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TWO BUCK TUESDAY - Roll Me Up Some Goodness

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

 

If you’re sitting at home watching the snow fall and pondering where you might eat next, but not spend too much of your hard earned cash; we’ve got great news.

Though there is no lack of amazing food out here on the east coast, for a long time we here at FLY have been pining for the sushi of a man who used to sling his wares exclusively on the west coast: KazuNori Nozawa.

Every trip out west a stop at one of his Sugarfish shops was mandatory. Reasonably priced omakase was always the go to, but inevitably we would wind up ordering at least one or two (or three or four or five) more of, what in my opinion, might be the most perfect handrolls to ever grace a sushi counter.

Which is why our west coast trips became that much more enjoyable once Mister Nozawa opened up a handroll only bar: Kazu Nori.

Original KazuNori in Downtown Los Angeles 

Original KazuNori in Downtown Los Angeles 

A restaurant focused on expedient, efficient and inexpensive handrolls of utmost perfection. The rice preparation is an in-house secret and the warm and slightly crispy nori in which they are rolled is a total delight. The filling (salmon, tuna, crab, bay scallop) is really more a garnish for the architecture around it (though everyone has a favorite… mine is bay scallop).

If this description has you salivating and pining for a trip for the west coast, salivate no longer. As of last week KazuNori has opened up its first east coast outpost in NoMad at 15 W. 28th St.

KazuNori NY 

KazuNori NY 

Once the snow dies down and you’re looking for an affordable mid-week treat: go there!

KazuNori: 15 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001

 

TWO BUCK TUESDAY - From Russia to Japan

Hello everybody and apologies for our brief hiatus. No fear though, our team has been diligently scouring the city to find you the best eats NYC has to offer.

And though our database and research are vast (sometimes to the detriment of our health) on Tuesdays we like to bring you our top cheap eats in the city.

So without further ado – if you’re hungry and only have a couple of bucks to drop, we suggest you drop them here:

 

TAMASHI RAMEN

We’ve probably hit peak Ramen with a noodle joint on every corner and many prominent foodies declaring that Ramen might have jumped the shark. To those folks a couple of facts:

1.     Ramen has been around since the beginning of time. We didn’t have time to research this          claim, but trust us.

2.     Ok Ramen is always pretty good and good Ramen is always GD delicious.

3.     Ramen is cheap.

So. With those facts in mind. If you happen to find yourself pinching pennies in Queens we can direct you to no better or more authentic Ramen experience than Tamashi Ramen. Their broth is light (unlike the reason Tonkotsu explosion we’ve been seeing) so though you leave fulfilled, you don’t leave filling like you might need to be rolled home.

A new location Tamashi Blue has also opened recently (also in Queens) which we have yet to try.


TEREMOK 

With a winter storm approaching we always try to think… who really knows how to eat through their winter months? Well few cultures or cuisines are better equipped to tackle the declining temps than the Russians. All politics aside, these guys can make some damn fine food that will warm you to your core.

To that end we’d like to point you in the direction of Teremok in the Garment district. Teremok is a chain that came over from Moscow back in 1998 – and they’ve been serving up yummy kasha and blini ever since. If you’ve never heard of or had either of those things – we suggest you run over there and educate yourself.

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

As per usual - welcome to Two Buck Tuesday. Whether your wallet is recovering from last weekend, or getting ready for next weekend, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't be enjoying some delicious food. Read on below for this week's pair of affordable tasty eats:


SHWARMA HOUSE

Little known fact of movie magic – When the Avengers saved New York City from intergalactic invaders and then decided to go grab some Shwarma afterwards – the spot they went to get that Shwarma… was actually in L.A.

You’d think after blowing up half the city they’d at least have the decency to drop that Iron Man cash on someplace local. In particular, some place like Shwarma House.

Just south of Bryant Park this is our go-to when we’re looking for those tasty rotating meat skewers and men with long knives shaving them down and into a pita.

You’ll find two skewers here, one chicken the other a beef/lamb combo. Most folks swear by the chicken, but I’m a fan of the beef/lamb. My vegetarian girlfriend will have neither – but no fret, they also serve some delicious falafels.


