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!


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….

Carsten Höller at the New Museum

We’re big fans of our neighbor below Houston, the New Museum.  Not only is the building (and the view from the top floor) pretty spectacular, but they have great exhibitions.  If you haven’t been already, we highly suggest you go see Carsten Höller: Experience which is running from now until til January, 15th. More info: here.  To give you a teaser of what you might find over there, Laura Cooper Brown did a tour while the George Condo show was still on.  Enjoy!