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The Must-Try Italian Restaurants In NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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


Joe’s Pizza

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

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

Do you know which celebrities you can bump into?

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

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

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

Hours: Check website for different hours.

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

http://www.joespizzanyc.com


Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 234 East 4th Street

http://www.gnoccherianyc.com 


Scriptum Brooklyn

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photography: Courtesy of venues
Beauty
Leila Soldeira
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Camilla Adão

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Vinyl Is Back: The Top Record Stores in New York

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

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

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

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

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

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


A1 Records

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

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

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

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

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 439 East 6th Street

www.facebook.com/A1-Records


Rough Trade

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg

www.roughtrade.com/us


Superior Elevation Records

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

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

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

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

Hours: Daily, from 12pm – 7pm

Location: 100 White Street, Bushwick

www.superiorelevation.com


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

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


Videographer: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
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Leila Soldeira
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Camilla Adão

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

The Most Famous NYC Desserts

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New York City is known for having some crazy sweets that attracts countless people every year! Come explore the most famous NYC desserts with me and my friend Jared!

I’ve invited, once again, my very good friend Jared Zuckerman and this time we decided to make a video for all the people that have a sweet tooth – like me!

New York is known for having some very typical sweets loved by everyone living here and we’re showing my favorite ones today.

We started at Ray’s Candy Store one of the most traditional spots in the city with the most amazing fried Oreos you’ll ever find. Then, we headed to Dun-well Doughnuts that bakes some of the tastiest doughnuts in all of New York.

And, we end our day at Wowfulls where we showed you one of the most instagrammed ice cream, loved by influencers and foodies!

So, before I start showing you these delicious places, be sure to subscribe to our channel, like the video and help spread the love for this amazing place on Earth, called New York City!


Ray’s Candy Store

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This is a classic! Ray’s Candy Store is one of the most traditional spot in the East Village. Ray and Stella opened over 40 years ago, serving residents and visitors 24h a day since then.

I’m a huge fan, and I’ve written about them before and even shot a super cool boomerang for my Instagram Page with Ray himself behind the bar.

I’d recommend to literally try everything, but I’d start with the one I love the most, the fried Oreos! I promise you won’t regret it!

In addition, the milkshakes are also super refreshing, as well as the soft serves. Plus, everything that has Nutella is a must have, in my opinion. And , finish off the beignets! Phiuf!

Hours: Believe it or not, it’s been 24h since 1974!

Location: 113 Avenue A

www.facebook.com/RaysCandyStoreNYC


Dun-well Doughnuts

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Let  me start with OH. MY. GOD. The first time I had Dun-well Doughnuts I couldn’t believe how delicious, how fresh, how tasty, how well-balanced and soft they were. Plus, I was in awe when they finished off telling me: “Yup, they are also vegan!”

It was like I had found heaven on Earth! Hahaha! So, this is truly one of my favorite doughnut spot, that is always on the top of my list.

Dan and Christopher founded the place back in 2011 and today they have two locations – one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn.

How it started?

“Dun-Well Doughnuts started as a food craving when Christopher Hollowell (the “Well” in Dun-Well) called up his buddy Dan Dunbar (The “Dun” in Dun-Well) after having watched a Simpson’s anniversary episode that featured Homer’s favorite round confections rather prominently.”

They have countless options and even some special ones, like the Mac’N’Cheese. 

Locations:
102 St. Marks Place – East Village, Manhattan
222 Montrose Avenue – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hours:
East Village: Sunday – Thursday – 9am – 10pm | Friday- & Saturday – 9am – 11pm
East Williamsburg: Monday – Friday – 7am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday – 8am – 7pm

www.dunwelldoughnuts.com 


Wowfulls

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And, to finish in style, I will show you what Wowfulls Ice Cream is all about! We were hosted by David Chan, one of the founders, and he told us a bit about the most instagrammed ice cream in New York today!

They started off as a vendor in the famous street market, Smorgasburg, and today they have this beautiful location in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

We tried the:

  • Velvet Love: Red Velvet Waffle w/ white chocolate chips baked in, served w/ Strawberry shortcake Ice Cream, brownie bites, cream cheese drizzle, Strawberry Pocky and powdered sugar.
  • Home Sweet Home: Waffle with with crazy vanilla ice cream, mochi, strawberries, and caramel drizzle.

