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Seasoned Vegan: A Harlem Restaurant That Will Change Your Life

Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Raw Lasagna Featured Pic

We love Harlem and everything about it! Seasoned Vegan is Harlem’s very 1st full-service Vegan restaurant and is truly a hidden gem in the neighborhood.

Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Raw Lasagna
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Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Stuffed Avocado
Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Dishes
Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Chicken Nuggets
Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Red Velvet Cupcake
Dining Seasoned Vegan Harlem Brenda and Aaron Beener
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The food you love, veganized.

A while ago, we were invited by a dear friend of ours, to go up to Harlem and try this amazing local vegan restaurant.

Our answer immediately was “Yes! Of course!”. Our Founder is vegetarian, going on vegan and we just love everything we can learn about this growing lifestyle.

We really enjoy Harlem and everything about that neighborhood, from the restaurants, to the vibe, to the shops and nightlife. Everything there has a special taste. The uniqueness is hard to describe.

Getting there was, of course, super easy and in no time, we dropped off 110 Street Station Central Park North, on the 2/3 (red line).

Just a 5-minute walk from there, we arrived at Seasoned Vegan, Harlem’s very 1st full-service Vegan restaurant.

We were very lucky to be hosted exclusively by the owner, Brenda and her son Aaron Beener.

Our restaurant specializes in preparing a very unique type of cuisine: gourmet vegan soul food. We use the term “soul food” loosely because we are not referring exclusively to the typical cuisine of the Southern region of the United States.

This sounds great and extremely normal, right? Now, imagine back in the 1980’s, when Brenda decided to go vegan with her family! The entire community judged them and didn’t really get what they were doing, nor why.

In the beginning of this journey, during Thanksgiving celebrations, no one would invite them over after this dietary decision. Brenda even mentioned that they literally felt as if they were aliens.

But, as time went by, little by little people from their community started to open up, tried her dishes and now, every-single-person wants to be invited to her Thanksgiving parties! Haha!

The restaurant was finally founded in 2014 and is quite spacious, with great natural light that certainly give it more life! You can see through inside the kitchen and peek in to see how everything is prepared.

The dishes are organic and 100% vegan! If you’re the carnivore type, we truly recommend you to give it a chance and stop by. We are certain they won’t disappoint you.

It’s incredible how all the dishes we’ve tried are extremely flavorful and clearly made with love.

So, you might want to try:

  • Lemon Crusted “Chicken” Nuggets: fermented soy chicken nuggets breaded and fries
  • Stuffed Avocado: one avocado sliced, pitted and filled with almond meat and topped with cashew “cheese” and pico de gallo. Seasonal and Gluten free
  • Raw Lasagna: raw zucchini sliced and cashew “cheese” layered into shredded spinach, topped with homemade raw marinara. Gluten free

In addition, for dessert we ate one of the best Red Velvet cupcake of our lives!

And still, if you’re not able to go there, or if you need to schedule a quick pick-up, you can do it all online, though their website.

For the master chefs out there, stay tuned! Brenda has had plans of launching her own vegan cook book with yummy recipes. We hope it comes out soon!

Be sure to enjoy and explore the neighborhood before or after going to Seasoned Vegan!

So, if you’re also a fan of Harlem, you might enjoy some of the places that the beauty Africa Miranda shared with us! Finally, to try some cooking at home and be sure how to stay fit and healthy, take a look at these bodybuilding meal plans for vegans.

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 11am – 2am
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 55 Saint Nicholas Avenue

www.seasonedvegan.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kim-Julie Hansen

Meet & Greet and Dine with the stars of Broadway shows in NYC

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Broadway Meet and Greet The Lion King Fernanda Paronetto

How about having dinner and experiencing a special Meet & Greet backstage with the talents that are part of the top selling Broadway shows in NYC?!

 

We’ve all seen the huge success of Hamilton, right? Tickets can skyrocket to $1,500 and places are always sold out! It can take months for you to actually find an available date to attend the show! Unbelievable, right!?

Now, imagine having the possibility of experiencing a Pre-Show Dinner with these fantastic talents. They are part of the most coveted Broadway shows in NYC.

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Broadway Meet and Greet The Lion King Fernanda Paronetto
Our Founder, Fê, after The Lion King’s show, with Simba and Nala!

But wait!

You’ll also be sitting at the best seats in the house. And still, after the show, the talents meet you once again! This time, for an exclusive, intimate opportunity to go backstage Meet & Greet with the entire cast members!

A thousand times “WOW!”

And we’re not done with the good news!

This is available to a variety of Broadway shows. From Hamilton, Harry PotterAladdin, Chicago, to Kinky Boots, The Lion King (See our Founder, , in the picture above with Simba and Nala!), The Book of Mormons and so many other shows!

Plus, if you enjoy The Phantom of the Opera, take a look at the video above where I interview the 3 main actors – The Phantom, Christine Daaé and Raoul!

