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The Greenwich Project, the third in a series of “projects” by the same group that brought the Mulberry Project to Little Italy and the Vinatta Project to the Meatpacking District is sure to please.
Opening the first week in April, the Greenwich Project will be housed in a two-story townhouse at 47 West 8th Street.
The lower level will have a lounge where cocktails of the custom and standard varieties will be served to patrons. Upstairs diners will be plied with yummy delectable from an American-style menu created by . One enticing treat customers can expect to see here is 35-day dry-aged lamb loin with curry goat cheese yogurt and diver scallops with salsify, morels and foie gras.
In keeping with the tradition set by the first two ‘project’ restaurants, a rotating gallery of artworks will be displayed on the walls.
Looking for something to do that is quintessentially ‘Village’? Then you must check out “CBGB.” Located at 315 Bowery at Bleeker Street, it is where you end up after taking a scenic walk down the historic Bleeker Street.
Mostly a bar, back in the day CBGB made a low risk bet when it gave a venue to the ‘not-too-good’ punk-rock band, the Ramones, and therefore launched a revolution in music. Some say that CBGB is the birthplace of the “modern hipster,” and who knows? Maybe they’re right.
So if you have a hankering for being smushed together in a less than comfortable space; perhaps having a beer or two spilled on your clothing; or feel a deep-seated need to visit one of the most horrific restrooms in town, then don’t hesitate to make a visit. Not up for such and adventure? Try the downstairs space which affords its patrons a less ‘avant-garde’ experience.
Anyone who has visited Zarsha Leo knows that a night out with friends can be a really fun experience. Between the amazing food served hot fresh and spicy, to the large beer and wine list, cocktails and other elegant beverages, and the sports events broadcast from all over the world on the gigantenourmous plasma screen TVs, there is just about nowhere else like Zarsha Leo.
“I started out wanting to give my friends in New York something special to do in the evenings- somewhere special to go, you know?” commented Evan Burschkopf, CEO and founder of the bar/restaurant franchise.
“Staying out with friends, having a few drinks, and watching the game together, is my idea of a good time, so I figured other people would like it, too.”
Evan thought right, and now his successful, trend-setting establishment is expanding to points all across the globe.
New York City has long had the reputation of having close to the best quality tap water throughout the nation. But now, the issue of the purity of its water, is being questioned and used for a potential business opportunity. A store in the East Village is now selling New York City tap water. But Molecule is insisting that this is “not just any tap water,” since it streams through a filtering machine using UV rays, ozone treatments and reverse osmosis. Indeed, the processing treatment encompasses seven stages, in order to create the end result – “pure H20.”
And it’s not a cheap process either – the machine costs $25,000 – but Molecule co-owner Adam Ruhf insists that it’s worth it as he never has to be concerned about spoiled products or storage costs. As well, for those with a sensitive palate, they can really tell the difference in taste of the water.
Much Ado About Nothing?
At the end of the day though, is this just all a scam? Doesn’t the city of New York already boast really great quality water? And if that is the case, why on earth would someone want to pay $2.50 for a 16 ounce glass of something they can get from their taps at home? Especially since a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection pointed out that the general consensus among public health experts is that the water in the city is “among the safest, highest quality in the world.” They know this through the 500,000+ tests that are conducted on an annual basis.
Still, Ruhf isn’t convinced. He believes that the water still contains chemicals and chlorine and thus there is a niche for Molecule. He says that the water is tastier, fluffy and finishes smoothly. As well, it is imbued with herbs, roots and even pH infusions.
NYC Tap Water: The Facts
If New York City had anything to hide about the quality of its water, then it probably wouldn’t be showcasing it through its Water-On-the-Go program. Organized by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the program is keeping New Yorkers hydrated through its portable fountains that are being installed at special events throughout the five boroughs.
Furthermore, it claims that the water supplies in NYC are practically lead-free. While there is a chance that lead can leach into water via old plumbing, sampling suggests that most of NYC taps produce water containing insignificant (if any) quantities of lead. For those who are overly-concerned however, they can call 311 for a free testing kit. Giardia and Cryptosporidium have been detected in some water samples, BUT there has not been any evidence that these have caused any kind of illness among New Yorkers. Further, all drinking water in the NYC area is chlorine-treated (killing harmful bacteria and viruses), fluoride and orthophosphate (ensuring the prevention of lead from being released into the plumbing). There has been an argument that the exposure to chlorine and its byproducts can be linked to an increased risk for certain types of cancer, but the risk is so small vis-à-vis those linked to non-chlorinated water.
Since 1888 Katz’s Delicatessen has been serving up some of the world’s greatest deli sandwiches on the Lower East Side of New York.
