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FIVE FLATIRON FOODIE FAVORITES!

By: Joann Wasserman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Halstead Property Village Office.

I have lived and worked in the Flatiron District for the past seven years, and have loved every minute of it. It’s such a great neighborhood with so many wonderful hidden gems. I figured what better way to kick off the Fall season than to share some of my favorite foodie hot spots with you. Below are five places to go if you find yourself with a hearty appetite in the Flatiron District:

1. Obica Mozzarella Bar located at 928 Broadway is Classic Italian cuisine. The owner, Raimondo Boggia is from Milan, Italy and has introduced his own family recipes with handmade mozzarella that is flown in from Campania, Italy twice a week. It is perfectly smooth and pillowy soft texture cheese and  is protected designation of origin. Though known for its mozzarella, the eatery has a nice menu of non-cheese dishes including the Antipasti, Insalate, Pizze, Zuppe,Pasta E Riso, and Carni E Pesci –All from organic and local farmers. The simple dish of Branzino (sea bass) with white beans, vegetables and roasted cherry tomatoes is a dish any Italian would recognize. Obica is a Roman experience for lunch or dinner, and it is simply delicious.

2. Maison Kayser located at 921 Broadway has the best baguette in the city. The chocolate almond croissants sell out very quickly, so grab a diving tasting macchiato or cappuccino and get in line! In addition to celebrated baked good, the authentic French menu features organic chicken, butter lettuce, mixed greens shaved fennel pine nuts roasted cherry tomatoes & oranges or chilled lobster, arugula, avocado, shaved fennel, citrus segments, and scallions with tomato vinaigrette. Al fresco dining is made possible with a charming BYOB outdoor seating area, and Flatiron Wines is conveniently located next door with  a fine selection of exceptional wines starting at $15.00.

3. KOA - Flatiron located at 12 West 21st Street is an established favorite in Sag Harbor with Chef Bryan Emperor at the stove and Hiro Sawatari at the Sushi Bar. The emphasis is on inventive sushi like yuzu trout and chile- spiced tuna including Japanese sea bass with puffed rice, poster garlic and miso butter. The secret menu item, General KOA’s chicken, is succulent with sweet glazed chicken and  a little pepper on the side. I would recommend coming for appetizers and a few rounds of sake to enjoy the inspiration by the Iron Chef of Japan.

4. Cafe El Presidente -  I love this little tacquerita at 30 West 24th Street. The owner, Dario Wolos is serving freshly made corn tortillas, accompanied by homemade escabeche, salsa, and rona y salsa verde. All of the tacos are made with the highest quality sustainably sourced product with a list of farms available upon request. A fan favorite is El Pastor De Madison, a mexican city-style spit-roasted berkshire pork, thinly sliced with pineapple, onions and cilantro. One taste of Horchata with dark rum and fresh squeeze watermelon juice, or black bean sweet potatoes that are naturally sweet and very flavorful will prove why it is the best Mexican in the city!

5. Rohm Thai located at 27 East 20th Street. This affordable date night restaurant offers authentic home style Thai cuisine served by candlelight with cozy exposed brick walls. Among my favorite menu items are Chicken Pod Thai and Khang Massaman curry, or go out of your comfort zone and try house specialties such as Ped Lao Dang crispy boneless duck with red wine and vegetables. This is the perfect place for a different experience, and a great price point combined with a hip ambiance makes it a home run!

Connect with me over email or visit my agent website to learn more about the best Flatiron neighborhood tips, and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Joann Wasserman and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

FARM TO TABLE ABOUNDS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT 

By: L.J. Wilks, Licensed, Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Westport Office.

Fairfield County, Connecticut is bursting with Farmers’ Markets.  Locally grown food has superior quality, pretty much guaranteed freshness and is good for you!  And while you’re feeling good about what you’re eating, you’re supporting local business, smaller-scale farmers and might even learn about how our food is grown!   Here is an introduction to a sample of local farms and farmers’ markets: 

Ambler Farm, Wilton – Ambler Farm is a year round working farm with Farm Stands, Historic Buildings, Animals and Facility Rentals and dates back to 1794 when Josiah Raymond and his son purchased 300 acres.  In 1999, with taxpayers support this working farm was purchased by the Town of Wilton. Two of their most popular events of the year are:

Ambler Farm Day 2014Sunday, September 28th, 12:00-4:00pm. This is an iconic fall festival!  Enjoy the Apple Slingshot, Farm Animals, Make-Your-Own-Scarecrow, Hay Rides, Trebuchet (aka “Punkin’ Chucker”), and Children’s Crafts, Pumpkin Patch + more!

