April Hit List

THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBS LAY DOWN WHAT TO DINE ON, DRINK AND DO IN NEW YORK NOW.

We have to say, April’s been good to us. Not only did we co-host our second CITIPHILE Supper Club with model and gal pal Britt Maren, but we got to kick it with Jess Hart and her adorable furry sidekick Floyd, exchange stories about our individual neighbors with W Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi (his being Jessica Chastain, ours being an unidentified, socially-inept male), and discover just what “contemporary couture” means thanks to Elizabeth Kennedy. Big-time graphic designer Javas Lehn (the cool guy behind Saturdays‘ magazine) turned us on to our new favorite museum (fyi it’s Japanese), and art curator extraordinaire and dear friend Andi Potamkin had us over to her gorgeous Brooklyn pad to chat music, mezcal and modern art. Below, find the recommendations that stood out to us most.

Dine

Clockwise from L to R:

Clockwise from L to R: A Negroni at Via Carota; Inside Llama Inn; The tablescape at Sunday Suppers; Whole branzino.

A Taste of Lima | Llama Inn
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
Peruvian plates get the Brooklyn treatment at Llama Inn with dishes like turmeric mussels and clams, arctic char with bacon, and duck sausage with butternut squash, cumin and beer. The relatively new spot has a menu divided into vegetables, fish, meat and larger format plates (think beef stir fry with scallion pancakes), all meant for sharing. The wrap-around, open bar in the middle of the room is where you want to be— order pisco sours, close your eyes and pretend you’re in Lima at El Mercado. (MAP IT, BOOK IT)

Italy, Even Better | Via Carota/I Sodi
*Recommended by Stefano Tonchi
Few things make us as happy as whole branzino— especially when perfectly cooked and accompanied by Italian-grown olives and a bottle of Vermentino. It’s precisely the reason Rita Sodi’s I Sodi is, and always will be, our happy place. “I Sodi in the West Village is fantastic,” agrees Stefano Tonchi. “It’s charming, cozy and has amazing Tuscan food— it’s my all-time favorite NY restaurant.” Not that he doesn’t frequent Sodi’s other neighborhood standby too: “If I’m having a drink, it’s a Negroni Sbagliato from Via Carota,” he says. Not that you need more reason to stop in, but New York Times’ critic Pete Wells just awarded eight year-old I Sodi two stars. (I Sodi, MAP IT, BOOK IT; Via Carota, MAP IT)

Channel Your Inner Chef | Sunday Suppers
*Recommended by Andi Potamkin
“My girlfriends threw me a bachelorette party at Sunday Suppers which was the quintessential Brooklyn experience: you enter a giant abandoned, but somehow still very cool-looking building, take an old elevator a few floors up and find yourself in a sprawling white loft with a massive, industrial-size kitchen and sunset views of the Manhattan skyline,” says Andi Potamkin. “We took a cooking class and drank a lot of wine. It was the best.” We’re not sure about you, but Potamkin had us at industrial kitchen, ya know? (MAP IT)

Spring has Sprung | Lilia
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
What’s better than ramps in springtime? Ramps the Missy Robbins’ way. The Brooklyn chef’s new Italian spot, Lilia is on every culinary hit list in town for its sumptuous homemade pastas, but we’re most interested in its market vegetable and seafood offerings. At the moment, Robbins is serving spring dishes like cauliflower with spicy soppressata in sicilian pesto, whole artichokes in garlic and mint, grilled scallops with yogurt and walnuts, and swordfish with ramps, lemon and chickpeas. If you can snag a reservation, we can’t imagine there’s a better place to enjoy a meal out right now. (MAP IT, BOOK IT)

Drink

Tequila tasting at Tico's Tequila Bar; A cucumber margarita at The Nomad Bar; Tico's Tequila Bar.

Tequila tasting at Tico’s Tequila Bar; A cucumber margarita at The NoMad Bar; Signage at Tico’s.

Margs & Models | Tico’s Tequila Bar
*Recommended by Jessica Hart
With temps hitting nearly 80 degrees last week, it seems that warm days are finally near, and to put it simply, as excited as we are to eat our weight in ramps and fiddlehead ferns is precisely how excited we are about popping open that first bottle of rosé and tasting a fresh margarita in the sun. To that point, model Jessica Hart would surely agree: “My go-to cocktail is a margarita and Tico’s Tequila Bar makes a great one!” Bonus points for being a hidden bar-within-a-bar (it’s beneath Tijuana Picnic). Then again, isn’t that requisite model territory? (MAP IT)

Classic with a Twist | The NoMad Bar
*Recommended by Elizabeth Kennedy
Fashion designer Elizabeth Kennedy’s go-to for after-work happy hour, The NoMad Bar is a classic— excellent drinks and excellent bar food (in fact, we dare you to find a more upscale rendition of a bar classic than Daniel Humm’s “humm dog” hot dog). Kennedy’s recommendation is especially timely, however, given the watering hole’s noteworthy special this month: its offering small plates by famed Chef Christopher Kostow (of California’s three-star The Restaurant at Meadowood). Time’s running out to try that avocado tempura with oyster dip, and carrots in burnt cream you’ll now be dreaming of. You’re welcome. (MAP IT)

Do

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Inside The Cloisters.

Time to Face Spring | Georgia Louise
*Recommended by Jessica Hart
As you well know, a change in season is the best time to invest in your skin. Getting rid of dry, tough skin from winter and exfoliating to promote healthy skin for spring, fresh faced beauty Jessica Hart trusts only one woman with her face: uptown facialist Georgia Louise. “Georgia is the best,” she says. “Unfortunately, there is only one of her so it’s hard to lock her in, but trust me, she’s worth the wait! (MAP IT)

See Something, Say Something | Met Breuer
*Recommended by Stefano Tonchi
OK, so we may have already waxed poetic on The Metropolitan’s ode to modern and contemporary art, but the new Upper East Side museum is definitely one to check out. Don’t believe us? W’s Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi loves it so much, he prefers to spend date nights there (though, if you ask us, we’re keen on a day trip, then a walk through Central Park). (MAP IT)

Garden Goals | The Cloisters
*Recommended by Elizabeth Kennedy
It’s no coincidence that The Cloisters happen to be one of the most popular answers to our “NY’s best-kept secret” question— everyone from Timo Weiland, Creature of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, and Vita Fede designer Cynthia Sakai are fans. So too is this month’s CITIPHILE Elizabeth Kennedy, “Visiting The Cloisters then walking along the Hudson River is how I like to relax and unwind.” On a beautiful day, there’s nothing quite like a walk through its gardens. (MAP IT)
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