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NYC Renting: Need-To-Know Facts In 2019

Curiosities City Secrets NYC Rent 2019 Daryan Shamkhali

If you’re considering moving to New York City, here are some need-to-know facts for 2019 about NYC Renting. We all know that rents can skyrocket, but we have some good news for you!

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New York City has historically had relatively high rent, but there is good news for would-be citizens. According to the New York Times, there has been a 0.7% drop in rent prices on the average one-bedroom property. While modest, this is a welcome change to years of inflating prices.

It’s still a matter of careful planning for would-be NYC renters. With that in mind, a few changes are afoot that will change rental opportunities. Pay close attention if you’re looking to move to the Big Apple; it could save you a few dollars for the good things in life.

More inclusivity in properties

Many NYC properties are very old and, resultantly, outdated. Fortunately, many landlords are making efforts, along with city regulators, to make homes accessible. 2019 will see this fast tracked with the federal case against the MTA.

According to the New York Post, the United States Attorney sued MTA for their inaccessible subway stations and the outcome of this could have wide ranging consequences, including more housing inclusive of accessibility requirements.

Changes in tax

When you rent in New York City, make sure you know about your property tax. Homeowners can expect to pay up to 10%, according to Bloomberg. What Bloomberg also noted, however, is that the individual tax burden is reducing.

As years progress, you can expect the tax bill to be less cumbersome as other counties pick up the slack. This means that your overall rental outgoings may be lower in the next few years, especially when considered with the ongoing trend concerning landlords.

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Landlords are settling down

Whether it’s because of the political climate, or some other source of uncertainty, landlords are staying put. According to CNN Money, more and more landlords are aggressively pursuing rent negotiation, rather than simply putting prices up and letting the tenants make a choice.

This is a nod towards more stability, as a renter. You can expect that, if you look after your property and have good behavior, that your rent will reduce over the years. You will also benefit from a continued relationship with the landlord, which is advantageous for the likes of maintenance and security.

Renting in New York City can still be expensive, but it matches the high average income in the area. Making the most out of your rental will be easier in years to come, through enhanced levels of accessibility, lowered levels of tax returns and more consistent landlords.

Keep yourself aware of these trends and work around them to get your feet in the door in the grand old city.


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jose Alonso and Daryan Shamkhali

Thompson Brooke: A New England Tapas RestoBar

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Thompson Brooke, a New England tapas RestoBar in the heart of Williamsburg, is a must-try! We love tapas, so be sure to go with a big group and try a bit of everything in the menu!

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As one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Williamsburg is always offering a diverse food culture in its streets. So, it’s not a surprise that Brooke Costello, well-known food expert and catering business owner chef, decided to open his new restaurant Thompson Brooke on Grand Street, in the heart of Williamsburg.

Inspired by Brooke’s grandfather name, Thompson Brooke is a cozy and lovely RestoBar that welcomes you with the perfect music, scents and a great staff ready to serve you their delicious creations.

It offers a unique variety of traditional New England dishes with a modern twist: New England Tapas. If you are not familiar with the concept of Tapas, it comes from the Spanish cuisine. It’s basically small sharable portions of any kind of food – cold or hot.

The dinner menu consist of 8 traditional dishes including Sam’s Lobster Roll, Beer Batter Fish & Chips, Smoked Clams Mac’N’Cheese or Buddy Cianci style calamari, if you are into seafood. And still, Grand St. Burger if you prefer a 5oz beef patty or Safe Harbor Dog, Shaker Squad Salad and Yankee Whaler if you prefer vegetarian/vegan alternatives.

Among the sides, you can enjoy Cumin Maple Roasted Rainbow Carrots, French Fries, a cup of Vegan Chili and Yankee Queso for dipping.

Based on Brooke’s recommendation, we started our dinner with the Buddy Cianci style calamari – squid, pickled chilis, bread crumbs, spicy mayonnaise and a Yankee Whaler – baked russet potato boats with yankee queso, bacon, sour cream, scallions and pickled chile.

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We then tried one of the specials of the night: fresh Oysters.

Every week they have Wednesday Oysters’ Night where you can enjoy as many oysters as you wish, for only $1.

And, if you are a book lover, don’t miss “Pour Writers”. On special days, local writers visit Thompson Brooke not only to share insights of their books and publications, but to charm you with their bartender skills and specially prepare you their best cocktails. Pretty awesome, right?

In addition, we ordered a delicious Shaker Squash Salad with butternut squash, celery root, dried cherry, toasted squash seeds, pickled mustard seeds and maple vinaigrette; and one of their top dishes, the Smoked Clams Mac’N’Cheese. If I had to describe the flavor, imagine the best New England Clam Chowder you ever had, add cheese and macaroni pasta. Perfection!

