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Palma: A West Village Italian restaurant

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Palma is a West Village Italian restaurant that will teleport you from NYC, straight into the heart of Italy! Their outdoor area is as charming as it can get!

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Our Contributor, Dani Zaccai, shares a great tip if you’re into Italian cuisine and enjoy delightful, elegant small restaurants in the West Village neighborhood!

If you are looking for a charming and cozy restaurant in Manhattan, you have to try Palma – a great Italian restaurant in the West Village, with a fantastic outdoor area!

From the outside, you’ll see a small door, dim lighting and a bright yellow awning. When you walk in, the light is still pretty faint and comfortable, the décor is beautiful with fresh flowers spread all around the place and simple rustic wooden tables.

Almost instantly, the outdoor garden area “catapults” you to Italy, when you walk outside. The retractable glass ceiling draws in natural light and during the warmer days (like these past few…) they open it, offering a delightful dining experience.

During the winter, they place cozy blankets on the chairs to make sure you’re feeling warm during lunch or dinner.

The food is excellent – definitely one of the bests pastas I’ve eaten in the City! Palma uses organic ingredients and remains faithful to their family recipes and techniques, passed through a few generations.

My suggestion is the Carciofi Croccanti as a starter, and then choose one of their amazing pastas pairing it with wine!

Since this West Village Italian restaurant is quite small, I highly encourage you to make a reservation before going – preferably a week in advance, especially if you’re planning on going during the weekends.

Oh! Are you looking for a place to celebrate your birthday or even a small wedding?

This place is a great option! If you need help to make it happen, see how our Concierge Services can help you out!

In case you need to organize a lunch, happy hour, dinner or a small event for your company, our experts with Event Organization in NYC, can organize it for you.

It’s surely a romantic getaway in the middle of the charming West Village.

Hours:
Monday: 5pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Friday: Noon – 3pm  5pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11:30am – 3pm | 5pm – 11pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 3pm | 5pm – 10pm

Location: 28 Cornelia Street (b/t West 4th Street and Bleecker Street)

http://palmanyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Palma
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Le Fanfare: An Italian Restaurant In Greenpoint

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The neighborhood of Greenpoint, in Brooklyn, isn’t as remote as people think! It’s actually only 1 stop away from Williamsburg, through the G line! Le Fanfare, an Italian restaurant in Greenpoint, is always one of our recommendations for friends visiting the neighborhood.

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Le Fanfare is definitely one of the spots that makes you feel far away from New York City. It’s a very chill neighborhood, with some of the most interesting people we’ve met and unique businesses.

The restaurant, Le Fanfare, was founded by the same owners of Epistrophy, that we wrote about a while ago. They have a great Italian menu – created by Chef Adam Ross – and wine list. Plus, their Jazz music nights is surely one of the highlights.

This is what we had at an early dinner:

  • kale chips
  • artichoke with peas and onions
  • vegan pasta with vegetables
  • salad mix
  • some wine (white and red)

We tried the house-made bread that was actually the only non-vegan option we ordered that day. I’m vegetarian, so the bread was actually very fresh and tasty!

We sat at their outside area, that had just recently opened and love it. Tables and seats are small, making the space very cozy and intimate. The minimal décor basically all painted white, contract only with the flowers and plant that give life and warmth to the space.

Depending on the time you pass by, it can be very silent and tranquil, but during peak hours like lunch, happy hours, brunches and dinner, it can get quite busy!

They have two huge communal tables made out of beautiful wood and the ambiance is sophisticated but also cozy, with a cool bar upfront.

Also, if you enjoy live music, you should go there during the weekends, when they have a few bands entertaining the guests with great music.

If you’re looking for delivery, they offer it to a specific radius in Greenpoint and extend it to Long Island City.

Lastly, if you’re the type of independent person or traveller that doesn’t really enjoy tour guides (even though our guides are fantastic, local peeps!), you’ll love this!

We’ve created an exclusive Greenpoint Self-Guided Tour that can actually be divided into different days!

Or, if you are looking for unique tours in Brooklyn, try our Bushwick Graffiti, Bites & Drinks Photo Tour! After going to the best spots in Bushwick, you’ll go home with over 100 professional pics taken during your private tour!

