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Color Factory: A Collaborative Interactive Exhibit To Brighten Our Lives

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The Color Factory is a collaborative interactive exhibit that stimulates all of your senses throughout your journey into their fantastic, playful world! Open up your mind, let go of the rules and enjoy how good it is to be a kid again!

I’m so excited to share this with you guys!

This morning I went to check out the Color Factory that has finally arrived in New York City! But, what the heck is the Color Factory, right?

Well, they are a collaborative interactive exhibit that stimulates all of your senses throughout your journey into their world! These guys launched back in August of 2017 in San Francisco and what was supposed to be a 1-month project, turned out to be a huge success with 8 consecutive months of sold-out tickets!

I mean, now that I visited it, I can certainly understand why! As soon as you arrive at their 20,000 square feet space, located in SoHo, you feel excited just by seeing the amazing color stripped façade! It prepares you and sets the mood for you to enter their world!

“We will feature brand-new participatory installations of colors we’ve collected around the city— hues that invite curiosity, discovery and play. Some of our favorite artists, creatives, designers and makers are teaming up with us to tell their unique color stories and engage all of your senses in unexpected ways.”

Plus, you’ll be able to try some goodies by fantastic local food vendors and see the work of non-profits.

And, of course, we can’t forget to mention that this is a true haven for everyone that loves social media. The countless rooms are designed in the most fantastic, camera-friendly way, giving you great pictures throughout the way. In addition, they have a few cameras installed in strategic spots that takes pictures for you, and sends it directly to your email.

But, we won’t tell you everything about what you’ll see there, so we can keep it all a bit mysterious, but here is a short simple list to tickle your curiosity!


Culture Music Color Factory Button Wall

Poems for the City: Won McIntosh, a Queens-based writer, was invited to translate the color palette into special poems that portrays our daily New York lives, into words.

The colors have been given words to describe them like: Subway Tile, Asphalt, Scaffolding, Pretzels, Brownstone, Bodega Mums, F Train and others.

Pick a Color, Any Flavor: Get ready to taste some yummy colorful French treats by Mille Feuille. But, beware! You might have to run after them!

Button, Buttons and More Buttons: I love buttons and I collect them myself. This colorful tunnel, with thousands of hanging buttons has a present for you… (picture)

Complementary Compliments: Christine Wong Yap, another Queen-based artist, brings you back to the present moment and the beauty of human connection and observation. Now, pay attention, use your creativity and follow the voice in your head.

Perfect Pairing: Unusual shapes, flavors and colors….get ready to stimulate your taste buds with Sockerbit. Yummmm!

Wait…there’s more!

Sing Me High, Sing Me Low, Bring Me Back, Let Me Go: This amazing collaborative installation by the musician Abimaro and the artist Lakwena, will let you show the world your musical talents. Let the vibration take over you!

Culture Music Color Factory Ballon Wishes

Balloon Wishes: I’m always happy around balloons, especially when huge versions of them are flying all over you during New York’s sunrise and sunset! What???

This room brings together the support of Gymboree and the valuable work behind 826NYC, a non-profit that empowers students from 6-18 years old with skills to write their own paths forward.

Secret Colors: A huge live-action flowchart will take you on a voyage of self-discovery, giving you a scientific result of your secret color.

Will you make this color part of your life? Will it be another well-kept secret of yours? The space was created by Molly Young.

This floor was make for dancin’ and that’s just what you’ll do: It’s time to shake, shake, shake! In a city that never sleeps, dancing is surely part of the long, never ending nights.

This color-kissed ode to NYC nightlife by Maybelline, has moving colors and lights all over it, giving you the opportunity of showing your dance moves!

Oh! And after dancing, there is nothing better than having a refreshment created by the famous Stanley’s Pharmacy, right?

Culture Music Color Factory Dance Floor

And still…

Mmuseumm: As they say: “Now is always weird. Now must have been weird for the Neanderthals. Now was certainly weird during the Middle Ages. And now is definitely weird now.” Yup! So, expect to see some pretty weird and unusual things you never imagined at the Mmuseumm’s installation!

From Absinthe to Zephyr – An Alternative Alphabet of Unusual Colors: Kassia St. Clair, a London-based writer, will show you the modern notion of colors. Wait! You’ll have to use a special element, that everyone will have in common, to find out which one suits you!

Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down: See the mixture of rotating color pallets, that might get you quite woozy, that will portray 3 NYC scenarios – For The Best New York Like (the one I was automatically drawn to before even reading about it), Thoughts On A Subway on 7/30/2018 and last, To Consider When Eating in New York City.

Into The Blue: An eternal sea of blue! I mean, this one, for me, was one of my favorite rooms. This room is no surprise, since it’s been all over Social Media. This gigantic ball-pit, of baby blue color plastic balls, brought me back to my childhood days! When I looked at it for the 1st time, my eyes blew open and were immediately hypnotized by its magnitude. I couldn’t wait to, literally, jump in! You’ll see creative graphics by the multi-talented Tamara Shopsin throughout the space. But, take a closer look, things might have double meanings… And still, some another yummy treat and a special gift awaits you!

Culture Music Color Factory Ball Pit

Be sure to use #colorfactoryco on your pictures! Your picture might be posted on Color Factory’s Instagram!


Wow! How fantastic does this all sound?!

And wait! Even the restroom area was carefully designed with 3 beautiful art works by Kendra Dandy. Every detail is meticulously cared for and thought out! There is always something unexpected in each room, with a different sensorial experience!

As they say: “We hope that the palette and projects offered within Color Factory will connect you to the colorful moments around New York and in your own daily life.”

Surely did in mine!

It’s truly a celebration of colors and creativity, bringing out the lively, happy kid inside you and remembering how fun it was to enjoy the simple things in life!

If you got excited, you should definitely go! Plus, if after visiting the Color Factory you’re still craving for a bit more laughter, the Color continues with a neighborhood map you can get and explore another 23 surprises they’ve hidden throughout the city!

“An ATM that dispenses art, a scratch-off lotto ticket where everyone’s a winner, a bubblegum challenge at our favorite candy store…”

So, let the hunt begin! We can’t wait to explore them all!

Have lots of fun and leave your comments below sharing your experience with us!

If you are into cultural activities across the city you’d probably love to have a guided tour to the best galleries in New York City. For corporate groups, let out experts help you out!

Tickets:
General admission: $38
Children age 2 and under are free.
Tickets must be purchased online, as there are no tickets available at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday: 10am-11pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday – Sunday: 10am-11pm

Location: 251 Spring Street

www.colorfactory.co

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Scanlan Theodore: Directly from Australia, to New York City

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Founded in Melbourne, Australia, Scanlan Theodore made it’s New York City debute in the Spring of 2017. With 2 beautiful boutiques, the brand is gaining more recognition and space within the New Yorker women’s wardrobe!

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Hidden between 5th and Broadway on 19th street in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Scanlan Theodore is a brand you want to make sure you discover!

Offering a range of women’s fashion and accessories, you’ll realize why Scanlan Theodore is Australia’s best kept secret as soon as you enter the store.

In addition to dressing Australian women for 30 years, Scanlan Theodore is known for its high quality European fabrics. And, its devotion to well-crafted, timeless designs. Plus, it is impossible to leave this store without finding something new to love.

But, while you are in the change rooms, don’t forget to spend a moment appreciating the artwork on the walls. The work of Australian artist, Darren McDonald, pays homage to Scanlan Theodore’s origins – Melbourne, Australia.

“We are excited and honored to bring this beloved and iconic Australia brand to women here in the US. Our goal is to help build confidence and empower women with comfortable, well-crafted designs and high quality fabrics.” Sarah Blank, Co-CEO Scanlan Theodore US.