Fright NightFriday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th from 6-8pm. Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog that frequents the Farm! Additional activities include a Moonlight Hay Ride, Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and games, if you dare to play. For more info, click here. 

Wakeman Town Farm, Westport - The Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center is an organic demonstration homestead open to the public. Activities include educational workshops, student internships, hosting after school environmental clubs, children’s summer camp programs, growing fruits and vegetables, animal husbandry, providing a farm stand and CSA pickup location.  Special Events include:

Fall Harvest Dinner & FundraiserSaturday on September 13, 2014, Sukkot onSunday, October 5, 2014, Holiday Tree Lighting and Tree Sale on Saturday, December 6, 2014. 

Millstone Farm, Wilton - This working farm uses sustainable agriculture to cultivate local, regional and global communities. The Millstone Experience includes Farm-to-Fork onSeptember 7, 2014 – 7 pm. Workshops held at Millstone Farm include: 

Canning & Preserving Tomatoes on September 27, 2014, Family Day/Farm Sunday on September 28, 2014, and Pickles and Preserving on October 18, 2014.                          

Silverman’s Farm, Easton  Silverman’s Farm was founded by Ben Silverman in the early 1920’s.  Throughout the years, Silverman’s farm has grown into a fruit farm featuring ” A Widespread Orchard, Scenic Tractor Rides and a Petting Farm with Farm Animals” and hosts many events throughout the year such as pick your own pumpkin from September through Thanksgiving where you can enjoy the decorated pumpkin patch full of twenty different varieties of colorful squashes, gourds, straw bales, cornstalks, scarecrows for all your decorating need and weekend tractor rides through the orchards in October where you can enjoy the beautiful New England view and you can even see Long Island Sound on a clear day. The winter Holiday season from November through December features Hot cider, Fresh precut Christmas Trees, poinsettias, wreaths and gifts. 

Farmers Markets:

Darien Farmers Market -Wednesdays, 11am-4pm until Christmas 2014.

Fairfield- Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, May 17- End of October on Saturdays from 11 p.m. – 4 p.m.  

Greenwich Farmers Market - Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 

Old Greenwich Farmers’ Market Wednesdays from 2:30-6 pm.

New Canaan Farmers’ Market - Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 22, 2014.  

Stamford Farmers’ Market (French Market) -  Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – through October 25, 2014. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Farmers Market - Sunday from 10-2 pm through October 5, 2014.  

Westport Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – through November 6, 2014. 

Wilton Farmers’ Market - Wednesdays, 12:30-5:00 – through October 1, 2014.

You can connect with me over email, or visit my agent website to learn more about Westport and for all of your Connecticut real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of LJ Wilks and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

NYC MUST DO: SUMMER SIZZLES ON LENOX

By: Sandy Wilson, Director of Sales, Halstead Property Harlem Office. 

Summer Sizzles in Harlem on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. 

In town that day? Check out the “Sizzles on Lenox Sidewalk Café Crawl” on historic Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem. Tickets are $10 at the door, or 2-for–1 can be purchased online in advance for a great deal. Below is a preview of  cocktails ranging from $5 and up, in addition to appetizer specials from 12 great Harlem Restaurants that include some of my favorite cafes that are participating:

Barawine – An authentic wine and dine experience featuring an impressive array of  international wines. Also, sample the magret, which is the thick and fatty breast of foie gras. Located at 200 Lenox Avenue. 

BLVD Bistro – As some have described “a breath of fresh air,” try the “biscuit sandwich” with eggs, bacon and cheddar.  Also try the fish sliders, and the Spiked Sweet Tea. Located at 239 Lenox Avenue. 

La Bodega 47 – Taking over the old Native location, this location is reborn as a  terrific new bistro featuring tropical cocktails. The food is Yummy, and with mimosas to die for. Located at 161 Lenox Avenue. 

Lenox Saphire – Definitely a restaurant with a French flair, the highlight is the patisserie, with French macaroons, fruit tarts, and other yummy cakes and pies. Located at 339-341 Lenox Avenue. 

Chez Lucienne – A French Bistro with flair! Located at 308 Lenox Avenue. 

Corner Social – Dubbed as the place to go for a ‘very social gatheringLocated at 321 Lenox Avenue. (on the corner of 126th Street) 

Harlem Shake – Located at 100 West 124th Street. 

