After dealing with a treacherous first few weeks of the new year, you’ve probably been holding onto your stress ball at your desk a little tighter than normal. Between reading headache-inducing political articles to watching heart-wrenching live streams, it feels like we’re being immersed into a new GOT series a few months early. Well, before you crawl underneath your desk to sob uncontrollably, we wanted to bring you a bit of joy by telling you where you should hang with your friends this weekend. So call your besties and whip out that credit card, because we found a few places that will comfort you as if Oprah was still on TV.
Bar: Paul’s Casablanca
What’s easily going to take the cake for biggest fashion week hotspot, right now if there’s anywhere to see and be seen it’s Paul’s Casablanca. Opened by the one and only Paul Sevigny (yes, that’s Chloë’s baby bro), the Moroccan-themed bar/lounge has taken over legendary nightclub, Sway. Why am I excited to go? Well, aside from having fond memories of Sway myself, I’m excited to check out how they’ve re-envisioned the joint. And despite the $18 cocktails that await, it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from my apartment, so that answers my husband and I’s age old question of “where should we go tonight?!”
Restaurant: Fish Cheeks
Simply put, Fish Cheeks is one of NYC’s most creative & delicious Thai restaurants right now. I had the privilege of dining there last week and while dinner was absolute bliss, I’m going to pig out on their noodle & rice dishes for brunch this weekend. Ten words: stir fried crispy pork belly with Chinese broccoli over rice.
Bar: Society Cafe
Society Cafe opened in the Walker Hotel at the end of the 2016, and if you haven’t checked out their cocktail menu, do. It’s written as a “Field Guide to the Uncommon Cocktails of Middle Manhattan,” which yes, is just as odd and intriguing as it sounds. Each drink is broken down by family, genus, and species, and there are a strangely high number of vegetables listed in each drink’s ingredients. Don’t know what I’ll think of “beet root vodka” or “artichoke amaro” but I know I want to try it.
Restaurant: Tim Ho Wan
Like everyone else in New York City, I was ridiculously excited to hear that the world’s cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant was opening, and I was even more excited that it was a dim sum restaurant. Yes, Tim Ho Wan (the Hong Kong based dim sum chain) has a Michelin Star, and no, none of the dishes are more than $5.50. But of course you and the rest of the city seem to already know that since there’s been a 3 hour line since the day it opened.
Bar: Black Lodge
When Friday night hits, I just want to let loose. That’s why I’m getting my disco heels ready for some action at The Black Lodge in Nolita. They have the right kind of vibe, DJs spinning every night, and the location can’t be beat. This weekend, I’m saying no to boring bar hangs and going out dancing at The Black Lodge instead.
Restaurant: Sunday In Brooklyn
Having just moved to Brooklyn, I’m dying to explore the food scene in my borough. Williamsburg’s latest secret is Sunday In Brooklyn, which offers up brunch seven days a week (as the name may suggest). Their menu is stacked with breakfast sandwiches, grain bowls, and for dinner, unique veggie dishes like a cheese-infused honeynut squash. The dreamy interior, healthy(ish) fare, and dedication to #weekendvibes have me itching to try this place.
The legend that is the Waldorf Astoria is closing down next month for a major multi-year renovation, so while it’s definitely not new, Peacock Alley is at the top of my list for a farewell Bronx or Martinez (and perhaps a Frank Caiafa sighting — my idol/author of the Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, which you should buy immediately).
Restaurant: Miss Paradis
I’m going to Miss Paradis (Chef Adir Cohen of Herbert Samuel in Tel Aviv + Parisian restaurateur Claude Louzon) for brunch because Philippe Starck designed it and I’m half French so I have to.
Wine + cheese = two words I hold dear. So when I heard a wine bar had a cheese-centric menu, you know I was totally on board. French Onion Toast and Nicky’s Grilled Cheese with tomato soup. Yes, yes, triple yes.
Tavo won my vote with their contemporary American fare with Mexican influences menu. Julieta Ballesteros (who was on a little show called Iron Chef), has made a one-of-a-kind menu derived from her travels across the globe. While their Ceviche Peruano sounds to die for, I’m going to put my paws all over their Sweet Plantain Dumplings.
Written by Raven Ishak
Feature image via Zagat