in with the new

One of my New Year’s Resolutions ought to be to post here more. I thought I’d start with Sonia’s list, but I found it sort of hard, since I just moved here about 6 months ago and my “favorite” places are the ones I’ve been to more than once. I added a few of my own categories at the end.

1. Favorite Place for Brunch: Robin des Bois in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
2. Fave Restaurant: I have a favorite Thai place (Lemongrass Grill); a favorite Mexican place (MaryAnn’s Tribeca); favorite Italian place (Sapore in the West Village); favorite American (2nd St. Cafe in Park Slope) and others.
3. Fave Bar: Long Tan in Park Slope, Brooklyn; or Rouge in Midtown.
4. Favorite Deli/Food Mart: Charleston’s in Midtown. They have British candy (aka “sweets”).
5. Favorite Store: If Mom’s paying, Sac in Soho. If I’m paying, Macy’s Herald Square
6. Favorite Movie Theater: Film Forum on Houston
7. Favorite Place to Be Entertained or Have Fun for Free: Central Park
8. Favorite Neighborhood: Chelsea/Meatpacking district
9. Fave Local Band: Enemies (so what if it’s my cousin? They’re a real band. www.weareenemies.com)
10. Fave Local Resource: www.hopstop.com

My additions:
Favorite overhyped eatery: Teany on the Lower East Side. It’s overpriced and there’s usually a wait, but the food is vegan and too, too delicious.

Least favorite eating experience of 2004: Gobo in the West Village. Some foods were never meant to be served together, such as their “avocado tartare,” which is basically guacamole with chewy tofu chunks. Also they can’t just serve carrot cake with cream cheese icing, it has to be “sake hard sauce.” I paid $35 for this?

Favorite guilty pleasure store: The Sanrio store in Times Square. I almost never go to Times Square, because it’s a madhouse and I rarely have reason to go, but if I’m there, I absolutely have to stop in and buy a Hello Kitty pencil or something.

Best place to watch relationships disintegrate: The Container Store. I have witnessed so many fights between couples over rattan magazine racks and umbra waste baskets. Also they have an excellent selection of soap dishes, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Favorite coffeeshop: Cafe Regular in Park Slope. But dude, seriously, don’t go. There’s only enough seating for about ten people, and on the weekends it’s crowded enough as it is. (Actually I just want it to remain my little secret.) The cappuccino is the best.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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