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Komeeda Chef Showdown VIII – Mission Vegetarian

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If you’re a NYC foodie, come be part of Komeeda’s Chef Showdown VIII at the Food Arts Center (FEDCAP), and see 3 outstanding New York chefs present their Vegetarian expertise!

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One of Komeeda’s awesome past NY events, at The Mezzanine.

By this time, you’ve probably noticed that we are huge fans of everything done by Jabber, the Founder of Komeeda, and his amazing team.

To start, they are truly rocking New York’s food scene with some of the most amazing, exclusive and innovative events in town! And, in addition, foodies, food experts, food lovers and the curious crowd loves them!

We are so excited to share and announce their upcoming event!

They’ll be hosting their 8th Chef Showdown, where 3 fantastic chefs will compete for the 1st place and where guests are the true judges. The event is amazing, super interactive and everyone there is actually part of what’s going on.

So, take a look below to see what their upcoming event will be about:


Mission Vegetarian – Chef Showdown VIII at Food Arts Center (FEDCAP)

Events Up Coming Komeeda Chef Showdown Vegetarian

A Chef Competition, for the People, by the People.

The Komeeda Original Series – Chef Showdowns are recurring Fun Eating Experiences showcasing three super duper talented chefs who will throw down for the showdown!

Taste new innovative bites, sip, engage with the Kommunity, and help us choose the next Chef Showdown Champion!


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Chef’s Specials
Three self-made talented chefs with roots in the New York City area will be showcasing the most creatively tasty bites to showcase to the Kommunity.

Mission: VEGETARIAN
As the Spring season gets in bloom, we want the Kommunity to taste the creative, delicious, savory flavors of earth’s natural ingredients. Taste innovative vegetarian cuisine like never before!

Showcase Bites
Past Chef Showdown Champions will hook up the Kommunity with their latest creative bites!

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RSVP NOW!


About the Food Arts Center:
The Food Arts Center is a culinary destination for creativity, culture, and experiences. Through their work, they educate, train, and employ resilient people from underserved areas, empowering a community through food.

About The Kitchen with a Mission:
The Food Arts Center at FEDCAP is a social enterprise for education and career development. In addition, we’re dedicated to helping people facing barriers, find employment opportunities, career pathways and economic independence through our culinary vocational training program as well as through our corporate & event catering, special events, workshops, kitchen rental and food production services in the heart of New York City.

DETAILS:
Cuisine: New York Progressive
Price: $35/person
Includes: Beer & Wine
Date: Thursday, April 5th
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Food Arts Center (FEDCAP) – 210 East 43rd Street

And, if you’re still not sure, take a look the first Komeeda event we partnered up. It was a fantastic night and we had a full house! And, it’s just gotten better at each new edition!

They always sell out pretty quick, so be sure to guarantee your spot!

www.komeeda.co

The 7 Best NYC Social Dance Venues To Have Fun

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New York City certainly has it all! The recognized ballroom dancer, Olga Kochnova, shared with us the 7 best NYC social dance venues. We are sure to get you on your feet in no time!

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Olga Kochnova inside Central Park. Photo Credit: MagNat Photography.

Olga Kochanova is a prominent, internationally recognized ballroom dancer from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She is the founder of Brooklyn Dance Lessons – a NYC-based dance company that offers private lessons of ballroom, social, and wedding dance.

Olga has been a practicing ballroom dancer for over 20 years. She has studied all major styles of ballroom dance as well as rhythmic gymnastics. Olga is proficient in the International Standard, Latin styles as well as in American Rhythm and Smooth.

Having participated in over 200 prestigious competitions, Olga has garnered many awards along the way. Among these trophies are two first place awards from the Saint-Petersburg Ballroom Competition and first place in the Petrozavodsk City Ballroom Competition.

In 2001, she joined the Professional Ballroom School, Esperanza – the number one school in Saint-Petersburg. There she studied under Radik and Eve Bagautinova, two professional Latin-style Ballroom dancers.

Throughout the years, she has trained under professional dancers and world champions like Karen Hardy, Andrew Sinkinson, Goran Nordin, Gherman Mustuc, Iveta Lukosiute, Daniel Heroux, Patty Contenta, and Gennadiy Gunko.

Amazing, right?

