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Biggest NYC Wine Trends Of 2020

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These will be the biggest NYC wine trends of 2020. So, if you’re a wine lover like we are, keep on reading! And…enjoy!

Curiosities City Secrets NYC Wine Trends by Kelsey ChancePeople in the United States are drinking more wine than ever before, and New Yorkers are among the top 5 wine drinkers in the country. That said, we’re here to share with you the biggest NYC wine trends of 2020!

Whether it’s a gathering with friends at a trendy tapas restobar or just a regular night watching “The Witcher” on Netflix, nothing can be more celebratory or relaxing than having a glass or two of vino.

In 2020, wine drinking is about to get even better as insiders predict the arrival of new wine trends to shake up your drinking experience.

From innovative packaging to a fun and fizzy drink, these are the biggest wine trends to look out for in 2020.


Canned red and white wine

The latest wine trends in Australia made their way to NYC in last September’s Wine Australia Tasting at Union West in Chelsea, and the new wines have been a part of the city’s diverse wine culture ever since.

A vacation in Australia is the trip of a lifetime for many New Yorkers, and many celebrate it with local wines – you can buy Shiraz wine from Qantas to celebrate your first flight to the country or pop open a bottle of Australian Merlot while camping with friends on the Outback.

Australian favorites are widely available in NYC since the Union West event, and the availability of canned wine makes reliving vacation memories even easier for New Yorkers.

Even more distributors are predicted to release canned versions of their best-selling wines. Canned rosé was the drink of choice among millennials in the summer of 2018 and 2019. But, in the new year, expect to see more people enjoying traditional red and white wines packaged in portable containers.

These new canned wines, along with other innovations in the wine industry, will likely be showcased at the Vinexpo New York 2020 from March 2nd to 3rd, at the Jacob K. Javits Center.


Orange wine

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We’re all familiar with red, white and pink wine, but orange wine is about to be big in the new decade.

Wine takes on the sunny hue when grape juice is fermented with the skins of the white grape. This is why orange wine is also called a skin-contact wine.

It has a slightly different taste from traditional white or red wines, and goes well with beef or fish. So, it’s a good choice if you have yet to master food and wine pairings.

You can taste this type of wine at some New York wineries such as the Red Hook Winery, Channing Daughters, and Chamber Street Wines.

Oh, and have you heard of Green wine? Try them at the cool hotspot, Beco, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!


Fizzy and affordable Piquette

Sustainable wine is starting to become more popular nowadays, so make your wine drinking experience more eco-friendly by drinking Piquette.

This drink isn’t exactly classified as a type of wine, as it’s made by adding water to the pomace, which is the leftover stems, skins and seeds that the winemaker discards after extracting the juice from the grapes.

This means that you’re basically drinking a beverage made from the byproducts of the wine making process. And, what you get is a fizzy drink that has a slightly sweet flavor with a bit of a sour tang.

Insiders are predicting that Piquette will be a lot more popular in the new decade due to its low alcohol content. You can find this type of drink at wineries such as Henry’s in Brooklyn.

The NYC wine culture is about to experience some welcome changes in the new decade. Be on the lookout for these wine trends, and enjoy discovering new wines in 2020.


Curiosities City Secrets NYC Wine Trends by Renata Meirelles


Guest Writer: Cindy Trillo
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Renata Meirelles, Kelsey Chance and Court Cook

Pescatore Restaurant: Italian Memories Made in New York

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Pescatore Restaurant is an Italian eatery and wine bar that will make your tastebuds as happy as they can get, so be sure to add it to your dining options!

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Pescatore is a beautiful and elegant Italian restaurant and wine bar located on 2nd Avenue, in Manhattan. It’s always a good idea, for lunch or dinner.

I have been there many times in the evening and once in the afternoon. The menu is pretty similar. The differences are basically the price – a little more expensive for dinner and on the pre-fixe menu they offer for lunch. But, you will find high quality no matter the time. They have great specials for dinner, as well.

Let’s get started with the flatbread – always!!! It’s amazing! But they have lots of good options for appetizers such as bruschettas made with fig compote, ricotta, pine nuts and pomegranate glaze, and meatballs, called Polpette. So, delicious, and it’s served with garlic bread.

Now let’s talk about about the pastas. I do love all the options.

They have a large selection of Spaghetti, Pappardelle, Ravioli, Fettuccine… accompanied by different, rich sauces. For me, the Spaghetti Carbonara is the best. Now, for lunch they serve the regular dish, but for dinner they make it their signature dish, mixing the pasta with all ingredients in a parmesan wheel. Rise your hand if you love cheese like me! Oh, they also have gluten-free and whole wheat pasta.