Contact us for further information and prices. Get ready to rock and have your Social Media go viral, with an experience that will blow people’s mind! It will certainly be one of the most memorable behind the scenes experiences you’ll ever have in New York City.

Oh! Take a look to see the Meet &Greet experience we crafted for a gorgeous group of renowned Brazilian influencers, during this last New York Fashion Week.

If you are interested in organizing a corporate experience for your team or clients you need to entertain, let our experts help you out! There are a few fantastic experiences we can organize with post-cocktail parties, bringing together these Broadway stars!

Lastly, if you’re a huge fan of Meet & Greet experiences, we still have them for some of the biggest shows on the planet, like Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour!


Videographer: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: Thoughtfully designed. Intentionally built.

Hotels 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo Lobby

One of New York’s coolest new hotels is located in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, in Brooklyn. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is not only gorgeous, but is also considered one of the top sustainable luxe hotels in the world today.

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Many people believe that the best NYC hotels are located in Manhattan. So, we decided to show you one of our favorite hotels in New York, located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn!

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge officially opened this past February and in no time, became the new hot spot to stay (and play!), when in NY.

“Thoughtfully designed. Intentionally built.”

It’s the 3rd property of the group, that has a hotel in South Beach – Miami and their 1st NYC location in Midtown Manhattan, steps away from Central Park.

Not only is the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge strategically located by the Brooklyn Bridge – with one of Brooklyn’s prime views of Manhattan, but the entire concept behind the property is pretty cool.

To start, the group behind these properties is active and implements sustainable practices and techniques throughout all their hotels.

We are all about working and supporting Sustainable Travelling – a topic widely discussed this year after the United Nations announced 2017 as the Year of Sustainability.

The idea that travelers today are looking for “smart travel” where you can have fun and, in addition, leave a positive impact in the local community, is growing and what we hope will soon go mainstream.

Moreover, as we discussed at an event we recently sponsored called Travel+SocialGood Summit, sustainable traveling should not be a topic of discussion, since all traveling should be sustainable.

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is aligned with the 3 pillar of Sustainable Traveling: Social, Economic and Environmental.

So, lets talk about their amenities!

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To start, the gorgeous rooms are decorated reclaimed woods, industrial steel, 100% organic cotton sheets and custom hemp-blend mattress by Keetsa. We enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows – many of which feature an unobstructed view of New York City!

We love cool bathrooms. You can expect bathrooms equipped with robes, socks and soft cotton-knit towels. Plus, their design is pretty unique and integrated perfectly into the room. The interesting and sustainable aspect of it, is that they use triple-filtered rain showers, that come from the rainwater tank built beneath the hotel.

If you want to stay their in grand style, check out the Riverhouse Room, a.k.a. Presidential Suite. It has 3 bedrooms in a 2,000 square foot space, carved stone tub and artwork by fantastic local artisan. And still, a super cool curated minibar where you’ll find some house-made cocktail recipes. How much better can it get? Well, from your bed you have a priceless view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline!

See a few pictures of this room:

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In addition, the hotel offers some delicious restaurant and food & drink options!

Their main restaurant is called The Osprey. As they explain, they serve “market driven American comfort food” and just recently opened early November. The restauranteur behind it is the expert, Matt Abramcyk, known for places like Yves, Warren 77, Tiny’s and Beatrice Inn, where our Insider Interviewee, Natalie Klein, recommended a while back. Matt partnered with chef Michael Oliver and brought in chef Mike Poiarkoff to run the cuisine. The décor, of course, if fabulous with floor-to-ceiling windows and a great view of Brooklyn Bridge Park. They are open daily for dinner at 5:30pm.

Their café, Neighbors, worked exclusively with local Brooklyn purveyors offering super fresh, healthy and seasonal products.

Located at their lobby area, the café receives natural sunlight – a perfect scenery. Their menu offers countless beverages, smoothies and Devoción coffee. In addition, for breakfast they have delicious sandwiches, pastries, granolas, bagels and eggs. Lunch and dinner menus are abundant with soups, salads, sandwiches, sweets and options for the kids. And, they have a fantastic curated selection of ready-made Brooklyn artisanal goods.

The 1 Rooftop is the place to be, especially during the hot and deliciously humid months of the year. Yes. We love “humid” day. They have outdoor seating, full-bar service, great music, beautiful and energetic crowd, tasty bites and a seasonal rooftop pool. It’s a great place to go for drinks or celebrate a birthday with friends! The view? Yup. Priceless! Seeing the sunset and the Manhattan lights lighting up is surely the ultimate Brooklyn sunset experience. They’re open daily from 6am – 10pm.

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View from the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop.

And still, the Lobby Lounge is an excellent option for drinks before dinner or before going out at night. They focus on local botanicals, local beers and seasonally foraged ingredients. We love it! They open daily from 4pm through 11:30pm.

