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Sushi by Boū: Secret Japanese Restaurant Inside A Hotel Suite

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Uncover the new Sushi by Boū location! They opened a secret speakeasy Japanese restaurant inside a hotel suite in Manhattan! How cool is that?!

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“A unique 30minute omakase speakeasy experience by sushi chef David Bouhadana, Michael Sinensky and Erika London.”

That we are into super secret spots around New York City, you’re all tired of knowing, right? But, these secret spots don’t stop popping up (and we love sharing them with you)!

I mean, there is obviously just so much to experiment in NYC, with so many creative minds and talented people, that these businesses just continue to flourish.

Sushi by Boū is known for being a to-go spot for people craving a delicious 12-piece omakase menu served in only 30-minutes and for $50.

But wait, lets go back a step! The idea of these spots came to life when the 3 partners, Chef David, Michael and Erika decided to get underutilized spaces inside existing venues and transform them into “sexy sushi speakeasies”, as they call them.

Chef David fell in love with sushi at the age of 18, in Boca Raton, Florida. After deciding that what he wanted to do was become a renowned chef, he hopped on a plane to Japan. There, he was taught by the top omakase chefs in the Kansai regions.

After mastering his craft, he flew back to New York with his journey began and his reputation grew quickly.

And, after working in renowned restaurants like Morimoto, he ventured on his own recreating the Japanese fast-casual omakase concept, tweaking it around and blending in his own particular style. The result: Perfection!

Today, Chef David is an expert in his field, has won countless awards and even won a New York Emmy Award for his web series “Shokunin, An Eater Series Hosted by David Bouhadana”.

That said, there are currently 3 Sushi by Boū. One found underneath the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and a second one inside Jue Lan Club, in Chelsea. The 3rd and most unexpected location just created roots inside Suite 1001, at Hotel 3232, in the in the heart of Flatiron-Murray Hill neighborhood.

Suite 1001 offers a 60-minute omakase for $125/person inclusive of service and tax. ​

In addition, they do not accept phone calls, reservations accepted for parties of 2 or 4 only. Plus, they accept advanced and day-of reservations, space permitting. For private events, please contact 3232@sushibybou.com.

And, this past summer they followed Jue Lan Club to the Hamptons and the team announced that some news spots are set to open in 2019…so lets wait and see inside which unexpected spot it will be in!

So, stay tuned and if you need any help in NYC, contact our experts!

Sanctuary Hotel:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Monday – Sunday: 5pm – 10pm

Jue Lan Club:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 10pm | Saturday: 5pm – 11pm | Sunday: 5pm – 9pm

Hotel 3232: Coming soon!

Sanctuary Hotel – (917) 348-5737
Jue Lan Club – (917) 870-1587
Hotel 3232 – (347) 495-4221

Sanctuary Hotel – 132 West 47th Street
Jue Lan Club – 49 West 20th Street
Hotel 3232 – 32A East 32nd Street, Suite 1001

Contact: info@sushibybou.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sushi by Bou

The Tippler: Hidden doooown under the Chelsea Market

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Yes, yes, yes! We simply love these little spots in the city that live underneath New York City’s ground. People pass by and have absolutely NO clue it’s there. The Tippler is a bar, hidden under the Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, that you’ll love!

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One of our dear friends and contributors, Dani Cutait, went to The Tippler yesterday and fell in love with it!

If you’re not familiar with New York and the Meatpacking District, this may be a tricky place to find. But, it’s not a problem. It’s can actually be fun! When you arrive close to the entrance, there is only a bright sign saying “Open” that guides you into the place.

The décor is made out of “reclaimed water tower wood and train rails from the nearby high line, repurposed antique fixtures, vintage library decor”. All with a distinctive speakeasy vibe.

Their menu serves locally made products, craft cocktails, plus a huge variety of artisanal spirits, beers and wines. They are also vegetarian-friendly and have a few great options.

