Category Archives: NYC

Restaurant review: Carbone in Hell’s Kitchen

Carbone Ristorante Hells Kitchen MenuCarbone is a tiny unpretentious Italian restaurant located on a relatively quiet (is anyplace quiet in NYC) street in Hell’s Kitchen.  This restaurant should not be confused with the swanky restaurant by the same name in Greenwich Village.

Carbone came to my attention while I was searching for places nearby and the 3.7 rating on Zomato seemed to make this a solid choice.  Upon entering I was greeted by the owner who only goes by Alessandro and a friendly host who ushered me out to their tiny private back patio. Unfortunately dodgy weather brought me back inside to avoid rain, but the cozy vibe of the place made for a great first impression.  This space is probably only 12′ at its widest point and the exposed brick wall gives the impression of a back alley (think Lady and the Tramp).

Roallatine Di Melenzane $13

Roallatine Di Melenzane $13

I ordered a glass of the Montepulicano, which was suggested by the waiter and proved to be much to my liking, followed by the Rollatine Di Melenzane.  The eggplant rolls came with the mozzarella cheese still melting on to the plate. This proved to be my favorite part of the meal. The thinly sliced eggplant were overstuffed with ricotta cheese and the tomato sauce was sweet and delicious. I used the  bread to get most of the excess sauce and ricotta that oozed out when I cut the pieces to eat.

Pizza Italiano $16

Pizza Italiano $16

With approximately one quarter of Carbone’s dinner menu dedicated to pizza, I opted to skip the main dishes and pastas and order the Pizza Italiano which is topped with cheese, arugula, fresh tomatoes and prosciutto.  When served the cheese and prosciutto smelled wonderful but ultimately it disappointed because I thought the crust lacked flavor.  Based on the rollatine and the many positive reviews of this restaurant I wonder if I made a mistake and should have ordered a pasta. One thing I do know is that Tavola, which is located around the corner is the better choice for pizza.  However, the cozy vibe and very reasonable price point makes this a place worth considering; just be sure to stick to the pastas.

Carbone’s is located at 331 W. 38th Street between 8th & 9th Ave.

Fleet Week NYC: May 18 – 26

Fleet Week NYC, Tom of FinlandFleet Week starts in NYC on Monday, May 18 and runs through Monday, May 26. Might be fun to head into NYC for the weekend and personally thank all those sailors who are out in Hell’s Kitchen letting off some steam.

Fleet Week New York City official events

Urban Bear Wkd in NYC May 14-17

Gay, LGBT, Fetish, LeatherThis fun filled weekend in NYC includes the Stache Bash kick off party at Julian’s Bar & Grille in the Village on Thursday at 6PM; the CODE + KINK Leather Party later that night at the Eagle. On Friday don’t miss the UnderBear Party and on Saturday the Clone Party (both at Rock Bar). The largest party of the weekend will be The Urban Bear Dance Party on Saturday night at the Slake Night Club.

For more details visit the event’s website www.theurbanbear.com.

 

NYC real estate broker Ryan Serhant drops trou

naked real estate brokerImage via Flaunt Magazine

Apparently Million Dollar Listing New York broker (and exhibitionist), Ryan Serhant, has dropped trou and gone au natural in an attempt to get more attention under the guise of needing to sell a property.

I have to admit the article caught my attention and I’d be inclined to check out Ryan’s next open house so perhaps he’s on to something.  Like Samantha Fox use to say, “If you have it; flaunt it” – flaunt away Ryan.  If you’d like to read the article or see another more revealing photograph of Ryan check out the article here.

Hotel review: Westin Times Square

Gay Travel, NYCWhile I am not a fan of staying in Midtown and prefer neighborhoods like SoHo and Tribeca, I often stay in Midtown because that is where my office is located.

Last month when I visited NYC my usual hotel was booked so I had to look elsewhere and ended up staying at the Westin Times Square, which is on 8th Ave by 43rd Street.

Despite the hassle of Times Square which I could do without, the hotel is conveniently located on the cusp of Hell’s Kitchen; a great neighborhood.

This 45-story tower is an impressive property with all the amenities you would want and come to expect from a Westin Hotel.  I had no issues with the internet connection and enjoyed my expansive view of Manhattan during my stay. Travel, Gay Travel, NYCGay Travel, NYCIf you are planning a trip to NYC and want to be near Hell’s Kitchen, this is certainly a property you may want to consider.  The rooms are spacious and conveniently set up for one to work, relax and enjoy their stay.

Restaurant review: Jack the Horse Tavern

Diniing in BrooklynLast week I was able to have dinner in Brooklyn Heights and a friend who grew up in the neighborhood took me to Jack the Horse Tavern. I was taken with the converted storefront from the moment I stepped inside; exposed brick, comfortable seating and a warm buzz coming from the neighborhood bar come together to create a fantastic vibe.

The menu includes approximately a half dozen salads and starters ranging from $9-$13 and a protein rich menu that is evenly balanced between land and sea options ranging from $16-$26.

Jack the Horse Tavern BrooklynI started my dinner with the Green & Red Baby Lettuce which included Manchego cheese, marinated plums and a Riesling Vinaigrette & Rosemary croutons. The salad was light and refreshing which was exactly what I wanted.

Jack the Horse Tavern BrooklynAfter our first course was cleared, I was served the house duck plate which came highly recommended by our waiter. The meal didn’t disappoint and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who likes duck.  The duck was served on a  bed of farro with dried cherries almonds and leeks. Every fork was laden with farro and duck dipped in the sweet cherry-almond coulis.

Jack the Horse TavernSince my colleagues all indulged in dessert, I opted to join them with another glass of the delicious Italian red we were sharing, Acquagiusta(I’d never heard of it previously but I’ll be asking my local wineshop – Brix – about it) and ordered the cheese plate. I wish I had taken notes when the chef came out to tell us about the five cheeses but I was still thinking about he duck I’d just finished. However, the meal ended equally satisfactory and my dessert became a communal plate that everyone tried and enjoyed.

Jack the Horse Tavern is located at 66 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. It is worth venturing out from Manhattan to try.  After dinner stroll along Brooklyn Heights Promenade to ward off the inevitable self-induced food coma.
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BosGuy visits Brooklyn Heights

New York City, NYCThis afternoon I returned from a quick work trip to New York City.  Despite visiting NYC more times than I can count, I have never really stepped foot off of Manhattan – that is until this trip.  A colleague who now lives in D.C. but was raised in Brooklyn Heights suggested we grab dinner there.

We picked up an express train (can’t remember which) from Grand Central Station and were back above ground walking the tree lined streets of Brooklyn Heights in about 20 minutes. We ended up having a relaxing meal at Jack The Horse Tavern; I’ll write a bit more about that in a future post.  After dinner we strolled down a few streets (even passing Cher and Olympia Dukakis home from the 80’s film, Moonstruck) to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Lady LibertyThe Brooklyn Heights Promenade was really spectacular; filled with people walking, sitting, talking as well as friends, from all walks of life, making for fantastic people watching. The promenade also has spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and off in the distance you can see this beautiful statue.  If you’ve not visited, I’d recommend checking out Brooklyn Heights.  The air is easier to breathe, the vibe more relaxed and the view is tough to beat.