Red Rooster - World Famous Harlem Restaurant owned by Marcus Samuelsson. Located at 310 Lenox Avenue. 

Settepani - Full Service Italian Restaurant which has been a staple of Harlem. Located at 196 Lenox Avenue. 

Sylvia’s Restaurant - Where the Family of the “Queen of Soul Food” still reigns. Located at 328 Lenox Avenue 

Be sure to connect with me over email to share your experience at Summer Sizzles on Lenox, and visit my website to learn more about this, and many other neighborhood happenings. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Sandy Wilson and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC. 

WHY I LOVE LIVING IN YORKVILLE

By: Ingrid Johnson, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property. 

One of the reasons I love living and working in the neighborhood of Yorkville, a charming section of the Upper East Side neighborhood in Manhattan, is most notably the restaurant and dining landscape. There are many diverse cafes, restaurants and bars, but I’d like to share my Top 3 favorite places with you:

DTUT Downtown-Uptown -This cozy neighborhood spot doubles as a as café during the day and a bar in the evenings. Enter and take a seat on the comfy and charming mismatched furniture, sip a cup of delicious Irving Farms coffee from the Hudson Valley. They also offer great wines and a lengthy craft beer list. The repurposed wood interiors, Edison bulb chandeliers, and scattered literature lend a familiar feel. There’s also plenty to look at, as local artwork adorns the walls.

The Writing Room- In the former space of the legendary Elaine’s, restaurateurs Michael & Susy Glick have created The Writing Room, a formidable new American staple while still paying homage to its iconic history. It’s fun and relaxing to sit at the bar or in the dining area, however my favorite room is the “Study” with vintage black and white tile floors and a sleek fireplace with built in bookshelves offering up a large collection of handpicked hardcovers and paperbacks. Executive Chef Lucas Billheimer has created a seductive & delicious menu with a focus on regionally driven American cuisine.

Brandy’s Piano Bar- For over thirty years this friendly and intimate bar has showcased live talented performers every evening. Patrons are invited to participate and sing along to old classics and show tunes. Best of all, no cover charge! A truly fantastic spot to end an evening in Yorkville.

To ask me a question of your own, or to discuss your favorite neighborhood spots follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Connect with me over email or visit my agent website to learn more about New York City neighborhood escapes, and for all of your real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Ingrid Johnson and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

EXPERIENCE THE WAFFOGATO

Say what? 

We had the same reaction upon learning about the latest marvelous and mouthwatering creation from the hands of culinary and confectionery mastermind, Dominique Ansel.

Behold, the Waffogato: Part breakfast staple, part decadent dessert, part caffeinated beverage – All come together in perfect harmony to create an explosion of sheer bliss in your mouth.

You might recall the cookie and milk shot, unequivocally as epic of a creation that left us more than satiated and raised the bar for all things baked and sugary to a whole other worldy level; and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better (nor did we need it to), New York’s poster child for igniting a cronut craze hit another home run with this dessert that is so sinfully delicious. You might think the exaggerated profession of love is a little too much, but we assure you once you get a mouthful of vanilla ice cream laced with Belgium waffle bits and a trace of salt topped with melted maple syrup that’s even further laden with the bold flavors from spiked espresso – we reckon you’ll be speechless. Alas that’s not all and there is always more that meets the eye, you’ll discover a handful of little tapioca pearls that reveal themselves floating amid a sea of melting ice cream. 

Click here for more official info from Dominque Ansel, and here to learn more and make sure No Kid Goes Hungry.

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WHAT’S COOKING IN WILTON with Ann Lineberger, Halstead Property Wilton Office. 

Discover What’s Cooking during the Second Annual Restaurant Week in Wilton Connecticut. 

Following the success of the first of its kind in Stamford is the 2nd annual Wilton Restaurant Week which kicks off Monday, March 10th. You can find unbeatable dining options around the area all year long, but this marks a very special time of year for us epicures. Dishes like Flautas de Camarones, Chicken Breast Scarpariello, and Szechuan Crispy Beef are just a few of the tasty items appearing during the week long food celebration. From Monday until Sunday, March 16th the Wilton Chamber of Commerce presents nineteen eateries in and around Wilton and Georgetown that will be serving special prix fixe menus, ranging in price from as low as $8 for lunch to $30-$40 a person for dinner. Participating restaurants include a welcomed variety of places from fine dining options to pubs, to a frozen yogurt shop. Featured cuisines include everything from Southwestern, Italian, Asian, Modern American to French cuisine. See below for a comprehensive list of participants and a sneak peak at pricing and my tips for must-try menu items:

Bianco Rosso Wine Bar Restaurant– Special Lunch Menu ($16 per person) and Dinner Menu ($30 per person)

• Bistro 7

• Black Cat Grille

• Bon Appetit Cafe

• Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar – Special Lunch Menu ($15 per person) and Dinner Menu ($27 per person)

• Coffee Barn– Special Lunch Menu for $7.95 each.