More about the brand:

Scanlan Theodore is a luxury women’s fashion and accessories brand offering seasonal collections of ready-to-wear, handbags and footwear.

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1987, the brand is known for its devotion to creating simple, clean, modern clothing that flatters and fits well. For years, women have embraced the label’s independent spirit, modern elegance and femininity.

Furthermore, the brand sources the very best in European fabrics. It works tirelessly to ensure each design is timeless and of memorable quality. Over the past three decades, Scanlan Theodore has grown to become the global company it is today with a passionate international following. And now, a growing celebrity fan base within the United States.

Beyond its significant presence in Australia, the label launched in the U.S. in Spring of 2017, with the debut of its e-commerce platform.


While your in SoHo, you might want to check out Nili Lotan or walk to Nolita (just a few blocks away), to Josephina’s Portugal.

Lastly, stop for a drink at a secret basement restaurant that resembles a ship! Pretty awesome, right?

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

Locations:
7 East 19th Street, Flatiron District
117 Prince Street, SoHO

https://us.scanlantheodore.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Scanlan Theodore

36 Brazilian Restaurants in New York That You Have To Try

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Miss Favela Salgadinho Sortidos

The New York food scenes is certainly overwhelming and you can eat practically anything you crave. We decided to immerse ourselves in the Brazilian culinary world and put together a beautiful list of 36 Brazilian restaurants in New York!

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Yes, New York has it all when it comes to food and culinary experiences! And, it’s quite tough to know which restaurant to go next, since options are endless.

Since our Founder, Fê, is Brazilian, we decided to dedicate this post list all the best Brazilian restaurants in New York and a few other food businesses! And, of course, to all of our beautiful Brazilian readers!!!

We listed below 36 of the best spots to have Brazilian food and treats, spread throughout the boroughs of: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. This list was done with the help of Yum City, NY.

So, if you enjoy the Brazilian culture, food, music and lifestyle & vibe, take a look below to pick where you’re going to explore next! It’s also a fantastic list if you want to know where to eat in New York on a budget!

Have fun in your immersion into the Brazilian culinary world!



In Manhattan:

Manhattan is the home os come of the best Brazilian spots. From restaurants in energetic neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, to bakeries, specialty stores and all you can eat upscale restaurants.

But, if you’re in New York on a budget, don’t worry, we have a great variety of places for everyone!


#1 Berimbau do Brasil

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Berimbau Moqueca a Baiana

We love Berimbau do Brazil and we’ve written about them before. So, lets refresh your memory with what we said!

Berimbau do Brasil has been one of the small and trendy Brazilian spots in the Greenwich Village, since 2009. The restaurant is named after a very popular Brazilian instrument called “berimbau”, that has African roots and is used in the capoeira martial arts dance.

The restaurant is small, cozy, with a rustic décor, and great service (as most Brazilian spots have), plus, the food is truly fantastic. It’s loved not only by the meat eaters, but also vegetarians. Portions are very generous, so feel free to share different dishes and try a bit of it all.

What to try? The acarajé, Pão de Queijo (cheese bread) and pastel (a type of Brazilian empanada), as appetizers. For the mains, we love the picadinho carioca, bobó de camarão, the famous feijoada and the moqueca à Baiana. Dessert? The brigadeiro, of course – a chocolate truffle sweet loved by all Brazilians.

Location: 43 Carmine Street

www.berimbaunyc.com


#2 Tap NYC

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Tap NYC Mushroom Cheese Tapioca

Tap NYC opened not too long ago, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has been attracting clients from all over the city, as well as visitors. With delicious variations of the famous tapioca – a starch extracted from cassava root, originally from the Northeastern part of Brazil – it’s become a to-go spot.

As they explain: “Tapioca is gluten-free, sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol free, with no added preservatives!” Sounds perfect, right?

The place is great, décor is bright and spacious!

Tapioca options vary from countless savory ones, to sweet ones. Plus, they still offer, salads, Brazilian bites, açai bowls, matcha drinks, juices, smoothies, teas. And, of course, great coffee like every true Brazilian loves.

Location: 267 Columbus Avenue

www.tapnyc.com


#3 Padoca Bakery

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Padoca Bakery Challah Bread

When you walk inside Padoca Bakery, a traditional Brazilian bakery, you are immediately absorbed by an incredibly irresistible smell of fresh baked goods!

Located in the Upper East Side, the place has great natural lighting, that is certainly a highlight. Their menu is fantastic for a quick breakfast, to a filling and healthy lunch. They have fresh pastries done in-house, savory ones too, cookies, brownies and açai bowls. Coffee is very good too!

In addition they also offer catering services and whole cakes for special celebrations, also freshly baked! We love the bolo de coco that is a very fluffy and moist coconut cake! Yum!

To read more about them, check out this post we’ve done!

Location: 359 East 68th Street

http://padocabakery.com


#4 Fogo de Chão

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Fogo de Chao New York

Ah! This is for the big carnivores out there! Fogo de Chão is one of the most famous and respected churrascarias in Brazil.

They’ve also gained international recognition “exporting” a great team of Brazilian meat experts to run the overseas locations. It is said that only their Brazilian team touches and cuts the meat since there is a special way to accentuate its flavor by doing so.

The side dishes are also to die for, from the arroz caipira (a type of rice), to the fantastic salad table with everything you can ever imagine eating.

The meat is served in a “rodizio” style, that means that you pay a fix price and eat as much as you want.

Waiters pass by the table with different meat options and you can choose the ones you’d like to try, or reorder more of the same. After you’re satisfied, you just signal you’re done by flipping a paper coin (one side is green meaning you want to be served / the other is red that means you’re done).

Location: 40 West 53rd Street

https://fogodechao.com


#5 Casa Restaurant

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We love places that are able to host only a very small number of guests at a time. The intimate space definitely makes it an amazing experience.

Casa Restaurant, located in the West Village, is one of these great spots. With a very traditional Brazilian menu, they offer some of the best Brazilian comfort-food selection.

As appetizers, our top picks are the: pão de queijo, pastéis (or empanadas) and  mandioca frita (yucca sticks).

A great dish to start from, if you’ve never tried Brazilian food, is the well-known Feijoada – black bean stew with prime meats served with white rice, fresh oranges, collard greens, farofa and vinaigrette sauce.

Their sandwiches, also very typical, are fantastic. Which ones to pick? Try starting with the bauru de carne made with pita bread, steak, melted cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Now, if you enjoy a good cocktail, the traditional caipirinha (cachaça, sugar and lime) is always our cocktail choice.

Location: 72 Bedford Street

www.casarestaurant.com


#6 Empórium Brasil

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Emporium Brasil Picanha

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Empórium Brasil’s food has been compared, by Brazilians, to their mom’s or grandma’s food. Always a good nostalgic feeling, for sure!

They are known for having a great service and very friendly staff. Definitely a plus, right?!

As always, never skip ordering the appetizers. They are very unique and delicious.

One of their top signature dishes are the short ribs, but we particularly love the famous camarão na moranga. This is a quite unique dish made from fresh acorn squash stuffed with shrimp, hearts of palm and catupiry cheese. Yes, this is one of the top Brazilian dishes that is considered a “national passion”! Very, very flavorful.

The vatapá is also a great pick. It’s a typical dish from Bahia, a state in the Northeastern part of the country. It’s basically made with purée of bread crumbs and smoked shrimp with peanuts and cashews flavored with coconut milk and palm oil.

Their menu is very diverse, with everything from grilled steak and poultry, to seafood and pastas, but you can’t really go wrong. 

