Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Joe's Crab Shack in Clifton, NJ

I love seafood and often find interest in going to Red Lobster. Who can resist their savory biscuits or their lobster pizza? 

I remember vacationing in the Caribbean with my family a few years ago. You know how it is when you go on vacation.  All the seafood you can imagine is pulled fresh from the sea and tastes extraordinarily good. From that point on, I have loved seafood; especially the shelled fish.   

In the states, every now and then I feel like having seafood. Red Lobster is a good fast food restaurant for some flavorful seafood; especially when they have their lobster specials.  But so is Joe’s Crab Shack.

I had never been there before until this past weekend when a friend convinced me to go and so, as part of our road trip out of New York, we made a pit stop at the Crab Shack in Clifton, NJ before we continued heading south. 
The restaurant is pretty nice.  It has indoor and outdoor seating and just enough to be able to service a large crowd of hungry folks on a Saturday afternoon, evening or after church on Sunday.

The staff was polite.  They made us feel welcome by continuously asking us if we were alright and also singing, dancing and giving us a bibs with a cool nickname for each and every guest. The bibs come in handy when cracking the shells of the crab legs open and/or whatever else you decide to eat there that can be messy.
The menu features a large variety of food and drink options from buckets of crabs, steam-pots, platters, appetizers and desserts. The steam-pots feature a variety of different types of seafood including king or queen crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimps, and scallops and come pre-seasoned. You get to choose from about ten different sauces for the buckets of crabs.  All the steampots come with corn on the cob, sausages and potatoes. the steampot is so overflowing with food that it can be shared amongst friends or between two not so hungry people. Basically, you get your money's worth. 

Joe’s Crab Shack is a good family place; especially for families with young kids and can also be a good spot for friends to convene.  The food is good, the prices are not so bad, the staff is polite, the drinks are good and the bathrooms are clean. I think I’ll go back. 

Here's a link to their website just in case you are interested in going:

Happy Dining!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Martini and a Manicure

Imagine going to the nail salon and while you are pampering yourself, getting that needed manicure, you are also sitting at the nail technician’s table with a martini in your hand.

I thought the concept was cool, but never thought I’d actually see something like that before my eyes. But then there it was. 

A friend and I were walking back from a gig together and stumbled upon the Beauty Bar located at 231 14th Street in Manhattan. When you look at the venue from the outside, you would never believe the greatness you will find inside because it looks like an old vintage place and guess what;  it is exactly that and so much more.

I think I am so impressed.  On one side of the room is a bar shelved with bottles from all shelf tiers. On the other side of the room are seats which one will visualize as the old hair dryer seats from back in the days. And in the middle of the room, a nail technician with her table set up ready to do your nails. 

How cool is that?  The room around you is filled with a plethora of people chatting and dancing while you are getting your $10 manicure and a free martini. 

Stacey said, “Nail Bar has been open for 17 years now.” She said, “it was a beauty parlor for 40 years owned by a woman named Florence. She came up with the concept and the idea stuck."

The company services people from all over town and also out of town.  People from Europe make up a nice percentage of the Beauty Bar’s guests.

Besides the location located on 14th Street in Manhattan, there are 11 other locations including one inVegas, and also one on Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Beauty Bar is open seven days a week.  The venue opens at 5PM from Monday through Saturday and at 7PM on Sundays.  Happy hour is from 5 to 9 PM on Monday through Saturday which includes a selection of draft beers for $2 and well drinks for $4. And when you are there, see one of the comedy shows. They have comedy five nights a week and djs spinning Friday and Saturday nights when patrons who want to dance come in.

The room has great lighting. The staff is friendly and the service is pretty good. Beauty Bar is a great place for a party; especially a bridal shower or bachelorette party. There is a room in the back that holds about 175 people for private parties.
Though food is not served at this venue, it seems like a cool spot for friends to go together to all get manicures and a martini. I mean, what girl doesn't like getting pampered every now and then?

I’m still impressed about having a martini while getting my nails done. If you are expecting to come in and get a gel manicure or tips for $10, you might want to go somewhere else though. The nail technician, Stacey, only does natural nails. No acrylic or gel. I think the idea is amazing. A Martini and a manicure. I love it!