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What to Buy: GHOST Bikes

Let’s face it, you are too old for that Huffy your left in your parents garage. Also, everyone looks like an idiot on a CITI Bike. That’s why I bought a GHOST Panamao X3.

With the weather getting nicer, and needing to shred the beer-gut prior to the wedding, I figured doing a couple miles a day would be great exercise. I went to REI in Paramus, since the Soho location didn’t have the bike in stock, and I test-drove the bike for about 20 minutes. After feeling great while riding, and speaking to their knowledgeable staff – I made the decision and purchased the bike.

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Prior to doing some research on the company, I never heard of GHOST before. They are a German company, that has been making some pretty high-end bikes for the past twenty-years, and are sold exclusively in the US by REI.

I have been riding the bike for the past few weeks, and this thing is awesome. The model I purchased is considered a Hybrid, which is good for city riding but can also go off road with no problem. The suspension system is adjustable and can go from locked for pavement riding, to unlocked to handle any rough surfaces. This is a nice feature if you decide to leave the city and hit some trails.

I have also downloaded MapMyRide which tracks all of our riding. This app is pretty cool because it will show you details like distance, average speed, elevation, calories burned… Pretty cool.

With Manhattan having tons of bike paths, you should definitely pick up a bike. You can pretty much bike around the whole island of Manhattan with ease. We have been doing the paths on East Side, and going down and around to the West Side. Now if only my apartment was big enough to easily store this…

Work Clothes: Working at a Hedge Fund

Back when I was younger, people who worked in finance looked different. They all wore suits, tie, cufflinks with their facial hair clean shaven. Now a days it’s a little different. You don’t wear a suit unless you work at a bank, and if you are at a hedge fund – business casual can be pretty open to interpretation.

Here is exactly what you will need to survive your first spring/summer working on the buy-side:

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American Crew Fiber: Probably the best stuff you can put in your hair. They have a few different types but Fiber is definitely the best.

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts: One of my favorite brands, and they have great quality items for really cheap prices. You can generally get 4 Shirts for $200, and they will last forever.

Hugo Boss Metost: My goto dress shoe. Not overly done, kind of simple, and looks good. Read my review here. $225.00

Bonobos Weekday Warriors: The best pair of pants you can buy. They are comfortable and come in three different fits (Tailored, Slim, Straight) and a bunch of different colors. Checkout their physical locations to get fitted (my review here) and start ordering. $98.00

Patagonia Vest: Also known as the douche-vest, or finance-vest. This thing pretty much just says “I work in finance, and am presumably smarter than you.”

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The Maritime Hotel: Cruise Ship in The Meatpacking District

 

imageI would like to start off by saying, if Steve Zissou from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic was a real person – he would only stay in the Maritime Hotel. The nautical theme runs throughout the hotel from the lobby, to the cruise shaped windows.

We decided to get a hotel room to celebrate our anniversary, and goto Del Posto (REVIEW COMING SOON). I know it sounds crazy considering I live in Nolita, but it was a nice idea to celebrate the fact that she has put up with me for three years and we are a few months away from the wedding. As we walked over to The Maritime, I noticed the outdoors section was closed – which I was a little upset about. It was a beautiful day, sixty-five degrees and sunny so I figured it would be nice to sit outside and have a few drinks. Turns out the restaurant that used to occupy the second floor, above Tao, is now closed and they are renovating the space. The beautiful outdoor patio of La Bottega, with lanterns and trees was now replaced with scaffolding and construction equipment. I wish this was open or at least informed of the closure. However, there is a silver-lining as a source of mine has filled me in that there is a possibility of a Batali & Bastianich invading the space. Definitely wouldn’t mind checking that out…

The Lobby was extremely quiet that day, I guess the absence of long-legged models coming into the lobby from the outdoor patio makes the place seem less lively. Although quiet, it was really nice – in a nautical way. Lined with bookshelves, alcoves with couches and tables, wooden ships, once again very Wes Anderson-esque. The picture below is from their website:

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We met with the front desk, who informed us of some of the hotels details. Nice perk, although the La Bottega patio may have been closed – they still had their cabana area open. The North Cabana area was beautiful, but once again really quiet. Hardwood floors, blue and white subway tiles, and rope netting, very nautical. The inside portion had a bar – along with free coffee all day. The outdoor/atrium area was just as gorgeous, with tables set up and lights strung from the rafters. This was one of my favorite features of the hotel, and kind of what I was looking forward to downstairs. Along with the gratis coffee, after 5:00PM they served cheese and wine free for all guest. This was a great way to enjoy the weather, especially since it was one of the nicest days since this horrible winter.

