Halloween Treats in New York City

When you travel to New York you want to bring back home with you something memorable and unique, something that only New York City has. So we thought, Halloween is very American Holiday and New York offers the best ways to celebrate it and the best treats can be found in the Big Apple as well. We will introduce you to the best of the best chocolate shops in New York that create delicious and cool looking Halloween themed chocolates.

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Our Hotel located in Tribeca and when we have chocolate cravings the only place we go to is TriBeCa Treats, its only one block away from Cosmopolitan and they have really good stuff. Big variety of cupcakes, brownies (to die for), chocolate nutty barks and chocolate covered pretzels, you can purchase majority of their treats individually or in a gift boxes. For Halloween TriBeCa Teats creating colorful frosted and sugar cookies in shapes of ghosts, pumpkin and all other Halloween characters. Very cute and delicious gift idea.

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Li-Lac Chocolates has been satisfying chocolate cravings in the West Village since 1923. This local New York City shop offers chocolates in memorable shapes as well as delicious American treats like turtles and almond bark. They also make Holliday special treats and their selection of Halloween themed items is amazing. You can find there everything from Caramel Apples to white chocolate mummy in a milk chocolate coffin.  It’s just a wonderland of chocolate.

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Jacques Torres Chocolate have multiple locations in the City one of them is in Soho. At Jacques Torres boutiques, you can see chocolate being made, but don’t get so distracted you forget to taste the delicious, moderately priced chocolates. We like their Halloween selection, dark and milk Chocolate Pumpkins , Wicked Hot chocolate and mouth-watering Wicked Pecan Brittle.

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Richart Design in Midtown East Manhattanis French chocolatier well known for creative, high quality chocolates and famous for the beauty of their chocolate creations. Treat yourself with Michel Richart’s latest Halloween creations: some dark Venezuela chocolates filled with an orange and cinnamon ganache, made with cream from Bress or blood orange mini-macaroons. The ideal companions of a Halloween evening, evoking frightening stories and seeking comfort from the finest chocolates bonbons.

Happy Halloween J

 

 

 

 

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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Craving Something Extravagant Try This!

The best thing about New York is its multiculturalism. It is very important to have a variety, especially when it comes to food. Why would you eat a boring caesar salad, a baked salmon or classic burger that is on the menu in every restaurant along with the most boring dessert ever Cheesecake. New York offers so many different cuisines from all over the world and we would like to share with you  the extravagant and unusual  edible  creations  that we have spotted in New York City. Of course we would never ask anybody to give up on Burger, it’s just cruel, but we will recommend you to try this new versions of classic goodness.

Our favorite one is the Ramen Burger. The Ramen Burger has received so much attention that it’s being hailed as the new Cronut. Consisting of a patty, shoyu sauce, arugula and scallions on a crispy ramen noodle bun, it was invented by Keizo Shimamoto, a blogger with a serious love of ramen. You can enjoy this spectacular creation at “Smorgasburg” in  Brooklyn.

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Our second favorite is Kangaroo Burger. Kangaroo meat  is widely available and commonly eaten in Australia, but it’s a bit strange to see on a menu in New York.  “Burke and Wills”, a new Australian restaurant on Upper West Side decided to use kangaroo meat in a way skeptics might better enjoy:  as a burger.  Other, less strange Australian dishes offered include seared barramundi and whole rotisserie quail.

For a special occasion, we would definitely recommend  to visit “Serendipity 3″ on Upper East Side, for their Le Burger Extravagant  with a heavy price tag of $295.00. The burger consists of a Japanese Waygu beef patty infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and seasoned with smoked sea salt.  The cheeseburger features a cheddar cheese aged for 18 months by famed cheese maker James Montgomery. No expensive burger is complete without truffles, in this case shaved black ones. The burger also includes a fried quail egg, a blini, crème fraiche, Kaluga caviar on a white truffle-buttered Campagna roll and  of course it comes with a solid gold toothpick, encrusted with diamonds, I’m curious if it comes with a security guard to make sure the toothpick is safe. Serendipity 3, known for also having the world’s most expensive sundae and hotdog.

