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Rocky Rakovic

Rocky Rakovic

Rocky Rakovic is Time Out's former Director of Brand Activation.

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Best tattoo shops in NYC

Best tattoo shops in NYC

While tattoos are not as edgy as they used to be—seems like everyone has a tat these days—they’re still primarily a mark of creativity, confidence and cool. You have to be confident to get permanently inked, and know exactly what you want. The best tattoo shops in NYC are home to true artists who will translate your ideas into a stunning work of art (and will surely warn you if your chosen Chinese character doesn’t mean what you think it means). As tattoos have grown in popularity, the focus has turned to the artists, as their work is spotlighted in tv shows and even gallery exhibitions. Celebrities flock to certain tattoo artists for their signature styles. Much like graffiti, a once-illegal artistic expression (yes, illegal in NYC until 1997) has become a part of popular culture. If you’ve been so inspired by the amazing art galleries and art museums in NYC, and want to consider sporting some permanent art, visit one of these tattoo artists (another option, taking an art class in NYC, is not so permanent). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to shopping in NYC

Time Out Market : le meilleur de la ville sous un seul toit

Time Out Market : le meilleur de la ville sous un seul toit

Depuis 50 ans, Time Out part à la découverte de tout ce qui à de mieux dans la culture urbaine : arts, théâtre, sorties, restaurants et bars. Maintenant, le travail critique de Time Out passe au-delà du magazine et des pages web pour se concrétiser au Time Out Market — un endroit où vous pouvez vous immerger dans le meilleur de votre ville, réuni sous un seul. Nos éditeurs experts connaissent parfaitement leur ville. Ils essayent les meilleures adresses et les proposent de se joindre au Time Out Market. Les chefs, restaurants et bars que nous amenons au Time Out Market ont déjà reçu des louanges des éditeurs de Time Out (apprenez plus sur nos lignes directrices éditoriales ici, en anglais seulement pour l'instant) — alors on sait que c’est une destination cinq-étoiles avant même que le premier repas ou verre soit servi. En résulte une expérience gastronomique et culturelle unique en son genre, assemblé sans traitement préférentiel selon ce que nous trouvons le plus exceptionnel. Si c’est bon, on le met dans le magazine ou le site web. Si c’est incontournable, on l’amène au Time Out Market. Continuez pour découvrir les Time Out Markets ouverts actuellement et qui ouvrent bientôt. Votre table est prête…

50 ways to get a taste of every U.S. state in NYC

50 ways to get a taste of every U.S. state in NYC

Hankering for your hometown? We've got a cure for that. Here's where to go in NYC to find a little piece of your (or someone else's) native state without having to hop in a car and drive all the way out to LaGuardia. From the best NYC dive bars to catch a game to hard-to-find regional delicacies and stunning art, take a road trip across America while staying east of the West Side Highway.

Terms and Conditions for the online sale of goods and services

Terms and Conditions for the online sale of goods and services

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE ONLINE SALE OF GOODS AND SERVICES THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, AS WELL AS CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS, AND EXCLUSIONS THAT MIGHT APPLY TO YOU. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.  THESE TERMS REQUIRE THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS.  BY PLACING AN ORDER FOR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FROM THIS WEBSITE, YOU AFFIRM THAT YOU ARE OF LEGAL AGE TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT, AND YOU ACCEPT AND ARE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOU AFFIRM THAT IF YOU PLACE AN ORDER ON BEHALF OF AN ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY, YOU HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO BIND ANY SUCH ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. YOU MAY NOT ORDER OR OBTAIN PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FROM THIS WEBSITE IF YOU (A) DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, (B) ARE NOT THE OLDER OF (i) AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE OR (ii) LEGAL AGE TO FORM A BINDING CONTRACT WITH TIME OUT MARKET LIMITED, OR (C) ARE PROHIBITED FROM ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEBSITE OR ANY OF THIS WEBSITE'S CONTENTS, GOODS OR SERVICES BY APPLICABLE LAW. These terms and conditions (these "Terms") apply to the purchase and sale of products and services and/or to table reservations through the weblink that has been provided to you (the "Site"). If you are purchasing TOM Cards via this Site then you will also be bound by the TOM Card Terms and Conditions which form part of these Terms.  These Terms are subject to change by Time Out Market Lim

