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The 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY By Rachel And Kyle Ford

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Rachel and Kyle Ford, from Ford Media Lab, know cocktails. They shared with us their 7 best cocktail places in NY and we can’t wait to check them all out!

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This week we bring you a super talented duo to talk about the best cocktail places in NY.

Named two of Saveur Magazine’s 15 Cocktail Instagrams to Follow in 2017, Rachel Ford and Kyle Ford of Ford Media Lab know cocktails.

Formerly cocktail bartenders and brand ambassadors for top spirit brands, Rachel and Kyle used their insider knowledge when creating 1806 Magazine.

To discover more of their favorite spots and behind-the-scenes stories of the people behind cocktail culture in New York City – including more about those listed below– pick up a copy of 1806 Magazine, Volume 1: New York City at Ford Media Lab (FML). 


Rachel Ford:

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After attending OTIS College of Art and Design for Fashion, Rachel earned a degree in Business, merging her creative talents with a keen understanding of brand marketing and strategy.

A love of creating a unique consumer experience led Rachel to the hospitality industry, where she made a name for herself internationally.

Rachel went on to represent Tanqueray gin as the National Ambassador, demonstrating unparalleled influence and strategic vision.

Her inimitable story-telling ability served as a basis for FML’s expansion into creative brand consulting and independent publications.

She is known as a figure in the world of media, appearing on Bar Rescue, and within the pages of Chilled, Cocktail Lovers, and The Daily Beast.


Kyle Ford:

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With a degree in Economics and Philosophy, Kyle began his professional life in
Finance. Creative energies eventually prompted him to quit his job and pursue his keen interest in craft cocktails and photography.

Kyle became the resident cocktail and spirits expert for Rémy Cointreau and managed their international brand advocacy initiative.

During this time, his strategic use of social media and photography inspired a business opportunity.

The combination of these two worlds served as a basis for the formation of FML and its first creative partnerships with international spirits companies.

Kyle’s work and personality has been featured such places as Fox & Friends, VH1, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Wine Enthusiast, and Nylon Magazine.

 

Take a look below to see their 7 Best Cocktail Places in NY:


Lighthouse – Williamsburg

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“Have you ever walked into a space and felt a positive energy that you couldn’t quite put your finger on? For us, that place is Lighthouse. Run by the kindest brother/sister team on the planet with a passion for sustainability, Lighthouse serves great food that you can feel good about eating. Be sure to visit for brunch; the chilequiles are a favorite and the house-baked bread is some of the best around. The cocktails are not to be missed either!”

The siblings, Assaf and Namma Tamir, truly do a great job at this neighborhood spot. Their entire business model revolves around sustainable values that we definitely support.

They offer a menu with New American fare, working with super fresh and seasonal ingredients, sourced locally from local growers and farmers. There is also a Pre-Fix Family-style option that is great for bigger groups and they can accommodate diet restrictions too!

Their drink options range from their signature cocktails, to a great selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines.

“We recycle, compost, and collaborate with other green minded organizations to grow, improve and educate ourselves, our staff, our guests.”

It’s a great spot for brunch or dinner, so be sure to add them to your To-Go List! Oh! And still, they offer spaces for private events and catering services.

Note: We loved it so much that we went back there to shoot with Assaf and Namma for our YouTube video Where To Go For The Best Cocktails In Brooklyn?

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 11pm
Friday: 6pm – 12pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 12pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm | 6pm – 11pm

Location: 145 Borinquen Place

http://lighthousebk.com


Long Island Bar – Cobble Hill

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“Imagine enjoying a Cosmopolitan cocktail – made by the man who created the recipe we know today – in a bar that feels both modern and preserved in time. With a team of bartenders formerly behind bars like Death and Company and Flatiron Lounge, at Long Island Bar you’re in good hands – even if Toby Cecchini himself isn’t around to make you feel like Carrie Bradshaw.”

The story of this place starts back in 1951, when it was family owned by Emma Sullivan and her husband, in partnership with her cousins. Then, in 2013, it was renovated and relaunched by Joel Tompkins and Toby Cecchini.

Today, they’ve been chosen and featured by food experts for having the best burgers, French fries and cocktails.

As Tompkins said to Grub Street: “It’s a fifties bar, it’s near the water, and it’s the most gorgeous, warm place you’d want to have a drink in.”

Go check it out!

