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Bröd Kitchen: A hint of Nordic flavors in the Village

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I enjoy the hip, creative vibe of the Village in New York City. Not only is NYU located there, but this is the home to tons of artist and performance venues that I have enjoyed over the years, such as the Village Vanguard, the Village Underground, and the Blue Note Jazz Club, as well as galleries and varies pop-up exhibits that happen throughout the year. I love the independent films shown at the IFC Center and the Angelika Theatre. It is home to historic The Jane Hotel, a true gem of New York City history.

There are many places to eat and drink, worthy of continual exploration as it is an ever-changing landscape.

My newest discovery was more than I expected, a pleasant surprise that extends beyond a nice cup of organic coffee and pastries.

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Cali-Style Mexican Food with A New York Flavor

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I don’t consider myself a foodie. I can’t pinpoint specific ingredients or flavors and my taste isn’t too adventurous. Not to mention that I am no stranger to the occasional bowl of cereal for dinner. But when it comes to Mexican food I’m all in. Quesadillas, burritos, tacos… those are essential food groups in my book. So when I stumbled upon La Gringa Taqueria in New York’s West Village neighborhood I knew I was home.

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New York City Eateries with Sabor and Soul

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If you do a Google search for brunch in New York City, you are bound to come across the growing complaints from long time city residents about how  it has become an all-day drinking fest, a form of binging sport lacking anything that resembles the leisurely Sunday gatherings with friends and family so many of us have known and loved.

But there are still places in New York that welcome that sense of community, places that seek to become that favorite spot you take your best friend to and look forward to visiting every weekend. Not so much for the trendiness, as much as for the good food and friendly ambiance.

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Periyali: A Taste of Greece in The Heart of NYC

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Finding really great Greek food can be a challenge if you are in Manhattan. Venture into Astoria, Queens and you will have your pick, but Manhattan tends to be trickier…especially if authenticity is on the top of your list.

I recently discovered Periyali, on 20th and Broadway. That I discovered it, however, is a little late considering that Periyali has been a staple in the New York Greek dining scene since 1987 – a pretty big deal for NYC restaurants. It’s intimate, yet festive with pockets for more private dining to open spaces for celebrations, of which there were plenty on the night my husband and I dined there.

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Friedman’s Lunch: Good Food Where You Least Expect It

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For all the great food that New York City has to offer, there are areas that we often refer to as dead zones. They aren’t necessarily isolate or void of activity, but when it comes to finding good food, they become areas that you either venture out of or settle for a lot less than what you would normally like.

Because I commute into the city a lot from Penn Station (34th and 7th), I know all too well what a dead zone that midtown area is. There are very few places that I would really venture into, and they are mostly salad bars or coffee stops. Really, not a lot to look forward to.

So imagine my surprise when late last night, on my way home, I came across a chic eatery smack in the middle of no (eating) man’s land: 31st street between 7th and 6th avenues. I had no plans on eating out, and my husband wasn’t even really all that hungry, but there’s no way this girl was going to bypass the opportunity to check out this place.

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Fun, Luxury, and Good Eats in NYC

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Have I told you how much I am loving living in New Jersey? No? Well, I do.

But, how is it that a Brooklyn girl can settle so quickly and so well to life in the ‘burbs? Well, there are a lot of little reasons, like more space for less money and a slower pace of life (you know, for when I am not traveling). But, I think the reason my life in Jersey is going so well is because New York is only a short train ride away.

In less than 40 minutes I can come out from the depths of Penn Station and out onto the world that is Manhattan. I think, even if you are local, you should indulge in a staycation in the city. There’s just so much to see and do that sometimes it’s enough to “vacation” there. We do it often. There are some things we do every time, like a visit to Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Toys R Us, and then there are new things we like to try.

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The LCL: New Bar & Kitchen at The Westin New York Grand Central

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I am always looking for new places to eat in NYC because it’s fun and because people are always wanting to try something new when they visit here. When those new eateries pop up in parts of town where good eateries are so hard to come by, even better!

The Westin New York Grand Central is pretty new to its East 42nd digs. Walk into the main lobby and you can still see the shine and glitter. Of course, the standard Westin scent welcomes return visitors to the brand, such as myself, making us feel immediately comfortable and familiar no matter what the destination.

But aside from all the things that we love about Westin that we are sure to experience from just walking in, they also have now launched a new eatery and bar, which on the night of my visit wasn’t just a place for tourists to mingle, but also a few New Yorkers looking to grab an after hours drink.

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David Burke: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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The first time I ever heard of David Burke (because I’m from Seattle and not a food person) was from my chiropractor who, along with his talent for sorting out my skeletal anomalies, is a discerning foodie, and recommended his restaurant Townhouse for a special birthday dinner in New York City.  We followed his suggestion, and it was absolutely charming, luxurious, and the food was impeccably delicious. We returned to Townhouse six months later for my husband’s birthday and David Burke himself was not only in the house, but bought the eight of us a round of celebratory champagne. The appetizers, dinner, and desserts were, once again, absolutely first rate. David Burke’s Townhouse remains one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in NYC.

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Brunch at David Burke Kitchen, NYC

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Before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast many families such as mine were preparing to celebrate Halloween.

And helping us in starting off those celebrations was David Burke Kitchen. My family and I were invited to carve pumpkins with expert carvers and mingle with David Burke himself at the David Burke Garden and afterwards we were welcomed to enjoy from their hearty and delicious brunch menu.

David Burke Kitchen is celebrated for its focus on locally-sourced ingredients and incorporating them in the American cuisine one is served there. The restaurant was named Forbes 2011 All-Star Eateries with an award of three stars. David Burke Kitchen opened in February 2011 and is located at The James Hotel New York.

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Date Night at The National NYC

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This year, I wanted to make sure that I did something really, really special for the man that I adore and my best friend- and so special I did.

Last time I was in NYC celebrating my son’s birthday we stayed at The (fabulous) Benjamin hotel. We had a blast and the kids loved the royal treatment from the Winks Kidzzz Club. I caught my husband eyeing the menu for The National, located right at the lobby level of the hotel and also one of the many highly successful dining destinations by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. This time, we left the kids home and I booked a room again at The Benjamin and made reservations at The National for dinner. I will admit even I was giddy.

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