Noted Tribeca: Noted Tribeca, which opened just last week, is already being noticed for their all-day restaurant concept, converting from a casual café by day, to a cool cocktail scene by night. ABC Kitchen veteran, Steve Song, prepares modern Korean dishes in a rustic yet modern space, think: exposed brick and leather chairs, while Ryan Clur curates their extensive cocktail menu. All drinks are named after “editions”, rather than names, but edition #7 is consistently missing from their list. This “secret edition” cocktail will change every night, so you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get! Stay tuned as the restaurant will soon double as an art gallery too, as they plan to showcase local and international artists within their unique space!
Tone House:Tone House is New York City’s first ever extreme, athletic based, group fitness studio. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just want to train like one, Tone House will push you out of your comfort zone and help you reach your full potential! This summer they’re offering complimentary classes for new athletes during select times at their Nomad and Upper East Side locations! But wait, there’s more! Once you fall in love with this team-oriented, competitive, and fun workout regimen, make sure to sign up for the Rookie Pass, a2 for 1 special for rookie athletes. It’s usually $40, but use the code ROOKIE 42 for $10 off and get moving!
Anton Kern Gallery:Ready to party? Well, since you're already burning off those calories, take a 20-minutecool down walk to the Anton Kern Gallery on E 55th Street. Head straight to the third floor of the gallery where you’ll find “The Party”, which has an entire exhibit for you to explore! Don’t stop until you see the grandfather clock that spews out bubbles and Martin Creed’s room filled with giant inflated balloons! Talking from experience, the room is *actually* filled to the top with balloons, letting you completely immerse yourself in clouds of helium! This time around (he has done a few shows in NYC before!), the balloons are all shiny gold, giving you the perfect opportunity to take a swoon worthy photo to add to your Instagram aesthetic. All access is FREE and on display until August 31st.
The Polo Bar: Although you may not be going straight to dinner, we just had to mention that The Polo Bar is a quick 3-minute walk from the Anton Kern Gallery. We also mustmention that we loved our experience here, but reservations are hard to come by and have to be made 30 days in advance by going to OpenTable or calling ahead of time! We have noticed that the early seatings (5:00p) and later seatings (9:30p) are sometimes available on the regular, so always make sure to check it out in advance! The Polo Bar is owned and operated by the acclaimed brand Ralph Lauren. The atmosphere immediately makes you feel like an elite member of an old fashioned men’s club from the moment you head downstairs. The decor is completely covered in their trademark equestrian horses, accompanied by countryside paintings and rich, dark woods. We can’t forget their signature dark green monogram logo which adds a nice touch to the plates, napkins, and tables. The menu is very traditional, but everything from The Polo Bar Salad, to the shrimp cocktail was on point. Do yourself a favor and spring for The Polo Bar Burger, which comes with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, cheddar, crispy bacon, and amazing hand cut fries. Don’t skimp out on dessert, since you did wait so long for this reservation, anyways! Order the brownie sundae which is served under hot fudge and their homemade coffee ice cream. Pro Tip: You know you’re at a great place when they ask you if you want to get your Boomerang ready before they pour the chocolate sauce over your dessert!
Raclette:If you’re a fellow #cheeselover, Raclette must take priority in #yourweekendplans! It may sound cheesy, but a delicious brunch is still one of our favorite things to do on the weekend. What better place to go than a restaurant where every dish comes with fresh melted cheese on top?! We had the Meditarenee (asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and baguette slices) with a giant portion of black truffle raclette on top. Keep your phone on video mode, because anything you order comes served with a variety of raclette cheeses scrapped tableside, right onto your dish! Witnessing the smooth layer of melted cheese gracefully slide off the giant cheese wheel was pretty much the highlight of our day. The cheese was just melty enough, creamy, and decadent. Pro Tip: Edit your Boomerang later, because the cheese hardens quickly, and it’s so much better while it’s still warm!Everything here pairs nicely with their selection of crisp wines, so make this a boozy brunch or remember to come back on Swiss Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, Raclette offers half-off every bottle of any Swiss wine, beer, or cider, so it’s basically an all day long happy hour! This experience inspired us to top off all our future meals with melty cheese. Can we do that? Asking for a friend.
Bar Pa Tea: Apologies in advance, but we’re making you earn your dessert the hard way this Sunday! A little further than normal, but worth the24-minute walk,is Bar Pa Tea in SoHo. If you’re a huge fan of bubble tea, then you’ll need to make sure this is on your weekend hit-list. With lines out the door daily for their black tea and oolong soft serve, it’s pretty clear why Bar Pa Tea has had such a successful first year! To commemorate its first anniversary, Bar Pa Tea is collaborating with artist, Lulu Qu, on an art series titled “Celebrate.” Starting this Saturday, July 27th, their limited edition anniversary flavor debuts, which consists of blue oolong green tea, a new flavor, and rose green tea, one of their most popular flavors, topped with golden bubbles (tapioca pearls), Oreo crumbs, and a miniature three-tier birthday cake made by Rebecca’s Cake Pops! If you’re not a huge of the “bubbles”, remember that you can always order any flavor without tapioca pearls, as the staff was especially accommodating here! The tea flavor is super prominent and the portions are pretty big, making it one of the best ways to cool down this summer.