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Lets  get back to a real life and real food, where you don’t have to rob a bank to be able to pay for your burger.  Try this new Donut creation  from “Jicama NYC” that describes itself as California Street Food. The Pork Doughnut Slider consist of pulled pork on a glazed maple doughnut. In addition to pulled pork, the “slider” includes kale, red cabbage, a slice of beet, cornichons, and a little drink umbrella stuck into the top of the donut.  It’s a perfect meal for indecisive individuals, you are getting this savory and sweet taste in your mouth at the same time, plus kale and beets make you feel a little bit better about your diet, so you don’t panic that you have to run an extra 10 miles on a treadmill.

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At this point you are probably ready for some really interesting stuff, so let us introduce you to a Cricket Tacos. Love insects then  “Antojeria La Popular” is your spot.  There’s no pretense at all, you’ll know you’re eating bugs, but they’re satisfyingly crunchy among the smooth guacamole and, just as an added perk, a great source of protein.

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Dear Vegetarians we did not forget about you, here is a great option for appetizer - Octopus Salami.  Octopus Salami is one of the delights of “Rosemary’s” menu, located in Greenwich Village.  Fresh octopus braised for two or three hours with oranges, white wine, olive oil, bay leaf and peppercorns, packed into a mold with a binder that’s made of gelatin, red-wine vinegar, liquid from the braising and some of that “aranciata rossa” fizz the Italian soda. The whole thing is chilled, hardening in the mold so that it becomes a terrine. The salame comes decorated with fresh basil and minced giardiniera a tart Sicilian vegetable pickle. Very complex delicious dish.

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We are not done with weird foods yet, but we promise this is the last one and then we are going to move to the best part of every meal – dessert .

So let us tell you about Balut. Balut it’s basically a hard boiled egg with a partially formed duck fetus inside.  “Maharlika” is a restaurant in  East Village that sells this weird food.

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Now, lets talk about the food that everybody loves and of course it is,  Ice Cream.

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But we are not going to waste your  time describing how great strawberry ice cream taste in Dunkin Donuts. We will give you precious information about the craziest ice cream flavors of all. The first on my list is Foie Gras Ice Cream, you can try it at “Odd Fellows” ice cream shop located in Brooklyn that was named for its odd flavors such as chorizo caramel swirl or sesame kumquat pumpernickel. But Foie Gras  it’s just whole another level . Odd Fellows introduced  the Foie gras peanut butter cocoa flavor on their Twitter page on July 31.  By the next day it was gone and it’s still one of the best selling flavors.We have another cool Ice Cream spot for those who doesn’t want to go to Brooklyn, you can stay in Manhattan  and visit “Chinatown Ice Cream Factory” . Try my favorite flavor –  the Black Sesame Ice Cream.

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And the last one is for Queens residents.  At “Max & Nina’s”, located in Flushing, you can experience a real thing – Lox Flavored Ice Cream.

Enjoy :)

 

 

The Best place for Mom’s cooking in TriBeCa

Cosmopolitan Hotel offers it’s guests room service provided by popular restaurant Kitchenette.

4kitchenette frontkitchenette interiorKitchenette is the place to go to when you are craving home style cooked meal, but don’t want to leave your room. Everything they make in their tiny kitchen looks, tastes, and smells delicious and the portions are huge. So, let me tell you how I felt when I had my first Bacon Cheddar BBQ Burger at Kitchenette.  As soon as the burger reached my mouth I forgot about everything else around me. My day melted away.  What more I can really say? It’s exactly the Burger I was looking for my whole life.

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And of course Breakfast and Brunch items must be mentioned here. My favorite are the Lumber Jack Breakfast Plate. It’s like Heaven on Earth, eggs with bacon, turkey sausage, and two fluffy pancakes. I really can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this combination. Or who would say no to a Cinnamon Swirl French Toast or Strawberry Shortcake Waffle with strawberries and marscapone? Only vegans probably, but no worries Kitchenette created great vegan options such as Vegan Tofu and vegetable Burrito, fresh fruit, and veggie salads, for health obsessed individuals.