The main course is a difficult choice if it’s your first time eating there. Under the Secondi part on the menu you’ll find different meat options like chicken, beef, fish and if you like seafood the Scampi di Gamberi is a winner.  The shrimps served with saffron risotto and green beans. Mouth watering, right?

Italian desserts are always welcome. The Chocolate Pizza served with Nutella, hazelnuts, bananas and salted caramel gelato, is one of the desserts you must try.  If you prefer, you can order a Tartufo or maybe a Gelato…it’s up to you. Finally, pair any of your choices with a wine: perfection!

Pescatore unites people with different styles and from countless parts of the globe. You will see many UN workers there, friends catching up, couples during date nights…it’s definitely a place to make happy memories.

We want to hear about the memories you’ve made at Pescatore so please tag us and share your moments with us!

If you’re celebrating a special occasion and need helping organizing a bigger dinner, or for any corporate requests, contact our experts.

Hours:
Daily: 12pm – 11pm
Happy Hour: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 955 2nd Avenue

www.pescatorerestaurant.com


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit
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The Must-Try Italian Restaurants In NYC

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In this YouTube episode, we show you which are the must-try Italian restaurants in NYC! So, lets do it how Italians say: “Mangia Che Te Fa Bene!”


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“Mangia Che Te Fa Bene!” or… “Eat, that it’s good for you!”…as Italian love to say before starting a delicious meal at Italian Restaurants in NYC and around the globe!

Welcome to our last food episode of the Season! I invited, of course, my dear friend Jared Zuckerman, one of NYC’s top food and travel influencers that tirelessly explored with me the local NYC food scene! We had a fantastic time uncovering some of the top food spots in town, like the best desserts, cocktail spots and vegan restaurants for meat eaters!

So, to finish in grand style and because of our Italian roots, we selected 3 Italian spots to share with you!

To start, we headed towards one of Joe’s Pizza spots, where his pizza is loved not only by all locals, but also countless celebrities. Then, we went to Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s – the 1st spot serving only gnocchis . Last, but certainly not least, the relatively new Scriptum Brooklyn, serving food by passionate Italians in a pretty cool place!

And, before we start showing you all these Italian gems, be sure to subscribe to our channel, like the video and help spread the love for our beautiful New York City!


Joe’s Pizza

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Joe’s Pizza is one of the most famous pizza spots in town, loved by locals and countless celebrities. The business was born in the Greenwich Village in 1975, and today has 4 locations, so it’s easy to find one close to you…

Today Joe is 75 years old and is still running the business! It’s certainly a place with no b*llshit, plus it’s not fancy, not uptight…just right, for the perfect slice of pizza.

Do you know which celebrities you can bump into?

Lucy Liu, Bradley Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, Leo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Kevin Bacon, Steven Tyler, Trey Burke basketball player from the NY Knicks, and even the Kardashians love it!

This time, I ordered a slice of the spinach and ricotta pizza, while Jared got a traditional pepperoni slice!

So, let’s go to our next spot: Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s!

Hours: Check website for different hours.

Locations:
7 Carmine Street, Greenwich Village (The original spot!)
150 East 14th Street, Midtown
1435 Broadway, Midtown
216 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://www.joespizzanyc.com


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Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s

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Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s is the 1st gnocchi only spot  in the city and is relatively new too!

The Luzzo family is known for being in the restaurant business for years and years and having truly authentic Italian food!

So, what to expect? Delicious, home made gnocchis perfect to pair with your favorite wine!

“Having already mastered the fine art of the perfect pizza dough the next logical step for Executive Chef Michele Iuliano was to master the art of perfect gnocchi. Every style of gnocchi served at Gnoccheria is inspired by Chef Michele’s upbringing and home cooking, and is freshly made by hand every day. From the spinach gnocchi to the amazing stuffed gnocchi all of the dishes are prepared with tremendous variety, taste, and love.”

I had their signature dish: Tris Signature Dish (for 2), made with the classic potato gnocchi and 3 different sauces – pesto genovese, quattro formaggi and sorentina. No joke, I think this one of the best gnocchis in my life. Super light, incredibly fresh, the 3 sauces are extremely tasty and well balanced!

Jared had a green ravioli pasta with tomato sauce, spinach, filled with fresh burrata! He loved it too and said that the burrata, that usually is a bit on the saltier side, was just perfect. In addition, the spinach was amazing!

And of course, we paired it with a red wine. Their wine list is truly impressive and you can see all their tables decorating the restaurant’s walls. Very unique cellar!

I can’t wait to go back there! Really! It’s truly one of my favorite Italian Restaurants in NYC!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Location: 234 East 4th Street

http://www.gnoccherianyc.com 


Scriptum Brooklyn

UNFORTUNATELY THIS AMAZING PLACE CLOSED DOWN JUST A FEW DAYS AGO!