 

DHAULAGIRI KITCHEN

You don’t have to travel as far as the Himalayas for some delicious and inexpensive Himalayan food. (Granted some island dwellers might argue that having to travel to Jackson Heights, is basically the same as travelling half way around the world.)

Nonetheless, should you make the trek all the way to Queens you’ll find a cornucopia of South Asian dishes – all delicious and all affordable. The house speciality though is the Dhendo – a buckwheat mash mixed with veggies and proteins - and it should not be missed/

Enjoy! 


SHWARMA HOUSE

 

SHWARMA HOUSE

70 W 39th St., NY NY 10018


DHAULAGIRI KITCHEN

 

DHAULAGIRI KITCHEN

37-38 72nd St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372

What's The Word?

Cock A Doodle Doo!!! - That's the word this week with yet another satisfied customer reporting how FLY helped him save the day (and the party) - read on below:


RED ROOSTER

 

"I got invited to a birthday dinner in Harlem. I wasn't familiar with the area, but I'm always down for an adventure.

I took the train uptown after work and when I arrived at the restaurant my party was looking deflated.

The restaurant had a poor letter grade and the decor didn't match what was presented on its website.

I hadn't picked the place, but I knew this event was headed for disaster if I didn't intervene.

I shot a quick text to FLY, "Large group in need of hip restaurant in Harlem".

FLY responded, "Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Ave."

I lead the crew (which was basically on life support) to this jumping Harlem joint and the evening immediately came back to life.

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson is the proprietor and he does not disappoint.

The menu offered a wide range of southern delicacies included the St. Lenox Pastor Pork, Blackened Delta Catfish and Fried Yardbird.

I rescued the evening and was the hero of the night.

Cock A Doodle Doo!”  

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge


RED ROOSTER

 

RED ROOSTER

310 Lennox Ave., NY NY 10027

 

 

 

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

Congratulations. You survived Monday! And you survived the weekend with a couple of bucks to spare. And, as on every Tuesday, we are here with two recommendations from our concierges that will stretch those dollars to the limit.

 

So with no further ado:

 

PARISI BAKERY

 

I need a hero. And probably so do you. And few places around town have been serving heroes, subs and other fantastic sandwiches for better or longer than Parisi.

(Parisi opened up its doors to hungry New Yorkers back in 1903!!!).  

The sandwich menu tends to change a bit, but the meatballs and fried chicken can always be had and have never let us down. On Friday’s there are delicious warm seafood options and other sandwiches throughout the week.


KOKO WINGS

If you’re not quite feeling like a hero, then how about some wings? Original, delicious, and in our opinion better the Colonel’s, finger licking good wings, drumsticks and chicken wings from Koko wings.

Those really are your only options – unless you count the many delicious sides (Kimichi Coleslaw anyone?). But really we here at FLY believe that sometimes its not the quantity of items on the menu, but the quality. And we have yet to leave Koko Wings disappointed.

Enjoy!


PARISI BAKERY

 

PARIS BAKERY 

198 Mott St., NY NY 10012


KOKO WINGS 

 

KOKO WINGS 

248 W 106th St., NY NY 10025

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

This week not only are our budget selections both delicious and economical - they're also both quite whimsically named. Enjoy! 


KUKU CANTEEN

hether you’re an NYU student – or eating on the budget of one- you can hardly go wrong with KUKU CANTEEN.

Located practically on campus and usually stuffed with co-eds (particularly in the later hours) this Korean low cost gems prides itself on some delicious and low-cost dishes. Our favorite is the Bulgogi – but we wouldn’t say no to one of the kimchi pajeons (pancake) or the bibimbap.


 

SONS OF THUNDER

our girlfriend wants something light and tropical, you want something meaty and mid-western and neither of you wants to spend too much money. Tough criteria to be sure – but aptly named SONS OF THUNDER has you covered.

The delicious Bahn Mi Dog 

The delicious Bahn Mi Dog 

Some really yummy Poke. 

Some really yummy Poke. 

Creative (and creatively named) hot-dogs share the menu with some truly delicious poke. And if you can’t decide whether you want a shake or a soft-serve for dessert, you’re in luck… they have both!

Enjoy!  


KUKU CANTEEN 

 

KUKU CANTEEN

289 Mercer St., NY NY 10003


SONS OF THUNDER 

 

SONS OF THUNDER

204 E 38th St., NY NY 10016

What's The Word

Today - the Word is: TsuruTonTan... say it with us

 

 

"I just broke up with my boyfriend, who I'd been living with for almost 2 years.

