Bars

The Flaming Saddles

So this is where the boys hang! I pass this place frequently and on any day of the week, it always looks so fun inside. I guess I am a sucker for bright colors, bright lights and loud music. So of course I was like a humming bird to a red flower, I wanted to go there. If you are strolling along Ninth Avenue, you can not miss The Flaming Saddles with its bright, energetic, and friendly vibe. I took my bestie there because she is wacky and cool like me.

I had my regular Goose & Soda, but a man to the right of us ordered some drink that looked so creamy, like a White Russian and yum and the bottle looked cool. I’m all about the packaging. So, I asked the bartender and I immediately said yes to trying a shot of it. He suggested mixing it with Fireball Whiskey because it taste like “Cinnamon Toast Crunch”. I didn’t say no to that. We ended up getting a shot, one with Fireball and one without. The one without the Fireball was good, creamy and with some vodka I think it would taste like a White Russian. The “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” shot was delicious, Pumpkin Spice Latte who? I can’t even remember the last time I had the cereal, wooohooo can I have this shot for breakfast… everyday?!

Here’s a cool picture of the shots with the bright lights.

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See how creamy and milky it looks. Thanks to Google, I found it. The creamy liqueur is called Rum Chata.

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The Flaming Saddles is like a Coyote Ugly Saloon, but for the boys (although all crowds are welcome). They had a country/cowboy vibe going with the boots and country music. Florida Georgia Line concert at Terminal 5… pshttt. The bartenders would climb on the bar and do a dance every now and then individually and sometimes all three would go up and dance across the bar.

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I guess the rainbow outside wasn’t enough so there were glimpses of rainbow everywhere you looked in the bar. Do you see the rainbow Stoli word on the bar mat? In the picture above behind the bartender was a displayed rainbow of flavors of Absolute Vodka.

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The sign reads, (STRAIGHT WOMEN) NO WOOHOOing. Ha, of course some lady woohooed after the boys did their little dance. I said to the bartender, “I think I heard some lady woohooing.” He said, “It’s okay we strictly enforce it on the weekends.” I responded with a quizzical look, “Really?” “Yeah, we get these bachelorette parties on the weekends and they are really annoying.” Hahah, I ended that conversation with, “ugh yayhhh, that is annoying.”

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Bathroom Head anyone?

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Some rainbow again.

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I wanted to take more pictures but I didn’t want to seem like the tourist who was new to town and have never been to a saloon (a boy saloon). Yeah I was sneaky and took all these nice pics for ya! Hence, the boots pictures… as I’m writing this I’m thinking, hmmm how creepy of me.

The boys were nice, friendly and playful. All three bartenders displayed their unique characteristics. Our bartender was an older, grayish haired, George Clooney, ring leader type. One was fit with a cute innocent girly flare to him. Third, of course he was the funny outgoing guy who was playful, flirty and hairy! The experience was kind of refreshing and strangely comfortable. My boyfriend though would’ve freak out – he freaks out just walking by the place and looks the other way. It’s hilarious like a kid whose afraid of monsters under his bed.

The place wasn’t crowded when we first got there, but it started to fill up. I guess it was early or maybe because it was a weekday, but it was still a happening place. It was spacious, but for some reason this guy kept going over me and almost knocked me over a few times just to get a drink. I am true New Yorker so no one ambushes me and walk away, so I punched him.

Ha J-K. Justtt kidding Friends! Whatever, I let Mr. Stripes slide because I know Mr. Stripes was all nervous and ga ga over Mr. Clooney. So he was afraid to talk to our bartender – I was going to muddle in to help the process along and tell Mr. Clooney that some dudeee… but nahhh. OH, what fun!?

Where did U go last night?

The Flaming Saddles

793 9th Ave
New York, NY10019
(212) 713-0481

In Hell’s Kitchen

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Nightlife

A dance & shhh… a bar

After dinner (check out my previous post Ageha Sushi) we took a walk around the neighborhood and stumbled upon… a square dance in Bryant Park? Who knew there was some country in the City.

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Bryant Park

Next Stop

Imagine going out in the “Roaring Twenties”, oh what fun it must be to get all dolled up then sneak around for a drink! According to their website, The Back Room Bar is one of the speakeasies in New York City that operated during the Prohibition era. The place is hidden, of course, so it was confusing as to where to enter. But the bouncers saved the day. I thought it was odd that these guys were standing there but then one guy asked in a deep-confident-voice, “the Back Room?”. Ah, yes. So as we entered we were greeted by an unfriendly and creepy guy in the alleyway asking us to be quiet. Hmmm, ok. So we continued on quietly. Bam! When I opened the door to the bar, boy was it loud.

