Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation Night

Macys-Balloon-InflationFINALAn annual attraction of Upper West Siders and those beyond, the Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation is a fun if not a bit chaotic event. Here are a few suggestions to make the experience better:

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City Markets this Weekend July 11-12

One of my favorite NYC-centric sites is You can see that Karen Seiger has a passion for the find and the food! Shortly, I will dedicate a page to NYC area markets but until then, here is a listing, courtesy of MoNY, for this weekend.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • Smorgasburg Queens: OPENING DAY! 11AM – 6PM, 43-29 Crescent Street (Court Square), Long Island City, Queens
  • South Bronx Farmers Market: 10AM – 4PM, on the south side of 138th Street, between Willis and Alexander Avenues, Mott Haven, South Bronx
  • Vegan Shop Up: 12PM – 6PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
  • Witchs Fest USA: 11AM – 4PM, Astor Place Bet. Broadway & Lafayette Streets Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2015

  • Chelsea Flea: 9AM – 6PM, West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
  • Le District: Open 7 Days a Week, Brookfield Place (aka World Financial Center), 225 Liberty Street, Manhattan
  • LES Indoor Summer Market: OPENING WEEKEND! 11AM – 7PM, Open 7 Days, 154 Stanton Street, Manhattan
  • LIC Flea: 10AM – 6PM, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
  • Real Designer NYC Market: Open 7 Days a Week, 166 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • Jackson Heights Greenmarket: 8AM – 3PM, 34th Ave at 78th St, Queens
  • Prospect Park Food Truck Rally: 11AM – 5PM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival, June 13, 2015

Cider FestivalIt seems like NY’ers can’t get their fill of alcohol. The Craft Beer Festival just ended last weekend and now, to be fair, we’re on to the Hard Cider Festival.

Cider enthusiasts can pay one-price and have an opportunity to try some world class ciders made locally and around the globe. You can speak to over 30 different brewers, responsible for creating some of the world’s most popular and award-winning fermentations.  The one-day event will have live music, lectures, and an array of food trucks.

Cider DrinkerMy favorite ciders are J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider and Strongbow. What’s yours?




June 13, 2015
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

VIP: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
GA: 2:30PM – 6:00PM

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Pics from New Taste of the Upper West Side

On Saturday night I went to New Taste of the Upper West Side – a 3 day food festival highlighting the restaurants on the Upper West Side. It was a fun atmosphere, complimented by Joe Battaglia and his big band sound. I left full, with a list of dining experiences I’ll try this summer. Thanks to all at the event who made it a success!


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New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

Foodie Alert! The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off today with a lineup of restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for a full three-night culinary celebration.

This annual event donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.

The event begins with Soirée in the Park tonight – an outdoor cocktail party that celebrates and raises funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy live chamber music under the stars with champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by a host of local restaurants including Sarabeth’s and Luke’s Lobster.  Theodore Roosevelt Park,  7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

New Taste UWSOn Friday May 29th, 40 Upper West Side restaurants – Restaurant List New Taste of the UWS – will compete to win the title of “Best Comfort Food Dish.”  NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters and author of “Straight Up Tasty” is hosting this event, overseeing noteworthy participants including Shake Shack, Sarabeth’s and The Meatball Shop, and a special guest appearance by Food Network’s talented Katie Lee. There will great wine selections, creative cocktails and live music provided by the Silver Arrow Band. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Friday May 29th at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The three-day food festival will wrap-up on Saturday, May 30th, where many of the Upper West Side’s most famous restaurants and celebrity chefs will share their best cuisine – Best of the West –  world-class wines and cocktails. Guests will enjoy the 16-piece rhythms of Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band.  Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday May 30th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

For those who want even more access to food, there will be a VIP Reception presented by One West End, that includes exclusive access to a private lounge to enjoy unlimited champagne, a gift bag from Upper West Side shops and sponsors, and the opportunity to participate in private book signings. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

You can purchase tickets to all these events here and on Sunday you can hit the gym.





NYC Beer Garden Options are Growing!

NYC Beer Garden Options are Growing!

If you’ve weathered this past NYC winter you deserve the opportunity to relax outside with a beer. Luckily, the number of beer gardens in New York City is growing so you’ll probably find one in your neighborhood. Check out this list:

The Lab at Khemistry Bar
This outdoor space serves 10 craft brews including Queens Lager, Harpoon Cider and Founders All Day IPA as well as frozen cocktails, wine, sliders, and Mazie’s Bites fish tacos. 
216 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed-Stuy.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten is a popular Williamsburg hangout. Unlike most beer gardens in NYC, this one is indoor, but the windows and big and the party often spills out into the sidewalk. There is plenty of beer to drink here, including many from Germany you may have never heard of. They have tastings on Tuesdays, live music many nights, Sunday brunch. 113 N. Third St., Williamsburg,

The Bronx Brewery Beer.  Drink house brews (including hot pepper beer) and play brewery-themed board games or cornhole in the big back yard of the Bronx Brewery. 856 East 136th Street in Port Morris.

The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, open for more than 100 years, is the oldest beer garden in NYC.  The Bohemian also serves food off a large, traditional Czech and Slovak menu. There’s fried Muenster, over lettuce with marinara and tartar sauce, goulash, homemade potato pasta with sauerkraut and of course, pierogies, bratwurst and potato pancakes. 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria,

Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is a great place to be on the LES on a warm afternoon. There is lots beer and barbecue and the beer garden has a new “Montauk Surf Theme.” 190 Allen St.,

Bavarian native and Alphabet City resident Sylvester Schneider opened Zum Schneider in 2000. There are both indoor and outdoor areas at Zum Schneider’s. 107 Ave. C, 

In one of the most grand spaces in the city, located under the High Line, The Standard Biergarten has great beer and food courtesy of chef Kurt Gutenbrunner. 848 Washington St.,

Studio Square is a new beer garden and events space in Long Island City. They host soccer game viewing parties, concerts and much more in the 30,000-square-foot space. This is not a traditional beer hall but there are lots of outdoor picnic tables for drinking beer with friends. 35-33 36th St., Long Island City,
Am I missing one that you know of? Please email me at with name, and address. Or leave the info in the comments section.