Groupmuse

Get ready to be surprised

What we love in New York is discovering hidden gems, finding oneself in exceptional places and being surprised. Recently we had the chance to attend a cello concert in a chocolate factory lost in the far shore of Brooklyn with a beer and chocolate tasting. Magical moment! Or listening to a string quartet in a remote artists’ studio on the beach 50 minutes from Manhattan. Total change of scene! How? By way of Groupmuse. Groupmuse is a classical music collective which invites itself in exceptional…

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NYC Getaway

Into the wild

Left picture: Minnewaska State Park; Top right picture: beach at Sebago Cabin Camp; bottom right picture: Sebago Lake. Still no plans for Labor Day? Let’s face it: D-1 before America’s most anticipated long weekend, it’s probably too late! You won’t find the beach house of your dreams in the Hamptons or the charming lakefront cottage in the Catskills. But don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you stranded in NYC. We’re launching a special weekend rescue operation! Did you know that within two hours of Manhattan…

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Azul rooftop cinema

Spending August in NYC? Lucky you!

Any plans for Monday night? Movie buffs or night owls: rendez-vous on Hotel Hugo’s rooftop. A hotel hidden in Hudson Square, a sort of no-man’s land between the trendy neighborhoods of Soho and TriBeCa, lost between a UPS center and the Holland Tunnel’s entrance. Anti-glamor you said? Trust us, it’s Downtown’s most stylish terrace. Take the elevator, go to the top floor and enter the very chic Hugo bar with its large bay windows and its stunning 360-degree views of Manhattan. You will feel the…

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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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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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Paradiso Escape

The great escape

In the afternoon, you receive mysterious text messages. A meeting is set up in Koreatown. You climb to the 5th floor of a building on 32nd street and enter the kitschy setting of a karaoke lit up by neon lights. You sit on a leopard-printed bench. You are waiting to the rhythm of K-Pop blowing out of the speakers. You were asked to wait for a certain Mr. Cheng… Welcome in the universe of Paradiso. Paradiso is the latest immersive theater experience by serial producer…

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The Meat Hook

BBQ in your butcher’s backyard

There’s nothing like a barbecue to enjoy the Indian summer and extend the vacation vibes. But not just any barbecue: a barbecue at your butcher. And not just any butcher: the best in Brooklyn! The Meat Hook is an institution among the New York butchers’ universe. A selection of the best pieces of meat around the world from the plateau of Aubrac to the Argentinian Pampa. Stalls that resemble those of a delicatessen. Tailor-made cooking advice and attentive service. Here we talk about meat as…

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Sunday supper at farm on kent

Dinner at the farm

Spot the odd one out: an industrial wasteland, the Williamsburg Bridge, a bike park, a vegetable garden. No need to drive miles away to escape Manhattan’s urban jungle. If you are craving nature and some countryside, simply cross the Williamsburg Bridge. We promise you a total change of scenery with North Brooklyn Farms, an astonishing oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. A vegetable experiment on a brownfield. This is the far-fetched idea of two friends, Ryan Watson and Henry Sweets. The two…

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