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Ahead of our stay, I spoke with Rachael at the front desk, and she was extremely helpful. To surprise Nicole I decided to get a bottle of champagne sent up to the room. She did inform me that I would have to goto an outside company, and provided me with the details of the wine store located across the street. She said once the bottle was delivered she would send it up to the room with an ice bucket and glasses. She also informed me that room service would be available via Tao downstairs, but I had a feeling we wouldn’t be to hungry after our five-course dinner at Del Posto.

We took the elevator up to the ninth floor, and made our way to the room. A few moments after our arrival we received a bottle of wine, along with a nice handwritten note from the front desk. I thought this was such a nice gesture, and a great way to start off the night. After walking around the neighborhood, we got back to the room with the bottle of champagne sitting on ice in the bucket. I was once again extremely happy with the service as they were able to help me with this request.

The room was small, but in New York terms, a nice size. The room had an iPod dock, which was only for phones prior to the iPhone 5, however they also had an additional speaker in the room which had an AUX jack that would fit any phone – which was a nice touch. The minibar area was stocked nicely, full-size bottle of Kettle One, half-sized bottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne and Sancerre, along with small bottles of Makers Mark, Tito’s, Jack Daniel’s… In terms of snacks they had some Dean & Deluca products, pretzels, chips, cookies…etc. The bathroom was tiled with mosaics, white/gray marble, and a nice sized walk-in shower with a waterfall rain shower head. They provide a nice assortment of C.O. Bigelow products, along with Marvis toothpaste.

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The room itself was okay. We stayed in one of the standard rooms, which the hotel has 121 cabin inspired rooms. Each room has a five-foot porthole which open, extremely rare amenity in New York City. It is a little bit outdated, but that is also part of the theme they are going for. There was a lot of the same teak wood as found in the lobby, with a beige wool carpet. The headboard was made with blue fabric.

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All though a little dated, I think The Maritime is a good place to stay. We booked the room via JetSetter (Gilt Groupe) and got a pretty good deal. In comparison to the other hotels in the neighborhood, you will definitely find these rooms are larger. Also, the location is amazing. You are 20 steps from No.8, PHD Rooftop, Chelsea Market, Tao, Del Posto, Toro …etc. If you are from out of town, you could checkout the Highline, which is a block away. The location truly is perfect. Also, once the Batali place opens (granted I was informed correctly) this will definitely bring back that atmosphere that The Maritime is now missing with the absence of La Bottega.

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Oyster Fest in Brooklyn This Weekend

Tomorrow is going to be 79 Degrees and Sunny, so you should probably check this out. The good people at Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook are doing a Spring Oyster Fest, and for $55/per person you could get unlimited beer and unlimited oysters.

Grab ticket on there site now.

www.BrooklynCrab.com
24 Reed Street
Brooklyn, NY

Hu Kitchen: Awesome Healthy Food

Last week I went over to Hu Kitchen on 5th and 13th. For weeks people have been telling me how great this place is, and I figured I would give it a shot since I am in my final half of my diet.

When we got there I was really surprised, the place was like a dark trendy Korean Deli. There was a coffee section, juice bar, cold food section, hot food section, prepackaged items…etc. Luckily I went with some people who have been there before, because there was a lot to choose from and they were smart enough to grab seats upstairs before we grabbed our food. People were holding down tables like it was there job. I was just waiting for a fight to breakout between these paleo-addicts.

