In 1981, Rolf Babiel disembarked in New York City with $500 to his name, quickly transforming the cash sum into Hallo Berlin—the city's first German food cart. Two brick-and-mortar locations now bear the Hallo Berlin moniker, vending traditional German dishes such as marinated herrings and schnitzels. The midtown location—a New York magazine Critics' Pick—surrounds guests between yellow and red walls that resemble the German flag and patriotic lederhosen. According to the New York Times, the restaurant's authentic fare "goes perfectly with the selection of German beers," which includes labels such as München, Kölsch, and Spaten.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.
Quirky, enigmatic owner-and-adventurer Karina Murphy founded The Blue Frog Coffeehouse as a venue for similarly spirited sippers to take in live music, delectable bites, and obscene amounts of caffeine. Blue Frog's main event— coffee—entices java junkies with a wide selection of morning medicines, such as the finger-fluttering triple espresso ($2.50), the creamy white mocha ($2.95–$3.95), or the smooth, sleep-banishing breve ($3.25–$4). Classic coffee companions, such as steel-cut oatmeal ($4) and a bagel with cream cheese ($2.40) are the pillars of the breakfast menu, and creative concoctions, including the banola bagel with banana, honey, granola, and a choice of peanut butter or cream cheese ($3.50), exude an enticing, experimental allure. Late-risers and night owls can satisfy cravings with an assortment of savory, café-style sandwiches, such as the curried chicken-salad wrap ($5), or the warm, turkey-bacon-guacamole panini, which is topped with avocado, melted together with asiago cheese, and kept zestfully keen with a cilantro and onion bite ($6.25).
Black lights spill across an indoor arena, casting a fluorescent glow over a squadron of laser-tag players as they wait silently for the start of a new round. Suddenly, fast-paced music blares and the air is filled with more flashes of red than a confused stoplight. Friendly battles like these are everyday occurrences at Fun Station. The sprawling family-centric center houses everything from air hockey, to skee-ball, to a miniature bowling alley. Laughter emerges from within colliding bumper cars, while pizza and hotdogs anchor the snack shop's menu. The family attractions also extend outside, where visitors are often found settling land disputes at a miniature-golf course or speed across a tire-lined go-kart track.
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about My Daughter's Place at Brookview Manor: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members.