Termos & Condições de Uso Wifi Visitantes

Termos & Condições de Uso Wifi Visitantes

Time Out Market Lisboa – Termos & Condições de Uso Wifi Visitantes   Este é um contrato (o “Contrato”) celebrado entre o utilizador do Serviço (“utilizador”, “seu”) e a MC Mercados da Capital LDA, cuja sede está registada na Rua D. Luís I, 19, 2ºdto, 1200-149 Lisboa, (“Time Out Market”, “nós”) para acesso à internet de banda larga sem fios e todas as suas funcionalidades (o "Serviço").  Este Serviço de acesso à Internet de alta velocidade é fornecido pelo Time Out Market e os seus provedores de serviços subjacentes (os "Provedores"). O Serviço é fornecido pelo Time Out Market gratuitamente. Como condição para aceder a este serviço, deverá concordar com os seguintes termos e condições de uso ("Termos de Uso"). Se não concordar com os Termos de Uso, não poderá aceder ou utilizar o Serviço. Se clicar em aceitar na parte inferior destes Termos de Uso ou utilizar o Serviço, será considerado que indicou sua aceitação destes Termos de Uso. Disponibilidade do Serviço:  O Utilizador é responsável por garantir a compatibilidade da sua Unidade com o Serviço. A disponibilidade e o desempenho do Serviço estão sujeitos a toda a memória, armazenamento e outras limitações da Unidade. O Serviço está disponível para sua Unidade apenas quando estiver dentro da faixa de operação do nosso sistema e/ou diretamente conectado. O Serviço está sujeito à disponibilidade e o Time Out Market não garante que o acesso ou o uso do Serviço seja ininterrupto ou livre de erros. O Serviço pode estar indisponíve

Guest wifi terms and conditions of use

Guest wifi terms and conditions of use

Time Out Market (Lisbon) – Guest Wifi Terms and Conditions   This is an agreement (the “Agreement”) between you as a user of the Service (“you”, “your”) and MC Mercados da Capital LDA, whose registered office is Rua D. Luís I, 19, 2ºdto, 1200-149 Lisboa, (“Time Out Market”, “we”) for access to wireless broadband services and features (the "Service").  This high speed internet access Service is being provided by Time Out Market and its underlying service providers (the “Providers”). The Service is provided by Time Out Market free of charge. As a condition for accessing this service, you must agree to the following terms and conditions of use (“Terms of Use”). If you do not agree to the Terms of Use you may not access or use the Service. If you click on accept at the bottom of these Terms of Use or otherwise use the Service, you will be deemed to have indicated your acceptance of these Terms of Use. Service Availability:  An 802.11b/g and/or Ethernet compatible computer, card, and/or device ("Unit") are required to enable you to use the Service to operate. You are responsible for ensuring the compatibility of your Unit with the Service. The availability and performance of the Service is subject to all memory, storage and other limitations in the Unit. The Service is available to your Unit only when it is within the operating range of our system and/or directly connected. Service is subject to availability, and Time Out Market does not warrant that access to or use of the Servic

The 18 best things to do in Jersey City

The 18 best things to do in Jersey City

Want to see what’s buzzing in JC? You may already be hip to the amazing Jersey City bars and Jersey City restaurants, but the area offers so much more. Check out the list below for serious street art, verdant parks, sweet views, killer music venues and much more. You’ll see why the city is having a moment in no time. 

The 11 best Jersey City bars

The 11 best Jersey City bars

Jersey City is having a serious moment. Need proof? Check out this list of worth-the-trip watering holes. While you’re here, be sure to consult the best Jersey City restaurants to pad that stomach and our list of the top things to do in Jersey City too. Happy drinking, all! 