Obviously, we needed some drinks to pair with this marvelous feast. Thompson Brooke offers a variety of drinks including local beers, selected wines from Italy, France, Spain and California. And still, hard drinks and soft drinks if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage.

We tried one of their soft drinks called Lizzie’s Shrub Bucket – plum tarragon shrub & soda, a Sixpoint Crisp Pilsner locally brewed in NYC and a Mainsheet Mule. All a 100% recommended.

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To finish our meal, we tried the 3 desserts.

Hester’s Banana Cream – torched banana, vanilla wafers and heavy cream; Maple French Toast Doughnut – cinnamon glaze and roasted apples and Little Nibbler’s Chocolate Pudding – peanut bourbon fudge and candied peanuts. You should try them all, since it’s hard to recommend which one is best.

If you are more of a “Brunch Person”, during the weekends they offer a special menu of dishes and drinks.

Thompson Brooke also has the space for private events like engagement parties that can be accompanied with the food from their original menu or by Red Table Catering services, also owned by Brooke Costello. And still, contact our experts for any corporate event you’re working on!

Prices are very reasonable, especially if you come with a group of friends giving you the chance to try the entire menu.

If you enjoyed everything we said about Thompson Brooke, this New England tapas RestoBar, be sure to make your reservation!

Supporting the Local Community with a Discount for YOU!
“The Grand Street Savings Card” is a free card that aims to support small local business and gives you access to discounts and deals in stores and restaurants located in Grand Street. You can get it at Grand St. BID Office on 246 Graham Avenue, at events or request it by mail, by filling the form in this link.
In the case of Thompson Brooke, if you have a card you get 10% off food on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 12am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3pm
*Regular Sunday supper hours coming soon

Location: 631 Grand Street, Brooklyn

www.thompsonbrooke.com


Text Credit: Written by our contributor Magdalena Concha
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Thompson Brooke

15 Best Parties In New York For New Year’s Eve 2019

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019

New Year’s Eve in New York is certainly one of the best on the planet! Take a look at our selection of the 15 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2019!

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New Year’s Eve in New York is just around the corner and we’re listing below a few of the best parties in town, like we did last year.

From Manhattan to Brooklyn, from classic music, to electronic and funk, we’ll show it all to you!

Take a look below to see the 15 best parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2019.

Decide which party suits you best and rush to guarantee your ticket, since they’re selling out fast, as we have just a few days to go till New Years Eve!


McKittrick Hotel Winter Masquerade

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 McKittrick Hotel
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The McKittrick Hotel is known for throwing some of the best parties year-round. And, of course, their New Year’s Eve party is on the top of the list!

The King’s Winter Masquerade will have live performances, a glamorous feast, live bands, guys DJs and an open bar all night long.

Dress Code: It is asked that you come masked and costumed in shades of gold, silver, and black as befits a King. Their dress code will be strictly enforced.

Tickets: $225 – $995

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 2am

Location: The McKittrick Hotel – 530 West 27th Street

https://mckittrickhotel.com


New Year’s Eve at The Westlight

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Westlight William Vale Brooklyn
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Ring in 2019 at Westlight, the 22nd-floor rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Festivities include open bar, specialty cocktails, passed canapés, live music, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Don your most festive attire and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky as we welcome 2019!

General admission tickets guarantee access to Westlight, open bar, food, and champagne toast.

Dress Code: Festive cocktail attire suggested.

Tickets: $250

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Westlight – 111 North 12th Street (Rooftop)

www.thewilliamvale.com


“Metropolis – The City Of Tomorrow” Immersive Party

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Metropolis City of Tomorrow
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If you enjoy a premium open bar party, then this is the right spot for you. Metropolis – The City of Tomorrow, will take you into an immersive experience.

A mixture of a fantasy world and a nightlife adventure inspired by 1927 science fiction film with the same name will take place! Expect live DJ, immersive performances, themed theatrics and live performances.

Tickets: $119 – $3,570

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Sony Hall – 235 West 46th Street

www.metropolisnye.com


Dances of Vice: The Celestial Ball

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Dance of Vices Celestial Ball
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What a celestial theme party! Gods, goddesses and immortals great and small convene at India House, a landmarked private manse built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo, to welcome the new year amidst a sea of glowing constellations.

The night will be filled with divine music, delicious libations, and dazzling live performances that will sparkle with the same intensity as the bubbles in your glass. Hello, 2019!

Dress Code: Starry-eyed vintage glamour. Olympian opulence. It’s your time to shine.

Tickets: $75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 2am

Location: India House – 1 Hanover Square

www.dancesofvice.com


Masterworks New Year’s Eve Concert

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Bargemusic Masterworks
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New York’s floating concert hall music in motion, all year long! An actual barge located on the East River will host the Masterworks New Year’s Eve Concert.

Be prepared to enjoy some of the best classic music pieces of all times from great composers like Vivaldi and Bach…while floating on the East River!

