@PeteesPie Scrumptious #Pies 

I should have known better than to pop in and see out of curiosity’s sake what type of pies Petee’s Pie Company offered and how they looked. A group of girls from a Bachloreete party were moaning over their slices. How could I not join in…and get some? 

Petee’s offer a number of fruit, cream and chocolate pies available by the slice or pie that make choosing one rather challenging. To add to your dielemma in choosing your treat are cheese cakes, cookies and even some savory pies.  
I couldn’t decide if I should get the Coconut Creme pie with a Cherry Nut cookie or the Cherry Pie slice with the Coconut Macaroon…I went with the former but will be back for the later.

Space is limited inside, it’s really for take out. They do have hot beverages available to wash your Pie down if like the Bachelorette Party you just can’t wait to satisfy your cravings and desires… 

Petee’s Pie Company 
is located at 277 Broome Street 

Williamsburg Granda Square #Pizza #LES

2017 is being hailed amongst other things as the year of the square sliced Pizza. Since I’ve been eating Sicilian since I was a kid and Grandma style slices for years, I don’t exactly consider it a trend, just a variation on something I love…Pizza. 

Williamsburg Pizza offers a variety of grandma style square pizzas loaded with toppings along with a few old school round pies and some sandwiches and salads as well. 
What I really like about this place is that their square slices are available  by the pie and by the individual slice(drives me crazy when Pizza joints don’t offer by the slice). I went with slices of their Paesano and the Kale Taleggio (see ingredients in the pics) which were both totally covered with high quality toppings. I need to go back to try the Messina and the Apple Bacon…

The LES location (this is the Sister spot to the original in Brooklyn) is primarily geared towards take-out but they do have a few tables and window ledge space available for seating. Definetly add this to your Pizza spot lists…tell your old school friends about the great sausage on the pies and your hipster friends about Pizza…cut…in squares! 

Williamsburg Pizza
is located at 277 Broome Street 

#Bushwick #Brooklyn #StreetArt


Bushwick Street Art

Since I have a thing for Street Art I was a bit overdue for checking out Bushwick’s scene. On this first trip I rode the L to the Morgan Street Station and wandered around that area. To fuel myself for the walk, while it’s Roberta’s Pizza that Bushwick is known for I was craving Sushi so I hit the Momo Sushi Shack for some Rolls and Bombs.

Once fueled up I bounced around Bogart, Seigel, White and Grattan Streets taking pics galore. While making the rounds I came upon the Fine and Raw Chocolate Factory. I sampled their goods some years back and had to check out their Factory. While their bars and chunks are very good it was their Coconut Dulce Con Leche that came home with me.

I continued on  but it was getting pretty cold and I needed some coffee so I popped into the Ange Noir Cafe on Varet Street. By day a spot for Coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. By night live music and drinks. From here I called it a day and jumped on the L back to NYC.

Of note, there  is a whole nother section of Street Art  that I need to check out by the Jefferson Station close by to Flushing Avenue. Stay tuned for a piece on that section once it warms up a bit…


@PasqualeJones Wood-Fired Rustic Italian Food 

Walking in I knew I likely was not getting a table without a long wait. As it turned out I was seated immediately(I don’t believe this is typical, my neighbors at the bar waited over an hour, and they were two cute girls, I was with no head turner, just my cousin). 
The dining room is a beautiful space with an open kitchen featuring two huge domed wood burning ovens taking up a fair amount of the space. There is no bar for drinks, it is used for additional seating space, perfect for a view of the mesmerizing fire under those glorious domes.

The menu is fairly small made up primarily of appetizers and wood fired Pizzas. They have a few Pasta’s and about as many wood fired entrees along with some sides. Having said that, what they do, they do right. 

We ordered up their White Clam Pizza to start, the Pork Shank in jus with fennel to share (it comes with a side of lightly dressed Arugula to cleanse the palette) and the Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Mozzarella. As to how good they were…the girls to my right noted we “out-ordered” them. In all fairness I’m kinda a semi pro when it comes to that. 

To drink Pasquale Jones has an extensive yet fairly expensive Wine selection by the bottle. However I felt they offered too few by the glass, only a few beers and no cocktails. I would like to see them offer a larger selection of wines by the glass and more bottles under $100 (who drinks $350-$2,000 bottles of wine with Pizza, even when it’s this good?).

Also, for those with a sweet tooth they generally do just one desert a night that is usually fruit with some gelato. Luckily the neighborhood has plenty if you’re looking for something more.

Overall Pasquale Jones is a great spot that works for a date, a group or one’s family members birthday. 

