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NYC Hotspot Find: Greenwich Letterpress

NYC Hotspot Find: Greenwich Letterpress | meltingbutter.com

GREENWICH LETTERPRESS, WEST VILLAGE This stationery, letterpress and gift store emanates a real West Village style of charm. Here you’ll find a well-selected array of high-end stationery, unique cards and wrapping paper that the recipient definitely won’t be throwing out. The store also offers old-fashioned style letterpress printing and design services making sure the invitations … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Brook Farm General Store

NYC Hotspot Find: Brook Farm General Store | meltingbutter.com

BROOK FARM GENERAL STORE, SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG Imagine a one-stop general store that sells all of the knick-knacks you need for the home but with a clean, modern Willamsburg-esque interpretation – That would be Brook Farm General Store. For those of you who like to buy everyday house products that are not just utilitarian but also … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Toby’s Estate

NYC Hotspot Find: Toby’s Estate | meltingbutter.com

TOBY’S ESTATE, WILLIAMSBURG Australian transplant Toby’s Estate is the place to go if you’re a creative Australian expat living in Williamsburg. By now you’re probably pining after your old barista’s lovingly crafted flat white with its rich, intense flavours since they aren’t quite as easy to come by in this city. Toby’s Estate has got … Continue reading

The Curators: Globetrotting DJ Lefto on The World’s Best Clubs

The Curators: Globetrotting DJ Lefto on The World’s Best Clubs | meltingbutter.com

For this edition of The Curators I’m very excited to introduce to you one of my all-time favourite deejays and biggest music inspirations – Lefto. This man, a globetrotting musical tastemaker, is known for his special knack of uncovering fresh talent, new genres and the latest releases within his mainstays hip hop, jazz, soul, and … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Gran Electrica

NYC Hotspot Find: Gran Electrica | meltingbutter.com

GRAN ELECTRICA, DUMBO Is it a myth that there’s no good Mexican food in NYC? Maybe. But this stylish Mexican restaurant is definitely attempting to dispel that myth. And even if you’re the fussiest Mexican food aficionado, you’ll at the very least be impressed by the restaurant’s creative cocktail list and its design-minded fit-out (think … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: The Leadbelly

NYC Hotspot Find: The Leadbelly | meltingbutter.com

THE LEADBELLY, LOWER EAST SIDE This charming cocktail bar is the brainchild of the guys behind The Fat Radish and its interiors you could say are the lovechild of mid-century Europe and vintage Americana – think carefully selected interior embellishments like old vinyl, vintage suitcases and a curved copper bar. Each night, The Leadbelly serves … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Reynard at the Wythe Hotel

NYC Hotspot Find: Reynard at the Wythe Hotel | meltingbutter.com

REYNARD, WILLIAMSBURG This quintessentially Brooklyn eatery owned by the people who brought us Roman’s (which for the record is one of my favourite NYC restaurants) offers its diners a grown up Williamsburg vibe, quality, unfussy food and a free pass to skip the line for a cocktail on the Wythe Hotel rooftop. Best Bit: Oyster … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Ramen Setagaya

NYC Hotspot Find: Ramen Setagaya | meltingbutter.com

RAMEN SETAGAYA, EAST VILLAGE NYC probably has more ramen restaurants than any other city outside of Japan so I think I can forgive myself for letting this one slip my mind for a year. I revisited Ramen Setagaya recently (this time with a lot more NYC ramen experience under my belt) and I was majorly … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Luke’s Lobster

NYC Hotspot Find: Luke’s Lobster | meltingbutter.com

LUKE’S LOBSTER, EAST VILLAGE Luke’s lobster has all the simple elements of a good lobster roll lunch covered: 1)   A toasted, buttered New England roll 2)   Not over-mayoed 3)   Filled only with the sweet lobster parts – the knuckles and claws 4)   A dash of celery salt and lemon infused butter 5)   A cool hip … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Perla

NYC Hotspot Find: Perla | meltingbutter.com

PERLA, GREENWICH VILLAGE Situated in a little nook of Greenwich Village is Perla, an impressive New York restaurant that serves up adventurous, red-blooded Italian fare. Meat is the point of this restaurant and is what makes head chef Michael Toscano famous in restaurant circles. He’s rightfully known for his bold and earthy treatment of offal-based … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: La Tarte Flambee

NYC Hotspot Find: La Tarte Flambee | meltingbutter.com

LA TARTE FLAMBEE, UPPER EAST SIDE A tiny restaurant in the Upper East Side specialising in tarte flambée a dish that started out life in Alsace (a French town bordering Germany) and was traditionally eaten by working-class farmers. You could say the tarte flambée is France’s answer to pizza only the flatbread is rolled out … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Chop Shop

Zha Jiang Mian Noodles | NYC Hotspot Find: Chop Shop | meltingbutter.com

CHOP SHOP, CHELSEA This Chelsea restaurant serves up classic pan-Asian dishes elevated for a fussy New York audience with a decent price tag to match. Enjoy dining in the back garden (heated on chilly nights) and try to stop your mouth from watering over the menu of Chinese sausage fried rice with a fried egg … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Maryam Nassir Zadeh