Jersey City is having a moment and you should go there ASAP

Jersey City is having a moment and you should go there ASAP

The tide has turned in the Hudson River. While 10 years ago “bridge and tunnel” meant the trashy party people from New Jersey coming into Manhattan, New Yorkers are now heading to downtown Jersey City for their entertainment fix. Let’s face it: Most neighborhoods in Manhattan have priced out budding artists and DIY spaces (see: every cool NYC nabe ever), and just to the west, Jersey City has become the area’s new cultural incubator. Compound that with Jersey City’s transformation over the past few decades from the dirty-water wasteland that served as a setting for the end of Sid and Nancy to a metropolis with its own gleaming skyline. Then, add in the burgeoning, electric nightlife scene, which has been cultivated by Steven Fulop, who assumed the office of mayor while still in his 30s. At this moment, Jersey City is one of the hippest places in the world. Speaking of the mayor, we sat down with him at a cool cocktail spot called the Archer. We ordered off the drinks menu; Fulop got a beer. “We tried to keep the cool, gritty feel and the authenticity of Jersey City, but, at the same time, we tried to build a business community and attract nightlife here that works for people,” said Fulop. “I think that we are at a point today to have a good Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Tuesday night out in Jersey City. Proximity-wise, we are as close to Manhattan as Park Slope or Brooklyn Heights; once you get over the stigma of Jersey, you are in the second inning of a nine-inning game. The

Introducing the Time Out Market concept

Introducing the Time Out Market concept

Looking for something to do in a global cultural capital? You’ve come to the right place. For 50 years Time Out has discovered and championed the best of city culture, from art to theatre, clubbing to food and drink. Now that curation has leaped off our magazine and web pages and into physical reality as Time Out Market. Immerse yourself in the best stuff in your city, all under one roof, all with the Time Out seal of approval. Our expert editors know their field and their city inside-out. They sample the best that’s out there, then ask their favorite places to become part of Time Out Market. The result is a unique dining and entertainment concept, completely curated without bias and entirely based on what we believe is exceptional. The only chefs, bars, restaurants we consider for Time Out Market have already been celebrated by Time Out editors. So before the first drink is poured or the first dish is served, we know it’s a five-star destination. The first Time Out Market was in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, where locals and tourists alike have voted it a huge hit. In just three years, Time Out Market Lisbon has become the city’s premier attraction: 3.6 million visitors got a taste of it last year. There are five Time Out Markets opening this year, including: Time Out Market Miami (opening May 9, 2019) There’s more to Miami than its beaches, and we’re making it known with Time Out Market Miami. Tempting as it is to stay parked on the sand, you’ll find it nearly impossible a

The best Jersey City restaurants

The best Jersey City restaurants

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Manhattan, there are plenty of things to do in Jersey City. Sitting right on the Hudson, the bustling enclave has also become a culinary hub in its own right, complete with waterfront restaurants and bars, fine-dining restaurants and a critically acclaimed pizza joint slinging pies that (gasp) rival those across the river. Thirsty for more? Don't miss the best Jersey City bars. 

What's it called: Taylor ham or pork roll?

What's it called: Taylor ham or pork roll?

RECOMMENDED: Best Jersey City reastaurants and Jersey City bars WTF is it?New York City has the beloved bacon-egg-and-cheese. To the west, its funkier neighbor’s morning sandwich includes egg, cheese and an enigmatic pig product whose toothsome texture on the meat Venn diagram falls where bologna and summer sausage overlap. Basically, it’s “processed pork” mixed with spices, then sugar-cured and smoked. Every red-blooded New Jerseyan loves its splendidly salty but slightly tangy taste. So, where’s the beef, so to speak? Locals argue about what to call it—“Taylor ham” or “pork roll”? While the invention of this mystery meat is unknown (apparently, Revolutionary War soldiers ate it), John Taylor—who live in the Trenton area in the mid-1800s—popularized his as “Taylor’s Prepared Ham.” But the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 forced a name change to “Taylor’s Pork Roll” because the product could no longer be marketed as “ham.” Somehow both names are still in heavy use. In 2016, when NJ.com surveyed the state’s 565 municipalities about the proper nomenclature, Team Pork Roll (38,185 votes) edged out Team Taylor Ham (32,395). We’ve seen friends tussle over the correct name. What the hell do I call it once I get to Jersey City?The pork-roll converts live in southern Jersey, which includes the Trenton area, whereas northern New Jerseyans still call it Taylor ham. Jersey City’s hottest bagel spot, Wonder Bagel, has “Taylor ham” on its chalkboard, you can add “Taylor ham” to your Frenc

