Chase the Winter Cold Away with a Hot Bowl of Ramen at Ramen Lab

Winter has decided to overstay its welcome. It lingers, like family who keep prolonging a sudden stay to spend “just a couple more days” camped out in your guest room. Icy, freezing weather is worse than guests who just won’t go (your mileage may vary), but easier to escape for a little while. A hot bowl of ramen soup can drive off the chill, and thaw you out after doing errands in the not-so-great outdoors. Head down to 70 Kenmare Street, and grab a bowl at Ramen Lab!

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The Gods of Noodle Soup

Ramen Lab is where one of the four Gods of Ramen dole out their wheaty blessings. (No, really. Chef Shigetoshi “Jack” Nakamura is known as one of Japan’s Four Ramen Gods.) This makes the soup here truly divine.

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The menu is limited. For an appetizer, you can snag an order of gyoza, filled with pork, Napa cabbage, and chives. After that, pick from one of the two flavors of ramen available that day. There’s an option with meat, and a vegetarian choice, and you can add a soft-boiled egg, if you’d like. That’s it. When a restaurant can pull off a menu with just two choices, you know it has to be good.

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Using Your Noodle

Ramen restaurants have risen in popularity in recent days. The culinary style has been around for more than a hundred years (even if there’s some debate on where it originated), but lately, Americans have found a new appreciation for the simple, delicious noodles. You’ve got more choices than ever when you want a bowl of rich, flavorful soup. Maybe you’ve tried Ivan Ramen already. Here’s your excuse to go out for lunch again, so you can compare the two.

Next time you’re in the market for a ferry ride, use your noodle! Seastreak has the luxurious, modern catamarans, and the fantastic customer service to make your trip terrific!

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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See Helen Mirren Don the Crown in “The Audience” on Broadway

Royalty holds a curious appeal for plenty of people around the globe, but perhaps especially Americans. We elect a person to head our government (which is often like nominating someone to stand in front of a dart board), but they don’t get a crown with the position. We tell fairy tales about paupers discovering they’re nobles, and living happily ever after, but what’s the life of a queen really like? One show on Broadway has imagined just that, and what a show it is. Dame Helen Mirren (an honest-to-goodness knight) stars as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience”, playing for a limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater (236 West 45th Street)!

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Her Royal Highness

Queen Elizabeth II took office in 1952. Since then, she’s held private, weekly meetings with whichever of the twelve Prime Ministers she’s worked with sat in office at the time. “The Audience” imagines what might have transpired at these meetings, and as it does, makes observations about the events that have shaped this fascinating monarch.

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We have the answer to the most foremost question on everyone’s mind: Yes. There are real corgis onstage for “The Audience”. What portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II would be complete without them?

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A Knight in Shining Stage Lights

Dame Helen Mirren plays queens like no one else. She’s portrayed Queen Elizabeth II on the silver screen (and won an Academy Award for her performance), and interestingly, she also played Elizabeth I for an HBO miniseries! She’s taken on Cleopatra, and Queen Charlotte as well. This is her first appearance onstage in 12 years, since her Tony-nominated run in “Dance of Death” in 2002.

Seastreak believes in giving all our passengers the royal treatment! Ride in luxury and comfort as you travel to Manhattan or New Jersey. Bring your corgi and travel with Seastreak!

 

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Enjoy the Taste of Homemade Italian Food at Christine’s Italian Restaurant in Atlantic Highlands

One of the highest compliments often paid to restaurants is, “The food tasted just like homemade.” That’s a bit ironic, if you think about it. You’ve gone out to eat, and yet, you’re commending your dinner for tasting like what you could have gotten from your kitchen. But “homemade” means more than a lack of refinement. It means hearty meals that taste like familiar comforts while still impressing you with their delicious flavor. Christine’s Italian Restaurant, at 42 1st Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, understands how to make their diners feel at home!

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The Comforts of Home

The best Italian recipes are those passed on from generation to generation, keeping the tastes of traditional foods alive throughout the years. These meals can’t help but taste as though they were made by the loving hand of someone’s grandmother for a Sunday dinner with the family. Chef Ron Marino, owner of Christine’s Italian Restaurant, tries to bring all the comfort of family suppers to every dish he serves.

