I often get emails from friends and family members who are traveling to New York, asking me for my list of recommendations. I figured…what better time to reflect back through the year and highlight my favorite spots then now. This way…next time someone asks, my list is ready to go. So here you have it…ENJOY!
LMP’s favorite restaurants
Rosemary’s: Is an Italian restaurant with a roof top garden where they grow herbs and produce highlighted throughout the incredibly delicious menu. With housemade pastas and a selection of focacce, you’ll quickly fall in love like we did.
18 Greenwich Avenue
Margaux at the Marlton Hotel: I can’t vouch for the hotel rooms but the restaurant, Margaux, at the Marlton Hotel is outstanding. With a cosy vibe and farm to table type menu you will want to order everything you see.
Margaux at the Marlton Hotel
5 West 8th street
Narcissa: Is the latest restaurant in Cooper Square’s Standard hotel. The menu is mouth watering and the food feels like home cooking with the freshest of ingredients. A beautiful space with a large open kitchen and chef counter as well as a charming private garden allowing for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
25 Cooper Square
Robataya: A local favorite where the respect they show towards the cuisine and ingredients begins with their obsession with using only top quality salt, miso, and rice: the three origins of Japanese cooking. I love bringing my kids here to eat at the front garden-like counter where the chefs hop up close to you to pick the ingredients for your dinner and then heat them on an open grill. They then serve the food on a large paddle from which you grab your plate. Entertaining and delicious though make sure to note, it is quite pricey.
231 East 9th Street
ABC Kitchen: A space as beautiful as it is inviting where the ingredients are always seasonal, fresh and clean. Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his team will make you feel right at home.
35 East 18th Street
Locande Verde: This rustic Italian Tribeca gem will never disappoint. They have a spectacular brunch, house made pastas and a very large wine list. You’ll be so cosy and well fed, you won’t want to leave.
377 Greenwich Street
Nobu & Nobu Next Door: Will forever and always be a favorite of my husband and I. I will often order the yellowtail with jalepeno as an appetizer…and also for dessert.
105 Hudson Street
The Red Head: A neighborhood restaurant inspired by the local farmer’s market stands. Quaint and delicious.
349 East 13th Street
LMP’s favorite Quick & Cheap eats
Mighty Quinn’s: Hands down my favorite spot for BBQ, especially with the kids. This is a super casual restaurant with a walk up counter and a menu consisting of very slowly cooked meats with the perfect amount of spice. You won’t leave hungry.
Mighty Quinn’s – East Village
103 Second Avenue
The Shake Shack: In the middle of Madison Square Park is where you’ll often find me in the off hours, avoiding the line, waiting for a shroom burger. It’s a large portebello mushroom stuffed with cheese and fried. The cheese oozes out after your first, heavenly bite.
The Shake Shack
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park near Madison Avenue and E. 23rd Street
Mimi’s Cheng’s Dumplings: A family run, small dumpling shop that quickly became an addiction in my home. The sisters who run this place are the sweetest and I love hearing about how they took their mother’s dumpling recipe and turned it into a storefront dream. Every time I visit their shop I get at least one of every dish on their short menu, usually doubling up on the fried pork. Mimi’s Dumplings are perfect for lunch, dinner or even just a snack!
179 Second Avenue
Joe’s Shanghai: Will remain on our list of favorites till the day I die. We visit Joe’s almost every Sunday and look forward to our meal there week after week. A very casual restaurant in the heart of Chinatown where they are famous for their soup dumplings. Other must have dishes are the sesame chicken, scallion pancakes and beef with string beans.
9 Pell Street
Joe’s Pizza: New York is known for it’s pizza cooked to perfection and Joe’s is a must. After an afternoon of shopping the streets in Soho and / or the West Village do yourself a favor and grab a slice.
7 Carmine Street
Grey Dog: It’s hard to believe their first and only location was one of my favorite spots when moving to NYC. I’ve been living in this city for 15 years now and they have opened tons of locations since. Lucky for me one of the openings was right under my office so I think it’s safe to say I’m there at a minimum of twice every week. From their coffee to eggs to Michelle’s favorite meatball soup, they have a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
LMP’s favorite Tiny Hot Spots
go before 6pm if you want to get a seat without having to wait at least an hour for your table…
Joseph Leonard: Love the people, the food and the HASHBROWN is a MUST!
The Little Owl: MEATBALL sliders are a MUST!
Mary’s Fish Camp: Best lobster roll in the city. Maybe the world.
Red Farm: The best Asian Fusion you’ve seen yet.
The Spotted Pig: A MUST order: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter & Sage – just trust me.
Westville: Always seasonal and always delicious.
Parm: Looking for a meatball sub? GO. They have the best ever.
Momofuko Ssam Bar: You won’t know what hit you when you try their pork bun…
Prune: My favorite brunch in NYC. I go prior to their opening at 10am and wait in line to be one of the first ones in. Otherwise, forget it.
The Meatball Shop: I can’t get enough of the naked balls here. And they have chicken meatballs that are gluten free!
LMP’s Favorite Bars – the short list
Analogue where they serve the best Manhattan’s in Manhattan made by our favorite bartender Cliff.
