Tokyo Record Bar

Vinyls, sake & pizza

Beware, this is not your usual restaurant. On their website, they do not even describe themselves as a restaurant but as “an underground listening room”. The key word at Tokyo Record Bar is music. Before you can even glance at the drink menu, you will be asked to choose a song you want to listen to during your dinner. Their selection is quite eclectic: anything from Stevie Wonder to AC/DC, Beyoncé or David Bowie. The DJ will quickly grab your pick to compile the playlist…

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Trapeze school NYC

Up in the air

What’s the craziest thing you can do in New York? Think outside of the box. Maybe a little adventurous. An activity that involves perching upon New York’s skyline. But not on a rooftop sipping a cocktail! This time literally hanging by a harness to the urban jungle. Get ready for your first trapeze class! Along the Hudson River, on the rooftop of the Pier 40 sports facility, you’ll find NYC Trapeze School. Your teachers are funambulist apprentices, often studying at the circus school and always…

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Rooftops FOMO

Rooftop FOMO

No August newsletter is complete without a hit list of the latest rooftops in New York. It’s our summer guilty pleasure. Because nothing says New York better than sipping a cocktail perched upon Manhattan’s stunning skyline, your nose level with the Empire State building. Our 2018 vintage must-see list should help cure your summer FOMO. Don your sunglasses and get ready: 3 rooftops, 3 neighborhoods, 3 vibes! Follow the guide.   The most chic: Elsie Rooftop 1412 Broadway, Times Square The new kid on the…

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musée MOFAD

Tasting New York

New York is a city you experience through food! It’s the smell of roasted peanuts on Manhattan’s streets, a happy hour at a West Village oyster bar, the line in front of Chinatown’s best dim sums, the iconic $1 pizza slice, the latest refined creation of a Michelin star chef or the crackling of a grilled hot dog at a Central Park food truck. New York is a culinary melting pot delight. No surprise then that the city got itself a museum of food and…

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Borrachito

A reverse speakeasy

Speakeasies have no more secrets for you. A bar hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant, stashed in the fridge of an Indian grocery store or concealed behind a phone booth. But how many speakeasy restaurants do you know? We discovered a secret gem just for you. A reverse speakeasy. A restaurant hidden behind a bar and not the other way around. It is a confidential spot no bigger than a handkerchief that opened a few months ago in the East Village. And the…

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Carthage must be destroyed

Life in pink

Life in pink. It’s the promise of this Australian coffee hidden in an industrial warehouse in East Williamsburg. And when we say hidden, we assure you that it is not easy to find the entrance even when you have the address. No sign or indication. You’ll have to sneak in an alley on Bogart street between two buildings, before seeing tucked away in a courtyard a building whose air vents and external piping were repainted in pink. Pink Monochrome. You’ll think you’re in a Pantone…

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PS Kitchen

The good deed

It’s a feel-good restaurant. Because it serves a plant based detox menu? Because everything is delicious and you’ll want to devour the whole menu? Because you’re going to be seduced by the sexy atmosphere and the bar where you can sip veggie cocktails? Yes, all of that. But there’s more! PS Kitchen also has the distinctive characteristic of donating ALL of its profits to charity and employing 1/3 of its staff from underprivileged and socially marginalized backgrounds. Meet April. A woman with a big heart…

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Sunny's bar

NYC’s best dive bar

Sunny’s is not just a bar, it’s a legend. This establishment has been owned by the Neapolitan Balzano family for over a century now. Opened in 1890 in the harbor of Red Hook, it passed through time under various names. Once the haunt of longshoremen and sailors, the bar has now become the refuge of artists and, along with the neighborhood’s gentrification, the sanctuary of a few hipsters. If over the decades the clientele dramatically shifted, the atmosphere however remains exactly the same. It’s a simple dive bar, a timeless…

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Yurt Alert

Yurt alert

Brrr. It’s cold outside. You have entered hibernation mode and the only thing that could drag you out of your winter torpor (and your quilt) is an exceptional venue. What about an end-of-the-world experience? This winter the terrace of the Standard Hotel East Village transforms into a Siberian forest. Five yurts are hidden in an enchanting setting, in the middle of the fir trees and between the garlands of light. Come inside to warm up! Inside the tents, the muted atmosphere is closer to the…

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In and of itself

Beyond magic

It’s a new show – but we can’t tell you about it. It is an original and surprising experience – but we can’t reveal anything. Anyone who saw it will urge you to go, but no one will give you any details. So how do you talk about a show when you can’t disclose anything? It is a performance at the crossroads of a haunting one-man play, a bewildering magic show and an immersive theater experience. A one-of-a-kind hybrid concept. When you enter the small…

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