May Hit List

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

What May brought: townhouse tea time with designer Adam Lippes, dreamy dress up with Zanna Roberts Rassi and our very own West Coast debut with the official launch of CITIPHILE LA. Now bicoastal, we aren’t just unmarked sushi hideaways and “million-dollar-chicken-for-twos” (though Lippes and Rassi did make strong cases for both); we’re near experts in vegan/vegetarian/paleo cafés (thanks to stylist and natural beauty Djuna Bel) and in-the-know whisky bars c/o of E! host Catt Sadler. Plus, we’re learning where to find those enviable home décor pieces that perennially pepper master curator and designer Jenni Kayne‘s Instagram account. It’s all of May’s best recommendations below.

Dine

L & E Oyster Bar; The private dining space at Izakaya NoMad.

L & E Oyster Bar; The private dining space at Izakaya NoMad.

Light and Loony | L & E Oyster Bar; LA
*Recommended by Djuna Bel
Of course, Djuna Bel’s mainstay for after-work happy hours would be a multi-level oyster bar complete with mosaic-tiled floors, a seafood charcuterie platter (think beet-cured salmon and olive-oil preserved tuna) and perfectly reasonable vino. The hip Silver Lake spot houses its full restaurant downstairs, while its indoor/outdoor upstairs bar hosts daily happy hours from 5-7 pm (beer is $4-5, wine is $8). Requisite vintage denim and band tees not included. (MAP IT, BOOK IT)

Midday Meal | Izakaya NoMad; NYC
*Recommended by Adam Lippes
With more and more headquarters moving to the Flatiron, we’re always looking for new and easy spots to stop in for an out-of-office, weekday lunch. In fact, Adam Lippes, who just relocated his eponymous label to the area, feels very much the same— there’s only so much Sweetgreen and NoMad Hotel in which we can partake (the former because we’re not always in “salad mood;” the latter because corporate cards are disappearing quicker than reputable presidential candidates these days). So, when Lippes told us he knew a place— a sushi den that rivaled Blue Ribbon no less— we listened. “Izakaya NoMad is a great find. It’s not fancy, but it’s super fresh. They’ll only serve you what is fresh from the market every day,” says the designer. When available, the salmon and yellowtail sashimi are great, but the NoMad assorted sashimi plate is really the way to go. (MAP IT, BOOK IT)

Margaritas and Mega-Stars | El Compadre; LA
*Recommended by Catt Sadler
“I’m a sucker for chips and guacamole,” Catt Sadler tells us (But really, who isn’t?). “I’ll always go back to my old haunt, El Compadre when I want to really grub. Believe it or not, there’s often some unexpected stargazing in here. I’ve seen everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Justin Timberlake.” Authentic Mexican (we’re partial to its guacamole and shrimp quesadillas) with a spicy “flaming” margarita and a side of JT? Yeah, you know where to find us. (MAP IT, BOOK IT)

Drink

Cocktails at Umbrella; Inside Goodnight Sonny.

Cocktails at Umbrella; Inside Goodnight Sonny.

Cocktails for Cool Gals | Goodnight Sonny; NYC
*Recommended by Zanna Roberts Rassi
Goodnight Sonny opened last summer as a sandwich/raw bar/cocktail den from the guys that first brought us The Wayland. Though the food is nice, its bar bites of shishito peppers, steak tartare and roast beef sandwiches are best as vehicles for downing more of its stellar cocktails. “I like their Sunny Orchard margarita (an elixir of tequila, green apple, roasted jalapeño, lime, agave and smoked cayenne salt),” spills Zanna Roberts Rassi. “It has fresh-pressed apple juice in it which is juiced to order… that makes it healthier, right?! Plus, their bartenders are always the same: all cocktail geniuses.” Not that we’d expect anything less from The Wayland team. (MAP IT)

Whisky Hideaway | Ten Pound; LA
*Recommended by Catt Sadler
“Did you know there’s a whisky bar at The Montage Beverly Hills called Ten Pound,” Sadler asked us when we paid a visit to her dreamy ‘70s-style home. “I don’t believe it’s advertised and I hope I don’t get into trouble sharing, but it’s tucked away on the second level with an elaborate drink menu.” Indeed, the hideaway specializes in Macallan Single Malt, which they pour the “authentic” way: over an ice sphere imported from the Scottish Highlands. Neat drinks are encouraged— its rare whisky flights are exceptionally good— but for the faint of heart, there are mixed cocktails including the “Rob Roy” (Macallan 18 yr, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters). And as Sadler says,” complimentary snacks include bacon with cheddar cheese… is this real life?” Or, heaven on earth?(MAP IT)

Cocktails Straight Up! | Umbrella; LA
*Recommended by Catt Sadler
“I love the cocktails at Umbrella on Melrose Avenue. It’s a small joint with interesting, relaxed décor and an inventive cocktail menu,” says Sadler. By “interesting,” she means umbrella-bedecked walls, vintage apothecary bottles and saloon-style banquettes; by “inventive,” think whiskey with black walnut bitters and an Islay mist and reposado with coffee, fig and cinnamon. (MAP IT)

Do

do

Opal earrings from Broken English; Home décor at Nickey Kehoe.

Find Your Zen | Nadia Zaki; NYC
*Recommended by Adam Lippes and Tracy Taylor
Now that it’s warmer out, we’re less inclined to hibernate and single-handedly polish off a pint of B&J’s, and slightly more inclined to move. After chatting with Lippes earlier this month, we think we found the key to our new zen: yogi Nadia Zaki. “I do yoga at home once a week with her,” he says. “It’s really hard work, but very centered and focused; she’s sort of like a rock.” And, if at-home downward dogs aren’t totally your thing, Zaki also teaches at Equinox— fellow CP contrib Tracy Taylor is a fan. (BOOK IT)

Nest Best Thing | Nickey Kehoe; LA
*Recommended by Jenni Kayne
A Jenni Kayne endorsement is like the standing ovation of curation— she’s made a name for herself not only as a designer, but as an arbiter of tasteful living and style. With that, we had to probe her for the low-down on where to find superlative home accents and hostess gifts when in Los Angeles. We found out that besides her own shop (which is in itself a gold mine), she relies on Nickey Kehoe, an interior design studio that’s full of unique furniture, kitchenware, essential oils and ceramic bud vases. Run by design team Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey, it’s our new go-to for the friend that has everything. (MAP IT)

It’s the Little Things | Broken English; NYC & LA
*Recommended by Djuna Bel, Zanna Roberts Rassi and Elyse Walker
For the home obsessed, there is no place quite like BDDW; for jewels, it’s Broken English— an inspiring, albeit not totally accessible trove of delicate earrings and pretty little things from designers like Anita Ko, Lizzie Mandler and Maria Tash. With locations in Santa Monica and SoHo, the bicoastal, treasure-filled shop has caught the eyes of many CP contribs including this month’s Djuna Bel and Zanna Roberts Rassi. “It has the best jewelry in the city,” says Bel of its LA annex. Elyse Walker, who frequently pops into the boutique in both cities, doesn’t disagree: “It stocks some of the best contemporary and vintage jewelry around.” (NYC: MAP IT; LA: MAP IT) CP

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