http://www.smacnyc.com/. Its the first stop off the L going towards Manhattan. Mind blowing mac and cheese.
Also recommend checking out (if you're in the East village area, walking around 1st ave off the L):
Luke's Lobster (unbelievable lobster rolls)
Veniero's Pasticceria (est. 1894, only place i'd go for dessert. cheescakes, italian pastries)
Two Boots Pizza (great specialty pizzas, the original location is in Alphabet City)
In Williamsburg, be sure to go to the Shwarma shop right off the Bedford L stop. I don't know the name of it, but it is the best Shwarma I had in NY. Craving it now.
Bedford stop is one of my favorite places in the city. Countless great restaurants and awesome music venues in walking distance. There is a reallyyyy bomb Korean taco place around Grand and Bedford, but again I can't remember the name... There is also this insane glass pipe gallery that I used to frequent on the corner of Bedford and Grand; they would have monthly parties/openings with a new artist every month, DJ and free beer. http://www.easystreetbrooklyn.com/
Obviously gotta hit Katz deli... but I hope that goes without saying.
We went over there while in the city for APW years ago, was so great seeing the streets shut down with people playing **** pong and just milling about in the neighborhood.
Had a friend that lived on Houston about a block down from Katz' and never once ate there during my visit. Whoops.
I recall Tom posting some very harsh critiques about airline customer service. This story about United makes me want to break someone's fucking teeth out with a hammer. I'm almost surprised at how angry i am right now after reading this.
There is a place in S. Williamsburg that we also always go to called The Lounge. It is basically made to feel like a ski lounge right in the middle of Williamsburg. On Monday's, for every beer you order, you get 3 barbecued chicken wings. Seriously a carnivore's dream. Its also around the corner from this bar with free skee ball all the time.
OMG I LOVE CHICKEN WINGS. I shall go.
My biggest gripe about United is how shitty you are treated as one of the plebeians in economy, and then how you get actual customer service if you're a "united premier member."
Man. that story is terrible. And even now that they're embarrassed in the national press, United STILL doesn't seem to get it:
"Sorry we lost your kid, we didn't mean to, here are your miles back.""We reached out directly to the Klebahns to apologize and we are reviewing this matter," United said in the statement to Tnooz.com. "What the Klebahns describe is not the service we aim to deliver to our customers. We are redepositing the miles used to purchase the ticket back into Mr. Klebahn's account in addition to refunding the unaccompanied minor charge. We certainly appreciate their business and would like the opportunity to provide them a better travel experience in the future."
Talk about tone-deaf. Jesus.
Many airlines won't put UMs on connecting flights. You want your kid to go to Grand Rapids, you're going to have to ride along or find another solution.
Drug 'em and put 'em in a box for Fedex.
I'm with Steve. Not a big fan of the wings.
I think I'll be having Buffalo wings for lunch.
My son is traveling to Anchorage in a week or two for his 18th birthday. I can't tell you how nervous I am to let him travel alone. I have been researching hotels and was shocked by how expensive even a motel 6 is up there. He doesn't have a lot of money and I already paid for the flight so I can't really get the hotel too. He had a bright idea that he would camp but I am just not comfortable with that. So I found this hostel type place. I have never stayed at a place like this, I am way too old. But I figured some of you younger folks may have experiences something like this. Just trying to get some feedback if it's a good idea. Here is the link if you are interested in taking a look. http://alaskabackpackers.com/
My next option up is $88/night for a cheap motel, which is going to cut significantly into his spending money.
What is he going to Alaska for? There are many options.
That isn't the only reason, my father use to live there and my son has always wanted to go, the girl is just an extra bonus. He can't back out now, the flight cost $500 and is non-refundable. I just want to know if anyone has stayed in a hostel and what the experience was like.