SriPraPhai – The Best Restaurants in NYC

SriPraPhai – The Best Restaurants in NYC

  64-13 39th Ave¬†¬†Woodside, NY 11377 I first heard of Sripraphai in the upper echelons of basic cable, on a now defunct channel that showed reruns of Korean soaps, Japanese gameshows, and the occasional Pride match, and had, to my recollection, exactly one show worth watching, where the hosts profiled Asian restaurants around New York’s […]

Defonte’s – The Best Restaurants in NYC

Defonte’s – The Best Restaurants in NYC

  261 3rd Ave, Manhattan, NY Beside its groundbreaking high-end eateries, Asian restaurants, and burgers, New York excels at another type of nosh – artisanal sandwiches. Sure, you can find the foo foo organic, whole-grain variety, and some very good versions of it, but when you’re in the mood for an unapologetic fling with a […]

Minca – The Best Restaurants in NYC

Minca – The Best Restaurants in NYC

  536 E 5th St New York, NY 10009 It’s infrequent that I’ll go so far as to do research in order to write a restaurant review, especially in New York. Tell you the history of the burger? Heck if I know, but I’ve eaten a metric ton of them in my day. Steaks? Brunch […]

Shake Shack – The Best Restaurants in NYC

Shake Shack – The Best Restaurants in NYC

  For my return journey to Shake Shack, I decided to challenge the prevailing assumption that the lines are too long, so I set my stopwatch the moment I stepped into line. It wasn’t until I had successfully navigated the line, ordered, waited for my order, sherpa’d it over to a vacant bench, taken my […]

Metro Cafe – the Best Restaurants in NYC

Metro Cafe – the Best Restaurants in NYC

  4924 8th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11220 Cliche-avoidance-be-damned, Sunset Park is a treasure trove. We at Smart Getaways actively encourage readers to get out of Manhattan to experience the best restaurants New York has to offer, and you sure don’t have to go as far as Flushing or Sunset Park to find great eats, but […]

Atlantic City 2 – Weekend Getaways from NYC

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Weekend Getaways from NYC | 2 Comments
Atlantic City 2 – Weekend Getaways from NYC

  In part one of this series, I floated the controversial idea that perhaps Atlantic City warranted inclusion in a list of six smart weekend getaways from New York, both because of its well-earned reputation as well-worn tourist-trap and in spite of it. Come for the amazing Asian food, wineries, beaches, and…dare I say it…shopping, […]

Atlantic City 1 – Weekend Getaways from NYC

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Weekend Getaways from NYC | One Comment
Atlantic City 1 – Weekend Getaways from NYC

  Forget everything you think you know about Atlantic City. Don’t get me wrong – it is all that. Playground of broken dreams, Ozymandian vestige of ostentatiousness, neon-stucco-and-chrome found-object monument to a time when Roger Moore was Bond, Trump’s hair was real, and you could still get a hot meal on a transcontinental flight. AC’s […]