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July 28, 2005

DMB @ Randall's Island


Dave Matthews Band's Island Getaway is this weekend on Randall's Island. The all day event will feature special guests Barenaked Ladies on Saturday while Sunday will feature the Black Eyed Peas. Both days include performances by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Ray LaMontagne and Mike Doughty. Tickets for Saturday are already sold out (but still reasonable on craigslist), but are still available from TicketMaster for Sunday.

Rumor has it the transportation to Randall's Island via the ferry gets extremely crowded, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee you get to the show on time.

Thank goodness it looks like the sweltering heat is going to break for the weekend where we should have highs in the low 80s, perfect for an outdoor concert.

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July 27, 2005

Drinking and Dining: Tastings and Seminars


Sake or not?

This Saturday brush up on your Sake-speak. From 4-7, Landmark Wine & Sake, 167 West 23rd Street, will be hosting a Sake tasting. Dry, sweet or spring release? You will walk out a pro. QLL favors freezing cold Gekkeikan Sake Silver.

$30 per person. Call for reservations 212.242.2323.

Gin and Tonic: from the Country Club to Brooklyn

Saturday and Sunday also boast Gin Weekend in Brooklyn. Learn to distinguish between London Dry and Genever oulde, or come simply to drink. LeNell's Ltd, 416 Van Brunt Street between Coffey and Van Dyke, Brooklyn. Saturday, noon until midnight, Sunday noon to Nine.

The Thrill of the Grill - Great Wines for Grilling

To the would-be sommeliers: this Tuesday, August 2nd, from 6:30-8:30pm Best Cellars invites you to test your nose and your palate. Wine pairing class, Best Cellars University: The Thrill of the Grill - Great Wines for Grilling, will be held at Brasserie Julien, 1422 Third Avenue between 80th and 81st. QLL recommends a tasty Viognier to go with grilled fish - find out what Best Cellars has to say.

Tickets may be purchased online, $55 for one person, $100 for two. 212.426.4200

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Eat Cheap

eat_cheap.gifNew York was recently rated the eighth best city for singles according to Forbes Magazine. Cities were rated based on such criteria as coolness, singles, nightlife and culture, now what's that you say? Eighth place? New York kicks ass in all those areas! Well we do except for living cost which apparently knocked us down a few places. New York Magazine comes to the rescue with its Cheap Eats List featuring over 30 places to get great grub on a Quarter Life budget. QLL favorites that made the list include Blue Ribbon Bakery Market, Momofuku Noodle Bar and Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches.

DinoLogo250.gifWe would also like to call special attention to the New York BBQ Battle. While Dinosaur BBQ, our favorite, rated high for appearance and texture, in the taste category it was the clear winner. Other contenders included Blue Smoke, Bone Link Park, Daisy May's BBQ USA, The Ranger Texas Barbecue, Rib, RUB and Virgil's Real Barbecue.

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Milk and Honey owner Sasha Petraske has created another favorite: Little Branch

little_branch.jpgBehind an unassuming door at the intersection of 7th Avenue South and LeRoy Streets, discrete drinkers will stumble upon an intimate, date-worthy watering hole. Descend the dark flight of stairs and continue through the door to find Little Branch. While $12 cocktails discourage empty-pocketed rowdy drinkers, dive-lovers who appreciate low-key quality and class will feel right at home.

The space is dark, seemingly dingy, yet somehow refined, sophisticated, and poised. Rustic cement banquettes cradle candlelit tables. A mohawked maitre'd in a tailored suit greets guests with an easy formality that is void of any pretension. Cocktails from bartender, Joseph Schwartz, are classic, crisp, made with the freshest ingredients.

pimms_ginspez_gr.jpgOn a late Friday night, we were seated immediately. Our waiter, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly, suggested rum muddled with raspberries, vodka with pomegranate juice. His instincts were right. Cocktails, which arrived promptly, were delicate, refreshing. The second round gave way to a remarkable Pimm's Cup and an ice-cold Mint Julep.

