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Netflix & Grill: NY state of mind with bourbon, deli, Sandler dramedy

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Welcome back to Netflix and Grill, where we piece together some grub, a boozy drink, an album and a streaming show or movie. Along the way, we plug the local establishments that make Columbus shine. Let’s take a trip to a New York State of mind with the Netflix original movie The Meyerowitz Stories, Nada Surf’s Lucky, a deli on Henderson road that serves New York style sandwiches, and an easy to make Manhattan. Not interested? Then buzz off, pal! (I hope you read that in a loud and angry New York accent).

Big Apple Drinks

To accompany your night in, let’s celebrate New York with an easy to make Manhattan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Bourbon (many people insist on Rye but this isn’t their column)
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 3 splashes of bitters
  • Maraschino Cherries, or if you are a millennial, one burnt orange peel

Instructions:

1. Pour Bourbon and sweet Vermouth over ice inside of cocktail shaker
2. Shake it like a polaroid picture (oh wait…that group is from Atlanta)
3. Pour drink into previously chilled glass of choice (I prefer a martini glass)
4. Add the splashes of bitters
5. Get your sip on

Let’s chow

Entree

Our fair city doesn’t lack for dining options but if I were to lodge a complaint, it’d be that we don’t have enough delis.

Sure, everyone has been to Katzinger’s and Cornerstone and Smith’s (now serving alcohol) are both Clintonville institutions, but in general it seems difficult for delis to do well here.

However, if more Columbus sandwich shops were like Neighbor’s Deli on 2142 W. Henderson Road, doing well in Columbus wouldn’t be an issue.

Serving a huge array of New York City deli sandwiches, alongside an all day breakfast, Neighbors selection and customer service is hard to beat, as I experienced on my recent visit, when I ordered ‘The Hondo.’

Served on a toasted Rye and topped with Pastrami, Salami, Cream Cheese, Onion, Pickle and Hot Mustard, The Hondo is the most authentic NYC item on the menu and worth every penny.

I ordered a side of rich and creamy Macaroni Salad to accompany my sandwich.

No apologies.

If you are craving a great sandwich and want to support local, get to Neighbor’s Deli…it certainly beats watching the Mets, Knicks or Jets.

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Vinyl

As you’re chowing down on your sandwich, spin a record, why don’tcha?

Formed in New York City in the early 1990s, Nada Surf has been serving up unpretentious power pop for the last twenty five years and nowhere is their talent more highlighted than on their 2008 release Lucky.

Featuring guests Juliana Hatfield and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and containing the hits Whose Authority, Weightless, See These Bones and Are You Lightning, Lucky is an album that pulls of the rare feat of making the listener nostalgic for the past while looking forward to the future.

Poppy hooks, spacey choruses and power pop live in this album and it is a place you should visit.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, give it a spin. If not, give it a spin anyway and thank me later. (Do the New York voice/accent again).

Streaming

A Netflix original, The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) was written and directed by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) and stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Elizabeth Marvel.

The ensemble cast displays their dramatic and comedic chops while portraying a loving, but dysfunctional family going through a complicated transitional period.

Marvel shines as the eclectic and empathetic sister, Hoffman and Thompson are convincing as an ageing married couple looking to downsize and Stiller, per usual, is the flustered and responsible straight man.

However, the real star is Adam Sandler.

Sandler plays a divorced, out-of-work musician attempting to hold his family together while his daughter (Grace Van Patten) begins her freshman year of college.

Showing anger, empathy, contempt and kindness, Sandler turns in his best work since 2002’s Punch Drunk Love and as a result was nominated for a 2017 Critic’s Choice Movie Award for best actor in a comedy. Yes, you correctly read that last sentence.

The Meyerowitz Stories at times seems like a Wes Andersen dramedy (Braum co-wrote The Life Acquatic and The Fantastic Mr. Fox) but stands alone as Braum focuses on the script and acting as opposed to whimsical camera tricks and British Invasion pop rock.

So there you have it, a blueprint for a New York State of Mind. Enjoy your evening, buddy! (Do the voice)

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10 Restaurant Week destinations for date night out

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Sometimes just getting out of the house is the priority. Other times, getting out of the house without the kids is the priority. When that time strikes, get the sitter on lock and hit the town.

Restaurant Week July 15-20 is the perfect time to reconnect with your significant other without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 picks for date night out during Restaurant Week!

South Village Grille | 197 Thurman Ave, Columbus

South Village Grille is a romantic little spot tucked in a happening strip of Thurman Avenue. During Restaurant Week, indulge in oysters (aphrodisiac), scallops, and even pork chops. Round out your night out with beignets.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing | 215 N 4th St, Columbus

You may have been to the taproom out back, but have you dined in the front? It’s a beautiful space where beautiful food is served, like lamb racks and Black Forest Chocolate Cake.

Trillium Kitchen & Patio | 2333 N High St, Columbus

Trillium is a modern kitchen with a splendid patio, often times hosting live entertainment! Wine and dine your loved one with Trillium’s diverse wine list, tasty Restaurant Week menu, and romantic digs.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar | 50 West Broad Street Mezzanine Level, Columbus

With the watermelon salad in the first course, BBQ chicken in the second, and strawberry shortcake for the third, this summer-time menu will be the perfect seasonal date. And the dark wood ambiance will make you want to cozy up close to your date.