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The Excitement of Dining Out

Chef Marino doesn’t just serve his grandmother’s favorite recipes, however. His experience in the kitchen and his creativity shine through in unexpected ways. Italian egg rolls, made with sweet and hot sausage, broccoli rabe, and mozzarella cheese are just one example of the unique and delectable dishes you’ll find.

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For wine aficionados who’d like to sample the terrific treats on the menu with their favorite wine, Christine’s Italian Restaurant welcomes you to bring your own bottle. It’s another small touch that gives this restaurant a homemade feel. Be certain to ask about the dinner specials, too!

Seastreak ferries are just like your floating home away from home. Our modern catamarans feature indoor and outdoor seating, full-service bars, and gorgeous views of the East River. Ride with us, and learn what makes Seastreak the best choice for a trip to Atlantic Highlands, or Manhattan!

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Famous Sushi Restaurant Zuma Opens in New York at Last

Sushi brings the world together and unites it in the love of fancy fish. All right, that might be an exaggeration (just maybe), but sushi does have a tremendous international appeal. Restaurants that serve excellent sushi enjoy undeniable celebrity attention, and with some big-name restaurants prominent in the culinary spotlight. Until recently, New Yorkers have missed out on one of the brightest stars of sushi, but our wait is over! International sushi eatery Zuma has finally opened its New York outpost! You can see what all the buzz is about at 261 Madison Avenue.

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More than California Rolls

Zuma has been one of the most elite sushi restaurants since 2002. It has locations across the globe, from Turkey to Thailand to the United Kingdom. Chef Rainer Becker has been developing the New York location of his high-class Japanese eatery for three years, and last month, it welcomed its first guests. Just another restaurant debut, right? Not when Zuma welcomed people such as Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow.

What attracts famous folks to Zuma? Gorgeous food prepared by some of the most skilled chefs in their field. Zuma boasts both a sushi bar and a robata grill in its bi-level homage to the izakaya, bringing a variety of delicious Japanese foods to the table.

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Head and Fins Above the Rest

You won’t come away hungry from a lunch or supper at Zuma. There’s an appetizing selection of soups, salads, tempura, grilled foods, and of course, sushi and sashimi. Katzutoshi Endo, a protégé of sushi master Jiro Ono, watches over the sushi bar, ensuring every bite will be well worth the wait.

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Whether you’re a big-name celebrity or an average Joe, Seastreak will always treat you like a star! Choose Seastreak for a luxurious ride between New York and New Jersey, with a cash bar and seating both inside and outside the cabin.

 

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Taste New and Delicious Food and Drink Pairings at Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits Event

History is full of famous and fabulous pairings. Bonnie and Clyde. Sonny and Cher. Seastreak and the Hudson. In most cases, the individual parts of each set are exciting by themselves, but putting them with complementary second halves elevate them to a whole new level. The same goes for food and drink. Take a delicious meal and pair it with the right beverage, and you get a gastronomical experience that transcends the sum of its parts. Find new favorite combinations at Edible Manhattan’s 6th Annual Good Spirits Event! It’s on February 26th, from 6 PM to 9 PM, at the Altman Building (135 West 18th Street)!

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Pairs Beyond Compare

Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits events are all about highlighting the fantastic cuisine available in our diverse city, as well as the spirits we love to drink with dinner. An array of the most innovative and distinctive local eateries will present delectable choices from their kitchens. Wash them down with offerings from local breweries, distilleries, and vendors of liquid refreshment.

Enjoy foods from L&W Oyster Company, dell’anima Restaurant, Socarrat Paella Bar, and many other exciting restaurants from the surrounding area. If you’ve been hoping to try out any of these eateries, but haven’t jumped in yet, now’s a terrific chance to sample what they have on offer. The variety of foods on offer will satisfy any taste!

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Liberation of Libations

Wet your whistle at the event with New York’s tastiest drinks. Owl’s Brew is teaming up with Sag Harbor Rum to mix up tea cocktails for the party. Coney Island Brewing Company will be there, as will Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Good Spirits promises to be a few hours well spent on filling your belly!