When reservations at Milk and Honey are hard to come by, head west. Little Branch may not offer oak and velvet accoutrements, but it promises the same service, discretion and intimacy. And, of course, The Rules.

Also check out Sasha's other bar East Side Company.

Little Branch
20 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

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July 25, 2005

Lions, Tigers and Crabs oh my!

tiger_logo2.jpgHaving almost recovered from the effects of devouring upwards of 25 Maryland Blue Crabs this past weekend we are looking forward to the Second Annual Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival. Aside from Singapore Chili Crabs, entertainment will include live band performances, souvenir vendors, children's street entertainment and petting zoo, caricaturists, face painters, massage therapy, traditional lion dancers, East-West horoscope readings by Madame Tiger and kickboxers from Gleason's Gym. Apparently they ran out of crabs early last year to everybody's disappointment, they promise to be better prepared this year.

Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival (free admission)
Sunday August 7th, 12:00 - 6:00pm (rain or shine)
Water Street Resturant
66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Sts.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn
*Free Water Taxi from South Street Seaport to Fulton Slip Pier

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July 22, 2005

StreetWars: Killer

watergun.jpgQLL may have a slight obsession with adolescent games being played by adults in the streets of New York City, quite frankly it fascinates us. Hot on the heels of Capture the Flag and Manhunt! DUMBO comes the latest and most insane game yet, StreetWars: Killer.

At the start of the game you will receive a manila envelope containing the following:
  • A picture of your intended target(s)
  • The home address of your intended target(s)
  • The work address of your intended target(s)
  • The name of your intended target(s)
  • Contact information of your intended target(s)
Upon receipt of these items, your (or your team's) mission is to find and kill (by way of water gun, water balloon or super soaker) your target(s).
You can hunt your target down any way you see fit; you can pose as a delivery person and jack them when they open the door, disguise yourself and take them out on the street, etc.

Where do I sign my enemies friends up?

This should prove to be interesting, just as they are starting random bag searches on the subway we are encouraging people to carry fake guns! Via Daily Candy

Update: Capture the Flag @ SoHo Thursday July 28

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July 21, 2005

No. 2 Yellow Pencils: hip, vintage and a source of office entertainment

pencil3.jpgAs handwriting becomes obsolete and the most rudimentary writing utensil is a streamlined vessel that clicks out graphite needles, good old Yellow No. 2 pencils are a thing of the past. We bid adieu to those wooden elementary school mementos, and cast our farewells to pink erasers and pencil sharpeners, hand crank and electric alike.

But the Yellow No. 2 will not fade into oblivion. Following in the footsteps of 1980s track shorts and ringer tees, the Yellow No. 2 pencil is making a pointed comeback in hip, vintage circles. This summer, QLL has spotted Yellow No. 2's scratching out grocery lists in Citarella, mixing cocktails at Park Bar, even being sported behind the ears Lower East Side hipsters.

With Yellow No. 2 pencils on the horizon, QLL hopes to see a resurgence of Yellow No. 2 office pranks. Co-workers might not be easily lured into friendly games of pencils, (see note). However, marathon pencil sharpening, with a noisy electric sharpener, irritates everyone in earshot, providing quite the mischievous mid-morning boost.

Note: Pencils is an elementary school game between two players each equipped with a Yellow No. 2 pencil whereas one player holds a pencil horizontally between two hands while the other player snaps his or her pencil against it in an attempt to snap the horizontal pencil in two. Players switch back and forth from snapping and pencil holding until one of the pencils breaks. The player whose pencil breaks is the loser.