Currently living in New York, we invited her to share the 7 best NYC social dance venues:


Swing 46

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“Swing 46 is one of the oldest restaurants in NY that plays live music and has a dance floor for its guests. It is not a big dance floor, but you can show off your basic moves or watch amazing swing dancers making their performances.

Here, live bands usually play a mix of some ballroom music, like Foxtrot, Rumba and Swing, as well as some hits from Lindy Hop and Jitterbug Era. They are open every evening for dancing and lessons start at 9pm. To get in you need to pay music charge of $15 – $20, depending on the day of the week.

I would recommend to go in the beginning of the week if you would like to dance, and Thursday to Saturday if you would like to watch.”

This Jazz and Swing Dance Club was founded in June of 1997 in Hell’s Kitchen. They offer a good menu with American Fare dishes prepared with the carefully sourced ingredients. Their sauces and dressings are homemade, as well as their freshly baked bread.

If you’re in the mood for Happy Hour, they have it daily from 5pm to 7pm, with half price drink specials at the bar.

Hours: Daily from 5pm – 1am

Band starts playing:
Sunday – Thursday: 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30pm

Location: 349 West 46th Street


Rainbow Room

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“Hidden on top of Rockefeller Center, the Rainbow Room is an absolute NYC favorite spot.

This fancy restaurant with Manhattan’s skyscrapers view on 65th floor, has a dance floor in the center area. They started organizing social dance events since mid 20th century!

On Monday evenings you can enjoy your date night with Empire State Building view, 3 course dinner, live music and your favorite cocktail. It is definitely not the cheapest option in New York, but it’s well worth it!”

Their grand opening dates back to 1934 and was one of the best late night destination spots in town. Famous of their charity events, they attracted the biggest names to attend their gatherings.

It’s a great place to go for dinner, drinks and even to celebrate a special date or host a corporate event.

But, definitely try their nights with world-class dining and dancing with live music!

Hours: Check their website for the different hours in each of their spaces.

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor

https://rainbowroom.com


Midsummer Night Swing

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“It’s been 30 years since Midsummer Night Swing started and yet it is still one of the most popular places to dance in New York. Every summer, the Lincoln Center organizes the “Midsummer Night Swing” – 3 weeks of unforgettable evenings with popular bands and a big dance floor, under the open sky.

Events start at 6:30pm with a dance lesson for people of all levels, conducted by some of the leading instructors in New York City. Lessons are included in the ticket price. Live music starts at 7:30pm and lasts until 10pm.

The organizers present a large selection of artists, reflecting the different musical styles of New York. Jazz, disco, ballroom dancing, rhythm and blues, salsa, tango and west cost swing are among the most popular one.”

Schedule:
6:00 pm – Dance floor opens
6:30 – 7:15 pm – Group dance lesson
7:30 – 8:30 pm – First live set (unless otherwise noted)
9:00 – 10:00 pm – Second live set (unless otherwise noted)
10:00 – 11:30 pm – Silent Disco (June 29 and July 8 only)

Single Tickets:
In advance – $17
Day-of – $20

www.lincolncenter.org


Tatiana Restaurant & Nightclub

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“If you want to see something more original and authentic, you can visit one of the oldest Russian restaurants in New York: Tatiana Restaurant & Nightclub.

It became very popular for its colorful dance performances on Saturday nights, that presents traditional Russian dances.

You can also try Russian food and, since it happens to be located at Coney Island’s boardwalk, you can combine the visit with nice day at the ocean, during the hotter months.”

So, what to expect? As they explain:

“The scene that opens up is something out of a James Bond movie “From Russia with Love”. Its Sex in the City mixed in Sleepless on Brighton Beach. Vodka and Cognac pours like fountain Di Trevi in Rome.

Ladies hang on to your husbands and guys don’t forget to shave, because there are plenty of people to impress. You do not need a red carpet invitation to see city’s top fashion worn in style and such sex appeal that is even desired by many celebrities.”

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 10am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 1am

Location: 3152 Brighton 6th Street, Brooklyn

http://tatianarestaurant.com/nyc


Plus, for salsa lovers, there are plenty of places to go. Some of them are:

Taj II

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“Every Monday evening Taj II has salsa parties that are popular amongst both beginners and professional dancers. With live music and sometimes professional performances in between, this event is very popular between New Yorkers.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dancing, people are very friendly here and will invite everyone who wants to join them on the dance floor – even if you are an absolute beginner.