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 2am

Location: 110 Atlantic Avenue

http://thelongislandbar.com


The Rum House – Times Square

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“The Rum House is literally the best place to get a drink in the worst place on earth. Once a seedy bar with an honor-system beer cooler and clouds of cigarette smoke, The Rum House has transformed the space into a magical cocktail haven with nightly live music and old New York nostalgia. Word has it they make a mean Daiquiri.”

Times Square is definitely not a place in our radar, but we have to confess that there is a hand full of great hidden spots there. This one is a great option if you’re into run and cocktails in general.

If you’re into good live music, be sure to see their website and see which bands are lined up for the week!

Hours: Daily, 12pm – 4am

Location: 228 West 47th Street

http://therumhousenyc.com


Amor y Amargo – East Village

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“The name of this beloved thirteen-seat bar and bitters shop, Amor Y Amargo, literally translates to “love and bitters.” Responsible for turning those in-the-know on to the world of Italian amaro, at this intimate East Village bar you’ll find a carefully curated menu of stirred and spirituous cocktails – but first you need to find a seat. Go early!”

Founded in 2011, this is a great spot to go if you’re into tasting. Plus, it’s a small space, just like we enjoy.

They have a bit of everything and you’ll be surprise by their cocktail options. If you’re not really an expert, even better! They’ll be able to recommend their best drinks, catered to what you like.

We’re positive you won’t leave disappointed!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 3am
Saturday: 3pm – 3am
Sunday: 3pm – 1am

Location: 443 East 6th Street

www.amoryamargony.com


Bar Goto – Lower East Side

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“When the former Head Bartender of the famed Pegu Club decided to open his own bar on the Lower East Side, Bar Goto, he paid homage to his Japanese heritage. From the meticulously-crafted cocktails, to the delicious okonomiyaki, to his grandmother’s obe belt hanging on the wall, he did just that. Standout items include the Sakura Martini and the celery (trust us, you’ll love it – even if you’d never pair “love” and “celery” together).”

Ahhh, the Lower East Side of Manhattan is definitely one of the neighborhoods we enjoy exploring the most!

This place is a “first come, first serve”, so depending on the day, you might wait a while. But, it’s surely worth the wait.

Bar Goto opened in 2015 and from the day they launched, they have collected countless nominations from “Best NYC Bars” to “Top 15 Cocktails” and more!

They offer everything from wine, sake, beer and champaign. Their menus is based on Japanese comfort food from curry ramen and miso wings, to spicy cod roe spaghetti with squid and other delicious options.

Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 2am
Sunday: 5pm – 12am

Location: 245 Eldridge Street

www.bargoto.com


Cocktail Kingdom – Flatiron District

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“Where do all the top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts purchase their barware? Cocktail Kingdom. While you can order online, it’s much more fun to visit in person – but you have to know where to look.

Tucked inside an office building on 25th Street is a treasure-trove of everything from copper-hued bar spoons to etched glassware and cocktail books filled with mouth-watering recipes. If you’re lucky, owner and cocktail savant Greg Boehm may show you his vintage book library.”

Yup, they have it all! It’s surely an experience to go there and see everything they offer.

Make your list and go crazy with everything from bar spoons, strainers, jiggers, mixing glasses, to bitters bottles, trays, bags, cases and shakers!

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5pm

Location: 36 West 25th Street, 5th Floor

www.cocktailkingdom.com


Jupiter Disco – Bushwick

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“If you weren’t looking for Jupiter Disco, you’d probably never know it’s there. Marked by a single red light, it feels like you’ve discovered a super cool secret when you walk through the unmarked door to find a dark cocktail bar and a DJ spinning for a hip industry crowd. The cocktail menu is displayed on screens on either side of the bar amongst the neon lights; remember to look up!”

Looking for a hidden, sci-fi inspired spot with fantastic cocktails and DJs playing all night long for a hype crowd? This is the place for you!

They have only a few food options: the empanadas, but their drinks are awesome! Plus, it’s divided in the menu into some fun topics like: “Introduction to Orbit”, “When the Kite String Pops…”and “Generation Ship”.

Get ready for take off!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 1237 Flushing Avenue

www.jupiterdisco.com


Thank you Rachel and Kyle for sharing your 7 best cocktail places in NY, and keep up the amazing work at Ford Media Lab!

If you enjoyed these tips, you might also enjoy reading out other places to enjoy New York’s nightlife!

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Rachel and Kyle Ford,  Alice Gao, and all the venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The NYC Rock’n’Roll World Of The Wanderlust Girls

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Come explore the NYC rock’n’roll world of Emily and Abigail, creators of Wanderlust Girls! Enjoy their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

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Emily and Abigail (the Wanderlust Girls) met in middle school many eons ago (18 years to be exact), in a small town just outside of Boston.

