Every year for my birthday I try to find a cool restaurant that has great food and ambiance. I came across Tony at the J’s in Greenwich , CT. It is located inside a boutique hotel in Greenwich. There is free valet parking. Reservations can be made on Opentable. Service is excellent and during our stay Tony himself came around asking trivia questions which made it fun! The garden area patio dining is gorgeous. Lush greenery everywhere 🌱 it makes you feel like you are on vacation. We started off with cocktails and then ordered scallops off of the specials. Our waitress called them decadent, and that was what they were they literally melted in your mouth. It came with a side of risotto in a Cream sauce that had me and my girls scraping the plate. For our entrees the three of us got The lobster 🦞 special. A 21/2 pound 🦞 in butter, oils, and herbs 🤤. We shared truffle fries 🍟 too! I would def go back I hear their steaks and pasta are also amazing.
Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY is stepping up their game with a brand spanking new beer hall and distillery. The new beer hall is much more spacious than it’s prior warehouse quarters.
The distillery is not up and running yet. However, the new Beer Hall is in full swing. I am a big fan of Captain Lawrence Beer and I can be a bit of a beer snob. A few of my favs are Galactic Fog, Hylo, and Red Stars and Strikes.
There is a new menu. A wide range of food to enjoy. Anything from tacos, BBQ, wings, oysters, and truffle fries. The pizza is amazing! That dough tho…
They have always had a great Beer Garden that has outdoor seating along with bean bag toss (corn hole), boccee ball, and jenga. There are tons of picnic tables so there is ample seating inside and out. They have trivia on Wednesday nights, and live music on the weekends. They also give 30 min tours on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 2:00pm for only $7 pp, $2 dollars for a tasting glass that you get to keep.
They are extremely kid/baby friendly, so you don’t have to worry about finding a sitter. I already brought Emma and we both met new friends. However, leave the puppies at home they are no longer pet friendly.
Before you leave you can also pick up a 6 pack of a limited edition beer such as Cookie Puss Birthday Beer Milk Shake IPA or Soft Swerve for you to enjoy at home.
Sam’s Club Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Sport Time USA
444 Saw Mill River Rd.
Elmsford, NY 10523
tel: 914-741-BEER (2337)
After seeing enough yummy instagram posts of this adorable looking icecream in a fish cone I caved. The Unicorn Special had my name written all over it (And I say I’m not Basic)!
I finally took the drive down there after eating at Beyond Sushi , another Fab place.
The place is Taiyaki, which is the name of the fish shaped cake that they put the ice cream in. The icecream is pretty basic yumminess but the fish cake was to die for. I was told the red bean makes it so yummy. It was soft and warm like a freshly baked cake. And that, paired with the icecream was amazing! I’m sure the line can get long..however I went on a weekday night.
119 Baxter St
New York, NY
After flooding the Instagram feed with my spa day pics I've had tons of people asking me about this new Spa that opened up in Edgewater, NJ.It was my birthday week so I decided to treat myself to a SpaDay
It's the first exit after crossing the George Washington Bridge. I made a big mistake in missing that exit!
You pull up to the place and they take your car and valet it..for free. A day pass to the spa on weekdays is $65 on the weekends it's $75. It has went up in price..I'm assuming due to popularity. I went on a Wednesday with my girlfriend. There wasn't much of a line and we quickly got in.
No outdoor food or drinks are permitted.
When you first enter u are given a locker to put your shoes in. No shoes are permitted inside. Outside only flipflops are permitted.
Then you get in the elevator and proceed to the real locker room where you get your robe (free) and another bigger locker to keep all your stuff. They have showers and changing rooms. I threw my bathing suit and robe on and explored the grounds..
It was a gorgeous day so we spent most of the time outside in the baths. There was a silk bath and a foot massage path to walk thru. Along with hot tubs, saunas and a infiniti pool with views to die for.
They have other services to purchase such as massages, facials and the typical Spa offerings. I did not partake this time… But next time I def will.
There is also a children's area for kids but there weren't any that day. You can bring children and I'm not sure how I really feel about that…
They have a water slide but it was closed that day. Total Bummer.
We had lunch in a cute lil dining area. There was a small selection on the menu. We ordered Burrata and a salad along with tea. No Alcohol is served or permitted. They also have a food court that serves Asian food, ice cream and burgers. They also have a smoothie bar.
Overall it was a fabulous day. The service was ahhmazing. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.
I def enjoyed this place and will be back before the cold weather hits so I can take a trip down that slide!
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I recently met a verrry cool person and she put me on to SoFarSounds. She told me she signed up for tickets to a secret music show in a secret garden in NYC. It Sounded Dope to me ..so I told her I was down.
She ended up getting two tickets and I'm very glad she did..
It was a gorgeous summer day in July and we got cool seats sitting on a wooden tree bench in a garden of a Church. The show was BYOB and we came prepared with two bottles of Ros'e. Lush Life.
There was three performers and they were all amazing.
