Deaton’s East London Undercut
“Make it as extreme as possible,” I told Paul, the Creative Director of Pimps & Pinups and personal hair stylist for my recent visit. With a bittersweet glimmer in his eye and a brief glimpse in the mirror at his own head of hair, Paul started to transform my American comb-over into an East London undercut. I say bittersweet because Paul got to have some fun cutting almost all the hair off the sides and back of my head while leaving the rest nearly untouched. But Paul has fewer creative possibilities with his own hair, due to limited coverage up top. Despite this irony, Paul gave me an exceptional sAlon experience.
With a thick Northern England accent, the Yorkshire native previously worked for Pimps & Pinups’ original London location, which opened in 2002. After receiving very favorable reviews in top publications, such as British Elle and Vogue, the sAlon didn’t waste time bridging the Atlantic gap. Just three years ago, a New York location was opened on Ludlow at Stanton Street. Read the complete post »
No Comments | Posted on July 28, 2012 | Categories: Fashion, From the Blog, Lower East Side
A dessert bar that doesn’t leave you feeling like you just packed on the pounds? Yes, please. Although a late-night tofu stop in Hell’s Kitchen isn’t the best pitch for your friends, those who venture to Kyotofu will be rewarded with desserts worthy of a four-star restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a refreshingly healthy small dish and cocktail or a full-on meal for a party of six, this Japanese restaurant will leave you satisfied.
My meal started off with a stimulating chilled edamame soup ($8). It was flavorful enough to keep me dipping my spoon, yet light enough to be the perfect follow up to a main entrée. Many of Kyotofu’s dishes are slight variations of the mainstream Japanese staple diet, however, I could taste the justification with each nibble and chew. Moving onto the main course, I sat up particularly straight and attentive for the savory tofu slider with cucumber. I then realized that “refreshing” is the perfect word for every dish – they all walk the line between sweet and salty, light and heavy, visually bright and subdued, and other such opposites. Although some of the dishes were hard to eat with the provided utensils, I kind of liked the effort it took to get the perfect bite onto my chopsticks or small wooden spoon. It was almost like peeling an orange – all the work to unveil the edible interior just makes the end product that much sweeter. Read the complete post »
1 Comment | Posted on August 19, 2010 | Categories: Dining, From the Blog, Manhattan
I am officially endorsing this restaurant as a fantastic brunch destination. I can’t say much for their lunch or dinner, but if they are at all similar, then they will yield an excitingly friendly, cozy atmosphere in which your appetite will surely be eased. I went to Nolita House on a Saturday morning whim with some friends and was treated to live bluegrass music and complimentary sangria—served with every entrée order. To add to the festivities, it was another patron’s birthday and, thus, all out dancing ensued for one upbeat song, followed by many happy birthday wishes. Seemingly uncommon revelry, aside, Nolita House was excellent when it came to its main specialty: comfort food.
I had the Brunch Plate ($12), which included two eggs any style, home-cut fries, served with toast or an English muffin and salad. If you are looking for a classic breakfast with the bacon and eggs your mom used to make, this is the place. There are no sophisticated delicacies making you feel like you need to sit up straight or little hairs in your butter causing you to feel like you’re in a Waffle House. Nolita provides a comfortable environment for no more than a four-person party—anymore could get a little crowded. A friend got the Eggs, Biscuits & Gravy ($12)—divine buttermilk biscuits smothered with sausage gravy served with your choice of eggs. Although I found the biscuits a bit dry to stand alone, the sausage gravy pairing made for a great balance.
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No Comments | Posted on August 3, 2010 | Categories: Dining, From the Blog, Manhattan, SoHo
To-eat: Soup Stop's Beef Chili Soup
In 2001, the owner of Jackson Hole decided to reinvent a local bar by maintaining the concept, but offering a different product… soup! Soup Stop, its new name, now offers a lighter fare of soups, salads, and sandwiches as an alternative to the renowned burgers next door at Jackson Hole.
At a restaurant called Soup Stop, the soups are naturally the main attraction. The chef’s father comes in once a week to make the beef stew because he trusts it to no one else. In fact, some fans will call a week in advance to reserve a pint of beef stew. Read the complete post »
No Comments | Posted on June 16, 2010 | Categories: Dining, From the Blog, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Upper West Side
Seersucker brings an upscale twist on traditional Southern-style cuisine to Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, boasting authentic Southern delicacies. A native southerner myself, I’ve grown used to the “seersucker” experience that involves overwhelmingly greasy foods and bright aesthetics. But Seersucker reinvents the typical down-home theme by easing up a bit on tradition, creating a relaxed environment that will leave you marveling at how light shrimp and grits can be.
Seersucker glows with southern grace, paying special attention to the finer details. The music sets a relaxing atmosphere without stifling the most important thing about a meal: the conversation. The back of the restaurant is fitted with a transparent screen, revealing an engaging view of the kitchen and its expert chef, Robert Newton– whose previous credits include Le Cirque, Tabla, and Aquavit. An organized assortment of large jars, containing all kinds of spices and ingredients, decorate the shelves in front of the chef’s workplace, veiling it just enough to leave some mystery to the magic. Read the complete post »
No Comments | Posted on June 8, 2010 | Categories: From the Blog
Shaquille O’Neal is big guy. A really, really big guy. An all-star and award winning basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he weighs 320 pounds and stands at a height of 7’1”, nearly doubling my shoe size with a mens’ 22. In curating the “Size DOES Matter” exhibit, now on display at the FLAG Art Foundation through May 27th, O’Neal demonstrates that he has a big eye for art as well. Read the complete post »
No Comments | Posted on May 6, 2010 | Categories: Event-Related, From the Blog
Calling all artists! Any and all to the Claire Oliver Gallery, located at 321 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. But be advised, Norbert Brunner’s exhibit, coined F**k Luck, may not attract your typical art connoisseur. Brunner requests anyone and everyone’s participation in his artwork, granting onlookers the privilege to become artists themselves.
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No Comments | Posted on April 10, 2010 | Categories: Attractions, Chelsea, Event-Related, From the Blog, Manhattan
Adrian Grenier in "Teenage Papazzo"
7 Days. 7 Features. 7 Shorts. 7 Parties.
Appropriately commencing on Wednesday, April 7th, luck seems to be in favor of this year’s Gen Art Film Festival. Spotlighting the most talented emerging filmmakers in North America for the 15th year in a row, the GAFF features some of the year’s most promising box office hits and best industry after parties, accessible to all.
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No Comments | Posted on April 5, 2010 | Categories: Attractions, Event-Related, From the Blog
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Reminiscent of San Francisco’s Mission District or Echo Park of LA, Gallery Bar combines great music, original artwork, and a packed house to create a lively night of Lower East Side shenanigans. Just beware of intruding shoulders as the packed house can easily breach its tipping point as you get to know your neighbor a little better than you would have liked.
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No Comments | Posted on March 24, 2010 | Categories: Attractions, From the Blog, Lower East Side, Nightlife