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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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Lower East Side: Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour

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New York is known for its fantastic variety of cuisines from all over the globe. Plus, we know that there are certain iconic foods that you really have to try, when coming here! Explore with us the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour that will take you on a delicious journey around the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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When people come to New York, not many know that all these delicious dishes and snacks were actually brought to New York by immigrates years and years ago. And, it definitely helped shape the diverse American food culture found in NYC! We are certainly huge fans!

As you already know, we are all about going where locals go, eating where true New Yorkers eat, uncover spots far away from the touristy scene! If you enjoy this type of experience too, then this tour was catered perfectly for you!

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has a fantastic history and countless stories of the immigrants that settled there. The neighborhood grew a lot, but you can easily find it’s origins.

You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

Learning their origin in a fun, tasty way, is totally up our alley and is exactly what you can expect at the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour.

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Plus, you’ll also walk the narrow, tenement lined, streets of an area known by names like Kleindeutschland, Chinatown, and Losaida.

Whether they were Dutch, Jewish, or Chinese you’ll learn about and taste something from every group that has called the neighborhood home and you’ll leave happy and full!

So, come enjoy with us and have some delicious food throughout this experience!

Highlights:

  • Discover NYC from a local perspective, with a local guide by your side
  • Visit bustling markets and sample the tasty treats on offer
  • Stroll through New York’s unique cultural historic sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it is shaping the city today

Rates & Details:

  • $69 / person – includes food & guide
  • Duration is about 3 hours
  • Tour meets at the fountain in City Hall Park
  • Advanced purchase required
  • Schedule: Every day at 10am

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Other Info:

  • Dress standard: Summers can be hot and humid, autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide (highly appreciated, tks!)
  • Your Trip: The tour is offered on a “join in” basis.  Maximum group size is 12.
  • 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: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

In addition, if you enjoyed the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour, but you’d like to book a tour for a private group, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences too!


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Pianos: From Punk & Alternative Rock to New Wave and DJs

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A friend of mine told me about Pianos and how diverse are the bands playing there. Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave… but also a Dj playing Pop/Dance musics! You’ll love it!

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Pianos is the perfect combination of bar food and live music in the trendy Lower East Side nabe.

Pianos is a Bar/Club that features live music, Djs and also offers a variety of cocktails and tasty standard bar food. It’s spread in 2 floors, with a back room on the main floor and an upstairs lounge. From the outside you don’t realize how awesome the place is.

As soon as you step inside you feel like you’re in a basement, because of the brick walls and wooden ceiling beams. Come on, that’s pretty cool. It’s so NYC! And, you’ll find a pretty trendy, modern crowd there.

Now, let talk about the name. Is it a piano bar? Does it actually have a piano? The answer is: nope. Pianos used to be a store that sold pianos, and the new owners decided to keep the name and the old sign: New & Used, Bought & Sold. No doubts it keeps the place more mysterious and interesting.

A friend of mine told me about the venue and how diverse the bands that play there were. Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, New Wave… but also a Dj playing Pop/Dance musics.

Well, I love New Wave! So, I checked out their website and chose the date that suited me best. I chose a day that a Punk Rock/New Wave band would be performing and invited a group of friends. We were all excited for the upcoming adventure!

The day to visit Pianos finally arrived. Hooray!

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We arrived at Pianos in time to have some food. The staff was great. The bar menu was nice, with options of salads, burgers, fries… and we ordered different appetizers so we would share everything among ourselves. We were able to taste several dishes and everything was delicious.

What can I say about those mozzarella sticks? They were damn good! I don’t drink alcohol, but my friends ordered some beautiful cocktails. According to them, they were really good too. We had a great time eating and chatting, but we were ready for more. We bought tickets for the main room, in the back of the bar.

There was a stage in the room, and I was thrilled! The room was not too big and not too small. It had enough space to bring everybody together to enjoy the good vibes. We danced and laughed for hours. The band was amazing! It was like a journey into the 70’, 80’ and 90’s.

For a couple of hours I felt like I was an old school New Yorker. The one I grew up watching in movies. Ahhh, music is ageless, isn’t it?

Time to check out the second floor. The upstairs lounge was free!

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The DJ was spinning eclectic dance music. We hit the dance floor one more time. If I could describe the experience in one word, I would repeat it 3 times: Fun, fun, fun! What a night!