• Little Pub Wilton – Don’t let the word “pub” fool you, you’ll find more than great burgers and fries here. They have a new taco special each day. Try the fan favorite tuna taco and view the entire Restaurant Week Specials Menu here. 

• Lombardi’s TrattoriaRestaurant Week Specials (Different deals on different days)

• Luca Ristorante ItalianoRestaurant Week Specials for Lunch ($20 per person) & Dinner for $30 per person.

• Luca Wine Bar – View the Special Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu here.  

• Marly’s of Wilton

• Oak + Almond Pictured above is Hamden Burrata with burnt Sport Hill broccoli and house pickled cherry peppers from this esteemed neighborhood hotspot.

• Peachwave Frozen Yogurt – We are all in agreement that ice cream and the like is meant to be enjoyed any time of year, despite winter temperatures. Their renowned frozen yogurt will curb your craving for summer. Click here for official details on their buy two frozen yogurts, get one free offer.

• Portofino Restaurant & Bar

• Rancho Alegre – Previously mentioned was their salivating  Flautas de Camarones consisting of rolled crisp corn tortillas stuffed with shrimp and topped with fresh verde sauce. Important Reminder its cash only, view the official Restaurant Week Menu here.

• Reiki Sushi & Asian BistroRestaurant Week Dinner Menu for $40 per person. (also offered is Lunch or Dinner for two including drinks)

• Tavern on 7

• Toozy Patza Pizza

• Wilton Pizza & Jazzeria

For more information, visit wiltonchamber.com

Visit Ann’s agent website to connect with her, and discover more from all of Halstead Property’s Connecticut Neighborhood Expert agents.

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(Images Above Courtesy: Bianco Rosso, Little Pub and Oak+Almond

BEST EATS NEAR OUR NEW HARLEM OFFICE

By Sandy Wilson, Director of Sales, Halstead Property Harlem Office

We are so proud to show off our new office on 117th and FDB that we want to share what is so amazing about what surrounds us. No need to venture too far if you’re a foodie, like exploring International Fare, or if you just like to eat! The following are some of my top choices for Harlem “Eats”:

Lido Harlem - Perfect for fine Italian cuisine. Try the yummy Burrata Crostino (roasted red peppers, currants, agro dulce, and fresh oregano, other home made fresh made pastas or indulge in the crisp short ribs that are to die for. Mangia!

Located at 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Harlem, NY 646-490-8575 

The CecilCreated by the NY Businessman, Richard Parsons, and noted restaurateur, Alexander Smalls.  This fabulous new entry on the Harlem stage is noted for it’s eclectic Afro/Asian/ and American Cuisine. Start with the Afro/Asian Oxtail Dumplings, or a collard green salad with spicy cashews and coconut dressing or the grilled vegetable roti platter! Lots to choose from but better make a reservation!

Located at 210 West 118th Street, Harlem, NY 212-866-1262 

CedricLove this French Bistro. When you go, start with the freshly made Tuna Tartar which is a house favorite, the classic mussels, and the fish and chips are all very popular.  Stop by Mon-Fri, from 4pm-7pm for Happy Hour where drinks are buy 1 and get the 2nd one free.  Also, indulge in the fresh oysters during that time which are $1 each.  Cie la vie! 

Located at 185 St. Nicholas, Harlem, NY 212-866-7766 

Floridita - Caribbean, Latin American and Cuban restaurant that is known for their house special Mofongo, which is mashed plantains, with your choice of chicken, cheese, or shrimp, or the Paella Marinera (seafood).  Muy delicioso!

Located at 2276 12th Avenue, Harlem, 212-622-0090. 

Sylvia’sThe late and great Sylvia Wood was the Queen of Soul Food, and her tradition lives on. The family, with sons, daughter’s and  grand children have been at the world famous location for over 50 years.  Try the ever famous fried chicken, mac and cheese, corn bread, and a mouth watering selection  of house specialties.  Rub shoulders with NY politicians, and an international blend of people coming to experience what Harlem is known for.