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Violet

Violet

4 out of 5 stars

Growing up in Rhode Island, I drank coffee milk (think chocolate milk but with coffee syrup instead of Nesquick) alongside my school lunches in kindergarten, ate clam cakes (basically a savory beignet filled with chopped clams) by the half dozen on warm summer nights and grabbed a slice of pizza hot off the grill instead of fresh out of the oven.  But, entering adulthood, I felt that Little Rhody wasn’t big and exciting enough for me, so I moved to NYC where I quickly learned that the Ocean State’s culinary creations are hard to find outside its 1,212 square miles. And so I was surprised to catch wind of Violet, an homage to RI cuisine in Alphabet City from the Pizza Loves Emily group.  Just a guess, but such a concept was probably not the result of market research on the big bucks to be raked in from feeding expats of the country’s smallest state. No, this seems like genuine passion project for owners Emily and Matt Hyland, who attended school in Providence. But I, for one, was there to experience the comfort of home cooking.  The place was buzzing like a five-year-old hyped up on coffee milk late on a weeknight. I tried to catch a “chowdahead” accent among the patrons, but I couldn’t identify any “swamp Yankees”; instead, a hip downtown crowd was getting what was perhaps their first taste of the grilled pizza that Providence’s Al Forno restaurant perfected. Here’s how simple it is to make: Slap the dough on the grill until it’s crisp, then flip it over and add toppings whil

Mister Paradise

Mister Paradise

4 out of 5 stars

The name Mister Paradise sounds like it would be perfect for a bombastic WWE heel-face turn (a character the audience is supposed to hate but ends up loving), and that’s quite fitting for the East Village bar, which has both pomp and substance. While the space is gorgeous, and the cocktails are complex (Party Lobster: blanco tequila, mezcal, Campari, watermelon, lime, fermented habanero and garlic) it is all entirely amusing and accessible. Not to be missed are the french fries, which can be ordered with sea-urchin aioli or whipped foie gras mousse—sophisticated, surely—but the fries were modeled on those the staff were eating from a place across the street during the build-out, and that little spot is called McDonald’s. 

Recreation

Recreation

The Moxy’s Recreation is the tucked-in polo shirt of bars. It’s not our style—both sartorially and venue-wise—but there was a large crowd that certainly seemed to be enjoying it on the weeknight when we went, so if that’s your look, then go for it, sport. Inside the Financial District hotel, elevator doors open to a 5,000-square-foot area that, during bankers’ hours, is a communal workspace, but by happy hour it becomes a bar and the preferred fuel changes from coffee to cocktails. The intent was to make Recreation feel like “the ultimate living room for the neighborhood,” with shuffleboard, Skee-Ball and Ms. Pac-Man in digs hugged by warm wood and throwback, yellowish lighting. That sounds good on paper—and looks great in photos—but, in person, it felt as if Refinery29 Rooms had built a 30th facade called “Cool-Guy Man Cave” and dropped it in Manhattan. The on-tap cocktails and shared plates do have the going-over-to-a-friend’s-house-to-watch-the-game vibe—that is, if your friend is adept at mixing a pitcher of margaritas (note, however: there are no TVs at Recreation). Curiously, even though the cocktails were premade, the service crawled, but the snacks were dad-on-Pinterest-level cute: We are now adding the everything-bagel–inspired flatbread and the chicken-and-waffles on a stick to our Super Bowl menu. In a room off the bar sits a slick, single-hoop basketball court. A private holiday party was underway—the space is open to the public, when not rented—but we crashed it.