Pasquale Jones is located at 187 Mulberry Street 

Yamato Ramen & Izakaya lands in Murray Hill

There used to be a time when you couldn’t find Ramen in Murray Hill unless it was instant in a Grocery store. Lately Murray Hill is turning into a Little Tokyo and it’s newest Ramen joint is also a Japanese Gastropub aka Izakaya. 

Yamoto offers a number of different Ramen to choose from, Donburi(rice bowls),Yakitori and appi’s. I had their  spicy Tonkotsu for lunch and it was very good packing some heat. I now have to see if their “Spicy as Hell” lives up to its name while still being tasty and not just hot. 

Being an Itzakaya the space has two horseshoe shaped bars and a nice sized selection of Sake. Of note, they have a Happy Hour that features food and drink specials. At this time I’ve only enjoyed their Ramen so I will need to hit their Happy Hour to check out more of the menu. 

Yamato Ramen & Izakaya is located at 542 Third Avenue

Ben’s Cookies in Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate Chunks

 Looking for some great cookies for Santa to make up for being naughty this year or maybe you just love cookies and prefer your chocolate in chunks vs mere chips? 

I stumbled upon Ben’s Cookies back when it was just a pop up in Soho, but once I took a bite into their dark chocolate chunk cookies with a hint of Orange I knew this place was going to take a longer term spot soon. 

The cookies are good sized, but not huge. Most of their selection are variations on the classic chocolate chip cookie with chunks of dark, milk, and white chocolate and flavors like Pralines, Orange, Peanut Butter and Ginger for example. They also do a very tasty Coconut cookie. 
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, if you crave cookies check these chunky bad boys out. 

Ben’s Cookies is located at 822 Broadway 

Brooklyn Museum: From Ancient Egypt to Marilyn Minter

One of my earlist and fondest memories of my childhood is of my Dad taking me to see Mummies at the Brooklyn Museum. Years later I went back for the first time in what seemed like a millennium to see the Murakami exhibition, which was one of the best I’ve ever seen. 

Recently I was craving some culture and something different so I jumped on the 4/5 got off at Franklin and went to see what was new and of course their amazing Egyptian collection. One of the things I’ve always really liked about this museum is their mix of ancient works to Pop Art and plenty in between. Below are some faves from my recent trip. 

Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty erotic and provocative pieces. 

The interior and exterior of this building are beautiful in their own right. 

Assyrian and Meso American works 

and of course my favorite section Ancient Egypt

The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway

The Doughnut Project @ the Bryant Park Winter Village 

Walking around the Bryant Park Winter Village market checking out the new food vendors I came upon some off the charts Donuts. The Doughnut Project has some very different flavor combo’s that sometimes sound crazy but work. I’ve had thus far their Maple Bacon Bar which is insanely good…(with a slice of bacon lying across it!) and I devoured the PJ2.0 that combines peanut butter and blackberry jam stuffed within a tasty doughnut topped with a blackberry glaze…
Check out the top pic and their website for more of their creative concoctions. Of note, while located in the West Village I’ve been getting my yeast treats at the kiosk in the Bryant Park Winter Village. 
The Doughnut Project is located at 10 Morton Street. 

@AFANYC presents Daniel Merrimam’s Earthly Delights  

Surrealist extraordinaire Daniel Merriam’s current show at AFA “Earthly Delights and Other Side of Dreaming” showcases the newest works of one of our greatest contemporary artists. 

To put his work into perspective best, think Oz meets Alice In Wonderland at the Circus held within a city designed by an Elven Architect. 

I find his ability to translate his imagination onto canvas with his unique ability to create such magical colors, creatures and characters with such finely detailed architectural wonders quite simply…amazing. 

See the works above and below for a taste, see them for yourselves in person for the full dreamlike experience. 

AFA is located at 54 Greene Street 

@BelfryNYC of Hour Hours and Pickle Backs 

While doing a mini bar hop on 14th Street, on a friends recommendation I popped into The Belfry  to check out their Shot and Pickleback menu. It’s a cool spot for Happy Hour and beyond. They have a great selection of beers, pickle backs and cocktails. My cousin and I threw down three of the five Picklebacks…

Bentley – Bourbon with a spicy brine back that was Bloody Mary like 

Tickle-back – Mezcal with a Spicy brine back

The Jameson – Jameson Black with a Spicy Brine back

(Of note, the Standard which is Bourbon with a Sour back is $5 all the time, the others are not on the happy hour). 

We chased them down with a number of Craft Beers including the Ommegang Nirvana. 
Inside the The Belfry is a good looking space inside would be good for a date on a slow night, though it seems to get more groups. Music can be a bit loud at times, would like to see them lower it to accommodate conversation. 

If you’re looking for a new spot for a fun Happy Hour and especially if you have a yen for Picklebacks check this place out…

The Belfry is located at 222 East 14th Street