After spending a long and exhausting day exploring New York, we can’t forget to mention the Bamford Haybarn Spa!

Open daily from 10am – 8pm, the spa offers a tempting selection of holistic treatments focused on nourishing you from inside out: body – mind – sprit, as they say. All products are made with natural and organic ingredients organically certified. Treatments happen in one of their 12 treatment rooms start with a default hand-and-foot ritual. They range from facials, body treatments, massages, manicures & pedicures and grooming.

Also, this is most certainly a place we recommend to consider if you’re planning a NYC Wedding, a birthday, an important celebration or even a work event. If you’re not certain where to start organizing it all, let our experts help you out and for Corporate Requests, we can assist you too.

For the pet-lovers, they are pet-friendly! Just note: your pet should be under 40lb (18kg). They also state that you have “another kind of pet”, they’re happy to try and accommodate them!

Finally, stay tuned for their upcoming openings: West Hollywood in California (2018), Sanya in China (2018), Cabo in Mexico (2019) and Sunnyvale in California (2019).

Location: 60 Furman Street

www.1hotels.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Shuraku NYC: A Hidden High-End Japanese Restaurant

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If you enjoy a high-end Japanese tasting menu, Shuraku NYC is the place for you! With the finest seafood, meats and poultry from around the world, they prepare it all on their binchotan grill.

Dining Shuraku NYC Private Counter

We recently had a delicious experience at the recently open Shuraku NYC, located in the West Village.

This high-end spot opened on mid November. “Shu” means place of gathering, but its small door and façade makes it a gem hidden in one of Manhattan’s busy Avenues. We love it, of course!

As they explained:

“Chef Joe and Head Chef Ryunosuke Satoh met working at Tori Shin. Chef Joe says, ‘We learned from the best. I went to my favorite Japanese restaurant in New York and asked for a job.’ They recruited similarly disciplined colleagues from Ushiwakamaru and began testing their menus in Joe’s home kitchen. The result is a shared vision that is at once very Japanese and very NYC.”

The front part of the restaurant hosts clients interested in having the a la carte menu but, the back room is where the magic happens!

To start, the private 12-seat wooden counter permits you to be inches from the chefs. The experience starts when you witness the magic happening in that small kitchen area.

But, don’t underestimate it though, for they make miracle charcoal-grilled dishes in that space.

“Our simple preparations are meant to enhance and complement the natural flavor of our choice ingredients.”

There, they offer their famous Tasting Menu, that changes seasonally.

The food is prepared on a traditional Japanese binchotan grill, and served on dishes made in Japan specifically for each item on the menu. Cool, right?

Binchō-tan, also called white charcoal or binchō-zumi, is a type of charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking. The fineness and high quality of binchō-tan are attributed to steaming at high temperatures (about 1000 degrees Celsius).

Although it is often thought that binchō-tan burns hot, it actually burns at a lower temperature than ordinary charcoal but for a longer period, making it preferable by a number of chefs. Because it does not release unpleasant odours, it is a favorite of unagi (freshwater eel) and yakitori (skewered chicken) cooks.” ~ Wikipedia

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Moreover, their current Winter Tasting Menu is an 8-course meal that will challenge all your taste buds with different textures, tastes and flavor combinations. The creativity is evident in all the dishes!

Take a look it:

  • 1st course: Sakizuke – Oboro tofu with dashi soy & wasabi
  • 2nd course: Oshinogi – Miyazaki beef sushi with nappa cabbage Ohitashi
  • 3rd course: Zensai – Fluke kobujime with karasumi and mentaiko monfish liver with ginger soy sauce
  • 4th course: Yakitori – Chicken oyster with lemon, Magret duck with Tokyo scallion and Yuzu kosho pork jowl with hibiki miso
  • 5th course: Hashiyasume – Japanese turnip in white miso soup
  • 6th course: Grilled Entrée – Washu beef (culotte) with cipollini onion, carabineros prawn with cherry tomato, hokkaido scallop
  • 7th course: Noodle – Inaniwa Udon, Ume Tororo
  • 8th course: Dessert – Satsuma sweet potato ice cream

Sounds amazing, right?

Well, we did try a few of these dishes during our visit and a couple additional ones! They were fantastic!

