Last night I ticked another rooftop bar off my NYC bucket list with two friends who I needed to say goodbye to before we leave. The place was The Kimberly, and the rooftop of the hotel is an enclosed bar (although I think during nice weather it’s actually open) with a fantastic (on a normal day without fog) view of the Chrysler building and midtown Manhattan.
I’d recommend checking out The Kimberly Hotel rooftop if you’re in the midtown area — it’s definitely worth at least a pit stop.
Roll up roll up, to the Union Street Coffee House in London. Run by the ‘Gentleman Baristas’ this newly opened coffee haven is situated close to London Bridge Station and the popular foodie destination of Borough Market.
Conveniently close to the FT, where I’m based Monday to Friday, I popped in on my lunch for a hot chocolate and a chat with one of the ‘gentleman baristas’ himself, Henry C. A. W. Ayers.
The idea behind the shop is ‘well mannered’ coffee, and Henry is an exemplar of this vibe. Charming and friendly with a very British moustache in tow, he pulled up a chair next to me and talked about the building’s origins dating back to the 17th century. It was originally a coffee house and a meeting place, then a butchers and the offices for the coffee federation but for the last year and a half it’s been empty.
“The building opposite sold top hats, so we decided to theme the coffees around the idea”. Customers can drop in to and order their regular ‘top hat’ and sip away whilst indulging in a newspaper at Henry’s mum’s old kitchen table.
It won’t be surprising to hear that New York City is one of the most complex and diverse metropolises in the world. Food, fashion, architecture, history, culture…NYC is a hub for all of them. So too for coffee, especially in the last few years, as a host of gourmand caffeine purveyors has cropped up in the city, from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back again.
Here are five New York coffee shops to add to your itinerary:
1. Black Brick
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New York City’s geographical heart may be Manhattan, but Brooklyn is becoming more and more of a New York cultural hub every day. Just off Williamsburg’s shopping thoroughfare Bedford Avenue, Black Brick is one of the best coffee spots in the borough. A den-like ambiance, communal tables and exquisite lattes make Black Brick the perfect stop for a caffeine hit and a Brooklyn moment. 300 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
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Easily miss-able on the calm end of Broome Street, Oro is a quiet highlight on the…
Horchata. A milky rice-based drink sweet spiced with cinnamon and chilled over ice. Horchata is also the name of one of New York City’s newest Mexican Restaurants, opened in Greenwich Village in May 2014 and serving a number of innovative horchata-based cocktails, among other interesting drinks and bites.
Explains Manuel Trevino, executive chef at Horchata NYC, “We really loved the idea of naming the restaurant after a drink that has been around for ages that has a lot of meaning to those who grew up drinking horchata. Recipes for horchata are usually passed down generation to generation and are often regarded as a family treasure. The idea behind the traditional horchata beverage was always super intriguing to us due to the its long and cross-continental history.”
While the exact origins of this drink are unclear, one thing is for certain: it’s a hit with almost everyone who tries it. Say the name “horchata” to any of your friends who have tried it and you’ll almost definitely receive an enthusiastic reaction.
Horchata offers the chance to enjoy Mexican dining with festive food in an equally festive atmosphere. You’ll…
More than 100 single malt, Scotch and other whiskies will be enjoyed across the country, as the 21st annual Whisky Extravaganza
returns to five U.S. cities. Hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the gala evening events also feature food — and an imported cigar as a parting gift for guests.
The 21st Annual Whisky Extravaganza makes stops in the following cities:
Boston, Massachusetts — October 23, 2014, at The Taj Boston
Washington, DC — November 5, 2014, at The JW Marriott Hotel
Seattle, Washington — November 14, 2014, at The Rainer Club
Los Angeles, California — November 20, 2014, at The LA Athletic Club
Fort Lauderdale, Florida — December 4, 2014, at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Of course you must be 21 or older to attend. The gala event is open to anyone who loves or is interested about whisky.
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What’s the one thing you need after a late night out at one of New York’s underground bars? Aspirin, maybe. But you could also do with a booze-filled brunch for some hair of the dog. From classic American French Toast to traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas, these best brunches in NYC are testament to the city’s melting pot of cultures.
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1. Sotto 13 | 140 W 13th Street
Tucked along the West Village, Sotto 13 serves up casual Italian fare in a bright dining area framed with a massive skylight. Bottomless brunch runs at $39 per person with an entrée and unlimited cocktails such as Bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers and raspberry white-peach bellini. Hot favorites include their Spicy Fennel Sausage wood-fired pizza, French Toast and Skirt Steak Hash. For a unique experience, their Do-It-Yourself Processco Bar allows guests to enhance their glasses of bubbly with liqueurs, fruit purees, candied fruits and more.
TIP: Food portions are generous so come with an empty stomach if you must!
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2. Calle Ocho | 45 W 81st St
Ever dined in a cellar or a cavern? Europe has plenty of old world establishments where you feel as if you’re dining in the last century. They’re dimly lit, cavernous in feel and the dishes are old world in their presentation and style. The states isn’t known for old world and in fact, even in New England where you can find plenty of traditional classic restaurants, the cuisine tends to slant more towards family style, romantic or what is often referred to as cosmopolitan dining.
Join us at Cellar 49
in Tarrytown New York, which I wouldn’t classically call upstate New York although some New York City friends of mine would. Tarrytown is in Westchester County but still a stone’s throw from the Big Apple — an hour or so drive away and about the same by train.
Cellar 49 was the original “cellar”
of the historic Biddle Mansion, which is part of the grandiose Tarrytown House Estate, where we stayed for the night. (Be sure to read our separate write up on the property — hint hint, we loved it).
While the restaurant may be cosy and tavern-like in its ambiance, it is…
I randomly discovered Old Stone Farm and Restaurant
in upstate New York’s Staatsburg
, a stone’s throw from Rhinebeck New York
where I visited godparents a few times at their farmhouse in the warmer months as a child. They lived on some rural dirt road in what appeared to be in the middle of nowhere to a 12 year old despite the fact that I was used to the remoteness of the Adirondacks.
My recollection is that they had a jeep and we used it often to get around and even as a child, I couldn’t help but remember its serenity and peacefulness, where bird calls were more prevalent than the sound of cars. It was an easy place to get lost and the trees seemed to keep their colors in the fall for longer than further north where the seasons passed more quickly and it was already chilly by mid-September.
It was late September when we ventured north to Staatsburg, getting lost on a few side streets to marvel at the nearby farms. It had my first return to the area since I was a teenager, so I was mixed with positive and warm emotion as we drove…
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