The Musket Room | NYC, Nolita

The Musket Room NYC Nolita
New Zealand cuisine in Nolita. First of all, I absolutely loved the interior. It feels very rustic and understated but cool at the same time – very instagrammable! The food is impressive too. We shared the Heirloom Gazpacho, Fois Gras, New Zealand Red Deer and Chicken & Egg. All came beautifully presented with great taste. Good to know, the starters are tiny but the mains are normal sized so don’t be afraid you won’t end up with enough to eat. When you decide to go for an afternoon shop & stroll in Nolita, this restaurant is the perfect place to end the day. 265 Elizabeth Street, Nolita | Tel: +1(212) 219-0764 | Subway: Houston St & Prince St | Website | $$$

Buvette | NYC, West Village

Buvette Grove Street NYC West Village
I’ve been meaning to come here for ages and I finally did on my last trip. I absolutely love it. Buvette is a small cosy French cafe in the West Village that serves French tapas style food all day. Our evening starts with a super cute menu (and waiter) and we decide to go for some of the tartines, shaved Brussels sprout salad and a little pot of Coq au Vin to share (other dishes on the menu are pissaladière, croque monsieur, housemade charcuterie, tarte tartin, so French!). Everything tastes really good and the vibe of the place is great. Buvette is also known for offering amazing brunches so keep in mind if you’re in the area. There is a tiny terrace in the back so you can sit outside if you’re lucky. No reservations unfortunately. 42 Grove Street | Subway: Christopher St – Sheridan Sq | Tel: +1 212-255-3590 | Website | $$

Aria Wine Bar | NYC, West Village

Aria Wine Bar NYC
Cute little Italian that’s always busy on a quiet street in the West Village. They have all the italian dishes on the menu that you hope for as well as some classic American ones like a great tasting caesar salad for instance. Best to order a selection of different small plates, share a pasta and have lots of wine. My ultimate favourite dish is the gorgonzola stuffed dates with speck. You can’t book, so you might have to wait a little but with a party of 2 I always manage to get a table without having to wait too long. Very cosy, lively, small space spread over 2 floors, quite loud. 117 Perry St & Hudson, NYC | Subway: Christopher st- Sheridan Sq | No website | $$

Surf Lodge | Montauk, The Hamptons

Surflodge is my favourite summer hangout in the world. I love everything about it. It’s got a care free surfer’s vibe and literally everywhere you look, it looks cool. There is a restaurant space, a cocktail bar, outdoor deck, lakeside bonfire, they do amazing lobster rolls… I could live here! It’s also a hotel so you could realistically pretend to live here all summer but some nights the room rates can go up to $1000 a night, sadly. Summer Saturdays are busiest and I would recommend to book a table for dinner or get there early as everyone everyone in the Hamptons tends to comes down then, and queuing can take long otherwise. 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York | Best time of year to go: May-September. How to get here: 3.5 hrs train journey from Penn Station, car or bus (depending on traffic) or with a 45 mins direct charter flight from Manhattan to Montauk with StndAIR – Standard’s hotel private sea planes | Website | $$$$
Montauk Surflodge

ABC Cocina | NYC

It’s been a little quiet on our blog lately but we have lots of great restaurant tips coming up so stayed tuned. At the moment I’m living in New York for 3 months and there is one place I keep coming back to called ABC Cocina. Elsje already wrote about ABC Kitchen which is also one of my favourites, but this Latino version feels a little more casual and if you happen to like nacho’s and guacamole, you’re going to love this place. I come for brunch on the weekends (I’m going again tomorrow!) and recommend the basil & jalapeno margarita, green empanadas as well as their version of guacamole with sunflower seeds. The interior decoration is inspiring and might make you a little greedy, as everything is for sale in their 8 story super store next door. I love their little espresso cups, they especially look good on the boys don’t they? 38 E. 19th St. | Flatiron | 212-677-2233 | Website | $$$

The ACE Hotel | NYC

There is always something going on this hotel. It’s one of my favourite places to stay. The rooms are very cool and unique from one another with fun gadgets, vintage furniture and lots of commisioned (wall) art. Last time I went I had turn tables and a fully stocked SMEG fridge in my room, wtf! The lobby is amazing with a cool trendy vibe and literally ALWAYS filled with locals and international hotel guests at the bar. The ACE is also home to one of the best coffee places in NYC; Stumptown Coffee! Staff is always helpful and friendly. They also have a gym, very cool shops (including Opening Ceremony) and 2 restaurants (one has a Michelin star!) that are connected to the hotel. Such a great combination of everything you need when in NYC. 20 W 29th St  New York | Mid Town | +1 212-679-2222 | Website | Rooms from $170 – $2000


Henry Public | NYC

henry public
Visited Brooklyn for the first time when I was in NY and was taken to this small bar / restaurant and just thought I needed to mention it, because even though I only stayed for a short while (like half an hour haha), it was a very nice bar!!! And we write about nice things!! I didn’t have dinner here (we went to the amazing ABC Kitchen afterwards – see other post) so I can’t comment about the food.. I still choose to write about it because it’s a great place to go before dinner. The decor is old school cool; Wooden floors and bar, seating booths, wallpapers in the back, dusty portraits on the wall, books on shelves and a ‘crisping’ fireplace. Very cozy for a chilly evening.
329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY | +17188258630 | Underground: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall |Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 5pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–2am |$$ | Website | Map

The Fat Radish | NYC

The Fat Radish
I went to this restaurant on recommendation of a friend and really liked it! We were with a group of 7 and had a perfect long table in the middle of the restaurant. It is the kind of place you want to be when it is snowy and cold outside (which it was). The place is not too big, you come in and pass a metal bar with wooden stools and white brick walls (looks very trendy actually). The dining space in the back has bare brick walls all around, wooden tables and mirrors on the wall on which they write the daily specials. The place looks clean, shabby chic… Does that make sense at all? Almost everyone in my group had burgers which were pretty good apparently. I had the scallops and sprouts… Very fresh and quite good. Have fun! 17 Orchard St (between Canal St & Hester St), New York |Tube; East Broadway (F) |+12123004053 | $$ | WebsiteMap

Balaboosta | NYC

I was recommended this place by a friend and had a really nice easy dinner here on a Saturday evening with two friends. We were lucky to be able to get a reservation for seats at the bar last minute because we called quite late… Anyway, this Middle Eastern inspired restaurant is located in one of my favourite area’s in NYC and the place is not too big which created a cozy atmosphere. The owner is from Israel which explains the middle eastern angle of the restaurant (a nice little fact; Balaboosta means perfect housewife in Yiddish!) I had the crispy cauliflower as a sharing dish to start and did not particular like it, my main however was very good (black grouper). Just very nice.  214 Mulberry St (between Spring St & Prince St), NY | +12129667366 | $$ | Underground;  Spring St |Website | Map

Houston Hall | NYC


Houston Hall drinks NYC

My 2 favourite New Yorkers took me to this place and I absolutely loved it. It’s basically a new Beergarden style place in the middle of the West Village. It must have been an old garage before, it’s huge! In any case, they’ve made it look really cool, and it keeps me coming back for more. The vibe is easy. Everyone shares long tables with each other, and they show sports on Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the Bloody Mary’s so much we basically finished the entire supply. I suspect it may have something to do with the little bits of cheese and olives they add to them. So good! Alternatively you could opt for GIANT beers. Foodwise, the Pot Stickers are delicious. This place is great for after dinner drinks or as an all day hangout. 222 W Houston St (between Bedford St & Varick St) | West Village | (212) 675-9323 | Website | $$