Food News | The Brunch Bandwagon

The brunch phenomenon continues to sweep the city, and we’re most definitely reserving a spot on the bandwagon. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 restaurants that have championed the brunch rankings in terms of menu, atmosphere, and location. Be sure to check them out below; we may just have filled up your weekend morning schedules until Labor Day.

1. Augustine

5 Beekman Street, Financial District

Image Courtesy Augustine

Croissants and beignets with Nutella and pastry cream are featured on the pastry menu at this high-end French brasserie located in Manhattan’s Financial District. Other menu standouts include Eggs Cardinal and Sea Urchin Spaghettini, and an impressive array of brunch cocktails, including a tasty Bloody Marys.

2. Flora Bar

945 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side

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Located on the lower level of New York City’s Met Breuer, Flora Bar offers innovative twists on brunch ideas, including a Shrimp Roll with hollandaise sauce and a Maple and Sesame Pound Cake served with a sunny-side-up egg and thick-cut bacon. A variety of pastry and coffee options round out the menu at this Upper East Side favorite.

3. Sunday in Brooklyn

348 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg

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This popular spot occupies three stories in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Diners flock to the rooftop garden and sidewalk cafe for menu favorites like Hazelnut-Maple Praline Pancakes and Biscuits and Gravy. Weekend brunch is served on a walk-in basis, with a limited number of reservations accepted between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

4. ABCV

38 East 19th Street, Union Square

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Come to ABC Carpet & Home for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole’s selection of plant-based, non-GMO, organic cuisine, sourced locally and globally from small family farms. Start your day with a Maca-Cacao Energy Shake, a Sea Buckthorn and Persimmon bowl, Avocado Toast or Fresh Steamed Tofu!

5. The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Avenue, Astoria

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This cozy brick-and-wood gastropub serves up brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Chicken and Waffles in a warm and intimate setting. Located in Queens’ eclectic Astoria neighborhood, the popular eatery features a backyard garden and serves weekend brunch from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

TOWN Data | Contract Signed Report 7/5

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 27, June 26 through July 2, 214 contracts – comprised of 114 co-ops, 89 condos, and 11 condops – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 61 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 45 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 98 and 158 respectively. 

Please click below for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis.

TOWN Data | Week in Numbers 6/30

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 26th week of 2017, June 22 through June 29, both the average sales price and rental price decreased by -0.8 and -0.7% respectively.

Around TOWN | Summer Photo Contest

We are excited to announce our Summer 2017 Photo Contest, beginning today, Friday, June 23 and concluding Sunday, September 10. We invite all of our Representatives and Associates to participate!

To enter, take a photo of anything and everything that represents summer in New York City; then, post it on your Instagram feed and be sure to tag us @townresidential and include #aroundTOWN2017 in the caption. We will choose a winner each Sunday and share the photo on our TOWN feed. Good luck, and stay cool!

Check back here each week to see the winning photos.

Week 4

Congratulations to Samantha Dong, ready to take on Manhattan one Citi Bike at a time!

Week 3

Congratulations to Sara Rourke. This photo is a celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge’s amazing infrastructure, through and through.

Week 2

Congratulations to Dillon J. Fleharty, winner of this week’s Summer Photo Contest. Park Avenue has never looked so cool!

Week 1

Congratulations to Victoria Vasile, our first winner of the Summer Photo Contest! This photo of One World Trade and the Oculus was the perfect way to celebrate Fourth of July Weekend and kick off the summer.

General Competition Requirements:

The Summer Photo contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Town Residential LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “TOWN”).

Eligibility: The Contest is open only to agents and employees of TOWN (collectively “Agents”) who are associated or employed with TOWN as of the date of photo submission and as of the date a winner is announced by TOWN.

Entry Period and How to Win: The Contest will begin Friday, 6/23 at 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and conclude Sunday, 6/10 at 11:59 pm ET. Agents may enter the Contest each week between Monday at 12:00 am ET and Saturday at 11:59 pm ET (the “Entry Period”).  A winner will be selected each Sunday.  The winner’s photo will be reposted by TOWN.  