If you are not into Punk Rock like I am, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect rhythm for you. You can always check their website and see the calendar of upcoming shows and DJs. Tickets are affordable and the bands are truly talented. Most of them of national expression.

I just caught myself humming a song by Billy Idol I had the pleasure to listen to that night:

“…Dancing with myself, oh oh dancing with myself…”.

So why don’t you go there and dance with yourself as well, and with a group of friends? Make sure to arrive early, otherwise you might have to wait outside, in a long line.

Don’t forget your ID and go hit the dance floor. Don’t forget to share your photos with us, we’d love to see them!

If you enjoy these types of spots, you’ll also love Rockwood Music Hall that is just a few blocks from Pianos, as well as Brooklyn Steel for bigger shows and last, Sofar Sounds, if you’re into private music gigs in secret spots around town!

Hours: Open daily 2pm – 4am

Location: 158 Ludlow Street

https://www.pianosnyc.com


Text by our ContributorRafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pianos NYC

Why Your Train is F*cked at the Caveat

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New York City is the home of the most talented people on Earth, as we know! Caveat presents a fantastic show named “Why Your Train is F*cked: A love/hate show about the history of the MTA”.

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Yes! Every day there is something new happening in New York City, and it pretty hard to keep track of it all!

We always enjoy what Caveat has going on and they’ve got a pretty loyal audience coming back for more and more! But, who are these guys? As they explain:

“CAVEAT is New York’s newest speakeasy stage for playful, intelligent nightlife. Join us for drinks and go home smarter.”

“Our core creative team includes a recovering theoretical physicist, a renegade museum tour guide, and a one-time Moth StorySlam champion. That love for science and unconventional storytelling is at the heart of Caveat’s booking philosophy: we regularly host comedy, science talks, storytelling, concerts, trivia competitions, live recorded podcasts, and special events that defy description… you’ll have to come experience them for yourself!”

The tickets for their shows range from $10 – $20, and you’ll be sure to go home with a huge bunch of new knowledge to share!

Their cabaret-style tables are pretty awesome and they sit up to 120 guests, and be ready for a full house!

The best explanation they give for what to expect, décor-wise, is “Harvard Club meets CBGB“!

OBS: CBGB is a former rock club in the East Village, that all famous bands played back in the 70’s and 80’s. Today the place is the home for John Varvatos’ store. But, lucky us, they still preserved the original walls with stickers,  flyers, pictures with autographs…


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You know when your train is f*cked – this is the show that tells you WHY.

Get on board for a deep dive into the history of the MTA. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – they’ve got you covered.

Your hosts Meg Pierson (TEDx, Alchemy Comedy) and Justin Williams (City College, SirusXM), along with a mysterious anonymous ghostwriter, will conduct the show through the twists and turns of history.

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They’ll reveal unbelievable stories, subway life-hacks, and truly upsetting details about our subway system.

Episode 1: Bedlam on Wheels – MTA Origins

For their first show, they’re going WAY back, to the dirty 1830’s.

They’ll track the shady sh*t going down in NYC politics that kept a 19th century Elon Musk from making a subway happen. Also, get real about the pros and cons of horse-drawn mass transit. And, learn all about the mysterious Subway Microbe that New Yorkers worried would kill them all.

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Age: 21+

Note: This is a mixed seated and standing venue. Arrive early for the best seats in the house!

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If you need help booking for groups, contact our experts to help you out!


If you’re wondering where to eat before the show, you might want to enjoy another “behind the scenes” spot just a few blocks from Caveat.

Kuma Inn is hidden behind a weird, tiny door on Ludlow Street and serves a super traditional Thai menu!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Caveat

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:


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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

Africa Miranda: A Multi-Talented Beautypreneur From Harlem

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Africa Miranda, a multi-talented beautypreneur born in Harlem, shared with us her journey and her favorite secret 7 NYC spots! Be sure to add them to your list!

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Today we share a fantastic interview with a beautiful woman called Africa Miranda! Many of you probably know her already, but if you don’t, you should!

What are her talents? Countless! As she briefly states on her Instagram: “Beautypreneur. Performer. Travel Maven. Speaker. Host. Black Girl Magician.”

We love it!

Read below her journey and countless accomplishments throughout her career, as well as her 7 best secret places in New York!


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“Africa Miranda is a dynamic speaker, host and spokesmodel, with distinctive style and quick wit, that won the hearts of many across the US, and around the globe, as the breakout star of Bravo TV’s ‘The New Atlanta’.