We decided to go with the signature drinks. Sorry I forgot their fancy names, but one with honey, OJ, vodka, and yeah. It was a refreshing drink. The other drink was Jack with I want to say honey again because BOY it was sweet! After a few sips it tasted like cough syrup, Lil Wayne would be a fan. I also think it made me sick the next day. As you can see the drinks were served in tea cups and beers bottles were served in brown paper bags. Hot socks!

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I was complaining about the Lychee Martini during dinner not being strong, well ou weee here it goes in tea cups.

Ah right, the sunny one down there is called the Bee’s Knees.

Apparently, Bee’s Knee means the best and it was a popular phrase in the 20’s.

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It was a bit crowded, loud, dark, and a mixed of interesting crowd. The place was small, the decor was a 1920’s vintage look, and there were tables and couch seats. The comfy looking couch seats were all taken so we stood near the DJ booth.

It was a little odd to stand there and hang with tea cups (with liquor) in hand. But, hey it was kind of cat’s pajamas.

Where did U go last night?

The Back Room Bar

102 Norfolk St

New York, New York 10002

212 – 228 – 5098

Between Delancey St & Rivington St in Lower East Side

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Winner winner chicken dinner

Green Rancho !

It a dilemma every night.

Manhattan blocks offers so many different types of restaurants and cuisines. On this island in a one block radius the kitchen staff may outnumber any small US town population. Yes, it’s overwhelming.

What do you want to eat? Where do you want to eat? My boyfriend and I go through this every night. So we walked down 9th Avenue. As always though we don’t walk down 9th Avenue for too long, my boyfriend gets uncomfortable (if you know what I mean). So it was between sushi and Mexican. Since we were hungry and most importantly I wanted margaritas, any sushi place wouldn’t stand a chance. Instead of trying a new place which we always end up disappointed when we are in the state of hunger – we went with a familiar place. Green Rancho here we go!

Green Rancho is a nice little place in the midst of the chaotic Hell’s Kitchen. As you enter you are greeted by a nice little lady outside handing out flyers. No need for the flyers and yapping about the specials lady, this is our destination.

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The restaurant was nicely dimmed for dinner time, but not too dark where you can’t read the menu. Ah, the smell of fresh warm Mexican tortilla chips. Right, so the crowd was pretty mixed, couples, families and tourists. They have a few TVs around the restaurant (for the guys who love their sports).

I have been craving for a good margarita for like two weeks now! I usually like to order the good ol’ original lime margarita with a spicy rim (red crushed peppers and salt, yum). But, last night they had a special margarita – strawberry jalapeno on the rocks and yes I got it with a spicy rim! It was absolutely refreshing, you can taste the strawberry and it was definitely spicy. I could have done without the spicy rim, but I did it anyway for all three drinks! Ah, got my margarita fix. Their margarita is the real deal people, probably one of the best in Hells’ Kitchen or even Midtown West (hmmm).

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My boyfriend ordered the passion fruit frozen margarita. I am not a fan of passion fruit anything! I do not like frozen margaritas either – like where is the liquor?! But, of course I had to try it. Not a bad choice for the folks who prefers frozen margaritas. Although one might be enough as it becomes very sweet at the end.

We started with guacamole and chips. If you like hearty, chunky, fresh guacamole – this is the place! Unlike many guacamole, at Green Rancho you can see chunks of guacamole in the molcajete. There were some onions, cilantro (you can taste and see it) and a heap of chopped tomatoes on top. It just all melts in your mouth mmm. We devoured it.

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We decided to share an entrée, we ordered garlic shrimp. It came with rice and half an avocado on top. Typical of a Mexican place, the plate was huge. A serving with two portions enough for two people. The sauce had a bit of a citrus kick to it, but it was a good compliment to all slices of garlic that were loaded in there. Maybe it was all the kick ass margaritas but I said aloud, “ah nice they even have almond slices in here, ok.” As I kept eating I realized that it did not have the crunchy almond texture OR taste like almonds, IT WAS GARLIC! I mean I like garlic but I felt like Pepé Le Pew fuming out garlic to my fellow diners as I sat there… well at least I got my margaritas.

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The best thing about Green Rancho are their tacos. I’ve had plenty of tacos around the city, but these were de-lish! We got carnitas and steak tacos. The meat in the tacos were bit size friendly, flavorful, and there was a bit of a crunch to it. Get them with flour tortilla. Sorry, you can’t really see the tacos in the picture. I guess I was super excited about the Pepé Le Pew shrimp dish.

As always the staff were friendly, the service was great and the good food came out in no time!

In honor of the late Joan Rivers, “Is Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds.”

Where did U go last night?

Green Rancho

741 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
212 – 956 – 0731
in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District

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