Tickets: $150

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 11pm

Location: Bargemusic – Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn

www.bargemusic.org


New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 St John of the Divine Concert for Peace
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Start off your night in one of the most amazing concerts, hosted inside a beautiful cathedral named The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. There is also music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and special guests throughout the evening. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year with hope, joy, and affirmation.

Project love, peace, happiness, kindness, spirituality, gratitude, abundance and prosperity for the entire planet for the upcoming New Year!

Tickets: $0 – $100

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

www.stjohndivine.org


New Year’s Eve at Output | John Digweed

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Output John Digweed
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If you enjoy electronic music and enjoy spending endless hours dancing to that sound that shakes your bones from the inside out, then Output is the place for you!

Continuing a beloved holiday tradition, Brooklyn’s award-winning nightclub and premier dance music destination, proudly presents New Year’s Eve with world renowned DJ/producer John Digweed.

Setting the vibe for the gold-themed special occasion, Listed’s Tara Brooks will soundtrack the final moments of 2018 before the clock strikes midnight for the New Year.

In addition to the festivities in the main room, ticket holders will also be granted entry to the adjoining Panther Room. Helming the decks, local party purveyors Risky Business will present their ‘At Dusk’ techno-focused event with residents DESNA, Chilly Mox and Alex Raouf.

Tickets: $66 – $87

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 10pm – 8am

Location: Output – 74 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

https://www.eventbrite.com/output


KNOWER with Ghost-Note

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Let’s get it “funky”!

The Jazz-Funk Youtubers, Knower, an American independent electronic music duo who have gained success releasing music online will play with special guests Ghost-Note, a percussion duo.

Tickets: $26 – $55

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 8pm – 12am

Location: Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Place

www.mercuryeastpresents.com/irvingplaza


Oteil & Friends 2019

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Brooklyn Bowl Oteil
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Two-time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades.

Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Trey Anastasio and so many others!

Get ready to enjoy a great night with him at the renowned Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets: $65 – 75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 6pm – 12am

Location: Brooklyn Bowl – 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.brooklynbowl.com


Margo Price at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Far from overnight, Margo Price’s recent meteoric rise is the product of more than a decade of hard work and sacrifice. While she’d long been one of East Nashville’s best-kept-secrets, she burst onto the international scene with the 2016 release of her first solo album, ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.’

For the New Year’s Eve party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Nashville-based Lilly Hiatt will start the nigh an open it for Margo Price!

Tickets: $65

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 10pm – 12am

Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg – 66 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.axs.com/music-hall-of-williamsburg


Prohibition Disco at the House of Yes

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 House of Yes Prohibition Disco
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Ah! One of the most amazing venues in Brooklyn is promising an unforgettable night!

Quench your thirst for illicit entertainment at this very special New Year’s Eve edition of Prohibition Disco. Get gussied up in glamour, gamble the night away with wise guys and wild women.

Move to the grooves of our speakeasy selectors, alongside Gangsters and Goons, Daddies and Dolls, Bootleggers and Broads.

What more to expect? Champagne Toasts, Burlesque Broads, Glitz & Glamour Makeup Station , Prohibited Punch & Bathtub Gin Specials, Hooch Hound Hooligans, Flappers and Fellas, Women of Ill Repute , Coppers and Cronies and Swindlers & Sweet talkers.

Dress Code: Dress to the nines in vintage looks.

Tickets: $40 – $100

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 5am

Location: House of Yes – 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn

https://houseofyes.org/calendar


New Year’s Eve at The Wren

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 The Wren
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One of Bowery’s best bars, The Wren, will have an upscale celebration. This hearty, upscale pub with craft cocktails, beer,  lots of spirits in a rustic, happening space will feature live burlesque performances.

In addition, an open bar, celebratory cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at mid night!

Tickets: $120

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 12am

Location: The Wren – 344 Bowery

www.thewrennyc.com


Elsewhere NYE with Mano Le Tough and Tensnake

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Elsewhere Mano Le Tough
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Another spot for the night owls that want to celebrate all night long.

Elsewhere, located in East Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, will celebrate in style! They are featuring the Irish DJ/Producer and head of Maeve imprint, Mano Le Tough who’s guaranteed to bring his vibrant House sound to the Hall.

Joining him is Permanent Vacation alum, Tensnake whose break out single “Coma Cat” propelled him around the world spinning Soul, Boogie, Funk, 80s Pop, and elevating him as an in-demand remixer and producer.

Also on the night, regular DJ for parties like Kunst, PAT, and more, Amber Valentine lays down sweet and infectious disco plus resident ReSolute selector Connie Yin joins in with dark and seductive techno…and so much more!

Wait for the champagne toast at midnight!

