There are few things more cool than the downtown neighborhood of Nolita and the eponymous The Nolitan hotel. Located at 30 Kenmare Street and within walking distance to other exciting New York City neighborhoods (SoHo, Little Italy, Lower East Side), The Nolitan is an urban…
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This pandemic is the worst – words I never thought I’d say. In a span of six months, we have locked down and sanitized every corner of our lives. Children have been pulled from schools, jobs have been lost, living rooms have been turned into…
There’s something about the American coast that evokes a sense of longing and nostalgia — something about growing up in a sleepy New England town meant for whale watching and harvesting the day’s catch. Imagine smoke, fog, cliffs, light houses and the crash of waves — this very something is what seafood menu dreams are made on.
Enter Simon and the Whale, the not-so-sleepy and charming “neighborhood bar” located within the popular Freehand New York hotel in the Flatiron District. Parts quaint, parts warmth, fully New York and oh-so-sophisticated, this restaurant and bar is, perhaps, restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s answer to dining somewhere that feels very close to home.
Upon arrival, the restaurant feels very warm, dimly lit, the perfect place for reflection or a boozy night cap. The 76-seat restaurant space which features dark and moody wood-paneling, green tufted upholstery and brass light fixtures has a high-end feel, but is both warm and welcoming. Additionally, while the menu seems Mediterranean (which we also love), a closer look throws that notion out the window.
For starters, a must at Simon and the Whale is to try the restaurant’s trademark black bread (made of pumpernickel) served with taramasalata and smoked mussels served simply with wheat crackers (mmm). Or, if you’re like me and can’t wait til after dinner for dessert, order the sweet potato crostini to satisfy any sweet tooth craving. As far as entrees go, there’s more than one haunting meal. Try the ricotta gnocchi, squid ink tagliatelle (ah, squid ink) and the wild striped bass served in a warm and tasty tomato broth (yes, please)! There’s absolutely no room for ordering error, as this menu is nothing but delicious comfort food for busy New Yorkers.
Hmm, with a beautiful interior and an unfussy menu, Simon and the Whale provides the comfort and warmth of a childhood spent seaside or in a bed and breakfast town – whether you grew up by the sea or wish you did, Simon and the Whale proves it can transport one warm meal at a time.
Thank you to Simon and the Whale.
23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 11 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM to 11 PM
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Located in the historic George Washington Hotel (a former boarding house and boot-legging distillery), the Freehand New York is a modern-day bohemian enclave providing locals and out-of-towners with a trendy and affordable lodging option. This 395-room property brought to you by the Sydell group (also…
If you’re flying into New York for a few days or desperately in need of a staycation, stay at The Frederick Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Centrally located in Tribeca, but easily accessible to any part of New York City through a multitude of options (try…
Located in the Pier A Harbor House in New York’s Battery Park City and brought to you by the makers of Dead Rabbit, Grocery and Grog (also in Lower Manhattan), is Black Tail, a Cuban-esque restaurant and bar inspired by the days of Prohibition when privileged Americans would flee the United States and jet set to Cuba for the weekend in pursuit of drinking pleasures.
Enter the downstairs lobby of this venue and immediately transport to a speakeasy era when access was not always granted, but the promise of a good time was worth the gamble. Once vetted, ascend a stairwell lined with nostalgic black and white photographs evocative of Old Cuba and enter a welcoming main lounge filled with lively crowds and the sound of glasses clinking. Choose to wait for a table or sit at the bar for a more interactive experience (these bartenders can really shake a drink.) Enjoy the piano bar feels and let the leafy greens and rich, dark oak of the space begin to work their magic on you as you begin to ‘embrace the lush life.’ Imagine yourself a socialite or debutante in 1920s Cuba escaping the dry laws of the United States, if even for a few hours, and rubbing elbows with both the military and literary elite… think daiquiris, Hemingway, pearls and cigars. If you fancy a bit more privacy with your rat pack, sit in the cigar lounge (décor only; please see New York smoking laws) where you can chit chat the night away or think up the next big work of literature or revolution.