Hours:
Happy Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 7pm
Tuesday – Thursday:  5:30pm –  12am (Kitchen closes at 11pm)
Friday: 5:30pm – 1am (Kitchen closes at 11pm)
Saturday: (Brunch) 11:30 am – 4pm (Dinner) 5:30pm – 1am (Kitchen closes at 11pm)
Sunday: (Brunch) 11:30 am – 4pm (Dinner) 5:30pm –  10pm (Kitchen closes at 10pm)

Location: 1103 Manhattan Avenue

www.lefanfare.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan

Katie Perry Tells Where The Cool StartUp Entrepreneurs Hang

Curiosities Insider Interviews Katie Perry

Katie Perry, Director of Marketing at Crowdtap and 10x marathoner shares with us the places where the cool startup entrepreneurs hang out! Surely, some of the best NYC hot spots!

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Our Contributor, Arielle Crane, interviewed Katie Perry, Director of Marketing at Crowdtap – an Inc. 5000 tech company that was recently named “The Best Social Media Tool” by the Shorty Awards.

When she’s not at her startup’s NoHo HQ, she can be found (quite literally) running around the city.

Katie is a 10x marathoner – or causing trouble with her friends in Williamsburg.

Arthur’s Tavern

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“‘Dive’ is an understatement at Arthur’s Tavern: Everything smells like mildew, the toilets never work, and the décor hasn’t been updated since the Reagan presidency. The music, though! A tale talented house band sets the stage with classic R&B hits while you await the big show: Sweet Georgia Brown, a 80-year-old soul singer with pipes like Aretha.”

Founded in 1937, Arthur’s Tavern has some of the best live jazz and blues music. Every night of the week they host ‘live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music’ and they don’t ask for a cover charge!

Hours:
Live jazz: 7pm-10pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Dixieland Jazz: Sunday & Monday 8pm-11pm, Sunday and Monday
Best of blues and R&B:Tuesday – Saturday from 9pm – 3am and Sunday & Monday from 11pm – 3am

Location: 57 Grove Street, West Village

www.arthurstavernnyc.com


El Cortez

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“One of the geniuses behind The Commodore and Pies & Thighs debuted this Mex-American haunt, El Cortez, last summer, conveniently located two blocks from the Morgan Avenue’s L stop. The restaurant’s giant totem pole looks absolutely ridiculous against Bushwick’s post-industrial skyline, and that’s okay. Get the nachos – they’re 100 emoji status and SUPER hot – and pick your poison off a lengthy drink menu. Karaoke kicks off at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.”

Founded by Stephen Tanner, El Cortez is located in one of the artsy streets in Bushwick. Besides the restaurant, you can find a dance floor and a bar upstairs, if you decide to extend your night.

No cover charged and you do have to be over 21 to get in.

Hours: Daily from 4pm through 4am

Location: 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick

http://elcortezbushwick.com


Mulberry Street Bar

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“At a first glance Mulberry Street Bar looks like your standard Little Italy bar-slash-pizza kitchen, but something magical happens here on Friday nights. A regular crowd of straight outta Sicily karaoke enthusiasts fills the gingham-covered tables and belt out crooner hits from Dean-o and Old Blue Eyes. Watch out for Sonny – the most incredible karaoke performer you ever did see. The brick oven pizza isn’t too shabby, either.”

Founded in 1908, Mulberry Street Bar is one of the oldest bars in New York City.

It has hosted a few of Hollywood’s favorite movies like: Donnie Brasco, The Sopranos, Law & Order and Contract on Cherry Street with Frank Sinatra.

Décor is practically the same as when it opened, with a few modern twists.

Location: 176 Mulberry Street, Little Italy

www.facebook.com/MulberryStBar


The Globe NYC

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“If being “basic” is a thing, why not embrace it in the most ironic way possible? The Globe NYC, a typical bro bar most nights, is a gem late night on Saturdays. Check your bougie attitude at the door and bring a high-energy squad to dance the night away to terrible Top 40 – because even hipsters can appreciate the occasional Pitbull banger.”

The Globe NYC is an old-school Irish pub, since 1886, with a fireplace featuring Guinness and other drafts, plus pub grub.

They have Burger & Brew for $12 from Mondays – Fridays, until 4pm.

Plus, every Tuesday night from 8pm – 11pm, they have a Live Irish Folk Jam Music!