Tickets: $45 – $75

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 6am

Location: Elsewhere – 599 Johnson Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

www.elsewherebrooklyn.com/events


Blue Man Group

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Ring in the New Year with the Blue Man Group, performing for over 30 years! Pre-show activities will take place prior to the show, including a face painting station and photo booth fun will take place in our theatre lobby.

These activities will end 15 minutes prior to the performance time. Guests will receive party favors upon entering the theater. Stick around after the show to take part in a countdown to “midnight” with the Blue Men and Blue Man Group Band.

Tickets: $99 – $245

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 8pm – 10pm

Location: The Astor Place Theatre – 434 Lafayette Street

www.ticketmaster.com/blue-man-group


New Year’s Eve 2019 at Red Rabbit Club

15 Best Parties in New York for New Years Eve 2019 Red Rabbit Club
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Make it an unforgettable night as you dance the night away to the tunes of famous DJs, rub shoulders with Manhattan socialites and stars, enjoy the decadent 5-hours Premium Open Bar…get your Champagne toasts ready and count down the clock to 2019 in style!

Red Rabbit Club is the newest New York City nightlife hot spot located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Once inside, patrons will embark on a surreal journey through a series of stairs leading them down the rabbit hole and into the subterranean club.

Tickets: $110 – $3,000

Day/Time: Dec 31st, 9pm – 4am

Location: Red Rabbit Club – 408 West 15th Street

www.redrabbitclub.com


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The Must-Try Italian Restaurants In NYC

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In this YouTube episode, we show you which are the must-try Italian restaurants in NYC! So, lets do it how Italians say: “Mangia Che Te Fa Bene!”

“Mangia Che Te Fa Bene!” or… “Eat, that it’s good for you!”…as Italian love to say before starting a delicious meal!

And welcome to our last food episode of the Season! I invited, of course, my dear friend Jared Zuckerman, one of NYC’s top food and travel influencers that tirelessly explored with me the local NYC food scene! We had a fantastic time uncovering some of the top food spots in town, like the best desserts, cocktail spots and vegan restaurants for meat eaters!

So, to finish in grand style and because of our Italian roots, we selected 3 Italian spots to share with you!

To start, we headed towards one of Joe’s Pizza spots, where his pizza is loved not only by all locals, but also countless celebrities. Then, we went to Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s – the 1st spot serving only gnocchis . Last, but certainly not least, the relatively new Scriptum Brooklyn, serving food by passionate Italians in a pretty cool place!

And, before we start showing you all these Italian gems, be sure to subscribe to our channel, like the video and help spread the love for our beautiful New York City!


Joe’s Pizza

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Joe’s Pizza is one of the most famous pizza spots in town, loved by locals and countless celebrities. The business was born in the Greenwich Village in 1975, and today has 4 locations, so it’s easy to find one close to you…

Today Joe is 75 years old and is still running the business! It’s certainly a place with no b*llshit, plus it’s not fancy, not uptight…just right, for the perfect slice of pizza.

Do you know which celebrities you can bump into?

Lucy Liu, Bradley Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, Leo de Caprio, Selena Gomez, Kevin Bacon, Steven Tyler, Trey Burke basketball player from the NY Knicks, and even the Kardashians loooove it!

This time, I ordered a slice of the spinach and ricotta pizza, while Jared got a traditional peperoni slice!

So, let’s go to our next spot: Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s!

Hours: Check website for different hours.

Locations:
7 Carmine Street, Greenwich Village (The original spot!)
150 East 14th Street, Midtown
1435 Broadway, Midtown
216 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://www.joespizzanyc.com


Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s

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Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s is the 1st gnocchi only spot  in the city and is relatively new too!

The Luzzo family is known for being in the restaurant business for years and years and having truly authentic Italian food!

So, what to expect? Delicious, home made gnocchis perfect to pair with your favorite wine!

“Having already mastered the fine art of the perfect pizza dough the next logical step for Executive Chef Michele Iuliano was to master the art of perfect gnocchi. Every style of gnocchi served at Gnoccheria is inspired by Chef Michele’s upbringing and home cooking, and is freshly made by hand every day. From the spinach gnocchi to the amazing stuffed gnocchi all of the dishes are prepared with tremendous variety, taste, and love.”

I had their signature dish: Tris Signature Dish (for 2), made with the classic potato gnocchi and 3 different sauces – pesto genovese, quattro formaggi and sorentina. No joke, I think this one of the best gnocchis in my life. Super light, incredibly fresh, the 3 sauces are extremely tasty and well balanced!

Jared had a green ravioli pasta with tomato sauce, spinach, filled with fresh burrata! He loved it too and said that the burrata, that usually is a bit on the saltier side, was just perfect. In addition, the spinach was amazing!

And of course, we paired it with a red wine. Their wine list is truly impressive and you can see all their tables decorating the restaurant’s walls. Very unique cellar!

