Little Bites

Seems like I have been doing everything but keeping fit this month.  All my time has been spent at work, all the while trying to steal away little moments with my friends. Consequently for my fitness, these moments usually are surrounded by food and drinks. Luckily for you, I get to offer you a few more options in case you’re ever in the city.

I have an issue in which my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and am rarely able to finish all that I seek to conquer on my plate. But I’ve found a kindred spirit at Mark’s. Those who are easily satisfied with just a quick bite will be quite pleased with this spot. What I love the most about Mark is that you can order it in any amount. So a nibbler like me can be happy with my ones and twos, while those with a much bigger appetite can order more with all the fixings. And since the menu consists mainly of sliders, they’re always on the grill. That means the wait time for your meal is rather short, no matter how much is ordered. You must be warned, if you’re looking for more than just sliders, chili cheese fries, and amazing old school shakes, this is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick bite, maybe a little pregame meal before a night of drinks, or even something to soak up all the shots you’ve just had at Continental, then get comfortable.

Marks Sliders

Marks Sliders

Jack Daniels Bread Pudding

Jack Daniels Bread Pudding

Oxtail, Mac n Cheese, Candied Yams from Freda's

Oxtail, Mac n Cheese, Candied Yams from Freda’s

Havana Central

Cuban food at Havana Central

If you have a sensuous appetite for desserts,then you must stop by The Dessert Club. It’s right around the corner from Mark’s and  has a lovely selection of unique desserts and cupcakes. One of my favorites is the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bread Pudding! It’s made fresh every day, and is baked to perfection. The top has a lovely crunch from the hardened baked sugar glaze. But don’t let that distract you, for  there’s a soft moist whiskey soaked center that awaits you. All this accompanied by a scoop of soft churned vanilla ice cream to calm your taste buds down after that lovely experience. I’m not sure how long this one will be on the menu, for the menu is known to change every now and then. Personally I love it, because you never really get a chance to be bored, but it also means you could miss out on a new flavor cupcake or dessert if you have been in a while.

 

While assisting in a local skate competition on the upper west side,  my friend and I stumbled upon a great Caribbean spot that I must revisit soon. Freda’s is a small locally owned restaurant known in that area for delicious, authentic Caribbean food. It’s everything you love about mom and pop establishments, it makes you feel like you’re back at grandma’s having dinner with family. It’s cozy and intimate, without all the fuss of a typical New York City restaurant. And in a city where you’re used to paying a lot and getting a little, you’d be surprised to know that the portions are quite hearty.  As usual, I couldn’t finish mine, but my boyfriend cleaned his plate and was left satisfied and in need of a proper bed.  So not only does your money go a long way here, but you’re sure to leave fulfilled.

 

Another spot to try out is Havana Central. My friend had an assignment to go and interview the musician at the restaurant and I couldn’t help bu tag along. Thankfully I did, because it left me nostalgic and took me back home to Miami for a moment. Havana Central is a fabulous chain of Cuban restaurants that can be found on the Upper West Side near Colombia University and midtown in the Theater District. In case you’re a little further from the city there’s one up in Yonkers, and one even in Long Island. The food is amazingly flavorful and sure to leave you wanting more, but it’s the live music that really sets the tone of the restaurant. The musicians who perform take you away with the rhythmic beat of the bongos, seductive stringing guitars, and luscious Spanish vocals. The only thing I wished, was that there was a dance floor. Because by the time you’ve sipped on a few of their infamous Mojitos, and that music hits your ears, you’re gonna want move. It’s truly a lovely experience, so  good you’d forget that you’re actually still in New York and nowhere near the Caribbean.

Stay hungry my friends,

Kay Wanderz

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