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Taste Why Yakitori Totto Is One of NYC’s Most Popular Japanese Restaurants

July 23, 2014 4:01 pm

As one of New York’s most popular spots for casual Japanese cuisine, Yakitori Totto regularly has waits of one to two hours. Loyal diners come back time and again to enjoy a wide selection of small plates and Yakitori, or skewered and grilled dishes. They line up before the restaurant opens its doors for dinner to take advantage of the best selection of cuts. Most skewers feature chicken, but there are a handful of other meat selections, including the popular Harami skirt steak.

Not everything comes on a stick, however, and there are plenty of plated favorites including the agedashi tofu appetizer and the steamed rice dumplings with chicken meatballs. If you enjoy miso soup, Yakitori Totto’s is flavorful without hiding behind salt. Small plates make it ideal for sharing, but the space gets quite loud, so bring a friend rather than a date. There is a $20 per person minimum order, but that’s easy to accomplish: Although the food is common among working class Japanese, it still has the New York price tag.

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-4555


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Explore American History at These National Parks Near New York City

July 16, 2014 4:00 pm

Take a break from the fast pace of New York City by traveling to one of these national parks just outside city limits. Both have historic significance that helped to shape what the Big Apple is today.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is one of the more unique national parks in the country. It consists of Edison's home and laboratory, where he resided and invented things like the motion picture camera, phonographs, sound recordings, and silent movies. Kick off your visit with Invention Factory, a 20-minute long orientation film that tells the story of Edison's famous lab. See where this master inventor created the inventions that would change the world, and make sure to pace through the courtyard as he did when pondering new ideas.

Morristown National Historical Park
Established in 1933, Morristown National Historical Park is home to the quarters of General Washington and the Continental Army's encampment during through the treacherous winter of 1779. Get a first hand feel for their challenging living conditions on an interactive tour through a replica of a soldier's hut, and then walk through the Ford Mansion, the home that George Washington occupied during this time period. Not only is Morristown a memorial of a pivotal moment in our nation's history, but it is also the country's first national park.

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Frames Bowling Lounge: Bowling Fun in Manhattan

July 9, 2014 4:01 pm

Frames Bowling Lounge is not your typical bowling alley, even for New York City. Marketing itself as an entertainment destination, young professionals love to play a few frames at this trendy spot near Times Square.

Dark lighting and club music set the tone here, and music videos play on TVs above the lanes. Leather sofas provide a comfortable place to relax while you bowl, and you can order drinks and snacks directly from the lane's built in iPad. Try the coconut shrimp, edamame falafel with lemon sauce, or the wild mushroom pizza. The full bar can mix up your favorite cocktail, but most bowlers go for the beer. Groups can benefit from the glass towers with a slightly lower per-drink cost. A billiards room and arcade provide fun after bowling.

It can be popular with out-of-towners, and Frames has received the highest overall ZAGAT score for bowling in New York City. Lanes rent for $75 for an hour on Friday and Saturday nights and accommodate seven bowlers. The venue also specializes in private parties and VIP experiences. Be sure to make a reservation and follow the dress code.

Frames Bowling Lounge
550 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 268-6909

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