The split was amicable. He kept the apartment and I kept the mutual friends :)

Now faced with homelessness, mom agreed to join me on an apartment hunt.

We spent a Saturday exploring walk ups and luxury buildings alike.

By sundown I was the proud lessee of an adorable one bedroom apartment on Irving Place.

Since mom agreed to help with the rent, I thought the least I could do was take her to dinner.

I texted FLY, “Something new near Union Square”.

FLY responded, “TsuruTonTan”.

The place just opened last month and it was magnificent.

Mom had the TsuruTonTan Deluxe and I had the Sashimi Salad (both pictured below).

TsuroTonTan Deluxe

TsuroTonTan Deluxe

Sashimi Salad 

Sashimi Salad 

She couldn’t stop smiling as she devoured her soup, pausing only to comment that tonight she would brag to her girlfriends about her grand day in “The City”.

I had some bragging planned myself as the new apartment was exponentially better than the old one.

Plus I no longer had to endure persistent snoring or the risk of sitting on a tinkled on toilet seat.

Talk about a new beginning!"                                                  

- As recounted by a member of FLY Concierge

 

TSURUTONTAN

21 E 16th St. NY NY 10003

What's The Word?

THE UP & UP is the Word

My buddy and I met for dinner last Friday night at Mario Batali's Lupa in the West Village. 

We were celebrating his law firm promotion to Of Counsel, so when the check arrived we weren't quite ready to call it quits.

He pulled out his iPhone and shot off a text.

A minute later he declared, "Let's check out Up & Up on MacDougal."

I hadn't heard of it, but I had no suggestions of my own, so I said "OK."

This discrete cocktail bar was the perfect locale for a night cap.  

I felt like a kid in a libation candy store, enjoying colorful drinks such as the "One-Star Yelp Review" and "Amongst The Grottoes".

After a few of these tasty concoctions I asked my pal who he texted for this recommendation.

He proclaimed "FLY Concierge."

I hadn't heard of that either, but before he could finish detailing this spectacular concierge service, I had enrolled in the free trial.

Now I can pick the cool place next time.

Cheers!" 

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge

 

 

THE UP & UP

116 MacDougal St., NY NY 10012

TWO BUCK TUESDAY

Eating out in NY can be expensive. I mean like crazy expensive. I mean like dropping 500 dollars per person on a tasting plate expensive (I’m looking at you KO). And though here at FLY we all love the finer things that this city has to offer, sometimes we just want to get well fed for what few meager bills might be left in our wallet from last night.

To that end – TWO BUCK TUESDAY. Every week we’ll highlight two of our favorite places to get well fed and hopefully spend lest then 10 bucks. It’s only Tuesday after all – you want to keep some of that paycheck for the weekend, when you can do some real damage.


 

NEW XE LUA VIETNAMESE  

Our inaugural two buck Tuesday recommendation might also be one of our favorites. New Xe Lue Vietnamese takes its place along the other Vietnamese restaurants along Baxter Street – and to be honest some of the other spots are worth looking to as well. However, when we are hungry for some salivation inducing Bahn Cuon (rice noodles on a bed of sliced pork)… well then we come here.


GOA TACO

This ain’t your mama’s taco. Or your papa’s. And some would question whether the flaky parathas (rather than taco shells) used to deliver the delicious ingredients to your mouth can even be called tacos at all… I’m sorry I forgot what the question was. Just thinking of these things can make one dumb. Stop arguing about what it is, or what to call it and drop a little change on a mouth altering experience. 


NEW XE LUA VIETNAMESE

 

New Xe Lua

86 Mulberry St., NY NY 10013


GOA TACO

 

GOA TACO

79 Delancy St., NY NY 10002

BABY BUMP

Cafe Cluny 

"I played hooky from work to join my wife at a doctor's appointment.

We are expecting our first child and I didn't want to miss a glimpse of the little one.

The 3D ultrasound was crystal clear.  I couldn't stop beaming once I saw my unborn son resting peacefully in mommy's belly.

Such excitement worked up my appetite so while leaving the doctor I sent a quick text toFLY, “Brunch in the West Village”.

