Tex Mex Eats Hit Manhattan at Javelina

The Southwest is a strange place by almost any standard. Hostile plantlife covered in spines. Temperatures hot enough to make any blast furnace feel inadequate. Southwestern cuisine makes up for the offensive plant life and oven-like temperatures, though, whether it’s authentic Mexican food or the exciting Tex Mex variant on it. You can get a taste of the Southwest at the newly opened restaurant over on 18th, Javelina Tex Mex! 119 East 18th Street, to be precise.

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Texas Taste in Manhattan

Tex Mex food borrows influences from both authentic, traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as the popular foods of the Lone Star State. It’s the best of both worlds, and a culinary style where you can find both chile rellenos and chicken fried steak. This blend of techniques produces a variety of dishes filled with both intense flavor and unique charm.

You can start your meal out with some dips to share, such as the guacamole (done up in mild, medium, or hot, depending on how much heat your face can handle), or the queso dip. Who doesn’t love cheese?

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Mas, Por Favor

After that, you might want to loosen your belt a notch. Just the selection of tacos, served with homemade tortillas, will leave you stuffed. Choose brisket tacos, or maybe chicken tacos. Or lamb tacos? San Antonio puffy tacos? It’ll take several trips to try them all.

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That’s saying nothing for the enchiladas, or the fajitas, or the entrees like chile relleno or wood-roasted steak. Wash it all down with one of Javelina’s signature frozen margaritas. Stick with the traditional style, or go wild with the prickly pear margarita. Or the avocado margarita. Go on, try it!

Seastreak has never messed with Texas, and we won’t mess with a good thing, either. We’ll keep right on providing the most luxurious ferry rides and the best customer service you’ll find!

 

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Take Part in Early Easter Fun at These Egg Hunts

Kids get to have the most fun. Adults have to pretend they have this thing called “dignity”, accompanied by this horrible affliction called “maturity”. These two unfortunate conditions combine to suck the silly fun out of life. (Some of us ignore them entirely and do whatever the heck we want anyway.) Adults might not stoop to running around, trying to find colored eggs stashed in unlikely places, but kids eat it up. This week, there’s a few early egg hunts in advance of Easter next weekend. There’s even one in everyone’s favorite hidden jewel on the coast, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, on March 29 at Fireman’s Memorial Field (on East Highland Avenue) at 1 PM!

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Egging You On

For those of you who haven’t yet visited Atlantic Highlands, this weekend is a great excuse to go, and to bring the whole family! This charismatic little town brims with old world charm, and is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day. You’ll find excellent restaurants and delightful stores for your shopping pleasure. One visit, and you’ll want to go back time and again as weather warms!

Bring your kids to Fireman’s Memorial Field on Sunday for the annual Easter egg hunt! (If it rains out, they’ll reschedule to April 4.) Afterwards, grab lunch at Zoe’s Vintage Kitchen for a real treat. And don’t forget to pick up something sweet at the Flaky Tart!

On the Hunt

If you’re looking for an early egg hunt a little closer to New York City, head to Carl Schurz Park (on East End Avenue between East 84th Street and East 90th Street) on Saturday, March 28, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Kids can decorate eggs, go on an egg hunt, and even listen to a concert with Patrick and the Rock-a-Silly Band!

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You don’t have to hunt for a luxurious ferry ride. Just climb onboard a Seastreak catamaran for a comfortable trip and fantastic customer service!

 

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Celebrate Greek Culture at the Greek Independence Day Parade

Pay attention, class, because the School of Seastreak is now in session. (You, there. In the back. Don’t think we can’t see you making spitballs.) Today, we’re learning about when Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Empire. (This has nothing to do with footrests.) Greece fought a war for revolution between 1821 and 1832, to regain the freedom they’d lost during the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. This revolution involved all the makings of an epic tale, including a secret organization, revolts, alliances between countries, and naval battles.

Today, the Greeks celebrate their revolution in March, and you can take part in the festivities! Don’t miss the Greek Independence Day Parade on March 29th, at 1:45 PM, starting on 5th Avenue between 64th and 79th Streets!

