Food News | Your New York City Italian Restaurant Guide

Now that the temperatures are dropping, what better way to keep warm than with a steaming plate of spaghetti? These five restaurants located across the city are sure to satisfy your Italian food cravings while offering a warm environment to cozy up in alongside friends and family.

1. Babbo

110 Waverly Place
Greenwich Village

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Babbo is a celebration of all things Italian, from the food and the wine to the lifestyle! Shortly after opening in the late 90s, the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award, and has since retained this level of acclaim and widespread praise. Chef Mario Batali presents the finest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, served with Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and more. The wine list represents one of the most intelligent collections in the city as well!

2. Carbone

181 Thompson Street
Greenwich Village

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Carbone is the creation of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, standing as the present-day essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York. The chefs take fan favorite dishes like seafood salad, linguini vongolo, lobster fra diavola, chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan to the next level of flavor and taste. Stop by and sample the menu for yourself!

3. Pasquale Jones

187 Mulberry Street
Nolita

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This small, wood-fired restaurant stands in the heart of Little Italy, beckoning all inside with its hallmark colorful sign. Hospitality is infused into the restaurant’s ethos, and evident from the minute you sit down. Be sure to sample the grilled octopus, burrata pizza and artichoke!

4. Lilia

567 Union Avenue
Williamsburg

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Lilia strives to bring the best of Italy to Williamsburg, offering wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality all wrapped up in one stellar dining experience. Be sure to taste the housemade mozzarella, grilled eggplant and sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti – we promise you’ll finish!

5. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

53 Great Jones Street
NoHo

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The Alimentari & Vineria branch stems from the original il Buco on Bond Street, specializing in house-cured meats and home baked breads. The Italian aesthetic is solidified by handpicked pieces selected by art gallerist David Zwirner, Antonello and Lorenzo Radi, Ian McPheely and Christian Garnett. Sample some of the tastiest Italian meals in the city underneath the gorgeous whimsical chandelier, or atop the upstairs roof garden!

TOWN Data | Contract Signed Report 8/29

An authoritative source on Manhattan’s Luxury Market, TOWN Residential is pleased to share the Contract Signed Activity Report, an up-to-the-minute report of the last week’s activity broken down by neighborhood and price point. 

During Week 35, August 21 to 27, 176 contracts – comprised of 86 co-ops, 85 condos, and 5 condops – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 50 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 33 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 126 and 128 respectively. 

Please click below for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis. 

Home Design | Upscale Upcycling

Many of us have a penchant for the finer things in life, but that does not necessarily mean we have to discount sustainable practices. “Upcycling” is a term that encompasses just that: repurposing items that would otherwise be discarded into products of better quality than their originals. Whether you’re looking to shop around or make your own, check out these gorgeously repurposed upscale items, and start brainstorming your next home design upgrade!

1. Kari Elizabeth Designer Pillows

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Kari Elizabeth’s collection of decorative pillows are upcycled from the best designer fashion houses, materials and fabrics. Repurposed from authentic vintage scarves including Hermes, Chanel, Cartier, Dior and Bottega Veneta, the pillows add a touch of glamour to any couch or bedspread. The pillows make for the perfect gift, or the perfect keep-sake!

2. Facaro Bicycle Gear Chandeliers

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To the average objective eye, the above chandelier does not entice memories of childhood neighborhood bike rides, but a closer look just may. These artistic and luxurious pieces are in fact made from reclaimed bicycle chain, ranging in size from one foot to ten feet, and from one foot to four feet in diameter. What a way to brighten the room!

3. Antique Tin Ceiling Mirrors

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New Yorkers know a thing or two about tin ceilings; the distinctive design staple was said to have originated in New York in the late 1860s. Though the city’s new development ceiling trends do not appear to be returning to tin in the near future, the pieces do lend themselves well to other purposes, such as mirrors. Olde Good Things has a stellar selection of intricately repurposed tin ceiling mirrors that just might look perfect on that empty wall in your hall.

4. Luxury Candle Jars 

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We all have our one favorite scent, and those of us lucky enough have identified the candle that bottles it up perfectly. And, the benefits of candles do not stop at the scent;  they add a touch of luxurious design to any table, desk or bookshelf.  Once you’ve burned your favorite candle to the max, you don’t have to toss the accompanying jar. These DIY steps will allow you to repurpose it into a convenient household item!