For private events, you can reserve semi-private spaces for groups of 20 -100 guests. Private events can be arranged for a total of 250 guests.

How can we ask for more, right!?!?

The Tippler does not not take reservations, so try to arrive early, or just beware that you might have to wait in line.

Right in front of The Tippler, you’ll find a fantastic, recently opened place called Kola House. The place is gorgeous and it also a great option to celebrate an important date, or even organize a company gathering.

We are sure you will enjoy these spots. Even though they are in a busy neighborhood, we always manage to find some of these hidden little taverns and bars for you! Enjoy!


Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 1am
Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 3am

Location: 425 West 15th Street




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David Yarus Shares 5 NY Spots You’ve Never Been To

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David Yarus, the Founder of JSwipe, shares with us 5 NYC spots that you’ve probably never been to! They are all surely worth the visit, so check them out!

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This week our Contributor Arielle Crane, interviewed David Yarus, the Founder of JSwipe, the largest and Jewish dating app with over 700,000 users across the world.

He’s also the Founder of Mllnnl, a millennial marketing agency that helps brands and nonprofits understand and engage this audience.

Take a look at his Top 5 NYC spots:

St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

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St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club is my current and absolute favorite spot in all of NY. The best live music, every night, good food, and a cozy atmosphere. Take a date or take some friends and sit back, relax, and enjoy!”

St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club is a great place if you enjoy live music, oysters (yum!) and cocktails.

It’s a great place for brunch over the weekends. And yes, they do have some of the best live music, with amazing jazz bands. It gets quite crowded, so be sure to go early and get your table!

Location: 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg


Natalie Klein: A Bof500 Nominee’s Best NYC Gems

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

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of BOF

What is NYC Hush Hush Tips?

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

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

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

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

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


But, what is the BoF 500?

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

Pretty amazing nomination, right!?

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


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

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

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

As Federico explains better:

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

Location: 1 Crosby Street



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

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

It is very small, and décor is very simple.

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

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

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

Location: 401 East 73rd Street



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

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

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

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

Location: 5 Crosby Street


The Beatrice Inn

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

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

Ans, as they explain:

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

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

Location: 285 West 12th Street



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

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

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


Ristorante Morini

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

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

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

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

Locations: 1167 Madison Avenue


Rare Vintage

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

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

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

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

Location: 24 West 57th Street



Milk & Honey

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

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

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

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

We love it!

Location: 134 Eldridge Street



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


Photo Credits: Courtesy of BOF and all the venues.

9 Best Speakeasies In New York City You’ll Enjoy #UnCovering

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We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. This post was about 9 best speakeasies in New York City that are secret spots!

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

In the US, Prohibition Era happened between the years of 1920 through 1933. During these years, the American Constitution banned the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in the entire country! It did not take long for the black market liquor traffic to appear and quickly grow.

One of the most famous traffickers this time was the famous Al Capone! Consequently, bars hidden deep inside restaurants or in the basements of bakeries, spread across the country. These places were called “Speakeasy” and served illegal alcohol for customers!

In New York there are still several speakeasies around the city, but obviously today are all legal. Anyway, it’s always a thrill to go into one of these bars, as they remain hidden behind small doors or in secret rooms, in the most unlikely places!

We reveals 9 best speakeasies in New York City at some of the most sought after addresses:

55 Bar

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Located in the Greenwich Village, 55 Bar has wonderful jazz concerts, funk and blues nights, seven days a week!

It is one of the bars with the best vibe, incredible music, a more intimate place, where bands interact with the public, which in turn is laid back, the decor is super cool … and the best: zero tourists!

Surely a perfect place for those who want to feel like a real New Yorker!

Take a look at their website to see what is their upcoming events and bands playing. If you live in New York, be sure go to there too!

Location: 55 Christopher Street


Please Don’t Tell

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After entering a small hot dog restaurant called Crif Dog, in the East Village, you will see an old phone booth to your left. This cabin is actually the entrance to the speakeasy called Please Don’t Tell (great name, by the way!).