Just a few days before posting our video, we were told that the restaurant unfortunately had permanently closed down on November 17th.

Their food was truly amazing, the decoration of the place was fantastic and super cozy, the service and staff were all very nice and attentive…

We wish the entire team the best and that they hopefully decide to reopen at another location to make all our Italian cravings go away!


Subscribe You Tube Behind the Scenes NYCAnd, it’s a wrap! We hope you really enjoyed these fantastic places. And if you did, like our video and subscribe to our channel!

I’m sure you’ll love being part of our behind the scenes NYC, world!

If you enjoyed these Italian restaurants in NYC, take a look at our Dining selection for more fantastic restaurants like Palma in the West Village and Lilia Ristorante in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Videography: Black3 Agency
Photography: Courtesy of venues
Beauty
Leila Soldeira
Styling
Camilla Adão

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Where To Go For The Best Cocktails In Brooklyn?

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New York is known for having some of the coolest bars and best signature cocktails in the world! So, we decided to show you a few of my favorite spots, serving the top cocktails in Brooklyn, to start your drinking adventures throughout NYC!

Many of you come to New York in search of the hottest bars and crazy cocktails in town! So, due to countless requests, for the very 1st episode, of our 2nd YouTube Season, we decided to shoot a short a sweet video about 3 of our favorite bars to start off your journey to find your favorite spot!

I, once again, invited my friend Jared Zuckerman, a travel and food expert, to come explore NY with me, off the beaten path!

We visited 3 places in Brooklyn, with fantastic cocktail: Rabbit Hole, a true local hotspot, Lighthouse BK where we tried their signature cocktails and saw how they insert sustainability into their business and finally Huckleberry Bar, with their seasonally driven menu and famous outdoor patio!

We got a bit tipsy along the way, but I think that that was the point, right?

Oh! And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel!!!

Disclosure: Do not EVER drink and drive! Call an Uber or just head to the subway for a quick and commute back home!


Rabbit Hole

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The Rabbit hole is truly one of the secret gems in Brooklyn. The spot is over 10 years old, but it didn’t start off as a restaurant/bar. The owner, Lawrence Elliott, opened a bakery called The Read Café, with the most delicious homemade pastries. In no time, it became the neighborhood’s to-go spot, filled with the local crowd.

Their pastries are still known for being fantastic and their best sellers are the cookies, muffins and scones.

But, today we can to talk about their cocktail bar! We decided to try two drinks and the result was as expected: super soft, well-balanced and flavorful drinks!

We had the French Marguerita made with tequila, cherry liquor, ginger and garnished cherry, and The Smoke, that is a mixture of Laphroaig – a Single Malt peated Whisky, clove syrup and lemon juice with burning stick of rosemary.

It’s on the top of the list for drinks. Plus, they also offer an amazing brunch, lunch and dinner menu and their outdoor garden is perfect for the warmer months!

Hours: Daily, from 9am – 11pm

Location: 352 Bedford Avenue

http://www.rabbitholerestaurant.com


Lighthouse Brooklyn

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The 2nd place we visited was Lighthouse Brooklyn. We’re written about them in the past, and decided to shoot a video since we love it! This spot is also a winner for two reasons: First, their cocktails, of course; and two, their Mediterranean inspired menu is out of this world!

We spoke to the owners, and brothers, Naama and Assaf, that showed us the reasons of why their spot is always overflowing with great people.

The entire story about Lighthouse is focused on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients and the concept that everything is recyclable. As they say: “We recycle, compost, and collaborate with other green minded organizations to grow, improve and educate ourselves, our staff, our guests.”

Well, now to the drinks…Assaf prepared the Mezcalito, made with Mezcal, jalapeno, agave, fresh lime and salt and the Summer Sangria, with gin, St. Germain, sake and seasonal fruit.

The Sangria was super refreshing and the Mezcalito is perfect if you’re into spicy, stong cocktails, but nonetheless, smooth to drink!

We have to confess that we did have their mezze platter and I do recommend it blindly. It’s extremely tasty. It has smoked labne, hummus, tahini + arissa, charred eggplant labne, olives and a hot staff.

Now…headed to our 3rd and final stop…

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 11pm
Friday & Sunday: 6pm – 12am
Saturday – Sunday Brunch 12pm – 4pm

Location: 145 Borinquen Place (corner of Keap)

http://lighthousebk.com


Huckleberry Bar

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And for our grand finale, we headed to Huckleberry Bar, that is famous for its seasonally craft cocktails!

We had the talented and beautiful Serena doing a few of her favorite drinks for us!

