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Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Day 238—Saturday, September 4th, 2010
The Collective (Origninally headed for Bill’s Bar & Burger)

Okay, it’s cheeseburger Saturday night, so what could be more appropriate than heading to the Meatpacking district in search of a great burger? Irony board at its finest hour! I’ve read good things about Bill’s Bar & Burger and it’s not far from where I live. So let’s hoof it on over and check out the Bill of fare. (rimshot)

And we're off! A little too sunny out here for my tastes, but a nice day none the less.

Do You Wanna Bump?


Okay, we're here, the corner of 13th and Ninth.

And here we are. Unfortunately I was told by the manager that since they are part of a corporation I couldn't take pictures for a website. That's okay, I don't like drinking in corporate bars anyway. We hardly knew ye, Bill and thank fuck for that.

And so we begin a lonesome walk in search of a cheeseburger.

Let's see what's down this way.

The Collective, a restaurant and bar. I'm starvin' like Marvin, so this looks good enough for me.

It's a nice sized bar and it's got a retro '70's vibe going on.

And bartender Adam dutifully serves up an ice cold beer.

Here's a long shot of the bar, it may be sunny outside, but it's nice and dark in here.

Joel and Amy were enjoying an early evening drink at the bar.

Some of the beers on tap at the bar.

The dining room is huge.

And it houses a second bar. I like the one I'm at better. It's darker.

I love this "Don't Walk" chair!

There's lots of tables outside to drink and dine at. Great for people-watching.

Back inside I meet the lovely chef Ariel and Eddie the second bartender of the evening. Nice and friendly people.

And here comes dinner! First up is the devlied eggs. They were fantastic andI love the fact that they're surrounded by popcorn! Nice touch!

And here's the main course, a cheeseburger and fries.

The burger is not only topped with cheese, it's got a special truffle sauce on top. It looks great.

And here I am trying to stuff the whole thing in my face.

It was delicious! Burp! Goodnight, everybody!

The Collective is a restaurant/bar that has a loungey atmosphere with a funky and unique atmosphere. The floor is wooden and the back main bar has a ‘70s retro feel to it. The main dining room has creative furniture and candle-lit tables. There’s also a second bar and plenty of areas and nooks with comfortable couches and chairs to kick back in. Outside there’s plenty of tables to eat, drink and watch the crowd in the Meatpacking district wander by in search of the next club they’re going to hit.

There’s a full bar and some of the specialty cocktails include: the My Tie wich is, 10 cane and Myers dark rum with liquefied almonds over traditional fresh juices; an Electric Blueberry Collins which mixes Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, vermont blueberries and fresh lemonade topped with prosecco; the Robert Maple Roy which is Glenlivet 12-year-old single malt whiskey with cherry bitters and fresh maple syrup and the Modified Moscow Mule which is Russian Standard Vodka, fresh lime, cucumber and ginger beer.

There’s also an eclectic food menu featuring: Hong Kong Ribs, Chicken-n-Waffles with maple gravy, Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese and B.B.Q Spiced Rib-Eye And Fries. And if you’ve still got room, try the Baked Alaskan Ding Dong dessert which is Texas sheet cake, toasted marshmallow, cookies and cream gelato.

The Collective
1 Little W. 12th St. (Near Hudson St.)

And now for tonight's Sunday video, Iggy Pop with Soupy Sale's kids, Hunt and Tony on "Lust For Life."

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Reader Comments (27)

just a little teaser.....

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari: The post is finally up. It took me over an hour, the internet is moving slower than an arthritic slug crawling through cement here!

September 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Does look out of the seventies,,,,not bad at all. The Robert Maple Roy caught my attention because I like scotch,,,looks like a sweetened up rob roy, I bet its good. Chicken and Waffles sounds disgusting until you try it,,,,its wonderful ( I had it in Hollywood at Roscoe's). Any idea why I keep scrolling back up to see Amy? So many bars,,,,so many pretty ladies.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Wow that burger look soooooooooooooo yummmmmmmmmmmmmy !!! , But Fuck You , ha ha
OK I will stop with FU , I just can't get over it , it made me so Happy , & removed the grump out of Me .
TO : Marty !!!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHwang

the deviled eggs dressed like chickens scare me....
but that is one awesome looking cheeseburger..never had truffle sauce on a cheeseburger I need to try that. finding friggen truffles in Indiana might be the hard part..
but gives me a goal i can try and achieve.
i love when you bounce back like this..
really shows what the whole big picture is.
i love spontinaity.
makes the whole ADD part of the crawl AMAZING.
just awesome Martster.. just awesome...

