Reminder: NYC Meet-Up, TOMORROW (Tuesday, 7pm)

Commentor Abo Gato and her husband are visiting NYC from Albuquerque, and area resident Diana volunteered Ballaro, in the East Village, as a good place for a meet-up.

Confirmed so far, after yesterday’s post: PurpleGirl, NHOJ, MattR (work permitting), RedDirtGirl, Katie5, Gary Malone, and Brooklyn Lurker (after 7:30pm).

From Diana:

Ballaro’s long and narrow; I’ll be at the back, where there is typically more space. Excellent coffee, excellent wine, excellent prosciutto (the awning identifies it as “Cafe Prosciutteria” which in Italian means a place that sells coffee and prosciutto, but which in American English means a restaurant named Prosciutteria, which, however, has not led them to alter the awning) usually quiet (some nights they have live music; I’ll check) and generally a good place.

Questions or suggestions, leave a comment here. Lurkers and spouses/ companions welcome, and don’t worry too much about showing up precisely at 7pm…

25 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    Have fun, New Yawkers!

    We can haz non-foreign policy open thread? I is Ukrained out.

  2. 2
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I is Ukrained out myself. I had finally finished reading through the previous thread, making notes of some of the wiser and more insightful comments (so I could later paraphrase and claim them as my own) when I got a call from a friend in Canada wanting to talk about … you guessed it, Ukraine.

  3. 3
    Elizabelle says:


    That’s funny. I am sticking to the Oscars, the snow, and zenning out.

    Ukraine is above my paygrade, and I’m tired of fools dumping on PBO.

  4. 4
    NotMax says:


    Couldn’t find a red-blooded ‘murkin drinking hole?



    Wishing you a fun evening.

  5. 5
    NotMax says:


    Diana, if anyone there might be looking for some freelance editing/proofreading, well, you can sneak in plaudits or brickbats so far as that goes.

  6. 6
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Can’t say for sure whether I can come or not, depends on work. Is this a sit-down joint or a bar?

  7. 7
    MomSense says:

    I think my older son is pretending his little brother is his kid to pick up girls. I’m in big trouble.

  8. 8
    Violet says:

    @Elizabelle: Hey, Scarlett Johannson is pregnant with her first child! That’s something new to talk about.

  9. 9
    Elizabelle says:


    Did not know that. Wish her well.

  10. 10
    Violet says:

    @MomSense: How much of an age difference is there between them?

  11. 11
    Schlemizel says:

    Oh man, we found that place by accident while visiting & the cured meat is a thing of beauty. You guys in the big city have no idea how lucky you are to have the population to support so many great places. We have a few but, with 20% of the population in 100x the square miles we are the least dense metro area in the nation and the result is we just do not have the support for great little places like this – you lucky bastards!

  12. 12
    MomSense says:


    Only 13 years but big brother has facial hair which seems to add at least 5 years. He is also very handsome so girls may know he is full of it and not care.

  13. 13
    piratedan says:

    so does this mean it’s time to start discussing Venezuela?

    The sad thing about all of these world events is that it provides ample coverage for the GOP to pull shit at the local levels, so stay vigilant juicers!

  14. 14
    NotMax says:


    ‘A’ for effort.

    But only up until he bribes the younger one to call you Grandma.

  15. 15
    Violet says:

    @MomSense: That’s enough of an age difference that it’s plausible younger brother could be his son, depending on how old older brother looks. Even if the girls know that older brother is full of crap, they probably think it’s cute and sweet that he’s taking any kind of interest in his younger brother. If the younger brother is still pretty young then that’s the sweet spot for “awwwww”s from girls.

  16. 16

    Did you guys see this? Daisy and Cooper eating ice cream.

  17. 17
    NotMax says:


    Do dogs get brain freeze?

    Studies must be funded.

  18. 18
    MomSense says:


    OH NO! Not ready to be Grandma at all!

    @Violet: I’m very lucky that my kids are all really close and youngest does look just like oldest. They are cooking dinner together now–very sweet.

  19. 19
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    On Saturday, I went (as usual) to the Met Opera Live in HD — this was Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” A former colleague went with me — she is now 8+ months pregnant with her first child — and reported during intermission that the baby responded with great excitement to the sopranos, less so to the tenors and basses and the chorus. I guess it’s all measured by Kicks Per Aria or something.

  20. 20
    Elizabelle says:


    A little opera lover, in utero.

  21. 21
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Yup :-)

  22. 22
    David in NY says:

    That looks like a great place. Are you all nice? (Hah!?) My very non-bloggy spouse is dubious, but the place looks good. Maybe I’ll see you.

  23. 23
    Diana says:

    @PsiFighter37: Both. But we will be sitting at tables at the back.

    Unless, of course, you’d prefer to sit at the bar….

  24. 24
    Diana says:

    @NotMax: Remember this is the East Village, which was ground zero for radical chic back in the 60’s (and I can point you to a quote from Tom Wolfe to prove it) and which has, in its time, hosted Emma Goldman, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Patti Smith, etc. etc.

    Will try (only try) to get an actual helium-filled balloon to mark the spot. Don’t count on it though ;-)

  25. 25
    Diana says:

    I did manage to get a balloon — one with paw prints, no less, in honor of Steve and everyone else on the calendar. See everyone in slightly under two hours….

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