Culture ~ Nightlife

My highly recommended top 5 bars for a night of drinks in Manhattan:

1. Booker And Dax – 207 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 $$

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Booker And Dax. Photo: Venue.

Lovely lighting paired with spirited, shaken, stirred and sharp cocktails allow young twentysomethings to sip away and discuss affairs to alternative music in the background. Early evening is the best to arrive for seating in East Village.

2. Attaboy – 134 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002  $$$

Hidden with that speakeasy style with candles and cocktails. Creative mixologists keep the surprise alive all night making your every desire come true on the Lower East Side.

3. Sugar Factory – 46 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 $$$

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Look for this logo. Photo: Sugar Factory.

The Meatpacking District is always buzzing and this candy crazed venue has everything to offer from candy canes, rainbow swirls, Swedish Fish to chocolate treats accompanied by massive cocktails. Think vibrant colors or pink and girls night out. Make a reservation and dress appropriately.

4. Corkbuzz Wine Studio – 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 $$

If you are more refined and prefer a glass of wine, this is the place for you. Cozy up in an intimate corner or people watch as the locals rush through Chelsea Market. Either way, you’re going to love this place for a nice glass, a wine tasting, a wine workshop or even a wine education session. Expand your wine knowledge tonight on the West Side.

5. The Polo Bar – 1 East 55th St, New York, NY 10022 $$$$

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Relaxing with a martini. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Saving the best for last. Ralph Lauren’s sophisticated bar has a beautiful decor with a jazzy vibe to create the ambience for that opulent patron in Midtown. Definitely make a reservation for guaranteed entry.

These are perfect options to end the weekend in different parts of the city.

Art ~ Alphabet Alliteration

Absolutely amazing

Being bold

Counting cars

Dedicated desire to succeed

Employment elevator

Forever frustrated

Generally gloomy

Heavy hopes in mind though

Intensely interested

Just joining

Knowledge kept

Linking liaisons to expand

Making moves

Networking nowadays

Open offerings

Praying potential will be seen

Quick quiver

Recent reactions

So sad, stressed

Terrible timing in life

Underneath umbrellas

Verifying value

Wonderful wanderlust

Xenodochial xxx always

Youthful yesterdays

Zealous zest of talents to come

Film ~ Unfinished Business

Directed by Ken Scott, the comedy Unfinished Business is hilarious. The film follows a determined father, Dan (Vince Vaughn) turned small business owner along with his two colleagues, Mike Pancake (Dave Franco) and Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) as they travel across Europe for the most important handshake of their lives. It’s an adventure of unimaginable exploits as they try to stay in the race. I give it a 4/5 rating.

Culture ~ OIJI

There’s a new restaurant in town luring young couples to the East Village.

Headed by chef, Sehong Brian Kim, Oiji is a destination for authentic Korean cuisine.

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Ready to dine? Photo courtesy: OIJI.

From the moment you enter, the amazing aroma of Asian spice fills the air. Spotting the exposed brick wall and ambient lights, there is a cozy feeling to the setting. Friendly waiters and excellent customer service adds to the charm.

The selective wine menu entertains the eye. I chose a semi-dry Riesling to cleanse the palette during my girls Friday night date. Examining the menu, I wanted to order everything but then asked the waiter for recommendations. Below photographed from left top to bottom right: Slow cooked pork belly and kimchi (entree), chil-jeon pan seven flavours (awesome appetizer), fried chicken with spicy soy vinagrette (tasty appetizer) and slow cooked oxtail and root vegetables (tender entree).

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Photograph from dinner with my bestie, Yi Lu.

The meal was absolutely delicious. One could savour the mixture of flavour and texture. The prices are reasonable for the portions as well. I believe that many patrons agree as there are multiple likes on social media outlets including Facebook and constant increase of followers on Instagram with beautiful and artistic snapshots of their dining occasions.

OIJI is a wonderful contemporary addition to the neighborhood. Highly recommended for solo dining with bar seating, couples and groups. Located at 119 First Avenue between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place in New York.