I can’t wait to go back there! Really! It’s truly one of my favorite Italian Restaurants in NYC!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Location: 234 East 4th Street

http://www.gnoccherianyc.com 


Scriptum Brooklyn

UNFORTUNATELY THIS AMAZING PLACE CLOSED DOWN JUST A FEW DAYS AGO!

Just a few days before posting our video, we were told that the restaurant unfortunately had permanently closed down on November 17th.

Their food was truly amazing, the decoration of the place was fantastic and super cozy, the service and staff were all very nice and attentive…

We wish the entire team the best and that they hopefully decide to reopen at another location to make all our Italian cravings go away!


And, it’s a wrap! We hope you really enjoyed these fantastic places. And if you did, like our video and subscribe to our channel!

I’m sure you’ll love being part of our behind the scenes NYC, world!

If you enjoyed these Italian restaurants in NYC, take a look at our Dining page for more fantastic restaurants like Palma in the West Village and Lilia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photography: Courtesy of venues
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Pio Pio Restaurant: A Delicious Peruvian Surprise

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To kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered a sangria pitcher and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile I checked the menu at Pio Pio Restaurant to figure out what Peruvian food really was.

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I love birthday celebrations! This time was my roommate’s bday and she decided to have dinner at a Peruvian restaurant in the Upper West Side. She always talked about Pio Pio, but I never had the chance to visit the place.

Actually, I was dreaming of it because of all the good things she and her friends kept telling me. I knew in advance Pio Pio had the best Salchipapas in town. Or, sausage with fries, and I was ready to try it out!

We were in a big group of friends so we made a reservation. I do recommend it, if you are with a big party, as well.

Strategically located on a street corner with a green façade and red signs with their name, the restaurant definitely surprised me! The venue was infinitely more beautiful and elegant than I had imagined.

I saw people from all around the world enjoying great Peruvian food and the place was so charming!

We sat right across a gorgeous brick wall with countless colorful paintings. Every art work was truly spectacular. They portrayed a Peruvian kids in the country side and really called my attention! And, amongst the kids, was a huge vertical painting of Our Lady, Mary.

So, to kick off the evening, the birthday girl ordered sangria pitchers and crispy calamari for everyone. Meanwhile, I checked the menu to figure out what Peruvian food actually looked like. Well, I found plenty of dishes made out of pollo – chicken and seafood.

After chatting a lot while drinking sangria, it was time to eat. Yayyy, my favorite time!! I shared a dish named Matador combo (Killer combo) with a friend, and it really was to die for. It was a preparation of rotisserie chicken served with yellow rice, avocado salad, red beans, tostones and the highly anticipated, salchipapas.

OMG, I loved it! I actually felt at home, since it was like comfort food to me. Other people ordered seafood dishes which all looked and smelled terrific!

For dessert we had tres leches – a traditional Latin sweet, flan – like a caramel custard, and Piononos – a roll cake filled with dulce de leche. I’m craving it all over again…

The experience I had at Pio Pio was really fantastic. And you can experience it too! Oh! And you can find at least one Pio Pio in each NYC borough.

If you enjoy Peruvian food, or if you’d like to try other cuisines like Mexican try Tijuana Picnic and the Latin American inspired cuisine, Colonia Verde.

Hours: Each location has different operating hours, so please check online.

Locations:
702 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan
84-02 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens
282 Kings Highway, Gravesend, Brooklyn
264 Cypress Avenue, Mot Haven, Bronx

https://www.piopio.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
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Boutique BK: A Private Dining Experience in Brooklyn

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Boutique BK is a private dining experience in Brooklyn, hosted by the Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Matthew Ricketts. Uncover this hidden gem with your friends and have fun!

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Have you ever dreamt of a private dinner party? One where you’re away from the hustle and bustle of a crowded restaurant, with the joys of an unbelievable chef exclusively for you!

Or, maybe even a chef to cook (and clean!) during you’re at home dinner party? Shhh, don’t tell your guests…

In walks Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Matthew Ricketts and his private dining concept Boutique BK.

Nestled in the heart of Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, Boutique BK is a private dining room available by reservation only, for parties 2-14 in size. The intimate setting, offers a curated multi-course dining experience, featuring elevated American fusion cuisine, and locally sourced food when possible.

Chef Matt, as he likes to be called, will personally work to craft menus tailored to guests’ tastes and event needs. He typically offers 3 or 5-course set menus, and can accommodate dietary restrictions within your party.

While reservations are required, this is no ordinary restaurant. In fact, it’s not a restaurant at all!

Picture a beautiful dining room, exclusively for you to enjoy, celebrate and watch Matt cook. There is a peak through to the kitchen from the dining room too! In addition to cooking, he hosts and serves as he walks you through your meal, oh-so-perfectly!

The addition of Boutique BK to Carroll Gardens, where your favorite ol’ Italian staples live, is a welcomed complement to this beautiful neighborhood.