Moreover, if you want to learn more about them, take a look and what we said!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Locations: 309 Houston Street, but you can still find them at Smorgasburg (Saturday’s in Williamsburg and Sunday’s at Prospect Park)

http://wowfulls.com


So, that’s all for today’s episode! We hope you enjoyed all these spots with the most famous NYC desserts. Now, I’d bet you’re craving them all, right? Yum!!!

If you liked my friend Jared, that is a famous NYC food expert, you might want to check out a few of the top cocktail spots we visited together. As well some of my favorite vegan restaurants, since he’s a huge meat eater and I wanted to show him what the vegan world tastes like! FYI: He loved it!

Oh! Plus, he took me to a few of the places he loves the most, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a food na drink crawl.

Finally, like our video and subscribe to our channel to explore New York, off the beaten path with me!


Videography & Photography: Renata Meirelles
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Learning Some Beats With STOMP!

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If you haven’t heard about Stomp, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts! Get ready to feel your bones shake!

I absolutely L-O-V-E Stomp!

If you haven’t heard about them, they are an Off Broadway show, that was founded in the Brighton, United Kingdom in 1991 by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Today they are world famous and attract audiences that come from all over the globe.

Their show takes place in a great spot in the trendy East Village and are always super full, when not, totally sold out!

In short, they are “a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy”. And, their comedy acts are truly hilarious!

The most amazing thing is that there is absolutely no dialogue throughout the entire show, but these guys are experts in getting you crackin’ in your seat!

They literally create some of the most astounding and impressive percussion acts, using countless unexpected objects and body parts.

“Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.”

We spoke to, and learned some beats with 3 of their NYC performers: Desmond Howard, Jasmine Joyner and Simeon Weedall.

Plus, I couldn’t forget to thank our dear friend, Marivaldo dos Santos, that was the one that set this video shooting up for us! Marivaldo is also part of the super talented NYC performers, since the early days, when it all started! You guys HAVE to see him in action!

So, before you watch, be sure to subscribe to our channel, turn on the notifications and come explore New York with me!

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Buy your tickets:

  • Online
  • By Phone: (800) 982-2787
  • In Person: At address below

Take a look at the seating chart!

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be at least 4 years old to attend STOMP and everyone must have a ticket. The age minimum is enforced and no child under the age of 4 will be admitted.

Box Office Hours:

Monday: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5:30pm

Performance Schedule:

Monday: Dark
Tuesday: 8pm
Wednesday: 8pm
Thursday: 8pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Sunday: 2pm & 5:30pm

Location: Orpheum Theatre Box Office – 126 Second Avenue

https://stomponline.com

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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, trying out a few moves! Check out the video to see how well she did – or not! LOL!

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Motorino Pizzeria: An Authentic Taste Of Naples Outside Italy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.motorinony.com


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

New York Craft Cocktail Tour

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New York City is a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town. Come with us to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!

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We love cocktails and I would bet you do too! New York City is also a great place to explore unique signature cocktails at different spots around town! So, we want to take you to the New York Craft Cocktail Tour!

This Happy Hour tour will bring you to the center of New York’s booming cocktail culture as we visit some of the best cocktail bars in the city.

Along the way we will sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, shop for new local craft spirits, learn how to make craft cocktails, and discover some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple.

It’s a great way to start off an unforgettable evening in New York City! Oh! And take a look here at a video we did about the Best Cocktails Bars in Brooklyn!

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Highlights:

  • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York’s best bars
  • Learn how prohibition shaped NYC, and the speakeasies & gangsters who influenced the city’s cocktail culture
  • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries
  • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York’s East Village
  • Learn how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in America with fresh, artisanal ingredients

Rates & Details:

  • $82/person – includes 3 cocktails, snacks, and guide
  • Duration: About 2.5 hours
  • Tour meets in Tompkins Square Park, East Village
  • Advanced Purchase Required
  • Schedule: Every Day at 6pm

Other info:

  • Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 3 cocktails, light snack
  • Exclusions: Additional food and drink, bottles of spirits, souvenirs, tips and gratuities for the guide (highly appreciated, thanks!)
  • Dress standard: Dress should be appropriate for a night out. Please avoid wearing shorts, baseball hats, t-shirts, or flip-flop (thong) sandals.
  • Your Trip: You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: Travelers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

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Plus, if you enjoyed the New York Craft Cocktail Tour, but you are looking to book a private tour, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them all! 


