Nick Maglione's NYC BOTB
1. Veniero's Pasticceria - "If you're a dessert-fiend like I am, you probably already know about this place. It's a wonderland of Italian deliciousness. There are plenty of Italian bakeries in NYC, but I'm telling you, this is the real deal. Whenever my brother and I go, we opt for what we call "the two-dessert plan." For me, this typically includes a chocolate-dipped cannoli and a mini cheesecake. Hey, if you're gonna get fat, do it in style!"
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
2. Generation Records - "Anyone who knows anything about heavy music knows that Generation is THE place in New York City for punk, hardcore, and metal. This store literally has it all. As is often the case at record stores, the staff can be a bit surly at times, but it's worth it. Just watch those stairs, Bon Jovi. They're slippery when wet!"
210 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
3. Steve Maxwell's Vintage & Custom Drums - "48th street is a shell of what it once was, but there is one store that's keeping the dream of music row alive: Steve Maxwell's Vintage & Custom Drums! Hidden away on the third floor of an otherwise nondescript building, this drummer's mecca houses some of the world's most beloved drums and cymbals. Fetishize stuff from the 60s? You'll be in heaven as you peruse the best of what Gretsch, Ludwig, and Zildjian have to offer. Bring your checkbook, it can get pricey in here."
723 7th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019
4. The Sweatshop - "It's no secret that there are plenty of rehearsal spots in NYC. That's what happens when 99% of the population lives in shoebox-sized apartments. The Sweatshop is a cut above the better-known places in the city, offering a down-to-earth vibe and cheap hourly rates. Now, granted, the entire place smells like stale beer and dirt-weed, but who cares when you're renting a fully-furnished rehearsal room for $15/hour!"
5. Francesco's Pizzeria - "My wife and I used to live on Henry Street in Carroll Gardens, and we ordered from this place EVERY Friday night. If you're in the neighborhood and looking for a solid pie, look no further. They're cheap, fast, and good. In addition to the pizza, I also recommend the pasta e fagioli. To die for! And by the way, don't be fooled by people who tell you you have to go to Lucali when you're in Carroll Gardens. The pizza's okay, but it's not worth the price or attitude. Viva La Francesco's!"
529 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231