Her unique personal style, sparkling personality, and glorious, attention-grabbing mane, have made Africa an in-demand beauty expert and event host.

Whether she is visiting exotic locales – #AfricasAdventures – representing major brands, or sharing her take on hair trends and celebrity style, Africa brings her brand of accessible glamour to any setting.

A sought after travel and lifestyle influencer, Africa was recently featured in Vanity Fair as one of the VF500 tastemakers to watch and has also been part of major campaigns for Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Revlon, and Kia Motors.

A rising star in the digital media world, she was a Shorty Award Finalist for “Periscoper of the Year,” host of the inaugural Periscope Summit, a keynote speaker at Summit Live, and is a regular podcast guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms, marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. Phiuf!

Africa can now add “beautypreneur” to her list of growing accomplishments.

Her newly launched beauty and lifestyle brand “Beauty by Africa Miranda” , marries her love of travel and her extensive beauty industry experience.

Her first two offerings, the Facial Elixir and Luminous Body Mist, have garnered rave reviews and are fast becoming cult beauty favorites.

“The first offering, the Facial Elixir, is born of Africa’s special connection to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Lovingly called “Brazil in a bottle,” the Facial Elixir helps to recapture the vacation “glow” using Brazilian ingredients Maraca Oil and Cupuacu Butter.”

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Facial Elixir from Beauty by Africa Miranda.

Some highlights:

“A trip last year to the south of France with Kia Motors was the inspiration for my latest product the Luminous Body Mist. Plus, I hosted a travel show pilot in Curacao called “From Soil to Shore.”

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Africa Miranda at the Kia Motors America #StingerRunway.

In addition, my company ‘Beauty by Africa Miranda’ has been featured on Yahoo Beauty, Ebony.com, Bet.com, MadameNoire.com, HelloBeautiful.com.”

Current & Upcoming projects:

Just shot a campaign for Coca-Cola that will be in US, Mexico and Canada – I’m also a commercial model & actress.

I’m the co-host and co-executive producer of the digital series “Beautifully Driven” powered by Kia Motors and Harman Kardon.

This new interview series highlights “Women You Should Know” in the world of art, science, and entertainment.

Finally, I will host of Parlour Magazine’s Travel Fly Solo Weekend to Greece (June 2018).

And, I will be the host of Parlour Magazine’s annual solo trip – hosting over 50 women on an epic bucket list adventure to Mykonos.

Here are my secret 7 favorite NYC spots:


The Edge

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“The Edge is my go to spot in Harlem for brunch, lunch, and everything in between! I was turned onto this great little spot by a friend and fell in love. A great blend of Jamaican and American dishes.”

Located in Hamilton Heights, in Harlem, The Edge is a great spot to visit. Their kitchen opens Mondays through Fridays at 10am, and as they say, they serve “flavors of Jamaica and England, with a little New York attitude”.

Their menu is also divided by these locations. So, you can expect everything from Jamaican jerk chicken, to English grilled cheese sandwich and New Yorker bagels with smoked salmon.

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

Location: 101 Edgecombe Avenue

www.theedgeharlem.com


The Back Room

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“The Back Room is speakeasy that takes you back to “old New York.” Once you get past walking underground and through a tunnel you will find this hidden gem. Perfect for a late night drink or a get together with friends. My favorite touch is that all of the drinks are served in teacups!”

Located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, this speakeasy is certainly a secret spot we love. It’s known to be one of the only two speakeasies in New York City that actually operated during Prohibition Era, in the 1920’s, and is still in existence today.

You’re wondering “Why teacups?” Well, back in the Prohibition Era, that was how alcohol was served, so no one suspected and people could enjoy their drinks.

Monday’s are known to host great live Jazz music, while during weekends, they bring in DJs to entertain the night.

Hours:
Mondays – Thursday: 7:30pm – 3am
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 – 4am
Sunday: 7:30pm – 3am

Location: 102 Norfolk Street

http://backroomnyc.com


Champs Diner

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“Champs Diner is off the beaten path in Brooklyn, but if you make the trek you will get some of the best Vegan comfort food ever! My faves: The Cubano, The Soltero Bowl, and the Girl Scout Milkshake.”

Oh! We l-o-v-e this place. It’s located at the very tip of East Williamsburg, and it’s always pretty packed. They definitely serve some of the best and tastiest vegan American comfort food in New York, hence the huge success.