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The 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY By Rachel And Kyle Ford

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Rachel and Kyle Ford, from Ford Media Lab, know cocktails. They shared with us their 7 best cocktail places in NY and we can’t wait to check them all out!

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This week we bring you a super talented duo!

Named two of Saveur Magazine’s 15 Cocktail Instagrams to Follow in 2017, Rachel and Kyle Ford of Ford Media Lab know cocktails.

Formerly cocktail bartenders and brand ambassadors for top spirit brands, Rachel and Kyle used their insider knowledge when creating 1806 Magazine.

To discover more of their favorite spots and behind-the-scenes stories of the people behind cocktail culture in New York City – including more about those listed below– pick up a copy of 1806 Magazine, Volume 1: New York City at Ford Media Lab (FML). 


Rachel Ford:

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After attending OTIS College of Art and Design for Fashion, Rachel earned a degree in Business, merging her creative talents with a keen understanding of brand marketing and strategy.

A love of creating a unique consumer experience led Rachel to the hospitality industry, where she made a name for herself internationally.

Rachel went on to represent Tanqueray gin as the National Ambassador, demonstrating unparalleled influence and strategic vision.

Her inimitable story-telling ability served as a basis for FML’s expansion into creative brand consulting and independent publications.

She is known as a figure in the world of media, appearing on Bar Rescue, and within the pages of Chilled, Cocktail Lovers, and The Daily Beast.


Kyle Ford:

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With a degree in Economics and Philosophy, Kyle began his professional life in
Finance. Creative energies eventually prompted him to quit his job and pursue his keen interest in craft cocktails and photography.

Kyle became the resident cocktail and spirits expert for Rémy Cointreau and managed their international brand advocacy initiative.

During this time, his strategic use of social media and photography inspired a business opportunity.

The combination of these two worlds served as a basis for the formation of FML and its first creative partnerships with international spirits companies.

Kyle’s work and personality has been featured such places as Fox & Friends, VH1, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Wine Enthusiast, and Nylon Magazine.

 

Take a look below to see their 7 Best Cocktail Places in NY:


Lighthouse – Williamsburg

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“Have you ever walked into a space and felt a positive energy that you couldn’t quite put your finger on? For us, that place is Lighthouse. Run by the kindest brother/sister team on the planet with a passion for sustainability, Lighthouse serves great food that you can feel good about eating. Be sure to visit for brunch; the chilequiles are a favorite and the house-baked bread is some of the best around. The cocktails are not to be missed either!”

The siblings, Assaf and Namma Tamir, truly do a great job at this neighborhood spot. Their entire business model revolves around sustainable values that we definitely support.

They offer a menu with New American fare, working with super fresh and seasonal ingredients, sourced locally from local growers and farmers. There is also a Pre-Fix Family-style option that is great for bigger groups and they can accommodate diet restrictions too!

Their drink options range from their signature cocktails, to a great selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines.

“We recycle, compost, and collaborate with other green minded organizations to grow, improve and educate ourselves, our staff, our guests.”

It’s a great spot for brunch or dinner, so be sure to add them to your To-Go List! Oh! And still, they offer spaces for private events and catering services,

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 11pm
Friday: 6pm – 12pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 12pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 11pm

Location: 145 Borinquen Place

http://lighthousebk.com


Long Island Bar – Cobble Hill

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“Imagine enjoying a Cosmopolitan cocktail – made by the man who created the recipe we know today – in a bar that feels both modern and preserved in time. With a team of bartenders formerly behind bars like Death and Company and Flatiron Lounge, at Long Island Bar you’re in good hands – even if Toby Cecchini himself isn’t around to make you feel like Carrie Bradshaw.”

The story of this place starts back in 1951, when it was family owned by Emma Sullivan and her husband, in partnership with her cousins. Then, in 2013, it was renovated and relaunched by Joel Tompkins and Toby Cecchini.

Today, they’ve been chosen and featured by food experts for having the best burgers, French fries and cocktails.

As Tompkins said to Grub Street: “It’s a fifties bar, it’s near the water, and it’s the most gorgeous, warm place you’d want to have a drink in.”

Go check it out!

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 2am

Location: 110 Atlantic Avenue

http://thelongislandbar.com


The Rum House – Times Square

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The Rum House is literally the best place to get a drink in the worst place on earth. Once a seedy bar with an honor-system beer cooler and clouds of cigarette smoke, The Rum House has transformed the space into a magical cocktail haven with nightly live music and old New York nostalgia. Word has it they make a mean Daiquiri.”