You can also book a table and just enjoy your food watching impressive dancers. The entrance is $12.”

Located in the Flatiron District, this spot impresses from the start with its opulent and majestic décor. If you’re still a bit shy to go to the floor and dance, feel free to just watch!

Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 5 pm – 1 am
Wednesday – Saturday: 5pm – 4am
First Sunday monthly: 12pm – 7pm for Brunch

Location: 48 West 21st Street

www.tajlounge.com


Sunset Salsa

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“On Tuesdays, during the months of July and August, everyone can enjoy the most scenic dance event in New York: Sunset Salsa.

Located in the Hudson River Park on Pier 45, in the Greenwich Village, you’ll find best Latin DJs and hundreds of dancers. The view of New Jersey and Manhattan itself is already worth the trip.

Music and amazing vibes from salsa dancers will make you want to learn a couple of moves yourself. In my opinion, it’s one of the best NYC events. The party starts around 7:15pm and is free to everyone!”

There is nothing like a sunset party in New York right? Well, this one will certainly get you on your feet! The beginner’s salsa dance lessons are from 6:30pm – 7:15pm and the DJs start the party at 7:15pm!

Have fun!

Location: Pier 45

https://hudsonriverpark.org


Salsa Brunch

“Salsa Brunch is one of the newest additions to the dancing scene in New York City. Organized by two amazing salsa dancers, its a good event where you can enjoy brunch and kill some calories the same time! Ha!

You will find a DJ, photographers, as well as some pretty good dancers. Table reservation is necessary if you would like to eat.

Sometimes they organize special editions like ‘Salsa meets Hip Hop’, so you can enjoy two different cultures at the same time.

Currently, it happens only once a month on Saturdays, in Harlem.”

Since location changes every now and then, every time they offer a different type of food and drink, so be sure to check online what’s up next!

www.salsabrunch.com


Finally, there are a few other events and restaurants that might be interesting and worth the visit:

Latin Cruise – Vamos A Bailar! From April through November, join NY Party Cruises on a Midnight Cruise this season! They transform the 1st floor of the Harbor Lights Yacht into a Latin Lounge complete with the best of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Latin House.

Salsa at the Brooklyn Museum – Their season of salsa continues with a Salsa Party hosted by Balmir Latin Dance Studio. Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6pm, followed by live music, social dancing, and performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.

Iguana – One of the most spectacular Mexican Restaurant in New York. Iguana offers 3 floors of dining and dancing. Unwind with one of their famous 28 flavors of Margaritas or Mojitos. Follow that up with a truly exquisite dinner experience.


And, if you loved all of these best NYC social dance venues and you’d like to organize a special and customized corporate event with this theme, contact our experts to assist you.



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

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

Curiosities Insider Interviews Cheryl Wat

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

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

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

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

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

See below her 7 secret New York City tips:


Trademark Taste & Grind

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

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

It’s located in the Hotel Le Soleil.

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

Location: 38 West 36th Street

www.trademarktaste.com


Fry Guys

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

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

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

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

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

Location: 150 East 2nd Street


Gaijin, now Koyo

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

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

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

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

Gaijin has been rebranded to Koyo.

” The restaurant was originally opened as Gaijin which was a very popular local establishment that offers Omakase dining and robata grill a la carte menu fares. In the summer of August 2018, the team of Gaijin decided to refine what they do best, a modern omakase establishment and undergone a full update along with a new brand, Koyo.

Koyo means “Autumnal Foliage” which refers to the changing of Japanese maple tree leaves which signals the change of a seasonal. Koyo has a strong focus on seasonality and uses ingredients at its peak during that season to create a Kaiseki inspired multi-sensory dining experience.”

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

Location: 37-12 31st Avenue

www.koyonewyork.com


Vaccaro’s Bakery & Café

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS FAMOUS NYC BAKERY IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

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

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

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

Location: 28-05 Steinway Street


The Last Word

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS SPEAKEASY IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

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

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

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

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

Location: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd


Shuraku

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

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

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

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

Location: 47 8th Avenue

www.shurakunyc.com


Jason Naylor’s murals

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Jason Naylor, in action!