How to Enter: Agents may enter the Contest during the Entry Period by submitting a photo to Instagram using a valid Agent Instagram account, tagging “@TownResidential” in the photo and including the #aroundTOWN2017 hashtag in the caption.
Must be your own original work.
Cannot have been submitted in any other prize promotion or featured on a public website.
May only contain content, for which you have, or have the power to grant, all required consents and approvals.
Must comply with all Terms of Use of Instagram.
Submissions must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; (b) contain defamatory statements; (c) include threats to any person, place, business, or group; or (d) be obscene or indecent. Any elements that appear in the submission, including, without limitation, images, text, or other materials used must be entirely original and created by the entrant, or be in the public domain. Use of any elements that are not original or in the public domain will result in disqualification of a submission, in TOWN’s sole discretion. If a submission depicts any third party, that third party must be of the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence and you must have permission from that third party to grant the rights to TOWN described in the “TOWN’s Rights to Entries” section below. By submitting an entry, you represent that (a) you are the creator of the submission, (b) you own all rights to the submission, (c) the submission does not infringe upon or violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party, (d) the submission has not previously been entered in any other contest, and (e) the submission has not been previously published in any medium.

TOWN’s Rights to Entries: By submitting an entry, you: (a) irrevocably grant TOWN, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude the Sponsor’s use of your entry, or require any further permission for the Sponsor to use the entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.

TOWN Data | Location Report 6/29

The old adage rings true, location is everything. In New York City, we have the world’s greatest amenities – from parks and cultural destinations to express transportation and premier shopping – right outside our door. It is with this in mind that TOWN shares the Location Report, the latest amalgamation of data intended to keep you up-to-date and ensure you make the most informed decisions.

As of 6/29, the current average price of a Manhattan condo apartment was $3,117,946.

Within three blocks of these sought-after amenities, you can expect to pay:

Around TOWN | The Summer Guide 2017

For many New Yorkers, summertime is an opportunity to jet set – whether to the nearby Hamptons or to faraway European destinations. For those of us who stick around, however, there are plenty of activities to fill your schedule with. From outdoor movie nights in the park and tasty ice cream spots on every corner to riveting art displays and star-studded concerts, you may never have a dull moment if you plan accordingly. And everyone who has had the opportunity to witness a 4th of July fireworks display over the East River knows that there’s simply nothing like it.

TOWN has put together this guide to feature the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events, and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about the event.

Events | Fourth of July in the City

Each year, Americans around the country gather on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation. Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite Independence Day pastime is watching fireworks, and New York City offers that and so much more. These top 5 picks for spending the holiday in the city are sure to spark your patriotic pride as you give three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Easy River display

Image Courtesy Macy’s

New York’s iconic skyline will ignite with an explosion of color and light at Macy’s 41st annual fireworks display over the East River. Some of the nation’s greatest musical acts, including country music artist Craig Campbell and Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley, will take part in this year’s festivities, which will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00pm ET. With terrific Manhattan views, the best vantage point for catching this year’s festivities is undoubtedly Brooklyn Bridge Park, so get there early and claim your spot!

2. 4th of July in Coney Island

Luna Park

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Brooklyn’s famed Coney Island celebrates our nation’s birthday with a fireworks show right on the beach, offering a fun and less crowded alternative to the Macy’s display. Other activities include Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the New York Aquarium.

3. Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center

Image Courtesy Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park lights up on July 4th for an evening of music and dance. The annual al fresco dance-a-thon celebrates the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and other jazz greats with David Oswalt’s Eternity Band. Get ready to dance the night away by coming early and taking a free Lindy Hop class. Tickets begin at $17.

4. LIC Flea and Food

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City

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This free, open-air bazaar in Long Island City offers retro wares, antiques, delicious eats, and stunning views of Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Enjoy wood-smoked barbecue and libations from the all-Queens beer and wine garden while you watch the firework displays light up the sky!

5. Travis Parade

PS 26, Staten Island

Image Courtesy The New York Times

Now in its 107th year, Staten Island’s Travis Parade is an old-school American celebration of patriotism. This year’s march will be led by Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick, kicking off with a ceremony at noon in front of PS 26. Be sure to join in the festivities, rain or shine!

TOWN Data | Contract Signed Report 6/27

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 26, June 19 through June 25, 240 contracts – comprised of 114 co-ops, 116 condos, 3 condops, and 7 townhouse – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 63 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 64 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 86 and 133 respectively. 

Please click through for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis.