Today true delis are a rare breed. This special type of food emporium was created in the heyday of immigration to New York when newcomers to the US craved the flavors from back home, which were born from the reality of no refrigeration. Smoking and pickling and other food curing methods helped lengthen the lifespan of meat, and also gave meat a special flavor that could not be reproduced easily using other methods.
Katz’s Deli was a beloved eatery established by a Russian immigrant family. Today the tradition established then, which survived three depressions, uncountable recessions, and two world wars, keeps Katz’s on the map and in the hearts of its loyal customers.
Katz’s is located at 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St) For more information and their hours go to Katz’s or call 1-800-4-HOTDOG and/or (212) 254-2246.
There is no shortage of great things to do, parties to go to, entertainment to see, while you are welcoming 2012 in the East Village this year.
• The Central Bar at 109 East 9th Street will be serving drinks for five hours at their open bar on two floors to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Appetizers will be served, party favors distributed, and a live DJ will help you ease into 2012. Eight big screens and a champagne toast will add an exciting touch to the celebration. 212-525-5333.
• The Forum is at 127 4th Avenue and is planning an unforgettable party for the hippest New Yorkers, including models, financiers and many of New York’s upper crust residents. The Forum is designed as a nod to the great Roman Forum of Julius Ceaser, including Corinthian columns and other classic details. The premium bar will be open for five hours from 9pm until 2am and a performance by one of the world’s premier DJs will make this a New Year’s you won’t forget.
• Percy’s Tavern at 210 Avenue A is offering three options to celebrate the New Year. General admission is $10 which gives you an entrance to the bar where you can hear the Itinerants play, live. For $40 guests have access to a four hour open bar, and for $65 revelers can have the open bar and also a delicious dinner. (212) 228-4885
Happy New Year to all our friends in Lower Manhattan and the East Village.
In the mood for a meal out, but don’t have too much money? Just head on over to S’Mac at 345 East 12th Street in the East Village and have what many people agree is a great meal for a reasonable price.
If you don’t already know, this specialty shop specializes in dishing out one of the world’s most wonderful of comfort foods, Macaroni and Cheese. At S’Mac this taste from childhood has been lifted into the spheres of culinary art, barely recognizable as the dish your mom whipped up for you in a matter of minutes.
At the moment S’Mac offers its pride and joy in four varieties, The Sampler, Four Cheese, The Flag and S’Mac Sampler. There is also gluten-free feasting for those watching for that infamous carb ingredient. Go on over, fill up, and take some of your hard-earned money back home with you.
Established in 1894, Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffé has been creating a reputation for over 100 years with its fabulous authentic Italian pastries, desserts and other incredible treats. Included among their most celebrated delicacies are New York Cheesecake, Italian Cheesecake and Sicilian Cheesecake, Black Forest, Tiramisu, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Mousse, Carrot and Red Velvet, butter cookies, biscotti and our famous Almond Torte.
The café is festooned with stamped cooper ceilings, authentic Italian marble floors, stained glass windows, and all the choices one would see in a similar café in Roma.
If you can’t get over to the shop itself, which is located at 310 East 11th Street, where you can park in an indoor garage and get a validation worth $2 off of the garage fee when you purchase something at Veniero’s; then try ordering the same delicious tempting taste treats on-line.
New York Times restaurant critics said about Extra Virgin that it is “a little gem of a restaurant with cooking consistently good and the young staff attractive and efficient.”
Come to the West 4th Street location at the corner of Perry Street and experience for yourself what all the excitement is about.
The focus of the cuisine is Mediterranean, specializing in creative and adventurous menus in a comfortable but exciting dining room. Of special note is that each night the restaurant offers changing varieties of extra virgin olive oils from across the globe to create an amazing taste journey.
For more information call 212-691-9359.
When you are in the mood for the freshest home-baked breads, cakes, cookies and pastries, stop in to the Magnolia Bakery in the heart of the West Village.
Magnolia first opened in 1996, and since then has developed a reputation for producing the best, old-fashioned baked treats. Located at 401 Bleecker Street on the corner of West 11th Street, Magnolia Bakery is a family owned enterprise which prides itself on baking everything on the premises, from scratch, with the best ingredients, the way grandma used to make it.
Magnolia is not just about eating either. The Bakery will donate 50 cents for every Pink Ribbon Cupcake that is purchased during October to the Breast Cancer
In 2007 ownership of Magnolia changed hands when Steve Abrams, an experienced restaurateur, took over the shop, and along with his wife and daughter, began to grow the business. Now Magnolia Bakery is composed of seven branches, four in New York, one in Los Angeles, one in Dubai, and a new branch in Chicago.
Go visit and see what makes Magnolia Bakery so special.