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

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

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

http://jasonnaylorcreative.com


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

Stay tuned for more upcoming interviews!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the venues
*Last Update on April/2020.*

The Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

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Central Park is certainly one of the most beautiful and famous parks around the world! But, its secrets are still very well-kept. Come explore the Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour.


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Did you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village called Seneca Village in the 19th-century ?

Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition?

For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike.

It’s been not only the scenery of countless famous movies, but also a memorable spot in many hearts that have experienced breathtaking wedding proposals in the middle of the park.

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Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking NYC tour we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites.

Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more.

Tour Highlights:

  • Hear about the massive civic project that transformed a wasteland into an urban pleasure ground
  • Learn about the curious origins of the Central Park Zoo and the corruption scandal that caused a riot
  • Uncover the hidden meaning in Bethesda Terrace’s sculptures and the forbidden love that inspired the park’s most famous statue
  • See the secret bolt left behind from the creation of Manhattan’s street grid
  • Discover the secret navigational device that keeps pedestrians from getting lost on the park’s winding paths

DETAILS:
Price: $35 / person
What to bring:
 Comfortable walking shoes
What to know: The tour is approximately 2 hours long and covers 2 miles. Note: some of the walking surfaces are uneven and require ascending a moderate incline.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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The Secrets of Central Park is truly a great walking NYC tour and we always love doing it.

You might also enjoy the “Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour“,  “Behind The Scenes Tour at the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital” and “Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour“.

If you are looking to book a Private Tour for your family and friends, contact our experts. For Corporate Group, let us assist you too!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y. C. (aka NYCLovesNYC). Pictures taken during the Fall season.
*Late Update on Feb/2020.*

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!

26 Best Parties in New York for New Year's Eve 2018
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y. C. (aka NYCLovesNYC)

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

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

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.

The 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 Selina Hotel, former 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.”


#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

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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 canapés, 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

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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 everything.

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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Antonia Greco: A Love Guru Uncovers NYC’s Dating Scene

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco NYC Dating Expert

Lets talk about Dating in New York City?! Everyone knows about the “rumors” about NYC’s dating scene and how different it is from the rest of the world! Antonia Greco tell us about the best spots to hang out, if you’re single!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco NYC Dating Expert
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If you’ve just moved to this beautiful, tireless city, or if you’ve been in New York City long enough, you will notice two topics that will always (and we mean, always!) come up during dinners or bar conversations:

  1. RENT! It’s amazing how people are eager to know how much you pay for rent and all the amenities you have in your building to justify the high prices. Note: It does not matter if they just met you, they WILL boldly ask…
  2. DATING! The “Dating Scene” in New York is, without a doubt, unique and different from anywhere else on this planet! It’s a battle to figure out all the do’s and don’ts, right? So, after you do, and everything seams to be flowing well with your beau…BOOM! The guy dumps you…

With the Dating topic in mind, our Contributor Ari Crane interviewed Antonia Greco from Loved Tapped. She is a NYC-based Dating and Relationship Expert. She is also the co-author of “Who Lies More, Men or Women? 6 Ways to Succeed in Dating, Relationships, and Life”.

Over the past eight years, Antonia’s worked one-on-one with clients of all ages to help them meet partners, date successfully, and has had a helping hand in several marriages.

In her spare time, she likes to run, fuss over cute dogs, play piano and bake pies.

“A question I often get asked by singles is ‘Where can I go to meet people?’ — Simply put, you can meet people anywhere you go. It’s just a matter of having the guts to open the dialogue and/or be approachable. That said, it’s beneficial to pick places that reflect something about your lifestyle, your passions, or something new you’d like to try.”

Here are Antonia’s top picks in the City! Do check them out and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your partner in crime, for life.


Hu Kitchen

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“If working out and being healthy are your thing, then get ready to be excited by Hu Kitchen. Everything is delicious and wholesome sans ingredients that you can’t pronounce. And the clientele, well, they’re exceptionally good looking, in shape, and healthy. Not to mention, the layout of the tables is conducive to striking up a conversation very effortlessly. Rotate this place into your weekly lunch or dinner schedule and be sure to treat yourself to the house-made Almond Butter truffles!”

