Holiday Gift Hunting

Holiday Season can be very stressful. There are so much to do and always not enough time.

You have to find a right outfit, come up with a menu, in case you are hosting a Holiday Party and on top of all that you have to find gifts for all the members of your family and friends.

To make your Holiday preparations less time consuming and more enjoyable we explored few Holiday Markets in the city, and found plenty of cool, affordable gift options.  You really don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts, just walk around the city and get inspired by beautiful holiday lights, decorations and pop-up holiday markets with great selection of creative unique items.

One of the most popular Holiday Markets in New York City is the one in Bryant Park. Whatever you’re looking for, the Winter Village has you covered, with crafts and goods from over 125 retailers. You will find there hand-made candles, high-end teas, Christmas Tree ornaments, plenty of cute wardrobe pieces for cold winter days, hand-made interior decorations, and even unique hand-made  skin care products. Plus free ice-skating, and a pop-up restaurant overlooking the rink will make it even more enjoyable shopping experience. Winter Village at Bryant Park is going to be open until January 4 2015.

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Another big Holiday Market located in Grand Central is hosting 15th annual Holiday Fair with 76 vendors, from the New York Times to artisanal hat and jewelry makers. Who can turn down a break from the cold in Vanderbilt Hall? This Market will be open until December 24.

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One of our favorite Markets is The Union Square Holiday Market . When the red-and-white-striped tents go up, you know it’s time to start gift hunting. Sip on steaming hot apple cider as you wander through rows of stalls filled with ornaments, spices, and practically anything that can be handmade. This Holiday Market heaven is open until December 24.

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For the residents of Upper West Side  Columbus Circle Holiday Market will be open until December 24. After a winter stroll through Central Park, stop off at this annual market to grab some top-notch chocolate, hot cider, or comfort food. Then check out the locally made wares, including jewelry and homemade wooden puzzles. Plenty of cute gift options can be found there.

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Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is another Holiday pop-up market in Chelsea, open only for 1 weekend December 13 – 14. Here you will definitely find a gift for everyone on your list. Etsy.com brings its online crafts bonanza to life with a weekend in Chelsea Market. Over the weekend, 60 different vendors will sell their one-of-a-kind goods, including handmade clothing, toys, home wares, and stationery. Plus, the first hundred shoppers each day will receive a swag bag.

Happy Holiday Shopping Everyone :)

Don’t tell anybody, it’s a secret!

Do you think you know New York City?  Special entrances, unmarked doors, underground … sometimes the best spots in New York are completely out of sight!

We will introduce you to the best hidden bars in the Big Apple, just don’t tell anybody, it’s a secret!

Milk & Honey

Only mellow, non-famous folk receive the unlisted address; and all must call ahead to be buzzed in through the surveillance system-equipped door. Bar’s rules – “No name-dropping, no star f-ing,”  “No hooting, hollering, shouting or other loud behaviour,” “Do not bring anyone unless you would leave that person alone in your home. You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests,” and “Gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies.” There’s no menu, and the bartenders create drinks based on your mood, letting you know what ingredients they’re working with today. We’ve been to a lot of speakeasy bars, but the drinks from Milk and Honey are still a cut above the rest.

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Little Brunch

Hidden behind an unmarked door to a graffiti-covered building in the West Village is a bar so secret it doesn’t even have a website. Little Branch has a full drink menu, but we suggest telling the bartender what kind of drinks you typically like and your preferred choice of liquor, then watch them whip up something just for you.

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PDT (Please don’t Tell)

High-end cocktail lounge “Please Don’t Tell” has one of the greatest secret entrances in all of New York City. The vintage phone booth at the Crif Dogs hot dog joint is not only a cool piece of decor, but also the access way to a sexy speakeasy. This place is very popular so its not that  easy to make a reservations.  PDT only takes same-day reservations, and their phone lines open at 3pm with doors opening at 6pm. If you’d rather not bother with reservations you can enter the phone booth, pick up the phone and speak with a hostess who will either seat you if there’s an opening or give you a call back when a table is free. With thoughtfully-crafted cocktails and the option to order smoked hot dogs next door, we think PDT is worth the wait.

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Death & Co

Hiding behind distinctive doors, the low-lit and intimate interior exudes a cool, jazzy vibe. Kerosene lanterns and crystal chandeliers add to the atmosphere, scattering shadows up the gold-flecked walls, while the granite tables and suede banquettes have  been chosen for their understated, classy look. The cocktails are truly superb, mixed by bartenders who learned their trade at the likes of the Pegu Club and the Flatiron Lounge. This is one for people who like their bars grown-up and atmospheric rather than riotous and super-trendy.

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The bar has a railroad feel with a pressed tin ceiling and luggage racks overhead. Find it by looking out for the neon pink “psychic” sign glowing in the window. Bartenders with anachronistic parted hair and handlebar mustaches, suited in white chef’s jackets, prepare Golden Age renditions of the Pisco Sour, Manhattan, and Bloody Mary, and shake and muddle fresh ingredients for the throat-tickling Ginger Smash, fragrant strawberry Fraise Sauvage, and the Hemingway Daiquiri. A dinner menu of dishes such as roasted half chicken and whole rainbow trout is served in the dining room. There’s also a late night menu of snacks, available daily from midnight to 3:30am. And if you make it to closing time, you might just get a bowl of chicken soup on the house, to set you up for the bleary-eyed journey home.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us in case you get lost :)