The scream of skidding tires and the screech of a horn precede the copper taste of adrenaline in your mouth as pigeons and sparrows lift from the sidewalks. Did the sound scare them, or the sight of an onrushing auto? Domenico Pinto doubtless pondered this same question when he established the Ferrari Driving School in 1968. Originally founded to help dyed-in-the-wool and immigrant New Yorkers drive more safely, the school has now expanded to usher more than 6,000 students a year through motorcycle-, truck-, and commercial-driving instruction. No matter the vehicle, Pinto and his family specialize in helping drivers obtain personal licenses and commercial certifications, and learn defensive techniques that help them avoid fender benders or accidentally starting a demolition derby.
At 32 Degree Froyo, visitors can choose from a veritable rainbow of 32 flavors of low- or no-fat frozen yogurt before dressing them up at the toppings bar. After filling cups at one of the self-serve machines with ribbons of smooth, creamy fro-yo such as pistachio or angel food cake, guests can decorate with more than 50 toppings, including fresh-cut organic fruit, crushed nuts, or candies. The brightly colored eatery also has free WiFi, so guests can browse the web or troubleshoot ways to get spilled frozen yogurt off of laptops.
Molly Blooms's friendly staff pours imported and craft beers and slings hearty pub fare amidst warmly glowing chandeliers and rustic wooden accents in the pub's Victorian Irish-themed interior. Diners can fill stomach vacancies with a half-pound sirloin or turkey burger clasped between a locally crafted brioche roll ($7) or fillets of battered cod accompanied by a sea-salted mound of hand-cut chips and peas served mushy after reminiscing over childhood photos ($12). An extensive beer menu boasts imported drafts, such as rich Guinness ($6), and craft pours, including aromatic Delirium Tremens ($8). Tickle parched taste buds with a tart bottle of Crispin hard apple cider, naturally sweetened with fresh, non-sentient apples.
Cuisine Type: Tapas and Sushi
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Most popular offering: Creamy edamame hummus
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Be sure to try one of our signature hand-crafted cocktails on our rooftop.
Astoria sits right on the East River, just a quick hop from the skycrapers of Manhattan. It's not always easy to get a clear view of those sights from Queens, but that's not so at Sunset Lounge. The rooftop bar sits on the 6th floor of an office building in the heart of Astoria, where it's easy to catch the last rays of sun falling over the city or the twinkle of nighttime lights from the Queensborough Bridge or the Empire State Building. A cool lounge vibe keeps the party going, with dimly lit spaces and leather seating indoors as well as a massive outdoor patio lined with couches. The same careful detail applies to signature cocktails made with top-shelf alcohol and the tapas menu, which supplies both snacks and meals to be shared with a group. Patatas bravas and calamari share space on tables with more modern twists that include sushi and CaribAsian fried rice with pineapple, ginger, and scallions.
Old-school mixes with new all over New York Dog House Kitchen & Bar: its old-fashioned wooden sign is stamped with "Est. 2012," and inside, its decor features old blue-and-white subway tiles spelling out the restaurant's name amidst pendulum lamps and exposed brick. This retro style extends to the menu, which has upscale versions of classic street food.
One of the highlights of the menu is the Classic NY'er, a knackwurst crowned with house-made mustard and sauerkraut. Pickled daikon and sesame chili paste top the Far East dog. Outside the realm of signature dogs, there's the lamb burger paired with hand-cut fries, flat-iron steak with wild mushrooms, and steamed mussels in saffron tomato sauce. You can also complement your meal with a craft beer or compliment it with a tasteful thank-you note.
During the warmer months, diners can enjoy their meals on New York Dog House's outdoor deck.
The martial art of taekwondo, a highlight of the Olympics since the year 2000, isn't just about flashy roundhouse kicks. Known by some as "the way of the foot and the hand," it combines combat and self-defense strategies with potent physical and disciplinary exercises that develop the strength necessary to kick through bricks, and the stamina needed to carefully piece them back together again. Fancy footwork is the forte of Blackbelt Taekwondo Center's head instructor, who in addition to his martial arts mastery has also taught dance since 1987. In classes geared for ages 4 and up, he instills students with confidence and energy to climb the belt ladder from white to black as they perfect taekwondo's physical buffet of rapid attacks.