5. Frames

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One of the best ways to update a room is to swap out picture frames with new, fresh pieces. That said, you do not have to get rid of the old! If you’re looking for another DIY project, check out these top ways to repurpose old frames into furniture accents, jewelry holders and more.

 

TOWN Data | Building Amenities Report 8/28

New York City’s top buildings offer a range of amenities so extensive that residents might never have to leave home. Seasoned Representatives and savvy buyers know the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest amenities and top-notch services that buildings offer, from rooftop lounges to gyms or five star services, children’s playrooms, and more. With this in mind, TOWN is proud to provide you with the Building Amenities Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to bolster your knowledge of the city’s greatest amenities as they correlate to recent sale prices.

As of 8/28, the current average price of a Manhattan condo apartment was $3,070,152.

In buildings with these amenities, you can expect to pay:

Seasonal Events | Fall Museum Exhibits

New York City’s art scene is nothing short of exciting. So exciting, in fact, that it may seem overwhelming to consider all of the exhibits and art shows that the city’s museums jam pack into one short season. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting and unique not-to-be-missed events on display this month, featuring works by celebrated figures and emerging artists alike.

1. Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

Jewish Museum
Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Uptown
Through September 24th

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Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), one of New York’s most elite and artistic avant-gardes, comes back to life at this exhibit, organized by the Jewish Museum. Featuring over fifty paintings and drawings, a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and more, the exhibit not only reveals the exciting and influential life of Stettheimer, but her continued existence through today’s artistic practices as well.

2. Willa Nasatir

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District
Through October 1st

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The MoMA celebrates emerging artist Willa Nasatir with her unique body of work, a collection of both new and earlier pieces. Nasatir garners inspiration for her specially crafted photographs from the ever-changing streets of New York and those individuals who occupy them. Her dramatic design tactics result in truly one-of-a-kind pieces that cause the audience to reflect upon unresolved narratives. Don’t miss this exciting exhibit!

3. Eloise at the Museum

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
Through October 9th

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Everyone’s favorite Plaza Hotel resident is back at this charming show at the New-York Historical Society. Kay Thompson’s unforgettable Eloise comes to life through original art works, manuscripts, vintage dolls and even a hotel emergency kit. Skipperdee and Weenie, Eloise’s turtle and pig (respectively) will be in attendance as well.

4. Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, Midtown
Through October 9th

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This recital is the official revival of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps – the first exhibition since the death of the multidisciplinary performance collective’s founder, Terry Adkins, in 2014. The performance includes a selection of Adkins’ sculptures, performance props and documentary videos of former recitals, plus live work by the artists and musicians of the Corps.

5. Derrick Adams: Patrick Kelly, The Journey

Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Street, Uptown
Through October 20th

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This exhibit is the result of Derrick Adams’ extensive research into the influential Patrick Kelly, an African-American politically-charged fashion designer who died tragically from AIDS in 1990. Adams reworks Kelly’s major themes, like reclaimed racist Americana imagery, into his grand exhibit. Dubbed “joyously subversive” by The New Yorker, this exhibit is not one to miss!

 

 

Food News | New Eatery Alert!

We’re all regulars somewhere in New York City, whether it’s a tiny café, a century-old Italian restaurant or that tasty sushi place around the corner. That said, there are too many great new restaurants that crop up on a consistent basis across the city’s grid to avoid in the name of what we know best. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the latest and greatest eateries that have graced the city this past summer. If you haven’t sampled their menus yet, be sure to try them this fall!

1. Martina

198 East 11th Street, East Village

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Union Square Hospitality Group has opened a new Italian mainstay on 11th Street. Though reminiscent of Shake Shack’s buzzer-ordering system, Martina’s chef Nick Anderer shies away from a classification of “fast-casual,” preferring “fine-casual” instead. He stresses his new restaurant’s high quality of service, combined with the organic human interaction between his employees and customers. However, the restaurant is undeniably speedy, with pizzas cooking within two minutes. At prime times, the chef plans to push out up to 90 pies an hour. At under $13 per slice, it’s worth stopping by for a taste!