I decided to start with The Wild Meatloaf, with a two sides. The meatloaf was 100% grass-fed org ground beef, wild elk, Berkshire pork, org egg, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, housemade BBQ sauce, cayenne pepper. This was one of the best pieces of meatloaf I have ever ate. Nice consistency with a little kick from the cayenne pepper. This will definitely be my goto main dish at Hu. The side dishes I got the Roasted Butternut Squash and Rotisserie Pineapple. Both great sides, highly recommend both. When I went back on Saturday afternoon I actually ordered the same sides again.

Along with the meatloaf, which is a nice portion, I decided in the sake of research to try the bison burger also. The Iron Mike Bison Burger is only a special I believe, and I didn’t see it the next time I went back. If you see this on the menu, grab it. The meat was pretty juicy for bison, and had some great flavors.

This Saturday we went back I grab a healthy lunch before our massive upcoming meal at Del Posto later that night. I went with the Diesel Parker which is the Grandmaster Veg with 100% grass fed HuJoe Beef. The Grandmaster Veg is a grain/dairy free lasagna, made with eggplant, carrot, green cabbage, cashew, house made marinara, garlic and chili flake. This is massive and pretty good, definitely check it out as well.

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78 5th Avenue (btwn 13 & 14th)

Apple Watch: Buying Guide

I personally do not know if I will be buying an Apple Watch. I just don’t know if it really is a necessity and something I would even enjoy wearing. Despite the Milanese Loop band (kind of like the Breitling Bands) I really think the product is only okay-looking. Additionally I don’t think I would enjoy the feeling of a pulsating tap every time I get a notification.

However, time will tell (no pun intended) and I have included an awesome Buyers Guide from my friends at Business Insider. This is an extremely helpful guide to understanding the different models, accessories, and price points. image

Eat Your Way Through Yankee Stadium

Opening day has gone and passed, and the Yanks are now 1-1. I personally have not attended a game as I prefer to get inebriated while watching the game in 60 degree and above weather. The most important thing you should read before going to the stadium, my guide of where to eat.

First and most important place to stop is Lobel’s. With two locations, I really find it important to goto the Section 134 location if it’s your first time. While waiting on a pretty large line, you can watch their butchers slice through various cuts of meat. Watching the butcher work his way through the Lobel’s dry-aged meat behind a glass window is the best display in the Bronx – fuck the Sea Lions Feeding at the Bronx Zoo.

Since their opening in 2012, I have officially ruined over 13 Yankee Jerseys. The sandwiches are extremely messy, and well worth ruining the replica jersey you purchased at Modell’s prior to the game. The meat is piled onto buns, and is pure deliciousness. Juicy, thinly sliced, and dripping in juices – expect to make a mess. I can personally eat three of these, but than again I have a bit of an eating problem. There is also another stand in Section 321 you can checkout, but I am sure the lines will be pretty large regardless.

Next up, one of my personal favorites, Parm. As you can tell from my post, I have a thing for all restaurants related to Major Food Group, aka all places that come from Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone. This includes, Dirty French, Torrisi, Carbone, Parm…etc. I live down the block, and have made myself a regular via takeout or delivery. So when they opened up in Yankee Stadium – life got even better. Located in the Great Hall, this should definitely be on your stopping list.

Garlic Fries is one of the main reasons I decide to trek up to The Bronx, rather then watch a game in HDTV on my couch. They are the best thing ever created (made out of a potato) and if you feel like being a fatass ask them to put some nacho cheese on top.

If a bank takes you out, try to get them to swing the NYY Steak or Legend Suite Lounge…

Now here are some that are okay, but you should skip to pursue the above mentioned.

Carl’s Steaks: Philly Cheesesteaks that are okay, but nothing special. I am not saying this because all things from Philadelphia suck, and that the city is subpar in comparison to NYC, I am saying it because the sandwich is just okay. Really nothing special.

Nathan’s: You can get a Nathan’s hotdog pretty much anywhere. Even airports and The Staten Island Mall sells them, so why bother wasting room in your stomach. Goto Coney Island and get a real one…

Brother Jimmy’s: I hate Brother Jimmy’s, and even worse people who call it Bro Jay’s. If you show poor enough judgement to goto the one in Murray Hill (and think it’s cool) than I rather you not look at this site. Just kidding, kind of… It’s not a bad idea to stop in the location at Yankee Stadium, but once again it’s not my first choice.

