Autumn 2015 to-do ☕️🍂🍛

Autumn 2015 to-do ☕️🍂🍛

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Starting to realize autumn is my favorite season. Sweater-weather is king. Ease into the season with bold, flavorful restaurants, boozy cocktails and stouts by a fireplace, and hearty meals.

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    Ron suggested we all go to the opera this winter, so we got tickets to see Barber of Seville. I've never been to this theater before, and had always admired the plaza that it sat on. Despite the opera being in English, I made use of the subtitles discreetly displayed behind the seat in front of you. Really loved the show, and wouldn't be surprised if seeing a show here became a regular winter tradition for us.
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    I had been to Quality Meats before, and I asked Aaron if he could hook me and my friends up with a table. Was an absolutely incredible meal we had. I was really impressed with how Michael Stillman's restaurant neither feels like a stuffy steakhouse, nor does it feel like a chic-trendy fad. I'd recommend the Dry Aged Porterhouse for two, and definitely get the grilled bacon as an appetizer. They do such a marvelous job with the meat here.
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    Had Ni Japanese on my to-do for a while, mostly because I can only make it there on weekend mornings. I finally got there and only had enough room for the sake onigiri. The entire thing fell apart as soon as I sat down at a table nearby, and I was left pathetically collecting clumps of rice and salmon with my fingers. I gave up a little more than halfway through.
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    Came here with Ron, Laura, and some of her friends from Paris for a meal. We joked about the bull penis on the menu, which you can see Robert Sistema eating here: www.eater.com/2015/12/1/9827856/eating-bull-penis-kenka-nyc. Not the biggest fan of Kenka. As cheap as it might be, I'd rather pay $3 extra for non-mediocre food and beer. Also, the softcore porn on the wallpaper/menu creeps me out a bit
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    Had dinner with Ron and Ben here after work. The menu is written fresh on the chalkboard each day, and everything on it is mouth-watering to read. We got the hambone gumbo, jambalaya, and a sausage po'boy. Cajun food is my favorite, and this place does it right.
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    Had some time before dinner nearby, so I stopped in to check out their brandy selection. I was looking for a particular poire eau de vie I had after a meal in Paris. I ended up also getting a bottle of Willet Bourbon, which I'd been looking for almost a year. The shop doesn't look like much, but the staff is incredibly helpful.
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    Came here for BRIG, Isaac's pick. I had Brandy Library on my to-do for a while, but ended up waiting til I was 25yrs old so I wouldn't have a problem at the door because of their minimum-age rule. There's an impressive list of cognacs and armagnacs, but I was most interested in the "Mixits" (simple mix of a brandy and a syrup). The service was probably the worst service I've had at a BRIG cocktail bar. We ended up leaving after two drinks and heading across the street to B Flat.
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    Came here on an unseasonably warm December night with Laura and Patrick and sat in the backyard, not too far from the fireplace. Ordered a plate of charcuterie, assembled by Stinky Bklyn, and some beers. It ended up being a pretty fantastic night: learning inappropriate French drinking songs and getting caught up in a cycle of buying drinks for & receiving drinks from a neighboring table. One guy even jumped on the table and toasted me as 'the best dude in this bar'. It's a long story.
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    Came here because of their reputation for being laptop-friendly on the weekends, until 6pm when the wifi is shut off and it becomes more like a wine bar. Sure enough, it wasn't awkward at all sitting down at the bar next to other folks who were working away on their laptops. Unfortunately, the coffee here was so bad that I couldn't get past more than a few sips. Next time I may just have to get a glass of wine while working.
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    Apparently they scold you if you behave in certain ways that make the ordering process inefficient or difficult for them. I've never had that experience. Don't ask which is a 'better' sandwich between two choices. That's a stupid question. Ask which one is more popular. I'm slowly working my way through the very long list of options they've got.
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    An okay bowl of soup or chili if you're on the go and don't want to spend much in SoHo. For $6.50 I had a pretty unremarkable meal of beef chili, eaten on the spot with the help of the thin counter jutting out from the food stand.
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    After an exhausting evening w/ Ron, Esmerelda, and Theresa at Brooklyn Boulders, we worked up quite an appetite and a heavy dinner was just what was needed. Unfortunately I didn't consider making an Opentable reservation in advance, and ended up with a 45 min wait for a table. Dinosaur BBQ serves some of the best wings in the city, so my standard order is always cornbread, Wango Tango wings, a sausage link, and sampling whatever everyone else got.
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