Now that it’s officially fall, it’s time to forgo the beach shenanigans and yumtastic lawn picnics and opt for a few interior spots that will keep you cozy and warm during the cooler months. But if you have no idea where you should hang during the first weekend of fall, don’t worry, we got you. From a NoHo Japanese restaurant to a Prohibition era-inspired Havana hot spot, we rounded up some of the coolest places you need to check out pronto.
Name & Title: Dana DeLaski, Contributing Editor
Restaurant – Bessou: I’m really into using the Resy app, and a week or two ago I noticed a new spot pop up on it called Bessou. Naturally I investigated (because Resy always has good restaurants), and Bessou turned out to be a new modern Japanese spot in NoHo. It was pretty much the best discovery I could have made, and I’m itching to go.
Name & Title: Gilah Elul, Contributor
Bar – Blacktail: Summer may be winding down but I’m pushing hard to keep the tropical #vibes going this weekend with a trip to Blacktail. Inspired by the legacy of thirsty aviators that took flight for Havana during Prohibition era, this high concept cocktail bar means serious business with a menu of over 40 reinterpreted standards. Although I’ve sworn off rum in recent years, my resistance might fall by the wayside for a night of Cuban classics.
Name & Title: Cyndi Ramirez, Founder & EIC
Restaurant – Pietro Nolita: The time has come. The soon-to-be Nolita hotspot that is Pietro Nolita is opening its doors and not only is their healthy-Italian cuisine sounding mighty inviting, but the all-pink theme is legit a gift sent from the Instagram Gods. Though not technically opening until next week, you should probably get in line starting now (they sadly don’t take reservations.)
Bar – 21 Greenpoint: Would you judge me that I’m purely interested in heading here because Bill Murray bartended there last weekend? Whatever publicity this drummed up clearly worked on me. I’m sold — call me basic if you must.
Name & Title: Raven Ishak (that’s me!), Managing Editor
Restaurant – Baby Brasa: If there’s one thing I love more than my SO, it’s Spanish food. #sorrybutagirlsgottaeat. So when I found out that a Peruvian restaurant opened up a few blocks away from the TTS office, I squealed. Model turned chef, Franco Noriega, opened up the spot not too long ago and happily serves Peruvian rotisserie chicken, arroz con choclo, and pan con pollo. Honestly, I would swipe right on this place All. Day. Long.
Bar – The Last Word: I wouldn’t call myself a hipster or a yuppie, but every time I hear that a new speakeasy has opened up, I can’t help but get excited — like Christmas morning excited. So when I heard that a speakeasy opened up in neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, you can bet I lost all control of my emotions. Hidden behind a hardware store, The Last Word, serves some of coolest cocktail creations (i.e. Posada Punch: pueblo viejo tequila blanco, flor de cana four white rum, watermelon, luxardo maraschino liqueur, lime, chili salt) And with masterminds like Padraig O’Brien (Raines Law Room) and Tommy Demaras (LIC’s Maiella) behind the whole idea, you can bet your booty that this place is worth the trek.
Name & Title: Vanessa Granda, Head Photographer