FLY responded, “Café Cluny”

This charming and fun filled restaurant was clearly a neighborhood favorite.

My wife had the Organic Three Egg Omelette which she said was light, fluffy and delicious.

I had the Breakfast Club Sandwich (pictured below), which was finger licking good.

I paid the tab and my wife thanked me for an awesome morning.

How great a dad am I going to be?!" 

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge

 

afe Cluny

284 W 12th St. NY NY 10014

 

DINNER AND A MOVIE

In this weeks tales from FLY users - our client checks out:

METROGRAPH COMISSARY 

Fantastic movie-themed cocktails 

Fantastic movie-themed cocktails 

What's The Word? 

 

"Last Saturday I was roaming around the LES with 2 of my girlfriends.

After we exhausted the shopping options, I texted FLY for a suggestion on where to eat.

I texted, "Good food on the Lower East Side".

FLY texted back, "Metrograph Commissary".

It was a name I hadn't heard before, but I'm always up for a surprise.  

So I informed the girls and we headed for Ludlow Street.

As we neared the location, I wondered if we had the wrong address.  

However, we persisted and were pleasantly surprised to learn that the restaurant aka "Commissary" is within the Metrograph cinema complex.  

Cool old-hollywood bar and dining room

Cool old-hollywood bar and dining room

We basked in the Commissary's old school Hollywood vibe while we dined on Tuna Crudo, Spaghetti Pomodoro and Chicken Paillard.   

Following our entrees, we skipped dessert and ventured into the cinema for a late night screening of "Desperately Seeking Susan", my favorite Madonna flick.

How cool is that?!"

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge

 

METROGRAPH COMISSARY 

7 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002

https://metrograph.com/eat-drink/

J.G. MELON

Continuing our weekly series of satisfied customers and the places they eat. This week:

J.G. MELON

What's The Word? 

“I’m shopping with my girlfriend on Madison Avenue, when a flash flood hits.

Taking cover under a store canopy, I sent a quick text to FLY Concierge.

I texted, “Need burger joint on the upper east!”

Ask (FLY) and you shall receive. Delectable Burger! 

Ask (FLY) and you shall receive. Delectable Burger! 

FLY texted back, “J.G. Melon.”

I bought a $5 umbrella from a street vendor and we made a hurried dash to 74th and 3rd.

Once inside, I glanced at the scant menu and knew we were in the right place.  

Might as well be at Cheers (but with better burgers!) 

Might as well be at Cheers (but with better burgers!) 

The joint was old school with checkered table cloths and a long wooden bar.

I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger with cottage fries while my girlfriend went with the Turkey Burger with a tossed green salad.

We added a few beers to the equation and toasted to a soggy Saturday afternoon.

The amazing Spread in all its guilty pleasure glory! 

The amazing Spread in all its guilty pleasure glory! 

Before long our food was finished and so was the downpour.  We trashed the umbrella and headed back out for more retail therapy.

Thanks J.G. Melon. Our meal was delish and our day was salvaged.  

Long live burgers and fries!!

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge

 

Text. Eat. Drink.

EXPERIENCE NEW YORK CITY LIKE A LOCAL

 

THE LAMB'S CLUB

In our latest segment - please find tales from our customers and the place's they've been with FLY Concierge. This week - The Lamb's Club:

The Entrance

The Entrance

 

"So, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit it, but I recently resorted to on-line dating.  

It certainly wasn’t my first option for finding love, but being a single woman in her mid-thirties in Manhattan isn’t always as exciting as “Sex In The City” portrayed it to be.

In any event, a nice guy came across my cyber space and after a good week of online chatting, I finally agreed to meet him.  

I wanted a swanky bar near my office, so I texted FLY Concierge for a suggestion.

My concierge proposed The Lambs Club just off Time Square, so I went with it.

The Bar (2nd Floor) 

The Bar (2nd Floor) 

Upon arrival, I knew I was in for a treat.  The setting was elegant and timeless. I felt like a damsel in a Fred Astaire movie as I headed to the bar on the 2nd floor.  It was stunning with red leather chairs, a mirrored counter top and a chic overall vibe.  

