Pasquale Jones: We came for the pizza, stayed for the pasta, and thoroughly enjoyed our overall experience at Pasquale Jones! The ambiance is just right, since it’s the ideal combo of upscale, yet relaxed, so it’s perfect for just about any occasion. While it can be tricky to get a reservation (we remember logging on at midnight multiple times when they first opened), just try walking in! The earlier the better, of course, but they save room for walk-ins and that definitely seems like the way to go. We felt adventurous and tried the little neck clam pizza since it was so popular on Instagram. The clams were so fresh, served with a lemon on top to squeeze on the pizza, and all of the flavors complemented each other well. Their homemade pasta was to die for; we had a delicious gnocchi dish! Their menu changes daily which makes dining here so exciting. You never know what you may try!
PoloSud: PoloSud (just a 2-minute walk from Pasquale Jones) is a cute pastry and gelato shop tucked away in SoHo. The shopfront opens up into the street with benches to sit outside when the weather is nice (which makes it great for pets too; always looking out for you, @simonsays_wooof!) and all of the gelato is completely hand crafted. They are known for their beautiful presentations, which makes sense due to their *new* limited time only creation. Make sure to stop by for the vegan avocado gelato served in an actual avocado shell! It’s made from scratch with 100% natural ingredients and you can even personalize it with any of your other favorite gelato flavors on top! We highly recommend adding a strawberry scoop as it gives it a pop of color (do it for the gram!) but also tastes really good with the avocado flavor. They are open until midnight most nights, so no need to rush; they make it extremely convenient for you to visit post dinner!
Heart For Art Tours: Heart for Art is an art event company located right here in New York City! They provide curious individuals (like us!) and innovative companies with an opportunity to take advantage of the rich art culture that NYC has to offer! Their team is complete of dedicated and passionate artists and art historians who want to share their love and knowledge of the contemporary art world with you. All instructors have graduate degrees in Fine Art or Art History, previous guide experience, and have completed the intensive Heart for Art training program. Many are actually practicing artists themselves and have worked with the galleries that they will be showing you! On Saturday’s, Heart for Art does tours in the Chelsea neighborhood (you may have seen us do this on our Instagram stories this week!) which includes a 2 hour gallery tour starting at 12p. With more than 200 galleries, Chelsea is known as art central. Let them take you to the best shows of the season and introduce you to the people behind the scenes of these beautiful galleries. Some highlights this week included the Starrett Lehigh X Mr. Brainwash exhibit and the Gladstone Gallery featuring artist Ugo Rondinone. The best part? Use the code “YWPLANS” to receive 35% off of the normal tour price. Make sure to book here and tag us in some cool Instagram worthy shots along the way!
Comedy Cellar: We actually can’t believe that after living in New York for so many years, this past weekend was our very first time at The Comedy Cellar in the West Village! The Comedy Cellar is famous for having the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn perform on the regular. Prepare to work those cheekbones because we laughed for 2 hours straight. We highly recommend that you make reservations in advance here so that you are guaranteed a spot. Pro Tip: You still have to wait in line to get in (even with the reservation) so definitely plan to show up 15-20 minutes before your time slot. Shows go on from 7p-12p on the weekends, so even if you’re trying to squeeze in dinner beforehand, you’re good to go! The tickets are $25 each with a two menu-item requirement once you’re seated. This can be anything from bottled water, to wine, to one of their mud pie dessert treats. You never know who’s going to perform, but always stay until the end because they are known for having “drop-ins” at any moment. We got super lucky when John Mulaney came on stage, as he made the entire night worth it. The host is also one of the funniest parts of the show, with tons of energy and hilarious jokes! It’s an intimate set up, with limited seating, prepare to be in a booth with strangers. However, it’s easy to become friends when you can easily bond over watching some of the world’s funniest talent in front of you!
Barano: Barano is a modern Italian restaurant located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s fairly new (about a year and a half old) but we have already been there multiple times now for their tasty pizzas, pastas, and desserts! It’s never too overcrowded which makes it a great atmosphere for a larger group, plus you can always guarantee yourself a reservation. Their brunch menu, in particular, has everything from an avocado and Acme lox pizza, to homemade seasonal fruit jam pop-tarts, to our personal favorite dish, the saffron gigli. This dish is a play on Cacio E Pepe, except here they add Calabrian honey in addition to the pecorino and black pepper. The pasta has a little bit of a kick to it, but the honey evens it out to make this incredibly sweet taste with every bite! Don’t miss out on the frittata pizza which is made with farm eggs, guanciale, onions, pecorino, and nutmeg … and served with your very own set of scissors! It’s a bit of a challenge, but it’s super fun and you can decide how big (or small) you want your pizza slices to be. The whole menu is reasonably priced for great food, so your friends and their credit cards will be thanking you for this recommendation afterwards!