Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria – new tasty treat on Great Jones!

We have a new neighbor!! Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. The charming setting is just one of the attractions of this new Il Buco addition but what will definitely make you walk in and stay a while are the absolutely delectable specialties such as… house-made salumi and full flavored/full belly dishes like spaghetti alla bottarga; fresh ricotta with roasted beets, white grapefruit and pistachios; and slow-roasted short rib panini with gorgonzola and onion agrodolce. We give a definite stamp of approval and the best news is you can walk there from the Hotel and be there in the shake of a lamb’s tail!! Watch our video tour below…

Empellón Cocina – brand new in the neighborhood!

Check out Empellón Taqueria‘s East-Side sister, Empellón Cocina, which recently opened on First Avenue.  Chef Alex Stupak has created an exciting menu (minus tacos) which features delicious small and shared plates. Their guacamole is off the charts and was recently listed in New York Magazine’s Best Of New York! You can book a table or walk in and take a seat at the bar – their Tequila and Mezcal cocktails are sublime.  Well worth exploring and just a stone’s throw away from the Hotel.

Neighborhood spots: Porchetta

Amongst all the wonderful sandwich shops, cafes and lunch spots in the East Village, we’re always grateful to have Porchetta within walking distance of the hotel. Chef Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder opened their little shop in 2008 and it was an instant hit.  Serving crispy, tasty sandwiches full of aromatic seasoning, Porchetta is entirely worth a wander to 7th Street for a unique bite of Italy in NYC. And if you want to take even more than the sandwich home with you, their salt seasoning is available for purchase!

Neighborhood spots: Please Don’t Tell…

With a plethora of prohibition-style speakeasies in the city nowadays, it’s tricky to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.  But there are few hidden bars that are always worth discovering…

PDT, for instance, is a modern classic.  Standing for ‘Please Don’t Tell’, this cocktail bar is located in an unlikely spot – Crif Dogs on St. Marks Place. Once inside you have to step into a phone-booth and announce yourself to the hostess via telephone. The cocktails are to die for, as are the specialty hot dogs by New York super-chefs like Wylie Dufresne and David Chang. And a lovely feature is that there is no standing room; they only allow in the number of people who can actually get a seat. To be safe you can make a same day reservation or you can walk in but prepare to wait!