New York City Boy
I'm so excited to share my new findings in NYC over the Summer. With so many options in this amazing city I tried to narrow it down to my newest finds but also to the ones I'd definitely come back to.
It’s always hard to me to steer away from my local spots in the city, however, this time it was just so natural to find these new spots and loved them so much that I can’t wait to share them.
Eventi Hotel — This is not a “new” find, I just thought that I needed to give it a little more credit as it’s my “home-away-from-home” and I spend so much time here. Now with brand new restaurants, three to be exact, the possibilities to have a nice meal at the hotel are pretty close 100%. Great guest rooms, modern, sophisticated and staff is the best. They really make me feel at home.
Walking distance from the Eventi I found so many new bars and restaurants on 26th St. and Broadway. I really like the way this neignborhood is turning out to be, I guess it’s the north side of Chelsea but it definitely has a very unique flavor.
La Pecore Bianca — Great authentic Italian food. Gets pretty busy so make sure you make a reservation or get there early.
Maysville Bourbon Bar and Restaurant — I didn’t have dinner there but the cocktails are amazing. I’ve never seen that many bourbon brands in one place and they have the most unique bourbon-inspired cocktails.
The Smith — Really casual space and large! It’s a big restaurant and finding a table was easy. Summer nights are great here as all the doors open up to the streets and you get that sense of indoor/outdoor living. Great casual and comfortable food.
Flatiron Hall — Just walked by it, the place was packed. You could listen to the jazz music from the street and it was so lively. Great music, cool spot, got to check it out next time in town.
L’Amico — Favorite restaurant. At the Eventi Kimpton Hotel, with a very detailed classic italian decor with intricate designs. It’s happening. Again, you can enjoy indoor/outdoor eating and the menu has been so carefully curated that it’s hard to leave anything out. All dishes are amazing, not to mention the elaborate summer cocktails.
The Vine — Another restaurant hosted at the Eventi Kimpton Hotel with a great view and access to a back courtayrd. Sit and have a delicious breakfast or tasty snacks at night. Casual, refreshing, relaxing and cool, without trying to hard.
Barbuto — Yes, there are so many Italian restaurants in NYC and this one is one of my favorites. Great traditional Italian food, comfortable space and great to look at people passing by. The burrata salad was insane. Pasta, pasta, pasta! Grazie.
Spotted Pig — Ahh! Second time here and finally made it inside. It gets super busy as it’s a very small space. Not for large groups. The food is out of this world, so many flavors compressed in one dish. Comfortable food and the strawberrry mimosas are delicious. Must try their famous burger. Very cute funky place.
Hundred Acres — It was a very hot day in Soho and stumbled upon this place to cool down. I felt like I had been transported to Greece in the 1950’s. Great space with a very unique twist on decor. Didn’t have much food, just appetizers and the highlight of this experience was the cocktails. Intricate flavors and so refreshing for a hot summer day. Need to go back and have a full meal there.
NY Yankees Stadium — I’m a big-time SF Giants fan and not a fan of the Yankees so I went to support our Giants playing the Yankees. Even though we lost, their ballpark is pretty cool. Huge. It was a great game on a Summer day and totally enjoyed the experience. With this my bucket list to visit ballparks is getting shorter.
What Comes Around Goes Around — Finally, time to shop. We all know that NYC has all the brands and the best stores. This is a jewel! It’s even hard for me to share as I want to keep it a secret. Vintage clothing, jewelry and luggage. I found my first Louis Vuitton here, circa 1991. All merchandise is in impeccable condition and you avoid paying the retail prices. Opening soon in Beverly Hills too.
I spent about five weeks between July and August in NYC and the above are the best fidnings and highlights that made my stays there feel like I was at home. Manhattan is definitely my second home, so I consider myself a New York City Boy. Until next time.