Roy Dank never sits still. The founder and creative director at Wurst spends way too much time on the road DJ’ing, and not enough time in the studio making music, designing, nor spending quality time with his girlfriend. This is his take on four places he likes, and one place he doesn’t.
Tsushima – "This unassuming Midtown sushi spot boasts the best fish in the city by a landslide but without any of the hype. If you typically take your fish unrolled and sans soy sauce, you can’t go wrong here."
Hickoree’s Hard Goods – "Like a grown man’s candy store, this second-floor shop in the south side of Williamsburg has everything from great clothes by under-the-radar brands like Manastash and Tender Co and the now ubiquitous in-house brand The Hill-side, alongside wacky items like Rite in the Rain notebooks and doorstops. And actual candy like Big League Chew to boot."
DBGB Kitchen & Bar – "Yes, you’d be forgiven for thinking the DB sands for ‘douche bag,’ but truth be told this spot’s got the best burger in Manhattan right now, with only Peter Luger trumping it for the city crown. I’ll probably get a ton of shit for such a bold proclamation, but I went on a whim recently and couldn’t believe my taste buds. Skip the gimmicky crap and just order ‘The Yankee.’ Damn good selection of brews to wash it down with."
Russian & Turkish Baths – "A little slice of paradise in the East Village, not to mention a nice trip back to the old New York. Spend an hour or so there and you’ll feel like a million bucks. Bonus points for the homemade borscht and blini and the crazy discount offers thrown your way as you pay."
NOT SO MUCH
Five Leaves – "Used to love this place when they first opened, but over the past year it’s become both nearly impossible to get in at any reasonable time (including weekday lunch over the summer), and both the food and service have gone steadily downhill. Too many of my friends gush far too much about the always overcooked lumpy burger with the way-too-big bun."