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Greeking Out

New York City has had a parade to commemorate Greece’s Independence Day since 1938. This year, it’s the 194th anniversary of the successful revolution, and the 77th year the parade has run. There’ll be more than 50 floats, bands, and other groups marching in the parade, and a huge turnout of more than 100,000 participants and spectators.

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Andrew Cuomo, whom you might know as New York’s governor, was selected as this year’s parade Grand Marshal. Mr. Cuomo has lent tremendous support to Greek National causes during his career, as well as a staunch support for Cyprus.

Celebrating Greek Culture

This parade is a terrific way to learn more about a fascinating and long-lived set of traditions that have impacted other cultures all over the world. It’s called the largest gathering of Greek-Americans outside of Greece itself, all coming together to honor Hellenism, orthodoxy, and the freedom of Greece.

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Seastreak has a proud history of offering the most luxurious ferry rides available! We want to treat you to the best customer service and most comfortable catamarans you’ll find at the piers.

 

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Taste the Best in Craft-Distilled Spirits at the NYC Craft Distillers Festival

Most of us have heard of Prohibition, even if it seems pretty unreal from this far along in the future. Who can believe the government thought it was a good idea to ban drinking alcohol? It was a policy that was doomed not only to fail, but fail in truly spectacular fashion. However, Prohibition has inspired some fantastic and lingering imagery for theme parties, such as the speakeasy. These defiant, secret establishments operating right under the noses of the law still appeal to our feisty American spirit. You can get a taste of not only this enduring symbol, but also a selection of craft spirits, at the NYC Craft Distillers Festival! It’s happening on March 28 at the Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery).

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Getting Into the Spirit

More than 20 craft distillers are bringing their best efforts to the Big Apple for this two-session event. You’ll be able to taste more than 60 crafts spirits at this unique speakeasy-themed party! Break out your fringe and your pinstripes and get ready to go out on the town for a night of sipping your way through a variety of spirits.

There’ll be a 1920’s style jazz band at each session to set the mood. For the first session, listen to the Brooklyn-based sounds of the Baby Soda Jazz Band. Second session, feast your ears on the sweet sounds of Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess.

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Sipping the Light Fantastic

There’ll be a selection of craft-brewed bourbons, rums, whiskeys, gins, and vodkas available for your taste-testing pleasure. Sample offerings from Catskill Distilling Company, local distillers of Most Righteous Bourbon; or from Philadelphia Distilling, with their Vieux Carre Absinthe. Grab your tickets early so you don’t miss your chance!

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With a cash bar and snacks available, Seastreak ferries are a little like floating speakeasies. Take a seat inside or outside our luxurious catamarans and lift a glass to New York as you sail by!

 

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Experience a Theater Classic at the Revival of “The King and I”

It’s good to be king. You get a fancy hat, and sometimes, a scepter with dazzling jewels. There’s servants to deal with housework for you, so you don’t have to do your own laundry. You’ve got an instant appeal with attractive potential dates. (Or your royal rank does, anyway, but we’re trying to be optimistic here.) And best of all, you get to be on Broadway! At least, if you’re the King of Siam, and your musical has gotten a revival. Beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s show “The King and I” has returned to the stage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street at Lincoln Center), starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe!

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Getting to Know You – Again

Since 1951, “The King and I” has been one of the most beloved musicals to grace the stage. It tells a story that, despite modern times, remains very relevant to the modern era. A ruler struggling to balance tradition with the progression of his culture. A foreigner straining to understand the ways of a very alien land. We see these themes every day, though not with so much gold silk.

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Anna Leonowens, a widowed English teacher, has been invited to Siam (which is now Thailand) to teach the King’s children. This is more challenging than she expected. The customs seem strange and antiquated to her, and the king seems cold and imposing. Yet a bond develops between them as she teaches him how to navigate a changing, modernizing world.

An Amazing Cast

Ken Watanabe has starred in many popular films. He played Saito in “Inception”, and General Kuribayashi in “Letters from Iwo Jima”. Kelli O’Hara has been nominated for Tony awards five times. She’s played Nellie Forbush in the other Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “South Pacific”.

Among ferry companies, Seastreak is king! Our comfortable catamarans are luxurious enough for the high and mighty, and we treat all our customers like royalty. See for yourself!