Times Square is definitely not a place in our radar, but we have to confess that there is a hand full of great hidden spots there. This one is a great option if you’re into run and cocktails in general.

If you’re into good live music, be sure to see their website and see which bands are lined up for the week!

Hours: Daily, 12pm – 4am

Location: 228 West 47th Street

http://therumhousenyc.com


Amor y Amargo – East Village

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“The name of this beloved thirteen-seat bar and bitters shop, Amor Y Amargo, literally translates to “love and bitters.” Responsible for turning those in-the-know on to the world of Italian amaro, at this intimate East Village bar you’ll find a carefully curated menu of stirred and spirituous cocktails – but first you need to find a seat. Go early!”

Founded in 2011, this is a great spot to go if you’re into tasting. Plus, it’s a small space, just like we enjoy.

They have a bit of everything and you’ll be surprise by their cocktail options. If you’re not really an expert, even better! They’ll be able to recommend their best drinks, catered to what you like.

We’re positive you won’t leave disappointed!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 3am
Saturday: 3pm – 3am
Sunday: 3pm – 1am

Location: 443 East 6th Street

www.amoryamargony.com


Bar Goto – Lower East Side

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“When the former Head Bartender of the famed Pegu Club decided to open his own bar on the Lower East Side, Bar Goto, he paid homage to his Japanese heritage. From the meticulously-crafted cocktails, to the delicious okonomiyaki, to his grandmother’s obe belt hanging on the wall, he did just that. Standout items include the Sakura Martini and the celery (trust us, you’ll love it – even if you’d never pair “love” and “celery” together).”

Ahhh, the Lower East Side of Manhattan is definitely one of the neighborhoods we enjoy exploring the most!

This place is a “first come, first serve”, so depending on the day, you might wait a while. But, it’s surely worth the wait.

Bar Goto opened in 2015 and from the day they launched, they have collected countless nominations from “Best NYC Bars” to “Top 15 Cocktails” and more!

They offer everything from wine, sake, beer and champaign. Their menus is based on Japanese comfort food from curry ramen and miso wings, to spicy cod roe spaghetti with squid and other delicious options.

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am
Sunday: 5pm – 12am

Location: 245 Eldridge Street

www.bargoto.com


Cocktail Kingdom – Flatiron District

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“Where do all the top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts buy their barware? Cocktail Kingdom. While you can order online, it’s much more fun to visit in person – but you have to know where to look. Tucked inside an office building on 25th Street is a treasure-trove of everything from copper-hued bar spoons to etched glassware and cocktail books filled with mouth-watering recipes. If you’re lucky, owner and cocktail savant Greg Boehm may show you his vintage book library.”

Yup, they have it all! It’s surely an experience to go there and see everything they offer.

Make your list and go crazy with everything from bar spoons, strainers, jiggers, mixing glasses, to bitters bottles, trays, bags, cases and shakers!

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5pm

Location: 36 West 25th Street, 5th Floor

www.cocktailkingdom.com


Jupiter Disco – Bushwick

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“If you weren’t looking for Jupiter Disco, you’d probably never know it’s there. Marked by a single red light, it feels like you’ve discovered a super cool secret when you walk through the unmarked door to find a dark cocktail bar and a DJ spinning for a hip industry crowd. The cocktail menu is displayed on screens on either side of the bar amongst the neon lights; remember to look up!”

Looking for a hidden, sci-fi inspired spot with fantastic cocktails and DJs playing all night long for a hype crowd? This is the place for you!

They have only a few food options: the empanadas, but their drinks are awesome! Plus, it’s divided in the menu into some fun topics like: “Introduction to Orbit”, “When the Kite String Pops…”and “Generation Ship”.

Get ready for take off!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 1237 Flushing Avenue

www.jupiterdisco.com


Thank you Rachel and Kyle for sharing your 7 best cocktail places in NY, and keep up the amazing work at Ford Media Lab!

If you enjoyed these tips, you might also enjoy reading out other places to enjoy New York’s nightlife!

To organize Corporate Events with tastings and the best mixologists in town, contact our experts.

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Rachel and Kyle Ford,  Alice Gao, and all the venues.