Location: 15 West 46th Street

http://emporiumbrasil.com


#7 Oca

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Oca New York Tapioca

We love Tapioca! Why? As Oca, located in the neighborhood of NoLita, says: it’s gluten, dairy, GMO, preservatives, fat, sugar, cholesterol and guilt FREE!

All the ingredients used at Oca organic and very fresh, purchased from local farmers. Hence, many ingredients are seasonal, but that just makes it more exciting.

Besides the tapioca crepes, they have appetizers like the famous pão de queijo, a few different salads, a few wraps, the to-die-for açai bowls and some tasty desserts. Plus, they offer not only Vegetarian option, but Vegan ones too!

To drink, their cashew nut shakes are delicious and we like the avocado one, or apple + cinnamon. Like every good Brazilian, coffee is a biggy. They have a good variation. The Hot Vegan Nocciolata is an interesting pick!

Location: Their Mott Street store is closed. Stay tuned for updates on our secret location.

http://ocastore.com


#8 Cafe Patoro

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Patoro Pao de Queijo Coffee

This café, located step from the Brooklyn Bridge, in the East part of the Financial District, also known as South Seaport, is a great upscale option to go for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.

The place is well-known for the love for the famous Pão de Queijo (PDQ). They explain what it is: “PDQ is a small gluten-free cheese-bread roll. Featuring a perfect balance of crispy outside and chewy inside, PDQs are the most delectable when hot, right out of the oven.” It’s actually hard to explain, so I guess you’ll have to get one and try!

They offer a few variations of the mini PDQ sandwiches, something that is not so easy to find in New York City. This is surely one of the specialties you must try.

For the bigger bites, try the empanadas, the Brazilian grilled cheese and the corn bread.

Talking about sweets, we are fans of the brigadeiro cake – a variation made from the famous brigadeiro, a type of chocolate truffle made with condensed milk. Also try the flan and the carrot cake.

Location: 223 Front Street

www.cafepatoro.com


#9 Brigadeiro Bakery

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Brigadeiro Bakery

Opened in 2014, this SoHo sweet shop offers 17 different flavors of Brigadeiros truffles, including passion fruit, coffee, dulce de leche and oreo.

It’s a snug space with minimal seating, but it’s open seven days a week. So, you’ve got plenty of time to stop by in case the lines are too long.

If you’re going to celebrate a special date, they offer great catering services, as well as beautiful packaging or gifts. And trust us: it will be the best gift ever!

They offer a free brigadeiro when you check in on Yelp too! Ha!

Location: 156 Sullivan Street

www.brigadeirobakery.com


#10 Churrascaria Plataforma

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Churrascaria Plataforma Cocktails

Churrascaria Plataforma, located in the Theater District, is called the The New York Yankees of Brazilian Steakhouses. Raved about by legions of fans and the best known food critics.

A New York Daily News writer once wrote:

“I’ve been asked a lot over the course of the year which New York restaurants I’d be most likely to visit out of personal choice rather than professional responsibility. The name I heard myself uttering in response, more than any other, was Churrascaria Plataforma.”

As they explain: “Churrascaria (choo-rah-scah-ree-ah) is the name used to describe a restaurant that serves meat, mostly grilled. A Rodizio style restaurant uses the method of serving different cuts of meat that originated in the south of Brazil in the early 1800s.”

If you love to experiment with drinks, go to their bar and let the waiter guide you through the options!

Location: 316 West 49th Street

https://plataformaonline.com


#11 Favela Cubana

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Favela Cubana

A Brazilian-Cuban hybrid in the Greenwich Village.

As they share on their website, Favela Cubana is a place where food, music and culture converge.

Brazil’s frango Ipanema and Cuba’s arroz con pollo are amongst the delicacies featured on the menu, and fresh tropical cocktails such as their tantalizing “orange basil mojito” highlight the fully stocked bar.

It’s a great mixture of two fantastic cultures: Brazilian and Cuban! The result: Festivel, for sure!

Go check them out and let us know your thoughts!

Location: 543 LaGuardia Place

www.favelacubana.com


#12 Via Brasil

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Via Brasil

Via Brasil has been serving authentic Brazilian fare since 1978, so you have to assume they make some pretty delicious food. Located in Midtown West, it’s a quite easy commute coming from different parts of the city.

Robert Sietsema, from Eater’s, exclaimed that: “rarely has New York seen such a lush rendition” of the feijoada, the Brazilian national dish. Sietsema also noted that the Brazilian restaurant is “a notable paragon of relaxed dining, a place where you can feel like you’re on vacation.”

You’re able to find everything from the heavier dishes, like the Feijoada, to lighter ones with seafood. So, there is something for everyone, regardless of your daily-crave.

Location: 34 West 46th Street

www.viabrasilrestaurant.com


#13 Ipanema

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Also located in Midtown West, Ipanema gets raves for its bitoque and picanha steak dishes.

The bitoque, a Portuguese staple, is an aged New York strip cooked in a garlic and beer sauce and topped with a fried egg. The picanha is an aged top sirloin served on a sizzling platter.

Drooling already? We are!

They explain that: “Brazil is a rich well of culinary diversity, blending the ingredients and techniques of the native South Americans with the cooking techniques of its Portuguese, African and Asian immigrants.”

Ipanema is in the heart of New York City’s Little Brazil Street. The restaurant’s owners are not shy about the quality of their food and claim to run the best Brazilian restaurant “in all of New York City.”

Location: 43 West 46th Street

http://ipanemanyc.com


#14 Zebú Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Zebu Grill Burger

Located in the  Upper East Side, Zebú Grill features a meat-heavy menu and specializes in churrasco dishes and caipirinha cocktails.

Their standout meals are the ultra-tender carne cozida beef dish and the feijoada, a plate of lean cuts of beef, pork & sausages in a black bean stew accompanied by rice, collard greens & farofa.

Try sides the banana milanesa (fried bananas – so good!), the farofa and the vinagrete.

But, you’ll be able to choose from the menu great traditional options that are very typical in the Brazilian cuisine!

A terrific spot for family dinners or a low-key date night.

Location: 305 E 92nd Street

www.zebugrill.com


#15 Samba Kitchen & Bar

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Samba Kitchen Moqueca

This casual Hell’s Kitchen Brazilian venue features traditional Brazilian fare & cocktails, plus live bands in a cozy ambiance. The yucca fries, feijoada and picanha get a lot of love from the clientele.

Clients have said “who doesn’t want to eat, drink and listen to live music at the same time?!” They do have a point, right?

Live music happens every Wednesday night and Sunday brunch, in case you were wondering! Oh! And there is no cover charge!

Location: 661 9th Avenue

www.sambakitchenbar.com


#16 Petisco Brazuca (Delivery Only)

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Petisco Brazuca

If you have a particular passion for coxinhas, the Brazilian version of the chicken croquette, look no further than Petisco Brazuca.

Chef Vanessa Pedreira and Ricardo Rosa started this delivery-only shop to share their passion for salgados, a type of Brazilian snack food, with New Yorkers.

They have a large Brazilian following and have earned praise from numerous Brazilian media outlets.

Plus, they’ve worked with clients like Google, Nike, Michel Kors, Melissa, Samsumg, Yahoo and Chase Bank.

They can deliver it to your door and you can order online, or through their app!

www.petiscobrazuca.com


#17 Galeria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Galeria NYC Escondido

Located in the Lower East Side, Galeria serves unique bowls of Brazilian food made from organic, local and fresh ingredients. It’s literally a mixture of food, art and drinks!

