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Thompson Brooke: A New England Tapas RestoBar

Dining Thompson Brooke Brooklyn Oysters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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To finish our meal, we tried the 3 desserts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 631 Grand Street, Brooklyn

www.thompsonbrooke.com


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

The NoMad Hotel: For a NYC Wedding or Private Rooftop Experience

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How about hosting your NYC Wedding, next Birthday or special event at a private rooftop experience at The NoMad Hotel? Paula Merlo got married and threw a super stylish NYC party there!

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To start, the NoMad neighborhood in Manhattan is a tiny one but, nonetheless, houses some of the most amazing places to visit while in New York. By the way, NoMad stands for “NOrth of MADison Square Park”, so it’s in the heart of Manhattan.

With that in mind, New Yorkers are also pretty fond of the neighborhood and love going to dinner at the renowned The NoMad Hotel. Plus, this Parisian-inspired hotel proudly hold 5 stars, hence, is one of the most coveted hotels in Manhattan.

With custom-designed furnishing, original art works on the walls and room with that classic Parisian vibe, it’s 168 room boasts elegance and if a perfect option to start your trip to NY in grand style.

In addition, the restaurant’s cuisine is supervised by the renowned Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara. No room for error their, so be sure to enjoy it all.

The hotel also hosts a few experiences like The Magician – an intimater performance, a Masquerade Ball, and Mama Guidara’s a special Sunday dinner.

Now, lets talk about their fancy, dreamy Roofop. They offer indoor and outdoor private spaces and work to make everything memorable for guests!

Located on the 12th floor of the hotel, you’ll see New York City from above! A view we love. Moreover, you can host a sitting lunch/dinner or a cocktail party with even more friends!

The NoMad Hotel offers: the restaurant, the Johnston Room with live jazz music, the Europe courtyard inspired Atrium and, specially-catered menus by Chef Daniel Humm, and other amazing surprises!

So, for reservations at the Rooftop, contact their Special Events Director, Laura Wagstaff. Or, contact our team of experts that will take care of everything for you. For Corporate events and celebrations, let us assist you.

Lastly, if you are curious to see what events at The NoMad Hotel’s Rooftop looks like, take a look at Paula Merlo and Henrique’s NYC wedding (gallery above).

Our dear friend, Paula, is Glamour Brazil’s Editor-in-Chief and one of the most stylish brides we’ve ever seen! Below, the services she hired:

Photography: Leila Jacue of L&L Style Photo – Boutique Wedding Photography.
Wedding Planner: Fernanda Monfrinatti of Help Bride NYC
Wedding Designer: Jewel Georgieff Wedding Design
Dress: Patricia Vieira and Atelier Maria Mendes
Shoes: Valentino
Florist: Karma Flowers
Sweets Table & Brigadeiros: Sweet Corner Bakery
DJ: Infinity Event NJ
Venue: The Nomad Hotel

Location: 1170 Broadway

www.thenomadhotel.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of The NoMad and Leila Jacue & David Leon

NYC By The World-Famous Visionary Floral Artist, Jeff Leatham

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jeff Leatham

The World-Famous Visionary Floral Artist, Jeff Leatham, tell us his flower secrets in New York City! Your home will never be the same after reading this!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jeff Leatham

We all know how hard – or painful – it can be to have beautiful flowers in your Home. Living in New York can make this “simple” chore, a challenge.

For some people, like our Founder, Fê Paronetto, their palms start sweating just with the thought of What, How, Where to buy Flowers. Don’t get it wrong, our Founder is crazy about flowers….but knows nothing about them! Ha!

Why? Well, lets analyze:

  1. Everyone living in New York is literally always busy running up and down around the city. It’s pretty easy to forget to water your adorable flowers in the morning or when you get home.
  2. New York has a cruel Winter that we only survive due to the massive heaters and has a hot, humid Summer that make us sleep practically embraced with the air conditioner. This makes it so hard to keep flowers alive and glistening.
  3. When you go to a flower shop – in a grocery or market, a boutique flower shop or one of these bigger stores in the Flower District – you never reeeeally know what to buy.
  4. Mixing and matching your arrangements? Ha! This can be a complicated task for sure, specially when you only know the names of flower like Roses and Lilacs.

Well, this week Fernanda interviewed the world-famous visionary floral artist, Jeff Leatham.

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Jeff is currently “the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, in Paris and as well as the Artistic Director at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where has been creating a sensation with his floral designs and installations since he first began working with flowers there 17 years ago.

Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design. His creations are bold statements, using shape, color and simplicity to produce a dramatic effect. Breathtaking and unforgettable, Jeff’s flowers and design essentials are always integral to the setting, never merely a backdrop.

Known for his floral installations that are often compared to contemporary art, His continuous collaboration with international luxury brands has allowed him to present his work in several international design expositions around the world. Such Luxury Brand’s as Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Swarovski Crystal, Givenchy, Ellie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Waterford Crystal, Dom Perignon, and Samsung have commissioned Leatham’s design signature style.”

He shared with us a few tips and ideas about which flowers to buy, how to arrange them in your home, what is a cool gift to give someone you love, where he gets his inspirations and much more!

As Cher (Yes! The Singer!) said, and we agree: “Jeff is not a florist, he is a genius.


Flower District

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“Despite of how touristy or well known this place is, the Flower District (on West 28th Street), is one of the places to go if you love flowers. You can find everything from fresh blooms, to faux flowers and never ending supplies.”

Location: The block of West 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues


“King of Clean”

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“I’m known as the “King of Clean” and really believe in less is more. The basics of floral design is to separate blooms (ex: Roses to one side and Hydrangea to the other side). People are usually afraid of being judged, so make it clean, simple and chique, never mixing more than 3 types of flowers and never more that 3 monochromatic colors.”


Beautiful Vases

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“To gift someone with flowers is to invest in beautiful vases, so have something pretty to put flowers in. Which vases to buy? I always recommend 3 types: cylinder shaped, bubble bowl or a square shaped. Ideally it’s good to know the personality of the Home, but if you don’t know, keep it simple. My house always has white flowers. When I have a party I still go with the white flowers like Rose, Hydrangea, Casablanca Lily and/or Tuberose.”

Moreover, take a look at his Vase Collection for Waterford where you’ll find these 3 types of vases and a couple more.

Prices vary from $135 – $1,600.


Which flowers are more resistant?

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“When talking about ‘Which flowers are more resistant’, it’s hard to say because there are so many external things that can impact this answer. Orchid plants can be a good example, because you can travel and you don’t need to worry about watering them. So, a good tip is to drop 4 ice cubes and they can take care on their own.”


Inspirations

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“When I travel to New York, my inspiration comes from several different sources like the galleries in Chelsea, MoMA, and the Gagosian Gallery. The Highline has a great variety of different flowers (even though it can get quite crowded), as does the Botanical Garden in Brooklyn which is gorgeous. Also, the art installations around the City, all the colors spread around NY, the architectural designs are amazing too. Plus, I also get lots of inspiration browsing through the Elle Decoration magazine. It has beautiful homes and amazing flowers. All these decoration/home magazines definitely have great ideas.”


In addition, Jeff has also written a few books, this the one below, published by the Rizzoli. It’s named “Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design“.

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Thank you Jeff for your kind interview and as we’ve said in the beginning, we love your fabulous work!

And, for further information on Jeff’s work, take a look at his website.

www.jeffleatham.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jeff Leatham, Luminous Imaging | Bermuda, Mzwallace, Maureen Coates at Modecor, Regina Kokoszka for the NYTimes; 57 West, and courtesy of the organizations. If any image is yours, please claim it!

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