Dining Shuraku NYC Entree
Dining Shuraku NYC Sakizuke Oboro Tofu
Dining Shuraku NYC Edamame
Dining Shuraku NYC Sea Eel Anago
Dining Shuraku NYC Karaage Marinated Fried Chicken
Dining Shuraku NYC Cipollini Onion
Dining Shuraku NYC Grilled Aspargus
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This is what we tried during our visit:

  • Entrée dish with veggies
  • Sakizuke – Oboro tofu with dashi soy & wasabi
  • Edamame
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Marinated fried chicken – Karaage
  • Hashiyasume – Japanese turnip in white miso soup
  • Cipollini onion with sake and soy
  • Sea Eel-Anago – white grill sea eel from Tsukiji
  • Yakitori – Chicken oyster with lemon, Magret duck with Tokyo scallion and Yuzu kosho pork jowl with hibiki miso

And for dessert, we tried a bit of each option:

  • Yazu cheese cake
  • Black sesame ice cream
  • Satsuma sweet potato ice cream

We definitely loved all 3 dessert options, but the black sesame ice cream is surely the most unique one!

The chef that took care if us, was Chef Sho, and he was fantastic! Super friendly, perfectly explained every dish and made us feel part of the experience – not only customers on the other side of the counter.

In addition, for their 1st Christmas Dinner they created another super unique tasting menu – the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” omakase.

FYI, “omakase” means a chef-curated meal, so the chef choses it all! Definitely a thrill!

“Christmas is coming, so in late December we’ll also let just a little bit of Italian-American heritage shine through. Chef Joe Conti’s Brooklyn Italian roots have inspired our Feast of the Seven Fishes omakase. Chef Sato and Chef Joe have put together a special 8 course tasting menu.”

So, take a look here a book your spot! Seating starts at 5:30pm!

For all other reservations, click here. If you’re organizing a Corporate Event, let our experts cater to your needs!

Hours:
Wednesday: 5:30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5:30pm – 10pm

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com

 

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Lilia Ristorante: Coveted Italian Restaurant in Williamsburg

Dining Lilia Ristorante Williamsburg

As soon as Lilia Ristorante & Caffé opened, it was named as one of the best and most coveted Italian restaurants in Williamsburg. We’ve been there countless times, and can’t wait for our next visit!

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Italian cuisine is probably one of our top 3 picks and we love everything from the food to the culture behind it. We were thrilled when we heard about a new spot opening in Williamsburg, called Lilia.

But be prepared: You might experience a huge waiting time for “walk-ins”, so we recommend to have a reservation. And even so, it might be booked for over the full next month. Crazy!

To start, Missy Robbins, Head Chef & Owner, discovered her passion for Italian cuisine while working for 5 years as the Executive Chef at the renowned restaurant Spiaggia, in Chicago. After returning to NYC in 2008, she took the role of Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant A Voce.

So, after having gathered a remarkable experience at these fine dining restaurants, Missy decided to fly solo and open her own spot: Lilia Ristorante.

Lilia is located in the heart of Williamsburg and brought to the neighborhood the possibility of dining at an exquisite place with fantastic food. The Italian menu offers everything from hand-crafted pastas and wood-fired seafood, to great classic Italian cocktails and to-die-for desserts.

Moreover, the place is gorgeous. The high-ceiling and huge, tall windows with the rustic but, nonetheless, chic décor set the mood. Certainly a high-end Brooklyn style spot for people that enjoy a great high-end casual dining spot, but don’t feel like going into the city. Lilia was certainly a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

We’ve been there countless times, so here are some of our favorites dishes.

For cocktails snacks, try:

  • Prosciutto, Balsamic Mustard, Parmigiano Butter
  • Housemade Mozzarella, Toasted Garlic Bread, Lemon, Bottarga

Antipasti, ask for:

  • Cauliflower, Spicy Soppressata, Sicilian Pesto, Majoram
  • Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Arugula, Balsamic, Sicilian Almonds
  • Whole Artichoke, Garlic, Mint, Parmigiano, Breadcrumbs
  • Castlefranco, Bacon, Tropea Onion, Parmigiano

If you enjoy fish, you can have:

  • Grilled Scallops, Walnuts, Yoghurt, Marjoram
  • Mussels, Herb Butter, Sea Salt
  • Crispy Shrimp, Gremolata, Parsley Aioli
  • Black Bass, Salsa Verde, Coal Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

For the pasta-lovers:

  • Spaghetti, Lemon, Pine Nuts, Parmigiano
  • Ricotta Gnocchi, Broccoli Pesto, Basil, Pistachios
  • Fettuccine, Spicy Lamb Sausage, Tomato Passato, Fennel Seed
  • Squash Filled Ravioli, Hazelnuts, Parmigiano, Sage

And, for the meat eaters:

  • Grilled Lamb Leg Steak, Roman Spices, Fennel, Celery

Now, we do recommend you leaving space to try their desserts. It’s actually hard to pick the best ones.

If you want to host a small event, they offer a semi-private area in the restaurant for up to 20 people. So, be sure to contact them for further information about the space.

In addition, you might also just want to pass by the Caffé. They have delicious and super fresh pastries and coffees. A great place for a pitstop while you’re in the neighborhood!

Enjoy this super cool Italian restaurant in Williamsburg.

Lastly, while in the hood, go shopping at these vintage shops, or check out the coolest music store.

