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Things to do for December 09, 2010
Cuban Sandwiches, Dive Bars and a Magical Glass of Wine
The weekend faces cold fronts head-on.
Monday to Friday: you play by the rules. Your rules, but still rules. On the weekend, however: lawlessness. Enter Imperial Tavern, a bar where you’ll spin your own records, eat burgers on doughnuts and drink from kegs in giant ice bathtubs. Think of it as the dive bar done right. Or the hotel bar done very wrong.
You’ve been putting off holiday shopping—not because you hate huge crowds, long lines and mall Santas, but because you had a hunch. A feeling that the craftsmen at Billykirk were due for a sample sale on their leather bags and handmade shoes. It’s instincts like this that make you so valuable to the Psychic Friends Network.
The French Invade Midtown
Pedigree. You won’t buy a horse that wasn’t sired by Secretariat. Date royalty who aren’t direct descendants of the crown. Or dine at a Provençal restaurant that didn’t start in Nice. When you eat the herb-crusted rack of lamb with rosemary chickpea fries, you want to taste the history. And rosemary.
You’ve never been one to run from a challenge, or a New York winter. So you’ll hold firm. Fortifying yourself with a new wool peacoat and fur-lined jacket. Which should keep your core temperature synced up directly with your Saint-Tropez state of mind.
Except for celebrity deaths, good things always come in threes. And with the addition of Cuban restaurant El Cobre, the Cienfuegos East Village triumvirate is now complete. That means Cuban sandwiches, rum punch and now ropa vieja sliders all under one roof. Always a plus in December.
The secret to forgetting about the bitter cold: an endless glass of wine. At noon. Starting Monday, SHO Shaun Hergatt will go ahead and pair up your lunch of Char Sui Pork Belly or Butternut Squash Agnolotti with a free-flowing red or white. No, you can’t audible to bottomless pork belly instead.