Oh! Wanna host your party there? They have a new craft bar and event space called The Green Room. Go check it out.

Location: 158 East 23rd Street, NoMad

http://theglobeny.com


Chris Pitangy: Brazilian Fashionista’s Favorite NYC Spots

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For our new NYC Hush Hush Tips, we invited the Brazilian Journalist and Blogger, Chris Pitanguy to share her favorite NYC spots.

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We couldn’t be more honored to interview this Brazilian beauty and super powerful women, Chris Pitanguy. She shared some of her favorite NYC spots and we have to say, they are all fantastic places to go and #UnCover!

Chris Pitanguy studied journalism and founded a fashion and luxury consultation company in 1995, in Brazil.

A few years later she used her expertise working for a few shopping centers and increased her portfolio with numerous renowned Brazilians brands.

Chris, as friends call her, is part of the elite collaborators for Vogue Magazine and Harpers Bazaar.

Ind addition, she has an important work as Publishing Board Member and Lifestyle Curator for Forbes Magazine Brazil.

Besides her super busy agenda, she still has a lifestyle and fashion website and co-founded Eu Ajudo Foundation, which supports important causes, in Brazil.

Definitely an amazing, multitask beauty…that is still working in community-driven work! A perfect sum!

Here are a few great places from her list:


Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy DuMont Burger

“DuMont Burger has fantastic hamburgers, variations of classic recipes and other delicious dishes make the place perfect for a relaxed dinner, in Brooklyn. The place is named after their iconic sandwich. Plus, they also offer a wonderful delivery service!”

Located in South Williamsburg, DuMont Burger was founded back in 2005 by Colin Devlin in partnership with the Executive Chef, Polo Dobkin. They felt that the neighborhood lacked a good burger spot!

Today, they offer countless burger variations and they are great for a casual dining night! Plus, they also have made-to-order artisanal doughnuts and Brooklyn Roasting coffee service.

Location: 314 Bedford Avenue

www.dumontburgerbrooklyn.com

New York City is a place of experience, and this is certainly one that you should attend!

This dressy “supper club is the city’s spot for hot live music, cabaret and even hotter burlesque shows”.

So, if you’re in the mood of some classy burlesque music and fantastic jazz, paired with a delicious dinner and an awesome crowd, go check them out!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy Marea Branzino by Ted Axelrod

“The restaurant redefines the seascape of high-end Italian cuisine serving regional foods of Italy. Chef Michael White presents a fresh interpretation of the coastal cuisine and is also famous for his house-made pasta! They offer a 750 selection wine list!”

Located literally across the street from Central Park, Marea is one of New York’s restaurants that make it to the top of the list of best restaurants in the city!

Moreover, this high-end Italian spot is a great place for a special celebration, a business meeting, a place to impress clients, or a place to pamper yourself in – because you deserve it!

Location: 240 Central Park South

www.marea-nyc.com


Nomad

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“With a blending of the Mediterranean Cuisine and the North African Desert, the ambiance at The Nomad Hotels’ restaurant is a mix of the artwork of Alex Weiss’ wall paint sceneries, imported artwork from Morocco, and the carved iron work of Steel Neal. Chef Daniel Humm offer a menu with fun, colorful dishes!”

The hotel offers a few different dining spaces. From The Atrium, inspired in the airy European courtyards and the Parlour’s elegant ambiance, to The Nomad Bar remembering a classic New York City tavern and The Elephant Bar with a grandiose 24-foot-long mahogany bar.

In addition, Chef Daniel Humm does miracles in the kitchen and clients always leave the dining experience in “awe”. After all, there is nothing better than having a feast to enchant your taste buds!

Location: 1170 Broadway

www.thenomadhotel.com


Curiosities Insider Interviews Chris Pitanguy Jeffrey New York

“Jeffrey is a great high-end shopping experience in the Chelsea. You can find gorgeous pieces by Thom Browne, Comme Des Garçons, Raf Simon, Givenchy, Prada and Margiela, plus an amazing shoe selections.”

Their philosophy? They explain that they are always aiming to offer the best and most flawless service, showcasing coveted products in a fun, positive and upbeat ambiance!

Well, they’re going that quite well!

Jeffrey is a shopping experience you have to indulge in. They are a one-stop shop with a great team to assist you, with a focus on customer service. Location is great, since they are right on the border of the Meatpacking District with Chelsea!

