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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #125 on: February 29, 2012, 12:38:57 PM »
Scott, There are so many over there. I wasn't thinking of any place specific. Adam is over there a fair amount. Maybe he knows a bar (old man not hipster) that might be a little less trafficked. Maybe not. Just a thought.


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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #126 on: February 29, 2012, 12:46:57 PM »
Scott, There are so many over there. I wasn't thinking of any place specific. Adam is over there a fair amount. Maybe he knows a bar (old man not hipster) that might be a little less trafficked. Maybe not. Just a thought.

In Williamsburg, that's a tall order. The only would-have-been old man bar there that I can think of is overrun with hipsters.

There are, however, three large places in proximity to Best and Paulie Gee. We could either walk (10 minute) or drive to the area ...

The Gutter: Bowling alley and bar. Probably won't get any bowling in at 8:30pm on a Friday. But it's big and we might be able to grab a large table there. Good beer selection. Usually features regional craft beers, etc. http://thegutterbrooklyn.com/

Berry Park: Beer garden. Haven't been. Usually there's tables on the roof, but I don't know if those are open for the season. http://www.berryparkbk.com/

Spritzenhaus 33: It's a huge (for NYC standards) beer hall. Whenever I pass it (on Wednesday nights, granted), it's pretty dead. http://www.spritzenhaus33.com/

One thing to consider, people in NYC often eat around 8pm, so we might not pick up the REALLY crowded conditions at these places. Then again, it's a Friday.
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #127 on: February 29, 2012, 01:13:38 PM »
Scott,

Do you have any idea if some of us are in cars and some of us are using mass transit if we will all be able to stay together?  I donít mind taking the subway, but know sometimes when I went to Coney Island from Manhattan it can take fairly long to get there by subway.  I can get to places by subway, but get confused sometimes on the subway system.

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« Reply #128 on: February 29, 2012, 01:27:14 PM »
Norma, I am perfectly happy to ride the subway with anyone who may need to and/or could use a little help gettting around via the train, so don't worry about that. As long as the train takes it often takes just as long or longer to travel by car depending on the time of day, so I wouldn't look at the subway as slow necessarily. There are express trains can speed things up considerably.

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« Reply #129 on: February 29, 2012, 01:59:54 PM »
I hate to upset the apple cart,as it were, but the only thing about Paulie Gees at 10 is whether Norma and I can make it to the Port Auth. to make the last bus at 12.15. If Norma and I have to skip PGs, so be it. :'(

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« Reply #130 on: February 29, 2012, 03:05:17 PM »
Norma, I am perfectly happy to ride the subway with anyone who may need to and/or could use a little help gettting around via the train, so don't worry about that. As long as the train takes it often takes just as long or longer to travel by car depending on the time of day, so I wouldn't look at the subway as slow necessarily. There are express trains can speed things up considerably.

John,

Thanks so much for saying you are willing to take the subway with Steve and me to help us with the subways.  ;D I have gotten lost a few times on the subways, but it wasnít bad.  I always get mixed up with those express trains.   :-D

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« Reply #131 on: February 29, 2012, 04:19:52 PM »
I hate to upset the apple cart,as it were, but the only thing about Paulie Gees at 10 is whether Norma and I can make it to the Port Auth. to make the last bus at 12.15. If Norma and I have to skip PGs, so be it. :'(

You're not upsetting the apple cart.

Paulie's being very gracious about letting us stay past closing, but I don't see us staying there that long (Paulie, you got any sofas we can sleep on? ;) ).  John Conklin mentioned something about not being able to stay out that late, so maybe he'll be heading back into the city before the rest of us. If not, I can bow out a bit early and drive you in or drive you to the train that goes straight to Times Square (a block away from the Port Authority).

Btw, is the last bus 12:15 or is it 12:30, with the need to get there at 12:00 to ensure a seat?  If the bus is 12:15 and you need to get there at 11:45, then we can still do that, it's just a little less time at Paulies.

I'm thinking, no matter what, you'll have a minimum of an hour at Paulie's.

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« Reply #132 on: February 29, 2012, 04:33:51 PM »
Thanks Scott, I appreciate your willingness to accommodate our schedule. I haven't seen the bus schedule yet but the last time it was 12:15 departure. I'd love an hour at Paulies. I've been dreaming of Cherry Jones ever since last time!

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #133 on: February 29, 2012, 04:57:56 PM »
Steve and Scott,

This is Bieberís bus schedule for weekdays which includes Fridays.  We would leave Reading to go to NY at 7:00 am and leave Port Authority at 12:15 am.  http://www.biebertourways.com/schedules/11172011/NYC%20rev2.pdf  The last time we left NY the bus sure wasnít full, but you never know.  It would be better to be at Port Authority at least an half hour before time.

Thanks Scott for your willingness to accommodate our schedule too!  :)

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« Reply #134 on: February 29, 2012, 07:03:52 PM »
It would be a good idea to have, say by Monday at the latest, a firm commitment of exactly who is driving and:

1. What time will they be joining the tour.
2. How many people can their car hold.
3. What time will they have to leave the tour.

Without a sound idea and commitment on the exact driving situation, we really cannot finalize a battle strategy for the day.

Looks like the 10 day forecast is calling for low 50's and potential rain. But I put as much faith in a 10 day forecast as I do in the Orioles making the playoffs this year.

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« Reply #135 on: February 29, 2012, 08:00:40 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...

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« Reply #136 on: February 29, 2012, 08:17:37 PM »
Great point Kelly I will be abke to commit by Monday at the latest ! thoughts are Monday around 12-1 pm til ? and yes car. ( company vehicle fits 3 + me )
holy crap we have 8 pages of who what where imagine when we start taking pictures !
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« Reply #137 on: February 29, 2012, 08:19:55 PM »
John, that is very kind of you to offer to be one of the drivers.
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« Reply #138 on: February 29, 2012, 08:45:36 PM »
  I can take another 4 in, and don't mind driving around, I just have to split early to make it back here for the dinner shift.

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« Reply #139 on: February 29, 2012, 09:04:56 PM »
  I can take another 4 in, and don't mind driving around, I just have to split early to make it back here for the dinner shift.

Frank, that couldn't work out any better.  We've got 12 during the day and need your help, but at night, we drop to 9 (maybe 10) and should be fine.


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« 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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« 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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« 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. 

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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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« 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,

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