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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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GIF Videobooth’s In NYC

Photo booth’s are a thing of the past. Let’s kick our selfie game up a  notch. The new trending thing recently are Video Booth’s (GIF)..so what’s better than taking your own 5-6 second mini video clip when you are out partying in the city.. You can easily type in your email address for you to have and share.

I first spotted the video booth when I was out to dinner this February at Vandal NYC. It is located in the bar lounge area. We found it after exploring the new space . The background is a perfect setting filled with graffiti covered walls.

Vandal , 199 Bowery  New York, NY 10002

Then I saw it again in Beauty and Essex’s Pawn shop. This background has guitars hanging on the walls. Click  for my movie clips. Me and my friends always get a kick out of it. You will get some people in the background wanting to photobomb you.

Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St   New York, NY 10002

I hear Catch in the Meatpacking district has a video booth on their rooftop too! I have yet to check Catch out but it’s def on my summer to do list!

Catch,  199 9th ave   New York, NY 10014

I’m all about it! I hope to see more restaurants/bars using this feature! It’s all about having fun and being silly with your friends. And you get to have a lil memory of your night.

 

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

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.

Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional You can check out all the participating restaurants here. You can book reservations conveniently at Opentable.

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.

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200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
Flatiron District

Spice Market  located in the Meat Packing District.I have yet to dine at this pretty lil eatery with an attached terrace. I’m hoping that changes soon. Lunch and Dinner menu here.

403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Bodega Negra at  Dream Hotel downtown.. You enter this location thru a Tudor Styled Tequila Wearhouse! No menu listed however they serve upscale Mexican fare (expect ceviches and Tacos).

 

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!

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That F*in Spaghetti Tho!

355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !

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170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Greenwich Village

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 !

 

 

 

Vandal NYC

  

Vandal NYC : There’s a lot of hype surrounding this new trendy hot spot on Bowery in Manhattan… Now I know why!

You enter through a Flower shop (reminds me of Beauty and Essex where you enter through a Pawn Shop).


The Drinks… I went for the (Spicy) Las Palmitas and PushCart Wars and my friend opted for the (Sweet) Double Dutch… Drinks are on the pricey side but they were nice and strong.


The Food… It’s Tapas Style and as per the waiters suggestion, we ordered 5 dishes to share (typical for a party of two). Our picks were the Blackened Shrimp Arepas (delicious!), Grilled Avocado (love love love avocado) tossed with salad and candied pecans, Ceviche (my first time trying),  Chicken and Chorizo Paella served in a skillet with roasted tomato sofrito (that was yummy), and at last, The Vandal S’mores  Desert (heaven in my mouth!). It’s a warm S’mores pie with a scoop of graham cracker ice cream.

 


  

The Decor… There’s an icy, grape colored, break dancing bunny. Graffiti covers the walls throughout, and there’s tons of artwork to take in… The ambiance is amazing and the space is stunning! I’m happy we went on a Sunday evening to explore the two level space. The restaurant consists of a bar/lounge, full dining room, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.

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Before you leave, don’t forget to take a video strutting your stuff on the “Vandal Cam” so you can send it to yourself via email; perfect for your social media accounts!


  
  
  

Service was also on point! Shout out to our waiter Kameer!

My friend made reservations using the Opentable app, which I love (highly recommend it)! Reservations do book out weeks in advance, so plan ahead.

Tis the Season for Gifting/Lounging

Holiday Season is upon us and I thought I would share a lil gift guide with some of my favorite things :)It’s always fun to make a wishlist so I decided to throw one together along with  my favorite stores. (These opinions are my own..)

It’s getting chilly outside so I’m all about being kept cute and cozy while I’m hibernating this Winter.

Panda Onesie from American Eagle.. My daughter and I are big fans of onesies..They are super cute and comfy to lounge in (and binge watch Netflix in)..I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it! Who doesn’t love Panda’s ?! Currently on Sale $52.46pandaonesie.png

Ugg Australia Dakota Slippers in Jester Red.. I love these slippers and I think they are a lil luxurious  and not something you would typically buy for yourself. (I asked my mom to get me these)You can also get them for the man in your life … Since they do come in men’s and Kid’s sizes.$99.95 slippersred

Blanket Scarf from Aerie.. I’m all about being cute and cozy this winter and I must say this is a trendy must have accessory for this holiday season! Here are a few ways to wear this look thanks to the aerie blog ! The chilly weather is kicking in here in NY and I’m excited to try this look!12317622_1115224435157412_1142826937_n(1)

I guess my theme of cute loungewear is going strong…with the Snowball Fleece Short Robe in Red from Victoria’s Secret. I thought this robe was adorable with the ears on the hood (I’m a sucker for the ears)! They only had a medium left in the stores and I gifted myself with it. I have been wearing it nonstop since then..$59.5012237341_1023378301015578_2118437329_n(1)

Monogram 

I’m kind of obsessed with monogram accessories so I figured I would blog about it.. It all started with a hot pink clutch..then a necklace..A tote..and before you know it im rocking a Sun hat with my initials on it!🙈 Thanks to livingsocial you can get tons of great deals on monogram items! I usually go with my initials in script since I think it looks classy and delicate.👸 I tried getting a monogram necklace in block letters and it ended up looking like my name was Tom😂