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A Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons

Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons Behind the Scenes NYC

For those that love New York, we know that spending a weekend in the Hamptons is on most people’s bucket list. So let us help you out!

Guide For The Ultimate Weekend In The Hamptons Behind the Scenes NYC

The Hamptons is what weary New Yorkers think about when they want to have an indulgent and relaxing weekend.
It’s known for celebrity sightings and scenic beaches, and it’s also New York’s most expensive summer destination since it costs a little over $400 to spend a night at some of the best hotels in the area.

But, while a weekend stay in the Hamptons can cost a little more compared to other NY vacation spots such as

Geneva and Lake George, it’s ultimately worth it since there’s a lot to do here all year round.

If you’re planning to treat yourself to a luxurious holiday, here’s a guide on how to spend a weekend in the Hamptons.


Where to Stay

A getaway in the Hamptons requires careful planning so you can fully experience the best of what this destination has to offer.

First, you’ll need to pick the right place to stay, and there’s a lot to choose from, depending on what experience you’re going for. If you want to stay in a fancy resort, consider EHP Resort & Marina.

They opened their doors earlier this year, and the 9-acre resort has luxurious rooms and cottages, three restaurants, a marina, and a swimming pool.

For December 2022, EHS will be offering a wide variety of activities for guests to enjoy the holiday season, including a festive hot cocoa bar, holiday cocktail making lessons, and private wine tastings, among others.

Meanwhile, for those who’d rather stay in a bed and breakfast, there’s East Hampton Art House. This establishment is run by local artists, and the amenities come with free studio tours and beach passes.

There’s also The Huntting Inn, which is located about 2.7 km away from the East Hampton Main Beach.

This place has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV in every room, as well as an impressive breakfast buffet for guests.


Where to Eat

Foodies will definitely jump at the chance to stay in the Hamptons as this destination has lots of places to enjoy good food.

For instance, there’s The Clam Bar, which is a favorite among lobster fans. Feast on classics such as two-pound lobsters and clam strips or a Lobster Salad Roll.

For Mexican food, there’s Coche Comedor for tuna tacos and pork rib carnitas. Meanwhile, for seasonal comfort food, locals and tourists alike can’t get enough of Nick & Toni’s, which has been around since 1988.

This restaurant serves sumptuous dishes such as Ricotta Gnocchi, Wood Grilled Heritage Pork Chop, and Roasted Lamb Ribs.


What to Do

Its proximity to beaches makes the Hamptons perfect for activities such as swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, surfing, and fishing.

There’s also plenty of hiking trails where you can admire gorgeous scenery, and towns where you can shop for anything from baked goods to luxury items.

The Hamptons is also a haven for artists as it’s home to art exhibits and festivals. Make sure to stop by the Pollock-Krasner House, which is dedicated to Jackson Pollock.

There’s also The Parrish Art Museum which houses some of Pollock’s works, as well as the LongHouse Reserve, which has works from Willem de Kooning and Yoko Ono, among others.


The Hamptons has long been a favorite place for rest and relaxation for many New Yorkers.

Consider these tips to make the most of your visit and have fun while staying in this idyllic vacation destination.

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5 Magical NYC Activities to Try This Winter

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Come explore 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter! So many unique spots to enjoy, so let us help you out!

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in New York City. But, in this season of wind tunnels and freezing rain, locals and tourists alike have to get creative! So, come check out 5 magical NYC activities to try this winter!

Ice skating and holiday markets are all well and good, but what about some more original activities to try in NYC during the winter months?

To help keep up your spirits until the city starts to thaw, here are five magical NYC activities to try this winter.


#1 Go crazy golfing in a botanical palace

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If you’ve never heard of crazy golf before, get ready to have your world rocked.

This new-to-NYC phenomenon combines all the best of mini golf, bougie bar hopping and delicious street food, with a setting fit for royalty – in this case, the underground palace of Swingers Crazy Golf in NoMad.

