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NYC Restaurant Week

Posted by cher on July 21st, 2009

It’s that time of the year again! Restaurant Week has actually been going on since last week – love that they extend it for three weeks. For those of you not familiar with the event, over 200 restaurants around the city offer three-course prix-fixe meals: $24.07 for lunch, $35.00 for dinner. It’s an amazing deal; many are upscale, well-known (meaning expensive) establishments. It’s a great opportunity for people (like yours truly) to dine somewhere they normally can’t afford. You can find more information on the history of NYC Restaurant Week here.

My girlfriends and I are going to Aspen (the restaurant, not the city) tomorrow night for dinner. The concept and decor is actually based on a cozy Aspen ski lodge, complete with a fireplace and mounted antlers. I’ll be back with a review and pictures.

You can find a complete listing of the restaurants participating here; you can also view some of the menus. Go make reservations (until July 31st) and enjoy some yummy food!

Introducing the $1,000 Pizza

Posted by cher on March 10th, 2008

If you’ve got money to burn on a pie, head to Nino’s Bellissima, where owner Nino Selima has created the Luxury Pizza, available for a mere $1,000. It’s a 12 inch thin crust pizza topped with caviar, lobster, creme fraiche, and chives. Let’s do the math: when you cut it into eight slices, each piece works out to $125.00.



You can’t just walk in off the street and order the Luxury Pizza, though. The restaurant needs 24 hours notice for this creation since the caviar is delivered fresh upon request.

Nino was interviewed on 95.5 FM last week only a couple days after the debut of his pricey pizza; he reported that he’d already sold two Luxury pies.


Some people may gasp at the extravagance and wonder, who on earth would buy this? But I’m not surprised. There’s so many people walking around this city with  money to burn; it’s probably the only place where a $1,000 pizza would sell – and actually thrive. People in NYC will buy any latest craze just to say they were one of the firsts to try it.

Anyways, if you go to Nino’s Bellissima and are still hungry after your $1,000 dinner, you can hit up Serendipity, a midtown restaurant that offers a $1,000 dessert called “Golden Opulence.” It’s an ice cream sundae that’s covered in 23K (didn’t even know there was such a thing) edible gold leaf, passion fruit, candied fruits from Paris, marzipan cherries, rare Chuao chocolate, and yes – more caviar! The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet (which means absolutely nothing to me) with an 18K gold spoon.


It carries the royal title of “World’s Most Expensive Sundae” and requires a 48 hour advanced reservation. So, make sure you plan your $2,000 meal ahead of time! Oh, and don’t forget: tip isn’t included.

In the famous ending words of Cindy Adams’s gossip column in the Post, “Only in New York kids, only in New York.”

Bay Ridge Man is a “Super Dick”

Posted by cher on February 27th, 2008

Richard Martin won’t be winning a super of the year award anytime soon. Martin, a Bay Ridge super known as the “Crazy Sign Guy,” leaves sweet little notes for his mostly Middle Eastern tenants like:

“To all tenants: If you don’t know how to read, there are 3 airports, pick 1 and keep going and don’t come back.”

And when someone tore down his Christmas decorations he turned into a real Scrooge:

Dear Scumbag, If I catch you, I will kill you where you are. You don’t want to f*** with the Irish.”

And thanks to Right in Bay Ridge, here’s a picture of one of his “suggestions.”


He says he writes the notes because the building often receives summonses for trash collection. Of his tenants:

“They’re Arabs, they don’t give a f***. They don’t listen. They write back, ‘F*** you, get a life,’ but they spell my name s-u-p-p-e-r, not super. They’re so dumb.”

Source: NY POST


The NY Daily News also featured an article about the charming man today. This time Martin was the one busted for being a slob: after letting his dog poo on the sidewalk, Martin promptly picked it up in a napkin and threw it into the street. His pissed off neighbors say he does it all the time.


Nasty notes aren’t Martin’s only forte. Once, he moved all the trash cans up to the roof so tenants had to climb five flights of stairs to throw out their garbage. He also refused to install new light-bulbs in the hall after they were stolen.

This isn’t the first time Martin has made the news. He’s popular among local bloggers such as and Right in Bay Ridge. Check out an exclusive interview with Martin at The Bay Ridge Rover.

Finally, here’s a picture of Martin with his sweet Pekingese dog, Pretty Girl. This has got to be the biggest picture of irony I’ve ever seen.