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

And the corporate mentality never ceases to amaze! "We don't want any free publicity, go down and publicize our competition down the street." What idiots! Anyway you bounced back in true 365 form! I agree with the others, great looking cheeseburger! And a nice friendly place that let's the 365 thing happen! Take that Bill!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

I can't beleive anyone would turn down free anything in this economy, much less free advertising, which is damned expensive. Go figure. Great menu and interesting specialty drinks at the Collective...in spite of the socialistic sounding name of the bar. Da, comrade...you are PURGED!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

P.S. - I don't think I'd want to try sitting in that don't walk chair...you could wind up like poor old Dell in the Green Mile!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

poor little arthritic slug....

Love this place. The metal stuff in front of the brick wall and scattered throughout is very interesting and cool. Burger looks yummy, not sure if I like truffle sauce, but it looked good. And I agree with @jaws, the chair is cool to look at but would be scared to sit on it!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@Jaws and kari: I stood there and stared at that fucking chair and obsessed over sitting in it for over five minutes. Then I surrendered to my fear and went back to my beer. Poetic, huh?

September 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Now THAT looks like a cool place!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

@Barfly & Jaws....could'nt agree more about those wankers, these types of ignorant cockheads deserve a fair dinkum FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

After what happened to Dell in 'The Green Mile', you couldn't have PAYED me to sit in that Chair!!!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Nice place again. Great looking food. I would never have thought to serve devilled eggs on the carton.
Such a vast difference in food culture over there. You might find devilled eggs on a fingerfood/canapes menu but served with popcorn? I guess it's al relative-Eggs come from chickens and chicken eat corn...for some strange reason I can't eat chicken with eggs...it just doesn't seem right to me....
But that burger looked full on. Truffles and cheese and beef! Thats richer than Donald Trump!
I'm so hungry right now after looking at that.

The Don't walk chair is pretty awesome but think it might get a bit hot on the ass.

@Jason: How ya feeling today?
TO Jason! For getting it out of ya system!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@ Fitzy; I absolutely love British and Australian slang! I've got three dictionaries at home devoted to English language slang and profanity from around the world and none of them are truly comprehensive. I remember hearing the word 'wanker' for the first time in the eighties movie 'Weird Science'. I actually called up the linguistics department at the University of Minnesota to find out what it meant, and the lady I spoke to started having hysterics when she looked it up and read me the definition. Translated into American, it means jag off. I want to buy a truly comprehensive dictionary of English language slang and profanity for the reference section of my book case (maybe Marty would have some idea of the best one to look for) for the next time you or Tim Clack come up with someting like "fair dinkum fuck you"! Ha!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@shitlips, glad ya got a giggle out of the Hugh G call....i should'nt pick on the sad pommie softcock, us aussies are copping enough shit from the Melanoma Mel saga....now he is one bloke who deserves a real FUCK YOU! & dont bother coming home......funny i played a game of pool against him back when i was 16-17 in a pub back home.....i kicked his arse (home ground advantage)....he was'nt a bad bloke back then, round the same time he made Mad Max 2....& he did shout the beer from loosing at pool....

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@Jaws: Here's a link to a Wkipedia article on Australian rhyming slang, which I've always found amazing. http://wwws.us/8sf1k

@Fitzi and Clacky and Brooksy: How accurate is the Wikipedia article? Okay, I'm off for Mexican food and cocktails! Read all about it tomorrow, cheers to all of you!

September 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Jaws, no wuckin' furries ol' mate, & dont worry bout ringin the Uni of Min' next time just drop me, Clacky or Brooksy a line...we'll soon sort ya out, not a prob'...anyways i'm off for a beer, i'm drier than an Ethiopian's armpit in a radiational dust storm.....

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@fitzi: "i'm drier than an Ethiopian's armpit in a radiational dust storm....." Ha ha ha! Cheers and beers to you, fitzi mate!

P.S. Where's raginrr?

September 5, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@365 and Jaws: Checked out the Wikipedia list and to totally honest I've only heard about 4 of them in my time. I'm familiar with "the Harold Holt" and "the Rock n Roll" but I just don't hear much of it at all these days. Most of the rhyming slang was used by previous generations and most definitely was created in pubs by working class blokes who wanted to have a laugh with their schooner. It's our version of 'cockney' (I think thats a fair call?)

Here is a classic example of it..
Fitzy would have cranked this one at few parties in his day I'd put a Redback on it (a redback is a nickname for the $20 note)! He's probably know it back to front.

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@365 and Jaws....to add on....I bet most of the stuff Fitzy comes out with are from his own personal file.
@Fitzy: When's the book coming out? You'd make a Mottza! Btw....thats pretty dam dry, mate!

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@clacky, what do women & pizza have in common...being a chef you'd know?....., ya only eat 'em when ya pissed.....

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@clacky, sorry mate..........no bad intended....

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

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