Located at 328 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY 212-996-0660 

Corner Social -  Relaxed, hip, and lots of fun, try stopping in to Corner Social for brunch.  Try the Chicken and Pancakes, the shrimp grits with sautéed spinach, creole butter, and eggs.  Don’t forget the bottomless mimosas for $15.

Located 321 Lenox Avenue, Harlem, 212-5100-8552 

If you are interested in learning more about this vibrant neighborhood or making it your home, feel free to stop in at our new location at 2169 Frederick Douglass Blvd and I have an office full of local expert agents that will assist you.

NYC MUST DO: Cooking Class at Sur La Table

Fall is the perfect time to indulge with your loved one in delicious comfort food and to cozy up by the fire. This Friday, join Sur La Table in creating an updated version of the timeless picnic favorite, deviled eggs, a new twist on the classic Wellington in a rich, pastry-wrapped pork tenderloin, rustic root veggies, and a creamy, tangy and delectable dessert.

Great cooking isn’t just about recipes—it’s about techniques. In this class you will work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by professional chef instructors. You will learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking! Many of our agents have tried and absolutely loved the experience.

The class will last for 2 ½ hours and you can purchase your $69 ticket online ahead of time. For more information view the events about page.

While you are in the Hell’s Kitchen area why not extend the evening and go out for wine or a cocktail at one of the area’s best nightlife locations?

SOMETHING AMAZING FROM SAN GENNARO

Just think if the Doughnut and the Cannoli finally joined forces, what would happen. Think no more, it finally took place at this year’s San Gennaro Festival, see above.  This givers you yet another reason to take part in this culinary feast in Little Italy 

The “Cannoli Kronie” shown above and shared to us by one of our local expert agents downtown can be found at the Jolie Kronie booth near Spring Street.

The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be going on for 11 days from now until Sunday, September 22, 2013, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which originally served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants in the early part of the 20th century.

For more information and happenings during the two week long event, visit the San Gennaro webstie.

FIVE PLACES TO GO IN THE FLATIRON DISTRICT OF MANHATTAN

by Joann WassermanLicensed Associate Real Estate Broker

I have lived and worked in the Flatiron District for the past seven years, and have loved every minute of it. It’s such a great neighborhood with so many wonderful hidden gems. I figured what better way to celebrate them than to share some of my favorites with you. Below are five places to go if you find yourself in the Flatiron District this weekend.

1. Eataly: This Italian marketplace has been busy since the day it opened, and for a good reason. Right next to Madison Square Park, Eataly has an impressive mix of restaurants, desserts, coffee bars and groceries. Plan to eat in or consider taking some cheese, bread and pastries out to the park like I do. 

2. The NoMad Hotel: If you’re looking for a classy place to grab a drink or meal, stop by the NoMad Hotel on Broadway and 28th. They have an innovative, one of a kind cocktail menu and a beautiful atmosphere perfect for date night. The library space is truly wonderful, but be prepared to wait a while at the bar for a table. 

3. SPiN New York: Whether you call it ping pong or table tennis, this underground bar will give you the chance to show off your skills on the court. This is a great place to meet friends for a unique and fun-filled night. I’d just recommend not wearing high heels — you’ll be more agile in tennis shoes!

4. Hill Country Barbecue: If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, stop by Hill Country for some Texas barbecue in the heart of the Flatiron District. A friendly warning: prepare to leave stuffed. This is not the place to go before the movies or a broadway show.

5. Idlewild Books: If you’re planning to travel this summer, this bookstore overlooking 19th street should be your first stop. It’s packed with travel guides, language lessons and a ‘friendlier than most’ staff to help you plan your journey. 

I hope you have a chance to experience some of these great spots in the Flatiron District. And if you are ever looking for a place to go or a place to live, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on my webpage or by email.

NYC MUST DO: A SWEET TREAT IN GRAMERCY

Today, August 16th, try something new, fun and sweet! Come beat the heat with Martha from the Bedford Cheese Shop and learn how to make a variety of frozen dairy desserts!

Martha is always thinking outside the box when it comes to desserts and flavors that you never even heard of, so prepare to be amazed based on what our local expert agents in the area tell us. After the class is over make sure to check out the massive 15-foot cheese case that the Gramercy location has to offer. Try some samples and take some home!

