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We know, we know. Sea urchin is an acquired taste for many. Okay, a lot of people. In fact the marine animal’s gonads, it’s oft been called foie gras or butter of the sea. (Mmm...butter.)
At Toro in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, co-chef/owner Ken Oringer serves the silky roe pressed with pickled mustard seeds between two slices of miso-buttered bread. For first-timers, the Bocadillo de Erizos (a bocadillo is a type of Spanish sandwich) strikes the perfect balance of oozy, briny sweetness and crisp bread. Luscious and salty, it’s straight up essence of the sea.
Two bites into our bocadillo and we were ready for another. It’s that delicious. And of all the things we ate during a recent NYC trip, it’s the number one dish we think about. As in, we will never look at a glass of rosé the same way without this ridiculously tasty pairing.
Even if you’re sea urchin squeamish, there’s a really good chance the Bocadillo de Erizos ($13) will sway you. So go to Toro, give it a try and tell us what you think.
Louie's fifth season has just debuted on FX, bringing more of the comedian's dark humor, and favorite New York hangouts, to the small screen. In honor of Louie C.K.'s return, here's a look at three Louie-style date nights to some of the most memorable restaurants and comedy clubs ever featured on the show. Hopefully, you'll have more luck in love than Louie did.
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Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.
The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.
Even though the temperature where you call home might not be supporting the concept, spring has finally arrived across the top half of the globe. That means more time outdoors, more sunshine, and most importantly theme parks and roller coasters opening their turnstiles for the first time in months.
Over in New York some of the rides and attractions at Coney Island starting doing their thing for the first time in 2015; however, apparently there are still quite a few kinks to still work out. On Sunday the famous Cyclone got stuck at the top during its opening day, and riders had to climb down the lift hill to get back to the ground.
The roller coaster is celebrating year 88 of doing its thing, and we’re hopeful that this opening day mishap is only a hiccup in Luna Park’s—and the coaster’s—summer season. All in all there were 24 riders that were forced to take a different way down, and thankfully no one was injured. So a good story for those involved albeit a scary one in the moment!
[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]
[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]
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With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.
From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.
For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.
Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."
Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.
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If you're next trip involves landing at LaGuardia Airport, we suggest you look away now.
A Delta passenger plane originating in Atlanta (Flight 1086) skidded off the runway at LGA this morning. But the plane didn't just go off to the side of the runway a little. Instead it rammed into a seawall fence, leaving its nose hovering above the choppy sea. Eeep.
The good news is that there are no fatalities. The AP reports that all 125 passengers (including Giants tight end Larry Donnell) and five crew members evacuated on inflated safety chutes. Six people are reported to be injured, but not seriously, and the plane lost a wing but otherwise, everyone is good.
And as is the norm these days, many passengers have been posting on social media about the shaking landing. Here's a video posted during the evacuation, in which you can see people shuffling on their butts down the chutes:
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Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.
Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.
The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:
The sharing economy is on the verge of over-sharing.
Introducing Airpnp, a service that trades bed rentals for bowl rentals. Toilet bowls.
Wandering aimlessly through the streets of NYC, with a full bladder and nowhere to find – ahem, release? Problem solved, courtesy of this just-launched mobile app that lets you locate private homes and apartments that will let you use their bathroom — for a fee. According to an overview of Airpnp in the New York Post, hosts are charging rates that range from about $1 to $20 per loo visit; just check a toilet’s availability from your smartphone, and the host will receive a phone call to confirm your visit.
Of course, the amenities available vary. Perusing the limited listings available so far, we’ve found folks trumpeting everything from “scented soaps” to a “very friendly cat named Toby [who] might meow at you.”
Do we get a discount if we use the litter box?
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The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.
Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.
According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.
Miami's Art Basel may have been the place to be for celebs like Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Robert Pattinson over the weekend, but Jerry Seinfeld chose to expose his kids to some art much closer to home.
The comedian and his wife Jessica brought their kids to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday and, even though he is reportedly worth more than $800 million dollars, Jerry used public transportation to get there.
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Something the everyday traveler wouldn't notice is now the focus of security action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
That thing? A steak knife, as served with meals delivered to customers at airport restaurants, after passing through TSA security.
An investigation by Newsday, published last week just in time for the busy holiday travel season, highlighted that at least two JFK eateries (The Palm in Terminal 4 and Bobby Van's in Terminal 8) were essentially violating airside weapons bans:
Despite warnings, today's day-before-Thanksgiving mix of horrible weather and equally unpleasant crowding at airports hasn't been so bad. The expected snow only dropped inches versus feet on the east coast, and the FlightAware Misery Map lists 490 delays and 12 cancellations (as of 10am EST), whereas it lit up with over 1,600 cancellations during a blizzard back in January.
Still, there will be travelers inconvenienced whether it's the fault of the weather, airline scheduling, or relatives conspiring to keep you home longer over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Aside from following your airlines on social media and keeping up with travel waivers, what else can be done? For one, there are things you can buy at the airport to make your wait a little more comfortable. Or make the best of a delay by using the airport for their entertainment zone it is.