Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea Market’

SPOTTED: September Excursions

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Grand Central Terminal – Market

So, one of the only sad parts about moving away from the West Side is being further away from Chelsea Market. I ADORE that market and truthfully would look to find a job in that building down the road (cough, Food Network I’m talking to you, cough) just to be in that vicinity. My mom, while stumbling around our new area in Midtown East, fell in love with the market inside of Grand Central Terminal – WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?! It’s nowhere near as expansive as Chelsea but it’s unreal in regards to quality of fresh fish and fruit. I know now where to go after work en route home to get freshly caught fish – delish.

Mary Beth Cryan

Monster Sushi

Who knew I’d fall in love with a sushi joint, located nowhere near my work, job or boyfriend that features vibrating massage chairs in replace of actual chairs? The sushi, when it boils down to it, is extremely fresh and affordable. I love their Scallop and Chicken Teriyaki and a bunch of their Sashimi including the Fresh Scallop and Yellowtail. Jon likes the more obscure rolls that I have a roll or two to try but stick to the boring basics I always do when it comes to sushi. Their Bento Box, I must admit, is a ridiculous steal – for less than $20 you get 3 rolls, rice, soup, a teriyaki or tempura dish of choice and sald – insane. DO IT.

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Tamarind – Flatiron

 I don’t like Indian food really. I have something against it, why? I am not all too sure. I think it’s because most of the dishes involve coconut milk or a yogurt/cream based cause which will cause my stomach tons of pain. I did, however, agree early last summer to a first date at Tamarind. Oddly enough, I fell in love with the restaurant — Indian food as a whole, however, I’m still warming up to. I recently went back with a media colleague of mine and had yet another amazing dinner there – we both had the Crab Soup with Nutmeg, Ginger Juice and Safron as an appetizer and then the Tamarind Seafood Platter with Scallops, Shrimp, Lobster, Salmon and Sea Bass. We also had the Garlic Naan which was incredible. For non Indian lovers, you must try Tamarind (either in TriBeca or Flatiron) immediately.


Park Avenue Tavern

So now that I’ve moved further from my go-to-daily joint, Chelsea Grill (insert violin), I need to find a new spot in my new location. While I’ve been to Park Ave. Tavern with clients before, I haven’t ever dined there. While it’s an amazing after work drink spot, I wasn’t over the top impressed with my dinner, neither was Jon, for the price we paid and the extremely loud ambiance. I had the Caesar to start with a Roasted Halibut entree — fingerling potatoes, red pepper, artichoke hearts in a white wine sauce. Jon had the Burger with Gorgonzola and an aioli sauce. It was decent but I don’t think that’s the spot I’ll be frequenting (often alone by choice) all too often.

Park Ave. Tavern

Equinox Gym – Park Ave.

I succumbed, thanks to many people’s opinion, to joining Equinox. It’s only been a week but my “purchase” couldn’t have been more satisfying. As all of you know, I’m trying to branch out of my typical workout routines and thought that joining a gym with some great classes would be a big motivator to do so. I did Spin for the first time in over a year on Wednesday (GO ME!) and I have to admit, it kicked my ass. I thought after minute 11 about the ways in which I could leave, but luckily, the instructor’s enthusiasm and kick-butt attitude literally kept me going when I thought I couldn’t. I stayed even through the post-work out stretching! I would ideally like to do a class or two a week — keep that up and I’ll be able to cross it off my little old bucket list. Also, the workout spaces and the spa are just incredible. Excited to start my time there, definitely.



I’m a bit surprised with how just decent Fred’s was – it was a “stumble upon” pick but it had a lot of potential. The Cinnamon French Toast was good, but it could have been a lot richer of a taste seeing as that they used Challah instead of white bread. My eggs with cheese, were well.. just that, some eggs with Cheddar cheese. I don’t adventure it out really during breakfast I stick to eggs, fruit or toast usually. The $15 brunch did come with a “strong” Bloody Mary so I heard so I guess all in all it wasn’t a bad pick I just don’t think it was anything worth re-visiting — minus the really adorable dog themed interior with framed pictures of cute dogs surrounding the whole entire restaurant.



There are a ton of great spots in Chelsea, but Jon and I wanted to try something new this past weekend. Jon got the burger with capers and red onion with fries and I got the Boullabaise of sorts. Mine was very good and visually appealing – I think the best part of the lunch was the customary baguette with a great aioli. I’d like to go back for dinner, order the French Onion and some other good looking entress and then come back with a stronger opinion – lunch to me is the most boring meal of the day so I tend to never review where I head for lunch. A salad here.. a wrap there… a soup here. You get the picture. Dinner and breakfast, however, are totally different ball games.


Live Jazz at The Kitano Hotel

BREAKING NEWS: I found a live jazz spot, with AMAZING wine, literally a block or two away! I couldn’t be more proud of my little finding — the jazz/music is located upstairs in the Kitano Hotel. Every night there is either Open Mic, Piano or Jazz open to the masses. They say you need reservations but you can wait and get seated mid-show or during artist changes if you’d like. The Chardonnay they offer from Alexander Valley, 08′ is incredible – we down glasses unintentionally, whoops? The bar menu is oddly enough a mix of sushi (fresh) and American food. We ordered the Margherita Pizza last night with Shiitake Mushrooms, Arugula and Sauteed Onion – WOW. The music is also amazing – it really varies from artist to artist which makes it always exciting to pop by and hear what’s playing.