Plus, their product selection is super unique. It’s a great place not only for the ladies, but also the gentlemen to shop!

Location: 449 West 14th Street

www.jeffreyusa.com


Thank you, Chris Pitanguy, for sharing your amazing NYC tips exclusively with us!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Alessandra Lima, Ted Axelrod for Marea and courtesy of all the venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Brick & Portal: Blogger Brunch at the Italian restaurant Mamo

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This past Saturday we were invited to attend an exclusive blogger brunch hosted at Mamo NYC Restaurant, an Italian restaurant in SoHo, for a premier Brick & Portal experience.

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To start, we were thrilled to be part of an exclusive Blogger’s Bruch, hosted by Brick & Portal and Ian M. Crumm. We were hosted inside a private space at a fantastic Italian restaurant in Soho, named Mamo NYC.

The restaurant has beautiful brick walls with huge vintage movie posters, the food is great and it’s perfect for any type of occasion. After all, there is no need for an excuse when we talk about Italian cuisine, right? We are huge fans, for sure!

The group was amazing and the food was delicious – as you can see in the pictures. Conversations were very interesting and resolved not only around experiences and peculiarities about the Social Media industry, but also lifestyle, travel, hospitality and other priceless topics!

In addition, the organization was flawless and it was an honor to be part of it!


Take a look at what we had to eat:

Antipasti

  • Insalata di lenticchie e gamberi – Shrimp and lentils salad
  • Prosciutto di Parma – Tomato, cantal cheese, prosciutto
  • Uova strapazzate al pomodoro – Scrambled eggs with pomodoro sauce

Primi e Secondi

  • Rigatoni alla carbonara – Rigatoni with carbonara sauce
  • Penne all’arrabbiata – Penne arrabbiata style
  • Pizza tigullio – Pizza with potatoes, pesto sauce and beans

Desserts

  • Mixed selection

Thank you Brick & Portal and Ian M. Crumm for inviting us to be part of this great event!

Plus, we also fell in love the the candle in our gift bag by Alchemy Produx. Can’t wait for them to start selling in New York.

This was the first of many Blogger brunch we’ll be attending, and we can’t wait for the next ones to come!

So, be sure to check out Brick & Portal online store and shop-away!

Lastly, if you’re interested in organizing a dinner for family & friends, contact our experts. On the other hand, if you’re a company or brand and would like help to put together an activation with Influencer and Bloggers in your industry, let our experts help you plan it out!

Location: 323 West Broadway

www.mamonyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Amanda Kok
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Natalie Klein: A Bof500 Nominee’s Best NYC Gems

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein

Today we share another episode of our NYC Hush Hush Tips, interviewing the powerful fashion entrepreneur, Natalie Klein.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein
Photo Credit: Courtesy of BOF

What is NYC Hush Hush Tips?

We invite renowned and extremely influential people from all over the globe to share their NYC secret tips!

Natalie Klein, founder of the luxury multi-brand boutique nkStore in São Paulo, Brazil, launched her brand back in 1997.

She was quite young, but success was inevitable for this amazing woman!

In only a short time, she created, what is today, one of the most important fashion brands in Brazil.

Furthermore, with an amazing professional and personal journey, she was nominated by BOF – Business of Fashion, one of the most “talented retailers shaping the global fashion industry” in the #Bof500 initiative.

 

But, what is the BoF 500?

“The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.”

Pretty amazing nomination, right!?

So, here are the best NYC gems and secrets that she loves:


Devera

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein De Vera Crosby

“Devera is an amazing vintage jewelry store that mixes Federico De Vera’s sensibility for antiques with his jewelry design talent!”

The brand was first launched in San Francisco, back in 1991 with a creative approach to showcasing some of the most unique and singular objects and its beauties.

Furthermore, the New York location was then opened in 2003, due to Francisco’s desire to showing the world everything that he’s collected, his passion, his curious state of being about the natural world!

As Federico explains better:

“The gallery shows a finely curated selection including Venetian glass, Japanese lacquer, ivory carvings, 18th century religious figures and antique jewelry. Another unique focus is de Vera jewelry incorporating rare antique elements such as Roman intaglios and Georgian brooches, with precious gemstones including rose-cut diamonds, baroque pearls and Sardinian coral.”