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July 20, 2005

"Sole"ace In The City

tunic 2.jpgThese days, fashion is walking right off the runway and onto the beach. And in the city that "summers", dressing is casual and should never be fussy. Matt Bernson is making a big splash with his ethnic-inspired nouveau-bohemian sandals for men and women,(prices range from $70-$225). They have the ability to transport you from the city streets to St. Bart's. Walking in a pair of Matt's sandals make you feel instantly cool and serene. Matt's shoes are the perfect complement to this summer's blockbuster tunic trend ...QLL favors Tory Burch tunics.

matt_gold_smaller.jpgMatt Bernson Design is a startup shoe design company based in Manhattan. Last year they produced sandals exclusively. They are now expanding into other accessories and garments for the coming season. They have been featured in Vanity Fair, Lucky Magazine, and seen on Good Morning America, NBC Early Show, Daily Candy, and now QLL!

Summer just got sweeter ...Matt Bernson's can't-miss Sample Sale is happening tomorrow and Friday only... $25 per pair and 5 pairs for $100 (women's styles, cash only), QLL suggests to check out the sale Friday evening- wine will be served on the "porch" as you will watch the sun set over the Hudson...

434 Greenwich St.
Entrance on Vestry St.

Two Blocks South of Canal St. in Tribeca
For information call 212.941.7634
Too see the collection visit www.mattbernson.com

beach.jpgCheck Out QLL's Picks For "Best Of" Summer In The City:

Bronzing Powder-NARS (Sold at Sephora)


Sundeck-Chelsea Piers (2 sundecks overlooking the Hudson River)

Perfume-Bobbi Brown Beach (Smells just like Coppertone Lotion!)

QLL wants to hear from you! Post or tell us your favorite summer picks, tips, and trends.

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July 19, 2005

Back From The Dead!


Attention Whole Foods lovers and Citarella snobs; Balducci's the originator and former king of gourmet foods is reopening its freezers! Once located at the corner of Ninth Street and Sixth avenue (currently home to Citarella) the new location will be in the old New York Savings Bank Building located at Eighth avenue and 14th street. The artist rendition remind us of Fortnum & Mason in London, the oldest (300 years) and most luxurious (the clerks wear tuxedos) gourmet market. Balducci's is expected to open in fall of 2005.

On a similar note, Trader Joe's is rumored to be opening in NYU's Palladium building in Union Square.

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July 18, 2005

Wine Tastings at Village

village.jpgSixth Avenue hustle and bustle can wipe you out. Looking for a place to rest those tired feet? Village Restaurant, West Ninth Street just before 6th Avenue, boasts repose and delicious cuisine in the midst of tasteful, modest Bistro / Brasserie decor.

Beveled mirrors, stained-wood mahogany bar and paneling, striped maroon banquettes and warm lighting create a classic, casual "only in New York" atmosphere. Wait staff is friendly and informative, the bartender quick to remember your taste in wine.

While plates off the standard menu of contemporary American/French fare are always scrumptious, QLL recommends checking out the daily specials. The Sunday special, spiced Salmon burger, goes great with a glass of 18 year Oban.

Plan your week around Village Restaurant. Good food aside, this Greenwich village gem also offers live jazz beginning at noon on Sundays and A World of Wine Wednesdays Tasting Series:

A six-week comparative wine and food tasting series set in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for meeting new people and getting' down.
The program will take place on Wednesdays starting at 7 PM- the first tasting will take place on June 29th, then will continue weekly though August 3rd.
Price: Pre-Purchased Individual Tasting $40, $45 at the door.

Wine & Food Do's & Don'ts
Why Certain Wines Work With Certain Foods
Hosted by Enrique of European Cellars
July 20

Sideways: Taste the Hype
A Pinot Noir Extravaganza
Hosted by Tim McBride of Village
July 27

The Women Take On The Men
Female Wine Makers vs Male
Hosted by Katell of Wildman Imports & Enrique of European Cellars
August 3

62 West Ninth Street
7 Nights/week 11:30am - 11pm (12pm on weekends)

New York Metro
New York Times

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July 13, 2005

The Minnow's Blue-Crab Fest

oldbay.jpgOld Bay, corn on the cob, bacon-potato salad, coleslaw, black-and-white cookies and watermelon... Oh yea, and all you can eat blue-crabs! This weekend is the The Minnow's annual crab fest. For $25 ($10 for kids) you get all-you-can-eat plus $2.50 for any Brooklyn Brewery beer. Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., first come, first served.

