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…
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.
Eric Goode is one of New York’s most renowned hoteliers, so it may come as a surprise to some that he is also a dedicated turtle conservationist. Eric established the Turtle Conservancy (and Behler Chelonian Center), a non-profit NGO, in 2005 when he transformed his property in southern California into a tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation center. The center serves as an assurance colony for over 25 species of threatened and endangered species. With two-thirds of the world’s turtles and tortoises threatened with extinction, Eric made it his personal mission to do whatever he could to save the last remaining populations.
Until February 20th, Live Urban Walls will be projecting images of swimming turtles along with thought-provoking messages and images from other non-profit organizations like Charity : Water and Razia Said, at the corner of Bowery and Houston. For more videos, information, and how to submit a tax-deductible donation go to: www.turtleconservancy.org/support.
Yesterday, celebrations were taking place in Chinatown to welcome in the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon! In the spirit of the festivities, here is a video about one of our favorite spots in Chinatown… Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street. Enjoy!