Not only all the ingredients are fantastic and super healthy, but they also produce their own delicious chocolate bars.

They have a huge list of “What they don’t have”, but there are just a few, so you get the vibe: NO Conventional Sweeteners, NO Gluten, NO Soy, NO GMO Corn, NO Commercial Lecithins, NO Preservatives…

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm

Location: 78 5th Avenue (at 14th Street), Midtown

http://hukitchen.com


B-Cup

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“Whether you’re “working remotely” or in the mood for a chill place to enjoy some coffee, look no further than B-Cup. This hip little haunt is tucked away in Alphabet City and is the “office” for many singles. With free, reliable wi-fi and iced coffees served in carafes, this friendly space is a mix of funky and accommodating. Bonus: Most people come here alone so it’s the perfect place to table share during the busier hours!”

Alphabet City is part of what most people know as the East Village. The area is very residential, but it is the home of several bars, cocktail spots and super cool restaurants. The area is filled with life and great spots to uncover.

Their park is called Tompkins Square Park. You might recall it from the post we wrote about a Feeding Program our Founder coordinates, feeding 200 homeless every week!

The area has also a significant Puerto Rican community, that definitely brings an uplifting vibe. After all, we know how cheerful Puerto Ricans are, right!?

Location: 212 Avenue B, Alphabet City

www.bcupcafe.com


It is definitely a place to go and meet interesting people, creative minds and mingle with a super cult crowd!

Be bold and go see what they have to offer!

Location: 231 11th Avenue, Chelsea

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Cooper Hewitt

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“If you find museums to be boring, then maybe Cooper Hewitt will change your mind. The interactive environment – especially in the Immersion Room – is the perfect place to strike up conversation with others, all while interacting with art and design. When you’re done, grab a coffee from the cafe and head to the garden!”

The museum was founded in 1897 and was named “Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum”.

It’s dedicated exclusively on historical and contemporary design, making it the only museum in the US with this focus.

Therefore, it has “more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries.

From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.”

They have a great outdoor area and garden, where they host different events, so be sure to see what’s on next!

Location:  2 East 91st Street, Upper East Side

www.cooperhewitt.org


Niketown Running Club

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“Running is a great way to unwind all while staying healthy and I love the Nike Run Club! Regardless of your pace or athletic level, this is a good place to meet others – especially for those that are tired of the bar scene. Don’t be discouraged if the guy to girl ratio is not in your favor. One thing singles tend to forget is that ANY person you meet may have a single friend, relative or coworker that would be a fit for you!”

The Nike Run Club it not only for professional runners, but also for the amateur and aspiring runner!

Don’t be intimidated. It’s a great place to find like minded people.

You’ll have professional coaching and experts to help you out at any time of the day – from 5am through 7pm.

Plus, you can do a one-time test in Nike’s new shoes, register your evolution through their APP, run with the best lists on Spotify and also choose from 100 different workouts by Nike Master Trainers.

Location: 6 East 57th Street, Midtown East

www.nike.com/nrc-app


Rock’n’Roll with The Velvicks at the Famous Irving Plaza

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How about going to a real rock’n’roll show at one of the 50 top venues in the planet? The Velvicks is one of our favorite Brooklyn-based rock bands will perform at the famous Irving Plaza.

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We are always eager in sharing the talent of incredible upcoming NY bands with the world! And, the Velvicks is one of our favorite Brooklyn-based rock bands.

We’ve been to countless shows where they’ve performed, and they’ve played at a few Sofar Sounds that we’ve personally curated in New York City.

Victor Nader, the leading vocal team up with extremely talented names and brought to life this kick ass, rock’n’roll band in October of 2016.

The band: Vick Nader (Vocals), Vinny da Silva (Lead Guitar), Apoena Frota (Bass) and Ed Marson (Drums).

See below all information on the event:


DATE: Friday, August 11th, 2017
TIME: 10:30pm
LOCATION: Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Plaza, NYC
TICKETS: $12 now | $15 at door


TWO QUICK STEPS TO SIGN UP:

1. Fill the FORM below to guarantee your name on the list!

2. Click the “PAY NOW” BUTTON BELOW, for quick payment!

 

More about The Velvicks:

Recorded and produced in 2011 by Roy Cicala (John Lennon, Hendrix, Elvis, Sinatra, Springsteen…) and in 2016, produced and recorded by Steve Remote (Beck, The Beach Boys, The Black Crowes, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Buckley…), Vick Nader lived his childhood in the U.S..

