Tastemaker’s Choice: Robin Soko

Robin SokoWhile my love affair with Harlem began many moons ago, this little gem of a restaurant has me committed. No more jumping through hoops for a frenzied brunch on my well-earned lazy day. I can loll-i-gag away the week’s shenanigans with a stroll to Settipani; knowing however long it takes my roster of usual suspects to congregate, they will be seated indeed!

Come fresh in your Sunday best, arm in arm with your guy; bring your bowler hat, and bring your bow tie. Settipani caters a delightful Mediterranean menu to compliment its vibrant locale. Nestled on Lenox Ave @120th, their dream-like interiors come replete with chestnut wovens, plush velvets, virgin white marble, spring tulips, and crisp heavenly light. Stalwart wardrobes ripped from a page of C.S. Lewis? They have ‘em. This uptown eatery will see you transported… or you may apparate if that’s your wish.

Settipani
196 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10026
http://www.settepani.com/

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Tastemakers Choice: Sir Eric Channing Brewer

Eric Channing Brewer

Eric Channing Brewer

If you are visiting Washington D.C. and looking for charm which may be off the beaten path, you have to consider checking out the city using the Capital Bicycle Share Program. It’s like zip car for bikes but better in that you can pick up a bicycle in one area and drop it off in another. For example, you can be in Georgetown for some day time shopping and lunch, take out a bike and head to U street for an early evening drink at a cool pub like Marvin or St. Ex. You leave the bike at station on a corner across the street from a pub. The same type of bike share program exists in Montreal and Paris. It’s the perfect travel accessory that you don’t have to buy. Locals use the program like they do the metro system

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Tastemakers Choice: Robin Wallace

Robin Wallace

Robin Wallace

Among the hub of Union Square, there is nothing I enjoy more than stepping into the tranquil and aesthetic oasis of Callalillai. Known for its Japanese inspired prints, Callalillai is an uber-feminine, chic and artsy clothing boutique. I love feasting my eyes on the designer’s rich lines, while feeding my soul on the reaffirming nostalgia of its vintage fixtures. Callalillai is the kind of place where I can lounge on their turn-of-the-century (to die for) settee as I gossip with my best friend about life-and-girl-stuff over a hot cup of tea.

Callalillai
827 Broadway, New York, NY
(212) 477-7377

www.callalilai.com

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Tastmakers Choice: Nicki G

New York City can be an isolating place if you can’t find a sense of community.  Luckily, there are hometown bars spread across the city to cure those periods of chronic homesickness.  For San Francisco Giants fans, that bar is Finnerty’s pub in the East Village.  If the 10 ft high orange SF painted on the outside of the bar is convincing enough, walk into this hotspot during game time and you’ll see an ocean of happy Giants fanatics.  The bartenders and regulars welcome anyone with black and orange into the Finnerty’s family.  This bar on 2nd Ave between 13th and 14th St is a great place to kick back and reconnect with your favorite Bay Area ballclub, as long as you don’t bring along anyone in Dodger blue. Beat LA!

Finnerty’s
221 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10003-2702
(212) 677-2655

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