Silvina Moreno from Argentina who sang in both Spanish and English and had a funky lil instrument that she played.
Adam Ahuja was the second performer who played the keyboard and crooned so beautifully that he ended up on my IG story with heart eyes emoji's. How old am I again ?! Move over Justin Timberlake…He used audience participation to create a song that day which I thought was pretty Ahhmazing.
The last performer was Madison Mcferrin who sang very soulfully and had the whole audience nodding and swaying to her vibe.
After leaving this mini concert I wanted to buy all of their CD's and follow them all on Spotify.
Wanna check this out and try to get lucky and get tickets to these secret concerts check out SofarSound. They are all over the city and Brooklyn. FYI They do not tell you the exact location or details unless you get tickets to attend.
A great summer read ☀️📚and a big floppy hat 👒
Big floppy hat I bought at the Grand Bazzaar in NYC. They had me at Resting Beach Face. 💁🌊 I found it inside the Bohemian groove on the move’s RV.
My summer read pick Is #GirlBoss by Sophia Amorusso..this is her true story of how she came up with Nasty Girl Vintage and now owns a multimillion dollar company. It all started with a My space and eBay account.
With the warmer weather slowly approaching NY..I’m starting to crave icecream 🍦 However, this time I wanted to try something different. Torn between soft serve and rolled ice cream 🍦 I figured I would check out a new spot. Milk and Cream Cereal Bar. Here they combine your favorite cereals with icecream. There are instructions on how to order. I had a very hard time making my final decision and it seemed a lot of other people did too! I settled on cookie dough icecream mixed with captain crunch topped with Reese’s pieces and caramel in a birthday cake cone! Yum 👅 Absolutely 😋 Delicious ! They also have specials up with their own concoctions.
Fabulous Rooftops with Stunning Views.. Are you going to pay $16+ for a cocktail.. YES! Is it better to go Sun-Thursday YES! Is a tourist going to photobomb your pic…Probably.. I still think gorgeous NYC weather calls for a Rooftop Bar…
That View Tho…
Press Lounge : This Rooftop Bar has Gorgeous Panoramic Views of NYC. Located atop Ink48 Hotel. Delicious cosmos and friendly service. No Guest lists and No Cover Charges Ever.
Mr. Purple : Rooftop Bar located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Try the Mr. Purple cocktail (casamigos reposado tequila, cranberry liqueur, allspice dram, apple, lemon. served punch style).Yum!
230 Fifth Rooftop : Rooftop Lounge located at 230 fifth Ave in Manhattan, NY. It’s NY’s largest rooftop garden open to the sky. Open year long 7 days a week.
AZUL on the Rooftop- Hotel Hugo – Cuban Vibe in SOHO with gorgeous views of Lower Manhattan. Live Cuban Music on Sundays starting at 8pm. My drank was the Sandia Fresca made with Tito’s Vodka, Watermelon juice, Cucumber Puree, and Organic Honey. Alot less pretentious than the other rooftops in Manhattan.
Looking to get away to the Italian Coast without leaving NYC? Look no further than the beachy Sabbia (means sand in English) located in Eataly. Follow the Parasols to the retractable rooftop bar/restaurant that is transformed to resemble the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. This is a pop up restaurant around until October where Gelato carts, an oyster bar, and retractable roof set the mood in this upper scale eatery. Extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. I went with a Rose Wine Spritzer along with Formaggi, you can choose 3 for $13 or 5 for $16 served with an apricot mostarda (sort of like a marmalade). Many dishes to choose from ..Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian options all available. We started with The Gambaretti alla Bagnara seared shrimp, oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon. I ordered the Tagliata DiManzo which was a grilled Wagyu bohemian steak with Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano. My date ordered the Polpa all Griglia, grilled octopus with cannellini beans! After your meal you can shop in Eataly’s market. They conveniently are on Opentable for online reservations.
NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is upon us July 25th- August 19th. 3 course meals for lunch $29 and dinner $42. For the frugal yet fabulous..Exclusions do apply.. gratuity and beverages not included.
These are my picks. Foodies Rejoice..
Sabbia located In Eataly (which I still have yet to visit)hosted by La Birreria rooftop bar and restaurant..Since it’s Summer you had me at rooftop bar. Stunning views of the Flat Iron and Empire State building await. Here you can check out the lunch and dinner menu. I like to look ahead of time to be sure that there are things that I like.
200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Also Participating in Restaurant Week are a few of my go to spots…
Scarpetta I read in a magazine over five years ago that Beyonce and Jay Z dined here for the Spaghetti..Start it off with the Creamy Polenta in a mushroom truffle sauce. I have been in love with Scott Conant’s tasty dishes ever since!
355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !
170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Beauty and Essex is always a good time… hang out in the ladies room where they serve champagne. Or grab one of my fav drinks the beauty elixir.
146 Essex St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower East Side
Don’t forget to post up your pics on “the gram” to win a shot at a $50 gift certificate for a future dining experience! Use the hashtag #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK !