Mav’s Fab 5- September 11th, 2012

Pancake Spots
our 5 picks

Standard Grill
848 Washington St.
New York, New York 10014
(212) 645-4100

Make sure to show up to the Standard Grill extra hungry, as you won’t think twice about finishing your meal. Order their famous buttermilk pancakes with authentic Vermont maple syrup at either a weekday breakfast or weekend brunch. Trust us, there is really no better way to start your day.

120 Essex St.
New York, New York 10014

Breakfast or lunch? Why decide when you don’t have to? Try Shopsin’s famous Mac n’ Cheese pancakes. Right before it hits the griddle, their special batter is tossed with cheese and elbow macaroni in order to create the perfect breakfast and lunch combination on a plate. You’ll be anything but disappointed.

Clinton Street Baking Company
4 Clinton St.
New York, New York 10002
(646) 602-6263

When husband and wife Neil Kleinberg and Dede Lahman opened this spot in 2001, their mission was to create the best baked goods in the city of New York. They surely succeeded in doing so, especially in breakfast form. Clinton Street Baking Co’s pancakes have been known to be one of the best in the city for years. These outstanding pancakes are made with a special batter that includes extra whipped egg whites. You and your taste buds can thank us later.

The Mermaid Inn
568 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10024
(212) 799-7400

Forget traditional thick and fluffy while ordering breakfast at The Mermaid Inn. Instead, think thin, crunchy and incredibly delicious. That’s what you’ll get when you order the special pancakes here. The unique batter is made with cornmeal, making the cakes crispy, sweet and satisfying. Like you’ve always heard, change isn’t always a bad thing.

Bubby’s Pie Company
120 Hudson St.
New York, New York 10013
(212) 219-0666

Bubby’s Pie Company is proudly responsible for the creation of their famous sour cream pancakes. Replacing half of the milk in the standard recipe for pancakes with sour cream, their pancakes come off of the griddle smoother than you can imagine. They go down even smoother. Enjoy these with breakfast, or come back at 12am for a delicious midnight brunch.

Vinyl Record Shops
our 5 picks

Bleecker Street Records
239 Bleecker St.
New York, New York 10014
(212) 255-7899

What better place to have a vinyl record shop than the East Village? After rummaging through tons of used records, all of which are in top shape, you can walk back outside to find yourself in a just-as-unique part of New York City.

The Thing
1001 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 349-8234

You’ll need at least a day to dig through this place. At The Thing, the shelves are jam packed with just about anything a music lover could hope to hear. There is no way you’ll come out empty handed.

Kim’s Video & Music
124 1st Avenue
New York, New York 10009
(212) 533-7390

The collection here ranges from the oldest vinyl records to the most recently released DVDs. No matter how rare what you are looking for may be, you can almost guarantee Kim’s Video & Music has it for sale.

Gimme Gimme Records
325 E. 5th St.
New York, New York 10003
(212) 475-2955

Open every Friday through Sunday, a trip to Gimme Gimme Records allows you to make the most of your weekend. Come here to thumb through their wide collection of old records and buy your old favorites at very decent prices. Afterwards, you can sign up for a piano lesson, as the shop serves as both a storefront and music schoolhouse!

Academy Records and CDs
12 W. 18th St.
New York, New York 10011
(212) 242-3000

The staff here is nothing short of genius when it comes to music history. It is definitely a one-stop-shop for anyone’s music needs, but especially those who love classical music. Classical music makes up the bulk of this collection, which is rare to see in any record shop. Customers have warned others to know what they are looking for upon entering, as it isn’t rare to lose yourself for hours amongst the vast collection.

Doggie Day Care
our 5 picks

Sandy’s Doggie & Kitty Spa
311 East 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410- 2150

Sandy’s Doggie & Kitty Spa offers a fun oasis for pets with a staff that is truly passionate about animals. They offer day care services for dogs as well as grooming for you favorite canine or feline. The grooming pricing depend upon the animal’s breed and include cleaning of both the teeth and ears. With a caring and committed staff, Sandy’s is a great place to ensure excellent care for you dog.

The Salty Paw
38 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038
Located by South Street Seaport
(212) 732-BARK (2275)

If there is one place in NYC that has it all for your pup, it is The Salty Paw! You can dress your furry friend in dog clothing sold at their boutique, or send them off for a one-of-a-kind groom and a full day at the spa. Either way, this place is truly a dog paradise! The Salty Paw even supports all animal rescue groups, so if you are looking to purchase a “homeless hound,” as they call it, this is the place to be!

Paws and Relax
220 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
(212) 979-7297

Since December 2009 Paws and Relax has been serving neighborhoods in NYC such as Union Square, East Village, and The Lower East Side. With this brand new facility designed to satisfy your pooch, you will not have to worry about a thing. Between the rolled-rubber flooring, outdoor play space, and two large indoor playrooms, Paws and Relax makes sure they put a smile on your pups face and a wag in his tail! Need a vacation and don’t have a sitter? They offer a wonderful over night board for your four-legged friend.

Cuddles and Tails Pet Services
240 East 6th St.
New York, NY 10003
(646) 416-6538

From dog walking and pet sitting, to boarding services and medicine administration, Cuddles and Tails is a great place for your pooch! Hate to see your pet in a cage? Cuddles and Tails doesn’t believe in the use of cages or crates, but believes in a safe and quiet environment. They create this by only allowing a select amount of animals at a time. Your furry friend will be sleeping in a full-sized bed with fresh sheets, a TV, and daily walks. Who has it better than them!

New York Dog Spa and Hotel
415 East 91st St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-1755

New York Dog Spa is literally a hotel for dogs! They can accommodate just about anything you would like for your canine friend. Not only does the Dog Spa take care of your pup with the most love, attention, and affection anyone could ask for, they even allow you to throw a Saturday night Champagne party for you and your friend. Talk about having fun with your pup!


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