Here, you and friends can putt your way through three amazing crazy golf courses, challenging each other to get past their many riveting obstacles!

To help you keep warm, you’ll obviously get plenty of physical activity at Swingers, and you can have drinks delivered to you right there on the course. (The Chailand Iced Tea – an energizing combination of chai-infused vodka, lemonade and cinnamon syrup – is sure to leave you feeling toasty.)

With cocktails and golf clubs in hand, you’ll also have great props for posing with Swingers’ gorgeous botanical decorations! And once you’ve worked up an appetite, don’t forget to stop by the gourmet street food vendors for pescado tacos and pepperoni pinwheels.

If you’re after a deluxe NYC destination for food, drink and entertainment, Swingers does it all.

Location: 35 West 29th Street

 

#2 Curate tunes at a classic vinyl record bar

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Karaoke is always a hoot, but for those who’ve heard a few too many off-key renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, consider a much trendier option: an old-school vinyl record bar.

Our favourite in NYC would have to be Tokyo Record Bar, just a few minutes’ walk from Washington Square Park – and the ideal spot for a memorable night with friends (or to impress a date).

At TRB, you’ll be seated in an intimate, warmly lit space to choose from exciting drinks such as honeydew sake and buttermilk nigori. You can then proceed to the main menus, both culinary and musical.

On the former, you’ll find elegant dishes like hiramasa sashimi with burgundy truffle and caviar; for the latter, you and your guest(s) can select vinyl jukebox songs to be played as part of your dining experience.

Needless to say, a few hours at TRB can really reinvigorate a dreary winter evening… but make reservations now if you’re interested, because this 12-seat space fills up fast!

Location: 127 MacDougal Street

 

#3 Visit an enchanting French bookstore

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Bookstores aren’t such a rare sight in NYC, but bookstores like Albertine – located on the third floor of the Payne Whitney mansion on Fifth Avenue – contain a sliver of cultural magic.

This enchanting space has the largest collection of French language books in the country, with classic titles from 30 French-speaking countries, as well as plenty of English books and translations for those who don’t parlent français.

Visitors can enjoy this abundant, cross-cultural literature under a deep blue, astrology-inspired ceiling and golden hanging lamps. Without a doubt, Albertine is just the place to immerse yourself in another world on a cold winter’s afternoon (and maybe take a dreamy doze in one of their leather loveseats).

Alternatively, for those who don’t want to be tempted into buying any beautiful, expensive books, we’d recommend the Morgan Library and Museum: a glorious Beauty and the Beast-style collection situated two miles down the road, close to the Empire State Building.

Location: 972 5th Avenue

 

#4 Get your game on at an eccentric Brooklyn arcade

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Got some laundry to do? Looking to play a bit of pinball? Or just craving a beer after a long day? For any or all of the above, take a trip down to Sunshine Laundromat in Greenpoint.

This retro laundromat/arcade/bar feels very New York City: a quirky space that’s nonetheless quite functional and minimalist in design.

Indeed, some of the flashier arcade spaces in the city can feel a bit artificial. Sunshine Laundromat, on the other hand, is a truly authentic Brooklyn spot frequented by locals.

Pull up a stool and order a pint of locally brewed Greenpoint beer, or take a turn at one of the nostalgically themed pinball machines – Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park are just three iconic themes you’ll find here.

And if you happen to spill a drink on your jacket, simply pop it in the washing machine and pick it up on your way out! (Seriously, this is one amenity that every Brooklyn bar should offer.)

Location: 860 Manhattan Avenue

 

#5 Sip warming drinks at a secret speakeasy

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Speaking of highly authentic and slightly hidden NYC spots, our last suggestion is a speakeasy in the East Village – a place so covert, it has a hidden entrance and is quite literally called “Please Don’t Tell.” (We’re only defying their request because it’s a genuinely cool spot that many more people should know about!)