The Lobby Bar 

The Lobby Bar 

My date wasn’t bad either… tall, dark and reasonably handsome.  We talked about pop culture and politics, while I enjoyed The Sophie and he The Lambs Cup, both signature cocktails made with pomp and circumstance.

Before long it was time to call it a night.  We hugged politely at the exit door and made our separate ways back into the streets of Gotham.

I’m still undecided on the boy, but The Lambs Club is undoubtedly marriage material!!"

- As recounted by a client of FLY Concierge

 

Text. Eat. Drink.

EXPERIENCE NEW YORK CITY LIKE A LOCAL

 

Cinco De Mayo!

Let’s be clear: Cinco De Mayo is an important Mexican national holiday. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (and not Mexican Independence Day which is actually September 16th).

However, it seems people are always looking for a good excuse to eat, drink and be merry and at FLY we want to make sure your eating, drinking and merriment is the best that the city has to offer.

To that end - below are some suggestions that should have you celebrating the Fifth in style! 


Upscale Cinco

Sure the masses are flocking down to the nearest El Torito for the tequila shot and margarita specials – but maybe you want to celebrate the holiday in a slightly more refined manner (and with a slightly higher grade of tequila).

Gorgeous interior of Empellon Cocina

Gorgeous interior of Empellon Cocina

Top of this list would be the 4 person, 18 course tasting menu at Alex Stupak’s Empellon Cocina. Although, considering that the meal is served only to one party, sitting at a table which is basically in the kitchen and usually only seats 4, you might want to consider making your reservation for next year.

However, even if you don’t manage to snag the privilege of being served by the chef himself the rest of the tables and the menu are totally worth exploring.

 

Not your typical Cinco De Mayo crowd at Cosme

Not your typical Cinco De Mayo crowd at Cosme

Likewise in the higher-end category is Comse.

Daniela Soto-Ines in the kitchen was just awarded the prestigious James Beard Award for Rising Chef. The dishes are Mexican inspired with a lot of New York flair. Ever wondered whether Uni would work well on top of a tostada? Wonder no longer (we tried it, its frigging delicious).

This and other innovative takes on Mexican cuisine, along with a fantastic wine and liquor selection will certainly give you a top notch Cinco De Mayo.

 


Fun and Adventurous

Although Danny Bowien is perhaps more well known for his outstanding Mission Chinese, don’t overlook his foray into all things Mexican at Mission Cantina.

Chef, owner and all around rock star Danny Bowien inside Mission Cantina 

Chef, owner and all around rock star Danny Bowien inside Mission Cantina 

The vibe, much like at the newly relocated Mission Chinese, is fun and boisterous. Eclectic decorations and loud music make it feel like a party. And the menu provides an equally eclectic take on Mexican street food. Although the Scallop and Beef Heart ceviche had some of our co-diners squirming – it was delicious. Also you get to boast that you ate raw beef heart – which should give you some special powers as you continue your Cinco de Mayo revelry late into the night.

The Black Ant - providing adventure and grasshoppers in the East Village

The Black Ant - providing adventure and grasshoppers in the East Village

On a similar and perhaps even more adventurous note, The Black Ant in the East Village will have you testing your pre-conceptions of what a grasshopper taco might taste like. But trust us, it tastes great. In fact everything coming out of the kitchen is amazing – and the cocktails, many made with mezcal will have you celebrating the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French like a true champion.

 


Straight Forward Delicious

If you’re looking for straight forward and classic Mexican deliciousness in a fun and understated setting then you’re going to want to check out Gran Electrica in Brooklyn.

Perfect patio. Perfect Mexican Food! 

Perfect patio. Perfect Mexican Food! 

Authenticity is the name of the game and whether you’re ordering up tacos, gorditas or the beyond amazing posole – close you’re eyes and you’ll think you’ve been transported to a Mexico City street market. Open your eyes and you’ll remember you're seated on the gorgeous and cozy patio in the middle of Brooklyn.


Cinco-De-Drinko

We have nothing against a rip roaring, back-to-college-days themed drink-a-thon. And if that’s your game one of our favorite spots for Margaritas, Chips, Salsa and Tequilla shots is Dos Caminos. With a couple of locations around the city this really is our favorite, standard, Americanized version of a Mexican restaurant.