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The best pairing we can think of is the Seastreak luxurious ferry service with all our happy passengers! Join us for a comfortable ride every day to and from Manhattan.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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You’ll Be Glad to Eat Your Vegetables at Dirt Candy

Everyone loves candy. Our favorite generic confection sees use as a delicious temptation in songs, where lips are as sweet as the stuff, or in metaphors, where we’re taking it from hapless infants. All this positive press gives restaurants with the word “candy” in the name a leg up when it comes to appeal. Even when the name is Dirt Candy. When you think about it, that’s a whole new way to look at vegetables, just like the food served at this award-winning eatery. They’ve recently re-opened at a larger location at 86 Allen Street!

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Nothing Like Mud Pies

Dirt Candy is a vegetarian paradise. Even self-avowed carnivores will come away from a meal here with a whole new appreciation for veggies. The menu items show a creative flair anyone can enjoy.

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Share a simmering cabbage hot pot, with lotus root, kimchi, ginger, and cabbage noodles. Or why not start your meal with Portobello mousse with sautéed pears, cherries, and truffle toast? For a main dish, you can’t go wrong with the eggplant, served with baby bok choi, pea shoots, and eggplant sformata. Even dessert will challenge how you look at vegetables, with a carrot meringue pie to drool over.

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Bigger and Better

The original Dirt Candy location stayed open for six years. During that time, it picked up some impressive accolades. It was the first restaurant in 17 years to get two stars from the New York Times, it received recognition from the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won many awards from culinary magazines. With all those in mind, it’s no surprise they needed to upgrade their digs to something a little larger.

At Seastreak, we’re all hooked on a feeling. We’re high on believing that we’re your favorite ferry company! Take a ride with us, and find out why so many people choose Seastreak.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Remember the 90s? Then Don’t Miss “Hey 90s Kids, You’re Old” at the FRIGID Festival

Let’s have a show of hands. How many people remember diligently minding the needs of a Tamagotchi? (Are you still taking care of that thing? If not, we might have some sad news to break to you about its health and well-being.) Were the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers your favorite show? All right, put your hands down. If you understood these references too clearly, or have wistful memories about all the other trappings of that era, it’s possible you’ve gotten on a bit in years. Or, in the words of the show playing at the Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street), Hey, 90s Kids, You’re Old.

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Aged to a Fine Vintage

This show is a gigantic reference to everything made popular in the titular decade. Its premise is simple: What would happen if the characters and creations from the 90s were placed in today’s world? Waldo would end up trying to date online. (If anyone could find him.) The Power Rangers might have trouble replacing their members in today’s employment market.

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Beneath the comedy is a message worth thinking about. We’re prone to romanticizing the era we grew up in, and all the cultural references that surrounded us back then. Remaining stuck in that comfort zone, rather than embracing at least some of modern times, could make us seem a bit obsolete.

Up and Coming Talent

This irreverent comedy is playing as part of the FRIGID New York Festival, from February 20 until March 1. The festival’s goal is to give artists a chance to produce their play, no matter what style it is, and to make the event affordable to the community. It’s a terrific way to check out emerging artists you might not otherwise see.

Seastreak embraces modern advances, like our luxurious catamarans! Even so, we remain dedicated to a few old fashioned ideas, such as excellent customer service. And we’ll never call you old.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Celebrate the Year of the Goat at the Firecracker Ceremony and New Year Parade

Do you know what this year is? Yes, it’s 2015, but that’s not what we mean. No, it’s not election year. (That’s next year. You’ve got one whole year before you want to hide in a closet to escape all the howling.) It’s the Year of the Goat! The Chinese New Year starts on February 19, and you can celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Firecracker Ceremony on February 19, and the Chinatown New Year Parade and Festival on February 22!

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Firecracker Ceremony

The Firecracker Ceremony will take place at 11 AM at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, on Grand Street between Chrystie Street and Forsyth Street. This spectacular event features more than 600,000 firecrackers, used to scare away evil spirits. There’s also a festival featuring singers, dancers, and food vendors. It promises to be a loud and awesome event, where you can learn more about the traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year.

