ask Eldar about
cheap food • food truck • value for money • viewpoints • parks • pub • brewery
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a tour guide and a tour host. I organise carpool road-trips across the US. I do it because, first, I love outdoor America and, second, I just enjoy having guests. It is a never ending flow of people and opinions, good food and fun vibes. In general I could say I do it because I like to have a good time. I also play guitar and just adore cooking.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Now barely someone agrees with me on that, but I think one of the greatest shows ever are "Legit", "Wilfred" and "Snuff Box". they are a great example of "think-outside-the-box" humour and just extraordinary set of characters. I also just love "Entourage". I know it's cheesy but I cant help myself haha. "Californication" is always a good choice too (as long as you're over 18)
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
I really like The Wayland in Alphabet City. The space is laid-back without being divey and it's always lively without being overcrowded. The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg is also super nice. Although after being shown in Master of None it gets too crowded sometime. Lois, a cozy wine bar in Alphabet City is pretty nice as well with wines on tap and very cool small plates.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Ones that have no bars and eateries haha
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
The most decadent thing I tried here would probably be caviar tasting platter at Olma. It is a true caviar experience I never had before. Very much reminded me of my childhood in Russia, where caviar was abundant and we just ate it like it was something so usual.
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
One particular place I'd like to mention is Vanessa's Dumpling House in Chinatown. It's a very good value for money spot. But also pretty much any dumpling/noodle/pho house there is pretty awesome.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
My favourite cocktail ever is Negroni. The best spot to get it would probably be Amor y Amargo. It specialises on amaros, the class of Italian herbal liqueurs to which Campari (1/3 necessary ingredient of Negroni) belongs to. So it is no surprise that these guys know their craft.
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
No doubt that would be Peter Luger Steakhouse. One of my favourite institutions ever. It is an ode to carnivores and mid-century chic in a best way possible.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
I think that would be Katz's Deli. It of course has a lot of charm but to be honest it is not the best pastrami ever. It's overcrowded and relies to much on it's reputation. I was once yelled at for not tipping the slicer (what?) apart from leaving tips on the counter.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
From a tourists point of view these are of course NYC's icons: Empire State Building (an engineering and design masterpiece of its time), Central Park (fantastic outdoor location in the heart of a megapolis), Times Square (too crowded but instantly recognisable), Highline Park (this is what a good park should be), Rockefeller Center (one of the best observation decks in town), One World Center (best observation deck in town), 9/11 Monument (a page in history of sadness and grief), Grand Central Station (one of the most recognisable indoor spots in the city) and also any midtown/downtown Manhattan neighbourhoods to get lost at
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
At a pub crwa
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Lisbon for sure. It has everything I love - great food, coastal vibes, incredibly rich history, bustling night life and yet it is affordable. It's central neighbourhoods, such as my favourite Alfama, are incredibly cozy and charming. People there are extremely friendly and offer ginjinha out of their homes windows. Plus, Sintra is only 30 minutes away by car and it has one of the most dense historical monuments population on the planet. What's not to love?