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#927: Upstairs at Ryan’s Daughter

This bar is, at its core, a symbol of nostalgia for me.

It represents the time in my life when many of my friends lived in the same neighborhood. It plays the part of an old familiar watering hole that may not have really been that special but seems that way because of its reliability. Because it wasn’t as full of frat boys as the other bars. Because it always has free potato chips.

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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in NYC

 

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#915: Comedy Cellar

$20 ticket. 2-drink minimum. Cramped, crowded seating that doesn’t allow you to maneuver your way to the bathroom during the hour and 45 minute set, which is nearly torturous for someone with a tiny bladder who has just come from a bar.

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Posted by on October 8, 2016 in NYC

 

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#895: Troy Liquor Bar

It’s in the Meatpacking District, which is all you need to know if you live in New York. If you don’t, I will tell you a bit more.

It’s in a basement, and it’s trying to be cool as opposed to just being cool. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in NYC

 

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#870: Ippudo

Almost 8,000 reviews on Yelp with an average 4-star rating. It’s gotta be good, right? It can’t be one of those overrated landmarks that people continue to go to simply because someone once said it was fantastic and no one wanted to risk disagreeing?

It could be one of those places, but it isn’t.

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Posted by on February 21, 2016 in Food/Drink

 

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#827: Go to a medieval festival

Nothing at the medieval festival really surprised me–it was all your typical jewelry, turkey legs, people in Batman costumes.  Then I saw the falconry demonstration.

The falconer did a big introduction during which he offended people and yelled at people and also repeatedly said it’s possible the falcon would fly away instead of swooping down to get the lure he was swinging over his head.  I thought he was saying that to make it seem even more amazing when the bird came back. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in NYC

 

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#826: Dog film festival

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I think something along the lines of a pretentious, artsy presentation of films that featured dogs.

That’s sort of what I got, except the films were all made by people who didn’t care about the artsy aspect at all and probably didn’t care if anyone liked them, as long as they got to show them in a theater on the Upper West Side to all of their Upper West Side friends. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Movies

 

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#822: Tryon Public House

Without fail, when given the option, I will order the grilled sandwich with the crust that practically punctures the roof of my mouth, making it sore for days.

I never remember this unpleasant aspect of grilled sandwiches until it’s too late–until the plate of food has arrived on the table, and the sandwich appears so delectable there’s no way I could just choose not to eat it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Food/Drink

 

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