Stepping into Machiavelli was like being engrossed in the pages of an historical romance. Frescoes cover the walls, heavy thrones line the area next to the bar, and wrought iron candelabras provide a lovely Renaissance glow. A long, traditionally made, mahogany banquet table sits next to the piano, and the black and white floors tie all of the richly authentic items of the restaurant’s iconic design together. Owner, Nathalie de la Fontaine spoke with passion about everything that went into creating a space that immersed you in Renaissance Italy. [Read more…] about The Best Priest Stranglers I’ve Ever Tasted at Machiavelli
You have a dilemma. You work or live in or near the Flatiron district and have been trying to eat a healthy but satisfying lunch or dinner, but nothing seems to be working. If you are trying to eat healthy, but don’t have time for meal prep because you are working long hours, or because you have just lost the will to cook up another batch of rice to last you through the week, I may have found a viable solution for you. ReViVer, the restaurant that promotes nutritionally charged and balanced meals from Chef Scott Leibfried, has opened up a new location on Park Avenue near 23rd street. [Read more…] about If It Fits Your Macros… It Must Be ReViVer!
Located under the trestles of the high line on 10th Avenue is a fairly new gem that deserves your attention. A bar and a restaurant, Sons & Daughters is perfect for socializing with its large tables and bigger-on-the-inside feel. Beautifully decorated, the space was incredibly comfortable and cool. Tiled walls and thoughtful lighting make for an elegant, but easy going room.
Lala Sahab is warmly lit, with comfy leather seating and nostalgic black and white photos of Indian freedom fighters lining the walls.
Ling Ling is that special area in each Hakkasan where the vibe of the restaurant meets that of a nightclub or lounge. They like to think of it as something unique to each location. Here in New York, Ling Ling has a signature hot pink flare to it, capturing the electricity of the city. The newest incarnation of Ling Ling just opened in Marrakech, and to celebrate, Hakkasan around the world has been offering a cocktail flight which outlines the evolution of the bar space from its first incarnation in London to the newest in Morocco. [Read more…] about Last Week to get into Hakkasan For Their Delicious Summer Menu!
Passage Astoria, at 40-11 30th Avenue in Astoria, seemed like it would be a normal Irish pub. It’s cozy and warmly lit and all of the staff welcomes you with a smile. It is hardly typical though. In fact, Passage may be in a class of its own, creating something truly unique out of what can be easily mundane. [Read more…] about Passage Raises The Bar on Irish Cuisine in Astoria
The focus of the Sisley Spa experience seems to be service. During a recent visit to their 76th Street location inside the Carlyle Hotel, I wanted for nothing. The staff made sure that I was well attended to from the moment I walked in until the moment I left.
Somewhere between the seriousness of a great steakhouse and the familiarity of the coziest diner lies the aesthetic that shines from Kingside. Even though it has only been open since October of 2013, Kingside has the comfort of a well worn leather chair. Luxurious without being stuffy. [Read more…] about Checkmate- Kingside Castles Delicious New American Cuisine!
I hadn’t danced in ages when I went to Daybreaker at Space Ibiza, 637 West 50th Street on Wednesday. I wasn’t sure what to expect and feared that I would be out of place and misfit. I arrived at 5:30am; early enough to be the third person in line. The first person in line was a gentleman in his 50’s in a polo shirt and some cargo shorts. I wondered about being in the right place until I noticed the person between us slapping on temporary glitter tattoos and a rainbow headband. Her name was Kay, she had been there before, and her advice was, “get a few of the good drinks first before they are gone.” Bottles of cold brew coffee, juices, and coconut water were provided for everyone, free of charge. [Read more…] about Wake and Shake with Daybreaker- Pride Edition!
While we were sitting at our cafe table at Studio Kraut on a busy Saturday afternoon, a friend swooshed up to me to say hi. We got to talking about how the city changes, neighborhoods change, and there are times when 8th Avenue in Chelsea can feel like it is struggling beneath the weight of empty storefronts and nail salons. This restaurant seems to be trying to breathe new life into its old shell at the corner of 8th avenue and 18th street. [Read more…] about A Neighborhood Art Scene and Schnitzel Meet at Studio Kraut