Flats Fix Flatiron Tacos y Taqueria 

Who says you can’t go home again? For some of you, Flats Fix is a brand new hot spot for Tacos, Drinks and Happy Hour. For some of us it’s where our old stomping grounds Live Bait (by the Coffee Shop is their USQ location)a Creole spot was located, now a full on Fusion-Mex Taqueria

Flats Fix has awesome Tacos, some of the better in NYC, and large selection of them to choose from. I’ve had a number thus far with the Grilled Fish, Pastrami (totally works!) and Brisket being my faves. They also have a number of Vegetarian options including a very good Pepper one. 

Tequila based drinks and craft brews are your weapons of choice here though they have a full bar. Flats Fix has a great happy hour with specials on food ($6 for any 2 Tacos) and drinks($6 Margs and Paloma’s). A fun diverse crowd and a great team behind the bar add to the fun. 

Initially I was crushed when I saw Live Bait and Coffee Shop were no more, but once I found out the original owners just changed things up…walking into Flats Fix feels like coming home again. Add Flats Fix to your Happy Hour, Tacos, and Margarita lists. 

Flats Fix is located at 14 East 23rd Street


Frankie Goes to Bollywood: Indian Street Food Sandwiches Hit Soho

Looking for the next great sandwich?Indian Street Food flatbread sandwiches known as “Frankie’s” (gluten free) are stuffed with chicken, lamb or beef in curries and a number of vegetarian options are the newest taste sensation to hit Soho.

I had the Slammin Saag stuffed with steak marinated with mango and creamed spinach curry. It was both tasty and different which is what I was craving. Size wise for me (but maybe enough for you) it wasn’t filling. So either a side order or half of another required for a full meal next time.

The space is primarily for takeout…but does offer some counter seating. In addition to the food they have cheeky neon T-shirts available. Frankie’s are a great addition to the New York sandwich scene and I’m looking forward to what else comes out of their kitchen. 

Frankie Goes to Bollywood is located at 204 Spring Street 

@Sunspel British Built for Bond Menswear Lands in Soho

Are you a fan of Bond, James Bond? Most people think Tuxedo when they hear his name. I always think Polo…Sean Connery in his fitted Polo on the beach gazing at Honey Rider emerging from the surf in Dr.No.  

British heritage brand Sunspel has finally landed its own brick n mortar store in the states. Known for their Riveria Polo (rocked by Daniel Craig in his debut as Bond in Casino Royale) they produce perfectly cut Tee shirts, Sweaters, Sweats, Henley’s, Polo’s, Chino’s, Underwear, etc in high end Pima cotton, Merino wool and Sea Island cotton for men and women.

I picked up a Merino wool long sleeve Polo in Navy and two of their short sleeve Pique Polo’s in Blue Slate and Botiglia Green (a dark Hunter green). While the Riveria Polo did fit me well, the Pique fit my physique better. 

I was pleasantly surprised not just how well made my new shirts are and fit, but that I found they fit true to size (XL) vs too small like many foreign made brands are. If you’re looking for some great new gear for your Bond like adventures

Sunspel is located at 85 Mercer Street 

@TheFolly #HappyHour and #GastroPub Lunch

Looking for a great spot in NYC that transports you to the Florida Keys? The Folly in Soho does just that via their Happy Hour…which by the way goes till 8pm! Their Happy Hour offers Craft Beers, Wine and their Frozen drinks like the killer Painkillers in the photo above. The Folly also has superior Pub-Grub featuring a great lunch special that gives you a free drink with any entree. Their Fish Tacos are great, though more New England than Mexican. Regardless, the flaky cod was very lightly fried and tasty. Their Burgers and Fish n Chips looked tasty too.

Whether a fun spot in Soho for Happy Hour or a late lunch that after a rough week requires a beverage… The Folly is a great find.

The Folly is located at 92 West Houston Street

Gabriel Kreuther Modern French Prix Fixe Lunch

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Business symposium/lunch at Gabriel Kreuther’s event space in their lower level. The space is perfect for a private event sms service here is top notch.

We started with their Lobster In a remoulade and truffle vinaigrette topped with watermelon radish and greens that was exquisite.

For entrees we had a choice of Hawaiian Sea Bass with a spiced crust in a tomato fennel broth or Black Angus tenderloin with peppercorn jus, asaparagus and onion puree. I went seafood and it was one of the most perfectly prepared pieces of fish I’ve ever had. The steak looked great and my table-mates agreed it tasted even better.

For desert we enjoyed a Grand Marnier soaked Baba pastry with mango and vanilla ice cream. I had a pitch perfect Espresso to go with mine.

Of note, the upstairs is beautiful and they offer a full menu as well as the Prix Fixe options. For Chocolate lovers their store next door has some of the best Chocolates you will ever find.

Gabriel Kreuther is located at 41 West 42nd Street

Ortzi Basque Cuisine by Bryant Park

Looking for something a little different than your usual business lunch cuisine choices? I recently enjoyed a great business lunch at Ortzi which offers delicious Spanish(French border) Basque cuisine. My group started with some Manchego cheese, Lomo Iberico and Searano Jamon to whet our appetites.

