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My Top Food Spots in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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I’ve chosen a few of my top food spots in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to shoot a great video and share with you! Come see which are the spots that I love going to with my friends. I’m sure you’ll love them too!

Greenpoint has some pretty amazing places to go for lunch, brunch and dinner! As we’ve previously mentioned, the neighborhood is growing rapidly and new businesses are opening all the time.

One of the great things of Greenpoint is that, since the neighborhood is relatively small, everything is walking distance from each other and along the way you’ll probably find other amazing stores, cafés and happy hour places to go back to.

So, this time, I decided to list a few of my top food spots in Greenpoint that I truly love going to:


Glasserie

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Glasserie is super unique restaurant and quite an experience too!

Why? Well, to start, it’s inside a former glass factory dated back to the 1860’s, which I personally think is pretty awesome. We do love exploring spots with interesting stories behind it.

It serves Mediterranean food with a few dishes inspired in Egyptian street food. They have a fantastic full bar and yes, the décor is simple but cozy.

Oh! It’s also a great spot to celebrate an important day with your loved ones, or impress on a date!

Location: 95 Commercial Street

www.glasserienyc.com


The Brooklyn Barge

Dining Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Restaurants Brooklyn Barge
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The Brooklyn Barge is one of my hidden gems and sometime not even locals know about it.

I’ve written about this place before and mentioned that it has one of the best views of Manhattan, since it’s right by the river.

Getting there is an adventure on its own, since you’ll probably think you’re lost. You’ll pass by old warehouses and abandoned cars, but just continue walking. You’re going on the right path.

They serve food and drinks and it does get quite busy, so be sure to arrive early.

Location: 3 Milton Street

www.thebrooklynbarge.com


Milk & Roses

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kayoko Ogawa

Milk & Roses is also one of my favorite spots and it will make you feel like you’re in Italy!

I love to take people that have never been to Greenpoint, to start their experience here.

The result: they always love it and want to come back for more!

The place is beautiful, the décor is quite special with a beautiful piano in the center of the main dining room, big red leather couches and a priceless garden in the back – where I always prefer sitting during the warmer months.

If you decide to go there on a weekend, you might take a while to sit down. So, try making a reservation, or just relax at the bar with a drink, until your table is ready!

Location: 1110 Manhattan Avenue

http://milkandrosesbk.com


Le Fanfare

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Still in the spirit of Italy, Le Fanfare is another great option! The owner, Luca, is also the owner of Epistrophy, located in Soho!

Here, you can expect live music on weekends Jazz nights, large communal tables and a beautiful bar in the front.

Oh, they also have a small private patio in the back open during the hot months. As about the special nights where Luca plays Jazz for everyone there!

Have fun!

Location: 1103 Manhattan Avenue

www.lefanfare.com


If you enjoyed this short list of my top food spots in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you’re now probably craving a coffee and pastry, right?

And, you should also see which are the coolest bars, if you decide to take the day and just explore this neighborhood! There are great options there if you’re a night owl in search of fantastic signature cocktails!

Have fun exploring!


VideographyRenata Meirelles
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Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Diamond Big Co., Ltd/Kayoko Ogawa for Milk & Roses
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Original Buddha Bodai: My Favorite Restaurant in Chinatown

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If you’ve never been to the original Buddha Bodai, a Kosher Vegetarian restaurant, you should start planning for it! Located in the heart of Chinatown, this is literally one of my favorite restaurants in New York City!

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I’m completely in love with this restaurant, in the heart of Chinatown, and could go there EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE!

Truly! I’ve been to the original Buddha Bodai many time and every time I go there, I love it more and more, and MORE!!

It’s a Chinese Kosher Vegetarian / Vegan and Buddhist Restaurant, but DON’T let these words haunt you! You will have one of the best experiences of your entire life! Hahaha! Yes, I really do l-o-v-e them! They are experts in serving the famous “imitation meat”!

They were founded back in 2004 and for only a couple of bucks, you’ll have a fabulous and delicious Chinese feast! Last time I was there with my friends that actually introduced me to this gem (last weekend, lol), we had a fully served table, and we only spent $12 each!!!!

We has the Dim Sum Menu – available every day till 4pm- and a few options from the normal menu.

How does ordering from the Dim Sum Menu work?

Well, you’ll get a paper menu with a huge list of options and you’ll just write, beside the dish, the quantity you want. If you order too much, no worries, just ask them to put the rest To-Go.

This is what we had from the Dim Sum Menu:

  • Bar-B-Q Vegetarian Meat – this is MY favorite dish on earth! If you’re a meat eater, you won’t believe this!
  • Vegetarian Shrimp Dumplings
  • Vegetarian Meat Buns
  • Shrimp Rice Roll
  • Fried Eggplant Stuffed with Vegetarian Meat
  • Spring Rolls
  • and Hot Tea, of course

And what we had from the Normal Menu:

  • General Tso Chicken – meat eaters also DIE for this one!
  • B.B.Q Meat Fried Rice

Yup, for only 12 bucks each + tip!

Oh! And they are a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) restaurant, so bring whatever makes you smile! If you forgot your bottle, ask anyone from the restaurant the way to the closest deli! They’ll know the way!


