This month, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation blog posted an article, The Restaurant Toolbox: Menu Options for Saving Important Food Establishments. The article outlines actions we can take as consumers to help support our locally owned restaurants and food businesses. The #1 thing we can do is to think about where we eat and shop. Make an effort to patronize businesses deeply rooted in the community. By doing this, we help ensure their survival in an ever-increasing-rent climate.
The article also outlines what businesses can do to help themselves, as well as what policy makers can do. It’s very well written with great suggestions.
Crumbs has closed all its stores. It’s not the end of the cupcake though; it’s the end of Crumbs. According to a Yahoo article, it has more to do with the management of the business and not the cupcakes themselves. I believe that because these are popular cupcakes. Every time there’s a work function like a birthday, the office orders cupcakes from Crumbs.
I always think of seafood in the summer time, and if you can’t get to the beach, how about bringing the beach to you? That is, dining al fresco at Blue Water Grill in Union Square and ordering the most delicious lobster roll ever–the Maine lobster and shrimp roll with herbed mayonnaise, bacon, celery and waffle fries.
Now that summer is here, how about a trip to City Island? This beach oasis in the Bronx makes for a great Manhattan day trip.
A nice seafood dinner at Sammy’s Fish Box.
For starters, bread and assorted veggies.
I got a scungilli and calamari salad.
My friend got the Italian feast with lobster, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops and crab legs with pasta.
I got the clam bake with lobster, clams and corn.
And of course, I can’t live without dessert–a slice of red velvet cake.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today, I’m celebrating Mexican food with a trip to Arriba Arriba, the popular Mexican spot in Hell’s Kitchen. This place is always packed and has outdoor seating if you like to dine al fresco. It can get a little loud inside and with the low lighting and pounding music, it has more of a lounge vibe.
Arriba Arriba makes the best cheese enchiladas mole served with Spanish rice and a salad.
The alambre–marinated shrimp, steak and veggies skewer with rice and sauces.
And my favorite, the delicious huge burritos.