Johnny Rockets: Skip…

Best Golf Pants Ever: Uniqlo Dry Pants

This weekend I figured I would sneak a quick round of golf in prior to Easter Dinner with the family. The Saturday before I realized I needed to purchase some new golf pants so I went to GolfSmith, Dicks, etc… I couldn’t find a semi-decent pair under $85, and that’s when I realized I need to goto Uniqlo.

While passing the Uniqlo by my apartment, Broadway and Broome, I remember seeing they had these pants advertised. They are called ‘Dry Function Pants’ which are made from a quick-dry material (100% Polyester) that keeps you feeling cool, and has a little bit of a stretch to it. This stretch fit is so comfortable, and makes me feel like there is no shot of ripping my pants when going to put my tee into the ground. The pants are also extremely lightweight/breathable, which ensured I did not sweat my balls off by the time the sun came out. Also, these look like regular dress pants – so I am definitely going to start wearing these around the office once summer comes.

The pants are $40, and are really awesome. I picked up three pairs, Grey (Wool Like), Black, and Navy. The pants come in their standard 34″ length, but with their free-tailoring (sometimes same day), you can’t go wrong with these pants.

Most Important Chart of the Day: Beer Taxonomy Chart

Today in honor of ‘National Beer Day’ our friends at Business Insider/RateBeer.com put up their Beer Taxinomy Chart to show the different types of beers. I personally hate any type of ‘National (Insert Stupid Object) Day’ posts from any website – but this one is actually pretty awesome. Enjoy image

New York International Autoshow: Preview of New Supercars

Tomorrow The New York International Auto Show kicks off over on the West Side at the Jacob Javits Center. I like to go every year and check out what’s new, and have pipe dreams of driving out in a Ferrari. This year I am extremely excited to see the newest offerings from Aston Martin, and the revival of an old favorite, the Acura NSX.

Aston Martin will be debuting their Vulcan this year, which is a track-only supercar. This vehicle has a 7.0 liter V-12 which is pumping out over 800+ Horsepower. With a price tag of over USD 2m, easy to say I won’t be picking up one of these limited-release models available in 2016.
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Next up, one of my childhood favorites – The Acura NSX. The last time Acura showed this, it was strictly a concept that left every 90s kid with blue balls. Luckily, this is now hitting the production line. When I was younger I would see one of these, and go nuts. Back then the NSX kind of looked like a Ferrari F50, Ferrari Testarossa, and Corvette had a lovechild. Honda/Acura even used Pininfarina to design the car, hence it’s Ferrari look. The greatest thing about these First Generation models were the price, they were actually attainable for less than half the price of Ferraris, and with half the cylinders since it was powered with VTEC V6 engines.

Acura’s decision to unveil the one labeled ‘poor man’s Ferrari’ is one of the main reason I am look forward to going. The car will house a V6 engine, pumping out 500+ HP, and will be starting around 150-160K, not bad considering the Italian Alternatives.

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Dig Inn: First Time Going In Person

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So I am on this Whole30 Diet, so as you can see from my post – hasn’t been too much about going out and eating/drinking. But I assure you, there will be a bunch coming soon.

Last night before the ALT-J Concert at MSG, the four of us decided to avoid any restaurants that would make it hard to eat healthy, so we went to Dig Inn. As you know from my previous post, I love this place. However, I have never been there in person until last night. I am so used to eating it while hovering over my keyboard, and reading news articles.

We went to the location by my office on 52nd, and when we sat down it kind of reminded me of a mix of Chipotle and Bianca on Bleecker Street. Country style decor, but with a fast moving front counter.

I got my usual Mom’s Braised Beef and it was just as great as the last thousand times I ordered it. Meat cooked perfectly, with a ton of flavor. This was also the first time I tried the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Sunflower Seeds, which is easily a new favorite. I pride myself on being a carnivore, but I literally ate every single piece of the sprouts before I even touched my meat (that doesn’t sound right).

I really cannot stress how much I love Dig Inn, and how much I now look forward to stepping away from my Bloomberg Terminal to actually take a lunch break.