They use all ingredients within 48 hours of delivery. The serving presentation is exquisite and is quite distinct from most other Brazilian restaurants in the city. In fact, their presentation is exceptional compared to New York City restaurants in general.

They’ve made believers of the folks at Gothamist, who remarked that the eatery’s bowl concept “sounds cliché at this point, but it’s hard to get too cynical about it when everything tastes this good.”

They even have a Concept-Store inside with articles from clothing to décor, for sale!

Location: 43 Clinton Street

www.galerianyc.com


#18 Tapas Bites

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Tapas Bites

Tapas Bites serves, you guessed it, Brazilian tapas and desserts.

The small eatery is located on a happening East Harlem block with some other cool spots to eat and chill.

Diners love the coxinhas, pão de queijo, bolinho de bacalhau, bolinha de queijo and for dessert chocolate or flaky coconut brigadeiros.

Location: 2337 First Avenue and 352 East 120th Street

www.tapasbites.com


#19 Gomi

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Gomi Wine Bar

Gomi is an interesting mix! It’s New York City’s only Korean-Brazilian wine bar.

Located in Alphabet City, their strength is their wine, not necessarily their food, but they’ve got some tasty bites, if you need something to follow your drinks!

Some of the favorite dishes are the cornish hen, gyoza and the picanha, among the numerous other tapas on the menu. Likewise, the “Brazilian-Meets-Korean” steak is a standout.

On the wine side, rose is the star.

Location: 186 Avenue A


#20 Rice N Beans

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Rice N Beans Picanha Sandwich

Rice N Beans has been serving authentic Brazilian cuisine to New Yorkers for over 25 years. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, its namesake ingredients, rice and beans, stand out from other Latin American eateries because of the culinary talents of Executive Chef Carlos Roberto Inácio.

“I used to observe my mom cooking in (the Brazilian state of) Minas Gerais, so I learned how to cook in a different way, how to bring special seasoning to the dishes”, Chef Inácio explains.

The result is represented in a traditional Brazilian cuisine with intense flavors of garlic, onion, tomato, and coconut.

You’ll want to try the bolinho de queijo (cod stuffed croquette), the feijoada, the coxinhas and guava & passion fruit caipirinhas.

As they say, it’s a “no-fuss” place, so everything is pretty casual, but very tasty!

Location: 744 9th Avenue

www.ricenbeansnyc.com


#21 The Coffee Shop

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York The Coffee Shop Salmon

We love this place! It’s always very busy and loud, but nonetheless, it’s in our hearts!

The Coffee Shop is an iconic all-night Brazilian eatery that’s been around for decades and is open 23 hours a day. Located at Union Square, it’s fun, it’s noisy and it’s full of the pretty and the hip.

It’s famous for the sidewalk people watching tables, sort of like a classic Parisian bistro.

The service can be hit or miss, but many of the servers are aspiring models, actual models or could pass for models – which may make up for the slow service for some.

The herb fries are particularly popular, but The Coffee Shop offers plenty of other choice fare, like the pão de queijo. Likewise, the shrimp Baiano, a shrimp stew from Bahia, that comes with kale, fried plantains and plenty of white rice, is utterly delicious.

You might also want to try the granola bowl with fresh fruits and yogurt that is pretty good too and well served!

Location: 29 Union Square West

http://thecoffeeshopnyc.com



In Brooklyn:

Brooklyn also have a few Brazilian spots that we really enjoy. Some of them you’ve probably seen quite a few times on our Instastories, like Beco Bar!

Why? Well, it’s one of our Founder’s favorite spots to hand out and chill with her friends!


#22 Beco Bar

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Beco Bar

This is one of the Brazilian spots we love the most in Brooklyn and we’ve written about it a thousands of times! Beco Bar is a small Brazilian-style pub located just a few blocks from McCarren Park in Williamsburg.

The place is certainly the hot spots where the cool Brazilian (and local) crown hangs on weekdays and weekends. Brunch hours are always very full and tables are coveted by the trendiest people in the neighborhood – but, many commute from Manhattan and even other close by cities!

They offer very traditional dishes like the feijoada, PF (aka prato feito) and the bife a cavalo. Appetizers like the pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) is a must-eat, as well as their coxinha – a fried croquettes filled with shredded chicken breast.

Their sandwich options are various and we recommend the also traditional, Bauru with sliced filet mignon, queijo prato (cheese) and tomatoes on a baguette.

For drink we’d say, try them all, but the famous caipirinha, of course, and batida de côco are our top picks!

Ah! They have live bands on Sundays at 5pm playing traditional Brazilian music, and also DJs on other days.

Location: 45 Richardson Street

www.becobar.com


#23 My Sweet

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York My Sweet Brigadeiro

As Paula, the Founder, beautifully explains: “My Sweet is a Brooklyn based artisan brand where every sweet is handmade to order. We only use high quality, natural ingredients and we like to support local producers. We don’t use anything artificial.”

Their store is located in East Williamsburg, but you can buy the sweets online. They also offer catering services, so be sure to make your next party memorable, ordering a sorted selection!

Customers love the bite sized desserts made on premises.

We’ve also written about them before, so click here if you want to read and see more pictures.

Location: 57 Porter Avenue

https://mysweet.com


#24 Miss Favela

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Miss Favela Salgadinho Sortidos

If you like to party like Brazilians do, this is the place for you!

Here’s how the owners describe their menu:

“For nostalgic and curious palates, the restaurant features a menu filled with dishes as Moqueca de Peixe,Tutu a Mineira, Feijoada, among others. Also part of the menu Brazilian appetizers- coxinha, frango a passarinho, bolinho de bacalhau, pão de queijo, and the traditional drink, the Capirinha, that is offered with typical fruits as açaí, among others.”

They have long lasting parties, with loud music and Rio-inspired décor. What you’ll listen to? The typical Brazilian rhythms of Forró, Samba and Pagode.

During the warmer months, they have all the doors and windows open, with quite a few outdoor seatings.

As they say: “After all, life is about it, taste, love, friends and celebration!”

Location: 57 South 5th Street

www.missfavela.com


#25 El Mate

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York El Mate Façade

Located in Carroll Gardens, El Mate is a Brazilian-Argentinian fusion restaurant. Quite an interesting combination, considered the rivalry both countries have in the field while playing Soccer! Ha!

The guys there share that:

“From our delicious milanesas to our selections of empanadas to the most complexity of flavors of cuts of beef – like bife de costilla or tira de asado or the exotic Brazilian cut picanha na tabua we are dedicated to serve our food with passion which you can enjoy every bit by sipping with our handcrafted selection of house cocktails featuring all natural Yerba Mate tea.”

But wait! The Yerba Mate is a popular tea in both Brazil and Argentina that you actually mix with spirits, so you’ll be sure to have a fantastic time there!

For dessert, try a delicious maracujá mousse – known to us as passion fruit!

Location: 550 Court Street

www.elmaterestaurant.com



In Queens:

We have the biggest selection of restaurants located mostly in Astoria. Why? Astoria is the neighborhood with the biggest concentration of Brazilians! The community there is huge and definitely vibrant.

Many don’t even have a website, but you can always Google them!


# 26 Beija Flor

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Beija Flor Bobo de Camarao

Customers rave about this place’s ambience! Beija Flor is located in the upcoming neighborhood of Long Island City! We love explore that part of Queens, and so should you!

Commuting is quite easy and there is always something new to explore!

The restaurant is cozy, but lively serving traditional Brazilian cuisine in an elegant yet unpretentious fashion. Located on a quiet Long Island City corner, the unfinished wood, sisal rope, and natural cloth used in the tasteful decor creates a true rustic ambiance enhanced by clay pots and cast iron skillets.