We recommend not arriving there too hungry, since the waiting time can be crazy.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 197 Meserole Street

www.champsdiner.com


The Crabby Shack

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“My go to for a seafood fix is The Crabby Shack. This family owned business serves up some of the best crab dishes I’ve ever had. The stand out – the crab roll (of course!) and the crab grilled cheese. The IG-worthy decor is a plus.”

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this is one of the to-go spots if you enjoy seafood. They are well-known for their tacos, rolls and sliders, besides, of course, their different crab dishes.

Don’t forget to try their dessert of the day!

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

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com


The Groove

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“Long standing live music spot: The Groove. Great place to get turned on to new soul and jazz artists. Fun fact – my first NYC live performance was here!”

Have you ever wanted a place that played live R&B, Funk and Soul music 7 nights a week? Well, this is the place! Located in the Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, The Groove started back in the 1990’s and showcases some of the best musicians and performers in the city.

They serve a few appetizers like nachos, quesadillas, mozzarella cheese sticks. Plus, you’ll also find buffalo chicken wings, salads & veggies, sandwiches, a few side dishes like French fries and onion rings. And still, bigger entrées like the chicken kebab and the steak frites.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love the hot fudge brownie sundae or their vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Perfect place to splurge on your diet-day-off!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 3am

Location: 125 Macdougal Street

http://clubgroovenyc.com


Vin Sur Vingt

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“Very cozy. Very Romantic. V-e-r-y French. Order escargot and champagne and fall in love with Vin Sur Vingt.”

Africa’s preferred location is the one in the West Village, in Manhattan, but they have other 3 spots around the city, besides having a place inside The Plaza Hotel’s famous Food Hall.

Vin Sur Vingt is a classy, French bistro bar perfect for all wine lovers that live or come visit New York City. Their wine list is pretty extensive and the ambience will take you to Paris in a blink of an eye!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 4pm – 2am

Locations: 201 West 11th Street
They have other 4 locations – Nomad District, Upper West Side, TriBeCa and inside The Plaza Hotel Food Hall. See website for locations and hours.

http://vsvwinebars.com


Sugar Hill Market

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“The Sugar Hill Market is a great monthly market that showcases local designers and artisans. I live in Harlem and it is a great way to learn about and support my fellow local entrepreneurs.”

We also love exploring local markets around the city and seeing what local vendors are selling.

You are able to find some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind items at these spots, so be sure to go there will enough time.

Hours: 12pm – 5pm

Location: 259 West 132nd Street

www.sugarhillmarket.com


Thank you, Africa, for sharing with us your fantastic journey and your 7 favorite NYC spots! Cheers!

If you enjoyed this interview, you might want to check out some other spots in Harlem, recommended by Kevin Herson, founder of the absinthe, Doc Hersons!

 

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26 Best Parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2018

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018

New York City is the perfect place to spend your New Year’s Eve! Take a look at our selection of the 26 Best Parties in New York for New Year’s Eve 2018!

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New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and New York City is most certainly one of the best places on earth to celebrate! Wrapping up the year in grand style definitely makes the new year start out with the best energy.

So, we’ve selected 26 of the best parties and restaurants in town to help you decide where you’re spending your last day of 2017!

They are all selling out pretty quickly, so be sure to guarantee your tickets!

Here they are:


#1 Public Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Public Hotels

The Public Hotel is the new hot spot where the cool kids hang out in Manhattan. Recently opened, their rooftop has a 360º view of the city, floor-to-ceiling windows and a great outdoor terrace! They’ll be celebrating within 4 of their venues!

At The Roof: “Enjoy the fireworks and a dance in the sky with international DJs HOLY GHOST! Premium open bar from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Champagne toast at midnight.”

At Diego: “Enjoy an evening with a Live Jazz trio and singer performing jazz standards. Premium open bar with passed bites and desserts by Jean-Georges Vongerichten from 8:30 pm – 12:30 am. Champagne toast at midnight.”

At PUBLIC Kitchen: “Enjoy a 4-course Prix Fixe Menu by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Seating from 8:30PM, with champagne toast at midnight and tunes by a LIVE DJ. Or book a private dining room for 8-16 guests on lobby level. Includes a bottle of premium spirits & a magnum champagne, as well as general access to Lobby bar and Diego.”