If décor is not your thing (hmm?), no worries, as there is plenty to drink and eat. Try the Pink Elephant! A bright elixir with hints of vanilla and bitters or become undone with the Handmade Woman a shy, yet robust cocktail infused with dandelion and chamomile. Whatever you do, try the Crispy Cuban Fries because it’s not really Cuba until you’ve had some yucca or plantain (mmm, starchy vegetables.)
Yep, the team behind Dead Rabbit runs another one out of the ball park. This ‘American bar with a Cuban soul’ hits all the right marks with its ability to transport you to early mid-century Cuba with the convenience of never leaving New York or going through TSA and delivering tasty eats you can snack on all night long. For many reasons, it’s no surprise Black Tail was voted best new American bar in 2017 — it’s sister establishment Dead Rabbit has been voted Best Bar in the World multiple times. It’s only natural Black Tail would follow on its heels. Go pay both spots a visit and tell them we sent you; indulge in the leafy green décor at Black Tail and then try the early Irish-American experience in New York at Dead Rabbit. We promise, neither place will disappoint.
Thank you to Black Tail and Dead Rabbit.
Black Tail: 22 Battery Place, Pier A Harbor House, New York, NY 10004
Dead Rabbit: 30 Water Street, New York, NY 10004
Black Tail: (212) 785-0153/ Dead Rabbit: (646) 422-7906
Sunday- Monday: 5 PM to Midnight
Tuesday- Saturday: 5 PM to 2 AM
7 days a week, 11 AM to 4 AM
Monday – Saturday: 5 PM to 2 AM
Sundays: 5 PM to Midnight
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It’s difficult talking New York without talking about one of the worst tragedies in New York’s history, as well as modern day American history. However, if New Yorkers are anything, they are resilient. Sixteen years later, New York City’s Lower Manhattan is reborn. One World…
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” – Ayn Rand Thanks to Manhattan by Sail New Yorkers and out-of-towners can easily experience both the sunset and the sights. Step onboard Manhattan by Sail’s Clipper City Tall…
Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay at Gild Hall.
Located in the heart of the financial district and just a stone’s throw away from Wall Street, this hotel is the perfect space for an aperitif and/or a low-key business dinner. While the location of this property makes it the perfect playhouse for Wall Street executives, don’t be surprised to find a good amount of tourists mixed in with the happy hour crowds.
As the name suggests, Gild Hall, appropriately located at 15 Gold Street, is draped in luxury. Enter the woodsy, yet whimsical lobby and indulge in the decadent details of the space, such as my personal favorites: antler chandeliers and a golden illuminated map of the world. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco upon reception and play a game of chess while you weigh out your options in the lap of luxury. Indulge your curiosity and browse through the beautifully bounded collection of books lining the lobby walls or continue your stay at the hotel’s rustic lobby bar.
When it’s time for dinner and you’re fully recovered from your travels, go next door to Felice Ristorante (the hotel’s kitchen and answer to room service) for some delicious Tuscan cuisine. After dinner, make your way upstairs to La Soffitta – the restaurant’s semi-hidden wine lounge – and prepare to live la dolce vita as you step into a Federico Fellini film. Pose for a selfie on the iconic stairs and, once you reach your destination, indulge in the beautiful brown leather sofas and an endless supply of Italian wines. No doubt, this is the perfect setting for your mambo italiano dreams.
After your nightcap, head upstairs to catch some zzz’s and sleep like a king. Enjoy the beautifully quilted leather headboard and touches of gold – there to remind you that you are royalty, of course – and, if you wish, never leave your throne!
After the closing bell has rung and the work day is done, nothing says you’ve arrived better than a trip to Gild Hall. Whether you’re in town for business or living for pleasure, Gild Hall is a definite treat.
In 1554, Giovanni da Verrazano became the first European and explorer on record to discover New York Harbor, including the area of land off the southern tip of Manhattan: Governors Island. One hundred years later, the Dutch West India Company sent 30 families to live…