new york city eats

MatchaBar

BY TARA BURKE

Matcha is a finely powdered Japanese green tea. It has become all the rage for being a “healthier” alternative to getting your caffeine fix. We wanted to try matcha for ourselves so we headed to MatchaBar in Williamsburg. Cailin got the matcha chai latte and I got the regular matcha latte. The matcha flavor is very distinctive and to me tastes similar to green tea ice cream. We also loved the inside décor which was fresh and trendy. Although it is a small space, there is a larger round table in the back and plenty of barstool seating. If you are looking to try matcha, MatchaBar is definitely the place to do it!

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B♭

BY TARA BURKE

Last Friday we headed to B♭ on Church St. in downtown Manhattan for happy hour. We heard they had great cocktails and even more importantly fried chicken! Their happy hour runs from 5-7pm and offers beer for $5, wine for $7 and cocktails for $9. The space is very inconspicuous with no official signage except a small painted B♭ on the door frame.

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You then head down some stairs to the underground bar area. When we went there was only one other party there, but it started to fill up a little after 7pm. The bone chilling weather may have been to blame for the deadness as I suspect it’s usually more crowded, especially on jazz nights which they have every Monday and Wednesday.

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They had a specific happy hour menu, which I assume changes, but I got the Maple Daiquiri and Cailin got the Bee’s Knees. Both were yummy, but not mind-blowing. On the other hand, the fried chicken “tatsuta” was amazing! The breading was deliciously seasoned and it came with a really good sauce that gave a lot of asian flavor to the dish. The Japanese deep frying technique, tatsuta, keeps the chicken tender and the outside extra crunchy. It came with 5 pieces of chicken, which Cailin and I shared for $9. Hellllooo new craving!

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