Knave at Le Parker Meridian for those who miss Europe and its good espressos in the middle of Manhattan

IMG_6361

 

As you know, I am from Spain. I have grown up having a delicious cup of coffee, real coffee, every morning. I have been in the States for 7 years now and although you end up loving Starbucks…. there is nothing like a good simple just brewed espresso.

I had a meeting with a fellow European and I proposed to go to Knave to enjoy a good cup of coffee. When I entered the coffee shop, it transported me to Europe. The architecture, the decor, the music, the smell and the coffee were just perfect.

I love this hotel. The Parker Meridian is not only in a great location (on 56th street between 6th and 7th avenue), but also exquisite in design…. and full of surprises. The burger joint is one of the best in the city. It is so peculiar, unique and has delicious burgers! Now, this hotel has surprised me again with this coffee shop. It is a little pricy, coffees ranges from $6-7 but the biscotti the coffee comes with it is worth the extra $!

I highly recommend this place whether it is for coffee or some light lunch. You can find a little peace and delicious coffee in the middle of Manhattan.

IMG_6365 IMG_6366 IMG_6362 IMG_6358 IMG_6359 IMG_6364

 

Keste Pizzeria truly is the Best Pizza in New York City…. or at least for right now

I always love going down to Bleecker street. It is always super lively, filled with restaurants, bakeries, ice-cream shops……it reminds me to Southern European cities, in particular Naples. There, you can find some of the best, or at least, most unique Italian restaurants in New York. My last discovery…. Keste Pizzeria.

Image

Keste means “This is it” in Italian and I felt that way after tasting the delicious pizzas they make there. The chef Roberto Caporuscio brought with him the art and craft of the Neapolitan pizza making. Not only the pizzas are wood-fired but also use homemade ingredients such as their mozzarella. The pizzas are individual size and there is an extensive menu. I recommend to go with the Pizza Speciale. I ordered the Pistachio e Salsiccia with fresh pistachio pesto, sausage, homemade mozzarella, pecorino romano, basil, extra virgin olive oil. It was absolutely delicious. I had never tasted something like this… I also shared the Pizza Keste with tomato sauce, imported buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, arugula, gran cru, extra virgin olive oil. This is a classic that you can find in most Italian restaurants, but it  is still hard to find it just right with the flavors of natural ingredients, and in Keste you can.

The service was quick although I cannot say the same about the wait. Yet, it was totally worth it.

In case you cannot make it all the way down to Greenwich Village, you can also go to order from their other restaurant, Don Antonio Pizzeria in Hell’s Kitchen!

Image

 

 

 

For a good cocktail in the city…. Henry, a Liquor Bar at the Hudson Hotel

 

IMG_6194Last Friday, I went to have a drink at the Henry in the Hudson Hotel near Lincoln Center. I had never been at this hotel and it is beautiful. The architecture perfectly combines elegant tradition, brick and chandeliers, with modern glass and colored lighting, in both the hotel and the bar. Details like the chair upside down coming from the ceiling, and the glass box behind the DJ are some details that stand out.IMG_6199 IMG_6181

I went early to have a drink to catch up with some of my girl friends. It was quite calm at around 11pm but it was perfect to chat….and order a delicious cocktail! I highly recommend the Pistachio Fizz. It is defined as “a forced emulsion of pistachio and almond to create a fruit, floral and nutty compliment to the similar notes in the cognac. Simply served shaken as a rich and more-ish fizz”. It was quite delicious and very unique.  I also ordered another cocktail, which vas very creamy with notes of peach and vodka. It was like an smoothie. You could not even taste the alcohol on it. It was just perfectly balanced. I must say that they were a bit expensive but they were truly amazing cocktails.

IMG_6177

The DJ played great music throughout the whole night. Before midnight, great R&B classics were playing on the background and after midnight, we were dancing to some more upbeat songs but with that R&B flavor. It was a lot of fun and not too crowed, which made it enjoyable.

In brief, if you are ever around Hell’s Kitchen or Lincoln Center and are looking for a place to have a drink and some fun, remember about the Henry, a Liquor Bar at the Hudson Hotel. You will not be disappointed.

IMG_6188