Friday: Grand Re-Opening of Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo

I’m happy to see that 2015 is carrying the momentum of last year, with more new local businesses consistently popping up, in both Albany and Troy alike.

Next to join the roster is Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo, which has recently relocated from its original location in Troy, to 7 Hill Street, nestled in Troy’s original Little Italy neighborhood. The tattoo shop was founded in 2012 by Jessica Gahring, who appeared on TLC’s NY Ink. With the addition of artists Nick Reinert and Chris Conlon, I’ve seen some really spectacular tattoos come out of the shop since its been on my radar, and I highly recommend those in the market for a new tattoo to get in touch.

Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo will be hosting an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Rosamalia at 4pm in front of the new studio, with a reception to follow. The celebration will feature live music from DJ Kloud9, as well as the displayed works of photographer Tony Colasurdo. The shop’s gallery will act as another home to showcase the work of more local artists in the days to come as well, and is hosting its first gallery show in conjunction with its grand re-opening and Troy Night Out.

For more information about the re-opening party and to get acquainted with the shop’s talented artists, please pay a visit, either online or stop by the shop this Friday, beginning at 4pm.

Image courtesy Ms. Dixie’s


Peck’s Arcade: Review

Last Thursday, one day after opening, I went to Peck’s Arcade with a friend for dinner.

In the kitchen is Chef Nick Ruscitto and sous chef Matt Sciubba, the same two behind Tavern Noodle. Peck’s is already in their element pulling off a higher level dining experience.

We were seated towards back of the restaurant, facing the kitchen. I was able to ask Chef Nick about the menu, and he didn’t bat an eye when I had said that both of us are vegan. Both chefs commented that it was fun and easy for them to modify the dishes. This being a non-issue put me at ease throughout the course of my meal.

We ended up eating essentially everything that they were able to make for us, for a total of nine courses. Each dish came with it’s own set of flavors and texture, and each dish was as enjoyable as the last. Even the bread they served was excellent, and it’s no surprise it too is made in-house.

The food had intense levels of complexity and consideration for being so simply described. Seemingly small touches set the dishes over the top. The carrot risotto had deep fried rosemary; the hazelnuts popped in the wild mushroom dish; the togarashi was amazing on the broccoli; the black garlic was incredible on the celery root. The list goes on, and words can do it no justice.

The Peck’s machine was humming along. Vic was in the DJ booth providing the soundtrack for the night. Heather was bouncing around and in charge as always. Scott was behind the bar. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen staff was calm and in control.

The attention to detail is obvious in everything at Peck’s. Even the hours are set up so the same staff works together each night to deliver a consistent, high quality experience. Head over to Peck’s Arcade as soon as you can. There’s a superlative dining experience to be had and you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

Peck’s Arcade is open 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday. You can find their menu and more information at pecksarcade.com


Pasties, Pencils & Pints with Noelle Reign

Pasties Pencils & Pints back with their first event for 2015. PPP is a figure drawing-and-drinking event. You get a few minutes per pose and there’s contests and prizes throughout the event. There’s a cash bar, and art supplies are BYO.

This PPP is on January 15th at 8pm at The Hangar in Troy. For more details, check out the event on facebook.


Peck’s Arcade is opening tomorrow

Peck’s Arcade, Vic and Heather’s new restaurant at 217 Broadway will be opening tomorrow, January 7. They’re currently accepting reservations via their website for tomorrow and beyond.

Peck’s Arcade is in the same space that Tavern Noodle occupied during their two pop-ups. The menu, which is below, is mainly small plates with a few mains, sides, pasta dishes and a ssam dish for 3-4. Their hours are 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday.

Grab a group of friends and go check out Peck’s as soon as possible. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to get Friday and Saturday night reservations pretty soon. I can’t wait to make mine.

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Jim Breuer at Troy Music Hall: Ticket Giveaway

Jim Breuer is returning to the Troy Music Hall on January 23. In addition to sponsoring KAB this week, Troy Music Hall has offered up a pair of tickets to a lucky reader. If you’re not the contest type, tickets are for sale now and are all $27.

From the event page:

Jim returns to the Hall with all new stories and material in this brand new show!
Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. He started as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit before joining the “Saturday Night Live” cast, where he gained fame for his Joe Pesci impersonation, and for originating the character of “Goat Boy.” He went on to star alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult film favorite “Half Baked.”

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Plans unveiled for Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s new restaurant

After the wild success of the Tavern Noodle Pop-up, there has been a lot of questions as to what’s going to fill that space full time. Vic and Heather announced yesterday that they’re going to be opening a restaurant called Peck’s Arcade. Peck’s Arcade will focus on small plates, with drawing from eclectic global tastes.

Their previewed menu includes six small plates, two mains, and two pasta dishes, alongside a cocktail menu with four choices. The wine menu may be shared with the Confectionery or very close to what they offer.

For consistency, Peck’s Arcade will be open Wednesday through Saturday, which will allow the same team to work together each night.

You can check out the space tonight (December 18) during the second Tavern Noodle Pop-up at 5pm. Learn more on the Peck’s Arcade website, and the Peck’s Arcade facebook.

PSA: Tavern Noodle is back, tonight only, at 5pm

That’s all. Read more (not really) on facebook.