Midnight Cowboy Civilized insobriety featured
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Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie in the sky featured

Growing up helping in their family restaurant in South Dakota, sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen were put through their pie paces by Granny Liz and now hold an impressive resume in baked goods. Making the butter crust by hand, the sisters churn out different pies everyday in their Brooklyn bakery. Double crust no less, something that you see far too little of in other (lesser) pie shops. The filling is influenced by season and locally sourced, never failing to come together to make the sweetest taste ever.

While it may not make birds sing, it sure is a dainty dish for a king and even the over-worked apple pie has been re-invented here with the addition of salted caramel. We’ll say it again, that’s salted caramel. The pies are sold by the slice and while they don’t skimp on the size, you’ll still regret opting to share because pie this good deserves your undivided attention. Go early on in the day to avoid the gut-wrenching disappointment of seeing your favorite filling wiped off the chalkboard.

Row NYC Base camp Metropolis featured

If you’re going to a city so good they named it twice, you most certainly don’t want to be nibbling around the edges. What you want is to take a whopping bite of the so-called apple – taking in core, pips, stalk and all. And there’s no better place to fill your mouth with NYC goodness from than the center of this metropolitan universe: Times Square!

Row NYC provides the proverbial and literal front row seat to all the action in town, as the five boroughs converge in one seething mass, right outside on your doorstep. The commotion of Midtown quickly fades away though, as the plush surrounds envelope guests as soon as they enter through the revolving doors. But don’t think the cosmopolitan vibe ends there…

This ultra-modern, €140 million hotel, completed in early 2014, was designed to reflect the essence of New York itself – refined and raw in equal measure. Artworks and installations are sprinkled throughout the building, cocktails and live music flow from the restaurant-bar, and naturally service is 24/7. That leaves just one decision (if one should choose to sleep, that is): which one of the 1,331 rooms is it going to be?

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. Sub-zero alchemy featured

If you find yourself despondently treading the beaten path of ordinary ice cream varieties and are in desperate need of some flavor with a little funk, then you need wander along your purgatorial path of unfulfillment no longer. You have found your salvation. And its name is OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Throwing the book at accepted notions of flavor combination, this aptly-named and close-knit crew have been creating a composite list of quirky concoctions in their science-lab style kitchen in Williamsburg. Once the sub-zero alchemy is complete, the intriguing blends—such as grapefruit and jalapeno sorbet, chorizo caramel swirl, and maple, bacon and pecan—are brought forth into OddFellows’ charming red, white and wooden shop space for consumption via cone or pot.

If a liquid hit is more your style, or you’re looking for something to enjoy at home, then the team will happily oblige as well—whipping up a milkshake with a couple of liberal scoops or hooking you up with a larger sealed pot to pillage at your pleasure later.

Mast Brothers Willy-amsburg Wonka & the chocolate factory

Workshop and primary sales point of the bearded chocolate-making bros Rick and Michael, Mast Brothers is the undisputed ground zero in the hearts and minds of many a New York cocoa-craver. Holing themselves up in a rough and ready Brooklyn space, the boys have created a rustic city retreat replete with cocoa bean burlap sacks, bare support beams and distressed wooden furniture—with twanging bluegrass tunes floating out of the speakers and adding to the countrified vibe. It’s the chocolate, though, that is firmly front and center here. Sourcing their beans from small farms in Ecuador, Madagascar and Venezuela, the siblings convert their fairly-traded raw materials with artisanal skill into bars with so much quality that the Brooklyn Wonka might even call them scrumdiddlyumptious, man.

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