Tag Archives: New York City

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at Conrad New York

It’s summertime in New York City and it’s the season for everyone to be outside and definitely out from our tiny apartments (for the 99% of us). One of our favorite experiences is at Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at Conrad New York in the Financial District. The Conrad is a luxury hotel that is all two-room suites. The lobby itself is fascinating with the swirling 13-story-high blue painting by American minimalist artist Sol LeWitt. The artwork, titled Loopy Doopy, is 100ft x 80ft of swirling lines and adds a distinctly modern feel. Blue lighting and curved sofas add to the..

Afternoon Delights at The Back Room at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is a stunning, modern, glamorous first five-star hotel. (I’m planning on my staycation here…) This hotel stands in the heart of Midtown on West 57th Street directly across from Carnegie Hall, the $400 million Park Hyatt is at the center of Manhattan’s newly-minted “billionaire’s row” just a block from Central Park. The 210-room hotel is tucked into the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 condo tower, where penthouses have sold for over $90 million. At the lounge, The Living Room, There’s an endless supply of plush couches and chairs to sink into, as well..

Maison Kayser Opens in the Upper West Side

If you have been reading this site long enough, I am fans of Maison Kayser. I am excited that this amazing international, French-based patisserie and café brand finally opens in the Upper West Side. The new location is at 2161 Broadway on the corner of 76th Street. It’s dangerously close to Fairway that I would extend my grocery shopping trip and carry a larger haul with their delicious, organic, artisanal loaves of bread and pastries. This new location is beautiful that my recent Saturday morning, the morning light filtering through the large windows just cast a gorgeous shadow on the..

Brunch at Empellón Cocina with Imbibe

The cool bar at Empellón Cocina; Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila with Bloody Mary mixes This past weekend, I attended one of Manhattan Cocktail Classic‘s events, brunch at Empellón Cocina, hosted by Imbibe magazine and Olmeca Altos Tequila. This brunch event is fun as you meet fellow imbibers who are willing to have tequila mixed cocktails at 11 AM and of course, have incredible food since Empellón is an excellent restaurant for the new wave of Mexican cuisine. We started out with the Siesta cocktail, a mix of Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit, and Campari. This bright, pleasantly acidic and..

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse on West 50th St (NYC)

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse: Table setting and Interior of dining room Bobby Van opened his first restaurant in Bridgehampton, New York, in the summer of 1969, where he tended bar and played piano. The restaurant quickly became famous with local musicians, writers, poets, and artists. Bobby Van’s legacy of quality food, service, and atmosphere quickly grew into a thriving year round restaurant in the Hamptons. Eventually after 20 years, Bobby would lose interest in running a restaurant and he sold his business to four Manhattan restaurateurs; Joseph Smith, Joe Phair, Rick Passarelli, and Joe Hickey. The new operators soon opened a..

Bobby Van's Steakhouse on West 50th St (NYC)

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse: Table setting and Interior of dining room Bobby Van opened his first restaurant in Bridgehampton, New York, in the summer of 1969, where he tended bar and played piano. The restaurant quickly became famous with local musicians, writers, poets, and artists. Bobby Van’s legacy of quality food, service, and atmosphere quickly grew into a thriving year round restaurant in the Hamptons. Eventually after 20 years, Bobby would lose interest in running a restaurant and he sold his business to four Manhattan restaurateurs; Joseph Smith, Joe Phair, Rick Passarelli, and Joe Hickey. The new operators soon opened a..

Press Tea (NYC)

Exterior; Menu & Pastry display of white chocolate apricot scones and mini green tea whoopie pies; Interior It’s unfortunate that teas haven’t received the precious wave of attention like coffee has within the past decade that every detail was scrutinized starting from where the beans are originated to how to brew the drink (e.g. amount of grounds, water temperature, etc.) that creates a beautifully complex cup. So this does prompt the question, why can’t New York City have a very good, proper cup of tea? The possible answer to that is Press Tea in West Village. This is the kind..

Brunch at Lafayette Restaurant

*Please note: The entire post’s photos were taken with my iPhone 5.* Lafayette’s brunch menu, Inside Lafayette, Peering at their beautiful bakery section and the tart du jour (tart of the day) The past weekend, my friend and I decided to have brunch at Lafayette, owned by Andrew Carmellini, the same chef who started the rustic Italian restaurant Locanda Verde and the all-American fare The Dutch. I’ve read many reviews over the past few months and I’ve read many who tout how Executive Chef Damon Wise and Pastry Chef Jennifer Yee (who takes care of the pastry and café/bakery programs)..

Great Mexican at Estrellita Poblana IV

Estrellita Poblana IV’s menu, horchata, tortilla chips and salsa, fresh guacamole Mexican food is one of the few cuisines Manhattan does best. A friend of mine asserted that the Bronx has the best Mexican, even better than Brooklyn. With a statement like that, how can I not try it? We schlepped all the way up to Estrellita Poblana IV, a Bronx based mini-chain of restaurants that serves very authentic Mexican fare for dinner. We started off with the fresh in-house made guacamole ($5.45) that’s terribly addictive to eat with the tortilla chips. The horchata ($2.50) was refreshing to drink –..