Hours (Restaurant):
Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Hours (Caffé): Opens daily at 7am

Location: 567 Union Avenue

www.lilianewyork.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Evan Sung Photography for Lilia Ristorante

6 Hip Spots In Carroll Gardens By A Brooklyn-based Art Expert

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Vertical

Brooklyn is the most populous Borough in New York and is growing more each day, with amazing neighborhoods to visit. Come explore 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens through the eyes of Gisela Gueiros, a Brooklyn-based art expert!

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens

We love absolutely everything about Brooklyn!

As we mentioned above, it’s the largest Borough in New York in terms of population – even though Queens is bigger in size.

Every day there is a new place opening, a cool event happening and new Brooklyn-based artists emerging with their talent and creativity. New Yorkers and visitor are more and more open in exploring this special part of New York.

The best part? They always go home, amazed with everything they #uncovered during the day (or night – after all, Brooklyn’s nightlife is surely intriguing).

Our Contributor, Gisela Gueiros, is herself Brooklyn-based and shared with us 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens, for you to visit!

If you’re an art expert or aspiring to learn more about New York City’s art scene, take a look at Gisela’s next curated art exhibition that will take place this upcoming Saturday.

Where? In Brooklyn, of course!


Bar: June

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens June

“I recently went with friends to June. A charming and cozy bar located on Court Street. There are some great appetizers on the menu, wonderful wines with a never ending “happy hour” vibe. What to expect? Many stylish couples and groups of friends that just left work in Manhattan and decided to come chill, in Brooklyn.”

This natural wine bar in Carroll Gardens is the place to go if you’re a wine lover! After all, they’ve been named one of the Best Wine Bars in New York.

It’s also a great spot to have a party or a celebration. They don’t take reservations, except in these cases, so be sure to try and get there early.

Hours:
Happy Hours: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 7pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am | Friday & Sat: 5:30pm – 1am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Location: 231 Court Street

www.junebk.com


Boutique Hotel: NU Hotel

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Boutique NU Hotel

“The most popular hotel in the area is the NU Hotel, in Downtown Brooklyn. The location is super convenient since it’s pretty close to Manhattan! A cool option for anyone who has come to NYC a lot and now wants to explore Brooklyn a bit. In addition, you’ll definitely be saving on the stay, since it’s cheaper than Manhattan. You can walk to several neighborhoods that are nearby: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene and Carroll Gardens.”

The hotel is inspired in the bustling Brooklyn art scene and is one of Brooklyn’s top boutique hotels. Rooms are all “loft inspired”, very modern and with art works of local artists.

Amenities range from a full mini bar to L’Occitane bath products. There are some rooms with bunkbeds and even with cool hammocks to relax!

Definitely a place to consider if you’re looking for accommodation options in Brooklyn!

Location: 85 Smith Street

www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com


Bookstore: Books Are Magic

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Books Are Magic

“If the weather is not good, my favorite activity is to go with my kids (7-year old twins), to a bookstore. Here in the neighborhood my favorite one is called Books Are Magic. The front part is dedicated to adult books and in the back area is exclusively for children. There are poufs for them to lay, while they read, as well as a great selection of books.”

We are huge fans of bookstores and specially if they have these kids section. In this crazy digital work, these are the spots we also love escaping to for some downtime.

Books Are Magic is an independently owned store, by the local Brooklynites Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub.

The store has a fantastic book curation and they also host some of the coolest events – mostly super exclusive talks and discussions with the authors themselves!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 225 Smith Street

www.booksaremagic.net


Street: Court Street

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens by Smoking Nun
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“Although Smith Street is the most well-known street in Carroll Gardens, I really enjoy to stroll down Court Street! It’s a bit more ‘low key’ and full of small shops, where we find everything from vintage décor and cinemas to salons and children’s play areas. You can spend all day exploring!”

The street spans from Brooklyn Heights, down through Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, ending in Red Hook.


Coffee Shop: East One Coffee Roasters

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens East One Coffee Roasters

“To start or end your exploration day, have tea or coffee at East One Coffee Roasters. They have impeccable service! You also have the option to sit down to eat brunch, lunch or dinner in their back area, where there is a fantastic restaurant. The fresh peas risotto is to-die-for!”

This is a place where they really dedicate time to their coffee! Not only do they source it, but they also roast and brew their own coffee.

In addition, if you did love their coffee, you can also purchase their different blends and brew it at home before starting your day!

Plus, if you’re into comfort food, then this is the place for you! As said above, their food is to-die-for!

Hours:
Coffee Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 7pm
Eatery Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 384 Court Street

www.eastonecoffee.com


Restaurant: Bar Bruno

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Bar Bruno

“I love Bar Bruno. It’s very laid back and lively, the restaurant serves good Mexican food and a very upbeat soundtrack too. The last time I went there, the waiter sang and danced to Sizzla while serving guacamoles and margaritas. The décor is inspired in the world of soccer. Brazilians will surely feel at home.”