Be warned, we ate so much last year that we had to walk all the way back to Manhattan.

The Minnow
442 Ninth St. (Park Slope/Prospect Hts)
between Sixth and Seventh Aves.

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Free ROOTS show July 14th!


The ROOTS are coming to Hudson River Park's Pier 54 in on July 14, 2005 at 7PM for a free show.

More than any other East Coast hip hop "band", The Roots are the most steeped in underground cred. This Philadelphia group, formed by Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson), bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B, is deeply respected for their authentic sound and live jams.

We suggest you arrive early; these free concerts have a tendency to get super crowded.

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July 07, 2005

Yet, another reminder why I never go out above 14th Street...

Welcome to Murray Hell!

The strip of Third Avenue that runs between 29th and 38th streets in Manhattan is more than 1,500 miles from Club Med Cancun, but on sticky summer nights it could easily be mistaken for that spring-break frat-trap where youth is ascendant and every hour is happy hour. On almost any evening, the bars lining the strip pump and grind to the beat of screechy-boozy flirtation, while Mambo Number Five blasts over the sound system like a bad bar mitzvah memory. Girls in Seven jeans nuzzle up to banker-boys in baseball caps. The boys ply girls with Raspberry Stoli. Everywhere the night gyrates with the sound of suburban kids at play in the big city....click here for complete article.


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July 05, 2005

Nordic Nights

eivindopsvik1.jpgSummer Jazz @ Scandinavia House
Wednesdays, July 6 through August 24, 6:30 to 9:30 pm $3 cover charge, cash bar

Scandinavia House's summer jazz series is back for a third year with an exciting lineup of favorites along with some very talented newcomers. Stop by after work to hear some of Scandinavia's hottest young performers while mingling with friends (and making new ones) on a newly-landscaped garden terrace in the heart of Manhattan.

58 Park Ave. (between 37th and 38th Streets)
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 879-9779

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July 02, 2005


petanque.jpgManhattan summer heat can put a damper on physical activity. If walking to the local watering hole for a cold mojito is the highlight of your summer exercise routine, try moseying up to Bryant Park for free lessons in Petanque.

Test your aim, your arm and possibly your French. La Boule New Yorkaise is hosting free lessons in this lovely, slow-paced French game of boules, cochonnets and of course good company.

If you do happen to work up a sweat while underhanding your boules, head to Bryant Park Grill for a refreshing cocktail!

Petanque lessons in Bryant Park
42nd near Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10110

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July 01, 2005

Subway Thrill-Seekers, Expect to Pay

subway.gifMTA authorities plan crackdowns on subway thrill-seekers who find their outlet joyriding between cars. With 117 injuries and 13 deaths recorded in the last ten years MTA's point is valid: riding or passing between cars can be dangerous. Joyriding between cars is only one of a slew of subway rules intended to bolster public safety on the trains. However, the tedious rules and steep fines seem better suited to cramp the lifestyle of thrill-seekers across Manhattan.

QLL rated newly banned subway activities based on thrill factor. Subway scooter riding and racing leads the pack of banned activities with the highest thrill factor, it is followed by joyriding between cars, changing cars, turnstile jumping, standing on skateboards, wearing skates, resting feet on seats or platform benches and sipping coffee. Apparently, caffeine and the ACE just do not mix well.

Coffee sippers, (and other thrill seekers), apprehended by police officers may be fined anywhere from $25 to $100, but MTA police spokespeople have indicated that enforcement of these rules may not be black and white. If a passenger has a good excuse for violating a rule, chances are they may not be fined. Points for creativity? I doubt it.

An MTA board committee vote on Monday approved the comprehensive list of changes to subway rules. However, criticism from some MTA board members postponed the final vote until next month. The 30-day postponement provides time for consideration and, more importantly, subway scooter races.

See the complete list of current subway rules and regulations.

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