In addition to the dining room, this superstar chef is also available for private parties. He caters up to 150 guests at the venue of your choice.

Chef Matt hails from Pittsburgh originally, but has spent more than a decade around the country training with Michelin Star restaurants to hone his craft. He saw white space in the market for private dining and personalized experiences and decided to venture into this space.

His passion for food and unique service come through the second you connect with Chef Matt. It’s truly a one of a kind experience.

So run, don’t walk to Boutique BK – space is limited and it’s suggested to book in advance! This allows optimal time for space reservation and menu curation.

You can easily get to this hidden gem through the F train in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Location: 187 Sackett Street

http://boutique-bk.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Boutique BK and Drica Pinotti

Vinyl Is Back: The Top Record Stores in New York

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Vinyl is back, so come explore with me and with the famous musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, the top record stores in New York! We explored Manhattan and Brooklyn and we’ll tell you everything about these hidden music gems!

Today we have, once again, the super talented musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, with me! Our last video was about the must-see Jazz spots in Harlem – just thought you should know, lol!

I’ve seen that in the last couple of years, vinyl has come back to the lives of people and the desire to collect unique disks, is growing.

So, since Zé Luis is a true expert, I asked him to take me to some of his favorite and top vinyl stores in New York.

We had a great time exploring some of the top record stores in New York, located in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But there are, of course, many other fantastic options!

And before you start reading, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and help us spread the love for this secret New York!


A1 Records

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Located in a very calm street in the East Village, A1 Records is a place you can go and just explore for hours. I love the neighborhood and it always amazing to explore it.

At this store, you’ll be able to buy, sell, or trade vintage vinyl records and just have fun exploring their entire collection. New stuff comes in practically every day!

The store was founded in 1996 and their vinyl curation is fantastic. There are endless options if you’re into Jazz, Soul and Funk. Plus, they have a very reasonable pricing and you can find countless disks for less than $10.

The store isn’t that small, but there is just so much in it, that you’ll probably have an interesting time moving around.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 439 East 6th Street

www.facebook.com/A1-Records


Rough Trade

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Rough Trade is one of the best places best places to go in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, if you’re into great music, a fantastic selection of books and magazines, delicious coffee and even live music shows.

And, of course, it’s a great place to shop for vinyl. Amazingly, they opened much more recently than the other stores, in November of 2013, but the team behind it really knows how to surprise music lovers with an outstanding variety and selection of products.

I’m always there and this time, we found some pretty unique disks from renowned Brazilian artists, like Gilberto Gil.

OMG, and did you know you can also find cassette tapes there? Such a nostalgic experience! As we’ve said before, it’s a music haven, and we do recommend you go explore!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg

www.roughtrade.com/us


Superior Elevation Records

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Our last stop was in the super cool neighborhood of Bushwick! I love exploring everything there, since it’s known for the being the home to very creative folks.

Superior Elevation Records is tucked away in a remote street, but in a spacious store, a few steps below the ground.

The smell of the place immediately takes you to a journey into the vinyl world and you can stay there for hours listening to all the disks you want to purchase.

They also buy records every day and also have an online store, if you can’t make it to Bushwick all the time!

Hours: Daily, from 12pm – 7pm

Location: 100 White Street, Bushwick

www.superiorelevation.com


Finally, if you enjoyed exploring these top record stores in New York with us, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel! Let spread the love for music and for New York together!

Do you know any other super cool record store? Please, share with us in the comments below so we can check it out too!


Videographer: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
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Motorino Pizzeria: An Authentic Taste Of Naples Outside Italy

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Motorino offers a large variety of delicious pizzas on its menu, besides other dishes aside from pizza. Clams, meatballs, salads… When I went there I wanted try the Napoletana pizza style. Like that proverb says: “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. In this case we’d switch Rome for Naples and have an authentic taste of Naples outside Italy.

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I love pizza! I suppose you do, too. The Upper West Side is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city and I truly enjoy to hang out there. One day, after running some errands I got really hungry. I decided to look for a cool spot to have a nice meal. That was when I saw a place with a small line outside that intrigued me. I looked inside and it was small, but it was also cozy and inviting. “I’m gonna have pizza for lunch today”, I thought to myself.

As soon as I walked inside Motorino I was greeted. The décor was simple with some frames on the wall, marble tables, steel chairs. Pretty simple, yet comfortable. A highlight was the brick-oven. Brick-oven pizzas are the best, in my opinion, and at Motorino all doughs are baked in house. I noticed the guests were really diverse. Some were alone, other in couples, while some had children. It’s definitely a family-friendly place.

The venue offers a large variety of delicious pizzas, but you can find other dishes besides pizza, as well. Clams, meatballs, salads… I was craving to try their Napoletana pizza style. As the proverb says: “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. In this case, we’d switch Rome for Naples…

After a while trying to pick the best option to kill my hunger, I ordered a traditional Margherita.