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The dinner selection is mouth watering as well. Turkey Meatloaf with mashed potatoes  or Crispy Buttermilk fried Chicken are among  my favorite items on the menu.

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Kitchenette also offers homemade shakes and desserts.

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So next time when you feel hungry for something amazingly delicious make sure to stop by Kitchenette.

 

 

Cool Affordable Spots in Tribeca

Tribeca is very well known for its six-figures lofts and rich and famous occupants. Robert De Niro, Jay-Z and Beyonce are among them. But don’t think TriBeCa is only for well-heeled locals, there are some affordable cool spots such as Kaffe 1668 (271 & 401 Greenwich St) where you can find reasonably priced lunch options. One of my favorite is Low Carb Amazing Meal with organic tofu meatballs and homemade marinara sauce it’s a perfect option for vegetarians or people on gluten free diet. For meat lovers I would recommend homemade Swedish Meatballs or The Good Sausage Sandwich, all lunch items are around $10.00. Overall it’s a great place with a very inviting atmosphere and friendly staff where you can enjoy a good cup of latte, fresh pastry or grab lunch and stay on a budget.
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Another good place for lunch is Mulberry & Vine Café (73 Warren St). Everything there is fresh and health-driven, they use locally grown organic produce. It’s a great spot for vegetarians and vegans as well as for individuals on gluten free diet. Its not the cheapest place for lunch (three cold sides $12, two cold and one hot $13 and individual sides cost $4.50 cold and $5.50 hot) but quite a good deal for dinner especially with all the options you can choose from such as Korean braised bbq beef with pickled onions or Tomatillo Chicken stew. Mulberry & Vine makes its own iced teas and smoothies and brings in gluten-free baked goods and coffee from Laughing Man which is another cool spot in Tribeca.
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Laughing Man Coffee & Tea owned by Hugh Jackman and David Steingard. Laughing Man Worldwide helps entrepreneurs help humanity by creating and developing new business. 100% of Laughing Man revenue goes back to education, community development and new business development. So if you are a person who believes in All Be Happy you should visit Laughing Man Coffee Shop on 184 Duane St. just few steps away from Washington Market Park where you can sit down and enjoy your fresh brewed coffee or a nice cup of latte.
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Another low key option for lunch in TriBeCa is Macaron café located on 303 Greenwich Street. It has whimsical décor, very friendly staff and of course French colorful macarons, they make about 50 kinds that rotate with the seasons. But macarons are not the only items on the menu that you might want to try, the café also makes 8 kinds of sandwiches and salads priced from $7.75 to $10.00.
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After a long day you would definitely want to relax in a cool wine bar such as Terroir located on Harrison St. They have very large selection of wines (around 150) average price per glass is around &14. Great selection of appetizers such as Fried Lamb Sausage with sage leaves ($9) or Beet and Gorgonzola Risotto Balls ($8) and of course cheese about 8 kinds (around $5-$6 each).
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Feel hungry, just couple blocks away from the wine bar another must go TriBeCa spot Locande Verde owned by Robert De Niro. The ambience and service are incongruously warm. The menu is big but not overwhelming, the dishes at dinner are generous enough to share. The chef Andrew Carmellini delivers Italian home cooking in a very elegant manner. Try My Grandmother’s Ravioli ($22) so delicate they just melt in your mouth. And don’t forget to save room for dessert its totally worth it. Locande Verde’s pastry chef Karen De Masco is a maestro of sweet treats that are homey and elegant in the same time. try La Fantasia di Visciola (sour cherry lambrusco sorbetto, goat’s milk gelato, white balsamic meringa, caramel, sbrisolone $10) what else can you wish for?
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Sweets and Treats in Tribeca

Satisfy your sweet tooth with indulging desserts and pastries in Tribeca. Explore the best sugary hot spots in and around Tribeca.

