February Hit List


This month, we sought out contributors from all corners of New York City— from Tribeca fashion couple Christian Hogstedt and Erin Walsh to East Village artist Curtis Kulig and Long Island City res and L’Oréal model Luma Grothe, all the while picking up tips on the world’s smallest museum, next-level Japanese curry and where New York’s semi-surprising population of California surfers congregate. Check out February’s hit list below.

Dine & Drink

Clockwise: Inside Suffolk Arms; Housemade pasta from Cafe Altro Paradiso; Cafe Clover's sweet potato carpaccio

Clockwise: Inside Suffolk Arms; Housemade pasta from Cafe Altro Paradiso; Cafe Clover’s sweet potato carpaccio

Put it in a Bowl | Goemon Curry
*Recommended by Curtis Kulig
Leave it to Nolita to give us an under-the-radar-ish spot specializing in excellent Japanese curry— the unsung hero of curries in our opinion. And in artist Curtis Kulig’s too. “Their classic mama’s curry bowl is perfect and so is the kimchi,” he says. Just last year, Goemon Curry was named one of the city’s best cheap eats by NYMag for its Sapporo-style yakusen soup curry. A sea of “detoxifying” herbs, the broth-based soup can be topped with add-ons like a poached egg, shredded vegetables and chicken katsu— a soul-warming meal for the last (fingers-crossed) of the chilly days.
(MAP IT) 29 Kenmare Street, 212.226.1262; nymag.com/listings/restaurant/goemon

Beat the Rush | Cafe Altro Paradiso
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
Age-old editor’s rule: two’s a coincidence, three’s a trend. So, when a NYC venue comes recommended not by one, but eight CP contributors, it has our attention to say the least. Such is the case with small plates standby, Estela, and now, its sister restaurant, Cafe Altro Paradiso. The second project from the Estela team, the just-opened South Village spot focuses on simple, healthful ingredients in a no-frills neighborhood space. There’s carpaccio, crudo and fennel salad, house made pasta like cabbage-truffle ravioli, and grilled swordfish with artichoke, raisins and almonds currently on the menu.
(MAP IT, BOOK IT234 Spring Street, 646.952.0828; altroparadiso.com

Health Nut | Cafe Clover
*Recommended by Nell Diamond
Unsurprisingly, Diamond singled out Cafe Clover when we asked for her short list of most frequented stops: “It’s become a clubhouse for all of our friends. I’m there at least twice a week.” The restaurant’s health-food-in-a-sexy-setting concept is rare, albeit much appreciated, especially among the city’s fashion set. With so many culinary openings, it’s easy to forget tried-and-true favorites, but Clover’s winter menu is worthy of another visit. Think brussels sprouts and mushrooms with hazelnuts and ginger, sweet potato carpaccio with tahini and baby carrots with cashew cheese and carrot greens pesto.
(MAP IT, BOOK IT) 10 Downing Street, 212.675.4350; cafeclovernyc.com

Craft Cocktails | Suffolk Arms
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
There are certain things that “those who know, know”— NoHo eatery Bohemian’s phone number, how to score a spot at ABC Kitchen during rush hour and the sensory pleasures that come with sipping a Trinidad Sour. And now, Suffolk Arms: a new cocktail den by said Sour’s creator, Giuseppe Gonzalez. With stints at Pegu Club and Flatiron Lounge under his belt, Gonzalez recently opened his first personal venture on Houston Street. Drinks are broken down into “house originals,” “modern classics” and vodka-based elixirs; fans of L.E.S. speakeasy Attaboy will surely be intrigued. Plus there’s bar food— devils on horseback, a guacamole burger and tater tots to be exact. Suffolk Arms for the win? We think so.
(MAP IT269 E Houston Street, 212.475.0400

Last Call for Cold Comforts | Sobakoh
*Recommended by Gabe Riley and Sarah Perlis
Bowls of organic, handmade buckwheat noodles and tens of sakes on hand, the East Village’s Sobakoh is a neighborhood standby in the cooler months. We’re told, “the broth is perfect” by regular Gabe Riley and his wife, Sarah Perlis. The mushroom-based Kinoko soba carries a smoky, scallion-flavor while the Kamonasu soba combines Japanese eggplant, ground duck and shredded mitsuba for a rich and spicy profile.
(MAP IT309 E. 5th Street; 212.254.2244; sobakoh-nyc.com

Ready for Spring Already | Surf Bar
*Recommended by Luma Grothe
Luma Grothe’s cocktail of choice? “Sangria from Surf Bar in Brooklyn,” she says. “The bartenders all look like Californian surfer guys— not a bad place to be!” The Williamsburg watering hole is the model’s go-to when it comes to girls nights with friends, and given its sandy floors, tiki roof and lively backyard, we’re thinking time spent here can only help speed spring along, no? Warm thoughts. Warm. Thoughts.
(MAP IT) 139 N 6th Street, 718.302.4441; brooklynsurfbar.com


Clockwise: Django's jazz stage; Neon signage at Django; Tribeca's Mmuseumm

Clockwise: Django’s jazz stage; Neon signage at Django; Tribeca’s Mmuseumm

Jazz | Django
*Recommended by Christian Hogstedt and Erin Walsh
Christian Hogstedt and Erin Walsh’s new go-to when they can swing a date night away from their adorable baby girl, Mathilda? Django, a new-ish jazz bar at The Roxy Hotel. “It’s really cute and very close so that’s perfect and they have live music every night,” the couple reports. Located in the storied downtown hotel’s cellar, the vaulted ceilings and vintage light fixtures add to the venue’s Jazz Age nostalgia, as do its excellent craft cocktails. *Reservations Required.
(MAP IT) 2 Avenue of the Americas, 212.519.6649; roxyhotelnyc.com/dining-nightlife/the-django

Serenity Now | Oasis Day Spa
*Recommended by Luma Grothe
Everybody knows pampering yourself when it’s below freezing just feels better so we know you won’t judge us when we admit Oasis may be the only place we’re ready and willing to strip for in the dead of winter. Waxing, massages, facials and body wraps are all on the menu, though Luma Grothe can’t resist its deep tissue massage in particular. We’ll take one of those, then hit the spa’s sauna and sand-bottomed relaxation room because, well, why not?
(MAP IT) 1 Park Avenue, 212.254.7722; oasisdayspanyc.com

Urban Hideaway | Mmuseumm
*Recommended by Christian Hogstedt and Erin Walsh
“Right down the street from us is Mmuseumm, the world’s tiniest museum; look it up,” say Hogstedt and Walsh of their NY secret. “It’s literally a small closet; we stumbled upon it and thought it was a joke.” The three year-old Tribeca museum features rotating oddball exhibitions from a collection of Polaroid backings to silicon body parts, but no matter what’s on display, you’re sure to strike Instagram gold (think of it as your personal equivalent to Facebook’s miniature conference room).
(MAP IT) 4 Cortlandt Alley; mmuseumm.com CP




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