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Tap into Time Out Market’s three bars for booze with a view and much more

Tap into Time Out Market’s three bars for booze with a view and much more

We took our 10,000 hours (hey, Malcolm Gladwell!) spent reviewing and hanging out in watering holes, then distilled our favorite tipples and touches into our Time Out Bars at Time Out Market New York (55 Water St). We know this city is real thirsty, which is why our culinary and cultural epicenter in Dumbo boasts three full bars. Two are on the ground floor, surrounded by 17 amazing eateries; just off the upstairs terrace, flanked by four more chef-driven concepts, our Rooftop Bar is framed by the best view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge around. Photograph: Nitzan Rubin All the Time Out Bars sling leading local spirits, wines and beers (try an IPA from Mikkeller Brewing in Queens). As for cocktails, well, two of the joints on this venerable lineup—Ghost Donkey and Angel’s Share—have toasted us by lending their signature drinks. But what truly raises the bar? The atmosphere. Pull up a stool and drink with us.

Food Envy at Time Out Market: Pat LaFrieda cheesesteak

Food Envy at Time Out Market: Pat LaFrieda cheesesteak

Welcome to Food Envy, where we’ll highlight different dishes from Time Out Market New York that we think you’re going to love—partly because we do. This week, a killer cheesesteak from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors A cheesesteak is not something 97% of us make in our home kitchens (that number would be higher but Steak-umms are a disappointment on a hoagie roll). When we were curating our own going-out spot, Time Out Market New York, we knew we needed a damn amazing cheesesteak. Who did we think of? The first name in red meat: Pat LaFrieda. Talk about a sandwich that would pry you away from your friends. Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors makes a Black Angus cheesesteak that you will want to consume alone in the corner lest your buddies ask you for a bite.  LaFrieda’s cheesesteak is all steak and all sizzle. Think about it, while the best part of eating a porterhouse is the pink middle (unless you are a lunatic who orders it past medium rare), most of the flavor comes from the seared sides. Well, this is just seared sides—consider the cheesesteak the burnt ends of northern American cuisine. The fat melts through the meat onto the griddle, then shoots back up into the meat and explodes on contact, like a salty delicious birdshot.  Your taste buds crave five different pleasures; the fat and red meat handle 1/5th of them with their slight saltiness. The other four are tantalized by the unsung hero of LaFrieda’s cheesesteak and caramelized onions. Give a minute to consider the caramelize

Who is ready for burger time in the city?

Who is ready for burger time in the city?

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer in New York City. The smart set, dressed in white, is sipping boozy spritzes, the Yankees are first in the division and we’ve all finally turned on our air conditioners for the first time this year. It’s also high season for juicy burgers. Millions of East Coast suburban dads will be firing up their grills over the weekend, raising the seaboard’s temperature by a full degree (we are not climatologists but that seems about right). Ah the siren song of the grill master back at his perch, “Who wants their's with cheese?” permeates the tri-state area. Problem for us city folk: Not enough backyards and no suburban dads in the five boroughs. Solution: New York City restaurants have some of the best darn burgers on this planet. From Minetta Tavern to P.J. Clarke’s and all the Shake Shacks in between, Gotham does ground beef better than any amateur rocking a phone clipped to his belt and a pair of Nike Monarchs. Carnivores clash over the better cut of beef—we’re team rib eye over filet mignon at Time Out. But we’ll give legendary butcher Pat LaFrieda the last word: “I’ll take a burger over a steak any day. Everything, from the beef to the bun, is just amazing. It’s America’s comfort food.” Spatula drop. The burger is so beloved by red-blooded US citizens that three of the country’s top chain restaurants are burger-centric, heck the biggest one created a villain, the Hamburglar, whose main motivation is to steal your patty. How many

