Portugal. The Man is an unforgettable band name, but it's a strange one too. Maybe that's why it took us so long to really sit down and pay attention to these guys - we've never been fans of punctuation. Anyway, it wasn't until a few years ago that we finally got with the program, and by then the band was already on their fourth album. But once we got it, we got it. These guys are an incredibly smart, incredibly talented band with an insane live show. If you ask us, that period is the only thing between them and superstardom. Then again, we're probably not the ones to be talking about what's in a name.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Portugal. The Man is not from Portugal. That'd be too obvious. They're actually our favorite Alaskan import, aside from salmon and moose. Moose are f*cking awesome. A while back, the band moved to Portland, but they but also spend some quality time in NYC, which brings us to this post. Today, Portugal, specifically guitar player Noah Gersh, brings you their favorite spots for Friday Fives. Now we know what its like to eat and drink like The Man.
Portugal The Mans "Perfect for" Picks
"This is a good place to start. Coffee is a perfect morning thing, an essential, and Summer, the purveyor of coffee and all beauty in the world (except my girlfriend) is a legend. There's a sort of mythology that has been built around Mud Coffee and Summer, a girl who works there. It runs between a few of us on tour and then if you ever mention it to people who live in NYC they'll say something like, "OH THAT'S HER NAME?!". We've gone in and talked before. Ryan, our old keyboard player, feeling the heat of her asking him what he wanted once, said that he didn't want anything. It now turns out that she is a friend of a friend, a recent development, so if you are reading this please know we're not that creepy. We just love you. The coffee is pretty good too."
"I used to be the Mayor of Dumpling Man on Yelp. No joke. I don't have many other friends who I can convince that sitting in a really hot, narrow, below street level restaurant to eat dumplings first thing in the morning is a good idea, so I end up there alone. I'm not sure that I would want it to be any different. It's a personal thing. Part of the fun is sitting at the counter and watching the old ladies shape and fill all of the different stuff on the menu that day by hand and then throw them in the steamer or on the flat top for you. Make sure to order the Hot Monster sauce."
"You want a drink, because, well, you just ate dumplings by yourself in the middle of the day. Slink into Sophie's and into a table near the back. Call a friend to go over the day's festivities with you thus far. The drinks are cheap, the jukebox is amazing, and there's a pool table. Seriously, I haven't been to a better place to relax with friends in the city. I'm sure there are a ton of these places around, but this one belongs to my friends and me."
"When our new record was released, we all sat at Han Batt and watched it go live while drinking copious amounts of Hite Beer and eating Bibimbap, Galbi, and Tofu Kimchi Stew. It's a super low key spot in a bit of a no man's land for good food around the Ace Hotel. This just may very well be your key to getting a stuffy New Yorker, the kind who doesn't like anyone from outside of the city, to open up to you. Just remember to buy him a Hite."
"I'm not usually a fan of places that are "secret" or "exclusive," but once you swallow that, The Cabin (not to be confused with the other official one close by) is a great hang. It's a low lit small bar, with closed off little rooms which are perfect for groups. It's the kind of place where you could find even the shiniest public personality checking into his or her darker demons. It's fitting that if you tell somebody who knows about it that you were there the night before, there's a standard look you get back, one that knows how much fun you had and probably how bad you're currently paying for it. No better way to end a night in NYC, just make sure your flight out is on the later side the next day."