Today, NY1's own Pat Kiernan hits us with his restaurant go-to in five of our "perfect for" categories, along with five of his favorite people to follow on Twitter.
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Pat's "Perfect For" Picks
Freddie and Pepper's Pizza (303 Amsterdam Avenue) - "It's nice when your neighborhood pizza shop is known for something more than a regular slice. Freddie's Bacon Spinach Tomato pie is excellent."
Pastis (Now Closed) - "Consistently buzzing since the days when the Meatpacking District was best known for its butchers."
Mas (Farmhouse) (39 Downing St.) - "Fine dining and great service, but without the stuffiness of many restaurants in the top tier."
Serious Take-Out Operation
Chirping Chicken (355 Amsterdam Ave.) - "The amount of take-out and delivery food they move through this store is amazing. Great taste and quality, and a bargain compared to almost everything in the neighborhood."
Gabriela's (688 Columbus Ave.) - "For weather like we're having now, the dining room is just fine. But the margaritas and Mexican food at Gabriela's are a particular favorite when enjoyed on a summer night in the Columbus Avenue restaurant's big sidewalk seating area."
Pat's Twitter People
@palafo - "the NY Times newsman who curates links from his newspaper and elsewhere."
@joshrobin - "NY1 political reporter is quick with the Twitter updates when there's state or city news."
@newyorkology - "smart tweets from the web site that has info for tourists and New Yorkers alike."
@alex_segura - "he must be worth following because he's my most frequent re-tweeter. (And he finds interesting stuff from others too.)"
@JimmyFallon - "A lot of celebrity tweets seem to come from publicists. It's not hard to see that Jimmy's tweets are his own."