One of our favorite things are the odds and ends you can get in a New York City subway station entrance–from shoe shines to haircuts, flowers and library books. Luxury is becoming no stranger to this mix, and the latest addition is a macaron shop. Located down the subway entrance of the Rockefeller Center B/D/F/M on Avenue of the Americas and 47th Street in front of the 47th Street Diamond Exchange, you will find Beny’s Delice.
Macaron Parlor. Photo via Oh How Civilized
In addition to our guide for the 8 best macaron shops in New York City, you can use this handy map from Gothamist that shows where they are free on Macaron Day, tomorrow March 20th. Participating shops will donate a portion of the proceeds to City Harvest in this annual festival started by Francois Payard in 2010. A few of our favorites from our guide will be offering free macarons today including Payard, Macaron Parlor, Bisous Chiao, Macaron Cafe, and Bouchon Bakery.
When you Google Cafe Tibet, you may see that it seems to be located literally at the Cortelyou subway stop in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn That’s because it is, and it perches off a building atop the exposed platform and tracks below. The whole restaurant seats just 14 people inside, but in warmer months an awning retracts and 8 guests can sit outside with a view to the Q train below.
In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.
Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Saturday, May 9th at 1pm (3pm tour is sold out), which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!
We’re pretty sure in New York City you can get any food you can dream up, and we credit that to the melting pot that the city is and its population that likes to push the boundaries. Here are 10 of the weirdest and most bizarre foods available here that will probably make you pucker up (or for some, make your taste buds water).
Photo via Yelp by Wing L.
Korean restaurant Sik Gaek has two locations, one in Woodside and one in Flushing. The real delicacy is the live octopus. Yes, it’s served to you squirming. People describe it as “chewy,” “slimy,” but also for some, their “favorite dish.” Make sure to call in advance if you want to order it, as it’s not always available.
We thought that this Valentine’s Day, we would take a culinary tour of 15 of Harlem’s bakeries, from the traditional to the laptop friendly.