The NYC Rock’n’Roll World Of The Wanderlust Girls

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Come explore the NYC rock’n’roll world of Emily and Abigail, creators of Wanderlust Girls! Enjoy their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

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Emily and Abigail met in middle school many eons ago (18 years to be exact), in a small town just outside of Boston.

They grew up sharing a love for fashion, rock’n’roll and adventure. These shared interested morphed into a blog, WanderLust Girls back in 2010, which has since grown into the fashion, lifestyle, travel brand they run today.

The girls recently expanded their business down in Nashville, which you will be seeing more of on their social media soon.

If they are not in Nashville hanging with rock stars or repping their black clad closets on the New York City streets, they are likely in the air jetting to a new location for their next travel piece.

Take a look below to see their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City:


I NEED MORE

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I NEED MORE is a clothing store with all the spikes and studs you can dream of. (Yes, we dream about spikes and studs.) The owner, Jimmy Webb is a rock’n’roll legend in the city who we are lucky enough to call a friend. Every piece in the shop is unique, bold, and badass.”

As they say, this is literally a “A Rock’N’Roll clothing store for everybody”! The store is true a labor of love and dedication. You’ll certainly love it all: from the goo goo muck chandelier to the hand pained zebra stripe dressing rooms and painting on the walls!

They are a multi-label store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and always have big names coming by! A few famous friends in their list are: the one and only Ewan McGregor, Slash, Alice Cooper and Duff McKagan!

Pass by to see what they are up to!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Location: 75A Orchard Street

http://ixneedxmore.com


Duff’s Brooklyn

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“If you ever wanted to sit in an electric chair, look no further! Duff’s Brooklyn has it’s very own, as well as some of the creepiest, yet amazing decor we’ve ever seen. Enjoy some metal music and don’t forget to spin the wheel to win various prizes. Keep spinning until you get the Jesus juice.”

Founded in 1999 back in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, in Manhattan, this metal mecca finally moved into Brooklyn in 2004 and is the place to go if you a heavy metal lover. If you’re not part of this lifestyle, it’s still a fantastic place to go explore and broaden your horizons.

The spot, now located in South Williamsburg, is certainly a true metal place. Names like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Kerry King of Slayer, Exodus, Machine Head, The Sword, and many others have visited it.

Let’s rock!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 168 Marcy Avenue

www.duffsbrooklyn.com/home.shtml


Jane Motorcycles

Jane Motorcycles is our favorite place to go scope for beautiful bearded motorcycle riding men… I mean they have great coffee, that’s why we go. This beautifully curated moto gear shop surrounds the actually really great coffee shop. It’s amazing in the nice weather when they open the garage style door and you can enjoy your latté will gazing at all the motorcycles lined up outside.”

This is the ultimate NYC’s custom motorcycles, apparel, gear, art, books, and espresso shop, and we love it too! Alexander DiMattio and Adam Kallen started Jane with the objective of putting a new take on a motorcycle shop. And…they did it flawlessly!

These guys are from Brooklyn and everything in their store translates the vibe of the neighborhood and the lifestyle they personally enjoy.

They literally created this store out of scratch – actually it’s not their original location, since they were forced to move out of their other place. But, a blessing in disguise, for sure. At this spot, they were able to transform into reality all their dreams of what their store should looks like, such as the huge coffee counter and the garage door roll-up.

We are also huge coffee lovers, and their coffee partner is delicious, with ethically source coffee from all over the world – totally up our alley, since we work with and support sustainable traveling!

Definitely a must-go spot!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 396 Wythe Avenue

https://janemotorcycles.com


Pinks

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Pinks a fun hot rod style bar with motorcycle chain chandeliers and random car parts throughout the watering hole. Make sure you stop by for rock n’ roll bingo. Lots of fun prizes and great tunes!”

This is also a place we enjoy a lot!

Pink, in the Lower East Side, is a great spot to go for drinks, good music, a great crowd and even to celebrate your birthday.

They have a pretty cool private room in the back, if you prefer having your guests all together and more comfortable.

As they explain: “Pinks is what happens when a musician & a motorcycle enthusiast come together & build a bar around their love of Kustom Kulture.”

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 242 East 10th Street

http://pinks.nyc


Grit N Glory

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Grit N Glory is a rock’n’roll one-stop-shop, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Whether you are looking for a shirt with a satanic cat on it, some new ink (they have their own tattoo shop) or a tea cup for your vodka, they have it!”