While deciding on the various offering on the San Sebastian Express (Prixe Fixe lunch menu that includes a salad or soup and entree or sandwich) we ordered some Albondigas, Spanish style beef and pork meatballs topped with a poached egg in a roasted pepper sauce. They are fairly outrageous.

I started with their Spanish Caesar salad while a few from our group choose the chilled Almond and Garlic soup which they really enjoyed.

One of my buds ordered the Ortzi Burger with cheese and onion jam, while a few of the others shared (read: devoured) the Bikini (Serano ham, Manchego cheese, black truffles and jam)and the Pepito (Short-Rib, mushrooms and cheese ) sandwich. I went a bit healthier with the Lubina, Branzino over chickpeas with a Piquillo pepper pistou. All were delicious.

For drinks we enjoyed white wine and a robust Red Sangria with Cherry, Thyme and Cardamon. For desert Milk Chocolate Pudding with carmel and an Apricot Pasteis with coffee.

I love Spanish food and Ortzi scored high across the board with delicious food, great service in a great space. Add Ortzi to your Spanish cuisine, Prix Fixe, Lunch and Date spots lists.

Ortzi is located in the Luma Hotel at 120 West 41st Street

Sebastian Brecht Obsessive Chocolate Disorder Sweet Treats

Looking to impress those in your life with an obsessive disorder when it comes to chocolate? Sebastian Brecht’s chocolates who blow away the most discriminating of chocolate-holics.

Sebastian Brecht Obsessive Chocolate Disorder bon-bons are delicious custom crafted mini treats in a large assortment of flavors. Aside from them being so good is that they are small, so if you can control yourself just 2 or 3 at a time we sate you cravings without stuffing yourself.

The bon-bons are the stars here, though Chocolate bars and assorted confections like chocolate Scorpions are great for a gift for a special someone or a little treat for yourself.

Sebastian Brecht Obsessive Chocolate Disorder is located at 64 East 4th Street

@TaiyakiNYC Japanese Ice Cream in a Fish Waffle cone hits Williamsburg

Love Ice Cream and looking for something tasty a little different? Taiyaki offers made on the spot waffle cones (which were softer than expected, making it like a sandwich) Japanese style with red bean or custard at the bottom, filled with soft-serve ice cream and a variety of toppings to choose from.

The waffle cones are shaped like fish, based upon treats common in Japan and the 6+ flavors are a mix of traditional and Japanese influenced flavors like Matcha and Sesame. Toppings include sprinkles, rice crackers, coconut and mochi. Matcha drinks are available as well.

Taiyaki is located at 294 Bedford Street in Williamsburg

@ChaseContemporary @RaphaelMazzucco “The Never Ending Summer”

I’ve been to a number of Raphael Mazzucco’s openings (they always get a very eclectic and good looking crowd) ever since I first saw his work in the window of a gallery in Chelsea. Tonight’s opening is for his newest works and new book “The Never Ending Summer” (which also happens to be my mindset) a compilation of his work from around the globe along with memoirs and behind the scenes on-location photography.

When I saw his works the first time I thought they might have been those of another rather famous Montauk based superstar photographer…but over the last few shows his work has really taken on a very unique and definitive style all his own.

While perusing the new book I had the opportunity of meeting one of the models featured in it and chatted with her about world travel and the arts. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that her pics up in a tree in Montauk required her to actually climb it. As a Track and Field athlete not a problem for her. She is not your average model.

It was while I was perusing the new works pricing list that I inquired about the limited edition books that come in a pine box with a featured embellished (10 versions, only 25 of each) work on them suitable for mounting as is (the cover essentially is a framed work)…which led to me to realize if I wanted to own a Rapahel Mazzucco between space (his works that are my faves are fairly large) and other factors this was the way to go.

Next thing I know, my card is down after choosing the piece “On The River” taken in Vietnam. Raphael was gracious enough to come over and write a personal note and signature in my book even though the edition was already signed.

We talked about the natural beauty of Vietnam and how much of it still exists in another age…then he was off for more photos with his fans. I took a few more pics of his work for artistic inspiration for my paintings, then headed into the night with my newest acquisition and addition to my collection.

Chase Contemporary is located at 231 10th Avenue

“The Never Ending Summer” collection will be featured til mid-October (check with gallery for details)

@Omakasa Fast Casual Asian Fusion

Omakasa is a great new fast casual Asian Fusion spot for lunch and dinner that just opened in Soho. The food here surpassed my expectations in both how delicious it was and in portion size.

Most of the menu here is vegetarian Vegan and Kosher available as well), beef dishes are actually “Impossible Meats”, however have no fear fellow carnivores they do offer chicken and fish dishes. I had their Koji Chicken witu yuza veggies and coconut rice and loved it.

Not only was the portion bigger than I expected, but more importantly the quality of the food was what I would expect from a very good restaurant vs a fast causal spot. If you’re thirsty Omakasa also has a bar serving Sake, Sake cocktails and Beer.

Omakasa is located at 56 Spring Street