We tried the Strawberry Field, obviously named after the Beatles’ song, made with house-infused Dill Vodka, wódka, house-made strawberry syrup, lemon juice!

The other drink was The Sun Also Rises – a great mix of square one botanical vodka, Amaro Nonino, yellow Chartreuse, cinnamon syrup, Angostura bitters and prosecco.

Their menu is quite entertaining with very peculiar names for their drinks, like: Message in a Bottle, Drinking at the Gym, Bahia Via Brooklyn, and my favorite, I Demand Satisfaction! Pretty curious, right?

Why go there?

“Though it’s just about the best bar in East Williamsburg for a date, the atmosphere is just as dynamic as the menu; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day from the shade of our lush garden, to relax by candlelight on weeknights, or to get your nightlife fix on the weekends with some of Brooklyn’s best DJs.”

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 4am
Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – 4am

Location: 588 Grand Street

https://www.huckleberrybar.com


And, as I said in the beginning, if you’re drinking do NOT drive, and if you’re not driving drink with moderation and responsibility! Be responsible and get tipsy in the BTSNYC style. Have fun with your friends in all these super cool spots!

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel, come explore New York with me and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!

If you enjoyed this post you’d probably love exploring another couple bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn or even this super hot spot that the coolest crowd goes to!


VideographyRenata Meirelles 
Photo Credits: Yoav Hougui and courtesy of  the venues
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
Styling:
 Érika Mesentier and Camilla Adão

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Namaste: An Indian Restaurant in Astoria

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I was always curious to go to Namaste, an Indian restaurant in Astoria. After visiting the place for the first time, I went back countless times and at every visit, I was surprised with their fantastic food!

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Namaste. That’s what you’ll say after eating at this cozy Indian restaurant in Astoria.

In the middle of the Greek part of Astoria I would never think of finding this Indian gem. I always passed by Namaste and contemplated its interior: elegant tables beautifully set with flowers, folded napkins and bamboo-ish placemats.

The waiters would always talk to me and invite to come visit them some day. I had never tried Indian food before, so I was always postponing the experience. One day my boyfriend decided to have a different style of dinner and asked me for suggestions in my neighborhood. That’s when Namaste popped up into my mind. I must say: it was the perfect choice!

As soon as we entered the venue, a nice and smiley waiter approached us and seated led us to a beautiful table. Every table is decorated with a gorgeous flower arrangement. It was casual and romantic at the same time.

When I saw the menu, I have to confess that I was a bit confused, since it was my first time at an Indian restaurant. I didn’t really know what to order. My boyfriend gave me some tips and I clarified all my questions with the waiter, who was always kind and willing to help.

I was getting more and more excited with all the options, but a few minutes later I had a winner: Chicken Biryani – tender slices of juicy chicken prepared with basmati rice and mild spices and served with raita (a minty sauce with a creamy yogurt base). I was in heaven!

The food was delicious and I started asking myself why I waited so long to have dinner at Namaste.

In addition, for appetizers we had Naan, a traditional bread and Baba Ganoush. I loved everything. I was afraid of having spicy food, at first, but it was moderated.

After that first night, I returned to Namaste many times for lunch and dinner and ordered different dishes. It’s really tasty and the environment is quite cozy. Since I do like pretty much everything there, I encourage you to order everything you’d like to try. If you check the full menu I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that matches your taste. They have many vegetarian options, too. For lunch they also have “all you can eat buffet” and you can try a great variety of food!

Oh, and you definitely don’t need to be a big fan of Indian food to enjoy this place.

And, for those who don’t live close to the restaurant it’s just off the N and W trains at the 30th Avenue subway station.

Enjoy and let us know what you thought about the place, on the comments below!!! We’d love to know! Finally, if you like Indian food, you might also enjoy a Middle Eastern restaurant called Hummus Kitchen!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 11:30 pm
Sunday: 11am – 11 pm
Lunch buffet: daily from 11am – 4pm

Location: 31-15 30th Avenue, Astoria


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Namaste
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Exploring The 5 Best Bars In Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Explore with our Founder, Fê Paronetto, the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! She takes you on a short and sweet walk around this upcoming neighborhood, with bars you should go visit with your friends!

There are so many awesome neighborhoods spread throughout Brooklyn and it’s always a thrill to explore them! This time, we’re taking you to some of the best bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint is one of the neighborhoods that has been attracting everyone’s attention and eyes, from locals to our type of tourist – the curious ones that want to explore New York off-the-beaten-track.

The neighborhood is not big, making it pretty easy to explore it all on foot. You’ll find everything from independently owned stores and fantastic restaurants to pretty cool bars and delicious coffee shops!