The restaurant uses ingredients sourced from the finest purveyors, featuring many local and organic products. On weekends, live music invigorates the atmosphere and inspires people to dance while they enjoy signature caipirinhas.

Location: 38-02 29th Street

http://beijaflorlic.com


#27 Kilo Astoria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Kilo Astoria Buffet

Kilo Astoria is a Brazilian churrascaria that is loved by customers for its hot buffet, low-key atmosphere and friendly staff.

Equally as important, the prices are also very reasonable. It’s a place for a more casual meal, with dim lighting and quite simple and rustic décor. But, the food is just so well done and tasty, that it’s all goes unnoticed.

And, as we said above, the staff are so polite, that you’ll definitely want to come back again, and again, and again!

Oh! It’s so good that customers don’t even want to share that much about it online, so it won’t go viral, hahaha!

Location: 31-27 Ditmars Blvd


#28 Villa Brazil Café Grill

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Similar to other restaurants we’ve mentioned here, Villa Brazil Café Grill is another buffet style restaurant.

Let us tell you why! Self-serving restaurants is actually very common in Brazil, even in a few more high-end ones. You literally get your table, and go serve yourself with everything you can possibly want. Take your time to find the most exotic and different options! Everything there is calculated by weight.

The barbecue meat is one of the highlights, as well as other options like the hanger steak, sirloin steak , beef ribs and sausage.

If you’ve never had Brazilian food, it’s a great place to start, since you can try a bit of everything!

Location: 43-16 34th Avenue


#29 Favela Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Favela Grill

This Queens wine bar has received raves from the likes of Gothamist, Village Voice and New York Magazine.

Customers love the coxinha de frango (chicken croquettes), churrasco and costela bam bam (a Flinstone-style short rib on a bone).

Other standout dishes include the moqueca de peixe, a seafood stew made with herbs, vegetables and coconut milk and served with a side of bacon fat cassava; as well as the feijoada, a beef stew served in a miniature cauldron and the salgados pastries (savory).

They’ve been open since 2006 and continue to be a to-go spot in Astoria for great food. They also have a few different areas to host private events which are quite nice! Oh, and they offer buy-outs, with capacity for up to 75 people.

Location: 3318 28th Avenue

www.favelagrill.com


#30 Beach Bistro 96

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Beach Bistro 96 Pasteis Empanadas

Beach Bistro’s tapioca was named one of the “85 Best Dishes & Desserts” in NYC. It’s been open for only a couple of years, but this Rockaway Beach eatery has proven to serve some of the city’s finest Brazilian cuisine.

Oh, for those that don’t know, Rockaway Beach is considered part of Queens. Yup!

Besides their beautiful, delicious tapioca (similar to crepes), Beach Bistro 96 serves excellent coxinhas, pastéis, picanha and feijoada. The husband and wife team that run the restaurant also make fresh juices like maracujá juice, an incredible passion fruit concoction, and guava juice.

Whether you’re about to hit the waves, or you’ve just finished a surf session, Beach Bistro 96 is a great spot to satisfy your craving for authentic Brazilian food.

Location: 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd

www.beachbistro96.com


#31 Aroma Brazil Restaurant

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Aroma Brazil

Located in Jackson Heights, Aroma Brazil is a cozy pay-by-the-pound spot that features all the Brazilian classics. You get to eat for a fraction of the price you would at the larger Manhattan Brazilian restaurants.

If you go, make sure to order the picanha (sirloin), the coxinha (croquette), feijão (beans) and farofa (cassava).

They serve lunch and  dinner and have everything from salads and pasta, to beef, chicken and a whole variety of traditional Brazilian dishes.

Location: 75-13 Roosevelt Avenue

www.facebook.com/Aroma-Brazil-Restaurant


#32 Copacabana Brazilian Grill

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Copacabana Brazilian Grill

Copacabana serves delicious Brazilian barbecue buffet style, and charges as little as $7.49 per pound depending if you go for the meat (and is at most $10/pound).

Besides offering traditional Brazilian style meat, they also offer an excellent cut of lamb.

This Astoria spot has a legion of fans who rave about the food there, on countless websites. Just like their Queens competitors, Copacabana’s prices are modest compared to Manhattan Brazilian spots, but the quality of the food is comparable.

Location: 31-13 36th Avenue

www.copacabanabraziliangrill.com


#33 Rainhas Churrascaria

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Rainhas Churrascaria

Rainhas Churrascaria is a popular all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse near Citi Field, in the neighborhood of Corona.

Best known for the picanha and the roasted pineapple. The interior is quite spacious and ornate, and features a waterfall panel on the windows.

Servers bring an array of meats – over 30 in fact – to your table to choose from. It includes pork, different cuts of steak, prime rib, spare ribs and lechon, among others.

Customers also really enjoy and talk about the service and the drinks.

Location: 108-01 Northern Blvd


# 34 Casa Theodoro

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Casa Theodoro Pizza

Casa Theodoro is a pizzeria and eatery in Woodside. They are famous for their Pizza Rodizio which, once again is a prix-fixe, all you can eat style. They also have a Pasta Rodizio.

The Beijinho is a Brazilian sweet made of condensed milk and coconut flake, but there they actually made a pizza with it! So, it can be a great option to try for dessert! Other options are Nutella, banana, merengue with strawberry and Nutella.

And still, the famous Romeo & Juliet, very traditional in Brazil, made with cheese, guava pasta and catupiry cheese.

For the folks that live close by, they also have 10% off if you order online! Check their delivery range online!

Location: 54-18 31st Avenue

www.casatheodoro.com


#35 Point Brazil

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Point Brazil Restaurant

Point Brazil was founded back in 2009 by the Ribeiro sisters and was chosen, in 2011, as a New York Times’ Critics Pick.

Elzi and Erli Botelho Ribeiro are originally from Bahia, one of the most famous states in Brazil, in the Northeastern part of the country. They offer buffet style and a la carte menu. It’s a great place to start off the day with a nutritional healthy breakfast.

Plus, you might also want to consider checking out the daily baked cakes from orange cake to gluten free banana cake. Yum!

Location: 38-01 31St Avenue

www.pointbrazilrestaurant.com


#36 New York Pão de Queijo

Dining 36 Brazilian Restaurants In New York Pao de Queijo Acaei Bowl

Last, but certainly not least, New York Pão de Queijo is truly authentic Brazilian food.

As you saw above, all these traditional Brazilian spots serves this “national passion” called: Pão de Queijo. In other words, the famous cheesebread. It’s hard to explain exactly what it is, so the way it actually trying one! Here, you’ll actually be able to order even ones with filling! Yum!

Disclaimer: They are addictive, so beware!

Clients commute from Manhattan and other spots to eat at this spot and continue coming back again and again!

Top picks are always the green sauce, the pão de queijo (obviously), the sandwiches and the burgers.

In addition, they recommend: “Reinvigorate yourself at our Brazilian restaurant with an Açaí bowl, composed with locally sourced fruits and a fresh blend of juices from strawberry, papaya to pineapple mint.”

Location: 31-90 30th Street

www.newyorkpaodequeijo.com


So, as we said, if you love Brazilian food and the culture, or if you want to know know where to eat in New York on a budget, explore these places!

Enjoy, and let us know in the comments below, which one you loved the most!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the venues and Dragan Lojpur

Jason Naylor: 7 Best NYC Secret Spots By A Multitalented Artist

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We interviewed the multitalented artist, Jason Naylor, and learned about his journey, his upcoming projects and also his 7 best NYC secret spots! Check it all out below!

Today we bring you a fantastic interview with Jason Naylor! We’re sure many of you are already huge fans – as we are – and, have seen his work throughout New York City.

