L'Angolo Ristorante: After the popular response on Instagram, we couldn’t wait to write about our meal at L’Angolo last week. Located in Tribeca, steps from the Hudson River, L’Angolo is a great place to celebrate an occasion, bring a date, or just simply eat amazing pasta with your friends! The restaurant definitely appears on the “fancier” side, but with al fresco seating in warmer weather, you can choose to make it a casual dinner or a more formal night out. The menu is extensive and covers all of your essential Italian cravings like eggplant parm, arancini, burrata pesto gnocchi, and tiramisu. We recommend their truffle spaghetti, which is made tableside, complete with a toss in a giant parmesan wheel and finished off with a huge serving of shaved black truffles! The pasta was (literally!) on fire, with the perfect creamy consistency and black truffle taste. Pro Tip: You’ll want to keep those phones nearby to capture this smokeshow!
Friend of A Farmer: Since the phrase “farm-to-table” existed, Friend of a Farmer has been on board with bringing farm fresh ingredients straight to New York City. They even provide a warm, homey, countryside feel in their decor with wooden columns, floors, and fireplaces. Try a specialty cocktail or homemade juice, which are all pressed at the farm, alongside one of the 18 (yes, 18!) egg dishes on their brunch menu. Ever in the mood for lunch by the time you get to brunch? Well Friend of A Farmer is especially great at having both on the menu. The wide selection of salads and sandwiches are all available at any time of the day!
Union Dough: Nuts.com has seriously saved you the 8-hour plane ride to Europe, because just a 6-minute walk from lunch you can find world famous chimney cones right in Union Square! Chimney cones, best described as a hybrid between churros and sugar doughnuts combined into a cone-like shape, can now be found in the kiosk on the west side of the Square (steps from every subway line!). The menu features specialty cones like Rainbows & Unicone which hides a chocolate and vanilla swirl under toppings like rock candy and rainbow sprinkles! The Espresso Yo’self was actually our favorite, with La Colombe Cold Brew Coffee, hot fudge, and crushed salted cashews. Don’t stop there, you can also build any creations of your imagination, choosing from Nuts.com’s specialty toppings such as rainbow nonpareils, ground hazelnuts, crushed sugar cookie bites, mocha beans, mint malted milk balls, and more. Everything served on Union Dough’s menu will rotate seasonally, so always check their Instagram @uniondough to see what they’re up too!
10 Corso Como: In 1991, Carla Sozzani created the world’s first concept store, 10 Corso Como, located in Milan, Italy. Her creative thinking brought us gallery meets boutique meets cafe, housed in a former garage! It was truly one of a kind with a mix of fashion, photography, art, and design under one single roof. Lucky for us, 27 years later, the first US location has just opened its doors in our very own backyard, downtown at the South Street Seaport. Occupying the entire first floor of the former Fulton Fish Market, the space features Sozzani’s signature gallery, garden, café, and restaurant! Everything you need for a night out is right here, with an Italian menu to enjoy, drinks and culture. Pro Tip: IPic Movie Theater is also next door, so coordinate the times and see a new release while you’re in the area!
Jeffrey's Grocery: Sunday’s were practically made for brunch, and Jeffrey's Grocery empocasses everything we need when in search of those breakfast cravings! Although not quite the same, Jeffrey's Grocery felt like a modern version of Russ and Daughters. We still love both, but with significantly less wait times (we were seated right away on a Sunday at 11A) it’s our most recent go-to! If you’re with a larger group, add the fresser platter to your order which comes with smoked sable, house cured gravlox, smoked salmon, whitefish salad, soft scrambled eggs with caviar, latkes, and an assortment of breads on a giant wooden cutting board. Could we need anything else? Pro Tip: The Stumptown iced coffee made for the perfect addition, however don’t expect a straw in your mason jar! Jeffrey's Grocery has gotten on board with New York City’s plastic straw ban, but luckily for them, their signature fluffy pancakes made up for it.
Color Factory: Color Factory (only a 14-minute walk from brunch) is an interactive exhibit that celebrates the discovery of, yes, color! Launched by founder Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Color Factory brings together talented artists, creatives, and makers to collaborate on bright, colorful, and interactive installations for all of us! Color Factory debuted in San Francisco in August 2017 and what was intended as a month-long run unexpectedly flourished into another 8 sold-out months! Now in New York, participants can expect to discover their “secret color” in a room by New York Times contributor Molly Young, an ombre floating balloon room, colorful treats including a custom ice cream created for Color Factory, a guided activity on color and connection by Queens artist, Christine Wong Yap, a luminous dance floor, and Color Factory’s signature ballroom. Make sure to snag your Instagram photo all while taking in the sights and sounds of what might be the most colorful spot in all of the city!