And, since we know that everyone loves uncovering the best bars spread around town, so we decided to give a little hand!

Today we decided to share with you our selection of the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, so be sure to tell your friends and go check it out!

Ok, ok…we agree that there are countless other bar that are amazing! So, if you liked this video, we can maybe do another one with more spots, in the near future! Leave us a message below, if that’s a YES!


Northern Territory

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

During the hot months, Northern Territory is the place to go.

Why? Well, it’s rooftop area has an amazing view of Manhattan’s skyline, drinks are great and it’s always attracts a pretty group of people.

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

Location: 12 Franklin Street


Troost

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One of Greenpoint’s hidden gems is called Troost. Besides having a full bar with great drink selection, great music that attracts a laid-back crowd, it also has a beautiful green garden in the back, perfect now that the weather is getting hotter!

Plus, do you like wine? The owners John Ortiz and Jaime Eldredge opened this place due to the lack of a good wine bar in the neighborhood.

Read more about them.

Hours:
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Daily: 4pm – Close
*Close between Midnight – 2am*

Location: 1011 Manhattan Avenue

http://troostny.com


Brokenland

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Brokenland is pretty low-key and also has a great list of creative cocktails. Plus, it’s another bar with a great back garden!

In addition, if you enjoy a low key, laid back environment, you’ll love it here. As they explain, they are a hip bar with wood floors and tin ceilings!

Hours:
Monday – Friday:  4pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm – 4am
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8pm

Backyard Hours (open year round):
Sunday – Thursday: Open until 11pm
Friday & Saturday: Open until 1am

Location: 105 Franklin Street

http://www.brokenlandbar.com


Ramona

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As soon as you walk into Ramona, you’ll be in awe. The amazing full bar is definitely something to see! This family owned bar serves innovative original cocktails and re-imagined classics.

The house’s main barista, Jeremy, made us a delicious one named The Handsome Grandson. It’s basically gin, bay leaf syrup, pomegranate, basil, lime, topped with soda and goes for $13.

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

Location: 113 Franklin Street

https://ramonabarnyc.com


Greenpoint Beer and Ale

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Greenpoint Beer & Ale is our last stop! While exploring Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss this place.

You’ll see countless communal tables on the sidewalks, with beautiful people hanging out in this German-style brewpub. Be sure to come early to get your seat outside.

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

Location: 7 North 15th Street

http://greenpointbeer.com


For other great cocktail spots, you might want to check out a super cool interview we did with the hippest Brooklyn couple that know everything about cocktails! Rachel and Kyle Ford shared with us their 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY.

And last, if you enjoyed this post and you’re also the type of local, or tourist, that simply loves exploring New York off-the-beaten-path, subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be part of our Founder’s adventure around NY!


Videography: Black3 Agency
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
*Last Update on March/2020.*

6 Hip Spots In Carroll Gardens By A Brooklyn-Based Art Expert

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Brooklyn is the most populous Borough in New York and is growing more each day, with amazing neighborhoods to visit. Come explore 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens through the eyes of Gisela Gueiros, a Brooklyn-based art expert!

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We love absolutely everything about Brooklyn to today we will show you some of the best spots in Carroll Garden.

As we mentioned above, it’s the largest Borough in New York in terms of population – even though Queens is bigger in size.

Every day there is a new place opening, a cool event happening and new Brooklyn-based artists emerging with their talent and creativity. New Yorkers and visitor are more and more open in exploring this special part of New York.

The best part? They always go home, amazed with everything they #uncovered during the day (or night – after all, Brooklyn’s nightlife is surely intriguing).

Our Contributor, Gisela Gueiros, is herself Brooklyn-based and shared with us 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens, for you to visit!

If you’re an art expert or aspiring to learn more about New York City’s art scene, take a look at Gisela’s next curated art exhibition that will take place this upcoming Saturday.

Where? In Brooklyn, of course!


Bar: June

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“I recently went with friends to June. A charming and cozy bar located on Court Street. There are some great appetizers on the menu, wonderful wines with a never ending “happy hour” vibe. What to expect? Many stylish couples and groups of friends that just left work in Manhattan and decided to come chill, in Brooklyn.”

This natural wine bar in Carroll Gardens is the place to go if you’re a wine lover! After all, they’ve been named one of the Best Wine Bars in New York.

It’s also a great spot to have a party or a celebration. They don’t take reservations, except in these cases, so be sure to try and get there early.

