Holiday Essentials: Russ & Daughters!

Russ & Daughters is one of our favorite places in the city and it should be a feature on any travel itinerary for those in search of a true New York experience.  For NYC residents it is essential when it comes to entertaining, particularly for the holidays.  Be prepared for a wait… the lines around the holidays are somewhat intimidating but it is worth it for their paper-thin, melt-in-your-mouth Lox and assortment of freshly-made bagels and cream cheeses.  Watch Laura Cooper Brown chat with Niki Russ Federman and explore the store….

Neighborhood spots: Northern Spy Food Co.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by choice in New York City.  That’s why it is incredibly satisfying to find a restaurant so good you don’t need to think, you just know where to go. We recently added Northern Spy Food Co.,  a cozy East Village spot, to our list of favorites and we can’t stop going back!  Chef Hadley Schmitt’s menu is full of delicious locally-sourced and seasonal dishes – we recently bonded with the team over our mutual love of buying spices at Dual Specialty Store on 1st Avenue! Opened in 2009, it is now open for lunch every day and we strongly suggest heading up a few blocks from the hotel for a cup of Hudson’s finest Strongtree coffee and a Kale Salad or one of their amazing sandwiches (we’re still dreaming about the Chicken & Egg!).

Remember, remember…

It’s the 5th of November! And over in England they are celebrating Guy Fawkes Night. Laura Cooper Brown has picked out of a couple of her favorite ways to remind herself of home. While she purchases her Marmite from Myers of Keswick and sups on Bangers ‘n Mash at Tea & Sympathy in the West Village, over on the East side she visits tailor extraordinaire, Alex Wilcox, at Lord Willy’s and knows where to go for New York’s finest curry… Brick Lane.