If a place offers Snackettes, I’m generally sold. I love sharing plates so I can try lots of different things. Especially if it includes chips and dips and deep fried chillies. Shrimpy’s call themselves a deluxe dinette, offering burgers, chippies, as well as some other more healthy options. The restaurant was set up by the old crew behind Bistroteque and they renovated an old filling station to launch Shrimpy’s. The interior is a bit of a weird mix but I like it. Expect a good time surrounded by fun wall illustrations, lots of random golden pineapples, palm trees and a few giraffes.. PS. They have lots of seating space outside too. Goods Way | Tube: King’s Cross | Website | £££
There is something I love about hanging out at hotels lately.. Especially when they have an open space bar for all day drinks, good work/laptop area and coffees (Soho Grind is next door) and 2 really nice restaurants options situated within the hotel for when you get hungry. You basically have no reason to leave this place. We only tested the Hubbard & Bell restaurant which is on the ground floor, open plan and sort of connected to the bar area so you feel you’re right in the midst of the action (above pic is of the H&B). The other restaurant is the Chicken Shop in the basement – by the owners of Soho House. It tends to slow down a little over the weekends compared to Tuesday-Friday when the after work crowd takes over. Oh and they have a great event/party space called the Apartment – I had a sneak peek and am already thinking of a reason to throw a party. 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD | Tube: Holborn | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7661 3000 | Website | ££
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 | $$$
Cute little Italian that’s always busy on a quiet street in the West Village. They have all the italian dishes on the menu that you hope for as well as some classic American ones like a great tasting caesar salad for instance. Best to order a selection of different small plates, share a pasta and have lots of wine. My ultimate favourite dish is the gorgonzola stuffed dates with speck. You can’t book, so you might have to wait a little but with a party of 2 I always manage to get a table without having to wait too long. Very cosy, lively, small space spread over 2 floors, quite loud. 117 Perry St & Hudson, NYC | Subway: Christopher st- Sheridan Sq | No website | $$
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 | $$$$
So… Last week I was walking down Portobello Road where I happen to live next to and discovered this new place. And although it is a chain it is a dangerous new place around the corner for me so I have to write about it…
Delicious burgers in a friendly, easy setting is just what you need on a lazy, hangover Sunday and even though I was not hangover, the burger I ordered tasted SO good and the fries even better. They do chicken and beef burgers in various styles and they season their fries with rosemary (the way I always do when I am in the south of France so it totally reminded me of holiday). We didn’t have to queue and the service was quick. I will definitely be back.
189 Portobello Road, London |+44 20 7229 4978 | Tube; Notting Hill Gate | ££ | Map | Website
I went to this restaurant on recommendation of a friend and really liked it! We were with a group of 7 and had a perfect long table in the middle of the restaurant. It is the kind of place you want to be when it is snowy and cold outside (which it was). The place is not too big, you come in and pass a metal bar with wooden stools and white brick walls (looks very trendy actually). The dining space in the back has bare brick walls all around, wooden tables and mirrors on the wall on which they write the daily specials. The place looks clean, shabby chic… Does that make sense at all? Almost everyone in my group had burgers which were pretty good apparently. I had the scallops and sprouts… Very fresh and quite good. Have fun! 17 Orchard St (between Canal St & Hester St), New York |Tube; East Broadway (F) |+12123004053 | $$ | Website | Map
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 | $$
Love Fedora! It’s a speakeasy basement and totally cozy, hip and lovely inside. The service was amazing too. It’s quite small and gets really busy in the evenings, especially over the weekends so it might be hard to get a table, but they do accept reservations. It used to be a cocktail bar and omg, they are good! Two words: Song-Bird. We loved this one so much we decided to stick with it the rest of the night….
The food was really great too. We shared different plates and were impressed with the taste. Will definitely be back. 239 W. 4th St. (between 10th St & Charles St) | West Village | (646) 449-9336 | Website | $$$
A new spot in Soho that I love!! Concept is simple; steak in a simple raw NY style setting. Large wooden sharing tables, bare brick walls, industrial lamps and a choice out of a few side dishes and sauce to go with your steak. The steak is crazy good… (£10,-) and I found the staff super attentive and nice.
The space consists of three floors. The basement is a waiting area with a bar and the ground and first floor are for seated dinner. They do not take reservations (grrrr…) BUT I went to have lunch here and was seated immediately and assume the waiting for dinner can’t be too long because they only serve one dish… If you do have to wait then the bar in the basement is perfect to have some pre dinner cocktails!! 17 Beak Street, | +441234 567891 | Tube; Piccadilly circus | £££ | Website | Map