The Eddy

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You can live in NYC forever and ever, and you will still not be able to dine at every restaurant here. There are some that are long standing staples, some close within a year, but, there are always new ones opening to go to. New kid on the block, The Eddy, just opened in the East Village, so I had to check it out. The intimate restaurant houses just a couple handfuls of tables, creating a cozy environment. Their bar has a bit of its own space with a couple high-top tables, in addition to bar seating, so, you can come in for a casual drink and snack, or, dine in the adjoining room.

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To drink, I ordered the Parlor Friar (Vida Mezcal, Strawberry Red Bell Pepper Shrub, Pamplemousse, Lemon, Egg White). Aside from the super fancy design presentation, the drink underneath was just as delightful. This was a actually a very light, refreshing, summery drink with a nice sweetness and subtle citrusy flavor.

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Next, I ordered their Raw Asparagus Salad (Bonito Vinaigrette, Cashew, Tarragon). I really liked this. The asparagus is fresh and crisp, lightly tossed in the vinaigrette, giving it a delicate creaminess. Great flavor, and then you have the added crunch of the cashew pieces, adding a touch of nuttiness and sweetness.

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Then, I had Oil Poached Salmon (Herb Creme, Artichokes, Saffron). This was really delicious. It’s a smaller portion, served as a small plate, but, has big flavor. The salmon is perfectly poached, leaving it plump, tender, and cooked to a medium rare. The herb creme is really nice too, complimenting the fish and adding a creamy, earthy, herby flavor. 

The Shorts: Name: The Eddy Location: 342 East 6th Street, NYC The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the food and drinks are delicious, and the low-key, intimate atmosphere really put you at ease.  Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a nice, classy joint that’s sure to be a great neighborhood gem. 

Bit O’ Sweet

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I might have the world’s largest sweet tooth (I should probably have Guinness World Book verify that). I especially love candy, and have tried nearly every type in the U.S. and U.K. So, when I can find a place that serves treats I haven’t tried yet, I know I have to check it out. I stopped by Bit O’ Sweet in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 

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This new, adorable little candy store features items that span from goods of local Brooklyn candy makers to jars full of fruity and sour candies. Every detail and selection is chosen with the same amount of passion that the owner has for candy. 

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There’s also a section of some really original chocolate dipped candies, most I hadn’t tasted before. 

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Some of the fruit and sour candies are classics, and some are fun and novel such as the sour octopus candies and blue banana. 

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The chocolates are definitely something to try. One that stood out to me was the Coconut Curry Cashew. These were great. You get the coconut flavor, mixed with a hint of curry, and with the cashew, you just have a great combination. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bit O’ Sweet
Location: 315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. The bags of candy I got are already empty.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. They even sell mason jars with the unique chocolates, which make a great gift.