While you are in the adorable Gramercy area, check out the local restaurants, shops and nightlife.

Fun Fact: Ice cream was introduced to the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Confectioners sold ice cream at their shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era. Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were known to have regularly eaten and even served ice cream.

Buy your tickets online for $40 to make sure and reserve a spot! The class starts at 1:00 pm, so be sure to get there on time so you don’t miss out.

THIS WEEK IN PARK SLOPE 

Week of August 16th

by Scott Olsen, Licensed Associate Broker in our Park Slope Office & Neighborhood Expert

This week marked the opening of a new foodie establishement in Park Slope!  It is called The Walk-In Cookbook located at 72 Seventh Avenue, Between Berkeley and Lincoln Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

What separates The Walk-In Cookbook and caught my eye versus other establishments is that they supply you with a colorful recipe card, supply the ingredients in measured portions to fit the recipe and sell it as a package!

They also let you know what you need from your basic pantry at home.

The Walk-In Cookbook also sells infused olive oils, which you bottle yourself, along with other gourmet and organic foods, spices and tools in a simple clean format that encourages creative cooking for the experienced and novice, both!

Right next door to our 76 Seventh Avenue office, we have no excuse to go home empty handed at dinnertime thanks to our new neighbors!

Moving forward in weeks ahead I look forward to sharing my hidden treasures of the neighborhood I live and breathe.  

To network with Scott, visit his website here or email him at solsen@halstead.com.

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Thoughts of This Week in Park Slope are those of Scott Olsen and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Brooklyn, LLC 

BEST MINIATURE RESTAURANT TREASURES IN NEW YORK CITY

Blink twice and you might miss the objects of NYC’s latest foodie craze. Somewhere in-between a bona fide full-service restaurant and the now famous food truck lies these “small wonders” as Crain’s New York recently put it which are miniature restaurant spaces where the only thing bite-sized is the square feet, specifically less than 200 square feet of interior space. Think of it as the next component to the micro-apartment, places like Meatball Obsession in Greenwich Village and Screme Gelato Bar on the Upper West Side offer some of the best food in New York City. We’re sure there are more spots hidden throughout the Big Apple’s nooks and crannies yet to be discovered, but our neighborhood expert agents recommend the following places to try right now: 

Meatball Obsession –What  looks like a doorway right next to Urban Outfitters in Greenwich Village is actually the home of the original meatball in a cup, and a to-go cup at that. A favorite with the lunch crowd, you can order a perfectly portioned serving of delicious meatballs, homemade sauce and bread at the window and be on your way in no time. We love the pork sausage meatballs, and if your taste buds are not part of the plain-Jane kind then add their cauliflower topping for extra flavor.

Bisous, Ciao. – When you think Macaroons your mind immediately reverts to world-renowned bakery Laduree. But our agents with a penchant for delicate and sweet Parisian pastries swear by Bisous, Ciao with 2 pocket sized Manhattan outposts located on the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. There aren’t any tables but creator Tanya Ngangan purposely designed it to be reminiscent of her favorite old-world European patisserie’s. Table or no table –we’re obsessed with the Salted Caramel flavor and recommend it as a must try to everyone. A classic chocolate macaroon (pictured above) is also as good as it gets.

Screme Gelato Bar – The name itself reveals everything you need to know –a gelato bar. What’s better than that? Well their wholesome ingredients up the ante even further with original, unique gelato flavors produced daily and on the spot. Our eyes glazed over with one tastes of options like Whiskey Chocolate, Fig & Tequila, and Peanut Butter Pretzel. The ingredients don’t include any eggs or preservatives either and are Kosher Parve and Dairy. Manhattan boasts multiple such gelato bars all conveniently located near our Upper West Side office.

Simply Sliders – How fitting that these mouthwatering sliders are cooked up in a closet-sized space in Midtown East? Located on 43rd between Lexington and 3rd Ave is a no frills joint to satiate you midday burger craving. As you can imagine the lunch time/work crowd lines can get long, but once you try variations on the classic slider like a Black and Blue burger dressed with Gorgonzola cheese, sautéed onions that are so fragrant, turkey bacon and tomato you won’t care about any lines. 

(Image Courtesy: Bisous Ciao)

50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Near Halstead Property Offices

Restaurant Week has just begun here in New York City, and there sure is no better time to show our appreciation for delicious foods. Our local expert agents have directed us to go and try some of these dishes that are known to be the best in the country according to GQ Magazine’s list of The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now. Be adventurous and see what all the hype is about when dining on these offerings located near our offices.