It’s made with both Pecorino and Mozzarella cheeses. The crust was terrific and the sauce very tasty and balanced. It was cut into 4 regular slices. So, depending on how hungry you are you could eat it alone or share with a friend. I was able to eat 3 slices that day and I took the leftover home, of course. It was delicious! I didn’t have alcohol, but they have a decent selection of beers and wine to pair. I knew it wouldn’t be long until I’d come back …and I did.

A month later I returned with my roommate. This time I ordered the Soppressata Piccante. Soppressata is an Italian dry salami and it’s picante (aka spicy) because the pizza comes with chili flakes on it. I was really anxious to check how that combination would come out. Result: I loved it! I shared it with my roomie that loved it too. The Napoletana style pizza was approved! Yum! To finish the meal in style, we ordered Tiramisu for desert. Fantastic! I love Italian food in general and Motorino really knows how to prepare them.

If you don’t live close enough to the Upper West Side or that neighborhood is simply not your cup of tea, Motorino has 2 more locations across town – a 2nd in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn.

If you’re craving great, traditional Italian pizza, give it a shot and share with us what you chose from the menu.

Locations:
Upper West Side – 510 Columbus Avenue
East Village – 349 East 12th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn – 139 Broadway

Hours (Manhattan):
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – Midnight
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 1am

Hours (Brooklyn):
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 12:30am

https://www.motorinony.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy Nick Solares for Motorino and Motorino

Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn

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We love Brooklyn and we love food, so putting them together is the perfect combination! Explore with us the Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn! Come hungry!

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Italian, Middle Eastern, and New American cuisine come together and create New York City’s best neighborhood food.

Discover delicious mom & pop shops and restaurants, and experience how food is the engine of a local eco-system.

Brooklyn’s Smith and Court Streets and surrounding neighborhoods have a vibrant mix of small, locally owned, artisanal food shops (both old and new) unlike almost any other neighborhood in America.

On this tour you will find out how that came to be and what makes it tick!

We will visit both old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience an exciting menu of traditional flavors and daring dishes. We’ll stop into Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafes and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine.

While we enjoy their delicacies, we’ll learn about the neighborhood’s rich history and changing character from the local business owners and residents themselves and you’ll find out what makes this neighborhood so special.

Come hungry! Price of ticket includes beer tastings and food, transportation, tour map of the neighborhood, and your tour guide.

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Highlights:

  • Discover why Brooklyn is now the centre of the NYC food scene
  • Visit family-owned food stores to get the local lowdown on food in Brooklyn
  • Stroll down the beautiful tree-lined streets of Brooklyn with a local
  • Explore the many faces of Brooklyn cuisine, from New American to Italian, the Middle East and beyond!

Rates & Details:

  • $69 / person – includes food & guide
  • Duration is about 3 hours
  • Tour meets at Stinky Bklyn – 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn
  • Advanced purchase required
  • Schedule: Every Friday at 11am and every Saturday at noon

Other Info:

  • Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, food tastings, and tour map of the neighborhood.
  • Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide (highly appreciated, tks!)
  • Your Trip: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed upon booking. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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In addition, if you enjoyed the Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn, but you prefer to book a private tour, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences too!


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Top Halloween Parties 2018 In New York City

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I can’t believe that Halloween is just around the corner, again! How crazy fast did this year go by, right? Take a look at the top Halloween parties 2018 in New York City!

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I can’t believe that Halloween is just around the corner, again! How crazy fast did this year go by, right?

We ALL know that Halloween is the best time of the year with some of the most amazing parties spread throughout the entire city, or country! People travel from all over the globe and come to New York to enjoy this special weekend and go home with endless stories to tell!

Well, like last year, we decided to share with you which will be some of the top parties in the city.

Where am I going? I’m also still not sure for one simple reason: the type of music I enjoy is totally different from the music my friends enjoy! I love psychedelic trans (minus the drugs, lol) and my friends just h-a-t-e it! Ha! The past 2 years, I went to Circo Loco, that is also listed below and loved it!

Tickets are running out and getting super expensive, so be sure to figure out where you’re going and guarantee your ticket(s)!

Oh! And besides the parties, I listed a few costume and make up stores to get you ready for the party!


McKittrick Hotel

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You’ve probably heard of Sleep No More, right? If not, it’s the city’s top theatrical experience inside the McKittrick Hotel, where they recreated a non-chronological show portraying the famous Macbeth, written by Shakespeare. Everyone’s face has a mask, preserving all identities and making everyone anonymous.

This is one of the top parties in Manhattan for one simple reason: these guys know how to put a party together!