Bar Bruno is inspired in the 1960’s styled bars, with touches of European and Mexican cafeterias. They are a great neighborhood spot, with good food at reasonable prices, plus, great music!

So, if you’re a Mexican food lover, craving your next best taco or margarita cocktail, this is the place to go!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 12am

Location: 520 Henry Street

http://barbrunonyc.com


Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Rythym Exhibition by Gisela Gueiros

Lastly, Gisela is an amazing Art Expert and Curator in New York.

So, if you’re into the art scene, or want to start exploring and learning about it, you might want to start by attending her upcoming show!

On October 28th, Saturday, Gisela invites everyone to join her next curated event, Rhythm. It’s a collaboration between arts and music, with the artists Alice Quaresma and Sandra Jávera.

DJing for the night, will be the amazing Brazilian beauty, Renata do Valle.

It will take place at the record store Superior Elevation, in East Williamsburg, and it will be fantastic!

Great art, energetic music, fantastic space and most certainly the coolest, cultured crowd!

Plus, there will be some amazing posters for sale for US$60/each.

Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Superior Elevation – 100 White Street

www.superiorelevation.com


We hope you enjoy exploring the charming neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.

Stay tuned of other upcoming Bucket Lists!

And, if you need help in putting together an itinerary to explore Brooklyn, reach out to our experts. In addition, if you’re looking for assistance regarding a Corporate group or organizing activities for your team, see how our Corporate Services works!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gisela Gueiros, The Smoking Nun and venues

Lua Bar: The Newest Hot Spot In Bushwick

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Brooklyn is a neighborhoods we love exploring. There are so many places opening that it’s literally hard to keep track. One of our newest favorite hot spots in Bushwick is called Lua Bar.

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

If you love behind the scenes spots to explore, then you’ll mostly certainly love Lua Bar!

After the success of the restaurants Beco and Suzume in Williamsburg, the founders of these hype spots decided to join forces and open this ramen party bar, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Chef Manny Salazar is in charge of the kitchen and has done a fantastic job with the menu! It’s a very interesting mix of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes. As they say: “delicious, affordable, unfussy food”. Sound perfec, right?

Without a doubt, the place was an instant success attracting foodies & food connoisseurs not only from all over the city, but even from other cities. The news spread, they heard about the launch and added the spot to their “must-see” list, while in New York City.

What to expect? Drinks, beers, snacks and noodles! In addition, if you’re one of the night owls that just love being out till late hours, Lua is open every day up though 2am (except Sundays)!

Their menu is made up of small, but delicious and filling dishes. They have a friendly menu for the Vegetarian ones (like our founder), so don’t worry!

See some of the our top pick dishes below.

For Snacks:

  • Brussel Sprouts spicy peanut, lime, fish sauce vin
  • Spicy Boys! Apam corndogs, spicy sauce, party on a stick
  • Ovos Akuma deviled soy sauce egg, spicy garlic mayo, tobiko
  • Fried Fingerling Potato beurre blanc, garlic, lemongrass, thai basil

Sandos – Choose two to mix’n’match, so we chose:

  • Mexican Chorizo thai style slaw, garlic aoili, crispy shallots
  • Roasted Shiitake chili, hoisin, pickled cucumber, scallions

Noodles:

  • Lua Ramen soy sauce tare, pork belly, negi, burnt garlic oil
  • TanTan Ramen spicy veggie soup: eggplant, tomato, chili, peanuts

The food is great, as we mentioned, and the price is fantastic. Very affordable! Noodles go for only $10/each!

“Our pork is from hormone/antibiotic-free berkshire pigs from the Eden farms collective. Our chicken wings come from organic D’Artagnan chickens in NJ. We make the best food we can with the best stuff we can afford.” ~ Henrique Stangorlini, Founder of Beco and Lua Bar

For drinks, try everything from the famous Brazilian cachaça to rums, tequilas, beers and wines. Their full bar will certainly be able to fulfill any of the desires and cocktail cravings. Plus, the guys behind the bar are cocktail experts.

And lastly, the place has a chill atmosphere. Dim lights, great music, good space even when it gets pretty full and some private booths too.

The bar area is always our top pick to sit, but the small table right at the front of the restaurant with individual sofas, is the runner up. It’s certainly the most coveted spot of the entire place, so be sure to arrive early if you want to sit there.

Oh, it’s a cash-only restaurant, so be sure to have money on you! If you forget, they’ve got an ATM at the back!

Enjoy the newest hot stop in Bushwick, and we sure to also check out Beco and Suzume!