Step through the phone booth in Crif’s Dogs (a local hot dog joint) to a low-lit, highbrow space of brick walls and polished surfaces. Here, you can order signature PDT cocktails and classic drinks alike – perhaps a regionally appropriate Cosmo or Manhattan.

And if you want to go all out to beat the winter blues, consider hiring out the entire venue for up to 30 people!

Take note, however, that of all these magical things to do in NYC, an evening at PDT is one of the hardest to come by; they’re often booked up until well after midnight.

So, if this one sounds like a wintertime winner to you, we’d suggest making reservations well in advance.

Location: 113 St. Marks Place


Photo Credit: Swingers, Please Don’t Tell, Sunshine Laundromat, Albertine Bookshop, Tokyo Record Bar, 

Celebrity-Owned Restaurants in NYC

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Check out some of the coolest celebrity-owned restaurants in NYC! There are so many amazing places to eat, so let us help you with some top recommendations!

Celebrity Owned Restaurants in NYC Jay Wennington Behind the Scenes NYCToday we will share with you 5 amazing celebrity-owned restaurants in NYC for you to check out!

We all know that New York is one of America’s top culinary capitals boasting of a variety of cuisines and many Michelin-starred restaurants.

Whether you fancy traditional dining or want to try avant-garde dishes, there are many places in the metropolis where you can go.

It’s no wonder that celebrities also dabble in restaurants, for very few places in the world can compare to the culinary scene that unfolds in the city that never sleeps.

Here are celebrity-owned restaurants that you should try the next time you’re in NYC.


Joanne Trattoria

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NYC has its share of old and historic restaurants that you can explore to appreciate the city’s incredible food scene.

However, for those who just want a traditional eatery, the Italian American restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, is a place to consider.

It is owned by the parents of celebrity Lady Gaga and cookbook author Art Smith. The latter was the former chef of American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

The restaurant itself is named after Gaga’s aunt, Joanne. Located just a short walk from the American Folk Art Museum, the homey trattoria features traditional Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi, and pizzas.

The aim of the restaurant is to offer classic and delicious Italian fare in a family-style place.

Location: 70 West 68th Street, Upper West Side
http://www.joannenyc.com

 

Nobu Downtown and TriBeCa Grill

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Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Hollywood actor Robert de Niro, and businessman Meir Teper are the forces behind the success of 50 gourmet restaurants and 13 luxury hotels.

The men were at the helm of their ventures since 1994.

Thanks to the fusion cuisine that combines South American ingredients with traditional Japanese recipes, the renowned brand has won the hearts of diners all over the world.

Chef Matsuhisa is famous for his black cod with miso sauce and Hokusetsu premium sake

Location: 195 Broadway, Financial District
https://www.noburestaurants.com/downtown

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In addition to the high-end brand, de Niro has also a stake in Tribeca Grill, a barbecue restaurant with an award-winning wine list and a great spot for people-watching.

His partner in this venture is Drew Nieporent, a famous NYC restaurateur.  

Location: 375 Greenwich Street, TriBeCa
https://www.tribecagrill.com

 

The 40/40 Club

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Just a stone’s throw away from Madison Square is the luxury sports bar, The 40/40 Club. Co-owned by American rapper and hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z, the club features gigantic plasma screens and private lounges.

It first opened in NYC in 2003 and since then has expanded to other locations including Brooklyn and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The club borrows its name from baseball’s 40/40 club which is composed of player who have hit 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one baseball season.

To date, only four Major League Baseball (MLB) players belong to this exclusive club.

Meanwhile, if you’re planning to check out the joint, expect scrumptious appetizers, sliders, and salads.

Location: 6 West 25th Street, Flatiron District
https://the4040club.com

  

Mermaid Oyster Bar

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For oyster lovers, Zach Braff’s restaurant is the place to go because it features 16 amazing and delicious varieties of oysters.