They grew up sharing a love for fashion, rock’n’roll and adventure. These shared interested morphed into a blog, WanderLust Girls back in 2010, which has since grown into the fashion, lifestyle, travel brand they run today.

The girls recently expanded their business down in Nashville, which you will be seeing more of on their social media soon.

If they are not in Nashville hanging with rock stars or repping their black clad closets on the New York City streets, they are likely in the air jetting to a new location for their next travel piece.

Take a look below to see their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City:


I NEED MORE

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“I NEED MORE is a clothing store with all the spikes and studs you can dream of. (Yes, we dream about spikes and studs.) The owner, Jimmy Webb is a rock’n’roll legend in the city who we are lucky enough to call a friend. Every piece in the shop is unique, bold, and badass.”

As they say, this is literally a “A Rock’N’Roll clothing store for everybody”! The store is true a labor of love and dedication. You’ll certainly love it all: from the goo goo muck chandelier to the hand pained zebra stripe dressing rooms and painting on the walls!

They are a multi-label store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and always have big names coming by! A few famous friends in their list are: the one and only Ewan McGregor, Slash, Alice Cooper and Duff McKagan!

Pass by to see what they are up to!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Location: 75A Orchard Street

http://ixneedxmore.com


Duff’s Brooklyn

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“If you ever wanted to sit in an electric chair, look no further! Duff’s Brooklyn has its very own, as well as some of the creepiest, yet amazing decor we’ve ever seen. Enjoy some metal music and don’t forget to spin the wheel to win various prizes. Keep spinning until you get the Jesus juice.”

Founded in 1999 back in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, in Manhattan, this metal mecca finally moved into Brooklyn in 2004 and is the place to go if you a heavy metal lover. If you’re not part of this lifestyle, it’s still a fantastic place to go explore and broaden your horizons.

The spot, now located in South Williamsburg, is certainly a true metal place. Names like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Kerry King of Slayer, Exodus, Machine Head, The Sword, and many others have visited it.

Let’s rock!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 168 Marcy Avenue

www.duffsbrooklyn.com


Jane Motorcycles

“Jane Motorcycles is our favorite place to go scope for beautiful bearded motorcycle riding men… I mean they have great coffee, that’s why we go. This beautifully curated moto gear shop surrounds the actually really great coffee shop. It’s amazing in the nice weather when they open the garage style door and you can enjoy your latté will gazing at all the motorcycles lined up outside.”

This is the ultimate NYC’s custom motorcycles, apparel, gear, art, books, and espresso shop, and we love it too! Alexander DiMattio and Adam Kallen started Jane with the objective of putting a new take on a motorcycle shop. And…they did it flawlessly!

These guys are from Brooklyn and everything in their store translates the vibe of the neighborhood and the lifestyle they personally enjoy.

They literally created this store out of scratch – actually it’s not their original location, since they were forced to move out of their other place. But, a blessing in disguise, for sure. At this spot, they were able to transform into reality all their dreams of what their store should looks like, such as the huge coffee counter and the garage door roll-up.

We are also huge coffee lovers, and their coffee partner is delicious, with ethically source coffee from all over the world – totally up our alley, since we work with and support sustainable traveling!

Definitely a must-go spot!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 396 Wythe Avenue

https://janemotorcycles.com


Pinks

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“Pinks a fun hot rod style bar with motorcycle chain chandeliers and random car parts throughout the watering hole. Make sure you stop by for rock n’ roll bingo. Lots of fun prizes and great tunes!”

This is also a place we enjoy a lot!

Pink, in the Lower East Side, is a great spot to go for drinks, good music, a great crowd and even to celebrate your birthday.

They have a pretty cool private room in the back, if you prefer having your guests all together and more comfortable.

As they explain: “Pinks is what happens when a musician & a motorcycle enthusiast come together & build a bar around their love of Kustom Kulture.”

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 242 East 10th Street

http://pinks.nyc


Grit N Glory

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“Grit N Glory is a rock’n’roll one-stop-shop, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Whether you are looking for a shirt with a satanic cat on it, some new ink (they have their own tattoo shop) or a tea cup for your vodka, they have it!”

The store offers a full collection for men, women and even a collection for the cool kids, besides accessories and housewares!

You’ll also be able to see some pretty crazy shots signed by Mark Weiss where he featured Alice Cooper, Boy George, Metallica, Guns’N’Roses, Mick Jagger and Ozzy in the 1980’s.