Eataly's lo spaghetto al pomodoro is simply amazing

Eataly's lo spaghetto al pomodoro is simply amazing

NOTE: The previously reported free promotion has ended but the lo spaghetto al pomodoro is absolutely worth it. Eataly Chef Michael Nogera had five ingredients on his desk—and mind—for the past six weeks: olive oil, salt, jarred tomatoes, basil and dried pasta. These five ingredients, and only these five ingredients, are in the Eataly Italia’s Corporate Chef Enrico Panero’s lo spaghetto al pomodoro—the dish Nogera was adopting for the US flagship in Flatiron. “You’d think to add garlic, and we tried that, but it just overpowered the dish,” Nogera said. “This dish is all about the tomatoes.” The team went into the aisles of the market, pulled out 26 varieties of canned tomatoes—and also more than a few different olive oils, salts and pastas—and got to tasting. In the end, the perfect equation worked out to: Così Com'è whole red unpeeled Datterino tomatoes from Campania + artisanal spaghetto di Gragnano IGP by Afeltra from Campania + ROI Monocultivar Taggiasca extra virgin olive oil from Liguria + hand-harvested Sicilian sea salt "Sale Integrale" by Il Mercante di Spezie from Sicily and then all topped with fresh basil. Italian cooking is about selecting quality ingredients and then getting out of their way. The genius is like director Christopher Guest casting incredibly and then letting the actors ad-lib or ‘90s Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson recruiting around Michael Jordan and then sitting back. It’s curation over cooking, so much so that the only time Eataly heats the s

Here’s what to say at the Super Bowl party if you don’t watch football

Here’s what to say at the Super Bowl party if you don’t watch football

The Super Bowl is happening on Sunday, February 3 (kick-off 6:30pm EST). If you don’t follow football, but want to add to the conversation around the guacamole bowl, here are some talking points for the big game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Disclaimer: Some of the below may sound remedial to you. But some of you (and many of us, too) only pay attention to “sportsball!” once a year, so please forgive us for “fansplaining.” Don’t worry if you don’t have a preferred team—we’ll let you know who to root for at the end. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the Super Bowl 2019 in NYC Greg the Leg. The Rams’ kicker Greg Zuerlein is nicknamed “Greg the Leg” because he has incredible range. He is one of only two kickers in NFL history to make two field goals from over 60 yards out. His alternate nickname, “Legatron,” is also pretty baller. What to say: (Once the Rams’ offense gets past the 50 yard line.) “Greg the Leg could be good from here.”   The Goat. For years the word “goat” in sports talk meant “scapegoat.” Specifically, when the owner of Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern brought his pet goat to a Cubs game in 1945. He and the goat were asked to leave, and “The Curse of the Billy Goat” lived on until the Cubs finally won a World Series in 2016. You will hear the word “goat” floating around your party (and see the goat emoji used all over social media) while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing in his ninth Super Bowl (a record). That is why many claim he is th

The Holland Tunnel Christmas decorations are causing a major controversy

The Holland Tunnel Christmas decorations are causing a major controversy

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Thomas Libetti (@thomaslibetti) on Dec 13, 2018 at 10:33am PST For years the holiday adornment on the New York-bound entrance to the Holland Tunnel has irked me. You see, the “O” has a circular wreath and the “U” nestles another wreath but there is a Christmas tree slapped over the “N.” Though the three decorations are symmetrical, it’s unseemly because the letter before the “N” in Holland is a capital “A,” which is the most-Douglas Fir-shaped letter in our alphabet. What did I do about it? Gripe to the person sitting in the passenger seat or to my ride share driver, then move on into Manhattan (Uber rider rating: two stars. “Passenger wouldn’t stop complaining about some tree and the design of the English alphabet”). Often the greatest citizen champions are people who are thinking what we are all thinking but actually say it out loud. Well, I have a new hero and his name is Cory Windelspecht. This bold man is the voice of the people, the people who are sick and tired of that goddamn Christmas tree being one character off from it’s ideal place in life. On his Change.org petition he writes (all sic): The entrance to the Holland Tunnel (One of the busiest enterance ways into America’s most populated and famous city) is a majestic site of architecture and history.  A site that should be celebrated. However, every Holiday Season it is decorated with 2 wreaths and a Holiday Tree. But for some reason the tree is over the letter N in