Chef Laurence Edelman who is a friend of Braff since he was 13 years old co-owns the place with the American actor and filmmaker best known for his role as JD in Scrubs.

The joint is also known for its lobster rolls and ‘oyster happy hours.’ You can find the upscale seafood place at Greenwich Village.

Whether it’s for fame, money, or simply passion, celebs who opened restaurants on their own or with partners in NYC are offering diners different dining experiences.

It’s also an opportunity to see other luminaries who patronize their eating places.

Location: 89 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village
https://www.themermaidnyc.com


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Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

Are you going to New York City, or you live here (lucky you!)?! Well, here are some quick tips on unlocking the romance of NYC with your partner.

Unlocking The Romance of NYC With Your Partner Behind The Scenes NYC

It’s hard not to see New York City as one of the premiere romantic cities in the world. So, let help you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner!

While some might think of Paris, Rome, or perhaps even London as fantastic alternatives, NYC has that charm of being larger than life, of making dreams come true, of being the home of so many cultural reference points that it’s hard not to see why millions of couples come to the Big Apple each year, hoping to bask in the delights offered here.

But, how can you unlock the romance of NYC with your partner?

Where should you go, and what should you do? How should you set your preferences, and to what degree should you book in advance?

Well, those are worthwhile questions to ask, because while the city that never sleeps can cater to your every whim, it’s usually time that limits us in such a fantastic city, and so having some priorities set can save you time and money, granting you the best experience of all.

So, with that in mind, let’s consider the following:


Amazing Food & Nightlife

NYC is known for having some of the best cuisines in the world, as all the top chefs in the world come to visit and make their name in such a city.

From Gordon Ramsay’s titular restaurant to smaller authentic cafes and delis showcasing the best of authentic cuisine, all the way to chopped cheese sandwiches found in certain bodegas.

The nightlife can be a fantastic place to experience the city too, from small bars that play underground dance music to those that hold jazz with real reverence.

In the end, whatever your scene is, you can sure the vibe is authentically preserved in NYC.

 

Hotels With A View

NYC has perhaps one of the most impressive skylines in the world. So, it can be worthwhile to find a hotel that allows for that view. Well, we do know that New Yorkers love a rooftop spot, right!?

No matter if this means taking a hotel just out of the city and looking in on it, or going for a hotel in the midst of Manhattan with a gorgeous view for two nights, the more you can view the city from a comforting vantage point, the more you can breathe it in.

From there, set as a base for romantic things to do in NYC, your fun can start.

 

See The City From Above

It might be cliche, you may have seen it in every romantic television show or movie, but taking a helicopter ride or even hot air balloon ride near NYC can really give you the scope of the city, and see it from a vantage point that not many people get the chance to.

Doing this can help you enjoy a real memorable experience right there next to your favorite person! Appreciating how such a man-made marvel can even exist.

If this doesn’t ignite your passion to explore NYC, it’s hard to see what could.

 

So, with this advice, you’re sure to unlock the romance of NYC with your partner. Take the city at your own pace, and you’re sure to love it.


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Song E Napule: An Italian spot in NYC

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It’s Pizza & Pasta time where Greenwich and Soho meet!!!! We all know that New York City has some of the best restaurants from around the globe and today, we’ll share with you a super authentic Italian spot, Song E Napule.

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An authentic Italian spot in NYC! Have you heard of Song E Napule?

We do knot that it can be quite a challenge to figure out what’s the next amazing restaurant to visit in New York. The city has absolutely every single cuisine you could image and the options are truly endless.

This discrete spot in the South Village serves brick oven pizzas & homemade Italian pastas that are to die for! So, don’t be mistaken!

This is a super authentic destination for the Italian community in the City created by Chef Ciro Iovine.

“Ciro has been a pizza chef since he was 13 years old, his craft took him around the world and finally to New York: first on vacation, immediately after work.”

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So, what did we try!?

