If you’re a food lover and live in New York City then this must be your favorite time of year… Restaurant Week! This is the best time to restaurant hop to some of your favorite eateries or try some new ones that are on your dining bucket list. One in particular that is a must-try happens to be Left Bank, located in the West Village. [Read more…] about Come Celebrate Restaurant Week with Left Bank in the West Village
For some reason, The doughnut (or donut, depending on how you spell it), has never really been the Beyonce of sweets when it comes to how you compare it to other delectables like cookies or cake. Well, fear not my doughnut loving friends, because two amazing companies in New York City are planning on making the doughnut the star of the show when top delivery service Maple & West Village mainstay The Doughnut Project will be presenting Doughnut Week this coming week in Manhattan. Get your taste buds ready people! [Read more…] about Maple & The Doughnut Project Partner Up for Doughnut Week!
No matter what cuisine I am trying out in Manhattan, the one that I always seem to love more than anything is Mexican. I don’t know why, but as someone who grew up loving spice, it seems to resonate with my taste buds and a good cause for my happy faces as I have grown up. So naturally I was excited to try out La Gringa Taqueria, which has two super convenient locations on Christopher Street in the West Village and Grand Street in Williamsburg. [Read more…] about La Gringa Taqueria Spices Up Brooklyn & The West Village
With the warm weather making its exit and the cold, brisk weather of the fall making its way in, Manhattanites are in search for some warm and hearty meals to keep themselves toasty and satisfied throughout the next couple of months. Manhattan has its bevy of places to choose from when it comes to the best of the best in Italian food, however there is one place in the West Village worth stopping by if you are ever in the Christopher Street area- Olio e Piu, located at 3 Greenwich Avenue.
Olio e Piu is visually very appealing, with the color green being its true standout right on the outside of the restaurant, yet when you walk inside you feel like you are brushed off to Italy with the way how the establishment is actually setup. Its warm and dark colors encompass the setting completely and it becomes even more beautiful if not romantic during the dinner hours when the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit. It also happens to be very spacious which works for large groups of people or just a simple dinner for two.
The menu speaks for itself as it stands true with how delicious authentic Italian food can actually be. The menu is multi-dimensional in terms of what you can order and is plentiful in each category. You can start traditionally with their Antipasti and fresh Bruschette. A dish that I definitely recommend starting with is the Polpette di Vitello Ripiene, otherwise known as Veal Meatballs. The Meatballs are served with a delicious tomato sauce and are cooked to perfection. Meatballs and sauce go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly, and this is a great example of a starter dish. If you want to go with a classic I would recommend trying the Insalata Caprese, comprised of fresh tomatoes, burrata, basil oil and a balsamic glaze. Something I really loved about this dish is that it is simple in its approach yet has such an incredible flavor texture. I love the use of the different color of tomatoes (classic red and vibrant orange) that pair really well with the creaminess of the burrata. Mix that with the oil and glaze and it is a tasty dish to start out your night.
For me and my friend, we had one thing on our mind- Polenta. And Polenta is exactly what we got in two very different preparations in terms of what they were paired with. First is the Maiale alla Diavola, which is Polenta resting under a perfectly cooked pork chop. The other option would be Polenta alla Bolognese, which is exactly what it sounds like. A Bolognese consisting of beef, veal and pork on top of their delicious Polenta. Both had incredible taste textures and really brought it home when it came to authentic Italian cooking.
They also have an amazing assortments of fresh pizza and pasta dishes for you to devour. After a hearty meal if you are still lingering for something sweet, your best bet would be to try the Lemon Ricotta Pana Cotta, with fresh Raspberry compote and chocolate shavings cannoli crumbs. A delicious and satisfying way to end your meal. This was a 9 out of 10 in my book, and is something definitely worth trying out next time you hop on the 1 towards Christopher Street.
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Happy eating everyone!
Over the past few weeks, Manhattan has been overwhelmed with gay bashings, culminating to murder near the Grey’s Papaya on West 8th street and Sixth Ave in the West Village. It’s shocking to hear that these hate crimes are being committed in our gayest neighborhoods. These casual criminals were as bad as the knock-offs on Canal street, getting caught within minutes of committing their crimes. In a status quo that set us back two decades, will it be safe for gays to don there most daring fashion choices?
Marc Carson, who was murdered in the West Village, was identified as being gay because he wore shorts and boots. He was targeted based on what he wore. This news was disturbing, since I liked to strut in the shortest shorts of the season. Such violence was expected in the Himalayas of Brooklyn. There are parts of Brooklyn like East New York or Flatbush where one wouldn’t dare wear pom pom shorts past happy hour for fear of being attacked. Yet this was happening in the movie making, celebrity filled Manhattan. Why the sudden change in a post Sandy world?
Religion and fashion went together like strangers giving out candy. I came to the city that never sleeps to practice my fashion choices in peace. What we wore, shaped and defined our lives. It was as essential as breakfast in the morning. I had no intentions to revert back to the political stylings of the nation’s conservatively dressed Capitol–where I was born and raised. A gay man’s right to shoes should be protected as well as skirts, kilts, and dresses–oh my!
It’s neither always sunny on Independence Day nor is it always snowing on Christmas. However, that didn’t deter me from wanting to see the fireworks while remaining completely dry. It also did not keep me from wishing for a White Christmas ever winter. We don’t live in a perfect world. The shenanigans of these shady thugs can’t force us back into the closet. Besides our wardrobes didn’t fit in the narrow cages that imprisoned their minds.
Is there is a way for us all to co-exist in an environment as diverse as the concrete jungle? There is no such thing as a life without conflict. However, we do have our gay-borhoods. So if one isn’t pro gay then stay out our neighborhoods and take that homophobia elsewhere. We have to try as people to be better than we were the day before. I embraced my freedom to wear black as often as possible. Skirts and dresses were my preference to layer over leather pants and skinny jeans, not my sexual orientation. I have the right to define my humanity, through the way I choose to dress in any city, borough or district.