Hours:
Happy Hours: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 7pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am | Friday & Sat: 5:30pm – 1am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Location: 231 Court Street

www.junebk.com


Boutique Hotel: NU Hotel

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Boutique NU Hotel

“The most popular hotel in the area is the NU Hotel, in Downtown Brooklyn. The location is super convenient since it’s pretty close to Manhattan! A cool option for anyone who has come to NYC a lot and now wants to explore Brooklyn a bit. In addition, you’ll definitely be saving on the stay, since it’s cheaper than Manhattan. You can walk to several neighborhoods that are nearby: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene and Carroll Gardens.”

The hotel is inspired in the bustling Brooklyn art scene and is one of Brooklyn’s top boutique hotels. Rooms are all “loft inspired”, very modern and with art works of local artists.

Amenities range from a full mini bar to L’Occitane bath products. There are some rooms with bunkbeds and even with cool hammocks to relax!

Definitely a place to consider if you’re looking for accommodation options in Brooklyn!

Location: 85 Smith Street

www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com


Bookstore: Books Are Magic

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Books Are Magic

“If the weather is not good, my favorite activity is to go with my kids (7-year old twins), to a bookstore. Here in the neighborhood my favorite one is called Books Are Magic. The front part is dedicated to adult books and in the back area is exclusively for children. There are poufs for them to lay, while they read, as well as a great selection of books.”

We are huge fans of bookstores and specially if they have these kids section. In this crazy digital work, these are the spots we also love escaping to for some downtime.

Books Are Magic is an independently owned store, by the local Brooklynites Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub.

The store has a fantastic book curation and they also host some of the coolest events – mostly super exclusive talks and discussions with the authors themselves!

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

Location: 225 Smith Street

www.booksaremagic.net


Street: Court Street

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens by Smoking Nun
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Smoking Nun

“Although Smith Street is the most well-known street in Carroll Gardens, I really enjoy to stroll down Court Street!

It’s a bit more ‘low key’ and full of small shops, where we find everything from vintage décor and cinemas to salons and children’s play areas. You can spend all day exploring!”

The street spans from Brooklyn Heights, down through Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, ending in Red Hook.


Coffee Shop: East One Coffee Roasters

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens East One Coffee Roasters

“To start or end your exploration day, have tea or coffee at East One Coffee Roasters. They have impeccable service! You also have the option to sit down to eat brunch, lunch or dinner in their back area, where there is a fantastic restaurant. The fresh peas risotto is to-die-for!”

This is a place where they really dedicate time to their coffee! Not only do they source it, but they also roast and brew their own coffee.

In addition, if you did love their coffee, you can also purchase their different blends and brew it at home before starting your day!

Plus, if you’re into comfort food, then this is the place for you! As said above, their food is to-die-for!

Hours:
Coffee Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 7pm
Eatery Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 384 Court Street

www.eastonecoffee.com


Restaurant: Bar Bruno

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Bar Bruno

“I love Bar Bruno in Carroll Gardens. It’s very laid back and lively, the restaurant serves good Mexican food and a very upbeat soundtrack too. The last time I went there, the waiter sang and danced to Sizzla while serving guacamoles and margaritas. The décor is inspired in the world of soccer. Brazilians will surely feel at home.”

Bar Bruno is inspired in the 1960’s styled bars, with touches of European and Mexican cafeterias. They are a great neighborhood spot, with good food at reasonable prices, plus, great music!

So, if you’re a Mexican food lover, craving your next best taco or margarita cocktail, this is the place to go!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 12am

Location: 520 Henry Street

http://barbrunonyc.com


Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Rythym Exhibition by Gisela Gueiros

Lastly, Gisela is an amazing Art Expert and Curator in New York.

So, if you’re into the art scene, or want to start exploring and learning about it, you might want to start by attending her upcoming show!

On October 28th, Saturday, Gisela invites everyone to join her next curated event, Rhythm. It’s a collaboration between arts and music, with the artists Alice Quaresma and Sandra Jávera.

DJing for the night, will be the amazing Brazilian beauty, Renata do Valle.

It will take place at the record store Superior Elevation, in East Williamsburg, and it will be fantastic!

Great art, energetic music, fantastic space and most certainly the coolest, cultured crowd!

Plus, there will be some amazing posters for sale for US$60/each.

Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Superior Elevation – 100 White Street

www.superiorelevation.com


We hope you enjoy exploring the charming neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.

Stay tuned of other upcoming Bucket Lists!

And, if you need help in travel planning to put together an itinerary to explore Brooklyn, reach out to our experts. In addition, if you’re looking for assistance regarding a Corporate group or organizing activities for your team, see how our Corporate Services works!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gisela Gueiros, The Smoking Nun and venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Top 10 Places To Eat In Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

The diversity of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, lends to the neighborhood’s character in many ways: from its street fashion to its colorful storefronts to its art and, perhaps most notably, its plethora of cuisine. See the Top 10 Places to Eat!