But, did you know that Jason is a multitalented artist? He is not only the Creative Director at his design company, but also a brand consultant, an artist, a designer and also, an illustrator. Phiuf!

He told us a bit about his journey:

“Well, I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mother is an artist, and so I spent my youth making art and entering art contests.

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I always did well in art class and that evolved into going to Design School and studying Communication & Graphic Design. This sort of led to the designs I now use in my art, which are very typographic and design heavy.

My work ranges from graphic designs and paintings as well as illustration, to video and digital graphics. I currently am in a very colorful kick and love holographic colors and rich blacks.

I just finished a collaboration with COACH, where I used their logo to create a massive, colorful LOVE mural. The bright colors and blacks came together nicely to shape that piece, and the colors really fortify the message of love.

What better to explain love in a piece of art than bright colors, right?

In addition, I have a pretty cool series of projects coming up this spring, where I’ll work with schools to develop messages of empowerment and then paint the messages as murals on the walls of the playgrounds.

This will start to come together hopefully in the next few weeks, so I’m pretty stoked on that!”

Check out his breathtaking work on his website: http://jasonnaylorcreative.com

Now, take a look at his 7 best NYC secret spots:


Best unexpected date spot – LGA Airport

“Watching the planes land at LGA. Ok, if you don’t know about this, its SPECTACULAR.

Across the street from the Enterprise car rental at LGA, there’s a small park that overlooks both the freeway and the runway… and it’s the closest place you can get to the planes landing.

It’s literally like 100ft from where they land, and you can sit on the bench and watch / listen to the planes come in. It’s riveting. Great date spot too!”


Best hotdog – Anchored Inn

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The Anchored Inn is in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Little divey metal bar with a great kitchen. Amazing hotdog – a must try. Get the cheese fries too, you won’t be bummed.”

Their menu serves Mexican-American food, the décor is pretty cool, they have a few pool tables (FYI, we LOVE playing pool) and pinball machines.

As they say, it’s “a place to get fed and drunk”.

Who’s in!?

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 4 am

Location: 54 Waterbury Street

www.theanchoredinn.com


Best inspiring lunch – Carthage Must Be Destroyed

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“I am not even going to say anything about Carthage Must Be Destroyed. You just have to go with at most one other person, or maybe just by yourself, and have lunch. It will change your perspective on the word beautiful.

This place doesn’t have a street sign, so pay attention when you’re looking for it. It’s really something! From the outside you’d never expect to see what’s inside.

As Jason said, we’ll let you go and experience it yourself!

Hours: Open 7 days a week and holidays: 9am – 4pm

Location: 222 Bogart Street

http://carthagemustbedestroyed.com


Best place to people watch – SoHo Park

“This is an obvious one, but this a place I like to go to sit and get fashion inspiration. Good place to sit and hang and soak in the beautiful people of SoHo.”

We have to agree! SoHo is one of the best neighborhood in New York City to people watch. You’ll be able to experience every style in only one place.

So, grab your coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Location: 62 Prince Street


Best dinner – Beco Bar

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“I always order the Brazilian Steak at Beco, in Greenpoint. Bring cash, for it’s cash-only. Put plenty of salt on your meat and be sure to order their famous Pão de Queijo too!”

We’ve written about them and posted about Beco countless times, and our Founder, , is also literally always there.

They have been chosen by locals as one of the neighborhood’s favorite to-go spots and it can get quite busy! Besides the fantastic food and specialty Brazilian cocktail drinks – like the Caipirinha and the Batida de Coco, they still have awesome live music performances.

One of our favorites bands is Regional de Nova York that plays the traditional Brazilian “Chorinho” music. This happens every other Sunday afternoon!

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8am – 12am
Saturday 10am – 12am
Sunday 10am – 11pm

Location: 45 Richardson Street

www.becobar.com


Best secret place to watch NYC fireworks – Parking lot at Western Beef

“At the edge of Ridgewood there’s a grocery wholesaler called Western Beef. The parking lot sits on a hill and has a view of the entire city.

You can see ALL the fireworks that happen just by parking in the parking lot and hanging by the fence. It’s not the closest view, but you can see them all, as well as the NYC skyline, and it’s pretty quiet.”

Location: 47-05 Metropolitan Avenue


Best Bar – Boobie Trap

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“My friend owns this bar called Boobie Trap, and I designed a lot of the stuff in the place including the logo, which has boobs!!! You can also sit in my chair which is covered in art!!!”

Yes, this place is quite something!

Be sure to observe the details around the bar…you’ll certainly have a great time uncovering each one of them!

Have fun!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Location: 308 Bleecker Street

www.boobietrapbrooklyn.com


We also uncovered a few other curiosities about Jason:

Read below to get deeper into Jason’s journey. He shared more about his murals, his inspirations, what he enjoys working on the most, where we can find his murals around New York, which are his favorite artists and still, his passion with tattoos!

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How did you start working with painting murals and what was the first one you did?

“The first mural I did was in 2013 – a producer friend called me in panic with an event for Microsoft at SXSW and their graphics for the event fell through.

She asked if I could get graphics up on the wall for the space as I had done that a lot before for brands – you know, design graphics to be printed on vinyl and wrapped on to walls.

But there was no time to have them printed so I offered to paint a mural on the wall during the event. I assumed it couldn’t be that hard? Get the right supplies and get to work?

So, I did, and it was a huge success, and they brought be back the next year to do it again! Meanwhile, I was hooked on large scale. Never looked back.”

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What are your inspirations to create these fantastic art works? Does your hometown of Salt Lake City have a part in it?

“Well, I’m inspired by anything uplifting. I like a ‘feel good’ vibe, and I like to brighten things with color and positivity. So quotes, motivational speaking, self help… these things inspire me, as well as anything colorful.

My upbringing I’m sure plays a big part, but that is a very long story, LOL. Suffice it say that I am happy about where I came from and happy about where I am now, and I feel inspired by anything that is optimistic or positive.”

You are gifted with so many expertise, from doodles, logos, typography, design, etc…what do you most enjoy doing?

“First of all, thank you! I honestly enjoy the range of things I do. The variety enables me to put all my love into each project, as it keeps things fresh and never feeling tiresome or old.

I think diversity in mediums and tools and projects keeps me on my toes, as well.”

Where can people find your murals around New York?

“On 16th Street with 6th Avenue, 60th Street with 2nd Avenye, Houston with 1st – 2nd  Avenues (in the park), Orchard & Houston (the ice cream shop gate), Bowery & Hester, Suffolk & Delancey,  (collaboration with HekTad).

Also, in Queens, on Queens Blvd with 46th Street and in Brooklyn, across from Kings Plaza.”

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This is tough, but what are some of your favorites works?

“Ohhh. Well. I love Tristan Eaton murals. Insanely cool and well planned. I love the photography of Nick Knight. I love Kaws, so smart and James Jean, his magical illustrations make me swoon.”

How about your tattoos? Are they all your drawings? If not, how do you choose the tattoo artist to be part how these drawing come to life?

“The only tattoo that I drew is the first one. I drew and re drew it 100 times before getting it tattooed.

Now, I’ve learned that you have to enable the tattoo artist some creative liberty, if you want a good tattoo. So, I try to selects artists based on their portfolio, style etc…and talk it through with them.

They know how your ideas will come out on the 3D surface of your body. Sometimes flat art doesn’t translate, and its best to let the artist do his/her thing!”


Jason, we had a great time interviewing you and learning more about your journey, your work, your 7 best NYC secret spots and all the upcoming exciting news!

Keep up this fantastic work and continue leaving your mark throughout our beloved New York City!

