“100 Paintings” by OBLVN @Klughaus Gallery

Opening Reception:
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Location: 47 Monroe Street New York, NY 10002

Klughaus Gallery is proud to announce the debut of “100 Paintings,” a solo exhibition of brand new, one-of-a-kind illustrated works by Portland, Oregon-based artist and cartoonist Aaron OBLVN. In honor of his first ever east coast show, OBLVN has been hard at work for months preparing one hundred illustrations exclusively for Klughaus; highlights of the character and cartoon-heavy exhibit include contemporary, tongue-in-cheek remixes of classic cartoon characters like ‘Felix The Cat’ as an art thief and ‘Dennis the Menace’ as a vandal, as well as many original works, from mischievous spray can characters to runaway inkwells.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku kitchen areaYoNYC!  I will admit, the trendiness of the Momofuku empire, along with the supposed hassle of acquiring the necessary reservation, has kept me away from the empire in the past.  But I received good advice from a coworker and was able to “sneak in,” figuratively speaking, to the Momofuku Noodle Bar with no reservation or even much of a wait.  This feat is likely impossible with a party of more than two people.  However, our experience made me question the impossibility and elitist claims so lauded over the internet.  I’ve waited longer for a burger at Wendy’s.

Noodle Bar is a very barebones, crowded, and loud place.  It’s also fun in the crazy, frenetic energy kind of way.  If you’ve been to any popular Yakitori place, you will feel the same vibe.  Just don’t expect a quiet dinner – it’s just not that kind of place.

Pork Belly Sliders

Pork Belly Sliders

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Curry-Ya Gourmet Japanese Curry



Curry-Ya is a small little restaurant which basically consist of a bar table surrounding the open kitchen. It can accommodate about 12 people at the same time. So your intimate conversation will not only be heard by your fellow dinners but also the cooks and cashier, which makes it very cozy.

Their beef dry curry, and Berkshire pork cutlet are both very popular. The Berkshire pork cutlet is always perfectly cooked, moist and very flavorful. I also love hamburger curry, which is a very complex, moist beef patty with lot of depth . I can taste wine, onions, various herbs among the ingredients. You also get to choose the level of heat in your curry which comes in a separate cast iron mini pot. The heat level is very low, I’d call their “very hot” medium hot. All dishes come with a serving of short grain white rice which you can douse with curry as you please.

The small menu is well prepared and comforting, a really great place to have Japanese curry. The dishes are moderately priced around $12 per entree and they accept cash only so be prepared

breaded pork chop at curry ya

214 East 10th Street
NY 10003

(212) 995-2877
Open Daily noon-11pm (1/2 drinks 4-7pm everyday)

Birthday Part 2: Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is a fantastic spot for a party. The place has a chill vibe that is accentuated by the excellent food and alcohol options. What myself and the rest of my birthday entourage found interesting however, were the kids. I’ve been to Brooklyn Bowl once before, and no matter what time you go, there are always kids running around. And I’m not talking grade school or high school kids with fake ID’s; I’m talking toddlers chasing bouncy balls and falling because they haven’t learned to traverse stairs yet. It’s an interesting dynamic which you may or may not approve of – the place is still a bar after all and there are plenty of shitfaced patrons at any given time.

For us though, “Hipster Daycare” provided quite a bit of entertainment as we waited for a bowling lane to open up. As mentioned before, the food is excellent and we stuffed ourselves on homemade pork rinds, mac and cheese, and bbq wings. The true gem of the meal however was the Burbon Milkshake.

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Birthday Part 1: Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

YoNYC! My birthday has been terrible for 4 straight years. Buried at the end of January, my birthday falls after the manic crush of Christmas/New Years but before Chinese New Year. (I’m Chinese) It’s also been the coldest day of the year, or damn near close to it, for the past 3-4 years.

This year would be different though. And although I wasn’t about to get my hopes up, my girlfriend had other ideas. She charged into the “Ryan’s birthday weekend challenge” with gusto. Looks like I’m going out for my birthday!

Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
NY 11211-1913

(718) 486-7422

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Cha Chan Tang

A restaurant called “Cha Chan Tang” opened up on Mott Street.  It’s a interesting concept, there’s no “Hong Kong Style Tea Restaurant” in Chinatown. I hope the restaurant holds true to it’s name. When I got there is was packed, hopefully I’ll review it next week when it’s less busy.