The store offers a full collection for men, women and even a collection for the cool kids, besides accessories and housewares!

You’ll also be able to see some pretty crazy shots signed by Mark Weiss where he featured Alice Cooper, Boy George, Metallica, Guns’N’Roses, Mick Jagger and Ozzy in the 1980’s.

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 8pm

Location: 186 Orchard Street

www.gritnglory.com


Three of Cups

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Three of Cups, if you’re are in the mood for a delicious Italian meal and some light death metal you are in the right spot. On street level Three of Cups is a beautiful restaurant with drool-worthy pizzas and pasta dishes. Meanwhile, the basement has pretty heavy metal music playing, leopard print poles, and a badass crowd.”

Who doesn’t love Italian food made from these old family recipes and pizzas, right?

Located in the East Village, Three of Cups was founded back in 1992 and they really know the essence in making good pizza.

If you’re not that into pizza – if this even exists, lol – their food menu comes from recipes from the Southern Italian regions like Sicily, Naples and Bari.

And still, if you’re into pizza and pasta but keep track of all the calories you eat, don’t worry…they have delicious gluten-free options on the menu.

Hours:
Happy Hour EVERYDAY!!
Restaurant Bar: 5pm – 8pm
Lounge: 7pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch w/ 2 hour Bottomless – 11am – 5pm

Location: 83 1st Avenue

www.threeofcupsnyc.com


Gutter Bar

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Our Founder, Fê, with her friends at The Gutter, in Williamsburg.

Gutter Bar Brooklyn, has great cheap whiskey and a retro style bowling alley in the back. Equipped with 8 lanes to show off your skills. They also have a pool table. It’s a really great place to go with a group of friends on a cold winter day.”

We were soooo excited to see the Gutter Bar as part of Emily’s and Abigail’s list! This is a spot that we go a lot to and always have a great time!

Now, don’t expect a super fancy bowling alley because, as the girls mentioned, it’s a retro style one. But, then again, who need fancy to have fun, right?

They have a full bar, a pool table (be sure to place your Quarter on the table to get in line) and the bowling alley. Oh! And after passing by the restrooms, you’ll see another room! Walk in! They have a stage with live music and a dance floor!

It can be a while – a few hours – until you play, so you can arrive early, or just get your number and enjoy the bar until your time comes.

Hours Williamsburg:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am
Friday: 2pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4am

Hours Long Island City:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Locations:
200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg
10-22 46th Avenue, Long Island City

www.thegutterbrooklyn.com/williamsburg


Enchantments

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Enchantments is the oldest occult store in NYC. This space is filled with wonderfully witchy items from candles to bring love into your life, herbs and oils to rid yourself of ex boyfriends, books like ‘The Witches Bible’ and of course, tarot cards. Literally all you could ever need.”

The store is located in the East Village and opened back in 1982! Their mission is: Our mission is to help people empower themselves, heal and grow through spiritual practice. We believe in the principle “harm none,” and do not endorse items that hurt others.

Their Apothecary has over 100 recipes and can be mixed and matched according to what you are looking for.

Their incenses, oils, baths and other products are hand-made. They still have numerous other products like hand-carved candles, holders, statues, books, jewelry, talismans, cards and so many other super cool magical tools!

Be sure to go with time, since you’ll certainly be drawn to many different products!

Hours:
Wednesday – Monday: 1pm – 8:45pm
Closed Tuesday

Location: 424 East 9th Street

www.enchantmentsincnyc.com


Obscura Antiques

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Obscura Antiques, a small antique and oddities shop located in the East Village. We once got a bat skeleton there! So, if you’re in the market for bones, taxidermy, or even a Romanian AK-47 Bayonet, you hit the jackpot! Give yourself at least an hour to look through everything. You’ll find some gems for sure.”

Looking through these old antiques and oddities is certainly a journey into the past and can be quite amusing if you let your mind fly.

They are the oldest shop in this category in NYC and they ‘carry medical, scientific, natural history, fraternal, circus/sideshow, and all things unusual’.

Plus, as they mentioned, we also believe it’s a great place to find a unique gift. Well, it will certainly be a gift your loved one will remember forever!

Enjoy your exploration!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 207 Avenue A

http://www.obscuraantiques.com


Thank you Emily and Abigail, for sharing with us your 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

If you enjoy rock’n’roll, you will also enjoy Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint. They’ve already hosted small, unexpected gigs with Nirvana!