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – 2am
Sunday: 6pm – 12am

Location:
1006 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

http://luabar.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lua Bar

Top 10 places to eat in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

The diversity of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, lends to the neighborhood’s character in many ways: from its street fashion to its colorful storefronts to its art and, perhaps most notably, its plethora of cuisine. See the Top 10 Places to Eat!

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights by Shalom Serraf
Photo Credit: Shalom Serraf

Indeed, when it comes to foodie destinations, you’d be hard fought to find one as agreeable as this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Whether you’ve just got a few bucks or want to indulge your gluttonous side with a multi-course meal, below see our picks for the top 10 spots to eat in Crown Heights.

Take a look to see the spots chosen by Diane Pham, from 6Sqft.



$ – CHEAP EATS

Reservoir Dogs

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Reservoir Dogs by Roger Brock
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Reservoir Dogs is not your typical hot dog stand.

This diminutive joint serves up “classic and shishifufu hot dogs & sausages” dressed up in everything.

From cheddar, spicy mayo, banana peppers, guacamole, hot and sweet chili jam, to pico de gallo, sauerkraut, bacon, grilled onions…

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 12am
Thursday – Saturday: 3pm – 3am
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Location: 717 Franklin Avenue

 


Gueros Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Gueros Brooklyn Nachos

Gueros Brooklyn is a cozy spot offering fast and easy Mexican fare and fabulous margaritas.

Not to be missed: the massive-enough-for-two order of nachos.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Location: 605 Prospect Place

www.guerosbrooklyn.com


Pine Tree Sushi

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Pine Tree Sushi

In front, you’ll find the offering of your typical neighborhood grocer.

Nestled at the back of this market is a full sushi bar called Pine Tree Sushi.

The menu features all the classics plus some unique takes like the Rihanna Roll which features “eel, banana and crunch on unagi sauce.”

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 11pm

Location: 744 Franklin Avenue

http://pinetreesushi.net


Frenchy’s Finest Truck

This is a bold claim, but we’re gonna make it:

The best croissants outside of France are being baked in and sold from a red truck called Frenchy’s Finest Truck, parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

The Nutella-filled beignets are also not to be missed.

Location: 333 Eastern Parkway

www.facebook.com/Frenchy’s


Covenhoven

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

There is no shortage of craft beers or ciders at this chill and cozy Crown Heights bar.

But, beyond their tasty selection of beverages, Covenhoven boasts a magical list of ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches to choose from.

Enjoy it at their backyard area!

Tip: get the cheddar jack sandwich with bacon and add fig jam

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Location: 730 Classon Avenue

www.covenhovennyc.com


Gloria’s

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Glorias Caribbean Cuisine

Caribbean food is a mainstay of Crown Heights and if you’re looking for the best of the best in the nabe, this hole-in-the-wall joint is sure to please.

Gloria’s Caribbean Brooklyn explains:

“We specialize in crafting mouth-watering meals and providing superb customer service. Order online for delivery or pickup!”

Just be ready to wait in line!

Hours:
They have different delivery and take-out hours, so check their website.

Location: 764 Nostrand Avenue

http://gloriascaribbeanbrooklyn.com



$$ – MODERATE

The Food Sermon

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights The Food Sermon

While we would characterize The Food Sermon as a Caribbean eatery, this special spot stands out for its healthful take on classics that have been elevated even further with fusion flair.

Foolproof pick: The jerk chicken bowl with coconut ginger sauce.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 12pm – 5pm (Based on the sunset)
Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

Location: 355 Rogers Avenue

www.thefoodsermon.com


The Crabby Shack

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights The Crabby Shack

Crab legs, crab cakes, crab tacos, crab BLTs, crab mac and cheese….

If you love crab, this sunny spot called The Crabby Shack will surely satisfy.

Hours:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 11pm
Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com



$$$ – HIGHER PRICING

Barboncino

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Barboncino Pizza

Some pizza spots in NYC claim as “the best pizza”, but are truly for pizza amateurs.

Barboncino Pizza serves up the best wood-fired pies, and it’s gotten the Solange seal of approval!

Plus, it has a backyard!

 

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am – 1am
We Have Two Happy Hours Daily: 4pm – 7pm & 11pm – 1am

Location: 781 Franklin Avenue

www.barboncinopizza.com


BKW by Brooklyn Winery

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights BKW by Brooklyn Winery

An offshoot of the popular Williamsburg wine bar, BKW by Brooklyn Winery offers delicious American fare that will tantalize taste buds you’ve yet to activate.

Our favorites: the barbacoa braised short ribs and bacon double cheeseburger.

You also can’t go wrong with any of the wines.

Hours:
Are varied, so take a look here. http://www.bkwnyc.com/hours-location

Location: 747 Franklin Avenue

www.bkwnyc.com


If you’re interested in touring the neighborhood or even other special spots in Brooklyn, take a look at a few of our BTSNYC Experiences, or contact our experts for Private Experiences.