For a stylish and raucous Cinco. Dos Caminos has you covered 

For a stylish and raucous Cinco. Dos Caminos has you covered 

Is the food being prepared by some famous former Top-Chef contestant who has the cilantro flown in daily from the north facing plains off the mountains of Machu-Pichu? No. But after your 6th margarita are you really going to be that concerned?

 

 

Enjoy the holiday in whatever way you see fit. If you drink, do so responsibly. If you eat do so deliciously. And if you take anything away from this post – please remember that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day.


Empellon Cocina105 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Cosme: 35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Mission Cantina172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

The Black Ant60 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Gran Electrica: 5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dos Caminos: Multiple locations

 

 

9 Seater

You know New York can be exclusive, but you ever heard of a place that only seats 9 people. 

This weeks mystery spot is just that. Check it out below and if you'd like to know where it is (and get recommendations for all the best and most exclusive spots in the city, sign up with Fly and let our concierges handle the rest). 

 

New York City has the uncanny ability to continue to out do itself.  Be it the tallest buildings, the best restaurants, or the most expensive real estate, you name it, NYC has it.

In this case, allow us to introduce you to " 9 Seater".  FLY's code name for the smallest hip restaurant to launch in Gotham in quite some time.

9 Seater is not a fictitious name.  Instead, it is literally based on the fact that this restaurant has a maximum seating capacity of 9 people.  

But despite these tiny quarters, you better bring a big appetite, as beyond the unique seating scenario, what is really novel here is the food.  

With delicacies such as the "chicken fried pork cheeks", "broiled porgy" and "garlicky rainbow chard", this restaurant captures the aura of the 19th century from palette to placemats.

9 Seater is the brainchild of an avant-garde restaurant duo. It is a special venue, ideal for New Yorkers looking to venture outside the norm.

But act fast, as the doors here just recently opened and it goes without saying, seating is limited.

Subscribe to FLY now and ask your concierge to arrange your visit to "9 Seater".   

 

FLY DELIVERS INSIGHT AND ACCESS TO THE COOLEST VENUES IN MANHATTAN

Pizza Pizza

This week's mystery spot brings you that ultimate of comfort foods: Pizza! 

Read below for our mystery recommendation. Sign up with Fly and have access to some of the best secret spots in town:

 

Pizza Pizza

So just because you have a family now, doesn't mean you have to forfeit your cool card or go minivan or, dare I say, station wagon shopping.

The city has a host of kid friendly restaurants that maintain an air of trendiness and as for transportation goes, try uberFAMILY or invest in a hip SUV (we're partial to the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport).

As for the former, FLY would like to introduce you to one of the coolest pizza joints north of Little Italy.

Code named, "Pizza Pizza," this restaurant serves rustic Italian Neapolitan pizza and was created to bring a chic Brooklyn sensibility to Manhattan.

The menu here is short and sweet, with each item more delicious than the next.  However, our favorite pasta is the rigatoni with beef and porcini ragu, pecorino and pizza is the tomato, anchovies, garlic, oregano and olives.

Pizza Pizza is a boutique restaurant with limited seating, so it's safe to assume a reservation is hard to come by.

But rest easy, with FLY on your side you can skip the drama and let us secure a table for your entire family.  

Subscribe to FLY now and ask your concierge to arrange your meal at "Pizza Pizza".  

Burger Heaven!

This week our President, Jernej Razen, chimes in with a little mystery spot of his own. See below:

Burger Heaven

In some respects, one has to admit that the burger phenomenon has grown out of control.

Rarely a day goes by without a report of a new burger joint opening in the city.

Certainly the more the merrier, but at some point one needs to know which venue actually makes the city's best burger.

Well for that distinction, FLY has a serious contender for you.

Meet "Burger Heaven", FLY's code name for the baddest new burger joint on the block.

Burger Heaven's meat patties are made with grass-fed beef that is butchered in-house.

Also, prepared in house are the buns, condiments, pickles and in one case, even the cheese that adorns a certain burger.   

It goes without saying that a seat at Burger Heaven is in high demand. 

But rest easy, with FLY on your side you can skip the drama and let us get you a seat at the table.  

Subscribe to FLY now and ask your concierge to arrange your meal at "Burger Heaven".  