As they say: “Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive dressed in expressive creations that give regard to the residences tradition of deviant witchcraft – be it a witch, sorcerer, enchanter, vampire, beast, or monster. Alternatively, you could come in dress inspired by the occult, in all black.”

Location: 530 West 27th Street

Buy your ticket!


Circo Loco

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Circo Loco

Ah!! This is the party I told you in the intro that I love and I’ve been to the past two years! If you’re into electronic music – the type that makes your bones shake – then, this is certainly the place for you!

They always organize it in one of those huge Brooklyn warehouses far from everything! The organization is great, the DJ’s lineup is always fantastic with international names and the costumes are truly creative.

Party starts pretty late, but I usually arrive early because lines get crazy. But, if you’re a night owl, you’ll love it!

Buy your ticket!


House of Yes

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The team behind the House of Yes are also experts in: party! They are known for throwing some of the best events in the entire New York and their creativity sure amazes everyone!

Do you like neon make up, colorful costumes, live artistic presentations, beautiful circus acts, community vibe, great music, DJs, and feeling like you’re part of something bigger? Then this is for you!

You’ll be able to enjoy 4 different parties they’ve organized for Halloween, so see which one if your favorite!

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue 

Buy your ticket!


Babël

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The party this year is called “Garden of Eden with Black Coffee” and the team behind the party said that it will be a dream journey leading us back to our lost paradise.

“This year’s celebration is dedicated to our beautiful and beloved planet, Gaia. We may come together to protect it so we can retrieve our lost paradise.”

And, the party will happened at a beautiful place called Duggal Greenhouse, in Brooklyn. 

Location: 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 268

Buy your ticket!


Titanic Masquerade – Pier Pressure NYC Halloween Yacht Party

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Titanic Masquerade Yacht

Do you like boats? Ok…let me rephrase. Do you like beautiful yachts, with gorgeous people, good music and a priceless view of Manhattan’s skyline?

Well, if your answer was yes, then continue reading! The Titanic Masquerade party will take place in a yacht that will float down the famous Hudson River for 3 unforgettable hours!

You’ll be able to see not only the breathtaking Freedom Tower at the One World and our Lady Liberty, but also other memorable sights.

Plus, everything paired with the music of some of the top DJs!

Buy your ticket!


Twilight Tour no Green-Wood Cemetery

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Green Wood Cemetery

Last Halloween, I attended another party that also happened inside the renowned Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn. And, I literally loved it!

The party I went to was later at night, but this year they are doing a pre-event from 5pm – 7pm, when the sun starts setting. We all know that this is the time where cemeteries start getting fun, right? Lol!

If you are like me, you will LOVE this experience! I really thought it was unforgettable and still, you’ll be able to head to another party after it!

Oh! And just thought you’d like to know: the experience ends in a place completely off bounds to the common public: inside one of their catacombs.

Location: 500 25th Street

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Blood Manor

In general, haunted houses usually corny and not really scary, but I can guarantee that after you walk inside Blook Manor, you’ll have quite a hard time going to bed at night.

This is one of the most famous haunted houses in New York and surely, the bloodiest one you’ll ever see. The production behind it all is surreal and will get your bones shaking!

Take a look at the video below and let’s see if you’ll have the courage to enter it.

Good luck!

Location: 359 Broadway

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Village Halloween Parade

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Village Halloween Parade

Like every single year, on October 31st, the famous Village Halloween Parade takes over the streets of the West Village.

The parade starts at 7pm and will finish around 10:30pm. The costumes are truly amazing, the dancers and artists are extremely talented and the union of this all makes it one of the most iconic moments of the year in New York.

If you’d like to be part of it, check out their website to see how it works!

http://halloween-nyc.com


Cipriani 42nd Street

If you’re looking for a super high-end party, with some of the most gorgeous gals and guys in town, Cipriani 42nd Street is known of hosting this type of party!

Party starts at 10pm and even though this 31st will be on a Wednesday, do expect a full house!

For VIP table, email them through the link below.

Location: 110 East 42nd Street

Buy your ticket!


Dances of Vice

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Dance of Vice

This is another party that sells out super quickly, so be sure to guarantee your ticket asap, if you’d like to attend it.

This year, the name of the party is “Cabaret de L’Enfer: Heaven & Hell Halloween Ball”. As they explain: “This year’s legendary Halloween stomp sin-spired by the notorious Heaven and Hell nightclubs of 1890s Paris.

Experience supernatural visions of paradise and the underworld at the iconic Capitale, a majestic multi-level, multi-room 19th century vault, to the sordid sounds of angel horns and devil trombones—you are invited!” 

Location: 428 Broadway

Buy your ticket!


And, if you’re also not sure what you’ll be wearing and where to find all the amazing make up people use, I listed a few spots for you to check out!

Have fun in these top Halloween parties 2018 in New York City!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of all the parties and Kenny Rodriguez for the House of Yes

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