I love hamburgers. My favorite thing to do is grill burgers in the Summer. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. At a time when it’s freezing outside, I guess I am longing for the warm weather. In New York City though I can get delicious burgers any day of the year. It inspired me to share my thoughts on finding that perfect burger. I generally go for huge sandwiches with raw onion, lettuce and tomato. Some places offer unique toppings like avocado and crumbled blue cheese…which I like as well. Basically, I like meat. Give these a shot and let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite burger joint??
Island Burger http://www.islandburgersandshakes.com/ They offer 40+ different combos and toppings for burgers and chicken “churasco” sandwiches. My favorite is the Mona Lisa with pesto, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and grilled onions.
Corner Bistro http://cornerbistrony.com/ You will see why Corner Bistro is a New York staple. $3 beers and $7 burgers. The burgers are juicy and served on a perfect potato roll. You will want more than one! The menu includes burgers and a few other sandwiches. That’s it. If you want a salad, go somewhere else!
P.J. Clark’s http://www.pjclarkes.com/ As a Deals Expert I must confess this is a $17 hamburger. I include it as one of my favorites because it is delicious. It is located across the street from Lincoln Center, so if you are seeing a show for a special occasion, give this a try. It is a treat. They have a high end raw bar as well. Get the fried shoestring onions as a topping on your burger and enjoy.
Nothing cheers me up on a cold day like a piping hot soup dumpling. They are the Chinese equivalent of a warm blanket and hot chocolate. I’ll give you some places to try and also a lesson in how to eat them and not burn your tongue.
Unlike most dumplings that you can pop in your mouth, soup dumplings are filled with very hot broth. They are larger than most dumplings and you would burn your mouth if you don’t let the steam out.
There are two ways to enjoy them. Place the dumpling on your spoon. You can either bite the top off and suck out some broth, or pierce the side of the dumpling with your chopstick and let some broth fill the spoon. Either way you can start to enjoy the soup and let the inside cool. Be sure to add soy and fresh ginger. You will find pork, crab, veggie and combo dumplings. I like pork dumplings the best and enjoy eating my soup as it spills out into my spoon. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
These are some of my favorite places:
Shanghai Cuisine 89 Bayard Street 212-732-8988 Try a Lychee Martini as well.
Joe’s Shanghai http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/ Make a reservation. They are very popular with several locations.
Shanghai Café http://shanghaicafenyc.com/ They have great wontons in hot oil if you like spicy dumplings.
I’m not a big “buy me a gift person.” Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t push away the gift bag, but when it comes to Holidays food is my friend. I would much rather go out and have a special treat. Nothing makes me smile more than a cupcake. My two best friends are peanut butter and chocolate. Seriously. A $5 piece of pastry or pint of ice cream is so much more enjoyable than most “things” to me. That must be why I wrote a book about food!
So if you’re stuck about what to get, try one of these places in NYC. They will make your sweetie smile. Buy one for yourself and the world will seem like a better place!
Sprinkles http://www.sprinkles.com/cupcake-bakery-locations/new-york/ My favorite thing to do at Sprinkles is order a frosting shot. Yup. A generous helping of frosting in a cup with or without sprinkles. They have creative flavors like salty caramel, chai latte and ginger lemon.
Crumbs Bakery http://www.crumbs.com/ Crumbs are famous for colossal cupcakes stuffed with frosting and interesting flavors. I like the cookie dough, peanut butter cup and monkey business (banana again) cupcakes. They do offer minis that you can buy by the dozen and smaller cupcakes if you need just a little something sweet.
Billy’s Bakery http://billysbakerynyc.com/ I prefer the vanilla cupcake to the chocolate here. They also have great flavors like pumpkin or banana nutella.
Magnolia Bakery http://www.magnoliabakery.com/ I lovvvveeee the plain chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. My favorite in the city. If you are or aren’t a banana fan, try the banana pudding. I have converted many people with this dessert.
I will spend “love weekend” sampling one cupcake from each place!
I like to be well informed so I can pass on useful information to fans of 365 Guide NYC so I went to Times Square on Wednesday to check out Super Bowl Boulevard. I must say that it was really well done and more than I anticipated. It runs from 34th Street to 47th Street on Broadway. http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/super-bowl-boulevard/index.aspx#.UuvEUv13uAY
The FOX and NFL Channel booths are very cool to see. I saw Melissa Stark broadcasting. There is an ice sculpture of the Super Bowl logo where the FOX guys are as well. You never know who may be appearing and live broadcasts go off at noon and 6pm.
The toboggan is massive. I am doing it tonight! A definite tip….The ticket booth and will call windows if you bought tickets on ticketmaster is located at 42nd & 6th. You can also register there for a GMC badge. The badge allows them to email for FREE photos of yourself coming down the slide as well as FREE photos at the M&M booth. It replaces the need to sign the waiver for the toboggan. Go there first!
You can get in line to have your photo taken with the Lombardi Trophy and catch FREE bands all day long. I saw the Bacon Brothers. Yes, it’s cold but everyone is in good spirits. It’s great for kids of all ages.
Now the important info….where to eat and drink afterwards!