At PUBLIC ARTS: “Celebrate New Years Eve at downtown’s newest, hottest nightclub – PUBLIC ARTS! This year’s event features world-renowned DJ Jonny Famous with some very special guests. All tickets include a 4 HOUR open bar (8:30 pm – 12:30 am) and champagne toast at midnight.

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#2 McKittrick Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel hosts some of the best parties throughout the year from themed parties to Halloween and New Year. Plus, it is the home for the famous “Sleep No More” award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare ’s Scottish tragedy.

“Experience The McKittrick Hotel as never before. Revel with us for one night only as we celebrate the new year with our final McKittrick Masquerade of the season! Our opulent masked soiree will feature an extravagant feast, full open bar all night, boundless live entertainment and McKittrick-inspired curiosities throughout the hotel.”

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#3 The Campbell NYC

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 The Campbell NYC

Looking for a Black-tie party to celebrate is style? The Campbell NYC is a New York City classic, inside the Grand Central Terminal. They recently re-opened and are looking better than ever!

“Enjoy a DJ, passed appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.”

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#4 BathTub Gin

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Bath Tub Gin

We love all New York’s speakeasy places! BathTub Gin is one of the spots we really enjoy, located in Chelsea!

“Get jazzed up this New Year’s Eve with a throwback to the Roaring 20s at one of New York’s coolest bars. Bathtub Gin, with its soft lighting and ornate decor, feels like it could have been a watering hole to Jay Gatsby himself. Live on the edge this New Years at an exclusive event that’s sure to be the cat’s meow.”

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#5 Cipriani 42nd Street

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Cipriani 42 Street
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“Experience la dolce vita this New Year’s Eve at an enchanted party at New York City’s famed venue space, Cipriani. An architectural masterpiece boasting unparalleled opulence in its imperial Venetian splendor, Cipriani is one of the most breathtaking event spaces in New York. Prepare for a magical, black-tie New Year’s Eve affair at the world-renowned Cipriani.”

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#6 Electric Room

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Inside the famous Dream Downtown Hotel, this is one of the spots that attracts some of the coolest crowds in NYC. Expect an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight and a live feed to see the Time Square Ball drop!

What type of crowd to expect? “Upscale, Movie Stars, Moguls, Models, Jetsetters, Downtown-style, Fashion, Art, International, Trendy, Fashionable.”

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#7 Gansevoort Park Rooftop

26 Best Parties in New York for New Yeue's Eve 2018 Gansevoort Park Avenue

“This New Year’s Eve, ascend to the peak of sophisticated revelry at Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City’s renowned luxury hotel, and reigning A-list nightlife destination. 20 stories above NoMad’s famed Park Avenue, Gansevoort Park Avenue offers skyline views and en vogue sophistication, setting the stage for NYC’s most luxurious NYE celebration hosted by the incomparably glamorous Gansevoort Park. They will open the evening with a 5-hour premium open bar and more!”

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#8 Hôtel Americano

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Hotel Americano

If you enjoy partying in NYC, you’ve probably already been to one of Hôtel Americano’s summer parties! They’re having a special Prix-Fixe Menu dinner, live music, DJ and special entertainment.

“Join us while we ring in 2018 with our friends and family, old and new. Worldwide, there is a shared belief that specific actions taken on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight will influence the days ahead. So whether you wear red or yellow underthings (in many Latin American countries, red for future love, yellow for mo’ money) or you already have all the love and money you could ever need and will just be looking for kiss at midnight. Wine, dine and dance the night away with us. ”

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#9 Kola House

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Kola House

Kola House is a stylish venture from PepsiCo offering inventive American cuisine & cocktails in a club-like setting, located in the Meatpacking District.

“Door open at 11pm, and you can get our Dual Pass for access to both Gilded Lily and Kola House!”

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#10 Nomo SoHo Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Nomo Soho Hotel

“This New Year’s Eve, the lavish Nomo SoHo Hotel hosts an enchanted New Year’s escape in the heart of SoHo, one of New York City’s chicest neighborhoods. The celeb-favored Nomo Soho sets the bar for SoHo’s stylish reputation with its stellar luxury accommodations and fairytale atmosphere. Head to Nomo SoHo for a posh, energetic NYE in one of New York’s hottest spots to be.”