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The Boat House at Confluence Park | 679 W Spring St, Columbus

Suggested wine pairings with every course during Restaurant Week will help direct you and your lover down a path of sensuality. And if you’re lucky enough to get seated by the fireplace, the heat will turn up even more, literally.

M at Miranova | 2 Miranova Pl, Columbus

M recently underwent a stunning remodeling that is sure to wow your date. The menu features both surf and turf, so your taste buds will be wowed, as well.

Asterisk | 14 N State St, Westerville

This intimate supper club will really encourage you to relight the flame between you and your significant other. And with familiar favorites like ravioli, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie, you’ll go back to your roots and remember why you feel in love in the first place.

Lindey’s | 169 E Beck St, Columbus

We know it’s hot outside, but Lindey’s patio is worth the sauna experience. This restaurant is the epitome of romance and can be yours to experience for just $35 during Restaurant Week.

Spagio | 1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus

Spagio is the perfect spot for a nice dinner and, with a window on Grandview Avenue, people watching. Let the conversations flow over seafood, pastas, and prime cuts of steak during Restaurant Week.

The Market Italian Village | 1022 Summit St, Columbus

For a fun, light-hearted date with lots of character, this is your destination. Exceptional quality, outstanding service, and approachable atmosphere: The Market Italian Village.

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Newly-remodeled M at Miranova has the most unique cocktails ever

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After a quick spring break, M at Miranova is back and open to the public with a new look, shedding its old browns and bronzes for pops of purple and elegant, cooling grays. The 18-year-old fine dining establishment is ready to show off a beautiful wooden floor, its terrace with spectacular views of the river and the city, its lounge made for an evening of small bites, an almost complete menu change, and its new line of seasonal signature cocktails.

Two Ships (Photos by Brian Kaiser)

Developed by award-winning bartender Cris Dehlavi and the beverage team, the line showcases the classic flavors of summer: coconut, pineapple, lemon, and rum.

M at Miranova aims to welcome all, and the line covers a spectrum of tastes. There’s something for everyone at your table, from the light, refreshing oral mix to the heavier, spirits-forward drink, all with an emphasis on superb and fun presentation.

“Gone are the days of the plain old glass,” said Dehlavi from behind the bar, bringing forth her concoctions.

Magic Elixer

The appropriately-named Magic Elixir, a beautiful balance of spirits and flavors, comes to your table as a blue liquid (thanks to butter y pea tea) poured over ice and garnished with flowers. Your server will add a vial of lemon tableside and ask you to stir as chemistry turns the drink a beautiful lavender. Botanist gin and an aloe vera liqueur give the drink a taste as sophisticated and surprising as its presentation.

“There’s nothing like the look on somebody’s face when you put something down in front of them like that,” said Dehlavi.

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The AHA!, a simple and refreshing drink combines a California Brut sparkling with pineapple and coconut flavors, and comes served in light- bulb shaped glassware, a nod to its moment of creative inspiration.

“We really wanted a low-proof cocktail, and kept playing with different ideas. Nothing was working,” said Dehlavi. “My daughter loves coconut water and she had coconut water in the fridge one day and I had a swig of it […] and I thought, ‘What about pineapple liqueur, coconut water, and bubbles?’ and it worked.”

AHA!

Ordered solo, the Two Ships combines Don Pancho rum, amaro, banana, and bitters over whiskey rocks. Ordered for two (or as a taster for four), the drink comes in a globe suspended on a wooden stand containing a blown glass ship and a bit of dry ice for effect.

The creamy You’ve Met Your Matcha and the rich Great Vieux round out the summer line. Your server will snap a Polaroid of the latter, but each of the drinks plays to an audience of Instagrammers, so your own phone is welcome, too. After all, it’s an experience—an impressive, yet accessible array of cocktails, and Dehlavi notes a few are already starting to become favorites.

You’ve Met Your Matcha

“I think presentation is super-important,” said Dehlavi. “We take a real culinary approach to our cocktails. Just like a culinary approach to food, you can put a piece of salmon on a plate with some asparagus and there it is, or you can make it gorgeous. And we always think about that with cocktails, too.”

M at Miranova is at 2 Miranova Pl. To book a reservation, visit matmiranova.com.

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Get an insanely delicious dessert + a laugh at comedy bake shop coming soon

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Soon, you’ll be able to get some sweet comedy and even sweeter desserts in Old North. High on Sugar will be open in the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Exchange at 2643 N. High St. sometime in September.

The menu will feature inventive indulgences like shakes piles high with different cakes, ice creams, and toppings—all built your way.

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Entertainment will be offered daily, along with free WiFi and comfortable seating options. More details on the comedy component to surface closer to the open date.

Want to help make sure this sugar train stays on the tracks? Check out High on Sugar’s GoFundMe campaign here.

Learn more about the comedy bake shop here.

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