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 8pm

Location: 186 Orchard Street

www.gritnglory.com


Three of Cups

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“Three of Cups, if you’re are in the mood for a delicious Italian meal and some light death metal you are in the right spot. On street level Three of Cups is a beautiful restaurant with drool-worthy pizzas and pasta dishes. Meanwhile, the basement has pretty heavy metal music playing, leopard print poles, and a badass crowd.”

Who doesn’t love Italian food made from these old family recipes and pizzas, right?

Located in the East Village, Three of Cups was founded back in 1992 and they really know the essence in making good pizza.

If you’re not that into pizza – if this even exists, lol – their food menu comes from recipes from the Southern Italian regions like Sicily, Naples and Bari.

And still, if you’re into pizza and pasta but keep track of all the calories you eat, don’t worry…they have delicious gluten-free options on the menu.

Location: 83 1st Avenue


Gutter Bar

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Our Founder, Fê, with her friends at The Gutter, in Williamsburg.

“Gutter Bar Brooklyn, has great cheap whiskey and a retro style bowling alley in the back. Equipped with 8 lanes to show off your skills. They also have a pool table. It’s a really great place to go with a group of friends on a cold winter day.”

We were so excited to see the Gutter Bar as part of Emily’s and Abigail’s list! This is a spot that we go a lot to and always have a great time!

Now, don’t expect a super fancy bowling alley because, as the girls mentioned, it’s a retro style one. But, then again, who need fancy to have fun, right?

They have a full bar, a pool table (be sure to place your Quarter on the table to get in line) and the bowling alley. Oh! And after passing by the restrooms, you’ll see another room! Walk in! They have a stage with live music and a dance floor!

It can be a while – a few hours – until you play, so you can arrive early, or just get your number and enjoy the bar until your time comes.

Hours Williamsburg:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am
Friday: 2pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4am

Hours Long Island City:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Locations:
200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg
10-22 46th Avenue, Long Island City

www.thegutterbrooklyn.com/williamsburg


Enchantments

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“Enchantments is the oldest occult store in NYC. This space is filled with wonderfully witchy items from candles to bring love into your life, herbs and oils to rid yourself of ex boyfriends, books like ‘The Witches Bible’ and of course, tarot cards. Literally all you could ever need.”

The store is located in the East Village and opened back in 1982! Their mission is: Our mission is to help people empower themselves, heal and grow through spiritual practice. We believe in the principle “harm none,” and do not endorse items that hurt others.

Their Apothecary has over 100 recipes and can be mixed and matched according to what you are looking for.

Their incenses, oils, baths and other products are hand-made. They still have numerous other products like hand-carved candles, holders, statues, books, jewelry, talismans, cards and so many other super cool magical tools!

Be sure to go with time, since you’ll certainly be drawn to many different products!

Hours:
Wednesday – Monday: 1pm – 8:45pm
Closed Tuesday

Location: 424 East 9th Street

www.enchantmentsincnyc.com


Obscura Antiques

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“Obscura Antiques, a small antique and oddities shop located in the East Village. We once got a bat skeleton there! So, if you’re in the market for bones, taxidermy, or even a Romanian AK-47 Bayonet, you hit the jackpot! Give yourself at least an hour to look through everything. You’ll find some gems for sure.”

Looking through these old antiques and oddities is certainly a journey into the past and can be quite amusing if you let your mind fly.

They are the oldest shop in this category in NYC and they ‘carry medical, scientific, natural history, fraternal, circus/sideshow, and all things unusual’.

Plus, as they mentioned, we also believe it’s a great place to find a unique gift. Well, it will certainly be a gift your loved one will remember forever!

Enjoy your exploration!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 207 Avenue A

http://www.obscuraantiques.com


Thank you Emily and Abigail (the Wanderlust Girls), for sharing with us your 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

If you enjoy rock’n’roll, you will also enjoy Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint. They’ve already hosted small, unexpected gigs with Nirvana!

Also, take a look at this interview with Andre Vasconcellos, one of the most amazing NY-based guitarists we know!


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

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.

In addition 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 Kristen Kellogg 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!

Plus, 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.

So, 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.

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.

www.matchabar.co


Miss Paradis

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“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. Moreover, 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

Location: 47 Prince Street


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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UNFORTUNATELY THIS SPOT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

“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. 

Location: 36 East 8th Street


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.