Deviled Eggs from The Whelk - Delicately prepared, the golden-brown, crispy fried oyster is the start to this scrumptious dish. The shellfish flavor and fried coating is perfectly balanced as it is placed on top of the surface of a cut egg white filled with a dressed up yolk. The yolk’s dressing gives it a creamy flavor and smoother texture. We especially enjoy the sweetness in the dish from the crunchy pickled onions placed on top.

575 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 

Howard Pickerell’s Hog’s Neck Oysters from the American Hotel Restaurant -There’s nothing that sets apart the flavor of oysters more than the freshness of the shellfish itself. At the American Hotel’s fine restaurant, freshness is a guarantee, as you eat oysters that are picked just a few hours before by Pickerell himself. Fully appreciate the quality taste by not adding any sauces or sides – we promise they will not leave you disappointed. 

45 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 

Brisket Taco from Briskettown - We had just the right start to the morning by ordering this divine breakfast taco. The flour tortilla captures the juiciness from the soft brisket and the spiciness from the hot sauce that is drizzled perfectly over the fluffy scrambled eggs and red-onion. Don’t miss out on one of the best BBQs in NYC.

359 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

Alcachofa from La Vara - Alcachofa, the Spanish word for artichoke, does not come close to describing what you’re about to get in the dish. Yes, the dish is made of artichoke, but the preparation is pure brilliance. The garlic-filled, creamy anchovy sauce is the best compliment to the thick artichoke chunks made tender and fried. By starting your meal with the Alcachofa, you will guarantee an enjoyable experience at this Spanish gem in Cobble Hill. (pictured above)

268 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Rye Bread from Runner & Stone - For us, excellence in the bread is the first step towards a quality, noteworthy sandwich. Our first bite into this rye bread gave us that smooth and chewy texture with tastes of coriander and fennel. The outer layer was perfectly prepared to a dark crunchy crust that made the bread even more tasteful. We were ready to indulge in the bread alone, but we decided to go ahead and add fresh grilled cheddar to the rye, having all warm flavors melting in our mouths at once.

285 Third Avenue, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Whole Roasted Branzino from Talde -The banana leaf seals in the moisture as it lies underneath the fully stuffed, freshly roasted branzino topped with a juicy tomato jam. Put some of the lightly textured branzino in a rice-flour pancake to create an Asian inspired taco unlike any other.

369 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Ramen from Ivan Ramen - Ivan Orkin is coming to town and bringing his specialty to the city all the way from Tokyo. As a born New Yorker, Orkin is ready to show NYC what his noodles are all about at his new Lower East Side establishment. His trick is preparing his noodles slowly so that they approach the perfect thickness and texture and then proceeding to add tremendously flavorful sauces to the mix. Try the spicy sesame cold noodle dish that captures a peanut flavored spice that is incredibly refreshing on a summer day.

25 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 

Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery - You better believe in the Cronut Craze because it has become an authentic NYC experience for visitors and residents. One bite of the fried, crunchy outside into a lightly layered inside filled with frosting and you will know why people line up 3 hours before opening to make sure they get one of these decadent half doughnut, half croissant pastries. Check out the creamy blackberry filling that is offered until the end of July! 

189 Spring Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10012 

Open-Faced Beef-Cheek Sandwich from Perla - Over the crunchy, thick slice of fresh filone bread lays a succulent slab of juicy tenderness from the beef cheek. That sounds tasty enough, but they also add a layer of two prepared eggs to include a salt and pepper flavor to the meat sandwich. We love the unique combination and how the open-faced sandwich allows for the bread to not overpower the great beef flavor of the dish.

24 Minetta Lane, West Village, New York, NY 10012 

Candy from Sockerbit - One step into Sockerbit, and you will see that this isn’t your normal candy shop. In its chic white store, the pop of color comes from the abundance of sweet Scandinavian and Swedish candies that are uniquely named and flavored. Try our favorite, the Chokladnallar, which is a vanilla marshmallow gummy bear coated with a layer of delicious smooth milk chocolate that instantly melted in our mouths. We will definitely be back to try some of the original gummies and licorice.

89 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 

The Shandy at Atera - This is one of the tastiest drinks to order in the city this summer. The crispy, cold Belgian beer is mixed with Meyer lemons to get a high quality, fruity tang. The mixed drink poured on top of the glass of crushed ice makes for a flavorful and cool refreshment to enjoy at any time of the day.

