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Looking back on it, there is an argument to be made that Anthony Bourdain is at least partially responsible for the existence of this website. Years ago, before either of us had read Kitchen Confidential or become obsessed with certain episodes of No Reservations to the point of embarrassing familiarity, we were watching A Cook’s Tour and trying to figure out how this man made a living out of going to foreign lands and eating amazing sh*t. Stang actually booked a food vacation to San Sebastian after seeing Tony (yep, we’re cool like that) feature it on one of those early shows. Thus, the seeds were planted, and on we went on our path toward Immaculate conception five or so years later.
After a long, hard shift New York City's waiters like to eat, drink, and be merry like everybody else. But Gotham's servers aren't going to eat just anywhere. Because they work in some of the world's most famous and expensive restaurants, they develop discriminating foie gras tastes that, sadly, they're unable to afford on their liverwurst budgets. Therefore, when they go out after work, Big Apple waiters patronise establishments that offer excellent food, good service, and outstanding value for their hard-earned dollar. If you're visiting NYC from the UK and want to avoid the multitude of culinary tourist traps trying to suck those devaluing British pounds out of your wallet, your best bet is to ask a server where to eat. As the blogger of waiterrant.net and the author of Waiter Rant: Behind the Scenes of Dining Out , I've decided to give my friends "across the pond" a list of exceptional and affordable Manhattan eateries and bars popular with the New York "waiter mafia" .
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue. Read More... <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Go for Drinks Bierkraft (open now) 191 Fifth Ave., nr. Berkeley Pl., Park Slope; 718-230-7600 It’s hard to resist the summertime combo that is Brooklyn, beers, and a backyard—and that happens to be the M.O. of this brewshop’s newly opened garden. Six picnic tables and assorted salvaged chairs create a classic beer-garden setting, albeit one where you can try more than a thousand pours from around the world, available by the bottle, glass, or growler. La Birreria (opens early June) 200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St.; 212-229-2560 The buzz doesn’t stop at Eataly . In a few weeks, the Italian retail megatropolis will unveil a 4,500-square-foot rooftop beer garden, featuring three house-brewed cask-conditioned ales (the result of collaborations between Sam Calagione of the Dogfish Head brewery and two Italian brewmasters).
Danny & Eddie's Most afternoons around 4pm, this party-hearty Upper East Side haunt lights its reservations-free backyard grill, allowing anyone with a hankering—and a hunk of meat, perhaps some sausages acquired at nearby Schaller & Weber (1654 Second Ave at 86th St, 212-879-3047) —to man the flames. A kick-ass happy hour ($5 well drinks, $12 Rolling Rock pitchers till 8pm daily) helps the day dissolve into a happy haze. Note: BYO charcoal. 1643 First Ave between 85th and 86th Sts (212-396-2090, dannyandeddies.com ) The Delancey If you crave BBQ—but not the muss and fuss of tending a grill—this rock and nightclub stalwart offers a delicious alternative: Every Wednesday night from 7 to 10pm, climb to the oasis-like roof deck (complete with palm trees and a fountain) and pony up $8 for a heaping plate of hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips and burgers from an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet.
If anyone knows the best places to go in Rotterdam, it's the locals. So, we have coaxed our locals to reveal their favorite spots....but it's kinda like the film Fight Club! The first rule of Secret Spots is - you don't talk about Secret Spots!