You learned a long time ago that power lunching is best done at a place that’ll stuff one crustacean with
another. Hence this place, where crab-stuffed Maine lobster is a possibility, along with bone-in rib eye and
Sterling caviar. Intimidation begins with tiny spoons and toast points.
If there were a room that reflected your karaoke style, it’d be a purple-lit, gold-tufted-leather-boothed
lounge (you have the Prince catalog on lockdown). And that’s what you’ll find on the second level of
Kristalbelli. Also: Korean small plates and soju. “Purple Rain” doesn’t just happen.
Opens Nov 23, Juga at Kristalbelli, 8 W 36th St (between 5th and 6th), 212-290-2211
FLEA THE SCENE
The Spirit of Giving at Brooklyn Flea
They say it’s better to give than to receive. Jury’s still out on that one as far as you’re concerned,
but still: giving’s great. And Brooklyn Flea’s got a market from the Blue Hill guys, Danny Macaroons and
the kind of lovingly carved wooden cheese dishes that just scream “Mom.”
If fried-egg-topped nachos, slow-roasted goat tacos and walls of tequila sounds like a brunch you can get
behind, congratulations, you’re a human being. Also: you should carve out some weekend time at this
Mexican spot from the Lure Fishbar and Burger & Barrel guys. We’ll wait while you carve.
Sat-Sun starting Nov 24, 11:30am-3pm, El Toro
Blanco, 257 6th Ave (between Houston and Bleecker), 212-645-0193
Sunday Cards and Drinking on the LES
The Leadbelly. Already it’s your favorite Moonrise Kingdom–like home for cocktails and oysters
on the LES. And that was before they started this new institution of oysters, live music and card games. The
oysters are a buck, so feel free to use them as currency.
Sundays starting Nov 25, The Leadbelly, 14B
Orchard St (near Canal), 646-596-9142
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