POMODORINI SALAD: Arugula, cherry tomatoes, shaved Parnesan and balsamic vinaigrette
CROCCHE’ DI PATATE: Hand made potato croquette, filled with smoked buffalo mozzarella cheese and pecorino cheese
SPAGHETTI AL RAGU CON POLPETTE: Spaghetti with meatballs, tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano
GNOCCHI WHITE TRUFFLE CREAM

Lastly, for Dessert, a CHEESE CAKE FRUIT – soft dough of cheeses and eggs encased in a fragrant background of shortcrust pastry.

WOW! And what a dinner!

We had a great time, staff was super friendly, fun and the spot is truly perfect for a super authentic and delicious Italian dinner!

Hope you guys enjoy as much as we did!!!

Location: 146 West Houston Street
Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm–10pm

https://songenapule.nyc


In addition, if you enjoyed this post, remember that NYC has some of the best restaurants from around the globe.

You can check out a few more dining options too, to plan your NYC trip!


Photo Credits: Courtesy and @BehindTheScenesNYC

Here’s What’s Next For NYC’s Food Scene

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Curious to know what’s next for NYC’s Food Scene? Well, take a look below so we can tell you all about it! Get ready to enjoy!

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New York City’s food scene is like no other in the world: locals equally rave about hot dogs from hot dog carts and eclectic cuisine from Michelin-starred restaurants, all in the same breath.

And while the Big Apple’s food culture doesn’t need much to improve it, experts and food enthusiasts are predicting that new NYC food trends are going to shake things up to gain the interest of even the most jaded foodie in the city.

Here’s what’s next for NYC’s vibrant and eclectic food scene.


Nostalgic Comfort Foods

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During times of uncertainty, people tend to gravitate towards comfort food, especially comfort food from their youth.

A recent poll has found that two in three Americans ate more comfort food in 2020. And, people will be seeking more of this type of food: 69 percent said that they’ll continue to enjoy the same amount of comfort food in the coming years.

This means that New Yorkers may see more hearty fare offered in their favorite bistros, cafes and restaurants. For example, a deep dish chicken pot pie or a lasagna cooked in a spring form pan, breakfast pizza, mac & cheese, and chili – all possible to emulate at home with a non-stick pan.

Immunity-Boosting Foods

As people are looking for ways to stay healthy, it’s likely that renowned NYC food institutions will be offering more food and drinks with natural immunity boosters.

Be on the lookout for salads with a lot of ingredients that can build up the immune system, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers. Ginger is also about to become a star ingredient. It can help to decrease inflammation and reduce the symptoms of various respiratory illnesses.

Think warming soups such as cream of squash and roasted ginger, or pickled ginger as a side dish.

Dessert could be a ginger ice cream, such as the one that can be found at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. NYC restaurants can elevate this treat by serving it with whipped coconut cream and lychees.

Eclectic Twist on Classic Favorites

NYC foodies are about to go on a food adventure: a lot of classic favorites, such as burgers and pizza, are predicted to undergo an eclectic makeover.

Think New York style pizza with kimchi, ramen burgers, or Thai-style fries, which are fries cooked with spices, peanut oil, peanut butter, lime juice, and fish sauce.

Dessert bars are also predicted to offer more ice cream with international flavors, such as ube, which is a type of purple yam that comes from the Philippines, red bean paste, which is a favorite in South Korea, and miso, which is a mainstay in Japanese dishes.

NYC’s food scene is about to get even more interesting. And, we’re about to see more classic comfort foods, healthy meals, and diverse ingredients offered by popular and up-and-coming institutions.

Be on the lookout for these trends and indulge your taste buds with the best NYC treats.


Piccola Cucina Opens In The Upper East Side

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One of our favorite restaurant officially opened their 4th location in New York City! Piccola Cucina, in the Upper East Side, should definitely be on your to-go list!

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We’ve been to Piccola Cucina a couple of times and we never hesitate to go back again and again, and again!