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Bring your family and friends, confetti, and your lucky New Year trinkets. Feel free to dress like a goat. (No head-butting, please.)

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Colors, music, and culture are the hallmarks of the stunning Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. It happens at 1 PM on Sunday, and starts at Canal and Mott Streets. From there, it winds its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown until it reaches Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

See acrobats, marching bands, spectacular floats, and dragon dances. There’s also going to be magicians and musicians as well. The party continues once the parade has ended, with more performances at the park.

Whether you started your new year in January, or you’re just getting started on the Year of the Goat, Seastreak wants to be part of your 2015! You and your leashed pets (no goats) are welcome on Seastreak’s comfortable catamarans.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Taste True Naples Pizza at Prova

Pizza. If we were to build a metaphorical temple to New York cuisine, pizzas would make up both the brick and the mortar of the foundation floor. (Cheese makes a pretty good glue.) With pizza playing such a central role in our food culture, it’s easy to forget we didn’t come up with it. The taste of an authentic pie can make you feel like you’re in the homeland of pizza, thousands of miles away. Let your taste buds take you for a culinary Italian vacation by trying out Manhattan’s newest pizza place, Prova! It’s at 184 8th Avenue.

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The Pie is Not a Lie

Prova has one simple, abiding formula for making the most delicious and authentic pizzas in town. Start with a chef who knows what he’s doing. That’s Pasquale Cozzolino, a man passionate about the culinary history of Naples. Next, give that chef the right ingredients. All the pizzas at Prova are made with Michelin quality ingredients. That’s the same stuff you get at the fanciest restaurants in town.

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Finish the creation off by baking it in an oven built from scratch by famous Italian craftsman Stefano Ferrara. The result is a pizza that redefines “deluxe”. You can choose from a selection of classic, traditional Italian pies, such as the perennial favorite Margherita, or a new style of pizza like the Unica, with sea urchin and squid ink.

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Accompaniments from the Vine

Prova offers a fantastic selection of wines to pair with your meal. All these wines come from Naples, to top off the true Italian experience. Beer drinkers aren’t left out in the cold. There’s also Italian beers to enjoy!

Riding a Seastreak ferry is like taking a miniature luxury cruise. Visit our cash bar, and enjoy the gorgeous view of the harbor as we sail to your destination! It’s a vacation you can take every day.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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An Oppor-tuna-ty for a Fresh Fish Dinner Awaits at Navesink Fishery in Atlantic Highlands

Much in life gets better with age. Wine, for example. A glass of young wine is called “grape juice”, and it’s not nearly so thrilling as a glass of chardonnay. Or cheese. Aged cheese has a sharpness and character you won’t find in a younger batch. People get better as they age, as well, refining as they grow wiser from experience. Know what doesn’t get better with age? Fish. Seafood’s one of those things you want to get fresh out of the sea. Navesink Fishery in Atlantic Highlands knows this. They serve some of the best and freshest seafood around! Find out for yourself at 1004 Highway 36.

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Fishing for Compliments

Fresh seafood is one of life’s great pleasures. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a bit of fish gussied up by a master chef, but there’s a simple culinary delight in eating freshly caught fish. It doesn’t take much more than heat to cook it through, a few basic spices, and perhaps some drawn butter or lemon juice to bring out the natural flavors.

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Navesink Fishery believes in this simplicity. There’s plenty of fried or broiled seafood on the menu, offered with basic, homey side dishes. Flounder, shrimp, and scallops are all available. Or indulge in the ultimate seafood treat with a whole lobster, broiled or steamed. More complex offerings include grilled salmon dijonnaise, or a delectable, pan-roasted flounder almondine.

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Bring Your Own

Do you have a favorite beer or wine to enjoy with your seafood? Navesink Fishery has a BYOB policy that you may want to take advantage of. Conveniently, there’s a liquor store in the same shopping plaza, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Atlantic Highlands, NJ is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend getaway! It’s full of hidden gems such as Navesink Fishery, Kunya Siam, and more! Seastreak ferries will get you across the bay in comfort and luxury for your trip to Atlantic Highlands.

 

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