For Corporate projects, let our team understand your needs and cater to them!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy Shalom Serraf (landscape), Roger Brock (for Reservoir Dogs) and all venues.

NYC’s Only Vegan Créperie: Little Choc Apothecary

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Yes! We started our Monday in grand style! We had lunch at the first all vegan créperie Little Choc Apothecary and loved it! They are NYC’s first vegan créperie and tea room.

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Little Choc Apothecary is located in the far end of Williamsburg, in a street that has several amazing spots to visit! We love it there!

The entrance of the créperie is extremely charming and welcoming, with wooden details and bright yellow, happy colors!

As you walk in, you’ll notice the place is quite small, with a larger part of the space exclusively for the preparation of the crepes. The seats at the counter window are certainly pretty sought-after by their visitors!

But, there is a second floor! You’ll find a few tables upstairs to calmly enjoy your crepes and even try a few different tea flavors from their own apothecary.

We ordered the Garden of Eatin’ made with apple, avocado, fresh kale, mint-basil pesto and lemon juice and The Masala with pumpkin curried white bean tempeh, sliced almonds…both are f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

Of course we couldn’t (and would never) skip the dessert, so we got the Newtella – homemade hazelnut spread + strawberry. I think you can imagine how we enjoyed and savored with moment…

Julia Kravets, born in Ukraine and a former model (she’s gorgeous), is the owner. Her story is pretty amazing!

At 21 she decided to go Vegan, after watching the movie Earthlings. A short while later, she began brainstorming about opening her own vegan business and started writing down a business plan.

She had no support from close relatives, no knowledge in writing a business plan, Excel was a challenge back then…but her intuition spoke louder. Lucky us!

She opened Little Choc in January of 2015. The tea blends are her own creations and the food is to-die-for!

As we mentioned above, this vegan créperie is very charming and the dining tables are on the upper floor, where you’ll always find a cool group of freelance people hanging around too.

The brick walls (Here they are again! We love brick walls!) are lovely, there is a beautiful wall with countless tea spice jars and the natural light coming through the almost floor to ceiling window definitely is a highlight.

We offer a creative selection of sweet and savory crepes, as well as homemade baked goods. Our products are completely plant based, free of any chemical binders, gums, artificial flavors, and overly processed sugars and flours.

We source our ingredients from local farms and distributors who focus on sustainability, and providing local, organic, and fair trade products whenever possible.

With over 100 different herb varieties, our guests have the freedom to request off menu, personalized tea blends based on their health, or taste preferences. Any individual herb or tea blend is available to take home by the ounce.”

Enjoy your crepe with tea, at this vegan créperie, and do explore the neighborhood!

If you are looking for local tours and experiences, contact us and see everything we offer through Concierge Service expert team! We will be able to customize and cater your entire trip!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 11pm
Friday: 8am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sunday: 9am – 11pm

Location: 141 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg

www.littlechoc.nyc


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan and Courtesy of Little Choc Apothecary

Through a tiny doorway on the Lower East Side Is Kuma Inn

Kuma Inn Restaurant Entrance

A tiny doorway on Ludlow Street takes you through a stairway to this Thai restaurant, serving Filipino, Thai, and Southeast Asian cuisine, called Kuma Inn.

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Kuma Inn, founded in 2003, is located at Manhattan’s Lower East Side. But, you’ll probably not even notice it while strolling by. Just the type of place we love exploring and finding for you!

Serving Filipino, Thai and Southeast Asian food, King Phojanakong is the chef-owner of this NYC’s favorite speakeasy restaurant.

Hence, with experience in a few very well respected restaurants such as Daniel and The Grocery, Chef Phojanakong offers several signature dishes on the menu. From a yellowfin tuna tartare to tita ems’ adobo chicken wings, coconut vinegar, garlic and soy, you’ll be delighted with his creations.

That is to say, that the original menu is filled with a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables, but it changes often depending on the season.

In addition, it’s definitely a unique place to take a first date and impress! Specially because New Yorkers don’t know about this place either, so you’ll be certain to hit a jack pot!

Moreover, the prices are very reasonable, so don’t worry about it and just go to enjoy! Who would imagine that through a tiny doorway, on the Lower East Side, you’d find a gem like this?

And to finish, an interesting fact: “Kumain”, in filipino, means “to eat”…and why not, right?!

The neighborhood of the Lower East Side is growing exponentially, and we’re positive you’ll have a fantastic time figuring out some of the most unique spots.

You can book your accommodation at the Ludlow Hotel; enjoy your meals at restaurants like Contra, Souvlaki GR; shop at Vaute or Reformation; grab your morning coffee-to-go at Café Vitta and have fun at Mr. Purple, the trendy rooftop bar at the Indigo Hotel.

Location: 113 Ludlow Street

www.kumainn.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of NYMag and  Kuma Inn

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