Celebrities like the mega influencer Chiara Ferragni and her husband Fedez, and other big names like Owen Wilson, Adam Devine, Katie Holmes, Cuba Gooding Jr, Duran Duran and so many others also love the spot! You might even bump into one of them!

Their 4th location was scheduled to open early March and now they were finally able to celebrate their grand opening….and obviously they did not disappoint!

As soon as we arrived, the outdoor seating immediately called our attention. Every detail and the careful treatment with all the details made the area super cozy and inviting.

Having recently opened, we were happy to see they were already pretty busy with old (and many new) clients having fun and respecting all safety protocols.

Well, we were excited to try their Upper East Side menu and this time, different from the previous post we wrote about them, we left space for their delicious desserts!

This is what we had:

  • Antipasti: Octopus Caprese with burrata cheese , tomato confit and basil
  • Main Dish #1: Pasta – Busiati with salmon and artichokes
  • Main Dish #2: Pasta – Spaghetti with seafood (mussles, shrimp and calamaris)
  • Dessert: Tiramisu
  • Dessert: Semifreddo Mandorla – an ice cream-like option!

We paired the meals with red wine and an Espresso Martini – to give it a twist! And, if you enjoy Espresso Martinis, they really know how to make this cocktail to perfection!

Chef Philip Guardione truly never disappoints and is always adding amazing new creations to the menu or the daily specials, so you can be sure to be surprised – regardless of which location you decide to go to!

And lastly, of course the staff and the entire team was extremely knowledgeable with all the dishes, super polite and friendly and most of all, very welcoming…making our night a perfect dinner in New York City! Bravissimo!

We can wait for our next time!

Location: 106 East 60th Street

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am – 12am

www.piccolacucinagroup.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Tramonti Fifth Ave: An Authentic Italian Restaurant in NYC

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If you enjoy Italian cuisine, then you must visit Tramonti Fifth Ave, a family-friendly authentic Italian restaurant. Not only do they have century old secret recipes, but they are the only ones in NYC to have a specific Tramonti wine!

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Tramonti Fifth Ave is one of the newest additions to NYC’s vibrant restaurant scene! This family-friendly authentic Italian restaurant, located in the heart of the NoMad neighborhood, will take you on a journey to Tramonti, a small town in Italy.

To be more exact, Tramonti is a tiny town in the beautiful Amalfi Coast (southern Italy). They are mostly known for their vineyards, lemon orchards and chestnut woodlands. Tramonti’s current population is only a little over 4,100 people.

When we arrived at Tramonti Fifth Ave, we were greeted by a very friendly staff that led us to our table. We sat at the back area, near the wood-fired pizza oven, where we immediately noticed that Chef Giovanni Vittorio Tagliafierro was at full speed! Chef Leo Mele is the other, also world-renowned chef, part of Tramonti!

Chef Giovanni, born in Tramonti, was recently awarded by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce the Ospitalità Italiana Award.

This annual award is a seal of quality assurance for the authentic Italian restaurants around the world.

“Italian cuisine is the result of a centuries-old historical process of Italian society, always leading to significant moments of human civilization. For an innate inclination to the attention of the Italians to human relationships and the quality of life, the culture of the table has become in the course of time the symbol of hospitality and welcome, the food has taken on a value like art and music.

For these reasons, Italian food should be considered a contribution to the heritage of humanity and should be defended and protected from adulteration and falsification to preserve its history, culture, quality, and authenticity.” ~ Welcome-Italia.co.uk

As mentioned above, Tramonti is known for its fine vineyards and we had the pleasant surprise to actually try an authentic wine, the Giuseppe Apicella Costa d’Amalfi Tramonti. Such a delicious red wine!

As starters, we tried:

  • Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes
  • Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and burrata
  • And, the Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and prosciutto
  • Polpette Di Vitella – veal meatballs in tomato sauce
  • Parmigiana Di Melanzane – Parmigiana-style pan fried eggplant with tomato sauce and mozzarella

All really fresh and extremely tasty, but we were mostly surprised with the perfection of the Parmigiana Di Melanzane. This is definitely a must-have!

