Written by Bwog Staff
September 28, 201012:00 pm 6 Comments
David Petraeus may or may not referee your coin toss; photo via Wikimedia Commons.
What, you ask, could be more fun, more festive, more downright Mediterranean than a casual business lunch at Fancy Campo Fancy Westside Vareli? Well, how about the possibility of a free casual business lunch at Fancy Campo Fancy Westside Vareli?, along with the added adrenal thrill of a game of chance?
That’s what you’re getting with Vareli’s new coin flip lunch: when it comes time to pay, you flip a coin and call it in the air. If you’re right, lunch is on the house; if you’re wrong, you’re paying. The promotion (which, sadly, doesn’t include alcohol; we’re sure there’s a drinking game in there somewhere) starts today and runs through October 8th.
Tags: free lunch, gambling, not free lunch, vareli
August 03, 20103:21 pm 67 Comments
Media Luna Mexican Deli did not fare so well.
The Health Department is, as of this summer, requiring that every restaurant in New York display the letter grades they most recently received for cleanliness.
This is a nightmare for everyone; it’s rare that any restaurant will sneak away with no health violations. The grades will be assigned during the next year, when the Health Department conducts its next rounds of inspections. The grades will be issued as follows: 0-13 points gets an A, 14-27 a B, and 28 and above a C. You know, like Calc II. This numbered rating system, however, is due to be made more lenient (after all, who cares about burned-out lightbulbs?) before the letter grades are assigned so the correlation between numbers and letters isn’t accurate just yet.
In the meantime, that Health Department has created a website that lists the violations of every restaurant in the city after their most recent inspection. The results from Morningside are occasionally surprising (Hewitt/John Jay) and generally terrifying (there are mice everywhere). Here’s a list of the most popular Columbia restaurants and bars. We note when they were most recently reviewed and pick their most notable violations. Individual links don’t work, but if you want to go through every single one of them, go here for 10025 and here for 10027 and start clicking. These restaurants will probably maybe get their shit together in the next year so that they don’t get big old fat B’s in the window once the next round of inspections starts. We can but pray.
More listings, while we’re at it: in the Princeton Review 2011 college listings, Columbia was listed as being in a “great college town.” Unclear if that’s Morningside Heights or New York, but you make your own guesstimate. The Princeton Review also ranked the Top 20 best college newspapers. Guess who’s missing?
Update: And we almost forgot Pinnacle—21 points as of February, for evidence of mice, milk improperly dated/expired.
Tags: 10025, 10027, 1020, butler, ferris booth, health department, hungarian, la negrita, lion's head, maoz, nussbaum, pinkbery is made of weird animals, restaurants, terrifying things, tom's, uris, vareli
March 03, 201012:45 pm 10 Comments
A very hungry Bwog stopped by Vareli a few minutes ago and learned it isn’t officially open until Monday. Still, last night, Laura Gabriele crossed the street from her usual perch at Campo and gave Bwog a preview.
She received a grand tour tonight from manager Nicholas Belegrinos: “The venue features a bar/lounge area which can be turned into a club (!!!) [Ed.: A club!!!] and a restaurant area upstairs with a small adorable patio. Also in the basement: gorgeous wine cellar and wine tasting possible!!”
“Food is affordable (cheaper than Community) and drink specials not yet decided but will be around $8-9…”
This is IT! Bwog has dispatched its crack culinary review team for a first taste on Monday. Here’s an early glimpse at the downstairs bar.
Photo: Laura Gabriele
Tags: manna from heaven, morningside heights is the culinary center of america, vareli
March 03, 20109:55 am 1 Comments
Vareli is finally, gloriously open!– ON MONDAY! So much more to come! (Vareli)
The Gowanus Canal has been designated an EPA Superfund site, which somehow means that its cleanup might be even more beset by bureaucratic inefficiency. (The New York Times)
The Helvidius Group/CU Journal of Politics and Society speaks with International Relations bigwig Professor Robert Jervis. (Helvidius)
NYPD’s counter-terrorist, pro-terrifying Hercules Unit will be toting some seriously big guns around Lincoln Center today. Don’t worry, though–it’s just a drill. (Gothamist)
Keep digging, Charlie! Maybe you’ll get to China! (The New York Times)
Tags: brooklyn is one crazy place, bwoglines, charles rangel, vareli
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