My All Time Favorite NYC Hidden Gems (Well, Some Have Already Been Discovered)

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

ABC Carpet & Home

What is there to say that already hasn’t been said about ABC Carpet & Home? This home and decorating MECCA is located near Union Square. Meaning, any time I am even remotely and by remotely I mean within a mile distance, from the store, I just have to pop my head in. The photo is a snapshot of my boyfriend’s second experience at ABC last weekend – he didn’t realize until the end of our recent trip that it extends six more floors up. My mom and I have always made it a point when visiting NYC to go into ABC to look at jewelry. She’s a designer and loves to see other innovative artists and of course also purchase some for her and I as well. This store is constantly evolving and becoming even more of a NYC spectacle – I can’t wait until I have the finances on my own to decorate my house in nothing by ABC.

Madison Square Park

I have, for certain very loving reasons, been frequenting the Flatiron District throughout the past year. This area continues to amaze me – I am obsessed with the actual Flatiron Building itself, Eataly and the great stores in that area. Madison Square Park just can’t be compared. Their seasonal installation pieces of art are absolutely amazing — I was forced many times this winter, to gaze at the art while unable to feel my fingers or toes, I didn’t mind it for some reason though. Also, the beautiful lights surrounding Shake Shack make waiting an hour or more in line for a small hamburger, somewhat tolerable and even enjoyable.


If I could pick any commercial building to live on top of, near, next to you name it I would pick Chelsea Market in heartbeat. I think this is THE coolest open market in the city and is full of amazing foodie finds. Even the small Espresso stand delivers unbelievable coffee — sure, you’re paying more than at a local bottega, but it’s damn worth it if you’re a coffee fanatic. Some of my favorite places inside include: Amy’s Breads, Dickson’s Farm Stand, Fat Witch Bakery, The Filling Station and Sarabeth’s


As if I haven’t given Westville more action than any other restaurant on this blog, I have to go BACK to my love and adoration for Westville in this post. SIDE NOTE, rather large side note, while dining there with my best friend Julia last week, I didn’t realize for the duration of my dinner that I was dining next to THE Ryan Gosling – who would’ve thought someone so famous would be so in tune with his inner hippe East Village foodie side? Everything about this place I adore – the rotating seasonal menu, the print out copies of their menu which is written on a notepad, their chicken chili, massive portions for salads and amazing sides which are PERFECTLY amazing as an entree in of itself.


This is my biggest guilty NYC pleasure. Am I going to purchase yet another puppy mill dog after having 3 pugs from similar situations? No, no I will not. Is there anything wrong, however, with spending my Saturday afternoons pretending otherwise and sitting in a boxed in cage on the floor with various Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs? Nope, I didn’t think so either.


Since the day I moved here, I have been a Chelsea Grill devotee. Maybe I am extremely attracted to it’s low key deal… they refuse to join Open Table, only accept walk ins, don’t even bother with an online website and yet? There’s never an empty seat in the house. The waitresses went from being “friendly” staff I knew somewhat to close acquaintances of mine at this point. The portions are huge, the wine is overpoured and I am content with it, 3 to 4 nights a week — don’t judge. I like stability and a “Cheers” like environment every once and a while. Do you really blame me?


Having minored in Art History and…. having three artists in my immediate family, I have grown to become quite an art nerd. I love museums, more specifically Contemporary and or Modern Art. This museum blows my mind — every remarkable piece of art can be found in this four floor museum. It’s a gorgeous space itself — very bare boned and minimalistic which is my style to a T. I can’t wait for another muggy summer rainy day to spend the day strolling through the floors of the MOMA again. 


Oh Rosa… this is the last time I’ll mention this restaurant at least until September I promise. I will continue to love Rosa as long as I am in NYC. The homemade guacamole, Pomegranate Margs, tortilla soup, shrimp brochette skewers and their pico de gallo are all incredible. While I am in love with all 3 NYC locations, I didn’t like my two experiences at the Miami location. Luckily I only venture there for quick weekend getaways.

My Current Obsessions in NYC

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

So… It’s been  A WHILE.

I have been taking quite a long duration of time getting used to real life. It’s kicked my ass a lot harder than I expected it would — and from someone whose quite confident in her abilities to overcome all? That’s saying a lot. I will work to the best of my ability to post a few times a week from this point forward.

Since having moved to the city, I’ve acquired some obsessions — some. Here goes:

HELL’S KITCHEN FLEA MARKETS (Saturdays and Sundays only)

I think I just LOVE the intrigue of flea markets — you never know whether you’re purchasing a straight up rip off or a couture article of clothing and or bag that is worth a lot now and will be worth even more down the road. I brought Chris, my roommate, with me one weekend to the market. While he was initially excited about the odd trinkets he found he eventually got tired, understandably so. For me? I think it’s a rotating group of cool boutiques — some with junk but others with solid artists trying to get their foot in the door.


While I do work for an Advertising Agency that reps Vita Coco I will say this much — I was told sight on seen when I got the job that I would become addicted to the beverage. I originally was a stubborn ass, as per usual, and fought them on this. I came to find myself much more refreshed, a bit more hydrated and definitely satisfied.


Well, the reasons I love this area could go on forever but I can sum it up. Great restaurants, amazing downtown vibe and awesome shopping. I approve on all levels. I even went for a run through Meatpacking last night and saw free Salsa Lessons being offered plob dab in the middle of an intersection — so great.

Chelsea Markets is a new revelation to me, I know I know, I’m VERY behind the times — but I must admit, gourmet oil/chocolate shops in the same place as amazing book stores and Anthropologie? You got me hooked Chelsea Markets, congratulations.


I love bustling, little holes in the walls that allow people to pour their $7 glasses of wine into red plastic cups to socialize more comfortably outdoors. I also love places that have chalkboards with their seasonal/daily menus on them too. Oh, and my favorite dish was present and delicious — Turkey Chili. Westville, I’m coming back for you.