Conor McGregor’s new Irish whiskey can go toe-to-toe with Jameson

Conor McGregor’s new Irish whiskey can go toe-to-toe with Jameson

I’m confident that I could go shot-for-shot with Conor McGregor. Drinking whiskey, strictly speaking. The mixed martial arts warrior just hit the bars with his Proper No.12 Irish whiskey, and it’s got a nice kick to it. For those who will scoff at a celebrity trumpeting his name on the label, firstly McGregor didn’t. His name is not on the front of the bottle, the autograph is that of the master distiller. Secondly, this isn’t Puff Daddy peddling vodka or Ron Jeremy’s rum. (Yes, that’s a thing that exists.) Among Guinness, rebel music and brawlers, one of Ireland’s most respected exports is whiskey. Irish monks originally named the liquid whiskey (which in Gaelic means “water of life”) so an Irishman wouldn’t dare fook it up. McGregor putting Irish whiskey out in the world is like Snoop Dogg throwing his reputation on a strain or your grandmother endorsing food billed as "home cooking." Proper No. 12 is McGregor's liquid courage incarnate. Say what you will about the extra personality of The Notorious Mystic Mac, above all he is a proud son of Erin and did his country right.    McGregor tapped master distiller David Elder—who has stints at Bushmills and Guinness on his LinkedIn profile—and they tasted their way through nearly 100 blends (work sucks, I know) to get to the recipe they're now presenting to bars and liquor stores globally. Want to hear my tasting notes? It tastes like a blended Irish whiskey should. This category isn’t layered single malt scotch or robust bourb

Time Out Market is landing in five cities in North America

Time Out Market is landing in five cities in North America

For 50 years we, the editors of Time Out have curated the best food, drink and cultural experiences. Generations of the hip set have used Time Out to explore their cities and now, in cultural capitals you can go out to the Time Out Market where you will be immersed in the the bright lights of local culture. Welcome to the first-ever dining and cultural concept, with food, drink and fun events hand-picked by our unbiased, expert editors. Using the same local critics and cool hunters who vet venues for our publications and websites, we’re bringing the city’s unmissable offerings and atmosphere under one roof—and in the case of our forthcoming New York City Market, to a rooftop with the best view in the five boroughs. We only considered chefs or restaurants for the market if they had already been given a stellar rating by our editorial team. The result: Before even one dish is served we know we have a five-star destination. The concept has proven a winner in Lisbon where the first Time Out Market has become the number-one tourist attraction in the Portuguese capital in just three years, with about 3.6 million visitors in 2017 and more coming through the doors now to explore its 26 restaurants, eight bars and cafés, five shops and more cultural touchstones like dancing and cooking classes. It was only a matter of time before we would want to bring this same experience to many of the cultural capitals of the world, so Time Out Market is crossing the Atlantic to land in five North

How will Hurricane Florence affect New York City this weekend?

How will Hurricane Florence affect New York City this weekend?

While the Carolinas are currently hanging on against Hurricane Florence, our thoughts go out to them. And after the storm subsides, we'll see how we can help.  But how will Hurricane Florence affect NYC this weekend?  In short: no need to cancel your brunch date or the squad’s trip to Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro, but if you were choosing to first try your hand at windsurfing off Rockaway, maybe pick up another hobby like glass blowing or blockchain, as our coastal beaches will be seeing 7 to 10-foot waves.  New York City will actually see quite pleasant weather during the course of the weekend, so it'd be worth your while to get outside before the remnants of the storm make their way north. Here's the full weekend forecast, courtesy of the National Weather Service: This Afternoon Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds around 10 mph. Tonight Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening, becoming light and variable. Sunday Sunny. Highs around 80. Northeast winds around 5 mph, becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday Night Mostly clear in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Monday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 70s. Amtrak train travel As of press time, cancelled Amtrak

