Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #16: Milk & Honey

Milk and Honey Flatiron NYCMilk & Honey
Neighborhood: Flatiron
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Mysterious, Classy
Crowd/Scene: In the Know 
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Rating: 4 Stars

I’m hesitant to write too much about Milk & Honey, because it feels like such a secret. I don’t believe that it is, otherwise, I certainly wouldn’t know about it. But you can’t help but walk up in there and think that you’re back in the days of Prohibition and that the 5-O is going to come busting through the door looking to arrest people for illegally serving alcohol.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #17: Red Rooster

Red Rooster Harlem NYCRed Rooster
Neighborhood: Central Harlem
Venue: Restaurant 
Atmosphere: Low-key, Jazz
Crowd/Scene: Food & Music lovers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGb7u1
Rating: 3 Stars

Despite having been in the same building as Red Rooster many times (Red Rooster operates a club downstairs called Ginny’s), I had never actually eaten at the restaurant that has garnered rave reviews since before it even opened its doors.

To get right to it, I thought the food was okay. I always hesitate to mark a restaurant down based off one experience, because I’ve had one-off bad experiences with some of the venues I love and frequent the most. Thus, I won’t say that the food at Red Rooster is anything less than okay, and I’ll admittedly divulge that I’m not basing my review here off of anything more than 1 single visit. However, my experience, on the day I went there, wasn’t all that great.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #15: Mamajuana Cafe

Mamajuana Cafe InwoodMamajuana Cafe
Neighborhood: Inwood
Venue: Bar & Restaurant
Atmosphere: Dance, Nightlife
Crowd/Scene: Partiers, Dancers
Foursquare Check-in: N/A
Rating: 3 Stars

Mamajuana Cafe! I just happened across this place one day when I was walking back from La Marina, and upon finally entering it this summer, I can tell you, it’s worth a shot.

No, it’s nothing super special, and I would almost never make the trek up to Inwood just to party at Mamajuana, but if you’re in the area and looking for something to do, this is not a bad option in the least.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #14: La Marina Outdoor Club

La Marina NYCLa Marina NYC
Neighborhood: Inwood
Venue: Outdoor Bar/Club
Atmosphere: Club, Lounge, Dance
Crowd/Scene: Trendy, Partiers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGacK5
Rating: 5 Stars

La Marina is probably one of the best kept-secrets in Manhattan–well, depending on the demographic you belong to. It’s pretty safe to say that if you are an inhabitant of the Inwood neighborhood, then you know all about La Marina. Additionally, my latino brothas and sisters are more likely to be knowledgeable of this fine establishment. And then my fellow brothers and sisters with a proclivity for either the uptown lifestyle, or the latino brothas and sisters, are also more likely to be aware of La Marina’s existence.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #13: Booze Cruise

Booze CruiseBooze Cruise
Neighborhood: Water/Kips Bay
Venue: Boat
Atmosphere: Party time
Crowd/Scene: Friends, party-goers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGacK5
Rating: 4 Stars

The booze cruise! It’s an oft-talked about but little-experienced thing here in New York City. The weather just doesn’t allow us to take advantage of such opportunities as often as we New Yorkers should, and our relatively busier schedules makes it hard to make very specific dock departure times.

That said, every once in a while things come together, and with the right confluence of events, and the right people planning, a New York booze cruise can indeed come together. And such was the case with a certain birthday party I hit up on a summer Sunday.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #12: The Wing Bar

The Wing Bar BrooklynThe Wing Bar
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Venue: Restaurant and Bar
Atmosphere: Serene courtyard outback 
Crowd/Scene: Walk-ins, Sports Watchers
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGa39x
Rating: 3 Stars

As my quest along Smith Street continued on this faithful Saturday, I followed up trips to Clover Club, Brooklyn Social and Zombie Hut with a trip to place that serves one of my favorite dishes on earth: Chicken Wings!

With a name like “The Wing Bar,” you automatically set the expectation that you make good wings. To be honest, I didn’t even take into consideration the idea that they wouldn’t have good wings. How long can you actually last as an eatery of some sort when you’re not even good at what your namesake suggests you should be? It would be like Jamba Juice sucking at juice, Pizza Hut sucking at pizza, or New York’s own, Bathtub Gin not having good gin.

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Summer in NYC 2014, Activity #11: Zombie Hut

Zombie Hut BrooklynZombie Hut
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Venue: Bar, Games
Atmosphere: Fun, Chatty 
Crowd/Scene: Gamers! 
Foursquare Check-inhttp://4sq.com/1lGa2lZ
Rating: 3 Stars

My quest along Smith Street continued to Zombie Hut, where I found something that has been lacking in my everyday New York City life: a game bar!

I’ve done almost every kind of bar there is in New York City. From the traditional cocktail and sports bars, to the less familiar poetry and cigar bars. Still, despite the seeming abundance and/or popularity of game bars, I have yet to frequent one…until now.

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