Now the number one destination spot for the stylishly concerned. Shopping, chic cafes and the best hotels (and the parties they host) abound. I stayed here at the Dream Hotel which gave perfect walking access to the best pizza slice in New York, Artichoke Pizza. This had the yummiest, creamiest sauce…! There’s also the Highline Park and along with it The Boom Boom Room and Le Bain clubs at the Standard Hotel. There’s also great street art and even better experimental architecture. I also ate here at the Fatty Crab, which I may be biased cuz my little bro works here, but has the best sliders (mini hamburgers) in town.
Actually, this is the souvenir I gave to my friend Danica Lo at Glamour.com when we met for drinks. Love the packaging!
Lower East and Korea Town
The Lower East is all about dinghy eats that are quirky and cost more than they look. It’s all about the experience, and the fact that you never know who is gonna walk in or what’s gonna happen. Check out my review of the new restaurant/lounge Maison O and Stardust Lounge here. A little north of that is Korea town and here they have some awesome Karaoke joints. We went here for a 5 hour session and celebrated Abi’s birthday. It’s about the same as in Tokyo at about 8$/hour but the videos and sound system just is not up to par. Although they had an amazing collection of English songs that we just took it for what we got (and you’re *encouraged* to bring in your own drinks. How ironic!
Long Island City
This is NOT the beach. This is the little area right across theEast River that is the new up and coming hot spot. There are a lot of warehouses and undeveloped lots here…it’s very…vast. I am surprised it hasn’t all been bulldozed over by now. I stayed at the Z Hotel here, which gave me an awesome view of Manhattan. I was in the neighborhood to check out the newest MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) dubbed “PS 1” which is here in LIC and right next to the hotel. On Sundays they have a party inside where for 15$ you get in to see the exhibit and can buy alcohol and food at booths inside like a fair. They also have live DJs… you can imagine its EXTREMELY popular. So popular in fact, Abi and I missed getting a ticket as they were all sold out. Better luck next time…(or just, you know…remembering to reserve a ticket)
I left the city to head North into the mountains to spend a weekend at the castle, then it was back home. I took American Airlines which provided the best route..we left at 7pm which means we had time to have lunch before heading to the airport. And maybe because it was low season, I don’t know, but it was all VERY quick and painless at JFK even though everyone complains about it. The Admirals Club Lounge there was really nice too with a full bar and hot food. The meals on the plane were good, I had vanilla-scented corn, chicken and purple potatoes. If you shell out for business class then AA will have a taxi pick you up and take you home too. ..which is a perfect time to reflect on the great trip!
I know it’s cliche but …I♥NY
Asst Editor Yosh Peter