A few weeks ago, I went to East of Eighth Restaurant & Bar—a contemporary bistro in Chelsea. I have a few haunts in the area, but surprisingly had never heard of this particular establishment. I went with a friend who used to work a few doors down, and, is by self-acknowledgment, “a regular.”
There are several worthwhile winter activities in New York City, and a skate around the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center is definitely one that should top your list. The rink, which sits at the bottom of the sunken plaza at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is a great place for both seasoned skaters and newbies to show off their skills.
There are a lot of reasons to love my neighborhood—Inwood in Uptown Manhattan, but few can actually convince my friends who live downtown or in other boroughs to spend an hour on the train to visit me. One thing that’s really worth the trek is Indian Road Café.
As I might have mentioned before, I was “this close” to going to art school. I decided on a career in journalism; however, if I ever decide to add a few letters after my name, I’d probably opt for a Master’s Degree in something art related. Because I went to a high school for the visual and performing arts, several classmates did go on to colleges focused on art, and many of them opted for Pratt Institute—an art college with its main campus in Brooklyn and satellite campuses in Manhattan and Utica.
I first heard about Amsterdam Tavern from the fictional novel, “Ellington Boulevard” by Adam Langer. Although Langer referred to the watering hole by another name in his book, I had a weird feeling it was based on a real bar.
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to ABC Kitchen—an awesome eatery near Union Square—for dinner. He had been searching for new places to try and stumbled upon the restaurant. Its excellent reviews didn’t even do it justice: absolutely everything was delicious.
In November, I went to a birthday party at Duet 53—a karaoke spot in Midtown. It had been a few years since I last took to the mic, so I was a little nervous. My past karaoke experiences have gone one of two ways: novice singers have to stand on an intimidating stage in a crowded bar, or everyone has to sit around a table and pass the mic—meaning, everyone has to participate.
A few coworkers recently enjoyed lunch at Darbar Grill, an Indian restaurant in Midtown. When they got back to the office, they couldn’t stop raving about the place. Of course, now I want to try it! I was told the lavish lunch buffet is delicious and to definitely try the chicken tikka masala.
A nice meal or relaxing beverage in one of NYC’s amazing eateries is great—add cool décor and/or a theme and the experience is even better. Alice’s Teacup is one such place. The restaurant, reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," has two locations on the Upper East Side, as well as a spot on the Upper West Side, and serves up the freshest teas, made to order, as well as tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper items.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ has been a staple of the New York holiday season for more than 50 years. One of the most distinct memories I have of my first year living in the city was seeing this venerable production at Lincoln Center, performed by the New York City Ballet. It truly was a magical experience.