"so where are you guys from?" well, it's complicated. you see, i heart keenwah is technically a chicago-company. however, the company finds itself somewhere between new york and chicago. why new york? because co-founder ravi lives there. i heart keenwah's initial product launch was also in new york and chicago. here are ravi's favorite things about the big apple.
1. queens tacos. people always complain that tacos in new york aren't like their west coast brethren. but these people clearly haven't taken an eating stroll down roosevelt avenue in queens. start from 74th/roosevelt in jackson heights and make your way to 103rd/roosevelt in corona. most tacos are simple and pure: slow cooked meat on top of two-ply tortillas, topped with onion and cilantro and a squeeze of lime. addictive! my compadre jeffery tastes does private tours for those who really want to be in the know.
2. west village walks. the west village still gets me. those winding streets, those brick brownstones, and those overpriced stores. i still dig it. i love wandering around the village on a warm afternoon and making my way to the nearby highline. i am always sure to drop by jack's stir brew coffee to get a to-go cup of coffee and to see how our product is doing (jack's sells i heart keenwah; he was a supporter from the beginning!).
3. summer beergardens. reason #959 why queens is the best borough: beergardens. sure north brooklyn has seen its fair share of new beergardens. but the classic spot remains the bohemian hall & beergarden (over 100 years old) in astoria. czech beer, bratwursts and a multigenerational crowd (children are welcome here) fill the space. i love the vibe here.
4. lesser-known museums. i may be biased to queens, but this outer borough has a multitude of cool museums such as ps1 and the queens museum. however, my favorites are the smaller (and lesser-known) venues, perfect for wandering and clearing one's thoughts: noguchi museum, socrates sculpture park and the fisher-landau museum -- all in astoria, queens.
5. foodie markets. i like myself a nice afternoon at smorgasburg in williamsburg as much as anyone else does. great views, gourmet street food vendors, and a multitude of bars to grab a drink afterwards. i heart keenwah's initial "soft" launch was at the nearby greenpoint food market (RIP 2009-2010). supporting local artisan food markets still remains a priority of ours.
6. sunset views. i can think of no better place to watch the sunset than empire fulton ferry park in dumbo brooklyn. sweeping views of lower manhattan, perched between the classic brooklyn bridge to your left and strikingly blue manhattan bridge to your right. the sun sets perfectly over the new freedom tower.