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#11 Sons of Essex

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Sons of Essex

“New Year’s Eve takes on a Downtown-cool edge at Sons of Essex, New York City’s trendy bistro and nightlife “it” spot. Situated in hip LES, the retro-inspired Sons of Essex is a hyper-hip gathering place for NYC trendsetters and A-listers like Edward Norton, Rihanna, Drake, Lady Gaga, Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, among others. This New Year’s, join NYC’s trendiest party people in a full-throttle NYE bash packed with amenities, retro-chic glamour, ultra-cool and super-hot revelry.”

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#12 TikiTabu at Sixty LES

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Tiki Tabu Sixty LES

We love the Lower East Side on Manhattan and everything that happens there. So, get the party going this New Years at SIXTY SoHo.

“Blurring the lines between New Year’s Eve and tropical vacations, Tiki Tabu invites you to immerse yourself in an oasis seven stories above New York City this December 31st. The outdoors may be icy, but with chic tropical vibe, you’ll be ensured a sizzling New Year’s Eve party spent in endless summer spirit. Get lei’d this New Year’s Eve like the 60’s West Coast cabana with East Coast finesse along with your party-rocking disposition, and convene this New Year’s Eve celebration at SIXTY LES’s Tiki Tabu.”

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#13 Up&Down

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Up and Down

“Upscale and Downtown-chic combine this New Year’s Eve at Up & Down, a flagship venue in New York City’s high-end nightlife scene. Boasting a high-concept design and chic ambiance, Up & Down is the perfect setting for a spectacular NYE night. This extravagant bash keeps charged with a 4-hour premium open bar while a live DJ spins Open Format hits of Top 40, Hip Hop, and House, providing a pulse-racing soundtrack for the dance floor. At midnight, gather together for a DJ-led countdown and raise your complimentary glass of champagne and toast to a brilliant New Year.”

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#14 Empire Diner

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Empire Diner

The Empire Diner is a super famous Chelsea landmark is a great place to start of your night! Make sure you’re quick to guarantee your reservation for a New Year’s dinner!

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#15 The Blond at 11 Howard

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Blond 11 Howard

Located in the hype SoHo neighborhood, The Blond is “hosting an exclusive VIP New Year’s Eve celebration. Surely one of the best place to ring in the New Year with a one-hour vodka open bar starting at 9pm.”

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#16 Zuma NYC

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Zuma NYC

Be one of the lucky guests to attend the “first annual New Year’s Eve party at Zuma New York. Revel in the heart of midtown to satisfy your year’s end craving for a decadent night of partying. Zuma NYC is part of the world renowned restaurant/lounge brand known for its luxe Japanese fusion plates. As NYC’s spotlight location, Zuma New York is where swanky 90’s chic meets class, all while keeping the energy alive throughout this luxurious bi-level venue.”

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#17 The Box

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 The Box NYC

This eternally cool spot called The Box is still ranked as one of the best places to party in the city! With who? The coolest Manhattan Kids!

Be sure to see more about their New Year’s Eve Party called “Atlantis”.

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#18 Roxy Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Roxy Hotel

Located in TriBeCa, the Roxy Hotel is one of the super hot spots in the city! For their New Year’s Party, expect everything to be Surreal.

“Surreal: very strange or unusual; having the quality of a dream. The time has come for The Roxy Hotel to once again transform itself into a Surrealist tableau in order to properly bid adieu to 2017. The 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Surrealist Ball invites guests back to a modern-day version of the legendary 1972 ball given by Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, complete with daring décor, exquisite costumes, and excellent entertainment. Get inspired by our album of Surrealist looks and get ready for a magical evening of premium cocktails, endless dancing, and a headlining set by none other than David Johansen.”

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…now, if you’re more into Brooklyn-style parties, take a look at these ones below:

#19 River Cafe NYC

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 River Cafe

The River Cafe is part of the scenery of some movie classics you’ll celebrate the New Year with one of the best views of Manhattan’s skyline! Located in the super cool, artsy neighborhood called Dumbo, in Brooklyn, it will certainly be a spectacular start of a new year!

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#20 McCarren Hotel Rooftop

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 McCarren Hotel Pool

McCarren Hotel’s Rooftop is known for having one of the best view of Manhattan’s skyline, so a celebration there will be nonetheless, epic!

“Make this New Year’s Eve the posh and high-octane event you deserve at New York City’s famed nightlife gem, McCarren Hotel Rooftop. Featuring luxurious party amenities like a 5-hour premium open bar and early evening mini buffet, McCarren Hotel Rooftop’s NYE bash will keep moods elevated all night.”

