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Thursday, November 25th, 2010—Bar 319

Day 319—Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Dervish (Originally headed for Via Brasil)

Tonight’s bar choice comes over the river, through the continents and straight to the 365 blog. Yesterday an amazing thing happened, I met and took a photo of a couple at last night's stop and the man in the photo was a roommate of a follower and sometime commentator here at 365, Pops. Pops lives in Brazil and left the following comment: “Incredible. In 1997 I went to UC Berkeley to do an MBA. While I was there I was the roommate of a guy called Alok, the same one you took a picture at Savoy! Unfuckingbelievable! I haven't seen his face for almost 10 Years! Thanks for showing me that he´s alive and ok! Also, you should check a Brazilian bar sometime. I talk to some friends that live in NY and they pointed me to: Cabana Carioca, Ipanema, Via Brasil, Favela Cabana or Brasilia. They said you can have the best caipirinha money can buy! Take care and keep crawling!”

Pretty nuts, huh? I’ve been to Ipanema, but none of the others and I promise I’ll try to visit them all before it’s though. Tonight I’ve decided on Via Brasil. So, there you go, Pops, this bar’s for you!

Via Brasil is on 46th Street, so we'll hoof it up there, it's starting to get chilly out.

Goddamn slow walkers in this part of town!

And these people are creating a huge jam-up on the sidewalk by gawking at the window display in Macy's windows. It's not a TV show people, let's move along!

The barricades are up for tomorrow's Thanksgiving Day parade. Something I'll never attend as I have a tradition of sleeping through it.

And here we are, 46th Street, Little Brazil.

Via Brasil, let the crawl begin!

Sadly, I was informed by the bartender that the owner doesn't allow pictures inside. Sorry, Pops, I tried. Time for a lonely walk in search of a bar.

I remember going to the Upstairs Bar in this hotel. A great stop along the crawl.

And look who's outside, the owner of The Upstairs Bar, Frank with his cigar-smoking friend who I forgot to ask his name. Frank told me he's a faithful follower of the 365 bar crawl. Cheers to Frank!

A lot of the bars I'm passing are jammed with people. This is like a Friday night because most people don't have to work tomorrow. I wonder if there's a bar in here?

Not only is there a bar, it's empty. This may not make for the most exciting stop on the crawl, but fuck it, I've walked a lot and I'm beat, this is tonight's stop.

I've got my choice of seats here, nice!

And even nicer is friendly and beautiful bartender, Julia who serves up an ice-cold bottle of Corona!

Cheers and Happy Rockefeller, everybody!

There's a nice painting of the bar behind the bar.

Some of the beers available on draft.

Swanky red leather booths line the walls opposite the bar.

There's a dining room above and a giganzo TV for Gene!

Julia deep in thought behind the bar.

A long shot of the highly-polished wooden bar.

Ha, that should be the motto of the bar crawl!

About a month ago, my friend Rick Halberg who pens the Groovyrick's Blog, sent in a donation and said all he wanted was a pretty girl to wave to him. I keep forgetting to do this, but tonight this wave is for you Rick! And goodnight, everybody.

Okay, it’s a holiday and I have places to go and a bar to visit later, you can read all about that in tomorrow’s post. But since it’s a holiday, I’m going to slack and post a review from New York magazine.


The large, multi-chambered Turkish spot is ornate in a distinctly pre-theater way: In the mezzanine lounge, dramatic wall sconces are framed by crimson trompe l’oeil curtains; on the ground floor, a mural painted with the words “The Show Must Go On!” hangs behind the long, mahogany bar. The dinner menu is clearly priced for the theater crowd, though dishes, once ordered, are slow to arrive at the table. But the food’s quite satisfying once delivered. Especially good are appetizers like lemon-and-basil-infused yogurt cacik (akin to Greek tzatziki); dolmas stuffed with spinach and ground pine nuts; and hearty, nicely spiced red lentil soup. The entrees are less consistent, so it’s best to stick to lamb dishes like traditional doner and hunkar begendi, cubes of meat in a baba ghanoush-style puree of eggplant and roasted tomato.
Sarah Gold

Recommended Dishes
Red lentil soup, $6.50; Saray-style lemon cacik, $6; Traditional doner, $15.75


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I don’t say this enough, but THANKS for reading and supporting this blog, it means a lot to me. Cheers to you all!

146 W. 47th St. (Near Seventh Ave.)

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Reader Comments (25)

Awwwww Marty, Julia looks cold...
you need to jump back there and warm her up!
Happy dead turkey day Marty.. Eat well, drink safely, and keep warm.
Happy Thanksgiving fellow faithful crawlers:)

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Very Thankful Gidget

A nice quite bar before a holiday, sounds perfect. Love the stars on the ceiling.

Happy Thanksgiving to the 365 fam :)

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

Cheers !!!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHwang Engaged To ZioumZioum

Sweet tv ! Looks like a Vizio (my favourite) !

