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!
Ok have you ever heard of a Pop Up Party? I hadn’t. Until my friends over at Flatiron 27 put this together…you’ve gotta check it out…
With the holidays fast approaching, having a fully stocked bar is a must - particularly if you are hosting a New Years Eve party. Flatiron27 was inspired to create a sparkling-chic cocktail cart by our friend Little Miss Party and Little Miss New Years Eve in a box. The black and gold themed party in a box couldn’t make hosting a New Years party any easier - or more stylish. It comes with everything you need to host a bash - from the decorations, to the champagne flutes and party hats. All you need to buy is the champagne! We found an incredibly cool vintage Italian bar cart on 1st Dibs (here is one more option) and stocked it full of fun bar essentials including a Bauhaus cocktail shaker, Shagreen Tray and lots of metallic accents. Read on to see how we plan to decorate – and celebrate New Years in style!
FLATIRON27 NEW YEARS BAR CART
1. Glass Bottles with Stoppers - West Elm | 2. Tom Dixon Eclectic Tongs - abc carpet and home | 3. Crystal Bottle Stopper - homenature | 4. Chocolate Shagreen Butler Tray - Aerin | 5. Bar Trolley - 1st Dibs | 6. Bauhaus Cocktail Shaker - Stardust Modern | 7. Lustre Bottle Opener - Kelly Wearsler | 8. Direction Bar Glasses - Crate and Barrel | 9. Resin Ice Bucket - Barneys | 10. Agate Coasters with Silver Trim - homenature.
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Turning 40 on Halloween…does it get more fun?! Dressing up, drinking champagne and dancing on the tables…that’s just how it should be done.
Rick’s wife Emily called us for some help with decorating the private event space at Lafayette for a 40th birthday celebration on Halloween. Everyone is getting dressed up she told us. She also told us that Rick is often told he looks like George Clooney…
The Silver Fox.
When a five year old kid has a clear vision of what he wants his birthday party to be you cannot help but make sure you follow through and go all out.
This summer Gavin started gearing up for his birthday very early as he was often conversing with his best friend, Mazzy’s Dad, Mike about their birthdays falling on the same day.
All summer long Gavin would tell Mike - we’re going to have a superhero bowling party, together.
Mike always agreed.
And here we are today.
Was the biggest blast. Celebrating a 5 year old boy and 42 year old man.
I tend to joke a lot about how much my kids drive me nuts. You know sometimes they do.
But no really, they are the ultimate precious beings in my life.
If I could bottle the love I have for these boys I would do so and slap a funky label on it. The bond that I share with these little people is unimaginable and more special to me then I ever would have dreamed.