Trademark Taste + Grind:Located in the heart of Midtown, Trademark Taste & Grind is a dual concept bringing you craft cocktails, comfort food, homemade pastries, and even Brooklyn coffee to the bustling area of Herald Square! The space includes a front coffee bar, Trademark Grind, that leads down a hallway into a back bar and restaurant, Trademark Taste. So, whether you’re looking for a post-work cocktail boost, casual dinner, or quick morning coffee, Trademark Taste & Grind is the place to be. The restaurant has a true speakeasy feel to it, so enjoy the atmosphere while ordering the crispy gnocchi or cauliflower steak. Just in time to keep up with National Rosé Day(mark your calendars, Saturday June 9!), Trademark Taste + Grind has also added a Rosé Sangria to their summer menu. This summer cocktail combines their house blend rosé with grapefruit, lemon, and citron, served with fresh strawberries and lemon wheels in a stemmed glass. Pro Tip:The Sangria is just $10 from 5-7pm every Wednesday-Friday (regularly available for $12) at the newly debuted Trademark Aperitif Cafe in the front coffee shop.
Refinery Rooftop: Refinery Rooftop, one of our all time favorite summer rooftop spots (especially because of the incredible view of the Empire State Building!), is getting into the National Rosé Dayspirit as well, with their full Rosé All Day menu. Just a short4-minute walk from dinner, make sure to stop by this weekend for their Rooftop Rosé Spritz, complete with Wölffer Rosé Cider, Rosé Sangria (available by the glass or pitcher), and their signature Frosé. The fan favorite slushie, blended with rosé and zesty citrus, is part of the rooftop’sI Give A Sip campaign, which donates all proceeds from this month to the Alzheimer's Association. Do good, drink well, and enjoy responsibly!
Gansevoort Market:Gansevoort Market is our go-to spot in the Meatpacking District. When we thought about where to treat ourselves for making it to 50 newsletters(a true accomplishment, thanks to all of you!) we just had to come back here! Gansevoort Market definitely has a similar concept as the nearby Chelsea Market and other surrounding food halls, with options upon options of food stands and seating areas. Our personal favorites are Hold My Knots, 2 Doughboyz, Chip New York City, Burger Inc., and the recently added Milk and Cream Cereal Bar. Each place is unique in what they specialize in, giving you the best of all worlds in one single meal. We happen to love this spot even more because it’s never too crowded. If you just want to meet someone for a quick drink, bite, or dessert, you can always find a seat instantly without waiting on long lines! There is so much variety in such a small venue, so there is definitely something for everyone! We also appreciate the ability to quickly hop from one trendy food vendor to the next, since it’s all in 1 compact space. Make sure to start off with Hold My Knots, which are warm garlic knot sliders filled with everything from eggplant parm, chicken parm, buffalo chicken, and even meatball parm! They also have stuffed garlic knots with cheese and pepperoni! Knot going to lie, you’ll probably want more than one, but don’t forget to save room for some sides and dessert! The dynamite fried mac and cheese chili poppers along with some fries from Burger Inc. are the perfect side to your indulgent meal. Chip should be up next, which was originally only located in Astoria, but has landmarked their Manhattan location right here on 14th street. These chocolate chip cookies, which come in different varieties depending on the day, give Levaina true run for their money. The Cookies and Cream and Oatmeal Sea Salt were just the right amount of chewy, soft, sweet, fudgy, and delicious! Bring these home for later so you can indulge in some delicious soft serve from Milk and Cream. If it’s nice out, remember that you’re only a 5-minute walk from The High Line and can walk off your splurges all the way to the west side of 34th Street!
Pylos:Pylos, located in the East Village, is the more “upscale” Greek option in this neighborhood. Although it has a reputation for being on the trendy side, the food is excellent and the space is always filled with downtown locals. You can snack on some of their delicious (complimentary!) flatbread while waiting for appetizers such as their haloumi, one of our personal favorites, which is sautéed cheese cut into chunks with pine nuts and grape slices. Add on the Poikilia dips so you can get a taste of their trio of Greece’s 3 best dipping sauces— Tzatziki, tangy yogurt dip, Taramosalata, the robust and lemony fish roe dip, and Melitzanosalata, a luscious eggplant condiment made with char-grilled eggplant and extra-virgin Greek olive oil. There are so many meat, seafood, and fish selections for your main course that you really can’t go wrong with any of them! The space is super inviting, and the mini clay pots spanning the ceiling make for a gorgeous atmosphere and photo. If you use OpenTable a week out, you'll have no trouble getting a reservation, but booking ahead of time is definitely recommended.
Boulton & Watt:Boulton & Watt, just a 6-minute walk from dinner, is a popular Friday night destination. Between the cocktails and desserts, it has everything we need in a late night spot. This week, in honor of National Rosé Day, Boulton & Watt is combining 2 crowd-pleasers, drinks and gelato, to create their very own Rosé Buds! The rosé gelato is the star of this petite dessert topped with dark chocolate, orange zest, and homemade pistachio brittle. For just $10, you can enjoy a quartet of cones, perfect for sharing with your crew who’s helping you celebrate this important holiday. If you’re looking to pair that with another sweet treat, their cast-iron cookie is basically a half-baked chocolate chip cookie in a warm pan served with cold milk. To say this was decedent is an understatement, and the skillet comes out steaming hot to ensure that this creation melts in your mouth!
Xtend Barre:If you’re not in a complete #RoséDaze by Sunday, make sure to sign up for an Xtend Barre class! Don’t let the name fool you, because this is not like any other barre classes that we have taken. Xtend workouts incorporate more pilates stretches, actual ballet movements, and way more cardio (which was our personal favorite part!). Although we know barre is great for toning those muscles, it’s always nice to leave a workout class sweating so you feel like you’ve accomplished something. The Tribeca studio is very modern and the staff couldn't be more welcoming! Pro Tip:Make sure to sign up as a new member if you haven’t gone before because they have awesome packages for first timers!
1803:Why take a flight to New Orleans when just a 5-minute walk away from your barre class is the recently opened 1803 restaurant inspired by New Orleans cuisine. Even the space is New Orleans themed, evoking the infamous French Quarter, complete with balconied and outdoor dining, hot pink and green tropical motifs, and an intimate underground jazz club. Their wallpaper is basically meant to be snapped for your Instagram feed and the the menu which features lunch, brunch, dinner, and late night bites, ranges from simple fresh oysters to smothered pork chops and grits. Start with the Spicy Spinach-Artichoke Heart Dip (which isn’t actually that spicy!) before reviewing the extensive wine list and New Orleans-inspired cocktail and beer offerings. It’s a big space, so it’s nice to know that you can get to this hoppin’ spot by simply making a reservation hereor just walking in!