Also, take a look at this interview with Andre Vasconcellos, one of the most amazing NY-based guitarists we know!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the venues

Exploring A Bit Of New York: 3 NYC Hidden Gems

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In New York City, overcrowding is just something to get used to. However, with a bit of insider information, it’s easier to find a place shrouded in a bit of obscurity. Check out 3 NYC hidden gems!

We love New York City (durr, obviously…), and exploring the behind the scenes city secrets and gems is what keep our eternal curiosity going and fiercely alive! Every door you open can take you into an entire new universe and experience.

You’ll feel like you’re in on some kind of secret when you head to one of these destinations below.

Here are three NYC hidden gems, part of the best spots in New York City!


The Garret West

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The Garret West is a bar hidden on top of Five Guy’s, over on Bleecker Street, in the West Village.

A white, rustic atmosphere with tons of artwork welcomes you to this speakeasy-style bar.

The craft cocktails have unique names and flavors such as the “Hey Girl” accented by mezcal, elderflower liqueur, prosecco and strawberries. The intimate atmosphere will make this place one of your go-to bars.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 1am
Thursday & Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 2pm – 2am
Sunday: 2pm – 1am

Location: 296 Bleecker Street

www.thegarretwest.com


La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

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Located in the East Village, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden community garden is the perfect spot to unwind and take a deep breath.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, this is a fantastic destination or meeting spot. They partake in urban agriculture like composting and rain water collection, which is great to see.

There are even a few events held here, and the vibrancy is sure to guarantee your return.

Hours:
Public hours are 10am – 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays, April 1st – October 31st, and when the gate is open and members are present.

Location: 9th Street & Avenue C

http://laplazacultural.com


Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

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Since the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram services is mostly for residential area, it isn’t super popular with tourists. However, it offers a great view of the Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline, and a bit of a thrill at the same time.

It uses the MetroCard system and has a comparable fare to the subway at around $2.75 per ride.

Have a bit of fun 3,100 feet above the city! Oh, and be sure to have you iPhone or cameras ready!

Location: East 59th Street & 2nd Avenue

https://rioc.ny.gov


Moreover, transportation in the city can be chaotic. That goes without saying, right?!

You can flag down a taxi, try your luck with ride share services or do the smart thing and reserve a form of professional transportation when you’re planning out your adventure.

With a limousine, party bus, or car service, you aren’t going to have to worry about finding a designated driver or navigating the streets. One of the services you can hire is the NY Party Bus, which will make a big difference!

Elevating your experience in the city is easy to do when you keep this arsenal of tips handy, so enjoy!

Finally, if you’re coming to NYC and you’re looking for Concierge Services, see how our we can help you out! Now, if you’re a company looking for Corporate Concierge Services, contact our experts to assist you.

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. and the venues

Cheryl Wat: From Marketing & Finance To A NYC Food Influencer

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Cheryl Wat went from Marketing & Finance to becoming a NYC Food Influencer! Take a look at her 7 secret New York City tips and be sure to add them to your To-Go spots!

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Cheryl Wat was born and raised on Long Island, but now lives in Queens. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Marketing and Finance and has 10 years of marketing experience working in the Finance industry as an Analyst in Marketing Research and Product Management.

During this time, Cheryl’s boyfriend wanted to open a restaurant. She became interested in learning about influencer marketing and using social media as a means to build his restaurant’s brand awareness and anticipation of its opening. To do this, she realized that she had to open up her own Instagram food account.

In July 2016, Cheryl established Book of Eats on Instagram and as a site, with the initial focus being restaurants, food, and beverages primarily in NYC area.

As she shared her dining experiences, she realized a community of people was being built who share the same interests. Since then, Book of Eats has expanded to travel, food around the world, and interesting food/travel related news.

See below her 7 secret New York City tips:


Trademark Taste & Grind

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“I love how this Midtown restaurant, called Trademark Taste & Grind is hidden behind a coffee shop. It’s one of the few places near Penn Station that I can think of with good food, isn’t touristy, and that I would want to bring someone.”

Yup! They are known for their delicious food, coffee and cocktails. The front area of the restaurant – Trademark Grind – is a coffee shop with a great selection of pastries and coffees. Walking towards the back area, you’ll find Trademark Taste serving new American comfort food.