As you pick up the phone, you inform the hostess the number of people with you and she will open the door!

No doubt it will be a grand entrance! The place is gorgeous, with a full bar and it can get pretty packed!

Nonetheless, you will have a great time!

Location: 113 Saint Marks Place



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Inside an old opium den located in the famous, hidden Doyers Street, in Chinatown, an Austrian named Albert Trummer, founded Apotheke. Imagine a place where a mad scientist meets a mixologist in a place full of opium! It is strange!

This speakeasy is one of the most stylish in the city, with a bar offering more than 250 drinks and 500 bottles of liquor brought in from different parts of the world.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays they have live music, but the coolest day is Wednesday with the house’s jazz band, but note…the entrance is permitted only with a password!

Location: 9 Doyers Street #1


Bathtub Gin

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Hidden deep in a cafe in Chelsea, Bathtub Gin has a very good menu and an interesting beverage menu with elaborate cocktails!

The name of the bar is in homage to the homemade Gin, who during the years of Prohibition in the United States, was very popular. Bathtub Gin portrays the poor quality of the drink that was available during that time in the country.

The suggestion is to try to make a reservation to ensure that you’ll be able to get it, since it can be tough at the door. You can still be lucky enough to attend one of the burlesque shows that take place at night!

Location: 132 Ninth Avenue


Here are a few more of the best speakeasies in New York City:

The Raines Law Room at Flatiron District – www.raineslawroom.com
Employees Only in the West Village – www.employeesonlynyc.com
Death & Company in the Lower East Side – www.deathandcompany.com
The Richardson in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – www.therichardsonnyc.com
Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – www.hoteldelmano.com

If you are looking to organize a unique company gathering for your team, we are sure our team of experts behind our Concierge Services will do a fantastic job.

But, if your in town with friends, family, or if you live here, but don’t have time to organize a dinner, your birthday, a small event, let us help you out!

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Venues, Max R. Sequeira Photography, Smoke & Oakum’s Gunpowder Rum and The Creamynals

A Speakeasy bar in New York named Bathtub Gin

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Hidden in the back of a cafe in Chelsea, is Bathtub Gin a super cool Speakeasy bar in New York. It has a great menu and an even better cocktail selection.

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The bar’s name is an homage to Gin – the drink – that during the Prohibition Era in the United States, became very popular.

If you don’t really know what the Prohibition Era was, it’s ok. In short, it was a 13 year period between 1920 – 1933, where the production, commercialization, distribution and importation of alcoholic beverages was completely banned.

The name – Bathtub Gin – portrays the bad quality of the drink that was available back then in the Country. That was the name giving to homemake Gin of mostly of poor quality – as many of the other alcoholic drinks at the time.

Besides the homemade drinks, some people decided to open secret places not known the to vast public, that was still used to service alcohol. They were usually in basements and back rooms of businesses like laundry shops, groceries and cafés.

Today, New York City is the home of countless speakeasy bars.

Obviously, they are all legal today, but the thrill of keeping it a speakeasy remains and many people still do not know of their existence.

Bathtub Gin in Chelsea is one of these spots! The décor is great with dim lights and a “vintagy” aspect to it. You can order small plates to share, that is a great option to taste a bit of everything you order. They also serve some great artisanal cheese and charcuterie. Last, if you have a sweet tooth, they have some dessert options, like the “toast your own s’mores”! Yum!

Our suggestion would be to try a reservation to avoid the crowded doors.

Plus, you can get lucky enough to see one of the burlesque shows that happen during the night.

If you loved this speakeasy bar in New York and want to explore a few other options, you will certainly have fun and wont’ be disappointed. Oh! If you find out new spots, share them with us!

Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday – Saturday: 5pm – 4am
Brunch: Sunday 11:30am – 3:30pm

Location: 132 9th Avenue



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bathtub Gin

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