@ParachuteHome Lands in Soho

Parachute the on-line retailer known for their high end yet reasonably priced bed linens just landed in Soho, their first brick and mortar in NYC. Their bedding comes in three variations percal, satin and linen.

Parachute’s linen is washable so I opted for light gray sheets for the summer months with matching pillow cases to ensconce my pillows. After my first night sleeping on them…I need another set of these.

I needed a new set of pillows and Parachute offers them in Down or Microfiber in soft, medium and firm. I choose the Down medium firmness and they are pretty awesome (of note, they only carry medium in the store at this time).

Parachute also carries a full selection of towels and linens for the bath and kitchen. Some new towels and maybe a Summer linen quilt have my eye…but first which color do I choose for my next set of linens for my bed?

Parachute is located at 139 Grand Street

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@Dez Middle Eastern Fast Casual in Soho

Enjoy Middle Eastern food and looking for a new fun, bright, and causal spot in Soho? Dez from the folks that brought you Chloe recently opened a fast causal spot on Mulberry Street. Unlike Chloe though Dez is not strictly Vegetarian, but plenty of the dishes are.

Dez offers a limited menu of a little over dozen items that include Mezze, salads, Bowls and Pitas. They also have a selection of sweet and savory Baked goods. On weekends they offer some additional Brunch items.

On my first for visit I ordered up the Moroccan Lamb meatballs served over Date Quinoa which was a nice change of pace and very different than your usual Spaghetti and Meatball dishes served in this neighborhood. For a extra buck with an entree ($2.50 without) get one of their delicious flatbreads. I loved the Za’atar and Olive oil one from their selection of three.

To drink they offer Coffee, Tea, Beer, Wine snd some Iced beverages. I went with the Rose Lemonade which was a nice variation on the classic. Seating is available indoors and outdoors when the weather permits.

Dez is located at 227 Mulberry Street in Soho

@TheQueenPrince Epic Superhero sized Italian Subs

Love Chicken Cutlet Parm, Meatball and Italian Salumi and Cheese heroes? The Queen and the Prince food truck makes quite possibly the best hot and cold Italian heroes in the city right now. They are huge, fresh, and awesome.

The Queen and the Prince have dozens of heroes to choose from. Thus far I’ve had two of their chicken cutlet heroes the Heavy Infantry (Chicken cutlet, provolone cheese, sweet peppers, sautéed eggplant, broccoli rabe) and the

Warrior (Chicken, provolone cheese, hot peppers, broccoli robe, glazed balsamic dressing) and a Meatball Hero with provolone and topped with broccoli rabe that was off the charts.

These heroes are huge (I have a big appetite) and if you so desire are available by the half…but go big while watching your girlish figure and bring the other half home. Next up, I need to tackle one of their Porchetta sandwiches.

The Queen and the Prince is located right off the corner of 46th and 6th Ave on Mondays and Thursdays.

Sen Sakata Happy Hour/Nikki(Peruvian-Japanese Lunch

Ever hear of Nikkei style food? Sen Sakana serves a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food that is rather delicious. The space is a minimalist, yet fairly large and a stylish spot. The food is top notch fresh and delicious…but its also Japanese sized portions(read: small) and (expense account) expensive.

They have a great Happy Hour offering a large selection of premium cocktails for only $9.00 (this is NYC) with superior mixologists working the bar. The first time I went it was just for drinks and our bartender made us drinks off the menu to try out that included a Mezcal White Negroni, a Mezcal Sezerac and a Mezcal Daqari. Loved them all.

On my next visit it was to sample the food. We started with the Edamame with Choclo(Peruvian corn). Then it was onto the Ceviche comprised of the Corvina fish with Aji, Lime, Cilantro and Leche de Tigre Which was excellent and though it looked like a small portion it actually had a fair amount of fish in it. My favorite dish thus far here.

For entrees we shared the Sashimi for two which was of very high quality but also rather petite portions and the three rolls listed below…

Crunchy Yellowtail – Yellowtail, Avocado, Cucumber, Crispy Quinoa, Nikkei Green Sauce

Spicy Scallop – Scallop, Shiso, Nikkei Spicy Aioli, Cucumber

Eel-Fresh Water Eel, Avocado, Aji Panka Kabayaki, Sansho

These were all very good, different than your usual suspects, size wise these were closer to the portions in most places, but again kinda pricy.

Overall I highly recommend Sen Sekata for Happy Hour with some of the better Cocktails in the city. The food is very good, so I do recommend lunch or dinner here…just keep in mind the portions to price ratio is more geared towards those who do petite pilates rather than hit the iron.

Sen Sakata is located at 28 West 44th Street

Typsy Scoop: Booze Infused Frozen Treats

Well its finally that time of the year…when I scream, you scream…we all scream for infused with booze Ice Cream. The Tipsy Scoop offers frozen treats for adults that do have alcohol at 5% in them…so not for the kids.

