Steinthal had his full circle Friday Fives moment with Mark Hoppus, now Stang gets his with Beastie Boys legend, Mike D. About 90% of @houseofstang’s adolescent vocabulary was ripped directly from Check Your Head and Ill Communication. Needless to say, all those Denver Catholic school kids were really impressed.
Honestly, both of us have been lifelong Beastie Boys fans, and having Mike D drop a Friday Fives is about as good as it’s ever gonna get. We don’t have to tell you that Mike is a legendary artist and proud New York City native, but now you know that he’s also a major food and wine enthusiast who knows his way around the city’s restaurants. Who is topping that?
Check out Mike’s New York picks from a vegetarian perspective, and also keep your eye out for the brand new Beastie’s album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, due this spring. If you’re looking to get fired up for the new stuff, go read about the short film the band just debuted at Sundance, which is loaded with amazing cameos, and also serves as the video for the upcoming single, “Make Some Noise.”
Mike D’s “Perfect For” Picks
Cold Weather Dining
Ippudo (65 4th Ave.) – “I know, the wait can suck at times at this always packed authentic ramen joint, but nothing hits the spot on a cold winter’s day like a bowl of house made steaming hot noodles here. A couple of tips: I always order the veggie ramen which is not on the menu, and I always ask for my noodles “hard” (think al dente) because they soften quickly in the broth. Be prepared for a wait, a lot of yelling and a delicious meal.”
Le Verdure (200 5th Ave.) – “Located inside of Eataly. This is a great place for herbivores and carnivores alike. Not because they serve meat, they don’t. But because it transcends any preconception of what a veggie or vegan restaurant might be like and mainly because it so damn good. All items are veg and many are or can be made vegan upon request.”
Franny’s (295 Flatbush Ave.) – “I almost hesitate to put this one down, as it is already plenty crowded and BK style there is a no res policy. This place rocks, so seemingly simple, but so good and so right. Yes it is seasonal, locavore, sustainable etc, all the played catch phrases, but real and delicious. I love all the veggie small plates and soups. Our kids love the pizza and we love the clam pie. Also check out Bklyn Larder across the street, Franny’s version of a neighborhood deli. Slammin!”
The John Dory Oyster Bar (1196 Broadway) – “Some of the best oysters I have had in the city. They are conscientious about serving sustainable and largely local seafood. The uni rocks, as does most of the small plate selections that rotate based on availability.”
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Rd., Westchester) – “Yes it is a bit of a schlep, but so well worth it. This is the real deal farm to table experience unlike any other that I know of in the NY area. I can only compare it to European farm based dining. Veggies so fresh and bursting full of flavor it is incredible and obviously a great place for those of us with a primarily plant based diet. I also have to give wine director Thomas Carter a shout for a well thought out wine list that he is ready to discuss with you in depth.”
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