Pizza making is one of Chef Giovanni’s expertise. Their recipe has been in his family for over a century, so we obviously had to try it!

The pizza we decided on was a classic Caprese – Fiammante San Marzano DOP tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella DOP, arugula, cherry tomatoes and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).

We asked what DOP meant. It’s “Denominazione d’Origine Protetta” (Protected Designation of Origin) – a certification guaranteeing the origin of the products and that “it has been produced, processed, and packaged in a specific geographical zone and according to tradition” (Source: DeliveryItaliano.com)

“We use special ingredients and classic recipes to create delicious pizza, spaghetti, salad, and more.”

It was delicious and the crust was as crunchy as a pizza crust should be!

Last, but definitely not least, dessert! We tried their cannoli, but we were really looking forward to their famous Chocolate Eggplant.

The recipe dates back over 400 years. It has passed through all generations of Chef Giovanni’s family – mother, grandmother, great grandmother. The process takes literally over 24 hours to prepare.

They fry the eggplant to perfection, twice, then it sits for around 6 hours. The chocolate sauce is delicious and, as every genius dish, there’s a secret ingredient. In this case, the Chef mentioned it’s an Italian liqueur, with 13 herbs (he did not mention details), made by local Monks!

When the eggplant is ready, they dip it into the chocolate sauce, sprinkle with dark chocolate and place into the oven for another 2 minutes. But, it’s still not over. Finally, they place it inside a refrigerator for another 24 hours! After this, the dessert finally ready to be savored! Result: Utter perfection!

You’ll also find other options on the menu like pastas and a variety of seafoods from lobster, crab and shrimp, to fresh oysters.

They can also accommodate dietary restrictions and offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes as well!

We can’t wait to go back for more!

Oh, and while you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to explore it a bit. So, go for a drink at Patent Pending, one of our favorite speakeasy bars! If you want to stay in the area while in NYC, take a look at the HGU New York Hotel.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 12:30am
Sunday: 11:30am – 11pm

Location: 2 West 28th Street

www.tramontififthave.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Piccola Cucina: A Charming Italian Restaurant in NYC

Dining Piccola Cucina Italian Restaurant SoHo

The smaller, the better! That’s how we like our restaurants to be! Piccola Cucina Enoteca is a charming Italian restaurant with a few locations around New York.

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I remember the very first time I went to Piccola Cucina on Prince Street. The place was not new – it was founded back in 2008 – but I only had a chance to visit them on September 2014.

Behind the Scenes NYC was just starting its journey uncovering the local New York scene, I had just hired my immigration lawyers to kick off my Visa process, so I wanted to start our explorations in grand style!

As soon as you walk in Piccola Cucina, you’ll be surprised on how tiny the place is.

There are maybe only around 10 tables, all pretty packed up together. But, no one really seems to mind, nor pay attention to what’s happening with their neighbor.

If you’re a visual person like me, the good thing is that you can peek around to see what the dishes look like.

I went there with a friend that I’ve known since we were 3-4 years old, that studied with me back in school and eventually in college. He’d been living in NYC for quite some time, working for a renowned bank, and knew about all my life changing plans of moving to New York City.

Since then, everything ended up well: I moved to New York and properly started my business. There is just so much to see in this city that, even though I do go to places I love multiple times, I always tend to look for new places to explore. It’s always good for new content for you guys!

That said, I hadn’t found a good opportunity to go back, until a few days ago with 2 good friends that also live here and have never been there.

We did a reservation for Sunday, at 2pm. The place is so tiny that if you don’t have a reservation, you’ll probably have to wait a while for a table.

I woke up a little later than normal, since Sundays are my lazy days. I had a light breakfast to actually arrive hungry at Piccola Cucina. I wanted to know how Chef Philip Guardione, a true Sicilian raised, would surprise me this time!

