Category Archives: bars and restaurants

Local Listing: motorino

Ever since motorino moved into the neighborhood I have been eagerly looking forward to giving their neapolitan pizza a try. Tonight I went there for dinner and I now understand why lines gather outside; it was tasty! The perfectly charred and puffy pizza crust was perhaps the best I have ever had. I usually leave the crusts behind but this was just too good… The flavorful sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, and crispy basil leaves gives this joint a place on my list of favorite east village restaurants.

349 east 12th street (between 1st and 2nd ave)
{photos via slice and eater}

Local Listings: Elsa

Picture 6Elsa is the perfect neighborhood bar to escape the cold. The simple white walled candle lit parlor is cozy and elegant. Menus are stowed inside mismatched hardcover books, picnic-table-esque booths can be found in the back, perfect for a small group of friends. This motif is emphasized with vintage light fixtures, an old sewing machine turned bar tap, and my personal favorite – exposed Edison bulbs lining the ceiling.
Picture 4Picture 1A well rounded wine and beer list is joined by classic cocktails and Elsa’s own signature drinks, such as “The Elsa” (Apple Jack, Orange Bitter, Brown Sugar, Champagne), a particularly festive beverage. Elsa does offer a limited selection of tasty bites – olives and pickles, bread, cheese, and meat plates, and scoops from New York City favorite, Labratorio del Gelato.

217 E. 3rd Street (nr. Ave. B)

trick or treat

Halloween this year was a blast!
We started the afternoon with a delicious brunch at Essex’s
jason and ariel at essex

Since we couldn’t find any large pumpkins to carve last minute, Jason
(mr. bacon) carved a watermelon. Actually turned out quite good! I carved some little ones…

halloween watermelon
mini pumpkinsThen we baked pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheese cake and watched some
scary movies. Perfection!
pumpkin pieHope you all had a lovely time too!