January Hit List

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBS- WHAT TO DINE, DRINK AND DO IN THE DEAD OF WINTER.

New year, new content. Starting this month, we’ll be cherry-picking our favorite recommendations from our featured contribs in a monthly round-up curated for the season. From beauty biz legends Sir John and Harry Josh to Rolling Stones‘ heiress Alexandra Richards, our January contributors share worthy additions to any winter check-list, plus a few recs from us too because, well, we just couldn’t help ourselves.

Dine & Drink

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Clockwise from L to R: Take Root; Avant Garden’s roasted potatoes; Le Turtle’s exterior; Ippudo’s Ramen.

Too Cool for School | Le Turtle
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
When we first caught wind that vets of Freeman’s (Taavo Somer) and The Smile (Carlos Quirate) were teaming up, we knew we could expect big things. Now open on the Lower East Side, the duo’s new modern French hotspot, Le Turtle meets all expectations (cool crowd, low-key setting, good food) and then some. Food-wise, the menu is made up of small plates from Executive Chef Greg Proechel II, formerly of Long Island City pop-up Mr. Nilsson and sous-chef of Blanca. While the whole shared plates concept may be a tad tired, Proechel’s ingredients are not: kohlrabi bisque comes topped with lamb belly and smoked cabbage, pickled cauliflower and broccoli rabe are finished with fennel and labne and a slow-braised oxtail is dusted with celery breadcrumbs and fresh horseradish. Interesting too, the wine list— which skews heavily French— focuses on natural bottles. It’s bound to be one of those places people will be clamoring to get into for a very long time; think Beatrice Inn circa mid-2000’s vibes.
(MAP IT, BOOK IT) 177 Chrystie Street, 646.918.7189; leturtle.fr

C is for Cold Nights, Cheap Eats and Carb Cravings | Ippudo and Nakamura
*Recommended by Alexandra Richards and CITIPHILE

There are few things as satisfying as the inner warming that comes from slurping down a bowl of ramen in the wintertime. For Alexandra Richards, it’s not a question of where to indulge, but when. “Ippudo is my favorite. Go for the cucumber salad, classic ramen bowl and pork buns” she says. Though Ippudo is arguably churning out NY’s greatest bowls, we feel like we should mention newcomer Nakamura here too. Aptly situated in the Lower East Side, the noodle spot is the first stateside brainchild of Tokyo chef Shigetoshi Nakamura (regularly praised by top chefs like David Chang and Ivan Orkin); it’s certainly worth adding to the list for the next time you’re caught between L.E.S. bars and a late-night craving.
Ippudo (MAP IT) 65 4th Avenue, 212.388.0088; ippudony.com; Nakamura (MAP IT) 172 Delancey Street, 212.614.1810; nakamuranyc.com

Sticking To Those New Year’s Resolutions | Avant Garden
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
If “eating healthier” or “losing weight” made your new years resolution list, then East Village vegan restaurant Avant Garden should be your home away from home— or perhaps, more appropriately, your kitchen away from kitchen. The sexy, health food spot (yes finally these two descriptors can coexist), has a menu divided into three: toasts, cold, and hot dishes with winter highlights being a fennel hummus toast with olive, orange and walnut, salt-baked sweet potato with jicama, jalapeño and meyer lemon, and a chestnut farro risotto with acorn squash and kale. Clean eating never felt better.
(MAP IT, BOOK IT130 E. 7th Street; 646.922.7948; avantgardennyc.com

Looking For That Neighborhood Cheers | Falcon Laundry
*Recommended by Alexandra Richards
Normally we’d think Richards was a tad biased in recommending her boyfriend (and former Westway manager) Paul Longo’s new bar, but after hosting our CITIPHILE shoot at the locale, we were completely sold on the new Williamsburg watering hole. Once a steel fabrication mill, the space showcases its industrial bones with two floors of exposed brick, beams and skylights. Cocktails and bar bites are available with brunch service to come.
(MAP IT) 65 North Seventh Street, 917.909.1803.

Wine And Dine Me, Baby | Take Root
*Recommended by CITIPHILE
A tiny, 12-seat Carroll Gardens hideaway with pantry-like walls, hanging plants and just one seating per night, Take Root makes you feel like you just stumbled upon one of New York’s greatest secrets (you did). Run solely by couple Elise Kornack and Anna Hieronimus (there are no other staffers), Kornack cooks while Hieronimus decorates, cleans, waits tables and puts together nightly playlists. The $120/pp, 9-course tasting menu is vegetable-centric and contingent upon the season— currently cabbage, beetroot, squash and eucalyptus are key players. It’s an experience you’ll want to make up at least one special occasion per season for. (MAP IT, BOOK IT) 187 Sackett Street, 347.227.7116; take-root.com

 

Do

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Clockwise from L to R: DanceBody, Atrium SoHo and Christine Chin Skin Spa.


Him, Even Better | Atrium

*Recommended by Sir John
With a certain lovers’ holiday around the corner, Atrium is the answer to your search for personal and unique menswear. Not-everyday-brands like Nahariya, Cut & Tso and Public School outfit the SoHo shop with pieces that run the gamut from bombers and blazers to high-top trainers. “It’s great when you want to find something cool and impactful,” says Sir John. Even if you’re anti-Valentine’s, Atrium’s current online sale has some excellent steals. (MAP IT) 644 Broadway, 212.473.9200;atriumnyc.com

Now Work It Out | DanceBody
*Recommended by Cleo Davis-Urman
No matter what your 2016 goals entail, getting motivated to work out when it’s freezing outside can be a lofty task (especially when you’ve haven’t yet finished Making a Murderer on Netflix) so when Cleo Davis-Urman recommended DanceBody, a group and private class dance studio in Chinatown, we were keen to say the least. “Not only is this the best workout in all of New York City, but it’s the most fun. Bring friends and a sense of humor,” says Davis-Urman. Her go-to trainer? Maddie Gentile. Laugh, sweat, look like Beyoncé… now that’s a winter workout we can get behind.
(MAP IT, BOOK IT) 380 Broadway, 5th fl., 212.500.1174 ;dancebody.com

Urban Hideaway | Archestratus
*Recommended by Alexandra Richards
It’s not every day you stumble upon a cookbook-only shop, let alone one with its own beer and wine fridge. Greenpoint’s Archestratus is Alexandra Richards’ “go-to city hideaway” and it’s easy to see why. The neighborhood bookstore has pages of food inspiration for home cooks at every level— community recipe books are stocked alongside titles from Ottolenghi and Gjelina— plus the back café serves fodder like pistachio lace biscuits and fried sweet ricotta ravioli. A total gem.
(MAP IT) 160 Huron Street, 718.349.7711; archestrat.us

Face Case | Christine Chin
*Recommended by Harry Josh
Besides static and head colds, dry skin is yet another seasonal side effect that makes for a constant battle. Serendipitously, on a recent visit to Harry Josh’s home, we noticed his glowing complexion (trust us, it’s hard not to) and demanded to know exactly who was responsible. Christine Chin, a facialist in the Lower East Side, who happens to count Candice Swanepoel, Gisele Bundchen and Christy Turlington as clients too. Treat yourself when your face needs it most; your skin will thank you.
(MAP IT) 82 Orchard Street, 212.353.0503; christinechin.com

 

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