 

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Meat Up with Your Next Meal at Neil Michael’s Steakhouse

Atlantic Highlands, NJ has a bit of the best of everything hidden away in its picturesque streets. It’s got that small-town charm you won’t find often enough in today’s busy, modern world. It has an ideal location, close enough to take advantage of a big city’s appeal while staying out of the limelight. Visiting Atlantic Highlands is a terrific idea for folks looking for an easygoing adventure, or just a quick trip to chase off wintertime claustrophobia. While you’re there, treat yourself to a hearty meal at Neil Michael’s Steakhouse! You’ll find it at 965 State Highway 36.

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Steak a Claim on Supper

Neil Michael’s Steakhouse believes its customers should have a gratifying experience each time they visit the restaurant. This shows in the quality of the ingredients used, and the diligence with which they are chosen. The seafood on offer here is specially chosen each day, the vegetables are fresh, and only the finest cuts of meat make it to the table.

This eatery also believes that each diner’s meal should be exactly what they want, and done to their personal taste. Each guest should enjoy attentive, friendly service during their visit. Their chef is pleased to work with any specific dietary needs a guest has.

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Surfing the Turf

The selection of steak, chops, and seafood at Neil Michael’s Steakhouse should appeal to every taste. Enjoy your favorite cut of meat, from the classic New York strip to a generously portioned cowboy ribeye, or ignore the cow in favor of a juicy lamb chop. You can add a sweet lobster tail to any entrée for just a little bit extra.

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Seastreak is your gateway to charismatic Atlantic Highlands, NJ! Our luxurious ferries are waiting to deliver you to a relaxing weekend getaway, or a day trip to this fascinating coastal treasure of a town.

 

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Have a Blooming Good Time at the Macy’s Flower Show

You’ve seen enough snow now, right? Could be, you’ve seen enough snow for the next three years. If you caught Jack Frost alone somewhere, he might end up in the bay while wearing a pair of cement shoes. (Disclaimer: Seastreak does not endorse violence against people real or fictional, but we’re pretty darned tired of winter, too…) How about some signs of a thaw? Nothing says “spring” like flowers, and Macy’s has you covered. From Saturday, March 22 to Saturday, April 4, you can take in some dazzling flower gardens and arrangements at the Macy’s Flower Show, in Macy’s Herald Square! It’s even free!

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Flower Power

For 41 years, the Macy’s Flower Show has displayed spectacular floral arrangements designed especially for their springtime event. This is a unique opportunity to get a look at the different varieties of flowers from around the world, put together in one, free show. There’s also special savings for those who attend the show, so if you had shopping to do, now’s a pretty good time.

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By Any Other Name

See themed gardens, such as the Stone Forest Garden, and the Tropical Oasis garden featuring gorgeous and exotic blooms. Also feast your senses on the amazing arrangements designed by such famous names as Martha Stewart (you probably know her), Kenji Takenaka (he’s designed flowers for Carnegie Hall and the United Nations), and Jes Gordon (who’s done arrangements for places like Target and Budweiser).

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There’ll be other events as well, such as a cooking demonstration with Martha Stewart, and a sugar flower cooking demonstration. Bring the kids to family fun day on March 22, too!

We at Seastreak know thistle make you feel better: we rose to the occasion to bring you the best customer service and most luxurious ferry rides. Join the phlox of people who ride our ferries every day! You’ll want to tell your friends about us with your own tulips.

 

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Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly Star in “Finding Neverland” on Broadway

Creators often get asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” There aren’t any idea stores in shopping malls, with neatly packaged inspirations for music, books, and movies waiting on the shelves. Ideas come from everywhere, but especially from the powerful experiences in our lives. Simple, ordinary events can become extraordinary stories filled with magic and wonder. A great example of this is playing on Broadway right now! Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Kelsey Grammar star in “Finding Neverland”, showing at the Lunt Fontanne Theater (205 West 46th Street).

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The Play’s the Thing

Writer J.M. Barrie’s most recently play has flopped. He needs new inspiration to make something that will endure, or even just earn a good critical reception. That inspiration comes in the strangest place, when he meets a widow named Sylvia and her four young sons Michael, Jack, George, and Peter.