Tribeca Treats

The specialty bakery has a wide variety of chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, truffles and more. It also offers gift boxes, custom orders for special occasion and baking lessons.

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 94 Reade St, New York, NY 10013  www.tribecatreats.com

By Suzette

There is nothing is better than an indulge crepe. The recently opened “By Suzette” has sweet and savory treats. It is easy to fall in love with it!

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78 Chambers St, New York, 10007

Billy’s Bakery

Delicious goodies along with retro desserts and seasonal favorites will bring you back to a nostalgia family kitchen back in 1940. Billy’s Bakery has also special packages and cakes for events, parties and meetings.

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 75 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013  www.billysbakerynyc.com

Takahachi Bakery

It is a Japanese bakery and Teahouse with exotic Japanese pastries. The owner of the Takahachi restaurants offers a selection of handmade freshly goodies. The Yuzu cream tart or the Matcha Green Tea Crepes can be dangerous addictive.

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25 Murray St, New York, NY 10007  www.takahachibakery.com

Duane Park Patisserie

This one of the most beloved bakeries in Tribeca with French charm has open since 1992. The exceptional pastries, petit fours or the magic cupcakes are to die for. But you can also have your own customized cookies, cakes, tarts and seasonal specialties.

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179 Duane St, New York, NY 10013 www.duaneparkpatisserie.com

Baked by Melissa

The most famous New York spot for its bite-size cupcakes which allow visitors to try various flavors without any guilt. Not that we do feel guilty.

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110 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 www.bakedbymelissa.com

Financier Patisserie

It is located on the Stone Street and creates a French atmosphere in the center of the Financial district. The sweet and savory menu makes Financier to a perfect spot for lunch.

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62 Stone St, New York, NY 10004 www.financierpastries.com

Josephine Café Francais

A typical Parisian Café in New York? Yes, it is a must! Enjoy a croissant or crepe on the terrace of this little Parisian corner.

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350 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013 www.josephinecafefrancais.com

Be aware of Ninjas while eating at Ninja restaurant….Hiyaaaah!

Do you want to combine your dinner with entertainment? Then you should visit the Ninja Restaurant Tribeca. This is a kid-friendly restaurant, where the waiters are dressed up as Ninjas. They also have magic shows and serve incredible desserts. In the midst of a Japanese ambience and magic tricks taking place, guests can choose Sushi Rolls, Ninja Burgers or Angus Rib Eye Steak.

Be careful after entering and always look around the corner for Ninjas.

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“The best place to go for Mom’s cooking”

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What  better way to  escape the rush and fuss of the big city than a peaceful spot with a small town feeling?

Kitchenette is a country style dining cafe in the heart of TriBeCa. It is a mix between retro, traditional design and homemade style cuisine that makes it so special.

Since its opening in 1994 the owners Ann Nickinson and Lisa Hall offer comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. It is always a hard decision choosing between the delicious sandwiches, tasty burgers or indulgent milkshakes.

The guests at our hotel can enjoy this perk while staying with us by having their home style cooking delivered right to our rooms.

Celebrating special events in this vintage ambience such as weddings, birthday parties for adults and kids, reunions, baby or bridal showers makes everyone feel like they are having a fifties style party.

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Bubble Lounge TriBeCa

The Bubble Lounge TriBeCa is a cozy Champagne lounge and bar with stylish atmosphere.

 It has a selection with over 300 champagnes and sparkling wines  as well as exclusive champagne cocktails, wine, cocktails, cognac and scotches.

This exquisite venue with Live DJ is ideal for a date, evening with friends, private parties and events.

http://www.bubblelounge.com/new-york/

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Eat all you want…….. you’re already fat…….. and visit Rice to Riches

Should you visit a place which is calling you fat? Yes, definitely!rice to riches

Rice to Riches is a paradise not just for all rice pudding lovers. Create your own special dessert by choosing between various flavors and toppings.

https://www.ricetoriches.com/

rich37 Spring St, New York, NY 10012