We all ordered different dishes:

  • To share: Bruschetta ai Pomodorini e Basilico – Classic Cherry Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
  • Cavatelli ai Funghi Porcini – Cavatelli with Porcini Mushrooms
  • Lasagna al Ragu – Lasagna with Meat Ragu, Tomato and Bechamel Sauce
  • Pasta alla Norma – Eggplant Rolls Stuffed with Tomatoes Spaghetti and Ricotta Cheese
  • Red Wines by the glass: Divus Ciavolic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Cembra Pinot Noir

All the dishes are super well served and came in beautiful pans that was pretty unique! I actually ordered the rest of mine to go. I literally was able to eat only half!

“I only came to New York for a visit, but the energy and vitality of the people bewitched me. Today the Big Apple has become my city, where this unexpected adventure all started, and my goal is to bring the joy and flavor of my country here”. ~ Chef Philip Guardione

We decided not to order dessert, but we did see the Cannoli with Ricotta Cheese and the Tiramisú at the neighbor tables. They looked delicious and the people eating them, seemed very happy with their order! Ha!

So, after some coffee, it was time to go! We had a fantastic time! The staff was ultra-friendly and solicitous, music was pleasant, and guests came from all over the globe. We could listen to them speaking multiple different languages.

Piccola Cucina is a perfect place for a brunch with friends. It’s also a fantastic idea to surprise your date on a trendy, intimate New York spot! But, not really fun for small kids though…

If you’re in SoHo, you can just take more time to explore.

So, go grab a drink at a speakeasy bar called The Ship, have fun at the famous interactive exhibit called Color Factory, or go for dessert and coffee at Sweets by Chloe. I love their Red Velvet cupcake – it’s vegan, but if I hadn’t told you, you’d never notice!

Hours: Please check details for each location on website.

Locations:
Enoteca – 184 Prince Street
Sicilian Osteria – 196 Spring Street
Estiatorio – 75 Thompson Street
Upper East Side – 106 East 60th Street

www.piccolacucinagroup.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Piccola Cucina

Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour

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Lets keep your New York experience amazing! Come explore with us on the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour! Eat & shop your way through the best of sustainable Brooklyn with a local expert.


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Don’t let the city grit sway you, we’re living green right here in the middle of Brooklyn! See a bit more about the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour.

There are so many shops working with sustainable practices and putting their mission into action that we love to spread the word about!

The tour includes food tastings, organic tea ceremony, and behind-the-scenes access! Your tour guide is also a sustainable fashion designer, stylist and licensed guide. We also include info and history of the neighborhood and shopping discounts (where available).

So, join local sustainable fashion and textile designer, Amalya Meira, for a look at conscious design, forward-thinking cuisine, and innovative architecture all here in Williamsburg!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Meet Designers, chefs and entrepreneurs forging a path for conscious urban living
  • Try delicious natural wine
  • See innovative and up and coming sustainable design from around the world
  • Taste amazing organic food that will leave you feeling wonderful (enough for lunch)
  • Visit a local designer studio
  • Give vintage gems new life!
  • Discover a mother daughter sustainable design success story
  • Like A Local only discounts at local boutiques
  • Learn about organic tea and tea ceremonies
  • See one of the only Passive Houses in all New York!
  • More natural and organic restaurant tips in the area!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Capacity: 14 people. Our groups are small for intimate, high-quality experiences.
  • Tour Includes: Meet & greets, food/wine tastings, shopping discounts & more!
  • Walking Tour: Yes, 2.5 miles of walking. Please wear comfortable clothing/shoes.

Rates: $68 / person
Times: Every Friday at 12pm

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For other amazing tours, like Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour, you can see our Tours & Experiences page. You might also want to check out the “Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour” to enjoy a bit of Manhattan, as well.

If you’re looking for a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us so we work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


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