If you want to know who else is talking about Jason Naylor, read this interview with the Foodie Influencer, Cheryl Wat. And still, if you’re into street art, check out this tour around Bushwick and last, for the curious ones out there, take a look at a few more city secrets.

 

Video Credits: FreshNewYorkers and Test Truck by NotBeAfraid2Fail
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nicole Dissier for Bedford + Bowery, HeyDavina, SheraStClair and all venues

A Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller And Travel Expert Named Kristen Kellogg

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Kristen Kellogg, a filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert shares with us her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City. There is nothing better than learning with travel experts, right?

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Kristen Kellogg glamping in Ithaca, New York!

We love all different types of interviews and the ones with travel experts are always quite amusing. We not only love all the tips, but we also end up finding out more secrets about our own beautiful concrete jungle.

Read about Kristen’s explorations and see her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City.


Exploring rugged to refined, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and travel expert Kristen Kellogg has designed her life for life on the road. Her Wanderlust Website + Content Creation Agency, Border Free Travels, produces and shares highly engaging lifestyle stories and brand campaigns through film, photography, and innovative media tied to travel.

Kristen’s work and words have been featured in AFAR, MSN, Refinery 29, Daily Mail, Yahoo, and Travel Channel, and Islands Magazine, among others. Some of her recent clients include Skype, Thailand Tourism, The Outer Banks, Visit California, and Rosetta Stone for whom she produced a new travel video series.

On this adventure, Kristen journeys through Mérida, Mexico getting “Lost With Locals” while touring markets with a local chef, practicing Spanish phrases with strangers, and even picks up some local dance moves.

Kristen lives on Nantucket, has an obsession with cheese, loves talking to strangers – in person and on Instagram, and feels most at home when she’s not.

A Nantucket Island resident, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by literally running around exploring her own backyard. She frequently visits NYC between travels in and out of the country.

So, take a look at her 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City:


Helicopter Tours

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“The best views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen were in a helicopter – doors off! Everyone should do this once in their life – I’d go again in a NYC beat.

And we have to agree with Kristen! As we’ve said before, we know we are obsessed with New York City and one of the best views of the city is from high up in the air!

It’s incredible to see our concrete jungle and all the boroughs from this perspective.

Take a look at this Helicopter Tour and book now!


The William Vale

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“Sunset drinks and apps at the Westlight atop The William Vale hotel. This is the best view looking back on the city!”

Brooklyn is certainly the most up and coming area in New York and so much is going on, on that side of the bridge. New restaurants, stores, nightclubs, coffee shops, events, etc!

The William Vale is one of the newest additions to the neighborhood and has become an immediate hotspot.

Its rooftop offers a priceless 360º view where you can see the 5 boroughs.

If you want to stay in one of the trendiest hotels, in a super cool location and mix with an energetic and stylish crowd…then this is the place for you!

Location: 111 North 12th Street

www.thewilliamvale.com


Matcha Bar

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“If you have a thing for matcha and Instagram, you’ll find your prefect match at Matcha Bar, with two addresses in Manhattan.”

Founded by the brothers, Max and Graham Fortgang, in 2014, Matcha Bar is the perfect drink if you’re looking for energy, focus, paired with powerful antioxidants. Take a look at all its properties.

As they explained, they “became fixated on the idea of bringing this ancient tradition into the modern metropolis they call home”. And they did!

Their matcha is sourced directly from an independent family farm in Nishio, Japan.

Locations:
70 Prince Street, SoHo
256 West 15th Street, Chelsea

https://matchabarnyc.com


Miss Paradis

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“I love Miss Paradis in SoHo – prefect for catching up with a friend or two. Nosh on small plates and sip on rose — it adorns the walls of the place. I love the burrata!”

Miss Paradis opened just a while ago, in November of 2016. The place is beautifully designed by Philippe Starck and serves super healthy, seasonal food. The dishes are works of art and creatively presented.

They are well-known for their Rosé labels, so we do recommend trying the cocktails on their list. And, as they say: “don’t expect to skip dessert!”

“Miss Paradis is a timeless temple to the glory of the fruits of Nature.” ~ Philippe Starck, Créateur

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 11:30am – 12am
Saturday: 10:30am – 12am
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:30pm

Location: 47 Prince Street

www.miss-paradis.com


Takoyaki

In New York city, you’ll find surprises around every corner, especially when it comes to culinary treats, such as this popular Japanese snack called “Takoyaki.” What is the most interesting street food you’ve tried?

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“I stumbled on this gem of a Takoyaki stand on Doyers Street in Chinatown. You’ll get hungry watching the video I made (above).”

If you go to New York, you have to be opened to trying the different street food you’ll find along your way. Plus, if they are literally a hole in the wall, it’s even better.

Hidden in one of Chinatown’s most famous streets, Takoyaki opens only for a few hours during the weekends, so you need to be sure to pass by.

What to try? Maybe a little of everything! Their octopus dumpling is on the top of our list. Prices are super fair, so don’t worry.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 5 Doyers Street


KIIN Thai Eatery

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“I’ve traveled three times extensively through Thailand and always have a tough time finding those same tastes in the states. If you want authentic Thai food, KIIN Thai Eatery is IT! Every bite will have your mouth watering. This place is best for atlas for people – you can order half of the menu this way and try it all.”

KIIN, in the Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, serves authentic central and northern Thai cuisine, with recipes that dates back centuries, but are still current.

Ingredients are all very fresh and tasty, challenging everyone’s taste buds and offering a true Thai experience. 

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday & Friday: 11:30am – 11pm
Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Location: 36 East 8th Street

www.kiinthaieatery.com


Sisley Spa

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kristen Kellogg Sisley Spa The Carlyle

“If you’re in need of a time out, stop at the Sisley Spa in the Rosewood Hotel and treat yourself to a unique treatment – the Phyto-Aromatic Replumping Youth Facial with Rose. The esthetician gently moves rose quartz around your face – so relaxing I fell asleep.”

Not really a “behind the scenes” experience, but nonetheless, super worth exploring, specially after a long and tiring day exploring New York.

It’s located inside The Carlyle hotel, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Treatments are customized according to you needs and desires, so you’ll be sure to leave completely relaxed and ready for more NYC adventures!

Location: The Carlyle – 35 East 76th Street – 3rd Floor

https://thesisleyspa.com


Thank you, Kristen, for being part of our Insider Interviews and for sharing your 7 best NYC tips for exploring New York City!

 

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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!

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.

Get Your Tickets!

#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.”

Get Your Tickets!

#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. 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!”

Get Your Tickets!

#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.”

Get Your Tickets!

#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.”

Get Your Tickets!

#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”.

Get Your Tickets!

#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!”

Get Your Tickets!

#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!

Get Your Tickets!

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.”

Get Your Tickets!

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.”

Get Your Tickets!


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.

11 Howard: One Of The Coolest NY Boutique Hotels To Stay

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The 11 Howard, in SoHo, is one of the coolest NY boutique hotels to stay in New York City. Not long after opening, the place became one of the city’s hot spots to dine, party and sleep.

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We love uncovering some unique, behind the scenes places to stay. Some of them might not be a secret anymore, but they are still relatively new and hosting only a pretty cool crowd. The 11 Howard is one of the coolest NY boutique hotels, located in SoHo.

So, lets start talking about it’s location. The 11 Howard hotel is at one of the best neighborhoods in the city: SoHo. It’s is one of the busiest neighborhoods, but perfect for people that come to New York for shopping, for good dining spots and that enjoy a never ending nightlife.

As soon as you enter the hotel, you can immediately feel the upscale, trendy vibe. The décor is quite minimalistic, but the design elements are all around. As they say: “where Danish minimalism meets New York realism”. We love it!

