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3 NYC Vegan Restaurants You Have to Try

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Did you know that New York City is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world? Whether you follow a plant-based diet, or you simply want to have some healthy meals, this is the place to be! Explore these 3 NYC Vegan Restaurants.

New York City is known for being a fantastic place to go, if you enjoy good food and you are literally able to find every type of cuisine you love or crave exploring. You will also find so many great Vegan restaurants!

Besides, every single day there are new spots opening, so it’s literally an eternal exploration.

Our contributor, Sarah Zhao – who is a vegan herself – shared the three NYC Vegan restaurants you have to try:

Peacefood Café

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Named after the idea that peace begins with the source of one’s food, Peacefood Café was founded by Eric, an antiques dealer, and Peter, an interior designer. They believe that “the awareness of non-violence can be spread through feeding people with delicious vegan food,” and their dishes are definitely delectable!

Upon discovering the hidden gem tucked away from the busy University Place, I have already gone back with several of my friends. I especially recommends the Un-Chicken and Waffles, made with a special seitan only sold to vegan restaurants. It’s not found in grocery stores and it’s topped off with saccharine yet fresh agave syrup!

Peacefood Cafe’s first location opened in 2009, on the Upper West Side. Following its success, a second location was opened near Union Square, in 2013. Now, food lovers around New York City can enjoy a delicious vegan meal!

Hours: Both locations are opened every day from 10am – 10pm.

460 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side
41 East 11th Street, Greenwich Village near Union Square 



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Ronen Seri and Pamela Blackwell founded Blossom in an intimate and historic Chelsea townhouse, in 2005. Back then, vegan food was nowhere near as popular as it is today, and their actions were motivated by their love for animals and passion for entrepreneurship.

All of Blossom’s choices are not only heavenly, but are also creative in their use of soy, tofu, and seitan. They use these ingredients to recreate meat dishes, ensuring vegans do not miss out on the tastes and texture of bacon, eggs, or chicken. After your main course, I recommend getting the Tiramisu, which I think is even better than the non-vegan versions. Believe it or not!

Blossom has also opened as second location on Columbus, featuring a full bar with wine and beer. Most importantly, all of their ingredients are fresh, organic, and sourced from local farms and small distribution companies!

Lunch/Brunch: 12pm – 2:45pm daily
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm | Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm | Sunday: 5pm – 9pm

Upper West Side:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 4pm
Brunch and Lunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:30am – 4pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm | Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

187 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea
507 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side


Sun in Bloom

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If you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in the serene Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, look no further than Sun in Bloom!

Realizing the incredible connection between the food she was eating and the way she was experiencing life, Chef Aimee decided to make a change. The restaurant opened its doors on January 1st, 2010 and the rest was history!

They integrate macrobiotic philosophy into their plant-based, raw-living foods, and they are known for their gluten-free vegan baked goods.

I love their Macro Bowls, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, definitely try their Raw Vegan Cheesecakes!

So, what are you waiting for? Go out and try all the amazing NYC Vegan Restaurants that New York City has to offer!

As I mentioned, New York is the perfect city to explore all the Vegan and Vegan-Friendly options. You might want to try some of the best cupcakes at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop, the Handcrafted, dairy-free and SO delicious, bite-size vegan cupcake flavors at Baked By Melissa, the original creations by Chef Anthony Mongeluzzi at Avant Garden, and still the Michelin-starred Nix.

And, did you even know that Vegan fashion exists? Go to Vaute, to see what it’s all about.

In addition, if you’d like help to organize a private event, or a corporate experience for your team and clients, see how our BTSNYC experts can assist.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of venues, Kim-Julie-Hansen and Tedi Sarah
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Capoeira Vida: A traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts

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We are very fond of Capoeira for several reasons! A while ago, we went to an event called Batizado (or baptism), and met a group called Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn. The modality is a traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts.

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If you enjoy fitness group activity, you should definitely learn more about Capoeira Brooklyn.

Capoeira is:

“…a child conceived in Africa and born and raised in Brazil. Originally outlawed in Brazil, the art of Capoeira was created and practiced by Africans forcibly brought to Brazil during the slave trade as a form of combating their oppression. Dance-like movements, instruments and singing disguised the martial nature of the art from the Portuguese slave masters.

