Where to Go This Weekend According to Our Editors

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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.


Photo cred: Zagat

Photo cred: Zagat

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.

Bar – Little Canal: Walked by this place on my way to 169 bar the other day, and it immediately jumped to the top of my list. After doing some research I realized that I’m not the first person to discover it, but it seems like most people go there for coffee. This is not a bad idea (because it is a coffee shop) but when I saw it it was full of friends and couples drinking wine. So that’s what I’d like to go and do.


Photo cred: Black Tail

Photo cred: Black Tail

Name & Title: Gilah Elul, Contributor

Restaurant – KingI used to live on King Street and while it’s certainly sad to see neighborhood standby Meekong shutter, I’m intrigued by the stylish bistro that’s opened in its place. Started by three veterans from celebrated London eateries River Cafe and Clove Club, King is unique in that the menu is tightly edited and changes daily. Dishes are inspired by the South of France and seem to be both accessible and elevated at the same time. It doesn’t hurt that King’s owners are all female powerhouses bringing their individual energies to the table — I smell a “Boss Babes” feature in our future.

Bar – BlacktailSummer 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.

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Photo of Guest of a Guest

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 GreenpointWould 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.

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Photo cred: Timeout

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.

Photo cred: The Drink Nation

Photo cred: The Drink Nation

Name & Title: Vanessa Granda, Head Photographer

Restaurant – MIMI NYCIt’s safe to say that we New Yorkers need a break from the city sometimes. While a trip may not always be feasible, a visit to a new restaurant can always be the mini escape we need. This is where MIMI NYC comes in, a hip French restaurant in the village. With one look at the menu (hello, Gnocchi Parisian) and the countless rave reviews, it’s an easy choice.
Bar – Zombie Hut: As someone who is not quite ready to let go of summer, I’ll be consuming as many piña coladas as I can before the warm weather leaves us for good. Voted “best piña colada” in New York, Zombie Hut is the go-to spot for those of you who feel the same way.

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