This past Wednesday, Wavves brought us to New York City for a show at the Bowery Ballroom and a stay at the Best Western in Chinatown. Although the main purpose of the stay was to get drunk and dance to the surf-punk sounds of Nathan Williams and Company, of course we had to make a few pit stops for food.

Wednesday night before the show, we made the trek through Chinatown and Bowery for a decent place to get a burger and a beer. We stumbled upon Epstein’s, a small neighborhood corner bar with cheap food and a skateboarding vibe.  The food was nothing special with a mediocre burger and a spicy buffalo chicken wrap, but the beers were a dollar with our meals and the Epstein Ale was delicious and easy to chug.

We spent the rest of our night drinking $5 Bud Lights at the Bowery Ballroom. Damn you, no re-entry and overpriced drinks!

Thursday we grubbed up on continental breakfast and shortly thereafter made our way into Little Italy, which was a block from our hotel. We ate at Novella, as per recommendation from one of the hotel staff. I love Italian food, and though it was decent, it was not what I had been anticipating all night/day. I got a Porcini type pasta, I forget the exact name.

Porcini Mushroom Pasta

Porcini Mushroom Pasta

Stu got a neat dish or Orichette, brocolli rabe, and sausage. The best part of our meals was definitely the Sangria, which is what lured us in in the first place.

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Afterwards I dragged Stu to a pastry shop so that he could get some “authentic” Little Italy cannoli’s. Apparently at Ferrara’s, “authentic” means “incredibly overprice and not worth while.” It ended up costing about $20.00 for three mini-pastries, a coffee, and an Italian soda. None of which were anything to write home about. Impressive to look at, so-so to eat.

$7.95, Ugh.

$7.95, Ugh.

All in all it was a fun weekend. Although the food was so-so, it was enjoyable to take in the atmosphere at each place we stopped at. I don’t get to NYC too often, but when I do I always appreciate how diverse and incredibly massive it is. I look forward to getting to go again sometime, hopefully soon!

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