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Tea & Sympathy In The West Village

In a city that's just as well known for its indelicate disdain as it is for its incomparable allure, there lies a little morsel of sweet sympathy tucked between the bites of bangers and mash. NYC offers plenty of places for high tea paired with high toit, but here it's all about comfort. From your first step into this delightful, little tea room to your initial taste of authentic, British fare, you'll swear you've walked straight into a delicious daydream with your best friend, Earl Grey, wh ... Continue

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Napping at Midtown's YeloSpa

Only in a high-octane city like New York can you buy a luxury power nap, because you just can't HANDLE this 21st-century urban stress anymore! Scream at your assistant to get the f*** in here, book a nap at YeloSpa, summon your driver, and before you know it, relaxation is yours. But you don't even have to be a wealthy sociopath to enjoy a YeloNap, because it only costs $1 per minute with a 20-minute minimum. If you can wrap your brain around paying for something that's naturally free, you won't ... Continue

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Coney Island's Mermaid Parade

Coney Island's Mermaid Parade (est. 1983) almost didn't happen this year due to increased costs and damage from Superstorm Sandy (the parade's home base on Surf Avenue was destroyed). However, a successful Kickstarter campaign saved the day with over $100,000 and brought us the glittered, topless sea creatures we needed! Along with an array of bearded Neptunes, crusty old pirates, flowing jellyfish, and talented marching bands. Among my favorite costumes was a duo: a father dressed as a sushi ch ... Continue

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On A Street Full Of Touts, A Milon Stands Out

Hey New Yorker, feeling overlooked? Just another face in the crowd, cog in the wheel, body on the 6 train? If you are in need of some attention, head over to First Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets. Stacked one on top of the other and side-by-side, you'll find the most festive quartet of Indian restaurants in the city. Each is strung with an epilepsy-inducing amount of party lights, and each is super eager to win your service. At this spot you'll feel anything but overlooked; instead, you' ... Continue

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Park Slope's Tea Lounge

Miss that place in college where you went to eat pizza bagels that mysteriously took a half hour to make by some beanie-sporting co-ed behind a graffiti-ed counter? The milkshakes took twice as long, but your late-night hunger was usually induced by an extreme case of procrastination, so you didn't mind. At the Tea Lounge, this freshman-fifteen abetting fare has been replaced by grown-up goodies, including fantastic banana bread and delicious tea lattes made from a variety of loose-leaf. Desp ... Continue

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The Two-Hour Brunch Wait That Works

On a Saturday brunch excursion, I stumbled into Diablo Royale hoping to partake in their $25 all-you-can-drink until 4 PM brunch special. Upon entering, I was told my party and I would have to wait almost two hours for a table. There's not much I would wait two hours for...and Diablo Royale now fits into that category. However, at the time, the atmosphere, sun-drenched bar, and booze made the wait acceptable. Great tacos and the Rickys (3/4 beer, 1/4 margarita) are a must, but do yourself a ... Continue

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Blarney Cove in Manhattan's East Village

The first thing you should know is that Blarney Cove is not about options. Here are your draft beer choices: Yeungling, Budweiser, Rolling Rock. If you want anything else, it's possible -- but unlikely -- they have it in a bottle or a can. A friend tried to order a scotch and soda, but in the shuffle of the crowd the bartender heard "Stella." She politely disabused us of the notion that Blarney Cove would stock such a beer. Nestled in a strip of 14th Street where retail gates all come down at ... Continue

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Sylvia's In Harlem

This family-run business welcomes you to their restaurant as if you were a long-lost relative; even the décor makes you feel like one of the family as pictures of the dynamo Sylvia, her husband, and family adorn the walls in gilded frames. Quite the inspiration, Sylvia, the "Queen of Soul Food," was a mainstay of the Harlem community and New York City at large (she even rang the opening bell at the Stock Exchange). As a friend who works in Harlem assures me, her influence was obvious after the ... Continue

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