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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

So you think you're pretty cool, huh? Well then we're going to assume that you're a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan. It's actually pretty much required for cool people around these parts, along with an exaggerated sense of self-importance and also probably a bike. We're also going to assume that you already know this, but just in case you don't, the band is back with a new album, Mosquito, just in time for the nice weather. Summer in NYC is always better when there's a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs record to turn up loud. The band's frist single"Sacrilige" is a good place to start.

For today's Friday Fives, Yeah Yeah Yeahs vegetarian drummer Brian Chase was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to hook us up with five of his go-to places for eating things. Milkshakes at 2am and the best doughnut in town made the list. We like this guy.

Birthdays

Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse (157 Chrystie St.) - "I can't advocate eating meat because I'm a vegetarian (to each his/her own), but the communal party vibe at Sammy's was great for celebrating my brother-in-law's birthday. Their vegetarian mushroom and barley soup is delish, but go for the schmaltz and chopped liver at your own risk; at least they have Alka-Seltzer for you when you leave. The plates being passed around the table went perfectly with the banter of the one-man entertainer/comedy act in the corner. Family, friends, and generations will be there to applaud you and slap you on the ass as you make your right of passage into your next year."

Authentic Ethnic

Eats

Saravana Bhavan (81 Lexington Ave.) -

Bonus

Doughnut Plant (220 W. 23rd St.) - "The Tres Leches doughnut and house-made Chai. Do it."

brian's "Perfect for" Picks

Butter Lane Perfect For: Dining Solo 123 E 7th St

"What you gotta do, is go into Butter Lane like you're up to something, and order icing shots for $1. Two is enough, but three will really put you over the edge. If you ever wondered what the difference between French chocolate icing and regular chocolate is -- now's your chance. Take your dixie cups filled with sugar bliss, walk the half a block to Tompkins Square Park, sit on a bench, and dig in."

Veselka Perfect For: Late Night Eats 144 2nd Ave.

"It's not recommended to eat too late, but if it comes to that, something sweet, soft, and soothing can be OK. One time, after a long day/night, I stopped into Veselka, sat at the counter, and ordered a milkshake. Not that it was the best, but it was good and came with the extra in that big metal milkshake cup -- which is important. The best part was that at the counter, they had honey, and I could put all of the honey I wanted to my vanilla milkshake. Milk and honey is a great combination. While having your milkshake, you can look at the menu at all the awesome food you can eat when it's light out."

Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse Perfect For: Birthdays 157 Chrystie St

"I can't advocate eating meat because I'm a vegetarian (to each his/her own), but the communal party vibe at Sammy's was great for celebrating my brother-in-law's birthday. Their vegetarian mushroom and barley soup is delish, but go for the schmaltz and chopped liver at your own risk; at least they have Alka-Seltzer for you when you leave. The plates being passed around the table went perfectly with the banter of the one-man entertainer/comedy act in the corner. Family, friends, and generations will be there to applaud you and slap you on the ass as you make your right of passage into your next year."

El Quijote Perfect For: Date Night 226 W 23rd St

"This classic spot on 23rd street - right next to the Chelsea Hotel and a branch of Doughnut Plant - has got something going. A date I was on told me that it was mentioned in Patti Smith's recent book, and that rock notables from back in the day would hang out here. The paella's good, but skip it if you're on a date. Go for a light bite or share a dessert - two forks for one plate. The place will take you out of the familiar city while still keeping its edge. You can feel like you've traveled and focus on sharing the time together."

Saravanaa Bhavan Perfect For: Authentic Ethnic Eats 81 Lexington Ave

"This worldwide chain offers classics of South Indian cuisine, and in addition to being delicious, hits the spot. The dosas are great, as are the traditional 'crepe' made from a barely fermented rice/lentil batter - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Idli, made from the same batter, are the steamed version, in the shape of UFOs so light that it seems like they could float up into space right there. The variety of chutneys and the sambar (lentil broth, soup) add to the flavor/nutrition explosion. A personal favorite is the ghee pongal, a mung dal/rice mash, with an incredible depth of spicing. The almond halvah is a nice option for dessert. The meal can be topped off with a frothy Mysore style coffee, and you're golden, ready to take on the world..."

Doughnut Plant Perfect For: Doughnuts 379 Grand St

"The Tres Leches doughnut and house-made Chai. Do it."

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