The original location I remember seems to have gone with the wind, it's a real shame, imo, but the name and restaurants live on. For those 6 months I lived there in the area, I ate at Santora's a minimum of 3x/a week and never got tired of it. Great memories and really awesome wings.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Here is a link to a great story written about Pat Mitchell's and how it has evolved into its current operation. ARTICLE on Pat Mitchell's.
They are located here these days: 231 Vestal Avenue Endicott, NY 13760 (607) 785-3080
I hope you try it out and enjoy it as much as I did. My favorite flavor was always chocolate chip, pure vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate... greatness, truly!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Veniero's has been successful for over 100 years, and quality is the reason. The pastries here are always wonderful, delicious and consistent. On the East side, it's a tough place to beat.
342 E 11th St. That's where you want to go for authentic and delicious cannoli and italian cheesecakes. The strawberry shortcake is pretty amazing, too. I think i'm getting a crave on, just thinking about Veniero's. Here is the Link to their webpage: Veniero's Bakery
Ben and Jack's has expanded to two locations in Manhattan, but the one I go to is the original location on 219 E. 44th Street. Parking can be found there, and it is convenient to get to. This is where Cory and I go when we get a craving for amazing bacon, and really great steaks. I honestly don't think anyone would be disappointed making the trip here. Reservations are highly recommended. 212-682-5678
I wanted to post up a pic of my favorite Pecan Pie from her, but the pie rarely lasts long enough for me to photograph it, lol. We ordered one for thanksgiving this year and it was a huge hit.
Ivy Bakery is located on the Village-SoHo border at 138 W. Houston St., near MacDougal Street, and she makes a lot of custom pies/cakes and cookies, too. She has an extensive menu and also has blackboard specials! Check them out, I am sure you would find a new spot to fill your craving for baked goods.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Martino's is a gem in Elmont, Long Island. A true Italian pizzeria and restaurant, I've been a fan and coming here since 1988 or so. They serve great italian made dishes and their Sicilian Pizza is in my opinion, the BEST EVER anywhere. I've pictured a slice below, they make their own special dough recipe, daily for their Sicilian slices. Plus, these slices are HUGE and taste really great. They have a nice menu of items, and their dinner specials are truly a great value. They are located in Elmont, Long Island... 1411 Hempstead Turnpike.
The menu also features grilled fish and burgers, too. They offer wonderful soups, and although expensive, the pies for dessert are truly wonderful. For those folks who loved fried food? This is a tough to beat alternative. They are located on Long Beach road, and Sunrise Highway, in Rockville Centre, Long Island.
I'll be mentioning some of my "go to" places to eat some simple and hearty food. I'm hoping that people will check out the places I love, and also share some of your favorites, too.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Yu Guo Shun is an exceptional teacher of Chinese Kung Fu. While he specializes in Chen Tai Chi, he also promotes and teaches Tai Chi Praying Mantis. He is very much a treasure here in New York City.
I found out this past year that the original owner decided to re open the place as Famous Roio's, and man, let me tell you... now, I make a weekly jaunt over here to get my pizza slices. OMG, each and every time I take a bite, i'm transported back in time to a better place and a better stress free and happy time of my life. How many places can do that??
The slices are thick, cheesy and the crust is the best and remains as I fondly remembered it to be. These are Man slices of pizza that will fill you up and satisfy. None of the absurd fancy, gourmet pizza stuff. I hate that nonsense. This is the REAL deal if you hanker for a slice of true NYC pizza.
Located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th street.
Peaches HotHouse is one of my favorite eateries. I try to go here weekly. The place is vibrant, cozy and tantalizes you with tasty, appetizing food that is prepared well. The food here is made from scratch. It's not always the same exact taste, but close enough! IMO, they serve the spiciest fried chicken possible that can feel like it is killing you, but after the tears and the super hot burning sensation you feel in mouth and lips, it tastes so amazing and good, Wow... it's seriously addicting if you like hot and crispy fried chicken. Sides are interesting... I usually go for the mashed potatoes, or sweet potato fries or the mac and cheese.
Dessert is good here, too. A nice assortment of pies and Cory's favorite... the bourbon cake... GREAT stuff. I think the prices are very reasonable here, and the sweet tea is good stuff.
Peaches is located in Bed-Stuy, on 415 Tompkins Avenue. Great food, inexpensive and it's a small location with limited seating. I give it a 5 Star Rating!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Working in this neighborhood keeps me sharp, in tune to the life around me, and is a reality check on a daily basis.
I've spent most of my adult life living here in New York, and I love New York with deep passion. People in New York are generally more open minded and enjoy experiencing different aspects of life, culture, food and fun. I've traveled all over the US and done many diverse activities. I have definite likes and dislikes of things. On this blog, i'll be a part-time foodie, a part-time martial artist, a part-time reviewer/ranter and share different things that catch my attention related to Life here in New York. I hope you come along and share with me the stories, blurbs, and comments I post here.