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@Everybody: Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for joining me on this journey, I truly appreciate it. Okay, off to start Thanksgiving! Eat, drink and be happy all! Cheers!

November 25, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I wonder what school of marketing (if any) the Via Brazil owner went...oh, wait!... he didn´t went to any! Poor little unlucky bas...well, never mind. At least two good things happened:
1. I know one place I will NOT even walk it´s side of sidewalk: Via Brazil.
2. I´ll definitelly go to Dervish to meet Julia...

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPops

Good bounce back Marty...Turkish delight! Happy Thanksgiving all!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Seeing as it's the the waning days of the Crawl...
Thanks to Marty for letting us all "meet" here on a regular basis.
It's taken on a life of it's own, connected and even reconnected people.
We have our own 365 Subculture as well.
Been a great journey for all of us.
Some of us have taken part along the way, but we have a lot of "regulares" who show up here every day before "last call".
Thanks to those who have supported this by donating to the crawl or for visiting the store and wearing your 365 colors proudly.
We're a unique/elite bunch here.
Have a safe crawl today and tomorrow our first "Black Friday" Crawl.
That should be interesting on "the busiest shopping day of the tear" in New York.
Find some joint with a window seat and watch all the Zombies walk the streets.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, wherever you are.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

One fine looking lady, Julia. A good stop considering the crowds about. Now back to getting ready for all the family coming over. Just put a 25 pound turkey in the oven,,,,house smells great,, happy thanksgiving to everyone and Marty,, I skip the Macy's parade also,,,,have enough of a parade already.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Happy Thanksgiving Motherfucker! Keep on Chooglin!

Sadly you don't get your caipirinha in Via Brasil, but try another one of Pops's list.
Happy thanksgiving everybody!
Pops, realmente o pessoal do Via Brasil errou feio em não permitir que o Marty tirasse fotos.
Mas como você disse, ao menos, conhecemos Júlia, rsrs. Um abraço!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

Hey! Happy Thanksgiving ! Keep Fucking That Chicken Turkey !

Too bad you couldn't take picture at the Brazil bar ! next time ;)

@Jason: with your link, you look French! always here to Bitch about social niceties or subtleties!! haha! Good Good, we like that! To be French = To be a revolutionary bitch! you are ready to immigrate soon! But you still have to learn how to stop to drink coca-cola and start to drink "Breizhcola" the cola made by those bumpkin french !

@Happy rockfailure : I hate bankers, you ticklers head!!!! (Hey Jaws! this one is thanks to you!!) Mouhahahahahhahaahaha!!! TICKLERS JESUS HOLE HEAD! :D Hey! French gonna put Ticklers on their dicks to fuck bankers on December 7th ! hahahahaha laughing my ass off tonight! And I haven't drink alcohol yet!!!

Cheers everybody!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum The Chainsaw

I asked Zioum Zioum what French Ticklers were called in France.
Uhhh huh huh huh...huh huh huh...I said tickler. "Yeah yeah yeah Butthead...he said tickler he he he he he! What a perv."

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Everyone: Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I don't know what's going on right now....That's 2 bounce backs in 2 days Womby!!!
Love ya work...I'm doing a lot of hours in mine. HoraaY!!!!
That's not near enough TV's for Gene or Terry but it's enough for Smoopy to see Gene's teams lose however....Lots of love to ya Smoops!!!
Thanks for the givings!
I don't know what Thanksgiving is all about and I apologise for my ignorance. I could do some research but....
I say thanks to Wombacher for the on going 365 bars in 365 days.

Not long to go now mate! You'll be able to pick a local bar to become a regular in once it's all done...(and save some cash to head DOWNUNDER!!!!!)

@Clacky: 45 to go and then let the savings begin!

November 26, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I can live with one tv ... as long as there is only one game to watch at that time .... :)

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@Clacky, in short Thanksgiving is to celebrate the first harvest when the Indians helped the white settlers have a successful crop. And they had a huge feast to celebrate. Then a long time later President Lincoln declared it a national holiday and the turkey got invited as the main guest. And now there is debate about if we should celebrate because we later killed the Indians and took their land and now its really just a time to get really full before we go spend lots of money on Black Friday.

Welcome to US history :)

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari: Will there be a pop quiz next week?

November 26, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Wow Marty, you really came through for me. When I come out to visit New York, I want to stop by here for sure and meet Julia in person...she's beautiful! Many thanks, my friend!

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergroovyrick

@groovyrick: My pleasure and when you get out here we'll stop by in person for sure!

November 26, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Yes. Yes there will.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

I love Dolmas delicious stuffed grape leaves my grandma made the best ever!

That looks like such a cool place. Did they have any Turkish beers? I love trying beers from different parts of the world.

Cheers to Frank, Marty, Julia and all the wonderful people here at the 365 Bars site.

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie (unblocked)

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