Meet the Chef

“Chef Dong has been delighting his patrons with exquisite vegetarian meals for over 45 years. He and his staff have created dishes and ensured that it reached the highest standards of quality and freshness.

His passion and desire to share the delicate flavors that he creates is a driving force that has kept his customers, old and new, coming back time and again.”


If you’re into vegetarian options, feel free to explore our suggestions!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 9:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 9:30pm

Location: 5 Mott Street
Note! There are TWO Buddha Bodai in NYC, but the one we’re talking about is the original one on Mott Street!

www.buddha-bodai.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Buddha Bodai
Text Experts: Buddha Bodai website

10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

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There is just so much we want to do and explore when we come to New York, right? Check out these 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

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These 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC will help you better navigate the city and make your visit memorable!

Check them out below and keep them in mind when you get here!


#1 Drop your luggage off, so you can focus on having fun

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Photo Credit: Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel, Vogue 1999.

For only $6/day you can drop off your bags at over 50+ locations in the city so you can free your arms and not worry about dragging your luggage around during the day.

Book here for a 10% discount or use code “BEHINDTHESCENES”.

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#2 Screenshot the subway map before you get onto the subway

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Some subway cars aren’t yet updated to show the next upcoming stops/transfers so use your phone to navigate where to get off.

You can catch a cellphone signal in between some stops, but play it safe with having it already on your phone. This way, you don’t get lost or have to hover over someone to check the subway car map.

And still, if you’re more into tech-hacks, just download an APP called “New York Subway MTA MAP”. It’s works with no wifi too!


#3 Bring a selfie stick

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC DJI Osmo Mobile

It may seem like such a tourist thing to do, but if you don’t want to bother a busy New Yorker to take your picture, then this is the best way to snap a quick pic!

Which one we recommend? Try the one from DJI, named Osmo Mobile 2.

Also, for inspiration, follow Fomofeed to find all the cool free NYC instagram-worthy shots.


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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With so many great walking spots in NYC, you will need a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a few miles.

Some favorite (and free) walking spots include Fort Tyron Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the gorgeous pink Williamsburg Bridge, that has been featured in countless movies!

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of upstate New York or our Behind the Scenes Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital! So scary and curious!


#5 Use travel APPs to make your life easier and save some cash

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Here’s a list that may come in handy when traveling around NYC.

  1. Check out Yelp for check in discounts to restaurants around the city and Open Table to make a quick reservation.
  2. Use Juno, Lyft or Uber to share rides and get around the city, or the Citibike APP if you prefer biking around.
  3. Download Splitwise to make it easier to track and split expenses amongst your travel party.
  4. Check out the HotelTonight APP for exclusive hotel deals.

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC Mophie External Battery

This is crucial, especially because with pictures and social media, your battery will drain in no time. You’ll be out and about all day in New York, so be sure you buy a phone charger so you stay plugged in all day – most will be under $30 and well worth it!

But we love the Mophie products, even though they are a bit more expensive. They have a (RED) Collection where “a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa”.


#7 Beware of street food

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NYC is well-known for their delicious hot dog stands and roasted peanuts, but be careful with where you choose to eat! You might have a bad time during your trip if you pick the wrong one!

Find a food cart that has a long line or keep an eye out for the most trusted food cart, like the traditional “The Halal Guys”. We love them, and so does every other New Yorker in town.

You can find them at West 53rd Street corner with 6th Avenue, and a few other spots in the city!


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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If you have time to spare, you can find steeply discounted Broadway show tickets the day of at the big red TKTS booth in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn. Check their website for queue hours.

Want another secret to the currently most coveted show on Broadway: Hamilton!? They have an APP called “Hamilton – The Official App” where, twice a day, they have a lottery giving out tickets for $10/each and you can buy up to 2! Note: Tickets for the show starts at $199, and skyrocket to over $800 for the premium seats.

Oh! And if you want the true “behind the scenes experience”, you might want to have dinner with 2 cast members from Hamilton before the show, watch the show from the best seats, then go back stage to meet the entire cast! How? See here!

Not a fan of Hamilton? Don’t worry! We have this experience for all Broadway show!


#9 – Don’t fall for street scammers/hustlers

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NYC will always have people hustling outside on the streets so beware of the scam! You may wind up with fake tickets, blank DVDS or something else counterfeit that you just paid for.

Just go straight to the official website or authorized resellers to purchase and be safe.


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

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Some of the major museums in NYC have donation based nights that can save you some serious cash!

The 9/11 Museum, Bronx Zoo, New Museum, and the Frick Collection all have weekly donation based entrance fee hours to name a few.

Plus, many have specific days/hours with FREE entrance.


The list can go on, but these are probably the top 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

If you are looking for any type of help during your travel, let us help you out. But, if you’re a company looking for assistance for your team or your valuable clients, contact our experts.

Have fun and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


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Seasoned Vegan: A Harlem Restaurant That Will Change Your Life

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

  • Contact Us With Your Request

Videographer: Renata Meirelles
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: Thoughtfully designed. Intentionally built.

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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.

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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
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Dining Shuraku NYC Edamame
Dining Shuraku NYC Sea Eel Anago
Dining Shuraku NYC Karaage Marinated Fried Chicken
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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

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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

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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!

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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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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

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