EMP Bike Rooms to be re-done

The EMP bike rooms will be re-painted and renovated. It’s definitely overdue. The increase from $25 to $60/year is a bit steep. Encouraging use of bikes and green transportation should be encouraged! Although, we suppose the increase will encourage people to get rid of their old broken-down bikes that haven’t been used in 10 years!

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Cascabel Taqueria in old Carvel space

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Cascabel Taqueria wants to lease the old Carvel store. They would want to put seating in the public space.

First of all, Hooray to the board for finally finding a tenant for this store. The rental income will benefit all of us here at EMP. Also, having a nice restaurant with outdoor seating would enhance the neighborhood and be a place people at EMP could enjoy. Having people dining there would probably keep away the hoards of pigeons and loud bums that hang out there now!

Apparently, there are already some obstructionists who are trying to stop Cascabel from succeeding with a flyer asking you to attempt to syop thenm form getting a liquor license which of course, a restaurant, particularly a Mexican restaurant has to have to succeed. Thsi flyer says that Cascabel features bottomless cocktails. That is not true-They only offer unlimited drinks on their weekend brunch menu and that’s with a 60 minute time limit! Really-How many Margaritas can a person drink in 60 minutes? http://www.nyctacos.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/02.01.14-Brunch_menu_for_print.pdf

I have a friend who lives directly across Second Avenue on the 2nd floor from the Upper East Side Cascabel. It is not noisy at all and a fun, very tasty and lovely restaurant.





kipseys-0211Please be sure to patronize Kipsey’s. They are serving up some great American comfort food with a bit of a Middle Eastern influence. They have one of the best burgers in Manhattan with a proprietary meat blend (we like it with the Gruyere cheese and carmelized onions) and amazing fries. They just introduced a new cocktail menu that’s defininitely mixologist inspired. They have a 4-star rating on Yelp and some great reviews. Also 5 out of 5 stars on MenuPages and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Trip Advisor.

The owners Arnon and Melissa are the nicest people; Be sure to say Hi.

They had a bit of a glitch with their air conditioning but that’s been fixed.

We have long-needed a great, comfortable neighborhood place and hangout like this!

Kipsey’s is at 438 Second Avenue at 25th Street





Shaka Burritos coming to 23rd Street

shaka-0716Shaka Burrito from the Jersey Shore is opening an outpost on 23rd Street in the old Viang Ping space. They will feature burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas and Hawaiian shaved ice (we could use some of that this week!).

The NJ restaurant website and menu is at: http://www.shakaburrito.com/

We are very excited; We could use a good burrito in the neighborhood. Wahoo on Park Avenue is too far!

A word of advice to the Shaka dudes; Don’t raise your prices! Some mexi places have tried to charge high price and gone out of business. Mexican food is supposed to be cheap! AND – Pomaika`ishaka


Kipsey’s Kitchen & Bar

Update 1/31/2013: Kipsey’s has opened this week. It will be about 2 weeks until they start delivery. The comfort food menu look’s great and they are getting good reviews.

Kipsey’s Kitchen & Bar will be opening in the space next to the old and long-empty Ole Restaurant at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 25th Street. Per the owners; “Kipsey’s aim is to be a neighborhood eatery.  Our concept is market driven American comfort and we make everything from scratch.  All of our baked goods are baked on premises every day. We grind our own meat from prime cuts.  Our sausages are made and linked fresh daily. We do not use chemicals. Our chicken is all natural and free of hormone and antibiotics. We strive to source local ingredients whenever it is available for us. Come on home to Kipsey’s, you’ll be glad you did! Kipsey’s is collaboration of partners who are simply passionate about food and hospitality.

This space has been many restaurants most recently an Argentinian and in the past Christine’s Polish and a pasta place. We wish the new venture great success.