06/05/14 10:00am
An assortment of the Mini's at Calvin's in Harlem

An assortment of the Mini’s at Carvin’s in Harlem

Great news! Tomorrow, June 6th, is National Doughnut Day! Held on the first Friday of June every year, National Doughnut Day was started by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to the soldiers during World War I. In keeping with the tradition, several NYC doughnut chains are giving out free doughnuts. However, we’re much more interested in the small, independent donut shops serving mini donuts, giant donuts, and donuts with unique flavors. After extensive taste testing, we’ve compiled a list of NYC’s 8 best indie donut shops, from Chelsea Market to Bed-Stuy.  (more…)

06/03/14 9:00am

Way-Station-Interior-Untapped-CitiesPhoto by Gail Heidel via The Way Station

The Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is advertised as a “Music Venue & Nerdvana,” and it’s not hard to see why. Upon entering, visitors are immediately showered in murals and memorabilia from the long-running British science fiction show Dr. Who. The bar features the show’s iconic TARDIS (a blue police box capable of traveling through time and space) that is, as the show says, bigger on the inside—it houses the joint’s restrooms.  (more…)

05/22/14 10:00am

Slaughtered-Lamb-Pub-SIgnPhoto via Flickr user mwms1916

New Yorkers are by no means strangers to “traditional” British pubs. Hundreds of bars across the city claim a level of verisimilitude unmatched outside of the United Kingdom by way of serving Guinness and refusing to clean their floors. If you were to simply look at The Slaughtered Lamb’s dinner and drinks menus, you wouldn’t be completely wrong in thinking it was another generic McPub in Manhattan. However, one look at the outside of this bar would change your mind.


05/09/14 2:00pm

eataly-chicago-nutella-bar-coming to NYC Untapped CitiesThe Nutella bar at Eataly Chicago. Photo Credit: Marc Much / Eater Chicago.

We’ve seen some pretty quirky and delicious food trends arrive in NYC lately: the Cupcake ATM on the Upper East Side, Dominique Ansel’s famous cronut, cookie and milk shots, and waffogato. We’ve even sampled NYC’s craziest ice cream flavors and hung out with the founders of Big Gay Ice Cream. But now there’s a whole new dessert craze arriving: the Nutella bar.

On Monday, May 12th, a Nutella bar is opening at Eataly in the Flatiron District. Now, normally we wouldn’t get excited over Eataly, but let’s be honest here—a dessert bar serving the delectable Italian chocolate and hazelnut spread is something to celebrate. And the crazy part? They’re getting rid of their wine bar to make room for this sweet dessert bar.  (more…)

04/30/14 9:00am

The Distinguished Drinkeries of NYC Untapped Cities

We recently came across this map of NYC bars that bills itself as “The Distinguished Drinkeries of New York City” via Mental Floss and thought we’d put it to the test. The people over at Pop Chart Lab in Brooklyn created this ”carefully crafted and curated map” which “features over 200 artisanal cocktail lounges, wine bars, biergartens, tequila bars, whiskey joints, and other first-rate drinking institutions.”

The map is color-coded: wine bars in red, biergartens/beer bars in brown, cocktail lounges in blue, tequila bars in green, and whiskey bars in yellow. Let’s take a closer look. This cross-section features bars in the East & West Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg.  (more…)

04/29/14 10:00am
A very busy place for breakfast and lunch

A very busy place for breakfast and lunch

The Flatiron District has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in our City.  It is where Fifth Avenue crosses Broadway at the foot of Madison Square Park’s 6 1/2 acres, near galleries, museums, chic eateries and luxury high rises.  But it wasn’t always this way.

There was a time when the Flatiron area was strickly industrial and most of the businesses closed around 5pm.  The area was known as The Ladies’ Mile because some of New York’s most famous department stores were located there.  Names like Lord & Taylor, B. Altman W & J Sloane, Arnold Constable, Best & Co., Bergdorf Goodman and the list goes on.  In 1989 it was designated The Ladies’ Mile Historic District by the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission.  It was a popular place to shop and the neighborhood luncheonette was the place to eat.