All around the hotel, you’ll be able to find unique works of art and design furniture that gives it that cool, trendy aspect.

On the first floor, that you can access by going up a black staircase to your left side, as you walk into the hotel, you’ll find two different areas. The first is the coveted bar and lounge, The Blond. Our contributor, Joey Zauzig, wrote about it as soon as it opened.

At The Blond, you’ll probably bump into models, famous actors, famous designers, kids with big last names and a very stylish, high-end crowd. So, be prepared to mingle (or not). The ambience is quite intimate, with dim lights, dark décor and furnishing, red and blue velvet sofas, a beautiful and massive full bar and a mix of wood and golden details.

Right beside The Blond, you’ll see another room called The Library. This social space is actually open all day and is free to the public. They offer free wifi, communal and private tables and a nice menu for bites and drinks. Décor is really great and welcoming. Many people there are working, having business meetings, or just relaxing for a while before hitting the crazy New York streets. The walls are filled with the photographic work by the renowned Japanese artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Oh! And every Saturday, from 6pm – 7pm, they offer complimentary wine.

The hotel also boasts itself for housing one of the top New York City restaurants, named Le Coucou. The menu offers a selection of classic French dishes. Simple, but amazing, after all “less is more”. The space is very charming and easy on the eyes. Every corner was thought out with great attention by the renowned NYC-based design studio Roman and Williams. Entrance is on 138 Lafayette Street.

Their infrared spa, HigherDOSE, is certainly something to experience. They explain that:

“DOSE stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. These are the feel good chemicals that can get released by your brain when you are inside of an infrared sauna—helping you high off of your own supply. In addition to feeling euphoric, infrared saunas help detox heavy metals from your body, promote healthy sleep cycles, promote a healthy glow for your skin, reduce muscle tension, and help you burn calories.”

Pretty interesting, right?

The Rooms and Suites are fantastic. The decoration is definitely up our alley. You can expect a clean décor, with neutral colors, oak floors, 11-foot ceilings, art works by international sculptures and artists, bamboo details (like the rugs) and custom-made furnitures. In addition, the bathroom is stocked with amazing organic beauty products. You can also create-your-own minibar featuring products from Conscious Commerce and Thrive Market.

And still, there is an additional and maybe the most important element of all, in our point of view!

The hotel works with Conscious Hospitality. What does this mean? They are part of the Global Poverty Project:

“11 Howard is a partner with Global Poverty Project whose mission is a world without extreme poverty by 2030. By Booking your stay directly with us, a portion of your room rate will be donated to GPP to help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world.”

Lastly, they have a few additional collaborations with companies and organizations like: Oliver Gustav Studio – with a unique curation of modern, design, limited edition pieces and Feed Project – founded in 2007 ‘with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way’.

We love it all, so enjoy and be sure to indulge yourself in the entire experience offered at 11 Howard. Certainly one of our recommendations if you’re looking for the top behind the scenes NY boutique hotels.

Hours:
Each area has different functioning hours, so please check online.

Location: 11 Howard Street

www.11howard.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of 11 Howard

Epistrophy, a restaurant where the owner plays Jazz for you

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SoHo is a neighborhood with some of the most amazing businesses and stories! We found Epistrophy, a charming restaurant, where the owner plays Jazz music to his clients! How awesome is that!?

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Luca and Georgia came to NY many years ago for a quick 3 months experience. They worked in a few bars and coffee shops before moving back to Sardinia. On the side, Luca also played Jazz music for some extra cash – he plays the trumpet!

After a while, they couldn’t get New York City out of their heads, decided to come back and in 2005 opened Epistrophy – a restaurant with Sardinian-inspired recipes.

A huge portion of the restaurant was actually built by Luca and his former boss and friend, Leo. Luca explained that:

“Every year we revamp the place without losing it’s soul. This way, our customers won’t be upset and we maintain our essence.”

The dishes we tried were:

  • Quinoa Salad with kale, beet, squash, chickpea, avocado and radish
  • Avocado Toast
  • Vegan pasta with vegetables
  • For dessert, a banana muffin with fruits

We can’t forget about the beautiful rustic décor! Just like we enjoy it, with beautiful metal and wooden tables, a gorgeous full bar, and a cute waiting area that reminds us of a home.

For the lovers of the traditional 20’s-30’s Jazz, every Sunday night they offer live music!

And the coolest things is: every 1st Sunday, Luca himself plays too! I mean: How cool is it to have the owner himself play music to his guests!? We love it! By the way, he has a few records already if you want to check these out!

We’re sure you’ll love this place and we can’t wait to go back!

Do you live in New York, or will you be in town to celebrate an important date? Well, if you’re looking for a great place to host your event, contact our experts to understand how our Concierge Services works!

Are you a company looking for location for your upcoming event or to host clients? Our team behind our Corporate Services can help you out!

Hours:
Happy Hour Weekdays: 4pm – 7pm
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 200 Mott Street

http://epistrophynyc.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

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, a NYC-based Dating and Relationship Expert for the New York Dating Coach. 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

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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

www.printedmatter.org


Cooper Hewitt

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco Cooper Hewitt

“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

Curiosities Insider Interviews Antonia Greco Nike+ Running Club

“Running is a great way to unwind all while staying healthy and I love the Niketown Running 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 Niketown Running 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


Après Ski Fondue Chalet in Soho: Café Select

Café Select Restaurant Façade

Passing through the kitchen of a stylish Swiss eatery in SoHo named Café Select, you’ll find a hidden room. Inside the room, Après Ski Fondue Chalet.

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Café Select Restaurant Façade
Café Select Restaurant Rosti with Blackforest Ham Eggs
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Mimicking an après-ski fondue chalet bar in the Alps, fondue and raclette are served during the colder months at Après Ski Fondue Chalet in Café Select.

During the warmer months, the back room turns into Cervantes Oyster Shack and Bar – a nautically themed restaurant serving a selection of seafood dishes.

I guess you’ve figured out their cuisine at this point, right? Well, if not, it’s ok. They offer great modern European dishes that will please almost everyone!

Furthermore, here are a few dishes you can try, if you’re not sure where to start:

  • Chop Salad with mesclun, endive, cherry tomatoes, celery, avocado, egg, hearts of palm potato salad, cucumber, house vinaigrette;
  • Burrata with heirloom tomato, pickled eggplant, basil & olive oil, balsamic reduction;
  • Müesli Pancakes are short stack of pancakes with macerated berries, vanilla sweet butter;
  • Schnitzel  with thinly pounded, breaded chicken breast, eld greens and potato salad;
  • Rösti Norwegian with smoked salmon and fresh herb sour cream, served over rösti.

Plus, it’s a great late night place to head to, if you’re part of the night-owls of NYC!

Are you looking for a cool place to hang out with the trendy kids in town?

Well, this is surely one of them! Actually, that entire block has some of the hottest NYC hang out spots.

You can also reserve tables for bigger parties (8+) and they have a private dining area where you have the possibility of hosting private events.

Do you need help planning your party? Contact our team of experts to know about our Concierge Services and Corporate Services, so we can organize it all for you (or your company).

If you’re in a rush, just run in and grab your take-away.

Café Select is the perfect place for lunch or dinner, but also the to-go brunch restaurant over the weekends! Start off ordering the famous Mimosa or one of their delicious cocktails!

Have fun at this NY après ski fondue chalet, where you’ll enjoy a bit of Europe.

Hours:
Daily from 8am
Weekends start at 9am

Location: 212 Lafayette Street

www.cafeselectnyc.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Café Select

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