Explore NYC efforts were originally thought to be perfect for a brisk weekend day (to be spent with a latte). However, this past week I found myself visiting new places and having a generally amazing time:
1. I finally had the joy of dining at Red Rooster, a Harlem based soul food joint by the dreamy Marcus Samuelson. My colleague and I split savory corn bread while I went to town on Fried Yard Bird and her on the Rotisserie Chicken. As we ate, a band played bossa nova and the bar was bustling through our entire Tuesday evening meal. If you haven’t dined at Red Rooster, I highly suggest you make your way uptown fast.
2. Wednesday night brought me to newly opened sushi spot, Neta, in the West Village. We ended up enjoying a 12-course meal selected by the chef, and by course 6, my colleagues and I were wondering if we’d be able to make it to the end. The spot was cozy, the staff was kind (though still working out a few new restaurant kinks) and the reception seemed positive – the place was packed!
3. Friday night I found myself dressed in my 80′s best at midtown Drag Bar, Lips for a birthday party. The venue was small, but perfect for the birthday boy’s 300 person guest list. With highlights like a rubik’s cube birthday cake to the open bar, to the drag performances, I spent the night dancing until my knees hurt. I also may or may not have had a dance off with the DJ in exchange for a Beyonce song.
4. St. Patrick’s Day is a fascinating day to me. I was shocked to learn there is an annual parade and am never prepared for the sea of green on the trains bar hopping. That said, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And that’s just what I did at Studio Square Beer Garden in Astoria.