Published on April 6th, 2019 | by Ozlem Avcioglu

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New York Guide : Discover The Latest Coolest Places

New York is the worlds most dynamic city. But especially in recent years New York’s hotel and food scene evolving so fast, it’s hard to keep up . The newest restaurants and hotels opened their doors… I have visited many of them recently and made a best new must visit places guide for not only  luxury and trend lovers but also who wants to spend perfect time.

Where To Eat:

Balthazar NYC never looses its charm and still my all time favorite spot. This year I have rediscovered The Red Rooster Harlem as the best spot for brunch.

Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves comfort food prepared by chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy that attracted neighborhood the Sunday brunch at Red Rooster was an amazing experience. Apart from the food the brunch had a great vibe with live local entertainment.

La Mercerie, the cafe, bakery and restaurant in the furniture and design store Roman and Williams Guild is still the talk of the town place. Marie-Aude Rose serves what she describes as “simple but refined” French food. The café serves breakfast, a delightful all-day menu, craft cocktails and an all-French wine list. Swing by and grab a delicious pastry, coffee or specialty tea on your way to work.

I loved Upland very much, its a special restaurant. The food, handled by chef Justin Similie, is California-inspired, and absolutely incredible. The menu has so many superstar dishes.  The restaurant itself, designed by my favorite firm Roman and Williams, is not only beautiful, but it’s also comfortable. There’s a lively bar area for a quick drink and some food, and the tables in the dining room behind it are comfortable, spacious. Try especially the fried chicken sandwich.

I liked especially Chinese Tuxedo located in an old opera house on Doyers Street in Chinatown. İt is a big space with unfinished concrete walls, a lot of plants, and a generally club-ish feeling room. The food, which is a modern take on Chinese is amazing. Almost everything is tasty. Chinese Tuxedo might be a fun suggestion for a group that’s looking for a party-time dinner.

The Pool is a seafood restaurant opened in the former Four Seasons space in the Seagram Building . The restaurant fills the generous, soaring space designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson with a square white marble pool as its centerpiece. The space is finished by original art pieces by Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and Cy Twobly from 1958 – the year the Seagram building was constructed. You can enjoy a simple, yet exquisite seafood-inflected menu. The Pool Lounge, the restaurant’s former private dining space, has also been reincarnated as a separate cocktail lounge.

Le CouCou is still a very in place.  Stephen Starr,the restaurateur got together with Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose, from Spring in Paris, opened Le Coucou. It is not only the name that is French. So is the entire menu, a good chunk of the wine list, the plush interior design by Roman and Williams, guests can enjoy a spectacular meal in the most charming of settings.

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The Lobster Club in the Seagram Building is still ‘See and Be Seen’ Midtown Space. It is a Japanese Brasserie by Major Food Group. It was designed by Peter Marino, and with chef Tasuku Murakami at the helm, this concept celebrates a unique interpretation of Japanese cuisine. Peter Marino has designed, commissioned and selected every item in the room from uniforms to floors, original Picasso Plates to Marino-Designed Picasso-inspired sculptures, to the chopsticks and the bar stools.

Keith McNally’s newest boîte, Augustineis still very charming. Located in the renovated historical Beekman Hotel, serving a great selection of modern French dishes, its one of the best spots for lunch and dinner.

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One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has has been one of my favorite restaurants for over two decades. Chef Michael Anthony’s ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors. Opened in 1994 by restaurateur Danny Meyer in a historic landmark building, Chef Michael Anthony’s dishes have been fascinating me.

Try especially Tavern Burger with cheddar, bacon and chips.. Its definitely the BEST BURGER of NY. Roasted Oysters with kale and chile are also very tasty.

If you are a Soho House member don’t miss the new Dumbo House in Brooklyn. Dumbo House takes over  the top two floors, one of the last surviving brick storehouses in Brooklyn, above Cecconi’s.

From its terrace and pool you see the view which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Manhattan Bridge. Its art is architecture-themed with a collection that includes contributions from David Adjaye, Zoe Buckman, and Steven Siegel. Its exterior and interior decoration is reminiscent of the 1960s–1970s with “Manhattan Bridge Blue” walls that are the exact color as the Manhattan.

New Hotels:

The first US outpost of boutique British brand, The Hoxton Williamsburg offers slick design and thoughtful service at a price far below most New York hotels, plus a stylish rooftop bar with enviable Manhattan views.

 Set in Lower East Side, Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel is an altogether new type of luxury hotel. The idea is to provide everything you want, but none of the unnecessary extras. So, you have to check in yourself and arrange your own mints on the pillow, but there’s plenty of upside too. New York-inspired dishes are wood-fired at superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen, while Louis – a market/canteen hybrid – serves organic slow food, fast.

Tim and Kit Kemp, founders of Firmdale Hotels have now opened The Whitby, their second New York hotel.Situated in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan on West 56th Street at 5th Avenue, The Whitby Hotel is a celebration of contemporary art and design.

Another in hotel is 11 Howard , which is on the south end of Lafayette street. 11 Howard is  a 221-room boutique hotel a collaborative creation between Anda Andrei of Anda Andrei Design and Danish firm Space Copenhagen. The hotel features the works of artists, such as Katie Yang, Dan Attoe, and Hiroshi Sugimoto..

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What To See

 

Gucci Wooster location, which was designed as a store-cum-“cultural gathering space,”  included Gucci Wooster Bookstore, located at 375 West Broadway, adjacent to the brand’s screening room. David Strettell of Dashwood Books, the below-ground mecca for art-loving bibliophiles, was tapped to curate Gucci’s new bolthole for bookworms.

Opened in December 2018, the Starbucks New York Roastery is a must see place. Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened in Meatpacking District where the company’s rarest and freshest coffees will be roasted and served.

For the first time in the U.S., Starbucks is introducing the Arriviamo Bar, a cocktail bar in the Roastery featuring a curated menu of coffee and tea cocktails.Visitors can also enjoy a unique menu of specialty coffee and Teavana tea as well as freshly baked artisanal food from boutique Milanese Princi bakery

Milanese shopping destination 10 Corso Como has opened a location in historic Seaport District, with black and white interiors carrying the brand’s circular motifs. The store has taken over the ground floor of the Fulton Building, a former market that has been extensively renovated as part of a wider effort to revitalize the neighborhood.

The 28,000-square-foot space includes an Italian café and restaurant, and sell clothing, design objects and books. An art and photography gallery, and a garden as also incorporated for visitors to peruse.

The Guild, flagship Store of Roman and Williams in Soho is still the talk of the town shop. It is a two-story, 650 sq. meter retail emporium. It is rich with sophistication, cool finds, glassware and textiles, modern furniture and antique treasures so it is a furniture store. But it is also a restaurant, La Mercerie,  and an oasis with an Emily Thompson’s wild flower shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About the Author

Ozlem Avcioglu

Each city has its own light, identity and color ️Traveler photographer writer owner of Haaz design. Based in Istanbul and NY, live around the world.



One Response to New York Guide : Discover The Latest Coolest Places

  1. Avatar Harvey Dzodin says:

    Great guide. You’ve uncovered real gems and had the courtesy to share them with us. Many thanks.

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