A few years ago I decided that I was officially a New Yorker. I decided this because I had learned how to do everything – find my MetroCard, send a text message, order take out, cook breakfast – one-handed, because the left hand has a coffee cup permanently attached to it. I am the first to admit that I’m a coffeeholic. As far as addictions go, it could be worse, but still. The amount of coffee I (and most New Yorkers) consume is just ludicrous. I have a coffee in front of me right now while I write this. It seems that each neighborhood in Manhattan has a few options for coffee. Huge chains, like Starbucks, and smaller indie coffee shops.
Being from Texas, there a certain types of cuisine that are near and dear to my heart. TexMex, of course, barbeque (all about the dry rub…sorry North Carolina), and Southern fare. I’m hypercritical of these types of food – I can’t help it!
Brunch is the most honest meal of the week. Everyone is hungover. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear sunglasses indoors. It’s completely normal to have four different beverages in front of you – coffee (obvs), juice (vitamins!), water (hydration is really important) and a Bloody Mary (because brunch.) Brunch-goers range from hungover to haven’t gone to bed yet to people who have already gone for a morning run. And New York, as far as I can tell, celebrates brunch like no other city. (Remember a few years ago when they tried to outlaw the bottomless brunches? Hah. That was short-lived.) [Read more…] about The Late Late’s Delicious Brunch Lights Up The Lower East Side
Here are a few facts about me — I’m a musical theatre performer. I love beets in all forms. And dogs are the best things in the whole world. [Read more…] about Amy’s Bread & 54 Below’s Amazing “Broadway Beets” Event
Summertime in New York City is the actual living worst. It’s overheated, over-crowded, dirty, muggy, humid, and nowhere has central air. (But really though – what the hell is that about? Central air, y’all.) There’s a moment, while standing on the train platform, just PRAYING for the warm breeze when a train comes into the station just to MOVE THE AIR, when all you want in life is a cold drink. [Read more…] about Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square’s Mason Jar Drinks Make The Grade
There are very few reasons for me to go to the Lower East Side or the East Village. I live in Washington Heights. Getting to Avenue A and 11th street is not a short or easy ride for me. But the trip is totally worth it, for Soothsayer. Soothsayer features contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, an extensive wine list, inventive cocktails, and beautiful decor. [Read more…] about Soothsayer Vietnamese’s Cuisine Lights Up The Lower East Side
One of the best things about dining in midtown is that nothing can be taken at face value. It’s not just a hotel, it’s a craft bar. Or it’s not just a lounge, there’s a rooftop restaurant as well. There’s not just sushi, there’s pasta, too. I don’t know when the “fusion” food craze began, but I’m so happy it did. Because it allowed a place like Tender Steak + Sushi to exist. The restaurant itself is on the ground floor of the Sanctuary Hotel in the Theatre District. The space is gorgeous – rich and sexy, with comfortable banquette seating and dark reflective ceilings. The menu boasts a wide selection of flavors and styles of food, from sushi to steak to pasta to meatloaf. [Read more…] about Love Me Tender (Steak + Sushi)- A Yummy Review
Walking along the upper west side, you’re bound to wander past dozens of small, probably delicious, beautifully decorated restaurants. The UWS looks, to me, how I imagined New York would be before I moved here. Lots of impeccably dressed people who JUST left the gym, having a light lunch and glass of wine (probably sitting out on the sidewalk cafe) at one of these gorgeous, privately owned restaurants, before going home to get ready to go to the theatre, or something. Every now and then, because of my awesome job eating and drinking and then telling y’all about it, I get to pretend to be one of these UWS dream-people. [Read more…] about TESSA NYC – How The Other Half Eats
There is something about summer that makes me crave seafood like nothing else. A lobster roll and a glass of crisp white wine at a restaurant on the beach? There is nothing better. [Read more…] about City Lobster – Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy
The meatpacking district is not an area I often find myself in. I’m not a club person, I can’t afford to shop at Restoration Hardware, and cobblestones are hard on my (beautiful, perfect & extensive) heel collection. I will be making an exception from now on because Invite Only, a new lounge-y restaurant on Gansevoort, is absolutely fabulous. [Read more…] about Invite Only in Meatpacking: Why You Should RSVP