77 Worth Street, TriBeCa, New York, NY 10013 

Grilled Scallops from Neta - Although Neta, which means the fresh ingredients of sushi, does live up to its name, we are suggesting you go beyond the sushi menu and try some of the tastiest grilled scallops you may ever have. The grilled shellfish went flawlessly with the fresh uni and seared foie gras and was topped impeccably with the smooth garlicky lime butter. Each bite was filled with a blast of melted goodness that had us coming back for more.

61 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 

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THE BIG APPLE’S BEST SLICE OF PIZZA

We have all grown to love that foldable, classic New York-style slice of pizza. No matter what time of day, it can always be there to satisfy your hunger or craving. Not only have we gathered a list of some of the best slices around, but we have also looked into places where you can consume great pizza while having an intimate meal with friends and family. Check out these places our local expert agents have picked as their favorite pizza places located near our offices! 

Lombardi’s Pizza

It comes to no surprise that the legendary Lombardi’s would be making the list of one of the must have pizza places in the city. The white pizza is a combination of mozzarella, ricotta, and romano cheese and is prepared to have that thin, crunchy crust we all love. Don’t just stop at the white pizza, though, because there are a variety of toppings to choose from that adds that extra something to the pizza. We loved combining two of our favorite Italian foods– pizza and meatballs – into one delicious bite. The meatballs were homemade and just the right thickness and juiciness to add to the cheesy slice. 

32 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 

Grimaldi’s

Ranked New York City’s #1 Pizza, believe the hype. Since they don’t sell by the slice, we went with a group to taste the large regular pizza. With the first bite, anyone could see it in our faces that we were in heaven. It was all about the freshness and quality of the ingredients. The homemade dough was so perfectly chewy with a crust that was crispy, but not in the slightest burnt. The sauce was delicious and was accompanied by the perfect amount of the freshest mozzarella on top. We will be back to add some of their toppings to the pie!

1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery

Whether some of us were or were not artichoke lovers, we all knew it was a must to order a legendary slice of artichoke pizza. The bread was so incredibly doughy and topped with a mind blowing creamy sauce that had a garlic artichoke flavor. On top of the thick sauce was a bed of cheese perfectly melted to balance out the sauce and thick crust. If you’re ever in East Village, Greenwich Village, or Chelsea make sure to go and taste the magic.

328 E 14th St. New York, NY 10003

 Pulino’s

With high energy and a cool atmosphere, we can always guarantee a great dining experience at Pulino’s. Once awarded New York Best Pizza, we knew exactly what type of food we were going to order when coming. We decided to go with the Prosciutto Arugula – a pizza topped with fresh arugula, prosciutto, mozzarella, and garlic. We loved this classic combination and the garlicky flavor on the melted mozzarella and prosciutto. A trip to try one of their breakfast pizzas will definitely be happening in the future. 

282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Posto

As you enter the front of the pizza place, it screams loud and clear on the window what you’re about to get – some delicious thin crust pizza. We went for the shroomtown pizza, which was absolutely scrumptious. The variety of mushrooms was covered by a white truffle oil, marinara sauce, and cheese that all went flawlessly together. We loved the guilt-free feeling we had after eating the tremendously thin pizza almost as much as we loved the taste.

310 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 

Joe’s Pizza

We love our traditional New York slice from Joe’s, now offered in both the East and West Village. In just one hot, crunchy bite you can see that this is one of the freshest pies around. There aren’t crazy topping combinations, like many other pizza places like to create, but that’s why we love it – it is a simple slice of pizza prepared to perfection.

150 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003

 Luzzo’s

When eating pizza at Luzzo’s, it’s definitely easy to believe that you’re on vacation in Italy. This pizza is not the classic type we are familiar with because it is the most authentic Italian pie you will get in the city. With an incredible selection of great toppings to accompany the thin crust, we went for the Diavola which had the perfect ratio of fresh mozzarella, sweet tomato sauce, and spicy salami. We’re ready to return soon to try the other 20 creative pizza concoctions.

 211 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Motorino

Ask anyone who goes, and they will all tell you the same thing – you must order the brussels sprouts pizza from Motorino because it is heaven. Be adventurous with your friends and try that garlic flavor that goes great with the cheese, brussels sprouts and smoked pancetta. All the pizzas are a brick-oven style, so enjoy these awesome toppings with the bubbling, yet thin crust.

349 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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