Influenced by “60’s, 70’s” music, he shaped his work towards “Art Rock”. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he teamed up in October, 2016 with Vinicius Martins (guitar), Ed Marson (Drums) and Apoena Frota (bass) to perform as Vick & The Velvicks. Since then, they’ve been performing in NY area and gathering new supporters on their way.

The songwriting is being compared to Roger Waters, Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe and Bob Dylan. Definitely an authentic up and coming original act worth your time and attention.

https://thevelvicks.com

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve Remote and Gialina Morten

3 Secret Japanese Restaurants That You Can’t Tell Others

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We contribute with Glamour Brazil and this post was about 3 secret Japanese restaurants in New York that we love!

Here is the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

The gastronomic scene in NYC is simply the best! New restaurants are always opening, renowned chefs are always daring and experimenting in their menus and novelties are always popping up in existing restaurants.

The coolest places in New York are certainly the most hidden ones!

For anyone who is in love with Japanese cuisine, here are tips three secret Japanese restaurants, kept away from the eyes of the city’s tourists!


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The Japanese restaurant, Zenkichi, is located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg – which we love!. It opened its doors nearly one decade ago and continues part of the short list of the most secret restaurants in town. The entrance is discrete, with a wooden door and a small number “77″.

With a typical oriental décor and low lighting, the tables are divided into small cabins where your privacy is preserved. Each table has a charming bamboo curtain blocking the view of people passing by the table. Each table also has a button to call the waiter, who promptly arrives to help you.

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu and a special chef’s tasting menu with 8 dishes, the “8-course Omakase”. This tasting menu is the apex of the place and changes every five weeks!

Location: 77 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://zenkichi.com


Sakagura

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For connoisseurs of sake and lovers of traditional Japanese cuisine, Sakagura is “the place to go”. It was elected one of the top restaurants in New York.

Founded in 1996, it is considered one of the best authentic Japanese cuisine with top rated dishes elected by best gastronomic critics. It is also among the top sake bars in the United States and in the world, with more than 200 labels for tasting!

Furthermore, on the menu, the dishes have suggestions on the side to indicate the best sake combination. The restaurant is located inside the basement of an office building, so do not be surprised if you bump into suited men while walking in.

Location: 211 East 43rd Street, Midtown

www.sakagura.com


Last, but not least, you’ll surely love telling your friends about the whole experience at this next place. Certainly amusing!


Bohemian

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“A secret base for 21st century bohemians in a historical building once home to Andy Warhol and then the live-in studio of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the inimitable graffiti artist from the 80s.”

Located in the back of a Japanese butcher shop, in NoHo, Bohemian is perhaps one of the most coveted hidden restaurants in the city.

It’s a hard place to find and you’ll surely think you in the wrong place. Plus, the long, dark corridor does make you think twice before walking in.

How it works? Well, first the phone number for reservations is not disclosed and it’s a referral-only spot. The way to get a reservation is to try to find someone who has already been to the restaurant so they can give you the phone.

This is the only way you’ll be able to call and schedule your reservation. Cool, right?

Everything there is amazing, from simple food (with inspiration in the American and French cuisines) to the minimalistic décor and background music – playing Japanese grooves, and even Jazz and Bossa Nova!

The tasting menu has a great price and is nothing out of the ordinary…it goes for $55, with 6 dishes.

Location: 57 Great Jones Street (shared on Google Maps)


Also, if you enjoyed discovering these three secret Japanese restaurants, take a look at our Greenpoint Self-Guided Tour of one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There is so much to explore there!

Lastly, you might also enjoy super unique, custom tours! At this Unique Custom Photo Tours, your guide is not only amazing, but they are photography experts that will take your pictures along the way!

Have fun exploring!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of the restaurants, nicknamemiket / Flickr, Shanna Ravindra, solaennuevayork
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Renwick: An Artful Luxury Boutique Hotel

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New York is overflowing with countless hotels for every style and every budget. If you’re looking for an Artful Luxury Boutique Hotel, you might want to try, The Renwick.

