All posts tagged: nyc

Thank You NYC, For Making Me a Better Person

Originally posted on Tara Pook:
I usually avoid Times Square like carrots in my shrimp fried rice, but tonight I couldn’t help but stand here for a few minutes. I’ve learned a thing or two from the tourists I rush past. They’re so happy and in the moment, as they marvel at the big lights. It reminds me to be grateful for the opportunity to live and learn in this city. And although this past year has been rather tough, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The patience I’ve gained is not only manifesting itself in waiting for the promises God made to me when I moved here, it is also manifesting itself in the way I’ve shown patience with those around me. Like showing kindness to a tourist struggling with her luggage, or treating a homeless man like he’s not invisible. So I guess I say all of this just to say thanks NYC, for making me a better person. —Tara Pook

NYC Spotlight: Peter Lugar Steakhouse

Originally posted on Chey Chey from the Bay:
I am a carnivore. And as a carnivore I strongly recommend that if you’re in the mood for a classic, no frills steak of epic proportions, that you come here. To The Peter Lugar Steakhouse. This restaurant has a long standing reputation as the place to go for legendary steaks– the Porterhouse to be exact. Established in 1887, it’s not a surprise that everything from meticulously picking the best cuts of meat straight from the freshest meat markets, to the broiling techniques and means of preparation, to the final presentation and serving of the meat itself is unparalleled. Peter Lugar only serves USDA prime beef. Just like they only take cash. The famous porterhouse is taken from a section of the short loin. Running down the center of the steak is the well known “T-bone” (named after the fact that the bone that looks like a T- mind blown- ammirite?) On one side is the New York strip, on the other side is the filet. These babies are then dry-aged to perfection, butchered to order…

Zumba Fitness

Originally posted on Best In Class:
Class: Zumba Fitness Studio: Ailey Extension Location: 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 Workout Category: dance, cardio What ClassPass Says: “Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be “FUN AND EASY TO DO” allowing Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba Fitness program and achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind. ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music – dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps.” My Instructor: Samuel S.…

Gentrification Nation

Native New Yorkers are slaves to gentrification. We have given our blood, sweat and tears to a place we had no choice but to call home. We have squeezed rocks under pressures of 725,000 pounds per square inch on our own. Creating diamonds out of the last kids to get picked to play. Only to see our “masters,” ( those with money) reap the benefits that we have worked so hard for. Once we can no longer afford to live here, where will our next plantation be? Where else will we be able to go and help build up from the rubble so that once we have fixed it the rich can reclaim the land we have worked so hard on? Gentrification Nation #quartervida ________________________________________________________________________________ Follow me on:  Instagram: @quartervida  Twitter: @quartervida 

NYC Spotlight: Gotham Bar and Grill

Originally posted on Chey Chey from the Bay:
One of the highlights of my eating excursions this summer was having the opportunity to dine at the famed Greenwich Village restaurant- Gotham Bar & Grille- with my bf and his amazing mom! Gotham is a beautiful restaurant- stylish, but it still felt warm and inviting. I really loved the feel of the high ceilings, pretty fabric-draped light fixtures and grand floral arrangements that decorated the restaurant. The food was fantastic and so skillfully presented. How could I not take pics of everything before I devoured it? The first courses were phenomenal! We had the intricately prepared Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, with Japanese cucumber, shiso leaf and sweet miso asian ginger vinaigrette and the delicious, perfect-for-summer dish, the Soft Shell Crab that featured summer squash, sweet corn, fresh chickpeas, purple eggplant, roasted red pepper, and a lime ginger emulsion. The tartare was so fresh and paired nicely with the acidity of the vinaigrette. I’ve always been a huge fan of soft shell crab and this was hands down my favorite soft shell crab…