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights by Shalom Serraf
Photo Credit: Shalom Serraf

Indeed, when it comes to foodie destinations, you’d be hard fought to find one as agreeable as this Brooklyn neighborhood: Crown Heights.

Whether you’ve just got a few bucks or want to indulge your gluttonous side with a multi-course meal, below see our picks for the top 10 places to eat in Crown Heights.

Take a look to see the spots chosen by Diane Pham, from 6Sqft.


$ – CHEAP EATS

Reservoir Dogs

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Reservoir Dogs by Roger Brock
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Roger Brock

Reservoir Dogs is not your typical hot dog stand.

This diminutive joint serves up “classic and shishifufu hot dogs & sausages” dressed up in everything.

From cheddar, spicy mayo, banana peppers, guacamole, hot and sweet chili jam, to pico de gallo, sauerkraut, bacon, grilled onions…

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 12am
Thursday – Saturday: 3pm – 3am
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Location: 717 Franklin Avenue

 


Gueros Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Gueros Brooklyn Nachos

Gueros Brooklyn is a cozy spot offering fast and easy Mexican fare and fabulous margaritas.

Not to be missed: the massive-enough-for-two order of nachos.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Location: 605 Prospect Place

www.guerosbrooklyn.com


Pine Tree Sushi

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Pine Tree Sushi

In front, you’ll find the offering of your typical neighborhood grocer.

Nestled at the back of this market is a full sushi bar called Pine Tree Sushi.

The menu features all the classics plus some unique takes like the Rihanna Roll which features “eel, banana and crunch on unagi sauce.”

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 11pm

Location: 744 Franklin Avenue

http://pinetreesushi.net


Frenchy’s Finest Truck

This is a bold claim, but we’re gonna make it:

The best croissants outside of France are being baked in and sold from a red truck called Frenchy’s Finest Truck, parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

The Nutella-filled beignets are also not to be missed.

Location: 333 Eastern Parkway

www.facebook.com/Frenchy’s


Covenhoven

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

There is no shortage of craft beers or ciders at this chill and cozy Crown Heights bar.

But, beyond their tasty selection of beverages, Covenhoven boasts a magical list of ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches to choose from.

Enjoy it at their backyard area!

Tip: get the cheddar jack sandwich with bacon and add fig jam

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Location: 730 Classon Avenue

www.covenhovennyc.com


Gloria’s

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Glorias Caribbean Cuisine

Caribbean food is a mainstay of Crown Heights and if you’re looking for the best of the best in the nabe, this hole-in-the-wall joint is sure to please.

Gloria’s Caribbean Brooklyn explains:

“We specialize in crafting mouth-watering meals and providing superb customer service. Order online for delivery or pickup!”

Just be ready to wait in line!

Hours: They have different delivery and take-out hours, so check their website.

Location: 764 Nostrand Avenue

http://gloriascaribbeanbrooklyn.com



$$ – MODERATE

The Food Sermon

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights The Food Sermon

While we would characterize The Food Sermon as a Caribbean eatery, this special spot stands out for its healthful take on classics that have been elevated even further with fusion flair.

Foolproof pick: The jerk chicken bowl with coconut ginger sauce.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 12pm – 5pm (Based on the sunset)
Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

Location: 355 Rogers Avenue

 


The Crabby Shack

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights The Crabby Shack

Crab legs, crab cakes, crab tacos, crab BLTs, crab mac and cheese….

If you love crab, this sunny spot called The Crabby Shack will surely satisfy.

Hours:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 11pm
Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com



$$$ – HIGHER PRICING

Barboncino

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Barboncino Pizza

Some pizza spots in NYC claim as “the best pizza”, but are truly for pizza amateurs.

Barboncino Pizza serves up the best wood-fired pies, and it’s gotten the Solange seal of approval!

Plus, it has a backyard!

 

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am – 1am
We Have Two Happy Hours Daily: 4pm – 7pm & 11pm – 1am

Location: 781 Franklin Avenue

www.barboncinopizza.com


BKW by Brooklyn Winery

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights BKW by Brooklyn Winery

UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

An offshoot of the popular Williamsburg wine bar, BKW by Brooklyn Winery offers delicious American fare that will tantalize taste buds you’ve yet to activate.

Our favorites: the barbacoa braised short ribs and bacon double cheeseburger.

You also can’t go wrong with any of the wines.

Hours: Are varied, so take a look online.

Location: 747 Franklin Avenue

www.bkwnyc.com


Did you enjoy our 10 places to eat in Crown Heights, Brooklyn?

If you’re interested in touring the neighborhood or even other special spots in Brooklyn, take a look at a few of our BTSNYC Tours & Experiences, or contact our experts for private events and experiences.