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Mystery spot from our CEO

Our CEO has another secret spot to recommend. Give us a shout if you think you know what it is. Or sign up with Fly (first month free with offer code FREE30) and have our concierges show you the way:

 

James Beard Bar

We're sure you are all familiar with the The James Beard Awards, but just in case you're not, it's the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.

So can you imagine the type of cocktails such an award winner would deliver.  Well there is no need to imagine as we would like to introduce you to the "James Beard Bar", FLY's code name for one of Manhattan's best cocktail dens.

The James Beard Bar, which is owned and curated by a recipient of the award, offers an amazing array of tremendous cocktails.

Some of the most noteworthy libations include, the pimm's cup, scotch dumpling, and jitney.

Pimm's Cup

Pimm's Cup

Jitney

Jitney

Scotch Dumpling

Scotch Dumpling

And if you are in the mood for a snack, we suggest the reconstructed hot dog which will astound you in both taste and appearance.

Hot Dog

Hot Dog

Obviously, it takes some know how to gain access to this lofty location.

But rest easy, with FLY on your side you can skip the drama and let us take care of your affairs.  

Subscribe to FLY now and ask your concierge to secure you a reservation at the "James Beard Bar".  

Mystery Spot from our CEO

This week our CEO has a taste for sake - can you figure out where he's been hanging out? If you need some help, sign up with Fly and have our concierges recommend you this and hundreds of other cool, hip and exclusive spots all around town:

 

 

BEYOND SAKE

We can certainly all recall the days of sake bombs when we were co-eds.

Before long our palettes evolved to where we could enjoy a warm or cold sake paired with the appropriate Asian delicacies.

Well now its time to take the experience up another notch.

Meet "Beyond Sake", FLY's code name for one of the most interesting venues currently operating in Manhattan.

Although the cocktails at Beyond Sake are beyond comprehension, let's start with the cuisine that will immediately transport you to the orient.

Are you familiar with okonomiyaki (pictured above), an omelette-like grilled pancake of egg, cabbage and other savory goodies, all drizzled in tangy sauces?  

Or have you ever enjoyed miso chicken wings (pictured above) sprinkled with roasted black sesame seeds and scallions and glazed in miso-buffalo hot sauce?

These two unforgettable items will probably be the most delicious "bar food" you will ever lay your fingers on.

Turning to the cocktail menu, might we suggest the sakura martini (pictured above), which blends gin, sake, maraschino liqueur and a cherry blossom—the national flower of Japan.

Another cocktail to take stock of is the umami mary (pictured above), a play on the Korean hot pot that infuses miso, red chili essence and shitake-infused vodka.

In either case, these libations represent the finest craft cocktails this city has to offer.

Such an experience is not easy to come by or available to the masses, so one can only imagine how difficult it is to procure a reservation at this chic Asian hot spot.

But rest easy, with FLY on your side you can skip the drama and let us take care of your affairs.  

Subscribe to FLY now and ask your concierge to secure you a reservation at "Beyond Sake".  

It feels like spring and I’m ready to get my summer on and celebrate #humpday with a couple of drinks, some delicious food and most importantly: an outdoor patio. Where Should I go?

BERG'N

3:55PM on a Wednesday, Robert writes:

It feels like spring and I’m ready to get my summer on and celebrate #humpday with a couple of drinks, some delicious food and most importantly: an outdoor patio. Where Should I go?

Dear Robert,

I feel you. Being a west coast transplant, literally nothing makes me happier then when I can shed a couple of layers of clothing and set myself up at a nice outdoor spot to enjoy some food and drinks.

Although the city offers a number of stellar options, my personal go to is Berg’n out in Crown Heights. This massive beer hall (don’t worry, there’s more on offer than just beer), from the mad geniuses behind Smogasburg  - offers food from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Samesa and Lumpia Shack and drinks from a very well stocked bar.

Mouth watering ribs from Mighty Quinn's BBQ

Mouth watering ribs from Mighty Quinn's BBQ

The delectable offerings from Samesa

The delectable offerings from Samesa

The to-die-for spring rolls from Lumpia

The to-die-for spring rolls from Lumpia

And of course, to heed your call for a summer-y good time, the beer hall boasts a wonderful patio where you can sit back, nosh on some ribs and enjoy a tall brew. How’s that for humpday?

Enjoy! 

 

BERG'N 

899 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11238

www.bergn.com