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#21 The William Vale Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Willam Vale Hotel Nooklyn
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We can say that one of Williamsburg’s newest hotels, called The William Vale, is most certainly had the best view of Manhattan, from Brooklyn.

“The evening will include specialty cocktails, passed canapes, and dancing.  Don your most festive attire, and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky as we welcome the New Year.”

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#22 Wythe Hotel

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Wythe Hotel

The super trendy Wythe Hotel, in Williamsburg, will start off your night in great style!

“Celebrate the New Year at Reynard with a southern-inspired menu.” Yum!

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#23 House of Yes

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 House of Yes
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Experience a special night at the incredible House of Yes, located in one of Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods!

“Come back to the future and party like it’s 1999! This is a night of throwback magic, nostalgia overload and futuristic chaos for the Millennium Midnight countdown of the century! It’s the end of the world as we know it. Let’s Dance. Dress for the Past, Dress for the Future!”

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#24 Lot 45 Bushwick

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Lot 45 Bushwick

A LGBTQ New Year’s Eve party at Lot45 Bushwick that will shake up Brooklyn!

Expect Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, headlining performers and DJs, photo booths, food by Djenna and much more!

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And still, if you’re into having a more religious-style night, you can start your celebrations at one of the most beautiful churches in town.

#25 The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Cathedral Church of St John the Divine

“Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature event at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. This year we begin with Haydn’s glorious Te Deum and continue with the U.S. premiere of See the Wretched Strangers by composer Lucas Wiegerink. A series of songs about our shared Earth continues the theme of neighborly compassion and the renewal of hope for the coming year. Wrapping up this year’s performance, we celebrate the concert’s founder by performing chorales from Leonard Bernstein’s own Mass. A limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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Lastly, after the New Year’s, many people are just craving more parties and celebrations! Take a look what this party below is all about:

#26 Daybreaker

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018 Daybreaker

We love everything that these guys do! Daybreaker’s style party is definitely up our alley! This is a post New Year’s party, if you’re still craving more celebrations, that will happen on January 18th.

“The New Year is all about fresh starts and blank slates. So, tell 2018 to get ready because on January 10th, we’re re-creating the ball drop and setting intentions together for our New Year’s Sparkles & Sequins. Since we can’t be all together for New Years, we’re pouring some kombucha “champagne” and toasting to a brand new year together with a full countdown and everythang. Think of your wishes for the New Year beforehand. Then come to the dance floor, ready to vision them to life. S’gonna be joyyyyous.”

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You still haven’t found a party you want to go in New York City? See here for all other parties that will be going on.

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the venues, Nooklyn and David Cova.

6 Boutique Hotels In NYC For The Cool Crowd

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We contribute with Glamour Brazil  magazine with posts about the hottest spots in town. In this posts we listed 6 Boutique Hotels in NYC that attract some of the coolest guests.

We’ve translated the article, that is originally in Portuguese, so everyone can understand!

We selected of some boutique hotels in New York – some newer, some older!

Unlike traditional hotels in the city, these boutique hotels attract a young, modern crowd, who appreciate art and like to have fun. Therefore, they offer great restaurants, hype bars, a fantastic décor with art works and design pieces, plus a bustling nightlife!


Paramount Hotel

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Built in the 1920’s, the hotel was considered one of the best in town. At the time, everyone passing through Times Square (between 1938 and 1951) would certainly enter the hotel to go to Diamond Horseshoe – a club / theater serving dinners in the basement of the hotel.

After being sealed and closed for 62 years, the hotel was repurchased by a millionaire by $20 million and reopened in the New Year’s Eve of 2014.

One of the great attractions at the hotel is the show Queen of the Night, which takes place inside the famous Diamond Horseshoe which was also revitalized. Giovanna Battaglia is the Creative Director of this “theatrical dinner” that mixes theater, music, circus and design. The Dress Code? They ask you to “Dress for the Queen”, so only formal attires, cocktail dresses or luxurious costumes are accepted.

The hotel is also the home of a restaurant called Paramount Bar & Grill and the Corso Coffee, an Italian bar with coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

The rooms have contemporary decor and modern design with flat-screet televisions, internet, iPod docking station…and your floor tells you what is the temperature out there to help you get dressed.
Interesting, right?!

