Dine

On Wednesday, I went to an event at Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish near Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. This recently opened, cozy spot offers authentic hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels made on-site and much more—including a wide assortment of pastries, coffee from popular roasting company La Colombe, authentic seltzers, daily shipments of smoked fish, and deli sandwiches—all from New York vendors.

I wouldn’t say I’m a coffee snob, but I’ve been drinking the caffeinated brew for as long as I can remember. I don’t subscribe to the “double whip,” “double foam,” etc. philosophy—just give me a plain old cup of coffee any day.

My first introduction to the skillful art of synchronized dancing while standing on top of a bar was the movie Coyote Ugly. I was still a good four or five years away from the legal drinking age when this cinematic masterpiece hit a theater near you, but the film did raise a lot of questions for me: Do bartenders really dance on the top of bars? Isn’t it slippery? (And most importantly) Someone decided Tyra Banks needed to be on the silver screen?

A few weeks ago, I went to Hofbräu Bierhaus in Midtown East. This German beer hall is the perfect place to go with a large group of friends—the space boasts several long wooden tables—for authentic German beer.

Foodies can get their fix April 18-20 at The Old Bowery Station for the Huertas Pop Up event. Fans of Spanish food may nibble on Chef Jonah Miller’s culinary creations, including pulpo gallego, white anchovy with green olives and pickled peppers, chorizo and carrots, tigres mussels and more.

New York City’s five boroughs boast several ethnic neighborhoods—home to some of the most authentic cuisine in the city. One of my favorites is Koreatown. This fairly small Manhattan enclave—bordered by W. 31st and W. 33rd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues—is home to several commercial businesses, as well as some of the best Korean food this side of Seoul.

As with anything in life, as I’ve gotten older my tastes have changed. In the past, a night out with friends would normally consist of a standard cocktail or beer at a bar. Now, I often opt for a nice, complex glass of wine while enjoying my down time.

Gorilla Coffee’s cozy interior is as warm as its drinks. With a mostly red color scheme and elementary school-style tables, chairs and pull-down-over-a-chalkboard map, the Park Slope store feels nostalgic and comforting.

For Michelin-starred modern Chinese cuisine; try Hakkasan New York in Midtown West.

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