Mezcaleria La Milagrosa

The bar that hipsters don’t know about yet

In the galaxy of NY speakeasies, there’s a new kid on the block. And the least you can say about it is that its entrance is a headscratcher! You will first need to find the front door of a former laundromat, enter a Mexican grocery store and step up into a fridge door to penetrate the sanctuary of La Milagrosa. Above all, you will need to get their phone number as it’s reservation-only. Ready? La Milagrosa is a bar concealed  behind a bodega selling Mexican…

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Tuome

Under the radar

Initially we wanted to tell you about this new restaurant, Loring Place. Chef Dan Kluger offers an inventive veggie-centric cuisine with premium quality products and a light-hearted spirit. The only downside: it took us over a month to get a reservation at a decent time (i.e. not 5 or 10.30pm). Because of recent press coverage, because Obama just dined there or whatever, Loring Place is one of those (too many) NYC restaurants which has fallen victim to its own success and where it is impossible…

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Syndicated

All-in-one movie date

Movie buffs and gastronomes do not always mix well together. A movie screening indeed often ends in a sugar high after the usual orgy of buttered popcorn and an overdose of candy bars. What if you could have a proper meal during your screening? Just to reconcile the Seventh Art adepts and food-lovers. Syndicated is among the (too) rare cinemas offering an all-in-one movie date: screening and dinner in the same evening. Find your seat, get cozy while looking at the menu and order food…

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SoFar Sounds

Concert in a living room

8pm, somewhere in Soho. A small crowd is gathering in front of an old industrial building. Where are they heading? To a concert. Who’s playing? They don’t know. NY cultivates the art of secrecy like no other city. Glorious legacy of Prohibition, it is the kingdom of the speakeasy, hidden bars, and confidential rendez-vous. Good news because we LOVE secrets. And even more to share them with you. So let us tell you about the underground concerts organized by Sofar Sounds: concerts every night all…

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Tim Ho Wan

Kingdom of Dumpling

Before settling into New York for good, MY Secret NY was exploring the Hong Kong lands on the other side of the globe. And we still have a fond and warmhearted memory of one discovery there: a tiny dim sum counter hidden behind an escalator at the entrance of a subway station. You’re probably frowning right now… But beware that behind what looked like a restaurant of questionable quality food, hides the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant and the best dim sum of the city! Well,…

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The Brooklyn Kitchen

Chef Apprentice

Cooking classes are on the rise in NY. Whether you’re a stoves’ pro or a bumbling amateur, we found the class that will get everyone to agree. On the menu: conviviality, inspiring recipes and tasty incantations. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to go! Welcome to The Brooklyn Kitchen. This 7,000-square-foot complex in Williamsburg is primarily a kitchen-supply store and a delicatessen. But the surprise is located at the back of the shop – a workshop converted into a true culinary laboratory with high-tech appliances. Individual billboards, brick walls, and a lofty setting: no doubt…

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Michele Mariaud Gallery

A gallery unlike any other

Visiting an art gallery too often resembles a visit to the museum. You come to admire the works, not to buy them. Why? Because the established galleries, the famous ones, can easily be intimidating: large white spaces, no talking, no touching, prices on demand only (and often exorbitant). Interested in experiencing something different? You will have to ring at 153 Lafayette Street in Soho and climb to the 4th floor. You enter Michele Mariaud’s apartment and step into the intimacy of a large loft converted…

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

The seafood counter

You have your favorite specialty grocers in NY: your Italian caterer in Chelsea, your butcher hidden behind a Japanese restaurant, your cheese shop at the end of an alley in the West Village. Finding good suppliers in New York is comparable to the work of digging for gold. A quest reserved for the indefatigable and savvy insiders. Looking for a fish stall? We’ll help you: we discovered a little marine paradise lost (and now found!) in Brooklyn. Close your eyes and picture the seaside, spray…

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Christmas wishlist

Christmas Wish List

You have two weeks left. Two weeks to finish (start?) your Christmas shopping. Two weeks to redouble your efforts and find the perfect gift. Two weeks to get over your agoraphobia and brave the crowds in department stores. You feel the pressure mounting? You’re lacking inspiration? We have scoured shops, boutiques, showrooms and other pop-up stores to find original and outside the box gift ideas without breaking the bank.   The paradise of pouches: Bag-all 219 Mott street, Nolita An abundance of pouches and fabric…

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Metrograph

Vintage screening

Notice to all movie-lovers: if, like us, you feel helpless witnessing the slow disappearance of independent movie theaters in New York, asphyxiated by the multiplexes and the distribution mastodons, we have some good news to share. A beautifully bespoke two-screen theater discreetly opened a few months ago in the Lower East Side: it’s called Metrograph. Metrograph is a true ode to the Seventh Art. Vintage atmosphere and old school flair in this neighborhood cinema where you can see the projection booth from the screening room through…

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