Location: 235 West 46th Street

www.nycparamount.com


The Refinery Hotel

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The hotel was built inside a former hat factory of the early 20th century. Located in Midtown, it has 12 floors with 197 rooms and offers a really cool entertainment.

Parker & Quinn, the restaurant with seasonal foods offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and for those who want a good cocktail, its nostalgic décor recalls the early 1900’s in NYC. They offer live music with pianists, jazz singers and even DJs in certain week nights.

The Winnie’s Wine Lobby Bar recalls the era of the US Prohibition when the production, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. With a beer and wine menu for every singular possible taste, the bar also offers live music.

Since all true New Yorkers love a rooftop, the hotel did not forget to make its own! The Refinery Rooftop is cozy, with a rustic space and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The cocktails created by Alex Ott are made from natural ingredients and certainly will make a difference in your night!

Location: 63 West 38th Street

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com


Marlton Hotel

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Located in Greenwich Village,The Marlton Hotel is a hotel with small rooms, yes. But, it did become one of the most hip spots in the city where the cool gang hangs out.

In the past it hosted poets, artists and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Julie Andrews, Carmen McRae seeking work in New York and that enjoyed the neighborhood.

After a revival, it was reopened in September 2013.

The restaurant called Margaux, has a menu with influences blending cuisines from California, France and some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. It offers dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The Cocktail Bar is opened from 7pm through 2am. It attracts the cool NY crowd we mentioned above, for after hours. Something that is pretty common in the New York nightlife scene…

Location: 5 West 8th Street

http://marltonhotel.com


Ludlow Hotel

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The Ludlow Hotel, inaugurated in 2014 in the Lower East Side, instantly became one of the coolest places to stay in New York.

The hotel has 184 rooms and 20 suites – that can cost up to $2,000/night. But, the other suites do have good, affordable prices, so don’t worry!

The very unique décor has marble tiled floor, handmade silk carpets, handcrafted lamps from Morocco and giant industrial windows.

We guarantee the hotel has everything you might want…even a mini bar with gluten-free products. WOW!

The restaurant, Dirty French, is also a “must-go” when you come and visit. Be sure to make a reservation!

Location: 180 Ludlow Street

http://ludlowhotel.com


The High Line Hotel

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Located on a terrain where apples were once cultivated, the hotel offers 60 rooms in a beautiful brick building bordering the High Line Park – an old train track that was turned into a suspended park, in Chelsea.

The rooms are large, with beautiful décor mixing American and European styles, vintage looking furnitures. In addition, generous windows overlooking the High Line Park and the private garden of the hotel.

Unlike other boutique hotels, it does not offer famous restaurants or bars, but it does host the 1st Coffee Bar in New York, Intelligentsia. They have a wonderful coffee that you can enjoy in their garden area.

In front of the hotel you can find a coffee truck with coffee and delicious sweets that are perfect to enjoy during the summer.

In the evening, Champagne Charlie’s, their outdoor lounge on the hotel’s patio, is a great option to have some appetizers and a great selection of beer, wine and champagne.

Location: 180 10th Avenue

www.thehighlinehotel.com


Viceroy New York

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Located in Midtown, the Viceroy is one of New York’s hotel that blends the cool Downtown style, with the luxury of Uptown, in a subtle and intelligent way.

The rooms have amazing views of the city, mainly of Central Park. The design was created by the renowned duo called Roman and Williams, famous for decorating other luxury hotels too.

The Kingside restaurant brings the creations of Chef Marc Murphy. In addition, the famous and always crowded rooftop, The Roof, is definitely an attraction.

With a lounge and outdoor terrace, the drink menu is great and offers handcrafted local beers, wines from every corner of the world. The cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and the food menu offers small snacks and dishes – the most popular dish is surely their burger.

Enjoy any time of the year to visit the Viceroy. Go up to the The Roof to be “awed” by one of the most beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan!

Location: 120 West 57th Street

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com


We are sure you will enjoy any of these Boutique Hotels in NYC. And, even more, your experience in the city will be unforgettable!

Do you need help with something? Take a look at our Concierge Services and countless ways we can make your vacation even more memorable!

Are you a Company needing assistance in NY for your executives? Contact us to learn how our Corporate Services can make their work trip seamless!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the hotels, Floto & Warner, Curbed NY and Jesse David Harris.

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

Kuma Inn Restaurant Entrance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location: 113 Ludlow Street

www.kumainn.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of NYMag and  Kuma Inn

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