Capoeira continued to be illegal in Brazil until the 1930’s when it was taken off the streets and brought into the classroom. Today Capoeira is a both legal and very popular in Brazil and throughout the world. On July 15th, 2008, Capoeira was officially recognized as a culturally preserved art by the Brazilian government’s Department of Culture. It is a rich and multi-dimensional art that teaches culture, language, music and encompasses a complete body workout.”

In short, this unique and traditional Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts mixes self-defense, acrobatics, with a specific music rhythm.

Capoeira Brooklyn was founded my Mestre Foca and his wife, Instrutora Rouxinol. Both have been practicing the technique for over 20 years. Mestre Foca decided to open the only full-time capoeira academy, in Brooklyn, years ago. Today, it a highly recognized school within the capoeira community in New York and abroad.

He is certified as a professional martial arts instructor through IDEA Health & Fitness Association, while Instrutora Rouxinol is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Besides the classes for adults of all levels, they also have fantastic classes for kids.

They are both specializes in teaching children, so it’s definitely a good activity for kids to try out too.

In 2012, Mestre Foca and Instrutora Rouxinol launched a music compilation called “Vem Brin Capoeira”.  They wrote and  You can buy on iTunes, if you’re interested.

So, we’re sure you’ll just love this Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts modality. Plus, there’s nothing better than to get fit with mental balance and great capoeira music!

Still in the Brazilian spirit, you might want to try a great restaurants, a bar and a bakery. Beco Bar, in Williamsburg, Berimbau do Brasil, in Greenwich Village, and Padoca Bakery on the Upper East Side.

Classes: Check their website for details.

Way of Action: 316 7th Street, 2nd Floor, in Park Slope, Brooklyn
PowerPlay: 432 3rd Avenue, in Gowanus, Brooklyn
LeFrak Center at Lakeside: 171 East Drive, in Prospect Park


Credits: Courtesy of Capoeira Vida, formerly Capoeira Brooklyn
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Pink Olive: A Neighborhood Gift Shop Born Out Of Love

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If you are looking for that cute, neighborhood gift shop, then Pink Olive is the place for you! Don’t research more, and just go visit one of their locations!

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New York City is know for the myriad of creatives spread through out the 5 Boroughs. The list of names with these artists is extensive and we love meeting them!

One of the names you should keep in mind, is Grace Kang. She started her successful career as a fashion buyer and worked for the biggest retailers like Saks, Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s. But, her childhood passion for stationary eventually came back in full force. So, after receiving awards as “Buyer of the Year”, Grace was read for her next challenge.

Moreover, she opened her first Pink Olive store in 2007, in the East Village. Today, she has other 4 location: East Village, in Manhattan, 2 in Brooklyn in Williamsburg and Park Slope and a last location upstate NY in Cold Spring.

Through out this journey, Grace extended her business. She created Olive School that focuses in empowering other artists to build a strong brand and work to make their product ‘retail ready’. In addition, she also launched OliveBox – a monthly subscription service directed to the paper-lovers out there.

Pink Olive is a great place to buy every thing from baby gifts, distinctive letterpress cards, handmade jewelry, to original artwork, books and fabulous vintage finds.

“Pink Olive is more than an ordinary gift shop. It’s a creative place with a mission to inspire giving and beautiful living. Let your imagination sparkle!”

In fact, her team has “the eye” it takes to make the brand and the store stand out! So, you will definitely find the perfect gift for every occasion – baby showers, birthdays, pregnancy, love, marriage, holidays, and the “just because” moments!

Similarly, if you’re not NYC-based or if you don’t have time to go to one of Pink Olive’s neighborhood gift shop, but need something specific, you can purchase online!

Plus, if you decide to pass by the Brooklyn store, you can just extend your visit and grab a delicious coffee at Freehold, in Williamsburg!

In the East Village, we love Hi Collar, and in the West Village, try a charming secret spot called The Elk. And still, close to the Park Slope location, grab a coffee and a chocolate at The Chocolate Room.

Now, if you decide to explore Cold Spring, in upstate New York, let our experts help you out and plan the perfect weekend! On the other hand, for arrangements for Corporate travel, we can also assist you and your team.

Hours: Check online for store hours of each location.

439 East 9th Street, East Village
30 Charles Street, West Village
167 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope
80 Main Street, Cold Spring


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

A Downtown NYC Shopping Guide For Men By Joey Zauzig

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If you’re looking for few great places to shop for men’s clothing and accessories, take a look at this selection by our amazing Contributor, Joey Zauzig! It’s a short downtown NYC shopping guide for men.