Langan’s http://langans.com/ Feeling chilly? Order a hot toddy and a flat bread pizza.
Blarney Rock Pub http://www.blarneyrockpub.com/ They offer $4 drafts 365 days a year and good burgers.
Latitude http://www.latitudebarnyc.com/ Try the $4 drafts, $5 well and Cosmos (until 10pm) plus the nachos or black truffle fries.
Even though the Super Bowl is in New Jersey, it feels like it’s coming to New York City. There are a lot of fun things going on. Some are super expensive and some are actually free. Many bars are charging set cover charges but most will be open as usual. If you’re in town, you won’t be bored. These are some economical ways to spend Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Boulevard http://www.nycgo.com/articles/super-bowl-boulevard
This free, interactive, football-themed experience takes place January 29–February 1, noon–10pm, on Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets. You can kick a field goal and have a toboggan ride. Tickets are $5 per ride and can be purchased at the ticket kiosks at Three Bryant Park Plaza, 40 West 40th St. or at the NFL Shop at Super Bowl in Macy’s and on Ticketmaster http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&aid=1946475&user_input=toboggan&q=Toboggan+Run+Engineered+By+GMC
I’ll be at this one. I am a big Billy Blanks fan and will need to work off my half-time munchies in advance!
Celebrity Sweat Ultimate Workout Challenge
When: February 2
Where: City College of New York
Billy Blanks (co-creator of Tae Bo) and Celebrity Sweat’s “Eric the Trainer” lead a morning of fitness before Super Bowl Sunday devolves into a frenzy of guacamole-and-hot-wing consumption. The event is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 1-800-725-9423, extension 818.
Beer Authority http://www.beerauthoritynyc.com/mysitecaddy/site3/superbowl.htm
They are offering packages from $75 to $150. All of them included some type of open bar a food buffet. If you plan on drinking a lot of beer with great appetizers, this may be the place for you. I like this place because there is plenty of seating and tons of TVs.
I just love the word….IdeaMensch. It makes me smile and now that they interviewed me I’ve been able to explore the site and learn something new. If you’ve ever had a great idea or got your business off the ground, you’ll surely learn something new from other entrepreneurs. IdeaMensch is a site for people who bring ideas to life. Enjoy my article. http://ideamensch.com/monica-dinatale/
I love the snow. When you live in New York City and walk everywhere, you don’t have to worry about driving in bad weather. With that stress gone I go out and enjoy the peace snow brings and the beautiful scenery. Since I eat out all the time I take advantage of getting a table last minute almost anywhere. It’s my own personal “snow day” adult style. Yes, it’s cold outside…but finding that perfect spot to defrost your hands is worth it! Here are some places to try for your “snow day.”
Coppola’s http://www.coppolas-nyc.com/ They do delicious brick oven pizza and homemade pastas. Get Nonna’s meatballs and your cares will disappear.
Fred’s http://fredsnyc.com/ Order the meatloaf and one of the soups. The tomato soup is not your average boring tomato.
The Red Lion http://www.redlionnyc.com/ They have live music 7 days a week with low cover charges and no drink minimums.
Truth be told, I’m one of those annoying people that starts Christmas shopping in August. I like to pick up things during the year, stick them in the closet and pull them out in December. I know many people enjoy the last minute rush and I can certainly appreciate getting a great deal. If you still need a few things, check these out.
Calvin Klein sweaters for men and women 30% off http://www.calvinklein.com/shop/en/ck
LifeProof iPhone Case http://www.lifeproof.com/en/
Varsano’s Chocolates http://www.varsanos.com/
Captain Underpants Books http://store.scholastic.com/
Vivi Sun Jewelry http://www.princessvivi.com/
And, of course, if you need to shop for a “foodie” consider my book 365 Guide New York City. Its full of 365 restaurant deals and bar specials in the Big Apple. It’s the only guide book of it’s kind.
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It’s that time of year when walking down the streets in New York City is like attending a rock concert. I love the energy it adds to my city but also like to escape back to my quiet pad. It is lovley to be able to live in a place where people vacation. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
These are some things I like to do during this time of year.
Macy’s Santa By far the best…ever. It gets crowded but surprisingly everyone is in a good mood. Want to skip the line? Try a Santaland Express pass If you just want to see Santa and don’t mind missing Santaland, you can make a Santaland Express reservation for FREE up to 48 hours before your visit. There are two ways to do it: In person at kiosks located in the store’s Cellar or on the 9th floor by Holiday Lane, or via Macy’s app. You’ll have to skip Santaland entirely but you’ll skip the line, too. http://www.macys.com/
Pop Up Shops at Columbus Circle There are some great NYC merchants, NYC ornaments and wares from around the globe. Generally prices are reasonable and be sure to check out the food vendors for everything from Bavarian pretzels to mulled cider. http://www.christmasandcity.com/our-stores/holiday-shops/columbus-circle/
Winter Village at Bryant Park Bring your own ice skates and it’s free. $15 for skate rentals. They also set up a shopping village that is well worth checking out. http://www.bryantpark.org/things-to-do/wintervillage.html