Food News | Eating Your Way Through Major League Baseball

America’s favorite pastime collides with delicious eats this summer at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Regardless of how your team is doing, you’ll never strike out with these top picks interspersed throughout each stadium. In between innings, be sure to stop by one or two of these restaurants and vendors, which include everything from old-timers’ standbys to newcomers’ home runs.

Citi Field

1. Bash Burger

Section 135

Image Courtesy Mets Insider

This casual burger restaurant from Chef Josh Capon features three burger choices, including its namesake topped with onion and bacon jam.

2. Fuku

Section 102

Image Courtesy Citi Field

Celebrity chef David Chang’s restaurant specializes in fried chicken sandwiches.

3. Milk Bar

Section 102

Image Courtesy Twitter / @milkbarstore

While at Fuku, grab dessert at the Milk Bar bakery, serving up unique cookie creations with flavors like pretzel and potato chip, plus their signature cereal milk soft serve.

4. Nicoletta

Section 141

Image Courtesy Mets Insider

Chef Michael White’s Italian eatery offers pizzas, signature parmesan heroes, mozzarella sticks, and soft serve gelato.

5. Papa Rosso

Section 141

Image Courtesy Christine Brown

This casual pizza restaurant features Neapolitan-style pizza with a crispy crust, made with imported Italian and local ingredients.

6. Arancini Bros.

Section 104

Image Courtesy Arancini Bros.

For authentic Italian rice balls, there’s no place like Arancini Bros. The variety of flavors offered changes daily, and often includes carbonara, chicken & fontina, and Philly cheesesteak.

7. Blue Smoke on the Road

Section 140

Image Courtesy Blue Smoke

This spot offers American South barbecue classics like pulled pork and brisket sandwiches from Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois.

8. Daruma of Tokyo

Section 105

Image Courtesy Newsday

The Japanese eatery lets you sample edamame, sushi, lobster rolls, and Asian salads while you watch America’s favorite pastime.

9. Mama’s of Corona

Sections 105 & 415

Image Courtesy AMNY

Mama’s is an Italian-style spot that offers roasted turkey with mozzarella, as well as cannolis and cupcakes.

10. Bao Haus

Promenade Club

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Eddie Huang’s popular bao shop offers his three most popular buns, including the Chairman Bao stuffed with pork belly and crushed peanuts. What combo is more baseball-oriented than that?

Yankee Stadium

1. Mighty Quinn’s

Section 133

Image Courtesy The Restaurant Fairy

For authentic and casual slow-cooked barbecue paired with delicious sides, you can’t go wrong with Mighty Quinn’s.

2. Bareburger

Section 132

Image Courtesy AMNY

This eco-conscious burger chain offers beef, veggie, and game patties, topped with a variety of flavors and pairings.

3. Lobel’s of New York

Sections 134 & 321

Image Courtesy AMNY

Watch as world-class butchers cut your UDSA prime steak sandwiches and prepare the ultimate steak fries with gravy at Lobel’s, where you’ll find the pinnacle of comfort food.

4. Parm

Section 104

Image Courtesy Parm NYC

This casual Italian-American sandwich shop serves a famous chicken parm and Italian hero.

5. Hale and Hearty Soups

Section 126

Image Courtesy Hometown Provisions

For a healthy alternative, stop by this soup and sandwich shop, and still make it back to your seats in time for the next inning.

6. Melissa’s Farmers Market

Gate 4

Image Courtesy The New York Times

This food stand resembles a premier farmers market with its fresh fruit and veggie-filled salads.

7. Linda’s Egg Creams

Section 202

Image Courtesy NY Daily News

This vendor offers homemade egg creams in chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors, plus another that rotates daily. It’s the perfect drink to wash down your field-side hotdog.

8. Chicken and Waffle Carts

Gate 6

Image Courtesy AMNY

Get your team-branded waffle sliders with perfectly seasoned chicken at Yankee Stadium’s chicken and waffle carts.

9. New York Yankee Steakhouse

Gate 6

Image Courtesy NYC Go

It doesn’t get any more official than this! The steakhouse serves dry-aged USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, and first-rate wine and spirits.

10. The Mozzarella Joint

Section 201

Image Courtesy Mozzarella Joint

This staple sandwich concession shop offers fresh-pulled mozzarella sandwiches with mixed veggies, like The Mozz.

TOWN Data | Building Amenities Report 6/26

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 6/26, the current average price of a Manhattan condo apartment is $3,122,473.

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