Moreover, 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!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Belly Adventure, Marky_Marc13 and all the venues.
*Last Update on April/2020.*

26 Best Parties In New York For New Year’s Eve 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here they are:


#1 Public Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#7 Gansevoort Park Rooftop

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

“This New Year’s Eve, ascend to the peak of sophisticated revelry at Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City’s renowned luxury hotel, and reigning A-list nightlife destination.

The 20 stories above NoMad’s famed Park Avenue, Gansevoort Park Avenue offers skyline views and en vogue sophistication, setting the stage for NYC’s most luxurious NYE celebration hosted by the incomparably glamorous Gansevoort Park. They will open the evening with a 5-hour premium open bar and more!”

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#8 Hôtel Americano

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

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

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

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#13 Up&Down

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

“Upscale and Downtown-chic combine this New Year’s Eve at Up & Down, a flagship venue in New York City’s high-end nightlife scene. Boasting a high-concept design and chic ambiance, Up & Down is the perfect setting for a spectacular NYE night.

This extravagant bash keeps charged with a 4-hour premium open bar while a live DJ spins Open Format hits of Top 40, Hip Hop, and House, providing a pulse-racing soundtrack for the dance floor.

At midnight, gather together for a DJ-led countdown and raise your complimentary glass of champagne and toast to a brilliant New Year.”


#14 Empire Diner

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

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

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


…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!

Get Your Tickets!


#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.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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 canapés, and dancing.  Don your most festive attire, and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky as we welcome the New Year.”

Get Your Tickets!


#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!

Get Your Tickets!


#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!

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

#25 The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

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

“Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature event at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. This year we begin with Haydn’s glorious Te Deum and continue with the U.S. premiere of See the Wretched Strangers by composer Lucas Wiegerink.

A series of songs about our shared Earth continues the theme of neighborly compassion and the renewal of hope for the coming year. Wrapping up this year’s performance, we celebrate the concert’s founder by performing chorales from Leonard Bernstein’s own Mass. A limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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

#26 Daybreaker

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

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

“The New Year is all about fresh starts and blank slates. So, tell 2018 to get ready because on January 10th, we’re re-creating the ball drop and setting intentions together for our New Year’s Sparkles & Sequins. Since we can’t be all together for New Years, we’re pouring some kombucha “champagne” and toasting to a brand new year together with a full countdown and everything.

Think of your wishes for the New Year beforehand. Then come to the dance floor, ready to vision them to life. S’gonna be joyyyyous.”

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

Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour

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Come explore Williamsburg, Brooklyn with us on this tasting tour! The Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour will certainly be the best activity for your upcoming weekend!


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This Brooklyn Tasting Tour has been recommended by Fodor’s Travel for locals & tourists alike, so come explore and toast with us!

Join us for an afternoon of Beer, BBQ, and Booze in Brooklyn.

This special Brooklyn experience also includes fascinating history, large scale street art, amazing views of the NYC skyline and some “Made in Brooklyn” artisanal shopping.

Plus, take some great pictures to register every step, while having lots of fun!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Brooklyn Brewery and enjoy Brooklyn Beer at the source!
  • Specialty cocktail
  • Hot Sauce tasting by “sommeliers” — how hot can you go?
  • Award-winning BBQ tasting (with great veggie BBQ too!)
  • Insider Brooklyn shopping experience with free gift
  • Ice cream from an Iron Chef contestant
  • Chocolate factory experience with tastings (goat’s milk, sea salt, lavender, coffee, on and on!)
  • Fascinating and unique history about Brooklyn and Williamsburg, Street art & stunning NYC views
  • Tour finishes with a second beer at a local favorite bar or pizza at one of the best spots in the city!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Rates: $60 / person
  • Time: Sundays at 1:30pm
  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Capacity: 14 people. Small groups for an intimate, high-quality experience.
  • Age Requirement: Must be 21+ to join tour.
  • Tour Includes: 3 food tastings, two beers, a speciality cocktail and shopping

SUNDAY FUNDAY! Come explore Williamsburg, Brooklyn with us on this tasting tour!

Not only will you get to try some tasty treats at our favorite Williamsburg establishments, but you can indulge in some shopping while meeting local designers.

From the Williamsburg waterfront with stunning NYC views, to Brewer’s Row, to spectacular street art, this tour has it all!

Knowing the best hangs is crucial to experiencing this hood to the max. Your super knowledgeable and fun local guide will dish out the history of the neighborhood while you savor the local flavor that is unique to this bohemian mecca.

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If you enjoyed the Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour, you might want to check out the “A Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour“. And, we also recommend a few places for wine tastings!