For Corporate requests, let our team understand your needs and cater to them!


Photo Credits: Courtesy Shalom Serraf (landscape), Roger Brock (for Reservoir Dogs) and all venues.
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Le Botaniste: A Plant-Based Organic Food And Natural Wine Bar

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How about eating and taking care of our Planet? Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Le Botaniste is a plant-based organic food and natural wine bar!

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They are originally from Belgium and have opened their first store in NYC this past February.

This new concept restaurant was created by Le Pain Quotidien’s Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Alain Coumont and will surely grow!

His awareness of how we all need to take care of our bodies and consequently take care of the planet, drives his passion and this healthy entrepreneurial spirit that we love. Oh! And yes, it’s Vegan!

We tried a few different dishes which were delicious:

  • Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl – brown rice packed with coconut peanut curry and greens,
  • Make Your Own Salad” – greens, seaweed tartare, marinated carrots, onions
  • Quinoa Chili with sour cream

We didn’t forget the dessert, of course! We had the Coconut Chia Seed Pudding and the Key Lime Pie.

And, we also ordered their house-made juices (the lemonade, and two detox), which were amazingly refreshing.

As we always say, there’s nothing better than a plant-based organic food restaurant!

Do you want to explore the Upper East Side? Well, let us help you out! Try some of these spots!

If you want to go for a good coffee, pass by Padoca Bakery! You can also go to the super upscale and trendy Sant Ambroeus a bit North from Le Botaniste.

Feel like splurge-shopping today!? Well, pass by Jack Vartanian’s amazing jewelry shop. He’s a famous Brazilian high-end jewelry designer that dresses powerful women like Gisele Bündchen,  Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams and Jessica Alba.

Want to feel even more pampered? Call our experts to learn about our Private Jewelry Shopping & Consultation, so we can arrange with you an exclusive visit to Jack Vartanian’s store and other extremely high-end stores and private ateliers!

And, for the ultimate VIP Experience, contact us to learn about our different Concierge Services and Corporate Services.

Come to New York City and feel what it is like to be a local!

Have fun!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 833 Lexington Avenue (btw 63rd & 64th)

http://lebotaniste.us


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

Kat Tanita: NYC Highlights Through The Eyes Of A Travel Blogger

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita NYC Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Kat Tanita, one of the top Fashion, Beauty and Travel Bloggers, shares her NYC Highlights! Come see a few places she loves going to!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita NYC Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kat Tanita

We invited the dearest travel blogger, Kat Tanita to participate in another episode of our “NYC Hush Hush Tips” project, where we invite renowned and remarkably interesting people from all over the Globe to share their NY secret tips!

Kat is one of New York City’s supreme Fashion, Beauty and Travel Bloggers – spending also lots of time in Paris and exploring the World.

She also launched a perfectly elegant collection in partnership with Gigi New York, that you should definitely check out!

Here are the NYC highlights through her eyes:


Aria Wine Bar

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Aria Wine Bar

“My favorite wine bar in the city is Aria which is located in the charming West Village. They have a delicious cheese board and the ambiance is cozy and romantic.”

In command is Chef Roberto Passon, they offer Italian brunches, lunches and dinners, specialized in exquisite Italian tapas. Plus, it’s perfect to go with the one you love!

Beware: It can get quite full, so be sure to arrive early to secure your table!

Location: 117 Perry Street

www.ariawinebar.com


Bluestone Lane Coffee

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Bluestone Lane Coffee

“Bluestone Lane Coffee is a local Aussie coffee shop (also in the West Village!) that serves delicious coconut chia seed pudding, avocado toast, lattes, and waffles. In short, the food looks as good as it tastes and is perfect for an Instagram shot!”

If you’ve ever been to Melbourne, in Australia, you know how tasty their coffee is. So, if you are a coffee lover like us, this is definitely a place to go!

You can find them in a few places around town!

Locations: See their website for all locations. Kat loves the 55 Greenwich Village, West Village one!

https://bluestonelane.com


Marlton Hotel

Curiosities Insider Interviews Kat Tanita Marlton Hotel

“Curl up by the fire at the Marlton Hotel with a good book and a coffee or glass of wine. It’s a wonderful place to take a meeting, get some work done, or warm up in the winter. Plus, their bar/restaurant Margaux is great for happy hour.”

Yup! We love them too and during Winter time, their fire place is really tempting. You’ll probably meet the hippiest fashion and art lovers hanging out there too! Super cool crowd!

We’ve written about them too, so for more infos, click here.

Location: 5 West 8th Street

www.marltonhotel.com


Thank you Kat for sharing a few of your best inputs of NYC with us!!!


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

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