Why losing Anthony Bourdain hurts so badly

Why losing Anthony Bourdain hurts so badly

The city, the culinary world and global culture lost its coolest cat today. Anthony Bourdain was found dead by his buddy and head chef of NYC’s Le Bernardin Eric Ripert in a hotel room in France on Friday. CNN, Bourdain’s employer and enactor of sound journalism, has reported the cause of death was a suicide. Immediate thoughts go to Bourdain’s family, friends, crew and his personal struggle with demons, then to the impact his vacancy will leave on society at large. Bourdain was an arbiter of the authentic. While he began his professional career slinging steak au poivre, his true calling was as a television host—admittedly if you missed dining at Les Halles during his tenure there, you didn’t miss much. Bourdain was akin to a sports commentator who was better in the booth than in his playing days on the field—his commentary on cooking was his real culinary curation. He traveled from Astoria to Antarctica in search of the real and the real good food. While many will point out Kitchen Confidential as a seminal work of the crazy stuff that happens in the back of the house, his import was more cultural. He made moneyed New York confront that their favorite dishes in their coveted restaurants weren’t being crafted by chefs from Parisian cookery schools but by illegal immigrants who could cook circles around those with pedigrees and degrees. He was very vocal that if President Donald Trump deported all illegal immigrants in New York, the city’s restaurants wouldn’t be able to open

How to score amazing seats for the best New York sports

How to score amazing seats for the best New York sports

If you've ever watched a mid-season sports game on TV, you've seen a lot of empty seats up front. These prime seats are owned by fair-weather sports fans. (Petition to Mayor de Blasio: If a seat is still vacant a third of the way into the game, mandate that ushers move families down from the nosebleeds, à la seat fillers at the Oscars.) Here are where the real fans dwell and how you can get the most for your money: Madison Square Garden Knicks These are certainly not Spike Lee–quality seats, but the Chase sky bridges grant an unparalleled look at the Knickerbockers. The 300 sections (from $95) comprise just two rows—with easy access to a bar—that offer a pigeon’s-eye view that’s only 21 degrees steeper than the vantage point of the upper bowl. Rangers One of the few tickets in town tougher to score than entry into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: seating near the ice at Garden hockey games. Forget overpaying and sit in the upper sections (from $37) with the real fans, who have occupied the building since before helmets were mandatory. Pro tip: The Rangers shoot toward Sections 215 to 220 for two out of three periods.   MetLife Stadium Jets Giants People who have grown up playing the Madden NFL video games have been habituated to the quarterback’s or safety’s vantage point, and thus we prefer end-zone seating to broadcast TV’s sideline view and its pricier tickets (prices yet to be announced).   Barclays Center Nets Look for a sideline ticket in the front row of the upper bo

Hit Gronk over the middle at the NFL Experience in Times Square

Hit Gronk over the middle at the NFL Experience in Times Square

Get off your couch, actually get off the bench, and get into the action at NFL Experience in Times Square. Many red-blooded American boys (and girls) grow up aspiring to put on the helmet and become a professional football player. On fall Sundays (and Monday nights and Thursday nights and some Saturdays) they put down their tablets and stare at a television screen while the best athletes and tacticians in the country chessbox on the gridiron. The smarts, the physicality, the grace, the choreography of football has made it the most-popular sport in our country. That said, the NFL is our best warrior poets in motion. But beyond watching the contests, playing Madden NFL and going to a vacant lot for a pick-up game (yes, kids do still play outside if given a ball and some buddies) while emulating Pro Bowlers (“Eli Manning fires it to Beckham in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown”—a 12 year-old in Paramus, NJ, says of himself while throwing to his friend who is not named Odell Beckham), there are few ways to be immersed in the NFL. No longer. Welcome to the NFL Experience Times Square (20 Times Square at the corner of 7th Ave and 47th St). The new interactive attraction gets you closer to the game than the referees working the down and distance markers. Kids—from young to  Terry Bradshaw’s age—walking into the building instantly get butterflies in their stomachs like a rookie walking down the tunnel of his first game. Photograph: Courtesy NFL Experience   The first expe