As the friendship between Barrie and Sylvia grows, so does his relationship with her children. The creative, hysterical shenanigans that four boys get into gives Barrie more than enough material for him to expand upon in a new play. The play is like nothing else high-society London has seen, and it will be a risk to put on stage. Can Barrie get his masterpiece in front of audiences?

An Evening in Neverland

You may have caught the movie “Finding Neverland”, with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. This play is based on the movie, and it adapts naturally to the stage. Laughs lend the play a great buoyancy, and the musical score will have you humming long after the show has ended.

Star Matthew Morrison has proved his acting and singing chops on the popular television show “Glee”. Laura Michelle Kelly is a Broadway veteran with such credits as “Mary Poppins” and “Les Miserables”.

Seastreak takes our inspiration from the kind words of our passengers. You’ve asked for comfortable catamarans and great customer service, and we’re proud to deliver!

 

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Taste a New York Classic at Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

New York City changes to suit the times like a chameleon changes colors. (New York doesn’t have the funky eyeballs, though.) Eras change, and the Big Apple shifts right along with them to reflect the world around it. Despite this, the beating heart of New York keeps the same, steady rhythm it always has. You can hear it in obvious landmarks like Times Square, or Grand Central Station, but you can also get a listen in the smaller niches that give New York City its character. Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop is one of those places! Find out why at 174 Fifth Avenue.

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Taking Cholesterol to a High Art

Doctors advise their patients to keep their cholesterol numbers low, but some folks treat their cholesterol like a high-scoring game. These people shouldn’t miss out on Eisenberg’s. This fabulous, classic diner has been raising the city’s cholesterol since 1929. Delicious food made with old-fashioned care brings customers back time and time again.

Never a Bad Time for Breakfast

You can get breakfast served all day at Eisenberg’s, so even if you sleep in, you won’t miss out. Have a plate full of eggs, French toast, or pancakes, or try out one of the mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches. A breakfast BLT, with a fried egg on it, can’t help but hit the spot. Or try out the LEO, with lox, eggs, and onion for a real treat.

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The selection of sandwiches for lunch can’t be beat. Not up for a sandwich? Give the daily specials a look. Tuesday and Thursday are meatloaf day, served with mashed potatoes and savory gravy, and vegetables, too.

Seastreak is proud to be a cholesterol-free part of the New York City tradition! (Be aware, the snacks served at our cash bars can’t necessarily make the same claim.) We’re setting the standard for comfort and customer service.

 

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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Manhattan

Warm up your bagpipes and buy stock in food coloring! Saint Patrick’s Day arrives this week in a flurry of clovers, leprechauns, and foods dyed an unnatural shade of green. New York City proclaims its ties to the Irish culture with parades, parties, and events for people of all ages. Have a look at a few of the events where you can celebrate your Irish heritage (or someone else’s Irish heritage).

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St. Paddy’s Day Irish Whisky Tasting at Camaje Bistro and Lounge

When most people think of Irish beverages, they think of Guinness stout. Look beyond the pint glass towards another traditional Irish favorite at the St. Paddy’s Day Irish Whisky Tasting! Taste a variety of whiskies from the Emerald Isle at Camaje Bistro and Lounge (85 MacDougal Street) from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Finger foods to nibble on will be served as well.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day in New York City at Cathedral High School

Folks who’d prefer not to partake in the variety of potent potables available on St. Patrick’s Day, but who still want to party in Irish style, will find just what they’re looking for at the Sober St. Patrick’s Day in New York City celebration at Cathedral High School (350 East 56th Street)! Hear traditional Irish music performed by award-winning musicians, including guitarists, singers, and naturally, bagpipers!

New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

We’ve saved the best for last: the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade has been a New York City tradition for more than 250 years. Some people call it the most popular parade in the city, and it’s surely the largest of them. It starts at 44th Street at 11 AM on March 17, and will finish up at the Irish Historical Society around 4:30 or 5 PM.

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You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have a great ride on a Seastreak ferry! Come ride our comfortable catamarans all the way to the Emerald Isle (or just Manhattan).

 

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