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My mom and aunt taught me how to say "Bloomingdales" as soon as I could talk, and I grew up thinking the coolest bag was my aunt's brown bag that, for some reason, had the letters "LV" on it. I had no chance when it came to loving fashion... Traveling, wine, cooking, and eating out also rank high on the list of things that make me extremely happy. So I couldn't make my blog just about one thing. It's about everything that makes my world go 'round!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NYC Trip. Part Two.

Here is my favorite of the NYC posts, because I want to share with you lovely readers one of my new found favorite NYC places... Beauty & Essex. (Read about it more here and here.) Urban Daddy (one of my fave sites) is how I found out about it in the first place, but my friend over at The Honeybee blog sold me on it with her fabulous post about it!

You enter this restaurant/bar through a pawn shop! All you do is walk to the back of the pawn shop, to be let in by the "bouncer." Then descend into a glamorous 3 story restaurant!

This was the entrance to the restaurant/bar, which I thought was stunning.

There is free champagne served in the ladies bathroom/lounge, which itself is a must-see!
Go to Beauty and Essex, if only to see this! 

Chris and I just went for dessert and drinks. This was our favorite dessert, the Black Bottomed Butterscotch Pot De Crème with coconut chantillY. (Those were edible gingerbread spoons!)



Our other dessert was the Devil’s Food Layer Cake vanilla mascarpone filling, with milk ice cream.


Even the menus were glam! By the way, try their cocktails, too. They are amazing!

Another night we had drinks at the Plaza Hotel, which is always a fun & classy thing to do!
(Brunch there is amazing, too!) I couldn't resist taking a picture of the beautiful table of flowers in the lobby. The Plaza always has the most gorgeous flower displays!

My drink at The Plaza was wonderful! Very light & refreshing. 
Can't remember what it was called, but it had gin, ginger beer, and lemon or lime juice. It was topped with fresh mint & candied ginger, too. SO good!

The last place I want to share with you is Antique Garage, in Soho.
I was shopping in Soho one afternoon and happened upon this adorable little place. 
I judged a book by it's cover, as they say, and make the decision this place looked too cute not to go in!
Turns out I was right. This tiny Greek & Middle Eastern restaurant has a polite and informative staff, great food, and unbeatable prices! Go here if you are ever in Soho and find yourself a little hungry from all that shopping :)

Inside the restaurant. Exposed brick walls and ornate crystal chandeliers give this place a neat vibe.

I was eating dinner in a couple of hours, so I kept it light by ordering from their large appetizer and salad menu. I ordered the Tzatziki, which was a yogurt spread with cucumbers and fresh dill. It was served with their warm, homemade bread... PERFECT! I ordered a nice glass of white wine, at the suggestion of my server. It ended up being the perfect mid-afternoon snack, adding to the perfection was the fact that all the windows were open due to the unseasonably warm day!

Hope you enjoyed my other NYC post! Please let me know YOUR favorite NYC places! xx







10 comments:

  1. I love these pictures and the desserts look fabulous!

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  2. I'm SO jealous of your New York getaway! It looks like you had an absolutely blast. I'd love to visit Beauty and Essex sometime, and those gingerbread spoons are too cute.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  3. i never visited new york would love to get a chance sometimes soon :)
    love your photos!

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  4. Jealous ! Jealous ! Jealous. I adore New York. Great post
    Joanne
    http://www.balletpumpsandroses.com

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  5. the antique garage is 1 block from my house... i love that place too for itsd ambiance..the food is ok though...

    http://donotshoeme.blogspot.com/

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  6. Fabulous photos, I adore your post :D

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  7. I just found your blog! Gorgeous, girl! My favorite restaurant in NYC is Del Posto..check it out!

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  8. glad you liked my city! as a girl who used to live in nashville, i can also say that i love yours, too. next time try the pizza at motorino, the scrambled eggs at maialino and an escape to the south seas at the hurricane club. and i don't think i need to tell you where to shop ;)

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  9. Thanks for those amazing suggestions, Colleen!! Will definitely go there on my next trip :)

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