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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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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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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Restaurant Find: Oiji NYC

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Some restaurants seem to just get it. They know exactly we’re looking for in a dining experience, and they give it to us every time. Oiji NYC, a self proclaimed “refined authentic Korean” restaurant in the East Village, is one of those restaurants. It’s casual enough to pop in on a Monday after work, yet […]

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Restaurant Find: Ruffian Wine Bar NYC

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Wine bars in New York City’s East Village are a dime a dozen, though at Ruffian Wine Bar, there’s more than meets the eye. Simple and nondescript from the outside, warm and cozy on the inside – this 400 square foot space operates as a bar and restaurant, with dishes being prepared at the counter […]

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