But, if you want a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Food Adventure

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Williamsburg Bites – A Brooklyn Food Adventure is one of our most amazing food tours! Explore the food scene in the neighborhood and have a taste of it all!


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If you’re the foodie type of person that is always after uncovering delicious spots around town, you’ll love the Williamsburg Bites – A Brooklyn Food Adventure!

“​Want to know the best way to learn about Brooklyn? It’s through food!”

So, come hungry!

This tour has been recommended by Vogue, TripAdvisor and more! (Can easily accommodate vegetarians!)

To start, Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s most popular and exciting neighborhoods, straddles old and new. You can enjoy the lively arts, music at Brooklyn Steel, and boutique scene here, chill in numerous cafes like Woops, dine in some very good restaurants like Lilia Ristorante — and soak up the unique vibe.

During this gastro experience you will discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Brooklyn, by the hand of local food experts. So, delve into the rich culinary history of the area as you visit iconic institutions to sample tasty treats.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Northside Bakery: Step into Williamsburg’s past at this traditional Polish bakery (pierogis and pastries), award-winning BBQ (with excellent vegetarian options).
  • Best Pizza: Enjoy two types of pizza from a NY Times recommended pizzeria and true hidden gem. The owner is host of Vice Munchies and is Brooklyn born and raised.
  • Momofuku Milk Bar: Savor bagel bombs and cereal milk ice cream at Momofuku Milk Bar (owned by celebrity chef Christina Tosi of Master Chef).
  • Michel Cluizel: Sample chocolates direct from this artisanal chocolate maker (weekends) or enjoy tastings from an inventive food stall at North 3rd Street Market (weekdays)
  • Odd Fellows: Eat ice cream from an Iron Chef contestant.
  • Mable’s Smokehouse: Authentic BBQ from a Kentucky transplant using his grandmother’s recipes (excellent veggie options).

Also, see large scale street art, learn fascinating history (see author Henry Miller’s home and learn how the neighborhood shaped his writing), and capture the best view of the New York City skyline on this Brooklyn food tour.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Rates: $56 / person
  • Times: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm
  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Capacity: 14 people. Small groups so it’s an intimate, high-quality experience.
  • Tour Includes: All food! *Vegetarian options!
  • Walking Distance: Over 2 miles. Please wear comfortable clothing/shoes.

*Tours run rain, show, or shine.

Moreover, the guides are working actors, so every tour has history through fun storytelling and lots of personality! Let us show you the Williamsburg that only locals know!

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Also, see the “Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour“! During the hotter months, we really recommend the “Rooftop Reds: Brooklyn Wine Tour & Tasting” too.

In addition, if you need help in NYC, or if you’re a company looking for Corporate Concierge Services, contact our experts!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Local Artists & Fleas Market In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The other day we were exploring Williamsburg, for a change (ha!), and decided to waltz into the Artists & Fleas market. The vendors there are amazing and we can always spend hours there.

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The Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg does get a bit crowded and you will bump into tourists there, fact. But, they have some of the most amazing vendors with extremely unique pieces and great prices!

We passed by a stand showcasing a brand called TightRope and our Founder, Fê Paronetto, wanted to buy every single thing they had! Victoria, one of the owners, explained a little bit about the brand for us.

They are experts in furniture and lighting and have a great range of products with creative designs, mostly made out of beautiful wood.

The company was founded in 2013, in Brooklyn, by Quang Hong and Victoria Young.

As they better explain:

“We work with solid wood, mild and stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and magnets. Our designs strive to balance the old with the new and the organic with the machined. We love the possibilities technology of today presents to us while still utilizing the century old techniques of woodworking, metalworking, and glassblowing. Plus, by combining these aesthetics, techniques, and technology, we have created designs you won’t see anywhere else.”

In addition, the items vary from furniture and lighting, to bulbs and small décor objects.

Some of our tops picks were:

  • Walnut Ladder – $450.00
  • Q-Bot – from $450.00
  • Bubinga Tea Candle Holders – $111.00
  • Wooden Air Plant Holder – $20.00
  • Walnut V-Leg Coffee Table – $1,500.00
  • Ladder Shelf – $2,750.00

So, they are also great if you are looking for a custom made project to make your some or business even nicer! They’ve done some great works that you can check on their website too!

Plus, we’re sure you will also, like Fê, want to purchase everything.

Have fun and take some time the explore the neighborhood.

www.tightrope.nyc


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

Lilia Ristorante: Coveted Italian Restaurant in Williamsburg

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As soon as Lilia Ristorante & Caffé opened, it was named as one of the best and most coveted Italian restaurants in Williamsburg. We’ve been there countless times, and can’t wait for our next visit!

