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.
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…
If there is a romantic restaurant in New York, it is One if by Land, Two if by Sea. What a better place to have a date out in the city with my man, and celebrate his recent success and achievements. As the Paul Revere’s Ride poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow goes …” He said to his friend, …If the British march by land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and Two if by sea; and I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm, for the country folk to be up and to arm…”.
I am lucky enough to have enjoy great dinner, cocktails and evenings at Club 21 in New York City. Either having a wonderful meal at the main room, of a glass of champagne next to the fire place during cold winters over lovely conversations. But today, for the first time, following the speakeasy legendary Prohibition-era, I join a very private group of New York leading travel agents, at the wine cellar.
Last night along with my dear friend Michael Romei, we stay in my neighborhood – Hell’s Kitchen, and we tried an option that has been there for a long time, but have never tried before. PRINT Restaurant at INK48 by Kimpton Hotels. PRINT is one of New York City’s premiere farm-to-table dining experiences. Executive Chef Charles Rodriguez and Executive Pastry Chef Geoff Koo create dishes that are inspired from products grown in the region. PRINT’s full-time forager carefully procures ingredients that are brought in daily so guests can enjoy the best flavors that the season has to offer.