Spring / Summer season 2013 is here … so BIKE New York. CitiBikes has arrived, finally, to the Big Apple, same as London, Paris, Lyon among many other top cities around the world. Very smart move CitiBank. !!!
I cannot ever get enough of Korean BBQ nor Saporo Japanese Beer. During my last trip to Philippines, a few years ago, I was introduced to both Korean BBQ and Shabu-Shabu and since then I have become addicted to it. One of the bests spots in New York for this, is right in the heart of Manhattan on 32nd street, on the little street between 5th and 6th Ave which is known as Little Korea.
Every week my two best friends Alex and Michael, and I we get together for lunch or dinner, and we explore new options around New York, or any other city in the world we are together. This week has been Sunday Brunch, as as most of the times, Michael – Chief Concierge at the Waldorf Towers did the picking. He took us, on this GORGEOUS Spring day, all the way up to the UWS – Upper West Side, to try Dovetail.
Back in New York since last night, and today I got together with my two best friends, for a lovely lunch at Dovetail on the UWS. After a heavy brunch and to enjoy the beginning of the Spring season, since the day was gorgeous, we decided t walk and stopped at this charming Flea Market, which opens every Sunday from 10AM till closing. Green Flea Market, a nice alternative outdoor activity while in Manhattan. Columbus Avenue between W. 76 & 77 Streets, UWS. Food, vintage clothes, furniture and much more.
Yesterday, getting ready for the gala dinner I was assisting, at the 24th GLAAD Media Awards, I decided to pamper myself getting a nice facial at the fabulous GUERLAIN Spa, located within the stunning and iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, although I must admit, spoiled me, ha ha ha, I always come by the more exclusive side, by the Waldorf Towers, on 50th Street.
Yesterday both Rubin and I were invited to join a lovely couple for drinks at the East Village. When we asked for the name of the restaurant, they told us Degustation, so we got ready for a heavy night on drinks and no food. Well we could not be more wrong. Our afternoon turn into a fantastic gourmet experience in a very intimate atmosphere, with at tasting me of seven steps chosen by the Chef.
So last night, we decided to go Argentinean in New York, and one of my top choices when I want to kickback my heritage is Novecento SOHO. Located in the neighborhood of SOHO over West Broadway, this charming Argentinean Bistro welcomes you with taking the old mantra “mi casa es su casa” (my home is your home) to another level.
Rumored to be one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, I had to get down there and try them myself. So I did. !!!! Along with my client Kathryn, we too advantage of the opportunity to meet for her to tell me everything about the last trip I planned for her and her family down to Argentina and Uruguay. We planned a date ad 6.30PM sharp.
My new favorite speakeasy spot in Manhattan, The Bar Downstairs by Andaz 5th Avenue. Follow the silver rat to the basement out off 5th Avenue and 41st Street, I mean it is New York after all, and enjoy a lovely evening over great cocktails and tapas. Lovely filthy dirty Martinis, Cellar Door, their signature cocktail and tapas. My favorites, the Octopus Paprika, the Chicken Empanadas and the Orange Beets Salad. Thank you Fidel for the invite and entertaining me.
Today our friend Tom from Orient-Express invited us to go for Sunday Brunch with him, and we came all the way down to the Village to his coup de coeur restaurant La Villette. When you live in New York, you tend to become a bit territorial of your neighborhood and district, so to be honest in the worst judgemental way, we were a bit put off by the zip code in the beginning, but knowing that Tom was doing the picking that was already legitimizing the option. And also, how posh does it sound to have Brunch over Downing Street right…