Location: 1 Crosby Street

www.deveraobjects.com


Sasabune

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Sasabune

“Sasabune is a very traditional Japanese restaurant at the Upper East Side with a “Trust Me” menu – you’ll eat what Chef Kenji Takahashi prepares! It’s always a different experience.”

The restaurant is exactly the type of restaurant that we love to talk about and to show people what New York City is about!

It is very small, and décor is very simple.

But, then again, who need fancy furniture to eat well, right? The focus is definitely on the food, that is to-die-for!

They only serve the Omakase, the chef’s tasting menu, so you’ll have to trust and enjoy!

Plus, for drinks be sure to experiment their different sakes. If you’re not sure which one to order, they are always happy to help you pair it with your dishes!

Location: 401 East 73rd Street

http://sasabunenyc.com


BDDW

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein BDDW

“BDDW is one of the best spot for amazing furniture. The timeless pieces are handmade and well-crafted, designed by the founder Tyler Hays.”

As we’ve written about BBDW before, if you’re the type that enjoys unique items and want to detach and withdraw from the rest of the crowd that purchase in bigger, well-known stores, BDDW is the perfect place for you.

In addition, all items and idealized and designed by the Founder, Tyler Hays, at his Philadelphia Studio.

Tyler expertise are various, from painter and sculpture, to engineer and a pretty talented builder. The result of these expertise are breathtaking pieces of art works for your home!

Location: 5 Crosby Street

www.bddw.com


The Beatrice Inn

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Beatrice Inn

“The Beatrice Inn is, in my opinion, one of the best places to hang out with great food and cocktails. A footnote on the menu reads “Photography is not permitted”, so just enjoy your food!”

The place is a hot spot for celebrities and is a very high-end chophouse in the West Village.

Ans, as they explain:

“Owned by the lauded Chef Angie Mar, and her partner Melissa Merrill Keary, the Beatrice Inn is the edgy, underground version of the traditional New York chophouse.”

So, if you’re a meat eater, this is definitely a place to go!

Location: 285 West 12th Street

http://thebeatriceinn.com


Freemans Restaurant

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Freemans

“I love Freemans. Even though it’s becoming more and more well known, the experience of walking into this suspicious alley it always thrilling. The food is great, as is the crowd!”

And, we also love Freemans, and have featured them before! Along the alley you need to walk though to get to the restaurant, you’ll find a few great graffiti works on the brick walls. Perfect for that Instagram-photo-moment!

At the very, very, very end, you’ll find this beyond charming turquoise blue, wooden door surrounded by countless vases with plants and flowers.

www.freemansrestaurant.com


Ristorante Morini

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Ristorante Morini

“Ristorante Morini is another restaurants with great food and crowd! It’s always one of place I love to go when I’m passing by New York City!”

The place is an upscale neighborhood Italian restaurant serving various seasonal specialties and fantastic old-country wines.

Plus, if you’re the type that enjoys experimenting and tastings. The they explain:

“Ristorante Morini’s beverage program complements the depth and breadth of the menu, with a large emphasis on Italian wine of various selections from Europe and America. The vibrant downstairs bar is host to an inventive cocktail list, crafted by the talented Altamarea Group mixology team.”

Locations: 1167 Madison Avenue

www.ristorantemorini.com


Rare Vintage

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Rare Vintage

“Rare Vintage is a vintage shop with the most amazing gowns! The very best of two centuries of fashion can be found with a highly edited collection.”

You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Location: 24 West 57th Street

UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Milk & Honey

Curiosities Insider Interviews Natalie Klein Milk and Roses

“One of the top secrets in town with the best dry Martini is called Milk & Honey! The bar is “against celebrity-obsessed nightlife” and has a list of strict house rules to follow.”

We just love secret places and we’ve written about other speakeasy spots through out the website.

Not only the experience of searching for it is super exciting, but once you do find it and walk in, it feels like your entering a parallel universe.

Usually they are hidden behind secret doors, or in basements, and even in the back of other venues, that you can access only with a secret code through a little entrance.

We love it!

Location: 134 Eldridge Street

UNFORTUNATELY THIS STORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

Lastly, Thank you, Natalie, for sharing your best NYC gems tips exclusively with us!!!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of BOF and all the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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