The Nomad for the pretty people watching.
Gottino for a glass of wine and some delectable pairings.
Employees Only for the fabulous cocktails.
Death & Company for a fun night out.
McSorley’s Old Ale House for a beer with the boys.
How to take in some culture
New York City Ballet
Stroll through Little Italy – start on Mulberry street just south of Spring
See a show on Broadway – I just saw This is our Youth with Michael Cera, Fantastic! Also saw Aladdin, fabulous. Next on the list – Matilda!
Catch a game Yankees Stadium & CitiField
Stroll, play or bike through Central Park. Don’t forget to check out the zoo…
See the city from above at The Empire State Building
For the lil ones
The Ferris Wheel at Toys R Us Times Square
Piccolini – our favorite kids store in NYC – home of the famous I pretzel hotdog NY (designed by Alex Zagami, founder and owner of the store)
Hop on the big piano at FAO Schwartz
Go for a skate and hot chocolate in Bryant Park (in the winter)
Take a ride around Jane’s Carousal in Dumbo, Brooklyn (in the summer)
Tour the Southstreet seaport and imagination playground
Play and learn at the Museum of Mathematics
LMP Favorite streets to shop
5th avenue between 23rd and 14th street
West Broadway between Houston and Canal
Weave in and out of the West Village: Start at Bank Street and 8th Avenue
Hope you have a BLAST in this amazing city!
I’m not sure if gets more genius then the Drybar. A perfectly branded salon where all they do is blow outs. You are greeted with a glass of champagne, they give you a delightful wash and head massage and then you can choose from a book of gorgeous hairstyles for your blow.
Michelle and I have a tradition with our two best friends from our days of working at J.Crew where we enjoy a steak dinner at the Strip House every Christmas season. It’s a time for us gals to catch up, throw back a few cocktails and celebrate the holidays together.
This year I suggested we hit the Drybar first. Little did I know…Michelle had never been!
We sipped on champagne and sat back and relaxed which is always difficult for us to do. We left feeling pretty and ready for a night out.
Well this holiday season we are VERY excited to tell you that we’re giving away a FREE BLOW OUT from the Drybar! So you can get yourself pampered too. Leave a comment telling us what you’ve got going on this holiday season and we’ll choose one winner at random on Tuesday December 23rd. Good luck!
*Entries must be residents of the United States.
Being a mom is a tough job. And it is certainly a delicate balancing act when you have a family at home to nurture and a wildy successful career to sustain. Meet Julie Potash-Slavin, aka Hesta Prynn, one of the most sought after DJ’s in NYC and new mom. She is the epitome of cool with her bold red hair and edgy style and is as talented as she is sweet. Her nights vary between spinning a fabulous fashion event, DJ’ing the HBO GIRLS premier party or reading her daughter a good night story. There is nothing better than that. We caught up with Julie to find out more about how this multi-faceted woman does it all.
When did you realize your passion for music? Music was always really important to me. My earliest memory of connecting with music was watching Tom & Jerry cartoons and noticing the soundtracks. When I first heard Rhapsody in Blue I remembered it from those cartoons. It’s such a vital part of creating a mood – whether you’re alone or at a an event – and to me it’s something I’m always acutely aware of wherever I am.
Who or what has influenced you musically? I toured with The Roots for two years and Questlove taught me how to DJ using vinyl, that was probably the most important influence on me as a DJ. Some other artists I love – Beastie Boys, Tori Amos, Tears for Fears, The Pixies, The Verve, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Elvis, the list is endless.
Is there a certain feeling or mood you wish to evoke when people listen to your music? As a DJ you always want to make people feel cool and included. You are there to facilitate, not show off. Questlove taught me to have an encyclopedic knowledge of music – know every demo and what they listened to at 16 years old. If you can use music as a tool to make them feel good they will remember the entire evening as magical.
How has your musical life changed since having a baby? It’s been fun to dig and see what kind of things my baby reacts to that I can enjoy as well. There are lots of acts that cross over – The Beatles, Bob Marley, Tom Petty and surprisingly we listen to a lot of Phish together which is a band I enjoyed in high school and have recently rediscovered. I sing “Carried Away” by Crosby, Stills & Nash to her every night before bed.
What would you want to teach your child about taking risks when it comes to your career and your passion? My husband and I have both followed our artistic passions – something that never makes sense practically and financially when you’re first starting out. I hope the fact that we haven’t ever compromised in our careers or lives opens her mind to the idea that following your dreams is a definition of success in it’s own right.
Some of my absolute favorite memories as a kid are back to school shopping. Does that sound weird? The smell of brand new pencil crayons, a brand new pencil case and that fresh lined notebook. Ah, makes me want to do it all over again! Oh and that’s what I did this weekend. With my lil man…who happens to be going into Kindergarten in two weeks. Holy cow. Where did the time go?! My baby is growing up! Damn.
Well with growing up comes opinions and that’s exactly what he had when we were picking out his backpack, pencil case and school supplies. There is a character associated with absolutely everything. Minions, Avengers, The Ninja Turtles – you name it!
Gavin chose his characters and pencils, crayons, markers and a notebook to fill his bag. Don’t forget the glue sticks and children’s scissors.