200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street
200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street
Another foodie event (see previous post for June 3rd at db Bistro Moderne Daniel) is happening tonight at the bookshop of Phaidon Press in Soho. Organized by the James Beard Foundation Greens, the occasion is a celebration of the classic The Silver Spoon recipe book, the bible of authentic Italian cooking and Italy's best-selling cookbook for the last fifty years. Amidst the beautiful Phaidon hardcovers, you will experience The Silver Spoon’s recipes interpreted by super chefs from the city’s top Italian restaurants: Maialino, Falai, Torrisi, Sullivan Bakery, Lunetta and dell’anima. Tickets are $75, from 6:30pm – 9:00 pm.
For tickets go here
Obsessing about who makes the best burger in town is typical New Yorker. Why not make it official and discuss the issue with a panel of experts? And that is exactly what Esquire magazine and Danie Bouloud are doing in celebration of dg bistro moderne’s tenth anniversary come June 3rd.
For $110, you will mingle with beef patty connoisseurs, first deconstruct then devour db’s “the original burger.” And you'll also walk out with a copy of Esquires' book “Eat Like a Man”. Yeah, you macho gourmet carnivores, get ready.
The photos you see here were taken a while ago when Oscar Niemeyer’s collectors book first came out together with his signature bookstand…The store is on the west mezzanine above The Plaza Hotel’s lobby. Just the location in itself already provides a special atmosphere of timelessness to the experience. To me, it’s like stepping into a capsule where time stands still and where it’s safe to browse and loose oneself amongst the shelves of this this classy library filled with gorgeous books, tasteful gifts and a pair of extremely chic (and comfy) chairs.
Be it a respite from the outside bustle or just a quick stop to get something beautiful, a visit to the Assouline shop is always a pleasure.
Tip: after immersing in the delight of the written world, satisfy your human cravings with a delicious snack at Todd English's Food Plaza in the basement of the The Plaza.
An iota of Greece in the Lower East Side
Smell and taste a speck of authentic Greece culture a few steps away from each other in the heart of the Lower East Side.
Mastiha is the “world’s first chewing gum” according to the nice salesman at the first US branch of the Greece chain with shops all over Europe. The emphasis in this food and beauty products shop is on mastiha, a resin extracted from a tree bark that has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities. This apparently miraculous ingredient is used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foods. All readily available at the store.
Insider Tip: The shop will celebrate it’s three year anniversary and is planning a party! Check out their website for more details.
Creams that promise ancient healing properties
145 Orchard St.
212 253 0895
If all the chewing got your gastro juices going, walk over to Stanton Street and transport yourself to the island of Mykonos. Opened a few months ago and designed to feel like a typical island sidewalk café, this little corner is a charming cliché of the stone white traced floors, blue shutters and bougainvillea. The simple and yummy menu is irresistible and as satiating as it’s original meat/pita/tzatziki sauce sandwiches sold on the popular Souvlaki trucks around town.
212 777 0166
On the first warm day of the year a couple of weeks ago, Manhattan sidewalks were packed with short shorts. I mean really SHORT. I had to squint a few times at glaring white legs that were reflecting sunlight. Street wear pre-announces trends and usually differs from what you see in the display windows. In fact, long skirts are being declared by silent mannequins overlooking the bare legged ladies strutting by, showing off their... lack of a tan. I can only hope for lots of sun. At least I expect that the massive evident cellulite will be less visible if the all these exposed thighs take in a little bit of color :)