The Curators: Caroline Ventura on Calliope NYC & Her West Village Gems

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It takes more than great product to make an impact in today’s retail landscape. Caroline and Michael Ventura are partners in life and co-founders of West Village design store Calliope NYC. The Ventura’s love the treasure hunt concept, brought to life in-store with pieces sought from their travels around the world. The store stocks a […]

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Art Find: Outsider Art Fair NY

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The Outsider Art Fair has gone all out to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Its New York edition features over 60 exhibitors from nine countries, as well as two curated exhibitions, one highlighting the Quilts of Gee’s Bend and the other taking a special look back on artwork featured in each one of the 25 years […]

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Restaurant Find: Nickel & Diner NYC

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At the crossroads of SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown is design oriented Nickel & Diner NYC, a throwback to the five and dime diners bringing American classics to a melting pot neighborhood. If you’re expecting greasy spoon home fries and syrupy milkshakes, you won’t find that here.  Executive Chef James Friedberg (formerly of a slew […]

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Restaurant Find: Atoboy NYC

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Barbecue, bibimbap and soju might be the first things to come to mind when we think of Korean dining, but Michelin-star Chef Junghuyn Park (JP) and wife Ellia Park’s new modern restaurant Atoboy NYC is set to change that perception, offering tapas style Korean fare. A simple tasting menu offers a a choice of three […]

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The Curators: Coming Soon New York ’s Helena Barquet & Fabiana Faria on LES for the Creative Set

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(This article by Jenny Nguyen first appeared in Soon Is Today) At the intersection of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, somewhere along the hip end of Orchard Street is Coming Soon New York – A different kind of gift and interiors shop where co-owners Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria have injected their own kooky-cool […]

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Restaurant Find: Tuome NYC

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Asian fusion restaurants are a dime a dozen in Manhattan, with Eastern-inspired eateries popping up all over the city. Whether it’s a mishmash of Korean and Mexican flavors stuffed into a burrito, or a hybrid of traditional Western dishes peppered with Thai spices, it’s safe to say that ‘East meets West’ is most certainly here […]

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Restaurant & Tasting Menu Find: Jungsik NYC x Dom Pérignon

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At first glance, it’s easy to see that Jungsik NYC, a Michelin star-spangled transplant from Seoul is the city’s most refined haute-Korean restaurant experience. With impeccable service, a rarely seen “nouvelle” approach to Korean cuisine and an unruffled, crisp white linen-filled dining room, Jungsik oozes modern elegance from every angle. Young Executive Chef Yim Jung-sik […]

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Restaurant Find: Llama Inn NYC

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It’s rare to eat a plate of food that’s new, unexpected, and unlike anything you’ve eaten before. For those who dine out regularly, novelty is hard to come by, so when it does, we remember it. So that’s why I’m finding it impossible to forget the food I ate at Llama Inn NYC – the […]

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Design Hotel Find: 11 Howard NYC

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“We are just complicated animals.”  This, according to an ethereal neon art piece floating on the ceiling overhead, is a titillating thought while exploring 11 Howard – Soho’s sleek new boutique hotel. The neon artwork, by West Coast artist Dan Attoe, is one of many provocative pieces found throughout the hotel and marks the entrance […]

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Cool Shop Find: Totokaelo NYC

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Nestled in a lofty and cavernous space, Seattle-based clothing retailer Totokaelo in Soho is the newest destination for the aesthetically-minded. Totokaelo opened its doors on Crosby Street in September 2015, expanding its multi-brand curation of apparel and goods to New York City. The Totokaelo Soho store features a soaring atrium, winding steps, and crisp, white […]

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