It’s located in the Hotel Le Soleil.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 11pm

Location: 38 West 36th Street

www.trademarktaste.com


Fry Guys

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Fry Guys is a super cool retro looking French fry spot in the East Village with vinyl records all around the floors, walls, and ceiling. There’s even disco balls hanging from the ceilings. If you come here get the Drunk Guy, its fries are loaded with guacamole, bacon and cheese.”

These guys are really experts when the subject is “fries”. Their food is gluten-free fries and made from delicious Idaho Russet potatoes. How do they make it? They hand-cut everything, season it and perfectly fry it to get that crunchy texture.

The décor of the place is also fantastic and it’s vintagy look will take you back decades. It’s most certainly a nostalgic feeling.

This is the place to splurge and forget your diet! Forget about calories and just be happy! Ha! After all, as they say ‘Every day is FryDay!’.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 2am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 4am

Location: 150 East 2nd Street

http://fryguysnyc.com


Gaijin

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Gaijin is the only place in Astoria that I know of with a legit omakase sushi menu. I love the whole experience of sitting at the counter, interacting with the Chef, and being told the preferred way of eating the sushi is with my hands like in Japan. I can’t think of any other restaurants like this in Astoria, but in the city I definitely can.”

Chef Mark, a Chicago-native, is the artist behind it all. His outstanding culinary career gave him enough experience to open Gaijin – the result of his take on modern Japanese food.

Moreover, he blends his traditional Japanese cooking technique with a personal touch and inspiration. It’s known that his signature nigrizushi toppings are outstanding!

Nigirizushi (“hand-pressed sushi”) consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that the chef presses between the palms of the hands to form an oval-shaped ball, and a topping (the neta) draped over the ball.” ~ Wikipedia

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 37-12 31st Avenue

www.gaijinny.com


Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café

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Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café is a bakery in Astoria, Queens, that has the most delicious donnolis. It’s basically a cannoli wrapped in a donut. It’s the best thing ever.”

This authentic Italian bakery was founded in 1981 and has been one of Astoria’s to-go spots. Loved by locals, they sell everything from delicious cakes, desserts and pastries, to breads and breakfast specials!

It will be hard to pick only a few things to try. But, remember you call always buy more and take home!

Hours: 6am – 9pm, daily

Location: 28-05 Steinway Street

https://vaccarosbakerycafe.com


The Last Word

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“A speakeasy in Astoria, called The Last Word, serves really good cocktails and is hidden behind a hardware store. I know in Astoria it’s well known, but I’m not sure about the general public.”

So, if you enjoy oysters paired with a good cocktail, this is the place for you! They still have a great menu with beer, wine and a few bites to nibble on.

They explain that:

“Our name comes from the gin-based prohibition-era cocktail called, The Last Word.”

And still, if you enjoy Soul, Rhythm and Blues, they have it live, every Thursday night. It’s definitely a place to got more than once! You’ll love it!

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 3am
Sunday – Monday: 5pm – 1am

Location: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd

https://tlwastoria.com


Shuraku

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“Of course I have to mention my boyfriend’s restaurant on here. I’d be a terrible girlfriend if I didn’t, I’m also a bit biased, but read his Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me! Shuraku is a hidden Japanese Grilling restaurant without a sign on the building. You would only know it exists if you walk up close to the building and see a menu hanging from the window. This is the only place that I know of in NY that serves gyu-katsu (deep fried breaded steak).”

We love Shuraku too and we’ve recently visited and written about them.

They are certainly a new place to have in your To-Go places in New York, especially if you’re into high-end Japanese spots with unique tasting menus!

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

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com


Jason Naylor’s murals

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Jason Naylor, in action!

“The murals all around the city by Jason Naylor. Offhand, I can only think of the one on 60th and 2nd Ave and the one on 16th and 6th Ave. I’m amazed by his graffiti work. The colors he uses are so vibrant. It’s so distinct that you don’t even need to see that it’s his work, you’ll just know.”

Jason is not only an artist, but he’s also a designer, writer and creative director. In addition, his colorful art works certainly make the city look even more beautiful and the quotes are very inspiring!

He was born in Salt Lake City, but fell in love the NY at an early age. His works can be seen in the fashion industry, as well as magazine, footwear and even in tattoos. We personally love the Statue of Liberty in his left arm!

http://jasonnaylorcreative.com


Thank you, Cheryl, for participating in our Insider Interviews and sharing with us these 7 amazing secret New York City tips!

Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews!

 

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