2. Café Bilboquet

26 East 60th Street, Upper East Side

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The owner of Le Bilboquet, Philippe Delgrange, has opened a new café down the street from his renowned bistro. The casual French eatery now serves tasty treats like breakfast pastries and éclairs, plus ready-made paninis and salads, and refreshments including coffee, tea, beer and wine. Though casual, Café Bilboquet remains reminiscent of its older and more established cousin with its elegantly gilded setting and plush garnet banquettes.

3. Calavera’s 

234 Starr Street, Bushwick

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For those of you who reside in Bushwick, a new Mexican restaurant has opened on Starr Street. A black flag bearing a smiling skull (“calavera”) beckons you inside to taste its tacos, quesadillas and gorditas while sipping tasty margaritas. You’ll find the inside decorated in homage to Mexican folk art, with colorful fantastical figures inspired by artist Pedro Linares lining the shelves. Bar managers Oscar Castro and Rocio Baker sourced all of the art directly from Mexico, and head chef Miguel Rojas carefully crafted the menu to offer only the country’s best. And, the extensive margarita list goes beyond the standard mango and strawberry, including lychee, blueberry and blood orange flavors as well.

4. Queens Bully

113-30 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills

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Queens Bully (short for “Boulevard”) was the dream of borough natives Rohan Aggarwal and Suraj Patel. The gastropub serves comfort food and barbecue inspired by Queens’ diversity of culture. The eclectic menu by Chef Arim Isabel includes smoked jerk chicken, Corona pork tacos and shrimp and grits, plus locally sourced vegetables and herbs grown at the establishment. Subway tiled decor makes anyone who walks in feel right at home in the city.

5. Feed Your Soul Cafe

14 Wall Street, Financial District

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Feed Your Soul Cafe is the first express retail location of the brand Feed Your Soul. Born out of a studio apartment over a decade ago, the bakery donates cookies and premium pastries to The Coalition for the Homeless with every order placed. The tasty treats include large and small cookies in flavors ranging from honey oatmeal raisin and white chocolate snickerdoodle to triple chocolate cocoa loco to white chocolate cherry jubilee. Plus, the location serves brownie bars, granola bars, pastries and more!

TOWN Data | Contract Signed Report 8/22

An authoritative source on Manhattan’s Luxury Market, TOWN Residential is pleased to share the Contract Signed Activity Report, an up-to-the-minute report of the last week’s activity broken down by neighborhood and price point. 

During Week 34, August 14 to 20, 204 contracts – comprised of 99 co-ops, 89 condos, 14 condops, and 2 townhouses – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 66 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 40 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 131 and 181 respectively. 

Please click below for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis. 

TOWN Data | Building Amenities Report 8/21

New York City’s top buildings offer a range of amenities so extensive that residents might never have to leave home. Seasoned Representatives and savvy buyers know the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest amenities and top-notch services that buildings offer, from rooftop lounges to gyms or five star services, children’s playrooms, and more. With this in mind, TOWN is proud to provide you with the Building Amenities Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to bolster your knowledge of the city’s greatest amenities as they correlate to recent sale prices.

As of 8/21, the current average price of a Manhattan condo apartment was $3,079,377.

In buildings with these amenities, you can expect to pay:

TOWN Data | Building Amenities Report 8/14

New York City’s top buildings offer a range of amenities so extensive that residents might never have to leave home. Seasoned Representatives and savvy buyers know the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest amenities and top-notch services that buildings offer, from rooftop lounges to gyms or five star services, children’s playrooms, and more. With this in mind, TOWN is proud to provide you with the Building Amenities Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to bolster your knowledge of the city’s greatest amenities as they correlate to recent sale prices.

As of 8/14, the current average price of a Manhattan condo apartment is $3,083,733.

In buildings with these amenities, you can expect to pay:

TOWN Data | Week in Numbers 8/11

TOWN Residential is proud to share the Week in Numbers, a clear-cut amalgamation of data intended to keep you up-to-date and ensure you make the most informed decisions.

During the 32nd week of 2017, August 3 through August 10, the average sales price decreased -1.1% and the average rental price decreased by -0.2%.