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Joey Zauzig shared some of his favorite stores to refresh your closet!

Downtown shopping is something that some would describe as challenging. Uptown shopping has a stigma of having the best stores for your go-to closet must-haves.

Moreover, some of the best spots to shop at downtown do exist. They just might be a bit trickier to find and filter out with all the other boutiques on every street in the downtown boroughs.

For instance, some of my favorite stores from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn include, Dover Street Market, Fish for the Hip and Bird.


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Bird is always a great shop not just because of the must have mens pieces it has to offer, but the comfy, downtown environment. Not many know about this retail gem, but you might feel like you’ve struck gold when you see the refined men’s section.

So, trust me, sure to find your winter to fall transition piece here.

Williamsburg | Cobble Hill | Fort Greene: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Park Slope: Daily: 11am – 7pm

203 Grand Street, Williamsburg
220 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
85 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
316 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope


Fisch for the Hip

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To be honest, when it comes to designer re-sale, I’m always a bit weary. Additionally, there are so many “popular” ones, you really never know what you are going to get.

Fisch for the Hip is key to finding your favorite designer staples.

Location: 88 1/2 7th Avenue

Dover Street Market

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Last, but certainly not least, Dover Street Market.

It not only has the dopest selection of your favorite classic and more eclectic pieces, but wins for best esthetically pleasing shopping experience.

Sometimes window shopping isn’t such a depressing thing and if you’re going to do this it would be here. Yet, you would most likely find yourself buying the latest designer piece to hit the floor or grabbing a pastry at Rose Cafe.

Monday – Saturday: 11am–7pm
Sunday: 12pm–6pm

Location: 160 Lexington Avenue


Plus, if you are interested in consulting with a Personal Shopper for a private service, let our experts arrange it for you. They will put together a customized NYC shopping guide based on your requests, including budget!

In addition, for Corporate requests regarding Fashion Trend Tours or Study Tours, contact out experts to understand what type of projects we’ve done in the past.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joey Zauzig and the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Goorin Bros Custom-Made Hats: A Silent Statement

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Goorin Bros journey starts back in 1895, when they set off to create custom-made hats. Today they are one of the best stores in New York to purchase your head adornment!

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Goorin Bros hat shop has a fantastic story!

It all started way back in 1895, with Cassel Goorin. He created custom-made hats off his horse cart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“A hat allows you to make a statement without saying a word” – Ben Goorin

Furthermore, several years later, in 1921, Cassel taught his two sons, Alfred and Ted, the art and business of his trade. When Alfred and Ted took over Cassel’s business, it became the Goorin Brothers.

Alfred and Ted knew about their father’s passion for outdoor activities and decided, in 1948, to create the Grenadier Catalog. In other words, it was a sporting line designed to accommodate the hunter, fisherman and camper alike.

In 1949, Alfred moved to San Francisco, expanding their business and their awareness. They also added hat-related accessories to their successful line of headwear. Unique items like gloves and mittens, socks, and other sportswear were created.

The successful story passed on through generations of the Goorin family. In 1991, Ben Goorin of the 4th generation, observed the cultural movement of the 90’s. He knew that the Goorin archives contained the hats that would make a great comeback.

Eventually, in 2012 Goorin Bros focused on bringing a personal level of genuine interaction back – hat shops and customers.

They wanted to make hat wearing relevant again.

Now, imagine a world with beautifully crafted hats once again reigning the street scene. How cool would that be!? Well, on our end, we’re huge supporters!

Plus, sometimes you can be lucky enough to see a rare solo set in their Williamsburg store!

Note! They to have hats for women too, so girls, go there have fun! If you have kinds, they have the trendiest options too.

In addition, if you just love head adornments and you’re, let’s stay, the “bold” type-a-gal, you might want to check out Dora Marra. She has one of the best stores in New York.

Do you need help shopping in New York and want a professional Personal Shopper with you? Contact our team of experts so we can tell you more about this service! And yet, for Corporate requests or event to customize a unique benchmark experience, we can assist you and your team.

Hours: Please check specific store for store hours.

181 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
195B 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
26 Prince Street, Nolita
337 Bleecker Street, West Village


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Goorin Bros, and friends Mary Jane Lane, Frankie Michelle and The Salty Blonde
*Last Update on March/2020.*


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