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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #140 on: February 29, 2012, 09:07:33 PM »
( company vehicle fits 3 + me )

3 + you or 4 + you? Can we shoehorn another warm body in the back seat?  ;D


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« Reply #141 on: February 29, 2012, 09:26:28 PM »
My 2cents...and it might be worth less than that, but my daughter has an apartment on McDougal street , a block from Artichoke.
 While the name is alluring, and I love my artichokes, , the pizza is god awful, way, way, way overly salted and not worth the room it will occupy in your gut.

Skip it and save belly room  for rest of your ambitious and delicious sounding  day...


I agree the artichoke pizza (not the pizza from Artichoke, the pizza from Artichoke with artichokes on it) is not very good. On a good day on 14th Street at least, the margherita slice can be good, albeit a little salty. The square however is, IMO, one of the best I have yet to try from a commercial pizza joint.

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #142 on: February 29, 2012, 09:48:34 PM »
There are, however, three large places in proximity to Best and Paulie Gee.

Thanks, Adam.

The bowling alley sounded really tempting, but then I looked at their event page and noticed they have bands playing at 9:00 on Friday.

A lot of the reviews for Spritzenhaus 33 talk about how loud it is.

Beer Park, from the reviews, tends to be quieter on the weekdays, but can get boisterous on the weekends. I think, but am not sure, the rooftop is open all year round, weather permitting, but I'm hearing stories that the rooftop fills up quickly. I'm going to give them a call and do a little more reconnaissance.

Paulies is not that far from Queens. Any notable slice places in Long Island City or Astoria?

Just for the heck of it, I'm going to throw a few hail mary's and contact Franny's and Roberta's.  They'll probably laugh at me, but, you never know.

And, just as a last resort, are there are any half decent public parks in this area?

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #143 on: February 29, 2012, 10:05:29 PM »
squeeze em in yeah sure! yes bob Its a beautiful chevy equinox quite possible the smallest suv my company could give but I am not complainng my other car is a Mecnosud ! I will empty back out rather than sardine someone can lounge in the rear compartment  :D
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« Reply #144 on: February 29, 2012, 11:09:20 PM »
Sounds, great, John.  Maybe we'll draw straws for the rear compartment  ;D

I did a little research on parks.  As a very last resort, and weather permitting- Brooklyn Bridge park looks gorgeous, has tremendous views, is busy/bright enough to be very safe, but not so crowded that we can't comfortably chat. Google has it as 9 minutes from Paulies.

No adult beverages, but, like I said, this is where we end up (weather permitting) if we strike out everywhere else.

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« Reply #145 on: March 01, 2012, 03:01:33 AM »
East River State Park is even closer to Paulie's....also with a great view of Manhattan if BB park does not pan out for some reason.

A shame the Brooklyn Brewery doesn't open up until six.
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« Reply #146 on: March 01, 2012, 06:38:15 AM »
Here's a suggestion for the Friday night 8:30pm time slot; come to this great little beer joint which Kelly will vouch for:

http://brouwerijlane.com/

It's a few doors down from me.  Someone can put your name on my list, and You might be able to get seated earlier than 10pm.  For those of you who would like something other than beer, you could go across the street to The Pencil Factory, which is a great little spot.  I will even come and get you when your table is ready so you that you'll be there when your name is called. 

As far as Friday goes, there is no way I'm missing the Tototono's to New Park leg of the tour.  I will be there come hell or high water. I just won't have room for everyone since my car will be full of provisions.  Count in on Saturday as well, except for perhaps the last stop.  Gotta get to PG's.

I can hardly wait. 

PG

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« Reply #147 on: March 01, 2012, 08:00:34 AM »
Brouwerij Lane is a great spot for a brew or two.

And I see Bigfoot has been spotted at the Lane recently.  :)
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« Reply #148 on: March 01, 2012, 08:27:24 AM »
Is Brouwerij Lane big enough? Wonder if the beer garden is open...

If we are headed to Paulie's anyway and won't be going anywhere in DUMBO/The Heights (like Fascati), it makes a lot more sense to just go to East River State Park if we are gonna go to a park. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a lot more compelling in warmer, greener weather. Right now it offers little beyond the view.

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #149 on: March 01, 2012, 10:26:47 AM »
Oh sh*t, Mrs. Gee just reminded me that we have a wedding reception at PG's on Saturday afternoon, so sadly I will not be able join in on Saturday afternoon.  I'm all in on Friday though.

Ciao,

PG


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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #150 on: March 01, 2012, 10:28:57 AM »
Brouwerij Lane is a great spot for a brew or two.

And I see Bigfoot has been spotted at the Lane recently.  :)

Oooh, Barleywine!

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #151 on: March 01, 2012, 11:01:00 AM »
To answer Pizzablogger's questions...

I'll be in the tour for Friday night only.

1. JOINING TOUR: at 6:30pm at Forcella
2. I have no car :(
3. Will go through to PGs.
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« Reply #152 on: March 01, 2012, 11:26:56 AM »
To answer Pizzablogger's questions...

I have no car :(

One of the beauties of living in the world's greatest city.  :)
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« Reply #153 on: March 01, 2012, 12:38:45 PM »
John, Kelly, East River State Park was one of the first places I looked at.  According to this page here

http://nysparks.com/parks/155/hours-of-operation.aspx

it closes at dusk. Unless, of course, park closings are more recommendations than hard and fast rules. If that's the case, we'll go there.

I chose Brooklyn Bridge Park because it's open until 1:00 am. Prospect and Mccarren are open late as well, but some quick googling revealed them to be a bit potentially dodgy at night.

Like I said, absolute worst case scenario we end up at the Bridge.

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« Reply #154 on: March 01, 2012, 12:41:10 PM »
Paulie, it'll be great to have you from Totonno's to New Park.  Sorry to hear about Saturday.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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« Reply #155 on: March 01, 2012, 01:38:55 PM »
Still waiting on feedback about the 4:00 slot:

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:00 Nathans
1:30 L&B
3:00 New Park
4:00 ?

Do we expand, contract (and add a sit-down) or add another slice?

Here's an expanded scenario

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:30 Nathans
2:00 L&B
3:30 New Park
5:00 Barboncino

That's really laid back (but very safe, in case traffic get's crazy)

and here's the contraction

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
12:45 Nathans
1:15 L&B
2:15 New Park
3:30 Roberta's (if we can get a reservation)

Basically, New Park is about 20 minutes from L&B and about 20 minutes from Roberta's, and Totonno's, Nathan's and L&B are all quite close, so this translates into 40 min. at Tottono's and L&B, New Park and 25 min. at Nathans.

The clock is beginning to tick a bit louder, so whatever feelings you might have, please chime in quickly.

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« Reply #156 on: March 01, 2012, 01:43:59 PM »
A heads-up: If you're using GMaps driving-time estimates, be sure to factor in an additional 10 to 15 minutes for parking/getting lost/making wrong turns alone. That's not to mention traffic. Eg., the drive from my house to IKEA is supposed to take 25 minutes. It always takes me 40 minutes, even with light traffic.
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« Reply #157 on: March 01, 2012, 07:06:28 PM »
Also, GMaps directions are not fully accurate when using transit -- MTA service changes are not included. This will likely have little to no effect on Friday but may effect those that are taking the trains on Saturday. Many train lines are effected.

The MTA Trip planner does take into account these changes:
http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/tripplanner.aspx

For line specific service changes you can check here:
http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/default.aspx
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« Reply #158 on: March 01, 2012, 08:07:45 PM »
Smartphone users should download the NYCMate and HopStop apps for subway time estimates, line service updates, train times and street maps.
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