They have a nice selection of flavors to choose and they are tasty. I tried the Maple Bacon Bourbon and the Strawberry Rhubard Bourbon and went with the later since my Dad loved Strawberry Rhubarb pie. You can get a cherry on top and or sprinkles (for no additional charge) but I went naked.

If you can’t decide on a flavor get an Ice Cream flight of four mini’s. Of note…they actually even have a Happy Hour!

The Tipsy Scoop is located at 217 East 26th Street.

Casa Publica Margarita Happy Hour

Looking for a great spot in Willamsburg for a large selection of high end twists on Margaritas and a number of other great cocktails? How bout Happy Hours…like those as well by any chance…

Casa Publica has a relatively new Happy Hour that goes from 5-7pm and has a great selection of Margaritas, beer, vino and snacks. From the Margarita selection you can have your classic on the rocks or frozen for $7. Add only another $1 to kick things up a notch with some fruit with or better yet with some heat.

I had the Tamarind Pasilla and the Pineapple and Chipolte on a recent visit. To go with them I got the trio of salsas with chips which are far superior and spicier than most. A number of my fellow drinkers had the guac which looked great.

I have not had the pleasure of dinner or brunch here yet but do plan on it. If you love Margarita’s you definitely need to add Casa Publica to your Happy Hour and Tequila/Mezcal based Cocktail joints.

Casa Publica is located at 594 Union Avenue in Williamsburg Brooklyn

Bar Mogo : Tokyo in Soho

Interested in an authentic Tokyo cocktail bar experience but don’t have the time to jump on a plane right now (but do plan on going some day) Bar Mogo is a stylish Tokyo styled cocktail bar offering a sedate and classy spot for drinking well crafted Japanese inflected drinks.

I had their newest drink the Princess Mononoke a mix of Mezcal, Yuzu and Shichimi pepper rimmed. My companion went with a Vodka Tonic…but as with most things the Japanese do…done just right.

They do offer a limited menu of Japanese Itzakaya type food to go with your drinks…though I didn’t get a chance to sample it on this occasion. A great spot for a date or low key drinking with some friends or clients.

Bar Mogo is located at 128 West Houston

Tudor City Cafe: Wow Sandwich

Stop me if you heard this one…an Italian, a Jew and Moroccan walk into a kitchen…and Wow literaly comes out. Looking for a delish and different sandwich…this may just be it.

The Wow is a happy combination of mozzarella, smoked Salmon, egg, tomatoes served grilled in on a indian bread. If you like heat…ask for some of their homemsde Harrisa on the side.

In addition Tudor City Cafe offers a number of sandwiches, salads, and entrees with North African, Middle Eastern and Med entrees for lunch and dinner. They also have bagels, baked goods (from Balthazar) and egg sandwiches for breakfast.

This is a great little hidden gem that is far more than it looks…

Tudor City Cafe is located at 5 Tudor City Place

Sola Pasta Bar – Authentic Italian Cuisine in Soho

Do you love Pasta…carbs be damned? If so, Sola Pasta Bar is a great spot for a group or a date for authentic (read: not spaghetti in red sauce with meatballs) Italian Pasta dishes.

Space wise it’s a good looking place that draws a like crowd. The open square shaped kitchen in the center of the restaurant has seating surrounding it to watch the chef work his magic and tables around it including a large group/community table.

We started with the Salumi (Italian cold cuts) and Formaggi (cheese) platter that had a great selection to nibble on to get our gastronomic juices flowing along with a nice crisp blanco vino that was being poured.

Then the plates of pasta starting arriving …so many that I lost count of how many different dishes were on the table…I think it was 8 or 9. My faves were the Squid Ink with Clams, Rigatoni with Guanicale and the Pasta with Pecorino cheese fondue topped with marinated egg yolk(this one is usually served on their brunch menu).

For desert we all shared Sicilian Cannoli that are much lighter and creamier than the usual suspects and deconstructed Tiramisu served in a martini glass.

Everything was delicious start to finish, service was top notch and price points for food this good in this cool a spot in Soho were just right. Highly recommended if you are looking for a night in Italy without leaving NYC…or simply craving pasta.

Sola Pasta Bar is located at 330 West Broadway

Coffee and Cream by #Oddfellows …Ice Ice Baby…

Like your Coffee with Ice… Cream? Looks like the Oddfellows team has another hit on their hands with their latest spot Coffee and Cream on the corner of Houston and Mott. Here not only do they serve the beloved Miso Cherry, Burnt Marshmallow etc Ice Cream flavors but a variety of Coffee beverages.

I went for an Affogato (Shot of Espresso with a scoop of ice cream) which I love…but the special Espresso Con Panna caught my eye. Its a shot of Espresso topped with a flavored thick schlag like whipped cream. The current flavor is Saffron Cardamon Pistachio which looks as good as it tastes.

Coffee and Cream by Oddfellows also carries a number of baked goods including yummy Du’s Donuts. I’ll be back to work my way through the menu…turns out Coffee and Ice Cream are high up on my list of vices…yours?

Coffee and Cream by Oddfellows is located at 55 East Houston Street