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Italian cuisine is probably one of our top 3 picks and we love everything from the food to the culture behind it. We were thrilled when we heard about a new spot opening in Williamsburg, called Lilia Ristorante & Caffé.

But be prepared: You might experience a huge waiting time for “walk-ins”, so we recommend to have a reservation. And even so, it might be booked for over the full next month. Crazy!

To start, Missy Robbins, Head Chef & Owner, discovered her passion for Italian cuisine while working for 5 years as the Executive Chef at the renowned restaurant Spiaggia, in Chicago. After returning to NYC in 2008, she took the role of Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant A Voce.

So, after having gathered a remarkable experience at these fine dining restaurants, Missy decided to fly solo and open her own spot: Lilia Ristorante.

Lilia is located in the heart of Williamsburg and brought to the neighborhood the possibility of dining at an exquisite place with fantastic food. The Italian menu offers everything from hand-crafted pastas and wood-fired seafood, to great classic Italian cocktails and to-die-for desserts.

Moreover, the place is gorgeous. The high-ceiling and huge, tall windows with the rustic but, nonetheless, chic décor set the mood. Certainly a high-end Brooklyn style spot for people that enjoy a great high-end casual dining spot, but don’t feel like going into the city. Lilia was certainly a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

We’ve been there countless times, so here are some of our favorites dishes.

For cocktails snacks, try:

  • Prosciutto, Balsamic Mustard, Parmigiano Butter
  • House-made Mozzarella, Toasted Garlic Bread, Lemon, Bottarga

Antipasti, ask for:

  • Cauliflower, Spicy Soppressata, Sicilian Pesto, Majoram
  • Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Arugula, Balsamic, Sicilian Almonds
  • Whole Artichoke, Garlic, Mint, Parmigiano, Breadcrumbs
  • Castlefranco, Bacon, Tropea Onion, Parmigiano

If you enjoy fish, you can have:

  • Grilled Scallops, Walnuts, Yoghurt, Marjoram
  • Mussels, Herb Butter, Sea Salt
  • Crispy Shrimp, Gremolata, Parsley Aioli
  • Black Bass, Salsa Verde, Coal Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

For the pasta-lovers:

  • Spaghetti, Lemon, Pine Nuts, Parmigiano
  • Ricotta Gnocchi, Broccoli Pesto, Basil, Pistachios
  • Fettuccine, Spicy Lamb Sausage, Tomato Passato, Fennel Seed
  • Squash Filled Ravioli, Hazelnuts, Parmigiano, Sage

And, for the meat eaters:

  • Grilled Lamb Leg Steak, Roman Spices, Fennel, Celery

Now, we do recommend you leaving space to try their desserts. It’s actually hard to pick the best ones.

If you want to host a small event, they offer a semi-private area in the restaurant for up to 20 people. So, be sure to contact us for further information about the space for private events or corporate gatherings.

In addition, you might also just want to pass by the Caffé. They have delicious and super fresh pastries and coffees. A great place for a pitstop while you’re in the neighborhood!

Enjoy this super cool Italian restaurant in Williamsburg.

Lastly, while in the hood, go shopping at these great vintage shops, or check out this coolest music store.

Hours (Restaurant):
Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Hours (Caffé): Opens daily at 7am

Location: 567 Union Avenue

www.lilianewyork.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Evan Sung Photography for Lilia Ristorante
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Donna: A refined spot for the Dirty Kids in Brooklyn

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Located just south of the Williamsburg Bridge, Donna was founded in 2012 by Leif Huckman and designed by the brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave. As the owner themselves say, this is for the dirty kids in Brooklyn.

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Huckman described his dream of Donna, to the Gothamist by saying:

“I felt there was a lack of late-night places on the Southside to grab a bite to eat and drink. I wanted to create a place for ‘dirty kids.’ I love places with a dilapidated elegance, that look like they’ve been lived in, that aren’t too pristine.”

By “dirty kids”, he meant that there are tons of cool people that enjoy really good stuff, but aren’t into dressing up that much. We definitely can relate! Plus, many of our reading love a cool spot, but this a laid back vibe.

The building chosen to house the place, dates back to 1850. Inside is definitely something! A domed ceiling, an ArtDeco bar that is gorgeous, reclaimed-pine floors, a unique lightning project, wooden tables and chairs! Ah…and the vintage mood. Love it!

