Beatboxing is an art form that has gone through some serious phases over its 30+ year history. At times mocked, at times revered, the singular drive to create beats and music using nothing but one's vocal power and a microphone is seemingly alive and well in the world today. This makes sense, of course, due to the huge upsurgence of beat and groove oriented EDM tracks that are all the rage today. This makes the case for the intrinsic link between the popularity of beatboxing and the popularity of 'beat' music, be that hip hop or house....
Who am I kidding? Beatboxing always has been and always will be awesome. Kid Lucky, legendary beat musician and curator of this year's American Human Beatbox Festival, has been at it for almost thirty years now, a testament to its timeless nature. This year's festival features some of the brightest young stars in the beatboxing world as well as a bunch of the older stalwarts(Kid Lucky included).
Super Nostalgic Slice: Did you know that Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Nolita was the very first pizza parlor in the US? It’s true; they opened in 1905! Ever since, they've had some of the world’s best pizza!
Gourmet Slice: Pizza, one usually thinks, is hard to swank up. Well, guess what? That guy has never tried the $1,000 pie at Nino's Bellissima Pizza. Yes, kids, that’s right! At eight slices and topped with crème fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of very carefully sliced Maine lobster tail, and salmon roe-with a touch of Wasabi, this 12” pizza is a delectable thin crusted delight. (Save this one when you get your: Book deal, Christmas bonus or wining Lotto number!)
Hecho en Dumbo
(between Great Jones and E 4th St, East Village)
New York, NY 10012
Hecho en Dumbo derives the second part of its name from its former neighborhood in Brooklyn. However, the popular Mexican spot has since relocated to the Bowery, but is still doing authentic Mexican food with influences from Mexico City. The trend of little bites is not lost here, with their focus being on "antojitos" or "little cravings." First though, fill your drink craving with one of their specialty cocktails like the tamarind margarita or Mexican sangria, both of which are rumored to pack an alcoholic punch.
Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
(at E. Houston Street)
New York, NY 10012
After all the hype and anticipation, Pulino's finally opened its doors for breakfast and lunch to the public. This is the latest venture by Keith McNally, who has reached new heights in the celebrity restaurateur category, and chef Nate Appleman, winner of this year's James Beard Rising Star award.
At first glance, it seems as if you've walked into Schiller's on steroids. Staff wore matching shirts and walls were white tiled and covered with bottles of alcohol. We saw McNally lurking about on his cell phone and greeting other guests, including celebrities Jude Law, Bill Murray, Ken Friedman of Spotted Pig, and chef Michael White of Marea. If the company we were surrounded by was any indication of the food to come, I was brimming with excitement.
299 Bowery Street (by East 1st Street)
New York, New York 10003
With an opening day set for June 8th, Daniel Bouloud will be bringing his latest brainchild to NYC. DBGB is the newest “sausage and beer” restaurant to hit the Bowery (and possibly the only one?). The space contains 194 seats and has a kitchen supply feel to it, similar to those that have ceased to exist in the city- having large shelves that hold pots from different infamous chef-friends of Bouloud that include such names as Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali.