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 | $$$
Surflodge is my favourite summer hangout in the world. I love everything about it. It’s got a care free surfer’s vibe and literally everywhere you look, it looks cool. There is a restaurant space, a cocktail bar, outdoor deck, lakeside bonfire, they do amazing lobster rolls… I could live here! It’s also a hotel so you could realistically pretend to live here all summer but some nights the room rates can go up to $1000 a night, sadly. Summer Saturdays are busiest and I would recommend to book a table for dinner or get there early as everyone everyone in the Hamptons tends to comes down then, and queuing can take long otherwise. 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York | Best time of year to go: May-September. How to get here: 3.5 hrs train journey from Penn Station, car or bus (depending on traffic) or with a 45 mins direct charter flight from Manhattan to Montauk with StndAIR – Standard’s hotel private sea planes | Website | $$$$
There is always something going on this hotel. It’s one of my favourite places to stay. The rooms are very cool and unique from one another with fun gadgets, vintage furniture and lots of commisioned (wall) art. Last time I went I had turn tables and a fully stocked SMEG fridge in my room, wtf! The lobby is amazing with a cool trendy vibe and literally ALWAYS filled with locals and international hotel guests at the bar. The ACE is also home to one of the best coffee places in NYC; Stumptown Coffee! Staff is always helpful and friendly. They also have a gym, very cool shops (including Opening Ceremony) and 2 restaurants (one has a Michelin star!) that are connected to the hotel. Such a great combination of everything you need when in NYC. 20 W 29th St New York | Mid Town | +1 212-679-2222 | Website | Rooms from $170 – $2000
Visited Brooklyn for the first time when I was in NY and was taken to this small bar / restaurant and just thought I needed to mention it, because even though I only stayed for a short while (like half an hour haha), it was a very nice bar!!! And we write about nice things!! I didn’t have dinner here (we went to the amazing ABC Kitchen afterwards – see other post) so I can’t comment about the food.. I still choose to write about it because it’s a great place to go before dinner. The decor is old school cool; Wooden floors and bar, seating booths, wallpapers in the back, dusty portraits on the wall, books on shelves and a ‘crisping’ fireplace. Very cozy for a chilly evening.
329 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY | +17188258630 | Underground: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall |Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 5pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–2am |$$ | Website | Map
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 | $$ | Website | Map
I was recommended this place by a friend and had a really nice easy dinner here on a Saturday evening with two friends. We were lucky to be able to get a reservation for seats at the bar last minute because we called quite late… Anyway, this Middle Eastern inspired restaurant is located in one of my favourite area’s in NYC and the place is not too big which created a cozy atmosphere. The owner is from Israel which explains the middle eastern angle of the restaurant (a nice little fact; Balaboosta means perfect housewife in Yiddish!) I had the crispy cauliflower as a sharing dish to start and did not particular like it, my main however was very good (black grouper). Just very nice. 214 Mulberry St (between Spring St & Prince St), NY | +12129667366 | $$ | Underground; Spring St |Website | Map
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 | $$
Not much to say about this great little bar apart from the fact that I managed to go back here within the one week I was staying in NYC because it was so perfect…!
Had a delicious bottle of wine… I can’t remember the name as I didn’t pick it and wasn’t paying attention when I was asked if I agreed with the choice… whoopsie… However, the guy behind the bar was super friendly so will definitely let you try some of the wines and give you some good advice. Apparently they have 250 bottles to choose from! They are also said to have really good nibbles which I didn’t try.. Urghh, sorry…not much help here! Last but not least; the brothers who own this little wine bar (Bruce and Eric Bromberg) also own the restaurant Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen across the road which I didn’t try either BUT is apparently very good too.. So I invite our readers to go there, check and feedback to our blog!
34 Downing St, West Village, NY (between Bedford and Varick Sts) |+1212-691-0404 |Opening hours:Daily 6pm–2am | Underground; A, C, E, B, D, F to W 4th St; 1 to Houston St | $$$ | Website | Map
Inspired by the English Gastro pub and looking actually quite a lot like an English pub you may wonder why I choose this place to have dinner in NYC.. Probably because I was with a group of 5, amongst which 3 VERY British guys and I thought they would appreciate this place… Well, they did…! I really liked this gastro pub; it’s super buzzing and cozy and they have a nice bar upstairs where you can wait for your table as they don’t take reservations. The whole place is covered in curiosities hanging on the walls (mainly all pigs…) and they created adjacent spaces which makes the restaurant less spacious but at the same time very cozy. I was told the Burger is amazing but didn’t have it as I already had a burger 4 hours earlier… Anyway, I choose to have mackerel as a starter and fish stew as main.. Both very good. 314 W 11th St New York (on the corner of Greenwich St.| Underground; Christopher St – Sheridan Sq | +12126200393 | $$$ | Map | Website
A dear friend took me to this place on a Sunday evening in New York and I think I can say that this is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in NYC.
To start, they have done a terribly good job on the interior. The place looks gorgeous. It is spacious and airy but super cozy at the same time. They have done a clever job with the decor which mixtures warm, wooden floors and exposed beam ceilings with modern, minimalistic furniture and light fixtures hanging from the ceiling to create a cozy atmosphere.
Anyway, on top of this, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has done a beautiful job as chef; The food is absolutely incredible… Especially this mid size pizza we shared before sharing a main. Have the mushrooms, oregano, parmesan pizza with a farm egg!! It’s simply divine. I will absolutely go back here… Can’t wait actually…
35 east 18th street (between broadway & park avenue), NY | +12124755829 | Underground; 14 St – Union Sq (N, Q, R)| $$$$ |Map | Website