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Don’s Bogam: Grill Your Own Barbecue

January 21, 2015 12:03 pm

Get in on the DIY food trend and head to Don’s Bogam for some grill-your-own Korean barbecue. Many tables are equipped with a grill, and you can choose from a range of marinated beef, chicken, and seafood mains.

Try the house specialty Maeun Galbi — beef short ribs in a spicy sauce. If you don’t want to grill it yourself, chefs in the open kitchen will prepare it to your liking. Those who prefer rice dishes can go for the customer favorite kimchi-bulgogi. All meals come with a nice variety of Banchan side dishes that come out first, but if you must have an appetizer, try the Japchae, a noodle and veggie dish that's made fresh to order. Don’s Bogam stocks a variety of traditional Korean liquors, as well as a nice wine list with many affordable options. Efficient servers are happy to make a recommendation.

Although this restaurant is nestled among many others in a neighborhood known for Korean cuisine, its ambiance stands out. Simple modern Asian decor gives a chic vibe, and platform tables offer unique seating options. Although you sit at floor level, there are cut outs under the table for your legs, as if you were sitting on a legless chair. Getting a table is generally easy, but there are times when the restaurant gets busy. If you are planning an important dinner and want your choice of table, make a reservation.

Don’s Bogam
17 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2200

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How to Give a Great Toast

January 14, 2015 12:02 pm

Whether you’re the best man at a wedding or the godmother at a baby shower, there are a few pivotal moments in life when you’ll be expected to give a toast. Here are a few tips to help you make a memorable toast that’s equal parts funny and heartwarming.

  1. Set the scene. Begin by introducing yourself and stating your relationship with the guest of honor. Use a humorous comparison, describe why the day is so monumental for your relationship, or just simply tell the crowd how proud you are.
  2. Use an anecdote. Guests love to hear personal stories about the guest of honor, but be sure that you don’t get too personal. Describe a funny time that you had together, but avoid delving too deep into embarrassing situations or nights of youthful rebellion.
  3. Go easy on the jokes. A few jokes about the guest of honor here and there are great, but be careful of becoming hurtful. This is a speech, after all, not a roast.
  4. Seamlessly turn the story into a toast. Add a poignant ending note to your story, such as how the guest of honor has become such a kind, responsible or hardworking person. Finally, invite guests to raise their glasses for a toast.

Make a Great Toast in 5 Steps [Real Simple]
How to Give a Good Toast [Cooking Light]
Toasting [Etiquette Scholar]

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The Village Vanguard: A Jazz Landmark

January 7, 2015 12:02 pm

For nearly 80 years, The Village Vanguard has been hosting jazz musicians in its lower level club – some of whom even recorded live shows in the space. Photos of jazz greats at this landmark hang on its walls and their presence is felt by aspiring talent. Nearly every day of the week there is jazz to be heard at The Vanguard.

You can purchase tickets in advance online – the cost is usually $25 and requires a one drink minimum. The space seats 123, so be sure to show up early to get good seats. Regulars recommend coming for the 9 p.m. show and staying for the 11 p.m. show by buying another drink. If you can’t make it for a show, a monthly series on WBGO 88.3 FM features live Jazz concerts from The Village Vanguard.

Check out The Village Vanguard's website to find out more about this New York classic.

The Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4037

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