The Up & Up – Greenwich Village

Right on MacDougal, The Up & Up is a hidden gem. It’s easy to miss — you have to go downstairs into a relatively spacious dark room. First, outside, there is usually someone who puts you down on the waiting list. I am surprised that there is usually almost always a bit of a wait,…

The Polo Bar – Midtown East

The Polo Bar has easily risen as one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. Elegantly designed by Ralph Lauren’s taste, the restaurant is ordained in handsome and classy brown leather, green plaid, and plenty of horse-related decor. A reservation is absolutely essential. Perhaps you could squeeze yourself in if you are truly lucky,…

Set L.E.S. – Lower East Side

Lower East Side has handfuls of great restaurants. Set L.E.S is a trendy little restaurant offering a lot of pub food — sliders, burgers, sides, wings, skewers, etc. The restaurant is not very large, but is comfortable enough to have dinner with a relatively large group of people. The coolest thing that this restaurant has…

Sugar Factory – Chelsea

For a long time, I have wanted to wander into the famous Sugar Factory for one of these mystical bubblyΒ sugary drinks. Finally, on one rainy evening for a dear friend’s birthday, the deed was done. Sugar Factory is right next to the High Line, so it’s great for an all-around experience of Chelsea. Upon entry,…