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“Like many travelers, I look for a place that is quiet, clean, and has free Wi-Fi. Furthermore, location is key: it could mean the difference between spending a $30 cab ride to get across the city and being right where the action is (and I’ve done both).

With the vast selection of hospitality companies offering standard and specialty accommodations there is no need to visit anyone place twice. Until now! Say “Hello!” to The Renwick, an intimate 173-room boutique hotel, and full of big city dreams. This brick and mortar classic is packed with stories from the early 20th century.

Built in 1928, the hotel is named after its architect, James Renwick, Jr., who is best known for his design of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Although not a formally-trained architect like his father, Renwick Jr. studied engineering and was influenced by his world explorations.

Originally, the building was comprised of oversized artist’s studios and lofts that were eventually turned into a long-stay hotel.

It was home to many creative types and prominent literary figures, such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann.

Plus, it’s charming to pause at the doorway of The Renwick, to soak in the inspiration of the streets of Midtown New York. Just like the title character in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Eventually reimagined into an “artful luxury hotel”, the Renwick offers inviting guest rooms designed as its own ’artist studio’, equipped with ’blank canvas’ white walls. The TV stand is fashioned to look like a painter’s easel.

In addition, for window shades, local artist Ben Cowan produced unique renderings of the New York skyline for each room, using a dry brush technique on painter’s drop cloth. From Erin Lass’ wall quotes to the ceramic pen cup by Yuka Uchida of OVO Ceramics, each guest room has a unique curation that begs to be noted.

However, the art theme does not end there. The stairwell leading to the fitness center has drawings by Heather Heckel as motivation. Moreover, even the housekeeping staff dons outfits that replicate an artist’s smock!

To conclude, there is much at The Renwick to acknowledged and admired. The design is in the details, and the details are everywhere. I look forward to my upcoming stay, so that I can continue to revel in the history and draw on creativity for my future endeavors.”

It’s surely and artful luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan!

“People don’t take trips. Trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

Are you busy that an extra pair of hands to help you with your trip would be simply a gift? Take a look at our Concierge Services and let us know what we can do!

Are you a company, organizing the agenda and activities for your executives? Or, do you need a local production team for an event, meeting, seminar or a dinner? Learn about our Corporate Services and contact us to be your local team.

Location: 118 East 40th Street

www.therenwickhotelnewyork.com


Guest writer: Elena Murzello
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Renwick Hotel

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

City Wellness Collective: A Space For Healing, Rejuvination and Peace

The other day we went to visit a gorgeous space called City Wellness Collective. They are dedicated to offering the most amazing wellness techniques in the city like healing, rejuvination and peace.

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After moving back from Berlin to New York, Michelle Keinan and Dan founded the City Wellness Collective. Dan is her partner is love, life and business.

The space is dedicated to you if you’re in search of the best healing and rejuvenation techniques or simply looking for peace. It’s also a place to check out, if you are a healer and need a beautiful space for your clients.

She found out that, like herself, other people were feeling isolated as solopreneurs. They were in profound need for community and support in this overwhelming (but amazing) city.

Michelle and Dan partnered up with Maria Lomanto, a design visionary that helped create the perfect space for healers and ideal for clients. We do need to confess, the space is fantastic. Just by walking in, you can already sense the soothing energy inside it!

So, if you are looking for healing, or peace and relaxation, their professional are certainly part of the top healers in NY. They offer a wide range of practices and modalities, based on your personal need and goals!

You can expect everything from acupuncture, advance biostructural correction, reiki, color puncture, integrative nutrition, somatic healing and massage. And still, women’s health and fertility, holistic facials, crystal healing, sound baths, breath work, intuitive guidance, Qi Gong and so much more!

The list is endless!

If you are a healer, be prepared for a great opportunity to learn, work and heal together.

Their network helps you find new clients and provides the tools you need to make the collective a sanctuary for your business.

Oh! Don’t forget to check out their event’s page! There are great workshop, healing sessions, talks, etc, through out the month.

We are positive you will find what you’ve been looking for!

To learn an apparently simple, but very powerful meditation, you might want to try out the Twin Heart Meditation by Grande Master Choa Kok Sui.

Location: 141 West 28th Street, suite 301

www.citywellnesscollective.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of City Wellness Collective and Dan Keinan
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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