The cuisine is Central American style where you’ll find fantastic tacos. Most of the menus on the item are gluten-free!

We recommend, for vegetarians, the Roasted Root Veg with beets, yams, carrots, guacamole, pico de gallo and cilantro. For the meat eaters, the Slow-Roasted Pork with salsa verde, pickled cabbage, pickled onion, cotija, chicharron and tajin.

They still have several small dishes to share, so you might want to order a few, to taste them all. We like the ceviche and the guacamole.

Don’t skip dessert! Their Churros with cinnamon, sugar and salted chipotle honey are worth every calorie. They also serve Van Leuween Ice Cream with vegan flavors. 

Their cocktail list is great with interesting options for all taste buds. They still have wine, beer, draft and other options, so you’ll find your perfect match.

As they say: “Donna is the mini-vacation you can take any day of the week.

It’s a great spot to host private events and even corporate gatherings. The place is relatively big, so don’t worry about “over-inviting” people. You’ll be fine!

There are other great spots around that you might be interested. Sunday in Brooklyn for one of the coolest weekend brunches. For a afternoon lunch, coffee or an exciting night out, go to Freehold. And last, if you’re a massive meat eater, Peter Luger Steakhouse is a place you might want to visit.

Hours:
Sunday: 4pm – 12am (last call)
Monday – Thursday: 5pm–1am (last call)
Friday: 5pm – 3am (last call)
Saturday: 4pm – 3am (last call)

Location: 27 Broadway, South Williamsburg

www.donnabklyn.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alexander Thompson
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NYC’s Only Vegan Crêperie: Little Choc Apothecary

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Yes! We started our Monday in grand style! We had lunch at the first all vegan crêperie Little Choc Apothecary and loved it! They are NYC’s first vegan crêperie and tea room.

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Little Choc Apothecary is located in the far end of Williamsburg, in a street that has several amazing spots to visit! We love it there!

The entrance of the crêperie is extremely charming and welcoming, with wooden details and bright yellow, happy colors!

As you walk in, you’ll notice the place is quite small, with a larger part of the space exclusively for the preparation of the crepes. The seats at the counter window are certainly pretty sought-after by their visitors!

But, there is a second floor! You’ll find a few tables upstairs to calmly enjoy your crepes and even try a few different tea flavors from their own apothecary.

We ordered the Garden of Eatin’ made with apple, avocado, fresh kale, mint-basil pesto and lemon juice and The Masala with pumpkin curried white bean tempeh, sliced almonds…both are f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

Of course we couldn’t (and would never) skip the dessert, so we got the Newtella – homemade hazelnut spread + strawberry. I think you can imagine how we enjoyed and savored with moment…

Julia Kravets, born in Ukraine and a former model (she’s gorgeous), is the owner. Her story is pretty amazing!

At 21 she decided to go Vegan, after watching the movie Earthlings. A short while later, she began brainstorming about opening her own vegan business and started writing down a business plan.

She had no support from close relatives, no knowledge in writing a business plan, Excel was a challenge back then, but her intuition spoke louder. Lucky us!

Julia opened Little Choc in January of 2015. The tea blends are her own creations and the food is to-die-for!

As we mentioned above, this vegan crêperie is very charming and the dining tables are on the upper floor, where you’ll always find a cool group of freelance people hanging around too.

The brick walls are lovely and there is a beautiful wall with countless tea spice jars. Plus, the natural light coming through the almost floor to ceiling window definitely is a highlight.

Julia explains:

We offer a creative selection of sweet and savory crepes, as well as homemade baked goods. Our products are completely plant based, free of any chemical binders, gums, artificial flavors, and overly processed sugars and flours.

We source our ingredients from local farms and distributors who focus on sustainability, and providing local, organic, and fair trade products whenever possible.

With over 100 different herb varieties, our guests have the freedom to request off menu, personalized tea blends based on their health, or taste preferences. Any individual herb or tea blend is available to take home by the ounce.”

So, enjoy your crepe with tea, at this vegan crêperie, and do explore the neighborhood!

Oh, and we enjoy Little Choc so much that we featured them on our “Will A Meat Eater Survive In 3 Vegan Restaurants?” YouTube video! Well, did he survive? Check it out!

In addition, if you are looking for local tours or custom experiences, contact us and see everything we offer through Concierge Service expert team! We will be able to customize and cater your entire trip!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 11pm
Friday: 8am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sunday: 9am – 11pm

Location: 141 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg

www.littlechoc.nyc


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan and Little Choc Apothecary
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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