Happy Thursday, Everyone! Due to the multitude of holidays next weekend, we’re taking a #YWP short break as you celebrate with your favorite traditions. Make sure to look out for our next issue coming back on April 5th. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited to get going on all things SPRING!
Canal Street Market: Canal Street Market, located in Chinatown, is the food market that Canal Street desperately needed. There are lots of great food and dessert options in Chinatown (many in our past plans!), but they tend to be spread out all across the neighborhood. Just like the similar food markets around the city, they really have a selection of everything and you can sample quite a number of cuisines all in one place! One of our favorite parts about this location is that most of the vendors change on occasion, which always gives the space an updated look and something new to try each time you go! They have also recently added a big bleacher type seating area in the back, so there is plenty of seating and room to enjoy whichever to-go item you choose. After deciding on one of the many dinner options, we highly recommend ending your adventure at Bonsai Kakigori. Kakigōri is a Japanese dessert that’s made by carving a block of pure ice (using a special machine!) and adding toppings to create yummy flavors. The coconut crème combination put our childhood snow cones to shame with fresh coconut flakes, lime, and smooth coconut whipped cream. Need something to wash down all that dessert? They also have some unique drink options like Lavender Matcha, Matcha Hot Chocolate, and Bonsai Matcha on the menu! It’s located right in the front of the market so you can’t miss it!
INDAY: INDAY is based on a 3000-year-old philosophy that what you eat directly affects how you feel. They believe every meal should be filled with vibrant flavors and activated ingredients, mindfully sourced and freshly prepared. They have reinvented the definition of a “well-balanced” meal by creating seasonally-driven bright, Indian-inspired cuisine in a fast casual setting. From the moment you walk in you get a major sense of zen come over you with their burning candles, warm colored decorations and planted succulents by every seat. Imagine your favorite salad bar but with options like cauliflower rice, activated charcoal eggplant, avocado crema, and green pea falafel! We made our own bowl of basically everything (how could we choose!) and left full from the hearty yet healthy selections. INDAY is opening a second location at 708 Third Avenue on April 2nd to bring all their bright, energizing vibes to Midtown with a new, elevated, seasonal menu. They’re also joining Urbanspace’s new food hall next week as a new spin-off, called INDAY Go Go. The menu will be exclusive to 570 Lexington, and will feature a special item called coconut chia roti, an organic, vegan, gluten-free, delicious wrap made in-house with coconut flour, chia seeds, coconut oil, and masa. Pro Tip: Their super spicy hot sauce is not available on the menu but is served in bottles on each table. If you like spice, make sure to add it to your dish before digging in!
Rescue Spa: Just a 9-minute walk from Inday is a pure relaxation oasis waiting for you! From the second we stepped foot inside Rescue Spa, there was an overwhelming sense of calmness from the rustic gray walls, to the giant fireplaces, and let’s not forget the fruit infused water bar at your service. We treated ourselves to manicures which are given in the back of the huge space in antique white chairs surrounded by their signature white orchards. We left with a perfect coat of Essie long wear long lasting nail polish (will let you know if it sustains us 2 weeks!) and smiles on our faces. Rescue Spa is also known for the one of best facials in all of New York City with rave reviews about Danuta Mieloch, the spa’s founder and owner. Her facial using Biologique Recherche products is just over an hour of consulting, cleansing, steaming, toning, balancing, and massaging to achieve the perfect glow. Whether you want to pamper yourself for the day, indulge with your girlfriends, or are in need of the ultimate gift for the women in your life – rescue spa (literally) to the rescue!
Loring Place: This rarely happens to us, but when it does, it’s too exciting not to share! Just from our one meal there, Loring place has quickly risen to the top of our list as one of our favorite New York restaurants yet. This place was just perfection in our eyes! The interior design is nothing too trendy, with very natural woods, neutrals, greens, and candles. The seating is comfortable and spacious, but getting a table is a little hard to come by (make sure to grab a reservation on Resy far in advance from when you want to go!). The service was spectacular, with such an attentive waiter who was so knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Of course, the best part was the AMAZING food! There are a lot of options to choose from and honestly everything we got we enjoyed. Although you have to order the bread (usually a #YWP flaw), we seriously recommend starting with the house made whole wheat, which comes with Hudson Valley butter and seriously melts in your mouth. The butternut fries, shaved brussel sprout salad, and grandma-style pan pizza all proved to be better than the next. We ended our meal in the sweetest way possible with the vanilla ice cream sundae made with pretzels, walnut toffee, chocolate-cookie fudge, and Meyer lemon. We’re honestly still dreaming of this combo (drooling as we type) and already made our next reservation to head back!
Poke Junke: It seems to us that Poke places are opening up left and right here in New York City! It’s always hard to decide which ones are worth trying, but this new midtown spot should definitely make your list. Their Ahi Tuna bowl was delicious (it’s the most popular item on the menu!) and had super fresh tuna with crunchy vegetables, pickled turnip, crunchy onion, garlic, avocado, lemon ponzu, and a creamy sriracha mayo – what a combo! We say go for coconut rice over the quinoa because it was really fluffy and especially tasty. We also appreciated the vegan bowl option, which had organic tofu, sweet potato, avocado, red onions, pickled turnip, pickled radish, pickled shiitake, and crunchy lotus on top! The cool and modern ambiance was a true bonus, with fun neon signs and old school posters waiting to go on your Instagram stories!
Grace Street: Grace Street, an Asian-style café, is bringing us colorful and creative (seriously Instagram perfect) drinks just 11 minutes away from Poke Junke. Their rose latte, butterfly lemonade (which changes color!), and ube latte show off some serious foam art and distinctive flavors! The ube latte was our favorite since it was on the sweeter side with a slight taste of coconut. We were surprised when we walked in to see that the space was as large as it was with tons of high bar stools and communal tables to sit at. Make sure to take a photo of the seriously beautiful coffee concoctions that come out one by one and then drink away!
Hotel Hugo: Perched atop the renowned Hotel Hugo, Bar Hugo’s rooftop lounge transforms to Old Havana every Sunday night against the backdrop of magnificent 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Guests can enjoy music by popular Cuban band, Grupo Irek, while sipping on craft cocktails. Cuban Night is held every Sunday from 8 – 11 PM, and also offers drink specials (specialty cocktails for $9 and mixed drinks for $8). The cocktails served are inspired by the Cuban culture, including classic mojitos, and offer fresh and rich flavors such as lime, agave, and pear. Both the hotel and the bar pay tribute to the neighborhood’s stylish and rich history with a sophisticated space, floor to ceiling windows, and one-of-a-kind art pieces. This is the perfect spot to spend your Sunday night as the bar creates a great intimate atmosphere 20-stories above the Lower Manhattan streets!