usa | nyc | a winter weekend


Land in time for a late dinner at Hanjan in Chelsea/Flatiron (fantastic Korean Spice cocktail, and the Spicy Ramyun – only served after 10pm – is a must! It’s Chef Hooni’s second restaurant – his first is Danji (the only Korean resto with a Michelin Star)… Up early to get over to the Jacob Javits Center for the New York Times Travel Show… After media sessions and meeting destination reps from all over the world, Tracey G (emeraldtraveler.com) and I decide to cab it to the cozy Bowery Hotel for a fireside drink (the cast of SNL are regulars here)… We say our goodbyes as I’ve got a meet up at another great bar inside The Crosby Street Hotel… After a lively chat (and really yummy olives) we were off to freshen up for a highly coveted reservation at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria… Great wine paired with crispy artichokes and a brussels sprouts salad to start, then dug into my grilled octopus while Ivy enjoyed her pasta… Swung by Momofuku Milk Bar in the East Village to pick up birthday cake truffles for my guy… Definitely time to crash.

Up on Saturday, and a short walk over to Cafe Grumpy (the Chelsea outpost of the same Greenpoint, Brooklyn cafe featured in the HBO series Girls) for a proper NYC coffee… Next destination: Prune… Always a wait here for the weekend brunch, so we skipped down the block to Juice Press (their super green Mother Earth juice set me straight, while the gluten free Sin-o-Bun has got to be one of the best things i’ve ever tasted)… Back to the restaurant for a simple, yet totally outstanding brunch (order the Huevos Rancheros!) … Walk into Soho for a quick stop at Intermix, before I found the deal of a lifetime on incredibly cool shoes (at least i think so) at Ash… Lovely walk through the West Village and we decided to stop at Cafe Cluny for a hot chocolate (this is also a choice brunch spot)… Taxi up to Eataly to pick up this amazingly good pesto that I’d found when Mario and I were in the city in June… Home for a bit of a rest before dinner… Head to Tribeca Canvas (Chef Morimoto’s new spot) for apps and saki… Decide the menu is a bit strange and opt for simple, savoury Latin American fare at Super Linda (super tasty Ceviche Verde)… Back uptown to meet friends at Ace Hotel… Huge line up to get into the hotel’s lounge, so opt for quick cocktails at Ace’s John Dory restaurant… Skip down the street to the NoMad Hotel for a last round in their Library.

On my way out of town on Sunday, happened to pass by the hotel I stayed at when my father took my brother Dan and I to NYC for the first time. I was 14 and just getting over chickenpox, and recall being mortified on the plane over because i thought everyone would be staring at the marks on my face. That was my first lesson in “baby, you’re just a number in New York City”!

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