Think You There Was or Might Be Such a Grill as This I Dreamt Of?

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

Ever since it opened last summer, I have eschewed the American Grill for being a totally weird eyesore. First, the name. The American Grill? For a Greek diner in the middle of the Ukranian East Village? Second, the lie. It proclaimed, on its red white and blue awnings, that it was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when it in fact closes at various times, usually around 11 pm.  Third, the space. It was sprawling, overdecorated, the antithesis of bohemian.

Then I married a Yankees fan. Whenever we passed by the eyesore and a game happened to be on, my husband glued himself to the glass wall like a bug attracted to light, to see the score on the TV behind the empty bar. One night, the Yankees were playing the Red Sox. We stood outside my building, wishing there was a place we could eat and watch the game. We gazed absently across the street and his eyes fell upon a flickering beacon that I had long since ceased to see, American Grill's unwatched TV.

"You wanna try it?"

"Not really…" But Standings, the sports bar under my building, was a Red Sox bar, so that was out. And Bounce, on 2nd Avenue and 6th Street, was full of frat boys, and that could not be tolerated on a weeknight.

We entered the oversized space tentatively and huddled at the bar, where we ordered beers and spinach pie. And then something strange happened: husband Joe, usually reticent to the point of seeming not to possess vocal chords, decided to talk the waitress. Perhaps it was because she was around our age and seemed lonesome -- she had thanked us for sitting at the bar and keeping her company, then complimented his long hair....

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Gastropub Spitzer’s Corner Not Phased by the Guv’s Fall From Grace

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

When brothers Will and Rob Shamlian opened Spitzer’s Corner on Rivington in the Lower East Side in August, then-Governor Eliot Spitzer had been in office 14 months, and few if any could’ve anticipated that a certain service for Very Important People would signal the end of his life in politics.  When the Times reported that [&hellip
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Starbucks’ Temporary Closing Pisses Off Dunkin Donuts Customers

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

Starbucks is all about customer service these days. They’re doing things like handing out customer surveys and giving out $5 gift cards to customers who’ve had to move seats to accomodate a book signing. In a couple hours, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., they’re closing their 7,100 stores across the U.S. for three hours of [&hellip
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Fort Greene Bar Scene: Stonehome Wine Bar

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

Stonehome Wine Bar has been getting a lot of press lately, and when you visit it’s not hard to see why. Impeccably designed, it has a lovely outdoor patio, friendly staff and, most importantly, delectable food and wine and not-extravagant prices. 

I happened to hear from a friend who worked at the place, that the owners are a cool married couple, extremely welcoming to their staff. And they love Brooklyn.  That was enough to make me want to get them on the phone for an interview, which I promptly did.  Rose Hermann, a German-born, Fort-Greene-enamored artist who co-owns Stonehome with her sommelier husband Bill Stenehjem, was kind enough to talk to me about the perks of building up a business in her borough.

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Photo by Michael Kenney, courtesy of Stonehome
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Philanthropy Freebie at the Dessert Truck

Written by Victoria Moy on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

I passed the Dessert Truck last night after leaving a reading in the East Village.  As I looked at the menu a woman approached me and said, "You're getting free dessert tonight… on me!" 

I didn't have time to freak out and wonder if she was trying to pick me up. "Really? Thanks.  Why?" I asked, wondering what the catch was. She had received $100 and had been instructed to give it away before the Thursday night $100 Party.

"What better way to spend $100 on other people than to buy them dessert, right!?" 

The philanthropist was a journalist/author named Hannah Seligson. And, after a little further research, I discovered that the $100 Party was the brainchild of another writer, Courtney E. Martin. She created the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy, a network of people who receive $100 and then pass it on to others...

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