NYC Hotspot Find: Maryam Nassir Zadeh | meltingbutter.com

  MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH, LOWER EAST SIDE Inside Maryam Nassir Zadeh you’ll find a tightly edited collection of the namesake owner’s international tastes. The store’s aesthetic can be described as futuristic vintage and the clothing, accessories, found objects and oddities are all artfully displayed in the light filled space. Shop labels like Isabel Marant, Carven, … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Shinola Flagship Store

NYC Hotspot Find: Shinola Flagship Store | meltingbutter.com

SHINOLA FLAGSHIP STORE, TRIBECA The resurrected American shoe polish brand Shinola that now prides itself on its handcrafted-in-Detroit watches, bicycles and leather goods has recently opened its first flagship store in the Tribeca neighbourhood of NYC – and what an impressive store it is! If the man in your life likes the finer things in … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaf Dumpling | NYC Hotspot Find: Nom Wah Tea Parlor | meltingbutter.com

NOM WAH TEA PARLOR, CHINATOWN This restaurant is worth visiting for the history alone. Dating back to 1920, Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the oldest dim sum restaurant in NYC! Head here for freshly cooked dim sum (made-to-order, not carted around the restaurant) and order the Shrimp and Snow Pea Leaf Dumpling pictured above. A … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Ippudo Westside

Akumaru Modern Ramen | NYC Hotspot Find: Ippudo Westside | meltingbutter.com

IPPUDO WESTSIDE, MIDTOWN There are 2 reasons why you should be excited about Ippudo Westside: A far shorter wait for your favourite Ippudo ramen (30 minutes is better than 3 hours) The idea of Midtown becoming a good ramen neighbourhood is developing into a reality (now when Totto Ramen is too busy, just walk around … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Park Avenue Armory

Aaron Young's Greeting Card | NYC Hotspot Find: Park Avenue Armory | meltingbutter.com

PARK AVENUE ARMORY, UPPER EAST SIDE If you were a famous artist with the vision for an amazing large-scale mixed media project that would need to occupy the space of a 55,000-square-foot building, you’d likely end up having a show at the Park Avenue Armory. This arts centre has the scale of a 19th century … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Hester Street Café at the New Museum

NYC Hotspot Find: Hester Street Café at the New Museum | meltingbutter.com

HESTER STREET CAFÉ AT THE NEW MUSEUM, BOWERY This New Museum X Hester Street Fair collaboration sees the two partners creating a platform for some of NYC’s most creative local artisans to present and sell their food inside a museum environment. Inside you can enjoy baked goods from Café Grumpy, an espresso from Intelligentsia Coffee, … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Dia:Beacon

Imi Knoebel | NYC Hotspot Find: Dia:Beacon | meltingbutter.com

DIA:BEACON MUSEUM, BEACON A former Nabisco box factory turned incredibly inspiring, elegant viewing space for modern and contemporary art. The building is truly epic in scale and is a spectacular space to house works from the likes of Imi Knoebel, Dan Flavin, Sol Lewitt and Richard Serra just to name a few. Dia:Beacon is a … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Miss Lily’s

NYC Hotspot Find: Miss Lily’s | meltingbutter.com

MISS LILY’S, WEST VILLAGE Miss Lily’s is not a place to go for the food. It is a place you go for the incredibly unique experience. Think gorgeous Jamaican off-duty models/waitresses, banging loud reggae with a record and bookstore and a juice bar attached – strange but incredibly vibrant and very cool. Best Bit: The … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Spicy Village

NYC Hotspot Find: Spicy Village | meltingbutter.com

SPICY VILLAGE, CHINATOWN I discovered Spicy Village after (frustratingly) never being able to get a table at Mission Chinese Restaurant and subsequently finding a Nowness film of Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese’s owner/chef) talking about Spicy Village as the NYC Chinese restaurant that inspired him the most. When I ate at Spicy Village my frustrations melted … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Madiba

NYC Hotspot Find: Madiba | meltingbutter.com

MADIBA, FORT GREENE Madiba is the essence of Fort Greene with its laid back, festive vibe. It’s always busy with good-looking locals enjoying a South African beer and some afro-pop tunes. The restaurant serves food from its South African roots and I promise you will be impressed! If you haven’t tried South African food before … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Casa

NYC Hotspot Find: Casa | meltingbutter.com

CASA, WEST VILLAGE Casa is far removed from the usual Brazilian restaurant you’d find in Little Brazil, Midtown – it’s somewhere you’d actually want to spend the evening with friends with its big windows looking out to a beautiful West Village street, white walls and high ceilings – no blaring music and cheesy decorations matching … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Degustation

NYC Hotspot Find: Degustation | meltingbutter.com

DEGUSTATION, EAST VILLAGE Spend the evening watching each dish from your degustation menu being prepared especially for you. You get everything you’d expect from a degustation here – creativity, delicacy, surprising and memorable flavours – except you pay $80 for 7 courses instead of $200. Best Bit: At Degustation, every table is a chef’s table. … Continue reading

NYC Hotspot Find: Sobakoh

NYC Hotspot Find: Sobakoh | meltingbutter.com

SOBAKOH, EAST VILLAGE As soon as you walk into Sobakoh you will know you’re in good hands when it comes to Soba noodle authenticity. Not only are about 50% of the patrons and 100% of the staff Japanese, but you can also see and feel that fanatical Japanese sensibility everywhere from the service, the ingredients … Continue reading