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I happen to be in Murray Hill a few nights ago so I decided to roll by Inoteca. It’s the perfect spot for a glass of wine and a few small bites. I must warn you though, it’s always crowded and pretty loud. I have to say- I definitely prefer the LES outpost and the spot that started it all, Ino! Nevertheless, it’s a good option if you’re in the area.
Carbs are in full effect at this Italian wine bar delivering solid pasta dishes, paninis, bruschette, salads, meats and cheese.
Sant Ambroeus in the West Village has always been a lunch time go-to spot for me especially on a nice day because of the great outdoor seating. You can count on them for solid pasta dishes, yummy sweets (gelato and pastries), a perfect espresso and a touch of Italian glamour in a casual setting – and the same holds true for the original Upper East Side location. I recently went there for lunch following a morning at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum where I saw breathtaking pieces from the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry exhibit.
Summer has arrived and NYC rooftops are in full effect. Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel offers 360 views laced with beautiful foliage. It delivers outdoor elegance with a cool vibe perfect for brunch, noshing or sipping on cocktails.
We headed to Gramercy Terrace following a Sunday afternoon at the Met where we checked out McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’. It was a brilliant and inspiring exhibit! We worked up quite an appetite standing in line (for over 1 hour), gasping, and being in awe of McQueen’s genius.
This is what you expect when you walk into the Plaza Hotel for brunch at the Oak Room on a Saturday afternoon.
But instead, it’s more like this……
The classy and elegant atmosphere is certainly in tact throughout the Plaza Hotel while the raucous crowd is tucked away in the Oak Room. It’s a DeBRUNCHERY!
The Day & Night Brunch at the Oak Room is a non-stop party! Things get going at about 2:30 when the food arrives, and once 4p hits- it’s all about Sipping, Spraying and Dancing till about 6:30p when you roll out with your buzz on! The brunch left me needing to recuperate instead of prepping for a night out – but that’s fine by me considering Saturday night in NYC is pretty lame. Even though brunch at the Oak Room is about poppin’ bottles and groovin’ to beats, the food is pretty good.
I must caution you though, this isn’t a prix-fixe kinda brunch- come ready to drop some paper ….right, Jen Yu?!
Mario Batali’s cozy, high energy tapas joint always hits the spot! The collection of small plates are broad and inventive- delivering solid ingredients and robust flavors. Sitting at the counter overlooking the kitchen is always fun but don’t take it for granted- scoring a table is pretty tough. I highly recommend making a res! If there’s a bit of a wait, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono’s sister restaurant is right around the corner, it’s a great place to grab a cocktail and an appetizer or two.
Mario Batali does a great job of transporting you to a cafe in Spain- allowing you to sample tasty tapas and great wine.